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31 Horror Movies – Part 2

31 Horror Movies – Part 2

I DID IT!!! 31 MOVIES!!!

I didn’t think I would, but I’m glad I did. No lie, it’s because Shane relentlessly bullied me into cramming in a few at the end. I did 4 movies in one day on a Saturday. Twice. The 4 Purge movies and the last 4 I watched.

I want to state that the 1-10 scale is the horror movie scale, not the all movies scale. Those would be radically different.

  1. The Purge (Rented)
    • Loved it. I wish I had watched it back when it first came out, because I think it would have been more impactful in a world that isn’t quite so….the way it currently is. It’s an interesting thought experiment that I truly hope never becomes a real thing.
      • 8 for both of us
  2. The Purge: Anarchy (Rented)
    • I was surprised that the sequel was as good, if not slightly better, than the original movie. I think the Purge series are lucky in that there are millions of stories you could tell around Purge Night.
      • My rating: 8
      • Shane’s rating: 9
  3. The Purge: Election Year (Rented)
    • My favorite of the 4 Purges we watched, I think this being my favorite came down to the characters. Somehow the actors & their characters turned things that I would generally roll my eyes at into things I believed. And I like explosions.
      • 9 for both of us.
  4. The First Purge (Rented)
    • I feel like I was tapped out on Purge movies this day, but I don’t think this is the strongest entry either. Possibly because it’s a prequel and I know what happens in the future. That made the fact that the stakes were if The Purge works or not pointless. It would have been better as a straightforward slash-em-up. Same characters and everything. Still intensely watchable, though.
      • My rating: 7
      • Shane’s rating: 6
  5. Old People (Netflix)
    • This was pretty meh for me, but Shane enjoyed it. It turned into a zombie-adjacent movie and it was really disjointed. It also felt preachy in a way, though I don’t really put it past the old folks, honestly, they were very neglected. I took a point off for two unnecessary vomit scenes, by the way. Nasty.
      • My rating: 3
      • Shane’s rating: 5
  6. We Are Still Here (Amazon)
    • This one is very much an 8 for the type of movie it is – it’s a slow build, and gets quite silly/cheesy towards the end, but I was delighted by it. It helped that the entire vibe of the movie was very retro, which is always on the pro side of things. Larry Fessenden was amazing, which is to be expected.
      • 8 for both of us
  7. Intruders (Amazon)
    • An interesting premise and decent execution – a few of the aspects of the movie felt gimmicky. Having the entire film set in a house was a great idea and the agoraphobia the main character has forces the plot in interesting ways. It wasn’t a groundbreaking movie in any way, but it isn’t one of the movies I regret watching.
      • 6 for both of us
  8. Splinter (Amazon)
    • An excellent example of a creature feature, this has some gore and some bad decisions, so naturally I really liked it. The characters were all great and I enjoyed the way all the relationships evolved. Weird note – Jill Wagner, who is now known for Hallmark Movies, is the main character in this.
      • My rating: 7
      • Shane’s rating: 6
  9. The Descent (Amazon)
    • I’ve avoided this movie for years because I thought it would be terrifying, and it wasn’t. Quite the disappointment, honestly. There were several moments where I wanted to reach into the screen and shake them. Generally not a fan.
      • 4 for both of us
  10. When a Stranger Calls (Amazon)
    • The main character in this one gets a bit of a pass for all her boneheaded choices because she’s in high school, and teenagers are not known for their excellent decision making. It was definitely action packed, though, which was nice. The kids she’s babysitting were excellent at their roles – very good at crying and hiding.
      • My rating: 5
      • Shane didn’t watch this one.
  11. The Tall Man (Amazon)
    • The premise here is super interesting and there were parts that I didn’t expect which was nice. Jodelle Ferland is an excellent addition to the cast, as she is in everything she graces with her presence, and Jessica Biel was so believable. I don’t want to say anything else, because my reactions would be immediate spoilers.
      • My rating: 7
      • Shane’s rating: 6
  12. Flight 7500 (Amazon)
    • This movie is one of the most claustrophic movies I’ve ever seen, because it takes place entirely inside of a plane. It’s also a compilation of all the terrifying possibilities of a plane trip. Except they don’t have a violent passenger, so there’s that, I guess. What I’m saying is that if you already have a phobia of flying, then don’t watch this one.
      • My rating: 6
      • Shane didn’t watch this one.
  13. Hellraiser (2022) (Hulu)
    • I’ve never seen the original Hellraiser (yes, I have missed out on many classic horror movies), but I’m guessing it was better than this one to become such a classic. I only liked and rooted for one character, but there wasn’t anything overly terrible about it, either. It was just slow and something was lacking.
      • My rating: 4
      • Shane’s rating: 6
  14. No Exit (Hulu)
    • So good. The main character is flawed yet super likable, and the rest of the characters are interesting. I keep wanting to say what I thought about certain characters and situations, but they’d all be spoilers. I 100% recommend this one.
      • 8 for both
  15. Crawlers (Hulu)
    • An alien invasion film that seems to be for teens/young adults, watch this one when you want something that doesn’t make you think too hard and is also entertaining. I really enjoyed the narrator, and I felt like the crew didn’t make too many outstandingly bad decisions which is pretty rare for a horror movie.
      • My rating: 5
      • Shane’s rating: 4
  16. V/H/S 2 (Hulu)
    • I didn’t love this, but Shane enjoyed it. It’s made up of 4 short films – about 20 minutes each. One was really good and had a couple of nice jump scares, while the other three ranged from okay to awful. If you’ve never seen it, I just want you to know that the dog dies and it’s not off screen. I may have taken a point off just for that.
      • My rating: 3
      • Shane’s rating: 6
Interesting Halloween Tidbits

