Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – K-Shop (2016)

kshopDirector: Dan Pringle

Writer: Dan Pringle (Screenplay)

Starring: Ziad Abaze, Scot Williams, Darren Morfitt, Reece Noi, Kristin Atherton


Plot: A kebab shop owner’s son, Salah, turns vigilante after his father’s death in an effort to clean up the relentless onslaught of boozed up thrill seekers waging war on his doorstep.


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Verdict: Shock Value Horror


Story: K-Shop starts as Salah (Abaze) returns from London to his seaside town to run his father’s kebab shop after his time in hospital. When his father leaves the hospital to return to work he gets into a small altercation with drunken thugs he is killed.

Salah wants to follow his father’s dream of a bigger restaurant chain and local ‘celebrity’ Jason Brown (Williams) eyes up a new club to increase the party scene in the town. After seeing the continue waves of drunken yobs Salah decides to hand out his own form of vigilante justice.

K-Shop is a horror thriller that channels the Sweeny Todd storyline in a modern world setting. I did think we had gone into the angle of the story early on but with a final act which does take the story in a different direction because if things had stay in the one direction the story could have fizzled out. In the end we get a nice paced film that has the shock value in the horror side as well as the tension building of a thriller.


Actor Review


Ziad Abaze: Salah is a university student on the verge of graduating but returns home to see his sick father’s kebab shop in a drunken seaside town. When his father dies during an altercation he finds himself taking over the shop but handing out his own form of justice on the drunks roaming the town. Ziad is great in this leading role working well from the calm and dangerous side of the character.

Scot Williams: Jason Brown is a former Big Brother winner who wants to invest in local nightclubs. He eyes up this new location right next to Salah’s kebab shop which will bring even more drunks to the kebab. Scot made for a good villain of the piece as he tries to control everything in the town he wants to run.

Reece Noi: Malik is a student who comes to work for Salah mostly wanting to know his secret reasoning behind his action but soon wanting to fight back against the drunks himself. Reece is good in this supporting role with his character showing both sides of the battle well.

Support Cast: K-Shop has a supporting cast which are mostly just the victims of Salah which all come off as the drunks you could see on a night out.

Director Review: Dan PringleDan gives us a horror that does modernise the Sweeny Todd story with a modern vigilante story.


Horror: K-Shop brings us into a horror where the victims will not realize what is happening to them which reaches the horror most people will only be left in shock for.

Thriller: K-Shop does keep us on edge as we are left to wonder what will be happening next through the film.

Settings: K-Shop the settings show just how a night out can become out of control as we see the settings being used to show the behaviour the people have. I personally can pick parts of this apart because it was filmed in my home town.
Special Effects
: K-Shop has great effects when it comes to dealing with the action Salah takes.

Suggestion: K-Shop is one for all the horror fans out there to watch because it will leave you shocked. (Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: Shock value.

Worst Part: Never getting revenge on the people truly involved with the death.


Believability: I hope not.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours

Trivia: Filmed in and around Bournemouth on the South Coast of England, many shots were real candid shots of late night party-goers in the town over the weekends.


Overall: Shocking horror thriller that will leave your questions your drunken decisions.






Arnold Schwarzenegger Weekend – Raw Deal (1986)

raw dealDirector: John Irvin

Writer: Gary DeVore, Norman Wexler (Screenplay) Lucian Vincenzoni, Sergio Donati (Story)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar, Robert Davi, Ed Lauter, Darren McGavin, Joe Regalbuto


Plot: A former FBI agent turned small-town sheriff agrees to help the FBI chief infiltrate the Chicago mafia when the FBI chief’s son is killed by them.


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Verdict: Simple Action Film


Story: Raw Deal starts as we see the mob take down a witness protection post killing the son of Harry Shannon (McGavin). We move on to meet Mark Kaminsky (Schwarzenegger) a small town sheriff that was forced to leave the FBI with him and his wife struggling with this quiet existence.

With a phone call from Harry gives Mark a chance to regain his FBI status by going undercover in the Patrovita (Wanamaker) organisation with the promises of getting his old job back. Mark’s new identity is Joseph P Brenner and it doesn’t take long for him to start getting noticed and welcomed into the crime organisation.

