Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Perfect Husband (2015)

perfeectDirector: Lucas Pavetto

Writer: Lucas Pavetto, Massimo Vavassori (Screenplay)

Starring: Gabriella Wright, Bret Roberts, Carl Wharton, Tania Bambaci, Daniel Vivian, Philippe Reinhardt

 

Plot: A married couple decide to spend a weekend in a remote cabin, but the romantic journey takes a turn for the worst, when a sneaking suspicion becomes pure madness.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Burner Horror

 

Story: The Perfect Husband starts as we meet our married couple Viola (Wright) and Nicola (Roberts) as they look to escape for the weekend in a remote cabin in the woods. When Viola passes out in the woods we start to see how she might not be as comfortable in this area compared to her husband.

We continue to learn that Viola isn’t the most mental stable having received treatment in the past but we also learn her husband listens in on her conversation. We learn that all the tension between the two comes from a tragedy they suffered and this weekend is to put to bed the difficulties they have been suffering through until the two start suspecting each other of doing something wrong.

The Perfect Husband is a horror that does take a while to get going when it does become what feels like a brutal cat and mouse like chase. This all works well but is also very genetic that is where the final act spins everything from this movie on its head which could either make you go well that made everything interesting or it could make you go what was the point in everything we have seen? This is obviously a problem that could easily put people off this film but otherwise it is all easy to follow.

 

Actor Review

 

Gabriella Wright: Viola is married to Nicola but after they lost their child during childbirth she starts to become distant from him. During their weekend getaway she finds herself having to fight for her life from her own husband. Gabriella does well in this leading role but does have moments of over acting.

Bret Roberts: Nicola is the husband of Viola who suggests going away for the weekend, he is clearly still feeling the effects of what happened with the loss of their child but he has started to suspect Viola of cheating on him and wants to use this weekend to punish her. Bret is solid in this role but never hits the menace need for parts of this film.

Support Cast: The Perfect Husband has a very small supporting role with most of the cast only appearing in one scene but that is all that is needed.

Director Review: Lucas PavettoLucas does give us an interesting horror that has a few pacing issues with a twist that could leave you shocked.

 

Horror: The Perfect Husband struggles to reach the true levels of horror until the final act and it feels slightly too late.

Settings: The Perfect Husband keep most of the settings within the cabin and surrounding woods which help show how important this weekend is to the people involved.
Suggestion
: The Perfect Husband is one I do think you could try if you are a horror fan. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Final twist is clever.

Worst Part: Slow moving.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Tagline:  Image the face of terror is the one you love

 

Overall: Horror that is saved by final twist.

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Willem Dafoe Weekend – Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

shadowDirector: E. Elias Merhige

Writer: Steven Katz (Screenplay)

Starring: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes, Catherine McCormack, Eddie Izzard, Aden Gillett, Nicholas Elliott

 

Plot: The filming of Nosferatu (1922) is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Clever Horror Drama

 

Story: Shadow of the Vampire starts as we see director Friedrich Wilhelm Munrau (Malkovich) who is looking to bring his version of Dracula, Nosferatu due to legal reasons. He moves his film from the set to location where Max Schreck (Dafoe) will be joining them with what is considered an extreme method acting style.

Max only appears in character and remains isolated at all times from the rest of the cast giving the terrifying look needed for the role of the vampire. When it appears that Max might be taking things too far the crew start to question whether he is really a vampire or just that good of an actor.

Shadow of the Vampire gives us a look at a behind the scenes theories to one of the greatest horror movies ever made. We know that people believe that certain things have happened on set and that the real Max Schreck was shocking when first witnessed. This film gives us a story to decide what we think of the idea that Max was a vampire being used to make the ultimate film

 

Actor Review

 

John Malkovich: Friedrich Wilhelm Munrau is the brilliant respected German movie director whose latest work is Nosferatu the closest legal story to Dracula. He has the backing of the studio to take chances that other directors couldn’t including shooting on set. We see how far he will go for this film as he knows Max’s true nature. John is great in this role where we see just how far he will go.

Willem Dafoe: Max Schreck is the actor that gets hired by Friedrich for the role of the vampire, he is keeping within the character from the first moment of the film to the final but it soon becomes clear that he might in fact be a vampire. Willem gives the best performance of his career where he is nearly unrecognizable.

Udo Kier: Albin Grau is the producer for the film that first questions the ideas that are being used before finally seeing the good side of the film happening. Udo is good in this role giving what feels like a real producer performance.

Cary Elwes: Fritz Arno Wagner is the newest cameraman bought into the shoot after the first one gets injured. He is out different to the first being louder and more worldly in his ideas. Cary is good in the supporting role.

Support Cast: Shadow of the Vampire has a small but key supporting cast that all are members of the film either behind the cameras of fellow actors. Each member does a good job in their roles.

