A slow start soon gives way to a second act that is bewildering and brutal. The bouts of violence may seem extreme, but they're tempered by some truly laugh out loud moments. Elijah Wood is excellent as the estranged son visiting his father after a 30 year separation. Unable to connect with the man he meets, he gives a quiet, measured performance, shot through with moments of anxiety or sheer disbelief. An excellent script, deadpan one liners and great performances.
If this was meant to satirise how SOME Americans are ignorant of the world beyond their borders, it fails. It's just rubbish.
The torture scenes look a bit fake in places, but are still disturbing.
I switched off at the halfway point.
Loved it. It's a nail biting, claustrophobic thriller with a fantastic performance from Melanie Laurent. The production value is very elegant, with enough intrigue as to the "how" and "why" of Laurent's predicament. There were some elements that could've been fleshed out better as it's only a 90 minute film, but I would definitely recommend it.
This movie is ridiculously stupid. Violent and gory for the sake of it, the "ghosts" aren't even scary, they look like something you'd see in a House of Horrors ride at the fair. Poor acting and a terrible script. The only good thing is the house design.
The Babadook is a genuinely creepy and intense movie experience. As a single mother represses her grief over the death of her husband 7 years previously, and struggles to deal with her hyper attention seeking child. The grief and oppression soon manifests as a malevolent being named The Babadook, as it insidiously infiltrates the mother, the film flips and you find yourself rooting for the kid as he battles to try and save her. No need for jump scares with this film, the setting of the gloomy family home, an unseen presence in dark corners, raspy whispers and flickering lights are enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Darkly comic and surreal, Spontaneous is not your typical teen horror movie. As students inexplicably explode during lessons, car journeys or at parties, it's up to the survivors to work out how to cope when each day might be their last.
Unfortunately, the film ends without any real explanation for the events, despite the presence of the FBI and local authorities. Whether this was deliberate or to pave the way for a sequel remains to be seen.
Bleak, devastating, incredibly moving with excellent performances. Whilst remaining quite faithful to the book, there are times when it lacks the creeping sensation of imminent danger. Not overtly violent, however there is enough disturbing imagery which makes for an uncomfortable experience. The film affected me quite profoundly (as did the book), and when the credits rolled, I just started crying. This isn't a film to enjoy, it's a provocative exploration of the lengths people will go to in order to survive.
Incredibly inventive and original, It Follows is the story of how an evil entity is passed to a host via sex, and will hunt the host down unless the curse can be passed on. It's a tense, disturbing, and genuinely creepy experience. The 80's vibe (theme music, no mobile phones, styles...) pays homage to horror films from that decade. Well written, interesting direction, and decent performances make for a nervy hour and forty minutes. I hope a sequel comes out, because the movie lacks a backstory, which would be interesting to explore, and it does follow the typical "last girl" trope which was also a common theme of early horror.
The idea is great - a horror fest dedicated to all types of horror movies, is turned into a real life bloodbath as the organisers turn on the festival goers, to make a horror movie to end all horror movies.
We have the Reluctant Hero, the Smart Sassy Female Sidekick, the Comic Relief (who just wants to get laid), and the Ditzy Blonde. I'm sure the film makers were trying to subvert typical tropes, but because the movie is so unfunny, lacking in tension, and genuine scares; the characters come off as stupid.
The actors do their best with a poor script, and they're definitely trying to put in good performances, but ultimately their efforts fall flat.
If you want to watch a decent spoof of horror movies, I suggest Dale and Tucker vs Evil which does the same job, but sooooooo much better.
Total yawnfest. Little girl goes missing on a camping weekend with her parents, who decide to take the law into their own hands to find her. Breaking and entering, dead bodies in their wake, and a totally implausible plot twist. There isn't one likeable character in this movie, they're so badly written, Avoid.
Fantastic movie. I loved every minute. Brilliantly written, tight direction, superb performances, and plenty of tension. The WTAF moments would be preposterous in any other kind of movie, but in this, they work perfectly. It's the ultimate commentary on cultural appropriation. Highly recommended.
In this parody remake of the first film, Bruce Campbell hams it up as Ash one more time. This is definitely Sam Raimi poking fun at the original, with a slightly different storyline that paves the way for Ash vs Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell's demented performance as Ash is great fun as he dispatches deadites in gruesome glory.
Campy, silly fun. Obviously, it now looks very dated, the special effects are pretty terrible, but it's very original. Lots of poor decision making seen in most horror movies had me yelling at the tv as characters ran off by themselves.
Loved it, a reboot/remake worthy of praise. Keeps to the basic premise of the first film, but with a different storyline. Some jump scares and palpable tension build up to a pretty spectacular finale that is literally drenched in gallons of blood. If gory movies aren't your jam, avoid, as it's not for those with a weak stomach.
Deliverance meets the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as a group of unlucky twenty-somethings get ambushed in the West Virginia back woods by a group of inbred cannibals. Lots of gore ensues as the characters try to escape back to civilisation.
The movie doesn't offer anything new or different in the genre, it's been done hundreds of times before, and better. The nature of the film doesn't give any room for character development, and there are some typical bad decision horror tropes (giving locations away, shouting for help instead of stealth). What Wrong Turn lacks in scares, it makes up for in gore and violence. Will definitely please fans of the genre, and it whiles away 90 minutes.