Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – All Cheerleaders Die (2013)

logoDirector: Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson

Writer: Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson (Screenplay)

Starring: Sidney Allison, Shay Astar, Nadia Boceski, Michael Bowen, Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee

Plot: A rebel girl signs up a group of cheerleaders to help her take down the captain of their high school football team, but a supernatural turn of events thrusts the girls into a different battle.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Hard Hitting Horror Comedy

Story: All Cheerleaders Die starts with a look at head cheerleader Alexis (Cooper) who literally thinks she has the whole school under her finger but while performing she dies. The girls hold auditions for new role in the squad which Alexis old friend Maddy takes a chance with a deeper quest to get her own revenge on Terry.

Once a member of the cheer-leading team we see how she starts pushing them away from the football stars including the captain Terry (Williamson) who ends up causing the deaths of members of the team, but when Leena (Smit-McPhee) a witch brings them back to life, but now they have a craving for human flesh and target Terry for the ultimate revenge.cheerleader

All Cheerleaders Die starts off very slowly for my liking trying to introduce the characters and tease at a massive revenge angle before anything happens. Once the cheerleaders get killed the film steps up and unloads all the horror comedy. I would like to see less from the start and more from the end because that is the part of the film you want to watch. I think this is a real entertaining film that really does keep you guessing just what will happen next.

Actor Review

Caitlin Stasey: Maddy is the newest addition to the cheer-leading squad who has been against the team captain of the football team for years. When she is killed she comes back with the rest of the team to get revenge on the football team. Caitlin does a good job in the leading role taking a more risky role that goes against most horror clichés.

Tom Williamson: Terry is the captain of the football team and an all around asshole, when he gets into a fight with his girlfriend he runs the cheerleaders off the road killing them all. When they return he ends up becoming the target of their vengeance. Tom creates the asshole persona really well in this film that could make this the most entertaining part when he gets what he deserves.terry

Sianoa Smit-McPhee: Leena is the witch who likes to work with dark magic but when she sees her friends die she brings them all back to life where she doesn’t understand the power she holds. Sianoa does a good job in this role being a completely different image to the rest of the cast.lenna

Brooke Butler: Tracy is the lead cheerleader who lets Maddy into the team, she is dating Terry but she is very insecure. She ends up thinking everyone is her friend but they turn on her quickly. Brooke does a good job in an early role for the young actress with a brave performance.

Support Cast: All Cheerleaders Die has a supporting cast that all play their part be it the football players or the dead cheerleaders who become disposable characters for the main ones to learn their powers.

Director Review: Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson The pair bring us a horror comedy that is fun once it all gets going.

Comedy: All Cheerleaders Die has solid comedy throughout which is mostly to do with the reactions of the cheerleaders to what is happening to them.

Horror: All Cheerleaders Die has plenty of blood splatter for all the kills for what the cheerleaders get up to on their revenge path.

Settings: All Cheerleaders Die using the settings all around the high school with the hang outs being away from public viewing which all work for the film.
Special Effects: All Cheerleaders Die has solid special effects with the problems being all too CGI for my liking.

Suggestion: All Cheerleaders Die is one I think the horror fans will enjoy because of the fun gore filled storyline. (Horror Fans Watch)

Best Part: Final battle against Terry.

Worst Part: Slow starting.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Left open for one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: You can’t kill their spirit

Overall: Horror comedy that has laughs and blood for all the fans to enjoy

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The Perfect Guy (2015)

perfect guyDirector: David M Rosenthal

Writer: Tyger Williams (Screenplay) Alan B McElroy (Story)

Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, L. Scott Caldwell, Charles S Dutton, John Getz, Tess Harper, Kathryn Morris, Rutina Wesley

 

Plot: After breaking up with her boyfriend, a professional woman gets involved with a man who seems almost too good to be true.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fatal Attraction Again

 

Story: The Perfect Guy starts with ambitious professional woman Leah (Lathan) getting tired with her slow moving relationship with Dave (Chestnut) as her career it blossoming she ends her relationship with Dave. A chance meeting with the smooth talking Carter (Ealy) leads to her find what seems like the perfect man.

With everything running smoothly things take a sudden turn when Leah sees a violent side to Carter as this smooth calm man because the most dangerous person in Leah’s life. Carter turns into a psychotic stalker trying to play the law to keep Leah in his life.

