slasher films

Halloween: H2O (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 22, 2011

79. Halloween: H2O (available to stream on Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Halloween: H2O.

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Halloween: H2O is a full out horror/slasher film, set 20 years after the original Halloween.  Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode, but she has assumed a new identity.  Michael Myers, her brother, is also back, of course.

This is super creepy.  I have less trouble with the Jason Voorhees mask because it’s not resembling a human like this one.  This one just makes my skin crawl.

So, we start the movie and Laurie is doing well as Keri Tate, her new name since she changed it to get away from her past and her brother.  She has a boyfriend and is a successful headmistress of a private school.  She has a cute son played by Josh Hartnett.  His girlfriend is played by Michelle Williams, and they have disposable friends.

These two finally meet up again after 20 years. Happy reunion!

Naturally, more people die and at the end, Jamie Lee gets her bitch on and kills him dead.  She beheads him with a fire ax, and although I don’t think it is very realistic, I’ll take it.  I was quite pleased with this film as another in the Halloween series, and Jamie Lee Curtis is fantastic in it.  Another good one for the Halloween playlist.

Halloween: H2O is available on DVD from Amazon for $9.28.

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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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American Grindhouse (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on August 16, 2011

49. American Grindhouse (Available to stream on Netflix, available to watch on Hulu, not available digitally on Amazon)

Here is the trailer for American Grindhouse.

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American Grindhouse is a documentary discussing the origins and development of exploitation films in the United States. It’s a great story about what was happening in cinema that was not coming from the major Hollywood studios, especially in the 40s and 50s.

John Landis is one of the interviewees of American Grindhouse.

There are great interviews in this documentary, from people like John Landis who are famous filmmakers to the lesser-known people who were involved in the development and distribution of some of the exploitation films.  My favorite part was seeing some of the early “gore” films, which were pretty disgusting and graphic.  This documentary showed 2 seconds of someone’s hand being cut with a saw from Hostel, and that was really gross, but another image of someone’s tongue being pulled out in a movie from the 60s was just as messed up!

This documentary is not rated, but there is quite a bit of nudity in the clips from the films being discussed, so you should take that into account if it bothers you or is inappropriate for the company that you’re in.

American Grindhouse is available on DVD from Amazon for $17.99.

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