Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – The Green Inferno (2013)

green infernoDirector: Eli Roth

Writer: Guillermo Amoedo, Eli Roth (Screenplay)

Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Magda Apanowicz, Ignacia Allamand, Daryl Sabara, Nicolas Martinez, Sky Ferreira

Plot: A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Best Cannibal Film Ever?

Story: Green Inferno starts when an activist group ACT lead by Alejandro (Levy) wanting to take a team to Peru to stop the deforestation happening in the rainforest. He recruits Justine (Izzo) a first year student to join their team which includes Lars (Sabara), Amy (Blanton) Samantha (Apanowicz), Daniel (Martinez), Jonah (Burns) and Kara (Allamand) there are a few more but these are the main few we meet and get to know.

With the campaign being a success the group head home but when their plane crash lands in the middle of the Amazon we lose members of the team in the crash but they are the lucky ones as a local cannibalistic tribe find the remaining survivors and take them back to the village to feed them, who will survivor that is the question left to be asked.

Green Inferno really does what a good cannibal film does but more importantly you can feel the Eli Roth effect on the film. This could be a good or bad thing depending on how you like you horror but his style always starts by introducing us to the main characters making everything feel safe before the third act all the horror is finally unleashed. The pacing of this film really works because it all starts by giving us enough time to build the characters before putting them through the horror. This story has bought the cannibal sub-genre back to light and could easily be up there as a best.

Actor Review

Lorenza Izzo: Justine is the first year student who joins the activist group making her the least experienced on the mission which helps us as the audience have the questions answered, she puts up a fight in her own way. Lorenza gives us a good performance from start to finish as we watch her character change.justine

Ariel Levy: Alejandro is the leader of ACT who comes off as a potential saviour of the world but he is willing to sacrifice anybody to get his message out, he slowly changes as the film unfolds and fills the complete asshole role. Ariel gives a performance that truly makes you hate him even next to cannibals.ajandro

Support Cast: Green Inferno has what you would have to call very generic supporting characters which include the one that shouldn’t be there, the stoner, the brave one, the over friendly one along with the cannibal tribe. They all help with the final outcome of the film and are all easily identified by their actions.

Director Review: Eli RothEli gives us one of his best films and one of the best cannibal films we have ever seen.

Adventure: Green Inferno makes the first half of the film feel like an adventure to save the rainforest.

Horror: Green Inferno has the second half in the horror genre as we see the survivors having to wonder if they can make it out of the cannibal’s village.

Settings: Green Inferno has great settings being used because by the end we see the pure terror of where the survivors are.
Special Effects: Green Inferno uses practical effects for the gore and they all come off looking very good and realistic throughout.

Suggestion: Green Inferno is one for the horror fans to watch. (Horror Fans Watch)

Best Part: Plane crash.

Worst Part: It does take a while to get to the cannibals.

Funniest Scene: Getting the cannibals high.

Believability: Elements of this film feel very real, but the cannibals side is not.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: It doesn’t need one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $6 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Fear will consume you

Trivia: When the villagers were shown Cannibal Holocaust, since they never saw a movie before, they thought it was a comedy.

Overall: The best cannibal film this century.

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Sinister 2 (2015)

logoDirector: Ciaran Foy

Writer: Scott Derrickson, C Robert Cargill (Screenplay)

Starring: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, Lea Coco, Tate Ellington, John Beasley

Plot: A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Dull zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Fell Asleep on keyboard

Story: Sinister 2 starts Ex-Deputy So & So (Ransone) returning from the previous film turning to church for advice on how to stop the demon from striking again from a priest. Time to meet our new family the Collins mother Courtney (Sossamon) and twin boys Dylan (Robert Daniel Sloan) & Zach (Dartanian Sloan) who are on the run from somebody.

As we know the story goes video tapes are discovered only this time it is by the twins who both watch the family videos before the shock and scream murder image of what happens when Bughuul selects his latest family. The house they have moved into had one such incident happen years before and along with So & So who is investigating the string of murders search for answers to the latest of the hauntings on the Collins’ family, while dealing with an abusive ex-husband who wants to take the children away.

Sinister 2 brings us back into the world where a demon with children follows makes a new family become his latest victims while collecting a new child to join him. Well this is simple story how do you mess this up really? You have a single parent isn’t that against the blood lust of the demon? We have an idiot now ex-cop coming back to figure out what is going on well that doesn’t help does it and now he has some brains. I have to give the positives against these negatives, I liked how we had twins making it look like it could be either and I also like how the children were more involved. It doesn’t help that I wasn’t a fan of the first one but I feel this gets even worse and feels like an excuse to try and show an horrific set of murders.

