The Final Girl (2015)
Director: Tyler Shields
Main Stars: Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Cameron Bright, Alexander Ludwig, Reece Thomspson, Francesca Eastwood
Storyline: A young girl is taken to be modeled as a killer to help revenge the death of a wife and child.
Review (Spoils): Young Veronica (Abigail Breslin) is taken and trained to be a killer so that she can help avenge a death of William’s (Wes Bentley) family. We learn that there is a group of young gentlemen that have some serious mental issues that gather every once in awhile and hunt down young girls in the woods. So, William setups up Veronica to stop them as becoming the final girl.
I have read some bad reviews of this film but to be honest I enjoyed it and liked that it was not heavy on development and plot. Yes, the plot is very simple but I like the unknown about it and it just ended which is great. This film is what it is, young boys trying to hunt down a girl that they do not know if a trained killer herself. The boys each have their personality and small background that is not complicated in story. Perfect!
The film is lacking in gore and blood which okay that could have been better but overall the film is made of the following: woods, baseball bats, axes, drugs, hanging and a nice rock smash. The film can be pretty dark or over shadowed during the kills but it is entertaining non- the less.
Rating: At first, I was not sure if I enjoyed Abigail Breslin as to me she does not look great as a yellowed haired blond. But as we made our way to the woods the character kind of grew on me. The film does have a Funny Games feel to it but I do enjoy my woman revenge films so this one suckered me in. I personally hope they stay away from a sequel and just the film as it is.
Creep 2 (2017)
Director: Patrick Brice
Main Stars: Karan Soni, Mark Duplass, Desiree Akhaven
Storyline: Aaron is back and this time a host from Encounters wants to film him.
Review (Spoils): Sara (Desiree Akhaven) a webcast host of a show called Encounters wants to end her show due to lack of viewers. She takes on last whack at her show for the finale and finds Aaron’s (Mark Duplass) add online. She meets Aaron and believes that she has found the work of her dream, as none is weirder then Aaron. After meeting and asking a millions questions back and forth Sara starts to worry about herself and if she is going to survive the night.
Once again, Aaron is back at it again, building friendships, romances and killing them as his mind snaps. Aaron gives us the lovely return of Peach Fuzz, some axes, knives, nasty stabs, mind games, nasty blood neck slash and of course a nice hanging. Aaron is as nuts as before and Sara adds a nice new element to the series.
Only a few things bothered me with this film. We get Aaron naked but when it came to Sara, it was just a headshot (which to me I personally think the full nude on Desiree Akhaven would add more to the exploitation, which we want with this film). Secondly, even at the end of the killing is off camera if we are to get a wild ending why not exploit it to the audience? And more Peach Fuzz you had the perfect spot for it near the end.
Rating: To be honest I love this series and it easy to be suckered into. I really enjoy the Aaron character so hats off to Mark Duplass again. The film sure had some flaws and some missed wishes but yet again this film was fast paced and creepy enough to be me entertained. Maybe we could have used more Peach Fuzz.
Director: Mike Flanagan
Main Stars: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackoff, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan
Storyline: Family is torn apart by an evil haunting that follows an ancient mirror.
Review (Spoils): The Russell family move into a new home and everything is great for the family of four. The husband is a workaholic and locks himself in his ground floor office as his wife drinks to herself. The young kids pay and try and to survive as the family is slowly falling apart. However, it is a family affair that is happening or is there an evil woman ghost in the ancient mirror located in his office. The movie than moves to the future when the young kids are older and trying figure out if the mirror really is the issue or was it all in their minds.
As silly, it sounds above its not. The film plays back and forth on the current children after the fact of what happen and flashes from the past. The mirror becomes a focal point but at the same time, maybe it all really did not happen as they perceived or remembered. Lots of ghostly images and arguments on trying to solve the past with the siblings. The movie has some nice red blood, glowing eyes, some jump parts, nasty fingernails, swinging pikes and a really make you cringe lightbulb scene. Oh and really old black mirror that is possessed.
Rating: One way to explain this film is Butterfly Effect meets Amityville Horror. The acting in this film for the whole cast is really well done and I have to admit this film hooked me in once the siblings were arguing about what really happened. Something also about Karen Gillan is attractive and held my attention and her connection with her brother Brenton Thwaites was awesome. I do recommend this film and I was not disappointed by it.
Director: Roman Polanski
Main Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Fumeaux
Storyline: A young woman is struggling with men in general and is left alone to battle her struggles
Review (Spoils): Carol (Catherine Deneuve) lives with her older sister in a small apartment. It all starts to go wrong when her sister Helen (Yvonne Fumeaux) starts to be serious with a man. She makes herself distracted when being hit on, has visions of being attacked and even blanks out on the mention of men. When Helen leaves for a week that is when Carol’s mind and possible vague past comes to terms. Is what is happening real to her or just in her mind?
