Hereditary (2018)

Hereditary (2018)

Country: USA

Director:  Ari Aster

Main Stars:  Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd, Mallory Bechtel

Storyline:  A grieving family after the grandmother passes away starts to have strange occurrences happening to them.

Review (Spoils): As Annie’s (Toni Collette) mother passed away herself and the rest of the family start to have strange things happen to them and odd tragic events. Her husband (Gabriel Byrne) in denial as her son Peter (Alex Wolff) struggles to fit and goes into blank outs, her daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) struggles period and is odd. As trying to figure this all out they start to play with the supernatural and see connection somehow to the grandmother.

This film relies mostly on the tension of the family members. From many tragic losses and then gripping with the strangeness that is haunting the family not just at home but even in the outside world. You can feel the tension between the mother, the father and the son which escalates as more tragic events surround the family and breaks the mothers mind down. When Annie meets Joan, things start to peel open and things of the supernatural are experienced even more.

We get a mix of things within the movie besides the awesome music scores such as beheadings, headless bodies, burnings, a few bodies crawling on walls and ceilings (done very well like Exorcist III), some blood and gore, nasty head banging and naked standing bloated bodies. The film grips on haunting and jump scares and like I mentioned before family tension.

Rating:  I personally can say I enjoyed this film a lot. Sure, some of the images is nothing new that we have not seen before but the tension alone within the family is the horror of the film. You can feel the stress and the struggle and can relate and for that this film was done very well. Sure, when the film starts unfolding the secret there really is no surprises and you may even groan but the film was still worth it. Both Toni Collette and Alex Wolff stand out the most and did an amazing job on the character development. Go checkout this film and All Hail Paimon!

8/10 Beers!

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Girl on the Third Floor (2019)

Girl on the Third Floor (2019)

Country: USA

Director:  Travis Stevens

Main Stars:  C.M. Punk, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks, Travis Delgado, Elissa Dowling

Storyline:  Husband with a dark past gets an old house ready for his pregnant wife that is coming to move there soon. While getting the house ready he is visited by the neighbor pastor and a seductive young girl. All they are all connected to something else.

Review (Spoils): Don (C.M. Punk) has a dark past with booze and fraud and when he sets out to the country to get a very old house setup for his wife (Trieste Kelly Dunn) things go odd. He is visited from the pastor across the street who is asking personal questions and late at night a young blonde (Sarah Brooks) visit also very seductively. As he becomes unloyal yet again things start to unfold around the house as we are slowing fixing pipes, drywall and painting. Even his dog has the jitters.

The acting of the film was not bad to be honest and the story line did unfold well. Sure, neither the husband or the wife is lovable characters and the young seductress was well attractive and entertaining but some of the items did not sit well. The flashback vision towards the end was questionable but I guess it was there way of explaining it more in detail but the gruesome woman in the wall idea was a bit of stretch. They should have just stuck to the plot with just the young woman. The film does build the characters, but I believe the main characters had to be some likable for us to even want to cheer them on. C.M. Punk was a bit of dope and Trieste Kelly Dunn’s character screamed bitch.

The movie gives us blood and lots of gooey messes. Random ooze from walls and pipes, nasty blades cuts throughout, a nice head rip, a nasty sledgehammer to the face, something in the dryer (no spoil), the sexy Sarah Brooks and of course the odd dead corpses in the wall. The special effect were actual not bad for this rate of film.

Rating:  I would not say the film was scary, but the film was entertaining enough, and I enjoyed it. Not sure why this film was so many bad reviews as I thought it was a pretty decent flick for what it was. But then again it had the hot chick Sarah Brooks and gore so with that I was sold right there.

6/10 Beers!

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From Beyond (1986)

From Beyond (1986)

Country: USA

Director:  Stuart Gordon

Main Stars:  Jeffery Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Bunny Summers

Storyline:  A bunch of scientists built a Resonator that allows whoever near by it see beyond normal perceptible reality. Once it is open terrible life forms appear to attack mankind.

Review (Spoils): Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffery Combs) and Edward Pretorius (Ted Sorel) worked together on a Resonator and once it started to finally work all hell broke loose. Flying eels from another dimension started to attack and before you knew it Pretorius was killed but was, he? Crawford got taken away for being nuts and Dr. Katherine Mc Michaels (Barbara Crampton) decides to listen to him and have him re-done exactly what he did. This opens the dimension yet again and it also shows what has happened to Pretorius.

