Black Water (2007)

Black Water Movie Review

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Black Water Movie Review

Black Water is a 2007 horror film set in Australia. It’s a very solid crocodile horror film which is definitely worth seeing for horror enthusiasts.

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I’ll be back.

That’s what he said

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Black Water Movie Review

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It is set in the mangrove swamps of northern Australia where Grace, her sister and husband are going on a swamp tour. Suddenly, a crocodile attacks them, kills their guide and it is up to the three of them to survive. The story is of course slight, but it works as everything we need is the crocodile and this awesome swamp setting which I absolutely loved.

The characterization is of course the problem as I did not care for either of them and I found them uninteresting and poorly developed. Adam is forgettable and Lee is heroic and likable, but in terms of acting Diana Glenn as Grace easily gave the finest performance with the other two being weak.

The film isn’t scary enough and it’s somewhat slow. However, it benefits from a couple of definitely fantastic scenes such as the entire ending which is so well done and hugely entertaining. The highlight for me was the scene in which the crocodile jumped from the water which was unexpected and a great jump scare so well executed.

They made use of this setting so well and I really liked how the film was shot. Some of the low shots are very effective in building the tension. I wanted more action and much more exploration of the swamp, but still the more grounded approach paid off in terms of realism.

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Black Water Movie Review

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Black Water is admirable for using so little CGI in it which I respected a lot. The crocodile is real and the dead bodies are practical effects. That’s why the film felt realistic and the crocodile is in particular very memorable and such a great, menacing villain.

It’s a shame we did not see more of him, but that approach with less instead of more is classic horror which is interesting. The shots of the croc emerging from the water all stole the show here. And of course the scene where you can hear him eating and crushing the human bones was so creepy.

Black Water needed more scares and the characterization is poor with the acting also being weak. But it’s still a pretty solid croc attack film with a couple of very creepy, so well executed sequences, a great use of its interesting setting and an admirable approach with less action, more realistic scenarios and no use of CGI whatsoever.

My Rating – 3.5

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Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Movie Review

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Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte Movie Review

Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte is a 1964 psychological thriller horror film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten and Olivia de Havilland. It’s a superb movie.

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You’re a vile, sorry little bitch!

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Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Movie Review

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The film is a spiritual successor to ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane’ in plot and characters. Although very similar at first, it is very different in the end with a much more horror infused, menacing approach to it which I loved. Both movies are great, but this one surprised me so much as I did not expect it would be this great and this creepy.

The first half is somewhat slow and the buildup lasts for too long, but the beginning is marvelous as it introduces you to the story in an immediate manner and I was hooked. The murder scene was pretty graphic for its time.

But the second half is simply fantastic. The twist is absolutely spectacular and I actually did not see it coming as the actors are so well cast against type in villainous roles. It truly is one of the best twists of its time. The story suddenly became much more urgent and dangerous in tone and actually very modern as today’s audiences would appreciate it much more than the 1964 audiences.

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Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Movie Review

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It’s a great story with a bunch of memorable thrills and scares. I would classify it as a psychological thriller, but definitely as a strong horror too because some of the scenes in the third act are very much horrific and pretty scary even today.

So the highlights include the beautiful ending, the way the protagonist got away from the situation, the murder at the stairs which is striking, the plastic head sequence is amazing and unexpected, the imaginary wedding sequence is very creepy and the muddy man scene is very scary and effective. As you can see, the film has a lot of unforgettable scenes which make it a true genre classic and a very underrated one at that.

Bette Davis is very good in the role. Sometimes she overacted, but in the end she gave a very strong performance which isn’t one of her best, but is admirable given that it is one of her last. Agnes Moorehead is the weakest link here as she overacted quite a bit and I do not understand why she of all people in this film got an Oscar nomination. Very underserved.

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Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Movie Review

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Joseph Cotten is very good here, but Olivia de Havilland entirely steals the show in my opinion, even from Davis. I did not expect her in this role and thus I was surprised and really thrilled to see that she pulled it off beautifully. She created a very menacing, villainous and creepy character and she should have been nominated for her work in the film, not Agnes.

Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte is sometimes overacted and certainly over-the-top, but it’s great because it puts you in the shoes of Charlotte and makes you root for her how terrible she is treated. That made the film thrilling and very effective. I constantly felt danger lurking owing to a fantastic, truly menacing atmosphere that the film creates and a terrific score and sound effects.

