Director: Tobe Hooper
Main Stars: Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth, Frank Findlay, Patrick Stewart, Michael Gothard
Storyline: After coming across a strange spacecraft in space and bring the specimens back to England they invade the populace as life sucking vampires.
Review (Spoils): A group float up into space and come across an odd shaped space craft. As they explore, they find some floating bat like creatures frozen in time. To make things worse they come across 3 naked people encased in box like crystals. As all great explorers do, they bring them back to the ship and of course the horror begins.
This film is trapped between a sci-fi and wanting to be a horror film sort of like Aliens but nothing like Aliens. The acting is meh and this film did not age well but the first part of the film was interesting. Once the attractive female vampire was loose out in the public is when the film started to lose it storyline and became a bit scattered.
We have the beautiful naked Mathilda May, lots of eye taunting gazes, space, bat creatures, mind reading, more 1980s blue lighting that one film should have, cool life drained zombie vampires and some running vampire zombies. The film does lack on the blood a bit but did I mention Mathilda May?
Rating: If it was not for the whole naked Mathilda May for pretty much the chunk of the film this may have stunk. She very attractive and her body was well worth watching this film right through as the rest can be a bit of a mess.
Director: Olaf de Fleur Joahnneson
Main Stars: Florence Pugh, Ben Lloyd- Hughes, Celia Imrie, Georgina Bevan, Nicola Grier
Storyline: A young group are scamming people in fake hauntings until they come across the real deal.
Review (Spoils): Brother and sister Jackson and Angela (Florence Pugh) run a scamming like fake setup for hauntings and make a good profit doing. The two of them and their group get hired to check out an old foster home and with Angela’s power they come across the haunting past. Young girls were tortured here, and their mouths stitched shut by the sadistic owner.
If the above plot of a group of people working to scam people in haunting sounds familiar, then you will be like me and give a groan. The originality of this film was lost from the first 10min and I was losing interest which really did hurt this film. The acting was ok but sometimes I do have a hard time with Florence Pugh as she comes across a non-emotional actress which can be dry and over done after a few films.
The film gives is the typical haunting of little girl’s flashbacks, so expect some girls just appearing. The film really does not get into the true horror until about the last 15min when the truth all starts to unravel, and we get to the villains and the heroes. But even then, some of the gore is taken off screen or out of the picture. This is too bad because the scene with the hack saw could have been great. To me Celia Imrie was the highlight of the film.
Rating: Nothing really new with this film as the topic has been so overdone. There are way better ghost tales out there to check out. This film is forgettable.
First Born (2016)
Director: Nirpal Bhogal
Main Stars: Antonia Thomas, Luke Norris, Thea Petrie
Storyline: A child is born but it leads to a dark entity that haunts the family.
Review (Spoils): When young Charlie (Antonia Thomas) finds out she is pregnant she was not sure what to expect. She tells her boyfriend James (Luke Norris) and they start a new life together. The pregnancy starts to show signs that something is not normal (like claw marks on the belly) and once baby Theo is born things go to Hell. James reaches out to his estrange father who just happens to know about occult. Some strange rules are explained to them form the discovery, like not allowing Theo to have an actual toy doll with a face as she is surround by evilness. Theo gets older and learns to control the strangeness by lying in a circle with candles and yada yada until the evil starts to get out of control.
So that is the simple part of the plot of this story line. As the movie moves it get way more confusing as they add more people who have occult experience into the film. I think they did this to help clarify the reasoning but to be honest it literally confuses the fuck out of the story. I was lost at some point because it stopped to make sense or even lost its reality. Yes, the movie was done on a lower budget but in this one its not the effects that failed but the script. The doll face was an example of “really that seems dumb” and the haunting itself were not overly shocking and you can tell its going to happen before it even does as its cliché.
