Scream 2022

I remember watching the first Scream in 1996 at the theatre with my friends. It was a great Saturday eve slasher, and I loved it. I can still hear the iconic “Hello Sidney”, I think that these 2 words are imprinted in a lot of minds of people of my generation. However, after my disappointment with the second and third movie, I completely gave up on the franchise, and forgot it even existed. Until a new Scream was released this year.

It was fun seeing the old cast back in action, even though I have mixed feelings about Courteney Cox. I know that getting old isn’t easy, whether your appearance is mandatory or not. Every one I know suffers the same fate, and I understand that some people try to escape the inevitability by going to a plastic surgeon. Yet, I think that in most cases plastic surgery makes things far worse than they are. Honestly, I didn’t know whether to be scared of the killer(s) or Courteney Cox’ appearance.

Regardless, Scream 5 was a fun watch and brought back a lot of memories. Don’t expect anything deep though. I pity the ones who watch a slasher movie, and write a bad review cause they expected an award winning quality. Scream is what it is, a perfect Saturday Eve horror movie, and I’m glad a 6th one’ll be released in 2023. To be continued…

Antlers

In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher and her sheriff brother become embroiled with her enigmatic student, whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with an ancestral creature. (source: IMDB)

Antlers is an adaptation of Nick Antosca’s short story, “The Quiet Boy” and is Scott Cooper’s first foray into horror filmmaking. Cooper was guided by a hands-on producer and mentor, Guillermo del Toro – the “Monster Maestro” – and it shows.

The creature is impressive, terrifying even, but it’s the boy, Lucas (portrayed by Jeremy T. Thomas), who creates the entire ambiance. He’s awkward, secretive and carries his dark secret like a shadow that engulfs the entire town (which is the same town where Rambo – First Blood was shot).

The disturbing sight of a young boy in such a filthy state added to the poverty that surrounds the townsfolk contribute to keeping the horror grounded in the reality.

Antlers is the real deal, from ambiance to creature creation, it’s what horror should be.

A Quiet Place – Part II

I could copy/paste the synopsis from IMDB, but it’s useless as the plot goes like this: “Make no sound or the beasts will come for you. Oh, and humans are dangerous too”. It’s pretty much the plot of any survival movie/TV show in the last two decades. Why do I sound as unenthusiastic? I’m trying to figure this out for 3 months now and I still don’t know. Actually this post has been like an intestinal obstruction (follow this link, you won’t regret it), preventing me to write the 6 next posts that are on my todo list since January. It’s as if I couldn’t write anything as long as this post wasn’t out of the way.

But, it isn’t as bad as it sounds… I guess the movie reflects what I think about Emily Blunt. Most of the time that she plays in a movie, from Funny Games to Sicario, I’m left with absolutely no feelings. I don’t hate these movies, but I don’t like them either. (with one exception to this rule: Windchill, which I really enjoyed ). But it’s just an analogy, I don’t think that Emily Blunt makes these movies “tasteless”. However, there’s definitely a connection.

Anyway, A quiet place II is a decent sequel to an average movie. I wouldn’t advise my future self against a rewatch. I would maybe see something I didn’t during the first viewing. I definitely wouldn’t rewatch it during a great week-end though, more when I’m sick with the flu, wrapped in a blanket.

Werewolves Within (2021)

When a snowstorm traps its residents together inside the local inn, newly arrived forest ranger Finn (Sam Richardson) and postal worker Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community. (source: IMDB)

It would have been an average “whodunnit” movie with werewolves, wouldn’t have it been for the amazing Milana Vayntrub, another Youtube celeb who’s making her way to Hollywood. If I had to remember one scene from this movie, it would be this one:

I’ll always be an 80s fan but this make me love the 90s (a little).

The Forever Purge (2021)

This time the Purge gets out of hands and doesn’t stops after 24 hours, as white supremacists want to use it as an excuse to purify their country.

Imagine the Purge with cowboys, Indians and even Mexicans… Now imagine it not being a bad movie, actually even a pretty good one… You got the Forever Purge. Even if I miss the “my neighbours want to kill me” kind of tension, I always enjoy a Purge movie because it’s always fast paced and filled with gore, the two ingredients to one of my favourite recipes.

Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin (2021)

Margot, a young woman who was abandoned by her mother as a baby, travels to a secluded Amish community with a documentary film crew seeking answers about her mother and extended family. (source: IMDB)

We’re huge Paranormal Activity fans. This franchise is our favourite in all horror, we love it so much that we do a complete rerun every summer. So the great question was, for us, to know if Next of Kin would be worthy of its predecessors.

This time, no cool Californian house, but the rural surrounding of an Amish community. So I was a bit afraid, since the trademark of the series had always been an escalating horror happening in cool places, with cool people. However, my worries were set aside as the farmhouse’s secluded and natural environment works really well with the story, making Next of Kin pretty scary.

Is this a “main story” Paranormal Activity? No. Is this a good side story in the franchise? Yes. Will we add it to our yearly rerun? Hell yeah!

The Fear Street Trilogy (2021)

Fear Street is a giant slasher movie that’s divided in 3 parts covering 3 different periods in the town of Shadyside. It starts with the most recent: 1994, then moves to a summer camp in 70s and ends with the witch hunt times (1666).

All three movies, while very different in flavour, revolve around the same curse that’s been plaguing the town of Shadyside for over 300 years.

Each of these three movies is really good but, taken together, they’re even better because the master plot that connects them is really well written. Finally a modern slasher that’s as good, if not better, as the classics.

Also, Sadie Sink is really cool.

Cam (2018)

Alice, an ambitious camgirl, wakes up one day to discover she’s been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself. (source: IMDB)

Not being a great fan of the “streaming generation”, I was afraid to get bored with this movie. Also, I was very prejudiced toward the sexy cam girls and websites like onlyfans.

Watching this movie made me change my mind completely. So, let me be clear: if I was a sexy girl and I would look good on camera, I would be a cam girl!

Clearly, it isn’t as easy as many people think. You have to build a fan base and keep people engaged with your content. You also have to deal with the hate and hypocrisy. But, in the end, you do your own thing, following your own rules. A great Vice documentary to watch after this movie is Making $1.5M/month on OnlyFans and Twitch: Amouranth.

Now, as a 47-year-old happily married dude, I couldn’t possibly imagine sacrificing 10 minutes of my already too busy day to watch a girl riding a banana in an inflatable pool. However, the movie and the documentary opened my eyes on another reality.

Another topic tackled by Cam is the rise of AI in online video content. There is a deleted scene that suggest the mysterious figure that has taken over Alice’s online persona, is in fact an algorithm. Taking over hundreds of hours from Lola’s past videos to create content that would attract abundance of viewers. Hence the AI or the algorithm could produce content without any physical or moral restriction set by Alice.

With the rise of the Metaverse and our future identity being reduced to 3D avatars, will we be so easily replaced by an AI? Sometimes, it makes me wanna live in a cabin in the woods with my wife, befriending grizzlies, at least they are real!

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror? (source: IMDB)

I’m not gonna lie, Megan Fox makes the movie. Ok, the plot is great and the filming is very well done, but the real focus is Megan’s body. To prepare for her role as a possessed living-dead teenager, she lost around 7 kg, bringing her weight down to a near-frail 44 kg, and stayed out of the sun. Even Amanda Seyfried admitted in interviews that she really enjoyed her love scene with Megan Fox: “They had an extreme close-up of our tongues, and I’m telling you, the thing about the scene is that it’s actually really sexy.”

The thing with Megan Fox is that she manages to be as sexy as she can be mean. The movie had us wonder if she’s really that nasty or was it just an act?

Anyway, Jennifer’s body was really entertaining, with a very well built tension and a few very sexy scenes.

Freaky (2020)

After swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer, a young girl in high school discovers she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent. (Source: IMDB)

It was fun seeing Vince Vaughn acting like a seventeen-year-old girl… For a while… Thank god that the teen is Kathryn Newton (Paranormal Activity). Would it have been another actress, we probably would have gotten bored.

The movie isn’t bad for a Saturday evening, we even had a good time and a few laughs, but it gets a bit long by the end.

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