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May 2015: To-Be Watched & Upcoming Reviews

Movies To-Be Watched:

World War Z: Unrated Version (2013)
Haunt (2013)
The Last House on the Left (1972)
The Last House on the Left (2009)
Jessabelle (2014)
V/H/S: Viral (2014)
Saw III (2006)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
Starry Eyes (2014)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Poltergeist (2015)

TV To-Be Watched:

Fargo: Season 1 (2014)
Hannibal: Season 1 (2013)
Salem: Season 1 (2014)

Upcoming Reviews:

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
American Horror Story: Seasons 1-4 (2011-2014) — Mini-review and Season Ranking

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April 2015: To-Be Watched & Upcoming Reviews

Movies To-Be Watched:

World War Z: Unrated Version (2013)
Haunt (2013)
The Last House on the Left (1972)
The Last House on the Left (2009)
Tusk (2014)
Jessabelle (2014)
Housebound (2014)
It Follows (2014)
The Babadook (2014)
V/H/S: Viral (2014)
Saw III (2006)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
Starry Eyes (2014)
Killer Legends (2014)

TV To-Be Watched:

Fargo: Season 1 (2014)
Hannibal: Season 1 (2013)
Salem: Season 1 (2014)

Upcoming Reviews:

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
American Horror Story: Seasons 1-4 (2011-2014) — Mini-review and Season Ranking

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March 2015: To-Be Watched & Upcoming Reviews

Movies To-Be Watched:

World War Z: Unrated Version (2013)
Haunt (2013)
Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut (1990)
The Last House on the Left (1972)
The Last House on the Left (2009)
Tusk (2014)
Jessabelle (2014)
Housebound (2014)
Leprechaun (1993)

TV To-Be Watched:

Sleepy Hollow: Season 1 (2013)
Fargo: Season 1 (2014)
Hannibal: Season 1 (2013)
Salem: Season 1 (2014)

Upcoming Reviews:

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
Annabelle (2014)
American Horror Story: Seasons 1-4 (2011-2014) — Mini-review and Season Ranking
As Above, So Below (2014)
The Quiet Ones (2014)

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Super Shorty Reviews

In lieu of full-length reviews, here are a few mini-reviews for some of the films I’ve recently seen.

The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) – Original concept, highly recommended
The Sacrament (2013) – Unnecessary, not recommended
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014) – Silly and irreverent, recommended
Snowpiercer (2013) – Okay, I could take or leave it
The Quiet Ones (2014) – I don’t get the hate, I enjoyed it
As Above, So Below (2014) – Okay, I enjoyed it

While unintentional, most of the recent movies I’ve seen have been first person/found footage. Some people aren’t fans of this style but I don’t mind these types of films (as long as the camera work sin’t too shaky). Longer reviews to come (sooner than later, I hope!)…

 

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February 2015: To-Be Watched & Upcoming Reviews

So I’m embarrassed to admit that the reason I haven’t been watching or reviewing much lately is because for Christmas, I received a Playstation 4. Despite the endless hours I’ve logged, I still haven’t come close to beating Grand Theft Auto V. I’m slightly sick of GTAV and since my work is starting to calm down a bit, I’m looking forward to enjoying some horror. This weekend I crossed a few movies off my list and realized how much I’d missed the joy of watching horror movies. Here’s my February lineup.

Movies To-Be Watched:

World War Z: Unrated Version (2013)
Haunt (2013)
The Babadook (2014)*
The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)
The Sacrament (2013)
Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut (1990)
The Last House on the Left (1972)
The Last House on the Left (2009)
As Above, So Below (2014)
Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014)
Tusk (2014)
Jessabelle (2014)

*A note on The Babadook: I’ve pre-ordered a DVD copy of this since I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $6.99 for a streaming rental. So I’ll have to wait until April 14th to enjoy The Babdook (but when I do, I’ll own it outright!).

TV To-Be Watched:

Sleepy Hollow: Season 1 (2013)
Fargo: Season 1 (2014)
Hannibal: Season 1 (2013)
Salem: Season 1 (2014)

Upcoming Reviews:

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
Annabelle (2014)
American Horror Story: Seasons 1-4 (2011-2014) — Mini-review and Season Ranking
As Above, So Below (2014)
The Quiet Ones (2014)

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January 2015: To-Be Watched & Upcoming Reviews

To-Be Watched:

World War Z: Unrated Version (2013)
The Quiet Ones (2014)
Haunt (2013)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
The Babadook (2014)
The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)
Snowpiercer (2013)
The Sacrament (2013)
Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut (1990)
Insecticidal (2005)
The Last House on the Left (1972)
The Last House on the Left (2009)
Sleepy Hollow: Season 1 (2013)
Fargo: Season 1 (2014)
Hannibal: Season 1 (2013)
As Above, So Below (2014)

Upcoming Reviews:

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
Annabelle (2014)
American Horror Story: Seasons 1-4 (2011-2014) — Mini-review and Season Ranking

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December 2014: To-Be Watched & Upcoming Reviews

I’ve been so lax with my reviews, it’s pitiful! Returning readers may notice I have removed several “Upcoming Reviews” from my list. It’s been so long since I’ve seen most of them, I don’t feel I could fairly review them at this point. In addition to my lack of reviews, I’ve also been putting off some much-needed maintenance to my site. I hope to publish more reviews soon as well as jazz up some site features. I hope to do this over the Christmas break.

