Ich Seh Ich Seh-  Goodnight Mommy (2014)

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Directors: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
Writers: Veronika Franz (screenplay), Severin Fiala (screenplay)
Starring: Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, Susanne Wuest. Austria. 1h 39m

In the heat of a long summer, twin boys impatiently await the return of their mother after her cosmetic surgery. Her return doesn’t bring the happiness you’d expect from a mother returning to her 9 year old children, instead they suspect another person has taken her place and search for the truth as her reactions to them are tragically different from what they remember, who or what is really under the bandages. Continue reading Ich Seh Ich Seh-  Goodnight Mommy (2014)

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Pelts (2006)

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Director : Dario Argento.
Starring: John Saxon, Meatloaf. USA.

Not quite sure where to put this, it’s too long to be a short but not quite a movie either but it was excellent to watch so here goes a quick flick review.

You’ll have to excuse me as I don’t watch television so when I find me series randomly on DVD I kind of go through the missing one movies.

Pelts is a twisted gore episode in the masters of horror collection from Dario Argento. Not necessarily a horror but a thrilling bone crunching, flesh tearing fiesta, starting Meatloaf as a pervy fur trader who is infatuated with a stripper and gets more than he bargained for when he’s offered a set of perfect pelts.

Of course there is a snag.

It’s a brilliant story about well, a set of haunted pelts that eventually get turned into a coat,  killing anyone who comes into contact with it along the manufacturing process and for the most part it’s not a horror but just out to gross and disgust it’s audience, which isn’t a problem at all. Meatloaf is excellent in the lead of a pretty dire cast apart from John Saxon who pretty much starts this ball of terror rolling by trespassing and killing the mystical raccoon’s (pine lights), in the first place, and boy does he have a cute technique “You gotta stamp on their necks”!?!

It’s been ages since I’ve watched any of the masters of horror minis and they do seem to be the perfect length for a horror,  without too much sentimental gumph to fatten it out into a full length feature. It takes forever to warm up and there is a heavy dose of porny scenes but it makes up for that in the later half with tons of gore and nastiness.

Argento’s earlier works are legendary but i lost a lot of respect for his more modern works but this does redeem a little bit of faith that he hasn’t completely lost it, the tension and mystery has gone but this is very watchable if you don’t mind the smut.

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Rating 4/10

Treehouse (2014)

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Director :Michael Bartlett
Starring :J. Michael Trautmann Dana Melanie Daniel Fredrick Clint James. USA. 1h 38m

The film had so much potential and offered a lot of misleading ideas with previews cover art and publicity that’s ok because I understand that a film does need to be pushed in it’s early stages and it doesn’t mean that it’s a terrible film but it’s just not the supernatural thriller that I was expecting.

All that aside let’s have a look at what Treehouse has to offer, the film opens with a teen girl returning home to find her family missing, she grabs her daddys  shotgun and goes to investigate the scene ends with the screams of her little brother coming from the forest with a shadowy figure looming over her. cutting to the strife of two brothers at a local school the younger being bullied and the older looking after him after getting into a fight they return home to a TV broadcast about a missing girl and other local children, a new curfew has come into place but ignoring the advice they go out into the forest to find the missing kids and end up facing the worst nightmares after they found the missing girl disheveled and frightened in a Treehouse. Continue reading Treehouse (2014)

5 Selected – M. Night Shyamalan

For a while I thought that M Night was trying to be the next Hitchcock. He kept appearing in his own films, although he didn’t have the grace of Hitchcock and attempted to blend into the background instead he gave himself some major parts.. He’s famed for blasting his audience away with impressive plot twists which

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One of the first films that really planted M Night on the map. A haunting (literary) thriller starring Bruce Willis and “that kid”. To be honest at the time of writing this I’ve never watched the movie all the way though mostly because i got exposed to the “plot twist” waaaay before finishing the movie and everything was ruined. It doesn’t mean the entire film is ruined though it’s well crafted and pretty deep throughout. A cop befriends a kid who can see dead people. It pretty iconic and was certainly different for it’s time. 7/10 Continue reading 5 Selected – M. Night Shyamalan

4 Horror Shorts – Phil-a-del-phi-a, Skypemare, Amy’s Torch and Tea Time

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Director : Broadway
Starring : Chase Ramsey, JJ Shurbet. USA. 4m 50s

Quite a phenomenal short movie, which encompasses a lot of ideas, almost too simple for it’s own good I think a lot of people will miss how brilliant it is. A couple of brothers are travelling across country after a sort of interdimensional apocalypse, any loud noises results in people being snatched by invisible beings, the brother have lost their family and are travelling as silently as possible, until one simple and innocent mistake bring a sudden doom. It’s shocking and the narration is heartfelt. There is a lot of great acting from both young men, and some intelligent camera work, which makes up for the lack of effects, and this is a prime example of how to avoid effects, sticking with a good story is enough. There is a short piece after this finale which really brings home the melancholia, the young boy is an old man now and still lives in hope that his loved ones will return. 6/10

Tea Time (2009)
Duration 3.19

This short is more disturbing than most I’ve seen, without trying to chuck in millions of jump scares this is way more psychological and includes simple but uncommonly effective camera effects. An elderly woman starts to make tea for herself and her husband. During the daily ritual of tea making a dark story starts to unfold. This murderous old dear has only gone and slaughtered gramps and pus pus..the ghosts do start to haunt her and a mental break down seems to be shaken off as she gets to work cleaning up her “mess”. Filmed in sequence and with one take each, this short film was made on a single Super-8 cartridge. It looks like a home video and has an abnormal atmosphere about it, there is also a dead cat under the sink and that pleases me muchly. 8/10

