Due to the amount of school work and countless other adult responsibilities that have, I have really been able to keep up with the Movies for Halloween section as much as I would have liked to. I’m sure that Joseph seconds my thoughts. We are busy college students, Its hard enough to find time to watch movies let alone make blog post about them. To our fiercely dedicated readers we are deeply sorry.
I have however been able to watch a few horror films this month and instead of giving you a hug long post about each one ill just give you a short explanation and out of 10 rating for each.
The Last Exorcism
This film takes the guise of a documentary (we seem to be getting a lot of these recently) about an evangelical christian preacher that has decided to reveal that exorcism is a fraud. He shows us all the tricks of the trade to make people think he’s expelling evil spirits. The documentary is meant to show his very last exploit before retirement (hence the title of the movie).
Overall I thought this movie was pretty good. I had some truly scary and startling parts but in the end it suffers from a poorly done twist ending. I give this film a 6.5/10 score. Its worth the watch but you most likely will hate the ending.
[Rec] and [Rec]2
This season I decided to introduce my little sister to these films because I’m tired of hearing how she can never find a movie that scares her. We have already said quite a bit about [Rec] on the blog. Last year it made our list of the scariest movies of all time. https://offtheedgeproductions.wordpress.com/2010/10/26/7-rec-2007/
As far as the sequel goes it could be even more terrifying. The members of Off the Edge made the trip to Uptown to see this one last year and it scared the shit out of each and every one of us. It was definitely the scariest movie I have seen in theaters. It actually make your heart race and truly enter fight or flight mode. The cinematography is so brilliant it puts you into the movie. During a few scenes I remember having the intense urge to run away, then realizing its only a movie. As far as horror films go they are both tops. I give [Rec] a 9.5/10 and [Rec]2 a 8.5/10.
Halloween (Rob Zombie)
I watched this one recently and immediately regretted it afterward. Rob Zombie’s remake of John Carpenter’s classic absolutely sucks. I have come the conclusion that Rob Zombies sucks as a horror director. He is literally the Ed Wood of Horror. He clearly has a huge passion for horror and has extensive knowledge of the genre (far more than I) he just cant seem to make a good horror film. His style is too heavy handed and derivative of his influences. I almost feel bad for the poor bastard. Anyway to keep it short this movie is shitty. I give it a very generous 3/10 and that probably just for Malcolm MacDowel and Brad Dourif.
Survival of the Dead
This movie just makes me sad. I was so excited to see it because it was my first George A. Romero film in theaters. I was severely disappointed. As anyone who knows me knows I have a lot of love and respect for Mr. Romero, I mean he’s a Horror icon, he reinvented the zombie subgenre back in 1968 with The Night of the Living Dead. It hurts to report that this movie is shitty. The bad story and really shitty CGI effect make this movie almost laughably stupid. I give it a 4/10.
Sorority Row (2009)
I decided to watch this one without having seen the original, which i typically don’t like doing. It was better than i expected. If you expecting much more than a ton and a half of attractive girls getting picked off one by one than you will be disappointed. I give it a 7/10. Plenty of fun and plenty of gore.
If you havent seen this one do so immediately. Its one of my all time favorites and is also one of the gorriest films I have ever seen. That being said I will refer you to my piece from last year. https://offtheedgeproductions.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/re-animator-1985/
9/10. This movie is the shit.
The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence
I’m going to keep this short because I am going to write a full review late. I actually made the trip to Uptown to see this one just as i had with the original. For the record i hated the original. I refer you here to see just how much and why. https://offtheedgeproductions.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/dafuck-a-reveiw-of-the-human-centipede/
Let me just say the sequel is no masterpiece but i found myself enjoying it more than first one probably because Six took my advice and stopped taking it so seriously and it has no “justification.” This movie is for gore and shock value and that is all it is. i can whole heartedly respect that. This was definitely the gorriest film i have seen in theatres and could be the gorriest film i have ever seen. (I’m gonna have to get back to you when the flashbacks stop). Seriously though this shit is disgusting. It SHOULD NOT be seen by anyone who doesn’t not know full well what they are in for. I’m going to withhold rating this one for now.
Not much to say about this one other than if you like the original trilogy you will most likely like this one. It is basically a more 21st century version of the last good thing Craven ever did. 6.5/10 a film to bring back fond memories of 90’s horror with significantly more gore.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
I’m slated to rewatch this one tonight. It’s the first time I have ever rewatched this film. I havent had a Leatherface nightmare in a while. Hopefully they don’t start again. I refer you here. https://offtheedgeproductions.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/2-the-texas-chainsaw-massacre-1974/
I am also going to rewatch this tonight. Dead Birds is one of the most unique and terrifying films i have ever seen. Im not going to say too much now because i hope to have a full review soon. Brilliant 9/10