The Axe Murders of Villisca (2016)
Director: Tony E. Valenzuela
Main Stars: Robert Adamson, Jarett Sleeper, Alex Frnka, Sean Whalen
Storyline: Three losers decide to break into an older house to find out if it is really haunted from the past axe murders.
Review (Spoils): We have two boys who are supposed to be teenagers who are losers that you do not care about. We have a young hot kind of goth babe who got drunk and slept with someone and is now trapped in with the above two losers. And we have a mixed match back story with someone who killed people with an axe a long time ago and we still have not figured out why (even after the film)
Dear god not sure where it begin with this mess. The story is all over the place and the reason for the three-young people to break into the house is really pointless and dumb. The kids do not even look like teenagers and so what you slept with someone. Are people really that shallow anymore especially if you are 30? This film when it comes to storyline from the start was a fucking disaster! Not to mention the past story which I am still fucking lost. Who wrote and casted this?
Ok so now the time for some of the good points, Sean Whalen rocks! He is like a horror legend in my books and when I feel him in a film I smile. Hello, People Under the Stairs! Too bad his part was little and underrated in this film. The only other highlight of this film was Alex Frnka. Never heard of her but man she is hot and should be in more horror films. Love the look and the character she played in this film even though she was way to old to play the part for that story line. But this film gets some pints for the eye candy. We some axes and some blood and it had some potential within the first 5min.
Rating: Don’t waste your time. Even if you have spare time and are staring at Netflix go somewhere else. Unless you want to see Alex Frnka hotness some more that is about all this film deliveries besides confusion and questions of why!
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
Director: Mike Flanagan
Main Stars: Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso, Henry Thomas
Storyline: A young girl gets possessed as her mother runs a front on seances.
Review (Spoils): The story starts as young mother Alice (Elizabeth Reaser) is running a scam with her daughters making fake seances. As we learn her husband has been killed and she is trying to make ends meet. Trouble brews with the young girls as she the teenage one, Lina (Annalise Basso) brings home a Ouija board and Alice starts to play with it. As she plays with it the young daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson) becomes the channel between the family the father. Or is it the father?
When the film started, and I saw Elizabeth Reaser my first reaction was dear god here we go. My personal experience with Netflix ‘s Haunting of Hill House ruined my aspect of those actors. Luckily this film redeemed her for me. (God I hated that series…. Its ended like shit…anyways).
There are few things that I liked about the film. First can not go wrong with the late 60s era, love the women outfits and style. The family connection was well written and the back drop worked. The CGI was cheap, but it was not overly done and the effects on Doris was actual not bad, with the wide mouth and eyes. The possible love interest story line was not needed and could have been dropped but the film kept me interested as it has a nice haunting backdrop. Elizabeth Reaser did a really good job playing someone you should not like but at the same time you felt for her. She was sexy but at the same time playing the concerned mother who went too far. But yes the corny black men was a bit much as they haunted from the other side.
Rating: This was a decent horror film for not being well known. I usually get bored of haunting stuff as after a while they become a fad and the same. Elizabeth Reaser did a great job along with the fellow young actresses. I also enjoyed Henry Thomas as the Father. Don’t expect gore or a lot of blood but something along the lines of the other haunting tales of this era. Hats off to Elizabeth Reaser from redeeming herself in my mind from that other horrible series.
The Hand (1981)
Director: Oliver Stone
Main Stars: Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci, Annie McEnroe
Storyline: An artist loses his hand in an accident and with his hatred the hand comes back to kill.
Review (Spoils): Comic artist Johnathan Lansdale (Michael Caine) has it all the beautiful wife, healthy child and the successful career. When his wife (Andrea Marcovicci) starts to pressure him on her moving to New York to take a relationship break the truth starts to unravel that it is not that great after all. During one of their fights the get in a car accident which he loses his hand. So there goes his career and wife and the mind games start to begin along with his hatred. Suddenly the people he hates start to be killed off and people do not know why is it the madness of Johnathan or is it his missing hand?
This film was a lot of fun to be honest. We have the conflict between the man actor and his lovely wife who is having somewhat an affair with her yoga teacher. The blood is well red in this film and can be spraying in some parts of the film. The daughter yes can be fake and annoying but the relationship with his wife and the side girl Stella (Annie McEnroe) keep you interested and that’s not counting the crazy hand!
The movie brings on some bright red blood, some choking, nudity, some strangling and even some crazy cross-eyed deaths. Not to mention that rubber walking hand!
Rating: The film was a lot of fun and it was a surprise for me as I never even heard of the film before better enjoyed a horror film from Oliver Stone. This is a special surprise gem that may be hard to find but if you do come across it you should check it out.
Filed under Monster, Slasher
Die Monster Die! (1965)
Director: Daniel Haller
Main Stars: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson, Suzan Farmer
Storyline: A wheelchair bound scientist brings on evil to his estate when he welcomes a green glowing meteorite
Review (Spoils): Nahum Witley (Boris Karloff) has no idea what he has brought to his house when discovers a meteorite and see’s a as a godsend. When a young man visits his girlfriend Susan (Suzan Farmer) to her estate with her wheelchair bound father we learn all is not as it seems. The mysterious Letitia (Freda Jackson) lies behind a curtain in her bed and the staff are dropping dead. But Nahum has kept the great rock locked in the basement where it can glow and present such glory to the family.
