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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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The Escort

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https://youtu.be/d7BG9FnD3gY
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.

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R :6/10

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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Lords of London (2014)

lords of london2 (Crime, Mystery, Thriller,  2014) (18) D: Antonio Simoncini W: Antonio Simoncini P:  C: Glen Murphy, Ray Winstone, Serena Iansiti , Joe Egan, Giovanni Capalbo. 1h 30m. uk, italy.

Synopsis : A London gangster must confront his ruthless father’s past in order to alter the gritty, abusive path that his life is spiraling down after a shakedown goes awry.

TAGLINE : Man wakes up in Italy and doesn’t know why or how.

This excuse for a romantic trilling mystery had fuck all to do with london. I honestly was expecting some sort of london gangster movie, if that’s what you’re looking for, just move along my friend and check out, Welcome to the Punch (2013), Layer Cake (2004),  or even Triads Yardies and Onion Bhajis (2003)  of if you want a low budget laugh, at least it’s set in the big smoke. Lords of London however is actually set in backwater Italy, and is quite dull.

The basis of the film is redemption, a London crime boss who is clearly based on the essence of Ray Winstone (possibly in the form of his angry character from 44″ chest (2009) gets shanked in a nightclub and wakes up with blood stains but no wounds in a rundown house in the hills of Italy, after some sobbing and running around the lush countryside he stumbles upon a village, where only one person recognises him. It seems to be a relative!? But how so?

Everything gets quite symbolic and cryptic but a story slowly unfolds as a retelling of the coupling of his abusive fuckhead of a father and beautiful mother. As Tony (Glen Murphy) starts to pick up on his chance to change the past to alter his nightclub death scene the film gets from frantic and gritty.

The screenplay is as good as the acting, there is no fault there, but there is just something so dull about the movie. It honestly doesn’t feel like it should be more than 30 minutes long. In a similar fashion to The Box (2009), originally taken from an episode of the Outer Limits and failed as a much longer film.

The film gets lost in rural Italy,  both the countryside,  the quaint little streets, rustic lifestyle, it’s very quiet with little to no emphasis on a cultural score. It could have worked with the charming surroundings a little more, I know it’s dealing with the tough domestic events surrounding a newcomer to a small village, but the drama is washed out by a monochrome of sound.

 

Writer and Director Antonio Simoncini seems very biased, everyone in Italy is loving and charming and yet he blasts any outsiders! It’s a debut which does yield an ok story it just executed badly. I give him kudos he’s made a film, it’s not something that everyone can make a claim to, and hopefully he’ll grow into a more diverse and dynamic director. He didn’t seem to be backed up all that well, fair enough he did the writing and editing is superb but I don’t see a lot of teamwork here and a huge lack of real direction.

Glen Murphy, plays a great poor relation to the great Ray Winstone, who does appear in the movie also, but i guess they couldn’t afford him throughout and made do with a cheaper double. He almost manages to sound like a politer version of Ray, but I think if he played up to his big brother and took a few more risks then he would have given a more performance. The supporting cast were very supporting, i think the elderly father figure was the most impressive actor and despite being quite and nonchalance was definitely the star.

It does bring an interesting twist to the idea of redemption, it’s often the main character who has to find it in himself to make the change in their life but in this instance it’s the sins of the father that has to be corrected.  It’s not apparent first off, the mechanics of the movie are very slow in revealing what the real motives of this emotional abduction it all about, this doesn’t help as the film doesn’t have enough substance to hold it’s own until things come to the crunch.

While the movie does raise a few questions about how much of your character and life path is set before you’re even born, I’m sure there is something to gain for your own personal philosophy, but I certainly would have preferred to have read about it in Reader’s Digest than have to sit through a bulk of this.

V :Maybe with some better direction and purpose this story could be produced for the big screen in a vibrant way. This film is a bit of a let down, but it’s not all that bad. Maybe..

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Rating –  3/10

R: Redirected (2014), Welcome to the Punch (2013), Layer Cake (2004),  Triads Yardies and Onion Bhajis (2003),  44″ chest (2009)

DGI : Just drink heavily throughout.

