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Bone Tomahawk (2015)

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The first Horror/Western I’ve ever seen advertised and with so many wow’s! There is so much to grip the imagination here. A very different type of western but with a very familiar Kurt Russell.

The film starts off with Captain Spaulding, sorry Buddy (Sid Haig) and his sidekick  Purvis (David Arquette), clearing up after killing a group they chanced upon in the desert.Coldly killing and systematically robbing them they stumble on a peculiar burial ground when Haig is shot and kill and Arquette manages to escape, the next town he stumbles into  (cheerfully named Bright Hope) is run by a Snake Plissken style Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Russell) who shoots him in the leg, then calls the doctor Samantha O’Dwyer (Lili Simmons) to remove the bullet, she has to leave her wounded lover Arthur O’Dwyer (Patrick Wilson), during the night there is a swift and violent attack and by morning everyone is very aware that the town was invaded by a small group of Native hunters and the Doc, deputy and prisoner are missing. Russell, his “Back Up Deputy” Chicory (Richard Jenkins), a gentleman/womaniser John Brooder (Matthew Fox)and the crippled cowboy set out to retrieve their lost from what is suspected to be a native tribe of cannibals!! YAY So now the movie turns into a fairly long cross country story with a cripple, a bad tempered sherif, his trusty aged sidekick and a hipster.

But

It’s freaking awesome!

The group are very comical with the characters being very deep and compelling. set in some endless landscapes they chance upon bandits and have enough trouble dealing with each other. I’ve no idea how the cowboy made it that far with his bandy leg?? But one of the aspects of the movie is that love and honour conquers all. The native tribe are like nothing you have seen before and are a sort of proto tribe, and the film proudly delivers one of the most brutal kill scenes of the year, and the film wisely keeps lot of the bloodthirsty action for the latter half after building up great characters and a decent story line.

Packing a jagged punch, this unusual horror western is both great in drama and brutal kill scenes, possibly giving us the best death scene of 2015….

There isn’t much to really pick apart here but for me it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why it’s so great, the time flys by, and it’s a good 2 hours of movie, it’s daring in its approach to portray a very different type of western, and Russell is a blessing on the screen with a very strong supporting cast, Chicory/ Richard Jenkins being the most memorable,  the ending scene ran a bit quicker than I would have liked and I did get something in my eye… *sniff* damn it..

7/10

Full review and post discussion to come ,the end of the film is amazing and I can’t not talk about it….

Badges of Fury (2013)

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Badges of Fury (Martial Arts, Comedy, Action 2013) (PG) D:Wong Tsz-Ming C:Jet Li, Wen Zhang, Michelle Chen, Liu Shishi, Ada Liu 1h 38m. China/Hong Kong

Right I won’t be writing a full review for this because it was awful and I can’t even go there to even detail all of the faults. I don’t really want to talk about it at all because it just makes me angry.

Two troublemaking cops, one a young buck Wang (Zhang Wen) and the other a moody veteran (yeah like always) Huang (Li) are sent to investigate  a string of “mysterious” murders that all lead back to the same ex girlfriend, an aspiring starlet, in order to draw out the killer, one of the cops has to pose as her lover and then movie, crazy antics the end. Continue reading Badges of Fury (2013)

Blood (2012)

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This film should have been made earlier in British film history, around the time of My Name is Joe (1998) but it wasn’t and it just looks dated. Utilising the great acting abilities of Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Brian Cox and Stephen Graham.

Paul Bettany plays a determined cop who gets a blood lust for a particular man after a girls body turns up and he suspects him of her kidnapping and murder, with the pressure from his ill ex cop father (Cox) he does something rather hot headed and spends the rest of the movie trying to cover the mistake.

It attempts to be gritty, it is definitely tense at times but doesn’t have a lot of depth, I did enjoy the film,the concept is great but it wasn’t executed in the best possible way, but at least the story is totally complete and there is a justified ending.

Cox is by far the best actor in this, the clumsy father who is dealing with Alzheimer’s or something similar, while being a little devious and also using it to mask some underhanded tactics. There is a lot of double dealings going on and brilliant family drama scenes, both in the home and out on the “island” where there are a lot of problems buried.

I can’t really work out where to place the film, it is good but I feel it could have been a lot better. Mark Strong wasn’t really used to his proper potential, Bettany was equally under used, but I did feel that the entertainment was hit and miss throughout. It has a decent level of re watch ability I think I will make up mind in the review.. coming soon.

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Rating 6/10

R – My name is joe (1998), Gangster No1 (2000),
5S – Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Brian Cox,

The Visit (2015)

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The Visit  (Horror, Thriller,  2015) (18) D: M Night Shyamalan W: M Night Shyamalan  C: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn. 1h 34m. USA.

Synopsis : A single mother finds that things in her family’s life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.

