BEWARE THE MOON REVIEWS
Kind of fun little story involving this movie and my life. This movie has popped up so damn often in my life! It was on Netflix for ages, then it was on TV and then without realising, I bought it in CEX... It was meant to be. "A crew of coal miners becomes trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another."
Oh god, people are going to hate me for saying this next part, but I can't lie; I liked this and I liked it more than The Descent! Shocking. I mention The Descent as it is a similar storyline and follows similar ideas, but unlike The Descent, I actually liked this film, a fair bit actually.
I watched this with my dad, and Sam goes down to watch her and join her dad on his last day at work - I said to my dad, outright, if he worked as a minor, I would wait for him at the top where the ground is... Sam should have done this... She's being a nice daughter and going back to her hometown and spending time with her dad on a great day for him, if they weren't in a horror film, this would have had a happy ending...
Trying not to be biased as not a lot of films scare me, but Beneath isn't the scariest film of all time. The ghostly faces that are seen are good though, very good, and the tension is held pretty damn well - it does help that it is set in some dark tunnels but still, it takes skill to make tension in any situation. I adored the faces that were seen when whatever is down there, shows its face, they are great, very similar to ones you tend to get in flashbacks in films, but great news - they aren't in flashbacks here! The faces are shown for a good amount of time and you get the full effect.
Some of the deaths in this film are also spot on - spot on. One especially jumps into mind, a terrible 'accident' involving some form of massive machine that is used to pull coal out of the walls... I'll leave you with that image on this Saturday afternoon.
Beneath isn't actually as bad as you would expect it to be, dad said it was "alright", but I would say it was better than that, for being an unknown film, it's not bad! I preferred it to the Descent and I don't feel bad saying that at all... I would watch this again, maybe in a few years or so. That's it! Instead of doing 'thumbs up' showing how good a film is, I'll do if I'll watch it again.
Look at me go with the new and up to date horror films, aren't you proud?! The hype around this one was high, so high, and I can see why... "In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing."
A Quiet Place is a great film to review, great in the way that I have a lot to talk about - I liked this film, mainly because of how original and clever it is as a whole. I have never seen a film that is almost silent, but is also so tense at the same time. Sound and music creates tension, but yet, this film still manages to make you jump and on the edge of you seat even with nothing. I also loved how the daughter is deaf, and when it goes to her point of view, you lose all sound - that is so damn clever. If you don't believe me, just turn the sound off of the next horror film you watch, it loses all tension. Or at least most of the main tension anyway.
The family are mainly clever in this... mainly. They have planned this whole thing out for months, they have plans for when things go wrong, for when they split up, everything. And those plans are very clever, things that I hadn't even thought of, they covered. But, and there is a but. That but is a bun in the oven. WHO WOULD HAVE A BABY IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS?!
Now, this is where I start poking holes in this very clever little film - plot holes, there are a few.
Going back to the baby, that was a very stupid idea being how loud babies are - saying that though, they have it all planned so bravo to them.
The house is set out as to where to step to make noise - how? There is a noise and they get attacked. I put it down to why they had a baby, send a child out to check for noise, they get got and they pop out another to replace - simple.
The characters all walk around barefoot, you're telling me no one stubbed a toe or anything and made noise in those many months while barefoot?
Well, the child that goes was an accident waiting to happen - should have been watching...
Some of this movie was slightly unclear, about the monsters, were they fully blind or could they smell or see close up things? No idea.
There are a fair few plot holes to this film regarding living in silence. What about when you sneeze, or when you use the loo, or fart? Just everyday bodily things that you can't help but make noise. It's a bit like time travel, think too much about it and you'll ruin it.
Just take A Quiet Place as a very clever, original film, that is tense and enjoyable and try not to think about how far fetched it is...
Two questions I always get asked as a horror lover and reviewer are why I love horror movies and also when I started loving them. I have no idea on the second one, none. I used to hate gore and dead bodies and I used to not even be able to watch CSI when I was younger due to dead bodies... Shocking, I know.
