I’d been contemplating doing October Horror Month again this year. But I’ve just realised it’s October 1st & I have nothing prepared. Well, I’m not sure if I have the energy to post at least one horror review every day of October like I have other years but maybe I’ll give it a try as I’ve watched at least 31 horrors in the past year. So these will be re-posts or re-blogs of reviews I’ve already done. I’ll try! Let’s start with two very short reviews…
The Empty Man (2020)
Directed by David Prior
Based on The Empty Man by Cullen Bunn & Vanesa R. Del Rey
Starring: James Badge Dale, Marin Ireland, Stephen Root, Ron Canada, Robert Aramayo, Joel Courtney, Sasha Frolova
Music by Christopher Young, Lustmord
Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
The Empty Man follows an ex-cop who, upon an investigation into a missing girl, discovers a secret cult.
Hmm. I suppose this was pretty decent for a modern horror film. So many people were going on about it that I decided to check it out on Disney Plus.
I thought it started out pretty great. I really liked the stuff at the start on the mountain & thought it was still pretty good when the teenagers first got involved in the next section of the film. The movie also had a great creepy vibe, partly thanks to the music I think, so I was glad I was watching it alone late at night & getting the heebie jeebies a little as I find so few horror movies to be very creepy. I like being creeped out! Give me a creepy atmospheric supernatural horror over gory stuff.
I’d say one thing in this was too violent for my taste (not sure why that one person had to die so violently?!) but otherwise it wasn’t too over the top. I think it just fell apart for me at the end. It was a decent story & I was certainly intrigued as to what was going on but, I dunno. The ending was okay but I do feel let down by horror movie endings the majority of the time for some reason. I guess I’ve seen far worse endings.
Overall, this was pretty good compared to most the modern horror crap out there. Oh! And I really liked that creepy skeleton in that image. Kind of a spoiler but not really – it’s at the start of the film & is also what convinced me to watch this when someone posted that image on Twitter.
My Rating: 6.5/10
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
Directed by Irving Pichel & Ernest B. Schoedsack
Based on The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
Starring: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks, Robert Armstrong
Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
The plot concerns a big game hunter who deliberately strands a group of luxury yacht passengers on a remote island where he can hunt them for sport.
Saw this pop up on Amazon Prime & was aware of the story by Richard Connell being a classic (inspired by those rich assholes who hunt big game) so thought the 1932 film should be interesting. Plus I really enjoyed the 2020 film The Hunt! Not that they’re at all similar, of course, but the “hunting of humans” idea is the same.
This was good but I wish I’d just looked it up on YouTube (it’s available) as the one on Prime is a horrible colorised version. Why do they do that?! Anyway, it was still a good film even with dodgy coloring. It’s a timeless story & works just as well today. Maybe even more so now, as hunting big game is somehow still a thing. How?!? The thought of the tables being turned is great. This version stars Joel McCrea, Fay Wray and Leslie Banks. Hey! The King Kong actress! I should really watch that version again. Anyway, she was good and far less “damsel in distress” than you’d expect in such an old film. I kept thinking she really looks like Penelope Ann Miller – she could have played her in her life story.
I think this film has actually aged quite well & would recommend watching the black & white version on YouTube.
My Rating: 7/10
I like the sound of The Most Dangerous Game, perfect viewing for an autumn afternoon!
It’s pretty good! I think it’s aged very well too. Hope you enjoy it if you check it out! 😊
You do know that you can turn the colour DOWN on your TV if you want to see something in black and white, right? 😉
Mess with the TV settings? The hubby would yell at me! Lol 😉
Since when did you stop wearing the trousers in your house? 😉 😛
I like the sound of both of these- I’ll probably be more ready to watch the newer one first as some of these older things don’t always keep me interested… plus:
Everyone needs a little Heebie Jeebies now and then. Boy, auto spell sure didn’t like those words
Yeah, I think the newer one would be more your thing. The old one is certainly old. Older than me!! 👵🏻
Soooo even older than me???
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What on Earth is that emoji?! Looks like a fax 📠 ohh… okay, it came up when I typed fax. Fax machine! Ha!! The last company I worked at (only a few years ago) still used a fax machine regularly. Can you believe that?! 😆
HAHAHAHAHA!!! Zzzzztt zzzzztttt zzzzttt here comes your piece of paper! ATTN: cinema parrot disco! Enjoy!
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