11.25.2015

With Arms Wide Open

Every now and then, I will admit that I have some pop-cultural blind spots. One of these blind spots happens to be the Rocky franchise--but that's not to say that I didn't have my fair amount of exposure to it. All three of my brothers happen to be huge Rocky fans, but as someone who never really dug sports movies, I'd promptly leave the room whenever they watched the series. So when I had a chance to see an advanced screening, I knew who I was taking...and who I needed to help me write my review. So today, I present a different take on my usual review: a he said, he said, he said, she said review.  Before I begin, though, let me briefly introduce my co-reviewers. Sean is my older brother who is closest to me in age. Being only 2 years ahead of me, he is man of few words but when he speaks, he is oft full of wisdom. Clayton is my oldest brother, and the man who I believe is responsible for all the brothers' love of Rocky, as well as the belief that Rocky is an actual American hero. Kent stands in proxy of my middle brother Nephi; friend of Clayton and the entire family, he too is a Rocky enthusiast. Oh and he has his own movie site too called Showtime Showdown you can visit HERE. Instead of reading four reviews, I decided to break up our thoughts on Creed by answering some questions about it.



Is Creed its own movie? Or is it Rocky 7?

SEAN SAYS: I would call it a soft reboot of the Rocky franchise.

CLAYTON SAYS: I think Creed managed to keep a good balance of being its own movie and still incorporating enough Rocky to tie it to the franchise. It would have been very easy to drift too far to one side. But the filmmakers pulled it off nicely.

KENT SAYS: Just as Adonis Johnson wants to be successful on his own merits and not by the legacy of his father, Creed cannot help but rely on the successful franchise that preceded it. In every way, it is Rocky VII.

EMILY SAYS: It felt like a mix of both. As someone not overly familiar with the series I didn't feel too lost. I didn't always get all the inside jokes, but it was easy enough to go along with.


Is Creed a worthy sequel to the Rocky series? Does it tarnish its legacy in any way?

SEAN SAYS: It is a worthy sequel. It doesn't tarnish its legacy, but it does tarnish Apollo's legacy!

CLAYTON SAYS: Creed does nothing but enhance the Rocky franchise legacy. Here's the thing, Rocky V was awful, and Rocky Balboa was only good because Rocky V was awful. So it's not like the legacy hasn't already taken a few hits. Even though it had a few over the top moments, this was a fun movie.

KENT SAYS: In 1990, the Rocky franchise was tarnished almost beyond repair. Somehow, it took a mediocre premise about a video game fight, 16 years later, to restore an ounce of former glory. So yeah, the series could only get better from there

EMILY SAYS: It seems like one! It's filled with just the right amount of nostalgia, as it gives loving nods but doesn't over-rely on them.


Hoes does Creed compare to the rest of the movies in the series? Where does it fall in your own personal rankings of the films?

SEAN SAYS:
 I'd rank it somewhere in the middle. I liked it better than Rocky V, Rocky II, and Rocky Balboa.

CLAYTON SAYS: I think everyone would just assume Rocky V never happened, so no competition there. The whole reason Rocky Balboa was made was to get rid of the bad taste Rocky V left. The problem was the idea of a boxer coming out of retirement in his 60's to fight the heavyweight champion of the world is hard to swallow. Creed's storyline is much more believable in that regard. I would put it on par with Rocky II, which was solid even though it had its own warts. The original was truly a great movie, Rocky III introduced Mr. T and Rocky IV ended the Cold War, so it was never getting ahead of any of those.

KENT SAYS: Rocky
Rocky IV: The End of the Cold War
Rocky III: Pity the Fool
Rocky VII: Creed
Rocky Balboa
Rocky II: Rematch
I want to say I'm missing one, but it's blocked from my memory.


EMILY SAYS: Uh.....well....um, I don't remember too many of them so I guess near the top!


How does Michael B. Jordan fare as a successor to Rocky? Is he worthy to play the son of Apollo Creed?

SEAN SAYS: He did a fine job.

