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Slow, boring, and on the border of parody
The movie is about a horror movie writer in movies into a big old haunted house with a creepy mysterious blind woman living on the top floor. His friend and companion states "sounds like a good plot for a film", unfortunately the film does not seem to confirm her statement. The film is slow moving, but does not take advantage of the pace. Long drawn out scenes of your main character walking on the beach and finding messages in a bottle set to indie music, and conversations going over the previous scenes fill a majority of the film. While acting and camera work isn't bad, there simply is no substance to the film and nothing new is brought to the table. There are no scary moments in the film, unless you count a slamming door as scary. Once the ending of the film came around, I wonder if the movie was somehow a misplaced joke that wasn't funny. You will see what I mean when a near replica of a certain Halloween scene is done.
Mulberry St (2006)
slightly different approach on over flooded zombie genre
The film market today is absolutely flooded with zombie films, shows, games, and other media and they all seem to follow the exact same formula and tired clichés. With most zombie media, there is a skip strait to the apocalypse, this being the reason that it just doesn't make sense how such a thing could spread. This film actually attempts to show the slow transition, which is appreciated for the simple fact that it is different. There is a degree of suspense building and some decent character establishment before the action kicks off. The acting is acceptable, with nothing detracting from immersion. Camera quality is clearly lower budget. It can employ the shaky and rapidly moving camera technique during action scenes which is a bit annoying. I have to comment on the music choice during the initial action scene which was some indie track. Not a fitting choice, and made the scene kinda feel less intense. Overall, not a bad choice for major zombie fans, otherwise, a pretty average horror film.
The Sacrament (2013)
Seemed on the right track, but pattered out to uninteresting
The film is among the found footage genre. It leads in with some decent photography, nice ambient soundtrack, and some pretty good acting. The suspense builds with a decent and slow momentum, but unfortunately doesn't lead to anything interesting or unique. The film had a really nice opportunity to go down a different path. It had all the qualities to do so and be good. Unfortunately it just decided to re hash an old story and try to deliver it as something new. I can give it five out of 10 for keeping me interested until the climax good photography and nice track, but the subsequent let down can't allow me to give it anything higher. If you are interested in something like this I would recommend a documentary on Jonestown. There are many good ones out there.
As Above, So Below (2014)
Interesting, not necessarily outstanding
A am a fan of horror films that try to propose weird or surreal ideas so this film would have been long on my watch list even if not caught in theaters. In that note it does offer a nice and steady variety of strange imagery and odd events to keep me entertained. The performance delivered by the actors was acceptable and believable. The story was a bit lacking, seeming to exist only as an engine to move the characters from one scary moment to another. My biggest complaint with the film is that it ultimately falls victim to a slew of over used horror clichés such as pop up scares that are visible a mile away (dear Hollywood: Ear blastingly loud noises after a moment of silence and shoving a screaming face into the camera is not scary) as well as quite a few moments of forehead slapping in response to character choices. There were only a few moments in which the movie made the typical found footage mistakes of shaking the camera wildly or thumbing the mic so that aspect of the film was passable. Overall, nothing greatly interesting neither was it bad. A decent sit through if you are into semi surreal horror.
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. The acting? 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 acting this only 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 because 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, holding onto moderate suspense and keeping 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 itself pretty well, just don't expect anything new. For a film that is not main stream, the acting was relatively believable if not decent. The film had some decent character development which is usually non existent in horror films.Even a little bit is better than the bare bones most films offer. 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 (shakes head). The sound effects from zombies sometimes seemed cheap like ripped from a 90's video game, but I would take that any day to the high pitched shudder inducing shrieks zombies in most films make these days. 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. Overall I would say this is a good way to blow through and hour and a half for fans of zombie genre films. 6/10 because it is certainly better than your average zombie film these days.
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 even takes a stab at a little bit of character development. The gore does not actually begin until a good 40 minutes into the film, which some may consider bad and some good based on their opinion. 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 as many do. This isn't to say there are not some nasty scenes. 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.The characters are as you would expect, extremely typical horror cast of teens, the macho douche, the smart girl, the dumb girl, and the innocent guy. These character arche types can all feel a bit forced. 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 from me. Hopefully from this you can make your own decision if it is worth a watch.