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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!

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

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

The Thing from Another World (1951) – Review 1

Grade: B-

To quote Samwise Gamgee, “Well, I’m back.” What a terrible thing, homework is! I’m excited to get back into the fray of reviewing films. How I’ve missed this blog!

And in kicking back to form, we review The Thing from Another World.  Taking place in Antarctica, a team comprised of military and scientist personnel discover the scientific finds of the century: an actual flying saucer and an extraterrestrial (the Thing)  frozen in ice.  Unfortunately for the team, the ice unfreezes, and the Thing gets loose.  What follows is a somewhat predictable (but enjoyable!) monster film as the Thing randomly attacks the team, and the divide between the scientists and the military become even starker. Continue reading

Dead of Night (1945) – Review 2

Grade: B

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that weshould voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but someday the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of ourfrightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peaceand safety of a new dark age.” – The Call of Cthulhu Continue reading

The Wolf Man (1941) and The Wolfman (2010) – Review 1

Original: B-

Remake: C

This marks our first foray into our analysis of the original film and its modern remake, and this is a doozy of a one to review.  In fact, even with a day to reflect on both viewing experiences, I’m not quite sure what to make of either film.  Both films are flawed in various respects, but I did find myself enjoying The Wolf Man (1941) over The Wolfman (2010). But let’s dive in, shall we? Continue reading