Goodnight Mommy

Goodnight Mommy is a 2014 Austrian horror film which focuses on a boy afflicted with capgras syndrome. Written and directed by Veronica Franz and Severin Fiala, respectively, the film was an entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

The film starts with the return of a mother to her isolated lakeside house and her ten-year old twins, Elias and Lukas, after a cosmetic surgery. The face of the mother is covered with bandages and only her eyes and mouth can be seen by her children. As the children becomes bothered by their mother’s appearance, they also notice her starting to act strangely. It is also noticeable that she purposely ignores Lukas and prefers giving her attention to Elias only. Moreover, the mother orders the twins to keep all the blinds close even during the day, to always keep quiet inside the house, and to only play when they are outdoors. Their mother also hurt Elias when the boy has done something disobedient. The twins surmise that such behavior is something that their mother will never have.

After a while, they begin to suspect that their mother is an entirely different person, especially when they find an old photo showing their young mother with another woman wearing the same clothes as her. Thinking that the woman currently living with them is an impostor, the twins ties her up and tries to make her confess to tell where their real mother is. The twins also have to tape the mouth of the bandaged woman to keep her from making unnecessary noise.

Some people from the Red Cross arrive and ask for donation. They have wanted to wait for the twins’ mother but decide to just leave after Elias has given them money. The mother manages to remove the tape on her mouth but it is already late to ask for any help. As punishment, the twins glued her lips but eventually cut the lips open when they find out that the woman will not be able to eat.

After being set free for a while, the woman escapes but the twins have already set a trap for her and she is knocked unconscious after falling down. When she wakes, the woman finds out that she is glued to the floor. Elias then starts to burn the house in order to force the woman to confess.

However, the mother tells Elias that Lukas is already dead due to an accident and she begs Elias to just let her go. Elias tells her to prove that she is their mother but the woman fails to do so. Elias proceeds with burning down the house.

The movie ends with the twins being reunited with their real mother.

The movie was positively received by critics, scoring 85% in Rotten Tomatoes and rating average of 7.3 The film scored 81/100 in Metacritic, and it has been hailed as one of the Top 5 Foreign Language Films of 2015.

Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity is an American supernatural horror film series which basically focus on families that are haunted by a demon. The demon haunting the family on each film starts with stalking the members of the family, causing terrifying incidents, until the members or bystanders are killed one by one.

In the movies, the production consisted of using set up cameras, security cameras, and other recording devices to make the films appear as found footage. The first and third movies were positively review, while the second film received lukewarm reception. Critics mostly did not favor the fourth and sixth installments of the Paranormal Activity film series.

  1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (2007)

Paranormal Activity is set in 2006, when the couple Katie and Micah move in to their new home in San Diego, California. A demon then haunts their home, and Katie greatly thinks that the creature was the same demon that has been following her all her life. The film appeared as a found footage, which was shot by Micah.

  1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 (2010)

Paranormal Activity is also set in 2006 and happens in Carlsbad, California. The story starts a few weeks before the events of the first film, and it feature Katie’s sister, Kristi Rey, and her family. After Kristi’s son, Hunter, is born, the family starts experiencing strange things around their house. The film was shot using security and hand-held cameras.

  1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 (2011)

Paranormal Activity 3 is set in 1988, the time when the young Katie and Kristi were still living with their mother Julie, and her boyfriend, Dennis. Residing in Santa Rosa, California, the sisters first encounters the demon named “Toby.” To observe the strange things that were happening around their house, Dennis set up cameras, with one of them being attached to an oscillating fan. Hand-held cameras were also used in the film.

  1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 (2012)

Paranormal Activity 4 is set in 2011, the time when Katie and her son Robbie, moves across the street from Alex Nelson and his family’s home in Henderson, Nevada. The film was shot using MacBook webcams, iPhone, video cameras, and Kinect technology.

  1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (2014)

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is set in 2012 and focuses on a group of high school graduates in Oxnard, California who are trying to deal with a demon which was used on their “marked” member by a mysterious cult. The film was shot using the commonly used tools for video recording, and some clues from the previous films were also provided.

  1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION (2015)

The film is set in 2013 and focuses on the Fleeges family, who have just moved to California. The family discovers the tapes of Katie and Kristi as they were about to join a demonic coven through an initiation ritual 21 years ago. Afterward, the daughter, Leila, was haunted by the demon. The scenes were shot using common video recording tools, and the family used a specialized recorded which can display supernatural events in the environment.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE FILM SERIES

Though he was greatly afraid of ghosts, Oren Peli set about on developing the film series and he started with constructing the set and researching on the related topics. Film crew was not needed during the production of the films as most were shot using hand-held cameras, making the movie more plausible in the eyes of the audience. The actors did not need a formal script and employed restroscipting throughout the production of the film. Shooting the movie lasted for a night and the effects were only added until the film was being processed for finalization.

Oren Peli was the producer for Paranormal Activity 2, and Kip Williams served as director.

Paranormal Activity 3 and 4 had Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman as directors, who first made names with their work, Catfish.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones was produced by Oren Peli and written and directed by Christopher B. Landon.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was produced by Oren Peli and directed by the first-time director, Gregory Plotkin.

Pacific Rim

INTRODUCTION

Pacific Rim is a Guillermo del Toro science fiction monster film telling the story of the future Earth, which is waging war with the Kaiju, which are huge monsters originating from an interdimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

To fight off the monsters, humans developed Jaegers, giant humanoid mechas, which can be controlled by two people who are neutrally connected. The film focus on the concluding battles of the war involving Raleigh Becket and his co-pilot, Mako Mori.

The film was shot from 2011 to 2012 in Toronto, and it was produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. After its premiere on July 12, 2013, the film was received positively by critics, with focus on its visual effects, actions sequences, and style. The film did not earn well in the US but it was popular in other countries.

Pacific Rim starred Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Robery Kazinzky, Max Martini, and Ron Perlman.

A sequel of the movie is slated to come out in February 2018 with Steven S. DeKnight as director.

PLOT

Earth was currently under siege by monsters or Kaiju coming from “The Breach,” an interdimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. To defeat the monsters, humans developed the Jaegers, the colossal robots which should be manned by two pilots to be able to operate.

In 2020, the brothers Raleigh and Yancy Becket piloted the Gipsy Danger to fight a monster called Knifehead. However, the monster survived their attack, and it destroyed the robot, killing Yancy in the process. Raleigh quit from service after losing his brother in the said battle.

After five years, Kaiju monsters started attacking more intensively, and their strength seemed to have grown exponentially. Because of this, more and more Jaegers were being destroyed. Thus, the world leaders decided to put an end to the Jaeger program. Meanwhile, Marshal Stacker Pentecost made the decision to fight one last battle with the monsters and he called on the remaining Jaeger pilots to their Shatterdome base in Hong Kong. He also tried to convince Raleigh to rejoin the program.

Raleigh met the remaining Jaeger pilots from other countries and Mako Mori, the director of the Jaeger refurbishment. They tried to find a new partner for Raleigh but it turned out the Mako was the perfect fit for the neural connection. During the test, Raleigh remembered the death of his brother, which stimulated Mako to remember her tragic past with a Kaiju attack. This caused a problem which got Mako suspended by Pentecose, her adopted father.

Kaiju scientists discovered that the stabilization of the Breach caused the increase of Kaiju attacks. Newton, one of the scientists, made a connection with a Kaiju brain fragment and learned that Kaiju were monster created to wipe humanity for the alien colonists who wanted to invade the planet. Pentecost assigned Newton to find an intact Kaiju brain in the black market. However, the Kaiju also learned about Newton, and now, to monsters were released to find the scientist.

Except for Raleigh, all Jaeger pilots were dispatched. Most of the Jaegers were destroyed, and Pentecost had no choice but to allow Raleigh and Mako to fight. The two managed to kill the two monsters. However, when they checked the corpse of one of the monsters, they discovered that it was pregnant and its offspring suddenly burst out and swallowed the scientists. While drifting in the infant Kaiju’s brain, the scientists learned that the Breach only opens in the presence of Kaiju DNA.

