Day 7 – It Comes At Night
Director:Trey Edward Shults .
Starring. Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr. USA. 1h 37m.
In the aftermath of a apocalyptic virus that has wiped out most of our modern civilisation a family tries to carve out an existence in the backwoods of the USA, after bringing in some outsiders their laus trophic tale brings the two families together before everything gets ripped apart.
Trey Edwards Shults (a name that’s hard to forget but easy to misspell) worked as a crew member on Terrence Malick movies and it seems that the experience has left a big impression on him, after his low budget debut SXSW, about an eccentric woman show up to a family reunion, he now digs his heels into horror that’s not quite horror… *gulp* post horror? This impressive movie whose title seems to have little to do with the content of the film. Continue reading It Comes at Night (2017)
Day 6 – It Stains the Sands Red
Director: Colin Minihan
Starring: Brittany Allen, Juan Riedinger, Merwin Mondesir Canada. 1h 32m.
On days when I’m laid up with the flu I usually end up watching a terrible b movie while hallucinating on extreme flu remedies, it tends to make the film more enjoyable, that time I did this I watched Chemical Peel, this year I watched It Stains the Sands Red and I really enjoyed this offbeat zombie drama.
Molly, a powder sniffing pole dancer with a few daddy issues gets stranded in the desert while being hunted down by one lone unrelenting zombie. At first she enjoying keeping a few paces ahead of the foul smelling ghoul but soon she realises that the zombie doesn’t need to rest but strangely she forms a bond with it and the ordeal turns out to be therapy for the demons that have been chasing Molly all of her life. Continue reading It stains the sands red (2016)
Directors: Pamela Romanowsky, James Franco
Starring: James Franco, Allie Gallerani,Tim Blake Nelson,Joe Pease, Lori Singer, Eric Roberts. USA. 1h 30m.
A grief stricken Isabelle (Gallerani) checks herself into the Rosewood asylum to find a cure for her melancholy, her dedicated brother Robert (Pease) is deeply concerned about how the death of their parents have affected her and checks in on her and the history of the asylum despite being urged by the trusted Dr Torrington (Roberts) that it’s the best hospital in the country. Isobelle becomes a patient under the highly talented and slightly eccentric Dr. Carin (Franco) and his creepy surgeon sidekick Dr. Lemelle (Nelson). As Isobelle starts to become aware that there are other women at the asylum who seem second class, injured and shabby the crawl the halls, but she’s promised that she won’t have to be around them and her care is seperate but she strikes up a friendship with them. Continue reading The Institute (2017)
Directors: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
Writers: Veronika Franz (screenplay), Severin Fiala (screenplay)
Starring: Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, Susanne Wuest. Austria. 1h 39m
In the heat of a long summer, twin boys await the return of their mother after her cosmetic surgery, her return doesn’t bring the happiness you’d expect from a mother returning to her 9 year old children, they suspect another person has taken her place and search for the truth as her reactions to them are tragically different from what they remember, who or what is really under the bandages. Continue reading Ich seh ich seh- Goodnight Mommy (2014)
Director: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, John Carroll Lynch. USA. 1h 39m
A dark and creepy movie with insipid atmosphere that will seep into the psyche not only of the characters involved also the audience.
A young couple Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) travelling to an evening dinner party after receiving a lush invitation, en route they hit a coyote, which becomes trapped under the front tire and will has to take a tire iron and put the animal out of its misery,has there’s nothing you can do for it, this bloody prologue to this creepy movie is more poignant than you could ever imagine. Continue reading The invitation (2015)
Director: Terence Fisher
Writer: Night of the big heat by John Lymington
Starring: Christopher Lee, Patrick Allen, Peter Cushing, Jane Merrow. UK. 1h 34m.
You know that feeling when you buy a DVD with the title Island of the Burning Damned, get past the menus and the film (finally) starts, then you’re presented with a title of Night of the Big Heat and you suspect something is wrong.. but all the actors seem to be present.. Humm.. Why do they release films with two different titles anyway it’s confusing for us retards.
That aside this cryptic sci fi thriller has a heavy noir undertone which is quite unusual especially for a film of this time period but it works well as hot flustered temperatures play a key role in this intrepid space horror. Continue reading Night of the Big Heat (1967) AKA Island of the Burning Damned
This gripping and very surreal drama is thought provoking and entertaining, there have been many books written about luck and how it can be manifested using charms and striking bargains but director/ writer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo had amazing fun playing around the the idea of an underground group who trade in luck.
