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Growing up in an old school house, I was not allowed to watch such productions till I reached a certain age.
The forbidden fruit never tasted better!
The Gingerdead Man made more sense.
Pumpkins is something that sincerely needs to be avoided at all cost, because it really does look incredibly bad. From camera work, to plot, actors, dialogue, there is simply put, not one good thing about it. It did nothing to redeem itself and also has one of the weirdest endings I've seen so far, cutting out of a scene during the climax and that was all.
I tried to enjoyed it, but after no more than 10 minutes you realize that there is nothing to see here, a movie that perhaps would have worked far better if it tried the dark comedy approach, yet sadly, it takes itself quite seriously.
If any of you really want to watch this, well, you're a braver person than I am, cause I only did it out of the lack of information about it. You've all been warned.
Had potential, so what?
Is this the first time I notice the potential a movie wastes? So many horrors manage to develop a better scrip than you'd expect for a low budget production yet completely fail to deliver. Why? In my opinion so far is because sometimes, like here, the subject is overused, and has little room to wiggle. In all sincerity what more could they have covered, what is there uncharted?
I did like the premise sure, but ever since I've seen Grave Encounters, a movie that managed to shock a little through its very end, which I found to be the cherry on top, movies like this, found footage or not, are quite bound to respect the very same rules the ones before them did. Sure, I wanted it to be good, and to have fun with it, perhaps even to experience a few scares, but excepting the self satire, it brought nothing new.
It is definitely not a bad movie, but most likely you have seen it before under other names, so if you just have to check this one out as well, do it at your own risk and time. You have been warned.
The Village in the Woods (2019)
Slow. Boring. Nonsense for that matter.
It was a rather unpleasant experience, staying awake for the entire run time of The Village in the Woods, as it provided no scares, tension, just a lot of awkward moments between the characters. Scenes beyond cringy any time there was any interaction on screen, a finale revealing itself midway through, and genuinely no normal reactions from pretty much anyone involved in the plot.
I do believe both the script and the direction were complete misfires, coming off only as, somewhat eerie but relying too much on unnatural moments, decisions and irrational thinking.
I don't find it easy to recommend it, even for the die hard fans of in the woods horrors, I for one felt disappointed and somewhat tricked, into waiting and thinking that maybe there will be more than what was clearly coming, but no such thing happened here.
One of the best modern slashers.
Wow, was this movie fast pacing or what! It simply started strong and kept going till the very end. Highly entertaining, no dull moments, keeps you guessing, it pretty much delivers on all levels. The kills were nice, but never relied on gore, blood was shown, only because the weapon of choice is a knife, and had a really fresh attitude towards the genre.
Trick is one of the best I've seen in quite a while, thus I will highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Halloween/slashers/horror movies, it is a thrilling ride and at times it seems quite unnatural at how fast it goes. Had a total blast with this one, so glad I run into it.
Once again now, Trick is a great, fun movie, that provides a breath of fresh air into the lungs of slashers!
Could have been AMAZING.
Close! So close, but no cigar here folks. Two first acts that went down smooth and lovely and then that final one which simply put, ruined everything. Perhaps it is a rarer outcome sure, unlikely to predict, but just seemed way out of place.
Eli is a movie that came with a close to perfect horror script, seriously great acting, good atmosphere, but however you look at it, in the end most likely you'll feel disappointed. No cherry on the top, no fat lady singing, just a premise and an execution to match it, till the very end.
Sure, I will recommend this one, because it delivers far more and better than most such productions out there, don't try to guess the final act, no point into it really, just enjoy it for as long as you can. I hope it will seem more natural to you than it did to me.
Altered Skin (2018)
Horror movie without any horror.
I know, from the poster, the plot, you definitely would expect a zombie movie right? Is it a bad thing if one of these such productions would focus less on gore and more on something else, like Altered Skin did?
Sadly, the case here managed to show a movie that mostly felt like someone was just followed around with a camera, without any idea what the next step is, just rolling with what they got: a conspiracy movie, and barely anything else. Zombies will appear on screen little over 5 minutes total, the rest relies solely on a quest to find out the truth, even tho it is revealed from the very start of the movie.
