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Saturday Night Scare: Triple DVD

August 9, 2014 - 5:44 pm No Comments

Saturday Scare: Triple DVD Night

Welcome to my Sat night, a night of horror DVDs by Signature Entertainment, Jerk Chicken, Rice & Peas, an Popcorn. See what I Cabin Fever 3

think of what I watched.

Way of the Wicked

Release date: 1st September 14
Cast: Vinnie Jones, Christian Slater, Emily Tennant
Distributor: Signature Entertainment
Director: Kevin Carraway

“A Child will be born with the Way of the Wicked.”
Ex footballer player, now cinema heavy Vinnie Jones, stares in this horror film about a spate of inexplicable murders sweeping through an isolated community, which leads Father Henry to a local police detective with a theory on why the murders are occurring. Jones plays the gruff detective with Slater as the priest intent on stopping more murders from happening. He starts by visiting a local boy who sees two other young boys killed, being accidentally choked to death. Five years later, Jones is playing the typical ‘tortured’ cop, and lone parent of a teenage girl who meets the now grown up Robbie, witness to the deaths five years ago.
Vinnie is actually quite on form trying to raise his daughter alone after the death of her mother a year before, whilst balancing the demands of a job with the police. He is turning into a solid actor.
Robbie is the typical lone weirdo who sets his sights on Hearher, Jones’ daughter, gaining the enmity of the high school jock/bully. Bad mistake for said bully, as he starts to get a nosebleed when he attacks Robbie. Does Robbie have some supernatural ability? Is he able to hurt others on a whim?
It isn’t too long before the deaths start to happen again. And when they come, they’re nice and visceral without being too gory. Of course it is Jones who is called in to investigate. The film steps up a notch when the supernatural prophecy comes into play. Part ‘Omen’ part medieval lore, the film makes for intriguing viewing; it is very much a character driven film, with just the right amount of horror to entertain fans, good performances, solid direction and a well constructed soundtrack. Some of the effects, particularly the banging locker doors, are a little hokey but it isn’t too noticeable. The film also keeps you guessing right along to the end. And what a nice ending it is.

A Voodoo Possession
Release date: 7th July 14
Cast: Danny Trejo
Distributor: Signature Entertainment

Co-Starring the ever reliable Danny Trejo (From Dusk til Dawn, Zombie Hunter) A Voodoo Possession starts with an unknown woman diving off a ladder onto a knife after seeing a box of crayons turn into mutiliated fingers. An American doctor Cody Chase living in Haiti after founding a mental health hospital, has gone missing along with thousands of dollars in fundraising money. Five years later, his brother Aiden Chase is dragged along by a reporter to Haiti to do an investigative piece on Cody. A photo soon reveals the dead woman is their Mother. Aiden in the meantime is struggling; he’s having nightmares, on prescription drugs for depression and has lost his job and his benefits. With nothing else to help him, decides to join the hunt for his brother.
Exposition comes in the form of film excerpt posted to the American film crew by a mysterious resource. Amongst the clips Billy Cross (Trejo) presents Voodoo 101 running through the basic belief system.
The performances are solid, even if there is a little too much exposition and Trejo as usual stands out as Kross. The duplicated Voodoo ceremonies come across well and there are a couple of jumps and creepy moments, but nothing too scary. There’s a nice amount of humour laced through the script and the look of the film is grim, gritty and dark. The mythology is particularly interesting, as is the use of memories as a means to travel. There are some really intriguing dimensions to the story as it unfolds, and it makes for a very enjoyable little film.

Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero
Starring: Sean Astin
Director: Kaare Andrews
Release date: 17 March 14
Distributor: Signature Entertainment