The plot for this film is very simple and it should be as the main part of the film for the audience is the crazy special effects. This film is loaded with them so much that I cannot even begin to start to list the scenes. When Stuart Gordon, Jeffery Combs and Barbara Crampton are together you do know that you do not have to doubt the film period. If you have no idea what I am talking about then you better redo your watching list of what is really horror. The characters yes is basic and not overly written in development, but you have Combs playing the strange yet lost scientist and Crampton with her style coming to the rescue or at least trying too. The film screams classic Stuart Gordon with tons of over top special effects and goo coming from all different things and directions.

This film gives lots of slime goo, heads splitting, lots of melting and stretching skin, flying eels, classic 80s electricity effects (you know what I mean), Barbara Crampton topless, weird head antenna that kill, Barbara Crampton in stockings (yummy), melted and torn apart bodies, not much blood but lots and lots of strange lamprey creatures and the many forms of Edward Pretorius. So much special effects I cannot get into the all details.

Rating:  Wanna watch a classic special effects film that is over the top and fun? Then this is the one for you. Stuart Gordon held back nothing when it comes to both his main characters of Jeffery Combs and Barbara Crampton in this film. This gold when it comes to classic 80s horror films of weirdness and it was just wanted, I needed and love.

7/10 Beers!

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Kuroneko (1968)

Kuroneko (1968)

Country: Japan

Director:  Kaneto Shindo

Main Stars:  Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kei Sato

Storyline:  A group of samurai’s attacks and rape a young woman and her mother. After their house is burnt down with their bodies inside, they come back as ghosts to kill their attackers.

Review (Spoils): Gintoki (Kichiemon Nakamura) and Yone (Nobuko Otowa) are attacked by a large group of samurai men that come into their home rape and murder them. On the exit out they burn down what is left of them. As the bodies burn, they are brought back with a black cat connection as ghosts that haunt the land and kill off their murders one by one. As bodies of men are found with their throats ripped out and bleed out the governor calls on a young crazed hero to kill off the demons of the land.

First off, this film is actually pretty damn gory for its time. The white-faced ghost ladies are not be messed with. The scenes of the throats being torn out by their own mouths like demon beast is actually done very well. And the finally fight scene of the hero against the ghost is amazing for it time. The special effects are fun to watch as she jumps around the room, flies and tumbles. That scene alone nails this as high classic of horror to watch.

Yes, this film can be confusing as the story line is the reverse of the other classic Onibaba. The makeup is creepy, the visuals of the ladies is spot on and the gore is there. This film gives us great special flying effects for its time, black cats, beheading, nasty throat bits, pouring blood and of course the rape scene.

Rating:  This is a classic in my books and excited that stumbled by accident upon it.  Defiantly a memorable film. If you have not seen this film and love classic horror you need to hunt this down, you will not be disappointed. The film has a great plot and story line and the effects and make up are well worth the watch.

8/10 Beers!

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A Page of Madness (1926)

A Page of Madness (1926)

Country: Japan

Director:  Teinosuke Kinugasa

Main Stars:  Masuo Inoue, Ayako Iljima, Yoshie Nakagawa

Storyline:  A man works at an asylum hoping he can free his wife from there.

 

Review (Spoils): a man takes a janitor job at the asylum in hopes of working his way towards his wife’s freedom from there as she was placed there after her attempt of suicide. The twisted film of dance and music and strange images of distorted faces drives the audiences into the mad mind of the wife.

This film has no blood, no true scares and from what I know music was added the film at a later date on the original. This silent film has no narrative written at all, so you really need to watch the facial expressions and action to understand what is happening (I prefer this actually). The film plays mostly on the husband working his way to the cell of his wife as we are offered flashbacks of her past and what happened along with a number of other characters that are trapped in the mental hospital. The visuals of the film are strange flashbacks which you really need to keep track and of the camera shots look like they were done through a jar. The music of the film was a great added touch as I personally feel that without the score going on in the background this film could have been a mix of confusion.

Rating:  The things to remember of this film is that there is not a lot of movies from Japan of the era that survived the war and destruction, so it is nice to have what we do in horror. The movie is not bad even though the entrancing dancing could have been overdone and distracting. But the added music to bring in the strangeness and madness of the film is nice added touch and some of the camera work like the visuals of the masks and faces was extremely well done and art in its own. This is film is not going to be for everyone who enjoys horror but if you do enjoy the silent era and films with more of artist feel this is a lost gem.

