Happy Death Day was a breath of fresh, comic, air in the horror genre in 2017 and because it was a financial success, as well as a critical success, we knew a sequel was coming. That sequel arrived two years later under the title Happy Death Day 2U. The cast returns with Jessica Rothe back in the lead role as Tree Gelbman, a woman who survived being trapped in a deathly time loop.
As one of the most iconic horror/thriller films of all time, there are obviously high expectations when watching the film. No matter how many times you watch it, you always expect to be thrilled in some way. Whether this is by those dodgy montages littered throughout the film or by the shocking ending that finalises the strangeness that had been prominent throughout the movie. Whatever you are doing at the time and however many times you've seen the film - you still expect that same thrill and yes, you definitely get it.
After reviewing so many heartwarming and sentimental films revolving around Christmas, the more cynical part of me was practically screaming for something dark and twisted. So with the 25th just a day away, I thought it would be fun to scour the vast field of YouTube for some short films that bring horror to the season of candy canes, mistletoe, and mugs of hot cocoa. If you're in the mood for a good Christmasy scare, try curling up in a dark room lit only by Christmas lights and watching these spooky shorts:
Okay, so I’m a bit biased because it is one of my favourite films. Valak, as you’ll know, is one of my favourite characters in film history because of her incredible presence. In this film, there are a few main things I’d like to discuss because going through everything would be incredibly difficult and make everything just really long. Let’s talk about my history with this film then, and brace yourselves, it’s a bit of a history. I’ve seen this film over seven times.
So, at midnight you have to play a game.
It’s just something we do
when someone new joins the family.
I honestly can't understand why this movie didn't get just as much recognition as The Exorcist (X1). It wasn't as graphic or controversial as X1 so perhaps that's why it didn't get the notoriety? The thing is, The Changeling is every bit as good. It's got a fantastic cast, with our old friend George C. Scott, and even the venerable Melvin Douglas. So the acting solid and matched by a great character driven plot with solid dialog. The over arcing premises of the plot is clever, and it was the first of it's kind at that time. The story was brilliantly plotted, tho a bit poorly paced. And while there are a few questions sort of just left to interpretation, the plot is strongly devoid of holes.
Mike Flanagan takes on the job of adapting Stephen King’s novel, titled Doctor Sleep, but there is a catch: Flanagan’s film exists in the same universe as Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of King’s The Shining. As soon as I was cognizant of this information, my feelings toward it were already conflicted. I was not going to criticize the film without having seen it, however—but, now that I have, I feel that it is appropriate for me to proceed with what I am going to say.
Rob lost the fucking plot. Plain and simple. House of 1000 Corpses (HO1kC) was a rare and special moment, and this sequel just didn't know what to do with its damn self. It's like Rob forgot who the characters were. Baby Firefly from the first movie was a deranged infantile psycho. This movie has her as a boring bully. Yeah she still has the childish lean, but it's almost too mature from the daffy character I loved from HO1kC. Otis Driftwood was a god damn artist (at least in his own mind). This movie paints him as a mindless brute, a simple thug with a level of ruthless efficiency. Hell, he gets rapey. He wasn't rapey in the first movie. Maybe a bit perverted, but not rapey. Captain Spaulding was the only one who got his fucking character right.
Hereditary (2018) is a movie I have watched many many times, all the way through, in individual parts, in sections and even backwards, forwards and inside out. I have tried over and over again to see what the hype was all about and, I have even tried telling myself repeatedly that I must love this movie because everyone else does. Let me explain why I finally gave it a two out of five rating.
What’s your name?
I'm not into old movies, especially since I’m a Millennial with an extremely short attention span and the options on my Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV are overflowing, so much so that I often get stuck in the Infinite Browsing Mode, being repeatedly beaten by the phenomenon of Overchoice and end up quitting without watching anything.