Archive for the ‘Horror’ Category

Film: The lovely bones

Year: 2009

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, Saoirse Ronan, Rose McIver, Christian Thomas Ashdale, Reece Ritchie, Carolyn Dando, Nikki SooHoo, Andre James Alan, Jake Abel, AJ Michalka, Thomas McCarthy

Plot: A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970’s Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Review:This is a mad ass film, I wasn’t drawn to watch it when it came out as it wasn’t my kind of film, in some ways I was right and others I was wrong.

This film seems to be some kind of hybrid trying to be two different things, on the one hand you have the dark sinister Pedo and the moodiness of the film then in the middle you have the Willi Wonka set and all we were missing was the umpa lumpa’s oh no there she is “Holly!” don’t get me wrong once I got over the WTF syndrome I got it and actually enjoyed it for what it was, a clever film trying to cater for everyone. It as though they could have actually split this film in two and made two equally successful films.

That aside the acting in this film was first rate with Mark Whalberg and Rachel Weisz acting their emotional hearts out , Susan Sarandon was fantastic as the grandmother who hadn’t got a clue and was smashed out of her skull most of the time, until she got sensible near the end, didn’t see that coming  and Saoirse Ronan as the lead character was just the best choice they could have made for the role.

But the one that did it for me was Mr Creepy himself Stanley Tucci. What must it have taken this guy to play this role and have been so convincing in the part, he creeped me out [I so hope creeped is actually a word?] I was watching this film with my 15yr old daughter,  she, at times was hiding her eye’s behind her hand even when he wasn’t doing anything bad, that’s how creepy he was.

All things considered, the acting was first rate, the characters were believable and well fleshed out, the CGI for the heaven scene’s was well done and fantastical and the Creepy guy was well creepy, oh and before I forget a good ending for the bad guy, just when you think he’s going to get away with it and strike again… BAM have that.

8/10 once you get over the two film confusion it’s a good film

Trailer: http://youtu.be/jvWXV-c2hWo

Film: Cabin in the woods

Year: 2011

Cast: Kristen Conolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Brian White, Amy Acker, Tim De Zarn, Tom Lenk, Dan Payne, Jodelle ferland, Dan Shea, Maya Massar.

Plot: Five teenagers head off for a weekend at a secluded cabin in the woods. They arrive to find they are quite isolated with no means of communicating with the outside world. When the cellar door flings itself open, they of course go down to investigate. They find an odd assortment of relics and curios but when one of the women, Dana, reads from a book she awakens a family of deadly zombie killers. There’s far more going on however than meets the eye as the five campers are all under observation.

Review: This was a really strange film, not what I thought it was at all. I was the trailers and thought it was some kind of horror film, especially with the Zombies. However not what I was expecting. First clue CIA looking guy on the roof when the “kids” drove off, second the matrix looking wall when the bird flew into it! I must admit at this time I did nearly choke on my popcorn.

This was one mixed up film, a film that was a bit of everything and nothing all at the same time I kept being lulled into the fact that it was going to be a horror film then we get scenes with the men in black? Wasn’t sure what that was all about at all.

However there are about two points where things start to fall into place about what’s happening one when the stoner and the girl are in the glass lift and you see all the entities with items that were in the cellar and right near the end when Sigourney Weaver explains about the gods and the sacrifices, all very bizarre yet partly entertaining film, not good by any stretch of the imagination but entertaining kind of, not a blockbuster movie but not a B movie either  somewhere in-between and that’s what it is really a nowhere film destined for the 50p bin sooner than you think

5/10 being generous really, watch the trailer you get the whole film.

Film Trailer:  http://youtu.be/7ENUBUdFswM

Film: Prometheus

Year: 2012

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charliz Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall Green, Sean Harris, RAfe Spall, Emun Elliot, Benedict Wong, Kate Dickie, Patrick Wilson, Lucy Hutchinson,

Plot: A team of scientists journey through the universe on the spaceship “Prometheus” on a voyage to investigate Alien life forms. The team of scientists becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind.

Review: ok so a bit of background, this film was due to be made after the original Alien film back in 1979 and be it’s prequel, this was eventually shelved and was resurrected back in 2010. This being the finished result.

So after that, what did I think of it? Well I was confused for most of it, as it doesn’t really follow any of the alien films, there is very little Alien action and what there is isn’t “Alien” I can understand it as a stand alone film, no need for any knowledge of the Alien Franchise etc… as part of this franchise it goes against pretty much all the films apart from the first one and would have worked well as the prequel before any more of the films were made.

