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’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