Director:Eduardo Sánchez, Kevin Foxe
Starring: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard. USA. 1h 21m
It feels strange reviewing this so long after it gave me such a wild night out at the cinema, so this review is going to be a trip down memory lane, so grab you member berries and hop on the fuck train.
I was the gothist kid in my highschool, just one step away from shooting the place up if only I had some other trench coat kids to help me out, I might have been on the news, instead being the loner I was, I had to make do with being the go to person with horror movie info, by the time the Blair Witch had hit my radar, the magic was nearly over, it had already been screened and the amazing movie website showed images of people out searching the woods for the missing students, while the message board were filled with links to stories titles “Blair Witch is an elaborate hoax” or conspiracy stories claiming that “the story is real, ignore the hoax stories they are trying to stop you from finding the out the TRUTH”
Sadly I realised that this was just a modern day wicca version of Cannibal Holocaust (1980), yep I knew about all these classics already, I was an early horror bloomer. I sent the main website link to my bestest friends on MSN and ICQ and we arranged to meet up and see the film at the Odeon. It was a late night horror screening on a weeknight and therefore the cinema was filled with kids, I rarely remember anyone checking us in the Odeon, it was like a creche. Continue reading The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Starring: James Purefoy, Rachel Shelley, Christopher Adamson, Paul Brooke, Don Warrington.UK. 1h 35m
Lighthouse was a random find at the local library, without knowing much the cover and category of horror was enough for me to part with some change for the mystery DVD which turned out to be quite an impressive budget serial killer movie although while horror movies often have some infamous bad decisions this one goes overboard.
James Purefoy is Spader, one of a number of prisoners are being transported by ship to a new prison, unfortunately they run into problems and the boat sinks, a small group of survivors manage to swim to safety prisoners and guards have to band together as a much more deranged killer known as Rook is now loose, and with his tendency to be the kinda psychopath who kills anyone he sees they do everything they can to protect themselves on the lonely dark island and their only refuge is a run down lighthouse. Continue reading Lighthouse / Dead of Night (1999)
Director: Eric Freiser
Starring: Bruce Payne, Ashley Laurence, Boti Bliss, Angel Boris, Paul Francis, Rick Hearst, Jan Schweiterman . USA . 1h 34m
I only discovered there was a third installment of Warlock about 10 years after it had been released, maybe because it was a direct to DVD release or possibly because no one was talking about it, cos it just wasn’t up to par with the first two films.
You can tell when a film has no budget as the sets and locations shrink down to a minimum, and this one house film is incredibly dull and quite boring.
Seemingly inspired by the now cult classic Warlock theme, an enchanted and highly determined Warlock who travels through time to be reborn and usher in the new beginning by raising Satan, originally the films see the Warlock travelling the world getting into all kinds of hijinx, tricking and slaughtering as he goes, but it’s down theatrics now… Continue reading Warlock III : End of Innocence (1999)
Director: Takashi Miike. Story by: Ryū Murakami
Starring. Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina. Japan. 1h 43m.
Famed as being one of the breakthrough modern Japanese video nasties, the Audition has a sacred place in the hearts of anyone who likes the gore and chills turned right up, from the granddaddy of Japanese bizarre cinema, Takashi Miike.
Based on the chilling horror novel The Audition By Ryū Murakami (thanks to @GiornataNera for the info, if you ever need someone awesome to follow on twitter check out this wonderful guy) and it captures an mesmerizing dreamlike feel when things start to get weird the “deeper” throws of the movie. Continue reading Odishon / The Audition (1999)
One of those life changing movies, and continues to be my go to film from time to time, a small indie movie graced by some impressive names, just because it’s that darn good of a film. Ghostdog is a lonely character, is only friend is a French speaking ice cream seller, his passion is Bushido and his Pigeons. After being saved by a mob boss, his adapted the way of the Samurai and looks upon this man as his master and he is a retainer. The mafia uses his dedication and sends him out to do hits. One goes awry and the mob turn on Ghostdog, but they don’t’ know who they are fucking with. Forest Whittaker plays the main character and he’s perfect, RZA had a hand in it’s production and the soundtrack takes a facet from each style of black music, it almost started a movement, (black) urban samurai 9/10
Continue reading La Weekend July 5
Oh dear it was a bit of a crappy movie weekend, I had a lot of new stuff to see but I panned most it all for crappy stuff as I spent most of the weekend painting and being a general douchbag. So after watching hours of rubbish on YouTube I eventually got around to some TV movies.. yeah I know I say I don’t watch it and I don’t, unless there is a movie on..
Passenger 57 (1992) – I used adore this movie when I was a teen, mostly due to the hot 90’s hair action going on, but it was one of the more talked about action films (on the playground).. John Cutter (Westley Snipes) is a former police officer and now has the pleasure of escorting a terrorist Charles Rane (Bruce Payne) on his flight to the FBI, somehow, he takes over the plane and the two men have to physically and mentally psych each other out. It’s a bit laughable now but I think it will always hold a special place in my heart, but it’s nowhere near as awesome as New Jack City.. It was possibly one of the last films Rane did while he was still semi hot. and Tom Sizemore was on his verge of slipping into a drug coma. All said and done I think I found Con Air more re watchable and that’s saying a lot… 5/10 Continue reading La Weekend July 2017 – 3
Barbarella (1968) – Oh how I have always adored this adventure. so much of it stuck in my mind when I first watched it as a child and it was one of the first shirts I brought from Rabbit In Red, based on a psychedelic comic series and made in an era where boundaries were still being pushed, he essence of Barbarella was captured in a vibrant way but each character remains amazingly district. The sexy situations and innuendos are full on but not overpowering and it’s just so much fun to watch.
