Day 98 & Day 99 – As Above, So Below & Child’s Play

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Movie Title: As Above, So Below

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 33 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

As Above, So Below is about one woman’s quest for the Philosopher’s Stone. Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) is continuing her father’s quest. He was an expert on the Philosopher’s Stone and went mad before he died. Her latest lead led her to Iran where she discovered the Rose Key. The Rose Key can be used to translate the tomb stone of a long dead alchemist that was supposed to have discovered the ability to transmute metals and achieve immortality.

Their search leads them to the catacombs below Paris where they suspect they will discover the alchemist’s secret. An ethereal figure named Papillon offers to get them where they need to go, but he proves to be very human. There is conflict between some of the group members because one of them is claustrophobic and afraid of going into the catacombs. After entering the catacombs he panics, but can’t exit once their exit route is blocked.

Once in the catacombs they discover a cult. The panic attacks that follow feel real. It is also uncomfortable to watch for someone who also suffers from claustrophobia. The movie is shot with head cameras and frequently switches perspectives which is at times disorienting. They quickly get lost and turn on each other. Then things get really strange really fast.

Verdict:

It is an interesting movie with a pretty interesting climax. The ending is like when you have to backtrack in a video game and is therefore a little frustrating. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Child’s Play (1988)

 

Movie Title: Child’s Play

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 27 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Child’s Play opens with a robbery gone bad. Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) attempts to escape capture by the police by going through a toy store. During the shoot out Ray is mortally wounded. He makes a pledge to kill the officer who shot him no matter what. He collapses into a pile of Good Guys dolls where he promptly utters a satanic spell that allows him to transfer his consciousness into the body of the doll.

Across town, Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) is being raised by his single mom and it is his birthday. All Andy wants for his birthday is a Good Guys doll and he gets one with the soul of Charles Lee Ray inside its plastic frame. Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) is forced to work overtime on her son’s birthday. Her co-worker Maggie Peterson (Dinah Manoff) comes over to babysit for the night.

Chucky starts behaving strangely and ultimately decides to kill everyone. It doesn’t take very long.

Verdict:

It is a cheesy late-80s horror flick that spawned several sequels and was a cool concept. See it, but keep your expectations down.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Spaceballs (1987)

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