Sunday, September 9, 2012

Netflix - I can't quit you.

So, I really love a great movie, but I've had a somewhat capricious relationship with Netflix since we started seeing each other last February.  I've written about it here, here, and here. 

What's uncanny is that just about one week ago after a trip to Blockbuster (remember Blockbuster?) I said to hubby, "Y'know I am really sick of Netflix never having the movies I want to see.  Why don't we just cancel Netflix and pay Blockbuster a monthly fee and we can watch whatever we want.  Well, just nine of whatever we want, but we don't have any time anyway."

To which hubby answered, "Yeah, but then we'd have to drive.  And besides we don't have any time to watch nine movies a month."

I quietly agreed with hubby, but I continued to dis Netflix in my head for a week.

Then this past Friday rolled around and we watched this (on Netflix):

On the Netflix scale of stars I think it had a 3.  Apparently 3 stars means, "This movie kinda sucks, but if you cannot drive to Blockbuster to rent the movie you really want to see, go ahead and watch this."

Saturday I woke up decidedly pissed at Netflix and seriously considering breaking up.  Then Saturday night rolled around.

Hubby selected this movie:

and you are lucky I am still alive to write about it.

Today I am convicted in continuing my relationship with Netflix for at least a while longer. 

Holy cow, y'all.  If you want a scary movie - this is it.  It's the scariest I've seen since Insidious, which I really liked.

I started to watch the movie with hubby still finishing up a few things on his computer.  It started out with subtitles and immediately I thought, "Crap.  I have to read?"  But I was quickly (I mean within the first few seconds) drawn in.  If you don't click the link - it's set in (I think) Tokyo and it involves a group of friends.  The main character is one of the friends and he is a photographer.  (Are you scared already?  I was.  Cameras in scary movies.  freak.  me.  out.)  In a nutshell (and without a spoiler alert) he and his girlfriend must figure out how to deal with some freaky $hit that is happening to him.

If you are not a reader and hate subtitles - don't worry - there isn't a lot of dialogue.  Because the dialogue that is there is powerful?  I don't know.  I'm not a movie critic.  Just know that hubby hates subtitles and he kept up just fine.

For a movie to really scare me, the main of elements of the movie have to have a basis in reality.  If I think to myself this could really happen then I am scared.  I also love the view that is from the main character's eyes (all you movie critics - tell me what this is technically called).  This movie fits the bill on both counts.  It could happen (that's also what I say about Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist) and I love the camera shots.  (Ha!  If you've already seen the movie see how I did that?)

After the movie, I had to wait downstairs until hubby was ready for bed so that I didn't have to brave the upstairs alone.  Then I had to do a 20 point check of the upstairs (closets and showers) before I made a running leap on to my bed (so that I was not grabbed by the ankles  by something under my bed).  After I was safely tucked into my bed (two hours later - kiddingkind of) I still had goosebumps.

Hubby said it wasn't all that scary to him (yeah, right).  But I saw him second glancing at all of our windows on the way upstairs.

If you love scary movies like I do - watch it.  You will not be disappointed.


Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said...

I cannot do scary movies or supernatural movies, but can do thriller, crime mysteries. Anyway, my beef with netflix is the scratches on the DVDs. It happens with every movie we get. Watched Wanderlust this past weekend, and missed a good portion because it go stuck because of scratches.

jamiew said...

adding it to my instant queue...along with all the other movies i have no time to watch.

Mind Margins said...

I have the same love/hate affair with Netflix. I finally jumped on the Downton Abbey boat and fell in love after watching the first season on Netflix. Awesomeness! But not so awesome when I realized Netflix doesn't even have the second season. WTH? This means I'll have to pay to see it somewhere else? I love a good scary movie, though, and will definitely be checking out Shutter--and Insidious. Thanks for the tips!

Anonymous said...

Hah! I have been having the same up and down relationship with Netflix. That movie sounds awesome, though! It's not full of blood and gore, is it?

Monica said...

@leigh - we may be giving up netflix in favor of more tv channels. hubby is going to decide this week. @jamie - this week, friend. YOU CAN DO IT. ;o) @mind margins - i love downton abbey, but was also bummed about the second season. it was also the same freakin' thing with killer and lilyhammer. hubby and i are hanging on all three of those waiting to see the other seasons. :o( @whatimeant2say - a teensy bit of gore - but it's not a horror flick. it's more creepy, suggestive, and suspenseful. similar movies would be: rosemary's baby and the shining. if you love being scared - you will love it.