thirty one days of horror

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October 1st, yesterday: *Gerald’s Game.* Quite good for a movie with about three actors, and a Netflix original. I heartily recommend. Having read the book years ago, I was intrigued to see how Netflix dealt with a plot which spent about 75% of its time on one woman trapped in one room with just her thoughts. I’m happy to report that the movie manages this brilliantly. The story is remarkably fast-paced and engaging when you consider this limitation; ignoring it, the movie exists as an impressive, cohesive, and yes, lingeringly terrifying tale of horror. – 2017; Netflix


October 2: 1) *The Reapening.* Biblical plagues and overly religious Southern towns. Pretty good, but the twist isn’t that surprising. Do recommend. – 2007; Hilary Swank; Netflix

2) *The Bar* – Spanish language horror comedy. Pacing is good, plot is twistingly interesting, and I enjoy the classic capsule episode feel. Sci-fi-esque and gov-conspiracy-lite, too. – 2017; Netflix

 

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WITCHING AND BITCHING

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Available on Netflix

THE QUICK & DIRTY DEETS

HONEST FILM SUBTITLE: “From Dusk Til Dawn but tighter, foreign, with witches.”

  • Status: 10/10
  • Horror Category: Dark Humor, Witches
  • Foreign Film w/English Subtitles; High CGI
  • High on Original Plot and Entertainment Value

THOTS

Witching and Bitching was great. Really, really, great. We are talking A+ material here.

At first I was a little unsure about the title because it sounded kind of trite, but then I decided “To hell with it!” It’d been a while since I checked the Netflix horror category (thanks, Shudder) and I hadn’t seen this title around before. Besides, witches? I like witches almost as much as I like haunted house movies. And almost right from the start, I was hooked.

How’s it like From Dusk Til Dawn? Well, for starters, the first half of the movie is an adventure/crime plot, and the supernatural stuff really gets going midway. That’s not a criticism; this plot choice works really well for both movies. Our criminals in both cases are trying to hop the border to avoid the law and run into trouble of a more unusual sort at border towns. Unexpected allies are made. And, of course, there’s an air of campy humor overlying some deadly serious foes.

But Witching and Bitching does some stuff better, I’d dare say, than Dusk Til Dawn (and for me, that’s saying something). One outstanding difference is the heft and strength of the enemy force: these witches are completely capable of giving our protagonists a run for their money, and the way the movie concludes is ultra-satisfying. Every victory feels true and earned. There’s also such a great wry, almost-campy but really morbid sense of humor running through the whole thing, whereas Dusk Til Dawn‘s taste veers a little more.

Witching and Bitching is a fantastic movie. I found it completely enthralling, and well worth the watch.