Here's another overview of movies we watch! This time it's movies we watched in October! There will be a lot of horror movies this time (even more than usual) because we were preparing for Weekend of Hell. At Weekend of Hell we'll see a lot of actors that play in horror movies regularly, so we re watched some and also watched some new ones.
Oh yeah! The new Rob Zombie movie is out. Of course I HAD to see it. 2 reasons. 1. It's a Rob Zombie movie, duh ;). 2. A lot of the actors from this movie will be attending Weekend of Hell ( a horror convention). And I will go to Weekend as Hell as well! So it's the perfect opportunity to meet them. 31 is a horror movie. A group of people is traveling together. But at a certain moment they get abducted. They need to play a game called '31'. In this game, the instruction is simple: Try not to get killed. Murderers looking like clowns, called the Heads, will try to kill them all.
I liked the movie, though I believe there could have been a bit more character development. But: I enjoyed watching it. There were enough surprising elements. And I'm glad to see a big part of the cast at Weekend of Hell. Duration of the movie: 102 minutes.
The next movie we watched this month was They Live. This also had a specific reason. Meg Foster plays the role of Holly in They Live. She also played in 31, the movie I mentioned earlier in this post.
And she'll be attending Weekend of Hell! When Weekend of Hell announced her, I didn't know her. Sig did and he was happy. Immediately he said: Haha now we're going to watch They Live together. He knows I like to prepare for conventions. And he really liked this movie.
I liked it as well! It was totally different than I expected, but in a good way. The movie had a nice pace, easy to follow. Yet, funny and surprising. The duration of the movie is 93 minutes. The genre is horror/ sci-fi/ thriller.
The movie is about a guy who finds a pair of sunglasses. As soon as he puts on the glasses, he discovers he can see aliens. These aliens have taken over the earth and no else sees them.
The movie is based on the short story Eight O'Clock in the Morning by Ray Nelson.
I really really wanted to go to the cinema. So we checked out which movies were in the cinema. I immediately saw that there was a Tom Hanks movie. I always love movies with Tom Hanks. He such a great actor. I saw the movie was named Sully so I clicked on it. The movie is about the story of Chesley Sullenberger, a pilot who landed his damaged plane on the Hudson in 2009. This movies is about the events that followed after (the investigation, Sully being considered a hero). The movie is a biography/ drama movie.
Also as a preparation for Weekend of Hell, we watched Rob Zombie's Halloween II. This is a sequel to Rob Zombie's Halloween (a remake of the original Halloween movie). A few actors from Halloween II will also attend Weekend of Hell. So I had a great excuse to watch this movie!
Sig and I decided it was time to watch another Hitchcock movie. I often don't feel like watching these movies. i usually think it's not for me (too old). But every time I watch it, I love the movie. I've seen a few now. I really liked the movie the Birds. That was a great movie. (Even though I thought the special effects with the birds were a bit strange.) Frenzy is a thriller from 1972, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. And I think it's an amazing movie again where the police goes after a serial murderer who's killing women with a necktie. But they're after the wrong one..
The Omen (1976) was also a movie I watched because of Weekend of Hell. Yes, I do prepare very well for conventions haha. Another movie I really liked. So of course, this is also a horror movie. The duration is 111 minutes. In the Omen, a woman gives birth to a child. But: The child dies. The husband adopts another child in the hospital. Not telling his wife that their child died. When the child grows up, more and more mysterious things happen. The parents are surrounded by strange deaths.. What's wrong with this child? I really recommend this movie to fans of (classic) horror movies.
Species 1 and 2
On the last day of our holiday, we decided to watch Species. For the same reasons as I watched a lot of other movies lately: Because of Weekend of Hell. Natasha Henstridge will be a guest on Weekend of Hell. A lot of people were really excited, so of course I had to see this movies. There are more Species movies, So i'll try to watch them soon as well.
This wouldn't be a movie I would pick from our collection to watch very quickly. I don't know. I generally don't watch a lot of Sci-Fi. And I'm rarely really looking for it.