Director Review: E. Elias MerhigeThe director gives us a film that is really one of the more interesting ones that seems to have gone under the radar.

 

Horror: Shadow of the Vampire gives us a horror that shows what it could be real events behind one of the greatest.

Settings: Shadow of the Vampire puts us in the settings that make us feel like we are part of the film crew.
Special Effects
: Shadow of the Vampire has great effects with most being with the creation Max looks.

Suggestion: Shadow of the Vampire is one I think people should really give a go, it is very interesting concept. (Give it a Go)

 

Best Part: Dafoe is amazing.

Worst Part: It does have slow moments.

 

Believability: It is all about what you want to believe.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 2 Oscars including Best Supporting Actor for Willem Dafoe.

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: An Unspeakable Horror. A Creative Genius. Captured For Eternity.

 

Overall: Very interesting concept that we could see on many other films.

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Willem Dafoe Weekend – Daybreakers (2009)

daybreakersDirector: The Spierig Brothers

Writer: The Spierig Brothers (Screenplay)

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Isabel Lucas, Audrey Bennett

 

Plot: In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slick Vampire Thriller

 

Story: Daybreakers starts by taking us to a world where vampires outnumber the humans, but the blood is running out as most humans have been turned into a farming creature. The vampires know their time is running out because they can’t carry on surviving with the source figures they have, which brings in Edward Dalton (Hawke) working on a way to create a fake blood. Charles Bromley (Neill) is desperate to find this happen because he has been working on the tests but has his own agenda to the problem.

We know there is a side effect that the vampires become dangerous if they don’t get the blood making this a difficult situation for everyone involved. When Dalton meets a resistance of humans led by Elvis (Dafoe) they have to work together to get a future for both species as he has been cured of his vampire virus.

Daybreakers is a vampire action horror that does hold back the horror in their own way to create a scientific side of the story. We get to find a that it is the vampires ruling the world which works really well because it reflects the idea that the humans are facing a similar problem in the future. When it comes to the vampire side of the story it isn’t too much different but a slightly different look to them. The action is good throughout and for what the film is comes off very easy to watch.

 

Actor Review

 

Ethan Hawke: Edward Dalton is a scientist vampire working on a replacement for human blood that could make the vampires live on before turning into the feral creatures. When he works with the resistance of humans to find a cure that could finally bring peace between the two species. Ethan keeps his calming side through the film in the leading role.

Willem Dafoe: Lionel ‘Elvis’ Cormac is a former vampire that brings Dalton in on the resistance side believing he has the cure they have been searching for. He loves his cars and that has caused him to find his cure. Willem gets to be the badass character in this film giving us a good performance.

Claudia Karvan: Audrey Bennett is one of the first humans that Dalton runs into, she sees the good in him making him consider the idea of helping the humans. Claudia is good in this lead female role.

Sam Neill: Charles Bromley runs the business that produces the blood for the citizens of the city, he knows the situation and wants to find a way to keep the business up rather than find a cure. Sam will always make a great villain and this is no different.

Support Cast: Daybreakers has what would be considered a small supporting cast with Isabel Lucas playing the daughter of Charles Bromley but the rest almost just fade into the background.

Director Review: The Spierig BrothersThe directors give us an easy to watch action horror that is slight more action than horror.

 

Action: Daybreakers has a solid car chase and multiple shootouts through the film which are all enjoyable to watch.

Horror: Daybreakers holds most of the horror off with most being CGI heavy when it comes to the end of the vampires in daylight.

Sci-Fi: Daybreakers shows a future we could face with the vampire twist.

Settings: Daybreakers creates a setting which shows the futuristic world that also shows the outside the city remains like living areas. These both work to show the two sides of the battle.
Special Effects
: Daybreakers ha very heavy CGI effects which you can see which does take away parts from the story.

Suggestion: Daybreakers is one that I think you could try, an easy watch maybe a late night television viewing. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: Bloodbath finish.

Worst Part: Not scary.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $20 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: In 2019, the most precious natural resource… is us.

Trivia: This film is considered an “Ozploitation” (Australian exploitation) picture.

 

Overall: Easy to watch action horror

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – From the Dark (2014)

from the darkDirector: Conor McMahon

Starring: Niamh Algar, Steph Cromwell

 

Plot: A couple on a trip through the Irish countryside find themselves hunted by a creature who only attacks at night.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Atmospheric Thrilling Horror

 

Story: From the Dark starts by showing a man attacked during the night before moving to meet couple Sarah (Algar) and Mark (Cromwell) on a vacation in the Irish countryside. As this is a horror movie we find our couple lost in the countryside and of course they split up looking for help as night falls.

With nightfall on them the couple reunite after finding a house but what is inside the house is something they have never seen before as they must battle against a vampire like creature that is scared of the lights which is their only defence.

