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Curse of Chucky
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Chucky is back with a vengeance and goes back to the darker, more suspenseful, menacing tone and pitch dark humor of the first two of this series. Curse Of Chucky is a step in the right direction and was refreshingly and expertly restrained, with a classic build up of characters, story and mystery and a sense of doom throughout. Chucky is for sure creepy again, but not as scary as when I first saw the original as a kid, so the effectiveness of the premise has worn off a bit. Compared to Child's Play 3, Bride Of Chucky and Seed Of Chucky, this wickedly entertaining and violent sequel proves that there is still life in this popular series after all and is the best edition to this franchise in 23 years. I can't fathom why this didn't get a wide release to theaters and the last three sequels did, this one is far more superior and clever and definitely one of the top horror films of the year when it comes to entertainment value.

The performances were surprisingly not half bad and brings back the serious tone of the original. Fiona Dourif who is the daughter of Brad Dourif, the man behind the famed Chucky voice, plays Nica, a wheelchair bound since birth, the young woman lives in an old estate with her mom Sarah. One day they receive a mysterious package from an unknown sender. The two open up the package and it's no other than the red haired, freckled face doll that we all know, Chucky. The mom instantly doesn't like and throws the doll away, unknowingly that it's possessed by the serial killer Charles Lee Ray, known as Chucky, let the sinister doll games begin! Fiona was great in the part and was a standout and I rooted for her to live more than any other character in this film and kicked some major doll ass! The rest of the cast were decent as well, even though their characters are mostly throwaways, but far better acting than most direct to DVD horror flicks. Who can forget the iconic voice talent of Chucky, Brad Dourif is back and his voice of Chucky is better than ever.

Director of Seed Of Chucky and past writer for all of the films in this series, Don Mancini has really stepped it up this go around. The film's location was absolutely perfect and appropriately spooky and Don masterfully reignites the series without losing the touch of its roots. There were some plot holes here and there but the way Don ties in the past sequels with this new story was unsuspecting brilliance and moves the series forward instead of backwards. There were some clichés and silly one-liners, but that was a flaw that all of the films had and this time it wasn't as distracting compared to the last three sequels. I think he finally found the right place and direction where this series needs to be and how it should be.

Overall, Curse Of Chucky didn't necessarily blow me away, but it's the best we've seen from this series in more than two decades. The atmosphere brings us back to the dark roots of the original, along with the suspense and frights. I liked the classic restraint and build up in the beginning that leads us to one bloody finale, and the surprise cameo towards the end was just brilliant. The film doesn't make me fear Chucky again, but I had such a blast watching this twisted sequel, and makes me fall in love with the series all over again. Curse Of Chuck completely makes you forget the lousy 3rd, 4th, and 5th one and wins back your respect and it's about bloody time! More of a 6.9 out of 10

Prowl
Prowl (2011)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Prowl does have surprising twists and turns in it as well as some suspense and terror but in the end it was below par compared to much better horror movies of this type, it's just lost in the shuffle. The acting is surprisingly decent with Courtney Hope giving it her all as a small town, adopted 18 year old girl trying to break free and move to the big city and when a chance phone call for an dream apartment in Chicago her friends decides to take her there but things quickly turn for the worst when their car breaks down and hitches a ride with a truck driver. This is when the suspense and intensity kicks in when they find themselves trapped in a preying ground for bloodsucking beings. There were alot of jump out of your seat moments and some twisted, graphic kills but nothing we haven't seen before and better and when the final twist is revealed the movie loses its steam and becomes more and more repetitive and not as effective and it's a shame because it had so much potential and wasted it pretty quickly. The ending sucked and was very anti climatic like it was setting it up as a franchise or something which I won't mind because I would like to know more about the main female character and the new journey she will take but wouldn't really care if they didn't make one either. I will add though that the After Dark Horrorfest seems to be improving more and more each year but still hasn't come out with an top to bottom great horror film that will be remembered for the right reasons because right now it seems like they are stealing some ideas from other better horror films and trying to make it their own way with their own twists but I give them an A for trying. Overall if you like movies like The Descent, Shuttle, Twilight, The Lost Boys ect. then you might enjoy this one but I can't really recommend it because of the plot holes and flaws covered the film more than its solid elements. More of a 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Long Weekend (Nature's Grave)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A slight improvement over the original movie Long Weekend but pretty much this remake is exactly like the previous film. The acting here was strong and the atmosphere was again very creepy and raw and the filming is definitely better looking this time around but it still had that slow build up and not alot of action like the first one that will probably bore some people, I for one still found it mysterious and unsuspecting. I think they could of done a better job with this remake, they could of changed some things and add new and better things to make it more thrilling and terrifying but it ended up being the same exact film just better looking. Overall it wasn't an awful remake it just didn't add anything new or exciting to it, don't bother unless you don't have anything better in your queue.

