In today’s world, you have countless sources for movie reviews and information: Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, Wikipedia, Reddit, podcasts, Twitter, Facebook just to name a few. You can find out the entire plot to a movie complete with gifs and video clips sometimes before a movie even hits the theater. Spoilers run rampant including the marketing of major motion pictures. I think it’s actually harder to enjoy movies today than it was even ten years ago, when everyone didn’t dissect and discuss movies ad nauseam.
With that being said, why in the world would I start reviewing movies? Well I love to analyze and research films. It’s been a hobby of mine since I was a kid, and I like guiding people to movies they have missed. I’m by no means an expert or a professional film critic, I’m just a regular guy who felt like writing about horror films. The biggest difference in my site and a lot of others is that I’m going to do whatever I can to avoid spoilers.
It’s common to see someone online go, “Well since this movie is twenty years old, I don’t have to say spoiler alert.” I think that is a load of bullshit. Just because a film is twenty years old, doesn’t mean that everyone has seen it. And it just shows a lack of respect that you have for your readers when you spoil it without putting up a warning beforehand. Don’t get me wrong, I think there is a place for spoiler filled discussions of movies, but I don’t think that everyone out there looking for an idea of what to watch and what not to watch should have to wade through spoiler filled waters to find out about a movie, especially a horror movie where spoilers can ruin the entire experience.
So my reviews are a little different than most. I don’t dive into intricate details of the plot or spoil the ending. Instead, I give my own personal history with the film, a brief synopsis, and then outline what I liked about the movie and didn’t like about it. Once I’ve finished that, I list any interesting facts and the give my final review and recommendation. I do my absolute best to not spoil anything big, and if I’m going to, I am sure to let you know beforehand.
My reviews are written to help readers prior to watching a movie for the first time, as well as to revisit once they’ve watched the movie. After you’ve seen the movie my vague comments will make so much more sense and I think that makes the reviews are even more enjoyable.
I hope you enjoy your time here at Brandon’s Horror Review.