5B : Redemption Movies, Ray Winstone

L: London Gangster Movies, Selected Italian Cinema

PD : N/A

 

 

The Offering

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Link: https://youtu.be/Wpov7iKacNo

Duration: 9.26

Dir: Ryan Patch/USA/2014

Ryan Patch’s bio suggests that he likes telling campfire tales and it’s easy to see that they have rooted deep inside of his psyche and are aiding his production of some amazing creepy shorts. While this movie plunges straight in at the deep end with little back story, a tense father and son are travelling in blizzard regularly checking the clock and are almost over the edge with panic and fear. The father starts to prepare the “offering” giving hints that everything has to be done at a specific minute, in this case EVERY second counts.. but one item is missing!!?

I’m not going to lie I kinda saw the ending coming but didn’t want to believe it was actually going to go down like that. The film is incredibly edgy and tense!!! More so than similar full length counterparts such as Roadside (2013) which I think loses its momentum just because it’s so long. In contrast this is just long enough to give you hints of the back story and what’s about to happen before it totally wipes out your hopes of humanity. The receiver of the offering has a terrifying presence, all created and enhanced by flawless sounds and camera effect, topped up with outstanding acting this is actually a surprising good short and effective film.

I’m definitely rating this high as I adore short films that capture the imagination, and this could easily be written into a thrilling longer movie. The backstory seems amazing with so many opportunities and what could happen next proving to be too stimulating I might be writing some fan fiction and this is what makes a great film.

8/10

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Let us Prey (2014)

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Let us Prey  (Horror,  2014) (18) D: Brian O’Malley W: David Cairns  C: Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin, Hanna Stanbridge, Niall Greig Fulton. 1h 28m. UK, Scotland.

Synopsis : Held in a remote police station, a mysterious stranger takes over the minds and souls of everyone inside.

 

This is another “when a stranger comes to town” style thriller, it’s likable under powered attempt as The Exorcist III (1989) styled Needful Things (1993). It has great production and a brilliant retro nouveau style in the small nocturnal confines of a remote police station. It’s a fragile thriller with a hint of mystery in the guise of “the man” (Liam Cunningham) but it’s not really scary,but serious enough on the gore to deliver a bit of suspense and the odd bloody shock, sadly it doesn’t deliver in the bravado department, there is no major showdown when this movie could have stepped things up at certain points it simply backs away.

The idea seems based on loosely on the same theme as Needful Things (1993) except this mysterious stranger offers nothing in return for showing the inhabitants of the hushed police station; their darker secrets and exposing their carnal sides. After an stirring Gothic fashioned intro, the stranger, Six (Cunningham) descends upon a sleepy unsuspecting village police station in the early hours and without delay starts terrorising the inhabitants. Including newly appointed PC Heggie (McIntosh), who’s already going through a hazing from her colleagues. Hanna Stanbridge returns in after the success of her sleazy character in the occult thriller Outcast (2010), while McIntosh looks a lot cleaner than her (almost) silent role in Woman (2011). Cunningham doesn’t have to do much, except look mysterious in the darkness and operate his silver tongue.let us prey bloodshot

After scaring the police officers and firmly locked in his cell, Six, manages to talk a neighboring inmate into killing himself in a vicious manner akin to Hannibal Lecter vs Multiple Miggs; Soon, Six begins to direct his attentions to PC Heggie and flirts with her innocence, while systematically destroying every “good” person around him, the taboo relationship between two fellow cops and misdemeanors of a young car crazy lad soon get set aside for the bigger picture of trying to stop this bizarre stranger who carries a mysterious notebook, almost as confusing at the random scribbling as Ralph Fiennes notebook in Spider (2002). With edgy flashbacks of abuse from Heggie’s past; who starts to get frantic as the movie progresses until the final eureka moment. Where she finally remembers shes supposed to the heroine of the movie.

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There are a few gory scenes forced in throughout the film, cameo’s that tell about various back stories leading up until this nights arrival of Six. The film fails to really get off the ground, even when the action heats up it’s then subdued by slo mo, there is a slightly tense soundtrack but nothing all that memorable. There is a heavy psychological buzz to make up for the lack of viewing the full carnage, and the film doesn’t know where it wants to make it’s bed, gore or psychological? There is an interesting lighting technique used throughout the movie, slightly resembling a stage play, lots of low lights painting colours in the background. A lot seems to have been done to keep the scenes very hushed and calm.

