Day 5 of my thirty-day horror movie challenge found me re-visiting an all-time favorite of mine, “The Grudge” (2004). This is one that scared me to death when I was younger, but still provided me with a few skin-crawling, jumpy moments, even as I re-watched it. I am too tired to do a full review, but I will try and get back on top of things tomorrow and do better entries when I am not sick or tired. I just wanted to write in this entry to let you all know that I am still doing this challenge! 😀
Day 4 of my horror movie challenge, and this one was slightly disappointing. Yes, I had been warned that the movie adaptions of the games I loved were not too great, compared to the videogames, but I still wanted to experience them for myself. “Silent Hill Revelation” seemed to be based off of the third game in the series, “Silent Hill 3” but the plot was so far off from the game that I only knew this at first because of how much Adelaide Clemens resembled the character she was playing, Heather Mason/ Sharon Da Silva.
This movie seemed, to me, to be the sort of movie that I’ve discussed a lot in these blog entries – one that relies more on blood and gore than on an engaging storyline and fascinating characters. I enjoyed some aspects of the plot, even if it completely butchered most resemblance to the “Silent Hill 3” game’s plot. For instance, I feel that the character Vincent Cooper’s (Kit Harrington’s) story, his escape from The Order, etc, could have been quite interesting if the movie had been longer, taken more time instead of racing through everything in a blood-splattered rush of deformed creatures and decapitations.
As for the famous Silent Hill creatures, I liked pyramid head and the nurses. I thought it was cool that in one scene, where Heather is trying to untie Vincent from a gurney in a room full of those nurses that scared us all in the videogames, with their daggers or steel pipes, (except in the movie, many are armed with hypodermic syringes) the nurses can only sense movement, kind of like t-rexes ;). This built up a little tension, as Heather and Vincent tried to escape without moving too much and alerting the nurses, completely surrounding them, to their presence. Pyramid head only got a brief appearance, walking through a hallway in the asylum/hospital lined with doors, all of which have patient’s arms sticking out of them. These unfortunate souls feel the wrath of the great knife (like we spent nerve wrecking time in the labyrinth in the game Silent Hill 2 to get hold of) as they have their arms sliced off, fingers flying through the air like bloody, flesh-colored sausages.
Would I recommend this movie? Well, for fans of the game that want to watch as that beautiful, subtle, psychologically-disturbing atmosphere that chilled us to the bone is slaughtered, sure. I’m kidding, but having said that, any fan of the game should prepare themselves for the fact that this feels nothing like the game. Honestly, the scene with the nurses was the only one with even a vague trace of that overwhelming tension build-up that I adore in horror movies, and I don’t recall having one decent, scream-out-loud scare for the whole thing (and believe me, the games had plenty of those).
However, if you want to judge the movie as a completely separate entity, it is slightly better, or slightly worse, depending on how you look at it. For one thing, people who have never played any of the games, or those who choose to judge this movie aside from the game, the constant subconscious comparison to the games isn’t there, and some have no idea of the dark beauty of the games. But this may also be a disadvantage, as the plot and characters will seem even more weak and wispy if you have no prior insight into them.
Basically, I would say watch it, but don’t expect an artistic, dark, psychological and disturbing, tension-filled thrill-ride. If you like it, fantastic! If you don’t, then you will at least get a laugh out of it (that’s the great thing about crappy horror movies, they often double as comedies). “Silent Hill Revelation” has its moments, but sadly not enough of them.
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Day 3 of my thirty-day horror movie challenge, and I had to give myself a “soft” day today (as the last two days have been terrifying) so I chose the movie adaption of one of my favorite books, “The Shining.” Yes, I think everyone has seen “The Shining” (or read the book) at least once. It may not be the scariest horror movie ever made, or have the best special effects, but it can be pretty scary, depending on your tolerance for all things disturbing. I’m not going to write a proper, structured review, as much as I’m going to write a rant about what I love about this movie.
I mean, come on, elevators full of blood, ghostly twin girls, dead woman in a bathtub, this movie has EVERYTHING!
Jack Nicholson portrays Jack Torrance an abusive husband and frustrated writer on the edge of insanity to perfection, and of course, who can forget the utter madness of his iconic “Here’s Johnny!” scene, in which he, having completely lost his mind, hacks through the bathroom door to where Wendy, his wife (Shelley Duvall) is waiting with a knife. Another favorite scene of mine is Danny Torrance’s run-in with the murdered twins of the previous winter caretaker. “Come play with us…forever.” they chant flatly, raising goosebumps on my flesh and sending shiver’s down my spine.
Yes, the Overlook Hotel in the winter is not too great of a place to be, with cabin fever spreading like a wildfire and taking hold of Jack Torrance, while Danny’s psychic powers or “shining” drags him into very dark places (“redrum redrum redrum”).
This is a classic movie for horror lovers who want to explore some of the older favorites of the genre. The book by Stephen King is even more incredible, so definitely, if you like the movie adaption of “The Shining,” read the book!
