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The Taking of Deborah Logan

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My husband and I watched this 2014 movie last night as an afterthought. It was something to watch when we otherwise had nothing particular to catch up on. I wasn’t expecting much. Hell at first I wasn’t even sure if I would really watch it. I figured I would half assedley pay attention and then pass out snuggled under my blanket. Contrary to my presumptions I stayed awake and paid attention for the entire 90 minutes.

This is one of those movies following in the footsteps of “The Blair Witch Project”; hand-held cameras from people who are supposedly making a documentary, but we all know it’s just a movie. When I saw this was the basis of the film I rolled my eyes and thought, “Here we go again.” This seems to be the formula for so many horror flicks of late. It starts out kinda cheesy, but it gets better!

The plot begins with a group of 3 college kids making a documentary about Alzheimer’s. They are staying with an elderly woman and her daughter in a big, old house in a tiny town in Virginia, hey that’s where I live! The whole time I was watching this movie I kept thinking I knew the old lady from something, but couldn’t place her. She is the soap-opera actress, Jill Larson, whom spent the majority of her career playing Opal on “All my Children.” This was my Mom’s show when I was a kid. I spent every summer afternoon and sick day at home watching that show after lunch while my Mom folded clothes or something. I had seen her for most of my childhood and I couldn’t remember who the hell she was. I was kinda excited when I saw it was Opal.

Anyhoo, back to the movie, it turns out this lady doesn’t just have Alzheimer’s. The craziness starts pretty early on. I think one of the scariest things about this movie is the fact that it is an old woman who plays the spooky part. There is something really terrifying about seeing what should be a sweet old lady standing with her back to you in a dark room for a couple of minutes and then doing some crazy stuff after all the suspense.

The plot is decent, not really believable and sometimes a tad bit hard to follow, but decent. There is some not so good dialogue and acting. There are way too many scenes where the cast is running around in the dark with flashlights when you know damn well the lights in the house work. The gory bits that make you squirm, the suspenseful spooky scenes with Opal walking around in the dark or being somewhere unexpected and the crazy stuff that happens at the end make this a pretty good horror film. It is the first film written and directed by the new comer, Adam Robitel. I hope we see more form him in the future. I give this one a 3.9 out of 5. It is worth watching if you want a scare or are a fan of horror.

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Now that the summer is here, for me at least, I have taken up my age old tradition of going to the library on a regular basis. If you didn’t know that your local library has movies for you to check out for freeeeee, than you are missing out. I checked this one out and watched it last night. A few years back I watched An American Werewolf in London and loved it! When I saw this one on the library shelf I knew it wasn’t the same just by reading the back of the DVD case. It basically said that this is a badass movie because of its contemporary soundtrack. What? Who bases the badassery of a movie on the soundtrack alone? I was immediately skeptical, but I checked it out anyway.  

This film came out in 1997 and is supposedly a sequel to the London film from 1981. It couldn’t be any different. About the only things that are similar are the fact that there are werewolves, there is Americans in Europe and the main character looks similar to the main character in the London film. The plot, acting and dialogue are all pretty poor. The CGI is a atrocious! It is comparable to the CGI in Ghostbusters that came out more than 10 years earlier! Even the makeup was bad. An American Werewolf in London was nominated for a makeup Oscar, can’t say the same for this mess. The music was pretty good, if you enjoy 90’s rock. Unfortunately it took up the whole movie. Bungee jumping was obviously the lastest, greatest, most awesome thing ever, since there were 2 bungee jumping scenes. Just laughable.
Overall there were some decent parts, but as a whole it was pretty crappy. I’m giving this flop a 1.5 out of 5.

