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shannarie said on May 13th, 2005 at 5:38 pm :

i didnt like Hide and Seek that much..

but. now me and my friends make fun of it.. and ask one another if we want to play “extreme hide and seek” cuz at the end.. he was stabbing everything with the knife.. lol

nice site btw


olivia said on May 15th, 2005 at 10:48 pm :

i ADORE your def of pillow-use violence!

and yeah, i’d never watch those movies. you’re brave boy. man.


May 13, 2005 | Dual movie review

Here’s something new– a dual movie review of two horror movies that were released in relative proximity of each other: “Hide and Seek” and “The Amityville Horror”

Hide and Seek (2005)

Director: John Polson
Starring: Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning
Rated: R
Runtime: 101 min

The Amityville Horror (2005)

Director: Andrew Douglas
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George
Rated: R
Runtime: 90 min

Do not expect much from either of the two movies, rated in the lower 30s (out of 100) at the metacritic website. I wouldn’t be so harsh, but both had cliché horror scenes, and The Amityville Horror plot was all too predictable. Those clich&eacutes appeared in both movies: the crime/bad scene takes place always at the same time (2:09 with “Hide and Seek”, 3:10 with “The Amityville Horror”) and there is always an appearance of a doll that is somehow crucial to the content.

The Amityville Horror, though severely Hollywood-ised, is nonetheless based, however loosely, on the true story of the 28 days spent by the Lutz family after they moved into the same house occupied by the DeFeos, who were murdered in cold blood by one of their member. The usual ‘hearing voices’, ‘suspicious closing and opening of doors’ and the ‘I suddenly feel cold’ is portrayed alongside an increasingly tense and volatile trasformation of the main protagonist, who himself becomes murder-like. His wife, frantically searching for a reason behind his change of character inside the home, discovers a dismal and cruel truth that saves her family in the hitch of the time.

Hide and Seek has no element of truth behind it, which makes it all the more suspenseful. Dakota Fanning and Robert De Niro are exceptional in their roles, although if you’ve seen Dakota Fanning in other movies, you’d probably wonder what artistry changed her into such a scary personality. It’s not that she does anything wrong– she just acts terrifying. The recurring phrase is ‘Come out come out, wherever you are’ (as seen on the movie poster) and the element of Hide and Seek is well incorporated into the script (as is the scariness of visiting a bathroom in the middle of the night with the shower-curtain draped and the drip drip of an open tap). There’s also the occasional scene that leaves the viewer (or at least me) thoroughly mistifyed, wondering what on earth did the scene have to do with anything else. It might just be my lack of understanding. But once the movie reaches its climax, you’re in for a true surprise, and De Niro is excellent at fulfulling the role. The storyline follows Emily (Dakota Fanning) and David Callaway (Robert De Niro)’s move out of New York after his wife/her mother commits suicide. The nightmare, however, continues in the pristine community upstate, when (she) befriends Charlie, an imaginary friend that, though initially committing heinous acts, later reveals a more dismal truth.

The Amityville Horror does not present a relatively star-studded cast, though they should recieve a good mention for relatively good acting.

Both movies contain a relative amount of pillow-use* violence, though only Hide and Seek portrays death (and at least 4 of them at that). The tension in The Amityville Horror is gradual, slowly accumulating until a climactic 28th day brings everything together. On the other hand, Hide and Seek provides a series of tense build-ups, making it more like a rollercoaster of “I wonder what’s going to happen” followed by the viewer’s evident shock and surprise.

I’d give a better note for Hide and Seek for providing a thrill that is both unexpected and tense. If you’re looking instead for a scariness that is compounded with the fact that “Oh, something like this truly took place”, then The Amityville Horror might be for you, and I would not recommend visiting this site that discredits every scene until the sé is over. Perhaps a 6 out of 10 for Hide and Seek, and 5 out of 10 for The Amityville Horror. The former is definitely scarier than than the latter. There’s sparse humour in the latter, none in the former. Sexual allusions exist in the The Amityville Horror, and don’t in Hide and Seek. Both contain scenes that are equally disgusting.

*pillow-use violence: the moment where violence in a film is best viewed with a pillow in front of oneself.

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