Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – The Tattooist (2007)

Director: Peter Burger

Writer: Matthew Grainger, Jonathan King (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Behr, Mia Blake, David Fane, Robbie Magasiva, Ian Vincent, Caroline Cheong, Nathaniel Lees, Michael Hurst


Plot: A young artist unknowingly plays a role in releasing a deadly spirit as he attempts to learn tatau, the Samoan tradition of tattooing.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Interesting Idea for Horror


Story: The Tattooist starts as we follow Jake Sawyer (Behr) a young tattoo artist who wants to learn the ways of the cultures behind tattooing, leaving Singapore he learns of an older way of printing a tattoo. Heading to New Zealand he wants to continue to learn about the Samoan technique.

When Jake accidentally touches a piece of equipment used in printing the tattoos he finds his hand infected by something that seems to spread and doesn’t clean off. Travelling around with his guide and friend Sina (Blake) he Jake gets embraced by some within the Samoan culture but others want him out, but he needs to learn what is causing the infection in his hand, as the people he has tattooed are being consumed by their tattoos.


Thoughts on The Tattooist


Characters/PerformanceJake is the young tattoo artist who wants to learn each and every culture behind the art of tattooing, he finds himself learning something he shouldn’t going against the culture he has been studying. Sina is the guide and love interest of Jake that takes Jake into the world of Samoan tattooing.

Performance wise, well this is the first of the negatives, I didn’t think anybody in this film shines to any level to show any fear or believable dialogue in the interaction the characters have.

StoryThe story is one that comes off very interesting, diving into the beliefs of culture behind the art of tattooing. The idea that we dive into the ancient beliefs is a huge plus, along with how the spirit comes for the victims. Where the story does fall short is within the inconsistencies with how the spirit acts toward finishing everything off. We also have issues with how certain people never truly follow what they believe when it comes to the tattooing.

HorrorCertain moments do come off horrific in places as we see how the people get consumed by the tattoo but otherwise it all comes off quite soft in the end.

SettingsThe settings show the different cultures Jake is learning about, which is all good but nothing becomes iconic for what is going on.

Special EffectsThe special effects also come off slightly weak as you can see the CGI going on through the killing scenes.

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice idea for horror as mixing the true culture behind a belief with horror can come off very effective, but other times I can miss when it comes to the final product.


Overall: Easy to watch but slightly weak horror film.




Baskin (2015)

baskinDirector: Can Evrenol

Writer: Can Evrenol, Ogulcan Eren Akay, Cem Ozuduru, Ercin Sadikoglu (Screenplay)

Starring: Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Muharrem Bayrak, Faith Dokgoz, Sabahatin Yakut


Plot: A squad of unsuspecting cops goes through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Not for the Light Hearted


Story: Baskin starts as we see a close group of cops Boss (Kuyucu), Yavuz (Bayrak), Arda (Kasal), Apo (Dokgoz) and Seyfi (Yakut) who show their characters in a diner exchange with the hot head Yavuz talking the most but reacting to everything in aggressive manor, Apo being the calm between them all, Arda being the new member of the squad and Seyfi being the driver.

When Seyfi has an odd moment in the diner the squad regroup as they get called for an assignment in a part of town feared by many. When the squad are involved in an accident they find themselves with no communicate in the middle of nowhere but right on the doorstep of where their investigation was intended to start.

What follows is the men going into what can only be described as a hell like dimension where they all experience horrific scenes of violence and question their own sanity while Arda exorcises his own demons of his childhood.


Thoughts on Baskin


StoryThe story here is very clever when you look past all the gore effects being used even if it does end up being a true tried and tested formula. I don’t feel I can go too into details without giving away too much but we know the basics of a group of people enter house finding themselves trapped by the evil inside.

Fantasy/HorrorThe fantasy world of hell comes through here with the horrific imaginary we go through will make the light stomached people feel very uneasy.

Characters/PerformanceIt is fair to say all of the police officer characters are all generic in the way you would expect but the Father figure is one hell of a creepy gate master for hell.

The performances are all good giving us all the fear these characters are going through with the calm persona of Cerrahoglu makes us fully scared of the character he is portraying.

SettingsMost of the settings are within the abandoned warehouse which is used brilliantly because of all of the dark corners and none existent lighting the characters find themselves searching through.

Special EffectsThis film uses the effects perfectly to create the shocking imaginary we go through with the police officers in hell that pushes the limits and will not be for the weak stomached people.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most visually disturbing movies you will ever see with plenty of imaginary that could put a lot of people off.


Overall: This is a brave bold and blood soaked horror that can be enjoyed by the fans of the genre.




2017 Watched List – Part 30

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 291 – 300

1.    The Prophecy II

2.    Drone

3.    Black Butterfly

4.    War Machine

5.    A Cure for Wellness

6.    Baywatch

7.    Rupture

8.    The Neighbour

9.    The Quiet Hour

10. Into the Storm

Favourite Film
Black Butterfly

This is a twist filled thriller that is filled with twists, that you feel will go on direction only for it to go in another direction, making it well worth enjoying.

Worst Film

This is a film that had plenty of potential but sadly comes up short by not pushing everything to the level it should have.

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.