The Houses October Built (2014)

 photo the house october built_zpsdxybiumt.jpgThe Houses October Built (2014)

Genre: Horror Thriller

Another lost footage type movie focused around Haunted houses so be prepared for the jumpy footage and the what not. The more I watch these the more I wish they would stop being made but that seems to be the vast majority of horror movies being made these days. I understand their low cost appeal but the stories really lack and that is what I want to see! The story!  This will be my last lost footage/documentary style horror movie this year.  I don’t know if I can handle the disappointment again.

The beginning really drags as you see the friends goof around on their road trip to various haunted houses.  I could have done with out the strip club scene personally, it didn’t add to the movie other than lots of boobs.

In fact there is only one good thing about this entire movie.  I really enjoyed the cynical characters designs (there are the characters currently displayed on Netflix). Really creepy designs influenced by haunted house costumes.  Like this creepy design.   photo untitled_zpsw0vpbo3r.png

Or this  photo scarehouse_bunny_1_zpsor5bmx0k.jpg

There needed to be more of these characters in the movie.  I would have liked it more.  By the way, if you are terrified of clowns there are a lot of clowns in this movie.  Just thought I would mention it.  😉

Be weary this Halloween if you are looking for a true scare. You might get more than you bargained for.

Rated: Not rated

Duration: 91 minutes

IMDB: 5.1 out of 10 as of 9/27/15

Amazon: 3 out of 5 stars.  Not available for streaming but can be rented or purchased.

Netflix: available as of 9/27/15

Mala’s Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

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Almost Mercy (2015)

 photo almost mercy_zpssviykjcn.jpgAlmost Mercy (2015)

Genre: Horror Dark Comedy

OMG!  This movie is written amazingly, acted perfectly, and the cinematography is beautiful! The story telling narrative was my favorite part.  I loved this movie!!!!

The gore is done well.

Though not officially a comedy there was great comedic timing in this movie.  It was a nice addition to the great story telling.   I don’t consider this a horror movie, more of a dark comedy, to be honest but since I added it to my list and watched it as part of the 31 days of Halloween I am counting it still.

Please be aware that this movie does touch upon a lot of different hot social topics right now.  From school shootings to how women are treated when assaulted by high school sports stars.  And from suicide to issues in mental health services.  Among others.

Best quote of this movie, “Have you ever wondered, where’s the fucking beef?”

Remember this Halloween that nothing is as it seems.

Duration: 85 minutes

Rated: Not Rated

IMDB: 6.2 out of 10

Amazon: 4.2 out of 5.  Available for rental.

Netflix: Available as of 9/26/15

Mala’s Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)

 photo Hellraiser-Revelations_zpsmp22ahuk.jpgHellraiser: Revelations (2011)

Genre: Horror

With all Hellraiser movies there is gore galore!  Though tamer in gore than others ones (or at least that I recall.  I will admit I have not seen all and those I have seen I saw a long time ago) you won’t be disappointed in gore if that is what you like.  But if you are not big into seeing skinned people walking around or hooks in flesh this movie is not for you.

And as always the character designs of the Cenobites are great!  Truly the stuff of nightmares. And of course by the end there are potential new Cenobites to be made so I am looking forward to what is created in future movies from these characters.

Though a little part of this movie, onr of my favorite parts  is one of the characters uses a dictionary to understand the word Cenobite instead of going to the computer. A real book!  As a lover of books and learning all I can say is YES!

Is this a drinking movie?  Casual drinking for sure!  You could make it a game around the gore if you wanted.  But you don’t need to be drunk to enjoy it.

Rated: R

Duration: 75 minutes

IMDB: 2.8 out of 10 as of 9/26/15

Amazon: 2.5 out of 5 as of 9/26/15.  Not available for prime or rental. Only purchase.

Netflix: Available as of 9/26/15

Mala’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

The Nun (2005)

 photo thenun_zpsfnc80fl1.jpgThe Nun (2005)  La monja (original title)

Genre: Horror, Thriller

This movie had a lot of potential and in some ways it achieved but it in others, not so much.

I was very disappointed with the character design of the dead nun killing everyone.   She looked too cartoonish for my personal taste.   I was also disappointed with how the nun used water to move around, it seems a little to far fetched in my opinion but I understand the purpose as a plot point.

