Dream Cast: IT Part 2

The wonderful duo over at Good Mourning Nancy did a great episode this past Tuesday, where they listed their dream cast for IT Part 2. I love that idea, so I’m going to piggyback off their great idea and present my ideal cast for the movie. If you haven’t given Good Mourning Nancy a listen, I highly recommend them! Abbey and Gracie are wonderful, and I love that they always discuss whether or not a particular horror movie passes the Bechdel Test.

 

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Ethan Embry would be the perfect older Bill. We know he kills it in horror (he was great in The Devil’s Candy), and I think he would bring the perfect amount of anger and vulnerability to the part of Bill.

 

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My one and only, Lily Rabe, would be a perfect Beverley. She killed it in American Horror Story, so we know she handles horror well, and I just think she would be perfect in the role. I think Jessica Chastain is too big of an actress to be in IT (I want them to be relatively popular or completely new people––but if Chastain were in the role, I would just see Jessica playing a role and it wouldn’t be as seamless as the first film).

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I actually think Jason Bateman would be great in the role as Ben, and he would sort of harken to John Ritter (who played adult Ben in the miniseries back in the 90s).
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Mike: Baron Vaughn has been the perfect Mike for me since I first read the book a couple summers ago. I think Baron would bring so much to the role, and I’d love to see how he performs in a horror movie. Plus, we already know he has a great relationship with Ethan!

 

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Joel Edgerton would bring so much to the character of Stan––who (spoilers) isn’t in Part II long but does set up a lot in the few moments he’s present.

 

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Richie is a hard one, because Finn Wolfhard played him perfectly, and I can’t think of an actor who would embody Richie as much as Finn did. So, I’m gonna go with Finn’s suggestion that Bill Hader play adult Richie.

 

 

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I agree with Gracie and Abbey that Adam Scott would make a brilliant Eddie. I can see him playing off of the humor Jack Dylan Grazer brought to the role. He’s the biggest star I’ve listed, but I don’t think he’s such a big actor that his presence would be distracting.

So, that’s my dream casting! Who do you envision in the roles? Let me know!

Until next time, stay scary.

–E.

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Trailer Tuesday: Hereditary

We’ve all probably seen this trailer before, and the hype is real. According to IMDB, Hereditary is about: “When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited”––which really tells us nothing and I love it.

The trailer also tells us nothing. It’s wonderfully ambiguous, and quite beautiful; it definitely leaves me wanting to immediately see this movie when it drops in June. Toni Collette looks like she’s going to kill it in this movie, and I cannot wait to see what unravels.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you looking forward to 2018’s most discussed arthouse horror? Let me know!

Until next time, stay scary.

–E.

Larry: A Short Film

I want to start highlighting more short films here on the blog, because horror shorts can be fantastic. So, I’m going to start with the short film Larry, which as been acquired by Amblin Production Company. The way this short uses light/dark, while not completely original, is well done. I do hope the filmmakers spice it up a bit for the full-length film, as I can see how it would start to look a bit too much like Lights Out.

If you’d like to know more about me, all you need to know is that an actual thing I said while watching this short was “aw, Larry’s cute.” I’d be Larry’s friend; would you?

 

Until next time, stay scary!

–E

Top Horror Movies of 2017

Horror in 2017 was a mixed bag: when it was good, it was good; when it was bad, it was bad. The following movies aren’t in any order until we get to the top three, which are solidly the top films I’ve seen this year. For the most part, the movies were released to a wide (American) audience in 2017, but I do have a couple earlier films that I watched for the first time this year and they blew me away, so I’m counting those, as well.

The Lure (2017) the_lure_282015_film29

The Lure is a weird film, and that’s why I love it. It uses mermaids in an interesting way; I love the dark cinematography coupled with the musical interludes. It just worked for me. The relationship between the sisters is great, and when the movie decided to be bloody, it was well done. I’d recommend this film, but check out the trailer beforehand––if the trailer doesn’t speak to you, I don’t think the film as a whole will.

 

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I liked Creep, but it didn’t blow me away. The acting is good, and I like the concept, but it didn’t astound me. So, it’s kind of a surprise to me that I liked Creep 2 as much as I did. I thought the execution in this film was great––I loved the fact that Duplass’ character (Aaron, in this film) was able to admit his serial killer tendencies right away. It added a certain je ne sais quoi to the film that I enjoyed. I also liked Akhaven’s performance as Sara a lot––their relationship struck me more than the relationship between Duplass (Josef) and Brice (Aaron).

