So, we're on the third Hunger Games movie now, based on the first half of the trilogy's final and most divisive book. I'm someone who enjoyed the first two-thirds of Mockingjay but was seriously pissed off by the ending, so I've been waiting to see just how they handle that book's biggest problems, as well as whether they can keep up the hot streak established by the first two films. How did they do?
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material
Has it really been ten years since Saw first came out? Well, if the 10th anniversary rerelease of the film this weekend only is any indication, then yes, I am officially old. The horror films of my childhood (or at least my teenage years) are now nostalgic. How long will it be before we get the Scream-style parody of torture porn?
If you thought it was over, think again. Now that I've cleared the "main" series Nightmare movies, capping off on Sunday night with a rewatch of Freddy vs. Jason, it's time for the spinoffs. First, we have Wes Craven returning to his most famous creation...
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
Rated R for explicit horror violence and gore, and for language
So, for the scariest month of the year, I kick off my second review series. Just as I celebrated The Evil Dead last year when the remake came out, this week (and next Sunday) I'm watching every single Nightmare on Elm Street movie. Yes, all of them. Even the one with the Power Glove. (Especially the one with the Power Glove.) One a day, every day, until I'm through. I've already seen Freddy vs. Jason, so that's one down, though I'll probably squeeze it in somewhere for my own personal viewing. Let's begin with the film that started it all...
So, over on the message board Death Awaits, I'm taking part in a challenge/excuse to watch a whole ton of horror movies this October. The challenge: watch one horror movie a day, with half of them (sixteen) being first-time viewings. Annabelle last week was the first of my first-time viewings, and today I'm watching one that they all swear is even worse, because I'm crazy like that.
So, pretty much nothing interesting came out last week, and this week looks no different. (Okay, I liked the first Dolphin Tale, but I wasn't exactly waiting for a sequel.) On the other hand, the Ghostbusters 30th anniversary rerelease is still in theaters...
Hmm, what's playing at the movies that I haven't seen... The Expendables 3, didn't like the second one, and the PG-13 rating removes the one thing that had going for it... The Giver, the book is damn near untouchable, but the trailers for this make it look like they turned it into a fifth-rate Hunger Games ripoff... Let's Be Cops, Damon Wayans' last few movies have all been garbage... goddamn has this been a lousy summer at the movies? And now we're in the damn dump months. I could go see Guardians of the Galaxy again, but I think I'll dig into the DVD collection and grab something that I haven't watched yet.
Ah, Syfy original movies. The modern equivalent of '50s drive-in creature features. I'm reviewing two of them today, two films that have gotten a strange amount of attention in the last year or so. Do they deserve it?