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365 Day Movie Challenge: Days 1 - 6

365 Day Movie Challenge: Days 1 - 6

Published on Tuesday, January 07, 2014 at 01:07AM

I started my challenge a few days into the year, so this first post contains the first six movies I have seen in 2014. From this point forward, it will be one post per day. :)

Day 1: Lovelace (5/10)

Linda Lovelace’s story is a sad one, and it deserved way better than this. Decent writing and a few standout performances couldn’t save it from the over all…bleh. It really felt like I was watching a 1980s made for tv movie.

Day 2: Contracted (6/10)

It’s a little gross, and borderline ridiculous at times, but I still enjoyed it. Parents: if you are looking for a movie that will scare your kiddies into waiting for marriage before having sex, this is it. ;)

Day 3: Boogeymen 2: Masters of Horror (7/10)

This was a decent horror documentary that focuses the “masters of horror” from the 70s and 80s. It’s narrarated by Bruce Campbell, and includes interviews with Dario Argento, John Landis, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, David Cronenberg and quite a few others. If you like horror from this era, definitely check it out.

Day 4: The Battery (7/10)

If I put together a list of my favorite horror movies from 2013, this would probably be in my top 10. Most Zombie movies are forgettable at best, so this movie was quite a surprise. I like zombie movies a lot, and this one ranks among the more memorable that I have seen. I really wish I had more time to go into detail, but it’s getting late. Basically, if you like zombie movies, you should see this. Heck, see it even if you don’t like zombie movies.

Day 5: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (6/10)

I’m not sure if they consider this Paranormal Activity 5, or a spin-off. It feels more like a spin-off to me. The story is a complete departure from the earlier films, and the choice to abandon the stationary camera angle was a good one. Overall, I liked it.

Day 6: Grotesque (5/10)

This movie was banned by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), so it peaked my interest. Simply put, most people should not see it. The gore and make-up effects are quite good, so if you are a gore hound, you may like it for that. That is pretty much where the redeeming qualities end. The entire movie basically consists of gore and torture and…that’s pretty much it.