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The Babysitter is a Netflix original that dropped in October––and it’s a lot of fun. I don’t have much to say about this movie, because it’s not a groundbreaking or original horror film, but it is a lot of fun. The acting, for the most part, is good, and the atmosphere is so deliciously 80s. The kills are entertaining, as well. If you’re looking for a fun, absurd horror film, check this one out.

 

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Prevenge is a dark comedy about a woman who believes her unborn child is guiding her to commit murder. It’s an absurd concept executed well by Lowe, who basically did everything from writing to directing to starring (while actually eight months pregnant). It’s another fun movie to watch if you’re in the mood for a horror comedy––the only thing that kind of ‘put me off’ was the baby’s voice. It was odd, and took me out of the movie a bit. Other than that, solid film.

 

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) mv5bmja2mtezmzkzm15bml5banbnxkftztgwmjm2mtm5mdi-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_

I watched The Autopsy of Jane Doe in January––it certainly set the bar for me for horror in 2017. I love this film. I think the atmosphere and the tension is great. The acting is solid. The storyline isn’t unique, but it’s executed well. It just works for me. And, I love horror movies that are set in the coroner’s, so the environment is a plus for me. It can be difficult to pull off a movie in such confined spaces and keep the tension throughout the film, and I thought this movie did just that. I’d highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet!

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Raw is the latest French horror, though I wouldn’t attach it to French New Wave horror (a lá Martyrs, High Tension, Inside, etc). I was expecting a movie along the lines of the previously mentioned, and that is not what I got with Raw, so I initially left the theatres I bit disappointed. However, I gave it a rewatch in October and because I knew what to expect, I enjoyed the film a lot more. Certainly don’t go into this movie with any of the “it’s so gross it made people vomit!” marketing that went around, because, honestly, it’s a pretty tame French horror film that involves cannibals. This is more of a movie about the relationship between two sisters and trying to grapple with an identity that is far, far from the norm.

The Devil’s Candy (2017) large_devils_candy_ver3

The Devil’s Candy is such a joy to watch if you’re a fan of the horror genre who has sat through numerous shitty mainstream films. It’s indie horror at its finest. The acting is superb (Ethan Emery is fantastic in this film), and though the plot is simple, it’s done extremely well. I love the grunge and vibe of this movie a lot, and the relationship between Jesse (Emery) and his daughter is wonderful. And Pruitt Taylor Vince nails his role as Ray Smilie. Just watch this movie if you haven’t––it’s a breath of fresh air in the horror genre.

 

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Obviously, Get Out is going to be on this list. I’m assuming everyone has seen this, but if you haven’t, watch it immediately. I’m so excited to see what Peele does next, because this is a fantastic film. It juggles horror, social commentary, thriller, and humor so well, and the acting is excellent. There was a lot of hype around this movie when it was released, but the film holds up viewing after viewing. It’s a keeper.

 

Boys in the Trees (2016) 35dd07b2ccaae7bef3350277b12ac39762b0c290

Boys in the Trees is close to my top horror of the year. It’s a quiet film that snuck up on me. I wasn’t expecting to love it, but love it I do. I don’t want to give too much away, because I think it’s important to go into this knowing nothing. I will say, it’s pretty surrealist, and it revolves around friendship, loss, fear, and growing up. It’s a beautiful film: The cinematography, the acting, the plot…everything is wonderful. It’s not your typical horror film, but it does solidly fit into the genre, which you’ll understand if you’ve seen it. It’s a film I think about all of the time, even though I haven’t rewatched it since I first saw it in October. I just love it, unapologetically.

Top Horror

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The Love Witch is such a delight. It’s unapologetically feminist, it’s about witches, it feels as if it’s actually a film set and produced in the 70s…honestly, it’s me in a film. Like Lowe (Prevenge), Anna Biller did everything for this film: she starred in it, directed it, wrote it, made its costumes and its set…she did everything. It’s not a film that everyone will love, but it’s easily one of the best films I saw in 2017. Elaine is a beautiful, complicated character, and I love her. Like with The Lure, you’ll know if you’ll like this film once you see the trailer.