From the Dark plays into the very basic horror storyline where we watch a couple trying to fight an unknown creature, this creature has vampire like tendencies without being fully vampire. We don’t meet any other characters than our couple while we do see the creature, mostly in shadows or in the corner of the eye, which helps build the unknown factor. I do think the simple side to the story really helps this film because it adds that extra horror needed in this film.

 

Actor Review

 

Niamh Algar: Sarah is one half of the relationship, she seems to be stronger and smarter than Mark when it comes to the travelling side and the fighting side of this film. It would be fair to say this is one of the strongest female horror characters in recent years never panicking through the situation. Niamh is great in this strong leading lady of horror role.sarah

Stephen Cromwell: Mark is the boyfriend of Sarah, he comes off very cocky when try to show off to her which leads him into trouble as he gets the car stuck. Stephen does a solid job in this role but the character is designed to be weaker than Sarah.

Support Cast: From the Dark has a very small supporting cast with the only extras being the first victim and the creature itself.

Director Review: Conor McMahonConor does a great job directing this one as the film keeps us on edge from start to finish as well as respecting older horror genre we don’t see enough in modern cinema.

 

Horror: From the Dark uses old school horror have a gothic tone to the scares through the movie.

Settings: From the Dark uses the Irish countryside and house for the settings, in all honesty it could be any isolated location but this is the important side to the setting.
Special Effects
: From the Dark has great and simple effects through the film to create the creature and the effects it causes.

Suggestion: From the Dark is one for all the horror fans out there to watch and enjoy. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Tone of the film.

Worst Part: Some horror fans would expect more gore.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

Overall: Isolation themed horror that takes you in from start to finish

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Whiteout (2009)

whitoeoutDirector: Dominic Sena

Writer: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes (Screenplay) Greg Rucka, Steve Lieber (Graphic Novel)

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Tom Skerritt, Columbus Short, Alex O’Loughlin, Shawn Doyle, Joel Keller

 

Plot: U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko tracks a killer in Antarctica, as the sun is about to set for six months.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Mystery Thriller

 

Story: Whiteout starts as we see a Russian plane crash land in Antarctica before moving to present day. We meet US Marshall Carrie (Beckinsale) who has been working on research base with her connection Dr Fury (Skerritt). When pilot Delfy (Short) believes he sees a dead body on the ice which takes Carrie back onto the ice to investigate.

Her investigation leads her to meet Robert Pryce (Macht) who has been searching for answers from the other side as the two work together to try and discover the truth about what was actually inside that Russian plane to make the men act the way they do.

Whiteout is a mystery thriller that I went into thinking there was an alien involvement much like The Thing and that shows you just how much I actually remember. Going into a good mystery you really need to introduce a large number of suspect but this film only gives us a maximum of 4 which really do read who the bad guys are going to be. We get nothing really stand out happening here because this will end up be a forgettable mystery thriller.

 

Actor Review

 

Kate Beckinsale: Carrie is a US Marshall with a haunted past that explains why she is now in Antarctica. She is about to have her last day before finding herself in the middle of a mystery with a killer in the isolated bases. Kate is solid but really just seems to be a big name in the role.

Gabriel Macht: Robert Pryce is a fellow law enforcement authority trying to track down the people who have been involved with looking into what has been happening with the missing plane. He teams up with Carrie to search for the truth. Gabriel is solid supporting character that just doesn’t get enough out of his character.

Tom Skerritt: Dr John Fury has been on the ice for years now, he is the best friend Carrie has down there. He is finally leaving this year to spend time with his grandchild. Tom is just a basic supporting character that never really gets involved.

Columbus Short: Delfy is the pilot that finds the body as well as being the other person that Carrie is willing to trust so easily. He uses his military experience to make his judgments on the ice. Columbus does well but seems to get forgotten by the end.

Support Cast: Whiteout has a small supporting which don’t do much in the actual movie.

Director Review: Dominic SenaDominic gets the setting really good but in the end the story is very simple to follow.

 

Action: Whiteout has basic action which is all snow based action which is hard to see.

Crime: Whiteout throws us into a crime story in the middle of Antarctica.

Mystery: Whiteout gives us a mystery to solve which is easy to solve though.

Settings: Whiteout puts us in the middle of the isolation that is Antarctica which all works for the story.
Special Effects
: Whiteout has bad CGI throughout which you can see and does take away from the moments it is involved.

Suggestion: Whiteout is one that can only really be watch late night TV really. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: Setting.

Worst Part: CGI

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $35 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

Tagline: See Your Last Breath.

Trivia: Warner Bros. shelved the film for about two years, according to Entertainment Weekly (Issue #1085).

 

Overall: Disappointing thriller that just doesn’t end up sucking us in enough.

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