31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #31 Cabin in the Woods

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Happy Halloween!!!! 

 

All the jack o lanterns are lit,

all the costumes are made,

                              and all the candy bowls are filled

and ready to trick or treaters!!!

 

 

 

 

 

YYYYAAAAASSSSSSS!!!!!! It’s finally here!!!!! I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my favorite day, than with one of my favorite horror movies…

2012’s Cabin in the Woods!!

Cabin in the Woods starts out like a normal slasher flick, a group of super good looking friends, heading to… you guessed it, a cabin in the woods!!! 

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We even have the usual teen victims lined up:

The hunky jock, Curt (Chris Hemsworth), and his hot cheerleader-esque girlfriend Jules (Anna Hutchinson).

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The innocent and pure friend of the sex crazed Jules, Dana (Kristen Connolly), 

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The newbie to the group, strong but sensitive, scholarly, Holden (Jesse Williams)

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And the, not quite sure how he got invited to the party, jokester/stoner, Marty (Fran/Francis Kranz).

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This is where co-writer Joss Whedon‘s cleverness comes in, what if the senseless killing of partying teens, actually had a purpose? What if those lives lost were a necessary evil, to save the rest of the world!!??

With surveillance set up all over the cabin and throughout the surrounding area, a crack team of scientist watch to make sure things go as needed, with a little help from an outsider, the harbinger, Mordecai (Tim DeZarn).

Once at the cabin, our fab 5 unknowingly choose their own fate, and that’s when all hell breaks loose, the horror starts to kick in, and the body count starts to rise!!

Slowly our crew starts to figure out they’re being set up. Well, let’s be honest, its Marty the stoner starts to realize and of course it takes everyone else a bit longer to believe.

They uncover the secret lab, and we finally get a peek at all the horrors that were lurking in the dark for our victims, just waiting to be set free!!

You can see why this is one of my favorite horror movies, it’s filled with bloody goodness and is so clever and funny!! A guaranteed good time Halloween flick!!

Not that you couldn’t guess but, Cabin in the Woods gets…

5 SQUEALS OF DELIGHT!!!!!!!!!!

  

Well, that’s all for this Halloween you guys!! Thanks so much for sharing it with me and I hope you had a fabulously fall-tastic October!!!

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31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #30 Pumpkinhead

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Happy 30th Day of Halloween, one and all!!!! Happy Halloween Eve!!!

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I am so very excited for tomorrow!!!  

                                                                                   

  I’ve got my costume picked out,

 

my pumpkins carved           

 and my candy bowl is filled, well… for now it is but those trick or treaters better hurry!!! LOL!!

I wanted to offer up a truly Halloweeny horror flick to really get us in the spooking mood!! Today we discuss the 1988 classic Pumpkinhead!!!

While Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin each Halloween

no one waits for Pumpkinhead!!!

Pumpkinhead takes place in the mysterious Appalachian mountains, pretty creepy already right? 

It’s got all our favorite horror movie tropes; 

Fun seeking outsiders, treading where they shouldn’t be.

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A terrible accident, where innocence is lost.

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A creepy cool song sung by kids.

And a wicked dope monster!!!

Ed Harley (Lance Henricksen, horror icon!),  is a simple shop owner in a middle of nowheresville. A group of BMXer’s come to do some riding and end up killing his son.

Grief stricken, Ed takes to the woods to find the local legendary witch, Haggis (Florence Schauffler), to help seek justice for his son. 

Man oh man, this witch is the coolest! It started a debate with my husband over our favorite witch in a movie, and we came up with a few…

 

 

 

 

 

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Anyway… Ed Harley has Haggis summon Pumpkinhead for him, and this is when our movie really gets going!

With special effects master Stan Winston as director and designer, its no big surprise that the creature is so creeptastic, and perfect for Halloween!!

There’s even a moment, where Pumpkinhead starts to rise, and he looks so much like Sam from Trick or Treat!! Which is another perfect for Halloween horror movie!! I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but I could understand why Sam’s creators would have wanted to pay homage to Pumpkinhead!

Pumpkinhead starts doing Ed’s bidding, and Ed soon realizes that revenge does not come free, especially when dealing with dark forces! 

Now I won’t tell you that the acting was amazing, other than Lance, and the witch, but the story and the creature design were phenomenal!! For getting me into the Halloween spirit Pumpkinhead gets…

4 SQUEALS OF DELIGHT!!!

Thanks for stopping by and check back for 1 more DAY OF HORROR!!

31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #29 Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

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Happy 29th Day of Halloween, one and all!!!!

Sunday Sunday Sunday!!!! With our final few days of Halloween remaining I thought we’d have a few laughs while learning some essential survival skills with 2015’s Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse!!

3 Boy Scout BFF’s, Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller) and Augie (Joey Morgan), are at a turning point in their lives. Ben and Carter are ready to grow up and leave scouts behind, while Augie is still working towards his next badge!!

