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IT (Mini Series) VS IT (2017 Movie) Review

***Possible Spoilers***

 

A few months back, I saw a FaceBook event near me that would be taking place where you could see the remake of IT, go in a local haunted house and take a midnight cruise down the Ohio river for only about $40 a person. My husband and I are pretty decent fans of horror and I just love Halloween and fall in general. So I knew we had to do this event, the thing was, we had never seen the original IT.

We waited until the week before to watch the original and let me just say I was very disappointing. I grew up hearing my dad say how scary the movie was and that I should never watch it so I did my best to avoid it. First, we didn’t realize it was three hours long, so we didn’t even watch the last hour because it was just so awful.

Disclaimer: I’m not a fan of Stephen King’s books or most of his other movie adaptations, so I’m just reviewing what I know from the movies. 

There was only one moment I couldn’t watch because I expected a ton of gore or something and that’s the scene where they’re in the sewer and the bully gets pulled through one of the tiny tubes.

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I expected to have nightmares, but if anything, I laughed about Pennywise in this version.

 

 

Now, since we had to wait a week after the release, I heard a ton of people talking up the remake. My husband couldn’t get away from people asking what he thought about it, we were missing out, so when Saturday finally came around, I was ready!

Let me tell you, this remake was amazing! It was just creepy enough, but still had amazing humor. The child actors in this did a great job. And I loved seeing ‘Mike’ from Stranger Things, he was probably my favorite character because he was constantly making jokes in order to not feel as scared.

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There were three scenes that I had to turn my head for:

  1. The scene where IT takes Georgie in this version. It was way more graphic than the original. I did NOT expect IT to bite his arm off and then Georgie try to crawl away. That killed me!
  2. The scene where Mike is helping his (I assume) grandpa with the sheep and they’re shooting them with the little gun. I’m not a fan of watching animals die in movies. I also looked away when the bullies tried to shoot the cat, I probably would have walked out if that had happened.
  3. The final scene I couldn’t stomach to watch was when one of the bullies kills his father. It was so sinister.

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Now, though I would give the IT remake a full five stars, there was one thing that REALLY bothered me. It felt like every main adult that we encountered had some sketchy pedophile child molester vibe to them. Even the librarian bothered me. I know that two of the characters were meant to be taken that way, Bev’s father and Patrick (one of the bullies), but even Eddie’s mom was sketchy. Was it meant to feel like that?

There was a Stranger Things vibe to this, I think that might be why I liked it so much. The original was just too cheesy and I understand that it came out 27 years ago so the visuals and what not are not going to be up to par with what I’m used to seeing.

With all this said, I don’t think you need to see the original to enjoy the new. I think you’ll be just fine seeing the new one!

Growing Up in the Apocalypse (Extinction Movie Review)

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge fan of all things zombies. Rob Zombie, The Walking Dead, Plants vs Zombies, just to names a few. On the 4th, my husband and I had our first ‘Wifey Wednesday’ where we turn our computers and phones off and just hang out with each other, so we decided to watch Extinction (2015). If I were to compare this 8305movie, I’d say it’s like I am Legend meets 28 Days Later. The infected are super fast and intelligent.

Extinction is about two men that have to raise a baby in the post-apocalyptic world of Harmony. The first scene takes place during the beginning of the virus and then we fast forward nine years into a snowmaggedon town.

Here’s what I found wrong with the movie and the only thing that took away from it. The little girl, Lu, has been conformed to gender roles even though she hasn’t grown up with anyone but these two men. At one point she comments, “I’m too old to play with dolls.” How would you know, Lu? You’re nine and you’ve only ever watched cartoon reruns, you’ve never been to school. She also comments on a doll her dad brings her saying, “This is the one I wanted.” How does she know that’s the one she wanted? She’s never been to school, she hasn’t seen any commercials for toys, she’s never even left the compound they live in.

Gender roles are learned behaviors. Lu would be the most well behaved, non-gendered child to ever exist if she was born in a time that didn’t include humans. I didn’t understand why her father even bothered to teach her, considering she will never need that type of knowledge. He should have spent time teaching her how to ration food, hunt, shoot, make weapons, start fires. Sure, teach her how to read and write for when she’s bored, but I don’t think she needs to know the population of China (though the joke during the dinner scene was hilarious).

Then there’s her father constantly saying she needs to brush her teeth before bed, why? He keeps saying she needs discipline, that if she doesn’t brush her teeth, she’s acting out. She doesn’t even know what acting out is, she’s never seen anyone throw a tantrum or misbehave. Acting out is a learned behavior.

I’d give this movie a 3.5 out of 5 stars. It could have been so amazing! But there were small parts that the script writers just overlooked, and that really killed the movie for me. What I will say about the ending is, it gets dark.

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***SPOILERS***

Did Patrick need to die? No. Jack should have sacrificed himself after almost shooting Lu. Plus Patrick could have survived had he just lured the ‘undead’ to the gas with noise and then blown them up. I was literally screaming at the TV the entire time that went down.

Halloween/Scary Movies to watch before October ends!

Halloween is upon us! Check out my movie recommendations, and yes, I have watched all these this month or plan on re-watching them!

Trick r’ Treat

Believe it or not, I just watched this movie for the first time the other day. I don’t think it was as good of a horror movie as it could have been, but there were some really good parts! It shares multiple stories in one movie about people going back on Halloween traditions and not respecting the holiday. You’ll see a ton of 90’s/00’s movie/tv stars you loved.

Scare factor: 7/10 For some frightening imagery and some gore.

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Sinister (1&2)

The first Sinister is probably the scariest movie I’ve ever watched. The first time, I didn’t get to sleep until 7 am the next morning because I was so afraid. I even names one of my cats after Mr. Boogie! He possesses children and they end up killing their family, they record the murders on 8mm film and replay them, all you hear in the background is the film spinning, no music. The second one isn’t as scary because you’re seeing it from the child’s POV and not the parents.

Scare factor: 10/10 I can’t re-watch the first one because it scared me so much.

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Cabin in the Woods

This movie is my favorite ‘cabin in the woods’ movie where, of course, a bunch of college kids head out to a cabin in the woods and hell is unleashed upon them. I like this movie because of the funny stoner that knows they shouldn’t be there doing the things they’re doing but no one listens to him. But wait! Ah, this cabin in the woods movie has a BIG  plot twist, and I think my other horror friends are going to love it if they give it a try!

Scare factor: 5/10 The humor and plot twist, makes this not so scary.

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Tucker & Dale VS Evil

My husband introduced me to this movie about two backwoods hillbillies who are minding their own business when a group of teens stumble upon their house. It’s more of a comedy than a scary movie, but it does have some gruesome scenes. This is a movie you can watch with the lights off and not worry about what goes bump in the night.

Scare factor: 4/10 only due to the gore.

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Frankenweenie (or any Tim Burton movie!)

Ah, I do enjoy The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, but Frankenweenie is probably my favorite Burton film about a wiener dog who dies and his owner brings him back to life. I love it because of the kooky kids in it and the black and white reminds me of the old horror movies. Yes, this movie is in all back and white and it came out a few years ago!

Scare factor: 1/10

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Hocus Pocus

What’s Halloween without your favorite Sanderson sisters? If you haven’t watched Hocus Pocus, who are you!? We can’t be friends! I’m not even going to explain why this movie is awesome. Just go watch it and enjoy!

Scare factor: 1/10

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Me with three awesome Sanderson sister cosplayers at a convention I recently went to!