5/10 Beers!

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Deadly Detention (2017)

Deadly Detention (2017)

Country: USA

Director:  Blair Hayes

Main Stars:  Alex Frnka, Sara Davenport, Henry Zaga, Coy Stewart, Jennifer Robyn Jacobs, Gillian Vigman, Kevin Blake

Storyline:  A group of students from a former Correctional Facility are sent to detention on a Saturday and a killer is stalking them.

Review (Spoils): We have a mix bag of students sent on a weekend to detention where they meet the lead hot teacher for the weekend Ms. Presley (Gillian Vigman). After some dumb exchange of words and bugging each other they all get into more trouble as Lexie (Alex Frnka) is playing games and drives them all nuts with her skankness. Some how without and explanation a killer starts to attack the teacher, and this leads to the students working together with their attitudes to survive and get out.

This movie plot is flawed so bad I do not even know where to start. The only character besides the hot teacher of interest is the skank Lexie. I could not careless about any of them and just wanted to killer to kill them or Alex Frnka to get naked. Something had to happen in this film that was worth watching or at least put it out of its misery. I just wanted to smack the Jessica character (Sara Davenport) as she was just annoying. And the men of the movie were just boring and lame. Dear god this film sucked!

We got some blood, no gore, some off the screen killings, a masked killer that made no sense what’s so ever and an ending that was dumber than even the whole film. This is a boring mess!

Rating:  Alex Frnka and Gillian Vigman get a beer worth of watching but the rest is just like watching paint dry. It is the Breakfast Club but that movie was scarier!

2/ 10 Beers!

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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Country: USA

Director:  Zack Synder

Main Stars:  Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Lindy Booth, Michael Kelly, Kevin Zegers, Jayne Eastwood, Jake Weber, Kim Poirier, Inna Korobkina

Storyline:  Survivors of the zombie outbreak trap themselves in a mall and try to survive.

 

 

Review (Spoils): Remake time yet again and this time this is with a massive classic. I personally put this one off for a long time to see as I was not crazy about the idea. We have Ana (Sarah Polley) trapped with a group of misfits within a mall as they plan to escape and live somewhere else in a world full of zombies. While they all work together on how to escape and why this is happening in the world, they also find out each other dirty laundry.  The film bases mostly on them trying to work together and stopping the spread of the zombie infection.

The film does stray away from the original script by a lot which is a good thing and they dropped most of the comedy stuff from the original. Yes, we have some unique characters and the build is not bad. The eye candy from the film is there as Sarah Polley (the hero), Lindy Booth (the silly young one that does stupid stuff) and Kim Poirier (the bubbly blonde). All three of them did a great job and I did not dislike them.  Ty Burrell did an amazing job also as you wanted to hate him, and he played the part very well.

Now to what I did not care for, the young pregnant couple was painful. Mekhi Phifer and Inna Korobkina characters were not enjoyable and not even smart in anyway and they seemed to be out of place. The acting was poor, and I cheered for the zombie baby. Bad selection on actors.  The second hurting unit of this film was fast moving zombies, I hate fucking running zombies.

We got lots of gun shots, zombies bites, a zombie baby with glowing eyes, some cool skin rot special effects, a gross fat undead woman, some chainsaws, and more zombies then you can track. The gore is not over the top as the original, but the zombie action is there.

Rating:  Going to be honest here, this film was not bad for a remake. It stayed away from the original enough to not hurt it and yet it did pay homage to it. The ladies were great, and I was glued to the screen to see how this all is going to work out for them. The movie was not bad but like I have said many times I really hate fast moving zombies and once I saw them go, I was kicked to the curve on thought.  But overall the flick was fun and entertaining for a zombie movie. Well done Sarah Polley! As a side note was Kim Poirier trying to be Sherri Moon? (it worked for me).

6/10 Beers!

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The Crucifixion (2017)

The Crucifixion (2017)

Country: UK

Director:  Xavier Gens

Main Stars:  Sophie Cookson, Corneliu Ulici, Ada Lupu, Brittany Ashworth, Ozana Oancea

Storyline:  A young writer investigates a story around a nun that died at the hands of exorcism

 

Review (Spoils): Young Nicole (Sophie Cookson) goes on a writing adventure as she tries to grab and investigate the story behind a priest and number of nuns being convicted of murder of a thought of one of their own being possessed. This leads to a chase to Rome where she starts to interview everyone involved so that she can get the story.  As she starts to look into Father Anton (Corneliu Ulici), she learns more about the events and the possibility of the demon being real and still out there.

