Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Havenhurst (2017)

haevntDirector: Andrew C Erin

Writer: Andrew C Erin, Daniel Farrands (Screenplay)

Starring: Julie Benz, Belle Shouse, Josh Stamberg, Danielle Harris, Douglas Tait, Matt Lasky, Dendrie Taylor, Fionnula Flanagan

 

Plot: A troubled young woman takes up residence in a gothic apartment building where she must confront a terrifying evil.

 

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Verdict: New Horror Franchise?

 

Story: Havenhurst starts when Jackie (Benz) is released from rehab for alcoholism where she gets a chance to move into the Havenhurst apartment for people needing a place to stay after rehab, a place where her good friend Danielle (Harris) had been staying. The one rule here is if you fall off the wagon your contract is terminated otherwise you can stay till you die thanks to the manager Eleanor (Flanagan).

When fellow residents start going missing Jackie befriends young girl Sarah (Shouse) who has been living in the building with her foster parents for a while now and with the help of Jackie’s police detective friend Tim (Stamberg) they investigate the goings on within the Havenhurst apartments.

 

Thoughts on Havenhurst

 

Characters/PerformanceJackie is a reforming alcoholic who has dealt with personal loss by her own hand which makes for a great leading character for this film. the innocent character of Sarah works for this film because it gives Jackie an extra reason to fight for in her redemption story. Eleanor makes for a great mother figure in this film with the killers being strength in the fight making them a difficult enemy to overcome.

Performances we have good leading lady performance from Julie Benz, with Flanagan being full of all the menace without getting her hands dirty in this film. I do question what feels like the wasted use of horror icon Danielle Harris though.star

StoryWith most of my breakdown going to be positive I have to question certain parts of the story, while I did like the idea of a giant apartment for people fresh out of rehab getting a chance to live unless they lapse making them the victims. What I didn’t like was the fact the film wants to set up for a sequel more than finish the story it was telling in the first place.

Horror/Mystery The horror elements of the film are where we get the mix of scares, blood and gore mixing together nicely, the mystery is all about what is going on within the apartment which does make for the questions we need to see unfolding through the film.

SettingsAll the horror elements of the film are from within this apartment complex which does make for a good setting with the gothic look and hidden passages. When the horror remains in the one location it is always better for the audience.

Special EffectsThe special effects all come off looking bloody and gory which is all we want when it comes to horror, this saves these moments up to not to go for the overkill too.genre

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable horror that could easily be the beginning of a bigger franchise because it has opened doors to plenty of ideas for the future, be it through the kills or how easy it would be to collect victims, so I hope we see where this can go.

 

Overall: Short and sweet horror that can be enjoyed by the casual horror fans out there.

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The Forgotten Kingdom (2013)

forgttenDirector: Andrew Mudge

Writer: Andrew Mudge (Screenplay)

Starring: Zenzo Ngqobe, Nozipho Nkelemba, Lebhang Ntsane, Jerry Mofokeng, Mohoeshoe Chabeli, Lillian Dube

 

Plot: Atang leaves the slums of the big city to bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Befriended by an orphan herd-boy and stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn to the mystical beauty and hardships of the people, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning.

 

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Verdict: Beautifully Moving Story

 

Story: The Forgotten Kingdom starts as we meet Joseph (Ngqobe) a young man in the big city in South Africa, estranged from his father he group are harmless troublemakers. When he gets a vision of his father Joseph whose real name is Atang must take another look at the life he has been living to bury his father in Lesotho.

While at his father’s funeral he meets an old-school friend Dineo (Nkelemba) who still lives in Lesotho but who gave up her life in Joburg to support her family. Atang journeys to be with Dineo where he is guided by Orphan Boy (Ntsane) as he learns more about the beauty in life and the difficulties other people must go through after being mugged and beaten.

The Forgotten Kingdom gives us a story of how one man must find his purpose in life after his father’s death, it shows the incredible journey he must complete where he must consider the spirits of the world he has since turned his back on. We see how difficult life is for the ones that don’t always tell the world in a world that is so different to my own, where sickness can be considered a curse that doesn’t get the support it needs. We also get a love story of one man who will go on a journey to be with the woman he loves.

The performances are brilliant with Zenzo Ngqobe give a performance that could be put up there with the very best in the year of the release. The film has a real heart to it which makes it stand out from the rest of the releases of this year.

 

Overall: Brilliant journey of self-discovery through the rough environment.

Rating

 90

 

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY ABOUT SMALL TOWN ‘UNCERTAIN’ IN AMERICA TO BE RELEASED IN THE UK FROM 10TH MARCH

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY ABOUT SMALL TOWN ‘UNCERTAIN’ IN AMERICA TO BE RELEASED IN THE UK FROM 10TH MARCH

 

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London: UK, Thursday 16th February 2017 – Today Lucid Inc. is delighted to announce that its critically acclaimed documentary UNCERTAIN about a small town in Texas in the US will screen at the ICA in London from 10th March, followed by a Digital On Demand release on iTunes and other on demand platforms from 17th March 2017, and available for pre-order on iTunes on 2ndMarch.

From the award-winning Producers and Directors Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands and Winner of Tribeca Film Festival’s Albert Maysles Documentary Director Award, UNCERTAIN is a visually stunning and disarmingly funny portrait of the literal and figurative troubled waters of Uncertain, Texas. In a 94-resident town so tucked away “you’ve got to be lost to find it”, three Uncertain men make their own bids for survival looking to find a more certain future. An ex-convict obsessed with Mr. Ed, a gigantic boar he hunts in order to stay on the straight and narrow; a young idealist with big plans but few prospects is looking for a bigger life. An aging fisherman learning to let go of his youthful ways, and making peace with a fateful moment thirty years ago. All the while Uncertain’s vast, swampy lake is being choked by an aquatic weed, upsetting the natural balance and the town’s only source of livelihood. UNCERTAIN is an outstanding feature debut capturing a vivid cast of characters as compelling as any fiction.

 

UNCERTAIN is at the ICA from 10th March and On Demand from 17th March http://uncertainfilm.com/