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extremely slow but a real sickie
By searching a few flicks on DVD I came across this for me unknown flick. But somehow I picked it up and I must say that I found it an excellent movie.
But let me first say that this gory horror isn't going to be a flick for the usual viewer and also not for every horror buff walking around. The reason is very simple. It's a slow moving flick. The score, if there is one, is classic music and when they use some shots it's pure industrial. And I can't say that there is a lot of talking.
Still, it's worth picking up if you can stand the above and if you are open for a real sickie. Some say that it could have been a short in stead of a full feature of 100 minutes. So you can think how slow it really is. On part of the horror some will laugh with it, others will turn their face away, some will actually puke and the ones like me will love it. Nothing in fact is explained.
This flick starts with a girl and boy making love. Both naked of course and full frontal. That may be shocking for some too because from the moment they leave their bed, the girl do walk around for almost the entire flick naked, full frontal. But don't think it's gratuitous. Maybe in the beginning but after 5 minutes the blood moves in slowly and her body starts to decay. And that's exactly what we see. First she has a few bruises and after a house party at hers one of the guys shows he's in love with her. Her boyfriend doesn't like it of course and they all leave the girl behind. From their her body starts to decay in a gory fashion. Naturally the one in love with her comes back and even as her body doesn't look in shape she gives head spitting out the cum. After that, her body starts to fall apart, sh*tting and p*ssing in her room. And it's from here that some could puke. Still masturbating, full of maggots and rotting flesh she even turns into a mad sick girl. Maybe I have said too much but it really turns into a sickie.
A nice surprise and surely one to put into your horror collection. Even as it shows that it was a low budget. It only takes place at the apartment of the girl but luckily all the money went to the gore and maggots, no CGI used!
Gore 4/5 Nudity 3/5 Effects 4/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5
Fausto 5.0 (2001)
shocking for some but a bit too much of blah blah too
Spanish horror flick in the David Lynch style it was told to me and it took me years to finally get a grip on it. Maybe I had to many expectations but at the end it wasn't my cup of tea.
I won't go into the story because otherwise I would tell the plot. But if you like Lynch or Jacob's Ladder (1990) then this is surely your thing. We do have strange personalities, like the old woman, and the devil himself is walking around and his victim will meet his daughter who strips before his eyes and give head. And maybe that the most shocking part for some, the nudity involved. There's one scene were our victim goes to a Gothic bar and takes a teenager with him, she goes fully naked and do make love with him. To be honest, that's what we think because there are dreams in dreams.
Nevertheless, maybe the gore lays in the fact that we do have corpses being ripped open for research and we do have gratuitous nudity. But overall, I do like art flicks but Fausto was a bit to much of blah blah.
Gore 1,5/5 Nudity 1,5/5 Effects 3/5 Story 2,5/5 Comedy 0/5
not as the other entries into the paranormal activity series
After the Saw franchise it was time for Hollywood to start another franchise. The end of torture porn, welcome to the world of shaky camera's and the to be believed real footage. It spawned a lot of flicks, let still be Blair Witch Project (1999) the mother of them all, but the most notorious is the Paranormal Activity series.
2013 should have released part 5 but somehow around Halloween it vanished from the earth. January saw the release of The Marked Ones. Let me first of all say this, it's a spin-off or a prequel if you want because only Katie is in it for a few seconds, in fact, it takes another turn. After the success of V/H/S (2012) and especially the ultra gore part 2 (2013) it's clear that the producer, Christopher Landon, of part 2 until 5, decided to pick in on that success.
It's a whole different approach towards paranormal activity. No clocks here on-screen showing you the time at night. No fast forward scene's. What we have here is maybe more scary then the other paranormal activities and it even has full frontal nudity but you've seen it all before. It should perfectly fit on one of the V/H/S entries.
It takes place in a Hispanic area and that's a thing that the production went for the money because the paranormal activity series is extremely popular with Hispanics.
The difficulty with such kind of flicks, the found-footage, is that they can't add something new to it. You have seen it all before but still I'm sure that a lot of people are waiting for part 5. Still, typical for the series, you have to wait a while before the activity comes in.
