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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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The Legend of Hell House (1973)

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Basket Case (1982)

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The Cut Up Halloween Special 2009

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Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings

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Halloween (2007)

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Slumber Party Massacre 2

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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

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Dead Alive (Braindead)

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Write Up: Friday the 13th (2009)

1 commentsSince February 14, 2009

A few kids venturing to a quiet, secluded cabin in the country are planning to do nothing but smoke some weed, drink some beer and maybe get laid. At the same time, another guy named Clay Miller is looking for his lost sister who went missing a few weeks ago in the same area and he plans on finding her. What they didn't plan on was running for their lives from a psycho killer. Jason Voorhees, the tall-tale villian of Crystal Lake, the lake by the kids cabin, is apparently very real and the kids find this out the hard way when they stumble into his home. Will they be able to escape and find Clay's sister or will the killer from Camp Crystal Lake put a stop to their partying and searching?

*NOTE: possible spoilers in the review.

Friday the 13th was a bit of a surprise for me. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect having only seen the teaser trailer and the regular trailer, but I can honestly say I enjoyed the movie. There a few good jump scares, and the new Jason is pretty damn intimidating but I feel as though the movie could have done with a little more fan service.

I want to get the positives out of the way first because there are a lot of reasons to see this movie and as much as I don't want to, I have to do comparisons to the old movies. I usually like to watch a movie as if I'm a newcomer to the series and review it as such but this is impossible for me with this series; it's one of my favorites.

First of all the acting is not bad. I thought Jared Padalecki did a great job as Clay Miller. He was pretty convincing and likable, you really wanted him to find his sister. And even though he's considered a throw away character, I really liked Chewie, played by Aaron Yoo. He was funny and had a really good presence on screen playing the goofball. The other guy I have to note is Travis Van Winkle as Trent because you were meant to hate this guy and I honestly did hate this guy, he was such a douchebag! From his attitude to his actual vocabulary during sex. Total douche.

The jump scenes and kill scenes are actually really enjoyable in this movie too. Before the main group of kids comes on screen, you actually have a first group of kids who take a beating (that's right, two groups for the price of one!) and I think the death scenes in this beginning rival that of what's in the second group, and this is only the first twenty minutes of the movie. One scene, for example, has one of the characters crawling on the floor of Jason's house and Jason is stabbing his knife up through the floor and you anticipate, yet dread every stabbing because it means that this character gets stabbed again in another place.

It seems ridiculous to complain about story in a remake, and I'm not, but certain story elements are a bit questionable in this movie. At the beginning when Clay is looking for his sister, he is approached by a cop who explains "You'll never find your sister...blah blah blah" but I can't help but feel like this cop didn't do all he could to help Clay out. If he heard that people went missing while camping, wouldn't he go and at least look at the local CAMP for them? Call me crazy, but that seems like a no-brainer, even with the rule of Our Logic does not apply In the Story or Actions in horor movies.

Also, I'm still trying to figure out why Jason saved Clay's sister and didn't kill her right off the bat. In my group it was decided it was because she looked or sounded like Jason's mother (if this IS the case, it makes a little sense and explains a little bit about why they included the questionable scene at the beginning) but if this is the case, I had a very hard time telling with that locket containing the picture. I still think she was kept alive for a happy ending.

The new Friday the 13th movie took a bit of a different approach than most remakes in that instead of a remake of one movie it's sort of a remake of the first few movies in the series. This was both a blessing and a death curse in my eyes. (spoilers ahead!)

By cramming a few of the earlier movies plot points into one movie, some of the original mystery and feeling is lost. The opening credits feature a girl killing Mrs. Voorhees like during the ending of the first movie. They breeze through this with almost no importance placed on it, which I thought was an important story element in the first movie. You know, the twist ending that surprised everyone? Mrs. Voorhees lines are just lame too. Betsy Palmer in the original was so convincing as a woman who just went crazy and really thought she was doing her son a favor. In this one, the character says something along the lines of "Oh, I've killed everyone else, c'mon let me kill you too. It'll be easy. Oh, my son is Jason by the way! You know the kid that drowned? I guess I'm avenging him?" The other problem with this is newcomers to the series won't really understand this really shaky credits part. It feels tacked on and very unnecessary, something they could have left for back story in a sequel.

Another piece of the old puzzle that they don't explain is Mrs. Voorhees head in Jason's house. Back in the second movie, Jason has a shrine dedicated to his mother and in this remake it looks like he does too. Surrounded by candles, is the head of his mother, whom I assume he talks to, or listens to. Now this brings up a conundrum of sorts because if this is his mothers head, as referenced to from the old movie, then he does use this head as a guiding voice. However, if he is stealing Clay's sister because she looks like his mother, doesn't this eliminate the use for the head or even the mention of it during the movie? Would he really give up using the head so quickly for a girl that kind of looks like his mother whom he has to shackle up from getting away from him? CONFUSION! The way this is presented for newcomers though, they would never know the difference. They would think this is just some head in there. If this was the purpose, just to show some head in the house, then why do we have the beginning credits scene again?

Jason getting the mask also did not happen until the third movie in the series. He had a bag on his head in the second movie and his mother was the killer in the first. This, however, I feel is a great addition to the movie, considering Jason is known by his iconic mask. The way in which he finds it is a little odd and feels like a lazy addition but it's something that needed to be there for old fans and newcomers alike. Hell even newcomers know this mask! It's so iconic, it's what scared them from just seeing commercials of older Friday movies in the past.

I really like the throw back to older movies with some of Jason's movies being reused, like busting through windows and throwing bodies through other windows. These were welcomed and appreciated.


