Happy Halloween! In this episode I preview four horror movies: The Super, Incident in a Ghost Land, The Bar, and Satan’s Slaves. I liked some more than others. Have a listen and see if any sound good to you. If you’ve seen them, do leave me your thoughts in the comments. Spoilers are okay there!
Show notes below:
If creepiness you seek, look no further. An old Indonesian house, shady silhouettes, and a fairly good ghost story make this one work quite well. In the Halloween spirit? This is one way to get there. And, as was the case so much in the 70’s, we have a modernized satanic element that usually freaks audiences out.
Satan’s Slaves (2017)
Pengabdi Setan (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 47min | Drama , Horror , Mystery | 28 September 2017 (Indonesia)
Satan’s Slaves Poster
After dying from a strange illness that she suffered for 3 years, a mother returns home to pick up her children.
Director: Joko Anwar
Writers: Joko Anwar, Sisworo Gautama Putra (based on a movie written by) | 3 more credits »
Stars: Tara Basro, Bront Palarae, Dimas Aditya
Since this is an Indonesian film, I’m not familiar with the director. He has done a great job here though combining music and timing to create a spookiness that stays with you. The idea of another world so close to you is terrifying. I had a hard time feeling sorry for these kids because they couldn’t live off their mother anymore. They all seemed able-bodied. While taking care of “Mom,” as they call her, they may find out the answers to a mystery. What’s more, those answers may be more than they bargained for. This is a dark, creepy project that definitely got me in the mood for Halloween tomorrow! It’s a little slow for my usual horror preferences but it did the trick in giving me that feeling I just couldn’t shake. 7/10.
It was the cover that drew me in to watch this one. A cracking China doll’s face superimposed on a young woman’s looked highly creepy and when it comes to horror, That’s what I look for. The backstory begin quickly and what were meant as jump scares, fell flat for me. After that, the whole movie spends its time trying to explain and understand these quick by violent attacks. The creepiness just wasn’t there for me.
Incident in a Ghostland (2018)
Ghostland (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 31min | Drama , Horror , Mystery | 22 June 2018 (USA)
Incident in a Ghostland Poster
Trailer 2:01 | Trailer1 VIDEO | 37 IMAGES
From $3.99 (SD) on Prime Video
A mother of two who inherits a house is confronted with murderous intruders on the first night in their new home and fights for her daughters’ lives. Sixteen years later when the daughters reunite at the house, things get really strange.
Director: Pascal Laugier
Writer: Pascal Laugier
Stars: Crystal Reed, Mylène Farmer, Anastasia Phillips
The director has “Martyrs” to his name. Wow, you just need to take that in in a moment of silence. The guy wrote and directed Martyrs. Nuff said, this should be good then.
While imperfect it is a good film for die hard horror fans. It has lots of fans and lots of detractors but the film itself is creepy and worth a watch. I will say it is NOTHING like Martyrs though. You can tel not a fraction of the energy went into this one. Too bad. What we get anyway is ok.
Such a simple title could prove uninteresting for some but the truth is this film is a wild horror ride! Yes it was created in Spain so the necessary subtitles are there. I have to say they were not a problem for me whatsoever. In some cases, they do bother me but not in this one, in fact they enhanced the movie! Like the Twilight Zone episode “The Monsters on Maple Street,” we have a group of people trapped and forced to get along. Put a little deadly airborne virus in there and you have chaos that is often quite hilarious.
The Bar (2017)
El bar (original title)
1h 42min | Comedy , Horror , Thriller | 24 March 2017 (Spain)
The Bar Poster
In bustling downtown Madrid, a loud gunshot and two mysterious deaths trap a motley assortment of common urbanites in a decrepit central bar, while paranoia and suspicion force the terrified regulars to turn on each other.
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Writers: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Blanca Suárez, Mario Casas, Carmen Machi
I’ll skip my usual director hat tip because I don’t know any of the cast or crew. I will say this is 100% horror, don’t be misled by the comedy tag. It’s funny because we see these people at their worst, stuck in this bar and turning on each other every scene.I guess in a very far fetched way it’s like Saw in that respect but with not nearly as much gore. The overall story of the tragedy that was happening around the bar could have been explained better but that’s minute. 9/10
The Super is pretty super but not super duper a ghost I know says. There’s some great creepy footage in this film. An old building is a great setting to build creepiness into suspense. As is with most mysteries, things are not as they seem. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you like how they look when the mystery is revealed. There’s pros and cons for me. Regardless, it’s a dark, foreboding horror/thriller/mystery that keeps you guess all the way through. Discovering the answer may be more difficult for some rather than others. It’s a good one though and I think this film delivers based on its popularity score on IMDb.
The Super (2017)
R | 1h 30min | Horror , Thriller | 19 October 2018 (USA)
A man becomes the superintendent of a large New York City apartment building where people mysteriously go missing.
Director: Stephan Rick
Writer: John J. McLaughlin
Stars: Patrick John Flueger, Val Kilmer, Louisa Krause
Director Stephan Rick has done a lot of stuff in German. The one I recognize the most in his bio is “The Good Neighbor” which I have not yet seen but want to.
This film focuses on intruders and peeping toms inside your home. There are some great shots that pan down hallways and enter into clickety clack unlocked doors. It’s an average film, not amazing but the scares that takes place in the apartments are truly creepy. Kilmer is great as always. His voodoo obsessed character isn’t the only supe though so keep that in mind. I think the story takes an odd turn but then again, most the film consists of small and large turns throughout the runtime. I might have preferred a straight ahead story without so many twists that focused on the creepy nature of others having access to ones private living space. It isn’t that at all. It’s much more convoluted than that but on some level, I found it very fun and spooky. I can’t tell you why really or it would spoil the plot. Have you seen it? Let’s talk about it in the comments. I welcome spoilers there.