I am still alive!

Hey everybody,

I know it has been a while since I last put in a post.  Sorry about I had to deal with alot things last such as school and starting work at my new job , but now I am back in action and will try to get back to the routine of putting posts every week.  I already have an idea in mind for my next post so I will try to get up as soon as I can.  See you soon. (:

The Loved Ones: A Promdate from Hell

Since I reviewed a famous classic I figured why not balance things out with a cult classic with The Loved Ones, not the most well-known film out there it still brings its own brand of entertainment.  From tortured teenagers to implied incest, this is one movie you will not forget.

The plot revolves around Brent (played by Xavier Samuel) who drove with his Dad one day and got into an accident when he tried to avoid a bloody figure on the road.  Six months later still mourning for the loss of his father, Brent plans to take his girlfriend Holly to Prom.  On his way he gets kidnapped by a girl he rejected named Lola (played by Robin McLeavy).  As Brent is held hostage, Lola and her father (played by John Brumpton) make this a night he will never forget.

The Director Sean Bryne said in an interview that he was inspired by movies such as “Carrie” and “The Evil Dead” and wanted to use aspects from both when creating this film. If you’re a fan of torture films then this is the film for you as you get to see Brent tortured in the most creative of ways.

It does a good job being a black comedy as the comedic parts are put at the right moments and knows when to get back to the horror. There’s also this feeling of uneasiness that grows throughout the film as you see exactly how messed up this family really is.  Overall it is a good combination of scares and laughs that you won’t want to miss.

 

One Last Scare

 

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Halloween has come and gone, but there is still room for some more scares.  What better way to have them by reviewing the movie “Halloween“? Though other horror movies have come and gone before it, it was this film that has set up what we know as the slasher genre.  From girls getting killed in their underwear to victims running up the stairs, this film started all the well-known horror movie clichés that we have grown to love.

The director John Carpenter describes the movie having a simple plot of a man murdering teenagers.  It starts off with Michael Myers (played by Tony Moran) escaping a mental hospital.  He was institutionalized for 15 years after killing his sister. The movie then follows Myers as he makes his way to his hometown Haddonfield to search for new victims. Myers’ psychiatrists Dr. Sam Loomis (played by Donald Pleasence) tries to chase after him in hopes to prevent him from claiming anymore victims.

This movie does a great job building up tension as you see Myers begin to stalk Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) along with her friends.  The scenes where he makes an appearance are also great as there are times where he would just walk right up to a person and freak them out by his mere presence.  In other scenes he would be in the background and pass by without anyone noticing.  What I also find interesting is the fact that there is no reason behind his actions; he doesn’t have a sad back story or anything to excuse his behavior. He doesn’t even have a line of dialogue. Myers kills just for the sake of it.

“I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil,” said Dr. Loomis.

The music also plays a significant part in the background as a recurring theme is played throughout the movie.  It has become Myers’ signature trademark as it is played at each of his scenes.  This theme had been something Carpenter had thought of for years as he created it himself using a synthesizer from a guy he got in touch with in the San Fernando Valley.

In an interview, Carpenter explained how he was given full creative range of the film as he was simply given the basics on making a film of a killer stalking babysitters.  At first the title was “The Babysitter Murders” which grabbed Carpenter’s attention.  However, it was during work production that the title was changed as producer Irwin Yablans said it would bring more significance if it was centered on a holiday. When it first premiered it grabbed the public’s attention and received some harsh words from critics, though in time it’s audience grew.  It was this film that made Carpenter’s name in horror movies, and has truly set a staple in the genre.  Overall, it was a great film that became a classic over time.