Charlie is the wandering Sasquatch of the BGH team. He has a proclivity for monsters, ghosts, and things he can't stop with his massive size. He also writes reviews, blogs and is the Co-host of The Instomatic with BGH's own Casey Criswell.
The second high profile found footage Bigfoot movie of the year, Eduardo Sanchez’s Exists, is a stark change of pace from its predecessor Willow Creek. Though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Critics of Willow Creek often lauded the suspenseful atmosphere, eerie calm and the particularly hair raising tent sequence. Though the energy of that film really came down precipitously following the tent sequence and it’s Blair Witch Project similarities really hindered some of the punches it saved up. Exists has the inverse of that problem.
Homage is a challenging subject to tackle. Consistently creative types attempt to capture the magic that they enjoyed when young by mimicking the steps and procedures of their heroes. Regarding Adam Wingard’s The Guest those prior heroes are people like John Carpenter, James Cameron, and the bard himself William Shakespeare.
(Editor's note: Over the rest of this week and next we'll be rolling out our staff picks for the best in horror from 2014, leading up to the official BGH Best of 2014 list and the Year in Review podcast. Enjoy!)
The Top 10
10. Annabelle - Another entry in the possession golden age spunoff from James Wan's The Conjuring. A few twists and tweaks on a familiar formula provides strong scares and a demonic representation.
Director Jim Mickle is what some would call an ‘up and comer’ in the genre filmmaking industry. He began in 2006 with the infection/zombie thriller Mulberry Street, tackled vampires and post-apocalyptic America in 2010 with Stake Land, and then dove into the family cannibal genre with We Are What We Are in 2013. Now he has delivered a gritty crime drama starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson with the vague title of Cold in July; but with this addition to his directorial body of work I would say that Jim Mickle has arrived.
Sequels tend to flourish when they seek out their own direction. They maintain a certain amount of familiarity that was enjoyed with the first film, but raise the stakes and change the dynamics for the characters that helped make the original a success. [Rec] 3: Genesis is an example of a film that goes to that newer higher bar and successfully changes the entire landscape of what we are to expect.
Much of Stephen King's literary work that has been adapted to film has featured children facing off against bullies. "Carrie", one of his most well known and lauded narratives for its original novel and film adaptation, is the most reliant on the subject matter of bullying. In modern America where bullying has become a subject of national outcry and countless awareness campaigns, you could say it's a perfect time for a remake of "Carrie" if there was to be one.
Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" will hit theaters this weekend and it's sure to cause mass hysteria for all those astrophobics out there. Not only is it going to scare, thrill and surely endear even more people to Sandra Bullock's life plights, but the movie has been garnering such early critical adulation that place it square in the catbird seat for Oscar contention. For a thriller with such a simple premise it's quite an interesting level of hype; though Alfonso Cuarón has always been a fascinating and accomplished director so all merit may be deserved.
Halloween season is officially underway! And for all the like minded 'Halloween People' out there this is a time of joy, celebration, and triumph as the waves of 'normies' flock to each one of us for opinions on what to watch throughout the scariest of seasons.
Though we will always have great suggestions and fun picks to throw their way, we're not always 100% caught up to date with the best options during the season. So here at BloodyGoodHorror we have a listing of some of the strongest suggestions theatrically, rental wise, and even the most up to date Netflix Instant suggestions.