It has no tension, it doesn't build into anything, it feels so empty, I couldn't believe my eyes. Close to no action whatsoever. I can not possibly recommend this, as it is one of the most boring movies I've seen all year.
So let's think about the budget this movie had, about the actors, the surroundings, the plot, and if we add all of them, it comes off as a beautiful effort. It doesn't have to take too much in order to make a nice little gem for yourself, and as shown here, with a right direction, you can achieve lots of things.
Sweetheart was interesting from start to finish, did not focus on more details than it should, it comes off as those lovely first 15 minutes from I Am Legend, but manages to continue like such, without divulging too much and simply staying on the story. You get to see more and more, to stick some pieces together yet always pay attention on what's important, and this I do believe it is the beauty of a simpler movie: less is more.
Sweetheart is an great example of how horror/survival/in the woods/ monster movie should present itself, not just copy this one, but come forward with the material after it was properly put together and gone through every little step. I salute Sweetheart and also recommend to you Prey (2019), tad bit alike, both decent add-ons to horror.
Gothic Harvest (2018)
Wow, was this movie annoying or what. It genuinely felt that every single step the script takes is in order to annoy the viewer even more. Now don't get me wrong, I'm a huge horror fan, and whenever I review one I take in consideration the year, the budget, the subject and so on, thus do believe me when I tell you Gothic Harvest is nothing more than a skip, skip, skip!
Nothing intriguing about it, nothing new, absolutely all the clichées one would expect from such a production, you will find here. It truly was hard to watch it, all the way through, but with a lot of patience and some alcohol, I did manage to do just that. Did I find it somewhat entertaining? Definitely not, not enough alcohol and not enough boredom for that to happen.
Sadly to say, this is an absolute pass of a horror movie. It is weak from start to finish. You have been warned!
La influencia (2019)
Spanish horror - 50% potential mark.
Spanish cinema is trying more and more to make a name for itself in horror industry, and after the immense success of REC 1, 2 plus a few others it is still a positive thing that they are trying. They do far better for now in thrillers, or darker fantasy, but as I see it, they didn't gave up on the idea of simple horror.
I got a tad bit worried after reading all the comments, most of them being quite negative, but I do think this one resembles Fragile a lot, in words of pacing and plot development. And as I liked that one, to be honest I found this one entertaining and curious as well. Did not think of it as a weak production, but of course there was plenty of room for more. Again tho, Spanish cinema, especially the horror part, does not come with enormous budgets or publicity, thus you have to work with what you got and do your best.
I do believe tho the movie Livid (2001) is a close resemblance to this one but superior. You should also try that one.
The Young Cannibals (2019)
Quite alright for me.
The Young Cannibals brought a nice premise, a good execution, ok actors/dialogue, overall I was intrigued and had fun with this one. In the woods horrors are quite possibly the easiest ones to make, right there next to zombies, yet this one managed to bring something new to the table. Just a little more that you'd expect, but it made quite the difference.
So if you're a fan of the genre, don't go in expecting a masterpiece, but be prepared to see more than the usual, a genuine plot that evolves throughout the movie, characters that have more than one layer and...well I wish I could say more about the monster but probably the budget just couldn't cover for a better one.
Still, it was a pleasant surprise thus I will recommend it.
The Curse of Halloween Jack (2019)
How can you make such movies?!?
This is so bad, quite worse than an Asylum or SciFi channel production, and that is saying a lot.
Let's start, the plot makes little sense, the actors are all weak, the characters' reactions are laughable, illogical, and plain ol' weird at best, dialogue comes as a joke, simply put, nothing here makes sense. It is a quite boring as well, the only way it comes off better is whenever you decide to genuinely pay attention to everyone's reaction, decision, words that are coming out of their mouths. This is not how human beings exist! No, no, nowhere will you find these kind of people, not even in a horror movie!
Therefore, The Curse of Halloween Jack is nothing more than a cash grabbing attempt of a production that will be linked to Halloween thus perhaps it shall do better in rentals in that particularly period of time. And yet, I for one doubt it!
When you have no respect for cinema.
So why was this movie ever made? Perhaps to launch someone's career, to make a name for the director, a personal bucket list wish, we will never know, as clearly it's none of the above.