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Ending with a debatable finale, it’s really up to the viewer what they really want to take away from this battle of good and evil present here. Let us Prey is a fine design, but a mere rough draft of a much greater movie, but as it is, a lot is just simply absent.

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Rating – 6/10

R: The Exorcist III (1989) , Needful Things (1993), Law Abiding Citizen (2009),Outcast (2010)

V: Overall there is a murky religious theme running through this movie, it has a few bursts of inspiration but otherwise it’s really easy to cast it off as a wannabe exorcist horror. There is a good story there.. somewhere, it feels that more was put into the production of the movie than really intensify the story line. It’s still a good attempt and makes for an OK watch.

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Q : “this is a one horse town”

“And now it’s a pale fucking horse”

OST: Nothing to note.
TIL : you don’t need a huge orchestrated ending to make a good film.
BS : I did quite enjoy the slow motion death dealing near the end of the film, but what captured my attention was the small clips of still life around the station, the old style clock ticking away the enchantment of the quiet calm atmosphere.
5B : Liam Cunningham
L: when a stranger comes to town, great intros part two, Selected Scottish films.
PD : Coming soon

 

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)

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Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead  (Horror,  2014) (18) D: Kiah Roache-Turner W: Kiah Roache-Turner, Tristan Roache-Turner P:  C: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill, Luke McKenzie. 1h 38m. Australia.


Synopsis :  
Barry is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. His sister, Brooke, is kidnapped by a sinister team of gas-mask wearing soldiers & experimented on by a psychotic doctor. While Brooke plans her escape Barry goes out on the road to find her & teams up with Benny, a fellow survivor – together they must arm themselves and prepare to battle their way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters in a harsh Australian bushland.

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The beginning of the movie starts in a similar manner to the world war z book, detailing what seems to be 3 different stories revolving around the early stages of a virus outbreak. A father, Barry (Jay Gallagher) wakes in the night to protect his family from a stranger found in the kitchen, a woman Brook (Bianca Brady) who is doing a zombie inspired photo shoot is soon shocked to discover the model is now an infected and gas to fight for her life in her studio. A native aboriginal man Benny (Leon Burchill) out hunting with his brothers soon discovers that one of them has turned and he is now being hunted.

As these three apparent strangers get entwined with other survivors their salvation comes in the guise of a zombie nitro charged armored car of the apocalypse and a few new and intelligent surprises for  the tired zombie/infection genre to boot.

Brook gets abducted by a psychopathic disco loving military surgeon who likes to “make a little love and get down to-night” while he is torturing and researching  Zombie’s in the back of a military van. Meanwhile her brother Barry is making his own discoveries about the outbreak while on a mission to find his sister.

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Writer and Director Kiah Roache-Turner is no stranger to high-octane movies starring Gallagher,  while Wyrmwood is his first full length feature,  his two previous shirts, Roadrunner and WarGames are both past paced black comedy action films. He manages to keep the pace and laughs constantly through this quirky feature.

Australia has not only produced some really interesting twists in the zombie field with classic movies like Braindead (1992) and they have managed to mix things up in the Spierig brother’s Undead (2003) who also threw the vampire world into a spin in Daybreakers (2009), so it’s no surprise that Wyrmwood opens up new avenues here while keeping the unique Aussie comedy element. While keeping itself fresh throughout,  there are lashings of blood and gore, stinky breath Zombie’s in this funny horror flick.

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While the budget was low it does provide great effects and is truly a great film to watch, it’s not perfect but in a similar vein to other indie horrors, it’s just great fun and is entertaining throughout. It does tip a hat to other low brow classics like Evil Dead (1981), the director has a hard on for Mad Max (1979) even addicting references in his short movies. There is a curious scene when the group pass a zombie girl by the side of the road in a red jacket,  is this a homage to Don’t look now (1973)? And a well handled scene where the group get trapped overnight in a car surrounded by zombies, is reminiscent of The Battery (2012).


