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CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day V: Rasen (1998, Jōji Lida) & Ring 2 (1999, Hideo Nakata)
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The forgotten sequel to Ringu that acts as a follow up to the first films story and was released around the same time but failed to make much of an impact financially. The film was even canonically replaced by Ring 2 and is relegated to a bonus on the Arrow Video release.

Despite all this Rasen is a decent horror thriller with some intriguing ideas here and there, though it pales in comparison to the first Ring movie. I also wasn’t a fan of the way it killed off some characters from the first film. 3/5
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A better follow up to Ringu that puts in more scares but doesn’t quite deliver the same impact. I did enjoy it though overall and it helped that the same character and some of the original cast returned also. 3.5/5
 
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CCG’s Reaper
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Day VI: Ring 0: Birthday (2000, Norio Tsuruta)
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This time we get a prequel to Ringu. It explains the tragic life of Sadako before she ended up trapped in that grotty well and felt more like a drama about young adults than a horror at times. It was alright overall and is worth watching if you’re curious about Sadako’s life. 3/5
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day VII: The Changeling (1980, Peter Medak)
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Another day, another film with a dead child in a well. The Changeling is a slow-burning supernatural horror starring the late great George C. Scott with some great build-up and suspense throughout. The Second Sight release is some grainy goodness too. 4/5
 

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CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day VIII: The Horror Show (AKA House III) (1989, James Isaac & David Blyth)
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Part of the House franchise though not marketed or named as such due to its more serious nature. Lance Henriksen heads this uneven film that has some neat ideas and effects but didn’t do all that much for me overall. 3/5
 
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Winkuru

School Idol


Didn't hate it but this was weaker than the original on almost on every regard. It's not good but it's passable until the finale where it really starts to stink more
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At least i got few chuckles out of it.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day IX: House IV: The Repossession (1992, Lewis Abernathy)
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The final entry in the House franchise that feels more similar to the first two films. It was slightly better than The Horror Show but I wasn’t all that enthused by the end. 3/5
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day X: Nosferatu (1922, F.W. Murnau)
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A film I studied during sixth form and one I have a soft spot for despite its age and limitations. 3.5/5
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XI: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003, Marcus Nispel)

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A remake/reimagining of Tobe Hooper’s horror masterpiece that takes a different approach to the story and sadly fails to live up to the originals sheer grotesque brutality and relentless discomfort. The 2003 attempts to flesh out the characters somewhat but just looks too slick and clean.

There’s also plenty of gore but it doesn’t have the same affect that the original had. R Lee Ermy was great in this though and in the prequel they made later on which I liked more than this. Overall not a bad film on its own but as a remake it pales in comparison to the original. 3/5
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XII: Blood Bath (1966, Jack Hill)
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A film with four different versions and an infamously difficult life behind-the-scenes, Blood Bath is the edit that ended up being released to audiences back in 1966. The result is a confusing horror film that has some solid scenes but is the product of a troubled production which shows. Arrow Video went all out with their set and I checked out all four edits which was fascinating to do. 2.5/5
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XIII: Dark Water (2002, Hideo Nakata)
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A more quietly unnerving kind of psychological horror than Ringu, this is another Hideo Nakata offering that delivers some solid performances and a relative lack of music that adds to the atmosphere as the sound of rain and water is highlighted throughout. 4/5
 
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HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XIV: Lisa and the Devil (1974, Mario Bava)
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A supernatural horror from Italian Director Mario Bava, otherwise known as “the Master of Italian Horror”. The film was very solid and Telly Savalas is always fun. The plot is a bit scattered in places but the best thing about the film is its atmosphere and camera work. It takes full advantage of the house setting and Bava manages to make the story work. 3.5/5
 

Winkuru

School Idol
Previously

Host
Personal Shopper
Cat O'nine tails
Pet Semetary (remake)
House That Jack Built (recommend)

Resident Evil 2

It's gulty pleasure product but i still very much enjoyed it. It's dumb and goofy but on way that put's a smile to your face if you let it. This time i skipped the first film because i have seen it more times (i think this was second time watching RES2) and i want to get to the other sequels which i have never seen.

We Need To Talk About Kevin

I was expecting much poorer and more horrory sort of movie but what i got was a pretty good drama about mother not ready for parenting (played by Tilda Swinton) and her "deranged" child. It's not really a spoiler because the story is told mainly in flashbacks so let's just say that the boy ends up doing something horrible eventually and part of the film is about figuring out why and how his and her's mother relationship affected the outcome.

