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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!
Dead Ant (2017)
Oh. My. God.
This was down right...a fail. Such movies have no reason to exist, no point to them as clearly they can't even get a cult following from the It's So Bad It's Good group.
Productions like Sharknado look and act better than this one, I can not believe I wasted so much time on it. How did it turn out so bad? Was there no script, no readings of it, did they took no precautions into making a movie with some sense to it. They tried so much to hit that funny note and it was just miss after miss.
Dead Ant is one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time. Does not work for a black comedy, for gore, for some eye candy with beautiful women, it just does not work.
1h45 minutes of boredom.
I don't get it why they made it so long. So many scenes that could have been cut out, clearly stretching the time but not in its favor, so why put us though it.
Ok so the movie kinda had a plot really, tried to expand it, show us more, a few characters, some development there also but there was no reason to length it for so long. This would have worked far better for a 80 minutes movie, not even 90, just 80, quick, straight to the point without losing or annoying the viewer. I've seen many horror productions, and plenty of indies, but this one was too much even for me. Close to 2 hours and for what?
So all in all, I would never recommend it, because it never reaches its mark, its just swing and miss after swing and miss. I think it could be called Lady in the Water's little sister really. Just a bunch of nothing.
Silent Predators (1999)
Aah the good old times.
Silent Predators a made for TV movie came out in 1999, looking as cheesy as ever, showing us from the very start who is the good guy, the villain and of course the love interest.
Now was it a good movie? No. But did it manage to excite a little with its premise and execution? Also no. So unless you saw the movie back then, I could recommend it for the simple fact that it does manage to bring on some nostalgia. A time when horror productions and Sci-fies had the courage to be raw, dark, with no other consideration but to come out exactly the way the director visioned it.
So is it campy, cheesy and solves itself with no real climax. Yes, it is and does all that. For harmless fun, you may try out Silent Predators.
The Axiom (2018)
Crossbreed between The Ritual and The Endless.
Sadly there was room for more and I don't think the budget was the problem but quite possibly the execution and the script. It is not a bad movie yet far from something I would recommend to a fellow horror fan because it doesn't quite deliver, mostly lurks around a good premise without hitting the mark.
The Axiom has some ambitious to it, it tries to tie as many ends as possible yet some remain sort of loose, not necessarily in a bad way but certainly not what we would expect out of a better production. So for an indie film, I think it did OK, my problem mostly lies in the fact that it managed to show a pretty good idea but failing to deliver as it should.
Thus all in all it comes down to everyone's opinion and nothing more. You wanna take a chance on it, do so. See how it goes down on you. Maybe don't expect much of it tho.
Better than you'd expect.
Ok this one does not go full head on into horror. And to be honest, it's not focused on scares but more on the psychological part, as it would have been described better as so.
But Animas has an alright execution, stays true to itself, does deliver on its premise and I think it came out as a success. Has more than one layer to it so you will have to take your time and wait, but by the end everything will make sense, leaving the viewer with a nice sense of closure and a fresh start feeling.
It is a little movie indeed but one that managed to show exactly what it wanted, a twisted world with good backgrounds, soundtrack and a little more than meets the eye. Recommended.
Ahh, a breath of fresh air! Can you feel it too? You the one about to read some movie info in order to make the best decision: see it or not?
Of course you have to see it! Even its name is on point, as it seriously delivers a massive quantity of fear and panic.
I can't go into too many details with this one as I fear i might ruin it for you, so just understand that it is a big step up from your average horror/supernatural, with lovely elements from both worlds, combined into a small gem.
Aterrados is proof that Latin countries are starting to develop better horror than our casual Hollywood productions, because if you put this next to Silent House (Uruguay) and a big list of Mexico and Spanish movies, well, the future looks bright and world wide.
Primal Rage (2018)
Surely not the worst monster movie.
OK, I'll start off regarding some good aspects: the monster design was unexpectly good and the premise simple and I decided to appreciate it because in all fairness sometimes less is more.
Problems? Well acting was bland, characters were the worst of stereotypes, the dialogue annoying and never above it. Story managed to expand a little to the fantasy land, we got to see more than expected but it all lead to a weak conclusion. Overall I have to say that the final act kinda broke down. Production in that area got sloppy and was satisfied with a weak delivery that most likely enstraged the viewer without giving him a strong act or providing some closure.
I will leave it up to everyone's decision to watch it or skip it. I for one liked The Monster 2016 a lot more.
Say NO to torture porn.
