Roberto has long been a highly rated actor and he has given us some of the best performances of all time, without a doubt if he was cast in a movie it was going to be a hit and certainly unmissable, lately his career has turned into a joke and while I appreciate that it’s easy acting for him I can’t personally see him make a fool out of himself with a lot of these modern comedies but I can still appreciate the older most concrete films. I think one of the reasons why his comic roles don’t always gel well with me is that in most of his films he’s so serious and dark, when he gives “that stare” he makes me quake in my boots… Continue reading Spotlight- Robert De Niro
Directed : Lawrence Roeck
Written : Carlos De Los Rios and Lawrence Roeck
Starring : Scott Eastwood, Walton Goggins, Danny Glover, Adam Beech, Morris Birdyellowhead. USA. 1h 30m
Sometimes I hate being right about a movie, I predicted so much before watching this but hoped for the opposite.. But alas I was right, and if you know a fraction of anything to do with films then you will sus this movie out within seconds.
It’s been claimed that poor Scott has been sent hundreds of scripts for westerns on a monthly basis and picked out this film due to it’s unusual plot, and I can see why, it does actually tell a very interesting story and I did enjoy the crooked twist at the end but everything here is just so under powered and so much emphasis is on the main character that it becomes impossible for the movie to actually happen. Continue reading Diablo (2015)
Director: Gary Shore
Writer: Matt Sazama (screenplay)
Starring: Luke Evans, Charles Dance, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon. USA. 1h 32m.
There has been a massive side step from the traditional Dracula story into an historical retelling of the Vlad story. This often becomes a massive tapestry of middle European history involving Turks, massive wars and political strategies, from a dynasty long forgotten. Despite this being the making of lavish movies it rarely brings an element of horror until Dracula unbound. While these other movies that are primarily B movies, lack the ability to branch out financially on special effects but nevertheless tell an interesting story Dracula untold director Gary Shore had millions his trousers for his debut movie that fail to make anything entertaining instead we end up with a Disney Style romantic drama presented viper Castlevania game advert and I’m not quite sure which one is worse. Continue reading Dracula Untold (2014)
Director : Various Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner +
Starring : Hannah Marks, Dana Gould, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Mather Zickle, Zoe Cooper +++. USA. 1h 29m
From the intro this film was instantly a winner and it gets better! Two desperate guys driving down the highway running from “something” but what’s that hovering in the distance.. oh nothing back to the guys in the car.. they find a rest stop, a shitty little diner/petrol station in the middle of no fucking where but shit I can see something out the window! At first I thought I was going mad, it looked like Jeepers Creeper was mulling around the countryside but the entity soon makes itself known and puts a bloody smile on one of the guys after they try to leave the station and keep ending up driving back into it again and again… then all hell does break loose. Continue reading Southbound (2015)
The second full length film from budding director Giles Borg takes a much darker and diabolical path, but retains a healthy humorous streak. Personally I was quite smitten with the film and have enjoyed it several times, the humour is deathly dark and some of the surreal scenes near the end of the film are executed with a great attention to detail.
John (Joe Anderson) is addicted to gambling, it’s all that he and his friends do together, gamble down the tracks as often as they can and reap the rewards or drown their sorrows as a team, until one fateful day when Stan, their loyal bookie is missing and a blond bombshell is takes his place, this gorgeous stranger turns out to be the “new Stan” (Autumn Federici) who offers the boys good odds on bets they simply can’t refuse. Lured into big payoff bets set by the ever demanding Stan, John is slowly spiraling into a surreal and dank future that seems to be controlled by Stan’s ever growing need for power and control, how long can John keep going until he gets the big win of his dreams? Continue reading Flutter (2011)
Another addition of horror so soon! Yep I’m on a roll, and I found three more interesting horrors.
Director : ??? France. 2014
Starting with some bleeding steps and flashing pictures of all those scary faces that usually make up the title of any modern Creepypasta, this short remains totally “typical” it soon cuts to the usual home alone with a mobile phone scene that 90% of all horror shorts seem to be exhausting these days, until the young man notices his front door open, after closing it, strange noises come from the bottom of the dark stairs ,and on investigating the lights go out… It’s spooky in a sense but not gripping or scary in the least,
Director : Kantom Chantom and Pattakit. Thailand. 2015
Just from the title I kinda guessed the ending of this short, and even if it is predictable and the end result is a bit tacky, without trying to give too much away, it looks like it’s been edited on Paint, but the jumpscare was done well and actually worked on me! So despite the dullness of this I have to give it some credit for the excellent editing.
