Monday, March 28, 2022

William Pattison’s Top Ten Horror Movies from 2021

 William Pattison’s Top Ten Horror Movies from 2021

By William Pattison

 

Gore and Scares everyone! 2021 was a really good year for horror. I watched a lot of good horror films, so many it was really hard to choose just ten, but I prefer doing a top ten rather than a top twenty. So, after a lot of deliberation, here is my top ten horror movies for 2021…

 

10. Censor




Director

Prano Bailey-Bond

Writers

Prano Bailey-Bond

Anthony Fletcher

Stars

Niamh Algar

Michael Smiley

Nicholas Burns

In 1985, Enid Baines works for the British Board of Film Classification during the height of the Video Nasty controversy. Enid's co-workers call her "Little Miss Perfect" due to her strictness in recommending that violent content be cut or banned. While Enid is having dinner with her parents, they discuss the disappearance of Enid's sister Nina when the two were little. Enid's parents have since declared Nina legally dead, but Enid is convinced that her sister is still missing and is the star of the film she is currently censoring.

This was a very interesting psychological film. this film strongly echoes the works of Argento, Fulci & Cronenberg with its splendid use of color, style & mood. Those films within the film pay homage to the low-budget horror & exploitation films of the 1980s while its own plot is missing chunks of flesh. It also gives away the ending rather early with hints of a dark past concerning our protagonist but remains gripping.

 

9. Halloween Kills




Director

David Gordon Green

Writers

John Carpenter (based on characters created by)

Debra Hill (based on characters created by)

Scott Teems

Stars

Jamie Lee Curtis

Judy Greer

Andi Matichak

The Halloween night when Michael Myers returned isn't over yet. Minutes after Laurie Strode (Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie's basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor. But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie's trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael's first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all.

This installment in the rebooted Halloween franchise was quite effective. The entire audience was screaming and shouting and just, in general, having a spooktacular time. The storyline was modern but yet paid homage to the original. The scares, the gore, the stupid decisions, it all came together to make one killer movie.

 

8. Antlers




Director

Scott Cooper

Writers

Henry Chaisson (screenplay by)

Nick Antosca (screenplay by)

Scott Cooper (screenplay by)

Stars

Keri Russell

Jesse Plemons

Jeremy T. Thomas

In a small town in central Oregon, Frank Weaver runs a meth lab out of an abandoned mine. While his young son Aiden waits outside the mine in his truck, Frank and an accomplice are attacked by an unseen creature. Investigating strange noises, Aiden is also attacked by the creature. Frank and Aiden survive their encounter with the creature and return home, where their condition quickly worsens. Frank sets up a locked room and demands that no matter what, Aiden's older brother Lucas keeps them locked inside.

This movie was quite surprising to be fair, I was expecting a typical horror with the basic format of a scare here and there with a cliche ending, but no this creature feature is actually quite unique with very interesting themes about trauma and abuse and has great parallels between the two main characters. The effects were pretty good and the creature looked really good when it was finally revealed. The acting was solid even the kid actors weren't bad at all. The score was pretty cool and fit the creepy vibe of the film. Not too long and not too short of a film, perfect length for these sorts of films as they drag on if they're too long and feel bogged down with exposition. Not much to say really about this one. Just a solid horror.



7. Blood Red Sky




Director

Peter Thorwarth

Writers

Stefan Holtz (scenario)

Peter Thorwarth (scenario)

Stars

Peri Baumeister

Carl Anton Koch

Alexander Scheer

A woman with a mysterious illness, who is with her young son, is forced into action when a group of terrorists attempt to hijack a transatlantic overnight flight. The result is a bloodbath.

This film is an original twist on the vampire saga. Don't take it all that seriously and you are going to see a rather good movie. It's all there that you want from a vampire flick and somehow it did remind me a lot of the series The Strain. You know, the airplane were things go wrong.

 

6. Wrong Turn




Director

Mike P. Nelson

Writer

Alan B. McElroy

Stars

Charlotte Vega

Adain Bradley

Bill Sage

Friends hiking the Appalachian Trail are confronted by 'The Foundation', a community of separatist people who have lived in the mountains since the Civil War.

