The results of yet another horror movie binge. I watched many of these movies during a single weekend, and yes, that weekend did make me feel a little weird.
After hooking up with some random guy at a party, a waitress finds that she's contracted the worst STD ever. Most of this film is gross in a rather conventional way, but there are a couple of scenes that had me grimacing. Not a bad film, but could have been much better.
The ABC's of Death (2012)
A series of horror shorts, with each short based upon a letter of the alphabet ("A is for Alzheimer's, B is for Botulism," etc.). Some of the shorts are quite stupid and lazily done, though some of the shorts near the end are good. The shorts by the Japanese directors are hands-down the strangest, while French director Xander Gens' offering stands out as the best of the bunch.
I'm not sure if I'd classify this as a horror film. In tone it reminded me a lot of Donnie Darko. It's a very surreal film, and it felt like the kind of movie more experimental horror directors were making in the late 70s. A man handcuffs his friend to a pipe in order to conquer his friend's drug addiction, he discovers a set of odd photographs in the basement, and everything gets steadily more bizarre from there.
Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
Something of an homage to the golden age of Italian horror films. Toby Jones (Arnim Zola from the Captain America films), travels to Italy to work in a recording studio. This movie isn't remotely scary, but fans of Argento might like it. I had a truly difficult time getting through this one.
High Tension (2003)
One of the most-cited films of the "New French Extremity" movement. Two girls spend the weekend in a country house, only to have a razor-wielding maniac ruin their fun. It's gory but not overpoweringly so (I watched the unrated version), and the plot twist at the end is difficult to buy into. I've heard people rave about this film, but it seemed uninspired to me.
Another film from the New French Extremity. After a car accident in which she loses her husband, a pregnant woman falls victim to a deranged nurse who has invaded her house. This movie is stomach-churning, and also really good. DO NOT watch this movie after a large meal!
Irish movie about a clown who comes back from the dead to ruin a teenage boy's birthday party. Standard slasher fare, with a lot of gore and bad puns thrown in for good measure. It's not great - maybe not even good - but the "balloon animal" scene near the end is quite memorable.
V/H/S 2 (2013)
Another set of short films, these in the found footage format. The first film makes absolutely no sense (Who would drown that fast? What? No CPR? Why cut out your own eye?), the second is fairly derivative, the third - an Indonesian film - is pretty good, and the last is very silly.
Would You Rather (2012)
A group of people participates in a game, each hoping to escape personal and financial difficulties. A very good movie, despite the fact that Sasha Grey is a terrible actress. A little bit like the Saw films, but less gory.
Sort of a French version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Five people rob a Paris bank and end up the victims of a sadistic Nazi family. It's not as gory as I expected, and perhaps a little too similar to movies featuring Leatherface. The lead actress, however, gives a great performance.