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Shut In (2016)
more suspense then horror, one for the home-invading lovers
Teared down by the press but still it popped up on horror sites now and then as worth seeing so I gave it 91 time out of my life. It isn't that scary and maybe you have seen a lot of flicks in this kind but for me it wasn't that bad at all.
It's the performance of Charlie Heaton (Stephen Portman) also famous for Stranger Things (2016) series that elevates this flick. What he does with his character from disabled to creep is outstanding. The fact that Naomie Watts plays his mum does give it an extra touch.
On part of the story itself it may be all predictable and you can guess who's the stranger in house rather quickly but still it entertained me. There aren't many effects used, it's the house that must deliver and that one shot while Dr Wilson (Oliver Platt) is skyping with Mary (Watts) and he notices stranger things (hihi) going on.
Not one for the horror geeks but if you do like home-invading flicks or a bit of suspense then this is worth seeing.
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0,5/5 Effects 2/5 Story 2,5/5 Comedy 0/5
The Disturbance (1990)
sick in the mind
So many negative reviews about this flick so it was time for me to give it a try. Especially when you know that the director Cliff Guest made a famous videoclip in 1986, Madonna's True Blue. He moved further to direct a lot of clips but he also made a few flick, let this one his first and it shows that he has the acknowledge of making a flick. I mean, the use of zoom and editing, it do works.
But for many it's all too cheesy. In some ways it is, the monsters that our schizo is seeing are indeed a bit cheesy but for me it all fits perfectly. With his sick mind he think every girl is going to strip for him and that's what they do throughout the whole movie, gratuitous nudity, in some way yes and no.
But the sickness in his mind do offer a few killings, not that bloody or so but due the way it's shot it do gives it a disturbing feeling. Some viewers will find it boring, maybe the sound could have been better but I liked it. It's not a classic but the acting from almost all first time thespians is above mediocre. The title is what it's all about and does show it in a cheesy and disturbing (slo-mo of shot in the head) way.
Gore 1/5 Nudity 2/5 Effects 2/5 Story 2,5/5 Comedy 0/5
PG-toddler, only the last 10 minutes are worth seeing
And here we have it, the so-called must see horror of 2017. Suspicious, yes I was, promoting like this are mostly for a disastrous flick and yes, it is a complete waist of time.
Great start with the plane but once the title is shown this horror turns into a PG-12 without any scary moments or even a horror moment. The video is there and it's the same as in the old franchise so I thought okay, here we go but was I wrong. Nothing really happens except the search for the truth in a more suspense style then a creepy style. And yes, the long black haired creep comes out of the TV and yes a face is changed by the girl but it's all done so lame. If you see the original Ring(u) (1998) there the girl has it's scary parts.
The only thing that has a bit of a moment that you can say, okay, is the last 10 minutes. Naturally for a flick clocking in over 90 minutes it's all too late.
Rings looks like a remake of Ringu in Disney style, do I need to say more...
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 1/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0/5
They Bite (1996)
don't take it serious after all it's all about the juggs
This flick is really obscure to find. It never had a proper release on DVD or Blu Ray, to be honest, even on VHS it's a tough one to possess. Is it worth the search, honestly it isn't because it's an ultra low budget horror and it shows in the effects.
But that I could dig because not all low budgets are that bad. But here there isn't almost no horror. The beginning do offer some creepy moments but the tone is set because before the victim (voluptous blond) got killed she strips before the camera. And that is what it's all about.
The story is all about shooting a porn flick and there are a lot of misunderstandings which should make it a comedy but face it, it's full of gratuitous nudity and the story isn't that strong after all. It's only towards the end that the critters com in but by then it's all too late to save this flick.
Gore 0/5 Nudity 2/5 Effects 1/5 Story 1/5 Comedy 0,5/5
not enough splatter to recommend it
Before splatter director made better flicks he was making flicks that came out on video. This here is a perfect example of what the German kings of splatter (Olaf Ittenbach did effects) were doing in their early years. Problem all over is the fact that it's all spoken in German and it do has English subs but the translation is full of mistakes. The sentences aren't correct so it doesn't makes it easier to watch it.
Clearly made on a low budget it's only watchable for the effects. Because the acting is so exaggerated it's rather hard to watch it without being bored or even laugh with the characters, but hey, it's German splatter so it's all about the red stuff. There's a bit in it but not enough to call it a must see. Only for the fans of German splatter or for those who want to see the earlier attempts of Olaf and Timo.
Gore 2/5 Nudity 0,5/5 Effects 2/5 Story 1/5 Comedy 0/5
Entrei em Pânico ao Saber o que Vocês Fizeram na Sexta-feira 13 do Verão Passado Parte 2 - A Hora da Volta da Vingança dos Jogos Mortais de Halloween (2011)
all the money went to effects and it's worth seeing
Weird to see that nobody reviewed this flick. i can see why, being made in Brazil for only $1500 and having the Portugese language it isn't that easy to find it or even watch it without subs. And also this is part 2, part 1 I even couldn't find but don't worry, there are enough flashbacks to part 1 in the beginning.
Naturally a flick made in ultra low budget has it limitations. And it shows. There's a lot of talking going on and the acting isn't Oscar worthy but of course these kind of horrors needs it from good effects. On part of the effects, some are easy to spot how they were done and others (like the stitching of a hand) are done above mediocre.
