The Ritual (2017)
Director: David Bruckner
Main Stars: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert-James Collier, Sam Troughton, Paul Reid
Storyline: A group of men as friend’s hike in Europe as a promise to a friend who pasted away. What they come across is evil.
Review (Spoils): The film starts with a bunch of men trying to relive their youth and have fun. They all decide to go hiking in Sweden after doing a vote. That night two of the friends go into a store during a theft. One hides as the other is brutal killed. The surviving friend Luke (Rafe Spall) has to live with the guilt and the secret. So, they all decide to go on the trip and on the way through the rough journey they all start to see things they shouldn’t, and things start to become creepy. Also, their friendship and true feelings towards Luke comes to pass.
Picture the film The Cave with men and with a touch of The Witch. The film goes from a true brotherhood bond to split hairs and unearthly evil coming to light. The movie gives you some flashbacks, fire, an occult, a death roaming Ki-Ri of some sort, blood talon marks, naked men, a female torso of plants and dead vegetation, a nasty tree impaling, a nasty slash to the head and some weird trippy imaginary.
Rating: This film started off pretty decent but about half way through it went off track and tried to hard. The bonding and double crossing of the friends was awesome, and I loved that part of the film but when it comes to uprooting the evil within the film got lost. This did not ruin the film, but it could have been so much more if it didn’t not try so hard to tell the tales of the cult. The ending is also lacking and it just kind of stops when it should have been more of Wow ended.
The Devil’s Dolls (2016)
Director: Padraig Reynolds
Main Stars: Christopher Wiehl, Kym Jackson, Tina Lifford, Samantha Smith, Yohance Myles, Kennedy Brice, Brea Grant, Naomi Kyle, Matty Ferraro
Storyline: A bunch of straw dolls when worn cause people to go insane and be possessed.
Review (Spoils): Serial Killer Henry (Matty Ferraro) has been the main target for detective Matt (Christopher Wiehl). The day finally comes when they catch him and shoot him down. But just when Matt wants to celebrate and meet his daughter (Kennedy Brice) it is about to start all over again. His daughter grabs a box filled with little straw dolls that once was possessed by Henry. She takes the dolls and uses them for her own creations of necklaces to sell. All hell breaks loose and people start killing each other in possessive gruesome ways.
Yes, the storyline seems lame, but this film actual was an okay ride. The opening scene is a classic when it comes to gore and blood. When Henry cuts loose and does the chase down with a massive long drill bit I gave myself the “holy shit this is going to rock”. This film is not lacking on blood and gore which is the reason why I kind of enjoyed this film. It was not done with cheesy computer graphics and gone old school. We have little dolls, some green skin demon faces, blank eyes, the nasty drill scene to the head, throat slits, a fire burning body, nasty knives and even garden shears (nice ode to The Burning) and a dog kill.
Okay now time for the downside of this film. Man, the acting was lacking from the main cast. The daughter was annoying and I really could not care about her well being. The mother was just as bad and I just wanted to see her die. The main character Matt was ok as I could relate in a way but the cast over all was hit and miss. The second downfall of the film was the whole voodoo queen storyline and scene. This should have been edited out and the movie would have done well on its own without all this detail of crap. If they would have taken all that crap out and left it as Henry’s creepy dolls are causing people to go nuts and create some gruesome deaths this would have been higher on my list.
Rating: This film was not as bad as some of the reviews I have read. You have not seen enough crap horror films people. The blood and gore in this film alone was worth a good amount of pints. Sure, the acting was boring in parts but the opening scene and the scene where her friend gets hunted down by her husband was worth the viewing alone. Plus we have Brea Grant and Naomi Kyle!
Director: Danny Perez
Main Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Chloe Sevigny, Meg Tilly, Mark Webber, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
Storyline: A struggling drug addicted wakes up from a night of party with a strange illness.
Review (Spoils): Lou (Natasha Lyonne) is a struggling drug addict and hangs around mostly with street walkers and drug addicts. After a wild of night of partying and not remembering she and her friends Sadie (Chloe Sevigny) try to find out why she has been feeling so strange. Is she pregnant or is there something more wrong happening? After possibly being pregnant, struggling with body changes, mind trips and of course indulging in drugs and booze Lou life starts to spin. Also, to add to the mix the wandering Lorna (Meg Tilly) who seems to know too much comes to her door and the truth starts to unfold.
This film is a bit of trip itself. Not sure if it was the drugs, the use of red and purple lighting, the rubber baby monster or the fuzzy fun zone apes but man this film was all over the place. The storyline jumps right in but it was slow run to get to the point. Some of the graphic were nice and gross like the belly, the classic foot scene and the picking of skin but there were long gapes of just conversation in between that it seemed longer than it should have been. Natasha Lyonne and Chloe Sevigny did a great job playing out their characters but I hard time getting into Meg Tilly’s. It just lacked info or backstory. There could have been more scares and gore , hell even more fuzzy apes would be fun!
Rating: Overall the film was okay and entertaining. Chloe Sevigny is a joy to watch and Natasha Lyonne always plays a good junkie (Orange is the New Black). The ending felt a bit rushed as there was much going on in the final 20min and it was a bit cheesy, but overall the film was not bad. I was expecting a lot worse but they could of cut down on the dialogue and gave us more trippy apes.
The Bye Bye Man (2017)
Director: Stacy Title
Main Stars: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Jenna Kanell, Marisa Echeverria, Cleo King
Storyline: Some young friends learn and unleash a nightmare horror and learn about the false visions they are witnessing.