The titular song is simply beautiful. When heard singularly, it is a wonderful song. But when heard in the context of the film, it actually becomes quite scary and frankly even disturbing which was the goal of the filmmakers and they should be congratulated for managing to make use of the song so stupendously.

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Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Movie Review

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The film was nominated for editing, costumes, production design and cinematography. All these nominations are very much deserved as the film looks gorgeous. The house looked magnificent and is so well utilized and explored. The black and white photography is either beautiful or atmospheric here. The direction from Robert Aldrich is also very strong and the film is mostly really well paced and incredibly entertaining to watch. I loved it.

Beautifully shot and scored with a fantastic titular song, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte is somewhat overacted and certainly over-the-top, but an effective, very modern and highly underrated psychological thriller horror flick that’s a classic in my opinion. This spiritual successor to ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ is slow at first, but later becomes very entertaining and quite unnerving. Bette Davis is very good, but Olivia de Havilland actually steals the show here in an unexpected, truly terrific role. The movie is fueled with a palpable sense of danger and is thus a very unsettling experience. The twist is great plus the film is packed with a high number of simply unforgettable sequences from the ending to the immediately intriguing opening to three striking staircase sequences – each one creepier than the last.

My Rating – 4.5

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Gerald’s Game (2017)

Gerald's Game Movie Review

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Gerald’s Game Movie Review

Gerald’s Game is a 2017 survival film directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Carla Gugino. It is a flawed, but very good and memorable chiller.

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The people who were supposed to protect you from the monsters

turned out to be monsters themselves…

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Gerald's Game Movie Review

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Being based on a Stephen King novel, it is thus bound to have a great, original story and surely a woman being handcuffed to a bed and attempting to survive is a very authentic premise. And it was mostly well executed as well. Of course ‘It’ is a much better King adaptation of 2017 but Gerald’s Game is also surprisingly good and entertaining.

I respected the film for handling some very serious issues. Yes, it made for one quite uncomfortable viewing experience, but it also made for a surprisingly powerful feminist picture which resonated with me in the end.

So Jessie is the main character and once she gets handcuffed and her husband dies during their sex adventure, she is all alone and has to survive on her own. But not only do we see her struggle to survive, but also her examination of everything that led to that moment – she reconciles with being a victim of child abuse and she realizes that her husband has always been terrible. This film definitely is a very deep character study and not just your typical horror thriller.

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Gerald's Game Movie Review

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However, there lie a couple of problems. Because the film is based on a book, some scenes are so obviously book-related that it was distracting. Yes, they mostly managed to spread the film to an hour and a half without it being boring by adding the flashbacks and her husband and adult as well as child self talking to Jessie. But some of those scenes featured too much dialogue and were not really meant for cinematic treatment. Let’s just say that it is instantly recognizable as a book adaptation which is never a good sign.

Gerald’s Game is well filmed and I liked the choice with no sound as it added to the suspense. The film is never really terrifying and is way too gory and disgusting with the dog eating her husband being overly shown, but I liked how it was more of a psychological thriller instead of pure horror.

The twist at the end with the “death figure” was actually incredibly intriguing and that final scene was so powerful emotionally and in terms of delivery from the actress and how it was shot. I loved that aspect here and I really liked that the ending was prolonged.

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Gerald's Game Movie Review

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The dialogue is for the most part smart and quite good, but sometimes silly and too on-the-nose and typical for this type of film. As for the performances, Bruce Greenwood is sometimes too theatrical, but mostly quite good and creepy in the role. But this is of course Carla Gugino’s show and she absolutely excelled playing this role. This surely is a breakout role for her as she showed incredible range in a very demanding role and delivered what is definitely one of the best and most underrated female performances of the year.

Gerald’s Game has too much dialogue at times, too much gore and some pacing issues, but it is for the most part a very strong Stephen Kind adaptation with memorable thrills and plot points and a very offbeat premise. But it is also a character study and a very powerful and resonant one. Carla Gugino gave a fantastic performance in a breakout role. It is definitely the most underrated performance of the year.

My Rating – 4

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The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

The Quatermass Xperiment Movie Review

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The Quatermass Xperiment Movie Review

The Quatermass Xperiment is a 1955 British science fiction horror film directed by Val Guest and starring Brian Donlevy. It is solid, but disappointing.

