Annihilation (Film)

Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuva Novotny, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson in Annihilation (2018)
Titles: Annihilation
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What is it?

The 2018 science fiction psychological horror movie Annihilation.

Lake Mungo (Film)

Lake Mungo (2008)
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What is it?

The 2008 Australian psychological horror movie Lake Mungo.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local reservoir.

When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her.

Then, they begin to experience a series of strange and inexplicable events centered in and around their home.

Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist Ray Kemeney.

He discovers that Alice led a double life.

A series of clues leads the family to Lake Mungo where Alice’s secret past emerges.

Lake Mungo is a mystery, a thriller and a ghost story told in documentary form that illustrates how the dead can forever haunt the living.

My Thoughts

My brother GC and I watched this movie at least a week ago after watching Chris Stuckmann’s review of it that you can watch below.

Chris really liked this movie and it scared him so I had high hopes for it, but my brother GC and I did not like it as much as him and it was not that scary to us.

This movie did do a good job seeming like a real documentary and the actors and actresses did seem more like real people being interviewed, but it was done in a way that was slower and longer and less interesting and less scary than it should have been.

I do like how this movie has several twists that I did not see coming, and there is some symbolism.

But this movie just did not connect with us as much as it could have, if the pacing and the style was sped up a bit, and if the scariness was increased and if the movie was shortened then it could have reached it potential.

The end,

-John Jr

Silent Hill (Film)

Radha Mitchell in Silent Hill (2006)
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What is it?

The 2006 French-Canadian psychological horror movie Silent Hill.

What is it about?

This is how Wikipedia describes this movie:

Silent Hill is a 2006 French-Canadian psychological horror film directed by Christophe Gans and written by Roger Avary, Gans, and Nicolas Boukhrief.

The film is an adaptation of Konami’s 1999 video game Silent Hill.

It stars Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates, Tanya Allen, Alice Krige, and Jodelle Ferland.

The film follows Rose, who takes her adopted daughter Sharon to the town of Silent Hill, for which Sharon cries while sleepwalking.

Arriving at Silent Hill, Rose is involved in a car accident and awakens to find Sharon missing; while searching for her daughter, she fights a local cult while uncovering Sharon’s connection to the town’s dark past.

My Thoughts

I saw this movie in a movie theater back when it came out, the arrival at Silent Hill with the ash babies/creatures creeped me out, and this movie was better than the usual video game movie and it was not bad for a horror film.

For some reason many people seemed to not like this movie back when it came out, but I liked it better than the critics.

The end,

-John Jr

The Fanatic (2019 Film)

What is it?

The 2019 American psychological horror-thriller movie The Fanatic.

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Hereditary (Film)

Toni Collette and Milly Shapiro in Hereditary (2018)
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2018 American supernatural psychological horror drama movie Hereditary.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.

The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.

Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.

My Thoughts

It was Chris Stuckmann and Pu55nboot5gaming who made me want to watch this movie when they mentioned it in one of their videos:

The fact that both of them liked this movie surprised me, and so I decided that I would try to watch it eventually.

This was the director Ari Aster’s first feature length film, I had seen one of his short films before called The Strange Thing About The Johnsons which like this movie involves family and some crazy and unexpected and unsettling things that leave you not sure of what to think about it, and so if you watch that short film you will have a bit on an idea of what to expect from this movie.

To my surprise my brother GC decided that we should finally watch it, he probably did not expect to like it much, and so we watched it over the course of three days.

This was a slow burn psychological horror mystery movie in my opinion, it was more psychological mystery than horror, and from the very beginning there was always something subtle to make you think that something was not right.

Music, sound, silence, and subtle visuals were used to keep a subtle strange atmosphere going in the background almost at all times.

You would sometimes notice a light or something, and you would wonder what was that and was that real or imaginary.

There was something surprising that happened early in the movie, but most of the movie had us wondering where was this movie going and trying to figure out what was really going on.

Toni Collette had a standout performance, she had to jump between various modes and her performance was pretty raw and amazing in her facial expressions and body language and delivery and range, and some of the other actors and actresses did pretty good as well.

Part of one standout scene by Mrs. Collette was part of this scene:

I did not like how scenes would often jump to later leaving out many details, like a short film, and so there were lots of missed details which makes things even more mysterious as you struggle to figure out what this movie is really about.

This was the kind of movie that lingers with you a bit, it is not as scary as some people say, but it is the kind of movie that may have you sometimes being on alert or a bit scared days later if you notice or hear certain things or when you are alone in the dark.

I had some strange dreams one night after watching part of this movie, and each night since I have had moments in the dark where I have seen something and had to double-check to make sure that nothing was there.

The last thirty minutes of this movie gets pretty crazy and creepy and gruesome and it ended suddenly and confusingly leaving you wondering what just happened and not sure of what to think about this movie, I did not like how it ended at the very end, and it is the type of movie that I am not sure how I really felt about it overall.

The end,

-John Jr

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