News! September 2015

This has been a long time coming!! I’ve been trying to keep a list of updates and changes to the blog over the last month, so this is a recap of all the shizz that went down in September.

OMG I’m constantly neglecting my blog again and again but I’m trying to hard to catch up!

During August I managed to lose my movie book, yes i have a movie book, I keep it by my side while I’m watching films and think of movie lists, and pencil down reviews and article I intend to write about. I also list everything that i watch, keep ratings and plan this blog. So with the missing book I dunno what’s going on, yep I’m a little lost puppy.

Started up a new section it’s currently called VS! I was going to call it movie battles but this first post had nothing to do two movies batting it out but instead more to do with a single character so for now it shall be known and VS but it might change. If you have any ideas of any VS’s you’d like to see me add then please contact me by commenting on this post. So far the posts include a head to head battle of Pyramid Head against himself.

Links

A couple new links to add to the page.
Lingstar HQ – an awesome movie/tv blog https://lingstar4films.wordpress.com/

Also I’m finally letting the cat out of the bag about my awesome movie shirts, I can’t praise Dr Dekker enough for his amazing patience but I have a pretty awesome collection of shirts now. Rabbit In Red

Fuck it.. lets hope he doesn’t sue me… lets make it clear where you can access a pantheon of amazing shirts!

Vs

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You may have noticed a new item in the header, I’m forever trying to tweak the colours to make the header much clearer but i think what I’ll have to do is change my awesome background.. lemme know how visible it is on your screens, as I’m colourblind I have a few issues anyway. So the new Versus section is here and looking to stay as it’s tres popular. it might be on hold for October… but I have a lot of work in the pipeline!

New VS Section is here 

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5 Selected

I’ve got a few of these in the pipeline but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to jump on the RIP bandwagon and the first “5 Selected” post of the month is dedicated to the late great Wes Craven. I’m working on a list of great Hutger Hauer movies, lemme know what you’d expect to see on the list.

Reviews

New reviews are on the site which include

  • We are Still Here (2015) – a dark ad smoldering classic horror, with intelligent use of gore and great suspense throughout, with a twist of Silent Hill.
  • X Ray / Hospital Massacre  (1981) – a lesser known hospital themed slasher that’s worth a watch especially if you like a whodunit
  • Lords of London  (2014) – strangely has nothing to do with London.. or lords!?

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Lists

During august I managed to lose my movie book, yes i have a movie book, I keep it by my side while I’m watching films and think of movie lists, and pencil down reviews and article I intend to write about. I also list everything that i watch, keep ratings and plan this blog. So with the missing book I dunno what’s going on.

After finding my movie book I’ve managed to update the monthly lists.. I will get some more interesting lists published very soon.

Shorts

I’ve been working on a few shorts but a few of them were a little hard to get pictures for, finally managed to update the following.

  • Lot 254 – A possessed auction find or just a trick of the light?
  • Predator Dark Ages – Long awaited kick-stater film based around a medieval visit from our favourite alien

 

Post Discussions

POST DISCUSSION – Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) A in depth look into another weird and wonderful Cohen brothers movie.

With most of the year gone I’m going to have to start looking closely at a couple of lists, firstly my Selected films of 2015 and Selected films I watched in 2015. The difference being that the latter will include movies from other years that I’ve only just discovered. The stand out movie will be the Duke of Burgundy (2014).

Last and not least you may have noticed I’ve been playing around with backgrounds on the site a lot, trying to find something to combat the bland gray background that I’ve had since the start.

COMING IN OCTOBER

31 Days of Halloween

I’m aiming to do a 31 of my favourite horror movies, in some slight order, I’ve been penning notes and as I totally missed the opportunity last year this year will be pretty easy, I’m trying to include a range of films, black and white, classic, and obviously from the entire globe.

Yep! wish me luck!!

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Clive Barker VS Stephen King

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Who is the king of horror!!?

I’m going to try and NOT be biased here.. and it’s going to be difficult.  I have read a great many of Clive Barker’s books and I struggle with Stephen King, I know it’s lame but apart from a few shorter stories I generally experience King through the Cinema rather than through pages of a book. Despite this I have been a long time fan of both directors but Clive always has an edge that I deeply appreciate.

