Thursday, August 12, 2010

Eli Roth & Cast of The Last Exorcism

I'm too excited for Monday. I'll be heading to the Toronto After Dark Film Fest 2010 to see the red carpet screening of The Last Exorcism. Not just that, but Eli Roth, Patrick Fabian and Iris Bahr will be there for a Q&A session following the movie. I may or may not do everything I can to meet Eli Roth up close. Yes, I will. Anyway, check out the After Dark Film Fest's lineup - it's pretty awesome and I will probably be going for some other flicks this week. A week of horror with horror lovers! Stay tuned for my review of The Last Exorcism on Tuesday!

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Splice (2010)

I had high expectations going in and I was utterly satisfied when coming out. Splice kept me on the edge of my seat, anxious to know what was coming next (you know it's nothing good but you just hope...).

First of all, Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley - good on ya for taking a risky role and doing a fantastic job. They were awesome. Someone said to me the other day, "Oh I don't like Sarah Polley - she takes on the weirdest roles. Like that movie with the alien." Well POO TO YOU because Sarah Polley is our Canadian hero. Okay fine, that's exaggerating it a tad.

I think I already summed up the basic plot in a previous post about movies I was looking forward to so I won't repeat myself. Plus this is so old that people probably already know everything they need to know. But I'm here to say, GO RENT THIS MOVIE AND WATCH IT if you didn't see it in theaters. It's intelligent, it's refreshing, it's just downright interesting.

Downsides. As with the reviews I read beforehand, some scenes are... kind of funny, one in particular. The audience laughed. I laughed. I'm not sure what the original intent was, but I think it could have been disturbing and very serious (it was still disturbing yet funny) and it didn't quite hit the mark. You'll know what I mean when you see it, although I feel like if the rest of the audience didn't burst out laughing it would have made a harder and darker impact on me. Then the last 20 minutes is bizarre and drags out too long, but it doesn't make Splice as a whole any less interesting or great.

I'll definitely be picking this one up and watching it again very soon.

Overall: 8/10
Gore meter: 1/10 (nothing bloody or gross here)
Scare meter: 1/10 (besides some tense scenes nothing here is scary either)
Interesting meter: 9.5/10

The Human Centipede

The Human Centipede: The First Sequence (2010)

I know, I know this is such OLD news. Everybody has heard about it in some form or another and opinions have been voiced plenty of times. But heck, it was a movie that made me sick to my stomach just hearing about the plot, so there's no way in hell I'm not reviewing it. Plus, my co-worker JUST TODAY mentioned it during lunch, about how his friend told him the plot and he couldn't even handle it.

Bottom line is, the film more or less boils down to: Fuck, that is really disgusting. You know what's coming, you know it's disgusting, and you know you're going to be sick to your stomach and that's exactly what happens. The poor actresses in the film couldn't act, but you only had to withstand it for the very beginning because then heck, their mouths are sewn to someone's butt and they can't speak. So their acting becomes crying, muffled crying, muffled screaming, tearing up. Yeah, they did that pretty well. The plot is pfffbbbt, full of predictable escape attempts and all that jazz.

I will say that Dieter Laser, who plays the sick doctor did a pretty crazy and good job in his role. He was creepy, but in an over the top way that was... suitable for an over the top movie. I still didn't feel intimidated, tense, scared, or anything but disgusted throughout the film though. 

So basically, it was disgusting. No surprise there!

Overall: 2/10
Gore meter: 1/10 (you don't see much blood, cutting, etc.)
Scare meter: 2/10
Disgusting/uncomfortable meter: 11/10

I'm Not Dead

So, I've been away for a little while - you know, I had to solve like all these annoying puzzles and traps before this robotic clown guy let me back out into the real world. It was a bitch but I'm here now.
I'm going to get back into the swing of things. I'll do some reviews of some old(er) horror movies I've missed writing about in the past few months. Not sure how many epic ones I've seen recently, although I'm looking forward to The Last Exorcism! There is a giant poster in the downtown core where I work and every time I see it I smile.