I'm not sure where to go with this review. The basis of the plot is a story I've heard before and actually reminded me a lot of a films I have previously reviewed. The problem is that the movie was so good and adds enough of a twist to the idea that revealing anything about the movie would make me feel bad for ruining it.
I'll have to stick with the performances and cinematography of the film. Both aspects are very well done and Melissa George shines in her role. She plays Jess, a single mother of an autistic boy who is out for a day on the ocean with some friends. The rest of the cast do a great job as well but it's George who has center stage since the film really revolves around her. She slowly becomes more and more unhinged as the movie progresses and the group is put in more danger aboard the ocean liner.
The funny thing about Triangle is when you think it's over, it keeps hitting you with more crazy WTF. Suffice it to say Triangle is the one of those films that had me Wikipedia-ing, Googling and IMDB-ing after I saw it. I enjoyed the movie but wanted to understand it completely.
I like seeing those films that makes you think minutes, hours, days and months after you've seen it. Triangle does just that. It's definitely going to make my Top 10 List. 9/10
Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.
Fans of the original Zombieland should definitely make a point of checking out the sequel. Zombieland: Double Tap is a riot, and a lot of that is due to an the all-star cast. In particular Zoey Deutch and her character, Madison. When it comes to sequels that do the original film justice, it is up there.
Stay for the end credit scene! You won't regret it! The film had the whole cinema laughing throughout the movie ! It's worth the wait, your time and your money. 8/10
You don't get a good look at the killer until the movie is more than half over. This is good, because once you do see him, you lose all respect for the people that are running and hiding from him. He's about five foot two and moves so slowly with his stupid drill that any reasonably fit person (including all of the athletic women he is stalking) could easily dodge that spinning drill bit and kick the crap out of him. He is the least scary killer in slasher movie history.
We see our first boob about 43 seconds in, and thereafter we see an average of a pair every ten minutes. Like almost all slasher movies, it has its share of gratuitous nudity, but there is one example that had me laughing out loud. In the shower scene early on, we see the head and shoulders of one girl from behind as she stands in the spray, talking to the girl next to her. The camera gets a case of the wandering eyes and pans down slowly to show a shot of her butt that lasts for a few seconds. Hay , The Slumber Party Massacre was "written and directed by women". I say more power to them .
While it provides the requisite nude scenes and gory murders, it did not put me to sleep in between the exploitation. So yeah. This was an early 80s slasher nostalgia filled romp. Absolutely worth watching if you are a genre fan.
Rachel Skarsten as (Alice) is the high-lite of the series and look forward to watch her as Ruby Rose (batwoman's) archrival.
An aspiring model, Jesse, is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister.
This film definitely falls in the "love it or hate it" category. It is methodical, dark, and forces the viewer to come to their own conclusions. And yet, if you're willing to go where The Neon Demon is taking you, one will have had a mind trip in the weirdest possible directions and a physical reaction to it that is something I rarely ever get with films. It's 100% worth the ride.
To its credit, the film deliberately avoids the horror cliches that first jump to mind, instead stretching for a unique ending you actually won't see coming.
Every frame could be plucked from the screen and placed in between the covers of a very gruesome version of Vogue. The films soundtrack composed by Cliff Martinez is spot on with the tone of the film and ranges from unsettling and scary atmospheres to full on techno.
This film is a must-see for high-concept , art house horror fans. 7.8/10
A family intervention goes horrifically awry within the snowy confines of an isolated lake house.
When Martin's brother and sister arrive at the lakehouse, they find him out of his mind with paranoia, rambling about his experience serving in the military in the middle east, claiming that the government performed experiments on him and his fellow soldiers, saying he's part of a conspiracy that stretches back to Lee Harvey Oswald. A conspiracy to use soldiers to pull off assassinations and terrorist attacks. A conspiracy that has culminated in the creation of "pods", terrifying things programmed to kill and destroy. Martin says he has found a pod in the woods around the lakehouse. He captured it. He has it locked up in the basement.
I think as long as the film has a good script, solid acting, good characters, and a decent soundtrack it will be successful to me. This is how I feel about Pod.