A casino owner and head of this luck cartel, Samuel Berg (Max von Sydow) is amazingly lucky, not only did he survive a concentration camp but he constantly wins at his favourite game of Russian Roulette. His prized worker is Federico (Eusebio Poncela) a man who has the ability to steal people’s luck and is often dispatched to keep the odds in the favour of the casino. After a disagreement the two fall out and Samuel steals all of Federico’s luck and discards him, Federico then set’s out to find the luckiest man alive, a recent plane crash survivor in order to get enough luck to return and beat Samuel at his favourite game. He and Tomas (Leonardo Sbaraglia) to have to go through many trials to increase and prove the levels of luck in order to win the right to play the game. Continue reading Intacto – Intact (2001)
I managed to totally lose my original post and so here goes again..
I had a request for a movie review, not so strangely from the person who suggested that I did this blog in the first place so here goes, and if you have any requests please let me know in the comments..
It Follows is to Hipster as Donnie Darko was to Emo, There are a lot of trendy elements and the atmosphere is hazy, a lot of the film is filmed at twilight or night which adds to the mysterious atmosphere of this psychological horror.
Jay (Maika Monroe) goes on a date with a jock Hugh (Jake Weary), things go well but after sex, instead of the obligatory ciggy, he knocks her out, ties her up and takes her to an abandoned building, when she awakens tied to a wheelchair, the rules of the film are laid out. He’s given her a sexually transmitted curse and now there will be a “monster” after her, it’s slow but will constantly chase her and can look like anyone. Once this is done the lass is released, her friends gather around and try to protect her. Is it possible that a creature like this exists if it does how do you fight or kill it? Continue reading It Follows (2014)
This film is a strange prequel to the classic Moby Dick story, this monumental account of the Essex, a whaling ship from Nantucket whose destruction by a rogue whale inspired Herman Melville to write my personal favourite story of all time. Telling the story of the story being retold to Melville… I’ll explain, Melville turns up to spend the night talking with Thomas Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson) to gather information about a book he has in mind, The disgruntled Nickerson who was only a young boy (acted by Tom Holland) at the time of the Essex’s last voyage re tells everything that happened in total clarity inspiring the timeless novel.
Combining some surprising techniques in filing detailed angels and movement, and with a great dash of CG, this film successfully re creates what you can imagine a remake of Moby Dick would look like, but instead it’s glorified origin movie. Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) is refused to command his own ship due to a broken promise and not having a decent family name, but as he has more experience than fragile blue blood Captain George Pollard (Benjamin Walker) a power struggle commences between the men, with the captain making some retarded decisions, until they are attacked by a white whale!! But don’t think that you know how the story ends this is VERY different to Moby so get ready for a wild ride. Continue reading In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
At first I was put off by the title and due to the era of the movie I was expecting some possible comedy cheese thrown into a mindless movie. I was very wrong. While the movie is low budget the effects are quite adequate for the what is required and the film is quite brilliant. Obviously this is coming from a gore loving horror fan who appreciate good/bad movies, so bare with me.
The main character Steve (Alex Rebar) is an ill fated astronaut in this gross and trashy Z production camp horror flick, there is a fair share of nudity and lots of slime and body parts. After Steve West returns from space, he is highly radioactive and starts to melt, after seeing his floor pizza visage he breaks out of hospital and goes on the run, freaking out many a naked couple and a great old crazy couple along the way, as his need for human flesh starts to consume him.
It’s repulsive and if you’re able to switch off your brain (nothing is really explained, it just happens because movie) and ignore the retarded script, there is a lot to enjoy in this movie.
Parts of it remind me of the ridiculous nature of Motel Hell (1980). The film gets darker and more desperate as Steve develops into this melting mess of a creature.can he ever be rescued, is there a cure for this bizarre “disease”? The ending blew me away, it seemed distant from the rest of the film. Thoroughly good film though.
L – Incredible Movies, Doomed Astronauts, 70’s Sci Fi, 70’s Horror
A – How our fear of space has crafted Cinema
5B – Alex Rebar
Full movie review coming soon.