Monday, 30 October 2017

Ross' Spooky Reviews: My Favourite Halloween Movie

So what could it be? My favourite horror film of all time? One good enough to overcome all time greats like John Carpenter's Halloween or The Shining?

The suspense is killing me, although if you've read my top 10 favourite movie list you probably could have guessed it.

It's the one and only

I love this entire series (yes even the remake, check it out) and out of all of them this was always my favourite and the one I went back to the most. This goes all the way back to my childhood as my dad showed me Army of Darkness when I was around 7 years old and then showed me this one when I could handle it and I've loved it ever since. It may be the reason why I'm so in love with the horror genre today and showed me what the genre was capable of when done perfectly.

So why is it so good? Let me explain.

No spoilers here.

First off this isn't really a sequel to the original and is more like a remake now that director Sam Raimi has a much bigger budget to work with so you don't have to watch the first one to understand what's going on.

The basic plot follows Ash ,played by the always awesome Bruce Campbell, as he takes his girlfriend, Linda, to a remote cabin in the woods for some alone time. Before long an evil spirit is unleashed and Linda goes missing, leading to Ash and a few others fighting for survival against some creepy demons.

This movie is basically the horror equivalent of Mad Max: Fury Road in that once it starts it never really stops for a breath for the full 80 minutes. The shit hits the fan within the first 5 minutes and from then on it's memorable scene after memorable scene. 

It isn't just a straight up horror film either as there's quite a few comedic moments, including some slapstick, as it's obvious this isn't meant to be a serious movie and everyone's just having fun here. This is a goofy movie at times but in the best way possible. I mean if you've even seen the severed hand scene you know how hilarious it is and how well it works within the confines of the movie.

Not that it can't be scary either. Trips to the cellar and the dark woods are never particularly pleasant and there are a couple of jumpscares that might get you. Some of the special effects haven't aged as well but it's obvious that some are just here for laughs.

What really brings the movie together though is the performance from Bruce Campbell as Ash which is one of my favourites and I don't know why I haven't dressed up as him for Halloween. The other characters aren't that memorable but Ash carries the film all on his own as it could have just been him for 80 minutes and it would still be entertaining. He can go from a cowardly, clumsy dumbass to a chainsaw-wielding badass in the drop of a hat and he does this flawlessly.

Aside from some boring side characters I really don't have any issues with this movie as it has just about everything I could want from a film. Even the ending is great and comes totally out of nowhere but still makes sense to the tone of the movie and set up a fantastic sequel. 

Scary, funny as hell, a quotable main character and just total insanity throughout, this is one of the funnest movies ever made and one I will continue to watch for the rest of my life. If you haven't seen it I completely urge you to check it out along with the rest of the series. You won't regret it. 

Verdict: 10/10

Monday, 23 October 2017

Ross's Reviews: Happy Death Day

This is a movie that has been on my radar since I saw the first trailer a few months back and it's been getting quite a bit of hype the last month with a good marketing campaign. Did it live up to expectations or did it repeat the sins of many other bad horror films? Let's take a look.

As usual no spoilers.

The movie stars Jessica Rothe as college student Tree Gelbman who wakes up after a night of partying to what seems like any normal day. After being attacked and seemingly killed by a masked villain, she starts to realise that she is living the same day over and over again, being killed by the same stalker every night and needs to find their identity before she never wakes up again.

First off you should know this isn't much of a horror film. There's about one or two scenes with tension and a spooky atmosphere but that's about it which brings me to one of my problems with the film: the tone is all over the place.

The movie doesn't seem to know what it wants to be as it tries to be a scary movie, a murder mystery, a comedy and a family drama all in the one which can work sometimes, but the way the movie was paced and laid out made it feel slightly confused at times.

I mean from the start the killings are made to feel serious and then later on we have a montage which got more laughs from the audience than scares.

I did enjoy the character of Tree though as she starts off as a bit of a bitch, only caring about herself and even sleeping with a lecturer that has a wife, but the movie still made her out to be likeable which can be hard to pull off. Of course she does get much better as the movie goes on as she starts to realise how she can affect people's lives when she sees the same scenarios every day.

Jessica Rothe was terrific here and gave the movie a better performance than it really deserved to be honest. There's an emotional scene which had her giving a bit of a speech and I'll admit it got me slightly emotional. I really hope to see her in more movies in the future because she definitely carried the whole thing. No one else was bad but no one was as memorable as her.