The remaining Jaeger pilots, along with Pentecost, went to their last mission at the Pacific Ocean. The Jagers killed some of the monsters until a Category 5 Kaiju appeared and greatly damaged the Jaeger co-piloted by Pentecost. Meanwhile, Raleigh used the Gipsy Danger to seal the Breach using its nuclear reactor. Raleigh gave his own oxygen supply to the unconscious Mako and released her from the robot via the escape pod. Raleigh manually overloaded the reactor just as it was plunging into the portal.

The Breach was sealed with the explosion of the reactor and Raleigh and Mako survived through their escape pods.

CAST OF PACIFIC RIM

Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket

Raleigh Becket was a former pilot of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps who called again for his duty. He suffered from a great loss in the movie and he did not really have the will to fight anything. Thanks to Pentecost and Mako, he managed to make a rebound and went back to fighting monsters.

Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost

Stacker Pentecost is Raleigh’s commanding officer and is seen throughout the movie showing a strong character though it was indicated that he was suffering from his own inner struggles.

Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori

Mako Mori lost her family to a Kaiju. Thus, she has all the right to get mad and to want revenge against the monsters. Pentecost adopted her and did not want to put her in any danger at all, which led to a gap in their relationship as a father and daughter.

Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geiszler

As one of the scientists assigned to studying the Kaiju, Dr. Newton Geiszler was one of the people who discovered the needed break to destroy the monsters. The scientist is unlike the Jaeger pilots, who were all trained to fight. Instead, he made a mark on his own when he set discovering the weakness of the Kaiju.

The other notable character from the film are as follows:

  • Max Martini as Herc Hansen

  • Robert Kazinzky as Chuck Hansen

  • Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chau

  • Clifton Collins, Jr. as Ops Tendo Choi

  • Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb

  • Diego Klattenhoff as Yancy Becket

  • Ellen McLain as Gipsy Danger AI

PRODUCTION OF PACIFIC RIM

The film’s production started with Beacham’s conception of the idea for the Pacific Rim while he was taking a walk on the beach. There, he imagined a giant robot fighting a giant monster. Then, he thought of what could possibly happen if the robot has two pilots and one of them dies. Beacham proceeded to write the film, and it was bought by Legendary Pictures in 2010.

After dealing with some issues on another film, Guillermo del Toro was tapped to direct Pacific Rim in 2011. He worked with Beacham and was also credited for his work as a co-writer.

The filming lasted from November 2011 to April 2012, totaling a number of 103 shooting days. Del Toro worked most of the week and strictly controlled the production of the movie.

The film was shot with Red Epic cameras. The director did not want to convert the movie into 3D at first, but he later changed his mind. Almost an hour of footage was also cut from the film, the cut scenes mostly focused on story of the characters of the film but Del Toro wanted the film to have some balance.

The film was made as an honor to the Kaiju and mecha genres but with hopes of providing it with its own originality. Del Toro also did not want the monsters to look like anything from Gamera, Godzilla, or The War of the Gargantuas so everything was made from scratch. The film’s designers were Wayne Barlow, Oscar Chichoni, and the monster sculptors, David Meng and Simon Lee. Francisco Ruiz Velasco, who worked in Hellboy II and The Hobbit, was also part of the design team.

Almost 100 Kaiju designs were made from the movie but only some of them were featured in the film. Del Toro did not want the monsters to resemble any creature on Ear, and he wanted them to look like engineered creations and not creatures that underwent evolution.

The Knifehead Kaiju looked like a man in a rubber suit with a head inspired by that of a goblin shark. Leatherback, on the other hand, was made to move like a gorilla. Otachi served as homage to the dragons of the Chinese mythology, and it moved like a Komodo dragon in water. Otachi also showed signs of intelligence compared with the other monsters. Onibaba, the Kaiju who killed Mako’s parents, looked like a combination of Japanese temple and crustacean. The largest Kaiju, Slattern, had a long neck and a “half-horn, half-crown” head.

The Gipsy Danger used New York City’s Art Deco buildings are reference, whereas Chemo Alpha was based on the paint patterns of a T-series Russian tank. The three-armed Chinese Jaeger looked like Chinese lacquered word with golden edges. The Australian Jaeger looked like a Lan Rover and the most elegant.

Industrial Light & Magic handled the visual effects of the movie. Shane Mahan of Legacy Effects created the suits, helmets, and conn-pods. Hybride Technologies and Rodeo FX also worked on the visual effects of Pacific Rim.

The miniature effects were provided by 32TEN Studios.

RECEPTION

The film earned $101.8 million in North America and grossed more internationally, earning $309.2 million in other countries.

The film reached the top 1 spot at the international box office the weekend of its release, with China becoming the largest marker for the film followed by Japan.

The film received positive reviews, having a Metacritic rating of 64/100 and 71% in Rotten Tomatoes. Some publications also applaud the film, including The Daily Telegraph, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Post, Rolling Stone, Wired, The Village Voice, and Time Out.

Meanwhile, other reviewers who did not favor the film included those from The Guardian, Time, The New Yorker, Variety, the San Francisco Chronicles, Slant Magazine, The Wrap, and The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring is a horror movie that was based on true story. The story was lifted from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Though, most people have probably already watched the film, it is better to give them some insight regarding the things that truly happened before the film was made.

THE PERRON FAMILY

The real-life Perron family lived in a farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island for about ten years. The house was bought by the couple, Roger and Carolyn Perron in 1970. The farmhouse came with a 200-acre property and was a perfect place for raising the couple’s five daughters: Andrea, Nancy, Christine, Cynthia, and April. The family moved out from the house in 1980.

LORRAINE WARREN AND THE REAL PERRON FAMILY ON THE CREATION OF THE MOVIE

Lorraine Warren actually approved the creation of the movie and she served as consultant during its filming. She was also seen on the North Carolina set of the production.

The Perron family also supported the film’s production, which they had also done with Andrea Perron’s book (House of Darkness House of Light), which came out in 2011. Some members were also seen on the set during the production, including the talkative Andrea and Christine, who was more hesitant to share some of her experiences.

THE REAL BATHSHEBA SHERMAN

The haunting spirit of the supposed witch, Bathsheba Sherman, was featured in the movie. Bathsheba’s real name was Bathsheba Thayer and she was born in Rhode Island in 1812. The woman married a man named Judson Sherman in Thompson, Connecticut on March 1844. The couple had a son named Herbert L. Sherman. The couple supposedly had other children who were assumed to have died before the age of seven though no records of them could be found.

The only photograph of Bathsheba was founding the Perron farmhouse in 1885.

There is no proof that Bathsheba Sherman was really a witch. She was only suspected to be one, but the suspicions only intensified when an infant she was taking care of mysteriously died. The baby was found to have died because of a large sewing needle implanted on its skull. The residents thought that Bathsheba used the baby as sacrificed but the court decided that the evidence against her was not enough to convict her. Still, the public would not be dissuade regarding their thoughts about her.

According to a historian named Mr. McKeachern, Bathsheba did not treat the farmhouse staff that well and she also occasionally hurt them.

Bathsheba Sherman died on May 25, 1885, four years after his son Herbert, married his fiancée Anna.

Legend and local folklore have it hat Bathsheba died from a bizarre form of paralysis or that she turned into stone. There are also rumors that the women had four children, who all died before the age of four. However, her son Herbert survived. As for her other children, there’s only an unofficial record of the children, and their names were supposed to be Julia (1845), Edward (1847), and George (1853).

Bathsheba Sherman’s grave can be found in historic cemetery in Harrisville, Rhode Island.

BATHSHEBA SHERMAN AND THE HAUNTING OF THE PERRON FAMILY

Ed and Lorraine Warren were the ones who suggested that the spirit of Bathsheba Sherman might be haunting the family. Carolyn Perron once suffered from a piercing pain in her calf and intents muscle spasm. When she checked her leg, she saw a puddle of blood on the hurt area. Carolyn could not find anything that might have caused her injury.

