Tag Archives: 2013

Wer (2013)

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Director : William Brent Bell
Starring :  A.J. Cook,  Brian Scott O’Connor, Simon Quarterman, Sebastian Roché,Vik Sahay . USA. 1h 29m.

A modern day werewolf movie that awkwardly slots into the found footage genre. From the director who gave us another found footage horror only a year before, Devil Inside (2012) and sadly this film makes lots of the same mistakes but it also quite enjoyable.
There aren’t many werewolf found footage movies, in fact I can’t think of any, but this film isn’t pure found footage,  it’s  just a bog standard film with a few clips filmed via security cameras for added unrest.

Starting out from cam footage, a family are attacked by an unknown ferocious beast, if you hadn’t seen a trailer (or read this review) you’d have thought it was a bear on meth, it’s such a violent scene. Later through news clips it’s announced that Talan Gwynek (Brian Scott O’Connor) has been arrested for the murders. This is when Kate Moore (A. J Cook) steps in, to protect Talan as he’s not had a fair representation. While interviewing the curious man she starts to realise that he might just be capable of the murders, it’s not until after Talan is tested for Porphyria that Kate and her team including Gavin Flemyng (Simon Quarterman) start to realise just what they are faced with and how the werewolf curse is already affecting them…
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Blue Ruin (2013)

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Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Macon Blair, Tyler Byrne, Richard Peete, Vincent Savino, Alex Orr, Anish Savjani. USA.1h 30m

I thought I had seen it all when Oldboy (2003) picked at my psyche with it’s dark narrative and astonishing ending that I had to watch twice to absorb. So much pent up hate and such brutal actions in the name of honour and revenge. Blue Ruin is a testament that keeping things smart and stripped down a clever director can produce a well told revenge story that is bound the thrill. Continue reading Blue Ruin (2013)

Geung Si – Rigor Mortis (2013)

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Director: Juno Mak.
Starring: Chin Siu-ho Anthony Chan Kara Hui Lo Hoi-pang Paw Hee-ching. Hong Kong. 1h 41m.

A detailed and superb Hong Kong film directed by Juno Mak, is a tribute to the Mr Vampire (1985+) series and features many of the same actors.

A formerly successful actor Chin Siu-ho (the star of Mr Vampire), becomes depressed and suicidal when he wife leaves him. He moves into a run down apartment and soon after his welcoming ceremony he decides to hang himself, but as he’s losing consciousness a pair of twin ghosts possess his body. Yau, a retired vampire hunter breaks in, cuts him down and exorcises the spirits from Chin’s body. Continue reading Geung Si – Rigor Mortis (2013)

Alan Poza (2013)

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Director : Charles Novia
Starring : OC Ukeje,Beverly Naya, Okey Uzoeshi  . Nigeria.

There are some massive problems with the production of Nigerian movies, from shoddy sound and camera work to terrible continuity issues, but this film doesn’t suffer any of those, the production is top notch for a Nigerian movie and actually better than a lot of films with a developed film industry. But what it lacks is an interesting story and for a Romantic Comedy it has no comedy.. Actually it has no romance either.. Continue reading Alan Poza (2013)

Snowpiercer/ Seolgungnyeolcha/ 설국열차 / 雪國列車(2013)

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Director: Joon-ho Bong. Starring: Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer. Korea/USA. 2h 6m.

Based on: Le Transperceneige by Jaques Lob, Bengamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette.

I was so psyched about this film, literally from the moment I heard about the comic going on the big screen I was up for it, and to know what it would have some Korean input would ensure that the artist and style of the movie would be safe and despite a few lapses and removal of original content that blew the shit out of the Korean team, it’s a pretty good adaptation.

The story remains one that depicts not only a dismal future but our own current state of affairs, the injustices of the classes and in typical French style an amazing bloody and violent revolution. Continue reading Snowpiercer/ Seolgungnyeolcha/ 설국열차 / 雪國列車(2013)

Under the Skin (2013)

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Director: Jonathan Glazer
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Krystof Hadek, Adam Pearson, UK/Scotland. 1h 48m

I had been meaning to watch this elusive movie for some time, after reading a few blinding reviews and watching very short trailers only I was besotted, this is the kind of cinema I live for so I was really saving it for a quiet time when i could actually put everything on hold and get into it and I was amazed by every second of it, what I wasn’t expecting, was the disturbing feeling that it left me with afterwards, strangely this affected me more than any other alien invasion movie (apart from War of the World’s 1953). Continue reading Under the Skin (2013)

Gingerclown  (2013)

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Director : Balazs Hatvani
Starring : Tim Curry, Lance Henriksen, Brad Dourif, Erin Hayes. Hungary. 1h 23m

The cover looked amazing and it promised so many good things and great actors, some of my absolute favourites but sadly it just delivered a bunch of crap and I’m glad I found it in Poundland. It claims to have a great cast, including… Tim Curry, Lance Henriksen, Sean Young and Brad Dourif! So what went wrong?  

The plot of this Hungarian horror sounds amazing and has so many possibilities. It tars Erin Hayes and Ashley Lloyd as high school students who break  into an old amusement park inhabited by MONSTERS!!! the teens and their friends encounter a range of putrid creatures as they are stalked by the “Gingerclown” into this twisted nightmare.

