Horror Movies: Pay the Ghost

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Evil Walks Among Us! The proof is that this movie got made!

About: Probably the horror movie that pained me the most to watch in recent years, and that’s saying something after It Follows and The Conjuring, Pay the Ghost is a compilation of horror movie cliche after horror movie cliche. The worst part is it’s not even the good kind of bad. Well, regardless, let’s break it down. Pay the Ghost stars Nicholas Cage as Mike Cole, a Professor that works too much and is late coming home often. His son and wife spend Halloween Night out without him since Mike was running late. However, Mike attempts to make it up to his son by taking him out to the carnival that same night for just a bit. While at the carnival, Charlie goes missing. Almost a year later, Mike starts seeing Charlie and strange ghost-like images. It turns out through his research, that many kids have also gone missing on Halloween, but unlike other days less of them have been recovered. Diving deeper, him and his wife played by Sarah Callies, learn that their son was really taken by a ghost who has abducted many other children over the years since she was burned at the stake many years ago. But it turns out, only the children taken in the past year can be saved. Can Mike break his son out of the spirit world in time? Is this movie just a giant cliche?

Spoilers potentially a-Oh who cares, this film sucks! Read the entire thing even if you haven’t watched the movie.

The Plot/Characters: 

When Charlie begins to see an obvious cgi vulture circling around and strange figures outside his bedroom window, his mom doesn’t believe him, because we are not going to write anything original in this film at all, damn it! That takes actual work and stuff!

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I’m circling this movie because any chances that this plot was original have already died!

Kristen, his mother, comforts Charlie after seeing the figure at night and tells him to stay in bed with her until his father gets home and can tuck him back in to his own bed. But Charlie’s dad is at work late at night as usual, because we have to have an overly cliched bad father in this movie for… Reasons? Because, when he saves Charlie we can see how much he really does care! But, regardless, dad comes home and makes a promise that he will be on time for once and help Charlie carve a pumpkin tomorrow before they go out trick-or-treating for Halloween.

But because we demanded to have that cliche father that makes a promise and immediately breaks it, Charlie’s dad doesn’t make it in time. After coming back from trick-or-treating, Mike convinces Kristen to let him take Charlie to the local Halloween Carnival… Wait, they have those? Anyway, they go to the carnival where Charlie and his dad have a good time… Filming and… Just walking around. Hey, wait, did Jack Skellington just walk by? THAT IS DISTRACTING, FILM.

Anyhow, Charlie keeps seeing weird stuff because we need jump-scares, eventually leading up to him disappearing despite Mike holding hands with him.

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“Dad, I’m scared!” “Why’s that Charlie?” “I can see this film is gonna bomb at the box office!”

And because we have to stick to cliches, the cop doesn’t believe him and is bad at his job when Mike rushes up to tell him that his son is missing. RIGHT. Because any cop that just heard that a kid went missing would suggest that the kid just went home. BUT the Detective they call later is better, right? Oh no… We have to keep with the trope and make sure that the Detective suggests that the kid might have run away from home.

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So after a pointless “it was all a dream” cliche scene where Mike sees Charlie just so we can get jump-scared, we cut away to a year later. Because nothing significant happened in that entire year. And whoa, what do you know! The parents got divorced because the wife blames the husband cliche got in here too!

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Sallie: “I’m acting! Is this how you do it?” Director: “Look a bit more wide eyed!” Sallie: “Like this?” Director: “Perfect! Now look like that the entire movie!”

Mike is still searching for his son though and knows that he is out there somewhere!

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Missing: The Script for this movie! Oh well, just make something up.

But don’t worry, now that a year has passed, our hero is seeing his son again. He chases Charlie down after spotting him on the bus, only to discover when he boards the bus that Charlie wasn’t there after all. SHOCKER!

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Save my acting career, daddy!

Fortunately, this series of events leads our protagonist closer to a building where he sees graffiti that says “Pay the Ghost,” which happens to be the very last thing Charlie talked about before he disappeared. This leads him to a group of homeless people… And oh, hey look! The blind clairvoyant homeless person trope is in here too! Whoa, I had no idea that was going to be in there! So, as Nicholas Cage stares awkwardly at the camera, we cut to him going back to the wife to convince her of what he saw. But of course, this wouldn’t be an overly cliched movie if she believed him at first! So of course we have the “I don’t have time for this” “please believe me” dialogue before we get a SCOOTER JUMP-SCARE that causes Kristen to believe him.  So together the two travel around finding obscure clues to what the ghost is and how it all ties together so that they can save their son. The detective begins to actually get a brain and start researching into it, but after the psychic they hires is killed by the ghost by being burned from the inside out, all chances of character development for that guy go right out the window and we kinda… Just forget about him?

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This plot gave me cancer.

But it’s okay! Because Cage is going to save the day! He uses a bridge to the underground that the old blind homeless man has but didn’t tell Cage about before because.. Well… Because, reasons?

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I don’t see the writing on the wall. This is going to be a hit, right?

But Cage only has until Midnight to rescue his son and bring him back… Or he’ll turn into a pumpkin! Uh, wait, hold on, got our wires crossed. And, naturally, he does with some help of the old kidnapped children that can’t return because… Also, because reasons! He also rescues two other children we were told about as well.

The Scares(?): The scares are pretty much non-existent in this film. Sure, they attempt to scare you, but they are all the same overly used jump-scares and build ups that we all know. The cut-aways used to emphasize the jumps are also distracting and poorly executed, leading you to get the feeling that they thought the scares weren’t going to work themselves and decided to cut scenes real quick so you wouldn’t notice. At no point did I actually feel shocked by this film and the actors were so bland and uninteresting that even when they were supposed to be in peril, the acting didn’t do a good job of conveying it.
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Overall: The sad thing is that this movie really seemed to take itself seriously. If it had embraced the cliches, or at least delivered one or two unique memorable moments that broke away from it or even some good acting, it would have been a better movie. Instead what we are left with is a jumble of overly used, tired tropes we’ve seen a million and one times. If you are bored and on Netflix, you could play this in the background but don’t spend your hard earned money on this movie.

 

Favorite Youtube Movie Critics

I find that I watch a lot of Youtube. A ton, really! But there are certain channels that I enjoy more than others and so here are my favorite movie critics that are on Youtube!

