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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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Blood Beach (1980)



Starring: Burt Young, John Saxon, David Huffman, Marianna Hill
Director: Jeffrey Bloom


Premise:
There's something sucking people under the sand at a popular California beach.

My Take:
It's a hokey 80's horror movie that ends up being a tad enjoyable even though it's a bad.

Rating: Warning (but good fun)


Watched: Youtube




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Monday, February 27, 2017

Therapy (2016)



Starring: Nathalie Couturier, Remy Jobert,
Director: Nathan Ambrosioni


Premise:
Two detectives are following up on an investigation when they come across a piece of video evidence. The video shows a group of teens wandering into an abandoned house only to start disappearing. The detectives try to find out what happened to the group.

My Take:
The flick is part found footage slasher flick and part police procedural. The genres melt with mix results, mainly due to the editing that is jumping between the video and the "real time". Still the movie hold plenty of interest and surprises.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Shudder



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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Pride, Prejudice, & Zombies (2016)



Starring: Lilly James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Matt Smith, Lena Headley, Charles Dance,
Director: Burr Steers


Premise:
A 19th century family must find suitors for their daughters while battling the rising zombie population.

My Take:
I didn't care for the book or the source material for the book, so I am not sure why I would care for the movie version.

Rating: Warning

Watched: Starz



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Friday, February 24, 2017

Incorporated, Season 1 (2017)



Starring: Sean Teale, Allison Miller, Eddie Ramos, Julia Ormond, Dennis Haysbert


Premise:
The world is controlled by a few giant corporations. Either you work for them and have a good life or live in poverty. A young man finds a way to infiltrate the system and work for a company in order to find his love that signed away her life to the corporation years ago.

My Take:
The series has interesting enough ideas for what the future holds. The characters and their situations are all believable too.I found myself liking the series enough to watch all the first season but it has yet to really sink it's teeth into me.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: SyFy



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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Shrew's Nest (2014)



Starring: Macarena Gomez, Nadia de Santiago, Hugo Silva, Luis Tosar
Director: Juanfer Andres, Esteban Roel


Premise:
An agoraphobic raising her younger sister has her world thrown upside by the upstairs neighbor who gets injured and she helps recover.

My Take:
An intense thriller with a good, even if it's predictable, story and an outstanding cast especially Macarena Gomez as the unhinged lead.

Rating: So Good


Watched: Shudder



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Monday, February 20, 2017

Woman of Mud (2000)



Starring: Klaudia Koronel, Carlos Morales
Director: Rico Marie Ilardo


Premise:
A college student goes off to his uncle remote house in the jungle in attempts to write his first novel. He ends up finding a woman that emerges from a giant fruit who may not be as she appears either.

My Take:
A hot, naked woman covered in entrails spawns from a fruit and the first thing I would do is have sex with her. Why not... at least that's what the main characters does. Then it's all downhill from there as she's actually some sort of monster. My wife, who is Filipina, calls this a "sexy movie" as there are a couple of sex scenes and some boobs. Nothing too risque by American standards, but one doesn't see a lot of nudity in the Philippines cinema. It's worth a look if you are looking to round out your world view of horror movies.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Shudder



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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lights Out (2015)



Starring: Maria Bello, Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Batemen, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke
Director: David F. Sandberg


Premise:
A family is haunted by an entity that has attached to their mother since she was a child.

My Take:
The story and intensity sucks the viewer enough that one forgets it's short comings.

Rating: So Good


Watched: Netflix DVD



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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Melancholia der Engel (2009)



AKA: The Angel's Melancholia

Starring: Zenzig Raggi, Frank Oliver
Director: Marian Dora


Premise:
A group of people gather in a country house where they precede to bring out the worst characters in each other

My Take:
German art house horror is the term that comes to mind. The running time for the movie is too long. There is some ghastly imagery throughout combined with a chopped up narrative but it's not enough to save it for me.

Rating: Warning




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Friday, February 17, 2017

Emelie (2016)





Starring: Sarah Bolger
Director: Michael Thelin


Premise:
A last minute replacement babysitter ends up making the kids she's watching play twisted games for her amusement.

My Take:
I feel like the movie would have been better if went into full on bat shit crazy mode instead of riding the dramatic line. There are still a couple of very disturbing scenes which makes it worth the watch.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Cinemax




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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Harpoon: The Whale Watching Massacre (2009)



AKA: Reykavik Whale Watching Massacre

Starring: Gunnar Hansen, Pihla Viitala, Miranda Hennessy, Thor Kristjansson
Director: Julius Kemp


Premise:
A group of people are whale watching off the coast of Iceland when an accident occurs and the captain dies. They are rescued by another vessel which is actually ran by a family of lunatics

My Take:
The movie is basically a homage to Texas Chainsaw Massacre expect with Icelandic fisherman and a boat. It works and hits all the right notes.

