It Follows (2014)…

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Unfortunately, horror movies tend to miss the mark more than they tend to hit it, making for Russian roulette chance-taking. Okay, maybe lucky dip would be a less dramatic analogy, but every now and then in between the found footage threat of the moment, the latest gross out torture porn and the by the number haunted house movies, something different will come at you from left field. ‘It Follows’ is one such movie.

‘It Follows’ offer the premise of a curse-like evil presence that can only be escaped through having sex with someone and making them the next target, but if–or more like it when that person dies the previous partner becomes the target again. It would seem to be a movie offering an opportunistic platform for gratuitous nudity and some hot sex. After all, movies like ‘Saw’ and ‘Hostel’ were a great excuse to push gore to the limit (beyond my limits!), but to judge ‘It Follows’ as a 10s exploitation movie would be inaccurate and a gross injustice. For ‘It Follows’ is restrained in its use of nudity, doesn’t glamorize bodies or sex, or even romantacise the act, and it offers up something fresh while surprisingly walking a path quite familiar in horror.

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The Guest (2014)…

The_Guest_Film_PosterI wasn’t sure I was going to like ‘The Guest’. I saw the trailer and was more than a little ‘meh’ about it. It just looked like a thriller, and I’m more of a horror fan. As it turned out, this is essentially ‘Halloween’ with the supernatural stripped away, and it was very much my cup of tea.

In ‘The Guest’, the Peterson family are recovering from the loss of their eldest son in Afghanistan, when David, a friend from the army their son hadn’t mentioned, arrives on the doorstep. On leave from the army, David reveals that he was with their son when he died, and he asked them to visit his family and tell them in person that he loved them. The family have a mixed reaction to David’s arrival. The mother is keen to welcome him into their home, the father and daughter, not so much. However, David’s support of their troubled youngest son brings the family around. But David has a secret, and when the daughter’s suspicions lead her to investigate David’s past–all Hell breaks lose.

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Extraterrestrial (2014)

extraterrestrial‘Extraterrestrial’ was a home alone Netlfix find. One of those home-alone-so-I’ll-watch-something-I-don’t-think-my-other-half-will-mind-missing-out-on-watching-together movies, because you daren’t watch the next episode in a series you’re watching together, or something you might really enjoy sharing together on date night. My expectations were low, and if you give this a go, I would suggest that as the way to go to get the best out of it…

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Poltergeist (2015 Remake)…

poltergeist-2015-movie-remake2The remake of the 80s horror movie. What could possibly go wrong? When rumours circulated that this was going to be made as a 3D kids’ movie I just couldn’t get my head around it. Then the trailer dropped–a trailer for a regular horror movie. A relief, yet, still a film I wanted to condemn for being a remake of what I and many others consider as a classic. Except the trailer intrigued me–it looked like it could deliver, and perhaps a polished version of one of my favorite films wouldn’t be such a bad film…

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) Review…

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‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ is a horror loosely based on a series of true life murders which occurred in Texarcana, American, in the 1940s. Events that inspired the original version of this film made in 1976. This 2014 release is described as a meta-sequal–in that the original version of the film is featured in this movie, shown annually in the town as part of a film festival (which, in shockingly bad taste, it actually is!). This is a film about a town haunted by the killings–killings which start over in the present.

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Dolls (1987) horror movie…

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I saw a trailer for this film as a kid and really wanted to see it, but for some reason it never happened. I think my mum may have actually objected to me hiring the video for this one… Fast forward twenty-odd years (twenty-odd years—WTF?!) and I stumbled across the trailer on YouTube, and then found that the whole film was on there too. With the power of being an adult free of mum censorship I gave this a go.

If you haven’t seen the movie, then don’t check out the trailer. It shows a few of the deaths, and being a horror movie that has a bare bones series of inventive deaths approach to plotting, it kind of hollows the experience out a little. The plot revolves around Judy, a little girl, who’s on a road-trip with her father and stepmother on a stormy night. They end up having to seek sanctuary from the elements in a scary house. As you do. And as you can imagine, these characters don’t watch horror, and are in for some terror…

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