Thursday, May 13, 2010

Many Levels of Docility....

"There's someplace else where I can go... in the daylight, when the night's right, raining... feelin' alright." -Iggy Pop

I'm new to this blogging atmosphere, so be kind. Let's get this out of the way. I am a great lover of movies and music, and to be able to share that with others is just groovy. I also like ranting about random bullshit, so what better place than here?

I guess the big mood for today is docile. My life has been in quite a docile state lately. Not much going on really, just working and going to school. Right now, I'm on my summer vacation. It doesn't quite feel like summer over here. It's all cold and rainy. It's a drag. Al Gore seriously lied to us about that "Global Warming" bullshit. Haha.

One of my great loves is Horror Films. I greatly enjoy watching all sorts of Horror Movie madness at the comfort of my own home and in the theater. As of late, the current state of Horror Films has also been pretty docile. I've watched a nice handful of "current" horror films from the past few months, and they all have been quite disappointing. Here are the films as follows:

"The Crazies" - This remake of Romero's mediocre 1973 film was also pretty mediocre. There was some nice scares, some good characters, and an overall sense of dread, but it was pretty disappointing in terms of delivery. I did love the "car wash" scene.

"House of the Devil" - Director Ti West's tribute to 80s Horror and Roman Polanski was very interesting, but also boring. It kept my interest, had some great scares and interesting characters, but the film left me confused and a little frustrated. I expected a lot more from this film, and was quite let down. If "Repulsion" was made in the 80s with a Satanic cult plot point, it would be "House of the Devil."

"Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever" - Another film from Ti West, had some nice gore and laughs, but it was very messy in execution. I can understand why West was angered by the final cut. It felt quite tampered with. But it's a nice film to see on a beer-soaked night.

"A Nightmare on Elm Street" - Alas, the Hollywood Remake Machine strikes again, this time aiming its sights at our favorite dream demon. What can I say about this film? The gore was watered-down(much like in last year's "Friday the 13th remake), the characters were flat, our new Nancy sucked(you can't fuck with Langenkamp), and Jackie Earle Haley's Freddy was mild at best. It was like he was playing a really evil, burnt-up, nightmare-version of Rorschach from "Watchmen." I mean, c'mon, Robert Englund IS Freddy Krueger!!!! Much like how Doug Bradley is Pinhead, Angus Scrimm is Tallman, and Bruce Campbell IS Ash!!! But that's Hollywood for you anyway. Always willing to shit on classics...

In conclusion, the Horror Film is most definitely in a docile state right now. But I do have hope. Next month's "Splice" looks promising, and I am looking forward to "Piranha 3D" this August. And let's not forget the all-out Battle Royale of the "Saw" and "Paranormal Activity" franchises this fall. It just kinda sucks that I don't have many horror flicks to look forward to this summer. Oh, what a bummer...


  1. I like your take on the current horror scene, can't really argue as I still need to see the movies you focus on.

    I would love more new horror to fill the theaters, a diverse mix would be ideal.

    Great post man, and welcome to the horror blogopshere.

  2. Welcome to the blogosphere!!!!!!!!

  3. Cool - Always looking for new blogs. Here's to a good, long run.

  4. Thanks guys. I appreciate the feedback.

  5. I hate those Saw movies, how can you like them? The plots are meh at best and it is all just glorified gore...they don't invoke real fear in people, just gag reflexes.

    I don't know, I just thought you weren't into them, can you elaborate as to why you like them besides the gore factor?

  6. Most of it is gore. Haha. I enjoy watching the first one because of the shitty acting mostly. Haha. Yeah, they're not scary. Just messy. Plus, it's gonna be in 3D.... I gotta get on that...

  7. Austin, I'm so very proud that you created a blog! I can't wait to see what else you have in store! I totally agree with you about Cabin Fever 2, but I still love it!

  8. Thanks, Morgan. Yer sweet. I know you loved it! Haha. I liked parts of the flick, just not as a whole. Like, I loved when they were dancing to that "Prom Night" song! Haha.