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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.
Not happy about changes such as removal of boards and making the site "heavier" for my computer.
Monsters Among Men (2017)
On Amazon Prime. I liked this enough to watch through to the end-of-credits scene. Sorry, no spoiler for this. 8) This B-movie gave vamps a different source/backstory, different from anything I've seen before, that is. The monsters are not entirely strong, and they are searching for a food source that will make them less frail.
If you decide to check out "Monsters Among Men" (2017) then you should expect to find pockets of questionable acting, lines and sets, but all together they aren't too bad. At times the film looks more like a televised play (think PBS) than a movie, but I didn't have any real problem with that; it seemed to happen only during the dark-of-night scenes.
If IMDb ever gives us a chance to vote on this flick I'll probably give it a 6/10 stars.
Serpent's Lair (1995)
More like psychological torture than horror.
Just watched this on Amazon Prime, which has this as a 2014 movie.
It is more like psychological torture than horror. Yes, there's a succubus (sp?), but most of the movie is about the mild erotica and the victim who can't escape the villains and their enchantments, so to speak.
If you have "stalker scars" then you will want to avoid this movie. It has no scares, but the cats are beautiful.
As always, Jeff Fahey makes having eyes a wonderful thing.
The Castle Project (2013)
It's a Real Documentary!!!
Look, folks, all you have to do is Google the mansion. Higgins is an architect who decided to make his own film about a property he'd bought with plans to renovate. Try this: https://Colorado encyclopedia.org/article/croke-patterson-Campbell-mansion (remove space)
Now about the film, it has a bit of everything you'd expect, including uncertainty as a conclusion. I've never taken EVP spoken words seriously because I think the "translations" tend to get stretched by the listeners. Be that as it may, I thought the "Dracula" bat was hilarious, and the recorded sounds legit. Well, as legit as stuff moving through pipes ...
Can I explain loud bangs and footsteps? Nope, and I don't care to try. I found the whole thing interesting and engaging, the people involved believable (except for the psychic). What's really impressive is the attitudes of those exposed to acts of haunting: they laugh it off.
If you have Amazon Prime then I recommend it for a lark.
It Lives in the Attic (2016)
I can't decide.
I just saw this on Amazon Prime, and for the time being I'm not giving any stars to this movie for the following reason: I think I know what's in the attic but I don't know if I'm correct. One of the benefits of having message boards is the ability to gauge one's own understanding of the events in a movie.
SPOILER (possibly) If I'm correct then what lives in the attic is the ability to see one's true inner nature, what one might be like if allowed to live without social mores. So in a sense, this movie moves backward rather than forward.
About the stars/ratings, if I ever get a confirmation or negation on my thoughts then I'll come back and rate this movie.
Can I recommend this movie? Pft, I've no idea!
Hercules Reborn (2014)
I liked it well enough.
So ... it's a low-budget, action/adventure flick that has a rather twisted Hercules as the title character, but not really the lead. And that's all I can say about him without spoilers.
Don't expect anything you've read on mythology, accept the limitations of a low budget, prepare your ears for some strange "things" in the background score, anticipate some kinda-weird fight editing, and you'll be ready to sit back with some snacks and enjoy.
The story itself is fine from my perspective, exactly what a sword-and-sandals action/adventure should be. It's just not a Hollywood blockbuster. 6/10
The Attachment (2016)
It's an OK story for low budget
I gave this six stars because it was watchable and had some things I liked. It lost four stars for the things I didn't like. I've been around for 60 years and I've seen a few stinkers I wouldn't finish. As an Amazon Prime customer I get to hit the back button and make another selection without additional cost other than a shrug and a grimace. So here are a few things off the top of my head.
I found the story coherent except for one place when the time-line shifted and I wasn't sure of a character's identity due to extreme hair and makeup changes. I thought the Callum character was believable and memorable. I can't remember the others' names.
Yes, the graphics were, in general, awful for the times, but that would be a money issue rather than something with which to condemn the finished product. I did like the orbs. Orbs are cool.
Yes, some of the acting made me cringe inside, but I expected that going in. And in a few spots I wondered why something was written and/or directed in a certain way, but I expected that, too.
