9 Deuce Horror Presents Housebound (2014) and Honeymoon (2014) with a dash of Dead Silence (2007)

The 9 Deuce Horror Group is back to discuss 2 horror flicks from 2014 that are currently on NetFlix: Housebound and Honeymoon.  Chris, Kristi, Dom, and Kent are back to discuss the films and give their insight.  It appears that Housebound was the clear cut favorite, but both had their merits.  You should absolutely give both films a watch and see what you think.

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Housebound

  1.  In Housebound, who was the standout character for you?

Chris:  Amos. Could have been cliche in so many ways, but ended up being a character of his own. Eugene seemed cool, but he wasn’t in it enough to really be a character

Kristi: I dug Eugene. I definitely laughed when he blew off the psycho dudes head. That was just awesome!

Kent:  There are a lot to choose from.  That’s the sign of a good film for me.  I really loved Amos, for obvious reasons, probably the most likable.  Miriam is really awesome too in a weird way.  Sweet and oblivious at times, but the perfect counterpart to Kylie.  Dennis and Graeme also Kentertain me.  Really, solid characters.  Kylie is the perfect character to surround all of these wonderful personalities with.

Don:  Eugene, though he could have used  more screen time

 

  1.  Have you ever seen The Boy?  If so, prior or after seeing Housebound?

Chris:  Nope.

Kristi: Nope

Kent:  Yup.  I just wanted to keep the short answers that end in P thing going.  It was ok, but not as good as this.

Dom:  Yes. Prior.  I much prefer this movie to that one.

 

  1.  You found the “big reveal” in Housebound to be _______ ? (Fill in the blank.)

Chris:  Almost an inversion of The Pact

Kristi: unexpected

Kent:  Pleaseing

Dom: Satisfying.

 

  1.  Choose one…seriously.  Where did this movie succeed more in your opinion: the overall aura of creepiness or the big reveal?

Chris:  Like M Knight Shmayalan said “What a Twist!”

Kristi: The reveal. I honestly didn’t expect it. There were a lot of twist and turns actually. I really enjoyed this movie!

Kent:  The reveal was very well done, but it was the aura and build up that really made this movie awesome me.

Dom: The overall aura that included the reveal

Honeymoon

  1.  Did you find the opening 10-15 minutes boring or necessary?  Would you have shortened it perhaps?

Chris:  No it worked as a nice character study to introduce us to the 2 leads.

Kristi: I think it was important for us to see them in that happy state. We wouldn’t have much to go off of in seeing her changes if it wasn’t part of the film.

Kent:  I would have attempted to either trim it a bit or present it in a different way due to my preferences.

Dom:  it was important for set up.  We had to know the level of  their relationship towards each other to understand later actions

 

  1.  Give me your thoughts on Will’s character.  Were you a fan?

Chris:  What was there to be a fan of? 45 seconds of screen time

Kristi: His role was very brief but I did like him.

Kent:  I thought that he was the key component to making this film work.  Without his character, yes the film could have worked, but with him, you had to keep wondering about the extent of his involvement, if any.  You guys….

Dom:  Wait there was another dude in this film?

 

  1.  If you could have replaced the guy who played Paul with Kit Harrington (Jon Snow of Game of Thrones fame and Rose Leslie’s real life boyfriend), would the film have been better in your opinion?

Chris: No. Harry Treadaway was awesome in Penny Dreadful. Pretty sure he blows Kit Harrington out of the water

Kristi: No. I liked the guy that played Paul. I love Kit but I don’t think this roll would have been great for him.  

Kent:  Of course I would have enjoyed Kit’s endearing obliviousness that he has perfected.  Him having an :”Aha!” moment would have been priceless.  Harry did a great job though in all fairness.

Dom:  No the film was ok.  I don’t think Jon Snow would have made an impact one way or another.  Both actors did a fine job.

 

  1.  Did the ending of this film work for you?  If you didn’t like it, do you have any better suggestions for an ending?

Chris:  Dark, and depressing. I liked it

Kristi: It was ok I guess. Wasn’t really a fan in general so I was really just happy it was over.

Kent: I wish the ending had a bit more, or a bit less.  The level of ambiguity wasn’t satisfying to me, but the last 20 minutes or so was really fucking solid stuff.

Dom:  Damn ending.  Wasn’t a fan.  Bleeping aliens

 

  1.  Which movie did you prefer between Housebound and Honeymoon?  Tell me why, and bonus points if you make me laugh.

Chris:  Housebound’s premise, Honeymoon’s performances. The acting let me down in Housebound as did Eugene’s makeup. The worm thing out of the couch in Honeymoon almost killed it for me

Kristi: I definitely preferred Housebound. It kept me on the edge of my seat most of the movie. Honeymoon was ok but it was not my favorite.

