horror films

Scream (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 21, 2011

78. Scream (available to stream on Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Scream.

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Scream is what brought back scary movies in the 90s.  Released in 1996, it launched a string of scary movies released in the following years.  Not so much horror films, these movies were lacking in severe blood and gore, but lots of suspense and murders. (Spoiler alert starts now!)

Drew Barrymore GETS IT in this movie. And her little boyfriend too.

The story opens with a heinous double murder where the killer calls Drew Barrymore and taunts her like crazy with movie trivia and killing her boyfriend before eventually killing her too.  This is a BFD in the little town of Woodsboro.  We meet Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and find out that her mother was murdered the previous year.  We also meet her friend Tatum (Rose McGowan), her boyfriend Billy (Skeet Ulrich) and Tatum’s boyfriend Stu (Matthew Lillard).  Supporting cast includes reporter Gail Weathers (Courtney Cox), Dewey (David Arquette) and Randy (Jamie Kennedy).

Sidney gets stalked on the phone by the same killer and is attacked in her house.  From then on, its a string of death until we finally find out who the killer is.  Who they are, actually, but that’s all I am sharing.

I love Rose McGowan! She’s great in this movie, and her death is awesome!

This is a great addition to your October movie playlist.  It’s funny and scary and twisty and even if you’ve seen it before, it is fun to watch again.

Scream is available on DVD from Amazon for $13.89.

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Red State (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 12, 2011

76. Red State (streaming On-Demand, available for DVD pre-order)

Here is the teaser trailer for Red State. I’m not showing the whole trailer because I think you should watch the movie without seeing it, for full effect. You can find it online though.

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Red State is not the film you expected from Kevin Smith. It is a non-traditional horror film, a study of how extreme religion can go in a very bad direction.  If you’re interested in watching this movie, please go and watch it and don’t read anything about it.  I avoided as much as I could about more than the bare bones information, and I’m glad for it.  This movie is disturbing. I’m not sure it would have had the same effect had I known too much. So, don’t read anymore if you don’t want to know more about it.

At the beginning of Red State, we get a glimpse of the Cooper family, a Westboro Baptist Church-style group of extremists who hate nearly everyone, claiming that it is God’s will.  They protest funerals and essentially promote hate crimes towards homosexuals.  We then transition to following 3 high school boys who are planning to go on a sexual adventure with a woman who apparently wants to have sex with all of them.  They make their way to Cooper’s Dell, the home of the Cooper family, and we find out that they were lured into a heinous trap.

We are then exposed to a little sermon by Abin Cooper, played with creepy brilliance by Michael Parks.  It is exposed that the Cooper family pass judgement and impart sentences on their own, based on their belief that these sinners have to die.  Naturally, the 3 boys who tried to go and have sex with the same woman fit the bill.  The boys manage to start running, which results in the launch of a massive gunfight inside the compound.  At the same time, an unfortunate instance with a police officer outside sparks involvement of an ATF agent played by John Goodman.

The government gets involved and a war between the ATF agents and the Cooper family results.  I won’t tell you how it ends.

I didn’t mention them here, but Melissa Leo and Kerry Bishe in this movie also give brilliant performances.  I loved them both in the movie.

As I mentioned, you can watch Red State On-Demand right now, or pre-order the DVD from CoopersDell.com.  The DVD packages vary in price up to $499, which gets you a whole lot of signed stuff and a clothing item from the film.

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