Sean Astin (The LOTR Trilogy, The Hobbit, The Goonies) stars in this prequel to Eli Roth’s classic viral horror tale. The film starts with Astin being dragged off to a secure bunker on an island where the flesh eating virus from the first two films is being investigated. Astin is Porter, ‘the sample’ or Patient Zero and he is held prisoner away from his family, because he is the only asymptomatic patient with the virus who could have a cure in his veins to the pandemic.
On the same island we have a wedding party and the groom Marcus and his brother and friends head off on a boat for a ‘stag’ party night away on a deserted tropical island.Think ‘The Hangover’ without the comedy and with the horror. There is of course the obligatory woman on the stag do, as ‘Pen’ is apparently practically one of the boys; cue copious amounts of sexual tension and bare female flesh.
Astin is on form as the patient zero imprisoned for experimentation, gradually losing the plot as tension and insanity takes him over. The viewer’s sympathy most definitely lies with Porter, and one of the doctors is sympathetic to him too. You can readily understand the lengths he will go to to try and escape, including risking infection to the team of doctors. After one of Porter’s failed attempts, the bunker goes into a 48hr lockdown.
The flesh eating virus is incredibly grim. It us nasty, putrid, bloody and visceral; great Sat night entertainment for horror fans. It starts slowly with mottled flesh and soon develops into the gross out visuals the first film is known for. However, when it gets to a certain death midway through the SFX is a little OTT and rather shaky. And the understatement of the day has to be a character’s conclusion that another character is sick, as they projectile vomit blood, over them. Then of course there’s the completely OTT fight between two characters at the end. This film is anything but subtle, however it’s good fun and the punchline is great.

Saturday Night Scare 2

July 2, 2013 - 9:23 pm No Comments

Last month I brought you Saturday Night Scare and reviewed a couple of horror films on DVD, so here is number two in my Saturday Night Scare blog. Enjoy

Knight of the Dead
Director: Mark Atkins
Starring: Lee Bennett, Dylan Jones
Running Time: 78 minutes
Release Date: 1st July 2013
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Hunted by assassins, a band of crusading knights escorting the holy grail are forced into a forbidden valley of black death. What they discover is far more terrifying than the plague. Overrun by hordes of flesh eating zombies, they’re only chance of survival is to hack and slash their way to freedom.
As to be expected from this premise, there is death aplenty, but it’s such a shame they killed off one of the better actors early leaving the less talent actors to fumble through this weak script. It wasn’t necessarily a bad film; the special effects were rather good and there was plenty of action, but there were missed opportunities here with the use, or lack thereof, of the holy grail. So much more could have been done with this religious artefact. Enjoyable in a basic ‘brain-dead’ way, pardon the pun, more could have been made of the mediaeval setting and the small cast. Perhaps the worst casting was in the role of Luther, the ‘heroic’ priest, who looked more like a camp Richard O’Brien than anything else. Overall, not a bad zombie flick, and I applaud the attempt to try something new, however, it was in the casting or mis-casting, that the issues lay.

Director: Alex Pastor, David Pastor
Starring: Chris Pine, Piper Perabo
Running Time: 81 minutes
Release Date: 2009
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

To finish off my evening, after a shaky start I decided to get me some Captain Kirk action, with this 2009 extended cut of Carriers. The film jumps straight into the low key action introducing us to a post apocalyptic world where a virus is running rife throughout the States and is airborne. Two brothers, one played by Pine, are travelling across country to reach Turtle Beach, a place they stayed as kids, to hopefully reach an isolated part of the country and safety. Two young women are travelling with them.
This really is a low key film, but all the scarier for hat, as tensions rise between the two brothers on their journey and Pine plays, to be quite frank, an arsehole. As they journey they come across all number of horrors that this new world subjects them too. Visceral, yet bleak and poignant too, this film is well worth investing your time in, with some solid performances and an inventive script. Top notch.

Saturday Night Scare 1

May 18, 2013 - 5:34 pm No Comments

Welcome to the first in a regular post where I share with you what I get up to on a Saturday night (down boys)!

As a child, Saturday night was always horror night, so I’ll try my best to watch films you will want to watch, or warn you of films you really don’t want to watch! And maybe you’ll join me one evening.
Last Saturday I started with two films; The Possession and The Bigfoot Tapes. So here, for your entertainment is . . .

The Possession
Producer: Sam Raimi
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis
Running Time: 92 minutes
Release Date: 21 Jan 2013
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Clyde) and Kyra Sedgwick (Stephanie) play estranged parents to two girls. The youngest girl buys a mysterious wooden box with her Dad at a garage sale and starts to hear encouraging voices from it. And that’s when things get really interesting! Of course I did want to ask if the child had ever seen Hellraiser or Seven. Don’t open the box! Never open the box!
The tension builds slowly in this horror flick, and there are genuinely scary moments. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is always reliable and Natasha Calis as the young girl Em, with some behavioural issues (think Linda Blair) is very convincing.
The scares start small and I have to admit I jumped a few times. The soundtrack is a little OTT, and there is a famous line from an equally infamous possession film used near the finale. It was also slightly ruined with a predictable ending, however overall it was a good solid horror film and addition to the sub-genre.

