The Bye Bye Man

There are already horror movies about the Candyman and the bogey man. However, another movie, The Bye Bye Man, takes on another superstition but unfortunately fails the fan miserably. The film starts with a journalist named Madison Wisconsin mentioned a specific name to some people in 1969. Then, the journalist ended up killing most of his neighbors. After 10 years, a group of friends consisting of a college student (Elliot) and his girlfriend (Sasha) and his best friend (John) moves into a creepy old house where he stumbled upon a name etched on one of their furniture.

These men are your typical guy vying for attention of one women, whereas the girlfriend was not even given a proper backstory. Meanwhile, the supposedly The Bye Bye man in the movie is lackluster in bringing horror, though he is most notable for dropping gold coins to catch attention, travels by train, and is accompanied of an animal that resembles a hellhound.

Then, the movie proceeds like a normal slasher film but at much a more disappointing manner. Viewers also noted the low production of the movie and lackluster acting of the actors. There were also some major issues regarding the basic narrative of the film.

However, what disappointed horror fans the most was the seemingly lack of respect of the movie for them. It seemed that the movie just assumed that horror fans would accept whatever supposedly terror horror movies throw at them. Though some may be worse than The Bye Bye Man, none can possibly ever cause disappointment the same way that it did.

Rings

After 20 years, the latest installment of The Ring movie franchise, was released in American theaters. Some may think that it is a bit awkward to release the movie at this age, when videotape is already a foreign term to most millennials.

Entitled “Rings”, the movie is an outgrowth of the very popular horror flick, Ringu, which was released in 1998. The first movie was so popular that it was adopted in Hollywood and was followed by several sequels. During the first movie’s release, VHS tapes are not yet so obsolete, but DVDs were already on their way to become one of the most popular media technology trend. Ringu gained popularity as it merged Japanese horror theme of ancient spirits and digital technology. Fans would always remember the black-and-white tape and realistic images that it portrayed.

However, Ringu was made two decades ago and technological horror is not something that would scare people nowadays. Even the succeeding movies of The Ring failed to scare the hell out of audiences the same ways as the original movie did. In one of the sequels, the video is now embedded in a file that kills when shared.

In Rings, Gabriel, played by Johnny Galecki from The Big Bang Theory and Roseanne, is a college professor who ends having the original Ring videotape in his hands. The professor uses the videotape in an experiment on soul existence and shows it to some college students. In the movie, the curse of the tape is passed by making a copy of the tape and showing it to another person.

Meanwhile, Julia, who is played by Matilda Lutz, discovers that her boyfriend is one of the students who participated in Gabriel’s experiments. The movie becomes inconsistent at some points as the format of the video changes from the videotape and the becomes a computer file. Still, most of the images are those seen from the original Ring videotape though there some new ones are added.

The new images serve as clues to a mysterious disappearance. Julia investigates, and she and another character, Holt, end up in Sacrament Valley. In the town, they meet some mysterious and creepy locals. What happens afterward includes the normal horror flick formula, and the movie fails to achieve the same greatness the its predecessor attained 20 years ago.

Get Out

Get Out goes out of great lengths in exploring the horror genre. The movie takes a unique perspective as it tackles confusion and disappointment in race relations at this modern age while simultaneously instilling fear to its audiences.

The film’s prologue provides a sneak peek on the horrific violence that happens in the movie before it starts delivering the story of the budding romance of a young couple: Chris and Rose. The couple is set for a visit to Rose’s hometown, while Chris is having reservations despite his girlfriend’s reassurance regarding the supposedly open-mindedness of her parents, especially when Chris is black.

From this moment onward, the movie tackles one of the most sensitive and pressing social issues of today, and it succeeded in engaging the audience, with $170 million of earnings at the US box office.

Upon their arrival to Rose’s hometown and upon meeting her parents, Chris realizes that he is at the mercy of some of the most racist individuals he has ever known.

Get Out is a product of the brilliant mind of Jordan Peele, half of the popular comedy duo of Key and Peele.

Rose’s parents have seemingly perfect jobs. Her father is a surgeon, whereas her mother is a psychiatrist. These people seem welcoming enough, but Chris feels that there’s something more especially when he sees the tension in their black staff consisting of a gardener and a maid. He knows that something bad lurks within Rose’s home based on their expressions and stiff behavior.

Only one other horror film delved on the idea of race: George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. As zombie fans possibly know, the 1968 movie centers on black man trying to fight the undead in a town dominated by white people.

The same premise is reflected in Get Out, where a young black man must survive his girlfriend’s racist parents. The film builds up tension as the politeness of white people reaches its limit before giving rise to an outburst of physical violence.

Best Horror Films 2016

Last year (2016) was a great year for horror movies. Between those released in Hollywood and shown in backdrop of indie genre, people can find some notable horror flicks that can whet their appetite for suspense and thrill. The following are some of the 2016 horror movies that people should check during one of their movie nights.

  1. THE CONJURING 2

The sequel to the blockbuster hit, The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 follows the story of married paranormal investigators who are continuing their battle against evil spiritual entities in London. Notably, this film does not fall very far behind its predecessor.

  1. HUSH

Hush is one of the hit flicks in Netflix. The movie is not that unique or comes with a heavy plot, but viewers will enjoy watching it. The story is about deaf woman who is living alone in her home. Her peace was suddenly devastated because of a stalker who invades her house. In summary, Hush proves to be a winner suspense and full-of-action horror flick.

  1. THE SHALLOWS

The Shallows will catch the heart of shark movie fans. The movie tells the story of a young woman who finds herself trapped in a rock in the middle of the ocean while being guarded by a shark. The movie does not run out of suspense and the shark also has a lot of something to bite. Basically, The Shallows is perfect for those who side with sharks and those who are seeking for great thrill of escaping death by sharp teeth.

