May (2002)


Title:
May

Directed by:
Lucky McKee 

Genre: 

Horror, Drama, Thriller 

Language:
English


Characters:
May Dove Canady (Played by Angela Bettis) is the movies main character. May suffered a troubled childhood because of her lazy eye and grew up to be very lonely. Her best friend is a doll her mother gave her, and she often talks to it.

Adam Stubbs (played by Jeremy Sisto) is May’s love interest, she tells him that she are a bit strange which he replies to by saying that he likes strange. They start to date each other but he soon realizes that May is too strange for even him.

Polly (Played by Anna Faris) is working at the same place as May and soon she takes interest in May and starts flirting with her. 

Plot:
The movie is following May after she has gotten contacts that would fix her lazy eye. Since she looked more normal she decided that she would try to be social and she started to talk with Adam whom she had an interest in. After some time they start dating because Adam likes that she are so odd. But their relationship soon goes wrong when Adam thinks that May is too extreme for him. May struggles to connect with people even though her personality doesn’t seem to be compatible with anyone.

Thoughts:

Plot: 
This movie was one of the most disturbing movies I have seen in my whole life. It weren’t scary, it weren’t gory, when it became bloody then the blood looked a bit too orange sometimes. But even though the blood looked fake and it weren’t that much action, it still were a really good movie.

The way they have made May’s personality really gives me chills, there are so many things she does that seems so wrong and you just freak out because of it. There isn’t much happening in the movie for the first hour, it is like any teenage movie, a girl gets into a bad relationship. The only difference is that the girl is weird. The really creepy stuff starts happening first in the last half hour of the movie. That doesn’t mean that the movie is boring, the first hour is very interesting too.

This movie were able to scare me once though, I will give you a small spoiler that you won’t understand before you have seen the movie.
In the end of the movie a hand will be going towards the camera and it almost feels like it’s going to touch you. I haven’t screamed at a movie for some years, but that scene made me scream and I put the computer in one end of the sofa and myself in the other end. It weren’t really scary, it just felt disgusting and creepy.

Characters: 
I am amazed that someone can play a character like May so good as Angela Bettis did, when you get afraid of meeting this person in reality then you know that an actor/actress has done his/her job good.

I loved May, her personality was wonderfully creepy. One notch down or up on the crazy scale and the movie would probably not have worked at all. What I didn’t like with her character where how much she changed after one hour and ten minutes into the movie, then ten minutes later her character was back to normal again. I know that it was done on purpose but it feels a bit weird with such a big personality change. She could probably have done the same thing with a smaller personality change.

Rating:

Plot: 5/5
Effects: 2/5
Scare-rate: 1/5
Creep-rate: 4/5

Over all:  3.5/5

Even though the movie weren’t scary at all it was still very creepy. I don’t think you should watch this at Halloween since that’s a night for terror. But the next time you don’t have anything to do and don’t know what to watch, try to find this movie and watch it. Then tell me if the last scene were able to freak you out as much as it freaked me out.

Three fast


Today I have watched three horror movies with my friend, and instead of doing three long reviews I thought about doing three shorter reviews where I tell a bit about the movies and then rates them with a fast explanation about my rating. Since all the movies we saw were torture movies (it wasn’t meant to be like that but somehow it ended up like that anyways) I won’t have a scare-rate, instead I will have a gory-rate. It’s not only the blood that matters but the pain and how much disgust I felt when I watched it. (I won’t have the same kind of ratings everytime, some movies doesn’t have that much effects so then I take away that, sometimes I don’t think about the music when I watched the movie and then I take away that and sometimes I put in something new because I just liked or hated how they did that in that movie.)

So here comes my three fast reviews

Truth or die (Truth or dare) (2012)

The movie starts with a party where we get to know all the main characters personalities. After they have played a short game of truth or dare and been interrupted by a fight they cut to a near future. Five teenagers that were on the party got invited to another party deep into the woods. When they get there they hear that the party is canceled but they stay anyways to have a small private party. But the man hosting the party suddenly forces them to play a deadly version of truth or dare. The reason, he thinks one of those five teenagers are responsible for his brothers death, if he can’t get a confession out of one of them then he will kill them all.

So what did I think of this movie?

Plot: 4/5
I think the ‘alone in the woods where no one can hear you scream’ is a bit overused. Most of the characters are very stereotypic so you get the feeling that you have seen that person before but with another face. But I like the plot a lot too since they don’t leave us bored for very long, which often is a problem in horror movies. The ending was pretty unusual and the survivors is the once you least expect. Also the plot twist were wonderful and I bet that very few people could actually have guessed what was about to happen.

