Halloween roundup

It’s that spooky time of year again and I have formulated my latest opinions, so listen up.

Trick 'r Treat

Trick ‘r Treat

For starters, I want to update some of my opinions. The Witch, in particular, is much better than I first believed. I wrote here that I did not expect to be talking about The Witch in five years. Well, it hasn’t been quite five years, but I honestly didn’t expect to be thinking about The Witch at all. Fact is, I have been thinking about The Witch first and foremost this season whenever I think about what I’d like to see during the season of the dead and damned. Something had been drawing me to re-view this film and so today I did. The attention to detail on the part of director Robert Eggers is a big part in what makes this film so hypnotizing. The sound also helps keep a feeling of dread as the woods close in on us psychologically. Perhaps it is still too early to tell, but I now believe The Witch is destined to become an annual classic Halloween film, at least in this household. I think it may end up standing the test of time to join the ranks of Rosemary’s Baby, The Ring, and other perennial favorites. You can smell the shocking rawness of the violence, and I love how realistically it is depicted. No buckets of blood splashing onto the camera while strings shriek and strain; instead the look is so authentic it feels like we step inside the camera and enter the farmstead of this cursed family – muddy, bloody guts and all. This one is a haunter.

Another film I revisited this October is the strangely charming Trick ‘r Treat. I could have sworn I did a mini review mentioning Trick ‘r Treat some years ago, but be damned if I can find it, so I guess not. This is another one that was begging for a re-viewing. Just couldn’t get it out of my mind this month. That is a sign something is going on under the surface with a film. Don’t ask me what that something is, because I have no idea, but I do love watching this film. It is fun and spooky without being terrifying or, frankly, depressing like so many horror films end up being… cue up Sinister.

Sinister I liked very much, but I just saw it for the first time yesterday and I have come to the determination my first opinions rarely stay on to become my final opinions… So I will only say that, despite falling into the depressing segment of the horror genre, I found it refreshingly original. Not rave-about-it original, but different in a memorable way. But depressing…

I also recently saw Cell. See Sinister above. All I will add for Cell is that Stephen King writes great novels, but mediocre screenplays. Not horrible, but not phenomenal either. I sniff the stench of ego involved in there somewhere. The Shining (Kubrick, of course, not King) will be screening in Times Square in just under a week. This is what I am talking about when I mention Stephen King’s novels versus how he feels his films should appear on screen. Decency insists I say no more on the subject. You know what I’m talking about šŸ˜‰

I reviewed The Conjuring 2 earlier. It would be much better if these Conjuring films would show up in September or October. They come out in sunny summertime and I have almost forgotten them by the time of the bewitching. I was not terribly fond of it at first, holding it up to a very high bar. Perhaps this time next year I will have better things to say about it. Maybe not… Happy haunting and

beware the bad director . . . (cue cackling, howling sinister laughter)

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