Halloween & Horror

Posts about Halloween or the horror genre. This category also includes reviews of horror and monster films.

Top Ten ‘Horror’ Films of the 21st Century – So Far

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Since we just celebrated Halloween, I thought I should do a list about horror films. I thought it’d be a good idea to name my top ten favorite horror films from the 21st century (so far). Now, I’m using a somewhat loose interpretation of horror. I do think both horror comedies and psychological thrillers should count. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of my favorite ‘new’ horror films. (more…)

Halloween 2016: 5 Horror Films To Watch

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It’s the creepiest time of the year! Halloween is almost always an enjoyable thing to celebrate, and, at the very least, you have an excuse to dress up and watch horror films all day. Today, I wanted to list five films that I think you should watch this Halloween.

It’s way too easy to just name one of the Halloween films, so I’m not going to do that, but these are all films I really enjoy watching, even if horror isn’t my favorite genre at all. So, without further ado, let’s get to it.
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REVIEW: The Witch (2016)

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Release Poster – A24

The following is a quick review of Robert Eggers’ The Witch.

Robert Eggers’ The Witch takes place in 17th century New England, and it follows a family that has been banished from a Puritan plantation. They build their new home right outside a giant forest, and soon the mother of the family gives birth to a new child.

But, one day, that same child disappears while playing with his big sister, Thomasin (played by Anya Taylor-Joy). Her mother (played by Kate Dickie) blames Thomasin for the child’s disappearance, but it is revealed to the audience that it had been taken by an old witch who lives in the forest. (more…)

REVIEW: Blair Witch (2016)

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Release Poster – Lionsgate

The following is a spoiler-free review of Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch.

This new Blair Witch was a pretty big surprise this year. For quite a while Adam Wingard’s 2016 horror film was titled The Woods. And – I have to admit that – I wasn’t really excited for The Woods. Not only was the Blair Witch reveal a great surprise, it also got me interested in the film immediately.

I’m not a huge fan of the original film, but I enjoy it for what it is, and I really liked the idea of making a new sequel to the horror cult ‘classic.’ I was especially excited when I heard about the plot of the film. And while I don’t think Blair Witch is an amazing found footage horror film, I had a really good time with it.  (more…)

REVIEW: Lights Out (2016)

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Theatrical Release Poster – Warner Bros. Pictures

The following is a review of Lights Out by David F. Sandberg.

The first job of traditional, modern day horror films is to scare you. The very best horror films can have a paralyzing effect on you. They can frighten you so much that you don’t dare move out of your seat, look behind you, or look into a mirror to see what may be behind you.

Some of the most effective horror films are also very simple. The filmmakers take a very common fear or thought, and they manage to elevate your emotional response to things that maybe shouldn’t be as scary as they seem in daily moments.  (more…)

REVIEW: The Neon Demon (2016)

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Theatrical Release poster – Amazon Studios, et al.

The following is a review of The Neon Demon, a Nicolas Winding Refn film.

I like a lot of Nicolas Winding Refn’s films. I think he’s one of the most talented Danish directors out there. Drive is probably his most well known film, and definitely the film people praise the most. Drive is amazing, and I really like his Pusher-films too. Only God Forgives gets a lot of criticism, and I get where the criticism is coming from, but, ultimately, I thought the good outweighed the bad there. I really didn’t know what to expect from The Neon Demon(more…)

REVIEW: The Conjuring 2 (2016)

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The following is a review of The Conjuring 2, a James Wan film.

I loved the first The Conjuring. James Wan had made another great horror franchise, and it pretty much came out of nowhere. It was magnificent, and it is now regarded as a new horror classic. Needless to say, there was a lot of pressure on the filmmakers to recreate the greatness of the first film. Now, while I don’t think it is as amazing as the original film, The Conjuring 2 is a pretty great horror sequel. (more…)