Friday, 17 May 2019


It surprises me that this movie is actually this old... But come to think of it, it's been a while since I've seen it, so I decided to chuck it back in the DVD player and give it another spin! This is hardly an intellectual experience or a particularly complicated plot (sure there's few twists...) but it is a hell of a good ride and a great excuse to just let go and sit back and watch the colours and explosions happen across the screen.

Milla Jovovich is rather easy on the eyes and the same can be said about co-star Michelle Rodriguez the two of them play rather similar roles to everything else I've seen them in so no real stretching for either of them here. I'm not a big gamer and never played this one so I have no idea how closely this one followed the plot of the game, but as a movie the plot, set in the not too distant future, revolves around an underground research facility owned by mega corporation "Umbrella corp" who have been working on a biological weapon called a "T-Virus" which escapes through the aircon contaminating the research facility and turning everyone in it into zombies. Alice (Milla Jovovich) and team of mercenaries / operatives are charged with figuring out what's going on down there. This of course lends itself to an array of cool zombies, violence, action moves by Milla and toughness from Michelle Rodrigues. The effects are really cool, and there was obviously a fair bit of cash thrown into this one and it shows. Its quite visually spectacular and rather enjoyable! 

This movie was obviously intended to cash in big time at the box office and that it did! The gore content is not too full on so you can watch it with your non gore-obsessed friends but there's enough of it to keep it interesting plus the action is always faced paced and entertaining! 

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Sunday, 12 May 2019


Another of the fine tradition of Italian Cannibal flicks....This one has all of the usual traits such as nudity, animal cruelty, natural violence and of course cannibalism. I find this one to be one of the more watchable of the genre, it doesn't have the same violent extremity as say Cannibal Holocaust but still weighs in fairly heavily on the depravity scale and would have been rather graphic at the time. This one was one of the earlier films of the genre basically after Man from Deep River (1972).

The film itself revolves around Susan (played by Ursula Andress, the bond girl from Dr No) with her team of trekkers and guides going into Papua New Guinea to find her missing husband, they endure the usual hardships of going into the jungle, evading predatory animals, and the natives whilst witnessing some strange rituals and customs of the indigenous folk of the country. Having Ursula Andress in this film gave this film an air of credibility and nobody is acting above their abilities an there's nothing too corny, and you don't feel like you're watching a  film that is trying to be offensive for the sake of it.

Overall it moved well and I found it quite entertaining and if you're thinking of getting into the cannibal genre this is as good a place as any to start. Definitely worth checking out of you can find a copy of this... If you can't (and its a hard one to find)... here's a streaming version of it …. 

NOTE: My DVD of this isn't that very sharp as far as picture quality goes so I'm not sure if I got a VHS transfer or the film. My DVD is missing some of the footage you may as well watch it here AND this version  to has what is a more complete version with more of the gruesome / explicit content included

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Wednesday, 1 May 2019


This one falls into the category of 'supernatural thriller', at least that's what I think. The movie follows the trials and tribulations of Grace (played by Nicole Kidman) who lives in a large mansion with her two kids. Her husband is missing after the conclusion of the 2nd world war and the house she is staying in would appear to be haunted. Grace is approached by a housekeeping team who had previously worked at the house.

Things get darker as the children and deeply religious Grace are made aware something is going on in the house. The children have seen things and Grace does not want to believe (or more to the point her religious convictions prevent her from believing) but eventually she comes to the realization that something more than the family and housekeeping has taken residency in the house

Nicole Kidman of course does an exemplary job of acting out her character and the two child actors are marvelous as well. This would not be strictly a horror movie but more a thriller but the acting and plot development make for a gripping tale that is expertly executed by director Alejandro Amenaber (from Spain) who to be honest I'd never heard of before. The film won a raft of awards in his home country and for good reason. The attention to detail and dialogue really puts this a level above most horror movies … and many movies in the mainstream as well.

This is not a typical horror movie  you have to be in a settled frame of mind and be prepared to give it  your full attention and for that you will be well rewarded with a great film! 

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