Bobby Guerrieri of Bobby’s Teen Movie Reviews reviewed his top three horror movies for TVFilmNews.com. Coming in at #1 was “Grave Encounters,” #2 “The Grudge,” and #3 “Dead Silence.” Bobby states, “Grave Encounters is the scariest movie I have ever seen. I was so terrified by this movie, that after six months, I’m afraid to even type this review.” What are your thoughts on Bobby’s Top 3 Horror Movies? Please comment with your top 3 Horror Movie choices below.
Bobby’s #1 Choice for Best Horror Movie – “Grave Encounters”
“Grave Encounters” is about a group of paranormal investigators, with a TV show, “Grave Encounters”, who are taping an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital. They have cameras set up everywhere and they each have their own handheld camera. The team lock themselves inside the hospital and begin their investigation. The night starts out quietly, but strange things begin to happen (shocking, I know). The building appears to be constantly changing. If that isn’t enough, they are being haunted by the spirits of former patients. The whole team is descending into madness, and it becomes clear that they may never leave the building.
Grave Encounters is the scariest movie I have ever seen. I was so terrified by this movie, that after six months, I’m afraid to even type this review. I was going to re-watch the movie before writing the review, but I couldn’t bring myself to it. The review is making me relive the night I watched it and I am sick to my stomach because of it. You couldn’t pay me a million dollars to watch it again (well you probably could, but that’s not the point).
The story is not at all original and neither is the found footage concept, but this blows away movies like “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity”. The movie could have been just as effective if it wasn’t found footage, but the shaky, handheld cameras didn’t take away anything from the movie in my opinion.
Sean Rogerson, who plays the paranormal team’s leader, Lance Preston, was really good. Some people say his acting was terrible in this movie, but he acted just like all paranormal reality TV show hosts act. He was a very annoying character, but that’s what he was supposed to be like. That’s what all of the characters were supposed to be like except for the poor camera guy who just wanted to leave and couldn’t care less if they caught anything on camera.
If you’re gonna be brave and completely disregard the warning I just gave and actually watch the movie, watch it during the day! However, please don’t blame me for bringing the movie to your attention when you end up in an asylum and slowly rock back and forth in a corner waiting for God to reach his hand down and gently tap your shoulder to let you know that everything will be all right and that the movie was just a movie and that giant hands do not come out of walls, except his giant hand that just came out of the wall to tap your shoulder… am I rambling?
Written and Directed by: The Vicious Brothers
Starring: Sean Rogerson, Juan Riedinger, and Ashleigh Gryzko
Run Time: 1 Hour and 32 Minutes
Rated: NIATSTMSTDD (Nobody Is Allowed To See This Movie So They Don’t Die)
IMDb Rating: 6.1/10
Bobby’s Rating: 10/10
#1 Horror Movie – “Grave Encounters” Trailer:
Bobby’s #2 Choice for Best Horror Movie – “The Grudge”
*I have not seen the original Japanese version of the film.*
Directed by Takashi Shimizu, The Grudge is a 2004 horror film about an American nurse, Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who is sent to work in Japan. While there, she learns of a curse that is created when ” someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage or extreme sorrow.” Anyone who becomes involved with the curse, in any way, is doomed to die. Unfortunately, Karen becomes involved when she assigned to look after an old woman, Emma, in a house that is inhabited with the curse mentioned above.
This movie can be described in one word. Terrifying. It is truly one of the most terrifying films I have seen, ever! It will definitely make you scream, hit the person that you’re sitting next, and look at pictures of unicorns flying over rainbows with cute kitties underneath. Seriously. If you don’t believe me, watch the movie!!! Just don’t watch it alone, or in the dark, or with the volume up, or… Maybe you should just refrain from watching the movie. This isn’t a movie even worth pretending you weren’t scared of because nobody will believe you.
