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Boogeyman


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Boogeyman bannerAnd here we are, finally back on track. Took me long enough, but I made it. And the movie that got us here; Boogeyman from 2005. The movie was collaborated by writers Eric Kripke, Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, and was directed by Stephen Kay. Also notable is that it was produced by Sam Raimi… and (other than the Spider-Man franchise, of course) you know that’s never a bad thing (and that’s said as a fan, not as a critic). As far as rating goes, this movie doesn’t have a lot of good ones, as it stands with a low 13% Fresh on Rotten a 4.0 on IMDB and a surprising 4.6 user-score on Metacritic. I say that the meta-score is surprising, because before looking it up, I was expecting a much lower score, somewhere around 3 or possibly a 3.5 at best.

Boogeyman Watson DeschanelThe movie stars Barry Watson as Tim, a guy who as a young boy saw his father ripped away into the closet from an entity called the Boogeyman (opening scene), and now deals with a serious case of “nyctophobia”…. or, to put it in the words of of a middle-schooler; Dude’s afraid of the dark. And given what he saw as a child, it’s damn understandable. We get to see how he doesn’t have any doors on his cupboards, a transparent refridgerator door, all of his clothes out in the open etc, which somehow leads us to believe that the reason the Boogeyman hasn’t taken Him, is that it doesn’t have anywhere to take him from, which I thought was a pretty cool thing to see.

Boogeyman BoogeymanAnyway, after his mother passes away, he decides to stay the night in their old house, the same house that “ate” his father 15 years ago and that’s when the weirdest stuff happens. He hallucinates a whole bunch of scary crap, takes on a 15-round bout with some hangers in a downstairs closet, among other things. He is also rejoined with his childhood fancy, Kate, portrayed brilliantly by Emily Deschanel (the older but slightly hotter sister of Zooey Deschanel) and after that, the movie takes a turn for the worse (and No, I’m not giving any spoilers!!).

From the very first scene in the movie, it has a tension that’s unlike any I’ve seen before. I’m not saying that it’s the best scary movie of all time, far from it, but it did its job fantasticly. And what was that job, you ask? To scare you, that’s what it was…. and it did scare me. The first time I saw it, not so much, but now…. yeah, I was scared. Not all the time, but there was definitely a few times during the film I jumped out of my seat. And the visuals were great, not over-the-top like one would expect when a guy like Sam Raimi stands behind it, and the amount of creepy was perfect for one of those intimate horror-movie nights with your girl-/boyfriend and I would gladly recommend it for any occasion that needs a touch of the creepy’s. As a bonus, here’s the trailer;

I hope you’ve enjoyed this read as much as I enjoyed watching the movie. And now that we’re back on track, you’ll just gonna have to wait ’til tomorrow for the next installment of the 2013 Horror-a-thon. But until then….. if your children believes there’s something in the closet, don’t you dare dismiss it!

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Sinister


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Sinister BannerAnd we’re back with yet another installment of the 2013 Horror-a-thon, and this time we’re turning our gaze on the film Sinister from 2012. The movie was written and directed by Scott Derrickson and co-written by C. Robert Cargill. The movie stars Ethan Hawke, who is supported by Juliet Rylance and Fred Dalton Thompson. The film has received rather mixed bags (albeit slightly more to the positive side) from both critics and the audience and it stands at 63% Fresh-rating on Rotten and it has a 6.7-score on IMDB so far, but I’m pretty sure that in time, this movie’s ratings will go up a bit. It’s just that different…… I think.

Ethan Hawke SinisterAnywho… the movie stars Ethan Hawke as Ellison Oswalt, a washed-up true crime writer who, with his family (wife and two kids), moves into a house where a horrifying murder took place. [This murder is depicted in the movie’s opening credits in form of a Super 8 snuff-film, which gave the movie a creepy feel to it right there.] Ellison has neglected to tell his family of this particular circumstance, with the intent of using this murder as the basis of his new book. A pretty great setup for what turned out to be a great movie experience. While putting away some boxes in the attic, he finds a box full of old Super 8-films, all of which contains recordings of several gruesome murders, and while watching these movies for research purposes, all kinds’a things happen. At one point, he sees a figure in the bottom of a pool and that’s when the movie started to creep me the F’CK! out!

While not as horrifying as a horror-movie “should” be, this movie excels when it comes to suspense. I was grabbing my shoulders and twitching to every sound outside during the entirety of the film, so when the jump-scares came, I jumped……. and ‘screamed’ at times, almost like a little girl at one point.

If you and your significant other are planning a scary movie-night on Halloween, this would most definitely be the recommendation you’ll get from me. Hands down, the best title of this years Horror-a-thon!

Well, that’s it for my thoughts on Sinister…. for now! It may or may not be that I come back later on tonight for one of those catchin-up reviews, so you’ll just have to wait and see….. Either way, tomorrow will be at least a two-fer, that’s for sure! But until then… if you’re a big macho-dude like me (self-distance not necessary), don’t creep out and scream like a little girl, you’ll annoy the neighbors!


100 Feet


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100 Feet bannerHere it is,… My twelve cents worth on the film 100 Feet. The movie stars Famke Janssen and Bobby Cannavale and was written and directed by Eric Red, the horror-genius who gave us The Hitcher and Near Dark, among others. And I have to say, he does not disappoint. In my oppinion, the movie’s 5.5-score on IMDB and its 3-star rating on AllMovie.com is way to low. This is one genuinly scary film, and even though it’s not breaking any new ground what so ever, I still feel it manages to hold its own. After all, it’s pretty hard to scare anyone over 16 nowadays and this one scared me quite a bit.

Anyway, the movie follows Marnie Watson (Janssen), a woman who after murdering her abusive husband gets “released” into house arrest (thus its distinct title) in the very same house she lived And murdered her husband. It doesn’t take very long for her to discover that her late husband is in fact haunting the house and her previous abusive nightmare becomes somewhat of a “cakewalk” in comparison to her new experiences with “her husband”.

100 Feet ghostLike I said, the movie doesn’t break any new grounds in the ghost-department, but it does a fantastic job of setting up the suspense prior to any and all scares it features. And there is quite a few of them, one being the first time you get to “see” the ghost…. if you could set a rating system on jump-scares, this one would (for me) be a 9.3/10 easy. I may be spoiling the effect a bit for you by posting the picture here, but I feel I kinda have to do it anyways, just to show you the ghost… It does look quite creepy doesn’t it? Even if it’s portrayed in that static kinda way.

Janssen Cannvale 100 FeetThe movie is what I would like to call (given that this one stars a woman) ‘a one-woman show’. Even with its supporting cast, its focus lies solely on Marnie and Janssen gives us one hell of a performance. It’s not Tom Hanks in Cast Away-good of course, but it would most definitely hold up on a Top10 Performance-list if we rank what she has done so far. And the supporting cast is not too shabby either, especially Cannavale. That dude has a great way of combining creepy with encouraging and at the same time feel sleazy and cheap. Even if he’s usually the same in everything, he does bring some kind of honesty to his character in this one and I like it.

So there you have it as promised, some quick thoughts on the movie 100 Feet. This is one I hope you’ll watch, because it now stands as one of my Top10 favorite ghost-movies since the early -90s. It scared the jeebers out’a me and I’m pretty certain it will do the same for you. Tomorrow is a new day and I already have a title in mind for you… what is it? Nah, you’ll have to wait for it! But until then….. if you’re gonna murder someone, don’t do it in your own home, in case you’d be sent back there without any chance of leaving!