CLAYTON SAYS: I liked Michael B. Jordan well enough, but he didn't really do a whole lot to blow me away. He was very likable, which would honestly be one of my biggest problems with the movie. I think he should have had a bit more of an edge. They introduced the character as someone who was in and out of youth homes and juvenile detention facilities as a kid before being taken in by Apollo's wife. Yet, when he is older he seems very polite and well adjusted. But that's probably just me being nit picky.

KENT SAYS: Coming off of Fantastic Four, Michael B. Jordan is the underdog this movie needs.
He doesn't have the natural charisma that oozes from Carl Weathers. I'm 90% sure that Gatorade has a flavor called "Carl Weathers Charisma."

EMILY SAYS: Michael B. Jordan was incredibly likable and...very beautiful to look at.


Putting aside all the Rocky nostalgia, how does Creed manage on its own as a sports movie? 

SEAN SAYS: It's difficult for me to separate it from being a Rocky movie, but I think people not familiar with Rocky movies may enjoy it purely as a sports movie.

CLAYTON SAYS: Creed was a very good sports movie. The fighting scenes were believable and very well choreographed. Maybe the most realistic boxing scenes in any Rocky movie. Sports movies can often times be very cliche, and while this film isn't completely free of that, it does enough to keep you interested.

KENT SAYS: It has everything an inspirational sports movie requires - an underdog, a pep talk from the love interest, music montages and a coach that no one can understand.

EMILY SAYS: I think so! As someone who's not overly familiar with the series (and who happens not to be a big fan of sports movies) I thought it worked incredibly well for its genre.


Is this a good bridge to continue the series with a different protagonist?

SEAN SAYS: Yes I'd say so.

CLAYTON SAYS: I'm not gonna lie, I'd be fine with them not making any more movies in the franchise. I'm sure they will, but I don't think it is necessary. What more are they going to do with these characters? I think further sequels would just result in Creed having the same story arch's that Rocky went through in other movies. But hey, I will still watch them. So I guess that's why they keep getting made.

KENT SAYS: Just as long as he eventually fights Rocky's son and in due course trains under disgraced boxer, Ivan Drago. 

EMILY SAYS: I think it is. I'd be interested in seeing where his story goes.


Do you recommend Creed to everyone or just Rocky fans? 

SEAN SAYS: I'd recommend it to any Rocky fans or fans of sports movies. SEAN RATING: 8/10

CLAYTON SAYS: Everyone should see Creed. Rocky fans and non-Rocky fans. Old and young. Male and female. Christians, Muslims and Atheists alike! CLAYTON RATING: 8.5/10

KENT SAYS: If you haven't seen the Rocky movies, Creed may feel original. If you have seen them, this is pure comfort food. KENT RATING: 8/10

EMILY SAYS: I think if I enjoyed this movie, probably anyone can! EMILY RATING: 8/10

And there you have it! Four for four, we all enjoyed Creed. And now you don't have to just take *MY* word for it.

11.20.2015

Hungry No More

After four movies, "The Girl on Fire's" flame has finally been extinguished with the grand finale of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. After last year's completely lackluster Part 1 (review HERE,) I went into Part 2 totally ready for this franchise to end. I didn't expect to derive much pleasure out of the film's proceedings, so my expectations were really low, if not nonexistent. Turns out, because of avoiding so much advertising and not caring one way or another how good the movie would be, I ended up enjoying Part 2 MUCH more than I anticipated. That's not to say though that the movie is without its flaws, it has quite a few. But those flaws are far more forgiving this time around than the last. Mostly because stuff actually happens this time.

Part 2 picks up right where Part 1 left off, as Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen struggles to understand what's happened to her friend and on-again/off-again boy toy Peeta. She holds one man responsible for turning her beloved into a rage-filled psychopath, and that's Donald Sutherland's President Scroob Snow. Despite orders from President Coin of the Rebel Alliance played by Julianne Moore (that's what they call it right? They just blatantly use all the Star Wars terminology right?) to stay put, Katniss takes it upon herself to sneak into the city and assassinate President Snow for the good of mankind. But before she can get to his mansion, she'll first have to beat all the booby traps that await her within the Capitol's walls. Luckily, she's got her two beaus and some other rebel soldiers to accompany her. The second half of the movie basically plays out like a much grander scale version of Duck Tales: The Movie.