SKYPEMARE (2014)
Director: John Fitzpatrick
Starring : Cerina Vincent and Annika Marks. USA. 7m11s

What a load of something, this horror, thriller, black comedy isn’t quite what I was expecting. Two women talking over skype on Hallowe’en when one of them is attacked and the other is helpless!!? This is how it’s advertised but it’s quite different. The chick doing all the viewing, does try to help her friend, by calling the police 3 times, as she doesn’t know her best friend’s address (whatever), all this time the killer is sending her gory photos of his handiwork on her besties, then the killer reveals that the friends phone showing her address, she grabs a knife, to protect herself (after emptying the knife block and checking the dishwasher?? Who has time for this) and then makes a slapstick error. It’s sardined with errors and cliches but I guess you have to take the bad with the good right, it’s no Unfriended (2015) but that wasn’t actually all that good either.. It was just waaaay too slow to pick up and the acting is pathetic, maybe it’s supposed to be a comedy?? 3/10

Amy’s Torch
Created by : Gary Mellor and Ben Wilkinson

This was recommended after the long lasting effects that Lights Out was keeping me up at night, it’s not as scary but it does run along a similar pattern, in hindsight though this is way more violent. A young girl called Amy has a torch that keeps away the monsters at night, but one night the battery runs out. There’s a scream in the night, her mother comes to the rescue, poor innocent Amy is pointing under the bed, her mother goes to check and.. RAH scary monster. It has this soft hazy fairytale beginning and it’s only downside is that it doesn’t really have any build up but it’s got a semi decent jump scare. 4/10

The invitation (2015)

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Director: Karyn Kusama
Starring:  Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, John Carroll Lynch. USA.  1h 39m

A dark and creepy movie with insipid atmosphere that will seep into the psyche not only of the characters involved also the audience.

A young couple Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) travelling to an evening dinner party after receiving a lush invitation, en route they hit a coyote, which becomes trapped under the front tire and will has to take a tire iron and put the animal out of its misery,has there’s nothing you can do for it, this bloody prologue to this creepy movie is more poignant than you could ever imagine. Continue reading The invitation (2015)

Jinn (2014)

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Director : Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad.
Starring : Ray Park, Serinda Swan, Dominic Rains, William Atherton, Faran Tahi. USA. 1h 39m

I made a tragic mistake of leaving this for a “good time movie afternoon” and then I totally ignored all the warnings.. Because at the end of the day I can only really rely on my own opinion and that’s why I end up watching a lot of shit movies.
This film claims to introduce Jinn to western cinema, so fuck Wishmaster, Long Time Dead (2002), Red Sands (2009) and Djinn (2014) among other films hey..

So this horror starts as a fantasy, a long man preps and goes to war with the Jinn after someone who isn’t John Hurt does the One Ring to Bind them intro.

In the Beginning, Three were Created…
Man made of Clay.
Angels made of Light.
And a Third…made of Fire.

Continue reading Jinn (2014)

Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)

 

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Director: Thaddeus O’Sullivan.
Starring:Kevin Spacey, Llinda Florentino, Helen Baxendale, Peter Mullan, Stephan Dillane, David Hayman. UK/Ireland. 1h 33m.

The first time I caught this, it was on TV as myself and my partner were getting ready to go out for the night and were incredibly delayed as we wanted to watch the end of this film but also were quite desperate for last orders. It’s as ingenious as it is inviting.

Loosely based around the life of a real Dublin gangster Martin Cahill whose story was originally brought to the big screen in 1998 by John Boreman as The General. This version of Cahill played by the soft faced Kevin Spacey is way more devious and mischievous and ever calmly smiling smiling almost at the audience, because, we know.. he ain’t such a bad guy after all. Continue reading Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)

Under the Skin (2013)

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Director: Jonathan Glazer
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Krystof Hadek, Adam Pearson, UK/Scotland. 1h 48m

I had been meaning to watch this elusive movie for some time, after reading a few blinding reviews and watching very short trailers only I was besotted, this is the kind of cinema I live for so I was really saving it for a quiet time when i could actually put everything on hold and get into it and I was amazed by every second of it, what I wasn’t expecting, was the disturbing feeling that it left me with afterwards, strangely this affected me more than any other alien invasion movie (apart from War of the World’s 1953). Continue reading Under the Skin (2013)

The Hallow (2015)

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Director:Corin Hardy .
Starring: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, Michael Smiley . UK/Ireland. 1h 24m.

It’s interesting to see an Irish horror story that doesn’t revolve around leprechauns and banshees but instead picks at the pantheon of folklore monsters from deep within the Irish forests but doesn’t really dig into their tangles mythology.

Adam (Mawle) and Clare (Novakovic) receive a hostile welcome from the locals after the pair of cityfolk set up home in an isolated house on the edge of a forest that Adam is tasked to work on, causing friction with the eco bunnies but their neighbour becomes a more sinister daily threat trying to persuade Adam and the baby to keep out of the Hallow, “the forest is their home, they want the child”. So Adam takes the baby on tour of the forest and discovers a grisly neuro-active fungus that strangely connects with the child snatching kiddy folk. Continue reading The Hallow (2015)