Now that’s clear I’ll clarify one other thing,  I’m only judging films side of each creative writer here, I’m pretty sure King has written more books than Barker, and likewise Barker has probably had more art exhibitions than King. But both men have written and produced vast quantities of ideas that have fuelled  many exceptional films.

So what have they given us!?

Clive Barker W:31 P:16 D:6 A:10

Notable works: Hellraiser, Rawhead Rex, Nightbreed, Candyman, Lord of Illusions, Midnight Meat Train etc…

Stephen King W:200 P:13 D:0 A:20

Notable works: Carrie, Salem’s Lot, Creepshow, Cujo, Christine, Firestarter, Children of the Corn, Cats Eye, Silver Bullet, Running Man, Misery, IT, Sometimes they come back, Stand by me, Tommyknockers, Needful Things, The Stand, Mangler, Dolores Claiborne, Dreamcatcher etc…

Key: W: ritten P:Produced  D:Directed  A:Actor.

WOW okay.. now where do we take this! Yes King has produced a lot more work, but not all of it has been horror, oh wait hold on.. it falls within the horror category, okay, so because he’s produced more he wins hands down!?  Hell no, we’re going to give  him 0-1 and then investigate further.

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Clive Barker has given us some cult classics in Hellraiser (1987) and the iconic PinHead character. He re-created a whole new brand of horror in a similar way that HP Lovecraft gave us a whole new horror universe to work with, Barker gave us a new hell and a whole new pain devil to show us the sights. On the other hand King tends to work with our oldest fears, reinventing them in new creepy ways. He gave us the playful Pennywise Clown from It (1990), Annie Wilks from Misery (1990) the classic haunted car Christine (1983) and many more. Obviously King had given us a lot more memorable characters as he’s produced more but who’s really the most iconic?

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Hate me all you like but I’m going to have to give this round to Clive, I give King full credits for making clowns scary again but honestly, they were always scary, Pennywise was a terrifying beast but only because most people fear clowns anyway, he was simply adding to the nightmare fuel, Annie Wilks creeps the bejesus out of any abled man, but she wasn’t anything new. While on the other hand, swinging out of the hell corner, Mr Barker introduces a pantheon of hellish new beasts to play with. Including the Cenobites and Whatever was in the Midnight Meat Train (2008) and the Book of Blood (2009) and the children of the moon who used to reside in Midian in the classic Nightbreed (1990),  have spawned on a range of spin offs and cosplay etc, while you can also argue that King has given us some pretty strange shapeshifting aliens in Dreamcatcher (2003), again they are just aliens, but I do admit they were somewhat distinctive. These are new characters at least for this reason I’m going to have to give him the round. But only the king of horror can dream up Rawhead Rex.. whatever he was!? *shudder* So that’s 1-1.

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Clive Barker has directed before and is has more films in the pipeline while King had never taken the bull by the horns and given even a short movie a try. I think he would be amazing if he turned his mind to it. But sadly he’s not really branched out in that way and therefore 1-2.

King likes to work with people in making his dream come true and is invaluable on set with his creative ideas Barker gets in there as well. To be honest either would be an asset to any film set that is working on one of their productions. I’m tempted to call this a tie but if I had to pick a side I think Clive has done a few more and considering he’s got fewer titles under his belt this totally outdoes King. Soooo 2-2

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Appearances are everything. For me seeing a director on the big screen is pretty awesome, obviously Hitchcock and M Night Shyamalan have taken it to the limit (yeah I feel another list coming on), but now and again someone will crop up, when I was younger I couldn’t afford magazines and stuff so I didn’t always realise when I had seen someone from behind the scenes. When it comes to these two superheroes I have to admit that I had my wits about me and could recognise these dudes from an early age. Barker has made a lot of appearances and it’s great to see him but he can’t outdo Kings crazy performances in the Creepshow (1982) movies, especially as Jordy Verrill, let alone all of the other cameos. I think that might be the finishing blow 2-3

King is the King!

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Please bear in mind this is just a bit of movie fun, both men are hero’s in what they do and no faults can be found in either really, Barker will always be that little bit closer to my heart but I couldn’t imagine horror cinema without either of them.

Hospital Massacre / AKA X-Ray (1981)

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Hospital Massacre AKA X-Ray  (Horror, Thriller,  1981) (15) D: Boaz Davidson W: Marc Behm (screenplay), Boaz Davidson (story)  C: Barbi Benton, Charles Lucia, Jon Van Ness, Jimmy Stathis.

