I think most people are probably familiar with the basic idea of It, in the same way that everyone understands generally how Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees operates. Essentially, the town of Derry is home to a fear-eating monster that often disguises itself as a clown.
The story is split over two time periods – one in which a group of outcast children are hunted by the monster, and one years later in which the outcast children, now adults, return to Derry to deal with the monster again. As you might imagine, it’s quite a long book.
The 1990 miniseries was an attempt to take the massive and complex story of It and distill it down to a three-hour running time. It was reasonably successful.
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Mirrors are terrifying. They’re glimpses into a half-fake opposite world of doppelgängers and mimicry. Partly because of this, they’ve been a staple of horror films for forever, either as ways for killers to be seen, or things for monsters to come out of. Mirrors is one more film in the grand tradition of reflection-based horror.
Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland) is a burnt-out ex-cop who works as a security guard in a burnt-out department store. The ruined store is filled with mirrors – mirrors that were kept perfectly clean by the last guard, who disappeared mysteriously. Mirrors that act strangely, as though something inside wants to come out.
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Three years ago, Donna watched from hiding as an obsessed stalker murdered her family. But that’s all in the past now – the killer is safely locked in an asylum, and Donna has started to move on with her life. She has a new home, a new boyfriend, and the nightmares have mostly stopped.
Now it’s her senior prom, and Donna isn’t going to let any thoughts of the past ruin what should be a wonderful night. But, as you might have already guessed, something terrible has happened; her stalker has escaped from the asylum and is on his way to finally claim her. Also, he’s going to kill a bunch of people. Continue reading “Prom Night (2008) – Review”
The title of this film is also the basic description of the problem – it follows. “It”, in this case, is a supernatural creature that stalks and kills people. It doesn’t run, and it isn’t fanged or clawed. It looks like a person – any given person, whoever it chooses – and it walks. Slowly, inexorably, it walks towards its chosen victim.
Victimhood is transferable through sex; a target who has sex with someone passes the monster on to that person. The film focuses on one primary character, Jay, and her attempts to escape the monster after having had it passed to her.
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The night before their high school reunion, a group of attractive people gather at a remote house. Tensions run high due to unfinished high school drama, wildly differing life paths, and everyone rediscovering old crushes. While this is going on, someone starts murdering them in ironic ways. Continue reading “Most Likely to Die (2015) – Review”
Unfriended is about a group of teenagers with a dark secret who are being hunted by a mysterious killer. Slowly, the truth about what really happened all those years ago is revealed, and at the same time characters are murdered one by one. It’s the standard slasher plotline, the same one that appears in Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and countless other films of variable quality.
To be fair though, Unfriended does attempt to break the mould and do something new(ish). This is not a normal slasher film; this is a modern, high-tech slasher for the digital age, for people with four different web-capable devices and a Google+ account. Continue reading “Unfriended (2014) – Review”
Mindhunters has a stupid title. It would be a weak title for a film about predatory psychics, and that’s not even what this film is about. The two words in the portmanteau do have relevance to the plot, but you could make an equally strong argument for almost any pair – Clockwatchers, Stringpullers and Dummystreet are all just as valid. They may actually have picked the title from a hat filled with relevant words.
It’s called Mindhunters because it’s about FBI profilers who try and track serial killers by understanding their minds. The basic idea should be familiar to anyone who has watched television in the last twenty years. Unlike every other show or film based around these profilers, Mindhunters takes an indirect approach to the whole idea of profiling. Continue reading “Mindhunters (2004) – Review”