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The Bay
The Bay (2012)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Bay: When it comes to found-footage horror, the genre is touchy. At times it can be a phenomenal dive into suspenseful film making, yet at others it unravels into the awful mess that so many directors of the genre fall into. The Bay turns out to be the exact opposite of the latter,  and ends up being a fun, schlock filled horror fest. It proves, through a different approach at the found-footage genre, jump scares that are effective, and various visceral images of the virus that will make your skin crawl that it is a horror film to be reckoned with. It is a film that works on an entirely different level than most, affecting you deep to your core and rooting itself there for days to come. The acting stood its ground and while there isn't much of a grounded plot other than watch this town as it crumbles apart it still works. It may not be on Sinister's level, but I get the feeling that that isn't what they were shooting for. They were shooting for a B-movie horror flick that will leave you gasping, and they achieved it perfectly. Creepy is an understatement and you will only understand after watching it. I give The Bay a B+.

Paranormal Activity 4
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Paranormal Activity 4: Being a giant fan of the series, I expected the fourth entry to please me, and to no surprise, it did. Sure it, at times, gets caught up in its fake-scares and comedy, but for the most part the film was exceptionally creepy all-throughout. The addition of creepy little kids really helped the film, and the actors portraying the teenagers do a pretty great job. It may not be as terrifying as the 3rd film, but with this being a sequel taking place in present time, it feels more contemporary, which adds it own atmosphere of scary. The plot as a whole doesn't push the mythology much farther than maybe a few inches, but damn is it effective. The final ten minute (as always) will leave you shaking from tense, chilling horror. I wont go into details as to why but its easily just as good, if not better, than the second film. With an ending that leaves you pondering even MORE questions than you had before, the film proves to be a perfect prologue for the sure to come Paranormal Activity 5. I give Paranormal Activity 4 a A-.

Sinister (2012)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Sinister: Going into this film, I was expecting to get my ass scared to hell, and believe me, if Sinister does one thing right, it's scare you to hell. Ethan Hawke is arguably one of the best actors of our generation, and his character is played so well here, you can't help but be sucked into the terrifying story. The villain, Mr. Boogie, is so similar to Slenderman that every time a jump scare happens which involves him, I couldn't help but grit my teeth and try not to scream. Another positive aspect of the film is the snuff films Ellison watches. Every time the reel sound kicks in and the weird, almost hypnotizing music begins to play, I found my air coming in short, exasperated breaths and my hands gripping the edges of my seat. There wasn't a whole lot of gore, which I liked, and as the film slowly builds up (almost to the point of dragging on), suddenly you're shown a very short burst of gore and you're mind explodes with the fear that had been compiling dangerously inside of you. The scares maybe rely too heavily on loud music jolts to scare the bejesus out of us, but the film is still undeniably scary and the ending (which is, in my opinion, probably the most horrifying endings to a horror film to date) makes it all the more fucked up. I give Sinister an A.

Grave Encounters 2
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Grave Encounters 2: I absolutely LOVED this movie; I enjoyed it so much to the point where I had to watch it again the second it was over. The beginning starts off kind of slow, but I enjoyed the character development. The main character, Alex Wright, is an ambitious film student who believes Grave Encounters wasn't just a film - but that it really happened. For how young the actor is, he does a great job at portraying the arrogant director who thinks he knows all. His best friend, Trevor, adds much needed humor to the story and let me say that it never misses its mark. The kid is just plain funny. Now, to the scares. They are unyielding. From the moment the five students enter the insane asylum shit begins hitting the fan and they are never given a break. The directors take the mythology of the previous film and multiply it ten fold. All the questions you found yourself asking at the end of the first one are all answered here. And don't worry, for the people who despised the ending of the first one will be pleased to know this one ends on the most perfect note possible. I could not find a single thing I did not like about this film. I believe, along with Paranormal Activity 2, that this is as good as a sequel to a horror film can get. I give Grave Encounters 2 an A+.

V/H/S (2012)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

V/H/S: Found footage - it isn't going anywhere, so haters and lovers alike need to get use to them. They are our generation's slasher flick and while there are a large handful of them that are complete crap, V/H/S, luckily, is the shining jewel among shit. Not only does this bring about the return of great found-footage (Blair Witch being the first), it also brings about the return of the terrifying horror anthology. This, without doubt, takes the place, formerly held by Paranormal Activity, as the scariest film I have ever witnessed. Its best to go into this film not knowing the majority of the plot and see where the ride takes you - its how I viewed it and I honestly believe I got the most out of it. The acting in every story is pretty good and overall I enjoyed every story on its own merit. I give V/H/S/ an A+.