Actor Review

James Ransone: Ex-Deputy So & So returns from the previous film as he is investigating the activity of Bughuul, this brings him into the lives of the Collins who have just moved into the house where one of the killings once took place. James becomes the lead in this film and looks very lost in this role throughout.dputy

Shannyn Sossamon: Courtney Collins is the mother of the boys who is on the run from her ex-husband, they have moved into the house where one of the crimes took place putting them all in danger. Shannyn gives her ‘ I’m in a horror movie’ performance.

Robert Daniel Sloan: Dylan Collins is the shy one of the twins who lets Zach push him into everything, he gets scared in the very presence of his father, he gets picked by the children to watch the videos and become the latest member. Robert gives standard performance with nothing stand out.

Dartanian Sloan: Zach Collins is the brave on of the twins who is happy to investigate what has been happy with the video tapes, but isn’t picked by the children to become their latest member. Dartanian like his brother gives a standard performance.

Support Cast: Sinister 2 has a small supporting cast with most being the dead children and the ex-husband.

Director Review: Ciaran Foy Ciaran doesn’t give us the best horror, bringing us a standard at best horror film that gets worse than the original.

Horror: Sinister 2 doesn’t have any original scares with most just being basic jump scares.

Settings: Sinister 2 uses the isolated looking house for the most part of the setting which works for creepiness in the story.
Special Effects: Sinister 2 has basic effects for the creations but you can see the CGI throughout.

Suggestion: Sinister 2 is one to avoid really because it is offering nothing new. (Avoid)

Best Part: Seeing it from the kids angle.

Worst Part: Same story.

Scariest Scene: Don’t look to close.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Most likely

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Overall: Boring basic jump scares

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Opinion Battles Round 13 Best Film Franchise

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Best Franchise

We all know there a plenty of film franchise out there but how many have managed to get over four films and still be worth watching? That is the question of this round picking our favourite film franchise that have four or more films.

For the next round we will be picking who we want to be the next James Bond, if you are interested in joining in email moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by 1st November 2015

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

George A Romero’s Of the Dead Series (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead)of the dead

When it has come to the zombie genre it has become slightly over saturated with films of the recent years but there is one man who has kept the genre strong and kept up with the times. Night of the Living Dead helped create the genre and with an ending that still gets talked about today it can’t be question it was the birth of a sub-genre. Dawn of the Dead played along the ideas of the American consumer market when it came to the new shopping malls being built and they all acting like zombies heading towards them. Day of the Dead gives us a survivor mentality which is looking for answers with questionable science. Granted the first three are all classics in their own way.

When is comes to Land of the Dead we reach an acceptance level where rich survivors pay for protection while others risk their lives to get everything they want. Diary of the Dead bought us a found footage zombie film which was one of the first to mix the genres. Survival of the Dead is the weak link here but a franchise that has spanned half a century can’t be ignored.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Resident Evil franchiseresident evil

Resident Evil may sound like a stupid choice in the midst of all the fantastic franchises out there.  Except, you have to hear me out.  Most franchises have one movie that I just cringe and stops me from doing a marathon.  The Fast and the Furious has Tokyo Drift that I loathe and Halloween has Season of the Witch, even Indiana Jones has Crystal Skull that I hate so much I pretend it doesn’t exist most days. But Resident Evil… its a different story completely.  Even on its bad days, like Apocalypse and Extinction it still held that guilty pleasure factor to it. I can still enjoy it because in no part of this do I ever take the story itself very seriously and the Mila Jovovich isn’t exactly a great actress but her one liners and those zombies and fight scenes just satiate what I need when I do a Resident Evil marathon. For that reason, I love it to absolutely bits and also why its my choice for this Opinion Battles.

Movie Rob

Star Wars Full Saga Episode 1 – 6star wars

For best franchise It would be so hard for me to pick anything besides the star wars series…With 6 movies already done and numerous others in the immediate work now that Disney has taken the reigns.  I Hope that they will continue in the excellence that was started by George Lucas nearly 40 years ago.  This series has changed the way people look at movies and although other franchises have also impacted the film industry, nothing has yet to outdo what this series has done.

Summer – Serendipitous Anachronisms

Tremorstremors

The one film franchise that consistently delivers, and my favorite, is the comedy- sci-fi- creature feature series Tremors.

