Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Judas Ghost (2013)

juasDirector: Simon Pearce

Writer: Simon R Green (Screenplay)

Starring: Martin Delaney, Lucy Cudden, Simon Merrells, Alexander Perkins, Grahame Fox

 

Plot: A team of professional ghost finders are trapped in an old village hall. The haunting they set out to investigate turns out to be far worse than they anticipated. Who will survive and what will be left of their souls?

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Haunting Done Right

 

Story: Judas Ghost starts with our team of ghost hunters Jerry (Delaney), Anna (Cudden), Mark (Merrells) and Ian (Perkins) who are making a training video for aspiring ghost hunters. Jerry is the charismatic host of the videos that explains all the different types of enemies they can come up against, but things take a turn when the expert team is struggling to understand the events going on in this hall they are working in.

Believing in his team’s ability Jerry wants to take on the spirit haunting the room even if it pushes the rest of the team to new limits. Stuck in this hall surrounded by darkness the team has to work on using their skills to make it out alive.

Judas Ghost might end up being a short film but more importantly it doesn’t waste time like many films in the genre do. We are in one room for the whole film as we watch the ghost finders deal with the haunting going on around the room. We don’t get many false jump scares and this ends up literally making you feel like you are in the room with them. Granted you would have like to have learnt more about the team for example just how well or long they have been working together but otherwise this is a good horror film.

 

Actor Review

 

Martin Delaney: Jerry is the leader of the Ghost Finder team who isn’t too interested in making the training video. When things start going wrong he steps up to control the situation. He doesn’t getting scared by the situation to make sure he doesn’t get it all out of control. Martin is strong in this leading role where he keeps calm through the situation.

Lucy Cudden: Anna is the psychic connection in the group that can sense the ghosts and where, what and why they are haunting certain location. She is the guide for Jerry as he battles against the unknown. Lucy does a good job in this role showing a realistic version of the member of the ghost hunting team.

Simon Merrells: Mark Vega is the cameraman on this training video, but he is also known in the world as being one of the best in the business. He has made a mistake in his last outing which has lead him to step back from the leader role against the unknown. Simon does a solid job in the role as the one filled with regret.

Alexander Perkins: Ian is the tech guy of the team, he does get spooked easily and relies on his equipment to have all the answers he need when it comes to fighting the unknown. Alexander does a solid job in this role where he sometimes looks out of place.

Support Cast: Judas Ghost really only has one other character and that is the ghost itself which pushed the story to the next level.

Director Review: Simon PearceSimon gives us a good horror that does keep you guessing without keeping you waiting around.

 

Fantasy: Judas Ghost brings us into the fantasy world of the ghost hunting idea being real and a normal thing rather than just guys searching for the nothing there.

Horror: Judas Ghost has good build up horror that gives us good scares when needing but not giving too much away to early.

Settings: Judas Ghost has the whole film in one room which is great for the setting as we see how trapped the group are.
Special Effects
: Judas Ghost has good effects without having to rely on them for the scares.

Suggestion: Judas Ghost is one for the horror fans to watch and enjoy. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Gets straight to the point.

Worst Part: Slightly too short.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $200,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

Tagline: Watch. Learn. Don’t have nightmares.

 

Overall: Short and sweet horror film

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Come and Join Opinion Battles Year 2

opinion battlesOpinion Battles went well last year but this time we are going to bring in a few more rules and they are as follows.

 

•    You can only use each film once (this includes the idea of using a franchise, if you pick one film from it you can’t pick the franchise or an actor from it)

•    We want to move the ideas into Favourites rather than just the Best

•    People can come and go through the year and the subjects will be out from beginning of the year

•    The voting will be open for 5 weeks from now on with the results being announce in the weeks without a new round happening.

•    Points will stay the same though 12 points for win 6 for 2nd and 3 for 3rd

•    If we have a tie in any position, we will split the two positions points giving the winner either 9 for 2 way tie and 7 for 3-way tie.

 

If you want to come and take part email moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk for more information or you selection for set subjects.

 

The subjects are as followed with closing dates all on a Sunday with post going up on a Monday.

 

10th January – Tarantino Character

24th January – Favourite Oscar Winning Best Picture

7th February – Ryan Reynolds Character

21st February – Least Favourite Oscar Winning Best Picture

6th March – Action Hero (Non Superhero/Comic Book)

20th March – Young Adult Film

3rd April – What Character would you have liked to have seen Heath Ledger take?

