New week, new batch of horror movies. Although this time around, most of them aren’t quite horror enough for me. First we have The Jokesters. The biggest issue right away with this film for me was its style. It’s a practical joker type movie, with a crew of jokesters playing pranks on each other so a lot is shot documentary/hand held style and I can’t stand that. One of the crew members gets married and the others decide to pull a prank on his honeymoon. The prank goes wrong, but maybe it doesn’t then there’s another twist with one guy being crazy and it didn’t work for me. I’m not into “internet celebrities/sensations” so a movie about fake internet celebrities pulling fake pranks and then people ending up dead is dull. Give me a classic cabin in the woods style slasher flick any day of the week and shoot it with regular cameras please.
Next we have The Unwanted. The title and artwork make it seem like a horror, but it’s really not (I just didn’t know where else to write about it). A young woman goes to a small town looking for a mother she doesn’t know much about. She meets a man and his daughter and secrets start to come out. Now I’m throwing into horror because witchcraft seems to be involved. At least I think it was witchcraft. It kinda seemed that way to me. The women in it are pretty hot, but the film is rather generic. Not the worst horror film I’ve seen this year, far from it actually, but if you miss this one, you aren’t missing much.
Third we have House on the Hill. Speaking of generic, this one is totally generic. I mean just look at that name. I guess it’s based on a real life serial killers, but I honestly didn’t care much about the movie to look up more info. I didn’t like the style or look of the film and the acting was pretty suspect. It does include authentic court video tapes of the real killer, but the acting is awful and the production level might be worse. It seems to have been made a few years back and is just now being released so that should tell you something. Skip this one immediately.
Last we have Toolbox Murders 2. Now I never saw the first one, but I don’t think it would have helped any. The only positive in the film is Bruce Dern, but even he can’t help it. It starts out slow and does build up a bit about 30 minutes into it, but by then I’m not sure if I cared. There’s some gore, but zero plot or story. I mean I guess there is, but it doesn’t work. The bad guy we’ve seen before and if it wasn’t for the gore, I would have been bored to death with this one. If you’ve seen a horror film before, you’ve seen this. I don’t think they explained much or maybe I missed it. Just another blood filled Straight to DVD film.