BEWARE THE MOON REVIEWS
Know what really makes me happy? People trusting me enough to send me their horror films to review. And you know what else I really love? Short horror films. Short horror films are special in the way they really have to thought about and in depth to fit everything the film maker wants into such a short amount of time. That is just what Marcos Cordas gave me the honour of doing, he recently sent me his latest short to watch, and I loved it! "A relationship gone awry evolves into a mysterious disappearance, which two teens must solve to find their missing friend."
Kurusu Serapio is a found footage film, that fitted into just six minutes is a full story, one that covers mystery, witchcraft and relationships – whether it be the relationships that are frowned on. Within six minutes is a story of friends trying to help another, who is falling into a very deep hole of trouble, and it is covered, everything is covered, it is not rushed, you are left wanting more. Questions are answered and really, once it’s over and you watch the credits until the end, (make sure you do!), you want more.
As I mentioned before, this is a found footage film, which I do feel people tend to sometimes roll their eyes at and get out their torches and pitchforks as they really don’t like them, especially if you suffer with motion sickness, but don’t worry! You can leave all your motion sickness medicine at home, Marcos has you covered! The found footage footage in Kurusu Serapio are ideal. It feels real when you are watching the found footage parts, (small sections are done like a normal film), the filming is all very clear and easy to watch, and none of it makes the room start to spin, yeah, looking at you, Avatar...
I really was a big fan of Kurusu Serapio, everything was covered in the short amount of time, but it also left you wanting more, it’s set out with very clear time stamps, and everyone loves a mystery – and this does mysterious very very well. Not only do I love it, but others do as well, as Kurusu Serapio has been featured in numerous festivals such as Terror Cordoba and AM Egypt and is also part of the compilation film, Chunks of Horror. I’ll leave the link below to Chunks of Horror if you would like to watch, which you should, actually, I highly recommend you go and watch it – NOW. GO! https://vimeo.com/ondemand/chunksofhorror
Guess what?! I got new wireless headphones for the gym, ones that cut out most of the sound around me so I can now hear the horror films I am watching while there! Great news, right?! I also secretly got them because I was fearful for my phones life. On numerous occasions I would catch the wire leading from my headphones to my phone and the phone would go flying and the headphones would rip out of my ears - literally as dramatic as I made it sound...
I chose to watch Murder Party originally as it seemed to have a simple story line to it, and at that point, I needed subtitles, so I wanted simple in case I missed anything. I have to admit, I couldn't get into it at first, I just didn't really like the feel to it, so at that moment in time, I changed film. I always make an effort to try and go back to a film if I am not feeling it to start with, just FYI, so I had planned to go back. Other people mentioning it on twitter made me go back to it sooner... A thread on Twitter was asking for people to note down gems of horror films that not everyone would know, and low and behold, Murder Party appeared, not once, but numerous times to be fair. I had to go back, and I did. "A man gets a random invitation to a Halloween party, and when he arrives he finds he's the guest of honour at his very own gut-wrenching murder."
I have to say, Murder Party wasn't a stand out film for me, it definitely has it good parts, but also its bad parts, and I also still wasn't all into it, even right at the end I feel.
I liked the idea of the story, and I loved the gore, I am not even going to go down the route of "it's good for the budget", this gore is good for any budget. And me being an FX makeup fan, so much inspiration came from it. Someone falls and hits their head and they end up with a damn nice looking hole in the head. I also had the fun time of watching one of the final acts of the scene while on the cross fit trainer in a fairly crowded gym - guess what happens when you do that? You catch someone trying to see what you're watching right at the moment a chainsaw is slicing a persons face into two, such fun. Serves the person right for being nosey, I would have happily have told them all about it had they asked... Even though I am not a fan of talking to people while working out... I am going off subject again, the main thing I want to say here, is that I loved the gore in Murder Party.
It was just very over the top but actually pretty realistic looking, just the way I like it.. (Even though I like pretty much any gore...).
Murder Party definitely gives you some interestinggggggg characters, like super damn weird ones, but then again, I thought it was weird when Christopher turned up at the party and hadn't even told anyone where he was going - who does that?! And who goes to a random party anyway, the invite just shows up and no one you know had done it, but you go anyway?! Nooooooo. I did like the dog though, that was a cute dog...
I did get confused at the end though, with something to do with fires and burns, but I don't want to spoil anything, so that's all I am saying. Overall, Murder Party was not the gem I had heard about and I wouldn't jump to watch it again, but it passed the time while I was at the gym, so I am happy.
Ah, man, what is this film doing to me!? Making Zack from the Suite life into some crazy person - trying to ruin Disney for me, are ya?! "An idealistic, straight-edge teacher is drawn down a horrid rabbit hole by an honors student when he gives him a B+ on a paper." I grew up on that show and with Dylan and Cole Sprouse and now I'm watching one of them being an evil little brat - and I actually had a really good time!
I watched this, yet again, when I was at the gym, and I tell you why I knew I was into it, I actually watched it all. And by that, I mean I wasn't people watching out the windows. If I'm not into a film, I tend to look a lot out the window and watch all the cars, or the people, or just wishing I could cuddle the dogs I see walking past... This film, none of that happened, I was well and truly in this film. This film did exactly what it said on the tin, exactly, I watched it for the story line and that's exactly what I got. A simple little film that has one of the most annoying villains. Woooooo. Just what the doctor ordered.
