Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – Dark Water (2002)

logoDirector: Hideo Nakata

Writer: Takashige Ichise, Hideo Nakata, Ken’ichi Suzuki, Yoshihiro Nakamura (Screenplay) Koji Suzuki (Novel)

Starring: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa, Fumiyo Kohinata

 

Plot: A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Building, Strong Finish

 

Story: Dark Water starts by showing us how Yoshimi Matsubara (Kuroki) going through a divorce and trying to keep full custody of her child Ikuko (Kanno). We learn that Yoshimi has had psychiatric treatment in that past and her husband wants to use it against her. Yoshimi has to find a new place to live with her little girl and they find a lovely apartment that has something about it. Ikuko goes off wondering around alone discovering a bag on the roof.

In the new apartment there seems to be a water stain on the roof that just keeps returning and growing. The water continues to come in from the room above so Yoshimi starts to investigate the apartment above. We continue to see how the twos lives are moving on with Yoshimi getting a new job and Ikuko starting school. Yoshimi learns about a young girl that went missing in the same area that starts turning up in their lives. Everything escalates when Ikuko goes missing leading to Yoshimi searching desperately for her daughter and trying to solve the case of the missing girl.

Dark Water is one of the original horror films I actually saw the remake first which could be why I didn’t find this as effect as it had been made out to be. Even though it is a good ghost investigation film which is my favourite type of horror, I would say a strong point of the film is not force the ghost to jump out over and over again instead will get the ideas of a ghost turning up nearer the end of the film. This all works out to be a good story but the scares don’t come off to the level you would expect from this style of film. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Hitomi Kuroki: Yoshimi Matsubara is the mother who is trying just to keep everything together while going through a messy divorce, she moves into a new apartment with her daughter only to find it haunted by the ghost of a dead little girl. Yoshimi must work out how to save her daughter and not look crazy along the way. Hitomi does a good job in the leading lady role making every scene between her losing her mind and protecting her child seem important. (7/10)

 

Rio Kanno: Ikuko Matsubara (6) is the little girl getting haunted and potential mistreated by her mother, she has to listen to instruction even though the ghost comes off as a play mate who wants her soul. Rio does a solid job in the role but doesn’t act as scared as she should be. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: Dark Water has a small supporting cast which includes the general building staff, the ghost girl and the people who turn up in everyday life, they all help the story get to its conclusion.

 

Director Review: Hideo Nakata – Hideo gives us a solid horror film that gives us plenty to think about because it tests us on what could be real or in the head before we get the real answers. (7/10)

 

Horror: Dark Water holds back most of the scares until the final third of the film which works because when they do happen we get a more genuine fear about what is happening. (7/10)

Mystery: Dark Water gives us a good mystery to try and solve but only goes one direction about finding it. (6/10)

Thriller: Dark Water doesn’t manage to pull you in as much as it could. (5/10)

Settings: Dark Water creates a natural setting bring the horror right to your door. (8/10)

Suggestion: Dark Water is one for the horror fans to try and enjoy but they may get let down by the number of scares. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: When we finally see the ghost girl.

Worst Part: Slow scares.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has an America Remake.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Ringu

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

Tagline: From The Creators of Japan’s Acclaimed RINGU, Inspiration for the hit phenomenon THE RING

 

Overall: Dark Water is a good investigation film but falls short with true scares.

Rating 60

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Clive Owen Weekend – Children Of Men (2006)

ogoDirector: Alfonso Cuaron

Writer: Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J Sexton David Arata, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby (Screenplay) P. D. James (Novel)

Starring: Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julianne Moore, Charlie Hunnam, Danny Huston, Clare-Hope Ashitey

Plot: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Brilliant Sci-Fi Thriller

Story: Children of Men starts be placing us in 2027 where the youngster person on the planet get killed at the age of 18, we see Theo (Owen) witness the new story break before going on his day narrowly escaping a bomb. We see the world morn his death as the human race seems to be unable to reproduce. Just watching Theo travel we end up seeing the future world where the immigrants get hunted down where he meets old friend Jasper (Caine).

When Theo gets kidnapped by Luke (Ejiofor) for his ex-wife Julian (Moore) he gets asked to help get papers for an immigrant which means going to his cousin Nigel (Huston). Theo gets the papers but can only enough for them both to go along where he meets Kee (Ashitey) the girl they have to transport, but the details of her true identity could be the answers to the human races problem.

