Horror Nights 2015 – The Final Week

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Well, that’s it for this year. I didn’t really get to watch some movies I really wanted to like The ShiningBay of Blood or Rosemary’s Baby, but I did finally see American Psycho, and I got to rewatch one of the best films of the year, The Gift. Next year I’ll get those ones I missed.

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

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I’m just glad I got to see George Clooney kill some vampires, finally. It was kind of boring for a while, then the Titty Twister bar scene happens and the movie finally gets interesting. Not much else to say other than that I will probably never watch this again, but that’s mainly because I really only enjoyed the final act when Rodriguez steps in and has tons of fun.

American Psycho (2000)

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Yep, first time watching this. It’s even better than I thought it would be. Probably Christian Bale’s best role, though it also helps that the character has so many fun monologues. Yes, the Huey Lewis stuff is great, but pretty much any moment where he dissects an artist’s discography had me ecstatic. Contrast that with the really well done violence and slasher staples that leave Patrick Bateman as a stupendous character to showcase as a psychopath. Using the backdrop of Wall Street, the film mercilessly blends the two worlds of high finance and the slums of New York, making it still a timely film to view.

The Gift (2015)

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I swear this movie is going to go down as one of the best anti-horror films of all time. I don’t want to overhype it, but it doesn’t add to the genre like a You’re Next or The Cabin in the Woods. It subverts tropes like You’re Next, but it does so in the style of a thriller film. Horror films should look at how three well-crafted characters can make a twist such as the one in The Gift have the impact that it does. Its character development is also what makes it better than most films out there. When its twist happens and the shit hits the fan, the film leaves you with an idea and its up to you to decide whether to let it take hold or ignore it. The choice is presumably up to you, but it is a film that illuminates the answer the more you pay attention to the detail of characters.

Trick ‘r Treat (2008)

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It turns out when I watched Tales of Halloween earlier this month, I watched a rip off of Trick ‘r Treat. Where Tales of Halloween is extremely obvious in its anthology structure, Trick ‘r Treat is more subtle about it. There isn’t much more that I can praise about the film though. I like the idea of playing around with Halloween traditions and making them gory or turning expectations on their head, but this film is predictable up until its final Anna Paquin story scene which actually makes for an enjoyable moment. Unfortunately, it is not a film that benefits from moving different stories into pieces. It seems to be purposefully misleading but in a way that makes the film less interesting because it just tries to haphazardly piece things together near the end. Only one scene really needed to happen before the “twist” for it to have felt better and less like it was trying to be smart in its structuring.

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