A creature escapes from a laboratory. Her goal is: Find a man. She wants to children. SO they can destroy the world. A group of scientist go after her to catch her.
But this was a good choice. I liked the story, it was easy to watch. Glad we saw this movie and now I'm excited to see Natasha at Weekend of Hell! Have you seen Species? What did you think? It really surprises me that on Imdb, the movies just gets a 5,8. I would definitely give it a 7 or 7,5. The duration of Species is 108 minutes. Genre: Action/ horror/ sci-fi.
Though I read that the Alien character was set as an example of negative treatment of female sexuality in the Hollywood Film Industry. I must say: It all didn't bother me too much in the movie. It's just a movie and the story was good.
Bridget Jones's Baby
Are you all familiar with the Bridget Jones movies? I've seen the other movies on dvd. Bridget Jones's Baby is the newest one and was in cinemas now.
A friend and I decided to go to the cinema and watch Bridget Jones's Baby. Bridget Jones is now in her 40s. She's single (again) and doesn't have any kids. But she has a nice job and is quite sporty. She's decides to have more fun and go out. In 2 weeks, she sleeps with 2 guys. A few weeks after that, she finds out she's pregnant. But she doesn't know who the father is! In this movie, she tries to find out who the fathers is, but also how to tell the possible father. How will everyone cope with this?
I thought it was nice movie. It's a comedy an the duration is 123 minutes. Main roles are for Renee Zellweger, Patrick Dempsey ( Yes, McDreamy from Grey's Anatomy!) and Colin Firth.
Even though the story was a bit predictable, I liked it. Bridget Jones is funny as ever. Maybe even funnier. It's so nice to watch her clumsiness and the way she handles the whole situation.
If you like romantic comedies: Give it a try!
Night of the Living Dead
Night of the Living Dead (1990) is one of the movies I re watched because I'm going to Weekend of Hell! The duration of this horror movie is 92 minutes. Tony Todd and Patricia Tallman are really doing awesome in this movie. We watched the movie because Bill Mosely will be attending Weekend of Hell. He played the role of Johnnie. It was a small role, but it doesn't matter since we just loved to watch the movie again. This Night of the Living Dead movie is remake of the George Romero's movie from 1968 with the same title. The original was in black & white. In the movie, the dead return to life and attack the living. A group of people hides in a farm house but the undead are seeking for victims. The director of this movie is Tom Savini and George Romero rewrote it together with John A. Russo.
Freddy vs Jason
I also watched Freddy vs Jason this month! As many of you know, in August I met Robert Englund (The actor who plays Freddy Krueger). So this was a nice time to watch this movie again! Besides that, at Weekend of Hell I will also see a few actors for the movie, so watching it again is a nice preparation! Ken Kirzinger (Jason Voorhees), Brendan Fletcher (Mark Davis) and Zack Ward (Bobby Davis) will attend Weekend of Hell. It's a horror movie from 2003 with a duration of 93 minutes. The movie is actually a crossover between Nightmare on Elm Street (This is part 8 in these movies) and Friday the 13th (For this movies, this is the 11th part). In this movie, Freddy Krueger is in Hell. He can't get out until someone remembers him (everyone forgot him). He works together with Jason Voorhees. Jason is killing people in Elm Street in order to make people think it was Freddy and make them remember. And it works. Soon the first person remembers Freddy. Freddy is gaining power and prepares a return. Meanwhile, people also figure out that Jason Voorhees is doing this killings instead of Freddy Krueger. Now Jason is seen as a bigger villain. And that's something that definitely frustrates Freddy, which makes them also fight each other..
When I first saw the trailer of "Deadpool", I wasn't that enthusiastic. I love superhero movies, but this one just didn't seem to do it for me. However it kept on fascinating me (I'm a fan of Ryan Reynolds and he plays "Deadpool") and last month I finally watched it. I'm glad I did, because I really liked it. Ryan Reynolds is brilliant in the role of Wade Wilson/Deadpool. I will not go explaining the plot, because I think it's pretty standard and the movie got a lot of attention, so I think everyone knows what it's about. However "Deadpool" is not just a standard superhero flick. I recommend this one! Duration: 118 minutes.
