The Terror review

Based on Dan Simmon’s book from 2007 by the same name, “The Terror” is a fictionalized account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror to the Arctic, in 1845–1848, to locate the Northwest Passage. Lead by Sir John Franklin and the Royal Navy officer Francis Crozier, and with a crew of 128 men, both ships get stuck in the ice and they find themselves isolated many miles from the outside world. They try to blow up some of the ice with dynamite, without much luck. As members of the crew starts dying from scurvy, tuberculosis and lead poisoning, they also find themselves hunted by an Arctic monster called “Tuunbaq”, which is a creature resembling a polar bear.

The Terror review

“The Terror” has a season of 10 episodes, and Ridley Scott is one of the producers. I’ll admit there are few movies or tv-series that manages to get under my skin these days, but “The Terror” managed to do so. There’s a thick atmosphere with lots of suspense and meat on its bones, and the landscape of ice and nothing-ness really gives a grim and isolating look, and it’s so well done that you can barely see what’s green screen and what’s not. Costumes and scenery are rich with details which also lifts the realism up a few notches and matches the time period. The acting is also great, especially by Jared Harris as the alcoholized Francis Crozier who eventually needs to get his act together and figure out a plan on how to get the rest of the crew back to civilization.

Some additional facts from the true story: Franklin’s wife assembled a search party in 1845 without finding any traces of the ships or the crew, and there were multiple searches since then. Many years later, in 1980-90, several remains were found and exhumed, and the mummified remains showed evidence of severe lead poisoning, and cut marks and polishing of bones indicated cannibalism. As late as 2014, one of the ships were found in the Victoria Strait area north of Canada, which was later revealed to be HMS Erebus. In 2016, they also found HMS Terror. Better late than never…but even if both ships were found, much of the tragic story behind the expedition remains a mystery.

The series are available at Primevideo.

We went to see this little horror movie gem, after wanting to find out what all the fuss was about. I’m actually going to be honest – when I saw the first trailer for the movie, I was put off by the thought of a completely silent movie with (I presumed) a ton of jump scares. I’m glad I still went to see it on the big screen, though!

First of all, the movie is not completely silent, so yes, you can eat your popcorn without everyone hearing it. There’s background music and sound effects, and while there are a few moments where everything is so silent you’d be able to hear someone at the first row lit a fart, the movie does contain enough music and ambient noises to feel like…a normal movie, actually.

Now, over to the premise of the movie: set in an apocalyptic world, we meet a family on a scavenging hunt. We learn early on that there are monsters out there that can’t see, but have an incredible hearing, which explains why they don’t speak and don’t make any noise. It doesn’t take long for one of the monsters to show us viewers how devastating and quick the effect can be if you make them hear you, which makes us understand exactly why the family is so paranoid about making the slightest sound.We follow the family over time (a timespan over multiple years) and how they try to survive in a world where every little noise can be deadly…

A very exciting movie with a fresh take on apocalyptic horror.

Fun fact: the father in the movie is played by the director himself (who was also a co-writer of the manuscript), and the mother is played by his real wife.

My new mousepad arrived today (from Spreadshirt) and it looks awesome!

Mousepad

Mousepad

Sometimes, you just watch a movie and the first thing that comes to your mind is: “what the fuck am I watching..?”

Some movies can be really weird, crazy, funny and just absolutely mind-fucking. Get ready for a little list of some of the weirdest movies I have seen so far.

 

1. Hausu

Hausu (1977)

“Hausu” (House) is a Japanese movie from 1977, where a schoolgirl and her friends decide to travel to her aunt’s house in the country. It starts off like a cute movie where all the girls have simple names resembling their character (like “Mac” who is chubby and eats a lot of hamburgers, Kung Fu who is good at martial arts, and so on). Then it all gets weird quickly. The house is haunted by a ghost who likes to devour virgins, and the girls are killed in all kinds of hilarious ways (like eaten by a piano!). And of course, the famous scene of the white cat “playing” the piano. It’s hard to explain all the weirdness in this movie, you must kind of see it to believe it.

 

2. Benny’s Badekar

Benny's Badekar (1971)

“Benny’s Badekar” (Benny’s Bathtub) is a Danish animated movie from 1971. A young boy named Benny lives with his parents. His father is occupied working, and his mother is occupied with friends. Thus, Benny must use his imagination to have fun. After capturing a tadpole (with a totally weird scene with a bird watcher first!) he brings it back home and puts it in his bathtub, and then the tadpole takes him underwater to a magical land filled with dangerous sharks, a pesky octopus, a megalomanic crab and singing (nude!) mermaids. And of course, the singing skeleton pirates that brags about whose mother was worse. Fun!

 

3. Tetsuo

Tetsuo (1989)

More weirdness from Japan! This is the kind of movie where you don’t know what you’re watching during the entire movie, and don’t really know what the hell you just watched after it’s finished. The story goes like this: a businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal. I really have no idea how to explain this movie any further…

 

4. Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos (1972)

This is a movie I’m never going to watch again, and it is truthfully the most disgusting movie I’ve ever seen. Story: Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine (a transvestite) goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as “The Filthiest Person Alive”. If you’re into disgusting things like seeing people drooling all over a room, and someone literally eating a dog’s shit (just to mention a couple of things) then all right, go ahead. This movie is more disgusting than it’s weird, but it really belongs to this list anyway. Bon Appétit!

 

5. Taxidermia

Taxidermia (2006)

A weird little  Hungarian gem, “Taxidermia” is a movie from 2006 that is for the most part a black comedy with some really twisted scenes. The film is told by the perspective of three men from the same family: a soldier with a huge sexual need, an extremely obese man that loves to participiate in eating contests, and one who becomes a taxidermist. Weird and a bit artsy.

 

6. The Three Cabballeros

The Three Caballeros (1944)

When you think of “weird movies”, I suppose no one is really thinking about any Disney movie to pop up on such a list. But this one really belongs there. Made in 1944, in this live-action animated movie Disney goes far more surrealist than they ever did in “Alice In Wonderland”. Donald receives a present for his birthday, which starts off the movie with some animated shorts (which are cute and fun), then Panchito and José joins the party and everything goes wild with surrealistic surroundings and music. Whatever those animators were smoking during the production of this film, I think I’d like to try some of it…

 

7. Paperhouse

Paperhouse (1988)

“Paperhouse” is a drama/fantasy movie from 1988, where a young girl is bored from her real life and meets a boy in a surreal dream world, consisting mainly of a house she once drew in one of her school books. She soon discovers that there are links between her dreamworld and reality, and soon her dreams turns into nightmares. This movie has a really weird atmosphere and feeling to it, weird and surreal.

 

8. Begotten

Begotten (1990)

An horror/fantasy/art house flick from 1990, written and directed by E. Elias Merhige, who later made one of my favorite films, “Shadow of the Vampire”. “Begotten” is an alternative, gory retelling of Genesis, starting with a scene where God is sitting alone in a cabin, disemboweling himself to death with a razor blade. From his remains, Mother Earth emerges and uses God’s semen to make herself pregnant, wanders out in an obscure landscape where the pregnancy manifests itself to “Son of Earth”. The visual aspect of the movie is the most interesting. Filmed in grainy black and white with ambient noises makes this a haunting, nightmarish piece of art you’ve probably never seen the likes of before. Watch this in a dark room at three at night or in a heavy hangover to get the best viewing experience.

An old redneck hillbilly enjoying his rillo, beer/moonshine and Second Amendment.

Old Redneck

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