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Horror Flick of the Week: Pet Sematary (1989)

Posted in Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2015 by ranranami

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Sometimes this one gets a bad wrap. Mostly from people who expect 90% of good cinema doesn’t date itself, which is just silly. One thing I love about this movie, is that it’s just about the closest adaptation of a Stephen King book I’ve ever seen (from the ones I’ve read, that is.) Not to mention the child actor who played Gage (Miko Hughes) was incredibly disturbing as he transitioned from the role of an innocent baby to basically a demonically-possessed corpse. It’s also deliciously campy in a way modern horror directors tend to forget can be a good thing when done right.

This movie is a collection of great moments. The concept alone makes for a pretty spooky story:
– An old burial ground that resurrects whatever is buried there, in a manner of speaking, and sends them on soul-less rampages to destroy whoever the living person might have cherished.
– A wise old man with dark knowledge of the Pet Sematary’s past, played by none other than Fred Gwynne (otherwise famous for his role as Herman Munster).
– An evil cat.
– An even more evil child.
– The compulsion to return to this forbidden place and try your luck again, knowing full well nothing good can come of it.
– And also a daughter conveniently forgotten who apparently has visions of the future.

I mean, Pet Sematary has a lot going for it, if you’re looking for something to watch alone or with friends on a stormy night. And that’s why it’s the horror flick of the week.

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Don’t Rock the Cradle: 5 Really Creepy Kids.

Posted in Movies and shows with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2013 by ranranami

So, upon watching Bloody Birthday this week, I realized something…kids genuinely scare people. Not me, personally, but other people. Right up next to ‘clowns’ on the list of freaky shit, ‘children’ is poorly-scrawled in crayon…or dried blood. I can’t really tell which. At any rate, this list is by no means a definitive one. There are far too many creepy kids out there in the movie world to name, but these are the ones who currently stand out to me.

1. The Kid with the Gun Fetish in Sixth Sense

So it’s about the shortest appearance on this list, but when that kid walks up and whispers about his dad’s gun…then turns around…BAM! Bloody head! Gets me every time…

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 2. The Twins from The Shining

I suppose it’s obvious these girls would make the cut. What gets me is that these are children, trapped here in this hotel, which could very well be hell or some demonic offshoot of earth…what did they do to end up there? Are they even children, or manifestations of something far worse? I didn’t come here today to cross-examine Kubrick or King, so I won’t even get into that powder keg. Let’s just all agree these kids are odd and get on with our lives.

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 3. Gage from Pet Sematary

This one his actually pretty heart-breaking. Gage was a normal, adorable toddler in the beginning before his accident. His father pig-headedly brought him back into the world, when he should have known better, and what comes back isn’t the same kid at all. He’s a horrible little demon imp that just happens to look like a child. He’s terrifying, and it’s just about the best damn acting I’ve ever seen from a kid this age.

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4. The Zombie Baby from Dead Alive

Okay, maybe he’s not really a child. He’s a baby. He’s an evil, ugly, far too intelligent zombie baby. He demonstrates child-like joy at the simple things in life, like playtime, and ripping women’s heads in half…this baby is the only reason I can take a dead baby joke, because I always picture him.

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 5. The Kids from Bloody Birthday

These kids are really the creepiest for me right now, probably because the film is still fresh in my mind, but also because of one main factor: they’re sociopaths. They are not demons, nor were they brought back from the dead in some misguided ritual, nor are they ghosts seeking the company of other children. They’re just…evil. They kill with no reason other than the sheer fun of it, and what’s more…they don’t care who they kill. Relatives. Friends. Teachers. Random people having sex in cars…they don’t even do it with creepy smiles or cryptic phrases. They act like normal kids maybe sneaking around so their parents don’t catch them watching an r-rated movie, or stealing from the candy shop. They’re the definition of what evil people are, in very small packages.

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