March 2010

Dark Floors


The horror flicks that I have been watching recently have been so bad I can't even joke about them. Well, maybe not Against the Dark. Oh no, that was comedy gold! Well, when I finally got hold of Dark Floors, I figured that would change. This would be a fantastic flick worth writing about, I told myself. After all, it's got all the members of Lordi (read: metal band who wear funky monster masks) in it. As the monsters! What a fabulous idea. Right?

Turns out, it was not the big movie bonanza I was hoping for. It had a number of flaws that made it somewhat painful to watch. The acting, the story, the weird likeness to Silent Hill ….

Paranormal Activity: The Basics of Fear

When the ultra-shoestring horror film Paranormal Activity was in theaters I didn't get a chance to see it on the big screen. In retrospect, I'm glad my first experience with the movie was at home. It isn't the most frightening, or in any way the most impressive horror flick I've ever seen, but it did do a lot of things right and it pushed certain fear buttons that few movies ever have. The no-frills approach to this single-set, cast-of-four picture is what makes it so chilling. And that's no small feat for a film about demonic possession.

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

 


I had heard so much about The Hills Have Eyes (1977) that I figured it was time I got around to watching it. After all, I had seen a fair amount of really bad horror (i.e the Seagal zombie flick). Maybe it was time I checked out some of the cult classics that were out there. Which is why I ended up watching 1.5 hours of mindless screaming and yelling that was THHE. At the end of the flick, I found myself feeling positive about Seagal's Against the Dark. Yes, it was that bad. 

The story itself is alright. It is what horror flicks thrive on. You have a family of five (parents, grownup kids plus a grandchild) making their way through the California desert. It's the middle of nowhere and yet they are not worried.