(1935) Bride of Frankenstein

Hands down the best universal monster movie I’ve seen so far. I was straight drooling over those set pieces.

Boris Karloff is the only Monster in my mind. I would even consider this film to be family friendly as he’s the sweetest version of himself. There’s no really complex character development but The Monster is undoubtably more self aware which makes the entire film more engaging.

I don’t really have any complaints, it doesn’t get much better than this for horror in the 1930’s.

8/10

(1943) Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

Alright, well, this wasn’t that great but I still love these universal monster set pieces. The special effects from this era are always entertaining, even though I know many feel the opposite.

I guess my biggest complaint would be The Monster. They were really missing Boris Karloff. This other guy really wasn’t impactive in the role.

Other than that, it’s just kind of a silly film. I think it’s meant to be fun but I enjoyed Son of Frankenstein way more.

6/10

(2017) Life

I frankly don’t care if people want to compare this movie to the new Alien movie because it’s a better film. The embarrassing thing is, Life isn’t even “incredible” or “great”. It’s just a good, solid, complete horror movie.

Jake Gyllenhaal is great as always, frankly one of the better actors of this decade. He brings life (heh) to his performance through some impressive subtleness in his acting. His character just felt real. Other than that, everyone was enjoyable, no complaints. They actually seemed like a group chosen to go into space, which was a breath of fresh air.

My one major complaint was there was too much CGI. It’s a personal preference, I just don’t really care for it most of the time. As good as you can make a CGI alien look, I’m still going to be thinking about it being CGI.

The ending is what makes this film worth talking about, it’s not some Hollywood bullshit. Someone wanted to make this film their way and they got to do it. I’m satisfied with the movie in general. There’s a lot I liked and nothing I hated.

7.5/10

(2017) Alien: Covenant

The Alien series is near and dear to me. I’m not sure if that’s going to make me more critical or less critical but this is my take on this film. Alien: Covenant is for all extensive purposes, a perfectly enjoyable letdown.

The predictability of the film is its most apparent weakness but also the most explainable one. This notion of predictability is delicate ground that often falls into a fallacy of prequels in general. Ridley Scott isn’t ignorant of the series fanbase, or our collective knowledge of the films universe. If I see a character clearly walking towards their impending doom, it can seem momentarily frustrating until I realize Ripley is toying with his audience purposely.

As far as how intelligent those creative decisions are is debatable. Prometheus opened up bold and broad questions about the origins of the Xenomorphs as well as humans themselves. Given the films varied critical reception, I’d understand if the next film wanted to take it in a completely different direction. However, it felt inevitable from the first moments of this film that heĀ intended to expand or wrap up these ideas. I can say almost concretely that none of our big questions were answered. Plot points were covered but the bold mystery of Prometheus was quietly snuffed out for a more conventionally enjoyable narrative. I’m disappointed in that immensely but hey, the man doesn’t get a 100 millions production budget to please the minority.

While I think this film was a win in general for the series, seeing as it will inevitably jump start another sequel, I can’t help but feel as if Ripley just ran out the clock with this one. Listen, I love the original Alien and the climax of this film embodies that films horror element immensely but it doesn’t fucking match up to the rest of the films tone nor is it something original. This is a very safe sequel.

The note I want to end on is a positive one though, because I didn’t walk out of the theater pissed, I’m still thankful for this movie. Katherine Waterston is wonderful and her original pained acting becomes something enigmatic. I didn’t even realize her Ripley-like capabilities until she’d fully embodied them in a really impressive finale.

Second positive note and this man deserves his own paragraph, Michael Fassbender is a fucking god. Whether I’m laughing at him or hissing at him, he commands my full attention.

Imagine if I just left that hissing line without saying anything? Did anyone just picture me hissing in the theater at Michael Fassbender?

5.5/10

(2016) Viral

I’ve been trying to find a good way to describe this film for the last few hours. I guess what it boils down to is that it’s a really good horror movie that attempts to be character driven through somewhat uninteresting characters.

That’s basically it for my complaints though. I thought this one was a ton of fun, especially for a Saturday night Netflix gamble. The effects are very solid, minimal CGI. The pacing is on point and a familiar genre ended up feeling pretty original, which might be the best thing I can say about this.

Anyways, that’s about it. I liked it, you might too. Micheal Kelly’s performance cancels out Machine Gun Kelly’s existence, his character fucking sucked and really knocked this down a peg.

6.5/10

(1939) Son of Frankenstein

I probably should have watched the original Frankenstein first but eh, what can you do? I totally dug this though! Of course there’s that 1930’s cheesy sci-fi but the film as a whole is very entertaining and the set pieces are incredible.

Boris Karloff is a great monster and sonically he really fills that role.

Shit I don’t really know what else to say about this one, I wish I had more knowledge of the previous films. I’ll leave it at this; it’s a very enjoyable, simple 1930’s horror. You’re not getting any mind-fuck type film but it’s a solid popcorn flick.

7/10