Friday, 15 February 2019

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999)

Despite the internet pannings on facebook horror groups I'm in, I have to say this isn't a bad movie, I'm not sure whether I'd really call it horror, maybe more of a mystery/ thriller or something that does have some dark subject matter, and I think there-in lies the problem. People must be hoping for something gorier or faster paced and that's where I think it looses fans.

I found this one quite interesting as it followed the plight of three young filmmakers, Heather, Mike and Josh investigating mysterious 'occult' happenings / killings connected with witches in a rural American town in Maryland. The filmmakers eventually get lost on their investigative trackings and the tension between the three begins to mount as tempers and tension flares up. Eventually they all crack in their own ways.  The footage is recovered a year later and basically that's what we see as the film. The film takes the concept of found footage (as seen in films like "Cannibal Holocaust") a step further as the found footage basically becomes the film. For what its worth you can feel the tension grow and the acting seems to hold up quite well given the plot of the film. I found it to be enjoyable (though not a classic)

With no known actors or any real special effects this film would have been produced on a miniscule budget (later found out to be around $60k) and grossing an unexpected $240+ million world wide this is an undoubted and somewhat unlikely success for the film makers and a cash cow for the investors. I can't think of any film produced on such a small budget that went on to achieve anything like the success this film has achieved. 

As said before this isn't the fastest paced film and neither is it packed full of gore. But if you're in the mood for something more in a mystery vein this is a pretty cool film! 

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Monday, 11 February 2019

The Children (2008)


Well this one was a pleasant surprise, I've seen a few of the 'Insomnia' produced movies and some of them have been a little average but this one I have to say I enjoyed this one more than the others. It's hardly a classic but definitely sits at a better B grade or above type movie for my thinking.

The plot revolves around a couple of families who have decided to go on a holiday together in a cabin. Casey is teenager with a real shitty teenage / goth chick attitude, and doesn't want to hang around with her extended family on holidays and does her best to bring down the tone of the proceedings.

After the children are put to bed on the first night, things start to go south. one of the kids starts to get sick and bit by bit they all succumb to a  'possession' of sorts and by the next morning one by one the kids start on a murderous rampage.

This movie is quite well made, the kids are a total cuteness overload (I'm a parent) and im a sucker for a good pommie accent, but regarding the cute kids, it really sits at odds with later developments and adds to the atmosphere. The violence and gore levels aren't too bad at all but more importantly the film holds well and there's no major plot holes or instances where it looses focus or becomes boring

Defs a solid watch and worth sourcing out if you can find a copy!

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

WOLF COP (2014)


I really didn't expect too much from a movie called "Wolf Cop" it basically looked like "Teen Wolf" but as a cop...…. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I have to say this still falls into the B Grade category but it was rather entertaining and the film itself was reasonably well done... It certainly didn't feel like the insult to intelligence that some films can fall into

The film follows the exploits of country town cop/sheriff Lou, who is drinking too much and it's starting to affect his work as an officer. Rumours of an occult group operating in the area and stealking / killing pets  are starting to surface and Lou of course has to investigate. Some strange mysterious occult incident occurs, a local politicial is killed    and Lou starts to grow hair in places he was / wasn't growing hair before and yes you guessed starts taking on wolf like qualities

As is to be expected with Lou's nighttime transformations, the body count starts to rise, and Lou (and the other police) find themselves in the predicament of investigating the killings without realizing it was Lou as a werewolf. Lou comes to the realization he is indeed the wolf and decides to become Wolf Cop and fight crime as a superhumanly strong wolf.

Anyway the plot moves fast enough to keep it interesting, some genuinely funny moments, some cool plot twists, an erotic interspecies love scene and some really cool horror effects, so there something for everyone! There's  not a lot to really complain at all so what you are left with is a pretty cool horror movie!

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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

THE HITCHER

This one was another bought on a punt type deal and I have to say with this one It paid off nicely! Starring Rutger Hauer (Blade runner / Salute of the Jugger / Hobo with a Shotgun) as a sadistic hitch hiker who on a rainy night manages to pick up a ride from a young man Jim. It soon becomes apparent that John (Hauer) is unhinged and start making threats to kill Jim. As the tension increases it is clear the hitcher intends to kill him, but Jim manages to boot him out of the car and flees only to find that John the hitcher is on a murderous rampage and begins to toy with Jim in a deadly game of road "Hide and Seek" for lack of a better word to describe it.

As a stalker Jim is unrelenting and sadistic, he enjoys messing with his victims and this makes for a great watch and the role is played perfectly by Rutger Hauer (… Almost too perfectly some might suspect) The movie is gritty and violent and really keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see how it will turn out.

All in all this is a pretty cool film, it would appeal to fans of Mad Max and Wolf Creek but really most action horror fans should be able to dig this one. There is a more than respectable level of gore and violence but this one might fall more into the thriller category... but either way its a great watch and well worth your time!

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