Frightfest: Oct. 22, 2017

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October 22: Ash vs. Evil Dead: Books from Beyond. Rating: 5/5. Comment: Why not summon a demon on purpose? What could possibly go wrong?

Peace and love.

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Frightfest: Oct. 20, 2017

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October 20: Gerald’s Game. Rating: 5/5. Comment: This movie is based on one of my favorite Stephen King books. Josh is skeptical that he actually wrote it, but I digress. The actors were spectacular. The story-line is terrifying. The movie actually managed to smoothly and slyly slip in references to his other novels. I loved it. I even liked the ending, though I’m almost certain that’s different from the book.

Peace and love.

Frightfest: Oct. 18, 2017

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October 18: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. Rating: 3/5. Comment: As far as realism goes, this movie is the end of it in the series. As far as gruesome, excruciating, nauseating deaths go, this movie is the piece de resistance (for 80’s slasher films). There were many, many times throughout the film when I asked, “Seriously? Who would do that in real life?” For example, some twenty-something twins were biking down a forest path with no bras on, and then went skinny-dipping with a group of strangers they’d just met, culminating in anonymous sex with said strangers. It’s fairly obvious why fate, in the form of machete-wielding Jason, took them out. Then, a teenage girl picks up a hitchhiker who’s carrying a bunch of weapons because he plans on “camping” and “hunting,” and brings him home to hang out in her little brother’s room. Finally, aforementioned little brother decides to put on makeup and shave his head in a gutsy attempt to hypnotize the mass murderer he assumes is Jason after reading an old newspaper article about a child who had drowned in the lake, rather than using the ax stuck in his wall to save his sister.

Peace and love.

Frightfest: Oct. 17, 2017

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October 17: Death Sentence. Rating: 2/5. Comment: Kevin Bacon, you pick the worst movies to star in. Maybe let me pick your scripts from now on. Fairly believable emotional reactions are sprinkled about like teeny, tiny sprinkles — like, the glitter looking ones, not even the long bar ones — on the over-sized sugar cookie that is this movie. (In my metaphor, the sugar cookie is this piece of crap movie, since no one likes sugar cookies. No one. Don’t lie. I won’t believe you. Similarly, there is no way any one could possibly enjoy watching this flick, but the sprinkles at least make it seem an infinitesimal amount more palatable.) Ludicrously unrealistic and genuinely inexplicable behaviors abound. Plot holes run rampant, desperately flailing their arms about! John Goodman’s performance was the only other saving grace, but I sort of feel like he was just being himself in this “thriller/action” movie. Terrible.

Peace and love.

Frightfest: Oct. 16, 2017

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October 16: Tales of Halloween. Rating: 5/5. Comment: This film anthology was made up of ten different stories told using the same actors and costumes, yet each was unique and different from the rest. It was at times horrifying, funny, and terribly sad. I loved it, and the hubby thought it was really great, too. If you are a fan of Trick ‘r Treat, you will like this, as well.

Peace and love.

Frightfest: Oct. 14, 2017

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October 14: The Other Side of the Door. Rating: 2/5. Comment: The scariest part of this movie (and the part which left me sobbing) was the drowning of the couple’s baby, and the suicide attempt of the wife due to guilt. The rest of the film (seriously — that all happened in the first, like, twenty minutes) was one consistent let-down after another — does anyone know how to follow warnings properly? For goodness’ sake, if someone tells you, “This is the most important part –– the ONLY important part — and you MUST do as I say for the good of all mankind — AND IF YOU MESS THIS UP YOU WILL DIE,” probably listen close. While the credits rolled on this film, the hubby and I had a discussion in which I reiterated the Fornelli rule that, no matter how grief-stricken and insane I am acting, I am not crazy nor making up the visions of demons (just so he remembers when the time comes).

Peace and love.

Frightfest: Oct. 13, 2017 Part II

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Bonus Video, in honor of October 13: Friday the 13th: Part 3. Rating: 3/5. Comment: Who are the hippies? Why’s Chris’s boyfriend twenty-five years older than she is? Who pops popcorn, salts it, then puts it back on the stove? How many times is that chick going to wash her shoulders — doesn’t she know how to shower? What purpose does a window into an outhouse serve? Who gets attacked by a gang in a store and doesn’t call the cops? She really fell asleep in the canoe after all that — without rowing to safety first? Why would she try to hang her attacker instead of simply slitting his throat? All of these questions — and more — will remain unanswered at the end.

Peace and love.