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.

October Films

​So with the next month quickly approaching I realised that there are quite a number of films that are coming out and I’m going to cover the three that I am going to see plus a honorable mention.

Inferno: Tom Hanks is back in his familiar role in the third role in the franchise and it looks as good as the previous installment’s. I am a big fan of Tom Hanks since the last batch of films he’s been in has him in amazing roles and this could continue it. Plus I loved watching The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demon and they were both good. 

Rings: A few weeks ago the trailer for Rings came out and I have said this a lot about films recently but I really am looking forwards to it. For the one fact is this it does look like that it is a sequel but it doesn’t look like it rips off the original which I am really glad about. So far from what I know about the film it does have a slight presence from the original and that is looking for Samara and trying to break the curse, but the big differences this time is something different. It shows the biggest what if scenario being what if hundreds of people saw the video at once and it does and its something that I’m looking forward to see on how that scene goes on in the film.

Honourable Mention: Doctor Strange: When the news and trailer dropped for this film I was really excited at the time however I started having a lot of doubts about it but I have no idea why. I think that one of my problems with the film is that it is going to be more focused on the SFX more than other installments from the current MCU. Another problem that I see with the film that it does seem a bit similar to a DC movie that being Green Lantern since, from the trailers, it seems like to me. You have a guy going to a place that no one would believe would be real, a mentor like figure that hides what he really is, a love interest in the same profession thinking will they won’t they and then a villain that doesn’t seem to be a real threat. I know I’m likely to be totally wrong when it’s out but that’s how I do see it.

Ouija, Origins of Evil: Round about this time last year, I think with my luck it could have been this March, I bought a copy of Ouija and I did like it since that it felt more structured than other movies of this genre when they were out. Then around late Spring I heard that they were bringing out a prequel for the film and I was rather sceptical about it since that sequels or Spin offs from franchise’s tended to be rather disappointing in a lot of ways. But when I saw the trailer for it before Blair Witch it did have me more excited then what Blair Witch did. In this film we see what happened to the previous occupants of the house which was exposited in the first film. I’m a big fan of good prequel ideas and I do think that’s what they have right here and hopefully it can be a good hit. 

The Forest: Review

So The Forest was currently released in cinemas to the UK thanks to lingering release dates since that it was out in America in early January, never the less here’s what I thought of the latest slice of horror.

So the story focus around a woman called Sara played by, Natalie Dormer, who finds out that her twin sister, Jess (also Dormer), living in Japan is alerted that she had entered the infamous Aokigahara Forest where it is known that people go there to commit suicide. Then throughout the film it is basically her trying to find her sister. She then decides to fly out and search by first start by going to the school that she works at where she finds that she has a prescription of anxiety, possibly building more up on the suicide angle. She then finds out that she was a part of a school trip that went to the area where the forest is located and then heads out there to see if she can find her. When she arrives there off the train she heads to what looks like a small office/ cooler where they keep dead bodies of people that they get for when authorities pick them up for disposal. The owner believes that she has the body of Sara’s sister but it turns out that it isn’t her and then walks along a trail where we get one of the more stranger scenes of a line of schoolgirls (possibly from the same school where Jess worked at going by the outfit) and winds up at a hotel that seemed to just appear out of nowhere. In the hotel she meets a reporter called Aiden where he try’s and gets close to Sara. There she tells him about her sister and what happened to her parents saying that it was a car accident but from what we are shown it is something different. Aiden then reveals to her that he is going into the forest along with a guide of the forest called Michi to see if she can find her sister with their help. When they get to the forest and go across the ‘no entry’ line that we start to see that Sara does seem different. We then see a lot of scenes of the forest and it does look really like a beautiful place, minus the dead bodies. Later into the hike Sara gets pulled in a direction different from the route that Aiden and Michi were going which then leads them to find the tent that they had when they were growing up. Michi say that it is time for them to go but Sara says that she isn’t going anywhere through the protest of both Michi and Aiden, but then Aiden changes his mind and decides to stay with her. This then leads Sara to then start being over influenced by the forests evil forces and has some hallucinations and is then led away by a spirit who gets her to have more distrust towards Aiden and think that he had something to do with Jess. A real good instance is then afterwards where there trying to get to a path so that Michi can find them easier or that they can get help. There when they were walking right to left notice a dead body flowing them in the same direction but then when Aiden pulls her away from the edge, Aiden then walks from left to right with Sara pointing out that they were walking in the wrong direction building up on her paranoia and then Aiden corrects her saying that they should follow the river where it now appears to be flowing the opposite way it was before. Sara runs away from Aiden which then leads her to apparently the area where she found the first dead body and finds some yarn/ twine that she then wraps around a tree to try and have somebody possibly Michi to find her. But when she is trying to create her trail her sister’s voice and the dead body that she finds is telling her to look behind but she tries to ignore the voices but then she gets frightened and runs off to then fall in a hole where she injures her leg and finds the game schoolgirl that warned her about Aiden and gets her to come further in the cave to then get scared when it turns out that the schoolgirl is in fact a yurei and she tries to escape the cave and Aiden manages to find her and rescue her from the cave and they manage to get a old rangers station where Aiden tries to fix a old radio. This then leads Sara to believe that Jess is in the cabin where the supposed Jess writes a note to her from a door that leads to a supposed basement. Sara then goes to kill Aiden and proceeds to go down the now unlocked where younger Jess witness what happens to their parents and Sara then learns to truth that it was a murder/suicide and then the dead father goes and attacks Sara. We then cut immediately over to Jess where it turns out that she is in fact alive and starts running through the forest as well as Sara who then manages to break free of her father’s grip. They both end up running to the forest where the search party, including Sara’s husband. Sara keeps on calling Jess’s name but she keeps ignoring it where it then turns out that the schoolgirl stops Sara from continuing. Jess is reunited with Sara’s husband and the search party. But then the twist comes in and that it is revealed that Sara is in fact dead. She then gets dragged into the forest and is then seen in death form by Michi.

