Review: Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Yet another one of those. See, I really am one of the people who appreciate Mila Jovovich as a badass in a skin-tight suit, cracking zombie skulls. I am. I do expect more from the movies I watch though; say, a … Continue reading

Review: Cabin in the Woods (2012)

I’ve wanted to see this movie since the first time I heard of it, but I kept putting in on the back burner. I mean, I haven’t even seen J. Edgar and I’ve had the movie for a couple of months now.

I’ve read great, no, scratch that, glowing reviews for Cabin in the Woods so, of course, I had huge expectations. Glad to say they were met and more! Continue reading

Review: Cube (1997)

Cube is a 1997 Sci-Fi psychological thriller directed by Vincenzo Natali. It’s about 7 complete strangers who wake up inside the terrifying creation that is the Cube, with no memories of how they got there and no sure way of how to get out.

Unlike its sequel, Cube²-Hypercube, and the prequel Cube Zero, both movies that thoroughly relied on visual effects to produce a scare or any kind of reaction really, Cube relies solely on the surreal settings. The feeling of confinement, the lack of any explanations as to what the Cube is, where it’s located, who made it and why those particular people were chosen to be put in, is what adds to the psychological scare. Continue reading

Review: The Last Exorcism (2010)

I’ve been wanting to see this movie since it came out in 2010, but either didn’t have the time or I forgot about it entirely (shame on me, I know).  I am nothing if not a huge fan of Eli Roth’s work, be it as director, producer or actor. Say what you will, but his twisted, gory movies are good.

Having seen Cabin Fever, Hostel and it’s sequel, when I heard Roth was producing this I instantly thought of a gorefest/brutal horror movie. My, how wrong I was.

The Last Exorcism tells the story of minister Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian), a man who lost his faith in God. He routinely performs fake exorcisms on “possessed” people, operating on a simple belief: if said people think they need an exorcism, then he will act accordingly and eventually help them get better. After reading the story of a young boy who died during such an exorcism, he comes to realize the dangers the practice possesses. He agrees to have one last exorcism filmed as a documentary so he can expose it as nothing more than a fraud.  Working with producer Iris Reisen (Iris Bahr) and cameraman Daniel Moskowitz (Adam Grimes), he heads for Louisiana where he’s supposed to exorcise Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell), a 16-year-old girl. Continue reading

Blacksheep (2006)

The reason why the word review is missing from my title is because there’s not much to analyse about Blacksheep. It’s a comedy/horror directed by Jonathan King, about a bunch of genetically modified sheep that turn into blood thirsty killers and go berserk on the people around.

Thing you need to understand is that sometimes I have serious cravings for a good horror and also, I almost never let the rating on IMDb influence my decision about watching a movie. With that said..wow, what a movie this was.  Guess I should’ve known after reading the info.

I assume the director was shooting for a movie similar with Wright’s Shaun of the Dead or Fright Night or Return of the Living Dead etc. Instead, the so-called scary, gory scenes are not-so-scary and the humor isn’t anything special either. It gets boring fast. But like a train wreck, I couldn’t stop watching.  Continue reading

Review: Bag of Bones (2011)

Bag of Bones is a TV mini-series based on the eponymous Stephen King novel. It tells the story of novelist Mike Noonan who, after loosing his wife in a car accident, retreats to their lakeside house in Maine, where he accidentally gets involved in a custody battle and starts receiving weird messages, supposedly from his dead wife.

Seeing as I haven’t read King’s novel, I couldn’t say how closely they followed the book while making this series or if they steered off, but I will say this: the end result was good.

Starring as Mike Noonan is Pierce Brosnan and it was great seeing him in something else other than action movies.  He’s great as a newly widower and his performance throughout the movie is credible.

The series is split in two 80 something minute episodes and I will admit that the story was a bit dragged out and slow to develop during the second one. But the beautiful scenery, the good acting, great soundtrack all helped in making me forget about the slow pace.  Continue reading

Tv Shows: Old and New.

These are a bunch of shows that I watch/watched and found to be great.  Of course, it’s all a matter of personal taste but still I think you should give them a shot, unless you’ve already did so.  They’re in alphabetical order. Bear with me people, I do watch a LOT of tv-shows heh. Let me just apologize in advance for the length of this post.

1. American Horror Story – 2011 – Drama,Horror, Mystery

It’s about a family of three who moves to Los Angeles in this mansion only to discover that it’s haunted. The story is good, compelling and actually scary and the actors, while some relatively unknown, do a great job.

Cast: Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Dylan McDermott, Frances Conroy, Connie Britton, Zachary Quinto.

This show has already been renewed for a second season and this season will keep some of the original cast playing different characters, but that’s it. It’s a mini-series actually, each season having to do with a different haunting.

One of the best horror series at the moment, really.

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – 1997-2003 – Action,Drama,Fantasy

Mock away people, but I still consider Buffy one of my top 10 favorite shows ever.  It might come across as a teen-show with the supernatural element: pretty blonde girl fights vampires and falls in love with one and so on and so forth. But if that’s your overall impression of this show, it either means you didn’t understand it or you didn’t have the patience to stick with it further than season 1. This show is about so much more;it’s about good vs evil, love, life and death, religion and so much more.  Yes, it does come fully packed with silly dialogue and stupid jokes, but that’s just for comic relief.  And it becomes so dark and grim  in the later seasons, that it’s just so damn good.

Also..it has one of the best tv characters  ever, Spike, and you get the chance to hear the very talented Mr Anthony Head sing a few times.

Cast: Sarah Michelle Geller, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters, Anthony Head, David Boreanaz.

3. Carnivale – 2003 – Drama,Fantasy,Mystery

This show primarily focuses on two characters: Ben Hawkins (Nick Stahl), a farm boy and preacher Justin Crowe (Clancy Brown). They both posses mysterious powers and have an inexplicable connection with each other.  Hawkins is picked up by a travelling carnival and in time starts to realize the significance of his powers and dreams and how they’re related to a man who used to be a part of the carnival. All the while, brother Crowe grows increasingly dangerous and pious. Set during the Great Depression, this show really is a gem and more than beautifully shot and acted.

It’s a shame they chose to cancel it, but fear not, towards the end, you do get explanations to what’s been happening.

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Review: The Divide (2011)

“The lucky ones died in the blast.” After watching the movie I would say that tagline is accurate. The plot revolves around a group of people, 9 to be exact, that survives a nuclear attack by hiding out in the basement/shelter of their apartment building.The combination of characters is a recipe for disaster from the start: you’ve got the jerk janitor Mickey (Michael Biehn), the bully Bobby (Michael Eklund),  Josh (Milo Ventimiglia) and his  too nice for his own good brother Adrien (Ashton Holmes), quiet Eva and her weak boyfriend Sam (Lauren German and Ivan Gonzales), panicked mother Marilyn and her young daughter Wendy (Rosanna Arquette and Abbey Tickson) and Delvin (Courtney B. Vance).They immediately start bickering and fighting with eachother over their new situation and over what to do. That all stops when a bunch of soldiers in biohazards suits break in through the door, snatching Wendy and shooting Adrien in the shoulder. Josh goes in a recon mission and tries to get Wendy back, but he fails. All after seeing an on-site laboratory, more men in suits and Wendy trapped in some sort of criogenic state? Everything goes downhill from there on.Gens (Xavier Gens, director) tried to play on the exploration of the human psyche and did so quiet well for the most part. Once the characters realize they’re trapped in the basement and they’re going to die, violence ensues and keeps escalating up to the very end(murder, torture, mutilation, rape). Everyone slowly breaks down, physically and mentally deteriorates to the point of full-blown insanity. Continue reading