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Looking Back: Hollow Man(2000)

Hollow Man(2000)

Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Starring Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth Shue, Josh Brolin, Joey Slotnick,  Mary Randle, Kim Dickens, Greg Grunberg, Willian Devane, and Rhona Mitra.

I watched Hollow Man  for the first time in over a decade, and I have to say that this movie is still impressive. What would you do if you couldn’t be seen? That is the question this movie explores. It also asks you to imagine the idea of gaining a new power, and then deciding on how to use it, for good or for evil.   Not to start comparing, but this film effectively examines the theme of invisibility more than The Invisible Man(2020), in my opinion.

For those of you who are not familiar with the plot, here is the basic premise: A research scientist decides to makes himself invisible, but his new ability produces some unfortunate results.

There’s a lot that can be said about Hollow Man, but this review may turn into a term paper, lol. However, you can not deny that the mix of sci-fi and horror, and the top-notch performances, particularly Kevin Bacon’s role as the main research scientist, gave the viewer some thoughts on the dynamics of invisibility and its effects on individuals and the larger society.

If you haven’t seen this film, you should definitely watch it and add it to your collection. My score: 9/10(Add to your library)

Looking Back: Sorority Row

Sorority Row(2009)

Directed by Stewart Hendler

Starring Brianna Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Audrina Page, Julian Morris, Margo Harshman, Matt Lanter, and Carrie Fisher

I just watched Sorority Row the other night again, and I have to say that this slasher is enjoyable. How else can I describe this movie? It has a great cast, the engaging story has a nice whodunit element, and the kills are very creative. If you haven’t seen this House on Sorority Row remake, I’d highly recommend checking this one out and adding it to your collection. My score: 8.5/10(Add to your collection)

Underrated Gem to Watch: Rabid (2019)

Rabid (2019)

Directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska

Starring Laura Vandervoort, Hanneke Talbot, Ben Hollingsworth, and Ted Atherton

I just saw the remake of Rabid(2019), and this movie left a lasting impression on me. This is a very well-written “zombie-like outbreak” movie!

Not to give away any spoilers, but the basic premise involves a woman who is badly scarred from an accident. Unable to pay for the surgery, she goes to a clinic to be a subject of a regenerative therapy experiment. Unfortunately, the experiment produces some unexpected results.

Rabid has some great acting, good tension, an engaging story, and some good practical effects. There is a part of me that wished that it had more graphic kills, but overall, this film definitely held my attention. And let’s not forget Rabid’s surprise-twist ending..it makes you wonder if there would be a sequel.

Overall, this comes highly recommended if you’re a fan of zombie-like horror films. Add this one to your collection.   My score: 8/10 (purchase-worthy)

A Look Back: The Exorcist

The Exorcist(1973)

Directed by William Friedkin

Starring Jason Miller, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max Von Sydow, and Lee J. Cobb

I’ve finally checked out The Exorcist for the first time, and I feel that if you want to see a well-written horror movie, this comes highly recommended.

I think everyone is familiar with the basic premise, but it’s basically about a mother who enlists the aid of a priest to exorcise(no pun intended) the demons who possessed her daughter.

This movie has a well-paced story, great acting, and an ending with an unexpected twist. All of the performances were well done, and I felt that Linda Blair’s performance was particularly impressive. Her role as the possessed young girl truly conveyed an eerie, creepy, and at times, brutal feeling. The overall story kept me engaged, and the special effects were top-notch. Also, I’m glad that the filmmakers did not resort to a neat, clean, and happy ending. Instead, we were given ending scenes so shocking and unexpected that I’m curious about the sequel.

There is a lot that can be said about The Exorcist, but I will say that if you haven’t seen this one, check it out if you’re interested in a great horror experience. My score: 9.5/10(Purchase level)

Underrated Slasher Gems: Offspring

Offspring(2009)

Starring Pollyanna McIntosh, Amy Hargreaves, Art Hindle, Erick Kastel, and Spencer List

I checked out Offspring, and I have to commend the filmmakers for tackling such a provocative subject.   Not to give any spoilers, but this film is the first in a trilogy that centers on a group of cannibal-feral people who come into contact with the modern community.   With this “exchange” comes a horrific and brutal battle between the “primitive” and the “civilized.” I admit that I wish Offspring gave more of a backstory of the feral people, but it didn’t take away from the fact that this film provided an intense horror experience.   Add this one, along with The Woman and Darlin,’ to your collection.   My score: 9/10.

The Invisible Man(2020)

The Invisible Man(2020)

Starring Elizabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, and Harriet Dyer

(WARNING!: This review contains some  spoilers)   The Invisible Man(2020) can be seen as a commentary on domestic abuse, and how it is considered “invisible,” until one comes forward and reveals his/her unfortunate situation.    This movie centers on Cecelia, who manages to escape her abusive boyfriend,  Adrian.  However, Adrian fakes his death, and uses his invisibility suit to further torment his former girlfriend.  So now, if Cecelia informs anyone of her predicament, no one will believe her, and Adrian can successfully keep the torment “invisible.”

The Invisible Man’s strengths lies in its great performances from the actors, effectively built tension, and subtle camera work that makes you wonder if Adrian is in the room with Cecelia in some scenes.  However, the film’s overall plot and pacing gives you more of a made-for-TV movie with a psychological thriller- vibe, than a horror movie.  Also, the first two acts took very long to get you to the payoff in the third act.  And the ending..well, I was impressed with how she used his suit to overcome her pain once and for all;  It was satisfactory, but anticlimactic.

I would suggest watching Invisible Man for its intriguing take in tackling such a serious topic, but the execution of the story could have given us a more brutal, intense illustration of the real horrors of domestic abuse.  This is a weekend rental.  My score: 7/10.

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.