Devil (2010)

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Writer: M Night Shyamalan (story) Brian Nelson (screenplay)
Starring: Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas Bokeem Woodbine, Jenny O’Hara, Geoffrey Arend, Matt Craven, Logan Marshall-Green. USA. 1h 20m.

This film came at a time when M Night Shalananalaym’s name was still good to fair going, even though he didn’t direct it, his signaure was enough branding to really push the movie to the head of the queue, but in all fairness he did write the story so played a role and probably got a big pay cheque for it. So Devil’s selling point was this dark mystery where the audience was supposed to work out who the big red guy is!! Also it’s one of those cheap ass films where it’s set in one room, so keeping things on the cheap can turn a lot of profits. Continue reading Devil (2010)

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Erik the Viking (1989)

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Director: Terry Jones
Starring: Tim Robbins Terry Jones Eartha Kitt Mickey Rooney Tsutomu Sekine John Cleese Antony Sher Imogen Stubbs. UK/Sweden. 1h 47m

This was one of my favourite video’s back in the day, every time I rented this from the video store the card was filled up with my mothers signature, I was so thrilled when I eventually got my own copy and pretty much wore it out, but strangely I lost the urge to watching this Norse comedy repeatedly on DVD but during the holidays I chucked it in and it was quite refreshing to see that it hasn’t lost it’s surreal spark. Continue reading Erik the Viking (1989)

Dreamhouse (1998)

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Director: Graeme Campbell
Writer: Jim Makichuk
Starring: Timothy Busfield, Lisa Jakub, Brennan Elliott. USA. 1h 30m

This felt so dated, but if you stretched the imagination a lot it does tell a fairly interesting if not a dead subject. So an amazing techno geek plunges all of his assets and time into creating a dream house, a techno home run by an elaborate computer program called H.E.L.E.N, who was designed to learn from the inhabitants of the home and develop around their needs, this advanced A.I, just turns out to be more human than anyone predicted. Helen becomes jealous and murderous in her attempts to take over. Continue reading Dreamhouse (1998)

The Engagement (2016)

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Director: Ubong Bassey Nya
Producer: Uchenna Mbunabo
Starring: Christabel Ekeh, Princess Shyngle, Matilda Lambert, Sam Sunny, Collins Talker, Felix Omokhodiow, Ebi Fortune, Nigeria. 1h14m

I’ve very recently got into Nollywood, and I thought Mexican Narco films were in a world of their own. But Ghallywood and Nollywood are in a bubble of terrible sound, dodgy sets and deep spiritual and moral stories that are mystifying if not straight forwards…

Despite this not being my introduction film it’s going to be the first that I review… Just because it’s brilliant in many ways, well kinda… So a group of three female friends in their late 20’s/ early 30’s are all stuck with one dilemma, they all want to get married and they want to get married right now. One has a long term partner but he’s only recently got himself a job and wants time to save for the wedding but she perceives this as him dragging his heels, another girl has a boyfriend but isn’t prepared to put out until there is a ring on her finger, and the third is the eldest and single, but the building’s security guard is totally devoted to her but she cusses him out everyday for being beneath her, but the house girl does show him interest but he keeps her at a distance.

After being turned down for sex until a ring appears the secret boyfriend unleashes a terrible plan that will cause a rift between everyone but will ensure him some quality sex with beautiful women.

The film has a healthy dose of humor and some interesting scenes, the production is better than some of the other movies, the biggest problem is often the sound which sounds like it’s been recorded on a fischer price toy. The characters are strong and acting holds up.

It develops an interesting moral about young women who are so desperate to get married without taking time to get to know the men they are assigning themselves to, obviously a big problem in Nigeria?? After the film gets started, characters are introduced it becomes very obvious that each woman is more concerned with the rock on her finger and their social status than the quality of the relationship they are in, cultural differences aside it’s a problem in many countries and it’s easy to see this as being an episode of Housewives of (insert place name here).

For just being over an hour long it packs in a lot of revelations, taut emotions and sees a lot of relationships going through terrible trials with an interesting twist at the end, sadly the film doesn’t really conclude, there is an update on the final events so it clears it up in a few seconds… but that’s neither here nor there.

