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THE BUZZ (HA!)

 

     Danny Glover and the Dread Pirate Roberts star in a psychological horror film about a manipulating serial killer who forces people to solve or escape punishing traps in order to learn something about themselves. I won't say much more about the plot, because much like the movie Se7en, this is the type of film that, the less you know about it, the better. It was based on an indie short that all took place in one gross bathroom, but the full-length film has a far more elaborate plot. This franchise unfortunately suffered a bit of Land Before Time syndrome, and it's a shame that a movie this good shares a name with the rest of them.

 

 THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

 

     You probably have heard about the Saw movies coming out every year. There are more of them now than there are Star Wars movies; almost all of them are terrible, and they sully the name of this one. If you're into psychological horror or crime films, this one is a stellar example. It's well acted, gritty, well-shot, and mind bending. There are all sorts of minor details that later become relevant, and this movie doesn't have a twist; it has, like, six. The later entries in the series start to be only about gruesome violence, but this one is mainly brutal due to the subject matter. Yes, it can be tough on the squeamish, but it actually isn't torture porn, even though it's credited with inventing the genre. It's a very well-crafted film made by someone who cared. You can't say the same about most of the sequels, although I actually really enjoyed Saw 2 for different reasons. Oh, and the theme song is fantastically chilling.

 

POTENTIAL HANGOVERS

 

     This movie is goddamned unrelenting. There is no respite, no comic relief, no happy ending. Nothing but dark-filtered torment the entire time. This can very understandably be a huge turn-off for a lot of people. It isn't a campy, ironic gorefest. It's stuff like a dude sawing his own leg off with a dull hacksaw. That can be hard to watch. Secondly, this is a movie you really need to focus on. If you put it on in the background, you'll lose about 80% of what makes this movie good, and you'll run the risk of thinking the movie is just a bunch of angry people talking in disgusting environments. It really needs attention to be fully appreciated.

 

THE ATMOSPHERE: Deep Thoughts, Solo Experience

 

     This is absolutely a movie to drink to (as I believe most horror movies are), but it isn't a movie to get drunk to. It's exhausting to watch and excellent to discuss. However, it really isn't something you should put on for big groups. A lot of really important details are in the dialogue, and the delivery is really emphatic. But give it a chance. I know I pre-judged the franchise due to its interminable attraction to LOL TRAPS over substance (Saw IV's catchphrase was literally β€œIt's a trap.”), but the one that started it all got huge for a reason. It's a legitimately strong horror movie; the type that actually sticks with you. Give it a chance and I know you'll agree.

 

Drink:

 

Once when you see blood.

Twice when they do a fast cut.

(Hard mode) Take a shot for each β€œI want to play a game.”

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