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CinemaVariety's Top 6 Horror Films of 2014

Compared to last year, 2014 was a pretty disappointing year for horror films. I liked a lot that were released this year, but I didn’t fall in love with many as I did in 2013 (The Lords of Salem / Maniac). However, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some quality horror films released this year. None of the films on this list are perfect. But as far as horror films go, they all work well.
** This list is in order. **

#6 - As Above, So Below
Directed by John Erick Dowdle

I was not looking forward to seeing this film at all. I thought the trailers looked pretty cheesy and I am usually pretty good at spotting a shitty horror film just by watching a preview for it. But I like the director who also made some of my favorite horror flicks such as The Poughkeepsie Tapes and Quarantine. After reading bad things about it, I read almost just as many good things. I have to agree with the supporters for the film - critics were too harsh on this. It was an equivalent to a bad trip on hallucinogens. The whole idea of being trapped in the underground catacombs and having to continue deeper into the earth is my idea of a personal hell. I developed a definite dread as the film went on. That being said, As Above, So Below  suffers from a weak last act that had me rolling my eyes a little.

#5 - Oculus
Directed by Mike Flanagan

Oculus was another horror film that I wasn’t too eager to see. I thought it looked a little cliche. Going into the film with low expectations definitely resulted in a pleasant surprise. The movie isn’t your average horror film - in fact, it could easily be classified as a dramatic thriller instead. The mirror in the film is portrayed as a blood-thirsty object and the affect that it has on the characters is an affirmation of that. Great performances by the two parents, especially the mother, are what made this film unsettling - not to mention the really awesome way the director blended the past and present.

#4 - Willow Creek
Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait

Willow Creek caught my interest after reading a positive review about in on IndieWire (one of my favorite websites for film news). I had never seen a horror film centered around big foot before and I wasn’t too sure if it could be done without coming across as ridiculous or comical. I had reservations while watching the beginning of the film, but as it went on I let my guard down a little and I’m glad I did. This film played on the same fears of mine as The Blair Witch Project did, and for that I appreciate its execution. My biggest fear is of the unknown and not knowing what is out there. The last portion of this film, which is in the photo above, started out making me nervous and ended up instilling actual fear in me. That rarely happens for me anymore. A much better big foot film than the mediocre Exists.

#3 - Afflicted
Directed by Clif Prowse & Derek Lee

Not only is Afflicted one of the best horror films released this year, it is also one of the best found-footage movies ever made. I applaud both the directors who also starred as the two main characters. The mockumentary style is overdone in the horror genre, but Afflicted breaths new life into it. It starts out with some really genuine and believable interactions between the characters. It felt so believable that I could have been watching an actual documentary. As it progresses, Afflicted works as an action film as well. GoPro cameras are utilized to create a really immersive experience in certain sequences. If Chronicle was more of a horror film - it would be this.

#2 - The Sacrament
Directed by Ti West

Ti West is obviously a director of great quality. But his films are always a hit or miss for me. His directorial debut, The House of the Devil, was a truly creepy slow-burn 80s throwback with a dash of satanic ritual which always satisfies me. However, his short in V/H/S was the weakest in my opinion and The Innkeepers felt like a horror film made for children. Thankfully, The Sacrament was a definite hit and is easily West’s best film yet. I have studied a lot about the Jonestown massacre and watched documentaries on Jim Jones so when I found out a movie was being made based on the massacre, I was very intrigued. The hand-held aspect of the film can actually be overlooked for once because it is a notable news crew (Vice Media who I follow and enjoy) making a documentary about the commune. The film builds up an atmosphere of true dread which caused me to feel very uncomfortable. Cults always get under my skin and the fact that this film is based on true events made it break my heart in a way. I drew tears out of terror and disgust as the “sacrament” takes place in the end. The Sacrament created a knot in my stomach and I can easily classify it as one of the most disturbing films ever made.

#1 - Starry Eyes
Directed by Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch

I was set on seeing this film after seeing both the teaser trailer and the official trailer. It looked as if David Lynch and David Cronenberg had a baby together and the outcome was Starry Eyes. The concept is of a young actress struggling to make it in Hollywood and the eventual sacrifice of her body in order to transform into a “star”. The whole film is symbolic about Hollywood turning you into something you’re not and it has many allusions to the Illuminati. If you loved Mulholland Drive, then this film is for you. The majority of this film plays as a psychological drama. However, the last thirty minutes takes a bloody turn and it shifts into overdrive as a brutal and unflinching horror. Body mutilation and transformation hits a strong chord in me. I watched in horror at the disgusting, yet beautiful, ending. Starry Eyes deserves its place as a future cult classic.

