Films I Want to See in 2018

Another year and more films to go and see, hopefully this year I will get a chance to see at least some of them.

Honourable Mention: The Greatest Showman: I am starting this list off rather cheating by picking a film from last year since that it came out around the Christmas season and it is something that I do like the look of. Hopefully I will get around to seeing the film, but if I can’t I will be picking it up when it comes out on DVD.

Insidious: The Last Key: I have loved watching the Insidious series since they do have a lot of good story telling engines with the first film discovering that the family is being haunted by spirits causing their son to be an open vessel to be possessed, the second film sees the husband to be possessed and then the story of him getting him back in his body, then the third film was a totally different setting, but it acts more of a prequel or a new chapter viewpoint. But this new one looks like that it going to step up the bar and I am looking forward to try and see it.

Tomb Raider: I am feeling rather uncertain about since I am a fan of the videogame series, especially the new games and I am always apprehensive when it comes to videogame adaptations since that it is hard to and why I think that the Metal Gear Solid film will be impossible to do, but that is a story for another time. I do like the look of the film and Alicia Vikander does look good in the role and what has been shown in the trailers does make it look like it is going to be interesting.

Pacific Rim: Uprising: It’s a film with Mechs fighting against monsters of course it is going to be a film that I am going to see this year.

The New Mutants: First of the superhero films of the year and we head over to 20th Century Fox with a new X-Men universe film and that is The New Mutants. I think that this is down to how they marketed the film and it makes me think that it is going down the supernatural roots and it is something that already interests me

Deadpool 2: I really enjoyed Deadpool and I think that Ryan Reynolds did an amazing job getting the first film over. I am also looking forward to seeing this film since it is going to be interesting to see what references that there are going to be with Deadpool and Cable since that the actor that is playing Cable is Josh Brolin, who also plays Thanos in the main MCU. Hopefully this will live up to the same calibre as the first film.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: I think that this could be a rather smash hit for Sony since that Spider-Man is a rather hot property when you think about all of the different mediums that Spider-Man is in, comics, videogames, cartoons. But this film is doing something a lot different, not only is it animated but we are getting a different focus on a different Spider-Man: Miles Morales. This is something that I have been wanting to see for a while because seeing the same old stich with Peter Parker gets rather old and boring rather quick, plus Spider-Verse is going to be a interesting setting since that it might mean that we are going to be getting even more Spider-Men/Women for the film.

Bohemian Rhapsody:  Out of the films that are coming out this year I think that this could be one of the best films to come out this year. A film focusing around Queen’s lead singer Freddy Mercury and leading up to their appearance at Live Aid (I think according to what is jotted on Imdb). It is something that looks interesting to me and it is something that I will be looking forward to seeing in… December, man that is going to be a long wait.

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Top Not-So-Great Films of 2017

To go along with the good there is also the bad/ not so great films I have seen this year.

The LEGO Batman Movie: Even though that this is a kid’s film, it is one of the worst representations that I have seen of Batman in a long time. He just seemed like to be an arrogant jerk to people even his villains he was a rather jerk to. He took on an orphan because he was too busy having the hots for the new police commissioner and just seemed to not even care that much about the Justice League. One of the things that did have me coming away from this is that this version of Batman seemed to take a few inspirations from Frank Miller’s Batman where he didn’t like the idea of Batman being a part of the Justice League. Oh, that’s another thing, you have the Justice League in this universe, but when Gotham City was being attacked by villains in the Phantom Zone THEY ARE NOWHERE TO BE SEEN and thus it’s up to Batman and his rouges gallery to save Gotham, which they do.

Beauty and the Beast: Luke Evans is an amazing Gaston and I think that is all the good that I can say about this film. The film was a pretty much a cut and copy format that they have done with previous remakes and it didn’t seem to be that entertaining. I still think that the music from the original version of the film was better than this as it didn’t seem to be that good. The acting was okay for the majority of the film and Emma Watson made an okay Belle.

