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La Weekend August 1

 

District 9 (2009) – I was flabbergasted when I realised just how much this film was hated, I got my copy for free when I asked if anyone has seen it, people were giving it away.. so I was a bit dubious about watching it, but I was hooked within seconds.. it’s a mockumentary look at a group of alien (workers) who have go stuck in South Africa. The effects are brilliant, both the alien technology and “Prons” design look and “feel” impressive. Obviously the setting is key, the messages are deep an poignant. The film is elevated by the amazing and life changing performance from ?? who plays Vikers he goes through every emotion and reacts in non Hollywood’s way, giving a more interesting and diverse story. Personally I find it so attuned and turned on, I was really hoping for a sequel, but I guess I’ll have to sit quite tight. [REVIEW]10/10 Continue reading La Weekend August 1

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Last Night’s Movies 24.07.2017

 

Soooo.. it was a long night, I did get started early, straight in and onto Law(n) and Order, I’m slowly working through the Boxset, no idea why I find it so thrilling lately but I do…

So after that conundrum I got back to the movies..

 

I started watching this first movie at the weekend but it go so boring I stopped and I got back to it today… and it didn’t improve…

 

*Gray Lady (2017) A seasoned police officer loses his sister and wife to the same criminal mastermind while on a respite he carries on his investigations into their murders on the island of Nantucket, going back to his origins uncovers more than he bargained for. There are hints of a deep and tangled web of treachery but it’s so lame, there were no shockers or twists as everything is lovingly sign posted and predictable is theme to this flick. being distributed by Anchor Bay I was expecting something outstanding in some way but I didn’t know they started shoveling shit.. I must admit I was hoping for a ghost story, but it turned out to be a bit of a family feud started over a tragic misunderstanding .As the details unraveled instead of the film becoming more interesting I just lost the ability to give a shit. Actor turned Director John Shea hasn’t done anything since Southie (1998) despite his cameo in this film he should stick to acting. The funniest aspect of the film for me how everyone is a look alike to someone awesome, the lead detective and all round good guy Eric Dane looks like a poor relation to William Petersen and the rough and ready rouge of the island Chris Meyer looks incredibly like a chubby Karl Urban 2/10 Continue reading Last Night’s Movies 24.07.2017

Ruins (2008)

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Director: Carter Smith.
Based on: The Ruins by Scott Smith
Starring: Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey, Joe Anderson. USA/Australia. 1h 30m.

A group of friends, two couples and a guy they meet Dimitri, who’s looking for his brother, decide to go to an unmarked part of Mexico to look at some ruins near the end of their amazing vacation. The new friend’s brother had gone out to the site only the day before, so he leads them to the Ruins. Within moments of reaching the site a group of pissed off locals turn up, threatening the group with violence, Dimitri attempts to reason with them but they brutally shoot and kill him, the rest retreat to the top of the ruins they came to visit.

At the top of the Aztec style structure they find it’s covered in vines and there is a opening, they attempt to go down into dig site as they can hear a phone ringing and assume it’s Dimitri’s brother’s, and unable to get a signal they need the phone as it seems to be getting a signal, this is when tragedy strikes again and one of them is injured and paralyzed. It soon becomes apparent that the cute vines that cover the structure are the reason why the locals are acting so skittish. They have been quarantined, as unwilling sacrifices to this unusual flora. It’s malevolence is unmetered and it’s attacks are gory and horrific, these kids really don’t know what shit they have gotten themselves into. Continue reading Ruins (2008)

Apocalyptic (2014)

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Director:Glenn Triggs
Starring. Jane Elizabeth Barry, David Macrae, Geoff Pinfield. Australia.1h 24m

A majorly flawed found footage movie that has a few cult style frights and thrills to offer but some mistakes just can’t be overlooked.

Starting unassumingly with a small crew making a documentary at an AA/Drugs Rehab meeting, they chance upon a striking individual who claimed that he escaped from a doomsday cult isolated on a remote farm, realising that this story would be more exciting the team embark to the rural cult’s home to investigate the bizarre group and their end of days prophecies. The strangeness of the cult is soon put aside when the team attempt to save one of the members and themselves, as it’s clear that the world isn’t going to end or is it?

