Lost After Dark


See the source image2015             NR     1:25

Robert Patrick,  Sarah Fisher, Justin Kelly, Jesse Camacho, Eve Harlow, Kendra Leigh Timmins

 

You thought the 80s were dead, right?

Not in this slasher homage, whose opening scene which takes place in the 70s.  I’d compare (which I hate doing)  to a Texas Chainsaw Massacre style. Then we come to what is supposed to be the present day but it’s 1984 and Oh My GODs! The CRIMPED hair.  I would say they did a good job on the 80s fashions. I almost thought they raided some time traveling Closets (the Tardis anyone?)

Its some school dance and a goody-good is planning to go out with her friend, or is that friends? At the dance the Vice Principal, none other than Terminator 2 and Scorpion’s Robert Patrick keeps an eye on the kids, or so tries.

Goody girl and her group of friends get on a school bus and take off. Yeah, school buses in my day could be party buses or at least when there was no aide on the bus to keep us in line. So the bus runs out of gas and we all know that spells doom in any horror movie, and so are stalked by a killer.

Honestly I thought it was going to be predictable, but this slasher flick doesn’t play by the rules! One of the two girls that should have been a ”final’ girl” by the rules of horror movies.  Definitely a surprise or 2 in order of killings as well as cliches.

I would say it is modeled in a Texas Chainsaw style after seeing the full movie, but still fresh in a way. There’s even a spot where the film looks like it burned in the projector.

 

 

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Amusement


20o7 R  1:25  Horror  Jessica Lucas, Katheryn Winnick

I thought this was going to be some sort of demented amusement park or funhouse because of the title. 

Winnick plays Tabitha who is in a (near)O catatonic state while being interrogated by the police psychiatrist as to why she and her two childhood friends are being hunted by a serial killer.

Tragic secrets from their past are just dying to come out. Not to mention, this is the crap that happens when you don’t tell someone about that creepy kid, and his cruel ‘art’ for the science fair… its more along the lines of an express ticket to a padded cell (and the 10th level of hell I’ve created for people like this.) We see a few stories concerning the girls first, which lead up to the last. It’s almost like an anthology only its one whole movie with a little backstory.

Through the years the girls forget about the creep but apparently, he never does, making them his rats.

If you are in the mood for some dark horror *and maybe you could say morbid humor) then this is for you. I would make this part of a Halloween movie marathon as there’s a trick but its no avengers type treat.

 

 

 

 

The Sick House


2008   NR    Horror  1;40   Gina Philips, Alex Hassell, Kellie Shirley, Andrew Knott  

Anna, Played by Gina Philips (Jeepers Creepers)  an archaeologist (student) who excavates a 17th Century plague hospital in England which will be raised the next morning.  She is trying to find a way to save the building (I guess to make it a historic landmark).

When Anna finds an old metal box hidden away in a wall, she unknowingly unleashes the dormant evil spirits of the plague doctors. One in particular, is the brutal Cutter who is supposed to be the ‘Black doctor’ and the worst of them.

A party of four wild friends gets trapped inside and a historic evil ritual is played out with the trespassers as the sacrificial pigs. Now Anna’s project turns into not only trying to save the building from being demolished but finding a way for all of them to get out before they die.

Anna finds some drawings on the walls, which are a clue to what is going on. Are they a sight of things to come. One of the four seems to be displaying signs of the plague, but how or why?

Oh and just a note… there’s a bit of a twist.

First off, why would Anna even go into this place, without a mask first off with all the dust and who knows what lingers in the air? Also where there’s an abandoned building there is likely to be all the sorts of creatures ahem RATS, that would have carried the plague, why do you not have some sort of protective gear on you?

I Saw this once before, (and must have been before I had the blog, or I just didn’t have much to say about it then.  I accidentally rented this time as I was looking for THIS Sickhouse (but can’t find it on Netflix)

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Jigsaw


2017  R  1:31  Crime/Horror/Mystery      Tobin Bell, Laura Vandervoort , Matt Passmore , Callum Keith Rennie 

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Not sure why they were calling it Jigsaw as I heard it was supposed to be called Saw:Legacy When I search the title on IMDB.com it shows this sequel. I thought legacy sounded good for a sequel to a long running franchise (that has not had a reboot, remake etc). I guess with the title ‘Legacy’ that maybe that made it sound like the final installment of the series. So if that’s the case I understand.

