The Strangers 2 : Prey at Night (2018)
Director: Johannes Roberts
Main Stars: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman, Damian Maffei, Emma Bellomy, Lea Enslin
Storyline: The stranger three killers are back but this time stalking a family of four.
Review (Spoils): The first film of the first was a gem so this one of course would have a hard time to hit that success. This one takes place in the same area but as a family of four are traveling to drop off their wanna be goth daughter (Bailee Madison) to a boarding school thing go wrong.
To be honest that is the whole damn story, that one simple paragraph to me this does not hurt the film but as from other reviews people feel different. We have a simple plot with some memorable killers again such as Man in the Mask (Damian Maffel), Dollface (Emma Bellomy)and Pinup (Lea Enslin) but this time things end differently. The film deliveries lots of blood, lots of stabbing, a fire, a very cool blood in the pool scene and lots of back pain.
Rating: The real problem for this film was the daughter she was not that tough, and her goth image so was so fake it was hard to want her to win. Just because you bought a shirt off of Ebay that says Ramones does not make you cool. The jumps and the creepiness of the film was there but not at great lengths like the first film. But I love these killers and it was hard for me to let them go. But one great fault is the ending cause really nobody could survive all that. The movie could of been greater like way greater but its not as bad as everyone is saying online.
Eyes of a Stranger (1981)
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Main Stars: Lauren Tewes, Jenifer Jason Leigh, John DiSeanti
Storyline: Women are being murdered and a new host is on the hunt who it might be
Review (Spoils): I was about 5min into this film and knew that I was in love with it. It screamed late 70s early 80s horror. It has the grainy feel and it reminded me of Dressed to Kill or something from Dario. From the opening seeing of the dead girl in the creek to almost end I was in entranced with this film. It screamed classic Yacker horror film. We have a noisy new anchor named Jane who is upset with all murders of women and she believes she knows who the killer could be and because of it she might have placed her mute sister Tracy in trouble.
The film has the typical weird lonely man killing and raping women as the cute Jane tries to save the world. Yes, the feel can be uneasily but what the fuck do you want it’s a horror film. The blood is a nice light pink in this film and yes, the ending can be cheesy, but they have some cool kills in this film. A nasty beheading with a meat cleaver, some throat slits, some stabs and a few ripped blouses. Sure, we have some characters doing stupid shit, but this film still rocked.
Rating: If you like Dario, Dressed to Kill or Maniac (the original) you will need to check this out. This movie was fun and I have to thank my wife for finding it as the more I think about it the more of gem this is. Don’t forget the feed the fishes!
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
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.
The Monster (1925)
Director: Roland West
Main Stars: Lon Chaney, Gertrude Olmstead, Hallam Cooley
Storyline: A troubled clerk doubles as a detective is investigating strange going ons at the local mental sanitarium.
Review (Spoils): A madman named Dr. Ziska (Lon Chaney) gets rid of the staff at mental sanitarium and uses the patients as his new staff. The lunatics start to work at the place as Ziska collects bodies to experiment on. As the new detective walks around with the book of “How to be a Detective?” as he is trying to find missing people. As Ziska is abducting people for his experiments the detective gets on the case.
The story line borders on comedy and fun more than the actual horror. The scenery is amazing in this film and make up of Lon Chaney’s character is outstanding. The film itself can be pretty slow moving as the actors are limited as there only a few in the film to hold interest. Part of me thinks that the talent and make up of Chaney was wasted a bit in this film as it was the Wow factor of the film.
Rating: Going to be honest this is one slow moving film with some small laughs, but the Chaney steals the film. The next interesting character is his henchman that helps him with the dropping mirror from the tree to cause cars to run off the road, so they can capture them. The film is fun silent with some scary make up but do not expect to be thrilled or scared.