While the film moves along briskly and entertainingly enough, the filmmakers make the mistake of putting too much focus on Katniss's love life, while failing to emphasize other moments that should have had more weight. Unfortunately for everyone besides fangirls, concentrating on the love triangle just isn't that interesting. A couple of important deaths are really glossed over, but at least Peeta and Gale can find the time to have a heart to heart on which one of them Katniss is going to pick right?  Lawrence is tasked with carrying the film while most of her talented supporting cast are sidelined to glorified cameos. Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks and Jena Malone who were all great in the previous movies only really get a couple scenes a piece to make their mark. Much of the film is very bleak, but at least things are *happening* this time around. In fact, the most unfortunate thing about this movie is the fact that its story was ever split in half. Catching Fire easily remains the best out of the series, but had Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 been combined as the book intended, this absolutely could have been the strongest entry. As it is, the series ends with little fanfare, and the scene they tack on at the end to act as the Harry Potter-eque epilogue is kind of atrocious.


For what has been a very uneven series, this installment definitely ends the series on more of a high than a low--even if it's kind of a depressing high. Now if only we didn't have to deal with all the repercussions of the mega-success of this franchise with all the other Young Adult series adaptations we have yet to sit through (and their inevitable Part Two conclusions.) Sigh. EMILY RATING: 7/10

11.17.2015

Patience, You Must Have

December 17th just can't arrive quickly enough. Exactly one month stands between the world and the first brand new Star Wars movie in ten years. If you're looking for some distractions to help pass the time between now and its glorious arrival while simultaneously keeping the force ever present in your mind, you've come to the right place. Below are 15 suggestions of various Star Wars related media you can choose to fill your time with by viewing throughout the next month. Before we begin our list though, I must give a word of caution: not all of these Star Wars related offerings are created equal. While all of these selections can help transport you to a galaxy far far away, just know that you should only embark on some if you're *really* desperate.


Spaceballs.Mel Brooks' parody of the original trilogy as well as other adventure films of its era, is both a loving nod to the Star Wars universe and an enjoyable comedy in its own right. The adventures of Dark Helmet, Lone Starr, Barf, Dot Matrix and Princess Vespa remain one of my absolute favorite imitations of all of Star Wars lore. There are so many solid bits and it never fails to make me chuckle. Spaceballs is available to rent on most online streaming platforms.


Fanboys The plot of Fanboys might sound eerily familiar if you've paid any attention to the news recently. A lifelong fan of Star Wars has been diagnosed with cancer so he makes it his life goal to see the newest Star Wars film at all costs before he passes. The difference between this fictious tale and that of real life Daniel Fleetwood, is that this story is set in 1998 with the then upcoming release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. That and the characters in the film don't exactly politely ask the filmmakers for a screening, rather he and his friends decide to take it upon themselves to travel across the country, sneak into George Lucas's house aka Skywalker Ranch, and steal a cut of the film. Fanboys is admittedly uneven as it was tinkered with by studio interference during its entire production, but there are enough loving homages for Star Wars fans to make it worth their while. Fanboys is available to stream on Google Play.


The Family Guy Trilogy: Blue Harvest, Something, Something, Something Dark Side, and It's a TrapThree separate episodes of Family Guy retell each of the original Star Wars trilogy episodes. A New Hope is tackled in the season 6 episode Blue Harvest, Empire Strikes Back came along in season 8 in the form of Something, Something, Something, Darkside,  and the parody saga was concluded with Return of the Jedi episode called It's A Trap. If you're a fan of Family Guy and Star Wars, this is a match made in heaven. If you only like Star Wars, there's still enough to appreciate here while wading through the typical Family Guy humor. Seeing each film directly redone in a condensed animated comedy version is kind of cool to see and definitely a good refresher to help get ready for The Force Awakens. The Family Guy Trilogy boxset is available on Amazon, or you can stream it there too.


