Spiral

Co-directed by Hatchet’s Adam Green and Joel David Moore (who also starred in Hatchet, and in this film), Spiral is one of those horror films I queued up on streaming Netflix because the trailer intrigued me.

The film focuses on Mason (Moore), a super socially-awkward misfit who seemingly spends his time becoming obsessed with girls and painting them over and over and over…and then, well. Something else.

Mason only has one friend, Berkely, who tries his best to help Mason overcome the trauma of watching his dad murder his mom (yikes) by giving him douchey dating advice.

Enter Amber (Amber Tamblyn), a nerdy but cute girl who somehow thinks Mason is worthy of talking to, and eventually dating. I guess she has a thing for sadsack weirdos, or something. As things progress, Mason ramps up the ook, and Amber starts to think that maybe she’s made a mistake.

I won’t ruin anything by giving away the ending, but it’s presented in a pretty interesting way. Though fans of hard resolution might not dig it…

It’s not terrible, but it’s not great either. Although I have to say that Moore’s performance is pretty awesome, particularly his way of unsettling you and making you feel sorry for him at the same time.

Recommended, even though the splatter is minimal and it’s more creepy, tense “ohmanwhatisgonnahappennext” terror than horror.

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Ginger Snaps 2

31 Horror Movies in 31 Days Two-for-1!
Well, more like two in one day, since I missed yesterday’s post. 

I know I’ve talked about my love for Ginger Snaps before, but I feel like it needs even more appreciation, along with its sequel: Ginger Snaps: Unleashed.

Ginger Snaps is a fantastic little horror film, blending humor, teenage girl angst, and bloody horror into a very enjoyable ride. Katherine Isabelle is perfect as Ginger, delivering each sarcastic line with deadpan joy, and acting the crap out of the terror of becoming a werewolf. Emily Perkins as Brigitte also totally kills it as her awkward younger sister.

Ginger Snaps 2  lets Perkins really shine by making Brigitte the main character, and also introduces Tatiana Maslany as Ghost, who is so amazing in this film it’s almost unreal. This is one of those rare instances where the sequel is as good as the original — and it also has a very different, much darker tone. I don’t want to give away anything, but at the end of this one, my mouth was hanging open in disbelief.

Two different directors managed to turn out a couple of great werewolf films that are just begging for a double-feature night. Rent ‘em both for bloody, gory goodness!

Just skip the third installment – a prequel that’s weak and uninteresting.

Best prank ever.

No translation needed – this Spanish television show set up the ultimate prank: placing a creeptastic ghost-like little girl in a hotel hallway that scared EVERYONE who came around the corner. Fast forward to about 33 seconds to see the set-up!

So. Awesome.