Synopsis : While receiving a routine check-up, a beautiful woman is stalked by a maniac out to avenge a childhood Valentine’s Day humiliation.

TAGLINE : There’s no recovery at … Hospital Massacre Continue reading Hospital Massacre / AKA X-Ray (1981)

Lot 254

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aFgUInz41M

Duration : 4.01
Dir: Toby Meakins/UK/2012
www.tobymeakins.com

Retelling of an age old story can be difficult and sometimes tedious but it’s aced in this macabre, mostly silently and devilish short. There have been quite a few retellings of haunted cameras, Nighfall did an episode called Deadly Developments,  Stephen King wrote a short story Sun Dog, and several films include this supernatral element such as ชัตเตอร์ กดติดวิญญาณ – Shutter (2004)  and Baba Yaga (1973). But without trying to cast this aside as just another of the same I have to give a lot of credit to Toby Meakins for making this classic scary once again. A camera expert buys LOT 254, a retro camera while cleaning and checking the camera he finds a small silver cross is embedded in the camera, he removes this and starts to film, what he see’s is quite dark and totally schocking.

I quite like silent movies as they have a lot more chrarcter as the visuals have to almost force the story along, you have to concerntrate a little more and a lot of attention is paid to the smallest detail in this film. It’s quiet and simple but what is effect are the effects seen through the camera, they start off briliantly, the entitey along with this film is secluded and very spooky, sadly it turns into all the typical jump scare horrors of recent time. It’s OK, but with a little bit of tweaking it could be great. it works as short, maybe a follow on could summon a little more horror and a really good scare througout.

Significance of 254
It’s an angel number of finding your path – http://sacredscribesangelnumbers.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/angel-number-254.html
It adds up to 11 which has a lot of occult connections.. but I think it’s just a number.

Lords of London (2014)

lords of london2 (Crime, Mystery, Thriller,  2014) (18) D: Antonio Simoncini W: Antonio Simoncini P:  C: Glen Murphy, Ray Winstone, Serena Iansiti , Joe Egan, Giovanni Capalbo. 1h 30m. uk, italy.

Synopsis : A London gangster must confront his ruthless father’s past in order to alter the gritty, abusive path that his life is spiraling down after a shakedown goes awry.

TAGLINE : Man wakes up in Italy and doesn’t know why or how.

This excuse for a romantic trilling mystery had fuck all to do with london. I honestly was expecting some sort of london gangster movie, if that’s what you’re looking for, just move along my friend and check out, Welcome to the Punch (2013), Layer Cake (2004),  or even Triads Yardies and Onion Bhajis (2003)  of if you want a low budget laugh, at least it’s set in the big smoke. Lords of London however is actually set in backwater Italy, and is quite dull.

The basis of the film is redemption, a London crime boss who is clearly based on the essence of Ray Winstone (possibly in the form of his angry character from 44″ chest (2009) gets shanked in a nightclub and wakes up with blood stains but no wounds in a rundown house in the hills of Italy, after some sobbing and running around the lush countryside he stumbles upon a village, where only one person recognises him. It seems to be a relative!? But how so?

Everything gets quite symbolic and cryptic but a story slowly unfolds as a retelling of the coupling of his abusive fuckhead of a father and beautiful mother. As Tony (Glen Murphy) starts to pick up on his chance to change the past to alter his nightclub death scene the film gets from frantic and gritty.

The screenplay is as good as the acting, there is no fault there, but there is just something so dull about the movie. It honestly doesn’t feel like it should be more than 30 minutes long. In a similar fashion to The Box (2009), originally taken from an episode of the Outer Limits and failed as a much longer film.

The film gets lost in rural Italy,  both the countryside,  the quaint little streets, rustic lifestyle, it’s very quiet with little to no emphasis on a cultural score. It could have worked with the charming surroundings a little more, I know it’s dealing with the tough domestic events surrounding a newcomer to a small village, but the drama is washed out by a monochrome of sound.

 

Writer and Director Antonio Simoncini seems very biased, everyone in Italy is loving and charming and yet he blasts any outsiders! It’s a debut which does yield an ok story it just executed badly. I give him kudos he’s made a film, it’s not something that everyone can make a claim to, and hopefully he’ll grow into a more diverse and dynamic director. He didn’t seem to be backed up all that well, fair enough he did the writing and editing is superb but I don’t see a lot of teamwork here and a huge lack of real direction.

