Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

logoDirector: Greg McLean

Writer: Greg McLean, Aaron Sterns (Screenplay)

Starring: John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, Philippe Klaus, Shane Cooper, Ben Gerrard

Plot: The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-hunter Mick Taylor.

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Verdict: Disappointing Sequel

Story: Wolf Creek 2 starts with two traffic cops waiting for a speed car but they picked the wrong car to pull over Mick Taylor (Jarratt). Mick shows his ability to use his knife and his deadly aim by making the two traffic cops his first victims this time around. Time to meet our tourists Katarina (Ashlyn) and Rutger (Klaus) who are back packing across Australia. Our young couple grab the attention of Mick who offers the couple a lift.

After Mick gets to have his fun by butchering Rutger he lets Katarina escape before she runs into Paul (Corr) leading to a car chase across the outback before Mick finishes of Katarina but Paul escapes for now. Mick continues to chase Paul across the outback but will he make it out alive.

Wolf Creek 2 seems to lose the atmosphere and tension the first film captured. Instead this film focuses solely on Mick and him going on his travels in the outback searching for his victims, it almost turning them into a challenge. I don’t like how this film turns Mick becomes the hero of the film somehow. I also didn’t like the end because it just seems to happen and leaves us feeling empty with the final act. This really was a disappoint film that feels like it was a forced sequel. (3/10)

Actor Review

John Jarratt: Mick Taylor is the serial killer we have all come to know from the first film, he is deadly with a knife in close combat but it also deadly from distance being a pin point shot. He is travelling across thee outback picking off anyone he comes across a young German couple who end up being his latest victims before getting involved in a cat and mouse chase with Brit Paul. John keeps up his intense character that he gives us the great performance even if the story is confusing. (7/10)mick

Ryan Corr: Paul Hammersmith is the British tourist who gets caught up in the middle of Mick’s latest rampage, he tries to help one of his victims only to find himself the newest target. He has to use his intelligence to stay alive when it comes to the games being played. Ryan does a standard job but doesn’t really get enough time. (5/10)paul

Support Cast: Wolf Creek 2 has a supporting cast that includes three couples of victims that Mick none of which end up just being disposable.

Director Review: Greg McLeanGreg lowers the levels for this film letting all the tension and character development go out the window. (3/10)

Action: Wolf Creek 2 has plenty of car chases which work nicely but do we need them in a horror film about tension? (7/10)

Horror: Wolf Creek 2 has lost the tension created in the first film and ends up just going for gore. (6/10)

Thriller: Wolf Creek 2 doesn’t pull you to the edge of your seat because the characters just get picked off just as you are about to car about them. (3/10)

Settings: Wolf Creek 2 has beautiful settings of the outback throughout. (9/10)

Suggestion: Wolf Creek 2 is one to try if you liked the first film but otherwise it could be one to skip. (Try It)

Best Part: John Jarratt is still intense.

Worst Part: Change in tone.

Action Scene Of The Film: Night car chase.

Believability: I understand people go missing but this seems to much. (2/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: There is planned sequel and a television spin off.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $7.2 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

Tagline:  Mick’s Back With a Few Days to Kill

Trivia: Ironically, John Jarratt does not like to watch horror movies and stated that watching Psycho (1960) frightened him when he was a child.

Overall: Lacklustre sequel that needs to be corrected.

Rating 30

30th Anniversary Weekend – Back to the Future (1985)

logoDirector: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F Wilson, Claudia Wells, Marc McClure

Plot: A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.

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Verdict: Classic Film

Story: Back to the Future starts with under achieving but bigger dreaming teenager Marty McFly (Fox) whose friendship with Doc Brown (Lloyd) puts him in trouble at school but his girlfriend Jennifer (Wells) believes he will make it on day. Marty’s parents George (Glover) gets walked all over by Biff (Wilson) while his mother Lorraine (Thompson) wonders where her life has gone.delorean

Marty gets involved with Doc Brown’s newest invention, a time machine built out of a Deloran, when the experiment goes wrong terrorist come after Doc Brown leading to Marty travelling back to 1955 where he has to work with a younger Doc Brown to get home but also making sure his parents meet after he accidentally gets involved in their time line.

