Seeing as my last two posts were a bit heavy and it’s been soooo long since I’ve talked about movies (jk) I’m just gonna wack this blog up as a bit of fun seeing as I wont be watching any films while I’m revising….i promise
Firstly I’m not gonna be discussing film series like Insidious and The Conjuring and Annabelle or the curse of La Llorona etc because as kinda good these films might be considered as, I honestly get them mixed up because they are all either made by the same people or include the same actors. I’d rather review the standalone ones that bring something different than dutch tilts and intensely cool toned shots.
As someone who’s had their fair share of horror films, possibly watching too many, I have seen the good, the bad and ugly in terms of horror techniques and stereotypes and plot points and jumpscares (of which i’m fairly immune to at this moment in time).
However in the recent years there have been some films that have gotten a lot of hype from avid horror films to the casual saturday night cinema trip people and for good reason.
We all know that exorcisisms and demon possession and ghosts and creepy children or dolls are freaky. But these films make us feel uncomfortable and unsettled which is how horror should be. I want a psychological horror in a sense than im left needing therapy and have to go home to watch a disney film instead of the classic twist that the evil thing is just a person (would put some examples but spoilers)
ALSO HALF SPOILER ALERT BECAUSE I WONT BE GOING INTO TOO MUCH DETAIL ABOUT THE FILMS OR SPECIFIC SCENES BUT GO WATCH THEM YOURSELVES IN A DARK ROOM ON YOUR OWN OR AT LEAST WITH ONE PERSON WHO KNOWS HOW TO SHUT UP.
I went to see all of these films in the cinema because if you get the chance to have loud sound and a big dark room it’s the perfect place to go until i can create my own home cinema.
Also they are in no particular order.
A QUIET PLACE –
this is actually just a beautiful film in itself with the family dynamics and i did cry a lot but it’s also just clever in how it creates the tension through sound. ingenious and creative film making is also a bonus in horror. it has some big scary monsters that you and the characters are afraid of to the point you feel like holding your breathe making for an intense film that I will watch over and over again.
(i do not recommend watching the similar film The Silence on Netflix which is based off a book of the same name with the same premise as A Quiet Place but is just so much worse and has weird skinless chicken like monsters instead)
THE VVITCH –
so here’s a film i won’t be watching again because it makes me feel so weird. i have attempted to re-watch this once but honestly something about the music is incredibly off putting so credits to the sound team on that one.
it’s a classic family story based in ye olden times with a witch coven and devil in the form of goat (love you black phillip) but experiencing this once was enough for me.
of course this had to be included. there was so much hype over this movie and I had no one to go see it at the time so i went on my own…bad decision. i had seen the trailer and was curious if it would be a case of them putting the best stuff in it but was surprised and terrifyingly wrong.
the raw emotion and actual good shock factor it has alongside the discussion about grief and a fantastic wrap up in the final act makes me commend the team for thinking up such a wild film and actually being able to pull it off.
gotta include some classic Stephen King of course. I have seen the original mini series with Tim Curry but not read the book so i can’t make any comments about changes they’ve made. but this film did make me cry in the cinema so you know the jump scare was actually good. also any scenes with so much blood gets some good gore points. Very excited to watch the second part of this as it looks just as refreshingly creepy. I don’t have a fear of all clowns but just that one.
PET SEMETARY –
This is the most recent horror film which I was genuinely surprised to find scary. I went into this film not knowing anything! I knew it was based on a stephen king book, of which i haven’t read, a film from 1989, which i also have not seen, and didn’t even see the trailer. So I started this film thinking it would be about zombie pets…oh boy was a wrong.
(However I do wish they had gone into a bit more about the Wendigo and the big wall possibly being destroyed. i do have a bit of an understanding about the origins of a Wendigo due to the game Until Dawn so hoped part of the myth would be explained for the resurrection process. again i cant base it off the original text but the original myth)
*honorary mentions to Jordan Peele’s two brilliant films Get Out and Us*
Remind me of any other great spooky films that I’ve missed.