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Sader Ridge (2013)
Totally overrated. Can't understand why it rated over 5 stars! (19-02-2014)
I saw the trailer and the poster for this movie, and when I saw that reputable Horror websites like Fearnet say "Must-see" and Fangoria say "Chilling", I thought, "this movie must be at least decent"...well I was proved wrong! Here's what this movie ISN'T; thought provoking, original, riveting, engaging, well acted. It was long (even though it was only 80 minutes), boring, mediocre, and just plain bad. The cover/poster closely resembles the hit film 'THE CONJURING' (even the name was changed from 'SADER RIDGE' to 'THE INVOKING' to cash in on its success). But those are the ONLY similarities to that movie, the acting is poor, the story is totally cliché and been done before (in a much better context mind you), and yet again I'm left thinking how did this movie get financed?? People must want to throw money away. And as for the rating being at 5.7 out of 10 (on the date of this review February 19, 2014), in my opinion this does NOT deserve it, more like an average of about 2.5 out of 10 at most! So with that said, I give this rubbish a 1 out of 10. Do not waste your time.
The Ganzfeld Haunting (2014)
A bad "haunting" movie. Total waste of time.
Well, after seeing the trailer for this, I was hoping it would be at least decent - well I was wrong. Rumer Willis is almost naked from the start, which in my opinion she didn't need to be. Yes she has a good body, but her acting ability isn't that good. There's a lot of clichés in the film, girl kisses girl, scantily dressed women, a sex scene, and plot clichés to boot. Don't get me wrong, almost nude women isn't a bad thing, but in the right context. When the story line doesn't need it, then don't do it (although some classic horror uses it a lot, the operative word here being "classic", this will never be). The plot is quite weak, they use an actual experiment name in the title to hook people in, but the film didn't really need it as the plot could have been about a group of young people who go to a house to see if there are ghosts there. But I guess they were trying to make it "original", yet they failed. Very disappointed by this movie. All I can give it is 1 out of 10.
Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (2014)
Not much better than 'Cabin Fever 2', and that was rubbish.
After the debacle that was 'CABIN FEVER 2', I was hoping that this movie going to be better. Well it was only marginally better in my opinion. If only Eli Roth had more of an "on hands" role with this film, could have been a much better movie. I liked the plot, but it wasn't executed in the way it could have been in my opinion. I find this a commonly occurring theme with sequels, the new director has the potential to make the series better, but then they change things too much and try too hard which usually ends in failure. Some of the effects were OK, and although it was quite bloody in some parts, the film didn't really deliver as I was hoping it would. For me the first one was the best, and it will stay that way. All I can give this movie is a 4 out of 10.
Nurse 3-D (2013)
May as well been labeled as Soft Porn Horror.
I was actually looking forward to seeing this movie (being a Horror buff), but after seeing it I was really disappointed. For starters, the acting was bad (Paz de la Huerta either can't act or she was trying too hard), and I can't believe I'm going to complain about this but there was a lot of nudity that didn't need to be in the film. Don't get me wrong, I like nudity, but it was overused in my opinion. It was like the producers/director relied on it to make the film more "appealing" to some audiences. I've actually seen some Adult films that have had better acting and story lines in them. And another thing that I couldn't get over was that if this was a real Hospital there would be Law Suits galore, if not for the sexual harassment, definitely for the practices. Also the uniforms of the nurses were like something a Stripper would wear. Yes some of the horror effects were pretty good, but the movie relied too much on the "Sexual" contents and elements. Like I said, i don't mind the odd nude shot or full frontal nudity, but this movie was using it where it didn't need to, if they had a good writer and/or director. All I can give this film is 2 out of 10, mainly because of the kill scenes, as they were the only redeeming feature about this movie.
Great movie. I don't care if its a "Remake", this is very well done.
I saw this movie having never seen the original (so sue me), and I'm glad I didn't see the original. This movie was only given 5 out of 10 on IMDb, but after seeing it I think most of the people who reviewed/rated it were basing it on the fact that it was a Remake, and they "don't like remakes". Well, I for one LOVED this movie. Josh Brolin plays the part well, and I was watching this film wondering how he was going to get through his "ordeal", and his character had me gripped to his plight, I needed to see how it all panned out. I don't care if people have seen the original and they don't want to give this version a chance, because in my opinion you should see this film. Spike Lee does a great job with this movie, and it shows in the performances for me. Then there's the plot twist near the end - WOW. My girlfriend and I were talking about this movie after we went to bed. It had that affect on us. Great movie, I don't care if its another "remake", I loved it. I give it an 8.5 out of 10. Recommended.
