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Killing Season (2013)

Killing Season

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Woah Robert De Niro AND John Travolta.. seriously!?? That is the only reason why I watched this, just to see if Travolta could possibly match De Niro’s acting ability even at this stage in his career.

Beginning with the atrocities of an Eastern European war, the movie diverts to a grumpy mumbling Benjamin Ford (De Niro) who has isolated himself from his family and his past, he chances upon a stranger one night in the rain. They spend a good portion of the night together (drinking Jagermeister, good product placement there) but they part ways and agree to go hunting the next day. Emil Kovac (John Travolta) turns up early and the pair goes out deer hunting (what’s with De Niro and deer hunting??). So they head out and during a bad nun joke, suddenly  De Niro takes an arrow to the knee (lol) and becomes the hunted. A cat and mouse chase starts and the stakes get higher and more sadistic. Continue reading Killing Season (2013)

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Kantemir (2015)

 

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Director: Ben Samuels.
Starring: Robert Englund, Diane Cary, Daniel Gadi, Sean Derry. USA. 1h 24m.

Without having seen Robert in a lot of films since 2001 Maniacs (20??) I was pleased to see him doing something new of late, and of course it’s horror but strangely it seems to be a gothic style horror, I would have guessed that this would be to slow and boring for such a lively character? But alas stranger things have happened. Continue reading Kantemir (2015)

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

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Killer Klowns from Outer Space  (Horror, Comedy, Science Fiction,  1988) (15) D: Stephen Chiodo C: grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon Royal Dano. 1h 28m. USA.

Synopsis : Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

TAGLINE : It’s Craaazy!

This oddity of the horror world is a unique slapstick fright fest. Not really satisfied with being a true comedy instead it uses the Klown aspect to add in some cheerful ploys and colourful props to almost mask the true underlying sadistic actions of some peculiar visitors from outer space. Seemingly inspired by a blend of any clown phobia, a few urban legends and retro comics, it’s often overlooked that this movie is also a tribute to old school sci fi!? The aliens, despite being over sized sharp toothed clowns aren’t ever really detected by the locals in the town they are terrorizing with comedy antics and eventually death, as they harvest the idiot townspeople wrapped up in candyfloss.

There isn’t a huge amount that you can say about the plot, it’s very simple, some aliens disguised as clowns descended upon a town, wreak havoc, queue every single cliche about evil clowns imaginable, the end. There is a steady flow of surreal antics and it’s pretty unrelenting. A blend of slapstick comedy to the pure farcical, this film will serve up all the typical clown antics in the most bloody thirsty manner. While it’s ridiculous at times and the klowns themselves are very dark in their character it’s almost impossible not to notice the homage to retro 50s/60s sci fi throughout the movie, apart from the use of the words rayguns! Oh wait hold on…

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Kill List (2011)

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Kill List (Crime, Horror, Thriller, Supernatural 2011) (18) D: Ben Wheatley: P: W: Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley: C:Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Michael Smiliey, Struan Rodger 1h 35m. UK.

Synopsis: Nearly a year after a botched job, a hit man takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings, What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.

Nearly a year after a disastrous job; a hitman Jay (Maskel) and his trusty sidekick Gal (Smilie) take on a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for a mere three killings. What begins as an effortless task soon unravels; sending the killers on a wild psychological roller coaster.

Kill List opens as a fairly mundane drama set around a dysfunctional and violent couple and a quiet often ignored son. Gradually the plot descends into bloody gore, shrewd psychological disturbances, occult and a healthy lashing of “thrill  kill”.

It encapsulates the downward spiral of a semi retired hitman, We being to feel sympathy for Jay, his mission in Kiev and now potters around his house imagining himself as having a bad back, pissing off his spouse Shel (Burning) and the two constantly switch between love and hateful outbursts over Jay’s inactivity and the families poor financial situation. The pace starts to sharpen once Jay finds a new contract and a mysterious character known simply as The Client (Rogers) offers the duo a 3 person kill list during an unsettling meeting in a hotel.

At this point the pair start to drift apart as Jay starts to rage more and loses control and his grip on reality and the walls close in.

The screenplay is very characteristic of Wheatly/Jump’s style of film like Sightseers (2012) and Down Terrace (2009). Filmed in a similar manner of a fly on the wall documentary, the cinematography follows suit with shaky cam and close ups, zooming in on the graphic violent scenes, all of this is backed up with raw and unprepared script sporadic soundtrack, sometimes holding up and allowing space for deep personal scenes.

