Sunday, October 31

Saw 3D

Director: Kevin Greutert

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1477076/

Review: Unscary bilge with laughably bad dialogue, weak plot and nonsensical character twists.

Go see it if: You're stupid like me

And if you liked: The other Saw films

Saturday, October 30

Near Dark

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093605/

Review: Haunting score with a good lead performance and a hypnotic atmosphere.

Rent it if: You like... vampires?

And if you liked: From Dusk Til Dawn, The Lost Boys, Blade Runner

Wednesday, October 27

Heartless

Director: Philip Ridley

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1220214/

Review: Hypnotic, vicious and with a bizarre tension that tiptoes on the comic to brilliant effect.

Rent it if: Pfft, I don't know. Just see it.

And if you liked: Dead Man's Shoes, Donnie Darko, Sexy Beast, Angel Heart

Thursday, October 21

Day of the Dead (2008)

Director: Steve Miner

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489018/

Review: Complete and utter stupid shit with no sense of style and nothing worth watching for.

Rent it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th (2009), The Crazies, Dawn of the Dead (2001), Resident Evil

Check this out: Day of the Dead

Wednesday, October 20

Survival of the Dead

Director: George A. Romero

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1134854/

Review: Rubbishy characters with massive leaps in logic, unconvincing special effects and far too many gag deaths.

Rent it if: You can handle some gore and some slightly dodgy Irish accents.

And if you liked: Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead

The House of the Devil

Director: Ti West

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1172994/

Review: Really good long slow burner that draws you right in and pushes the tension to breaking point.

Rent it if: You can handle some gore.

And if you liked: Halloween, The Exorcist, The Last Exorcism, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Lost Highway

Tuesday, October 19

Child's Play

Director: Tom Holland

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094862/

Review: Starts off quite good but starts to lose steam once the characters figure out what's going on and eventually becomes dull.

Rent it if: You're into this kind of stuff?

And if you liked: Tales from the Crypt, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street

Monday, October 18

The Final Destination

Director: David R. Ellis

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1144884/

Review: Rubbish dialogue being badly acted with awful special effects.

Rent it if: You're a completist who's seen the other 3 movies.

And if you liked: Silent Hill, Final Destination 3

Halloween II (2009)

Director: Rob Zombie

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1311067/

Review: Way too long, completely esoteric and utterly moronic.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Halloween films like I am.

And if you liked: The Wicker Man (2006), Hostel, Halloween (2007), Friday the 13th (2009), A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Sunday, October 17

Halloween: Resurrection

Director: Rick Rosenthal

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0220506/

Review: Reasonably decent concept that's let down by bad comedy and stupid ideas.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Halloween films like I am.

And if you liked: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Scream, Wes Craven's New Nightmare

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

Director: Joe Chappelle

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113253/

Review: Fairly formulaic horror that has an annoying backstory which breaks down a lot of what was good about the previous films.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Halloween films like I am.

And if you liked: Halloween 5, Halloween H20

Saturday, October 16

Halloween 5

Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097474/

Review: Far scarier and more watchable than some of the previous chapters and with a genuinely great lead performance.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Halloween films like I am.

And if you liked: The Ring (2002), Halloween

Friday, October 15

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Director: Dwight H. Little

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095271/

Review: More fairly standard story movement that jumps between very serious to very silly.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Halloween films like I am.

And if you liked: Halloween II, Halloween H20, Friday the 13th Part 2, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

Thursday, October 14

Halloween II

Director: Rick Rosenthal

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082495/

Review: Decent enough follow up to the first film that brings the story forward.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Halloween films like I am.

And if you liked: Halloween, Scream, Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th (2009)

Director: Marcus Nispel

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758746/

Review: Boring, stupid, so dark you can barely see anything that's happening and completely lacking in any of the fun present in the original series.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Cabin Fever, Wrong Turn, A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Check this out: Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2, Friday the 13th Part III

Wednesday, October 13

The Social Network

Director: David Fincher

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1285016/

Review: Superbly woven, expertly paced and surprisingly funny.

Go see it if: You use Facebook... or if you don't. Whatever.

