Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – Rupture (2016)

Director: Steven Shainberg

Writer: Brian Nelson (Screenplay) Brian Nelson, Steven Shainberg (Story)

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis, Kerry Bishe, Peter Stormare, Ari Millen

 

Plot: A single mom tries to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Thriller, Nice Finish

 

Story: Rupture starts as we met single mother Renee (Rapace) who is going to have an adventure of a lifetime as she is going skydiving after dropping her son off at his father’s. On route Renee finds her car braking down with a group of people led by Bald Man (Chiklis) abducting her from the side of the road.

Renee finds herself trapped in a facility, but she isn’t alone there are other victims being held captive here. The victims are being experimented on as this mysterious organization is search for a genre which only comes out during moments of complete and utter fear, Renee must look for a way out before she is pushed too far.

 

Thoughts on Rupture

 

Characters/PerformanceRenee is a single mother just trying to make ends meet while caring for her son, she has always been shy but she is going to take a huge rusk with her day, skydiving. She never makes it there because she is abducted and it is here where we get to see how resourceful she can be can be when backed into a corner. The scientists are all mixed with different key components but we do learn enough about them until the final acts of the film.

Performance wise, Noomi Rapace is the star of the show here and she is good throughout but never reaches the levels we know she can from her breakout roles. the rest of the cast all do their jobs well without being in too many scenes to either make a mistake or having enough time to make an impact.

StoryWoman gets abducted, woman gets experimented on and tests, well this isn’t something overly original, this also isn’t the most shocking either. The final third of the film is the most interesting side of the film but it does feel incredibly borrowed from another film, which I won’t mention because it will give away the whole film.

Horror/Sci-FiThe horror side of this film is all about dealing with fears but nothing seems to hit all the heights needed on this side of the film, the sci-fi side of the film only gets revealed later in the film which does work for the film.

SettingsMost of the film is set within the facility which works for the style of the film even if it isn’t the most original idea.

Special EffectsThis is something pretty bad for this film, none of the special effects look real and does take away from part of the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting concept that does fall short in the end, this does disappoint us because we could have a truly brilliant idea for a film.

 

Overall: Disappointing film that misses the marks too often.

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The Shallows (2016)

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writer: Anthony Jaswinski (Screenplay)

Starring: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge

 

Plot: A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense Shark Attack Movie

 

Story: The Shallows starts as we follow American tourist Nancy (Lively) who goes out alone for a day of surfing in what is beautiful coastal resort of Mexico. The holiday is for Nancy to recover in her own way over her mother’s death, Nancy is taking a small break from her medical school studies to figure out her own future much to her father’s (Cullen) concern.

Going out for one final wave Nancy finds the corpse of a whale drawing the attention of other sea life including a great white shark which attacks her, leaving a nasty bite mark up her leg. Nancy finds herself stranded close to shore but too far away to make it to safety.

 

Thoughts on The Shallows

 

Characters/PerformanceNancy is a tourist giving up time from her studies to experience the world after her mother’s death. She is a surfer at heart and this puts her into the position of needing to fight to survive once she gets attacked by a great white shark, sure it helps that he is studying medicine because she can ease her injuries.

Performance wise, this is one film carried by the solo actress with Blake Lively showing she can lead a survival against a shark by engaging us for the whole film.

StoryThe story here is very simple, it is one woman trying to survive after a shark attack with nowhere to swim, it is all simple and effective for the story telling process.

Horror/ThrillerThe horror is great because it puts us into a real-life situation of a surfer getting attacked by a shark and we are kept on edge through the whole film.

SettingsThe setting is also simple and works for the film, a small isolated location for our leading character who needs to fight for her life.

Special Effects – The effects when it comes to looking at the shark look fantastic and you would be left question if this was even a real or CGI shark throughout.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that shows just how simple you can make a movie making process, you need to create a simple idea of being stranded with a deadly threat that can keep us on edge throughout.

 

Overall: A Must watch shark attack movie.

