• Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Its day 20 of #JDsSpookypalooza and we're watching the followup to Halloween 4, 89's Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. Like part 4, I haven't heard the best things about 5 but was still interested in seeing it.

    The film takes place one year after the events of the last film and follows Michael (Don Shanks) as he returns to Haddonfield to kill his niece Jamie (Danielle Harris).

    Although it does have some moments, Halloween 5 is a mess…

  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    ★★½

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    Bonus film for the 19th day of #JDsSpookypalooza is Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. I've not heard many good things about this film and Halloween 5 but wanted to check them out back-to-back before I do Halloween 3 on the 31st.

    The film is set ten years after the events of Halloween 2 and follows Loomis (Donald Pleasence) as he tries to save Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), Michael's niece from a horrible death after her uncle escapes.

    Despite…

  • Sinister

    Sinister

    ★★★★½

    Day 19 of #JDsSpookypalooza2021 and we're rewatching Sinister. It's been a while since I've seen this but I remember really enjoying it for how creepy and atmospheric it was so I was really interested in seeing if it held up.

    The film follows true crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke) as he begins to suspects his family is in danger from unseen forces after they move into the house that the site of a grisly murder.

    This genuinely improved on the…

  • When a Stranger Calls

    When a Stranger Calls

    ★★★★

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    Day 18 of #JDsSpookypalooza and the film today is the original When a Stranger Calls. Based on the urban myth of the babysitter and the man upstairs, I've heard a lot of things about this film so was really interested in seeing it.

    The film follows Jill Johnson (Carol Kane) as she is terrorised by a psychopathic killer (Tony Beckley).

    When a Stranger Calls is a fantastic psychological horror that does a brilliant job of exploring both trauma and the…

  • Carnival of Souls

    Carnival of Souls

    ★★★★½

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    Day 17 of #JDsSpookypalooza2021 and the film today is 1962's Carnival of Souls. I've heard a lot of interesting things about this film and so was very excited to see this pop up on Shudder.

    After what appears to be a near-fatal car accident, organist Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) founds herself experiencing strange phenomena and see eerie, pale figures.

    A simple but incredibly effective horror film. The story is excellent, albeit a little predictable with its big twist, and just…

  • Tenebre

    Tenebre

    ★★★½

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    Day 16 of #JDsSpookypalooza2021 and was in the mood for a Giallo film so decided to but on Dario Argento's 1982 film Tenebrae. I don't have much experience with Argento's filmography but I really liked Suspiria so was excited to see more of his work.

    Tenebrae follows Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa), a horror fiction writer recently arrived in Rome, as he gets pulled into a dark mystery when murders similar to those in his books start to terrify the city.…

  • House IV

    House IV

    ★★½

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    Day 15 of #JDsSpookypalooza2021 and we're concluding the House franchise with 92's House 4: The Repossession. After really not enjoying the previous film, I was excited to see the final film return to the horror-comedy of the first two.

    House 4 follows Kelly Cobb (Terri Treas) who after losing her husband Roger (A returning William Katt) moves into the house that has haunted him and his family for so many years.

    Although a marked improvement on the third, House 4…

  • The Horror Show

    The Horror Show

    ★★

    A bonus film for day 14 of #JDsSpookypalooza2021 and its the third film in the House series. I was reading up about this and this was marketed as not being part of the series (Hence why it is just called The Horror Show). It is also meant to be far less comedic than the previous two, offering a more straightforward slasher story which made me a little sceptical about it but I went in with an open mind.

    The Horror…

  • House II: The Second Story

    House II: The Second Story

    ★★★

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    Day 14 of #JDsSpookyplaooza2021 and we're continuing on the House series with 87's House 2: The Second Story. After enjoying the first one more than I thought I was going to I was very excited to see what the sequel was like.

    The sequel follows Jesse (Arye Gross) and his girlfriend Kate (Lar Park Lincoln) as they move into a house that has been in Jesse's famil for generations. As soon as they arrive, they discover a shocking connection between…

  • House

    House

    ★★★½

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    Day 13 of #JDsSpookyplaooza2021 and we're making a start on the House franchise with the 1986 original. I haven't really heard a great deal about this film or its sequel so was excited to see what it was like.

    The first film follows author Roger Cobb (William Katt) as he moves into his recently deceased aunt's house to write a book only to realise it is haunted by an evil spirit.

    It may be very campy but House it an…

  • The Family Fang

    The Family Fang

    ★★

    The film follows two siblings (Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman) as they are forced to reflect on their childhood as children of famous "performance artists" when their parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett) stage a disappearing act.

    Despite the really interesting premise, this was a just a clumsily executed mess. The writing is decently paced but there wasn't much emotional attachment to the story from the way it was presented. Having the siblings and the parents already sort of estranged…

  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★★½

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    DIRECTOR'S CUT

    It's the 12th day of #JDsSpookypalooza and the film today is the director's cut of Doctor Sleep. Been wanting to watch this since I watch The Shining the other week and I absolutely love the theatrical version of this film.

    Doctor Sleep follows an older Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), still traumatised from the events at the Overlook as he comes across a young girl (Kyliegh Curran) who exhibits the same abilities as he does.

    To follow up a…