Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Besetment (2017)

Director: Brad Douglas

Writer: Brad Douglas (Screenplay)

Starring: Abby Wathen, Marlyn Mason, Michael Meyer, Max Gutfreund, Greg James, Hannah Barefoot, Lindsae, Douglas Rowe

 

Plot: After struggling to find employment, Amanda takes a hotel position in a small town where she ends up fighting for her life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: One Twisted Hotel Manager

 

Story: Besetment starts as we follow Amanda Millard (Wathen) a young lady struggling to find a job to help her escape from her mother (Klein), when she finds a job it does mean travelling over 100 miles to work in a small hotel for Mildred Colvin (Mason).

Accepting the job, Amanda gets to move into the hotel in this small town with Mildred and her son Billy (Meyer), she also meets the local chef Brad (Gutfreund) but this new life takes a turn when Mildred and Billy’s true issues come out and Amanda must fight to survive.

 

Thoughts on Besetment

 

Characters/PerformanceAmanda is a young woman who is suffering with the lack of experience to get a job near home, meaning she must travel which gives her a perfect sounding job, but this leads to her needing to fight for life. Mildred is the owner of the hotel that has been planning a life for her son, she demands certain things and has complete control over Billy. Billy is the son forced into his mother’s twisted fantasy.

Performance wise, Abby does a good job in this role, she might not be in the most mobile position for most of the film but we understand her difficult situation. Marlyn does a good job as the controlling mother with plenty of demanding scenes.

StoryLooking into the story we get an easy to follow story that does have a couple of moments that do shock by pushing boundaries we wouldn’t normal be seen pushed. The main story is demanding mother creates a fantasy world for her son with our victim needing to fight back to survive, easy to follow.

HorrorThe horror comes from the kidnapping angle of the film, we get to see how one woman deals with the punishment to be part of the fantasy.

SettingsThe settings are in a small town which is always good because it creates the idea of not truly knowing your neighbour.

Special EffectsThe effects are low budget but just as effective as they need to be for the moments that require special effects.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good horror film, it does all you need without being the most ground breaking and not falling into the ‘stupid character makes stupid decisions making me hate the film’ selection.

 

Overall: Horror fans check it out.

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Harvey Keitel Weekend – From Dusk till Dawn (1996)

fromDirector: Robert Rodriguez

Writer: Quentin Tarantino (Screenplay) Robert Kurtzman (Story)

Starring: George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Ernest Liu, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin

 

Plot: Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: One of the Best Vampire Movies Ever

 

Story: From Dusk till Dawn starts as we meet the Gecko Brothers Set (Clooney) and Richard (Tarantino) who are on the run after a bank robbery on the run to Mexico and safe haven. Also on the road is a priest Jacob (Keitel) who has lost his faith travelling with his children Kate (Lewis) and Scott (Liu) who are on the road after their mother and wife’s death.

When the Gecko’s lose their latest hostage, they find themselves take Jacob and his family hostage as they make it over the border into Mexico to the biker bar known as the Titty Twister where the Gecko’s have arrange to have their meet but they group have to spend the night in this bar with seductive dances and dangerous bikers.

The night takes a twist for the worse when they learn the club is filled with bloodthirsty vampires and all the customers are just their latest victims.

 

Thoughts on From Dusk till Dawn

 

StoryWhen you go into a vampire movie the story doesn’t always need to be all gothic sometimes it can be wildly over the top. This story keeps everything simple by having thieves on the run and a religious man who has lost faith ending up in a shady bar having to spend one night fighting vampires. There isn’t much more to this and that is why it is all so enjoyable.

Action/HorrorWe have plenty of over the top action in the second half of this movie as the survivors take on the new image from horror in the vampires. We can enjoy the action horror throughout this film.

Characters/PerformanceThe Gecko Brothers are strong anti-hero characters and having Jacob as the faithless priest suits the vampire genre. We do get a scene stealing moment from a sexy dancer who becomes one of the vampires.

When you look at the performances Clooney does shine and is one of the most different he ever took on in his career. Keitel is also a good in this role but with the weak point as often is Tarantino’s acting which doesn’t reach the levels of the rest of the cast.

SettingsThe settings are used very well with the travelling sequences in the first half but the Titty Twister bar has become one of the most iconic bar in film history and having the characters trapped there also helps them must work together against the vampires.

Special EffectsThe special effects here are great as you believe each and every one of the kills, fights and attacks the vampires are involved in.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most fun you will have with any vampire movie because when it was released it took the vampire genre in a new direction.

 

Overall: Enjoy the bloody filled vampire classic.

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