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E-Demon (2018)

Director: Jeremy Wechter
Starring: Julia Kelly, John Anthony Wylliams, Christopher Daftsios.  USA. 1h 26m

It’s quite easy to simply explain this movie as being a demonic indie version of Unfriended (2014) but that would be doing it a disservice as it’s actually better than unfriended, not only is the creepy atmosphere more enhanced it has much better setups to it’s more shocking moments.

Launching with a masked figure warning us about “certain events”and truths that have to be exposed to the public, an  Anonymous style broadcast is a stark warning from the E Demon Resistance that opens with a group of friends start a routine web chat, and start to enact their favourite past times which is basically pranking each other which they lightheartedly called “getting freaked”.  The first uber elaborate prank involved a young man speaking with his grandmother who warns him about a haunted trunk and witchcraft. He proceeds to go into the loft where he has opened the trunk and starts to perform a ritual which results in him releasing a deviously clever demon that had been trapped for centuries in Salem, Massachusetts. Continue reading E-Demon (2018)

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El castillo de la pureza / Castle of Purity (1972)

Director: Arturo Ripstein.
Starring: Claudio Brook, Rita Macedo, Diana Bracho, Arturo Beristáin, Gladys Bermejo, David Silva, María Rojo. Mexico. 1h 41m

After seeing the epic Dogtooth (2009) by the cult director Lanthimos, I was mystified by the circumstances, the basis of the story is a man raising his family in such isolation,  their offbeat lifestyle seems so extraordinary to the eye of any outsider, the whys were never really answered the film just happens. But after a little digging i discovered that the film isn’t a remake but has a similar storyline to El castillo de la pureza, an excellent Mexican drama where a man isolates his family to protect them from “the evils of human beings”. While I thoroughly enjoy Dogtooth everytime I see it, there’s something deeper in this retro classic as it digs under the skin of the abnormal situation.

Gabriel Lima (Brook) and his gorgeous wife Beatriz (Macedo) have invented a brilliant homemade rat poison, their children all have roles in helping them manufacture this brilliant powder. Each day they get up and get to work, always in silence when working, then their father gets dressed in formal clothes and goes out to sell the rat poison to local shops and businesses, meanwhile the children have to exercise, learn and for a while they play.
Things start to breakdown, slowly at first, but as the movie builds pace it becomes a waves of crushing emotions for the disciplined and sexually driven father and more jail time for the children. Leaving their poor mother looking on at the madness. Continue reading El castillo de la pureza / Castle of Purity (1972)

Efter Brylluppet / After the Wedding (2006)

Director: Susanne Bier.
Starring. Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Denmark/India/Sweden. 2h 2m.

There’s a strange sense of duty and a unique stiff upper lip with Scandinavian culture, often associated with bravery and wisdom, sometimes things get a little sharp and precise with the Northern European restraint, and it unfolds with a glorious and bitter results.

The film opens with Jacob (Mikkelsen) a good Samaritan who has cast off all the luxuries of Denmark and is running an orphanage in India which is in dire need of funding. A mysterious man Jorgen (Lasagard) insists on giving the a large sum of money to the cause but only if he gets to meet with face to face, at first he’s hesitant but then soon realises the fate of the children rests on his shoulders. Continue reading Efter Brylluppet / After the Wedding (2006)

Eyeborgs (2009)

Director:  Richard Clabaugh
Starring: Adrian Paul, Megan Blake, Luke Eberl, Danny Trejo, USA. 1h 42m

It’s a bit shabby and cheap but the message is poignant and makes the movie bearable. The budget is low, which you’ll fathom from the cast, but the ideas steam right from 1970’s paranoid sci fi but sadly those retro stories all seem to be coming true which is what sparked my interest in watching this film again. With proposals of using more drones due to the decrease of police on the streets, reminded me of a short story from Philip K Dick about small “justice” robots that enforced the law, but through their AI the results start to become more deadly as the bots start to rethink what crime is. Continue reading Eyeborgs (2009)

The End (2008)

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Director:Nicola Collins
Starring:Les Falco, Mickey Taheny, Danny Woollard. UK. 1m 21m

While recently trying to work out the criteria of distinguishing a documentary from something that is merely something shown on the TV rather than in the cinema, and putting it down to just how gripping they might be, I start reeling through a pantheon of documentary movies that I adore and one of the more difficult ones to find and the one I enjoyed the most is The End.

