Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Inbred (2011)

logoDirector: Alex Chandon

Writer: Alex Chandon, Paul Shrimpton (Screenplay)

Starring: Jo Hartley, James Doherty, Seamus O’Neill, James Burrows, Terry Haywood, Nadine Mulkerrin

Plot: Four young offenders and their care workers visit the remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake, which prides on keeping itself to itself. A minor incident with locals rapidly escalates into a blood-soaked, deliriously warped nightmare.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Really Disappointing

Story: Inbred starts by showing our four young offenders Tim (Burrows), Sam (Mulkerrin), Dwight (Waller) and Zeb (Haywood) along with their carers Kate (Hartley) and Jeff (Doherty) as the aim to the country for the weekend. We get the same old run down looking house with signs that the locals don’t take too kindly to strangers building up the tension.

When the group have a run in with the locals Jeff ends up getting hurt and we see the true nature of the locals who like to hunt down and put on shows where they torture and kill strangers. Can this group survive the weekend that is the question.

Inbred is a film that I feel starts well because it has the idea of six people in a world they wouldn’t be in and the tension between the locals comes off early on but things go from that to just plain torture porn. We watch the six people get picked off one by one and they don’t even manage to keep the idea of what they like doing together either. We have two people killed as a show but the rest are just killed to keep them quiet, how does this make sense? We have zero chance of these people surviving and over half the six you don’t think could even get a room alive let alone a village. This story just gets confused half way through leaving us wondering what really happened.

Actor Review

Jo Hartley: Kate is the more caring of the two carers who tries to work with the offenders rather than try to parent them. She gets more response from them and steps up when they are captured. Jo does an average job in this role and changes to easily in mentality.

James Doherty: Jeff is the over reactive carer who tries to boss the offenders around which doesn’t work because they already don’t go for anything authority say to them. He fails to connect to the kids and when he final does he finds himself paying the price. James does a solid enough job and gets a few laughs from his performance along with working well against Kate.

Seamus O’Neill: Jim is the leader of the village of sadistic inbreds who comes off very friendly and welcoming but when things don’t go his way he easily takes it out on the victims both or the village or locals who have let him down. Seamus tries to bring some colour to the character but just doesn’t spark that over top needed.

James Burrows, Terry Haywood, Nadine Mulkerrin and Chris Waller: Tim, Zeb, Sam and Dwight are the four young offenders who have to go on this trip they all have their pros and cons with Dwight being the asshole of the group, Zeb being the one who can get things done but follows Dwight and Tim and Sam have their own issues while teasing a romantic angle. The four all do an average job but look very much out of place in this role.

Support Cast: Inbred has a supporting cast that is the different characters in the locals which are all meant to look different in their own way.

Director Review: Alex ChandonAlex tries to give us an interesting horror but ends up getting lost in the middle of the genres and not settling for one.

Comedy: Inbred has a very simple level of comedy which just comes from the style of the locals.

Horror: Inbred just ends up becoming torture porn by the end of the film.

Settings: Inbred is the only good thing about this film because it shows how extreme the isolated location works for horror.
Special Effects: Inbred has questionable effects because you can see the CGI feel to each kill.

Suggestion: Inbred is one to miss really it just doesn’t do enough for a true horror fan. (Miss It)

Best Part: Setting.

Worst Part: The rest

Funniest Scene: Local Ron trying to get into the show.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Sadly it could have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: 2001 Maniacs

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: £1.25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: They came in peace… they left in pieces.

Overall: Torture porn that gets lost in hunting while wondering if it is a horror or a comedy

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Grandpa’s Psycho (2015)

grandpaDirector: Danny LeGare

Writer: Danny LeGare (Screenplay)

Starring: Gunther Grambo, Alexandra Kane, Jamie ‘Velvet Sky’ Szantyr, Jessica Moore

 

Plot: A dark and gritty psychological thriller that explores one small town man’s need to purify the world of sin, one sinner at a time. His medieval and brutal cleansing process directly contradicts the devotion he has for his granddaughter. Tension builds as we discover secrets surrounding the psychotic behaviour of this quaint god fearing little town.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Disturbing Thriller

 

Story: Grandpa’s Psycho starts as we see Grandpa Murry (Grambo) coming into a room with a tied up naked woman to who he starts reading scripture from the bible too before killing her. Move forward we now know what Grandpa is capable off which adds the scare factor when his grand-daughter Megan (Kane) comes to visit.

Grandpa Murry has been cleaning up the misbehaving woman causing problems in his quiet little town using his secluded little lake house as the location. Murry also is living a normal life on the outside where he looks after grand-daughter and daughter as well as being well-respected within the neighbourhood. We are left to wonder how long it will be before Murry get caught and who will be his latest victim.