Glen Murphy, plays a great poor relation to the great Ray Winstone, who does appear in the movie also, but i guess they couldn’t afford him throughout and made do with a cheaper double. He almost manages to sound like a politer version of Ray, but I think if he played up to his big brother and took a few more risks then he would have given a more performance. The supporting cast were very supporting, i think the elderly father figure was the most impressive actor and despite being quite and nonchalance was definitely the star.

It does bring an interesting twist to the idea of redemption, it’s often the main character who has to find it in himself to make the change in their life but in this instance it’s the sins of the father that has to be corrected.  It’s not apparent first off, the mechanics of the movie are very slow in revealing what the real motives of this emotional abduction it all about, this doesn’t help as the film doesn’t have enough substance to hold it’s own until things come to the crunch.

While the movie does raise a few questions about how much of your character and life path is set before you’re even born, I’m sure there is something to gain for your own personal philosophy, but I certainly would have preferred to have read about it in Reader’s Digest than have to sit through a bulk of this.

V :Maybe with some better direction and purpose this story could be produced for the big screen in a vibrant way. This film is a bit of a let down, but it’s not all that bad. Maybe..

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Rating –  3/10

R: Redirected (2014), Welcome to the Punch (2013), Layer Cake (2004),  Triads Yardies and Onion Bhajis (2003),  44″ chest (2009)

DGI : Just drink heavily throughout.

5B : Redemption Movies, Ray Winstone

L: London Gangster Movies, Selected Italian Cinema

PD : N/A

 

 

POST DISCUSSION – Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Please note this post discussion is a post discussion, therefore it’s full of spoilers it discloses information about the ENTIRE film (yes including the ending) and these following movies,Groundhog day (1993), Devil (2010).

So if you’ve not seen them it’s probably better not to read on..

The Coen’s deliver another poetic surreal drama in the guise of the melancholy comedy musical drama that is the life of Llewyn Davis, or at least a pivotal few days…

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WHAT IS INSIDE LLEWYN?

It’s the obvious question right? No it isn’t but it makes for good movie chitchat. It’s just a title right, but any title about the forlorn Llewyn could have been chosen. So what does this film reveal about what is really inside Llewyn davis?!  To be honest I don’t think that i have ever worked it out. Personally I see the film as a justification of the magic of the entire Greenwich Village folk seen as being “born” out of Llewyn. Bare with me,  this is a far out idea. I mentioned it slightly in my review,  but it seems like the pathetic llewyn is suffering as a mother would in childbirth a recurring theme in the movie, and fun as lot at the end Bob Dylan appears then he gets his final beatdown in the alleyway by the faceless hulk. Boom!! Folk Scene is here! So the birth of the folk scene was a baby inside Llewyn..  Yeah I told you the idea was far out.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CAT /CATS

Personally I can’t stand cats and they contributed to the only cringe worthy scenes in the film. But was the presence of the cat all that significant or just a Coen red herring?

The cat escapes at the beginning, Llewyn’s luck starts to change and go downhill not that he was flying high to start with. He ends up leaving the apartment and starts his journey chasing the cat. It’s alike the chasing of the white rabbit,  down the hole Llewyn goes..

While having a caustic discussion with his ex he spots a cat, runs out and chases it, again getting out of his rut and back to his destiny.

Later on, it’s discovered that the cat is not the cat! How can the cat not be the cat!? Holy shit. Llewyn had gone down the wrong path, picked up the wrong cat,  where is the real cat?!  Whose cat had he stolen?? This scene was particularly funny and bizarre as Llewyn decides to kick off against an overly nice couple who ‘s couch he started out on, and in the melodramatics and whaling that concur it’s discovered that the kitty has the wrong tackle, oh shit not again dude.

Later on Llewyn is travelling with another cat? This one mimics his every move and is one of the best scenes in the film. I doubt it was planned but it’s simply magic, he ends up leaving the cat in the car, hitching a ride. While driving his ride, he almost hits another cat or the same cat?  What’s going on?! This film has way too much pussy.