From the trailer I was intrigued by the killer and wanted to know more about how they continually found our main character in different locations to kill her, but the movie disappointed in that aspect as it never really reveals how the masked killer operated unless I missed something while watching.

The movie did start to drag towards the end I thought and the finale itself was kind of dumb with even one of the main characters pointing out how over the top it is. Again though no spoilers so I won't go into it.

Really if it wasn't for Tree as a character the movie wouldn't be anything special but the film has a way of making you care about her as you're constantly rooting for her to find the killer and put the madness to rest once and for all.

Overall I did have a good time with this one even if feels like I may have torn the film apart a bit but hey that's what I'm here to do. A lot of reviews have been mixed for this one and I can see why as horror fans will be disappointed whereas movie fans in general should have a bit of fun with it.

If you're looking for a scarefest this Halloween, this one isn't for you, but if you're like a few of my friends and hate being scared by horror films, then this should be perfect for you and might even be a great introduction to the horror genre if you're looking to get started out easy.

Verdict: 6/10

Monday, 16 October 2017

Ross's Halloween Playlist

Today I thought I'd go with something a bit different as I've been watching a bit too many horror movies lately which has started messing with my head in weird ways, from my dreams to even hearing noises in the house when I'm alone, it's not been that fun.

So for a short while at least, I'll be taking a little break from horrors aside from a couple that have still to be released in the cinema.

This here is a list of movies I would recommend watching on the lead up to Halloween, or Halloween itself and I'm going to be aiming for more obscure movies instead of the classics you've seen on these lists a million times. There'll be no movies like The Exorcist, Alien or Nightmare on Elm Street here. So if you'd like some recommendations for some movies that you may not have seen before, then you're in the right place.

These films are are ranked in no particular order.

The Wicker Man (2006)/ The Happening/ Troll 2

I thought I'd start with something a bit different so I could get it out of the way. I combined these three movies because they all serve the same purpose: trying to be scary while coming across as absolute comedies. Every single one has a classic moment that can be best enjoyed with a few drinks and a few friends. From Wicker Man's infamous bee scene (shown above), Mark Wahlberg's entire performance in The Happening, and....... well just about everything in Troll 2. All three are terrible but worth a watch for the laughs.

The Evil Dead Anthology

I was only going to go with Army of Darkness for this one but I decided to go with all four movies since they all deserve to be seen. The first one is more well known for how much it managed to do on a shoestring budget. It's pretty silly watching it back now but it still does have some scary moments with some being particularly gory. Some scenes don't work as well like the stop motion ending and the tree rape scene really hasn't aged well and is hard to watch for many reasons. 

The second is an absolute favourite of mine as it runs with the goofiness and takes it to a whole other level with tons of memorable scenes and some of the best dialogue you'll ever hear. Plus the armless scenes are some of the funniest committed to film. I won't say too much more as I may talk about this one more at a later date. 

Army of Darkness once again ups the goofiness factor to it's highest levels as this is no longer a horror film and more like a medieval comedy, but my god is it glorious. Check this one out immediately.

And finally we have the 2013 remake simply known as Evil Dead. I love this movie which is weird because I detested it's mere existence when it was first announced, but after one watch I was hooked. There's no goofiness to be had here as it's all serious with some major gore, practical effects galore and characters you can actually root for. Not to mention it has one of the most badass finales you'll see in any movie. 


I'm honestly not the biggest fan of this franchise as I found the first very disappointing and I couldn't even finish the third one I was that bored with it, but my god this one is just fantastic and I can't sing it's praises enough. 

The film features four short stories (five if you count the set up plot) and each one is worth a watch. The first story follows a man that has a bionic eye installed to test out which has a camera inside. Somehow this causes him to see dead people in his apartment that mean to cause him harm. I love the camera here as they found a way to make the found footage make sense as you see everything the main character sees. Great start.

It then moves onto a story that follows a cyclist that is turned into a zombie. The genius here is that the camera is a Go Pro attached to the cyclist's helmet and so you get to see how a zombie sees. It's all pretty gruesome too. Another good one. 

The third one I'm not even gonna talk about as it's so batshit crazy that you need to see it for yourself. It's the best short story on here and worth the price of admission alone. 

The fourth story may seem like a simple alien abduction story, but there's just something so unsettling about the look of the monsters and the way it's filmed that makes it seem so real. 

All in all, a must for October.

