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Phoenix Forgotten (2017)




Plot- On Match 13, 1997, Josh Bishop (Luke Spencer Roberts) records what he believes to be a UFO sighting (or the “Phoenix Lights“) during his sister Sophie’s sixth birthday party. Eventually, Josh’s obsession with the Phoenix Lights drives him to find more answers, so Josh’s friends agree to go with him into the desert to record more footage with hopes of catching some proof. Ashley Foster (Chelsea Lopez) , Mark Abrams (Justin Matthews), and Josh mysteriously disappear after the expedition, and without any new clues or leads, the police decide to give up on the search.

Twenty years later, Sophie (Florence Hartigan) returns home with her boyfriend, Dan (Matt Biedel) to make a documentary about what happened to Josh, Ashley, and Mark. Sophie suspects a cover-up from the police, the government, and the military, and she believes Josh used a second camcorder. Sophie is looking for closure and answers for what really happened to her brother and his friends, and the discovery of the missing camcorder brings her one step closer to the truth…..

My Thoughts- Phoenix Forgotten nails the documentary style of filmmaking. The interviews, the conspiracy theories, the footage from the local news channels about the Phoenix Lights and what happened to Mark, Josh, and Ashley, and the home movies (Sophie’s birthday, everything leading up to the expedition, etc.). You’ll also see how the Phoenix Lights and Josh’s disappearance affected everyone around him, including Sophie’s parents (they divorced, because Sophie’s father couldn’t let go off the possibility of Josh returning home), Ashley’s parents, and the community.

Phoenix Forgotten has a strong sense of realism during the documentary stages, because you’re supposed to be watching something that’s “real,” but it’s a double-edged sword for me. The Poughkeepsie Tapes used a similar formula, with the interviews and footage from the local news stations to play up the realism, but they also took a break every now and then to show tapes from The Water Street Butcher’s murderous rampage. That’s one of my bigger problems with Phoenix Forgotten: it’s too straightforward and monotonous. I’ve seen my fair share of faux documentary style horror films, and for the most part, Phoenix Forgotten falls into the category of a tedious snooze fest.

Honestly, nothing really happens until the movie passes the 1hr. And 2min. mark, and while the big finale is tense and a real nail-biter, I can’t say it was worth the wait. Phoenix Forgotten’s runtime clocks in at 1hr. and 27min., so you’re just basically waiting around for a LONG time to see what happened on the second tape throughout the movie. I just think back to some of the promo ads and commercials for the Paranormal Activity films, where they promoted “the last twenty minutes will mess you up for life!” line and over and over again, but the PA films and their finales never lived up to the hype for me.

You’re lead to believe the footage on the second tape is too horrifying and shocking to be released, and they show Sophie’s disturbed reaction after watching the second tape without showing it to push this idea, so naturally you’re expecting a big, satisfying payoff. Sophie and Dan going into the desert in an attempt to find Josh, Ashley, and Mark would’ve been an incredibly stupid storyline (something similar to Blair Witch ‘16), so of course Sophie trying to find the tape was the more logical route to take at an attempt for a satisfying payoff, but it’s a case of too little, too late for me.

If we’re talking about gruesomeness, you’ll see burned and mutilated animal corpses, and that’s it, and Phoenix Forgotten is just another forgettable low-budget (a reported $2.8 million) found-footage horror film based on true events. Whenever you see the based on true events or a real story tagline, you immediately have to take everything with a handful of salt, especially in horror films.

Phoenix Forgotten? Well, if we’re separating the faux documentary style presentation and the style of storytelling from what actually happened, I’d say Phoenix Forgotten is about 90% BS, and maybe I can buy into the other 10% actually happening. And that’s limited to Sophie returning home, talking to her parents, the footage from Sophie’s birthday party as a kid, and Josh, Ashley, and Mark preparing to go into the desert. Everything else reeks of fabricated over the top cinematic BS, certain occurrences are too convenient, and then there’s the second camcorder. So I’m supposed to believe an ordinary camcorder fell from outer space or the highest point in the sky, and SOMEHOW the tape is still intact, and the camcorder itself is not smashed to pieces? Come on now. The camcorder is noticeably damaged, and I would’ve been okay with that, but I just rolled my eyes, when Dan played the tape.

