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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!
Deep Blue Sea 2 (2018)
Deep Blue Sea - Green Screen!
Wow was this movie bad or what? I for one think it went as a sequel and not a remake, sure, it has plenty of similarities, but there would be close to no point in remaking a movie with a low budget, bad CGI, even weak acting.
So they decided they needed to make yet another Shark movie. With all these indie productions from Asylum and other companies, it is quite hard to make one that will pop-up. And here is where Deep Blue Sea comes into place. The first one, as we all know, was an excellent cheesy fun horror, that delivered plenty!
Part 2 tho, shows nothing new. Some special effects that bow down to those from the original Poltergeist, actors that went too far most of the time, predictable plot and no fun whatsoever! Or scares for that matter. They just went full in with Super Smart Sharks! SSS but no $$$ to support the idea and we are left with an abysmal movie! Such a shame.
Truly, my only regret is the fact that they bonded this one to the original. Deep Blue Sea stands for something!
No No - No No!
Delirium was one of the most boring experiences I went through lately. A found footage with nothing to show, with a story that takes forever to happen and a slightly better ending than the rest of the plot.
This isn't something I would recommend, it is better to look elsewhere as it has nothing to put on the table. Crumbs, but that's about it. So without going too much into it, the story is weak, acting is so-so for such a production and overall you get bored or annoyed. Depending on your state of mind before starting the movie.
Jason London is one of the more underground actors which I really appreciate and after adding Robert Englund with him well surely enough I wasn't going to miss this movie.
It starts quite normal, as any indie horrors, the known elements, surroundings, that familiar built up. As it progresses, it does manage to create something different, a movie that draws a little more attention than usual, so I was waiting to see what else was there to it. Nightworld had the potential of being great, because it offered a different premise, a plot that dared more and achieved quite a lot too. I think it got the most of its cast, budget and ideas. For a horror fan, this one will do quite alright. If you're not a fan of the genre but you think about laying an eye on it, I strongly suggest something else.
Nightworld is like whiskey. You either like it, or not.
Cold Skin (2017)
Wow! Have I been waiting for long to see something like this. Something different, better, something to entertain and not in that Hollywood style. And I got plenty of just that!
There is no point in trying to explain for too long, trust me when I say, this is one of the best horror movies out there, that don't rely on scares, on violence, but on beauty! From the great surroundings, to the creatures, the fort, everything falls in great. It was one of the best experiences I had in years.
Therefore of course I will highly recommend Cold Skin, because it does nothing more than to intrigue and deliver. And by the end of it, you will even feel the cold!
Entertaining - No horror.
Hide and Never Seek is a pleasant little movie that managed to bring a good plot, excellent acting and a different point of view. Finally someone that won't take any Asian legend for granted and has the courage to go and investigate.
It won't scare you or anything, it delivers far more humor than it does tension, but you do go along for the ride because it's an interesting one that keeps you guessing. I had fun with it and I think it was a bold and successful way of showing something different.
For fans of Asia horror cinema, I will recommend it because it brings something different to the table. For those seeking jump scares, this is not for you.
Veronica is indeed as another review stated, an one time watch, but it is worthy of that watch! It doesn't rely on scare jumps, gore, violence, it delivers on the typical Spanish movies level: tension! And a nicely plot with plenty of details.
It was a straight possession horror, with good character development, nice dialogue tho it could have been improved and a better story that didn't come down to loud noises and strong contrast between light and dark. It focused on what it wanted to tell and managed to connect with the viewer. At least it did so with me. I enjoyed Veronica and so I shall recommend it! It does its job and it does it nicely.
Temnye vody (1993)
Well I see a lot of people appreciate this little film thanks to its Lovecraft touch, others because of its visuals and by that I mean the sight shoots while I for one am completely disappointed in it. After reading so many pro comments I was sure hit jackpot with this one, and after 95 minutes of boredom and confusion I did a 180 turn.
What was so amazing about it? Very slow, bad acting, bad effects, it managed to confuse itself! I read somewhere that this one was film in Ukraine mostly, and the third act of the film was changed at the demand of a Russian team, so the director had to go along with the new conditions and offered a different ending that made little to no sense. I don't wanna use spoilers, so I can't explain exactly what's off with it, but there are many such elements throughout the scrip. Also the audio sounds in Dark Waters are very annoying to say the least and it stretches for too long.
I had a bad experience with it. I will NOT recommend it to any horror fan out there. If you into Italian cinema, specifically horror, watch it at your own peril. You have been warned!
Creep 2 (2017)
Just got better!