I got to say for this film it also had rather good editing as well expect for the some of the first ten or so minutes. When she finds out that Jess has went in the woods and she instantly moved in to the woods it was then re-cut to feature some small details and introduce her husband even though it seems like that he could have been cut out of the film but there needed to be somebody to meet Jess when she got out of the woods. It seemed to be really a weird side of setting up the beginning even though they could have just shot it regularly instead of this crazy way of editing it. Then I think that there was one rather small subtle editing problem that I noticed and that was a scene in the beginning where you have Sara and her husband where the shot seems to have been flipped since the shot before and after it was taken in the same style. It seems really noticeable since the fact that Natalie Dormer does have some beauty marks on one side of her face. So other than that I didn’t think that there was that many problems editing wise with the film and it seems that it was also paced rather well.

The acting of the film was pretty good. Dormers performance through the entire film was really good and I think that this is her pretty much in a good role that I like even better than her role in Game of Thrones and for the fact that she plays two characters makes her performance rather well since that they are two different characters as well. Taylor Kinney who plays Aiden in the film was also rather well since that when Sara started to become paranoid it did seem that Aiden had some other motives, maybe like that he did have something to do with Jess’s disappearance. There also seemed to be more with the character as well so I hope that when the DVD comes out there could be some deleted scenes or alternate scenes where we may find out more about him since there did seem more that could have happened with him since there was a lot of small things that seem that were unexplained that would have needed explained.

Over all I did like the film, I just wish that there were less jump scares in the film and focused more and more on the psychological effects that the characters are going through. Final Verdict 7/10.

Top Ten Horror Movie Icons

As many people who either know me or have read a number of my posts here I love watching horror films and I really don’t know why I do like them. Maybe it is for the story of them or maybe I need to get a good fright once in a while. But for this post I am going to count down my personal Top Ten Horror Movie Icons.

10: Jigsaw: For me I was never that much fan of the Saw franchise, mainly because it seemed like the same shtick in every film where there would be people that would get kidnapped and put into a death match to see who wanted more to live. Jigsaw was a pretty good villain for the series since the fact that through the films we get more of a story built up that makes his decisions that he does seem more plausible. I would go into more detail with Jigsaw, but I have only seen a couple of films and not that many to give that much detail.

9: Pennywise the Clown: The main villain in the series of It, Pennywise the Clown was the nightmare of both the book and the mini-series from the mind of author Stephen King. For some reason a lot of people that I know when I’ve talked about horror films that scared them was always Pennywise the Clown. I never knew at that time what It was until a few years ago and I got to say I have no idea why it seemed to be rather a scary film. The character of Pennywise the Clown was clown that used his persuasive abilities to kidnap and kill children to keep his powers going. This then leads to a group of children to then team up and defeat Pennywise in his clown form leading them to think that they have killed the evil entity, but this then leads to years later to them finding out that It has returned and they go back to the cave where they had killed him decades ago they then find out that Pennywise was still alive and then transforms into a giant spider. I think that it is a rather genius concept for a villain since that it combines two different fears that people have and that was clowns and spiders. Other than that I think that the mini-series seemed to just drag and had a repetitive tone to it with a present day scene and then a flashback. Hopefully the new film that is being made, or is currently in production, will do a better story telling device than this.

