Saturday, October 1, 2016
My October (and November....and December) Super-Sized 31-Part Postravaganza Day Twenty-Three: Theatre of Blood
It's October, and it also just happens to be my 50th post on this site. So I'm going to do it up right. Every day this month, this post is going to grow as I give some quick-fire thoughts on a movie that I checked out that day. So keep checking in!
I'm so glad I went with this one early in the month. I mainly gave it a try because it's high on the lists of a lot of people whose opinions I respect, so I couldn't just avoid it forever. But knowing what I do about French extreme flicks and the general nihilism that comes out of European horror, I don't know if I'd have the emotional stamina to get through this at the end of a month of horror movies. It's not even the gore that gets me. I like gore. Gore is my friend. It's just that these movies tend to be very mean, and Martyrs is no exception. Every performance is spot on. The plot is structured very well with a mid-movie twist that certainly got my attention. But it just left me feeling so gutted (this isn't the first time you European bastards!) that I know this is going to be a one and done for me.
Day 2--Starry Eyes
Day 3-- We Are Still Here
Day 5--Dead Silence
Day 6--The Houses October Built
Day 7--Halloween III
Day 8--The Wolf Man (2010)
Day 9--Phantasm Ravager
Day 12--Rites of Spring
Day 13--Perfect Host
Day 14--Friday the 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
Day 15--Night of the Living Deb
Day 16--Bad Milo!
Day 17--Troll Hunter
I feel like I should have liked this movie more than I did. It had an interesting premise, the effects for the trolls were well done, and the setting was gorgeous. But for some reason it just didn't resonate with me. I'll admit, sometimes I have trouble getting into the groove of a foreign language film, as I always feel like there's a slight disconnect between what's actually being said and how it's been translated into not only English, but also into the American vernacular. Sometimes it just feels like there's something missing. These seems to be the case here as I had trouble fully connecting with the movie. I think this was fully personal preference, however, so if you haven't seen it don't take my experience as evidence that the movie won't work for you.
This one was fun. It certainly didn't do anything groundbreaking but I also don't think it was trying to do so. Essentially it was a vessel to allow Jack Black to ham it up (I'm still in the camp who is completely fine with this) as well as to parade out various nods to R.L. Stine's greatest hits. The movie still works for those who haven't read anything from the Goosebumps series, or those like me who have the memory of a goldfish and can't remember a whole lot from them. It seems like a perfect watch for if you're having a group of friends over and you want something that you can enjoy but don't need to worry too much about if other things draw your attention away from time to time.
Day 19--Ginger Snaps
I was going to do this later on in the list, but when I mentioned on social media that I'd never seen it before I had more than one person tell me that it's amazing and that I needed to check it out ASAP. This often spells doom for my chances of liking a movie, as I'll either come in with expectations that are too high or I'll dislike it just because other people told me it's great and I'm a curmudgeonly asshole who doesn't like being told what to like. Ginger Snaps, however, more than lived up to the hype. You'll be shocked to know that I'm not a teenage girl, but even so I was amazed at how realistically Ginger and Bridget's relationship as sisters played out. I hear a lot about how great Katharine Isabelle is as Ginger, but I was even more impressed with Emily Perkins, who as Bridget has to find the balance between being utterly appalled by what's becoming of her sister, while also holding on to the fact that she loves her very deeply. I also liked how this situation made her evaluate things that she always took for granted, such as her realization that a portion of their bond had to do with the fact that they didn't have anything else going on. But in the end, this doesn't make the bond any less significant, and the final frames of the movie play out in beautifully bittersweet fashion. This is definitely in the top tier of this month's viewings.
Day 20--The Blob
This movie was so much damn fun. From watching a 28-year old Steve McQueen attempt to play a 17-year-old to people trying to sell being eaten by goopy Jell-O, everything about this movie had me grinning from beginning to end. I live within driving distance of Phoenixville, home of the famous Colonial Theater where the film's climax was shot. I think I'm going to need to check out their annual screening, Blobfest, as this seems exactly the kind of movie you need to see in a group. If you haven't seen this yet and you appreciate good camp, do yourself a favor and give it a watch.
Day 21--Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Day 23--Theatre of Blood