This is my biggest complaint (though I'm sure most people won't care) that there was no man named Ralph or Crazy So-and-so to say "That place has got a Death Curse!" I mean, c'mon! I would've put on the hobo clothes and did it for free if it meant having him in the movie!

So, Does this Friday stand up to the originals? This, as always, is another yes-and-no, gray area, answer. While the new movie is good, there are still certain aspects of the original that will always be prevalent and just too damn enjoyable to forget. You won't be able to watch this new movie without wanting to watch the original right after and it is part excitement but it's also part longing and pining for the old 80's slasher feel that movies really fail to capture today.

Regardless, the new Friday the 13th is really fun and enjoyable and is a gateway to a possible new long running series that I'm sure I will enjoy many sequels in.


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Write Up: My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009)

1 commentsSince January 18, 2009

Ten years have past since Harry Wardin massacred several people in the mines that he worked in, on Valentines Day and the town is only just now getting over it. Even Tom Hanniger, Sarah's old boyfriend has come back to see how the town is doing but It seems as though ten years was just enough time for Harry Wardin to rest up for his next big Valentines Day Celebration. Now people are turning up dead everywhere and no couple is looking forward to the day of love this year. The odd thing is that even though it looks like Harry Wardin is back, there is a lot of evidence proving he died in those mines ten years ago along with his victims. Is Harry Wardin actually back or is someone trying make it look that way?

The remake of My Bloody Valentine is surprising in that it doesn't suck! I am usually against remakes but this one actually does a decent job and adds a few of its own tricks to make it stand out. Literally, it was in 3D!

As with most horror movies, the characters are never very interesting, likable or funny and the actors aren't very good at, you know, acting. I thought that Jensen Ackles who played Tom Hanniger was a bit stiff and unconvincing at times. But My Bloody Valentine is different in that the characters actually have a love triangle dynamic introduced which fits in perfectly with the idea of Valentines Day, so they are a bit more interesting but definitely not all that likable.

The story, obviously, is taken from the 1981 movie and therefore holds up. Obviously, it's not original but I still stick by the idea that a miner as the killer is a great idea. However, what the remake does differently is add a bit of a mystery to the whole thing. They throw curve balls at you to make you think it might be Harry Warden, or perhaps it's one of the other characters. It's not an amazing mystery story or anything but I think this makes the movie a lot more exciting.

The scenes are great and My Bloody Valentine definitely lives up to its name. This movie is BLOODY. lots of cutting, chopping, stabbing and pick-axening! If you're looking for gore, this movie's got it! In addition to the gore, the 3D was also very enjoyable. Pick Axes hit the screen, tree limbs come at you, people punch at you; it's a lot of fun! Also, if you're looking for gratuitous nudity, this movie features a 15 minute, yes, a 15 minute scene of one woman running around naked. And when I say naked I don't mean "Hey, look! I have boobs!" I mean, "Hey, look I have boobs and Woo! This too!" Yeah, it's a bit much...

Now the question everyone is asking, Does it stand up to the original? The answer is yes and no. I think these movies have a chance to co-exist together. The movie stands great on its own and even lifts certain aspects from the original film and adds them in flawlessly but the original movie cannot be denied as its a great example of a slasher film in its era. This being said, this movie does suffer from that "hollywood Shine" syndrome that I'm not a big fan of. They always try to make these remakes look so perfect but something crucial is lost between the original feeling of the 1981 movie and this remake.

If you're looking for a decent 3D movie, that happens to be a decent remake, I definitely recommend taking your date to make your Valentines Day Bloody.

Write Up: The Unborn (2009)

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Casey is living a normal life as a teenager. She has a boyfriend, she babysits and she...jogs, but things shortly change when she starts having odd dreams. Shortly after these dreams start, her eye starts bothering her and the doctor notices that it has changed color. He explains that this normally only happens with children who had a twin that died in the womb before birth. She finds out from her father that this is true and his nickname in the womb was...are you ready for this? Jumby. Casey is having several creepy visions of Jumby which escalate into a real life struggle for her to stay the only twin that survived. Will Casey be able to put her brothers spirit to rest or will her days end as an only child?

After watching an interesting trailer for The Unborn, I was a bit curious. I went openly, like an optimistic uncle to see his new born nephew or niece, to see this movie thinking "Hey, I bet it's a beautiful child!" But as it turns out, The Unborn should have stayed in the womb.

Casey, her friends and her boyfriend are about as interesting as a high school girl talking about her prom, so the dialogue isn't winning any awards here and I didn't really feel a connection with any of the characters. But if you're in high school or haven't grown up since, then you may be into their conversations. The story is also something that has been done several times before and doesn't add anything new or interesting besides the monster that you see periodically.

What The Unborn does get right are the scares. Not all of them, because they do run hot and cold, but the majority are really good. These scares will make you jump and appreciate the scenes but certain scare scenes are ridiculous looking and pretty laughable. In fact, some of these had the audience laughing out loud at them.

These cheesy scenes would normally add to the whole teen-horror genre but you can tell that they weren't intentionally funny; which I have a problem with. This film seems to take itself way too seriously for what it gives off.

The Unborn is one of those movies where it's good scenes are great but the rest of the movie is just bland and boring. Check this out if you're into teen-horror without much fun.

What I learned:
The disease known as Alzheimer's will from here on out be known as "Old Timers". Also, Dogs do wear masks!

What I want to ask:
Who the hell nicknames a fetus? Sub question, why would you pick the nickname Jumby? What the hell is Jumby? Gumby's half brother with a speech impediment? Also, Gary Oldman, what were you thinking?


1 commentsSince January 11, 2009