Grandpa’s Psycho is a thriller that just keeps us on edge from start to finish, we get a small town man doing what he thinks is good for the people involved. Having a villainous character believe they are doing good is always a difficult task but this balances his good and bad side perfectly. There are a few twists that I don’t want to give away that do give this film an extra disturbing levels. I did like the idea that any of victims do come off bad people, not evil just bad showing that when you meet new people you should honour them with respect instead of just swearing in their faces. The tone of the story is paced the same the whole way through giving us a tension filled story.

 

Actor Review

 

Gunther Grambo: Grandpa Murry is the lonely widowed bible loving man living in isolation away from the world, by day he is loving father and grand-father but by night he makes woman pay for their sins against God the Lord’s work as he calls it. Gunther gives us a haunting performance in this role.characters

Alexandra Kane: Megan is the grand-daughter who loves spending time with her grand-father out at the lake. She cares for him as she believes him to be lonely but is easily lead to learn from his example. Alexandra is good in this role for a young actress.

Tracey Kane: Lisa is the daughter of Murry, she is struggling with her newly single life keeping a job which leaves her having to leave her daughter with her father when she is working. Tracey is good in this role where her character never knows what is going on.

Jamie ‘Velvet Sky’ Szantyr: Rachel is one of the victims from out of town, Murry is tired of how she acts while he is trying to help him leading here to push him to the limits. She becomes the hardest case yet because she simply won’t believe in any of his religious ways. Jamie is good if only in a small supporting role.

Support Cast: Grandpa’s Psycho has a small supporting cast which is are either victims or town’s people.

Director Review: Danny LeGare –  Danny gives us a thriller that gives us a disturbing tone throughout.

 

Thriller: Grandpa’s Psycho keeps the tension going through the whole film.

Settings: Grandpa’s Psycho keeps us in the small town making us believe that this could happen to visitors.
Special Effects
: Grandpa’s Psycho has good effects when needed but doesn’t turn to effects.

Suggestion: Grandpa’s Psycho is one for all the horror thriller fans to watch (Watch)

 

Best Part: Grandpa Murry is a very creepy character.

Worst Part: Some people may not like the ending.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $150,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

Overall: Disturbing thriller that will continue to leave wondering once it has finished.

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2015 Awards – Worst 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 Film, I have picked these are the films I ranked the lowest, some of this are smaller productions compared to the genre awards I choose the bigger names films and I am not going to talk about these anymore.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         The Cullinglogo

·         The Gambler

·         Two Night Stand

·         Insurgentinsuregent

·         Minionsminions

·         Anger of the Deadanger

·         Monsters 2 Dark Continentlogo

·         Human Centipede 3logo

·         Muckmuck

·         Alohaaloha

·         Mortdecaimort

My pick for Worst

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Upcoming Release – You’re Killing Me

YOU’RE KILLING ME, an intriguing and unusual mix of horror and romantic comedy, will be released through Wolfe Video on DVD and VOD on March 8, 2016.  killing

George (Jeffery Self), a narcissistic wannabe internet star, starts dating Joe (Matthew McKelligon), a monotone serial killer. While all of George’s friends agree that Joe seems a bit strange, George claims his new beau “isn’t scary, he’s gorgeous.” But as George’s friends start to disappear, the remaining group decides to take matters into their own hands.

Directed by Jim Hansen, creator of the viral video smash series “The Chloe Videos”, this gay mixture of “Dexter” and “Gilmore Girls” blends witty banter, pop culture references and good old-fashioned murder. YOU’RE KILLING ME employs humor, camp, and razor sharp wit to tell a morality tale about self-obsession and our growing disconnection with the world around us. After sold out festival screenings and critical acclaim last year, the film is now available to nationwide audiences.

Starring popular gay actor Matthew McKelligon (Interior. Leather. Bar., Eastsiders, and My Sweet Suicide), Jeffery Self (Logo’s “Jeffery & Cole Casserole”), Drew Droege (The Chloe Videos), Mindy Cohn (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), and Edi Patterson (“Blackish,” “Partners”).

 

WINNER 
NOLA HORROR FILM FEST, Best Script
HORRIBLE IMAGININGS FILM FEST, Audience Favorite
“A wickedly funny camp horror-romance.” Toronto Star
“A litany of hilarious gay talent.” Frontiers Media
“The gay slasher film you’ve always wanted.” The Backlot
“It’s infectious and just bloody uproarious!”  Edge Media
“A morality tale about self-obsession and our growing disconnection with the world around us” – Smells Like Teen Spirit