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Boogeyman II (2007)

Boogeyman II (2007)

Country: USA

Director:  Jeff Betancourt

Main Stars:  Danielle Savre, Matt Conen, Chrissy Calhoun, Mae Whitman, Renee O’Connor, Tobin Bell

Storyline:  A young woman now has the fear of the legendary boogeyman and has checked herself into a mental facility to get over her fears.

Review (Spoils): Young Laura (Danielle Savre) has had this demon like fear of the boogeyman.To overcome the fear, she is instated into a mental hospital (big surprise here) as she tries to battle and overcome her fears. She has had this fear since she was child so what makes sense but to check yourself in right? What makes things worse for Laura is the staff are all morons and the doctor is scary as hell (Tobin Bell). As she goes through the change of events and fears and meets more people with fears and phobias such as germs and the dark, we learn that the boogeyman has followed her there.

If you have watched the first one, well god bless you as it was not very good. I believe I gave it 2 beers because it was so damn painful of CGI. This film goes a totally different direction and which to me is a good thing. Now is this film amazing no not really as you feel a tad disappointed with the outcome as it is literally just a chasing game and follows a bit of the Nightmare on Elm Street vibe minus the wise cracks. Yes, there is some skin in the film and even some decent blood and gore without the crap of lame CGI. But it still did not deliver the full goods.

Rating:  This film is hard to rate and why without spoiling it, but the acting was not bad as I have seen a hell of a lot worse. Not as supernatural film as you would think but much better than the first film as it was complete garbage. You have some nudity and some cool death scenes and I believe there might even be an ode to Saw with Tobin Bell in this film.

5/10 Beers! Yacker

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The Hounds of Baskervilles (1959)

The Hounds of Baskervilles (1959)

Country: UK

Director:  Terrence Fisher

Main Stars:  Peter Cushing, Andre Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi

Storyline:  Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate a family curse at the Baskervilles estate.

Review (Spoils): As Sir Henry Baskerville (Christopher Lee) returns to the family estate located in a foggy moor area after his father dies strangeness starts to happen. The famous Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing) and his assistant Dr. Watson (Andre Morell) are hired to investigate as Sir Henry is being haunted by strange hounds that seem to be haunting the mansion.

Hammer films are legendary for horror so I could not pass this up plus my wife is a huge Sherlock Holmes and Hammer film fan. Once again in all its glory the sets are amazing and very gothic. Peter Cushing steals the show and fit the role just right. He has the perfect look and feel for the character. Christopher Lee takes the back-story character in this film as he graces the film but is not the full focal point.The characters are enjoyable and stand out and from my understanding it does not stand somewhat true to the novel. Not to ruin the film but the hounds are even enjoyable in the mists and glowing in eerie horror which you could not expect anything less from Hammer.

The only thing really missing in this film as it is Hammer is out of this world buxom dresses.

Rating:  Yet again Hammer delivers another classic haunting tale. This time not a monster film or massive killings with bright red blood and sexuality. But it is a classic tale of haunting and mystery in which Cushing is in a role that he was born to do. Definitely worth checking out.

6/10 Beers!

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Amityville: The Awakening (2017)

Amityville : The Awakening (2017)
Country: USA
Director: Frank Khalfoun
Main Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Mckenna Grace, Cameron Monaghan


Storyline: A single mother and her family move into the old rumored haunted house. As time goes by the dark senses of the haunting start to affect their comatose son.


Review (Spoils): Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh) moves her family into the once known around town haunted house. Hell, they even made a movie about it. As she moves her two young daughters (Bella Thorne, Mckenna Grace) and her comatose son (Cameron Monaghan) into the house things start to become disgruntle and weird. The eldest daughter Belle tries her hardest to find out what is going on with the house, why her mother is a nutty bitch, the health of her twin brother and of course being mad at the world. As she makes new friends at school one of them has the actual Amityville Horror film and gives her ideas. Ugh…………..


Ok so let’s start with the good its not a remake and we have Bella Thorn who actual does look great as a goth chick. So that was the good.


