Thursday, February 19, 2015


2012, starring Annalynne McCord, Jeremy Sumpter, Traci Lords, based on a short film of the same name.

Pauline, an unattractive social misfit has psychosexual fantasies of becoming a successful surgeon, while battling her mother's controlling behavior.

Though uncomfortably disturbing to watch at some moments, Excision is a great film. Annalynne performs her hunchbacked, stubborn, intelligent character extremely well, and Traci masters the control-freak mother act. I absolutely love the strange dreams Pauline has. The stage and the makeup are pleasing to the eye. This has to be one of my favorite horror films of the past fifteen years. Mainstream audiences will think it's either the weirdest or the "dumbest" movie, but if you have a taste for movies with odd material not seen often then this movie is for you. 8/10.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Scream 4

2011, starring Neve Campbell, Emma Roberts, Marley Shelton, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Hayden Panetierre.

Returning to Woods

Whoa, what a save. I was skeptical on this one when it first came out. A third sequel usually proves the series is worn out. Not here. New sequel, new looks, eleven years later. The opening scene with a small twist was a new way to refresh the series. If you haven't seen this, don't read ahead. One time out of few I post spoilers to express an opinion. The killer was maybe a little predictable. Wouldn't you be jealous if a relative of yours was unwillingly more famous than you? Not me. I'd stay in hiding. The actress who played the villain wasn't the best. Throwing themselves to make themselves look victimized was a better performance, but too short to make up for the rest of the film. Was Marley Shelton's character supposed to be this annoying? Seeing a lot more new faces compared to the first two sequels was a breath of fresh air. Better than Scream 3, but not as great as Scream and Scream 2. 6.5/10.

Scream 3

2000, starring Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox Arquette, and David Arquette.

Survivors of the first and second events are drawn to the set of Stab 3, where a new killer lurks, killing off the actors to star in the upcoming film.

Oh, heavens. What happened here? Bad casting (excluding the three main), lame script, laughable acting, characters that I wanted to be killed sooner.. actually, the moment I heard them utter a line. Was that all intentional? Either way, it failed in my eyes. Jump scares can be seen from a mile away. The big revelation was a surprise. One (and only one) point to look forward to is discovering who started everything to lead up to this. Nothing else. Watch at your own risk. 4/10.

Scream 2

1997, starring Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Deja vu haunts Sidney Prescott, now a college student, and survivors of the first events, as new bodies pile up. Now the rules have changed, and Sidney must find the killer before the killer finds her.

Not as fresh and funny as the first, but still an impressive sequel, Scream 2 manages to scare you and keep you guessing. For me, the killer's identity was a surprise. The jump scares may be predictable, but still made me jump a little. This was a fun one. 7/10.


1996, starring Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and Drew Barrymore.

A psychopath with an obsession for slasher flicks targets a past victims's daughter and her peers.

What is there to not love about this movie? Taking the rules of horror movies and putting them to the test! Wes Craven did a superb job with this one. Stereotype characters: the virgin most likely to survive, the provocatively dressed friend, the dumb cop, the annoying reporter desperate for answers, and the seemingly innocent boyfriend who might be crazy after all. Drew Barrymore's performance cannot ever be outdone, it was hers from the moment she was born. Talks of an upcoming MTV (groan) Scream TV series remaking that famous opening scene? I'm curious, but doubtful. 9/10.

Carrie (original)

1976, starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, and John Travolta, based on the novel by Stephen King.

A misfit uses her newly-discovered telekinesis on her ruthless peers.

Sissy Spacek was born for the part of Carrie White. I cannot imagine any other actress portraying Carrie White other than Sissy. Angela and Chloe in the remakes weren't bad, but those reviews are soon to come. Not following the book entirely, Carrie is a perfect film. The actors knew what they were doing, who their characters were, and how to act like their characters. The music was loud, creepy, and gave me a weird feeling. The best scene is the prom scene, of course. Compared to the remakes, it was tame, but it was the first of its kind. Having telekinesis isn't horror, in my opinion, more science fiction as a movie genre. Piper Laurie was a bit overdramatic at times, especially her death scene. Other than that, Carrie is a loved horror classic. 9/10.


1987. Starring Cristina Marsillach and Ian Charleson.

A hooded figure forces a young diva to watch as he murders performers in a production of Verdi's opera "Macbeth."

You don't see movies like this so elegnantly performed/filmed be so horribly violent very often. My favorite scenes are when he makes her watch. I was waiting for her to close her eyes and impale her eyeballs. #2 on my list of Dario Argento films. 7.5/10.


1977. Starring Jessica Harper.

A young woman joins a ballet academy, then slowly learns there is something supernatural that is causing a series of grisly murders.

Preferably #1 on my list of Dario Argentio films. The gore isn't afraid to show itself too much, and the music gives this film its supernatural feel. 8/10.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

You're Next

You're Next, 2011, starring Sharni Vinson.

A family dinner goes awry when masked assailants attack from outside the house and make their way inside.

The fake-looking blood. Absolute no for me. The rest is good. Well-paced, kick-ass. The blender death was amazing. 6.5/10.

House of the Devil

The House of the Devil, 2009, starring Jocelin Donahue and Dee Wallace Stone.

A couple has sinister plans for a young woman staying the night at their house.

Slow-paced but not too boring. 5.5/10.