The Month of Spooks 2015 Finale

The Month of Spooks 2015

Hey there guys, how’s it going? I just wanted to come here and share this as a sort of send-off to “The Month of Spooks”. I had a great time watching some horror movies and reviewing them as part of October being the month of Halloween. And don’t worry, I plan on doing “The Month of Spooks” next year as well. And who knows, maybe I’ll involve you guys a bit more in it? But as we end this year’s edition of it, I thought it could be fun to recap what happened and also show this shitty picture I made that you see at the start of the post. If someone could make a better version of that and send it to me on twitter @TheMarckoguy, that would be pretty great. Now, let’s recap everything!

Reaper (2007 – 2009)
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First off, we had an unofficial start with my review of TV-show “Reaper”. While not ever referred as part of “The Month of Spooks”, I do still feel that it deserves a spot in this lineup since it is technically a horror-comedy. Sure, it leans more towards fantasy than horror, but you get my point. It still fits into “The Month of Spooks” because of horror-esque themes. Plus, I think it deserves a spot in anything thanks to Ray Wise as the most charming Devil of all time.

Oculus (2014)
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This next part of the lineup is the first movie review I did for “The Month of Spooks”. That’s right, the first review for it was “Oculus”, a movie about an allegedly evil mirror. And I really did like it since it had really good acting, great music, a great plot and genuinely scary mindfuckery. Also, Karen Gillan did a fantastic job faking an American accent. If I didn’t already know that she’s Scottish, I would’ve thought she was an American. So that’s always fun.

Carrie (1976)
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What happens when a sweet and innocent girl is bullied and antagonized to no end? Well in most cases she would commit suicide, but in “Carrie” she basically fucks everyone up with her psychic powers and it is quite interesting to watch. Sure, some aspects of the story felt a little sloppy in execution, but overall it was a good movie that I do recommend that you watch. And if you wanna know my thoughts on the remake, I haven’t seen it yet… but maybe I could od it for next year’s “Month of Spooks”.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
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Want to have your mind messed up? Watch “Jacob’s Ladder” starring Tim Robbins, directed by Adrian Lyne. Sure, there isn’t any other iterations of the story as far as I know, but I still wanted to point out the names of both of those guys because they both did a fantastic job with their respective parts in this movie. The movie is terrifically directed and Tim Robbins is fantastic as the main character, Jacob. And I thought the movie was scary. What can I say, psychological horror works well on me.

The Mist (2007)
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“The Mist” is the second movie we had for this month that is based on a Stephen King story. If you didn’t know, the first one was “Carrie”. And was this a good movie? I’d say so. Not great, but I do think that it is a good survival movie featuring a scary mist filled with evil, murderous monsters. Sure, Thomas Jane is not that strong an actor, but I wouldn’t say that he completely ruined the movie. But this movie was overall not the best type of horror movie. The strongest element of it was probably the terrific directing by Frank Darabont who also directed “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile” which both also are based on Stephen King stories. But I would say that it is a good watch if you just need some decent entertainment.

Psycho (1960)
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Yes, when including this classic in “The Month of Spooks” I had not yet seen it. But now I finally got the chance to see it and I fucking loved it. the story was suspenseful and Anthony Perkins gave one of the best performances ever as the obviously psychologically messed up motel keeper, Norman Bates. You know what’s interesting about Perkins in the movie? He was only 28 when playing Bates. That is pretty young for any actor giving an incredible performance. Great job, man!

Blade: Trinity (2004)
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Yes, I am aware that this isn’t a straight-up horror movie, but rather an action movie with horror elements to it, but it is still technically horror so it counts. Don’t like that? Blow me, or don’t, it’s up to you. Still, I inculded “Blade: Trinity” into “The Month of Spooks” and could therefore kill two birds with one stone. First off, it would be another entry into “The Month of Spooks”. Secondly, it would wrap up my series of reviews on the “Blade” series. And for the two of you who wonder: No, I will not watch and review the “Blade” TV-show because it seems like it’s a huge piece of shit. Which this movie is not, this movie is simply mediocre.

Alien (1979)
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This was the grand finale of “The Month of Spooks”, the big ending, the movie that would wrap it all up. And could it live up to that? Yeah, I’d say so. As I explained in my review of the movie, “Alien” was one of the first horror movies that I saw and actually enjoyed. And I think a lot of that comes from this not being your typical monster movie, but actually a smart and suspenseful atmosphere-building descent into death and a scary fucking space alien’s habits. The movie is scary, the movie is dark, the movie is violent and it is an absolute masterpiece. “Alien” was just the perfect movie to wrap up “The Month of Spooks”.

So did you enjoy my whole “Month of Spooks” thing? Any review you enjoyed reading more than the others? Please let me know. I will most likely do it again next year, and hopefully I’ll plan it out a bit better that time. And I was serious about the whole “If someone could make a better version of the opening picture, please make it and send it my way” thing. If you can use similar assets and make a similar picture of better quality/with more skill, that would be fucking great.

Well, I’m done. Happy Halloween, my friends!

Movie Review: Oculus (2014)

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BOO! Got ya there, didn’t I? No? Well, screw you. *Sigh*. Anyway, hello and welcome to a review that has been teased a bit on my twitter (Cough, shameless plug, cough) over the last two(ish) days. Mainly because I knew that this would come around these days as the introduction to something special. And by something special I mean a series of reviews that I call “The Month of Spooks”. What is that? Well you obviously didn’t read my post the other day where I first used that phrase. What I mean is that since it’s October I should review some horror movies. I already got a few suggestions by a person here on wordpress and I will maybe review those movies at some point. But if you have any horror recomendations I suggest you put them as a comment on the post “The Month of Spooks” which is relatively recent so you know what you can and can’t recommend. Anyway, rambling over, review time!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Oculus”.

