MurderDrome (2013)

logoDirector: Daniel Armstrong

Writer: Daniel Armstrong, Louise Monnington, Trent Schwarz (Screenplay)

Starring: Kat Anderson, Rachael Blackwood, Jake Brown, Anthony Cincotta, Demonique Deluxe, Gerry Mahoney, Max Marchione, Tony Markulin, Daisy Masterman, Amber Sajben

 

Plot: Roller Derby sensation Cherry Skye loves nothing better than competing in her favorite sport. When Skye catches Brad’s eye the sparks fly. Unfortunately, she also catches the ire of Brad’s ex, her Roller Derby nemesis Hell Grazer! If that isn’t bad enough, the heat generated by this romantic rivalry arouses a malevolent demon-spirit, hungry for human souls – especially Skye’s! Trapped between the wrath of Hell Grazer and damnation at the Gates of Hell, she has no option but to throw down and sort this mess out the only way she knows. Welcome to the Murderdome.

 

Verdict: Different

 

Story: Well this was different and the same all in one go. I personally have never seen a film that revolves around roller derby. So the idea that we have a group of roller derby players on the run works for me. Facing up against the supernatural also works well and we get all this for a grand total of just over $5000. Sure we get very generic characters this is simple to watch, fun and full of blood splatter. This gives you what it says on the tin and never tries to confuse you or throw in silly twists. Add in this is Australian horror which I love at the moment. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Amber Sajben: Cherry Skye young skater who gets given a locket from an admirer, but after it turns out the locket could be important to stopping a potential evil spirit taking over she must fight this spirit before it takes her soul. Good performance as the bubbly roller derby player. (7/10)

 cherry

Rachael Blackwood: Hell Grazer rival player and former love interest to Brad, who doesn’t want him to move on and date Cherry. She comes off as the bully villain of the piece but does end up getting what is coming her way. Solid villainous bully performance. (7/10)

hell grazer

Jake Brown: Brad young man caught up between two women and an evil spirit, he struggles to skate while trying to impress his new love interest. Simple supporting performance of a young man stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time. (5/10)

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Be-On The-Rocks: Momma Skate the evil spirit that has come back from hell to continue building her body count. Staking around with her weapon, that leaves plenty of bodies and blood splatter. Good villain creation that you will remember for some of the kills. (7/10)

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Supporting Cast: All good supporting performances that each add something to the story, usually a few laughs but also are used to create some well created effects for kills. (7/10)

 

The Creepy Janitor That Seems to Follow Skye Around

The Creepy Janitor That Seems to Follow Skye Around

Director Review: Daniel Armstrong – Good direction to create a good solid low budget horror film. (7/10)

 

Action: Most skating for action through the back streets and some roller derby action too. (7/10)

Horror: Plenty of gore and blood but very few jump scares. It was more about the gore which works well. (8/10)

Sports: Nearly the whole film is shot with the characters skating around the streets during the night. (9/10)

Settings: Nice setting used to make each scene feel scarier than it could have been. (9/10)
Special Effects
: For the budget the effects are great, but don’t go expect perfect ones. (9/10)

Suggestion: This should be watch by all the horror fans out there it shows you, you can make anything with any size budget. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Bitch Face made me laugh to nearly every line that came out her mouth.

Worst Part: It is hard to find something to criticise in such a low budget film.

Kill Of The Film: Trans Em

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Dead Hooker in a Trunk

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: AUD 6,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 12 Minutes

Tagline: It’s not a game anymore

 

Overall: Low Budget Horror at its Best

Rating 75

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The Fourth Angel (2001)

logoDirector: John Irvin

Writer: Allan Scott (Screenplay) Robin Hunter (Novel)

Starring: Jeremy Irons, Forest Whitaker, Jason Priestley, Briony Glassco, Charlotte Rampling, Lois Maxwell, Timothy West

 

Plot: The Economist reporter Jack Elgin, a workaholic, takes his family on a working trip to India, where he is to interview the PM. But their US airplane is hijacked in Limassol (Cyprus) by the unknown August 15 terrorist movement, which ends up in a bloodbath. Jack can save his pre-teen son Andrew, literally in his arms, but his wife and daughter are among the slaughter victims. Western governments seem unwilling to go after the fiends, even hide the identity of a high-profile fatal victim. Although now a single father, Jack uses all his contacts and snooping skill to seek the truth himself. A London-based Serbian free newspaper editor sets him on the trail of four Balkanic killers, but is murdered. Jack decides to exact revenge himself, tipped-off by Sûreté-contact Dugay. Meanwhile US embassy official Davidson and FBI Special Agent Jules Bernard play a key part in the official, MI5-lead investigation, which ends up crossing Jack’s path.

 

Verdict: Slow Thriller

 

Story: The basic revenge motive is created well, but this is more about the cloak and dagger battle between the governments who want to push everything under the carpet. It is good seeing a normal man going to extreme lengths to get revenge for his family’s murder. But the truth be told it has aged really badly for a film that is just over 10 years old and the slow pace will not bring you in like the modern thrillers. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jeremy Irons: Jack the European journalist whose wife and two daughters are slaughtered in a terrorist attack, when he finds out the men responsible are free he starts to dig to uncover the truth and collect justice for himself. Good performance from Irons who isn’t known for this type of figure. (7/10)

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Forest Whitaker: Jules the agent trying to find out who is killing the men behind the terrorist attack, he eventually teams up with Jack to uncover the full truth. Good supporting role but didn’t need to do much. (6/10)

forest

Jason Priestley: Davidson a man who won’t give the answers to Jack but offers him information to solve the problems he is facing. Good supporting role but lack of screen time costs his characters try development. (5/10)

 jason

Director Review: John Irvin – Creates a slow moving thriller, that never quite pulls you in. (5/10)

 

Action: The action is only short when it happens and easily forgettable. (6/10)

Thriller: Doesn’t pull you in the way other revenge based films do. (6/10)

Settings: The settings don’t help the film unfold as well as they should. (5/10)

Suggestion: I would only suggest this to thriller fans to try I can’t see this appeal to the casual fans too much as it is too slow. (Thriller Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Warehouse sneak and shoot out.

Worst Part: Slow

Action Scene Of The Film: Train scene

Believability: (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: Sometimes revenge is the only solution.

 

Overall: Slow Unrewarding Thriller

Rating 50

Trailer Alert – Big Eyes

Plot – A drama cantered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

Starring: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp and Krysten Ritter

Release Date:  26 December 2014

Questions:

Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in leading roles this has to be a hit, do you agree?

Interesting subject but will people go to the cinema to see this?

Could this have Oscar potential?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 60%

My Guess Rating – 80%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No