[Netflix] Movie Review: The Ring (2002)

Wikipedia:

The Ring is a 2002 American supernatural horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, and Daveigh Chase. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, based on the novel of the same name by Koji Suzuki. Watts portrays a journalist who investigates a cursed videotape that seemingly kills the viewer seven days after watching it.

Wikipedia bills this as a supernatural horror. I disagree with this somewhat. It is supernatural, and maybe it does start out as a horror flick. But it quickly turns into a sad family drama.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good horror movie, and I see why this one fits the genre, but it is so much more than that. So much more. It also features a classic ending that horror movies love, bringing it back to horror movie status.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: As Above So Below

Wikipedia:

As Above, So Below is a 2014 American horror film written and directed by John Erick Dowdle and co-written by his brother Drew. It is presented as found footage of a documentary crew’s experience exploring the Catacombs of Paris. The film was produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Universal Pictures, making it the first film in Legendary’s deal with Universal.The film was released on August 29, 2014, and stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, and Ali Marhyar.

This is one of those movies that starts out a bit like Indiana Jones. The main character is off on a dramatic search for a very important historical item that takes her to the ends of Earth until she happens upon THE clue. The one that tells her exactly where historical item should be. So of course she has to go.

If you’re not familiar with alchemical references and lore this movie might make slightly less sense to you, but the horror aspect is still quite applicable even if you don’t know the background. The group gets lost, people go missing, and strange characters arise to provide misleading information, and of course they are in a maze.

It’s been a little bit between the time I watched the movie and made this post, but at this point I have an itch to go back and rewatch this one.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: The Forgotten

Wikipedia:

“Tommy (Clem Tibber) is a fourteen-year-old boy who goes to live with his father Mark (Shaun Dingwall) after his mother has a nervous breakdown. Dismayed upon learning that his father is now a squatter in an empty council estate destined for demolition, he nonetheless tries to make the best of it. Tommy is awoken each night by strange noises and on one occasion, finds that he and all of his belongings have been dragged from one side of the room to the other. Growing ever more terrified, Tommy tries to talk to his father but finds him becoming ever more bizarre and disturbing in behaviour.”

I still don’t really know what is going on with this movie. To me it moves really slow. Starts slow, moves slow, ends weird. It is a British film so I do know that makes it somewhat different from the ones produced in the States, but I’ve seen this twice now and still don’t know what to make of it.

Tommy just seems to be our guide through the movie. We follow him, but nothing really happens to him. Things happen to his Dad, his Mum, and the girl he met. I’m just a bit confused with this movie. I wouldn’t call it bad, but I don’t think I’m going to watch it again to find out.
 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – The 3rd Eye

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This is the first horror movie I’ve watched with subtitles, it’s Indonesian, but that didn’t deter from the quality of the movie. It was a little bit of a culture shock and not everything was explained terribly well (why didn’t they sell the house if they weren’t living in it?).

Anyway, we follow two sisters through the loss of their parents and subsequent cross-country move back to their old house, where something is not quite right.  Abel has her third eye open and sees some scary things, Alia doesn’t believe her so they go to the local New Age lady to force her third eye open. What follows is a string of increasingly deadly escapes from dead people.

It also gets increasingly more unbelievable as the movie continues, but it does work…sort of? I’m still not sure if I enjoyed it or if it was just ‘okay’.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – Demonic

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This is a horror movie told in the same manner as Oculus, through a series of flashbacks as the police investigate a homicide and kidnapping in a supposedly haunted house where years ago another homicide was committed.

The police have one suspect, one missing person, and one person presumed kidnapped. While the police psychologist interviews the suspect, the rest of the officers search the house, recover evidence, and track down the two missing persons.

However, this is not a normal situation, it’s a paranormal situation, which means nothing is as it should be…

I did like the plot twist and never saw it coming, it was quite good. There is quite a bit more to the plot, but as usual I didn’t want to completely spoil everything since this is a movie available on Netflix.

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[Netflix] Movie Review – The Autopsy of Jane Doe

What stars out as a normal autopsy for a family run morgue quickly turns supernatural for a father(Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hersch).

A crime scene turns up an unexpected corpse, a Jane Doe, and she’s sent off to the morgue to determine cause of death. As the two men begin to do just that, several things turn up strange from the external exam. Then as they cut into Jane Doe, the weird quickly becomes dangerous.

I do like my horror films, especially of the paranormal/supernatural kind, and this is definitely supernatural/paranormal. But, I was never on the seat of my chair, and the jump scares weren’t even that bad, so labeling it a horror film might have been a bit too far. Suspense, yes, thriller, yes, drama, yes even. Horror? Maybe.

However I do not recommend watching it during a thunderstorm, like I did.

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[Netflix] Movie Review – The Da Vinci Code

As Robert Langdon puts it at the end of the movie, “It’s whatever you believe”, and while the question proposed throughout the movie is controversial, it does make for a good movie. I would liken it to Indiana Jones and National Treasure movies as they are all a search for “treasure” of one kind or another.

Symbols, codes, clues, and secret societies fill this movie with intrigue and interest. I also love all the history (however true it actually is) reported throughout the movie to prove the religious theory that the Holy Grail isn’t an object, it’s a person.

I also love the ending, where everything is revealed, and all the mysteries are (somewhat) laid to rest. Tom Hanks, while not a favorite actor, is one I do enjoy watching on the big screen, and Ian McKellen has been in some great movies too. Paul Bettany even makes an appearance. No matter what you believe, it does make a good story and gives us all a little food for thought.

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