Session 9 (2001)
I am a sucker for a movie that messes with your mind which is probably why I love ghost stories so much. This movie is a hidden gem and I am always shocked when people say they have never even heard of it. It’s about an asbestos cleaning crew that take on a job at an abandoned mental institution. While investigating the building, one of the crew discovers some old session tapes. These tapes set the tone as tension builds and the men begin to argue amongst themselves. If you haven’t seen this movie and are in the mood to be terrified, curl up and throw this pick the tube. Just make sure to turn the lights out.
4.5/5 session tapes
Ginger Snaps (2000)
We have a bit of werewolf fever in the Pullin household. Last week we watched Dog Soldiers, and this week Gary decided to throw on Ginger Snaps. Unlike the testosterone driven Dog Soldiers, Ginger Snaps is really about sisterly love. When B’s sister Ginger, who happens to be her only friend and protector, is suddenly attacked during a full moon, B takes it upon herself to try and set things right. Ginger doesn’t make things easy, however, with her wanton behaviour and sudden liking for bloody meat. A sister’s bond is deep but is it strong enough to survive the curse of being a lycanthrope?
3/5 dead photos
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
What I love about this movie is that it is just overflowing with archetypes. You have three women (the maiden, mother and crone) who unknowingly summon their perfect man. So what if he happens to have a bit of a darkside. Throw in a dash of small minded townspeople who are threatened by women who dare break from the status quo and you have the setting for a perfectly dark fairy tale. As these women grow into their power they begin to realize that you must be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.
3.5/5 cherry stems
Kingdom of Spiders (1977)
While I was home sick on Friday I decided to curl up and watch Kingdom of Spiders. I knew nothing about it, other than the fact that we owned it and it starred William Shatner. Of course I had to watch it. The story itself was a fairly typical spider movie about arachnids wreaking havoc in a farm community. I am sure you’ve seen its ilk elsewhere. But what this movie does have is that perfect 70’s heartland America vibe with a the faded, sun-drenched look, big open country and Shatner as a cowboy vet. Sure he uses his condescending and chauvinistic charms to seduce the attractive big city scientist who is helping him solve the spider case.But that’s just Shatner being Shatner. It’s a fun watch but not great cinema.
1.5/5 killer spiders