Raw Deal is what you would call a typical action crime thriller from the 80s, it has nothing truly fresh but can be enjoyed from the casual viewing. We get to see the redemption story but I do feel we should have seen what Mark had done rather just hear about it. We do get a film that continues to grow Schwarzenegger reputation in the action genre.


Actor Review


Arnold Schwarzenegger: Mark Kaminsky/Joseph P Brenner, Mark is the former FBI agent turns small town Sheriff because of his rough justice. He lives a boring life where his wife has grown to hate him. Mark gets a chance to get his old job back by going undercover in a criminal organisation against the men which killed his former partner’s son. Arnold shows his action skills without being trying to hard.

Kathryn Harrold: Monique is a lady Mark meets in the club where he strikes up a friendship with her as the two are only ever friends but nothing more. She is trapped under the thumb of the mobsters who are making her do their scouting from the tables. Kathryn is a simple female character that never really offers too much to the main story.

Sam Wanamaker: Luigi Patrovita is the crime boss who has control of the city that Mark has to get close to, he doesn’t let people in easily but if you mess with him you won’t be around much longer. Sam makes for your typical villain in the business man type of role.

Darren McGavin: Harry Shannon is the former partner of Mark in the FBI who secretly funds the undercover mission to get revenge for the death of his son at the hands of the mob. Darren is a solid supporting character one that is typical for 80s films.

Support Cast: Raw Deal doesn’t have the most memorable supporting cast with most just being extra members of the mob for Mark to take out.

Director Review: John IrvinJohn gives us an easy to watch action film that never really tests us.


Action: Raw Deal has standard 8os action going on from start finish.

Crime: Raw Deal puts us into a crime world where we get to see one man undercover looking for revenge for a friend.

Thriller: Raw Deal tries to keep us on edge but we all know Arnie is never in danger.

Settings: Raw Deal doesn’t have the most memorable settings being used in the film.
Special Effects
: Raw Deal has typical effects for the time period the film was made in.

Suggestion: Raw Deal is one for a late night TV where you can sit back and relax. (Late Night TV)


Best Part: Arnie is still strong.

Worst Part: Nothing really fresh.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $8.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

Tagline: Nobody gives him a Raw Deal.


Overall: Easy to watch action film




Arnold Schwarzenegger Weekend – Twins (1988)

twinsDirector: Ivan Reitman

Writer: William Davies, William Osbourne, Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod (Screenplay)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb, Bonnie Bartlett, Trey Wilson, Marshall Bell, David Caruso, Hugh O’Brian


Plot: A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is a short small-time crook.


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Verdict: Great Odd Couple Comedy


Story: Twins starts when 35 year-old Julius Benedict (Schwarzenegger) who was genetically modified to be almost perfect learns that he has a twin brother from birth and leaves his island to find him. We also meet his brother Vincent (DeVito) a low life criminal that has always gotten by with his quick talking but now he finds himself in big trouble.

When the two finally meet Vincent sees having Julius behind him as a chance to muscle behind him and clear all of his problems but as always Vincent gets himself into bigger trouble showing the bond between the two coming through strong as they go on a road trip to learn about their parents and make Vincent the money he wants.

Twins is what you would expect from the odd couple comedy that were happening through the 80s and sadly struggled to really be as popular as they were since then. We get to see how Schwarzenegger can handle comedy with a much more talent comedian with a crime story thrown in around the mix. This is an easy to watch comedy that will make you laugh at the opposite style we see Schwarzenegger take from his action brute we have all come to know and love.


Actor Review


Arnold Schwarzenegger: Julius has been genetically modified to be a perfect human with superior intelligence, strength but has lived on a desert island all his life. When he learns that he has a twin brother he wants to find him leading him to learn more about the world while becoming his brother’s muscle. He is very naïve to the world but learns quickly. Arnold does a great job in this against typecast role.

Danny DeVito: Vincent is the lowlife criminal that has been struggling his whole life after being put in an orphanage, he owes criminals a lot of money and when Julius walks into his life he finds a chance get back at the criminals but his wise talking will end him up in more trouble. Danny handles all the talking comedy showing off his comic timing throughout.

Kelly Preston: Marnie is the sister to Linda who questions why Linda stays with Vincent but when she sees Julius she falls instantly in love with the muscle bound man. Kelly is good in this supporting role but really is just the pretty woman involved in the film.

