Frightfest: Oct. 7, 2017

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October 7: The Thing: 2011. Rating: 5/5. Comment: Very few times have I been as excited for a prequel. This absolutely did not disappoint — it answered some important questions about the original movie and tied up some really interesting loose ends. The acting was awesome, the special effects were awesome, the plot was awesome. Check this one out if you are into alien movies.

Peace and love.

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Frightfest: Oct. 6, 2017

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October 6: No Country For Old Men. Rating: 5/5. Comment: This movie is so well done: the plot is fascinating, the bad guy is one I love to hate, the scenes are graphic. It captured my attention from the opening scene and kept me enthralled. I highly recommend this one — for adults, due to the violent nature of the content.

Frightfest: Oct. 5, 2017

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October 5: Devil’s Pass. Rating: 2/5. Comment: I have been obsessed with the Dyatlav Pass incident for many years, so it’s no surprise that I was incredibly psyched for this movie. I was hoping for some good old-fashioned murderous Yeti action. What I got was completely realistic and believable government conspiracy meets inexplicable sci-fi wormhole claymation. I think I dislike it so much because I built it up too high in my head. My bad.

Frightfest: Oct. 4, 2016

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October 4: 13 Demons. Rating: 1/5. Comment: This is a prime example of a phenomenal concept executed incredibly poorly. Three gamers sit down to play a banned game one of them bought from a game store whose owner apparently forgot it was the cause of a bunch of murders thirty years prior. The game takes over their lives and minds. It was…tough to watch. I kept hoping it would get better. It never did. The graphics were seriously something one might see in a movie from 1966. It was made in 2016.

Frightfest: Oct. 2, 2017

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October 2: The Damned. Rating: 3/5. Comment: This flick has an interesting plot, though there are holes in it that weaken its rating. That being said, it is possible that, due to the impossibly fast subtitles, I may have missed or misunderstood some events, thus leading this to be classified under the quite rare personal “rewatch for clarification” recommendation.

Peace and love.

Frightfest: Oct. 1, 2017

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It’s here, everyone. It’s time for the (famous) Fantastically Fun, Fabulous Fall Fornelli Frightfest (finally!). Can you believe we’ve done this for eight consecutive years? We’ve had to endure so many terrible B-rate movies over that time, but we’ve done it — for you. Today’s was no exception. Let’s begin.

October 1: Clown. Rating: 2/5. Comment: This started good — it even cemented my extreme dislike of clowns (along with the recent news that the person dressed as a clown who rang a woman’s doorbell 27 years ago, handed her balloons and flowers, and then shot her in the face was finally caught…but I digress). The concept was fairly original: a man puts on an old clown suit he conveniently finds in a house he’s rebuilding (literally, the chest is CHAINED TO THE WALL — who on Earth would open that box?!) immediately after receiving a call from his wife saying his son’s birthday party clown is a no-show, only to discover he is unable to ever remove the suit and suddenly craves the flesh of children. Is this a 30-minute episode of The Twilight Zone, you may be asking? Nope. It’s a 1 hour and 39 minute movie. In other words, it’s approximately 70 minutes too long. 70 long, torturous minutes, which seem even longer when you consider the number of pauses and interruptions someone faces with a five-month old at home. I wanted to rate this a 1/5 out of sheer resentment, but Josh talked me down from that ledge and reminded me that there were instances of redemption: there was a pretty cool setting in one scene; I jumped a few times; and the special effects were very realistic (right up until the Evil Dead-face-melting-off ripoff). Man, I hate clowns, though.