Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Witch (2016)

witchDirector: Robert Eggers

Writer: Robert Eggers (Screenplay)

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson, Bathsheba Garnett, Sarah Stephens, Julian Richings

 

Plot: A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Creepy Thriller

 

Story: The Witch starts as we see William (Ineson) & Katherine (Dickie) along with their five children Thomasin (Taylor-Joy) Caleb (Scrimshaw), Mercy, Jonas and baby Samuel clash with the town leaving them alone on their farmhouse next to woods. With Winter approaching the family is struggling with the harvest while Thomasin is seeing strange things happening around the farm after baby Sam disappears.

As the family continues with their conflict between whether leaving was right or wrong we see how Thomasin is entering early stages of womanhood as the story of a witch in the woods haunts the family.

The Witch is a horror film I have heard plenty of things about mostly good but I couldn’t help but find myself feeling slightly disappointed with the final story. I am not too keen on this style of sub-genre of horror which doesn’t help myself but as a solo experience it did grab my attention throughout. My problem is that is that this just doesn’t reach the level of potential I could see it get too. The authentic style works to keep everything having a real belief in what is happening but for a final outcome I do feel this needed a final punch.

 

Actor Review

 

Anya Taylor-Joy: Thomasin is the eldest daughter of the family, she has to take more responsibility on the farm after Samuel disappears as we see her take her first steps into womanhood. She is strong when it comes to controlling her younger siblings but will have to fight the witch to save her family. Anya is good in this role showing she could be a star in the future.tomliason

Ralph Ineson: William is the father of the household, he has made the decision to move his family away from the village and continues to fight to keep them safe against any evil forces. Ralph is good in this role throughout.

Kate Dickie: Katherine is the mother of the family who never really wanted to leave the village, she ends up starting to lose her mind after Samuel is taken questioning all the faith William has put upon the family. Kate does well in this role through the film.

Harvey Scrimshaw: Caleb is the eldest son that is learning to help out around the farm with his father, he finds himself trying to do too much and finding himself at the mercy of the witch in the woods. Harvey is good in this supporting role.

Support Cast: The Witch only has a small supporting cast which is mostly the rest of the family which all do their job well.

Director Review: Robert EggersRobert delivers in atmosphere, and tension building which is what the film is aiming for but for actual scares falls slightly short.

 

Horror: The Witch is mostly atmospheric horror without enough scares happening.

Mystery: The Witch does offer us a mystery as to what is happening to our family.

Settings: The Witch uses the authentic settings to make us feel like we are part of the film.
Special Effects
: The Witch has great effects when needed without going overboard with them.

Suggestion: The Witch is one for all the horror fans to try, it is a slow film and if you want just mindless horror this won’t be for you. (Horror Fans Try It)

 

Best Part: Tension being built up.

Worst Part: Final Outcome.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $3.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline:  A New-England Folktale

 

Overall: Good horror that has plenty of good things going for it but not enough for my personal preference.

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The Final Girls (2015)

final girlsDirector: Todd Strauss-Schulson

Writer: M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller (Screenplay)

Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Nina Dobrev, Malin Akerman, Alia Shawkat, Chloe Bridges, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Angela Trimbur, Cory Hart, Dave Davis, Bryce Romero

 

Plot: A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliant Horror Comedy

 

Story: The Final Girls starts as Amanda Cartwright (Akerman) a famous slasher star from the 80s and now a single mother of Max (Farmiga) is struggle to find work in the modern era of cinema. But this is a horror film and we need a tragedy which is Amanda dying in a car crash.

Three years later Max is at college age struggling through when her step-brother Duncan (Middleditch) and her best friend Gertie (Shawkat) talk her into a special screening of her mother’s cult film Camp Bloodbath along with an old friend Vicki (Dobrev) who is the total diva. At the screening a freak fire leads the friends running for their lives only to find themselves inside the movie.

When the friends find they can be killed they must come up with a plan not only to survive but get out of the movie alive.friends

The Final Girls mixes the idea of horror and comedy perfectly to make this one of the best original ideas in recent years. The concept of having a film within a film works because we get to see how different the teenagers of two different generation clash. The idea of half the cast knowing where the film will go but try to change it gives the film a time travel element too. The fact this has a comic tone it also manages to have a serious tone. This is an original story that really works well making this one that is very enjoyable.

 

Actor Review

 

Taissa Farmiga: Max Cartwright is the daughter of a former scream queen, after her mother dies she finds herself alone in the world. After getting talked into a screening of her mother’s cult film she finds herself inside the movie getting to spend time with her mother and potentially change her career while trying to save her friends. Taissa is good in this leading role.