Pod doesn't tread new ground; it's more of a throwback to older films. But, with a decent script and some great special effects, it still kept me on my toes as well as making me jump now and again.
Pod doesn't bring anything new to the table, but it's a successful attempt for a low-fi sci-fi action horror flick. 7.5 /10
Mickey Keating's psychological horror tale Darling is a stylish piece of cinema with a spooky atmosphere. Presented in glorious, glossy black and white, the film follows a young woman (Lauren Ashley Carter) as she housesits a massive New York home where the previous tenant, also a young woman, committed suicide. Cooped up all alone, the woman begins to experience strange hallucinations that have deadly results.
Lauren Ashley Carter is a revelation. Reminiscent of a mix of Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion and Audrey Hepburn at Breakfast at Tiffany's . Darling relies heavily on Carter's ability to convey emotion through her facial features, and she excels in doing so. She tells the story through her haunting stare and methodical movements in a way that makes dialogue almost unnecessary. The manner in which her eyes bulge when certain things set her off, or the way her movements slightly change whenever situations grow more and more tense is extremely impressive.
Carter rises to new heights of performance here, carrying the story with a confidence and depth that captivates for the entire 78 minutes. The film is most certainly "art house horror", and a terrific headtrip of a flick. 9/10
The Bye Bye Man is an interesting film. The film begins in 1969 as a man with a shotgun walks around his neighborhood and murders anyone who said 'the name' that should not be said. Fast forward to the present, college students Elliot (Douglas Smith), Sasha (Cressida Bonas) who is very tasty , and John (Lucien Laviscount) move into an off-campus house. After they discover the name The Bye Bye Man, things start to go bump in the night and they feel a presence around them. The more they think about the name, the stronger the presence grows. So, they start hallucinating. Those hallucinations lead to distrust, misunderstandings, and irrational fear.
First and foremost, I really liked the concept. The hallucinations aren't particularly frightening, but I thought they played out well. They help create a sense of doubt in every scene. The film was also paced well, never dragging its feet. And fairly well acted. There is some suspense here.. It's not a nail-biter, but it shows some effort 7/10
Director: Oz Perkins (son of iconic actor Anthony Perkins) Writer: Oz Perkins Stars: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton
The Blackcoat's Daughter is a compelling, almost hypnotic fever dream. Perkins does tell his story through a curious lens, one that kept me thrilled to the last beat. Part of the way through , the pieces start coming together and when they do..... the climax hits like a kick in the teeth.
Not everyone will find the film their cup of tea; For those that do... like myself, The Blackcoat's Daughter is a serious dose of art house cinematic horror.
The central performances, specifically Emma Roberts(Joan) and Kiernan Shipka (Kat), are utterly fabulous; authentic performances and horrific character development. These two young women make Joan and Kat come off the page with terrifying results. It is wholly disturbing and totally engaging. If you're a fan of ;"Slow-building and atmospheric" horror efforts, Perkins offers nothing but the best here.
"A giant lizard is spotted at an Irish fishing village. Mariners catch it and ship it to London. There, the big attraction turns out to be a baby monster . Unfortunately for London Gorgo's much bigger mom comes looking for her son.
If you like seeing someone in a rubber suit destroy a model city then this isn't bad at all. A pretty decent example of the monster genre. The human actors are rather forgettable but Gorgo and his mom are terrific.
"Gorgo" has some solid assets. The color photography is excellent, not only in the special effects department (credited to Tom Howard), but in the semi-documentary treatment of the London area, where most of the film was made.
With a run time that falls just short of the 80 minute mark, Gorgo is a very lean story that keeps things interesting with a plot that is slightly more than just, "Big monster beats up major city." I wouldn't have minded Gorgo returning in a few sequels .
It's all great fun, with Grant mistaken in the opening scene for a Federal Intelligence agent who doesn't really exist. He is soon swept up in a an amusing and suspenseful twist of plot complications involving spies and counterspies with an unpredictable series of nail-biting scenes that never let up until the smashing climax at Mount Rushmore. The dust-cropping scene is a highlight, skillfully edited and photographed for maximum effect.