What She Has Seen

There is a sadness on her face that can not be replaced

It lingers when she smiles

It clings in her happiest moments

Her pain floats around her like death butterflies

Reminding her of her tragedies

Whispering with their cold wings all the past horrors

It makes her weary

It makes her worry

But now in her happiest time she forces it down and away

Saving it for some other day

The Possession

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My husband and I watched The Possession a couple nights ago. This 2012 horror film was directed by Ole Bornedal, a Danish film maker whom also directed the 2007 thriller Nightwatch with the fabulous Ewan McGregor. It was produced by the cult classic creator of Evil Dead, Sam Raimi. This a pretty typical demonic possession movie, hence the title. It involves a separated family with two teenish girls. The younger child buys a creepy box from a yard sale and the craziness begins. Contrary to every other demon movie the Catholic church is not involved. This movie brings in the Hasidic Jews for some assistance. I enjoyed that aspect of the film. It was a nice change from the usual Jesus and crosses and holy water bit. There was plenty of creepy, looking with one eye closed, wriggling in your chair scenes. There was also some terrible editing. At once point the fade from one scene to the other was so long my husband turned to me and said, “Was that for a commercial break?” The acting from Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays the father, was pretty good; not to mention he’s not bad to look at for 92 minutes. On the other hand, Kyra Sedgwick, whom I usually love, was mediocre. I was slightly disappointed with her acting in this film. The story line was decent, but there was some pretty choppy parts that made it feel a bit disjointed. Overall I would give this flick a 3 out of 5. Worth seeing if you really love horror, thrillers, and demonic possession themes. If you don’t then maybe you shouldn’t waste your time.

Nosferatu

A bit of film history plucked from my History of Motion Picture notebook circa 2002 for you. Between the years 1919 and 1933 Germany had a thriving film industry. They had the largest film studio in the world at the time. They created mainly films in the genre of German Expressionism, also a major art movement.  Like most German art past and present, these films had a spooky, strange view of the world. If you ever wanted to know where Tim Burton films got their ideas for set design watch The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, and you thought they were being originial. Back to Nosferatu, it was filmed in 1921 released in Germany the following year and didn’t hit American screens until 1929. It is based very closely on Dracula by Bram Stoker.  It is an abbreviated version with different character names; they had copyrights to adhere to back then as well. I was pleasantly surprised to see just how close this movie follows the book, Dracula. A masterwork of shadows and scary bits. The monster Nosferatu is truley frightening, even almost 90 years later. It is of course a silent film, which comes along with it’s own quirky acting that we people of the future may not understand and find somewhat distracting and even silly. Keep in mind that film was a totally new thing. Actors were still taught to act as if they were on stage. Not to mention the lack of an audio track means no talking. No subtle hints of emotion. Everything had to be told through body language and facial expression, with a few conversation cards along the way. This film, like many of the German Expressionism movement helped pave the way for all future horror flicks. If you want to see the roots of horror, check out this movie. Nosferatu gets a 4 out of 5 from me!

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If you want to see a creepy movie that will make you check the dark corners of your house and turn all the lights on at night, watch this movie! The Haunting in Connecticut was a hit for 2009. It came in second for it’s openning week. This movie is based on a book, that was based on a “true story.” Come to find out the author of the book “In a Dark Place”, Ray Garton, claims that after talking to the family he realized that none of their stories matched up. He contacted Ed Warren, a renowned demonologist, who gave him the advice to “use what they gave you and make the rest up, and make it scary.” So, as you can see, this “based on a true-story” is really second hand stories mixed with fiction, but it made a great movie! The most recognizable actress of this film was Virginia Madsen; who was also the lead actress in another hit horror flick, Candyman. There is also some budding young teen actors, whom I hope to see more of in the future. It was directed by Peter Cornwell, whose list of films is short and mostly unheard of, but I would say that we will be hearing more from him as well. The plot is fairly typical of a haunting/possession/really-peeved-ghosts story. A family moves into a house that happens to have a really horrific past and guess what? There are ghosts!!!! Shocking, I know! There are a few twists and turns along the way.There is plently of jump-out-of-your-seat moments and gore. Also a touching underlying story of the family; which is a bit more interesting than most other tales of this kind. This one gets a 4 out of 5 from me.

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I had just gotten out of the shower, my hair was soaking wet. I thought I would try a horror-ish approach. Afterwards it reminded me of the movie “The Ring.” I enjoy horror movies. Once again not my best shot, but it’s creepy and cool. I like the stark contrastsy black and white. This could have been a shot for my Halloween series.

“No, she lives in a dark place now.” ~The Ring