Trick ‘r Treat (2007) Review
When watching this film at the weekend the only question I had was why I didn’t watch this on Halloween, seriously it’s a fantastic film for Halloween (It has the Halloween spirit). I am going to call this film an anthology because it tells four stories and although they do kind of connect I love the idea and the stories are ridiculously built for Halloween (In a good way). My favourite thing about the film was how it tried to teach a lesson about Halloween traditions, like check your candy and don’t smash pumpkins. The film does remind me of an old favourite ‘Creepshow’ from Steven King which taught more specific lessons about more moral problems but still it had that follow the rules or meet a horrible end which is always fun for a horror film. The one that got me was the werewolf story because I just didn’t see it coming, thinking back though it should have been easy to notice.
The Awakening (2012) Review
This film episode on TV or a short film which goes straight to DVD but a full length horror film it just doesn’t do it for me. The story, visuals and acting were pretty good but I still just couldn’t find anything special or memorable about the film. I only just watched this film but I am already starting to forget what actually happen. I think that is bad. The acting was the best part and the two mains actors do a great job of demonstrating their characters back stories and why they do what they do. I did like the way the story went around in the end, and it was okay I suppose but nothing special and it certainly doesn’t pull the rest of the film with it.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (Live Action) Web Series Review
This is the first time I have ever reviewed a Web series but this one is really quite good and I thought I would promote it and give it a sparkling review because I want this in a full length film. The series is to pre date the Halo 4 game story that is now out and certainly does well for promoting the Halo universe and develops a fantastic character group consisting of fresh recruits which is a good place to start. The visuals in this film are spectacular considering relative low budget and nothing looked phony like most video game adaptations. This series isn’t just for fans of the Halo game series who want more, it’s also for people who haven’t even seen the game before. Not a huge fan of the game myself but I have played a couple of the games and this Web series seriously makes me want to get the new release.
The Evil Dead Trilogy Review
This trilogy review is the winner of the Halloween trilogy review poll that was posted on the ‘Back To The Future’ review. Not too surprising that this trilogy won as it is a favourite of mine from the first film which brought real scares and even laughs on purpose in one film to ‘Army of Darkness’ which just went full on slapstick comedy horror and will still make me laugh. All three of these films where directed and written by Sam Raimi, and I view them as some of his best films if not the best. I think these films are timeless and hope you all do too because it would be a shame if these films ever lost an audience. On a plus side I got over 32 votes which were better than the 20 from the poll before, I still want MORE! So don’t forget to vote at the end.
Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark (2010) Review
This film is great if you want to scare kids but past that it’s not going to put fear into any horror fans. The original was better at that, or I was myself younger when I watched it. Yes that makes sense. The story is just as good and it is made really well, the acting is good and visuals were also very well done. Couple of things to say though, if your kid is afraid of the dark, for the love of god do not show them this (unless your kids are terrible). Also if you at any point even remotely think that your child maybe right about the monsters under her bed, you then take them and yourself to a hotel and slowly and calmly BURN YOUR HOUSE TO THE GROUND! Just a suggestion though (I am not getting sued).
The Return of the Living Dead (1985) Review
Really weird film but I’ll be damned if I didn’t really enjoy watching it. This film is one of the best things to watch at Halloween because it is kind of a spoof sequel to one of the most classic zombie films ‘Night of the Living Dead’. That I believe is one of the films strengths in that it is done by people who know horror and wanted to add some dark humour to the genre and this worked perfectly in this film. Interestingly enough the two creators split their efforts when it came to the sequels and we had this film from Russo and Dawn of the Dead from Romero.
V/H/S (2012) Review
V/H/S is an interesting idea for a film, as an anthology it is one of those films I have wanted for a while as I loved Twilight Zone and Creep Show but it failed in a few places which annoyed me to no end. Out of the six horror stories told in this found footage film; I liked three of them but the others where slow and failed to impress me. It’s not something I think needs to be in the found footage genre as for the most part it just annoyed me, maybe having one the story with shaky camera would work but I guess the film title wouldn’t make sense if they weren’t found footage. I can still dream of a modern horror anthology.
Looper (2012) Review
Looper is the best time travel film made in recent times, I really missed them. The acting is brilliant and the story is fascinating, but still it was a bit slow and I can’t believe I am going to say this but I did feel bored at times. The visuals and dialogue are probably the weakest link in this film, with only a tiny amount of lines that were any good or memorable and visuals that were a little weak as well not that there were many visuals. So it’s a fun film which is interesting to think about, plus the acting is great.
Unbreakable (2000) Review
Do you remember when M. Night Shyamalan made good films? It was a short period between 1999 and 2002. Luckily this film got made by him in his not being terrible phase. Its story is very unique and it does get you thinking about what the hell is going on in this film. The performances here were very strong from a very small cast. In other words this film unlike many others don’t really have any comparative points which makes it a bit weird to review, but here we go.
Outbreak (1995) Review
Just watched this film at the weekend and thought it was actually good, it presents a scenario which is very plausible and presents it in a near realistic manner except for some Hollywood cheese flying around but it’s fun to watch so I don’t really care. This film is super star studded so it would be unrealistic back in the 90’s not to have big action scenes and jokey scenes, plus a Morgan Freeman speech because they had Morgan Freeman. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive and you see a great outbreak story from the people who are to fix the problem and how dangerous their jobs can be.