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Belittling Horror Excessively: Dorm05:04 AM -- Thu October 6, 2011

This is a movie review... I will not outright spoil things, but if you want to really experience a movie fresh and clean, there is information below that will dirty you up! So beware of mild semi-spoilers.

Synopsis: A kid gets sent off to boarding school and finds it not to his liking. The other kids tell him ghost stories, then he meets a friend, who turns out to be a ghost himself. And in fact the star of one of the ghost stories. Bromance ensues.

Scariness Type: There are a couple little jump scares, but it turns out this is not the horror movie it was billed to be (tricked again!!). It's a ghost story like Ghost is a ghost story, just with less Whoopie Goldberg.

Rating: 3/5 Vinyl Records.

Today I Learned: Ghosts can't see you if you hold your breath. I think it's like how T-Rexes track movement.

Good Stuff: It's a pretty good movie, a nice story that's constructed well and makes sense. It's got a nice arc to it, kind of a sweet story like some kind of Spielberg movie.

Bad Stuff: As a sweet little Spielberg story, it's kind of nothing special. No major twists or surprises, nothing to really think about. It just was a 'small' story, no real stakes, which isn't technically a problem so much as not what I was looking for.

Classic Rules Of Film: If you show a broken video game in Act 1, and tell somebody you're gonna fix it, you should probably fix it, or that's just rude.

My Take: The movie starts out with some really creepy mood and you think you're in for scary stuff, then it kind of just takes off into Tom n' Huck doing frog races and spying on Becky. It's interesting because it is a really positive story, but it's also depressing, from family problems to suicides to tragic accidents to the occasional dissection. All in all, it was a solid movie, and as an added bonus it included a movie-in-the-movie with a hopping vampire.

Artistic Nonsense: To be entirely unsilly since I had to review two movies today and I am done with thinking, this movie has a repeated theme of the redemptive power of forgiveness.

Tomorrow's movie is Bloody Mallory! Pretty sure that's gonna be an action movie rather than horror, but I count "horror-themed action". It's Halloween-riffic! Anyway, I think it's gonna be a cheaper version of Bloodrayne (which was a cheaper version of Underworld). And that's precisely what we need.
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