October 4, 2013

Oh, the horror!

Yet another horror movie post. The films I usually select are not entirely about gore and carnage. Sometimes there’s a story too. I also tend to like movies that get generally negative reviews.
Note: I don’t watch solely horror movies and my next movie piece is going to be about a different kind of shredding:-D

The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012): This one you will either love or absolutely hate. It is basically a one-man show (only one actor in the whole movie and just glimpses of other people as the film goes on). It is slow paced and not everything is explained – well, not unless you use your brain. I loved the set and direction. I would watch it again, anytime. Calling the shrink during the movie is prohibited. Don’t let the opening scene bore you away; it does get better.

The Pact (2012): Again, a lot is left open in this movie, too. There is a twist as far as the ghost is concerned; the scariest part of the film was indeed the “ghost” itself (the real ghost of the story – you’ll know what I’m talking about if you see the movie). I would have left the psychic out, though. She didn’t add anything to the story and she was super annoying.

The Awakening (2012): Ah, Rebecca Hall is in it (as the skeptical ghost hunter), so do watch it for that reason alone. Lovely cinematography and atmosphere. Don’t expect a masterpiece. If you like period movies (it is set in the early 1920’s) and have a vice for old cameras, this one’s for you. I would have liked a less “happy” ending.

Maniac (2012): I never read reviews before I watch a movie. I knew that Maniac was a remake from an 80’s cult film (which I hadn’t heard of) and that Elijah Wood was in it and well, that was about it. They released the opening scene as a teaser and I got hooked on the music, to be honest. At first I thought it was a psychological thriller but soon I realized it was in fact a shasher – not exactly my cup of tea. Elijah Wood was a surrealistic yet good choice for the part (half the time you sympathize with him and understand – hopefully not fully – why he becomes a monster) and “Rob” (Robin Coudert) composed the ideal soundtrack (I think I liked more the score than the film itself). I got a stomach-ache from this one and I am sure that was the director’s aim. The scene with the manager (where he follows her back to her place) was the most disturbing of them all.

The Conjuring (2013): Visually pleasing, well-acted and produced in general. But there was something missing. I got bored, to be honest. It’s probably because I hate the “based on true events” opening, in general. Do watch it though. It got 9/10 in most reviews so something really important must have taken place while I was thinking about ice-cream (rather than concentrating on the story).

Mama (2013): Somebody please explain to me whatever happened to Guillermo Del Toro. Why link your name to all this? First the “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” fiasco, now this. What the hell. Don’t bother.


  1. I don't really get why The Conjuring is so popular. It was so... Basic. The beginning was almost interesting but after that I found myself waiting for the end so I could do something more exciting.

  2. The script was too simple, without any surprises or twists. But it did look good and that's what counts these days:-/