November 26th, 2014
The Babadook is one of those rare movies where you can predict quite a lot of the plot, and yet you’re still “having fun” watching it.
The atmosphere is very dense most of the time and it’s hard to compare it to any other horror movie of the recent years. That’s mostly due to the fact that most haunted-houses / family horror movies are portraying the families as perfect (with a twist, mostly in the father) while here we see something dysfunctional from the very beginning.
That makes it all the more believable and frightening, especially when we consider all the metaphors in this film and what the Babadook really is (or can be, as the movie doesn’t give any definite answers).
All in all it’s a very well made horror film, well deserving it’s current praise. It’s original, quite scary and it tries to create it’s own “bad guy” instead of redoing the same ones over and over again. Kudos to that! And you can now get the pop-up book for yourself on their website, which adds to the mystery.
December 9th, 2013
Insidious 2 is supposedly James Wan’s last horror film. That’s too bad because after the great first part, and completely awesome “the conjuring” he showed us that he’s not that “the SAW guy” anymore. He brought american horror stories to a new height, even if some of the elements are a bit cliche. The best thing about his movies, and Insidious 2 is a good example of that is the fact that they’re not really “scary-scary” like most films. They’re scary on a whole other level, when you try to think if any of this can be true.
This movie is a good mix of both the “dead-world” and the real world, in which there is a battle (as usual) , but what’s really cool here is that at some point it starts being two-dimensional and twists and turns keep twisting and turning.
Of course we wouldn’t be done with a movie like that without a window to part 3, which sadly is supposed to be directed by someone else for a change. For now though, you should go watch part 2. It’s not as good as part one, but it’s definitely worth a watch.
January 19th, 2013
The Awakening is a pretty interesting idea – a female scholar (in the time in Britain, that it was as unlikely, as a donkey professor) is an expert on disproving the paranormal. Sure she doesn’t have fancy digital cameras, but she does come packing equipment that can help her discover and uncover fake ghost stories and disprove the existence of haunted houses.
When a story starts like this, we already know that she’ll be proven wrong and learn that ghosts do exist sometimes. That’s not really a spoiler, it’s just common sense. I’m thinking if it was the other way around – a super ghost believer sees they’re all fake throughout the whole movie, it’d be something special and still could be scary. But anyway, back to the story – there was a boys school in the middle of nowhere in England and one of the boys died. The other boys claimed it was a ghost, and a scary one. Our researcher-lady decides to check it out and goes there, sets up here equipment and blood starts flowing…
Well not really because it’s not at all a gory movie. It’s more about setting the atmosphere and learning more about the characters past, with a pinch of ghosts added to the mix. That’s not necessarily bad, even though it’s not quite scary, but as a movie it’s very well done. The story is interesting and the finale nicely pieces everything together.
Not a masterpiece but a very well made movie indeed.
January 10th, 2013
The Possession is one of those movies that take a basic, overused idea and add a spice of something new to the mix. In this case the “new” was the fact that the girl (it’s always a girl, isn’t it?) wasn’t taken by our own christian devil, but a jewish female dybuk that speaks creepy Polish. Aside from that one twist the rest is pretty straightforward and typical for a exorcism-movie. Sure the guy performing it is a hipster-jew listening to music on his iPod all the time, but that’s just a sign that times have changed. The story is not bad, but nothing special either. Divorced family, a “good” dad trying to spend quality time with his daughters and a mysterious box that wasn’t supposed to be opened. And guess what happened? One of the girls opened it. That’s right. But who could blame her, if the Jewish priests who trapped the demon inside the box wanted it to be close they’d use at least a couple of languages on the lid saying “seriously dude, don’t touch it!” instead of some old hebrew alphabet that not many can read.
As cliche as those possession horrors have become, the twist here actually works in it’s favour. The acting is good enough, but the plot might get a little boring after a while. It’s not scary at all, but was pretty fun to watch over a few beers. It’s also supposedly based on a true story, but seriously? Which movie nowadays isn’t saying that to scare you more?
December 27th, 2012
Since I am currently in lovely Barcelona, Spain, I decided to check out the place where my favorite movie was filmed. It wasn’t really that hard, and google helped me out a lot. The Address is Rambla de Catalunya 34. You need to get off at the Passeig de Gracia metro and go one block towards the Rambla de Catalunya to find it. As a proof here are some pics!
You remember that hallway?