8: Zombies: For the horror genre, zombies are a large part of the horror series with many different version of the film ranging from the George A. Romero series where zombies were more slow and seemed more creepier and was really good for the times that it had came out then we have other films such as 28 Days Later and World War Z where they end up being the total difference towards the classic version since these one’s seemed to be more faster and seemed to be more of a threat to people since they were faster and able to get more people. But the first film that I ever watched that had zombies in them was actually an animated film and that was Scooby Doo on Zombie Island. This was one of the very first actual Scooby Doo movie series and was one of the first movies that made me scared as a kid, but I always liked watching it. But in the current past years I have been really enjoying The Walking Dead and I really like the story for it so far as well as the explanation of why people turn into zombies is that ‘Everyone is Infected’ so it doesn’t matter that if you get bit by a zombie or die from natural causes you end up getting turned into a zombie. So far I don’t know if there is any explanation in the spin off series to Fear The Walking Dead if there is an excuse to how the infections actually started.

7: Aliens: Aliens are one of the most divergent icons in the horror universe. Mainly for the fact that there are all different designs and features that aliens can have but for this I am going to focus mainly on one species of alien and that is the popular franchise started by Ridley Scott and that is called Alien, With this the Alien they come from eggs that are dispatched through a Queen and for the majority the way that the aliens evolve is through the bonding themselves through another person such as a human or even in on instance a dog by using Face-Huggers that have smaller eggs inside of them and then send them into the target. After a few hours or so the target is then subjected to a creature exploding from their chest leading to a small version of the Alien to hatch out and then starts to grow larger. The main thing that I really like about these Aliens is that they are actually smarter than we lead them on to be since in Alien Resurrection they were able to escape from a containment cage where they were being studied to take out one of their own to make their escape since their blood is highly acidic to melt through metal.

6: Werewolves: I remember the first time that I watched An American Werewolf in London and it was one of the first times that I enjoyed watching the Lycanthropic species. The film was a great thing to watch and seeing the transformation of the character into the werewolf was an amazing thing to see since that it looked like it was done with special effects and not a obviously computer generated mess. But over the past few years there hasn’t seemed to be that many decent films that do use werewolves and some use werewolves, but they just seem to be badly done as in some sort of B-movie way. I do hope that there is going to be some sort of resurgence in the classic Universal monster movies because I think that it is a really good trend that the studio can get back into because it would be a good money maker.

5: Demons/ Ghosts/ Spirits: Ever since The Blair Witch Project was released there have been many more films that have more and more to do the evil spirits and spawned this sort of PG-13 horror genre that has spawned many different films including the Paranormal Activity and Insidious series that have made them popular. For most of these sorts of film it seems like that it seems to be the same shtick over and over again and one of the main problems that I have with these sorts is with the B-Movie films which really just seem to use reused plots but also seem to be a rather big homage to paranormal television shows such as Ghost Adventures. Though I do like most of the films that actually do have at least real paranormal and actual recorded demons such as Zozo and Mama. Hopefully over the next few years there will be less of these films since there seems to be way too many of these films.

4: Dracula: From Christopher Lee to Luke Evans or Leslie Neilson to Adam Sandler there have been a mass amount of different people that have played Count Dracula, with people preferring more of the classics than to the regular. For me I have been rather used to all the different Draculas and I like them all for their differences. For instance with Luke Evans portrayal in Dracula Untold is that we see a more realistic version of the man that Dracula was based upon. He was a ruler and a warrior and would try and do the best for his people. Yet in Hotel Transylvania the version of Dracula in this is really totally different to version that we have seen in the past. Played by Adam Sandler, this Dracula has created a hotel for monsters to get away from humans who they still all believe are evil and want to kill them. This leads Dracula to raise his daughter Mavis that he thinks that she would be safer in the hotel than venturing out into the world exploring. This then leads Dracula to learn that a human called Johnny, who has managed to find his way to the hotel. Dracula tries his best to try and sneak Johnny out of the hotel trying to avoid him making contact with people but that manages to blow up in his face at the end where Johnny and Mavis fall for each other until everyone finds out that Johnny is a human and says that he didn’t love Mavis. This then leads Dracula to the realisation that maybe not all humans are that bad and ventures out with his friends to go and find Johnny to bring him back to the hotel and that he can be with Mavis, even up to the point where Dracula even nearly kills himself by flying in is bat mode to the plane to apologize to Johnny. So this does show a lot of contrast to between Dracula’s, some can be evil creatures on the hunt for fresh blood or some just want what is right for their believes and resolving that the right way is not much the correct way.

