A Page of Madness (1926)
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.
The Amityville Murders (2018)
Director: Daniel Farrands
Main Stars: John Robins, Chelsea Ricketts, Paul Ben-Victor, Diane Franklin, Rebekah Graf
Storyline: The story of Butch DeFeo and why he killed his family in that house.
Review (Spoils): The story is the tale of the first murders in the old Amityville house that everyone knows about. The story plays off is the murder Butch really nuts or was there something more sinister haunting the house that drove him to murder his whole family. Most of the film plays off building characters and driving the feeling into you hating the father more then anything and actually cheering for the killer. Even though killing everyone did not make total sense unless it was the evil of the house.
John Robins play the main character the eldest son Butch who never could be anything in his fathers’ eyes and he gets caught up in drugs and the occult a finally snaps that one night. Chelsea Ricketts plays the sister Dawn who is the smartest one and the biggest one with the connection to the occult. Both characters stand out and you actually feel for them. The third would be Paul Ben-Victor who you love to hate so that means he did well play the asshole.
We got the same story but more detail on what happened that dark night and why. Lots of blood, beatings, gun shots and some hauntings.
Rating: The Amityville series was always something that I never gave up on even though I should have when it came to haunting lamps, clocks and dollhouses. But the first three were not terrible. This film pays very good honor the series and to be honest should be watched if you are a fan of the originals. Plus, its got a nice little added touch at the end which makes it feel it all blends great together. Well done for that alone.
Childs Play 4: Bride of Chucky (1998)
Director: Ronny Yu
Main Stars: Jennifer Tily, Brad Dourif, Katherine Heigi, John Ritter, Alexis Arquette
Storyline: Chucky finds the perfect mate that revived into another doll this time a female doll.
Review (Spoils): Tiffany (Jennifer Tily) is a former lover of the late Charles Lee Ray aka Chucky (Brad Dourif). She tries to bring Chucky back but finds out his love was false. In a fit of rage she cages Chucky and mocks him with a rubber female doll in a wedding gown. Chucky escapes and kills off Tiffany but uses the same ritual to bring Tiffany’s soul into the new female doll as revenge. The tow them work together to go on a killing spree to find the amulet that save them and help become human again.
We have stabbings, doll sex, some funny rubber jokes, car crashes, burnt rubber and gun shots. There is not much blood and such in this film as it’s more a trip on what the dolls are up to on their chase for the jewel.
Rating: Not to ruin the film too much it actually was pretty entertaining and something different then all the other films of the series. Thank god no Andy! The film is actually pretty funny and the bride is a nice touch to the film. The very ending is a surprise and leads into the very next one of the series. Jennifer Tily normally drives my brain mad with her voice but I was able to handle this one.