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Trick ‘r Treat (2008)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Michael Dougherty

Writers: Michael Dougherty

Tagline: Poison, Drowning, Claw, Or Knife. So Many Ways To Take A Life.

Plot: Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband.

Cast: Dylan Baker – Steven

Rochelle Aytes – Maria

Quinn Lord – Sam / Peeping Tommy

Lauren Lee Smith – Danielle

Moneca Delain – Janet

Review (spoilers):

Michael Dougherty became popular in horror movie industry after his directing debut named Trick ‘r Treat (al though he made a short animated movie back in 1996 named Season’s Greetings, which you can see here).  I found Trick ‘r Treat to be a perfectly fresh and innovative horror movie, it will introduce you to another point of view of the magic that is known as Halloween. It follows several parallel stories that are connected one to another with a likeable pumpkin character named Sam.  Trick ‘r Treat features everything that I like in a horror movie: suspense, some bizzare things, mystery, magic and even some humour from now and then.

Visually, the movie is perfect. Even, it is Michael Dougerty’s directing debut, but he sure does know how to represent that Halloween atmosphere which we all love. Everything is full with Jack – O – Lanterns, children trick ‘r treating and Halloween parades, I really liked that kind of atmosphere. The movie gets very dark (and sometimes morbid) from time to time but there is still something childish, innocent and likeable in those scenes. I can’t explain it, it’s like the movie perfectly morphed 2 completely different emotions (childish innocence & violence) into one really astonishing experience that is just waiting for you to see it. Wonderful. Besides all that extremely good visual experiences, the movie features some excellent soundtracks which are admirably combined in the overall movie impression.  The one of the most notable scenes in the movie is surely the one with the werewolf transformation (nice effects!) followed by Marilyn Manson’s Sweet Dreams. Superb. Apart from werewolves, there are more villains in Trick ‘r Treat like human vampires (give it a watch and you’ll know what I mean), Psycho killers, dead mentally ill children (this was creepy), psycho killers & of course Sam.

I found the whole scrip to be very enjoyable. Apart being a good director, Michael Dougherty’s writing is also excellent. Unlike many modern horrors, Trick ‘r Treat has an original and deep story.  The plot behind all those murders is explained in a very special way and is still “believable”. The other thing I liked about the script are the character’s different points of  views in same situations which are all combined parallel stories, and all of this works really well with that Halloween mood, awesome. Al though the plot synopsis has some decent twists, kills and everything, some events I didn’t fully understand so I had to read some reviews on the internet afterwards to make me fully understand Trick ‘r Treat. Unfortunately, this is the movie’s only imperfection, I felt like the movie had gone a bit too complex on some parts. But never mind that little thing, besides that, the movie is excellent!

My Rating: 9/10… Another modern masterpice.

REC (2007)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Directors: Jaume Balagueró

Paco Plaza

Writers: Jaume Balagueró

Luis Berdejo

Paco Plaza

Tagline: One Witness. One Camera

Plot: “REC” turns on a young TV reporter and her cameraman who cover the night shift at the local fire station…

Cast: Manuela Velasco – Ángela Vidal

Ferran Terraza – Manu

Jorge-Yamam Serrano – Policía Joven

Pablo Rosso – Pablo

David Vert – Álex

Review (spoilers):

I wrote about REC 2 during the Seq Week not noticing that I haven’t reviewed the first REC yet. I must mention that it will be extremely hard to write anything smart about it because I simply find it to be a genre-breaking masterpiece…And I’m not exaggerating. It was filmed by using a “modern”, ever-growing camera taping in which you look everything through camera’s eye (like The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity, etc.). That kind of camera taping puts you directly in the middle of the movie, you feel like you are a part of everything. Being in the middle of a movie like REC is far from fun, actually, it is pretty scary. It is one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen.

The simplicity of the plot (and the whole script) amuses me. It is so simple but yet so effective. A camera crew makes a documentary about the local fire station. 2 firefighters are being called to a rescue mission at one building, the reporter and the cameraman  follow them. They enter the odd building to find this injured woman who needs help only to be viciously attacked by her. Soon after that incident they find out that they are quarantined outside and none may leave. The cause for this quarantine is a strange virus which soon spreads through the occupants of the building. As the time passes by, all hell breaks loose. The movie starts slow but as more as you watch it you’ll find it to be more bizarre, creepier and scarier. The ending of the movie is one grand consumption of all emotions that followed you while you were watching it. You can’t stay cold-headed after you see it.

Of course, you can’t expect some great character development in a movie like REC but they seem more than real. They all have their hopes, needs and fears which are perfectly taped in a mockumentary style. That part was made so flawless, it gains your full attention and somehow prepares the tension for the things to come. Also the acting is a thing worth mentioning. The rumor says it that the directors haven’t showed the full script to the actors so the cast didn’t know what to expect next. The conclusion of that is the screaming of the actors which was made of real fear, their reactions were natural. All that even gets you more in the realistic atmosphere of REC that is just brilliant!

I don’t know what to comment next about REC and yet so many things are on my mind all the time. It’s dark luminance combined with some night vision now and then which was perfect, it’s tense atmosphere which drove me crazy from time to time or should I say more about the infected which looks are scary enough with all that atmosphere? Anyways, stop reading this now and go watch REC while sitting in the dark. It’s so worth it because it will be an experience you won’t soon forget. I know I didn’t.

My Rating: 10/10… Surely the best modern day horror.