31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #24 The Babysitter

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Happy 24th Day of Halloween, one and all!!!! 

Today, the start of our last week of Halloween, we take a look at the Netflix’s 2017, The Babysitter!!!

The Babysitter finds tween Cole (Judah Lewis), a heavily bullied, timid kid who’s parents still feel the need to hire a babysitter!! The only perk, his babysitter, Bee (Samara Weaving) is super cool,  and HOT!!!! 

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The downfall is that Bee is a Satan worshiping, human sacrificing, babysitter!! 

The Babysitter starts out like a fun 80’s style comedy, think Goonies, or even Adventures in Babysitting,  with our adorably geeky Cole taking heat from his personal team of bullies, and just trying to make it through life.

Once the horror part of our flick kicks though, the gore gags start flying and hilarity ensues!!

As much as I loved the use of practical effects and the laughably excessive amount of blood, I thought the overall the story lacked enough character and charm to make it really great.

Our cast of sacrificing Satanists are no more than 1 from of each stereotypical high school cliques:

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Allison (Bella Thorne) the superficial cheer leader, Max (Robbie Amell) the studly football all star, Sonya (Hana Mae Lee) the generic freaky alternative/goth chick, and John (Andrew Bachelor) the African American, aspiring rapper. 

The cast felt so forced, and the characters so underdeveloped, that I was left underwhelmed once the blood dried and the killings ended.

I think their decision to make Bee so likable and cool, made it hard to root for her downfall. This coupled with Cole’s love and admiration for her, made it hard to believe he would turn on her.

In the moment, the movie was enjoyable enough, but don’t expect it to elevate the genre or leave its mark on it either. This is how all of the Netflix release horror movies have been, so I shouldn’t have been expecting much more.

The Babysitter ends up with…

3 SQUEALS OF DELIGHT!!

 

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31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #23 Cooties

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Happy 23rd Day of Halloween, one and all!!!!

Our final full week of Halloween folks!!!! 

I wish we got 2 months of Halloween!!! Sadly we only get 31 days, and we are down to out last few!!

To lighten the mood, we give 2014’s horro-medy  Cooties, its report card!!

 

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find there way into a elementary school in Ft. Chicken, and cause the students to turn into crazed, flesh hungry little monsters!!

 

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Fighting off these pint sized zombies are a star studded band of teachers…

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The new substitute teacher Clint (Elijah Wood)…  

The PE teacher, Wade (Rainn Wilson)…  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The love interest, and sweet teacher, Lucy (Alison Pill)… 

Along with 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer as Tracy,

Saturday Night Live alum Nasim Pedrad,

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a few others you are sure to recognize!!

The action kicks in pretty quickly and what follows is a rip roaring, zombie kid ass kicking good time!!

You almost feel bad laughing at all the zombie kid ass kicking!! (But not all that bad!! LOL!!)

For offering up such laughs, Cooties gets…

3 SQUEALS OF DELIGHT!!!

 

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31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #22 Grabbers

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Happy 22nd Day of Halloween, one and all!!!!

We are down to single digits friends!! ONLY 9 days left until Halloween!!!! Do we all know how we will be spending this most joyous of holidays!!?? I’m sure many of us will be partaking in adult beverages, and according to today’s movie, it just might save our lives!!

Today we take on 2012’s horro-medy, Grabbers!!

A small island off the coast of Ireland gets a unwanted visit from some blood sucking,  tentacled aliens. 

With a storm brewing and escape off the island impossible, the local authorities desperately try to save the community.

Lucky for them, the invaders are deathly allergic to blood laced with alcohol.  So you know what that means… That’s right folks, to save the town, the authorities have to get them drunk!!

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Being a huge fan of horro-medies, I was stoked by this story line, who doesn’t love the idea of partying being your saving grace??

Sadly, Grabbers didn’t provide as many laughs as I had hoped for!

Grabbers ends up with…

2.5 SQUEALS OF DELIGHT!!!

 

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31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #21 Raw

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Happy 21st Day of Halloween, one and all!!!!

On the last day of this fabulously festive 3rd week of Halloween, I offer up a tasty treat, 2016’s Raw!!

This French flick, by director Julia Ducournau, caused quite a stir when it first hit the film festivals, with people fleeing the theater and even getting sick from the horror of what they saw!

Raw finds Justine (Garance Marillier), a young, virginal, vegetarian at the start of veterinarian school. A school with a wicked hazing process!!

Making things even worse for Justine, is her older, much wilder sister, Alexia (Ella Rumpf).