The Descent

This is one that was talked about a lot when it first came out but seems to have fallen out of memory in recent years which is really unfair. This is one of the scariest movies I've ever seen and is a total nightmare for anyone that suffers from claustrophobia. The first two acts are nothing like your traditional horror film as it's mainly the group of girls trying to escape from a cave system, but the collapsing tunnels and dark areas make you feel like you're really there and it can leave you feeling breathless. 

The third act, however, is where the shit really hits the fan and things go from bad to horrific pretty quickly and it has some of the most nail biting moments you'll see in a horror. Definitely check this one out. 

Return of the Living Dead

This is one of the first horror movies I'd ever seen ad I think I may have been around 8 or 9 when I initially watched it. It used to freak me out but watching it back now I realise how ridiculous I was. This is basically a dark comedy take on the zombie genre and is just a blast to watch from start to finish. The zombies are great (and can even speak) with one of the most memorable ones in the form of the slime monster which is easily my favourite part of the film. It is a bit cheesy by today's standards, but I'd say it's ideal to have in the background during a Halloween party. 

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

This may be the most obscure movie on the list and it's one I've actually only seen once a few years ago, but man was it memorable. Without spoiling anything, the movie follows a journalist as she documents the movements of a serial killer while he shows her his plans which are basically all the rules of any slasher flick. It does sound a bit like Scream admittedly as it is quite meta, but it's just so clever and so fun it's hard not to love it. If you enjoy your slasher horror films, then this is one that should definitely be on your watchlist. 


I put this one here because whenever I mention it, everyone thinks I'm talking about the American remake known as Quarantine which sucks so don't watch it. This is the original Spanish version which is vastly superior in just about every aspect. Like the Descent it starts off claustrophobic with our characters stuck inside a building while dealing with what seems to be some kind of outbreak. The pacing is excellent as it all leads to a terrifying finale that will give you nightmares for weeks. A found footage classic to check out for sure. 


I'm not even sure this can be classed as a horror film as it's more of a thriller than anything, but my god is it absolutely disturbing. This is another foreign movie this time taking place in France. Whenever I mention this one, the fact that it needs subtitles puts people off but I'd highly recommend checking it out. Without spoiling the plot, the story follows a pregnant woman in her home who is suddenly stalked by another woman who seems to want to take her baby for herself, even if it means cutting her open. This is such a tense movie as you're desperate to see this poor woman escape from this situation, and the gore is enough to have you look away from the screen. 

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

When I first heard about this movie I wondered how they could make a good horror story out of a simple autopsy. By the end I wondered how I could even question this in the first place. I only watched this one recently but man did I love it. I can't go into plot details as the fun is in figuring out the story as it goes along. Just know that this film knows how to be creepy, in subtle, quiet moments that will stick with you for a while. 

And that's my playlist for films that deserve a look this Halloween season. I thought about adding others like Oculus, Babadook and It Follows, but those ones are pretty well known by now and I had enough here to work with. 

Did I miss any others you think should be here? If you have any other recommendations for people feel free to leave a comment below. If you have any movies you want me to review as well, let me know.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Ross's Spooky Reviews: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

You knew I couldn't continue with the scary movie reviews without mentioning this gem.

Also I've been thinking of what to do when we finally reach October 31st, so I've decided that on that day, I'll be releasing a review for my favourite movie to watch on Halloween. What is that movie?
You'll have to wait and see.

Anyways onto the review. As usual there will be no spoilers.

It only really just hit me when watching this back last night that movie is very similar to the recent movie adaption of IT (yes I know I keep going on about it but screw it, I love it) so Stephen King may have lifted some ideas from this for his original novel. The villains may have differing motivations for their killings, but the setup for the story is almost identical in a way.

For those who don't know what this movie is, it stars Robert Englund as the horror icon known as Freddy Krueger who is hunting down the teens of Springwood in the only place the can't run from: their dreams.

The movie also stars Heather Langenkamp as Nancy and a debuting Johnny Depp as Glen. I surprisingly don't have much to say on Depp here as he doesn't actually do much and is just here as Nancy's boyfriend who seemingly can't do anything right. He does have one very memorable scene which I can't mention for spoilers, but anyone who's seen it knows exactly what I'm talking about and it's fucking great.

So basically Heather and her friends need to come up with a solution to the Freddy problem otherwise they're all gonna end up dead pretty soon when they eventually have to fall asleep.

I do love way that Freddy operates here as it while it may be parodied to death nowadays, back then it was this brand new idea and it's pretty terrifying when you think about it. Imagine a killer being able to murder you in your dreams, how do you escape or defend against that? You kind of don't and just have to do what you can to survive.