The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Haunting: I preferred the television show that covered this topic because this film seemed to be more interested in building its own story instead of focusing on what had actually happened. The film was meant to tell the story on a spirit that has been haunting a family, but the film then takes a twist in creating its own narrative, this being the introduction to The Nun, who has been plaguing the main characters since that apparently is an omen yet to come and we will find out more about that character either next year or the year after with a movie about The Nun being made.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: Wow there could have been potential for this film to be good, but boy was I wrong. I found that from this, Marvel tried to focus a lot on comedy to get their films through nowadays and for me not all of the jokes hit home for me, except for one. The only joke that I like was when Star Lord compared Yondu to Mary Poppins and you hear him say ‘I’m Mary Poppins y’all’. Two more things that I hated about the film was Ego, the first was that I found him to be a rather boring villain and the second he was a boring character. Ego was a very boring character and something else that bugged me had to do with events that happened in the first film, that being the Guardians being a combined force taking down Ronan and then Ego saying, ‘oh because you are part Celestial you used that power to wield an Infinity Stone’. That did annoy me but what annoyed me even more was the self-sacrifice of Yondu, which shouldn’t have happened since Star Lords mask does give him enough oxygen to survive in space, the same thing that Star Lord did with Gamora in the first film. Hopefully the Guardians will have a better outing in Infinity War and Vol 3 whenever it comes out.

Spider-Man: Home-Coming: Another Marvel film on the list and I got to say I was more disappointed with this film, mainly because I am a huge Spider-Man fan. I did like that this film didn’t focus on a origin story, but it did focus on being a direct sequel to Civil War and it spent a lot of the film with Peter being a whiny kid wanting the attention of Tony Stark and his Avengers team, but just keeps on getting annoyed and that got rather irritating rather fast. But I did have some enjoyment from the film and that comes in the form of Michael Keaton as Adrian Tooms (Vulture) and he was one of the best things about the film, but not just that, he was also a villain that is still alive at the end of the movie, and knowing the alias of Spider-Man. But there was something that bugged the crap out of me at the end and I still have no idea what the reason was for behind it was that they had a character in it called Michelle, just a rather normal name that could also be linked to a future love interest. But it was at the end of the film that annoyed me when she said for them to just call her MJ, this annoyed me because it just seemed to be a waste of a character and the waste of bringing MJ Watson into the Marvel Universe.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut: I am not saying that Blade Runner is a bad film, it is one of the most beautifully designed films that I have seen, and it reminds me a lot from the videogame Snatcher. I think that what did it for me was that the plot did seem to be rather confusing to follow at points and the final confrontation between Deckard and Roy Batty, with Deckard being chased around an abandoned building and it just seemed to be weird and just out of place.

Grimsby: I was watching this on Sky Cinema one day and I found it to be one of the stupidest, idiotic film I have ever had seen and it shouldn’t have been made in the first place. I mean who would ever think that England would win in the finals of the World Cup, but no seriously it is a really bad film. You have Mark Strong playing a Secret Agent who accidently gets set up by the involvement of his younger brother, Sasha Baron Conan, who he hasn’t seen is something like 20 years and they end up getting involved in stupid things that lead them across Africa and South America stopping evil plan on the finals of the World Cup and this also lead for his brother to join the same agency in the end where he ends up killing his team mates.

Justice League: This film had potential and boy did it go south rather fast. You have Batman and Wonder Woman recruiting a team to take down threats that are going to be coming to Earth from different places and the first main villain that they face is Steppenwolf, Darkseid’s General. But there is one thing that I did like and that was the story of when Steppenwolf first tried to attack Earth but was facing off against the combined forces of the Amazonians, Atlanteans and Mankind, but there was something even extra there and that was also the introduction of the Green Lantern Corp who also helped out. But from there on the film was a rather let down which led for Batman to go and resurrect Superman with the same machine that Lex used to create Nuclear Man, I mean Doomsday.

Star Wars Episode 8: One of the films that I was looking forward to watching this year and I have to say it was one of the films that seemed to be lacking. For instance, there didn’t seem to be that much of a time skip for the film, it seemed that days had only passed whereas in the rest of the series there were years that had passed. But the big thing that bothered me was the side quest filler that Finn and Rose were in since that it pretty much stops the film dead from the previous scenes and it didn’t sum up too much in the end since that the Rebellion had a plan in motion, but if the new commander had informed Poe on the information, we wouldn’t have gotten the filler and it would have been a better film. Hopefully Episode IX will be better.

Top Best Films of 2017

Back again with another list and like last year I will be covering my favourite films that I saw this year no matter what year that they came out.

