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2016 Horror Journal: September

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People who added this item 73 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 5.1


Directed by: Lucky McKee and Chris Silverston
Written by: Lucky McKee and Chris Silverston.
Starring: Caitlin Stasey, Brooke Butler, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Tom Williamson, Reanin Johannink, Amanda Grace Cooper, Fleisha Cooper and Madeline McSweeney.
Distributed by: RLJ Entertainment

Plot: A group of cheerleaders is killed in an accident, but brought back to life by the magic powers of their wiccan friend. With a taste for blood.

The Good:
-Well, it's different.
-Some of the humor works.

The Bad:
-Unlikeable characters.
-Most of the humor doesn't work.
-The "Magic Rocks" concept is just retarded and never gets explained.
-Comes of as man-hating, feminist crap. (Even though it's directed by a man?)

All In All: The concept had potential, but the end product is so incredibly lame that you have to wonder what they were thinking.

My Rating: 4/10
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People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 5.5
Kill Theory (2009)


Directed by: Chris Moore
Written by: Kelly Palmer
Starring: Agnes Bruckner, Ryanne Duzich, Teddy Dunn, Patrick Flueger, Daniel Franzese, Taryn Manning, Theo Rossi, Steffi Wickens and Kevin Gage as "The Killer".
Distributed by: Lionsgate and After Dark Films

Plot: A group of friends is trapped in their vacation home by a deranged madman, who forces them to play a sadistic game. They all must kill eachother. If one person is alive at 6:00 AM, they live. If more than one person is alive, they all die.

The Good:
-Likeable characters.
-Some decent suspense.
-A few nice twists.

The Bad:
-Nothing you haven't seen a thousand times before.
-Some of the acting is less than spectacular.
-Cliches abound.

All In All: If you're looking for a solid little horror/thriller this one delivers the goods. But nothing spectacular.

My Rating: 6/10
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People who added this item 99 Average listal rating (56 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 5.8
Absentia (2011)


Directed by: Mike Flanagan
Written by: Mike Flanagan
Starring: Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, Dave Levine, Morgan Peter Brown, Justin Gordon, Doug Jones and James Flanagan.
Distributed by: Phase 4 Films

Plot: Just as a woman declares her husband "dead in absentia" after his being missing for 7 years, he inexplicably returns. However, whatever supernatural force that had taken him has come back with him.

The Good:
-Creepy atmosphere.
-Complex and likeable characters.
-Believable writing.
-Feels like the product of a crew of real horror fans.

The Bad:
-Doesn't quite live up to it's hyped reputation.
-Simply creepy and not bone-chillingly terrifying as it was advertised.
-Unclear of what the film is really trying to accomplish.

All In All: Considering the budget this is a big success, and while it's not perfect I encourage everyone to give it a try. It's creepy, atmospheric and astonishingly well made. And Mike Flanagan continues to churn out intelligent, enjoyable horror films to this day.

My Rating: 7/10
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People who added this item 36 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 4.6
The Barrens (2012)


Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman
Written by: Darren Lynn Bousman
Starring: Stephen Moyer, Mia Kirshner, Allie MacDonald, Peter Dacunha, Erik Knudsen and David W. Keeley.
Distributed by: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Plot: A man takes his family for a camping trip in the infamous New Jersey Pine Barrens, home of the legendary Jersey Devil. But as personal issues and family secrets mount, the line between reality and fiction is blurred and he fears that his family is being stalked by the monster.

The Good:
-Great performance by Stephen Moyer.
-Some decent suspense.
-Satisfying ending.

The Bad:
-The family issues and psychological horror don't gel with the real scares.
-Frequently boring and slow-paced.
-May take a few too many liberties with the Jersey Devil mythology for some people.
-Sloppy digital and practical effects.

All In All: Although it has it's moments, this qualifies as Bousman's worst production yet.

My Rating: 4/10
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People who added this item 46 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.6
Mulberry St (2006)


Directed by: Jim Mickle
Written by: Jim Mickle and Nick Damici.
Starring: Nick Damici, Kim Blair, Rodney Gray, Bo Corre, Larry Fleischman, Larry Medich, Javier Picayo, Tim House and John Hoyt.
Distributed by: Lionsgate and After Dark Films.

Plot: A group of survivors holes up in their apartment building as a rat-spread virus, which causes zombie like behavior, decimates Manhattan.

The Good:
-Likeable characters.
-Great make-up effects for such a low budget film.
-The always fantastic Nick Damici.
-Wallows in the real feel of Manhattan.

The Bad:
-Ugly and erratic cinematography.
-Falls apart towards the end and goes the moody, depressing route.

All In All: An adept and effective micro budget film with a can-do attitude. If it had remained rock solid throughout it would've really been a winner. But some sloppiness holds it back. Still very worth your time.

My Rating: 7/10
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People who added this item 90 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 4.3
Frogs (1972)


Directed by: George McCowan
Written by: Robert Hutchison and Robert Blees.
Starring: Sam Elliott, Ray Milland, Joan Van Ark, Adam Roarke, Judy Pace, Lynn Borden, Nicholas Cortland, Lance Taylor Sr. and Holly Irving.
Distributed by: American International Pictures

Plot: The Crockett family gathers to celebrate Grandfather Crockett's birthday on his Florida island home, but the island's animal population chooses the day to strike back against the Crockett family's years of pollution. Snakes, lizards, alligators and birds are organized into an army by the smartest animals of all. The frogs.

The Good:
-Effective animal attack scenes.
-Decent acting.

The Bad:
-No matter what they do, frogs will never be scary.
-Takes too long to get going.
-Dumb characters and awkward dialouge.
-Too many shots of cute little frogs hopping about set to scary music.