There were excellent suspenseful points throughout the movie as the reason why a nun is killing people all over the world is revealed.  However, the ultimate reason why the characters are in this predicament was a let down.  The writer could have been a little more original or at least more original as to why so many people were involved in the secret hidden in the movie plot.

This movie did have a great variety of how people die and the gore was done very well.  Always a plus in horror movies!!

Is this a drinking movie:  You could make it a drinking game with how much water is used in this movie or you watch it sober.  If I were to watch it again I would choose to make it a drinking game.

Rated: R

Duration: 102 minutes

IMDB: 4 out of 10 as of 9/25/15

Amazon Prime: 2.6 out of 5 as of 9/25/15.  Available for membership streaming or rental

Mala’s Review: 2 out of 5 stars

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

The Shrine (2010)

 photo shrine_poster_zpslenlj4lv.jpgThe Shrine (2010)
Genre: Horror

Mystery, suspense, and gore take over immediately in this particular movie.  Every minute gets creepier than the last.  This  factor is sustained since the story takes place in another country and the foreign language was not subtitled.  Genius move on the directors behalf to help maintain the suspense.

Not to mention that you cannot go wrong with statues that cry blood!

The make up and creature effects are pretty good in this movies and the gore believable.

Rated:  Not Rated

Duration: 85 minutes

IMBD: 5.6 out of 10 as of 9/24/15

Amazon Prime: Not available on Prime but can be purchased

Netflix: Available as of 9/24/15

Mala’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

Playback (2012)

 photo playback_zpspui0tmqz.jpgPlayback (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller

First of all, this movie has a great soundtrack!  A+ for the music, sound effects, and sound editing.

The plot was interesting and the details kept me engaged as I watched.  The cast was well selected with interesting characters assisting with the interesting plot (though after the other horror movie I watched today and reviewed every movie would have better characters and acting).  These interesting characters include Christian Slater as a corrupt dirty cop.

This movie had interesting make up showing the progression of the antagonist throughout the development of the movie.

Over all, I loved this movie!!!

Drinking movie?  No, you will enjoy this movie sober!

Rated: R

Duration: 98 minutes

IMDB: 4.2 out of 10 as of 9/24/15

Amazon Prime: 2.8 out of 5 as of 9/24/15.  Streaming for memberships and rental.

Mala’s Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

The Ouija Experiment (2011)

 photo TheOuijaExperiment_zpsl6jiplbe.jpgThe Ouija Experiment (2011)
Genre: Horror

This is a documentary style movie.  To be honest I am not a big fan of this production style.  It is over used in the horror genre.

This movie started out slow but luckily the characters started playing with the Ouija board in the first 10 or so minutes and the weirdness (not terror) ensued.  I had high hopes the movie would get better at this point but was disappointed with how the writers painfully drug out the boredom.

Nothing really happening until about the 50 minute mark.  After that the movie got a little interesting, causing me to jump a few times with the use of standard scare tactics, as the ghosts interacted with the characters.

The spirit’s story did not improve the plot at all when the sinister truth is revealed surrounding their deaths.  In fact, it made this already ridiculous movie worse.  I didn’t think it was possible but they achieved it.

For some reason the writers had to make it evolve around the characters birthdays correlating with the deaths instead of just leaving it at the spirits died in the house they used the Ouija board in.  I still can’t figure out why.  If you have watched this movie, or are brave enough to do so after this review, and can explain please do.

I didn’t care for the characters at all!  The characters felt very shallow and under developed throughout the whole movie. The couple arguing the whole time was very annoying.  SPOILER:  I was glad when this couple died to be honest.  I just wish the deaths made up for their terrible dynamic.

The acting was terrible by all actors involved.  It reminded me of student projects I was involved with in high school.  I will admit that they didn’t have much to work with between the plot and dialogue lacking.

I don’t recommend this movie at all.  Just don’t even waste your time.

Remember this Halloween, the Rules of the Ouija board:
1.  Always take it serious because it is not a game.
2. Always say good-bye at the end.
3.  Never use the Ouija board in your own home.

Is this a drinking movie?  You might as well get so drunk before watching it that you black out and don’t recall subjecting yourself to this painful movie.

Rated: Not Rated

Duration: 93 minutes

IMDB: 3.5 out of 10 as of 9/24/15

Amazon Prime: 2.3 out of 5 as of 9/24/15.  Available for membership streaming and rental

Netflix:  Available as of 9/24/15

Mala’s Rating: 0 out of 5 stars

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.