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Thursday, June 15, 2017

47 METERS DOWN REVIEW



Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.

Starring: Mandy Moor, Claire Holt, and Matthew Modine

Directed by: Johannes Roberts

Written by: Johannes Roberts and Ernest Riera

   As a big horror fan, it’s hard to find a horror movie that truly gets me to jump out of my seat. However, with a true fear of sharks, shark movies have always kept me on edge. Envisioning being in the situation these characters find themselves in always keeps a little terrifying tingle in me. So how terrifying is it “47 Meters Down?”
  Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are sisters with different personalities. Lisa is the cautious type, and may be even described as boring. Kate, on the other hand, seems to always be up for the next adventure. When two locals ask the girls to join them in an underwater experience with great white sharks, it’s no surprise which one of sisters is all in. 
  After the slow introduction to the sisters, they make it to the boat, and see a cage that only a crazy person would get in. Yes, they’re crazy, and in they eventually go. It’s all beautiful looking out into the ocean with several giant whites around until the cable breaks, and 47 meters down they go. Finally the movie has my full attention, as I begin my string of “hell no’s” to everything the sisters do to try to save themselves.
  Being the more experienced diver, Kate swims out of the cage to get radio communication with the boat. It might not seem like much, but the darkness surrounding her and knowing sharks are out there is crazy. Soon enough, it’s Lisa’s turn to swim out of the cage, which is even crazier because she’s no where near as calm as Kate. It’s almost laughable cause she really has no idea what she’s doing. The sisters hang on just long enough to appear to have been rescued. The cage begins to rise, but then the audience gets an even wilder fall back to 47 meters down. 
  Running out of air, both sisters find themselves in pure desperation mode. It’s here that the movie really makes its mark with some unexpected chain of events. Without spoiling these events, I’ll move onto the sharks. If the audience is expecting this to be bloody, and filled with deaths…forget about it. Much like “The Shallows,” the sharks do more swim by scares, then killing anyone. It’s definitely more psychological through most of the movie, just knowing they’re out there, but not ever being sure when they’ll appear. Probably the best moment with the sharks occurs with the use of some underwater flares, and what comes shortly after.
  Mandy and Claire both do a good job handling their roles. Mandy seems to have the harder job because her character did more of the freaking out. After watching “The Shallows” and seeing most of the action take place just off shore, it’s good to see an underwater shark movie. However, much like “The Shallows,” it’s lacking in deaths by sharks. Seriously, if audiences want to see sharks and no deaths, they can see real ones on Shark Week! Because it still has moments that will freak out someone who fears sharks like me and a nice twist, I give "47 Meters Down" 2.5 pools of blood.

  HorrO

Saturday, June 10, 2017

THE MUMMY REVIEW



An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe, and Jake Johnson

Directed by: Alex Kurtzman

Written by: David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman

  A while back fans found out that there would be another mummy movie. More recently they then found out Universal has bigger plans in store with the introduction of the Dark Universe. Forget about The Avengers, and The Justice League, bring on Dracula, and Frankenstein. But first, can “The Mummy” get the Dark Universe off on the right foot?
  Being a mummy movie, someone needs to find its tomb, and unleash its evil on the world. That someone is Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), along with his partner in crime Chris Vail (Jake Johnson), who are looking for treasure in a dangerous area of Iraqi. They’re forced to call in an air strike in order to save themselves from some unfriendly locals. Of course the air strike opens a hole to the tomb, and the adventure is about to really begin.
  With the help of archeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis), they get the U.S. military to pull the coffin out, and onto a plane. It doesn’t take long for strange things to start happening, including Nick seeing visions of Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) in ancient Egypt before she became a mummy. These visions plague him throughout the movie, as Ahmanet has formed a bond with him. The visions are important to what’s happening to Nick, but also seem to make his character seem a little stupid at times. His character kind of stumbles along the process, as opposed to being a hero and adventurer the audience might think him to be. It also seems to dumb down Cruise’s performance.
  With the help of Jenny, and Dr. Henry Jekyll, they’re actually able to capture Ahmanet. And yes, apparently Dr. Jekyll is now into capturing creatures like the mummy! Really not sure why they introduce Jekyll into the movie unless they have plans for him somewhere else in the Dark Universe. There’s a decent scene of him transforming and fighting Nick, but that’s really it for Jekyll.
  As expected, the movie is light on scares, with the mummy sucking the life out of people and creating zombie like creatures probably being the most extreme thing that happens. The mummy herself isn’t even that scary looking. Really audiences should be looking for the action more than horror, and even that seems a little light. There’s the dramatic plane crash, a few chase scenes, and then the final sequence. None of the action feels like what audiences might expect for a summer movie. A good example of this is a nice looking scene of Nick swimming away from these zombie creatures, but while it looks nice, it amounts to very little. 
  Overall, “The Mummy” can’t be the way Universal wanted to kick off the Dark Universe. There isn’t anything new or exciting here. The mummy is found, unleashes a little evil, and then comes the final show down. Tom Cruise’s character isn’t that fantastic, and his best moments might be playing off Jake Johnson’s character. While it’s not a surprise there’s not many scares, it’s surprising the action isn’t bigger, and more daring. With that, I give it 2 pools of blood.


