Sunday, May 22, 2022

OMG, I Am OBSESSED With Your Hair

 

Hey, hey, Horror Nuts! Welcome to another edition of WTFHM!

So, as you may have guessed from the sign on the way in, I'm not going to be reviewing Dr. Strange 2 in this post.  Why, you ask? Well, for a couple of reasons. For one, I know every single one of y'all are Marvel fans. 


Don't try to deny it.  Everybody BUT me is into Marvel movies and, real talk, I'm just a small fish in a big pond. I need all the readers I can get. Picture me, spoiling a damn Marvel movie. I'll get, like, two readers this week and you know it.


Second, while Dr. Strange 2 had a lot of horror elements to it (and it was directed by one of my favorite directors of all time - Sam Raimi), I can't call it horror or even a thriller. It's a Marvel movie with all its Marvel-flavored trappings. If my blog was WTFMM, then, yeah. 

But it's not. So...

This week's movie!



The Stylist starring Najarra Townsend, Jennifer Seward, Brea Grant, Davis DeRock, Sarah McGuire, and Millie Milan.


So, this is Claire(Townsend). She's a hairstylist. She likes drinking Starbucks coffee every morning and wearing reasonably stylish clothes (albeit with a hint of Wednesday Addams) and she has a tiny chihuahua for a pet...


She also likes scalping her clients and wearing their hair in the privacy of her own candlelit cellar.


One day, while living her creepy, kookie life, one of her clients, Olivia(Grant) asks her to do her hair for her wedding. After thinking about it for half a day, Claire agrees.


So, Claire does Olivia's hair and does such a good job of it, that Olivia invites her over for wine and pizza. She even models her wedding dress for her.


Olivia even decides to invite her out to her bachelorette party and, as often happens when you're a Single White Female type murdery girl, Claire immediately thinks that they're besties and we're treated to about an hour and a half of Claire systemically losing her damn mind.


A Bachelorette Party which, by the way, goes really bad for Claire when she overhears two of Olivia's friends say what we're all thinking at about this point. "Who invited the weird hairdresser?" I mean, for all intents and purposes, Claire isn't her friend or coworker or anything, really. She's doing her hair for her wedding. It'd be like me inviting my therapist to my birthday party.


So, the day of the wedding comes and by this time, the following events have occurred:
  • Claire's boarded up and unboarded up her real human hair hidey-hole
  • She secretly records Olivia's conversations and listens to them on repeat
  • She breaks into Olivia's house, wears her nightgown and masturbates in said nightgown
  • She kills a barista while trying to take her scalp
  • She kills another woman while successfully taking her scalp, and then wears it while watching cartoons in the woman's living room.

 

And finally, after having her little spiral, she shows up to the wedding to do Olivia's hair. After she's done with her hair and everyone leaves for the wedding, Claire decides there's only one way for her and Olivia to be one with one another.


Yup. She walks down the aisle in Olivia's place...wearing her scalp.


Girl, I don't even know. 

And I want to give this one some credit or at least an A for effort because the filmmaker clearly went to the Brian De Palma School for Filming Alfred Hitchcock movies, but uggghhhh...


I mean, let's overlook the very strange fact that this is a killer who's been scalping women for some time by the looks of her trophy collection and yet has no clue about how to not get caught. There are moments where I was just...annoyed by her instead of whatever other emotion the filmmaker was trying to elicit from the audience.

Fear, maybe?  I don't know. The story was kind of all over the place with no explanations or rhyme or reason. And the worst part is that by the time the ending comes, you've already guessed that's where this story was going like, 5-10 scenes back.

Trash. Hot Garbage, I tell you.


Brian De Palma would be ashamed.

Anyway, next week's movie!  Advertisements for Cellar have been popping up for me lately, so I guess I'll check that one out.  

See you next week!

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

AND PEOPLE USED TO TELL THESE STORIES TO CHILDREN????

 

Hey, hey, Horror Nuts! Welcome to another edition of WTFHM!

Have you ever actually read a real fairy tale, yo?



Like, I know we all grew up on Disney's version of everything and as adults, I think I can be fairly sure that if you're reading this, you're probably aware that actual fairy tales were pretty gruesome.


As if the idea of a witch eating a couple of fat children wasn't terrifying enough. I'm not sure what possessed ancient parents to sit around a campfire and tell gory stories to children, honestly. How much did children misbehave in ancient times that we didn't even think of just putting them in time-out until the 20th century?

Anyway. This week's movie!



You Won't Be Alone starring Noomi Rapace, Alice Englert, Annamaria Marinca, Sara Klimoska, Carlotto Cotta, and Felix Maritaud.


Okay, so once upon a time in Macedonia, a young mother is visited by a witch that goes by the name Old Maid Maria(Marinca). The mother begs the witch to spare her child's life and in exchange, when the child turns sixteen, the witch can come and take her.

The witch says, "Bet, but I'm taking her voice because she needs to be marked so that you don't break your word." 