This unusual chilling found footage drama is actually quite an interesting comeback for M Night Shyamalan. Seeming to pull away from the farcical fantasies that he’s produced lately this is a first in both being a film he’s not present in and his first found footage style movie.

Playing on several horror themes such as visiting strange old creepy family members as well as potential supernatural/haunting style disturbances the film, is cloaked in lots of mysteries as well as having a jovial fun side added in by the two children who are making the film.

the visitStarting at a gradual pace with a woman talking about how she left her parents’ home a s young teen and never returning she shows some bitterness that her parents are now Councillors and have made contact over the internet with and want to see their grandchildren. She’s now getting into a relationship after a messy divorce and the children agree to visits the grands and give her some time alone. Obviously the kids Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) and  Becca (Olivia DeJonge) are budding directors/rappers and want to film the entire event and investigate what happened when their mother left. The kids travels to their parents is quite interesting and allows the viewer to get used to the crappy camera angles and the characters as they interview people on the train and each other. Once they get to the grandparents’ house all sorts of crazy shit starts to take place and they start to dig at their mother’s past and get constantly freaked out by their folks “Sundowning” other bizarre and questionable habits and outburst. Continue reading The Visit (2015)

Creep (2014)

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Creep (Drama, Horror 2014) (8) D: Patrick Brice: W: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass: C: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass 1h 22m. USA.

Synopsis: When a video gamer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seem.

This oddball movie plays out as a cross between a found footage movie and a cringe compilation from YouTube. The film feels like it was forged from a creepypasta written by a school kid, and appears to be the first of a trilogy of “creep” films. Outlining the dangers of answering a “too good to be true” advert on Craigslist and digging into the psyche of a deceptive and manipulative “creep” and adorable loser.

Aaron answers an advert posted on Craigslist, he has the incredibly easy task of filming Josef , a desperate man who is dying from cancer but insistent on making a documentary for his unborn baby boy, who he calls “buddy” through the filming. Immediately he comes across as a creepy bastard, but Aaron pursues with the now bizarre and creepy job of following Josef around filming him while he’s doing some very bizarre role play Fizz unborn baby most of this is very uncomfortable and quite boring to watch periodically Josef pulls cheap stunt and tries to jump out of a cupboard or pretends to drown in order to scare Aaron. It’s not about this time that Aaron realises but he’s had enough of the filming and the gentle manipulation the he decided to call it a day and finish the film at home when he realises what a psychotic ass hole he was dealing with and have a new challenge to face

Styled like any other phone footage of documentary movie there’s not a lot of difference between Creep and The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) for example. The filming of Josef was supposed to take up one day, but through his sweet talking and is constantly scaring Aaron and then apologising for his “weird sense of humor” the filming goes on for several days, while they were out in the wilderness aimlessly looking for a heart shaped rock in a pool I almost expected to see the crew from a Bigfoot documentary cross paths with them.

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Pressure (2015)

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Pressure  (Drama, Thriller,  2015) (15) D: Ron Scalpello W: Louis Baxter, Alan McKenna + P:  C: Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole, Alan mcKenna, Ian Pirie, Daisy Lowe, Gemita Samarra.. 1h 31m. UK.

Synopsis : A group of men are trapped in a small pod on the sea bed, after diving down to fix an oil pipeline and becoming serperated from their ship.

An underwater adventure filled with terror blood and where the only treasure is precious oxygen.

Seaming to take inspiration from many a sturdy submarine movie, Pressure also seems to have a lot of influence from Lifeboat (1996) a well-crafted TV movie adapted from short story from Alfred Hitchcock.

Isolating a small group of men away from their families and loved ones on an emergency mission and plunging them to the bottom of the ocean to fix a pipeline, Pressure manages to deal with the psychological anguish that occur when things go wrong but it’s added bonus is to deal with the very real issues, as title does suggest, there are more physical ailments of this doomed mission.

The film starts with a series of irate and harsh phone calls, giving the idea that there is a massive expensive problem; quickly a group of men are assembled and sent down to the bottom of the ocean to fix a pipeline. Pretty soon it’s apparent that they are under equipped for the job at hand but also unable to cope with the problems that crop up like lack of oxygen and minor things like that (lol) just about the time they start panicking about the problems they realise that they have lost contact with the ship I cannot raise any help and that’s when the fun begins start. Continue reading Pressure (2015)

A Little Chaos (2014)

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A Little Chaos  (Drama, Romance, Costume Drama, 2014) (12A) D: Alan Rickman W: Jeremy Brock, Alison Deegan  C: Alan Rickman, Matthias Schoenaerts, Kate Winslet. 1h 57m. UK.

Synopsis : Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles.

TAGLINE : Passion is in our nature.

