Pharyngula

Halloweeny, good and bad

The other night, I made the mistake of going to the local theater to see the horrible new version of Halloween by Rob Zombie. It sucked. Unimaginative, tedious, unrelievedly grim, plodding, with no insight or interesting ideas, and it wasn’t even scary. There was no story except ‘serial killer marches through movie murdering people.’

I’d hoped for something frightening for Halloween, and was disappointed.

I should have just stayed home and read the Little Professor, since she has provided a nice assortment of century-old horror stories. The real thing. Stories with some imagination and style. Skip the bad slasher movies, read Fanu or James or Stevenson — they’re much more satisfying.

Comments

  1. #1 Ichthyic
    October 29, 2007

    One of the better monster movies I’ve seen lately is Bong Joon-Ho’s The Host.

    oh, i so completely have to disagree with that.

    After starting with an intriguing family interaction, and a slightly new spin on the “toxic monster” syndrome, the whole last half hour of the movie was absolutely farcical and completely ruined anything decent the movie was trying to build to.

    sorry, but after seeing so much hype for this, I was sorely disappointed.

    The monster itself was decent, but that’s as far as it went, and made it no better than the idiotic US “Godzilla” remake.

  2. #2 Ichthyic
    October 30, 2007

    and on the weird sci-fi/horror front I also quite liked Event Horizon

    nope, not alone. there were some genuinely creepy themes in there.

    I think they could have done a better job of fleshing out the old “I have such sights to show you” theme even more, and some of the effects were a bit over the top, but I still liked it overall.

    “DO YOU SEE?”

    btw, that was one of the things i liked about the original Hellraiser (1 and 2), too…

    “We have such wonderful things to show you”

    “We have an eternity to know your flesh”

    yup. good creepiness factor. No reason to graphically show you what they mean – let your imagination fill in the gaps.

    It’s very rare past teenage that a film can make you jump out of your seat (like Jaws and Alien did when they first came out), so I tend to favor horror flicks that work on the creepiness factor instead as I grow older.

  3. #3 Ichthyic
    October 30, 2007

    …btw, IMO opinion, Lovecraft was the originator of “creepy”.

  4. #4 Ichthyic
    October 31, 2007

    Kseniya,

    if you’re intersted in Lovecraft, most of his stuff is public access, and I have just about everything ever written by the man in various electronic formats (text, html, pdfs, even audiobooks of some of the better known stuff).

    if you’re interested, let me know and I’ll figure out a way to get it to you.

    re-animator (the movie) is based on a Lovecraft story, btw.
    :)

    http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/reanimator.htm

  5. #5 Ichthyic
    November 1, 2007

    wow, that was simply the most thoughtful review of a zombie movie I think I’ve ever read.

    thanks, Dr. L

    Indeed, the author made an excellent case for the idea that the film was actually CRITICIZING misogynist attitudes.

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