It’s that crazy time of the year again… Halloween!
Halloween brings so much joy to me every year as it means horror films galore. Whether it’s dreadfully awful or pretty decent enough to make me jump a few times, being a gore film fan, I simply couldn’t ask for more.
This year, Man Crates had challenged me to come up with the tools that I would need to survive all the way to the end of a horror movie. Sounds simple right? It’s actually much more difficult when thinking about it because of the different types of horror films and the different enemies you could encounter… Zombies, Aliens, Vampires, Werewolves, Psychopaths and so on. Based on this, I was inspired to post my Top 10 items to survive across all horror films.
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Here are my Top 10 survival items to make it to the end of a horror flick…
1. A massive knife (e.g machete)
2. Iodine tablets for water sterilisation
3. First Aid Kit
6. High energy foods (e.g energy drinks and bars)
7. Bolt Cutters (to cut through locks and everything else)
9. Mirror (handy for seeing around corners etc and as a distraction reflecting the light)
10. Alcohol (to also help with any wounds, don’t drink it all!)
What would be in your top 10?
Forget about scares that will make you jump because The Evil Within is a combination of all the fears and dreadful sights that you always pray you’ll never have to experience. This isn’t Resident Evil, and it’s not for the light hearted.
The story follows Detective Sebastian Castellanos, a detective called in to investigate a collection of terrible murders at a local mental hospital. From this the game take a quite calm approach gearing you up for what’s installed in this horrific peice of gaming. In terms of the story, it lacks quite a lot, especially with the main protagonist being quite boring, emotionless and more stiff than a plank of wood, however the environment and disgraceful enemies you have to endure makes up a lot for the negatives. Castellanos isn’t the character you have fun playing with as you do with say Leon Kennedy or Chris Redfield, but the creators have really made The Evil Within into a proper survival horror game.
The story does go into a good direction but it does take a little while to do so. In terms of managing Castellanos, you barely get any ammo, your health is dreadful, your stamina is no where to be seen, your melee attack is like a punch in the wind so you barely have much to help you survive, but there’s always a way to get around surviving and that’s what makes this game so much fun. Yes it gets annoying at times because we’re so used to having the luxuries of a full clip of ammo in our guns however, it makes you appreciate stealthing and just running for your life when the opportunity arises. Being patient and cautious are two of the best traits you need to have in this game to help you survive.
Visually, the game gives this chilling and scary effect with the lighting, the shadows, the environment and even the fact that it’s filmed in widescreen with a grainy effect, picking out all of the gorey bloodshed that you encounter. The only issue that was found was the way the environment would essentially have to “load” sometimes. It will look all blurry and thencome into focus to pick out the detail. For a game that’s on the next gen consoles, this shouldn’t really be happening.
In all, it’s a great game and definitley takes the horror genre in gaming to the next level. A few hiccups here and there and a bunch of gracefully disgusting enemies and bosses to defeat that will make you feel un-easy at times. The loading times and auto-save spots also gets a little frustrating sometimes. Hopefully this is just a taster of what’s in-store for the next Resident Evil game.
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This year has had a great deal of horror flicks with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones popping up in January instead of their usual October run, to The Conjuring’s prequel spin off Annabelle. Unfortunately it seems that Horror just isn’t that scary any more. It’s either really predictable, filled with very naive characters or just isn’t as violent as they used to be. To be brutally honest, ever since The Saw franchise ended, there hasn’t really been anything out there that tickled my fancy, until I saw The Conjuring. The Conjuring was one hell of a film that really did get the hairs to stand up on the back of my neck. When is comes to horror flicks, James Wan certainly knows what he was doing. The characters had great chemistry on screen, the frights were frightful and it really gets you thinking hard about that kind of scary exorcism acts happening in reality.
Another franchise I do get quite excited about year after year is the Paranormal Activity franchise. Now, it can be said that they haven’t been very consistent in terms of, well lets just say Paranormal Activity 4 and leave it at that. But story wise, they are very consistent and that’s what is definitely their strong point. Starting out as a low budget flick it definitely has come far enough to be rewarded with a spin off which has actually become my favourite in the franchise. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones takes the story into a slightly different yet new direction that really works. If anything, it has the best characters and their chemistry on screen and off screen is a delight. Bearing that in mind, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones has my vote of being the best horror flick this year.
Halloween is the time of the year that brings out all of the horror film competitors. This year we had the Conjuring spin-off Annabelle, Ouija, The Babadook and Horns. Unfortunately, none of them had lived up to the hype. Annabelle (creepy raggedy Ann doll directed by John R. Leonetti) had to be the most disappointing of them all. All the apparent good parts were already in the trailer, the framing of the scenes made it obvious of what was about to happen, the characters were very naive and unintelligent, it was just very predictable and boring. As a spin-off from The Conjuring, which was absolutely brilliant, it’s a shame Annabelle was just not very good at all. In fact, it was an insult to The Conjuring. Thankfully, James Wan will be back for The Conjuring 2 (I think they should just leave anything to do with The Conjuring to James Wan).
Ouija, directed by Stiles White, was another film where all the apparent good bits were already broadcast in the trailer. The idea of having a film about the Ouija board game with a group of friends awakening an evil entity sounded like a fantastic idea, however the way it was executed was just plain boring unfortunately. The characters were lifeless, on a personal level I just found it very hard to connect with them and give them my sympathy. The story had nothing to make you jump out of your seat and anything that had a chance of making you feel uneasy was already in the trailer. At the point of watching Annabelle, I really did think that nothing could be worse, but Ouija took the crown.
The Babadook was actually one of the horror flicks I wasn’t going to see around Halloween because the trailer and concept just didn’t grab my attention, however I did end up finding myself wedged in the screening for it and surprisingly it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. The concept still sucked in my opinion (a creepy book’s character coming to life to haunt them) but the characters and their on screen chemistry was fantastic, and the story grew stronger and slightly darker as it went deeper into the film. Australian horror films are usually quite weird but they work and this was another to add to that collection. It wasn’t predictable, but it still didn’t get my blood boiling however, it was quite funny. Whether this was director Jennifer Kent’s intention or not, it worked. The Babadook got my vote for entertainment value.
Finally, Horns, directed by Alexandre Aja, starring the good old Daniel Radcliffe who has seemingly grown into an established actor, shrugging off the Harry Potter persona with ease. Putting on a very well done American accent, the film had great characters, a great cast, a very solid whodunnit murder mystery plot. It’s a very weird film in the sense that the main character essentially is a demon/devil. The film really reminded me of Jennifer’s Body where the concept sounds really great and the majority of the film is well done, but then there’s that little itch that makes you go “WTF?”. Obviously Horns was way better than Jennifer’s Body. This was a 50/50 movie for me.
What’s going on with the horror genre? Where’s all the gore? Where’s all the scenes that will shoot my stomach into my throat and make me feel nauseous? The thrill is dead and we need it back immediately!