Whoa! Busy week. I watched a ton of horror movies on Halloween, then got a new job a day later—a job I’ve been kickin’ butt at (I think), by the way. I freelance write for Heavy.com now, so go on and see some of the stuff I’ve written! Make sure you read Xombie Xing, follow me on Twitter, and check out my new Tumblr. Okay, enough plugging. Enjoy the post.
Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
Cheap Thrills plays out like a tamer version of Would You Rather, the 2012 horror movie about dinner guests forced to perform sick actions for a promised sum of money. In Cheap Thrills, two old friends meet a rich couple who pay them to do progressively dark stuff, but it never gets to the level of Would You Rather. See that one instead.
This horror flick is kind of like V/H/S. It’s not found footage, but it’s three mini horror movies put into one. The problem is they mostly suck, especially the last one that went on way too long and was far too convoluted for the weak payoff. Still, if you like the approach of bite-size horror stories, you might get a kick out of Little Deaths—the first two-thirds of it, anyway.
This is a run-of-the-mill horror movie I actually loved, and I almost never say that. It’s about a family haunted by an ancient mirror and the daughter’s attempt to prove its paranormal powers when the brother thinks she’s just delusional. The movie presents unsettling hallucinations masterfully, seamlessly switching between the present and the past to show the audience the horrible childhood the now-grown children went through to reach the point of investigating a supposedly haunted mirror. Definitely see this flick.
Resolution is a horror-comedy that takes an unexpected, fourth-wall-breaking turn. It starts out with a young man trying to end his friend’s meth addiction by handcuffing him to a pole inside the house he’s squatting in. Not long later, things get weird as the friends discover video of themselves filmed only seconds ago, which they deem impossible. It gets crazier from there, but I can’t say anything more without spoiling the twist. Resolution was delightful and creepy.
I’m not sure I enjoyed The Babadook, another standard horror movie, as much as I did Oculus, but it’s still very good. A single mother and her bratty child (who’s an amazing actor for his young age) are haunted by a disturbing children’s book, and the mother has a psychotic breakdown, leaving it up to the child to save them both. The Babadook is touching and terrifying, even when it shows the monster haunting them both.