Movie 17: Poltergeist (1982)

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Not as scary as I thought it would be. Is this the movie where a girl is supposed to have her head turned 180 degrees? I’m probably confusing it with something else. I’m definitely getting the “don’t go into the light” reference now, though.

Got this before Halloween, and will watch more horror movies soon. Hopefully. I’ve been busy as a bee.

Movie 12: The Grudge 2 (2006)

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I hate horror movies for two reasons:
– There’s a certain predictability to them.
– And yet in spite of the expected, they never fail to scare me.

The Grudge 2 isn’t especially chilling. It has its moments, but after a while, do you really expect me to be scared of a Japanese-looking woman who doesn’t know the concept of a comb? Moreover, it’s very confusing. It skips from one place to another without any real transition. But since you know they’re going to be related somehow, you don’t find it surprising when the weird neighbor turns out to be the new student who has moved back from Japan. Also, how is that old woman in the mountains able to speak English? It defies logic. Even the presumably well-educated nurses/receptionist at a modern hospital look at each other when Aubrey ask them a simple question: “Do you speak English?”

On that note, two things crossed my mind when the boy who played Eason shows up to help her out. First, OMGWTF he is cute. Second, He doesn’t even look Japanese. Do you people really expect me to believe he’s Japanese? Yes, I’m one of those people who can tell a Southeast Asian’s ethnicity by looking at his/her face. I was someone soothed when he turns out to be from Hong Kong. And I was mildly surprised when I found out the actor’s name is Edison Chen. The Edison Chen I’ve heard so much about? I’m understanding the hype now.

All in all, it was an okay movie. Not all that bad, but could’ve been better.

Movie 10: High School Musical 2

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I’ve never liked anything produced by the Disney Channel. Yet some time last year I couldn’t resist watching High School Musical due to the hype surrounding it. It did make me chuckle at parts, I liked a couple of the characters (Gabriella seemed sweet, Ryan adorable), and I loved the song “Breaking Free.” Overall it was terrible, though. Then I also watched the concert and was amazed at the number of people who worshiped the show. The audience was HUGE, man, HUGE.

And just because I’m a masochist of some sort, I also found a couple hours in my incredibly and excredibly busy schedule tonight to see the sequel. Now it may be that I have a twisted mind, but that ha got to be the most sexual G-rated movie I’ve ever seen. The pool scenes? The swimsuits? The numerous double-entendres? Or maybe it’s just me, in which case: never mind.

I wasn’t really that disappointed by the movie – since I never really liked it in the first place. I do wonder about the exact interval between the first movie and this one. Just about everyone has changed his/her/its hairstyle and grown some. Half of the cast certainly doesn’t look like they belong in high school. Also, Gabriella no longer looks like the good girl she’s supposed to be, and whoever plays Sharpay is such a terrible actress. I still love the boy who plays Ryan, though. Ha.

Movie 2: Dating a Vampire (2006)

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Alex Fong is cute. If it isn’t already obvious, that sentence is a dead giveaway as to what my gender is. He has the bad boy look, yet the character he plays is oh-so-pure. It’s his friend Chuen who’s a pervert, and he sure looks like one.The love story itself is messed up. In fact, I’m not sure why it is a love story. All Fong’s character does is see the vampire a couple times and then “save” her from being married to another ghost. That does not constitute dating, m’kay? The flashbacks during the climax are thusly ridiculous and wrong. Besides, it is implied that Fong’s character has a girlfriend, making the whole thing double wrong.

On a side note, what kind of name is Banana? Do people in Hong Kong really name their kids after fruits and such?

Movie 1: The Omen (2006)

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I watched the original movie close to nine years ago. It scared the hell out of me. From what I remember, the old version is a lot better than the new one. The kid who played Damien in the old version was really good. The new version wins only when it comes to special effects.I didn’t really watch the movie from beginning to end, actually; I only watched parts of it. I wonder if it would have been more terrified if I watched it properly. I know The Omen used to be scary because I really believed that it would happen, that one day the Antichrist would rise and terrorize Christians. (Although I wasn’t well-versed in the Book of Revelation at all, I picked up bits here and there – enough to arrive at such conclusion. Certainly enough to avoid reading Revelation for the longest time.)

And now I no longer really believe in any of that. I no longer see the movie as a preview of what will eventually happen, and that’s why I’m not scared.