‘Middle of the Road’ horror films – its road kill but ya’ gotta’ look!
Here are some horror movies that I’ve seen lately that weren’t great but weren’t bad enough to send me into a rant, either. Its amazing that with such great imagery, these films weren’t better.
Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)
The best thing to do with this film is to fast forward to the part when they… (who? I don’t really know or care) get to the town of Silent Hill. Then, turn the sound off. I’ve heard if you start Metallica – Master of Puppets at the exact spot when you see the sign “Welcome to Silent Hill” everything lines up like a soundtrack. Blackened – The Thing that Should not Be – Welcome home/Sanitarium- Leper Messiah, great soundtrack!
It’s amazing that I only watched this a few weeks ago and can not remember it all that well. It has some decent jump scares and a few moderately creepy scenes. Most people complain that too many of the scenes were filmed in near darkness. The scene with the family getting hung from the tree is really twisted. There are a few other wicked murder scenes in the film. This is another movie that I wouldn’t expend too much energy to see – even with its heavy story. I usually like most films with Ethan Hawke. If it was on TV, I would watch it again, if it were the only horror flick to watch.
Dark House (2009)
A amusement park entertainment owner turns a home into a haunted-house, horror attraction, hoping it will become the scariest HH in the business. Years ago, a family of foster children were killed by their religious-zealot, foster mother in the home. The house was suitably creepy and looked a lot like Wolf’s Manor in CA. The owner/promoter is played ostentatiously by Jeffrey Combs. The whole film has that over-the-top, 1980’s vibe to it. The colorful make-up and FX creations would make a good haunted house attraction. But this was a movie, not a haunted house attraction, and it just gave me the feeling like, been there, done that. If you are nostalgic for 80’s horror, perhaps you’ll like this.
Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)
Yeah, uh. Someone forgot to tell the filmmakers they’re not in CT anymore. Why not call it, Haunting in Georgia? It doesn’t make any sense. Well, despite some great imagery, there isn’t a good scare in the whole flick, but the story is decent enough and the acting is not bad. It reminds me of a ghost story that would be aired on the Hallmark Channel. I wouldn’t make any effort to watch it, however, if it is airing on a Sunday afternoon and you have nothing else to do – it’s a light and fluffy story to watch.
That girl needs to do some more flossing….
I haven’t seen any of these actually, haha, although I tend to avoid newer horror films generally since I rarely find the newer ones to be as good as the older ones.
Ha ha, that’s a good point with the title. You’re right, these sound pretty ho-hum to me, too.
I saw Sinister in the theater and it was a lot of sitting in the dark.
There were good parts in Sinister, but it lacked something that would have made it a great movie – can’t exactly pinpoint what that was.
Haven’t seen Dark House or Haunting in Connecticut 2, but was very disappointed with Silent Hill: Revelations. Really enjoyed the first movie, but the second one just felt incredibly rushed in its storyline. You can’t cram 4 games into 1 90 minute movie.
Sinister I felt was really good and creepy, but kind of built itself up to a very predictable and underwhelming ending.
Yeah, I loved the first Silent Hill, too. Like the visuals in the 2nd one but I agree, there wasn’t enough storyline or plot to carry it.
I loved the murders in Sinister – they truly were Sinister. The one by the pool where the whole family is dragged into the water was brilliant. But, felt the same as you, by the ending, it just didn’t blow me away.
I have yet to watch Dark House. I have it in my queue. The rest were indeed middle of the road. With the exception of Sinister which I felt was pretty creepy despite the dark scenes. Hawke was pretty good in this one imo. There were times when I wished he’d burn that damn sweater though. It also sported a weird ass score. Good post!
Dark house is definitely watchable, as was Sinister but they’ll never be anyone’s favorite horror films. Those were the better of the of the 4 films.
I moved Dark House up the queue. I’ll let you know once I’ve seen it bro!
Sinister…what a complete letdown. It started off creepy as fuck, and then lost its legs entirely. I’ve avoided the other movies, and while that’s bad form, I have many better movies to watch first. And none of them are on Netflix in the UK yet, I think.
Haven’t seen the second Hauniting in Connecticut. Was hoping it would be scarier. Oh well.
I enjoyed Dark House. Silent Hill 2 was a let down. Looking forward to sinister. Maybe I’ll jump a time or two!
HIC 2, actually had a good story about the underground railroad so it was interesting enough to watch but not nearly as creepy as the first.
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