And if you liked: Wall Street, Rashomon, Hard Eight

Check this out: The Accidental Billionaires

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

Director: Adam Marcus

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107254/

Review: Good special effects but is otherwise completely dumb with an awful premise and laughably bad music.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Wishmaster, Jason X, Shivers, The Evil Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Director: Rob Hedden

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097388/

Review: Standard rubbishy slasher that's pretty much just going through the motions with a confusing ending.

Go see it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters II

Tuesday, October 12

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

Director: John Carl Buechler

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095179/

Review: Too long but quite well made and a fun watch.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Jason X, Scanners, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Carrie

Monday, October 11

Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI

Director: Tom McLoughlin

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091080/

Review: Good first half but eventually descends into standard tedium.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: The Evil Dead, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Halloween III: Season of the Witch

The Omen (2006)

Director: John Moore

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0466909/

Review: Not rubbish but pretty unnecessary and overly stylish.

Rent it if: You're curious?

And if you liked: The Ring (2002), Final Destination, The Omen, V for Vendetta

Check this out: The Omen

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

Director: Danny Steinmann

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089173/

Review: Fairly straight forward and predictable slasher formula that doesn't fail hugely but doesn't really succeed hugely either.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Sunday, October 10

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

Director: Joseph Zito

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087298/

Review: Strange and very derivative but still lots of fun.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th Part III, Halloween, Scream, The Evil Dead, Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Saturday, October 9

Friday the 13th Part III

Director: Steve Miner

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083972/

Review: By the numbers slasher with pretty bad special effects that's fun enough to watch but is instantly forgettable.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th, Halloween, Scream, Dawn of the Dead

Friday, October 8

Friday the 13th Part 2

Director: Steve Miner

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082418/

Review: Pretty standard slasher that's essentially a lesser quality rehash of the first film but is still an enjoyable watch.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th, Halloween, Scream, The Evil Dead, Blood Simple

Thursday, October 7

The Town

Director: Ben Affleck

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0840361/

Review: Good first half but soon wears out its welcome and becomes very tedious to watch.

Go see it if: You can handle one or two terrible accents.

And if you liked: The Dark Knight, Gone Baby Gone, Harsh Times

Check this out: Prince of Thieves

Wes Craven's New Nightmare

Director: Wes Craven

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111686/

Review: A bit long and ropey but with a great premise and atmosphere.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Nightmare on Elm St. films like I am.

And if you liked: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Adaptation, The Neverending Story

Wednesday, October 6

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Director: Oliver Stone

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1027718/

Review: Decent enough and suprisingly easy to follow if a little let down by some weak moments and the last 5 minutes or so.

Go see it if: You've been to the bathroom. Long movie.

And if you liked: Wall Street, Network, Trading Places

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Director: Rachel Talalay

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101917/

Review: Silly, stupid and feels like it was made up as they went along.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Nightmare on Elm St. films like I am.

And if you liked: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child, Final Destination, Braindead

Tuesday, October 5

A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child

Director: Stephen Hopkins

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097981

Review: Really dumb and forgettable with very little going for it.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Nightmare on Elm St. films like I am.

And if you liked: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, Army of Darkness.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

Director: Renny Harlin

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095742/

Review: Cheap, cheesy, boring and unfocused.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Nightmare on Elm St. films like I am.

And if you liked: Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, It

Monday, October 4

Buried

Director: Rodrigo Cort├ęs

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1462758/

Review: Very very tense and keeps your attention surprisingly well considering the premise.

Go see it if: You're not claustrophobic.

And if you liked: The Blair Witch Project, Right At Your Door, Rec, The Mist

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Director: Chuck Russell

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093629/

Review: A bit patchy and silly at times but is still well put together and has some decent special effects and good atmospheric music.

Rent it if: If you're looking into the Nightmare on Elm St. films like I am.

And if you liked: A Nightmare on Elm St, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, Inception

Sunday, October 3

The Hole

Director: Joe Dante

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1085779/

Review: Meanders a bit and has a terrible lead performance but still has plenty of good spooky stuff to keep it going.

Go see it if: You want some fun spooks.

And if you liked: Gremlins, Halloween, Ringu.