Carolyn told the story to Ed and Lorraine, and Lorraine suspected that Bathsheba might have hurt her from the afterlife. That prompted Lorraine to refer to the demonic presence in the house as Bathsheba.

THE REAL PERRON HOME

The real Perron house was not utilized during the production of the movie. The one used in the film was constructed on a sound stage in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The real farmhouse depicted by The Conjuring, or the Old Arnold Estate, is located in Harrisville, Rhode Island. The house and the barn both still stand until today. After struggling with their business, the Perron family sold some of their property. They were left with 8.5 acres of land.

The farmhouse was also called with other names, including the Old Brook Farm and Dexter Richardson House. At present, it is owned by Norma Sutcliffe and Gerry Nelfrich. They bear no relation with the Perron family.

THE PEOPLE WHO DIED ON THE FARMHOUSE

Eight generations of one extended family lived and died in the house before the Perron family arrived. Andrea Perron added that it seemed that some of those people never really left. Two people hanged themselves on the property, one committed suicide by poison, an eleven-year old Prudence Arnold was raped and murdered there, two people drowned, and four men supposedly froze to death.

Records show that most of the people who died on the farmhouse were part of the Arnold family, even Bathsheba. However, it seemed that Prudence did not die in Rhode Island but in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.

PERRON’S KNOWLEDGE ON THE HAUNTED ARNOLD ESTATE HOUSE

The Perron family did not know that the house on the Arnold Estate was haunted, and the seller was not really required to inform them about it. However, Andrea Perron mentioned in her book that the man who sold his father the house told him to always leave the lights at night.

THE OTHER OWNERS OF THE PERRON FAMILY FARMHOUSE

It seemed that every family who lived in the Perron family farmhouse experienced something supernatural during their stay there. Some left the house screaming and running for their lives. There was this man who was supposed to live there for the restoration but he just up and left screaming without anything on him. He did not even bring his car and tools with him when he left. Other people experienced bad things and the house was left vacant for years.

The current owners of the house say that the only things that they have experienced so far are the banging of the door in the front hall, sounds of people talking in other rooms, sounds of footsteps, opening of a door, and the vibration of the husband’s chair in the study. Normal claim to have seen a blue light shooting across the bed room. Meanwhile, Gerry said that he once saw a fog inside their home. Norma is being scientific about things and she does not want to jump at conclusions right away. Since the release of The Conjuring, a lot of people have bothered them. Thus, Norma decided to find evidence that could disprove the Perrons’ and the movie’s story.

Normal also told Andrea Perron that the minister who had lived in their home did not experience anything supernatural. The real Lorrain Warren said that the minister did not spoke anything about it because of his profession.

THE REAL CONJURING DOLL

There really was a haunted doll, but it was involved in another case of Ed and Lorrain and had nothing to do with the Perron family.

The story of Annabelle doll started when the nursing student, Donna, received a Raggedy Ann Doll from her mother. Afterward, Donna and her roommate, Angie, noticed that the doll seemed to be able of changing positions and moving on its own. They also saw the messages on the parchment paper, which seemed to be written by a child. The roommates thought that the writings were made by the doll. Then one night, their friend, Lou, came to stay the night, and he claimed that the doll tried to strangle him. Lou also thought that the doll created the bloody claw-like scratches on his chest.

During a séance, it was found out that the doll was possessed by a young girl named Annabelle, who lived on the previous property where the apartments were built. At seven years old, Annabelle’s dead body was found on the premises of the apartment.

Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated the matter and they decided to perform an exorcism. Donna requested to the couple to bring the doll along with them. Ed and Lorraine still have the doll at present.

THE MAKING OF THE CONJURING

The Conjuring was an ongoing project for 20 years. Ed Warren first played his tapes of his interview with Carolyn Perron for the producer Tony DeRose-Grund. Meanwhile, DeRosa-Grund recorded his conversation with Ed. He claimed that he did not what he would with Ed’s material if they could not make it into a movie.

DeRose-Grund took the risk with the case of Carolyn Perron, claiming that the woman was either insane or she was just very much scared. She was scared.

Edge of Tomorrow

INTRODUCTION

Edge of Tomorrow was a 2014 American science fiction action film, telling the story of a future Earth being invaded by aliens. The movie focuses on Bill Cage who is killed in the battle field but was caught in a time loop and is always sent back to the day before he dies. Cage then collaborates with the warrior Rita Vrataski in order to defeat the aliens. The film stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

PLOT

The aliens have invaded continental Europe and the military has made alliances with hopes of defeating the invaders. Major William Cage is assigned to participate on an assault but Cage refuses. He was then considered as a deserter and is assigned to the J Squad.

During the attack, Cage manages to kill an alien but he also dies. Then, he wakes up again but in the morning before the attack. No one believes that the attack will be sabotaged and thus, he repeatedly dies as he is caught in the time loop. Then, he encounters Vrataski on the battlefield, who realizes his ability.

When he wakes up again, Cages goes to Vrataski and the two start forming plans against the Mimics, whose queen is capable of turning back the time. They discover the planned attack of the invaders and the two try stopping them. However, Cage is heavily injured during the battle and his ability to reset time is lost.

The two continue trying to beat the aliens, and Vrataski eventually gets killed during their battle with the Alpha. Meanwhile, Cage is heavily wounded but he manages to drop a belt of grenades on the Omega.

Cage is about to die in a pool of the Omega’s blood but he wakes just before he gets arrested. Still a major, Cage goes to Heathrow and finds Vrataski, still alive.

PRODUCTION

Edge of Tomorrow was co-produced by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, along with other production companies, including 3 Arts Entertainment and Viz Productions. With a budget of $178 million, the movie was based on All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

Viz Media published the novel in the US and 3 Arts Entertainment optioned the novel. Dante Harper wrote the script and Warner Bros. bought it for $3 million in 2010.

Tom Cruise was asked to play the lead role after Brad Pitt decline and Emily Blunt joined him afterward.

Several writers were hired to rewrite the script. The film was shot at Leavesden Studios near London.

The actors had to wear heavy battle suits while filming, and Blunt trained for three months for her role.

The visual effects were handled by Sony Pictures Imageworks, RodeoFX, Autodesk Maya, CInesite, MPC, Framestore, and Prime Focus World.

RECEPTION

The movie was positively reviewed by critics. They applaud the use of humor in the movie, the designing of the aliens, as well as the actors’ performances. The premise involving a time is also a bit new. Meanwhile, some critics did not approve of the film’s ending. The film’s ratings on Rotten Tomatoes was 7.5/10 and 71/100 in Metacritic.

Michael Myer

Michael Myer Added To Universal Studio Horror Nights

People might have thought that Michael Myer’s knife-slashing days are over, but it seems that the famous masked killer will make a comeback. The notorious character will be seen again at the Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights in a maze based on the second film of the classic horror flick, Halloween. Just like before, Mike Myers, the infamous masked killer, will terrorize a town-full of victims and hunt his potential victims. In this case, Myers’ victims will be the guests joining the Halloween Horror Nights. With the collaboration of Universal Studios and Compass International Pictures, the event intends to make the lives of the guests a bit more suspenseful and terrifying.

Michael Myers will be seen in Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield|strong, which boasts to be much more terrifying and filled with creepier scare actors than the previous Halloween maze. The maze starts with the last scene from the movie, where Mike Myers disappeared after falling down from bedroom window. As they go through the maze, the guests should avoid the killer’s knife at every turn. They also get to relieve some iconic scenes from the film as they explore the maze until they arrive at a certainly horrifying finale.

As we all know, Halloween tells the story of the mad masked killer, Michal Myers, who killed his sister at a very young age. He institutionalized for many years before he manages to escape and come back to the outside world and start killing people again. Jamie Lee Curtis landed her first acting role in the movie, where she played the baby sitter who was hunted by Michael Myers during Halloween.