Star Wars Robot Chicken: Episodes I, II & III. Like Family GuyThree complete Robot Chicken episodes were dedicated entirely to Star Wars. The difference here is that these episodes are broken up into smaller sketches and celebrate the saga as a whole. They somehow take George Lucas's characters and make them their own in the world of Robot Chicken.The Emperor and Boba Fett in particular, get pretty hilarious takes on their characters. If you really know and love Star Wars, these episodes are for you. The humor is a little sharper than in Family Guy and you just get the feeling that die-hards especially will appreciate the inside jokes and nods here. You can find every Star Wars Robot Chicken sketch on YouTube.



Star Wars: Clone Wars. If you want to learn more about the Clone Wars that Alec Guinness's Obi-Wan Kenobi alluded to in A New Hope, then briefly glimpsed in prequel Episodes II & III you've got a few options at your disposal. First, you can check out the hand-drawn animated series that aired on the Cartoon Network in between the release of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. There are only 20 episodes at 15 minutes each and they can easily be found on YouTube. Next you can watch the 2008 film and the series it launched. The digital animation series lasted seven seasons and was very positively received, especially with people that wanted some of the characters of the Prequel Trilogy to be a little more, shall we say fleshed out. The 2008 movie and series are both on Netflix, while you can find the hand drawn series on YouTube.


Star Wars: Rebels. After making the Clone Wars animated series, Lucasfilm brought Star Wars: Rebels into the world. Taking place after the events of Episode III, Rebels focuses on all fresh faces. If you haven't checked this out, now is as good a time as any! The four seasons are available to stream on Amazon.

The Star Wars Holiday Special. For the casual fan of Star Wars, they usually remain blissfully unaware of The Holiday Special's existence. And for good reason. George Lucas did almost everything in his power to bury this abomination, and if it weren't for the Internet, he might have succeeded. Every now and again, I like to show bits and pieces of this to those such casual fans and blow their minds that this tv movie actually happened. The Star Wars Holiday Special was aired in 1978 hoping to capitalize off the success of the original Star Wars. The story (if we can claim there was one,) centers around Chewbacca's family as they await his return for the Galaxy's Christmas equivalent holiday known as Life Day. It's like Planes, Trains & Automobiles meets Star Wars! Oh and also some horrible 1970's variety show that should have never seen the light of day. Let's just say you've got to have a REALLY strong constitution to actually watch this. There are moments in this that will leave you absolutely stupefied at the absurdity. If you're brave enough, you can find The Holiday Special on YouTube.

Ewok Adventures: The Caravan of Courage & The Battle of Endor. Fortunately, this is definitely not as awful to watch as The Holiday Special, however, these films are almost just as unwatchable. Still, they've got that Star Wars look and feel, so if you need another way to be transported to the galaxy this is it. Just know that it's not gonna be a smooth ride, and in fact many of the things that happen in both movies will have you scratching your head and thinking "this would never happen in the Star Wars galaxy." Some things are better left in the memory of your youth, and this might be one of them. But if you're desperate for some time fillers, I'll let you make that call. Both of these made for tv films can be found on YouTube.


Droids, Ewoks. Did you know there were two animated series in the 80's about Star Wars? One was called Droids and was about the adventures of R2 and Threepio before the events of A New Hope. The other was called Ewoks and was about the life of the ewoks before they met the rebels in Return of the Jedi. If you, like me were unaware of this fact, you can watch the entire series of both on YouTube. Like the Ewoks films, this nostalgia might be a big time waster, but there's only one way to find out right?

Hardware Wars. This parody short of the original Star Wars is oh so 70's. There's nothing of real substance here but silliness, that said-- if you want to see one of the first caricatures of the famous characters and events of A New Hope it's kind of a fun watch. I mostly enjoy their version of Luke Skywalker and his ridiculous catchphrases. Hardware Wars can be found on YouTube.