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Rating –  8/10

 

T : A true labor of love this film took 4 years to make as it was worked on at weekends.
Q : “this truck runs on zombies, no zombies no truck.
TIL : there’s a lot more to the zombie genre that’s finally being explored!!
BS : setting fire to the zombie in the freezer….
DGI : Knock a shot for every kill
V: Verdict
L: Selected zombie Movie Road movies
A: Zombie vs Infected.
PD : Post Discussion – coming soon

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Clown (2014)

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Clown  (Horror, Supernatural,  2014) (18) D: Jon Watts W:  P: Eli Roth +3 C: Laura Allen, Andy Powers, Peter Stormare, Eli Roth, Elizabeth Whitmere Christian Distefano. 1h 39m. USA.

Synopsis : A little boy’s birthday party gets ruined when his entertainment (clown) cancels. His father finds a clown suit and becomes the new entertainment but something is weird about it, there is an evil curse and it won’t come off. He specializes in eating little kids… everything after that goes down hill.

The title is accurate, this film is indeed about a clown. Not just any clown though, this is the original clown. A dark comedic, deranged thrilling mystical horror, sometimes entirely over the top but delivering the dirt on all those urban myths about Clowns that we like to scare each other with on Youtube. It’s all revived by a slightly obscure director Jon Watts who has an fragmented collection of film under his belt, it seems that with the influence of Eli Roth he’s able to initiate a new film chapter incorporating the historical horror clown, mincing in some of the modern creepy myths circulating on the internet and fusing this with bitter olde European folklore including something which I think relates to the Harlequin story http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2011/11/the-mysterious-harlequin-part-one/.

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There seems to have been several horror clowns in cinema history, all of them brightly colours vile monsters who have given people more nightmares than clowns have ever brought people joy! With similarities to IT (1990) revamped with The Fly (1986) with a dash of Wolfman (2010),  with a few gruesome stomach churning scenes.

When a father is called upon to replace a clown at his son’s birthday party, he finds an unusual suit in a house he is clearing out, quite convenient. After the party Kent (Andy Powers) can’t get his new suit off, despite using an electrical blade on the neckline and lacerating himself he only manages to remove some of the nose which has fused with his own.

Slowly recognising his transformation but not quite understanding the reasons why, an overactive Van Hellsing styled savior makes an appearance in the guise of a nerdy Karlsson (Peter Stormare). Who explains the folklore back story in an erratic paranoid way, the clown suit transforms the wearer into a demon like creature who preys on children and has to consume 5 of them before the winter is out. Karlsson had to deal with a previous owner and was in charge of keeping the suit hidden but he fucked up. Soooooooo.. Kent is changing into a kiddie eater, Karlsson is out for his head and his wife is trying to save him and trying to stop him from eating their son. As the movie gets progressively darker and colder, the risks and dangers become more tortuous as this nightmare starts to take effect, there are regular scatterings of humor, rainbow head shots and caramel nose bleeds.

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The daily life of the helpless Kent and Meg (Laura Allen) is gradually turned upside down as this subconscious second persona is building and taking over Kent’s body. There are regular low key violent moments mostly aimed at the children in the film, and without trying to give too much away I will note that there are no featuring scenes, for me this was a bit of a let down although are we getting desensitized to gore and violence in films? Despite this; the film is tremendous fun, while maintaining the creepy side it introduces a new demonic monster and successfully creates a great addition to the horror clown genre, and the sky’s the limit with the formula here of an enchanted clown suit , I would imagine any flaws could be built on and ironed out with a sequel or two.

Overall great performances from Eli Roth as the transformed killer clown, Stormare plays a convincing cardigan cloaked savior and overall the film is a treat for those who like a well scripted story instead of full on buckets of gore. There is a little bit of a horror romance going on with the main couple which does have similarities to The Fly (1986) especially as the Mr in the relationship is turning into a beast!

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Rating –  7/10

V: I started out dubious over yet another clown movie but i was hooked by the time folklore was mentioned, it gives a precedence that the fear of clowns is a much older much deeper in the human psyche. The clown character develops into something way more sinister than I had expected. I especially like the infrequent not so gory scenes and the link with the dog eating the nose…I don’t want to ruin any surprises

R: Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), Babadook (2014), Annabelle (2014), Horns (2013), Found (2012)

OST: Nothing to report here..
TIL : Never try on a clown suit
BS : I really like a small inconspicuous scene where some kids are playing a war game online together when the clown visits one of their houses and the other characters are kicking the crap out of his character while he’s being stalked by the clown.
Q: “It’s not a clown suit it’s the skin and hair of a demon”
5B
 : Peter Stormare, Eli Roth
L: Selected Clown Movies, Folklore Horror Movies, Transformation movies
PD : Post Discussion to come.

