It is Halloween season again - the time of year for trick-or-treating, kids and candy, wild costumes and parties, and horrifically bad horror films. There are a few I would like to single out for your possible viewing pleasure. Please see below.
"Dead Snow" - A Norwegian film from director Tommy Wirkola, this is every bit as funny as it is gory, and there is plenty of both to go around. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and the mix of Nazi zombies, med students, and Norwegian fiords is something I have waited for years to see joined together. Watch it without any preconceptions, and don't expect anything more than fun.
"Acolytes" - Australia produces films that tend to stray from stereotypes and border on originality, a premise that seems lost on today's American directors and studio heads. I don't know how this film would have fared in American cinemas, but I like to think that it may have doe well. It is fairly sharp, with a fine young (very young) cast and a great performance from Aussie regular Joel Edgerton as a serial killer willing and eager to pass on his legacy to the right candidate.
The film has everything you need for a creepy thriller: jealousy, revenge, murder, blackmail, unrequited love, and a trusting open marriage. It builds like a well-paced slasher flick without a lot of slash. I enjoyed this film more than I thought I would.
"Daybreakers" - I was very disappointed with this Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe vampire vehicle. I expected a lot, and the premise and storyline were enough to get me really excited to see the movie. Once in, however, it turned into a very predictable American-made horror movie, which mean it went for effects and style rather than substance.
It was better than most, however, so if you like vampire fiction I'm sure this would be a good option for a night of film fun and dvd rental. If you're into that sort of thing, check it out, but don't expect to be blown away.
"The Crazies" - This was a remake, but it didn't really have much to do with the original. Predictable and formulaic, I should dislike it, but the performances were really quite good for a horror flick (Owed, in no small part, to Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell, two of my favorite actors working today.), and the story and pacing are good and not hokey. At least not "usual-horror-film-hokey". It had some good, creepy moments, and did a good job staying with the story and not veering off into something more ridiculous than government conspiracy psycho zombie fare.
It also doesn't hurt that Wise, Virginia's own Frank Hoyt Taylor appears in the film and turns into a saw-wielding psychopath who tries to kill Olyphant in the middle of the local funeral home morgue. Nothing like seeing a hometown boy go "crazy zombie" in HD. I liked this film, whether created by nostalgia or no.
So, those are a few of my Halloween picks that I have seen recently. They in no way should take the place of standards ("Friday the 13th", "Halloween", "Phantasm', "Re-Animator", "High Tension", "Saw", "28 Days Later", "Let the Right One In", "The Thing", "The Exorcist", etc...), or classics ("Psycho", "Night of the Living Dead", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Carrie", "The Shining", "An American Werewolf in London", "Suspiria", "White Zombie", "Freaks", "Frankenstein", "Dracula", "Rosemary's Baby", etc...).
Check 'em out if you get a chance. They may put a scare in you, or at least give you a couple hours to forget about the real worries in your life. Enjoy!
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