Effects: 4/5
(With effects I also mean horror make-up and fake blood)
They didn’t have that much effects before the end of the movie, but I thought they did very realistic blood and  one certain scene (trying not to spoil too much) where a guy gets a horrible flesh wound, that makeup is very well done.

Gory-rate: 3/5
They had a lot of blood, mostly from shots, he also only used one other way than the gun to hurt them which disappointed me and my friend since we thought they would make it a bit more interesting and do something new every dare.

Over all: 4/5
Even if its not scary I definitely thinks this is worthy of being a Halloween movie. Maybe as a warm up before the real horror movies starts. If you like Saw, final destination or hostel, then this movie is probably for you. Make sure you have a stomach that can take a bit, since it will be some disgusting scenes.

Chained (2012)

This movie starts with a nine year old boy named Tim and his mother, they are going to watch a movie at a cinema and afterwards they take a cab home. But the one driving the cab is Bob, a serial killer that has used his job as a taxi driver to be able to kidnap women to his home. He kidnaps Tim and his mother and after he has murdered Tim’s mom he forces Tim to work for him. He chains him up and makes him clean, make food and other chores. After years living with Bob that keeps murdering women while the child hears everything Bob decides to try and make Tim become a serial killer as well.

So what did I think about it?

Plot: 5/5
I really liked this plot, the ending wasn’t what I had expected but I can still understand why it ended like it did. The movie shows how the serial killer got obsessed with killing women and in the ending we get the truth about why Tim really got taken by Bob. We gets into the mind of a child that has been locked out from society for a long time and sees how he change when he grew older. It has a good pace and not overly violent. A lot of people would probably say that it was too little violence in it. But I give the plot 5 stars.

Gory-rate: 1/5
This movie barely had any scenes of violence at all, you mostly just heard the screams and sometimes now and then you got to see a fight or a stabbing.

Characters: 4.5/5
I just had to have this in the ratings since the actors made a really good job with portraying their characters, especially the one playing the older Tim. It was hard to find anyone that you really didn’t believe in. But then there came one person in the end whose character took down the rate a notch. But except that one person I thought the characters were splendid and the people that played the characters did a wonderful job.

Over all: 4/5
This is a good movie, and I want you to watch it because the story is great. But don’t watch it on Halloween, it won’t give you anything other than one and a half hours wasted movie time. This isn’t a Halloween movie but it is a movie that should be seen.

Vile (2011)

 

A group of friends gives a woman lift only to be tricked and kidnapped to a unknown place. They and a group of other people are trapped in a house and their only way out is to make a drug. They have gotten a tube operated into their brain and every time they are in pain their brains are making a chemical that can be used for drugs. So they have to torture each other until the meter gets to a hundred percent, before the clock has counted down to zero.
So what did I think?

Plot: 3.5/5
I thought the plot was a bit cliche with them being locked up in the house. Some of the movies I think about when I see it is house of 9 and my little eye, even one of the SAW movies pops up in my head. I think this has been used a bit too many times. The part where they have to torture each other and themselves to get out is a lot like SAW where they have to go threw a lot of pain to survive. But it’s not a bad plot, I think that even though they did a lot of things that has already been done they took in something new too it. The ending for example was nothing you would have expected after watching horror movies for years, also the characters were not so much stereotyped as in most movies.

Gory-rate: 4/5
They didn’t always show what they were doing and in the beginning they mostly used one way of torturing on everyone. But they had bone-breaking, knife cutting, nail destroying, burn wounds and so on.

Over all: 3.5/5
The plot is pretty much a remake of other older plots (like most movies today) But it still has a part in the plot that makes it interesting and unique. It’s interesting to see what they are doing to themselves to stay alive even though it reminds of SAW. I would say that this movie (just like truth or die) is worth to see on Halloween as a warm up movie before the really scary movies.

Carved (2007)


Title:
Carved (Other titles: Kuchisake-onna, Slit-mouthed woman)

Directed by:
Kouji Shiraishi (Has also made famous movies like the curse and teketeke)

Genre:
Horror

Language: 

Japanese

Characters:
Kyoko Yamashita (Played by Eriko Sato)  is working as a teacher, one day she sees one of her students being kidnapped by Kuchisake-onna and she tries with help of Noboru to solve the mystery. During the search of the kidnapped children she slowly understands more about herself and realize that she, just as Noboru, has to repair whats done wrong in the past before it’s too late.