Aside from the Halloween Maze, Hostel director, Eli Roth, and his digital network Crypt TV will be in charge of the Terror Tram, which is the first signature attraction created by the famous filmmaker and will become part of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. In Terror Tram, the guests will learn about the serial killer clown Hollywood Harry, a former celebrity clown-turned murderer, the macabre scenes that he had made along the way. Terror Tram promises to be one of the scariest thing created by Eli Roth.

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is one the Halloween events that a lot of people look forward to. It has been visited by people from around the globe for more than 20 years now, including the one in Orlando, and it provided people with the privilege of being the victim in their own horror film. The areas included in the events are turned into scare zones, which are filled with scare actors waiting for their victims at every corner. People can also visit haunted houses that are based from famous slasher films, horror television series, and true-to-life stories.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Seth Grahame-Smith, the famous author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, looks like got caught up in one big mess when the publisher, Hachette, filed a case against the author regarding a submitted manuscript by Grahame-Smith, claiming that the work is basically “an appropriation of a 120-year old public domain work.”

Grahame-Smith became first popular by combining history and zombies in his 2009 work, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The success of his first book led him to write another best seller, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. However, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is now surrounded by controversy as Hachette filed a case against Grahame-Smith for what was supposed to be a breach of contract. As poste by Publishers Marketplace in their website, Grahame-Smith and Hatchett signed a $4 million deal in 2010, in which the author was supposed to provide the publishing company with two new creations. As part of the deal, the author was initially paid a fee of $1 million as installment.

Grahame-Smith was able to submit the first book, The Last American Vampire, which followed the story of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. As for the second book, the author was given an extension from June 2013 to April 2016.

According to the complaint filed against Grahame-Smith the authored submitted a manuscript in June 2016 but it was not original and instead, was filled with as quoted, ““an appropriation of a 120-year old public domain work.” In addition, the material greatly deviates from the 80,000 to 100,000-word limit that the publisher and Grahame-Smith agreed on. Moreover, the said manuscript was not a par, considering the style and quality, with Smith’s previous work. To give a brief idea, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is about the story Abraham Lincoln as a US president and as a warrior against zombies in the civil war.

Grahame-Smith and his company Baby Gorilla will face legal battle against Hachette, who filed a $500,000 fine, which amounts to half of the original payment given to the author plus interest. The publishing company believes that providing them with a completely different material and substance from that what was originally described in their agreement can be considered as a breach of contract.

As such, Grahame-Smith is sure in a lot of hot mess.

The Shinning

King’s Least Favorite Of His Films

A lot of Stephen King’s works have already been adapted to both small and big screens. In fact, 1999 credits on IMDB are under his name, in which some can be attributed to the repeat adaptations of his creations. Every filmmaker has the right to love the incredible author. Stephen King has created not only commercial novel hits but also stories that were artfully created and with great substance. The author is great in depicting monster, but they are featured in stories that are anchored in the real life and the characters of his novels are the ones which are considered to be some of the most memorable. As a result, his stories of have become more than the common slasher or monster creature narratives.

However, it can’t be denied that there is a disconnection between his stories that are great for movie adaptation and the reception of the audience once these movies are made. In the almost 200 adapted films of King’s novel, only some of them can be considered as worth watching. When stories, such as 1408, end up at the stronger end of the scale, well, one should know how bad the other adaptations are. Still, they have the option of watching the Stephen King-directed Maximum Overdrive.

Horror does not have the kind of respect that is allotted for other genres, that is why directors have a habit of avoiding creating works under such nature. The same goes for King’s creations even though his stories delved into darkness just like in other films. In fact, only a few known filmmakers have been involved with directing his works. These people include Brian De Palma (Carrie), David Cronenberg (The Dead Zone), and Rob Reiner (Misery). In relation to this, Stephen King is known for selling the rights of his short stories to inexperienced directors, which is possibly the reason why the quality of many of his adapted works is not up to the standards.

On the other hand, the more dramatic adaptations of Stephen King’s works seem to better compared with the horror ones. Yet, no can contradict that the best adaptation of King’s creations is a horror one, and it is considered as one of the scariest movies of all time: The Shining. The visual effects of the movie were very commendable, most especially the blood flooding the elevators and the creepy twin girls. The movie is also known for presenting some iconic scenes, prompting the development of an acclaimed documentary about the most far-fetched fan theories. The masterpiece that is The Shining is a perfect portrayal of the quality of work of Stanley Kubrick.

However, Stephen King himself was not a fan of what Kubrick did with The Shining. In fact, the author hates Kubrick’s depiction of the Overlook hotel and the Torrance family. Stephen King though the representations in the movie were too cold and there wasn’t any emotional investment in the family on the director’s part. On the other hand, King made sure to show his approval for the film’s visuals.

Though, no one can dispute King about his thought on the movie, it is possible that his connection with The Shining influenced his view on the film’s quality.

The Shining can be considered as the most personal creation of Stephen King. The novel not only elevated King’s writing to the next level, it also reflects some of the horrors are based on his own life. King admitted that during his younger years and the time that he already has two children, he sometimes feared himself for feeling antagonism toward his children. It is also known that he had a problem with alcoholism before, and such struggle did not pair well with his negative emotions. He said that his reason for writing the book was to flush out those thoughts inside him but it turned to be also a form of confession.

The main character in The Shining is Jack Torrance, a wannabe writer who is already far behind his deadline. King fully describes in the book Jack’s drinking and emotional problems, which in return, have caused irreparable damage on both his job and marriage. His problems turned for the worse when he broke the arm of his son, Danny, because of outrage and hit a child’ bicycle on the road while drunk driving. Logically, none of the incidents would have happened if only Jack had been sober. And his problems just got deeper when he lost his job after attacking a student because of his misplaced anger.

With such turn of events, Jack had no choice but to accept the job as the caretaker of Overlook hotel during the winter. Jack and his family would have to live in the hotel during the whole season and that is where Stephen King began pouring all the scary elements. At the hotel, Jack was suffering from a lot of problems, including the lack of alcohol, his anger, guilt, his lack of job and capacity of become a good writer, and isolation caused by winter. He was also not safe from the ghost and monsters that were plaguing the hotel and his son. Meanwhile, Wendy, Jack’s wife and a victim of husband’s abusive hands, feared the harm that would come to her and her son as Jack began drinking alcohol again. As for Danny, the boy could not bear the thought his parents splitting up and his powerful psychic ability, the “shining,” also did not save him from seeing the terrors roaming the hotel.

Aside from being a horror story, The Shining can also be deemed as tragedy. Though Jack had violent tendencies, some people can still relate with his character. In fact, King has deeply connected Jack’s character with that of his father, who also had a history with alcohol. Jack’s character has been known for being able to display a good and loving husband but whose inner demons are known by the readers to be just hibernating within him. And for a while, it seemed that the Torrance family would eventually have a happily ever after. Nevertheless, Jack tried to change himself for the good and to fight the evilness inside him, and this struggle really proved to be an important factor that determined the course of the story.

However, in the movie adaptation, Kubrick almost disregarded all the emotional conflicts faced by Jack. In the big screen, Jack’s problem with alcoholism was not highlighted that much as well as his struggle in trying to write. And such portrayal seemed to be very far from that is depicted in the novel. In addition, the supernatural manifestations that were seen in the movie were argued to be brought about by madness and not by just ghosts alone. However, King emphasizes that ghosts were always present in the hotel and they were the ones who drove Jack toward the edge of madness. Moreover, some monsters that were included in the book, such as the snake-like attacking fire hose and the animal topiary that came to life, were not seen in the movie.

As for Jack Nicholson, who played Jack in the movie, his portrayal did not parallel the character of the novel version. The same can be said for Jack’s simultaneous feelings of love and hate for Danny. And as noted by King, it seemed that Jack in the movie version of The Shining did not really try fighting away the darkness.

Kubrick also did not pay much attention to the book’s ending, as he gave Dick Hallorann, the Overlook’s cook and who had a psychic connection with Danny, a death that was different from that in the book.

