BEWARE THE MOON REVIEWS
Now, what do I say about a film that is called Shark Lake, and has Dolph Lundgren as the lead... All I can really say, is it is so bad, but so bad it's fun. "Idyllic Lake Tahoe becomes a bloodbath when man-eating sharks go on the rampage. With the body count rising, the exotic species dealer responsible for releasing the sharks returns to help clean up the mess."
I shall be honest, I am not sure what to say about Shark Lake. It pretty much does what it says on the tin and is exactly what you expect. It's corny. The acting is not Oscar worthy. But it is fun as hell.
Fun fact, I bought it for £2.50 but ended up watching it on TV on a Sunday evening with my mum - of course, most of the gore was cut out, well, I assume there was gore.
I had a great time watching this, mum even made me pause it when she went out the room. I love Dolph Lundgren and I love sharks, and this combines both into some cheese fest that is happily shown at 2pm on a Sunday...
You won't be blown away, at all, but you'll have fun. I would recommend watching this with a group of people, and just watch bad films - that'll make your year and I would be very jealous... I wanna do that now..
Know what really makes my whole life? Someone giving me the honour of watching and reviewing their film. That is exactly what actor and director Ryan Kruger did, Ryan contacted me and asked me if I would like to watch and review his short film Fried Barry - currently post production of being made into a feature film. I, of course, jumped at the chance... "Barry is a drug-addled, abusive bastard who - after yet another bender - is abducted by aliens. Barry takes a backseat as an alien visitor assumes control of his body and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town. What follows is an onslaught of drugs, sex and violence as our alien tourist enters the weird and wonderful world of humankind. FRIED BARRY is based upon the short film of the same name, which earned 57 official selections and 12 wins at festivals around the world."
The above description is about the feature length film off IMDB, which is based off the short film that I watched, the short does not show all of that, but what it does show really gets you wanting more... For three minutes, Fried Barry fits in a lot even though, really, you don't get to see a lot. Only staying in the same setting for most of the time, and with one character, Barry, Fried Barry intrigues you, makes you feel like are in for one hell of a ride, and really leaves you wanting more.
During the short, you see Barry not having the best time, he screams, he fidgets, and he just looks in pain and like he hasn't had a good meal or bath for a good few months. You're lost, not really sure what is going on, but it really pulls you in. It is shot so well, even the intro is very professional looking, and every angle is clearly thought out and planned. It is an insanely dirty feeling short, the scenery, Barry, everything about it really sets a gritty, dirty tone, and one that you really don't envy Barry being in.
My favourite part though, the end, not because I wanted it to be over, the opposite, I wanted more, but the ending really opens up the film. You start seeing Barry change, just little glimmers of what you and Barry are in for with the feature film - and it's so great. He's tongue starts the transition off, followed by bulging eyes and more.
I had a great time watching this, I love good old dirt and grossness in films, and this really had a feeling of that. Did I love the short? Yes. Will I be seeing the feature? Hell yes.
I shall link the short, so you can go watch it, and if you don't, YOU FOOL.
No no, this isn't a horror movie about Wales, or Fireman Sam. What this is is a genius little underrated gem. "A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in."
Can you imagine a zombie/virus film, without actually really seeing anything and most of the tension and most of the film, saying that, is all done with sound and with only a few main characters the whole time? Well here it is, and does it work? Hell yes. It really does. I had heard good reviews about, very few ones though, and I stand by them, it's a good one.
Pontypool really shows you how much sound can work for you, and how much sound means to films and TV. Tension is made by the sound, and this is shown in Pontypool. For most of the film, all the tension is created by what you are hearing on the radio and from calls coming into the radio station, and it works. It works so damn well. It's like a big science lesson, on just how effective sound is in horror films, and just back the idea that if you mute a horror film, it does lose a lot of its tension. This film basically proves that sound pretty much make a film!
Oh, and the black and white scenes, are so weird but so clever and out of the blue!
Honestly, I loved this film. It's just so different to other films, I have not really seen any film this original in quite a while. I did get a little confused, but I googled it, and worked it out, and still loved it. Me getting confused did not take anything away from how much I really did like this film, and I really recommend it to anyone, anyone as if you're a bit of a scaredy cat - you could probably handle this.
I'll test its scaring power on mother soon...
I watched Piercing as I did not know what I fancied, horror wise, and this was short and I was intrigued, very very intrigued. "A man kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service, and kill an unsuspecting prostitute." See, the storyline does sound very intriguing...
