Get Up On This With Jensen Karp: The Gift / Unfriended / Trick ‘r Treat

Every Thursday morning Jensen Karp gets us up on something new

October 3, 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 every week that most people have not seen. This week Jensen gets us up on three horror movies: The GiftUnfriended, and Trick ‘r Treat.

The Gift was released in 2015 and was directed, written by, and features Joel Edgerton. Jensen tends to admire the films that he is in charge of and called him, “One of the better up and coming filmmakers.” Allie was quick to point out that Kevin hung up on Edgerton when they spoke to him for the movie promotion (but, that’s a story for a different time). It stars Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, and Allison Tolman. It tells the story of Simon, played by Bateman, who moves into a new neighborhood with his wife and they run into an old acquaintance from his youth, who not only has mysterious gifts for them but is keeping quite a secret. Imagine the creepy kid from high school coming back with a few questions for you in adulthood. Edgerton is unrecognizable as his character Gordo. He’s creepy as hell and we can assume it has something to do with unfinished business. If you enjoyed movies like Hand That Rocks the CradleGood Son, or Sleeping with the Enemy, this film is right in your wheelhouse. You’ll love the thrill of not feeling safe in your own home. It has a spectacular twist ending and the best part, it’s only one hour and forty minutes long.

Here’s a clip from Bateman and his wife who’ve come home to see a school of koi fish in their pond with a note from Gordo to explain the fish.

The second pick this week is the movie Unfriended. It’s so good and not enough people have seen it. It’s a 2014 found footage horror film produced by Blumhouse, a very respected name in the Horror world. The movie is completely seen through the lens of a computer screen. It’s almost like a screen-cast, so you only get to see what is on a screen. You watch what looks like a group Skype conversation between high school classmates. It becomes terrifying when a mysterious person joins the group conversation using the account of a girl who was bullied in high school and committed suicide the prior year. You won’t recognize any of the actors in the movie and that’s a good thing because you want to immerse yourself in the format and the way the story is being told. The most important part of this film is, it’s only one hour and twenty-three minutes long. Be advised, Jensen is not getting you up on Unfriended 2: The Dark Web because this one is better, but if you’re bored and you have some time - go ahead and watch it.

You might get annoyed because of the format, but quit your whining because you’ll get over it. It’s a good film with a nice ending.

The third and final pick of this week is Trick ‘r Treat. Jensen mentioned this on-air recently and it was met with blank stares from everyone, and he was instantly offended. It’s a Halloween classic released in 2007. This film is what put writer and director Michael Dougherty, who most recently made Godzilla: King of the Monsters, on the map. You may recognize the imagery from this film because it’s been the inspiration behind some of the scare zones and mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood during Halloween Horror Nights, but people haven’t seen the movie. It stars Dylan Baker, Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, and Brian Cox - all great actors. It’s an anthology horror film, meaning there are a few different stories being told throughout the movie. The stories don’t really connect however, there are small elements that do bring them together. The one thing connecting these four different stories is a character named Sam. Sam is a very mysterious trick or treating child that is wearing dirty footie orange pajamas and a burlap sack over his head. He appears in the movie every time someone breaks a Halloween tradition. The release of this film was delayed for two years for many reasons. One of which was because there are a lot of dead children in the movie and the studio may have had a difficult time marketing it. Jensen doesn’t understand how this film isn’t a staple of Halloween and goes on to analogize, Trick ‘r Treat should be to Halloween what A Christmas Story is to Christmas. Everybody should watch it every Halloween. Again the most important part of this film is the running time. It’s only an hour and twenty-two minutes.

This is a clip of the trailer where Dylan Baker explains Halloween to the fat kid from Bad Santa.

The first week of Halloween movies for the month of Halloween are The GiftUnfriended, and Trick ‘r Treat. Jensen encourages everyone to view along especially if you haven’t seen one of these yet. It will be fun to watch together. Next week Jensen will have a whole new set of Halloween movies to get you up on.