I must say that I only saw the original Wrong Turn film so I went into this with no real expectations about what should happen. It turns out it was one of those few reboots that outdid the original horror film. There are plenty of scary moments as well as quite a few unpleasant deaths. The protagonists aren't particularly likable; they may be diverse and politically liberal but they have their own prejudices. Without going into retails I thought the way friends crossed paths with The Foundation; the various traps were fun and the Foundation appeared scary. On the downside one really does have to suspend one's disbelief; The Foundation might be a danger to hikers but one can't imagine the authorities would be ignorant and tolerant of people disappearing on a particular mountain for a hundred and seventy years! The setting looks great even though it was filmed in Ohio rather than Virginia. Overall I'd say this is worth watching but not a must-watch for horror fans; just don't take it too seriously.

 

5. Malignant




Director

James Wan

Writers

James Wan (story by)

Ingrid Bisu (story by)

Akela Cooper (story by)

Stars

Annabelle Wallis

Maddie Hasson

George Young

Twenty-seven long years after the brutal Simion Research Hospital incident, abused Madison wakes up in a hospital in present-day Seattle. But with numbing visions of murder getting in the way of a normal life, more and more, Madison's obscure past emerges, baffling both herself and the local detectives. Are these explicitly violent killings figments of Madison's troubled imagination? Either way, someone, or better yet, something, links the past to the present, demanding closure and blood. Is the bogeyman real?

Horror movies are tough to make. Especially when you are trying to please the general crowd and the hardened horror aficionados. Especially the latter might depict your movie and quite a few things you chose. Now James Wan seems to love a moving camera ... and I think that works nicely. But he also seems to like action ... which is apparent towards the almost insane action set piece almost at the end of the movie. It is so over the top, that one might feel it doesn't belong in there.

It still sort of works if you suspend your disbelief. Other points you can criticize are things that are being built up without a payoff. While it may not be too bad when it comes to the (comedic) romance subplot, it is more than weird with a location towards the end. It gets such an epic ... introduction and yet it deflates into almost nothing.

Maybe there is more (deleted scenes I'm quite sure), some scenes obviously have been cut, one, in particular, comes to mind with more romantic stuff, that didn't make it into the movie. Dialog wise that is, just in case you are wondering.

But if you only see the negative, you will miss out on the fun and the horror the movie dishes out. The story/plot does check out and while you'll be trying to figure out what is what (and again hardcore horror fans will probably be onto Wan early on), it does not take anything away from the journey.

There are some horror clichés too (the very last frame may annoy you), but overall the movie is a nice mixture between horror, comedy and action. If you can dig that, you are on a good way to really like this.

 

 

4. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It




Director

Michael Chaves

Writers

David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (screenplay by)

James Wan (story by)

Chad Hayes (based on characters created by)

Stars

Patrick Wilson

Vera Farmiga

Ruairi O'Connor

Based on the infamous demon murder case. A chilling story of terror, murder, and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.

Everyone who's complaining that they're too much story and not enough scares, are you kidding? Story and character is the reason why we care about the stakes that's where drama, tension, and horror come from. If it was all jump scares and lacking in the story (the movie Winchester comes to mind), I guarantee y'all would've been even more disappointed. But if that's your thing, you'll probably be just as entertained by a jack in the box. While remaining faithful to the Conjuring universe, I appreciated that this third movie explored new territory so it wasn't just a repeat. It is a quality addition to the series with good production value and much more thoughtfully written than the spin-offs. It's a win for what it is considering the impossible task the writer and the director had of pleasing all these harsh fans who couldn't even tell you what they liked about the first two conjuring movies other than "it was scary."

 

3. Army of the Dead




Director

Zack Snyder

Writers

Zack Snyder (story by)

Shay Hatten (screenplay by)

Joby Harold (screenplay by)

Stars

Dave Bautista

Ella Purnell

Ana de la Reguera

With the abandoned, walled city of Las Vegas overrun with zombies, after a disastrous government fault, billionaire casino magnate Bly Tanaka realizes he has left something behind in Sin City: $200 million to be more precise. But for the time being, his mountains of cash are safe behind an impenetrable casino vault. Now, Tanaka is willing to pay $50 million to decorated former mercenary Scott Ward and his hand-picked team to retrieve the money before the US President nukes the entire city. Indeed, this is a life-changing offer Scott cannot refuse; nevertheless, the rules have changed, and this time, the horde of the walking undead seems to be more organized than they might have expected. And, above all, time is running out. Will Ward's crew return from Vegas in one piece and rich?

