The Devil’s Own / The Witches (1966)
Director: Cyril Frankel
Main Stars: Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Ann Bell, Ingrid Boulting, Michele Dotrice, Gwen Ffrangcon Davies, Ingrid Boulting
Storyline: A school teacher moves to a small village to teach and witness’s examples of possible witch craft.
Review (Spoils): English School teacher (Joan Fontaine) was in Africa when she had a nervous breakdown due to being haunted by voodoo. After she was recovered, she was offered a new job as a school teacher in a small country town. When she arrives, she notices the people of the village are very private and even some act very weird. As she witnesses a young bright boy who hangs out with a blond girl who plays with dolls being picked on by the village she gets interested. As she works her way into getting more information on the occult and people start to disappear or die the truth starts to show.
Like much Hammer Films the scenery are amazing in this little Gothic tale of witchcraft. The characters are well done and played for the small strange village. Joan Fontaine does a great job trying to play the sane one (even though her hair was a disaster in the film). Ingrid Boulting did a fantastic job playing the secretive young woman Linda who played with dolls and left the audience guessing if she was evil or not.
The film like mentioned above gave the typical Hammer scenery with is breath taking for horror, we have chants, strange high as a kit dancing, drowning, sheep shit, worms more sheep, little dolls and some stabbings. Nothing over the top for blood and gore except for the mud and sheep poop.
Rating: This movie was way better then I thought it would be. The opening scene seemed a bit cheesy and I was concerned but once the film moved it location to Europe, I was ok. The ending just kind of ends and it could of used some weirdness or a cliff hanger but it was based off a book. Which I did learn that that Joan Fontaine bought the script and sold herself and the tale to Hammer to be done.
Godzilla / Gojira (1954)
Director: Ishiro Honda
Main Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi
Storyline: A nuclear weapon unearths an ancient lizard beast upon Japan.
Review (Spoils): Japan is in panic as several ships start to sink and disappear. As several scientists start to investigate the accidents, they find out a giant lizard known as Gojira is roaming the waters. During as the monsters makes it way to the in land, we have a love story triangle between to male scientists (one which made a weapon known as the Oxygen Bomb) and the beautiful Emiko. She talks her boyfriend into using the weapon not to defend Japan during a war but to defend Japan from the evil monster known as Gojira.
The film is one of the most classic monster films of horror and sci-fi for its time. In the 50s monster films were huge and drive-ins were becoming more and more popular for these types of films. In Japan it was a little different as there was concern currently on war of course and nuclear weapons in general. So, this film has a totally different take than the lamer American versions. It deals with environment, human conflict of power and of course the giant monster.
The film gives us of course the classic movie monster in its original format walking the streets and through power lines. Roaring and roaming the waters, along with peeking its head over the mountains. For its time the film is very interesting to watch just for the scene setups like the tiny villages, houses and of course the walking monster. That alone is worth to watch the film.
Rating: The film can be boring when it comes to storyline, I will be honest and mostly likely get slammer for saying but the scenes and the way they created the film is what stands out. Yes, it has some similarities to The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms but it much richer as a classic. I can now literally tell myself I was seen the original Godzilla.
6/ 10 Beers!
The Doll (2016)
Director: Rocky Soraya
Main Stars: Shandy Aulia, Denny Sumargo, Sara Wijayanto, Vitta Mariana Barrazza
Storyline: A young doll maker brings home a old doll which brings with it a curse.
Review (Spoils): Young beautiful Anya (Shandy Aulia) is a doll maker and her husband is a construction worker. When he brings home an old doll that he found at a site where they cut down a tree curse is sent to their home. They start to see the doll moving around, leaving notes and then finally a creepy ghost girl appears. This leads to nothing but lies, jumping ghosts, some bad CGI and tons of blood!
This film was different every 30min. I am not sure if that is a good thing or bad thing, but it kept me interested. One minute we think we have seen this film but then it changes the plot a bit over and over. One thing I do know is we have lots of charming ladies in it and a creepy burned out doll and a matching ghost girl to go with it. This film is not lacking on the gore and blood as it cuts loose near the end. Lots of red, splatter, hands grinding, claws, throat slashes, hangings and tons of more blood. The CGI is piss poor when it does appear, and it almost ruined the film for me. The fucking bats are horrible, and the blood spit is lame. But Shandy Aulia kept me entertained!
Rating: This movie could have been a lot worse and without the lame cheese CGI could have been better but oh well. There was enough blood to do two films and the storyline kept me watching. Some of scenes were cool such as the possessions, the blood and even the little girl was sweet. This is actually worth checking out!
Director: Paul Spurrier
Main Stars: Suangporn Jaturaphut, Dean Barrett, Shaun Delaney
Storyline: A young girl learns magic from her grandmother and as she is shipped to be a sex worker, she makes all pay.
