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Trailer for Scary Movie 5 (2013)

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Scary Movie 5 (2013)

Even though we have probably had way too much Scary Movie, they have made a 5th one and it’s coming soon.  The first three movies in this series certainly had their moments of laughter, but 4 was too many in my opinion.  Now they have made a 5th?

This movie does look pretty stupid, but I did find it funny that Charlie Sheen was making fun of himself in the preview.

Some of the recognizable cast are as follows:

Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Terry Crews, Ashley Tisdale, Kate Walsh, Jerry O’Connell, Molly Shannon, Heather Locklear, Chris Elliot, Simon Rex, Mike Tyson, Kendra Wilkinson, and Katt Williams.

I think that I’ll miss this one in the theatre, but maybe catch it on DVD at some point.

Set to release 4/12/13

Sinister (2012)

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Sinister (2012)

Sinister is a very dark film.  It is unique because the tension in the movie never really dissipates.  Most horror movies have an attention grabber in the beginning, and then they have a few scenes that lighten the mood throughout the film.  Sinister takes a firm grip on your mind and then twists.  At best lightening the mood in the movie is slightly loosening the grasp that it holds on you.

Ethan Hawke plays a true crime author who moves his family to a property where an unspeakable murder has taken place.  His goal is to write a book about what happened and hopefully find evidence in order to solve the crime in the process.

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The film has all of the necessary elements that a great scary movie possesses.  It has a solid main character portrayed by a very capable actor.  There are disturbing images, and spine chilling spookiness.  A number of surprises are thrown into the mix to keep you on the edge of your seat and sometimes catapult you somewhat above that edge.  The villain is totally wicked, and the movie will stay with you long after it actually ends.

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Sinister is Ethan Hawke’s best movie since Lord of War (2005).

James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson, and Vincent D’Onofrio all have very minor supporting roles.  Ethan Hawke does a tremendous job of carrying the majority of the film on his shoulders.

One thing that I did notice is that the film was a bit scarier on the big screen and obviously that will probably always be the case.  When I watched it at home, it was not as horrifying as I remembered.  I did not jump as much during the jumpy scenes.  This was not because I knew that they were coming, I just think that it was because the film was tailor-made for a larger screen.  If you are going to watch it, then watch it on the biggest screen in your house, preferably at night and with the lights off to get the full effect.

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Sinister means suggesting or threatening evil.  The title fits the film like a glove.  Although the movie was very well-made, it was hard to like it more than I did because of the subject matter.  It is the best scary movie that I have seen in a long time.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

If you liked Sinister (2012), then you will probably like The Purge (2013).

The Possession (2012)

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The Possession (2012)

It is not often that I watch a horror movie.  My reason behind this is not because I have anything against the genre.  I watch a horror movie because I want to experience the rush of being scared.  I crave the feeling of chills running down my spine as something eerie is taking place in front of my eyes.  I long for the moment when I am so absorbed in what is happening in a film that when something jumps out at the screen it causes me to shoot out of my seat like I was fired from a cannon.  When the show is over and there is complete and utter silence, I desire the paranoia that ensues as I fear that something is out there in the murky darkness and coming to get me.  That is the whole point, right?  A scary movie is meant to scare you.

Scary movies do not scare me anymore.  At least most of them don’t.  They just are not made like they used to be.  The Possession is no exception.  The film did not frighten me in the slightest.  At best, the little girl in the movie who was supposed to be possessed (Natasha Calis) did a pretty good job of acting creepy.  There were a few scenes that had things jump out at you, but they were too predictable.  Not only was the movie predictable, but it was also not very original or surprising.  As the film neared the end, it became more and more impossible.

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The movie followed what seems to be the basic horror movie outline these days.  It starts out at a scene that tries it’s best to be intense and attention grabbing.  When that scene is over, the mood lightens and the story starts at a snail pace.  Characters slowly develop and after a while, little by little, weird crazy things start happening.  These things are often overlooked as a fluke until they get more and more intense.  Usually not everybody realizes that there is some sort of problem until it is so blatantly obvious that you would be stupid not to see that something is wrong.

Finally when everybody understands that there is a predicament, somebody actually gets the idea to run from it or do something about it.  This just makes the issue worse and it becomes more powerful.  When the story reaches its climax, the problem gets solved.  Everyone starts feeling better and they go back to leading their normal lives.  Or do they?

That outline just about sums up The Possession and the majority of all of the other horror movies that are out there.  There is the occasional scary movie that will surprise you.  This was not one of them.  It did not make me jumpy, nor did I get the chills.  I never felt scared during the film at all.  After the movie was over I did not get paranoid.  I went to bed and slept like a baby.

I rate this movie a 4 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Run.

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