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Boogeyman II (2007)

Boogeyman II (2007)

Country: USA

Director:  Jeff Betancourt

Main Stars:  Danielle Savre, Matt Conen, Chrissy Calhoun, Mae Whitman, Renee O’Connor, Tobin Bell

Storyline:  A young woman now has the fear of the legendary boogeyman and has checked herself into a mental facility to get over her fears.

Review (Spoils): Young Laura (Danielle Savre) has had this demon like fear of the boogeyman.To overcome the fear, she is instated into a mental hospital (big surprise here) as she tries to battle and overcome her fears. She has had this fear since she was child so what makes sense but to check yourself in right? What makes things worse for Laura is the staff are all morons and the doctor is scary as hell (Tobin Bell). As she goes through the change of events and fears and meets more people with fears and phobias such as germs and the dark, we learn that the boogeyman has followed her there.

If you have watched the first one, well god bless you as it was not very good. I believe I gave it 2 beers because it was so damn painful of CGI. This film goes a totally different direction and which to me is a good thing. Now is this film amazing no not really as you feel a tad disappointed with the outcome as it is literally just a chasing game and follows a bit of the Nightmare on Elm Street vibe minus the wise cracks. Yes, there is some skin in the film and even some decent blood and gore without the crap of lame CGI. But it still did not deliver the full goods.

Rating:  This film is hard to rate and why without spoiling it, but the acting was not bad as I have seen a hell of a lot worse. Not as supernatural film as you would think but much better than the first film as it was complete garbage. You have some nudity and some cool death scenes and I believe there might even be an ode to Saw with Tobin Bell in this film.

5/10 Beers! Yacker

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Jigsaw (Saw VIII) (2017)

Jigsaw (Saw VIII) (2017)

Country: USA

Director:  Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

Main Stars: Matt Passmore, Tobin Bell, Callum Keith Rennie, Hannah Emily Anderson, Laura Vandervoort, Cle Bennett

Storyline:  Several bodies are found could the Jigsaw killer be back from the dead?

Review (Spoils): Bodies start to turn up around the city and killed in unique ways this opens the police investigation to see if the Jigsaw killer is back from the dead.  After looking into who is doing the killing and how is it possible the police and detectives start to track it down that Jigsaw is back or there is a copy killer out there.

So back to the Saw series and yes, I have not reviewed them all in order yet. This one is a little slower on the pace and at first, I was not sure about it. The film jumps right into who are the players and the game of death. Which is fine as this has been done pretty much with all the movies of the series. We have some detectives that are trying to track down who is the Jigsaw killer or is he back from the dead. As this is going on we learn about Logan (Matt Passmore) who works as mortician and his redheaded partner Eleanor (Hannah Emily Anderson).   The story bounces back and forth from a group that are being tested and killer one by one by the fancy traps set by the killer and the police investigation. But unlike the others of the series this one does struggle with a few items.

First off the traps and puzzles in this one just seemed dumb and lazy overall. There was nothing that really screamed cool. We have lots of needles, chains around necks, buckets over the head, a strange motorcycle setup, some buzz saws, acid in the head, shotgun to the face, nasty leg cut, a slicer and a stupid laser cutter scene. Way too many needles in this one that I could not even count them all. Yes, there is blood and gore, but the Jigsaw traps just seemed dull. Secondly what in the dear god happened to Hannah Emily Anderson! Her acting in this was horrible or maybe it was just the character not being believable. Thank god she is easy on the eyes as she drove me nuts with her fake dialogue. What a car wreck!

What kind of worked was Anna (Laura Vandervoort) who is very hot but can entertain. Her character was great and the storyline behind her is great. She and the great Tobin Bell as Jigsaw was worth the watch.

Rating:  The series is running out of steam and should just close soon. The kills are lame, and the storyline seems to be in a loop. Really how many times can they use the same hook. The one scene with the falling weapons in the grain silo was enough to make me scream at the screen on how stupid these puzzles can be but then it hit a even lower low with the final death scene with the laser cutter and the cheesy CGI. Really too bad as it had some babies and it use to be a daring and unique series.

5/10 Beers!

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Saw 3 (2006)

Saw 3 (2006)

Country: USA

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.

MV5BMTg3MzI5NjYxMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTA0NDkzMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_AL_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.

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6/10 Beers!

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Saw 2 (2005)

Saw 2 (2005)

Country: USA

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.

MV5BMjEzNTAyMDk5NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTA3MTEzMQ@@__V1_SX214_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.

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6/10 Beers!

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Saw (2004)

Saw (2004)

Country: USA

Director:  James Wan

Main Stars: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover, Dina Meyer, Shawnee Smith, Tobin Bell

Storyline:  Two men wake up in a dirty bathroom and are chained at the ankles. No idea on how they got there they are tormented by a stranger character known only as the Jigsaw Killer. Police try to solve the mystery and learn that they are not the first two victims.

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Review (Spoils):  When I first watch this film I was shocked and locked on the film so bad I even skipped going to the bar. This film is just that good. We great character build in this film and works on you turning away from the film as it sits so realistic that it could really happen. Sure it has the police type feel when they are trying to figure where and who is the Jigsaw Killer. But the idea of the puzzles and timer for each victim to choose and survive is out there and possible that it attacks the mind.  We have everything from traps, bear trap helmets, gorging someone to find a key for a lock and it goes on and on. It really is not over the top gore and not really torture as it is all about survival. This film lives off you being on the edge of your seat and sweating while watching someone escape a puzzle trap while the timer is running. This is brilliant and it is the best of the whole Saw series.

Rating:  Creating one of the most unique horror villains in a long time this movie holds.  Forget the lameness of the teeny bop horrors of that era and reach for this one. Yes it might not be for everyone but everyone should see this film at least once as it is a gem in the horror genre. Drink to the Jigsaw Killer as he “wants to play a game”.

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9/10 Beers!

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