Water is so bad, like nothing I've seen in quite a while now, close to a 1 but I'm going to give it a two, simply because some of the actors gave it a fair shot. Talking about the script, now green lighting that must have been done by a young child that can't read yet, and it should have remained nothing more than a doodle on a piece of paper.
Just, don't watch it, don't look at it, it has absolutely nothing to offer you. One of the worst productions of its kind. Shame, shame, shame.
Well, I really wanted to like this one, but as time passed, I simply couldn't get invested in it. It seemed to have an idea, a change of pace, but it just got more and more of the same without tying and knots.
Home is a horror that does not deliver, from my point of view at least, and never fully understands its next move. Just small pieces, small steps and no real conclusion. Even the ending seemed hollow, so if others managed to enjoy it, good for them, I was just expecting more. Was left there hanging, sadly.
Did quite ok I'd say.
I wasn't expecting this, a movie with a plot, a direction, quite ok acting and all of that. Thus I was pleasantly surprised to find all of those above and a little more which I will let you discover for yourself.
Prey is a much better movie than it would appear to be at first. It has very good elements for a in the woods horror, and I love the change of direction it suffers. Prey is a good add-on to one's horror collection, so if you have the chance to watch it, go for it. Small budget horrors seem to get more creative lately, of course, excepting the ones that rely solely on gore.
The Circle (2017)
Good effort will bring you good results.
I honestly liked The Circle. It is a movie that came with a good script, better than your average actors, and a well crafted execution.
The story is there, with more layers than one, the characters are quite ok developed, not the greatest visual effects but they blended them nicely with the dark, and everyone involved in the making of this little horror seemed to know what they were doing. I really do hope others will learn from such small gems, because you can keep the viewer interested as long as you got a good story behind you and you know how to tell it right.
It will be one of those movies that I have to recommend, one that made the absolute best of its small budget, and surely something that I will use as a mark when comparing to other future low budget/ in the woods horrors.
Tourist Trap (1979)
Maybe if you can find the year as an excuse.
Look, I'm only posting a review here mostly so that my sacrifice of watching Tourist Trap will have a meaning. It was by a long shot a good movie, entertaining, good kill shots or practically anything average even.
A movie that perhaps tried something else but was denied more because of the budget, or maybe the lack of better directing, all in all, it was somewhat difficult to watch. Predictable is the best word to describe it, even tho the summary does make Tourist Trap sound engaging and perhaps, bald for its time, it is not.
So if you definitely have nothing else better to do, even if you're a die hard old school horror, bare in mind that it is unlikely for this one to deliver properly.
Doom: Annihilation (2019)
Shaaame. Shame, shame.
Well I think it was almost as good as the first, the only problem here being that it appeared unannounced, no A actors and let's not forget that the first one was no good either. A straight forward movie, I guess somewhat linked to the game and that is about it.
Will not recommend it, it has nothing to show for, brings nothing new, tries nothing new, it's as bland as it possibly can be, even for fans of the first movie or of the game, it will fail to bring any kind of joy. Simply put, a movie that does not deliver.
Itsy Bitsy (2019)
I do believe the movie suffered simply because it did not have a bigger budget. There was some tension it in, some good transitions, ok actors, perhaps if the plot would have been better it would look even more silly than the movie did at times.
So if I am to consider this a case where less is more, well done to Itsy Bitsy then, because it made the most of it. The spider itself is a very bad example of cgi, so this is why I am placing my money on the lack of a decent budget to help the production.
All in all I would recommend it only for less picky horror/animal fans, as it delivers only for a particular kind of tastes. I am declaring myself satisfied overall, it is a good add-on to my list.
Body at Brighton Rock (2019)
Really no point in the making of this one, probably just someone trying to jump start a career in horror movies but I think more time and experience are needed.
It reminded me a great lot of Arctic, perhaps slightly a better movie but not by far, as both seem too slow for what they could have been. I guess if you take in consideration the budget, Body at Brighton Rock might work, but, the plot is silly, the execution takes forever on every aspect and the resolution...come on.
It is not a movie I would recommend, because just like Into the Grizzly Maze, bear movies don't seem to succeed anymore. Always a swing and a miss. The Edge is probably the last one that managed to have an impact on screen.
