Every year, I anticipate the start of October. Shocktober is my favorite season of the year!
The spirit of Shocktober is to try and watch as many of the below films as you can, knowing in advance that it’s probably impossible to watch a movie every single night. Trust me, we never get through the list.
Grave Encounters was such a thrill to watch. So exciting that they are already working on a sequel. 2011 Canadian horror film blew my socks off. Truly a scary thrill. A couple cheesy scares but overall the ‘Blair Witch’ of mental hospitals. I love watching the behind the scenes of a ‘supernatural reality show.’ Kind of gives you insight on what it would be like if Ghost Hunters had a Grave Encounters moment.
Pandorum was awesome. I liked it even though it was strange and had really crazy cinematography. Patrick thought it was lame.
What’s it about, here’s a super quick recap: two astronauts suddenly ‘wake up’ and find out that their ship has been torn to pieces and there are alien lifeforms onboard. Oh and they have no recollection of why they are there in the first place. Goal is to try to survive to make it out alive. You gotta watch it to find out how it ends.
The Tall Man is a 2012 English-language French mystery film written and directed by Pascal Laugier. The film, Martyrs, was a stunningly shocking film that Pascal Laugier wrote and directed. Being such a fan of it, I hoped to have a similar reaction to The Tall Man.
I was immediately excited to see Stephan McHattie in this film. after his superb performance in Pontypool, I have this newfound passion for his performance. although his character was minor, I enjoyed the appearance and recognizing him.
This was a thriller that had some twists. Jessica Biel was a very convincing as a victim and I liked that she seemed like the child killer towards the end. I like that she ended up sacrificing herself for the greater good of The Cause: redistributing stolen children into rich white suburban homes.
Quarantine 2 wasn’t terrible, I’ll give it that. I loved the premise: being stuck on the plane with a virus. I could have seen a little more of that versus the on the ground action in a broken down terminal at an airport, which was mostly what the movie was.
The tie-in from the original is that this plane derailment happens simultaneously with the original Quarantine in LA. The flight was leaving LAX and one of the passengers that boarded the plane smuggled on a lab rat that…wait for it…was a test subject for the virus. Yeah, kinda lame, but still entertaining noneoftheless.
I was pissed when the ending allowed the little boy to live and walk away unharmed. Too nice and Hollywood squeaky clean happy ending for me.
Pontypool was adapted from the novel Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess, who also wrote the screenplay. The story is about “Shock jock” Grant Mazzy who has, once again, been kicked-off the Big City airwaves and now works at the only job he could get hosting the early morning show at CLSY Radio in Pontypool Ontario, which broadcasts from the basement of the small town’s only church. What begins as another boring day of school bus cancellations due to yet another massive snow storm, things quickly turn deadly when reports of people having bizarre seizures, developing strange speech patterns and evoking horrendous acts of violence start piling in. Before long, Grant and the small staff at CLSY find themselves trapped in the radio station as they discover that this insane behavior taking over the town is actually a deadly virus being spread through the English language itself. Do they stay on the air in the hopes of being rescued or, are they in fact providing the virus with its ultimate leap over the airwaves and into the world?
Grant Mazzy’s deep bold voice is my favorite part of the film. Stephen McHattie blows it out of the water with his character, creating a selfish insecure but incredibly likable character. The ‘Shock jock’ of Pontypool has such a strong voice, carrying the town throughout it’s destruction. With all of the awful things he’s describing, Grant Mazzy brings gravity to the impossible. I could seriously watch/listen to him on the radio all day long.
There are three stages to this virus. The first stage is you might begin to repeat a word. Something gets stuck. And usually it’s words that are terms of endearment like sweetheart or honey. The second stage is your language becomes scrambled and you can’t express yourself properly. The third stage you become so distraught at your condition that the only way out of the situation you feel, as an infected person, is to try and chew your way through the mouth of another person