Hacksaw Ridge: A story of integrity, redemption, and heroism

Redemption At Hacksaw Ridge: The Gripping True Story That Inspired The Movie

Redemption At Hacksaw Ridge: The Gripping True Story That Inspired The MovieRedemption At Hacksaw Ridge: The Gripping True Story That Inspired The Movie  is a page-turner that will keep you riveted to your seat while you discover how Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor. This dramatic true story of integrity, redemption, and heroism inspires trust, courage, commitment, dedication, and the faith to live by the courage of your own convictions. (Our Reel Book Lovers club will be reading and watching this book to movie adaptation together sometime in 2017.)

The men of the 77th Infantry Division couldn’t understand why Private Desmond T. Doss would voluntarily enter into the horrors of World War II without a single weapon to defend himself. “You’re nothing but a coward!” they said. But the soft–spoken medic insisted that his mission was to heal, not kill.

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #1 “The Serpent and the Rainbow”

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Welcome to our Fourth Annual Macabre Month of Horror, 31 horror movie reviews in 31 days.

serpent nailed to chairPlease keep in mind these are Horror Movies and the video reviews contain content from the films that may not be appropriate for younger viewers, or those with a weak constitution for that matter.

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Movie Review #1 “Serpent and the Rainbow”

The Serpent and the Rainbow is an absolute horror classic from master of horror Wes Craven. The movie just feels like a classic. It´s the kind of horror movie that just doesn’t get made anymore, and that´s a real shame.

serpent and rainbow freak outThe Serpent and the Rainbow is based on a book of the same name. The author of the book, Wade Davis, only agreed to sell the rights to his book under the pre-requisite that Peter Weir would direct the film and that Mel Gibson would star in it. You kind of feel bad for Wade Davis because neither of those men had any relation to the film.

The Serpent and the Rainbow can be considered a zombie film, but not in the traditional George A. Romero flesh-eating sense.

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The Macabre Month of Horror 2013 movie review #2 Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

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MACABRE MONTH OF HORROR 2013 MOVIE REVIEW#2

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The Serpent and the Rainbow is an absolute horror classic from master of horror Wes Craven. The movie just feels like a classic. It´s the kind of horror movie that just doesn’t get made anymore, and that´s a real shame.

The Serpent and the Rainbow is based off of a book of the same name. The author of the book, Wade Davis, only agreed to sell the rights to his book under the pre-requisite that Peter Weir would direct the film and that Mel Gibson would star in it. You kind of feel bad for Wade Davis because neither of those men had any relation to the film.serpent and rainbow 1

The Serpent and the Rainbow can be considered a zombie film, but not in the traditional George A. Romero flesh-eating sense.

Let me give you a quick history lesson on zombies –

I get very annoyed when people are afraid of a zombie apocalypse happening in real life. Zombies as we know them were a figment of George A. Romero’s imagination. Night of the Living Dead was the birth of the modern zombie. Before that there was only White Zombie, and in that they were not traditional zombies, but instead they are basically slaves who are mind controlled by Bela Lugosi, which is much closer to the truth. The true roots of ¨Zombies¨stems from Haitian voodoo, in which people from Haiti would be put into a mind controlled, zombie like state. The serpent and the Rainbow tackles the Haitian voodoo type of zombie.

This is a very interesting topic that isn’t tackled very often. The fact that the horror can somewhat translate to real life can work to make it more frightening, or at the very least convince you to never vacation in Haiti.

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The location is used really well. The movie was filmed on location in Haiti and due to the civil turmoil in the area, the local peacekeepers informed the cast and crew that they could not guarantee their safety. The filming relocated and finished shooting in the Dominican Republic. The culture of the area is worked into the movie and it really adds to the film.

serpent and rainbow 2Bill Pullman stars in The Serpent and the Rainbow and he does a really great job. His acting is better than most horror movies to come out around that time. He get’s quite a beating throughout the film. He tumbles down stairs and falls all over the place, he get’s buried alive, or alive-ish, he get’s attacked by various jungle animals, harassed by the local militia, drugged with zombie powder, hell he even get’s his dick nailed to a chair.

serpent nailed to chairYou really feel bad for the guy. He goes through so much. He get’s the crap beaten out of him, over and over again but he keeps trying. He keeps failing too, but he tries, and that’s what matters. Or maybe it doesn’t matter, once you get your dick nailed to a chair it’s probably time to pack it in.

The strange thing is that later on in the movie after he gets his dick nailed to a chair, he has a sex scene. That’s a little weird.

The Serpent and the Rainbow is part scientific adventure film and part mind trip horror film. Wes Craven shows that he is a master of horror with this film. The horror works really well in this film, aside from some slightly awkward fire and telepathic effects towards the end.

Something that makes the horror work really well, is that the horror shots hang just a little longer than you see in most movies. Let me explain; there are a few “Scare moments” that you can see in other films i.e. Someone being dragged into the ground, someone in a room being flooded with blood, etc.

serpent blood bathThe Serpent and the Rainbow continues with the shots after most films would have cut away. When a person is being dragged into the ground, you see his entire body go through the grass and watch as he is pulled through dirt and roots down a giant pit. When a person is in a room being flooded, the shot doesn’t cut until the blood goes above the actor’s mouth, and covers their eye’s and eventually begins to drown them. It’s the extended length of these shots is what elevates The Serpent and the Rainbow above other similar horror films.