Llewyn assumes it’s the list cat and carries on. When he returns to his friends apartment their cat has returned and all is well. Them the movie starts to repeat itself….  But in this time around Llewyn stops the cat from escaping. And despite everything cycling around again… There is no destiny run from Llewyn.He doesn’t have a great adventure he just gets his ass slapped down.

It’s probably a red herring but… It’s an interesting one.

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CURSED BY THE DEVIL?

Is Llewyn cursed?! It’s a little something that crops up in the movie that’s simply too hard to ignore.

Let’s play out this scenario, LLewyn is going through a rough time, more so than any mortal man. Now it’s not a black cat that has crossed his path but at first I thought the cat had carried away his luck when it darts out the door. Then John Goodman turns up in the guise of a eccentric jazz musician called Ronald Turner! He’s so very unusual and does threaten the young folk singer with a curse of bad luck. From that point on you can’t help wondering if the curse worked or if Goodman is actually the Devil! It’s a long shot but I’m just chucking it out there, he’s the most useless devil if he is one as he’s a fucking junkie who nearly OD’s..  But we can’t forget that the devil got caught stealing in Devil (2010). I quite like that Llewyn leaves him and the cat in the car when he legs it for his freedom.

REPEATED HISTORY

But why does history start repeating!? Or does it??

The first time around we see the beating in the alleyway, cut scene llewyn wakes up and his life is a mystery then when we see the beatdown the second time around there are differences, the music being the significant one. But the scene continues. The first time i saw it I thought the beatdown guy was John Goodman at first. The cut scene is the most important part. it’s not a continuation. The coens don’t do anything by mistake and are very clever into grabbing your attention and hurling it around. Here’s what I think!

Ignoring the beginning.. Llewyn wakes up and then everything else runs up to that point where he gets the beatdown in the alley way, the beginning is merely a  transition but not in a coherent theme, it’s a taste of whats to come, a very dramatic one, showing you to look out for this point. It’s an interesting way to introduce a character, check out this guy getting his ass whopped. then look at him being a  loser and feel sorry for him, so why was he getting beat up he’s not that bad, he doesn’t deserve that.. then wham he’s a total tosser to the folk singer doing exactly the same thing as him, okay he’s had a bad week and was drunk but no call for that behavior man. and boom! payback and the end to a beautiful week.  One other clue is the conversation about when llewyn is told he has a space at Papi’s to play a gig, he says he was there less than a month ago, if it is a loop then he would have been there less than a week ago.

I don’t think it’s a case of Groundhog day (1993) just some interesting cut work, for what reason I can’t work out.

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DEATH

Is Llewyn dead? I love dead characters so i try and play it all in, but I don’t think Llewyn died in the alleyway after his injuries although it could play into the the whole theme of redemption, after all he does seem to be living through, uncovering and facing all of his mistakes both past and present. I don’t think he passed away and this is some sort of redemption, I can see why some people have jumped to that conclusion, as there is a chance of him learning from mistakes and getting things right. You could also class it all as a vivid dream.

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SEQUEL

I dont see the film as carrying on in anyway, the luckless Llewyn has run his course and done his duty, I suppose future stories could illustrate him finding out more about being a father and take that route of him trying to do the right thing, although if his luck holds out then it might be just a tragic as this. the alternative is that he just bums around doing what he did in this movie and that doesn’t need to be repeated.

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PREQUEL

The Coen’s always find really strange pivotal points to write their movies around. Let’s face it stories only really work when something bad happens,  but for llewyn… Everything bad happens!!  While this is still very interesting it’s strange that so much has gone on that we discover by the way of off the cuff remarks, like Llewyn’s ex, the pregnancy of yet another ex and other fuck ups along the way. Maybe he was a different person then, or even further back when he was a sailor and decided to give it all up for the folk scene. There is so much backstory and character to this that it captures the imagination.

WHAT I LIKE

I’m slightly biased when it comes to the Coens as I adore a lot of their work, there are no prizes for working out that I’m not a fan of a lot of their comical work..  Still they have a lot of Je ne sai quoi and constantly astound me with movies that I adore without really understanding why. The appeal to my senses.  Llewyn Davis, has this odd dreamlike state to it, often enough you’re brought back to reality with a slap of venom from the moody bitch of an ex girlfriend Jean (Carey Mulligan) or a quip from the know it all oversized John Goodman.

