Things I Watched #4

Movies with a * were seen in theaters.

  • The Brothers Grimm (2005); first viewing
  • Phantasm (1979); first viewing
  • CRAWL (2019); 2nd viewing for Thomas, and 1st for Beau.
  • They Come Knocking (2019); first viewing
  • Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017); first viewing
  • Spring (2014); first viewing
  • The Witch (2015); 2nd viewing for Thomas, 3rd time for Beau.
  • Midsommar (2019); first viewing
  • Creepshow (2019); the shudder series, first viewing
  • Terrifier (2017); first viewing
  • Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015); first viewing
  • The Lighthouse* (2019); first viewing
  • Boa (2001); 1st viewing for Thomas, millionth for Beau. Beau owns the DVD.
  • Knight’s Tale (2001); first viewing for Thomas.
  • Krampus (2015); first viewing for both Thomas & Beau.
  • The Devil’s Backbone (2001); first viewing for both Thomas & Beau.
  • A Christmas Horror Story (2015); first viewing for both Thomas & Beau.
  • The Endless (2017); first viewing for both Thomas & Beau.
  • SOLO (2018); first viewing for Beau, 3rd for Thomas.
  • Creepshow (2019); rewatched episodes 1 & 2 for Beau, as Beau enjoys werewolves in their media. And Thomas wanted to share the haunted doll house episode.

Worth Watching

There were so many movies watched since the last time I posted, and there is so many that I want to talk about! But with the help of Beau we have the big recommendations that we can both suggest from this grouping.

As before, at the end of each there is a link to the website Does the Dog Die? which can be used to search for triggering content in movies. Highly recommend this website and answering questions for movies that you have seen to help others.

Boa (2001); Boa is a really excellent fun bad movie to watch and make fun of with friends. It has a lot of issues in the script, problems with the visual design and graphics. The plot is absolutely ridiculous, delivered by hilarious performances. Boa is always a good time to sit down and goof around with friends. One thing to note that is not on Does the Dog Die is that there is negative stereotypes and prejudiced language, especially for the Irish. Does the Dog Die.

“Spring is one of the best romances that I have ever seen, honestly”

Beau (handsome boy)

Spring (2014); Spring is a monster romance movie that involves an American grieving abroad after the death of the mother he had been caring for so long. The monster design is top notch and the love story is touching. Its horrific bits are horrific and when the girl transforms into the creature sprawled out with tentacles and scorpion tails flailing it is wild. A moment that we have gone back and paused to marvel at. Make this your Valentine’s Day feature film, we beg you. Does the Dog Die.

Krampus (2015); Krampus is wild. Krampus is good. Let this beefy hoofed boy wearing a dead man’s skin crawl down your chimney and bring you you holiday cheer. Krampus is great! Let Adam Scott be the great Christmas movie Dad you need in your life. The costumes are marvelous, the creatures are terrifying, and this movie got such a bad rap on its release that it does not deserve. This movie is generally in the cheap DVD bins at Wal-Mart so now is the perfect time to buy this fun movie. Does the Dog Die.

“I have strong armed Beau into making this our annual Christmas movie tradition. Which wasn’t hard because we both loved it”

Thomas (other handsome boy)

Devil’s Backbone (2001); The Devil’s Backbone is a historical horror film set in the Spanish civil war. While it is definitely a horror film the horror is more about the horrors of war and how they affect people that aren’t even fighting. There are ghost children and while violence against children is depicted, in true del Toro fashion, it is treated with honesty and not fetishized or lingered upon. Fans of del Toro will most likely love it, and horror and historical war film fans may also really enjoy this perspective. Does the Dog Die.

Things I Watched #3

Movies with a * were seen in theaters.