The first question though, I tend to point people towards films to help me. Horror films make you feel things, no emotions are safe during a horror film. Alfred Hitchcock once said that if a film doesn't make you feel things, it didn't do its job - horror films scare you shitless and that is incredible. Ghost Stories made me remember why I love horror films. It reminded me of why I love and will always love them and why they are one of my passions in life. If that one sentence there doesn't make you want to see this film, then you are silly. (Just FYI, I had no doubt in my mind that I was going off horrors or that I was not enjoying them anymore.)
"Arch skeptic Professor Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable 'hauntings'."
I had fairy high hopes for Ghost Stories, not only was it three different stories and I love an anthology, it was ghost stories and I love a creepy ghost story like no one! I had heard good things about this film, things such as that it was creepy and pretty damn scary and that it was just all round great. AND IT WAS.
As it is an anthology, I'm going to break each section down, three ghost stories and then the twisty part, but don't worry, there are no spoilers in this at all.
Tony Matthews. The first story is fairly simple, Tony is working as a night watchman, it's dark, he's alone apart from a fellow watchman on a walkie talkie and it's damn creepy. Things start going wrong and the power goes off along with strange noises, and being the good watchman, Tony investigates. I would not have investigated anything at all. I hear a noise like that, and I would bolt. This section is so damn creepy, it's the old chestnut of the noises in the dark and lights going out and it works. It was tense in the house while this was on. Mum and dad were just as tense as me. And Paul Whitehouse is great in a horror, he should do more!
This is just a classic, nice and easy story, one that terrifies majority of people, and it started this film up very very well. (I was nervous, very nervous.).
Simon Rifkind. This one is a little different, Simon basically drives home from a party down a very dark country lane without a license, something happens and it turns into a little chase in the woods - again, that old chestnut of a story. Although it's an old chestnut of a story, it's still damn creepy and damn tense. Even the build up to it is to be fair. The build up when Philip first meets Simon is one of the creepiest scenes I have ever seen, his parents are a thing of nightmares and the fact that most of the house is in darkness - nahhhh. Don't even get me started on the random knocking and movements in the other room - "I know you're still thereeeeeeee" - that stuff is creepy. Again, this whole sequence is insanely tense, I would say out the first is a little bit scarier but this one still stands it ground - even the build up to it is like a little horror film in itself!
Mike Priddle. The last section of the film is about Mike, who has a pretty angry poltergeist in this house while his wife is away giving birth to their son. This one has a few great jumps which are also shocking, especially one part - one part literally came out of nowhere. It's great. This section is also fairly seen in films, but it still, like the others feels original - but damn, why do these big houses not have many really really bright lights?! That is my main question...
Out of all the sections, the first one is my favourite, but I do just love scary noises and dark places so who'd have guessed. I did like the build up to the second one though a lot more than the others - it just creeped me out a lot.
Now, Ghost Stories used to be a stage show and it was known to tell people at the end of it to never reveal the ending. The film does not do this, but I am not a spoiler and I am going to go with what the stage show says and not reveal the ending.
What I will say is that it is brilliant. It is brilliant and is something that neither me or my parents saw coming, and it's so cleverly done. Cleverly done in the way that Fight Club is done, with little hints here and there and parts added throughout that link to the ending. I have heard that it is amazing to watch it at least twice so I very much plan to...
Ghost Stories is a brilliant film, end of. As I said, it makes me proud to have a passion of horror - so bravo!
So, two things, one, this is one of my new ones from CEX I got last week or so, finallyyyyyyyyy getting through them, and two, I read this movie was super duper gross. Only one of these is true... I'll give you a minute or so to have a think and guess which one you think is the truth... "While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After the trip, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite."
Worked it out yet? The first one is true! I did get it from CEX, but Bite is not super duper gross. It is gross, I mean Casey basically starts turning into some weird little creature, very much Jeff Goldblum The Fly style. And she does the whole falling apart, skin peeling off, even the acid spit and vomit, (a great death by the way), but I didn't wince or have to look away due to it being too gross.
