Anthology Horror Movies

I was told by the guys at Gorehor.com that Anthology movies are making a comeback.  They are currently running a poll on their twitter about.  Before you go to the poll and vote or see who won take one guess who is winning.  Think about it for a second.  Hint it’s not the The Twilight Zone film that ruined John Landis’s career.  He never recovered after the helicopter crash killed a few crew members on set.  Maybe he couldn’t live with the guilt.  After that he didn’t really ever do anything too great again.

I remember the little alien on the plane. It scared me as a kid. I became an instant fan of John Lithgow. I remember seeing him at a New York Yankees game not long after seeing the movie. That was the first famous person I ever saw in person. So years later I shouldn’t have been surprised that he turned up at the Trinity Killer on the great psychopath horror television show Dexter. And let’s not forget the one of the episodes was directed by Steven Spielberg.

So know Twilight Zone isn’t the winner of the best Anthology check out the results and see if you agree.

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.

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.