Piercing did not go the way I was expecting, at all, and it kind of put me off it, if I have to be honest. It starts out very well, it has old, around the 70s style, adverts and production footage, such as Tarantino likes, at the beginning - which I love. Takes me right back to how good the intermission scenes and adverts are during Grindhouse. Even the movie posters use that same theme, damn, I really wanted to like this film! It then opens to Reed and his wife, pretty much normal, apart from he is really into the idea of booking a prostitute, pretending he is on a business trip, and killing her. He has it all planned out too, all written down - which, to be fair, does not seem like the smartest idea, good old written down evidence and all....
One of my favourites parts of this film, and there aren't that many as I started not really liking this film at parts, but one of my favourites is right at the beginning. Reed basically mimes out the whole murder, as if the poor girl is there. You see him grab her by her invisible hair, and slit her invisible throat, and even with added sound effects, such as thuds. It's so well done and something I had never really seen before. I really liked it.
I also really liked the soundtrack to it, probably one of the best movie soundtracks to be fair. Seems like it shouldn't have fitted, but it really really did.
Notice the shit sandwich I am creating here? I liked this film...at the start, but then I lost it half way through it, and I feel it just took a turn that I didn't really want. I liked all the twists in it, and there are a fair few, but the ending just did not do it for me. This is obviously my opinion, due to the fact this has won film festival awards, but I just wanted more, and for me, I just felt it didn't go anywhere. I just was left staring at the screen, wishing it had been more OOMPH. If that even is a thing.
On a plus note though, I did highly like the special effects, nice and natural and not over the top, which suited it.
Other than those, I really did not like Piercing. It was very original, but just didn't have enough for me to really enjoy it. I won't say why, as I don't want to give the ending away, but I just expected more.
Ah, so I see you have seen the film too! Any thoughts? Either that or you're just not that bothered on spoilers for it - you silly person. Welcome to my review, with lots and lots of thoughts and spoilers. Turn back now if you haven't seen it - last chance... "A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them."
I LOVED THIS FILM. So so much. So much so I want to watch it all over again, especially the more I read into it, and the more I realized what little things I missed. As I have so many thoughts, I think I will put them all in a bullet point type list, will I miss some out though? Bet you I do...
1. The Ending. I feel I shall start here as I have something to say about that twist. It wasn't as big as I was expecting, and is an ending I can see people working out or even guessing. I did like it though, and I did not work it out at all. My ending idea was that us normal ones, were going to slowly become them, and would switch places with the tethered - I guess I was on to the right lines in some ways. I got that idea from how Adelaide was walking and acting at the end, during the big fight scene, and as far as I know, that was her tethered side showing it's ugly face - maybe. I liked the ending though, I thought it was set up very well throughout the film, even with little clues, and it did help tie things up. The fact that even the real Adelaide's voice was covered in the twist, and why she was so scary sounding, but also how she fitted in with the other tethered - incredible. It was all thought out!
2. The Tethered. I found them creepy as hell, honestly, I was shitting it. They look the same, but also so different, and I really cannot work out why they look so different. I feel maybe they have fainter/less eyebrows, but I still have no idea. They just stand and smile and they even have traits of the normal person, such as running or just being an ass, like the families friend, Josh, who is killed. I loved them, and I actually would say they might be my favourite villains of the year - easily. Terrifying. And Adelaide's voice - daaaaaaaamn, and her smile - and when I say Adelaide, I mean, the real one...
3. Bloody guy. This one is a bit out of the blue, but was one of my main questions from the film. Who was the guy who Jason saw on the beach? The homeless looking guy who has blood dripping from his hand and why he was standing there. I had to Google this, and I love who he is when you know it. It's not obvious at all, and that's so great as you should get it the more times you see it... He is the first tether to kill their doppelganger, and he is the guy the family see as they reach the beach, and also the guy who Adelaide sees when she was younger before she got lost- I think. He is standing in that position as he is starting the line of tethers! Clever right?!
4. Rabbits. Are they a food supply, and is that because they have lots of sex? That's what I have read mostly, and Adelaide does say how they ate cold rabbit flesh. I then also read how it's the whole down the rabbit hole type thing, but I understand the food supply more... Turns out, there are a lot of theories...
5. Talking of theories. There are a lot, pretty much only the ending is set in stone, most other things are down to your own judgement - which I love. My dad will hate that though when he sits down to watch it... Lots of theories, and lots of images that would be picked up in films studies. I used to do film studies at school, and teachers pick up on anything, such as a colour or shadows. Us has a hell of a lot of those, some of which are really really smart! Bravo!
