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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

Wer (2013)

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Director : William Brent Bell
Starring :  A.J. Cook,  Brian Scott O’Connor, Simon Quarterman, Sebastian Roché,Vik Sahay . USA. 1h 29m.

A modern day werewolf movie that awkwardly slots into the found footage genre. From the director who gave us another found footage horror only a year before, Devil Inside (2012) and sadly this film makes lots of the same mistakes but it also quite enjoyable.
There aren’t many werewolf found footage movies, in fact I can’t think of any, but this film isn’t pure found footage,  it’s  just a bog standard film with a few clips filmed via security cameras for added unrest.

Starting out from cam footage, a family are attacked by an unknown ferocious beast, if you hadn’t seen a trailer (or read this review) you’d have thought it was a bear on meth, it’s such a violent scene. Later through news clips it’s announced that Talan Gwynek (Brian Scott O’Connor) has been arrested for the murders. This is when Kate Moore (A. J Cook) steps in, to protect Talan as he’s not had a fair representation. While interviewing the curious man she starts to realise that he might just be capable of the murders, it’s not until after Talan is tested for Porphyria that Kate and her team including Gavin Flemyng (Simon Quarterman) start to realise just what they are faced with and how the werewolf curse is already affecting them…
Continue reading Wer (2013)

Horror Shorts – Vermin, The Passenger and Hi

I’ve decided that it’s better if I double or triple up the horror shorts as doing individual posts will just take forever so expect a few triple bills from now on.

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Director : Danny Donahue (@dannyfdonahue) Starring: Casey Fichtner. USA.2015
Duration : 2:06
Extremely short but strangely on point, this thrilling silent horror short uses amazing camera angles and sound to fool the viewer and enhance the scares. There is a fair amount of tension and build up to a rewarding ending. A young woman is trying to hang a picture on the wall when strange noises start coming from a cupboard then the tools go missing. It doesn’t sound to scary but even the name of this creepy tale lead you off guard for a sinister scare, for the tiny timing it’s worth a watch. It’s simple, short and very effective.
Rating 6/10 Continue reading Horror Shorts – Vermin, The Passenger and Hi

Monsters (2010)

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Director : Gareth Edwards
Writer : Gareth Edwards
Starring : Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able UK  1h 34m

While going  through a healthy size list of Lofi Scifi movies i found a series of beautiful and haunting movies, mostly dealing with time and space travel, but not many dealing with aliens, than I finally got around to watching  Monsters which was an answer for the missing aliens but also maintained the haunting and emotional side of this genre.

A NASA deep space probe crash lands in Mexico, spreading extraterrestrial life form into north Mexico and America, a wall is soon erected to keep the United States safe, and both armies battle to keep the alien life contained in an infected zone. A photojournalist Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy) is tasked with the job of collecting and escorting his editors daughter  Samantha Wynden (Whitney Able)back to the USA before the infected zone is totally closed off, he finds her in a hospital and the start their journey home, but the train they are on is stopped as the tracks are damaged and the pair then have to hitch hike for the rest of the journey home. Continue reading Monsters (2010)

WENDIGO WINDIGO…

WENDIGO/WINDIGO MOVIES

My horror bro The Creepy Critter mentioned Wendigo Wednesday’s on his/it’s blog and that got me thinking about Wendigo movies.. It’s an odd subject as they are portrayed in many different ways in many different movies. Some they are spirits, other movies just another name for a werewolf…

What’s the dictionary definition? “Well a Wendigo is a creature appearing in legends of the Algonquian peoples, it is thought of variously as a malevolent cannibalistic spirit that could possess humans or a monster that human could physically transform into.”

Sounds pretty cool huh! Personally I don’t think any movie has done it full justice yet, but out of the ones I have seen I think Ravenous would be my favourite.

I would love to see a movie where the Windigo/Wendigo is shown as a possession that spreads from one person to the next feeding as it goes. Similar to the Thing (1982) or Evil Dead (1981).

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list

CABIN IN THE WOODS (2011) – Horror/sci fi flick that features ALL of our nightmares and monsters, and you can just about twig a little windigo killing it’s way around the facility.

RAVENOUS (1999) – A wendigo is portrayed as a cannibal spirit/behaviour in this glorious thriller.

WENDIGO (2001) – George is a high strung professional photographer who is starting to unravel from the dress of his work with a Manhattan advertising agency. After moving to the wilderness a wendigo starts to haunt his family.

WINDIGO (1994) –A reporter Struggles to cover a Native American Groups Battle with the government for independence in a remote area of Canada. It sounds like the name is just being used to sell movies here..

WINDIGO (2011) – Horror movie portraying a Windigo.

WENDIGO (1978) – Adventure, Horror, Thriller.

THE WENDIGO (2008) – A Dark, robed figure recounts his tale of discovering the secret truth behind the fabled Wendigo…

GINGER SNAPS BACK THE BEGINNING (2004) – The third Ginger Snaps movie, which brings both sisters back together and makes up for a poor sequel. This story explains how the Wendigo is the reason for the curse of the sisters from the 19th Century.

THE LAST WINTER (2006) – The Wendigo is portrayed as large prehistoric caribou type ghosts.

THE LURE OF THE WINDIGO (1914) –  A young woman in the Canadian wilderness, seduced and then abandoned by her Canadian Mountie Lower, turns for help to her old Indian friend.

A WINDIGO TALE (2010) – Two stories woven together, one profoundly affect the other, a native Canadian grandfather drives north accompanied by his grandson.

THE WINDIGO (2000) – 16 minute short of the Windigo myth.

WIKI PAGE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendigo

I will add to this list and link to reviews as I write them.