Oculus
Oculus (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A favorite movie of mine Into the Mirror, a South Korea horror film that was released in 2003 and was remade in 2008 as the mediocre Mirrors, is the only horror film in recent memory that manages to make everyday mirrors absolutely frightening and was inventive at doing it. When I heard that an American original so called haunted mirror movie was being made, I was absolutely on board and couldn't wait to see it, especially when it was receiving positive feedback from critic's way before its wide release date. When the release date finally came today and I bought my ticket with anticipation of seeing the most refreshing American horror film in years, I was unfortunately let down yet again with all talk and no bite.

The film starts with two siblings Kaylie and Tim Russell sneaking out from their bedroom to escape from their unstable dad who is armed with a gun. The siblings try to make it out the front door but the door seems to be jammed, when they turn around the dad has the gun pointed right at them. The film then flashes forward several years later with Tim being released from St. Aidan's Mental Facility on his twenty-first birthday after being convicted of killing his parents on that sinister night, his sister Kaylie is the one that agrees to pick him up after the facility deems him to be fully rehabilitated. Tim is hopeful at making a fresh start and move on from the events, but Kaylie has other plans, she wants to prove to everyone that her brother is innocent and did not kill his parents. Kaylie, who is now working as an antique dealer and during one of her biddings has finally found the culprit from their childhood horrors and the one responsible for their parent's deaths, the ornate Lasser Glass mirror she believes has been responsible for 45 deaths over the last four centuries. Tim is very skeptical and does not believe that the supernatural phenomenon is responsible for his parent's mental instability and their demises. Is the ancient mirror responsible or is it their subconscious playing tricks on them? Just get rid of the mirror and call it a day!

The domestic disturbance part of the story when the siblings were younger was far more gripping and disturbing than the flash forward part of the film, which nothing much happens and is just a bunch of bickering with no payoffs. The film had so much potential and terrifying directions it could and should have taken especially with a cursed and haunted mirror, and did nothing exciting, inventive and most importantly something truly scary with the premise. I found myself invested in the story and characters but was waiting and waiting for something scary to happen with effective payoffs, but was let down around every disappointing corner.

The performances is the film's stronger suits, with Annalise Basso who plays younger Kaylie, she holds her own and gives a strong and effective performance and becomes the true star of the film, at least in my eyes, and is a young actress to look out for. Karen Gillan who plays older Kaylie and Katee Sackhoff who plays the mother Marie Russell, are also highlights of the film, both give solid performances.

Director and Writer, Mike Flanagan took an intriguing premise and unfortunately didn't run with it or take it to terrifying and refreshingly unknown places with it. The story structure was there and talented actors, but the mythology wasn't deep enough or expanded upon to leave you breathless in horror, there just wasn't any rewards with this viewing experience. His debut horror film Absentia was much better at reeling you in and creating terror with simplicity, Oculus has a harder time and stumbles in the process. There are hints of brilliance and a good eye for originality with this director, but nothing has followed through just yet, he is though a horror director that I will still look out for in the future, as this might lead to better films.

Overall, forget the hype because Oculus is unfortunately not the horror film of the year, and the results are just not that scary at all. There are some fine performances, some unsettling domestic drama and a gripping story that I wish was developed in a more effective and fully deeper way. The supernatural/horror aspect of the film though just didn't work to its full potential and towards the end you might find the results more tedious than a lasting and terrifying impact. Wait for the Redbox release.

The Raid 2
The Raid 2 (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The Raid 2 is the best crime saga sequel to grace the silver screen since probably The Godfather: Part 2, yes it's that good!! Every chaotic scene after another is set up so brilliantly and balls to the wall that it will have fans of the genre drooling at the mouth. The characters are lively and put on one heck of a blood drenched show and will have you chanting for more, the film is one hell of crowd pleaser and manages to be even crazier and entertaining than the predecessor.

The Raid 2 hits the target and then some and is definitely worth the price of admission more than any movie out right now if you have the stomach for it and although I enjoyed Captain American: The Winter Soldier, The Raid 2 is far more badass than that flick and has one hell of an leading hero and he doesn't even have superhero powers. People should be lining up to see this film, SEE IT NOW!!!!!

The performances were all solid and the stunts they do deserve a standing ovation! Iko Uwais, who plays Rama is one hell of an action star and the best of his kind since probably Bruce Lee, he is a force in the action world to be reckoned with and will have you rooting for him every step of the way. Julie Estelle, who plays Hammer Girl is one of the major highlights of the film and has one of the best scenes of the movie and was nice to have woman kick some major ass than just all men, a smart and refreshing move. The other highlights of the film was Very Tri Yulisman as Baseball Bat Man and Yayan Ruhian as Prakoso, they were both brilliantly insane!!!! The list goes on!!!!

Director and Writer, Gareth Evans should be hailed as the new king of action and crime films!!! Bravo man, bravo!!! After his batshit crazy segment Safe Haven in V/H/S/ 2 and now with The Raid saga, the man validates himself as a very bold director that seems to be getting better and better with his craft and deeper with his writing. He is one of my favorite directors now and I can't wait to see what he throws at us next!!

Overall, The Raid 2 is one of the best sequels ever made that will have everything you want, yet still has you begging for more. The story is grimmer, the action more blood dripping sensational and even more crazy characters, and I loved every second of it!!!! Bring on The Raid 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!