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‘My Amityville Horror’ and ‘Room 237’

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2013 by Justin T.

Hey, here I am! Back with another couple of reviews.  I wanted to try something a little different this time around and toss a couple of documentaries into the mix. These movies kept popping up as Netflix suggestions so I broke down and gave them a look. The two of them together also provide a bit of an unintended, but still very cool, skeptical theme for this post.

My Amityville Horror

My Amityville Horror (2012) — Written and Directed by Eric Walter. Starring Daniel Lutz, Susan Bartell, Laura DiDio, Marvin Scott, Lorraine Warren, Elizabeth Loftus.

Any short list of famous horror films from the 1970s is likely to include 1979’s The Amityville Horror, which is based upon the 1977 book of the same name written by Jay Anson. Both the film and the book describe the supposedly true paranormal activity experienced by the Lutz family during their brief residence of a large home in Amityville, New York, forcing them to flee after twenty-eight days. They claimed to encounter, among other things, swarms of flies, visions of demons, green slime oozing from the walls, a pig with red glowing eyes outside the window of upper floors, and invisible forces slamming shut windows and doors. It has been some time since I’ve seen the original film and though it might have had a couple of creepy moments I don’t recall being particularly impressed by it. The Amityville Horror is more likely famous for the sensation surrounding the “true events” of the story rather than for its quality.

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‘Out of Mind’ and ‘Ugetsu’

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12, 2013 by Justin T.

Those last couple of movies were a bit too much. It’s time to take a breather, slow the pace down a bit and take a look at a couple of more thoughtful, less violent films.

Out of Mind: The Stories of H. P. Lovecraft

Out of Mind: The Stories of H. P. Lovecraft (1998) — Directed by Raymond Saint-Jean. Starring Art Kitching, Christopher Heyerdahl, Peter Farbridge, Pierre LeBlanc, Michael Sinelnikoff.

Thanks to a close friend I have recently become acquainted with the great author of weird fiction, H. P. Lovecraft. It may be a surprise that I took this long, being the fan of horror that I claim to be, but I was intimidated by his dense prose. Yet I managed to overcome that notion and discovered that slowing down and working my way through his complex style is a rewarding experience. He is now one of my favorite authors. Unfortunately movies based upon his fiction are generally terrible.

Out of Mind: The Stories of H. P. Lovecraft is one of the exceptions, though it is not a straight retelling of any one of Lovecraft’s stories. Instead it is a unique, enthralling exploration of Lovecraft and some of the themes of his work, in particular his fascination with dreams. Nearly every character in the film is taken from his tales and woven together into a dreamlike narrative that is aptly regarded as one of the best of the Lovecraft-based films.

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‘The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)’ and ‘Eden Lake’

Posted in Uncategorized on October 1, 2013 by Justin T.

Human Centipede 2The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011) – Written, produced, and directed by Tom Six. Starring Laurence R. Harvey, Vivien Bridson, Ashlynn Yennie, Maddi Black, Kandace Caine, Gabe Kerr, Lucas Hansen, Lee Nicholas Harris, Dan Burman, Daniel Jude Gennis, Georgia Goodrick, Emma Lock, Katherine Templar, Peter Blankenstein.

When faced with the title of this movie most people might ask what a human centipede is. Upon hearing the answer they will probably regret asking. Imagine three people on their hands and knees, lined up ass to face with anus and mouth surgically attached together such that, with the exception of the “lucky” individual in front, each person feeds upon the feces of the one in front of him or her. Dutch filmmaker Tom Six envisioned this revolting concept and based upon it the 2010 film The Human Centipede. The idea is so disgustingly over the top that it bypasses disturbing and becomes ridiculous to such an extent that it cannot be taken seriously. Reading about this crazy film, I knew I had to see it. I don’t know why but I feel compelled to watch extreme flicks like The Human Centipede. 

But this kind of thing isn’t for everybody and upon release the reviews reflected this. It may have won best picture at a handful of horror film festivals but apparently many of the die-hard gore fans were left unsatisfied by the minimal amount of blood and excrement that the concept seemed to promise. And so what’s a button-pusher like Tom Six to do but create a sequel that over-delivers on that unfulfilled promise?

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