Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Main Stars: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damien Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg
Storyline: A group of young men when camping discover that they are being plagued by a parasitic alien.
Review (Spoils): Ever year since they were kids a group of young men travel to Maine Woods. This year it just happens to be in the winter during a massive blizzard. They discover a man on his lonesome travelling and when they take him in for shelter they learn it is more than they bargained for. One by one they start to witness a parasite that is overtaking them.
Take the film Stand by Me and place a bit of The Thing in it and you have the formula for Dreamcatcher. You really cannot go wrong with that and with the list of actors in this film it is a good ride. We have a nice winter horror film with a nice touch of sci-fi and lots of blood and gore to cover the white. The monster itself is interesting you really do not have a full image of what it is (much like The Thing) which leaves lots for the imagination.
Rating: This is a great winter feel horror film outside the Christmas themes. The acting is well done and the scenery and music add to the film. We have enough red in the film and flash back character build that the film keeps you entertained. Its not everyday that you get a guys guy horror film without the fleeing scream queens.
Saw 3 (2006)
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Main Stars: Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen, Donnie Wahlberg, Bahar Soomekh, Dina Meyer, Debra McCabe
Storyline: Amanda takes over where Jigsaw left.
Review (Spoils): Amanda (Shawnee Smith) is back and this time she has a Dr. Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) under wraps and places an explosive around her neck that is connected to John Kramer’s (Tobin Bell) life support. She must save John from the cancer in his brain. Jigsaw is back to his games even though Detective Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg ) escapes. In this new twist of the game we have a young man who is trapped in it because of his inner anger over his loss of his child during an accident.
This time in Jigsaws fun games we have rib cages, freezing water, dead pigs, shotgun shots, explosions and throat slits. The gore is in the house for this part of the series and the games are wilder and tighter than before.
Rating: This is one of the last of the SAW series before it starts to become dry and stall. We have Kramer on his deathbed and Amanda doing everything she can to save his life. The movie is worth checking out and there are some nasty scenes such as the rib cage bit. The series should have died out after this one but Hollywood took over and wanted more cash under the name.
Saw 2 (2005)
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Main Stars: Donnie Wahlberg, Beverly Mitchell, Franky G, Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Dina Meyer
Storyline: Jigsaw is back and laid traps in a shelter to punish those that have taken life for granted.
Review (Spoils): Detective Eric Mathews (Donnie Wahlberg) son gets kidnapped by the notorious Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) and starts to lay traps within a shelter in which he comes across multiple people being punished for wasting their so called lives. Time is wasting and counting…..
The film leads into an intro of a man who has a bear trap around his head and must get the key that is located behind his right eye in time to stop the clock. Jigsaw is back and just as nasty as the first time. Detective Eric Mathews has been connected to the Jigsaw murders and the madman thinks it’s time to play with him. We learn that Jigsaw himself is dying from a rapidly-advancing brain cancer and he is punishing all that waste and take advantage of life. When five people wake up in a shelter once again setup for the game (including the return of the survivor in the first film Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith)) they get placed in their paces.
We have the classic bear trap, stabs in the eye, nasty burnings, poison, neck slicing, throat slashing and the classic pig mask. Jigsaw plays out the game in full fold and introduces his first protégé and the connection between them and detective.
Rating: Not as great as the first of the series this one is still not bad. The game all made sense in the end and I love the introduction of the Amanda back into the series. Sometimes it can be confusing with the back and forth but overall this film is still pretty nasty.