This Feburary, celebrate the month of love and romance by cozying up next to that special someone and holding on tight while watching some terrifyingly bad horror movies.
I’m not sure whether to laugh or be excited for the latest sequel to ‘The Ring’. I’ve already decided to wait for the Blu-ray based on how silly the trailer looks. Samara Morgan has apparently gone viral this time around, a concept I find rather intriguing. However, with the plot now revolving around digital technology and the little girl’s powerful vengeance trip of forcing others to suffer as she has, we’re also shown a scene of a (rotary or push-button?) telephone with a coiled cord. Really? Samara is hip enough for the internet and social media, but she can’t go that one extra step to warn her victims on a cell or via text? The plane scene is also out of place in the mythology and just stupid.
‘A Cure for Wellness’
Gore Verbinski directed the American remake of the first ‘The Ring’. The same month as that movie’s new sequel, he has his own new movie hitting cinemas and it looks vastly superior. The psychological thriller appears brimming with lots of style and atmosphere, but the preview leaves out a great deal of information, outside of the simple setup. Of course, this may be all intentional, and admittedly, it makes the whole thing more mysterious and creepy. My only concern is the possibility that the movie is more style and spooky visuals than substance, which is sadly true in many of Verbinski’s films. Another fear is that this might be a simple retread of Martin Scorsese’s excellent ‘Shutter Island’.
The funny Jordan Peele (of ‘Key & Peele’) ventures out on his own and makes his directorial debut with what could possibly be the scariest movie of this bunch. The premise alone is pretty creepy, while at the same time serving an interesting commentary on current political tensions. I love not knowing for certain if this is about a cult of people wanting to relive the past or if they’re simply a bunch of racist a-holes. There’s also the fact that we don’t know if the girlfriend is in on the scheme. Does the mom hypnotize the victims into subservience or are they tortured into it and broken psychologically? I’m loving the mystery. With Keegan-Michael Key in ‘Keanu’, Peele has proven himself a talented writer, and I hope that talent also extends to sitting behind the camera.
‘Cabin Fever: Patient Zero’
As if the remake of Eli Roth’s gorefest, which apparently no one saw or even knew about, weren’t bad enough, now we have a pseudo-sequel that looks just as dumb and forgettable.
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