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Housebound (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A fantastic movie that delivers both scares and laughs. It harkens back to the great horror comedies like Evil Dead 2 and People Under the Stairs, but sets it apart by delivering not only a moving story, but an unpredictable one. Nothing about this film feels conventional. The acting is great, the writing is great, and the direction is great. The film moves along quickly without rushing, almost as if it is skipping, enjoying its own cleverness almost as much as the audience is. The comedy is all disciplined and well thought out and I found myself actually laughing out loud. All in all, this is a must see.

Wolf Creek 2
Wolf Creek 2 (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An awful, misguided sequel that isn't a afraid to try new things, but fails in every execution. Everything that was great about the original is thrown out the window for comedy and weird, out of place social commentary. Turning the villain into Freddy Krueger didn't give him more character, it made him silly. The film tries to do something interesting with character jumping. You never know who is actually the lead, making it so deaths are a surprise. Still, none of the characters are that interesting to begin with. The original had strong females, but this one has the dumbest female in any horror movie ever. Her boyfriend is fighting the killer, and she is sitting there watching. That doesn't make me like her, but that does make me not care if she lives or dies. A sniveling, screaming girl is not a character. It's an archetype that I was hoping was done with. Every single turn the movie made, I rolled my eyes. By the end, I didn't care what was even happening. I just wanted this horrible sequel to be over so I could go watch the original. Another thing I have to point out is that there were a lot of scenes involving the gruesome deaths of animals. Obviously there are many scenes of people being killed, but the scenes involving the animals were clearly put in for shock and comedy which I found abhorrent. Skip this movie, if you can even call it that.

A Lonely Place to Die
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

At the end of the film I was disappointed, but not because this was a bad film, but because it was not what I thought it was going to be. This is a classic, 80's style, action thriller. It is not a horror movie. That being said, there is a lot to like. The cinematography is absolutely astounding and the director knows how to create likable characters. Also, the writing is good by very cleverly justifying certain "dumb" decisions. I can't go any further in fear of spoilers, though. Unfortunately, there were some times where I felt the individual parts did not create a well crafted whole. Music often did not fit the scenes in parts, and the director wasn't confident in how he shot certain action set pieces. It all felt a little...experimental. The film is by no means a failure, but I am more interested on what the filmmakers can achieve in other films.

The Canal
The Canal (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is not an empty film. There is a real sense of tragedy here, high lighted by a really great lead performance and a well realized visual representation of sudden and uncontrollable grief. That being said, the film can't stay above water and is quickly drowned by it's weighty ambitions. There are really no scares here, which makes the film ultimately boring. Something is haunting our main character, but hat is it? It is never made clear and it leaves the audience guessing when they should be gripping their chair.

Exists (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The movie left me more confused than entertained. Sanchez has proven himself not once, but three times as a master of the horror genre. When he announced he would tackle Bigfoot, I thought for sure he would bring his usual flair to a "been there done that" premise. What makes his films great are the emotional weight and deep characters that give purpose to the surrounding action. That is exactly what is missing in Exists. It isn't necessarily a bad film, but its generic, an almost worse crime. The characters are not only "by the numbers," they are badly written "by the numbers" characters. For the first half hour, the characters act so stereotypical that I wanted them all to die, and fast. Girls whimpering "OMG what is that?" as they huddle underneath their man's fully toned arm. "GET AT ME BRO" the man cries with defiance. Seriously? Luckily, once Bigfoot does show up and the film sees some casualties, it does pick up some speed. The characters react alright to what is happening around them, and you could tell it was Sanchez by the haunting music and emotionality brought to the film when a character does die. We don't care about who dies, but these people sure do, and that makes me feel for them a little more. It's not enough, though. The film still lacks that raw ingredient that every film needs. The found footage only works in spots, and is glaringly misguided in others. I have a feeling it wasn't originally written to be found footage and was only morphed into that during the development process. Some cameras magically appear out of nowhere in the woods. Where did it come from? Whose camera was it? It's not logical, and it brings the film down. I actually found the style to be degrading to the quality of the movie. Sanchez has style and I wish he upped his game. Now, let me talk about Bigfoot. Well, he's awesome. I haven't seen a film where he is so terrifying. He moves and looks just like he does in all those photographs you see. When he howls and rampages, you just want to curl up in a ball. He's that scary. I expect more from Sanchez, and this was a disappointment overall.