Digging up the Marrow (2014)

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Digging Up the Marrow (Biography, Drama, Fantasy 2014) (18) D: Adam Green: P: W: Adam Green: C: Ray Wise, Adam Green, Will Barratt, Kane Hodder. 1h 38m. USA.

TAGLINE : Wanna see some monsters? Grab a shovel.

Synopsis: A documentary exploring genre based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real

An excellent mockumentary for horror fans who were starting to lose faith in real monsters. Written and directed by Adam Green the creator of a outlandish diverse range of horror movies including Frozen (2010), the Hatchet (2006) franchise and Chillerama (2011), tries his hands at something a little different again. Adam does credit himself as being a fan of horror and insists that he makes horror movies for real fans of the genre.

Digging up the Marrow concentrates on Green as a presenter of a documentary prepared to investigate claims that monsters are real, after receiving a case file from the mysterious and often aloof William Dekker (Ray Wise actor involved in Robocop, Dead End, Jeepers Creepers 2). The team then embark on finding the entrance and inhabitants of an underground world that Dekker has named The Marrow, a sort of reject town for deformed children and circus runaways. This reeks of Clive Barkers Nightbreed (1990)but it tries to latch on to reality more but with a similar style of monsters. (Dekker/Decker- Nightbreed.. a homage to the movie maybe?)

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It’s great to see Green work alongside some familiar faces, regularly working with similar people and must have called in a lot of additional favors, getting some marvelous cameos from Mike Garris (director of Sleepwalkers, Critters 2 and Fly 2) and Kane Hodder (who worked with Adam through all the Hatchet Series) to mention only a few.

Adams enthusiasm is rampant throughout this fast paced movie, although I am still a little bit bemused as to what he was trying to achieve. The movie seems to want to prove that monsters exist but the plot phases in and out. During the movie the evidence is shown that monsters are real, explanations are given but no real evidence is captured, then when something is captured it’s soon discredited and it sits on the fences through this to and fro of belief of non-belief. It’s interesting to watch this happen. Watching Green getting more driven for the truth and freaking out in the woods.

I really did enjoy the movie and Green does manage to prove a few things, he can really put his hand to any style of horror and make a great movie, he can act, despite acting as himself he really manages to bring in his own quips of humour and dicking around while making it all seem very real, albeit in a awkward manner, he’s likable and his wholehearted determination and enthusiasm comes across on form. And finally my favourite aspect, there is none or very little CGI. These monsters are physical creepy beings, there is such a big improvement in any horror movie when there is more practical special effects, Army of Darkness (1992) is a true testament of this.

While bringing a little extra to the found footage genre. Digging up the Marrow doesn’t feel like a complete movie, but more of a side project while Green worked on other projects. Much like the characters in the marrow it does feel a little bit rejected. It’s still worth attention. There are a lot of weaker found footage movies out there which are taking up shelf space. This does deliver, maybe not quiet what you’d expect but that’s what makes it great.

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I suppose in Greens young career it’s worth getting the audience back into believing in things that go bump in the night. Have we really grown up so much that monsters have lost their magic? Digging up the Marrow, I think, tries to make us believe in and fear the dark again.

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Rating : 7/10

 

R: Nightbreed (1990), Little Monsters (1989), Jeepers Creepers (2001), Mr. Jones (2013)

L: Monster movies, Found Footage
5B: Ray Wise, Kane Hodder

From the Dark (2014)

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From the Dark  (Horror,  2014) (18) D: Conor McMahon  C: Niamh Algar, Stephen Cromwell, Ged Murray. 1h 30m. Ireland.

Synopsis :  A couple on a trip through the Irish countryside find themselves hunted by a creature who only attacks at night.

Back to basics horror that reinforces our primal fear of the dark.

