All in the Family

Posted in Ghost/Demon on June 11, 2018 by dtrain1008



*shakes dust off fingers/coughs/removes cobwebs from keyboard*

WELCOME, my loyal Deadites, to another long-awaited installment of the Unholy Cathedral. It’s been quite a while, but I’m back with a fresh new movie in theaters NOW. If I’m being completely honest, I’ve been kind of cheating on you. I may have watched some horror movies (Winchester, Open House, The Ritual) and not written about them. If anyone has any questions about them, feel free to hit me up. But (Spoiler Alert) none of them really blew me away. In any case, here’s how we got here. Last week I was looking at Rotten Tomatoes, and I saw that Hereditary was getting crazy good reviews, so I figured I had to check this one out. The previews were a little ambiguous, but it looked like it had potential. So let’s dive into the grave for a spooky review.

Hereditary is the story of a family overcome with grief, after the recent loss of the matriarch in the family. The mother, Annie, does her best to keep her composure, but her daughter seems to be struggling with the loss. Soon, Annie seeks grief counseling, but when another tragedy strikes, things begin spiraling out of control. And as she struggles to cope with her compounding losses, she also begins to find some hidden truths about her family… some of them darker than others. Jeepers.

Time to renew that account, kiddos. We’re going in for A Closer Look.

Villain: This is tough, mostly because I don’t want to spoil it. So, let’s go with… an evil spirit. 🙂

How Do I Stop It?: Well, the odds (and other things) are against you here, without a doubt. But best advice? Give your mom a call and see what she’s up to. That’s good general advice, in addition to possibly stopping evil spirits. Just fyi.

Lessons Learned: Let this always be a lesson. Forever. If you come across a strange incantation that deals with talking to dead folks… DON’T FREAKIN SAY IT. KILL IT WITH FIRE. 

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Who Do I Watch With?: This one takes its time getting going, but once it does, it’s pretty intense. Best to leave the kids at home, and either watch this one alone, or with a brave friend.

Movie Trivia: A trailer for the film was accidentally shown at a screening of Peter Rabbit (2018) in Australia. HA. Those kids had to be #shittingbrix

Also, during a scene at school, the words “Escaping Fate” are on the blackboard, which is a reference to John Carpenter’s Halloween. As it happens, Hereditary was released on the same day as the trailer for the new Halloween movie. Spooky.

Rating the Flick

Villain: 5/10. I think it’s hard to rate this villain high, because for quite some time, we don’t really know who the villain is. But don’t tread too lightly.. this baddie is not to be toyed with.

Scare Factor: 8/10. There’s some spooky stuff going on here. As I said, it takes a while to build up. But this flick gets progressively more intense, and really ramps up in the last half hour or so. This is a dark, pretty scary movie.

Gore Rating: Very Bloody Machete! (4/5)


It’s about time we had some gore on here! And this time around, we see some pretty sick stuff. It’s not an overload, but there’s a few stand-out scenes that really drive up the gore factor. Let that be your warning.

Overall Rating: 4/5 Pigeon Heads


Hereditary delivered the goods here. I would say about 45 minutes into the movie, I wasn’t really sure where this was going. But they turned things around quickly, and this film kind of takes you on a mind trip. There’s a lot to think about, even after it’s over, but getting to the end is a wild, scary journey. There’s a lot of good foreshadowing in the movie, as well as a pretty creepy score to accompany the visuals. So if you’re looking for some summertime scares, you might want to add Hereditary to your list.

That’ll wrap up this review, but in case you haven’t seen the new Halloween trailer, check it out below! Personally I’m very excited for this.

I’ll leave you with that, but hopefully I’ll be back with some more Unholy scares before too long.

Until next time, drive safe.



All The Single Ladies…

Posted in Ghost/Demon with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2018 by dtrain1008



Yep, I put some rings on it! It being the television, that is. Hello everyone, and welcome back to another installment of the Unholy Cathedral. If you’re one of my loyal Deadites, I’m sending you a big Undead Boo Ya from the grave. Here is the Boo Ya.


If you’re a newcomer to this blog, then welcome! I’m hoping you’ll enjoy the reviews. If you’re liking what you’re seeing, be sure to Unleash Hell at the top right, and these posts will go straight to your inbox. And trust me, they’re far from frequent, so I promise you won’t be annoyed. Okay.. Administrative silliness complete. Let’s go to the business end of the blog (side note… as I wrote that, all I could think about is a mullet or a gun. But then I realized both of those things are awesome, so this blog must also be awesome).

