Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)

logoDirector: Jonathan Levine

Writer: Jacob Forman (Screenplay)

Starring: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able, Michael Welch, Edwin Hodge, Aaron Himelstein, Luke Grimes, Melissa Price, Adam Powell, Peyton Hayslip


Plot: A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revellers begins to drop quite mysteriously.


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Verdict: Slasher School We Have Seen Before


Story: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane starts with a teenage house party where one of the cool kids tries to hit on the beautiful Mandy Lane (Heard) but when one of the boys chasing her dies in an attempt to impress her we see how close Mandy is to Emmet (Welch). 9 months have passed since the accident and Red (Himelstein) is arranging a party at his family’s ranch which will include the invitation of Mandy Lane.

We watch as a group of high school friends head off to a ranch for a weekend off fun with plenty or drinks, drugs and sex with all the boys after Mandy Lane. We watch as the friend go through the traditional high school relationship issues and adding in the alcohol we get everything elevated to the next level. The weekend away takes twist when somebody starts picking off the friends before we learn that there is a bigger motive behind everything that happens.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane really is just a bogged standard slasher film for the most part, but it does have an interesting twist you don’t see coming. The characters are very painful generic and the story just follows everything you would expect to see in a slasher film. The film tries something different with the ending which is the only positive about this film otherwise it really is just offer nothing new. (5/10)


Actor Review


Amber Heard: Mandy Lane is the gorgeous girl that all the high school guys want to be with but she is very independent not falling for any of the guys lines. She strikes jealousy between the friends who each believe they are in the driving seat to get her. Amber does a solid job in the role but clearly only works because of how beautiful she is. (6/10)


Anson Mount: Garth is the ranch hand on the ranch that all the girls fall for but he ends up planning babysitter to all of the high school kids who can’t handle their drinks. Anson does a basic job as the older wise protector of the film but doesn’t do enough with the whole story. (4/10)


Whitney Able: Chloe is the insecure member of the friends who thinks all the girls need a perfect skinny body to impress the guys. Whitney does end up being the very generic character that we are all expecting to get what is coming to her early on. (5/10)


Michael Welch: Emmet is Mandy’s old friend who is the guy picking off the popular kids to make them pay for what happened after the party incident. Michael plays the killer well using no remorse through the film. (6/10)


Support Cast: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane has a supporting cast that is basically there just to be disposable and only become helpful to make Emmet look more crazed.


Director Review: Jonathan Levine – Jonathan does a solid job with the horror film because it follows the same old routine but throws you out of the comfort zone with the ending. (5/10)


Horror: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane follows all the slasher ABC style very easily. (8/10)

Settings: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane puts our characters in an isolated location for the horror to take place where the killer can get away with whatever they wants. (7/10)

Suggestion: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is one for the horror fans to enjoy otherwise it will just end up being very average. (Horror Fans Try)


Best Part: Final Twist.

Worst Part: Nothing new in the opening part.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Most Slasher films.


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $750,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Everyone is dying to be with her. Someone is killing for it.


Overall: Just another slasher that we have seen too many times before.

Rating 50

Oldboy (2013)

logoDirector: Spike Lee

Writer: Mark Protosevich (Screenplay) Garson Tsuchiya, Nobuaki Minegishi (Manga)

Starring: John Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Imperiolo, Pom Klementieff, James Ransone, Max Casella


Plot: Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.


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Verdict: Classic American Remake, Botched


Story: Oldboy starts by showing Joe (Brolin) going about his normal day drinking on his job turning up late working on a big job. Joe has been letting his three year old daughter down by missing her birthday just so he can get the advertisement job with an elite client. We learn in just five minutes just how much of a low life screw up Joe really is.

Joe wakes up naked in a hotel room with a selection of different everyday products, the door is locked and there is no way out of the room. Joe’s ex-wife gets murdered while Joe is locked away and Joe is framed for the murder. We continue to see how Joe is locked up and we want and learn the time changing through the television Joe watches as he starts to change.

20 years have passed and Joe is released from his prison and ends up showing the skills he has learned while locked up and meeting Doctor Marie Sebastian (Olsen). Joe goes to the one person he can trust Chucky (Imperioli) and after getting a phone call from the man who has kept him locked up he starts to look into any potential enemies he has. Joe teams up with Marie to search for answers as he struggles to deal with the technology that has come to the world since he was locked up.
Joe finds the location where he was locked up and sets out torturing the man running it Chaney (Jackson) in searching for the one who arranged his locking up. When the mystery man (Copley) visits Joe forcing him to watch murder giving Joe 46 hours to work out who he is and why he locked him up or he will kill Joe’s daughter. We now have to watch Joe and Marie figure out who the mystery man is before learning the terrifying truth behind his motives.

Oldboy is a remake of a classic that with its shock and grit really gathered a hardcore fan base. With that in place we have to wonder how a remake could make an impact, well the only positive I saw was the idea of improved technology, we see Joe solve the problems just by looking on a smartphone while in the original it was a computer. This helps the investigation get fast tracked but that is where the original ideas end. Nearly every scene and twist is a carbon copy of what the original had, we get no shocks because we know what is coming and to take these shocks away would ruin the outcome of the film.