The bad for this film is a few things but the main one is … dear mother of god why would you make a film that shows that the first film was just a fucking movie. This is the dumbest idea ever! Total slap to the face to the classic and the series. That alone looses a 6 pack of beer points! Number two the CGI was beyond cheap and lame. The film has minor blood but really nothing special for horror except the typical gun shots.


Rating: Was this film worse than the haunted lamp or clock? No, it was not but the cop out of the lets just watch the movie and figure out what is going on in your house is just beyond dumb! Luckily Jennifer Jason Leigh plays a great crazy mom and Bella Thorne looks amazing as a goth chick. (No really she does!) Other than that nothing much other stands out for this film in the series.

Yacker 4/10 Beers!

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The Exterminating Angel (1962)

The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Country: Italy
Director: Luis Bunuel
Main Stars: Silvia Pinal, Jasqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal, Jose Baviera, Augusto Benedico


Storyline: A group of rich people at a dinner party get trapped within a room and unable to leave for some unknown or seen reason.


Review (Spoils): After a lavish dinner party at the mansion a group of well-off people are overwhelmed with a feeling that they cannot leave the room. The house staff all left before the party really got started as they felt they needed to leave the house. As the party continued the guests one by one started to feel dread and despair as they try to leave.


The whole setting for much of this film is the conflict of the guests as they are sitting within a room that they cannot leave for some unknown reason. As some of the ill ones start to die and they battle over who is leading, rumors, conflict of getting on each other nervous and of course hunger as they are trapped for a very long time. With a mix of weirdness and symbolism of sheep, bears and even chicken feet the film builds on the characters.


The horror of this film is just watching as the rich popular people are tortured with boredom and brought down to be the animals they see within the house. They cannot escape and the reason for this is not seen or explained. Do not expecting jumping scares of blood.


Rating: This disturbing and dark film realism on the characters and the conflict itself. There are no special effects or monsters except for the people themselves. Yes, the film can drag a little and be somewhat confusing if you do not have a open artistic mind while watching it. Watching the people breakdown is worth the horror and suspense of the film.

Yacker 6/10 Beers!

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Polaroid (2019)

Polaroid (2019)
Country: USA
Director: Lars Klevberg
Main Stars: Kathryn Prescott, Tyler Young, Samantha Logan, Keenan Tracey, Priscilla Quintana, Katie Stevens


Story line: A young photographer gets an old polaroid camera from a friend that seems to be haunted.


Review (Spoils): Young Bird (Kathryn Prescott) is a photographer fanatic and does not sit well with others are school as she has a scar that she keeps covered up around her neck. Her friend brings her a used old Polaroid camera as a gift, and she is amazed. He found it at an old yard sale. Through time as she is taking pictures of friends something strange starts to happen.

When they burn the picture, they learn that whatever is in the picture in order of the flame it happens directly to the person. This leads to craziness that has a shadow that moves from picture as a haunting ghost stalks them. This camera is beyond haunted!


Not to ruin or spoil anymore of the story line and movie this film is thick in back story. As crazy as it s sounds I actually liked the storyline and it started to become interesting. Also, for once these young people are not annoying and there was some decent character build.


If I loved, it so much why the low score of pints? Well the special effects are painful! This film had some much going for it and they ruined it by cheeping out by using god damn CGI. Fire/flames always looks like crap in CGI and a lot of the deaths in this one did look bad and cheesier. This hurt the film very badly!


The film gives is some sword armed CGI haunting man, fires, a hole through the hand (lame), crunched up bodies, gun shots, some jump scenes, lots of pictures being taken, off scene deaths and more CGI cheese that just ruins the film. You want to love the villain as a memorable horror creature, but you just can’t with these effects. Its all just too bad.


Rating: Overall for the story line and acting this film is worth checking out if you can ignore the bad special effects. Great job Kathryn Prescott.

5/10 Beers!