Rating: So Good


Watched: Shudder




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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Daredevil, Season 2 (2016)



Starring: Charlie Cox, Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll, Jon Bernthal, Elodie Yung


Premise:
A vigilante killer called The Punisher is killing off bad guys and Daredevil wants to stop him. In the process an old girlfriend/fighter named Elektra re-enters his life. These two things help dissolve his legal practice with Foggy. To top it all off a secret organization called The Hand is revealed and they have plans to takeover the world.

My Take:
There's a lot happening in season 2. I enjoyed the Punisher story arc far better than introduction of Elektra and the emergence of the Hand. There's a lot of questions to be answered yet which will probably tie into upcoming The Defenders series.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Netflix



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Monday, February 13, 2017

Train To Busan (2016)



Starring: Yoo Gong, Soo-an Kim, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma
Director: Sang-ho Yeon


Premise:
A man takes his daughter to see her mother via high speed train, when a zombie outbreak occurs putting the lives of all on board the train at jeopardy.

My Take:
A highly enjoyable and entertaining movie that makes it easy to look past it's fault in logic.

Rating: So Good


Watched: Amazon Instant



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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Victor Frankenstein (2015)



Starring: Danielle Radcliffe, James McAvoy
Director: Paul McGuigan


Premise:
The tale of Frankenstein as told by his assistant Igor.

My Take:
While an interesting concept the main thing the movie has going for it our the performances by the lead actors.

Rating: In the middle (barely)

Watched: Cinemax



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Friday, February 10, 2017

Children of Sorrow (2012)



Starring: Bill Oberst Jr, Hannah Levien, Whitney Neilsen, Galen Howard,
Director: Jourdane McClure


Premise:
A woman infiltrates a cult in order to find her missing sister and instead falls under their spell.

My Take:
Another movie where the found footage concept does it no favors. Really little happens until the final act when the true motives of the cult leader are revealed. Then things get intense. For me, it was too little and too late by then.

Rating: Warning


Watched: Amazon Instant





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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Nina Forever (2016)



Starring: Abigail Hardingham, Cian Barry, Fiona O'Shaughnessy
Director: Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine


Premise:
A man's tries to overcome his grief from his girlfriend dying. He begins to fall for a co-worker. All seems to be going fine until his old girlfriend revives from the dead while the two are having sex.

My Take:
A unique take on mourning the loss of a person and moving on.

Rating: So Good

Watched: Shudder



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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Salem, Season 3 (2017)



Starring: Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gable, Tamzin Merchant, Ashley Madewe, Iddo Goldberg, Elise Eberle


Premise:
The final season has the devil trying to make Salem the spot where his reign of terror will begin. Witches and their Puritans continue to fight against each other while only a small amount know the real truth and try to stop the destruction.

My Take:
This season isn't really any different than the others. There is a lot of chaos, gore, and hypocrisy in many of it's characters. The writers throw a lot at the viewers but often I think important details are left out for you to piece together. The end result of the season, and the series itself, is an interesting yet unsatisfying watch.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: WGN



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Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Wailing (2016)



AKA: Goksung

Starring: Do-won Kwak, Jun Kunimura, Woo-hee Chun, Jung-min Hwang
Director: Hong-jin Na


Premise:
A strange Japanese man arrives at a rural village. Soon after people start getting a sickness which looks similar to being possessed and leads to multiple killings. A local policeman isn't sure what to make of the situation until his daughter comes down with the sickness. He hires a shaman to fight whatever has control of his daughter.

My Take:
A movie has not had me guessing the outcome and doubting the characters dispositions so much in a long time. It sucks you in and there's no turning back.,

Rating: Mind Blowing


Watched: Netflix Instant



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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)



Starring: Whitney Moore, Alan Baugh
Director: James Nguyen


Premise:
Mutated birds attack people in a California community.

My Take:
Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds this flick isn't, though it's a complete riff/homage of it. Nothing really happens until about half way through the movie, except cardboard acting and bad direction and terrible special effects. The all hell breaks loose but with eagles shooting fire but at this point you hope these people get obliterated and they stop being so preachy. I really cant tell if the movie is trying to be humorous or is just that bad.

Rating: Steaming Pile


Watched: Shudder



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