Chloe Webb: Linda is Vincent’s girlfriend who will stick by him through all the troubles. She is one of the only people that can get Vincent to follow instructions. Chloe adds extra comedy to the Vincent side of the story nicely.

Support Cast: Twins has a supporting cast which is just involved to make the story have a crime side to the story where they get to go up against Arnie while trying to kill Vincent. They add a few laughs but no threat to the story.

Director Review: Ivan ReitmanIvan gives us a good comedy that is enjoyable from start to finish.


Comedy: Twins has good comedy throughout with it being the not used to the fast paced world from Arnie or the quick talking from DeVito.

Crime: Twins has a crime story almost tagged onto the comedy which works to bring the men closer but you never feel any threat on this side of the story.

Settings: Twins takes from a tropical island before moving to the big city showing the clash in culture that Julius has to deal with.
: Twins is one I think the comedy fans out there will enjoy and hopefully will have seen. (Comedy Fans Watch)


Best Part: Schwarzenegger showing of comedy skills.

Worst Part: Crime story works but feels too tagged on.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Has had rumours.

Post Credits Scene: No


Awards: Nominated for a Golden Globe

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Tagline: Only their mother can tell them apart.


Overall: Enjoyable comedy of the Odd Couple genre.




Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Savaged (2013)

logoDirector: Michael S. Ojeda

Writer: Michael S. Ojeda, Deon Van Rooyen (Screenplay)

Starring: Amanda Adrienne, Marc Anthony Samuel, Joseph Runningfox, Tom Ardavany, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Ernie Charles, Brionne Davis, Bobby Field, Jason Gurvitz, Willow Hale, Daniel Knight, John Charles Meyer, Rick Mora, Kyle Morris, Rodney Rowland,


Plot: A deaf girl is brutalized by a murderous gang who are then hunted by her when the bloodthirsty spirit of an Apache warrior inhabits her lifeless body.


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Verdict: Gritty Low Budget Horror


Story: Savaged starts when our deaf girl Zoe (Adrienne) gets her father’s car she takes the opportunity to travel America taking plenty of selfies while making it to her fiancée Dane (Samuel). Her peaceful trip is interrupted by a gang of violent thugs Trey (Rowland), West (Ardavany) Creed (Meyer), Jed (Blevins) and Cody (Davis), who kidnap her putting her through torture and rape before leaving her for dead.

When apache Grey Wolf (Runningfox) finds the lifeless body of Zoe he performs a ceremony to bring her back to life with the spirit of an Apache warrior inside her. This gives Zoe the chance to go out for revenge against the men responsible. Dane goes searching for Zoe but only ends up becoming bait by the gang who want to finish off the possessed Zoe.

Savaged enters us into the revenge genre mixing the idea of an everyday type of revenge with a historic revenge story. We get the generic gang that easily become unlikable from the moment you first see them which always helps. We also get the contrast of a symbol of innocence going through the Zoe character with her good natured side. All of these factors come together to make this a very simple revenge thriller that is always trying to be creative with the death scenes. (7/10)


Actor Review


Amanda Adrienne: Zoe is the deaf mute who goes on a road trip to be with her fiancée, but her trip is interrupted by a gang of thugs you kidnap, torture, rape and kill her. When Grey Wolf finds her body he tries to bring her back but only ends up being bought back with an apache warrior out for revenge. Amanda does give a good performance as the revenge filled heroine. (7/10)


Marc Anthony Samuel: Dane is the fiancée who goes searching for Zoe but ends up being used as bait by the gang to lure the possessed Zoe in for the final battle. Marc does a solid job but doesn’t do enough due to lack of real involvement in the action. (5/10)


Rodney Rowland: Trey is the leader of the gang who enjoys the torture and pain he puts onto others. He makes Zoe the latest victim but after she returns from the dead he has to bring the men together to fight her off. Rodney does a good job as the lead villain that just made me think evil Daryl Dixon. (7/10)


Tom Ardavany: West it the main muscle who gets all the dirty jobs done which does include killing Zoe before she comes back, he believes he is the best at getting the job done and can’t understand how she is still alive after he took care of her. Tom does a solid job making himself out to be the know it all killer even though he ends up coming off looking weak by the end. (6/10)


Support Cast: Savaged has a supporting cast of the victims that Zoe is after who all end up being generic, we also have the typical Sheriff who doesn’t know what is going on and the witch doctor who brings Zoe back to life.