HISHE: How It Should Have Ended is probably one of my favorites just because they really stick close to the whole idea of how a movie could have ended better, while making fun of the movie. They handle a lot of the more popular cinematic features being released and I often have to wait a while because I haven’t seen the movie in the theater and have to wait for the DVD release, but that’s another reason why they are so popular. The best part of the channel is the humor, for sure, but their videos are great to look at, as they use cartoon animations or, even more recently, stop animation to get their point across. The best scenes often involve the Superhero Cafe, where Batman and Superman add their own thoughts on the movie. It’s not just pointing out the big major plot holes in the ending either, as having Peter Parker Saturday Night Strut past Batman and Superman in Spider-Man 3’s How It Should Have Ended had me laughing out loud.

Cinema Sins: No movie is without sin, and Cinema Sins certainly highlights it. Cinema Sins breaks down your favorite, or non-favorite, movies and counts down all the problems with it; including when there are missed opportunities for a lap dance. At the end, they tally up the totals and even sometimes do lightning rounds. Often times, it highlights real things that are wrong with a film that you might have overlooked. OR it highlights the ones that are glaringly obvious that bothered you and made you want to scream when you watched the movie. Of course, one of my favorites is It Follows, which I gave a horrible review in my own blog article. That being said, they aren’t completely heartless. Cinema Sins will also take off sins for something that was brilliantly done in a film, though they’ll probably immediately add it back for something else.

Honest Trailers: Whenever you hear a person with a perfect narrator voice, you probably expect it to be promoting a movie and highlighting how exciting you should be for the featured film. Honest Trailers definitely has the narrator voice, but adds in hysterical commentary about the movie, all while still keeping in the theme of a “trailer” like you know and love. One of my favorite Honest Trailers is actually The Lego Movie, where they teamed up with Epic Rap Battle and used the Lego Movie song to make fun of the idea that the entire movie was really a marketing scheme to make money off of the toys. Honest Trailers typically takes movies that were requested in their Youtube comments as well, giving its audience more of a say in which movies they do. Old and new movies are up for grabs! And don’t worry, you’ll hear the Honest Trailer’s soothing narrator voice at the end as well, where he’ll read a group of comments left by the audience in his epic voice.

Nostalgia Critic: Also known as The Guy With The Glasses, Critic breaks down old movies that you know and love and reviews them so that you don’t have to. In his more recent videos, he teams up with others to have a script of their own highlighting problems in the movie and sometimes even reenacting entire scenes from the movie instead of just using clips. The great thing about Nostalgia Critic is that he tackles the entire movie. Plot, characters, atmosphere and comparisons to other movies are made. He won’t gloss over the great parts of the movie though, showing you the positive as well as the negative, which is pretty refreshing. He also comments about character development and depth as well, which goes straight to my heart. He’s very expressionate and even interacts with scenes from the movie, which is really interesting as well. His new channel, Channel Awesome, also has videos with Nostalgia Critic out of character giving his own reviews or even reviews where he’s dressed as Bum. Yep! Him and his crew, including his brother as co-writer, do a great job together and are worth checking out~!

Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania 2

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It’s super rare for me to actually enjoy a sequel to an original film. In fact, despite my love of Rainy With a Chance of Meatballs, the second proved to be an utter and complete mess. That being said, Hotel Transylvania 2 had more chances of success with the first movie being so utterly awesome. So with Hotel Transylvania 2, I was cautiously optimistic. But Holy Rabies, was it good~

About: 7 years after Johnny first arrived at Hotel Transylvania and rocked the Monster world, he and Mavis Dracula have gotten married and even had a half-vampire, half-human son named Dennis. Mavis is highly protective of Dennis, however, forcing her dad, Drac, to baby proof the entire Hotel. Despite no signs that Dennis possesses vampire-traits, Drac is optimistic that his grandson is indeed a vampire, claiming that Drac DNA is strong. Still, Mavis feels it’s too dangerous for Dennis to stay around monsters and considers moving Johnny, herself and Dennis to Johnny’s childhood neighborhood. Drac plots with his monster buddies to take Dennis to some old haunts to “scare” the vampire fangs out of him, roping Johnny into assisting by taking Mavis to his old neighborhood to show her around while they babysit Dennis. Can Drac and his pack scare the fangs out of Dennis before Mavis moves the family away? They only have until Dennis turns 5! On IMDB Hotel Transylvania 2 has a 6.8/10 rating and only a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and a 67% from the audience.

Bleh Bleh Bleh! Spoilers are beyond, human!

The Plot/Characters: The plot of Hotel Transylvania is that Dennis is showing absolutely no signs of becoming a vampire. That leaves him, a human, to grow up in the monster world where things are more dangerous for him. Mavis has become incredibly overprotective of her son, while Johnny feels like Dennis is fine but is too scared to speak up. Dracula comes up with this scheme to enlist Johnny to take Mavis to visit her in-laws, keeping her distracted but also not having too much fun so she won’t want to move everyone. In the meantime, Drac and his pack consisting of Murray, Frank, Wayne, Griffin and even Blobby set out to take Dennis to many old haunts of theirs in order to scare the fangs out of him. Unfortunately, things aren’t like they used to be. People aren’t afraid of Frank and want to take pictures with him, thinking monsters are cool; Murray can’t conduct his old spells with his bad back; Wayne no longer hunts for his food as a werewolf and Griffin is, well, invisible. Even Drac’s old camp teaches kids the safe way. Drac takes Dennis up to a very rickety old tower as a last resort, where Drac originally learned to fly, and drops him off of it. But when Dennis doesn’t fly, Drac rescues him at the last minute.

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Meanwhile, while Mavis at first seemed to be enjoying herself in the human world, she finds that she isn’t quite fitting in. The events of Drac dropping Dennis off the tower go viral, leading Mavis to discover that Dennis is not safe and sound at the Hotel, prompting her to barge back home. Now upset, she decides to move out for sure after Dennis’ 5th birthday. Mavis invites her grandfather Vlad, who is old school, much to the disdain of Drac. Still, they come up with a plan to scare the fangs out of Dennis by using his favorite cartoon monster. Before it can scare him too much, Drac pulls the plug, finally admitting it doesn’t matter if his grandson is a human or a monster.

Where the movie could have gone better is the ending, in my opinion. Dennis runs away and Vlad’s bat monster friends pursue the human, wanting to kill him. Together he and his werewolf friend, Winnie, try to escape but are cornered. Becoming angered, Dennis’ fangs emerge and he begins to fight. Everyone joins in to take down the monsters, including Vlad himself. Great, that’s awesome? But the entire point of the movie up until this point was the moral lesson that it doesn’t matter if you are a monster or a human so this was a bit of an easy escape. Still, the movie ends on a high note with a tighter bond between humans and monsters and the old-school Vlad finally accepting humans as well.

