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Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Fiancé Review



When a beautiful bride-to-be is bitten by the legendary creature, Bigfoot, she becomes a brutal force of nature hellbent on breaking her engagement - and her fiancé.

Starring: Carrie Keagan, Dallas Valdez, and Douglas Tait

Directed and written by: Mark Michaels

Produced by: Staci Layne Wilson

  With “The Fiancé” as the title, it’s hard to image what that has to do with horror. At most, it would be predictable to think that this might be a story about a relationship gone wrong because of something like cheating. Yes, this relationship has gone wrong, but for a much more unpredictable reason. Let just say that Bigfoot comes in between this couple.
   It opens with some strange happenings in the woods, as two guys have gone from being the hunters to being the hunted. Soon after this attack, the audience is introduced to Michael (Dallas Valdez). He’s preparing to propose to his girlfriend, Sara (Carrie Keagan), and drives up to the cabin where the big night is supposed to happen. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse because she’s become infected and comes to the cabin not to say “yes,” but to kill him instead.
  This is where the movie really gets interesting for two specific reasons. Of course the first reason is the extremely brutal fight the two have. They go back and forth, as he’s fighting for survival, and she’s fighting out of pure rage. She has the advantage with this animal like strength obtained from the infection, and the fact that he truly doesn’t want to hurt her. He has to loss a few extremities along the way before deciding to really let her have it.
  The other reason is how the story is constructed. Instead of going through the couple’s history before getting to the fight, the audience gets pieces of their story in between all of the fighting. The audience sees a little bit about how they met, and then an introduction to Sara’s father. Michael ends up in an usually situation with his possible father-in-law that becomes a surprising side story. There’s also a touch of comedy thrown in to break the tension with two cops called to this domestic dispute, but have something better to do.
  Just when the audience thinks it’s over, it’s not. “The Fiancé” has a few more surprises to the story, including bonus scenes at the beginning and at the very end of the credits. The scenes put the final touches on this well constructed story. Instead of having a beautiful night together, this couple has a beautiful fight together truly putting the horror in this story. Big Foot might have gotten in between this couple, but he won’t get in my way of giving this movie 3 pools of blood.

  HorrO

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

THE UNTOLD #1 REVIEW



The Untold is a horror comic that combines psychological unrest with striking visual gore to create a truly terrifying experience.

Created and written by: Daniel Farrand 

Artist: Johannes Vick

  ‘Untold #1’ is an exciting new primarily black and white comic. Being the first issue of the series, it mostly sets up the characters and story for what’s to come. However, it still has some very entertaining moments, including the opening. It opens with the villain, “the Dark Figure,” about to punish a young girl, Daisy. Daisy begs for him not to hurt her, but her pleading quickly falls on deaf ears.
  Then readers are introduced to Alice, who is persistently pushing her parents to tell her where her grandfather has gone. As with many kids with busy parents, she grew very attached to one of her grandparents, in this case her grandfather, Mr. Dyson. Readers get to see some of the time the two spent together, and why they were so close. What’s great about Alice is that she asks her parents about him every chance she gets, and sometimes asks in a not so nice manner.
  Finally she’s told where he’s at, and goes to see him at a mental facility. Making her way through some strange characters, she's soon reunited with her grandfather. Of course she’s happy to see him, while her grandfather is shocked at the visit. As expected her grandfather is acting a little strange. And just when things can’t get any stranger, ‘Untold #1’ ends with quite the surprise. 
  ‘Untold #1’ turns out to be a great start to this comic book series. It starts of with a bang, and ends with an even louder one. Readers get a good introduction to Alice, and why her grandfather is so important to her. The comic is easy to read, and the pages are well done. It’s mostly black and white with touches of color in important spots here and there. I definitely recommend checking it out, and think the ending will definitely have you eager for the next issue.

  HorrO


*Find out more about ‘The Untold’ on Twitter/Facebook

Friday, February 3, 2017

RINGS REVIEW



A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in 7 days.

Starring: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, and Johnny Galecki

Directed by: F. Javier Gutierrez

Written by: David Loucka, Jacob Estes, and Akiva Goldsman

  It’s always exciting when a horror movie gets off to a good start. “Rings” appears to get off to that good start when it opens with Samara (Bonnie Morgan) on the hunt for her latest victim on an airplane. That seems like a great unique place to have her, and just when it gets good… “end scene!” Seriously! After that let down, would that be a sign of things to come?
  Soon after that the audience is introduced to a young couple, Julia (Matilda Lutz) and Holt (Alex Roe). It’s their last morning together before Holt goes off to college. College can be about experimenting and finding new things, and that’s exactly what Holt does. He breaks contact with Julia causing her to eventually go to his school to look for him. She soon finds him, and how he’s become part of a deadly experiment. Yes, he watched the tape and to save him, so does she. 
  However, there seems to be something different about her viewing of the tape. This causes Julia to go on the hunt for Samara, and the story behind her. This is also where the story begins to drag on. The audience watches as Julia tries to put the pieces together, where instead it would've been nice to see more of Samara going after people, or even more about the experiment itself.
  Then comes the big final scene once Julia has put all of the pieces together. It won’t take long for some of the audience to say, “wait didn’t I already see this movie?” Even though they might have seen it, it does kind of make sense, and turns out alright. Actually the very last scene turns out to be a good ending to this story. 
  Reminiscent of “Final Destination,” the opening scene has a chance to really set the tone for this movie, but unfortunately it’s cut short. They also cut short the talk about this experiment, which would have been more interesting than Julia’s investigation. As well, it would have opened more opportunity to involve Samara. Even though the ending is awfully familiar, it does make up for some of the earlier mishaps. However, “Rings” still turns out to be a missed opportunity to revive this franchise, so I give it 2 pools of blood.