It’s certainly had a big influence on the fashion and music industry, the band Duran Duran got it’s name from one of the characters, and many designers have said it was an influence for other movie costumes. It’s certainly influenced me, anyone who’s met me will get bored of me imitating the Great Tyrant, not only from the “pretty pretty” talk but forging my own city of sin and pleasure..
The lose gist of the film is that Barbarella is on the hunt for Dr Duran Duran who has a weapon that could destroy the universe and she needs to stop him, after befriending an Angelic creature and demonstrating her amazing bedside manner she travels throughout space looking mighty fine until she meets her arch rival The Great Tyrant 9/10
Lighthouse (1999) – This was one of my purchase discs from Choices! man I’m showing my age. It’s a low budget UK production but it tells a pretty awesome story of a prison ship on it’s way to an remote island but it runs aground and the mix of prisoners and guards have to stick together to avoid a potential serial killer. There are some crazy tense scenes, bad decisions and a crazy stalker with a mystical quality about him. One of the earliest films I ever saw James Purefoy in and a strange appearance from Don Warrington.
It has Simon Hunter’s signature style to it, if you think you’re unfamiliar with his work, then I’ll give you a clue, he did Mutant Chronicles! so expect a strong lead male, with a achilles heel, a misty landscape and strange shots from odd angles, hopefully this will carry on with his new film that’s been announced Last Blood, based on a webcomic with the same name, where the last few human survivors are protected by vampires from the hoards of a zombie apocalypse! 5/10
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Director: Yoon-Hyun Chang , Chang Yoon-hyun , Chang Youn Hyun
Starring: Han Suk-kyu, Shim Eun-ha. South Korea. 1h 56m
So often have the Koreans fantasied with violent and psychotic serial killers, and often these cinematic gorefests are shrouded with mystery and loaded with grotesque skin crawling violence. The only film to date that had any real life connection is Memories of Murder (2003) which details the first properly documented serial killer in South Korea (correct me if I’m wrong, i’m just going by the details in my DVD cover), a case filled with blunders and much embarrassment. But in all fictional accounts the often flawed cops usually get their man.. Continue reading Hangul: 텔 미 썸딩/ Tell me something (1999)
Starring:Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, Betty White . USA. 1h 22m.
Sometimes you just need to abandon all hope and sense and let your hair down for a film to entertain you, and Lake Placid is one of those movies. It’s a thriller, a bit of a horror but it’s so cheesy it’s funny but it’s playful adventurous side is kept in balance. Directed by Steve Miner and scripted by the asshole who brought us Ally McBeal!?(like seriously). A group of ace scientists and police are on the hunt for a massive crocodile lurking in a picturesque Maine lake, but as it’s chewing up innocent folk it needs to be captured and possibly studied or made an attraction of. Continue reading Lake Placid (1999)
Director : Rupert Wainwright
Starring: Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne. USA. 1h 43m
Patricia Arquette plays, Frankie a young hip hairdresser who works and salon that also offers tattoos waaaaaay you before that was ever popular, she goes out clubbing with her friends and is generally having quite an amazing time before she starts getting gross bleeding wounds in her wrists and feet which then turn to my fan to a constant downer.
While her life of turned upside down she is soon made a pet project by the experience tennis to father Andrew Keirnan (Gabriel Byrne) who also managed to play incarnation of Satan in the same year In the more efficient at end of days also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. the astute father, is deeply concerned about her situation as he is the chief Vatican phenomenal investigator he is constantly dressed in severe back and designer spectacles, he manages the coach her through an unusual situation.
Hey do you know what’s scarier than not believing in god?
The film seems to take several different directions the narrative is never clear, at first it seems that this is a phenomenon that could just happen to anybody but it seems a mistake to have happened to Frankie as she is an atheist. There is no attempt to make this a spiritual journey Frankie goes through possession style torture and is under the watchful eye of the church you’re more likely to find more meaning of suffering by watching MTV.
There is some strong dialogue and good acting all round and it’s quite interesting but the film forms the basis for which the viewer has to fill in the blanks therefore you can make it is a spiritual all as supernatural if you wish. The storyline does make it watchable but it’s just not a great movie, but possibly one of the better modern introduction to the phenomenon that we don’t actually see a lot of in these modern day features, even with the rise of exorcism and possession films especially from the found footage genre, stigmata if often glazed over. It would be interesting to see someone address this is more gritty way.
R – The Exorcist (1973), End of Days (1999), Matthew 18 (2014)
L – Selected Religious Films
5B – Gabriel Byrne, Patricia Arquette
Vs -Gabriel Priest vs Gabriel Satan