Nina Dobrev: Vicki is the diva of the friends, she used to be best friends with Max but the two had become distant. She is the bitchy friend which she understands would make her one of the easy victims in the film. Nina is good in this role where she is perfect fit for the role.

Malin Akerman: Amanda Cartwright/Nancy, Amanda is the mother of Max who died early on Nancy is the character in Camp Bloodbath that Max gets to spend time with as they try to change the script. Malin does a good job in this role where she does take dual roles.

Alexander Ludwig: Chris is the guy that has the hots for Max, he comes off very nervous but supportive to Max. his ex-girlfriend is Vicki turns up at the screening. He gets stuck in the movie too where he must help to protect the girls. Alexander is good in this role fitting the leading male character.  

Support CastThe Final Girls has the supporting cast you would expect to see in this style of film which all work out brilliant with Angela Trimbur and Adam Devine stealing nearly every single scene.

Director Review: Todd Strauss-SchulsonTodd gives us a horror comedy that comes off original while paying the respect to the 80s movies.

 

Comedy: The Final Girls is filled with laughs poking plenty of fun at the genre without being a parody.

Horror: The Final Girls pays respect to the horror side of the story without being scary.

Settings: The Final Girls puts most of the film in the camping grounds and is trapped in the area with a different idea because instead of being isolated we get the trapped idea.
Special Effects
: The Final Girls has great effects used through the film when needed be it with the kills or change between era.

Suggestion: The Final Girls is one that all horror fans should watch, this is one of the most original ideas in film. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Tina is hilarious.

Worst Part: Nothing too much.

Funniest Scene: Tina trying to escape.

 

Believability:  No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully.

Post Credits Scene: Bloopers.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

Overall: Brilliant horror comedy with laughs around every corner.

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What is Vacancy Really About?

What is Vacancy Really About?vacany

Here we have the latest in the fun look at movies.

Opening credits that make me feel like I am going to be watching an upbeat heist movie.credits

Night driving not paying attention cliché.night driving

We nearly died, let’s face it they were never going to get hurt in the opening sequence of the film.almost died

Shortcut gets us lost cliché.shortcut

Gas station in the middle of nowhere with help attendant.gas

Photograph tells us the heartache the characters have been through.heartache

Fixed the car.fixed

The little things in life, Sparkler.little things

The car broke down.fixed

More arguing between couple.arguing

Motel with rooms looks like the best options.motel

Screaming isn’t a warning to run away.run

Honeymoon suit is shady motel this room will be great.honeymoon

Midnight knocking battle.knocking

Home videos, that are actually snuff films.snuff

These films are from this room.

Stalking killers play peek a boo.peekabo

We need a weapon, this will have to do cliché.weapons

Studying.studying

Trapdoors.trapdoor

Underground maze.maze

It’s all going to be ok, nope cliché.nope 1

Police will save the day, nope.nope 2

Can’t go under let’s go over.new idea

Luke Wilson follows in his brother’s footsteps dying on camera.owen

Daylightdaytime

Woman drivers.women driver

You’re gonna pay bitch.your gonna pay

Kate Beckinsale is never going to lose a fight.beckinsale

Waiting for a jump scare that never comes.waiting

 

Film news (UK): Bogdanovich crime thriller PHANTOM HALO gets UK DVD release on March 28

Film news (UK): Bogdanovich crime thriller PHANTOM HALO gets UK DVD release on March 28

Antonia Bogdanovich makes her feature debut with an atmospheric, heart-felt and violent crime thriller which is released in the UK on DVD March 28, 2016.

 

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Games of Thrones) and Luke Kleintank (Gossip Girl) star as con-artist brothers Samuel and Beckett, who are forced to fund the financially chaotic life-style of their alcoholic father Warren (Sebastian Roche). They find escapism from their dysfunctional home-life in comics, Shakespeare and love affairs (enter Ms. Rose in the form of a stunning Rebecca Romlin), but their father’s growing debts force them into a counterfeiting scheme to get rich quick. When it backfires the family must decide – stick together and fight back or pay the ultimate price. Also stars Tobin Bell of Saw fame.

Writer-director Antonia Bogdanovich, the daughter of Oscar nominees Peter Bogdanovich (who was an exec producer on the film) adapted Phantom Halo from her short, critically acclaimed crime drama, My Left Hand. She describes the film as ‘LA Noir” and says that the streetwise characters were inspired by her own experiences during her rebellious youth. In which she almost died at 17, following a terrible drunk driving accident.

PHANTOM HALO comes to the UK courtesy of TriCoast UK. It is released on DVD through Fusion Media Sales on March 28.