More importantly, the movie ends with Jack going on a rampage and hunting Danny through a hedge maze before finally freezing to his death. This could have been what made Stephen King think that the film was too cold. Though Jack also hunted in Danny in the book, King made it clear that Jack was being controlled by the supernatural forces in the hotel. In addition, Jack was able to regain his consciousness for just a while and just enough to tell his son that he loved and him and to allow him to escape. In the end, Jack died in the hotel during the explosion in the boiler room.

Independently, Kubrick’s version of The Shining can be considered as one of the most powerful and thrilling films of all time. Yet, people could not blame Stephen King for his reaction. The author involved his personal life while writing the book and it seemed that Kubrick just plainly ignored it.

And since the original author did not like the adaptation of The Shining, one could only hope that the succeeding re-adaptation would fair off much better. So, as expected, The Shining was re-adapted as Stephen King’s The Shining, and for sure the horror novelist preferred this version.

Meanwhile, Mick Garris’ Shining was also released a part of the King miniseries shown in ABC. It came out with the likes of The Stand, It, The Tommyknockers, Storm of the Century, and Rose Red. Idea of creating such a project was commendable but the special effects that were used were not that great.

A lot of people did not like the TV version of The Shining though the story it portrayed was close to that of the book.

There are several factors that led to the failure of TV version of The Shining to sail through. First was the poor acting Steven Weber, which was incomparable to that of Jack Nicholson in the big screen. In addition, Courtland Mead was the wrong choice for playing the role of Danny.

Meanwhile, Rebecca De Mornay did pretty well as Wendy in the small screen considering that King thought that the Wendy in the movie was rather insulting to women and did really present a complex character which should have been there in the first place.

Another mistake made by the miniseries is in terms of the atmosphere. The Overlook in the TV version was not as scary as in Kubrick’s film, which is understandable considering that there is some limitation with the budget. Moreover, Garris made a mistake in showing Danny’s imaginary friend, “Tony,” in the screen. However, Kubrick did away by just making Danny wiggle his finger and speaking using the voice of his invisible friend.

Though Danny really sees an imaginary Tony in the book, it really did come out as absurd when literally depicted in the movie. Moreover, the miniseries did something more stupid by showing that Tony possibly speaks to Danny from the future. And even the firehose sneak and the hedge animals did not appear that terrifying in the miniseries. Thus, in short, Garris should have known his limitations while creating Shining and he should have looked for ways to make ends meet.

Meanwhile, people should still give the miniseries a chance. With over four hours of air time, it was able to portray most of the content of King’s original story. Though the miniseries is not that great, it still had its own powerful moments, and people cannot deny the rising and falling tension, which was very effective when tackled from the narrative point of view.

With a hit and cult-book such as The Shining and the kind of adaptation that it could be made into just like what Kubrick did, the most avid fans would really be the ones who will be put into test. The question lies whether they would prefer a somewhat “wrong” but effective film adaptation or that seems to be “right” but is basically ineffective. Nevertheless, one thing is clear. Avid fans do not have to be always loyal.

Take The Shining for example. None of the versions of The Shining can be considered as perfect. As for the novel, it is not free from some of the mistakes that can only be attributed to writers. In addition, let us not forget some of the racist and misogynistic statements that Jack had used as threats. Meanwhile, Kubrick also made a major mistake with modifying the death of Hallorann.

In summary, no one can deny the excellence of The Shining as a novel in providing the readers with a good tragedy and horror story that is backed up with characters struggling with their own complexities. On the other hand, Kubrick’s version also comes in as highly commendable and can really be considered as classic of the horror genre.

Saw

Saw is a horror movie franchise consisting of seven films. The films are distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment and produced by Twisted Picture. The film started with a short film created by the Australian director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell in 2003. The full-length film was then released at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. The succeeding installments were then released the following years every October on the Friday before Halloween.

The films are basically focused on John Kramer, the “Jigsaw Killer” or just “Jigsaw.” He was first seen in Saw but he had more exposure in Saw II. Jigsaw’s character is known for kidnapping his victims first and setting them up in “tests” or “games” consisting of physical or psychological torture, which they must overcome in order to survive. Jigsaw is killed in Saw III but his apprentices continued his work or he is shown in flashbacks in the other Saw films.

OVERVIEW OF THE SAW FILMS

Saw IV reveals most of the backstory of the whole franchise, wherein it is shown that John Kramer was formerly a successful civil engineer living with his wife Jill Tuck, who was working in a rehab clinic for drug addicts. The couple lost their unborn baby because of a drug addict named Cecil. In Saw VI, it was revealed that the character of Amanda Young was involved in the incident that caused the death of Kramer’s unborn child.

John and his wife eventually got divorced because of the incident with their baby, and Kramer was later on diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Given his condition and the loss of his child, Kramer realized the importance of life and saw how other people failed to value it.

In Saw II, Kramer tried to commit suicide but survived. His accident gave him an idea on how he can change other people.

In Saw IV, it was shown how Kramer set up his first test and used Cecil as participant. From then on, Kramer would begin creating more “tests” and “games,” which he used to rehabilitate people with hopes of changing the world. Kramer earned the name Jigsaw Killer because he removed a puzzle piece-shaped chunk of flesh from the victims who did survived his traps.

Some of Kramer’s victims survived but they needed to undergo therapy to recover from the physical and psychological torture that they have suffered from him.

In Saw V, it was shown how the police lieutenant Mark Hoffman became connected with Kramer. It turned out that Hoffman killed his sister’s boyfriend and killer using a trap that looked that of Jigsaw’s. Hoffman was then kidnap by Jigsaw and was forced to become his apprentice. However, later on, Hoffman accepted being Jigsaw’s apprentice.

The first victim who survived Jigsaw’s trap was Amanda Young, who then became the killer’s apprentice. Kramer’s wife also learned of his killing practices and became a source of help.

In Saw, Dr. Lawrence Gordon was trapped in an industrial washroom with Adam Stanheight, a photographer who was following the doctor with hopes of catching him in the act as the Jigsaw Killer. Meanwhile, Lawrence was instructed to kill Adam before six o’clock or his family would die. Gordon eventually decided to saw his own foot in order to escape to save his family and help Adam. In Saw 3D, it was shown that Gordon was eventually found by Kramer, who then made the doctor his accomplice. Meanwhile, Saw III revealed that it was Amanda who kidnapped Adam and also killed him afterward.

In Saw II, Detective Eric Matthews was trapped with seven convicts in house that was being slowly filled with sarin gas. His son was held hostage by Jigsaw, who required exchanging the boy’s life for the detective’s time. However, Matthews became impatient and assaulted Jigsaw. Then, he realized that his son was being held in another place. As the house was still being filled with gas, Matthews was knocked unconscious and he woke up in a bathroom. Amanda, who was trapped with Matthews previously, revealed he connection with Jigsaw and left the man to die.

In Saw III, it was shown that Matthews managed to escape, and he found Amanda and tried to obtain his son’s location from her. However, Amanda fought and beat the detective. Saw IV showed Hoffman dragging Eric to a prison cell.

Saw III and Saw IV showed the events occurring simultaneously. As Jigsaw became weaker and was on the edge of death, Amanda began making her traps, which did not allow the victims to escape. Kramer then decided to give Amanda to another test, which led to both of their deaths.

In Saw IV, Matthews died because Officer Daniel Rigg failed the test. However, Hoffman discovered the death of Jigsaw and Amanda, but an autopsy led to the discovery of a tape telling Hoffman that he was not free from the hands of the Jigsaw yet.

Saw V revolved around five people who were involved in a disastrous fire and who were kidnap by Hoffman to participate in a test. The people were killed one by one by the traps but the remaining two realized that they should work together to survive. The victims were rescued by Special Agent Erikson. Meanwhile, Hoffman set up FBI Agent Peter Strahm to make it look like the agent was accomplice of Jigsaw. However, Strahm was eventually killed when he failed to follow Hoffman’s instructions.

