Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Red Clover (2012)

logoDirector: Drew Daywalt

Writer: Anthony C Ferrante (Screenplay)

Starring: Derek Babb, Dave Davis, William Devane, Matty Ferraro, Billy Zane, Kelly Washington, Azure Parsons, Dane Roberts, Gabriel Jarret, Karl Herlinger, Courtney Halverson, Andrea Frankle

Plot: Sixty-six years ago the town of Irish Channel in Louisiana was the site of a horrible massacre on St. Patrick’s Day. Some blame a terrible storm that blew through the town, but those that were there don’t speak of the truth. Due to petty superstitions St. Patrick’s Day festivities were banned for the last 66 years, but now the new Mayor wants to tempt fate and celebrate.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Solid TV Horror

Story: Red Clover starts with the legend of the Irish community that moved to USA with their gold, but it came from a creature that escaped with them losing it all. We are now in modern time with Pop O’Hara (Devane) hunting with Karen (Halverson) when she stumbles across a red leaf clover unleashing a creature from its ancient burial ground.

Karen’s dad just so happens to be the Sheriff (Zane) who doesn’t get along with his father and his beliefs taking Karen home after the incident in the woods. We learn that Pop has been searching for leprechauns his whole life even if it end up getting him into trouble along the way. Karen has been imprinted by the clover which starts her having nightmares and ditching school. Karen has to search for answers that only Pop could answer because a doctor can’t find anything wrong with her even though the sighs show she is sick.

St Patrick’s day is approaching and people are getting picked off right left and centre, as Karen continues to have strange occurrence happening around her. Karen must race against time to put the leprechaun make in its resting place before it ends up taking over the community.

Red Clover brings a massive amount of Irish clichés when it comes to fighting a Leprechaun creature rather than what we are used too. It all works well for the style of horror with a creature after the town’s people and one person knowing how to fight back, one girl that will win the fight against them. This will offer nothing new to the genre because it never challenges itself to become original. I won’t say this is bad but I also won’t say it is good either, just standard. (/10)

Actor Review

Courtney Halverson: Karen O’Hara is our heroine who gets infected by the red clover, she gets stalked by the leprechaun creature. She has four days to put the leprechaun back into its resting place or she will die. Courtney does a solid job in the leading horror character role. (6/10)karen

Billy Zane: Sheriff Conor O’Hara is Karen’s father who has been dealing with his own father’s issues overtime but when the leprechaun comes to life he has to help fight the superstition before it kills his whole community. Well billy Zane has fallen from where he used to be. (3/10)

William Devane: Pop O’Hara is the town drunk who has spent his life trying to prove leprechauns are real and now he has to go up against a real one to save his grand daughter. William does a solid job but really should be doing more for his career. (5/10)pops

Support Cast: Red Clover has a supporting cast that all end up being generic characters that all play out to be victims.

Director Review: Drew Daywalt Drew does a solid job with this film, he doesn’t challenge enough of originality but doesn’t get the basic wrong. (6/10)

Horror: Red Clover does a basic job but never really reaches the scare level it should and also has a couple of cheap scares. (5/10)

Thriller: Red Clover doesn’t really keep you guessing because you know no one will make it out when it comes to the supporting characters. (4/10)

Settings: Red Clover takes us to a small town where we get to see the community that ends up having the creature unleashed. (6/10)
Special Effects: Red Clover does go for practical effects which works because we all like a good blood splatter. (8/10)

Suggestion: Red Clover is one that really is for late night television only. (Late Night TV)

Best Part: St Patrick’s Day Queen Kill.

Worst Part: Not a leprechaun.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

Tagline: Evil has a new holiday.

Overall: Red Clover is a hell of a lot better than Leprechaun Origins but that wasn’t difficult.

