Garrett and Carson don’t exactly float too while talking about It Chapter Two.
Child’s Play is a movie franchise about a 29 inch tall toy doll named Chucky who kills people. Pretty straight forward premise. There have been seven Child’s Play movies proceeding this reboot. Unlike many of the slasher horror movies, Chucky desperately needed to press the reset button. It was a reboot that was needed, not a re-imagining. Especially not when the re-imagining changes what makes Chucky a unique and interesting character.
Child’s Play brought in Mark Hamill to voice the new iteration of Chucky. They changed the design of the doll which makes you wonder why anyone would buy this creepy thing in the first place. They “aged-up” Andy in the remake to 13 from 6 years old. All of these changes would have been acceptable had they kept what made Chucky the Chucky we know and love. Instead, these changes were made to fit a new narrative in an attempt to be more relevant in today’s society. It became another generic warning of where society and technology is going.
Child’s Play relies on a few gruesome murder scenes to carry the heavy lifting of this film. A bit of humor and pop-culture references are sprinkled throughout, but not enough to distract me from the absence of the core of the original. The Child’s Play for a new generation will be forgotten soon and I hope the next attempt will get back to the basics.
An R rated Evil Superman origin story?! What an amazing concept for a horror movie. That alone got me in the seat. Who is in it? I didn’t care. Who directed it? I didn’t care. Trailer? No need. Brightburn sold me at “Evil Superman”.
Everyone knows (should know) the Superman origin story. Alien baby sent to Earth. He crash-lands into a field in Kansas. He is found by two loving farmers who decided to raise him as their own. Johnathan and Martha Kent instill the values of “Truth, Justice and the American Way” into their young son. Eventually, he decides to use his powers to help those who cannot help themselves. He becomes the beacon of hope for the world.
Brightburn asks, “What if things went a little differently?” You now have a 12 year old boy with all the powers of Superman who is evil… for some reason. And that is where Brightburn lacks. The writers completely missed what made Superman good, and in turn, what could have made Brightburn evil. It had all the potential in the world to be truly epic, and they went the lazy, generic route instead. The world tends to let horror movies off the hook when it comes to motivations and good storytelling, but I hold anything that deals with Superman to a higher standard.
If you are looking to watch a horror movie solely for the “death scenes”, Brightburn may just be the movie for you. If you are looking for a good “what if?” type superhero movie that you can really sink your teeth into, this will leave you disappointed. So temper expectations, close off your brain, and enjoy the ride!
Us has all the right components to be an all-time great horror movie. Great concept, wonderful cast, superb directing, and an unforgettable score. Jordan Peele’s sophomore outing did almost everything right; except for the writing. Peele sacrificed his script and concept in an attempt to drive home his social message of class inequality.
Us gave us one of the most brilliant and terrifying trailers I have ever seen. Using a creepy version of “I Got 5 on It” in the trailer and in the movie itself was a stroke of genius. It set the stage to be the horror movie of a generation. Regrettably, the movie lost the horror vibe after the first 30 minutes. In what was done so seemingly effortlessly in Get Out, gave Peele major issues in Us. Us spent the remainder of the run-time seeking to force his message into the story which only creates questions and plot holes throughout.
I am excited for Jordan Peele’s next outing as he has proven he is a very capable director with many fresh new ideas. Unfortunately, until then we are left to wonder what Us could have been if he had just set out to make a great horror movie.