While watching the film I was not sure what to expect but it had a Hammer feel to it. When the movie starts to go about half way through there was some stuff in that surprised me that I felt Evil dead took from. The plant over taking Susan and the ending with Letitia and the melting head. The movie has some goo, lots of green glowing and even some cheesie special glowing man effects.
Rating: This film was more sci-fi than an actual horror film. But Boris and Suzan Farmer dragged me into the film to check it out. Plus, it had monster in the title. The movie is a bit silly at times and even laughable towards the end, but I did like the parts that reminded me of the Evil Dead.
Filed under Monster, Occult
Don’t Breathe (2016)
Director: Fede Alvarez
Main Stars: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minette, Daniel Zovatto
Storyline: 3 robbers break into a house to steal money and they get more than they bargained for.
Review (Spoils): Rocky (Jane Levy) has been living a rough home life, Alex (Dylan Minette) is love with Rocky and will do anything for her and Money (Daniel Zovatto) well he wants money. The three young robbers have been breaking into houses stealing items to sell but when they hear of the money score in an old house they had to it. The catch is the owner is a semi blind man (Stephen Lang) who lives lone with a massive dog. The three thieves break into the house but when things go wrong they learn there is more the story of the blind man than they thought.
The film is very well written and does not waste a lot of time on back story which is good. It gets right to the point and when things go wrong for the three robbers you are actually cheering for the blind man but as the story comes full on you realise they are all monsters. The film is not a haunting story but more of “we need to escape story” which work well as it is fast paced.
You get some gun shots, jumps scares, hammer to the head a few times, some fighting, dog chases, a classic scene towards the end with Rocky (this is what raised the bar of the film), some dark scenes and of course some serious back and forth. Do not expect tons of gore or torture but this film did not need it to keep you glued.
Rating: First off, the film stars was by far both Stephen Lang and Jane Levy. You felt bad for the blind man and cheered him on and at the same time you were cheering Rocky towards the end. This film is very back and forth on who’s side are you on but in the end it all make sense. This film was a total surprise for me and I recommend it… such a fun film.
Night Monster (1942)
Director: Ford Beebe
Main Stars: Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Leif Erickson, Ralph Morgan, Irene Hervey
Storyline: A rich recluse invites doctors to come to his mansion located in the swamp to meet their deaths.
Review (Spoils): Crippled Kurt Ingston (Ralph Morgan) lives in the swamp with his daughter Margaret. Her sanity is being checked as she is acting strange but seems healthy. All the doctors that have been assigned to her and her father are invited to the lonely mansion located in the swamps. During the visit one of the doctors end up murdered and they must track down the killer before more die.
I personally started off this film picturing this to be a monster film staring Bela Lugosi, wow was I wrong. He is barely in the film and plays a secondary part in the film as a spooky butler. Instead the film becomes a murder mystery surrounding around the mysterious Ingston family and the medical professionals that were involved with them. The film is dark and has lots of fog as that is what you get when you live in the swamp. The sound effects in the film also play a nice game as when the murders happen the sound goes blank.
Rating: The film is actually not bad for something that I thought would have a monster movie. But yet again it is a more of murder mystery than a horror film even though the energy of the film is very dark. The plot and aspect of the film did not make sense what’s so ever but the characters were well acted and written so it can be forgiven.
Hush… Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)
Director: Robert Aldrich
Main Stars: Bette Davis, Oliva de Havilland, Joseph Cotton, Ages Moorehead, Victor Buono
Storyline: A young woman is blamed for the murder of her ex boyfriend as he admits he still loves his wife.
Review (Spoils): Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) is young and innocent except for her affair with a married man. When her dad (Victor Buono) threatens the young man and he is found murdered, only Charlotte is to blame. Years pass, and she has slowly gone mad with dreams of ghosts, guilt and the taunting of the town.
Bette Davis returns to the horror screen this time in a very similar character as Whatever Happened to Baby Jane but because of this it harms the film. The story line of this one is much like Dementia 13 meets something from Hitchcock but lacking the in pace. The film is long and can be long winded until it starts to unfold in the last 30min. The storyline bounces around too much on Charlotte going mad and reliving over and over again the visions of the late John and trying to please her father. Until more of the past characters start to make appearance and the tale starts to unfold on what really did happen to John that night of the party.
The film is more of ghost like madness tale then relying on blood and gore, but it does have a neat beheading, chopped of hand and some minor blood. So not bad for its time.
Rating: Trying so hard to become the next Whatever Happened to Baby Jane this one flunks on boredom. It would have not been that bad of a film if it wasn’t for the length of it and the back and forth on the madness. The film worked on the story line and the characters, but it just was too goddamn long for what it was worth. Bette Davis, Oliva de Havilland did steal the show but for some reason I found Victor Buono the true monster of the film.