Not only that, but he manipulate his appearance and surroundings (like IT) to terrify and kill his victims, as he needs fear and belief to stay alive (like IT). It makes for some very memorable scenes that will stay with you long after the movie is over.

There is one disturbing scene that really stuck with me and that's Freddy's first kill. Again I can't mention who it is for spoilers but the scene itself is just so visceral and grisly without being too gory or even over the top that it just works so well, and from that point on Freddy goes from being a creepy boogeyman to someone that demands to be feared and will kill you in the worst ways possible.

There are some cheesy moments here and there (as well as some cheap jumpscares) as this is an 80s movie but it's all good fun and adds to the overall experience.

When it comes to the acting, Englund as Freddy is of course the most memorable performance. He just looks like he's having so much fun in every scene and while he wouldn't be as goofy as he turned out later on, he still had a funny line here and there. It's no wonder he got to play the character for almost 20 years.

While his performance always gets the most attention, I'd also like to highlight the performance of Langenkamp as Nancy as she was great throughout. She goes from this timid schoolgirl to a badass with a survivalist attitude and she works it very well. I would mention the rest of cast but everyone else doesn't really do much if I'm honest and the two leads were the only memorable characters.

The whole film builds up to a terrific finale as the last 20 minutes or so really ramp up the tension and suspense while leaving you rooting for the surviving characters which doesn't happen too often in these kinds of horror films, but this one pulled it off.

Overall I had a blast watching this movie again and it's one I've watched many times before and will continue to watch in future. This is a Halloween must as it has stood the test of time and continues to haunt nightmares to this very day while also creating a top icon of horror in the process.

Check this one out again, and if you haven't seen it already, check it out even quicker.

Verdict: 8/10

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Ross's Reviews: Blade Runner 2049

I was never planning to review this movie when it came out as I was wanting to keep all of this month's reviews horror related for Halloween, but after seeing this last night I just felt like I needed to talk about it.

No spoilers here.

First off this is a long ass movie. If you're willing to put the time into it, you're looking at 164 minutes in a cinema seat, which trust me does not do your legs any favours (and this is with freaking legroom seats) but it's oh so totally worth it in the end.

The film is directed by Denis Villeneuve who has quickly become one of my favourite directors to watch for after this and other classics like Arrival (2016) and Prisoners (2013). I still haven't seen Sicario (2015) or Enemy (2013) but I'll definitely need to check them out soon.

The film is set 30 years after the original movie (definitely check out the final cut if you haven't seen it, it's an easy 10/10 classic) and follows replicant Blade Runner 'K' (Ryan Gosling) as it is his job to hunt down and 'retire' older replicant models that are now illegal due their rebellious nature.

These are the same kind of original models from the first movie in that they were designed almost exactly like humans but had increased strength and made them viable for slave labour. Of course attaching emotions and memories to these replicants ended up being a bad idea and they turned on their human masters and so were made illegal as a result and sentenced to death on sight. Aren't we as people just lovely?

Anyway after 30 years passed, new replicant models have been made after a takeover of the original company, and these new models are built the same as the older ones but are considered to be harmless to humans unless needed. And yet somehow these replicants are still hated by people because humanity always seems to hate things that are different.

So the basic plot without ruining it sees K being tasked with hunting down a particular kind of replicant that no one can know about, lest it's revelation to the world cause an uprising and potential war between man and machine.

While a lot of themes and symbolism does feel like it's trying to deliver the same as the original, this one does it in it's own, quite different way that it really does feel original.

The parts that really screwed with me were the ones featuring any kind of artificial intelligence such as K's AI that he uses in his apartment that acts as his roommate/partner. This particular AI is played by Ana De Armas and is so lifelike with her emotions and thoughts that it made me wonder; does she really feel this way or is it the software? Is she happy that she's forced to feel these emotions in what could be considered slave labour? It messed with my head quite a bit and one of the reasons why I loved this movie, it forces you to think on your own moral implications on what is really just a piece of manufactured machinery.

I don't normally go into the soundtrack of movies but my god the music here was absolute bliss and just floored me every time I heard it. It's already saved on my Spotify for future use and I was happy to learn that it was composed by the legendary Hans Zimmer who knocked it out of the park once again.

You can also see Ridley Scott's fingerprints all over this as the producer as the visuals are absolutely stunning throughout. So many locations in the movie feel special and have their own place in the world from the constantly raining, dank city of California to the desolate forgotten cities of the past used later on.