Noboru Matsuzaki (Played by Haruhiko Kato) is working as a teacher on the same school as Kyoko. He can hear the voice of Kuchisake-onna everytime she is about to abduct a person. Through the movie we get to know more and more about his past and how he is related to Kuchisake-onna.

Mayumi Sasaki (played by Chiharu Kawai) is the mother to the second child that are abducted by Kuchisake-onna. In the beginning of the movie we can see her hitting her daughter Mika. During the first half of the movie after her daughters kidnapping she is mostly waiting for the police to find Mika, but after some time she decides to search after her daughter on her own.

Plot:
Carved is based on a Japanese urban legend, kuchisake-onna (the slit-mouthed woman). The rumors about Kuchisake-onna is spread among students and only gets worse when a student is abducted by a woman that wears a white mask over her mouth. After the first students kidnapping it’s decided that the teachers should follow the students home so that more children aren’t abducted by that woman. Even so more children are kidnapped by the mystic woman and Kyoko, that saw one of the kidnappings, tries to find the woman. Together with Noboru that seems to know a lot more about the kidnapper than he tells, they slowly gets closer to the children.


Thoughts:


The legend:

As I told you in the plot info, carved is based on the urban legend kuchisake-onna. In the legend Kuchisake-onna was a woman that got her mouth slit by her husband and then she got killed. After that she often appeared in parks when people walked alone. She asked them if they thought she were beautiful and most people would say yes since there were nothing wrong with her looks when she had the mask on. Once they had said yes she would take off the mask and show her slit mouth and ask if she still were beautiful. If the person said no then she would kill them, if they said yes then she would cut their face so they got the same scar as her. If they said that she looked average or so-so she would get confused and the person would have a chance to run away.

Now in the movie version they have changed a lot, since she got killed in a different way than in the legend it isn’t that surprising that a lot has changed. Kuchisake-onna doesn’t appear only when people are alone, she has kidnapped children right in front of peoples eyes a lot of times. Also even though she asks her question a lot of times she doesn’t seem to care about an answer and she can kill people or slit their mouth without getting an answer at all.

I am a bit disappointed that they didn’t keep the original legend but I still think the new Kuchisake-onna was good. It wasn’t what I expected which probably was what made the movie much better than it actually was.

Plot:
I don’t think there was anything wrong with the plot. They took a legend that already existed, which make it a bit unoriginal, but then they re-make the whole legend into something new and makes it fit into a problem the society had in the movie. Child abuse is a big topic in the movie even though it’s still kept on the side. It appears exactly the right number of times for the public to realize the message, but they don’t overuse it nor is it used to few times.

Kuchisake-onna doesn’t appear as much as the bad person usually does in movies, the movie feels a bit more like a mystery movie than a horror movie at some points since it doesn’t happen that much before the end of the movie. The movie isn’t that scary except for a jump scare and two scenes where they fight. It’s more emotional and focuses more on the characters feeling than the horror.

Music:
The music in carved was put out very well. It wasn’t overused at all and almost every scene that had music was scenes that really needed music so that we would be able to get the right feeling. Both in emotional scenes and in horror scenes they were able to give the best kind of music to get the right kind of feeling to the scene. The music made it feel like I were in a somewhat older film, it didn’t feel like music used 2007.

But even so there were some parts where they used the wrong kind of music that didn’t make me get into the right feeling at all. Some parts only made it annoying which I don’t think were the intention. But overall they had very good music.

Actors:
They were able to get into the characters for most parts, I think there were a few times when some people seemed to loose character a bit. The only one I thought really much about were a boy that were at the police station to tell the police what he knew about the kidnappings. At first he doesn’t talk at all and once they get him to talk then he goes a bit too fast forward even though it would be more natural to be more uncertain. But you can’t ask too much of a child, and maybe it was the directors intention to make it like that.

Rating:

Plot: 3.5/5
Music: 4/5
Effects: 3/5
Scare-rate: 1.5/5

Overall: 3.5/5

Carved is a really good movie as long as you aren’t searching after a real horror movie. It has its scary points but for the most its just as any other movie about a kidnapping murderer. I wouldn’t suggest this as your Halloween scary movie, but it can be a very good choice for a normal Friday night.