(2016) Quarries

I love being able to say that I think this is a bit underrated. The actual plot is seemingly contrived out of nothing. Oh god it’s so retarded now that I’m trying to rationalize it.

What I really meant to praise was the woman. It was a horror movie about woman and the woman fucking killed it. I’m super impressed. They actually elevated this movie beyond what it should have been.

I can’t say I recommend it but I also don’t think it was a waste of my time, the iMDB rating is far too low.

6/10

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(2012) The Battery

I was super surprised by this film, definitely indie but it held my attention better than most zombie apocalypse movies.

Jeremy Gardner was the best of this film, both in acting and directing. The more isolated he made it, the more I felt it succeeded.

I don’t know what else to say, this is a really smart movie. They took an overused idea and managed to craft an interesting series of moments. It’s full of realness, tension and revenge.

I really like this one and I love the artwork as well.

7.5/10

 

(2018) Hereditary

This was the first film I’ve seen where the hype and chatter surrounding tripped me up and absolutely effected the way I perceived it.

Much like an NBA All-Star basketball game, Ari Astor utilizes all the best aspects of recent and less-recent horror success films to craft his summer blockbuster. This film reminded me of The ConjuringA Dark Song and Donnie Darko. It works on almost every single level. It’s not just a showcase of entertainment but also incredibly detailed; speckled with foreshadowing, dynamic character relationships, twists and style.

The problem I had was that none of it felt original. I felt like I was being served up an amalgam of other director’s successes. That’s the thing though, the films you love dearly are often not the ones universally praised. It’s not even a hipster thing but we’re simply creatures who take pleasure in self-discovery. Something is always more powerful when it feel like it means something specific to you, rather than an exaggerated universal terror, iterated through every fucking headline in america.

It’s still really good though.

8/10

(1960) Peeping Tom

This film is quite possibly the first slasher movie ever made and a somewhat interesting one at that.

People draw comparisons to Hitchcock’s Psycho, being that they sparked similar controversy and were released the same year. However, beyond those two aspects, I don’t really see too many similarities between the two.

This film reminded me much more of giallo film. It’s really stylistic and colorful. It has that POV aspect occasionally and the true nature of the film lies more in mystery than in carnage.

I wasn’t initially sure about Karlheinz Böhm as an actor but I think he played into that awkward, pseudo-charming voyeur quite well. 

It’s good but no where near as good as Psycho. Powell really didn’t deserve the backlash from this.

7.5/10

(2018) A Quiet Place

This film is getting quite a bit of praise from critics and fans alike but what the score on iMDB won’t show you is how many people are bursting blood vessels trying to vocalize their complaints.

I think this is the first sci-fi horror film that made me realize how unwelcoming sci-fi fans really are. I’ve never heard more complaints about a great film, most of them remarking over hypothetical situations and critiquing information that doesn’t even exist in the confines of the film. “This is so unrealistic. Why don’t they just do this? The problem could have easily been solved with this.”

This heavy sci-fi critiquing is an infuriating way to look at this film because it’s not even about anything other than a family simply trying to survive. Just like anyone, part of that survival is through trial and error. Sci-fi fans want realism but are incapable of accepting the fact that humans are imperfect and will occasionally push logic to the wayside in favor of impulse.

I’m in no way saying the characters in this film are stupid of act insensibly. Watching them behave is one of the most suspenseful aspects to the film. They do almost everything as carefully as possible but the rules of this universe don’t allow for any slip-ups.

I’m completely blows away by every aspect of this film. John and Emily not only have exceptional on-screen chemistry (obviously) but are both individually world-class actors. Even the deaf character Regan played by Millicent Simmonds, whose deaf in real life, ads so much realism to her character.

Go see it. It’s undoudabtlay one of the best films of 2018, calling it now.

9/10

(2017) Cargo

I really loved the transformation sequences and how they were executed. I can’t even remember the last zombie transformation that actually impressed me but the ones in Cargo are awesome.

Another thing I really enjoyed was the ending sequence, specifically the details. I probably shouldn’t have even begun to talk about this because I can’t explain anything else about it without dropping spoilers.

As an entire package though, this film is just one giant cliché. It’s just the same old, regurgitated, emotionally manipulative, apocalyptic zombie slow-burn. It brings almost nothing new to the table and yeah, I don’t really give a fuck about it.

5/10

(1923) The Hunchback of Notre Dame

This was probably the hardest silent film I’ve ever had to sit though. The story is what it is, and there’s essentially nothing visually interesting about it.

I mean the fucking thing is almost 2-hours long. It’s fucking boring dude, it’s really fucking boring. Is Lon Chaney good? It’s sort of irrelevant, he’s in a giant costume.

I don’t know man, I’m not really digging it. It’s just too fucking long. I mean it’s good and everything, I can give credit for what was achieved given the time it was made but straight honesty, it’s not an easy watch,

5/10