Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – We Are Still Here (2015)

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Director: Ted Geoghegan

Writer: Ted Geoghegan (Screenplay)

Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, Larry Fessenden, Monte Markham

 

Plot: In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands a sacrifice.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Horror

 

Story: We Are Still Here starts when Anne (Crampton) and Paul (Sensenig) move from the busy New York City to the quiet country after their son’s death. The house they buy has a history and learning of the history they start to experience strange occurrence around the house, Anne thinking it could be their son still trying to communicate.

Not knowing the truth of what is happening they call their son’s family friends May (Marie), Jacob (Fessenden), Daniella (Dakota) and Harry (Nicholson) to help answer the questions of the mystery within their home. As the four spend more time within the house the bigger picture becomes clearer and the spirits become a bigger presence within the home.

 

Thoughts on We Are Still Here

 

StoryLooking at the story we get a couple wanting to find a new life after losing their son, we also have idea that a house has a past which could bring the supernatural side to everything. the story is developed nicely over a couple of days which all works because everything unfolds scene by scene answering all the questions.

Horror The horror elements are all built up very nicely throughout the film here for the final blow out when everything gets unleashed.

Characters/PerformanceThe grieving parents do always make for strong leading characters because it is their move and belief they could communicate with their son that keeps them in place here. We do also have the friends who have connection to the underworld which work, we have the mysterious locals and of course we have the spirits looking for vengeance all adding up to a creepy horror list of characters.

The performances are all good throughout as we do believe both parent’s trying to cope with their loss in Crampton and Sensenig’s performances.

SettingsWe have a remote town for the setting which is filled with a secret, the secret is based within this one house which is isolated away from the rest of the town which is perfect for the horror needed in this film.

Special EffectsThe special effects going on through the film are brilliant because the spirit characters have such a uniquely terrifying look you will be scared that you could encounter them.

Final ThoughtsThis has terrifying created supernatural creatures that look original and will strike fear throughout.

 

Overall: This is one for all the horror fans out there.

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Death Note (2017)

Director: Adam Wingard

Writer: Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides, Jeremy Slater (Screenplay) Tgugumi Oba, Takeshi Obata (Original Material)

Starring: Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Masi Oka, Jason Liles

 

Plot: Light Turner, a bright student, stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Deliciously Dark Fantasy

 

Story: Death Note starts as genius student Light Turner (Wolff) has a mysterious book title Death Note fall from the sky before getting busted for doing fellow students homework landing him in detention, here Light gets a visit from Ryuk (Liles, but voiced by Dafoe) who teaches him about the book, which offers him a chance to simply write the name of a person and a way to die with the rest being history.

Teaming up with Mia (Qualley) a student from school, Light decides to use this power for the good by killing terrorists and getting criminals to hand themselves in, but with this new world starting Light’s father James (Whigham) must investigate the mysterious ‘Kira’ figure influencing the decisions and the mysterious detective L (Stanfield) who believes he knows how to track the killer.

 

Thoughts on Death Note

 

Characters – Light Turner is a high school student that stays in the shadows at school, making deals for money in exchange for doing homework, but when he gets the Death Note, he gets the chance to become somebody, he uses the book to try and make a difference but soon learns the effects that this could have on his life and the world. L is the detective that has been hunting the Kira killer, he has an ability to solve crimes and has been trained to be one of the greatest detectives of all time, he knows who is behind it all but needs to find a way to prove it. Ryuk is the God of death that is attached to the book, he does the bidding for the owner of the book, while also trying to get him to put more names in the book. Mia is the love interest of Light that has the relationship because of the interest in the power of the book.

PerformanceNat Wolff does do a good job in the leading role being the teenager that looks out of place in the lonely keep to himself idea. Lakeith Stanfield is the highlight of the film because he does always come off with something different about his character. Margaret Qualley is the good supporting girlfriend character that does well through the film. Willem Dafoe lends his voice to the God which sounds perfectly menacing about him.

StoryThe story focuses on the idea of one kid getting a book that could simply write a name in and the person will die. Now I do understand this has come from a manga of the same name which does put elements to discuss into a fantasy element, which is good for the idea, the story flows nicely with the moral question being asked, what would you do if you had the book? Saying this the film does try to ask that question between the characters but in the end glosses over it at times and does miss out a chance to learn a lot more about L who by far is the most interesting character in the film. This is a story that could be enjoyed by the fantasy horror fans out there and is one I do think could be recommended to the known horror fans too.

Fantasy/HorrorThe fantasy behind this film comes from the demon Ryuk using his powers to complete the deaths, the horror is working with the fantasy and is used with the idea of the blood splattered deaths.

