THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER IS my favorite horror movie I’ve seen this year. It’s lots of fun, but fair warning: don’t watch it if you like your vampires sexy. Or have an irrational investment in seeing characters survive horror movies. I don’t feel that I’m spoiling anything by saying that.
I’m sorry, but Renfield was fun. My kid in particular loved it, and was disappointed that more people did not. There is honestly no accounting for taste, sometimes.
I understand that some people do not like THE A-TEAM remake, and I accept that. It’s not my business, really. Realize, however, that this scene almost had me rolling on the floor of the movie theater. That has to count for something.
It’s not actually out, yet – but Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse is currently at a decent pre-order price, so I’d lock that in. Great flick, by the way, if you haven’t seen it yet. Part One of two, but that’s a thing that happens because we don’t want to make four hour movies with intermissions anymore.
Just saying, that’s all.
The elder child requested GREMLINS over BLADE as part of our ongoing review of classic horror flicks. I respect his aesthetic. It’s not entirely in tune with mine, but we don’t want our children to end up carbon copies of us. There’s a lot of 80s/90s comic horror that we can go on to examine, really. BEETLEJUICE comes to mind, for example. ARMY OF DARKNESS. PLEASANTVILLE.
The power of VIOLENT NIGHT – and what distinguishes it from many another violent/horror flick put out during Christmas – is that it really is a Christmas movie. Is it violent? Yes. Is it gory? Absolutely. In the end, will it teach a small child and her squabbling parents the true meaning of Christmas? …Huh. Actually, when you come right down to it, it kind of… does?
That was what made the movie fun, elevating it above its fellows. VIOLENT NIGHT doesn’t hate Santa Claus; it just wanted to ask the question, What if he was a battered, worn-down former baddie with a certain set of skills, and a child to protect? While still being, you know, really Santa Claus? It turns out that was a great question to ask.
Just don’t watch it in front of eight year old kids.