Gore 0/5 Nudity 1/5 Effects 2,5/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5
The Conjuring (2013)
better and more frightening then the Insidous saga
James Wan, who had a break through with Saw (2004) was the kind of director I wanted to follow. Have seen Insidious (2010) his effort into the possession genre I had some mixed emotions. I didn't found it scary. The follow-up, Insidious 2 (2013) had the same problems as part 1, it wasn't really scary. But in between those two flick Wan decided to make a real scary possession flick like we used to see in the eighties. And let this be this one here, The Conjuring.
Again, it's beautifully filmed and it surely had the feeling like those old school horrors. It takes a while before things go wrong but it just doesn't matter because I was sitting on the edge of my seat to know how this would end. What failed in Insidious, the way the ghost appear, did work out fine here. Even as they also walk around somehow it's more frightening than Insidious.
One of the better flicks about possession in years, a must see if you want a throw back to the old school horrors.
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5
I, Frankenstein (2014)
great effects, bad story
I don't have trouble with flicks who are about well known people but are put into another story we usually find them. For example, Lincoln who's a vampire hunter or Hansel and Gretel who are witch hunters. Here we do have the monster of Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart)who is out to destroy a demon, Naberius (Bill Nighy) and save the human race and the gargoyles. So far so good and Aaron does look good and Bill does raise his eyebrow now and then but overall this flick just doesn't work.
From the first minutes I knew that I Frankenstein wasn't going to be what I hoped for. On part of the effects I don't have any complaints. It all looks amazing and works out great and have seen it in 2D you can easily spot that the 3D version will look stunning too but it's really the story itself that is weak or to say it like Frankenstein, it doesn't has a soul.
I just couldn't care if the monster could find the book or the gargoyles would survive. And just look to the ending. It's clear that they used the old trick, let's blow up everything, and let the monster say something special. Again, nice shots here and there (the camera mounted on the body of Eckhart, just like they did in the original Evil Dead trilogy) and great effects but the story itself, thunderbolt and lightning, let's reanimate it...
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 5/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0/5
Nurse 3-D (2013)
just a no-brainer
Controversy about Nurse 3D and I get the point why so many people hate this movie but me as an exploitation geek and horror geek looked behind it all and only then you can enjoy this voyeuristic 3D flick.
Let me first say that the 3D isn't that much throughout this flick, a few instruments do fly in 3D and some shots are 3D but overall it's just a 2D flick. Nevertheless, the nudity used is pure voyeuristic. The main lead, Abby (Paz de la Huerta) do walk around a lot just dressed in her bra? walking around showing her underparts. Due that it in fact nothing has to do with the story, it isn't a porn or erotic flick, some viewers will have difficulty with that. Not only that, even Bowden (Danni) do walk around a lot in her sexy underwear. So I agree, it's surely one for the boys. But it do offer a lot more.
Still being a horror too it do offer things on that part. Towards the end the blood do flow frequently and it even has a few nasty shots. I can't say that it becomes gory and sadly a few effects (the writing of PIG) was done with CGI.
But I liked it due the fact that a lot of familiar faces of the genre do come across this flick, Katrina Bowden for example, but also Michael Eklund (Richie) and if you are in your 40'ies guess if you could recognize Judd Nelson (Dr. Morris) from the cult classic The Breakfast Club (1985).
It's not going to win prices but the acting was rather good, it's just a no-brainer to watch while necking some brewskies and a packet of crisps and if you can't get enough of Paz De La Huerta must pick up Enter The Void (2009) where she has the main lead and was controversial due the almost explicit sex scene's, directed by Gaspar Noe famous of Irreversible (2002).
Gore 1/5 Nudity 2/5 Effects 3/5 Story 2,5/5 Comedy 0/5
Gokudô heiki (2011)
what is happening with the land of the rising sun?
When in Europe the label Shock started to release Japanese and Asian flicks everybody was looking forward, because it was hard to lay your hands on such kind of flicks. But soon people start to worry about the releases coming from that label. In the beginning it was okay and it contained the typical gore but nowadays they only release trash.
I was looking forward to see Gokudo Heiki but from the start you know this is going to suck hard. There's blood sputtering and there are actual killings going on but it's the way it was acted and the cheap CGI that makes it not watchable for me. I don't have problems with those kind of flicks but this one here left me sitting with an open mouth. What the hell is happening to those flicks coming from the rising sun and were known for their extremities. I have heard that so many people has left shock for what it is and I must agree with them. It do has a few good moments but overall it takes too long and exaggerate on part of the acting. Sad but true.
