Saturday, October 4, 2014

Halloween Watch-a-Thon Mini Reviews

I'm participating in a Halloween Watch-a-thon and I'm vaguely aiming for 100 movies, even though it's unlikely I'll ever get there.

1) Detention (2012)

Detention is a horror comedy that starts out as a slasher film, but turns out to be a lot more. The plot is pretty convoluted and starts out withe head cheerleader and most popular girl in school being murdered by Cinderhella, the villain in a series of horror films. I thought it would be a textbook slasher film and it follows that formula up until the middle and then time travel, aliens, and other such weirdness get involved. The slasher story line is forgotten until the last moments of the film. It's a fun movie, but the continuity is completely messed up. If you don't attempt to look at it logically or think too hard about it, it's enjoyable. There were a lot of good ideas, but just jumbled together without working to make them fit together logically.

My rating: 3/5 fishmuffins

2) Jaws (1975)

A shark wreaks havoc on resort town Amity Island. I love Jaws. Every time I watch it, I still jump and cover my eyes at all the same places. It's a well crafted film and it caused generations of people to dread going into the ocean. The soundtrack is so simple yet is responsible for the entire suspenseful mood of the film. The part most infuriating about the film is how the rich and powerful are more concerned with saving their profitable July 4th weekend than saving people's lives. They even influence the coroner to change the cause of death from shark attack to accidental drowning. Their shortsightedness and disregard for human life is disgusting and it's all powered by greed. The last half hour of the movie is amazing and super suspenseful. It ends pretty abruptly, but a longer ending really isn't needed.

My rating: 5/5 fishmuffins

3) Horns (2014)

Ig grows horns overnight and people tell him their darkest desires and urges. He uses the power to solve his girlfriend's murder, which everyone else blames on him. I was fine with the changes to the book. The flashbacks are pared down (thankfully) and the movie is more about Ig and Merrin's relationship instead of Ig and Lee's relationship in the book. Daniel Radcliffe and Max Minghella didn't seem to fit their respective characters well. The effects are great and it has everything I liked from the book. The ending is even fixed a bit, but it doesn't change the fact the two main characters just aren't captured right.

My rating: 3/5 fishmuffins

4) Jugface (2013)

Ada lives in a backwater town away from society in a tight knit community. Their whole way of life revolves around a pit they worship and make sacrifices to. Ada finds out that she's pregnant and she is to be sacrificed to the pit. Trying to escape her fate makes others pay the price. The first half of the film is so awesomely creepy. Of course their society is misogynistic and the women are expected to stay virgins until their parents decide to give them to a man to have children with. Ada doesn't want any of it and is tired of blindly following her people. The movie had real promise. The performances are good and the creepy atmosphere is sustained. The soundtrack is perfect and captures the mood well. A cheesy element is featured way too much near the end. The ending is just disappointing.

My rating: 3/5 fishmuffins

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