Film Focus – Frailty (2001)

A man confesses to an FBI agent his family’s story of how his religious fanatic father’s visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed “demons.”

This turns into a very surprisingly suspenseful film which creates an atmosphere you think is coming of low key drama but throws something straight into your face. The story keeps you guessing what has happened and a twist ending to leave you asking questions between over viewers makes this a very enjoyable film.

Bill Paxton’s first time behind the chair and he does a brilliant job and a very impressive performance from Matthew McConaughey showing he is a talented actor just doesn’t always show off his skills.

My rating 88%

Film Focus – Sinister (2012)

A true-crime writer finds a cache of 8mm “snuff” films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s.

Ethan Hawke takes the lead role as Ellison and spends the whole time being the focus of the hauntings. There are some basic jumps scares with my favourite scene involving Ellison walking around the hall and getting things moving around in the background. Nearly all the scene involve Ellison walking around the hall being scared.

Overall i felt a little bit let down I was expecting a much scary film but if you are scared by the occult you will like this and the cheap jumps will do there job perfectly.

My rating 75%

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012)

posterDirector: Michael J. Bassestt

Writer: Michael J. Bassestt (Screenplay)

Starring: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Malcolm McDowell, Martin Donovan, Deborah Kara Unger

Story: Heather (Clemens) lives with her father Harry (Bean) after escaping from Silent Hill. The evil Claudia Wolf (Moss) wants to bring Heather back to Silent Hill to free the curse that has been put upon the town’s people. After her father is kidnapped Heather heads to Silent Hill to rescue him.

Verdict

Horror: Filled with monsters, nightmare sequences and plenty of darkness filling a lot of the horror creation needed. Unfortunately the atmosphere created doesn’t reach the same level as the first film. This still comes off as a good horror level but not to the level it could have been  (8/10)

Special Effects: Some good monster creations, most notable the spider in the wax factor. (9/10)

Suggestion: A horror film well worth a watch (9/10)

Best Part: The creepy spider in the wax factor

Worst Part: Malcolm McDowell, Radha Mitchell and Deborah Kara Unger are all pretty much just cameo bit disappoint especially how important the characters of the ladies are in the first film,

Star Performance:  Adelaide Clemens

Favourite Character: Alessa

 

Least Favourite Character: Vincent

Favourite Quote: Heather ‘Go to Hell’

Alessa ‘Can’t you see? We’re already here’

Overall: A steady follow up to what was most likely the best video game adaptation that doesn’t reach the same level but still offers a lot more than any over video game film. Unlike the Resident Evil’s this one still uses atmosphere rather than action to create the on going story. Still one of the better horror films of the year but doesn’t offer anything truly original to the genre.

Rating 81%