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Tuesday, March 13, 2018


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A family staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night are visited by three masked psychopaths, to test their every limit.

Starring: Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Martin Henderson

Directed by: Johannes Roberts

Written by: Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai

  After watching “The Strangers,” I was inspired to write horror because I thought they did such an excellent job with a simple idea. Well that was many years ago, and I’m obviously not a horror writer just horror reviewer. Regardless, I’ve always held “The Strangers” in high regard because of how it inspired me, and couldn’t be happier to finally get a sequel. Unfortunately, I can’t say “The Strangers: Prey at Night” inspired me in the same way, and here’s why. 
  The sequel starts off much like the original did introducing the audience to characters who are having a conflict amongst themselves. This time around Cindy (Christina Hendricks) and her husband Mike (Martin Henderson) have made a decision to send their troubled daughter, Kinsey (Bailee Madison), to boarding school. Kinsey isn’t thrilled with this decision, and gives her parents and brother, Luke (Lewis Pullman), a hard time while on their road trip. While this isn’t bad drama to build on, it just doesn’t pull on the heart strings the way the couple did in the original.
  The home and how the strangers were able to keep the couple inside it was something important to keeping the tension in the original. When the family arrives at the trailer, it quickly becomes apparent that the strangers won’t be keeping them contained there long. This creates some problems for this sequel, the first being that it isn’t as intense as the original. With the characters spread out, the movie goes back and forth, and this kills any tension that is created. On top of that, it creates a lot of coincidences of how the strangers seem to always be at the right place at the right time. A great example of that is the jack in the box scene, as fun as that was.
  Enough with the bad, how about some good? Not as creepy as the when the Man in the Mask is watching Kristen in the living room in “The Strangers,” but it’s definitely messed up when the Man in the Mask sits down next to Mike in the car. It’s crazy how he just takes his time, plays with the radio, stabs him, and just stares at Mike as he bleeds out. Another scene that is getting a lot of attention is the pool scene. The lights, the music, and the struggle between Luke and the Man in the Mask is pretty cool.
  However, this just leads to another complaint. It was so nice to see a horror film like “The Strangers” break from having at least one survivor, and kill off the couple. This time around, the strangers aren’t so lucky, and we get a standard horror movie ending. It’s shocking when Luke slices up Pin-Up Girl, and even more disappointing when Dollface is blown away. Kinsey and the Man in the Mask put on a good ending fight, even reminding some of us of a classic horror movie, but ultimately having Kinsey freak out in a hospital room is too standard. An argument can be made that the Man in the Mask and/or Pin-Up Girl survived for a part three, but that seems like a stretch. They aren’t Jason or Michael. Does it open the door for new killers…maybe but then it won't be THE Strangers!
  Overall, as with many sequels, “The Strangers: Prey at Night” just doesn’t live up to the original. It starts off with a similar formula of drama within the family and the strangers appearing in time to take advantage of that, but then what made “The Strangers” so great evaporates. Instead of creating a movie that is intense throughout, they take the time to give it some style and dramatics with how it’s shot jumping from character to character. They not only kill the tension, but also kill the strangers creating an all too familiar horror movie ending. No, this isn’t a bad movie, it just really fails to do what the original did. With that, I really wish I could give this more than than 3 pools of blood, of which 1 pool of blood basically comes from it being the freaking strangers!


Monday, January 8, 2018


Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet - in her own family home.

Starring: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, and Angus Sampson

Directed by: Adam Robitel

Written by: Leigh Whannell

  When “Insidious” premiered in 2010, it seemed like this was going to lead to big things, and it sort of did. Some arguably good movies followed like “The Conjuring,” “Annabelle,” and their sequels. It has also led to several of it’s own sequels, and now “Inisidious: The Last Key.” So lets begin the argument over the latest chapter in this franchise!
  For “Insidious: Chapter 3,” they decided to go the prequel route, and it turned out alright. It would make audiences think that this sequel would open a new chapter for this franchise. Unfortunately it doesn’t because The Last Key is yet another prequel. Seriously, how many prequels does a franchise need, especially one with only three movies under its belt? 
  This time the story begins and ends with Elise (Lin Shaye). The audience is introduced to events that haunted her as a child, and have returned for some unfinished business. Elise, along with Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson), return to her childhood home to find the demon behind it all. As always, Lin does a terrific job in her role, but having the movie focus mostly on her is too much. The pace seems too slow, and there isn’t enough action going on. Specs and Tucker add some humor, but that isn’t enough.
  Most importantly, the slow pace also kills most of the scares. There are a few scares that are way overdone because of the build up to it. The audience will know it’s coming, but they do the best to drag it out. If they are hoping to make it suspenseful, they are really just boring the true horror fan who sees it coming. On top of it, for a franchise born on some really good scares, The Last Key seems to be short on them.
  Yes, fans were probably alright with another Insidious movie, but probably not a second prequel. Everyone agrees that Lin is great in her role, but having the movie follow her is too much. The story isn’t bad, but just unfolds too slowly. A small twist here and there isn’t enough to make up for it. The Key Demon is the most interesting thing in the movie, especially in what it does to people, but there isn’t enough of it, or the scares Insidious movies are known for. With that, I give “Insidious: The Last Key” 2.5 pools of blood, and can only hope we see more of the Further in the next movie!


