HALLOWEEN HORROR-THON UPDATE 4
MOVIE 10: ONE CUT OF THE UNDEAD
So straight up this isn't really a horror film. But it counts because it's a fucking love letter to the genre and one of the greatest movies I'll see this year. If you have SHUDDER, you absolutely should watch this now. We were HOWLING and celebrating the whole final act. I don't want to give too much away about it, so fucking watch it.
MOVIE 11: BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON
It's been a while and this one still holds up. My wife also thought it was one of the better ones I've inflicted upon her. I didn't remember that what's his fuck from Walking Dead is the mentor. I think that family and how supportive they were was the best part of the movie. That and Robert Englund. I hear they're finally making another one. I think it might be too late for me, but I'm intrigued.
MOVIE 12: MONSTER SQUAD
Watched this with the kids. There's obvious growing pains like the use of the f-word a couple times out of the beginning but I think the main strength of this movie is the atmosphere. On this viewing I realized I'm in love with the IDEA of Monster Squad - not really the movie any more. The love is strong, but I find myself just kind of shaking my head at certain things and realizing it's not exactly as cool as I thought it was. Maybe it's the Stranger Things effect, in which they distilled those nostalgic feelings into whole seasons of TV and the original inspirations can't necessarily hold up.
MOVIE 13: EMELIE
Watched this on a weird whim. Glad I did. This movie is fucking horrifying if you're a parent. Basically a couple of parents hire a babysitter who isn't who she says she is. She then does shit to the three kids that made me so fucking uncomfortable. Like the kind of shit that make you think "Doesn't matter how this ends those kids might be fucked up forever." The ending felt highly restrained by budget, but it really doesn't matter. The creepiness and fucked up-ness is all that matters. Check it out if you need a quick fix and can't figure out what to watch. It's on the Netflix.
MOVIE 14: HELL HOUSE LLC
I've never seen this. I'm of two minds about it. One one hand I feel like it could have used some RESTRAINT. There were certain scares and gags that thought, "Man if they just dialed that back it would really last." Instead it feels like a home run derby of found footage. It's exciting to watch, but it's not nearly as memorable as a dramatic game. There are some genuinely GREAT scares in this. On the other hand, if it didn't go balls out on everything, I don't think it would exist.
There's also a lot of "what the fuck are you doing, just bail." moments but that's par for the found footage course. I think I'm at a stage where I just let that shit go.