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In 2004, a tradition was born. A franchise of 7 movies were released back to back, once each year around the last weekend of October for Halloween. That franchise is the Saw franchise. The group of films also gave birth to a horror icon and one of the most diabolical killers on the silver screen. His name is John Kramer a.k.a. Jigsaw Killer. Director, writer, and producer James Wan along with an assorted group of writers and directors kept this franchise going pass anyone’s expectation and gave us one of the biggest twist in a horror film or any genre for that matter to be executed, one of the longest running franchises to tie into each other, all the while providing us with social issues and giving us some creative deaths like you have never seen.
It is now 2017, 7 years after the latest installment, Jigsaw, the long-anticipated sequel, has graced us with its presents. I love this series and I always told people, “If they keep making them, I will keep watching them.” The sequel comes back with a story to tell that attempts to tie in to the previous installments, still keeping them all connected and the illusion that Jigsaw is always thinking ahead. Unfortunately, this entry wasn’t the best way to bring back the franchise after such a long-extended break. While the movie was still fun and exciting to watch, it seemed to have borrowed from an old playbook that has already been used; making this film a watered-down version of what it could have been. Jigsaw fans will still get some enjoyment out of it but will be disappointed if this is a preview of more of these films in the future.
After many many years of anticipation for the 3rd installment in the Jeepers Creepers franchise, it seemed to cause more damage than good. There is no question that there is a fanbase out there for this horror icon, The Creeper. The ancient monster from God knows where has a following and when the news broke out for another sequel, fans were excited. Unfortunately, due to the making of this movie, the horrible news arose that the director of the previous 2 films, Victor Salva, was caught up in a bit of controversy. This lead to a delay in release, funding, advertising, boycotting, and questioning if this movie was going to even be released on the big screen. It dredges up a lot of questioning and moral obligation on whether fans were supporting the behavior of the director by going to see this movie thus putting more money in Salva’s pocket and to some people supporting his crime.
Jeepers Creepers 3 finally received a release date but it’s not what you think. For one night only in theatres across the world, most people had only 2 showings, maybe 3 to catch this feature on Sept. 26th 2017, before it was never seen again on the big screen. A lot of people rushed to the chance to catch this monumental event out of curiosity. I happened to be one of those few that took the opportunity. Since this movie now just announced that it will also air one night on the SYFY channel. I thought it was my duty to tell you what to expect if you missed your chance at the movies but want to check it out on TV.
Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan). When you hear that name, and know he is directing a movie, you know you are in for some off-the-wall, artistic, unique, and sometimes intense cinematic experience. His latest feature, Mother!, fits all the categories I just listed and much more.
This review is going to be really short compared to my other post because this movie should be seen with the least knowledge as possible. My goal is just to give you a sense of expectation and my thoughts and opinions regarding the film.
The synopsis is about a couple’s quiet and tranquil home in the country interrupted by unwanted guests that shake up their home testing the strength of their relationship. The couple in question is Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Lawrence is renovating their home while Bardem is a writer of poems trying to come up with his next masterpiece are visited by some unwanted guests, specifically Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris. I think the cast is phenomenal in their roles and really deliver the intensity asked for by Aronofsky. There is no question that they will not entertain you on screen. I was really impressed with Pfeiffer’s character particularly and you will see why.
Wonder what your kids are doing when they go out to hang out and play with their friends? If you are in Derry, Maine, they are out saving the town from an evil clown out to devour kids. Young kids take center stage in the big fight between good and evil all before bedtime as they face their fears as well as the struggles of growing up in a small town where you’re looking to not only stay alive but feel like you belong.
Relive your childhood fears and for those who read the book and/or watched the TV Miniseries, the memory of The Loser’s Club, seven kids who are the outcast at school who form a bond and friendship that can overpower anything, including a creepy spirit named Pennywise, the dancing clown, played by Bill Skarsgard. As a big fan of the miniseries, there was always a thought in my mind that would wonder, “what would this movie be like if it were rated R?” Sept. 7th 2017 my curiosity was played out on the big screen for me and I couldn’t be happier.
This is one of those titles that just snuck up on America. Not much advertising, no official trailers in theatres, just word of mouth and a bit of research online. Most horror fans who follow upcoming movie news knows about this and that is how I found out about this film. Not knowing much about it all I could tell from the trailer is that it’s sort of a home invasion movie with mask killers, a cabin, a family, and a battle to the death.
Jackals is the first of many horror movies coming out in Sept. This is not a sequel to the Bruce Willis movie The Jackal. This homage to the 80’s is a creepy and somewhat sad story of a family led by parents Kathy and Andrew Powell, played by Deborah Kara Unger and Johnathon Schaech respectively who hires a man, Jimmy, a professional who helps rehabilitate people who have lost their way through unethical methods. Against his will, Justin, their son is taken to their family cabin to undergo an intervention to leave the cult but shortly after his cult family are there to bring him back and kill anyone that gets in their way leaving the family to defend themselves by any means necessary.
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David F. Sandberg, the one responsible for the movie Lights Out, directs the sequel/prequel to the hit movie Annabelle with Annabelle: Creation. Sandberg did a wonderful job with Lights Out with very unique tactics and scares differ from the typical jump scares you see in most movies. To be able to scare veteran horror movie watchers is a skill and with this latest film, this is proof that Sandberg has what it takes.
Annabelle: Creation is a successful follow-up with a direct plot, superb cast, and affective scares. Which means that whether you get easily scared in horror movies or not, you will still be entertaining immensely throughout the picture. Especially to those who are familiar with the character from the previous appearance in the franchise.