Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Black Tape (2014)

face2Director: Ramone Menon

Writer: Ramone Menon (Screenplay)

Starring: Elina Madison, Allen Marsh, Oto Brezina, Melanie Thompson, Parker Coppins, Viktoria Paje

 

Plot: An intruder breaks into the home of an unsuspecting family in order to make a homemade murder film.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Horror Shocker

 

Story: The Black Tape starts by reporting that this tape known as The Black Tape has been sent to media outlets with no return address and we are about to witness the contains of the tape. We watch how the Wilson family Robert (Madison), Alana (Madison), Stephanie (Thompson), Paul (Coppins) Earl (Brezina) and Mary (Stonebrooke) find have their life followed by a mysterious voyager within their house.

We see how their lives continue as normal until Stephanie is kidnapped from the house and the killer makes contact hold the daughter of the family up for ransom. We continue to see the killer stalk the family but just what are their motives and who will be the next victim.

The Black Tape is a new take on the found footage subgenre as one thing we rarely see is how the ‘found’ footage is actually found. We have the killer make the tape in their own style to show a confessional to what they have done. While this does work very well it does make the killer the protagonist. The film does jump between days showing how the kills were achieved giving us the reaction before the preparation which is usually something we only hear about in final moments of films. I would say this is a fresh, terrifying new way to give us found footage that will leave you wanting to check every single corner, wardrobe and stairway in your house.

 

Actor Review

 

Elina Madison: Alana Wilson is the mother of the household who is the one always trying to care for her children even when things are getting to their limit, once Stephaine is kidnapped she makes the call that they have to give up any money saved regardless of what it means for the family. Elina is good in this leading role as the mother of this terrified household.

Allen Marsh: Robert Wilson is the father of the household who tries to stay calmer through all of the situations even when his daughter is taken he wants to find a realistic way of bringing her back. Allen is good as the father in the family.

Melanie Thompson: Stephanie Wilson is the eldest daughter of the family, she is going through the typical teenager issues throughout the film as she becomes the target of this voyager killer. Melanie is good in this role playing the teenage daughter of the family.

The Killer: The Killer is the person with the camera recording the family from within the house, the character dressed in all black with a plastic white non descriptive face mask to show their anonymous side to the character. The killer has no credited actor which adds to the pure horror of the character that could make anyone their latest victim or could be anyone involved in the story.

Support Cast: The Black Tape has a small supporting cast but all take part in what happens to the characters involved.

Director Review: Ramone MenonRamone gives us a great horror that is filled with tension suspense and terror.

 

Crime: The Black Tape gives us a video that is the confession to a series of crimes by a mysterious killer.

Horror: The Black Tape brings us into a story of terror that follows the victims to a killer.

Mystery: The Black Tape makes us question who and why this family has been selected to be killed.

Settings: The Black Tape keeps nearly all of the film inside this one house that shows the events unfolding.
Special Effects
: The Black Tape uses the effects when needed for the kills involved in the film, they all work but the film doesn’t rely on them.

Suggestion: The Black Tape is one for all of the horror fans out there to watch and enjoy. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Final act.

Worst Part: If you miss a time hop you might miss something important.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $55,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: A Home Made Murder Film

 

Overall: Horror that breeds new breath into the found footage genre.

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Deadly Game A.K.A All Things to All Men (2013)

logoDirector: George Isaac

Writer: George Isaac (Screenplay)

Starring: Toby Stephens, Rufus Sewell, Gabriel Byrne, Gil Darnell, Ralph Brown, James Frain, Tom Davis

 

Plot: A thief is caught up in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse between a maverick cop and London crime boss.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Dreadful

 

Story: The Deadly Game starts by showing a robbery and the clean-up job. When the police hear of the robbery they start investigating what looks like the most likely suspect. Parker (Sewell) leads the investigation as they look to close the case. Parker and his men are using this case to get to mob boss  Joseph Corso (Byrne) where they will offer his arrested son freedom if they complete a job for them. The job requires the skills of Riley (Stephens) to complete.

