Starring. Katheryn Winnick, Kevin Pollak, Nicholas Tucci. USA. 1h 23m.
The preview and adverts for this made it look like a cross between Se7en (1995) and WAz, dark and broody, crazy serial killer, but this dabbles with the atmosphere it’s really there’s more daddy daughter bonding going on and detracts from the “fun”.
The young and wonderful Fiona Wagner (Winnick) is studying for her masters degree in Journalism and is struggling to deal with her mother’s suicide, bonding with her father Tom Wagner (Pollak) )is hard as he’s busy busting crooks but a new serial killer starts to bring them together, chuck in the expertise of her therapist and they morph into a crime hunting trio. Sadly Fiona does a lot of the leg work. The killer is deranged and places people in tricky situations, one is a layer who’s killed by his teenage daughter, she has the choice of killing him or being killed along with her family. Another case is when a pianist is forced to choose between losing his fingers or hearing. Continue reading Choose (2010)
Predators – (Action, Adventure, Sci Fi, 2010) (18) D: Nimrod Antal W: Alex Litvak, Michael Finch, C: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace. 1h 47m. USA.
It had been quite a while since the release of Predator 2 (1990) which took the alien from the hot jungle into the equally hot city and after the failure of Alien vs Predator (2004) and it’s predecessor AVP requiem (2007) we were finally treated to a third installment of the Predator trilogy, And luckily it went old school and gave us some of the thrills that the original movie created and then in perfect homage to the original movie it mimics the original soundtrack but unfortunately fell short on bravado and instead opted for a slightly different less military, tough hombre approach.
Starting a movie in free fall is slightly unusual but this is how Royce (Brody) is introduced into Predators, along with a few other tough guys and gal, from various war zones around the world and a strange doctor they find themselves being dropped into the jungle and are supposed to be the lucky ones as their shoots managed to work… They discover the corpses of the unlucky souls who had crashed straight into the jungle floor and some unknown cargo cases that held something which was obviously not human or pleasant, and possibly very hungry. After lots of tense suspicion and fights for the alpha male role the group eventually they band together to try and find a way out.Unfortunately for them, even their finely tuned skill and expert guerrilla, homicidal and military experience they could never be quite prepared what they have to face here on an alien game preserve. Continue reading Predators (2010)
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:John Erick Dowdle .
Writer: M Night Shyamalan (story) Brian Nelson (screenplay)
Starring: Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas Bokeem Woodbine, Jenny O’Hara, Geoffrey Arend, Matt Craven, Logan Marshall-Green. USA. 1h 20m.
This film came at a time when M Night Shalananalaym’s name was still good to fair going, even though he didn’t direct it, his signaure was enough branding to really push the movie to the head of the queue, but in all fairness he did write the story so played a role and probably got a big pay cheque for it. So Devil’s selling point was this dark mystery where the audience was supposed to work out who the big red guy is!! Also it’s one of those cheap ass films where it’s set in one room, so keeping things on the cheap can turn a lot of profits. Continue reading Devil (2010)
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Director : Andre Ovredal
Starring : Otto Jespersen Hans Morten Hansen Tomas Alf Larsen Johanna Mørck Knut Nærum Robert Stoltenberg Glenn Erland Tosterud. Norway. 1h 49m.
From the moment I saw the bold blue and yellow poster I was immediately drawn to this strangely stylised movie. Looking like a special shiny rare card from a collection of Monster In My Pocket I knew that this was going to be a different kind of film, just literally from its approach to it’s advertising techniques… yeah I’m that finely tuned.
So after being astonished by a poster alone I was thrilled to find that this is a found footage horror.. With TROLLS! I was so psyched I was nearly ready to explode. Continue reading Trolljegeren / Trollhunter (2010)
Director:Jeffrey Scott Landon
Starring: Gil Bellows, Camille Sullivan, USA. 1h 40m
This movie is a joke! It’s one of those terrible “horror” movies that can come on at tea time and won’t scare your gran. I’m not sure why or how these get made but here is Goblin. prepared to be bored.
