Saturday, November 2, 2019

[HORROR MOVIE CORNER] Hocus Pocus (1993)



Hello horror movie fans! Welcome to the all-new "Horror Movie Corner," where I talk about the horror movies that I have seen over the years!  So, this week's horror movie that I will be reviewing is Disney's cult Halloween classic "Hocus Pocus!"









Title: Hocus Pocus

Starring:  Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Thora Birch, Omri Katz

Genre:  Comedy / Horror / Adventure

Company:   Disney

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

Year: 1993

MPAA Rating / TV Rating: Rated PG - For Some Scary Sequences, and for Language.

Buy on:   Blu-Ray.com  //  Amazon  //  Best Buy





This movie has some scary sequences that involves children being put into danger and some light language.  Also, after you watched this movie, you will probably be scared of the following things: Cemeteries, Strangers, and Creepy Looking Books!








The movie starts off with a young boy named Thackery Binx who finds out that his little sister Emily is missing and he goes out to search for her.  It was then that he finds out that the Sanderson Sisters, three sisters who are witches, had kidnapped her and Thackery tries to save Emily.  But unfortunately, the Sanderson Sisters ended up sucking out Emily's soul in order to make themselves younger and Thackery is too late to save her.  The Sanderson Sisters than put a curse on Thackery that turns him into a black cat for all eternity.  But then, the villagers caught up with the Sanderson Sisters and ended up hanging them.  But not before Winifred, the head witch, places a curse that they will be resurrected once a "virgin" lights the candle on Halloween.  The movie then fast forwards to the year 1993 and we are introduced to Max and his little sister Dani.  Max is having a horrible time in his new home in Salem, while Dani is adjusting to Salem just fine.  Then on Halloween night, Max decided to light the candle that would resurrect the Sanderson Sisters, despite both Dani and Allison telling him not to.  The Sanderson Sisters are then resurrected and they decided to continue their plan of sucking out the souls out of the children of Salem to make themselves younger.  Now, Dani, Max, Allison and now Binx, who is a black cat at this point, have to try to stop the Sandereson Sisters before it's too late!




Wow!  I'm actually surprised that I enjoyed this movie as much as I did!  When I first heard about this movie, I was a bit intrigued about what this movie was all about.  So, when I finally watched this movie, I was completely hooked!  I liked the fact that the movie tackled the subject of sibling relationships and how important it is to care about your siblings, no matter how annoying they can be.  This was best shown between the Sanderson Sisters, Thackery and his little sister Emily and Max and his little sister Dani.  The Sanderson Sisters are like the negative side of the sibling relationship as Winifred abuses her younger sisters Mary and Sarah and wouldn't think of protecting them.  Thackery and Emily are on the more positive side of the sibling relationship as Thackery truly cares about his sister Emily, although he failed to save her.  And then we have Max and Dani who are in the middle as they argue with each other a lot, but they would do anything to protect each other.  I also loved the way that the movie had a nice balance between horror and comedy as I laughed out loud during the Sanderson Sisters' crazy antics and yet, I was a bit scared for the children being threatened with death throughout this film.  Especially during the scene where Emily, a little girl , ends up dying at the beginning of the movie.  I especially loved the actors' performances in this film, with the Sanderson Sisters being the best part of the film.  Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy did a fantastic job at portraying the Sanderson Sisters as they were so hilarious and entertaining to watch! I also enjoyed Thora Birch's performance as Dani as she made Dani quite snarky yet energetic at the same time.




The only issues that I had with this film was that I felt that the protagonists were a bit too flat and I wished that they had explained the backstories of some of the characters.  Even though Max and Allison were interesting characters, they weren't as entertaining as the Sanderson Sisters and the only protagonists that were pretty entertaining were Dani and Binx the Cat.  Also, I would like to know how the Sanderson Sisters became witches in the first place (although it was implied that the Devil gave them their powers).

Overall, "Hocus Pocus" is a fantastic film that both children and adults will enjoy!  It balances horror and humor very well and it has some of the best performances from Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy!






Thursday, October 24, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #17: Halloween Edition - Rituals




Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!





This week's theme is: Halloween Edition: Rituals!


I don't watch too many movies that deals with rituals, but here are a couple of movies that dealt with rituals that I have either seen or want to see!