Review (Spoils): Three friends moving into a Campus house, mess around with the occult, and unleash a nightmare horror known as the By Bye Man. The story goes that the Bye Bye Man will kill and haunt whoever learns his true name. The friends work together trying to keep the boogie safe and the friends safe. As people learn, about the secret they start to see visions, the Bye Bye Man, and his nightmare dog (something from Hellraiser) come to visit them.
OK this film is a mess on a number ways. I could not relate with the young characters at all and really could not care less if they were killed. Sure, we have visions and are not sure what is real and what is not. Some of the scenes were interesting like the one with the sex scene and the train scene but the special effects are somewhat lacking on budget. The main villain I just could not get into as he looks like something from Harry Potter and the dog was just dumb. The film has creepy parts but most the film I was just bored. Some blood, lame CGI, train smash, some bats and stabs, gunshots, some doggie style sex and some silly looking bad guys. But the storyline was lame and the acting was sub par. There just was not enough excitement to keep me glued to the screen. I was expecting a fun new bad guy instead I got some teenage crap.
Rating: I could not care this villain if he returned. The film is so focused on young people and silly drama that the horror got lost. Like stated above some of the vision scenes were fun and the back story of the dude shooting up everyone was also entertaining but way too much talking for a horror film. Thank god for Jenna Kanell to keep me glued to the screen for a little bit. I say don’t say the Name of this film!
Director: Paco Plaza
Main Stars: Sandra Escacena, Bruna Gonzalez, Claudia Placer, Ivan Chavero, Ana Torrent, Angela Fabian, Carla Campra
Storyline: A group of young girls paly with a Ouija board and there is Hell to pay at main girl’s house now
Review (Spoils): Back in 1991 in Madrid a tale is told about a young girl named Veronica (Sandra Escacena) who looks after her younger sisters and brother as her mother is always working. She and her friends decide to mess around with an Ouija board and talk to her dead father. The session goes wrong, Veronica starts to act strange since, and her friends are ignoring her. While back home things start to act up, she starts to see things, and her younger siblings are frighten to Hell. Veronica goes to Sister Death looking for help and exorcist the demon/ghost from her home.
So this film got a lot of hype and I figured I would check it out as some my twitter feeds and partners were saying it was not bad. Checking the film out it was not horrible, the teenage stuff does seem a repeated but some of the sounds and special effects were okay. I personally thought the best characters of the film was the younger children, Ivan Chavero stole the show for me. Not that Sandra Escacena was bad it was just her character. I really could not relate to her and did not overly care for. But some of scenes gave nice odes to past horror films like the hands reaching out of the bed, the blood stain on the bed, the appearing and disappearing old man and the ending action scene which leads to the end of the film.
Rating: This film was no [ REC] , it was not a bad film but the scares were lacking and the ending was pretty predictable of the outcome. No twists or over surprises really. However, one thing I did like and some people are bitching about was the music. I am sorry but the keyboard music reminded me of the classic Goblin days of the Italian horror (which to me the gems of Horror) so that was a nice touch. But the film was lacking on the true scares but man Ivan Chavero with the glasses rocked!
Sinister 2 (2015)
Director: Claran Foy
Main Stars: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, Lea Coco
Storyline: A separated woman and her two child stay at a haunted house that once was part of the sinister cult.
Review (Spoils): The beautiful Courtney is on the run with her two boys from her abusive husband. They shack up into one of the old haunted houses that was part once of the sinister cult. (See first film). Strange things start to happen to the young boys as one of them starts to see and talk the haunting children and starts to watch films created by them on killing their parents to please the demon Bhughul.
This film started off pretty all right with the chase and wonder what Courtney is really running away from. The second part of the story with people looking into the hauntings and tracking down all the old buildings of the sinister cult. The problem with this is he looks like the dude from The Office and it really was not very exciting. The best part of the film was the actress Shannyn Sossamon as she held the film and her character was interesting but the rest of the characters were assholes that you wanted to die, lacking or over the top CGI (the kids of the cult were done bad).
This film gives us more details on the sinister cult, video tapes, burnings, a real stupid rat scene with some blood, bad CGI kids and house fire, the classic Bhughul and some electrical burning. This film lacked on scares and wasted time on stupid cheap CGI.
Rating: The first film was a classic for this age of horror but this sequel was disappointing, If you do not have money to do good special effects than you do not have enough money to do a film. I am extremely tired of lazy CGI that looks cheap and shitty. Thank god, for Shannyn Sossamon saving this film, if I did not know better I would think it was a Children of the Corn film.
Wishmaster 3 (2001)
Director: Chris Angel
Main Stars: Jason Connery, A.J Cook, Tobias Mehler, Lousiette Geiss, Daniella Evangelista, Emmanuelle Vaugier, John Novak
Storyline: The Djinn is back and causes terror at a University.
Review (Spoils): Student working on a project on ancient mythology unleash the djinn (John Novak) again upon the University. He is granting wishes to open the gates of Hell yet again. This time the evil lord is going against the lovely Diana (A.J Cook) who by accident unleashed him and now trying to trick her into her three wishes. When he does not get his way, he tries to use his charm for sexual advances and death to all upon the campus.
This film for the series starts to lose its fun and goes downhill. Number one the djinn in this one is not even scary and the human guise of Jason Connery is horror upon itself. We have some fun lovely and attractive women, which we all know Jason Connery does not have a hope in hell with in real life. Cheesy electric special effects, laser swords, some blood, bad one liners makes this film fall from the once great Wishmaster series. The seduction and overlays in this film are bad and the exploding heart brings the wishes to the lamest yet. In addition, the St. Michael story add in please leave this at the door.
Rating: I personally enjoyed the first two films of this series not sure, if it was because Andrew Divoff is gone as the main Djinn or this film was just stupid and poorly written. This movie was lacking on budget and tried to survive by through babes in it. We should have stuck with just the first two.