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Halloween (2018 Review)

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Written by: Aaron B.

*SPOILERS*

I usually am not a fan of slashers, I’ve seen the classics (Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and while I can find slight enjoyment out of some of the elements of these movies, I typically find them boring. And worst of all, not scary. That can’t be said for this impressive sequel. I am calling this a sequel, since it is a continuation of the original movie. My liking for Michael had dwindled since I feel Rob Zombie ruined what made Myers scary. Those movies to me were plan annoying and I don’t think Rob has any sense of how to craft suspense and fear, I think he’s a talentless filmmaker overall. His Halloween movies were full of unnecessary nudity and profanity (not that I hate the word fuck, but when it’s said over and over-to me it shows a lack of writing ability) So, I went into this with medium expectations, I admitted that the trailer looked neat and I had never seen Michael Myers on a big screen, and it was October, so why not?

Well, I was impressed. While I wasn’t scared of this movie like I was with something like “Hereditary”, I must give credit. This was an entertaining and creepy good time. Seeing Laurie Strode as a kick-ass character was what I needed. I re-watched the original, and while I do like it quite a bit-Laurie wasn’t very well written and made a lot of mistakes (dropping the knife a ton of times for instance when Michael was right by her.) I love ‘The Shape’ himself in the original, but I feel that Halloween needed a new vision. Instead of rambling, I’ll to a section for positives and negatives.

Positives: I loved how the deaths were handled. Very little was shown apart from maybe in the last half. Leaving things up to the imagination is so much more effective than showing every hit and blood splatter. The scene in the bathroom with the reporter reminded me so much of something I’d see in a 70’s slasher, intense but again, not so gory that it was silly.

I really liked seeing Jamie Lee Curtis. She made a great return to the slasher genre and totally made Laurie awesome. She had some good dialogue as well. The long tracking shots of Michael stalking the streets was amazing-a total show stealer for me, I only wish the takes were even longer and used more often. I loved the scene in the closet with the babysitter, but my favorite section was with the backyard lights and the teen sitting out on the lawn. THAT to me was pure Michael Myers and gave me the chills. The movements of Myers were perfect. The scene where Myers pushes her off the roof, he looks down to see her gone was brilliant. My second favorite scene in the movie by far.

Negatives: I didn’t care about anyone else except for Laurie and her family. The reporters were a bit annoying. The scene with the doctor going crazy was interesting but executed poorly. I would have liked a lot more exposition. Maybe more time with him in the mental institution. Instead of the first 20 min being about the reporter, delve into the doctor a bit? Then, I could have accepted that he was nuts. Again, good idea-just done poorly.

Overall: This to me is the definitive sequel. I only wish they hadn’t made anymore until this point, so we’d have two very good Halloween movies. Instead, we have a confusing timeline and a string of mediocre movies. In my collection, it’ll be this with the original 70’s classic. I really am looking forward to watching it again on TV.

AFTERWORLD (Short Film)

 

Plot: After moving into his new home, Bryce gets more then he bargained for when he realizes his house belongs to demons, what follows is a series of disturbing, satanic events he may not live through… Inspired by such films as “Hereditary” and “The Conjuring“.

 


Contains Spoilers. After I saw “Hereditary”, I wanted to finally make a paranormal horror movie. That movie is in my eyes, a disturbing masterpiece. I had the plot for this movie in my head for a while (you’ll find out the whole picutre-watch until the end! 😉 ) After seeing “The Conjuring” a few times and getting inspiration from the cinematagraphy and style of “Hereditary”, I felt confident that I could bring my story to life. The one thing I didn’t want to do was make this my usual ‘fast paced’ short film, unlike my Leonard series or even “To the Slaughter” (a movie I’m proud of, but a silly movie.)

I wanted this to be a slower paced, atmospheric movie. Little to no jump scares, they’re moments of quiet and dread (the opening scene really illistrates the type of movie I wanted to make. The camera lingers for a reason.) This movie is evil. I know that sounds silly, but after editing and watching it-yeah, this IS an evil movie. What does that mean?

Unlike a lot of my shorts, even the more ‘grusome’ ones, they’re moments of levity. Moments where you can sit back. This movie? I wanted you to feel a sense of eeriness and terror the entire time.  Not only that, one of the characters openly worships Satan, I typically don’t bring religion into my work, but to add to the uncomfortableness, I wanted too push buttons, plus it does serve the plot. From the moment the movie opens, I want you to feel anxiety, and I hope it lasts up until the credits. I feel this movie is special, because of the lack of lightheartedness and I got to relesese some images that freighten even me. However, working with my mom and dad for my birthday, was a real treat!