The acting is brilliant, it looks very realistic which is the entire angle of this movie, its main point of driving home the message that this could happen to anyone is to see it happening to people you can easily identify with. It feels as if Wheatley is bringing this story to the viewer. trying to force them to digest everything for themselves. This identification with the main cast helps pull you into the movie. Suddenly Jay isn’t James Bond, he’s doing what you would in that situation, but when he starts going off the rails does this mean you could also. For an example when Jay and Gal find some disturbing videos, Gal is very passive and Jay goes off all half cocked, which is what most people would do in his place but would they really press it as hard as him?

Wheatly and Jump work together so well, constantly they are producing characters that could live on your street but who have this dark and sinister backgrounds. The quiet family down the street are revealed as trained killers and yet blend seamlessly, everyone has a hidden face, everyone is hiding a secret.

With its raw and uncompromising dialogue, Kill List hits hard, it’s raw with a gloomy undercurrent, you have no where to hide. Combining the difficult family drama such as Once Were Warriors (1994) with a brutal hitman action movie and topping it off with constantly surreal occult references the melting pot is set to dish up a curious and unique movie.


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Rating : 9/10
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R: Sightseers (2012), A Field in England (2015) Devil Rides Out (1968) Borderlands (2013), Rosemarys Baby (1968)
Q: Gal “I fucking hate dirty soap”
BS: Some of the most realistic blood is scene in the hotel scene when Jay gets his hand cut. The brutal killing of he Librarian is very gruesome ans violent!
OST: Nb. Sharksong used in tunnel chase.
L: Selected Occult Movies, Hitmen Movies, Modern British Thrillers
5B: Ben Wheatley, Michael Smiliey, Neil Maskell
DGI: Chug a bear for each of the killings..

Kisha

the Krays (1990)

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Krays (Biography, Crime, Drama 1990) (18) D: Peter Medak: P: W: Philip Ridley: C: Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Billie Whitelaw, Susan Fleetwood, Kate Hardie 1h 59m. UK.

TAGLINE : When People are afraid of you, you can do anything. Remember that.

 

Synopsis: This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lord in London’s ’60s underworld.

A sentimental and raw biography of twin London gangsters, this film documents their rise from the back streets of London to the headlines of the international press. The film charismatically details their devotion to their mother and the unique bond.

As with a lot of biographical movies, it is difficult to encapsulate a lifetime into a short piece. So the movie only touches on several key events in the lives of the Kray twins. While some of the grimy and often violent crimes that are still evident in the London boroughs, are recorded in the movie. It still misses some of the more difficult and hard hitting facts about the crime duo.

Maybe a lot was missed out purposely, as the overall theme of the movie that comes across suggesting, quite rightly; that the brothers were seen as celebrities during their time. The film oozes scenes of the twins dressing up models in tailored suits and being spoken of highly among the local people almost as robin hood type characters and getting their photograph taken with lots of other celebrities in their lavish clubs. i think this image was the main purpose of the film. Secondly they are portrayed as being extremely devoted to the elder female figures within their family primarily the mother and aunt rose (Susan Fleetwood) and then finally they are described as being  violent and psychotic criminal masterminds.

While the screenplay itself is quite simplistic it is highlighted with casually placed well-directed scenes not always making the most of cinematography or soundtrack track, the character and energy from the film comes mostly from the sincere acting of the two brothers and ballsy cameos from Whitelaw as opposed to any background music camera mechanics.

The first half of the movie focuses in on the twins at children growing up during the London blitz, going to school, and a protective mother and a almost invisible father. the second half of the movie lands them is grown men in the middle of a ready made empire. A large part of the building of a criminal hq and dodgy businesses was completely missed and is possibly one of the more interesting aspects of their lives.

The acting could very well be described as polished. There is definitely some panache from each brother. It’s not the kind of acting that will win anybody an Oscar, but it will definitely be remembered as one of the more stylised British performances. Which in turn is homage to the two original characters. The film is often pulled back from the violence by inserts of wisdom and powerful performances from Fleetwood and Whitelaw (RIP to both) as they attempt to interject the raw emotion and thoughts of a strong iron lady who is the backbone of her community.

Hungarian born director Peter Medak at the time was typically filming numbers of shorter television shows. Maybe he lost his sense of timing when given something of much more magnitude to direct the pace seems to slow and quicken and the ending is sudden. It’s a homage to the Krays, it neglects the controversy, instead it presents a stylised history of the Krays as much as Goodfellas (1990) tried for Henry Hill Just placing the boys on a British pedestal instead.