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For the most part, all of the characters you knew and loved from the first movie are exactly the same, only we get more background for Drac’s friends and get to learn about Dennis. Dennis is a sweet, innocent kid with an obsession over superheroes and his favorite TV monster, Candy. My only real complaint is that Mavis seems a bit “off”. It could be because she’s more mature and has a child to raise, but she definitely seems overly rigid and definitely a lot less fun than she was only 7 years prior. Of course, again, this could just be character development and the added responsibility. You do finally get to see her cutting loose wants Johnny and her reach California, however, which is good.

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Humor: If there is one thing that this movie absolutely nails even more so than its predecessor, it would definitely be the humor. The sequel out-humors the original by a significant margin, which is actually saying quite a lot. Everything from the traditional cartoon humor to the antics of Dracs friends keep this movie very light and definitely chalk full of laughs.

There are so many humorous parts that it’s really hard to nail down just a few. One of the best scenes is when Murray is conducting an Egyptian curse to bring forth a sandstorm. Moving his arms and legs around in “poses” and acting very ominous and evil, he suddenly throws his back out and lands on the ground stuck in an hieroglyph style pose. Murray also gets distracted from hunting in the woods for a meal in an old style werewolf manner by… a Frisbee. Yes, a frisbee which he proceeds to take with them, slobbering and drooling all over their vehicle.

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Even Drac attempting to use a smart phone and tapping at it frantically with his long nails and not getting the buttons to work is funny and also highlights the disconnect sometimes between age groups and new technology/thoughts. Also the video that Mavis pulls up is a remix video of the fall and subsequent scenes on Youtube… The movie does a great job making social commentary, also pointing out the differences in thoughts on what safety is for children now and how insurance companies play a part.

I tend not to laugh out loud very much, despite being a person that often uses “lol”. Regardless, I have to admit there were several times I was laughing so hard that it hurt my sides.

Animation: The animation quality is still super up there with the sequel. Sony Motion Pictures obviously did not try to cut corners with the animation team, as some sequels are want to do. Everything I’ve said in my previous Hotel Transylvania Review holds up here for the animation and also the OST.

Overall: If I had to pick an animated sequel that didn’t disappoint, then Hotel Transylvania 2 would probably be pretty high up on the very short list. I was disappointed even with How to Train Your Dragon 2 even, which is saying something after having loved the first movie to pieces. That being said, HT2 isn’t without its flaws and it certainly won’t surprise you much if you saw the first. Still, it’s worth a visit and definitely a rare decent animated sequel or a sequel in general. Even by itself, the film is good and will certainly give adults and children some good laughs. More than the original, actually! And it’s a fun adventure overall!

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Have you seen Hotel Transylvania 2? If so, what did YOU think?

Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania

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After having just finishing Hotel Transylvania 2, I was going to do a review of the newest movie. However, I think it’s not fair to review the second without doing one of the first! It’s not that I don’t love the second. In fact, I adore it… But I adore it mainly because of the original~

About: Welcome to Hotel Transylvania! A hotel and refuge for monsters from all around the world. It is renown for its hospitality and, best of all, is run by Dracula. When his daughter Mavis turns 118, she wants to leave the Hotel and explore, prompting Drac to try to convince her the outside world is way too dangerous and humans will kill her. Unfortunately, just when things are going well for Drac, a human stumbles into the Hotel and wants to check in! It earned only a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes but a 7.1/10 on IMDB. A sequel, obviously, has been done and a Hotel Transylvania 3 has been announced, as well as a spin-off TV series. And, yes, Drac is voiced by Adam Sandler but you can just ignore that fact. I didn’t even realize it was him for a while. SO MOVING ON!

The Plot/Characters: When Johnny, a human, checks into the Hotel, Drac is convinced that if he gets near Mavis he will be able to make her interest in traveling and leaving the hotel increase. Drac forces Johnny to dress up like a monster; specifically Johnnystein, Frankenstein Monster’s cousin. Despite his makeup and outfit, Johnny still brings his human world with him and shows the monsters at the hotel new ways of looking at things and jazzing up the place. Mavis and he grow closer causing Drac to threaten Johnny to leave the Hotel for good, even after he and Mavis “zinged”. Zinging in Hotel Transylvania means that two people have had “love at first sight”. It’s revealed that the reason Drac wants to keep Mavis away from humans is that his wife perished when their house was set on fire by angry humans many years ago. After learning that Johnny and Mavis zinged, however, will Drac change his mind about the human world?

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The plot isn’t too hard to figure out. I mean, cliches are everywhere… But what it does in order to go about it definitely makes Hotel Transylvania worth the trip. All of the characters have been super well thought out. They are all interesting and add their own very specific brand of humor and importance to the movie. Dracula seems super stuck up and set in his ways, but as time passes you learn that he is able to loosen up and have fun. He is just super protective of his baby girl and wants the best for her. Johnny is semi-clueless seeming when he first arrives at the Hotel, but over time you learn he’s actually pretty smart when it comes to specific things. While monsters initially freak him out, he shows a lot of character development and ends up getting along VERY well with all of them. Mavis wants to see what is outside the Hotel for once, as she has been coped up her whole life. We learn how kind and sweet she is but also how spunky and full of life the vampire teen can be. Her entire conflict with her father is also heartwarming and touching as the two finally learn to connect. Mavis and Johnny’s love for each other is also very clear despite the obstacles that crop up between them. I know that the characters had me absolutely glued to the screen. They all had such heart to them and it was really easy to get sucked straight into the world because of it.

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And the rest of the monsters are also clearly thought out. My favorite is the werewolf father who has so many pups. He’s clearly run down by the insanity of his children all of the time. Murray, Frankenstein and the Invisible Man are also interesting characters in their own right.

Humor: Hotel Transylvania doesn’t really have much adult humor to it, but it is chalk full of humor that the entire family can appreciate. It uses everything from classic cartoon gags to social commentary to just plain silliness.