As usual, the suspense begins with the opening credits as Bernard Herrmann's staccato notes of music prepare us for what follows. An all-time great that has to rank as one of Grant's and Hitchcock's best films.
In the annals of bad movie history, people running away from the camera as tomatoes (real and regular, or fake and gigantic) are rolled down the sidewalk is one of those moments. It's the kind of plot that nearly everyone on the planet can identify as a very silly bad movie. The people who do not recognize "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" for what it is are probably living in the Amazon Basin. They still believe that "airliner contrails" are left by the chariots of the gods.
The plot is simple: tomatoes suddenly turn into bloodthirsty monsters. Housewives are mauled while putting away the groceries, old folks stare in shock as a huge Brandywine tomato gobbles down their grandson, and the police discover that buckshot is useless when a horde of rampaging Rutgers tomatoes suddenly erupts from fields gone wild. The tomatoes even take out a helicopter! Not sure how that happened. I guess a massive beefsteak slammed into the tail rotor, destroying the linkage through impact and acid corrosion.
Man, this film is dumb. It is a series of skits about tomatoes killing people that are loosely connected together by Finletter's parachute and Mason Dixon's muttonchops. Dumb is probably the goal. This is one of the very few comedy movies I think is funny. The world could do without "Puberty Love." We hear it quite a few times during the film. The tomatoes can't stand it . The name of the game is pain, and the name of pain is "Puberty Love." It is a song. When you and I hear it we are instantly stricken with agony, and quite likely to curl up in the fetal position..... I think everyone should check this film out at least once. Scholck perfection !
"Shakma" has a lot going for it. A rabid baboon killing a team of medical school jacka.s.s.e.s is inherently entertaining. Six medical students and a professor are locked inside a medical building with a murderous experimental baboon when an innocent game of Dungeons and Dragons turns deadly.
Yup, the acting was so painful . You know it is a sad day when as an actor when you are shown up by the likes of Sam - Christopher Atkins! Our hero. Atkins acting compared the the rest of the cast was "Oscar worthy". Truth be told Christopher Atkins was more than decent in he's role. The stand-out is baboon TYPHOON as SHAKMA" . He does nothing but chase the students into various rooms throughout the building, whereupon he screeches and throws himself repeatedly against the door until he gets bored. I cannot even begin to describe how much doors piss Shakma off. He absolutely hates the things and it is totally gut busting hysterical to watch.... As absurd as this film was I enjoyed watching "Shakma" rip, mangle and maul the entire eminently forgettable cast. I can see how this film has gained a small cult following over the years. You may add me to the list !
The Golem is first and foremost a period piece and works wonderfully in that regard. The costumes, location, set design, and hair/makeup are spot-on. Make no mistake about it, this is a horror film. There's enough evisceration and dismemberment to satisfy hardened gorehounds. Could it use more? Absolutely but still a worthy effort. Note: The Golem is a bit heavy in religious symbolism . Some may not jive with this aspect of the film. Over all I thought it was a fantastic slow burn of a film.
Yup it's just as incredibly bad as everyone says it is but where I seem to differ is that's exactly why I kinda liked it. It's absolute disregard for any kind of professionalism on every level gives it a special so-bad-it's-good charm. Questionable acting, unrealistic dialogue, cheap CG, uneven gore--it's all here and more.....Just plain grisly.
The films of Eli Roth are an acquired taste. But there's one thing you really can't deny and that is that Eli Roth is an avid and obsessive lover of the genre and that clearly shows in every film he delivers. "The Green Inferno" is a giant homage " love letter, even " to the temporarily popular trend of Italian cannibal movies from the late 70s & early 80s. This very secluded horror niche contains relatively few titles, but each and every single one is a notorious and bona fide cult classic. The most infamous and influential one is, of course, Ruggero Deodato's "Cannibal Holocaust".
Once again, Roth is really great at the psychological thriller and general "f--up upt-ness" of the film. As expected, the film delivers lots of gruesome gore (dismemberment, eye-gouging and decapitation aplenty). It also has comedy, with a mixture of the bizarre that is guaranteed to shock viewers. I have seen lots of bad reviews for this movie and I Don't Give A. F. What Reviews or Critics Have To Say , I Love This Film , Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo are great .