Category Archives: Thriller

The Witch (2015)

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Director: Robert Eggers.
Starring : Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Wahab Chaudhry. Canada. 1h 32m.

In this conscientious and terrifying horror, the age old concepts of witchcraft, magic and possession and brought together in this bleak forest folklore film. A family are exiled by the church and forced to scratch a living on the outskirts of an ominous forest where evil is believed to lurk. Strange and devastating things begin to happen. An infant goes missing, crops fail, and the livestock starts taking on strange personalities. The family are taken to the limits of their faith and sanity as they are starved and tormented on a daily basis, the mother (Kate Dickie) seems to become possessed by an evil spirit and suspicions fall upon the eldest daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) who is suspected to be a witch but denies the charges. As loyalties become frayed and each family member is tested in unforgettable ways, the true nature of the haunting becomes apparent but at what costs to his pious family!?

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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)

Home invasion (2015)

2016_04_28_10.23.20Director: David Tennant
Writer: Peter Sullivan
Starring: Jason Patric, Scott Adkins, Natasha Henstridge. USA. 1h 25m

Sometimes I’m not quite sure why people cast good action stars in such crappy dramas but seems thought I’d cancer name advertised in this film did actually persuade me to give it a go all in all it’s not actually a terrible movie but just not that kind of calibre I would expect. Continue reading Home invasion (2015)

Tower Block (2012)

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Director : James Nunn and Robbie Thompson.
Starring: Sheridan Smith, Jack O’Connell, Russell Tovey, Ralph Brown. UK. 1h 30m

A broody claustrophobic thriller set within the confines of the average manky london unglamourous highrise. A young injured man runs frantically about the gotty corridors of a urban tower block banging on doors trying to get help but is beaten to death on the doorsteps of the tenants, the sullen faces of the neighbours faces into regret that they did nothing to help him but that’s life in the big city. The police investigate and are disgusted that at the apathy, that no one lifted a finger to help. Continue reading Tower Block (2012)

The Babadook (2014)

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Director:Jennifer Kent.
Starring:Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall . Australia. 1h 33m.

I had been getting frustrated with this new wave of shitty supposed-to-be-amazing horror that was just a bunch of regurgitated stories filled with fake jump scares and The Babadook was also released during this slushy period and I did pan it as being just another boring uninspired horror, but I was so wrong.. and I’m so sorry! Continue reading The Babadook (2014)

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

 

10cloverfieldlane1.jpgDirector : Dan Trachtenberg
Starring : John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr. USA. 1h 43m

This has to be one of the most unpredictable and yet most anticipated monster sequel for quite some time. The return of Cloverfield comes with a heavy dose of Hitchcock as the young franchise steps away from the found footage shaky cam horror that made original so popular. Instead 10 Cloverfield Lane, originally called The Cellar plays with a lot of psychological tricks while dealing with tremendous tension; mostly caused by the unknown saviour Howard played by John Goodman, is his homely and very creepy underground bunker. Continue reading 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

The Survivalist (2015)

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Director: Stephen Fingleton
Starring: Martin McCann, Mia Goth, Olven Fouere. Ireland/UK. 1h 43m

A impressive and unusual post apocalyptic survival story, if the title didn’t give that away already.. instead of a desert wasteland and zombies this lush yet bleak take on our future is incredibly intense and thought provoking.

Unnamed and isolated a young man forges a future for himself in the wilderness, growing what food he can on land littered with the bodies of those who have tried to rob him in the past. Eventually his solitary existence is disturbed by two starving visitors, a young girl Milija (Mia Goth) and her long silver haired banshee of a mother Kathryn (Olwen Fouéré), who first offer the man seeds then sex for food and shelter. Eventually unspoken rules and a tentative bond is formed although everyone is striving to survive and no one fully trusted. Continue reading The Survivalist (2015)

The Bat (1959)

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Director: Crane Wilbur.
Based on: The Circular Staircase (1908) novel by Mary Roberts Rinehart and The Bat (1920) play by the same author
Starring: Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead. USA. 1h 20m

A crazy Murder She Wrote style story with an intricate and convoluted plot that just seems to drag on and on.. The Bat does show how influential Vincent Price can be without really have a LOT of screen time.

Cornelia Van Gorder (Agnes Moorehead) is a crime writer who lives in a town being plagued by a sinister character called the Bat who kills women by night, by ripping out their throats with steel claws. Meanwhile a local doctor (Vincent Price) and banker render a plot to steal some bonds but things don’t quite go to plan and the doctor kills his old friend with the belief that he knows where the money is hidden. While the crime writer and her trusty sidekick/maid are going to bed the Bat attempts a breakin and a night of mystery ensues.

It’s always crazy fun watching a caper of this type from back in the 1950’s where a sense of horror and adventure was totally different. While this movie is a whodunit it’s hard to call it a thriller or horror as such only because by today’s standards it’s so tame. But in essence it’s a modern day Clue (1985), a mystery with a touch of comedy.

Obviously adapted from a play, it has a similar setup and design. Lots of room by room investigations and mostly based within the home of the Ms Van Gorder. The shenanigans are whimsical more than terror filled, but a few scenes do leap out as being slightly disturbing, the Bat wears gloves with metal talons which have a Freddy Kruger look to them and do have a creepy feel in the scenes where he’s breaking and entering, and there is a lot of use of silhouettes and long shadows which in black and white always work so well to produce a psychotropic and stark effect. The bats identity is kept secret until the very end but on a second watch you’ll be able to follow the clues, I’m never the best person to work out the murderer, honestly this mysteries just do my head in but this has enough entertainment, mostly off the back of Price to keep the viewer entertained even if they loose track on the mystery.

Agnes, yep the mother in law from Bewitches is okay as the lead but is often out acted, the story seems to go on longer than it needs to, towards the end but it does offer the opportunity to kill a few more suspected killers, which got me re thinking but I was kinda “done” with the movie by then, for a 50’s mystery it’s okay, not film noir and not gripped by violence but there is a genuine scooby do o mystery here that you won’t see coming. This film is now in the public domain so it’s highly accessible and one for the collection of any Vincent Price Fan, it certainly does have some charm and an strange message at the finale.

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Rating 4/10

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LOne House, a list of selected films based in one location.
AHome Sweet Home – can your home be the setting for an entire movie and how does this thrill us.
5S – Vincent Price

the film is now in the public domain so here is the full legal film..

Diablo (2015)

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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)

Flutter (2011)

 

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Director :  Giles Borg
Writer : Stephen Leslie
Starring : Joe Anderson, Ricky Tomlinson, Laura Fraser, Autumn Federici, Billy Zane, Luke Evans. UK. 1h 26m.

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)