Playing with the devil
Director : Nick Stentzel. Starring : Rachel Frain, Balerie Trevherz, Jessica Hadlock USA. 2014 Based on a Japanese Ritual Hitori Kakurenbo, (One Man Tag) and using characters from the Screenplay “LETTERS” Written Damon Peoples.
First off I was confused and put off by all of the fucking rules, not really knowing what the Ritual entails and only getting little bits of information constantly throughout was off putting, maybe I should have read up about it first, but to make something like this accessible i think a lot more could have been done to educate the viewer but don’t let this distract you as it’s still an awesome horror short, that does actually have a few frights. Three sisters decide to partake in this ritual and until things go terribly wrong and the movie soon turns into a rollercoaster of unsettling frights. The acting from the three young ladies is faultless and it the quality of the film itself is sound. I just felt that every few seconds a new rule was being introduced and I was left confused wondering why anyone would want to play this “game” but it does it’s job I am unnerved, well done. I was expecting it to turn into that early scene in Cabin in the woods (2011), where the kids are exorcising the witch but… well you’ll have to spare a few minutes to check it out.
Director/Screenplay/Producer: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz
Starring: Marianna Hill, Michael Greer, Elisha Cook Jr . USA. 1h 30m.
Also known under the delightful title of Dead People this early 70’s horror co written, directed and produced by the husband and wife team of Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz is a often overlooked deeply atmospheric and psychotropic horror movie.
Starring Marianna Hill as Arletty who drives to Point Dune, California to visit her estranged father, an artist who has abandoned his home but upon uncovering his diary she finds vital information concerning the horrible nightmare that is consuming the town and ignoring her father’s pleas to NOT look for him, she continues her search and tracks down the owner of a gallery who sells her father’s work, but he vaguely remembers him and informs her about the vibrant “art culture” that thrives in Point Dune. Still searching for information she meets a visiting Portuguese/American aristocrat, Thom (Michael Greer) and his two extremely provocative groupie companions Toni (Joy Bang) and Laura (Anita Ford). Thom interviews Charlie (Elisha Cook Jr) an old eccentric who tells of dark and chilling tales of his mother and “the dark stranger” who will return after a 100 years hiatus, he also informs Arletty that her father is one of “them” and moments later he’s murdered. Continue reading Messiah of Evil (1973)
Director: David Worth
Writer: Doug Vandegrift (co write0 David Worth
Starring: Alison Lani, Kevin James Sporman, Amanda Maddox Macauley Gray, Jason Hudson, Quincy Taylor. USA. 1h 22m
Sometimes my insomnia is cruel to me, it keeps me up in the early hours when the only thing on TV are a range of schitty Z Movies, and fuck you brain for keeping me awake throughout the film… fuck you!
A group of teens spend the weekend in an abandoned hospital for a bit of R and R that consists of paintball, booze and a bit of sex.. naturally, but unbeknownst to them the hospital is home to a homicidal maniac who is not happy that they have intruded. Continue reading Hazard Jack (2014)
I went into this one a little blind, I knew it featured the acting talents of James Franco (as Christian Longo) and some other guy. It starts out well the other guy, Jonah Hill ( Michael Finkel) gets caught out by his bosses for twisting the truth for an article for the Times (was it the times?) and after being released from this job, while in exile in Montana he gets implicated by a man sought by the FBI for potentially murdering his wife and children, they spark up a friendship and then, movie. Continue reading True Story (2015)
I do often wonder if I rate movies higher when I see them in the cinema. There have been so many occasions where I’ve been in a cinema watching the end credits, trying to gather my belongings while brushing off popcorn and I’m already planning the review and score in my head. I start to discuss the film with my buddy/buddies and it’s almost like a group hysteria we’re all generally hyper about the film. On the odd occasion we’re all bummed out about it. I’m not 110% sure on the social psychologies involved, it’s possible that there are group laws working between us, maybe if a group of 6 are positive about a movie then the 7th person will just fall in line?? Continue reading Is it better when you pay?