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The Blair Witch Project
(1999)

A Groundbreaking Psychological Horror Film
This is hands down one of my favorite horror films of all time. I know there are a lot of people out there, especially the younger crowd, who don't like this film. Honestly, I think it's because they weren't there. They didn't experience it like those of my age. Like many people I believed this film was real. The way it was marketed gave it a sort of realism that no movie had ever done or has done sense. No one can capture the sort of realism that Blair Witch did. The creators took good care of their story, created an entire lore, bigger than the film itself and gives it a life of its own. There is and probably never will be a film like this. It's disturbing, it's creepy, and it stays with you, especially those of us who were there when it all began.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
(2018)

Season One Review
First and foremost I must come forward saying that as of this review I have not watched the original TV show. I grew up in the 80s, born into a conservative Christian home as a preachers kid. I was not allowed to watch He-Man, but I was allowed to watch Thundercats. Explain that one to me.

So without watching the original series, or knowing anything about the universe as a whole, just take my review as a "noob" to this new series.

I watched the whole season in one day and was pretty enthralled from the beginning. It does have corny and campy moments, think Pokemon, and the story is not in depth, nor does it take itself to seriously, but it tries. Aside from that, it is a pretty good show and keeps you entertained throughout.

One of the best things about the show, at least as a gay man, it is very LGBTQ friendly. I also like the powerful femininity that is quite prevalent. Even though a lot of the female characters are princesses, they are strong and fight for what they believe in, which I think is an important lesson for children, both girls and boys.

It's definitely a kids show, but it is a great one. The animation is very anime, beautiful colors and interesting magic and battles.

I highly recommend this to not only children, but adults who like this type of campy animation. I wouldn't say it's brilliant, but it has great potential to become it. I look forward to future episodes!

Game Change
(2012)

Julianne Moore is Amazing!!!
From the moment I first saw this movie, back when it aired on HBO, I have hailed this as one of the greatest TV movies of all time.

Following the campaign trail of John McCain and his crazy running mate Sarah Palin, we are introduced to behind the scenes and it is done remarkably well. Say what you want about the real Palin but this film portrays a pretty accurate film, according to sources.

It doesn't bad mouth her per se, it's showing more about how ignorant she was and how she didn't seem to know anything about politics. You may be saying, "Well, then you're a liberal!" and you would be right but this isn't why I liked this film. I liked this film because the writing was spectacular, the acting was so superb that there were times I forgot I was watching Julianne Moore and not the real Palin.

Of course this is my opinion about it so check it out for yourself. I think whether Republican or Democrat the film will be well liked around.

The Door
(2013)

Could Have Been Good
I have heard the scary stories of shadow people for quite a while now, so when I saw this movie I was very excited to delve right in. Unfortunately, I pretty disappointed.

The film started out pretty well, giving us little glimpses of what was to come. However, the outcome wasn't presented well. The scares are far and few in between and only one is memorable.

The writing and directing was good, even with the hidden messages throughout the film (the main reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 3). The acting, not so much. Sometimes it felt rehearsed and even in a few moments it was overacted, and to me this was a problem with the film. There were some interesting moments, but not enough to really keep my attention.

My biggest problem with this film was a plot hole, and a pretty obvious one. I clicked on the "Contains Spoilers" box just in case, but I don't want to reveal anything if I can help it. All I will say is that the plot hole is with the film that they find, and the theory the doctor gives and how that it doesn't fit. To me that was the biggest downfall of this film.

I didn't really enjoy it and probably wouldn't recommend it either.

Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story
(2015)

Yet Another Found Film Footage With Nothing New
The title of the review speaks for itself.

At this point the Found Film Footage genre is getting tired and old, only because these writers and directors aren't giving us anything we haven't seen already. They think that with the same scares, same annoying actors and same shaky camera with a whole new entity or monster will be a good idea. Wrong.

There was nothing interesting about this film, except they thought it was a good idea. The special effects seem cheesy, but something tells me that's what they were going for, but it didn't work even if that were the case. Once again the characters were unlikable and that seems to be a recurring theme since The Blair Witch Project.

You would think that a movie based upon the most popular creepypasta, Slenderman, would be a good thing. Unfortunately, you would be wrong.

The film seems it would be good to those of a younger age, which this film is not targeted with, with it's R rating. The film could have easily been a PG-13. It might be good for a watch if your high, but I wouldn't recommend it regardless.