Torture porn, gore, snuff look alike, why do we keep getting these kind of movies? Why do they have the audacity to label themselves as horror? And for how much longer are they gonna get away with it?
I'm sorry but this is not the future, this is a major set back. As Saw started out with a great premise and then switched to torture porn, same did Final Destination, Wrong Turn and so on, why not keep it intense, mysterious, why not show some suspense while you at it? I am so done with such productions, still we don't get so many anymore but a few years back torture and gore was all they showed. I mean give us a break guys, if you can't create anything interesting just stop it. Movies like Vacancy, The collector, The hills have eyes, yes the use a lot of pain, blood but it's effective. It's not over doing it, sets some boundaries and shows us the extreme sometimes but mostly focuses on a plot point.
Pledge is hard to watch as you can't identify yourself with none of the characters and surely enough you never get to experience any kind of compassion towards them. Major letdown.
Pretentious and annoying.
Look, I'm all up for something new. I love those old sceneries, the cold, the solitude so any film that manages to incorporate such elements is going to have my curiosity.
But this one was borderline boring. I couldn't believe my eyes, time was passing and I was standing there, just like the movie, waiting for something to happen. I didn't move and neither did it. So if you want something that wants to come as innovative, a testament of fear, a slow burner that delivers, it's not the case here! I can't believe that it went nowhere!
Thus I'm going to go off on a bad note sadly: Hagazussa is a miss fire.
It deserves better reviews.
At least in my opinion, because if you take in consideration its budget, actors, location, all that was necessary to build it, I think Fracture came out just great!
Simple yet effective, a situation where less is more, without over stretching, without relying on gore or torture porn, a simple invasion horror movie that delivers on its premise. Good use of mystery, managed to keep me intrigued from start to finish and I have to say, I wish more such productions would take in consideration to keep it as natural as they can without going to great lengths to show either bad CGI or a terrible conclusion.
Fracture is a lovely little indie movie! Recommended!
Well it had an interesting premise I'll give you that, overall OK execution but sadly it couldn't deliver much.
For a in the woods horror, Arbor Demon is more interesting than most but fails to provoke, and also I think it fell a little short as well. Perhaps if the last act would go on for a little longer and genuinely focus on that we could have had a better experience with it. There was room for more, maybe better writing, or you could blame it on the directing part, because either way you're looking at it, you feel that you could have gotten more, better!
So all in all it is a hard movie to recommend to anyone. Watch it at your own peril. It's definitely not bad, but it doesn't go all the way. Kinda stops two thirds of the way.
Sebelum Iblis Menjemput (2018)
Indonesian Evil Dead on LSD.
Wow this one was hard to digest. And I do not mean cause of gore, but mostly cause of bore.
Difficult movie to watch as it tries more and more with very little, a lot of screaming, blood and twists after twists. It started out nicely indeed but once it fell flat it never recovered. Just laid there and showed more of the same over and over again.
Sadly I can't recommend this, it was really a challenge to watch it till the end. Even for Asian horror, it's a bit too much.
You Might Be the Killer (2018)
Best thing since Scream!
Waaait! I don't mean as good as Scream!
But! This one follows the rules of horror, it acknowledges them, it plays by them and also delivers! You see, it has a premise kinda similar to Scream, best and closest movie to do so that I've seen, even tho Cabin in the Woods managed a wonderful approach to this self aware genre, I think YMBtK is even more faithful. It pays homage to plenty of other horrors before it and even one that is my personal favorite but I am not going to ruin it for you guys, yet I am going to point it out just a little and see how many of you get it: When Hanging From A Tree! (soundtrack alone!)
Moving on: Nice acting, great actor picks, very comedically humorous dialogue as Michael Scott might say, and a lovely execution. All in all a MUST see to any horror fans out there, of course, bare in mind this more of a black comedy than pure horror. The death kills are ok, the usual slasher blunt force trauma or plain ol' stabs wrapped around a little mystery.
I didn't have this much fun since Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon .
Boarding School (2018)
Critics got it wrong.
Lets be honest, Boarding School was a nice experience! Had plenty to offer, starting from the surroundings, the mystery, the kids, pretty much everything was very nicely executed.
It was a nice surprise that came out of nowhere so for everyone out there considering to watch it or not, trust me, give it a shot! I had a pleasant time throughout its run time and it managed to surpass its premise as it progressed. Thus of course I am going to recommend it, also it reminded me a little of The Woods 2006 so I guess you could put an eye on that one too.
All in all Boarding School is a great way to watch a psychological horror that manages to intrigue and leave you satisfied.
