Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Hangar 10 (2014)

hangarDirector: Daniel Simpson

Writer: Adam Preston, Daniel Simpson (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Curtis, Abbie Salt, Danny Shayler


Plot: 33 years after the infamous Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, three metal detector enthusiasts hunting for Saxon gold in the same region, capture incredible footage of UFO’s whilst filming their expedition. As night falls and with their navigation equipment failing, they find themselves facing a terrifying encounter with an unforgiving alien presence.


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Verdict: How Not to Make Found Footage


Story: Hangar 10 starts as we meet Gus (Curtis), Sally (Salt) and Jake (Shayler) who are travelling around the countryside with their metal detectors, they just so happen to be near the Rendlesham Forest the location of one of the most famous UFO sightings.

When the friends have an encounter with something they can’t explain they find themselves wandering around the forest with either aliens or military tracking them down.

Hangar 10 is a perfect example of how found footage films are being made incorrectly. We get teased of the real events in the Rendlesham Forest which is all good work with it but no we just get the we are looking for gold so I accept the use of the cameras for that as the friends want to record what they find. Once the alien encounter happens the cameras should be put away and escape is the only thing that matters but no they decide to give us all motion sickness with shaky cams for no apparent reason. This idea works if the friends are investigating the Rendlesham Forest story but otherwise they have no reason to film anymore, we get nothing fresh to the sub-genre and because we are using the term found footage we don’t need good special effects which are used for the crafts.


Overall: This just sums up how found footage gets its bad name.





Forbidden Kingdom (2014)

forbiddenDirector: Oleg Stepchenko

Writer: Aleksandr Karpov, Oleg Stepchenko (Screenplay) Nikolai Gogol (Story)

Starring: Jason Flemyng, Andrey Smolyakov, Aleksey Chadov, Adnia Ditkovskite, Yuriy Tsurilo, Olga Zaytseva


Plot: An 18th century English cartographer, Jonathan Green, sets out on a journey to map the uncharted lands of Transylvania, only to discover the dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical Ukrainian forest.


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Verdict: I Gave Up


Story: Forbidden Kingdom starts as we meet English cartographer and womanizer Jonathan Green (Flemyng) who escapes the reaches of the father of the woman. We move to Ukraine where we see a girl taken by the Viy spirit that terrorises the people.

Ok I am going to be honest here, I really just got completely lost watching this film, not sure if it is the terribly dubbing going on or awful wigs.

Forbidden Kingdom is the first film that I abandoned this year because it really just became unwatched after only thirty minutes. I also thought it was going to be the Jackie Chan and Jet Li film.


Overall: Just total garbage.

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