These are the thoughts of a Texas transplant in West Michigan who makes his living as a newspaper reporter by evening, and a struggling novelist by day.

Sunday, January 29, 2006


i decided to get away from watching the old movies for a little bit and go on a small tangent off to checking out some horror flicks. i enjoy horror but it's hard to find a good horror movie that really scares the crap outta ya. most movies either rely on lots of blood, surprises or humor to get across to the masses.

so i rented a few movies this weekend (from herrick's free vhs selection, of course) that have those above-mentioned elements. i didn't even try to hunt down one of the classic afi 100 movies i was in the mood for lame, not-using-your-brain horror movies.

so i rented "scary movie" and "urban legends 2: the final cut." neither film, i'l admit, comes close to being even average. stil, dawn and i went through them with ease, knowing after they were done, we wouldn't have any deep conversation about plot or characters.

i had already seen "scary movie." dawn had only seen bits and pieces. it's a spoof even more so than "scream" was. "scary movie" even spoofs "scream." in fact, most of the movie parodies its predecessor (and other movies like "i know what you did last summer" and "the usual suspects"). it's outrageous comedy, silly even, vulgar at times. made us laugh. sometimes it's good to have a laugh. i don't do it very often when it comes to movies since i'm not into funny flicks.

"urban legend 2" i rented by mistake. i thought it was the first on, but failed to see the 2 on the cover. this one wasn't funny, but, instead, was a slasher with surprises popping up on occassion. dawn figured out who the killer, who was wearing a fencing mask for some odd reason, midway through the movie. spoiler for those who haven't seen it). it was the professor who done it. and he would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those crazy kids (i love scooby doo). the story revolves arond a film school where people start getting killed. one girl is doing a film based on urban legends. i laughed when they mentioned the urban legend someone biting into a piece of chicken and proceeding to bit into a chicken tumor in the meat. i'd heard of that before.

the movie was neither great nor particularly scary. but it was entertaining. it's like watching "friends" or something (sorry if anyone likes that show). it's not great but it's entertaining.

these flicks will never be at the caliber of "halloween," "friday the 13th parts 1 and 2," "night of the living dead," "alien" "poltergeist" or "psycho." but no-rainers are a good way to chill out the waves for a little bit.

what's next on the list? hmmmm, maybe romantic comedies starring sean penn and madonna.


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