Odd Thomas (2013)
A good movie. Nice "sad" twist near the end.
I saw the trailer for this film a little while ago, and I knew then I has to see it. It looked like a bit of fun and had my interest. And I was pleasantly surprised. The cast in the film are really good, and having Willem Dafoe definitely helps. The film is about a guy called Odd Thomas (yes, thats his name), and he can see dead people. But he soon notices that there is a lot of activity going on - more than usual. Even though there was a bit of CGI in this movie, I still found it to be entertaining. The story is pretty good, and the end is a bit sad, a nice plot twist. I enjoyed this movie. It kept me intrigued from start to finish. I give it an 8 out of 10.
Daddy's Little Girl (2012)
A very good "Revenge" type movie! If you're a parent, then you should see this!
This film is one I wanted to see for over a year. I have talked to the Director via Facebook and after seeing the trailer and the plot, I knew I had to see it. It starts off with a story that all parents can relate to, a child is born, and you see the love between them and their little girl. Its spread over a few years and you see the deterioration of the parents relationship, but the love for the child doesn't change. But then something horrific happens to the child, and the blame game starts. The story focuses more on the father, and how he deals with the situation. But when he finally finds out who was involved with his daughters tragedy, the movie switches gear and things get pretty graphic. Yes the acting isn't top notch, but you look past that when you get in to the story, as it is totally relatable. Now, if you're squeamish, then be warned this film gets pretty gory. I have to admit I had a tear in my eye in the first stanza of the film as what happens with the little girl is not nice. Then the Director/Producer Chris Sun takes you through the gamut of emotions as you see how the father gets his revenge. I was totally behind him as he reeks his revenge, but you're also torn because of who it is. I thought the film was very well done for that reason, and as a result I had to give it an 8 out of 10. Recommended.
A Remake that didn't need to be made. BUT, not a horrible film either.
>> MINI REVIEW << After hearing different things about this version of the Stephen King book, I was hoping this would be a very good remake. But after seeing it I thought it was about average at best. Yes the effects were pretty good, but compared to the original it seems that yet again there didn't need to be a remake. If you are a true horror fan, then you wouldn't need to see this as the original would suffice, and in my opinion a better version. But for those who were born after the 80's then this version would be more for them (in my opinion). It just seemed that this remake was produced to retell the story for those who think that the original 1976 movie maybe "too old-school" for them. But for me the original is the better version. In saying that I thought Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore played the parts well. So I give this version a 6.5 out of 10. Not a bad movie, but not that great either.
You're Next (2011)
Recommended 'Home Invasion' movie.
This film was as good as I was hoping. I had seen the trailer for this movie months ago, heard about it over a year ago, then I finally got to see it! The premise behind the plot is that a family get together for a wedding anniversary, but not all is as it seems. There's a home invasion and things turn very nasty, and there's a plot twist during the film that some might see coming, but not all. Sharni Vinson is great in this movie, as is AJ Bowen. Adam Wingard does a great job as Director, and I'm beginning to like his style. I liked his segments in the V/H/S movies and another film of his called 'A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE'. I really enjoyed this film, and I will watch it again for sure. I can easily give this movie an 8 out of 10. Recommended.
Curse of Chucky (2013)
A very worthy sequel, and it ties the story together.
This film I actually liked a lot. It is a sequel in ways and it has the original actors from the original films in it too, which is a total bonus. The movie links all the other Chucky movies together in its plot. I was watching this and found myself flashing back to when I saw the original movie, I had fun watching it, and I was quite surprised to how good it actually was. There are some great cameo roles in it too (not telling you who they are though). Like I said though, how it ties the other movies together is very well done. If you are a fan of the first movies, then you should like this movie just as much, I did. It has some great bloody moments, and some cringe worthy moments also. Also, keep watching after the credits, there is more to the story there. I give this film an 8 out of 10.