  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016); first viewing
  • 28 Days Later (2002); first viewing
  • King Arthur (2018); first viewing
  • Halloween (2018); first viewing
  • Scary Stories to tell in the Dark* (2019); first viewing
  • Baby Driver (2017); first viewing
  • Dracula Untold (2014); first viewing
  • Mystic River (2003); first viewing
  • Session 9 (2001); first viewing
  • I am the Pretty Thing that lives in the house (2016); first viewing
  • In the Tall Grass (2018); first viewing
  • Channel Zero (2016); season one, first viewing
  • House of the Witch (2017); first viewing
  • The Quiet Ones (2014); first viewing
  • Stonehearst Asylum (2014); first viewing
  • Shutter Island (2010); fourth viewing

Worth Watching

From this batch of movies that I have watched these are the ones I would recommend watching. At the end of each there is a link to the website Does the Dog Die? which can be used to search for triggering content in movies. Highly recommend this website and answering questions for movies that you have seen to help others.

I am Pretty Thing that lives in the house (2016); This movie is creepy and very evocative, the narration felt like it was written by a classic horror author. With manners, soul, and loneliness that hangs off every breath. Does the Dog Die.

Baby Driver (2017); It has a killer soundtrack and one of the best uses of music in any movie. Ham driving a car as a murder monster through a parking garage while Queen is blaring is intense and wild. It also has a good perspective to a disabled character (this is a comment added by a disabled person with tinnitus). Does the Dog Die.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019); Me and the boyfriend saw this in theaters on opening weekend! It was terrifying but worth it, both of us were big fans of the stories and the interpretations of each monster. As well as impressed by how multiple stories were strung together, and the setup for additional movies/sequels. Plus the effects were amazing. Does the Dog Die.

King Arthur (2018); King Arthur uses fun effects and an interesting perspective on the character of Arthur to retell the story for a action fantasy audience in 2018. The Sirens under the castle were one of the highlights of this movie, that and the giant mountains that turned into elephants. This movie did some flak, but we think it’s undeserved or at least is expecting something that this movie wasn’t even trying to offer. One downside that is apparent, that reoccurs, is that Guy Ritchie does not know how to write women characters. Does the Dog Die.

28 Days Later (2002); This is the best zombie movie of all time, for me (the boyfriend said this). It was dark and fast before zombie movies were fast. The movie is rich with emotion, tackling apocalypse experiences that other horror films had not yet approached. The military in horror movies before this was a common perspective of heroism, or being misunderstood, or doing the right thing despite the moral grayness of the actions. The military here is people with power abusing power while alone and creating structures to perpetuate said abuse on a small scale, alienating dissenters. The alternate endings suck though. Does the Dog Die.

Things I Watched #2

My adventure in watching more movies and TV continues, this time watching some movies in theaters (asterisks for those). I watched CRAWL (Alexandre Aja), first time seeing something in theaters since I had gone and seen Us (Jordan Peele) with my boyfriend.

I also started watching Twin Peaks, making my way through the first two seasons. Which made me realize people who described it to me never described it accurately? To be fair though, the last episode of season 2 definitely leaves a certain overshadowing taste in your mouth. I really am excited to see the movie prequel and then the 3rd season that came out in 2017.

Anyways, here is the list:

  • Twin Peaks (Seasons 1-2); first viewing
  • CRAWL* (2019); first viewing
  • Godzilla (1954); first viewing
  • In Bruges (2008); second viewing
  • Russian Doll (2019); first viewing
  • Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998); first viewing
  • Kong: Skull Island (2017); first viewing
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005); first viewing

Things I Watched #1

Every two weeks I’ll post a list of what I watched since last time, here is the first list since I started writing notes in a small notebook about the movies and TV that I watch:

  • The Ritual (2017); second viewing
  • Halloween (1978); first viewing
  • Scream (1996); first viewing
  • Velvet Buzzsaw (2019); first viewing
  • In Bruges (2008); first viewing
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997); first viewing
  • MAMA (2013); first viewing
  • The Haunting of Hill House (2018 series); first viewing
  • The Golem (2018); first viewing
  • Prince of Darkness (1987); first viewing
  • Jennifer’s Body (2009); first viewing