Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Bethany (2017)

bethanyDirector: James Cullen Bressack

Writer: James Cullen Bressack, Zack Ward (Screenplay)

Starring: Stefanie Estes, Zack Ward, Tom Green, Shannen Doherty, Anna Harr, Leon Russom

 

Plot: Claire and her husband find themselves moving back into Claire’s childhood home only to have the abusive and traumatic memories of her mother come back to haunt her. As her husband starts to get more work, Claire finds herself mixed up in a fog of past and present with a mysterious figure haunting her memories. What is this small figure that is trying to reach out to her, and what does it want?

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Horror

 

Story: Bethany starts when married couple Claire (Estes) and Aaron (Ward) move back into Claire’s childhood home, this brings out all the memories of her disciplined mother Susan (Doherty). The two want to try and start a new life here but the visual nightmares Claire starts to suffering bring back the memories of her invisible friend Bethany.

As the Bethany figure continues to haunt Claire it becomes clear that the spirit is trying to makes Claire hurt herself, but with Aaron never seeing the spirit he is left to watch her own wife dive into madness and even the family friend Dr Brown (Green) can’t see the haunting side of the story.

 

Thoughts on Bethany

 

Characters/PerformanceClaire is a character that has grown up with a tortured youth which is still affecting her to this day, she has had a stillborn and now she is looking to recover with a new life with her husband. Having these elements mixed together leaves us being torn between whether she is being haunted or really just losing her mind, this is a newly found common trend in horror and I like it. Aaron is the husband who wants to move on after their personal tragedy and only knows one way to make this happen, keeping busy. Dr Brown does what you need, finds the answers, while Susan is the strict mother.

Performance wise Stefanie Estes does a good job in the lead role dealing with the mix of emotions she must go through, with Zack Ward doing well as the husband. Tom Green and Shannen Doherty also do well even if they are the bigger names within the film they are only the supporting cast.stars

StoryThe story does borrow from a mix of other horror films, I liked how the well-designed idea of is it real or is it her head works really well in horror, other parts will include spoilers but there is enough in the mixture to make a fresh feel for the most part in this film.

HorrorThere was good moments of horror with a mix of special effects offering gore in place that could turn heads. There are a few suspense moments but once you figure out the story you can feel comfortable with the horror moments.

SettingsAll the horror side of the film takes place inside the home which works for the story going on through the film and is important to the final outcome of the film.

Special EffectsThis film is very hit or miss with the special effects, certain ones look great the others you can see the CGI.genre

Final ThoughtsThis horror plays into all the right boxes for where it wants to go which is all good but you can figure out the ending slightly too early.

 

Overall: This is a good horror that will easily gain fans but like all horrors if this isn’t your style of horror you won’t enjoy.

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Ghostbusters (2016)

ghsotbusterDirector: Paul Feig

Writer: Katie Dippold, Paul Feig (Screenplay) Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams, Neil Casey, Ed Begley Jr

 

Plot: Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Hard to Get Through

 

Story: Ghostbusters starts as we meet Erin Gilbert (Wiig) a professor who in her early career wrote a book with her friend Abby Yates (McCarthy) about the hunt for ghosts which brings Ed Mulgrave (Begley Jr) to investigate the Aldridge mansion. With Erin about to get her dream career she must go back to Abby to see her about their book where she meets Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon) who has been working with Abby.

When the three see an actual ghost, they start to work together to start their own ghost hunting business with new heartthrob receptionist Kevin (Hemsworth). When subway worker Patty Tolan (Jones) witnesses a ghost in the subway she joins the newly formed Ghostbusters to save the city of New York from a ghost invasion.

Ghostbusters is a film that was instantly disliked by most people because the original is considered a true classic and no one wanted a remake, reboot or sequel. Now going into this I was going to ignore that judgement but as I dislike most comedies this was always going to be had to enjoy. I must start with the fact I simply just do NOT find Melissa McCarthy funny at all, Kristen Wiig is solid in this role but I did find Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth to be good for laughs.

The story is all too like the original with the disgraced ghostbusters having to redeem themselves by the end. While I love the setting of New York I feel the film doesn’t use it enough and the special effects just don’t hit the marks I would expect from a film of that budget. I am not going to say this is because of the female leading cast because I do think it could have worked if the characters weren’t all looking for laughs and then mixing everything too many pop culture references that will be out dated within a few years.

 

Overall: This is unnecessary reboot/remake/sequel which ever they want to call it that plays for the laughs instead of the fantasy element of the idea.

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Opinion Battles Results – Favourite Oscar Winning Actors in Lead or Supporting Roles

Opinion Battles Results

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This round we have had an excellent selection of Favourite Oscar Winning Actors in Lead or Supporting Roles but just which one was the most popular?poll

2nd

Choice – Kevin Spacey – American Beautylester

Players – J

Points – 3

1st

Choice – (We have a tie splitting first and seconds Points) Jack Nicholson – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Tom Hanks – Forrest Gumpone-flew

Players – Table 9 Mutant, Emma and S.G. Liput

Points – 9

If you want to take part in the next round, we are looking at favourite Video Game Adaptation.

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Closing Date – Saturday 4th March 2017.

Here is the table, table(Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews, Kim – Tranquil Dreams, J – Film & Nuance, Cinema Parrot Disco, Rob – Movie Rob, Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews, Emma – Emma Explains It All, S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason, Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews, Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews, Kira – Film and Tv 101, Allie – Often Off Topic, Ben – Views From The Sofa, Mike – screenkickermovies.com, Carl Wonders – Listening to Film) can anyone take this league by storm like last year?