The Bigfoot Tapes
Producer: Stephon Stewart
Starring: Stephon Stewart, Davee Youngblood
Running Time: 82 minutes
Release Date: 6 May 2013
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

This addition to the found footage films starts with a record of a call to 911 reporting a dog being eaten by a creature. The next scene we meet the ‘director’ of a Bigfoot ‘documentary’ as he pursues the caller of the 911 report. There are some technical errors regarding the colour of the abominable snowman mentioned, but only a geek like me would notice (having a cryptozoologist as a friend). The obligatory couple tag along with the ‘director’ played by real-life director Stephon Stewart on the search for the big hairy fella. The scenery is beautiful (a great advert for the tourist board) and the film rolls along at a reasonable pace, but it isn’t quite in the league of Troll Hunter. With the prerequisite rednecks/hill billies hanging around at Elk Creek Campground as the crew track down the oldest folklore legend in the USA. The dialogue is strangely authentic, with lines such as “the goats are tasty, so’s chicken.” Curiosity kept me watching, though a religious and poetic redneck was a little hard to buy. However the subversion of the stereotype (see Deliverance) works well. The Bigfoot visuals when they come along are slightly dodgy, but not too bad. Things get really tight for the film crew when they are abandoned in the backwoods. The question I always ask with these films is ‘would they still be filming lost as they are?’ When BF turned up on camera when their backs were turned, I really wanted him to do a dance routine like the Pandas in the Kit-Kat advert.
Overall, again I enjoyed this film, my only issue being a gratuitous scene near the end. The script and direction was good and it was kind of fun. Worth the effort.

The Corridor

April 29, 2013 - 8:19 pm No Comments

The Corridor
Director: Even Kelly
Distributor: Signature Entertainment
Release Date: 25th Feb 2013
Reviewer: Kate Middleton

I found the Corridor an enjoyable film, it made me jump, and gave me goose pimples. The characters were funny, serious and scary and I found myself just staring at the screen in places and going WTF. I also got the wrong idea by looking at the film as if the lead character is just as crazy as a bag of cats. More fool me.
It seemed to start out like a horror film with the ‘Cabin in the Woods’ setting and I thought it was just going to be another predictable horror film. It wasn’t and that’s great it was something different something that didn’t give answers or explanation and left me wanting to know more.
The quality of the film could have been better; there was unnecessary camera shake and the sound levels were way off I had to keep turning the volume up. One of the great things in this film is that they show something that I find alarming, visual sound, coming from characters especially when it sounds unnatural. Freaks me out. It’s spooky and supernatural and it just generally makes me feel uneasy which is great. It’s a horror film after all.

Ve Haf No More Virgins

April 12, 2013 - 12:10 pm 4 Comments

Devils of War
Director: Eli Dorsey
Distributor: Signature Entertainment
Release Date: 15th April 2013
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

It is Nazi occupied Poland in 1944 and the Nazis are kidnapping women and experimenting with the occult to raise a demon army. A special elite force has been sent in to extract the undercover agent.
From the off, the director attempts to play with all of his toys, shooting in slow mo, through binoculars, adopting shaky cam – you name it, he does it.
The film starts with a nubile perky blonde tied to posts whilst German Thorn reads (with an American accent) from what is obviously a very dodgy scroll as someone slits the blondes throat. And speaking of blondes, the German female officer is obviously there for little more than titillation; there is oodles of gratuitous nudity, flesh shots of cleavage, thighs and bum, a scene involving fetishism and a blonde virgin peasant who offers her virginity to an American soldier in order to save her life. To say the least, the representation of women in this film offended me.
But that’s not all! Oh no, the B-Movie dialogue, bad acting, the scene in which part of the set wobbles and the attempt to take its visual style from the far superior Iron Sky gives you an idea of what to expect. Add to this a soundtrack that blends spaghetti Western with bad horror and you know what you’re in for. Oh, and the Lesbianism which added no value whatsoever. Oh, and the very stereotypical black character Black Hercules. Oh – oh how I could go on.
The strange thing is I watched it to the end, like a bad car crash you just can’t stop watching.
I watched this film for you . . . to save you from losing an hour of your life. I’ve lost that time and I’ll never get it back. Worse still, I watched it with my Dad who is 78 years old – he can’t afford to lose an hour of his life.
Let me just summarise with a little dialogue to keep you amused and informed:
“Ve haf no more virgins, ve vill haf to make do wiv vat ve haf.”
Yes, quite.