Archive for horror

ZRE Podcast #13: Oculus and How People Need to SHUT UP in the Theater

Posted in Podcasts, Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 04/11/2014 by McCutcheon

Spoilers Ahead!

Bryce and Taylor discuss the new Horror movie, Oculus. Whether or not it’s worth seeing is up to you of course but check out where we agree and disagree. Also, people need to SHUT UP in the movie. That is all. Continue reading

Movie Review: Oculus

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , , on 04/11/2014 by McCutcheon

oculus

Stars: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan

Rated R terror, violence, some disturbing images and brief language, Running time 105 minutes, Horror

Compare to: Sinister (2012) Mama (2013)

The Slasher subgenre may have worn out its welcome being that there’s only so many moviegoers to cheer for a blade wielding madmen, it seems to have only fueled the supernatural route to Horror.

With good performances by all cast (This often feels rare in Horror) and a decent story, what’s wrong with the movie may be how the tale itself unfolds. You’ll see what I mean. Continue reading

Movie Review: Carrie

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 10/18/2013 by McCutcheon

carrie

Stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Gabriella Wilde

Rated R for bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content, Running time 100 minutes, Drama/Horror

Compare to: The Craft (1996), Psycho, (1998), Let Me In (2010)

Interesting question to pose, the “What do you get for the man who has everything?” In Carrie‘s case, “What do you say about the 2013 movie that’s been out since 1976?”

Aside from decent performances and special effects that are on par, everything you see here will only feel new to those it must be geared toward- younger audiences that don’t have to see the original when they can just wait for the inevitable remake. Other than that, don’t bother watching a film that’s nearly a carbon copy of it’s predecessor. Continue reading

You Gotta See This: I Saw the Devil

Posted in You've Gotta See This with tags , , , , , on 10/07/2013 by McCutcheon

devil4

Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Choi Min-sik

Not rated although the language, gore and violence is present throughout, Running Time- 141 minutes, 2010, Horror/Drama/Thriller

Compare to: Se7en (1995), Oldboy (2003), Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Seeing as how this week already has a few posts that are unlike what I’ve been doing on the site lately, I figured I’d throw one more in that’s Horror related, more or less. In fact, given the subject matter and the way it’s handled, the scenes and actions in Devil could be considered that much worse.

It’s not rubber monsters and masked men to fear in this, it’s just a single man and his obsession with preying on women all on their lonesome: a fear that almost as horrific for the loved ones as it is the actual victim. Continue reading

Movie Review: Mama

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 01/23/2013 by McCutcheon

mama

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Jane Moffat

Rated R for violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements, Running time 100 minutes, Horror/Thriller/Suspense

Compare to: The Orphanage (2007), The Woman in Black (2012)

When you think of PG-13 Horror, good thoughts and decent acting don’t normally come to mind.  Mama falls into many of the same pitfalls that PG-13 Horror does, yet averts them in the majority of cases.

Creepy, unsettling, well balanced; Mama is surprisingly, about as good as I was hoping it would be. Continue reading

Unsung Horror Heroes

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , on 10/31/2012 by McCutcheon

The chin of a hero

Out of all the villains in Horror, and there are a lot, who talks about the heroes. We all know about how great Ash of the Evil Dead series is. After the Freddy VS. Jason movie was released, it seems it wasn’t enough to have the Horror Heavyweights alone battle it out and people wanted Ash to have a go at the both of them, that’s how bad he is and people know it. Dude, his hand was evil until he CUT IT OFF HIMSELF and added a chainsaw to it. He’s awesome. Sam Loomis is another one, as the psychiatrist out to stop Michael Myers, or at least warn anyone who will listen.

But what about the even smaller heroes of Horror? Outside of the genre, people don’t necessarily know about Ash. So it goes without saying that the characters less popular than him are not only not going to be making hand prints in cement, but possibly not even in the mud. Who are these unsung heroes of Horror? Click to find out. Oh, and just surviving isn’t good enough. You’ve got to battle the forces of evil rather than just not die. Continue reading

Horror/Comedies: Love/Hate

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 10/30/2012 by McCutcheon

NOW think of that Twilight line: “I’m a monster…”

Have you ever seen a movie so uneven? Especially one so purposely imbalanced. The first half acts a sort of spaghetti western, two outlaws escaping to Mexico and taking hostages along the way with no promise anybody will be making it out alive- the second half quickly charges headfirst into the Horror/Comedy genre, complete with B-movie special effects and one liners.

Why am I talking about this movie at all? Who cares about it? I don’t know, although a theater professor of mine specifically cited it as an example of a film that doesn’t know what it is, Horror, Action or Comedy. Can’t it be all three? Continue reading

Movie Review: Silent Hill Revelation

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 10/26/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sean Bean

Rated R for violence and disturbing images, some language and brief nudity, Running time 94 minutes, Horror/Mystery/Thriller

Compare to: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Resident Evil (2002)

Silent Hill Revelation 3D decided to stay in tradition of bad video game-to-movie adaptions and make their movie awful as well. I guess if this is the case, SHR3D is faithful to its predecessor. A handful (if that) of cool visuals doesn’t make up for the acting, the lack of plot, and the general mismanagement of everybody’s time.

Do you need to read the rest or do you already get where this is going? Click anyway, give me some views. Continue reading

Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 4

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , on 10/19/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively

Rated R for language and some violence/terror, Running time 88 minutes, Horror/Mystery

Compare to: The Messengers (2007), The Last Exorcism (2010)

It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in a dark auditorium watching the home movie recordings of a haunted house/possessed family, the other audience members screaming every time a loud thump was sounded. But it wasn’t yesterday, it was last year. And I had the same feeling in 2011, but that was recalling back to 2010. Do you get the point? These movies all feel the same.

Is that a bad thing? Well, bad is a strong word. But the series has gotten slightly stale in its delivery. In a series that hinges on it’s endings, those are what might be the most predictable aspect of the movies. The tricks and gags used throughout the film are still fun but it’s the supposed twists and “surprises” that leave the film in a wanton state. Continue reading

Movie Review: Sinister

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 10/13/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson, James Ransone, Nicholas King, Vincent D’Onofrio

Rated R for disturbing violent images and some terror, Running time 110 minutes, Horror/Suspense/Thriller

Compare to: The Ring (2002), The Possession (2012)

Where to start? It’s almost as though the last reviews on recent Horror movies could be copy and pasted an we could just be done with this one. The director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose creates another watchable film that seems to borrow from his brother and sister films to create something slightly different…but only slightly. So the good news is that this film is watchable, but is that all a movie needs to be for you to see it?

Judging by the numbers already, Sinister is going to make some money; but what you’re going to get is a movie better than the awful The Apparition and better than The Possession…but those weren’t great either. Though if the inch by inch progression of quality in these films is to be noted, by the end of the year if anything else in the genre comes out, we might actually have a really good thriller. Continue reading