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Opinion Battles Round 21 Favourite Ghost Movie

Opinion Battles Round 21

Favourite Ghost Movie

Halloween is here and that means time for a couple of horror rounds, the first we are looking at our favourite film involving ghosts, we have some of the most frightening or comical films but what will everyone pick?

If you want to join the next round of Opinion Battles we will be take on What is your First-Choice Halloween Horror Marathon, to enter email your choice to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by Saturday 28th October 2017.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

One Missed Call

I personally love ghost film, I find something in all of them but One Missed Call bought into horror something I never thought would be scary, an asthma inhaler. I know that doesn’t sound like the most threatening but trust me it is, the ghost side of this film comes from ghost haunting the students who need to figure out why.

 

Milo – Stuff and That

Ghostbusters

Who ya gonna call? Anyone who knows me knows that Ghostbusters is one of my favourite films because it has everything! Laughs, action, proper scares (anyone who says they weren’t scared sh*tless by the librarian is a liar) and a killer 80s soundtrack.

Cinema Parrot Disco

Poltergeist

This is a difficult one as it’s hard to know what can be considered a ghost film. In searching Google, The Shining came up a lot but I don’t really think of that as a “ghost film”. Besides, I love that movie and use it as an answer too often. 😉 So I’m instead going to go with what I think is the best “haunted house” movie: Poltergeist (1982). It’s proper creepy and a classic that I think has stood the test of time pretty well. The pointless remake sucked, though. Ugh….

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

The Eye (2002)

The Eye has always been my top choice for supernatural films. It uses a nice psychological balance to build up the atmosphere and had effective jump scares and wraps up a tight woven mystery to figure out why. Not to mention Angelica Lee does a fantastic job.

Rob – Movie Rob

Ghost

I know most people will choose a horror film, but I think the best film featuring a person from the next world is Ghost (1990).

 

It’s a great and moving story that really is able to cross the divide between worlds showing us how powerful true love can really be.

 

Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore are really believable as the loving couple and Whoopi Goldberg was perfectly cast as the medium between the two (spoiler alert) after he is viciously murdered.

 

Kevin – The Mental Attic

Poltergeist (1982)

 

In recent years I’ve seen a few films about hauntings, from the mediocre Paranormal Activity series to the excellent Conjuring and the classic horror style The Woman In Black, but to me, the best is still this masterpiece of the 80s, Poltergeist, a film with enough scares through its runtime, behind the scenes and beyond. 

 

Unlike most modern ghost films, such as the Conjuring, which lose their impact and steam the moment you “see” the ghost for the first time, Poltergeist doesn’t let up, it just keeps adding to the frights, one scare leading to the next, one ghastly scene leading to another ghoulish encounter, until you finally reach the end as a quivering mess. It is simply a glorious horror film.

 

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Ghostbusters II

I thought about choosing an outlier pick, like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, but with this category I couldn’t say no to the Ghostbusters. However, I am in the minority of preferring Ghostbusters II just a little more than the first, so that probably won’t help my chances this round. Building on the comedic success of the first movie,Ghostbusters II upped the laughs with so many scenes that I consider iconic: the dancing toaster, the river of slime, the Statue of Liberty walking to “Higher and Higher.” I’d rather laugh at ghosts than fear them, and the Ghostbusters let me do just that every time.

 

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Beetlejuice

It’s loads of fun, there’s all sorts of imaginatively designed ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis get to do the whole “sheet ghost” bit) and other unique creatures and it has an incredible soundtrack – fun tunes from Harry Belafonte and an iconic score by Danny Elfman.

 

Plus, it’s one of Michael Keaton’s best ever roles (tied with “Birdman” IMO)

Emma – Emma Explains It All

The Changeling

The Changeling Poster

I really wanted to go with a classic, absolute GHOST film for this choice, so what better than the chilling, atmospheric film The Changeling.


It stars George C. Scott as a grieving man having just lost his family in a roadside accident. He moves to a creepy, old house (that old chestnut) and begins getting haunted by an entity caused Joseph. 


