I have to admit that I have a teeny crush on Ray Wise, but who couldn’t fall for his charm, the tall dark handsome stranger of anyone’s nightmares. Generally I manage to see him in a lot of horror movies, but that’s obvious due to the nature of my blog, I’m rather partial to horror! I really think Mr Wise should have had more lead roles and I’m impressed with his constant contributions no matter how small but sadly the one character I’d love to see him as; the devil, was in a TV show and as we all know I don’t watch tv… I guess I’m going to have to make an exception.
The iconic 80s sci fi had a host of amazing characters, literally every one influenced some film or show at point, while Ray didn’t play the most influential person, he did have some memorable scenes including a fight with Robocop on the dance floor of an industrial club, shooting Robocop in the chest and generally being one of the coolest members of Clarence’s gang. 10/10 [REVIEW] Continue reading 5 Selected – Ray Wise
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)
Duration : 6.19
Dir: Michael Lewis/USA/2014
The Escort works as a scary short film as you don’t need a lot of backstory to appreciate the situation, it would maybe make it less scary as this is a revelation and great pivotal moment caught in this in sinister short. With the bitter slice of domestic abuse the Escort chucks in a new paranormal spin and within second the movie turns from drama into one of your darkest mortal fears almost literally creeping into focus. The film is made by Michael Lewis the man behind Whispers (2013) and a handful of other well made shorts. You can’t deny he has a talent for unusual morbid tales akin to such maestros as Clive Barker. The acting is slightly on the shoddy side but the message is very clear and the effects are simple and striking. It’s worth the few minutes of your time that it will take up. It has some resemblance to a BBC radio play called Lasting Impression.
I’ve had a strange fascination with the strange blonde, blue eyed Dutch legend of cinema, since watching him in Blade Runner (1982) and I have thoroughly enjoyed following his career up to the more recent films such as The Rite (2011) and Hobo with a Shotgun (2011). Having the versatility to play heroic champions and evil villains, Ruter has taken on a series of movie roles over the past six decades either being centre stage or as a bit part actor he seems happy to work in any setting and not too proud to work in lower budget films either. Being both a charmer and on the odd occasion a complete psycho, with his stern features and cold eyes it’s hard to read him.part of his attraction and charm is his You can find out more about him and his works on his personal website, http://www.rutgerhauer.org
Continue reading 5 Selected – Rutger Hauer
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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Sadly the whole 31 days of horror went to pot after starting out so well, I will still continue with the list throughout November but due to health problems and the Rugby World Cup I’m really sorry I kinda copped out. The list as it stands today is here and I’ve not got a huge amount to do but I’m doing it.. After all it’s Halloween every day in my house.
I’ve got nothing much lined up for November, I’ll be penning some ideas for two epic lists detailing Selected movies of 2015 and Selected movies discovered in 2015.
Hopefully some more regular updates from now on… hopefully.. I will also be changing the look and feel of the blog, oh and I shall be adding a banner, I’ll bring that baby back!
I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween, did anyone find any creepy movies!?? Please let me know.
Day 1 – Halloween (1978)
Day 2 – The Thing (1982)
Day 3 – The Fog (1980)
Day 4 – Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Day 5 – Maniac Cop(1988)
Day 6 – The gate (1987)
Day 7 – Troll (1986)
Day 8 – Killer klowns from outer space (1988)
Day 9 – Jaws (1975)
Day 10 – Hellraiser (1987)
Day 11 – American Werewolf in London (1981)
Day 12 – The Lost boys (1987)
Day 13 The Beyond (1981)
Day 14 The Hills have eyes (1977)
Day 15 The last will and testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)
Day 16 A Serbian Film (2010)
Day 17 The lodger (1927)
Day 18 L’ultimo Treno Della Note -Don’t Ride on Late Night Trains (1975)
Day 19 Banshee chapter (2013)
Yep I still have quite a few to add but will finish the list.
In the meantime there are some awesome sales and NEW sweatshirts at Rabbit In Red http://www.rabbitinred.co.uk so get yourself something warm for the winter I know I will be once I’ve narrowed my selection down from the extensive catalogue.
Day 19 of 31
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.
The 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)
Day 18 of 31
L’ultimo Treno Della Note – Don’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.
The 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?
Continue reading L’ultimo Treno Della Note -Don’t Ride on Late Night Trains (1975)
Day 17 of 31
The Lodger – A Story of the London Fog (Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, 1927) (A) D: Alfred Hitchcock W: Marie Belloc Lowndes (novel) P: C: June Tripp, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault. 1h 8m. UK.
Synopsis : A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in london.
A new style of suspense film that kicked off a long line of amazing thrillers from a sinister director. Loosely based around the horrific crimes of the notorious jack the ripper, the villain at large in this fog shrouded London is after a particular female instead, one close to the heart of the equally notorious director.
Taking all of the mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper and balling it together with a whole new list of objectives, this film doesn’t attempt to answer any questions but instead gives an insight into the paranoia that was potentially suffered by Londoners, who can you trust, especially when you’re a landlady who rents rooms to strangers and have a daughter that fits the bill of the typical victim.
When a landlady (Marie Ault) and her husband (Arthur Chesney) take in a new lodger (Ivor Novello), they’re overjoyed: He’s quiet, humble and pays a month’s rent in advance. But his mysterious and suspicious behaviour soon has them wondering if he’s the killer terrorizing local blond girls. Their daughter, Daisy (June Tripp), a cocky model, is far less concerned, her attraction obvious. Her police-detective boyfriend (Malcolm Keen), in a pique of jealousy, seeks to uncover the lodger’s true identity. Continue reading The Lodger (1927)