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Day 2 of my thirty-day challenge, and I am already a mess. Today, early in the morning, during broad daylight hours, with my dog wandering in and out of the room, I tackled the next movie on my challenge list, “Sinister” (2012), and let me tell you, it was TERRIFYING (and I do not use caps-lock lightly). I’ll try and give a brief summary without spoiling the excellent ending.
“Sinister” was, for me, as soon as I got into it, an edge-of-the-seat roller-coaster of horror. This was a movie that managed to build up unbearable tension, capture a real psychological-horror, pulse-quickening, goosebumps-raising ambiance, instead of relying on the cheap route of gallons of blood pulsing from an army of slit throats. “Sinister” was quite possibly one of the best horror movies that I have ever watched, or at least one of the scariest.
The story follows the protagonist, Ellison Oswalt, a true crime writer, as well as his wife Tracy, and his two children, Ashley (who enjoys painting on her bedroom walls) and Trevor, who suffers from “night terrors.” They have just moved into a new house – a new house where four people were once killed, the murderer never caught, one of the children abducted and disappeared. This missing child is to be the subject of Ellison’s book, the book which he thinks will be his greatest success.
Things begin to take on a dark edge when Ellison discovers a box of old film reels and a projector to play them on, possibly left by the deceased previous family inhabiting the house. These film reels, while labelled to seem like innocent home movies, depict gruesome killings. Things begin to go wrong, Trevor experiencing his night terrors, and soon Ashley is painting on the walls, a picture of the subject of her father’s book.
I am not going to go into further detail of the plot, because I do not feel that I would do it justice. Even if you have to cover your eyes with your hands, or hide behind the couch for the thrilling tense moments or chilling scares that “Sinister” provides, watch it. There is no cheap over-abundance of blood and guts, or intestines splashed across the furniture, but it is terrifying, and I shall certainly be lying awake tonight (I plan to counter-act the effects of this choice of viewing by watching “Frozen” or “Despicable Me” later on tonight). So yes, I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a good, psychologically-scarring movie that will leave you severely disturbed, and humming quietly in the corner of your padded cell with your knees drawn up to your chest.
Today, I decided to fully unleash my masochistic side, and undertake a challenge to watch one horror movie a day for the next thirty days. I am doing this because I love the horror genre, and now that I have a lot of time on my hands, I have compiled a list of horror movies, new and old, one to watch (or re-watch) each day. The thing is, though I would read Stephen King novels all day long, and my main writing genre is horror, and I love to talk to people about their biggest fears, I am terrible at watching horror movies (especially on my own). So, hopefully, doing this challenge will change this, and desensitize me a little. Supernatural, ghostly stuff scares me more to watch, but I don’t dwell on it while lying in bed at night, as I am an Atheist, therefore skeptical towards the supernatural, despite being fascinated by it. My unoccupied mind, lying awake at night, wanders towards the serial killers, the insane murderers, because they are, indisputably, real. While watching a movie, I can handle the goriest murders and torture scenes, but a ghostly figure lurking behind the protagonist will make me scream! Spoilers up ahead, so don’t read on if you plan on watching the movie.
Today, I watched “V/H/S” (2012) and it definitely set the mood for the challenge. I was quite terrified for parts of this anthology of VHS films (particularly the one entitled “The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When she was Younger”). The movie begins with a gang of amateurish criminal young men, heading to an old house with the task of retrieving a single VHS tape. The rapey feel of the first film in the anthology is instantly triggered by the gang of young men assaulting a woman in a parking lot, removing her top and filming the incident. While, as a feminist, this made me deeply uncomfortable, and it was almost painful to watch, it set the mood for the first tape, “Amateur Night” nicely. This was a feeling of jumpy anxiety and deep discomfort as three men, one of them with a hidden camera in his glasses, attempt to bring women back to their apartment, and film sleeping with them. A very shy girl named Lily watches her friend get seduced, and then pass out drunk. Her demonic transformation commences when her turn to sleep with one of the men arrives. This is an extremely gory tape, not for the fainthearted.
I was not scared by “Second Honeymoon,” the next tape, as it was mainly just blood and gore, particularly a pleasant vomit of blood from the protagonist Stephanie’s husband, Sam, as a knife is stuck in his throat. The same can be said for the next tape, “Tuesday the 17th” as a young girl named Wendy uses her new friends as psycho-bait. Lovely.
Now, onto my favorite tape, “The Sick Thing that Happened to Emily when she was Younger.” This was pretty disturbing, and I think the fact that it was all taking place on video chat between Emily and her boyfriend made it scarier. There was a lot of supernatural activity going on in this part of the movie, involving the ghost of a young boy, and then, of all things, aliens. I won’t go into full detail on this sick (and I mean that with all the love in the world) piece of cinema, as I think it is the best part of the movie.
“10/31/98” starts out as some fairly innocent fun between a bunch of costumed-out friends on Halloween, but of course, this is horror, so innocent fun is out, and exorcisms in the attic are IN! This was pretty crazy, as the four friends enter the attic, chanting along with the men exorcising the young girl tied to the rafters, only to find out that this is no party.
