Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Terror Experiment (2010)

logoDirector: George Mendeluk

Writer: D Todd Deeken (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason London, C Thomas Howell, Alicia Leigh Willis, Lochlyn Munro, Alexander Mendeluk, Robert Carradine, Judd Nelson

 

Plot: A terrorist sets off an explosion that rocks the Federal Building and unleashes a toxic gas throughout the ventilation system. His purpose: to expose the Government’s secret biological warfare weapon, a deadly virus that instantly attacks a person’s adrenal system, causing them to become inhumanly aggressive, with an uncontrollable urge to kill each other.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Uncomfortable Boring

 

Story: The Terror Experiment starts with a warning from a mystery man who knows he will be called a terrorist for his upcoming actions. He sets off a biological weapon within the Federal building with leads to chaos and causes the people inside to transform into bloodthirsty creatures. Flash back to 4 hours earlier as we meet our characters who are going about their normal day in the Federal building. We have Cale (London) who is setting a bad example to his daughter who stays in the day-care centre in the building. Mandy (Willis) an agent bring bought in for mission and most importantly we get mystery man with the bomb he is about to unleash.

We are back at the chaos again and we now watch the characters we have just met try and find their way out of the situation. We have Dr Andzari (Leggio) Mandy, Cale along with a few more survivors as they find a safe place to hide out, while Chief Grosso (Howell) and his firefighters lead by Lohan (Munro) plan a rescue but are taking advice from Dr Wexler (Carradine). Agent Wilson (Nelson) turns up to take control of the situation while the tensions continue to rise both inside and outside the building.

The Terror Experiment is a concept which should be great edge of your seat action but ends up being a lot of talking and talking about the same thing over and over. The idea is simple but for some reason we get a terrorist angle which never really gets explained and to make matters worse we get the most generic characters possible. The idea is too easy to follow and we don’t end up clashing with enough potential problems to make any of what happens worthwhile, you can tell how cheaply made this film was just by seeing the story unfold. (2/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jason London: Cale is a member of the security team in the building, he knows all the passwords but wants to save his daughter once the building comes under attack. Jason looks well out of his depth as a leading actor. (2/10)

 

C Thomas Howell: Chief Grosso is the man trying to control the situation but ends up having to take orders from a higher up agent. Mr Howell is making a habit of turning up in the cheaply made horror films and doing a standard job. (4/10)

 

Alicia Leigh Willis: Mandy is an agent who gets trapped inside the building while receiving orders for her next mission. She has to use her skills to help guide the other survivors out alive. Alicia does a standard job as the agent who simply can’t hold a gun. (5/10)

 

Robert Carradine: Dr Wexler is the man who created the bioweapon and tries to control the situation before it gets out of hand. Robert does what he needs to with this doctor with alternative motives. (4/10)

 

Judd Nelson: Agent Wilson is the man bought in to cover up everything that is going on, he will not accept anyone else words just wants to cover it up. Judd makes for a good agent but never really shows any acting class. (4/10)

 

Support Cast: The Terror Experiment has a supporting cast who turn up in small amount of scenes but never manage to make any impact on the story and most used for disposable reasons.

 

Director Review: George Mendeluk – George fails to make an interesting film that could have used an good concept instead we get a messy predicable film. (3/10)

 

Action: The Terror Experiment has plenty of explosion or fire fights but nothing original or memorable. (4/10)

Horror: The Terror Experiment loses any horror levels it has with terrible build, no fear in the characters and laughable infected. (1/10)

Thriller: The Terror Experiment puts you off caring early on and simply put you just don’t care what happens. (2/10)

Settings: The Terror Experiment uses the setting well because the character become trapped without having a way to communicate to the outside world, but that is the only positive in the film. (8/10)
Special Effects
: The Terror Experiment has laughable special effects and with the budget of 5 Million you would expect better. (0/10)

Suggestion: The Terror Experiment is a great big AVOID THIS going on it because it was simply terrible. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: The Setting.

Worst Part: The Rest

What Could Have Been Better? – Decide whether you want zombies or not, have some original action, learn to act, this list could go on.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: PLEASE NO JUST NO

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

Tagline: Terror is contagious!

 

Overall:  This was easily one of the worst attempts at a film I have ever seen.

Rating 55

Sarah Polley Weekend – Dawn of the Dead (2004)

deadDirector: Zack Snyder

Writer: James Gunn (Screenplay) George A Romero (Story)

Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Kevin Zegers, Michael Barry, Lindy Booth

 

Plot: A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: One of the Best

 

Story: Dawn of the Dead starts with one of the best opening scenes in zombie movie history, as we follow nurse Ana (Polley) as she finishes work and goes about every week date night with her husband Lewis. All seems normal until the neighbourhood good Vivian turns up in their house, biting Lewis before Ana realizes she has woken up in the Dawn of the Dead as she looks for some form of safety.

