October 8, 2010

Day 8- Friday, October 8th

#17- The Hole (2010) 

Joe Dante returns to his horror roots and gives us a fun, kid-friendly movie that doesn't feel too far removed from his classic flicks like Gremlins or The Burbs. It's Definitely a "kid" Horror movie, but that's not to say that The Hole isn't good for adults too. The movie is creepy. Maybe it's the doll that did it for me -because let's face it, dolls are creepy- but this movie managed to serve up a good amount of scares while keeping things PG-13.

It's important to note that the main thing about this movie that we enjoyed, was that it had a certain charm about it. Charm and scares... that's a winning combo in our jaded eyes. "A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares." Sounds simple, and it is; the beauty of this movie is that it's light and simple, straightforward and doesn't get caught up in an over convoluted plot that ruins the narrative with too much information. Light and fun... we need that sometimes. It even has a cameo by Dick Miller, a Dante favorite, and it's always good to see the old genre faces that we love.

If you have kids, this is a great Horror flick to sit and watch with them. Sure, they might piss themselves and need to sleep with you for a week afterward, but isn't that what childhood is all about? Even if you don't have kids, this move should be a fun ride for most adults.

 #18- Haute Tension (2003)- (FULL REVIEW HERE)

One of the best Horror flicks of the past 10 years, Haute Tension -or High Tension to we Americans- is one that you really need to see at Halloween time. Bloody, disturbing, and clever, it's an excellent piece of work that not only shows how different modern Horror films from Europe are as opposed to their American counterparts, but how much more effective they can be. High Tension is a perfect title for this movie, if you ask me. Which you should, because I know stuff. Just be warned this movie is pretty graphic, so some of the weaker-stomached of you out there may find it a bit intense to sit through. I, on the other hand, thought it needed more blood and gore. Then again, I'm a tad touched in the head. This is one of the VERY few movies with a "twist" ending that actually makes it work, and didn't make me want to kick my TV screen through the back of the wall. Just thought that was something that needed pointing out.
 #19- Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Who hasn't seen this movie? Our very own Vanilla Gorilla insisted on this being one of the 100 flicks that we watch this Halloween season, and who could argue with him; not just because he has a temper, but because this movie is awesome. As British Horror comedies go, this one is the tops. Simon Pegg is perfect as the inept and bumbling Shaun, and Nick Frost's Ed is the perfect fat sidekick; that's not knock on Nick because he's portly, he's just a lot of fun, and very jolly. Kate Ashfield is a Hottie and a pleasure to watch as well, as we all know that I have an odd fetish for British girls. "Birds", they call them over there. Sometimes they say "tarts" too. Whatever you call them, me likey the British totty. Mate. Chock full of Zombies and jokes galore, SOTD is a great way to have some fun while getting your Horror fix.
 #20- Fritt Vilt 2 (2009)- (FULL REVIEW HERE)

Having watched the first Fritt Vilt film the other day, Erin was compelled to make this her next choice in the countdown. Good move little sister, it makes a lot of sense. I'm really feeling sarcastic today, so pardon my attitude please. Basically, it's more of the same as the first Fritt Vilt; A creepy, unstoppable mountain man picks off some unsuspecting Norway people in typical slasher fashion. Watching it for a second time, I think I've decided that I liked it more than I originally thought, and definitely better than the first one. It's interesting to see another countries take on the slasher genre, and while it breaks no ground that hasn't been broken before, these movies are fun and definitely worth a look. Especially if you like slasher flicks.

That's 20/100 movies watched so far, so we had better get back to it... ok, now we get to see some man eating fish...

1 comment :

  1. Hahaha. If I ever have kids, they'll be raised on The Exorcist and The Thing -- just like I was. After all, I turned out alright ;)

    Definitely interested in checking out 'The Hole', though, sometimes I just like a good atmospheric/creepy horror movie, even if it is light on the scares.