Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. (2014)

deadlyDirector: Ate de Jong

Writer: Mark Rogers (Screenplay)

Starring: Edward Akrout, Mat Barber, Megan Maczko, Helen Bradbury, Sadie Frost

 

Plot: A stranger breaks into the house of a couple, ties up the husband and, having a whole weekend at his hand, plays a slow game with the woman, a game of threats, fear, obedience – and intimacy.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Shocking Outcome

 

Story: Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. starts when a mysterious man Aaron (Akrout) casual breaks into a home where he finds Tom (Barber) and Alison (Maczko) in the middle of sex where he attacks before bounding them both.

What follows is Aaron taking Alison is hostage to fulfil his twisted fantasies while torturing Tom every time she doesn’t compile with his wishes, but what are his motives for this, that is the big question this film leaves to us to figure out.

 

Thoughts on Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey.

 

StoryThis is a film really has an interesting twist on the home invasion because we have a twist that you really won’t see coming, while I can’t go into details but the build up to this really pays off in the final outcome.

Horror/ThrillerHorror elements in this film come with the home intruder with his motives being the thrilling side of this film as we are left to wonder what will happen next.

Characters/PerformanceThe characters are all interesting in their own way the intruder seems to be a man looking to help with just how far he pushing things while the husband and wife are both struggling with their own issues after their loss. The performances are good throughout because they all go in a direction you wouldn’t expect the characters to go in.

SettingsThe film is set within the one house which shows just how trapped our characters are through this film. We see how a house can become a prison even in a business neighbourhood.

Special EffectsLooking at the special effects we are mostly given good practical effects with most happening off camera adding to the shock value.

Final ThoughtsThis is a home invasion film that is saved by the killer twist in the final act.

 

Overall: This is a slow burner that will shock you in the end.

Rating70

 

 

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Eloise (2017)

eloDirector: Robert Legato

Writer: Christopher Borrelli (Screenplay)

Starring: Eliza Dushku, Robert Patrick, Chace Crawford, Brandon T Jackson, Martin Klebba, Nicole Forester

 

Plot: Four friends break into an abandoned insane asylum in search of a death certificate which will grant one of them a large inheritance. However, finding it soon becomes the least of their worries in a place haunted by dark memories.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Had Potential

 

Story: Eloise starts with reading and a history lesson on Eloise psychiatric home where DR H. H. Greiss (Patrick) is said to have performed inhumane tests and treatments on the patients before a fire closed the facility in 1982 with only four of the original 78 buildings still standing. So, let me guess this right, first we must read what happened, small clip of the torture and then news reports of what happened, oooo they do also have a report that the builds have been searched and people still see ghosts within the walls.

The film finally gets started with Pia (Dushku) being questioned in an asylum being asked to remember what happened in Eloise with the bodies of her friends being found there, yeah, the film gives away who dies in the opening moments.

So, she enters into what happened by jumping to Jacob Martin (Crawford) because she would know what was going on in his life before the events. Anyway, Jacob learns that his father has passed away but he needs to go to Eloise to find the records of his Aunt’s death so he can inherit his family’s fortune.

When the report takes too long to get Jacob is joined by his friend Dale (Jackson), local historian Scott (Byrne) and his sister Pia as they look to break into Eloise to locate the records. But this is a horror movie and as the four find themselves walking through the empty corridors they soon learn that not everything is as it seems as the ghosts of the asylum still search for new patients to practise on.

 

 

Thoughts on Eloise

 

StoryI feel like this is going to be a long rant, because to me the storytelling is awful, first we have the reading only two minutes later we get narration telling us the same story. we also have the film give away who dies and how in the opening scene and most ridiculous we must deal with a character telling the story who isn’t even involved in the first part outside Eloise. With the rant out of the way this is a story that does try to have some moments of originality especially in the final third but getting there has been done before.

HorrorWe have solid scares, we have a good setting which is what you need for the horror films but what we don’t have is a good story.

Characters/PerformancesThe characters involved are easily ripped out of the generic horror clichés, we have the lead Jacob trying to figure out a way to find the information required with Eloise, the potential love interest who doesn’t want to go but does to protect family that is also telling the story, add in the token supporting characters with the pushy friend and the geek character with glasses none of them feel fresh. The evil doctor again is something we have seen before too.

When you look at the performances the film has a draw for the horror fans with Eliza Dushku who is good without doing too much, while Chace showing once more that he is more of a supporting star rather than leading man. Byrne makes himself the comic relief of the film with Jackson just being the extra guy. It is Patrick that enjoy the fun in this film being the mad man doctor.

SettingsOnce the film makes it into the asylum this all works well but otherwise this is all good for the settings side of the story.

Special EffectsWhen you look at the special effects in this fil we have good ones going on throughout without needing to be too over the top but enough for the horror.

Final ThoughtsThe film does have a good final act but getting there does take a lot of hard work, through the bad story telling going on early on even if the end comes off nicely.

 

Overall: The final third of this film is good but the build-up is so plain nothing work for the final moments of the film.

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