All in all, you’re not missing anything special with Phoenix Forgotten (originally titled Phoenix). I remember watching the trailer (good trailer, but it spoils the end of the movie) in theaters, and I actually wanted to see it. From what I remember, Phoenix Forgotten was supposed to have a wider release, and Ridley Scott is a producer here, but they cut it down to a limited (very limited) theatrical release. Justin Barber (the director) deserves some credit for a fine-tuned documentary style film, but it’s almost impossible to ignore the annoying shaky cam stuff, the camera glitches, and all the other usual tropes in a found-footage horror film.
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Well, I don’t watch any kind of gore-porn horror movies. I’m sure there are far worse out there that will be ultra disturbing and such. Not for me. I like a good, bloodless horror movie, usually a ghost story. So with that being said, I thought Insidious: Chapter 2 was pretty fucking fantastic. I thought the villain was incredibly frightening and the story was rock solid. I think that the Conjuring and the Insidious film franchises are both great and worth viewing in their entirety.
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I still love the original Insidious, and It's been a couple of years since I watched Chapter 2, but I remember I wasn't a fan of it. The scene with the wrinkly, naked old man shouting "He's got your baby!" was cringeworthy, and they killed the mystique of The Further for me. I usually prefer the less is more approach in certain horror films, and in Chapter 2, The Further was basically reduced to walking through or taking a ride on one of those haunted houses at a carnival, or Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. Chapter 3 was pretty good, but I'm not sold on the trailers for Chapter 4, because it looks like we're getting to the point, where they're just dragging everything out for the sake of making more sequels and turning a profit.

James Wan said they're trying to take their time with the screenplay for The Conjuring 3, because they don't want to rush anything, and that's a good sign. Wan has an idea for werewolves in part 3, and while I'm not too crazy about it now, it'll be something different and a chance to take a break from the haunted (or possessed) house stroylines, if they can do it right.
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The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)




Plot- Joanne (Laurie Lapinski), Craig (Stephen Sachs), Patty (Pamela Holland), Bryan (David Snow, and Debbie (Daphne Zuniga) decide to stay behind on campus during Christmas vacation to make some extra cash. The group plans to clean up the dormitory together before a scheduled demolition, but Debbie backs out at the last minute to visit her grandmother in the hospital. But an unknown assailant murders Debbie and her parents before they have a chance to leave the dormitory.

A series of bizarre incidents sparks concern amongst the group, and John Hemmit (Woody Rollas) is the primary suspect. After a string of disappearances and murders, Joanne realizes escape is the only viable option for survival, but Joanne is forced to fight for her life, when the killer reveals his identity……

My Thoughts- It’s all about playing a guessing game with whodunit slashers, and The Dorm That Dripped Blood pulls off a good one. John Hemmit is just a red herring. Sure, he fits the bill for a bloodthirsty killer. He’s the creepy loner/recluse, and you’re lead to believe he’s the one behind the murders towards the end, when he’s chasing after Joanne and you see that crazed look in his eyes. But Hemmit is just too obvious, and if you play close attention, you’ll notice he doesn’t want to hurt or kill Joanne, when he’s pleading his case. Also, this is a whodunit slasher, so it would’ve been pointless to show the POV shots through the killer’s eyes throughout the movie, when you’re going for the big surprise reveal at the end.

Bobby Lee Tremble (Dennis Ely) wants to buy some tables, and it’s clear he wants more than tables from Joanne, and his screen time is limited to sporadic appearances, so he’s the first believable pick for the killer. Tim (Robert Fredrick), Joanne’s boyfriend, wants a more serious relationship, but she’s not ready to settle down, and revealing Tim as the killer would’ve been a decent surprise, because he disappears after the early stages of the movie.

But it’s not Bobby or Tim, because the killer is………..Craig. It turns out Craig was obsessed and in love with Joanne. He didn’t want to share her with anybody, so he murdered her friends, and anyone else, who had feelings for Joanne. It’s a good shocker, because you could easily plug Booby or Tim into the killer’s spot. The reveal is a genuine surprise, and Stephen Sachs slowly showing Craig’s true colors really pulls everything together. One minute he’s playing the concerned friend, who’s trying to comfort a shaken Joanne, but he quickly switches gears to the crazed lunatic, when he starts bragging about how he pulled it off with Joanne’s help (she killed Hemmit in an attempt to save Craig).

