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Hush Little Baby (2017)

Hush Little Baby (2017)

AKA Nanny Nightmare.

I wasn't expecting great things from this movie, but it surprised! TV only as it was. The atmosphere and plot reminded me of both The Stranger and Sleep Tight (which were both great...ly disturbing).

It's about a babysitter - a teenage boy, who walks in on a happy family during a moment of hardship, and slowly turns that hardship to his benefit. In becoming a part of the family, in taking over the husband's life, and in attempting to raise their baby together. You'd better expect a killer twist at the end too!

There's not particularly much action, and not particularly much variation regarding scenery and script, but it builds up the mood masterfully, and the actors aren't bad. Some better than others. Props to Erin Cahill in particular. With an all-star cast and a bit bigger budget this could've been on par with the best of them! It's a solid thriller as is.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Slender Man (2018)

Slender Man (2018)

So the man of myth and modern creepypasta received his own horror movie after all!

I'm a bit ambiguous about this one. On the one hand the effects were pretty cool. The sped-up footage, the growing shadows, the flashes, the corridors growing longer... I liked all of those things. The sound effects were loud and on point. The characters showed real desperation when it counted too.

On the other hand I feel like it is, as with a lot of American scary movies, a bit too direct. Jumpscares aren't as scary as when nothing happens. When the suspense just builds, and builds, and you see something the characters don't notice, or in the background, or something passing by... they had a bit of those things going on here too, but there was also enough of the in-your-face stuff to lower my impressions notably. And though I understand that chats are an important part of such a modern phenomenon as this one - that's how it spreads after all - I'm also a bit adverse to there being so much of those in a movie too.

Surely there are better ways to further a story than via texts? Movies reflect our society, of course, but if they reflected this in a different way maybe society would become better? Or at least the movie itself? Just a reflection.

Overall this did have me pretty spooked out, sitting in a dark room, looking intently at the screen, so: mission accomplished. It's a scary movie. Moody, well-acted, filmed and conclusive. I'm just not of the same mind regarding the nature of scares, and some of these filming techniques. First impressions had me up at a four, but thinking about the details...

 rated 3/5: not bad

Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017)

Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017)

It's been a while since I saw a scary movie starring a supernatural beast as the main villain. Lately it's been more phenomenon than material... unless it's in some way shape or form human. And it's been a while since the last Jeepers Creepers movie too! 14 years! I'd forgotten this was what it was all about... if it was.

It would've been a pretty good sequel too if it wasn't for the effects: blood and smoke and broken ricochets that look like they could've been added in with After Effects. Not that professional studios don't use that program too. I mean this was like it could've been made by anyone with After Effects.

A solid production overall's brought down fast by flawed CGI, even if props and make-up otherwise are all on point. It's pretty exciting. It's violent too, in predictable ways, and has some old cars you might like to look at along with that particular breed of a beast, but in the end it just doesn't have that much new to contribute to the franchise. And it looks fake.

One more segment, good and bad. If you're a fan then have a crack at this sequel, if not: there are better scary movies to enjoy.

 rated 2/5: decent

Hostel: Part 3 (2011)

Hostel: Part 3 (2011)

I wonder what movies I've watched since the last one that let me see something like this and feel like they've actually toned it down since the prequels? Yet I don't think I remember wrong in that they really had a whole other level of discomfort with the first one, opted for a more sexual form of perversity with the second, and this time went a bit of a hybrid with all three, with a bit more of the commonly reoccurring theme: all-out vengeance. In the end the organization is over. Blown up. Lead figures merked... unless the main character decides to take over that reign again.

All but the final explosion was great though. They're masters of their craft at this point, both with the characters, the gore, the grueling pace and the little twists that all make this what it is... but it takes the edge off of it a bit when it decides to go all-out and conclusive. And it takes a wrong turn when it decides to go to Vegas. It's just not in that same place anymore.

The taxi driver bit still has me baffled too. Loose ends. Maybe there'll be a sequel to tell more, maybe not, but if the loose ends were intentionally loose ends than they didn't really end those the right way either, in a way that: this might not be the end after all.

Not a bad sequel or horrorcore gore movie overall, but just not quite like the first two.

 rated 3/5: not bad

The Grudge (2004)

The Grudge (2004)

It is said in Japan that when a person dies in extreme sorrow or rage, the emotion remains, becoming a stain upon that place. Death becomes a part of that place, killing everything it touches. Once you have become a part of it, it will never let you go.

Yupp, it's The Grudge again! The modern-day haunted house. The love story tragedy. The place that kills everyone who goes inside it, though ironically enough it's the victim who does all of the killing, not the one who killed her...

This is the Americanized version of the movie with the same name from 2002, and though it's been drastically modernized I can't say everything is better. They do have some famous actors. Seeing Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr and Clea DuVall retry roles for such a cult classic was fun, and some of the scary scenes were redone proper, but some of them... I guess it's hard to get everything right. Some things become American. Faster. More visual. It's just not as moody as the original was, even though I'm happy it actually still takes place in Japan, unlike so many of the other American remakes (it's actually directed by the same director too).

In the end I expected it to be worse than it was, considering it's the re-adaption that it is. It wasn't bad. It comes really close to the original, cutting some scenes, adding others, polishing some, ruining others... if you've seen the first one there's really not much reason to see this one as well though. Unless you wouldn't mind basically seeing it again.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Ju-On - The Grudge (2002)

Ju-On - The Grudge (2002)

The Japanese can really make a horror movie! Never mind the less authentic shadows and obvious build-ups: they really manage the atmosphere. A creative flare. A little slow-mo. A little creeping. A little noise...

And they're great at making little kids look creepy.

It's mainly about a curse though, and what a curse it is. Is it the pace? Is it the characters? Is it the culture? Whatever it is it really works well for the movie, and along with The Ring (the Japanese one) this is most definitely a cult classic in the scary movie realm. All the effects don't hold, but they weave the story so well otherwise. It's a series of encounters with a series of people, and it all ends... unwell. If there's anything I don't particularly appreciate here it may be the ending. It's not conclusive. In a bad way.

It's definitely better than the Americanized variant with the same name though, from what I remember, though I'm about to watch that one again too, real soon... will see if those recollections still hold.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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