Get Up On This With Jensen Karp: Monster House / Gerald’s Game / The Innkeepers

Every Thursday morning Jensen Karp gets us up on something new

October 24, 2019

Every Thursday morning Jensen brings our attention to something that we may not know about yet or something we may have overlooked in the past.

Now it's time to "Get Up On This."

It is officially Rocktober (insert guitar solo) and that means the scary season is officially upon us. This month Jensen will be bringing us three different horror films that most people haven’t seen. It’s only 12 movies and an easy way for Jensen to do less work over the next four weeks. This week Jensen gets us up on these horror movies Monster HouseGerald’s Game, and The Innkeepers.

The first film of this week is not only a scary movie but also family-friendly. It’s an animated film released in 2006 called Monster House. It was co-written by the man behind Community and Rick and Morty, Dan Harmon, so we know there’s some humor in it. It was produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, and with a pedigree like that, we all should know more about this film. The cast features some familiar voices including Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kathleen Turner, and Fred Willard. Monster House uses that weird human capture 3D effect that was first used in Polar Express, only this one is a lot better and less annoying. It’s about a 12-year-old named D.J. Walters who is left in the care of the babysitter. He lives next door to a scary house owned by a crotchety old man named Nebbercracker. His friend Chowder loses a ball on Nebbercracker’s front yard and they have to face their fears and a haunted house to get it back. It’s so cute, so fun and at times - kind of scary. It wasn’t a smash hit and it hasn’t withstood the test of time for recognition, but when it comes to Halloween movies, Jensen is strongly suggesting this one, especially if you have kids. The best part about this movie is - It’s one hour and thirty-one minutes long.

The second film this week comes from a name we’ve already heard previously in this month’s Get Up On segment: Mike Flanagan. We’ve talked about his genius movie Hush and his upcoming film Doctor Sleep but, this was the very first time he adapted something from Stephen King. Based on one of his lesser-known 1992 novel’s, Gerald’s Game, this was a Netflix Original that was released in 2017, starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood. It’s the story of a long-time married couple named Jessie and Gerald, who decide to go to an isolated lake house to get away and deal with their own struggles and marital woes. Gerald decides to break out some handcuffs and take some Viagra to spice things up in the bedroom and well, things get weird. Gerald ends up dead from a heart attack and Jessie is still handcuffed and alone in the woods, where no one can hear her. This movie is wildly insane and you start to feel the effects of dehydration and fatigue along with the main character. There’s one scene where Jensen wishes they had cut away, but they didn’t. This movie is a hidden gem, perfect to stumble upon in October. You can see what Stephen King loved about Mike Flanagan, which then got him Doctor Sleep. The best part of this movie? – one hour and forty-three minutes. Allie was quick to point out that Flannagan is from Salem, MA, so he has a real connection with horror films and King. 

Netflix’s marketing team did something very cool with that one scene Jensen referenced. They showed it to their employees without telling them what they were going to see. Here’s the video of them reacting to that scene.

Lastly, the third movie this week is The Innkeepers. It’s directed by genre darling Ti West, who directed The Sacrament and House of the Devil. The movie stars Sara Paxton, Pat Healy and Kelly McGillis (Best known from Top Gun). It follows two employees at the Yankee Peddler Inn, a scary-looking Bed & Breakfast that is about to close it’s doors forever. Before it closes, the two employees decide to document the paranormal activity that they’ve experienced while working there. The two are already amateur ghost hunters in their spare time. The hotel is haunted by several ghosts, including one who is rumored to be buried in the basement of the hotel. Kelly McGillis is great in the film and the characters all get more than they bargained for. Lena Dunham makes an appearance in the film, but don’t hold it against it. But, the best part of the movie is... it’s an hour and forty minutes.

This week of scary movies for the month of Halloween are Monster House (which is family-friendly), Gerald’s Game (which is not family-friendly), and The Innkeepers. Jensen encourages everyone to view along, especially if you haven’t seen some of these yet. It will be fun to watch together. Next week Jensen will have one last set of Halloween movies to get you up on.