Not wanting to hurt Augie’s feelings, but also not wanting to miss out on a killer party, Ben and Carter try to sneak off. As luck would have it, a zombie out break happens in their small town on the same night!!

Scouts vs Zombies! It pits teen hormones, against friendship, against zombies!!

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Our 3 Scouts team up with the super hot, super capable, Denise (Sarah Dumont),

and together they try to stay alive and save Carter’s sister Kendall (Halston Sage), who Ben happens to be in love with! 

    

What follows next is good old fashioned trashy teen humor, but with zombies!

Zombie boobs,

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A gross out zombie penis moment,

Zombie puppet animals!!!

Of course there’s a fun, get ready to kick zombie butt, 80’s style montage too!

While Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse had its fun moments, sadly I felt the majority of the jokes were too sophomoric to for my liking, and the ending was far too predictable and tidy.

That being said, if you know any preteen to teen boys, they are gonna love this flick!! As for me, I give Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

 

2 1/2 SQUEALS OF DELIGHT!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #28 Oculus

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Happy 28th Day of Halloween, one and all!!!!

The creeps keep coming with this 2013 hit, Oculus!!

2 kids, now grown up, have come home to seek vengeance on a possessed mirror that claimed their father and mother.

After years in a psych ward, accused of his parents death, Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is reunited with his sister, Kaylee (Karen Gillan).

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We follow the pair along as they try to remember the horrible events leading up to their fathers mental break down, and as Kaylee tries to prove to her brother that the cause of her parents death was actually the Lasser Glass, a mirror that hung in their childhood home.

As the movie bounces back and forth from the past to present, it also deviously shifts from hallucination to reality, treating us to a number of wicked scares!

I enjoyed this flick so much I’ve watched it multiple times, and upon each viewing find another little detail to make my dark little heart sing!!

For giving me such a tasty spine tingling Halloween thrill, Oculus gets…

5 SQUEALS OF DELIGHT!!!!!

A great way to make sure your spending the last weekend of Halloween on the edge of your seat!!

Thanks for stopping by and check back for 3 more DAYS OF HORROR!!

 

31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #27 The Autopsy of Jane Doe

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Happy 27th Day of Halloween, one and all!!!!

To celebrate out last Friday before Halloween I wanted to make sure it was a…

So today we review 2016’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe!!!

Our “Jane Doe” (Olwen Catherine Kelly) is found, half buried and dead, yet seemingly unharmed at a brutal murder scene.

The father, Tommy (Brian Cox) and son, Austin (Emile Hirsch) are set with the task of figuring out how she died.

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A dark and stormy night in a morgue?? You can’t get much creepier than that!!!

Packed with plenty of jump scares and just general heebie jeebie like moments,

The Autopsy of Jane Doe keeps you on the edge of your seat.

 As the autopsy moves forward, as if an autopsy isn’t eerie enough, strange things start to happen.

With each new peculiar discovery the tension builds and we feel the danger closing in!

I really enjoyed this flick, that is until the mystery begins to be unraveled by our dynamic duo. That’s always when a movie falls apart for me. If you have to spell out what’s happening, or the why, you’ve ruined it for me.

Even with that flaw, The Autopsy of Jane Doe‘s good parts were still good enough to earn it…

4 SQUEALS OF DELIGHT!!!!

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31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #26 Pet

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Happy 26th Day of Halloween, one and all!!!!

Today we take talk about love, well, one man’s attempt at love at least, with 2016’s Pet!!

Even the poster design is fun and clever, much like the movie!!

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Pet stars Dominic Monaghan, as Seth, a guy who’s obsession inspires him to kidnap and hold captive Holly (Ksenia Solo), a girl who he loves and is trying to save!!

Yep, that’s right, sweet little Merry, from The Lord of the Rings,

is now a super sick psycho!! And he does a mighty fine job too!!!

Holly, our caged female lead, does a damn fine job as well!

Writer, Jeremy Slater,  took a rather usual horror trope and gave it a delightfully wicked little twist!! The story may be a bit far fetched, its still enojable.

Pet gets…

3 SQUEALS OF DELIGHT!!!

 

 

 

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31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #25 Eden Lake

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Happy 25th Day of Halloween, one and all!!!!

Today, let’s take a little vacation to 2008’s Eden Lake!!

A couple, Jenny (Kelly Reilly), and Steve (Michael Fassbender)

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decide to take a weekend get away to a secluded lake only to be terrorized by a group of local hooligans. 

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This was truly the most horrific “killer kid” movie I’ve ever scene. Most of the time when movies cast children as the enemy I have to laugh because it seems so ridiculous to me. Eden Lake finally made kids terrifying!!

The casting was sublime, and the acting on point. This coupled with the realistic brutality made Eden Lake a nail biting, cringe inducing nightmare.

 

 

 

 

 

For finally making a movie where kids can be terrifying, Eden Lake gets…

5 SQUEALS OF DELIGHT!!!

I but I warn you, the realism and brutality may be too much for some to stomach, so…

Thanks for stopping by and check back for 6 more DAYS OF HORROR!!