On this edition of TGoF Hangover I take a trip into “The Troubles” in Belfast during 1971, go on the hunt for a child killer with Tom Hardy, experience sleep paralysis, and watch some Nebraskans completely botch found footage horror.
’71: I’m simultaneously the best and worst audience for movies with historical heft. The best because I tend to be more engaged as I feel like I’m catching up on a topic I previously was ignorant on, and the worst because I usually can’t even begin to view it with truly honest eyes. By that I mean since sometimes I watch movies about something I had no or little knowledge on I can’t have a discussion on its realism. All that said ’71 is a tense and gritty telling of true events that sometimes feels a little overlong. The film opens incredibly with an über tense riot sequence before slowing down into a stealth sneak around thriller. In the end, it’s a film that deserves a watch even if just for the extended chase sequence (even though shaky cam almost unravels it’s tension). (more…)
The rebirth of the horror anthology over the last few years has me more than a little excited. I suppose one could argue they haven’t really gone away, but we can agree that the quality has gone up recently. Perhaps until a greenlight is lit for a new Tales from the Crypt HBO series I won’t be truly happy, but I’ll take wins where I can get them. I generally prefer my anthologies with three or four shorts that ideally tie in together, but I was pretty intrigued by THE ABCS OF DEATH. 26 ultra short segments featuring a different way to die based on a letter of the alphabet. It’s a morbid premise, but as a horror fan it raises a curious eyebrow.
As history would have it I thought the first ABCS OF DEATH was a commendable experiment, but the balance of good and bad tilted heavily towards bad. The fart and poop jokes combined with some really pointless and bizarre segments made the first film a chore to watch. Luckily it seems the folks putting this installment together wanted segments of more substance rather than fart and poop jokes every three minutes. THE ABCS OF DEATH 2 brings on 26 new directors for 26 new shorts that land on the opposite spectrum of the first film. The good outweigh the bad this time around, though I still can’t say I’m excited for a third entry.