Scary Movie Weekly Update

Scary Movie Weekly Update

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.

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Movie Review: Toy Story 4

Movie Review: Toy Story 4

Toy story is a movie that most of you have seen and or grown up with. They are some of the best kids movies around, and we all probably had a little Buzz or Woody toy at some point in time.

I was okay with Toy Story 2, and 3 nearly had me in tears a few times, and I was perfectly happy with how it ended at the end of Toy Story 3.

I didn’t need, or necessarily even want a Toy Story 4, but I heard it was pretty good so I figured I should go watch it.

Overall, it was a good movie. I liked how it ventured into a different set of toys, and that the bad guy turned good in the end.

My problem with it, is that I don’t think it was necessary. The ending seems kind of odd to me, but it did raise some interesting questions in my mind.

It seems like they just made the movie because of the money they would make. I guess Woody is the main character of the entire series, but I didn’t really care about him in that way. He’s no longer the favourite toy of Andy, and so he just leaves. He leaves his friends behind because he’s not the top dog anymore.

To me it seemed sort of empty. There wasn’t much weight to it. Before he left, Woody was all about making sure Bonnie was happy and helping her cope with kindergarten, but then suddenly he wants to leave.

I get he wants to run away with the “woman” he loves, but his growth from having a child to wanting to run away seemed sort of forced to me, but that might just be me.

For the most part we see toys that are owned by someone, mainly Andy.

But what about toys that don’t have owners? What about toys you win at a carnival.

We kind of get to experience these things in Toy Story 4, which was really cool. I had never thought about that before, so exploring those questions a bit was interesting to me, but it did bring new questions to mind.

One thing I couldn’t stop imagining was what happened when toys were destroyed or when a toy is broken.

We dive into those ideas a little bit, but being a Disney/Pixar movie, there isn’t too much on it.

Movie Review: Midsommar

Movie Review: Midsommar

I’m a big fan of thriller and creepy movies, so when I saw the trailer for Midsommar I instantly wanted to go see it.

Most movies that have a secret cult in them are good for many reasons, and in my opinion Midsommar fit the bill perfectly.

I really enjoyed every minute of it, even though it was sort of predictable and i knew what certain things were that the main characters didn’t.

Ari Aster’s work, in my opinion, is not quite like any other director. I’m not a big movie nerd, but he has a way of throwing in those unknown gods and deities into his movies (Hereditary) that you don’t really see coming and it’s one of my favourite movie tropes.

My biggest issue with the movie, and with other Aster work is that the shots and the gore are absolutely beautiful, but the characters are sort of flat and don’t seem to have too much development.

I found Midsommar utterly transfixing, darkly comic, ravishing, and appropriately terrifying; despite a two-hour-and-20-minute running time, I was never inclined to wish that it were shorter, happy to put myself under the same strange Scandinavian spell as the one that seals the major characters to their fate.

Midsommar is a story about how relationships feel during a breakup. The whole movie is focused on the relationship between Dani (who was fantastic in my opinion) and Christian. They have their issues, and Christian is ready to break up with Dani before the worst thing happens, her parents and sister die tragically.

Things evolve and they both end up across the waters in northern Scandinavia, celebrating the summer solstice festival in a small commune. Off the hop you can just tell the commune is off, but the main characters don’t seem to notice anything is wrong. They take drugs, are excluded from a certain strange looking building, and even watch two elders jump off of a cliff, to which they don’t react too harshly.

The citizens of the commune don’t really take much effort to hide what’s going on, and come up with some pretty shitty lies to cover their tracks, or just opt for the straight up approach and tell them it’s tradition…to which the main characters sort of accept over and over.

One part of the movie I liked is that it takes place almost entirely in sunlight. Because it is summer, the sun doesn’t set for long in the northern part of the world, so the creepiness doesn’t get amplified by the darkness…but I don’t think it needs to. It does a hell of a job of being creepy with the constant sunlight.

I enjoyed the ending of the movie though. Dani, evidently wins in the end of their “relationship” and ends up staying with the commune, finally finding a place that she feels like she fits in, since she has been lost since her family died.

Have you seen Midsommar? What were your thoughts? Like it or hate it? Let me know in the comments

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