There’s a moment in the beginning of the film when Johnny first enters the Hotel where he thinks that all of the monsters are all humans in costumes. He proceeds to walk up to a skeleton, amazed, and stick his hand right through her bones, earning him anger from her husband, who proceeds to berate him for touching his wife. Well, that was awkward! The moment launches Johnny into realization about the monsters in the Hotel, causing him to freak out and run around like a mad man.

A running gag is that Drac says “bleh bleh bleh” and this crops up several times in the movie, earning harsh criticism from Drac himself who claims he never says it.

Animation: Sony Animation has really done a great job with the graphics in this movie. All of the characters have a lot of character in their design (which isn’t a surprise, as this animation studios has also brought us Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) and everything from the textures to the backgrounds are clearly well thought out and executed. I mean, it’s no pixar film but the animation is still beautiful! In fact, it reminds me heavily of Dreamworks in a lot of ways.

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I mean just look at this… Holy Rabies!

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And this!

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And even… OOPS! SORRY, MY BAD! I DIDN’T MEAN TO SEE YOUR WIFE NAKED!?

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The Score: There isn’t much in the way of an OST for Hotel Transylvania that will be remember-able but what it does have going for it are the songs that it utilizes, which are often parodies of actual songs or wholly original. The Zing Song is definitely my favorite~

Overall: Zanny and full of character, Hotel Transylvania stands up amongst a lot of other animated classics for me and had a nice balance of heart and humor. It’s one of those movies that I would gladly sit down and watch, getting sucked in for the 100th time. I feel the film as a whole is underrated and worth a visit if you enjoy animated family movies. If animated movies aren’t for you though, then maybe you won’t enjoy this particular adventure.

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Have you seen Hotel Transylvania? If so, what did YOU think?

 

Horror Movies: Goosebumps

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About: Goosebumps is a Horror Comedy Movie starring Jack Black as R.L. Stine himself. The basic premise is that all of R.L. Stine’s monsters that he has written are so realistic that they have actually come alive from off the pages of his books. He keeps the manuscripts locked up in order to protect against the monsters escaping. Zack and friend (named Champ… Yes, that’s short for Champion), newly moved in to the neighborhood and after a series of events, release said monsters from the manuscripts, including the notoriously evil dummy, Slappy. The film had positive reviews for the most part, earning a 72% on Rotten Tomatoes. There is also a cameo with R.L. Stine himself at the end playing a Mr. Black.

Reader beware! You’re in for a scare…

And spoilers.

The Plot/Characters: Goosebumps the movie’s plot centers around Zack Cooper, a new student who recently transferred from New York to Madison, Delaware. Stereo-typically, he is upset at leaving home. He meets a girl next door named Hannah who calls out to him while he is unpacking only to be warned immediately after speaking with her by her dad to stay away. The father, Mr. Shivers, catches them out together later and flips out, bringing his daughter home and warning them once more. Afterward, Zack thinks he sees Mr. Shivers striking his daughter and calls the cops. They show up only for Shivers to deny that Hannah is even there. After investigating further and roping a new and rather socially awkward friend named Champ into the situation, they break in to the home to search for Hannah but discover a ton of R.L. Stine manuscripts inside. After opening one with a key, they come to find out that they have just done the unthinkable and unleashed the Abominable Snowman. In the confusion, another book titled The Night of the Living Dummy also ends up opened, releasing Slappy who proceeds to unleash all of the rest of the monsters from the books. Together, Zack, Hannah, Champ and Mr. Shivers (revealed to truly be R.L. Stine) must race to put the monsters back in the books where they belong.

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Pretty simple, right? The plot also comes complete with a few twists and turns, as any good Goosebumps book tended to do. The final one includes a monster who was not sucked back into the books though, to me, this is a major plot hole as the way that everything happened with R.L. Stine returning the monsters to the books, ALL monsters should have been sucked back inside.

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The characters for the most part are super stereotypes, which I didn’t exactly not expect from the film, but was made plain as day obvious. Jack is the new student, Champ the annoying socially awkward dweeb and Hannah the interesting girl-next-door. Now, where things are more interesting is Jack Black himself… R.L. Stine. He’s a more fleshed out character. He has a history that has made him distrust others, shy away from them and become passionate about his books. He even goes through some character development and opens up to Zack about his past and about Hannah. The major issue I have with the character development is that the script calls it out before it happens citing it as a requirement for the book R.L. Stine writes in the movie. Though, I suppose this does add to the humor elements of the movie. The fact that the other characters ARE such stereotypes also lends itself to humor. However, all surrounding characters are pretty much just added in to keep the jokes rolling.

The Scares?: Besides listening to others scream in this movie, honestly, there were no points where most people would be scared. At least, adults. This movie might be scary for children who have read Goosebumps to see the creatures from their nightmares leaping off the page? But other than that, no real scares. All of the creatures are not really a mystery either, eliminating surprise completely.

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I actually was giggling at the Lawn Gnomes tying up R.L. Stine and trying to roast him in the oven. This is in stark contrast to many Goosebumps tv specials that still creep me out till this day… like, The Mask. I doubt kids will be getting many nightmares from this movie.

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Humor: If there is one thing that this movie is really good at, it’s the humor. Zack is a sarcastic teen with a quick mouth on him, which leads to some funny dialogue throughout the movie but typically the humor is less in the actual words and more in the situations. The movie pokes fun at itself and seems to realize the audience that knows the source material. One of my favorite moments was when R.L. Stine’s identity is first revealed and Champ attempts to take a selfie with him for his instagram only for Stine to toss his phone out the window. The way the events go down just tickled me a lot. Of course, Jack Black is a good actor to play in a comedy movie like this. His reactions to many situations are what actually caused me to laugh versus some of the movies attempts to get me to laugh via puns, etc. The humor though is all kid-friendly and sometimes a bit over the top, which led to me not appreciated it as much, such as the rookie police officer trying to taser people immediately upon sight, etc. Overall, the comedy was hit and miss with me.

The Score: There was definitely background music or a score to add atmosphere to the movie. However, I did not pay attention at all to it which means it did not stand out enough to be memorable to me.

Overall: I have a lot of mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, this movie is a ride of nostalgia if you ever read or were a fan of R.L. Stine’s iconic series, Goosebumps. The movie does a good job in paying tribute to a lot of source material all at once as well. On the other, the film at its core, to me, doesn’t seem to have much substance outside of your childhood memories of horror. Well, that and a lot of witty humor and banter make this movie more of a comedy than a horror for sure. Honestly, it’s more like watching a live action Scooby-Doo movie. I’ve seen movies like ZombieLand that managed to frighten me and be humorous at the same time as well, so I’m sure there coudl have been a happier medium somewhere along the line. Basically, to me Goosebumps was decent but not much to write home about.