Let’s try and look at this if the original had never happened now. In fairness this really does throw up a very good mystery and I would really like to hear from anyone who has only seen this copy of the film. After seeing the original I can only give this score, but I do think it could be higher if you haven’t seen the original. (4/10)


Actor Review


Josh Brolin: Joe Doucett starts out as a terrible father, drunk and overall sleaze ball. After he gets locked up for twenty years Joe has to figure out who is behind it and get to his daughter before it is too late. Josh doesn’t reach the same levels the star of the original reaches and never looks as full emotional broken by what happens. (4/10)


Elizabeth Olsen: Marie Sebastian young nurse who helps Joe with his investigation, she ends up getting caught up in the middle of the battle with a much more sinister motive. Elizabeth does a solid job but really is just a pawn in the bigger game. (6/10)


Sharlto Copley: Adrian/Stranger this is the mystery man who has been making Joe run through hoops while threating his daughter to see if Joe can learn the motives behind locking him up. Sharlto does a solid job as the villain staying very calm through every scene his character is in showing just how twisted his character really is. (7/10)


Support Cast: Oldboy has a supporting cast who makes up the victims for Joe to target.


Director Review: Spike Lee – Spike is one of the best directors in the business but in the end he just makes a carbon copy of the original. (4/10)


Action: Oldboy has the good fight scenes but like most of this film, it doesn’t reach the levels of the first. (6/10)

Mystery: Oldboy gives a mystery that really makes you wonder what will happen and what is the motive. (9/10)

Thriller: Oldboy does give mystery but doesn’t put you on the edge of your seat like the original does. (5/10)

Settings: Oldboy brings the settings back to America but really doesn’t use anywhere special. (4/10)

Suggestion: Oldboy is a difficult film to suggest because if you have seen original you can miss but if you haven’t you could try this one but I can only suggest really seeing the original. (Watch Original)


Best Part: Technology speeds the pace up.

Worst Part: It is just a carbon copy.

Oh My God Moment: The End.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $4.8 Million

Budget: $30 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

Tagline: Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free.

Trivia: Josh Brolin personally created the title artwork.


Overall: Oldboy sums up the problem with American remakes, it just copies something brilliant and never gets the same shock value.

Rating 40

Halloween Kingathon – Carrie (2013)

Banner-3logoDirector: Kimberly Peirce

Writer: Lawrence D Cohen, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Screenplay) Stephen King (Novel)

Starring: Julianne Moore, Chloe Grace Moretz, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Zoe Belkin, Samantha Weinstein, Katie Strain, Karissa Strain, Ansel Elgort

Plot: A re-imagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

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Verdict: Strong Re-Imagining

Story: Carrie starts by having Margaret White (Moore) giving birth to Carrie and her religious beliefs questioning whether she should keep the baby and use it as a test. Carrie (Moretz) grown into a teenage girl who is an outcast from the rest of the class mates, and much like the original she gets her first period during gym class where the rest of the bullies her giving us a first glimpse into her telekinetic powers.

While Carrie does seem stronger this time around she still falls prey to her mother’s religious beliefs, but this time with newer technology comes newer style of bullying with the video of the locker room incident being put online by leader of the bullies Chris (Doubleday).

With Carrie learning about her telekinetic powers her old friend Sue (Wilde) whoo was one of the bullies decides to make up for her part by asking her boyfriend Tommy (Elgort) to Carrie to the prom, but her good deed works in the favour of banned from prom bully Chris which leads to the iconic scene at prom night.

Carrie is a film that would easily be compared to one of the most popular horror films of the 70’s. I have to say I enjoyed how this film embraced the idea of having the modern technology to increase the bullying factor which is needed for the development of both Carrie and Chris. Talking of Chris I did like how her character got pushed to the next level. I also liked how Carrie learnt more about her powers and actually understands them by the time of the prom. On the down side because it is only fair I do feel that Carrie never really looks like an outcast or a victim of bullying apart from that locker room scene. When the modern audience watch this film they will enjoy it but the fans of the original will not like how certain scenes feel like copies. (7/10)

Actor Review

Julianne Moore: Margaret White is the religious mother of Carrie who sees every moment as a test to please her God while harming herself every time she believes she does wrong. She has a grip over Carrie but not as strong as the first version of Margaret. Julianne does a good job in thie role making her feel all the more demanding. (7/10)maggie

Chloe Grace Moretz: Carrie White is our leading teenage girl who is considered and outcast by her class mates, when she has her first period it unlocks a chain of events with her telekinetic powers that keep getting stronger. After getting bullied she gets the chance to go to prom but what happens there will show just how powerful she has become. Chloe does good in parts and I like what she does with the character but I don’t think she reaches the levels of previous versions. (6/10)carrie

Gabriella Wilde: Sue Snell is the former friend of Carrie who decides to help make up for her part in the bullying by getting her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom. Gabriella does a solid job in this role. (6/10)sue

Portia Doubleday: Chris is the leader of the bullies who gets banned from prom for not accepting the punishment but she won’t give up on her prom dream quietly as she plans her own revenge for being banned. Portia does a god job as the lead bully. (7/10)chris

Support Cast: Carrie has the similar supporting cast to the first film, but I did feel like Billy felt darker, and Tommy felt like a good guy which in the original they both just seemed to do what girlfriends say.

Director Review: Kimberly PeirceKimberly brings her own style to this film and does a good job to make certain scenes stick out more and brings it all into the modern technology world. (7/10)

Horror: Carrie doesn’t reach the horror levels the film should do. (5/10)

Settings: Carrie uses the same settings as the first one, which all work for the story. (7/10)
Special Effects: Carrie uses good effects for the prom scene. (8/10)

Suggestion: Carrie is one for the King fans to watch, I do think it is a good look for the modern telling of the story. (King Fans Watch)

Best Part: The Prom

Worst Part: The blood bucket doesn’t need 3 cuts scenes.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $ 35 Million

Budget: $30 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Know her name. Fear her power.

Overall: Good Remake that brings the terror in the final prom scene.

Rating 70


New Releases – 2nd October 2015

Macbeth macbeth Macbeth, a duke of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

My Guess for Rating – 80%
My Anticipation Rating – 85%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

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My Guess for Rating – 60%
My Anticipation Rating – 40%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

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