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. It’s 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 the 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, 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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It Comes at Night (2017)

It Comes at Night Movie Review

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It Comes at Night Movie Review

It Comes at Night is a 2017 horror thriller film directed by Trey Edward Shults and starring Joel Edgerton and Christopher Abbott. It is a solid genre flick.

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You can’t trust anyone but family

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It Comes at Night Movie Review

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This is a very typical post-apocalyptic/disease story. We’ve seen this done before and many times actually. So the film definitely doesn’t have anything original in it. But I have to say that it is so well made for the most part that its unoriginality eventually didn’t matter and it ended up being quite engaging and respectable in its own right.

The ending was most certainly too brutal, sometimes illogical and just too much of a spectacle whereas before the film was quite restrained. So I liked it before that third act much more as it was mostly just a well acted and directed drama with some good horror and thriller elements.

Joel Edgerton is once again in a mixed-race marriage as he was in ‘Loving’ and he is once again quite admirable and here he sold the show with his very strong performance in the most demanding role. He truly is an underrated actor. Christopher Abbott is solid, but he doesn’t do anything great here as the role was typical for him. And the women are mostly forgettable. It was an interesting choice to do the movie from their son’s perspective even though sometimes it did not pay off as he wasn’t the most well developed or interesting character here.

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It Comes at Night Movie Review

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It Comes at Night is very well directed by its up and coming director Trey Edward Shults. He definitely did a good job with this movie. The horror elements with the unexplained disease were suitably icky and awful, but it also succeeds as a thriller in other scenes. The setting is overly familiar, but well utilized and the film is mostly very well shot and overall well made that it overcame its many flaws. It’s also moving at times.

So the movie is solid. Not great, but perfectly solid in the line of ‘The Witch’. It is famous for splitting the critics and the audiences, but I side with the critics more on this one as it most certainly isn’t a great movie, but it isn’t bad, there’s no question about it.

It Comes at Night is a typical post-apocalyptic/disease horror thriller flick so it’s pretty unoriginal. It compensates that unoriginality with competent direction, cinematography and performances, especially the one from Joel Edgerton. The ending was too over-the-top, but before that the movie was an engaging, well executed horror drama and I definitely side with the critics on this one. It isn’t great, but it most certainly is not a bad movie.

My Rating – 3.5

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Don’t Look Now (1973)

Don't Look Now Movie Review

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Don’t Look Now Movie Review

Don’t Look Now is a 1973 British horror film directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. It is such a strong, effective movie.

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This one who’s blind. She’s the one that can see

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Don't Look Now Movie Review

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It is about a grief-stricken couple who lose their child and go to Venice where the man begins to have visions of her and of his future. Having recently been to Venice, this movie was a really rewarding experience for me as it utilizes on the Venetian setting magnificently. Venice here is unlike any portrayal in any other film as it is creepy and filled with danger and ominous presence.

The movie features very strong drama about grief and it is an effective horror film. I disagree with the notion that it is a thriller because it has supernatural stuff, quick editing and a creepy twist that all belong to the horror genre. It could have been even scarier, but still the film features excellent atmosphere and a respectable final twist which is simply unforgettable. That entire final chase is so well filmed and it stole the show here.

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Don't Look Now Movie Review

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Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland are both superb in their roles. They gave excellent performances and in my opinion the relationship between the characters seemed honest and real and the troubles they go through are so well explored. I liked their conversations and the evident care for each other and I even did not mind their infamous sex scene. It may have been controversial in filming, but in the movie itself it is actually rather mild, at least in my opinion, and it serves its purpose at reestablishing the strength of their relationship.

Those two older women also serve the plot so well and are basically a plot device, but a strong one nonetheless with a couple of standout sequences. Of course the dwarf is unforgettable and very creepy and I really liked all of the supernatural scenes in the movie. The twist worked so well, it was well explained and in particular the scene where he sees his wife on the boat is the most unsettling and brilliantly crafted.

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Don't Look Now Movie Review

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So Don’t Look Now is excellent in its mystery and the ending explains it so well with a great use of quick editing. Sometimes the editing was too on-the-nose and there was too much cutting in the movie, but for the most part it did work well and the film did have that more urgent feel to it owing to that technique.

The use of the color red is familiar by this point and that point, but it was surprisingly effective and solidly used nonetheless. The cinematography is truly excellent and, as I said, Venice looks splendid. I loved seeing its different streets and canals explored here and they are put to great horror effect, especially the churches, the water and those smaller streets. Nicolas Roeg directed this movie magnificently and he is the man responsible for the overall competence of the film which is a further proof of how amazing 1973 was for horror with the likes of ‘The Wicker Man’ and ‘Leptirica’ as well.

Don’t Look Now utilizes its Venetian setting to amazing horror effect with wonderfully shot and superbly explored narrow streets and canals while also benefiting from an interesting editing technique and great ominous atmosphere. The performances from Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie are excellent, the film is so well crafted across the board and its mystery is beautifully crafted and ending on a high note with such an effective, creepy twist.