Oozing with a gung-ho attitude, smeared with a brawny touch, and brimming with an unabashed brainlessness, Army of the Dead has all the hallmarks of a silly, idiotic & extravagantly dumb yet fun blockbuster with a bonkers premise & stupid characters to steer the adventure and not only does it deliver what it set out to do but also does so with panache & near-fatal overdose of style.

 

2. Last Night in Soho




Director

Edgar Wright

Writers

Edgar Wright (story by)

Krysty Wilson-Cairns (screenplay by)

Stars

Thomasin McKenzie

Anya Taylor-Joy

Matt Smith

In acclaimed director Edgar Wright's psychological thriller, Eloise, an aspiring fashion designer, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandie. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker.

Edgar Wright seems to polarize with this movie. Although generally speaking the majority seem to love this as much as I did. Or in similar fashion - no pun intended. And for a genre movie it starts off ... well off (weird). You don't get a shocker, quite the opposite it starts off with a music number/dancing. Which makes sense when you think about it in hindsight and still sets a tone for the viewer - even if not one that is as menacing as the movie becomes later on.

Technically speaking the movie is impeccable. Anyone arguing differently surely has not seen far lesser movies produced than this and is probably blinded by the fact they don't like the movie. Which is more than fine, just don't let your dislike turn into a general bashing. One does not have to like a movie that is well made. We have different tastes and that is a good thing.

There are things that depending on how you view things, may feel like flaws or things the movie did not get right. Like the moral ambiguity or the love interest. The latter may feel a bit one dimensional, but ask yourself this: how many female love interests have been played or rather written the exact same way? So this is nothing unusual - unless you count the gender swap for who is playing the gullible and way too nice person to be real ... having said that, again that may not be enough to sway you to like the movie or the characters.

And the moral issues the movie displays including an ending that some may not be entirely left satisfied with (character choices and so much more) - with many unanswered questions ... on the other hand, some things are better left without an answer, so we as viewers can fill in the blanks.

Stylish and probably with quite a few in-camera effects (I imagine certain tricks were used to avoid a higher special effects cost, but I may be wrong), this movie has a few exquisite jump scares and a really good story as a backbone. Oh and before I forget, a great cast. It has been ages since I last saw Terence Stamp on the big screen.

Anyway, really good genre movie by a director who knows what he wants - for an audience who mostly seems to appreciate it.

 

1. Willy’s Wonderland


Director

Kevin Lewis

Writer

G.O. Parsons  (screenplay by)

Stars

Nicolas Cage

Emily Tostaa

Beth Grantt

A quiet loner (Nic Cage) finds himself stranded in a remote town when his car breaks down. Unable to pay for the repairs he needs, he agrees to spend the night cleaning Willy's Wonderland, an abandoned family fun center. But this wonderland has a dark secret that the "The Janitor" is about to discover. He soon finds himself trapped inside Willy's and locked in an epic battle with the possessed animatronic mascots that roam the halls. To survive, he must fight his way through each of them.

I like the general premise and the place. I love Cage's obsessive cleaning although his character should start differently. Instead of a bad mother driving a muscle car, he should be a simple workman driving a beat-up truck. He should be poor which would explain him working as a janitor more easily. I like the teen group for the most part and they are good cannon fodder anyways. I like the animatronic killers although the killings get a bit repetitive.

 

So, there you go my top ten for 2021. Hope you found them interesting. I’ll see you next year around this time for the top ten of 2022. Keep America Strong, Watch Horror Films…

 

Monday, March 21, 2022

Awards Season is a Joke

 Seriously, I hate awards season. People make a big deal over pretty statues and rub them in other people's faces. It would be different if the work actually mattered, but it doesn't. It is all about who you know and how popular you are. Shit, I recall last year a person who had not done anything for a year and a half got nominated for the best in there area of the genre for that year. How the hell do you get nominated for sitting on your ass for a year and a half. It's a joke. Guess what? I'll NEVER get nominated because I've told the truth about all these "Awards". It's hilarious that a film that fails in the box office and that practically no one saw gets a best picture nomination. But please feel free and live in the fantasy world where these Awards have actual meaning and really represent the best. Me, I'm living in the real world and I just shake my head.

Monday, November 29, 2021

JJ Abrams is fucking over Constantine fans for the WOKE assholes!