Rating: The title is confusing even as there are several films that fall under this category that it had me wondering if I already seen this film? So, the story is not overly new, and the story line is a bit of mess and the scares are not that original. So overall you could skip this one and you would not know the difference. Also, the scene at the beginning with the drinking and barfing and whatever in the alley that was too long of scene and pointless really, but maybe I am old and sooner drink alone.
The Rezort (2015)
Director: Steve Barker
Main Stars: Dougray Scott, Jessica De Gouw, Claire Goose, Elen Rhys, Martin McCann
Storyline: Tourists get to go to an island and shoot zombies, but things go wrong.
Review (Spoils): After a zombie outbreak and the people are in control of the world again. A company decides that they can setup an island and place the undead there so that people can pay to go out and shoot the zombies in the so called wild. They call this a Zafari and when a group of young individuals decide to go out all hell breaks loose when the security fails.
The film had an idea and it could have been like another spin off the Night of the Living Dead Romero’s movies, but it did not build enough backstory. It jumped way to fast into what it is now and get to the island and start to shoot zombies. The characters did not have enough time in the story to build that you cared and really many them are idiots or assholes. So, you did not root for them nor cared if they got eaten. As the Wilton (Claire Goose) struggles because the security has been breached and the zombies start to go out in the wild and attack the paid tourists she hits the security system which is blow up the damn island.
Zombies with good special effects and make up was shocking done well for a lower budget film but that was about it. Zombies should not be able to run! Plan and simple stop it now! We have blood, some bites and way to many gun shots for my liking in a horror film. The acting was okay but the characters were very lacking and made some shitty decisions which I had a hard time to handle.
Rating: Basically, the whole the film is zombies running around (literally running sigh) and attacking people as they try to escape one by one and shoot them. I personally am not a fan of running zombies at all and also not a big shoot them up movie guys, so this film was not winning my attention from the get go. But we had two cuties in the film Jessica De Gouw and Elen Rhys so that held my attention enough for the review as the rest was just okay. By the way the ending….. just ended.
Die Monster Die! (1965)
Director: Daniel Haller
Main Stars: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson, Suzan Farmer
Storyline: A wheelchair bound scientist brings on evil to his estate when he welcomes a green glowing meteorite
Review (Spoils): Nahum Witley (Boris Karloff) has no idea what he has brought to his house when discovers a meteorite and see’s a as a godsend. When a young man visits his girlfriend Susan (Suzan Farmer) to her estate with her wheelchair bound father we learn all is not as it seems. The mysterious Letitia (Freda Jackson) lies behind a curtain in her bed and the staff are dropping dead. But Nahum has kept the great rock locked in the basement where it can glow and present such glory to the family.
While watching the film I was not sure what to expect but it had a Hammer feel to it. When the movie starts to go about half way through there was some stuff in that surprised me that I felt Evil dead took from. The plant over taking Susan and the ending with Letitia and the melting head. The movie has some goo, lots of green glowing and even some cheesie special glowing man effects.
Rating: This film was more sci-fi than an actual horror film. But Boris and Suzan Farmer dragged me into the film to check it out. Plus, it had monster in the title. The movie is a bit silly at times and even laughable towards the end, but I did like the parts that reminded me of the Evil Dead.
Filed under Monster, Occult
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.
Director: F. Javier Gutierrez
Main Stars: Matilsa Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onofrio, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan
Storyline: A school study of the soul leads back to the tape and the history of Samara’s mother
Review (Spoils): The film opens with the storyline of Gabriel (big surprise on the name played by Johnny Galecki) talking students one by one to watch the tape so that he can the be shot of the discover of the soul. This leads the young Julia on a hunt for her missing boyfriend as he watched the tape. She confronts the teacher and a fellow student named Skye (Aimee Teegarden) and starts to learn that there is more to this than finding her boyfriend.
