Despite having several generic horror movie elements and a lagging body, Catacombs is still a fairly good horror/thriller which packs a killer ending. The ending in fact, is rather reminiscent of Lionsgate's uber-franchise, Saw.
The film stars Shannyn Sossamon as Victoria, a depressed young woman who is invited to Paris by her charismatic older sister Carolyn (played by Pink). There she is invited to a rave in the catacombs underneath the city in which her sister is murdered by an Antichrist-style maniac, and she is soon running for her life.
Shannyn Sossamon is fairly affable in her role as Victoria, the frightened protagonist but it is pop superstar Pink who steals the show as Victoria's outgoing but condescending sibling. The film lags a lot in the middle and there are many cliches used, but this in a way, makes the ending even more unexpected.
Catacombs in not nearly as scary as it could be however, and does not measure up to other underground horror fare such as The Descent. However, this movie aims to be a bit more mainstream and trendy, and is resultedly boring at times. However, this is a film to see to the end, because that is the best part.
This movie is relatively recommended for young people who don't like their thrills too genuinely scary, and perhaps those who are fans of other Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures fare, such as the Saw Movies. Overall, not a bad waste of an hour and a half. Good but never great.
Knowing very little about Paranormal Acivity, I walked into the cinema not expecting a lot. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by what I viewed. Paranormal Activity is very similar to the Blair Witch Project, but in my opinion is much more real and effective. Whereas in Blair Witch, you never see anything at all, Paranormal Activity actually gives you something to fear, which makes it far more effective.
I was also very pleased to see the complete lack of gore in this film; instead relying on dramatic pacing and suspense. Now I love gore as much as the next person but I get the feeling that most modern horror movie directors believe that just adding a load of sick torture or a gratuitous body count will compensate for a lack of story or suspense. Instead, Paranormal Activity keeps you on the edge of your seat by the fear of the unknown and several genuinely creepy haunting scenes.
I was very impressed by the two lead actors in this film ; Micah Sloat and Katie Featherstone. They made you believe in the characters and made their reactions so believable that at times you forgot it was a film.
In conclusion, I loved this film and couldn't believe it was made for 15 000 dollars. It has brilliant performances, a sense of humour and definitely proves that sometimes, less is more.
This sequel to I Know What You Did Last Summer, is yet another quickly produced teen slasher flick made to capitalise on the success of the Scream movies. While Scream had style, humour, twists, thrills and great satire of the horror genre, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is its antithesis.
Slow moving and predictable, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer picks up a year after its mildly better predeccessor I Know What You Did Last Summer left off. But its not long until vengeful fisherman Ben Willis shows up yet again to wave his hook at the young beautiful people, and to bump a few off.
The main problem with this film though is that it's pretty much a generic recycling of its original, which was still the inferior side kick to Scream and Urban Legend.
But naturally there are aesthetically pleasing aspects to this film; lots of pretty people running around screaming whilst covered in blood, on a stormy and deserted island. But I Still Know What You Did Last Summer's appeal is rather shallow and vapid; there is nothing of substance beyond this.
The only true saving grace of this franchise is its ability to pull a good last 2 minutes, which is why I believe some people forget how terrible this film is and remember only the ending.
Definitely not worth it. Watch the Scream or Urban Legend series (exluding the third Urban Legend). Far far better than this trash could ever aspire to.
Battle Royale is set in a futuristic- style Japan in which laws have been created that pit Grade 9 students against each other on in island in a fight to the death. Friends become enemies as paranoia sets in, and it isn't long til the bodies hit the floor.
What this film sets out to achieve, it does fantastically. There are many creative deaths, a huge body count, an interesting concept (which spawned many American knock-offs), and a moral of some sort.
The only problem I found with Battle Royale was its slighly overly needy attempts to make a point. Had they eased that back a bit, this film would be a 90, or even a 100%.
Having said this, Battle Royale is a great, interesting and constantly changing film with twists and a great young cast. This is a beautiful and haunting film, which will stay with you long after the credits appear.