Clown
(2014)

A Unique Killer Clown
When I first saw the trailer it interested me, but didn't clue me in on what a great story this film actually has. As far as I know, this is a film with an original story. I won't ruin anything of course, it's better to find out for yourself.

One of the best parts about this film is that there is no slow beginning, or slow anything to be honest, it starts pretty much as soon as you begin watching it. As the film progresses the story line begins to unfold, presenting a new tale unlike anything I have ever seen. I was fascinated by it and was enjoying a lot of what I was seeing.

It had it's cliché moments, which everyone expects in a horror film so it's not a bad thing, however it doesn't offer anything new except a great story line. Sometimes it felt a little cheesy, but only close to the beginning. There were several scenes that made me uncomfortable, but I was never disturbed or scared unfortunately.

It is a one-of-a-kind film and I highly recommend it to anyone. It is mediocre, only in the way that it doesn't offer anything new in the horror field. Typical gore, violence and mild humor. I would have given it a six if it wasn't for that reason. All in all it's a pretty good film.

Lake Mungo
(2008)

An Interesting Take on Mockumentaries
I have been seeing this film on IMDb for quite sometime, but have shied away from it because it seemed more dramatic than scary and I just wanted a creepy film. After watching the trailer I knew I had to see this.

The film is very much a dramatic horror and is presented in documentary style, unlike a found film footage (although it presents a little bit of that genre in some ways).

As you watch this film you may become a bit bored in the beginning, it's very plot driven and doesn't have a whole lot of scares, but trust me stick with it. It does have its scary moments and leads up to a pretty cool plot twist, but don't worry I won't spoil anything for you.

The only problem with this film is the lack of scares, it is more dramatic than anything. However, when the scares come they are pretty good, but don't expect normal horror movie scares. The scares here play more on your mind than anything. It really is like watching a Paranormal Documentary on Youtube, but that doesn't make it bad. Of course it doesn't make it great either. With a 5 out of 10 rating, I consider this to be mediocre but I did enjoy it and I think it's at least worth one watch.

Unfriended
(2014)

Pretty Good but not Great
This movie takes place on a computer screen the entire time, apparently this is becoming a thing. It's not a bad thing, but it's not a good thing either. Most people spend a lot of time in front of their computers or phones, so when we go see a movie we expect to see an actual film.

With that annoyance to the side, the film itself is actually worth a watch. It was pretty intense, gets you on the edge of your seat and keeps you thrilled. It shows the dark side of cyber bullying and with good reason. This film is reminiscent of stories on the news, aside from the horror plot, and does deliver a message that in itself is important. However, the important message wasn't delivered properly and pretty much either sets itself up for a sequel, or brilliantly shows a hard reality a lot of us refuse to admit.

Like Blair Witch, the entire cast is annoying. I didn't find myself liking or even caring for any of the characters, which is always a downfall in a horror film. However, I did like the film and at several times I felt uncomfortable and disturbed having put myself in their shoes wondering how I would feel in that situation.

It's hard writing this review because I don't want to spoil anything for people interested in this film. I can say, that in the genre of found film footage (even though this branches off into it's own genre), it doesn't really offer anything you haven't seen before. With that said, it's a pretty decent film and does thrill you. Like the title says, "Pretty Good but not Great".

Digging Up the Marrow
(2014)

Awesome Idea...Not a Great Deliver
This is a film I have been wanting to see for a while now. I hadn't even seen a trailer, just read the story line and it sounded amazing. When I finally found it, I was excited and even watched the trailer just to make sure it was going to be worth watching. The trailer was awesome and I was ready to dive right in.

Unfortunately, everything in the trailer is pretty much all the great moments in this movie.

With such an awesome story idea I was greatly disappointed that the deliver wasn't as good. In fact, the film relied to heavy on plot and story line that I think it forgot it was a horror film. In fact the music used in the movie was cheesy and reminded me of a romantic comedy score.

The biggest problem with this film is the Director/Writer Adam Green, not that he didn't write or direct a good film, it was that he starred in it and was the most obnoxious character I have seen on film in the past ten years (and that includes ALL of Will Farrell's films in the last ten years).

I really felt that Adam Green had such a great idea, something unique even though the story line itself is not all that original, but the idea was wasted. Throughout the whole film I kept thinking that this was nothing more than a huge advertisement for his other films, especially his TV show on FearNet which was said about a thousand times in this film.