I have to say, I am a massive fan of horror FX effects, I love watching people do it and doing it myself, and watching how clever people are with what they use too. I really feel it adds to a films realism most of the time if the gore has actually been made and is on the actor or the set or so. This film does the effects so damn well, like it's a masterpiece for effects. Casey's dark and dim flat that is like that little dark corner in the cupboard that you never want to pop your hand in due to not knowing what is living there... Casey also looks great in this film, may I add. Her transformation is a treat for gore loving eyes like mine. It starts slowly, but even at the start, it's all boils and pus, just what I want on a Saturday morning. It then heightens to her actually losing skin and becoming completely unrecognisable - effects wise, I was enjoying it. Could have pushed it, but that is just my desensitized brain...
Bite has an alright story, it had a few twists here and there, little ones, and a story that some could go along with, mainly me as I am a single pringle and love being one. Casey is engaged but has doubt, lots of doubt about getting married - anytime someone mentions to me about settling down, I tend to go into a cold sweat. I was with Casey and her doubt, and I do feel the bite was kind of a silver lining in a gross horror sort of way - hey, she doesn't need to marry in the end and the nasty nasty mother in law who hates her is no more. Silver lining and all.
It's an okay story, very The Fly but I liked it, it's fun and it fueled my love of gore for a bit, it cleverly swaps between footage from the film and also footage from the holiday, only revealing little bits at a time and when needed - which I thought was pretty well done.
Damn, Casey has some stupid friends though...
Bite is a fun little movie, with some gore that I actually did enjoy. It didn't blow me away but I would happily watch it again. Maybe watch it with The Fly next time... It's not as good as The Fly, but it'll do when you can't watch it or if The Fly has buzzed off...
I found this film on a list of unknown movies or something along those lines, and liked the idea of it so I found it on Youtube and went for it; "Chad and Scarlet leave their old life and horrifying secrets behind in search of a fresh start. But when a near-fatal car accident leaves them stranded in the middle of nowhere, they turn to a mysterious farm couple for shelter."
Oooooo, this is a tricky one to review, I like about 60% of the film and kind of hate the rest... Let me explain.
I liked the story, it's not the most original but it's a good one. The whole 'stranded and finding so called 'friendly helpful' people that take them in and try and help, only for things to go wrong' story. The couple crash their car, ironically in that cliche way of crashing when they look away for way more than you should, but yet, still remain on the road and only crash when they look back and something gets in the way. Look away in real life while you'll driving, and you'll start heading off in that direction and into the nearest bush - one life fact that no one in films seem to realise. They also go to the first house they see, one in the middle of nowhere - horror films have put me off houses that are in the middle of nowhere, due to lots of people dying and such in them... lessons learnt from horror films, right there. The story follows a lot of cliche throughout it, right up until the end...
The couple are kind of tortured and it does turn into a little bit of cat and mouse between and the seemingly nice home owners, which I love. When films have the whole "Chase me, chase me" but less Carry On and more SAW - I'm in. The whole film is pretty much that, it never really stops chasing and it's good, even though it does feel a little slow. It does feel slow in some parts, even though they are being chased, you go from a torture scene, great, to then just people hiding in the dark for a good few minutes. The parts that picked up weren't too bad, and it was fun, but it did just feel like it was missing something - what it was missing though, was definitely not the ending...
THE ENDING. THAT ENDING, MAN. I won't actually say what happens in the end as I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, but it's just awful. It comes out of nowhere, it's badly done and it really could have been done better. Like lots better.
One part of the ending I did like though, was why it all happened, which links it all - something the couple did basically is the reason everything in this film happened. I liked that the couple who torture them are linked to them even before meeting them and that everything is kind of set up - even though it seems pretty impossible, being that they crash... But then the full ending happens. I was so damn lost as it comes so damn out of nowhere and for no reason. That part is crap, so so crap. And then there is a little scene after that is very dark and explains what they did, and I liked that. Just that one part of the ending really did ruin it.
Farmhouse is a bit like a toned down rollercoaster really, you watch it and it is fairly entertaining, but you wouldn't scream over it. It's a good one to pass the time, would be even better without that bit of the ending, but hey, it's done now. The rest isn't awful, just kind of fun...
