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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.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Quiet Ones (2014)

Starring: Jared Harris, Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards, Sam Claflin
Director: John Pogue


Premise:
A university professor and his students study a young woman who claims to be possessed. While they try to find a logical explanation to her demise, the discover the shocking truth

My Take:
The movie is set during the 70's, which adds a little bit to the tale, and the mix between documentary style and regularly filmed works. However, there really isn't much that adds to the sub genre.

Rating: In the Middle (maybe)





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Friday, November 28, 2014

Fetus (2008)

Starring: Brian Paulin
Director: Brian Paulin


Premise:
After a man's wife and baby during child birth, he turns to the dark arts to fill his sadness in an attempt to make contact with his dead spouse.

My Take:
The movie feels stretched out with it's short premise. However where the story lacks, there is enough over the top gore to satisfy horror fans.

Rating: In the middle






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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Terror and Black Lace (1985)

AKA: Terror Y Encajes Negro

Starring: Gonzalo VegaMaribel GuardiaClaudio Obreg√≥n 
Director: Luis Alcoriza


Premise:
A killer living in an apartment complex tries to keep his urges under control. When a female tenant, who is having problems with her marriage, stumbles upon the killer in the act, she becomes his next victim

My Take:
The movie is simply a boring melodrama with sets up to a unsatisfying third act with an overly long chase scene.

Rating: Warning




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Monday, November 24, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Micael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklange, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore
Director: Bryan Singer


Premise:
The X-Men are fighting a losing battle against machines designed to kill mutants. In order to change the future, they send Wolverine back to the past where he united a young Professor Xavier and Magneto to stop Mystique from assassinating the man who designed the machines.

My Take:
I am a fan of all the X-Men flicks and this is no exception. It has everything the viewer has expected from the franchise. While always a danger when playing with going back in time the movie does a decent job of it. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the series play out with this new timeline.

Rating: So Good





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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ground Zero (2010)

Starring: Mike Langer, Sahna Foley, D.L. Walker, Chris Harvey
Director: Channing Lowe


Premise:
Cleaners are hired to clean up a mess in an abandoned factory where one of the dead happens to be infected with a virus that turns him into a zombie.

My Take:
My biggest gripe with the film is the character's doing dumb things. That and the whole set up is sketchy at best. But the dialog actually kept me entertained and the actors do a very good job with the material.

Rating: Warning





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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Big Bad Wolves (2013)

Starring: Lior AshkenaziRotem KeinanTzahi Grad
Director: Aharon KeshalesNavot Papushado


Premise:
A series of child kidnapping and murders puts a city on edge. A teacher is arrested for the crime. He is then released due to police error and lack of evidence. One of the officers is not convinced of his innocence. A father of a victim is looking for answers and takes the teacher hostage. The cop stumbles upon the plot and decides to help the father get answers.

My Take:
This is an intense (and darkly funny) film. Complete with top notch performances, great camera work, and believable story. One of the best movies I've watched this year.

Rating: So Good





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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I Heart Monster Movies (2012)

Director: Tyler Benjamin


Premise:
Fans of horror entertainment and those in the business (actors, directors, writers, musicians, ect.) attempt to answer why they love horror.

My Take:
The documentary comes off as more as personal love letter to the genre by the filmmaker instead of really getting to the core of the question. I prefer more than just snippet after snippet of interview footage. However there is some interesting clips here and should appease horror fans.

Rating: In the middle






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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Sacrament (2014)

Starring: AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Kentucker Audler, Amy Seimetz, Gene Jones
Director: Ti West


Premise:
A news crew does a piece on an isolated communicated where one of the crew member's sister is staying. Once they arrive the community is not as happy as it leads on.

My Take:
A good film with solid performances, particular by Gene Jones as the cult leader. Though if you know anything about Jim Jones then one knows the movie parallels many of the tragedy's aspects. Still worth watching and kept me glued to my seat.

Rating: So Good





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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

Starring: John Jarrett
Director: Greg McLean


Premise:
Serial killer Mick Taylor once again has his way with tourists who get lost in the Australian Outback.

My Take:
A solid sequel that adds back story to the main character. It also isn't shy with the blood and torture. If you are a fan of the first movie, then you should enjoy the follow up.

Rating: So Good





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Friday, November 14, 2014

Blood Glacier (2013)

Starring: Edita Malovcic, Gerhard Leibmann
Director: Marvin Kren


Premise:
A group of scientists find liquid in a glacier which causes animal mutations.

