Director: Jeremy Haft
Main Stars: Jenna Dewan Tatum, Katie Stuart, Chad Faus, Melissa Marie Elais
Storyline: A loner girl gets killed and comes back from the dead as a seductress who has revenge on her mind.
Review (Spoils): Tamara is kind of like a modern day Carrie who just did not fit in with the in crowd and just wanted to be left alone. When a bunch of insensitive people play a joke on poor Tamara (Jenna Dewan Tatum) and it leads to her death she comes back as one sexy bitch with revenge on her bucket list. They bury her body away to never get caught and made the whole death and accident look like Tamara ran away.
We have a ton of horror clichés in this film but with hotness of Jenna Dewan Tatum this is easily overlooked. The loner girl happened to be into witchcraft on her spare time which the popular kids did not know and she comes back with all kind of neat tricks such as knives, glass eating, a nasty puke scene and of course spells. The film could have used more blood and gore but for the storyline and her beauty this film was still worth sitting on the couch with a few beers.
Rating: I don’t mind the odd revenge from the dead film and much like Carrie (but not as strong and it did not have the Christian overtones) this film was enjoyable. We have some unique kills and the acting is not horrible. I think if you have not seen this yet grab some beers and sit down to watch the satanic Barbie doll from Hell.
Director: Michael Findlay
Main Stars: Margarita Amuchastegui, Tina Austin, Ana Carro, Roberta Findlay
Storyline: A snuff film of a cult of bikers that film a number of killings.
Review (Spoils): It took me a long while to get a hold of a copy of this film as it held a lot of controversy around it as one time the film was thought to be a real snuff film during its release. After years of odd searching I finally found a copy and thought another film off my horror bucket list to check off. What I did find was an imported, raw knock of the Manson family massacres (Spoiler!!! yes they did do the pregnant woman thing in this film).
This film is all over the place and not sure why they did that way unless they thought this would trick the viewer that they were watching actual raw footage of a snuff film. We have a long boring period of the film being around a young woman and her rich boyfriend and the build of that relationship bond and then somewhere mid beginning it cuts into the murdering. We have biker chicks that kill and some very cheap special effects. Sure we have some bloody finger chopping and some intestine/other organs pulling and of course the finale scene which is something else if you can get over the bad acting and over dub. The last 10min is the best part of the whole film.
Rating: In the mood for a bad taste film and I mean bad as in not very good.We have some bad acting, terrible transfer and some not realistic special effects but if at least I can say I have seen it and own a copy.
Director: James Gunn
Main Stars: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, Tania Saulnier, Jennifer Copping
Storyline: An alien plague over takes a small town turning people into monsters.
Review (Spoils): A comet crashes into the earth and it contains a slug like parasite from outer space. When someone comes across it the slug crawls into the brain and transforms that host into walking monsters. The first host’s wife and the local police try everything in their power to stop the parasite slugs from over taking all of mankind.
We have hot babes, slithering slugs that go up inside your body in all unique and fun ways (let your imagination run wild on this one) and some squid monster action. A film like this has to have a silly side and it works well with the storyline and the plot of characters. The special effects are actually well done and the scenes are memorable and the film is a fun ride.
Rating: We do not see enough monster films and it’s been awhile since we had descent one. I actually like this film! It was a lot of fun and entertaining and I can see how this film paid homage to the classic They Came from Within “Shivers” from Cronenberg. We have over the top gore and blood and some slimy slugs that attaches themselves to hosts in fun ways….fun times!
Director: Ridley Scott
Main Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce
Storyline: We get the history of the beginning of the Alien’s series with the Maker of man
Review (Spoils): We go into the future with a pre-storyline of the Aliens series with a film named after the great ship that started this adventure. We have a group of doctors, explorers and robots (that look human) going into another planet area looking for the answer on the creation of mankind. In this we learn about a race known as the Engineers. We learn that different people within the mission have different reasons for going. The plot thickens and we learn that there was a battle between the Engineers and an alien race but why did the creators hate humans if they created them?
