Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – Backwater (2013)

back waterDirector: Christopher Schrack

Writer: Christopher Schrack (Screenplay)

Starring: Thomas Daniel, Andrew Roth, Justin Tully, Liana Werner-Gray

Plot: Cass and Mark venture out into a secluded area of the country for a long weekend and begin to think someone might be stalking them.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Didn’t See That Coming

Story: Backwater starts with a young couple Cass (Werner-Gray)) and Mark (Tully) camping in the woods. The get away takes a turn when the couple hear someone calling for help leading to them going in search of where it came from. After splitting up Mark meets Glen (Roth) a fisher who was the one who called out with both just come off friendly and Cass meeting Deputy Helm (Daniel) who offers some friendly advice before the couple can get back to their trip.

But this is a horror film we don’t want friendly trip in the woods do we? No well the first night in the woods the couple hear noises outside their tent and while listening they come under attack by a man with a knife, scared, blind because of the dark the couple must survive against an unknown enemy with no where to run.

Backwater brings us what seems like a rather standard horror, couple in the woods being stalked but when we see the twist we will be left shocked because you simply will not see it coming, and I mean that you would never think this while watching. I liked how this film threw the particular twist in which makes it stand out unlike any other in the genre.

Actor Review

Justin Tully: Mark is one half of the couple who go into the woods for their trip away together, when he hears a noise he wants to investigate but finds just a friendly fisherman, when things go bad at night he ends up pushing Cass into running but leaving her as he searches for more answers. Mark is a character that would make you wonder if there are even horror movies in the world he lives in because his choices are so anti horror you wouldn’t believe it. Justin does a good job in this role.

Liana Werner-Gray: Cass is the girlfriend of Mark and the other half of the couple out to enjoy the weekend, she never wants to investigate anything happening and is quite happy for Mark to leave him alone. Liana does a great job in the role especially with what happens in the film.cas

Thomas Daniel: Deputy Helm is the police deputy that runs into Cass and offers a few words of advice while staying in the woods, but could he be the one stalking them in the woods? Thomas does a solid job in the supporting role.

Andrew Roth: Glen is a mild mannered fisherman who Mark runs into on his search for someone screaming in the worlds, but could he be the person stalking the couple in the woods? Andrew does a solid job in the supporting role.


Support Cast: Backwater really doesn’t have any supporting characters until the final act of the film.

Director Review: Christopher SchrackChristopher does a good job bringing us a horror that goes in a direction you will not see coming.

Horror: Backwater has good suspension building up through the horror angles in the story.

Mystery: Backwater creates one mystery after another because just when one gets solved another one opens up.

Thriller: Backwater keeps you wondering where the story is going throughout.

Settings: Backwater puts the characters in the middle of the woods which all works for the horror genre.
Special Effects: Backwater uses good special effects when required but never uses them for the sake of it.

Suggestion: Backwater is one for the horror fans to try because you will get a surprise. (Horror Fans Try)

Best Part: The second half twist.

Worst Part: It felt like it would just become a standard film to start with.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $40,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Overall: This will shock you with where it goes


Halloween Kingathon – Pet Sematary (1989)

Banner-3logoDirector: Mary Lambert

Writer: Stephen King (Screenplay) Stephen King (Novel)

Starring: Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard, Miko Hughes, Blaze Berdahl, Susan Blommaert

Plot: Behind a young family’s home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Would You Play God?

Story: Pet Sematary starts when the Creed family moves into their new home with a busy road fr trucks right on their doorstep. We have father Louis (Midkiff), Rachel (Crosby) and children Gage (Hughes) and Ellie (Berdahl), who have a narrow escape with an accident before meeting neighbour Jud Crandall (Gwynne). There is a small pat new the house which leads to a Pet Sematary because of the roads victims over the years.

With the family settled and seasons past the first tragedy hits the family when the family cat gets run over, Louis buries the cat in an ancient burial ground as for Jud advice, when the cat returned from the dead Jud explains the powers the burial ground but also warns of the side effects.

The family has a second tragedy when the youngest Gage is killed by one of the speeding trucks which leads to Louis taking his body to the Indian Burial Ground to bring him back, but he learns that you can’t bring people back.