Children of Men is one of the best stories that we have seen in the sci-fi in years, we have had many subjects covered but the natural end of the human race potentially happening is what makes this stand out. The film is filled with shocks but does also have plenty of foreshadowing, I would also like to point out them only negative in the film to me is not giving Theo enough information at the start because after every escape we hear the next part, but I am not going to say much more on this because I did enjoy it even with this being about my fifth viewing and it still feels fresh nearly ten years later. (9/10)

Actor Review

Clive Owen: Theo Faron is the reporter drunk who is just getting through the known existence in the end of the species. When his old flame comes back into his life he ends up on mission to take the first pregnant lady in 19 years to safety. Clive shows just how much of a big star he was becoming with this performance. (9/10)theo

Julianne Moore: Julian is the ex partner of Theo who turns back up in his life to use his connections to help transport an immigrant that could redefine the human races future. Julianne isn’t around very long because she is part of one of the most shocking death in film history. (7/10)

Michael Caine: Jasper is the drug dealing former reporter who lives a life of seclusion with her seriously ill wife, he is one of the only people Theo trusts and when Theo turns to him for help he is the one that sets up the plan. Michael gives a good performance in a role you wouldn’t expect to him in. (7/10)jasper

Chiwetel Ejiofor: Luke is the leader of radical group against the government who want to use the baby as a pawn in their game. He doesn’t care who he has to kill to get the answers he needs or the baby he wants to make his own. Chiwetel goes up against Owen again here after his performance in Inside Man. He shows here that he can play the villain even if it I slight genetic. (8/10)luke

Clare-Hope Ashitey: Kee is the first pregnant lady the world has seen in 19 years, she could be the saviour of mankind and is the package needed to be protected by Theo. Clare-Hope does give a very good early role next to the bigger stars. (7/10)kee

Support Cast: Children of Men has a supporting cast that mostly includes the people the Theo meets on the mission across the country, some help others hinder.

Director Review: Alfonso CuaronAlfonso shows all his talent in this film which could easily be the best of his career because it is shot to near perfect. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Children of Men shows just how bleak the world has become once the idea of reproducing has gone. (10/10)

Thriller: Children of Men does keep you at the edge of your seat with the simple stunning final act. (9/10)

Settings: Children of Men creates the bleak dystopia of how the world might have changed. (9/10)

Suggestion: Children of Men is one that has to be watched by everyone just so you can see how lucky we are. (Watch)

Best Part: Continuous shot in the final battle is breath taking.

Worst Part: Slightly generic villains.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 3 Oscars.

Box Office: $70 Million

Budget: $76 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

Tagline: The last one to die please turn out the light.

Trivia: Almost every shot contains an animal, usually a dog.

Overall: This is a brilliant sci-fi film that captures the tone of the story perfectly.

Rating90

 

Halloween Kingathon – Creepshow (1982)

Banner-1logoDirector: George A Romero

Writer: Stephen King (Screenplay)

Starring: Hal Holbrook, Adriene Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Ed Harris, Ted Danson, E.G. Marshall,

Plot: Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A. Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Terror Filled Tales

Story Reviews

The Crate: The Crate centres around a mysterious crate found under the stairs of a university, the label says it is over 100 years old but the doctors at the university decide to look into the crate, Dexter (Weaver) opens the crate only to find an ape like creature inside, one that has a lust for blood where he turns to Henry (Holbrook) a fellow professor for help, but he has is own ideas for the crate. This story has a great creature feature feel to it with the psychological side of the story when it come to Henry’s visions. (7/10)

Father’s Day: The story starts in a rich society where Hank (Harris) who seems like an everyday life, he joins the rest of the family as they hope to inherit the remaining money as they wait for Aunt Bedelia (Lindfors) the lady with most of the money after she killed her father. This Father’s Day things take a turn when Aunt Bedelia’s father returns from the dead in search of his cake and the living. Father’s Day was a good start to the set of stories as it is filled with plenty of blood and gore. (7/10)

Something to Tide You Over: This one starts with Richard Vickers (Nielsen) confronting his wife’s lover Harry (Danson) to let him listen to the recording of his wife screaming before forcing Harry to come with him on a journey. The journey leads to the beach where Richard forces Harry to bury himself in the sand where he leaves Harry to die, but this is a horror film and the dead don’t stay dead when both Harry and Rebecca come back from the dead for revenge. This is the story that always sticks with me because of the pure terror in what the characters go through. (8/10)

The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill: When as meteor crash lands in Jordy Verrill (King) land he sees it as a pay day, but how does he get the meteor to the science department. After Jordy touches the meteor he finds himself becoming infected and slowly starting to grow a new life form. This story gives us the idea of growing out of control once a new life form comes to Earth, it works well but will easily be one to forget. (5/10)

