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Friday, April 14, 2017

INVOKE REVIEW




A young woman unwittingly unleashes an evil spirit in her house. 

Starring: Debbi Jones, Brett DeJager, Joie Bauer, and Shirley Hoesing

Directed by: Carlos Omar De Leon

Written by: Vorasine Vince Phrommany and Carlos Omar De Leon

  After bringing horror fans “Killer Date” and “Kal - The Clown,” Carlos Omar De Leon is back with a new film, “Invoke.” It’s getting late, and a young woman (Debbi Jones) is tired of working on her research as her boyfriend (Brett DeJager) watches a movie. She sends him home and prepares for bed, but not before listening to an audio file she receives from her cousin. The audio tells the story of Eliza Braum, a murderer who vowed to return one day! 
  Too bad for the young woman because that day has come. She doesn’t know it, but she summons the spirit to her house. Once again Carlos does a good job of setting a creepy atmosphere. The house is silent, and the young woman moves right into the dark spots of the house leaving her clueless to what’s lurking about. Eliza makes her presence known in a big way, and the film ends in frighting fashion. With strong performances, a somewhat familiar story, and a creepy spirit, I give “Invoke” 2.5 pools of blood.


  HorrO

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

PUPPET REVIEW



An infection spreads among a group of friends that turns them into violent killers.

Starring: Tara Cardinal, Leah Ann Cevoli, Ryan Demarest, Matt Jayson, Jeffery Potts, and Berna Roberts

Directed by: Joseph R. Davis & Brian Gerson (DaG)

Written by: Jeffery Potts

  Emery (Tara Cardinal) finally gives in and decides to hang out with her sister, and her sister’s friends. However, they’re not there to just hang out, but also there for Bible study. Emery isn’t into that, and becomes upset when they try to force the religious talk on her. Emmett (Matt Jayson) goes to check on her after she locked herself in a room, and tells her a very personal story just before everything changes.
  In “Puppet,” they do a good job of setting up the Emery’s character, and getting the audience to feel bad for her situation. They also do an equally good job getting the audience to feel bad for Emmett after the story he tells. What’s really great about that scene is just as the audience digests his story chaos breaks out. Blood starts spilling all over the place as true horror takes over. And in the mist of it, the sisters find one more surprising thing to fight over. Will their faith in God be enough to save them? Find out by watching the film I give 2.5 pools of blood to.

  HorrO

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

THE VOID REVIEW



Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.

Starring: Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, and Kenneth Welsh

Directed and written by: Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski

  Watching the trailer to a movie can make you want to see it, or pass on it. It can also make you so curious about something that you need to know what’s happening. There’s a lot going on in the trailer for “The Void,” but those hooded guys with the triangles where their faces should be had me hooked. Who are they, what’s with the triangles, and what are they up to? 
  Before the appearance of the hooded guys, the audience gets thrown right in the middle of a scene of chaos resulting in a girl getting burned alive. It then moves away from that scene and to police officer Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole). It seems like another slow night for him until a bleeding guy stumbles out of the woods. Daniel takes him to the hospital and the madness begin!
  One of the many good things about this movie is the pace, and how all the strangeness unfolds. The few hospital staff members help Daniel get the guy to a room, and just when things are about to settle down Daniel has a run in with the hooded guys. There is no shortage of creepiness in them, but they aren’t the scariest thing around. Soon enough, the first of several disgusting looking creatures are introduced in a crazy, and bloody scene. 
  With hooded guys surrounding the hospital and creatures inside, Daniel along with others have to figure a way out. Unfortunately after his wife Allison (Kathleen Munroe) goes missing, he has no choice but to go looking for her. As Daniel and some strangers begin the search, the mystery begins to unfold. With some surprises and more creatures, Daniel finally finds out what they have been facing this entire time.
  To put it simply, “The Void” ends up being a wonderfully bizarre story. As crazy as the hooded guys may seem, they are only the beginning. The story unfolds at a perfect pace with twists and turns, as it has the audience waiting to enter the Void. If you’re a fan of say, “The Thing,” then the disgusting looking creatures should be to your liking. The movie might even be for fans of Lovecraft. Regardless of what you want to compare it to, this is definitely a must see worthy of 4 pools of blood.