Man on a ledge
I was browsing Netflix, searching for a movie to watch and found "Man on a Ledge". This is a movie that always interested me and I don't know why. So when I found it on Netflix I did not hesitate. The movie is about...well a man on a ledge. The man is named Nick Cassidy, a former detective at the NYPD. He was areested for murder and when his father dies, the prison allows him to attend the funeral. When he gets in a fight with his brother he escapes. We see him walk in the hotel, eat dinner and then climb on the ledge outside his hotel window. A negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) has the task to get Nick to come back in. Bit by bit we see what is really going as the story unraffels...
I liked the movie, it was a good way to spend my evening. I especially liked Jamie Bell and Genises Rodriquez as Joey and Angie (Nick's brother and his sister in law). The movie was released in 2012 and the duration is 102 minutes.
Once in a while I need to watch an eighties movie and "Sixteen Candles" is a true diamond of this decade. It stars two members of the famous "Brat Pack". For those among you, who are not familiar with this term; let me explain shortly. The "Brat Pack" is the name that was given to a group of young actors, that played in some of the most defining movies of the eighties. They often played together in these movies. The core members of the "Brat Pack" were: Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore and Andrew McCarthy. One of the most popular and in my eyes the best "Brat Pack" movies is "The Breakfast Club" , which stars 5 of the 8 "Brat Pack" members. Back to "Sixteen Candles". The movie revolves around Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald), a high school sophomore. It's her 16th birthday, but everyone seems to have forgotten it (partly because her older sister is getting married the day after). Sam has a big crush on the attractive Jake, but he does not seem to notice her. When she and her friend Randy are slipping each other notes about Jake during class, one of the notes falls in the hands of Jake. In the meantime Sam has to deal with Ted the Geek (Michael Anthony Hall), who is in love with Sam and has made a bet with his friends about getting her into his bed.
It's always nice to watch the great movies of the the eightees, it's the decade I grew up in and I love the whole atmosphere in the movies. "Sixteen Candles" was released in 1984 and the duration is 93 minutes.
Species 1 & 2
Just like Carola and Sigmund I decided to watch "Species", because Natasha Henstridge was announced as a guest on "Weekend of Hell". Unlike Carola I was familiar with the movie(s). "Species" was released in 1995 and when it came to video my brother and I decided to rent the movie at the videostore. Well, I loved it. What I liked most about the movie is the design of the "Alien Sil". Sil in her human form is played by Natasha Henstridge, but the "Alien Sil" is designed by the Swiss artist H.R. Giger (he also designed the creatures in the "Alien" movies). I love his work and the way he portrayed the hideous, but also sensual Sil. Just watch the movie.
This movie was also on my watchlist for "Weekend of Hell". Since Carola already described the plot of the movie, I will only tell you what I thought about it. I like horror movies, but I prefer the older horror movies (especially the ones from the 70s and 80s). This being said, I was kind of hesitant about "31", but I have to say I liked it. For me the absolte stars of the movies are Richard Brake (as Doom-Head) and Meg Foster (as Venus Virgo). The opening scene of the movie (starring Brake) is amazing. If you like horror movies and you don't mind a little gore; watch it!
Alien VS Predator
Another movie on my WOH watchlist! I watched it, because Tommy Flannagan is in it. I have to say it was a little bit of a disapointment. I love the "Alien" and "Predator" movies, but this mix up just didn't do it for me. I thought the plot was very weak and although it was nice to see Tommy Flannagan (and Lance Henriksen), I prefer the original movies. So what is it about? When a satellite picks up a mysterious heat signal somewhere near the Antarctic, Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen) assembles a team to investigate it. They discover a pyramid beneath the ice, that seems to be a battleground for young Predators and Aliens. The group of human investigators gets caught in the middle of a gruesome battle.
The movie was released in 2004 and the duration of the movie is:101 minutes.
