31 Days of Hallowe’en 2018, Day 7: Malevolent [2018]

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Easily an upgrade on the abysmal Open House, Netflix’s latest horror Original still continues to set its own bar fairly low.

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31 Days of Hallowe’en 2017, Day 31: Hallowe’en [1978]

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Yeah, I’ve seen John Carpenter‘s Halloween before. But, honestly, not for a long time, and never in a cinema, and certainly not in a screen full of other people who have seen it so many times that they laugh at both every awkward line delivery and the iconic moments when Michael Looks Really Quite Threatening and Scary.

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31 Days of Hallowe’en 2017, Day 30: After Hours [short] [2016]

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On second viewing, I liked Kasey LaRose‘s shortย After Hours a bit more. For horror shorts, I’m a bit of a sucker for simple creature design, mostly because it’s cheaper to do (and harder to mess up), but also because it skirts the unsettlingly ambiguous line between demonic and real-life threat.

It also helps if you have a decent score (check), tight camerawork (check), and an actress that is easy to watch and root for (Shiloh Nyce Despain) (check). For a short though, it is incredibly short, yet there are moments that could have been chopped since it stuck with a single, in-the-moment strand of tension that so many early shorts go for.

Score:ย ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ

31 Days of Hallowe’en 2017, Day 29: Mannequin [short] [2017]

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I can’t hate on an student film when it’s clearly many amateurs trying very hard, not least the sole actress on screen who must carry the story by herself. And she (Amy Shaw) does a pretty decent job, though she’s let down by the (i’msorryi’msorryi’msorry) really quite distractingly bad voiceover work that doesn’t sound professional and just doesn’t fit and deflates any of the tension this is trying to build up.

It’s short (obviously) and sweet, and the editing keeps the creepiness afloat. Given its length, it might have benefitted from keeping the action in one room, particularly as it looks like they were going for an old-fashioned ghost story – something you’d tell around a circle at a Hallowe’en sleepover or see reenacted on stage as a short horror play.

Score:ย ๐ŸŽƒHALFAPUMPKIN

31 Days of Hallowe’en 2017, Day 28: Slash in the Box [short] [2017]

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Five days after watching this and I have very little memory of it. That doesn’t mean that this ‘cursed item’ short was bad, just not as memorable as the 30 other things I watched this month.

It’s a one-note affair that could even stand to have 2 minutes trimmed off, since it’s really just a showcase for some genuinely good practical effects, and especially as we know exactly how it’s going to end – just from the title.

Score:ย ๐ŸŽƒHALFAPUMPKIN

31 Days of Hallowe’en 2017, Day 27: Sloven [short] [2015]

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I must admit – despite the cheesy, Poundshop-looking quality of the creepy mask that’s heavily featured in Sloven, it ticks all the right boxes to genuinely freak me out – not least because of its wide, dagger-toothed smile and bulging eyes.

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31 Days of Hallowe’en 2017, Day 26: Juan of the Dead [2011]

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Newsflash, Rotten Tomatoes users: THIS IS NOT AN HOMAGE TO SHAUN OF THE DEAD. How can anyone have fully watched this zombie movie with an incredibly overt political message and think it’s not inspired by the Romero classic?

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