Shocktober: Day 25

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The Babadook

At the start of his review of The Taking of Deborah Logan, John talked about how versatile the horror genre is, which resonated with me because of all the movies I’ve reviewed this month, The Babadook is the first one I though was actually scary. Maybe that’s because this isn’t the story of guitar guy getting revenge, or a haunted spaceship, or someone who is really skinny, or people hopping the border post-giant alien invasion; it’s a much more relatable tale. This is the story of a haunted pop-up book, and the evil demon that comes along with it.

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Shocktober: Day 24

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Late Phases (2014)

This was a last minute addition to this year’s Shocktober. For awhile now Late Phases had been floating around in my “Recommended for you” section on Netflix. Usually, I ignore those–then again, who knows, maybe I’d really like The Bernie Mac Show–but Late Phases always grabbed my attention with its stark, striking image of a howling red werewolf. So I looked into it and I’m glad I did. Late Phases is my favorite movie I’ve watched this October.

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Shocktober: Day 23

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The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

Last Saturday night, I spent over 160 minutes watching short horror films at Bleedingham V. Many of the films (my film included) were found footage/mockumentaries. If this taught me anything, it’s how many different ways a filmmaker can approach any given style. I enjoyed these films for their willingness to go against convention. The Taking of Deborah Logan is the exact opposite.

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Shocktober: Day 22

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Creep (2014)

I suppose one clear hallmark of the horror genre has always ben it’s ability to do a lot with a little.  Some of the genres most highly revered films were made by independently-minded filmmakers with not much in the way of budget, but with plenty in the way of their desire to shock and excite audiences.  And it’s something that’s still been remarkable of the genre into the 21st century, as a movie like Paranormal Activity could be made for a mere $15,000, and somehow spin itself into a blockbuster franchise generating hundreds of millions of dollars.  Clearly, a film like Creep didn’t quite have the legs to turn itself into a major cash cow, since I don’t know if I’d even heard of it prior to volunteering to write about it, but it’s hard to think of a better example of a film making the most of its super-micro budget.

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Shocktober: Day 21

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Curse of Chucky (2013)

All monsters have their makers. Wes Craven made Freddy Krueger, John Carpenter, and Debra Hill made Michael Myers, Tobe Hooper, and Kim Henkel made Leatherface. Though many of these writers/directors move on to other projects. Most of which never return to the characters that made them famous. Don Mancini is different. To date, there have been six Chucky movies, and Don Mancini has written every single one. The series has seen its definite highs and lows, but I’m happy to say Curse of Chucky is an all time high. Unlike that terrible band All Time Low.

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Shocktober: Day 20

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The Sacrament (2013)

Originally, I was going to review a completely different movie for Day 20, but it was bad. In fact, it was so bad I quit watching it a quarter of the way through. That movie was The ABCs of Death, a 26-part anthology film mostly made by criminally insane filmmakers I have never heard of.

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Shocktober: Day 19

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Monsters (2010)

Gareth Edwards did visual effects on some TV shows, the one I recognize is Nova, that nerd show on PBS. In 2008, he entered a 48-hour film festival and won, which paved the way for him to write and direct his first feature, Monsters. Relying on his expertise, he made the movie on a slim budget with a small cast and an even tinier crew. This got him enough exposure in Hollywood that a year later he was tasked with reviving the Godzilla franchise in the west. A modest critical and box office success, that reboot nonetheless got Edwards his next job: the first Star Wars spin-off. In like six years, he went from a contest to the biggest franchise in movies… And I don’t know why.

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