  HorrO

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER REVIEW



Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, and Ali Larter

Directed and written by: Paul W.S. Anderson

  It’s over! It’s finally over! Good news for some, and bad news for others. Personally, while the stories are usually similar, watching Alice (Milla Jovovich) kick ass never gets old. She does plenty of ass kicking again, but also takes a licking. Regardless, “Resident Evil” fans will be looking for a satisfying ending in this final chapter.
  “Resident Evil: Retribution” ended at the beginning of what looked to become an epic battle. Unfortunately, that battle goes unseen as the audience finds Alice in the aftermath of that battle. Wasting no time, she faces off against a couple of creatures who also survived before making her way out of the battleground. She soon finds herself on a mission to get back to The Hive in Raccoon City in order to save the few humans that are still left. 
  Along the way, she runs into some familiar faces both friend and foe. Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) gets the first of several shots at Alice accompanied by a huge army of the undead. Of course she escapes, but that doesn't stop Dr. Isaacs from chasing her all the way to Raccoon City. Alice is soon reunited with Claire (Ali Larter), who is hold up in a building with some other survivors. In one of the better scenes, they team up to defend the building against the doctor and undead. Nothing like seeing the mass murder of the undead!
  Several obstacles later, Alice makes her way through the Hive, and to her last showdown with Dr. Isaacs. They go at it in a fierce final battle, including a round or two in the memorable laser hall. Before this battle royal begins, the audience gets some of the blankets filled in about Alice, Dr. Isaacs, and the virus. It all kind of just seems the way it goes in this series. 
   Yes, this truly did feel like the final chapter. The action is good, but there are far better action scenes in some of the other movies. There are some creepy creatures, but nothing topping what audiences have already seen. The story wraps up well in the typical “Resident Evil” way, but there aren’t any major surprises. Even though it might not measure up against some of the other movies, it’s still worth watching Alice kick some ass one last time! With that, I give “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” 2.5 pools of blood, and say it’s been a pleasure watching this series!

  HorrO


*There’s an after the credits sound clip for those who want to wait and hear it

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SPLIT REVIEW



After three girls are kidnapped by a man with 24 distinct personalities they must find some of the different personalities that can help them while running away and staying alive from the others.

Starring: James McAvoy, Haley Lu Richardson, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Jessica Sula

Directed and written by: M. Night Shyamalan

  So HorrO, what did you think about “Split?” I don’t know, I’m still kind of split about it. Well, you better figure it out because you have a review to write. Damn, it’s time to write a review already. Yea, it’s that time. Alright then, let HorrO take it from here. Sounds good, but just remember to keep it spoiler free. I’ll try to make it as spoiler free as possible, but no promises (that ’s your warning)!
  Ok, enough with the funny stuff, lets get serious. There’s usually a lot of anticipation with M. Night movies that end up pleasing the audience, or letting them down in a big way. Either way, he’s proven to be a good story teller, it just depends on how the story ends. And boy does this one have a surprise for the audience at the end!
  Before getting to the end of this story, lets start from the beginning. After a quick intro to Claire (Haley Lu Richardson), Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), and Marcia (Jessica Sula), they’re kidnapped by Dennis (James McAvoy). You can also call him by the name of one of his many other personalities Patricia, Hedwig, or his real name Kevin. While he has 24 personalities, most of the focus is on these few. Hedwig is the most entertaining, as he’s a 9 year old boy. Patricia is a caring lady, and Dennis is the serious neat freak mastermind. While the girls are shocked by the different personalities, each manages to intrigue the audience in their own way. And James McAvoy makes this identity crisis work because he does a fabulous job of playing all of them.
  Of course while watching a M. Night movie, the audience has to look for clues as to what the possible twist will be. As usual, there is a twist, but not the one the audience might have expected. Originally it seems like his 24th personality might be the twist, but it’s pretty straight forward. His personalities mention the coming of the Beast, and the Beast does make an appearance. The Beast is exactly that, as he’s got super strength, climbs walls, and is really fast. It’s the Beast that eventually decides the fate of the girls, who fail repeatedly to escape from the other personalities. 
  As with many M. Night movies, some of the clues are presented in a side story. Here, the side story is about Claire as a little girl. Her father and uncle are teaching her how to hunt bucks. That’s bad news for the bucks, and not the only bad thing that happens on the trip. Claire’s life changes from this point on, and explains why she’s a little different from the other girls. 
  Basically, if the audience is watching and listening for clues “Split” should keep their attention. There are plenty of clues to be on the look out for, and probably some more to be found in a second viewing. If their not into hunting for clues, perhaps the different personalities are enough to entertain them. Otherwise, there isn’t a whole lot of action, besides a couple of escape attempts, until the end of the movie. Either way, M. Night introduces another interesting, and slightly strange story worthy of 3 pools of blood.
  Hey, HorrO, what about the big surprise? I can’t give that away. Well, how about a clue? All I’ll say is if you’re a fan of M. Night it should be a good surprise for you. And I do believe there is a point in the film where there’s a clue, but I would have to see it a second time to be sure. Otherwise, you won’t see it coming unless you’ve already been tipped off. Great! Thanks HorrO! No problem… whoever you are?


  HorrO
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