Starting with a brave but done to death dramatic intro, a woman’s baby is tossed into an open fire during a Salem witch trial scenario and in response she curses the town and any child who is born from this olde day onwards but resurrecting a goblin from the ashes of her dead baby. Cut to modern day generic family having to move into the country and ruff it with some locals who start acting strange and boom, mythological creature is stalking everyone.
Then the movie properly cuts to the modern-day where we see a young family settling down into a new home in a shady village in the middle of nowhere, all of the residents are quite concerned about the fact that the family have young children obvious to the viewer is fully aware of the Witch who just put a curse the entire village in any newborn but the family has left to their own devices. Continue reading Goblin (2010)
Director/Writer : Chris Witherspoon
Starring : Audrey Walker, Rick Crawford, Chris Witherspoon. USA. 1h 25m
I‘m not one to put down a low budget movie because let’s face it, money doesn’t make a great movie, indie movies can be amazing and don’t NEED a budget to achieve this but every now and again one slips through the crack that could be great but somehow fails with something so simple that isn’t affected by the budget but just fuzzy story writing.
A young pseudo metrosexual Dennis Twist (Rick Crawford) is out and about in Portland, on his day off, looking for a gift for his wife Crystal (Audrey Walker), as he parks his car he notices a biker apparently starring him out but carries on with his shopping trip and meeting up with a woman called Dana (Anna Lodej) who we discover he’s having an affair with and decided to chose this beautiful day to break up with her, he also discovers that she has a psychotic ex boyfriend who has just been released from prison. After this heated discussion they go their separate ways and Dennis notices that he’s being stalked by this bike, he has lunch with his friend Stan (Richard Topping) who he recounts his day too but with no proof of who the bike is, he goes about his day until he realizes that he’s now caught up in a gauntlet. Continue reading Rage (2010)
I had watched Il’s- Them (2006) and then I watched Eden Lake (2008) so my friend Jamie suggested I also checked out Cherry Tree Lane. He promised it would be good fun and exciting, what he didn’t prepare me for was the brutal hell ride into depravity that was awaiting me.
The film starts out quite dull and boring a family settles down for dinner, things are strained, the film has no flare at all, then about 10 minutes into the film, there is a knock at the door, three teens rush
in kicked the couple and threatening them with a knife, then make themselves at home. It seem the son of the couple owes them some money and they have come to collect, sadly junior ain’t a home so mummy and daddy will have to be the entertainment. Continue reading Cherry Tree Lane (2010)
Director : Gareth Edwards
Writer : Gareth Edwards
Starring : Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able UK 1h 34m
While going through a healthy size list of Lofi Scifi movies i found a series of beautiful and haunting movies, mostly dealing with time and space travel, but not many dealing with aliens, than I finally got around to watching Monsters which was an answer for the missing aliens but also maintained the haunting and emotional side of this genre.
A NASA deep space probe crash lands in Mexico, spreading extraterrestrial life form into north Mexico and America, a wall is soon erected to keep the United States safe, and both armies battle to keep the alien life contained in an infected zone. A photojournalist Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy) is tasked with the job of collecting and escorting his editors daughter Samantha Wynden (Whitney Able)back to the USA before the infected zone is totally closed off, he finds her in a hospital and the start their journey home, but the train they are on is stopped as the tracks are damaged and the pair then have to hitch hike for the rest of the journey home. Continue reading Monsters (2010)
Director : Tom Six
Writer : Tom Six
Starring Deiter Laser, Ashley C Williams, Ashley Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura, Netherlands. 1h 32m
One of those films that lowered the benchmark on gory horrors for another generation. Initially coming from a random pub conversation about the best sentence for pedophile a deranged fetish style story emerges and influenced a whole new style of grotesque lab horror.
A couple of American girls get lost on the way to a party in Germany, while attempting to find help, they are entrapped in the makeshift basement laboratory of an unbalanced retired surgeon, who used to specialise in separating twins but now has a kink for joining bodies together. After practicing on his dogs the doctor now want to have his own personal human centipede and combine the girls to another captive by their gastric system.
Continue reading Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010)