In Theaters: As Above, So Below (2014)
2014 has given us an interesting bag of horror goodies with marked Latinos, devil babies, evil mirrors, possessed New Yorkers, bat shiz crazy purgers, and now a descent into the gates of hell with As Above, So Below. Hmm, there seems to be an occult/possession trend going on, and the upcoming Annabelle and Ouija fit right into that category (If horror reflects society’s fears, what does that say about us right now?). Anyway, As Above, So Belowisn’t perfect but I still enjoyed it.
In Theaters: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
I don’t know about you guys, but I only liked The Purge, I didn’t love it. Why? Because the idea was great but the delivery only showed a fraction of the terror: All crime, including murder, is legal for the next 12 hours over the country and we saw what happened in ONE wealthy household. The Purge: Anarchy, however, shows how all hell breaks loose in downtown Los Angeles. The violent satisfaction!
Now Streaming: Wolf Creek 2 (2013)
I’m torn on Wolf Creek 2, Sheila. On one hand, as an Australian horror film, you have a brutal, entertaining entry with a truly sadistic SOB villain. On the other hand, however, you have a really gory, “shock you because I can” sequel to a film that, while violent, built up slowly with mystery and bone-chilling terror. So, in honor of the awesome Wolf Creek, here’s 6 reasons why Wolf Creek 2, which could easily be titled Mick Taylor Gone Wild: Outback Edition, is inferior as a sequel.
In Theaters: Deliver Us From Evil (2014)
Have you ever had a generic bag of Chex Mix? Where you get all the pretzels, crackers, cereal, and other goodies but the flavor just isn’t there? Yes, Fabio, I actually can believe it’s not butter. Deliver Us From
BoredomEvil is basically the same; there’s good bits but it ultimately left me desiring more.
Now Streaming: Devil’s Pass (2013)
…Why is there a nekkid girl on the cover of Devil’s Pass? A) That specific girl is not in the film and B) even if she was, no one is nude in that scene. Weird. Besides “interesting” covers, this sci-fi Blair Witch Project brings something to the table most “Based on True Events” movies don’t: actual truth (kind of).
Continuum: A Journey Through Time
With so many great shows and films coming out alternative to the mainstream its hard to keep up with so many of them, one thing that is for sure is this is the golden age of television. But with great narrative comes great responsibility.
Continuum is about a cop from the future who is sent back in time, all the while dealing with terrorists, corruption and sometimes confusing time theories. What is distinct from a show like this from many other time cop pulp is the underlying message, (Spoilers Ahead)
Now Streaming: Barrio Tales (2012)
First off, let’s get past the fact that a horror movie about Mexicans from the barrio (which translates into slum and/or ghetto) sounds cheesy. I enjoyed Maria la del Barrio as much as the next fellow Latino but in a horror format, it doesn’t sound very convincing (Maria la del Barrio was a hugely popular telenovela in the 90’s). Second off, this anthology sounds like a Hispanic version of Tales from the Hood (1995), which it is. Third off, there’s no critic reviews whatsoever. Did this stop me from watching? Of course not!
Disclaimer: Barrio Tales deals with strong stereotypes/commentary about Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, Whites, and Immigrants in the United States.