Well color me impressed and use all the shades because I am one happy viewer! I only discovered Creep half of year ago and decided to watch it, even tho it seemed to be quite low budget and was using a way too shaky camera, but against all odds, I was impressed then and even more now!
Without discussing the first one, skip and get to 2nd base! What a treat of a film! Much more complex, better dialogue, more appropriate and inappropriate humor, even nudity this time, the plot of Creep 2 delivered on more levels. It was a great way of spending just 80 minutes, but after hearing that a 3rd part will be made, I couldn't be happier.
So it is true what you will read about it, this sequel is way better! Recommended and waiting for part 3!
Zombie Strippers FTW!
Ok, I see this movie attracted a lot of sympathy and I get that. It had some good usage of dark humor, an OK plot, good character development, overall the people involved in the making of this movie did their job right.
Of course it is a low budget horror, so don't expect a masterpiece, it's a zombie movie with some comedy elements blended in, plenty of nudity I'd say, typical deaths on screen and an unexpected ending. In a good way too.
If you dig it, you should definitely try Zombie Strippers, the original stripper zombies, with more dark humor, more blood, nudity and famous actors even porn actresses! That's right! So all in all, if you're fan of the type this one is pretty OK by my standards. Not the biggest admirer out there, so I'll only recommend it for people that know what they're going in!
Unnatural it is.
Sorry to say but I will ruin the 4 stars stats of this movie and grade it with 3! There was nothing to see here, except low budget animal/monster horror, with the same plot as always, the most typical moves possible which anyone could anticipate from miles away and the most obvious ending.
James Remar is one of my favorite actors, in my opinion completely under-appreciated, for he has so much to offer. Always doing his best on screen, he is the only reason I watched this abomination. Except him you will see nothing: no nudity, deaths, gore, just a little blood and very few glimpses of the animal itself. Do stay away. Into The Grizzly Maze wasn't the best either, even tho it had Thomas Jane but Backcountry felt more natural. If you wanna point your eye towards something familiar, look there. That's as close as you'll get into seeing something worthy.
Excuse for torture porn.
Now this is going as a personal opinion, nothing more, I don't want to start a debate here, but I am going to explain why and how I saw this movie.
The actors are great, the directing works just fine, the environment looks natural and the story flows nicely. But you see it is labeled as horror, or just thriller even, but does it deliver in such way? Will you get any suspense, intrigue, will you ever hold your breath? No! Most certainly no such thing will occur. What you will get instead are torture and porn in every single chapter of the movie. And it thrives on it, like a wolf in sheep clothes, pretending to be something it is not while it acts almost like a snuff movie. Very disappointing approach the director took here and I'm sadden by the fact that he managed to get away with it.
I noticed it was well received in Europe and surprise surprise, America was the one to point the finger, righteously, as Brimstone will try to shock you with gore, bent values, no morals whatsoever and torture all the way. All the way! You will not believe how low it will sink in order to steal your attention and make you feel something but for the very wrong reasons.
Now here is where you have to pay attention: plenty of folks out there are die hard fans of a very similar movie called Martyrs. These two are somehow different than others like Serbian Film, so don't get the styles confused, but don't think you'll see anything too different either. If Martyrs was the film for you then be prepared to see something perhaps slightly better developed. You could enjoy it.
For me it was a huge disappointment. One or two steps away from Human Centipede. Such movies don't belong on the screen.
So much potential!!
This movie was so close to perfection! It had an awesome plot, with very good details, good actors&acting, and I simply must pay more praise to the premise!
The story seems familiar at first, then it starts to grow, slowly, it makes its own set of rules, it becomes better as I get more and more intrigued. Even tho it is shorter than your usual only 1h:20 minutes, it gives the impression that it's going to deliver! When the ending does arrive, you'll feel so disappointed!
How could they build such a great atmosphere and not go all the way? It becomes so obvious that you almost want to skip to the end and see if it's going to happen the way you think it will. And its exactly what it does. A lovely little story that no one bothered to finish it properly and we are left hanging there, asking What happened? Is this it? Is there an alternative ending Slumber out there? Cause I want to see that!
This movie goes hand in hand with Before I Wake, another close to masterpiece horror that failed to deliver even tho it managed to have a much better and complex story than what we are given today.
Wind Walkers (2015)
Many of the After Dark Horrorfest movies are not quite what we would expect. Some are really indie, others have horrible and cliché plots and of course some are complete snoozers.
Sadly, Wind Walkers is a rather boring experience, one that is hard to watch on one single try, and I for one failed it. It took me 3 days to manage to complete it, it was just the perfect movie to fall asleep in front of, only took around 20 minutes and I could barely keep my eyes open. I managed to finish it on my 3rd try by watching it during daytime and even then I had to shake my head a few times.
