A Netflix Horror Double Feature! Two Must Watch Movies

So this weekend I had the pleasure of having a double feature showing at my apartment.  Through recommendations and various blogs I found two horror movies that I was DYING to see.  The first movie we watched was “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” and the second was “The Taking of Deborah Logan.”  

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
4.5/5 Stars!
 
I started with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (I’ll call it A Girl, for short).  A Girl was truly a beautiful movie.  The direction, the cinematography, the acting, the music…all of it beautiful.  I was able to completely lose myself in the story and engage what was unfolding in front of me.  In fact, I FORGOT that the film was Iranian and that I was reading subtitles!  The dialogue was not too heavy…and that was perfect for this movie.  The actors were able to tell nearly the whole story with facial expressions and emotion.  The only piece that I did not like was the very end.  I do not want to spoil the ending for you, however let me know what you think!  
 
The Taking of Deborah Logan 
4/5 Stars!
 
I found this movie on a must watch list for found footage.  Honestly, I have came across this on Netflix multiple times but always passed it up.  I decided to give it a shot and am so glad that I did!  I want to note that although this is “found footage” it is not too “found footage-y” if that makes sense.  The camera movement is smooth, and I almost forgot that it was hand held after the first 20 minutes or so.  
 
Now, what made me really enjoy this movie was the main character Deborah.  The actress did a superb job of conveying the pain she was experiencing, and seeing her progression…or regression…throughout the movie was truly terrifying.  It was such a unique experience for me in terms of a “possession” story.  Again, I do not want to give too much away but seeing what this woman and her daughter go through was terrifying…and a bit disturbing at times.  Honestly, afterward I had to put on an episode of Seinfeld so be warned!  
 
Both movies are now streaming on Netflix so go check them out and let me know what you think!     

Top 5 Horrific Twist Openings That We Never Saw Coming

Recently I wrote an article about 5 horrific twist endings that we never saw coming.  As fun as a good twist ending is in a horror movie there are some awesomely twisted opening scenes out there as well. Here are my top 5 twist OPENINGS that we never saw coming…

5. Final Destination 2

YAY! Ali Larter finaly started to look like...Ali

 

The Final Destination franchise has its troubles, especially this one. But you have to admit that the opening scene in this movie is pretty bad ass, and you totally did not see  that coming! I still to this day always change lanes when I see a truck with logs in front of me on the highway…

4. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

What did we learn from this opening sequence? Don’t get totally invested in any character in a Horror franchise. I did NOT expect that Jamie Loyd would be killed off in the beginning of this movie. I mean, we got to watch that sweet little girl survive the last two movies, just to be killed off in the first 15 minutes? And, she wasn’t just killed off. She was impaled right in front of our eyes in a terrifying blood-bath death scene. Sorry Jaime! I was rooting for you the whole time.

3. Halloween.

The Night HE Came home...

 

Yup, that makes two Halloween movies on this list. What can I say? They do it right! So the beginning of Halloween had two great qualities. The first one being the killer’s point of view. We see him slowly walk around the house, put on a mask, then go kill a shirtless teenage girl with a butcher knife….totally messed up and awesome. BUT then we are thrown a curve ball. The killer goes outside and we realize that he is no more than a little boy in a clown costume for Halloween! Twisted.

2. Scream.

Run, DREW!

 

The death of Casey (Drew Barrymore) was pretty shocking when this movie was released. Drew was showcased as one of the leading roles of this movie and not to mention that she was, and still is, the biggest star of the group. Wes Craven didn’t simply just throw us a curve ball by killing her off in the very beginning, he gutted her and hung her from a tree right in front of us. It was disgusting, terrifying…and awesome. The mom’s scream leading into the title is and will be one of my favorite movie scenes.

1. 28 Weeks Later.

Bai, bitch!

 

This opening scene is almost perfect. The use of lighting, suspense, violence and shock…all in the first few minutes is perfectly choreographed. It upsets you and makes you want more all at the same time. When Don leaves his wife and the child behind, I was shocked and confused…but I also wanted more! I wanted to know the rest of the story because I had a real sinking feeling that wouldn’t be the last time Don encounters his wife.

What is your favorite twist opening?

Jeff Buhler Talks Pet Sematary Reboot!