The quality of film and sound are okay and editing was also okay. But don't take it all that serious. Throughout the whole flick references are made to the classics. And the killings at a house done with Ave Maria as soundtrack, the blood smeared on the wall (Tenebrea anybody?), the photo-flash sound of Texas Chainsaw Massacre...do I need to say more.
If you can stand the silly conversations then you're in for a good treat.
Gore 1,5/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 2/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 1/5
give it a 5 due the music
Weird flick from Finland because I really can't file it under horror and still the last minutes it do offer some gore. But before the final you have to sit throughout a flick that is all about Satanism.
To be honest, I rather enjoyed it because it didn't had a problem with the score used. The flick is all about Northern Death Metal, so by saying that you know what you will have, anti-Christianity and of course the typical metal genre. people walking around in bondage style or with faces paint in white. Metalheads will know exactly what I mean and they do know that over there in the north there is an extreme genre were in real life churches have been burned down (Burzum) and members of a group have murdered each other (Dead, Mayhem,...).
And so we have to sit a lot of death metal score throughout this flick. We do see black masses with rape going on and in fact, video's being shot of so-called snuff flicks. Looks all promising but it's the wooden acting that tear this flick down. And really, it's only in the beginning that you will be satisfied and the last 10 minutes. In between it's all about satanism and listening to music. So if you're a metalhead go ahead, but for geeks of horror, I don't think it's going to be your snuff, I mean stuff.
Gore 1/5 Nudity 2/5 Effects 2/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0/5
Her Name Was Torment (2014)
art house necro flick
How I did come across this flick, well, if a flick contains necrophilia and you are a horror buff searching into the deeper vaults of the obscure back then in the eighties it was all about Nekromantik (1987). Sure, there were earlier flick about necrophilia but Nekromantik was explicit. Then in 1997 it was all about Nekro, a short flick. Nowadays, it's about this one.
Is it as shocking as it did back then in the eighties. No, and it never will. Back then it was extremely hard to get a copy of Nekromantik, you could even go to jail if they found out you had it in possession. Now with the internet it's all there to catch in full glory. So on that part it's not shocking but if you never seen a necrophilia flick then you will be disgusted by this one.
But it isn't going to be a flick for all sickies out there or gorehounds because it's made in the art- house style. And there isn't that much of red stuff to catch even as they pull out nails, cut off lips remove eyes you get the feeling. What annoyed me was that the victim never really screamed while being tortured. So the overall look is all about torturing being done by a female walking around in her nudies with a creepy mask. And there it will be shocking again because when she goes for the corpse she masturbates all over it and let the victim lick her fingers. Let that be the messy part.
Why she is doing all that is in her mind, some kind of overlord looking like an alien. You see, not an easy flick to watch. A few weird shots and sounds, well done on part of editing and effects used to create the art-house look. But on the horror part it's a bit too low to really shock the real horror geeks. Still, if you are used to see Hollywood horrors then place a bucket in your room, you will need it to catch your vomit.
Gore 1/5 Nudity 3/5 Effects 2/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0/5
Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)
simple story but a perfect flick
13 years between the first one and this entry in the Underworld franchise. I was a bit afraid that it wouldn't add a thing towards the story but it does.
If you haven't seen any other Underworld flick, don't worry. You will be informed in one minute just before the flick starts. And it's funny that 4 flicks can be summarized in one minute. Nevertheless, throughout the flick Selene (Kate Beckinsale) will have enough flashbacks to tell you more about the vampires and the lycans.
The good thing is that they made a flick clocking in under 90 minutes. And it works, the flick is over before you know it. Because it's full of action and a 'simple' story you can pick it up easy and watch it without thinking about previous entries.
Of course you need effects and they are looking like previous entries, I mean, the lycans do transform in the same way as always. But it's full of effects and all looking stunning again.
And it's not that the franchise is over, hopefully we haven't got to wait another 3 years.
Not as bad as many said or have written.
Gore 1/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 4/5 Story 2,5/5 Comedy 0/5
Spaceship Terror (2011)
above mediocre low budget flick
Spaceship Terror isn't going to be a flick for everyone because you don't watch it for the acting or for the story, this one is out for the lovers of a low budget horror story.
Crashing onto a planet a spaceship with girls and one guy are out seeking for help. Coming across another spaceship called Terror they go into the ship to search for rescue and help. They should have better read the name again because the only thing they will find is indeed terror.
Of course the guy is killed quickly so the girls are on their own and it's so hot on board that they have to get rid of their spacesuits. So off we go the whole flick girls walking in their underwear. You get the point, this one is for the guys. But luckily this flick does deliver the horror in a way that it is just on the edge of becoming gory. The ship is full of traps (Saw anyone because the killer do has a voice in a kind like Jigsaw) and the killer is out there too trying to kill them in person.
Don't go for the acting but the girls do offer a lot of screaming and are splattered with the red stuff now and then. If you do like it rough then this is a flick for you, decapitation, mutilation, it's all there.
Maybe it's a bit too long for not saying that some scene's are a bit too long but still, it's above mediocre.
Gore 1,5/5 Nudity 1/5 Effects 3/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0/5