BEWARE THE MOON REVIEWS
So, before I watched this, I had really thought I was doing well as I thought this was a fairly new film...Well, I was only a year or so out, it was released the beginning of last year, so really, it is still fairly new... "A young boy (Joshua Rush) tries to protect his two siblings when their new baby sitter (Sarah Bolger) starts to reveal her psychotic nature."
I was excited for this film, the trailer is very very inviting in the way that it draws you in a lot, and just looks damn creepy. Everytime I saw the trailer, I wanted to see it, but I have to admit, I did forget about it during the times I wasn't seeing the trailer... Isn't a bad thing though.
Emelie is not an awful film at all, like at all, it actually is done well when it makes you feel so damn awkward and it creeps you out.
The film starts off with one of the fathers driving Emelie to the house, all seems well, but you know it's not - they are just having a normal chat but it feels dark and on edge. They are just chatting normally but you know something is coming, something is brewing, well, you know that if you know what the film is about... if you don't then it might be a bit of a surprise.
Emelie at the same sort of feel it to as I felt with Orphan, in the way you know the character is not who they say they are, obviously, in Orphan, it is hidden more than in this film, but still, you know slightly before the characters. In Emelie, you know she's not right, in the head I mean, I am sure if you asked her a question on something she knows, she'll give you a right answer, but in this, this girl is not right in the head. She is very far from it.
She could defintely win an Oscar for her 'good and nice babysitter' performance in this, the parents fall for it completely, they are hook, line all the way, the kids, they are a bit trickier.
The two youngest are young kids, so pretty gullable, and they do go along with it, it's only when Emelie starts to show her dislike for the girl, mainly smilling too much, that they start wondering and the performance starts to fall...
This film is kind of like a PG version for babysitting of what Fatal Attraction did for people who cheated, if you ever need a babysitter, this film literally might put you off getting one. Especially if they say they are a friend of the babysitter you normally have...
Emelie is pretty good for filling you with tension, you're built up until highly uncomfortable scenes slap you in the fact; I am looking at you, tampon while on the toilet scene. That was such an awkward scene, damn, it was so creepy...
Emelie as a film is pretty good, it's not a bad film at all, I won't be watching it in a hurry again, but it was enjoyable. I do feel I should watch it again, just as I feel I missed parts, so I might have just lied to myself there...
Guysssssss. Guess what?! I found a film that I liked the concept of, and that actually was good! The Bar was great! "In bustling downtown Madrid, a loud gunshot and two mysterious deaths trap a motley assortment of common urbanites in a decrepit central bar, while paranoia and suspicion force the terrified regulars to turn on each other." The Bar is so so good, like to the point that in the intro to Stranger Things 2 last night, I told my dad how I had just watched this really good film, and then the intro had to be paused because I had so much to say about it.
The Bar is so underrated, like so so underrated, it needs more love - in the worlds defence, it has only just been put on Netflix, and it was only released this year - so I shall be nice and let the world off for not seeing it. It even starts well, it is shot well, each character is followed showing their day to day at that time, but it cuts between each one in such a smart and sly way until each person makes it to the bar. Each person has a different story too, one lady is going to a first date but is lost, a few people work at the bar, some were passing by, the normal, oh and a homeless man that is a regular. A lot of different characters to say the least.
Anyhoo, people are in this bar, doing the day to day life, until one guy walks out and gets shot, literally out of nowhere he gets shot straight in the head. That is some scary stuff right there, terrifying actually. Well, one guy runs out to help him, and he also gets shot, like it gets super scary - especially with the recent news around the world, this damn scary world.
From there it all gets really interesting, and by that I mean more than just you paying more to it all, I mean, your brain goes into over time as you try and work it all out.
Honestly, The Bar is such a good film, but I really am not sure what are spoilers and what can and can't be mentioned about the film, like I am kind of stuck if I am honest... When the people get shot, and everyone inside the bar start turning on each other, (which is always great in films, I must say), it then gets really weird, like things start happening and the blame starts being put on people.
I am really not sure if the things that happens are spoilers though! This is a film where it twists and turns and you have no idea what is going on at some points, and then you get it and you're on the edge of your seat. It's pretty much like a nice rollercoaster, I say nice, because I am not a fan of them, but I loved this film.
I really really do not know what is a spoiler and what isn't in this film, so, as much as it kills me because I just want to talk about it moreeeeeee, but I won't, I don't want to give any of the film away. It just has so many twists and moments that make you wonder what is going on, and I really would not want to ruin them for anyone.