It is a slow, very slow burning horror, tries to emphasis too much on a state of confusion without delivering anything in the end. Close to no action, a typical movie once you realize what it's all about and has a great gift in offering sleep! I would never recommend it. Sorry.
The Axe Murders of Villisca (2016)
Surely not the greatest.
This is a straight forward horror movie that you've seen many, many times before, with all the standard moves, scares, characters and ending.
It brings nothing new, delivers on very few levels, doesn't get you too involved, annoys at times but at least it is not over stretched. A haunted house film like all others, with familiar ghosts and typical reactions leading to the most common finale.
It's down to everyone's personal opinion, I just sat there, watched it and that was all. Didn't do much for me. So watch it at your own peril.
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (2006)
It started here!!
First of all, I would like to start this by saying I am a big fan of Casper Van Dien. Ever since Starship Troopers, I kept an eye on him and his work. This is to explain why I saw this movie, him and the fact that I'm a huge horror fan. OK, lets dig in:
For a Hallmark production, it's rather hard to do worse than this. From the camera work that relies solely on cut scenes and fade to black, to horrible special effects, some of which inspired Birdemic, to a plot that helped gave life to Asylum productions and over the top acting coming from Jonathan Hyde, everything falls either in laughter or in cringe here.
The first 5 minutes are enough for anyone to make an impression of what will come after. CGI as low as they get, no ration whatsoever, worst decisions taken throughout the film, forced humor and a bad mix of either heart warming emotions or plain ol' cruelty. A mix that didn't work, so a lot of face palming will be required in order to see it completely.
There are 2 endings to this movie, one about the action and one about the aftermath. Don't know which one is worse, a battle that made almost no sense and then closure that seemed as forced as it could be. I was surprised to see that after more than an hour, a To Be Continued appeared, cause it actually got green lighted for 2 parts.
Lady Krampus (2016)
Extremely low budget slasher strikes again!
2 stars for this movie! Without wasting precious time or words, lets dig in: actors did a horrible work as they are all amateurs. Laughable acting from start to finish. The dialogue is not the worst out there, someone did take his work serious, but made sure that it covered all the stereotypical characters, because they weren't bad enough, it had to accentuate their pain!
We have something of a camera work but not quite, no special effects whatsoever, completely disbelievable deaths, a little blood and no nudity. There is a plot to all of this, I know, I was surprised as well, it is your usual trapped in a house with a killer horror, but it felt over stretched. As the action itself is missing for most part of the movie, we got an incredible detailed and long character development, so we know for who to root and who to expect to be the first to be gone.
Anyway, sadly, this ain't something to be recommended. You should clearly stay away from this one. Krampus: The Reckoning , got 3 stars from me! It is actually half of step higher. You have been warned!
I think Nails is about 70% complete while the rest was just air pockets. Can't believe it managed to create the genuine horror atmosphere like it supposed to, without delivering a proper finale. It's like the movie decided to hang itself instead of going all the way. It was on the right track!
It's not your usual standard haunting, those come with a good ending. The more of today haunting movie always seem to have a twist. Another character involved, one that stood low for so long and now his crimes are being resurfaced. Nails is a pretty much straight forward production, with plenty of black outs, some attempts at jump scares and a better character development than most. Dialogue is OK, camera works nicely but the script was surely enough incomplete. Just some details missing, but important links that would have offered a proper flow to the movie and would have better connected the viewer to it.
Similar movie, as in one that almost impressed but barely missed the mark sadly, is The Haunting of Helena. If you liked this one be sure to check that one too.
Attic Panic (2015)
One of the better for me.
I liked this one more than I did others because I felt it had more elements combined that he would later use in his Annabelle take on.
A little idea quite nicely executed, with a better ending than most, Attic Panic delivers in just under 3 minutes. I guess you could figure out the ending by the half mark, but by then it is already too late for the character involved. And you get to feel some chills down your spine.
Nice one! I'd love for a mini-series of short horror movies! Great way to start your day!
Lights Out (2013)
Where it all begun!
His favorite fear to develop is by far that of the dark. Most of Sandberg's work revolve around light, the absence of it, the way fear slithers through your bones when the bulb starts flickering.
When you lose your most important sense, in a already unfriendly territory, how will you react? What will you do? Putting a woman as the lead character (not just because she is his wife) makes for a deeper, more emotional impact.
A contrast between whats real and what's not, with a short fight for the light to stay on and then acceptance.
Room for more.
I think that the space created here was just enough for a better ending. It was rather obvious what we were about to see from the very start, so I would describe it as eerie more than anything.