Rating 50

 

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

logoDirector: Danny Steinmann

Writer: Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen, Danny Steinmann (Screenplay) Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen (Story)

Starring: John Shepherd, Miguel A Nunez Jr, Corey Parker, Carol Locatell, Shaver Ross, Marco St. John, Melanie Kinnaman, Richard Young

Plot: Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis – who as a child killed Jason Voorhees – wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Friday the 13th Scooby Doo Edition

Story: Friday the 13th: A new Beginning jumps rights into the action with young Tommy (Feldman) returning to the grave of Jason Voorhees where two locals decide the dig up the grave to get a look at the man himself only for Jason to come back and kill them before setting his sights on Tommy himself. Dream sequence, sigh.

Tommy (Shepard) is now all grown up but on his way to a mental institute for young people with problems, the assistant director Pam (Kinnaman) welcomes Tommy along with Matt (Young) the director. The institute has your usual patients with their own problems which make them all different, but things take a turn for Tommy and the residents when somebody starts killing the residents, has Jason returned from the grave?

Friday the 13th: A new Beginning really is your typical sequel to the franchise, it brings back a character from the last outing, this time it is Tommy who believes Jason is still alive. We see how he is constantly paranoid nds up being true when a killer turns up. The problem most people will have is that the killer isn’t Jason it is someone dressed up as Jason, yay just what we needed. As a slasher this is solid but with the final twist loses the film respect. (/10)

Actor Review

John Shepherd: Tommy Jarvis still haunted by his past he has been going from mental home to mental home but he is finally on the verge of getting released by staying in this half way house is to help him deal with everyday life. When somebody starts killing people his nightmares of Jason returning could be coming true again. John does a basic job without excelling. (5/10)

Melanie Kinnaman: Pam is the assistant director at the mental institute who has to make everyone welcome when they join. Melanie does a solid job but doesn’t get enough screen time. (6/10)

Support Cast: Friday the 13th: A new Beginning has a basic supporting cast that are all very generic to what you would expect to see in a mental home.

Director Review: Danny Steinmann – Danny gives us a basic slasher which works well enough for all slasher fans. (6/10)

Horror: Friday the 13th: A new Beginning has good slasher horror elements throughout without shining. (7/10)

Mystery: Friday the 13th: A new Beginning tries to create a mystery about who is doing the killings. (5/10)

Thriller: Friday the 13th: A new Beginning does try to bring you to the edge of your seat through the film but you don’t care about the characters enough. (5/10)

Settings: Friday the 13th: A new Beginning takes the action away from Crystal Lake but does seem to make it all in one place for isolation. (7/10)

Suggestion: Friday the 13th: A new Beginning is one for all the slasher fans to enjoy, if you don’t like a slasher this won’t convince you to like them. (Slasher Fans Only)

Best Part: Violet’s dances movie so funny.

Worst Part: Not using Jason.

Kill Of The Film: Idiot neighbour boy.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has many more sequels

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $21.3 Million

Budget: $2 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: The mindless, murderous fury that was buried with Jason has ben reborn and suddenly, terror has become child’s play!

Overall: Basic slasher with a failed twist in the story telling.

Rating 55

2015 Watched List Part 28

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 281 – 290:

  1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit logo The classic film following the adventures of a cartoon rabbit who has been framed working with a cartoon hating investigator to uncover the truth. It is one all would have seen but this was only my first viewing.
  2. Sand Sharks Sharks that live in sand, what more do you need to know.
  3. Dracula Untold logo Yet another attempt to bring the Dracula legacy back to life and failing miserably.
  4. Pound of Flesh logo Jean Claude Van Damme action film, about getting his kidney back, yes that is the plot. You know what you are going to get here.
  5. Inside Man logo Bank robbery with a twist in one if not the most underrated heist movie of all time.
  6. Sharknado 3 logo Madder Badder and wilder than ever.
  7. Home logo Charming little animated film about accepting being different.
  8. Children of Men ogo One of the best sci-fi movies ever made with brilliant tracking shots throughout.
  9. Wolf Creek 2 logo A sequel gone bad.
  10. The Pianist logo Stunning, hard to watch drama following a Jew trying to survive the holocaust.

The Best – Children of Menogo

The Worst – Sand Sharks