Cat’s Horror Movie Fest Part 2

Yes it’s been a while.

I’m not going to go into reasons… Let’s just put it down to Timey wimey wibbly wobbly stuff.

 

Insidious (2010) Insidieous 2

Ok, there was something about this movie, which made me want to watch, even though it did begin as one of those, “Stereotypical,” Humans move into new house then hauntings begin films. Also the ending was captivating enough that I went on to watch the sequel- Insidious 2.

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So, family moves into new house, same as some other horror movies you have that annoying over protective mother, not sure if it’s just me, but I know if this was real life and happening to me it wouldn’t be the ghost driving me out of the house. There’s two kids, who are probably too young to know what is going on, but the film uses this to their advantage and there is the, “I’m all in charge dad,” Oh also there is a baby, which brings out more maternal insanity for the mother.

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The interesting thing for this movie is, it’s sort of plays on people like me who believed this was going to be a typical, “They have moved into a haunted house film.” Which I loved. The new house is sort of a red herring as the hauntings come from the family itself, coincidence they just happened to move. Things start to unravel as one of their sons, slips into a, “Coma which isn’t a coma,” then a psInsideous 1ychic power gift is brought into the film along with the reason for why these demons are terrorizing the family.

Insidious, plays as a horror movie as it has demon possession and the threat to this family, there is creepy scenes where the ghosts and demons are playing with the family, leaving doors open, talking through baby monitors and this movie also brings to the scene a demon dimension which has to be entered.

 

As a fan of Supernatural (TV series) I also saw a hint of that in this movie, not just from the demon- Although as far as I remember there is no demon like that in the show- but there is the people they call in to help deal with these, “Hauntings,” Two guys come in to see if the house is haunted, and for me they reminded me of the early days of the two guys in, “Ghostfacers.”

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Specs and Tucker from Insidious

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favourite thing about this movie- the fact that they have managed to give the important factors- the demons, psychic/supernatural power side and the background history of the family enough attention and still made a pretty good movie.

Worst part of the movie-  The demon filing his nails, with a hardcore filer. I just can’t…. it’s like the equivalent of a serial killer reading Cosmo before going on another killing spree.

Annoying thing about the movie- the title- for me- is an awkward spelling word, I have to go back and sort out the red lines through this post, the fact that the sequel has the same name doesn’t make this any better.

Amusing part of this movie- The creepy thing from Saw (movies) makes an appearance-as the director and writer of Insidious is also the writer and director of the Saw movies. In the same scene the name, “Leslie Borchard,” Is written on the board, Leslie was the hair stylist in this movie.

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Horror movie rating- 3/5

Overall movie rating- 4/5

 

 

 

A Cabin in the Woods (2011)

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This movie, my first thoughts in the opening few minutes was, “Okay…” In horror movie ways, it reminded me of one of the first scenes of Resident Evil before the virus gets released and then as we all know, crap goes down. The movie has a massive plus, actor wise. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Jesse Williams (Avery in Grey’s Anatomy) But anyway I digress as I’m here to talk about horror movies not nice looking actors who – Possibly- have to die in this movie.

 

C.I.T.W Cast

There are five main characters, who some what resemble the characters of  he Scooby Doo series, unfortunately as the roles of the hippy and the leader are taken Jesse Williams will have to take up the role of Scooby Doo. It’s even more C.I.T.W ScoobyMystery Inc as it isn’t actually a proper haunted place, the weird scene at the beginning that involves a office building are the people controlling the supernatural stuff.

 

 

 

 

Overall, it is a good movie and it doesn’t involve hauntings! Which is a change, it’s more of a human sacrifice movie done with style and design. It does as the title says involve a Cabin in the Woods and it is from that creepy dwelling things start to get a bit more, “Horror movie,” and people, the typically portrayed college students, start to get killed off. Although I found it more funny than terrifying but the clever thing this movie does is you have the people who control the things find this thing funny too, so in a way this movie has something people can agree on.

Amused

 

 

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Best part of the movie- When all the monsters get unleashed

+ The unicorn stabbing a person

 

Worst part-  There is a trick part of the movie where you get the impression one of the characters dies (There is blood shown in one of the sacrifice tablets) but then that character turns out to be alive. The movie doesn’t tell exactly what happened and why there is blood in that tablet and why that blood got cancelled out.

 

Horror movie rating- 2.5/5

Overall movie rating – 3/5

 

 

Quarantine (2008)Qurentine

 

This one was recommended to me and I soon realised this was a movie which in the past I had started mid-way though and then left because lets just say if you don’t come in at it at the right point it can just seem like a lot of people running screaming in a building , which doesn’t sound like a good horror movie at all.

