I watch a decent amount of horror movies, and tend to lean toward the supernatural, things-that-go-bump-in-the-night, rather than slasher horror. I prefer monsters that aren’t real, as opposed to human, serial-killer types. With Netflix, and my local library, I’ve been finding different movies that I may not normally have found, and I wanted to do a little blog about a few very unique movies I’ve watched recently. They are not your typical horror movies maybe but sometimes unique is just what we need in this day and age of Remakes, Revamps, and Hollywood big budgets.
First up, something a little different: The Final Girls.
It’s from 2015, and stars Taissa Farmiga, who you may know as the girl who’s been in a couple of the American Horror Story seasons. It also stars Malin Akerman, who has been in a lot of big movies over the past few years. It really plays up as a spoof of Friday the 13th, and they do it so fantastically. Where you might think the movie is campy and spoofy, it really has a lot of heart to it, and it quickly became one of my favorite movies of the year so far.
The basic premise: Max’s mother was a b-movie actress and recently had passed away from a car accident they were in together. When they do a screening of her mom’s old film, Camp Bloodbath, Max and her friends get transported into the movie. The only way to survive? Become the final girl standing and try to defeat the bad guy. The movie was so well done, and I highly recommend this gem to anyone who likes comedies, horror, or just movies in general.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 70%
I give it 8s out of 10
Next up: Hush. It stars Kate Siegel who I had not heard of before this movie. It is a new 2016 film that I found on Netflix. This movie had a $70,000 budget, but looked great. It is about a deaf writer (had me at writer), who is alone in her house on an acreage. As she tries to finish her latest book, a man in a mask shows up outside her door. A game of cat and mouse takes place for the length of the movie, and it was a very simple story, but it was done with vigorous style. I personally know a decent amount of sign language, so I always enjoy seeing deaf characters in movies.
Though it only has a few votes, it is certified fresh at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
I give it
Now I move on to something totally different: What We Do in the Shadows
This is a film out of New Zealand, created by the brains behind Flight of the Concords. I have not seen that show but these guys have convinced me to give it a try. The premise? Four vampires live in a house together. We see them bicker about chores, telling people they are vampires and facing off against the local crew of werewolves. It is filmed in a documentary style and is one of the most amusing films I’ve seen in a long time. The small amount of effects used looked great, and the cast was genuinely talented. This is not a movie to be missed.
Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a 96%
I give it out of 10 cloves!
There ends my little blog about some super-cool, horror related movies with a twist. I hope you enjoyed and take my advice and give these guys a view!