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Prefer to buy bargain-bin movies than watch Junk-TV, but have been known to spend big bucks on special movie occasions (aka "whim").
Prefer horror, sci-fi, action, fantasy, anything else completely removed from reality. On the other hand, thanks to bargain bins my tastes are expanding.
Can't be here regularly (or at all) when work is heavy, and I apologize now if I miss your response and/or PM. If I don't see your PM and it time-expires please re-post it; I promise I don't ignore PM's on purpose!
Good and solid B with one big problem
I got into this thinking it was something else, but it grabbed me right away with some strangely compelling music and a teen who "heard" her dead parents speak to her directly a couple of times when she was daydreaming under stress.
Then the movie added the father's old Polaroid camera which apparently facilitates some story-telling from the beyond in its pics, including some effects that are surprisingly good for this kind of flick.
And, of course, there's the mysterious and understanding friend who seems to appear out of thin air ...
Well, it was going great for a B-horror, and I would probably watch it again if I didn't have to pay, but something went wrong at the end. Or it suddenly went "artsy" and we have to fill in too many blanks for ourselves. Things just started moving too quickly, like a death that should have left us feeling gutted but didn't. The horses left the gate and the race to the end was over in little more than a blink.
I can tell you that the movie does end, but it doesn't tie things up with a bow, and you will be left with some questions that we all like to have answered. I do recommend this flick if you don't have to pay too much for the sitting, and if you are prepared to be left with a giant question mark on your face at the end.
Love it. Gotta own it.
This movie hit me a little like a cross between a comic book for a new superhero and "Slither", which I watch about twice every year.
It was fun, not funny. The characters (for once) all behaved exactly the way I wanted them to, the dialog was a bit campy from the cop at first, but he really surprised me at every turn - a smart and sympathetic guy bottled in a campy jar!
And I absolutely loved the atmosphere, both visual and musical. It looked like another world, kinda, at times, and the music was rousingly dramatic at all the right times. They both drew me in and held me tightly bound to the screen.
I can't say much more without spoilers, but I can say I had a smile moment in almost every scene.
I love the hero and want him back for more!!!
Needs commentary or something
I would say that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with this film, but I don't understand what it's trying to tell me.
Maybe it's really a premise for something bigger, and that would be a plus, because it does feel very much like a trailer for something interesting.
Well, OK, there's a problem in that I couldn't understand what the announcer was saying, and I suspect the information might have been relevant to understanding the film.
I think the creators should put a lot more information under Trivia and FAQ such as the announcer's lines. Or point to someplace on the web where there's a commentary or something explanatory. The final shot left question marks all over my eyeballs.
Decent movie, Lousy title, Kane Hodder gets hotter
I'd already read the reviews and board posts so I went into this movie knowing just two things: it had a bad title and Kane Hodder was the main character.
Let's do the latter first. Kane Hodder really can act right down to realistic crying with tears. I thought he was especially menacing when doing mad-with-frustration. And maybe it's because I'm a Boomer, but I do believe Hodder gets hotter by the year, and I'm thrilled to see him in this role.
Now about that title ... can a movie be renamed? It's a decent movie if you aren't in immediate need of fast-action cuts and head-to-toe gore, though there is plenty of that. I get that this is "in the same universe" as Ed Gein, but that doesn't make it an Ed Gein movie. It should have been presented as an alternate universe and "what if" fiction.
If you can keep yourself planted in a fiction frame of mind, and you like slasher (kinda) movies then you might want to see this flick.
Stars lost due to stupidity in title and false story presentation.
I liked it.
I liked this enough that I'll buy or rent it in the future for more viewing pleasure, so to speak.
The score was a mix of things from orchestral to twang, and it lent to a tone of "cautious optimism" throughout. And for me that was one of the standout features of this flick, making it different from the standard-issue zombie movies of late.
Others have said all the rest of the positive things I wanted to say, so I'll just add this: it's possible that some of the haters don't want as much fleshing-out as just plain flesh.
Take a chance and see what you think.
Dracula: Reborn (2012)
An interesting take on an old tale, but little in chills and thrills
I don't know about reviewing movies, but I'll share my opinions.
First of all, I love the music. It's perfect for those of us who prefer orchestral flow, and it is hauntingly enthralling throughout. If ever the music is silenced then the break was appropriate as I did not notice at all.
Secondly, this has the feel of the classic Dracula flicks in black and white, and I don't know any serious Horror fan who doesn't have at least some appreciation for those. I like to watch the whole set once per year. If you do, too, then you might just like this movie.