This film started off actually okay with the school storyline and the babe Aimee Teegarden but then it started to run off the rails as they hunt for the body of Evelyn, Samara’s mother. Once you get the point of priest so the movie runs into a sadness of boredom and no shit Sherlock! The idea was great at the beginning as it gave the series a bit of a Hellraiser type feel and then it just became another generic too much information on the history storyline. The marking on the hand also was a bit of stretch.
We have videotapes, electronic format now of the video, Samara, black wet hair, car wreck, some blood, screaming, a little okay scene of hair out of the mouth, Samara coming out of laptop and of course lots of flashy scenes of the video. Not much on the scares as a lot of it has been done before.
Rating: Like stated above this film had a great idea and storyline and then it went lazy. It took the easy way out and started to tell a tale that nobody really gives a rat ass about. Whole series has been around Samara we do not need a huge storyline why her mother treated her like crap and killed her. Plus, you killed Aimee Teegarden near the beginning of the film. Eye candy gone and shitty change in storyline makes this film lacking.
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!
Insidious 3 (2015)
Director: Leigh Whannell
Main Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Samspon, Lin Shaye
Storyline: A prequel on the storyline where Elise Rainier uses her abilities to talk a dead mother for a young teenage girl.
Review (Spoils): Quinn (Stefanie Scott) is a young teenage girl who lost her mother and she wants to communicate with her. Therefore, she reaches out to psychic Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye) to help her with that. During which Rainer comes across the dark side of the after life and could not provide what Quinn was looking for. Quinn heads home, deals with normal teenage life, and is hit by a car. She dies in a way but is brought back to life. During which because she crossed over and messed with Rainer things start to go weird for her.
First off, I really dislike it when films think it is smart to go back in time for a sequel. This story really did not need to be told and I had an issue with that. Do not get me wrong the acting from both female leads Lin Shaye and Stefanie Scott was great but the film felt like it was a lighter side of Insidious tale. Mother and daughter bond was it too mushy for taste in a horror film.
Same story when it comes to graphics on this one, ghosts, dreams, red and black man, some spooky old man that cannot breath, the old lady in black and a motherly ghost that watches over her daughter. The coolest scene of the film was when Quinn smashes the casts off her legs.
Rating: This film be prepared to wait for something to happen. Excessively much story line on just the teenage girl and her drama of coping with the lost of her mother and having to pick up the slack. It drags on way to long for a horror film that belongs to series that is suppose to scare. This film was too predictable and too corny for my liking. I want creepiness and new types of scares at this day and age. This one is old hat.
Cult of Chucky (2017)
Director: Don Mancini
Main Stars: Allison Dawn Doiron, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Michael Therriault, Jennifer Tilly
Storyline: Nica is placed in a hospital where past Chucky victims rest. With the help of Tiffany, Chuck comes to the hospital to pay some respect.
Review (Spoils): Nica (Fiona Dourif) is accused of murdering her family, as nobody believes her that the doll did the killing. The patients in the hospital she is located are all past victims (including Andy from the first films) and they are believed to be illusions of the mind. While this is going on the staff at the hospital are actually starting a cult dedicated to the devilish doll but Tiffany has other plans to help Chucky out.
This film starts almost right after the last one but it does start a bit confusing. Nica’s part make’s sense but dragging Andy (Alex Vincent) in from the beginning makes the film confusing. That is a fault of the film it is kind of jammed together without real thought. The gore and blood is there but limited. Do not get me wrong it was nice to re-introduce Andy but it was done wrong and should have been brought in near the end as a surprise. Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif and Jennifer Tilly did a great job returning as their characters but the story itself was all over the place. The Cult part was misleading and was not really explained.
We have knives, drills, burnt dolls, many jumbled dream sequences, some blood and a nasty head smash. Other than that just a lot of dialogue and character introduction without any real detail.
Rating: Personally had hope for this series as the last film was not bad and I enjoy the Nica character. However, this story is fucked and to be honest the whole Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly )character seems fake in this film but I did enjoy the twist ending. Holding still hope that this series will get back to the horror and drop the comedy.