That said as a stand alone film it was pretty good [but still confusing In parts] the special effects were great as you would expect the opening sequence shots were in Iceland which looked barren and hostile but beautiful at the same time.

Although this film is a stand alone film and the Alien references are subtle, they are there just subtle you just need to look for them.

The ending is left wide open for a new film which, by the way they have left it open would be a side movie rather than a follow on or yet another prequel of a prequel.

All in all this was a really good film, although I will have to watch it again and put aside the alien and AVP films, this is hard but I feel a must to watch this film then you can watch Miss Weaver in Alien and all will be well in the world, just don’t watch the AVP films because that will just confuse the issue!

10/10 good stand alone film, not for AVP fans

 

Wikipedia link gives a complete plot synopsis [SPOILER………………………….] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_(film)

Trailer: http://youtu.be/iIJeQNyZ6VE

Film: Untraceable

Year: 2008

Cast: Diane Lane, Billy Burke, Colin Hanks, Joseph Cross, Mary Beth Hurt, Peter Lewis, Tyrone Giordano, Perla Haney-Jardine, Tim De Zarn, Christopher Cousins, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Trina Adams, Brynn Baron, John Breen, Dan Callahan, Erin Carufel, Ryan Deal, Marilyn Deutsch, Gray Eubank,

Plot: A secret service agent, Jennifer Marsh, gets caught in a very personal and deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who knows that people (being what they are – both curious and drawn to the dark side of things) will log onto an “untraceable” website where he conducts violent and painful murders LIVE on the net. The more people who log on and enter the website, the quicker and more violently the victim dies

Review: this was a film that brings home some of the realities of people who spend so much time in the online world and not enough time in the real world. People who cannot distinguish what is real and what is fake. Also the human addiction to wanting to watch people in distress, and the fascination with the ghoulish.

This film is like driving past an accident, you know you shouldn’t watch but you just have to.

I think in a sideways view it just goes to show how fast something can become popular via the internet, if there is something funny or gross on you tube these are the ones that get the most views. In essence this is what the whole film is about, people watching something Gross and nasty and then telling other people to watch it, this then results in the end product of someone’s death.

Are people appalled by this? No they can’t wait to watch it again and are eagerly waiting for the next time the web site is activated. I really liked this film everything about it was good and it didn’t have or need CGI or anything it was just like a longer CSI programme and just as enjoyable.

This film isn’t for the faint hearted, even though its not a horror as such there special effects/makeup of the victims is pretty realistic. Although admittedly I haven’t ever seen someone dissolved in Sulphuric Acid before!

This film is definite must see for any cop show enthusiast, it doesn’t however keep you guessing as to who is doing the murders live on the internet what it does do is it keeps you thinking why he is doing it, what his motivation is, you don’t find this out till really late in the film, see if you can work it out.

9/10 well worth a watch, not for the faint of heart though, a real anti-social network film.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/OLYo5tMylQM

Film: The Woman in Black

Year: 2012

Cast: Emma Shorey, Molly Harmon, Sophie Stuckey, Daniel Radcliffe, Misha Handley, Jessica Rain, Roger Allam, Lucy May Barker, Indira Ainger, Andy Robb, Ciaran Hinds, Shaun Dooley, Mary Stockley, Alexia Osborne, Alfie Field.

Plot: A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Review: This is the second film of the same name based on the novel by Susan Hill, the first from 1989, there is apparently a stage show as well which is supposed to be really scary. I have to confess I haven’t seen the stage show and only watched the 1989 version after this new Hammer Horror version.

The film was classic Hammer the brooding sets the suspense and to a certain degree the tackiness of it all.

Harry sorry Daniel Radcliffe now an angle jawed veteran of stage and screen will unfortunately always be Harry Potter which is a shame as I caught myself muttering “watch out Harry” and “oh Harry you’re all dirty” amongst others which is real shame he played the part well, the scenes were set well the village and the house were perfect for this film, the creepy toys and the mist, spine tingling stuff.

Is the film scary? Erm no not really, it’s jumpy but in a you know its coming way. It has a sense of déjà vu about it, the locked room, and the guy who doesn’t take hints not to go to the house, scared locals, all which kind of add to the Hammer way of doing things.

On the whole if you can get over the Harry Potter thing it’s not actually a bad film, great costumes and scenery and the acting is well up to standard, not blood thirsty just jumpy in places.

7/10 well worth a look, try and get Harry out of your head though!

