Grabbers (2012) Review

Grabbers (2012)

Dir. Jon Wright – 94 Minutes

I first saw this at Grimmfest 2012 and I loved it , so on New Years Eve rather than go out and face the crowds , I decided to treat the missus to Grabbers on DVD. Now that is a proper NYE.

Grabbers is set on Erin Island which is just off the coast of Ireland. A beautiful idyllic place where Garda Ciaran O’Shea (Richard Coyle) leads a fairly stress free existence as a local policeman and he is well on his way to being an alcoholic.

He is then sent to meet Garda Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) who is a very straight-laced workaholic policewoman sent over from Dublin for a 2 week sabbatical on the quiet rural island.

Now during the night something landed out at sea and killed 3 fishermen , and local part-time fisherman and full time pisshead Paddy Barrett (Lalor Roddy) has caught a little sea monster that he is keeping in his bathtub.

When the wee monster attacks Paddy and he bashes it and takes it to visiting scientist Dr Smith (Russell Tovey) for an explanation.

The events throw our odd couple of O’Shea and Nolan together … Continue reading

Cabin In The Woods (2011) Review

 

Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Dir. Drew Goddard – 95 Minutes

This was undoubtedly the *horror hit* of 2012, this is one film I had been waiting so long to see but had waited until Christmas Eve as an early Xmas present.

The directorial debut of Lost, Alias, Angel and Buffy writer Drew Goddard and co-written by Goddard and the masterful Joss Whedon, this had the pedigree but would it have the final product?

Hell Yeah! This was absolute genius , just everything about this works and is obviously put together by real horror fans with a huge knowledge of the genre.

So before this review starts , please be aware there may be a couple of spoilers BUT nothing that wasn’t in the trailers and nothing mentioned from after the first 20 minutes.

We start with 2 men in what looks like an underground facility, they seem to be getting ready for a days work , then straight to your stereotypical slasher fodder.

There are 5 college kids getting ready for a weekend away at a cabin, and low and behold it is *the slut , the jock , the stoner, the nerd and the virgin*.

This is … Continue reading

Lovely Molly (2011) Review

 

lovelymollyLovely Molly (2011)

Dir. Eduardo Sanchez – 100 Minutes

The film starts with Molly (the hypnotic Gretchen Lodge) talking into a handheld cam and explaining that some bad things have happened and that its not her fault.

Then we go back in time to Molly and Tim’s wedding , and after the wedding they move into the house of Molly’s deceased parents.

Not long after moving in strange things start happening in the house , firstly the alarm goes off in the middle of the night and upon inspection the back door is wide open.

Then we learn that Molly had a serious drug problem and was institutionalised. Molly now starts to believe she is being visited by the ghost of her dead father, and he will only appear to her.

And so Molly heads into a downward spiral of drugs and psychosis, she loses her job and her husband Tim (the late Johnny Lewis) is away much of the time as he works as a truck driver.

So the only person left she can rely on is her sister … Continue reading

Detention (2011) Review

 

Detention_2011Detention (2011)

Dir. Joseph Khan 93 minutes

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

Silent Night Zombie Night (2009) Review

 

silentnightzombieSilent Night Zombie Night (2009)

Dir. Sean Cain   –  82 minutes

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.

To be … Continue reading

Zodiac (2007) Review

 

Zodiac (2007)

Dir. David Fincher – 162 minutes (Directors Cut)

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.

This is such a simple premise , … Continue reading

I Saw The Devil (2010) Review

 

I Saw The Devil (2010)

Dir. Jee-woon Kim – 144 minutes

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

V/H/S (2012) Review

 

V/H/S (2012)

116 minutes

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.

Amateur Night (David Bruckner) has three guys going on a night … Continue reading

Christmas Evil (aka You Better Watch Out) (1980) Review

christmas-evilChristmas Evil (aka You Better Watch Out) 1980

Dir. Lewis Jackson – 95 minutes

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

FDR: American Badass (2012) Review

 

FDR: American Badass

Dir. Gareth Brawith – 93 minutes

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.

So that is a very basic synopsis , I really didn’t … Continue reading