I’m on a mission to watch more horror films, so here’s a space to talk about ones you’ve seen recently, would recommend, or would avoid more than Ransome’s underpants.
I watched this in Mauritius, and really enjoyed it. It’s a British film set in Sweden (though filmed in Romania) following a group of friends who go on a hiking trip to honour their late friend. Things then start to get weird.
It’s got a nice, honest, jokey (but not slapsticky) tone and interesting characters. It’s not overproduced like some lost-in-the-woods horrors, and at feels subtly eerie and ominous.
It stars Rafe Spall who I really like (he was in a few eps of Black Mirror, too) and is produced by Andy Serkis.
I have some theories about what happens and really want to talk about the ending but I won’t just yet
I also watched The Thing recently, which I thought was great. I’ve learned some interesting things about the production since too - like the fact that they used a fake hand to do the blood test scene for when the blood tests positive, but also used it for every part of the scene (i.e. every test) for continuity.
Today I picked up Unsane - has anyone seen that?
And how apt that Milan challenges me in the horror category on QuizUp as I’m writing this
I loved The Ritual! I´ve seen it pretty much when they added it to Netflix and have recommended to pretty much everyone since (I think I also did that on twitter, you might have missed that?) @nihilquest liked it too, I think he saw it based on my recommendation, even. That monster is fantastic!
When you watched The Thing did you at some point think “oh that is where the plot from the X-Files Episode ‘Ice’ is from!” or did you know that before?
Haven´t seen Unsane. Plot sounds really familar though.
Stuff I don´t like is the general trend to ghost house movies that I find really boring and the fact that they rely on jump scares and little else. Also the ridicolous success of the Conjuring Films that goes far enough to have birthed an entire “universe”. I could rant about how I dislike the way they glorify the Warrens as heroic people who care for those in need instead of the hoaxers they really were making use of people in dire situations.
As for The Woman in Black though, it’s kind of famous for that main jump scare, at least in the original theatre play (I’ve seen it twice but not seen the film). I feel like it’s a bit more ‘earned’, and also an example of an early story where it was a bit better suited. If I remember correctly the stage version only had one or two others apart from the big one. I can imagine that doesn’t translate well to film though.
The thing with jumpscares is that they often are the only thing that happens and they are usually made by a loud noise and you are startled by that which has nothing to do with what you react to on screen.
The good or earned ones have a context. Like the one in The Thing in the scene with the bloodtest when suddenly something jumps out..
I think one jumpscare that managed to get me multiple times was the woman on the staircase in Night Of The Living Dead. I think that must be the scene that sticks with most people.
Turns out The Conjuring wasn’t on Prime so watched Unsane instead. It was pretty good. I only found out afterwards that Soderbergh made the whole thing on an iPhone 7 Plus!
I’ve realised it’s quite difficult to talk about horror film plots (especially psychological ones) without spoiling stuff. But anyway I enjoyed this one despite that there wasn’t a massive twist, and that it wasn’t quite the ‘is she insane or isn’t she?’ premise as described.