The Dorm That Dripped Blood is loaded with a lot of gruesome kills. The baseball bat with nails, the power drill to the back of Bill’s (the local caretaker) head, and Patty’s death in the pressure cooker. This is a nasty, nasty horror film, if we’re talking about brutal deaths, but there’s a downside. Cheap, low-budget slashers were a dime a dozen in the 80’s during the slasher craze, and The Dorm That Dripped Blood definitely falls into that category. The production budget for this was an estimated $90,000, and you can really see it.

They delivered a good surprise for the reveal, but The Dorm That Dripped Blood features every horror cliché you can possibly think of. The power goes out, the phones stop working, Joanne waits too long to leave the dormitory, and the group is having a hard time trying to find Hemmit, so of course splitting up is a smart move, because nothing bad ever happens in a horror movie, when the group separates to find someone or stop a suspected murderer.

It’s only out of five counted reviews, but The Dorm That Dripped Blood has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s on You Tube, if you’re interested, and The Dorm That Dripped Blood (originally titled Death Dorm) borders on “so bad it’s good” territory. There’s a good chance this will only appeal to die-hard slasher aficionados, but it’s not that bad. TDTDB doesn’t have a final girl, so I can understand some complaints for the movie not having a satisfying payoff, and the story is set during the Christmas season, but TDTDB is not a pure Christmas horror movie. You’ll see some Christmas lights hanging in the background, but they barely mention Christmas here.
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Black Christmas (1974)




Plot- A sorority house receives a series of disturbing phone calls from “The Moaner” during a Christmas party, and it’s not clear what The Moaner wants or why he’s calling. Barb (Margot Kidder) dismisses The Moaner as a harmless and vulgar prank caller, but Jess (Olivia Hussey), Phyl (Andrea Martin), Clare (Lynne Griffin), and the other sisters are more concerned about his malicious intentions. Clare prepares to return home with her father, Mr. Harrison (James Edmond) for Christmas, but an unknown attacker quietly murders Clare in her room, and he hides Clare‘s body in the attic.

The house mother, Mrs. MacHenry (Marian Waldman) tries to ease Mr. Harrison’s concerns, but The Moaner’s calls won’t stop, and the discovery of a local girls dead body raises more questions. Something is not right in the small town of Bedford, and Lt. Fuller (John Saxon) suspects Jess’s unhinged boyfriend, Peter (Keir Dullea) as the culprit. The body count rises, as The Moaner continues to harass Jess, and Jess is forced to fight the killer, when he reveals himself…….

My Thoughts- Olivia Hussey, playing the quiet and likeable college girl, is the main character, but Margot Kidder easily delivers the best performance here. Barb is a lush, and she’s the loose cannon, who’s not afraid to bite her tongue. Jess, Clare, and Phyl are noticeably nervous and on edge, when The Moaner calls, and they don’t want to provoke him. But Barb constantly pushes his buttons, and she doesn’t care, if she goes too far. When she’s drunk, Kidder is someone, who has a blunt and raunchy sense of humor, and you want to laugh at her. But you’ll also see someone, who’s clearly dealing with some issues, because Barb is nasty, if she goes too far. Kidder’s charisma is undeniable, but she doesn’t receive too much screen time (everything is cut short after Phyl tells her to get some rest, because she‘s too dunk), because the spotlight is on Jess. John Saxon is a solid fit for Lt. Fuller, and it’s easy to pick out similarities between Fuller, and Saxon playing Nancy’s dead in the Elm Street films.

Black Christmas also features some good humor, with Margot Kidder and Marian Waldman basically playing an older version of Barb. She hides liquor bottles around the house, and you just get the feeling MacHenry is someone, who’s tired of babysitting a group of young college girls. Sergeant Nash (Douglas McGrath) is good for some laughs as a dunce, and it’s hard to forget about the hilarious scene, where Barb gives him the phone number for the sorority house at the police station. She starts the number with fellatio, and Lt. Fuller has a “You’ve gotta be kidding me” reaction, when he reads the number. It’s clear Nash doesn’t realize Barb made a fool out of him, because he doesn’t know anything about fellatio.

Black Christmas is another whodunit slasher, but it’s clear Peter is not the killer. He’s the first suspect, and they lead you to believe he’s the one, because he fits the bill. He turns on and hates Jess after she makes the decision to have an abortion without him, and she makes it 100% clear she has no intentions to marry him. Peter snaps, and he openly threatens Jess, but you just know it’s not him. Peter as the killer is too obvious, and he’s just a decoy to help set up the big surprise reveal/swerve towards the end.