17th April – Disney Animated Film (Non Pixar)

1st May – Marvel Character

15th May – X-Men Character

29th May – Johnny Depp Character

12th June – Chris Evans Character

26th June – Alien Based Film

10th July – Leonardo DiCaprio Character

24th July – Pixar Movie

7th August – Batman Villain

21st August – Time Travel Movie

4th September – Zombie Movie

18th September – Romantic Comedy

2nd October – Clive Owen Character

16th October – Tom Cruise Character

30th October – Franchise Serial Killer

13th November – Guilty Pleasure

27th November – European Subtitles

11th December – Star Wars Character

25th December – Christmas Movie

 

I would like to bring this idea to podcast form too, so if anyone would like to get involved let me know and we will try and get this off the ground too.

Asian Horror Weekend – Shutter (2004)

logoDirector: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom

Writer: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom, Sophon Sakdaphisit (Screenplay)

Starring: Ananda Everingham, Nattaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Skiamana, Unnop Chanpaibool, Titikarn Tongprasearth, Sivagorn Muttamara, Chachchaya Chalemphol

Plot: A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Terrifying Ghost Investigation Film

Story: Shutter starts with Tun (Everingham) and hi girlfriend Jane (Thongmee) celebrating a wedding when on their trip home they hit a girl in the road before Tun convinces Jane to drive away. Tun a photographer starts seeing the image of the girl in his photos while Jane battles with the guilt.

When Tun’s photos start getting blurs the and Jane starts getting haunted by the girl the pair decide to investigate what happened that night, finding out no accidents were reported the night of the crash. With the hauntings become more serious and Tun becoming sick the couple learn the truth about what could be causing the troubles with spirits following through photos of people they had a connection with.

Shutter fills all the boxes for a ghost investigation that I absolute love in a horror film. I did make the mistake of watching the remake first and even though the stories are the same this version reaches the horror levels that will see you hiding behind a pillow. I like how the film reveals the twist slowly and each one will leave you surprised. This will be one that could stick with you and the inclusion of looking at a real phenomenon of spirit appearing in photos helps the horror levels. (8/10)

Actor Review

Ananda Everingham: Tun is the photographer who starts getting haunted by a spirit from his past, it first starts up in photographs before targeting him personally along with his new girlfriend Jane. Ananda does a good job in this leading role showing the fear needed through the film. (7/10)

Nattaweeranuch Thongmee: Jane is the girlfriend of Tun who starts getting haunted by the spirit after she believes she hits her on the way home, what the spirit is really doing is trying to communicate with Jane to show her the truth about what happened. She gives a great performance looking into the truth as well as being scared throughout. (8/10)

Support Cast: Shutter has a supporting cast that include the friends who were involved in what happened, experts filling in the information along with the girl who is haunting the couple.

Director Review: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom The pair give us a horror film that will stick with you showing a darker side to a real phenomenon. (8/10)

Horror: Shutter has great scares throughout and even when you know the jumps are coming you will jump. (9/10)

Mystery: Shutter gives us a mystery to solve relating to the reason why the ghost is haunting the couple. (8/10)

Thriller: Shutter does keep you guessing from start to finish. (9/10)

Settings: Shutter keeps the settings to everyday locations making the horror reach the next level. (8/10)
Special Effects: Shutter uses great effects to create the horror of the ghost figure. (8/10)

Suggestion: Shutter is one for all the horror fans to watch, it will keep you on the edge of your seat with your hands covering you eyes throughout. (Horror Fans Watch)

Best Part: The ladder scene.

Worst Part: Nope

Oh My God Moment: Final reveal.

Scariest Scene: Bedroom scares.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: The most terrifying images are the ones that are real.

Trivia: Has been remade three times. Sivi (2007) is the Indian remake, Shutter (2008) is the American remake, and Click (2010) is the Hindi remake.

Overall: A true horror that will scare you from start to finish.

Rating 80

New Release – Carol

carol

 

UK Release Date: 27th November 2015

 

Stars: Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Cate Blanchett

Genres: Drama/Romance

 

Plot: Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.

Anticipation Rating 6/10

 

Guess Rating 9/10