Director: Fede Alvarez
Genre: Supernatural Horror
About: Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival. Remake of the original The Evil Dead (1981).
Thoughts: I’m gonna say this outright, I’ve watched The Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness more times than I can count. However, I’ve never watched the original. Neither my mother (responsible for my seeing The Evil Dead 2) nor my uncle (responsible for Army of Darkness) owned it so I never had the chance. Until now as Netflix instant play is kind enough to provide it. Thinking back, I could have watched it first, but maybe it’s good that I didn’t?
All I know is I loved this movie. It was gross. It was tense. And I was bouncing up and down before I entered the theater and after. Maybe it’s not the best movie ever, but I’m adding it to my favorites.
The actors did a good job I think, especially for a bunch of people I know nothing about. Not just the fact they played characters well, but how the possession scenes were awesome. The effects were awesome too. I’m 99% sure they went with practical effects rather than CGI, something that I can appreciate when it’s well done like this.
My favorite part however, was after the credits. Watch it, and you’ll know why.
Also, sorry for a blah review. But trust me, ignore the complainers and give it a shot. You might enjoy it!
Director: John Poliquin
Genre: Supernatural Horror
About: A year after a film crew spent a fatal night there, a new team is entering the halls of Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital in search of the truth. What they discover will make believers out of all of them. That is, any who live to tell the tale.
Thoughts: As far as horror movies go, I think we can all agree that found-footage flicks are terrible and in overabundance for the last few years (thank you, Paranormal Activity.) I acknowledge that they are often horrible, however I tend to at least enjoy them. This one was pretty much the same damn thing.
The jumpscares made me scream, giving my friends headaches as I was in a Skype call, and a few moments were actually tense enough that I had to look away. The ghosts/monsters are so generic, but I still didn’t want to see them… So I was having a good time. That is, until the end. Bad CGI loves ruining movies (some more.)
So the characters weren’t lovable, the plot was nothing new, the scares were less about atmosphere and more about surprise, and the end was terrible. But if you like jumpscares you might like it. But probably not.
ALSO, skip the first 40 minutes. It’s terrible.