I had to try and spice up the plot after damming the movie in the first line. I did really enjoy the film but the ending was such a let down for myself, but that’s just me, it wouldn’t stop me from watching it again just due to the bat shit crazy events and fucked up social experiment that is exposed in the movie. Continue reading Apocalyptic (2014)

Wolf Creek (2005)

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Director:
Greg McLean
Writer: Greg McLean
Starring: Nathan Phillips Cassandra MaGrath, Kestie Morassi . Australia. 1h 39m

Regularly throughout cinema history, the beautiful continent of Australia releases a genre movie that breaks all the rules. Wolf Creek boasts a range of stomach churning and psychologicals nasties, as it constantly coughs up another gut wrenching fear based on a bizarre but true story. With constant nods to legendary films such as Duel (1971) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) the debut writer/director Greg McLean shows worldwide goreheads how things can be done more effectively, with a unique stark style this isn’t braved much to gain audience figures elsewhere. Continue reading Wolf Creek (2005)

The Babadook (2014)

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Director:Jennifer Kent.
Starring:Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall . Australia. 1h 33m.

I had been getting frustrated with this new wave of shitty supposed-to-be-amazing horror that was just a bunch of regurgitated stories filled with fake jump scares and The Babadook was also released during this slushy period and I did pan it as being just another boring uninspired horror, but I was so wrong.. and I’m so sorry! Continue reading The Babadook (2014)

The Long Weekend (1978)

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Director : Colin Eggleston
Writer : Everett De Roche
Starring :  John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Australia, 1h 35m

Their crime was against nature” states the stark black and white movie poster, showing a frightened woman and an aggressive gun wielding man… If only they had a chance!

This taut Australian horror details a terrifying well crafted story about a couple and their dog, their aim is to spend a long weekend in the blistering wilderness. One of those simple pleasures that every city dweller looks forwards to, but the couple show absolutely no respect for the environment and soon karma starts a chain of eerie events. Continue reading The Long Weekend (1978)

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

Kisha

Wargames

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR42rZMRLU8

Duration 5.37

Dir: Kiah Roache-Turner/Australia/2009

Another epic action film short from Aussie Kiah Roache-Turner. In a similar vein as Roadrunner the director serves up a quick slice of mindless violence but in the guise of Rambo action tomfoolery. Using his favourite actor Jay Gallagher as the main here, spruced up in full combat gear and being attacked by hostile forces. Jay, as an unknown soldier battles bravely until a quaint twist at the end then he has to battle a new foe.

I’m starting to see a pattern emerging here with Kiah’s work, he’s obviously very happy with Jay’s acting and the two get along seamlessly. The Carlos Condit lookalike is superb in action shots and has a great War FACE!!! (show me your warface!!! Sgt Hartman (Full Metal Jacket) would be proud) I love the camp action shots and over the top antics, then the transition into the real world. The trio of hardened killers end up as squabbling children.

Another funny and violent high octane short from an overactive and talented mind.

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R:7/10

RoadRunner

https://youtu.be/ikfjYH6HgZA

Duration 7.01

Dir: Kiah Roache-Turner/Australia/2008

A high-octane powerful black comedy action short from Australian maverick  Kiah Roache-Turner whose odd ball approach adds a vivid and quick pace to his movies and this will earn him a lot of fans. Two Aussie hicks drive a masked man out into the middle of the desert and to kill him, but things don’t quite go to plan as Jay Gallagher gets more and more frustrated over the surreal troubles that crop up while he tries to perform a simple task.
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It might be a short film but it’s full of character and laughs which is unusual for a crime flick, but despite this it’s packed with black comic moments, blood and a lot of screaming, a blend of Mad Max (1979) in the style of Evil Dead (1981) with a strong flavoring of true Warner Bros cartoon antics. The simple execution of a restrained man couldn’t be more bizarre, the only thing missing is an anvil drop.

I adore this living cartoon, the editing between the victim running and would be assassins has brilliant contrast, and adds comedy in itself to this dark story. It’s strange, even though it not clear who the masked man is, your kinda rooting for him… It’s also worth pointing out Turners obsession with Mad Max and the crime duo are driving an interceptor style car with the licence Mad Max 1979, great dedication there dude!

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R:9/10