I’ve had a really good feeling about the Pet Sematary reboot since I learned that the movie will be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) written with Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train).  Buhler spoke with deadcentral.com about the upcoming reboot, see what he had to say below: 

“The characters in this script make some tragic decisions, and the horror is about the ramifications of those decisions. There are still the supernatural aspects of the book, with the pet cemetery and the burial ground from which things come back from the dead, but the real horror is, ‘What do these things do to the family? What does it do to a person to see their child killed, but then to know that they can bring them back? How do you tussle with that idea? And if and when you make that choice, what does that do to you? Will that child be the same? How can life ever return to normal?’”

“This is pretty far from the 1980’s film, which I adore for certain things that are very intrinsic to that time period in terms of the genre, like a truck driver smoking a joint to a Ramones song. But when a little kid comes back with a scalpel and is like, ‘I want to play with you,’ it kind of becomes Chucky. With this one, we really wanted to get into the emotional aspects of it. There’s still plenty of visceral horror that’s explored, but I’ve always felt that if you lean more into the characters and into their emotional lives, when the visceral shit hits the fan, it’s ten times more scary.”

I love that he touched upon the characters in the script making some tragic decisions.  The decisions that are made in the original movie have such tragic consequences, which is what made it so interesting and terrifying to me.  If those terrible decisions were never made at all, the story would be very short–Little boy gets killed, family grieves, family moves on.  Sounds boring right?  

The only piece of that interview that I do not necessarily agree with is when he says “…it (the original) kind of becomes Chucky.”  They are the same size, yes, but completely different.  Even today I am still terrified by little zombie Gage.  Seeing him

go from that cute little blonde innocent boy (as seen above!) to this little creepy evil zombie child is unsettling. The whole movie is unsettling, which is why I guess I like it so  much!  It evokes emotion, and to me that means it is a successful horror movie.  

I’m excited to learn more about the Pet Sematary development!  What about you?

What do you think is the creepiest inanimate object in Horror movies?

Yes, the monsters are usually scary, the stalker is usually creepy and the witch gives us shivers…but what inanimate object from horror movies haunts you?  

 
Unlike any other type of movies, the inanimate objects of Horror movies can have so much personality and contribute so much to the experience.  The inanimate object that ALWAYS can creep me out during a movie is the closet door.  
 
Opened, closed, dark, lit, painted, natural, it doesn’t matter.  The closet is always scary.  I think I blame this fear on the beginning of the book Cujo.  The shadowy monster that watches the little boy from the closet always scared the crap out of me.  I mean honestly, look at that innocent closet door in the photo above.  There could be anything lurking in that little dark space!  Know what I mean?  
 
What do you think is the creepiest inanimate object in Horror movies?  

Location! Location! Location! What city is the king of horror/sci-fi?

Now I may be a bit biased since I grew up in this city, but just the other day I was thinking about film locations in Pittsburgh, PA and how it is the king of horror/sci-fi.  With that said, being from Pittsburgh may or may not account for my taste in movies lol.  For a brief period of time I worked in the film industry there and I remember sifting through photos that location scouts had taken through out the years.  I thought to myself, this place really is the perfect setting for any type of movie…but it is definitely made for horror and sci-fi.   

I mean lets be honest.  This city packs a mean punch when it comes to the number of movies that are filmed there, but look at this list: 

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

The Crazies (1973)
Martin (1977)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Creepshow (1982)
Day of the Dead (1985)
Deadtime Stories (1986)
RoboCop (1987)
Monkey Shines (1988)
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Whispers in the Dark (1992)
Innocent Blood (1992)
The Dark Half (1989)
Diabolique (1996)
Stigmata (1999)
The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
Land of the Dead (2005)
My Blood Valentine 3D (2009)
Homecoming (2009)
The Road (2009) 
Sorority Row (2009)
Super 8 (2011)

That is just one classic, after another, after another after another.  And I don’t just mean any classic, these are game changers!  Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, The Silence of the Lambs and the list goes on.  These are some tough titles to beat when it comes to horror.  


My two favorite spots from these movies have to be the Monroeville Mall (where Dawn of the Dead was filmed) and Evans City Cemetery.   I worked briefly in the Monroeville Mall during college and I am such a raging zombie nerd that the thought of working in the Dawn of the Dead mall NEVER got old and I would talk about it every chance that I got.  You wouldn’t believe how many people had no idea that they were shopping in the mall from Dawn of the Dead, tsk tsk.  


My other favorite spot around Pittsburgh is Evans City Cemetery.  Even if I remove the fact that this is the cemetery in Night of the Living Dead, it STILL creeps me out.  “They’re coming to get you Barbara!” haunted us as teens as we ran around the cemetery trying to catch fire flies.  YIKES! What were we thinking lol.  


