Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – Chillerama

logoDirector: Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Bear McCreary, Adam Rifkin, Tim Sullivan

Writer: Adam Rifkin, Tim Sullivan, Adam Green, Joe Lynch (Screenplay)

Starring: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Tania Raymonde, Eric Roberts, Owen Benjamin, Tracy Dawson, Kane Hodder, Joel David Moore

 

Plot: It’s the closing night at the last drive-in theater in America, and Cecil Kaufman has planned to show four movies, which are so rare that they have never been exhibited publicly on American soil, until this very night.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interest Mini Films

 

Story Reviews

 

Wadzilla (Adam Rifkin): This story follows Miles who is struggling with his sperm levels and Dr Weems gives him experimental treatment to improve his sperm count. The pills have a negative effect because now all Miles has a every increases sized sperm that take a life of their own. Wadzilla is a creature feature with a difference when a giant sperm goes on a killing spree, it knows it is awful but is clearly taking the piss out of the over the town monster movies we have seen through the years. (7/10)

 

I Was A Teenage Werebear (Tim Sullivan): This one starts with Ricky and Peggy Lou two teenagers starting a romance going through a literally song and dance routine. When Peggy Lou gets run over she survives somehow but Ricky’s attention has turned toward the other guys. When Ricky gets bitten on the arse he starts changing into a Werebear and becomes uncontrollable like the ones who bit him. This story feels a lot like The Lost Boys meets Glee, with its really cheesy number and hilarious style. (7/10)

 

The Diary of Anne Frankenstein (Adam Green): For the final chapter we go to war time Germany where Hitler is hunting down Jews where he finds Anna Frank, Hitler finds the diary of Doctor Frankenstein and decides to build his own, but when he monster gets out of control it goes on a killing rampage. This was easily the worst of the four main stories, where it had funny moments but wasn’t interesting. (4/10)

 

Deathication: This is a introduction into the scariest movie ever made and is clearly a giant warning before going into the movie. While this is only short it a beyond awful. (0/10)

 

Zom-B-Movie (Joe Lynch): This is the overall story where we meet the people who have come to watch the selection of horror films being shown by Cecil Kaufman. This is final showing at this drive in movie theatre before it is destroyed, as one of his employees is starting to turn into a Zombie. We follow a few group of friends who comment on the films they have just scene while the zombie numbers start to increase and the virus spreads. (7/10)

 

Comedy: Chillerama has good comedy moments which often come in references to classic films but there is also sex comedy which isn’t my favourite. (6/10)

Horror: Chillerama pays a lot of B-Movies respect to make the film entertaining but isn’t really go to hit any levels of horror. (5/10)

Settings: Chillerama each setting works for the particular film with the overall story being shown at an old school drive-in giving the film the right feeling of B-Movie level. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Chillerama uses the cheesy effects very well and it is clear that is what the film is going for. (7/10)

Suggestion: Chillerama is one for the horror fans to try but don’t expect anything special here. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Cecil Kaufman taking on the zombies with one liners.

Worst Part: Deathication was terrible and insulting.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Scary or Die

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours

Tagline: Drive In- Freak Out

 

Overall: Solid Horror Comedy with ups and downs.

Rating 55

Hitman Agent 47 (2015)

logoDirector: Aleksander Bach

Writer: Skip Woods, Michael Finch (Screenplay) Skip Woods (Story)

Starring: Rupert Friend, Thomas Kretschmann, Zachary Quinto

Plot: An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Bog Standard Action

Story: Hitman: Agent 47 starts with the idea that Dr Delriego (Kanies) has been searching for the answer of improving a human into a deadly hitman, the key is in a mysterious woman no one can find. Agent 47 (Friend) is also after this woman but now knows what he is really looking for.

The girl in question is Katia (Ware) who has been identified as a person of interest with John Smith (Quinto) following her. Agent 47 latest target is Katia and John Smith is the only person who can keep her alive as she aims to learn secrets about her father. Not everything is as it seems as Agent 47 has a previous connection with Katia and it is Le Clerq (Kretschmann) who is after her father.

Hitman: Agent 47 brings us back into the video game world only this time it is a reboot of the first Hitman which I might add I really liked. This well this was just basic action hitman has plan to complete latest job which will involve saving a girl, fighting an enemy strong than him, wait this is just Terminator isn’t it? I am going to be brutal on this film and the first 50 minutes we are lead to believe that Agent 47 is the bad guy, the film is about him why waste all the time lying to us when we all and I mean all know he is the hero of the film? This really disappoints me especially after the original was one of the better video game films.

Actor Review

Rupert Friend: Agent 47 is the deadly assassin whose latest mission brings him up against his employees while trying to save a young woman who is also trained but has a connection to his past. Rupert tries to fit into the assassin’s shows but simply doesn’t end up living up to original levels Timothy achieved.agent 47

Thomas Kretschmann: Le Clerq is the man looking for Katia’s father he is the man who wants Katia’s father and sends John out to find him, he never leaves his office but always get what he wants. Thomas is hardly in the film and is easily meant to be the villain but you never really believe him.

Zachary Quinto: John Smith is an ungraded assassin who starts off as a friend to Katia only to have his own motive for what he does as he is working for the people looking for her father. He is stronger than Agent 47 making him a worthy enemy to the hitman. Zachary brings out his Sylar again for this role where he is an unkillable machine.

Hannah Ware: Katia is a woman looking for her father, she is about to go on the run before all these assassins start coming after her. She does have abilities in combat making her alliance even more important to whoever has her by their side. Hannah does a basic job but never gets going in this role.

