31 Days of Halloween Movie Marathon: The Next Ten Days
The following contains my reviews for Part 2 of my Halloween marathon. Below the listings of what was watched each day, I listed the ratings of each film. (If you haven't read Part 1, here's the link: http://hubpages.com/entertainment/31-Days-of-Halloween-Movie-Marathon-The-First-Ten-Days). Enjoy!
Days Eleven & Twelve: Spirits
- Drag Me to Hell - Not Sam Raimi's best, but still a good horror film about curses and the dangers of misplacing a counter curse.
- The Grudge - An American remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-On. It takes a while to get its footing and even then it's too all over the place to scare.
- The Grudge 2 - It's better than its predecessor and has more scares too, but it's 20 minutes longer than necessary.
- The Grudge 3 - This is the Grudge film that I've been waiting for. This one delivers the thrills and chills that the others failed to do.
- It Follows - Slow and steady, but doesn't win the race. It has a few good moments but it overall is just a drag.
- The Messengers - Good story, great acting from Kristen Stewart and John Corbett, mediocre acting from Dylan McDermott, and one creepy kid makes for a fun movie that both intrigues and thrills.
- Mirrors - Kiefer Sutherland brings one of his best performances in a truly frightening and underrated film.
- Mirrors 2 - Probably one of the worst sequels out there. The story is slow with a horrible delivery and the acting is atrocious.
- The Skeleton Key - This film had a great plot, was suspenseful throughout, had incredible acting, and an unforeseen twist that shocks and chills you to your core.
Days Thirteen & Fourteen: Demons
- The Exorcism of Emily Rose - More of a debate than a horror, the film brings up excellent points from both sides and leaves it to the viewer to decide what they believe.
- Exorcist: The Beginning - An amazing backstory detailing Father Merrin's loss of faith and the journey that made him turn back to God.
- Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist - A remake of the prequel that is much slower, removes important scenes, and is completely unnecessary.
- The Exorcist - A near perfect film that chills, thrills, and keeps you on the edge wanting more.
- Exorcist II: The Heretic - An underdeveloped sequel that didn't need to be made and probably shouldn't have been made.
- Exorcist III - A true sequel to the original Exorcist film that has incredible acting and a great plot.
- Insidious - Patrick Wilson is the face of horror these days and that's a good thing because his films are much more intense and often frightening. This one's no exception. It's no Conjuring, but it sure keeps the heart racing.
- Insidious 2- A fairly good sequel that just doesn't have the freshness that the first did, probably because everything in the sequel is what we already saw in the first.
- Insidious 3 - Labeled part 3 but is actually a prequel, detailing a case Elise worked before meeting The Lamberts.
Days Fifteen & Sixteen: Vampires
- Bram Stoker's Dracula - The ultimate Dracula story full of romance, tragedy, and loss. The acting is superb. Horror doesn't get much better than this.
- Dracula 2000 - Starts promising, but the explanation is utterly ridiculous.
- Dracula II: Ascension - To bring back the dead or to not? Seems like the answer would be obvious but scientists will be scientists.
- Dracula III: Legacy - The most useless of the Dracula trilogy where we see the military hunting down the centuries-old vampire.
- Dracula Untold - An interesting take on the origins of Dracula. It succeeds in story and acting but could have used a tiny bit of help in the emotion department.
- Interview with the Vampire - A beautiful, tragic, and heartfelt tale about a man desparate to die but fated to live forever.
- Queen of the Damned - An underwhelming sequel that has very little plot and no acting talent.
- The Lost Boys - A classic film that never fails to disappoint. It has humor, drama, and thrills galore.
- Lost Boys:The Tribe - A rather underwhelming sequel that brings very little to the series. The true problem is the writing. The story is decent and the acting is good enough to pass for mediocrity.
- Lost Boys: The Thirst - A film that focuses on The Frog Brothers and their quest to bring down the head vampire. It's a perfect ending to the series with very few issues.
Days Seventeen & Eighteen: Aliens, Monsters, and Zombies
- Corpse Bride - A fun film full of heart that brings out the Halloween spirit in kids and adults alike.
- The Fourth Kind - A film that both frightens and disheartens, promising archive footage of the actual events but giving us more actors instead, leaving us to wonder why not just use one set of actors all the way through.