I was taking a look at the taglines for the movie, and man do they have a list. Never have I seen that many taglines for one movie before! I even looked up a few movies I could think of off the top of my head and it varies by 1-4 tops.

So after John ‘Jigsaw’ Kramer has been deceased for a decade, he still seems to still be up to his old tricks, mmm make that traps from beyond the grave. Then again, didn’t he say his work would still go on? All the clues point to Jigsaw, I can’t remember did his assistant die in the last one? Could it be her, or a full on copycat?

So this time we play a game with a few bucket heads. As always there’s a reason for their punishment, but what is it this time? What is the one thing they have all done that brings them to this demented ‘tug of war?

I read that Saw 3D (2010) was supposed to be the last of the series, but the studio wanted to reboot it.  a Reboot (I think I’m going to have to define that a little better in my  when is a remake ok (Reboots,remakes and Updates) article ) You see to me for something to be a ‘reboot’ it has to be longer than 7 years sine the last one, also normally there are new cast members so if Tobin Bell is in the movie, then it does not qualify as a Reboot, only another sequel.

Ya know, I kind of was tired of the movies I forget at what point but I do know I only wanted to see Saw 3d because Chester Bennington (r.i.p.)  was in it. this one felt fresh to me for some reason, and I enjoyed watching it. I would say its worth a watch and if you have the rest of the movies already in your library, then this one is a definite. it is a mystery, but at the same time there’s 2-3 red herrings but which of them is it? or is it one of them? I’m trying to remember if any other of the previous movies has a ‘party trap’ as I called this one.

There’s one trap I did love but I really don’t want to ruin that one. Just get the blenders ready to make yourself a drink or smoothie before watching and THAT my friends is one beautiful ‘blood flower’ at the end!  (yes I can have a morbid sense of humor at times)

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Wish Upon


2017   Horror,  UNrated 1;30 theatrical version  Blu-ray  Ryan Phillippe, Kate Hudson

Teen Claire receives a spooky old domed music box. She tries to open it but can’t figure out how.

After making a wish, the box opens while she slumbers and her wish comes true at the cost of a sacrifice, which the box chooses itself.

I like that gargoyle guardian on the gate where the box is found. ManI would love to just have a weekend at that place to take pictures and explore (and experiment..need to buy ghost equipment first)

I can remember more of this than many of the other horror movies from 2017. Was it good? it was ok.

That was kinda cool, but why not just wish it to destroy itself?

there’s an easter egg,

Will there be a part 2?

Annabelle:Creation


2017   R  1:50

after a dollmaker and his wife loses their daughter, they take in a group of girls and a nun after their orphanage closes down.

I’m sure we all have thought up our own version of how Annabelle may have been created. I’ve had a few different theories (though I don’t remember if I ever really read any full history about the real doll) One of my ways of how Annabelle came to be (as far as the movie) I thought maybe it would have started with the dollmaker or a tragedy some way involving him. Maybe so much as creating the doll to be evil.

Basically, Annabelle got her name from her original owner, the Mullin’s daughter, whose father created her.

We do know however this really is not and never was Annabelle that inhabited the doll from the first movie, so the demon inhabiting the doll has been playing this ‘game’ in various ways.

There are a few jumps from a suspenseful build maybe a creepy or eerie feeling. I thought the creation of Annabelle could have been meatier for the movie than this, then again I’m not sure about the real Annabelle doll’s ‘creation’ aside from being a  Raggedy Ann doll….

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Saint Nick


I got this because I hate Holiday programming, there’s nothing either nothing on, aside from Holiday specials, or they are for only those who celebrate Christmas (What about those that are Jewish, celebrate Kwanzaa or some other Holiday that happens this time of year? Where are OUR songs, besides of course Adam Sandler’s Hannukah song and tv shows/movies?

The movie takes place in Amsterdam during the Saint Nick celebration.

Saint Nick is a really messed up Santa sort, this one is part Krampus (a few people a pulled up a chimney)  part Santa I guess.  At some point, his ship burns with him on it and every 23 years Saint Nick comes and hunts not just children but adults as well and one doesn’t have to be bad either.

There were a few amusing parts I enjoyed meanwhile there’s Goert who as I child lost his parents and siblings to ‘good Ol’ (not so), Saint Nick.

So next time You are trying to find something to watch during the holidays, instead of repeats of old specials, Repeats of your shows (if they are even on)  It’s Netflix and Chill (or more get cozy) with a spooky and a little gory Holiday story.

You can rent it here on Youtube