Lastly, "Dracula: Reborn" is thoroughly modern but with an old tone or feel. Characters' names are slightly changed but recognizable and the sequences of events are, too, but changed to modernize. I think Lucy's story will surprise you, so pay attention from the very beginning.
Take a chance on this one if you like the old-style horror that really doesn't include much in the way of chills and thrills for modern fans of scares and gore. I think the ending is worth the risk.
Do Not Disturb (2013)
Kinda sick and twisted fun
I just have to get this on DVD; what a hoot! Of course, I know nothing about reviewing movies, but I had a good bit of fun watching this one, so I thought I'd share a couple of thoughts.
The music made me think of drive-in B-movies, as did some of the dialog in certain places where the voices seemed to be bouncing back and forth in a tunnel. Other than that I liked the story and the characters, quirks and all, even though some of the acting seemed a little off at times.
And then there's a grown-up and often serious "Hoag", really doing a good job playing a psychopath perfectly, right down to being unsuspectable (is that a word?).
The ending made me bust out laughing with sheer joy. Need I say more? How about this: take a chance on this one if you liked the 'fun' tone of "Good Fellas", even though the two flicks have nothing else in common. This is a wonderful revenge movie with an odd touch, and I just have to have it!
The Conspiracy (2012)
Very good Thriller but no Horror until the end, beginning is meh.
I think my Summary Header about says it all.
During the beginning I listened, glanced at the screen occasionally, did some DIY e-juice and googled something.
I started watching when someone turned up missing, and then I couldn't move except to vape. I don't know what happened; it was as though someone flipped a switch, and all of a sudden the movie had me.
But for down-and-dirty Horror fans, forget it. We only get a hint or suggestion of something horrific for about 30 seconds, then it goes back to standard Thriller, for which I gave it a solid 6/10 stars.
Watch and enjoy!
Dead Souls (2012)
I liked this but it has two big problems.
!!! SPOILERS IN POST !!! First off, the beginning is so low-grade in every aspect I can think of that I nearly stopped watching. But if you can stick it out until the mother goes to the hospital then things pick up nicely. And, too, a lot of little background facts are embedded in that awful start, so you need to listen.
Secondly, the wonderful orchestral music was not presented properly; although I did not hear any of the irritatingly loud "jump" sounds, I also couldn't hear it when it should have been a tad louder. So some of the opportunities for adding suspense went right out the window, and I felt let down.
On the other hand, I found the characters generally believable, and there wasn't one instance of awkward acting bringing me out of the movie other than in the very beginning. And you do need to remember that this is a horror movie, so it's short on artsy character development and the like.
The ghosts creeped me out, but not as much as could have been had the beautiful music been a better presence at times. And their story is something new to me, unique.
I can't say anything about the end without giving it away, but if you pay attention it has an interesting little twist on the "you won't believe me" thing.
I will buy the DVD, pre-owned, if it ever comes out, because I know I would watch it at least once per year thereafter. If something can be done to improve the volume of the background music (not the songs) for DVD then I will buy it new.
And last but not least, the soundtrack of songs should be something worth owning if you're a fan of such, which I am. But as of this writing I haven't found samples to listen to.
So sit back, pretend the beginning will be on the exam, and enjoy the rest.
Finder's Fee (2001)
Extraordinarily Clever, but Does Not Resolve As I Would Prefer
Spoiler first: If you have a preference for resolved endings that close the books, happily or otherwise, then this film may leave you just this side of angry. On the other hand, if you like Hitchcock, 'Outer Limits' and/or 'Twilight Zone' you'll probably be very happy. I would have been better off with a warning.
Note: I saw the broadcast TV version, no swearing.
The movie is cleverly constructed to make you *think* while moving closer and closer to the edge of your seat. The viewer absolutely *must* pay attention or loose a lot of important little things as well as the giant, surprise U-turns/twists.
For my part I approached the movie with skepticism because I have turned over found wallets and bank bags with no thought, no ethical dilemma. I don't understand the minds of those who have to think about the right thing to do. But this film is so well done I forgot all about myself and became caught up as though I were one of the walls in the room.
Speaking of walls, it just now hit me that the main characters never leave the room in which they are playing poker. Not once did I feel claustrophobic, never did I come out of the movie from 'stale set' fatigue.
So I recommend "Finder's Fee" for those with a yen for suspense, and I hope you enjoy it!