What do you get when you mix Heathers , Scream and Breakfast Club and set it in 2011? Well you get a visually stunning , disjointed film that tries so hard but eventually fails on almost every level.
Its really hard to know where to start with this, it’s a hugely fast paced rapid assault , that plays out like about 20 short music videos. Which becomes more obvious when you find out that director Joseph Khan has a large amount of them to his name.
The film starts with high school cheerleader and most popular girl Taylor Fisher (Alison Woods) being almost decapitated in her bedroom by a Ghostface type killer.
Then we have the main character Riley Jones (Shanley Caswell) who could well be the schools least cool and most unpopular student. Next we are quickly introduced to the rest of the cast including Riley’s crush Clapton Davis (Josh Hutcherson – Hunger Games) , his girlfriend Ione (Spencer Locke) , her ex boyfriend and Claptons nemesis Billy Nolan (Parker Bagley) , … Continue reading →
The mass influx of Zombie films over recent years has led to me being rather discerning with what I watch , but with it being near Christmas I am reviewing a few Xmas related films.
So this was in my to watch list and so it began.
From the start this was dreadful , the acting was way below par as was the script and the make-up was far too much. Some of the blood and gore was ok but that really is the only good thing I can say about this.
The film starts with two policemen on duty when the breakout of an unknown outbreak that is turning people into zombies. And of course it is spread through bites and scratches.
We find out that both officers are best friends and also are in fact in love with the same woman , who happens to be married to one of them. All three are then trapped in an apartment whilst the zombies run amok outside.
As a follower of the Zodiac case for many years I was really looking forward to this , and having picked it up on BluRay and having almost 3 hours to spare , I decided to watch this Directors Cut edition.
Starting in the late 1960’s we have the infamous case of the serial killer Zodiac and how it affects the lives of the main three characters (Gyllenhall,Downey Jr and Ruffalo).
Jake Gyllenhall plays Robert Graysmith a somewhat intense and bookish cartoonist working at the San Francisco Chronicle at the time when the Zodiac killer begins. He becomes increasingly fascinated and involved in the case thanks to his working relationship with news journalist Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr).
Inspector David Toschi (Mark Ruffalo) and his partner William Armstrong (Anthony Edwards – Revenge of the Nerds) , spend the following years chasing leads and dead-end enquiries with various suspects but no firm evidence.
As the years pass and the deaths mount Graysmith becomes more infatuated with Zodiac , Avery hit’s the bottle and Toschi becomes increasingly frustrated by the lack of any progress.
Before seeing this all I knew about this film was it was directed by Jee-woon Kim (A Tale of Two Sisters , A Bittersweet Life) and that it starred the legend Min-sik Choi (Oldboy). So finding it on BluRay I decided to pick this up.
And wow this is a superb revenge thriller , hugely violent , very gory and brilliantly acted.
It starts with Joo-yeon (San-ha Oh) the daughter of a retired Police Chief braking down in the snow in her car. She calls for a tow truck and while waiting she is attacked and taken away.
Next she is stripped and laid out in what looks like a dungeon , her attacker Kyung-chul (Min-sik Choi) ties her arms. She begs for her life and tells Kyung she is pregnant. And of course being a psychotic serial killer he kills her and disposes of the body.
After the discovery of her body (well bits of it and a head) her fiance Kim Soo-hyeon (Byung-hun Lee) a secret agent decides to seek revenge. So taking two weeks off work he embarks on a deadly game of cat and … Continue reading →
This was the second film put on by the guys at Grimmfest recently. And I was really looking forward to this, I had heard great things and dreadful things in equal measure so I was wondering which side of the fence I would fall on.
So this is a collection of 6 *found footage* films all under the one umbrella , and each segment is directed by some of the best up and coming indie horror filmmakers like Ti West (House of the Devil) , Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die) , Glenn McQuaid (Stakeland) and more.
The film starts with Tape 56 (Adam Wingard) which is the wraparound feature that which all the other stories interlock with. A group of guys are paid to break into a house and steal a videotape , when they arrive there they find a man dead in a chair in front of a bank of TV’s and surrounded by many videos , so in order to find the right video they start to watch some individually. And the other five stories are the ones they watch.
I saw this for the first time yesterday thanks to my good friends at Grimmfest (Manchester UK horror film festival and monthly screenings – get them checked out). It was the first of a double bill with VHS (my next review).
I really had very little knowledge on this film, I do remember I think John Waters mentioning it as his favourite Christmas film. And with this praise then I hoped for a nice but nasty yuletide treat.
The film starts with two young brothers and their mum crouching quietly on the stairs watching Santa come down the chimney and drop off the presents. He stops for a small treat they left him , then with a nod and a wink he disappears back up the chimney – job done.
The boys retreat off to bed , but the elder Harry comes back down the stairs to find his mum being seduced by a fully clothed Santa , in what is a classic scene. Upset and confused … Continue reading →
Oh where to start with this . Well I was really looking forward to this as its from the team that brought us Poolboy: Drowning out the Fury in 2011 which I loved.
So expectations were high and even more so when I realised Brian Bostwick (Brad from The Rocky Horror Picture Show) was starring as FDR and Bruce McGill (D-Day from Animal House) . Two great comic actors from two of my favourite films.
It is 1931 and FDR (Bostick) is currently a governor and is out shooting with friends when they are attacked by a werewolf. Two friends are killed and FDR is bitten on the leg , before heroically killing it.
FDR comes round in hospital and is told by the doctors that werewolf bites contain Polio and he has lost the use of his legs (but luckily his cock still works).
Louis (McGill) is FDR’s right hand man and best friend , and he learns from the doctor that the werewolf that attacked them was a Nazi and may have been sent by Hitler himself.
Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
Dir. David DeCoteau – 80 minutes .
Well I had decided to watch some Christmas based horror films , but after watching Silent Night Deadly Night I decided to catch another film starring the lovely Linnea Quigley.
After much deliberation I decided on the 1988 feature Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama , which I have always known about but never got round to watching. So it was time to put that right.
It starts with 3 college guys just wasting time in their room . Bored and (of course for the 1980s) very horny they decide to go to the local female sorority house where at midnight the new pledges will be having their initiation ceremony . You never know they might even be able to get a look at the goings on inside!
The guys turn up just in time to see the two new pledges Lisa (Michelle Bauer) and Taffy (Brinke Stevens) at the mercy of the nasty and wannabe prison warden Babs (the late Robin Stille) who puts them … Continue reading →
If I did my favourite three Christmas Horror films (which I have) , then this would be in it (and it is) .
I just adore this film , it is dark , nasty , bleak and yet full of dark humour.
Released in late 1984 this film caused all kinds of protests leading it to be pulled from cinemas . Before it was pulled it was out-grossing a film released on the same day named A Nightmare on Elm Street.
The film was later released in 1986 by (I believe) Aquarius Films however this was quite heavily edited and cut . The close ups of Billy dressed as Santa with weapons were just cut and also the advertising was completely changed and featured more on the controversy of the original release and less on the killer in a Santa suit.
On a further note this film was never submitted to the BBFC for classification but yet does appear on many … Continue reading →