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SHOCKTOBER: trick ‘r treat October 20, 2009

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when my co-worker raved about this movie, i knew i had to see it as soon as possible!  i was blown away buy this clever halloween film:

It is said that Halloween is the night when the dead rise to walk among us and other unspeakable things roam free. The rituals of All Hallows Eve were devised to protect us from their evil mischief, and one small town is about to be taught a terrifying lesson that some traditions are best not forgotten. Nothing is what it seems when a suburban couple learns the dangers of blowing out a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight; four women cross paths with a costumed stalker at a local festival; a group of pranksters goes too far and discovers the horrifying truth buried in a local legend; and a cantankerous old hermit is visited by a strange trick-or-treater with a few bones to pick. Costumes and candy, ghouls and goblins, monsters and mayhem… the tricks and treats of Halloween turn deadly as strange creatures of every variety-human and otherwise-try to survive the scariest night of the year.

the interwoven stories seem unrelated in the beginning.  then they all fell into place like a giant puzzle.  it was a brilliant.  i enjoyed the diversity of kills in this movie.  the stories were all different yet connected.  Anna Paquin‘s all female gang and their end scene was on of my favorite parts of the movie.  it was a total WTF?!? moment that had you hooting and hollering!  this movie blended together well, it kept me interested and anxious for the next scene.  it is one of the best current halloween movies i have seen in a long time.  Trick ‘r Treat is a MUST SEE!

SHOCKTOBER: Shutter October 12, 2009

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you can never go wrong with an original asian horror film.  all american remakes  never seem to be worthwhile.  but the severe shock value alone will horrify you.  Shutter seals the silver lining of paranormal activity in photography.  those mysterious blurs, smears, shadows, images, and other sorts of bizarre effects remnant in photos are a mystery to many.  in this film, they are a warning, a caution, a sign.

A young photographer Thun and his girlfriend Jane discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after fleeing the sceen of an accident. As they investigate the phenomenon, they find other photographs contain similar supernatural images, that Thun’s best friends are being haunted as well, and Jane discovers that her boyfriend has not told her everything. It soon becomes clear that you can not escape your past.

quite frankly, this film had all the hair raising, goose bump inducing, shock value that i could ask for.  i screamed many times.  it made me turn on the lights afterwords to watch something ‘funny.’  i love it when you get the adrenaline rush of being frightened.  this movie definitely gave me that rush.  i enjoyed the plot twist at the end.  please do n0t watch the american failure of a counterpart, watch the original Shutter.  it will make you think twice about taking a picture.

❤ kt

SHOCKTOBER: ‘Martyrs’ October 7, 2009

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pk & i made a vow to attempt a horror movie viewing every night during the month of October to celebrate Halloween!  last night, we kicked it off with the French film, Martyrs.

here is the plot summary:

Fifteen years after a horrifying experience of abduction and prolonged torture, Lucie embarks on a bloody quest for revenge against her oppressors. Along with her childhood friend, Anna, who also suffered abuse, she quickly descends, without hope, into madness and her own delusions. Anna, left on her own begins to re-experience what Lucie did when she was only twelve years old.

this movie is not for the weak at heart.  it’s incredibly moving, horrific, brutal, and abusive.  the strong willingness to survive, the yearn to be loved, and the quest for the unknown are all themes of this movie that are displayed visually through the director’s eyes.  the movie almost feels like it’s separated into three parts, each significant.  i was thoroughly impressed by this movie, although it was squeamish at times.  it can definitely be categorized as a torture film.  i highly recommend it though!

❤ kt