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Nobody ever wins a cold war

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The Quatermass Xperiment Movie Review

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The storyline is not all that original. It features an astronaut who comes back on Earth infected with an alien form and he starts killing people and animals too. Now it is a pretty effective, interesting film for its time, but now after ‘Alien’ it is nowhere near as exciting.

This film should be analyzed in two different areas: science fiction and horror. First off, as a horror film it is actually very competent. Not only is its score exceptional and pretty menacing tonally, but it also adds a lot to the overall creepy atmosphere of the film. The film sounds and also looks really well and the filming technique of a documentary worked in its favor quite a bit.

It also contains a couple of really graphic, quite disturbing for its time scenes and thus it is easy to see why it actually killed a 9-year-old boy in 1955 in the theatre. To me the best scene is the zoo one which is quite horrific actually and definitely unexpectedly violent. And I have to say that I really liked the infected man as he reminded me pleasantly of the monster in ‘Frankenstein’. The scene with the girl also draws a similar parallel. The emotional connection is definitely strong here.

However, The Quatermass Xperiment fails as a science fiction film as it is just way too ridiculous in its story and particularly dialogue. I just could not take it seriously as a modern audience member. Some of the lines were silly and the film tried to be serious and realistic, but because the dialogue is so silly, it renders the entire film a blockbuster. And it was just never particularly fascinating in terms of storytelling.

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The Quatermass Xperiment Movie Review

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Brian Donlevy is definitely quite memorable as the main character who is very grumpy and overly harsh and I liked that he was different than most SF protagonists. The inclusion of humor is definitely odd, but some parts did make me chuckle nonetheless. So the film is well made and overall quite solid, just not as good as I expected.

The Quatermass Xperiment is a solid, but very flawed sci-fi horror flick. As a horror film, it succeeds. The atmosphere is creepy, the film is so well shot in interesting documentary-like fashion and the score is particularly menacing. A couple of scenes are quite horrific for its time. But it fails as a science fiction tale as the tone is odd, the story is somewhat standard and the dialogue is frequently quite silly.

My Rating – 3.5

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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

What We Do in the Shadows Movie Review

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What We Do in the Shadows Movie Review

What We Do in the Shadows is a 2014 New Zealand mockumentary horror comedy film directed by Taika Waititi. It is an original, but admittedly not great film.

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He was an 18th century dandy, so he can be very fussy

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What We Do in the Shadows Movie Review

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This film is a very interesting mix of genres. It is above all a vampire comedy, but with some horror elements and filmed in a mockumentary style. The mockumentary worked to its full advantage as it added a modern, fun touch to it and I really enjoyed it. The horror elements are rare, but solid and as for comedy, the movie can be really funny at times, but not often enough.

The plot with these three centuries old vampires sharing a flat together in today’s world is comedy gold in itself and such an original, creative premise with a particularly authentic approach. But the execution is not as great owing to its uneven quality.

The film takes its time to get there as the first act is not as engaging and it take time to adapt to its offbeat weirdness, at least that was the case with me. The second act is then phenomenal and so energetic, fun and frequently hilarious. That’s certainly the highlight of the film. But then the third act is definitely not as fun and the movie loses its steam there.

What We Do in the Shadows is weirdly paced and for such a short runtime, the filmmakers still did not know how to fulfill that time and thus I agree with some that this was an ingenious idea for a short film and never a feature.

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What We Do in the Shadows Movie Review

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Taika Waititi is excellent here, not so much in the acting role (and no actor is really particularly great here), but as a director, he shines here as this is his vision and his direction and style are phenomenal. The score is actually very good and effective in creating its vampire atmosphere. The same can be said for special effects and sets, both excellent for such a small budget. The film is technically pretty terrific.

What We Do in the Shadows is a highly original, but uneven experiment. Its mix of genres and approaches is very intriguing as it is a mockumentary vampire horror comedy with a pretty good premise. Taika Waititi’s direction and style are great. But only the second act is very strong and quite funny as it takes time to get used to its weirdness in the first act and the film loses its steam in the third act. It would have been much more effective as a short than it is as a feature film.

My Rating – 3.5

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Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Annabelle: Creation Movie Review

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Annabelle: Creation Movie Review

Annabelle: Creation is a 2017 horror film directed by David F. Sandberg. It is one of the best installments of the Conjuring universe.

