It’s been much too long since I’ve posted here! My internet in China made it almost impossible to gain access to certain websites and Tumblr happened to be one of them for me! It’s time to get back to it.
Last night I watched a film called The Awakening. It was a story about a woman working during the 20th Century as a paranormal investigator. She was a completed sceptic, and had built her career and name by debunking numerous different ghost stories and sightings. She was a woman of science and was not easily swayed until, one day, a man shows up at her door asking her for help. He works at a boarding school for young boys somewhere out in the country and wishes her to come with him at once.
He claims that the ghost of a small boy has been sighted walking about the school, and also that another boy tragically passed a few weeks before. He wishes for her to solve the mystery of the boy’s death, and also to discover the scientific cause for the appearance of this “ghost”.
The woman needless to say ends up taking the job and she travels to the countryside. She gets much more than she bargained for and discovers something that she cannot explain, nor prove to have an underlying scientific cause. The story in this film is actually a good one! It’s interesting and original, providing plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep you entertained. The story is nothing that you’d be able to predict from a mere synopsis, so I highly recommend that you watch the movie for yourself! The acting is great, the plot is well developed, and the movie in general is well-made and entertaining!
Okay, just finished this John Carpenter film, and I am kind of torn between feelings about it. I really ended up enjoying the story line, but any things about it seemed unauthentic. I had no idea that it was meant to be set in the 60s until about halfway through it. This for some reason bothered me too much. Probably unimportant, but what can I say.
It’s about a girl with an unknown troubled past, who is found after burning down a house and out into a mental institution. The entire time something strange is happening in her ward and there is some supernatural presence that begins to make itself known. She is constantly trying to escape, without success, all the while discovering that the ghost she is seeing is a girl named Alice who “used to occupy” the ward. There is a pretty decent story line in this one, so I would recommend watching it, but the acting isn’t amazing or even emotional enough for you to connect with the characters. The main girl is beautiful, yet lacks something for this particular part in my opinion. It saves itself at the end and I actually liked how it was concluded.
It’s not too scary and it’s not too gory, there’s no nudity and as I have already mentioned, the acting isn’t anything to write home about. So after writing this, I still think it’s enjoyable and definitely worth seeing!
I just watched my first horror movie in China… and I am happy to report that it was super fucked up!
It’s an Australian Flick (which I purchased for the high price of 5 kuai…) about a high school boy who lost his father in a strange accident only six months earlier. He is changed after his passing and you can see the distance that has grown between him and his mother, and also him and his girlfriend. One day after school a girl, whom he is not dating, asks him to the dance. He replies and tells her that he’s going with his girlfriend, an obvious choice to everyone he knows.
This girl ends up being fucking insane. I don’t want to ruin too much of the film, but he ends up waking up to find that he’s been taken prisoner by the girl and her father, that he is chained to a chair wearing a tuxedo, and has to basically act out the night of the dance as if they had gone together in her living room.
The girl is an amazing actress! She really had me believing that she’s fucking crazy. She’s uncomfortably sexual at times, she’s calm, happy, and sweet at others, and she’s pure evil for the rest of it. It seems as though it would be another attempt at a lame prom slasher flick, but it’s much, much more than that. I wish I could give it all away, but you’ll have to watch to see how incredibly fucked up this girl and the story really are. There’s tons of gore as well, but more after-the-fact type of stuff rather than them trying to make you watch some gross ass shit as it’s happening. I really enjoyed the gore in the movie because you see the after shot and can only imagine in your mind how brutal it was while it was happening.
This movie is awesome, don’t let the picture on the cover fool you! It’s totally worth seeing!
Growing up I couldn’t stand Dawson’s Creek or Joshua Jackson for that matter, but he is in this movie and it definitely wasn’t ruined for me. I know there is an Asian/original version of this film, but I have yet to see it. I’m sure it’s somewhat better, but the American version is still totally worth watching.
It’s about a pair of newlyweds who movie to Japan (I think it’s Japan, I can’t remember) for the husband’s new photography shoot. He is a well-known photographer and has been to Asian many times. His new wife travels there with him for the first time, but quickly learns that he knows more people there than she had realized.
She becomes interested in something called spirit photography upon seeing a strange picture in her husbands dark room. The image of an unknown Asian woman keeps appearing in the shots and she wants to know why. The husband is plagued by strange occurrences, his best friend dies, and more and more strange thingsbegin to happen to the couple. The wife believes that someone is stalking them at first, and then begins to realize that her husband is not the man she thought he was.
This movie has some good scares, a lot of which really make you jump. This movie is really well made, but the story line is what brings everything together. The very end, as in most movies, reveals the spirt that’s been plaguing the couple and makes her story known to the wife and to the audience. It’s vveerrryyy errriieeeeeee! Everyone should see it, it fucking rules. Even if you don’t enjoy the acting or the movie, you can’t say the story line doesn’t keep you watching.
Has anyone seen the movie Darkness with Anna Paquin? It didn’t get much publicity, but it’s a great film that’s actually scary at parts!
It’s about a young girl and her family who move to Spain because of her father’s job. Her grandfather lives there, her father grew up there, but she isn’t so happy about leaving her friends in the US. They live in this cool/creepy looking house that is in a remote location and strange things start happening in the house, the lights are constantly flickering, there are ghosts of little children, and her father begins having strange episodes in which he looses his temper, has seizures, and is all around just an asshole! The parents seem to loose their minds, and Anna Paquin is stuck dealing with everything that’s going on around them.
Eventually you learn that there is something strange about the house that they are living in. There is the discovery of a ritual, and darkness is constantly trying to take over. I won’t give away anymore, but like I’ve said before, this movie is definitely worth watching! I love the ending scene!
Okay, so I just finished the movie Heartless with Jim Sturgess and that ugly guy from Sweeny Todd (I love his acting despite his face, sadly, I don’t know his name and am much too lazy to look for it.)
Jim Sturgess plays Jamie, a 25 year old guy living in England. He is into photography, and is very good at it, but he has a huge birth mark covering his left eye, and other large areas of the left side of his body. The mark on his face is shaped as a heart. People make fun of him, he is extremely self conscious, and he tries to never show the left side of his face. He always has his hood on, doesn’t really go out, and still lives with his mother. He sees a group of weird guys committing some crime in a city that sees actions just like it every day, only this is different.
The men that Jamie sees have black hoodies on and what appears to be demon masks, however, upon closer inspection, Jamie sees that they are not actually masks at all, but the faces of the culprits are actually faces of demons. He’s extremely freaked out, but doesn’t say much to anyone about it. I don’t want to ruin the story, as I usually don’t, but this movie involves making a deal with the devil, the price he will pay, and a psychological battle that one could only expect from such an ordeal.
The film ended up not being very scary, rather a psychological thriller of sorts as you watch what he goes through after his deal has been made. There are twists and turns towards the end that I definitely wasn’t expecting, and if you loved Across the Universe you may enjoy this music in this movie (I think I heard the main character himself playing a part in the soundtrack as well).
All in all I liked this movie and the plot. It had a unique storyline, and I think the acting and directing was well done. It didn’t make my list of best horror films, but it is definitely worth watching!