- I, Frankenstein - Not as intense as, say, Van Helsing, but it is imaginative and fun. The effects are incredible and the acting is spot-on.
- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - An interesting adaptation but a flawed one, although Branaugh gives it his best effort. The acting is perfect but the writing itself could have used some work.
- Victor Frankenstein - Not your average Frankenstein story, the film focuses on how Victor and Igor first met, leading into the classic monster story we all know.
- World War Z - An incredible film that focuses on the science of the outbreak rather than the horror of the outbreak. It's well-acted, well-written, and perfectly satisfying.
- Young Frankenstein - One of Mel Brooks' lesser works. It's more dramatic and not as humourous as his works usually are.
- Zombieland - Hilarious, perfectly acted, well-written and wonderfully directed, this zombie spoof gets all high praise.
Days Nineteen & Twenty: Spiders and Loonies
- Big Ass Spider - Funny, completely ridiculous, horribly acted, and yet somehow you just can't hate it.
- The Boy - It does a great job at keeping you in suspense. As the film progresses, you realize that these people are just as much prisoners as Greta (Lauren Conrad) is about to become.
- Children of the Corn - Films often portray cults led by evil worshipping fanatics, but it's not often you see a cult created and led by fanatical children. It's truly unsettling and makes you distrust kids that stare at people for long periods of time.
- Cold Creek Manor - Builds suspense wonderfully even if it is predictable.
- Eight Legged Freaks - Silly with horrible effects but the acting is actually well-done. Scarlett Johansson and David Arquette are the real stars, saving an otherwise forgettable film.
- The Good Son - Creepy, suspenseful, and unnerving. The film takes charming Macaulay Culkin and turns him into a demonic child fascinated by death.
- Panic Room - Superbly written, acted, and directed, the film is smart and always finds a logical way through a remarkably tough situation.
- Wait Until Dark - One of the best films that Ms Hepburn has made; it is splendidly acted and incredibly suspenseful. It couldn't have been easy portraying a blind person when your sight is just fine. The motions and actions are spot-on and flawless.
- Big Ass Spider - 2 out of 4
- The Boy - 3 out of 4
- Bram Stoker's Dracula - 4 out of 4
- Children of the Corn - 4 out of 4
- Cold Creek Manor - 2.5 out of 4
- Corpse Bride - 3 out of 4
- Dominion: The Prequel to the Exorcist - 1.5 out of 4
- Dracula 2000 - 2 out of 4
- Dracula II: Ascension - 2 out of 4
- Dracula III: Legacy - 1 out of 4
- Dracula Untold - 3.5 out of 4
- Drag Me to Hell - 2.5 out of 4
- Eight Legged Freaks - 1.5 out of 4
- The Exorcism of Emily Rose - 4 out of 4
- Exorcist: The Beginning - 3.5 out of 4
- The Exorcist - 4 out of 4
- Exorcist II: The Heretic - 1.5 out of 4
- Exorcist III - 4 out of 4
- The Fourth Kind - 2.5 out of 4
- The Good Son - 4 out of 4
- The Grudge - 1.5 out of 4
- The Grudge 2 - 2.5 out of 4
- The Grudge 3 - 3.5 out of 4
- I, Frankenstein - 3 out of 4
- Insidious - 3.5 out of 4
- Insidious Chapter 2 - 2 out of 4
- Insidious Chapter 3 - 2 out of 4
- Interview with the Vampire - 4 out of 4
- It Follows - 2 out of 4
- The Lost Boys - 4 out of 4
- Lost Boys: The Tribe - 1.5 out of 4
- Lost Boys: The Thirst - 3.5 out of 4
- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - 2 out of 4
- The Messengers - 3 out of 4
- Mirrors - 4 out of 4
- Mirrors 2 - 1 out of 4
- Panic Room - 4 out of 4
- Queen of the Damned - 1 out of 4
- The Skeleton Key - 4 out of 4
- Victor Frankenstein - 3 out of 4
- Wait Until Dark - 4 out of 4
- World War Z - 4 out of 4
- Young Frankenstein - 2 out of 4
- Zombieland - 4 out of 4
Only 11 days to go before it's all over. The scariest, wildest, craziest, and dumbest is yet to come!
© 2016 Alec Zander