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Who cares? Run!

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Annabelle: Creation Movie Review

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This is one of the most surprising films I’ve seen recently. Absolutely stupendous. I expected it to be much better than ‘Annabelle’ as that movie is so incredibly mediocre, but I didn’t expect the greatness that I got here as the film at times rivals ‘The Conjuring’ and that is a huge accomplishment.

It is basically an origin story of the doll and a prequel to the original film. In terms of being a prequel, it works stupendously as that final scene ties it up with the original so well. But it is a competent horror story in its own right which stands on its own as its very own beast.

Annabelle: Creation is quite scary. Just like with ‘It’, the movie follows children and thus I felt the danger much more and I do hope that the filmmakers realize this and start making more child-oriented horror films as I am infinitely more disturbed seeing a child than a woman in horrific peril.

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Annabelle: Creation Movie Review

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The film is scary, but it takes its time to get there and that build-up is excellent and the atmosphere is phenomenal. I love historical horror films and this particular period coupled with the orphanage setting led to such a unique, highly interesting horror flick both in time period and in setting. The attention to detail in recreating both is quite stellar.

Let’s talk about the highlights. The best scene is the wheelchair sequence. It happens during the day which is highly admirable and it is all the more scary for it and for the fact that it happens so suddenly. It was inventively filmed with great camera angles and that entire scene is an important plot point while being a genuine shocker in its own right. Another great scene is the well scene and I loved the staircase scene too. The scarecrow is creepy as well. All of these feature outstanding camera work and highly memorable imagery.

Sister Charlotte is a fine character and I really liked the married couple and their backstory was excellent. But the kids are the highlights and mostly just Janice and Linda. I felt sorry for Janice because she had to go through so many horrific things and Linda was such a cute, yet very brave kid. The two shared a wonderful friendship and it was a shame that they had to separate.

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Annabelle: Creation Movie Review

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The performances from the actors are very good and all of the kids did a very good job and they were even quite realistic. The film is very well scored and superbly shot. Definitely some scenes were pretty formulaic and also unfortunately bordered on implausible behavior from the characters, but most of the scenes made sense and were much more realistic or believable than most of the other horror pictures. It is technically a very competent, rich and far from cheap movie that led to it being one of the best horror sequels of all time and another phenomenal horror film from 2017. David F. Sandberg outdid himself as this movie is much better than ‘Lights Out’.

In a year full of great horror films, Annabelle: Creation is another success, but this time it is also one of the biggest pleasant surprises recently. It features excellent camera work, memorable imagery and effective creepy atmosphere and thus the scary scenes fully worked and some were even inventive. The highlights are the staircase scene and especially the wheelchair flight sequence which was unbelievably effective and quite disturbing. The child characters and actors are pretty good, the story is also competent and the film has a very good ending that ties it well with a much inferior original film. It is undoubtedly one of the best horror sequels ever.

My Rating – 4.5

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Annabelle (2014)

Annabelle Movie Review

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Annabelle Movie Review

Annabelle is a 2014 horror film which is the spin-off from ‘The Conjuring’. It is the weakest entry in this cinematic universe by far.

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May God have mercy on your soul!

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Annabelle Movie Review

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I really did not like this film. It isn’t horrible, but it is a giant mediocrity on almost every level. In terms of storytelling and characterization, it is tired and uninspired. The doll herself is truly terrifying in look, but unfortunately they never really utilized her as she only got a couple of scenes which was simply ridiculous. It was a giant missed opportunity.

Mia and John are your basic, boring white couple and there is nothing about them that is even remotely interesting. They are just there. It doesn’t help that the dialogue is so ridiculously bad and stupid. Father Perez is much more memorable with ‘Once Upon a Time’s Tony Amendola giving a fine performance. Ward Horton was simply horrible, but at least Annabelle Wallis is quite competent in the main role.

As for Evelyn, I have to say that I was furious how they killed her off in the ending. Her choice to sacrifice herself instead of Mia was just ridiculous to me and beyond stupid. The fact that they killed her and made it seem okay was atrocious enough, but the fact that that led to such a bad message or a lack of any was even more troublesome.

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Annabelle Movie Review

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Annabelle is competently acted for the most part and most of the scares are fine, if not great. But the problem with it is that it is surprisingly restrained and tame in its approach with basically only a couple of action/scare sequences and that’s it.