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Quarantine is an infection outbreak zombie movie, the infection started off as rabies in dogs then turned to slowly infecting humans. It tried to be like these hot chick zombie fighting movies by dressing the main lady in tight clothing but I guess to make this more horror than action the woman doesn’t know what she is doing.

There are two main characters- a News reporter- Angela, who I have mentioned when this movie starts going starts panicking allover, and the camera man who is possibly only seen twice in this movie. One good thing about this movie is the perspective it is shown from as the film is shown through the camera/camera man which is constantly on record. I know that sort of thing has been done before but movies such as Paranormal Activity showed more amateur filming while this one the camera man is more stable.

It’s slow to start off as the film starts with the news crew first doing a documentary on the fire department- Angela goes about being all giggly and what’s this whats that? When if you know a journalist you would know a proper one would have done research. It gets to a point for 5 minutes in where you could just leave for another 5 minutes and you wouldn’t miss much, as much as you hope the fire station doesn’t end up being haunted or anything horror movie style.

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The movie finally gets going when the firemen gets called to an apartment building, and take the news crew along, for a screaming woman. I’m not entirely sure why the fire service was needed- the police called them in, they get there and no one even knows what state this woman is in, in Britain the police would have just handled it broken down the door then called for other services. Good thing something like Quarantine wouldn’t happen here. The old lady soon turns out to be creepy and begins to bite people and the CDC (Centre for Disease control) Sure are quick in this movie as they appear and seal off the building before anything is reported.Cumberbatch Fairy

It then turns out to be a typical zombie movies where the infected people and rats turn on the living till no one is left and the non-infected fight for survival hiding from the zombies and trying to get out even though they are locked in the building thanks to the US Government, who have also cut off the people inside the building’s communication with the outside world.

 

Best Part of the movie-

When one of the fire men comes back as a zombie and he is walking about with his leg practically hanging off.

When the camera man kills a zombie using the camera- after this we do briefly see the camera man for the first time as he cleans the lens.

Worst Part- Although it is better done than these other movies that tell the story from the victims point of view with a camera there is still an amateur feel to it where you can’t take the movie seriously, lots of things seem over done and I questioned the intelligence of the characters a lot- it takes nearly the entire movie for someone to remember there is a way out what the CDC might not have blocked off.

 

Overall Movie rating- 2/5 stars

Horror Movie rating- 2.5/5 stars

 

Annoying Quote-

“I told my mum I wanted to be a fire man, tonight I am living the dream.”

…Darling, you’re not exactly living the dream as you are a woman to be living your dream you need a sex change.

Facepalm

Cat’s- Horror- Movie Fest (part 1)

I know a lot of people crave food a lot of the time, but recently I’ve been wanting to watch horror movies.

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So, I’m not entirely sure how this will work out, but I’ve bought a lot of horror movies, most of which have been made and released after 2000, and each of my Movie Fest posts, will include 3 of these horror movies- I’m open to any other horror movie suggestions, I will go and see if I can buy the movie and write about it, or even if you want to just recommend a horror movie you think is awesome, or particularly bad.

On the Cat’s horror movie fest (in no particular order) I should be reviewing.

  • The Grudge (Japanese Version)
  • The Grudge 2 (Japanese Version)
  • The Ring (Japanese Version)
  • The Ring 2 (Japanese Version)
  • Quarantine
  • Quarantine 2
  • Carrie (2013)
  • Silent Hill
  • Mama
  • We are what we are
  • Warm Bodies
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • The Conjuring
  • The Descent
  • Insidious
  • Insidious 2
  • Sinister

I am not doing any of Paranormal Activity’s, Saw’s or Screams, just by the time I get though the whole 1-1000 of those movies and written about them I may actually asked to be possessed just to get away from them.

Part one’s 3 movies are-

Carrie, Warm Bodies and Sinister

 

Carrie (2013, remake)-

I’ve been told that the 1970’s version is better

This movie is based on the Stephen King novel- Carrie- The story tells of a shy girl trying to get though school with also a religious mother waiting for her at home. Stephen King seems to have accessed every bullying victims dark H.f pt1 Carrieimagination, given Carrie telekinesis and set her loose on her bullies. It’s one movie in two parts, the build up where the bullies have the floor, then of course typical American story, Prom happens that’s when everything changes Carrie seems as if she is possessed and practically burns the town down.