A little mystery at first, curiosity and very fast fear is installed. The story rushes to show us what it's all about yet it just feels that there was room for better.
All in all, good practice for Sandberg and his future work. His long length projects so far, are quite the step up from the typical horror of today. Looking forward for more.
Killing Ground (2016)
From what I've noticed, horror has been divided in too many subcategories. We have gore, torture porn, dark thrillers and so on. The French do most of the gore as clearly they missed the mark for a true scary story. Of course there are some better examples like Haute Tension or Martyrs for some, but they still include a lot of blood and violence. Spain makes brilliant thrillers, just lovely, superb stories that rarely manage to scare but intrigue more than anything.
An Aussie horror is mainly represented by some lost campers somewhere that are about to be tortured by some crazy hillbillies. I've seen this story so many times, that it turned into nothing short but boredom for me. I won't say Killing Ground is a bad movie, far from it, but it has been made a lot of times before. Storm Warning, Wolf Creek, Timber Falls, Eden Lake, Turistas and so many that turned the formula into a cliché by now. It's like seeing another zombie movie, you know what you are about to watch and expect right?
So if you want to watch another add-on of this type, go ahead, it will deliver perhaps slightly better. I'm ready for something different tho.
And here's part 8!
A franchise that doesn't seem to stop. Always finding a reason to make another, either a prequel, sequel, reboot or 3D, they keep going and going.
Because of 2003's success, that one grossing around 110 million dollars, it was believed that the series could be reinvented. Revived. A series that has a total gross of $235 million from 8 parts!
I say it is about time they give up. If it would have been a stand alone movie, it could have been seen slightly better than the average. You have some gore, blood, nudity and violence. Sadly people nowadays confuse that with horror, and so it is explained the success of so many sequels. Like Wrong Turn ones, Saw, Amityville and so on. Enough is enough.
Overall for die hard fans of the series I think it will come as a slap on the face. But fans will be fans, so they'll take it. They get to see yet another film about one of their favorite subject: the Texas chainsaw massacre.
Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017)
More Saw than anything.
How did it come to this? Are they serious? Is this a syfy production? What's with the effects? Was logic also abducted by the creeper and dropped somewhere in a corn field or something?
What a letdown! Man oh man! JC1 is one of the best horrors out there. So much tension. Suspense. Build up. Real, genuine scares, not cheap jump scenes! And don't get me started on the Creeper! Also, the cast of the first film does an amazing job. Just unbelievable!
And we skip part 2 in order to reach the 3rd one faster: cartoon characters that do nothing more than die. Horrible special effects, complete lack of belief in the monster and let's not forget the new add on to the series: booby traps! All over! As many as possible! And of course the Creeper itself gets these new uber powers, him and his truck also. He becomes something like Hulk in an Iron man suit I think.
Overall, if you are a die hard fan of the series, you'll watch this no matter what. It feels like after Alien 1 and 2, they throw in Alien 3. And they expect you to like it as well. Just go with it..
All in all, a fourth movie is in talks. It looks like they chose to return to form. Problem is this one did so bad, I'm pretty sure the hype will die out. Even finance should be a problem. They can't use the same camera work they did in this one. It's a disaster. And so many cut scenes it feels like the job is just not finished yet. Seems more like a sneak preview.
Now you've been warned. It is as bad as they say it is.
The Tunnel (2011)
Too much hype.
Well I got to say, The Tunnel did not come with anything new and it didn't arrive at that quick cash grab age right after Blairwitch. So it decided to be a movie on its own without trying too hard to copycat the genre but probably, possibly to stand on its own. My honest opinion is that it fell flat.
Sure, it is not bad, but for this kind of movie, it just didn't deliver on any level whatsoever, no tension, scares, no real character development and certainly no real plot. It grabbed some elements on its way, it tried to create its own little world but it never succeeded on anything.
If you watch movies like The Tunnel or Creep(2004) I think you'll find what is it that you are looking for. Either a slow burner psychological or a pretty intense little horror gem. Trust me you can do a lot better than The Tunnel.
American Gothic (2017)
OK. Let us begin: the camera work will be the first thing you'll notice. It's weak and amateurish.Then the actors and their supposed job: by indie standards, both hit the floor. Plot: started obvious, has a better change to it towards the finale, a little of this and a little of that.
Is it recommendable? Far from it. Does it have any horror to provide? Again, no! Just a lot of nonsense overall. Sorry to say so but you won't find anything entertaining here. Plot holes, bad acting, bad kill shot and horrible fake deaths.
American Gothic translates into American NoNo. Try instead: Intruders (2015), Hush (2016) or even Don't Breathe (2016).