You’ll notice from my recent monthly “To-Watch” posts that I’ve been watching more TV. Originally I planned on reviewing these but found it difficult to address the synopsis aspect with so many episodes. I may post a quickie review soon, possibly including Penny Dreadful: Season One, Fargo: Season One, Hannibal: Season One, and True Detective: Season One. Excuses-aside, I appreciate those who continue to support me with your visits and comments. I appreciate sharing my horror experiencing with other fans and hope to post more movie reviews soon!

To-Be Watched:

World War Z: Unrated Version (2013)
An American Ghost Story (2012)
The Quiet Ones (2014)
The Boogey Man (1980)
Haunt (2013)
Trollhunter (2010)
Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (2014)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
The Babadook (2014)
Sleepy Hollow: Season 1 (2013)
Hannibal: Season 1 (2013)
Fargo: Season 1 (2014)
American Horror Story: Coven (2013)
The Ruins (2008)

Upcoming Reviews:

We Are What We Are (2013)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
Annabelle (2014)

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Movie Review: “We Are What We Are” (2013)

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To belatedly celebrate Thanksgiving, I decided to post a review of a movie that really stuck with me. I watched We Are What We Are months ago but its cannibalistic theme makes a fun seasonal addition to my review blog.

First off, I didn’t realize We Are What We Are (2013) is a remake until I began working on this review. The original version came out in 2010 and was a Mexican release. I don’t know anything of the original, how or if it varies from the 2013 American version, but it may be worth watching.

I’d heard this film mentioned in a few upcoming horror blogs that I follow and was interested in watching it as soon as it came to a convenient format for me.  So when the film hit Netflix, I added it to my queue knowing only the premise that cannibalism was involved.

Synopsis:

The film begins with the story’s matriarch passing out in a ditch during a torrential downpour. There’s a small-town atmosphere and the local sheriff breaks the news of his wife’s death to Frank, an overbearing father of two teen girls Iris and Rose, and a young son Rory. Frank is too upset to identify the body and sends his teen daughters to town instead.

We soon learn that the family lives in a remote area of the woods and also that the mother was essentially the glue holding things together. The family functions around their extremely deep-rooted traditions. The children are home-schooled, the home is extremely modest with no technology, and the father assumes the role as bread-winner. In the wake of their mother’s death, Frank-an abrasive bear of a man-soon demands Iris and Rose fulfill the role of the homemaker, including all the grisly-and occasionally implied-details that go with the territory.

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As the story progresses, we see the sheriff conducting a investigation of the case, including an autopsy of the mom, researching her condition, and also interrogating the family. Things are personal for the sheriff because his own daughter went missing in the area, adding to the laundry list of other missing teens.

And that’s where I will end my summary as I don’t want to spoil too much here for those who are interested in experiencing the film on their own. There is a lot more going on than I described, various layers of the plot, however for me, part of the intensity of this film was seeing those first-hand.

Overall Impression:

I really enjoyed We Are What We Are. It’s a smart, tense, and unique movie that has subtle yet gruesome developments. The actresses who play the teen daughters, Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner did a great job and really carried the film. Plot-wise, the story is really rich and I’d love to see some literary criticism of all the subtexts and nuances buried within the plot.

My main annoyances with the movie are more personal. I’m a medical librarian and some of the research doesn’t hold up but hey, it’s a movie so I can forgive that.

If you’re looking for something smart and different that will get under your skin, I highly recommend We Are What We Are.

Pros: tense, good build up and character development, great acting, psychological
Cons: slow-paced, not necessarily in your face horror, subtle, a little predictable

Mash-up Status: The atmosphere and pacing remind me a bit of Stoker (2013) with the same uneasy father feelings as Frailty (2001).  I’ve seen some compare this to The Hamiltons (2006) but since I haven’t yet seen The Hamiltons I can’t say so myself.

Rating: 7/10

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November 2014: To-Be Watched & Upcoming Reviews

October was a busy month for me with work but I also logged several horror movies too. I didn’t post a single review but I did end up watching a bunch of films that I hadn’t planned on, namely: Prom Night (1980), Shivers (1975), Annabelle (2014), Terror Train (1980), The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976), and Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (2014).

You may notice that I’ve started adding more TV shows to my watch lists. I am really particular and only watch shows in order, which makes it somewhat difficult since I don’t have a DVR. DVDs and streaming services are great for TV bindging so I look forward to logging quite a few hours over the next several weeks.

To-Be Watched:

World War Z: Unrated Version (2013)
An American Ghost Story (2012)
Bay of Blood (1971)
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 1 (2014)
The Quiet Ones (2014)
The Boogey Man (1980)
Haunt (2013)
Sleepy Hollow: Season 1 (2013)
Hannibal: Season 1 (2013)
Fargo: Season 1 (2014)
All Hallows Eve (2013)

Upcoming Reviews:

100 Bloody Acres (2012)
We Are What We Are (2013)
The Returned/Les Revenants: Season 1 (2012)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

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August 2014: To-Be Watched & Upcoming Reviews

To-Be Watched:

Slumber Party Massacre III (1990)
World War Z (2013)
Hatchet III (2013)
Jug Face (2013)
Curtains (1983)
All Cheerleaders Die (2013)
An American Ghost Story (2012)
Never Sleep Again: The Nightmare Legacy (2010)
True Detective: Season 1 (2014)
The Darkest Hour (2011)

Frankenstein’s Army (2013)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)
Deep Red (1975)

Upcoming Reviews:

100 Bloody Acres (2012)
The Hills Run Red (2009)
We Are What We Are (2013)
The Returned/Les Revenants: Season 1 (2012)
True Detective: Season 1 (2014)

 


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