The Clovehitch Killer (2018)
It had an OK premise with an equal execution but it stretched itself for too long in order to fill the run time. If it was 15 minutes shorter I think it would have looked even better.
The Clovehitch Killer has some gaps, we still have unanswered questions even the making of the movie gets you to wonder why did it presented itself so obvious from the very start, but I guess it was the intention all along in order to complete the circle. Again, I must add that it is very predictable, yet not dull nor slow, it moves accordingly to its genre and it goes out limping sadly.
Room for more? You bet yeah! Guess if you consider its budget we can say its a fair end result. Still I feel a little let down in all honesty.
All Light Will End (2018)
What a borefest!
It is quite unexplainable how this movie was ever green lighted. Ignoring the part that it is completely and utterly boring, it has a very weak and linear plot, with pretty much nothing to offer.
I am going to keep this short, same as the movie, and just try to warn anyone out there looking for a horror, drama or even something psychological: All Light Will End - But Not Fast Enough.
Try looking elsewhere, been quite a while since a movie disappointed me so badly. If you're into slow burners try The Dark 2018, Thelma or The Endless.
The Dark (2018)
Just finished watching and came here to review it. I've noticed that not everybody was impressed with it, perhaps some missed the point or maybe they into a different type of horror. I think The Dark did a great job in showing a rather new perspective of this genre, it was intriguing, well executed and had nice acting attached to it.
You will see the drama in it, that is for sure, but it still stands tall as a horror piece. Just not one that relies on gore, jump scares or torture porn. A story like I've never seen so far, doesn't take its sweet time to build itself up, it dives in and dare I say, it delivers!
All in all, The Dark is an excellent option for anyone that wants to see something different, new and provocative. Highly recommended.
In un giorno la fine (2017)
I was kinda pleasantly surprised with this little gem of a movie that managed to keep me intrigued throughout its entire course. Don't get me wrong, this is no REC, but Italian cinematography did quite alright with The End?
So we can either compare it with Rec, 30 days later or any other zombie horror for that matter, or we can take it for what it is and try to enjoy it. Acting was ok on my part, plot easy to follow-decent and some nice kills here and there, even tho they are simple zombie deaths.
I want to say that it was a nice way to occupy around 90 minutes of my time and if I do find other such productions I'll surely keep an eye on them.
Room for more.
The Mimic was easy to anticipate and this is its biggest flaw. Had so many options, ways to scare, to intrigue and in the end to switch, yet all it did was being linear.
I would not call it abysmal, definitely not an work of art, I do believe Asian Horror cinema has much better movies out there to recommend, but if you are with some friends and all of you are bored, I guess you can give this one a try. Doesn't bring much new, execution is average, acting is ok but also it comes with all the clichees. I got bored at times, waiting for the finale and sadly that was a complete letdown.
Thus I feel like I should warn any potential viewer, The Mimic is not what you would expect, this being said, in a negative way of course. If you must, just know what to expect. Mostly disappointments.
Surely not the best Spanish horror.
Sadly to say, Noctem didn't do it for me. I very much appreciate the Spanish cinema, but they don't do so good on the horror part as they manage to succeed on great thrillers. Of course one might argue that REC1,2 are masterpieces and I would have to agree, but overall they do far better on productions such as Julia's Eyes, Timecrimes, The Orphange and so on.
So, why did Noctem failed? Well first of all, it kinda looks like a mess. It tried to cover many layers at once and I do believe overall it just confused the viewer a lot. It had an idea, a plot yet its execution clearly wasn't the best. For a found footage movie it had a lot to live up to, because we expect something better, different after so many other such movies but this was not the case. We are given an mediocre execution and very few aspects that deliver.
Thus all in all I would not recommend Noctem because it really is one of the weakest Spanish horrors I've seen lately. You can clearly swift in another direction.
Child Eater (2016)
Surely an OK horror.
Felt kinda fresh in all honesty, I'm just sadden by the fact that it didn't lay some kind of rules down. What is it? Can it be killed? Stopped? Slowed down?
Sure, overall we have some data about it, and it does respect all said but I think it could have provided a lot more tension if we had more to work with.
Anyway, without further ado, Child Eater made the best of its budget, plot, actors, had a very good execution for such a production and managed to delivered on some levels. It starts rather fast I might say and goes on to create a good little world for itself.
If only more horrors would try this approach, and not rely so much on gore, blood and ripoff all other movies and genres, like zombies and torture porn in the woods.
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!