BEWARE THE MOON REVIEWS
I have no idea if I have mentioned it before, but I really really love a good cat and mouse horror movie, there being a chase, twists and turns and lots of tense scenes. This promised that, and it kind of delivered... 'A dark and atmospheric story of female friendship tested by deceit, betrayal and a terrifying past. Susan, outwardly confident and Becky, more fragile and shy, both in their late twenties, are inseparable friends. But both women have secrets they have not shared, some recent, some long past and deeply buried. When, on a weekend trip to Dartmoor, they encounter the charismatic Chris, they are led into a web of mind games, sexual deceit and betrayal. As Becky's traumatic involvement in Chris' own damaged past is revealed, a psychological journey swiftly becomes a fight for survival.' See, it sounds fun doesn't it?
Dartmoor Killing is an okay film, I put it on at like 9, so not late late night viewing as a lot of my bad reviews are, so I was expecting to actually watch this and pay full attention to it. Which I actually did do, and so did dad, even he was into it until he went to bed. It did have quite an intriguing feel to it, Chris was hot but creepy and you just knew there was something up with him. There was even a sinister tone towards Becky and Susan, one was all of a sudden shagging scary Chris and one was having flashes and seeing ghostly figures. There was a fair bit going on, and Chris was getting his end in in more ways than one, making it all the more interesting. He was having sneaky nightcaps with one, but wouldn't let her tell the other, then trying it on with the other, who might I add, was engaged. Naughty Chris.
This all sounds fun, and it made me want to carry on watching it, like it had my full attention...but sadly, it soon lost it. At some point through the film, I just lost the whole thing and wasn't really that bothered by it. I think it ended up following the same old cliches and some things in a way just didn't add up. I don't want to say too much, because, actually, there is quite a big twist, a big twist that leads from a few little twists and it is quite good. It's a bit out of nowhere and it literally went to the line and probably crossed it, as it is pretty messed up, but you don't see it coming. You definitely could not see it coming, there is no way you could even. Like it's so out of nowhere and so out of the blow, it's like the makers wanted to come up with something that no one would work out but also like they had just watched A Serbian Film and found inspiration from the twists in that.
Dartmoor killing is an okay film. It starts out pulling you in but then I lost it and by the end of it, wasn't too bothered by any of it really. Give it a go if you want, you won't feel like you've wasted an hour and a half, but you might feel a bit like you should have watched something else. Your choice. (That makes it sound really dramatic, it's not, it does not feel like a punishment at all...).
As you may of guessed, if you have ever read this website or even had a glance, I am a massive horror fan. I love anything horror, literally anything, or so I thought... Two of the biggest things of last year and, one has come back this year just as big, are The Exorcist and Outcast, both horror TV shows. I was thrilled, more horror on my TV, yes please I thought! But I didn't like either... Literally could not get into either of them.
I watched The Exorcist years ago because it was a classic and a lot of people say 'it was the scariest thing I have ever seen', and so on.. And I hated it, like in the sense I would dress up as Regan for a party or such, but I would not watch it again, unless someone paid me or needed someone to watch it with. Damn, I'm such a nice person when it comes to horror films... I just don't like the film. I didn't find it scary, or disturbing like I was told or expecting - it's a classic, and a good costume but that's as far as my relationship goes with this film, much like the TV show of it too.
I had heard such great things about the show, so I thought I might love it - even though possession films aren't my favourite... but still, it's horror. I sat down, turned it on, and hated pretty much every second. I just could not keep interested by it, I watched the entire series, the entire thing, and I still did not like it.
I know what you're saying, I hated it but yet I still watched it all, well, I wanted to like it, I really really did. I had heard such good things about it, and especially as it was to do with the horror genre, nah, just didn't get it. There were parts that were good though, like the make up and gore are pretty good. The possession going into full demon is very good, the cast is good but yet, I could just not get into it. Pretty much like the film of it...
Outcast is a bit different compared to The Exorcist, it didn't really come from anything, like a film or such, no one had anything to compare it to, but it still got some very good write ups and reviews on it. So, I read these reviews, and they all said 'what horror fans have always wanted!', or similar, and I looked at myself and thought, I'm a horror fan, I will like this... Nope. This one, like The Exorcist, has its moments, it's tense, it's got good make up and effects and acting, and I love Philip Glenister, so I did want to like this, but I just couldn't get it. I tried so so hard, but I just didn't care for the story, or the characters, much like The Exorcist.
So, by this point I am losing it with horror TV shows, which is very very sad, because a really long horror that is good sounds perfect to me.. But, but, Netflix added Slasher recently, which is basically a slasher film over like seven hours or such... And it's good. Finally! Well, it's good, not amazing. I love slasher films, as you know, and this is a massive slasher film, just a bit less corny... But that is for a whole other list I feel...
I've given up with these shows, end of. I'll stick to horror films.
Another late night Horror Channel movie, one that was included in their 'Slasher Season' - I was kind of excited. I love bad slasher films. 'A young college student desperate for tuition money moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan determines the house's location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life.' And this one did not let me down.
Girl House has it all with what a person looks for in a slasher film. Boobs, gore, deaths, bad acting, and more boobs. I don't watch it for the boobs, just FYI, but they do tend to come under the cliches of slasher films - and I am sure some watch them for boobies..
