This weekend I went to my dad’s house, and we ate crabs for the last time until Spring or Summer. We also watched a few movies, which is what we always do when we’re together. We both especially love horror movies. I figured I would post my thoughts on the movies we watched.
The Final (2010)
This was not my first time watching this movie, In fact, it’s one of my favorites. I always liked the After Dark Horrorfest because you can find some interesting gems outside of the mainstream horror films. There are other movies that were part of the After Dark Horrorfest that I like as well, but this one is definitely my favorite. It’s about a group of outcasts who are being bullied by the popular people at school. They devise a plan to get even with them. They set up a Halloween party for only the popular people to attend. While they have no intention to kill any of them, they do plan to torture them and alter their lives forever.
I think the reason that I enjoy this movie so much is because I know what it’s like to be bullied. I was severely bullied in middle school, and I know how much that messes with your mind. There’s actually something called Movie Therapy, which is when watching movies can help you deal with issues on a subconscious level. I actually do think watching the bullies get what’s coming to them is definitely mentally satisfying.
One of the downsides to this movie is the acting. Some of it is quite bad. Particularly the popular girls in the beginning. The way they walk and talk just seems super cliche and over the top. It’s actually pretty cringe worthy, but once the story really picks up, it gets a little better.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
I heard a lot of things about this movie back when it first came out. It was mostly good things, yet I never watched this for some reason. I recently saw this movie being sold for only $4, so I decided to buy it.
This film is about a group of college students who decide to get away and go to a cabin in the woods. Once they get there, strange things start happening and weird zombie creatures start coming after them. Unbeknownst to them, there are cameras set up everywhere and they are being watched by people in a high-tech underground facility.
I’ll be honest, this movie was nothing like I expected it to be, and I didn’t like it. I’m not one of those people who are very picky about movies, and I generally like most of the movies that I see. I just could not like this one, no matter how hard I tried to get into it. Perhaps it being different than I expected is what threw me off. I might have to give this one a second watch and see if I feel any differently about it. Joss Whedon is one of the writers/creators of this film, and he created my favorite show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So that’s another reason I am surprised I was not a fan of this.
I think a big problem for me was that this movie was not strictly horror, but it was not strictly comedy either. It was somewhat of a satire, poking fun at different horror stereotypes and cliches. However, the balance just seemed really off. I didn’t find anything scary about this movie, nor did I find anything funny about it. Scream was an excellent satire because it was a serious and scary horror film, but it was still able to poke fun at horror cliches. This film just couldn’t make up it’s mind whether it wanted to be scary or funny, but it mostly just came off as silly to me.
Cult of Chucky (2017)
Anyone who knows me will know that Chucky is my number one favorite horror villain. The first Child’s Play movie came out in 1988, the year I was born. I grew up watching Chucky, and he will always have a place in my heart. Any time a new Chucky film comes out, I’m always pretty excited about it.
While I love the first three Child’s Play films, Bride of Chucky (1998) is my favorite in the series. I liked Chucky’s scarred look, and I loved the introduction of Tiffany. I think that one is my favorite because it’s still a horror movie, but there’s some great comedic elements as well. When Seed of Chucky came out next, I was a bit disappointed. It’s still a watchable movie for me, but it relied on mostly comedy and was just a bit over the top. Curse of Chucky was next, and this one tried to go back to the first Child’s Play films a bit. Chucky was less humorous, and it was back to being suspenseful. It also tied in the lead character, Nica (played by Fiona Dourif, Brad Dourif’s daughter. He’s the one that voices Chucky), to Charles Lee Ray. That was an interesting perspective. Still though, the Chucky doll was just off in that one. It had a different look, one that I didn’t like as much. That probably had to do with the lower budget.
Now, we have Cult of Chucky. This one takes place where the last one left off. Nica has been in a mental institution for four years, and she is now moved to a new mental facility with less security. This is where the entirety of the movie takes place. I have to say that this film is unlike any of the other Chucky films. Since it takes place in an asylum with people who are schizophrenic and other mental disorders, you start to wonder what is real and fake. Is Chucky really within these white walls, or are the characters just delusional? It does mess with your mind a bit, for sure. I personally liked this film more than Curse, although I do think the doll looks even worse in this one than the last. Again, I suppose that might have to do with the budget. I would have loved if they made Chucky look more like he did in the first three films. That would have been awesome. Also, Tiffany is back! Albeit, briefly. This film does become a bit over the top towards the end, which I kind of had to laugh at. Still, it was a fun addition to the franchise. If you decide to watch this, make sure you get the Unrated version and watch the clip after the credits. I absolutely loved that little addition.