Towards the end, it’s revealed the killer is Billy and Billy is The Moaner. Outside of him sneaking into the house, and murdering the girls one by one, we really don’t know anything about Billy. But with all the different voices, the weird moans, and his temper tantrum in the attic, you know Billy is someone, who’s truly dangerous. Billy’s house of horrors in the attic is another nasty sight. You know the guy is a sicko, because he’s keeping corpses in the attic, and he puts a doll in Clare’s arm.

He tells his story, and he reveals bits and pieces of his past through the phone calls (Agnes and his mother), but we never get a definitive and concrete explanation, and they never show the full view of Billy’s face. It’s all shadows and Billy’s face is covered in shadows, when he pops up throughout the movie, and Black Christmas plays a good guessing game for revealing the identity.

Black Christmas delivers brutality without showing a lot of gore or using gallons of blood. Billy uses a plastic garment bag to suffocate and strangle Clare, and it’s a grisly image, with Clare’s lifeless body still wrapped in the garment bag, bouncing back and forth in the rocking chair. Mrs. MacHenry dies, when Billy uses a big hook to kill her, but they don’t actually show the hook crashing into MacHenry’s head. You’ll just see Henry raising MacHenry’s body into the attic, and it’s more than enough to pull a reaction out of you. Barb’s death is horrifying, when Billy uses the horn on a glass unicorn statue to repeatedly stab her, but they don’t show you everything, just the stabbing motions, Barb’s agony, and the bloodstained horn.

I heard this on one of the horror podcasts I listen to, and one of hosts was giving his reasons for Christmas horror being of one his favorites in the genre. With Thanksgiving, it’s another time of year, where you’re supposed to feel safe. You’re supposed to be filled with joy and peace, but all bets are off, when someone comes in and shatters all of that. It’s so true, and it’s one of the reasons why Black Christmas is a beloved cult classic. Black Christmas has the look and feel of a cozy Christmas film, with the Christmas lights, the tree, and the carolers, but a sinister madman is out to destroy “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.” Pure realism is a stretch here, but that’s true horror, when you stop and think about it.

Black Christmas is a memorable slasher for a number of reasons. Compared to the vast majority of slashers in the 80’s, the presentation and overall look of the film is more polished, a solid overall cast, and they do take a more sophisticated and nuanced approach here. Very little blood, no real gore, no nudity, no sex, and you don’t have a masked butcher running around and killing a bunch of horny teenagers and potheads. The mystery is intriguing, and Billy’s phone calls and threats are truly creepy.

Black Christmas is another horror film that draws from The Babysitter And The Man Upstairs, and the movie was also supposedly inspired by a series of murders in Montreal, Quebec. And the movie features some feminist social commentary. Jess wants an abortion, she already made the decision to go through with it, but Peter is enraged, when she doesn’t ask for his permission. On top of that, Peter doesn’t ask Jess to marry him. He basically tells her she’s going to be his wife, and they’re not going to have a discussion about it, because as the man, Peter has the final word in the relationship. But Jess doesn’t want to have a child and she doesn’t want to settle down, because she’s a young woman, who wants to pursue her dreams before it’s too late.

I love Black Christmas. It’s a good Christmas horror film, and Jess is a memorable final girl, but sometimes I get the feeling horror fans, experts, and horror die hards feel the need to go the extra mile to heap tons of praise on this film as a flawless masterpiece. Scream Factory released the special edition Blu-ray last year, Scream Horror Magazine gave it five skulls in their recent issue, and I’ve never understood this obsession with the “clever and smart” label for not revealing everything about Billy. Sure, you want to know more about him, and Black Christmas ends with a cliffhanger as the credits roll, because they didn’t catch Billy, and you’re lead to believe he’s still in the house, while Jess is sleeping. It’s true, you have to do some research, if you want to know more about Billy, but I’ve never bought into all the hoopla surrounding Billy.

And I hate to be that guy, but how in the hell did Billy get into the house without anyone noticing him? The neighbors, the search party for the missing girl, or the other girls in the house? That’s a lot of people in a small town. To take it a step further, how I’m supposed to believe it’s possible that NOBODY suspected or noticed someone else was in a sorority house full of people? Oh, and they search and look around the house, but for some reason nobody had the idea to look in the attic to find Clare and Mrs. MacHenry’s bodies?

Still, there’s no denying Black Christmas is a benchmark film for the horror genre and Christmas horror films. It’s one of the films that always pops up with Psycho and other films in the never-ending debate for the first real slasher film, and the movie establishes and features some of the early tropes for slashers and other horror films. And Black Christmas heavily influenced Halloween ’78.