Have you seen Goosebumps? If so, what did YOU think? Leave a comment below and also  let me know if there are any specific horror movies you’d like to see me review next.

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Horror Movie Review: The Visit

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Looking for a Horror movie to watch and deciding I would give one of the first movies on Amazon a try, I realized I had heard of the movie before. It was The Visit. I went to research the movie and discovered that it had a decent score-and, wait, what, hold up?

This is an M. Night Shyamalan movie?

After being burned so frequently with movies such as The Village, Avatar the Last Airbender and… More recently, The Happening where nothing happened, I was shocked by this. Researching further, I discovered an article that claimed that “The Visit is Worth the Trip.” Jokingly to myself, I decided I write a humorous review after the movie and also hope that Amazon didn’t load well so that I was given a refund for poor performance. Starting the movie, I realized the acting was pretty okay and the plot, was pretty interesting. And then… I got hooked. Somewhere along the way, I was sucked in. I jumped at scares, felt scared for the characters and even emotionally invested in the movie. WAIT, WHAT!?

About: A found-footage Horror and Thriller, The Visit follows two young kids, Becca and Tylor, who go to visit their grandparents for a week. Their mother had a falling out with her parents almost fifteen years prior over a guy that she was seeing and they haven’t talked to each other since then. The grandchildren, particularly Becca, are eager to clear the air and convince their Mother to spend time with her boyfriend on a cruise and relax while they are taken care of. After traveling to the home, the two settle in on the quaint little farm all while filming a documentary of their adventures. Only… Their grandparents are acting a tad… bizarre? Things get weirder the longer they stay as well, particularly after 9:30 P.M., which is past “bed time.” The movie is Written and Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and several Co-Producers, including Jason Blum who produced Insidious as well as several other well-known horror movies.

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Warning! Potential spoilers ahead. 

The Plot/Characters: After falling out with her parents so many years ago now, Rebecca and Tylor’s mother never wants to see them again. After her parents reach out to her family, the grandchildren insist that they want to visit. Despite her wishes, they finally wear her down. Becca is set on recording the entire thing, filming it in a Documentary that she hopes will serve as a means of getting her mother some closure and mending things, while also discovering what her mother did the night she left that was so horrible.

The plot is pretty basic and easy to follow along the journey, as the characters motivations are pretty clear most of the time (despite my questions about why the mother would ultimately cave to her children and send them off with grandparents she hasn’t seen in forever). All the while, however, the movie lets events unfold almost naturally, with things happening on camera or being alluded to off-camera. Interviews one-on-one with individuals help speed up some of the plot, but most of the time the kids are filming as events occur as well and have two cameras the entire time. And, of course, there is a twist. But it’s so well executed I was sitting there thinking, “why on Earth didn’t I think of that?” It’s not a huge shock once the pieces fall together, so it makes sense.

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The actors have nailed down their roles. Rebecca is an intellectual with a love for filmography and everything it entails. She has motivation central to the plot while also having weaknesses, including her own self-image. Tylor is goofy, thinks himself to be a lady’s man even at his young age of like, 13? He enjoys rapping and goofing off whenever he possibly can despite his sister’s wishes, but overall the two get along really well and have similar interests in helping their mom. The mother is a small part but is a person conflicted with their own mistakes and her unwillingness to confront the past is central to everything. Meanwhile, the grandparents are… Kind, gentle and are genuinely excited to see their grandchildren and show them around. Lovely, right? If they weren’t acting… So… So… Strange? Also, there’s mold in the basement so don’t go down there, okay?

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The Scares: Things get scary very slowly. There’s the fact that the grandma is a little… Crazy? Yeah… She acts extremely sweet and innocent but the first thing we get to see is her chasing them underneath the house in the crawlspace then laughing it off like nothing happened. Things get worse through the week and the children are beginning to question whether or not they should leave early. Probably a good idea when your grandmother is running around naked in the house at 10 P.M.

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What really sent chills down my back was when the grandma asks Becca to clean the oven, prompting her to get all the way inside it to get it clean. The movie taunts you here since you know you are watching a horror movie and that something us up with the grandparents.

It turns out, according to each of the grandparents, that the other is struggling with dementia or sundown syndrome, all of which causes their strange behavior. OHhh, okay. Alright, I got you. So all the scares were a misunderstanding, right? Phew, you really had me going there, movie.

NOPE! Just when you think you have to feel sympathy for old people and their struggles, the movie ramps up to create a more sinister atmosphere showing grandma not only running around like a loon on camera but approaching their door with a knife, giving you a nasty heart stopping jump-scare in the process. Also, a visitor to the house never actually leaves… Might be time to call off the trip! Without giving too much away, a quick plot reveal causes the situation to escalate to critical levels while the kids fight for their lives. The suspense is what really keeps you on the edge of your seat and there’s more suspense than actual scares, which can work sometimes pretty well. But don’t go into the movie thinking you’re going to pee your pants, cause you probably won’t. They make diapers for that also, you know?

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The Humor: The movie keeps it light as well, throwing in goofy antics from Tyler, including his rapping skills and different reactions to other people being filmed, such as one person freezing up and acting stiff or the train conductor who thinks he’s a great actor. It serves to break up the film, keep the dialogue interesting and the actors more relaxed on camera and this was important to me particularly after The Happening and its cardboard, stiff acting.

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Overall: If you’ve been burned in the past by M. Night, then you might find it in your heart to forgive him after this movie. It definitely feels like a return to some of his best works, in my opinion and this is after I was burned on so many flops. I’m usually not a huge fan of found footage, but The Visit does it’s best to keep the shaky camera action down and you will feel more as if you’re along for the ride versus about to throw-up from rocking all over. The actual movie is pretty good. The plot and characters follow a lot of tropes but keep it light with humor and the acting is decent. The build-up creates suspense and the final act gives good closure. You won’t be sleeping with the lights on after this movie unless you are visiting your grandparents (…?) most likely, but I found myself worrying about the characters and hoping they would make it. Overall, it’s a decent movie and I’d recommend checking it out if you want a return to some basics.

Have you seen The Visit? If so, what did you think? What is your favorite and least favorite M. Night Shyamalan movie?

