Tales from the Darkside (1990)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A young boy is captured by a modern-day witch, and the witch is planning to cook him for the dinner party. To stall her plan, the boy tells her three horror stories.
2) Cat from Hell – A hitman hired by a wealthy man to kill a cat. While the story is mediocre, the entire sequence where the cat kills the hitman by forcing itself down his throat and into his stomach was horrifying.
3) Lover’s Vow – A folklore sort of story where a demon spares a man’s life when he swears never to reveal what he saw or describe its appearance to anyone. The final scene where Carola begins transforming back into the monster is an achievement for the special effect team. The scene rivals the transformation scene from An American Werewolf in London (1981).

 

 

CONS –
1) Lot 249 – Michael McDowell failed to give justice to Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic horror short story. Even with a good star-cast, the screenplay and execution is childish. The iconic story deserves a full-length movie.

 

 

QUOTE –
Carola: You promised you’d never tell!

House on Haunted Hill (1999)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A haunted house with a horrifying fire accident in 1931, invites descendants of the 5 survivors of the sadistic Dr. Vannacutt’s evil staff. The host assumes the guest as part adventure night offering $1 million to each guest who remains in the house until morning.
2) The amusement park prank at the beginning of the movie keeps audiences thinking the entire movie to be an elaborate prank.
3) Ignoring the fact that it’s a remake of House On Haunted Hill (1959), the movie is thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end.

 

 


CONS –
N/A


QUOTE –
Price: From here on, it gets really scary!

A Ghost Story (2017)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Where do dead people go? The movie tries to explore the existence of people after they are dead. How they try to reach their loved ones when they can’t communicate with them and how exactly they get salvation from their earthly attachments.
2) Nameless characters and almost without dialogue, except for the hipster’s monologue.
3) The movie was slow, boring, and pretentious until the salvation of the next-door ghost.

 

 


CONS –
1) The first hour is slow however last 15 minutes clarify the vision of the director.

 

 

QUOTE –
2nd Ghost :I don’t think they’re coming.

Ready or Not (2019)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A newlywed bride’s nightmares come true when she discovered that her in-laws follow a terrifying bloody wedding night ritual as per a satanic cult pact made by their ancestor with a man named “Le Bail”.
2) The climax where everyone explodes to their death after failing to complete the satanic task confirms the supernatural plot.
3) The amateurish evil family kept the screenplay funny. It’s a fun one time watch with its 95 minutes running time.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Police Officer: Jesus christ, what happened to you?
Grace: In-laws.

Cult of the Cobra (1955)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) Six US Soldiers witnessed and desecrated a cult ceremony of Cobra Goddess. The priest cursed them of all death, one by one.
2) A well made entertainer everyone can enjoy.
3) This movie heavily influenced almost a dozen Nagin revenge movies in Bollywood including the cult classic Nagin (1976) which is the exact copy of this movie.

 

 

CONS –
1) The climax is a let down.

 

 


QUOTE –
Priest: The Cobra Goddess will avenger herself! On by one, you will die!

The Sixth Sense (1999)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A guilt-ridden dead child psychologist returns to help one last patient.
2) It’s one of the best movie with a surprise ending. Although, the twist is widely known thanks to many pop-culture references.

 

 


CONS –
N/A

 

 


QUOTE –
Cole: I see dead people.

Children of the Corn (1984)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A couple on their way to Seattle lost their way to an abandoned town of Gatlin where a cult of children led by a child named Isaac, have killed the entire adult population to appease a supernatural deity called “He Who Walks Behind the Rows”.

 

 
CONS –
1) While the plot is promising, the execution is equally pathetic.
2) Terrible performance from lead actors. The only actor worth watching is John Franklin [as Isaac] because of his particular looks.

 

 
QUOTE –
Isaac: Malachi! He wants you too, Malachi. He wants you too!

Carrie (1976)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A prank goes too far for a shy telekinetic teenage girl on prom night.
2) The pig-blood prank on clueless Carrie rejoicing her win is one of the most disturbing scenes in a horror movie. The prank itself is more shocking than the prom massacre.
3) Piper Laurie’s performance as Carrie’s abusive Bible-basher mother gives us a better perspective on the mental state of Carrie.
4) Contest Winners – Pino Donaggio.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Carrie: It was bad, Mama. They laughed at me. Hold me, Mama. Please hold me.

Hellraiser (1987)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A mysterious puzzle-box which summons demonic creatures, and open doors to different dimensions to interested explorers.
2) The make-up of Cenobites & creatures from other dimensions is noteworthy. The highlight is the gradually restoring body of Frank after devouring every victim.
3) The movie focuses on the mishap of the Cotton Family rather than getting into the mythology of Cenobites or the puzzle-box.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Frank: Jesus wept.

The Twilight Zone (2019) (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) “The Comedian” – Best episode of the season. Tracy Morgan’s cameo was spot-on.
2) “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet” – a story with a climactic plot-twist.
3) “The Blue Scorpion” – entertaining story of a legendary gun.

 

 

CONS –
1) “Replay”, “The Wunderkind”, “Point of Origin” – These 3 episodes are simply propaganda stories of Trump-era USA exploring issues of Black Lives Matter, US Presidential Election 2016, and Trump’s immigration reforms.
2) “A Traveler”, “Six Degrees of Freedom”, “Not All Men” – forgettable stories no one can make head nor tail of.
3) “Blurryman” – the finale tried to milk the iconic “Time Enough at Last” but to no avail.

 

 

QUOTE –
Narrator: Society is a fragile ecosystem. Razzle and dazzle people with the right lies and eventually they’ll go blind to the madness right in front of their faces.