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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#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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#74 Saw (2004)

The movie that started the best and most predominant horror franchise of the 2000’s. I will not argue this. There are no other franchises out there unless you want to count Paranormal Activity, and who the fuck wants to do that? Some may call this franchise nothing but torture porn. Sorry, you’re an idiot, stop reading this blog, get an education. Some think this is just mindless violence. Sorry, you are uninitiated in horror, move along, study horror and learn the craft. Some think there is no real good story, that is just kill after kill. Really watch the franchise, learn the full story, the story arch, then come back and tell me that there is no story. So if you are one of those people, honestly, just go away and come back when I am in the 80’s.

This movie is by far the toughest to truly blog about. It’s so different from the other ones. This teaches us most of the lesson we will need to fully enjoy the remainder of the series though. And I am going to try writing this in a way where if you haven’t seen others, the blog is somewhat self contained. First of all, while watching this movie, I am talking to a co-worker while watching this, and she asked who was Gordon and who was Lawrence. Clearly she has some names mixed up and dr Lawrence Gordon is in a lot of ways, our lead character in this film, played by the epic Cary Elwes. Monica Potter (Nic Cage’s hot ass wife from Con Air) plays Lawrence’s wife Alison. There’s a guy named Adam who is trapped in the room with Lawrence and a body. Danny Glover is a cop who is chasing down the Jigsaw killer. Dina Meyer (Hot chick that isn’t Denise Richards in Starship Troopers and has that sweet sweet rack) is in this, but she has a bigger role later on in the franchise. Long story short, Lawrence and Adam are chained to the wall in opposite ends of a large run down bathroom/locker room of sorts. They are very suspicious of one another but learn they must work together if they ever hope to get out alive.

Half of the movie is told through flashbacks giving us back story and motive for what lies ahead. We find out nobody here is innocent and everybody has their own motive, including the guy doing this to them, as well as the guy making that guy do his bidding. We get to meet Amanda for the first time who manages to escape her death by doing what was necessary to survive. We will get to know her well as the franchise progresses.

Long story short here, Dr Gordon finds out his wife and daughter are being held hostage of sorts and he needs to escape somehow, which at some point towards the end, he takes a saw to cut off his ankle. I can’t give play by play, but some of the deaths were cool, such as the guy who had to manage his way through the razor wire room. The traps weren’t as important here as they would be in later installments. This was all about a struggle to break out not knowing what was truly happening and constantly being misled.

The ending tweest is the best of the new millennium as far as I am concerned. Name a better one, go ahead, I’m waiting. The reveal of Tobin Bell being alive in that room is truly a mind blowing moment, and I don’t want to hear a bunch of people say that you called it or you knew it. Give me a fucking break. Was it impossible to figure out? No. Just highly unlikely, so stop trying to sound smarter than you are. You’re probably the same mother fucker who knew who Kayser Soze is.

A few things that did bother me is Danny Glover’s ability to survive the throat slicing, once again, it is possible, but not too practical. More annoying though to me though is Lawrence’s ability to climb a ladder with one foot in the state he was in. I just have to call bullshit, but whatever, it’s a movie, one must suspend disbelief. This isn’t a perfect movie, but it did a lot of things great and kept one captivated throughout and set a great tone for a fantastic franchise.

As you know, I have a Jigsaw tattoo, so I’m guessing you are expecting like a 9 or 9.2. Nope, I love the franchise, but I am reasonable. I do love what the purpose is. How far will you go to rectify the wrongs in your life. How much do you truly value life and what lengths would you go to keep on keeping on? What stuck with a life threatening illness and the clock is ticking, so many things become frivolous. As for me, I give this movie an 8. It deserves it.

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