I don’t really understand all the negativity that surrounds this movie. I know I haven’t seen the original Japanese version, but I don’t think that the movie should be judged by or compared to the original. Even though Hollywood doesn’t have any originality doesn’t mean that it can’t make a good movie. I think that if more people knew that the same man, Takashi Shimizu, who directed the Japanese version directed this, they would be less hard on it. I also don’t understand why people dislike the plot so much. I personally think the plot was really good. It was especially neat that the Japanese actually believe in curses like this.
However, before watching the movie, be aware that some of the possible side effects are: abnormal behavior, abulia, acting out, addiction, affective disorder, aggression, agita, alienation, amnesia, animality, anomie, anorexia nervosa, antisocial personality, anxiety, asthenic reaction, battle fatigue, bedwetting, belle indifference, bestiality, bipolar disorder, block, borderline personality, bruxism, bulimia, catatonia, character disorder, compensation, complex, compulsion, etc. I’m kidding about all of those! Except the bedwetting. That’s a possibility.
Production Company: Ghost House Pictures
Directed and Written By: Takashi Shimizu
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, and Clea DuVall
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for for mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality
Run Time: 1 hour and 32 minutes
IMDB Rating: 5.7/10
Bobby’s Rating: 7/10
#2 Horror Movie – “The Grudge” Trailer:
Bobby’s #3 Choice for Best Horror Movie – “Dead Silence”
Beware the stare of Mary Shaw. She had no children, only dolls. And if you see her in your dreams… be sure you never, ever scream. That was the warning given to so many children, including Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten). Jamie has begun searching for answers to his wife’s mysterious murder, which occurred almost immediately after the couple received an anonymous package with a ventriloquist doll inside. Jamie discovers that the doll belonged to Mary Shaw, a ventriloquist from his hometown, Ravens Fair. Upon returning to Ravens Fair, he learns that Mary Shaw was murdered after she was believed to have killed a young boy. He must now prove that not he, but Mary Shaw, killed his wife, and find a way to stop her before she kills again.
When I was asked to come up with my top 3 scary movie picks, this movie immediately came to mind. All horror writers and directors should use this movie as an example of a good modern day horror movie. What do I qualify as a good modern day horror movie? A movie that is reminiscent of classic horrors, but uses today’s technology to make it look pretty. Also, I am all for jump scares, but it has to be after a long and suspenseful scene. If it just completely comes out of nowhere, I feel cheated, almost as if the movie didn’t deserve to make me scream.
The horror industry wouldn’t be struggling like it is now if every film was made like this. Believe it or not, the strongest language they use in the entire movie is hell! And guess what else! No nudity! Try and name the last good horror movie that didn’t have non-stop cursing and non-stop sex. Don’t answer that question, it requires too much thinking.
James Wan, the mastermind behind Saw, co-wrote and directed this film. However, Saw was a psychological thriller, not a horror, so this is basically his first horror film. With this, he proved that not only can he screw with our heads, he can also make us crap our pants. That was proved again with Insidious (which was almost my third pick).
Ryan Kwanten starred as Jamie Ashen. Kwanten has the strangest eyes I’ve ever seen (sorry, I had to make a comment about them). He did a pretty good acting job, but in my opinion, Amber Valletta, who played Jamie’s step-mom, stole the show. The way she remained stoic and phlegmatic (big word, I know) was great. She was a lot like her character, Lydia, on the TV show Revenge.
If you are a horror fan, you should definitely watch Dead Silence. Even if you are only a fan of the classics, I would still give this movie a try. Hopefully filmmakers will realize that this is the type of movie horror fans want to see! I hope I have you pumped up enough to write a strongly worded letter to Hollywood!
Directed by: James Wan
Written by: James Wan and Leigh Whannell
Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, and Donnie Wahlberg
Run Time: 1 Hour and 29 Minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated R for horror violence and images
IMDb Rating: 6/10
Bobby’s Rating: 9/10
#3 Horror Movie – “Dead Silence” Trailer:
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