I watched two movies on Netflix over the weekend, Terrifier and It Follows. I just love horror, what can I say. Here are my thoughts on the two flicks.
Synopsis: On Halloween night, inside a dilapidated apartment building, Art the Clown stalks his victims, slicing and slaughtering in terrifying silence.
My rating: 5/5
My thoughts: I was always a huge fan of horror movies growing up, but recently I haven’t been very interested in a lot of the newer horror movies that have come out within the last decade. Slashers from the 80’s and 90’s are my favorite, and the modern day horror films just don’t seem to have that essence or creepiness anymore. Enter Terrifier. As soon as I saw this movie show up on my Netflix screen, I knew I had to watch it. The creepy looking clown really caught my eye. However, I kept putting it off because I was afraid it was going to be stupid. I finally watched this on Sunday night, and let me tell you, Pennywise ain’t got nothing on Art the clown. He has got to be the creepiest clown I’ve ever seen. The actor who portrayed him did a fantastic job of bringing him to life. Art never talks throughout the movie, but he doesn’t need to. All of his eerie movements and facial expressions do the talking for him.
Aside from having a very memorable and scary villain, this film also has plenty of blood and gore. It’s basically a slasher lover’s dream come true. Some of the kills actually reminded me a bit of the Hostel films. If you’re more of a psychological horror fan and don’t really like torture and violence, then this isn’t the movie for you. Some people didn’t really like this movie because of stupid decisions the characters make throughout. However, that didn’t bother me. It was pretty obvious by the tone of the movie that this was meant to feel somewhat like an 80’s horror film, and I think it did that quite well. Along with 80’s horror comes 80’s horror tropes, which include characters making bad decisions. Therefore, I feel like the characters being dumb was done on purpose.
Another thing I loved about this movie was the music score. It was dark, it was eerie, and it was amazing. It fit the vibe of the movie perfectly and really added to the creep factor. Marilyn Manson’s guitarist, Paul Wiley, is actually the one who did the score. He really did a fantastic job. I’m in love with the Terrifier theme song, which you can listen to here on YouTube.
It Follows (2015)
Synopsis: After a sexual tryst, Jay learns that her date has passed on a lethal curse that can only be shed by sleeping with another unsuspecting partner.
My rating: 2/5
My thoughts: This is another horror movie that I’ve been wanting to see since it came out, but I kept putting it off. Unlike Terrifier, this one is much more of a suspense/psychological/supernatural type of horror. I always heard pretty decent things about it, so I finally gave it a watch. Honestly, I didn’t really like it. It’s basically a metaphor for sexual promiscuity and STD’s, which I thought was an original concept. That’s what drew me into wanting to see the film in the first place. However, I just wasn’t that into the execution. I found myself slightly bored and checking my phone throughout. I also thought the main character was kind of dumb, as well as the way the movie ended. I didn’t understand why she didn’t just find some stranger to hook up with from the get go and pass it along. I guess that’s where the moral high ground comes in. Plus, then we probably wouldn’t have much of a movie. Still, it kind of annoyed me. The whole movie is basically her and her friends running from this supernatural being that’s after her, and her friends screaming and saying, “Omg, what do you see?” (Because it’s invisible to them, and only she can see it). I probably wouldn’t give this movie a second watch.