In Saw VI, Hoffman set up the insurance executive William Easton, who turned out to be responsible for turning down a number of insurance policies. William tried to save people as he participated in the tests, and he realized that he done wrong in the past. However, he was killed by person whose policy was rejected when he was subjected to a test of forgiveness. Meanwhile, the agents Erickson and Perez investigated Agent Strahm’s disappearance and learned Hoffman’s true identity. However, they were killed before they could reveal Hoffman’s role in the killings. However, Hoffman was eventually attacked by Jill, as requested by Jigsaw. Hoffman was left in the new Reverse Beartrap with no key. Hoffman managed to free himself from the trap.

In Saw 3D, Hoffman and Jill fought each other to gain control of the Jigsaw’s legacy. Jill went into protective custody and revealed Hoffman’s true identity. Meanwhile, Hoffman set up new games to get closer to Jill. A man who wrote a book and falsely claimed having escaped Jigsaw’s trapped was placed in a true test, leading to the death of his friends and his wife. Hoffman disguised himself as a corpse in order to enter the police station. He found Jill and killed her with the Reverse Beartrap. However, when Hoffman tried to leave town, Gordon and his accomplices turned up, and Hoffman was trapped in the bathroom from the first film. It turned out that Gordon became an accomplice of Jigsaw, and Hoffman was left to die.

Insidious 3

INTRODUCTION AND PLOT

Insidious 3 is a 2015 American supernatural horror film, which serves as the prequel for the first two films and the third in the Insidious film series. Written and directed by Leigh Whannel, the film stars Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Whannell, and Lin Shaye.

The film is set a few years after the first film and starts with the retired parapsychologist Elise Rainier. The doctor helps Quinn Brenner to contact the spirit of her dead mother but sensing that something was wrong with spirit, Rainier advises Quinn to avoid contacting her mother again.

After a failed audition, Quinn gets caught up in accident, which leaves her in cast and with her father, Sean, and younger brother Alex. However, the demon that Quinn saw before her accident is still plaguing her, and eventually, she suffers from a neck injury after the demons has flung her in her bedroom. Her father tried to convince Elise to help her but Elise refuses, fearing for her life. However, Elise realizes that she is stronger than the spirits, thanks to his fellow parapsychologist, Carl.

Meanwhile, Alex calls on the demonologists Specs and Tucker but they cannot save Quinn from demonic possession. Elise arrives and enters the spiritual world to confront the spirit haunting her and to find the demon plaguing Quinn. Elise realizes that Quinn should defeat the demon inside her on her own. As she tries to get rid of the spirit possessing her, the spirit of Quinn’s mother comes to her aid.

Afterward, Elise decides to work with Specs and Tucker but she is then confronted by the demon from the first film.

PRODUCTION

Announcement of the third installment in the Insidious film series was announced in September 2013, and Leigh Whannell was tapped to write and Jason Blum and Oren Peli were hired as producers. Whannell was also slated to direct the film, which was his first, and announcement of Stefanie Scott and Dermot Mulroney’s roles were made afterward.

Principal photography for the film started in July 2014 in Los Angeles and shooting for the film concluded in August 2014.

Insidious: Chapter 3 was released under Gramercy Pictures, which was relaunched by Focus Features in May 2015.

RECEPTION

Insidious: Chapter 3 earned a total of $112.8 million worldwide. In North America, the film got the third spot during its opening weekend and earned the same spot outside North America.

The movie was given a rating of 58% in Rotten Tomatoes and a rating average of 5.5/10. It gained a score of 52/100 in Metacritic and was given a B+ score by Cinema Score.

Basically, the film received mixed reviews from its critics. IGN gave the film a score of 7.1/10, describing its focused, dark, and creepiest among the installments in the film series. Meanwhile, Variety thought that the movie was dull compared with the previous Insidious movies. The Hollywood Reporter, though that the movie was great with the presence of a relatable protagonist and key characters. However, Entertainment Weekly thought that the film deserved only a C+, indicating that Insidious 3 was the worst sequel in the films. In addition, San Francisco Chronicle claimed that the movie was not really scary.

Other publications who negatively reviewed the films are the Toronto Star, The Arizona Republic, the Newark Star-Ledger, New York Magazine, and ReelViews. Meanwhile, some publications who gave the film positive reviews included The Telegraph and The A.V. Club.

SEQUEL

In May 2016, the fourth installment in the film series, Insidious: Chapter 4, was announced. The fourth film is slated to come out in theaters in October 2017. Whannell will write the movie and Blum and Peli are hired to produce again. Shaye will come back as Elise Rainer and Adam Robitel is set to direct the film.

Chucky 7

The demonic and killing doll Chucky seems to be coming back in a movie supposedly entitled “Chucky 7.” The rumors on the 7th installment of the Chucky series became more intense when the filmmaker Don Mancini tweeted that Chucky 7 has already started filming.

The Child’s Play movie franchise is one of the creepiest movie series ever made, where Chucky the killing doll became so famous and made people take a second look at their dolls. With Chucky 7, the notorious doll is slated to come back, according to Mancini, who served as the writer for all the six movies in the franchise. He also directed the last two films. It seemed that the director implied that the next Child’s Play film may be set in South Africa.

In one teasing tweet, he asked if it’s alright to shoot Chucky 7 in Capetwon. It was followed by another tweet stating that “HE’S BA-AAAAAACK (SOON) #Chucky7.”

Fans of Child’s Play are not surprised anymore with such tweets from Mancini. He had already tweeted before regarding the possibility of Chucky 7.

The next Child’s Play movie is currently called as Chucky 7. Supposedly, the story of the seventh movie would follow the events of Curse of Chucky, the sixth film in the franchise. There’s also a possibility that Chucky’s ex-wife, Tiffany, will be coming back in Chucky 7.

Based on the plot, Chucky will come back to haunt and terrorize her human daughter Nica. In addition, some of his enemies should watch their backs as the doll is aiming to settle some score with them with the aid of Tiffany.

Though the list seems to be not final yet, the cast may include stars from the previous films, including Fiona Dolurif, Summer Howell, Jennifer Tilly, and Brad Dourif. Other stars who are rumored to be appearing in the film include Daniel Bisutti, Brennan Eliott, Chantal Quesnelle, A Martinez, and Maitland McConnell.

Aside from the former couple’s reunion, the movie may also add some light to the story of their children, the twins Glen and Glenda. Though the twins are just minor characters, Mancini wanted to highlight their story in the film.

The director further added that people would not stop thinking about the twins as just the killer doll’s children. There should be something more in them given that they are the children of killer and schizophrenic doll. Mancini admitted that the twins are always in his mind.

And because Child’s Play series started with a killer doll, it would not be right to not show any dolls in Chucky 7. Mancini said that he imagines the twins living a normal life as teenagers as their mother begins sewing Chucky’s doll parts together to bring him back to life and to give his children some morbid lessons in life.

Rumor has it that Chucky 7 will be coming out in theaters in 2017. However, whether it can dethrone The Boy as the Evil Doll Box Office film remains to be seen.

The Green Inferno

The Green Inferno (2013) is an American cannibal horror film that served as an homage to Italian cannibal films that became popular in the 1970s and the 1980s. The so-called “cannibal boom” included the 1980 movie, Cannibal Holocaust. Directed by Eli Roth, The Green Inferno features a group of activists who must do everything that they can to survive the hands of the cannibalistic tribe that captured them.

Justine, a college freshman, joins the activists, Alejandro and Kara, in their trip to the Amazon forest to prevent a certain company from further harming and obliterating the ancient tribes who live there. The group aims to expose logging crew through media and with Justine’s father’s help.

Funded by a drug dealer named Carlos, the group arrives at Peru at begins their protest by chaining themselves to the bulldozers. Their protests go viral in the internet when Justine is shot by militia officers. They are arrested but are eventually freed. On their way back, the plane crashes, killing Carlos.

The survivors try to search for a GPS phone but painted suddenly come and Kara is immediately killed. The others are knocked unconscious by tranquilizer darts. They wake up in cages in the middle of the tribe’s village. Then, they watch in horror as the tribe leader dismembers and eats one of their members. The group realizes that it’s the tribe that they are trying to protect, and Alejandro confessed that Carlos just paid him to head the protest.

