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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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Donovan's Echo (2012)



Starring: Danny Glover, Bruce Greenwood
Director: Jim Cliffe


Premise:
A man starts experiencing deja vu from events that occurred thirty years earlier and must figure out how it ties to the present day.

My Take:
The movie has solid acting and a solid story but it's probably one you'll forget shortly afterwards

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Showtime




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Monday, November 28, 2016

Bastard (2015)





Starring: Rebekah Kennedy, Ellis Greer, Will Tranfo
Director: Powell Robinson, Patrick Robert Young


Premise:
A serial killer couple, two runaways, and a suicidal police offer all end up in a mountain town where a masked killer is taking out victims.

My Take:
An interesting and uneven film that seems like it misses out on a chance to be really memorable. The oddball characters are the pulse of the movie. Too often though nothing is done with them.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Showtime



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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wolf Creek, Season 1 (2016)



Starring: John Jarrett, Lucy Fry, Dustin Clare


Premise:
After her family is slain while on vacation in the Australian Outback the surviving family member hunts down the man responsible.

My Take:
Capturing even more grittiness then the film it's based on, this series manages to continue the story of the notorious serial killer Mick Taylor and tell a new story centering around a survivor of one of his attacks. The desolation of the terrain is captured beautifully and becomes a character itself. This short series is a highly entertaining way to continue this saga.

Rating: So Good


Watched: Pop TV



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Friday, November 25, 2016

Kids Go into the Woods... Kids Get Dead (2012)



Starring: Leah Rudick, Andrew Waffenschmidt,
Director: Michael Hall


Premise:
A group of friends head up to an uncle's house near the woods only to be hunted down by a crazed killer.

My Take:
The movie is set up like a show with a host presenting the movie and taking breaks. It's dumb, not funny, and not needed. Then you have the actions in the movie playing out like a book the main character is reading. Except he spends two days reading it before realizing what is occurring. It's simply sad.

Rating: Warning

Watched: Amazon Instant



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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Landmine Goes Click (2015)



Starring: Sterling Knight, Kote Tolordava, Spencer Locke
Director: Levan Bakhia


Premise:
Three finds go camping in European Georgia. One of them steps on a landmine. A local man stumbles upon them, only to torture instead of help.

My Take:
There's actually a lot more story here than the synopsis. While there is physical torture; there is far more psychological torture going one. The movie relies heavily on the situation and the actors; and both succeed.

Rating: So Good

Watched: Hulu



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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

House Where Evil Dwells (1982)



Starring: Susan George, Edward Albert, Doug McClure
Director: Kevin Connor


Premise:
A family moves into a house in Japan that happens to be inhabited by ancient ghosts. Soon they are constantly reliving the horrors of the house

My Take:
This flick comes off like a bad made for television movie.  It didn't hold much interest.

Rating: Warning

Watched: Amazon Instant



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Monday, November 21, 2016

American Horror Story: Roanoke [Season 6] (2016)



Starring: Sara Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr, Lily Rabe, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Lady Gaga, Wes Bentley, Denis O'Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, Adina Porter, Andre Roberts


Premise:
A couple buy a house in rural North Carolina only to find out it is haunted by the first settlers that came there and cursed to all.

My Take:
The season is broken down into two connected parts. The first part with the tale as a docudrama television show is far more appealing than the bat shit craziness in the second half of the series when the producers decide to make a "Big Brother" type sequel in the house and throw way too much at the viewers. It becomes horror cliches after cliche, which tends to be the norm for the series.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: FX



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Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Stakelander (2016)


AKA: Stake Land 2

Starring: Conor Paola, Nick Damici
Director: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen


Premise:
After vampires kill his family, a man searches for his the man who saved him as a child to help get revenge.

My Take:
This sequel to Stake Land, picks up a few years later with the same characters. While it remains entertaining it's missing the spark which made the first one so great.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: SyFy




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Friday, November 18, 2016

Lust of the Dead 3 (2013)


AKA: Rape Zombie 3



Starring: Yui Aikawa, Asami
Director: Naoyuki Tomomatsu


Premise:
The continuing saga of survivors battling a disease that turns males into sex crazed zombies.

