Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – The Possession of Michael King (2014)

Director: David Jung

Writer: David Jung (Screenplay) David Jung, Tedi Sarafian (Story)

Starring: Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Cara Pifko

 

Plot: After poor advice from a psychic leads to the death of his wife, a man vows to disprove the existence of the paranormal by allowing himself to be possessed by demons.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Possession Film

 

Story: The Possession of Michael King starts as documentary film maker Michael King (Johnson) wants to record as much of his family life with wife Samantha (Pifko) and daughter Elli (Anderson). When Samantha is killed in an accident, Michael blames a fortune teller that told Samantha to not travel because success will be coming her way.

Michael frustrated with the loss of his wife decides to enter a new documentary film, one where he investigation the proof of the demons and the afterlife, setting up cameras around his own home to capture any evidence.

Michael visits different people who claim to be able to communicate with demon, the dead or anything supernatural but then he finds himself losing his mind, believing he has been possessed by a demon of sorts.

 

Thoughts on The Possession of Michael King

 

Characters/PerformanceMichael is the grieving father that dives into the dark worlds in search for answers to why his wife was taken, this puts his daughter’s life in danger as the deeper he gets the darker the demons he discovers. When you look at the rest of the characters you only have the daughter that is there not doing much, the sister which is the same and the clips of the wife that try to guide him to light.

Performance wise, Shane Johnson is good in the leading role but it is hard to rate any of the rest of the cast as we spend nearly all of the film watching Michael’s action.

StoryThe story focuses on one man searching for the answers in the afterlife, this isn’t the most original when it comes to how everything goes down but it doesn’t reach level you wouldn’t expect it to go, I also did find the look at different ideas of summoning a demon as we follow Michael go through different ideas to learn how they can come about. This is one for the possession film fans to enjoy.

HorrorThe possession angles being used in this film are brilliant, but with certain moments of found footage don’t completely add up.

SettingsMost of the horror happens within the house which is all good, we the scenes outside show the different worlds that the demon community believe they can summon something from.

Special EffectsThe effects are good throughout and the found footage works to hide moments too.

Final ThoughtsThis is a possession film that does what you need it to, it goes in new direction in places because it doesn’t focus on an innocent victim becoming possessed rather focusing on someone searching for something to happen.

 

Overall: Enjoyable possession film.

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The Monster (2016)

monsterDirector: Bryan Bertino

Writer: Brian Bertino (Screenplay)

Starring: Zoe Kazan, Scott Speedman, Ella Ballentine, Aaron Douglas, Christine Ebadi

 

Plot: A mother and daughter must confront a terrifying monster when they break down on a deserted road.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Creature Horror

 

Story: The Monster starts teenage daughter Lizzy (Ballentine) having to tidy up and prepare for a trip with her alcoholic mother Kathy (Kazan). With tension growing between the two the journey across country so that Lizzy can stay with her father. On the journey, they end up involved in an accident during the rainy condition leaving them stuck in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night.

When it appears, they have hit a wolf we continue to see flashbacks of the troubling relationship between mother and daughter but it is only amplified by the fact there is a monster outside the car lurking in the woods.

The Monster comes off like a very interesting horror thriller concept because the trapped with a monster lurking has been done before and well doesn’t come off to original as we run through the usual issues like ‘stay quiet’ ‘don’t go outside’ ‘we need to try and escape’. It is the look at the very bad relationship between the mother and daughter which would come off abusive in most places that put the true cat amongst the pigeons here. We see however bad the relationship is the maternal instinct will always kick in when it comes to protecting a child.

This is pretty much a two person show and I think Kazan and Ballentine both do a great job in the roles dealing with the abusive side and the horror side. Anyone else who appears in the movie is only in a couple of scenes never really making an impact. The monster itself looks terrifying and it is good to see practical effects being used by the film.

 

Overall: Horror film I would be suggest to the horror fans out there reading this post.

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Sightings (2017)

Director: Dallas Morgan

Writer: Dallas Morgan (Screenplay)

Starring: Dante Basco, Kevin Sizemore, Boo Arnold, Tahlia Morgan, Rawn Erickson, Jason J Lewis

 

Plot: A character-driven sci-fi mystery about a dysfunctional family living on a ranch in TX threatened by a cryptid in their woods. Ultimately, they must overcome their interpersonal conflict in order to unite and survive.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

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Verdict: Great Twist on the Alien Theory

 

Story: Sightings starts as small town Sheriff Tom Mayfield (Arnold) on his last day gets yet another call from his local crazy believing they have seen something on their property, to make the matters worse Tom discovered butchered women on his property, but remains to retire.

The case brings down detective Brendan Pitney (Sizemore) who puts Tom as the main suspect, but we also have Akiro (Basco) and Rebecca Otis (Drapeau) who believe there is more supernatural motives behind what happened, could it be a man, alien or even bigfoot.

 

Thoughts on Sightings

 

Characters – Tom Mayfield is the former sheriff that has step down for a quiet life, but his property becomes a crime scene and he must face his former demons of his wife’s disappearance to rebuild his relationship with his daughter to protect her from the same fate. Hannah is the daughter of Tom’s she dreams of being a writer with this latest case being her chance to potential stop getting the constant rejection letters. Detective Brendan Pitney is the out of towner that comes believing that Tom is the man responsible for the killings on his land, he takes his time to come around to the truth, while hoping to get a job for the FBI.

PerformancesBoo Arnold is good in this leading role as the conflicted father and former lawman, Kevin Sizemore is fun as the detective that wants more from his job and isn’t the nicest guy, while Tahlia Morgan does a good job as the daughter to Tom. We get solid performances from the whole cast in the long run of this movie.

StoryThe story follows a family that must face the biggest divide they had to overcome a new threat which could finish them. We have the idea of a legendary threat which teases and plays into mixing a couple of theories which would make sense if certain elements are true. We have a mystery throw in as we see what happened to our family and as this unfolds we see this new threat.

Adventure/Sci-FiThe adventure feels like we watching the family and friends are pulled together to take on the threat which is sci-fi threat.

SettingsThe small town setting does work for the film because it shows how the people will work together against the unknown.

Special EffectsThe effects are fine, we don’t see too much which does add to parts of the film as we don’t know the full look of the enemy.


Scene of the Movie –
Final Showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We could have seen more of the creature.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good spin on aliens and bigfoot that does work to plan into the theories that mix the two together.

 

Overall: Go for a bigfoot alien twist.

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