SettingsThe settings are used for iconic moments in the film without being all about the settings rather than the characters finding themselves in.

Special EffectsThe effects are all fantastic with the most impressive coming from the blood splattering deaths.

Scene of the Movie – The first note, because it shows us what we are going to be getting through the film.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I would have liked more focus on the L backstory which does seem interesting.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable fantasy horror that comes from a manga which I can see could turn people off but as I have never seen it, I can say this is enjoyable throughout.

 

Overall: Enjoyable fantasy horror.

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TONY TODD AND DEREK MEARS IN #FROMJENNIFER, OUT THIS SEPTEMBER!

TONY TODD AND DEREK MEARS IN #FROMJENNIFER, OUT THIS SEPTEMBER!

“Turns the typical horror genre film upside down!” – Scream Queens
On VOD/Cable this September from Sector 5 Films

Horror icons Tony Todd (Candyman, the Final Destination series) and Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, “Twin Peaks”) star in #FromJennifer, the “highly original and radically ingenious” (Starburst) new film from award-winning writer/director Frank Merle, out 9/28 on Digital and Cable from Sector 5 Films.

Jennifer Peterson (Danielle Taddei) is having a very rough week. She’s been fired from a movie shoot, her manager just dropped her, and her boyfriend dumped her, right after releasing a sex tape of them together.
But Jennifer has decided to turn things around: she hatches a plot she calls “Revenge Porn Revenge,” in which she plans to settle the score by filming a devastatingly elaborate video and posting it online, making herself famous in the process. But like everything else in her life lately, her revenge plot doesn’t go according to plan, and a shocking trail of carnage is left in her wake.

Winner of no less than 7 major film festival awards, including Best Director at the Illinois International Film Festival (Frank Merle) and Best Actress (Danielle Taddei) at the Mindfield Film Festival, #FromJennifer features a host of genre favorites in-front of and behind-the-camera including actors Aaron Abrams (“Hannibal”), Meghan Deanna Smith (Sharknado: Heart of Sharkness), Trae Ireland (13/13/13) and Danielle Taddei (“Pretty Little Liars”), with producers Frank Merle and Hunter Johnson (#2Jennifer) and executive producers James Cullen Bressack (Bethany, To Jennifer) and Warren Croyle.
“A truly timely and Relevant Film” (We are Indie Horror), #FromJennifer on Digital and Cable September 28 from Sector 5 Films.

Believe (2013)

Director: David Scheinmann

Writer: Massimiliano Durante, Carmelo Pennisi, David Scheinmann (Screenplay)

Starring: Jack Smith, Brian Cox, Natascha McElhone, Anne Reid, Philip Jackson, Kate Ashfield, James Callis

 

Plot: A young, gifted football player who gets into trouble for a petty crime is brought to the attention of former Manchester United coach Matt Busby, who comes out of retirement to help the boy and his teammates.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Experience

 

Story: Believe starts in 1984 Manchester as football mad Georgie Gallagher (Smith) is being dragged to a potential grammar school by his widowed mother Erica (McElhone) to be offered a working-class scholarship. Learning of a football tournament Georgie gets his mates together but finds himself stealing Sir Matt Busby’s (Cox) wallet.

Once Matt tracks down Georgie he makes his deal to coach the team for the tournament but Erica wants to continue pushing Georgie into taking the grammar exam. Matt still haunted by the events of Munich where he has spent his life wondering why he survived over the talented younger men on the plan.

 

Thoughts on Believe

 

Characters/PerformanceGeorgie is what all young boys who love football wish they could have, the skills to play, the desire to become the next star of the sport. He is easily distracted at school because of his dreamer side but deep down he is broken because of the death of his father. Sir Matt is one of the most iconic football managers of all time, looking at an older version of the man shows how haunted he is by the tragedy he made it through. Erica is the protective single mother who does want the best for her son but is also struggling with her own past.

Performance wise Brian Cox is great throughout with Natascha McElhone gives us a great supporting performance. Jack Smith along with the other boys are all great here working to make us believe their own dreams.

StoryThis is a story about follow your dreams even if you are being haunted by tragedy in your own life, be it Georgie losing his father or Sir Matt after the plane crash. This is mostly family based film that shows how you can’t just give up on dreams as long as you give them everything you can.

Drama The drama in this film is about how grief can fuel dreams with each character dealing with their own problems to make it the story of never giving up.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in and around Manchester and is completely in the time the film is set in.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film you can easily enjoy from start to finish if you are a fan of football.

 

Overall: Football fans enjoy this one.

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