Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror Franchise – Survival of the Dead (2009)

survivialDirector: George A Romero

Writer: George A Romero (Screenplay)

Starring: Alan Van Sprang, Joshua Peace, Hardee T Lineham, Dru Viergever, Eric Woolfe, Kenneth Welsh, Julian Richings, Wayne Robson, Kathleen Munroe

 

Plot: On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: This Was Bad

 

Story: Survival of the Dead starts as we meet Sarge (Van Sprang) who decides to take his men away from the army to fend for themselves. We also meet a small family on Plum Island where O’Flynn (Welsh) and his family clean up their small island for survivors, but this only leads to conflict between him and another family the Muldoon (Fitzpatrick).

When the soldiers find themselves in the middle of the battle between the two families they learn that the zombies are not the only enemies they have to face in this world.

Survival of the Dead is the 6th instalment of the franchise and this film takes place in the same universe as the Diary of the Dead film where we follow the military men who rob our heroes in that one. The problem here is we get an awful story about two rival families wanting the island to save themselves. There is not a single redeemable character in this film and it could easily be considered the worst of the whole franchise. Just don’t get me started about the awful accents being used throughout either.

 

Overall: Worst of the bunch by a very long way.

Rating30

 

 

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Halloween Resurrection (2002)

Director: Rick Rosenthal

Writer: Larry Brand, Sean Hood (Screenplay) Debra Hill, John Carpenter (Characters)

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes, Bianca Kajlich, Sean Patrick Thomas, Daisy McCrackin, Katee Sackhoff, Luke Kirby, Thomas Ian Nicholas

 

Plot: Three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Painful Sequel

 

Story: Halloween: Resurrection starts with Laurie (Curtis) now in a mental home as we learn that she killed an innocent man thinking it was Michael, now she waits for him to arrive so she can finish the job. When Michael finally gets to kill Laurie his rampage must be over, but no, let’ see where this film goes now.

We are not back in Haddonfield meting student Sara (Kajlich), Jen (Sackhoff) and Rudy (Thomas) who have all signed up for a reality television show hosted by Freddie Harris (Rhymes) and Nora (Banks) and joined by Donna (McCrackin), Bill (Nicholas) and Jim (Kirby) where they must stay in the Myers house for one night.

As the students look to investigate the home, they learn that Michael is still living there and ready to kill anybody inside his home, who will make it out and just what is the point in these victims.

 

Thoughts on Halloween: Resurrection

 

Characters/PerformanceLaurie is in this movie, for about 5 minutes and I feel this is the only connection to the Halloween franchise. Michael is deadly but you kind of route for him because the people are invading his home. Sara seems to be the main innocent student that gets pushed into something she wouldn’t normally do. Jen is the slightly slutty friend with Rudy being the lead hero. Freddie is the arrogant host that wants to make money and become famous and that is your ABC cast.

Performance wise, well, where do we start here? This isn’t known for its performance ability, Busta Rhymes please no more acting, and why in the hell would you hire an actress that couldn’t scream or cry on cue for a horror film, Jamie Lee clearly didn’t want to be in this film either.

StoryLooking at story we have a HUGE problem here, one you kill off the Laurie in the opening sequence and forget she has a kid now a young man in his twenties now too. We get an awful run around Michael’s house being picked off one by one for reality TV, none of these characters have a connection to Michael and this is just a hack em slash em film for no reason.

HorrorThis is fine as a standalone slasher horror but the connection it needs sucks the horror out of the film.

SettingsBeing set inside Michael’s childhood home works because it brings us back to Haddonfield, where we need to be but the stakes just don’t feel enough in this house.

Special EffectsThe kills have good effects but otherwise we don’t get many or need many.

Final ThoughtsThis film feels like someone watched The Truman Show and thought let’s make it a slasher film where we have an audience watching what is going on inside the house, we have terrible acting, terrible storytelling and just a boring reason to bring Michael back.

 

Overall: Terrible, terrible sequel.

Rating

 

 

Trailer Alert – TERRIFIER

UK DVD and Digital HD out 2018

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Having premiered at London’s Horror Channel FrightFest this weekend, we can reveal the UK trailer for the truly sinister slasherTERRIFIER:

Directed by Damien Leone and starring David Howard Thornton, Jenna Kanell and Catherine Corcoran, TERRIFIER is the story of a maniacal clown who terrorizes three young women on Halloween night and everyone else who stands in his way…

2017 Watched List – Part 33

2017 Movie Watched List

Movie Watched list are always interesting to read to see what order people watch films in, over the past two years I have started doing watched lists with two different styles to talk about the over 1000 movies I had seen. This year I decided to mix it up once more. This time I will be listing the films in 10 like before and then picking just my favourites on a couple of subject’s I am picking favourites over best because sometimes the best films are difficult re-watches which is why I like the term favourite.

Here is 321- 330

1.    One in the Chamber

2.    The Mummy 2017

3.    The Sublet

4.    Weird Science

5.    Valkyrie

6.    The Belko Experiment

7.    Lawless

8.    Exposed

9.    Tsunambee

10.Spy Game

Favourite Film
The Belko Experiment

This horror is just big, bold and crazy with nuts characters and plenty of blood and gore to keep the horror fans happy.

Worst Film
Exposed

This crime thriller gets stuck following two characters for so long before getting the bottom of the crime.

Any other question you would like to know about the selection feel free to leave a comment and I will answer or maybe even add to future Watched Lists.

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror Franchise – Diary of the Dead (2007)

diaryDirector: George A Romero

Writer: George A Romero (Screenplay)

Starring: Michelle Morgan, Joshua Close, Shawn Roberts, Amy Lalonde, Joe Dinicol, Scott Wentworth, Philip Riccio, Chris Violette, Tatiana Maslany

 

Plot: A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Found Footage Yay, Character Decisions No

 

Story: Diary of the Dead starts by taking us away from the original universe to the very start of the outbreak in the modern era of technology as we watch Jason Creed (Close) who makes a film about what happened with the original outbreak.

Jason has an idea to film the events of the outbreak with his fellow film makers, his girlfriend Debra (Morgan), Tony (Roberts) Tracy (Lalonde), Mary (Maslany) to mention a few. We watch their travel across country to find out how safe their families are.

Diary of the Dead takes out of the world we have come to know but it does take us to a world where the madness of the human curiosity into death has taken over the world as people want to see the outbreak happening on the internet. This continues to show Romero has the ability to evolve into the modern horror trends bring his own stamp to the found footage style film and once again bringing the new kills to the zombies with some of the most original of the time. On the negative we have to look at the poor character decisions in a world where they are actually making a horror movie the characters do seem to have no idea how to make rational decisions in a horror situation.

 

Overall: Wonderfully shot but poor character decisions loses a lot of the tension which should be created in the film.

Rating65