I won't say it's a complete waste of time, in fact when the scary moments happen, and they are far and few in between, it was interesting and fun to watch. The rest of it however, was annoying and boring. Such a wasted opportunity.

I would like to a sequel, something that would follow the horror aspect of the story line a lot more. There is just so much more this film could have given us and instead wasted the whole time promoting his other movies. The ending left me wanting more and not in a good way.

Explorers
(1985)

Vintage Kids Science Fiction
This is by no means the best kids film of the 80s, but it is in the top 10 on my list.

The story follows three boys who through a dream build a new program that creates a corporeal sphere that takes them and their newly built spaceship out of junkyard pieces into the far reaches of space.

It's definitely a kids film, but also a good film altogether for people who like this sort of genre. The film in my eyes starts out pretty good then sort of drifts away when you get to see the creature in the film, which was a little corny in my eyes, but hey it's 80s.

If your looking for some vintage kid movies to watch from the 80s then this is a pretty good choice to make.

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
(2014)

A Little Too Much...
The first Cabin Fever was pretty good.

The second, not so much. In fact I don't even remember the second one that much except that it was horrible. However what the second film lacked, this new one brings back.

I will say that this film brought back the disturbing horror feel the first one had, just that it did it in so many wrong ways. The gory fight scene, something you wont quite forget, was a little too way off the top.

The story line was a little confusing. It sort of reminded me of something from Resident Evil.

There is not a lot of good things I can say about this film. I guess its worth a watch if your bored, but its not something you should go out of your way to see. That's just my opinion.

The Sacrament
(2013)

Cult Status?
When it comes to the new sub-genre, found film footage's this one does what a lot of them don't do. It takes us into a remote location where we see a fictional crazy Christian cult. One of the character's sister is involved in the cult, which is what brings our protagonists to their current location.

At first everything seems great, the people are happy but there is somehow a darkness you can't quite put your finger on. Producer Eli Roth is very good at doing this when it comes to his films, but so does a little corniness, but thankfully he's not the director so his corniness is not seen in this film.

But with his name being attached you do sort of hope to see a lot of violence and gore, something this film was lacking. It was sort of a more realistic view on cults, nothing like we saw in Kevin Smith's Red State. This is one is a little bit more subtle, but that's what makes it way more disturbing in my eyes. The final scenes are very intense in what kept me at the edge of my seat. The ending isn't what you normally get in these types of films and that is always refreshing.

As of this review this film is currently on Netflix and I highly recommend it to those who want to watch something scary and something a little different in terms of horror.

The Babadook
(2014)

Babadook is...interesting
First and foremost I wanna get this out there, this is pretty much a very annoying movie in a lot of ways. You have a child who is portraying ADHD perfectly and it's quite sad the mother doesn't try and get him help, so instead I like closing my ears through the first 45 minutes at least. Oh and nothing too creepy is happening, so it's getting very Baba-boring.

But then stuff does start to happen. It starts out with the Babadook's creepy knock, then a phone call...and that's all I'm giving you. The film takes a turn for the worse, which makes it become pretty damn good and scary.

I didn't jump, or get too scared, but it did have a creepy like feel to it. The ending scenes are bit European, but that's what gives it an almost realistic feel. The ending was a bit off, but other than that this is a pretty decent horror film.

The Devil's Rejects
(2005)

One of those Better than the Originals!!!
The Devil's Rejects is one of those rare sequels that is better than the first in more ways than one. The first film was pretty much a new take on Texas Chainsaw Massacre type horror film. The second one reminds me of what Quentin Tarantino would have done with it.

It has action and bloody gory violence and it is here that it is very Tarantino like. The music also gives off that Kill Bill style. The only thing it really lacked was the horror part that was in the first film, even though it is better than the first film it still had more of a torture porn genre than anything.

It is a very disturbing film in many ways and if that's the kind of film you like then this film is definitely should be on your next rent or buy list.

Clownhouse
(1989)

An 80's Cult Classic
I was a little apprehensive about seeing this film, considering the controversy that stands alongside it, but I was able to track down a copy and decided it was time.

First and foremost I am scared of clowns, but I do not have a phobia of them. With that being said, this film really didn't scare me, made me feel a little unnerving. What I really found in this film to be amazing was the tension that was handed to me throughout the film. It has been a long time since a movie presented so much tension to me, I seem to get it more in older films such as this one.

