(1932) The Mummy

It’s an absolute classic so I’m not just going to reiterate what others have said better already. I just wanted to draw attention to a few different aspects.

One, the closeup shots of Karloff had me drooling.

Two, Freund uses this really interesting technique where he cuts the soundtrack completely during certain scenes. I wasn’t sure how to feel about it at first but it definitely made me uncomfortable, in a good way.

That’s all I have for you boys.

7.5/10

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(1970) Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

I don’t want to go all train-of-thought in this review too much, since the film itself will provide enough confusion. However, when this ended, I was left with much more of a feeling than an explanation. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a memorable Czech surrealist horror film that weaves in an out of easily dissected symbolism, as well as pure fantasy.

I would absolutely consider this a coming-of-age film and they balanced the horror and whimsical elements perfectly. For that reason alone, I don’t believe I’ve seen any other film quite like this. With a tantalizing soundtrack and colorful visuals, I really felt transported into this strange new world.

It’s a fantastic film that I believe is intentionally silly at times but with plenty moments of genuine suspense. Definitely check this one out if you’re into surrealism or just plain weirdness.

7.5/10

(2016) American Fable

American Fable is a highly ambitious project from writer/director Anne Hamilton and I feel like she captures the dying small American farming family in a unique light.

You know, I’ve been sitting here typing and deleting in a frustrating thought loop when in reality, that’s kind of indicative of this film. I wanted to like it badly. It even gave me a ton to go on but ultimately, its tedious nature felt entirely unnecessary and the fantasy elements just didn’t hit for me.

I think the film itself looked great but it was confusing and I’m not afraid to say that. I don’t lazily watch these types of films and I can say with confidence that, despite a relatively simple story, there were certain details injected that only served to confuse. I really crave resolution and too much was left to my imagination.

People seem to be digging it so I still encourage you to check it out. It wasn’t a swing and a miss for me by any means but there’s just too much working against it for my tastes.

6/10

(1920) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

I’m not exactly sure of the filmmakers direct intentions but even if they made this film as a natural reflection of the current state, it really paints a frightening picture of obedience in Germany.

Just as is, it’s a really creepy film both looks wise and just the way it’s paced. For a silent movie, the storyline was actually quite dynamic and it even has a very unexpected twist at the end.

I can’t really talk about performances. 97 years later, those aspects seem unintentionally limited but I did appreciate the way people moved and the overall expressive nature of the acting.

It’s definitely a staple in horror film history and would be a good watch for anyone who’s interested in taking a trip through time.

8/10

(1994) New Nightmare

It’s not the first meta horror film but I believe it might be the first “modern” use of this concept. People really dig this one but I can’t say I agree, at least not to the same extent.

Just to cover the creativity aspect, everything does tie together quite geniously. They definitely elevated the plot above the simplicity of the movie-in-a-movie idea. That part of the film is indeed a strength.

I really didn’t care for the child actor though. Is it okay to rip on kids? If so, that kid fucking sucks dude, he sucks in Pet Cemetery too. His performance is comical at best.

I also didn’t care for Freddy’s new look, he just didn’t need it and ended up looking more like The Creeper from Jeepers Creepers.

It’s good, not great.

6/10

(1991) Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare

I’m happy that nothing is dialed back this late in the series in terms of effects (they at least went for it) but most of the kills just felt corny and dated.

They did give a little bit more background on Freddy, as well as having somewhat of a conclusion but I can’t say it left me satisfied. It’s definitely a horror comedy but one that’s not necessarily funny.

I don’t know, I don’t really like it.

4/10

(1987) A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors

I think this is my favorite one in the series (so far). It’s absolutely ridiculous but so good. For a film in this specific franchise, you couldn’t really ask for anything more.

The only complaint I really have is that Heather Langenkamp’s acting is really weak. I get that they wanted to bring her back but I’m not feeling her at all.

Everything else is a huge plus though. The practical effects are unreal. Its creepy and dynamic set designs will entertain all horror fans alike. Whether you’re 8 years old and about to never sleep again or 28 and desensitized from life, this isn’t a sequel to miss.

7/10