Writers:Stephen King, Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman
Starring:Jaeden Libierher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Jackson Robert Scott, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Bill Skarsgard
Synopsis:This tale is one of my favorite stories from Stephen King. The narrative that got me naturally terrified of clowns and hateful of bullies. This second adaptation of Stephen King's novel is hands down the better version. There were buzz about this movie years before its release and the day to go watch it could not come soon enough. When I watched the miniseries, I always had to bury my face into my mother's skirt, that was back in 1990. This time around, I persuaded a super cute and strong El Salvadorian to go with me, and yes I was on the edge of my seat even with him present. It follows the storyline of seven friends who are tormented incessantly by this dancing clown named Pennywise unbeknownst to their parents. The cinematography was impeccable, the clown was a lot scarier even to a 80's baby, the kids' fears were implacable and so real, the antagonists were so well portrayed and demonized. Although, there were so many great horror films this year, IT had to be one of the most frightening movies, overall it grossed over 700 millions dollars worldwide against a 35 million dollars budget. Finally, I was on edge for days after watching that movie, that is the impact it had on me, clearly a winner in my book!
So grippingly scary!
Get Out (24 February 2017)
Starring:Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones
Synopsis:This movie is so original. I mean in the midst of BLM movement and the Purge movies, this storyline takes height. I was supremely scared by the theme of this film as it was not a supernatural premise. It was all about science meeting a dark family predisposition. This movie could actually be the cause in the recent reduction of interracial dating rates. A seemingly happy and comfortable interracial couple sets out to visit the girl's Caucasian family. Upon arrival at the home, he is treated as a very precious cargo. The groundskeeper and housekeeper are black and act fully bat shit cray cray. The mother is a hypnotherapist and the father is a neurosurgeon. The perfect couple to relocate consciousness from white, frail, old bodies into strong, young, healthy black vessels for a massive fee paid only by the eccentric wealthy and white closed niche for decades via an auction setting. Yes that is exactly what they are as a family. A business. The daughter lures men into meeting the parents with this hidden agenda. The son holds them down and keeps down during the process. Nonetheless, Chris was not a typical black male as he had access to a super agile TSA friend via his phone and he was a fighter. It was an educational watch!
"Humans" has nothing on this movie!
Happy Death Day (13 October 2017)
Director: Christopher B. Landon
Writers: Scott Lobdell
Starring: Jessica Rothe
Synopsis: The unfortunate repeated slashing of a life-loving, party-going, sorority member, popular college student who finds herself reliving her birthday a la GroundHog Day after being murdered by a mysterious stalkerish killer with a laughable mask. Although, very formulaic but purely irrestible!
Writers:Jovanka Vuckovic, Roxanne Benjamin, Annie Clark, Karyn Kusama, Jack Ketchum
Starring: Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool, Christina Kirk
Synopsis:As I was watching this anthology of four distinct stories (The Box, The Birthday Party, Don't Fall, and Her Only Living Son), it made me think about my own writing. One story in particular, resembled closely something that could be mustered from my mind, yes you guessed it right, "The Birthday Party" one. It was such a cynically ingenious representation of how one unforgettable event can define an individual for the worse. It does not even necessitate the title emphasis at the end. All the plots, except for "The Box" were summoned from creatively maverick women writers. Don't expect any happy endings!
Raw and true to the core!
It Comes at night (9 June 2017)
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Writers: Trey Edward Shults
Starring: Jessica Rothe Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough
Synopsis: This premise is not so original but the actors and the cinematography made it so worthwhile. A family of four resides in a cottage in the woods. They do everything indoors and when they go outside they wear gas masks, which suggests the presence of aerosol nerve agents. This movie is really not about the unknown or the common monster hiding in plain sight, it's about survival and at what lengths this family will go to stay alive. The ugly things they will do to remain safe while losing their humanity in this post-apocalyptic world.
"Gas masks are used for a reason, unseen yet reason enough!"
Annabelle: Creation (11 August 2017)
Director:David F. Sandberg
Starring: Stephanie Sigman, Anthony Lapaglia, Miranda Otto
Synopsis:One of the scariest movies of 2017. The storyline was nicely put together. I was positively terrified watching it and I was not even alone. My El Salvadorian companion was also petrified with the quick cuts and this seriously evil doll, or was it the doll? I enjoyed the scare tactics and plot devices used throughout, they were very effective. Nevertheless, I sincerely never expected it to end this way. Be prepared to get scared out of your wits!
Dolls are evil, or mere demeure for ghoulish spirits!
Veronica (25 August 2017)
Director: Paco Plaza
Writers: Paco Plaza
Starring: Sandra Escacena
Synopsis: I knew nothing of this Spanish film until a co-worker mentioned it to me. I watched it last night and let me tell you. The Enfield Poltergeist and Vallecas case have nothing on this premise. Yes this movie is loosely based on them but there was something too real about this one. After playing with the Ouija board, Veronica's body is taken possession by a terrifying spirit; I can't tell if it's because the girl playing Veronica seems so familiar or that her acting is exceptionally compelling, it really took me to a place. The little girl in me was horrified!