Deathgasm (2015) - Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives.
I've been on the lookout for this one ever since I found out that it existed. I think I probably watched it the day - hell, probably even the MOMENT - that I saw that it hit Netflix. Unfortunately, by doing so, I kind of screwed myself over because Netflix didn't have the subtitles working properly at the time and the accents were fairly hard for my hard-of-hearing brain to understand. Still, that aside, I wasn't a huge fan of it though I adored Kimberely Crossman (who was really the only reason I wanted to see this in the first place). The movie wasn't really funny, nor was it scary so it left me feeling kind of cold though there are worse things to see out there. 6/10
They Look Like People (2015) - Suspecting that people around him are turning into evil creatures, a troubled man questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself.
I've become a HUGE fan of silent horror... you know, those movies that sort of sit there bleakly on your watch list until you decide to watch them out of morbid curiosity. While innocent yet pretty enough at first, you slowly start to get more and more offput by the underlying and building psychological baggage that a film of this type has to offer. You may not always know what's going on and you may find yourself confused more often than not, but it's not because the movie is poorly plotted... rather, the filmmakers consciously make it this way to put you on edge. If you don't need constant action and can get lost in the story, then perhaps this one will work well for you. I gave this one a 6/10, but something tells me that this will become one of my favorites after a couple more watches. Probably one of the better UTR movies that Netflix has to offer right now, imo.
Haunt (2014) - An introvert teen befriends his new neighbor, and together the couple begin to explore the haunted house that his family has just purchased.
What a confusing mess of a ghost story. It starts out clichÃ© enough, but it's hard to really establish what exactly the ghost is and why the ghost is haunting the house in question. The acting isn't much better, and what the hell was up with these parents? At least they weren't the normal overprotective clichÃ© types, but they were almost the complete other direction... they not only let their son let a complete stranger sleep in his bed under their roof, but they also left these two alone for all hell to break loose. WORST PARENTS EVAH. At least the movie didn't annoy me, but definitely not the best that Netflix has to offer. 5/10
Nochnoy dozor (2004) (aka Night Watch) - A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.
It's really an interesting Russian movie with its own bit share of intentional quirks. The movie is honestly just a vampire movie with a lot of different, unique characteristics about it. It's almost like Underworld with the battling of two equally matched sides... while in that one it's about vampire and werewolves co-existing in society and coming to blows, this one is about members of the dark and light forces coming together to establish a balance for existence in society, with members of each side patrolling the other side on the Night Watch & Day Watch. While the treaty has stood the test of time, someone is out to end it and take control, and our protagonist (a member of the Night Watch) makes a mistake in the past that could fuel the demise of the treaty for the future. I hadn't seen a vampire movie quite like this one before, but overall it was enjoyable enough though somewhat of a chore to sit through at times. 6/10
Dnevnoy dozor (2006) (aka Day Watch) - A man who serves in the war between the forces of Light and Dark comes into possession of a device that can restore life to Moscow, which was nearly destroyed by an apocalyptic event.
The sequel to the above-mentioned movie. The movie brings back pretty much all the core characters of the first movie, so both movies could easily be strung together and you'd have one gigantic movie and it all feels very cohensive. While the first movie sets the stage, this movie is all about protagonist's atonement for his prior mistake established in the first movie. They make a female character of the first movie the guy's new love interest which is a bit awkward because they kind of left her off as being a bitch-in-sheep's-clothing after the first movie, but if you like the first one, this one is sort of required to watch as well. While most sequels can probably be ignored if you don't like them, this one really cannot as it completes the story that was left hanging after the first film. 6/10, again.
Love Sick Love (2012) - When New York ladies' man Norman meets gorgeous, cosmopolitan Dori, he embarks on a weekend of romance that soon turns to terror.
The movie totally sets itself to be dismissed as a mere Fatal Attraction knockoff and nothing more (at least if you read the synopsis), but it's got a few enjoyable tricks up its sleeve that puts it up a notch. This is not your everyday Lifetime movie, folks. Norman is sufficiently sleazy to start off with, but then he sort of wins you over by the end. Dori, meanwhile, gets under your skin when she puts on her needy, "be-with-me-or-you'll-die" schtick but never loses her sweetness despite being the girlfriend from hell. I want to say more, but the twists are really all this movie has going for it. It's a nice little mean-spirited unknown gem that I doubt anyone truly knows about. 7/10
The Girl in the Photographs (2015) - A bored young woman in a sleepy community called Spearfish starts receiving photographs of brutally murdered young women. Are they real or staged? The culprit is either a serial killer or some creep with a sick sense of humour.
A time when my opinion differs greatly from the masses, which seems set on hating this movie for whatever reason. It's really more than your normal passable slasher film, so I say to hell with the naysayers... best of all, it plays it all straight and doesn't need to sell itself out to the dreaded "horror-comedy" label for mild praise. I don't know how many of you have ever opened a store at ungodly hours of the morning, but I do regularly and it really can be creepy... and this movie actually has a segment that sort of shows that so that's when the movie started to win me over. The killers are creepy as hell and the characters are pretty fun and likeable, as well. Like Most Likely to Die, I really liked this one. 7/10
Late Phases (2014) - When deadly beasts attack from the forest, it is up to a grizzled veteran to uncover what the residents of a secluded retirement community are hiding.
I was really impressed with this. I admit that werewolves aren't always my thing and it seems like most werewolf movies are all alike, or at least follow the same classic formula. This one is honestly really no different so far as that goes, but rather than stock the movie with a bunch of young Hollywood stars, we're following a blind Vietnam veteran the whole way through... and, as predicted, he's a pretty kickass protagonist despite his handicap and age. It just hit all the right beats the day I watched it, I think. 8/10
I also finally watched my last Lynch film. Wild at Heart. It was just as great as his other work though a bit obnoxious lol. Not my favorite really.
Is it just me or does everyone else have the copy of the movie where they speak English for a little bit, and then it switches to Italian, then back to English.
I have to say thanks to whoever initially recommended Hush. Out of everything I've seen recently that movie sticks out the most. :)
The plot seemed more coherent and natural in the remake, and less forced for exploitative reasons.
It's what the first Blair Witch should have been.
omg Bobby, your scathing Hush review </3
It's definitely leagues above that awful, mean-spirited Thora Birch film of the same title that also hangs out in Netflix as well