All In All: I repeat, frogs are not scary. But some of the other animals make up for that, and while essentially cheesy, the film delivers some suspense and a fun, campy time. Only proceed if you enjoy cheese.

My Rating: 6/10
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People who added this item 422 Average listal rating (294 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3


Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg
Written by: Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken and Damien Chazelle.
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr.
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Plot: A woman wakes up after a car accident to find herself locked in an underground bunker with two men who claim that the outside world is under some sort of chemical attack. But she and the other visitor soon learn that their host may be more dangerous than whatever lurks outside.

The Good:
-Decent level of suspense the whole way through.
-Good acting from everybody.
-John Goodman is supremely creepy.
-When the "aliens" do show up, they're pretty cool.
-Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Need I say more?

The Bad:
-Shameless marketing sucks. This film has nothing to do with Cloverfield in any way, shape or form. The word "Cloverfield" was simply slapped onto this film, because J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves were the producers, and, sadly, we live in a world where intelligent, minimalistic science fiction like this can't be successful without a deceiving marketing campaign.
-While it's non-clichéd enough, it feels like more could have been done here.

All In All: If you're looking for a sequel, prequel or anything that has to do with Cloverfield, you won't find it here. What you will find is a clever, suspenseful, well-written and acted little sci-fi/horror film.

My Rating: 7/10
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.5
Viral (2016)


Directed by: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
Written by: Barbara Marshall and Christopher Landon.
Starring: Sofia Black D'elia, Analeigh Tipton, Travis Tope, Michael Kelly and Colson Baker.
Distributed by: Universal Pictures, Dimension Films and Blumhouse.

Plot: As a deadly virus called "Worm Flu" rages across America, two teenage sisters hole up in their California home.

The Good:
-Decent acting.
-The effects are sufficient and creepy.
-The idea of manually removing the parasites to save the infected is pretty original.

The Bad:
-Completely cliché and rather boring.
-The script is far more concerned with teenage melodrama than actual horror or suspense.
-Incredibly stupid character decisions ("Hey! The entire state is under quarantine due to a zombie like parasite and our parents are gone! Party, dude!")
-Blah digital cinematography.

All In All: I was somehow hoping to be pleasantly surprised by this, but sadly it's exactly what I expected. Cliché teenage horror of the lowest order. There's nothing fresh, original or interesting about this. It's not horrible, but stuff like this is largely what's killing the genre.

My Rating: 5/10
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People who added this item 385 Average listal rating (245 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
Dracula (1958)


Directed by: Terrence Fisher
Written by: Jimmy Sangster
Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh and John Van Eyssen.
Distributed by: Hammer Films and Warner Bros. Pictures.

Plot: Van Helsing seeks to end Dracula's reign of terror.

The Good:
-Good acting.
-Snazzy sets and beautiful use of color.

The Bad:
-Christopher Lee has been an excellent actor in all the other films I've seen him in, but he is one of the most underwhelming Draculas ever. He speaks as fast as an auctioneer, has zilch personality and tucks tail and runs whenever he's threatened. Quite possibly the least scary incarnation of the character in history.
-Surprising lack of action or creativity in the script.

All In All: This was my first classic Hammer film, and I can only hope that not all of their films are this underwhelming. There are a few good scenes, but for the most part this is a clichéd, spiritless re-hashing of the Dracula mythos.

My Rating: 5/10
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People who added this item 66 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.1
The Caller (2011)


Directed by: Matthew Parkhill
Written by: Sergio Casci
Starring: Rachelle Lefevre, Stephen Moyer, Lorna Raver, Ed Quinn and Luis Guzman.
Distributed by: Sony Pictures

Plot: A young woman, fresh out of a traumatic marriage moves into an apartment where she is harassed by a woman on the telephone, who says she is from the past.

The Good:
-Pretty original plot.
-Superb acting from the beautiful Rachelle Lefevre.
-Lorna Raver (whom played the demonic hag in Drag Me To Hell) is terrifying as "The Caller".
-Actually scary and supremely disturbing.

The Bad:
-So disturbing and bleak that I couldn't enjoy it very often.
-Feels like it would've benefitted from a more experienced director.
-Stephen Moyer is likeable in his role, but as usual, his acting is strangely stinted.

All In All: I can easily see this becoming a bit of a cult classic in the years to come. It's not perfect, but it's well-constructed, daring, fairly original and actually quite unnerving. This one is a hidden gem that deserves to be discovered.

My Rating: 7/10
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People who added this item 791 Average listal rating (512 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Angel Heart (1987)


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Directed by: Alan Parker
Written by: Alan Parker
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Robert DeNiro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling, Stocker Fontelieu, Brownie McGhee, Michael Higgins and Dann Florek.
Distributed by: MGM

Plot: A private detective named Harry Angel is hired by a wealthy man named Louis Cyphre to track down a missing crooner, Johnny Favorite, who owes Cyphre money. But as the case plunges Angel into the depths of Voodoo and devil worship, it may prove to be too much for him.

The Good:
-Amazing atmosphere.
-Flawless performance by Mickey Rourke.
-Great direction.
-Nifty twist-ending.

The Bad:
-Some parts seem to drag on for too long.
-The Noire detective and supernatural horror themes don't always mix well.

All In All: It's a little long-winded, and it doesn't always strike a perfect balance between horror and mystery, but the atmosphere is so rich and the performances so good that this film is certainly worth a watch for anyone searching for a very different kind of horror flick.

My Rating: 7/10
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Hey guys, long time no see! Sorry it's been so long since I last posted something on here, but my life has majorly been in the crapper lately, and I haven't really had time or even a computer to do this until now. Luckily, I'm back for good and I really missed doing this. Also, you'll notice I've changed the way I do this, in that I no longer write full reviews, in that it just takes up too much time. But I like doing things this way now, and I hope you guys still enjoy it too. :)

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