The film scenery is good, and the storyline actual is not flawed. The characters within the church are built up well and the acting is not as bad as I thought but there are some issues with the main character the journalist. The acting was meh and she just was not believable for the part of the one looking into everything. Yes, she is cute but she kind of ruined the film as the story had so much potential around the madness of Maricica Irina Cornici. I believe this is the same back story as The Exorcism of Emily Rose (which I loved).

The film does not really give us anything new except the spider scenes which are actually pretty interesting. We have blood, black eyes, eye rolls, floating bodies and of course a falling out the window body. Everything else around the film is focused on storyline which can be long winded and the typical scares that are not that scary.

Rating:  Two problems which this film is the acting of Sophie Cookson and nothing really new out of the typical exorcist type film. The storyline like I have repeated few times is not bad and it is worth a view if you can get past Sophie Cookson. But do not expect anything new and refreshing outside of the spider scenes.

5/10 Beers!

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The Temple (2017)

The Temple (2017)

Country: USA

Director:  Michael Barrett

Main Stars:  Logan Huffman, Natalia Warner, Brandon Sklenar

Storyline:  Three Americans head to Japan as tourist and hunt down into the mountains for a lost hidden temple they found in a book.

Review (Spoils): A storyline is retold of what unfolded at the old temple. Asshole boyfriend (Brandon Sklenar) of Kate (Natalia Warner) is already in Japan, so she travels to met him there along with her dreamy creepy friend Christopher (Logan Huffman). When they get there the third wheel kicks into high gear and the come to an old bookstore in which Kate wants a book she cannot understand. Well freak friend decides to stop taking pictures of her (which James should beat him to a pulp for) and watch her have sex in the same room at night and steal the book for her. They head to the mountains and find the temple and he breaks his leg and they have to spend the night and things go wrong.

This whole storyline is scattered the characters relationship makes no sense what’s so ever and seems to be on the edge of stalker. Besides hot Natalia Warner the movie has the typical scares of a small boy, appearing ghosts, eyeless people and some old broken statues and a lack of storyline. The film is boring and lacking in scares. No blood and no real substance to hold it all together.

Rating:  This film was not holding a lot for me from the beginning but luckily it had Natalia Warner. Other than that, the film was a repeat of number of old ghost haunting films and lacked total sense. This should be called The Stalker not The Temple.

3/10 Beers!

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Pet Sematary (2019)

Pet Sematary (2019)

Country: USA

Director:  Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer

Main Stars:  Jason Clark, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jete Laurence, Hugo Lavoie, Lucas Lavoie, Obassa Ahmed, Alyssa Brooke Levine

Storyline:  A young family move out to the country where they learn there is a old pet cemetery that is is on old Indian burial ground and once buried there you come back to life.

Review (Spoils): Well another horror remake to hit my screen. This was I am going to be honest I was not racing to see either as the original holds some childhood memories of a classic. Strangely this film changed enough to have me interested in viewing as story that could continue if you just change the names. The young family that move to country you can connect with and relate with especially myself being a husband and father of two myself (also girl /boy).  A few things don’t go as planned as they start to live near a crazy busy dirt road (not sure why you would move there with young kids) and not far off is a forest area where people wear masks of animals and bury their dead pets. Seems like a nice place to raise a family.

This film gives us the fluffy cat named Church, a dead cat, a dead dog, a nasty head injuring, lots of blood, undead kids, ghosts, animal masks, a couple nasty stabs with a twist and a flip ending that will keep you guessing.

Rating:  This film even though a remake did not just copy the idea from scene to scene but instead used that to keep you guessing. This was nice as it kept myself glued to the screen as I personally always have a tough time with the idea of remakes. Both John Lithgow and Jason Clark were amazing as playing the leading men as the connection between the two was played well. Whole Zelda storyline unlike the original film feel flat nor did I care about it. It lacked on scare and gloom that once was but instead annoyed me to get back to the main storyline. Jete Laurence was a total surprise and she played the part very well along the end of the film and her make up was not over done and the effect worked.  But the storyline of hers did feel rushed and it took too long of time to get to. But overall it was not bad and kept me guessing and not just a word for word remake.

7/10 Beers!

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