Horror Movie Mini-Reviews: Paranormal Activity 2, Rubber, Hatchet

This month I have been watching more horror movies than usual, as have many other bloggers, apparently. While I haven’t had time to do full reviews for each of them, I was able to compile some thoughts for three horror flicks:

Paranormal Activity 2 [2010]
Paranormal Activity 2 [2010]
I was a big fan of the first Paranormal Activity, and thought it was one of the better horror films to come out in the last few years. That being said, I felt a sequel was unnecessary. PA2 does a surprisingly good job of tying in the original’s events, but it lacks the intrigue and suspense of its predecessor. Not much happens for the first 2/3 of the movie, and there isn’t really anything new to speak of. This isn’t a bad sequel, but it felt like more could have been done with the concept. 6/10

Rubber [2010]
Rubber [2010]
A movie about a serial killer that just so happens to be a tire. Yeah, it’s pretty f’n bizarre. I thought it was going to be some artsy piece with nothing but a tire rolling around while making animals explode, but I was pleased to see an entertaining bunch of characters as well (particularly those played by Wings Hauser and Stephen Spinella). This is a weird little movie that has some moments of dullness, but I still enjoyed the overall quirkiness. Definitely not for everyone, though. 6/10

Hatchet [2006]
Hatchet [2006]
A gory homage to the classic B-movie slashers, Hatchet offers everything in excess. Gratuitous nudity, buckets of blood, cheesy dialogue, bad acting, and one ugly motherfucker of a villain. It’s a pretty entertaining ride as far as B-movies go, though some of the actors have a tendency to get on the nerves. Curious to check out the sequel. 7/10

How about you guys? Watch any good horror movies this month?

5 thoughts on “Horror Movie Mini-Reviews: Paranormal Activity 2, Rubber, Hatchet

  1. Scott Lawlor says:

    I have only seen Rubber on this list. And if I am honest I found it shockingly bad. I know it was just poking fun at the audience, and was meant to be surreal. I just didn’t like it.

    I have always wanted to, but been too scared to see any of the paranormal films

    • Eric says:

      Yeah, Rubber isn’t for everyone. I liked its eccentricities, but some of its ideas got a little grating after a while.

      You oughta check out the first Paranormal Activity. It scared the hell out of my girlfriend — I don’t think she was able to get a proper night’s sleep until a week later!

  2. jsicktheslick says:

    Oh man, I didn’t like Rubber at all! Thought it was slow and silly (too much silly to be good).

    I watched The Exorcist when it was on tv a few nights back. That’s still one of the best horror flicks around, I think.

    • Eric says:

      Haha, fair enough about Rubber. I can definitely see why a lot of people didn’t like it at all.

      Agreed about The Exorcist. Even though I didn’t find it scary, it’s still a great movie and is well-deserving of its status as a horror classic.

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