1. The Babysitter 





Once again, I'm featuring this movie on another "Thursday Movie Picks!"  This movie involves the titular babysitter and her group of friends trying to start a ritual where they kill people to get their blood so that they can have their wishes come true.  It's a truly entertaining film!









I remembered watching this movie many years ago.  But it's been awhile since I last watched this movie, so I don't remember too much about this movie.  All I remembered was that it was about a woman named Rosemary who's husband is involved in a satanic cult that involves the birth of her child.








I still haven't seen this movie yet, but I've been hearing lots of good and scary things about this movie and it seems like a really creepy type of ritual film that I really want to see!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Top 10 Weird Horror Movies that I Need to Watch







Hey everyone!  Welcome to the "Top Lists" where I do a top 10 lists on any topics that I come across!


This week's theme is: Top 10 Weird Horror Movies that I Need to See!


It's the Halloween season and that means that it's time to talk about some horror movies that are weird, but I haven't seen them yet (man, I need to start watching more movies soon).  So, here's my top 10 weird horror movies that I need to watch!



1. Little Otik






When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress.  To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child.  However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real.  When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a normal child.

I've been dying to watch some of Jan Svankmajer's films and "Little Otik" seems like the most interesting movie out of his collection (besides "Alice").  I am interested in seeing just how scary this particular movie is, especially after seeing some of the scary imagery in "Alice!"



2. Mandy




The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.

This is probably one of the most recent surreal movies that was released and it was interesting seeing Nicolas Cage star in this movie.  I've been hearing lots of good things about this movie and I also heard about how weird and terrifying this movie is, which is a nice bonus for me!



3. Videodrome




When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.
I never seen any of David Cronenberg's films, but I heard that they were pretty weird films! One of his weirdest films was "Videodrome" and if the premise of the film is television turning reality inside out, then you know that you just hooked me in!  Also, I want to see just how creepy this movie is!



4. Mother!




A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

I haven't seen any of Darren Aronofsky's films, but I am intrigued by the premise of this film and it definitely sounds like a good and weird horror film that I should check out!



5. Suspiria




An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.


I've been hearing so much about this movie, but I never got the chance to see this movie (seriously, when can I find the time)?  This sounds like a good horror movie to check out!



6. Lunacy




A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy.  Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may've predicated.


Another Jan Svankmajer film that I am interested in and it seems like the weirdest among his works.  I definitely need to check this movie out!



7. Evil Dead 2




The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.


I haven't seen the "Evil Dead" movies yet, but this one sounds like the most interesting of all the series!  I guess I'll give this series a shot!



8. Possession




A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce.  Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.

I've been hearing a lot about this movie and I am pretty interested in seeing how this movie will turn out!



9. Manos: The Hands of Fate




A family gets lost on the road and stumbles upon a hidden, underground, devil-worshiping cult led by the fearsome Master and his servant Torgo.


I just saw the IMDB rating on this film and it's PRETTY low! But, I'm going to check this film out anyway, either to see whether I like this film or not or to see just how BAD this film is!


10. Cemetery Man





A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.


Oooh! This sounds like an interesting movie!  I honestly never heard of this movie until I checked out various weird movie sites and they had mentioned this movie a couple of times.  Definitely worth checking out!


Well, that's my top 10 weird horror movies that I Need to watch and I'm hoping to watch all of these movies soon!


What weird horror movies haven't you seen yet and what weird horror movies do you think I should watch?  Please let me know in the comments down below!



Thursday, October 17, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #16: Halloween Edition - Jump Scares that Got You




Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!





This week's theme is: Halloween Edition: Jump Scares that Got You!


I get creep out easily whenever a jump scare pops up in a movie and the movies listed down below have jump scares that really caught me off guard!



1. Carrie (1976) - Carrie's hand popping out of the grave





There were many frightening scenes in the 1976 version of "Carrie."  But the ending scene where Carrie's bloodied hand suddenly popped out of the grave was so unexpected and still gives me chills to this day!