I really liked this film, like really liked it, I like a film that makes me hate the characters, that makes me shocked even though I had already guessed what was happening, and one that can keep me entertained the whole time. It was also one of those great films where you are with the main character, who is the victim, in this case Mr Butler, and you know he's telling the truth, BUT NO ONE ELSE DOES. GODDAMN IT, PEOPLE. No one else believes him until it's too late. It's always too late!
I also really really hated Lucas, he was one of the most annoying brats, and hey, I would have done the same as Mr Butler, don't give brats what they want! Never ever - unwritten rule of life I feel, like when you ring a doorbell, and you step back a step - just like that.
God, I hated Lucas. I was so adamant that he shouldn't get the grades he wanted, like so I wanted nothing more at that time than for him to fail at school, and I feel that makes a great villain. One that really really gets to you. I was also into the film itself, it was tense, it had a good and easy to follow storyline, and easy to keep up with characters - I was happy. Very happy. Nice and simple review right there!
Now before you get too excited, I haven't had the exciting opportunity to go and watch the new Escape Room before it even hits the cinemas here in February. Turns out, there is another film about an escape room and people trying to escape, that is also called Escape Room, that came out last week on Netflix... "Four best friends test their intelligence when an escape room they participate in takes a dark and twisted turn."
I liked this, I really like cat and mouse films and films like this are pretty much that down to a Tee. I loved the idea of the film, the way that it makes something that is looked on as a fun little thing, into something quite deadly. And really, when you think about it, escape rooms are deadly. You're playing money to get locked in a room, and try and work out puzzles - really, you're sitting ducks. Not to put a downer on something that most people are a huge fan of though - no one really wants to murder anyone like this in an escape room! Too much hard work I would say...
I liked the story of this film, but it was quite simply done. The characters are very very simple, like stereotypical characters - two are horny, one is the leader, of course you get the damsel in distress, along with the smart one and the goth and all sorts. All pretty much set out as characters you expect to see. The horny ones even go one step further and try and have sex in every room they can get their hands on - even when people are watching and they know it and not in a kinky sort of way - in a friends trying to see clues in the room through the window and the horny ones are in said room. The order of deaths kind of follow the order of characters too, and what I mean by that, is the leader doesn't die first, but the horny ones don't last - pun fully intended. I'll say that as a clue but without giving any spoilers of the rest of the film away.
I didn't hate Escape room as a wh0le, I actually quite liked the film to be fair - up until the ending. That ending, oh boy. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boyyyyyyy. Up until the ending, both me and dad were enjoying this film, both said it wasn't the best, but it was still an enjoyable film to sit through. The ending lost it any hope of becoming a classic in our household...
Obviously, being that I like my reviews to be spoiler free, I will not say what happens in the ending, what I will do though, is tip toe around the spoiler parts, or try to anyway. I will just say that the ending felt like someone wanted to make it a cliff hanger, maybe room for a sequel, but didn't really know what cliff hanger to use or even how to do a good one. What you're left with in the end is just an ending that finishes, it just goes black and both me and dad said damn, what was that. Both had ideas in our head of how the ending may have gone, even the most obvious ones, but none were used, sadly. Any would have been better than the ending used I feel. Probably still wasn't as bad as the ending of the remake of The War of The Worlds though... Great film, awful ending.
I shall end this on a high though, all about the shit sandwich, the rest of the film was entertaining and I don't feel you'd regret watching it. Woo!
I hold my hands up with this film - I boo booed. I actually watched Annihilation a good few months back, but I never reviewed it as I didn't think it was a horror! I just put it down as more a sci-fi/thriller... It was only when I started seeing it floating around in lots of peoples 'Top horror films of 2018' that I realised I'd missed out on a review. So, here goes, better late than never as they always say... "A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply."
I have to say, I really was not that blown away by Annihilation. I liked the idea and the story of it but I just was not that into it. I definitely didn't find it scary or creepy as I had heard from others, and I felt I lost the story and fell out of it part of the way through and only really got back into it when a creature came along - onto that soon. I also found myself not really being bothered about whether Lena finds her husband or not...
One thing I did like about Annihilation though, and probably, in my opinion, the best thing about it was the effects. The scenery is pretty breathtaking and is made and put together seamlessly, but what's even better, are the creatures hidden in the forest. What with the giant crocodile creature that comes out of nowhere, but the one that really brings it home with the creepiness is the screaming bear! One of the characters goes a bit coo coo, kidnaps the rest of the characters and ties them up, but mid way they are interrupted by human screams that seem to be coming from outside. Turns out, the screams are actually coming from a bear like creature that has some type of uncovered skull as a face and everytime it opens its mouth, a human scream of "Help", rings out. Creepy as hell, but I loved it - needed more of that damn bear! But was the bear actually calling for help, or was it just a trap... hmmm?
Overall, I wasn't the biggest fan of this film, I watched it a few months ago as mentioned, but I have not felt the need to go back and re-watch it since - apart from finding the bear on Youtube a few times, as that part is actually genius. As I said, I liked the effects, the gore and the deaths - all the nice and friendly stuff - but I really wasn't into it. I have an idea though, someone should make a full length film about the creatures though - mainly the bears.
Isn't it weird I am currently watch the film Paddington...
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..