  HorrO

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

IT COMES AT NIGHT REVIEW



Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Directed and written by: Trey Edward Shults

  “It Comes At Night” opens with a family in the  middle of an apocalyptic world. Unfortunately Bud (David Pendleton), Sarah’s (Carmen Ejogo) father and Travis’ (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) grandfather, has fallen ill. Paul (Joel Edgerton), the head of this family, has to make a tough decision, and ends Bud’s life for the safety of the others. The scene gives the audience a quick look at the new world the family lives in, and the possibilities of what’s to come.
  As the story starts to unfold, it will soon become evident that this is a slow moving film. Yes, it has a few creepy moments mostly courtesy of Travis’ nightmares. Then there’s a few more intense scenes like when Will (Christopher Abbott) tries to break into the family’s home. He claims that he didn’t know anyone lived there, and is just looking for food and supplies for his wife and child. After a family discussion, Paul decides to allow Will and his family to stay with them.
  So why is it a slow moving film…because it’s very character driven. Paul is the strict leader of the family, who sets rules to ensure their safety. Sarah is a loving mother to her son, and always right at her husband’s side. Now Travis is a little bit of an odd teenage boy, which may simply be because of his new found way of life. He’s kind of quiet, plagued with nightmares, and no one can blame him for developing a crush on Will’s wife. Will and his wife seem normal, and are just looking to survive like Paul’s family. Of course when you put two families together who protect their own interests first, something will go wrong. 
  The real problem for this movie is that it leaves too many unanswered questions. From the beginning, the audience is thrown in the middle of this family’s life. There is no mention of how long the world has been turned upside down, or the cause of it. There’s a sickness, but the audience is left to assume how they get sick and what happens to them when they get sick. Do you become a zombie, or what? The most frustrating moments are when they act like there’s something out in the woods, but is there? Most importantly, what ultimately is “it,” and did “it” ever come at night?
  Don’t be mistaken, even with all those questions, “It Comes At Night” is still a well done movie. The times at night in the house are very dark, and intense. The few nightmares that Travis has are creepy, and even can be disgusting. With a character driven story, it’s important that the acting is good, and it’s definitely solid all around. It’s alright to leave a couple of questions unanswered, however this one leaves a few too many. With that, and the slow pace, I can’t give this movie more than 2 pools of blood.


  HorrO

Saturday, May 20, 2017

ALIEN: COVENANT REVIEW



The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Written by: Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett, Jack Paglen, and Michael Green

