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Two Moons (2012)
Unusual and well-crafted ghost story. Worth watching for fans of the genre.
Two Moons starts out with Seok Ho (Kim Ji Seok), an unemployed graduate, waking up in a dark room. Soon after, he discovers schoolgirl, Jeong (Park Jin Joo), and horror/mystery writer, So Hee (Park Han Byul), with him. They find out that they're in a shed and nobody has a recollection of how they got there. Going outside, they see a house where they went in hoping to find answers. Instead, all they got were more questions and something more.
Looking at the first part of the film, I was not expecting much, especially in terms of originality. But like a couple of Korean horror movies have done before, they left me pleasantly surprised.
The movie is like one big puzzle piece where clues are given to you in tidbits throughout. This is not the usual cliché-ridden vengeful ghost story, and the pace, although a bit slow, still has enough bite to keep you interested until the end.
There are a few suspenseful moments that helped build up its creepiness factor, and the overall feel was well done, so that when the climax came, you're happy to still be alive. This film would not sit on the throne of any memorable horror film list, but it will probably manage to latch on to the tail end of it, nevertheless.
In summary, this is a slow-moving yet well-crafted ghost story with little bloodshed. It makes you think about what will happen next without leaving you too confused. Not recommended for those who likes some action with buckets of blood, but this is something not to be missed for fans of ghost movies.
Nothing spectacular, but enjoyable, nevertheless.
True, the film is not original in its concept, but anything that's original is a rarity these days.
I think any idea, no matter how clichéd, if done correctly, is worth watching; and I do believe this movie is one such. Nothing that would curl your toes under your blankets, but there were some creepy moments that made the movie enjoyable.
The story is not complicated nor deep, and the ghost per se did not make too much of an appearance, which I found a pity. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this little film and would recommend it to people who wouldn't like anything too horror "heavy".
Minimum amount of blood, no gore. Acting was the usual, lots of shrilly screams and blank stares, but acceptable.
They had me at hello.
If you're a true horror movie fan, then you'll appreciate this comedy show which oozes references to numerous horror movies, and has some horror celebrity guests.
It's from Adam Green, director of Hatchet I and II; and Joe Lynch, director of Wrong Turn 2 -- they play themselves as struggling horror directors. The way they make fun of everything, including themselves, is hilarious and refreshing. It might seem like so much cliché to the untrained, non-horror fan, but it's actually done on purpose and is much more than that.
The supporting casts are gems in their own right and equally funny and outrageous. They make silly, the new sexy, so to speak.
All in all, it's great cheesy fun. Something I haven't seen in comedy shows for a long time. I look forward to many more episodes of this and would definitely recommend this to friends.
Family Demons (2009)
Story is okay, but it's not a horror film.
I agree that the message being sent across is very important, BUT I don't think this is a horror movie. In my opinion, it's more of a drama slash suspense film.
Cinematography/Film quality: It's obviously low-budget and will look like it all throughout. Nothing outstanding in this aspect and the location is pretty much the same, but it's acceptable and better than some I've seen before.
Actors: The lead actress is good. She looks really neurotic, though I thought there was too much heavy breathing on her part, that I was actually afraid she'd pass out. The supporting cast was good too, considering it's a movie lacking any financial backing.
Story: I didn't find the story as amazing as what I've read in the first three reviews. Yeah, it is watchable, but nothing original and nothing that would really stand out. It comes across as borderline amateurish, but I still enjoyed the ending, which I thought made watching the movie worth it.
The girl did not look abused, unless they were going for the verbal kind. The chain looks so thin and fragile that I had to suppress my laughter, thinking my dog could break that chain in less than a minute. There were too many loopholes in the story, I guess, but the concept is still quite adequate. ( I have this propensity of not passing up movies involving ghosts. )
There is some blood, no gore or nudity. It's not fast-paced nor thrillingly suspenseful. It would probably make a number of people yawn, but if you're the patient kind, you'll probably survive through this.
Sensitive and beautiful, but not for everyone.
As this film already has more than a hundred reviews, I will not expound much about it. I would rather share with you my experience and my perception regarding the story.
True, this film is a work of art, as many here has already exclaimed. The cinematography alone would move a sensitive soul. As with all works of art, even the most beautiful and revered masterpiece will not appeal to everyone. Watching a movie, like looking at an art piece, is all a matter of taste. This film is no different.
The story is not fast-paced, it's not action-packed, nor would bullets be flying around in every scene. Jesse James will not show any fancy gun moves nor will he kill a thousand men. What you will see isn't about Jesse Jame's "exciting" life. It's about his death and how it came about in the hands of Robert Ford.