Too much like I Am Mother, without the impact.
After finding out that Asylum does movies closed titled to other such productions, I've noticed this trend happening more and more in the horror industry.
So, A.M.I isn't anything spectacular but has an interesting premise, a great a-la Carpenter soundtrack and that's about it. The rest sadly comes as generic as possible, and misses every mark out there. Perhaps there was room for more, but I fail to see how and where, because the plot is over stretched from start and just lingers and lingers.
I wish I had more better things to say about it, but sadly I will not recommend it. It's too much out there, trying but failing to deliver anything new or captivating in its own way.
The Nightmare Gallery (2019)
"You are both awake and asleep" - cause the movie put you there.
Wow was this a sleeper kind of movie or what?!? Long time since I've seen such a production, taking itself so seriously yet delivering on no levels whatsoever, with actors that tried to show emotions but with no clear reasons to do so, The Nightmare Gallery felt far too long.
I got nothing good to say about it, so I won't bash it but try to present some facts: camera work with acting are quite ok for such an indie movie, there is a plot which is kinda hard to understand how it got green lighted and a final act that came a little too late. It is part horror, part super natural but hard to digest really, so unless you're immune to low budget horrors go try on something else. Nothing to see here really.
Again, I do appreciate the effort put into it, and the fact that it tried, and you can clearly see it, but I do believe it got lost in its own thoughts and came out as boring and confusing.
Hallowed Ground (2019)
You want to know what the worst part about Hallowed Ground is?
It's 120 minutes long, filled with boredom, talks, boredom and more talks. This is what the movie is pretty much all about. You want to try it out? Be my guest, but please come back after and leave a review. Come on, let's work together and warn people about what this stands for.
It has no horror, close no deaths, 0 suspense, no build-up, just a story that somehow got green lighted and they went with it. Very, very weak execution, sort of OK acting for this kind of indie, terrible dialogue and an ending that did not come soon enough. Seemed like around 3 hours if you ask me, with nothing more than boredom and another chapter of pointless dialogue from the main villain after another chapter and so on.
Hallowed Ground is one of the weakest examples of "in the woods" horror that showed no promise and delivered nothing at all.
Model Hunger (2016)
Comments from people involved in the making of the movie.
I just watched this. I just finished this. Model Hunger is the worst movie I've seen all year. I like to try out a lot of the indie horrors, so trust me when I say, this movie has no comparison in 2019.
The plot is somewhat of a used idea, as seen in The Neon Demon, but with 0 execution, 0 camera work, no special effects, no logic and an abysmal ending. I rated it 1 cause there is nowhere lower to go. Stay away from it, but if you decide to perhaps give it a try, watch the trailer instead. You'll get your money's worth right there, paid in time of course.
Model Hunger 1/10, long time since I've rated a movie so low. Stay away, look away, run don't walk away.
The Odds (2018)
Torture porn is not horror.
I just finished this and I must say I'm not quite particularly impressed by it. Was not drowned to see more, but actually hoping for a quick end and I do believe I managed to anticipate the final reveal quite well.
You see, movies like The Odds or The Divine where they really show explicit torture but they excuse the graphics on the account of a "plot" don't work as good as they think. Either go for the Saw franchise (except the first) or go for a more decent plot, fill it with some revenge action such as You're next and perhaps you'll manage to pull it through.
A better example of this kind of movies is The Belko Experiment. Now don't get me wrong, it's not the best one out there, but has some similarities, like smaller budget, filmed on location and an ending that wants to give some kind of meaning to it all. In the end I think The Odds is kind of all over the place without achieving much success. Watch it at your own peril.
The 6th Friend (2016)
No one was ready to make a movie yet.
Sorry to say so, but boy The 6th Friend was a swing and a miss. How could this script possibly get green lighted is beyond me, because it has close to nothing to show for. The ending was easy to anticipate, the deaths quite weak, a lot of focus on dialogue, somewhat of a Tarantino style, but none of the substance.
It just wasn't enough to make a movie, out of a thin idea, poor execution, none of the key ingredients here, just some harsh mix of uncooked ingredients. Not good enough even for a side dish.
All in all The 6th Friend deserves more to be ignored than watched, just put your eye on something else and most likely you'll do better.