 

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Rating : 8/10

R: The End (2008), Essex Boys (2000), Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)

Q: Aunt RoseOne day they’ll drain Victoria Park lake and you know what they’ll find? Babies, that’s what. Bullets and dead babies”..
BS: The big showdown finale is great, the set up is similar to the killing montages similar to the Godfather and Infernal Affairs.
L: London film, British Crime and Gangsters, Crime Biographies, Biographies, Twins in Film.
5B: Billie Whitelaw, Susan Fleetwood, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp

Krampus : The Christmas Devil (2013)

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Krampus : The Christmas Devil (Action, Horror, Thriller 2013) () D: Jason Hull: P: W: Jason Hull: C: Jay Dobyns, Paul Ferm, AJ Leslie 1h 22m. USA.

TAGLINE : Are you on the naughty list?

Synopsis: Jeremy, a local police officer leads a life of a confusing past, spending his current time searching for his kidnapper as a child. After other children begin missing, Jeremy pieces together the truth and realizes that his childhood kidnapper could be a creature of ancient yuletide lore, Krampus, who is the brother of St. Nick, and punisher of children who perform acts of unspeakable evil without repercussion. Can Jeremy kill Krampus and prevent more missing children?

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A low budget horror not made for the critics but is something for the (psychotropic) fans!!! Krampus isn’t a masterpiece, it has buff acting, terrible timing and dialogue and crappy effects but its dreadfully entertaining if your not looking for a film that takes itself too serious.

 

The director Jason Hull has made some better films but nothing quite as unique as Krampus. It was hard for me to watch at the beginning, people fumbling around with the props and mumbling their lines instead of trying to portray their characters and not much happens, but after the team of expert cops figure out how to utilize their plastic guns the film gets a lot better (when I say better I mean.. less bad) and became less of a chore to watch. I personally like some of the unassuming quirks of the Krampus character, he’s a pervert so therefore a great bad guy, he has super speed when running over good guys in the woods, he’s now Santa’s brother. Maybe they could have added in some scenes of him kicking back with his sex slave. Oh yeah, Krampus has a naked plaything in his cave, therefore this film has boobies! and Krampus is really the Christmas Pervert.

Several aspects are unexplained. Like when did Santa and Krampus move to Pennsylvania and when did they become brothers? Why is no one looking for missing booby girl (she’s fun), why does Krampus only look for local children to punish? But this works for the duration of the film leaves us in some suspense as apposed to elongated explanations. And why is the best acting has been left to the credits. One of the features this B Movie has that I don’t see often is the blooper reel and out takes added into the closing credits, until then I really was going to rate it as a 1/10 but it brought it all home. Sometimes a movie is supposed to be fun, you’re supposed to have fun making it happen and this is clearly shown in this outtakes including more boobs so keep watching or at least watch the end.

The mayhem that is Krampus will be a love or hate movie, I’d imagine more people would hate it, as they will be expecting a well-scripted scary hard-hitting dark movie. When really it’s a confusing meld of darkly amusing slasher flick and slow paced cop drama with some fun bits blundered into the mix. Honestly steer clear if you take your filmage seriously. On the other hand if this is something you enjoy, there will be more with Krampus the Devil Returns (2016).

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Rating : 2/10

R: River of Darkness (2011) Krampus (2015)

L: Christmas Movies, Legends Come Alive

DGI: Just drink constantly throughout.. Eventually it will get good.

Kisha

Killing Zoe (1993)

Killing Zoe

(Crime,Drama,Thriller 1993) (18D/W: Roger Avery C: Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Gary Kemp 1h 36m. USA/France

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Zed has only just arrived in the beautiful Paris and already he’s up to no good. Having just slept with a call girl, he spends a night on the town with his dangerous friends

 

The movie starts out with the iconic cars scenes shot in the back streets of Paris, one of the only parts of the movie which was actually shot in France.

It was quite iconic along with a lot of early 90’s movies to have that sense of “Libertie” that Paris is supposedly all about, like Nikita and Betty Blue smashed together with films like Reservoir dogs

It addresses the language barrier quite early on.  Most of the cast will speak English when asked to unless they are going to be a pain in the ass like the concierge for example. Although you are pulled through the movie along with Eric Stolts and it’s presumed that you don’t speak any French either. It’s at this early stage of the movie that your introduced to Zoë’s character and this is when the stage is set, who and how is Zoë going to be killed. The sex scene that follows curiously has slips from the 1922 Nosferatu in it, not entirely sure why. The scenes are mostly the arrival to Whitby and the death scenes, so it loosely relates to the arrival of Eric to France, the falling in love with Zoë and ultimately death??

