Archive for the Horror Category

MANDY

“Style over substance.” It’s a catchy criticism often attributed to more artsy, avant-garde films that like to focus more on visuals, mood, and atmosphere, as opposed to conventional story and characterization. While I find the criticism a bit too simplistic and unfair when it comes to judging films, […]

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UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB

This may or may not come as a surprise, but I actually kind of enjoyed the first Unfriended. Yeah, the acting and dialogue were terrible and it wasn’t the least bit scary, but I really enjoyed the novelty of the concept and how creative the filmmakers got with […]

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HEREDITARY

As much as I love horror, it takes a specific combination of certain elements in order for it to scare me. For instance, I don’t find demonic or supernatural stuff very scary. While I can acknowledge that The Exorcist is one of the finest horror films of all time, […]

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A QUIET PLACE

When I was a child, there was this board game called Don’t Wake Daddy. The goal was to sneak around the board to get to the kitchen late at night, trying to avoid any hazards that will cause noise and wake up pops. If you cause a commotion and […]

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UNSANE

Over the last century, the basics of filmmaking have remained rather unchanged. You need a camera, some actors to be in front of it, some lights to light your actors, crew members to assist in various ways, and so on and so forth. While the basics are […]

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THOROUGHBREDS

If there’s one emotion a lot of people don’t like to feel while watching a movie, or just in general, it’s feeling uncomfortable. Nobody wants to feel that way. We watch movies to escape and make us feel good, right? Well, some do. I love a feel-good movie as […]

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ANNIHILATION

One of the main things I love about horror films is the overwhelming sense of dread they can make you feel. I love going through the same emotions the characters are. Constantly uneased and tense, with an odd feeling forming in my stomach anticipating what could happen next. An […]

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THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX

Cloverfield was a perfectly fine, entertaining found footage monster movie. That’s all it ever was, and all it ever should have been. We never needed a sequel, and we certainly didn’t need it to start a connected universe with other films… yet here we are. In 2016, eight […]

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INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY

Back in 2011, the creators of two of the biggest modern horror franchises, Saw and Paranormal Activity, teamed up to give us a whole new horror film… that really fell flat on its face. Yes, I’m talking about Insidious. It’s a shame, because I think the first hour of Insidious is one of the best modern horror […]

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JIGSAW

Not all good films are the same, nor do they all strive for the same goals. That’s why genres exist. A good horror film is not the same as a good drama film. You don’t go into a horror film expecting developed characters, great acting, or thematic depth. You go into one to hopefully be […]

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