Hi again ghosts and ghouls! Taylor Terrible here, back to ask you what your biggest fear is. I'll tell you what mine is: being completely unable to care for myself, left to the devices of doctors and nurses to deal with me as I waste away in a hospital bed. Nothing scares me more than being sick or injured to the point where I'm incapable of functioning day-to-day. I first realized this fear watching movies like 28 Days Later, Quarantine, and films along those lines...when the world around you turns against you and destroys everything, leaving you to fend for yourself so you don't catch the diseases ruining everything.
I'm always hesitant when I watch American movies set in other countries, primarily those that are in the horror genre; I'm thinking Hostel and The Grudge movies. These often base their premise on what we are supposed to believe are cultural beliefs which makes the stories that much scarier due to our own ignorance. Hostel came under some fire due to promoting a false perception of another country, possibly damaging business coming from tourism. The Grudge placed a lot of emphasis on the Japanese belief that when someone dies in a fit of rage or sorrow, this gives birth to a curse that works almost like a plague to those who enter where they died. I personally have never been to Japan or Slovakia (where Hostel takes place), but I am to believe what I'm seeing has to be partially true. They both give us citizens with a certain attitude and allows the setting to become a character in itself. Director Rich Ragsdale gives us GHOST HOUSE, another entry into the vacation gone wrong subgenre where Americans are too gullible to see what's in front of them.
Welcome witches and warlocks,
Today I will be reviewing the Blu-ray/DVD release of the paranormal dark comedy ANOTHER EVIL by writer/director Carson D. Mell. Since IMDB has a pretty good summary, I will turn to them for the plot rundown:
"After encountering a ghost in his family's vacation home, Dan (a modern artist) and his wife Mary hire an "industrial-grade exorcist" named Os to get rid of the beings. After a few days spent ghost hunting with Os, Dan realizes that ridding the home of evil will not be as easy as it seems."
Hello again, ghosts and ghouls! Taylor Terrible here, and I'm back with a review of a film that's slightly out of my normal scope of what I typically take interest in.
I was offered the chance to watch VOICE FROM THE STONE, starring Emilia Clarke and Marton Csokas, in a beautifully crafted horror film set in 1950s Tuscany.
ghostly entity. As per usual, the entity is a creepy, long-haired girl that defies physics and the laws of dimensionality, extending her arms through walls, squeezing through tight spaces and generally appearing in places where you would prefer a creepy, long-haired girl not to appear. But what sets BETHANY apart from other films of her ilk?
PERSONAL SHOPPER is a French supernatural psychological horror film written and directed by Olivier Assayas, the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed SOMETHING IN THE AIR and CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA. Like the latter film, PERSONAL SHOPPER stars Kristen Stewart and is a vehicle for one of the top performances of the young actress's already lengthy career.
I AM THE PRETTY THING THAT LIVES IN THE HOUSE is a Netflix original from writer/director Oz Perkins, the eldest son of horror icon Anthony Perkins. A bare-bones ghost story through and through, the film follows Lily Saylor (Ruth Wilson), a live-in nurse who moves into the remote New England house of Iris Blum (Paula Prentiss), a retired horror author suffering from dementia, and suspects that it may be haunted.
Scream Factory continues to roll out an interesting set of home video releases with their collector's edition of POLTERGEIST 2: THE OTHER SIDE. I find POLTERGEIST to be one of the more interesting franchises as it happens to squeeze in all sorts of crazy material in its short three film series (the 2015 film serves more as a remake and doesn't fit into any kind of continuity with the others). The first film gave audiences an intimate look at an all American family who succumb host to a series of paranormal experiences, including the communication their daughter, Carol Anne, has with "the TV people." After discovering that their home was built on a cemetery where the bodies were never removed, they manage to escape, but as we know now, the horror has only begun.
I want to start this review by stating that the cinematography was excellent and their choice of camera effects were highly entertaining. The opening of this short, CONSTANCE, gives the viewer some weird imagery of a cemetery and a weird little girl dressed in an older style garb; the best way to describe her would be like a less dark Wednesday Addams. We learn that what we saw was an apparent reoccurring nightmare from our main character, who suddenly awakes and goes to the kitchen for some tea. When her roommate wakes, our main character begins to explain her nightmare though her roommate is dismissive about it.
The imagery that we saw of this woman's nightmare becomes even more unsettling as it starts to become reality.
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The imagery of her nightmare and the way it's filmed and the effects chosen were very reminiscent of shows like "American Horror Story", which was a nice little nod in my opinion. One thing I didn't really understand is why there was a guy hanging in the beginning of this short as it just didn't seem relevant, though it was entertaining regardless. Something that I really liked was the movements of the little girl in the dreams combined with the camera effects that resulted in a really eerie atmosphere which had a slight resemblance to Samara from THE RING.
Just as the main character begins to have a very brief downward spiral, BOOM, the short is pretty much over. The ending was a bit mild but the entire short was done in good taste in my opinion. It's not the typical horror that I look for but it was entertaining throughout. I would consider it appropriate for family as it had a bit of an "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" type of feel from start to finish, besides the hanging guy in the beginning, though the nineties didn't hold back too much on kids shows. I did feel like it could be an interesting full length film as it flows really nicely with the current popularity of the paranormal films that are circulating throughout the film industry. In conclusion, though I had a few gripes with the short I did find it entertaining and enjoyed the acting throughout.
Signing off this is Devin,
Kreep it real Haunted Homies!
GHOST CAN, a short written by Jordan Barnes-Crouse and Carolyn Williams, takes up on a first date with Josie and Peter, who have crossed paths on a dating app. Josie, playing quite effectively by Ariel Hansen, is largely unimpressed with her suitor. Peter, portrayed by Tyler Weeks, is already needy, clingy, obsessive, the kind of date that will immediately have you rolling your eyes and texting your friends from the bathroom so one of them will call you with an emergency escape route...apparently Josie couldn't reach any of her friends.
Just when Josie thought things couldn't get any worse, a fairy godmother of sorts appears in the guise of a carny, who offers Peter one throw, hit or miss, at a ball tossing game. Peter wins or loses depending on your perspective, and takes his 'prize', a dented up can containing a vile ghost. In a romantic gesture, the can goes home with Josie.
Once home, Peter continues to show us how needy he is, Josie shows us how over it she is, and the ghost-can shows us how vile it's inhabitant truly is. High fives all around!
The acting is surprisingly good, the effects are perfectly cheesy, the storyline is perfect for the amount of time allotted...GHOST CAN is totally worth four minutes of your day! Two thumbs up!
Nikki Von Frankenstitch
GHOST CAN will be opening for 24X36: A MOVIE ABOUT MOVIE POSTERS on Friday, November 25 at 7:00pm.