As Above, So Below (2014)
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Main Stars: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Francois Civil, Marion Lambert
Storyline: A young woman gets a gang of explorers to venture into some catacombs underneath Paris to uncover the secret of the City of the Dead.
Review (Spoils): The young and beautiful Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) is an adventurous explorer who wants to live up to her father’s name and make sure his life and death was worth it. She starts a documentary on her choices and her travels as she tries to break into where the City of the Dead is located. She travels to the eastern lands and cracks into a hidden catacomb and takes with her video and pictures of the lost words. She uses her charm and gets help from fellow explorer George (Ben Feldman) to get it translated and they end up in Paris. In Paris they track down a bigger group of young explorers and they travel underground to find the lost City of the Dead.
We have the typical young and wild party people, the very talented and gorgeous Perdita Weeks, ghosts, jumpy camera, a stone bull, flashes of supposedly scary people, some flying blows, a nasty gored out fall, a crazy head bash (one of the best in the film), a healing stone, the cute Marion Lambert, some closer phobic moments and the same damn film as Grave Encounters.
Rating: I was expecting a lot more from this film. I read a number of reviews and they seemed to be great but once I started watching the film it screamed Grave Encounters and/or a horrible version of [REC]. I am personally so tired of the video camera view when it comes to horror films. It has been overdone like 5 years ago! As soon as I see this now in a film I scream to myself no budget but wanted to make the film anyways. When you have such a beautiful talented actress like Perdita Weeks do not waste it with this replicated horror stuff. Such a waste.
Filed under Haunting, Occult
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
Director: Jonathan Levine
Main Stars: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able, Michael Welch, Luke Grimes, Melissa Price, Edwin Hodge, Aaron Himelstein
Storyline: A group of high school students invite good girl Mandy Lane to a summer party what they find out they are not the only ones that love her.
Review (Spoils): Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) is young, beautiful and every guy wants her and every girl wants to be her. So much that she is rather annoyed and just wants to be left alone. Even her best friend Emmet (Michael Welch) annoys her about it. After many bets and talks of boys trying to score it with Mandy the in crowd invite to a vacant ranch for a weekend during the summer to drink beer, smoke dope, drop pills and fool around. Sounds like fun right? Well everyone wants a piece of Mandy and this leads to someone killing each on off one at a time. Outside of the typical and boring teen atmosphere of this film we have teen horniness, drugs, booze, lots of gun shots, slash across the eyes and a classic rifle down the throat. All in all after the first hour of party which drags on way to long for the film the action finally kicks into high gear and the ending have some surprises.
Amber Heard did a great job acting as the innocent more mature Mandy Lane that everyone loves but I feel Whitney Able took the show over as her character Chloe was interesting and she played it out very well. Both are great actresses and easy on the eyes and cannot wait to see them in more horror films.
The real downfall of the film is the realism of how people are attracted to Mandy Lane. Yes she is a pretty girl but every gut to think they can score that is not reality. Come on… think of when you were young there is such as thing “out of my league why try”. Really are all the guys in this school that dumb that they would rather have their egos crushed than deal with the hard reality of it all?
Rating: The movie was boring at first as there is so much teenager high school crap you can see on film at one time. Plus the googly crush eye for Mandy Lane was a bit much…hell Chloe is cuter to be honest. But overall the film was not bad and it did try to be a bit different and hey at least it is not another redneck in the woods movie. Grab your beer bong and drink to Mandy Lane.