Sounds Like – Masters of Horror – Rating 3 out of 5

Sounds Like – Masters of Horror – Rating 3 out of 5

Predictable but still somewhat interesting, Sounds Like has an interesting premise but doesn’t really deliver a whole lot. It’s an interesting view of the world from the point of view of someone who can hear almost everything. Rain drops are a pounding menace, knives on a plate are deafening and the ticking of a clock can drive you mad. The sounds of Larry’s world are driving him mad and he’s starting to take steps to stop them.

This movie will make you think more than it will scare you. The amplified sounds of everything around you will be interesting and perhaps a little hair-raising when you realize what they are. But overall this movie is more like Office Space gone mad. Larry works at a tech support call center and it’s almost hard not to laugh at how close they have nailed the scenes. Larry is a jackass of a manager concerned with the tone of the voice and how long the call lasts. People hate him because of how he treats everyone and how he seems to hear everything.

Larry hates everyone because of the noises they make and because he’s lost his son. We see through the flashback scenes that Larry loved his son and their relationship was a solid one.

But without any particular reason (or is he just sinking after his wife says she wants another baby and then claims she’s pregnant) his hearing becomes more acute and he begins to hear everything – rain drops, knives on plates, knitting needles rubbing back and forth, the buzz of a light bulb, his wife’s eyes moving as she sleeps.

He begins to lose his grip and all he wants is a little piece and quiet. If it makes noise he needs to stop it. So he goes on an all out rampage to make the noises stop. Pretty much everything in his house gets destroy including his wife. He goes even further to make it so he can’t hear the noises.

Despite the lack of depth to any of the characters, very little suspense, and simple plot which really doesn’t go anywhere Chris Bauer does a great job with the role. His facial expression, the tone of his voice, his manners are all well executed. But overall this is a decent but far from great installment in this series.

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The Washingtonians – Masters of Horror – Rating 2 out of 5

Absurd and ridiculous pretty much sums this one up. In essence we have the story of George Washington as a cannibal and a secret society that will do anything to keep that secret.

The movie starts of fine with a timid little girl in an old house which she feels is creepy. Shadows around every corner, creepy pictures and sheets covering items in the basement give plenty of reasons for her to jump. And during one of her jumps a painting gets knocked down and a note gets revealed which very briefly sums up that Washington was a cannibal. Why you would write something like that I have no idea, but there it is.

The townspeople find out about the note and their legend seems to be close to being exposed. How 3 sentences on a sheet of paper would actually be enough to cause this sort of exposure is beyond me, but they feel it to be a real threat.

The townspeople proceed to dress in period costumes complete with white faces and crazy wigs and threaten to kill the family if they don’t get the note. What ensues is a poorly acted, completely absurd plot of actions that just don’t have any basis in reality. And what they lack in plot they make up for in dinner scenes designed to depict eating human flesh with blood dripping down their faces complete with blood soaked clothes and napkins. It’s gross to be sure, but it’s so over the top it becomes comical. Watching people suck on intestines does have a gross out factor but when they start to suck it up like spaghetti it looses its scare factor.

There is little to like about this story. It has great sets and the costumes look authentic, but the movie is just too silly to cause a good scare. It would have been better to try make this a dark comedy or spoof.

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After Dark Horrorfest on sale at BestBuy for $4.99

BestBuy is having a huge sale on their After Dark Horrorfest DVD collection. They have 7 of them on sale for $4.99 each. Just in time for Halloween! Looks like “The Abandoned” didn’t make it on the list and is still regular price. Bastards! :)

Dark Ride
The Gravedancers
Wicked Little Things
The Hamiltons
Penny Dreadful

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Masters of Horror – $4.99 at BestBuy

BestBuy is having a huge sale on their Master of Horror DVD collection. They have over 20 of them on sale for $4.99 each. Just in time for Halloween! I grabbed several of these. I just watched “The Black Cat” which I thought was quite good.

The sale will probably end pretty quick so you might want to pick these up while you’re getting your hands on SpiderMan 3.

Master Of Horror: Cigarette Burns
Master Of Horror: Dreams In The Witch House
Masters of Horror: Chocolate
Masters Of Horror: Incident on and off a Mountain Road
Masters of Horror: Deer Woman
Masters of Horror: Sick Girl
Masters of Horror: Homecoming
Masters of Horror: Jenifer
Masters of Horror: Haeckel’s Tale
Masters of Horror: Imprint
Masters of Horror: Pick Me Up
Masters of Horror: Fair Haired Child
Masters of Horror: Pelts
Masters of Horror: Right to Die
Masters of Horror: Family
Masters of Horror: The Screwfly Solution
Masters of Horror: The Black Cat
Masters of Horror: We All Scream for Ice Cream
Masters of Horror: Valerie on the Stairs
Masters of Horror: The Washingtonians
Masters of Horror: Sounds Like
Masters of Horror: The Damned Thing

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