We Are What We Are Is A Lesson In Visual Horror

Hello, everyone! It’s been almost a month since I’ve posted on this blog, but do not despair, for I’ve returned. Today I watched a uniquely chilly film called We Are What We Are, directed by Jim Mickle, who also directed Cold in July and StakelandWe Are What We Are is a family psychological drama with horror elements that has the aesthetics of a refined backwoods western and the suspense of a thrilling mystery. A movie influenced by too many genres can turn out muddled, but Mickle’s clear, cold direction keeps the film focused and compelling from start to finish.

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Let’s Talk About Fairytales #5: The Girl Without Hands

Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed your last few weeks of summer and are ready to dive into fall! Today I wanted to take a break from reviewing horror movies and talk about my favorite subject: crazy fairytales. I’ve read my “King Thrushbeards” and “The Goose Girl” and even “The Three Little Men in the Wood,” but while all of them are twisted, none quite hold a candle to the special act of cruelty embodied in the Grimm Brother’s tale “The Girl Without Hands.” Even the title is a doozy.

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Last Shift Is a Budget Movie With No Cheap Scares

Hello, everyone! My last review of Creep was fairly negative, so I promised to write a positive review to balance that out. The first horror movie I watched last week was a chilly little horror called Last Shift, directed by Anthony DiBlasi, who has directed a bunch of other horror movies and was the executive producer for Midnight Meat Train, which I haven’t seen but heard was a great film. The film is small and contained in atmosphere, but nonetheless quite ambitious. It’s the type of movie that scared me in such a way that I would track my cursor across the progression bar at the bottom of the screen to see the next image before it played, just so I could prepare myself.

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Horror Movie Creep Isn’t Scary Enough to Earn Its Name

Hello, everyone! I watched two horror movies this week, one that was surprisingly awesome, and one that was not-surprisingly un-awesome. Since I watched the un-awesome one tonight, I’ll review that one first. Here’s the lesson I learned from watching Creep: if you think Mark Duplass would make a bad horror movie, trust your gut. Don’t listen to Reddit. Even they have bad taste.

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Tangled Is Disney’s Best Princess Movie

Hello, everyone! Welcome to my first real post in over twenty days. I’ve been adjusting to college lately, so I haven’t had time to watch anything new. If anything, I’ve regressed into re-watching nostalgic favorites (my friends and I had a binge watching session of Glee this weekend), including Tangled. I’ve always been a fan of this movie, but it’s not until I watched it last night that I realized that it’s a tour de force. From its dazzling animation style, to its gorgeous original soundtrack, to its detailed look at an abusive maternal relationship, Tangled earns its place as Disney’s best princess movie, and even, if I dare say myself, one of Disney’s best movies overall.

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Where In the World Have I Been?

Hello, everyone! It has been almost 20 days since I posted on this blog, and for that I am very sorry. This blog is my baby and I want to post, but alas, I’ve been really busy because I’ve started college! I’m going to a film school and between classes, co-curriculars, a social life, and the like, I haven’t had much time to breathe, let alone watch a new movie or think of something interesting to post about. But never fear, as soon as I get settled, I’ll try to be back on my weekly or bi-weekly posting schedule. I need to watch some new horror movies. I heard Don’t Breathe is good. Perhaps that will be my next review, but until then, thanks for sticking with me!

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The Little Prince Is A Stunning Adaptation of a French Classic

Hello, everyone! It’s been an emotional few weeks for me as I prepare to head off to college. As one of our last hurrahs, my friends and I decided to watch Netflix’s new film The Little Prince, which we have been awaiting eagerly since the first trailers started showing almost a year ago. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella is a wonderful piece of literature and naturally, we had high expectations. The movie surpassed all of our expectations and reduced a room of happy girls to balls of sniveling tears. So yeah, you should watch it.

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I’m not crying again. It’s allergies.

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Suspend Your Disbelief #5: Vampire Academy

Hello, everyone! Have you ever started watching a movie and had to pause for a few moments and really wonder “how did I get here?” That’s how I felt watching the spectacularly ridiculous Vampire Academy, a movie made for  fourteen year olds that is too sarcastic, too racy, and too complicated for any fourteen year old to want to watch it.  I arrived at Vampire Academy by the way of the 2013 remake of Evil Dead. It was midnight, I was tired, and Evil Dead was making me queasy. Thus, I decided to watch Vampire Academy and spent the next 104 minutes in various states of disbelief and annoyance. The main question that kept popping through my head: “How did this get made?”

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Lights Out Makes Its Monster Into A Metaphor

Hello, everyone! I watched the much anticipated Lights Out movie a few days ago and honestly loved it. As a dedicated fan of horror, it satisfied my need for a good, scary story and subverted some tired stereotypes. There are some cheesy factors that whiff of other movies, which I will get into later, but I’m a firm believer that a little bit of silly pseudoscience  can propel the plot of a horror movie in ways that serious, scientific reality can’t.

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The Second Half Of Stranger Things Understands Sacrifice

Hello, everyone! I’ve had several days to digest after watching the last four episodes of Netflix’s new series Stranger Things and I’m ready to write my second review of the season. In my last review, I touched on what I liked about the show, such as its score and design, but noted that in order for the show to be great, it needed to move past its homage to 80’s cinema. The second half of the season wasn’t perfect, but it had a strong emotional core and some surprising twists. The 80’s homages were too integral to the storylines for the show to completely shake off, but as the episodes got better, even the John Hughes rip-offs started to shine.

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