Interesting Halloween Tidbits

This year has not been very Halloween-intensive around the apartment, but I wanted to give it a nod anyway. Halloween is an interesting holiday, so it wasn’t hard to come up with this list. Even if we aren’t actively celebrating, who doesn’t love spooky things?

  1. While technically not about Halloween itself I think it’s kind of crazy that the Halloween Franchise has 11 movies, plus one coming out this Friday, AND at least one more planned. Also, it was begun in 1978 and there’s a movie coming out in 2022 that’s part of series started with a direct sequel made in 2018 that retcons 40 years of movies. Blows my mind.
  2. Jack O’ Lanterns come from an Irish legend of a man who tricked the Devil, was refused entry by God, and wanders the Earth (or Ireland, I guess) with a hollowed out turnip lit by a candle. Americans have to make things bigger, so we turned it into pumpkins. Apparently, anyway.
  3. Trick-or-Treat used to be Trick-and-Treat – kids would do tricks not play tricks for non-candy-related treats. Now, there are very few tricks and far more treats. Apparently there was also a version where kids would offer to pray for your dead. That’s also not a thing anymore. I don’t think.
  4. Halloween used to be all about getting married (as most things used to be), but my favorite is watching hazelnuts as they roast. You named all your hazelnuts with the names of all the guys you wouldn’t mind getting married to, then tossed them in the fire. Whichever one didn’t pop and burned to ashes instead, that’s your man. How these ladies kept track of which hazelnuts had which names isn’t mentioned. And what happened if 2+ burned to ashes? Will you be widowed and have to marry again? I have questions.
  5. The same article from above mentions hiding jewelry in mashed potatoes and whoever found it would also find true love. Which would be easy – it’s the cook who put the jewelry in the mashed potatoes. They have the money for jewelry and the ability to make delicious mashed potatoes. Win win.

Okay, I won’t lie, none of these are very spooky. The spookiest thing I know about Halloween is that black cats are sometimes removed from adoptable lists around Halloween so they don’t get sacrificed or whatnot. I have no idea how much truth there is to the idea of cat sacrifices, but I hate it.

Anyway, I’m going to go watch the Scream movies.

-Sarah