Holy shit the last review of the third October marathon! The final entry is always both sad and a huge relief. I love October. I love Halloween, watching scary movies in the appropriate season, the way the Internet comes together to celebrate the horror genre, it’s all great and I can’t help but feel a little bummed out that it’s coming to an end and we are now one day away from Christmas taking over everything for the next two months. On the flip side, I don’t have to write a review every day anymore! And my god does that idea ever sound appealing right now.
As both a fan of Eric Bana being badass and the director’s last movie Sinister, I originally was planning to check this one out in theatres. However it only lasted a couple of weeks before disappearing from this area completely, sealing its fate as a Redbox rental. Appropriately, I feel a Redbox rental is about the correct price to pay for this movie.
The V/H/S movies are certainly not the best in either the world of found footage or the world of horror anthologies, but they have been just entertaining enough to keep me coming back to the franchise each year. For every disappointing story there was usually another that was quite effective and they always had pretty creative ways to invoke the found footage concept. The latest entry however is the first real sign that this franchise is waning.
Here we have another case where I have seen the remake of something but never the original. I have seen both the 1999 House on Haunted Hill (which I remember thinking was ok, haven’t gone back it since release but I’m going to guess it doesn’t hold up all too well now) and its awful direct to DVD sequel Return to the House on Haunted Hill or whatever it was actually called. My only memory of the latter is that it did the gimmick where throughout the movie you can choose various different story paths which almost never changed the story in anything resembling a significant way. Oh and that it was terrible. I remember that as well. So even though I indulged in what are considered the lesser versions I had never watched the original 1959 version with Vincent Price until Scream Factory once again saved the day with a new box set containing this movie. So here we go!
This is the only movie in the Exorcist franchise that I had not yet seen. The reputation around it is so toxic (it is considered by many sources to be amongst the top five worst movies of all time) that I never felt it was worthy of the two hours it would take me to watch the thing. However I picked up the Exorcist set and I got this stupid marathon thing going right now so I figured if I was ever going to watch Exorcist II it would be now. Plus I had read a couple reviews saying it was a great “so bad it’s good” movie and that it is completely hilarious. Disagree! Disagree completely!
Finally I get to bust out of the other half of my Peter Fonda double bill disc that started in the May action movie marathon with Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. I wasn’t sure if Race with the Devil technically counted as a horror movie but I knew it had a cult and I knew Kevin Smith was always talking about how scary it is so I figured why not.
My god there are six Wrong Turn movies. Six! The Wrong Turn franchise has made it up to its sixth installment! Even crazier is that I have actually seen every one of them. Let me break down my thoughts real quick since I have never actually talked about any of them on the site before. My thoughts on each Wrong Turn movie are as follows: 1 – decent enough, watchable, love me some Eliza Dushku 2 – slightly more enjoyable than the first, 3 – slightly less enjoyable than the first, 4 – I have no memories of this one so that doesn’t bode well for it, 5 – ugly, ugly movie with few redeeming qualities. So there you have it. Outside of the second movie I don’t have a whole lot of love for this franchise. Wrong Turn 6 does not change that although I will say it’s amongst the better entries in the series.
Man you guys, John Carpenter’s The Thing sure is a fantastic movie. You seen it? Man, it’s so good you guys. Love that movie. The prequel from 2011? Eh, I can take it or leave it but the Carpenter version? Goooooooood, so gooood you guys! Though there’s another Thing movie, this one from the 1950’s. Carpenter’s version is a remake and the guy is such a huge fan of the original that you can also see the characters watching it in the first Halloween movie. I found a good deal on the DVD, then proceeded to leave it unwatched on a shelf for about a year. It’s time to correct that and finally get my 3 dollars’ worth out of this DVD!
Sooooo yeah despite claiming to be way into horror, I have never actually seen Rosemary’s Baby. What makes that even worse is that I have owned it for quite a while now. I’ve owned it long enough that originally it was supposed to be a part of last year’s marathon but got bumped to this year where it once again almost didn’t make it. I blame the length. I’m not used to horror movies being 135 minutes long and I think that scared me. Finally it was time to sit down and check this one and god damn I am an idiot for not watching this one sooner.
It’s so strange that this movie exists. The first See No Evil came out 8 years ago and as far as I could tell was dreadfully unpopular. Critics and audiences were not fans and I know it couldn’t have made a whole lot of money because I, needing to kill some time, saw this movie at a large cinema on its opening night. I was the only person in the entire theatre. This wasn’t when the movie was on its way out. This was 7 PM on the Friday it opened in one of the most popular theatres in a large city. It was strange and made me feel bad about myself and everything around me. I haven’t thought about the movie since that night and yet here we are with a sequel. I had to watch it because I needed to get some sense of why it exists. Yeah I still have no idea.