Exorcist IV: Dahmer Repossessed (or, a lengthy musing on the notion of evil as caused by demons which I wrote during SEP presentations)

While discussing Dahmer’s crimes with my mother, she eventually came to insist that he must have been demonically influenced. Like most would be, I was doubtful. Her generation was exposed to the “satanic panic”, the same “cult-obsessed 70’s” Backderf described in MFD, fueled by the popularity of movies dealing with the supernatural, the philosophy of Anton LaVey, and metal music played backwards. The only reason I bothered to explore the idea in any seriousness is because I recently stumbled upon an article written by William Friedkin, the director of The Exorcist. Last year he finally got around to witnessing an actual exorcism of an Italian woman, which he filmed and showed to an assortment of neurosurgeons and head-shrinkers. Interestingly, they were all left scratching their heads at her behavior. There will always be things science can’t explain. Additionally, Dahmer himself wondered whether a “higher power” had influenced his actions; this sentiment was reported well before he was baptized in prison.

In my opinion, the strongest evidence that could be presented for any kind of evil spiritual dominance over Dahmer is his amnesia. He was never able to recall what exactly happened during the murder of his second victim, Steven Tuomi, whom he apparently beat to death while drunk. He also claimed his memory of his last would-be victim, Tracy Edwards, became “fuzzy” right around the time his captivity began. He did not “wake up” from this blackout until five minutes before the police arrived, at which point his memory again failed, as he could not remember most of the events described by the police and other witnesses.

Specifically, Edwards depicted Dahmer’s mood as swinging wildly, going from praising Edwards to threatening him. He put on a tape of The Exorcist III and seemed to go into a kind of trance while watching it, rocking back and forth and mumbling “incantations”.

It would be easy to dismiss this as the power of suggestion, as many exorcisms often are. The individual believes they are possessed, and so they act in a manner which they believe is expected of a possessed person. The fact that he was watching the third Exorcist film while exhibiting these behaviors certainly supports this idea.

But I would argue his actions became even stranger after Edwards escaped and returned with the police. Dahmer acted like a caged animal when they arrested him, fighting back viciously. After he was handcuffed, according to one of the two officers present, he demanded they open the refrigerator—but Dahmer recalled trying to stop them from opening it!

So who is right? Did Dahmer telling them not to open it lead to the officer assuming he was hiding something there, and the resulting confusion is merely a mixup of accounts due to the trauma and stress of all involved? Still, why would he recall Dahmer telling him specifically to open the fridge? It is known that Dahmer was an exhibitionist, taking pleasure from both positive and negative attention, so the argument could be made that, in his inebriated, disoriented, hopeless state of mind, he wanted to shock them. But the devil is also an exhibitionist, craving the sort of awe that the power of God inspires, even if he gains it through fear.

A particular moment from Friedkin’s description of the Italian woman’s exorcism comes to mind. After witnessing the ritual, he met with her and her family away from the priest. The woman, who is given the pseudonym of Rosa, was having an “episode”, if you could call it that, when he arrived. Her mother and boyfriend demanded Friedkin give up the footage of her exorcism so that they could burn it and protect her reputation, while Rosa, screaming in a gravelly, monstrous voice that she was Satan, said that she wanted it to be seen.

What would be the goal of demons in possessing a human? I imagine they want us to despair, and through that, to fear them. True faith is not based upon fear; if one believes because they are afraid of the consequences of non-belief, they are not truly faithful. The kind of fear the policeman experienced when he opened Dahmer’s fridge and beheld a severed human head within was so great that he screamed without even realizing it—a fully automatic, almost unconscious response that overrode everything else. Reason, faith, everything.

Slightly more devious is a theory a friend of mine joked about: What if the devil possessed Dahmer to reap the souls of sinners? From a Christian viewpoint, the majority of his victims, being homosexuals living in sin, would be damned, and in killing them Dahmer would be depriving them of a chance at redemption. (I am not judging them, merely pointing out the facts.) It is a grotesque concept, almost too openly evil for Satan, a trickster who is usually more sly in his methods. But then, Dahmer was said by psychologists to have had a “primitive” psyche, plagued by mental illness and paradox, no doubt prone to superstition and/or easily influenced—after all, he tried to build a shrine to himself out of body parts. If it serves his purpose, why wouldn’t the devil employ more overt tactics in such a case where the obvious would work just as well as the subtle?

Understand that this idea does not excuse his crimes; it would only provide an explanation for them. I remain skeptical. Even priests are skeptical. But it makes for interesting speculation, and at the very least it fuels the imagination, much like Lionel Dahmer’s childhood dreams that he had murdered someone. Dare I ask whether he dreamed it seventeen times?

