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Evil Dead (2013)
You want gore? You want insane? You'll like this.
I saw an advanced screening of Evil Dead in San Diego and this was one wild ride! First off, don't go in expecting the greatest character development. If you go into this movie looking for character development and such, you are sadly not in the right mindset. Remember how you approached the Evil Dead trilogy? Did you look for character development there? You go for the pure entertainment with the horror, laughs, and gore. This remake, it's the same sort of approach, only it's a huge emphasis on the gore. The gore really delivers in gallons here as there is not a single moment that is dull. Once things start going crazy, they never let up and this movie just becomes insane.
Was it a scary movie? Well, people did scream. I got chills on some parts, and you are constantly on the edge of your seat as you just don't know what to anticipate with each ticking second. I'd say it can be labeled as pretty scary at times.
The acting was solid all across the board. Levy gives the best performance as Mia. She really made you love or hate her and it was to both extremes. The characters were likable overall, despite you not really getting to know them all too well. Then again, did you get to know all of the characters that well in the original Evil Dead? You did not and it is a cult classic. There were some nods to the originals, but I will not say what they were as I feel everyone should experience it.
This movie was an awesome ride with all kinds of blood and crazy moments. This movie will stick with you and it won't completely sink in because, let's face it, you're eager to see the next installment in the Evil Dead franchise. Typing this review, I can say that this movie has not completely sunk in. Great stuff! As for the post-credits, I say ask yourself: would you stay after the credits for a Marvel movie? That should give you a good idea there.
A documentary the whole horror world should have
Living in the US, I would read the term "Video Nasty" when it would come to collecting horror films such as the Beyond or Island of Death. I never looked into the term and then I'd come across it more and more. It would always be there when a movie like Horrible would hit DVD and you would see people say things like "finally a Video Nasty gets a DVD release!" Finally, after getting an all region DVD player, I decided to look into this whole "Video Nasty" list and see what I had and needed.
This documentary was the big step as it details the Video Recordings Act from 83 and it tells the story of how the powers that be in the UK would have police raid video stores to seize the "Video Nasties" that would morally corrupt society. I already have this fascination with how people react to horror films and how the genre is so different with people compared to other genres. But to see a whole country be affected by a list of horror films? Wow! It takes you through the events and how the legal battles went and everything. Truly fascinating stuff for any horror fan.
The extras on the DVD feature every trailer for every film on the list. I can proudly say this documentary was one of the greatest purchases I have made as a horror fan as it made me go after the remaining 33 movies listed on the Video Nasties list. I wish the documentary would get a region 1 release so people here in the States can appreciate a piece of horror history.
Not all movies on the list are available on DVD. However, if you look hard enough like I did, you will find them.
Everyone should see this. If you are a true horror fan, do yourself a favor and get this documentary. If you are a horror collector, get this documentary and start one of the funnest horror hunts you will ever have as a collector.
The Possession (2012)
If you don't like this, then you're possessed
Yes, you have seen and are familiar with possession films. Ever since The Exorcist, we've seen a number of pretenders. However, despite a lot of imitators, there are many that are solid like Beyond the Door. Yes, we've been getting a lot of possession films, but that is to be expected when they keep making all kinds of money. Don't worry, this is a solid horror film overall. The acting was good as the cast was perfect. The suspense was there with the nice buildup and the atmosphere. What I liked is that this was about the Jewish religion instead of the usual run-of-the-mill Christian or Catholic religious theme. The film was shot well and the production values were a plus.
I really liked the climax as it was up there with the Exorcist. I thought it was pretty intense and memorable. You just didn't know what was going to happen, thus keeping you on edge. Emily is a character that I will remember in horror history as I kept thinking of Regan from the Exorcist. Great performances all around.
The special effects were solid. None of the CGI was terrible as it was polished, making things feel realistic. There are scenes in this movie that will stick with you. There were some memorable quotes in this movie as well.
I am glad I saw this. I am also glad that my Possession button from Comic Con 2012 was not a throwaway freebie as well!
Another one bites the Crust!
Gingerdead Man with Gary Busey was solid fun. Gingerdead Man 2: The Passion of the Crust was a riot. Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver follows a similar formula that GDM 2 had and is yet another entertaining entry in the on-going series. A fun movie with a tremendously well done opening scene! Lots of dirty humor again and lots of deaths. I also get killed in this movie (I wear #80 in the background on some scenes and get electrocuted). Only gripes with this film are the CGI was a little bad at times, and I don't remember it acknowledging the first 2. However, those don't factor into the overall movie too much as this is another fun film. Long live the Gingerdead Man and I hope there is a part 4!
A total riot!