My Take:
A better movie than I expected with solid practical effects. Yes, there are some things that are spelled out clearly or make a lot of sense (especially character's decisions) but it managed to keep me entertained.

Rating: In the middle





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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Red Ridge (2006)

Starring:
Director: Damien Skinner

Premise:
A young woman is kidnapped while on the way to the family cabin. Her brother in law, also on the way to the cabin, gets in an accident that is linked to the kidnappers and gets him involved in stopping them.

My Take:
A familiar tale with a decent amount of plot holes and many cliche characters. The movie does look good.

Rating: Warning





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Monday, November 10, 2014

Witching and Bitching (2013)

AKA: Los Brujas de Zugarramurdi

Starring: Hugo Silva, Carolina Bang, Mario Casas, Macarena Gomez
Director: Alex de la Iglesia


Premise:
A group of thieves steal a load of gold from a pawn shop. They hijack a taxi driver and head for the France border to escape the police. Along the way, the stop in a town with a history of witchcraft and soon find the legends still exist.

My Take:
A fun movie which starts out as a heist film and ends up being a wacky horror flick full of comedic situations. Another gem from the director, who is one of my personal favorites.

Rating: So Good





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Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Light At The End

Author: Craig Spectar, John Skipp


Premise:
A man is changed into a vampire by an ancient evil. He starts to reek terror on New York until a group of people come together in an attempt to stop him.

My Take:
A classic vampire tale does seem a tad out dated with its description setting (New York City during the 80's), but the core story is still riveting and suspenseful.

Rating: So Good




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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sharknado (2013)

Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Jaason Simmons, Cassandra Scerbo, John Heard
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante


Premise:
A hurricane brings floods and sharks to the a West Coast city. And one man is out to save his family from its dangers.

My Take:
I simply had to watch this monstrosity. Bad dialog. Check. Bad special effects. Check. Bad acting. Check. I am simply astounded at how the movie has become such a cult phenomenon.

Rating: Steaming Pile (but at least it's fun watching with a group of people)





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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Good Neighbors (2010)

Starring: Scott Speedman, Jay Baruchel, Emily Hampshire
Director: Jacob Tierney


Premise:
Three neighbors all have secrets they are keeping from each other while a serial killer threatens the city.

My Take:
A decent story here with strong characters who each aren't quite as they seem. A very watchable movie.

Rating: In the middle






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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Muirhouse (2012)

Starring: Iain P.F. McDonald
Director: Tanzeal Rahim


Premise:
An author making a documentary on a famous haunted house experiences first hand the supernatural entities.

My Take:
The intriguing part of the movie is the property filmed is actually labeled as the most haunted house in Australia. Everything else is the movie of course staged and acted. The first half sets up the history of the place and in fact is rather boring because is mostly the lead actor walking around with a camera and talking. But once the paranormal incidents start to occur the film picks up. My big complaint is the movie starts with the ending and at the ending doesn't wrap the two together.

Rating: In the middle





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Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Leftovers, Season 1 (2014)

Starring: Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Amanda Warren, Michael Gaston, Emily Meade, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Scott Glenn, Christopher Ecceston


Premise:
After 2% of the world's population mysteriously disappears, a small town is forced to pic up the pieces and move on. Though many find it hard to do and seem lost.

My Take:
The series took awhile to sink its teeth into me, but about half way through I found it to be rather interesting. Though it does ask far more questions then is being answered at this point. It is still a show that is a little different and has some potential for future seasons. Hopefully we get answers behind the multiple cults, strange animal behavior, those who make contact, and the man who can take away people's pain.

Rating: In the middle




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Saturday, November 1, 2014

I'll Never Die Alone (2008)

AKA: No Morire Sola

Starring: Gimena Blesa, Marisol Tur, Magdalena De Santo, Camila Loyza Basualdo
Director: Adrian Garcia Bogliano


Premise:
A group of young woman are driving through the country when they witness a murder of another girl. Then find themselves being tracked down by the murderers. The men catch them, rape the woman, beat them, and leave them to die. But the woman managed to collect themselves and fight back against the attackers.

My Take:
A hard film to watch because of the realistic brutality. The director does not shy away from the violence with long, wide shots of the acts. Plenty of gore comes later as the heroines find strength to fend for themselves. A rather difficult and powerful flick with an exploitation feel due to subject matter.

Rating: So Good (but not for every one)






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