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Damn, I had high high hopes for this film, being that I loved the first one and couldn't wait to watch the second... saying that though, it took me a good year or so to watch it. "A video artist looking for work drives to a remote house in the forest to meet a man claiming to be a serial killer. But after agreeing to spend the day with him, she soon realizes that she made a deadly mistake."
The first Creep was a breath of fresh air I thought, and had a charm to it - normally jump scares are bad in a film but this film works off them. It's a personal hand held camera, found footage film, that will try and make you jump all the time. Would Creep 2 keep up with my love for the films - of course it did! It follows a very original story while kind of following the original story - let me explain that very confusing sentence...
It uses the original story, of someone going to film Aaron after he posted an advert online, the way this one differs is Sara is doing it for YouTube account and I really liked that idea, so damn much. I also loved how it started, I won't say it all as it's better if you don't know what's coming, but it really reminds you of what you were in for with the first film. It really took you back to what happened in Creep and I was super duper excited for it all a sudden!
Creep and Creep 2 are films that make you stressed out, so damn stressed that I was sweating, sweating I tell you! Both films work off scaring you in ways that normally horror films try and stay away from...cheap jump scares. Creep 2 has one whole scene of Sara walking through the woods looking for Aaron, it's tense. In other scenes she will walk through a door and Aaron will just jump out and scream in her face, simple right? Simple but scares that in a lot of other films wouldn't work, but in these films it works so damn well, it goes with the whole amateur filming of it. It's done on one camera and the simple scares suits the simple camera work and the simple film making.
I've realised I've used the word simple a lot in this review, simple is not a bad thing in anyway, it's a breath of fresh air sometimes, you can go from a film with lots of CGI to this and you'd love it.
I love both these films, they are just charming and easy to watch while also stressing you out more than you thought you ever could. Creep 2 isn't as good as the first one I thought, I feel that is just down to the fact that the first was new and I had no idea what I was in for. This one I had an idea, but it is still entertaining and still just fun to watch - I'd definitely and happily watch it again... I'll make sure not to have my cat on my lap this time though...he nearly ended up on the ceiling when I jumped last time...
Super exciting news, I was sent a new short horror film to review, for my eyes only and it hasn't even been released yet! See, told you, super exciting, right?! It's also a short horror film and you know how much I love those!
The short horror film is called Tapes, "4 people are playing a antic and deadly game. Greedy for money, they're playing one by one the cards who can realise their dreams true or stealing their future".
Tapes is directed and written by two very talented people, Nelson Luppi and Mathias Roch; Nelson Luppi being who sent me the film in the first place. Damn, these two are good together, like Cannon and Ball, or Chip and Dale. I always feel short horror films are tricky to make to start with, due to the time limit and just that you can't drag them out as much as you would a normal horror film, but that did not stop Tapes. Tapes has pretty much no speaking in it at all, and hardly any music, it is also all filmed in the same location the whole time, round a table and only has three characters. Know the saying less is more? This film has that to a T.
The lack of sound in this film is actually really inviting, the game they are playing uses dice and they play it on a big thick wooden table. Little things that don't normally mean much or that you wouldn't really take much notice of - in this film, you take notice. The dice on the table as they are rolled make this great sound, and you can hear so clearly the clicking of the wooden cards on the table - don't even get me started on the creepy sound of the unknown being in the dark when a player seems to lose. Similar to the sound out of The Grudge but more subtle I would say, I cleared my whole living room out and paused everything to listen and you need to too. The sounds in this movie make it, you can feel them down your spine, you could say it makes your spine-tingle... Get it...? He, he....
I know I mentioned a lot about the sound, but obviously what you're watching too means a lot, and it works well. There are only three actors, all brilliant, all very good with long shots, (there are a few long shots, with no cuts - that I feel should be used in horror movies more often.), and the location never changes. The whole nine minutes you are watching the table, in a pitch black room, and a few shots are just staring ahead, never moving - the dark background is a killer too, no idea what is hiding in it. Tapes uses a few close ups too, showing just the eyes and you have to make up what you think will happen through the actors eyes and the sound - damn I made up a lot of monsters that I thought would appear in this and that was just from sound and expressions - impressive!
I really did like how Tapes ends, but I don't want to say it as I don't want to ruin it, so I am just going to say, it ties it up in a nice little bow but also leaves you in the dark... Pretty good if you're like my mum who likes an ending that just ends and is tied up neatly, Tapes kind of covers all endings really.
Tapes is a great little film, it's thought out really well, it uses all your senses while taking part of one away, and it's scary - it leaves you in the unknown. It's a very clever gem and one that I am so happy will hopefully be getting the recognition it deserves. Check it out when it's out!