I’ll say it. The Ring will always be one of my favorite scary movies. Granted, I was much much younger when I saw it for the first time in theaters. But that’s the only movie that I literally ran out of the theater. That iconic scene at the end was so effing scary the first time I saw it, that I’ll never forget those chills. AU CONTRAIRE… then The Ring Two came out. And boy was this a steaming pile of suck. But years later, Hollywood deemed it time for another shot at this franchise, with a fresh look, a new cast, and an off-shoot story. I wasn’t entirely optimistic, but I was keeping an open mind. So let’s see where round 3 takes us, starting with the trailer.

Rings is the story of a young girl whose boyfriend goes away to college, and she gets all emotional about it, and starts whining, and these damn millennials these days, and… Okay kidding. Kind of. But after her boyfriend goes away to school, he abruptly disappears from all contact. So in a panic, she makes the long drive to see him, to find that something has happened. A stranger is telling her that her boyfriend is going to die, and soon she becomes entangled in the worst “club” imaginable. Jinkies!

 Go grab some corpse-y well water, and let’s dive in for A Closer Look

Villain: Samara, the evil spirit of some dead girl

How Do I Stop It?: Don’t watch creep-ass untitled movies. Stick to the movies that, you know, have titles.

Lessons Learned: My goodness. This whole story is pretty asenine, if I may say so. First of all, if you’re a college professor who discovers a sinister evil spirit that KILLS PEOPLE, perhaps you shouldn’t be entrapping your students to work on a thesis about it. But because it’s Johnny Galecki, I’m not surprised. Also, if you become aware of what’s happening, and all you have to do is not watch the movie, like, *pause for Ultimate Unholy Face palm* DONT WATCH THE MOVIE YOU STUPID GIRL. /end rant

Who Do I Watch With?: This one is pretty manageable for casual fans of horror, but I’d recommend watching with someone who’s at least familiar with the earlier movies.

Movie Trivia: Originally set for release in November 2015, the film was pushed back several times due to studio delays. It was finally released in 2017, almost 2 years after the original shooting occurred. Also, according to special makeup effects designer on the film, Arjen Tuiten, it took about 6 and a half hours to complete Samara’s makeup and her costume featured a water rig under the dress that allowed the character to constantly drip water.

Rating the Flick

Villain: 5/10. Samara is a pretty creepy ghost, no doubt about it. The problem for me is that it’s a lot of the same stuff. There’s not many new tricks to scare us this time around, and it stands out.

Scare Factor: 5/10. For the uninitiated, this is likely still a pretty creepy movie. The tone is moderately dark, and there’s some decent jump scares throughout. But if you’re familiar with The Ring, this is a far cry from the terror of the original.

Gore Rating: Slightly Bloody Machete (2/5)


It’s not extremely bloody, but there’s a few parts that are tough to watch. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a really gory movie on here. Accepting recommendations.

Overall Rating: 2/5 Queen Beys


Can we agree that Bizarro Beyonce is freaking creepy? Anyway, Rings was closer to The Ring Two than The Ring in terms of being a solid movie. The story was just silly, and there are some pretty big plot holes, in my mind. I admittedly jumped once or twice throughout, but as a whole, it’s not so great. May I recommend the latest Insidious movie instead, if you’re looking for some scares? See my last post for a review!

Anyway, that’s going to wrap up this edition of The Unholy Cathedral. As always, thanks to everyone who subscribes to this blog and has supported it over the years. We’re still limping along, but the horror isn’t stopping. So be sure to stay tuned for more spine-tingling commentary in the coming months.

Until next time, SEVEN DAYS.




Posted in Ghost/Demon with tags , , , , on January 13, 2018 by dtrain1008


Insidious: The Last Key

Greetings, my loyal Deadites, and welcome once again to another installment of the Unholy Cathedral. I hope everyone had a rotten Christmas and a horrifying New Year. Something happened in the last few weeks. Hell literally froze over. Just look outside. That is, unless you’re one of those warm-climate elitist deadites, in which case I shake my skeleton fist directly at you. AAAAnyway, let’s grind into the meat & bones of this blog, and talk about a fresh new movie in theaters right now: Insidious: The Last Key.