I believe this story would appeal more to the person who can appreciate a slow building up of a plot, and who won't yawn at the absence of death and destruction. Kind of like the person who wants to know how a thing came to be, rather than what it can do. If you're like this, then you will be able to appreciate the movie for what it is. If not, it would be best if you skip it. An appreciation of a finished work is not solely about intelligence, it's a sensitivity for such things.
If you can see the beauty of this film, however, it is a nice experience. Not mind-blowing, no. I doubt it would move you to tears, but it will be enough to make you sigh in the end.
Movie is recommended, but not for everyone.
If you can forgive Tommy, you can watch the movie in its entirety.
Honestly, I love the whole concept and the story. The thing I found so difficult to watch was the main character, Tommy Cowley. Granted he's agoraphobic, but I'm a bit irritated with such weak characters, especially when they're men. So you'd better have a lot of patience for Tommy's constant cringing if you want to finish the film.
In a nutshell, I thought the decisions the main character made were all short of idiotic, but then again, maybe it's attributed to his "condition". It didn't hamper the fact that the cinematography was quite good, the atmosphere--excellent, and the acting convincing. The spin of the story was also very interesting and I liked that they added an element of supernatural in it.
The pace of the movie is a bit slow, but I thought that worked quite well for the film. There's not much action involved, but I thought the ending was quite good. I still don't regret watching the film and would recommend it.
The Bay (2012)
This movie would probably make you think twice about what's in your water.
I'm not a huge fan of "found footage" films, but I liked this one.
BUT not every horror/thriller fan will like this film, so if your cup of tea is more of a shock and awe or an adrenaline pumping, blood gushing, gore spewing kind; you maaaaay want to skip this one.
What IS this movie? I'm not going to go into the storyline detailing, since a lot of reviews are already doing that. Instead, I'll tell you what kind of movie it is, in my own amateurish opinion.
This movie will appeal to the type of audience who likes to try new spins of old concepts. The movie does not have a lot of action, and it only has a bit of blood and gore, but it has its own charm. In the sense that it makes you think about possibilities, in general.
Granted, I thought it missed a lot of opportunities for scares, it still came out good and a convincing sample of FF. Maybe they didn't want to go for the "cheap scares" approach, which I have to admire them for, but the story did lack some substance. Still, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to friends.
Bad Moon Rising (2010)
Excellent short film
Excellent little short film and the werewolf transformation was very good. I would have liked a little more gunfire and fight from the interrogators, but hey, I'm not complaining. It was a nice quick ride for me.
The atmosphere and cinematic quality were great. There wasn't a minute of any B-movie feel. The actors, though not as phenomenal as some I've seen on short or low-budget films, were convincing enough for their roles. I would not have minded if this were made into a full-length feature.
Recommend watching this.
El páramo (2011)
Acting that can shame a lot of Hollywood stars.
As with the first two reviews, I have to agree that there were no weak acting here. Every single one of them were marvelous. The cinematography and especially the atmosphere were very effective and notable.
However, I would not classify this as a horror movie. I'm inclined to say that this is more of a suspense/drama.
Admittedly, the director was extremely talented in building up the tension, though it is quite tiring to always have that accumulate inside you without having any form of release as nothing of significance really happens. Granted, that he wasn't going for cheap thrills, which I can respect, but a movie gets anti-climactic fast, even with superb actors and atmosphere, if it's not going anywhere.
This would have been great for a short film, but made into a full length movie, it became a bit diluted. Still, I did not regret watching this for the positive points already mentioned above. Those were so good, it salvaged the entire film.
Rites of Spring (2011)
Not for picky viewers.
If Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) and The Creeper (Jeepers Creepers) were to have a baby, Wormface would be the result. It's a low-budget slasher/creature movie that didn't knock my socks off, but didn't leave me gagging either...Well, not too much.
If you're not too anal retentive about your horror movies, the film in itself is not as bad as the others I've seen where I wanted to pour bleach in my eyes after seeing the first 5 minutes, sometimes less. You just have to understand that this movie is not up to par with the great horror classics. It's unoriginal, cliché-ridden and there are numerous flaws as you go along.
However, the actors are good and the cinematography is not bad either. Their shots of the corn field reminded me of Husk, which is an excellent film, by the way. The ending would probably leave you scratching your head, thinking WTF just happened. There are some loose ends left in the story that attempted to add some mystery, but failed.
In short, it's like an appetizer film that would be good to watch on a lazy night. It's watchable, if your expectations are not that high.