There are a lot of connections between this movie and Reservoir Dogs, three main factors are that RD deals with the before and after of a “job” where are Killing Zoë deals mainly with the job itself, it’s like they are alternative chapters of the same story. Also there is the Epic Tale, In RD it’s Tim Roth telling a story about a faux gangster toilet scene, killing Zoë is a bit more poignant as the joke that Bruce Ramsey/Ricardo tells is about a prostitute and its overhead by Zoë who has pointed out that she’s not a prostitute which is obviously a sore point for her. Finally there is the scene where the cop if fucked up by Michael Madsen/Mr Blonde and the security guard is equally tortured by the bomb blast during the robbery.

From the beginning of the film Eric/Jean Hugues points out that he doesn’t want anyone getting AIDS, obviously this was around the same time that Diamanda Galas was bringing awareness to the “plague” and it was big news worldwide. Again the movie is right on the pulse of Generation X’s thinking.

It’s still a mystery at this stage as Zoë has been kicked out of the hotel and you don’t see her anymore, how the hell does she get killed now?!

Religion.. I didn’t want to mention this as I don’t think it’s the correct reasoning. But I’m not an expert on the colour of bank vaults, maybe they are all painted red. I think it relates to the decent into hell and madness of the main characters. From the first scenes of the film when Eric/Zed is being taken into his hotel room the Red White and Blue colours are prolific throughout the film. It really is about the essence of France. Everyone is trying to show Eric/Zed the REAL FRANCE. Everything at first is predominantly blue with hits of red and white. The hotel/jazz club are all mostly blue in tone, then from the bank job onwards everything gets really red, as the pace quickens and the blood starts to flow.

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Back to the religion side,  of things, the first three characters could be Zed/Jesus Zoe/Mary Magdalene and Eric/Devil. Some of the imagery of him as the devil I think is amazing like the black suit, red background when he is in scene the shot where he flicks his lighter it like the fire/sparks come from him. He just needed some horns!

I have wondered what another sequel would be like, sadly there will never be another Killing Zoe as most of the characters situation, although a follow on could possibly happen as a prequel.

It has a great soundtrack by Tomandandy especially the Canaan song which is based on an old traditional medieval song. BUT it doesn’t appear on the OST. There is a version sung by a dude but not the one that appears in the drive out ending scene, not quite sure why I’ve tried to find it online but it seems the only version that exists is a recording of that final scene!! That’s what I had to do to listen to ..

There is also a cute unaccredited cameo by Ron Jeremy and something I didn’t realise is that Tom Savini did the special effects!? WOAH!

There are some really nice comedy moments in this psychological breakdown between the two friends. We never really work out, Or I never really work out why it’s called Killing Zoë. There are theories that the blood from Eric/Jean Hugues covers them at the end of the film and therefore Zoë will die from AIDS but it got everywhere, he was fucking Tai Thai as well so he’s gonna die from AIDS too if not from the bullet he took in the gut. So it’s really not about Killing Zoë. It’s probably a good time to point out that Zoë is a Greek word for life!? Who knows.

R: La Femme Nikita (1990), Leon the professional (1994) Reservoir Dogs (1992)

The Keep (1983)

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(Horror, Supernatural,War, 1983) (15) D : Michael Man W : F. Paul Wilson ,S : Scott Glenn, Gabriel Bryne, Ian McKellen 1h 36m. USA.

TAGLINE : They were all drawn to the keep.

Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from it’s prison. At the Keep they will face EVIL.

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A group of German soldiers in the Romanian mountains during WWII use an ancient stone fortress as their makeshift headquarters. The nazis are being eaten alive by an unseen force. Scott Glenn appears like a modern day superhero named Glaekon Trismegistus. Meanwhile a crippled professor (Ian McKlennen) and his daughter are brought in from a concentration camp to help the nazis who are also trying to raid the fortress to a Tangerine Dream OST.

The Monster is remarkable; I really admired the effects used to produce it, despite looking like a Marvel super villain it was hard to believe he was created when I was only 2 years old.

This movie is based on the Jewish legend of the Golem, but he’s been liberated from a creature fashioned of mud and stone into a creature that has forged itself from death and stone.

I felt that the film switched loyalty part was through, it seemed that we are herded to Scott Glenn as a saviour, where I was all for the Golem liberating the Jewish people in their time of need! I reckon it could have made a better story if the fall of the third reich was down to the Golem. Apart from that  I really enjoyed the film, it was quite original.
T : In the original novel by F. Paul Wilson, the Character Glasken calls himself Glenn, and in the movie he’s played by Scott Glenn.

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Q : “A Devil? Now you listen to me, The devil in the Keep wears a black uniform , had a death’s head on his cap and calls him self sturmbannfuhrer.”

OST : Tangerine Dream throughout

R : Der Golem (1916/1920), The Bunker (2001)

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