A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.
What had me right away was the trailer! It was right up my freaking alley! Plus, I’m a big dark fantasy and horror lover. I was ready and my expectations were high!
Let me get started on my first thing! The music score! Probably one of my favorite music scores from a horror film. Seriously, awesome! The atmosphere has that slow moving, creepy, and beautiful quality that I love so dearly! And the movie was just deliciously weird in general!
My lady, Alice Krige, was so dang good! I’ve loved her since Sleepwalkers, which is still one of my favorite movies ever! Then comes Sophia Lillis. I knew she was going to be great because she was fab in It, and she was just as great here. Also, the clothing, the era, please someone get me the heck out of here and back to that awesome time!
Overall, I definitely recommend Gretel & Hansel if you like movies such as The Witch and other atmospheric movies like that! A+++++
A young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after their parents’ deaths. A modern take on Henry James’ novella “The Turn of the Screw.”
As soon as I saw the trailer I knew I had to see this! And honestly, the best part was that it was set in the 90s! But seriously, I need Mackenzie Davis’s whole wardrobe from the film. Best style ever!
First, Mackenzie’s acting was fantastic! As was the actress playing Mrs. Grose. The little girl was good too, but not sure what was going on with Finn! I love him in Stranger Things but he came across as a bit wooden? Not sure exactly on how to describe it! Yet I did like his weird-ass character!
The atmosphere was my favorite thing with a Gothicky vibe! I think maybe a little past the halfway point was when things started to uninterest me but they weren’t bad. However, I’m still confused as crap about the ending, but I’d still recommend!
Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
Let me first say that I wasn’t the hugest fan in the world of the first IT. I thought the CGI was super odd and distracting, and I was more interested in the group dynamic of the kids which I loved, loved, loved!
Now, on to chapter 2! I really, really, liked this one. Like, the first movie, the group dynamic—this time the adults—was just as stellar. I mainly went into this movie thinking I’d love James McAvoy the best, because he’s my fave, but I actually thought Bill Hadar’s character shined here! James Rasnone, who plays Eddie, was also awesome! However, I was super disappointed in Jessica Chastain’s character as Beverly, because Sophia Lillis had done such a phenomenal job with the character in the first movie. But for some reason, Jessica always comes off as stiff to me!
If you liked Bill Skarsgård in IT, then you’ll love him here. He pulls off the clown rather well, and I always get a thrill when I see him on the screen versus some of the strange CGI for the other fears. I’m actually confused why the CGI looks so weird when there is such a good budget for these films.
Anyway, I did shed some tears in this one and the ending was utterly perfect! There’s blood and gore and friendship bonds! My faves!
A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.
I knew after seeing the trailer for this that it would be one of my most anticipated movies of the year. It’s totally my style! There’s some blood, romance, humor, running, a game, and lots more blood!
I’m not the biggest Adam Brody fan in the world here, but he was so good and was my absolute favorite character. The weapons in the movie were awesome, and can I also just say I loved Grace’s bridal dress with the converse and the gun—totally on point!
There were some awesome twists, and I was so glad it was rated R because sometimes when horror movies have a PG-13 rating then they are just so watered down. Anyway, absolutely loved this one and am so glad it did not fail me!
IMDB Summary: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
I don’t know what to say anymore. Another let down—overhyped. Everyone I know has told me how good this movie was, and maybe I’ve seen way too many horror movies, but come on!
I will say my favorite aspect was the family dynamic, maybe it’s because I have a child of my own and would do anything to protect her. And I feel like that is the heart of this movie, which I loved.
Now let’s get to the monster/alien peeps. First, the whole thing gave me Signs vibes, except I actually preferred that movie to this one. Also the whole no making sound things was hypocritical in the fact that when the creatures make noises, example ripping up cars, no other creatures come out?? If they are blind, how do they know it’s one of their own making those noises? They don’t! There were cliches as well—example, opening scene and the end. No spoilers, though.
Back to the family… I absolutely adored Millicent Simmonds who was excellent as the deaf daughter. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski were great and had a lovely relationship—probably because they are married in real life. Overall, I would just liked to have seen the horror aspects not be so unoriginal. I did like it better than IT, which was also over-hyped. Maybe I just shouldn’t watch new horror movies.
In a 1960s research facility, a mute janitor forms a relationship with an aquatic creature.
I love, love, love Guillermo del Toro. He always has such amazing character makeup in his movies. What I loved was this film was like Amelie meets Creature From the Black Lagoon.
The stand out character for me was Octavia Spencer, but she is always awesome! Sally Hawkins was great as the mute Elisa. Doug Jones was great with his quirky movements—Pan’s Labyrinth was my favorite of his. Richard Jenkins’s character was one to feel for, and Michael Shannon was “insane” as usual.
The highlight of the movie was the romantic aspect because this isn’t Beauty and the Beast where you get a beast transforming into a prince. You get a freaking creature here, and I loved it! The musical score had a very artsy/French style to it that made the movie stand out more.
Bravo to del Toro who can go from Horror (Mimic), to comic book (Hellboy), to fantastical (Pan’s Labyrinth), to action (Pacific Rim), to Gothic atmosphere (Crimson Peek), to artsy/romantic (THIS MOVIE)!
Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.
Pixar is pretty tricky for me because I hate most of their movies with the exception of Brave—that reminded me more of the straight up Disney side like Tangled, etc. I just don’t get a lot of cartoon movies, and I mainly like stuff like Coraline, etc. However, I really liked The Book of Life which this trailer gave me some of those vibes.
I generally have to take my daughter to most of these cartoon movies which I usually hate, especially the corny animal ones. I can’t think of one talking animal movie I like… I am even not that big of a fan of The Lion King.
Anyway, I was already annoyed with all the skeleton’s having eyeballs. I know, I know, I love Corpse Bride and some of them have eyeballs, but they are more of a creepy eyeball. And in The Book of Life it was more of a cool flame type thing. I know Pixar was probably trying to make the skeletons more kid friendly, but it just looks dumb!
The movie itself was just okay for me. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot, but my husband and daughter seemed to love it. There was a “twist” I didn’t see coming, so at least Pixar got me there. The scenes were gorgeous and colorful, especially the amazing spirit animals. So, I was more thrilled about the vibrant setting than the story line itself. But it’s a good story for kids to remember family is important—so there’s that. What I’m more excited for is my daughter wants to see the new Star Wars!