Trailer: http://youtu.be/7lReemWmO5o

Film: Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Year: 2003

Cast: Jessical Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen, Mike Vogel, Eric Balfour, Andrew Bryniarski, R. Lee Ermey, David Dorfman Lauren German, Terrence Evans,Marietta Marich, Heather Kafka, Kathy Lamkin, Brad Leland, Mamie Meek.

Plot: Driving through the backwoods ofTexas, five youths pick up a traumatized hitchhiker, who shoots herself in their van. Shaken by the suicide, the group seeks help from the locals, but their situation becomes even more surreal when they knock on the door of a remote homestead. It’s quickly apparent the residents are a family of inbred psychopaths, and the unlucky youths suddenly find themselves running for their lives. In hot pursuit is a disfigured, chainsaw-wielding cannibal known as Leatherface

Review: This is not a bad remake of the original, however about halfway through it becomes a scream fest not because of the horror content but because of the women in it, they scream incessantly throughout the film right from the point that the girl kills herself in the back of the campervan, the seta and the special effects make this film, the acting is ok but sheriff Hoyt’s shouting takes me back to him being the drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket.

There is plenty of blood as you would expect from an American slasher but its ok it’s kind of in keeping with the whole massacre theme, there are a few places where you think you just wouldn’t go or things you just wouldn’t do.

Funniest part in the film is when leatherface turns round after killing one of the girls and he has the face of one of the guys he has just killed, hysterical.

Not a bad ending either, made me jump as I was expecting something but not that

7/10 Slasher remake nothing more, in this case the original 1974 movie is the best.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/Mra_Z3cpGCM

Film: Pandorum

Year: 2009

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue, Cung Le, Eddie Rouse, Norman Redus, Andre Hennicke, Friederike Kempter, Niels-Bruno Schidt,Asia Luna Mohmand, Delphine Chuillot, Wotan Wilke Hohring, Julian Rappe, Domenico D’Ambrosio

Plot: Two crew members are stranded on a spacecraft and quickly – and horrifically – realize they are not alone. Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. It’s pitch black, they are disoriented, and the only sound is a low rumble and creak from the belly of the ship. They can’t remember anything: Who are they? What is their mission? With Lt. Payton staying behind to guide him via radio transmitter, Cpl. Bower ventures deep into the ship and begins to uncover a terrifying reality. Slowly the spacecraft’s shocking, deadly secrets are revealed…and the astronauts find their own survival is more important than they could ever have imagined

Review: I have read a few reviews about this film and they have really gone to town to give it a really bad review, I must admit it is yet another film that has slid successfully under my radar, and must also admit I would have wanted to watch it on the big screen, I really enjoyed it.

Not one for tight spaces this film had me from the start crawling through ducts getting smaller and smaller then falling to a dead end, no not for me, gave me a bit of a squeaky bum!

However once Bower escapes this confinement the film starts to come into it’s own, with the atmospheric interior of the ship the flickering lights etc… really added to the suspense of what was going to happen, at first you don’t see who he is trying to get away from, but when you do you realise why he needs to get away, teaming up with some other members of the ship that have been “woken up” in their endeavours to find the core and reset it they get chased all over the ship, there are a couple of personal journeys of discovery in this film and an ending I didn’t expect which was a nice touch. Not as predictable as I thought it would have been.

All in all well acted well directed and great sets and CGI and not to mention the makeup for the villains of the film

8/10 well worth a watch, expect to be sat on the edge of your seat in places

Trailer: http://youtu.be/yMEhkTxs3_E

Film: Underworld Awakening

Year: 2012

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James,India Eisley, Sandrine Holt, Charles Dance, Kris Holden-Ried, Jacob Blair, Adam Greydon Reid, Catlin Adams, Robert Lawrenson, Lee Majdoub, Tyler Mclendon, Panou.

Plot: set 12 years after the 2nd film the humans have discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrior Selene is caught and placed in suspended animation, but so has someone else, who is it and what is going on with the increase in the Lycan number Selene leads the battle against humankind, and try and figure out what has been going on in the last 12 years and what happens next?

Review: This is the eagerly awaited fourth film in the Underworld franchise, Selene played as always by the gorgeous Kate Beckinsale reeks havoc as she comes to terms with the lost 12yrs of her life, the film starts with the back story just in case there are people out there who haven’t seen any of the other films, we are then plunged in to the star heavy cast lead by a brief appearance by Charles Dance.

The film in places seems to be a little rushed and you don’t really get too into any of the new characters which isn’t really a problem as the story does revolve around a very angry and gun happy Selene as she rampages after her 12yr old daughter that she didn’t realise she had. Bit of emotional turmoil there then? No not really you get a quick 2 second burst of emotion, well I think that’s what it was. Then on with the fighting.

