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: The Mist (2007)

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What’s up, people? Time to continue “The Month of Spooks” with another frightening movie review. And it is the second time we are taking a look at a movie based on a story by author Stephen King. Now let’s not stand around and make fools of ourselves, let us move on to the review!

Ladies and gentlemen, do not enter… “The Mist”.

This movie follows artist David Drayton (Thomas Jane) as he and a bunch of other people get stuck in a supermarket because of a mysterious mist that brings out a lot of blood-thirsty creatures. So now they have to try to defend themselves inside of the supermarket. They have no idea what’s causing the mist and they have no idea where the creatures come from, all they know is that they have to survive. And was this survival story well executed? Yeah, I’d say so. Once again it is one of those situations of the idea not being original, but maybe the execution is done well enough. And I thought it was good. Not great, but good. I don’t know what to say really. I guess I can say that I thought it was pretty tense and suspenseful at times and I have to say that the ending is pretty tragic and maybe the best aspect of the plot. So yeah, good plot.

The characters in the movie are pretty much cookie cutter Stephen King characters. You have the main character dad who does art of some kind, you have the child, you have the elderly black guy, the religious nut and feel free to check off this list on your own. But how is the acting? It’s… good, I guess. Thomas Jane plays the main character of the movie and he does a fine job as the guy… except when he has to do somethign emeotional, then he kind of sucks. But I didn’t expect too much from him since I’ve never considered him that great of an actor. Andre Braugher plays the elderly black guy in the movie and he does a good job. The child actor who plays Jane’s son does a fine job, I have seen both worse and better child performances before, so I don’t feel that this kid adds or detracts anything from the movie. What was kind of fun though with the actors in this movie was how I saw a good amount of people who would later be in “The Walking Dead” which director Frank Darabont had a hand in. Jeffrey DeMunn, Laurie Holden, Melissa McBride and Sam Witwer all appear in this movie at some point and that was fun seeing since i like “The Walking Dead”. Anyway, that derailed a little bit. Uhm… acting was fine and the characters were meh.

The score for the movie was provided by Mark Isham and I have to say that so far it is the best part of the movie. It isn’t something I can see myself listening to again, but it’s definitely a good score that really fit the movie. And to be honest, there wasn’t really anything sticking out except for one track called “The Host of Seraphim” which appeared near the end of the movie. Every other tracks in the score was fine, but that track is, no joke, fucking amazing. Held up by an eerie & slowly building backing note and the gorgeous vocals of Lisa Gerrard, it is one of the reasons why the score for the movie holds the movie up so well. That track is just amazing and the score overall is pretty good.

Okay, so far the plot has been fine, the acting fine and the score good, but is there something great about the movie? Yes there is… the camerawork is pretty damn great. It perfectly fits the eerie and a little creepy mood this movie conveys and actually manages to capture some pretty great shots. And I have to say that some of the writing in the movie was pretty great, and I am mainly talking about certain pieces of dialogue. And something I noticed early on in the movie which is kind of cool is that we see Thomas Jane working on a painting/poster which appears to be Roland from Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” books. As a fan of those books I just kind of thought that was a cool little easter egg.

This movie has gotten pretty good reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 73% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 58/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 2/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“The Mist” is a real mixed bag of a movie. It has a decent story, decent acting, good music and fantastic camera work/directing. Time for my final score. Woaw, look at all that mist. What’s that in the mist? Wait, is that… Jeff? Oh my god, Jeff. Where have you been, asshole? Screw it! Do you have something for me? *Jeff gives envelope and disappears into the mist*. My final score for “The Mist” is a 7,99/10. I think it’s worth a rental.
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My review of “The Mist” is now completed.

Hearing Toby Jones tell someone to shut the fuck up is just magical.