They went with the more restrained, elegant approach but because the film was so typical in plot and execution and because it lacked in atmosphere, it thus ended up being incredibly boring to sit through. It is funny how they managed to screw up this simple and ripe for scares concept and thus Annabelle ended up being such a weak, mediocre spin-off of an infinitely better movie.

Annabelle is a giant mediocrity. It has some fine performances, but the characters are so incredibly boring and the film is uninspired in execution and with a particularly odd choice of being restrained. It is a very dull, tired spin-off which should have had much more action in it. The ending is also infuriating how stupid and just wrong it is.

My Rating – 2.5

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Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Drag Me to Hell Movie Review

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Drag Me to Hell Movie Review

Drag Me to Hell is a 2009 horror film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Alison Lohman. It is a solid, entertaining movie.

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Choke on it, bitch!

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Drag Me to Hell Movie Review

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This is the kind of old-fashioned movie that was obviously influenced by some of Raimi’s earlier genre films such as ‘The Evil Dead’. I am frankly not a fan of that movie and this one is much better to me. So this is basically a horror comedy in that eighties fashion which means that it is very old-fashioned which was refreshing, but also sometimes too eager to be traditional and thus somewhat forced.

Drag Me to Hell has solid humor which isn’t the greatest, but some moments did definitely make me laugh though they certainly were quite rare. Some of the gross-out elements were horrific, but some were funny and some lines of dialogue were quite superb, especially those coming from Christine.

As a horror film, it is again solid, but not great. Let me elaborate. This is not a scary movie by all means and the scariest, most disturbing moment is the stabbing of the kitten. That certainly was horrific, but for an animal lover such as myself, it was awful to witness and they crossed the line there for me. The old woman is sometimes cool, but too humorous and most of the supernatural stuff was fairly typical this time around.

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Drag Me to Hell Movie Review

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But it does have a somewhat original story that is original as for some reason it wasn’t done before when it is so perfect for a horror feature. Christine is a good protagonist, but Alison Lohman’s performance was not terrific. Her boyfriend was too perfect in a typical genre fashion and that psychic was forgettable. As for her Asian colleague, I found him overly vilified and unbelievable.

The film is too campy at times, but mostly a lot of fun as it is honestly hugely entertaining and even charming in its own way. It does the best it could have done with this interesting premise and the message was sound. The twist dark ending was abrupt, but definitely refreshing.

Drag Me to Hell is overly comedic and campy and the stabbing of the kitten crossed the line for me. This is Sam Raimi’s return to his roots as this is an old-fashioned horror comedy that was mostly too traditional, but still quite funny at times with a good story and message and a refreshingly dark ending. It is a flawed, but hugely entertaining horror flick.

My Rating – 3.5

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It (2017)

It Movie Review

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It Movie Review

It is a 2017 horror film directed by Andy Muschietti and based on the titular novel written by Stephen King. It is a fantastic movie.

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This isn’t real enough for you, Billy?

I’m not real enough for you?

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It Movie Review

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Yes, the hype is absolutely real and then some with this one. I could not believe how great this movie is, honestly it is an instant classic. So I was looking forward to it a lot having in mind that I am a tremendous fan of the source material which is one of my ten favorite books for sure. This film is so faithful for the most part that I adored it.

This film is very creepy and scary. That is one of its problems as it is very much a modern horror movie with a classic story, but with a full-on execution meaning that scares come and go pretty much non-stop which at times meant that it felt forced and just too much. I would have liked to have seen less action to be honest.

However, that action and those scares are just marvelous. They are actually fantastic from beginning to end. I absolutely adored all of them and they really felt serious, dark and honestly scary. This film is real horror unlike countless other horror films and it can genuinely frighten, disturb or at least unsettle you. I was honestly unsettled throughout the whole runtime and I always felt danger while watching it and you just never get a moment to breathe here.

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It Movie Review

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Violence toward children is genuinely the worst crime there is. And yes, the film went there and some scenes were too much in my opinion. I am talking about the girl with her torso ripped in half and of course the scene with Georgie’s death was unfortunate. I really disliked that scene which was done much better in the original 1990 version. They did not need to go there as it is already an iconic scene and the gore was awful and unnecessary. I was disturbed, but that also may be the point here. They felt the need to show how horrible Pennywise truly is so that we as the audience realize the danger the kids are in and I get that, but still that was excessive to me.