In Tremors, “Graboids” or giant carnivorous, prehistoric, subterranean worms terrorize Perfection, Nevada. The townsfolk fight back for survival. 

I know it sounds terrible in theory but stick with me.

What makes Tremors great is its simplicity. A simple plot and relatively simple effects, yet the filmmakers build massive tension and excitement, sprinkled with tons of laughs. Tremors I-IV sticks to a formula but offers enough variety in each installment keeping each film fresh. With well-written dialogue, excellent timing, and lovable characters (even the insane right-wing survivalist is lovable) you cannot help but enjoy every second of the Tremors series.

Khalid – The Blazing Reel

The Mad Max Series (1979-2015)

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Choosing the best movie franchise with four or more films was a no-brainer for me, really. Because there simply isn’t a film franchise that’s managed to not just stay good for so long but one that’s managed to get better and better. My choice is none other that the Mad Max series. It is this series that gave us one of the most intriguing and ‘cool’ depictions of a post-apocalyptic world, gave us easily one of the most memorable and badass characters to ever take the screen and let’s not forget, gave Mel Gibson a career. 

Now I know that Beyond Thunderdome is a weak link but it’s exactly terrible and Fury Road not only makes up for it but proves that a franchise can in fact be resurrected, even after thirty years, if it is in the capable hands of someone like George Miller.

Drew

Star Warsstar wars

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been immersed in the Star Wars films.  I blame my dad really.  But honestly, what isn’t to love about these films?  They tell a great story about good vs. evil, light vs. dark, and that no one is so far lost they can’t be saved.  Sure, the acting in A New Hope can be cheesy at times, but for many of the actors, it was their first big film.  Besides, the sense of adventure and pure epicness of the film more than makes up for it.  Then came The Empire Strikes Back (which many argue is the best sequel ever) and Return of the Jedi (my personal favorite of the series) to expand the universe and make the series even better.  Unlike most, I don’t mind the Prequel Trilogy. Could they have been better? Most certainly.  However, they expand on the Jedi order, the Sith, many of the characters from the Original Trilogy, and give us many (many) lightsaber duels and other fantastic action pieces.

Let’s not forget how impactful the Original Trilogy was for cinema.  It single-handedly revolutionized special effects, as well as story telling in science fiction films.  What’s that? You like Pixar films, too? Well you have George Lucas to thank for that as well.  Although the series has had its ups and downs, no one can deny that the Star Wars Saga has affected many generations since 1977.  With The Force Awakens releasing in less than two months, it stands to bring yet another generation into the fold with new characters and new adventures for them to experience.  Few series have the kind of longevity and influence Star Wars has experienced.  May the Force be with you.

That Other Critic

The Marvel Cinematic Universemarvel

*ahem* Now, there are quite a large amount of long-running franchises in cinematic history, most, when they go to 4 or beyond, become rather, well, bollocks. Most horror franchises have maybe 2-3 genuinely good films, the Die Hard series died hard after 3, Lethal Weapon really only had 2 great films, etc. But, what if I told you that there is a film franchise that is still running, with 12 films currently released, a few TV shows, and several shorts? That franchise is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starting back in 2008, this series used C-list superheroes whose film rights were left at Marvel after what I like to call The Great Marvel Plundering, when Marvel Comics sold off the film rights to most of its characters when it went bankrupt. This left the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and The Punisher at Fox, and Spider-Man at Sony, eventually. It’s a long story. The heads over at Marvel Studios had only a few options left, and none of them particularly appealing, as none the characters left had been popular in years. But, the core members of the Avengers were left, and the great inspiration of our time struck Kevin Feige. He (and others at Marvel) created a cultural phenomenon, the defining blockbuster model of our time, what will be studied by film historians in the future: The Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Prior to this, large, shared, continuity-driven universes were considered to be a poor business model, how would you convince Johnny Average to get in line at the theatre for a film in a long-running franchise where the films have different titles, how would you make it clear to the audience what films were a part of your franchise and which weren’t, when the Marvel brand was on other films as well? Was it even possible? In an age before the Internet, no, no it wasn’t. But, thanks to new technology, this model was accomplished, and accomplished with aplomb. The first Phase of the MCU kicked off with Iron Man, an entertaining, fun, sci-fi superhero comedy to offset the grim realism of The Dark Knight, released that same year. If this film had failed, that would’ve been it. No Avengers, no Guardians of the Galaxy, no Winter Soldier. And, don’t be mistaken, it could easily have failed, Iron Man was a character that practically nobody had heard of, and those who had heard of him would hardly call him a favorite. He was an alcoholic, sad, boring man. But Robert Downey Jr.’s charm and Jon Favreau’s comic sensibilities redefined the character and made him into a lovable scumbag. Over the years, the franchise rarely stumbled, offering occasional mediocre entries (The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2/3, Thor: The Dark World), but failing to ever give a truly poor film. They’re all well-made, entertaining popcorn flicks, with some of the best special effects of the era. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see where this crazy franchise turns next.

