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Butcher Boys (2012)
All I can do is say why I liked it 6.5/10
Greetings, a lot of people don't like this movie as much while watching it. All I can do is provide you a breakdown of why I actually enjoyed it and you can take away what you will. Opinions may differ. Alright, some of the acting was shod, and some of the scenes felt silly. Most of the good guy characters were meh but the main female wasn't bad, a lot of main females have terrible sounding screams etc but I found her pretty good and not annoying (a plus right?).. On the other hand some of the villains were rather enjoyable, with points going to Johnny Walter. His screen presence and attitude felt comfortable and natural and very fitting for the collected "boss" of the villains. When it comes to the story if you compare it to a lot of other horror films that have higher ratings I suppose it has a lot more substance. I mean look at most of the Friday the 13th films (to which I am a fan), teens go back to crystal lake for some reason and jason chases and kills them, the end. That's the case with a lot of horror films. Or there is a weak plot thrown in as a excuse for torture porn and rape. I am not saying there is some in depth story or plot twists here, you are at least provided with some crazy setting and characters. As for the characters most of the good guys/victims were more or less forgettable, not a lot of substance but there rarely is in horror. The villains on the other hand were rather enjoyable for me, I liked their mix of rockabilly look (and I guess one looks like joaquin pheonix) and attitudes and the way they acted around each other. They at least made the effort to add various bits of personality to the various characters, some more than others. Music was mostly subtle, eerie sounds etc, nothing fantastic but better than some of the zombie movies lately that blast some trash garage metal. Atmosphere was nice, lots of eerie abandoned little areas and set pieces. Lighting wasn't too dark, off, or weird. The camera work and sound quality was quite decent, not much to say. Basic decent camera work. Well done. Wasn't too ridiculously overly gory and the shots of gore were not terrible, nothing tremendously new but nothing stupid either. And drum roll please NO RAPESCENE IN THIS FILM! I couldn't believe it! I finally get to sit down and watch a good old b horror gore film and didn't have to watch a shitty forced in rape scene. There is some nudity in the film though. There were some stupid parts yes of course, its a horror film. If a horror film void of stupid parts gets made it will probably lose its horror tag. The Amphead guy screaming into the speakers was midly annoying after a bit. I don't think the film is meant to be taken too seriously of course. I struggle between giving this a 6 (one over mediocre, enjoyable but not special) to a 7 which warrants a rather greater bit of interest I felt while watching so I suppose for now I will settle on a 6.5 Hopefully I provided a little insight. Would recommend more for horror fans and gore fans especially those who can sit back and enjoy the crazy.
Nothing Thrilling About This Thriller
According to the trivia section the film was shot opportunistically meaning there was little to no outline of scenes or direction. This is how I felt about the entire movie, just watching two people basically do nothing. A majority of the film are just the characters having everyday conversation. Walking into a film called "Monsters" I expected, well.. monsters. All the character build up did nothing for me in terms of liking the characters, as the guy seems to be a shallow photographer who at one point relates himself to a doctor and has a tramp stamp on his back. The girl seems to have no personality at all as she has virtually no strong reaction to anything even when it should greatly upset her. Ultimately her actions seem cold and thoughtless, namely that she is engaged to someone she doesn't care for but I will allow you to make your own decisions on that. In the trivia section it also states that a subtext about the films border crossing message was accidental. Nothing felt accidental about the messages in this film. It has so many message heavy lines I felt like I was involved in a political discussion at a liberal arts college. Scenes of tattered American flags and lines like "It feels like we are the imprisoned ones" and "back to our perfect suburban homes" are constant during the film. The only actual issue I had with the film that may apply to all people was that so many of the scenes are near pitch black or out of focus that it hurt to look at.
In summation, acting was believable although with mostly boring banter, cinematography was pretty (when you could see anything at all), and the story as stated had no real direction or impact. My true biggest issue with the film is the title "Monsters". The beginning of the film seems promising with soldiers in a potential battle with giant creatures, that is the only time during the entire film you will see anything like that. For the rest of the film there is maybe 10 minutes of monster screen time, and it is dark and out of focus. If you are looking for a good monster film do not stop here. The best I could offer is a 5/10.
why do zombies films keep doing the same bad things?
Every time I begrudgingly click on a post 1980's zombie picture I somehow convince myself before hand that it will not use the same stupid traits that every other modern zombie film/show uses. Maybe all zombie fans like these traits? I will get to those in a second, first lets look at the general qualities of the film. Well the acting really bad. The bad guys act like COBRA from GI Joe and the good guys just as forcefully silly. Bad acting can harm a compelling story, luckily this film doesn't have one. There are times the acting is so hammy you would think you were watching The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The setting is that of a post apocalyptic world taken over by zombies, complete with mad max style outfits. Combined with the bad acting this only further pushes the ridiculousness of the film. The story doesn't really ever present itself or draw you in. If you were to ask me what the story is 30 minutes into the film I would say some guy is captured or rescued by a group of survivors, and there are a bunch of mad Max guys led by a guy who growls everything he says who wants him dead for some reason. Camera work and quality is not bad but nothing terribly attractive or innovative about it. So lets go on with the traits I mentioned earlier, you may call this knit picking but these things get to you when you see it time and time again like I have. Number one and the biggest issue is the screeching zombies. I absolutely hate that. I hate it when zombies make animal growls or screeches, it is really just unpleasant to hear. Why is it that every modern zombie film has to do this? Second is that although every ones clothes are made to look dirty or tattered, the actors and actresses themselves look like they have always just gotten out of a fresh shower and new haircut. Finally is that the zombies themselves just are not presented as a danger in this film. In about any modern zombie film the zombies are just background noise, hardly seen and certainly no threat to the main characters of the film. I only saw about 2 zombies the first 40 minutes of the film. Overall weak quality. It felt like a zombie fan fiction more than a actual film. 2/10 is the best I can offer. It didn't try anything new and was of all around bad quality.
Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011)
Per usual, terrible zombie noises... but not terrible overall
I moved into Quarantine 2: Terminal with low expectations after having been severely disappointed with the first Quarantine, which I considered inferior to REC. Many of the issues I had with the first, such as horrific camera work fused together with annoying sound effects and over active acting were mostly vacant from the sequel. The POV camera is exchanged for a more traditional cinema camera style, which is decently done considering the lower budget. Further, the acting is toned down slightly from the first, and is delivered with relative believability. The sound effects at times are God awful, namely the cheap cat screeching one of the zombies makes about 1 hour into the movie, you will know it when you see it. Now, there are some gross scenes, but overall the movie is not excessively gory. Overall, for a zombie film it managed to be relatively enjoyable, with moderate suspense and kept away from all the guns and rambo action that plagues most films of the genre these days. For zombie fans I would give a recommend, for horror fans I would say maybe check it out, but for everyone else enter only if you know what your getting into.
La horde (2009)
Sometimes silly, but over all pretty solid zombie flick
It is hard to expect anything good when watching a B list zombie film these days but The Horde managed to do pretty well, just don't expect anything new. For a film that is not main stream, the acting was relatively believable if not good. The film had some decent character development which is usually non existent in horror films. The atmosphere and scenery were actually pretty impressive at times even if kept simple. The action scenes would sometimes include fighting,although it was decently choreographed and never became over the top to include wall running or flying kicks like so many zombie films want to have these days. The sound effects from zombies sometimes seemed cheap like ripped from a 90's video game, but at least it was not popular loud shrill screeches that most zombies over produce. The camera work was a little cheap, at points shaking wildly especially during moments of action or using stupid effects when the zombies would appear, but most of the time it was tolerable and well done. Overall I would say this is a good way to blow through and hour and a half for fans of zombie genre films, after all its "free" on Netflix.
Albino Farm (2009)
pretty good quality for a strait to DVD flick
Picking this film up you most likely were seeking out a B-horror film such as myself. After reading the back of the case I quickly realized that this film was in the "torture" genre which I do not favor but moved into the movie with optimism. The movie takes a slow approach, building atmosphere with bizarre images, run-ins with the locals, and character development which is uncommon for horror films today, especially B movies. The gore does not actually begin until a good 40 minutes into the film. Even after the gore began I still enjoyed the movie as it did not entirely abandon its atmosphere for blood and guts gross out scenes. In fact the gore focus was minimal in comparison to a average torture film but still present and managing some nasty scenes (people sewn together for example). I was also surprised to not see a single rape or sex scene which is another overly used piece in gore films today, although their are three brief moments of nudity.
The acting and script was impressively tolerable, even believable at times although often typical.The characters were as you would expect, extremely typical horror cast of teens, the macho douche, the smart girl, the dumb girl, and the innocent guy, and felt a bit forced at times. The scenery and towns folk were well set up to fit the eerie desolate atmosphere.
Overall I was pretty impressed with the films quality and kept me entertained the whole way through. You can still expect the usual tripping when the chase scenes begin and the seemingly suicidal stupid decisions as with any B-horror or horror film in general but otherwise this was pretty decent, entertaining, kinda fun. 6/10 overall for Albino Farm.
Kanojo no omoide (1995)
very well done horror animation
I am usually not a big fan of anime, in fact for the most part I am generally adverse to it. I ended up seeing clips of this video during a music remix on youtube and decided to check it out because it seemed to have common themes I like. The setting is a abandoned space craft drifting aimlessly that has been detected by a salvage crew. We follow two of the primary characters as they explore a very haunted house like landscape that constantly morphs from decrepit and aging to beautiful and scenic as they follow a mysterious woman in red. The story/plot was rather good for a short film being executed at a good pace and not over stuffing itself or falling short. The artwork and animation was very well done creating a wonderfully spooky atmosphere with the music supplementing it perfectly. If you are not a huge fan of anime, but enjoy horror films and good artwork this might be worth looking at. If you are a anime horror junkie you should really not pass this one up.
Eerie, Indiana (1991)
totally enjoyable many years later
Recently while flicking through the stations I came across the early 90's show "Eerie Indiana" and decided to watch a few episodes. As a child I enjoyed it, but looking back I don't think I could have properly appreciated it. Unlike other kids shows such as "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" and the later "Goosebumps" this show did not dumb itself down for the projected age group. The shows scenery, characters, music and premises were always surreal, bizarre and fun. Even now in my twenties I find myself laughing at the show, but unlike other shows I enjoyed as a kid I find myself laughing at the parts that I am supposed to laugh at. The shows plots touched upon factors that always kept me interested from the woman who stopped her kids aging so they could not leave her, to Simon having a troubled family life and finding a friend in a robot. The show always wrapped up well and left me satisfied. The show is not meant to be scary,but it is a well written show that is lots of fun for the older group as well as kids.