Gore 1/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 1,5/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0/5
Among Friends (2012)
I had a few issues
I was looking forward to see the debut of Danielle Harris as a director. She should know what should be in a horror flick because face it, she's in the scene from her youth (Halloween 4 (1988)) until today and has been seen in a few classics within the genre. But I was left with a bitter feeling at the end. I liked it somehow but I also had a few problems with this debut.
I liked the story and the way it was shown. But I had troubles with the editing somehow. It's clear that reaction shots were inserts and the inserts are edited to slow. The reaction of some doesn't fit into the fact or reason why they should react. On the other hand, the torture that we do see is okay and it all looked good but once one of the friends is tortured he or she just staid in the game. When fingers are being cut off or even one his testicles they all stay alive. maybe I don't get it and it's all part of this flick but for me that teared this flick down.
It's funny to see Kane Hodder and Michael Biehn here in a cameo which is normal, Danielle worked together with Hodder in Hatchet to Hatchet 3 and her best friend is Jessica Blanc, who is married with Micheal Biehn.
Due the way the torture and the afterglow was presented I also had a bit of a problem with the acting. Still, Danielle did well and there are a few rare scene's to see especially when Lily is tripping on paddo's.
Is it a must see for the geeks of the genre, well, I understand that a few did have actual problems with Among Friends. It never really becomes gory and there's no nudity even as there are a few erotic scene's and the ending, there's a lot to say about that part too. Among Friends, you love it or hate it, sadly I'm in between.
Gore 1/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 2,5/5 Comedy 0/5
a twist on the vampire tales but typical Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan, the director is no stranger to me. I had seen in the eighties his masterpiece Company Of Wolves (1984) and even as it was more a fairytale then a horror it became in some ways a much acclaimed flick. I lost Neil for years but I still remember as a favorite flick In Dreams (1999) so I was looking forward to see his new horror story.
Byzantium is a horror but so many people are tearing this down because it's a rather slow flick and the vampires don't have fangs. Of course it isn't for all the horror geeks out there. If you remember Company Of Wolves there were scene's too were horror geeks turned their face away because it was ridiculous. But Byzantium is more a kind of art flick. It's beautifully shot and the performances lift this flick up towards almost a gem. Indeed, there isn't that much of gore to see but it do has a few scene's were the red stuff is flowing and there are decapitations to see. But back to the acting. I had seen so many flick with Gemma Arterton and being a fan after The Disappearance Of Alice Creed (2009) I came across her a few times in blockbusters but I didn't like her in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013). But this was made a year before and here she looks stunning and extremely sexy. She's really believable but the same can be said about the second main lead Saoirse Ronan. Both are so different in Byzantium but you feel for both of them because even as Clara (Gemma) is a vampire she can be weak too when the leaders of the vampires (Sam Riley) are after her 'daughter' Eleanor (Saoirse). Sam isn't that much in this flick but he also is worth nothing. In fact everybody gives the best of themselves.
I wouldn't recommend it to horror geeks who are into gory flicks but if you wan't too see a twist on the vampire story then this is worth seeing. But be advised, even as it is an art flick some scene's will be hard to take if you aren't used to see nasty shots.
Gore 1,5/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5
1334, it may say nothing to a lot of people but those who are fond of the Gothic scene and are into Christian Death they do know what 1334 stands for. It was used by Rozz Williams toward his death in 1998. He never explained what it was really about but it had to do something with the black death. Even as it was in 1347 that it arrived in Europe and the worst years were between 1348 and 1350. Still, from the early nineties Rozz starts signing with 1334. He even had a band with that name and it even appeared in Every King A Bastard's Son. I was lucky to meet Rozz when he was performing in Bruges late nineties and he in fact signed my CD with 1334.
The short movie 1334 has a weird opening. It was shot at Rozz his apartment in 1997. Followed by an actual reconstructed suicide at the same apartment. Of course it isn't Rozz we do see commit suicide but the actor Bill Oberst Jr who you can see in a lot of horror flicks. He added of course the same tattoos of Rozz to look like him. From there on we do move in some kind of ghost story and towards the end the actors walk into a painting of Breughel concerning the black death.
The soundtrack was created by Dante White Aliano who we also see in this flick. Three unreleased electronic tracks made by Rozz are also to hear.
So it do has a macabre feeling and it's shot in some kind of experimental way, again not for everybody.
Gore 1/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 1/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5