Maybe it's just me, but the fact that The Exorcism of Emily Rose was based on a true story seemed to add to the story. I can think of a number of exorcism movies, but this one is probably the best. I don't think too many others feel the same, but I definitely liked the movie. The movie centers around a courtroom, where the priest who performed the exorcism is being held for murder. As you might assume, this is basically a trial between science and religion. Winners and losers in this courtroom aren't as you might expect, as is the real world, but it's definitely not a bad ending. If you're into religious/exorcism movies or religion vs. science debates, you'll probably find this movie intriguing. Give it a shot, if you have a chance.
If you liked The Exorcism of Emily Rose for the exorcism aspect, I'd suggest The Exorcist ; otherwise, if you liked it for the debate, I'd suggest Contact .
When I saw the WWE credited on See No Evil , I immediately questioned its quality. In the end, the story wasn't all that, but it was decent. I have to compare the movie with Hostel due to some of the torturous scenes. Hostel had a much better back-story and was a bit more gruesome, tho. Don't let the WWE byline disuade you, tho, the movie's not too shabby. Acting is admittedly second-rate, so if you like horror movies and happen onto the DVD, give it a shot; otherwise, don't rush out to grab it.
If you liked See No Evil, I'd suggest Saw and Hostel.
After watching the trailer, I wasn't overly excited about The Messengers , but I was interested in seeing it. There was definitely a hint of directorial inspiration from The Grudge and The Ring movies, as one might expect. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this is bad, but I am curious where the style started from. Considering the basis for The Grudge and The Ring, my initial impression was that it came from the original Japanese versions of the movies. No matter where the style originated from, I do like it. The movie wasn't really as scary as I'd hoped. I tend to like dark movies and this one just didn't have what I was looking for. I don't remember what the movie was rated, but I'd go as far as to say it was positioned to house a younger audience -- not necessarily focused on children, but with a goal of targetting the widest audience possible. Then again, I'm probably only saying that because I do like the darker macabre.
If you liked The Messengers, I'd suggest The Grudge and The Ring.
I can't say that Winona Ryder has really come out with anything I've been too big a fan of and Lost Souls is no different. I'm not saying I didn't like the movie or that she's a bad actress; just that she probably doesn't get into too many "good" movies. If anyone knows of one she was in that was really good, I'd be interested to hear about it. Heck, thinking about it, I can only come up with a few she was in that I've actually seen. She was just in A Scanner Darkly , but you can see how I felt about that. I guess her biggest movie was probably Beetlejuice .
Anyway, back to Lost Souls, the movie reminded me of a short-lived TV series I saw, Point Pleasant . Not that the similarities were abundant, but they shared the basic premise of the devil's child being born. I will say I didn't expect what happened in the movie. While the movie was kind of slow, if you have a chance to see it, it might be worth the watch. Don't bother going out of your way, tho.
Hostel was awesome. The first part threw me off quite a bit, but it all came back with a vengence in the end. Very exciting. Then again, I am somewhat twisted. This movie isn't for the squeemish, that's for sure. The fact that it's a Tarantino movie should tell you that, tho. All-in-all, this is a guy movie. Anyone who watches it will see that in a heartbeat. I'm not saying women can't enjoy it, but with a movie about sex and torture, the list of women I know who'd enjoy it is somewhat small. Then again, some guys I know probably couldn't... well, wouldn't want to watch it. Oh well, my twisted self and I love it! As if this 3 1/2 year old movie wasn't enough, there seems to be a sequel planned to release this year. Not sure if that's still on track, but I'm excited nonetheless.
I really liked Covenant . I admit it was predictable in several parts, but it was good. I had to laugh during the big fight scene because it reminded me of an anime series I liked, Dragonball Z . Of course, the end of the movie left you with one question: what happened to the fifth guy? Sure, it's definitely possible he was completely destroyed in the fight, but I think they left it open for a reason. There's no sight of a sequel that I've seen, but I would definitely entertain the idea of one. I'm not sure what else there is to discuss, but more back-story might be good.
Don't waste your time on Christina's House
. It's just bad. I originally got it because of Brenden Fehr
, who was in Roswell
. He was fine in the movie, I guess, but there were certain characters that needed to get back to some acting classes, that's for sure. I expected a little cheesiness, but the movie was just bad... very bad.
The Hills Have Eyes
was definitely a freaky movie. I loved it! You don't see twisted movies like this too often, unfortunately. I was honestly on the edge of my seat at certain parts of the movie. Very well done. If you liked Saw 1
, or 3
, this is a must see for you.