A little chaos, for me is like a christmas cake it looks absolutely gorgeous but from the outset you know exactly what’s going to happen all the workings and insides are tried and tested. But nonetheless there is a lot to enjoy. In modern cinema and in this year especially there has seen a lot of advancements in the technological side of film making, but costume dramas have been suffering and are now fairly rare, so this does stand out and has wonderful charm, but is lacking slightly on the dramatic bosom heaving antics that would have really made this film great.

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Banshee Chapter (2013)

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Day 19 of 31

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Banshee Chapter  (Horror, Thriller,  2013) (15) D: Blair Erickson W: Blaie Erikson and Daniel J Healy P: Zachary Quinto C: Katia Winter, Ted Levine, Michael McMillian,. 1h 27m. USA.

Synopsis : Journalist Anna roland explores the disturbing links behind her friend’s sudden disappearance, an ominious government research chemical, and a disturbing radio broadcast of unknown origin.

Darkly atmospheric and creepy as fuck, this insane nightmare of a movie really taps into your modern day life and shows you how to open the door into darkness! Yeah okay I killed the intro there, but this film is inspired by the legendary HP Lovecraft story From Beyond that was earlier made into a 80’s psychotropic film of the same name. Banshee Chapter does take things step or two forwards and really roots itself into real events, thus bringing the events of Lovecraft old monsters and madmen literally right to your doorstep.

wpid-wp-1445900825431.pngThe film kicks off in style, a couple of guys are filming themselves trying DMT for the first time. After showing footage of President Clinton; and other people announcing the existence of a government experiment Project MKUltra. The brand of DMT-19 is the same drug used in the testing. Then something goes terribly wrong, a weird sound is heard over the radio akin to Silent Hill (20??) and James becomes extremely anxious saying that something is coming towards the house and it wants to “wear them”, a large shadowy figure rushes past the window and the scene ends with a shot of James with all black eyes and a disfigured face standing in a pool of blood. A young journalist picks up the story with the help of Thomas Blackburn (Ted Levine) and she bravely searches for the bizarre drug and radio station, what she uncovers is truly terrifying and relentless. Continue reading Banshee Chapter (2013)

L’ultimo Treno Della Note -Don’t Ride on Late Night Trains (1975)

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Day 18 of 31

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L’ultimo Treno Della NoteDon’t Ride on Late Night Trains  (Horror,  1975) (Banned) D: Aldo Lado W: Roberto Infascelli (story) Renato Izzo + P:  C: Flavio Bucci, Mache Meril, Gianfranco De Grassi. 1h 34m. Italy.

Synopsis : A pair of psychotic hoodlums and an equally demented nymphomaniac woman terrorize two young girls on a train trip from Germany to Italy.

TAGLINE : Most movies hast less than two hours! This is one of everlasting torment.

A turbulent nightmare ride of pain and pleasure. Amplified by a past pace, daunting cinematics and a host of uncomfortable and grotty scenes. Seemly inspired by various other video nasties of the time, namely Last House on the left (1972) and Who saw her die? (1972). The film is more of a gore scare than anything really steeped in horror, it’s got that psycho edge as in Trip with Teacher (1975) where the crazy culprits have a lot of deep issues and sexual tension.

wpid-night-train-murders.png.pngThe film starts off so fucking happy, it’s Christmas time in Germany and school is out! Margaret and Lisa, high school friends, take the night train from Germany to Verona to spend Christmas with Lisa’s family. They flirt mildly with male passengers, including two randy delinquents in their 20s, Blackie and Curly. The four of them end up in a first-class cabin with a well-dressed woman of about 30 who has pornographic photographs in her valise. Egged on by the woman, the thugs and a male visitor to the cabin menace and then assault Margaret and Lisa. Meanwhile, we also see Christmas Eve and morning scenes at Lisa’s home, where her parents are polite to each other while discussing divorce. On Christmas morning, they go to the station to meet the girls. Will they be on the train?
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Srpski Film – A Serbian Film (2010)

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Day 16 of 31

 

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Srpski Film, – A Serbian Film  (Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller,  2010) (18) D: Srdjan Spasojevic W: Srdjan Spasojevic, Aleksandar Radivojevic  C: Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic, Jelena Gavrilovic. 1h 44m. Serbia.

Synopsis : An aging porn star agrees to participate in an “art film” in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.

TAGLINE : Not all films have a happy ending

One of the top contenders in the heavyweight division of disturbing and banned movies in the form of rare piece of transgressive art. Seemingly inspired by a range of political and sociological events in modern Serbia. Although mistakenly assumed to be an excuse for “just being a video nasty”.

Serbian FilmFunnily enough through all the grime and grot this film does address some fairly serious issues, I think in some ways it lets itself down by promoting them in such a vivid way, but to be honest and in the words of John Doe from Se7en (1995) ,Wanting people to listen, you can’t just tap them on the shoulder anymore, you have to hit them with a sledgehammer and then you’ll notice you’ve got their strict attention. Continue reading Srpski Film – A Serbian Film (2010)