I saw a BLOODY BUCKET LOAD of horror movies in Halloween. But first, let's give some props to smart, beautiful sci-fi.
BLADE RUNNER 2049 is fantastic. Could've just been a nostalgia trip but it's so much more. Builds on an already fantastic sci-fi world. A brilliant Part 2. And oh my, so gorgeous.
It's a real shame that the movie isn't attracting audiences the way it could and should have. Please, support good science fiction and go see this on the big screen. I don't think you'll regret it. Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best films of the year.
Now we get into the horror movies. THE DEVIL'S CANDY. Writer/director Byrne doesn't reinvent the wheel with his haunted house/home invasion/demonic possession horror story but damn if it isn't one of the best examples of its genre we've seen this year. And it's so very, very metal.
Metalhead painter moves his young family to a house with a history. The former occupant (a brilliantly cast Pruitt Taylor Vince) keeps coming back around, acting creepy around the family's daughter. And the artist, driven by a dark muse that's come to him since moving into the house, is now producing his best (and most distributing) work of his career. Unpredictable plot, fast pacing, strong characters, and a heavy metal soundtrack make this a horror film you shouldn't miss.
Whyyy did I wait so long to watch this? TRAIN TO BUSAN is superb. Incredibly tense. A thrill a minute roller coaster ride through hell.
I love the depiction of the apocalypse unfolding outside the window. It calls to mind Spielberg's War of the Worlds.
As a zombie movie, it doesn't reinvent the genre. But it takes what's there and uses it to create something special.
Train to Busan may be the best zombie feature since Shaun of the Dead.
What a detestable antagonist.
What a brave performance.
What an upsetting movie.
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE is fantastic and infuriating and holy shit levels of dark for its time. Would make for one helluva double feature with SUNSET BLVD.
Japan’s leading voice in the found footage horror scene is writer/director Koji Shiraishi, and NOROI: THE CURSE is commonly thought to be his best work. Noroi is the story of supernatural investigator who goes missing while tracking the clues about a mysterious curse surrounding a strange woman with a dark past. We begin the story, like The Blair Witch Project, already knowing that many of the characters we’ll soon meet are ultimately doomed from the start. Despite this, Shiraishi’s story remains endlessly thrilling because the characters are likable and the mystery is difficult to pin down. It is chilling.
Speaking of Japanese horror films, check out my feature at City on Fire where I journey through the history of Japanese horror cinema and name off some of the best of the best.
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