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Short Horror Christmas Films

Alright horror fans, on behalf of HorrO’s Gory Reviews and, our Christmas present to you! 

Here are some short horror Christmas films for you to enjoy this holiday weekend…

Friday, November 17, 2017


Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.

Starring: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, and Jonathan Cherry

Directed and written by: Lowell Dean

  There are movies made for certain audiences and that can definitely be said for horror comedies. Horror fans will be down for the horror, but it’s the comedy that will make or break it. “Wolfcop” was a hit in my eyes, so there was no hesitation in deciding to watch “Another Wolfcop.” However, if you hated “Wolfcop” (maybe you needed some liquor donuts before watching) then “Another Wolfcop” and this review might not be for you.
  Obviously it’s great to see several of the characters back again especially Wolfcop (Leo Fafard). The movie opens with a crazy car chase scene leaving a path of destruction only Wolfcop could produce in this small town. Tina (Amy Matysio) is sheriff, and trying to hide the legend of Wolfcop from newcomers on the force. Lou aka Wolfcop doesn’t make it easy for her. 
  While “Wolfcop” spent a lot of time introducing Wolfcop and what he could do, this time around it’s a lot about building up a formable foe for Wolfcop. Swallows (Yannick Bisson) is trying to bring chaos to the city, and using a special new drink to do it. This drink has a painful kick to it, as it makes mutants out of people in a way one could only expect in a Wolfcop movie. 
  There were many things that stood out about “Wolfcop,” and are present again. Of course drinking and liquor donuts is one of them. While they aren’t as stressed as the first time around, they’re certainly present. Another thing is how well they handle the transformation from Lou to Wolfcop. While some of bloody special effects deaths later on aren’t perfect, the transformation is spot on again. Wolfcop isn’t the only one transforming either, as he has a special lady friend. And you know what that means…another wild and crazy sex scene!
  The whole mutant thing might make this a crazier movie, but is it funnier? It’s close, but the originality in part one is hard to beat. Without giving it away, the return of one character in particular is definitely welcomed. Not only in their return, but that they bring along a little mutant friend. Speaking of funny things, just imagine Wolfcop playing hockey, and literally taking the fight to the other team. To top it off, add chaos and mutants in the crowd, and a bomb count down!
  Again “Another Wolfcop” is for those who want to see more of Wolfcop. While there’s horror in it, this style of comedy might not be for everyone. It’s really made for those who wish they could watch it with a box of liquor donuts in their hands instead of some stale popcorn. Many of the elements of what made “Wolfcop” great are back, including favorite characters, and another must see sex scene. When it’s time to kick ass, Lou always lets the wolf in him run wild. With that, I give this movie 3 pools of blood and 2 dozen liquor donuts!


(*There is an after credit scene*)

Friday, October 13, 2017


A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, and Ruby Modine

Directed by: Christopher Landon

Written by: Scott Lobdell

   Many years ago Bill Murray starred in a comedy called “Groundhog Day,” where he was forced to live the same day over and over again. Now comes “Happy Death Day,” where a college student named Tree (Jessica Rothe) is forced to live her birthday over and over. While both end up stuck in their own day from hell, at least Bill wasn’t being chased by a murderer. This is what Tree is forced to overcome in order to live to the day after her birthday day.
  Knowing that this is a horror movie where someone is going to die time after time is exciting. There are so many possibilities there, and opportunities for plenty of blood. However the PG-13 bug bites again, and many of the deaths are cut short as usual. The impact isn’t felt in death, but more when she wakes up in bed the next morning. Still would have preferred the blood, but it does give the audience a little something different.
  It just shows that the movie is more about having a little fun getting through the day over and over, and the mystery of who the killer is. Every time Tree wakes up she’s in a different mood. It’s actually funny watching her no matter what mood she’s in, especially in the moments just after she wakes up. She wakes up in the room of a boy named Carter (Israel Broussard), but the really amusing part is her different reactions to his roommate coming in the room.
  As for the mystery, it seems like they do a good job of hiding the killer’s identity. There are plenty of characters to pick from, and the audience gets a chance to weed out the killer along with Tree. She actually goes on a mission to eliminate suspects one by one, and death by death. It’s a nice little twist to who the killer is, and how they end her death streak. Speaking of her deaths, the only major issue here is that there’s no good reason for this to happen. Basically she’s not a good person and is going through this in order to change her life for the better. That’s a weak explanation for a horror movie!
  “Groundhog Day” was a comedy, and “Happy Death Day” takes a similar path with a horror theme. It’s not on the same comedic level as a Bill Murray comedy, but it turns out to have its funny moments here and there. It's also entertaining trying to figure out the killer, and the twisty way the movie concludes. However, it’s a horror movie, and it would’ve been nicer to have a more bloody movie released on Friday the 13th, but that’s just me! With that, I give it 2.5 pools of blood.

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