I love the trip up of the repeating history and potential I also devil character or curse involved. It’s just so detailed and well acted. The scenarios are surreal and just remarkably recognisable.

WHY IS LLEWYN A JERK

From the onset of the film Llewyn is subject to a run of bad luck, he gets his ass whooped at the beginning (end) and you start to feel sorry for him, until his past catches up and then you realise what a jerk he is. Half of me does wonder if it’s a continuation of his terrible mojo but  there are certain things he could have handled better.

Get gets a chick pregnant and pays for the abortion then has nothing to do with her afterwards

He gets another chick pregnant and offers to pay for “another” abortion (he needs another form of family planning). He signs away the rights to a song that’s about to hit it big, and constantly insults innocent people around him.

At some points it’s really hard to watch Llewyn struggle against all odds, but as the obstacles start to mount against him he’s inner rage begins to grow slowly turning him into a jerk which in turn causes more stumbling blocks.

Overall I adore the film throughout, it’s a thrilling and beautiful drama with a hint of black comedy enough for a stickler like me to enjoy without any struggle.

 

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THE HERO

Llewyn is kinda my hero, yes he’s flawed but he’s got a lot of heart. He did use the very last of his money to pay for an abortion to appease a girl who obviously hated him, he went to the ends of the earth to be recognised as a folk icon. He gets drunk and insults people, I don’t have to be drunk to insult people but I’d like to have a drink with Llewyn.

VERDICT

Overall the movie is golden from beginning to end, I honestly couldn’t stop watching and adore it as much as I adore a lot of the other Coen movies, (I’m feeling a list coming on here.. ). The film submerges you into a piece of history in a strange and surreal way. It’s filled with beautiful moments, and black comedy, just enough music to capture the folk scene but not enough to make it into a musical or a “show”.

LINK – Original review

We Are Still Here (2015)

We Are Still Here  (Horror, Supernatural,  2015) (18) D: Ted Geoghegan W: Richard Griffin (based on a concept by) P:  C: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig,, Larry Fessenden, Lisa Marie, Monte Markham. 1h 24m. USA.

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Synopsis : Every 30 years, a lonely old house in the fields of New England wakes up and demands a sacrifice.

TAGLINE : This house needs a family.

The stark and hushed ghost film from Ted Geoghegan is a smoldering thriller, and possibly too clever for it’s own good. It is by no means underpowered but is so simple the best aspect of the story is often over looked, this doesn’t make it a bad movie it’s just not idiot proof and that’s the best form of horror. From the onset the film is constantly on edge, mixing the right blend of tension and jump scares without utilizing a brash soundtrack to outline what’s coming. Very little is given away from the onset about the situation and history and the viewer is left guessing throughout this enjoyable and somewhat curious but powerful drama which is ultimately unforgettable.

The film,  inspired by a concept from Richard Griffin (Disco Exorcist 2011) who’s usual low brow writing has conjured up some catchy characters, but this is a huge step away from that comfort zone and is a true homage to a classic horror tale. The basic outline to the story revolves around a middle aged couple, The Sacchetti’s, who have recently lost their son in a car accident and are moving out to a rural community to get away from the miserable memories. The mother Anne (Barbara Crampton) is certain that she can feel the presence of her son in the new home and asks for her psychic friends and her sons best friend to visit to try and conduct a seance to contact her dead boy. After a very unusual visit from a neighbour and his edgy wife, an electrician badly burnt in the unusually hot basement, the couple still continue in their attempts to contact the dead and get a lot more than they bargained for in a town with a hushed dark secret that could easily contend with Silent Hill (2006).

Filled with stylish visuals and tense atmosphere throughout, it’s homely and comforting while also being freaky as hell. As much as the ghosts do remind me of the later stages of Thanatomorphose (2012) they are quite unusual for the average haunted house movie. With lashings of creepiness and intelligent dose of gore this film delivers on so many levels.There is a particularly well handled scene near the end when the Sacchetti’s come face to face with the ghosts and the stand off has so much tension.

It’s radiant to see and older couple as leads, dealing with the horrors of the house,  as the typical approach is to chuck in a bucket of teenagers, but in a style reminiscent of House by the Cemetery (1981) we’ve gone back to adults having to being sensible about these matters, and it works so well. I like that there are no huge speeches about how to perform a seance or how things works, it’s all down to earth and natural, this simple approach twinned with short bursts of outrageous and controlled violence works much better at shocking an audience rather than jump scares. This is something which will be unusual for the younger audience and might work against the movie, while it’s greatly appreciated as far as I’m concerned, and I’m delighted that the film closes in a way in which we might be able to see a sequel and hopefully a prequel at some point.