Pet Sematary is a film that offers a horror from real tragedy, what could possible be worse than seeing your own child killed? We see how the family deals with this loss, but most importantly we see how one man tries to overcome this problem by trying to play God and shattering any memories he had of his son when the son tries to kill him. This film tackles the idea of loss in the family very well and has all the trademarks of a good horror story. (7/10)

Actor Review

Dale Midkiff: Louis Creed is the loving father and doctor who while his family is away takes his dead cat to an Indian Burial Ground where it comes back like nothing happened. Learning the powers of the grave he uses it when another tragedy hits the family to bring his son back with dire consequences. David does a good job in the lead role because on paper his character enters the stage against science when he is meant to be a doctor showing just how any father would do anything to get their child back. (7/10)louis

Fred Gwynne: Jud Crandall is the old neighbour who teaches Louis about the Indian Burial Ground as well as the Pet Sematary, he looks out for the family but in the end he puts the idea into Louis head. Fred does a good job filling the trademark old figure teaching the problems which could happen. (7/10)jud

Denise Crosby: Rachel Creed is the wife and mother of the family who spends time away from the family while Louis crosses the lines f right and wrong when it comes with messing with the dead and the living. Rachel gives a solid performance in the supporting role. (6/10)

Support Cast: Pet Sematary has a supporting cast that includes the two kids who both do a great job, but everyone else is rather generic supporting characters including disapproving father in law.

Director Review: Mary Lambert Mary does a great job bringing us a horror that will hit hard without being truly frightening. (7/10)

Horror: Pet Sematary isn’t the scariest but puts us into a situation where we would be horrified with what happened. (7/10)

Settings: Pet Sematary uses the setting as the most important part of the film, it annoys me that the parents didn’t build a fence with the traffic that dangerous, but without this setting none of the events would have happened. (9/10)
Special Effects: Pet Sematary uses good effects throughout and that ankle slice right up there with Evil Dead. (9/10)

Suggestion: Pet Sematary is one for al the horror fans to watch, if you are a King fan you have too have watched it. (Horror Fans Watch)

Best Part: Easily one of the most shocking deaths in horror.

Worst Part: bad parenting.

Kill Of The Film: Gage because it is so shocking.

Oh My God Moment: Gage’s death

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $57.5 Million

Budget: $11.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

Tagline: Sometimes dead is better.

Trivia: Bruce Campbell was the first choice for the role of Louis Creed.

Overall: Shocking Horror that really hits home hard.

Rating 75

New Release – Backwater

Burbank, CA – Neck hairs will rise when writer-director Christopher Schrack’s Backwater arrives on DVD and Digital this November from Osiris Entertainment. back water

Boasting an award-winning screenplay, the smart, tense and cleverly executed” (All Things Horror) chiller chronicles the frightening journey of couple who can’t shake the feeling that they’re not alone on their camping trip. The truth, however, is far more disturbing than meets the eye.

Justin Tully (Sorority Row) and Liana Werner-Gray (The Man in the Maze) star in what critics are calling a “treat for horror fans” (Horroracle).

Backwater is released November 10.

Synopsis : Cass and Mark are a couple on a camping trip to the distant countryside. When their seemingly secluded getaway is interrupted by an ominous scream, they start to think someone might be stalking them, and encounter two strangers who are also in the woods near them. Despite everything appearing to be harmless, they can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong. The truth, however, is far more disturbing than meets the eye.

2015 Watched List Part 15

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 151 – 160:

1. Mission Impossible 2 logo John Woo brings his stamp to the franchise with doves, motorbikes and awkward gun shooting angles. This one is considered the weakest of the franchise and is the first long hair Hunt.

2. Mission Impossible 3 logo This time we get J.J Abrams step behind the camera and cut Ethan’s hair off while bringing us the most personal Mission to date. Philip Seymour Hoffman gives one of the best villain performance in recent years and the best in the franchise.

3. Mission Impossible 4 Ghost Protocol logo Brad Bird comes in for the fourth instalment of the franchise and long haired Hunt again. We get the amazing scenes and with one of the most amazing stunts in the series. This could be my favourite in the franchise.

4. Dark Waterlogo The original Asian version of the film where a single mother gets haunted by a ghost in the apartment building she has just moved into. A good horror film that really builds up the scares.

5. Shutter logo This is actually the American remake with Joshua Jackson that works really well and has a truly haunting end scene. Wrongly slammed but solid at best.

6. The Hobbit 3 logo Last chapter of book, boring didn’t know what was going on.

7. Skin Tradelogo Tony Jaa and Dolph Lundgren team up to take on a group of people traffickers who have made things personal. This is one of my favourite action films I saw this year.

8. Avengers Age of Ultron logo The middle chapter of the mega superhero saga that offers very little new but will keep the popcorn fans happy. I personally am getting tired of the superheroes always winning and I want something new.

9. The Darkest Hour logo Four friends find themselves in the middle of Russia during an alien invasion that can only be identified with electricity. Smart idea that really works even with its small cast.

10. Darkness Falls logo The tooth fairy comes but she isn’t after teeth she is after souls. A good little horror film that really uses the scares well.

The Best – Skin Trade logo While I do enjoy the later Mission Impossibles I have seen them before I found this one was such a great first watch.

The Worst – The Hobbit 3, Boring.logo