Even though it is full of cliches, it is actually a fairly enjoyable film, and did keep me watching. It's not one of those really corny films that you just can't stand to watch anymore, this is a corny film that has been made to be watched, a bit. Some might want to have it on in the background..
Which I used to do, until I decided I need to pay more attention, so my reviews would be more in depth...
You can pretty much see where this film is going and how it will end when you watch it, it follows the exact same storyline as most things and the same characters and the same villian. It has no twists and you can see the ending coming a mile away, but it's not horrible.
I think that might be in a way how much you see the film knows it's not a mastepiece, it won't win any awards, yet, it's not shot horribly and it doesn't look cheap. It's actually quite a well put together movie for a typical slasher film. Some films are just unwatchable, they are just that bad, but this, it's not a masterpiece and mentioned above, but it's fun and it keeps you going.
Girl House is simple and fun. It has no twists, it has all the slasher cliches and you will see the whole movie and characters coming - but after watching it you won't feel you've lost hours you won't ever get back. If you have a spare few hours, go for it, but I wouldn't say make time for it. It's good but not mind blowing - sorry Girl House.
This movie deserves a little pet on the head to be fair, (pet instead of pat, see what I did there?), it's a very clever little underrated movie to say the least. 'A psychological thriller about a man who bumps into an old crush and subsequently becomes obsessed with her, leading him to hold her captive underneath the animal shelter where he works. But what will the victim have in store for her captor?'
Pet is a pretty underrated movie, I spoke to my friend at work, and mentioned it and she had never heard of it, and she likes horror like me. I said to my parents about watching it, and they also had never heard of it, like not even seen a trailer for it. I had not even seen a trailer on it, I came across it on Youtube and then looked into it - but I soon stopped that as soon as I saw it included a massive twist. And I love a good twist.
Now, I watched this with both parents to start with, my mum then had to go to bed, so just my dad in the end, my mum going to bed mid way through it may say a little something about the film, but I shall get to that shortly. I know what you're thinking though, "You watched this with at least one parent, why is it under 'Reviews' and not 'Mum and Dad'?" Well, question asking people, I am putting it under Reviews because I am going to set it out a wee bit different to other reviews...
I am setting this review into two sections. The first, will be a spoiler free one. The second part, will be littered with spoilers. Why am I doing it like this, I also hear you ask? This film has some seriously clever little twists, and ones that I would cry if I spoilt for anyone, so here goes.
Spoiler free, part one.
Pet is a clever film. A very very clever film, that is when it gets going. I say when it gets going because it is a very slow film to begin with, like the first half hour could have been half the time at least, if not had even less time than that. It was just a lot of slow watching the characters, and getting to know them and their relationship, nothing wrong with that to start with, everyone likes to learn about characters and such, but this is a bit too much. Like the characters, again, to start with, are simple, Seth is the weird lonely guy who gets obsessed with the nice friendly girl, Holly and, of course, Holly has an angry ex boyfriend. It's all the cliche characters out of horror films, which I definitely felt didn't need the amount of time it was given in film. I would definitely say this film is as slow burner.
It's very slow and I feel it could have been cut down a lot for the first like 45 minutes. As I said to my mum when she asked about watching it, I said, technically, you probably could skip the first like 40-45 minutes and you won't really miss much, in my eyes anyway. Some might hate me for saying that and feel you need the build up. I feel you could have done with less, that's all, as soon as the film gets going in the second half - I am into it! This film gets so so so good. Like, I did not see anything coming that came, my mind was blown. The cliche are part of it, they lead you into the brilliant twists and with that old horror friend of a fake sense of security.
Pet is a slow film, until the end, and the end does kind of make up for the slowness of the rest.. that is all I can really say without spoiling it, so if you haven't watched it, go watch it now and come back when you have. If you have seen it, don't you even think of leaving, you can read on.
SPOILER SECTION, PART TWO. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ALL OF PET.
I loved the twist!! Dear God, it blew me away.
The fact that actually she is the one who likes to murder and is evil and he is trying to 'save her' from that and not that she's a slut or anything, NO WAY. She likes to murder and has murdered people, lots actually, and while Seth was stalking her, he saw her killing people. That's what he is trying to save her from! He's messed up, but is not the evil one out of the two of them at all. Well I say at all, he's not fully evil, he still stuck her in a cage and kept her there afterall, so that makes him a little evil...
And then it throws something else at you when she basically beats him, and then turns out she is off living a normal life with Eric again, but wait, he is cheating on her, and she picks up a knife.... But she doesn't do anything with it, has she changed and left her murdering ways behind her? NOPE. Seth is in the cage, they are 'in love' and he is horrifically mutilated - turns out she takes all her murdering anger out on him. Again, MIND WAS BLOWN. The ending of this film is just so damn clever, like I love these twists, I didn't see either coming and I don't think I have ever really seen a film that has a twist like this. One that completely flips an entire movies and changes it all. It's insane. Bravo. Bravo.
And you're safe.
Pet is a good film, a slow film but with a hell of a twist or two, I would say definitely watch this film, start at the beginning and give it a go. If you get too bored, skip to like 40 minutes in, and you'll have a whale of a time after that. A big blue whale.
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..