8.8/10 (Space for an over-saturated "It" pun). Advantages of recent critically-acclaimed horror movies usually are a reliance on the atmosphere rather than jumpscares and a well-thought out concept. Surprisingly, the main advantage of this particular horror movie is the plentiful amount of other genres, ranging from a Lovecraftian adventure to a teenage drama. I certainly don't mean it won't make you check your closet late at night, shivering in cold sweat, but that if it didn't, it would still be a serviceable experience. I have yet to read the book,that Mr.King allegedly wrote heavy on crack,so i won't be able to compare the gory details of both.Instead i'll brag on some more about my feelings towards the cinematic counterpart. The Losers' Club surprised me undeniably. And with what you ask? Hollywood has a past with struggling to find decent child actors, so imagine my reaction when all of them are acted to the point of perfection. The adults in the movie seem like directly written by the "King of Horror" himself , as any traits of reasonability get thrown out of the window. Tim Curry is considered an iconic take on Pennywise by a major amount of people. Beg to differ,i considered him too silly and unintentionally comical to make your blood run cold. As for the new Pennywise, well he freaking rocks. Skarsgard succeeds in being both frightening and delightfully zany, without letting you feel any other way than disturbed when he is on screen. Even this movie has its occasional silliness, which (when is played the right way) I don't mind. The one thing that bothers me is the pacing. It's not too slow or too fast, but kind of formulaic. Every kid has to have his own encounter with the entity and it feels like the director is checking boxes. The boy with the glasses met the clown - CHECK, The girl met the clown - CHECK and so on. This is not necessarily bad, but the movie just keeps going with these scenes, one after another, without giving the viewer room to breathe. And the day after they get scared shitless after the first date with The Dancing Clown, each of the kids acts like he doesn't remember it happening. Does Pennywise visit them on a set routine and they are kind of used to it? Or into it? Who the hell knows? The individual jumpscare scenes are superb, but they fail with meshing them well together. Thankfully, this goes on only for the introductory chapter and after that the movie gets the right to shine. What I really appreciated is the way the Losers communicated. When I was their age, I swore like a sailor in the company of my scurvy shipmates, so I am amused that kids in a big Hollywood movie finally talk realistically.
Conclusion: The new Stephen King adaptation hits almost all the right marks, with a "Stranger Things tone and "Stand by me" themes. All the kids have their moments to shine, Pennywise has a magnetic screen presence and the cinematography is stunning. The first act felt formulaic, but as the film continues it makes up for it. "It" is a bloody good time at the movies that guarantees a lot of fun. Damn, I slipped.
8/10 Horror Movie (Gone WRONG) (Gone SEXUAL). While these clickbaity titles can be applied to almost every horror movie, good or bad. "It Follows" not only manages to subvert these tropes, not with excluding them, but giving them the main focus. Has a parody of anything being more serious and competent that the material that is being parodied? Not until this production happened. It tells the story of a teenage girl that is hunted by a mysterious slow-walking entity after a sexual encounter. The rules that this "entity" follows are intentionally ridiculous, with the goal to make fun of other horror clichés.But is the film funny? Not even a little bit, actually quite the opposite. The sex scenes that usually would make the teens who sneaked into the theatre gasp hormonally, are disturbing and violent. 80s vibe follows throughout with the splendid use of old techno music, despite the day and age being unknown. The cast does a stellar job conveying the horror of the STD curse, with Maika Monroe looking too much like a blonde Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Keil Gilchrist plays the awkward friend crushing on the Prom Queen with a pleasant twist, involving a great character arc. The other kids are disposable horror movies characters, without being annoying.My main gripe is how illogical these characters act in certain situations and it even seems like the director acknowledges it.The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous for the pocket-sized budget. The pacing was perfect and I felt involved almost the whole time. Twisting the idea of biological reproducing is a really haunting idea, as well as the multiple themes of growing-up. The climax has brought a lot of controversy, but oh well, I loved it.
Conclusion: Overall It Follows has a lot of great concepts and themes going on and the majority of them is executed successfully and few of them poorly. If you expect standard Hollywood-is jump scares you will probably be disappointed, but if you seek a unique horror movie with a compelling message you should definitely check it out.
7.7/10 - Annabelle: Creation is the fourth entry in the "Conjuring" Franchise. It tells the story about a dollmaker and his wife making their countryside home into an orphanage ,after the tragic death of their little daughter Bee. Yeah there are a whole lot of name puns in this film. The movie is surprisingly much better than its predeccesor. The child actors are great, which is not often the case in horror movies and the other actors ain't half bad. The atmosphere is authentic and the scenes are memorable. While there are plenty of jumpscares, they feel natural and earned, not cheap like in most horror flicks. Yep, the characters make dumb decisions,but not too dumb. Yep, plenty of horror tropes like knee-dragging, "villian" teleportation,blanket spooks and locked doors opening by themselves are present ,but they are embraced and done with full capacity. David F.Sandberg delivers a lot of fancy and cool shots across the table "no pun intended". We actually do not see Annabelle move, she does it only when we are not looking at her and it is very subtle. Darkness plays a big role and it is used very effectively. The third act delivers on the R-rating of the movie through the use of some pretty disturbing imagery,that will be amusing for gore fans and not too over-the-top for others. The only major flaw is that this flick brings nothing new to both the Conjuring universe and the horror genre.Everything is traditional in the best way possible. Conclusion: Annabelle: Creation manages to improve upon the first movie through a decent script, memorable scares and remarkable directing. While not elevating the horror genre, it feels like a classic,fun movie guaranteed to scare the crap out of you every time. SPOILERS AHEAD:
Although not making perfect sense, the tie-in to the first Annabelle movie is appreciated. The handicapped girl changes her name into Annabelle Higgins ,which is the psycho woman who possessed the doll in the first movie,explaining that the devil himself is the one we battled all along. Talitha Bateman does a fine job of playing the little-girl-impersonating-demon thing.The demon busting out of the scarecrow manages to be one my favourite moments in this movie,not with being overly creative,but with looking *beep* awesome. Everyone except the parents manages to live through the events,but not without some bruises. The deaths of the parents feature some impressive body horror,ranging from snapping fingers to mutilating whole bodies. The visuals themselves are noteworthy. The subtle references to Valak (from "Conjuring 2" and the upcoming "The Nun" movie) were small,but effective enough to remind us that this is indeed a shared universe,without getting bogged down in it. And the song "You Are My Sunshine" will never be the same.