Tapes is produced by Highelvetia and (hopefully I have), if I have sold it to you and you want more, go check their Facebook for more information: facebook.com/highelvetia or their website, www.highelvetia.ch and www.nelsonluppi.com for more on the directors.
Well, well, hasn't this review been fun. I am very sorry, as some may have seen I did film a whole video on me reviewing it, but damn, it didn't work. No idea what went wrong but some of the footage decided to freeze up on a very attractive shot of me but with the footage still playing. Having cut out the footage that wouldn't play ball, there was hardly any footage left so here I am again, writing.
Just FYI, there is a video coming on The Meg trailer, (yes, THAT trailer), as I do like making videos... And for now, I will just write this review out, it was never meant to be a video apparently... "After her young son is killed in a tragic accident, a woman learns of a ritual which will bring him back to say goodbye, but when she disobeys a sacred warning, she upsets the balance between life and death."
The Other Side of the Door is not bad film at all, it's really not. What it is though, is a massive cliche, this film is pretty much cliche after cliche, apart from the actual storyline, which is actually pretty original in some ways. It really takes the whole idea of the reflection in a mirror, with spirits and such being on the other side of it to a whole new level. This uses a door, a door you can talk to and whoever you want will talk back, but obviously, you can't open it - that would all make it way too easy.
This is probably the least cliche part of the film, the rest is good, but you can sometimes see parts coming. The son's death I also didn't see coming, the way he died I mean, I knew he died, but how he died I did like - not in a weird way though! It was unexpected and also heartbreaking at the same time. I'm not going to say how he died though, as I have no idea if it counts as a spoiler or not... Guess you'll either have to watch it or Google it, won't you...
One thing The Other Side of the Door did do well was its scares, I hate to admit it, but I was a little bit stressed watching it, due to its kind of out of nowhere jumps. Damn dead kids and dead bodies, just popping out of nowhere. It wasn't just jumps though, they did the whole looking at the back of someones head, only for them to appear behind the person, scare - you know the one. It does feel creepy for some of it, but hey, serves Maria right for opening the door when she was told not to... Creepy is good, I think it is even better than jump scares to be fair - creepy stays with you after a film. This one wasn't creepy on that stage, but it still did well.
The Other Side of the Door is a fairly safe horror film, it follows a lot of rules story wise, and cliche wise, character also doesn't do as she is told and things go wrong - but hey, what kind of film would this be if she did everything by the rules?! It's a good film, won't blow your mind but it'll keep you entertained for an hour or so. Nothing to lose..
In exciting news: NEW VIDEO IS UP.
So I have finally done it, I have finally filmed a proper Youtube review video! Go check it, Youtube name is Meg Murder, like and subscribe and let me know what you think - promise they will get better, still learning, ya'll!
I first saw this film on some top ten article list, maybe of classic trailers or so, but anyway, I saw it on there and it looked not too shabby. So when I saw it was on the TV, obviously, I'm going to watch it. "In the small town of Cherry Falls, a psychotic murderer is killing off the virgins of the local high school.".
Now, what to say about this film? The concept is one of the semi weirdest concepts I have ever heard of - weird in the way there are a few holes with it - hehe... The main hole being the main idea of the film, the murderer goes after virgins, virgins. Funny story as well, I went on a date a few nights ago, and ended up discussing this hole - well, I say discussed it was mainly me saying about it as I get way too excited about anything horror related. Anyway, the hole that I am talking about? How does the murderer know who is a virgin?!
Are they just going off rumours and gossip about who are still virgins or is he somehow testing? Even so, you can't really test it. Now, I don't want to go into any graphic details about the body and sex and so, this isn't a science lesson after all, but I do know that girls tend to have some sort of covering called the Hymen when they are virgins, but this can be broken in numerous different ways - none of which are sexual. This was tested in the Green Inferno with a knife - a scene that still makes me flinch - but still, this can be broken in other none sexual ways. Guys on the other hand, no idea how you can tell they are virgins - none. Pretty sure you can't tell.
This all backs my point as to how the killer knew they were going after virgins, without going around asking or guessing by rumours, how would they have known?! Hmmmm, penny for your thought right there...
I feel like I have massively gone off on one and was trying to be a science teacher right then, but I am back, back to the actual film anyway. I'll be honest, this film is okay, it's nothing really special but it's not awful. The sex part was where most of my brain cells went to to be fair, but I enjoyed the film.
It felt a bit like a more serious, less popular Scream to be fair, as in same scenery really, same characters, same story in some ways, just less entertaining.
I would probably watch Scream over this any day to be fair... It's not awful but this or Scream? SCREAM.
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..