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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Horror Movie Review: Don't Blink 2014

Horror Movie Review for November 2015

Title: Don't Blink
Genre: Horror/Thriller/Mystery
Cateogy/Type: Unseen Force?
Cast: Brian Austin Green, Mena Suvari, Jack Ward, Joan Kelly, Robert Picardo (closing cameo only)
Produced: EchoWolf 2014

I enjoy "different" horror movies. I'm not interested in torture porn and gore and people getting chopped up. I want something INTERESTING, whether it's Lovecraft or weird time travel or alternate dimension or thought-created nightmare stalkers - there has got to be a "WHOAH!" for me to enjoy horror movies. This movie was one of those, with the caveat that, though I won't spoil the ending, if you loathe movies that leave some lingering but relevant questions, you may not cotton to this film. But like me, if you can seperate this "style" of moviemaking, which I've seen some just call "lazy", the actual progress of the people and actions in the film were compelling and it is definitely a mystery type horror movie, though not a room-to-room-magnifying-glass type.

If you saw and liked Coherence and I see people are comparing this to Phantoms (I haven't seen that yet, somehow), or if you like the "unknown/invisible", creeping ominous threat movies like Mr. Jones or Resolution, I think you may enjoy this film. I'm not saying it's perfect - there's a good amount of irritation at a few of the way things go down or people behave, that I felt kept it from being more fluid, and while the acting is by and large at least decent and believable, there are some boneheaded decisions, but not like most horror movies, or at least not as frequent, as it really doesn't get a chance to build to that level before the horror is in play.

I did like the dialogue for one of the characters, who was a modern sci-fi and horror movie type that was constantly referring to what was going on as something from Stephen King or aliens or zombies or "the spirit of an ancient Indian burial ground", which made me laugh - he seemed the most "real", well, until later, but that's not germane to the point.

Anyway, a lot of people on forums and other sites are giving this a really low rating, and while, for the overall and idea of a complete story, I can kinda see why... I still think what there IS there is good and different and not anything close to "usual horror movie stuff". I would have given it an 8/10, but I had to stop at 7 because of the unsatisfying or at least not well-enough intimated ending, because I agree with some people that say the "figure out what YOU think it means" is one thing, an artist can't show you a pristine, untouched canvas and say "just IMAGINE the awesome picture YOU want there!".

Rating: 7/10 on IMDB (I posted this review there too)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Movie Review: Fear of the Dark 2004

Title: Fear of the Dark
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Category/Type: Teen+ (otherwise "family friendly" for a horror movie)
Cast:, , Rachel Skarsten
Produced: Contellation Entertainment/Faulkner Productions, Canada 2004

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Movie Review: The Tooth Fairy (2006 Horror)

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Title: The Tooth Fairy
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Cateogy/Type: Direct to Video Movie
Cast: Chandra West, Lochlyn Munro, Nicole Munoz, P. J. Soles, Sonya Salomaa Production: 2006 Stephen J. Cannell
Director: Chuck Bowman
Other: Starring the man most likely to be mistaken for a Busey

"Those guys freaked out when I told them I was coming up here. They were about to rape me!"

"Ehhh, I should have told you not to stop there but I'm glad you and little Pammy are okay. Anyway, come on in and I'll tell you about how I'm fixing the bed and breakfast up."

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: Inglorious Basterds

Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Produced by Lawrence Bender
Written by Quentin Tarantino
Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson
Brad Pitt
Christoph Waltz
Michael Fassbender
Eli Roth
Diane Kruger
Daniel Brühl
Til Schweiger
Mélanie Laurent
Cinematography Robert Richardson
Editing by Sally Menke
Studio The Weinstein Company
A Band Apart Studio Babelsberg
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) May 20, 2009
Running time 153 minutes[1]

Budget US$70 million[4]
Box office $321,455,689[5]
Info: Wikipedia

TVScreed Review: Zombie Apocalypse and Amish Mafia


So, I had the exceptional misfortune of watching what a University professor used to refer to as the Hitler Channel the other night (because at that time, almost every show was some documentary on Hitler. Oh, if we could only return to those glorious heydays).

MovieScreed Review: The Hole

Director: Joe Dante Produced: 2009

Writer: Mark L. Smith

Plot: A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares.

Stars: Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett and Nathan Gamble
Info courtesy of IMDB

I was both sorely disappointed and pleasantly surprised that the movie did not live up to the schlock horror inherent in the tagline above proclaimed on Netflix. It was actually so much better than what it would have been in the hands of someone with a lesser vision, determined to just cash in and make just another blood and gorefest, rather than a rare (and getting rarer all the time) "family horror movie".

That's right, this is a movie that, while it has a few dark tones involving a physically abusive jailed father, manages to be creepy and suspenseful, with escaped evil clown puppets, without being offensive or unsuitable for most any but very young children, but still entertaining to adults - a very difficult and laudable achievement.

Although the chemistry with the kids isn't necessarily fluid, they're kids, and they all do pretty good, and the movie itself is done well enough, and the story is solid. I definitely would recommend this as a traditional family Halloween spooky movie.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Epic: Days of the Dinosaurs

Epic: Days of the Dinosaurs
Genre: animated, adventure
Original Release: Yoram Gross, Australia, 1983
Re-Released: May 5, 1993 by f.h.e.
Runtime: 75 minutes
Cast: John Huston (narrator)

I just really have to mention this. I went to a garage sale a couple weeks ago, and bought the animated Rikki Tikki Tavi (about the mongoose and the cobra), Eliminators (cyborgs, ninjas, ghosts, guides, barfights, evil scientists and starring Tasha Yar, Denise Crosby, from ST:TNG, oh my!) and yes, Epic. I paid about two bucks for all three VHS tapes (I love garage sales).