This is the 4th installment in the Insidious universe, and the old lady that’s seemingly in a ton of horror movies is back, trying to get rid of some evil spirits. Before we get into this chapter, let’s reflect on the previous Insidious movies. The first installment introduced us  to the terrifying screeching violins, and then gave us creepy spirits, and a wacky demon that was terrorizing a little kid. I gave it a 4/5 (way back in 2011!!!). Then came Insidious Chapter 2, which brought us the horrifying veiled old woman. Really scary stuff there, also earning a 4/5 from me. The franchise was off to a really strong start, until the third chapter. Insidious 3 went a little off the beaten path, and gave us the old man with the oxygen mask. It was a step back, and only earned a 3/5 rating. So I went into this one tentatively optimistic. Critics are giving this one poor reviews, but at the end of the day, it’s still a strong franchise. So let’s get into this latest chapter, in theaters now.

Insidious: The Last Key is a story centered around Elise (yes, that lady again). This time, we take a deeper look at her back-story. Her troubled past with an abusive father, combined with her early realization that she had a special ability to connect with the dead. Now, in the later years of her life, she uses those abilities to help others facing paranormal issues. But things turn awry when she receives a call from someone at an ominous address– her childhood home. Now she must confront all of the demons of her past… both living and dead. Eek (not the cat).

Get out your photo albums. We’re going back in time for A Closer Look.

Villain: An evil demon known to possess the inhabitants of a house to do sinister deeds.

How Do I Stop It?: Let’s just agree that you don’t want to encounter this guy. If you do, you won’t know it, and you’re going to become a much much worse person. Maybe it’s time to start a Deadite Buddy System. Let’s keep an eye on each other, people.

Lessons Learned: First thing’s first. When someone calls for help with some evil spirits, you can’t make too many assumptions about that person’s behaviors. That’s the easy one. But here’s the bigger lesson learned. And this is purely hypothetical, trust me. Let’s say your long-lost childhood friend shows up, and shows you a close memoir that you had lost years ago. And you decide to go get it, but in order to find it, you have to go into your childhood home, the place of horrible memories, and IT IS NOW A CRIME SCENE. If that’s the case, maybe just DON’T DO THAT YOU FREAKING IDIOT. *pulling hair out*

Who Do I Watch With?: The Insidious franchise really capitalizes on the paranormal/spiritual side of horror. So be sure to watch with someone who can take it seriously and enjoy it.

Movie Trivia: Not much trivia here, at least from IMDB. The only somewhat interesting fact is that this is actually a prequel to the first installment, and the end leads directly into Insidious.

Rating the Flick

Villain: 7/10. The baddie in this movie is pretty creepy, I have to say. The director makes good use of “teasing” the character for a while, to accentuate his design. And even when he comes into full view, he’s still pretty scary. Not to mention, his purpose is pretty damn dark.

Scare Factor: 7/10. Not gonna lie, I thought this was a pretty creepy movie. It had dark tones throughout the feature, and some very well-placed jump scares.

Gore Rating: Barely Bloody Machete (1/5)


As is the case with most spirit/demon movies, there’s not a ton of blood. There’s some creepy entities, sure. But in terms of pure bloodshed, not too much to fret about here.

Overall Rating: 4/5 Whistles


Da Whistles go WOOOO. I think Insidious returns back to its form here, putting out a solid horror flick. With that said, I think Insidious 2 still stands out as the definite best movie in this franchise, so I think that rating should have been higher. But this is a solid entry into the saga, and it’s a pretty creepy film. Something tells me this isn’t the last film in the series, but we’ll see if the franchise continues on. In the meantime, it looks like Blumhouse has a slate of horror coming up, so stay tuned for more spooky flicks.

That’ll wrap up this review of Insidious: The Last Key. If you’re looking for some chills that aren’t caused by the weather, definitely head to the theater to check out this movie. And as always, thanks to everybody who subscribes to the blog! Hopefully I’ll be back soon with more scares.