Finding the city in complete chaos Ana must find somewhere for safety first by running into cop Kenneth (Rhames) followed closely by Michael (Weber), Andre (Phifer) and Luda (Korobkina). The answer to their problems lies in the shopping mall which security guards CJ (Kelly), Bart (Barry) and Terry (Zegers) have control over.

When more survivors turn up at the mall the group have to put their differences aside to figure out a way to survive once the mall becomes an attraction for all of the undead.

Dawn of the Dead is one of those remakes that works, the first film was incredible popular and this keeps the base story the same but brings the concept into the modern era of horror. No longer are the days of slow moving zombies we get fast paced none stop relentless zombies that become even scarier. There isn’t much to talk about with the story because it really is just about surviving but where this one really shines are in the brave side story with Andre and his bitten pregnant wife. I can’t see a bad thing in this film and it could easily be one of the most perfect zombie horror films of all time.

 

Actor Review

 

Sarah Polley: Ana is a nurse before the outbreak, she is the only character we got to meet before the outbreak but becomes a leading member of the group of survivors as her medical skills and human side shine through the animal like behave of the rest of the group. Sarah gives us a true nonsense performance in the leading role.ana

Ving Rhames: Kenneth is the cop that help Ana get to the mall, he only wants to get to his brother but finds himself being distant from the rest of the survivors but only so he can deal with things his own way. He is the toughest of all of the survivors and the most valuable member in combat. Ving is great in this role where he easily the most realistic in the zombie outbreak idea.kenneth

Jake Weber: Michael becomes the reluctant leader of the group, he hasn’t achieved much in his life but sees this as a chance to make up for his mistakes. Jake is good in this role as the reluctant hero showing anyone can lead when time calls for it.jake

Mekhi Phifer: Andre along with his pregnant wife find themselves in the mall, he keeps his wife hidden from the rest of the group because he knows the truth about her but still wants to have the baby. Mekhi gives us one of the most fascinating supporting characters in zombie films.andre

Michael Kelly: CJ is one of the security guards at the mall, he wants it to himself and the other guards, when the rest of the survivors turn up he sees them as a threat. After he gets taught that they are all after one thing and strength in numbers he becomes the go to guy for solutions with his knowledge of the mall. Michael gives a great performance in a role unlike most you will know him for.cj

Support Cast: Dawn of the Dead has a good supporting cast that are all very interesting characters to add to the zombie survival film.

Director Review: Zack SnyderZack shows that he was going to be one of the most popular directors around with this brilliant reimaging of a classic.

 

Action: Dawn of the Dead is filled with non-stop zombie killing action.

Horror: Dawn of the Dead brings a brand new look at terror through the zombie being fast and a new level of frightening.

Thriller: Dawn of the Dead keeps you wonder just where things will go, who will die and how they will make it out from start to finish.

Settings: Dawn of the Dead using the mall does work because you would have nearly everything you need there.
Special Effects
: Dawn of the Dead has brilliant special effects from start to finish making you feel like you are part of the world.

Suggestion: Dawn of the Dead is a must watch for all horror fans out there even if you love the original you will love this one. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Pregnant side story.

Worst Part: One thing I noticed that I didn’t like was that one moment the zombies almost pause and wait to pounce, which doesn’t make sense.

Action Scene Of The Film: Rescue Andy.

Kill Of The Film: Chainsaw.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: This doesn’t have a sequel.

Post Credits Scene: During the credits there is a scene.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $59 Million

Budget: $26 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

Tagline: 36 billion people have died since the reign of humanity. For the new Dawn, there’s a reunion.

Trivia: Although he had strong reservations about some elements, George A. Romero professed to be surprisingly impressed with the film.

 

Overall: Breath taking roller coaster ride of a horror film.

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2015 Awards – Breakthrough Male

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 Breakthrough Male, The same rules apply here, any actors I haven’t seen in a role before will be up for this award.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation abraham In what is one of the hardest films to watch this year Abraham gives us a breath-taking performance as the child soldier.

·         Thomas Man – Me and Earl and The Dying Girl thomas Thomas is the lead in this role where his character must learn to make the most of his life by befriending the dying girl.

My favourite

·         Taron Egerton – The Kingsman, Legend taron Taron got a huge advantage by being in one of the first and most popular films of the year in Kingsman, with his role in that he has gone onto getting the leading role in the upcoming Robin Hood film along with Eddie the Eagle and Billionaire Boys Club