TSK: XX. 2017. Anthology. Four short horror films that are directed and written by women. I know Boogie and Moe watched this hella long ago, with differing opinions. Boogie hated, moe liked pieces. I fall much closer to Moe's opinion. The first story (The Box) was the best imo. Really simple but good idea. Thought the father did a good job of capturing the tension and stress built by the situation of his child refusing to eat. I could have done without the cannibal dream, but other than that this was a good short. 6.5/10.
The next one was The Birthday Party. Once again this was a cool premise, but I wasn't a big fan of this one. I know they had to make the mom seem batshit crazy, but it felt a lil over the top. The weird relationship with the nanny and the high brow friends made for an awkward mix of cast. The ending was cool, but would have been even cooler if they'd dropped a couple hints directing the audience towards that idea. 4/10
Next was Don't Fall. This was such a rehashed idea that no matter how well it's done, it's not going to impress me. The 2nd girl was really hot, which will bump up a point or two. Other than that, everything you would expect to happen, happened. Bleh. 3/10
Finally we had Her Only Living Son. This one was goofy aaf, but I actually fucked with it. It was kinda had a Rosemary's Baby mixed with Bates Motel vibe. I really liked the side characters and how they interacted with the mother. I'm glad they didn't try to get too crazy with dumb visuals as well. 6/10
I really don't know how I felt about the little transition scenes. Very weird / off putting, but by the end it was kinda ok? IDK. Definitely an odd choice lol. Overall these shorts averaged about 5/10.
TSK: Backcountry. 2014. Thriller. An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear. The way this movie is filmed is the reason why I like big foot movies so much. It had a very similar vibe to Willow Creek. There was some cool added tension in the beginning with a stranger who gave off weird vibes. Gave a very realistic reason for the main people to be on edge afterwards. The visual on the bear was really good (when it wasn't attacking, that was very bad). It looked big as shit and was super creepy being able to see it pushing up against the tent and what not. If you like these kind of movies, you'll like backcountry. Long slow burn, but in the kind of way that's pretty enjoyable to watch. 6.5/10
TSK: Re-Animator. 1985. Horror Comedy. A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus. For a long time I'd seen this movie mentioned as a classic and one of the best horror comedies. Decided to check it out for myself. It is mega goofy. The seriousness of the student who develops the serum is hilarious, especially as the film devolves into utter nonsense. The whole idea of the movie is really fun, basically a large scale Frankenstein operation. It's not quite a zombie movie tho. This would be a good one to watch if you're looking for something light and easy to watch. 7/10
TSK / Moe / Sug / Boogs. The Void. 2017. Mystery. Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures. The best thing about this movie was the atmosphere. It felt like very much an 80s movie. The pacing was super quick throughout, and there were very little answers given for the many confusing elements. There were three main aspects to this movie. 1 - The doctor and his monster / void. 2 - The religious folk outside. 3 -The internal struggle between strangers facing a very trying situation. Normally you can only fit one of these tropes into a movie, I thought it was cool they tried to do all three of them and ultimately intertwine them in a what the fuck ending. I had a lot of fun watching this, but I probably wouldn't recommend unless you really like horror movies. The consensus rating on this was about 5/10.
TSK: Raw. 2017. Drama. When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her. I watched this oh high recommendation based on the boog / sug / moe stream. moe popped in for the second half so I wasn't solo the whole way. For starters, the main actress was phenomenal. The range of emotions and mannerisms displayed were really good (and pretty necessary for a film like this tbh). One of my favorite parts of the movie was the relationship between main girl and gayboi and main girl and her sister. The communication as things escalated and digressed into insanity gave a really cool break from the weirdness. The slow progression of the main girl from shy introvert into confident cannibal was done really well. There is a lot of good to say about this movie and not that much bad tbh. A lot of times films that try to do what Raw does come off as try-hard or unauthentic. To me, Raw felt artistic in a super natural way and not forced whatsoever. I knew that it had to eventually come back to the parents in some way - the way the ending decided to take the movie was great. Short, succinct, and really kind of covered all of its bases while still inviting the watcher to question everything about the situation. Top 3 movie of 2017 so far - 8.5/10
Moe: Raw. 2017. I've been waiting for this film for well over a year as I typically am with horror films that do the rounds in festivals and are hyped by the horror community. Even finding it on torrent sites was hard because as you can imagine with a name like Raw, you will be sifting through a ton of porn and WWE programming and that isn't even a joke. The premise of the film was enough for me to jump on board considering it is about a medical student succumbing to one of humanity's greatest taboos - cannibalism. The film was made with a budget just under 4 million and I'm pretty sure it never got a wide release. It's also a French film directed by a woman, neither of which I knew even after a year of searching for it. The film opens with a wide shot of a road and accident and immediately I felt like this film was going to be good simply from a visual standpoint. I was right in this thought because this film had great special effects for its budget and the gore looked extremely persuasive and realistic eventhough for a film about cannibalism, it wasn't gratuitous in its gore. The film had a rather depressing visual style to it with colors that were muted which contrasted with its soundtrack which included upbeat pop music. The plot of the film is pretty straighforward although weird while it's happening because of how people react in the film gives it a sense of weird, almost nightmarish reality. It's as if the people aren't reacting how you would expect people to react in situations that occur in the film. However, the film tells its story and wraps it up nearly in an unnerving ending, which I consider one of the best ever. I really enjoyed this film in every respect and give it a 9/10. One of my favorite horror films of the last few years up there with It Follows and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.
TSK: We Are Still Here. 2015. Paranormal. In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years - and demands a sacrifice. This is a very common setup for a paranormal movie - a husband and wife lose their son and then move into a new old house. Cue weird shit happening. A cool thing about this movie is that there are pretty much no kids / young adults involved in the main story. The idea behind the paranormal stuff is OK, and is aided by some pretty cool visuals / rules. There were a couple of smallish twists that I liked. The ending went kinda crazy (wasn't mad at it). This was a solid paranormal movie, but doesn't stand out as being as great as the conjuring / conjuring 2, but better than the later paranormal activity movies. 6.5/10