I loved this documentary. It’s no secret that Evil Dead 2 (and to a lesser extent Army of Darkness) is one of my favorite movies, and so this made for a fun trip back to examine what made it such a classic. It includes interviews with pretty much everyone involved, except for Sam Raimi — plenty of Bruce Campbell definitely compensates for that omission though. If you’re a fan of the original movie, then you’ll surely have a great time watching this.
This was something I’d been wanting to watch for ages — I tend to like stuff produced by Abrams — and this year’s October marathon felt like the right time. I’m not quite sure what to say though — I thought it was well made and it’s a neat idea (the Nazis are behind some crazy experiments during WW2), but I somehow didn’t find myself enjoying it that much. It took me a few watch sessions to get through it, and it’s not that long a movie — although come to think of it, it probably didn’t need to be two hours. I think there’s something to like here, but I can’t really recommend it that highly.
When October hits, it’s always good to see a new Stephen King-based movie pop up on Netflix. This is in fact based on a short story by King and his son Joe Hill — whose comic work I’ve quite enjoyed (Locke & Key), and I’m now reading his short story collection which includes this very story. I thought the movie itself was pretty good — nothing that blew me away, but it has some interesting ideas, and I liked how it wrapped up in the end. I think it’s well worth your time, if you’re in the mood for something creepy and suspenseful.
Last year for my Halloween marathon I watched season 2, and this year I’m watching season 3 (which is sadly its final season). I’ve just watched the first few episodes, but so far so good, pretty much what I want and enjoy from the series. I’m sure I’ll be a bit sad when I’m done watching the season, but here’s hoping the character lives on in some other form (one more movie, please).
I knew pretty much nothing about this movie, but I came across it on Prime Video while looking for some Halloween-themed stuff to watch, and I’m glad I jumped in (I did so after watching the trailer). It’s not necessarily a horror movie, but it does get inspiration from stuff like Heathers and The Purge, as well as bunch of other non-horror movies, like Kids. It’s about the extremes that a town can go to after a hacker starts releasing personal info (text messages, browser histories, etc.) of people in that town, and centering on a group of four teenage girls who then take matters into their own hands (after being targeted). It’s raw, graphic, fun, weird, and a lot of other things, and I found myself highly entertained.
This is a French horror series that was added to Netflix a few weeks ago, and my wife and I have both been enjoying it immensely. I still have the last two episodes to watch, but the series so far has been incredibly creepy, offering a neat storyline, with some really nice filmmaking (great shots of the town where most of the action takes place, etc.) Highly recommended.
As I’ve written in the past (last year’s Halloween marathon included quite a bit of Purge releases), I quite like this series, and so I was excited at the prospect of a second season of the TV show. Only one episode has aired so far, but I already like the premise, which proposes that we spend the season looking at the year leading up to the next Purge (and the fallout from a Purge that has just ended). At least that’s what it looks like we’re going to get.
I loved Hereditary — it was part of my Halloween marathon last year — and this follow-up from director Ari Aster is just as interesting, if so incredibly different a kind of movie. It’s definitely not scary in the traditional sense, but features some incredibly shocking scenes. And it’s a very slow burn, but one I found myself completed sucked into. It’s definitely not for everyone, and I can see how someone could not really like it, but I quite enjoyed my time with it, and was mesmerized from pretty much start to finish.
I really loved Double Fine’s two Costume Quest games, and when an animated series based on those games was announced, I was pretty excited to check it out. When the first season did come out, I remember checking on Prime Video here in Canada and not finding it, and then forgot to check again later. With the recent release of a second season, that prompted me to check again, and I found that both were now available. I’ve only watched the first episode, but it feels just like what I’d want from a Costume Quest animated series: fun characters, a great cartoony aesthetic, and nods to the game. During my Halloween marathon, it makes for a nice comedic break from all of the horror I’m watching.
I started watching the Jordan Peele-produced reboot of the series when it was airing earlier this year, but hadn’t gotten around to watching the last three episodes, which I finally did now — a good time to watch them, as part of my Halloween marathon. I quite liked this series, and I’m hoping they do more (it sounds like it was indeed renewed). As with any anthology series, I can’t say that I enjoyed every episode evenly, but overall I had a really good time watching it, and felt like there were way more hits than misses. I also enjoyed the super meta final episode of the season (even though the middle part dragged on a bit). So far, when it comes to horror and suspense, Jordan Peele can do no wrong for me.