3: Michael Myers: When you think of Halloween for me there are a few words that come to mind and two are Michael Myers. So far there have been two incarnations of Michael Myers and both have a different take on him. The first is the original John Carpenter’s Halloween where Michael Myers killed his sister on Halloween and then was put into a institution and then gets free and manages to get all the way back to his home in time to find his younger sister and try to kill her to. Then you have the mid 2000 remake by Rob Zombie, which I actually do prefer since it has a rather more given back story that you see been developed over a 30 or so minute period where we see what his upbringing was like, what his parents were like and what his life was like before he put on the mask for the first time. This was something that was majorly missing for me in the Carpenters film, it was only exposited through Doctor Loomis on what happened to it but with Zombie’s version you got something different and what I thought was a better version. But as a villain Michael Myers seems to be really methodical and patient a lot of the times, until you get so far into the series and it just seems really pointless of a series.

2: Jason Vorhees: At least once every year you will find that there will always be a Friday the 13th and I always on that day decide to marathon the series the best I can and I always like watching them. I’ve seen every film from this series and most of them didn’t seem like that they are even necessary for instance the general plot of Friday the 13th was a basic revenge film with, in the original film, Jason’s mother was killing camp counsellors since that she blames them for killing Jason when he was a kid for him to then appear in the end to then set up the sequel where Jason repeats the same on what his mother did and was to kill the counsellors for murdering his mother then technically it should have really ended there but no instead it went on for another eight more sequels where even one film being not even actually focused around Jason. I think that one of the things that I do really like about Jason is that he is a focused killer and is has been able to make a lot of unique and rather cool kills as well as being put through a lot of really cool deaths. One of my favourite kills that Jason has made was in part 8 where one of the teenagers on a trip to New York on a boat goes down to the engine room and kills her with a guitar. Jason for me was always rather a good villain and I hope that in the new game and film that are going to be coming out in the next couple of years are going to be good.

1: Freddy Kruger: This spot was actually going to be the spot for Jason, but I then got into some realisation after a few days of watching films and that was that Freddy was a better villain. Freddy is a better because one he can only be confronted in the dream world which means that he has an easier time to go and kill people. But then through the third, fourth and fifth film they decided to have their characters evolved to learn more how to defend their dreams from Freddy and he always manages to get around them and manages to increase his kill count. But there is only so much that Freddy can do to continue his killings since apparently being able to forget Freddy is easily enough to weaken his powers and then this is why I also like Freddy v Jason and that he was able to trick Jason into going to Freddy’s home and killing people there and making them remember who Freddy Krueger was reigniting himself and becoming a villain. Also by exploiting somebody to do something makes me think that there is a lot more to Freddy than meets the eye and that makes me think that he is a better villain than Jason.

Could Friday The 13th: A New Beginning Could Have Been Better?

I have been a rather big fan of the Friday the 13th franchise and I got to day the red herring of the series was a decent film but it could have been a lot better if they had focused around one character rather more in the film and that is Tommy.

In the film he is heavily featured since the start showed a flash back of young Tommy finding the grave of Jason and then hiding from two vandals who dig up the very, very shallow grave and Jason kills them up to the point where he gets to Tommy and turns out that it is all a dream. We then find out that Tommy has been having hallucinations of Jason either standing in his room or outside in the ground and that’s pretty much what we see of Jason. Then we see that Tommy also does have a rather bad attitude with the events of the last film and he seems to not liking people touching his things such as Eddie who took one of his masks and Tommy dropped him through a table and pounded him. This would have shown a lot more if Jason was Tommy by having him be more violent towards more than two people.

