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Black Cat (1981)

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Director : Lucio Fulci
Starring: Patrick Magee, Mimsy Farmer, David Warbeck, Al Cliver. Italy.1h 32m

A giallo tribute to the brilliance of Edgar Allen Poe, but as Fulci was the king of gore it pulls away from the gothic nature of the original stories and lathers it in slasherific fun.  

In a small English village there is something macabre going on, a man notices a cat on the backseat of his car that appears to  hypnotise him which results in him crashing his car and his death, the car cheerfully scampers off home to the cottage is shares with Robert Miles (Patrick Magee), a retired; hateful professor who doubles up a psychic or medium and spends most of his time recording in at the tombs or graves of the recently deceased.  Meanwhile an American tourist Jill Travers (Mimsy Farmer) wanders into a tomb to take photos and finds a microphone, she’s eventually warned off b a local bobby Sergeant Wilson (Al Cliver). A young couple sneak into an airtight room in a boat house to make out, when a black cat appears suddenly the key goes missing and the two are seen dying from an unfortunate lack of oxygen. Continue reading Black Cat (1981)

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Grave Encounters (2011)

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Day 20 of 31

 

Grave Encounters – (Horror, Supernatural, Found footage,  2011) (18) D: Colin Minihan, Stuart Ortiz and others  P: Shawn Angelski, Michael Karlin and others C: ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryko, Merwin Mondesir. 1h 32m. USA.

Grave Encounters

One of the most easily accessible and favourite found footage horrors, that is literally spread very thickly over YouTube in video’s claiming to have real ghost footage, so I feel like I’ve done myself a disservice by not watching this sooner because it now plays out like a YouTube best ghost clips real and at various points throughout the movie I was in full dejavu mode. Still it’s an uneasy yet engaging supernatural movie. Written and directed by the Vicious Brothers and premiering in 2011, it strives to and succeeded to deliver a few new haunts to the found footage genre. Continue reading Grave Encounters (2011)

Rosemarys Baby (1968)

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Day 16 of 31

Director : Roman Polanski
Writer :  Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Starring : Mia Farrow John Cassavetes Ruth Gordon Sidney Blackmer Maurice Evans Ralph Bellamy Angela Dorian. USA. 2h 36m

A deep tale of Satanism and pregnancy which is actually from frightening than the components, filled with cautionary tales delivered by powerful performances from Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon.

In Roman Polanski’s first american film adapted from Ira Levin’s  best seller see’s a young vulnerable woman sold down the river by her lover and the Satanic community in her new apartment block. The dank old building is famed for having an equally aged community which the young couple struggle to blend in. Immediately after moving in two noesy neighbors Roman and Minnie Castevet (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon) invite themselves in and after protesting eventually Guy seems to warm to them after their intervention revitalizes his failing acting career, but at what cost? Rosemary potters around trying to make sense of her new surroundings, she befriends a fellow young girl who soon commits suicide and begins losing touch with her husband who is now best friends with the Castevet’s and whose temper gets shorter and shorter with his wife, until one fateful night when everything changes, Rosemary is unknowingly offered as a sacrifice of some sorts. Continue reading Rosemarys Baby (1968)

Hangul: 텔 미 썸딩/ Tell me something (1999)

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Day 6 of 31

Director: Yoon-Hyun Chang , Chang Yoon-hyun , Chang Youn Hyun
Starring: Han Suk-kyu, Shim Eun-ha. South Korea. 1h 56m

So often have the Koreans fantasied with violent and psychotic serial killers, and often these cinematic gorefests are shrouded with mystery and loaded with grotesque skin crawling violence. The only film to date that had any real life connection is Memories of Murder (2003) which details the first properly documented serial killer in South Korea (correct me if I’m wrong, i’m just going by the details in my DVD cover), a case filled with blunders and much embarrassment. But in all fictional accounts the often flawed cops usually get their man.. Continue reading Hangul: 텔 미 썸딩/ Tell me something (1999)

Treehouse (2014)

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Director :Michael Bartlett
Starring :J. Michael Trautmann Dana Melanie Daniel Fredrick Clint James. USA. 1h 38m

The film had so much potential and offered a lot of misleading ideas with previews cover art and publicity that’s ok because I understand that a film does need to be pushed in it’s early stages and it doesn’t mean that it’s a terrible film but it’s just not the supernatural thriller that I was expecting.

All that aside let’s have a look at what Treehouse has to offer, the film opens with a teen girl returning home to find her family missing, she grabs her daddys  shotgun and goes to investigate the scene ends with the screams of her little brother coming from the forest with a shadowy figure looming over her. cutting to the strife of two brothers at a local school the younger being bullied and the older looking after him after getting into a fight they return home to a TV broadcast about a missing girl and other local children, a new curfew has come into place but ignoring the advice they go out into the forest to find the missing kids and end up facing the worst nightmares after they found the missing girl disheveled and frightened in a Treehouse. Continue reading Treehouse (2014)

The Hallow (2015)

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Director:Corin Hardy .
Starring: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, Michael Smiley . UK/Ireland. 1h 24m.