Beyond the Mat: Starting off the list with something that I am surprised that I had just gotten around to watching, the wrestling documentary: Beyond the Mat in which Barry Blaustein documented events of three professional wrestlers, Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts, Terry Funk and Mick Foley as well as things that happened in WWF at the time as well as ECW. But some of the best things that happened in the film was learning more and more about the real life of them. Dealing with some of the harder things in life, especially since that across the three there were a lot of interesting stories being told. With Foley story he was in the height of his career being in the main event stage for WWF, winning the championship as well as the infamous I Quit match in which was so brutal Foley’s family, who were in the crowd had to leave. With Funk’s story he was dealing with wanting to retire since he was at the time 53 and needing a new knee, but with Funk, he is a grizzly old vet and he still is wresting to this day. But the most saddening was Roberts, he was a coke addict and also had a lot of other problems, but the focus of his segment was that he wanted to reconnect with his estranged daughter which was achieved in the end. Overall it was a good documentary and I wish that there were more like this out, that weren’t just made by the company.

John Wick Chapter 2: Keanu Reeves is a badass in this film and I am looking forward to when they bring out Chapter 3, for the main fact that it will be John Wick vs the World and its something that is going to be very well handled.

Logan: So, I am very curious now on what they are going to be with Disney now bought Fox and what they are going to with the X-Men franchise. But this was one of my favourite X-Men films that I have seen since it pretty much was a good send off for the franchise and a great way to send off both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Steward’s characters with the death of Xavier being one of the parts that I found to be one of the saddest things about the film as well as a theory on what happened to the mutants. I guess that between the events of either Days of Future Past or more likely The Wolverine in which Onslaught had happened and had wiped a large proportion of the mutant population. But the end of the film was the other rather sad scene with Logan using all of the ‘BESERKER’ drugs and having a last stand off against Weapon XIII in which he managed to defeat him, but at the cost of his own life, and we see Laura mourning over Logan corpse along with the rest of the runaways heading over the border to Canada. The good news that I have heard from this is that there are plans to make a X-23 so that is something to look forward to.

Wonder Woman: Who’d thought that DC were able to make a good film because I had little hope going into it, but I have got to say it was a lot better than what I thought it was. The good thing about it is that the film took the same approach that Captain America took, that being set during the War and Diana wanting to be a part of it, but in her mind so that she can take down Ares, who she thinks is leading the Germans, but when the reveal happened it did have me thinking, really that’s who it is, but then started thinking more and more it made more sense, having a person that seemed to be an ally for the Allied Powers to then turn out to actually be Ares was a good move, misdirection. I also liked the scenes with Diana going through war torn France helping soldiers in the trenches and helping them win a few battles showing off her skills and becoming a beacon of hope for the soldiers that are fighting.

Ouija: Origin of Evil: For a sequel movie to be better than what came before it is usually a hard thing to come around, but this is something that I was surprised about. It was a rather good film and the story made a lot more sense than what the first film was. The story told the tale of what had happened to the previous occupants of the house from the first film and what happened to them to lead to the events that happened in the first film. I liked this since that there was more story to it and it made sense. The mother bought a Ouija board to help her with her charlatan act of communing with the dead, but her youngest daughter becomes more entranced by it when she starts calling after her father, but it turns out that there are darker forces at work when a spirit of an evil Nazi doctor uses his influence and then starts to go after her mother and elder sister. In the end the elder sister is forced to kill her sister and when the cops arrive, she is arrested for killing her family and then the film ends leading into halfway through the first film.

Shin Godzilla: I was so looking forward to seeing this film since that I am a huge fan of both the Japanese and America versions of Godzilla (with the Roland Emmerich version being an exception) and when I heard that this was going to be getting a limited release in the UK, I told my friend that we were seeing it and by god we weren’t disappointed. Godzilla was a massive destructive force in the film and it is something that I haven’t seen in a long time since that for the past few years before the film it was usually Godzilla vs Monster of the film, but this one was also a bit different. The film starts off with this weird looking monster coming out of the sea and it looks like a weird looking chicken and we were thinking on who the hell it was, then we get further in the film and see that it is actually the first form of Godzilla and we saw an evolution chain for him, which is rather cool to see. But the thing that I really did like about the film, beside the giant monster destroying most of Tokyo was the political side that we got, focusing on all of the destruction that is happening, trying to find where the monster had come from and most importantly how they were going to try and destroy Godzilla. It is a rather fun film and I have to try and pick it up since its now released for Home Entertainment.