 

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Rating 7/10
R – The Sorrows of Elizabeth, Rosemary’s Fight
L – A-Z of Nollywood

3 Horror Shorts – Moonlight Man – The Jester and Don’t Look

A trio of quick scares to check out on the tube…

The Moonlight Man – Short Horror Film by Danny Donahue

Whenever I see Donahue’s name appear on a short film I often queue it and wait till morning to watch it. He’s a constant source of amazingly scary horror shorts and behind Vermin, Grin and the Whisperer. This story is tells of a woman trying to get home safe but is unfortunate enough to run into the Moonlight Man.. yet another terrifying character from the master of fear, although the first time he appears he does remind me of the Babadook7/10

 

The Jester | A Short Horror Film

I’m amazed more films aren’t set in New Orleans around Halloween, as it seems to be the perfect setting and has an remarkable atmosphere. So a jester appears in the street offering a free card trick to a guy on this way to work.. The trick is great but what to come next is disturbing and horrific. The intro is a little dodgy and the sound isn’t that great but once it gets going the film is robust with dark ideas and imagery. 7/10

DONT LOOK – (short horror film)

Directed by Tim Windolf and starring Lennart Malcolm this short horror is very curious, a young man seeming to get ready for beddybyes is soon dealing with a nightmarish mirror in his bathroom. It’s simple and effective and I feel it could be extended into something great. 8/10

DJ’s on the big screen…

After watching Vanishing Point (1971) I was amazed by the connection between Kowalski and Super Soul (Cleavon Little) a resident DJ fighting to support and inform the lone driver, I remembered that I had started a list and now it needed to be completed.

warriorsdj01.The DJ (Lynne Thigpen) The Warriors (1979)

Possibly the most iconic DJ in cinema history and all we ever saw of her for the entire movie was her mouth. Her golden tones over the radio played out as a narrative of the hellish night that the street gang called the Warriors we’re having after being framed for taking out a rival gang leader. It quite insane how her character comes across when we barely see anything of her but it’s a vital role which really brings the movie together and keeps the fast pace up. It looks particularly amazing in the director’s cut as it splices the “comic” chapters together well.

zombi3blueheart02.Blue Heart (???) Zombi 3 (1979)

I’m hoping I can find the details of this chap before I publish but so far NO clues on who the actor is who played this amazing happy Dj who becomes the only Zombie DJ in cinema history.. (if you know of any others please inform me). BlueHeart is a happy carefree hippy who promotes love with his music, but after an outbreak of “Death One” his beloved island becomes a nightmare in paradise as the locals are becoming mindless zombies and being slaughtered by the military. His messages of peace and love soon become a dark signal of safe havens, hospitals and military advice, and eventually his final message is a warning from the dead themselves.

pontypool403.Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) Pontypool (2008)

This unusual infection movie revolves around the fearless and quirky Grant Mazzy who arrives to do his shift at a local radio station just as his town begins to go crazy and acting like mindless cannibals. After barricading himself and staff into the station they attempt to keep people informed as they piece together the cause of his mass hysteria. Great movie with a superb actor taking the reins and delivered a realistic role.

hardware04.Angry Bob (Iggy Pop) Hardware (1990)

A long all time favorite movie on mine (got a tribute tattooed on my leg) and filled with some of the UK’s best musicians, including Lemmy (RIP) and Carl MacCoy playing his own brand of psychonaut and Iggy Pop makes a guest appearance as Angry Bob who gives random updates about the apocalyptic shitty weather, radiation count and to inform us that there is NO FUCKING GOOD NEWS!! Unlike the rest of the movies this DJ is just a voice over the airways but his updates do provide a host of interesting background information.

vanishing-point-super-soul05.Super Soul (Cleavon Little) Vanishing Point (1971)

The enigmatic person what prompted me to finish off this list, Vanishing Point is about a speed racer out for some kicks transporting a car to a new owner and surviving on a cocktail of uppers he doesn’t sleep and doesn’t lift his foot from the pedal. While ploughing through police barricades and racing brave challengers, he has an unspoken one way communication/bond with Super Soul, a blind DJ played by the late Litt, he helps guide and warn Kowalski about upcoming dangers and tries to guide him to safety and even takes a brutal police beating in the process.

It’s brilliant how DJ’s are often portrayed on the big screen, obviously through the ages styles and music, formatting of shows have changed the game but the players are very much the same. I do love the connection between Vanishing Point’s SuperSoul and BlueHeart from Zombie.