A horror film it's not even though horrible things happen but as a drama film i recommend it.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XV: Brain Damage (1988, Frank Henenlotter)
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A horror comedy from the director of the Basket Case Trilogy and Frankenhooker, this was a very bizarre outing indeed. The acting isn’t great but the special effects are very solid though I overall only found this to be okay/average. 3/5

Day I: Tales of Terror (1962, Roger Corman)
Day II: The Haunted Palace (1963, Roger Corman)
Day III: Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998, Don Coscarelli & Phantasm V: Ravager (2016, David Hartman)
Day IV: Ringu (1998, Hideo Nakata)
Day V: Rasen (1998, Jōji Lida) & Ring 2 (1999, Hideo Nakata)
Day VI: Ring 0: Birthday (2000, Norio Tsuruta)
Day VII: The Changeling (1980, Peter Medak)
Day VIII: The Horror Story (AKA House III) (1989, James Isaac & David Blyth)
Day IX: House IV: The Repossession (1992, Lewis Abernathy)
Day X: Nosferatu (1922, F.W. Murnau)
Day XI: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003, Marcus Nispel)
Day XII: Blood Bath & various versions (1966, Jack Hill)
Day XIII: Dark Water (2002, Hideo Nakata)
Day XIV: Lisa and the Devil (1974, Mario Bava)
Day XV: Brain Damage (1988, Frank Henenlotter)
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XVI: Joker (2019, Todd Phillips)

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More of a psychological thriller and character study but very much unnerving in the way it moulds a pathetic yet somewhat sympathetic figure in Arthur Fleck. I won’t spoil the film here but the setpieces and key scenes were great and the film flew by in a whirlwind of uncomfortable chaos. One I need to Rewatch soon. 4.5/5
 

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Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff

In today's episode of "What did Grav watch this time in normie land", I watched the 2018 film by director David Robert Mitchell (It Follows) called Under the Silver Lake. This is a neo-noir mystery film as Wikipedia describes it and it is a weird film to talk about. Watching this felt like the film was going through an acid trip because so much bizarre stuff happens and you just have to roll with it. The story's premise is actually really interesting but it suffers from pacing and I felt the runtime is longer than it should be, as you have a ton of stuff happening that I question whether any specific parts were worth being shown when I look back at it.

This is not a bad film by all means but rather a divisive one. I don't think the film is rewatchable in places but I can't help keep being amused by what goes on in some places. Heck, there's content that doesn't make sense or reference well to the answers that we seek but the main premise does get resolved in a reasonable manner. Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) does a great job with his performance though I was literally more concerned about his flat bills than the actual story which says a lot.

Overall Under the Silver Lake has a great premise, interesting direction, and performances but its pacing and storytelling have its faults.

3/5

Under the Silver Lake is available to own on Blu-ray from distributor MUBI and is available to stream on MUBI and Amazon Prime via the MUBI channel.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XVII: Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari (1920, Robert Weine)

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Another expressionistic film that I studied back in sixth form. I have an admiration for this film and all the surrealist approaches Weine took to create the project. The ending is great too and surely inspired certain narratives in for decades to come. 4/5
 
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Winkuru

School Idol
Had some wine and rewatched



The plot is really basic but i give Fulci credit for not having any conspiracy **** going on. Characters basically have no personality and act like idiots all the time but the zombie makeups look really good and so does the gore effects. I also really dig the theme.
 
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31 Days of Halloween!

Day XVIII: Leprechaun (1993, Mark Jones) & Leprechaun 2 (1994, Rodman Flender)
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A forgettable slasher with a gimmicky antagonist, the Leprechaun, played by Warwick Davis. Davis really puts in his all but whenever he isn’t on screen the film is just a bit dull. 2.5/5
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A better film than the first due to some decent main characters and more screentime for Davis. The violence felt a bit lacklustre but overall this is was one of those rare horror sequels that improves upon the original. 3.5/5
 
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HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XIX: Leprechaun 3 (1995, Brian Trenchard-Smith)

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Better than the first film but lacking the side characters of the second film. The humour was a bit better and the Vegas setting suited the greedy nature of the Leprechaun but I’m not expecting the remaining three films to be very good based on their premise alone. 3/5
 
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