It: I didn’t know what to think about this film when I saw trailers for it, but when I got around to seeing it, I found it to be a rather good film and for a remake as well it did a lot of things better than what the TV movie did. The thing that I did like most about this was that the entire film was focused around the Losers Club and that’s all the focus that we got, unlike the original version in which we had it set in modern days and then flashbacking to the past. Another thing that I liked about the film was that there were a lot more creative scares for the film for each member of the Losers Club since that it focused on weird and creative fears, but for more of that you can search back on my site for my Good/Bad Review that I did back in October. Hopefully when Part 2 comes out, it will be as entertaining as what the first part was.

Thor Ragnarok: Out of all the Marvel films that have came out this year, Thor Ragnarok was my most favourite of the year since that it did something that I found to be rather lacking from both Guardians and Spider-Man, that being the comedy was a lot better. One of my favourite jokes that was in the film was the centripetal force joke that was at the beginning of the film, it was a little bit nerdy, but it is one that I liked. The film on whole was entertaining, Chris Hemsworth was on point with his timing, a lot better than what he was in Ghostbusters and the rest of the cast was amazing. I am really hoping that Taika Waititi will be returning to the MCU since that he was an amazing director for the film as well as having a very amazing roll in the film.

Murder on the Orient Express: Another film that I wasn’t sure how to feel about, but I was blown away by the film. The film is one of the most beautifully shot films and the story telling engine was wonderful to be retold on the silver screen. Kenneth Branagh doing duo roles as director as well as playing Hercule Poirot in which I was a little apprehensive about, but he did do a good job playing the Belgium detective. The ensembled cast for the film was really great as well since you had people like Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Defoe, Daisy Ridley and even for the short amount of time that he was in the film Johnny Depp was good in it. But the ending is something that I found to be the best thing about the entire film, as it turns out everybody was behind the murder in all of an act of justice and Poirot decides to live a lie and lets all of the suspects escape.

The Princess Bride: This film is one of my favourites because it is a feelgood film that still holds up today. A film that mixes love and romance with action and adventure is something that I really enjoy. Plus, the story has a rather good narrative as the story is told as a story by Peter Falk to his grandson since that he is feeling under the weather and it was something that his father and grandfather did. The film is enjoyable, and my favourite scenes are pretty much any scene with Indgo Montoya in it since that he pretty much steals the film and my favourites are the duel that he and the Dread Pirate Roberts have near the beginning of the film since that it is entertaining and the duel that he has with Count Rugen so that he can finally get his revenge after Rugen killed his father.

It’s a Wonderful Life: I just watched this film for the first time ever just a few days ago and I wish that I had watched it earlier in life since that it does tell a very good story which is that even giving up your dreams means that you can have a wonderful life, but it did end up resolving our main character to try and commit suicide for him to realise what he had and that his life was better. I think the only problem that I had with the film was that a getting to the ‘wonderful life part’ since that part of the film has been done multiple times in different shows and mediums. For instance The Muppets did a version of this and it did focus a lot more on the Wonderful Life part. But nevertheless it was an enjoyable film and I plan on watching it again next Christmas.

Star Wars Month: The Good, The Bad and The Last Jedi

I am going to keep this review to be on the shorter side, the first being that I am rushing this since that I haven’t had much time to get down to writing it. The second reason why I am rushing it is because I still need to write three more posts that I want to get out before the end of the year.

The Good: There really isn’t that much good that I can say about this film. But the good that I can say about it has to do with Rey and Kylo Ren, through the first two acts of the movie Rey and Kylo were communicating, thanks to Snoke, about what had happened between him and Luke since that Luke is now living on an island in the middle of nowhere because of the decision that he made. The whole sequence for this is as a storytelling engine is rather well done and it did seem that Rey had hope in what she was doing, trying to change Kylo’s motives, but that doesn’t really go well.

Then we have the next part of the Rey/Kylo story and that is when Rey boards Snoke’s ship and we have a confrontation in which Kylo is ordered to strike down Rey to become more powerful but Kylo manages to use Rey’s own Lightsaber, which Snoke took from her, and kills Snoke giving Kylo command of the First Order and leading the attack against the Resistance. But there is something that I did like and that was the fight between Kylo, Rey and Snoke’s Guards since that one the fight was rather well done and two the Guards looked awesome with their own individual weapons.

The Bad: The rest of the movie was rather bad. Poe’s mutiny of the transport ships was one of the dumbest things that I have seen in a long time in the Star Wars universe since that he had pretty much cost them a lot of people and resources that they needed.