Thumb Wars. Before Family Guy and Robot Chicken, the story of Star Wars was also told by...a bunch of thumbs. Creepy little thumbs with weird faces to be exact. This half-hour short often walks the line between silly fun and just being stupid, but if you're going to be a completist on all the versions of Star Wars give it a look. It has a couple clever moments. The full Thumb Wars movie can be found on YouTube.



George Lucas in Love, George Lucas Strikes Back. Now let's celebrate the man behind the galaxy himself: George Lucas. George Lucas in Love is an 8 minute short that explores what could have possibly inspired George to dream up the world of Star Wars. This is a fun and adept telling of what George might have been like in college and what things he drew from to create his classic story. On a similar note, George Lucas Strikes Back is a hilarious interpretation of where that genius might have went during the prequels. Both are absolutely worth watching for fans and available on YouTube.


Star TrekSuper 8,  Star Trek: Into Darkness. Refreshing up on JJ Abram's most enjoyable sci-fi hits is a surefire way to feel that the latest installment of the beloved saga is in good hands. Watching Star Trek along with its sequel can give a sense of how he previously reinvented and rejuvenated a blockbuster franchise. Revisiting Super 8 helps build confidence of the love and reverence he feels to the filmmakers that came before him and their work. As these are all recent releases, they should all be pretty easy to find via any streaming service.

Attack the Block, Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina. One of the best ways to get really excited for The Force Awakens is by acquainting yourself with its new cast. Attack the Block is a great way to meet John Boyega in action and to get excited about what he can bring to the role. In Inside Llewyn Davis you can spend some time with both Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver (albeit in more of a bit part for Driver.) And with Ex-Machina you can spend even more time with Isaac, while also seeing the acting chops of Domnhall Gleeson. JJ assembled himself a fine cast, and getting yourself excited for what they bring to The Force Awakens will invariably happen if you watch some of their prior work.


Star Wars Saga. OBVIOUSLY the best and most thorough way to prepare yourself for the new movie is to watch the entire series again. Or at the very least just the old trilogy. Either way, by brushing up you'll once again become one with the force and entirely ready to take on a new story set in a galaxy far, far away.

Whatever you do to get yourself ready, now is the time to do it! So go forth, and may the force be with you!

11.16.2015

Paris, Je T'aime

Paris is a city most dear to my heart. Five years ago, as a student traveling abroad, I lived right in the heart of the city for some of the best months of my life. Riding the subways, eating the delectable food, admiring the stunning architecture--every moment spent there became a most treasured memory. Learning of the terrorist attacks that took place there on Friday was absolutely horrifying. A grief for the city and the people I loved struck me deeply, so I turned to solace where I often go: film. Through the art of film, Paris has been immortalized in a way that is perhaps more beautiful than any other city (possibly only equaled by New York City.) To remember and honor this city as it truly is, I wanted to share my five favorite films about Paris.

Amélie

Seeing the world through the eyes of our heroine, Amélie, in the film of the same name is an absolute delight. She sees beauty and opportunity in every moment, and through her, the audience sees the streets of Montmarte light up with potential. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet injects his film with vibrancy and color. The Paris he creates through his heroine's eyes is enchanting and full of good. For Amélie, her life is a chance to help others, and improve their lives for the better. Amélie is a gorgeous slice of Parisian life; a must for Francophiles and lovers of cinema alike.

Ratatouille

Without a doubt, one of the BEST things about Paris is the food. From the savory to the sweet, the cuisine you eat in Paris will undoubtedly be among the tastiest you will ever eat. The filmmakers behind Ratatouille undoubtedly knew this fact, and I'm convinced created an entire movie to celebrate it. The film is consistently charming, clever and chuckle-worthy, and in my opinion, one of Pixar's finest. As a movie that glorifies both Paris and its fabulous cuisine, it can't be beat.

