Posts Tagged ‘scary’

So for a Halloween treat I decided to hire a random film from On Demand. Flicking through I spotted it, expecting the usual cheesy rubber monster or bad CGI but at least it was going to be something new to waste some time on.

I didn’t really have a clue about what the plot was, I’ll try not to spoil anything in this review but I apologise if I inadvertently should. Basically the premise is that a bunch of
teens end up taking a somewhat dodgy tour around Pripyat, the nuclear plant explosion is well known so a quick youtube search will give you amply footage (or check my previous blog for more details about it).

For one reason or another, the tourists and their guide go via an alternative entrance to the area. They find themselves bypassing a rather freaky looking fish on the side of the contaminated river and then land in the town. The history the guide gives is brief but pretty much a quick bite size low-down to tell you how it ended up abandoned. Pripyat footage is stunning in this; I thought the location was a great one including a scene where the Reactor in the background is pointed out from a window in a block of flats. There was a little jumpy bit at the river with the fish but it’s not until things start to go wrong that it kicks into real “life” suspense.

Now I know a lot of people love to give massive criticism to the influx of these types of horrors but firstly, it’s not done in that overused Blair Witch/Cloverfield style.  Personally however I have to say I liked Cloverfield too, but the camera angles are mixed and the lighting used in what I thought was a clever approach of claustrophobia and strange noises. To begin with it looked like it was nature fighting back, dogs in the area scavenging a rather fun section with a bear and then it started to kick into live going very wrong for everyone involved.

My plus points on the film? Okay the fact you don’t see stupidly created models that make it all too fake, no arbitrary bloody scenes of gore that meant nothing in the face of the fears they were supposed to be enacting. The scenes with the dark lighting and the confusion from their actors when they are without a guide and the slow decline of health of the party all made it feel very scary. (I was alone with the lights out too, go me!)

The downsides? Well I guess some parts of the acting weren’t too strong as I didn’t really get too attached to the characters or their stories. The dark shots got a bit annoying at times as they were pretty dark, I am sure I could adjust the settings on my TV but that would have made the other scenes too bright. The ending felt a little bit rushed but I guess the counter argument to that would be that it was meant to be that way due to the events of the story.

Overall I think I’d watch it again if it came up and I wouldn’t put this down as a bad movie, and yes I have seen some terrible ones. I think if you like that type of film you’ll probably enjoy it like I did but if you are already looking at it from a downside you’ll just pick holes and flaws with it. My opinion for a mark out of 5 would be 4/5 purely because when I watched it on my own I did jump a couple of times and the things chasing them were far more realistic than a rubber costumed robot.

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Previous entry regarding the Slenderman has brought me to decide to bring a new game to the attention of the bloggers/readers passing by.

So the short game is this one: SLENDER 

Firstly I would like to let people know I am by NO means a pro-gamer, nor will I ever care to be. Horror gaming is something I have enjoyed as yet another additional to the “OMG that’s scaring me”

Don’t expect amazing graphics, do expect to crap yourself. If you turn off the lights and concentrate you’ll soon be immersed. The simplicity is actually what makes this highly addictive. A bit like pacman, who didn’t love just running around trying to avoid the ghosts? And if you’ve never played pacman you may wish to google it to understand what I am talking about (on and make me feel old).

Sometimes the oldies are the best, here goes!

John Smith was an only child and he loved scary things, such was his love of these things that he pranked and scared other people on the net where he could. John lived in Plainfield, Wisconsin and come November 2007 he got an e-mail from two girls, the Smith Sisters, Lisa and Sarah.

They claimed to be his older sisters and said they used to live in the house. He replied saying he had no sisters and to be left alone. The reply had a photo of them both, it said they had been murdered anonymously. An article about the two sisters was provided from 1993, saying they had been found in the closet skinned alive.

“In 1993, two sisters were brutally murdered in the small-town community of Plainfield, Wisconsin. Lisa Smith, 19 and her sister, Sarah Smith, 15 were attacked in their parent’s home on the night of November 17th, around 1:30AM. The Smith Sisters were lying in bed when a crazed killer broke into the house. No-one heard them scream. In the morning, their parents found the dead bodies of the Smith Sisters hidden in the bedroom closet. They had been skinned alive. The killer was long gone and no trace of him could be found. They had been murdered anonymously. Police conducted an extensive investigation, but to no avail. The motives for the attack were never discovered, nor was the attacker ever found. The only lead athorities had was a series of strange emails found in Lisa’s computer. The case was closed in October of 2000.”

The sisters were angry at being forgotten, that their parents had replaced them with the new baby, John. John told them to go to hell but five minutes later on an e-mail came to tell him to check the closet and that was the last e-mail he got, it was also the last time he was known to be alive. On the floor of his closet the police found a message carved in wood, “Lisa and Sarah – 1993” and under it “John 2007”.

No one knows what happened but John’s parents woke up to find him missing and in the closet was John. He had been skinned alive!

So does the story have any roots from reality? Ed Gein was an American Serial Killer who murdered people and decorated his house with body parts. He has a far more frightening tale, because he was real.

(picture from scaryforkids.com)

Now DO NOT watch this if you have a weak constitution, you’re very easily upset or you are going to find yourself feeling uneasy about this. I am warning you because I personally love and adore animals but curiosity has got the better of me…

The link will be at the bottom but it’s up to you, please do not say I haven’t warned you.

The main bulk of why I posted this is actually more to do with it being Vintage footage, whilst a little gruesome in nature it also has some very interesting information.

The footage I picked was a particular man, Sergey Sergeyavich Bryukhonenko, he was a Soviet Scientist during the Stalin era. His research was vital to the development of open heart procedures in Russia, but he is primarily remembered for a machine – the autojektor.

Basically it was a primitive heart and lung machine, the device was used with various results on canines and can also be seen in the video below.  He was posthumously awarded the Lenin Prize.

The video is in the public domain and can be downloaded as part of the Prelinger Archives, the version I watched was English dubbed and it’s a very controversial watch.

I think the most poignant part for me would be at what point is a display of science more about the shock value than the actual use? Clearly we’re looking at a very old video, it’s from the 1940’s but you can clearly see that this is something akin to Frankenstein but the reality makes it more shocking, of course that’s if you believe it to be real.

These kind of things can vastly turn into an outcry about the hideous behaviour, how could they! Well lets be honest this isn’t today’s world we’re looking back at people who most likely felt this was the best approach. The only thing I would say is that I am glad it is not something I was part of.

Part One

Part Two