  1. 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

10 Cloverfield Lane tells the story of a young woman who finds herself locked with a deranged man. The movie is a psychological thriller with a twist of science fiction. Though things may get a bit freakish along the way, viewers can still enjoy the mind-bending things that happen to the protagonist.

  1. GREEN ROOM

Green Room seems to pay tribute to the 1976 classic, Assault on Precinct 13. However, starring group of punks who bear witness to something terrifying, the movie is full of brutality and horror. The group ends up as hostages of terrible people who can only be expected to do nothing good.

  1. LIGHTS OUT

Lights Out is the expanded version of a popular YouTube video about a supernatural being that disappears when lights are turned on. The movie features a young woman and his kid brother. Though quite predictable, viewers will surely yelp and hold on to their seats in a number of scenes.

  1. DON’T BREATHE

Don’t Breathe is one of the greatest hits in the horror genre in 2016. Viewers will witness various subversions, plus they will also claustrophobic as some young robbers find themselves in the mercy of the man whom they try to steal from.

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Resident Evil Franchise

Last January, Resident Evil fans witnessed the last installment of the movie franchise. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter tells the final chapter of Alice’s battle against the Umbrella Corporation. And of course, zombies.

The movie lost its support in the US. Though the last installment can be considered noteworthy and comes with some remarkable twist, it only earned $26 million domestically. Apparently, fans have grown tired of being disappointed by the previous Resident Evil movies.

However, when you look at the bigger picture, Resident Evil franchise is still making waves across continents. In fact, all previous Resident Evil films were received warmly by audiences that it another addition to the franchise was made possible. Moreover, the fourth film, Afterlife, earned $300 million worldwide.

Thus, as Americans are no longer paying attention to The Final Chapter, international screenings are still going big, with earnings of around $240 million. Surprisingly, this number does not include the earnings for China’s opening weekend, a staggering amount of $94.3 million. Thus, The Resident Evil: Final Chapter earned significantly more than its budget of $40 million.

Going back to the previous Resident Evil films, franchise was supposed to end with Afterlife. However, with the success of the franchise internationally, Paul W.S. Anderson found it hard to move on. And again, Screen Gems and Constantin Films witnessed the success of Resident Evil. As business enterprises, they are placed in a tight position regarding whether to continue the Resident Evil franchise or do a reboot. In the end, true Resident Evil fans can only hope. These monsters are as bad as a scary vampire.

Alien Covenant

Alien universe was told from different point of view with the prequel movie Prometheus. Fans were first expecting Prometheus 2, but now with a new title, Alien: Covenant is another prequel movie about Xenomorphs. If people can still remember the last moments of the last movie, they can expect to see more Aliens in this upcoming movie. However, before Alien fans start raiding the theaters in May 19, it will be better to get a good grasp of what has happened with the previous movies so far.

THE CHARACTERS

Continuing the story from Prometheus, people will see again Michael Fassbender as the hyperintelligent android who was really the one who made things worse in the first movie. Fans may still be cringing from the thought of David causing the birth of the very first facehugger. So yes, fans can thank David for causing a number of deaths.

Additional characters will include Katherine Waterston as Daniels, a terraforming expert who will become part of the crew of the Covenant, and James Franco as Branso, Daniel’s husband and former captain of the ship.

The new captain will be played by Billy Crudup, whereas Danny McBride and Amy Seimetz will take the role of the ship’s pilot and woman named Faris, respectively.

Notably, fans will be thrilled to see Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland, the founder of Weyland Corporation.

PLOT

Alien: Covenant supposedly takes place 10 years after the events in Prometheus. The Covenant arrives at another plant on the galaxy. As the crew will find out, the planet is not exactly a paradise. Moreover, they will discover that David is also staying at that place in addition to the hordes of Aliens waiting for them.

THE MYSTERIES

Fans were left with a number of questions after watching Prometheus. However, fans will note that Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) is missing from the trailer. In the last movie, Shaw got on the Engineer’s ship while carrying David’s head. Thus, fans can only guess what had happened to her or whether she managed to locate the Engineers.

However, the biggest problem is the exponential proliferation of Xenomorphs in just 10 years. As shown in Prometheus, the first Xenomorph was nothing much. Thus, it will be interesting how these things increased in population. Moreover, there is also the matter of transport. Possibly, the Engineers meddled again and handled the transport of facehuggers.

TIMELINE

Prometheus was set in 2093, and Alien: Covenant is set in 2103. Based on collated date, Ellen Ripley was born in 2092, and she would first make contact with Xenomorphs in 2122. Thus, there is a 20-year gap between the latest Alien movie and the first one.

CREATURES

Fans can expect to see major forms of Xenomorphs in Alien: Covenant.

NEOMORPHS

Neomorphs are supposedly new characters in the movie. No image of this alien is available yet, so fans will just have to find out when they watch the movie.

SEQUELS

If luck would have it, Alien: Covenant may start a new trilogy will serve as the prequel for the classic Alien. This is not too impossible as there are a lot more of alien stories given the time gaps and the cliff hangers that were left by the previous movies.

Horror Movie Reviews

 

If you are like a lot of horror fans you love horror movies but they always seem to be awful.  How many times have you seen a movie that sounded great and then let you down.  How many times have they incorporated cheap jump scares but had no real plot of story worth watching?  One school of thought is because horror movies can be made on low budgets and still generate great box office numbers they don’t put a lot of effort into only green lighting the best stories.  The flip side of the coin is how many horror movies have you discovered and really enjoyed but never heard anything about it.  It was a sleeper and not popular with the masses.  This is why we love to watch reviews especially on youtube to find out what the fans have to say.