Literally the first few seconds I was livid with the bum acting and pathetic jokes, and I’m not saying this literally because I hate comedy it’s really bad, not that so bad it’s good, it’s just shit. So the jocks flex a bit of muscle then dare the weak kid to go into the abandoned amusement park , where the Gingerclown is stalking them on the CCTV. Then they start encountering various cheap looking monsters including a giant spider, all VOICE ACTED by the great names on the covers..  yeah just some voices… and the dialogue feels like it’s been written by a 3 year old on meth, na that would be funny, this cheap and doesn’t engage the viewer in anyway… How did this actors put themselves through this?

“Great idea ruined by cheap comedy and shitty”

I’ve no idea how the director Balázs Hatvani, managed to fuck up two of the scariest horror features ever, just stick a psychotic clown in an abandoned park and you don’t even have to TRY to make it scary, it just is! but the terrible acting and buff script and screenplay kinda ruined the atmosphere. I really have nothing good to say about this. I’m sorry I just can’t even go there!

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This will be enough for this flick, no review to come might just add it to a list of shit films or terrible clown films.

L : Selected Clown Films, Crap films of 2013, Selected Comedy Horror ,
5B: Tim Curry, Brad Dourif, Lance Henriksen, Sean Young
A: How to ruin a horror movie..
VS : Ginger Clown Vs Pennywise.

Safari (2013)

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Director: Darrell Roodt
Starring:Rocky Myers,l Kim Argetsinger, Chloe Kirby, Ziniswa Baleka. South Africa. 1h 18m

A 18m found footage movie set in wild dusky landscape of South Africa where the animals seem to have the upper hand, a young Zulu girl call Mbali wanders off and hooks up with a group of American tourists who has gone out on safari. The the groups tend  to play on every stereotype of “Americans on vacation” managed to find an easily bribes guide to take them to an area which is off limits trying to get the most excitement from their Safari. One of them even has the gall to say “how dare the Lion’s not show up we came all the way from LA” as soon as they managed to get into birth most dangerous area everything starts to go wrong what I was expecting it all to be going wrong because they had just literally ran into the eyes Eilidh girl but there is nothing mystical all the strange happening here although it would have added to be tense nature of the movie basically in Long Weekend (1978) style nature kicks their asses.

As much as it can be annoying for every single director spend the first quarter of the movie introducing the cast this  film starts out in a way that I generally prefer and it just literally kicks off running but unfortunately none of the characters have enough presence to be memorable.

On the plus side be acting is very good specially from a young girl Ziniswa Baleka and the situations that they managed to get themselves stuck in, for the most part think seem realistic although in some cases possibly avoidable. Basically the geep the group are in gets damaged, while trying to fix it one of the guides is bitten and dies horribly then the lions turn up and stalk them as they try to return to some kind of civilization.

Something about the movie just doesn’t fit, and it’s taken me a while to pinpoint it, but as the movie started with so much local folklore and superstition but it totally fat and turns into purely a movie about survival even though there are a few hints but there is something mystical about the situation especially when the girl becomes involved but it just turns out that he is using her local understanding to help find food etc.

At times it’s quite easy to forget that it’s a found footage movie as the filming, while jerky is actually really clear, but it still suffers from a lot of the typical mistakes from found footage, the kids are surprised that they have no signal, the camera seems to have unlimited battery etc etc etc.It doesn’t require a twist at the end, despite me getting my hopes up for one, but instead it’s constantly shocking throughout, with the help jump scares, the movie which keeps it’s pace. I think  that the director may have lost much of his bite when compared with some of it earlier works even with the floors but could have gone deeper over there is the underlying ideal that we should be respecting nature it’s never really Illustrated fully in the movie.

Generally it’s watchable especially if you’re into found footage it’s one that you should probably check out, the violence is graphic but short and sweet the drama in between is a little bit weak but on the whole it’s watchable it’s not too long an hour and 20 minutes or less so it shouldn’t but it could have been a lot greater if only I had gone deeper and contained some message.

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Rating 3/10

R Long Weekend (1978)
L – Safari Films,
A – Found Footage A Genre here to stay?, Found Footage typical mistakes,

Killing Season (2013)

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Woah Robert De Niro AND John Travolta.. seriously!?? That is the only reason why I watched this, just to see if Travolta could possibly match De Niro’s acting ability even at this stage in his career.

Beginning with the atrocities of an Eastern European war, the movie diverts to a grumpy mumbling Benjamin Ford (De Niro) who has isolated himself from his family and his past, he chances upon a stranger one night in the rain. They spend a good portion of the night together (drinking Jagermeister, good product placement there) but they part ways and agree to go hunting the next day. Emil Kovac (John Travolta) turns up early and the pair goes out deer hunting (what’s with De Niro and deer hunting??). So they head out and during a bad nun joke, suddenly  De Niro takes an arrow to the knee (lol) and becomes the hunted. A cat and mouse chase starts and the stakes get higher and more sadistic. Continue reading Killing Season (2013)

The Enemy (2013)

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Director: Denis Villeneuve.
Based on: The Double by Jose Saramago
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini. Canada, Spain. 1h 31m.

Every now and again an amazingly bizarre psychological thriller filters through to the big screen. and they usually go unnoticed as they don’t cause a lot of hype with the masses but this surreal doppelganger mystery is filled with some of the most curious and breathtaking cinema that I’ve seen for quite some time.

A man attends an erotic show in an underground club that ends just as a naked woman is on the verge of crushing a live spider under her heels, elsewhere a pregnant woman is sitting at home alone. Continue reading The Enemy (2013)