What is your favorite horror or sci-fi movie that was filmed in Pittsburgh?   


Check out the full impressive list of Pittsburgh’s filmography here.

 



Who you gonna call? Apparently Patty, Erin, Abby and Jillian

So, they finally revealed the names of the new Ghostbusters.  


In order from left to right we have Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Erin Gilbert (Kristin Wiig) and Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon).  At first I wasn’t sure how this new Ghostbusters was going to work, but the more I think about an all female cast, the more I like it.  In my opinion the two original movies are classics that can’t be touched.  I’m not even sure that a sequel with the original cast would work right now.  There is something special about the first two that can’t be recreated.   

How do you feel about the direction of the new Ghostbusters? 


Do you “Movie Test” the people you date?

I was thinking earlier about this thing that I do, called the “movie test.” I’m happily in a long term relationship right now, but when I was dating I would always give people this test to see if they would last with me. If movies are as important to you as they are to me, then you will completely understand where I am coming from. So here it is:

Facts about you: You are a movie geek. You are a hard core movie lover of whatever genre you love. You stalk movie blogs, movie news and you don’t miss an opening night. In fact, you have a full blown party for opening nights. You gather your fellow geeks and watch the first four movies in the franchise, then you can’t contain your nerd attack anymore and you all go watch the new movie. Best. Night. Ever.

Facts about the person you are dating: You know he, or she is cute. They are interested in you for whatever reason. They have a brother and they work in finance and they love to travel. bla.blabla. You know NOTHING about their movie tastes!

So this is what ends up happening. You’ve gone on a few dates and you can’t take it anymore. You have to put them to your movie test to see if you need to waste anymore time with this person or not. So you text them and you’re like “Hey, why don’t you just come here for a movie night instead of us going out tonight?” And YES. It has to be at your apartment because then you can control the lighting, the sound, etc. Going somewhere else for a movie is a wild card, no thanks. So he/she/they answer “Sure I’ll come over for a movie, you pick.”

SCORE!!! They let us pick. Game on mofucka. Game on. Little does this poor unfortuante soul know that the fate of their relationship with you is now in the hands of how they act and react to the movie binge you two are about to do.

Let the games commence.

This, for myself, has gone a few different ways.

1. The person has immediately declined the movies that I have picked. COUGH, waht!? Owww, my stomach hurts buddy sorry. Lets call it an early night and talk NEVER, BYE!

2. The person claims they have seen these movies a hundered times, but “loves them and wants to watch them anway.” I know this is an empty gesture but I let it play out. This one survives the night, but the relationship never lasts.

3. The person that has NEVER seen it but its SO excited to see the movie. I love this one’s enthusiasm. They get to see these movies for the first time, I can relish in their reactions to the outrageous movie I am showing them. A win for the evening. Also doesn’t last though usually.

4. The person is super silent when you show them the movie collection, and you get nervous. you sit there thinking, why aren’t they responding? Whats wrong!? They slowly make eye contact with you and are like, ARE YOU KIDDING THESE ARE MY FAVORITE MOVIES!!!!!! LETS BINGE WATCh THEM ALL, GO!!!. This ladies and gentlefolk is the keeper.

Can you guess what my franchises are my movie test? Yes I have two, and they must pass both. It is Resident Evil and Alien. ALL of them. That’s eleven movies in total lol. PHEW! You have your work cut out for you lol.

Do you do the movie test? What are your movies?

Lets Geek Out About Alien5 for a Moment

I’ve had the thought of an Alien 5 movie coming our way in the back of my mind for a few days now.  Just earlier today I was on the subway scrolling through the concept art thinking how awesome it would be to see Sigourney play Ripley again.  Each entry into the alien saga is so unique and much different in style, seeing how her character developed was always one of my favorite parts.   We get to see her develop from the lone survivor of the Nostromo to the heroine-mother figure, to damaged but determined to win no matter what, then back from the dead action star ready to take down anything in her way.   
 
The rumors are that Alien 5 is going to take place between Aliens and Alien 3 (or Ali3n, if you must).   Its obvious why these rumors are surfacing from the concept art that has been showing up lately.
 
 
 
This raises so many questions.  
 
