Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween Everyone!

We're getting ready for our party over here at 1313FX in Alhambra, CA.

I want to know what everyone is being this year.

Also my review about Knott's Scary Farm will be up soon. Just need to have some time from working at Disney.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Antichrist (2009)



Last weekend, I had the chance to see Lar's von Trier's latest film, Antichrist, at the IFC Center in New York City. I was very lucky since the film has had a very limited release since its first viewings at Cannes. There was only one theater playing it in New York and I was able to catch it. For this review, I will try very hard not to spoil anything past the first five minutes of the film which provides the basis of the plot.

Plot: The film is centered on an unnamed couple (Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe) mourning the loss of their infant who dies in the beginning of the film. Divided into a prologue, four chapters, and an epilogue, the film opens with the couple having sex while their child opens the safety gate and climbs out of the window. This results in Charlotte Gainsbourg's character to blame herself and take responsibility for the death of the child. Trying to relieve his wife of her depression, Willem Dafoe's character (a therapist) takes his wife deep into the woods to their cabin named Eden.

My thoughts: The film begins with one of the most beautifully filmed scenes I have ever seen. The scene where the couple makes love as the child climbs out the window is filmed in black and white, entirely in slow motion, and viewed with Handel's "Lascia ch'io pianga" aria in the background. In addition, first five minutes serve as an introduction to the way the movie plays out until the end. The initial impression is that the film is gorgeous, filmmaking at its finest, and a work of art. Films this well made are hard to come by. However, the movie is very sexual and often, explicitly so. The sex in this film, quite honestly, isn't sexy and isn't meant to be. It's not what you find in the average teenage horror film. The prologue of the film contains probably the purest form of sex. It is carefree, real, and therefore, results in the death of a child. Everything else is uncomfortable for the viewer and the characters from here on. However, this uncomfort is the overall feeling that the viewer will have throughout the film. The horror is primarily psychological. There is a brooding sense of uneasiness that something is very wrong with Eden but it is never cheesy or predictable. There are shocking images but it seems von Trier worked very hard to build on this uneasy feeling more than anything.

Von Trier continues to build the tension until it explodes into the final chapter. Suddenly, the film becomes shockingly violent, far more violent than any Saw or Hostel and unlike these films, it is a flat out assault on the senses. It is an unexpected shift of tones and just as the sex is explicit, so is the violence.
The theme of depression (allegedly inspired by von Trier's own depression) brings out an amazing performance by Gainsbourg that will truly move the viewer. She is convincing as a mother mourning the loss of her child. Dafoe is excellent as the voice of reason trying to guide his wife. The relationship seems very real throughout making the character's connection extraordinarily believable.
Conclusion: If what Lars von Trier set out to create was a disturbing psychological horror film, he has succeeded. I've seen many films and many horror films. None have ever disturbed me and disgusted me as Antichrist has. However, there is much more to the film than violence and sex. When the shock and queasiness subside, there is a lot to think about in the film and may require multiple viewings to fully understand. Should you see the film? Well, it depends what you're looking for in the film. If you're going primarily for the shock value that results in the release of a new Saw every Halloween, DO NOT see this film. It is not the typical slasher or torture film. The violence truly begins 80 minutes into the film and there are no cheap scares to be found here. The horror is in the lingering feeling of dread that increases with each chapter. If you understand the type of film this is, see it. It's the type of film that will keep you up at night, not because you are scared, but because you can't stop thinking about what it all means.

Well that's it for my first review! I hope you enjoyed it.
-Steve

Monday, October 26, 2009

Left For Dead 2 Trailer




If you haven't played the first game you should be ashamed. I hope by the time this comes out I have the money to buy a 360 so I can play this game and review it but for now I will just drool over this trailer.

Fantastic Decorations

Last week I came back from CT where I am originally from. While I was there I watched Trick R Treat with my mom since I had been talking about it for almost over a year since I had seen it at Screamfest here in CA. My mom loved the film and thought Sam was an awesome character and kept talking about how cool the decorations were at the beginning of the film.

Today I called my mom and she told me that her and my dad had set up the decorations like in Trick R Treat. Below are some of the pictures of their front yard. It's a lot more spread out than in the film but arriving Friday will be Sam. That's right because not only does their front yard look amazing already but my mom is making a life sized Sam too.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Saw School Musical



For those who haven't seen this.

Too good.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Halloween Disneyland


So last week I went to Disneyland to ride the new redone Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion. Which are now called Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. They also have a nighttime fireworks show called Halloween Screams which I didn't get to see.

First up was Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. If you go on this ride expect a big wait in line. We waited 65 minutes just to get on. Outside the ride they play really loud creepy noises which are a little spooky for Disney to be playing but I loved it. Some of the noises sounded like loud whale calls others just ghostly screams. There's also a sign outside the ride that says this ride may be too frightening for small children. At first seeing this I thought "Wow, this is pretty awesome. A ride that's focused on the adult audience. Great!" We got up to the boarding platform and got on. The ride started and we were launched up and that's when the "ghost" appeareed. Yeah...not so scary. When we got inside where the ride takes place the stupid ghost is "climbing" up space. "What the fuck...are you serious?" is all I thought during the whole ride. The ride itself was awesome and super fast. I had never been on the Space Mountain in CA before, only the FL one. The one in FL is half as fast as the CA one. The redone Ghost part however is kind of lame.

Next up was the Haunted Mansion Holiday. I won't lie, I am a total sucker for both the Haunted Mansion and Nightmare before Christmas so having them both together in one ride was like a dream come true. I went on with two of my friends who had already been on it before so they were used to the ride. When I saw the front of the mansion covered with Halloween things I freaked out. I was so excited. There's a hill in the back covered in jack-o-lantern (which I cannot find a picture of anywhere). I was kind of surprised they didn't play the Nightmare before Christmas music outside but instead some kind of weird chime sounds that looped and got annoying after a while. When we got inside the mansion we went inside a huge elevator. Instead of the usual painting on the walls they were replaced with Nightmare ones instead. Like these:
Where the hanging man usually is there is a huge Jack Skellington face that is epic. When you get off the elevator there are a bunch of hanging pictures on the wall that change from Halloween to Christmas themed pictures. Past that is where you get on your "Doom" buggies and this is in the middle where there is usally nothing:

I took a video of the ride which I have put below. The first part is a little dark but the rest is golden. If you go to Disneyland while they have these rides available definitely check out Haunted Mansion Holiday.

Enjoy!

video

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Updates!





I recently took pictures at the Halloween redone Disneyland. The new Ghost Galaxy Space Mountain and the Holiday Haunted Mansion. I will post these soon. The one above is my friends and I on the Ghost Galaxy ride. I am on the left.

Also took video for the Holiday Haunted Mansion.

Tonight I am going to post my way overdue review for Creature From The Black Lagoon.

In other news, I bleached my hair so I am now blonde.