Kent:  Housebound would be my preference.  Honeymoon was a great idea, executed adequately.  Housebound was just a great idea and better characters.

Dom:  Housebound.  I mean who doesn’t want to live in a house where some creepy person does too?  Reminds me of “My Brother…”  Ah the good old days.  I could totally see that person being someone who lives inside their brother’s home to stalk them and make Hair dolls of their brother.

 

Bonus Deuce – The 9 Deuce Horror Group originally voted for Dead Silence.  I feel like the film kinda got cheated out of the spotlight due to NetFlix apparently no longer showing it.  With that being said, I really wanted to still discuss it.  I know that not everybody got a chance to watch it.

  1.  A lot of people really disliked the ending in Dead Silence.  What was your take on it?

Chris:  Stereotypical nihilistic bad guy wins ending

Kent:  Like I’m not going to enjoy the bad guy winning.  You already knew my response before reading it.

Dom: Didn’t like it.  I am not a fan of movies where there is A) no real or explained ending B) where the bad guys win

 

  1.  There were some cool looking puppets in this film, including Billy from the Saw franchise.  Aside from Billy, did any of them stick out to you?  Please be particular about this.

Chris:  I hate puppets almost as much as clowns and carnies, freaky bastards, small hands, smell of cabbage  (I really hate the smell of cabbage as well.)

Kent:  The red haired clown for obvious reasons.  I also enjoyed the Latino one with the sunbrero.  

Dom: The Dad

 

Final Thoughts

Chris:  Dead Silence had a great beginning (top 10 horror movie beginnings I’d say), a clunky middle, some great scares later on, and a cliche horror ending. Housebound seemed to have potential at first and then fizzled in execution. Honeymoon nailed it’s pre-ending, while leaving a little more unexplained than I would have cared for.

Kent:  Kylie took a really long, interrupted piss and it always struck me as odd in Housebound.  Rose Leslie needs to do more stuff that I would watch.  Dead Silence in a film that I think will be looked back fondly upon in another 10 years, or so I hope. Australian horror is really coming into it’s own the past decade or so.  Kudos!  Also, go watch Wentworth if you like Orange is the New Black.  I am all over the place.  I loved when Kylie goes in the basement the first time and the Jesus statue falls towards her and she says “Jesus”.  I am a sucker for silly lines like that.

Dom: Housebound was fun, Dead silence is good until the end,  Honeymoon-eh

 

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#101 The Sixth Sense (1999)

I figure I may as well keep the number system for the blogs. We all cool with that? Good. At the end of every blog, I will post how many bare breasted women as well as ladies in say a bra, because that has to count for something. All of this is to help a great cause. With that said, I’m ready to put myself through 31 days and 100 movies, and a few video games, all for the sake of getting 5 hits a day! Woohoo, low expectations!!! Exclamation Points!!!!!!!!

I have just opened my first new box of Count Chocula of the year. Let’s face it, it’s not official for me until I taste the absolute deliciousness known as the black version of Lucky Charms.

I should tell you that there is a very good reason why I chose The Sixth Sense as the first movie to kick things off this year. Some of my closer friends may know that i consider this movie to be the most overrated horror film of all time. I have hammered this movie so bad that my best friend Chris refuses to see it. This was a movie strictly based around a plot twist, a lousy plot twist. I saw this in the movie theater, and I remember walking out being the only group of people that wasn’t wowed by this nonsense. It was a terribly predictable tweeest as M Night would say. I haven’t seen this movie since that night. Well ladies and gentleman, let’s see how this movie holds up 15 years later. Welcome back, I appreciate you taking your time to view this blog of mine.

In case you don’t know the twist, just stop reading. Well you can read, I’m gonna spoil it for you and save you almost 2 hours of your life….you’re welcome.

The kid sees dead people. This had been made clear in every trailed I ever saw. So guess what the twist is? He sees dead people. WHAT? Don’t give away your twist in the F’N trailer. I seriously sat there waiting for some twist while in the theater, and then I realized that people suddenly had this “aha” moment, and I asked my buddy if that was the twist. He said, no, there’s gotta be something more, they advertised that. Yeah.

