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The Rating System

All opinions are my own. We are all different. What I may think is great, you may this terrible. Don't let my opinios stop you from exploring the vast world of horror in all media.

~Mind Blowing: Search for this movie immediately. It can only be described as pure greatness and possible an instant classic.

~So Good: Highly recommended because for one reason or another it stands out above the usual fair. Put the movie on your radar as it wont disappoint.

~In the Middle: The movie is a nothing special, average affair. It may entertain in the short term but it will be easily forgettable in the long haul.

~Warning: This movie is a cliched driven slop of familiar territory. Only watch if you're really of fan of this type of material.

~Steaming Pile: The movie is absolute garbage, a complete bore, and not worth the time or effort.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Walking Dead: A Larger World [volume 16]

Author: Robert Kirkman


Premise:
The group is approached by a mysterious man called Jesus. He claims to be scouting them for possible trades as he is from a large community a few miles away. Rick reluctant agrees to hear him hear out and visit their camp. Once there, Rick finds out the community is real and has food to trade. They also have another trade group who has turned on them and takes what they want. Rick offers his services to take out the threat in exchange for food.

My Take:
Another excellent twist with the group finding a much larger community and a kick ass ally in Jesus. Plus a new villain on the horizon. And Rick in complete bad ass, killing mode. I like where this is heading.

Rating: So Good





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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Almost Human (2013)

Starring: Graham Skipper, Josh Either, Vanessa Leigh
Director: Joe Begos


Premise:
A man is taken away by a bright light in the sky. His fiancee and best friend was the last to see him before the disappearance. Two years later, the mysterious lights have returned. So has a murder spree which lead people to believe someone has returned home.

My Take:
I enjoyed this flick. There is a decent amount of gore and good practical effects. The story is a little thin and familiar but it creates a mysterious experience to the straight up mayhem.

Rating: So Good

 



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Monday, July 28, 2014

Fetish Dolls Die Laughing (2012)

Starring:  Laura Romo, Aaron Bernard, Michael McGovern
Director: David Silvo


Premise:
The tickle monster is real and it possesses a fetish photographer.

My Take:
Two subplots converge in this horrible movie. The tickle monster possesses a man and makes him a murderer and a tough as nails female detective trying to solve a serial killer. A good 20 minutes could have been cut and nothing would be lost from this mess. It's lame.

Rating: Steaming Pile (I should have known better)





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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Beneath (2013)

Starring:Daniel Zovatto, Bonnie Dennison, Chris Conroy, Johnny Orsini, Griffin Newman, MacKenzie Newman
Director:  Larry Fessenden


Premise:
A group of friends hit a remote lake for a night of fun. Unfortunately for them, there is a  large, flesh eating fish swimming in the waters below.

My Take:
I had expected better from Larry Fessenden. I can forgive the silly looking creature, but not the whiny and stupid cast (and poor acting). Any suspense created is ruined by constant bickering and idiotic choices.

Rating: Warning

 



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dark Forest (2006)

AKA: Juk-eum-yi soop


Director: Jung-min Kim


Premise:
A group of friends head off to the woods for a night of camping. They quickly start dying off after one of the girls starts having visions about each of their deaths.

My Take:
The movie is a horrible mess. Nothing makes sense, the characters are worthless, and there is zero suspense. One of the worst flicks I have seen in awhile.

Rating: Steaming Pile





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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Salem, Season 1 (2014)




Starring: Shane West, Seth Gabel, Janet Montgumery, Xander Berkley, Stephen Lang, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Iddo Goldberg


Premise:
A reverend tries to uncover the truth behind who are witches in the town of Salem during the 17th century.

My Take:
The show immediately had me hooked as it infuses a good amount of gore, craziness, sex, and deceit within each episode. And the script constantly keeps one guessing as to what is going to happen next.
A solid first season that has me wanting more.