Afterward, the females are examined, and Justine is prepared for a genital mutilation ceremony since she is a virgin.

Samantha manages to escape but the next day before the ceremony Amy eats and finds a scrap of skin with Samantha’s tattoo. She then commits suicide upon realizing what she has just eaten. Lars then shows down a sack of marijuana in Amy’s throat. Justine and Daniel escape during the commotion though Alejandro is left behind and Lars is also eaten later on.

Justine and Daniel go back to the crash site and find a phone. However, the tribe recaptures them again. Daniel is fed to the ants while Justine escapes with the help of a child sympathizer. Justine sees Daniel and searches his body for the phone. Daniel begs Justine to kill him but Justine cannot. The child sympathizer then slits Daniel’s throat. Justine is pursued by other tribe members and thus, she decides to cross the river even though there is a black jaguar on the other side. The jaguar does not harm her and the tribe members did not follow her. Justine sees the loggers killing the other members of the tribe and she is saved when she pretends to shoot the firing with her phone.

Justine is brought back to New York and she claims that she is the only survivor of the crash and that the tribe was friendly.

A scene shows Julia talking to Alejandro’s sister, who says that her brother has been found. A GPS image shows Alejandro, standing in the middle of the jungle with his whole body painted in black.

The Witch

The Witch is historical period supernatural horror film which hit the theaters just this 2016. The movie is about a Puritan family who are forced to face the forces of evil in the woods beyond their farm in New England. Directed by Robert Eggers, the film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Granger and Lucas Dawson.

The film is set in the 17th century in New England and starts with William who is in danger of being banished from a Puritan plantation, including his wife Katherine and their children, Thomasin, Caleb, and the twins, Mercy and Jonas. With the issue on the difference in the interpretation of the New Testament, the family decides to leave the Puritan plantation and start anew in secluded forest far away from the Puritan settlement. When Katherine’s new born baby, Samuel, disappears, the family learns that the infant was kidnapped by a witch who was living in the woods.

Katherine lives in agony, whereas William and Caleb hunts the witch in the forest. Caleb asks his father about his fate but he learns that William has traded Katherine’s silver cup for hunting supplies. Meanwhile, the twin play with their goat, whom they claim can speak. Katherine asks Thomasin about the silver cup and insinuating that the girl was at fault for the disappearance of the baby. That night, the children hear their parents sending Thomasin away.

The next morning, Thomasin goes with Caleb into the woods. When their dog chases a hare and Caleb starts to follow, Thomasin is left alone with the horse. The horse throws her and she is left unconscious. Meanwhile, Caleb gets lost in the woods before finding the corpse of their dog and encountering a beautiful woman in house in the middle of the word. Thomasin wakes and sees her father searching for her and her brother. Katherine blames Thomasin for taking her brother into the woods, while William confesses that he’s the one who sold Katherine’s silver cup.

That night, a naked Caleb returns and obviously suffering from some unknown illness. Her mother thinks that it was the work of a witch. When Caleb dies the next day, the twins accuse Thomasin of being a witch. Thomasin then reveals that the twins are talking to their goat. Left with no choice, their father locked the children in the goat stable.

The children wake up to see a naked old woman drinking the blood of a goat, whereas Katherine hallucinates about breastfeeding her baby which turned out to be black raven pecking on her breast. William sees the destroyed stable the next day, the dead goats, and finds out that the twins are missing. Meanwhile, Thomasin lies unconscious with blood stains on her hands. William is impaled by the black goat. Katherine tries to kill her daughter thinking that she killed her husband and the twins. Thomasin defends her self and kills her mother.

Thomasin discovers that the goat is no other than Satan, who then asks her to serve him. Thomasin then begins wandering the forest before she joins a cover of other witches.

Annabelle 2

Conjuring Doll Returns For Sequel

James Wan made another mark in the field of horror films with the release of Annabelle in 2014, which served as a spin-off of Wan’s The Conjuring. Annabelle was focused on the creep and haunted doll who was first mentioned in the conjuring.

However, without the help of James Wan, John R. Leonetti failed to achieve the same extent of success of The Conjuring with Annabelle. Still, the film made $256 million in the box office and it is not surprising that a sequel is now already in the works.

And now Annabelle 2 has showcased its first teaser, showing the contributions of the talented Miranda Otto, who is most popular for her work in Homeland and The Lord of the Rings movie franchise.

Annabelle 2 is directed by Light’s Out David F. Sandberg, and the screenplay was written by Gary Dauberman, the man behind Annabelle. Other people would be working Otto, including Without a Trace’s Anthony LaPaglia and Spectre’s Stephanie Sigman.

The story of Annabelle 2 would start seven years after the death of the daughter of a dollmaker and his wife. The couple then receives as guest a nun and some girls from an orphanage, who would soon become the next target of the possessed doll, Annabelle.

Beetlejuice 2

Because everything in Hollywood gets a sequel now, more people have already been wondering these past years whether the famous movie, Beetlejuice, will finally get a second installment. Directed by Tim Burton, people would not generally think that the phenomenal 1988 movie would ever have a sequel, but when Dark Shadows was rebooted, well, it seemed that anything is possible now. In fact, Burton had already met up with the screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and advised the writer to write a script and they would see where to go from there. However, a few years have already passed and the rumors on the Beetlejuice sequel is still a rumor. In addition, there aren’t any news yet if Tim Burton has finally agreed to direct the film.

In a recent interview with Tim Burton for his latest film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the director made some clarifications regarding the sequel of Beetlejuice and debunking some of the rumors circulating around.

According to the director, he is extremely interested in the doing the film but some people just kept on fabricating stories. The truth is, the director had already talked with Michael Keaton and Winona, and they all agreed that should the sequel be made, it has to be at the right time and under the right circumstances. Moreover, he emphasized that Beetlejuice is really not the type of movie that requires to have a sequel, though it would be great if another movie would come out. Thus, at the moment, there’s nothing solid yet concerning the sequel of Beetlejuice.

Thus, in summary, Beetlejuice is not in the works yet, and it is possible that it would not be made at all. However, at present, it seems that Burton is slated to direct a live-action of Dumbo for Disney, indicating that having the right circumstances for the creation of Beetlejuice 2 in the near future is slim.

Nevertheless, fans of the movie should not stop hoping because the Beetlejuice sequel might still have a chance.

Godzilla Resurgence

Probably the world’s grizzliest monster, Godzilla will take on the big screen again in Godzilla: Resurgence, thanks to Toho Co., Ltd., the company that produce the original Godzilla movie.

Godzilla: Resurgence is the 31st movie in the franchise, and the directors, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, made sure that the audience will be terrified of the monster. The new Godzilla stands 389 feet tall and is comparatively bigger than that that in the last Godzilla movie, which stood about 354 feet tall. And because of its staggering size, the monster appeared more monstrous and terrifying compared with the other Godzilla films.

Godzilla: Resurgence is set in Japan, and the time period is the present. The monster appears for the first time in the country, where it first attacked an abandoned yacht in Tokyo Bay, causing the collapse of the Aqua-line. Seeing what happened, Japan’s Deputy Chief Yaguchi greatly thinks that it might have been a living creature which has destroyed the yacht and the Aqua-line. It was not long until the country is plague by an unknown and terrifying creature who is destroying the city while killing people along the way. Japan’s government pooled out all it resources, calling all the scientists and scholars who are tasked of identifying the monster. The monster was named Godzilla, and people discovered that the monster’s power comes from nuclear fission, making it impossible for them to destroy it.

Godzilla: Resurgence received positive reviews from some of its viewers, as they noticed how the movie indicated the original story and showing Godzilla as a very terrifying monster. Overall, the film would appeal to the Godzilla fans who are craving for a darker and scarier version of the monster. The movie is overwhelmingly frightening compared with the other movies since 1954. The creators of the movie made sure of it. The movie boasts of references to the original film but without spoiling the most chilling and surprising events in the story.

