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Also I am an incurable p.c.-antichrist and non-vegan Latte Macchiato drinker. And yes, I still got a special place in my heart for the original Evil Dead movies and The Rocky Horror Picture Show - sitting side by side with some of my new favorites like Ash vs. Evil Dead and Miller's finest dance on the Fury Road.
The aim of my Higher Self!? To write 666 reviews and after that, I will go on to meet the challenges and pleasures of my next incarnation.
Note: my reviews are strictly my very personal opinion and not a validated truth.
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The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)
The Strangers: Prey at Night is a solid slasher and, common people. mostly dumb (re)acting people belong to the genre, it's part of the DNA of such kind of movies. Did all the reviewers complain about that never watched a slasher movie before!? Anyway, the production and acting are good indeed for a horror movie, the only thing I gotta complain is that the gore level could be leveled up some higher. Anyway, I enjoyed watching (like the first one with Liv Tyler, 2008 but which in my view belongs more to the thriller than the horror genre).
The Exorcist (1973)
The Evil Within
This is one of those horror movies you gotta watch. Countless movies tried to copy The Exorcist - and most failed superb. To the day The Exorcist is still one of the best (if not the best) movie made regarding demons, possession and exorcism. Amen.
The Ruins (2008)
Everything Gotta Eat Something
This one took my by surprise, didn't expect much and got a lot delivered. The Ruins takes some young girls and boys (some known actors too) into some jungle and of course they gotta die - their deaths spiced up with some gory elements gives us enough thrill and suspense to hold our attention.
Bone Tomahawk (2015)
A Ruff Story
Fantastic piece - a Western with a nice addition of horror elements. Gruesome and relentless sometimes, and on top we get good acting by Kurt Russell and Patrick Wilson and others and a fine production. Bone Tomahawk is really a rich dish for the connoisseur of the unusual.
Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)
Putting the Dead Back to Bed
Fine bizarre and grotesque mix of zombie-horror and comedy, an Italian pearl so to say. Dellamorte Dellamore - a good watch with a load of fun, one made for all the lovers of B-trash-movie style.
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Still Waiting for 28 Months Later
Not as strong as 28 Days Later, that's for sure but a rating of 1,2, or 3 for certain is undeserved and no serious rating. Some logic issues, yes, but still better than 90% of the movies published under the banner of the zombie/walker genre. I watched tons, and I know what I am talking about - 28 Weeks Later, good, but could have been much better with a more plausible story and with less ueber-life dramatic action scenes (like that car chase and poisoning gas in the streets).
Nice dark popcorn-action flick with vampires and a post-apocalyptic setting. Good action, good visuals, good production. As far as I know its based on a comic series and like a comic it looks and feels watching - no Marvel or DC but far darker than most of their movies and shows.
Thumbs up if you like movies like Underworld, Blade, Mutant Chronicles, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium, 30 Days of Night. My exact rating: 6.5.
The Reef (2010)
Like the Jaw, Open Water and the like movies I liked (feared, but only a little) The Reef - the ocean was and is still an always suspicious territory to me, not knowing what is below me alone give me the creeps with or without sharks and other beasts of the deep. So I admit, movies like The Reef got an easy shot to give me some goosebumps and thrills. All in all nothing special - no new cult, no new classic, but what I would call rock solid popcorn entertainment.
Manhunter in da House
Nice little pro made horror flick - if you like movies like Open Water (2003), The Reef (2010) or Bait (2012) this one will suit you too and give you a got shot of thrill, suspense, entertainment. Anyway, Crawl is one of the better contributions to the genre of horror made for a more mainstream audience.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Maybe the best movie of Rob Zombie - yes, the story is (stereo)typical but the visuals, the cinematography is beautiful, and the acting good, in this sense Zombie's contribution to the genre is better than many. House of 1000 Corpses is no masterpiece but rock solid - a fine dish for the horror-addict. I watched better but a lot worse.
Note: I read some bad reviews and I even do not understand what those people expected or why in the first place they even watched that movie. Bad dialogue in a horror movie!? Overacting!? Stereotypes!? People, just watch something else.
City of Ember (2008)
Hidden in the Deep
Nice little mix of adventure and fantasy with great visuals and decent acting (Saoirse Ronan, Tim Robbins, Bill Murray, Toby Jones to name a few) and fine production. Reminds be somewhat of movies like La Cité des enfants perdus/City of Lost Children by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
What you get is a post-apocalyptic adventurous tale fit for the whole family. Good.
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
A Titan of an Epic
Fritz Lang tells us the whole "Nibelungen-Saga" in two silent movies: The Nibelungs: Siegfried and The Nibelungs: Kriemhild's Revenge.
The story of the Nibelungs is an old epic saga called Nibelungenlied (Song of the Nibelungs), which dates back to a poem written around 1200 which is based on an far older oral tradition (5th or 6th century).
Anyway, die Nibelungen-Saga is a great and fantastic epic and the silent movies are real masterpieces - and the drama is far greater than anything modern fantasy like Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings provides us. I first watched both movies in a very young age and still find them ueber-fascinating.
Still a fine trip - I rewatched it lately and Häxan is for sure an outstanding movie in the aspect that its visuals are timeless good. Häxan is besides The Nibelungs and Metropolis (both directed by Fritz Lang), one of the few movies of the silent era that I still watch from time to time and would recommend to watch if you don't know them already - provided the genre and the story is interesting to you, or you are into movie making in general.
Note: I re-watched lately the edition of the Swedish Film Institute with a re-recorded musical score by The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra.
The Raven (1963)
The Raven - a fine nostalgic trip back in time where making a movie was still magic and vision and not all CGI. Based on a poem of Mr. Poe, directed by Roger Corman, including the great actors Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and even young Jack Nicholson, The Raven is a fine mix of horror and comedy made in great colors. Great.
