The Bullshit Of Bates Motel
Yet another horror show has come to an end, and, once again, I’ve been left feeling completely underwhelmed, not just by the dénouement, but the season as a whole. Over the past year or so, I’ve been delighted by American Horror Story, suitably entertained by Ripper Street, and completely flabbergasted by The Following. In fact, the only sure thing I could bet on at the moment, a show that I feel everyone should be watching and supporting wholeheartedly, is the recently-begun, rather excellent, Hannibal. But, for the moment, Bates Motel is the business at hand and, man, is business fucking slow.
Even nice people can go to hell.
Drag Me To Hell, 2009
I love this movie. Already a goddamn classic!
Bates Motel: Episode 10: Midnight
After a disjointed and, at times, quite uninspiring, first season, Bates Motel unleashed its finale in a whirlwind of guns, death threats, suggested, and also blatant, incest and a whole lot of teenage drama. It was, essentially, the perfect finale to a series that decided after a frightening, thrilling season opener that it would be better to ignore the burgeoning psychopath that is Norman Bates, and instead focus on family issues and high school bullshit. But don’t worry; they’ve stuck in a SHOCKING murder at the end of the episode, to satisfy the most easily sated appetites.
Would You Rather (2013)
Another surprise hit of this year for me, I was actually rather impressed by the unique concept of this one, and Jeffrey Combs is fantastic in it, too. The half-baked ending lets it down just a little, as does the ridiculously over the top performance from Sasha Grey, but up until that point it’s tense, fun, funny, and quite unsettling. I reviewed this over on Gorepress, so check it out.
American Mary (2013)
Though I was very excited for this, I found it to be ever so slightly disappointing. It’s definitely a step in the right direction for the Soskas, especially after their dreadful debut, but the plot doesn’t really go anywhere and Katherine Isabelle’s excellent central performance isn’t enough to carry a very slow final act. Having said that, it’s definitely worth a look. I reviewed it for Gorepress, and you can check it out here.
The Collector (2010)
I really, really liked this movie, which is strange because usually torture porn bores me to tears. It totally surprised me in how good it was; Josh Stewart is excellent in the lead role, the tension is built nicely throughout, and the gore is effective, instead of simply for the sake of it. The Collector himself looks silly, though. I reviewed this for my friends over at BloodGuts (check out the site if you haven’t already) and you can read what I thought right here.