Moulin Rouge

A movie that celebrates the virtues of truth, beauty, freedom, and above all, love probably couldn't have taken place in any other city. Paris is a perfect match for the ideals of both this movie and its wide-eyed protagonist. Baz Luhrmann's version of Paris is a magical and dazzling place where true love can conquer all. He paints the past Paris as almost a fairy tale kingdom--where the Cinderellas happen to be courtesans, and the stepmothers are evil dukes. While the "happily ever afters" here might actually end in sadness, the real celebration is of the beauty we're all capable of coming upon during our lives.
Before Sunset

Paris serves as the backdrop for a deeply intense personal conversation between former lovers Jesse and Celine in Richard Linklater's sequel to Before Sunrise. Killing time before a flight, the two explore the city while catching up on the events that have occurred since their last encounter. In each of Linklater's Before films the city becomes a character, and Sunset's Paris is no different. There's no better city in the world to encourage affection and intimacy than Paris, and naturally, it serves to bring the characters closer. The city of love tends to do that in both real life and the world of cinema!

Midnight in Paris

No one has captured the beauty of Paris quite like Woody Allen did in Midnight in Paris. The first four minutes of the film are nothing but loving portraits of the city. Some moments are still, full of solitude, while others portray the bustling busyness of any big city. No matter the moment--whether it's when we see Paris in those first four minutes or any other time throughout the entire film, the city is glistening. This is, without a doubt, Woody Allen's love letter to Paris. Allen depicts the city the way those who love the city see it and remember it: shining like a diamond.

The city of light may have gone dark for a day, but its spirit will never be dimmed. Whether in movies, or in life Paris will always be the pinnacle of beauty and grace.

PS, I'm gonna be writing articles at The News Hub as well! So check out my article there if you want to see it look all shiny and pretty!

11.06.2015

Shaken, Not Stirred

I think I have a love/hate relationship with the Daniel Craig Bond films. I LOVED Casino Royale (mostly due to the electric chemistry of Craig and Eva Greene,) then I hated Quantum of Solace. Then Skyfall came out to RAVE reviews, and while I found it quite good and invariably better than its predecessor, it still left me a teeny bit disappointed because of the hype (Check out that review HERE.) Mostly, I love Daniel Craig as Bond so I *want* to love the movies, but I'm rarely fully satisfied with the films themselves. Unfortunately, Spectre continues that trend: fun, but uneven.


Spectre opens, as all Bond and spy films do: in the midst of a giant action set piece. That schtick is getting a little tiresome by now, but fortunately, this one happens to have a really cool setting by taking place in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead. It's a creative sequence, but occasionally my brain turned off as I waited for the action to come to an end so the exposition could begin and then the plot would start revealing itself. I thought once I got through that first bit, I'd be able to follow along just fine, but the same thing happened to me several times during the film. The action numbed me to certain events and I often found myself thinking "wait, how did we get here?" Certainly my fault for not paying better attention, but I can't imagine it would have made too much of a difference. You see, none of the details really matter anyway, because everything in Spectre is just so dang convenient that none of it really *needs* to make sense. Bond gets from every point he does because the movie needs him to. It's not about the "how" in these movies, so much as the action sequences. Spectre has some enjoyable ones and pays homage to some classic Bond films. If you're a fan of those, you'll probably really enjoy this film. If you're not? The movie is a mixed bag.



The emotional beats in this film are handled particularly poorly. The timing of two of his romantic encounters are incredibly ridiculous and "face palm" inducing. As usual, the physical and emotional intimacy is never earned and Craig just doesn't generate the kind of chemistry with either of his two love interests to make you care about their futures. As such, his concluding moments with one of them is very head scratching indeed [SPOILER highlight to read] I'm looking at you "gun toss" moment. [/end SPOILER]

What Spectre has going for it is its talented cast and its sleek style. In a year packed with spy movies, Bond always seems to be the most sophisticated. Craig is a part of that, but he's backed up with some great supporting players. Ben Whishaw as Q is a scene stealer, while Naomi Harris and Ralph Fiennes are solid as Moneypenny and M respectively. Christoph Waltz is somewhat wasted in a one-dimensional villain role that could have greatly benefited from a lot more fleshing out. He has a reveal in the finale that should greatly impact the audience, but mostly leaves everyone confused and once again thinking "well that was convenient." Just like everything else. All that said, I mostly enjoyed myself so I'm being a little more kind than I maybe should with my rating. EMILY RATING: 7/10

