MikeyB's Movie Night: October Horror Movie Marathon Week 3: Oct 12 - 18

 Weeks one and two are in the books and I somehow managed to come up with a theme for both of them, and wouldn't you know it I've done it again. This weeks theme is, drumroll please, "Meta"! Over the next week I'm going to be watching only meta themed horror films. So now that we have that out of the way, lets dive right in!

Movie #11: Scream (1996)
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette

 Plot: High school student Sidney Prescott and her friends are being terrorized by a masked killer with a love for scary movies.

 Opinion: There is not much to say about this meta classic that hasn't been said already. It's smart, funny, thrilling, and a blast from start to finish. One of the very best horror films of the 90's and one of the few horror films my wife enjoys.

Movie #12: Scream 2 (1997)
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette

 Plot: Sidney is away at college now but it seems the past dies hard and a new series of killings have started.

 Opinion: Not quite as good as the original but still a fun sequel. Wes Craven manages to keep things moving along at a brisk pace and the "who done it" nature of the series is still clever and engaging enough to keep you guessing right up to the end.

Movie #13: Scream 3 (2000)
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette

 Plot: On the set of the new movie based on what happened in Woodsburo, (the first Scream film) a new killer is on the loose that seems to have ties to Sidney's past. 

 Opinon: The weakest entry in the series, still manages a few fun moments. Worth watching at the very least to close out the trilogy. Keep an eye out for the Jay and Silent Bob cameo in the first half of the film and for Carrie Fisher's fun appearance towards the middle.

Movie #14: Scream 4 (2011)
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette

 Plot: It's been ten years since the last bout of Ghostface killings and just as Sidney returns to Woodsboro, so does he.

 Opinion: Just as smart and thrilling as the original, this movie is one of the best horror sequels ever made. All the actors fall back into their old roles seamlessly and the series manages to update itself into the new century without a hitch. My only complaint, and I bring this up whenever I talk about the movie, is the weird soft light filter that is prevalent throughout the whole film.

Director: Scott Glosserman
Starring: Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Zelda Rubinstein

 Plot: In a world where movie slashers like Jason Voorhees, Michel Myers, and Freddy Krueger actually exist, a documentary film crew follows a man named Leslie Vernon who is claiming to be the next entry into that pantheon of mass murderers.

 Opinion: While sometimes uneven, "Rise" is never the less a thrilling and often hilarious study of the slasher subgenera. The film is chock full of cameos from past horror icons, making it a fun game of who's who for diehard genre followers. Highly recommended for fans of slashers and the genre as a whole.

Movie #16: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Director: Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison

 Plot: A group of college kids head up to a remote cabin in the woods to have a fun weekend partying, but after a group of undead hillbilly cannibals show up they must fight for their lives in a place where everything is not what it seems.

 Opinion: In my opinion "The Cabin in the Woods" is the best "meta horror" movie ever made. The plot is new and fresh while at the same time paying tribute to old horror films and tropes, and it also happens to be one of the funniest movies in the genre. Every actor fits there role like a glove and the numerous twists and the numerous twists and turns keep you riveted to the screen. If you are a fan of horror films at all and have yet to see this, please do yourself a huge favor and watch this amazing movie asap.

 Alright that wraps up week three, and you may have noticed I'm still behind on my quota. I think putting the themes on each week is restricting my selection too much so next week we are gonna go with whatever I feel like watching. Until then I'd love to hear any of your opinions on the films I watched and am always open to suggestions what to watch next. So feel free to hit me up in the comments below, and as always thank you for reading and I'll see you next week!