They’re Creeping Up On You: Upson Pratt (Marshall) has a bug phobia in a futuristic world in his germ free apartment that has a cockroaches problem, a problem that will end up causing him to suffer a terrifying night. This really is the most horrific of all the stories being told. (8/10)

Director Review: George A Romero George gives us a brilliant mix of horror through each of the tale. (8/10)

Comedy: Creepshow has a couple of good comedy moments with most of the film being based on horror. (7/10)

Horror: Creepshow has different style of horror for each story that all work very well to create horror themes throughout. (8/10)

Settings: Creepshow uses a mix of different settings for each story and it would be fair to say it is important to each individual story. (9/10)
Special Effects: Creepshow has endless brilliant special effects used throughout. (10/10)

Suggestion: Creepshow is one for all the horror fans to sit down and enjoy as the story unfolds. (Horror Fans Watch)

Best Part: Something to Tide You Over.

Worst Part: Jordy story.

Kill Of The Film: Billy.

Scariest Scene: Creeping on you

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has two sequels

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours

Tagline: From the Masters of Terror and the Macabre… (George A. Romero & Stephen King)

Trivia: Ted Danson, who played Harry Wentworth in “Something to Tide You Over”, said in a T.V. interview that his daughter was on the set during the scene where his character returns from the dead encased in rotting flesh and seaweed. He purposely tried avoiding his young daughter out of fear of scaring her. Finally, despite his best efforts, she went up to him, looked at him and simply said, “Oh, hi Dad.”

Overall: Great mix of horror throughout, a true mix of camp fire stories.

Rating 75

Opinion Battles Results Round 10

Opinion Battles Results

Best Animé

We had a large selection of films here with most being fans favourites but just what came out on top?

Well in joint third was Khalid pick Grave of the Fireflies and Kim & Flicks Chicks My Neighbour Totoro giving both .5 points.graveneoghbour

In 2nd comes Filmfunkel with the choice of Princess Mononoke getting 5 pointsprincess

But getting the full 10 points are both Emma and James who selected the classic Spirited Away.spirited

This leaves the table looking like

1st Rob – 46.1

2nd Emma – 32.1

3rd Drew – 29.9

4th Flicks Chicks – 29.4

5th Khalid – 29.1

6th James – 22.9

7th Kim – 20.9

8th S.G. Liput – 17.9

9th Filmfunkel – 13.5

10th That Other Critic – 8

11th Darren – 2

2015 Watched List Part 14

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch.

So without further ramblings here we go with 141 – 150:

1. The Great Gatsby logo This all star cast including DiCaprio, Edgerton, Mulligan and Maguire in the story of one man’s quest to win the woman of his dreams heart when he can easily trick everyone else into believing his own lifestyle. While this film looks fantastic it would be fair to say the plot leaves a lot to the imagination.

2. Existslogo The found footage genre has almost been done to death but this one follows a group of friends that end up hitting a creature while driving to a cabin for weekend of fun, what follows is the creature coming after them for revenge and this time it is Bigfoot. This high definition found footage film has good scares that will keep you on edge throughout.

3. Last Knight logo Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman star in the action thriller set in medieval times where an elite group of Knights plan their revenge after being betrayed. This has such a slow start you lose interest by the end sequence.

4. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane logo When a group of high school friends go to a family farm for a weekend of drinks, drugs and sex a moment from their past will haunt them as they start getting picked off. This film does have a killer twist that makes it stand out from the average slasher film.

5. Event Horizon logo A rescue crew travels across space to investigate what happened on the Event Horizon which disappeared years ago but now has returned but the horror has only just began. One of the best sci-fi horror movies ever made with such brutal gore that much of the film got edit to avoid everything.

6. Sorority Row logo A high school Sorority plays a prank which goes horribly wrong leading to a death of one of their own, on year later somebody has come for revenge picking off the girls responsible one by one. Basic slasher that does keep you guessing until the very end.

7. The Signal logo Three friends look to meet a brilliant computer hacker but what they find will leave them shocked as they wake up one day in a living nightmare. A brilliant little sci-fi gem that will leave you shocked with every turn it takes.

8. Brain Dead logo This Peter Jackson blood bath of a horror film is a true cult classic that is wildly funny and bloody from start to finish. This was the first time I saw this and my God what a bloody gory film.

9. Mission Impossible logo This instalment of the classic television show moving to the big screen. Tom Cruise takes the lead role in an action thriller that is non-stop. While I do think the franchise has gone onto bigger and better things this was a good starting point.

10. The Machinelogo We all saw Transcendence and most people hated it, well this is a smarter version of what that could have been by unloading human intelligence onto a computer before it slowly starts to take over.

The Best – Event Horizonlogo

The Worst – Last Knightlogo