This week’s horror titles are the latest of sad horror movies hitting DVD. First we have Bedlam which I either didn’t “get” or there wasn’t anything to get. A guy enters a hospital for recovery and there’s crazy people and odd things happening. Just like every other hospital/crazy house film, the patients are treated badly and experimented on. This is another of those. What the point of those experiments were I must have missed because again, I didn’t “get” it. It’s not badly made, isn’t that shaky cam nonsense, but it’s rather pointless and I honestly don’t remember much about it after watching it.
Next is Auteur. I really wanted to like this, but can’t quite say I did. It’s a fake documentary film which I loathe so that’s probably why I didn’t like it. The concept is interesting, a filmmaker is making a movie about another filmmaker who seemed to have gone insane while making a movie. Everyone wants to see the movie and to figure out what happened, but there’s more to it than first believed. The supernatural is involved and layers unfold. I will admit I liked the story, but because I don’t like this style of film, it just didn’t overall work for me.
Third we have The Vatican Exorcisms. Oh boy yet another new wave exorcism movie, yawn. I don’t find these movies scary or entertaining. I was bored to death with this one. And it’s yet another fake documentary style which I previously mentioned that I hate. A movie like The Rite was at least watchable, stick with something like that. This is just more nonsense I wanted over with.
Last we have The Sins of Dracula. This one tricked me a little. I couldn’t tell if it was an homage to the campy 80’s horror films we grew up with OR if it wanted to be a campy 80’s horror film itself. What I mean is, did it increase the cheese factor to show how ridiculous 80’s flicks were OR were they just trying to make an 80’s inspired film and really amped up the campiness? It’s pretty fun though and has some gore and laughs. The acting is over the top, but it’s supposed to be. Of the four films here, it’s the standout. It has some interesting camera angles and direction and it’s not a stupid spoof that we’ve come to expect from horror comedies. If you are familiar with the director’s work, you’ll like it.