Horror Movies: Insidious

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Typically when a movie gets a lot of sequels when it’s in any genre, particularly the Horror genre, the first one in the series is the best and is possibly pretty good in its own right. I decided to give Insidious a try after seeing multiple things about the movie and seeing that it already has a sequel, prequel and a possible 4th film on the way.

About: After moving into a new house with their three children, Josh and Renai’s son Dalton explores the attic. He falls off a ladder and becomes comatose before being taken to the hospital. He spends 3 months there before his parents bring him back home. Strange events begin to occur in the house like strange noises from the baby’s room when no one else is inside as well as mysterious figures appearing. Insidious was the highest grossing film in the year 2011 and has received mostly positive reviews. It won the Fright Meter Award for both Best Horror Film and Best Supporting Actress.

Warning! Potential spoilers ahead!

The Plot/Characters: At first I was not sure that this movie was going to have many redeeming qualities in terms of a plot. It starts off as a horror movie cliche, with parents moving into a new house with their three children. The one, Dalton, ends up playing in the attic and hitting his head. Following the incident, he falls into a strange coma that doctor’s can’t explain. The parents are fairly flat as characters at first, but the father makes strides at some character development later down the road, which really added a lot to the movie.

When paranormal investigators are finally called by the Mother who keeps seeing strange things around the house, the father learns and comes to accept that his son can astral project and that has led him to get lost in the astral plain. Not only that, but he has to deal with some old demons of his past, as he also used to astral project. This whole portion of the plot really saved the story for me, as it added an element of heart to the movie that had been lacking up until the second act. Most of the characters are fairly flat, however. The ones that really stand out besides the dad for me are the two paranormal investigator hunters. Ironically, the one also played in Saw and both are screenwriters. The main twist at the end, which I thought would be reverse, also came as an unexpected surprise for me.

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The Scares: Jumpscares don’t necessarily equate to a good horror movie, but when they are done right, they can be amazingly scary. If it’s one thing that this movie has down, it’s jumpscares and they implement this about as often and frequently as they can, but with different set ups to keep you on your toes, some of which are so unexpected, that they will make you jump out of your chair. I was instantly reminded of Five Nights at Freddy’s. The music and atmosphere adds a whole lot to this as well and it’s clear that those working on the movie understood what was necessary to build up to a good jumpscare.

That being said, the movie is also not without other forms of scares, including unexpected things like a bloody hand print appearing on Dalton’s bed sheets or a sketched out image of a creepy monster as the paranormal investigator woman begins to chant whispered nonsense under her breath. There’s also the suspense built up as the father travels into the Further, where there are loads of ghosts… None of which are pleasant. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up at the old timey family frozen in the living room.

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The Monster: There are several monsters in this film that make appearances. They are varied as well, which makes the idea of an astral plain a bit more believable. There are two freaky main ghosts, however. One that is trying to possess Dalton: a black entity with a red painted face. There is also an older hag dressed in all black.

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The Score: Insidious utilizes a pretty basic soundtrack, however, the build ups in the score really create a lot of atmosphere, and the sudden pick ups are used a lot with jumpscares for an added affect. That doesn’t mean the score is ordinary, however. I found myself just utterly creeped out by some of the portions of the music throughout despite no action really taking place at the time. It serves to unease you pretty fast.

Overall: Overall, Insidious started out as one of those movies I was going to easily forget. Another movie just like “The Conjuring” or one filled with cliches. However, it took some twists and turns towards the second half of the movie that made it very enjoyable for me and actually served to scare me a good many times. That doesn’t mean I’m rushing out to go see the sequels anytime soon, but pretty content with this film on its own. Just don’t watch it before bed time…

Have you seen Insidious? If so, what did you think?

 

 

(Terrible) Halloween Movies: It Follows

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A horror movie with an interesting premise and an exciting trailer, It Follows made my list of Horror movies I had to watch pretty quickly. Especially after all the wonderful things I heard about it. With a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes from the critics, what could go wrong, right? Well, the audience score is a 65% and there is a good reason why. It Follows starts with a bang, but quickly dissolves into slow paced scenes, flat acting and an obsession with creating “cool” cinematic scenes while the plot slowly. Slowly. Builds up. To me, it feels like a student project focused more on filmography than anything else. The cameraman 360 no scoped so much that I almost barfed…

About: It’s really not that hard to guess the plot of It Follows. Pretty much, you’ll know after having watched the trailer what it is about. There is a monster of some sort that follows you, jumping from person to person or mimicking people you know and love. The film has garnered critical acclaim and has been praised as “the best horror film in over a decade”. To me, it reminds me a lot of The Host. Good idea and premise but is so slow that I could literally leave the room for ten minutes or more and not miss a thing.

Warning! Spoilers Ahead!

If you actually want to watch this movie. PFFT.

The Plot/Characters: The beginning of the movie starts out with a bang. A young woman runs out of a house being chased by an unknown entity. Others in the neighborhood, including her dad, try to help, but she takes off in a car. On the beach, she makes a call to her parents telling them she loves them. The next morning, she’s found dead on the beach, her leg ripped halfway off and pulled the wrong way. The movie then moves to the main characters. Jay goes to the movies with her boyfriend, Hugh. They finally get close and have relations together, only for Hugh to drug her, explain that he has passed on a curse to her and she must have relations with someone else to save herself. After showing her the figure of a woman that’s the one following her now, exposition man… I mean, the boyfriend Jay off at her house. Halfway through the movie, Jay has still not been pursued, but is continuously seeing strange visions.  Her friends and her have discussions together, but nothing really is gripping about them. The characters are typical teens as well, with no real distinguishing features between them other than the boyfriend being a jerkface…

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Doing it in a car in an abandoned parking lot next to a parking garage is SO ROMANTIC.

The slow speed of the movie gives you a lot of time to think about things. Including, why the police didn’t investigate the boyfriend further and discover that he had a fake address and where he was? Seeing as how he tied up Jay against her will after knocking her out with chloroform. It leads the gang of Mystery Inc members to investigate themselves for a good portion of the movie. Also, after they meet him later, no one is upset and just chills with him, letting him explain more. Why the hell did he need to explain it while she was tied up then!? The main character even is so fed up with it that she’s busy plucking up blades of grass instead of listening. Also if Hugh went through the trouble of staying in an abandoned house to throw off suspicion, why did he leave a pic of him and his girlfriend inside of his porno mags? Actually, is the movie just a long dragged out porno?