 

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Shape of Water is the one movie that I’m not entirely sure belongs on a horror list, but it IS based off of Creature from the Black Lagoon so I’m including it. It’s more fantasy than horror, but this is my blog, so here we are. I love this film. I’ve seen it twice thus far, and I plan on watching it over and over again as soon as the blu-ray comes out. It’s a visually stunning film (I mean, it’s del Toro, so obviously), the characters are fantastic, the music is perfection…it’s beautiful. The film centers around identity and belonging and it’s just perfect. If you love del Toro (specifically Devil’s Backbone & Pan’s Labyrinth del Toro), you will love this film. Watch it. Be amazed.

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Obviously, It is my favorite horror film (and probably film) of the year. If you’ve read my review, you know how I feel about this fim. I won’t wax and wane here (that’s what the review is for), but I bloody loved this adaptation. The acting is fantastic, the cinematography is fantastic, the sound is fantastic. It’s just a winner. It took the best parts of the book and brought them to live fabulously, and it left out the weird parts that probably shouldn’t have been included in the first place––you know what I mean if you’ve read the book. I cannot wait for the second part to come out. Is it 2019 yet?

Well, that’s it: my favorite horror films of 2017. What horror did you watch last year? What did you love? I might do a worst horror of 2017, because I love ranting, and there were some terrible movies released last year.

Until next time, stay scary.

–E.

31 Days of Horror: The Road Thus Far

We’re officially halfway through October (so sad––where does the time go?). In years past, my list of horror movies I want to watch throughout the month has been pretty “strict”––I had a theme, and then each movie picked out, and their corresponding day I would watch them on. While this seems super organized, in theory, it isn’t the best method for me. Some days, I just wouldn’t be into my movie for the day, and making myself sit through it wasn’t a great experience.

So, this year, I decided to have my theme, and my list of movies, but I didn’t give them a corresponding day. I just have my list, and I want to work through it during the month.

My theme this year is occult, which encapsulates a variety of different horror films, I think. I did throw in a couple favorites, as I usually do each year, such as The Evil Dead (2013) and Sinister. Unfortunately, a couple of the movies I picked are impossible to find, so I’ve done some switching and moving around. That said, I’ve enjoyed the month so far! It’s definitely the best horror month I’ve had in awhile, and I credit that to the fact that I’m not forcing myself to watch movies I might not want to watch on a certain day.

If you want to see everything I’ve watched this far, be sure to check out my letterboxd page! I log everything. If you do, you’ll notice that I’ve had to skip a couple of days here and there, and then make up for them on another day: sometimes life is hectic and you can’t get a movie watched. Ah well.

The Good 

I’ve done a couple of rewatches thus far this month that I’ve enjoyed. Obviously, I rewatched The Exorcist, which is a great film. I also rewatched The Fog, which is one of my favorite Carpenter movies. And, I went to go see It again while on vacation, because I love it so much.

New movies wise, my two standouts this month thus far are definitely The Babysitter and Boys in the Trees. The Babysitter is super tongue-in-cheek, and is utterly ridiculous, but it’s so much fun. If you like 80’s camp, you’ll love this movie.

Boys in the Trees, on the other hand, gave me a lot of emotions. It’s not a movie I would recommend to everyone. It’s reminiscent to Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree, but with 90s music, and assholes. It’s a beautiful film, but in message and aesthetically. Honestly, I’m still thinking about this movie, and I watched it two days ago. I’m already looking forward to a rewatch. You will not like this movie if you’re not a fan of “art horror” and slower plots. I always hesitate to recommend checking out the trailer beforehand, because sometimes trailers spoil everything. And, I don’t think this trailer accurately depicts the film. However, if you’re unsure based on description alone, maybe give the trailer a watch, and just ignore the music (which was a terrible decision on the marketing team). I have a lot of things to say about this movie, so I’ll be doing a separate full review for it shortly.

I also enjoyed Haxan, which is a Swedish silent film from 1922. It’s weird, and another movie that’s not for everyone, but it’s fascinating to watch. It’s about witches, and gets super trippy. If you’ve watched silent films before and enjoyed them, maybe give it a go!

 

The Bad

The two worst films I’ve seen thus far are definitely Witchery (1988) and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988). They’re both bad for completely different reasons, too. Witchery can’t be taken seriously as a movie. The acting is terrible, and the plot is razor thin. It’s fun to laugh at during some parts, but overall, it’s a pretty boring movie.