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The Nun (2018)

The Nun (2018)

Country: USA

Director:  Corin Hardy

Main Stars:  Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Bonnie Aarons, Irgrid Bisu

Storyline:  A young nun and a priest with a past investigates a disturbance at a sacred site located in Romania where a nun was found hanging.

Review (Spoils): This storyline and film is a prequel storyline from The Conjuring series. A young nun (Taissa Farmiga) who has not done her final vows is investigating along with a middle-aged priest (Demian Bichir) into why a young nun was found hanging at a sacred site. After venturing off into the forest led by another young man (Jonas Bloquet) who is hired to bring supplies that come to the old ruins. Once within the ruins a lost ancient key led to haunting and demonic possessions that bring forth the dread of the place.

First off, I personally do not understand why the Nun really needed her backdrop story as she could have just stayed with the original series. I personally find the whole Conjuring series becomes a mess as they are trying to damn hard to make this series into multiple eras and storylines when it was fine just on its own.  The whole film is low on character development and focuses way too much on how much can we try to scare the audience with jump scares over and over. Some of the dialogue in the movie is very cheesy and even some of the interaction between the characters are barf worthy. (the lust connection between the two young people). The movie does well when it comes to special effects, I will give it that, but the storyline is dry and could have been told in 20min.

The Nun does give us like I mentioned some cool graphics and effects like the Nun herself (Bonnie Aarons), some cool floating scenes, burning bodies, snakes out of mouths, lots of pentagrams, a beheading, crows munching on bodies, hanging and some cool eye makeup and possessions.

Rating:  The movie did not have to be made and could have been just a side background on The Conjuring series (screams cash grab). The characters were not easy to get into, but the special effects were enjoyable enough to get over the boredom of this film.  The best part of the film is the final scene where the connection is done and to be honest that’s all that could have been done to save time and money. Am I Conjuring fan, sure the series is decent? Do I feel it is a classic no not all? In my 40 years of watching horror films there are way more classics series than this one to cash in on.

4/ 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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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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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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Mara (2018)

Mara (2018)

Country: USA

Director:  Clive Tonge

Main Stars:  Olga Kurylenko, Craig Conway, Javier Botet, Mackenzie Imsand, Rosie Fellner

Storyline:  An ancient demon haunts people dreams as it feeds off their death. A criminal psychologist investigating gets trapped in the curse.

Review (Spoils): Criminal psychologist Kate (Olga Kurylenko) is assigned to investigate a murder in which only a young girl is witness too. As Kate looks further into the child and what happened this all leads to ancient curse of a demon known as Mara that haunts and kills in phases.

This film is a like a cross between The Grudge and the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Instead of Freddy haunting everyone and causing people to not sleep we have a haunting creepy limbed woman known as Mara. As Kate goes through the investigation, she learns that the murder might all be tied to ancient being that haunts and kills people in their sleep. As she meets people that are claiming its real and attacks in phases she gets marked also (starts with red mark on the eye) and the madness begins. While she is trying to accept the fate, she tries to find out what is the connection of the demon to kill.

The movie is set with some typical scares and a villain again that a woman with long hair and moves in awkward steps upon the person. Nothing really out of the ordinary except its been awhile since we had a dream killer.  Olga Kurylenko does do an amazing job as the lead during this scattered storyline that really does not get explained. Secondly Craig Conway is also awesome as the crazy Dougie and that character along was worth the viewing. But unfortunate the haunting demon Mara is not memorable.

The film gives us red blood dots on eyes, red eyes, some broken necks, typical woman demon that crawls funny, the cute Olga Kurylenko, a nasty eye lid slash, a burning with gas and some dark dream sequences. The eye lid scene is enough to make you clinch.

Rating:  This film had some protentional but the storyline of why leaves it kind of lame. I actually did love the phases of the haunting and how the demon is ancient and the scene explaining that with both Craig Conway and Olga Kurylenko but after that its kind of fell flat. Brining it back to the kid and her parents seemed like a cop out and I lost interest. Too bad as the movie was going in the right track at one point. Maybe a sequel could save this film to explain something I little more complete for the demon Mara.

6/10 Beers!

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