BEWARE THE MOON REVIEWS
I adore Alien, and I enjoy Aliens almost just as much, and I have seen the newer Alien films, so I thought, bugger it, I'll give this a go. Had heard bad things about it though, I thought some of it was said by my dad, but he didn't think he'd even seen it... "200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her battle against the aliens. Along with a crew of space pirates, Ripley must also prevent the deadly aliens from reaching Earth."
Alien Resurrection has good points and bad points, for an apparently bad film, it has some good points. One good point, the cast and characters, good mixture of both. And the characters cover pretty much every character you might have wanted. None of them you really dislike unless you are meant to, as in, they are a baddy...
Another good point, (see this little shit sandwich I am building here...?), is that they had a good reason for why Ripley is in it again, after her sad demise at the end of the last one.
Onto the bad notes... This film is kind of slow, like very slow at points. And the fact that you saw the Alien straight away, and they made one bigger too, which did not look as good as the normal Alien, and I like the look of the aliens.
They also may have, (I'm saying "may have" because no idea if it's a spoiler or not..), had another very different type of alien/creature that was fun but I didn't really feel added to anything. Not going to complain though, love a good creature even if it was not really that needed.
Onto the last part of this shit sandwich, something good, the gore is good, and I did like the story. The gore wasn't that original but enjoyable and the story is just fun and one you can get your teeth into.
Alien Resurrection is nothing on the first two, especially the first one, but it's still kind of fun and will pass the time... If not make you laugh a little on it's 90s ness...
The Canal seems to be one of those films that sounds better than it is. "A depressed and stressed film archivist finds his sanity crumbling after he is given an old 16mm film reel with footage from a horrific murder that occurred in the early 1900's." I liked the sound of it, but it really did not blow me away.
It's been a good week or so since I watched this, so I do have to be honest, I had to remind myself of it on Wikipedia, and reading about the film, it sounds fairly good. I had forgotten about the twist but it is probably one of the most predictable ones going, so it's not surprising. The story written out is actually a really good story. But I just didn't really like it on film, which is a very strange thing to say, very strange...
The Canal, to me, felt like it was trying too hard to be some sort of indie 90s feeling film, and some parts of it did feel like that. Certain scenes had 90s feeling, drug inducing feeling colours, and quick cuts from different angles, and the zooms, those damn zooms... Lots and lots of zooms.
These scenes didn't really add anything I felt, but then I wasn't a fan of most of this film so I feel a little biased even if they try and change it up a little...
I did like something else about this film though, not just the written story of it, some of the scenes including the ghostly figures and such, I felt were actually fairly creepy. The tension is set well, the figure is shown just enough to make it scary but also stay mysterious, and it's nice and dark, lighting wise. Those scenes were done very very well, unlike the rest of it... Sorry!
The Canal is an okay film, it has its scary moments but overall, they were the best parts. Lots of potential but a bit let down...
Hungerford was a film I had never heard of before and it sounded fairly good - I will also watch pretty much any horror film and at the time, this story took my fancy. "The lives of a group of teenagers are turned upside down when their town is taken over by sinister forces." It was a risky film though, low budget and found footage - could be really good and blow my mind, or the opposite...
Hungerford, I am sad to inform, in my eyes, went the complete opposite. One of the only things I really liked about this film, as mentioned above, is the story and concept of it. I liked the whole virus type thing turning people into living zombies who were just really angry with life - but the film just did not do it justice.
I feel super bad saying that, as people work so damn hard when it comes to making a movie, and it was done on a low budget too. People's hearts and souls go into a film and I feel so bad when I say anything bad, but I just couldn't get into this film as much as I had hoped.
I did like the effects in Hungerford, they seemed thought out and were well done for the budget, did not look bad at all, not like some low budget films I have seen. The found footage style of filming was a good choice as well, some of the shots really made you feel like you were also being chased by angry people. Any motion sickness sufferers here? Yeah, this one might not be for you - or at least take some tablets, you will need them...
One of the biggest problems I had with Hungerford was how dramatic the characters were, I know that there was a killer virus spreading and making people killers, but I just felt it was played out more dramatically than if there was a musical done with Shakespeare... I know you don't know exactly how people would react in this situation, but you get me, this isn't how I would expect it to be.
I give the makers and the people behind this film a massive well done, they put together a whole film, one that was released and one that made it onto Netflix, all more than I have ever done, so I do give out a massive congratulations to them for that. But this just did not do it for me, I am going to try The Darkest Dawn on Netflix, another film by the director - and again, I am sorry!!
I saw the trailer for this online, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to see it! "Six of the world's scariest psychopaths escape from a local Asylum and proceed to unleash terror on the unsuspecting crowd of a Halloween Funhouse, whose themed mazes are inspired by their various reigns of terror." The concept of this film sounds so damn corny and crap, and that is why I was so down to watch it - thank you Netflix, you hero!
Funhouse Massacre is definitely as you'd expect it, it's corny, gory and the characters are not the smartest - have they never seen Scream and know that you don't have sex in a horror film?!
Just the whole idea of killers killing people off in a haunted house and those type of attractions is brilliant - so damn good. Majority of the beginning of the film consists of the characters saying "damn, doesn't that look real" and the irony was, most of it by that point, was real. Damn, bet there would be a few serial killers watching this wishing they had thought of it - could literally get away with murder... Bit like Halloween really, so much blood and so many costumes... Not that I often think about when the best time for a murder to be is.
The gore in this film also made me happy, it's that type of gore that is over the top and doesn't always look the best - but you know it doesn't take itself too seriously. I loved the gore, it seemed like they wanted to come up with the most ridiculous deaths with the most blood, and just shoved it in. Each and every kill is pretty bloody, it never ceases to keep me happy with the blood and the guts - let me tell you that.
I would happily watch Funhouse Massacre again, happily, it's not going to win any awards and isn't even that well known - but it never makes you feel like it's something it's not. You know from the start it's a bad movie, or one that knows it's not that good, but the idea of it is just a dream. The killers are all individuals and kind of like similar knock offs of the ghosts out of Thirteen Ghosts, just less serious and not dead - but you get my point.
You should for sure watch this, it's a fun horror film, with blood and a few laughs here and there, and it'll pass the time. Nice and simple.
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..