Orphan Black – First Impressions

orphan_black_2_poster_2After catching up with Penny Dreadful, The Big Bang Theory, and Daredevil, I’ve been in the search of a new TV series to watch. I asked for recommendations on Twitter, and the show with most mentions is Orphan Black.

The posters of this series are all pretty bland – showing the lead actress Tatiana Maslany in various versions. The posters weren’t very appealing to me, so I never gave it a try without the push of my Twitter friends.

The plot, as set up in the first three episodes, stands as follows: Sarah sees a woman who looks just like her jump in front of her train. Since Sarah is in dire need of money, she impersonates the woman to get into her savings account – but then she gets caught up deeper and deeper into the dead woman’s life, and the mysterious circumstances of their relatedness.

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Nyx at Night: The Amityville Horror

Nyx at Night is a Halloween event hosted by me over at my book blog, Nyx Book Reviews. To see all of the Nyx at Night posts so far, go here.

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1Title: The Amityville Horror
Year: 2005
Director: Andrew Douglas
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George

When you’re looking for horror movies to watch, it’s hard to miss the Amityville franchise. Apparently there have been made twelve (!) movies featuring this “real” haunted house. The Amityville Horror from 2005 is a remake of the original Amityville Horror, made in 1979. It features a family of five, that move into the house where unspeakable things have happened.

The thing this movie completely lacks is tension. Instead of the slow creepy built-up movies like Paranormal Activity excel in, The Amityville Horror just kind of plunks it right into your face. Boom, creepy kid. Here, have some corpse standing next to you in the bathroom. Instead of going for the long-term scares, The Amityville Horror prefers jump-scares and a bit of gore here and there. Although the result is a Hollywood-esque type of horror, that doesn’t mean it’s not effective. The special effect are very well done, and some moments were positively haunting.

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The Amityville Horror is the horror equivalent of a hamburger – it’s good, and you will feel satisfied when it’s over, but it’s not memorable. Especially when the plot began to unfold, I got a very strong The Shining vibe that I couldn’t shake while watching. As my boyfriend said after finishing: “Hm, a small 6,5 out of 10.”

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Nyx at Night: Maniac

Nyx at Night is a Halloween event hosted by me over at my book blog, Nyx Book Reviews. To see all of the Nyx at Night posts so far, go here.

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1Title: Maniac
Year: 2012
Director: Franck Khalfoun
Starring: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder

So I found this movie on a list of Nexflix movies, and the premise sounded too good to pass up. Cuddly Frodo Baggins playing a crazy mannequin man turned serial killer? I have to see that.

Apparently this movie is a remake of a 1980 movie. I haven’t seen the older Maniac, so I don’t know how the two compare, but I do know that this edition is frigging disturbing. It goes much further than the usual hack and slash movies go. Where a regular horror movie blacks out or changes the shot, Maniac keeps the killing right in your face. It’s extremely uncomfortable watching, having scenes where the victims of Frodo’s killing tendencies are hunted and graphically killed without a shot of his face to break up the intensity.

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Almost eighty percent of this movie is shot in first-person view, and I have to say that it has the best first person shots I’ve ever seen. Generally we only see Frodo’s Elijah’s face when he looks into mirrors or reflecting objects, and the camerawork was seamlessly done. It definitely added to the claustrophobic atmosphere of the movie.

I’m not sure if I would ever say I liked this movie, since saying that kind of resembles saying “Jack the Ripper was an upstanding lad!”. It’s meant to make you uncomfortable and freaked out, and that’s exactly what it does. Especially if mannequins scare you.

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