Happy October and welcome! All 31 days this month, I will be reviewing all the films I watch in the month of October. They’re mostly a selection of horror or suspense films in my own library or films and shows that have been recommended to me.
Please enjoy and leave a comment!
And if you missed any of our past reflections, take a look:
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Haunting (1963)
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
The Other (1972)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Shining (1980)
Halloween II (1981)
The Evil Dead (1981)
Halloween III – Season of the Witch (1982)
Teen Wolf (1985)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
The Monster Squad (1987)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn (1987)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
They Live (1988)
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Predator 2 (1990)
The Addams Family (1991)
Alien 3 (1992)
Army of Darkness (1992)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Crow (1994)
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Scream 2 (1997)
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Scream 3 (2000)
28 Days Later (2002)
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
The Ring (2002)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
AVP: Alien vs Predator (2004)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Alien vs Predator: Requiem (2007)
Halloween II (2009)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Escape From Tomorrow (2013)
Before I Wake (2016)
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Happy Death Day (2017)
Get Out (2017)
Gerald’s Game (2017)
The Predator (2018)
The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
A Quiet Place (2018)
Our next film is…
WATCHING: Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
DIRECTOR: Christopher Landon returned for the sequel.
WHAT IS IT?: The sequel to Happy Death Day, which didn’t really need a sequel — but this is the horror genre, so…
THE PLOT: Carter’s hallmate, Ryan, wakes up the day following Tree’s time loop and is murdered minutes later after the college dean shuts down his quantum reactor project for triggering multiple massive power outages. When he wakes up the next day, he goes to Carter and Tree, filling them in on what he just experienced.
Tree recaps what happened to her, which causes Ryan to resume work on his machine — except the next experiment causes another time loop for Tree and also opens up another dimension on top of the loop she was just in — where Carter is dating somebody else…but her mother’s alive.
WHAT DID CRITICS THINK?: Critics mostly praised the film, saying that it was a decent follow-up to the original with a nice sci-fi twist. Others said it wasn’t as fresh as the original film — but gave director Landon credit for changing things up.
WHAT DID I THINK?: This was a surprisingly good follow-up to the surprisingly good Happy Death Day. Like most sequels, it features more, more, more! And it happens to be a decent science-fiction film with the introduction of the second dimension.
The character interactions and the madness of the loop is what makes this movie fly. Ryan’s constant tinkering and Tree’s growing frustration, but willingness to work with Ryan, is a refreshing addition to things.
I really liked Happy Death Day 2U.