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While this may not be a great movie, and it had some boring spots, it
definitely delivers on action, what I'm sure most of us came to see.
Jason Statham is bad**s as usual, kicking a** and taking names like it's nobody's business. James Franco is great as the main bad guy. Izabela Vidovic was also great as Statham's character's daughter, I can definitely see her appearing in many more movies in the future.
I liked how it seems like the whole town is in on something, conspiring against Statham's character for whatever their reasons are, I was really interested to see what was going to happen next.
While not perfect, this is pretty much your typical Jason Statham movie (that's a good thing), with a nice father-daughter relationship thrown in. Worth watching for anyone who enjoys watching Jason Statham repeatedly beating the crap out of various assorted scumbags.
The good: There is some nice gore. The computer effects, make-up, and
CGI were very well done for a low-budget movie like this. A lot more
creative and ambitious than most. The fake documentary at the beginning
The bad: Confusing plot, bad CGI effects for some of the gore scenes, the gore itself is rather sparse, the movie manages to be rather boring a lot of the time, and (while this doesn't really have anything to do with the actual movie) the subtitles on the version I watched were poorly translated which made the movie even more confusing.
I do have to give the movie extra points for ambition, as said before a lot of the effects are really well done, especially for a debut feature, and the movie is more creative than most movies of this sort. But unfortunately, the low budget held the movie back, and the general boredom and lack of gore dragged the move down.
I wasn't really sure about Andreas Pape's Hunting Creatures before I
went into it, it wasn't one of those movies where I was really melting
with anxiety to see it, I discovered it on a review site along with
some screen shots and thought I'd check it out. I sure didn't expect to
like it as much as I did.
Once it picked up, the action and gore was awesome, featuring a lot of very bloody shootings, some dismemberment and some nice gut-munching. The characters are bad**s and it was a pleasure watching them go around hunting and slaughtering creatures. So they're barely developed, who cares?
The plot was also cool and wasn't any more complicated than it needed to be, which is all I can ask for in a plot in a movie like this.
Bottom Line: Hunting Creatures is a cool, gory, well-paced horror-action flick that definitely delivers. Running at only 70 minutes, the movie's not any longer than it needed to be. Definitely a big surprise for me.
According to one of the covers for this movie, legendary gore director
H.G. Lewis praised Ozone director Matt Devlin, saying he was "one of
the brightest young lights in the world of exploitation films" and that
Mr. Lewis is "following his career with much anticipation". Now, for
all I know that could have been taken out of a not-so-good criticism,
It could have been altered from what Mr. Lewis actually said, or it
could just be complete bulls**t. But assuming it's not, I kind of find
it amusing that the same man who trashed Tim Ritter's Killing Spree
live on his radio show could have possibly praised something like this.
The make-up on the actual redneck mutants looks great, and so does the gore, unfortunately the gore is way too sparse. There is a lot of vomit of various colors, but the gore (what we actually came to see) sure takes it's sweet time.
Sometimes SOV movies like this with a disappointing amount of gore can be saved by a certain so-bad-it's-good factor (see my review of Andrew Jordan's Things), but this doesn't have that either. There are too many dragged-out scenes with pretty much nothing happening. Now there are some parts that are funny or amusing (the chicken chasing scene comes to mind), but again, way too sparse.
Bottom Line: Great make-up effects + decent gore + some enjoyable moments + many boring moments = a mediocre homemade splatter movie.
Highlights include the very first scene in the movie, the aforementioned chicken chasing scene, a hilariously nonsensical stand-up act at a bar (I think it was a bar), and a gut-munching scene towards the end.
5 out of 10 (and I think that's being a bit generous)
This strange movie from the director of Drive completely deviated from
my expectations, is that a good thing? Not really. Well, first let's
start off with the positives: Visually, the movie looks great, with a
lot of beautiful and dark neon-lit rooms which gives it a very haunting
atmosphere. The movie is also pretty violent, with some decent gore
scenes scattered throughout. There are no sympathetic characters, none,
in a movie like this that's a plus, it makes it very interesting, just
taking a look at some bad people who do bad things for a living.
Now for the negatives: There are several scenes that are confusing, sometimes difficult to tell if their supposed to be real or not, long scenes of people staring at each other (a la Drive), scenes that add nothing to the movie. Sometimes it works, but others it doesn't. It was also rather slow in places. The ending had me scratching my head.
Good or not, this is a very bizarre film (by mainstream standards) full of strange, almost surreal scenes. This was a difficult movie to rate, but I settled on a 5. Not really for me I suppose.
The first film from a low budget gore filmmaker named Darren Ward
that's way too rare for it's own good.
Sure, there's some flaws, and I kind of zoned out in a couple of places, but the movie looks great for what it is. The special effects are great, the gore is pretty nice if not very abundant, and the monster effects are very well done, the main creature is one scary-looking mother.
While maybe not great, this deserves way more exposure, unfortunately not everybody appreciates homemade SOV horror like I do, but those that do may find something to like in Paura Il Diavolo (Fear The Evil).
You can't expect a lot with these no-budget SOV movies, this one I
found to be a rather pleasant surprise. The movie consists of four
short horror stories hosted by a guy named Dr. Shock, each reviewed
Bullet For A Vampire - An old fortune teller summons a vampire named Drake Ula (Get it?) to exact revenge on a mafia boss and his men. Drake falls in love with the boss' daughter after he saves her life, and the boss hires Drake to work for him (even though he says later that he doesn't like him), but Drake has his own plans. This one was my least favorite of the bunch, kind of boring and not that interesting. At the beginning we saw a vampire skeleton, and I was hoping that the skeleton was going to go around killing people, but I was sorely disappointed. The whole thing with the mafia was cool, but other than that it's just another vampire story. 6 out of 10.
