I did it! I made it to 300 posts before the end of the year. I knew I could do it, but the question was would I do it? As slow as things have been, as far as my blog goes, I wasn't so sure if I could find the time to reach #300 before the end of the year. I haven't reached my 300th review yet but I am sure that will be coming up soon enough. I don't keep track of that as well as I should but I do know there can be found well over 200 reviews on this blog now. I hope all of you have enjoyed them since I have had fun letting everyone know what I thought of each film. I know not everyone is going to agree with me since that is just the way films are. Besides, it would make for a boring world if we all agreed on everything all of the time. As most of you probably know by now, every 50 posts I pick out a movie that I consider a favorite that I have yet to review. These posts aren't really a review of the film but I think I still get across how I feel about them. This time around, I picked out The Hazing (2004).
The Hazing is probably the newest movie I have picked out as a favorite before I started this blog. As always, I watch the movie before I write about it. This only makes the second time I have watched this movie. I have yet to buy it but I will someday. You may also know that I'm not a very big fan of movies that try and mix horror and comedy together. In my opinion, there are very few movies that get this mix right. Director Ralfe Kanefsky is one person that knows this mix very well. When I first watched The Hazing around two years ago and fell in love with it right away. It isn't scary at all but the comedy and horror mix was nailed with perfection. After seeing Nightmare Man (which you can find reviewed here), it turned me into a big fan of Ralfe Kanefsky since he proved to me this movie wasn't a fluke.
The Hazing is about some pledges that are trying to get into a frat/sorority. The pledge leaders send their pledges on a scavenger hunt where things are worth so many points. If they want in, they need to collect 50 points and meet up at a house where some murders took place years ago. One item on the list is a book that Professor Knapps owns. Doug and Marsha go to the professor's house only to discover that he has murdered one of his students and is now after them. In defending themselves, they accidentally kill him. In their panic they call 911 but take off before talking to anyone, keeping the book and staff that the professor had. Since they left the line open, 911 was able to trace the call and take the professor to the hospital where they discover he isn't dead just yet. The professor is able to send his spirit over to the house where all the pledges are now, to give them a little treat.
The Hazing borrows from The Evil Dead in the fact that there is an evil book and a certain body part takes on a life of its own. Not a hand this time around though. Along with a chainsaw with some over the top blood. It will also remind you a bit of the movie Night Of The Demons as well. A few people hate The Hazing because it reminds them too much of those two movies and accuse it of stealing from them. Don't let those reviews fool you though. Even though The Hazing will remind you of those movies, I thought it was more of a nod towards them instead of trying to steal from them. The Hazing is very much its own movie. I can understand someone getting upset when an entire scene is lifted from another movie with very little changed but that wasn't the case at all here.
In my review for Nightmare Man I talked about this movie being one of my favorites so I decided then that it would be the movie I would talk about for this post. The mix of comedy and horror hits its mark and it really made me laugh at times. The body part that comes to life and when it comes to life is just so perfect. It was done in such a way that it would be funny to both women and men as well. The effects are very well done and the acting wasn't too bad at all. Brad Dourif appears as the professor. Brad seems to give his best for every movie I have watched him be in so far and this one is no exception. A few reviews talked about renting this movie because Brooke Burke is in it. To be honest, I don't know who she is. She is only in it at the start of the film though. Nectar Rose, Tiffany Shepis and Charmaine De Grate are the lead women. Philip Andrew, Jeremy Maxwell, Parry Shen and David Tom are the lead men. The Hazing may not make it on every one's list of favorite movies but it sure made mine. It wouldn't have gotten one of those magic 5 stars because it really isn't scary at all but it is still a very fun movie to watch.
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