Director: Olaf Ittenbach.
Starring.Natacza Boon, James Matthews-Pyecka, Daryl Jackson. Germany. 1h 26m.
It’s quite easy to slate a film just because of it’s shoddy acting and low budget but then there are a few golden films where we actually really adore them just for those reasons, I want to name the Room (2003) but really I don’t know why it’s’ the best of the worst.. but it is. Garden of Love has some pretty bad qualities, poor production being the more noticeable but there is a damn fine slasher movie somewhere in the mess. Continue reading Garden Of Love (2003)
Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi.
Starring: Kimiko Ikegami, Kumiko Ohba, Kumiko Oba, Mitshtoshi Ishigami, Miki Jinbo, Reiko Sato. Japan. 1h 27m.
Every now and then I have the urge to watch something completely off the wall, and I’ve seen and heard so much about House over the years and deemed that most of it couldn’t be true.. but finally managed to find a copy at a semi reasonable price so I relaxed into it a few nights ago… then panicked a lot, but there is a lot going on in this cartoon style fairy story. Continue reading Hausu / House (1977)
Director: Carter Smith.
Based on: The Ruins by Scott Smith
Starring: Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey, Joe Anderson. USA/Australia. 1h 30m.
A group of friends, two couples and a guy they meet Dimitri, who’s looking for his brother, decide to go to an unmarked part of Mexico to look at some ruins near the end of their amazing vacation. The new friend’s brother had gone out to the site only the day before, so he leads them to the Ruins. Within moments of reaching the site a group of pissed off locals turn up, threatening the group with violence, Dimitri attempts to reason with them but they brutally shoot and kill him, the rest retreat to the top of the ruins they came to visit.
At the top of the Aztec style structure they find it’s covered in vines and there is a opening, they attempt to go down into dig site as they can hear a phone ringing and assume it’s Dimitri’s brother’s, and unable to get a signal they need the phone as it seems to be getting a signal, this is when tragedy strikes again and one of them is injured and paralyzed. It soon becomes apparent that the cute vines that cover the structure are the reason why the locals are acting so skittish. They have been quarantined, as unwilling sacrifices to this unusual flora. It’s malevolence is unmetered and it’s attacks are gory and horrific, these kids really don’t know what shit they have gotten themselves into. Continue reading Ruins (2008)
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)
Director : William Brent Bell
Starring : A.J. Cook, Brian Scott O’Connor, Simon Quarterman, Sebastian Roché,Vik Sahay . USA. 1h 29m.
A modern day werewolf movie that awkwardly slots into the found footage genre. From the director who gave us another found footage horror only a year before, Devil Inside (2012) and sadly this film makes lots of the same mistakes but it also quite enjoyable.
There aren’t many werewolf found footage movies, in fact I can’t think of any, but this film isn’t pure found footage, it’s just a bog standard film with a few clips filmed via security cameras for added unrest.
Starting out from cam footage, a family are attacked by an unknown ferocious beast, if you hadn’t seen a trailer (or read this review) you’d have thought it was a bear on meth, it’s such a violent scene. Later through news clips it’s announced that Talan Gwynek (Brian Scott O’Connor) has been arrested for the murders. This is when Kate Moore (A. J Cook) steps in, to protect Talan as he’s not had a fair representation. While interviewing the curious man she starts to realise that he might just be capable of the murders, it’s not until after Talan is tested for Porphyria that Kate and her team including Gavin Flemyng (Simon Quarterman) start to realise just what they are faced with and how the werewolf curse is already affecting them…
Continue reading Wer (2013)
Director: Juno Mak.
Starring: Chin Siu-ho Anthony Chan Kara Hui Lo Hoi-pang Paw Hee-ching. Hong Kong. 1h 41m.
A detailed and superb Hong Kong film directed by Juno Mak, is a tribute to the Mr Vampire (1985+) series and features many of the same actors.
A formerly successful actor Chin Siu-ho (the star of Mr Vampire), becomes depressed and suicidal when he wife leaves him. He moves into a run down apartment and soon after his welcoming ceremony he decides to hang himself, but as he’s losing consciousness a pair of twin ghosts possess his body. Yau, a retired vampire hunter breaks in, cuts him down and exorcises the spirits from Chin’s body. Continue reading Geung Si – Rigor Mortis (2013)
Director: Andrew Cull, Steve Isles.
Starring: Giles Alderson, Francesca Fowler, Paul McGuinness . UK. 1h 27m.
In the wee hours of the morning a London couple receive a visit from their distraught friend David, telling them that his girlfriend has been unfaithful and he needs somewhere to stay for the night. After consoling their friend and making him comfortable, they depart to their own bed and David starts noticing things out the corner of his eye or something nightmarish in the reflections of the mirror. This isn’t’ the first time these horrors have presented himself to David and now he’s brought them with him to his friends apartment.
You could make lots of comparisons that can be made with this and any modern found footage movies, it’s dark and the freaky little monsters often pop out of sight from a person point of view, usually in a dark room being searched by a flashlight. Personally I see the film as being closer connected to Digging up the Marrow (2014) than Paranormal Activity (2007). It strives to suggest that the monsters are real and like Konami’s Silent Hill (1999), there are bold steps to make the dark a scary place to be again. Continue reading The Possession of David O’Reilly (2010)
Director: Jean-Baptiste Andrea.
Starring: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Alexandar Holden, Mick Cain, Billy Asher, Amber Smith. France. 1h 25m.
Directorial debut from the aspired French madman Jean-Baptiste Andrea, and sparingly turns out to be an intelligent creepy family horror. After taking a back road on the way to a routine family Christmas party, the patriarch nods off at the wheel and is soon shocked awake, but the never ending road the family find themselves on is not quite the one they intended to be on. The family carry on the dark winding road that seems to be leading to Harcourt, an unknown place but no matter how long they drive it seems unattainable. Continue reading Dead End (2003)
Chugyeogja the Chaser (2008) – (Thriller, Crime, Horror, Drama, 2008) (18) D: Hong-jin Na W: Won-Chan Hong, Shinho Lee P: Sujin Kim, In-Boem Yoon C: Yun-soek Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo. 2h 5m. South Korea.
I have had a long adoration of South Korean cinema and as much as I had seen this title floating around in recommendations and trailers sent to me it took AGES for me to get around to it but eventually I got my head out of my ass and I was blown away. This is an incredibly stylish serial killer film with a gruesome and intriguing plot.
Eom Joong-ho (Kim Yoon-seok) is a dodgy ex detective turned pimp but he’s experiencing some financial problems and two of his girls have gone missing, after sending, Mi-jin (Seo Young-hee), one of his remaining girls out to a customer and losing track of her, he realises that it’s to the same address that a missing girl was sent too. He goes in search for Mi-jin asking for backup help from the force but they are all busy protecting the mayor who has recently been attacked and are making their presence known as the humiliation is too much to bear. Continue reading Chugyeogja the Chaser (2008)
Day 25 of 31
Director: Pascal Laugier.
Starring:Morjana Alaoui Mylène Jampanoï . Canada. 1h 34m.
This film comes straight out of left field and doesn’t ever give any real explanation for it’s bizarre and wildly disturbing nature and really crushes your guts at the end, but it’s a delight to muse over. On the outset it’s pretty forgivable to assume this is just another excuse for torture porn styled horror, without spending a lot of time thinking about the gruesome detail it’s easy to see how it all boils down to the persecution of women, so no brownie points there but simmering around the narrative are lots of other social and religious questions, most of which will turn anyone insane if you go into them in great detail.
Continue reading Martyrs (2008)