S.G. Liput -Rhyme and Reason

Star Wars

While I nearly went with The Lord of the Rings series (I almost consider The Hobbit a separate entity), nothing else I’ve seen could possibly compare with Star Wars. George Lucas’s initial hit in 1977 blossomed into an even more beloved sequel, a satisfying (to most) conclusion, and a prequel trilogy both impressive and despised. Few other franchises have been so widely seen and imitated and can boast so many iconic characters, such as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Princess Leia, Boba Fett, Yoda, even *ahem* Jar Jar Binks. Despite all the hate toward Episodes I, II, and III, they still feature fantastic action and world-building and offer an eye-opening prelude to the original trilogy. The franchise has spilled over to multiple television shows, games, books, comics, conventions, unfathomable merchandise, and (if you haven’t heard) a new continuation of films set to begin this December with The Force Awakens. Star Wars is still going strong with no end in sight, the ultimate example of a successful franchise.

Halloween Kingathon – Graveyard Shift (1990)

Banner-3logoDirector: Ralph S Singleton

Writer: John Espoito (Screenplay) Stephen King (Short Story)

Starring: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff, Vic Polizos, Brad Dourif, Robert Alan Beuth

Plot: In a very old textile mill, with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Creature Feature

Story: Graveyard Shift starts inside an old textiles mill that is getting over ran by rats but there is something else inside the shadows something a lot deadlier to pick off the first victim. The mill brings in the Exterminator (Dourif) to clean out the mill. John Hall (Andrews) a drifter comes to town looking for work which falls perfectly into Warwick’s (Macht) hands as he needs someone to clean up the mill.

John gets the job on the graveyard shift where he works along with the Exterminator. With a new group of employees this just gives fresh meat to the creature living in the basement. The clean up job is going on and the creature only attacks when people are alone making the safety in numbers idea mean that much more.

Graveyard Shift is a true creature feature, it has all the ideas of a town being terrorized by an unknown creature. We have all the elements needed without getting confusing and most importantly we are left to guess what the creature will be. I will say the characters a re very generic for the style of film but that just helps us know who will end up making it to the end. It doesn’t offer to much to the genre but still makes everything simple to follow. (7/10)

Actor Review

David Andrews: John Hall is a drifter who has come to this small town to for work and he gets the role in the graveyard shift. He isn’t welcomed into the town as the locals know he is just a drifter but he is hard working and ends up battling the creature in the basement. David makes for the standard lead never looking like he will carry the film but will the hero of the story. (6/10)

Kelly Wolf: Jane Wisconsky is the young lady who works on in the mill to make ends meet, she is being punished by Warwick for not folding to his ways but she isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty when it comes to work. Kelly does a good job in the role without really excelling. (6/10)

Stephen Macht: Warwick is the seedy boss of the mill who makes people do whatever he wants thinking he can get away with anything. Who hires anyone who wants a job before making them do all the jobs no one wants to do. Stephen does a good job making a truly unlikeable character. (7/10)

Brad Dourif: The Exterminator who enjoys killing the rats more than he should, he has been doing it for too long which makes he feel like he know show to handle all of them but he will face the ultimate enemy here. Brad adds his own style to the character and one you would expect to see from him. (7/10)

Support Cast: Graveyard Shift has the generic supporting cast that all become the disposable characters in the end.

Director Review: Ralph S SingletonRalph brings us a great little creature feature here. (7/10)

Horror: Graveyard Shift ticks every single box in the creature feature horror box. (8/10)

Settings: Graveyard Shift uses a small town and the mill for the most part, the mills makes for a great setting because it creatures the extra scares needed. (9/10)
Special Effects: Graveyard Shift uses great practical effects to create the creature that is made to be extra scary with its appearance. (9/10)

Suggestion: Graveyard Shift this is one for the old school creature feature fans. (Creature Feature Fans)

Best Part: Final scene feel so terrifying.

Worst Part: Basic supporting characters.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $11.5 Million

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: Stephen King took you to the edge with The Shining and Pet Sematary. This time……he pushes you over.

Overall: Blood soaked creature feature

Rating 70