My thoughts on what they could have done more was to have the film span more than two days have it span over at least a week or so and then have all the reveals happening on the Friday. You first off having Tommy arrive on the Monday at the building and then have it slowly build from there with them showing Tommy’s angry side and build up from there. Then over the next few days you have Tommy going through different stages such as the hallucinations and then have him disappear for a few hours a day, killing off random people like the Greasers that get killed off at the beginning and then have him just appear at random places with him being rather dazed and confused with what’s going on. You then have the other characters intervene that would cause red herring links such as Vic who kills Joey in the film or Raymond, the farmhand at Ethel’s farm. Another interesting twist was to have Vic then escape police custody and have it believe that he could also be the killer.  

Then on the Thursday night have Tommy start to lose his nerve by going after the people that are in the home, believing that they are in fact Jason. After killing three people this then leads Tommy to go and find the grave of Jason and starts to dig it up and then finds out that Jason’s corpse looks rather preserved, then following the events that happen at the beginning of the sixth film Jason gets reanimated and then proceeds to kill Tommy and then leaves the graveyard and bury Tommy in his grave. Jason then continues the killing spree and then ending the film with Jason just disappearing into the woods around Crystal Lake.

It may seem like a boring cop out to the film having Tommy being the killer and then having him bring Jason back to life in the same film but I think that it would have been better since then it does have Jason returning.

Did Annabelle Need To Be Made?

Ever since The Conjuring came out there seemed to be a lot of focusing around an item that seemed to be such a red herring about what the focus was going to be and that is the Annabelle doll. Also the cover of the DVD seems to signify that even though the doll only seems to get about 15 or 20 minutes of screen time.

So the film is based around the doll and how it came to be seemingly possessed. It starts off with a recap for the people that seen The Conjuring and then cuts to funny enough a church. Mia and John Form then return home to reveal that John had found a doll that Mia, who is something like 8-9 months pregnant, has been looking for her collection which is the creepy looking Annabelle doll. Mia here’s something that seems to come from the neighbours so John goes outside and investigates to then come out with a bloodied shirt and tells Mia to go inside and call the cops, but when she gets inside she then notices somebody in the baby’s room and is attacked by a woman and a man. The cops arrive in time to kill the man but the woman, who turns out to be Annabelle Higgins the neighbours daughter who disappeared months ago, kills herself and leaves a bloody symbol drawn on the wall and the doll cradled in her arms, this seems rather taken from Child’s Play leading the doll to be possessed. The doll gets thrown out after the incident and then it turns out that the doll/ whatever is going on causes a fire and the doll is found in the house. This then causes Mia to go into labour and gives birth to a healthy baby girl. After a few days they then move to an apartment complex and Mia again finds the doll in a box though it was thrown out. This then leads for a number of paranormal incidents that happens and then finally wraps up with Mia facing off against Annabelle and asks if there is any other way to keep her child safe and that is to offer another soul. John and Evelyn, a bookstore owner who Mia befriends in the movie and knows a bit about the occult, manages to get into the apartment and Evelyn gets the doll and makes the sacrifice so that she can atone for the death of her daughter and she jumps through the window and falls to her death. Then after focusing on the family the camera then cuts back to Evelyn’s body where Annabelle has disappeared only for six months later when the mother of the girls from the opening and then that’s it with then a bit of after text with it saying about the location of the real Annabelle doll and that it gets blessed twice a week.

In all honesty I think that this film is trying to be a few different films. In one way it seems like that it wants to be a homage to Rosemary’s Baby where in that the lead female actress goes through the different mindsets of craziness when it turns out that the residents of the apartment complex conjure up a demon to then impregnate Rosemary thinking that it is her husband. In this film it does seem rather similar but since there was a cult that wanted a vessel to get into the human world as well that it seems in a way that Mia seems to go into some craziness including a scene where she goes in a elevator to the basement and then to go back up to her apartment only for her on each attempt to keep on opening up at the basement level. Also another homage to this from Rosemary’s Baby is the characters name Mia since the lead from Rosemary’s Baby was played by Mia Farrow.

In all honesty I wish that there wasn’t that much of a focus of Annabelle in The Conjuring and then I ended up finding out that there was going to be a sequel in the works as well and I thought that this film was going to be money grabbing film idea. At first I thought I knew what an idea they could have done for the film and that would have been a longer version of the short that was shown at the beginning of the film which in all honesty would be not that much of an interesting film so but to be fair Hollywood wouldn’t care that much. Hopefully there won’t be a sequel because it seems that it would be quite unnecessary since the information about how Ed and Lorraine Warren ended up with the doll. Nevertheless I am looking forward to the sequel to The Conjuring.