In an interview, Bob Clark (the director and producer) revealed he had a conversation with John Carpenter about Black Christmas, and Carpenter asked about the possibility of a sequel. Clark didn’t want to be a horror guy, and he was done with the genre, but Clark told Carpenter about his hypothetical plans for a sequel. Billy would’ve been caught, put in a mental institution, but he would eventually escape, and return to the house to kill Jess, and Clark would call the film Halloween. Well, that storyline is similar to what happens with Michael and Laurie in Halloween, and Carpenter basically stealing the idea and passing it off as his own work was a well known conspiracy theory. But in the same interview, Clark himself said it’s not true, because Halloween is Carpenter’s film, he directed it, Carpenter wrote the script with Debra Hill, he did the casting, and the title Halloween was already decided beforehand, so Clark closed the door on all the rumors.
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Black Christmas (2006)




Plot- Constance Lenz (Karin Konoval) always wanted a child, but Billy’s birth wasn’t the joyous phenomenon she was hoping for. Born with a rare liver disease and bright yellow skin, Billy is subjected to years of cruelty and harsh taunts from his mother, and Constance won’t give up on her dream of having the perfect child. Constance murders Billy’s father with help from her boyfriend, and when Agnes is born, Constance locks Billy in the attic.

Billy eventually escapes from the attic on Christmas Day in 1991. Billy attacks and wounds Agnes, kills Constance and her boyfriend, and Billy is sent to an insane asylum.

Fifteen years later, Billy escapes from the asylum with plans to return to his house for Christmas. Billy’s childhood home is now a sorority house for Delta Alpha Kappa, and the sisters are trying to put aside their differences to enjoy the holidays. Unbeknownst to the rest of the group, Clair (Leela Savasta) is murdered upstairs, and Megan (Jessica Harmon) is quietly killed by the same attacker. The house mother, Mrs. MacHenry (Andrea Martin) tries to play peacemaker between the sisters, but Kelli (Katie Cassidy), Melissa (Michelle Trachtenberg), Heather (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Dana (Lacey Chabert), and Lauren (Crystal Lowe) receive a series of angry phone calls from a stranger. Meanwhile, Clair’s sister, Leigh (Kristen Cloke) arrives to take Leigh home for the holidays, and she won’t leave without Clair.

The sisters can’t figure out what’s going, and everything takes a bizarre turn, when the power goes out. Kelli’s boyfriend, Kyle (Oliver Hudson) shows up, sneaking through Megan’s open window, and his nasty attitude makes him a prime suspect. Trapped with no means of transportation, and stuck with the dilemma of waiting two hours for the police to show up, the sisters finally realize they’re not alone in the house, and they’ll have to defend themselves against the murderous duo of Billy (Robert Mann) and Agnes (Dean Friss).

My Thoughts- Lauren mirroring Barb’s personality early on is one of the more noticeable similarities to the original. Lauren is an alcoholic, she doesn’t hold anything back, and she taunts Billy on the phone, when Heather urges her to tread carefully with a maniac. But you can also see someone, who’s holding a lot in, and she’s hiding behind her excessive drinking. After her first appearance, it’s obvious Kelli will make to the end as the final girl. She’s innocent, a nice person, and next to MacHenry, she really is the only one in the group, who’s making a real effort to squash the petty BS. Kelli is a likeable character, but the rest of the group? They’re basically made up of spoiled, whiny brats, and Winstead plays a pretentious snob. Andrea Martin returning as the house mother, and playing a character similar to the original Mrs. MacHenry really works as a nod to the original. She’s not an alcoholic hiding liquor bottles around the house, but you can tell she’s frustrated with the babysitter role.

Black Christmas ’06 features a good amount of homages and winks to the original. Billy using the glass unicorn to murder Lauren, Lauren is basically a clone of Barb, Claire’s corpse with the plastic bag around her head in the rocking chair, the house mother has the same last name, and Billy is the killer again. But the remake also features a good amount of noticeable changes. For starters, this film is LOADED with a lot of nasty gore and blood. Billy and Agnes have this weird thing, where they like to eat eyeballs, and it’s just as nasty as it sounds, complete with squishy sound effects. When Billy murders Constance, he carves Christmas flesh cookies out of her back. He cooks them, dips hunks of his mother’s flesh in milk, and then he eats them. And it’s hard to forget about Agnes using corpses, a head, and other body parts to decorate her tree in the attic.