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Soda with a straw makes everything better. Jay forgives Hughs for kidnapping her, cause… These blades of grass are more interesting.

The Scares: Some movies can move slowly and still build up atmosphere and scares. This movie really isn’t one of them. We see the monster about fifteen minutes or so in, before any of the other scares really happen besides the beginning scene. The beginning scene, in fact, was terrifying and got me excited for the movie since the woman is murdered by an unknown assailant. Now that the monster is seen, it’s almost a let down. Following that are a bunch of half-attempts at jumpscares, including a ball being thrown at a window. Lame, movie! LAME. I’ve seen scarier stuff in my own closet. 37 minutes in and nothing has even come after Jay, despite the movie only being an hour and a half long. Finally, her friend leaves and Jay goes to investigate a noise, leading to her seeing the “monster” again. A twisted looking woman… Peeing on her carpet. EW! JAY JUST CLEANED THAT CARPET, WOMAN!

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Extreme yoga on the beach kills. Don’t try this at home, kids.

Finally, Jay is pursued by more demonic looking monsters. Finally. Only, that doesn’t last long. It instead switches gears and spends a good portion of the movie with the friends tracking down Hugh only for him to rehash the same information. CALL THE POLICE GUYS!?

Something finally comes again while on the beach and attacks the friends. While it flings one of them, the others can’t see it at all which is a tad spooky. Maybe it just wanted to give her a hug? Also, why do real bullets affect this thing in the first place?

One of the boy friends also bangs her while she’s on a hospital bed so that the “curse” will follow him instead. Noble. Also. Disturbing. Like, it was wordless before he was just on top of her. So so… So romantic. I mean, boyfriend of the year material. Way better than that JERK that took her to the parking lot! This one at least had the decency to use a bed… I guess?

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Greg is so much better for me than Hugh. He at least takes me to fancy places like Hospital Beds.

The Monster: There are multiple monsters in this movie, as “It” can look like anyone including a spooky old Grandma, a semi-clothed woman in the midst of peeing, an eyeless tall man and a sleep deprived youth.

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Nothing is more terrifying than old women. Nothing. How did you know my deepest darkest fears, movie?
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Can you guys shut up? I’m trying to get some sleep! Also who redecorated this door?

The Score: Often repetitive and played on a high note, the score isn’t that original or impressive. I’m not sure why people were saying it was that great. In fact, I had to turn down the volume of my computer repeatedly while watching this so my ears didn’t bleed. Also, most times there is absolutely no music at all but the chirping of birds, crickets, etc. It reminds me of an old retro movie but with the volume either cranked to max or to zero.

Overall: It Follows is probably one example of a movie that is a total disconnect between critics and normal viewers. Either that, or I’m totally out of my mind and everyone else really absolutely loved this movie. It’s not scary, drags in so many places and the overall message is that screwing around is a bad idea, WHICH is probably a good message that ultimately just gets lost amongst the flat uninteresting characters. Actually… If that is the message, then why does the movie encourage it to stay alive? What are you trying to tell me, movie!? Jay’s mind seems to wander in this movie just as much as the plot does and cinematography is the sole focus of many of the scenes. That being said, yeah, a lot of the shots were beautiful and the premise was good. Ultimately, I’d rank this movie as on par with one of M. Night Shyamalan’s later works… (the twist is… THERE IS NO TWIST) It’s not even a funny kind of bad either, since it takes itself so serious.

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Shut up, actors. All you have to do is look cool for all of these shots.

Have you seen It Follows? If so, what did you think?

Halloween Movies: Saw

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I’ve always heard about Saw being brutal, gruesome and just overall about torture. I avoided the movies for a long time, but recently stumbled across it on Netflix. I decided to give it a shot, knowing I could stop the movie at any point and not lose money from a rental. I was actually pleasantly surprised. All my preconceived notions about it were wrong and I found myself genuinely enjoying the movie. That being said, it’s not the best movie out there, but it certainly is worth giving a watch if you like the Horror Genre if simply for the ending. Truthfully, the only reason I gave this movie a real shot was after seeing CinemaSins do a video on it.

About: By now, most people know about Saw. Jigsaw, a serial killer, takes unsuspecting victims, locks them into a room and gives them puzzles to solve in order to survive. There is always a twist where failure will cause the victim to suffer before death such as having to crawl through barbed wire or the ever-famous Saw head gear that will crush your skull if you don’t get the key in time. All of this is in an attempt to get his victims, the ones that do survive, to appreciate life more. Yes, that’s the main reasoning behind the mad man. While critics have given the movie a low 48% on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences still love it and have given it an 84%. There are 6 sequels, a short film, and rumors of Saw 8 for the year 2016.

Warning! Potential Spoilers Ahead!

The Plot/Characters: After waking up in a room chained up, nearly drowning in a bathtub, Adam encounters a man named Lawrence, also chained up. Between them is a man with a gunshot wound to the head and a tape recorder nearby his body. The two of them don’t remember how they got into the room with the dead man and attempt to figure out how to escape, encountering clues that Jigsaw left them along the way. Lawrence is challenged to kill Adam in order to keep Jigsaw from killing his wife and kid. The acting is a bit over the top, and Adam’s character fluctuates a lot. Lawrence is at first the likable one; a hard working Doctor and family man. Slowly, however, as we learn about him and Adam, we realize Lawrence has more to him than that and isn’t as great as he paints himself to be. While the characters might not be the most fully developed aspect and the plot drags on slowly as pieces fall into a giant puzzle, what it builds up to is pretty impressive. As they talk, discuss things in the room and try to figure out a way to escape, they are constantly trying to outsmart a person that is ten steps ahead. We learn about other murders that the Jigsaw killer has caused and even that Lawrence himself was suspected of being Jigsaw by the police.

I think what I most enjoyed from this movie was how manipulative the killer is and how carefully he plans everything out. The twists and turns were enjoyable. Also, while there was blood and gore, it was not excessive to the point of making me ill, and I get kind of queasy from that stuff. Now, from what I understand, the next installments up the level of gore, which will keep me away from watching them. I think the worst scene of the movie was when a girl had to dig for a key inside of a man’s stomach… Otherwise, it’s left more up to your imagination. That’s actually a good thing.

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The Scares/Terror: I think what I liked most about this movie, was a lot of the suspense and the fact that I knew it could get gory, but that the first movie held back on that level of gore. Instead, it really focused on building up tension. You have these two people locked in a room both with saws. One is challenged to kill the other. Will he go through with it? What’s really going on behind scenes? The killer is in the shadows, unseen, and we have to catch glimpses of him only through flashbacks for most of the movie.