My first question would be why between Aliens and Alien 3?  Why have this movie set between the second and third movie?  I speculate that this is because of the backlash toward killing off Hicks before the third act, and Newt too for that matter.   The bond that those three characters made in the third film could be explored more?  I can see how people were turned off from Alien 3 since it was a completely different direction than Aliens, however I like that each movie has a different tone.  Ripley faces a new challenge in each film and seeing her face the tragedy of their deaths, and facing “the beast” again on her own makes Alien 3 all the more interesting to me.  To be honest, I have only watched the director’s cut the last few times so I can’t recall what the theatrical release didn’t have, BUT dare I say I enjoy Alien3 more than Aliens?   I think it has more substance and even after watching it 100 times I discover something new or look at a scene in a different light.  
 
Why not have the movie fall after the last movie?  The ending of Alien Resurrection would be very easy to pick up and continue on earth or wherever they would be after the events that occured in that movie.  
 
My next question is how?  It has been almost THIRTY years since Aliens and almost 25 years since Alien 3.  I know technology can make the actors look younger, or the story can be maniuplated to make this work…but could it work?  
 
This leads into the question of how this will affect the story line?  We already know what has happened between Aliens and Alien 3.  An alien was onboard, it impregnated Ripley and caused a crash that killed Newt and Hicks….enter Alien 3.   Will this movie alter that and show that something else actually happened that Ripley couldn’t remember?  Will this movie completely alter the story line and disregard the third and fourth movie?  I think that is the only direction that would make me upset.  I really want this to work in the time line and how all of the events play out, all the way to the very end when she shoves the baby alien out of the window lol.  
 
Do I sound paranoid that they are going to change the story line of the Alien saga? Lol.  I am a bit paranoid I think!  But maybe the rumors are completely wrong and Alien 5 truly will be the 5th in line and the Hicks that we see in the concept art is just an android like Ash, Bishop, Call and David.  
 
Speaking of David.  Us Alien fans are getting a double treat (I think) with the production of Prometheus 2 (probably) happening at the same time!  I’m going to post about that soon.  Maybe later today lol. 

Alien 5, Stephen King’s IT AND X-Files? It feels like Christmas!

Wow.  What a day.  Every time I looked at my Tweets I found something new and amazing!  Two of my favorite franchises, and a terrifying movie from my childhood have new developments.  Resident Evil 6 the other day, now this today?!?  F***ing awesome. 

First up, Alien 5!



So, from the caption of Neil’s Instagram photo  it seems like he is having fun on the project: “#alien going very well. Love this project.”  We are loving it too Neil, we are loving it too.  I am surprised that the Alien 5 project is going on at the same time as Prometheus 2?  As much as I loved Prometheus, and am SO excited to write about and see how Prometheus 2 turns out, seeing the development of Alien 5 is so much cooler.  I think the ONLY thing that can get me more excited than Milla playing Alice again is Sigourney playing Ellen again. 


According to ScreenRant this is going to be a close continuation of Aliens, which happens to be the “fan favorite” entry of the franchise.  Aliens isn’t necessarily my favorite entry in the franchise, however I see why they would be going in this direction, and I can definitely see why this is the speculation.  We obviously have Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) on the left in that photo, and Hicks (Michael Biehn) in the middle.  I’m not sure how they would bring back Hicks, but they brought back Ellen so anything is possible.  I feel like I am going to have to write an entire separate post on this topic as I am only scratching the surface of this photo and what it could possibly mean.    Not to mention the fact that Neil Blomkamp is the director.  To be honest I have not seen Chappie but I LOVED District9 so I have complete faith that Neil can breath life into this franchise (with the help of Sigourney, of course).  Neil + Sigourney…Holy Shit. 


Next up is Stephen King’s IT.  




I mean honestly, if you were a kid at the time of IT, you were terrified of this face.  I can remember exactly when I saw IT (no pun intended) and how it felt. My “babysitter” (aka the senior in high school that watched me when I was like 9) came over after school and had this great idea to put on this movie he heard of.  Four hours later (its a long movie) I was hiding under a blanket crying and scared of sewers and shower drains.  Hell no.  Thanks for introducing anxiety into my life Tim Curry. 


Anyway, with that in mind I am looking forward to a new one.  I think it is going to be near impossible to replace Tim Curry as Pennywise, so they better be damn careful with who they choose.   With the news that Andy Muschietti may be at the helm I have faith in the remake.  


Last but sure as hell not least, The X-Files. 




 
All I got from that teaser is that Mulder looks older and Scully looks hotter than she did in the original series.  Just kidding.  Sort of.  
 
No but really.  I’m currently re-watching the original series in anticipation for the new season.  I haven’t learned much about it yet, but the Mulder and Scully dynamic can never get old to me.  Good to see them back in action.  
 
Aliens, Clowns and more Aliens, oh my!