Constantine fans need to realize that JJ Abrams is going to fuck them over. He is going to hire a black guy to play John. It is because of this disgrace that Matt Ryan was pulled from the roll.
Just forget this series is even going to be made because it is not for you, but is for a bunch of WOKE assholes who would never pick up a Hellblazer comic if it was thrown in their faces by Keanu Reeves or Matt Ryan, even though in the comics and on Legends of Tomorrow John was bisexual. It's all about spitting in the face of the fans and showing us that John is the property of Warner Corporation and they can do whatever the hell they want with him...Assholes!


 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Thank God it's over for another year...

 Thank God The Rondo Awards will be done with for another year at midnight tonight. I get so tired of the overload of ego cases playing the good ole I'm better than the rest of you crap. Just because you got a shelf full of cheap resin busts don't mean you are great. What makes you great is the fans and the work... The rest is all vanity and gloss and it is never fair.

Here is a bit of truth about myself. If I was as much of a delusional ego case, like some of my denouncers say, I would have walked away from horror years ago because even though I put my blood, sweat, and soul into my work I get treated like crap by a lot of people in this community. All I've ever asked for is fair treatment but a lot of assholes think that's too much. Shit, I got kicked out of The Horror Authors Guild based on a picture that was obviously photoshopped, but no one cared to even listen to me and even allow me to point this out. I just got kicked out and treated like guilty until proven innocent. So, don't think that this community treats its members fairly, that is the real delusion.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Goodreads supports harassment of authors on their website

 

Well, I just deleted my Goodreads account. I’m done with Goodreads because they support harassment and cyberstalking.

For the last several years the cyberstalkers have been harassing me and getting pretty much all the good reviews on my books taken down and have been using fake profiles of myself and others to constantly write disgusting “reviews” and messages on my books and those of Christopher Highland. This situation has cost me readers and potentially damaged my reputation.

The last straw happened when Goodreads blatantly refused to pull an obvious fake profile of me, the avatar was a six hundred pound naked person with my head badly photoshopped on it. This cyberstalker was writing all over my books that I was getting married to a gay friend of mine. They even went so far to make a fake profile of my friend backing up their assertions. Now, get this straight assholes I’m heterosexual. I’m not homophobic for saying this. The person using the fake profile definitely is because they are constantly rubbing homosexuality in my face on Goodreads and the comment section of my blog.

Another reason I’ve also cut all ties with Goodreads is because they just took down the ability for people on their site to flag and report abusive content. I used to be able to flag the cyberstalker’s “reviews” and disgusting comments on my and other’s books. I was forced to constantly do this. Now, Goodreads has pulled that ability, thus allowing harassers free reign.

The only reason I’m writing this is to let other writers know of this situation and to give them a chance to express their displeasure of the way Goodreads is handing this kind of abuse and writers on the internet in general.

This is not a time to sit on your hands and just ignore the situation. It’s gotten so bad that I’ve walked away from this, that says something. This crap needs to end and it is up to YOU, the writers, to say no more.

And to the low life pieces of shit that have harassed me on Goodreads for the last several years. You have won nothing. It is Goodreads that has broke the trust with the writers of the internet. It is Goodreads that has turned its back on the writers. So, will you accept this like cowardly fools, my fellow writers?

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Archived For Future Generations

 Well, William Pattison fans, I have some wonderful news I want to share with you. For the last couple of years, I have been working with the non-profit organization, The Alexandria Project to have my books contributed to their digital archive. This will make my books available to libraries and other digital outlets associated with the Alexandria Project. Also, my books will be protected so that they will be available for future generations of readers.

Both my books I wrote under Eric Morse as well as my new books I’ve written in recent years have been included in the archive. I’m really happy to finally make this announcement. It has been a lot of work to achieve this, but for me it was definitely worth it.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Proof of cyberstalking (Even an Idiot can see this)....


