Friday the 13th (2009) Review

Today is Halloween which is the time to lock your doors, turn off the lights and prepare yourself for a marathon of scary movies. So a film I decided to watch was the remake of the 1980 cult slasher horror classic, Friday the 13th.

This movie follows a man called Clay Miller, who is searching for his missing sister in the mystifying woods of Crystal Lake. At the same time a group college students are lodging in a cabin for mischief and mayhem. Neither one are aware that the woods are being ruled by a hockey-mask wearing killer called Jason Voorhees. Clay and the college students are trespassing on Jason’s woods.

They say that a remake will ruin the movie … that statement is true – this is a undeniable fact. I have not yet watched the 1980 version but the 2009 version is just an excuse to squeeze more money through the use of naked women and sex. This movie had an interesting colour style which got me intrigued but as the story further progressed it just turned into a sad mistake. There are not many compliments I can give to this film but I can not help and praise it being corny and cheesey.

It follows typical conventions of what a slasher horror movie is:

  • Psychopath which rampages certain area, making it haunted and a legend
  • Group of young adults alone in a cabin together
  • A couple who are having sex while the serial killer watches
  • A person always tripping over from a monster
  • Yelling hello in an ominiously silent house

And various other horror movie cliches. Despite it receiving negative reviews, it still managed to garner $91.3m which does not surprise me because it uses female nudity and a beloved horror monster to help gain the money. The only reason I watched the movie was because of Jared Padalecki. He is well known in his CW TV series, Supernatural and I am majorly crushing on Jared Padalecki. He is such a hunk!

This movie does have a surprising ending as I thought Clay would escape with his sister and a girl he rescued called Jenna. I expected Clay and Jenna to find love after being through such a terrible nightmare. Yet the story kills off Jenna and Clay’s sister is taken back by Jason. The ending is similar to the other Friday the 13th films, but the ending surprised me because it was a cheap horror movie, it would have a rubbish ending.

Jason in this film is the best thing, as well as Jared, since he is badass for killing all the stupid college students. I cheered more for when Jason killed someone than when someone got killed because all the character’s were characterised to being stupid idiots. If they were all nice innocent people, I probably would still cheer for Jason because he kills people with machetes and nothing can kill him. ALTHOUGH HE IS HUMAN, he still beats everyone and I admire that about Jason.

Overall, the movie was a waste of time despite its colour style, location and epic depiction of Jason Voorhees, the film is a cheap excuse to squeeze more money out of people and to show nudity to guys to gain a larger audience. Watch all the Friday the 13th films, pre 2000 because they are the only good ones. However I did hear they are making another Jason Voorhees film but for now that is a rumor so we will have to wait and see.

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The Walking Dead Character: Negan and Lucille Opinion piece

*****SPOILER FREE*****

The title says it all … perhaps. October 23rd 2016 (or 24th for those in the UK) was an important date in the calendar. 23rd October was the day when The Walking Dead fans find out who came face-to-face with Lucille. This is a spoiler free post so be glad that I don’t tell you who comes face-to-face with Lucille.

This will be an opinion piece taking into account of other people’s opinions regarding the most anticipated villain of all time: Negan and Lucille. So let’s start by asking the question: Who is Negan and Lucille? In the comic books, Negan was a high school gym coach and a car salesman before the walker outburst. Funny, once a car salesman and now a sadistic leader of the group, the Saviours. Negan was married to … Lucille. Lucille was the wife of Negan pre-apocalypse and she and Negan were together despite knowing Negan had a mistress. Lucille died of cancer and Negan was alone. Once the apocalypse came, Negan wrapped barbed wire around a baseball bat and named it Lucille. The baseball bat was named after his dead wife Lucille.

Negan came to life by actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Season 6, Episode 16, ‘Last Day on Earth’ and Season 7, Episode 01, ‘The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.’ Must I say that Morgan’s portrayal is fantastic. Negan was shown to be a psychotic man and his personality is fantastically portrayed. Although the comic book has Negan speak in crude and profane language, the TV show tames his speech and dialogue. (Don’t worry though, the DVD release has extra bonus footage of Negan dropping 23 f* bombs).

Personally I was excited for the arrival of Negan because his story is so interesting. He is a savage man who enjoys gore and violence yet he does not stand for sexual violence against women. (Feminist? Maybe…) I was also excited because Jeffrey Dean Morgan was playing Negan. I mean JDM is my one of my favourite actors. He funnily played John Winchester in Supernatural and Thomas Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

When we were revealed the victim of Lucille in Season 7 premiere ***No Spoiler*** Many of the fans unlike me were disgusted and hateful towards Negan. I mean someone had to die. I’m not saying I’m Pro-Negan (Let’s be honest that is what I’m saying) I’m saying that we need to give Negan a chance. It would be interesting to see how Negan’s character develops on and according to my sources, Negan undergoes a grand arch so who knows what will happen for the future.

As for Lucille, she is a beauty. She seems to be a really effective weapon and I would definitely make my own Lucille, if a Zombie apocalypse were ever to come. Lucille and Negan are one. You can’t have just one without the other. They come together like Brangelina (RIP). Funnily in the comic books, it is suggested that Negan has sexual thoughts about Lucille the bat. I mean yes Lucille is beautiful but I wouldn’t go far as to have sexual thoughts about her.

So in conclusion: I adore Negan and Lucille and say they are one of the top favourite characters in my list.

Supernatural (General Review)

Demon-hunting brothers, driving around in a 1967 black Chevrolet Impala. That’s my kind of show. This is a TV show that follows two brothers and their friend: Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) plus Castiel (Misha Collins). They hunt and fight evil supernatural beings like monsters, demons, and ghosts that roam the earth. This American series is a hit TV show with an ardent cult fan base and eleven years’ worth of entertainment. Supernatural is a fantastically written show that deals with various issues to send meaningful morals to the audience.

