Weekly update: The good, the bad and the gory

Greetings, Gothamites!

I have had an interesting week in horror with 3/4 of the films I’ve seen being from the horror genre and one western. Not all of them were good, but the main thing is that they were all very different and caused many different reactions.


Movie — Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

I enjoyed Happy Death Day but wasn’t sure how well a sequel could be executed. I was pleasantly surprised to find Happy Death Day 2U is as fun as the first and the plot keeps the momentum going from the first without a hitch.

There are jokes that hark back to the first film, but they don’t feel stale and there’s still enough new content to keep it feeling fresh. I especially loved that the main characters and cast from the original film returned as it gave the film even more continuity with its predecessor.

A big tick from me for fans of horror comedy. Make sure to check out the Happy Death Day first to get full enjoyment out of Happy Death Day 2U.


Movie — Escape Room (2019)

Escape Room is a fun puzzle horror film where a group of strangers are brought together to escape the inescapable. As the film reveals why, the characters are developed well and the plot draws the viewer in far more than other similar films.

Escape Room does lose some credibility because there are a lot of aspects that are predictable and this isn’t helped by the beginning spoiling a majority of the results. There are also parts of the ending that feel quite weak. 

But despite that, Escape Room is a good film that is entertaining and well made. I don’t see it being super memorable but it’s worth a look if you love smart mainstream horror.


Movie — The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Visually, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a beautiful film. In terms of content though, the anthology film has no continuity that ties it together, except for all of the short films being set in the Old West. So I found myself left with a couple of average short films and a few that I found to be quite dull all of which seem disjointed from the last. 

The acting is good, the cinematography is great and the landscapes are stunning. But my trajectory for watching The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ instalments went from “interesting but what the $#%& was up with that ending” to “good but pointless” then the following three were various degrees of “boring and pointless”.

I love the absurd in most cases. But unless you are a ride or die Coen Brothers fan or really enjoy pointlessly absurd tales, I would give this one a hard pass.


Movie — Terrifier (2016)

Clowns are at least a little scary to most people without needing an overabundance of gore or “torture porn” to make them an effective horror device. So I don’t understand why so many clown-based horror films get it so wrong.

Terrifier starts off well with an eerie vibe, a creepy killer and a couple of potential victims. But from there it completely devolves into a ridiculous splatterfest with no horror nuances whatsoever. The gore was for the sake of being gory, the plot is non-existent, and there is no reason for any of the characters to be likeable or relatable — least of all their inability to do even the most common sense of things.

And the ending is stupid af to boot. 

Give me a ghost, some jump scares or a psycho with even the flimsiest of motives (Myers, I’m looking at you) and I would be far happier than I am when it’s just a gorefest with no substance or cheese.

If you love films like House of 1,000 Corpses, Wolf Creek and similar, then you may very well enjoy Terrifier, but it’s just not something that I find to be entertaining horror.


That’s it from me for this week’s Weekly Update! What’s your favourite clown movie, Gothamites? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

– CJ

2 replies »

  1. I wondered about Buster Scruggs, as it’s gotten some press around Oscar time. And I LOVE the kitty knocking everything off the dresser. And I don’t like clowns so “favorite” is not my word. But I do like the IT movies and book.


    • That cat is my spirit animal more often than I should admit 😂

      Great choice in clown literature/film! I’m really looking forward to the second chapter of IT this year.


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