Support Cast: Hitman: Agent 47 doesn’t have the biggest supporting cast and the ones we see just someone for Agent 47 to fight.

Director Review: Aleksander Bach Aleksander doesn’t bring us the best video game that really doesn’t get started.

Action: Hitman: Agent 47 has very basic action that is all quick cut fight scenes to show how good both Agent 47 and John Smith really are in combat.

Crime: Hitman: Agent 47 has the hitman chasing angle but doesn’t really end up going to in depth with the criminal side of the story.

Thriller: Hitman: Agent 47 doesn’t keep you guessing because the first half is a giant dummy we see before we see what we know is meant to be happening.

Settings: Hitman: Agent 47 uses the setting you would expect from a film with this subject matter, nothing to fancy until the final over sized office.
Special Effects: Hitman: Agent 47 doesn’t let the effects come through with everything looking CGI.

Suggestion: Hitman: Agent 47 is one to skip this year, it doesn’t have enough to make it a worth while action film. (Skip)

Best Part: I’m not dead John Smith.

Worst Part: First half of the film is pointless.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: It leaves it open to one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $35 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

Overall: A disappointing action film that offers up nothing original through the story.

Ratings card

 

Halloween Kingathon – Sometimes They Come Back (1991)

Banner-1logoDirector: Tom McLoughlin

Writer: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal (Screenplay) Stephen King (Short Story)

Starring: Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Robert Rusler, Chris Demetral, Robert Hy Gorman, William Sanderson

Plot: Based on a short story by Stephen King, a man and his family return to his home town, but he is then harassed by teenagers that died when he was a kid.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Ghosts of the Living Dead

Story: Sometimes They Come Back starts the Norman family moving back to Jim (Matheson) home town with wife Sally (Adams) and son Scott (Gorman). Jim has taken a teaching job and the rumours about his past continue to follow him around, while his past haunts him from this town.

We learn what happens to Jim’s brother when he was a kid and that being the main reason why they left the town in the first place. The return to the town brings death of a student before a new student Richard Lawson (Rusler) appears in class who has a striking resemblance to the thug that killed Jim’s brother.

When a second student dies a second member of the gang who died after killing Jim’s brother turns up in his class looking for revenge for their deaths.

Sometimes They Come Back turns the spin on the idea from The Crow where the evil characters come back looking for revenge. It all works very basic but you do wonder why the innocent kids deaths never really got looked into. It ends up being a reliving moment idea and some weak investigation nothing really gets explained to why it all ends up happening. (5/10)

Actor Review

Tim Matheson: Jim Norman is the teacher who is haunted by his childhood where he brother was murdered but it trying to rebuild his life after a professional incident in his home town. His life really comes back to life when the thugs who died during his brother’s death come back for revenge. Tim does a solid job in the film without excelling. (6/10)jim

Robert Rusler: Richard Lawon is the leader of the gang who killed Jim’s brother but died, he has returned with the rest of his gang from the grave to get revenge on Jim. Robert does a good job in this role and you generic villain character. (7/10)

Support Cast: Sometimes They Come Back has the generic supporting cast with worried family and typical thug like characters.

Director Review: Tom McLoughlinTom gives us a basic thriller without hitting any real horror angles. (5/10)

Horror: Sometimes They Come Back doesn’t reach all the horror angles it needs to get to. (4/10)

Thriller: Sometimes They Come Back tries to keep you guessing to what will happen next to the characters. (7/10)

Settings: Sometimes They Come Back uses the basic small town setting which is easily the trademark of Stephen King based film. (5/10)

Suggestion: Sometimes They Come Back is one to try but could easily be missed. (Try It)

Best Part: Basic tunnel scene.

Worst Part: Not enough scares.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has a sequel.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Overall: Basic horror thriller that is very slow

Rating 40

2015 Watched List Part 17

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 171 – 180:

1. Maggie logo When Arnold Schwarzenegger’s daughter gets bitten by a zombie she is slowly turning, this film follows him in her final days before she loses her fight. I will say this is one of the best films this year because it could change the zombie genre.

2. 5 Flights Up logo Delightful comedy following an elderly couple who are trying to move from the 5th floor apartment in Brooklyn. This really is a good comedy that is charming without being wildly laugh out loud.

3. Cyborglogo Jean Claude Van Damme film, you know what you are going to get.

4. Conan the Barbarian logo The original Schwarzenegger film that helped make him a bigger star but has dated by now.

5. 51st State logo Black comedy following a perfect drug maker as he looks for a new dealer in a new country England. It has its moments and fills the odd couple comedy very nicely.

6. Alien Abduction logo A film about a family and there camera as they get abducted by aliens. Simples it has a good scare here and there and well created moments.

7. Finders Keepers logo I didn’t remember this film that pretty much tells you how good it was.

8. Road to Perdition logo Tom Hanks stars in this gangster film as his son witnesses one of the mobs murders and he has to take him on the run to stop the mob killing them both. I hate gangster films I loved this one.

9. American Beauty logo The Oscar winning movie that gets laughed about because of the bag scene. It remains a classic and well worth a watch every now and then.

10. Unfriended logoA group of High School friends get invaded through their Skype conversation when one of their pranks victims has gone wrong. Good idea terrible film and I actually saw this at the cinema as a date, I never saw her again.

The Best – Road to Perditionlogo

The Worst – Unfriendedlogo