I remember when I first saw this movies, my expectations were low. The original Gingerdead Man was decent, but it was a little too serious. Luckily, this sequel does it all right and is by far the best in the series! Lots of gross out humor, decent gore, funny kills, hilarious lines, offensive humor, and just an all around riot! The first time I saw this movie, I was laughing my butt off! Saw it a second time, and I still laughed! Movie does a great job of poking fun at Full Moon and internet movie critics and movie fan-boys. The tiny terrors were hilarious! This movie made me have a better appreciation for the original, and now I just want this series to continue. Love the Passion of the Crust!
The Gingerdead Man (2005)
Gingerdead Man: Birth of a cult icon!
Fans of Full Moon movies and campy horror movies will like this one. Gary Busey is great in his role as Millard and eventually, the titular character. Funny, creative, and an all around good time is what makes the Gingerdead Man a fun little movie. My only gripe with this film is that it tries to be a serious horror film. How can you take a killer gingerbread cookie seriously? Luckily, the sequels have nailed the formula and have made this (in my opinion) the best modern Full Moon franchise. Once I saw the sequels, the more I began to appreciate this movie. Great quotes, and a very memorable movie have made the Gingerdead Man a cult icon.
Sucker Punch (2011)
We get sucker punched!
I went into this film expecting a fun, over-the-top action-packed movie with an okay story. I was very curious about this movie and I wish I never sat down to watch it.
The storytelling was terrible. First off, our main character is somewhat established as we see she has a brutal relationship with her stepfather...only it is done in a music video sort of fashion. Right there, you instantly don't care for the character as much because you don't feel her pain. There's no real dialog or emotions that happen. Instead, it was like a music video as it glosses over her background. The rest of the characters aren't well established, and neither is the rest of this story. We have dancers, who dance to impress men. We then enter the mind of our main character when she dances and all of a sudden, this timid girl knows how to fight and kick ass with all kinds of weapons? She is now the leader of the pack? This movie was like combining Black Swan and Inception, and just ruining both stories! There was a lot of pointless action with tons of CGI effects that weren't worth the hype. I felt like I was watching a dumb video game on the big screen.
This movie was pointless and it was very dull as there was little suspense and some very not so intimidating antagonists. Zach Snyder has had some solid movies in the past, but unfortunately, this movie was a black eye. We (the audience) get sucker punched when watching this mess of a film.
I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
Good, but lacked the overall viciousness of the original
The original exploitation film from the 70s had that viciousness to it. When Jennifer is tortured and raped, you really feel for Jennifer. The intensity was there and the storytelling in that film was really good. The revenge was pretty cool, and it made for a solid rape-revenge film.
The remake felt watered down when it came to the raping of Jennifer. If you're going to remake an intense exploitation flick, you'd better bring it all on when it comes to the intensity. Sure, the torturing and the taunting by the antagonists were a nice plus, but when it came down to the raping, it just felt tame. The storytelling in the remake was not as good. Just like it was mentioned on the boards, you have to suspended a ton of disbelief. In the original, we somewhat see Jennifer go through the recovery process and get an idea of what she is doing in hiding. Here, Jennifer is gone for many minutes! How does she survive? The highlight of the remake was the revenge factor. The stuff that Jennifer dishes out on the antagonists was awesome! I really enjoyed that part a lot more than the original. Overall, I Spit on Your Grave (2010) is solid, but tame in comparison to the original.
Good little slasher
Enjoyably movie from Full Moon (at the time Shadow Entertainment). It has some solid gore and a good little story. There are some nice twists and turns as the movie goes on, and there's never a dull moment. Debbie Rochon is good as always and there's even a cameo by Lloyd Kaufman. Anyone who says this movie is terrible is lacking intelligence. This the worst movie of all-time? Wow, I'd really hate to see what they think is the greatest movie of all-time. Most people that dislike Bleed are the types that have sensitive stomachs or have no liking for low budget films. Generally, they're the worst critics of all-time. Ignore the negativity and watch Bleed. If you like slashers, gore, and Full Moon movies, you'll like Bleed.
Not bad, but could've been better
I was always curious about Murdercycle as it had that interesting name to it and the potential for some good action. On top of that, it was a Full Moon movie. Murdercycle was not too shabby. It has a solid little story that developments as the movie goes on and things tend to get interesting. The concept was pretty cool and made for a decent little sci-fi movie. This movie could've been a lot better, however. The PG-13 rating is what really holds this movie down. This was just asking for some crazy gore, especially with people getting ran over by the Murdercycle. Add in some crazy gore, you make the action of this movie all the more memorable. Instead, it was action that just average. Even with an "Action Extreme" studio name attached to it, you'd better bring on the insane action. Unfortunately, that is not the case. My other gripe has to do with the Murdercycle itself. With that sort of name, there should have been some heavy duty weapons and crazy stuff. Instead, just little blue lasers that can't even destroy trees! That made the Murdercycle seem weak. Overall, not a bad little movie, but definitely could've been so much more. I guess it can be called a missed opportunity to an extent. Think of how cool merchandise could've been for Murdercycle...