Asian horror falls into two major categories – those with long haired creepy girls, and those without. The Eye falls into the latter, though just barely. A young blind girl gets an eye transplant, then starts seeing dead people, Sixth Sense style. There are never really any scares, though the atmosphere is mildly creepy at times. I was ok with the film and appreciated what they were trying to do, but the end just fell really flat. Sort of felt like a scene recreation from an old episode of Unsolved Mysteries. It was good enough for me to check out the sequel, but just barely.
Out of all the Park films I have seen, I think this is my least favorite, but that doesn’t make it a bad movie. The premise is interesting – a priest attempting to do good, ends up getting infected blood and becomes a vampire. He falls for the wife of an invalid, and various weird characters and shit happens. As you would imagine, his best intentions soon spiral out of control to make the woman happy, until there is eventually only one option. Some of the gore is very well done, and I really loved the ending. However, the movie drags in the middle quite a bit, and is sometimes actually a bit hard to follow. Still worth a watch.
The wife and I pulled this one out of the vault. I hadn’t seen it since it was in theaters, and all I could remember was laughing in a theater that seemed far more scared than I was. The film is a mixed bag, and relies greatly on two different sounds – the throat rattle, and the cat noise. The throat rattle is legitimately creepy, but the boy screaming like a cat makes me laugh so damn much. Just as soon as the movie gets a good vibe built, they ruin it with kitty noises. I still had fun watching it, though I am not completely sure what exactly happened. However, I didn’t like it enough to think it over, or look it up. I probably just wasn’t paying enough attention to the details of the plot.
When getting into a conversation about John Carpenter movies, this gem doesn’t generally come up at the beginning, if at all. It is so often overlooked, but is one of my favorites. The effects are a little on the terrible side, but that only adds to it for me. The strange, Lovecraftian vibe is delightful, and I can watch Sam Neill in anything. I generally don’t want these classics to be remade, but this is one that I think could actually use a polish and be a phenomenal film. Just as long as they don’t fuck with it too much. The very end could turn some people off, as it is very open-ended, but that doesn’t bother me.
The Purge had traditional horror elements, and I quite liked it, but by now, these aren’t horror movies anymore. They are still thrilling and completely enjoyable. The idea itself is simple but so effective. One night a year you can break any law that you want. This supposedly purges us of those evil desires, but critics believe it is a way to eradicate the underprivileged. That idea is genius, and any number of stories could be built off its premise. So far, the only crime in the movies that is really explored is murder. They have shied away from such things as rape, illegal perversions of all types, robbery, etc. I hope that in future installments, and one is planned for 2018, they look into other aspects than just murder. Seriously, it could get really fucked up if they have the balls to do it.
This one relies very heavily on creating a spooky mood rather than a bunch of jump scares, and that is appreciated. The Keelings really try their darndest to create a sense of unease, and make us question whether there is anything haunting the house, or if it is all in her head. Spoiler – It’s both, sorta. There is a scene when the neighbor lady explains how her twin daughters just decided one day not to talk, and then didn’t talk again, except a decade later to say they could talk if they wanted to. This part of the movie was my absolute favorite, and I really wish they would have made that the focus of the film, and not this weird pregnancy guilt thing that has been done so many times before. The theme of this one is the same as The Babadook, but far inferior.