I am going to go into the plot details now, so SPOILERS!.
Turns out, the 12yo Luke is actually a psycho criminal mastermind. When Ashley discovers that it was he and his friend, Garrett, that were trying to scare her so Luke could pretend to save the day. Ashley gets tied to a chair and then a series of fucked up situations follows. People die, one of which in a hilarious Home Alone moment. There is another little twist at the end that I found satisfying.
End of SPOILERS.
Poking holes is fun, but honestly, it didn't affect my enjoyment at all. This is going to go right up there with other classic holiday horror. I predict that I will pull it out again next year. I mean, it's no Die Hard, but it certainly can go toe to toe with Die Hard 2.
Michael Shannon, Peter, believes that someone is after him, yet otherwise he seems perfect. Agnes is finally feeling like she fits into the world. When Peter starts showing progressive sign of paranoid schizophrenia, Agnes believes his stories because that’s what she needs to do to not lose yet another person in her life. There is also a very real threat in her ex, Goss, and Peter can save her from that threat.
They then spiral down into madness, and it plays so well. I believed the crazy in this movie, and that is pretty rare. On top of that, the psychology is sound. This is a rare phenomenon, but it does happen. It is crazy to think that you could “catch” a mental disorder, but it just goes to show how connected two human beings can actually become. It’s poetic in its tragedy. Great Film.
If you would like to go deeper, this blog at Weirdos with Wild Hearts and Soaring Souls goes into what I just talked about, as well as several other theories on what might be going on. It’s a great read.
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The Monster (2016)
Bryan Bertino, director of The Strangers.
So, as a guy who watches a crap ton of movies in the same genre, it stands to reason that every so often I put on one that I think is new to me and realize that I have already seen; liked it even. This time, I blame REDBOX. They do that thing where they ask if you want to rent another movie for only 50 cents, and who the fuck could possibly say no to that? So, I grabbed The Monster on a quick whim when all I really wanted was War for the Planet of the Apes.
To say that the allegorical side of this movie is thinly veiled is giving the veil way too much credit. The mother is an alcoholic that treats her daughter like shit, and in fact has decided to pawn her off on her father. Enter a monster that she literally has to fight off to save her daughter, growing closer to her and more aware of her love as the fight plays out. Alcoholics often refer to their disease as the monster, or beast inside of them. This doesn’t make the movie bad, but I am one that prefers a little more subtlety to my life lessons.
If you would like to read a little more about the movie, Michael Klug over at HorrorFreakNews wrote a great review that delves deeper into the movie than I am. I will wrap this one up because I feel as if I might collapse in a heap of Casey goop if I don’t get some sleep, and on top of that, I am way fucking behind on NaNoWriMo. Besides, I am pretty sure I wrote a mini-review on this one already, I just don’t want to go looking for it. I really need to get a search function for my site.
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