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Side Sho (2007)
Excellent for a low budget horror film
Despite the previous reviewer nasty comments, this movie was enjoyable from start to finish. You can tell the people reviewing the film don't know much about film-making nor acting, while Sidesho did have a well-worn plot, the acting was above average for this genre, and the lead actors, J.R. Reynolds and J.D. hart had quite a good chemistry and did a great job throughout the film.
As usual, J.R. Reynolds develops his character with well-timed movements and the attention to detail we've come to expect from him. His portrayal fit the part of the Carney Barker to a T, hitting the character on the nose with pitch-perfect subtleties that bring an understated feel to an over-the-top role, with greedy pandering, nervous ticks and disgusting mannerisms that make you feel uneasy every time he comes on screen.
J.D. Hart took a boring character and made him as believable as possible, slowly changing from a weak and ineffectual father-figure to an angry and determined madman wiling to go the distance to save his family, making the transition with perfect timing and grace.
It's hard to understand the vitriol of the previous reviewers, their weak writing skills are matched by even poorer powers of observation and a lack of knowledge of this type film. We find this a lot with amateurs, it's a lot easier to blather on with obscenities and ignorant commentary than it is to convey information intelligently, especially for a film they clearly didn't understand. Ignore them.
The actors in Sidesho easily outperform the performers in Texas Chainsaw Massacre, even the Hills Have Eyes' cast never brought the level of terror displayed by the girls in Sidesho.
Yes, the special effects were weak, but that is a result of a low budget rather than a fault of the Director, who did a fine job moving the film along.
The script was obviously intentionally made to follow the horror formula, as with most Horror films it paid tribute to many typical element of the genre,a Chase through the forest, a creepy sideshow front man riding shotgun over deformed freaks, an innocent family wandering into trouble, and a small amount of nudity as is par for the course.
The original soundtrack was mixed hot in many cases, but the opening song was a fine piece reminiscent of Leon Russel, and the opening titles were very clever and well-rendered,using legitimate old sepia-tone photographs and blending the Titles in with a 3D look.
The 'surprise ending' was also de-rigueur for the genre, two surviving family members are rescued by the Sheriff, and the reveal allows us to see he too is deformed, the film ends with the sheriff taking them back into the carnival and an uncertain fate.
Rent or buy Sidesho, you will be well entertained and your movie collection will be enhanced by this fine example of the low-budget family horror film.
The Collector (2009)
what a waste. both of my time and production dollars, not to mention a ton of movie blood. this well shot 'thriller' had no thrills to it, it's a straight up blood bath featuring an unexplained killer who survives his own traps, a totally unbelievable premise wherein the killer sets up a complex series of traps in a half day, and then kills everyone without so much as a half-baked reason. and no rhyme to it either. if you like meaningless, script-less random Hollywood blood spewing everywhere, you might like this. but a thriller it ain't, nor a mystery, it's just a silly horror film with pretensions of grandeur. Move over Freddy, there's another talentless creep on the loose. butchering everything. no. it's not the collector, it's the writer of this dog.