Director: Christopher Smith
Main Stars: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Rachael Carpani, Henry Nixon, Emma Lung, Michael Dorman
Storyline: A yachting trip goes wrong when they hit with odd weather and aboard another ship for help.
Review (Spoils): A group of young passengers go on a trip on the Atlantic Ocean on yacht to get away. A mysterious black cloud storm hits them out of nowhere and flips their boat. Stranded on boat of the boat looking for lost friends and help they come across a large cruise ship. Once aboard the ship it seems deserted but the victims feel the presence of someone on the ship. Out of nowhere a masked man starts targeting them but in the confusion young Jess (Melissa George) is being targeted as hunter. Through multiple time wraps and mind tricks Jess figures it out that she is the key.
I personally do not want to spoil the whole idea and plot here as it is one of those films which it plays a mind game and you’re trying to figure it out. Defiantly a film that you could discuss with someone after the fact on what it is going on and what it is about. I’m personally thought the film to be confusing and the horror was not really there for me. Melissa George did an excellent job playing the lead but to me it was too confusing just to be confusing.
Rating: If you Twilight Zone type horror then this film will be up your alley. I don’t mind films that make you think but sometimes it becomes too much over take the experience of the film. The film was nicely done and it does make you think and you have to pay very close attention or you’re going to miss the point like I did the first time.
Director: John Stockwell
Main Stars: Josh Duhamel, Melissa George, Olivia Wilde,Beau Garrett, Angles Steib
Storyline: A group of backpackers get stranded in the middle of Brazil where they are not overly welcomed.
Review (Spoils): A group of Americans have their bus break down during a tour in Brazil. The young group meet some locals and decide to drink up at a hidden beach with them. After a wild night of party everyone wakes up to find out that they were drugged, naked and everything stolen (including passports). They work together to get help and come across a local named Kiko (Angles Steib) to help them. During this they go into a cave where Kiko smashes his head in some rocks diving. When trying to help him they come across other people’s passports and clothes. What happens from here is hell as they realize they kidnap tourists and sedate them to farm out their organs.
We have a bloody good time with this one with the classic bathtub on ice scene, some nasty gun shots, head shots, some bow and arrow and some wild jungle chasing.
Rating: I personally liked this film more than Hostel but many with disagree with me because it came after. Sure we could have had much more to the film when it came to the jumps and graphic gore but the idea was there.
30 Days of Night (2007)
Director: David Slade
Main Stars: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston
Storyline: An Alaskan town is held in darkness for a month and it becomes a haven for vampires.
Review (Spoils): A small isolated Alaskan town sits in darkness for a month while it is being haunted and attacked by a tribe of blood thirsty vampires. Sheriff Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett) and Deputy Billy Kitka try to narrow down what is really happening. We have lots of blood, decapitations, neck ripping, dead dogs and flying vampires. The survivors try to keep their sense and lives by hiding till the next sunrise which is 30 days. The vampire’s leader Marlow (Danny Huston) meets his match against the sheriff.
The film is different compared to other vampire’s films. We have vampires out in the cold, in the dark full time and nothing rocks better than blood on white snow. The storyline is very interesting and I’m amazed the concept of vampires up in the north where it is dark for longer periods of time has not been done till then.
Rating: Not the greatest vampire film but the idea works well and it is fresh and new. This film is worth for good beer drinking, so grab some friends and 30 pints (of beer not blood) and drink it up!