The acting isn't great and some of the characters are a little silly if not over dramatic. I do see why this is a cult film, it has all the standard qualities to become one. If you do get a chance to see this film, then please do check it out.

It is a little dated, but it's still a very good film that is if you can steer your mind away from the controversy behind the film.

Exists
(2014)

The Bigfoot Project
Eduardo Sanchez, the creator of The Blair Witch Project, once again reunites himself and his crew deep into the woods. Instead of being attacked by a ghostly witch we never get to see, we are introduced to bigfoot.

After seeing the trailer I was so wanting to see this movie, even though I already knew what to expect, the typical found footage movies. It's nothing short of cliché and repetition. However, this film did actually scare me a little bit and kept me on the edge of my seat.

As a found film footage it doesn't really bring anything new to the, except for a few things, which are pretty good. It's one that will keep you jumping, keep you entertained and definitely keep your heart racing in several scenes. I liked the several Blair Witch throwbacks that were sporadically throughout the film. It was a really cool way to give homage to the movie that made his career.

I have read mixed reviews on this, and as always I don't want people to take my word for it, experience it for yourself and see what you think about it.

Annabelle
(2014)

Less Conjuring and More Insidious
I enjoyed The Conjuring, I found it to being one of the best haunted house movies in a long while. So when I heard they were doing a movie on Annabelle my first thought was they were gonna do the original story with the two girls, but instead I got a film with two characters I'm not even sure existed.

First of all the film does have a creepy vibe to it, which is always a good thing in a horror film, something a lot of them lack. The doll itself, even though it looks nothing like the actual doll, is creepy (if not a little too cliché). The atmosphere of fear the doll pours out makes the scares all the more jumpy. I jumped several times in fact.

What I wasn't too keen on was the Insidious demon like creature you see throughout the film. I thought it took away from the creepiness and gave it less mystery and more showy.

Other than a few flaws it is a pretty decent film, but nothing as good The Conjuring by any means.

V/H/S Viral
(2014)

VHS Viral is a Virul Failure
The previous VHS movies were pretty good, but this one definitely lacked the horror and instead provided a bunch of nonsense. The alternate universe segment was actually pretty good, but aside from that this film wasn't truly entertaining.

It is however worth watching just for the fun of it. I won't lie and say its not a fun movie, it's just not as much fun as the previous films.

I didn't get scared, although I did jump at least once that I know of. Nothing disturbed me or had me feel unease, sometimes I was even bored. Like I said though it is a fun horror film for Halloween, but only in the spirit of Creepshow.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
(2014)

Decent But Not Great
The original movies, although corny, were amazing films, probably due to the fact I was a kid and I pretty much enjoyed a lot of bad films, but the original holds a high place in my favorite childhood films.

What the original had, this one lacked. The new version tried to be the old films, but instead didn't quite give the performance it so desperately needed. This film would have been better if it hadn't been for the bad casting. Megan Fox is a horrible April O'Neil, in fact I could have cared more for her if it had been cast right. Even the turtles were kind of bland.

The story line is what kept this film interesting. I liked a lot of the new story line, some of it was a little too Hollywood-ish, like the connection between April and the Turtles.

All in all it wasn't the best film but it also wasn't the worst. Give it a try, it's a 50/50 thing and you might find yourself where I stand.

The Apparition
(2012)

Could Have Had Potential
I first heard about this movie by listening to Coast to Coast AM where the Writer/Director was on talking about this film and how he was inspired by actual events. So I was really anticipating watching this film.

At first it started out pretty interesting but then it took a turn for the worse. I started to not care about what was going on, the characters were a bit annoying and I didn't really care about them one way or another.

The film is not scary, it has its thrilling moments but all in all it's just a typical horror film for the new generation which really means its pathetic.

I think the film would have been awesome if it had followed the group doing the experiment on getting a ghost to appear, in fact that's what I was thinking I was getting into but instead got a cheap shot at a horror film that left me feeling like I had completely wasted my time.

It had some good moments but all in all it's not really worth watching.

The Ward
(2010)

Been there done that *Spoilers*
My mother and I decided to watch this on Halloween of 2012 and were interrupted several times by trick or treaters, took us around two and a half hours to watch this film, not that that's a bad thing, nor does it have anything to do with this review.