Lost in Lost
Still one of the best shows ever made in the field of mystery/fantasy - interesting concept, tons of ideas, twists, a fine production and acting. I admit, here and there the logic is sometimes a little bend too far, but anyway, the only thing I really got to complain is the resolution of the show which is/was a little disappointing to me. Lost - to date, one of the most unique TV shows ever made - it was and still is a nice journey to be lost in Lost.
Last note: hopefully, I will be still alive to the day, where we get some device or method to delete our memories partially, so one could watch his most favorite show or movie again and again, without remembering anything of the story at all ;)
The Gore Gore Girls (1972)
Gory, Grotesque, Funny
Herschell Gordon Lewis achieved his own entry on the list of the pulp gore exploit or whatever genre. The nudity of the strippers looks today rather comical and grotesque (than anything I would call erotic) and the gore effects are delicious bad and pure extraordinaire dilettantism (for the expert eye of today's well trained audience regarding special effects).
The Gore Gore Girls - a mix of a crime/detective story with elements of gore and some nudity, all in all only watchable if you are really into bad taste "style"and you like to breath pulp - not his best but still a funny watch.
The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)
Of Burning Witches
The Pit and the Pendulum from 1991 is based on the story with the same name and The Cask of Amontillado - both stories written by maestro Edgar Allan Poe.
I admit, it is not as good as the Roger Corman version from 1961 (e.g. no Vincent Price here) but what you get is witchcraft, the Inquisition, and some decent torture scenes and a fine cinematography - so the question is, what else do you need to put The Pit and the Pendulum on your screen!?
Minority Report (2002)
Like all sci-fi movies Tom Cruise was involved (War of the Worlds, Oblivion, Edge of Tomorrow), Minority Report too is a good one. Pro production, interesting story/concept, good acting, good directing, well - I re-watched Minority Report lately after some years and it is still a good and very entertaining one. What else!?
I'm really looking forward to Mr. Cruise's new sci-fi movie Luna Park, looks like it can't be a miss.
The Devils (1971)
One of those impressive movies that make you realize how bad, cheap, repetitive and without any real vision and "disneyfied" most of the contemporary movie stuff is - all those many TV shows with royals and courts in different timelines and the like wither to nothing compared to such an elegant and visual stunning and challenging movie like The Devils, spiced up with some surreal moments.
The Devils got everything - a fine and big production, exceptional cinematography and visuals, superb acting, Oliver Reed, and an interesting story and lots of drama - if you want to watch some movies playing in good old France, watch The Devils and La Reine Margot (which is based on events of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre). Both movies are great pieces that will give you a real taste for something different apart from all the cliched mass productions we usually get served.
Warning: contains nudity and acts that could be considered blasphemous.
An Ordinary Man (2017)
This movie got everything you need - a good and unique story, good acting and a pro production. If you want action An Ordinary Man will bore you, if you want to watch something substantial with "real-life" characters living in strange and unusual but very realistic circumstances (a war criminal hiding from international authorities after the civil war in former Yugoslavia), this one may be a good one for you.
The Beach (2000)
A "I Wanna Hit the Road Again"-Movie
Fine movie with some suspense and depth (regarding human nature). On top, everyone who traveled for quite some time in South-East-Asia will smile here and there because the movie really shows some aspects of travelling as a backpacker there (if you want or have to travel really cheap) and captures the mood well, especially if you dare to go deeper into the more rural and more backward regions and into the pits of the big cities like Bangkok.
Anyway good acting, fine cinematography and a sometimes thrilling story make The Beach an indeed sometimes pleasant trip and sometimes nightmare strikes back.
Another Kill or Be Killed Story
I really don't know what's going on with the reviews these days: Quarries is in no way a 10,9,8 but also for certain no 1,2, or 3 rating.
Yes, one could say nothing new on the Western front regarding the plot but we get decent acting, the cam man knows his job, and for certain I don't expect dialogues and sophisticated plot-lines a la Tolstoi or Steinberg - if I watch a survival horror movie.
In short, Quarries is a decent movie about a bunch of girls hunted down by a bunch of crazy bad guys (hillbilly-style) in the wilderness. Solid but nothing special. I would have preferred more gore to spice things up for sure, but anyway, not every movie can or maybe even should suit a gorehound like me. My ultra precise rating: 5.5.
Pet Sematary (2019)
The Dead Should Stay - Dead
Some reviews are in my opinion too harsh - the remake of Pet Sematary got good acting, a modern production and some changes to the movie from 1989 (I never read the original story by Mr. King, so I don't know which movie is more accurate), which just work fine for me. The only significant difference to the movie from 1989 - in the old one we got a very few almost gory scenes and the old movie looks very 80s style.
Anyway, Pet Sematary 2019 is no milestone (like the old movie) but decent popcorn horror - of course, no one out of the teens should be afraid watching both movies. Pet Sematary 2019 = solid entertainment, and I guess is made to please a rather young audience than the stone-cold old and crumpy gorehound ;)
Rapa Nui (1994)
May the Better Win
Rapa Nui presents us a real strange world indeed - based on the legends of Easter Island, it is a story (or legend) of two native tribes and their competition for power on that remote island, some obligatory romance and drama round off the story of the tribes. I really liked the movie and will re-watch it sometime.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
Nice little horror flick, but I guess only shocking for a mainstream audience - everyone older than 12 or maybe 13 should survive safely watching The Autopsy of Jane Doe without a heart attack or other damages: nothing really brutal or super creepy but solid with some really fine moments and a pro production and good acting. Thumbs up, don't forget your popcorn.