But apart from that scene and the sink scene which employed a lot of blood, the film usually stayed away from gore and it mostly focused on real scares including some jump scares, but mostly just the lines from the clown were creepy and especially his movements, transformations and facial expressions. The house scene is one of my favorites as it employed getting separated trope superbly for once and of course the entire final battle was absolutely amazing.

Let’s talk about the characters. It is based on the greatest Stephen King novel and the characters here are his creations and he is the one responsible for their greatness, realness and complexities. However, the film is so well adapted and faithfully that I also give the credit to the writer and the director in adapting all of them so wonderfully to the big screen.

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It Movie Review

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Bill is one of those Harry Potter-like protagonists. He is a regular hero, but his ark is so stupendous as is his willingness to save his younger brother that he still remains one of the film’s best characters. A character that is usually boring, but was here so well developed and terrific.

Pennywise is excellent. The two clowns from this version and the previous one are different but are actually both great. The previous one looked better as this one was too CGI, but this version is definitely creepier mostly because they employed so perfectly his childlike way of talking which was very creepy. Many lines of his dialogue were just so scary. And what I also loved about him is his development. He is portrayed so well here that you see why he needs to feed on children and their fear because otherwise he would starve to death. The portrayal of a hungry, frustrated, endangered animal was quite fascinating.

Ben is interesting as the only fat character here and he brought a lot of heart to this film. Yes, they took his library knowledge from Mike and thus Mike ended up being less developed. But still I really liked Mike as he was very brave and the strongest kid in this group and his confrontation with Henry Bowers was just awesome. As for Ben, I really liked him and how he became the part of this gang. And of course the triangle between him, Bill and Beverly is one of the best triangles I’ve witnessed and it is also great here.

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It Movie Review

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Speaking of her, I loved how they teased her for looking pretty much like Molly Ringwald. That was an awesome reference as it not only hints on the resemblances between these two, but also the inherent resemblance between this film and those 80s teen movies from Hughes both stylistically and character-wise. I loved Beverly. She was one of my favorites here as she stole the show quite a lot from the boys and I loved that she was the bravest one along with Bill. The film is sexual at times, but mostly realistically so and even though she is sexy and the boys look at her all the time which is realistic, she is also badass and they are still for the most part friends and such a phenomenal team.

Of course her relationship with her predatory father was tragic to witness and he truly is the biggest villain in the movie after Pennywise as he was honestly very scary and disturbing but in a more real way and that juxtaposition of real and fantastical scares worked tremendously in favor of the movie. I would go so far to say that the clown may function as a metaphor, as a projection of each of their parents as each one of their parents is either abusive or distant and something is off with every one of them. A very interesting theme that was hinted upon here.

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It Movie Review

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Speaking of abusive parents, I really enjoyed Eddie. His relationship with his abusive mother is very well explored and I loved how well he was established and his coping with this placebo issue was so well executed. He is to me the most likable kid out of them all, I loved him. Richie is definitely annoying with his sexual, immature humor, but again his scene where he decided to help his friend was one of the standouts here, so fantastic! Stanley was also very well developed, complex and his troubled relationship with Bill is so well hinted here. And of course Henry Bowers is phenomenal as this leader bully and how Pennywise used him was terrific too.

It’s final scene with the agreement and the hand holding was absolutely beautiful and it almost brought me to tears. The movie is so incredibly emotional, stupendously so for a horror film. It is frequently moving and consistently heartwarming and at times even funny mostly because of those kids. Yes, these actors are amazing. The characters were superbly written and the script is phenomenal across the board, but they would not work had there not been for these talented kids who knocked this one out of the park. Every one of them gave a phenomenal performance with the highlights being Jaeden Lieberher and Sophia Lillis who were absolutely amazing in very complex and difficult roles.

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It Movie Review

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It features a timeless tale of friendship and how these children’s bravery and sticking to the group and willingness to resolve this horror themselves as the adults are helpless. The story is beautifully crafted and the film is long, but incredibly entertaining from beginning to end. Even though it relies a lot on the action and scares, it finds just enough time for proper characterization and storytelling, not to mention emotional investment, and that is what makes it a future classic and one of King’s finest cinematic adaptations.