First and foremost I enjoy all things John Carpenter and so I was really excited to watch this film. It has an interesting story with some interesting characters, not too many scares and the kill scenes were mediocre at best.

What really got me was the twist ending. Well...it would have been a twist had I not seen it prior in the movie Identity. Again not that that's a bad thing, but it had been done before. It's still worth seeing because it is a good film, however when it comes to this and Identity I think the latter did a better job.

This is a good supernatural like film, but don't expect a lot out of it.

Paranormal Activity 2
(2010)

More of the Same and a Bit More
Paranormal Activity 2 is a rare film. It's rare in the fact that it's a prequel, a sequel and it takes place in between. But the question is, is it better or just as good as the first one? Well, I will say this: It's good but it's not great compared to the first film. Think of everything you that scared you in the first film and you'll get pretty much of the same in this one, but that's not entirely a bad thing. You will get scared and that is what made the first film so great is that it was scary and this one is just as scary.

What makes this film good, aside from the fact that is indeed scary is that it delves a little more into the storyline. It now follows Katie's sister and her families dealings with the demonic presence. This time we are introduced to more cameras and different scares with the same results. We learn a little bit more on the demonic presence which is good because we as the audience want to know a little more as to why this is happening to this family and why it moves on to Katie and Micah.

There are a few things I had a problem with in this movie: 1. Like I stated it's pretty much the same scares in different ways, but then again what can be done when the entity isn't being seen. It still works, but it's the same.

2. It is scary, but it's not as scary as the first one. The first one really scared the crap out of me, while this one just really made me jump a few times but it didn't have the atmosphere that the first one did.

Of course it's still a great film, above mediocre but like most sequels it doesn't live up to its predecessor. I'm sure you will enjoy it though!

Paranormal Activity 3
(2011)

Third Time's a Charm!!!
After having seen the second film I didn't hold high expectations for the third film, even though I enjoyed the second film it wasn't nearly as good as the first one. However, after viewing the third film I was left in complete awe of it.

First and foremost, the first one stands as the ultimate of the films when it comes to scares, however this film stands as my absolute favorite of the movies. In my eyes it had the creepiest scene in all the films and without ruining it all I will say is it deals with a sheet. I was literally freaked out after having seen it and the movie.

We are introduced to the same two characters, Katie and her sister but when they were kids. Not only that but we are introduced to a whole mess of activity that is both intense and freaky. Not only that but we are given more of the story line, a whole lot more that will leave you breathless.

The only problem I had with this movie was that some of the activity seemed a little...too much if you will. But other than that this film is amazing and I hope when you watch it you will enjoy it as much as I did!

Paranormal Activity
(2007)

Scary and Intense!
First of all I would like to say that it takes a lot and I mean A LOT to scare me and this movie scared the #%^! out of me. Of course, I was watching it with a wireless headset pretty loud so I was jumping and screaming at the parts it wanted me to do.

Of course even without the wireless headset this movie is still scary and intense, especially when it comes to the story. First of all you don't see anything in this movie that you would consider a ghost or a demon, instead you hear noises. Yes just noises. But please don't let that fact turn you away. It's the noises and the other incidents in this movie that really give the movie the very creepy atmosphere.

I am a huge fan of found footage films after having experienced the Blair Witch Project (which happens to be one of my favorite horror films of all time!) and this one did not disappoint me at all. In fact I am such a huge fan of this film, as well as it's sequels (aside from the 4th one which I have yet to see).

The only problem I had with this movie is the cliché of all the found footage movies, well most of them anyway, is that from the beginning you know that something terrible happened to them. There are some found footage movies that don't end that way and I appreciate them. But sometimes the cliché works and sometimes it's just over played a little.

Of course it is a worthy entrance into the horror genre and it's definitely worth watching and owning for sure! A great Halloween movie or just a movie you want to watch every now and then to get scared. I love it and so will you!

Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge
(1991)

A Really Good Sequel
The third part in the Puppet Master films is quite a surprise actually. It might even be better than the first in story telling! The acting is superb, the story is superb and the movie well...it's superb as well! This is actually a prequel to the original films, introducing the characters to us, including a new one named Six Shooter.

This film, without spoiling anything is about killing Nazi's who have destroyed the Puppet Master. It is a very interesting look at events from World War II.

A great installment in the series and well worth watching for the story alone!

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