This film can be slow but that is what builds the film up and the character Carol. The silence and strange music speaks volumes for the film and her mind. The film is not lacking on blood either as we have nasty headshots, slashes of a razorblade, visions of rape, cracked walls, puzzled looks and the strange attraction I have of Catherine Deneuve in this film.
Rating: When you take a film like Carnival of Soul and Dementia 13 and breed them together this is kind of, what you get? A classic and strange thriller/horror film that just stands out. Repulsion is one of those films that I keep coming back to and finding something new in it. The movie has many funny things and dialogue that happens that keeps you guessing if the mind is the game or her past. If you have not seen this film and are in the need of a classic mind thriller than look no farther.
The Birds (1963)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Main Stars: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette
Storyline: A wealthy young woman chases a man to a small Northern California town where the birds start to attack people for no known reason.
Review (Spoils): Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) is pretty well off and good looking and always gets what she wants. She falls a bit for a man at the pet store and follows him off to a small town where he is with his mother and young sister. It seems like as soon as she shows up in town things start to become strange. Birds start to swoop at people’s heads; some birds even peck people to death.
The birds are swooping and tacking everyone, we have birds doing fly by nips, a cool kids birthday party being crashed by birds, lots of people screaming and running, a nice blown up gas station and some small minor blood as bird peck people. The film has great mute sounds spots when needed to create the mood, which is some of the class of Alfred Hitchcock. Tippi Hedren steals the show in this film as the gently spoken blonde that everyone wants but at the same time why she walking herself into these situations. The birds themselves can be a bit corny but that it half the fun of the film it can be spooky but at the same time fun. The whole plot and reason of the birds is never fully explained, as most of the film is people just trying to escaping the flock of death.
Rating: I am stunned that I have not reviewed this classic film yet. This film is a horror masterpiece but is not out in the top 10 of all time as I find Psycho a much better film then this. However, the birds, the sounds and lack of is what makes this movie such a horror gem. Stay away from the horrible sequel that comes out years later… you have been warned!
Director: Jorg Buttgereit
Main Stars: Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski, Harald Lundt
Storyline: A street sweeper brings home a corpse after a bad accident and learns that his wife enjoys the body more than him.
Review (Spoils): Rob and Betty are not your normal couple. When Rob brings some a rotting corpse for him and his wife to play with things become massive bizarre. He loses his job and even ends up losing his wife to the dead.
Ever need to watch a film that is so wrong that it is makes it a classic. Well welcome to the world of necrophilia. Yes, not an easy topic, but one that is portrayed in this film massively. If your easy offended, then just skip this review and this series as this is one sick fucker. Rob makes the dumbest decision by bringing home a well rotted body for he and his wife’s pleasure. Well Bob must suck because his Wife Betty has now left him a note that she is leaving him as she does not want to waste the rest of her life with him, she takes the corpse. We have the attractive Beatrice Manowski (which makes the movie even harder to watch) playing with dead bodies and parts and when I say play I actually mean having sick with! Lots of wrongness in this film, body goo, skinned rabbit, beheadings, sex/masturbation with the dead, gore, some blood, body parts that we don’t even know what it is and morals out the fucking window!
Rating: This film is a gem as it is wrong on all levels of film. The film is not well done but the topic and the gore is so over the top that you need to laugh or puke. Too be honest it is a bit of both. You cannot call yourself a horror fan if you do not know this film. It is banned in many countries for reason and it took me forever to get a copy of this many years ago. Wait till the ending…. You need lots of beer for this one….Cult Classic!
Cabin Fever (2016)
Director: Travis Zariwny
Main Stars: Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Samuel Davis, Nadine Crocker, Dustin Ingram, Randy Schulman, Louise Linton
Storyline: A group of young people go to a cabin in the woods and become sick from the water supply.
Review (Spoils): Remake time yet again in the world of horror. This time it is one of gems of the horror world Cabin Fever. The story does not stretch far from the original except the characters are a little more paper thin, the dialogue is vague and you actually can be annoyed at the beginning of the film with the characters. But it makes up some of this with the gore.
We have pretty much the same scenes as the original film (which gives a question why the remake) and the blood is not as good but there is plenty still. We have gory dogs, puking blood, the classic shave scene, unnecessary sex scenes (nice body Nadine Crocker), gun shots, rotting flesh, nasty bleeding, some stupid dropin characters that were not needed and the cute Gage Golightly.
Rating: This film is pretty much the same thing but not as funny and the characters are a bit more annoying. The film has the same amount of gore but the sex scenes are annoying and not needed and the characters that just dropin in the film make no sense. This hurts the film, if they would have just stuck with the blood and gore and Gage Golightly this film could have been rated higher.