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XX (2017)

XX (2017)

Country:  USA

Director: Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama

Main Stars: Natalie Brown, Jonathan Watton, Peter DaCunha, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool, Angela Trimbur, Christina Kirk, Sheila Vand

Storyline: An anthology of horror and haunting which has female leads.

Review (Spoils): This film is broken down in four short films, which focuses on female leads in each.

The first tale called The Box, which is the stronger one of the tales. We have the beautiful Natalie Brown who plays the mother of small family and her son meets a stranger on a bus that shows him a red box. Never shown what is in the box he starts to starve himself and the secret starts to spread through out the rest of the family.

The second tale called The Birthday Party is more of fun tale of a mother who is trying to balance the death of her husband and her daughter’s birthday party on the same day. This is actually a funny tale and the giant panda was a nice touch.

The third tale is called Don’t Fall, a short tale and more unclear 1 where a small group travel into the wilderness and they come across an ancient occult symbol on a rock. One of the women becomes possessed and make short work of her friends.

The very last story is called Her Only Living Son, which is a weaker story of a single mom, and her love for her strange son who turns out is the son of Satan.  Not bad story but was lacking on the scares and humor of the other tales.

Rating: Not the best film of short horror tales as there was a serious lack of blood and guts and the scares was just not there. The first couple were okay but then the second half of the film fell flat. The first tale was the strongest and actually could have made a neat movie on its own. Not a bad batch and worth checking out if you are out of ideas on what horror to watch.

4/10 Beers!



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V/H/S 2 (2013)

V/H/S 2 (2103)

Country:  USA

Director: Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener,Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sanchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard

Main Stars: Lawrence Michael Levine, Kelsy Abbott, L.C. Holt, Simon Barrett, Mindy Robinson, Adam Wingard, Casey Adams, Roxanne Benjamin, Samantha Gracie, Rylan Logan

Storyline: Two people come across a box of VHS tapes when they were investigating a missing student. The film is a collection of the watched tapes.

Review (Spoils): This time in the series, we have two people who are videotaping their undercover investigation of a missing student. During the search, they comes across a box of VHS tapes which they start to watch. While going through the series of the tapes (4 short tales of horror) strange things start to happen to them also. Spoiler alert about to happen!

The first tape viewed is called “Phase 1 Clinic Trials” this one of the weaker tales which focuses around the super natural and some jumping parts of a fat naked man and a little girl appearing and disappearing and haunting a man. The graphic are actual good but when it comes to haunting it is the same ol’ story. We have a quick topless shot in this one.

The second tape “A Ride in the Park” is a more interesting one as it involves zombies and a biker. A zombie bites the biker and then we start to see through the video eyes of a zombie attacking. Lots of blood and gore and a fun new take of a zombie tale.

The third and more fun tape of them, “Safe Haven” is a wild gorefest of a cult that is being documented and all Hell breaks loose…literally. Gore galore, I could rate this film alone on this one! The gore blew my mind and I could not stop ginning… bring on the devil horns and blood.

The main last tape called “Slumber Party Alien Abduction” is a weaker one I find, as it was too shaky to know really, what was happening. It had a Stranger Things feel but at the same time, it was all too fast and confusing.

The ending is the conclusion of the two watching the tapes and slowly being haunted and tormented. More of side note of the whole film really.

Rating: Once again, this series blew me away and kept me entertained. The film was fun and was actually damn gory. The gunshots to the head was over the top in a few of the short stories that helped me easy rate this film for a few beers higher. I can actually say even with the odd weaker tale the good ones were well worth the whole watch! Check out this series if you are a gorehound!

7/10 Beers! (almost a 8)



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