Link to William Friedkin’s article on exorcism:

funny story

when I was a freshman in high school, I went to school in a different town and I lived with my sister’s very religious Godmother. one day, she walked into the room I was staying in and she saw the TV and noticed that this creature was talking in the movie I was watching. she went on about how when you watch scary movies, it releases Satan into your home and how Hollywood directors summon demons to create scary movies and all this crazy stuff. I changed it and didn’t mind it much. a couple days later, I got home from school and she was telling me how she saw “Satan’s shadow lurking around the house” and basically blamed me for releasing Satan into her house by watching a movie with a talking animal. the movie I was watching was Narnia.

Bucket List Tag!

I was tagged by @myriadimagines (thank you love for always tagging me)

List ten things in your bucket list and then tag ten people to do the same!

1. Travel the world
2. Move into a simple but cozy apartment on Europe
3. Become a renowned writer
4. Take self defence classes  
5. Learn french and norwegian
6. Be director and writer of at least one movie
7. Go on a roadtrip with my friends
8. Make a bonfire party with my friends
9. Meet WheezyWheezy offline (love u)
10. Adopt two kids, one dog, one turtle and one pig

I’m gonna tag: @little-magic-matt, @dhampir10fsn, @writerpotter, @whatwithoutwishat, @marthajefferson, @imaginesforgirls, @i-am-fandoms-and-satan, @trashmouthloser, @lesbiannooras and @holyblythe

Some Clarifications About AoU

I’ve seen a lot of people fight over AoU and blaming Joss Whedon, but here are some clarification about the Maximoff Twins:

1) They are from Eastern Europe, from a fake country, but they did not undergo some ‘whitening’ process. IN THE ORIGINAL COMICS THEY ARE WHITE; and if you know, like I do, people from Easter Europe, from country like Poland, Lithuania, Russia or Ukraine, than you know that they are white as much as German or France usually are, you really can’t tell that they are from Eastern Europe from the colour of their skin. (Sebastian Stan/The Winter Soldier, is an example known to many of this, he’s Romanian) So, yeah, stop blaming Whedon for that, and Sovokia it’s a FAKE Eastern European country.

2) Even if they had kept the canon as the twins as children of Magneto, they would have been white anyway, because Magneto it’s from northeast Europe. So again, stop with the 'whitening’ complaint.

3) NOBODY SAID THAT THEY ARE NOT JEWISH in the movie or anywhere else, they just didn’t talk about it, like they didn’t talk about the religion or the belief of any other character.

4) The fact that they are volunteers for HYDRA. The twins have absolutely no idea of what HYDRA really is, for what they know it’s an organization that works against the Avengers and Tony Stark, and they want revenge against Tony. This way they have voluntarily accepted to join HYDRA. This was clear through the movie, I really don’t know why people didn’t get that. When the HYDRA base in Sovokia was taken by the Avengers, they didn’t act like HYDRA member or stuff like that, they didn’t continue HYDRA 'mission’; instead, Wanda let Tony take the sceptre, because she saw his fear, she knows he’ll fuck things up, and she knows they will have their revenge because the Avengers will fight between themselves and all the blame will fall on Tony. So stop saying that Whedon made them collaborate with a Nazi organization, because is clear that the twins only goal is the power that HYDRA promised to them and that will help them to have their revenge. They have no idea that HYDRA is Nazi, they only care to avenge the death of their parents by taking down Tony.

I know that there’s a Civil War in the fandom for AoU, and I don’t want to be a part of it, but people are really making Whedon the personification of Satan of Earth, the cause of all evil and bad things in the MCU, and that’s not right. He may have done something that you don’t like with plot or characters, but this doesn’t mean that now everything is shit or everything is wrong; and you cannot insult another just because he/she liked the movie while you did not, not even the actors or the director. There are many politely ways to express disappointment, and I’ve seen only a few people using them on the internet after the release of the movie. Just calm down, seriously.

You probably didn’t see him in this, and that’s why he kills it.

The 4 Greatest Secret Movie Roles of Famous Actors

#4. Jack Nicholson in Broadcast News

Nicholson must have taken quite the shine to writer/director James L. Brooks during the filming of Terms of Endearment, because Nicholson did Brooks’ Broadcast News for free. He also asked for his name not to appear in the credits, because he didn’t want his celebrity status to distract from the central characters of the film. That actually makes a lot of sense, because as big as Nicholson is now, he was basically a cartoon in the ‘80s – the decade in which he played an ax murderer (The Shining), Satan (The Witches of Eastwick), and The Joker (Batman). This subdued cameo works shockingly well, because the character he’s playing is supposed to be a TV legend. When he suddenly appeared, the audience in the showing I was at gasped, which is great, because the characters in the movie do too. It’s almost like the entire cast is saying, “Hey, fucking Jack Nicholson’s in this movie!”

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