Finn and Rose’s mission to get access to Snoke’s ship, even though was a good plan to do just seemed to be the biggest waste of time since that it pretty much summed up in nothing rather major happening, they get crossed by the person that was helping them get access to Snoke’s ship. Rose ends up nearly killing herself by knocking Finn of course from a suicide run that would have seen the First Order down a piece of heavy tech, but no she could have also easily have killed Finn in the collision as well which just makes me think that the character of Rose is full of dumb decisions.

Hux was just Hux. A rather useless character that could have been easily axed off in the destruction of the command ship.

One of the biggest things that bugged me about the film and what was also a problem for fans but also the person who played him was the way that they had handled Luke for the film. The way that Luke was wrote for the film made him seem to be the most distant character that there could have ever been. He almost seemed to be a shell of his former self since that Luke was one of the main figure heads of the Rebel Alliance, a symbol of hope, but now that hope was gone which just seemed to be rather disappointing that the same person didn’t want to help against the First Order. But there were some rather good scenes that Luke did have and that was the flashbacks that were in the Rey/Kylo story, his conversation with Yoda and the standoff he had against Kylo.

Overall: I think that this film had could have had potential to be a good movie, however it didn’t come over the way that it did. It does however make me happier that JJ Abrams is back for Episode IX but more anxious about that is going to come after with Rhian Johnsons trilogy that he has planned.

Rating 6/10

Star Wars Month: Top Seven Force Users

7: Rey – Star Wars Episode VII: I’m not gonna lie, but out of all the things that came from Episode VII, I wasn’t a big fan of Rey and then I got to realise something a few weeks ago. She pretty much has the same characteristics as both Luke and Anakin had at the beginning of their first films, being situated on a planet that was mainly surrounded by sand and wanting to get off there to do better things. The only thing that was different is that Rey was left there by either her parents or a member of the Empire or New Republic. Plus, I also found that she seemed to have a few similar traits as well as the characters I had just referenced since that Anakin was good with his hands as he was able to build C3PO whereas Rey was able to help fix the Falcon in mid-flight. Hopefully here character will be a lot better with the new film since that I think with a small percentile I think that she could be the titular ‘chosen one’ that was to help fight against the Sith but instead of being a Jedi she reforms the Grey Order, which is a balance between the two and something that I will get to later in the list. 

6: Darth Maul – Star Wars Episode I & Rebels Season 2: One of my most remembered things about Episode I was Darth Maul for quite a few reasons. The first was his look, a horned alien (Dathomirian) coloured in red and black almost resembling a demon of sorts. The second, his weapon a dual bladed lightsabre, something that nobody had ever seen and it left its mark rather effective. But the third and final things that I liked about Maul was that in the film he didn’t say much and let his actions do his talking by killing Qui Gon Jinn and then seemingly killed by Obi Wan Kenobi during the film, but it turns out that the Dark Side has a lot more power to it since that in the Clone Wars series he used his hate for Kenobi to keep him alive, but since that I haven’t seen all of Clone Wars yet I can’t have my thoughts of him for that, however Rebels is a different kettle of fish since that in this he is very manipulative especially towards Ezra with getting his help to try and acquire a Sith Holocron so that he can unlock it to find what he wants as well as Ezra who has his own goals that he wants.  

5: Ezra Bridger – Star Wars Rebels: When I started watching Rebels I wasn’t that all interested with Ezra since I found him to be rather annoying, but when I started watching second series I found him to be a better character and then in the third series I found him to be more likeable. But the most that I did like from him was the progression that he went through at the end of second and beginning of the third with Ezra being slowly manipulated by Maul, helping him reach a Sith Holocron. But with the intervention of Kanan, Ezra was able to prevent from being manipulated by Maul, but it did have some lasting effects as when he and Maul fused the two Holocrons together and they got their ideas mixed up in what they wanted to see with Maul wanting to find Obi Wan as well as Ezra since that he thinks that Obi Wan can help with the Jedi Prophesise with the one that can take down the Sith. Another thing that I liked about Ezra is that he is always trying to do the right thing either going out on his way on a whim, but my favourite was when he was helping train Sabine in the ways of Jedi Duelling. Hopefully in the next series there will be more good development for him.

