HALLOWEEN MOVIES

HALLOWEEN MOVIES – Here are some horror movies coming out in October just time in for Halloween.

Theatrical releases 
October 6 2017
Dementia 13 – A retelling of 1963 horror-thriller film of the same name. 
Better Watch Out – A babysitter defends a boy from intruders, only to discover it’s not a normal home invasion.
The Crucifixion – Did a priest murder a mentally ill person? Or did he battle a demon?
October 13
Happy Death Day – When a college student relives her murder over and over again, with its unexceptional details and terrifying end, she discovers her killer’s identity. 
October 20
The Snowman – A woman’s pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.
Nightworld – Investigate a sinister building to uncover a malevolent force desperate to be released into our world.
October 24
Creep 2 – A visual artist can’t resist the chance to take footage of a man claiming to be a serial killer.
October 27
Jigsaw – Evidence of gruesome murders is found, and it seems to be the work of Jigsaw, but how can this be? He’s been dead for over a decade.

DVD releases 
DVD October 10
Wish Upon – A girl finds a magic box that grants wishes … but each one comes with dark and gruesome consequences.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes – Would you be willing to watch hundreds of tapes depicting decades of a serial killer’s work?
DVD October 17
Escape Room – One by one a new victim’s life is claimed, chosen from young couples trapped in a locked room, they’re playing for their lives. 
DVD October 24 
Cult of Chucky – Chucky is back to settle some scores with old enemies with the help of his former wife.
DVD October 23
A Ghost Story – Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost returns home to reconnect with his bereft wife.

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MOTHER! MOVIE REVIEW

MOTHER! MOVIE REVIEW – This is a great movie that relies on hidden meaning, symbolism and allegory. On the face of it, a woman busies herself settling into her new house, about ready to enjoy breakfast. When a stranger shows up suddenly at her door, she’s surprised her husband invites him to stay. Soon after, when the man’s wife also shows up, she realizes things are not as they seem. That’s just the surface plot, because there is so much unapparent hidden meaning, when all the pieces tie together. A good percentage of viewers will likely react negatively to the violent imagery. But it’s not gratuitous in the sense of the greater mythos of the story.  Once this subtext is understood more and more audiences will get on board with this movie. Most certainly the script raises more questions than it answers. What is her husband writing? Who are all these people? Why don’t they tell them to get out sooner? What is the purpose behind all the strange behaviors of the houseguests? And many more, I’m sure. I believe this film will be a classic of the horror thriller variety for years to come. 


IT MOVIE REVIEW

IT MOVIE REVIEW – When a younger brother disappears, a group of friends known as ‘The Loser’s Club’ begins to investigate a series of unusual events, in the fictional town of Derry. Each of them experiences a haunting vision capitalizing on their greatest fears. It’s only then they come to realize the embodiment of IT takes the shape of Pennywise, an old time clown from Derry’s past. This is one of the few Stephen King books I haven’t read. I watched the 2017 version on opening weekend and saw the 1990 mini-series previously. I always say there’s no reason to remake a classic horror movie if there isn’t an improvement on the original. While IT 2017 isn’t perfect, I appreciated many things about this film. The cast of ‘losers’ demonstrated such deep emotion that I’m sure all of them are destined for stardom. And I liked (for the most part) the dazzling tricks and jump scares coupled with the new Pennywise’s acting. If anything, the movie would be stronger with fewer CGI effects. 

 


DEAD SILENCE

DEAD SILENCE – This movie was written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, the creators of Saw. Dead Silence (2007) stars Ryan Kwanten, who began appearing in HBO’s True Blood the following year. The film relies heavily on jump scares and tropes common to doll themed horror movies. However the ending is original and unexpected. Overall the film is enjoyable. The following are my top six doll themed horror movies from most to least original.
2.       Child’s Play (1988) – http://putlockers.fm/watch/gdVVb3dD-child-s-play.html
5.       Anabelle (2014) – http://sockshare.net/watch/QG3eXkvo-annabelle.html

THE WALKING DEAD

THE WALKING DEAD – Developed by Frank Darabont and based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead premiered in 2010. It’s 8th season will release this year. The TV series stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes and has received both critical and ratings acclaim. A companion series entitled Fear the Walking Dead premiered in 2015. FTWD’s 3rd season will premiere this month. 

ALIEN

ALIEN – A commercial space vessel receives a distress call, and encounters an alien life form, that is killing them one by one. The 1979 classic which spawned a franchise was written by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett; directed by Ridley Scott and starred Sigourney Weaver. 



THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

The Passion of the Christ – This isn’t a horror film in the truest sense of the word. Yet, the crucifixion of Christ is a saga of the supernatural. To some it’s the gospel truth, while to others, it’s myth and superstition.  Angels, the devil, death, the son of God and his resurrection are elements of this gory tale. When the movie was originally released, critics said the violence detracted from the message. I don’t think a story about the aftermath of a crucifixion could be portrayed any other way. In order to be reborn, you have to die first. 


TOP HORROR MOVIE FRANCHISES

TOP HORROR MOVIE FRANCHISES

1.       Alien – The Alien franchise, with a total of 6 films, is the highest-grossing horror movie franchise ever made. Featuring the battles of a ship commander versus an extraterrestrial lifeform referred to as the Xenomorph. Alien: Covenant is set to be released in 2017.  
2.       Saw – At 2nd place, Saw has a complicated story arc whereby a villain subjects his victims to horrifying puzzles. Saw: Legacy, the 8th in the series, is currently in production.
3.       Jaws – Based on a shark attack, the natural horror series features 4 films. It’s 3rd on our list. Other than the original directed by Steven Spielberg, the remaining films were highly criticized. It was nominated for 4 Oscars and won 3, Spielberg was furious he wasn’t nominated for Best Director. 
4.       Paranormal Activity – The 4th in a series of 5 films were made for low production costs and used found footage format first employed by Blair Witch.
5.       Friday the 13th – Jason Voorhees drowns at Camp Crystal Lake since the camp counselors were “too busy”. The best-selling film of the series (12 in total) is the crossover with A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Vs. Jason.
6.       A Nightmare on Elm Street – The quintessential monster Freddy Krueger, a killer haunting the dreams of children on an otherwise quiet street, spawned 9 in total.  Coming in 6th, the most successful is coincidentally the same as Friday the 13th, Freddy Vs. Jason.
7.       Scream – Credited with resurgence of the slasher horror flick, Scream successfully uses the conventions of the horror genre. It holds the number 7th spot/ 5 films. Hidden by the mask of Ghostface, murderers chase their victims. It drew negative attention for excessive gore from the film raters.  
8.       The Conjuring – This one comes in 8thwith 2 films in the series (or 3 if you count Annabelle … possibly 4 if you count The Nun).  Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren help homeowners haunted by demon spirits rid the house of these unwanted guests.
9.       Halloween – Horror icon Michael Myers murders his sister but escapes the hospital, killing the townsfolk of Haddonfield, Illinois. Halloween is at the number 9 spot with 10 films to date. A greatly anticipated version (still in early stages) is being developed by John Carpenter.

10.   The Exorcist – Lavished with Academy Award acclaim (nominated for 10/ won 2), The Exorcist (number 10, 5 films) is based on a bestselling book about the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl, exorcised by two priests.