Perhaps the best aspect of The Serpent and the Rainbow are the drug induced freak out scenes. These scenes are crazy, over the top, and wildly imaginative. They are similar to the dream sequences Wes Craven did for the Nightmare onserpent and rainbow freak out Elm Street series. These freak out scenes are a blast to watch and are the definite highlight of the movie. It’s a messed up trip, just seeing all the crazy, freaky, weird stuff that Wes Craven throws on-screen. It’s an assault on the senses, which sounds like a bad thing, but quite the contrary. These freak out scenes are actually probably some of my favorite horror scenes from any movie.

The Serpent and the Rainbow is horror classic, that sometimes goes unnoticed. Do yourself a service and watch this movie if you haven’t already seen it. In fact, even if you have seen it, watch it again. It’s one of my favorite Wes Craven films and that’s saying something. The Serpent and the Rainbow is a bona-fide horror classic.

 

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The Conjuring (2013)

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conjuring“The Conjuring” had a lot of build up. The film was originally supposed to be released earlier in the year, then was moved back to a summer release, which is a very good sign. The trailer got me very excited for the film, but it does actually reveal a little too much.

“The Conjuring” is now known as the first film to ever be rated ‘R’ purely for being scary. It’s not rated ‘R’ because of language or gore or nudity, It’s just simply terrifying. I’ve heard and read a lot of good reviews and I’ve had friends who saw the movie before me and had fantastic things to say about.  I heard that “The Conjuring” is one of the scariest films in a long while. Finally seeing the film after all the build up, I was slightly disappointed. I still very much enjoyed it, just not as much as I had hoped to.

“The Conjuring” is written by twins Chad and Carey Hayes. They have a very strange resume of films, and not in a good way. Some of their writing credits include the terrible “House of Wax” remake, a TV movie called “Invincible” executive produced by the odd pairing of Mel Gibson and Jet Li, and several “Bay Watch” episodes. They are all over the place and most of their work is not impressive in any way.

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With the writing team not being the strong point of the film, that leaves a lot depending on the direction. “The Conjuring” is directed by James Wan. James Wan first gained notoriety with his film “Saw”. “Saw” is an odd case. The first “Saw” film is actually pretty good, but it did lead to a terrible string of sequels and an entire new genre known as torture porn. James Wan only directed the first “Saw” film, so his reputation isn’t really tarnished by the terrible sequels. He also made “Dead Silence”, “Death Sentence”, “Insidious”, and now, “The Conjuring”. I haven’t seen “Dead Silence” or “Insidious” yet. “Death Sentence”, I feel, is a fairly under-appreciated Kevin Bacon film.

conjuring6The direction in “The Conjuring” is solid. He modeled the style of the movie after old horror movies, so the whole film has a classic, old fashioned feel to it, which I greatly appreciate. The movie is based on a “True” story and some of the actual people served as consultants to James Wan. They say he captured their story perfectly, and that the film should be seen as art instead of fiction.

Whether or not you believe any of this actually happened is up to you. The camera work in the conjuring is fantastic. The camera work often adds greatly to film. Many movie don’t bring the camera into the movie. They use it simply as a way to capture events. James Wan uses the camera as a way to reveal, and intensify scenes.

conjuring5“The Conjuring” has the sensibility not to shove the horror right in your face. James Wan is a guy who understands horror. He knows that gore is not what actually scares people. Fear of the unknown does. Many movies build tension, but lose it once you see the “thing” of the movie. Take “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” for example. It built great tension and atmosphere, but after you see what you are supposed to see, it shoves it in your face nonstop for the rest of the movie in all it’s CGI glory. Things cease to be scary once they are explained and you are given a chance to look it over.

conjuring2“The Conjuring” builds excellent tension, but the payoff, seemed a little lacking. I had heard that the movie was absolutely terrifying, and while The Conjuring” is certainly good, I might be pushed to even say great as a horror movie, I just didn’t find it scary. Maybe it’s just me, the other people in the theater were definitely scared, but I was a little underwhelmed. I saw people scream, people run out of the theater, people tell their children “Never to play that clapping game.”

As the movie goes on the tension rises higher and higher but the payoff left me disappointed. Exorcism films don’t do anything for me and since “The Conjuring” turns into a full blooded exorcism film at one point, the interest was lost. Whenever someone is getting dragged around on the floor by a ghost it wrecks the tension. Wan does his best to make it work, but I don’t think there is any way to make that particular effect scary.

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Earlier in the day I watched the classic Wes Craven film “The Serpent and the Rainbow” for the first time. While thinking about “The Conjuring” and writing this review, my mind keeps drifting towards “The Serpent and the Rainbow”. Maybe seeing that classic right before “The Conjuring” cheapened my experience but it just goes to show that “The Conjuring” didn’t resonate with me as much as I would’ve like. It didn’t stick with me like many great horror movies do. I think that says something very strong about the movie.

“The Conjuring” is good as long as your expectations aren’t too high. It’s a well made horror film, which is rare nowadays. It has some terrific moments and has a classic horror movie feeling. It’s been compared a lot to the recent “Sinister”, and I can see why, but it reminded me more of the movie “The Woman in Black”. Particularly the scenes in the house near the end of “Woman in Black”.

“The Conjuring” is very good horror movie that might be remembered as a classic or condemned to obscurity, maybe just wait to see it on DVD, but definitely watch it at some point.