Let me ask you something. Did the trailer for the Usual Suspects give away the twist in their trailer? Did the trailer for Fight Club give away the twist in their previews? NO, the answer is no. Nobody in their right mind would do this. Why were people surprised in the theater? I have spent 15 years wondering this, and I am still baffled. It is currently #162 all time on IMDB. What the hell am I missing? The movie itself is ok, it doesn’t do anything bad, but the hype, of the hype, and the people that slurped it up. I get why Halloween was and is still relevant today, despite it being a little meh to me. Oh, the kid just said that he sees dead people. This scene is actually decent and creepy, but it didn’t belong in the trailer. Sadly, apparently the vast majority of the audience didn’t quite get the point of the scene entirely. I admit, I am oblivious to a lot of twists in movies, so that’s why this was all the more appalling to me. The scene in the classroom with the kid calling his teacher Stuttering Stanley was also solid.

I still have over an hour to go.This is only going to get worse because I have Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, the Happening, and Devil all coming up. I like 2.5 of those movies. I’m so sick of cliched loud music, sudden movement on screen to get a reaction from the viewer. That’s not scary, that’s just lazy. Less than 30 minutes to go. I have been bored the last 30 minutes. M Night is very plodding sometimes.

Wow, this movie is finally ending. Bruce Willis was dead, the kid saw dead people. Get it? Great. This movie bored the hell out of me, and it should have been capable of so much more. Time to make a white Russian and hope the next movie is better. Wait, the next movie is Unbreakable? Fuck me.

I give this movie a 2.5 for a few good scenes, and a plot that should have been better, much better. Most overhyped horror film all time if you ask me, and you are kind of asking me, or else you wouldn’t be reading this. I wasn’t going to include any pictures, but I found this one and it reminds me of going upstairs at Teasers, the worst strip club ever. Now that shit is scary. This movie has nothing on Teasers from a horror standpoint.

Final Boob Tally.

One lady in a bra

One lady nude in a shower, but the door was too foggy.

2 close calls, but no bare breasts yet.

I don’t own that picture, I don’t want no legal issues, and blah blah blah, stuff I don’t know about.

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#80 SAW IV (2007)

This one tries to tie up some loose ends and connect it to part 3, but it wasn’t as successful in my opinion. We are introduced to Jill Tuck, who is Jigsaw’s woman. She’s getting interviewed regarding Jigsaw. We see in flashbacks how she lost her baby to a drug crazed fool. Jigsaw got his comeuppance by tying him to a chair and making him rake his face with sharp ass knives in order to push a button…..with his face. This then led to him being a dumbass and tangling his dumbass up in like razor wire.

The deaths were kinda weak in this one. The opening one was beyond dumb, one guy has his eyes sewn shut, the other has him mouth sewn shut. I get the guy with the eyes not forcing his eyes open, but the mouth dude, fucking amateur. This sets the tone for disappointment in this film. I think the one with the husband and wife connected via the arrows or whatever the fuck it is, that one I thoroughly enjoyed. When the package explodes in that bitch’s face, that didn’t sound perverted at all now did it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s a fat sexy hotel man who has to be tethered to this bed, he loses his limbs, gets his eyes pushed in by some blades, pretty rough way to do it if you ask me, and most people do. And another highlight has to be the woman who gets scalped. How enjoyable was that scene?

I really liked Riggs as a main character. I really liked the impending doom of Matthews and Hoffman and seeing how things would play out, but to be honest, it felt just a little weak. Honestly, some days I enjoy this movie more. I think a fair rating would be a 7, but do know, it’s only going to keep going downhill from here.

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#76 Saw III (2006)

This one goes in a different direct, but one that kinda sets the pace for this along with parts 4 and 5, I mean IV and V. Fucking Romans and their special lettered numerals.

This movie is about 2 things. One guy’s search for forgiveness and retribution over a car accident that killed his son. The other is about Amanda’s rise to power in her quest to help John.

To tackle Amanda first, she is helping Jigsaw carry on his work, but she is also being selfish and often not giving people a chance to survive the traps. Jigsaw is not pleased. As you can imagine, this is all a test. Amanda has also captured this lady surgeon, who also happens to be the main guy’s wife in this one. Her name is Lynn. She has this collar around her with explosives. If Jigsaw dies, the collar explodes. Amanda needs her to operate on John’s skull to help relieve some of the pressure. It’s pretty gruesome shit.

The main guy is named Jeff. His journey is he meets people in traps that were involved in the car accident that killed his son and he has not forgiven. Pound for pound, this one has the best traps/kills. You have a lady in a freezer who gets water spurted on her repeatedly. There’s a dude who is gonna drown in decimated pig head juice. Then the baddest one I think in SAW franchise, the twisting torture rack where each of the black dude’s limbs twist and break and finally his neck. It is long and excruciating. So hard to watch. Dina Meyer gets an unfair death where there is a beaker full of acid and a key, but it wasn’t gonna save her. There was a dude who had to rip these metal loops out of his skin, but one was attached to his lower mandible. He wasn’t gonna be able to rip it out. Long story short, the ones Amanda set up were impossible to escape.

