Thursday, November 12, 2009

Paranormal Activity

Directed by: Oren Palin

Release date: 2009

After spending two years in oblivion, the film Paranormal Activity was released into theaters.  But the new wave of marketing that will soon be mainstream in the coming years was by internet “Demand it!” options for lovers of the film to have it screened in their city and of course, by hearsay.
The hype in the media surrounding this movie instantly made me cringe against and chose not to support.  After a random invitation, I took the plunge and watched the film in the theater.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Ghost Walk with residue

On Hallow’s Eve, I had the pleasure of rounding up a group of my friends and participating in a 90 minute walking tour about Peter Stuyvesant and the many haunted places in the East Village.
We started at the St. Mark’s church on tenth street and 2nd avenue. Our tour guide was entertaining and informative.  I forget her name but she made the walk that worthwhile in the wet weather. 
She talked about Peter Stuyvesant and how much a “son of a bitch” he was.  We were literally behind the St. Mark’s Church, near the tomb of where he and his other family members were buried.  Although it probably happens often, the eerie constant light on the side of the church kept turning on and off.  She also talked to the spirits among us and told them not to attach themselves to anybody.  She had moments where she experienced ghosts so she warned us.This was the beginning of our tour.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tamara

Directed by: Jeremy Haft

Release Date: 2005

Tamara tried to be the Carrie for the modern audience but was very unsuccessful.  Additionally, Carrie’s powers were inherent versus Tamara gaining power from a witchcraft book but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hellraiser

Directed by: Clive Barker

Release Date: 1987

After claiming to be a horror fan for so many years, I finally rented this film and watched it.  I must say, it spooked and freaked me out.  Clive Barker is a sick man and I want to be Just Like Him!
The story is suspenseful by setting up the portrait of a couple moving into an old house.  Then we are introduced to Julia’s (the wife) memories about meeting her husband’s brother.  The movie explores new territories that are not very common in horror films.  This aspect make the film a treat when Pinhead appears and we understand his existence.
The acting was stellar from British actress Claire Higgins who plays Julia.  Oh the things she does!  The special effects were petrifying and amazing!  His makeup effects guys did a fantastic job. 
Overall, I wish that more horror films were made this way.  You know, with silly things like a story (granted it was ambiguous but you were into it!), great effects that were believable, and a decent body count (we don’t all need crazy body counts to be labeled a “horror” movie).  Although the film had some minor faults, it delivered the goods. 

If there is ever a work by Clive Barker to watch, this movie, written and directed by him, is the one to see.

The trailer for your enjoyment.
 

Monday, October 19, 2009

Quarantine

Directed by: John Erick Dowdle

Release Date: 2008

As is the theme of the current Hollywood climate, this horror film was the remake of the original Spanish film named [REC]
At the time, I wasn’t privy to any details about the movie other than it was shot in Blair Witch fashion.  Watching the remake after the original didn’t leave me satisfied.  Something got lost in translation even though this version of the film was essentially a shot for shot remake of the original.
The story starts with a reporter and her cameraman who are shooting a day in the life of a Los Angeles fire station crew.  They receive a call that takes them to an apartment complex in which they are “quarantined” due to an infection. Then the fun starts.
If you like zombie movies, you might enjoy this.  If you are used to the horror movies shot Blair Witch style and you dislike that, then you might not like this movie at all.
I highly suggest to watch the original much better.  The subtitles don’t get in the way, its creepier, and the subtle details make the film a much better viewing experience.  Additionally, there is no score at all which makes the film that much better. 
As for Quarantine – it wasn’t terrible but not phenomenal or a “must see.”  Watch [REC] instead.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Haunted House NYC: Vampires

Recently, my friends and I went to a haunted house. The haunted house was at the CSV Cultural Center. The theme this year was Vampires. Last year, it was Nightmares and prior to that, it was a Haunted Maze all at the same location.

The coolest thing about this year was that the story started with a tour of the Museum of Vampyric Artifacts. This museum is open during the day for its exhibitions about different vampyric creatures from different countries.