In “Oculus” we follow siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites). Ten years ago something very tragic happened to them which got Tim arrested and put in psychological care. But now he gets to come out, fully rehabilitated (yay?). However, his sister drags him into a sort of investigation to prove that a mirror is evil and is the reason every terrible thing happened to them as kids. And while this shit sounds like it would make for a terrible plot, it really caught me off guard. The plot is surprisingly deep and made me doubt everything through most of the movie. It made me ask “Are these guys just out of their fucking mind or is the mirror really an evil entity?” which is actually kind of great. The plot could also get really personal and emotional at times which is not something I ever expect from a horror movie, so that was kind of cool. However I feel like it started out a little slow. But after a little while the movie kicked into high gear and I was intirgued the entire way through. So high praise to this plot.

The characters all feel like they could be very real people… real people who are stuck in a terrifying situation. And the actors did a pretty great job. Brenton Thwaites as Tim was great, playing basically a male version of Scully from “The X-Files”. Now if you haven’t seen that amazing show then first off: Go watch it! And secondly: Scully is the skeptic of the two main characters in the show, and that’s what Tim is at first. And if Tim is Scully then that makes Kaylie the movie’s version of Mulder (the believer). And Karen Gillan did a fantastic job. What caught me off guard though was how well she masked her Scottish accent and did a terrific American one, she sounded legit. Every actor was really good in the movie.

The score for “Oculus” was done by The Newton Brothers and I think it’s pretty good. It’s tension-building, it’s well-composed and it just overall fit the movie pretty damn well. It’s also very electronic in how it sounds, not that that’s bad thing. Like I said, it’s a good score that fit the movie.

This movie was directed by Mike Flanagan who I have not seen anything else from. But I can still for sure say that he did a great job directing this movie, the shots look great. Here is a fun fact: This movie is apparently based on a short film that Flanagan made in 2006, also starring the character of Tim (Sidenote: Not played by Brenton Thwaites in that one). Another fun fact: It was shot in only 24 days which is a crazy short amount of time for a movie to be made. But I guess that since it is a pretty limited film in size and scope, that makes a little bit of sense. Also, since this is a horror movie, was it scary? Yeah… it was. But it isn’t like a “BOO, MOTHERFUCKER!” type of horror movie, it instead relies on dread, suspense and disturbing imagery to scare. And it did it perfectly, getting under my skin and disturbing me to the point of leaving my room after finishing it and then hugging my dog, true story. Would I call it terrifying? No, but scary and creepy are definitely adjectives I’d like to use for it which in itself is pretty great.

This movie has gotten some pretty mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 73% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 61/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,5/10.

“Oculus” surprised me on every level. It has a great & emotional plot, terrific acting and characters, a really good score, great directing and as a horror movie it manaegd to scare me. Although I will subtract a little bit because it started out a little slowly. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “Oculus” is a 9,57/10. Yeah, despite the slow start of the movie, it sitll gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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Review of “Oculus” is now done.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the scariest piece of reflective glass of them all?

The Month of Spooks

Hey guys, this is your captain speaking, if you look to your left you will see nothing of importance because you are most likely sitting in your room/office/house/apartment looking at your wordpress feed. Maybe you are also sipping on a nice cup of coffee, or tea if you don’t like the nectar of the gods. I know I am sounding a bit like an asshole, but we’re still gonna be friends by the end of this little post because that is how life is. Wow, this little bullshit section got a little longer than I expected it to, I need to cut down on the stupidity. Anyway, I have a few things to announce for this month we call October, A.K.A. the month of spooks.

First off, on the 29th I will give a little review/analysis of an episode of the TV-series “Tales From The Crypt” over at channelsuperhero.com, so look forward to that. And please check out and follow the blog because it is kind of awesome. They review superhero stuff all the time and it is always interesting to see their stuff. And while we’re at it, please check out flightstightsandmovienights.com because that is where we find the “bit of this, bit of that” stuff from the man who runs Channel Superhero.

Next thing I wanna mention is that I will bring you a review of the TV-show “Reaper” by this weekend. I usually never announce my reviews in advance because I usually tend to wing it with what I watch and review, so it’s even a bit of a surprise for me in that sense. However since I have been mainly watching “Reaper” for a few weeks straight I feel like I know that the review for the series will come and can therefore give you this heads-up.

Next up, since it’s October A.K.A. the month of spooks, I want to review some horror movies. Problem is, I don’t know which might be entertaining to watch and review. In other words, I want some “good” ones to watch. And to find these elusive movies I need the help of you guys. So I want you to suggest some good ones down in the comments. I can tell you this that I already know I will watch and most likely review “Oculus”. But like I said, I need more than that. However I will not review movies that I have covered in the past… good thing there are very few horror movies here. So “The Shining”, “1408”, “The Thing” and “The Sixth Sense” are out of the game. All other ones you can think of are good to go. Oh, I almost forgot; “Jaws” is also out of the game because that is not only one I have covered in the past, but also because it is a summer movie. Other than those… have fun with your suggestions! I am really looking forward to seeing some good ones from you!

Aaaaaand that’s about it. Really, I got nothing else to announce here. So I hope you have learned of something that sounds interesting to you. Maybe it’s my Tale From The Crypt which will come in the future or maybe it’s the horror stuff or maybe you just need me to talk about “Reaper”. Who knows? What I do know however is that I feel great about this month and I look forward to giving you guys some (hopefully) interesting content.

Welcome to the Month of Spooks!