At the end, John gave Amanda a chance at redemption, she shoots Lynn. Jeff comes in, shoots Amanda, she failed. Jeff has an opportunity to save his wife and daughter, instead he chooses retribution over forgiveness. This dooms him. Everybody dies except Jeff.

All in all, this is like a 7.5, another stellar outing. Mainly due to the kills and the story. This is the last time the story really is great. Not saying the story gets bad, but it does go downhill, which by part 4, that’s pretty impressive.

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#75 Saw II (2005)

So this may be my favorite Saw movie. It has a little bit of Cube in it for me. I love the idea of a group of people together in a space trying to figure out why they are there, and how to get out. The why in this is simple. Everybody there had been arrested by Donnie Wahlburg’s character, well of course, except his son.

So once again, we have 2 storylines happening in which we switch back and forth. In this house that Jigsaw has set up with the arrested people, there is Wahlburg’s son, 4 males (a dude who dies quick, a dude who gets burned, and angry dude, and a black guy) and 3 chicks (Amanda, blond bitch, and brunette bitch). They have all been exposed to some gas which is slowly poisoning them and they gots ta get the fudge out before they die. Amanda is the reasonable in this whole thing

The other story going is the cops have Jigsaw, Tobin Bell, captured, but he is keeping himself alive by telling Wahlburg that he can still save his son, so he buys himself time. Dina Meyers is back, still looking sexy. Donnie Wahlburg gets pissed off and roughs him up. The best part of this is the shit that happens in the house.

In the house, it starts off with a bang, a dude opening up a door just to get his head shot. There is a guy trying to get a key and an antidote but gets locked in this oven/furnace thing and ends up like Freddy Krueger, which is just excruciating. You have Amanda, Shawnee Smith (was also in The Stand), she gets thrown into a pit of needles which is just absolutely one of the worst things that could be done to a person. I want to emphasize just how helpless you are in a pit of needles. You can’t movie without getting stabbed and cut up. You try to get on your hands and knees and you are gonna wreck your hands and still have no leverage to get up. You are just fucked and hurt. Then the stupid bitch who found an antidote in the glass case, she slides her hand up and gets it caught because when you try to bring your hand down, the blades stop you and just cut the shit out of you. Sooooo, what does she do? She uses her free hand to prop open the blades to safely remove her hand right? Nope, because she’s a panic’d female. She slides her hand in the other opening, and she gets got. I wish she would have been ass raped for her stupid effort. Yup, I just advocated for ass rape! The angry guy has figured out the code is located on the back of everyone’s head. But he has pissed off everybody, so nobody will tell him what it is, so he cuts the back of his neck off. It is pretty awesome.

The cops realize that this whole time, what they was seeing in the house on the monitor was actually just a tape. All a recording. Donnie Wahlburg feeling pretty god damn dumb. Maybe he should have just listened to what honest Tobin Bell was telling him all along. What TWEEST!!! Amanda is all about having an immortal legacy with Jigsaw. And what a fucking legacy, but you gotta play by the rules. GAME OVER Detective Matthews.

This movie…..this movie, 8.5.

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#11 Dreamcatcher (2003)

For those of you who used to read my old blog, which is most likely none of you, maybe Jay, or Russ, or Bitty, but everybody else probably doesn’t know how much I used to dislike this movie. Then I read people commenting saying to watch it a few times, that it grows on you. Excuse me, how in the fuck does a movie with a shit monster grow on you? Well, you’re about to find out.

First off, the cast was amazing, even Morgan Freeman was adequate. So anytime you can get Jason Lee, Timothy Olyphant, Thomas Jane, Tom Sizemore, Morgan Freeman, and Donnie Whalburg as a mentally handicapped gentleman name Dudditz, well that is a fine piece of business.

So this is where I mention that it has been almost 24 hours since I last wrote. I am behind like 5 or 6 movies at this point. Fucking A.

Back to Dreamcatcher. So this movie proved to be a fun and memorable movie, maybe for all the wrong reasons, but it has a hint of Stand By Me in it, and that’s a fine movie. You have 4 lifelong friends dating back to like middle school. They save a mentally handicapped individual named Dudditz, and they have remained close through the years. The acting is fine for what it was. I typically like Jason Lee anyway, same Olyphant and Jane. This story is bizarre and it may not ring true the first time you see it. If you see it, I suggest to try to have no expectations, and you may get some enjoyment out it. I don’t think it really deserves this high, but gonna go 6.4. I like it.

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