Saturday, December 31, 2016

In Regards to 2016...

I have to admit, a lot of things had happened in this year. Many celebrity deaths (Angus Scrimm and David Bowie hitting me hardest) Numerous disasters and terror attacks. Donald Trump actually winning presidency. Harambe. Some (if not a lot) of people are calling it the worst year EVER and I guess, by reading the title of this post, you're thinking I'm joining the bandwagon regarding 2016 being the worst, correct?
We will miss you, "Major Tom"!
Well, personally, it was just another year and I thought it was...just there.

I guess that's one advantage of living a partially dull life focusing solely on filling my belly, helping my folks with the bills, exercising enough brain power and motivation to go and live through work, and enjoying my personal hobbies as I tend to block out a lot of things around me and just try to live a life best suited to my needs and wants. Yes, I am aware what is happening around me will and always affect my life, and yes there were some personal struggles I went through this year, but what year hadn't? By focusing on the positives, no matter how big or small it is, I believe I got around quite okay and I am looking forward to doing the same next year.

Now, as a horror blogger, I have to also admit that I hadn't watched a lot of horror flicks this 2016. I believe 2016 was the year I toned down on the horror movies and instead got my horror fix by listening to Youtube narrations of Reddit Let's Not Meet stories and creepypastas. It's mostly due to the fact that I somehow began busying myself with my comic project back at my Deviantart page and I was aiming to do enough strips for a book. Whenever I did got into watching horror movies, though, I was careful and selective, meaning I read through the feedbacks first before heading on and actually seeing the movie, so I kinda cheated my way into the good films and almost left out the bad.
What I was busying myself with...

"Almost" as  I  did managed to see some stinkers like Stephen King's Cell, Before I Wake, Cabin Fever (2016), Friend Request (2016), Smothered (2016) and Light's Out, all of which mishandled potentials, save for Light  that I honestly thought was too generic for my liking. So I still made a few slip-ups on my end, but compared to the number of decent horror movies I saw in turn, I'm gonna say that horror this year, just like my feeling for this year as a whole, was just "okay".
The short was scary. This movie was just "meh".
Ghostbusters 2016 didn't suck as bad as a lot of people made it out to be. Shin Gojira is still a passable watch despite too much SciFi babble and too many characters roaming around. Rob zombie got his old school mojo back with his new movie 31. The Purge 3 is still action packed and interesting. The Conjuring 2 turns out to be a good popcorn companion.  Hush is a simplistic yet effective as home invasion survival horror. Director Fede Alvarez struck genius once again with Don't Breathe. The Shallow is the next greatest shark film for me, next to Jaws. Train to Busan sortah revived my interest in zombie flicks. Fender Bender (2016) was great as a fun throwback slasher flick. The Autopsy of Jane Doe was a passable supernatural thriller. Bodom's twist and turns actually satisfies.
I don't care what the haters say, you gals did alright!
I have a lot more titles I saw under 2016 that I wanna point out as good, if not great, such as non horror flicks like Marvel's  Doctor Strange and the surprisingly fun action flick The Accountant but long story short, I managed to enjoy a lot of this, so much so that I am still planning to see other 2016 titles that got my interest (The Barn and Wolves at the Door being my top priorities.)
The slasher monsters from The Barn. Awesome?!
Am I excited for 2017? Hell yeah! The Mummy reboot, the feature length Terrifer (2017), SAW: Legacy, Get Out!, Keep Watching, The Dark Tapes, the It reboot, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Kong: Skull Island (2017), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Spiderman: Homecoming, The Lego Batman Movie, so much interesting titles coming up and I can't wait to try as much as I can. I know it's not gonna be easy, both this and living through my life, but again, whose life was ever easy? Best thing we can do right now is to look forward to something better and brighter! So, with this being said, goodbye 2016...

And HELLO, 2017!


  1. I didn't get much watched this year either, and what I did watch... not the greatest assemblage of films (http://www.imdb.com/list/ls031404383/).

    Ah, well, guess I'll echo everyone else's sentiments and say that maybe 2017 will be better? A little something that I've been working on (http://www.imdb.com/list/ls066385098/) has already given me quite a few ideas for things to watch in whatever presumably scant free time I get.

    1. hehe, "Necronomi-cum"! That's punny!

      Anyways, nice foreign slasher list! I didn't even know Air terjun pengantin has a sequel. 8U

    2. Parodies being punny is definitely a dying art. Nowadays it's all lameness like "This Ain't _____" or "_____ XXX"

      And yeah, a couple of surprises there, like that Egyptian slasher that I had to Google Translate a lot of Arabic to find anything out about (I eventually found the whole thing on YouTube, though - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okYWGhQlx8I)

      Still finding more, like two Dutch ones (one of them some kind of homage to/rip-off of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre called "Lenteveld") the other day. FUN!

    3. Recently I got Villmark. That was kinda weird but I love the tension and the little twist to the killer.

      Others include The Cinderella, The Last Coffin, NH10, Dhund: The Fog, Camp (thanks to you) and Konak. I luckily found subtitle SRTs for both Dhund and Konak, but any luck for Camp?

    4. I don't think subtitles (official or otherwise) exist for it.

      So, I guess it's a blind (deaf?) watch.

      But these might provide a little context, or at least character names... if you don't mind Google Translate garble.

      * http://tarstarkas.net/2011/06/camp/
      * https://translate.google.ca/translate?hl=en&sl=ar&u=https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%25D9%2583%25D8%25A7%25D9%2585%25D8%25A8_(%25D9%2581%25D9%258A%25D9%2584%25D9%2585)&prev=search
      * https://translate.google.ca/translate?sl=ar&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.elcinema.com%2Fen%2Fwork%2F1011334%2Fcast&edit-text=&act=url

      SPOILER: I THINK the killer is avenging the date rape and accidental death of his girlfriend (who he has hallucinations of) at a party.