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October Horror Movie Preview

October 13, 2011

Hello all. Mark here.

With Halloween approaching I wanted to preview all of the horror flicks coming out this month. The list includes a prequel, sequel, threequel and two indies. Enjoy. Let me know if you watch any of them.

The film I anticipate the most is The Thing. I like Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Animal Kingdom). I also like that they are not remaking a classic. They are building a history around The Thing. However, prequels are rarely  good.  Remember The Phantom Menace. Also, when you try to build a history for a horror villain it can blow up in your face. The new Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street and Eat Pray Love are examples.

I remain optimistic about this film. I want to love it. I hope it doesn’t tarnish the good name of a horror classic and disappoint the immortal Kurt Russel.

Martha Marcy May Marlene was this years darling at Sundance. It is not a horror flick but since it is described as a psychological thriller I thought I’d include it on the list. I’m going to watch it. I’m always stoked for some indie unsettling internal horror flicks.

Retreat. Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton live alone on an island. Jamie Bell washes ashore and terrorizes the couple. Eventually, they get involved in a crazy fight for survival. I like Murphy, Newton and Bell a lot. Can’t wait to watch.

Paranormal Activity 3. The reviews are solid so far and it will be fun to watch with an audience. However, the platform is starting to feel old. I respect the first film for the competent/economical handling of a unique idea. As much as I complain about these films I will watch them and probably jump out of my seat.

The Human Centipede 2 looks like the dirtiest film ever made. It will most likely be violent, gratuitous and horrible. I am going to stay as far away as possible. Please do not watch this. I can’t see any  possible scenario that it will be enjoyable.


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