March 16th, 2019

Malevolent

This is a Netflix movie, and it’s another hit for me. I’ve really loved so many of their horror movies, there are very few misses. (I’m looking at you, Open House.) This one is about a brother & sister who advertise themselves as paranormal investigators. Their latest case, a house haunted by the spirits of murdered young girls, turns out to be all too real. This was a lot of fun, very creepy. That one scene on the road broke my heart.

5/5 Coffins for this one. If you have Netflix, check it out.

Happy Death Day 2U

Ok, so there’s been some debate with this one, whether it’s really a horror or not. I’d say it’s gotten a bit further away, but it’s still got horror elements and as Jordan Peele says “Does it even matter?” Whether you think it’s a horror or not, it’s a fun movie series. This time around, Tree’s friends are dying and she has to save them by reliving days over and over. We also find out what caused this all to happen in the first place. I really love this series and there’s a post-credits scene that was so wacky, I really hope a third movie is made. Go into this not expecting a lot of gore and I think you’ll enjoy it.

5/5 Coffins for this one. I really enjoyed it!

(Note about my reviews – I rate movies on how much I personally liked them. So there will be movies that aren’t “perfect” that will get 5/5 because I loved it.)

March 8th, 2017

This was quite a mixed bag. I guess you can’t expect a lot of a movie anthology that comes in at under 2 hours and has 26 separate stories. And to be fair, I kept track of which ones I liked and I ended up liked over half of them. Those were:
A is for Amateur
B is for Badger
C is for Capital Punishment
E is for Equilibrium
G is for Grandad
K is for Knell
L is for Legacy
M is for Masticate
N is for Nexus
O is for Ochlocracy
Q is for Questionnaire
R is for Roulette
S is for Split
V is for Vacation
Y is for Youth
Z is for Zygote

I liked that some of them were just plain scary, while others threw in some humor. A for Amateur was a great way to start off, followed by Vacation and Split. Masticate was very short and pretty funny. It’s also impressive what a filmmaker can do with so little time.

I’d recommend this one, I know it’s streaming on Shudder currently and it’s made me want to check out the others in the series, even though I’ve been warned they aren’t as strong.

August 25th, 2016

Night Visions was a horror anthology series that ran on Fox in 2001. 13 episodes were produced, but only 10 ended up airing in the initial run because of coverage of the September 11th attacks. Those last 3 episodes did end up airing in repeats on SciFi and Chiller.

The show was hosted by Henry Rollins and had such directors as Joe Dante and Tobe Hooper. Guest stars included Aidan Quinn, Lou Diamond Phillips, Brian Dennehy (2 episodes), Bill Pullman (starred and directed), Cary Elwes, Luke Perry, Sherilyn Fenn, Jerry O’Connell, Amy Jo Johnson, Randy Quaid, Bridget Fonda, Jack Palance, Marla Sokoloff, Chad Lowe, Michael Rapaport, Thora Birch, Malcolm McDowell and many more!

This show is one of my favorites in the anthology genre. I guess it helps that there were only 13 episodes, but there was barely a stinker in the 26 stories told. The acting was great, there was very little CGI, which can really date a show. The stories themselves, however, really hold up. Event though I knew how they would end, I still thoroughly enjoyed this re-watch. Henry Rollins is a surprisingly good host; he’s no Rod Serling of course, but his serious delivery of the opening and closing lines of each story is certainly fine, and he doesn’t take away from the show.

I’d be hard pressed to choose a favorite story from the series, so I’ll name my top 14, in airdate order:

    1. The Passenger List
    2. Dead Air
    3. A View Through the Window
    4. Quiet Please
    5. Used Car
    6. Rest Stop
    7. After Life
    8. The Occupant
    9. Neighborhood Watch
    10. My So-Called Life and Death
    11. The Dog House
    12. Still Life
    13. Darkness (despite my hatred of Michael Rappaport)
    14. Patterns

OK, so I ended up picking over half of them. The only ones I don’t like are Reunion and Switch.

Night Visions never got an official DVD release, which is a shame, and unfortunately I think it’s time has passed. It’s too bad, because I would love to have a proper set, maybe with some commentary from the directors and stars, maybe some of the commercials that ran on Fox at the time too.

You can watch Night Visions on Youtube, with one episode (6) missing because of Youtube blocking it.

Which stories were your favorites? Let me know in the comments.

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