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Alexia seems to take far too much pleasure in her torment and humiliation.

Adding to the stress of her grueling school work, and the wicked initiation, this once devout vegetarian, starts to feel a new desire rising in her!

The story is unique enough, think an artsy, higher IQ’ed Ginger Snaps,a girl coming of age and going out of her mind all at the same time! I think with all the hype I was expecting a lot more than I got though.

Still, Raw was fun enough and did give me a few of those cringe worthy, gross-out moments I was promised!

Raw gets…

3 SQUEALS OF DELIGHT!!!!

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31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #20 From Beyond

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Happy 20th Day of Halloween, one and all!!!!

For a little freaky Friday treat I offer up Stuart Gordon’s 1986 follow up to Re-Animator, From Beyond!!!

Based on a Lovecraft story by the same name, From Beyond finds Dr. Edward Pretorius (Ted Sorel) and his assistant Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs),

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trying to stimulate the pineal gland with a machine called The Resonator.

Things work out a little too well and the good Dr. is pulled into the world of weird mutant worm beings that can only be scene when the gland is stimulated!

What follows is a rip roaring, gory good time, filled with slimy practical effects and some awesomely bad digital effects too!! 

With the help of Dr. Katherine McMichaels (Barbara Crampton),

and Bubba Brownlee (Ken Foree),

Crawford tries to destroy The Resonator, but things don’d go so easy for them!!

 

As much as I loved the gruesome and equally hilarious effects, I wasn’t as impressed with From Beyond as I am with Re-Animator. Maybe its the story line, maybe its the acting, either way I do have an easy favorite of the 2.

Overall From Beyond gets…

2.5 SQUEALS OF DELIGHT!!!

Definitely worth a fast forward viewing for all the effects!! 

 

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31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #19 Prince of Darkness

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Happy 19th Day of Halloween, one and all!!!!

Today I wanted to offer up a throw back Thursday and take a peek at John Carpenter‘s Prince of Darkness!!

This 1987 flick offers us up a fun peek at tons of Carpenter regulars…

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Alice fricking Cooper, as the deadly “Street Schizo”!!! 

And a ton of others you’ll gleefully recognize!

The premise is a pretty good one, an Absolute Evil, that was captured thousands of years ago is about to awaken from its glass prison, to rise and raise Hell on Earth.

Our priest contacts a group of theoretical physicists to try and help him do battle. Sounds pretty cool right? Science and religion battling the ultimate evil is totally a movie I’d like to see! 

That’s not really what you get with Prince of Darkness sadly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our “Ultimate Evil” is just a whirling mass of green goo in an over sized test tube!

Funnily enough, instead of getting to actually see this wicked being, we get to see his disciples who are transformed via a spray of green goo liquid! It’s hilarious and kind of gross to watch!!

It reminded me of the dinosaur in Jurassic Park except not as deadly.

Big Trouble in Little China, talk about fun!!!!

And everyone’s favorite, 1978’s, Halloween, the epitome of a true horror classic!!!

So, now that we’ve taken a stroll down memory lane, to remember just how good Carpenter can be, let’s rate Prince of Darkness

2 SQUEALS OF DELIGHT!!

I wanted to like it so much more, but sadly I could not! 

 

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31 Days of Horror Movie Reviews: #18 Black Rock

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Happy 18th Day of Halloween, one and all!!!!

To celebrate Halloween today I thought we’d take a trip to Black Rock!!

This 2012 flick directed by Katie Aselton finds 3 ladies on a weekend get away trying to reconnect and recapture a childhood friendship that time has fractured.

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Sarah (Kate Bosworth), who has organized the outing, Abby (Katie Aselton) the married friend with a grudge, and Lou/Louise (Lake Bell), the grudge recipient! LOL!!

The tension is broken by the unexpected arrival of 3 guys hunting on the island.

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Innocent flirting turns disastrous and out horror movie kicks in.

With this being another strong female attempt at horror I had wanted to love it, but again, it left me wanting!

A common problem I have is when people are supposed to be crying and there are no actual tears! Far too often these ladies are in fear of their lives and we get dry cheeks for miles! For gods sake people get some damn Visine if you can’t muster real tears! 

 

 

 

 

 

I also found that many of the characters didn’t act in a manner that seemed realistic. Former military men missing a shot a close range? Ladies running through the forest naked at night on nothing more than a scavenger hunt??!!

I’m sure its no surprise that Black Rock gets…

 

1 SQUEAL OF DELIGHT!

 

 

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