Technically speaking, the direction should have been better. Andy Muschietti did a good job, do not get me wrong. But a more skilled director would have made this a masterpiece. But the score is great and the cinematography is excellent, not to mention the attention to detail as it recreated the late eighties superbly with hairstyles and clothing. Stylistically and thematically speaking, this is very much a teen movie, but a horror one at its core and one of the best horror films of all time.

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It Movie Review

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The hype is real. It is a fantastic cinematic achievement! This is a very scary, disturbing and unsettling movie that sometimes was too gory, but the non-stop scares really exhaust you and you are constantly on the edge. The danger and the terror is palpable. But the story is phenomenal and so faithfully, beautifully adapted from its majestic source material and the film is frequently touching and incredibly moving with a lot of unforgettable scenes. The characters are awesome, all so well developed and they work as a team so well not just because the script is great, but mostly because these young actors absolutely killed it in their roles and every one of them was magnificent. They share a great chemistry and dynamic. So the film is not only very scary, but also filled with a great attention to detail and so well filmed, highly emotional and with excellent character development and storytelling. It is an instant classic and one of the best horror films of all time.

My Rating – 4.5

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Predators (2010)

Predators Movie Review

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Predators Movie Review

Predators is a 2010 science fiction action film directed by Nimrod Antal and starring Adrien Brody and Alice Braga among others. It is a very strong, solid sequel.

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Now, let’s find a way off this fucking planet

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Predators Movie Review

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This is an incredibly original and authentic sequel that is inferior to the first movie, but is actually better and more interesting than ‘Predator 2’. The movie is very underrated as it has just 64 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes and Ebert mostly bashed it. But it deserves the credit for at least trying to do something different with the franchise.

So what is different here? A lot really. So basically the setting is the woods as in the original, but this time around they are on another planet which is basically a hunting ground for Predators to kill them one by one. An incredibly intriguing concept this was and it is a shame that it wasn’t resolved in the last act as it was obviously striving to be resolved in a sequel that unfortunately never came to be.

But it was still a very interesting idea to put all these people who were on Earth predators themselves and thus very capable on this planet where they are to be hunted by the titular creatures. I also really liked the alien animals that attacked them and their boar resemblance was an obvious, yet interesting approach.

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Predators Movie Review

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Predators features the best character development in the franchise so far. I am serious, this movie has very well developed characters for an action flick and thus it deserves much more credit. I dislike Adrien Brody and a different actor would have been better here, but this protagonist is actually terrific as he changes throughout the movie and starts to care for people. The film actually showcases how in survival the mix of competent and selfish is the best and that was interesting and in my opinion truthful.

Alice Braga did a good job as Isabelle, a very likable character and the two share a great relationship. Topher Grace is typical Topher Grace here, clumsy and nerdy, but I guess the twist that he was a murderer answered the question of why he was there with the rest of them pretty nicely.

Stans is gross, but the humor surrounding him was pretty fun. Nikolai is underdeveloped, but actually a solid, respectable and heroic Russian character for once. Literally, only Isabelle and Nikolai were the real heroes from beginning to end. Hanzo is such a stereotypical Japanese character who doesn’t speak. I thought that the film was stereotypical at times, but for 2010 it is actually very diverse and interesting in its ensemble of characters. Mahershala Ali was typically boring as he always is (‘Moonlight’), but Laurence Fishburn is actually quite memorable as this crazy survivor on the planet.

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Predators Movie Review

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So Predators definitely ended abruptly and it did not answer any of its questions. It felt as if they wanted to answer those questions in a sequel or if they did not know them whatsoever. That is the problem with an intriguing and rich premise – most of the time the third act is troublesome and we do not get the answers which is exactly what happened here.

But the action is solid and the film is seriously a lot of fun. It definitely needed more Predators in it, but I loved the fight between the two of them, I liked the spaceship plot point and the twists are pretty solid. It is a very underrated flick and for a third entry in the franchise, it is quite stupendous.

Predators is a very underrated entry in the franchise which actually trumps its predecessor owing to its sheer originality in premise. Certainly we did not get any answers in the end which was expected but still annoying and for the film called Predators there surely weren’t a lot of them in it. But the action is solid, the film is authentic in story and setting, the first half is excellent and the character development is actually the best of the franchise so far.

My Rating – 3.5

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