Until next time, lock those doors…



Posted in Zombie with tags , , , , , on October 23, 2017 by dtrain1008


Train to Busan

You guys… it’s EIGHT DAYS until the witching hour. That means it’s time to carve those pumpkins, get your candy situation together, and finish up those costume ideas. Oh, and of course, watch those scary movies. Welcome once again to the Unholy Cathedral, your source for scares. I recently went on a trip to Vegas with some friends, and I figured a 4-hour flight was a perfect opportunity to check out a scary movie. I’d heard a lot of positive things about Train to Busan, a Korean zombie movie (that’s currently streaming on Netflix). Admittedly, I’m not normally into foreign flicks. I think a lot of that is just because they don’t really hit my radar. But this one kept popping up, so I figured I’d give it a shot. And I’ll concede this.. after this one, I might have to broaden my scope for horror flicks. Anyway, let’s get down to business, and check out this Korean import.

Train to Busan is the story of a separated father, Yoo Gong, and his young daughter. He’s consumed by work and wealth. She’s just looking for a loving parent. So he agrees to take her on a train to see her mother. They board the train with a solemn air between them. However, as the train doors close, another girl boards the train, unbeknownst to the conductor. A very sick girl. And as the train departs, there is a scene of chaos at the train station… This is going to be a wild, wild ride.

All Aboard! We’re going in for A Closer Look.


How Do I Stop Them?: These are some baaad zombies. In the sense that you’re in real trouble, should this outbreak happen. These things are really fast, and really bitey. But you know what to do. Destroy the brain.

Lessons Learned: Well… the big lesson here is, don’t be a dick. Especially when you’re facing hordes of zombs. You need all the help you can get. But I’d say these Koreans really do a pretty good job fighting for their lives, given the circumstances.

Who Do I Watch With?: This movie is intense. So grab a good friend and a pizza, and enjoy this one. Make sure they’re okay with subtitles though.

Movie Trivia: Sohee, who plays the character Jin-hee, is an ex member of the famous K-POP group Wonder Girls. And if you’re not down with Wonder Girls, you’re clearly not up to speed with Korean Pop, loser. Seriously though, this movie is the 6th-highest grossing domestic film of all time in South Korea. Certainly better than their northern counterparts can produce!

Rating the Flick

Villain: 10/10. These might be the most intense zombies I’ve seen. Really really cool stuff. They’re simple in that they’re not the mostly-decayed farce that Walking Dead and others give us. Rather than trying to scare us with makeup, the director here instead scares us with really fast, aggressive zombies. It’s refreshing to see a well-done zomb.

Scare Factor: 6/10. The director here seems to make a deliberate choice not to go after the cheap jump scares, which I can appreciate. It’s always an in-your-face, heart-pounding scene. And I dig it.

Gore Rating: Moderately Bloody Machete (3/5)


For being an intense zombie movie, I actually thought the gore was a little lacking here. We don’t really get the gut-ripping, flesh-eating goodness that one expects in a movie like this.  A little unfortunate, but it’s not enough to bring this movie down.

Overall Rating: 4/5 Ozzys


This really is the Crazy Train. A really strong movie. I’d say this is definitely in my top 3 zombie movies (28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead). If you don’t mind subtitles, and you’re into zombie movies, this is a great one. I also read that this is the director’s first live-action movie, having done some animated films prior to this. And it’s a pretty strong debut, for sure. So there you have it. If you’re looking for something different, maybe give Train to Busan a spin. You likely won’t regret it.

Okay! I’m catching up on movies, and I still have one banked, so be on the lookout for that sometime this week. What’s everyone doing for Halloween? Is there anything extra spooky that I should know about? Any clever costume ideas that you’ve seen this year? Feel free to post in the comments, or tweet at me @UnholyCathedral! Happy haunting!

Until next time, brush your teeth.


The Unholy List – 2017 Version

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 4, 2017 by dtrain1008

Hey everybody! I’ve got a special update tonight, and it’s something that I probably should have done many, many moons ago. But better late than never, right? Yesterday, received a Twitter request from one of my most loyal followers (and if I’m being honest, he suggested I start this blog five years ago, so I owe him this at least). Anyway, he requested a list of all-time favorite horror movies to check out this season, as well as recommendations for anything available on streaming platforms. So this is going to be short and sweet, but here’s my lists.

Here are movies that I like, currently available on Streaming platforms.

Currently Streaming on Netflix

  • Children of the Corn (1984 Stephen King classic. Don’t be dumb like me, and accidentally watch the remake)
  • Odd Thomas – It’s a little comic book-y and not too scary, but I thought this was a pretty fun movie, and a decent watch for those who can’t handle the real scary stuff).
  • The Invitation – 2016 movie that will keep you guessing the whole time, and is a hidden gem in the genre.
  • Hellraiser – Clive Barker classic, and definitely one of my favorites. It’s definitely more on the grotesque side of horror, and the special effects are hokey, but the characters are iconic even today.
  • It Follows – Unique story about a monster that never stops pursuing its prey. Use protection, people.
  • The Babadook – Critically-acclaimed horror story about a child’s nightmare come to life. I thought it was pretty good, but I may have over-hyped it for myself.