4: Kylo Ren – Star Wars Episode VII: With this new trilogy of films and all of the possible tie in films that we could be getting there is one film that I do want to see, or even read, that being the change that Ben Organa-Solo went from being trained by Luke Skywalker and then something happened that made him join the Dark Side as well as the First Order. One of the things that I did like in the film was something that came rather late and that was the confrontation between him and his father Han where he did show a lot of confliction on what he had done until the part when he stabs him through with his lightsabre. Hopefully with the coming years we will find out if there will be any redemption with Kylo Ren in a way that Vader had, but the thing that I want to learn is about the Knights of Ren since that in the flashback that Rey had showed that there were a lot of them. But we still have a long time to go.

3: Star Killer: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: I loved playing The Force Unleashed series for two reasons, one was that I did really like the character of Star Killer since that he was pretty much thrown into the conflict that had happened and two for the fact that you could replay the game and depending on what ending that you took, it would have changed the outcome of the Star Wars franchise. In the first game, if you chose the good side you would have been remembered as a hero and a beacon for the Rebels but if you went down the path of the Sith you would kill Vader and become the left hand of The Emperor. One of the things that I did like about Star Killer from the other Jedi and Sith is that he had a relationship that worked and that even went through his clone as he pretty much went through Hell to save Juno from the clutches of the Empire.

2: Luke Skywalker – Star Wars Episode V-VI: Besides the final moments of Episode IV, all of the best moments Luke’s story come from Episodes V & VI. The training that he went on with Yoda, the fight with Vader on Cloud City where he finds out that Vader is his father and then the final confrontation with The Emperor causing Vader to realise what he is doing and saving him in an act of redemption with Vader turning into a Force Ghost. Hopefully with the Last Jedi out in the following days we will find out if Luke has any more memorable moments up his arm since that he had a cut line from the last film.

1: Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader – Star Wars Episode II-VI: Even though that Vader is one of the best things about the Star Wars franchise, we all have to remember that there was a beginning to it all. Seeing Anakin go through his training as a Jedi to then have the same sort of manipulation that Ezra went through but with one big change. Anakin did go through the changes and that was all thanks to Chancellor Palpatine who had slowly started turning him and corrupting him into joining the Sith. Even the reveal of when he got turned into Vader wasn’t one of the best ways to have shown it the ‘NOOOOOOOOO!’ scream has been GIF/Meme worthy for a very long time. But through the story from the original trilogy Vader seemed to have a rather menacing persona and with his appearance in the first film only totalling only about 12 minutes he left a mark on the audience for a long time. My two favourite moments of Vader are the redemption bit that he went through Episode VI since that it showed (literally and figuratively) that Vader wasn’t a soulless robot but that he still had a bit of good inside of him. The second came at the end of Rouge One, where Vader is cutting down Rebels as they send the Death Star data being transferred from crew to crew before seeing the Tantive IV just flying away from him leading then straight into Episode IV.

Halloween Month: Top Five Horror Sequels/Prequels: Part 1

A few years ago, I did a list of my Top Five Horror films, so I thought that this time that I would focus on something similar and that being sequels and prequels.

Annabelle Creation: Starting off the list is the sequel to a film that I didn’t think should have even been made into a film, but I got to say this made up for a lot of the problems that I had about the first film. The film starts off with a family heading back from church, in which their car breaks down and their daughter is killed after running into the road. After a few years the parents take in a group of orphans and a nun to stay and they start noticing weird things going on and we see that the focus targets one of the girls Janice, who has Polio making her a weaker target than the rest of the girls. During several nights, she is awoken by the sounds of somebody running around and finds her way into the daughter’s room, in which she finds the Annabelle doll locked in a hidden room and thus the doll targets her with one case throwing her from the first-floor landing to the ground floor, manages to keep her wheelchair bound. Later in the film the mother reveals what happened after their daughter had died they contacted mediums to communicate with their daughter in which they found notes around the house and then later got permission to have her spirit be transferred into a doll, that doll being Annabelle. But it turns out that whatever entered the doll wasn’t their daughter but in fact a demon that began terrorising the family, even attacking the mother. They got a priest to bless the hidden room and had bible verses to be wallpapered around the walls to reduce the influence and power from the doll. In the end, the remaining orphans and the nun get out alive, but when the police go to find where Janice is and it turns out she escaped and left the doll there. But a few years pass and we find her in a new orphanage and she is taken home by the Higgins, who give her a copy of the original Annabelle doll. But the film makes an interesting turn as it ends with the film wrapping up for the beginning of the first film. Overall, I liked this film a lot better than the first film as the first seemed to be a slight rip off from Rosemary’s Baby and the scares weren’t that good. However, with this the scares were a lot better, with the scariest being when the girl is taken into the barn by a mysterious figure and is where she gets possessed by the doll.