Rating: So Good


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Curandero: Dawn of the Demon (2005)

Starring: Carlos Gallardo, Gizeht Galatea
Director: Eduardo Rodriguez


Premise:
An FBI agent and a healer find themselves in the middle of satanic cult's war.

My Take:
Points for originality but the film just did not grip me like I had hoped. It does a great job at stretching its budget though. Maybe you will like it more than me.

Rating: Warning (but interesting)


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rosemary's Baby (2014)

Starring: Zoe Saldana, Patrick J. Adams, Jason Isaacs, Carole Bouquet
Director: Agnieszka Holland


Premise:
An American couple in Paris move into an old building where the tenants may be a Satanic cult who want her to be the mother of a very special baby.

My Take:
There are a number minor differences from both the original movie and the novel. The core of the story is the same though. Personally if they were going to update the story into modern times, they should have updated the main character to be more of a modern day women. Instead the character feels out of place. And while Zoe Saldana does a great job with what was given to hear the movie falls flat because of this.

Rating: Warning (watch the original)





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Friday, July 18, 2014

Penny Dreadful, Season 1 (2014)

Starring: Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Josh Harnett, Billie Piper, Harry Treadaway, Reeve Carney, Danny Sapani, Rory Kinnear


Premise:
In Victorian London an explorer and a medium garner the assistance of an American gunslinger with a secret and  Dr. Frankenstein to battle vampires and find the explorer's daughter Mina. Along the way a socialite named Dorian Gray, the monster Frankenstein, Dr. Van Helsing, and a prostitute come into the fold.

My Take:
At first I was apprehensive about the story, but it didn't take long for it to when me over as these classic characters from literature are woven together in a fascinating manner. And the story has so much room to grow for future seasons.

Rating: So Good






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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cannibal Diner (2012)

Starring: Kristiana Rohder, Indira Madison
Director: Frank W. Montag


Premise:
A group of models go camping to celebrate a birthday. Soon after they get attacked by strangers. One of the friends is running late and gets lost in the woods where she finds a family living in a old factory. And guess what they are serving for dinner.

My Take:
The movie combines a lot of different cliches seen before in horror cinema. And it can be a bit of mess at times with logic gaps. But I still found myself intrigued with this flick.

Rating: In the middle (barely)







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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Walking Dead: We Find Ourselves [volume 15]

Author: Robert Kirkman


Premise:
A group of people try to survive in a world over ran with zombies.

This issue has the group trying to refortify the community and come together once again after making it through the last zombie onslaught.

My Take:
Another fine volume which amps up the intensity and drama as a small sector wants to over throw Rick from power and Carl awakens from his coma with limited memory.

Rating: So Good





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Monday, July 14, 2014

San Lazaro (2011)

Starring: Ramon Bautista, Wincy Aquino Ong
Director: Wincy Aquino Ong


Premise:
Two friends journey to a town in order to find a faith healer who can help exorcise an evil spirit from one of their brothers.

My Take:
The movie is a decent first outing but misses the mark many times. When it tries to be funny, it usually fails. When it goes for scares, it usually fails. And it has a longer than needed run time. Still it's not completely unwatchable.

Rating: Warning














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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The 13th Unit (2014)

AKA: The Darkness, The Rage, & The Fury

Starring:  Rocki DuCharme, Carlos Joseph, Robbie Daymond
Director: Theophilus Lacey


Premise:
A group of strangers find themselves locked in storage facility over the weekend while a supernatural entity starts hunting them.

My Take:
The story itself isn't terrible and neither is the "beast", but the acting falls short and there are some gaps in explaining things in this low budget effort. However, it's shortcomings dont put too much of a damper on watching it.

Rating: Warning (but watchable)





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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Omivoros (2013)

Starring: Ángel Acero, Carina Björne, Marta Flich
Director: Óscar Rojo


Premise:
A food critic is hired to write an article on the clandestine restaurants movement in Spain. He soon uncovers that one of this groups may be serving human flesh.

My Take:
I enjoyed this well told flick. It's not overly gory but does a great job at making the viewer squirm.