Streaming on Other Services

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Amazon Prime) – If you’re not familiar… climb out of your nuclear bomb shelter please.
  • The Woman in Black (Amazon Prime) – Harry Potter goes to a haunted house
  • Saw (Amazon Prime) – The movie that started it all. The original film in the franchise is legitimately fantastic, if you haven’t seen it.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (Hulu) – Did you know Hannibal Lecter never says the line “Hello, Clarice?”
  • Hostel (Hulu) – This movie gets panned by a lot of people, but I actually think it’s a very clever, and very real-feeling horror movie.
  • The Amityville Horror (Hulu) – Another movie that you may see twice during this blog. Timeless scares in this movie based on a true story.

And now, without further ado… here’s the 2017 version of my Top 10 scary movies of all time… in no particular order.

  • Sinister
  • The Strangers
  • The Omen
  • The Amityville Horror
  • Alien
  • The Shining
  • The Thing
  • The Descent
  • The Conjuring (1 and 2)

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Orphanage
  • It (2017)
  • The Ring
  • Halloween
  • Evil Dead
  • Hellraiser

Let me know what you think of my list, and if you feel like something should be added or removed! And happy haunting, kids.

Until next time, enjoy the movies.



Night Terrors, or Lack Thereof

Posted in Other with tags , , , on September 30, 2017 by dtrain1008

it_comes_at_night_poster It Comes At Night

Alert! Alert! Two blog posts in as many weeks, and it’s not even October yet. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come. Welcome back, friends, followers, newcomers, and Deadites, to the Unholy Cathedral. Your source for not-often, mediocre horror reviews. So here’s my story from earlier this week. It was Tuesday evening, and I had a decision to make. Do I… a) Go see It again, because it’s so good, or b) see Mother!, which was getting some mixed reviews, to say the least? After debating for about a half hour, I realized I was running late, so rather than going out, I opted for choice c) rent a movie. I know.. my indecisiveness knows no bounds. But the good news for you is, you’re still getting an Unholy Review.

It Comes At Night was a movie that was pretty strong on my radar when it was in theaters, but I just never got around to seeing it. The trailer was cryptic enough, so as not to really give away much of anything. There’s a family in a rustic house, presumably isolated, and it seemed like something was trying to get in. And, for some reason they’re wearing gas masks. But it looked like a movie with potential to be really creepy, so it’s been on the “to do” list for a while. So I gave it a spin, and, well… …. …. it was weird. Let’s get into this thing.

It Comes At Night is the story of a family just trying to survive. In a post-apocalyptic world, this family is basically sent back to frontier times, living in a house deep in the woods. The grandfather of the family recently succumbed to a highly-contagious disease that presumably was the cause of humanity’s end, so the rest of the family is just trying to live out their days without getting sick. But one day, they’re faced with a new threat.. an outsider who stumbles upon their home. He seems honest enough, but trust is not something given lightly in this world. Only one thing to do… panic.

Put on your gas masks, we’re going to get down with the sickness and take A Closer Look

Villain: Hmm… this is a tough one. I think you could go a lot of ways here, so let’s just completely make 100% baseless assumptions about the disease that’s wiping out humanity. The villain is the evil corporations who couldn’t spare their beloved profit margins, thereby proliferating fossil fuel usage and poisoning our natural resources, resulting in a cataclysmic plague that killed most of the world’s population. Going with it. Disclaimer: This blog has no political affiliations, and this is a joke. Don’t get butthurt, kids.

How Do I Stop It?: Well, since I couldn’t decide on a villain, I definitely can’t decide on how to stop it. Just hope that we don’t see a cataclysmic plague any time soon.

Lessons Learned: I think this movie is a case of bad things happening to good people. Kudos to everyone for trying to make the most of their situation, and overall I think they handle it pretty well for the most part. Biggest lesson is probably this: once the apocalypse happens, there are no new friends. You’re on your own out there folks.