To be honest the first hour can be a bit long and dry and a tad confusing as your trying to guess how this ties into the Aliens series. But after the first hour the sci-fi tames down and the horror starts to cut in with some space goo, alien hatchlings, robot heads flying, some blood and a very neat surgery scene. The special effects are actually done very well and the movie does keep you entertained and it kind of makes sense all in the end. We have the lovely Noomi Rapace playing in the lead and she was fantastic and her cast around her did an amazing job. The acting was perfect. And the scenery of the ship and the ideas of the future were very cool and not over the top.
Rating: I was not sure about this film as I started it as I’m a huge sci-fi fan but dug the first couple of Aliens films so this intrigued me. The first half-hour to a hour I was regretting the film but once I started to make connections of the Aliens films to this one I could not stop watching. Great action, some awesome effects and stay glued till the very end as it has a nice special treat for alien fans.
Shallow Ground (2008)
Director: Sheldon Wilson
Main Stars: Timothy V. Murphy, Stan Kirsh, Lindsey Stoddart, Rocky Marquette, Patty McCormack
Storyline: A boy covered in blood walks into a police station and it opens a can of worms on an unsolved mystery and a bigger nightmare.
Review (Spoils): not to spoil too much of this film but the blood covered boy could be more of the more memorable scenes in horror of this era (2000s). The movie starts off with a bang and the gore is well done and they don’t shy away from the red in this one. We have a lot of mystery and some good visuals with this film.
But now for the bad, plot holes are massive in this film. But I think the biggest issue with the film is the outcome for all the blood, gore and graphics the outcome just did not make sense. The silent blood boy was cool but the story could not hold itself together.
We have lots of blood, some hanging bodies, some semi ok acting (not great), lots of dead bodies and it does not shy from showing some special effects.
Rating: We have a film that started off very interesting and cool and presented some very neat gore but the plot was so full of unanswered questions that the movie dipped low. I still think this film is worth checking out but do not expect something fantastic when it comes to storyline.
Psycho 3 (1986)
Director: Anthony Perkins
Main Stars: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahe, Roberta Maxwell
Storyline: A month after the last movie Norman Bates re-opens the motel again.
Review (Spoils): Only a month after the last film Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins,) re-opens the motel and the fun begins almost right away. He starts to get bugged with reporters (Roberta Maxwell), poor musicians (Jeff Fahe) and a woman (Diana Scarwid ) who left the convent and I guess thought it was a good idea to have a relationship with Norman. Well mother gets all pissed off again and people start to get killed off.
We have the normal creepiness of Norman Bates as he is still collecting dead animals, we have some flashbacks and ex nun who looks like one of his first kills, a nice dead mother, creepy mom voices, peeping toms, slit wrists, lots of knife stabs, blackmail, a nasty impaling and of course some more background story on Norman himself.
The series is running out of ideas and I’m not too sure why Anthony Perkins directed this film instead of someone else. Mother foes over board in this one and there is a lot more communication going on from the dead. We learn a bit more on the history of the crazy Bates family and the finally really learn what set him off in the first film.
Rating: I’m going to be honest this series is not bad overall. Being the third film in this series of was expecting a hell of a lot worse. We are lacking in the gore with this one but the story trying to get into the mind of Norman and explaining some of the reasons why Mother has issues brings the series to a nice close. I would personally watch all 3 of theses in a row it would be a good drinking session.
Director: Jim Sonzero
Main Stars: Kristen Bell, Rick Gonzalez, Christina Milian
Storyline: A computer virus becomes more then it seems.
Review (Spoils): A computer hacker invades a powerful developer’s machine and it unleashes a computer virus that has a haunting presence that can causes people to want to end their lives. So cutie Mattie and her boyfriend and some new person Dexter work together to create a new computer virus to save mankind from the haunting one.
So yet again we have an American remake of a Japanese classic, this time it is for Kairo. The film itself is not bad and Kristen Bell holds her own but the movie felt like it was trying too hard. The movie has eerie moments but at the same time it was slow paced. The deaths are cheesy and the special effects are way too CGI for my liking. We have ghostly like images on some computer screens, we have some depressed teens and some suicides and bursts into ashes. The film can be very confusing at the same time and hard to follow but it was a step away from the typical long haired girl crawling type horror film of this time era.
Rating: We have a film that could have been so much more. Personally I found the film very boring and slow and I hate remakes in most cases. The only thing that kept me semi enjoyed was watching Kristen Bell other then that the film kind of sucked.