 

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Rating –  8/10

R: Silent Hill (2006), House by the Cemetery (1981)

V: It’s almost like returning to an old lover, this film revisits all of the golden themes and ideas of old horror movies. It’s not purely mindless buckets of blood, but there is a lot of bloody gory violence, the ghosts aren’t just creepy haunting voices but hardcore psychotic killers, the town has a dark history like silent hill but it’s not all it has. Showing great love and endearment for the horror genre, it all comes home to the house that needs a family. and I do indeed hope that it does become a family with more films to come.

L: Modern Ghost Films, Haunted houses

PD : Coming Soon

July 2015 Film list

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Possibly one of my least productive movie months but still I had a lot of run, 60+ fairly good movies, although I did find contender No1 for the shittist film of the year… check out the list to guess which one!

LA Apocalypse *2
Garden of love *3
Choose *5
Red Riding 1974
The Satanic Rites of Dracula *7
Elves *6
Red Riding 1980
Run All Night *7
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Kill List
Red Riding 1983
The Hindenburg *8
Avengers Grimm *1
Paris Lockdown
Run All Night
Trolljegeren Troll Hunter
Gunman *7
The Survivor *3
Silence of the Lambs
Paris Lockdown
The Mummy
Dark Crystal
Silence of the Lambs
Beatdown
Dark Heritage *4
Elves
Susperia
Strange Blood *4
Conan
The Day After *7
Prometheus
Hellboy
District 9
The Fountain
Susperia
Ravenous
The Pyramid *6
Prometheus
Invitation for a gunfighter *7
Blackfish
How we built Britain
30 days of night
The Right stuff
Invitation for a gunfighter
Braveheart
Tattoo
The Omen
Candyman
Calvaire The Ordeal
Alien Nation
Bigfoot Country *5
Dyatlov Pass *6
The Prestige
Into the wild *6
Tyrannosaur
Pans Labyrinth
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Wrestler
Creepshow
Wolfcreek
Hellride
Exterminator

Total 62
New 18
Best Gunman
Worst Avengers Grimm
Noteable

  • Blackfish
  • Susperia
  • Into the WIld
  • Kill List
  • Calvaire
  • The Mummy
  • Run All Night
  • Red Riding 1980

Hellboy

June 2015 Film watch list

Not my most active movie month but I did fine the best movie of the year to date, the gorgeous Duke Of Burgundy that was an instant 10/10 for me. I was also pleasantly surprised by the old style horror masterpiece that is We are still here.

dukeofburg
Black Rain
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Long Weekend *8/10
The Curse*5/10
UFC Fight Night
Rapa Nui
Ex Machina *6/10
Universal Soldier *6/10
Gomorrah
Journey to the far side of the sun
Undisputed II
Robocop
Stories from the Gibli Hospital
Duke of Burgundy *10/10
Gonin
Apocalyptic *3/10
Frost/Nixon
Apartment 1303* 4/10
Wolfen* 6/10
Horsehead* 2/10
Misery
Dark Moon Rising* 2/10
UFC 188
14 Blades *6/10
The Witch that came from the sea
Troll Hunter
Pumping Iron
Man Bites Dog
Waterworld
The Resident
Serbian Film
Dead of Winter
We are sill here*7/10
Wolfen
Spring *8/10
Fargo
The Thing on the doorstep*6/10
The Killing*7/10
UFC Fight Night 70
The Wrestler
Princess Bride
The Drownsman*3/10
Food of the Gods *5/10
Ex Machina
Daddy*6/10
Silence of the lambs
Rampage
Waxworks
Spring
Human Centipede 3 – the final sequence*7/10
Dead of Winter
It Follows*6/10
Night Porter*8/10
Labyrinth
Bio Hunter

Total 55

New 21

Best New Duke of Burgandy
Worst New Bad Moon Rising

Highlights

  • It Follows
  •  Night Porter
  •  Long Weekend
  •  Spring
  •  Thing on the doorstep
  •  Man Bites Dog
  •  Journey to the far side of the sun.

 

 

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