So, I am going to end this here and just basically say you need to see this film, it's so sadly underrated and it should be seen more. So go, do it! Netflix but don't chill to this film, because you need to watch it and not have sexy time and miss it...
So here we are, another Netflix original, this one is not as new as The Babysitter, but it still sounded fairly good. 'A white-collar suburban father is drawn into a bizarre rabbit hole of psychodrama, seduction and violence by his old friend's self-actualization program.' Let's just say, without giving anything away, it started well...
It started well because I like the whole cult films that always turn into some kind of cat and mouse thing where the hero is trying to escape, I guess they feel kind of realistic. Rebirth starts off like this, Kyle is talked into going to some weird mysterious camp by his, again using this word, weird, friend Zack, because it seems like a good idea.. Of course, if your weird, out there friend tells you about some 'camp' you've never heard of, GO. Don't even Google it, just go - of course, it would be a smart idea, what could go wrong?!
Well a lot goes wrong, obviously, first off, everyone there seem crazy and just a little bit cooky, then everyone seems to want orgies - which is not a bad thing, but they seem to be weirdly brainwashed into it all. Under a spell if you say - and that does not make for a good orgy!
Rebirth is basically a cult, and like most, it doesn't say it's a cult, it says it's some type of help, some type of retreat to help you - like most cults really. It's a cult that tells its member "you are welcome to leave whenever", which is all a lie, like any other cult. Kyle decides he wants out, (finally!), but he's not allowed to leave, the whole building is set out as a maze, he ends up trying different doors, some don't work, and some even lead into rooms filled with people, all who know who Kyle is... Even though Kyle doesn't know them, or ever seen them. Spoooooooky. Or not really spooky, that's just a cult for you. Once he decides he wants to leave, it all gets a lot more tricky for him and gets a bit more exciting. It also gets weird...
Once Kyle wants to leave, people decide he can't, but not in the way of keeping him held hostage, by celebrating him being there. They get him up on stage, play some theme song they have for Rebirth and cheer him - it is bizarre, I can't lie. Not only is it bizarre, it's quite realistic compared to a very known 'religion' that certain actors are known to be a member of, and one that is very secretive. I am not mentioning it because I don't want to be hunted down for comparing them...just FYI. But it is very very similar to what I have heard about that very well known religious group of the name I will not say. Even with their own big tune to go with it, and big adverts for it - actually, it is very like it to be fair thinking about it more... Clever film.
I have to be honest though with this film, I did not understand the ending and whenever I don't understand a film, I head straight to Wikipedia - this time it did not help... Wikipedia just tells you the plot of it, so I turned to actual Google, which also didn't help. I don't know if I was just being a little thick but I could find nothing on the actual ending of the film, so I shall wing it, literally winging it with the ending. I shall also put out a warning on this section, I am going to mention the ending so from this part on, until the last paragraph, spoilers in this paragraph from now on.
I was lost with the ending, Kyle tried to leave, they had some type of fake celebration for him when they got him on stage and played some Rocky music to hype up the audience, it's crazy - after that though, it's a blur...
Kyle goes home, and that is literally all I can remember, apart from when the credits start rolling. The credits rolling part is actually quite a clever and sinister part, it shows how Kyle is 'happy' leaving full time at Rebirth, not only him but his wife and kids, all happy and smiling. Clearly, it's brainwashing or such, and it is sinister, you knew Kyle hated it, yet somehow he's back there, with his family living it as his life now.
I still have no idea how I managed to miss the ending, but still I did and I wasn't bothered enough to re-watch it... That must say something about the film I guess...
Spoiler safe from here.
Rebirth is an okay film, I was into the idea of it, but it was nothing special, I didn't really shout its praises when my parents got in later on in the day, and I completely lost the end so, yeah. I liked the credits part that I mentioned above, as far as I took it, I liked how it ended, and I liked the actors, especially the main guy, but that is about it. It was meh, I watched it, I would admit to watching it, but I wouldn't really recommend it.
Someone please give me a pat on the back, I am really keeping up with new horror films! Well, new ones on Netflix, I watched The Babysitter today! 'When Cole stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot baby sitter belongs to a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet.'
I was so very excited for this film, one of my best mates sent me the trailer for it before it came out and even before the trailer had finished, I was into it. Like I wanted to watch this film right that minute. And was I let down today when I saw The Babysitter? Not at all! I really enjoyed it, I actually really did.
It starts out as a teen movie, young guy who doesn't fit in has a hot older friend who happens to be his babysitter - if he wasn't so young, you'd have expected them to get together by the end, it's one of those. Kind of like a younger version and a more PG version of the Girl Next Door in a way, with a bit of Fast Times at Ridgemont High too. (Yeahhhh, I see you red bikini in slow mo scene, I spotted your little nod there.)
