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Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)
Just as heartbreaking as it is horrific
Truly one of the best true crime documentaries I have seen lately. This is not your normal true crime case. It's very well presented by the filmmakers and will cause many mixed emotions as you learn the whole story behind it. I don't want to give away anything for those who don't know the case, but just know that it is just as heartbreaking as it is horrific.
The Creeping Flesh (1973)
A bit of a let down considering my expectations...
I want to start off by saying that I thoroughly enjoy most of Freddie Francis' films, especially those he made with Hammer. But...I was expecting so much more from THE CREEPING FLESH. With the recent passing of Christopher Lee (RIP), I wanted to go back and re-watch his films that I loved and also to find some that I hadn't previously viewed. So I stumbled upon THE CREEPING FLESH and immediately sought it out. Maybe my expectations were too high going in, but I was a bit let down. As I said, I really like Freddie Francis. I also love Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. So it was a no-brainer that I would like this film. And I did like it...just not as much as I thought I would going in to it.
The Victorian age set pieces were fantastic. The subject matter of the story (though not scientifically accurate) was interesting. The acting was great. The atmosphere was pretty good. It was the lack of the horror element that I was expecting and it just didn't seem to show up until the final 15 minutes or so of the film. When it did show up it was great. I just wish the movie would have used it sooner.
I also disagree with the many people who feel THE CREEPING FLESH is Freddie Francis' best film. TORTURE GARDEN, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF and maybe even THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS and THE SKULL were all better in my opinion. I especially loved LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF...but I am partial to werewolves.
All in all, THE CREEPING FLESH is a good movie worth watching, especially if you are a Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing fan (or a fan of Hammer films even though this is not a Hammer production). It's a good, solid 6 out of 10.
Kill, Granny, Kill! (2014)
The gore the merrier...
I wasn't sure how I was gonna feel about this movie at first. I really loved the camera work and the whole 80s vibe I got from it (other than the use of computers and cell phones). The acting was not very good at all but that doesn't bother me much if everything else is good, and I can say that everything else was very good in KILL, GRANNY, KILL. Granny's one-liners were hit-and-miss, but I enjoyed them all the same. The camera work, the editing, the story (though simple it was still effective for a low-budget slasher), the location (I loved the old house) and the kills were pretty brutal at times. A couple scenes in particular really stood out. With a running time of just under 70 minutes, there was never a time that felt boring. All in all I give it a solid 6 out of 10.
Area 51 (2015)
"From the director of Paranormal Activity." That says it all...
If you really enjoyed PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and thought the director was a genius, then you might enjoy this. If you hated PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and thought it was cheap and amateurish and undeserving of the "hype" it created before its release, then you most likely will not enjoy AREA 51 either.
I don't believe in the alien angle that has been thrust upon the real Area 51, though I do like the real mystery that it presents - that being a top secret military compound that is creating all the next big technologies. I do also like aliens though, and I am a sucker for alien Area 51 movies, even though I don't think our government is hiding some dead alien from the Roswell crash or reverse-engineering an alien spaceship.
There are some decent and pretty good Area 51 alien movies and "documentaries" out there, but this one is just not one of them. It's just more of the same old, same old found footage where nothing worthwhile happens until the last 15 minutes or so and even when something does finally happen, it's a huge disappointment.
If you want to watch good found footage films or POV films, in my opinion, there are some pretty cool ones...such as: REC & REC 2, CLOVERFIELD, TROLL HUNTER, V/H/S & V/H/S 2, GRAVE ENCOUNTERS & GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2, THE TUNNEL MOVIE, THE LAST HORROR MOVIE and even THE BLACK WATER VAMPIRE. I would suggest, by far, watching any one of those over AREA 51.
Why all the hate?
This is easily one of the better After Dark Horrorfest films yet it is rated abysmally low on a scale of 1 out of 10. I don't get horror fans, and I'm the biggest horror fan I know. I've watched the worst of the worst and the best of the best. I don't like every film I watch, but I know the difference between a horror film that should be rated a 1-4 or one that should be rated a 5-8, and this one is definitely above a 5. When you watch enough really bad horror films, you know how to pick out the better ones.
I've read many of the reasons this film is hated and I don't understand any of them. The acting is not bad at all. If it is the depressing ending that bothers you, then I say quit watching horror films! Or at the very least stick to the PG-13 rated ones because you obviously cannot handle anything above that. I'm not going to give anything away, as it has already been given away on here enough. If you like After Dark Horrorfest films and don't always need a happy ending to like a movie, then watch SLAUGHTER.
Abandoned in the Dark (2014)
Beware the planted reviews.
Don't believe the fake reviews planted here. This movie is nowhere near the top of the ratings bar. And it sure as hell does not resemble CREEPSHOW. The lengths people will go to in order to get their film undeserved recognition is amazing. If your film is good, it will be seen and get the good reviews that it deserves, without the need to plant fake reviews hyping it up. A tale-tell sign that a movie is worthless is to come right here on IMDb and see if it has planted reviews. And don't worry, they are easy to pick out. The users' join dates correspond with the movie's release date and it will be their only review. Not to mention they will overly praise a film you have never heard of.