Director Review: Michael S. Ojeda – Michael does a good job making this low budget horror pull you in from start to finish, but most importantly it makes you care for the right characters. (8/10)


Action: Savaged has plenty of action with the kills Zoe ends up causing in her quest for revenge. (8/10)

Horror: Savaged has horror elements but it mainly focuses on the action side of the revenge. (5/10)

Thriller: Savaged pulls you in to what will happen next as you want to see what will happen to the gang for their actions. (8/10)

Settings: Savaged makes every scene show just how far off safety area the story takes place with a gang willingly going around killing people for fun. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Savaged uses good practical effects for the fights and effects of the fights. (8/10)

Suggestion: Savaged is one for the action horror fans to enjoy, it is an old style revenge thriller. (Actions Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: Final fight.

Worst Part: Deaf mute making a phone call, really?

Action Scene Of The Film: Attempted ambush in warehouse like building.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline: They took her body. She’ll take their souls.


Overall: Revenge Thriller that never backs off and is filled with blood and gore throughout.

Rating 73

Finding Dory (2016)

doryDirector: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

Writer: Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West


Plot: The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.


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Verdict: Finding Snory


Story: Finding Dory starts as we learn how Dory lost her parents and was spending her whole life searching for them before bumping into Marlin. We move onto after the Finding nemo where Dory gets a new desire to find her family once more.

Dory wants to travel across the ocean and is joined by Marlin and Nemo where Dory gets taken to a fish hospital. Dory has to work with octopus Hank while inside the hospital to find her parents while Marlin and Nemo as we get flashbacks from her childhood.

Finding Dory is the sequel to the much loved Finding Nemo but this time we have to find Dory as she looks for her family in a fish hospital. Yeah so this has no adventure and ends up feeling a lot like a rip off of Toy Story 2 by having one character finding their own identity with new supporting characters and the other hero needed to go searching for them. I know this all sounds harsh but we expect brilliance from Pixar and this is sadly just another cash grab sequel where there wasn’t really a sequel lined up.


Characters Review


Dory: Dory wants to continue her journey of finding her family which means to has to go on her own adventure across the ocean along with Marlin and Nemo. She finds new friends in her search as well as old one but most importantly she gets that chance to final see her parents again. Dory is the character we know from the first outing but in this one it runs as a routine of comedy lines.

Marlin: Marlin is as reluctant as always to travel across the ocean but he knows Dory helped him so this time he goes on this adventure. Marlin is pretty much the same as before always worrying about what is happening.

Hank: Hank is the octopus who is afraid of the ocean and wants to go to an exhibit to live out his life but to do this he has to work with Dory through the fish hospital. He has the similarities to the wiser characters from the tank nemo was in during the first one. Hank is a good addition to this cast being the resistant member of the cast.

Destiny: Destiny is a whale shark that was a childhood friend of Dory as they used to speak through the pipes. Destiny has good banter with Bailey in her next door enclosure. Destiny is what you would have to call a typical supporting character that gets a few laughs and is important to the final outcome.

Support Characters: Finding Dory has a new set of supporting characters who all come off well without being truly memorable.

Director Review: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLaneThe directors give us a standard sequel to the much loved Finding Nemo that just doesn’t hit the highs of the first one.


Adventure: Finding Dory losses part of the true adventure with nearly all the film being in the fish hospital rather than the open ocean.

Animation: Finding Dory has the high quality animation you would expect from Pixar.

Comedy: Finding Dory has a few laughs but never turns into a full comedy with most just being Ellen trying quick wit jokes.

Family: Finding Dory is one you can take the whole family to enjoy without it being the most memorable.

Settings: Finding Dory keeps nearly all of the action within the fish hospital where we get to see the range of fish their and people visiting them.
: Finding Dory is one to take the family see but if being honest you might as well just stick to Finding Nemo. (Stick to Finding Nemo)


Best Part: Hank is funny addition.

Worst Part: Lacks that true adventure the first one had.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: Will get an Animated nod.

Budget: $200 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: An unforgettable journey she probably won’t remember.


Overall: Sequel that just doesn’t hit the marks of the original.