After twigging the 1 minute advert on an old DVD it had me hooked and yet I could never actually catch the title until I realised that the caption at the end of the preview wasn’t simply signifying the end of the advert but it was actually the title…*doh* after working out that little gem I was away to find a copy. Continue reading The End (2008)

Erik the Viking (1989)

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Director: Terry Jones
Starring: Tim Robbins Terry Jones Eartha Kitt Mickey Rooney Tsutomu Sekine John Cleese Antony Sher Imogen Stubbs. UK/Sweden. 1h 47m

This was one of my favourite video’s back in the day, every time I rented this from the video store the card was filled up with my mothers signature, I was so thrilled when I eventually got my own copy and pretty much wore it out, but strangely I lost the urge to watching this Norse comedy repeatedly on DVD but during the holidays I chucked it in and it was quite refreshing to see that it hasn’t lost it’s surreal spark. Continue reading Erik the Viking (1989)

The Engagement (2016)

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Director: Ubong Bassey Nya
Producer: Uchenna Mbunabo
Starring: Christabel Ekeh, Princess Shyngle, Matilda Lambert, Sam Sunny, Collins Talker, Felix Omokhodiow, Ebi Fortune, Nigeria. 1h14m

I’ve very recently got into Nollywood, and I thought Mexican Narco films were in a world of their own. But Ghallywood and Nollywood are in a bubble of terrible sound, dodgy sets and deep spiritual and moral stories that are mystifying if not straight forwards…

Despite this not being my introduction film it’s going to be the first that I review… Just because it’s brilliant in many ways, well kinda… So a group of three female friends in their late 20’s/ early 30’s are all stuck with one dilemma, they all want to get married and they want to get married right now. One has a long term partner but he’s only recently got himself a job and wants time to save for the wedding but she perceives this as him dragging his heels, another girl has a boyfriend but isn’t prepared to put out until there is a ring on her finger, and the third is the eldest and single, but the building’s security guard is totally devoted to her but she cusses him out everyday for being beneath her, but the house girl does show him interest but he keeps her at a distance.

After being turned down for sex until a ring appears the secret boyfriend unleashes a terrible plan that will cause a rift between everyone but will ensure him some quality sex with beautiful women.

The film has a healthy dose of humor and some interesting scenes, the production is better than some of the other movies, the biggest problem is often the sound which sounds like it’s been recorded on a fischer price toy. The characters are strong and acting holds up.

It develops an interesting moral about young women who are so desperate to get married without taking time to get to know the men they are assigning themselves to, obviously a big problem in Nigeria?? After the film gets started, characters are introduced it becomes very obvious that each woman is more concerned with the rock on her finger and their social status than the quality of the relationship they are in, cultural differences aside it’s a problem in many countries and it’s easy to see this as being an episode of Housewives of (insert place name here).

For just being over an hour long it packs in a lot of revelations, taut emotions and sees a lot of relationships going through terrible trials with an interesting twist at the end, sadly the film doesn’t really conclude, there is an update on the final events so it clears it up in a few seconds… but that’s neither here nor there.

 

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Rating 7/10
R – The Sorrows of Elizabeth, Rosemary’s Fight
L – A-Z of Nollywood

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)

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Director : Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley, Richard Domeier. USA. 1h 24m

I can’t stress enough how basic this review is going to be. I’m sure there have been books written about this film as  it’s one of the most iconic horror movies of all time. I honestly couldn’t sing it’s praises enough in just one review but feel that it’s essential for this years 2016 31 Days of Horror.

I’ll blow your butts to kingdom come

There is something totally unreal about the Evil Dead 2, it really is funnier, scarier and better than the first indie movie, which in its own rites was actually an amazing film in it’s own rights. The original flick featured a group of teens going into the woods and accidentally summoning demons that possess and destroy them, the second film picks up from where the first ended, which is rare, but Ash (Bruce Campbell) has been plagued and hunted by the demons that were unleashed in the first movie, and is unable to escape and is slowing being tormented into madness and goes through temporary moments of possession. After being attacked and bitten by the undead Linda, Ash has to cut off his infected hand. The original professor’s daughter Annie (Sarah Berry) and her academic partner Ed are making their way to the cabin when they realise that the road is “blocked” it’s actually folded the fuck up, but they get Jake and Bobby Jo to give them a lift on an alternative route, by the time they arrive at the cabin, Ash has reached a new low or high depending on how you look at it, his rogue possessed hand is running amok, and he’s satin the middle of a room laughing along with the soft furnishings.  They have to duck as Ash initially thinks they are the hoards of the evil dead, and they think he’s a murderer but eventually differences are put aside, ash received a chainsaw hand replacement and together the group battle the Evil Dead.

Groovy!!

Continue reading Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)

Essex Vendetta (2016)

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Director:Terry Lee Coker .
Starring: Michael McKell, Kris Johnson, Danniella Westbrook. UK. 1h 29m.

There is this uprising of Essex movies, initially it kicked off after all the footie films, Cass (2008) soon turned into Rise of the Footsoldier and then due to it’s popularity but the time the sequel came out it was lost in among all of the other Essex flicks and the all insist on having Essex in the title! And now we have the Essex Vendetta… What a load of bollox.. Continue reading Essex Vendetta (2016)

Ex Machina (2015)

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Director: Alex Garland
Writer: Alex Garland
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac. USA. 1h 48m

After the brilliant British sci-fi film The Machine (2013) which I waited a while to see,  as it was often compared to being the next step from Blade Runner (1982),  and while the film was good it just didn’t have that same cyberpunk feel to me, so  I did wait a little while to catch up with Ex Machina, Alex Garland’s provocative sci-fi flick. Continue reading Ex Machina (2015)