With the team together the job is being set up with the three interested parties not liking the rest. When they get a surprise with the amount they get stolen things start to heat up when Riley gets double crossed. Parker is also very much an undercover officer playing the field trying to catch whoever he wants by baiting who he wants.

The Deadly Game is a film that tries so hard to keep you guessing you just stop caring by the time the first twist comes along. It does seem to have a twist of some sort in every interaction and has a cast of hugely unlikable characters. It does nothing to add anything to the genre and will end up making you switch off or question how you made it to the end. I really couldn’t find a single positive thing to say about this film. (0/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Toby Stephens: Riley thief who gets bough in on a job he has no interest in taking part of just to avenge his brother I think. Toby gives a bland performance to a character that should be the most interesting and likable. (3/10)

 

Rufus Sewell: Parker the corrupted undercover cop trying to pull the strings but I don’t really know what his character was about by the end. Rufus shows why he makes straight to DVD films here. (2/10)

 

Gabriel Byrne: Joseph Corso mobster who gets pulled into the game and I think ends up being the innocent party for what is going on. Gabriel must have needed some money to do this role. (2/10)

 

Support Cast: The Deadly Game support cast really doesn’t add anything to the story and I’m not sure what side they were on.

 

Director Review: George Isaac – George fails to offer anything in this film making everything come off boring and confusing. (2/10)

 

Crime: The Deadly Game does enter into a crime world well showing the entire double crossing etc. (7/10)

Thriller: The Deadly Game should keep you on the edge of your seat but doesn’t. (3/10)

Settings: The Deadly Game uses London as its prime setting which should work for the idea. (7/10)

Suggestion: The Deadly Game is one to miss and I mean that. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: It is short.

Worst Part: It is still 1 hour 20 odd minutes

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Please God No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $3 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

 

Overall: Awful Crime Drama

Rating 5

2015 Awards – Worst Supporting 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 Worst Supporting Male, this is where we look at the supporting males in films that fail to make an impact and might as well just be the wallpaper.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games Mockingjay part 2 peeta In the final chapter we get average at best performance most of the cast with Josh being the worst of the lot in this painfully character you just don’t care about.

·         Jai Courtney – Terminator Genesys, Insurgent kyle It is amazing how someone that gives two awful performances doesn’t win the award but luckily the events in Insurgent can put a smile on your face even though the two performances were bad.

My pick for worst

·         Ewan McGregor – Mortdecai ewan in what is one of the worst films we have ever seen McGregor is just as bad as the rest of the cast in one of the un-funniest films in film history.

Upcoming Release – Pray For Death

Pray For Death [Blu-ray + DVD] coming February 16
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In Pray for Death, martial arts legend Sho Kosugi (Enter the Ninja, Ninja 3: The Domination)
stars as a family man driven to exact vigilante justice – ninja style!

Akira (Kosugi) has brought his wife and two boys to the United States in search of a better
life. But their slice of the American Dream is quickly soured when they fall foul of a group of
jewellery thieves. Unfortunately for the bad guys, they didn’t count on Akira being a secret
black ninja.

The samurai sword of vengeance falls swift and hard in this classic slice of ’80s ninja action
from director Gordon Hessler (Scream and Scream Again, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad),
culminating in an action-packed showdown of Commando-esque proportions.

Bonus Materials
*High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
*Brand new digital transfers of the Unrated and R-rated versions
*Original Uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 audio
*Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
*Sho and Tell Part 1: Birth of a Ninja – an exclusive interview with Sho Kosugi, in which the star discusses the early stages of his film career, leading up to his role in Pray for Death
*Sho Kosugi on Martial Art Forms – an archive interview with Kosugi, including footage of his ninja demonstration from the 1985 New York premiere of Pray for Death
*Sho Kosugi Trailer Gallery: Enter the Ninja (1981), Revenge of the Ninja (1983), Pray for Death (1985) and Rage of Honor (1987)
*Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

Product Details
SKU: AV039
UPC: 760137818694
Street Date: 02/16/16
PreBook Date: 01/12/16
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Action/Adventure
Run Time: 92 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1985
Director: Gordon Hessler
Actors: Sho Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kai Benz
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH