Hey everyone – we hope you are going well and that you’re enjoying Spooky October! Today’s instalment was teased way back in our August Wrap Up and finally it’s time for us to post it! As you’ve probably already surmised from the title, Vera and I have watched and reviewed four horror movies – each with different sub-genres – for you. While Vera is a seasoned horror-watcher, I am quite the opposite so we thought it would be interesting to see if and how our opinions differed and we hope you think it is too!
SYNOPSIS: When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven.
🎃 THE BEST PART: Despite the rather unbelievable premise, The Silence was packed with tension and kept me on the edge of my seat. It’s not a scary movie in the sense that I was left genuinely frightened, but the idea of having to escape from what is essentially a natural disaster is kind of scary, especially in the middle of a global pandemic. Long story short, they did a good job with the atmosphere of this film, and all the little twists and surprises that happened along the way added to that.
🎃 THE WORST PART: I think the film tried to do too much which made some of its subplots feel as though they were under-developed or resolved too easily. A good example of this is the cult that appears in the movie and is given a bit too little screen-time even though the official blurb on Netflix highlights it.
🎃 THE BEST PART: This was definitely an exciting movie that kept to a pretty fast pace, which I enjoyed! After the first ten minutes or so, I was never bored. I also really liked how the movie featured a close family with some sweet moments between them.
🎃 THE WORST PART: I know I said that I liked how the movie was fast paced, but often that translated into very rushed aspects of the plot. Some things were skimmed over too quickly for me. Like Vera said, there is a subplot involving a cult and that wasn’t explored in a satisfying way because of the pacing.
I AM THE PRETTY THING THAT LIVES IN THE HOUSE
SYNOPSIS: A young nurse takes care of an elderly author who lives in a haunted house.
🎃 THE BEST PART: Unfortunately, it’s hard to select anything from this film that could be considered a “good part” so finding the best is… eh. I’d say that some of the scenes were effective and atmospheric and they made me intrigued for what was (not) to come.
🎃 THE WORST PART: Uh, where should I start? The whole film could be considered the worst part, sadly. Either way, to follow up what I shared above, I think the saddest part was that those nicely done scenes? They led to nothing, which was especially disappointing in the case of Polly’s story.
🎃 THE BEST PART: This movie is very atmospheric and the house it takes place in is quite interesting. There were a couple of creepy, tense scenes which were enjoyable and the overall sense of mystery was cool as well (though it results in nothing).
🎃 THE WORST PART: …Everything else. There was essentially no plot to this movie, and it was incredibly slow. I often found myself bored and just wishing it would be over already.
UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB
SYNOPSIS: A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back.
🎃 THE BEST PART: The reason why I sometimes enjoy bad horror movies is that there’s something so satisfying about dumb characters, who make nothing but bad, illogical decisions, dying. So that was good to watch. 😅
🎃 THE WORST PART: Even though some of the twists were exciting, there were quite a lot of plot holes and unrealistic things in her, e.g. I’m highly certain that hacking doesn’t work like this.
🎃 THE BEST PART: This could go in either the best or worst part, but this movie genuinely freaked me out, lol. Unlike the other movies in this post, it doesn’t feature any supernatural elements. Also, it doesn’t rush through the set up just to get to the scary parts.
🎃 THE WORST PART: There were several plot holes, and honestly the main character in particular had so many chances to make reasonable/better choices and never took them which became a little frustrating for me.
SYNOPSIS: Gary, who has just married Samantha, the woman of his dreams, discovers that her six-year-old son may be the Antichrist.
🎃 THE BEST PART: I feel like even if you dislike this movie like I did it’ll ultimately leave you with a positive feeling, as family and even friendship have a big role at the end. That said, it was all so corny, so that ruined that tiny flicker of good feeling I had at the end. Sorry!
🎃 THE WORST PART: The worst part by far is the fact that the film, despite being a horror comedy, is far from funny. The jokes land really badly and while I can see which horror tropes the movie is trying to poke fun at, I don’t think it did a good job of this.
🎃 THE BEST PART: This was a pretty light-hearted movie, but I suppose it was said to be a comedy. I really liked how we saw everything from the main character’s perspective and I appreciated the way everything culminated at the end. It was reasonably enjoyable overall for me!
🎃 THE WORST PART: The jokes didn’t always hit (actually, they rarely did at all sadly) and some parts of the movie were just a little bit too ridiculous – it was not subtle at all!
What do you think?
Have you seen any of these movies? Did you enjoy them? What’s your favourite horror movie? Let us know!