THE NORTH CAROLINA INCIDENT (Short Film)

 

 

Plot: Trekking across North Carolina to hunt a creature becomes more terrifying than one could imagine…


I had this idea in my head of ‘what if a found footage movie didn’t end with some scary monster, but rather a creepy serial killer in the woods?’ After reading fan theories on “The Blair Witch Project” (such as this one). I was also inspired by a very eerie movie entitled “The Last Broadcast”, so these two movies I would bounce back and forth on as I was thinking of all the ideas.

Originally, I was going to insert interview footage with the family and splice it in to the found footage, but after thinking about it and trying it out, I feel like it bogged down the movie and slowed the plot down. So, going for a more simple route, I decided to go full 100% found footage.

I knew that my cousin and my dad and myself were going on a road trip to North Carolina and we’d see some awesome sights, so that’s when the idea came up again. Apart from the loooong hours of driving (spending nearly 24 hours in a car wasn’t easy on the trip home!)

Nick and I were able to film without any issues. Everyone seemed fine with me lugging a camera around and maybe looking goofy as we were both acting scared or crazy. The locations were nothing short of amazing, and I have a lot more footage than this movie shows. The waterfall was a highlight as I had never gotten footage of something so grand. I also think cousin Nick was the show stealer, and I’m 100% okay with that. I feel like it was as much his film as it was mine, it’s always nice to have someone else star in a movie so I could focus on more the look and feel, apart from the last half of the movie where the ‘twist’ comes in.

The ending footage (from the bridge with the water) was all filmed in my hometown of Massachusetts, which edited together seamlessly. Dad and I had a great time filming his serial killer sections, and yelling into the night sky really added to the fear and dread my character must have felt, it all felt real (hence why we kept our names, Nick and Aaron the same.) So it felt natural.

I’m quite proud of this movie, and I am especially proud of the ending which I think is one of my most chilling scenes ever-and that’s saying something.

TO THE SLAUGHTER

 

PLOT: A cow wrecks vengeance on slaughterhouse workers in this horror / dark comedy. Inspired by Grindhouse Cinema from the 70s and 80s and low budget horror movies such as “ThanksKilling” and Troma Entertainment.

 

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A few years ago, I tried making this movie at my old place with a different mask. I got as far as filming scenes for it-but I didn’t have the right locations and I soon lost interest. The movie always sort of stuck in my mind thoguh as a movie I’ve always wanted to do and sat in the back of my brain for a couple years.

Once I moved to my new home, I knew I wanted to do a project since I had taken a long hiatus. I went through all different types of stories, but nothing stuck (however, I have a lot of future ideas now!)

I then watched a revenge movie entitled “Daddy’s Little Girl”, a dark and grusome movie about a father getting revenge on his daughter’s killer. It sparked an idea I had stored away…the story of a cow escaping a slaughterhouse and getting vengeance. However, I can’t take full credit for the idea. A few years ago, I had watched an animated short film entitled “Killgore”, and I was very much intiruged, but my movie I knew would be live action and not animated. So already, that created a world of difference in presentation. As awesome as that short is, I didn’t want to go with the same style. Killgore I feel is an 80’s action movie type deal, and something I didn’t want to just duplicate.

So, I went for 70’s grindhouse / cheesy horror. It worked for movies like “ThanksKilling” amazingly, so I felt I should do something in a similar light. I love animal centered stories and I love grusome horror plots.

In my new home, for the first time I had access to a large basement, and it proved to be excellent. As far as the script, it went through a few changes before being finalized. My next hurtle was victims. I knew Colin (the cow) couldn’t just kill the one slaughterhouse worker, then it would become to boring. Every year, we go to a huge hallween party, so with the help of my dad and his friend, John-the two agreed to help out and I got his two kids to preform as well. They had all been in a short film I made entitled “Trespassers”. Filming inside a new home is always a bit akward at first, but the folks running the party were awesome and let me use anything I needed.

As far as the female lead, the script had said “Lance’s wife”, but my dad (playing Lance) came up with the brilliant idea of the girl being his daughter. I totally went for it and I got one of his co-workers to be in the movie, it was her first time working on one of my films-but we ended up having a blast from start to finish.

With two new actors on this movie, a few new locations and a story I’m extrmely fond and proud of, I hope you enjoy this movie. It’s certainly one I am very proud of.

To the Slaughter- TRAILER

 

Not much more filming to do, so I thought I’d give you guys a taste! 🙂