Ari Aster has created a horror movie that will stay with you long after its credits
From the time it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, critics have been raving about A24’s new artsy and challenging Hereditary. Horror films in the vein of The Witch and It Comes At Night are precisely the breath of fresh air critics seem to want. For the general audience, these types of horror films have been widely rejected. Only movies like The Conjuring or Get Out have managed to capture both the mainstream audience and critics alike. As for Hereditary, it is yet another horror film that will only further divide audience and critics.
Get ready for your spooky Halloween night horror movie marathon
For those of you who know me, Halloween is my Christmas. When my calendar goes from September 30th to October 1st, there’s a switch in me that just wants to visit haunted houses, drink warm tea, and my personal favorite, watch scary movies. Every October, I (re)watch A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Exorcist, and get to follow along AMC’s yearly Friday the 13th marathon. However, when Halloween finally comes around, I have a hard time finding Halloween-themed horror movies to watch. From years of research, it’s surprisingly not a popular setting for these types of movies, but I’ve managed to find 5 that will definitely help with your October 31st horror marathon.
Leatherface does nothing to add to the mythology of the franchise
As a lover of slasher films, I continue to cling to the idea that someday there might be a renewed interest. With all the supernatural ghosts stories as of late, slasher films would offer a nice change of pace in the horror industry. However, as much as I love this genre of horror, who asked for another Texas Chain Saw Massacre movie? Seeing that Leatherface only further proves that slasher films aren’t ready to be resurrected and that Texas Chain Saw Massacre wasn’t made to be a franchise.
Darren Aronofsky’s message is clear and a little too loud
Let me start by clearing out some confusion. No, mother! is not a straight-forward horror film or the home invasion thriller it so perfectly markets. With that said, it’s by no means an easy film to market. Darren Aronofsky’s latest film is his most ambitious and daring yet, even for him. Working on a purely metaphorical level, Aronofsky is able to craft a horror film so different, it will surely have casual movie-goers walking out of the theatre. However, as a critic and a fan of these types of film, mother! is at its best when delivering its harsh message even if it often seems self-assertive.
It is at its best when it focuses on The Loser’s Club
Childhood fears and clowns go together like Stephen King and movie adaptations. With supernatural coming-of-age stories featuring kids being so popular these days (Stranger Things comes to mind), what better choice than to bring It to the big screen. Throughout the years, we’ve received many great King stories come to life like Misery, The Green Mile, and The Shining. However, no adaptation has seen a more talented cast of children than It‘s Losers’ Club. This mature supernatural coming-of-age story is well-written and makes a lot of bold choices that are worth commemorating.
Death Note is a dull and simplistic YA that never truly finds its footing
From 13 Reasons Why to To The Bone, Netflix seems to be caught in the middle of controversy quite a lot. It comes from the very fact that the streaming service is willing to green light anything that passes through their desk. While that sometimes gives us some interesting movies like Okja, other times it leaves us with rushed and shallow movies like Adam Wingard’s incredibly simplistic Death Note.
After Marvel successfully made it, DC tried it, then, the Dark Universe tried it, and now The Conjuring is trying it. Of course, I’m talking about the ever-so-popular cinematic universe. The series of films that studios want more than a franchise, the money machines that power studios to fame, but the thing that sacrifices the now for the future.
We’ve seen it with the DCEU, we’ve seen it with the Dark Universe, but surprisingly, The Conjuring universe is shaping up to be, at least, a decent horror universe. That surely wasn’t the case when Annabelle first came along, as I wasn’t very convinced that a universe surrounding Ed and Lorraine Warren could work. However, Annabelle: Creation defies all odds and serves as a solid start to what could be a very promising universe.