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Lackluster Torture porn fare with British accents, nothing more.. **Mild Spoilers**
I was taken in by the good reviews for this film hoping something in it would set it apart from the 1000 or so other torture porn reject films, but its really no different than any American torture porn film with inbred rednecks. Its not really funny at all nor scary either in the east. While its not bad per se, its not really great either, just average and a bit below that to boot.
There's Just a bunch of unlikable characters running around, doing stupid things and getting their just rewards by your run of the mill inbred rednecks.. We have seen it all 1000 times before and better.
For some reason when an unoriginal movie is made in England,Ireland, and especially foreign languages people tend to up vote them and I just don't know why. You would think by some of the reviews here that this movie was something special, but I promise you its not.
****MILD SPOILERS HERE****
Examples of the ridiculousness, when they're driving the truck away they just stop for the redneck with the shotgun instead of ducking and running him down, or the really annoying guy with the blonde wig opens his mouth for the gas tank filled with mud/feces/whatever.
The gore was okay, acting below average, sets good for a indie film. Film is way too long at almost 1 hour and 40 minutes(1st kill not til the 46 minute mark, yawn*). Not much of a story to speak of. Overall I would say a 4/10 film.
If you like Wrong Turn,Lake Dead,etc you may like this, but it offers nothing new at all to the genre.
Surreal treat for those who like surrealism.
This film is guaranteed to draw differing opinions as to how good/bad this film is. This film is very surreal with strange artistic imagery and dreamlike sequences that come as close as you can get to being in a dream yourself.
It follows Ulysses Pick, a career criminal and deadbeat dad as he goes through some deep self exploration sometime in the early 20th century. After a robbery and shoot out, Ulysses(played by Jason Patric) and his gang decide to hold up in an abandoned old house, but nothing is what it seems as this house hold a lot of forgotten secrets for Ulysses and the ghosts from Ulysses' past haunt him deeply. Sorry no spoilers here you will have to see is and figure out the rest for yourself.
The whole film itself is one big dream sequence that is guaranteed to fly over a lot of heads and anger the casual movie watcher while being an absolute treat to those who love artistic horror/thriller films with hidden/multiple meanings and interpretations. Each scene is carefully woven together to make you think and make you giddy with anticipation of whats going to happen next or what it all means.
Definitely not for everyone and not a cookie cutter film by any means. It's a surreal journey into the mind of Ulysses, a man with a lot of regrets and a past that haunts him deeply.
The Incident (2011)
Meh..Average Horror yarn
I just finished watching Asylum Blackout. After seeing the IMDb rating I have to say I was expecting a lot more then what I got. I mean we had an Asylum with inmates on the loose, decent acting and production, how could this go wrong?
I don't know, but the movie just didn't do it for me. Some call it torture porn, whatever its called a bunch of people torturing other people just isn't enough to carry a storyline anymore. Maybe for some, but not for a seasoned horror fan like myself.
That doesn't make it a bad movie though, quite the contrary. This movie will find its audience and its good and high quality for what it is. It has some good gore and some sadistic scenes, but to me it lacks rhyme and/or reason. I guess some could argue that its in an asylum with a bunch of nuts and there doesn't have to be rhyme or reason, but I disagree as this is still a movie. There should have been some side stories, something to keep the audience involved and interested, but there wasn't and the so called twist? Ill just say unfortunately it fell short with me.
6/10 stars. Great acting, Great production, decent gory shots, but a weak script and sad storyline with not much going on besides.
I would recommend this movie to those who like a good torture porn flick.
Self Exploration, not Urban exploration.
I can see why this movie flew over so many peoples heads. You have a lot of people that actually believe this film is about Urban Exploration and are mad that they didn't get it. Its about exploration alright, but if anything self exploration.
I'll be the first to admit this movie does require the utmost attention or you will get lost quick. This isn't really a watch with friends type movie. It starts with some Urban Exploration and quickly morphs into strange dreamlike sequences. I am not going to spoil it so all I can say is if you have a really good attention span and like surreal horror/adventure movies then give it a shot.
This movie also has a strong re-watchability factor. I have seen it 3 times and know there are frames and sequences I have missed.
Excellent, one of the most underrated horror films I know of.
The Yellow Wallpaper (2012)
Excellent highly original Horror time piece
I was highly skeptical after seeing the trailer for this and all the 10 star reviews, but I have to say it was definitely worth ones time. The Yellow Wallpaper definitely had budget restraints, but that didn't really matter here. The acting and overall ambiance gradually drew me in deeper and deeper to these people's lives. The movie really had an old feel to it that a lot of Hollywood films lack. I actually felt like I was watching these people.
With that being said, The Yellow Wallpaper is a bizarre movie that has some shades of Lovecraft in it. It strays from the original short story into a full feature that stands out on its own. Im glad it took the direction it did because so many people were talking about the short I figured I pretty much already knew how it was going to end. I'm glad I was wrong.
This film is a bit of a slow burn, but it carries itself well. Its creepy, bizarre, and bleak. I recommend this to anyone who likes time pieces and Lovecraft stories.
Madison County (2011)
Decent slasher. Surprised.
This is actually a pretty decent slasher with a decent story. Myself, I haven't really been a big fan of slashers since the 80's because they're all mostly repetitive with predictable plots. Still, every once in awhile something comes out worth watching. Madison County is worth watching.
Madison County is different in that it does have a story that was well written with good actors and decent production and sets. It doesn't have to resort to trying to become a comedy to keep the users attention. The mystery of the well written story does that which makes this movie stand out on its own.