Who Do I Watch With?: If I’m being completely honest, if you’re thinking about watching this movie, I’d consider looking for a different one. Haha. But if you do, I’d watch with someone who won’t be mad at you for making them watch a weird (and not in a good way) movie.

Movie Trivia: I’ll say it this way… the quality of the movie trivia this time matches the quality of the movie. That should be a spoiler for you. But here’s the best I found: The painting shown at the beginning of the movie is entitled “The Triumph of Death.”

Rating the Flick

Villain: 0/10. So here’s the thing. I’ll compare this to The Walking Dead, since there’s some similarities there. It’s the apocalypse, everyone is kind of fending for themselves, and it’s tough to say who is “good” and who is “bad.” Let the record state, I think that show has become a horror dumpster fire. But that’s beside the point. In any case, there wasn’t a stand-out villain, and the conflict in this movie was lacking at best, so this is a well-deserved goose egg.

Scare Factor: 4/10. There’s a few parts that are suspenseful, and a little uneasy. Also, there are some strange dream sequences in this movie. Honestly, if it were not for those dream sequences, I don’t think this movie would even come close to being considered for this blog. Regardless, it’s not that scary, other than a few select scenes.

Gore Rating: Slightly Bloody Machete (2/5)


Again, if not for the dream sequences, this probably wouldn’t deserve any rating whatsoever, but there are a few moments of blood throughout, so it’s not a clean blade.

Overall Rating: 1/5 Riddler Question Marks


Because, seriously… what the hell is this movie? Throughout the movie I was trying to figure out the meaning of the dream sequences. There’s also a few very mysterious parts of the movie that seem like they’re going to become major parts of the plot… only to go nowhere at all. And then there’s that ending. What… why… UGH. This movie was frustrating. I very nearly gave it a zero, but I’m giving it a VERY slight benefit of a doubt. I think the idea was there, and I think the director wanted us to make our own interpretations. But this feels like more of a stinker than a thinker. And as I told a friend at work the next day… For a movie that’s titled It Comes At Night, there really aren’t many things that come at night. Or in the daytime, for that matter. Here’s to hoping that some of the movies this season live up to expectations better than this one.

That’ll wrap up this review of It Comes At Night. So today is the last day of September, which means that tomorrow a lot of tv channels are starting their Halloween programming. Keep your eyes peeled for plenty of spooky shows and movies on the air waves. I have to admit, a guilty pleasure of mine is Halloween Wars on Food network, where they have teams of confectioners & pumpking carvers making insanely-detailed scenes out of cake & candy. But if there’s anything you want to recommend, leave it in the comments!

Until next time, go see It


Let’s Go Floating

Posted in Clown, Strange Creature with tags , , , , , , on September 11, 2017 by dtrain1008



Kill! Me? Oh you are priceless, brat! I am eternal, child. I am the eater of worlds, and of children. And you are next!” Ah yes, the soothing words of our most feared clown foe still drive terror into today’s generation, and the Unholy Cathedral is opening its doors for the modern take on Stephen King’s classic. To those of you new to the blog, welcome. And to my Deadites, welcome back! Fall is creeeeeping up on us, and that means the scares and frights are abound. I’m declaring it. It’s officially Halloween season! And what better way to kick it off with the movie that just had the most successful opening weekend for a horror movie in history!

When I think back, it’s probably been 15 years since I’ve seen the original It, and honestly I only remembered the key points. And that’s a bit of a travesty, given Stephen King’s propensity toward details and character development. Pennywise is one of those characters that’s recognized far and wide, but at the same time might still be underappreciated. And I admit, when I first saw the reveal of what the “new gen” of Pennywise would look like, I was a bit skeptical. But that was quickly thrown out the window when I saw trailers, and for the first time in a while, I was genuinely excited for a new horror movie. Then the strong reviews came, and I knew I had to see this over the weekend. So grab some popcorn, and a nice b-b-b-balloon, and let’s float right in.

In the small town of Derry, a group of outcast children are preparing for the summer. It’s been months since Bill’s younger brother Georgie disappeared, but he’s refusing to give up searching, despite the suffering it’s bringing to his parents. Beverly has troubles of her own, both at school and at home, and is in need of a safe place. But she inadvertently becomes a beacon of hope to Ben, the new kid in school. As it happens, summer brings these kids and others together, where they soon realize that the school bully isn’t the biggest of their problems… It seems like there’s something more sinister in this small town, and more and more children are disappearing…

Let’s descend into the sewers, and take A Closer Look.