6. One question that came into my head a lot, Red had planned this whole thing out, for what I assume was years maybe, lets just say a very long time, but after all that time, why did she decide on them all wearing sandals?! Rest of the outfit, great, but sandals, probably the hardest shoes to do anything in, let alone stalk and kill someone. Just a little question...
I feel these are most of my points and thoughts I had on this film, without this review being very very long... Overall, I loved Us. On the surface, it's a creepy film that keeps you on the edge of your seat, but pull back that top layer and you get a whole load of lovely little extras. Little clues such as Adelaide's reactions to the tethered, and white clothing going to red. Even the line they stand in is thought out and means something, but not just one meaning, even the song to do with the charity at the time, links in. So clever! Jordan Peele, bravo, I need more, please keep it up. All I can say, is I want to watch this over and over again, and I feel you should too - go now. Honestly, this is now one of my new favourite horror films.
Now just to get the parents to watch it...
HOLY SHIT BALLS. It took me a few months, and a hard time skipping over any spoilers, but I did it, I made it this far, spoiler free, and I have finally watched Us! "A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them."
I have to say, as much as I hate expecting anything as it can easily lead to fails, I expect a lot when something is horror related and the master, Jordan Peele's name to it. Because, let's be fair, Get Out set the bar high, followed by a pretty damn good take on The Twilight Zone and the trailer to Us did not disappoint. I was hooked.
I started watching this when it was dark and I was home alone, which is a very normal thing for me to do, I tend to watch them before bed... But I have to say, Us was doing a great job of creeping me out. Us does not go just on jump scares, there are a few, none cheap, but it mainly scares you just with tension and also the tethered, as they are called. They are so damn creepy. You look at them, and they look different, yet, the same, and I just couldn't work out why they looked so frightening. The fact that they don't talk, and just like to stand and watch, nahhhhhh. And the other fact that they are pretty much you, and know you and what your next move is. Us shows this so well, due to the fact the doppelgangers show little parts of the actual persons personality, but in a super dark way. Good luck trying to fight them... Really makes you think, doesn't it? Just how creepy and weird would mine be, as me normal likes to watch horror films like a bedtime story...
I went months without hearing any spoilers about this film, and so I am most certainly not spoiling it for anyone else, that means, I won't be mentioning the twist or any spoilers or anything close to spoilers, at all. I feel due to that, this review might just be me telling you how much I enjoyed this film, and to go and watch it, and then to go and Google and Youtube it...
That is literally what I have been doing, reading little easter eggs and watching videos basically all with the same titles, "Breaking down Us", or "Things you might have missed in Us". And honestly, I am loving life.
To look at, this film is class, and it's scary, when you watch it the first time round, that's what it is, with an added twist. But when you look into it, it is so much more than that, so much more. To the point I am not giving this film enough credit by not mentioning it all, but I can't due to not wanting to spoiler it.
Just decided, I am going to do two reviews, spoiler free, this one, and filled with spoilers, my next one! Done.
This film is great, I was scared, not to the point I couldn't sleep, but I did make sure all the doors and windows were locked a few times...
I would say I liked it so much, it could be in my top five faves... You need to see it. Better than Get Out? That's hard. Both are very smart and Jordan Peele is a genius, but maybe a little bit, only because this one actually made me nervous, and Get Out didn't really...
Now, go and watch it, and come back and read my filled with spoilers review, with all my thoughts, when it is up! GO NOW.
Not to give any of this review away before you've even read it, but I really did not like this film... "One night, Sarah's young son disappears into the woods behind their rural home. When he returns, he looks the same, but his behavior grows increasingly disturbing. Sarah begins to believe that the boy who returned may not be her son at all."
I remember when this first came out, and people were saying it was scary and terrifying, and I made a mental note to watch it - that is a lesson in life. Do not go by other people's opinions on films and TV! I hands down disagree with this film being scary and/or terrifying, but again, that is my opinion.
This is going to be a short little review, as I feel bad saying I don't like The Hole in the Ground to start with, let alone adding onto that fact any more. I feel it is not a bad film at all, it's well done, but it just didn't pull me in, nor did I think it went anywhere. I'M SORRY! I just didn't really like it...
Do people not pick up when their child isn't themselves straight away though?! A kid in a film could literally be the devil and the parents would not have a clue...
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..