Ouija: Origin of Evil: Another prequel from a recent film series, Ouija: Origin of Evil bring all the bad points for the first film and makes it a great film. The cast for the film is rather short since that it mainly focuses around a family of three, Alice, Lina and Doris, in which the mother is a medium that helps people connect with people who have passed but she is a charlatan. They then buy a Ouija board from a store and they decide to use it for their skits but it turns out that the daughter can channel spirits in which a dark force possesses her and it is during the final act to find out that their house used to belong to an evil Nazi scientist that tortured and killed people. They try to then kill the daughter by sewing her mouth so that the entity can’t speak, but during the process the mother dies and the only survivor being Lina get sent to a mental facility and then, like Annabelle Creation, the film ends with Lina being met by the lead from the first film. Overall, I like this film since that it built up a better story, the Doris being in contact with what appeared to be her father, who had died, but then the realisation that she has being used by the demonic being seemed to be rather sinister. Another thing that I liked about the film was that the films scares were dealt a lot better than the previous film.

Insidious Chapter 3: One of the things that I like about this film is that since it didn’t focus around the story of the original family from the first film since that their story was over and done with at the end, as well as Elise dying and being a spiritual guide for the Nether in both instalments. For this film, it is set years before the events of the first film, in which our main character Quinn trying to in contact with her mother, who had passed away (what a weird coincidence that all three prequels that I have picked have a revolving theme), and she goes to contact Elise but she says that she no longer does readings but she accepts this one but it goes pear-shaped in which a darker entity comes through and she stops the reading and tells her not to contact her mother again. But she ignores it and then a lot of bad things start happening to her, involving being hit by a car and breaking her leg. Then through the rest of the film her and her family start noticing weird things going on in their apartment including them seeing a ghost that is covered in goo. The family try to figure a way to get answers, first by getting a paranormal group to come in to find out the source of the problem, and then Elise comes into find out the problem and they manage to get rid of the evil entity with the help of the girl’s mother and all is right. This is then leads Elise to return to the paranormal investigations with the paranormal group and now is leading to a fourth instalment that is out next year, which I will be probably see. I like this film since that it shows Elise in a different light, knowing that she was sceptical about returning to do reading and the paranormal since that she had lost her husband and felt distant from the rest of the world. Another thing that I liked about this film was that with Quinn being confined is something that does make being scared, not being able to defend yourself from an unknown attacker.

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday: For a franchise that has gotten a lot out of hand over the past few instalments, with one film seeing a copycat killer and then seeing Jason being resurrected (by accident), this is one of the goofier but good films from the series. The film focuses around Jason possessing people trying to resurrect himself since that it turns out that Jason in fact has a sister, Diana as well as a niece Jessica and she has a child and the only way that he can resurrect himself is by taking over the body of his family. So, the main worry of the film was Jason being incarnated through the baby, but it then turns out that the dead body of his sister is in the old Voorhees house were Robert Campbell had stashed the body in the house for a television show he was making about Jason Voorhees. A lot of the film is rather interesting since that it deals with Jessica & Steven trying to reconcile as well as a bounty hunter who is also after Jason and he also gives a lot of exposition about how to deal with Jason. In the end Jason gets reburned from his sister’s body and is then killed by his niece. One of the things that I really do like about this film is the amount of references to other horror franchises, from Halloween with mentioning of the old Myer’s place, a package addressed from Antarctica for a possible link to The Thing. It is a fun film to watch as well as being the lead in to the crossover for Freddy vs Jason.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors: Nightmare 3 is one of my favourite films from the Nightmare franchise, it is one of the better told films as well as having more of the most creative ways that people have died. The film also brings back Nancy, from the first film, in which she now works with children/teenagers who have been dealing with nightmares and Nancy finds out that Freddy is back killing teenagers in their dreams again. In the end of the film the teenagers that survive at the end manage to defeat Freddy again, but it came at a cost as Nancy dies, but to make sure that this doesn’t happen again Kristen dreams her into a perfect dream, and we don’t see her again until one of the comic book adaptations where she returns. The things that I do like about the film is the way that Freddy makes his kills in the film with some of them being rather creative and the two that come to my mind are Phillip who starts sleepwalking but what the people that see this happening don’t see is that Freddy is manipulating him by controlling him like a marionette with strings made from his veins and kills him by cutting his strings, making the residents thinking that he had jumped. The second kill that I like in the film was with Jennifer in which Freddy basically forces her to watch television shows with a cameo from Zsa Zsa Gabor, but the best was when Freddy grabs her and hurls her into the TV and we see her body stuck head first in the television with them also thinking that she had took her own life, somehow also lifting herself about 3 or 4 feet off the ground.