Of course Harrison Ford returns to his iconic role of former Blade Runner Deckard and while he was shown quite a bit in the advertising he really isn't in this all that much, but I did appreciate the scenes he was included in as they continued his arc from the previous film without ruining what the character was which a lot of sequels seemingly can't do that well.

Speaking of not appearing that much, we also have Jared Leto as the creator of the new replicants, Niander Wallace, and again while he's not here too often, when he is it's always an interesting scene. His character comes across as having a bit of a god complex which I guess he should since he does create life. You could call him the villain but I'd say that's more open to interpretation depending on your findings in the film.

One of my favourite performances came from Sylvia Hoeks as the replicant known as Luv who is basically Wallace's henchwoman that gets all his shit done. It just amazes me how she starts as just a normal character and then changes into one of the most threatening characters I've seen all year. She's a badass and you don't want to mess with her.

I freaking adored this movie and it's one of those special movies that comes along to remind me why I love cinema in the first place which I haven't felt since La La Land. To me practically everything was perfect here from the acting, the story, the visuals, the soundtrack, the pacing, the direction, I loved it all.

If you're expecting a big blown out sci-fi action movie then you'll be really disappointed as there's barely any action at all, but there doesn't need to be. This is a thought-provoking masterpiece that I know a lot of audiences will hate, but those that put the time and attention in will see it for what it truly is.

I've only just found this morning that the movie isn't doing well at the box office so far which is heartbreaking as this movie deserves the  profit and it means that studios may be reluctant to release anything with this level of detail or thought again and we'll be stuck with the dumb audience approved movies that shovel the same shit at us over and over again.

True it isn't the most accessible movie ever as I do think you need to have watched the original beforehand as some of the plot may not make as much sense and there are definitely fan service moments here and there which still work in context of the whole film.

This is going to go down as one of my favourite movies ever and I'm sure I'll love it even more when given the chance to rewatch and pick up small details I may have missed the first time. I'm not going to see a movie as good as this for a long time, but when I do the wait will have been worth it.

I'd highly recommend checking this out if you consider yourself a fan of sci-fi, if you even just slightly enjoyed the original, or if you consider yourself a fan of cinema. You won't regret it.

Verdict: 10/10

Friday, 6 October 2017

Ross's Halloween Reviews: Halloween (1978)

What would Halloween related reviews for October be without taking a look at John Carpenter's holiday classic simply known as Halloween.

Also my good buddy Harrison has a horror themed podcast worth checking out on the first two movies in the series with more to come. Here's the link below:

So how does this movie hold up almost 40 years later? Let's take a look.

No major spoilers here.

So the movie starts off in a little town known as Haddonfield exactly 15 years before the major events of the film as a young boy known as Michael Myers is spying on his older sister from outside the house. This eventually leads him inside where he grabs a knife and a mask to stab the hell out of her.

It is a pretty disturbing moment to start the movie but it was never the actual stabbing that disturbed me, in fact it's the moment where his parents take off him mask to show him as an ordinary boy. He doesn't look creepy or like an obvious killer, he just looks like your run of the mill 6 year old which is quite unsettling.

We then cut to the present day (1978) where young Michael is now much older and has escaped the insane asylum holding him with Dr Loomis (Donald Pleasance) hot on his trail.

We also follow high schooler Laurie Strode (a debuting Jamie Lee Curtis) as she prepares to babysit on Halloween night, unaware of the terror of the night ahead as Michael attempts to hunt her down along with her friends.

I still love just about everything in this movie even after watching for what must be like the 20th time in my life. It's the slasher movie that all other slasher movies try to be even to this very day and none have done it as well as this. There's a reason why it was in my top 10 favourite movies list.

First of all the music is terrific and the film is even introduced with the opening theme that is now considered iconic and is a favourite of those looking to be spooky. Even without the main score the music used throughout is so well done whether it be the rising tension scenes of Myers chasing down another victim or the sudden jolt whenever he pops in out of nowhere. It definitely does it's job horrifically well.

Speaking of the devil (almost literally) Michael Myers is easily the best part of this whole movie and there's a reason why he's so iconic when it comes to horror. While he may have grown up inside asylum walls, he's not just some brute looking to kill whatever is in his path. No, he plans his attack by stalking his victims throughout the day before picking the perfect moment to strike.

He's creepy as hell and there are some shots of him (such as the image above) that may creep around in your nightmares forever. It also helps that Dr Loomis builds him up as some sort of icon of evil, like a demon and it really makes him seem like this unstoppable force that will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.

