Graveyard Cinema

                                                 By Dark Soul
Flatliners




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       When you get a remake of a movie, you hope that it would at least improve or put a new spin from the
original movie.   It’s a little harder when the remake is a horror movie.  Flatliners is a remake of a 1990
movie that had an all-star cast of Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt and Kevin
Bacon.  This remake doesn’t really take a new spin on it but it does update the story with a fresh new cast
of Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev and Diego Luna.

       The movie is about a young medical student obsessed with finding out the secrets to what happens
after someone dies and has an afterlife experience.  She manages to entice some friends to help her with
an experiment where she dies and they bring her back after a minute.  After the experiment, she describes
an incredible experience and does things she hasn’t done in years.  Her friends begin to participate in this
experiment going longer and longer.  Suddenly they start having haunting hallucinations from things in their
past.  These hauntings continue to get dangerous as they try to find a way to stop them.  Will they survive
or succumb to the afterlife?

       The movie does a good job with keeping faithful to the story while making minor changes.  The story
moves along at a decent pace and does have some creepy moments.  Kiefer Sutherland does have a
guest role that really doesn’t have anything to do with the movie but it was a pleasant surprise to see him in
the movie.  The original movie was R rated while the new remake is PG-13 which takes a little of the bite
out of the movie.  But all in all, it’s not a bad movie to check out on a slow day.  


Before I Wake




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       I was being recommended to see this movie for a while but was in no rush since the commercial ads
didn’t make it that interesting.  But since it was a recommendation, I said let me check it out.  This is one
of those movies where the commercial didn’t do it justice.  This was a good movie that kept you on the
edge of your seat from the beginning.  The movie stars Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Annabeth Gish and
Jacob Tremblay as young Cody.  None of these actors are known for horror which makes it unnerving
once that action gets going.

       It begins with Jesse and Mark adopting young Cody after the death of their son and finding out that
they can no longer have kids on their own.  Cody has mysteriously bounce from foster home to foster home
with problems every time he enters a new home.  Once Cody moves to his new home, strange things start
happening.  First nice and wonderful but quickly goes to strange and scary.  It seems every time Cody
sleeps, his dreams become reality.  Will Jesse and Mark find out what is causing this to happen before
tragedy strikes again?
         
       This movie starts off with the right tone as it keeps you weighted down with the mood.  It only
increases as the movie moves along as well the thrills and scares.  Thomas Jane, Kate Bosworth and
Annabeth Gish (not in it much) were so-so but Jacob Tremblay was great and he has gone on to do
Wonder (which he was also great in).  It has some of your typical jump scares as with all horror movies and
probably used them a little too much.  But what can you expect with a PG-13 rating.  They can’t show tones
of blood and body parts!  The story is strong and it does have a twist at the end of the movie that is pretty
decent.  I recommend checking this out for some supernatural thrills.

Hush




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I was recommended to see this movie by my niece who loves horror movies.  Unlike the two movies
above, this movie is rated R and I was looking for some good old horror blood and gore.  While there was
a lot of blood, there wasn’t much gore.  This is more of a psychological horror where the action and
suspense held up to make for a great little horror movie.

       The movie is about Maddie, a deaf writer who is also mute, working on her latest book in a remote
house where she has one neighbor who looks out for her.  While working, a masked killer first attacks and
kills her neighbor and then goes after her.  He finds out that Maddie is deaf and decides to play with her a
little before he kills her.  With the killer taking any way to leave of contact the outside world, Maddie must
find a way to survive long enough to find a way out

This is a great movie that has a limited cast and not a lot of background sound or music.  With that, the
director Mike Flanagan does a great job showing the deaf life of Maddie and use that to add the suspense
to the film.  His take with the character Maddie and her figuring out a way to survive is unique and one of
the highlights of the movie.  The two stars Katey Siegel (Demon Legacy, Oculus, Oujia: Origin of Evil) and
John Gallagher Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane, The Belko Experiment), do a great job holding up the film and
playing off each other in this cat and mouse game.  My only problem with the film is there is no reason why
the killer is there.  Otherwise, this is a great little film that is a quick watch.
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