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Media Update 11/5/2020

November 5, 2020

The Witches (2020)

I was a huge fan of Roald Dahl books as a kid and read every single one before the end of third grade. I tend to watch anything adapted from his works. I loved the original Witches because it was one of the most scarring adaptations of his works. I was super interested to see the update especially after hearing how over the top it was. It is basically the same story as the book and original movie where a boy and his grandmother get stuck in a hotel with a convention of witches. The boy gets turned into a mouse. The boy is played by Jahzir Bruno and he’s great at being the plucky hero. The grandma is played by Octavia Spencer who is, as usual, absolutely delightful and sassy. They are joined by Codie-Lei Eastick and Kristin Chenoweth who play two other heroic kids. Of course, almost every scene is stolen by Anne Hathaway who plays the Grand High Witch. The movie was great in that over the top kind of way. It was funny, it was beautifully shot, and it had a lot of the same old body horror but just done in a different way. I recommend this movie.

The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)

I previously reviewed The Babysitter when it came out and I was excited to see a sequel. This movie is a big dumb, self-aware horror comedy movie. Judah Lewis returns as the terrorized boy from the previous movie and is great as a nervous but likable guy. Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Hana Mae Lee, and Andrew Bachelor all return as villains and they are just as goofy as before. They are joined by Juliocesar Chavez and Maximillian Acevedo who are just as dumb and fun. Emily Alyn Lind returns as the neighbor/love interest from the first movie. They added Jenna Ortega as a new weird girl and she really helped breathe fresh air into the movie. They were able to go over a lot of the same ground while keeping things fresh and fun. I recommend this movie.

Hausu (House)(1977)

This was definitely one of the strangest films I have seen and that is really saying something. This movie was purposefully made to be artsy yet really loopy. The filmmaker has admitted that he threw a lot at the wall to see if it stuck. The movie is about a group of high school girls who visit one of their aunt’s house for a retreat when all hell breaks loose. It stars nobody I had ever heard of before but everybody’s performance was perfect for what it needed to be. The movie is a surreal acid trip of a horror movie which is definitely intended to be funny and cartoony. There are so many interesting special effects that may never have been used before and may not be used again. If you do not watch this movie, at least look up some of the scenes on YouTube because wow. I do recommend watching this movie as it does have an interesting underlying message about Hiroshima and the gap between the young and the old in Japan.

Music of the Week:

Flamingods – Marigold

Fit For A King – God Of Fire

Dazy Chain – Good Life

Myk Eff – Cosmic Ray Juice

A#keem – When I’m With You

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Halloween Hangover 2020”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched more Harley Quinn Season 2
I watched more Doctor Who Season 11
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched WNUF Halloween Special
I watched Seed People
I started watching Agents of Shield Season Seven

Media Update 11/1/18

November 1, 2018

The Babysitter (2018)

I have had this one on my list for over a year and part of the reason I relaxed the theme this week is to make sure I had a place for it. I especially was interested after seeing that the script previously made the 2014 Blacklist and the 2015 Bloodlist. Both are yearly lists of well-reviewed but unproduced scripts. The movie is about a young boy who is curious about what his babysitter does after he goes to sleep. He witnesses her holding a meeting for a satanic cult. That is not even a spoiler, that is the plot blurb on IMDB. What happens next is wild and a lot of fun. This is a horror/comedy movie that leans more into dark comedy. Samara Weaving is in the title role and she is so much fun that it is hard not to like her. Judah Lewis plays the boy who is a little too old for a babysitter but incredibly smart. Bella Thorne has a more minor role as one of the cult members and she is hilarious. Robbie Amell is a legend in this movie and just comes off as hilarious. Andrew Bachelor and Hana Mae Lee round out the cast with minor but memorable roles as more cult members. This movie definitely felt innovative while also clearly being an homage to the horror genre in general. It also felt like it paid tribute to various coming of age movies as well. I definitely recommend it as I was pleasantly surprised at how good this was.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018)

So, I was a huge fan of Melissa Joan Hart back in the day and, because of that, I watched most of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I also saw the character in Archie Digest. When I found out they were making another series based on the character, I was interested. I knew that there had been a more serious take on the franchise in comic book form and I had a feeling it was going to be like that. Also, at the last moment before it was released, the original cast of Sabrina the Teenage Witch endorsed it. Also also, it is created by the same people who created the Riverdale show. Anyway, the show is great. A lot of the core concepts are kept intact with the show set in Riverdale’s neighboring town Greendale. Kiernan Shipka is really likable and easy to empathize with as Sabrina Spellman, a half-witch reaching her 16th birthday. Michelle Gomez plays a teacher with a hidden agenda concerning Sabrina and she is wonderfully sinister. Chance Perdomo is funny and sarcastic as Sabrina’s cousin Ambrose. Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto play her aunts who add a lot of the comic relief. The show has a more apparent “Smash the Patriarchy” feel to it which I can definitely get behind. The show has a few scary and/or gross scenes but it is mild compared to other stuff I have watched in the past. Mostly, I find the world they are creating interesting and I am soaking up the lore. I definitely recommend it.


Critters (1986)

This is part of the movies that are classified as Gremlins ripoffs even though the script was written long before Gremlins was released. It is written by Domonic Muir who later wrote Evil Bong and Gingerdead Man (understandably under a pseudonym) so we know he can mix horror and comedy. It is directed by Stephen Herek who later directed Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. Scott Grimes plays the young boy hero and he did a great job for his young age. His mother was played excellently by horror veteran Dee Wallace who I mentioned earlier this month in The Hills Have Eyes. The movie is about creatures that escape an alien prison and come to a rural part of the USA and terrorize a family. It is funny because I saw parallels between this movie and movies like Gremlins, TerrorVision, and the remake of Invaders from Mars. The movie has some comedy but I found it more tense than funny. Part of that is colored by the air of urgency through the whole film. The titular Critters are relentless and nigh unstoppable and things look pretty grim through the whole movie. Also, there was way more blood than I would have expected from a movie classed with Gremlins. Still, the movie ends up being pretty light and fun as we watch a hapless family struggle to survive. It definitely fits in with a lot of the comedic horror films of the time and I think it holds it own in that category. I definitely recommend this one and I wish I had seen it a lot earlier.


Music of the Week:
Paramore – Misery Business

Peggy Suave – Posin’

The Gore Gore Girls – Hard Enough

The Weeknd – In The Night

Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Halloween Hangover” as a recovery from October
– This is also this blog’s 800th post. Wow!
– I finished watching Gotham Season 4
– I watched more of The Haunting of Hill House
– I watched more Daredevil Season 3
– I watched more Once Upon a Time Season 7
– I watched more Curious Creations of Christine McConnell
– I watched more Barry Kramer on YouTube

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