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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.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Shake, Rattle, and Roll 12 (2010)



Starring: Shina Magadayao, Ricky Davao, John Lapus, Andi Eigenmann, Rayver Cruz, Carla Abellana, Odette Khan, Sid Lucero
Director: Topel Lee, Zoren Legaspi, Jerrold Tarog


Premise:
Three tales of horror: a demon doll enters a mourning families household, a women falls prey to mythical undersea creature, and a pack of shapeshifters try to survive undetected in the city.

My Take:
Another installment of this powerhouse Filipino horror franchise is met with the usual troubles of an anthology tale... some stories are better than others. While I find all the legends of an other country to be interesting and the movie is well executed, none of them particularly stand out.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: DVD



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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Wave (2015)



Starring: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp
Director: Roar Uthaug


Premise:
A mountain in rural Norway shifts which causes a massive inland tsunami that threatens the existence of the community it surrounds.

My Take:
A typical disaster movie that favors special effects over anything else.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Netflix Instant




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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Blair Witch (2016)



Starring: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Valorie Curry, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson, Corbin Reid
Director: Adam Wingard


Premise:
A young man finds evidence that his sister may still be alive after she went missing making a documentary on The Blair Witch fifteen years ago. Armed with the latest technology, a group of friends, and a pair of locals they head off into the Black Forest Hills. But they all soon regret what they find.

My Take:
This is more of a true sequel to the marketing tour de force original that basically created the found footage sub-genre. The movie takes awhile to get going and suffers from a few typical found footage flaws but final act is worth the wait.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Netflix DVD



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Monday, March 27, 2017

Gut (2012)



Starring: Jason Vail, Nicholas Wilder, Sarah Schoofs
Director: Elias


Premise:
Two friends watch a movie that appears to be a snuff film. Neither can forget about it as the images effect their daily lives and starts to get too close to home lives.

My Take:
The movie is well done and hits on many of the right character notes but the direction the story takes is easily seen.

Rating: Warning (but not terrible)

Watched: Amazon Instant



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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Chiller, Season 1 (1995)



Starring: Sophie Ward, Nigel Havers, Phyllis Logan, Maggie O'Neill, Kevin McNally, John Simm


Premise:
An anthology series of horror tales.

My Take:
A decent series filled with familiar faces from the UK. Most episodes deal with people fears using a supernatural scope to tell the story.

Favorite Episode:
Prophecy - Years after a group of friends hold a seance the premonitions start coming true and each begin to have something horrible occur to them.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Netflix DVD




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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Legend Still Lives: 30 Years of Madman (2010)



Starring: Gary Sales, Paul Ehlers, Harriet Bass,
Director: Victor Bonacore


Premise:
A look back on the making of the 80's slasher Madman.

My Take:
The movie Madman is often overlooked in the realm of 80's slasher flicks. It has gained a cult following over the years. The documentary has nifty tidbits but unless you are huge fan of the movie there is probably not much here for you. The majority of content comes form four or five people and the audio level inconsistencies get rather annoying.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Amazon Instant



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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Red Eye (2005)



AKA: Redeu-ai

Starring: Sgub-yeonbg Jang, Ji-min Kwak, Dong-kyu Lee
Director: Ding-bin Kim


Premise:
A new train is put on the same route as a train that had a horrible, fatal accident years ago. As the night goes on the stewardess start to notice strange occurrences and tries to stop the past and present from colliding.

My Take:
Pay close attention or you gonna end up confused. The movie blends past and present of the two trains (and passengers) to a somewhat unsatisfying ending.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Netflix DVD



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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016)



Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katerine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Alison Sudol, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Jon Voight
Director: David Yates


Premise:
A young wizard holding a suitcase containing magical creatures arrive in New York during the 20's and enters a battle between the unseen world and the normals.

My Take:
A spin off, prequel to the Harry Potter franchise the movie has it's charm and is much more of a darker narrative than I expected. Superb special effects are the hallmark of the film.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: American Airlines Flight



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Monday, March 20, 2017

Darling (2015)



Starring: Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young, Brian Morvant
Director: Mickey Keating


Premise:
A young women is hired on as a caretaker of old house with a nasty reputation. The woman slowly descends into madness and falls victim to the whims of the house.

My Take:
A slow burning film without much gimmicks. The backstory of the house is set up and the lead actress takes over from there. And while the viewer can see where the story is headed it's done in excellent manner.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Netflix Instant



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Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Pack (2015)



Starring: Jack Campbell, Anna Lise Phillips, Katie Moore, Hamish Philipps
Director: Nick Robertson


Premise:
A family in a rural area are attacked by a pack of feral canines.

My Take:
The movie could have been so much better if not for the bad dialog (like an animal vet saying they've never heard of wild dogs) and characters doing asinine things.

Rating: Warning

Watched: Netflix Instant




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Friday, March 17, 2017

Cabin Fever (2016)



Starring: Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Samuel Davis, Nadine Crocker
Director: Travis Zariwny


Premise:
A group of friends on vacation contract a flesh eating virus.

My Take:
I'm not really a fan of the original so not sure why I watched this pointless remake.

Rating: Steaming Pile

Watched: Showtime



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Man Seeking Women, Season 3 (2016)



Starring: Jay Baruchel, Eric Andre, Britt Lower, Robin Duke, Mark McKinney, Kate Findlay


Premise:
A young man navigates the dating scene trying to find a real relationship.
In season three, Josh may have just found the one.


My Take:
The series continues to evolve with it's quirky, dark writing and scenarios as the main character continues to go through life's changes. It's a welcome change of pace to television landscape.

Rating: So Good

Watched: FXX




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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key (1972)



Starring: Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli
Director: Sergio Martino


Premise:
Bodies start stacking up around a grieving, washed up writer writer and his wife.

My Take:
While it's not one of the best giallo's of the time period the movie is still worth a watch, if nothing else for the striking Edwige Fenech. There is not much to the mystery and is more just one red herring after another until the climax.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Shudder




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Monday, March 13, 2017

Lake Nowhere (2014)



Starring: Laura Hajek, Oscar Allen, Paul Joseph Gagnon, Melody Kology
Director: Christopher Phelps, Maxim Van Scoy


Premise:
Some one or some thing is killing off teenagers staying at a cabin in the woods.

My Take:
The movie throws a tad of everything at the viewer in a short time with a supernatural element to this slash throw back. The results are mixed and the ideas are not completely flushed out.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Shudder




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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Blood Father (2016)



Starring: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks, William H. Macy, Dale Dickey, Migeul Sandoval
Director: Jean-Francois Richet


Premise:
A former biker ex-con is trying to live one day at a time. His estranged daughter shows up and is in trouble with the wrong people. The man will do anything to protect her.

My Take:
The movie is a fun ride with plenty action, redemption, and grit to keep an array of viewers pleased. This is Mel Gibson at his best.

Rating: So Good

Watched: Netflix DVD





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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)



Starring: Jyrt Raab
Director: Ulli Lommel


Premise:
A gay serial killer of teenage boys in 1920's Germany likes to drink their blood and sell the meat on the market. The police set a trap to catch the maniac.

My Take:
While the subject matter is quite disturbing, as well as more than a few scenes, it is never done in an exploitative way. Still it is a tough movie to set through until the end and one left this viewer with little satisfaction.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Shudder



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Slime City (1988)



Starring: Craig Saber, Mary Huner
Director: Gregory Lamberson


Premise:
A man moves into an apartment complex that is housed by witches trying to revive their coven master from the dead.

My Take:
The story is a little all over the place and the acting is pretty bad. However for it's budget, the special effects hold up well.

Rating: Warning


Watched: Shudder




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