Checking into a hotel room can be a scary thing. You don't know who was there before you, what they did while they were there, nor how well their mess was cleaned after they left. I mean, if you're reading this from a hotel room, you could be sitting on, or worse, lying on...you know what? Never mind. Just know that's why I decided to go with all horror flicks for this week's Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves. The topic? Movies set in a hotel. And no, I didn't pick THAT horror movie set in a hotel.
The Wicker Man
(1973)Police officer Sgt. Howie (Edward Woodward) is sent to a nearby, but secluded island in search of a missing girl who lives there. When he gets there, the locals tell him she doesn't even exist. To make the experience all the more torturous, he's a devout Christian and these folks are into pagan worship and orgies. Since he's determined to find the truth, he sticks around and ventures deeper and deeper down this bizarre rabbit-hole with much of the action taking place in and around the hotel where he's staying. It's an oddball mix of horror, dark comedy, and music that somehow works brilliantly. See this to catch up on your 70s horror classics. If you just feel like seeing Nic Cage go Nic Cage in an unintentionally hilarious craptacular wreck, see the remake.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
(1998)Speaking of craptacular wrecks, we have the sequel to I Know What You Did Last Summer. The story picks up a year after the events of that first film, I think. Might be two years. It's final couple, Ray and Julie (Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt, respectively), have gone on an island vacay with their college buddies. So yeah, lots of stuff happens at their hotel. Since this is a slasher flick, that stuff revolves around the aforementioned college buddies getting gored to death with a fish hook...one by one. Yup, it's bad. And that's why I love it. To be more specific, this is the film that let me know that Jennifer Love Hewitt may not be the best actress in the world, but she certainly has a huge pair of...ahem...mitts. Similarly, I learned that R&B singer Brandy Norwood is okay at this acting thing, too, but possesses a perfectly round...um...mass. Yeah, that's it.
(2006)Speaking of mitts and mass, the frequently naked Ashley Judd stars as the down-on-her-luck Agnes in Bug. Makes sense considering that most of it takes place within the confines of her
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