"Don't Breathe" is a horror/thriller, that was released into cinema's worldwide in September of this year. The movie revolves around three young thieves (Rocky, Money and Alex). They want to do one last "job" to steal enough money to say goodbye to their criminal life. Alex' dad owns a security company and because of this it is easy for Alex to get a hold on the security codes for the houses they want to rob. This last job should be an easy one, because the owner of the house is a blind veteran. He is supposed to have a large sum of money lying in the house, which he recieved after his daughter died in an accident. However the blind man seems to be a lot less helpless as he seems and when he discovers the three young thieves, they have to find a way to get out of the house alive.
Although the movie was entertaining, I thought it was way to predictable. Most of the plot twist I saw coming from a million miles ahead. In my opinion it's a movie like many other ones in this genre, but it's a nice way to spend a rainy fall evening. Like I said "Don't Breathe came out this year (2016) and the duration of the movie is 88 minutes.
The Girl Next Door
"The Girl Next Door" is a comedy from 2004. Honestly I opened Netflix and put in James Remar in the search box. James Remar was announced as a guest for WOH and preparing for a convention is a great excuse to watch some new and for me unknown movies. Ofcourse "Dexter" and "Django: Unchained" popped up, but I wanted to watch a movie I never watched before, so this one remained. It's a pretty standard comedy movie: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl turns out to be an ex porn star....haha. It's a nice movie, nothing special, but just nice. james Remar plays the rol of Hugo Posh, a succesful director of porn movies. I really liked Timothy Olyphant as porn star manager: Kelly. Duration: 108 minutes.
I am a big fan of the Dan Brown books and of Tom Hanks, so when the news came out that there would be a movie out of "Inferno", I was pretty happy. So after a very nice diner at a local greek restaurant, Tristan and I made our way to the cinema. "Inferno" is the third movie, based on a Dan Brown bestseller (The other ones are "The DaVinci Code" and "Angels and Demons"). Tom Hanks plays Robert Langdon, a highly intelligent professor in Art History and Iconlogy. In "Inferno", Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital, not knowing where he is or what happened. It turns out he has been shot and when he finds out he is not safe in the hospital. he escapes tohether with his doctor, Sienna Brooks. Bit by bit his memory returns and it turns out he has to safe the world from a catastrophy...
It won't come as a surprise that I loved it. Tom Hanks seems to be born for the role of Robert Langdon and I also loved Omar Sy (as Christoph Bouchard) and Irrfan Khan (as Harry Sims). I for one can't wait for the next Dan Brown novel and the next Langdon movie! Duration: 121 minutes.
Wild on the Night
Same story as "The Girl Next Door"; I typed in the name of Tommy Flannagan on a paid streaming website (Pathe Thuis) and this one turned up. The movie got some good reviews on IMDb so I rented it. James Maslow plays the role of Wyatt. When he is rehad his sister is killed and Wyatt returns home to find the murderer of his sister. To find out he has to go undercover in the club circuit. He starts to work as a dancer in the club of notorious bad guy Kipling (Tommy Flannagan). The closer Wyatt comes to finding his sister's murderer, the more he gets sucked in the criminal underground of LA.
It was nice to watch, but apparently Maslow is very popular among teenage girls (he was in Big Time Rush) and because of this there were some pretty strange scenes , that made me think I was watching "High School Musical".
Duration: 100 minutes
Night of the Creeps
Another title on my WOH watchlist. "Night of the Creeps" is a 1986 horror movie, starring Tom Atkins & Jason Lively (both guests at WOH). Yes you read it 1986, this is my kind of a horror movie! The plot is simple: when an alien experiment goes wrong it crashes on earth. Alien parasites make their way into the heads of humans and us the brains to breed more parasites. During the breeding proces the humans become killing zombies. When the parasites invade a university campus, some of the students decide to fught back, with the help of police officer Ray Cameron (Tom Atkins). The movie has a great tagline (it's actually a quote from the movie): "The good news is your dates are here...the bad news is they're dead". Duration: 88 minutes.