The first trailer for the remake of Stephen King’s It is finally out, and I’ve already watched it about 20 times. Exaggeration? You’d think so, but no. I’m freaking obsessed with this thing, and I’ve only seen 2+ minutes of footage. If you haven’t seen it yet (oh, you weren’t constantly refreshing your browser this morning? Weird…), check out the link below:
DID YOU LOVE IT??!?!! (Whoa. Settle. Stop screaming.) Did you love it? Because I did.
I’ve been a little worried about this one because the original made-for-tv version of Stephen King’s It holds a very special place in my heart. As you can see, I’ve mentioned it several times on different posts like here and here. I even gave it lucky #13 on the list of my favorite scary movies. But after seeing the trailer, I am SO EXCITED!
Seriously. I’ve got to stop screaming.
So to begin the trailer, we’ve got the iconic scene of Georgie’s death. Not the whole thing. Just a taste (forgive the wording). And as is tradition, Pennywise, played by Bill Skarsgard, pops up in the drain. Skarsgard looks pretty cool and creepy but doesn’t get to talk yet. I’m really interested in hearing his voice because I just don’t know what direction they’ve taken with it. Is it gruff like Tim Curry’s Pennywise, or is it creepy clown high pitched? We just don’t know.
Then we have a glimpse into the lives of the members of the Loser’s Club. I’m so happy to see them all in action. That scene where they’re looking at a family photo slideshow was freaking awesome. So creepy. Those things aren’t usually very entertaining, so Pennywise just brought a little excitement.
I also was pleased to see the scene with Beth in the bathroom because it looks like they definitely upped the gore factor in this one. Very pleased with that.
Oh, I could go on and on and on, but I’ll stop here. We’ve got a little over 5 months until this movie comes out on September 8, so I’m sure we’ll have much more to look at before then. Until then, keep an eye on the blog for updates, and let me know what you’re most excited about in the comments.
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Last night, I watched The Belko Experiment, a film written by James Gunn, the same guy who gave us Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither, and the screenplay for the 2004 Dawn of the Dead. Mr. Gunn is quite talented, and he’s already proven that he can write horror, so I was excited to check out this movie. The trailer promised a violent, gory ride into the world of office politics. It did not disappoint on that front.
Is it of the same caliber as Guardians? Absolutely not, but it was pretty entertaining, although frustrating at times. As with many horror movies, it’s very easy to settle into the “I can’t believe they’re doing that. If I was them, I would…” way of thinking. It’s best to just sit back, turn off your brain, and enjoy the ride. Unfortunately, my brain’s ‘OFF’ button wasn’t working.
WARNING: HERE BE SPOILERS
Belko has been described as a mix of Battle Royale and Office Space, and I think that’s a fair assessment. Belko is funny at times and shows the monotonous side of the workplace environment before settling into murderous mayhem.
What starts off as an almost normal morning for the employees of Belko Industries quickly devolves into the most terrifying office meeting anyone’s ever been a part of. Ever have a group project at work go south? Kinda like that but with more blood and exploding heads.
A voice from the building’s intercom interrupts the peaceful day by telling everyone that two people have to be killed within the next 30 minutes. Of course, everyone thinks it’s a prank, but then the building’s defenses kick in. Metal plates slide over the windows and doors, and before you can say “dead end job,” they’re trapped. Everyone groups together in the downstairs lobby, and after 30 minutes pass, a few employees get some strong headaches. Like so strong their heads explode.
Not surprisingly, everyone panics, and one of the characters figures out that the tracking chips implanted in the employees when they each took their jobs are to blame for the violent migraines. Tracking chips, you ask? Well, Belko is located in Bogota, Colombia, and the employees were told the chips were implanted to locate them in case of a kidnapping. Just a normal day in Colombia, I guess.
Now that everyone knows Mr. Intercom was serious, he gives them another task. This time 30 people have to die within the next 2 hours or 60 will be killed. This is where things turn into a free-for-all between those who still believe in the sanctity of human life and those who just say “Screw it. Let’s get to killin.'”
I don’t want to give everything away here, but let’s just say lots of people die. Very violently. I was extremely impressed by the special effects in this film. They gave us not one but two head smashing scenes and so many head explosions that I lost count. I’m a gore fan, so I was not disappointed there.
The one thing that did bother me is the main character. Now, I don’t really know how I would react in that situation – and it goes without saying that I hope I never do – but the main character just really got on my nerves at times. Good ol’ Mike Milch, played by John Gallagher Jr., is appalled at the idea of killing his friends and co-workers like any normal person would be, but he takes it to a level that I just found annoying. This is where I wished my brain could have turned off, but it just wasn’t happening. I found myself not really rooting for anyone to live or die and just sat back to enjoy the violence of it all.
Okay, I take that back. I did root for John C. McGinley’s character to die. He did a really good job playing a creep in this movie, so yeah – he needed to go. There was also another annoying character or two that I wasn’t sad to see kick it. I guess I just didn’t really root for anyone in particular to live.
So should you go see The Belko Experiment? It definitely placed third out of the three movies I’ve seen in the past few weeks, which includes Logan (So awesome!) and the highly-praised Get Out, but I think it was absolutely worth the price of the ticket. Like I said earlier, I enjoy gore and violence in movies, so if that’s not your thing, this movie isn’t for you. But if you’ve dreamed of killing any of your co-workers, this movie might be a cathartic experience. Enjoy it, and let me know your thoughts in the comments.
And just as a side note: If you haven’t seen Get Out yet, what the hell is wrong with you?! Go! Go now!
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I’ve always enjoyed this little holiday. Green is my favorite color, and green beer – well, that’s just smart. I’m not Irish or Catholic, so the religious aspect of the day isn’t something I usually think about, and I understand that celebrations of the holiday have been criticized for being too commercial and for playing on offensive stereotypes about the Irish people.
But I’m going to wear green and enjoy the day anyway. You do you. I’ll do me.
But you didn’t come here to read about green beer or the commercialism of America. It’s a cool topic, but – you know – horror blog. So let’s talk about the horror movies you should be watching today.
Yep. The Leprechaun series.
Believe it or not, there are seven of these guys. SEVEN. And the last one just came out in 2014. Yes. This decade got its own Leprechaun movie. There’s even one with aliens.
They get pretty wild.
The first movie came out in 1993 and starred pre-nose job future “friend” Jennifer Aniston and the ever-awesome Warwick Davis. Davis actually plays the title character in each movie except the most recent. You should also know him as Willow and, of course, Professor Flitwick. He’s a pretty cool guy.
Now, don’t they sound like fun? They might not have the highest ratings, but did you really expect masterpiece theater from a series of movies about a murderous, evil leprechaun? I didn’t think so.
If you’re looking for a seriously scary group of films, these ain’t it. But they are very entertaining and pretty damn funny. It’s nice when movies like these don’t forget what they are, and the Leprechaun series is just a bunch of fun. Plus, Leprechaun in the Hood has Ice-T. That’s something.
So check these movies out. Give them a chance. What else are you going to do tonight? Go out and get drunk?