Lights Out (2016)
Director: David F. Sandberg
Main Stars: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello, Alexander DiPersia, Alicia Vela-Bailey
Storyline: A family ghost known as Diana has come home to haunt the remaining family
Review (Spoils): Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) has been looking after her younger brother (Gabriel Bateman) as he has been lacking in sleep and the mother (Maria Bello) is off and on the deep end. As they try to dig deeper on what is bothering young Martin they learn that there is a connection to the mother Sophie and a long-lost entity known as Diana.
This film is basically a daughter who hates her mother and wants to prove that her mom is nuts along with a dark past of a ghost like demon known as Diana (Alicia Vela-Bailey) haunting the young boy. The film has some jumping scares, a deep scratchy voice ghost, some bites and claws marks, dark lights, no lights and a gun shot and lots of off the scene or too dark kills.
The movie has a lot of similarities to the film Session 9 to me. The story line starts feeling like a boogeyman type tale but than about half way through it starts to peel along to the root cause. The problem with this film is a couple items. No real blood or gore which could have been a nice little add and the second issue is spew of the history of Diana. Once again, a horror film spew too much info into the film within 15min of looking up a box in an attic.
Rating: This film was not bad to be honest it had a decent story line and looking at Maria Bello and Teresa Palmer was not hard either. The focus villain of Diana was an interesting touch and I can see this becoming a new horror icon of this era. Sure, the film felt rushed but overall it’s a nice little creepy tale.
The Girl in the Photographs (2015)
Director: Nick Simon
Main Stars: Kal Pen, Claudia Lee, Kenny Wormald, Luke Baines, Toby Hemingway, Miranda Rae Mayo, Katharine Isabelle, Autumn Kendrick
Storyline: A young woman in a small town is bothered by some Hollywood people and at the same time she is dragged and stalked by someone who loves to leave pictures of dead girls for her.
Review (Spoils): Colleen (Claudia Lee) and her bitchy attitude is stuck in a dead-end town with no where to go. She starts to find pictures of dead girls and brings it to the police. They knock it off as just someone messing around and being artistic. At the same time photographer Peter Hemmings (Kal Pen) is coming to town to figure out how he can cash in on this fad. When is group of merry men/women showed up Colleen gets dragged into it. One by one people close to Collen start to disappear and the pictures keep growing.
This film brings some eeriness to the screen as the annoying Colleen starts to become stalked by people in some white masks. Sure, the film screams a bit of copycat of the film The Strangers but non- the less I was entertained. As you can tell Claudia Lee annoyed the hell of me for this film and almost ruined it for me. But on the other hand, Kal Pen was very entertaining and so was his whole crew of models and celebs. A big part of me wanted to see Claudia Lee to meet her end and have someone like the hot babe Autumn Kendrick win!
The film brings on some blood and some nasty kills like stabs, slashes, choking, some white masks, lots of camera flashing, nice cage, some nakedness of Autumn Kendrick (right on!), sarcasm of Kal Pen and the bitchiness of Claudia Lee’s character.
Rating: To be honest I did not mind this film and do not understand the bad reviews. Outside of Claudia Lee I liked this film. Its pace was well played and I really did enjoy the Peter Hemmings character as it made me laugh a few times once the character breaks the ice. Luke Baines played an villain that I did find enjoyable and creepy. Not an amazing horror film but still worth the time as it was a bloody okay time.
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: 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!
Director: David Lynch
Main Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates, Judith Roberts, Laurel Near
Storyline: Henry Spencer tries to adapt with his surroundings, new girlfriend and mutant baby
Review (Spoils): This film was been on my list of going to watch for many years. The other night finally the time had come to checkout the classic known as Eraserhead. From the beginning of the film you know you are about to watch something that is a piece of art and not huge on story line but read through the symbolic scenes are appear before you. Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) is trying to just survive what is before him and what is visioning in his mind and that is what the film is pretty much. He gets his girlfriend (Charlotte Stewart) pregnant and they have a mutant baby that near stops crying that drives them insane.
The visuals are crazy with this film, we have a nutty family (my favorite part of the film actually), a man on the moon, blood, a gross chicken scene, a woman who lives in a water heater rad that has puffy cheeks and sings, sperm stomping, smashed head, some pencils, some seduction on the bed and the classic screaming horse mutant baby. The most unforgettable of the film is Henry himself, the crying mutant baby, the upset girlfriend (her family) and the sexy woman from across the hall (Judith Roberts). The film does not strive on horror but instead on the weirdness and the sounds of the movie. The sounds and audio is what makes this a strange and memorable film.
Rating: Welcome the first of the beginning of the twisted world of David Lynch. This film is not boring by a long shot but by the end, you will say what the fuck I just watched. This film is not for everyone and do not watch it stoned!
6/10 Beers! (why 6 cause it is messed up!)
Curse of Chucky (2013)
Director: Don Mancini
Main Stars: Chantal Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, Maitland McConnell, Summer H. Howell, Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly
Storyline: The Chucky doll re-appears back into the family of the serial killer Charles Lee Ray.
Review (Spoils): A young woman named Nica (Fiona Dourif) has been in a wheelchair since birth and under the watchful eye of her paranoid mother (Chantal Quesnelle). The Chucky doll appears at the house and her mother id found dead. The family re-unites with Nica’s older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti), her husband her daughter Alice (Summer H. Howell) and the nanny Jill (Maitland McConnell). As they, all stay at the house with the doll, one by one, they all start to die and the story unfolds with the Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) connection.
Right after the Seed of Chucky crazy storyline the series tries to get back to its roots. The story starts on a tale of the charming Nica and her mother. They get the Chucky doll in the mail and think of it as a sick joke. Time passes and the doll comes to life and her mother is killed. Everything is played as suicide (with scissors?) any ways that is when the rest of the family comes home and as we have family, secrets and conflict Chucky starts to hack them up. We have a beautiful cast of women Chantal Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti and Maitland McConnell. We have lesbian affairs, scissors, very nasty axes gausses, some bad CGI blood, lost of eyeballs flying and hanging, a hot pink bra and panty laptop chat (because that’s what people do in the real world), knives, peeling skin and very cool beheading. The gore is there if you wait for it.
Rating: I am going to be honest this film at the very beginning I was worried about it. Not being a huge fan of the series this film actual surprised me and got me on board. It dropped some of the cheesy humor of the past films and dove right into a good horror tale. I love the story line that intertwines with the past of the serial killer Charles Lee Ray and his nutty lover Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly). This film actual made me a fan of the series now.
Director: Daniel Mann
Main Stars: Bruce Davison, Sondra Locke, Ernest Borgnine
Storyline: A young man makes friends with rats and uses them for revenge.
Review (Spoils): Willard (Bruce Davison) is a social misfit and is surrounded by his mother’s freaky friends since his father’s death. Even his father’s partner Al Martin (Ernest Borgnine) who everyone hates as the film makes it way through the plot is an asshole. As Willard befriends the cute Joan (Sondra Locke) from work and his mother passes away, he learns that everyone is a pain and cannot be trusted so he has the rats do his dirty work. The rats under the leadership of Ben and Socrates take on the world under the order of Willard we have an entertaining film.
This film screams 70s; we have sexual harassment at work, rats, jumping rats, rats on people’s back, minor blood, some bad editing and the very attractive Sondra Locke.
Rating: This film is much better than Ben by a long shot. Even though it has a made for TV, type feel I felt that the vibe was creepy enough with characters that it kept me entertained. Bruce Davison was great lead and when he snaps you can actual picture the madness in his acting and voice. In addition, we have Sondra Locke before her career took off, being innocent and playful and oh ya the rats were ok.