They also make a strong effort to dig deeper into Billy’s story. Karin Konoval does of a good job of playing a hateful, bitter, and selfish mother, and the story takes a dark turn, when it’s revealed how Agnes was conceived. She couldn’t have children with her boyfriend, so she raped Billy, when he was child. I always think back to the scene towards the end, when Kelli tells Agnes her family is gone, and how the sisters will never be her family, and Agnes responds with “No….my daddy’s here.” Billy and Agnes are sadistic murderers, because they had rough childhoods, they only have each other, and they‘ve only known violence, torture, and murder their whole lives. In a sick and twisted way, Agnes wanting a family is also understandable, because she never had a real family. And Billy isn’t covered by shadows here. Agnes has a more grotesque appearance, while Billy basically looks like a normal guy with bright yellow skin.

Comparing both films, the remake takes a big turn. More gore, cannibalism, nudity, sex scenes, blood, eyeless corpses, an incest storyline, and Agnes and Billy are working together. It’s a more Christmasy horror film, with the snow, the look and feel of the movie, the decorations, Billy uses his mouth to make a shiv out of a candy cane, and Billy is impaled on a Christmas tree to end the movie. They also put a twist on the Secret Santa exchange, with this tradition, where a sister is selected to leave a present under the tree for Billy every year. Black Christmas ’06 is a sleazy film with more explicit violence, and the movie actually works as a prequel and a remake. The original had some social commentary, but the sisters arguing about the real meaning of Christmas and poking fun at those, who enjoy celebrating the holiday is as far as the remake goes. I also could’ve done without the sub-plot about Kyle making a sex tape with Megan (posted on the internet by one of Kyle’s bitter ex-friends). It’s an unnecessary sub-plot that doesn’t add anything to the story, and the sex tape was made before Kyle met Kelli.

They attempt to throw you off with the identity of the killer, using Kyle and Eve (the nerdy outcast in the sorority house) as possible suspects, but if you’ve seen the original, you already know Billy is one of the killers, and it’s obvious Agnes is involved. Hell, it’s easy to see Billy and Agnes are the killers after Billy escapes without watching the original, so the attempted swerves are just a waste of time.

Black Christmas is a beloved cult classic, so naturally fans of the original are going to rebel against a remake. There’s an interview with Mary Elizabeth Winstead on the special features for the DVD, and she talks about how it’s damn near impossible to please fans with a remake for any genre. They’ll take to the internet, and complain about everything, nitpcking every little detail. Basically, Black Christmas ’74 is a bottle of fine wine, and Black Christmas ’06 is a can of Coors Light, and that‘s the consensus for this one.

Bottom line, they weren’t trying to make a sophisticated film here, and the remake features some truly nasty and brutal deaths ( Agnes using ice skates to murder Melissa, the icicle falling through MacHenry’s head, Billy’s death, etc.). The bickering between the sisters, Leigh, and MacHenry can be annoying, but occasionally, the squabbles and insults are good for a few cheap laughs. And Black Christmas delivers some good black humor with the Christmas tie-ins and certain murder weapons. I also appreciate the effort to explore Billy’s origins, and it’s one of the reasons why I don’t buy into the “lazy remake” label for this one.

The original is still the superior film, but the remake is an entertaining Christmas horror film, and it’s an enjoyable guilty pleasure. I haven’t seen the theatrical cut for this in years, but apparently there’s a difference between both cuts with some noticeable changes. The remake, receiving a wide theatrical release on December 25th, also had a little bit of controversy with religious groups, but it’s nothing compared to what happened with the original Silent Night, Deadly Night. The DVD has three alternate endings (Kelli survives as the final girl in all three), but the theatrical ending is the best ending, with the ending, where Kelli receives a phone call from Kyle’s phone as a close second.
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i dont really watch horror films but my favorite are the ones that involve killer kids n is a child (Joshua, Insidious 1 and 2 for example) what is your thoughts on Movies that feature killer kids?