Rating: So Good





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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Whistle And I'll Come To You (1968)

Starring: Michael Hordern
Director: Jonathan Miller


Premise:
A college professor has is belief that everything can be explained challenge when he stays at a remote village hotel.

My Take:
A nice short based on the classic story by M.R. James. The lead character is played to annoying perfection. 

Rating: In the middle


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Special Dead (2006)

Starring: Jason Brubaker, Amy Wade, Gia Franzia
Director:  Thomas L. Phillips, Sean Simmons


Premise:
A zombie outbreak takes over a camp for kids with mental disabilities and the uninfected try to survive.

My Take:
Obviously a movie not to be taken too seriously. It's a first class B movie with silly characters, bad acting, outrageous story, a little gore and little nudity. Best to be watched with a group of friends.

Rating: Warning


 



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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Nurse (2013)

Starring: Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Kathleen Turner, Judd Nelson, Martin Donovan
Director: Douglas Aarniokoski


Premise:
A nurse seduces married men then murders them for being cheaters. She thinks she is doing the family a favor. She then falls in love with a young, new female nurse and will do anything to win her love.

My Take:
It's really hard to tell is Paz de la Huerta is terrible at acting or a knows how to plays this incredibly sexually twisted roles.  Either way, this is a rather outlandish tale which didn't work for me.

Rating: Warning




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Sunday, July 6, 2014

9 Days (2013)

AKA: 9 Days: Whipped, Chained and Tortured by a Psychopath

Starring: Maura Murphy, Chris Schleicher
Director: Samuel M. Johnson


Premise:
A young picks up a hitchhiker and offers her a room and meal for the night. She agrees and by morning finds herself chained up in the basement. While the man attempts to purify her soul, he ends up falling in love with her.

My Take:
The victim does a decent job but the killer seems way too over the top with his mannerisms. It hinders the performance. Though it's not like the story is very original either.

Rating: Warning


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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Slice (2009)

AKA: Chuen

Starring: Arak Amornsupasiri, Chatchai Plengpanich, Jessica Pasaphan
Director: Kongkiat Khomsiri


Premise:
A  serial killer is hunting rich men and cutting off their penises. The detective in charge gets assistance from an imprisoned hitman to find the killer. The hitman goes to childhood home and soon thinks the killer is a former childhood friend.

My Take:
A stylish flick with lots of grittiness. There are many very uncomfortable and brutal situations. Plus a great twist towards the end which ties the story together. The subject matter will be difficult for some as the Thai sex industry is a major catalyst in the tale.

Rating: So Good





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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Occupant (2011)

Starring: Van Hansis, Throsten Kaye, Cody Horn
Director: Henry Miller


Premise:
A man locks himself in his dead grandmother's rent controlled apartment for twelve days in order to get the lease switched over to him at the same rate. Only he may not be alone.

My Take:
It's a believable story but misses all the key points as it attempts to create suspense. And the cast doesn't really pull it off.

Rating: Warning





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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Game of Thrones, Season 4 (2014)


Starring: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldu, Rory McCann, Charles Dance, Aidan Gillen, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams,


Premise:
Season fours has King Joffrey marrying Margret Tyrell and still being a pompus, spoiled brat. Tyrion Lannister tried for treason. The Night's Watch trying to prevent Wildings from crossing the wall. Daenerys Targaryen marches her army, collecting more of a following until stopping after taking control of a city. Anyra Stark stays out of harms way due to her capture The Hound. Sansa Stark manages to escape to the safety of her aunt's kingdom with the helpf of Littlefinger. And Stannis Baratheon continuing to use black magic to gain his rightful claim to the throne.

My Take:
Oh my the season started out with surprises and kept right on going with more until the end. There's an epic battle between the Wildings and the Night Watch. Many epic deaths, including some major characters once again. And we start seeing some characters change and grow. The show is moving strong after four season and seems to have a lot of story left to tell.


Rating: So Good




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