Movie of the Week: Hereditary

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Finally, I had the courage to watch this! And it wasn’t actually as scary as I  thought it would be. I appreciate horror films that are different from the typical American ones, where people are beautiful, it’s dark all the time and someone is chasing you and trying to kill you. Hereditary had a little bit similar vibe to the VVitch, or Rosemary’s baby and I really enjoyed watching it.

Toni Collette plays Annie, a mother of two, who’s life is stressful because of an upcoming art exhibition,  and her mother passing away. Her family has a history in mental illness and at the beginning it seems like she’s going insane, especially after her daughter dies in an accident, after which, very strong things start to happen. Collette does an excellent job in the leading role, at times, screaming better than Wendy in the Shining. Surprisingly, the end of the film didn’t feel scary anymore, rather peaceful. Everyone was dead, except for the son, Peter, who then becomes possessed so the heredity can pass on.

Although a great deal of the scenes were dark and some standard elements within the horror genre were present in Hereditary, such as possession, an old book and symbols, Hereditary succeeded in being unique. Also, I can’t remember seeing nudity in an American horror film since the Shining.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Movie of the Week: Wildling (2018)

wildling_pic01.jpgA story about a girl whom her “Daddy” keeps locked at an attic and raises her with a fear of a child-eating monster living outside in the woods. He does everything he can in order to hide her origins, but at the age of 16 her “Daddy” attempts suicide and Anna has to face the real world. She’s rescued by a police officer (Liv Tyler) and moves in with her. But she doesn’t fit in…

I’ve seen worse, but wouldn’t watch this again. The Wildling tells a horrible story of puberty by mixing Josef Frizl, Carrie and Twilight, with a touch of Indiana Jones.

⭐️⭐️ / 5

Movie of the Week: RAW

This was on my watchlist ever since I read about it the first time, before it was released like two years ago. French people are good at making disturbing films and as I’m a horror fan, whenever there’s a new one out, I must see it. I love the lack of action and amount of daylight French movies have compared to the American ones. However, I’m also kind of sensitive and don’t watch films that seem too disturbing by myself. I knew a French guy who had seen this, but didn’t want to watch it again (not because he didn’t like it), so I had to wait until I found someone who’d agree watching this with me.

And a couple of days ago it finally happened. I have to admit, I read the plot beforehand, whenever it seems that I might lose sleep. And I did so with this one too, just so I could prepare myself. Watching the film wasn’t as shocking as I thought it would be, there weren’t  many intense scenes and not that much blood either. It’s a story of a young girl who’s beginning her studies at a veterinary school, where her older sister is already studying. She’s been a vegetarian all of her life and during the first week she’s made to eat a kidney of a rabbit. She then develops a taste for meat and it then turns out her sister has it too…

I really enjoyed watching RAW, a modern story about cannibalism and different compared to Cannibal Holocaust, Green Inferno, or Hannibal. And a great addition to the French horror genre.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

My TOP 7 Horror Films

I love movies. I named this blog after two of my favorite things: pink stuff and horror films. My love for horror started when I was about 10 years old. I watched a lot of horror until I was about 15, saw Poltergeist and got nightmares. I had enough and stopped watching horror until I was 19 and worked at a video rental. One night a man walked in and asked if we had Cannibal Holocaust and some other old horror films. I checked on the computer, but we had none of the films he had asked for. He then said he had seen some new horror film on our website but couldn’t recall the name. So we checked the website and found the film he was looking for. I asked if the movie was something similar to the ones he had first asked for and the answer was “Yes.” So I became curious and took another copy of it home. It was a French film called Frontier(s). I tried to watch it alone but couldn’t, I had never seen anything like it before. It was sick in my opinion, like Texas Chainsaw Massacre^100. Despite shocking me it made me curious, what else had I missed during the years I hadn’t seen any horror films?

So I started watching horror again. I listed my favorite ones here in a random order.

1. It

I think this was one of the first horror films I saw. I’ve never been afraid of clowns, but for many, Pennywise might have given nightmares.

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2. Braindead

This is splatter and not scary, but hilarious, one of my favorite comedies as well.

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3. Martyrs

The French one, not the remake. Martyrs really shocked me. I had read a review on it when it was running on theaters and really wanted to see it. I moved to the US soon after and forgot about it, until a year later when I returned to Finland and started working at the video rental again. Martyrs was on DVD. I made my sister watch it with me and couldn’t believe how sick the whole idea was. It took me about two weeks to be able to sleep and eat properly again. Extremely well done movie though, and very different from the typical American horror films, where it’s dark and someone around the corner is trying to kill you.

4. The Conjuring

Very much a typical American horror film, but still really good. I like supernatural stuff and this one had it!960

5. Ils

French people know how to make good stuff. Although it was really dark and kind of resembled the “Americal style” to scare people, it really worked. I also appreciate that despite the lack of gore the film maintained its intensity from beginning till the end.

6. Låt den rätte komma in 

Not sure if this counts as horror, but a great film based on a great book. I saw the American version first by coincidence, thought it was good and googled it. Of course the original wasn’t American and I liked it even more.

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7. The Shining

This is actually where it all started from. My parents used to have a lot of VCR cassettes with movies recorded from TV. The Shining was on the same cassette with Indiana Jones. I think I was 10 years old, home alone and wanted to watch Indiana Jones. I was going back and forth on the cassette, trying to find the beginning of the film. I hit play at a random spot and it was the elevator scene… I thought: “this must be a really good movie”. And it was, probably the best.

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