  Looking back at my “Prometheus” review, it seems I felt there was too much creation talk, and too little alien action. So it’s safe to assume in “Alien: Covenant” a little less talk, and more action would be nice. And how does the movie open…with more odd conversation about creation. Alright, patience is needed, but the aliens are on the way!
  The crew of the Covenant faces some challenges right off the bat, as they lose their captain when a shock wave hits the ship while they are in a sleep state. They must gather themselves under the new captain, Oram (Billy Crudup), and repair the ship. After repairs are made, they receive a strange signal from a nearby planet that might have human origins. Oram is faced with the tough decision to investigate a new planet, or continue to make their way to their original destination. Of course they head to the new planet to investigate, and just when it looks like a great place to settle in, it all goes wrong. 
  One of the most memorable moments in the Alien franchise is the first time an alien comes bursting right out of a crew member. That same event is one of the best things about this movie, as the audience gets to see this happen in fierce and bloody fashion on more than one occasion. The aliens come primed and ready to go on the attack right away. The crew gets stranded on the planet facing down an alien attack before they are rescued by the only remaining crew member of the Prometheus, David (Michael Fassbender).
  This is when the movie takes some time to really get back into creation. David is completely obsessed by it, and tries to convince his robot twin Walter (Michael Fassbender), who serves a similar role on the Covenant, about what he’s learned. David is definitely an odd robot, and being alone on the planet gets him in an experimental mood. There’s a flashback of when David got to the planet, and what happens to the beings that lived there. Now that would have made for a more exciting opening scene than the conversation, but it’s easy to see why they decided to reintroduce David to the audience in the beginning.
  Soon enough the biggest and baddest aliens start hunting the remaining crew members. This leads to some exciting action as the crew fights its way back to the ship with the aliens continuing to come at them. As exciting as it is, there’s also some predictable things going on as well. There’s one thing in particular that they want the audience guessing at, but the audience has to know what’s going on. After the excitement dies down, the movie ends reminding the audience once again that it’s all about creation. 
  “Alien: Covenant” definitely has moments that will remind the audience of the original. It takes the audience back to the aliens ripping their way out of the humans, which is just bloody awesome. There’s also a nice face hugging scene or two, which is always fun. Daniels (Katherine Waterston) is no Ripley, but she holds her own, including going face to face with the alien. And then there are the robots David and Walter, reminding the audience of how Ash seems good at first, but also had plenty of bad intentions in it. Because of its similarities to the original, and having more aliens in it then “Prometheus,” I give this movie 3.5 pools of blood. 

  HorrO

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

NIGHT KALEIDOSCOPE REVIEW



A cynical psychic investigator who peddles his gift for anyone willing to pay. His abilities depleting, he must take powerful drugs to induce his visions. After a series of brutal murders in the city, a contact in the police comes to him for help tracking down the killers.

Starring: Patrick O'Brien, and Mariel McAllan

Directed by: Grant McPhee

Written by: Megan Gretchen and Chris Purnell

  People are always trying to find something different in horror. Sometimes it’s the story, or other times it’s a character. There’s the way a movie is shot like audiences have seen with found footage. And now comes “Night Kaleidoscope,” believe it or not, a movie shot to make the audience seem as if they are looking through a kaleidoscope.
  Seriously, it won’t take long for the audience to wonder what’s going on with the screen. It’s a little all over the place and blurry at first, but then the audience can settle into the look of the movie. It does use a good mix of colors in some scenes, and other scenes are very dark. To top off the crazy imagery, they add a pretty nice 80’s rock soundtrack.
  Now on to the story which follows an investigator with psychic abilities, who is hired to solve some recent murders. The investigator has visions, which gives the movie another opportunity to dive into the kaleidoscope theme. He soon finds out he’s up against a pair of vampires. While he tries to figure out how to stop the vampires, they continue to feast on people creating some nice and bloody scenes. However, the story is a little hard to follow because the audience can get lost in the kaleidoscope view. Also, there aren’t many scenes with a lot of dialogue.
  Overall, if you’re looking for something different “Night Kaleidoscope” might be for you. The way the movie is shot makes it unique, and gives itself its own style. The style overshadows the story, and might leave some lost. Regardless, I give them credit for trying something different, and give it 2 pools of blood.


  HorrO

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Q&A w/ Andre Gower + Ryan Lambert of "The Monster Squad"



On Friday, April 28th, Popcorn Frights hosted a special screening of “The Monster Squad.” After the screening, Marc Ferman from Popcorn Frights held a Skype Q&A with two of the stars of the movie, Andre Gower, and Ryan Lambert. Check out the Q&A below…


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.

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*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.

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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.

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