With no blood or gore it is simply the chilling atmosphere of the film, plus its terrifying, tense and creepy films that make this an absolute must for ghost film fans. 

 

 

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)

Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly

Writer: Damien Chazelle, Ed Gass-Donnelly (Screenplay) Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland (Characters)

Starring: Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark, David Jensen, Tarra Riggs, Louis Herthum, Muse Watson

 

Plot: As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Another Forgettable Exorcism Movie

 

Story: The Last Exorcism Part II starts by filling us in on the first Last Exorcism because most of us forgot or didn’t see it. Starting in the main film we learn what happened to Nell (Bell) as she is given a chance to recover at a young women’s halfway house as she learns to deal with her past.

Nell stats to make new friends with the other girls there with Gwen (Garner) taking in almost like a sister, but it isn’t long until Nell starts getting her horrifying visions return. Nell must battle the evil that has returned to her life that is also targeting her new friends.

 

Thoughts on The Last Exorcism Part II

 

Characters/PerformanceNell is an innocent young woman looking to understand the world once again after what happened to her, but she can’t escape what happened in her past as she must fight the evil within her. Gwen is the one girl at the home that offers friendship but this film sadly only surrounds Nell not the supporting characters.

Performance wise, Ashely Bell is fine in the leading role but you feel she doesn’t quite reach the levels needed for the horror involved. The rest of the performances are all fine without being anything special.

StoryYou know the story is confusing when it is called Part II and Last Exorcism, how can it be a second last one, shouldn’t the first have been called the second from last Exorcism? Anyway, this story isn’t the most appealing as we are left to go through the same old situation girl becomes victim needs curing, yawn.

Horror/ThrillerThe horror is all predictable as we know what we are going to get, noise, something moving in the background and well scary voices, nothing shocks in anyway here.

SettingsThe settings give us nothing to go on, we end up going through the same locations a drug addict would have gone through to recover.

Special EffectsThe effects are good at times but are also weak in other moments.

Final ThoughtsThis is just another exorcism movie that you will forget sooner rather than later.

 

Overall: Been here seen this.

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Franchise Weekend – Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

Director: Adam Marcus

Writer: Dean Lorey, Jay Huguely (Screenplay) Jay Huguely, Adam Marcus (Story)

Starring: John D LeMay, Kari Keegan, Kane Hodder, Steven Williams, Steven Culp, Erin Gray

 

Plot: Serial killer Jason Voorhees’ supernatural origins are revealed.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brave Enough to Go in New Direction

 

Story: Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday starts as the FBI take down and blow up Jason Voorhees (Hodder) but his heart even away from his body still beats. When the autopsy is going on the coroner eats the heart becoming a killing machine. Bounty hunter Creighton Duke (Williams) offers to kill him once and for all ending the Voorhees rampage.

When we learn that Jason is going body from body looking for a way to come back from beyond the grave as he targets Jessica Kimble (Keegan) and her baby the only way Jason can return with Steven Freeman (LeMay) needing to protect the love of his life and child from the killing machine.

 

Thoughts on Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

 

Characters/PerformanceSteven Freeman is the only one who knows what can save Jessica the love of his life but she won’t let him near their baby. Jessica is the eldest remaining member of the Voorhees family who could make Jason return from beyond the grave. Creighton Duke is a world-famous bounty hunter that kills for the money and now he wants the bounty of Jason Voorhees.

Performance wise, it would be fair to say that everyone is fine through the film without being anything as you would expect from the 9th instalment of a franchise.

StoryThe story does go in a very different direction which I think is a great idea because this time we have Jason in spirit but we lose any slasher impact the story should have. The story does well being braver but could easily be more of a rip off of Halloween now.

Horror The horror is fine with plenty of gore but nothing we haven’t really seen before.

SettingsWe don’t have any iconic settings which disappoints, in fact I don’t think we even go near the lake.

Special EffectsMuch like the last time the CGI is poor but the practical effects are all great.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good move for the 9th instalment but just doesn’t feel like a Friday the 13th movie.

 

Overall: Bloody, gory and strange.

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