Watched a couple.
-Curse of Chucky
I thought it was surprisingly decent, even as I'm able to list the significant problems it had. In theory I like the back to basics approach, trying to make the character frightening again, but in practice I think too much water has gone under that particular bridge, and plus, Chucky was never actually very frightening. He was always in wisecracker in the latter day Freddy Krueger vein, and this movie is probably best served when he's in that mode. The kills are kind of weak too, and this is a series with a penchant for comic setpiece murders.
That said, I liked it! I'm a fan of the series, now that I reflect on them, and Brad Dourif is a real treat. Some of the best moments in this feature flashback to the Charles Lee Ray, and Dourif aces those scenes. I also thought his daughter was good in the lead role too - it's fascinating seeing a pretty lady that also looks kind of like Brad Dourif. The bitchy sister was did some fine Horror movie asshole acting, and they managed to give the creepy house a nice sense of geography and menace. It reminded me occasonally of Stuart Gordon's Dolls. Plus, it blew my mind that they actually made the continuity for the whole series work. I'm going to NY Comic Con this weekend, and I hope I make it to the Chucky panel - Dourif and Jennifer Tilly are scheduled!
But it was, on the whole, kind of eliminated from my mind, because I also watched
Whoa, fucking hell. Now that's a grisly fuck of a movie. I knew nothing about it and threw it onto my queue based on its showing in the Horror Draft, and it certainly made an impression. Definitely falls into the "not remotely fun to watch" category of horror movies, and as I'm trying to sample all types this season, I was glad to get such a distinct entry, but ugh, what a difficult sit. I really liked Inside, which it reminded me quite a bit, but it's a far less exciting film. Not much suspense, really, just grisly act after gruesome violation.
But I think once you get over the hump of the first forty five minutes or so, and the actual narrative presents itself, it becomes a much more rewarding film and the final twenty minutes, despite just being brutally ugly, actually turned it into an effective and thought-provoking film. I can't imagine ever watching it again - the Hostel films explore similar ground a much more entertaining way - but what I had originally just assumed was a cynical piece of torture masquerading as art house actually did have some cool ideas about what it was doing, and there's even a hint of Funny Games-esque audience indictment. Memorable.
1. Take Shelter
3. The Lords of Salem
4. Curse of Chucky
5. White Zombie
6. Solomon Kane
7. Eyes of the Mothman