Going back to when I was a kid, I’ve always loved horror in all forms. My house is full of posters of iconic movies, horror collectables and a huge collection of books and movies. I will never stop watching or collecting, because it’s a big part of who I am. In this weekly column, I’ll talk horror news, and try my hand at writing a review. I’m no writer, but I’ll do my best!
I would have liked to have seen the Childs Play franchise continue on the big screen as we knew it (and it will continue, albeit as a series), but the movie franchise is going the reboot route. I was not all that enthusiastic about it until I heard that Mark Hamill was going to be the voice of Chucky. That got me on board, but now I’m a little turned off again by the look of the new doll. Regardless, I will see it when it hits cinemas on June 21st.
The Critters are making a comeback! For the first time in 27 years, a new Critters movie will be available straight to VOD mid 2019. Critters Attack even features a returning actor from the original movie in Dee Wallace, so there is definite potential. These creatures, along with Gremlins, are largely responsible for getting me in to the horror genre when I was very young, so I’m all in. Critters is allegedly also getting the tv series treatment soon too!
In a horror/comic character cross-over, Swamp Thing is coming! The trailer looks awesome, but it is now a “limited series” featuring 10 episodes rather than the originally ordered 13, and any further season has been shut down, at least for now. Check out the trailer:
Movie recommendation: Don’t Breathe (2016)
This is not a creature feature, slasher movie or any kind of supernatural horror. Don’t Breathe is instead your more suspenseful variety of horror movie.
The premise is quite basic, but very well executed. When a trio of young thieves break in to a blind mans home to steal his cash, they get much more than they bargained for.
I enjoyed the way we initially sympathise with the blind man, and see him as the victim of the robbery, only to rather quickly switch sides and see the thieves as the victims.
Director, Fede Alvarez (2013 reimagining of Evil Dead) has done a great job of bringing depth to a script short on dialogue. There’s no time wasted on too much unnecessary backstory, and overall the visuals are fantastic.
There are a couple of “jump scares”, but the film relies mostly on the suspense, and it works. Jane Levy is great as Rocky, but Stephen Lang as the blind man is the real star of the show. Clocking in at just over 1 1/2 hours, Don’t Breathe is an easy watch, and I recommend it highly.