Setting the scene is set as an elderly man desperately trying to bury a body in a peat bog, the soil starts to move, there is a scream and a struggle, cutscene and a young couple make their way through the beautiful Irish countryside bickering over marriage ( I hasten to add that I totally agree with the definition of love and marriage in this conversation). The car breaks down and help is sought in a quiet village down the road. Then things start to get very strange.

Director Connor MacMahon has been slowly ploughing through all the different types of movie monsters in his films and while the actual monsters origins and species isn’t fully explored within the movie it’s easily categorised as a Vampire, looking and acting most like  Nosferatu (1922).  The film boasts an extremely small cast of 4, but doesn’t lack on suspense and thrills, while trudging through at a slow pace.

Being afraid of the dark is quite a natural thing for most of us, having a calculating psychotic monster with a blood lust stalking you doesn’t ease the fear. From the Dark explores all of those creepy moments in the quiet darkness.

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After the couple make it into an abandoned cottage with the monster hot on their heels they soon work out that light is their own saviour. Being in strange surroundings and with one of them injured it becomes a tricky fight for survival. After Mark (Stephen Cromwell) is mauled by the beast his immobility leads Sarah (Niham Algar) to take the lead in fighting and getting them both to safety. The bickering couple soon have only each other to hang onto and love is no longer in the question, in a similar vein as Hush (2008) they find a much stronger bond to overcome any troubles they once had.

With the hungry creature stalking them  at at all times and trying to work out it’s strengths and weaknesses while protecting Mark, the quick witted and extremely brave Sarah becomes resourceful in her search for light and weapons. Unlike other thrillers like Storm Watch (2007) where Nadia Fares suddenly turns into Macgyver when the shit hits the fan, Sarah’s attempts are much more grounded and realistic. The creature is kept out of sight for most of the movie but it is very apparent that its fast, violent and likes to dwell in the darkness.

The film is high tension and full of jump-scares as well as playing on various phobias, a creepy spider scene as well as some claustrophobic moments, much like the survival horror video game series Alone in the Dark. The effects are very simple, there is little CGI if any, everything is left up to great acting intelligent creature effects. the downside is the lack of varying scenes. the film does lull in the middle, there are only so many times Sarah can run freely around in the darkness with this killer beast always missing her before the mind wonders how long until the end. Things do pick up though, and the ending is quite dramatic and makes up for any earlier shortcomings.

There is a decent slice of gore in between the running around in the dark, a brutal amputation scene and very little dialogue towards the end. It’s a great attempt for a horror movie with an obvious low budget. It makes the best of what it available and dare i suggest that it has a Hammereque style to it. I would imagine something like this coming from the Hammer Horror revival.

It is simple and does revert back to the basics of the horror genre, but its flare is in the wild thrills of the chase the bravery against the unknown. It’s an interesting change to the style of horror that is being produced in modern times, it’s not relying on buckets of gore and huge effects but is an actual horror movie and unashamedly nothing else. I would like to see more modern films taking this on board, as well as future movies from MacMahon.

It won’t grasp a lot of cinema fans as it doesn’t have a classic ending, it’s on the quiet side, more could have been done with sound track in all fairness. There are some moments which people will want to see the gore but it’s not shown. But for me it’s breath of fresh air into my much loved genre.

L : Vampire movies that don’t mention vampires, Selected Irish films, Film that make the dark scary again, Small movie casts, Creatures afraid of the light
A: Creatures who are afraid of the light, therefore.. Demonic.
R: Dog soldiers (2002), 30 days of night (2007), Nosferatu (1922), Hush (2008), Alone in the Dark (2005),

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Rating –  6/10


V
: It’s a good film, but with it’s quiet nature and lack of effects it won’t win over too many hearts. Once the mechanics are in place it’s quite interesting with a few screams and shocks in this bitter sweet love story in a dark and horrible chase until dawn. I admire the fact that a lot of the graphical horror scenes are left for the imagination but I also would like to have seen some intelligent use of lower budget creature effects too add a bit of character and oomph. Still an all round good movie it just needed a little tidying up around the edges.

5B : Connor MacMahon
OST: Soundtrack – gorgeous song at the end.
TIL : Bad guys always have long coats

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