V/H/S/ 2 (2012) Review


No doubt thanks to monetary success of the Paranormal Activity franchise, the found footage genre has exploded within the last decade.  I confess: I’m not terribly versed in the subgenre, having only seen the first Paranormal and not its forefather, The Blair Witch Project.  However, the format has been used in so many other film genres (superheroes in Chronicle, monster movie in Cloverfield) that despite being a relatively new subgenre, the shaky cam footage nearly instantly loses the edge or intensity it inherently brought and instead requires the filmmakers to be creative in their use of the format.  Luckily, V/H/S/2 does this in spades. Continue reading

A Long While

So it’s been awhile (long while) since we’ve posted anything, and for the handful of readers out there, my apologies.  Life has its way of making everything else come first, and that’s no good.

I’m posting, however, a quick little youtube video I found.  It’s only a minute or so long, but damn if it isn’t scary.  Enjoy!

An Apology

Admittedly, I’m always torn as to whether I want to approach this site as a blog or simply as a movie review site.  But in the interest of being personable, I must mention my lapse of focus.

I cannot claim that I have been busy.  It’s rather more accurate to say that I’ve been distracted.  Since I last posted, I’ve started and beaten Pokémon Black Version, read large piles of comics, finished one book and bit a chunk out of another, watched a lot of episodes of Psych, and moved out of my apartment. Basically, I’ve been entirely negligent of the things in my life that I know are actually important, Scaring Each Other included.

It's time to get back to work... and play. I suppose I could say I'm "mixing work and play," but I'm not "getting back to mixing." I'm getting back to work. This caption is all messed up.

I have no legitimate excuse, and so this is my apology to anybody who has been interested in our little project.  I just wanted to clear the air a little before I got around to posting my Psycho review in the next couple days.  And so I hereby promise to end my derelict ways, announce my candidacy for Resident, and vow to cure hunger, stop the environment, and save cancer.

… Yeah.


Warden Walker

Psycho (1960) – Review 1

Grade: A

Movie Poster for PsychoWe’ll get the pleasantries out of the way first: Yes, it’s been a while since the last post.  Yes, I loved this movie (and you should see it).  It’s a classic for a reason: Psycho has a gripping story, devious plot turns, murder, intrigue, heck, it has it all.  The film is a stark departure from the horror films of previous decade: you no longer have to worry about the supernatural monster, but the monster within yourself.  Psycho doesn’t use any of the previous horror tropes and clichés: it creates a world in which everything appears normal, but if you dig deep, you’ll realize how wrong it all is.  Continue reading

Decade Dialogues: Pre-1960

This is a long, perilous journey that we have begun.  So, we thought it would be a neat idea to occasionally stop and reflect on where we’ve been and how far we’ve come.  What you are about to read is a discussion of our intentionally short period clump of 1930-1959.  After setting up several questions to tackle, we entered into our thoughtful discussion to directly sound off to each other and do some discussion of the period as a whole.  And if you read something that you don’t agree with, feel free to chime in. Continue reading

Curse of the Demon (1957) – Review 2

Grade: B+

First off, my apologies for the tardiness. I shall condemn myself by watching endless hours of Friday the 13th films, all the while laughing and uncontrollably being fixated upon the travesty that is the Friday franchise.  However, to the review!

I have not watched a lot of Satanic films, but so far, I’ve been intrigued with the genre, and I desperately want to see more of these types of films.  So I went in to Curse of the Demon with relatively high expectations of the film.  For a plot summation, see Warden Walker’s review of the film.  Much of what I have to add to the film he already covered (effects, mood, etc.), but I wanted to talk more about the protagonist.  And I use the term ‘protagonist’ in the most technical of terms, because to be frank, I found John to be one of the most difficult protagonist to root for in recent memory. Continue reading

Curse of the Demon (1957) – Review 1

Night of the Demon

Grade: B+

As I started to think about how I wanted to begin this review of Jacques Tourneur’s Curse of the Demon, I decided to go find the movie poster first.  And what I found is awesome.  This poster does more to make my point about this film than I could have imagined.  At first glance, the image of the demon is laughable, but stare at it for a minute.  The dark, scraggly fur, the yellow eyes, the absolutely molten lower jaw; there is still something threatening about this goofy looking monster.  Yes, the monster does appear in the film, and yes, this film does still deserve that giant banner simply stating “HORROR!”

The note at the bottom of the poster reading “Skeptical?” is really what this movie is about.  The protagonist, Dr. John Holden (Dana Andrews), is a scientist attempting to disprove and debunk claims of witchcraft, the dark arts, and the powers of Satan.  Unfortunately, when his colleague is mysteriously killed in an “accident” (mauled by a giant demon), Holden refuses to give up his investigation and is targeted by his colleague’s murderer, the nefarious Dr. Julian Karswell (Niall MacGinnis).  Stuck in his stubborn American ways, Holden dangerously shrugs off the continually mounting evidence to the existence of demons and dark magic.  When he finally begins to believe, it becomes a race against the clock to prevent his own death. Continue reading