Director : Lucio Fulci
Starring: Patrick Magee, Mimsy Farmer, David Warbeck, Al Cliver. Italy.1h 32m
A giallo tribute to the brilliance of Edgar Allen Poe, but as Fulci was the king of gore it pulls away from the gothic nature of the original stories and lathers it in slasherific fun.
In a small English village there is something macabre going on, a man notices a cat on the backseat of his car that appears to hypnotise him which results in him crashing his car and his death, the car cheerfully scampers off home to the cottage is shares with Robert Miles (Patrick Magee), a retired; hateful professor who doubles up a psychic or medium and spends most of his time recording in at the tombs or graves of the recently deceased. Meanwhile an American tourist Jill Travers (Mimsy Farmer) wanders into a tomb to take photos and finds a microphone, she’s eventually warned off b a local bobby Sergeant Wilson (Al Cliver). A young couple sneak into an airtight room in a boat house to make out, when a black cat appears suddenly the key goes missing and the two are seen dying from an unfortunate lack of oxygen. Continue reading Black Cat (1981)
The Introduction a film can be key in keeping or repelling an audience…
One of my favourite Sci Fi sequels, albeit not as awesome as Aliens (1986) but it has a natural progression from the first movie and realising that there was no new ground to break it just uses a corrupt worlds and plays around with the characters.. In the seedy part of the city there is an epic run by showing just far things have degraded. In this 5 minute scene the streets are littered with drugs, fascism, theft, dangerous driving, robbery, prostitution, GBH and few other things. What I really enjoy is how it’s all interlinked and how the motion keeps flowing. This incredibly short clip really paints a vivid picture of the battlefield our hero is going to have to take control of.
Starring: Frederick Leonard, Daniel K Daniel,Adaora Ukoh, Vivien Ike, Juliet Ibrahim, Ekanna Igwe, King Joe and Uche Iwuji. Nigeria.
Telling a slightly different twisted love story than the average Nigerian film. A wife starts to think that her husband (Leonard) is having an affair, after confiding in her best friend they start to do some sleuthing, they come to the initial conclusion that nothing is going on but the wife is pretty sure there is something dodgy going on, after searching his phone she finds a few messages from his fancy woman, shocked and disgusted to returns to her best friend who really goes into action and they determine who this woman is. After threatening her a happy family life assumes and the husband confesses, but this time the wife finds herself a male friend to confide in. Their friendship starts to get a little heated, but one night while drinking the wife falls asleep and awakes in her friend’s bed, naked. Assuming he roofied her, despite him promising that he’s innocent they promise not to speak of it or see eachother again but then pictures of her naked arrive on her husbands phone. They break up but she’s determined to work out what’s going on. Continue reading Under My Skin (2015)
Once were warriors
Beware the Slender man
*Heart of a mother 6/10 N
*Oasis of fear 7/10
Once were warriors
Leon the Professional
Whiteout Continue reading February 2017 film list
Director: Ciaran Foy .
Starring: Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Jake Wilson, Wunmi Mosaku. Ireland/Scotland/UK. 1h 24m.
A deeply moving and scary psychological horror, written and directed by Ciaran Foy,who later went on to direct Sinister 2 (2015). In this dark Gaelic horror drama we’re introduced to a young couple expecting, Tommy (Barnard) and Joanne (Shiels) live in a decomposing apartment block, while returning home, the couple get separated, while Tommy is in the lift, a group of hooded teens start attacking his heavily pregnant girlfriend as he desperately tries to escape the confines of the lift, he finds her unconscious, with a syringe in her stomach, during flashbacks we see that Joanne survives and gives birth to a baby girl, but remains in a coma and eventually is taken off life support. The distraught Tommy attempts to care for his daughter while dealing with acute agoraphobia as a result of the ordeal, his only support is Marie (Mosaku). Continue reading Citadel (2012)
Director: Bryan Bertino
Starring : Zoe Kazan, Scott Speedman, Ella Ballentine. USA. 1h 31m
This American horror was written and directed by Bryan Bertino and i have to admit that I haven’t paid much attention to him since his devastating brilliant debut, The Strangers (2008), it seems that his style is to meld together stark horror and gore with some raw emotions and it’s ever present in this unconventional creature feature.
A young girl, Lizzy (Ballentine) and her tattered mother Kathy ( Kazan) are en route to her father as it’s his turn for custody, due to Kathy’s alcoholism, Lizzy has to spend a lot of time looking after her mother and escaping her wrath. Through flashbacks it’s evident that Lizzy wants to stay with her father permanently and loathes her mother and her addiction. Continue reading The Monster (2016)
A bit of a lame start to the year but I had quite a few operations and medical check ups so I had a bit of downtime but sadly spend most of that sleeping 😦
*Alan Poza 2/10 N
*Where I Belong 5/10 N
The Perfect Getaway
Black Cat White Cat
Life is a Miracle
Cradle of fear
*Vanity 6/10 N
*Baby Oku In America 6/10 N
Silence of the lambs
*Deserie 6/10 N
*The Family Affair 7/10N
Eyes without a face
Girl with the pearl earring
*Corporate mechanic 6/10 N
*Twitter Babes 6/10 N
*Revolting Rhymes 8/10
30 Days of Night
*Instant Justice 6/10N
*The Facility ←
*Night Caller from Outer Space ←
From the Dark
*Blue Ruin 8/10
*30,000 leagues under the sea 1/10
The Devil’s Rejects
*Terminal Invasion TV
*The Judgement 6/10 N
*End of Vanity 6/10 N
388 Arletta Ave
Ghosts of Mars
The Tears of Cassandra N
Escape from LA
The Hills Have Eyes
* Promiscuous 3/10
* Bond of Bondage 5/10 N
*The Bloodstained Butterfly 7/10
The Hobbit (2)
*Screams on a dark Winters Night 5/10
Fellowship of the Ring
* I hate everything about you N 6/10
Cockneys Vs Zombies
Young Guns 2
*Black cat 7\10
Continue reading January 2017 Film List
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a selection of shorts, but I had to start off this year with some horror ones. I did struggle a bit to find anything, are people still making short films? Are there any indigogos out there, we need more of this expression of art.
Wide awake (2017)
Continue reading 3 horror shorts…
Director: Umberto Lenzi.
Starring:Irene Papas, Ornella Muti, Ray Lovelock. Italy. 1h 30m.
What a chance find in CEX helps me find one of the missing items from my Shameless collection, they can’t be all that bad right!?
A couple of hippies are bumming around creating an artistic mayhem until they get caught at a gas station for trying to sell porn photos, they go on the run but soon run out of petrol. Luckily for them, they are near a lush house and grounds (the Oasis) and try their luck at the house, initially all they discover is a frightened woman awaiting the arrival of her husband but what other secrets are locked away in this house!? The hippy couple are used to having the upper hand and out numbering the fragile woman they try to befriend her while also trying to rip her off. But gradually she starts showing her true colours and can play them at their own game, be it fueled with erotica or intense conversation she’s quite a vixen and a cat and mouse games unravels everyone’s plans. Continue reading Oasis of Fear (1971)
Director: Daniel Zirilli.
Writer: Dean Alexandrou.
Starring: Hari Das Ahatefu, Dean Alexandrou . USA/Thailand. 1h 25m.
This looked like an interesting generic combination, time travel and parkour. While the movie serves up some impressive fighting and acrobatics it forgot to include a full plot and to employ at least one trained actor. It’s never going to be easy without a touch of talent but when physical abilities are sacrificed for acting then the film might struggle a little and this one struggles a lot, but it’s not all joyless. Continue reading Time Rush (2016)