  HorrO

Thursday, March 30, 2017

LIFE REVIEW



A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds

Directed by: Daniel Espinosa

Written by: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

  Humans are always hoping there’s life in space. Some believe that it will be friendly, and maybe even led to benefits for our planet. Then there are those who know better, and fear what’s out in the dark depths of space. Enter “Life,” the story about life in space that’s only interested in death.
  The crew of the International Space Station seems like a good group of people. The audience gets to know a little about a few of them in attempts to gain some audience sympathy for them. One of their wives back on Earth just had a baby, and one of them is even handicap. Too bad there isn’t enough of it to truly care about most of them as the alien begins picking them off. 
  That might be a big thing for some, but that’s fine with me. That means the story moves quicker, which this one general does. Of course the crew and audience have to wait until the alien, named Calvin, does a little growing up. It starts off so small and harmless, but becomes a large creepy octopus looking alien. Not too mention it’s apparently is a lot smarter than the crew.  
  What’s nice and different about this alien movie is that they maintain the effects of gravity in space the entire time. The crew is floating around while the alien seems to have another advantage using its multiple arms to move a lot faster than them. The alien also uses its strength to squeeze the life out of the crew. One of the best deaths is the first one, which leaves the audience looking at floating blood. It’s a really cool effect, and would have been nice to see more of.
  As the crew starts to dwindle, and time runs down, the few survivors are left with a choice. Who’s going to sacrifice themselves for the others to survive? They try to make the ending sequence as dramatic and suspenseful as possible. However, for most who have seen a horror movie, it’s very obvious what’s about to happen. 
  Basically, “Life” is only an appetizer for those waiting for the upcoming “Alien: Covenant.” The crew seem like nice and normal people, but not too normal to be killed. Keeping the gravity aspect of space makes the movie a little different then other alien movies. Calvin is an interesting alien because of it’s smarts and unexpected strength. Too bad its first kill might be the best, and the ending is too predictable. With that, I give this movie 2 pools of blood.


  HorrO

Friday, March 24, 2017

RAW REVIEW



When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her.

Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, and Rabah Nait Oufella

Directed and written by: Julia Ducournau

  Once “Raw” begins, there’s an almost immediate strangeness to it. There’s an odd car crash that later proves very meaningful. Then the audience is introduced to Justine (Garance Marillier) and her parents, and the fact that they are serious vegetarians. They drop her off at vet school, which begins with a crazy hazing event and wild party. All of that is just the beginning of the strangeness that continues throughout, but helps lead to the greatness of the film. 
  The older students make the new students go through a period of hazing as an introduction to the school. Justine is more shy and reserved, and not really into this. Her older sister, Alexia (Ella Rumpf), who also attends the school and went through this hazing, is very much into it. She encourages Justine to participate, and go along with what they make her do. Part of the hazing results in Justine eating meat for apparently the first time, and this changes everything. She seems to just get sick, but soon becomes addicted to meat.
  Her hunger starts to take over her life, and makes her do some strange things. She eats and eats whether or not the food is cooked or raw. Also, she goes from being the awkward, sexually inexperienced girl to a very outgoing girl with an appetite for sex second only to her taste for flesh. This creates some pretty intense, weird, and extremely satisfying scenes for horror fans. One of the most shocking scenes involves an incident while her sister gives her a Brazilian wax. 
   This amazing coming of age story is put together so well, and filled with so many great ideas. Start with the great idea to put a cannibal in a vet school, where she’s surrounded by live and dead animals. The whole thing with the car crashes is so creative. Just combining many of the common things a young person goes through  with the elements of discovering you’re a cannibal is done so smoothly. It’s all wrapped up in horrifying fashion along with a big twist that puts the finishing touches on the brilliance of the film.
  To top it off the acting is superb. Garance nails all of her characters struggles, and not to mention her awkwardness. She’s never thrown off in the intense moments, and is a very believable cannibal. Ella also does a fabulous job. She handles playing both a good and bad sister perfectly, and the audience is never too sure which one she’s going to be.
  “Raw” has everything an audience can want in a great film whether it’s horror or not. It starts with a terrific story from beginning to end about the coming of age of a young girl. It’s filled with amazing and intense scenes, and has a strange vibe about it along the way. Throw in the horrific cannibal moments that will put a smile on horror fans’ faces, and keep others on the edge of their seats. Both actresses nail their roles, and so does the rest of the cast. Walking out of the theater, I thought “that's why I love being a horror fan!” Because the film made me feel this way, I give it a rare and well deserved 5 pools of blood.


