A new week so a new batch of horror films I watched so you don’t have to. Up first is Strange Blood. The movie really wants to be The Fly. I mean really wants to. You have a doctor/scientist type creating a new life form that he thinks will cure all diseases. Of course something goes wrong, he gets infected with something and goes crazy. It’s your standard metamorphosis story and nothing about it really stood out to me. It’s not terrible, but it’s not original in the slightest. It gets a bit bloody, but I wanted more from it. It has a decent look and direction, but nothing about it felt new and it just felt like a movie I’ve seen before.
Speaking of infections, next we have Infected. The DVD cover art makes it seem like it might be cool, but that’s just false advertising. It’s another movie that proves the Brits can make great period pieces and comedies, but they do horror pretty badly (minus Danny Boyle). It’s yet another zombie film in an overly crowded zombie genre. The acting is awful. The story might be worse. Nothing original in the slightest in this one. I was honestly bored with it and couldn’t wait for it to be over.
Next is The Poltergeist of Borley Forest. I honestly don’t really know what this one is about. Were they visions? Was it actual ghosts? By the end it tries to explain who was in the bedroom and watching over Paige, but by then I had lost interest. Teenage horror films used to be great to watch, but unfortunately you get more of this type of film than good ones today. I laughed a bit at some of the body movements and at some of the things happening in the film, but I don’t think you were supposed to laugh at them.
Last we have Private Number. It’s not exactly a horror movie, more a psychological thriller, but it has some ghosts or at least entities in it so screw it, I’m calling it horror. A couple keep getting phone calls late at night from a private number with weird messages and voicemails. It tries to be creative and have a twist, but the movie wasn’t all that interesting. It’s not terrible and it’s good to see Judd Nelson in something, but I wouldn’t watch it again. The story plays out and there’s more to it than just the writer and alcoholism, but I don’t know if the twist worked for me. It’s not as bad as the previous two movies on this list, but if you miss it, you aren’t missing much.