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Taking a Second Look: The Cell(2000)

The Cell(2000)

Directed by Tarsem Singh

Starring Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, and Vincent D’Onofrio

I’ve seen The Cell for the first time in about 20 years and I am still quite impressed with it. What makes this movie interesting is how it explores the subconscious of the human mind.

The Cell is about a social worker named Kathryn who, via technology, goes into the imaginations of her patients to help them with their inner turmoil. The FBI, aware of her expertise, asks her to go into the mind of a comatose serial killer named Carl in order to find his latest victim.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but what made this film impressive was the story, characters, and in particular, the special effects.  The visual effects were used very effectively in giving us a real sense of Carl’s mental state. They were also used very successfully to show how we visualize who we are, and as a result, internalize it.

If you’re in the mood for a good psychological thriller/horror movie with a bit of sci-fi, The Cell comes highly recommended. My score: 8/10(purchase-worthy).

Looking Back: The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys(1987) 

Directed by Joel Schumacher

Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman,  Corey Haim,  Jason Patric, and Jami Gertz

(WARNING! May contain a spoiler) I haven’t seen The Lost Boys(1987) in a long time. It was on my mind a few days ago, so I decided to watch it again. I have to say that this great coming-of- age vampire movie still stands the test of time, with very few elements that are dated.   Also, let’s not forget the soundtrack, which enhances the movie’s supernatural theme.   If you’re not familiar with this one, the story centers on Michael and Sam, who, along with their mother, relocate to Santa Clara, a coastal town that’s a haven for night creatures.

The Lost Boys is well written, engaging, and has great actors who gives some good performances. If you’re interested in a horror film with a unique take on vampirism, add this one to your collection. My score 8.5/10

UNDERRATED GEMS to watch: Darlin’

Darlin’ (2019)

Starring Lauryn Canny, Bryan Batt, Nora-Jane Noone, Cooper Andrews, and Pollyanna McIntosh

Written and Directed by Pollyanna McIntosh

I checked out Darlin,’ and I will have to say that this film is ambitious. Like its predecessor The Woman, it continues the concept of a feral person being transformed into a “good woman.” Its mix of social commentary, coming-of- age drama, and gory horror(even though its less graphic than The Woman) makes this a decently executed story. I was expecting a better payoff towards the end, but I will have to commend the filmmakers for tackling a provocative subject. This comes highly recommended. My score: 8.5/10.

 

Underrated Gem to Watch: It Follows

It Follows(2014)  Directed by David Robert Mitchell    Starring Maika Monroe, Bailey Spry, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, and Jake Weary

It Follows is a horror film that has effectively used a supernatural theme to tell its story.  The concept of “passing on” sexual energy to eliminate a malignant presence from following you, is an intriguing concept. I liked how the film used minimal special effects and its “Mandy-like” score to give you the intensity and the pure definition of horror.  I admit, I wish It Follows gave more of a backstory on the demon, but overall, it did a successful job in executing its concept.  After I watched this film, I felt that I should own it for repeat viewings because it offers various meanings to contemplate.  If you want to watch a unique horror movie with an enthralling musical score, It Follows comes highly recommended.  My score: 8/10.

The Collector and The Collection: Ushering in the New Age of Horror…

The Collector and The Collection are very effective horror films. Both have set a new standard in the Home Invasion/slasher genre, with a twisted character who is very unique in his methods of killing, making him an iconic figure along the lines of Jason Voorhees, Micheal Myers, and Leatherface. This series evokes a very tense, brutal mood that keeps you engaged and your heart pounding. Not only does the story flow well, the killer’s contraptions provides some very creative deaths. The second one sets up the long-awaited third entry, and I am eagerly anticipating it. If you’re looking for some unique horror movies, check out both of these purchase-worthy slashers. My score: 9/10.