One of the most frightening scenes was really when the girl in Lawrence’s flashback is trapped in a room by Jigsaw. She’s one of the only survivors recanting how she lived to the police while Lawrence is forced to listen in. She tells them how she was locked in a room with a contraption on her head and given a time limit to get a key out of a man’s stomach who turned out to still be semi-alive. That was pretty intense. Other than that, there were no real times I was personally scared and certainly no jumpscares. What this movie really has going for it is the story buildup and the amount of hurtles that the characters are forced to jump through in order to survive. It makes you think about what you would be willing to do just in order to survive.

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The Score and Atmosphere: Gotta say, I don’t remember the music at all from this movie. To me, that automatically means that it probably didn’t add much of any real value to building up suspense in the film. After going back and listening to it, the OST does have a “creepy” vibe to it, but it really isn’t unique at all besides the ending music after the big reveal. That being said, it’s not like the music detracts from the movie, but it definitely isn’t important to the film. At least, in my opinion.

Overall: I’d give this movie a 3.5/5. While certainly not the best movie out there since the acting is sometimes mediocre and it has a tendency to drag, Saw 1 has a willingness to hold back the gore in favor of weaving an intricate story. It sucked me in and had me hooked right up until the final reveal, which left me shocked and amazed by the writers. Though, after looking up information on the sequels, I certainly would not recommend anything past the first movie. Too bad they couldn’t have kept up the suspense instead of relying on blood and guts…

Have you seen Saw 1? If so, what did you think?

Halloween/Christmas Movies: Rise of the Guardians

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Not necessarily just a Halloween movie, Rise of the Guardians is really a movie that could fit a variety of holidays. It’s darker elements, however, could easily make it fit a Halloween and Christmas movie listing (even Easter really…). It’s also a movie that didn’t get a lot of attention when it first came out, causing problems for DreamWorks financially when it came in well under budget, but has significantly increased in popularity long after its release.

About: When Pitch Black, also known as the Boogeyman, begins to haunt the dreams of children around the globe and turn them into nightmares, St. North (Santa Claus), Sandy (The Sandman), Tooth (The Tooth Fairy) and Bunnymund (The Easter Bunny) are told by the Man in the Moon that they need to enlist the aid of Jack Frost. Jack Frost is a trouble maker. Mischievous to the core, he is all about fun and being irresponsible. None of the children really believe or know about Jack Frost, rendering him invisible to them while The Guardians are loved and adored. After being convinced to help stop Pitch, Jack Frost and the others attempt to stop Pitch, who begins targeting each of The Guardians, causing children to stop believing in them and thus weakening their powers. The movie has received mostly positive reviews with Rotten Tomatoes critics giving it a 74%. It’s also been nominated and has won several awards, including the Hollywood Animation Award in 2012.

Warning! Potential Spoilers Ahead!

The Plot/Characters: This movie just utterly blew my mind when it came to its characters. The characters really stand out and are different in a lot of ways from what you would expect. St. North is a Russian inspired Santa Claus with a tough as nails attitude and tattoos lining his arms. Tooth is bubbly, over the top, and absolutely obsessed with teeth in general. Sandy doesn’t talk much at all… Well, in fact, he never talks, which is super interesting when he’s trying to mime for the others and no one is paying attention. Bunnymund has a thick Australian accent and fights with a bow and arrow. He’s even resorted to kidnapping Jack Frost in a sack! Jack Frost is more along the lines of what you might expect in some ways. He’s a troubled young man with an unknown past but he’s all about fun and making fun for children. Struggling with his own self identity, Jack Frost is a more involved character that is highly relate-able. He’s also a reluctant Guardian.

The easiest way to describe the plot to The Rise of the Guardians is to say that it is very similar to The Avengers. You have a group of heroes with fantastic powers that have to band together to stop an evil villain, Pitch, from destroying the world as we know it. Along the way, they disagree with one another, fight and nearly are destroyed completely thanks to Pitch’s absolutely cunning attacks. However, at the center of the plot is Jack Frost, who is the main protagonist, and we follow him more closely throughout the movie and learn about his past that begins 300 years ago that even he doesn’t know about yet. What makes this a Christmas movie is more obvious, as the movie involves saving holidays, including Christmas.

The Scares: Believe it or not, Rise of the Guardians does have some intense darkness to it. No real jumpscares though. Obviously, it’s not meant to be a horror movie or to scare the pants off of anyone. However, there are some dark elements here that are at work through it’s main antagonist, Pitch Black. Pitch is attempting to take down The Guardians by destroying children’s beliefs in them all. Meanwhile, he’s filling children’s thoughts with nightmares, growing stronger and making them believe in him instead. There is a part in the movie where Pitch is filling the children’s dreams with his own nightmares as a golden horse turns into a dark, pitch black sinister monster. The symbolism as well for Pitch’s Lair being underneath a children’s abandoned bed can also cause some goosebumps.

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Okay, yeah, really not that spooky. However, it’s unsettling at least for children. I’m just glad they toned him down from the concept art…

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The Animation: The Animation for Rise of the Guardians is just so visually stunning. Everything from the backgrounds to the character design had so much thought put into it that it shines through the entire film and is very reminiscent of How to Train Your Dragon. The following pictures are actually scenes from the movie.

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And my personal favorite…

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We don’t even have to get into the concept art, of course, since it doesn’t make it to the final film. But just take a look at how beautiful it is…

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The Score: The music for this movie was not composed by Hans Zimmer but was done instead by French composer Alexandre Desplat. The music has been nominated for several awards, including an Annie Award for Music in an Animated Feature. It invokes a lot of feeling throughout the movie and has a sense of depth. When we get into the darker elements of the feature, Pitch’s themes are dark and foreboding while other background tracks set a happier, light tone.

Overall: While not necessarily considered first as a Halloween movie, this film has a build up that I think is important for one. It’s got creepy elements to it for sure and Pitch Black is actually the Boogeyman as well. That being said, it has Easter and Christmas elements as well. The plot and characters are so interesting that it makes rewatching this movie over and over again easy and fun though, so pick a holiday of your choice and plug this one in!  With all the work that went into the concept art and characters, you’ll find some reason to love it.

Have you seen Rise of the Guardians yet? What did you think?