Halloween Month: The Good, The Bad and Pennywise the Dancing Clown

When I heard that there was going to be a new version of the film It, I was a rather looking forward to it since that the original television movie for it, wasn’t that great in my opinion and was only regarded in having the best portion being the kids story, with the adults seeming to be rather okay. But with the new film being split up into two films, with the first chapter being focused around the kids and then the second the adults maybe this would make it better.

The Good: To start out for this with the good, the entire cast of kids for the film are really good since it appears to have the token characters that you would see in a film from the 80’s, since that is when this version of the film is set. But if I did have to say who my favourite from the series would be Bev Bill, Richie and Ben. The other friends seem to be alright but I did find them to be annoying and in the case for Mike, I didn’t find him to be part of the story that much and I hope that in Chapter 2, we see him with a bigger role to play.

The second thing that I liked about the film was the way that Pennywise used the fears of the children to his advantage. It did make him seem more of a threat than in the original version where he was vaguely terrorising the children and didn’t seem to do much else. However, in the film, they did get a lot more creative with the ways that he terrorised the children, going with the way that each child had a fear that made them different with the ways that the scares happened. The three that I liked the most, weirdly enough featured the three kids that I didn’t care for that much. The first was Stan who was freaked out about a painting that his father had in his office of a deformed woman playing the clarinet/ flute. The second was Eddie getting chased by a leper, who at first, I thought it looked like Stephen King but I could have been easily wrong. The third scare that for Mike, who had arms trying to reach out at him from behind a door that was on fire, and when we get the backstory on what happened to his parents it just gets even creepier.

The third thing that I liked about the film was the story since that it seemed to do a lot better of a job explaining the lore about the town of Derry in which we find that it seems to have larger numbers of missing people but most worrying children. Another thing that I liked about the story was that it seemed to be a lot more realistic in ways. This comes to it after (Anti-Germ Kid) ends up falling through a hole in the well house and breaks his arm, it then signifies the team breaking up since that some of them no longer want to do this since according to the lore, Pennywise will be going into hibernation and not appearing again for another 27 years. But when it turns out that Pennywise has captured Bev, it gives them the reason to reunite and take on Pennywise.

The Bad: With the good comes the bad and to start it off I did rather hate the bullies from the film. I just found them to be rather plain and boring since they didn’t seem to have that much of a character at all through the film except for one scene where he is recruited by Pennywise and then goes and kills his father. Lucky for the Losers Club is that he then ends up meeting a possible worse fate after Mike knocks him down the well and he is supposed to be dead. But the thing that has me rather curious is that in the original movie, Knives, is supposed to be alive and in an either a hospital or an asylum where Pennywise breaks him out.

The second thing that I though was bad about the movie revolves around Bev and her father since that it seemed to have a rather icky sub text. That being it seemed that she might have been forced into some sort of incestuous affair with her father. This is even more suggested since that the film, the scenes that we see between the two of them there does seem to be something dark going on between them. This does make more sense since that in the final confrontation with Pennywise, he changes his head into that of her father, but instead of being afraid, she just whacks him revealing that she isn’t afraid of him anymore. In the end of the film, Bev reveals that she is going to be moving to Portland (not sure which one) mainly what I believe is down to either her father’s actions or for the small possibility that he could be dead after she clocked him over the head with the toilet tank lid.

The third thing that I found bad with the film was the scoring for it. For a lot of the scenes that happened the music seemed to be rather over the top in which that it should have been more quieter and this way makes the scene have more suspense and makes it much scarier and the Nostalgia Critic brought it up in his review of the film. I also have a problem with music being used to score for building up jump scares and it is something that bothers me when I watch horror films in general. It just seems to be rather pointless and I think that the sound would be better to place in when the scare happens.

Overall: I think that this has been one of the best Stephen King films that I have seen and if Chapter 2 is going to be anything like this, quality wise, I will be looking forward to seeing it in 2019.