Monday, 15 October 2012

SHOCKtober '12: WEEK 2

I didn't watch as many horror moves as I had planned to last week. It was my long awaited week off work and so I decided that I should probably spend my time a little more productively than just sitting around watching movies. I did manage to watch six horror movies. Some good, some not so good. Here is the round-up...

Ils (2006) (aka Them) - French home invasion thriller in which a young couple are terrorized in the middle of the night. Kind of like a French version of The Strangers. In fact they are very very similar films. I really love this movie. It was less shocking second time round, but still great.

The Victim (2011) - I pretty much only watched this movie because it was written and directed by Michael "Kyle Reese" Biehn and stars Danielle Harris (I freakin' LOVE Danielle Harris!). It's about two girls being pursued by crooked cops whom seek refuge with Biehn's character (Who is weirdly called Kyle), who may or may not be a serial killer in hiding. It's an interesting idea, but unfortunately the execution was rather lacking.

Puppet Master (1989) - Some puppets come to life, kill some people, the end. Camp 80s shenanigans, all pretty tame by today's standards. I'd love to see this one get the remake treatment!

Puppet Master 2 (1991) - This film holds a special place in my heart as it was the first horror film I ever saw. I was around eight years old, staying over at a friend's house and his Mum let us rent whatever movies we wanted. So we got this and Halloween 5. Real responsible parenting! The movie itself pretty much sucks and didn't even scare me as an eight year old. Watching it again at twenty five I was surprised by how much of it I could still vividly remember. It must have made quite an impression on me, despite all the suckiness.

Laid to Rest (2009) - I wasn't expecting much from this slasher movie but I really enjoyed it. The story follows a young girl who wakes up in a coffin with no memory of who she is or how she got there. She is then stalked by a crazed killer called ChromeSkull who likes to kill girls and film it. The special effects in this film were excellent! This is in no doubt due to the director, Robert Hall, who was a make-up effects artist before moving to directing.

ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 (2011) - I didn't enjoy this one as much as the original. It tries to give ChromSkull a backstory but leaves you with more questions than answers. Once again the make-up effects are absolutely amazing, but that is really this film's only saving grace. That along with the fact that it stars Danielle Harris!

This week I think I'm going to track down some more Danielle Harris movies!

P.S - My time which was spent "productively" last week was on a super top secret project that I am working on. It is going to be awesome, and you will undoubtedly love it. I hope. All will be revealed in good time. Watch this space!

1 comment:

  1. Ok, cool--never heard of ils--going to look that one up, thanks!
    Puppet master and puppet master two are on my top ten all time guilty childhood pleasures--ie sneaking out of bed and watching late night tv--oh yes, I was a rebel. I like you saw two first. The guy with the screw hands? Adorable. And that chick who pukes slugs? Kind of hot to a younger Erin. Yes sir.
    Watching space until project reveled, roger that.