horror

Carnival of Souls (1962)

Carnival of Souls (1962)
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USA – 84 min – horror, thriller, mystery
Directed by Herk Harvey
Written by John Clifford

Ah, those good, old horror movies!
Few special effects, great amount of anxiety and fear.

A car with a group of girls inside falls to river. The only survivor of the accident, a young woman, tries to leave behind the tragedy. However, strange, horrifying occurences begin to happen. Sudden moments of separation from sounds and surrounding people, a man resembling zombie, a deserted amusement park.

The movie scares you even though there isn’t any blood. Tension is so intensive, it makes you yearn for something to happen at last!
We don’t know if what the woman sees is real or just her mind is playing with her (and us – viewers). Moreover, the spooky incidents seem disturbingly real, so real, a viewer starts to think, it could as well occur in his own life!

The brightest feature of ‘Carnival of Souls’ is its incredibly eerie atmosphere, strengthened by black-and-white picture and creepy music (with intimidating sounds of organ).
Spooky, spooky, spooky!

My rate: 8/10

Valentine’s Day: 14 very different movies for 14th February

As everyone is unique, we all have distinct taste in cinematography and various esthetical needs to be satisfied by a film.
Here you can find the movie list I’ve made with a view to this diversity.

Whether you celebrate it with your beloved one, or on your own – have a happy Valentine’s Day and enjoy your film(s)!

1. For those who are fond of unusual and creative stories (not to say: ‘strange’), despite the difficulties the characters must struggle with, I recommend Rumba (2008).
2. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) – not exactly the most romantic movie, but hey, who said there must be flowers, kisses and flying hearts in every scene?
If your man is fed up with all romantic comedy stuff that follow the common scheme, make this day special and watch together some action!
3. However, supposing you feel like getting some of motion pictures that burst with drama and true love, watch The Vow (2012). So sweet!
4. Yearning for a good Bollywood love story, but you’ve already seen Kal Ho Naa Ho and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham? Vivah (2006) is the answer!
5. Drama, romance, drama, romance… Urgh! To laugh out of the Valentine’s Day, choose Date Movie (2006) – a hysterical parody of well-known romantic movies.
6. The followers of carpe diem philosophy who are keen on drama movies should be satisfied with Now is Good (2012). If you liked A Walk to Remember (2002), you’ll be delighted!
7. Got your heart broken again? Here, let me explain you that He’s Just Not That Into You (2009). He may be into that film, though.
8. Byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru /5 Centimeters Per Second /(2007) is my suggestion for the fans of animated masterpieces. This beautiful story with breath-taking graphics deserves to be your must-watch!
9. In case that you’d rather have goosebumps than a tear of emotion in your eye and you’d still like to follow Valentine’s Day theme, the movie for you is The Loved Ones (2009). Suits for Halloween as well.
10. Splendid costumes, outstanding music, admirable scenography and exceptional actors that sing as good as act – all this creates a theatrical, marvelous world of Moulin Rouge! (2001). Dear musical lovers and those who like to feed their eyes with glamour – 127 minutes of heaven awaits! Dear other people – watch as well, you certainly won’t waste your time!
11. Looking for a light, French romance-comedy? Seek and you shall find! 20 ans d’ecart (2013) is perfect for having a good time.
12. Neither life, nor love is easy. A movie doesn’t always have to entertain, characters may not lead a successful, happy existence. Gegen die Wand/Head-On/ (2004) tells a bitter, uneasy story that may be shocking or touching at times, but definitely worth watching.
13. At a certain point, some people engaged in long lasting relationships wonder if the love is gone. Romantic comedy-drama Hope Springs (2012) takes on this hard topic. Excellent plot, excellent actors (Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell), excellent movie!
14. And for the last – Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986) to add some sensuality and spice to the list. Oh boy’ it’s going to be hot! Therefore, perfect for a cold winter’s evening.

If you liked the list, please let me know. In case you didn’t, please do so as well.

And do not hesitate to put your own ideas in comments!

Insidious (2010) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

Insidious (2010) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
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Directed by James Wan
Written by Leigh Whannell (both movies; characters, story, screenplay ) and James Wan (Chapter 2, story)

The story begins with a family of five moving into new home and – yup, you guessed it right – strange things begin to happen. There are inscrutable noises, items moving on their own, one of the children having troubles with sleeping in new place – same old stuff.
When the son falls into coma, parents decide to move out (resonable people in horror movie, FINALLY!).
Things get even more interesting after the family changes address once again… Past and present, ghosts and the living, dreams and reality – they all interpenetrate and lead to electrifying plot twists.

The creators go off the beaten track of the cinematography of eeriness and fear. They do not wander, but finely use darkness, mystery and the theme of haunted house to push the horror movie to a whole new level and adding a bit of melancholy and sadness to the fearsome mood.

I was so scared, I had to pause it every once in a while not to freak out too much!

Now, that’s what I’m talking about when it comes to horror movies!

Looking forward to watching chapter 3!

My rate: 8/10

The Children

The Children (2008)
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United Kingdom – 85 min.- thriller, horror, mystery
directed by Tom Shankland
written by Tom Shankland (screenplay) and Paul Andrew Williams (story)

If you’re not willing to have any offspring, you’re certainly not going to change your mind after watching this movie.

It was supposed to be an idyllic New Year Eve, two families celebrating together. The children suddenly get sick, one by one, and then – go out of their minds. The meaning of ‘playing’ for those kids is no longer the same. They want blood!

What I enjoyed in this movie is the novel idea of breaking the stereotype of a sweet innocent child and putting a knife in his hand, instead of a teddy bear.
Also, the mysterious atmosphere and electrifying plot twists totally go along with the story.

However, I felt irritated by the completely illogical actions of the adults; they were just stupid. What’s more, the parents didn’t really took much care about the coughing, vomiting little boys and girls.
No wonder they got so pissed.

My rate: 6/10

Gothika

Gothika (2003)
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USA – 98 min – thriller, horror
directed by Mathieu Kassovitz
written by Sebastian Gutierrez

Storm in the evening/at night? Check.
Penitentiary full of mentals? Check.
Mysterious girl with wet hair and bruises? Check.
Paranormal activity? Check.
Blood and murder? Check.
Surprise and suspense? Check.

Plus Halle Berry, Robert Downey Junior and Penelopé Cruz.

What a pity!
Unfortunately, I spotted few mistakes in what seemed to be the perfect recipe for a horror.

Nevertheless, I recommend ‘Gothika’, especially for those of you, who are fond of excersising your mind while watching scary films with quite intriguing story. Perhaps, unlike me, you’ll figure out who, why and how until they are revealed.

Not exactly the most terrifying horror I’ve seen, but definitely worth watching.

My rate: 6,5/10