Friday, October 21, 2011

Movie Reviews!

Okay, so here's another solid week where the only thing I post is Friday movie reviews. While I'm proud of sticking with my review-a-day schedule over at Streaming Horror, I'm ashamed of having neglected Pulling Teeth. But I've got a lot of ideas for posts, I'm excited to start talking about fiction again, and I'm going to get back into a solid MWF sched next week. For now, you'll have to settle for movie review excerpts. Links in the titles.

Before long, though, he notices that he can see other things in the baby monitor that he can’t see with his eyes.
That’s such a great scare tactic. Finding a way to represent our limited perceptive ability. The Baby’s Room uses a similar tactic to Shutter to creep you out: by introducing a medium between us and the spirit world. I think this works because it provides a rule set for perception which makes the menace seem more real, less contrived. The ghosts don’t just disappear and reappear willy-nilly. Instead, you watch the ghost through the small, grainy baby monitor. The effect is also one of wearing blinders during a time when you feel that you need maximum sensory input. If you’re alone in a dim room and feeling frightened, you want to keep glancing over your shoulder, wishing you had 360 degree vision. The Baby’s Room found a device to give you that same feeling while sitting on your couch.

Despite the low score on both Netflix and IMDB, I watched The Entrance because of its awesome cover. Look at it over there. Pretty badass, no?
And you know what? Even though that movie-selection strategy seems like a recipe for disappointment, I was pleasantly surprised by The Entrance. It’s an ambitious low-budget film that– despite the cover– aims for psychological scares it can pull off without the big bucks.

Silent Hill opens with Rose, played by Radha Mitchell, running out of a house screaming in search of her adopted daughter Sharon, played by little Jodelle Ferland (I said she already had quite a horror pedigree), who has a habit of trying to sleep walk off cliffs while talking about Silent Hill.
Rose realizes that this habit could be short lived, so she steals off with Sharon in search of a West Virginia ghost town called Silent Hill. Christopher, played by Sean Bean, is against this. He understands that if a child is determined to wander off a cliff, it’s better to let nature take its course and hope you get a better one next time. So he follows after.

The meat of the film takes a tact that many horror fans will find familiar: the modernization of an old monster with new science, or ret-conning, something comic book readers are also very familiar with. A long time ago, people were stupid. So some of the facts they recorded about trolls are accurate, and others are just the stuff of fairy tales. The writers came up with a lot of fun material. It’s not quite enough to make you believe that trolls really wander the mountains of Norway, but it’s fun.
One of the aspects of a troll that’s never explained, though, is also one of the best: the fact that trolls can smell the blood of a Christian man.

But I’m telling you, I wanted to quit.
But I’m telling you, I’m glad I didn’t.


  1. We like a good horror movie now and then. Unfortunately, we're usually disappointed; they're usually bad. Thanks for the reviews, Alan.

  2. Oh heck yeah, they're usually bad.

    I personally think a bad horror movie is more entertaining than a mediocre drama, but I hope I've maintained an ability to tell the difference despite still enjoying many of the bad ones.

  3. Saw "Frozen" the other night and added eaten by wolves to my list of ways I don't wanna die.