The Babysitter (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A 12-year old boy had a night to remember when he discovers his babysitter and her friends performing a murderous satanic ritual at his house.
2) Samara Weaving as the title character is the most memorable thing about the movie.

 

 


CONS –
1) Average slasher-comedy where for the first 30 minutes it completely appears like a coming-of-age comedy.

 

 

 

QUOTE –
Cole: I don’t need a babysitter anymore.

Friday the 13th (1980)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A vengeful mother taking revenge for her son’s death from a group of campers. An iconic movie in ‘cabin in the woods’ horror movie format.
2) The climactic scene at the lake where Jason’s decomposing corpse attacks Alice. The climax is left ambiguous where we don’t know whether it was a dream sequence or reality.
3) Betsy Palmer convincingly played the role of Mrs. Voorhees, the deranged mother of Jason.
4) Overlay of Evil / Main Title by Harry Manfredini, though it heavily inspired by Bernard Herrmann’s famous The Murder from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960).

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

 

QUOTE –
Mrs. Voorhees: Kill her, Mommy! Kill her! Don’t let her get away, Mommy! Don’t let her live!
Mrs. Voorhees: I won’t, Jason. I won’t!

“Into the Dark” – The Body (2018)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) Neither horror nor funny. This is a formulaic slasher movie with a bad cast.
2) The entire movie appears like a parody of the slasher genre.

 

 

QUOTE –
Hell’s empty and all the devils are here.

Hard Candy (2005)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A 14-yrs old girl taking revenge from a pedophile.
2) This rape-and-revenge film got some strong unseen body-horror element. The false castration scene is quite disturbing to watch.

 

 
CONS –
1) It could’ve been a better movie with a better screenplay.

 

QUOTE –
Jeff Kohlver: Those letters are mine.
Hayley Stark: Nothing’s yours when you invite a teenager into your home.

Halloween (1978)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Michael Myers – the relentless psycho killer who returns to his hometown after 15 years for completing his unfinished business.

 

 
CONS –
1) This movie may be scary in 1978, but watching it in 2020 is not at all frightening.
2) 60 minutes are spent in built-up while only last the 10 minutes involve some actual slasher action.

 

 
QUOTE –
Loomis: I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.

Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Tyler Labine as Dale
2) Hillbilly one-liners

 

CONS –
1) “Shaun of the Dead” was a funny homage to “Dawn of the Dead”, this film is a funny tribute to ” Evil Dead”
2) One time watch.

 

 

QUOTE –
Dale: I should have known if a guy like me talked to a girl like you, somebody would end up dead.

Triangle (2009)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Well-structured movie exploring destiny and choice
2) Another mind-fuck thriller with cult written all over it – even with relatively unknown cast

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) An over-stretched “Twilight Zone” episode amalgamated with the legend of Sisyphus.

 

Quote –

 

 

Driver: I’ll leave the meter running. You will come back, won’t you?
Jess: Yes. I promise.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Open ended climax.
2) 91 minutes running time because of not having any boring sub-plot
3) Birth of an iconic horror character

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

Nancy Thompson: Whatever you do… don’t fall asleep.

Scream (1996)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) A Wes Craven classic meta-horror. A satire and homage to the genre.
2) The “whodunit” factor
3) No time wasting built up ; viewers jump into the gauntlet from the first minute.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Billy: Movies don’t create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) One hell of a thrill ride, especially the last 30 minutes
2) Unpredictable plot full of twist and turns. Meta-horror.
3) Strong satire and parody of the genre but also riveting at the same time
4) The slash-fest by the plethora of monsters
5) Sigourney Weaver as The Director – Perfect cameo – fits in like the last piece of the puzzle

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Daniel Truman: They’re like something from a nightmare.
Lin: No, they’re something nightmares are from.