Finding a genuinely scary and quality horror movie is like finding a… MoreFinding a genuinely scary and quality horror movie is like finding a needle in a haystack. The Babadook is that needle; on the surface, it's a cursed book about a monster that comes to life, which possesses a host (i.e. our unlucky protagonist, a widowed mother in Australia). What it really is is a film about fear itself, particularly what really makes us afraid and why it does so. Amelia, mother of a young boy who seemingly has a mental disorder, lost her husband in a car crash seven years ago. When The Babadook "monster" enters the picture, it takes form of her greatest fear, and the monster tries to cripple her with it. Another huge element of the film is the relationship between an emotionally damaged mother, and an anxiety-ridden son. It tackles the notion that fear can take many different forms, for both kids and adults. The Babadook does not exercise cheap scares like many modern horror movies before it: it instead relies on very steady pacing, and genuinely creepy images, but also sounds. The Babadook noises that you won't forget anytime soon: "Baba-dook-dook-DOOK". The word itself is kind of funny, but once you hear it in the film it will send a very effective chill down your spine. The Babadook is the best horror movie I've seen in years.
Several movies have been influenced by Battle Royale, including… MoreSeveral movies have been influenced by Battle Royale, including Tarantino's Kill Bill and the popular Hunger Games franchise. A group of 42 teenagers are gathered and dropped on a deserted island where they're instructed to kill each other until one winner stands. Unlike the Hunger Games, all of these kids knew each other prior to the event, which leads to more interesting confrontations; all of which are much bloodier and gruesome. The film shows it's age; now fifteen years old, the budget was low at the time and the effects aren't as convincing as modern action films, and the acting is uneven. What makes Battle Royale all the more shocking is how young some of the actors are; they range from 10-year-old kids to late-teens, making for a controversial film. I enjoyed Battle Royale, and I wish I hadn't seen the Hunger Games prior to seeing it, because both concepts are practically the same. This now makes it hard for me to regard either film without thinking of the other. If you haven't seen the Hunger Games yet, see this first: it's a harder-hitting film.
The majority of modern horror films are cliche; cheap scares that… MoreThe majority of modern horror films are cliche; cheap scares that involve something popping up out of nowhere (loudly), whether it's a ghost, a demon, or somebody possessed. So what ever happened to those classic 70's and 80's slasher films where the two kids having sex die first? It Follows reinvents the slasher flick with style, originality, and ultimately quality horror. A girl is given a curse (through sex) which involves a person who could be random or recognizable, to be constantly walking towards her. The only way to get rid of it is to pass it on through sex. Director David Mitchell is secretly mocking the entire teen sex field, when sex-ed teachers warn us of things like STD's and STI's. In a way, this "curse" that is passed on in the film is symbolic for kids catching STD's, and it's just as scary to see it unfold in this film as it was when you were first warned about diseases when you were twelve. With a low budget, It Follows succeeds in the utilization of it's simplistic yet effective horror which revolves around great cinematography, mood, and creepiness rather than the cheap scares we've all come to know today. This is one of the most original horror films I've seen in a long time.