11.01.2015

Horrorthon 2015: The Recap

You will never BELIEVE how many horror movies/tv I watched this month. I sacrificed my time at the gym all month in order to create this giant list. Now I'm gonna have to be doing some repenting for that. ESPECIALLY before Thanksgiving. But that's not important. This list. The month of October is everything, and I crammed it with possibly more horror than ever before. Some were first-time watches, others were rewatches. Since this list is so long, I'm gonna attempt to sum up my watching as succinctly as possible. Wish me luck.

The Babadook. A great new addition to modern horror.

Gremlins. Campy cult classic that I just kinda love.

The Sixth Sense, Signs & The Village. First weekend of October needed something lighter and M Night's older stuff is just perfect for that.

Dream House. So unbelievably stupid.

The Hole. It's like Joe Dante turned an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? into a full length movie... with not very good results.

The 'Burbs. This cult classic just holds a special place in my heart.

What We Do in the Shadows. Flight of the Conchords meets vampires meets mockumentary.

iZombie, Scream & Scream Queens. Even when I watched tv, I tried to make it horror. Summing each up: Delightful, too serious, and silly.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Historically significant, though more stylish than scary. Maybe the first twist ever in cinema history?

It Follows. Victim of its hype. Stylish cinematography & great score... but unfulfilling payoff.

Goodnight Mommie. Victim of its trailer and slow pacing. The ending though is crazy intense.

A Nightmare on Elm Street. SO much fun! Great concept and pretty ruthless in how the victims are each picked off.

The Ring. The modern classic that holds itself most dear to me.

Fright Night. This remake is a lot of fun

1408. Nice horror film if you need one in a pinch.

Saw. Messed up....but awesome.

Simpsons Treehouse of Horror I - XI. A staple for me every year. I love these old episodes so much.

Devil. Fun Twilight Zone premise that works well enough for me.

Crimson Peak. Not as scary as I wanted, but loved the story.

Misery. SO great.

Goosebumps. Fun for kids to have a new Hocus Pocus for their generation. More movies like this for kids should be made.

Evil Dead. One of the few smart remakes of the horror genre. Effectively does its own thing and pays homage at the same time.

The Shining. One of the greatest horror films ever made.

Dawn of the Dead. Unfortunately watched a really choppy version of this. It was hard to get the full effect. Some great moments though.

Hocus Pocus. Classic Halloween staple.

Don't Look Now. I really only cared for a handful of moments in this to be honest.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. SO INCREDIBLY INTENSE. One of my new favorites.

Pet Sematary. Haha this movie is crazy. In both good ways and bad ways!

The Conjuring. One of the best additions to modern horror. This film is incredibly solid.

The Amityville Horror. Slow start up, but it's got some really creepy moments.

Haunter. Just.....so dang stupid.

Cooties. Silly zombie kid killing fun.

The Final Girls. Another fun homage to the genre that cleverly deconstructs what we expect from horror.

Child's Play. Haha what can one say about Childs Play? Outrageous and terrifying.

Unfriended. Clever concept that gets a little tedious by the end.

The Lost Boys. So very 80's and I mean that in the very best way. 80's film first, vampire film second.

The Cabin in the Woods. Love letter to the horror genre.

Scream 2. Fun sequel that doesn't take quite as many risks as the original.

Friday the 13th. Such a slow beginning, but the ending is absolutely fabulous.

Re-Animator. NIGHTMARE FUEL! Probably the most disturbing film I saw all month.

The Exorcist. Slow beginning lessened the blow for the events of the second half. Still incredibly disturbing and terrifying though.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. So freaking funny.

Halloween. Classic slasher flick.

Welp! That's all, can you believe it? Now onto immersing myself in Star Wars for the next month and a half...