Some reviewers were positively surprised with the film. They greatly think that it is only apt that the film should be a box-office hit. Toho did a great job with Godzilla: Resurgence and some fans are already looking forward to the other Godzilla films that could be possibly made in the future. Previous reports stated that the movie has already earned 3 billion yen and the number is still going up. Clearly, the directors of the movie succeeded in bringing to the people a monster that is fully capable of destroying a government that incompetent and corrupt.

The movie is still slated to be released in other countries.

Insidious

Insidious (2011) is a supernatural horror film and the first installment in the film series of the same name. The movie is about a couple whose comatose son becomes plagued by ghosts who want to use the boy’s body as vessel.

The film starts with the couple, Josh and Renai, and their children, Dalton, Foster, and Cali starting a new life in their new home. While exploring their new house, Dalton sees a figure in the shadows and falls from the ladder leading to the attic. His parents rush to him and forbid going to the attic again. Dalton falls into a coma the next day.

After months of failed treatment, the couple bring the unconscious Dalton home. Then strange and supernatural things started happening to them and the couple is forced to find another home.

In their new home, Renai glimpses the ghost of a dancing boy who then guides her to Dalton’s room. Then Josh’s mom comes to visit and before she can tell her dream about Dalton, she sees a monstrous red-faced demon behind Josh. The woman screams, and things start happening in Dalton’s room, leaving the boy lying on the floor.

Josh’s mom seeks the help of the demonologists, Elise, Specs, and Tucker. Elise senses right away a presence, and she sees the red-faced demon on the celling.

Elise then explains that Dalton is not really in a coma but instead stuck in the purgatory realm called “The Further,” where the tortured souls of the dead remain. And because of his lost consciousness, spirits use Dalton’s body to enter the physical world. Josh accepts the truth when he sees that his son’s drawings resemble the demon sketched by Specs.

Elise performs a séance to reach Dalton’s consciousness but she is blocked by a demon who tries to attack them with Dalton’s body. Elise then confesses she has known Josh’s mother for a long time because Josh was also a victim of terrorizing spirit before. It turns out that Josh is also capable of astral projection, and they should use such ability to go into the Further in order to save Dalton.

Josh then goes into a trance with Elise’s help and projects himself to their former home. He reaches the attic and finds a red door, and he is attacked by a mysterious creature who also attacked his wife. Josh defeats the figure and fins his son chained in the demon’s lair. Josh cannot defeat the demon so he decides to just flee with his son. He also encounters the spirit who plagued him before. After confronting the spirit, Josh and Dalton wake up in their physical bodies, and the haunting spirits seem to have disappeared.

Afterward, Elise prepares to leave but notices that Josh’s hands are dirty. When she takes a photo of Josh, the man is enraged and kills Elise. Renai eventually finds Elise’s body and she sees that the image of Josh taken by Elise shows the spirit that haunted. Realizing that Josh has been possessed, Josh then appears and places his hand on her wife’s shoulder.

Sinister 2

Sinister 2 is the sequel to the supernatural horror film, Sinister. In the movie, James Ransone come back to reprise his role from the first movie, and he is joined by Shannyn Sossamon, who plays the role of a mother whose sons would be tormented in horror by the ghostly children in their farmhouse.

The film starts with the nightmare of the nine-year old Dylan Collins, showing the members of a family being hung up like scarecrows. The dream ends up with the family being burned alive. Dylan wakes up and sees a ghost that looks like his brother, Zach. Their family, including their mother Courtney, lives in farmhouse near a deconsecrated Lutheran church.

Meanwhile, the Deputy from the first movie arrives and seeks the help of the priest, claiming that he has discovered something very supernatural.

Courtney and her sons are chased by an unknown man. Fortunately, Courtney is helped by a security guard. The man is seen talking to someone with his phone afterwards.

Courtney continues her work in the church as the Deputy still investigates the murders connected to Bughuul.

Meanwhile, ghostly children, headed by a boy named Milo, plague Dylan every night, forcing him to watch “home movies” of families being murdered using macabre methods.

The deputy arrives to destroy the farmhouse. However, he sees Courtney and her sons. Courtney drives him away, thinking that the deputy is an accomplice of her husband. The deputy convinces her that he is not and proceeds with investigating the church. Courtney does not know what happened with the church but her sons seem to have some idea.

Afterward, the Deputy is haunted by Bughuul as he continues his investigation.

The children’s father arrives at the farmhouse to take them away but Deputy arrives and warns about not having a court order. Courtney wants to leave the place with her boys but Deputy convinces her not to in order to prevent from any murder happening again.

Deputy then meets a professor who has the ham radio that Professor Jonas from the first movie possessed. The listened to the radio and realized that Bughuul targets the children of the children of the murdered families.

Meanwhile, Zach gets jealous of Dylan, who has become the focus of the ghostly children. However, when Dylan refuses to watch movie clips anymore, Zach catches the attention of the ghostly children.

Courtney’s husband arrives with a court order and takes his family away. When Deputy learns of this, he follows them and warns them against the danger. However, he is only threatened by Courtney’s husband. Afterward, Zach’s mind has been contaminated by the ghostly children and Dylan calls Deputy for help.

Deputy arrives in the cornfield where Zach hanged his family on the scarecrow posts. Clint is already burning and Zach is about to light Courtney on fire. Deputy hits Zach with his car and saves Courtney and Dylan. Zach still pursues them and only stops when Deputy smashes the camera that he is using.

Deputy, Courtney, and Dylan survive while Zach falls into the hands of Bughuul. The movie ends with Deputy realizing that Bughuul is still out there.

It Follows

How Quentin Tarantino Would Fix The Movie It Follows

Quentin Tarantino is one of the greatest directors of this generation and it is very good to know his personal taste in films. In a recent interview, Quentin revealed that he particularly liked the indie horror hit, It Follows. He concluded that the premise of the film was in fact, the best that he had encountered in years.

However, though he really liked the film, he still had some issues with it, particularly with the execution of the premise. Quentin thinks that he kind of hates the movie because it was very good but he could not say that it was that great. So rationally, the director might have had some thought on how he would have fixed the movie if he was the one who directed it.

First and foremost, Quentin thinks that the director of It Follows, David Robert Mitchell, should have just stick to the mythology that was originally portrayed. However, in the movie, the director told the story from different directions. According to Quentin, the bad guys follow one ultimate rule. They always aim at moving toward the victim. He particularly used as an example the guy who thought he saw a woman wearing a yellow dress, and it takes him a while before he realizes that the woman was the follower even though the girl who was with him failed to see anyone around them. So basically, Quentin though that the guy should have realized that he was being followed right away.

Quentin continued on mentioning some parts of the film that showed inconsistency. For example, the supernatural things had suddenly become aggressive and had learned to start hurling things around. Quentin could not just believe that the antagonists of the film evolved and learned concocting strategies.

Meanwhile, no one can blame Quentin for thinking of such things. The inconsistencies of the movies were quite obvious, as a matter of fact. For instance, the monster originally followed its victims, but after a while, it was seen just hanging around a theater or a rooftop. Then, “It” notably became more violent until the conclusion of the movie.

However, it seemed that the movie did not really want to come out as that great or consistent, and because of that, it still came out as fairly good. According to the movie’s director and writer, he wrote the monster of the different scenes based on the thing that was troubling him in those situations.

Thus, the manifestation of the monster was scary during the specific moment in which it came out. In addition, Mitchell admitted that his idea for the movie was somewhat ridiculous. Moreover, he knew that what he did with the forms of the monsters did not make any sense at all. Mitchell said that the plan for the movie was quite child-like and he intended to leave it that way.

On the other hand, Quentin also did not like that Jay did sleep with Paul so that she could pass the monster to him. He thought that it was only logical that to have intercourse with a boy who was willing to save her from the curse and allow himself to be the next victim of the monster.

Still, people should not blame Jay for refusing Paul’s help, especially when she knew what the monster was capable of and she knew that her boyfriend had also fallen victim when they had sex.

Thus, in short, It Follows is not a perfect movie, and Quentin’s comments cannot be just disregarded. Logically, his vision for the movie might be different from its director, and envisioning the film from another point of view is not that bad of an idea.