2. Get Out (2017) - Georgina suddenly looks at Chris through the window and Walter suddenly running towards Chris.





"Get Out" had a lot of jump scares for me, like the deer suddenly being hit by Chris's car at the beginning of the film and Georgina suddenly sneaking around the house at night.  But two scenes that really freaked me out were the scenes of Walter suddenly running towards Chris at night and Georgina suddenly looking at Chris through the window!



3. The Dark Knight (2008) - Brian's corpse in a Batman suit suddenly hits the window.





This is a non-horror movie example, but the scene where a man is in a Batman suit and his corpse is suddenly flung at a window had always creep me out to this day!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #15: Halloween Edition: Teen Horror




Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!





This week's theme is: Halloween Edition: Teen Horror!


I'm a huge fanatic when it comes to horror movies and some of the types of horror movies that I watched the most are teen horror films.  Here's a list of some of the teen horror films that I have seen over the years!







Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

This was the movie that really stuck with me for a long time.  Even though I was actually introduced to Carrie through the 2002 version, the 1976 version probably had the creepiest portrayal of Carrie ever put on screen.  Especially with Sissy Spacek's terrifying eyes during the prom massacre scene!







The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie as it was entertaining seeing a young boy trying to escape from a group of psychotic teenagers who want to use his blood for a demonic ritual!






After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.

This was one of the most unique horror movies I have ever seen!  A movie where Death himself is hunting down a bunch of teenagers in order to kill them off in supernatural and over the top ways was pretty interesting to me!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

[HORROR MOVIE CORNER] The Babysitter (2017)



Hello horror movie fans! Welcome to the all-new "Horror Movie Corner," where I talk about the horror movies that I have seen over the years!  So, this week's horror movie that I will be reviewing is the crazy Netflix film, "The Babysitter!"









Title: The Babysitter

Starring:  Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Judah Lewis, Bella Thorne

Genre:  Comedy / Horror / Action

Company:   New Line Cinema

Directed by: McG

Year: 2017

MPAA Rating / TV Rating: TV-MA

Buy on:   Blu-Ray.com





This movie has graphic violence and strong language and some sexual content.  Also, after you watched this movie, you will probably be scared of the following things: Babysitters, Basements, Stairs and Knives!








The movie starts off with a 12-year-old boy named Cole Johnson who was constantly bullied at school and was always afraid of everything.  But despite all this, Cole is good friends with his babysitter Bee and they would do all sorts of things together.  One day, Cole's parents went on a getaway trip and they left Cole with Bee.  At first, things were going well between Cole and Bee as they enjoyed playing various games with each other.  But as soon as Cole goes to bed, he starts hearing Bee playing some games with her friends downstairs.  Cole then goes downstairs to see what Bee and her friends were doing and it turned out that Bee and her friends were performing a human sacrifice!  It was then that Cole realized that Bee and her friends are in a cult and that they planned on performing human sacrifices in order to have their wishes come true and Cole is the next victim on their list!  Now Cole has to do everything in his power to escape from Bee and her friends!




Wow! I'm actually surprised that I enjoyed this movie as much as I did!  At first, I thought that I wasn't going to like this movie because the premise sounded ridiculous.  But once I watched this movie, I was quite impressed by how funny and scary this film was!  I really loved the performances of all the actors and actresses in this film as they really got into their roles and they made the movie so entertaining to watch!  I especially loved the performances from Samara Weaving as Bee and Robbie Amell as Max as they were the most entertaining characters in the movie!  I loved the way that Robbie Amell made Max into such a comical character, despite the fact that he's an ax-crazy killer.  I also enjoyed Samara Weaving's performance as Bee as she made Bee so friendly yet deadly at the same time.  I also liked the fact that the movie had a nice balance between comedy and horror as there were many scenes that were quite intense.  But at the same time, I was laughing out loud at how over the top the actors' performances were.




The main issue that I had with this film was that I felt that the characters weren't that well developed as I don't know anything about their backstories.  The characters that I was the most curious about were Bee and her friends as their motivations to perform human sacrifices seem a little flat to me because I don't know much about their backgrounds and how they even know about performing sacrifices to have their wishes come true.

Overall, "The Babysitter" may seem like a silly horror comedy film, but it is definitely entertaining to watch because of how over the top the characters' antics are.  And I loved the way that this film turned many horror tropes on its head and made a pretty entertaining movie out of it!