The Temple (2017)
Director: Michael Barrett
Main Stars: Logan Huffman, Natalia Warner, Brandon Sklenar
Storyline: Three Americans head to Japan as tourist and hunt down into the mountains for a lost hidden temple they found in a book.
Review (Spoils): A storyline is retold of what unfolded at the old temple. Asshole boyfriend (Brandon Sklenar) of Kate (Natalia Warner) is already in Japan, so she travels to met him there along with her dreamy creepy friend Christopher (Logan Huffman). When they get there the third wheel kicks into high gear and the come to an old bookstore in which Kate wants a book she cannot understand. Well freak friend decides to stop taking pictures of her (which James should beat him to a pulp for) and watch her have sex in the same room at night and steal the book for her. They head to the mountains and find the temple and he breaks his leg and they have to spend the night and things go wrong.
This whole storyline is scattered the characters relationship makes no sense what’s so ever and seems to be on the edge of stalker. Besides hot Natalia Warner the movie has the typical scares of a small boy, appearing ghosts, eyeless people and some old broken statues and a lack of storyline. The film is boring and lacking in scares. No blood and no real substance to hold it all together.
Rating: This film was not holding a lot for me from the beginning but luckily it had Natalia Warner. Other than that, the film was a repeat of number of old ghost haunting films and lacked total sense. This should be called The Stalker not The Temple.
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.