Week two of watching new movies is upon us and trying to rack up 31 new movies is becoming more difficult than I thought it would..
This week I started to watch new horror movies by myself because Tim and I have odd work schedules. I have faith we can do 31 new movies, and if we don’t, it’s okay because I’ve started to write again!
4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1995)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre:The Next Generation is a movie that is so bad that it’s good. It was directed by Kim Henkel, who wrote most of the movies in the franchise. With the backings of one of the franchise’s figureheads, the movie is a bad horror movie but still exists as a fun experience.
Addressing the events that take place in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its sequels, this installment is about four teenagers who ditch their prom and end up encountering infamous Leatherface and his deranged backwoods family. Don’t go into this movie expecting the terror of the first film and the fun terror that the Dennis Hopper sequel provided. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is not a scary movie and has humor that comes from the bad acting by everyone who isn’t Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, and Tonie Perensky. This installment introduces an odd subplot that is different than the cannibal motive the original introduced, which makes the film unsettling at points, but doesn’t create any horror like the original.
An element of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation that cannot go unnoticed is the amplified cross-dressing done by Leatherface. In the original movie, he’s terrifying. Nothing will ever send shivers down my spine like the first time Leatherface slammed that door in the original movie. Unfortunately I have to agree with critic Robert Wilonsky who states, “The Next Generation turns Leatherface into a cross-dressing Nancy boy who screams more than he saws.” I can appreciate, enjoy the psychology of Leatherface skinning and taking on the identities of those he’s killed, but when I watch a Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie I expect Leatherface to attack anyone and everyone with a chainsaw. In this movie it didn’t happen. All I got was a screaming person eyeing up their next identity.
I think this was one of the first movies I ever owned on DVD, and I never watched it. Do I regret watching it? No. Would I watch it again? I would. It’s an okay movie with fantastic acting done by McConaughey and occasionally a really beautiful shot or scene that sticks with you. Plus the ending references the original film which is always cool.
My Personal Rating: 3/5
5. Candyman (1992)
Based off the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker, Candyman is a slasher written and directed by Bernard Rose. The movie is about two graduate students (Virginia Madsen as Helen, and Kasi Lemmons as Bernadette) who are writing a thesis about urban legends, mainly the legend of Candyman, who becomes summoned by accident and begins to reek havoc on everyone’s lives. The movie also stars the horror icon Tony Todd, the titular Candyman, whose voice will chill your bones and give you nightmares for days afterwards.
The legend of Candyman goes that he was once the son of a slave who was an artist, he fell in love with one of his muses and because of her race had his hand cut off and was stung to death by bees. To summon him you have to repeat his name five times into a mirror and then he’ll appear with a large hook and gut you.
This movie ended up being everything I wanted it to be and more. “Bloody Disgusting” has it as one of the top 13 slasher movies in history, and states how it’s “brutal, merciless, and unrelenting.” Watching Helen and Bernadette dive deeper into the myth, and Helen eventually going even deeper, kept me at the edge of my seat while watching. The film mixes psychology and gore into a beautiful piece of horror that deserves to be watched by everyone who appreciates the genre. The pacing of it works nicely especially as you watch Helen descend deeper into madness proving Candyman is real. The only reason why this movie may not get a true 5/5 from me is because I did expect a little more gore, but that’s just me nitpicking.
Jordan Peele is producing a sequel that might star Tony Todd in his iconic role and will also star Lakeith Stanfield from Sorry to Bother You. I’m very excited to see that film, and I plan to seek out the sequels. Even if they don’t live up to what the original. I mainly want to watch Tony Todd gut people because he’s badass.
My Personal Rating: 4.5/5