Demons (1985)

Score: 3/10

Length: 88

Language: English

Categories: demon, zombie, 80s

Although I looooved the 80’s fashion (including the Christmas elf dress) and the silly blood, guts, and gore and even the hilariously cheesy acting, it just wasn’t good. It is set in a movie theatre, so it’s like watching two movies in one. Sadly, I almost liked the one on the theatre screen better. I am also minusing points for all the drawn out yelling and screaming as it was highly irritating. I mean, I can’t give a Dario film an awful score, but this just wasn’t his best and whatever goodness happened in the first quarter was neutralized with the laughable ending. Pass the can of Coca Cola.

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Dreamcatcher (2003)

Score: 5/10

Length: 136

Language: English

Categories: 2000s, aliens, psychological

Another Stephen King- you can tell by how long it is. About a group of guys who have been friends since childhood (sound familiar?) and run into some teethy worm aliens while staying out in the woods in winter. This is a strange sci-fi horror drama comedy thriller that gets less believable as it goes on. It feels like you ordered all of the appetizers and then smashed them together for your dinner, and your funny idea gets less and less appetizing as you scarf it down. I didn’t read the book so I don’t have any thoughtful comparisons, but I can’t help feeling that even if this movie was split up into the three movies it should be, it still wouldn’t be that good. It has a few things going for it such as the characters, great cgi effects (for a movie in 2003), and – if anything – a detailed and fast-paced story. Let it be said that there is no reason dreamcatchers had to have anything to do with this film/story.

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The Awakening (2011)

Score: 3/10

Length: 107

Language: English

Categories: ghost, recent, 2000s, psychological, Painful Movie Mondays

Set in the 1920’s, this movie is about a woman who doesn’t believe in ghosts, who goes to a school to try to prove the strange happenings are just the children being brats (but of course it’s a ghost). I’m not quite sure why it’s so full of unlikeable characters, but it relies heavily on an intricate and surprising storyline- that just isn’t there. There are spots thrown in to scare you, but they come off as unimaginative and bland. It took me about three tries to get through the movie, and it’s just not worth it.

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Dark Skies (2013)

Score: 4/10

Length: 97

Language: English

Categories: recent, 2000s, aliens, psychological

I don’t find alien movies scary, and I usually don’t review them as horror movies, but I decided to give this one a go. Overall, not a bad sci-fi  with creative happenings and loads of build-up. I found it very interesting and engaging, but as always, the alien forms were silly looking and the “twist” (if you can call it that) is soooo predictable. I wouldn’t watch this if you are looking for a big scare, but if you’re having an alien  themed night with Signs and The Twilight Zone, this movie would be a great addition.

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Witchboard (1986)

Score: 5/10

Length: 98

Language: English

Categories: 80s, ghost, murderer

Even though this was one of the first movies focussing solely on the ouija board, there is nothing unique or spectacular about it. However, if you love the 80’s, this is a real gem worth adding to your collection. Fantastic hair, nails, makeup, and clothing with a sprinkling of horror. It’s pretty much about a woman trying to contact a spirit using a ouija board who, in turn, gets possessed by an evil spirit. If you’re bored of Pretty In Pink and Breakfast At Tiffany’s and want to spice up your slumber party with a little scare, than this one is for you!

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The Collection (2012)

Score: 5/10

Length: 82

Language: English

Categories: 2000s, recent, remake, murderer, gore porn

The follow-up to The Collector (2009) (review here: https://earlymorninghorrorreviews.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/the-collector-2009) has a story that’s similar to the original, but seems like it’s too all over the place. I wish there was just an insect collection and the kills and decor were specific to the one theme. The acting from the leads Arkin and Elena is strong, and it was smart of them to hire a stunt-man as the Collector, himself. I have to say though, even with the eye-roll-inducing ending of the first film, I thought the story flowed a lot better in the original movie, and it was more clear and smooth overall. Both, creative versions of Saw. If you REALLY liked the first one, you will enjoy this one too.

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Orphan (2009)

Score: 6/10

Length: 123

Language: English

Categories: 2000s, murderer, recommended

This was a great movie, mostly for the twist, not so much for anything else. It’s not really scary per se but it has lots of tension and unease. Even when re-watching the movie, knowing the twist, it’s still super creepy. My favorite scene is with the black light paintings. The movie is about a family who adopts an orphan who they begin to suspect is behind all the heinous going-ons. I’ve never seen a movie with a storyline quite like this, and it’s definitely worth a watch.

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Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Score: 5/10

Length: 95

Language: English

Categories: 2000s, recent, murderer, psychological, remake

There are nine films in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

The 1984 movie is one of my favorites, and this did an acceptable job of imitating it. The movie kept a lot of the original story and scenes (down to the the hand in the bathtub) but also changed it up a teeny bit. I like how Freddy looked more like a burn victim, but it’s hard to successfully stray from the iconic Freddy face which is monster-like with a large nose. The remake had a few loud jumpy scenes and consistent deaths while keeping true to the original, but the problem was that it didn’t really add anything more than a modern take.

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