Basically, I enjoyed this movie, even if I did have about three heart-failures during it, but hey, that’s the kind of shit you sign up for when you undertake crazy blogging challenges, anything for the readers! The special effects were good, and it wasn’t just the kind of endless slaughter-spree that splatters badly mixed ketchup-blood and red-painted rubber innards everywhere and waters down the horror genre. It was brilliantly disturbing, had some good tense moments, and made me scream out loud once, and shudder in disgust many times. For some, the VHS-tape and video-chat bad quality makes it all the scarier, and I am one of those people, even if I did watch it during broad daylight, as soon as everyone got back home and I wasn’t alone (I saved my “alone time” for Star Wars, which does not have the potential to drive me screaming from the house!)
I would recommend this to all horror fans. You’ll get at least one good scare out of it! 😀
Today, I had some more time to get stuck into my latest purchase, “Silent Hill: Homecoming,” and so far, I am loving and enjoying every minute second of this game. Right now, I’ve just saved inside the fourth gate of Rose Heights Cemetery, shortly after slaying a grotesque, skinless dog with my default weapon – the combat knife. I have uncovered a few grisly little insights into Alex, the protagonist’s, past.
The save points are no placed as close to each other after a truck driver drops Alex off in Shepherd’s Glen, amidst the shroud of fog. They are far away enough from each other to keep you quick and alert during combat, for fear of losing a not-inconsiderable amount of effort when mauled to death by a creature called a Lurker. I encountered two save points so far; one in the town hall, in Judge Holloway’s room, and another in the aforementioned cemetery gates.
One of my favorite moments so far, happened in the flooded basement of Alex’s childhood home (shortly after we encounter his mother in a catatonic state during a cutscene). Using the combat knife to cut away a tarp concealing an entrance that ends in a locked doorway, we tap “X” to trigger another cutscene. This depicts Alex’s stern father, Adam (once a soldier) cutting up something bloody in the hunting room. He yells at Alex, telling him that this room is off-limits to him. This gives us an insight into what Alex’s childhood was like.
Another glimpse into the protagonist’s past happens when we stumble upon the “cassette tape” item, and later play it on the answering machine. The recording first sounds like Alex and his brother Josh messing around, but soon their father’s voice is heard. He tells Alex to leave, yelling at him, before talking lovingly to Josh. It is clear that Adam Shepherd favors Josh.
Basically, “Silent Hill: Homecoming” is a great installment in the Silent Hill series. The characters are as complex as those in previous games, which is one of many qualities that makes Silent Hill the greatest survival horror series that I have ever played. The plot is fantastic, and I can, so far, find nothing that I would change about it.
Today, as I walked into Gamestop to check out the summer sales, I was not expecting to see the game that I had wanted to purchase since I first got my PS3 and went shopping for games for the first time more than a year ago. But as I went through the plastic cases on the shelves, some blood-splattered and some dotted with brightly-colored heroes, something caught my eye. Behind a fantasy game displaying a sword-wielding, armor-clad medieval protagonist, was a copy of “Silent Hill: Homecoming.” There was no mistaking the rusty-colored blood smears and distorted monstrosities, it had to be Silent Hill. I was delighted to stumble upon this pre-owned copy, as ever since seeing one single, solitary copy on that first shopping trip (I left it behind in favor of the Silent Hill HD collection) I had been desperate to find it.
As soon as I returned from this shopping trip, I ran up to my bedroom to start playing. I then played up as far as (*SPOILERS*) the first save point directly after retrieving Josh Shepherd’s Robbie the Rabbit toy from an ominous, blood-oozing gash in the glass. I managed to get my arm ripped off once,by whatever sinister force lurked behind the bloody glass, from not pressing the red circle quickly enough. That was my first death in the game.
I must say, my first impressions of “Silent Hill: Homecoming” are very good. The opening cutscene, in which the protagonist, Alex Shepherd, is being wheeled through a dimly lit hospital corridor on a gurney, was considerably more gory than some of the more subtle, haunting openings of other games in the series, but it worked. I enjoyed the part of this scene where Alex glances up at the person wheeling the gurney, to see a surgeon clad in blue scrubs, with a bloodstained mask obscuring his mouth.
I have not played very much so far, but I am definitely eager to play more. The combat controls are pretty good, though at first I kept forgetting to go into fighting stance before bashing “X” to knife some demon nurses lurking within the rooms of the hospital. You soon learn to get used to these controls, when faced with three demonic, deformed nurses, classic Silent-Hill style, all armed with knives and showing rather a lot of cleavage. The graphics are impressive, and tie in with the bloody, grimy, dark, decaying feel of the series. The save-points are placed very conveniently, and quite regularly so far. At the moment, there are enough health drinks lying around to keep Alex alive, without letting the player become too complacent or at-ease. If you move fast with your combat knife (and don’t get your arm bitten off trying to retrieve a blood-soaked Robbie), you should be okay.
Whether or not I would recommend “Silent Hill: Homecoming” remains to be seen, but so far I have only positive things to say about this game.