  HorrO

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

THE BELKO EXPERIMENT REVIEW



In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogota, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

Directed by: Greg McLean

Written by: James Gunn

Starring: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, and Adria Arjona

    You ever have one of those days where you feel like you don’t get paid enough to put up with your job? Maybe you’ve had a day or two when you’ve even wanted to punch a co-worker. At Belko it appears like those days barely ever happen. There are plenty of smiles on their faces, employees in no hurry to get their work done, and even some time for office romance. All is good until the Belko experiment begins.
   Of course when the voice orders the employees to start killing each other they have a hard time believing it. Once they get a little motivation, the experiment becomes a mind blowing experience. No really, it’s literally a mind blowing experience as employees’ heads blow up. The panic starts to set in with some wanting to stay as a group and find a way out, and others who start to go along with what the voice wants. 
  Now there’s 80 employees in this building, and a lot of killing to do. As a horror fan, this is a great opportunity to see some potentially awesome deaths. There are a few good ones, but overall it becomes a little disappointing. While fun and extremely bloody, the head explosions wipe out too many people. A bunch of others die by gun shot, which also becomes too repetitive.
  As the number of survivors dwindles, the audience might be rooting for certain people. One or two give it a good try, and last longer than the audience might think. However, picking the last few survivors is kind of predictable. What’s not predictable is the ending. There’s a nice surprise in the action, and an interesting small twist with the experiment.
  In a way, orchestrating “The Belko Experiment” is like the people working behind the scenes in “The Cabin in the Woods.” It would have been nice to see more creative deaths like another movie… “Saw.” Instead, too many of the deaths are by either gun shot, or head explosions. While it’s a good and fun story, they missed a chance to make it even better. With that, I give it 2.5 pools of blood.


  HorrO

Sunday, March 19, 2017

CHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROIR REVIEW



A gruesome coming of age story about a vintner son's disobedience and desire to care for his ailing mother.

Starring: Michael Lorz, Sean Weil, Anthony del Negro, Nancy Nagrant, and Pooya Mohensi

Directed and written by: David E. Munz-Maire

  Nothing like going out for a nice drive in the country, and stopping at a vineyard. Get out, take a look around, and taste some wine. Sounds like such a good plan, what could go wrong? Well, if you stop at a vineyard like the one in “Chateau Sauvignon: terroir,” a whole lot could go wrong for you! 
  This short horror film has many things going for it starting with the location and atmosphere. A vineyard isn’t the typical setting for a horror film, nor does it sound all that scary, but this one is. There’s a creepy feel to the film right from the start, as it takes the audience behind the scenes of the Chateau. It’s dark, too quiet, and then there’s the strange tension between father and son. 
  Speaking of strange, that definitely describes the son. He seems a little slow and moves at his own pace, especially with the way his father treats him. However, he proves that he’s willing to do what’s needed for the family. Michael Lorz does a great job portraying the son’s odd behavior, and flipping it just enough when his character has to host visitors. 
  The nice slow build of the film leads to a horrific ending. There’s a nice quick death, and one that’s much more bloody. The story wraps up neatly with some much needed family bonding. From the location and creepy atmosphere to the good acting and bloody ending, it’s easy to see why “Chateau Sauvignon: terroir” has won so many awards. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood, and a glass of wine!


  HorrO

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

KONG: SKULL ISLAND REVIEW



A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, adventuring into the domain of the might Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, and Brie Larson

Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Written by: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly, and John Gatins

  The King is back in “Kong: Skull Island,” and he’s in a bad mood! Why… well because a few scientist and some soldiers come to his island, and start making a mess of it. Kong wastes little time returning the favor leaving the group battered, and bruised. A long way from their way off the island, the group soon finds that Kong isn't the only thing to fear.
  It doesn’t take too long to realize that certain images of Kong really make the movie. There’s an early one of him with the sun setting, and the helicopters flying around him that is stunning. They do an excellent job of showing that he’s not only huge, but equally as fierce. In another scene, he gets attacked by an giant octopus, and ends up making a snack of it. 
  Kong isn’t the only awesome creature on the island. There’s a couple of unusual and harmless ones, and then there’s the skull creatures. They look like lizards but with no skin. The best part are their weird mouths. The biggest and baddest skull creature is Kong’s ultimate enemy, and they have an epic fight. They are both powerful, but Kong is just a little smarter.
  As for the scientists and soldiers, they aren’t as interesting as Kong. The scientists Bill (John Goodman), and Houston (Corey Hawkins) get the group to the island, but then the focus moves off of them and onto others. The soldiers get a few moments, including some comedy, but are mostly there to sadly die. Then there’s the tracker James (Tom Hiddleston), and photographer Mason (Brie Larson). They take the lead as the heroes, but too bad they don’t do a whole lot to make the audience truly like them either.
  To no surprise the only character that strikes some emotions in the audience is Preston (Samuel L. Jackson). He’s the leader of this group of soldiers, and takes it very personal when Kong kills some of his men. It’s good to honor and defend your fellow soldiers, but he fails to realize Kong’s just defending his territory. Preston sacrifices the safety of the group and their chance to get off the island just to fight with Kong. He’s very much a Samuel L. Jackson character making the audience both like and hate him.
  Overall, there’s nothing too shocking about the story. There’s a good explanation on why they go to the island, and then it becomes a fight for survival. While the characters aren’t too interesting, Kong is simply awesome fighting both people, and the other creatures. It’s not 100% perfect, but there are plenty of terrific images of him that really maintain his iconic status. With that, I give “Kong: Skull Island” 3 pools of blood.