Ok, you guys are going to love this. My cyberstalkers are showing how dense and stupid they are.
In the early afternoon on April 29th, I was looking around Youtube, like I usually do when I finish doing my job, which is taking care of my sister who has damage to her knees and back from car crashes she’s had in the past. I get a couple hours break before I get her lunch and help her out in the afternoon.
Anyway, I was looking over Youtube and found a video by a fellow author who does a video blog. His video was about his experiences about how people close him downplay his writing and act like it isn’t important because he isn’t making a living as a writer, which is like around ninety percent of authors in the business. I left a comment on this video that I knew what he was talking about because people close to me act quite a bit the same when it comes to my books. It’s almost like they think that if I’m not making a Stephen King salary that my writing has no value to them.
Well, amazingly enough, an hour later I get a notice from Youtube that Hey Internet, it’s Eric, aka Eric Hyde commented on my comment on this author’s channel, since it’s ludicrous that Youtube is so big, oh and the fact that Hey Internet, It’s Eric is blocked on my Youtube account, thus he shouldn’t even be able to comment on any comment by me much less track me to a Youtube channel I’d only been to once and that was over two years ago. Sounds pretty cyberstalkery to me, but that’s ridiculous since Eric is constantly complaining that I’m accusing him of being a cyberstalker when there is no way he could be. So, obviously, him monitoring my Youtube viewing and creating another Hey Internet, it’s Eric profile to comment on my comments after he has been blocked is all OK and not in any way an indication that he is an obsessive stalker-like person?
Oh, and then amazingly some person who is not Eric Hyde and has no association at all to him comes on that same comment thread using a fake William Pattison profile, with a photo of me with my sunglasses on as his avatar, and starts leaving fucked up, immature, and gross comments on the comment thread. (See below) But, of course, this doesn’t have anything to do with Eric Hyde. No, Eric Hyde is just an innocent person who is angelic in all this… I call BULLSHIT and if you have a brain, reader, you will believe the same. As I said, take a look below…



Four hours later, after helping my sister, I get back on the computer and I see these asshole comments. Because I have a college education, which Eric Hyde doesn’t (He was stupid to mention in a video that he was a high school drop out), I put one and one together, because I doubt some random cyberstalker is going to find my comment thread on his own in the vastness that is Youtube and in reality, and not in the fantasy excuse world of Eric Hyde’s obsessive mind, that this makes sense. So, I confronted Eric publically on the thread and told him to grow up. (see below to see the continuation). Immediately Eric Hyde comes back on and comments. Isn’t that amazing and not at all stalkery… He thinks he’s smart (chuckle, chuckle) and says I’m a fool because I came to the conclusion that he was the author of the fake William Pattison profile, because of course he is innocent and an angelic person. The thing is even if he brought in his pet whack job minion Jay, aka JayTV on Youtube (who I also blocked on my channel). I call Jay a whack job because he just went nuts on me out of nowhere. I didn’t even know the world had shit out this turd until he sent me an email with a link to his video. Oh, but producing an insulting video about a perfect stranger based on propaganda you got from his cyberstalker who lied to you and told you that I was cyberstalking him. Oh, and I loved how Jay stated that he didn’t care about my side of thing, meaning that whole Eric Hyde cyberstalking me thing, and how he was going to personally destroy my life because Eric told him that I threatened Eric’s family because I said I was going to sue him and his unfortunate family was going to be homeless because Eric was being an immature, obsessive asshole who wouldn’t back off and walk away after I’ve given him over a dozen chances, but I’m the evil mental one… Anyway, see below…





Nice? Looks obvious as hell? Give me a break. Either it is indeed Eric doing both of these last posts or it was Jay, his attack dog, writing it. Which is in fact still Eric doing the attacking since he is pulling the strings on that ignorant, brain fucked, (Well, he looks like he is a drug addict or he is a mental case off his pills) idiot who only listens to the fucking mental case, obsessive, cyberstalker (now come on… at this point it has to be obvious) who, rather than walking away, has made a second (or more) Hey Internet, it’s Eric profile(s) because I blocked him on social media (and yes I’ve flagged him dozens of times on Youtube) and is monitoring my viewing on Youtube as well as monitoring my Facebook. I think it is more than obvious what happened here and who is the joke in this situation. It became obvious when Eric Hyde flashed his true self in this quote, “You DO know there are more than me who hate you…” Yeah, I do, Eric, but you are the one that was here and most of them have had the good sense to walk away because they were fighting a losing fight. You can’t because you are so obsessed you’ve lost your good sense, which is why you will share the same fate as an old stalker of mine name Wil Kieper. Wil, didn’t know when to stop and his followers turned on him and he lost everything. He ended up a broken man who is now trying to put the pieces of his life together again. He learned a hard lesson and he NEVER took me down no matter what he did. Oh, and, Eric, you call me a liar yet everything you do shows you to be a liar, thus a total hypocrite who needs to shut your mouth because you have no right to judge me.

So, there you have it, people…