First-person/found-footage/point-of-view (POV) style movies don’t bother me as much as they do some horror fans. Sure, not all of them are good, but I don’t avoid a horror movie if I see that it is POV.
Last year when I learned of 388 Arletta Avenue, all I knew of the movie was that it was a horror movie with Devon Sawa and Nick Stahl–two actors I really like. I was also intrigued because, despite it being out for a few years, I hadn’t heard of it. After doing some (non-spoiler) research online, I was surprised to see many favorable reviews of it. Continue reading
I don’t usually buy movies before seeing them, but I took a chance and went ahead and bought The Loved Ones shortly after it was released on DVD. I heard it was a breakout horror flick so I had intentions of viewing it soon but wasn’t sure when I’d be available through Netflix or Redbox. Well one whole year later, I finally got around to viewing it. And three months later after watching it, I am finally getting around to reviewing it!
The film begins with a flashback; teenaged Brent is driving while his father is alongside him in the passenger’s seat. The two are laughing and having fun and it is obvious the two are close. Out of nowhere, a battered figure stumbles across the road, causing Brent to veer into a tree, killing his father. Continue reading
Also known as “Communion,” Alice, Sweet Alice is almost criminally overlooked by horror fans. I had read recommendations for this movie in passing on multiple horror review sites and put it on my radar to watch at some point. I notice it available through Netflix awhile ago and there it sat in my queue for far too long. A few weekends ago on a quiet Saturday, I decided to attempt to watch it (with the boyfriend at my side–which means there’s a better chance I will actually finish a movie).
The movie starts off slow. Catherine Spages, mother of 12-year-old Alice and 9-year-old Karen (played by Brooke Shields) are visiting with their family priest. Karen’s communion is coming up and Father Tom gives Karen a customary Catholic communion gift, a crucifix. We first see here Alice’s extreme of her sister Karen. Desperate for attention, Alice sneaks off to the kitchen of Father Tom’s house and slips on a simple–yet effectively creepy clear mask along with the school-issued yellow rain slicker, and purposely sneaks up on Father Tom’s housekeeper, scaring her.
Back home, we see more favoritism of Karen and more of Alice’s insecurity and terrorism. Alice steals Karen’s favorite doll and lures her to an abandoned building where she traps Karen briefly, threatening to leave her there if she tells. Later on, we see their mother again doting on Karen, preparing her for the upcoming communion and ignoring Alice. Again seeking attention, Alice puts on Alice’s communion gown and veil and parades around the apartment upsetting Karen and their mom. Continue reading
I’d seen the cover of this movie on Netflix Streaming and thought it would be truly awful. After doing some exploring of movie reviews online, I was surprised to find it had favorable reviews. From the cover, I expected the villain to look like Sam from Trick ‘r Treat but I quickly learned he more resembled the cheesey mask from the first episode of the Goosebumps children horror series. In addition to his mask, the character wears an oversized black suit jacket over black pants. He also wears gloves to match his mask.
The movie begins with a cliched setup of Dougie, a naive nine-year-old who is enamored with his sister. Along with his mom, the two are on their way to the ferry to pick up sister, Jenna, who is coming home from college to spend Halloween with her family. But Jenna has a surprise, she has brought her new boyfriend, Alex, along with her; Dougie does not like this. During the car ride we see that Dougie is obsessed with the video game Satan’s Little Helper, in which a boy wreaks havoc on society to please Satan. The game is comically-antiquated compared to today’s gaming technology, even considering the 2005 release date of the movie. Dougie is so obsessed with the game that he is of course dressing up like Satan’s Little Helper, which is basically just a standard child’s devil’s costume with an added cape (think vintage Ben Cooper Halloween children’s costumes). Continue reading