My only slight issue with film is that the acting can be quite corny at times from the side characters and can be laughable at times.

I do think that this is made up by a great first performance from Jamie Lee Curtis (who, aside from Ripley, is the best final girl ever) and a brilliant showing from Donald Pleasance who would end up in quite a few of these movies and would generally always be the best actor in them.

The movie does have a slightly slow build up especially if you've seen it quite a few times like myself, but there are still some scares to keep newcomers on their toes or hide their eyes behind their hands.

It's worth it though as leads the fantastic final 20 minutes which has some of the most tension filled scenes ever put to cinema. I won't spoil it but after watching it I doubt you'll ever feel safe in your own house again.

Overall this movie definitely holds up today and is still the golden standard of slasher and horror movies alike. Whenever October 31st rolls around, this one always deserves to be on any Halloween watchlist. Highly recommended.

Verdict: 10/10

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Ross's Halloween Reviews: Gerald's Game

Or as I like to call it: Stephen King's version of 127 Hours.

I know it may seem a bit redundant to put the word 'Halloween' in the title since all I've reviewed since coming book is straight up horror movies, but while we're in the month of October it's going to stay that way. It's my favourite time of year and I plan to upload as many horror reviews as possible during the month.

So this movie was released a couple of days ago as a Netflix exclusive and is an adaption of the book of the same name, written by the legend that is Stephen King, which does seem to be a theme for me as this is now the fourth King adaption I've written about since coming back.

I've also bought the original book version, and after watching this I definitely want to read it after I'm finished with 'IT' to see if there are any major differences.

With King adaption's being all the rage this month, how does this one stack up with the rest? Let's take a look.

As usual this will be spoiler free and any plot points I do mention will have already been shown in the trailer.

Our story begins with our two main characters, a married couple called Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and Jessie (Carla Gugino) as they head to a remote Lake House in the woods to try and spice up their apparently failing marriage.

Quickly this leads to Gerald trying out a sex game by handcuffing Jessie to the bed. After this all goes kind of wrong (in a very uncomfortable scene I might add), Gerald suffers what appears to be a heart attack, leaving poor Jessie stuck to the bed with no one around to help her. She can't move from the bed or reach her phone from the bedside table, so she's pretty much screwed and tries everything to stay alive.

Aside from threat of starvation and dehydration, Jessie also has to contend with a ravenous stray dog that's gotten into the house, waiting for her to drop her guard so that he can feast on her flesh.

I wasn't too sure about this one at first as I wasn't sure how they could pull off making a person trapped to a bed for 100 minutes entertaining, but somehow they pulled it off and I was never bored once.

This is mainly because of the hallucinations suffered by Jessie as she slowly starts to go insane due to her dire situation. In this state she has visions of Gerald coming back to seemingly mock her with details of their sub-par marriage and laughing at her attempts to escape.

To counteract this she can also see a version of herself that's willing her on and giving her ideas on how to survive and to ignore her mind's version of Gerald.

The acting performances here were great, especially for Carla as she could go from a helpless woman hanging on the edge of sanity to a badass with some survival instinct.

When there were some slower moments in the movie, they were still filled with the right amount of tension, to where even Jessie's attempt to get a simple glass of water to stay alive is just nail-biting and you're left praying that she doesn't mess it up.

I wasn't expecting this to be a horror film at all, but as this is a Stephen King adaption, there was bound to be some scary element here. It doesn't happen often but there are a couple of scenes that bring in a seemingly supernatural element which did initially creep me out and there were a couple of times I was left watching the screen through my fingers.

Jessie also has flashbacks to her time as a 12 year old girl that do explain why her marriage with Gerald is slightly strained, but again I won't go into details due to spoilers. Just know this, it is pretty fucked up and won't be forgotten soon as much as I'd like to.

As someone who doesn't mind a bit of gore, there are only a couple of scenes with some major gory details that definitely won't be for the faint of heart so be warned.

My only real problem with the movie I can't explain as it does take place in the last five minutes of the film, but it does involve a revelation that kind of ruined some of the previous moments in the film as it didn't make sense and didn't fit the tone of the rest of the film. Some people may see it differently but it just annoyed me.

Overall while not on the levels of the recent IT adaption in my opinion, this is still a Stephen King adaption worth checking out if you're looking for a chilling October movie without too many scares. It is disturbing as hell and you could cut the tension with a knife at times as you feel yourself glued to the story.


Verdict: 7/10