  HorrO
   

*There’s an extra scene at the end of the credits*

Thursday, March 2, 2017

GET OUT REVIEW



A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams,  Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, & LilRel Howery

Directed and written by: Jordon Peele

  The easy way to sum up “Get Out” is to say, “crazy white people!” What’s not easy is winning over horror fans these days, but this movie has apparently done it. And how did Jordon Peele do it? Well he comes up with a good combination of horror, and racial tension. 
  Right off the bat the movie starts with a good typical horror movie scene ending in a good scare. A guy has lost his way in a neighborhood, a car pulls up next to him, and it doesn't end well for him. Then the audience meets a couple, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams), and learn about their plans to visit her parents. Not long after that the audience is hit with another nice and simple scare. Both scares set the mood for what’s to come.
  When Chris meets Rose’s parents there’s an instant racially driven awkwardness. Her father (Bradley Whitford) tries way too hard to become buddy buddy with Chris. What makes it really strange are the two black people the parents have working around the house. Both dress and speak like they’re from the past. Chris wants to relate to them, but is left confused.
  He’s also left confused after a late night conversation with Rose’s mother, Missy (Catherine Keener). Missy has learned to hypnotize people, and apparently done it to Chris. He grows increasingly more suspicious of the parents, especially after a family and friends gathering of a lot more crazy white people. It soon becomes apparent what’s happening, but the reason why is really weird, and much more crazier than expected.
  The story really puts the horror and racial tension together well. It’s helped by some strong acting all around. Daniel does an excellent job in every situation his character faces. Allison does a good job of playing the girlfriend who tries to be understanding of the awkward situation her character puts Chris in. Bradley and Catherine do a terrific job slowly bringing more and more craziness to their characters. And finally there’s LilRel Howery. He plays Chris’s friend, and provides some great comic relief.
  Getting the audience to root for certain characters, and hate the villains is often a mark of a good horror movie. In this case, the racial divide makes it extremely easy to root for Chris, and hate the crazy white people. No more evidence is of that is needed then having half the audience screaming at the screen in the final scenes of the movie. The reaction proves “Get Out” has done its job with a terrific story, and very good acting. With that, I give it 3.5 pools of blood.

  HorrO


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

Sunday, January 15, 2017

THE BYE BYE MAN REVIEW



Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man’s most unspeakable acts.

Starring: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, and Cressida Bonas

Directed by: Stacy Title

Written by: Jonathan Penner, and Robert Damon Schneck

  “Don’t think it!” “Don’t say it!” Well, in order to see “The Bye Bye Man,” horror fans are going to have to think, and say it. At least for them they won’t suffer the same fate as many in the movie. The question here is “do see it” or “don’t see it?”
  The movie starts off with a flashback to 1969, and a man who is trying to put an end to everyone who knows about the Bye Bye Man. This flashback is continued later on, and is well done except for one thing. The guy blows away his victims with a shotgun, which they do the best to display the gun's power on his victims. Too bad there is no blood to be found. Yes, for those who wanted this to be rated R, here’s your moment to say, “I told you so!”
  Elliot (Douglas Smith), his girlfriend Sasha (Cressida Bonas), and their friend John (Lucien Laviscount) move into a house together. The audience can see how this might be a problem even without the Bye Bye Man. It doesn’t take long before the Bye Bye Man starts making his presence known. Once he gets in their heads, they begin to have all kinds of hallucinations. The hallucinations quickly become the true focus of the movie. Some are good, especially at the end, and others aren’t really worth showing.
  The Bye Bye Man turns out not to be a bad idea, but it would have been nice to know more about him. They let the audience in on some things about him, but leave a lot of unanswered questions. They even have the perfect opportunity to explain everything about him, but choose not to. Another thing that almost works for the Bye Bye Man is his hound. Nice idea, but it’s terrible looking. On top of that, it actually eats the victims, but too bad they do more implying it eats them then showing it! 
  Overall, “The Bye Bye Man” is just another horror movie. Actually, another clearly PG-13 horror movie. It has potentially to do more and be better, but it just isn’t. They really needed to explain more about him, but don’t. They rely more on the hallucinations than the Bye Bye Man. And the acting, lets not even talk about it. “Don’t think it!” “Don’t say it!” “Don’t see it!” With that, I give it 1 pool of blood and say goodbye to the Bye Bye Man.

  HorrO


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