So as I previously mentioned, I decided to watch a scary movie every day for the month of October. Without going too deep into the psychological effects I am already noticing from doing this, it has been a good experience.
I don’t watch a lot of scary movies, but the handful that I have watched this week have been good.
I won’t be giving a 500+ word review on each movie. I’ll give a brief summary of the movie and then a 5-star rating as a scary movie and then a quick thought that I had.
October 1: Overlord
On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers drop behind enemy lines and soon begin to realize that there’s more going on in the Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation.
Overlord wasn’t a bad movie. If I was rating it as a movie overall I’d give it a 3.5. It’s an alternative history type war movie, and those always are welcomed in my mind, but it’s not a very scary movie. More so just thriller and monsters.
October 2: Hellfest
On Halloween night, three young women and their respective boyfriends head to Hell Fest — a ghoulish traveling carnival that features a labyrinth of rides, games and mazes. They soon face a bloody night of terror when a masked serial killer turns the horror theme park into his own personal playground.
Though this wasn’t the scariest movie I have ever seen, what I really enjoyed about it is that one of the main characters actually uses her brain and thinks about how they can stop the killer, instead of just making bad call after bad call.
October 3: CAM
A camgirl has her principles, until a mysterious woman who looks just like her takes over her channel.
Honestly, not a great scary movie at all, and only marginally better as a movie in general. I don’t really understand how this came up as a google search for scary movies, but I’m sure someone knows why. It’s a movie about a distant perspective, and theres a bit of thrill to it but overall not great and not scary.
October 4: 23:59
An Army recruit is found dead one minute before midnight on an island military training camp. The gruesome incident reveals a terrifying secret, and his fellow soldiers have to confront their deepest fears.
I was a bit worried about this movie at first because I heard great things about Asian Horror movies, but I was woefully underwhelmed . There was too much buildup for what the scary ghost was, and when it finally appeared I didn’t find it to be that scary. I think the idea was good, but the storytelling just wasn’t there.
October 5: The Blair Witch Project
Found video footage tells the tale of three film students who’ve traveled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale’s veracity. But the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises.
I’m a sucker for a good found footage movie, and The Blair Witch Project does a good job. The older quality cameras and the slow buildup of the horror really did it for me. I’ve heard it’s not the scariest movie out there, but I turned a light on in my apartment mid-way through watching this.