Back to the Future brings us arguable the best time travel film for ever made, it tackles the butterfly effect of time travel with the idea that Marty could start fading away. It is hard to find a fault in this story because it comes off so well but then we could end up looking into the slightly uncomfortable taboo like relationship between Marty and his mum. We have plenty of growing up story lines going on with the standing up for yourself and taking a chance.

Actor Review

Michael J Fox: Marty McFly is our high school student who accidentally gets caught up in the middle of terrorist attack looking for revenge on Doc Brown ends up going back in time 30 years where he ends up having to find a way home and make sure his parents end up together. Michael does a great job where he ends up step into a role that had already been started.marty

Christopher Lloyd: Dr Emmett Brown is the scientist who creates time travel, he gets killed in the present but when Marty goes back in time he finds the younger version on Doc Brown who has to invent time travel years before. Christopher gives us one of the best entrance to a film series of all time as well as being one of the best characters in the sci-fi genre.doc brown

Lea Thompson: Lorraine Baines is Marty’s mother in both time periods but in the past she is the same age as Marty as she starts to fall for him instead of George. Lea gives us a good performance in this role.lorraine

Crispin Glover: George McFly is the hapless father of Marty who ends up having to take advice from his own son when it comes to ending up with Lorraine. Crispin shows that he could become a great comic actor.georhge

Thomas F Wilson: Biff Tannen is the bully who has been harassing George his whole life but when Marty goes back in time he helps George stand up to him at a younger age. Thomas is becomes the leading villain of the series that really works well for the series.

Support Cast: Back to the Future has a supporting cast that most includes the people Marty interacts with that all help.

Director Review: Robert ZemeckisRobert gives us one of the greatest films of all time.

Adventure: Back to the Future takes us on adventure through time itself.

Comedy: Back to the Future has good laugh throughout to take away any serious nature the story tries to create.

Sci-Fi: Back to the Future enters into the world of sci-fi with the time travel without over using the scientific terms.

Music: Back to the Future has some of the most iconic music in movie history.

Settings: Back to the Future creates the time settings very well to show how close the neighbourhood would be.
Special Effects: Back to the Future uses the special effects for the time of release that all look real now.

Suggestion: Back to the Future is one film I expect everyone to have seen at least once. (Watch)

Best Part: The escape.

Worst Part: Nothing

Favourite Quote: Doc BrownIf my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Part one of three

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Won 1 Oscar

Box Office: $197 Million

Budget: $19 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

Tagline: Meet Marty McFly. He’s broken the time barrier. Busted his parents’ first date. And, maybe, botched his chances of ever being born.

Trivia: Apparently Ronald Reagan was amused by Doc Brown’s disbelief that an actor like him could become president, so much so that he had the projectionist stop and replay the scene. He also seemed to enjoy it so much that he even made a direct reference of the film in his 1986 State of the Union address: “As they said in the film “Back to the Future”, ‘Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.'”

Overall: One of the greatest movies ever made end of.


2015 Watched List Part 35

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 351 – 360:

  1. The Tommyknockers – Continuing the Stephen King Blogathon with this mini series that is from the early 90’s about an alien invasion.
  2. South Park Imgainationland – I have a love for South Park and this one brings the three part episodes into one short film that is so funny.
  3. Audition logo A horror thriller that I think I was let down by because of the over hype about what happens by the end.
  4. Jake’s Road logo A low budget slasher movie that has a bad final twist.
  5. Theresa is a Mother logo A charming drama about a struggling musical artist battling her own personal life issues.
  6. Dead zone logo Back t the Stephen King with this classic from him.
  7. San Andreas Quake – Oh Dear!
  8. Queen Crab logo Creature Feature, Creature Feature.
  9. Alohalogo Boring romantic comedy that has a dream like cast.
  10. Easy A logo Emma Stone’s break out role that is a delightful treat first time around.

The Best – Dead Zonelogo

The Worst – Alohalogo