Villain: Pennywise, a sewer-dwelling clown-monster-thing that’s just up to no damn good. The sewer clowns are the ones you really gotta look out for, guys. Tell your friends.

How Do I Stop It?: Weellllll here’s the thing. The good news is, this guy isn’t around too often. The bad news is, he’s a pretty tough cookie. I recommend just getting the hell out of Derry, if you do encounter this guy. At a bare minimum, keep some sharp weapons on hand. In fact, just do that anyway. All the time. Well, maybe not. You get it.

Lessons Learned: It’s hard to knock these kids for being dumb. After all, they’re kids. But holy crap, there’s a time and a place to be tough. There’s ALSO a time and place where maaaaybe you should tell your parents that there’s a kid using knives on kids at school. But overall, I’m gonna throw some props to these kids, and also give them some balls. Because they’ve got gusto. Here are the props, and the balls. Also, I really played with fire there, when I image searched “balls.” I’m calling this a win.

props             balls

Who Do I Watch With?: I’m the first to admit, normally this part of the blog is completely pointless. But this time I think I actually learned something. You see, last night I was in a PACKED theater. Normally less than ideal, but everyone was well-behaved, so it was fine. But, on the way out, I had a group of high-schoolers behind me, who I’m sure were thinking this was their chance to see the movie that their parents have said was super scary when they were younger. And I overheard them talking about it, and the general vibe was along the lines of “Ehh, it was really slow, and I was just laughing all the time.” There’s one of two lessons here.. either this movie isn’t for everyone, or teenagers just don’t appreciate good films. Or they just don’t want to admit they got scared. I guess that’s 3. Either way, leave the high schoolers at home.

Movie Trivia: Wow… normally the Trivia section on IMDB only has one or two interesting things, but there’s a LOT of cool stuff on there for this movie. I recommend checking out the full list, but only after you’ve seen it. But I think one of the first entries is my favorite:

There are some scenes where Pennywise’s eyes divert in different directions. Originally the director had intended to accomplish this with CGI, but Bill Skarsgård (the actor portraying Pennywise) demonstrated he could do it on his own. And when I read this, I couldn’t believe it. That’s messed up/really impressive.

Okay. Time to get into the deepest part of this well. Rating the Flick

Villain: 10/10. Soooo good. So good. You guys. Skarsgård freaking nails it. Every part of this character was great. From the various facades of Pennywise, to his comical, yet terrifying rendition, this is really great stuff.

Scare Factor: 5/10*** I’ll throw a disclaimer out there here. Clowns don’t really scare me too much. But even with that said, I don’t think this movie is trying to scare the life out of you. It’s just a good, creepy movie, with some decent scares along the way.

Gore Rating: Moderately Bloody Machete (3/5)


When I first thought about this, I was going to go lower, but there are a few pretty graphic scenes in this flick, so consider yourself warned, if you’re squeamish.

Overall Rating: 5/5 Red Balloons


A rare perfect score, but I think this film deserves it. I’m seriously considering paying to see it again in theaters. It’s silly. It’s fun. It’s CREEPY. There’s some really dark themes explored throughout this movie, and we quickly realize that there’s more than one bad guy in Derry. With all that conflict, and a creep-ass clown on the loose, it makes for quite the tale, and I’d say this one was executed masterfully. Really strong flick, in my opinion. This might not be the reaction for everyone, but for this blogger, it hits a really high note. I strongly urge you, if you’re even considering seeing It, to see it before it leaves theaters. It’s worth the admission ticket. No pun intended.

So that’ll wrap up this review of It. I want to throw a shout-out to one of my fellow bloggers, the Lippkromancer, and his wife (the Jamekromancer? Jamityville Horror? Let’s work on this), on their new arrival! And hello to my new youngest Deadite! Years from now, he can look back at this review, and say, “Man that guy is full of beans.” But at least he’ll have it. Also, keep your eyes peeled, because this looks like it could be a strong season for horror movies. Anybody looking forward to any movies in particular? Leave a note in the comments! Also, now is the PERFECT time to recommend this blog to a friend, because you have my word… I’m going to be very active this season. And if you’re new, be sure to “Unleash Hell” on the top left, so my updates go straight to your e-mail! Let’s get some new Deadites! And go check out It, in theaters now.

Until next time, my children…