Now that that is out of the way, let me just reiterate basically the same thing I wrote in the paragraph above. This movie is not very good. Kane Hodder couldn't save it with his tiny role. There is no suspense whatsoever and it definitely did not "keep you thinking." I don't know what the hell Cover 3 is, but if this is their best production so far, then I feel sorry for them. The acting was somewhere between bad and awful. Don't fall for the hype. This movie's a turd.
Well worth seeing and much better than its current rating.
I must say, I wasn't expecting much going into GIRL HOUSE. I was expecting your average, run-of-the-mill slasher film that didn't offer anything more than I've seen a hundred and one times before...but I was okay with that because I'm a dedicated horror fanatic. I grew up in the 80s. I love slasher films! Even the crappier ones. But thankfully, GIRL HOUSE was not crappy. Nor was it your average, run-of-the-mill slasher film. That's not to say it didn't have its faults, which is fine. I've only watched a handful of films that I feel are without fault.
The great opening sequence set the movie up nicely. I don't recall there ever being a dull moment throughout the film, so the pacing was very good. Of course there was a lot of nudity and that alone made moments that otherwise may have been dull, not dull. The acting was also much better than I expected. Everyone did a pretty good job. There was more blood than I thought there would be, and that's always a good thing. I don't want to say anything that may spoil something, so I'm gonna end this brief review shortly. I will say though, if you're a fan of slasher films, then you should see this at some point. You won't be disappointed. Even if you're not a fan of slasher films, you should still see it. Maybe you're a fan of nudity? I don't know. You could do much worse than GIRL HOUSE. Give it a shot.
Monsters: Dark Continent (2014)
This is NOT a Sci-Fi / Horror movie
I was excited when I first heard about a sequel to MONSTERS. Then, as I often do when trying to keep up with all the films I eagerly await, I lost track of it and all-of-a-sudden it became available. Being a big fan of the original, I couldn't wait to see it. Now that I've watched it, I can't stress how much of a disappointment it was.
MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT is NOT a Sci-Fi / Horror movie. It is a war movie disguised as a Sci-Fi. And it's not even a very good war movie at that. It's somewhere in the middle. Very average. The biggest, of very few, somewhat redeeming qualities was the special effects. The monsters looked great! To bad they were overwhelmingly used as backdrop props, looking like a herd of buffalo at times.
I'll never understand why this wasn't just strictly a war movie. It could have been an above average war movie if the money spent on the monster effects had been used for a bigger war setting or better actors. There was just no need for monsters to be roaming in the background of a war movie, never really posing any threat to the characters. I don't know what else to say. Very disappointing.
A Harrowing Journey Into the Depths of a Mind Insane
I feel as though I just awoke from a dream. A nightmare. How is one to review a film that has no dialogue and relies on sound and visuals alone? I'm not sure myself. This will be the first time I review a film that relies solely on sound and visuals to tell its story. And what a story it was! I have a plethora of thoughts at the moment, mostly one or two word descriptions. I will list a few that jumped off the screen at me...
Dark and brutal. Disgustingly perverse. Disturbing. Sick and twisted. Mesmerizing. Terrifyingly traumatic. Death and decay. Chilling. A harrowing journey into the depths of a mind insane. While to some those words are discouraging, to me they are exactly what I want in a horror film. I don't care that there was no dialogue. There was no need for any. This dreamlike, nightmarish story was told in such a way that the absolute best way I can describe it as a whole is beautifully haunting. Throughout all the madness, there were moments of lucidity and it all came together in the end.
This is a film that must be experienced. The special effects were believably gruesome. I congratulate these girls, these Flowers, for what they put themselves through in order to help writer/director Phil Stevens tell his story. It is truly remarkable. I must watch it again...
The Bequeather (2014)
"He kind of appeared out of nowhere, like campaign money."
This one line, being somewhat of a political person, I not only found it very funny, but I found it also perfectly describes the emergence of Justen Overlander. Seemingly from out of nowhere, he not only possesses the zany acting skills of Jim Carrey, minus the overacting & tired facial expressions, but he can also write a witty script and direct as well! He just seems to have a broad and natural ability to deliver his lines fluidly, without forcing them. With his film, THE BEQUEATHER, Mr. Overlander gives us a taste of things to come.
I am a lover of Independent Films, as I believe this is where the real talent, heart & soul and passion for filmmaking lies. It is truly amazing to see what can be accomplished on a restrained budget by a genuine lover of films and filmmaking. THE BEQUEATHER, as far as I know, is Mr. Overlander's first full-length feature film as a director. The choice to film in black & white was a great decision. As promised, it brought back memories of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. It also, though it is not a horror film, reminded me of the great classic film THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932). It had a bit of that aura.
I think all the actors and actresses were very good in their roles. I am specifically looking forward to seeing more films with Justen Overlander, whether it's acting, writing, directing or all three. I have found it a bit difficult to find some of his films, but that will not stop me from continuing my search. More people need to see these films. These are low-budget, independent films done right and deserve a much broader audience. I wish nothing but the best for Mr. Overlander in all his future endeavors. His talents are immense.