The mom hides her in a cave in the hopes that she can keep her baby away from Maria. Unfortunately, one day Maria comes, kills the mother, and takes the, now teenage, girl(Klimoska) away.


Okay, so, Maria makes the girl a witch as well and the two are traveling together. The girl, as it turns out, is not so cool with how Maria is living, so Maria tells her to kick rocks if she doesn't like it.


She does and comes upon a woman giving birth in a field. Fascinated by the whole thing, she goes into the village and checks out the baby.  The baby's mom catches her and gets herself expired in the struggle.



At this point, she gets the brilliant idea to pose as the baby's mom and live as her, which she does pretty successfully until her "husband" tries to have sex with her. She kills him, then decides to be a dog.


And she's a dog until she sees a dude having horny times with his friends and decides she wants to be him. And she's him until she sees the body of a young girl and decides to be the young girl, where she stays for a while.


Yeah, yeah.  Stay with me, though.


She lives as the girl until the girl is an adult. She, then, falls in love, gets married, has a kid, and, generally, has a pretty sweet life for a woman living in old-timey Macedonia.



That is until Old Maid Maria steps in.



See, Old Maid Maria has been keeping tabs on her all this time. And upon seeing the girl actually figure out happiness, she decides to take a big dump on everything the girl has built.


First, she disguises herself as a boar and kills her husband. Then, after her baby is born, she shows up to her house and goes, "You really thought you had this whole thing worked out, huh?" and promptly slits her baby's throat.


But wait, you forget, Old Maid Maria taught the girl witch stuff and the girl promptly uses that knowledge to bring her daughter back by making her a witch. Old Maid Maria is astonished by her display of sacrifice and the girl rips out Old Maid Maria's guts, killing her.


Yup. That's it. That's the story, younglings.  I don't know what you learned from it, but I learned that people suck and when people suck, they sometimes make sucky monsters that might, one day, make you a monster, too. But that's okay because even if you're a monster, you can find happiness. 


Surprisingly, I am giving this one a jewel...


...but not because this was a good horror movie. It was just a good movie. On my horror scale, even with the gore, it's a pretty solid tier one. It appealed to my sense of storytelling, however, so, yeah. A jewel it gets.

Don't tell your kids this story, though. I think that constitutes abuse these days.

Anyway, next week's movie!  I've been told that the new Doctor Strange movie is supposed to be a horror movie, so maybe I'll review that if it's true.  If not, I'll just pick something from Shudder.

See you next week!

O~
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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Texas Pornstar Massacre

 

Hey, hey, Horror Nuts! Welcome to another edition of WTFHM!

Okay, stop me if you've heard this one.

A bunch of porn stars go to a farm. How many will it take to screw in a lightbulb before the horny old people murder them all?


Confused? Well...yeah. But that's fine. Not every joke needs to be fully explained and apparently the same is true for movies! Case in point:



X starring Mia Goth, Jenny Ortega, Kid Cudi, Martin Henderson, Stephen Ure, Brittany Snow, and Owen Campbell.


So, once upon a 1979, Producer Wayne(Henderson) finds an old farmhouse owned by an elderly couple for cheap and decides that this would be the best place to do the ultimate porn film.


Course, that all works out fine until the old couple starts murdering them because the wife has a bad case of super horny. And since that kind of makes this a slasher movie, it's time the WTFHM slasher movie rating system! Blood, Boobs, Body Count, and Bad Acting.


Blood: A

So, there are buckets of blood in this one...but it takes a minute to get there. To say this movie is a slow burn is an understatement in that it takes more than half the movie to get us to the first death. Once the ball starts rolling however, the blood is pretty much flying everywhere.




Boobs: A++

I mean, I really don't know what y'all was expecting here. All jokes aside, I'd have been disappointed if there weren't any boobs in a movie that spends more than half its time on the porn stars.

We even get some junk in the mix...one of those junks is dead, but still. 



Body Count: B

I mean, when the cast is composed of about nine people and eight of them die. I'd say that rates about average for a slasher movie. The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre only had five, so while this one was under ten, it still isn't bad.





Bad acting: F

Yeah, everybody killed it in this one. Including and especially Mia Goth. She plays Wayne's girlfriend and the coke-snorting porn star that you will be convinced is going to end up the first to die. 


Which leads me to the spoiler part of this blog (so, you might want to stop here if you don't want any spoilers. It'll be worth coming back to this part once you've seen the movie).


So, first thing's first. This one is a Ti West joint. He's the director behind such horror flicks as V/H/S and The Innkeepers (the second one I reviewed a while back). Anyways, I've seen more than a few films directed by him, and overall, I've had mixed feelings about his stuff.




I have to say, though, X is surprisingly well thought out in its execution. For one, casting Mia Goth as both Maxine the porn star and Pearl the horny/murdery old lady was a smart move. She basically plays the character's past and future and I am here for it.


Also, can we talk about the negation of the whole "Final Girl" trope by making the last survivor Maxine instead of the baby-faced Lorraine (Ortega)?  The joy in my cold black heart, y'all...

X easily gets a jewel from me.