It’s interesting to see an Irish horror story that doesn’t revolve around leprechauns and banshees but instead picks at the pantheon of folklore monsters from deep within the Irish forests but doesn’t really dig into their tangles mythology.

Adam (Mawle) and Clare (Novakovic) receive a hostile welcome from the locals after the pair of cityfolk set up home in an isolated house on the edge of a forest that Adam is tasked to work on, causing friction with the eco bunnies but their neighbour becomes a more sinister daily threat trying to persuade Adam and the baby to keep out of the Hallow, “the forest is their home, they want the child”. So Adam takes the baby on tour of the forest and discovers a grisly neuro-active fungus that strangely connects with the child snatching kiddy folk. Continue reading The Hallow (2015)

Dog Soldiers (2002)

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Director: Neil Marshall .
Starring:Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee, Liam Cunningham . UK. 1h 45m.

Initially I thought this was the beginning of the hammer horror comeback. But sadly a bunch of nonchalant thrillers were released years later, that aside this is what the hammer horror revival should gave been goddammit!!

A group of clueless army grunts get shafted by their superiors into a bullshit situation with a most vicious and unlikely foe. The film begins three times, initially with a couple out camping who get attacked by an unknown beast in a hail of blood, then again Cooper (Kevin McKidd) whois introduced a hopeful to be gain access into a special ops group but is failed by the callus Ryan (Liam Cunningham) for not shooting an innocent dog on command, he’s assumed a wimp and then the third and thankfully final beginning, we get the group, headed by Sergeant Harry G. Wells(Sean Pertwee), Copper is now under his command and is was more comfortable with his underdog team. They are dumped into the middle of nowhere in Scotland, their aim is to track down and capture a group of special ops, but after some banter and a mysterious (and hilarious) cow death, they find themselves being hunted by “big ‘owling things” stumbling on the special ops camp that’s been obliterated, there are blood tracks and “remains” but no bodies, apart from ?? who has been nearly fatally wounded, but reluctantly they rescue him and manage to find a safe haven in a lone cottage in the woods, after being rescued by Megan (Emma Cleasby) who knows a little more than she’s willing to admit. So with two wounded soldiers, some bad feelings and limited ammo they make a stand against “the ‘owling things”. Continue reading Dog Soldiers (2002)

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!

AOFA01Rating 1/10

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.

Under the Bed (2012)

 

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Director: Steven C Miller.
Starring: Jonny Weston, Gattlin Griffith, Peter Holden, Musetta Vander. Canada/USA.  2012.  1h 27m.

I will have to admit that I’ve haven’t watched this film all the way through I did miss the beginning but it’s pretty clear what happened and after seeing the middle and end I honestly don’t feel that I could watch anymore, not so soon after this hurt me the way it did..

From the title and the outset you can tell it’s going to play on that fear that’s plagued us since we invented beds.. A host of artist have tickled our scary bone with images and stories about what lies under the bed, and the results range from monsters to perverts. Sadly Under the bed doesn’t deliver any new material or takes this concept to any new levels. Continue reading Under the Bed (2012)

Howl (2015) – Quick Flick

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I’m a sucker for werewolf movies, most people are into zombie or vampires but I’m all for the dogs with the big balls. So I’ve been very excited about seeing this low budget British Werewolf flick. Dog Soldiers (2002) instantly came to mind before even starting the film and I was so happy to see Sean Pertwee as the train driver. Oh wait I’m skipping details here. Howl is to Dog Soldiers as Train (2008) is to Hostel (2005),  so for a moment if you can just imagine Dog Soldiers on a train and you’ve got Howl and it’s brilliant fun.

A young train conductor with no self stem is the bum job of manning a late train to the middle of nowhere, will with shitty Londoners and a nice old couple among a few others.The train come to a halt in the middle of a spooky forest and the fun begins as the train is stalked by some hairy beasts.

There is a lot of character development and compassion is soon sent flying out the window as it becomes one man from himself vs a group effort but no mercy is shown by the beasts. Who are brilliant. Mostly real actors enhanced by a little CG they make are quite different from the usual werewolves that are forced upon us. Strong and vicious creatures that we only assume are out and about because of the full moon.

The cast are a blend of very ingenious characters, all solid actors in their open rights but never really when it comes to the big screen, but a few jump forwards for being decent actor material. It’s a shame it didn’t get a proper cinema release actually as it might have done well around Halloween.

A lot of good jump scares, some funny and scary scenes and it’s all padded out with gore and intelligent monster creation, there isn’t a lot wrong with this film, the ending is laid on a little thick but it does go out with a bang, I really enjoyed it all the way through and have enjoyed watching it again.

7/10

Full Film Review coming soon..