Friday, October 12, 2012

Scary or Die (2012)

Summary from This horror anthology has five short films. Zombie action takes place by the Arizona-Mexico border in "The Crossing". "Taejung's Lament" follows a man in mourning for a lost love and his reward for a good deed. A hit-man has a tough job in "Re-Membered". "Clowned" tells the tale of birthday party entertainment gone wrong. "Lover Come Back" reflects on the power of true love. 

Now, I am a huge fan of horror anthology films. And this film did not disappoint like I thought it was going to. I thought each film was good, even if some of them had been done before. The best was definitely the one about the clown. Clowns are definitely creepy, but this story of the clown took it to a whole new level. It's sort of what children's nightmares are made of. Besides the clown story, the other stories were good too. One of them even involved zombies. Who doesn't love zombies. A lot of people were upset, because the stories didn't link together at all. It's not about the individual stories that link together, but the people in them.  

This is another film that is worth a one time watch. Add it to your list of things to watch during October. However, if you're someone who is afraid of clowns, you might want to skip over this story. Another thing, I realize it says Corbin Bleu stars in this film, but don't let that deter you. I didn't even realize the one character was Corbin until I looked up the cast listing.


Vile (2011)

Summary from A group of friends stop to pick up a hitchhiking woman only to end up getting drugged by her with a gas. They awaken to find that vials have been implanted in the base of their skulls - which are of course instantly fatal if they are removed, a grinning professional looking woman informs them on TV screens that they have 22hrs to fill these vials with a specific amount of brain fluid, a fluid that is produced during times of extreme pain. Along with another group of unlucky test subjects and with time ticking away they decide to work together and share the burden of reaching their painful target. 

There were a lot of plot holes in this movie and at times it was hard to understand. With that being said, I actually really liked this movie. It was disturbing and cringe worthy. There were times during this movie where I had to look away. I also got me thinking at how I would handle that if I was in that situation. I like movies that get me to think. There needed to be fine tuning, but it was a bit different in the sub-genre that it fits into.

If you're someone who loves these kinds of horror, I definitely suggest it. It's good for at least a one time watch. Or something to watch during my favorite month of October. 


Smiley (2012)

Summary from :After discovering an urban legend on 4chan's /b/ board of a demented serial killer that has nothing but a carved 'smiley' on his face, Ashley, a mentally fragile teen, must decide whether she is going insane, or the next victim. 

I waited for quite awhile for this film to come out. It's another movie based on Urban Legends, which hasn't really been done for awhile. And it really takes the power of the internet and how things are spread, and puts it in this movie. In that aspect it was good. I found it to be okay. The acting was something to be desired. Other than Roger Bart, I could care less for every single character and what happened to them. 

In my opinion, skip this movie. Nothing special. Not something that is going to keep you interested.


Sinister (2012)

Summary: Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.(picture and summary courtesy of

So, I went into this film with no expectations what so ever. Of course deep down I was hoping that it would be good. The entire concept was good. They just didn't bring it up to a level that was scary or surprising. It was predictable as always. Once you get the gist of what's going on, you'll be able to figure out the ending with no problem. What I hated the most was how the relied on the same old type of scares that every movie does. The random loud bang. The person popping up out of nowhere. There's was no creativity in the type of scares. I didn't find the tapes to be all that creepy either. They were disturbing in there own rights, but nothing that's going to scare me, or make me walk out of the theater. They were incidences that were done individually in other movies. And I viewed the father (Ethan Hawke) as nothing but an idiot throughout the entire movie. Ugh, and this demon was funny.  He looked like a member of the Insane Clown Posse. I was expecting him to take out a bottle of Faygo at some point. Someone else mentioned that he reminded them of the wrestler Sting. Every time he was on screen, people laughed. That was practically the only reaction from the viewing auidience, laughter. Other than that, the theater was quiet. People didn't seem to find it scary, even the little kids. And I share that sentiment. It was way over hyped. My personal opinion, those who found it scary and/or walked out, are people who are not usual horror movie goers. And personally, I think some critics were paid to say this movie was the scariest thing they ever saw. 

So my suggestion, save your money on this film. I'm sure if it's something you really want to see, you can find other ways. Or wait for it to come out on DVD. You're not missing anything. Don't buy into the hype.