It’s a good twist that her daughter is also some kind of Hybrid [Seleneis a kind of Hybrid as she can now walk round in the sun] just like her father Michael Corvin [Scott Speedman] who incidentally you see twice in the film once on the dock waiting for Seleneprior to her capture and once near the end when in suspended animation, but he’s not credited in the film! I have read in other places that his likeness was superimposed onto another actor using CGI, he is due to return for the next film though apparently?

The film is as always CGI heavy, you don’t get many werewolves walking round these days? But that doesn’t matter Beckinsale does a fantastic job as she kick’s, flips,  and shoots her way through this latest blockbuster, with the change from brooding vampire hideaway to the high tech labs of the new Lycans.

It’s a fantastic film from start to finish and as always the ending is left so wide open you could sail the Titanic through it, but who cares it’s vampires and Lycans battling and it’s great. and Kate wears her trademark rubber stuff, so all is good in the world.

10/10 Watch it, you won’t be disappointed

 

Trailers: 1 http://youtu.be/tUcrbUCWKQc

                  2 http://youtu.be/rzRQwjlecFE

                  3 http://youtu.be/-E5GBc6YuQY

Film: Dead Silence

Year: 2007

Cast: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman, Joan Heney, Bob Gunton, Laura Regan, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Judith Roberts, Judith Roberts, Keir Gilchrist, Steven Taylor, David Talbot, Steve Adams, Shelly Peterson, Enn Reitel,

Plot: Every town has it’s own ghost story, and a local folktale around Ravens Fair is about a ventriloquist named Mary Shaw. After she went mad in the 1940s, she was accused of kidnapping a young boy who yelled out in one of her performances that she was a fraud. Because of this she was hunted down by townspeople who in the ultimate act of revenge, cut out her tongue and then killed her. They buried her along with her “children,” a handmade collection of vaudeville dolls, and assumed they had silenced her forever. However, Ravens Fair has been plagued by mysterious deaths around them after Mary Shaw’s collection has returned from their graves and has come to seek revenge on people that killed her and their families. Far from the pall of their cursed hometown, newlyweds Jamie and Lisa Ashen thought they had established a fresh start, until Jamie’s wife is grotesquely killed in their apartment…

Review: This was a film that crept under the radar for me, a classic horror thriller with plenty to keep you in suspense without shed loads of fake blood everywhere, the opening credits set the scene well for what is about to ensue, the story to start is a little bit slow and the acting throughout isn’t the best but for this film it’s just about right, I’m not all about the dummy kills people, but this is different it’s just a way of channelling the ghost of Mary Shaw the creator of the Dummies.

Billy the Dummy actually adds his own individual bit of nastiness even though he doesn’t even do anything, he is creepy as hell.

This film is more of a suspense and jump kind of film, and lets face it horror doesn’t do very well at being new these days there is plenty of slashing and blood in them, this film doesn’t have this and doesn’t need it.

They have used suspense in this film fantastically, and when the sounds start to slow and then stop you know something is going to happen.

The ending to this film isn’t what you expect but the clues are there for you to see all the way through, you just don’t notice them. But don’t worry they run you through them just before the final scream!!!!!!

This is a definite must see for all horror fans even if like me the whole dummy thing isn’t your bag, oh and get chucky out of your head its nothing like chucky at all.

9/10 definitely one to watch, and watch again.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/IcbulUo4b2s

 

Film: The Girl Next Door

Year: 2007

Cast: William Atherton, Blythe Auffarth, Blanche Baker, Kevin Chamberlin, Dean Faulkenberry, Gabrielle Howarth, Benjamin Ross Kaplan, Spenser Leigh, Daniel Manche, Mark Margolis, Graham Patrick Martin, Michael Nardella, Greg Northrop, Grant Show, Santo Silvestro,

Plot: Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt…and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

Review: This was truly a disturbing film; the book by the same name was based on the real life torture of Sylvia Likens back in the 1950’s it is unthinkable that people can do this to another Human being, let alone a mother allowing her children to do this while she watches on.

This film kept me gripped all the way through, nothing really more to say apart from this is one bunch of sick puppies, the story and the acting was spot on and made the whole thing more believable, you just don’t want to!!!!

10/10 watch it but be careful, it is disturbing

Trailer: http://youtu.be/QioV70W9W10

The Real Girl Next Door, Silvia Likens: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Likens