It's a good movie. And I hear a prequel is coming, too. :)

Next week's movie!!! Think I'll check out You Won't Be Alone. Hopefully, we can keep the jewels coming!

See you next week!

O~
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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Have Yourself A Toxic Mother's Day

 


Hey, hey, Horror Nuts! Welcome to another edition of WTFHM!

This one goes out to the toxic parents out there. Yeah. I'm talking to you.  What the hell is wrong with y'all?

And that is not a rhetorical question. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!


Like, okay, you know that the little human that fate has put you in charge of is, like, human. Just smaller and more helpless than you...right? They're not the reason he/she left you or the reason your car won't start. They don't cry to punish you for your stretch marks. I mean...


Look, I know there are a lot of people out there that have real-world problems that are hard to deal with, but if those real-world problems make you think that it's okay to take it out on your kid...???

Seek help. Immediately. In the meantime, let's talk about This Week's Movie:



Umma starring Sandra Oh, Fivel Stewart, Dermot Mulroney, Odeya Rush, MeeWha Alana Lee, and Tom Yi.


This is Amanda(Oh). Amanda is a single mother and owns a pretty successful beekeeping business with her daughter Chris(Stewart).




Amanda has some issues. Specifically with electricity. She really can't deal with it. Thunderstorms freak her out. She doesn't have any electricity in the house and, in fact, she's banned it from her farm.

Like if you go to visit her, you gotta leave your phone in the car...and you gotta park your car a ways away and walk up to the house because there's a sign saying:


Anyway, one day, a car comes barrelling onto the farm. The driver turns out to be Amanda's Uncle Kang(Yi), who came straight from Korea to see her. After spending the first few minutes of seeing his niece for the first time in who knows how long judging her, he gives her the news that her mother passed away and he's brought her an eerie suitcase. She promptly throws him out.



Meanwhile, Chris is feeling some type of way about living out in the sticks without electricity because, you know, she's a sane teenager. 


And all while Chris is starting to see glimpses of a normal life that she really, really wants to live, Amanda is becoming increasingly haunted by her dead mother. 


Which, admittedly, becomes an even bigger problem when Chris breaks into her mother's basement hidey-hole and finds the suitcase and all these items from Amanda's past life.


That forces Amanda to tell Chris about her mother...and about the fact that she lied to her about where she came from. Chris is upset about it, but, yeah, she deals with it. Mom also tells her that her mother was really abusive to her as a child (It's a bigger story than just that, but that's how it shakes out ultimately) and that's why she ran away. Understandable.


Everything's everything until Amanda has her friend/accounting guy Danny (Mulroney) over with his niece, River(Rush), and River pulls out a cell phone that she had on her the whole time.


Chris now doubts that her mother was ever sick from the electricity. She also finds that her college application is all messed up, so she confronts her. That goes really bad and Chris dips out.


Angry that the ghost of her mother has been messing with her and Chris and ruining their relationship, she buries her mother's picture and ashes and, given that in the rulebook of "Pissing off a Ghost 101" the first chapter specifically states not to dump the remains disrespectfully in a hole and bury them, it goes about how you'd expect.


Anyway, Umma gets the shit beat out of her and then choked out. Umma decides to take that opportunity to take over her body.


When Chris gets home, everything in the house is changed up. All the pictures are of her mother with Umma. When she finds her mother, her mother's, well...possessed. And Chris becomes aware very quickly that there was a very good reason why her mother dipped out and never looked back.


Yeah, so, Chris ends up battling her Umma/Mom and this thing:


(It's a dark picture, I know. It's a badly rendered fox with a lot of tails. There was no way I wasn't gonna mention that.)

Anyway, Amanda comes back to herself for a minute, then gets dragged into her mother's...consciousness(?) and confronts her mother, which...I wasn't really mad at.


I'm not mad at it because she does what a lot of us aren't really trying to do with our toxic parents. She just stands up to her.

She basically tells her, "Yeah, it sucks that you gave up your career and married a man who brought you to America, then left you. And it sucks that you ended up being a single mom and you couldn't speak English and couldn't get any help. But that doesn't mean you get to use me as a punching bag..."


She returns to the land of the living and she and Chris give her a proper burial ritual. Chris moves on with her life and goes to college and all is right with the world.

The moral of this story?  If your kids have stopped talking to you, get your ass into therapy. Take those meds and get your head straight. 

Real talk, therapy might be hard to do, but it's way easier than haunting your damn kids after you die.



I'm also gonna be a maverick and give this one a jewel.


I say maverick because apparently, no one else liked this one. Not sure why because, save the bad CGI Kumiho, this wasn't a bad horror movie by any stretch of the imagination. It wasn't gory and the scares were generally low level, but it wasn't bad

Like, I'd designate this one a high tier one in that I wouldn't show grandma (unless I didn't like her very much and I was trying to send a message), but it's not really nightmare-inducing enough for me to put it in the tier two category.

Annnyway, next week's movie is going to X. A movie combining horror and porn stars, something that has never been done before ever in the history of the world. *snicker*

See you next week!

O~
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