The Town That Loved Pizza - A very Texas Chainsaw Massacre-y short about two inbred brothers, Obediah and Jedediah, who move into a new town to start a pizzeria (meat pizza only), then one by one people start going missing. This one's just some goofy, silly fun. Not my favorite story but I really enjoyed it. 7 out of 10.
The Garden Tool Murders - A dork is picked on by some bullies at the park, and is then chased by a lunatic grounds keeper who is constantly taking crap from his boss. The dork is never seen or heard from in the movie again. The grounds keeper then goes around killing random people with various garden tools, while his boss is setting up a cherry festival. This leads to an... interesting climax. There is some nice gore in this one. Just don't expect anything but mindless gore. People basically show up on screen just to spill their guts. I liked it. 8 out of 10.
Demon's Day - A woman is being chased by a hooded figure and has her heart ripped out. She is then taken to a morgue where a doctor checks her out and finds samples of her killer's flesh under her fingernails, which he then clones, without knowing that he cloned Lucifer himself! Features some nice gore, a cute little devil baby, minions with hilarious voices and a climactic battle between the Lucifer clone and the real Lucifer. This one was undoubtedly the coolest of the bunch. 8 out of 10.
Now that I've covered the shorts themselves, let's talk about Dr. Shock himself. Well, let's start with the fact that he's annoying as f**k. He's... energetic to say the least, and his jokes are just dumb, some times nonsensical. For example: "You know what the last thing on that guy's mind was when he got thrown into that meat grinder? His feet!", what? That doesn't even make any sense, his feet were on his mind? Also, was it really necessary to have credits after all of the shorts? Couldn't they have just compiled it all together and saved it until the end of the movie? Well, at least most of the time they show a series of bloopers, which are entertaining to watch.
Bottom line: Save for Bullet for A Vampire and Dr. Shock himself, I actually enjoyed this movie a lot, even if in a so-bad-it's-good kind of way.
OK, I will start with the good things about this movie, what little
there are. Well, the story, while kind of a mess, was kind of
interesting, the zombie platoon leaders looked pretty cool... trying to
think of something else... um... there's some gut munching here and
there... uh.... err..... yah, I think that's it.
Now the bad, I personally felt the movie's biggest crime was just being downright boring. There is not a single memorable thing about this movie. You watch it, it passes you by, and that's it. There really weren't enough zombies, just people standing and talking and arguing.
That's not to say there isn't a fair amount of stupid stuff as well. You could tell all of the weapons were toys. There's one scene where a character named Sargent Butler (Tom Stedham) tries to rape a female character but is caught, the other characters beat him up a little and ask him to apologize... yah, sorry but I don't think I would want him in the house anymore, and the scene where Sargent Butler starts shootin' up some zombies in the garage, was just a joke.
Also, if you're getting your guts munched by zombies, please try not to smile.
Let's face it, this is an SOV movie, nine times out of ten the special effects are going to be bad, so I wasn't really bothered by that.
Bottom line: A dull, bland, boring, stale, unmemorable, mundane, tiring, insipid, stupid, trite, lifeless (pun intended) zombie movie with nothing to offer (thank goodness for the thesaurus). If you are bored and looking for something to watch, you will find no relief watching this.
A man named Jack (Jesse Metcalfe) gets himself admitted to an insane
asylum to break out his mentally ill sister Lily (Kiele Sanchez) who
was admitted for trying to kill herself. There he discovers that the
sadistic head Dr. Gianetti (Peter Stormare) is drugging the patients
making them crave human flesh.
I thought this movie was very fun to watch. The gore is great and a lot more than I expected, people are stabbed, dismembered, cannibalized, one guy gets a meat cleaver to the head, another gets a knife through the jaw, and much more. The assorted lunatics were also fun to watch, can't really explain why, they just kinda fascinated me.
The main character Jack, who's character was pretending to be insane, and was not all too believable sometimes, but who cares! This is a fun and gory movie that makes for an entertaining 80 minutes.
After skimming through several bad reviews for this movie, I had low
expectations, maybe that's why I enjoyed it as much as I did, that and
the incredible gore.
While suffering from a rather slow start, it gets good once the gore gets going. There is some incredible action and gore in this movie. Some of it is pretty unnecessary and is done simply for the sake of showing more bodily mutilation on screen, this is one of those things where whether that's a good thing or a bad thing all depends on the viewer, personally I loved it myself!
That's not to say the movie doesn't have it's flaws, because it does (hence my lower rating). Some of the gore effects aren't all that convincing (which is forgivable considering this movie had a limited budget), the acting is not so good, the shaky cam during the gore scenes is annoying, there are at least two scenes where the music drowns out the characters voices, and another where two songs actually play over each other! It's really annoying.
Also the scene where the main woman (played by director Olaf Ittenbach's wife Martina) is getting beaten while tied to a chair, looks really, really fake, I don't want to sound like a d*ck complaining about a scene with a woman being beaten not looking realistic enough, but violence is violence, nobody would bat an eye if I was talking about a man. If they could do a decent job of making all of the other scenes of violence look reasonably good, why not this one? There is also a part during that scene where the guy torturing the woman decides for whatever reason to untie her, then she stabs him in the neck with a broken glass bottle, brilliant dude!
Given the amount of gore in this movie most of the flaws can be forgiven so a certain extent, but they did taint my enjoyment for this movie a little. I would still recommend it to gore film fans. Remember, watch it for the gore and nothing else.
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