Terrorthon 2013: Installment the First

Well, readers, October is in full swing and if you've been worried that I haven't been keeping up with my now annual horror movie terrorthon, fear no more!  I've spent the better part of the month investing my time with some of my old reliables (Zombieland and Drag Me To Hell,) a few family favorites to please my nieces (Hotel Transylvania and Corpse Bride,) and then a bunch of cult classics (as well as a few too obscure for even the cults) from the 70's and 80's. Oh and one Paranormal Activity. Here are some thoughts on the films that I haven't already written about a billion times...

THE OTHER - Who doesn't love a story about an evil twin?? This 70's tale of a set of twins is a little slow moving, but once it gets into the meat of the story it's the type of film that can be dissected and interpreted in a number of ways. The film definitely gets extra points for this, as I love films that make you think about them long after you watched them.

THE THING - Such was also the case with The Thing, the John Carpenter classic which featured a fantastic ending that sparks its own debates. This remake of an earlier 50's film (and also an adaptation of a short story), definitely gives off an Alien vibe. Not that I'm complaining because both films sure are fun. But this one gets an added edge with the inclusion of the "trust no one" plotline that enters into the film once we see what The Thing is truly capable of. I gotta say, I was truly entertained.

THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE - Yes this is basically the plot of The Haunting and any other "strangers stay in a haunted house for money/experiments/solving mysteries"plot...but it has something in it that none of the others had. Kinky ghosts. Annnnnnd cat attacks. In all seriousness though, it definitely had its creepy moments, (they just happened to coincide with some rather head-scratching moments.) Also, I must say...the "Darwinism" in this movie didn't make a lick of sense!

LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH - Another obscure 70's film I wanted to watch purely for the title alone. And what do you know? It actually happened to be pretty darn creepy. It was a little slower too, but I really enjoyed the unsettling tone that is ever present in the film. The last bit doesn't make a whole lot of sense (by today's horror standards and myths...) but it's definitely fun and creepy! (Also in case you're wondering, that isn't Jessica...that's just one of the "people" trying to scare her to death. And yeah if it were me that'd probably work.)

THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS - The childhood classic that everyone and their dog seemed to watch in their youth except me. So I figured it was probably time to see what all the hullabaloo was about. It's definitely a fun and freaky little film (and Bette Davis always is good at freaking you out...) I can see why kids were so enamored with it! Still I'm not sure I'm completely satisfied with the ending.

EVIL DEAD II - A few years back I saw the first film and only now am I getting around to its two sequels...but it was well worth the wait. Evil Dead II is just as outrageous and fun as I always hoped it to be. The site gags are completely over the top, and everything is just nonsensical.....but a thrill ride filled with hilarity. I was laughing the whole time. This film definitely is my favorite of the trilogy (though I must admit I do need to see the first film again to truly say that with confidence since I quite enjoyed that too..)

ARMY OF DARKNESS - A little campier than its predecessors, this film probably has some of my favorite lines from the trilogy. It had some nice homages to other horror films, but I think I like Evil Dead best when it's being purely Evil Dead. Still...you can't really go wrong with sassy Ash.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY - I saw this movie a few years back and remember feeling that it was pretty good, but the scariest part far and away was the last 10 or so minutes. Seeing it a second time a few years later? I still think those minutes are what makes the movie, but otherwise it just doesn't hold up too well. The problem with the movie is it relies on the typical moments that should set up the first half hour of a horror movie, but then stretches them for the course of the WHOLE movie. You're always just waiting for something to happen...but it only scratches the surface until the end...and then it's too late. Maybe I should see the sequels...but none of them have been better reviewed than the first, so I  really can't imagine that I'm missing anything. But maybe I'm wrong.

Anywho that's it for now. But stay tuned, they'll be more to come!


Johanna said...

Well, you know, that's not my thing. :) But it sounds like you have been having a lot of fun. Scary fun.

Sarah said...

Do you remember The Lady in White? I liked that one as a kid. I haven't seen it in years. Your description of The Legend of Hell House sounds very...interesting. :)

Emily said...

I don't remember that movie, but it sounds really creepy from its imdb page!