The Exorcist (1973)

Score: 7.5/10

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Language: English

Categories: 70s, devil, recommended

Sequels and prequels of all sorts, I’m not even going to bother listing them all.

I watched this movie several times as a kid and always quickly skip ahead when I see this show up on every horror list, so I decided to revirginize the movie by reading the book before watching it again. The book is heavily focussed on the psychology of the situation, whereas the movie has a lot of unnecessary things crammed in to mimic the book that really don’t need to be there. The effects for the most part are still relevant today, and this movie has to be appreciated for it’s originality at the time. The acting is superb, and even though you may be focussing on the demon/Regan, it’s Damien (The Exorcist) who is the real star. I will say the book is a great read with well-developed characters and interesting side stories that were missed in the film, but the film’s special effects and make-up really brought the demon to life.

You’re Next (2011)

Score: 4/10

Length: 95

Language: English

Categories: 2000s, recent, murderer, horror-comedy (sort-of)

A movie about a bad-ass chick who takes on a few guys with various weapons in plastic animal masks. It wasn’t really scary, but there was lots of anticipation and gore. Even though there were constant and quick kills to entertain, the story line is SO lame and predictable. Towards the end it was just a game of which prediction will happen in what order. I get it’s supposed to be a sort of dark comedy, but the movie lost it’s interest as soon as the “big twist” was revealed. I have to give it to the hitmen though, this family needed to die, and quickly.

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Annabelle (2014)

Score: 5.5/10

Length: 99

Language: English

Categories: 2000s, recent, murderer, occult, demon

(Warning, spoilers galore). The movie thrown together to hold us over until The Conjuring 2 gets it’s shit together, I give you Annabelle. About a family who gets a creepy doll that a demon uses to try to steal a soul. I’m not particularly scared of dolls (though I avoid marionettes and dummies like the plague), but the Annabelle doll is for sure creepy. I thought the demon was well done, especially in the basement of the building (where the mother decides to go to drop off some cardboard in the middle of the night, leaving her baby in the top-floor apartment, nbd) and in the stair-well. I also enjoyed the Annabelle ghost. The best scene with her was when the child ghost sprinted and turned into the adult occult ghost. The movie was totally ruined by the ridiculous ending where some woman they barely know kills herself to save the life of a woman she gave a book to that one time at her book store. It would have been truly scary if the scene where the mother is bashing Annabelle’s head on the crib ended the movie with her realizing it was her own child and not the doll.

photo credit: http://www.konbini.com/fr/files/2014/09/Annabelle-Movie.jpg

13 Sins (2014)

Score: 4/10

Length: 93

Language: English

Categories: 2000s, recent, murderer, psychological

I appreciated the rare appearance of the interracial couple in film, but I can’t help but feeling that I’ve seen this “do weird shit for money games” type of movie several times. A few things about it annoyed me immensely, such as a man being wanted for falsely telling a child she was adopted? Yeah right. And no, I totally wouldn’t notice a guy dragging a corpse into the coffee shop. I enjoyed the creative absurdity of the tasks and the sassy little note from the girlfriend to wrap up a movie with no plot holes or unanswered questions, but the family was far too predictable and in the end it just seemed far-fetched.

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In Their Skin (2012)

Score: 2/10

Length: 100

Language: English

Categories: 2000s, recent, murderer, Painful Movie Mondays

A film set in beautiful, tree-smothered Langley, BC, about a family who is tormented by their neighbours who seek a perfect life. It can perfectly be summed up as a bad version of Funny Games. I admit, half way through I became uninterested and stopped to watch a clip of otters eating sushi from chopsticks. The tension quickly turns to boredom instead of building and the twist ending that I was hoping for never came. And seriously, can I watch one movie without the dog being the first killed??

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Dark Circles (2013)

Score: 7/10

Length: 87

Language: English

Categories: 2000s, recent, murderer, psychological

Even though this got fairly low ratings from the media, I shockingly enjoyed it. The movie had a few things that freak me out: babies, stalkers, hallucinations, not being able to sleep… and it also had some of the things I enjoy in a film: high, consistent tension, scattered jumpy scenes, and unlike Mama, no horrible CGI crap. The first scene probably scared me the most, as I live in a slightly sketchy apartment, and I can totally see some out-of-her-mind Russian girl banging on my door in the middle of the night.

photo credit: http://www.hellhorror.com/imgs/videos/4074.jpg

We Are What We Are (2013)

Score: 7/10

Length: 105

Language: English

Categories: 2000s, recent, murderer, recommended

Two uniquely beautiful girls have lost their mother and it’s their turn to take on the family traditions. The eerie blue and grey of the film solidifies the mood, and the emotional acting and entrancing story make this film about a family of cannibals a must-see. Looking forward to seeing the 2010 Spanish version, with the lead siblings as males.

photo credit: http://www.accreds.fr/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/We-Are-What-We-Are.jpg

ABC’s of Death 2 (2014)

Score: 6.5/10

Length: 125

Language: English, French, Japanese, Hebrew, Portuguese

Categories: Foreign, Asian, recent, 2000s, shaky cam, murderer, gore porn, recommended, zombie, monster, horror-comedy

The second film in which directors are given a letter of the alphabet and asked to make a horror short. A lot less silly and hard-to-watch than the first anthology, the second installment has an interesting variety of smart, likeable shorts. The only one I didn’t really like was T for Torture Porn just because it seemed lazy and lame. The ones I enjoyed the most were: B is for Badger, C is for Capital Punishment, F is for Falling, J is for Jesus, M is for Masticate, N is for Nexus, and S is for Split. I found these very R: relevant, relatable, rare, refreshing, and a teeny bit repulsive. This one’s got scratchy cartoons, old man ball close-ups, goopy waxmation, and all the blood, guts, and skin rippings you can stomach.

ABC’s of Death (2012) Review: https://earlymorninghorrorreviews.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/the-abcs-of-death-2012/

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The Sentinel (1977)

Score: 6.5/10

Length: 92

Language: English

Categories: devil, 70s, religious, psychological

A horror- mystery about a model who seems to be going insane shortly after moving into an apartment of her own. She begins seeing things, and as she gets worse and worse, the movie gets better and better. A lot more mystery than horror, so it can be a little slow if you were hoping for action. I’m surprised it is not more well know, as it has a (still) really unique story, and a wicked 70s cast list with (young) Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Walk-in-closet, and Chris Sarandon. Added bonuses: real “freaks”, an awesome stabbing scene, and a cat birthday party!

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The Loved Ones (2009)

Score: 5/10

Length: 84

Language: English

Categories: gore porn, psychological, murderer, girly, 2000s

Spotted with unique and scary torture porn, but overall, it’s lacking and not well put together. It follows two storylines- one that is the focus of the movie, and another that has no reason to be mentioned at all. The movie is about a girl who is rejected, so she stages her own prom and tortures her date alongside her creepy dad. Minus a point for the first half of the movie, plus one point for the second half.

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