Saturday, April 20, 2019

Saturday Screen Time #31: Superheroes, vampires, and creeps

Happy Saturday, everyone! In the time since my last Saturday Screen Time I've watched even more (gasp!) horror movies, but this week I have a bit more variety. I've also watched some superhero movies and vampire shows! As much as I adore horror films, I'm feeling like I may have to start branching out, at least for a few weeks. I'm starting to feel like everything is pretty average. 


Channel Zero: No-End House - I'm always a little wary with anthology shows because I'm always worried later seasons won't live up the the first. I'm excited to say that No-End House was just as amazing as Candle Cove! This season revolves around characters who enter a haunted house that doesn't end when they leave. This is again based on a creepypasta that I've never read, but I'm definitely going to have to look it up! If you're looking for a horror show that isn't AHS, you might want to give this one a try. (4.5/5 stars)

Captain Marvel - I'll admit I was nervous about seeing Captain Marvel. I'm not sure why, but every time a new Marvel character is introduced I feel like I won't love them, even though it's almost never true. I ended up seeing this one twice because it was just that good! Captain Marvel is the female superhero I didn't know I needed in my life. I loved how kickass she was without being sexualized at all. I know a lot of people adored Wonder Woman but that movie just didn't do it for me. Captain Marvel is the pinnacle of female heroes as far as I'm concerned and I can't wait to see her in Endgame! (5/5 stars)

The Bay - I've been trying to watch The Bay for a LONG time, ever since I saw it on a list of best found footage movies. For whatever reason, it was really elusive and I had a really hard time getting my hands on it. Thankfully I finally found it on Tubi, a streaming service I didn't even know existed. Unfortunately, it was... not great. It's a pretty typical found footage movie about a parasitic outbreak, which wasn't what I was expecting at all. The scares are pretty standard and the characters were hard to care about. This just wasn't for me. (2/5 stars)

Creep - I had watched Creep years ago but decided to give it another watch after seeing Creep 2 a few weeks ago. Honestly, I'm terrible at remembering details so I couldn't remember much about it. I do remember being pretty, well, creeped out by it. Somehow it wasn't as scary as I remembered. The main character was still super creepy and I did like the way the movies were tied together. I don't think I'd give this a third watch though. (3/5 stars)

Us - The hype has been REAL for Jordan Peele's next horror movie. I was so excited to finally get to see this after loving Get Out, but it was a pretty big letdown. While Get Out did a great job of blending horror with a message, this one was way too on the nose with its allegory. The film tries too hard to explain too much, while not making sense of anything. The logistics of this world don't make sense and there are a TON of plot holes. I wish that more had been left to the imagination instead of trying so hard to make this make sense in real-world America.  (2.5/5 stars)

The Originals Season 2 - I hadn't watched The Originals since the first season aired, but after finally finishing The Vampire Diaries I decided to give it another chance. I'd heard that it was much, much better and more mature than later seasons of TVD and that is absolutely correct! I had forgotten how much I loved the Mikaelson family and jumping back into their world was so much fun! Klaus is terrifying as always, but I loved seeing his softer side (at times). The parental drama was a bit much, but the relationships between the siblings more than made up for it. (5/5 stars)

The First Purge - Hm. Yikes. The first couple movies in this series were just so good. I'm not sure what went wrong here, but it was painful to watch. I think this is another case of a horror movie trying to explain way too much that really never needed explanation. Less is more in the world of The Purge and the explanations are over the top ridiculous. I'd suggest stopping with the second movie in this franchise. (1/5 stars)

What was your favorite recent release?
What has been your biggest recent letdown?
Let me know in the comments!