Review (Spoils): A young girl named Dau (Suangporn Jaturaphut) is taught ways of dark magic from her grandmother back in the swampland. When her grandmother falls ill, she is forced to work in a go-go bar which leads to sex trafficking. As people start to make fun of her and make her life hell, she starts to work out the dark magic for revenge.
This film is a lot of fun think Carrie meets some type of dark ghost like film. The story line was enough that you felt for the girl and wanted to follow the film through. Sure, it hits some touchy topics, but I believe that was the point of the film to make you feel uncomfortable. The film is made up of several girls that work for a mamma that treats the girls like a number for money. As the girl start to stab each other in the back for business and nastiness the occult piece starts to show.
The film gives us young girls discussing topics around sleeping with dirty old men, ghost like makeup, raw meat eating, nasty nice cuts, lots of red blood, flashy lights and some really cool connections when it comes to female relationships. The film is very strong on character building and that alone keeps the film moving.
Rating: This film caught me off guard, it was decent. The story alone was worth it and extra red blood was just a bonus. If you have not checked this out yet go out and do it. It is something fresh and interesting. Well done Suangporn Jaturaphut.
Body Parts (1991)
Director: Eric Red
Main Stars: Jeff Fahey, Lindsay Duncan, Kim Delany
Storyline: After losing an arm in a car wreck a psychologist has it replaced by a limb from a serial killer.
Review (Spoils): Bill (Jeff Fahey) is in a car accident and his lost one of his arms. He went into surgery and had a new one graphed to his body. This was a limb from a former serial killer who was executed in death row. Bill starts to have nightmares and feelings that he did not have before. When Bill finds out the truth he wants to arm removed but the doctor (Lindsay Duncan) who put in place will not do it, is there more to this and he is all part of an experiment.
Picture this more a weird modern-day Frankenstein with a twist. The film was not as bad as I thought it would be. The acting is pretty good for a horror film and the movie moves at a very fast pace and keeps you entertained. Of course, the film is not realistic its horror but as follow the main character through the changes and what it brings to his home life you do get trapped into the film.
Rating: This film reminds me a bit of the film called The Hand. The film is fun and cheesy when it needs to be and carries on well. The special effects are good the ending is a bloody event that you will not want to miss. The leading ladies steal the show when it comes to performance of the characters. Definite a gem that horror collectors should own or at least see.
6/ 10 Beers!
Alien VS Predator (2004)
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Main Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova
Storyline: During a archaeological expedition in Antarctica uncovered a frozen terror which is long time battle between two species.
Review (Spoils): Archaeologists find a frozen pyramid in the Antarctica which once it is uncovered all hell breaks loose. They discover aliens which start to hunt down and kill of the team in the frozen land. But from outer space comes another alien race which are predators that hunt for skull trophies for their collection and they have the other aliens on their list.
This winter wonderland of terror is a lot of fun, but it is lacking on the blood and gore like the other series have given us. But the story line works and some of the special effects of the film are done very well and are beautiful. I personally do not understand all the hate for this film. This film works and fits the Alien series totally fine. Sure, some of the character dialogue can be a little painful but fuck its aliens! We get also more insight on the predator species and the collecting of skulls was a pretty cool idea. The tracking and hunting scenes are done well but the aliens will always be my favorite out of the two.
Rating: There was a ton of hype for this film and maybe that is what destroyed the reviews from others for this film. I personally enjoyed it and have seen it a few times. It fits well in the series even though it could have used more blood and gore, but the queen is beautiful and hell we it has Lance!
The Plumber (1979)
Director: Peter Weir
Main Stars: Judy Morris, Ivar Kants, Robert Coleby, Candy Raymond
Storyline: A young woman feels she is being stocked by her landlord’s plumber
Review (Spoils): The film starts off as a young working couple are struggling and living in a apartment complex. Jill (Judy Morris) gets interrupted by a plumber ( Ivar Kants) that is doing an inspection, but her landlord has not mentioned anything. Before she knows it, the man makes himself at home and starts to say she has major issues with the pipes. The young madman starts to take down walls and smash holes in the place and starts to do work that could take weeks. Jill starts to get the weird feeling that he is not leaving.
The film is a typical 70s horror film that does not work on the shock but instead pulls on the feelings of yuck. Yes, the storyline does become almost too bizarre, but it works. The Jill character does become hard to relate too as she is acting a bit silly and to be honest the police should have been involved and landlord from the get go but it all works out in the end.
The problem with this film is, its full of douchbags and really there is not one nice person out of the whole damn group. So, are we on the side of the woman or are we one the side of the psycho who might not be one or are we on the side of the horny friend? I believe this was done on purpose as then it makes the film more like a piece of art instead of just badly played characters who make dumb decisions.
Rating: This is a hard find and I really did not know much about it until I came across it. I was not expecting much but it did work and kept me entranced to see how this was going to end. Sure, it is not a classic by any means but it was an okay film that gives you that uneasy feeling.