(1998) Progeny

I’m a huge fan of Brian Yuzna and pretty much any body horror film he’s involved with. Progeny isn’t as crazy gruesome as some of his other films but it’s still totally awesome.

The actual abduction scenes themselves did entertain me in a sort of b-horror way, which isn’t the same feeling I get watching films like Re-Animator. I enjoy genuinely impressive special makeup effects but I also enjoy the shitty stuff too. I just want to clarify that a great deal of this film is the former.

The ending is great, definitely cements this as an intelligent psychological horror in my mind. All-in-all, it’s nothing perfect, some shit looks stupid and some looks awesome. As a whole, I really dug it though. I didn’t get too hung up on the design work as I didn’t feel like the aliens detracted from the films plot.

7/10

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(2008) Pontypool

This was such a breath of fresh ass. What a fantastic, original script from Tony Burgess. This was undoubtedly one of the most engaging films I’ve seen in a while.

Beyond the on screen tension, there’s this constant, unrelenting force of strangeness that’s almost anxiety inducing. Fantastic, believable performances all around. Stephan McHattie and Lisa Houle were just great.

I love films that take place all in one room, they tend to usually have much stronger central ideas, rather than relying heavily of effects and shit.

Anyways, that’s all I can say about this one without giving too much away. I don’t think a film like this will be universally praised just because it’s so out there but it hit my personal g-spot.

9/10

(2015) The Devil’s Candy

Fantastic fucking movie. It’s loud, energetic and dirty but not without substance. Sean Byrne is following up his 2009 hit The Loved Ones here and in my opinion, improves upon his earlier work with this film.

As far as this film itself goes, like I said, it looks and sounds fantastic. Pruitt Taylor Vince looks straight out of a horror survival video game.

This is a strange type of horror film for me because I believe on a minimalistic level, it can be praised by almost anyone but when you try and break it apart, it might start to divide people. There’s tons of religious imagery and while a lot of the characters symbolism seems painted on their face, the true motives behind each one’s actions can seem clouded.

Regular readers know that this site isn’t for spoilers; I have my own interpretation of the film that I’m content with and others will form their own. This is not a film to miss though. Sean Byrne is back baby, get those greasy fingers in a bowl of popcorn and toss this one on. There’s plenty to love here for everyone.

8/10

(2014) Alien Abduction

I didn’t expect much with this one. The setup for the found footage is kind of funny/clever. They basically have an autistic kid who needs to film everything to calm himself down.

The movie is really bad though. The acting is bad, the effects are bad and they even recycled the same exact alien sound used in War of the Worlds (the Tom Cruise one).

4/10

(2015) Darling

I’m really starting to enjoy Lauren Ashley Carter, her acting is wonderfully restrained. Unfortunately this film, albeit quite good, felt too much like a Polanski imitation rather than a respectable nod to his style.

The first time you see some of Polanski’s techniques, especially with his innovative sound design, it’s invigorating. The second time you see them, especially from someone other than the man himself, it feels kind of stale.

I can’t praise this movie for its innovation. It really felt like an incredibly well done film school project. Watch Polanski’s Repulsion¬†back to back with this and you’ll get what I’m talking about.

5/10

(2017) Devil in the Dark

I’m kind of speechless right now. This is without a doubt a criminally underrated movie. Just for reference, this has a fucking 4.4/10 on iMDB right now.

It had its cliches in terms of characters and setups but my god are they nothing really but a blindside to what this film really is. The CGI is terrible, ripped me out completely for a moment but still, 4.4? People need to seriously just fuck right off.

I loved this shit; it’s timid, methodical but ultimately chilling. Excellent job to everyone involved. I watched it with the lights off with great headphones. The sound and picture were both great. The story itself was spine chilling in a short story sense, in that nothing was ever really explained. I love that though.

The characters are natural and believable. There’s never too much detail about anything and thats the way this film was designed.

Great movie. I’m totally fucking psyched to put a 4.4/10 movie on my year end list. It took a stupid fucking concept that was so unoriginal and made it scary. I can’t give enough props to these guys, there’s just a general vibe I got from this movie that was hard to describe.

7/10

(2010) I Saw the Devil

I’m just going to blurt this out there before I forget it because I’m constantly trying to figure out how to¬†describe movies like this. I Saw the Devil has, beyond every other thrilling aspect the film, an invigoratingly intense visual component. Off the top of my head it’s similar to No Country for Old Men and The Town That Dreaded Sundown (the remake). What kind of style is this? Is there a name for it? Either way, it’s without a doubt one of my favorite styles of filmmaking.

Jee-Woon Kim makes actions feel loud and crisp. Both the villain and our protagonist are powerful in their own right. It’s both intensified but also remarkably realistic. I get that that’s a paradox of sorts but I just mean, it’s just not what audiences are used to seeing. There’s not too much left to the imagination with this one in terms of the violent sequences.

That’s all I have for you folks, it’s getting late and I’m too tired to do a whole rant and rave. Without supporting such a grandiose statement with more facts or interesting commentary let me just say that this film is really fucking good. I know people always fucking call movies “unapologetic” but this film is truly unapologetic. It injects elements into an already fantastic story that will instantly become divisive among fans. Fortunately, I ate up the crazier story aspects and I suspect many other horror fans will too. At almost 2 1/2 hours, this movie never once even hinted at boring me.

This is a no brainer recommendation, just watch it.

9.5/10