I finally did it, I finally watched Split. After so many years of hearing good things about, mainly due to James McAvoy's performance, I popped into my favourite shop, CEX, picked it up and put it on the shelf for a few months... not a very happy ending. Until I had a friend round and they decided on it - it was a pretty good choice of theirs. "Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th."
I loved the story idea of this, I really liked it, the whole thing of him being different people and especially as one is meant to be evil but really really unknown. I had heard some hype about it but I tend to not like lots of hype around a movie as it can let it down - this one I tried to ignore the hype and I feel it did help.
I wasn't blown away by Split, but I did enjoy it, I wouldn't shout about it from the rooftop, which I feel some did when it came out - whether that was in favour of the film is another thing - but I just said to my dad that I had watched it and that it was good, and that shows something...right?
I wouldn't really say this gets to any form of horror genre until the end, where the last personality is revealed, the rest is probably more of a thriller and so not really that scary. Tense, but not really on the edge of your seat, more of an impending doom if you ask me. Girls locked away, not knowing what personality is going to come through the door next, and more importantly, not knowing if it will be a nice one or not...
It does get a little bit more tense when the girls try and escape, but again, I didn't really find it that tense, more just that feeling that you know something bad is coming. Like with the old lady therapist in it, you are pretty sure, going by horror cliches, it isn't going to end too pretty with her, mainly because she is friendly to James McAvoys character and you know he's not going to be nice to her... That wasn't a spoiler by the way...
Best thing about this film? James McAvoy and his acting ability. He blows it out of the park with this film, each personality is different and you know when he is doing different ones, and the last evil one is so damn great. Of course, I would love the last scary, monster like one... That's when you do sit forward and do sit a little on the edge of your seat, he is kind of creepy at the end... I wouldn't want to bump into him in a dark alleyway, let's say that.
I liked Split overall, it was a clever idea and very well done. I wouldn't watch it in a hurry again, but I would give it another watch. I salute you to who ever came up with the idea and made it so well, especially casting James McAvoy... well done!
I've been busyyyyyyy, don't hate me as I haven't posted in about a week or so! Even though I haven't posted, I haven't been lacking watching horror films - I can't really go a week without watching one... I watched three this week, THREE, and I popped into town and popped into my favourite shop to get my horrors from, CEX of course, and of course, bought THREE more. Can't be getting ahead of myself though, gotta do the three I have watched first...
First of the three, Found Footage 3D, "A group of filmmakers set out to make the first 3D found footage horror movie, but find themselves in a found footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage."
Before you say it, this film is not in 3D, we did not get to put on the cute little glasses and look like willies... They go to film it in 3D, that's it. This film sounded better than it was, I am fussy with found footage as there are so many around at the moment, and I really hate the Blair Witch Project... I liked the sound of this one though, it was just what I fancied and I got a few friends round to watch it after England won one of their games - spirits were high. Sadly, it was not that good. One friend even asked if we could change to another film, cheeky bugger. We decided we were too far in to change it and had to carry on until the end - again, spirits were high due to the heroes of the England football team; nothing could really bring us down. Not even a slow film.
It just was not that great a film overall, none of the characters you really connected with, it was fairly slow and just didn't really have anything different going for it. It was better than Blair Witch though, I would much rather watch this again...
I did like the end though, it kind of upped the gore and the speed of the film - very very predictable, but fun. Much more fun than the rest of the film. Like when you go to work and you don't mind who you work with so you're not fully dead and bored, but less fun than being at home and doing what you want, like cooking or if you're me, gymming or horror movies. The beginning of the film is work fun and the rest is you doing mostly what you want fun.
The day I watched this, England were through to the World Cup Semi Final so I was insanely happy, I feel this review may have been a little blinded by my happiness...
This film is okay, we all watched it, and weren't bored to death and it wasn't the worst film I have ever seen. The ending picked up a little and I did enjoy the ending but it was very predictable most of the time. Not awful, but not one I would watch in a hurry again.
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..