The Perfect Guy is a film that is basically just another twist on the Fatal Attraction story just trying to make the woman the strong independent character and the man the stalker. This does everything you would expect without really excelling to the next level for the style of film. It will easily be forgettable though.

 

Actor Review

 

Sanaa Lathan: Leah is the professional business woman who wants to settle down but when her current boyfriend isn’t ready to commit she starts a romance with the charming and smooth Carter. When she gets to see the darker side of Carter she finds herself being stalked by an unstable man. Sanaa gives us a strong performance in the leading role.

Michael Ealy: Carter comes off smooth and charming along with having family values. We learn that he does have a darker side which when he lets out pushes Leah away leading to him becoming obsessed with her. Michael comes off very well in this role as the crazed smart man.carter

Morris Chestnut: Dave is the boyfriend who wouldn’t commit and the person Leah turns to after Carter turns obsessive as they both have to deal with the psychotic side of Carter. Morris gives us a basic supporting performance that never gets a chance to excel in the role.

Support Cast: The Perfect Guy has the very basic supporting that are all very generic to genre.

Director Review: David M RosenthalDavid gives us another take on a classic which does the job it needs to.

 

Thriller: The Perfect Guy keeps us trying to keep our attention without being anything special.

Settings: The Perfect Guy doesn’t seem to use the setting as anything over iconic for the scenes.
Special Effects
: The Perfect Guy only uses the special effects when needed.

Suggestion: The Perfect Guy is one to try but don’t expect too much special. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Michael Ealy is creepy throughout.

Worst Part: Poor development of supporting cast.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Fatal Attraction

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $57 Million

Budget: $12 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Trust one, fear the other

Trivia: After the success of No Good Deed (2014) Screen Gems greenlit this project.

 

Overall: Stalker film that will not bring anything fresh to the genre

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2015 Awards – Worst Action Film

Through the month of January, I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Worst Action Films, we have had some of the best but also some of the worst action films this year, my selection is filled with remakes and sequels with no truly original action films included.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         Antman antman This could be the first surprise in my awards choice because I am reaching the limits of how many superhero films I can deal with and I found this one just too much of nothing with a bland villain and typical hero.

·         Transporter Refuelled transporter Did this really need to be remade, that is all I have to say.

·         Hitman Agent 47 hitman Much like Transporter did we need a remake of a film that was watchable?

My pick for worst

·         Insurgent insuregent The second part in the Divergent series and my god how bad and boring was this film really, easily the worst action film of the year.

201 Watched List – Part 49

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 491 – 500:

 

1.      Rising Sun sun The old school odd couple crime thriller which comes off slightly short but shows the genre can still be watchable.

2.      The Dark Place dak place This is a standard who dun it made for television movie that does what it needs to without excelling.

3.      Tank Girl tank Cult classic comic book film that will forever be just bonkers.

4.      Infernal Affairs infernal The original Departed storyline, shows just where the brilliant story comes from.

5.      Infernal Affairs II infernal A prequel to the original giving us the origin stories for both our leads.

6.      Infernal Affairs III infernal The final chapter and slightly messy at that a we follow forward and back to learn the stories of our character.

7.      Summer of Fear summer Early Wes Craven TV movie that doesn’t quite get the scares needed.

8.      Victor Frankenstein victor yet another telling of the Mary Shelly classic from Igor’s point of view.

9.      Damned United damned The brilliant story of the legendary football manager Brian Clough and his terrible time at Leeds United.

10.  Shockwave Darksideshckwave What feels like a builder to a big prospect that falls very short with effects and story.

 

The Best – Infernal Affairsinfernal

 

The Worst – Shockwave Darksideshckwave

Wishing for a Dream gets January 29 release

Wishing for a Dream gets January 29 release. Stars Kickboxer : Vengeance‘s Sara Malakul Lane.

Benetone Films’ next release Wishing for a Dream, written and directed by Jared Cohn and starring Sara Malakul Lane (Pernicious), has been skedded to premiere on VOD on January 29.

Thai superstar Malakul Lane – upcoming inKickboxer Vengeance – plays an actress contending with an exhausting, capricious and challenging road to stardom.

Bentone has inked deals with InDemand, Microsoft, Sony PSN, Zoo Digital, Google Play, Amazon, iTunes and Vudu to launch the drama January 29.

Gabriel Campisi, Judy Kim, and John Mehrer produce the film, which will go theatrical in Thailand.