Also, whenever i see Trailers on TV for a Horror movie 9/10 times the main bad guy happens to be something supernatural (A ghost, a demon or whatever) but in my opinion its much scarier when the main bad guy of the movie is Not supernatural, When you see someone who is a ghost you know he is the bad guy and you know its not gonna happen to you, but when the bad guy is a human you might not know who the killer is and thats also scary.
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I still love the original Insidious.....
The first half of the movie was tense, creepy and everything a ghost story should be. I was really into it, then they went into the nether world with ghost zombies and a ghost Freddy Kreuger and it just got too goofy for me, ruined everything the first half of the movie had built up.
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i dont really watch horror films but my favorite are the ones that involve killer kids n is a child (Joshua, Insidious 1 and 2 for example) what is your thoughts on Movies that feature killer kids?
Some of my favorites: Who Can Kill A Child? (1976)
Come Out And Play (2012 and it's the remake for '76 film)
Pet Sematary
Wake Wood Trick 'r Treat
Sinister I & II
Let The Right One In
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The original Children Of The Corn. And I haven't seen the original, but I'll throw in the Village Of The Dammed remake, but John Carpenter himself has said it was something he wasn't passionate about.

It depends. If it's done with the right story, kid actor or kid actress, murderous kids in horror movies can be genuinely creepy. In Better Watch Out 2017, Levi Miller plays this awkward and shy kid at first, but when the twist is revealed, he turns into this little monster with a nasty mean streak, and it's a case, where Miller's performance is the main reason why you can buy into the character. But sometimes it's just so silly to the point, where you think you're watching a comedy, and most horror comedies using the approach to make things more silly are just terrible (using Cooties as a recent-ish example). A little bit of comedy is okay every now and then. Using Pet Sematary as an example, when Louis kills Gage, Gage says "No fair!" before he dies. Gage is one little creepy monster, when he returns, but he still maintains some characteristics of a small child.

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Also, whenever i see Trailers on TV for a Horror movie 9/10 times the main bad guy happens to be something supernatural (A ghost, a demon or whatever) but in my opinion its much scarier when the main bad guy of the movie is Not supernatural, When you see someone who is a ghost you know he is the bad guy and you know its not gonna happen to you, but when the bad guy is a human you might not know who the killer is and thats also scary.
Agreed on this. I can't remember, who said it, but I watched a documentary on slashers a while ago, and they started talking about Halloween and Michael Myers. I can't remember his name or who he was, but he went into a explanation about what makes Michael Myers scary. Myers doesn't have supernatural powers like Freddy or Pinhead. He was just a kid, who snapped one night, murdered his sister, and then he went on a killing spree, when he escaped from the institution.

That's what makes Myers scary in the first two films. He was just some normal guy, who could've been your next door neighbor in a quiet suburban town, a place where you're supposed to feel safe, but pure hatred and evil found its way into your little safe space. Of course, they started to dig into the source of Michael's powers with the symbol of Thorn in part 5, and you could say that ruined his mystique, but after a while, you need an explanation for a supposedly normal guy surviving Loomis trying to burn him alive, multiple gunshots, and Paul Rudd bashing his skull in with a lead pipe after he injects a poisonous material into Michael in part 6.

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The first half of the movie was tense, creepy and everything a ghost story should be. I was really into it, then they went into the nether world with ghost zombies and a ghost Freddy Kreuger and it just got too goofy for me, ruined everything the first half of the movie had built up.
The Further just kills the Insidious films for me, and it's the only thing holding the original back from being a five star film (the demon playing the piano is borderline cringeworthy) in my eyes. Chapter 3 was a good sequel, because the movie had a stronger story, with Lin Shaye being torn between not wanting to reopen old wounds, and helping a heartbroken girl, who needs closure after her mother's death, and they didn't spend too much time in The Further.

They always build up The Further as this dangerous and evil place, but like I said before, when you actually see it, it's like taking a stroll through a carnival's haunted house or Halloween Horror Nights. It's another reason why I'm not too excited about watching Chapter 4. Going by the new trailers, it looks like they're going to spend a lot of time in The Further, so you can expect more kooky demons, ghosts, and cheap jump scares.
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Some horror movies that might make you laugh instead of throw your popcorn in the air.

Down, also known as The Shaft, is a movie from 2001 about a demon elevator that wants to kill you:



Yes, that's Ron Perlman, aka the main villain from Captain Zoom. The elevator has magic powers, but it's also pretty simple to avoid. One scene has a blind man push a button, and the doors open menacingly to show an empty shaft, which the blind man walks into and falls to his death. Um, wouldn't that have happened anyway with a normal elevator?

Elevators are pretty mundane, and so are beds. Here's a film about a bed that eats people. Death Bed: The Bed That Eats:

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