Archive for October, 2013

SON of HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIE CHALLENGE [25-31]

Posted in Movies on 10/31/2013 by Chris

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Sorry guys. Started at a new job two weeks ago, so I’m playing catch-up with writing these reviews. But they are coming!

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SON of HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIE CHALLENGE [19-24]

Posted in Movies on 10/27/2013 by Chris

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SON of HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIE CHALLENGE [13-18]

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on 10/20/2013 by Chris

DAY OF THE DEAD

Though it has its share of fans, Day of the Dead is generally considered the weakest of Romero’s original Dead trilogy. One good thing I can say about it is that the zombie effects are fantastic. Once again they’re handled by the great Tom Savini (perhaps with an assist by future makeup guru Greg Nicotero, who also has a minor onscreen role), but they’re leaps and bounds above anything seen seven years prior in Dawn of the Dead, and they really steal the show. Unfortunately, that’s pretty much the only reason to see this one. Chief among the movie’s problems is its severe lack of likable characters; though we’re given a few to root for, they’re not nearly as interesting as the group from Dawn. Conversely, the rest of the characters are so severely unlikable, that even their gory comeuppance doesn’t make up for the time we had to spend with them. This is one of those humans vs humans scenarios (which The Walking Dead, among others, would take a cue from) where the zombies are practically an afterthought. In fact, the entire first half of the film is basically one long dialogue or argument scene after the next. Though the final 20 minutes bring some much needed mayhem, it’s too little, too late.  2.5/5

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SON of HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIE CHALLENGE [7-12]

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on 10/12/2013 by Chris

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EVIL DEAD [2013]

I had fairly high hopes for this one. Since Evil Dead II and its follow-up Army of Darkness largely indulged Sam Raimi’s love for slapstick comedy, it’s easy to forget that the original was a legitimate stab at making a hair-raising horror flick (the cheesy acting and budget-conscious effects weren’t exactly intentional). And so, I welcomed the idea of a fresh start, done with Raimi’s participation (along with original star Bruce Campbell, both serving as producers here). Thankfully, everything is played straight, though there are some sick laughs to be had. The violence is cranked to 11, the blood comes in buckets, and the score is fantastic and even a bit unsettling. So what’s the problem? Well, after a nice buildup (the movie at least tries to get you invested in the characters, even if they’re still just caricatures) things begin to quickly unravel for these people, but what follows isn’t very scary, and actually becomes monotonous after a while. People become possessed, commit all sorts of random violence to one another (and themselves, and in one instance, an animal), then repeat. There’s very little tension, and since the supernatural element is downplayed a little (perhaps to avoid making things too cheesy?) people basically just turn into zombies. The movie wisely avoids trying to replicate Bruce Campbell’s Ash character, instead settling for an equal group of people, with no clearcut “hero” among the bunch. The downside to this is that there’s no one to really root for, so you end up not really caring about any of them. It all boils to a finale that literally rains blood yet still seems pretty mundane, including a rather forced callback to Ash’s chainsaw-hand from Evil Dead II.  2.5/5

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SON of HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIE CHALLENGE

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on 10/06/2013 by Chris

The finale to last year’s challenge not being brought to you was brought to you by Hurricane Sandy. Nevertheless, welcome back for (what will hopefully be) 31 more horror flicks for October, and here’s hoping us Jersey folk can enjoy Halloween this year without losing power and/or having our houses torn apart. Cheers!

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