Supernatural is enjoyable for many reasons: Firstly it has a great cast, who display an array of talents. These talents have created loveable beloved characters i.e. Sam, Dean, Castiel and Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard). When the actors are not playing their character, they are seen working hard on their charity campaigns like Always Keep Fighting and I Am Enough (Campaign that focuses on helping the Orlando Family Victims). These men, who say they have flaws, are the kindest and most inspirational men. I am always in constant awe of these humans, who have everything yet are humble and thankful.

The characters shown have been well acted and written. Sam, Dean and Castiel have changed so much after eleven years and they are still learning and growing which is admirable to the fans. They’ve gone through their own literal struggles of life and it shapes the way they think and act. The fans feel empathy for the brothers as they deal with issues like the death of their parents; the death of each other; their friends and their family. We, as fans feel close to the brothers and friend for some of us have been growing up with the boys since 2005.

Not only are the characters great but the major and minor story arcs have been a huge hit with the fans. Each season is a multitude of storylines that present different choices with varied consequences. The show uses urban legends to introduce fans to new monsters and generate a new wave of interest in cultural myths. Supernatural is a show that deals with sacrifice, hope, low-self esteem, depression, love, self-hate and making the hardest choice. Supernatural is not just a show, it’s a family, all the actors and fans are united as one. A wise man once said ‘Family don’t end in blood.’

X-Men Days of Future Past (2014) Review

Time travelling superhumans. Something which X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) accomplishes. X-Men: DoFP tells the story of the 1981 Marvel comic book, in which robots are bringing humanity and meta-humans to the brink of extinction. The movie captures the true spirit of the comic and it’s a movie you can just sink right into. There is something for everyone in this superhero dystopian film.

This movie brings back characters: young and old to show parallels from the future (2023) to the past (1973). There’s fan favourite, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) who becomes our Marty McFly in this movie. Wolverine travels back to 1973 to help guide a younger version of Professor X (James McAvoy) to stop a blue Jennifer Lawrence from killing a military contractor, Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). Professor X is the mind-reader of the group and the leader of the X-Men. X-Men is essentially a copy of Terminator Two: Judgement Day … in a good way. Anyways, this X-Men film helps to erase the timeline of previous horribly made X-Men films like X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).

I was a big fan of this movie franchise because it had a compelling storyline, which was inspired by the civil rights movement. A time in which was led by Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. X-Men: Days of Future Past had a great storyline as well as an ensemble cast, playing beloved characters. X-Men spawns fantastic moments and one great moment is the time when Old Professor X (Sir. Patrick Stewart) comes face-to-face with young Professor X. That was one emotional, inspiring moment.

Another great moment and probably every single fans’ favourite moment is watching the mutant, Quicksilver (Evan Peters) slow time down. This moment was fantastic as Quicksilver runs around in the CIA kitchen, stopping the bullets hit Wolverine, Professor X and ex-villain Magneto (Michael Fassbender). The thing that makes it so memorable is the music, Time in a Bottle sung by Jim Croce. I like many fans keep this moment to our heart and it is a shame we see less of Evan Peters because he gave a spectacular performance as Quicksilver.

X-Men is a great film to watch as a comic book fan and a non-comic book fan. X-Men: Days of Future Past is the movie to watch, learn and enjoy with its moral about fighting discrimination. So play Time in a Bottle and reminisce the great Evan Peters moment.

Outlast 2 Demo review

Satanism, burning crosses and little girls screaming, what more could you ask for? That’s what Outlast 2 has to offer to gamers. This first-person survival horror game is packed full of jumpscares, incantations and anti-Christian symbolism.

Outlast 2 is the sequel to Outlast (2014). The demo version of the sequel released in April and I have to admit this had my heart pounding. Goosebumps erupted as I was introduced to disturbing sounds and imagery. Outlast is known for its brutality; somewhat Christian elements like crosses, bible reading etc. and gore.

The sequel takes place in the Arizona desert where a reporter, Blake Langermann is sent with his wife, Lynn to uncover the truth of the murder of a pregnant woman, Jane Doe. Their helicopter crashes and Blake and Lynn are separated. You need to navigate Blake through the dark woods in search for his wife. The search did not go well for me. The visuals and attention to detail granted a more realistic experience and the soud effects brought me into the Outlast world.

When you explore the houses, you meet people with their heads resting on the table, surrounded in a pool of their own blood. What a lovely sight to come to! Walking out of the house; to your right you notice a vicar staring creepily at you. He slowly backs away into the woods and you know you’re in some crazy deep crap. Walking further on you come across room. In said room was a baby manger splattered in blood. One side contains an altar with a latin incantation book on it, and on the other side is a huge cross. I was creeped out but the next sight almost had me flipping my computer off the table.

To know the next sight, you need to play the game. The jumpscares were well crafted and had my heart rapidly beating throughout the game. At some point I needed a defribillator to restart my heart but … that wasn’t necessary. I thoroughly enjoyed the game and can’t wait for the whole game to be released in October this year. The gameplay will definitely be different to the demo because I assume you would play Blake’s wife, Lynn. Why not Blake? Well let’s just say that Blake has an unfortunate incident involving a demon ripping his genitals out with a pickaxe.

Like I said, Outlast is notable for its gore and brutality so please do try out the demo and I can guarantee you, you will love to hate the gore. Outlast is a fantastically made game and let’s hope we don’t end up in a cabin full of demons and bodies.