But really I don’t see this as a Horror movie; it was more like a revenge chick flick with supernatural powers. It’s a horror movie, without the ghosts or hauntings we seem to have a lot of today, I’d also like to see who finds this a horror movie, I think to some degree it’s more of a reality hit, those who have been bullied a lot have probably wished that they had some sort of power to get back at their predators. The psychological horror is that there are people out there who actually think like that, who are one step away from wanting to kill those who humiliate them.

Favourite part of the movie– when Carrie has the leader bully trapped in the car and fires it into the gas station.

+ The end scene where one of the girls has a nightmare of giving birth (She is pregnant) and a bloody hand burst through her abdomen

Worst Part of the Movie- The fact that the head teacher couldn’t say the word Period or Sanitary products (I mean come on).

+I watch Castle, now season 6, there is an episode what references this movie and I was thinking of that episode at certain points through out this.

Horror Movie rating

2/5 Stars.

Overall movie rating-

3.5/5 Stars.

 

Warm Bodies (2013)

I wasn’t sure if this actually is a horror movie but if you Google Horror Movies from 2013 this comes up so, I gave it a watch.

There is a reason; there has never been a Zombie, Human romance horror story. I think it is actually in someway a good, original idea but some of the awkwardness proves, It is wrong and I think this movie shows that. Sure there is no necrophilia (No, zombie human sexy H.f pt 1 w.btime) but the awkwardness of the human zombie relationship, just with the girl talking to the zombie guy and the guy falling in love with her, for me made this a horror film.

The movie shows two types of zombies. “Corpses,” Which are the sort of friendly zombies- Warm Bodies has done what Twilight did for Vampires. “Corpses,” Are the zombies which wander about not really able to think but the whole Resident Evil Zombie where the Zombies will hunt down every last shred of civilization doesn’t apply. “Boneys,” Are more like the traditional zombie where they will kill anything with a heartbeat, although really they look more like animated skeletons and in this movie they become the main villain.

The Humans and the Corpses join together to fight the boneys! Then we have a happily ever after. Yeah, apparently, the love conquers all thing now makes it into a, “Horror,” movie…

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Don’t believe Google when they say this is a Horror Movie, if this is a Horror movie they should put the Twilight Films on the relevant lists too. It is more of a twisted romance.

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Best Part of the Film- I’ll admit the zombie guy, (“R,” As he ends up calling himself) voice over/commentary was pretty funny.

Worst Part- One part what annoyed me. Spoiler– R changes back, from zombie to something more living. He get’s shot in the chest. The girl (who is in love with him and he is in love her) Is more bothered about the fact he is bleeding so it shows the fact he is alive. He’s bleeding from being shot in the freaking chest, he might not be alive for freaking long if you don’t help him!!!

Horror movie rating-

1/5 stars.

Overall movie rating-

2/5 stars (It had some good special effects)

 

Sinister (2012)Emotion

Now this is what I call a horror movie. Anything that gets me hinking, “I might sleep tonight with the light on,”
Deserves an award.

I actually knocked this movie down a few expectations when it started, realizing it was one of those, humans move into a new house. I thought, chances were the house would be haunted, ghosts or demons will try to destroy humans lives, the mother wH.f pt1ould panic for her children while daddy boy got all macho and try to take on the world of the supernatural. Of course they would bring in some ghost hunters and one of them would have issues at first not believing in that kind of stuff blah blah.

But I was wrong.
Ok the parents still took up their roles. And I thought it was funny that the boy in this movie said he got bullied at his last school because his dad for a living goes around writing about real life crime. It’s funny because this kids hair is actually longer than some girl’s hair I know, so maybe he should factor that into why he is being bullied. The family move into a house where the family before them got hung outside on a tree, accept the youngest daughter who disappeared. The writer dad (Ellison) and the deputy of the town soon discover that the family who got hung had moved to that house but the house they had lived in before a family was killed too, same pattern a kid had disappeared and a pattern like that goes back to the 1960’s (Family moves into a new house but the previous family in the house they have just moved from would have been murdered but a child would have disappeared).

The boy has night terrors and ends up in all sorts of places (I mean it, he ends up in a box almost doing an exorcist style twist coming out of it screaming) Then there is the little girl who draws on walls. The father researches for his books finds all these spooky film reels which shows the murders happen and he soon discovers a creepy figure in all of them

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Best Part of the film– Anytime Bughuul or the creepy children appeared.

+ Ellison falls through the loft; he mentions to the deputy that he heard footsteps. The deputy put it down to squirrels.

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Worst part of the film– I can’t really remember any truly bad bits.