If there's one thing I've learned since joining IMDb, it's that money and time usually affect the outcome, and not in a pretty way. Oh, and sometimes a corporate know-it-not will make some stupid demand that ruins the whole thing. I don't know what played out here, though.
In general, you'll choose to give this flick a chance or you won't. If you can do it without spending any money then go for it.
Almost forgot ... I liked the ending that left me with no questions.
Field Freak (2016)
Comedic-Horror OK if you like that sub-genre
In general, I do not like comedic-horror, though I've seen a handful I can appreciate.
This movie, "Field Freak", has a tone reminiscent of "Dead Alive", though the similarities end there. I can re-watch "Dead Alive" once a year. I don't think I wasted any time on "Field Freak", but I won't have any desire to watch it again.
I think the humor is for people who think "farting" and yelling simpletons are worthy of mention in movies. Yuck.
What grabbed me was the music. Wonderfully light-hearted at the beginning and wherever else appropriate, and different from anything I might have expected.
I say give it a shot; I think it's got much to appreciate. And I *know* there are people out there for whom this will be very funny and re-watchable.
The Basement (2011)
OK, but not horror, MAJOR SPOILER ALERT
I just watched this on Amazon Prime, Horror section.
This isn't horror; it's a psychological thriller-drama with no more gore or scares than any cable movie of someone going mad and tumbling over the edge and right into The Murder Zone.
For what it is it's a fairly OK movie. But melodramatic teen junk is not for me and I resent having watched all that drama and teen angst crap waiting for something special to happen, like guts and/or ghosts and/or flying heads created by very special artists. All I got were a few cuts and about a bucket-full of blood.
Nothing special here except I didn't see the ending twist coming, which gives the movie a positive stroke. So if you like movies with a bunch of young folk stuck in a room with one person going murderously insane then this flick, and its cool-and-twisted ending, then give this a shot.
In fact, that ending makes this movie better than my first assessment, so I'm upping my vote to a 6/10. Happy watching!
Better than Good - no real spoilers within
I sat glued, except when I jumped, to this poignant film about a young man-teen who unwillingly communicates with ghosts, who finds himself in an unusual situation punctuated by a clique of classroom bullies, and feels compelled to assist a "special" friend. The "false end" is so touchingly tender I cried, which surprised the 'ell out of me! If I say anything else I'll spoil something because of the way the film is put together; the viewer is taken back and forth from past to present events until all get tied together with a reasonably logical and acceptable bow.
My favorite "thing" about Mourning Grave (2014) is that in no way did it feel like anything other than a ghost/horror movie. In other words, the stuff you'd find in dramas and romances didn't detract at all.
Oh, and I love the nutty uncle. I want one just like him.
I would call this soft-core, East-Asian horror. Take a chance and enjoy!
The Final (2010)
Should be required watching in Middle School
You know, if kids in fifth and sixth grades are doing drugs and sex then I think this movie should be required watching under "Walk a Mile in Another's Shoes" class.
I'm a boomer who's let go of some ideological standards such as "violence begets violence" simply due to the real-life situations we all witness every day, either personally or by way of the media. If you're aware of the school massacres, postal rampages and D.C. sniper(s?), etc, then you know about the personalities which can be pushed right over the edge. I think shoving something like this down the throats of young people might just be the fastest way to increase bully-awareness in the bullies, themselves.
One thing I missed in this telling was the fact that bullies often come from bullies. They need to exert power over others as power has been exerted over them, and it seems as though no one cares about breaking those cycles. So when parents of bullies get called to the school maybe they should be forced to watch this, too.
Anyway, I felt conflicted when the revenge was a bit overboard; one minute I'm cheering them on and the next I'm not liking them at all. And the bit with the reporter at the end was either an analogy for the way parents and coworkers, etc act innocent and shocked or it was a stupid piece of writing. Either way, I thought it inappropriately placed within this movie; the subject of denial should get its own flick.
So watch and enjoy, cringe, think, whatever. As for me I plan to have this available for my granddaughter ...