The Serpent and the Rainbow, on the other hand, has an interesting plot. Plus, Bill Pullman. However, it skirts the line between anthropological and racist just a teeny bit (as most white, Western movies about Haiti do), and I thought the main character made a lot of really, truly dumb decisions. This is supposedly based on a “true story,” but I always take that claim with a grain of salt. I would hesitantly recommend this movie if you’re into depictions of voodoo and Haiti in horror movies. And if you like Bill Pullman.

 

The Ugly 

Surprisingly enough, I haven’t had anything downright awful. I consider this a win.

Everything not listed here is in the six skull/three star range for me: it’s average. Entertaining, but not a groundbreaking movie. The acting is alright, the plot alright, it’s all just alright. I’ve watched a lot of horror movies, so this isn’t necessarily a bad thing for me. It does mean I’ll probably forget the movies by this time next year.

Also! The Exorcist TV show is back and it’s killing it. I’m enjoying it a lot so far. If you haven’t started the second season yet, I recommend it! And, surprisingly enough, I’ve been enjoying AHS. What a time to be alive.

What are your standout movies this month? Or, alternatively, watch anything that’s downright terrible? Let me know!

Until next time, stay scary.

–E.

Paranormal Experiences 1: Ouija Board

Hello, fellow goblins and ghouls! It’s (finally) the merry month of October––we’ll pretend it’s not already halfway over, because that’s a depressing thought. It’s that sweet time of year where we’re surrounding by tricks and treats and terrible horror movies. Bliss.

I want to do something different on the blog this month in celebration of our favorite time––I decided that I would share five spooky experiences that I’ve had throughout the years. (In between, I’ll give two updates on my #31DaysofHorror: the bad, the good, and the ugly.)

We’re going to start off with the first (and only) time I’ve used a Ouija board.

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While I’ve always been into spooky shit, I didn’t even hold a Ouija board until I was nineteen years old. I’m not superstitious, but I am Italian, and there was no way my family allowed me to even think Ouija boards, let alone own one. (This is the same family that refuses to own The Exorcist because demons).

On the opposite end of the spectrum was my best friend (also Italian, funnily enough–-we are a complicated people), who had been playing Ouija during sleepovers for years. So, one afternoon, I was at her house, as I usually was back then. We were hanging out, and I don’t exactly remember how the topic came up, but we decided to take out the old Ouija board and play.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: you were with a group of people. One of them clearly moved the planchette around to scare the shit out of the rest of you. That’s entirely likely, and could very well be the case. But, we were also in my best friend’s basement, which is a proven hole to another dimension. There’s a lot of weird shit that happens in this basement. So, while I tend to be pretty logical about these sorts of things, I 100% believe that if we were to contact the dead, it would definitely be in her basement.

After a couple of minutes, we contacted the spirit of a dead man by the name of Henry. It became apparent after a couple more minutes of chatting that Henry really, really liked me. Liked me so much, he made it known that he was seated in the open chair next to me. Cue goosebumps, because of course it felt like the temperature got just slightly cooler.

My stomach dropped, and I immediately wanted to shut that shit down, because I was sleeping over that night, and I definitely didn’t want the thought of a ghost boy lurking over me while I slept to keep me awake (spoiler alert: it did).

We played for a couple more minutes, and Henry grew a bit more insistent that I talk with him. That’s about when we said goodbye for the night, and watched a movie or something.

I’m not saying that Henry stuck around for a while after that, but I will say that it’s entirely plausible he decided to follow me home and watch over me for a few months, because there were plenty nights when I’d look over into the corner of my room and see the barest of shadows against the wall.

And my friend? She got rid of her Ouija board a couple of years later. It was probably for the best.

 

Until next time, stay scary.

–E.

Trailer Tuesday: Tragedy Girls

Tragedy Girls is that film that I’ve been waiting for without knowing that I’ve been waiting for it. I am so excited for this film. It looks like it’s going to be hilarious. I totally agree with the marketing ploy stating it’s a combination of Scream and The Heathers, at least from what I’ve seen in the trailer. The director, Tyler MacIntyre, also worked Patchwork––a horror comedy that I just watched and enjoyed. This makes me believe the dialogue will be as witty and clever, but perhaps a bit more cleaned up.

I’m expecting a ton of laughs and a killer soundtrack. Here’s to hoping the movie delivers on both.

Tragedy Girls comes to theatres on 20 October.

Until next time, stay scary.

–E.