Horror movie rating-

4.5/5 Stars

Overall movie rating-

4.5/5 Stars

 

Seriously, if you want a horror movie. Watch Sinister!

Late Night Ramblings of a Girl Who’s Wisdom Tooth Prefers Pain to Wisdom

StoopidWisdomTooth-24337You read that right. My dreaded (I mean lovely) wisdom tooth as decided to make an arrival. Oh it’s not visible but I know it’s there because I haven’t slept more than 4 hours a night in 10 days, I’m munching pain killers like sweets and I smell of clove oil. Clove Oil is brilliant by the way for toothache. I just seem to use that much I smell of it for days after.

I did go to the dentist today where I had a filling next to said wisdom tooth. The local anaesthetic numbed my mouth, lips and cheek so much I still look like a hamster and am drooling food all over but wisdom-teeth-suckdid it numb my wisdom tooth? OF COUSRE IT DIDN’T. The dentists suggestion? Use mouth wash regularly for the next two weeks and see if that calms it down. If not it’ll be a trip to the hospital. Maybe if I mix mouthwash with some strong painkillers it might have some affect. Knowing my look it’ll send me into anaphylactic shock.

I’m starting to regain some feeling in my face. I no longer look like I’ve been punched several times… all though it feels like I have.

I am entitled to put this under Late Night Ramblings because here in the UK the sun sets about 4.30 pmish. Which means now it’s basically pitch black out there. Here’s the evidence.

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The view from my bedroom window.

I’ve never heard anything good about wisdom teeth so they’re definitely not full of wisdom else they’d have sorted themselves out by now. Any good/ horror stories please comment!

November: Dracula, Classic Horror and Vivien Leigh

I was looking through my Simon’s Cat diary and was quite pleased by what’s coming up over the next month. We thought it was our duty to fill you in on all the goodies that we have to look forward to.

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Friday 25th October brings Dracula to US screens. This version looks sinfully brilliant with the very pretty Jonathan Rhys Meyers playing Dracula (We drooled and squealed so much when this was announced.) Meyers is a great choice for Dracula and after seeing him a few times in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones I think he’ll pull the sexy supernatural role off very well. The trailer also looks quite amazing. I’m hoping it lives up to expectations as there seems to be a few gothic style TV Shows airing this fall/ autumn. Sleepy Hollow and Witches of East End to name a few. British fans will recognise Katie McGrath who played Morgana in BBC’s Merlin, in Dracula she plays Lucy. The 10 episode show airs in the UK on Sky Living on 31st October. This means we’ll be in for a ghoulishly good Halloween Night.

Where Horror films are concerned there’s a great film event you need to look out for at Independent cinemas. The event creatively titled Gothic: The Dark Artelsa-lanchester-bride-of-frankenstein-c10102251-1_7942 of Film runs fully at BFI London where they are showing a huge selection of old and classic horror films. Think Nosferatu Symphony of Horror, Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee Draculas and The Bride Of Frankenstein and you’re definitely on the right lines. After some checking at my local cinemas (Showroom Sheffield and City Screen York) we’ve found out that they are also showing selected films (YAY!) Obviously they don’t have the full selection but they do have some corkers. This Sunday I’ll be in York to see Nosferatu in all it’s silent glory. Showroom are running Gothic well into December so people of Yorkshire you have no excuse to miss classic horror!

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For all the films in Gothic: The Dark Art of Film visit BFI: http://www.bfi.org.uk/gothic

Vivien_Leigh_BFI5th November marks Vivien Leigh’s 100th Birthday. Me and Cat are big lovers of this golden starlet and so are making the effort to make her birthday as big as can be. BFI Southbank are also celebrating by showing her films until January 2014. They’re showing classics like Gone With The Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire along with Waterloo Bridge and The Deep Blue Sea. Keep an eye out because there’s also a few talks taking place at BFI, National Portrait Gallery (with none other than Kendra Bean, Exciting!) and one at V&A Museum on 13th November. I’m very much looking forward to all these. Those who are free on Saturday 16th or Monday 18th November can also buy tickets to have a sneak peek in the V&A archives which now contain some of Ms. Leigh’s clothing and personal affects. What a perfect month November will be!

For a more detailed list on Vivien Leigh talks and events visit http://www.vivandlarry.com This site is basically all you need for everything Vivien. It’s ran by Kendra Bean. All screening times are available here: BFI Vivien Leigh showtimes

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As you’ve been warned we will be contributing lots on Vivien Leigh throughout November. It’s our way of showing our love and appreciation. You’re welcome to get involved too!