I feel as well I need to mention this now before I completely forget to mention it, another thing I love in films are songs that shouldn't fit in with the film at all, but they really go, like The Final Girls and using Bette Davis Eyes. This film used Queens We are the Champions in one of the final scenes, and my GOD, did it work. Cole steals a car and basically drives it and becomes a young Bond, even finishing with the famous car flip out of The Man With The Golden Gun - see, I see all your little nods, unless I think I am and it's just a whole load of cwinky dinks... Either way, this music really worked, it really pumped you up and got you even more into it than you already were, so well done to them. I just love songs that shouldn't fit but actually do, it's like a nice little surprise.
I just realised I literally jumped from mentioning the start of the film to the end of the film because I got too excited about talking about the great song choices in the film... Whoopsie..
As I was saying, it starts as any other teen movie, but then, then it just goes from strength to strength, saying that makes it sound like the beginning is bad or boring, and it's not at all. The beginning is great, it's fun, entertaining and even quite funny in places, but when Cole sneaks a late night peek at Bee and her friend, this film goes up at least a few levels.
It turns into this funny, action packed movie, that definitely has a Tucker and Dale Vs Evil feel to it mixed with Cabin in the Woods... It somehow manages to still keep some horror to it while turning slightly down the action route, Cole is being hunted and is fighting, yet, you still know it is a horror.
And the gore in it, oh mannnn, the gore! The gore is great, it's as if I made it, it's so over the top, so bloody and parts of the body fly everywhere - what more could you want?!
Overall, I was impressed by The Babysitter, it was pretty much what I expected and more - I was entertained for the whole way through it. One of the last Netflix Original films, I wasn't too keen on, so this made up for that one, so so well. Watch it! Do it, now! You can do it now, it's late but you won't go to bed and have nightmares, you'll be fine.
Know what one of my favourite things in the world is? When a film you were certain was going to be bad, actually turns out to be not so bad, and actually rather entertaining. That is Honeymoon from Hell to a T pretty much. 'When young newlyweds Julia and Rivers find themselves trapped in a quaint, Carolina coastal bed and breakfast with fellow stragglers during a dangerous hurricane, they soon begin to suspect they are being haunted by the legendary ghost of Alice Flagg.'
I started watching Honeymoon from Hell very late at night, and you know what that means, that means I had no plan to have to concentrate and I planned to turn my brain off. Honeymoon from Hell started off in the way I had expected, filmed like one of those bad TV movie and with acting that definitely would not make it to the Oscars. And not just because the Oscars don't tend to be a fan of horror movies...
It goes on for a bit like this, nothing bad, just average, you get to know the couple, they go on a little honeymoon holiday, they stay at a cute like hotel with a more than quirky owner - all of that stuff, not bad just the same. But, but, it then starts to get a little bit more interesting, it starts getting into the dirty stuff, and ghostly figures are spotted throughout the house, doors are being closed, and those horrible taps and noises that you blame on the pipes start happening. This is about the time I really start paying attention...
The ghost starts appearing, and obviously, no one else sees it apart from Julia, but people either think she's harmlessly mad or pregnant, turns out one is true but there is actually a ghost in the house too. And of course there is a slutty character who tries to catch the eye of the husband - they always seem the most carefree in these films, don't you think? The slutty ones are always the ones who walk around acting like they have no cares in the world, even if they are being a tad naughty trying to break up relationships.
Anyhoo, as soon as the ghost starts appearing, and they hear the story of Alice, the ghost, it really does start getting interesting, mainly interesting because of the damn twist. The damn good twist that I actually did not see coming and that really makes your thoughts on each character change - by this point I am thinking I need to go to bed, but I am literally sitting on the edge of the sofa, leaning on my hands on my knees. I am THAT into it.
I am not a spoiler, so I shall not be saying the twist, but it's a good one, I in no way saw it coming and was not expecting it, especially from what I thought was a TV movie.
One thing I do find with movies like this, they do sometimes turn more into an action type film at the end and tend to lose the creepiness of the film - this is what kind of happened here. It loses any type of ghost scariness and goes more down the route of running and hiding and just more of an action film. That is the last thing I have to say, I did kind of lose the film towards the end, the twist was great and it was good with the creepy moments, but that was kind of lost in the films finale.
Overall, Honeymoon from Hell is an alright film, it's not awful, if you watch it, you might think I could have watched something better but you won't regret it. Have a spare few hours and Netflix and go for it if you can't find anything else.
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..