Doing a bit combining, expect this in the future as well, never intended to post every single day, just make sure I watch a horror film every day.
Day 3 of Horrorfest for me was a classic I have seen several times, whether it be in black & white or the colorized version (and the remakes of course). This round I chose to take Bo’s advice (as well as a couple online friends) and watch the black and white version. Have to say this was a great choice as I forgot how spooky and shadowed some of the scenes felt, and that feeling of hope and despair captured by the grey-tones might have been slightly lost with the addition of colorizing.
Everyone knows this movie, no reason to go into it. If you are one of the few that have never sat down to watch the original, I highly suggest it, as it will be a bit hokey, but ultimately you will see why so many other horror fans have fallen in love with it. Overall I give the flick a B+
Next up we have what I watched on the 4th night, which is a French flick (subtitled) that came out a few years ago calledMartyrs. To give it the best description that I can: It is a torture porn flick that is somewhat mild for the genre, that goes all over the place to slowly build it’s story that never seemed to pay off fully for me.
Didn’t pay off? Well, it did and it didn’t,and again, I do emphasize I am trying to be vague with most of these short blurbs about the movies as not to give out too many spoilers. If the intent of the film was to have me bored through a good chunk of it and then have me think about it hours on end in a very enjoyable fashion, then this movie succeeded. To be perfectly honest, I have no doubt that was the intent besides the boring (which to be fair was minimal, and FAR from Audition level snoozefest).
It’s bloody, it is a bit disturbing, and the mystery of it all will attract a certain set of viewers. It keeps jumping rails as you think you are piecing some of it together, even when you are expecting to jump those rails it never quite is when you expect. Movies like Funny Games or Clockwork Orange come to mind.
So, let’s get away from me rambling unintelligibly about the film and ask that big question: is it worth watching? And strangely, that is the toughest thing to answer. I honestly cannot tell if it was a poorly made film that struck a chord with me, or if the intent was the lingering questions of what exactly you just watched with a much headier movie wrapped inside a very traditional horror skin. So, you just have to watch it and decide on your own, because I cannot do it.
Rating the film for me is near impossible, as I would give it a C+ on purely watching it, but crank it up to an A- based on everything it conjured in my head.