The couple of complaints I do have is the lack of any serious gore. Could've used way more of that seeing as its target audience will definitely want to see some gore. My second gripe was the ending which seemed rushed and lacking.
Other then that the ride itself was great. The Old woman was delightfully creepy and the mystery of it all kept me interested though out the whole movie.
6/10 stars. Slasher fans should be proud. Had the ending been acceptable and gore had been more I would've given it more. Oh well, still worth a watch if your a genre fan!
~Great movie from/for someone who Hasn't read the book~
You can almost never be satisfied when you expect a movie to be as good or better then the book. So really, critiquing a film for not being as good as the book is always going to happen. Stephen King's The Shining is the only situation, in my opinion, where the movie was actually on par with the book. We had Stanley Kubrick doing the directing though and Jack Nicholson.
But I digress, Livide takes an old premise and puts a decent new spin on it to create a very interesting and intriguing story. The production/style was outstanding, the acting decent, and story is extremely well thought out.(It must really be a good book)
Still, If your a Horror genre or even a non genre fan that likes dark supernatural/horror/fantasy mixed into modern day life then this definitely deserves a watch. I liked it.
NOTE: Its best to not watch any trailers before watching this movie and just experience it like I did first hand. It was a great mystery that the trailers ruin. Don't watch the trailers:(
8 out of 10 stars
Enter Nowhere (2011)
About 20 minutes in to this movie I thought the movie was going in the same direction as so many others that I have seen, but it didn't and it really took me by surprise as the story slowly started to unfold. The movie went in a totally different direction and I highly recommend this to true fans of the horror genre. This is quite a treat for people like me who see tons of horror flicks and are constantly looking for something good to watch, but are constantly let down.
So give it a shot if your a die hard genre fan like me and are into strange supernatural horror. There isn't a ton of gore in this film, its more of a cerebral supernatural thriller which is good every once in awhile. I have no idea why this movie is rated so low here, but I'm not surprised. Truth be told, its a solid 7.
I gave this 9 stars to help give it a push out of the hole its in. It does great with the small budget it had. Good production, convincing actors, and an overall intelligent story. I won't stick my neck out and say cult classic like another reviewer here, but definitely a great way to kill an hour and a half and definitely an excellent low budget horror film.
Hell, Id have even paid for it!
Urban Explorer (2011)
Meh, no subtitles killed this movie for me
Yeah, I know I'm a dumb American. I downloaded this film expecting so much after reading how it won LA's ScreamFest and the movie was probably great, but I was like the poor American girl not knowing what the hell the German Guy(Speaking Dutch) was saying as he went on and on for about 30 minutes. Had I known Dutch and German I may have enjoyed this. The psycho was very animated in his speeches and I probably would've gotten a kick out of what he was saying, but...no subs.
So, hopefully this will be released with subtitles for the large gaps of convos between foreigners. I love foreign Horror flicks, but when a movie is marketed as in English and there are 30minute gaps of Dutch/French with no subtitles it ruins the film. I don't know nor care if was supposed to be like the dumb American girl who couldn't understand, thereby supposedly making it more scary, or again perhaps I got a bad copy.? Either way as it is w/ no subtitles its not worth ones time.
To be fair, I will keep a look out for the Subs and if they're released then I'll be back and change my rating and review to reflect the movie, but in the meantime my review and rating stands.
In the movie, as stated there's an American girl who is saying every 5 minutes, "Whats he saying", to which we get no response for the most part so if your dumb like me and only speak English look for subtitles. If there are none, don't bother.
4 stars out of 10, If this gets released with an English sub file I'll probably change my review.
Decent Flick. Good gore.
Ill start off by saying,if your the kind of person that's always looking for connections in movies(Most people on IMDb who think their intelligent, but just young) then you may not like this one, but if your old school like me and have seen everything already and don't care too much if movies draw slim similarities to others as long as they're good then I would say have at it.
There's some great gore, naked girls, and a twisted little story line that doesn't steal 'too' much from other movies, but taking just enough to get the troll's panties in a bunch. The similarities are sparse, trust me.
What really bugs me is not one of the fake reviewers, the "Changed my life" review along with the griper who yells at people with fake reviews(due to only one review history) when he himself is a shill. And thats the flaw in IMDb voting system. The fact that any nitwit can make multiple accounts and trash any movie before it even has a chance to get out there. This makes even more stupid people run around saying, "Oh yeah I heard that movie sucked!"
Well, I actually SAW this last night, I was expecting nothing good after reading reviews here. I have to say was surprised with the movie's pace, acting, and GORE! Storyline, Basically 15 years ago a kid murders his family. Fast forward to today and another kid decides to unravel the mystery for a school paper. Yes it has that familiar sound, but no this is no "The Ring part whatever". This borrows from a few movies while keeping its own individual style. We have Christian Slater playing an "interesting" part to say the least along with a creepy kid who likes to go through old film in his spare time. Again sounds like Chinese Ghost stuff, but this actually has Gore, Nudity, things Chinese cinema lacks. Basically it earns its R rating which means a lot to me in Horror.
I for one will admit that this will win no awards, nor will it become a big block buster. Its a genre movie aimed at genre fans. Nothing too great, but not bad at all either..
I gave it 7 out of 10 because of the sh%*storm of idiots who will undoubtedly ruin the rating/reviews of this movie(as they do to so many) all because one person left a good review before everyone else did so everyone assumes there part of the crew and its their duty to make 3 accounts and post fake reviews..how sad peoples lives must be. In reality this movie is a Solid 6.
Another thing, don't run out and buy this, wait till its on cable or Netflix.Its worth a watch when you put it up against the crap that true Horror fans have to sift through to get a decent watch, but its not a must see.