The Babysitter ~ Netflix

This movie was not on my original list. I switched it out as I had Evil Dead II following Evil Dead, but as I have seen both just way too many times & I decided I wanted something new & fresh. And well, I found another comedy-horror film and it didn’t totally suck.

I found it amusing that I switched out a 1980s comedy-horror film about demon possession to a 2018 comedy-horror about devil worship. The premise is a group of stereotypical attractive teenagers perform a ritual sacrifice whilst one of the members of group, Bee, is babysitting a kid,who is really too old for a babysitter. And as he is too old, he has a major crush on Bee & decides to spy on her & the group’s festivities. And…spoiler alert.. they all try to kill him.

I really didn’t mean to fall into the campy comedy-horror again when I picked this movie. I’m trying to capture all the horror genres, but this film stuck out to me as something I’d rather watch than Evil Dead II. And I’m happy with my choice. It didn’t suck.

Evil Dead ~ Hulu

Evil Dead is the cult classic horror film that has spawned multiple movies & the TV series, Ash vs Evil Dead. Evil Dead films are the quintessential movies of horror-comedy genre. I’ve seen it best described as “slapstick gore.”

So, like most horror movie plots of the 70s & 80s, Evil Dead follows the same plot line of a group of teenagers/young adult partying it up in a cabin in the woods & everyone dies (spoilers I guess) except the one with common sense… the lone survivor. However, Evil Dead isn’t a slasher film of the 80s, but demons & demonic possession.

There are good horror movies & there are bad horror movies. Bad horror movies, to me, are the ones that try way too hard to be edgy & gory. But then there are the ones that are bad on purpose. And that is Evil Dead.

I enjoy all horror from the scary AF to the cheesy B movies that are straight to VHS/DVD. If you are a fan of the cheesy, not taking itself too seriously horror films, you will enjoy Evil Dead. And all the rest of them.

A Quiet Place ~ Hulu

Wow, was this an intense movie from start to finish. I was a little skeptical of the PG-13 rating at first, but this movie really doesn’t need an R rating to be scary as hell. The premise I was also a bit skeptical, especially after watching Bird Box, but A Quiet Place is all the things I wanted Bird Box to be. I really enjoyed it.

A family is trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters have taken over & they hunt by sound. No words are spoken for about the first 30 minutes & all dialogue is sign language & subtitles. The film starts 30+ days after the “end of the world” & we first meet the family scavenging for supplies in an abandoned town. A significant time jump occurs and it’s about a year later & we see how the family has adapted & survived in this new world where every tiny little sound can draw these monsters in. A dropped plate, the creak of the stairs…these things can hear everything.

The movie is directed by & stars John Krasinski (aka as Jim from the Office) & his wife, Emily Blunt, & is a well acted film, especially considering the fact that there is very little dialogue. This film is like Hush meets Signs.

I give my 5 star ratings out very sparingly & this film is worthy of it. It has a solid 83% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes & 95% critic score. It is a good movie & I highly recommend to any horror fan.

Candyman ~ Netflix

Candyman is another one of my favorite horror films that came out of the 90s. I remember renting this at Blockbuster & watching it with my friends during a sleepover & being utterly terrified. Of course, I’ve seen it so many times over the years, that it’s no longer scary, but has become one of my favorites.

The film is about a woman, Helen, researching urban legends as part of her thesis at the University of Chicago. One of the legends she learns of is of the Candyman, who appears after saying his name 5 times while looking in the mirror. When he is summoned, he guts the person with his hook for a hand. The stories of Candyman told by students & staff around campus brings Helen to Cabrini Green, a housing project in the city where several brutal murders have occurred over the years that have simply been attributed to gang violence.

Candyman still holds up well today & Tony Todd is still just as creepy… And I still have a hard time watching anything with him in it anymore. It is creepy & gory & has enough jump scares to keep you on edge.

Bird Box ~ Netflix

I finally watched Bird Box. I read the book last fall in anticipation of watching the movie when it came out on Netflix, but never got around to it until now. It isn’t terrible, but I really think that due to the nature of the evil in the film, it is really much better in book format then movie. My actual rating is more like 3.5 stars… but I can’t do 1/2 stars.

The brief synopsis of both book & film is that there are some type of entity or monster that causes the person who sees it so much fear that they are driven to kill themselves. However, we never actually see what the person who kills themselves ever sees. It is all left to the imagination. This is a fantastic concept for a novel, however as an adaption into film, I’m on the fence. As much as I wanted to know in the book what the hell people were seeing to cause them to commit suicide, that urge to know what was the cause is even stronger when you watch. And maybe that is the whole point. I was pulled into story that doesn’t rely on all jump scares or gore. And with Sandra Bullock & John Malkovich leading the cast, it is also a well acted film.

Side note that I recommend reading the book before seeing the movie, for several reasons. #1 The book is always better then the film (The Mist is the only exception to this rule.) #2 Josh Malerman is a very talented writer & delivers in my opinion a much more terrifying story. #3 As the medium is visual, you expect to see something. Not actually seeing the evil can be terrifying in a film (Signs is a fantastic example). However, I don’t think the movie captured the fear as much has the book did. #4 And of course, the switching of character roles or elimination/addition of characters can make the film entirely different.