My Take:
It took to number three in the series for me to start getting turned off in the series. Nothing really new occurs and little is added to the story in this one.

Rating: Warning

Watched: Amazon



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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Monsters and Mysteries Unsolved, Season 1 (2016)



Premise:
Investigations on the paranormal, supernatural,  and world of cryptids.

My Take:
With episodes focusing on animal apocalypse, Bermuda Triangles, hauntings, life after death, and more there is a decent amount of interesting episodes. Though there are done with the usual style of Destination America shows, so it's not top quality.

Rating: In the middle

Favorite Episode:
"Monsters of the Deep" - focuses on mythical sea creatures seen around the globe

Watched: Destination America



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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Air (2016)



Starring: Norman Reedus, Djimon Hounsou
Director: Christian Cantamessa


Premise:
Two engineers are tasked with the duty of making sure several humans are preserved until they can be awaken once the toxic air of the planet becomes clean. While the days pass both men's sanity is put to the test.

My Take:
The two lead actors play well off each other and the story is solid.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Netflix DVD



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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Dracula: The Dark Prince (2013)



Starring: Luke Roberts, Jon Voight, Kelly Wenham
Director: Perry Reginald Teo


Premise:
Dracula falls in love with a Crusader who resembles his murdered bride.

My Take:
There is a lot of stupid things in this movie that takes great liberty with the Dracula myth, lore, and facts about Vlad the Impaler. It's simply not good.

Rating: Steaming Pile

Watched: YouTube



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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Murder In the Dark (2013)



Starring: Luke Arnold, Phil Austin, Samrat Chakrabarti, Mary Kate Wiles
Director: Dagen Merrill


Premise:
A group of students camp in a Turkish ruin. They play a game called "Murder In the Dark", only to find out that one of them is making the game real.

My Take:
Much of the movie was improvised as the actors made choices to what was happening during the movie. It's an interesting concept but also makes  for a lot of unevenness throughout and not much that is all that compelling.

Rating: Warning

Watched: Showtime



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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)



Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Olivia Munn
Director: Bryan Singer


Premise:
An ultra powerful, first mutant known as Apocalypse awakens and vows to destroy the world. The young group of X-Men try to stop him.

My Take:
The third sequel in the prequels in the X-Men franchise. It has a lot of the same things as the other movies, which for me boils down to good, fun entertainment.


Rating: So Good

Watched: Netflix DVD



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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Disco Exorcist (2011)



Starring: Michael Reed, Ruth Mahala Sullivan
Director: Richard Grffin


Premise:
A swinger angers a woman who happens to be a black magic priestess, who then seeks revenge via the dark arts.

My Take:
Not funny. Not gory. Not interesting.

Rating: Steaming Pile

Watched: Amazon



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Sunday, November 6, 2016

100 Tears (2007)



Starring: Joe Davidson, Georgia Chris, Jack Amos, Raine Brown
Director: Marcus Koch


Premise:
Two journalist are investigating a serial killer called "The Teardrop Killer" who has been on a twenty year spree. They end tracing clues to an abandoned circus where the killer and his daughter hides.

My Take:
There's a parallel story line with how the killer got started and the journalists tracking him down years later. The acting is (mostly) superb but the movie makes up for with loads of gore.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Netflix DVD



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Friday, November 4, 2016

Captain America: Civil War (2016)



Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stann, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Elisabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Tom Holland, Daniel Bruhl
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo


Premise:
Governments wanting to control the Avengers team. Some are for the idea of being held accountable and others are against. In the background is a puppetmaster pulling the strings

My Take:
The series takes a (somewhat) gritty and dark twist as we see superheroes choose sides and battle each other.

Rating: So Good

Watched: Netflix DVD



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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti (2016)



Starring: Josh Gates


Premise:
Josh Gates takes off to the Himalayas in hopes find proof of the legendary yeti.

My Take:
This mini series focus on the myth of the yeti, the folklore surrounding yeti, and finding clues to it's existence. While he does manage to get some interesting evidence and access to artifacts that many have never seen before, there remains a lot coincidental moments that feel staged. Still it makes for an interesting investigation and it doesn't feel nearly as rushed as most one of episodes of the series.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Travel Channel



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