1922

One of the two Stephen King films that popped up on Netflix a while back, I kept meaning to watch it and finally got around to it. Can’t say I liked it much though. There just isn’t much of a story here, which is no surprise when you learn that it was adapted from a novella/short story. The film itself is well put together, but I just didn’t find the story to be interesting, a bit too basic really. Might have worked better as a 30-minute episode for an anthology series.

The Endless

I had heard this described as a horror film, although it borders more on the sci-fi side of things. It’s an interesting premise — what appears to be a UFO death cult is more than it seems. Production values are definitely on the low end, but the film is well done, if a bit long at times — it should have gotten to the “phenomena” part of the story much faster in my opinion. It’s on Netflix, and well worth watching if you’re in the mood for an intellectual sci-fi/supernatural/strange phenomena story.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

This is such a weird movie. I probably watched it back in the day, but really didn’t have many memories of it. It’s so weird how it really has absolutely nothing to do with the Michael Meyers saga — although I do love the little nod they do through a TV commercial. The whole premise is just so nuts — killing all kids on Halloween through voodoo-powered microchipped masks. I can’t say it’s good, but it was pretty fun to watch. As for the soundtrack, it’s still by Carpenter (who produced, but didn’t direct), and although not as iconic as the original theme, it’s nice and moody.

Ghoul

I’ve been curious about this series for a while now, and so finally got around to starting it during my October horror fest. I’ve only watched the first episode of three, but I really liked the setup — a near future in India where religion is banned. They tease a bit of supernatural stuff, but it hasn’t really gone full out yet. Looking forward to watching the rest.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

I remember there being a lot of buzz for the book when it originally came out, but it wasn’t really something I was particularly interested in, and same goes for when the movie came out. On Halloween night I was looking for a movie to watch, and spotting this on Netflix, I decided to give it a go. Most of it was pretty fun — especially the bits that contrast high society and zombie killing. It does drag on in parts, but for the most part I enjoyed it, and it’s indeed a fun premise.

Apostle

This is not an easy film to watch, but it’s well worth watching. The reason I say it’s hard to watch is because it’s so relentlessly dour and dark, and just never lets up — to a point where my wife stopped watching it about halfway (and she usually watches all these horror movies with me). But it’s mesmerizing to watch — mostly due to the great direction by Gareth Evans — and the setting itself is novel and interesting. But this is definitely not the “fun” kind of horror movie that you tend to want to watch for Halloween. And this is now the 3rd great Netflix original movie in a row that I watch (after Malevolent and Hold the Dark).

The Haunting of Hill House

I was very much looking forward to this new Netflix series, as it falls perfectly in my current horrorfest mode. I’ve watched the first two episodes so far, and I’ll say that I liked the first episode a lot more than the second one. I like the premise, but thing’s are moving a bit too slowly for my taste, especially in the second episode — it spends too much time on the family melodrama, while I’d like it to be more horrific. It’s too early to tell though where it’s all going, so I’ll definitely be watching more.

It Comes at Night

This was incredibly creepy, and I think it’s an interesting choice to never really explain the setting (i.e. the reason people are getting sick, and that they are in full survival mode). The cast is really good, and keeping everything so self-contained (it pretty much all takes place in and around a house in the middle of the woods) really helps keep things tense and claustrophobic. Very much recommended.

The First Purge

As I wrote recently for The Purge: Election Year, I do like this series, and was quite looking forward to watching this film. I liked it fine, but I’ll say that for me it’s the weakest of all the films (I think my favorite is Election Year). The big surprise here was to see Marisa Tomei in it — doesn’t feel like the kind of thing she’d do (although her part is relatively small — maybe she’s just a fan of the series). It’s still worth watching if you like the series, and it’s fun to see how it all started (it ends up being as crooked as you’d expect). I’m really curious to see how they’ll continue things, considering how Election Year ends.

Into the Dark: The Body

This is a new horror anthology TV series with a new episode (the length of a movie) every month that ties into that month’s holiday — the premiere episode is Halloween-themed, and they’ve announced that the November episode will relate to Thanksgiving. This sounded like something that would be right up my alley, but I have to say that this first episode, “The Body,” never really grabbed me. It was OK, but it didn’t make me want to continue watching the series. It’s an interesting premise, but it just didn’t land for me.