My Rating – 4.5

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Alien Resurrection (1997)

Alien Resurrection Movie Review

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Alien Resurrection Movie Review

Alien Resurrection is a 1997 science fiction horror film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder. It is a surprisingly solid flick.

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I thought you were dead. Yeah, I get that a lot

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Alien Resurrection Movie Review

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Now after the mediocrity that was ‘Alien 3’, I expected the same level of incompetence in Alien 4, but what I got is actually a pretty solid film and it caught be my surprise. I was so pleasantly surprised to find out that this fourth installment got back to the series’ roots with more memorable horror and less boredom.

So the plot is pretty solid, not great, but serviceable. I really liked the twist with Call, really well done and it made me like her character even more. The ending was memorable and the inclusion of Newborn creature which is a Xenomorph but with human traits was very interesting. Because it is basically sort of Ripley’s child, her killing it in the end provided an unexpectedly emotionally resonant moment. I also really liked that plot point with all the genetically modified Xenomorphs with humans. Creepy and disturbing, but memorable and visually very intriguing.

Ellen Ripley is as strong as ever here and Sigourney Weaver once again killed it in her signature role, but Winona Ryder is also surprisingly strong in the role of Call. Her performance and her character provided one of the standouts here. But unfortunately all of the other characters are pointless, disposable and so underdeveloped that it was ridiculous that we only got two memorable characters.

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Alien Resurrection Movie Review

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Alien Resurrection is very memorable in a couple of scenes. As I said above, everything with the hybrid creatures was unforgettable, but the action was also surprisingly strong here with a couple of standout action sequences such as that unforgettable water run which I absolutely adored because of a unique concept and a great chase.

The film is well made, but weakly directed and I thought that this French director was not a good fit for this franchise. The score is also lacking, but the effects are excellent. The major problem with this movie is that the first half is so boring, it takes time getting used to and it felt uninspired and basically like a cash grab that the very entertaining second half couldn’t quite save the entire movie for being so dull before.

Alien Resurrection is actually a very solid, surprisingly competent film and a huge improvement over the previous installment. Its first half is very dull, it takes time getting used to and most of the characters are disposable, but Winona Ryder and of course Sigourney Weaver are very good, the film has a couple of excellent, truly memorable action sequences and the addition of hybrid Xenomorphs was a very interesting, creepy idea.

My Rating – 3.5

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Alien 3 (1992)

Alien 3 Movie Review

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Alien 3 Movie Review

Alien 3 is a 1992 science fiction horror film directed by David Fincher and starring Sigourney Weaver. It is such a mess of a movie.

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Treat a queen like a whore and a whore like a queen. You can’t go wrong

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Alien 3 Movie Review

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It is weird that this is David Fincher’s directorial debut as it doesn’t feel like his movie at all. I guess he did try his best here as the direction is not as bad as the film is, but it remains his only black sheep and the black sheep of the franchise too. Such a disappointing mediocrity.

So what went wrong here? Apparently the studio put too many delays and deadlines to the picture and Fincher could just not save it and he later even disowned it as his movie which really says a lot about its quality. And the entire movie does feel exactly like that – rushed, misguided and lacking any identity and purpose.

So here Ripley crashed on a planet which is basically a prison for violent male inmates and the plot revolves around her interactions with the inmates and especially her romantic relationship with the doctor and only around the mid mark do we finally see the Xenomorph itself. That was odd as the build up here did not serve the purpose as it had no relation to the plot of the second half at all.

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Alien 3 Movie Review

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There are some good scenes in Alien 3 for sure. I liked the ending with Ripley’s sacrifice, really well done, and some of the action scenes in the third act and the drama of it was interesting. I loved the revelation that Ripley houses the queen herself and the scanner look at it was very disturbing. But other than those scenes, the rest of it is overly dreary, grim and boring mess.

And the characters are ridiculously forgettable and dull with the only exception being Doctor Jonathan Clements so well played by Charles Dance. Honestly, at first the relationship between the two was to me not welcome, but later it grew on me. And of course Ripley is again heroic and continues to be a strong presence.

But the decision to kill off Clements so early in the movie was to me a slap in the face as what was the point of developing his character so much if he was going to be one of the first ones to die. Absolute idiocy. And do not get me started on the movie’s decision to kill off Newt and Bishop. I realize that they did not want them here, but still that was beyond stupid and not a great thing to do to ‘Aliens’. And the result is the movie having too little characters. Well, there is an entire prison of them, but they are all just standing there and doing nothing.

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Alien 3 Movie Review

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Alien 3 definitely looks good with pretty strong cinematography and directing. It is also very well acted and the creatures look fine themselves. But they are not all that well utilized and the film isn’t scary at all and it needed to have more atmosphere and thrills in it. And the sci-fi elements are also non-existent. It truly is the first mediocre entry in this franchise.

Alien 3 is well directed, well shot and it has a couple of memorable scenes such as the ending and the embryo scan, but it is otherwise one giant mess with entirely forgettable characters, many ridiculous decisions in terms of storytelling, a build up that serves no purpose as it has nothing to do with the Xenomorphs themselves and a lack of any genuine thrills. It surely is the black sheep of the franchise and of David Fincher’s filmography.

My Rating – 2.5

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