Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – Rupture (2016)

Director: Steven Shainberg

Writer: Brian Nelson (Screenplay) Brian Nelson, Steven Shainberg (Story)

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis, Kerry Bishe, Peter Stormare, Ari Millen


Plot: A single mom tries to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her.


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Verdict: Slow Thriller, Nice Finish


Story: Rupture starts as we met single mother Renee (Rapace) who is going to have an adventure of a lifetime as she is going skydiving after dropping her son off at his father’s. On route Renee finds her car braking down with a group of people led by Bald Man (Chiklis) abducting her from the side of the road.

Renee finds herself trapped in a facility, but she isn’t alone there are other victims being held captive here. The victims are being experimented on as this mysterious organization is search for a genre which only comes out during moments of complete and utter fear, Renee must look for a way out before she is pushed too far.


Thoughts on Rupture


Characters/PerformanceRenee is a single mother just trying to make ends meet while caring for her son, she has always been shy but she is going to take a huge rusk with her day, skydiving. She never makes it there because she is abducted and it is here where we get to see how resourceful she can be can be when backed into a corner. The scientists are all mixed with different key components but we do learn enough about them until the final acts of the film.

Performance wise, Noomi Rapace is the star of the show here and she is good throughout but never reaches the levels we know she can from her breakout roles. the rest of the cast all do their jobs well without being in too many scenes to either make a mistake or having enough time to make an impact.

StoryWoman gets abducted, woman gets experimented on and tests, well this isn’t something overly original, this also isn’t the most shocking either. The final third of the film is the most interesting side of the film but it does feel incredibly borrowed from another film, which I won’t mention because it will give away the whole film.

Horror/Sci-FiThe horror side of this film is all about dealing with fears but nothing seems to hit all the heights needed on this side of the film, the sci-fi side of the film only gets revealed later in the film which does work for the film.

SettingsMost of the film is set within the facility which works for the style of the film even if it isn’t the most original idea.

Special EffectsThis is something pretty bad for this film, none of the special effects look real and does take away from part of the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting concept that does fall short in the end, this does disappoint us because we could have a truly brilliant idea for a film.


Overall: Disappointing film that misses the marks too often.




The Shallows (2016)

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writer: Anthony Jaswinski (Screenplay)

Starring: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge


Plot: A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.


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Verdict: Tense Shark Attack Movie


Story: The Shallows starts as we follow American tourist Nancy (Lively) who goes out alone for a day of surfing in what is beautiful coastal resort of Mexico. The holiday is for Nancy to recover in her own way over her mother’s death, Nancy is taking a small break from her medical school studies to figure out her own future much to her father’s (Cullen) concern.

Going out for one final wave Nancy finds the corpse of a whale drawing the attention of other sea life including a great white shark which attacks her, leaving a nasty bite mark up her leg. Nancy finds herself stranded close to shore but too far away to make it to safety.


Thoughts on The Shallows


Characters/PerformanceNancy is a tourist giving up time from her studies to experience the world after her mother’s death. She is a surfer at heart and this puts her into the position of needing to fight to survive once she gets attacked by a great white shark, sure it helps that he is studying medicine because she can ease her injuries.

Performance wise, this is one film carried by the solo actress with Blake Lively showing she can lead a survival against a shark by engaging us for the whole film.

StoryThe story here is very simple, it is one woman trying to survive after a shark attack with nowhere to swim, it is all simple and effective for the story telling process.

Horror/ThrillerThe horror is great because it puts us into a real-life situation of a surfer getting attacked by a shark and we are kept on edge through the whole film.

SettingsThe setting is also simple and works for the film, a small isolated location for our leading character who needs to fight for her life.

Special Effects – The effects when it comes to looking at the shark look fantastic and you would be left question if this was even a real or CGI shark throughout.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that shows just how simple you can make a movie making process, you need to create a simple idea of being stranded with a deadly threat that can keep us on edge throughout.


Overall: A Must watch shark attack movie.




Opinion Battles Round 21 Favourite Ghost Movie

Opinion Battles Round 21

Favourite Ghost Movie

Halloween is here and that means time for a couple of horror rounds, the first we are looking at our favourite film involving ghosts, we have some of the most frightening or comical films but what will everyone pick?

If you want to join the next round of Opinion Battles we will be take on What is your First-Choice Halloween Horror Marathon, to enter email your choice to by Saturday 28th October 2017.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

One Missed Call

I personally love ghost film, I find something in all of them but One Missed Call bought into horror something I never thought would be scary, an asthma inhaler. I know that doesn’t sound like the most threatening but trust me it is, the ghost side of this film comes from ghost haunting the students who need to figure out why.


Milo – Stuff and That


Who ya gonna call? Anyone who knows me knows that Ghostbusters is one of my favourite films because it has everything! Laughs, action, proper scares (anyone who says they weren’t scared sh*tless by the librarian is a liar) and a killer 80s soundtrack.

Cinema Parrot Disco


This is a difficult one as it’s hard to know what can be considered a ghost film. In searching Google, The Shining came up a lot but I don’t really think of that as a “ghost film”. Besides, I love that movie and use it as an answer too often. 😉 So I’m instead going to go with what I think is the best “haunted house” movie: Poltergeist (1982). It’s proper creepy and a classic that I think has stood the test of time pretty well. The pointless remake sucked, though. Ugh….

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

The Eye (2002)

The Eye has always been my top choice for supernatural films. It uses a nice psychological balance to build up the atmosphere and had effective jump scares and wraps up a tight woven mystery to figure out why. Not to mention Angelica Lee does a fantastic job.

Rob – Movie Rob


I know most people will choose a horror film, but I think the best film featuring a person from the next world is Ghost (1990).


It’s a great and moving story that really is able to cross the divide between worlds showing us how powerful true love can really be.


Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore are really believable as the loving couple and Whoopi Goldberg was perfectly cast as the medium between the two (spoiler alert) after he is viciously murdered.


Kevin – The Mental Attic

Poltergeist (1982)


In recent years I’ve seen a few films about hauntings, from the mediocre Paranormal Activity series to the excellent Conjuring and the classic horror style The Woman In Black, but to me, the best is still this masterpiece of the 80s, Poltergeist, a film with enough scares through its runtime, behind the scenes and beyond. 


Unlike most modern ghost films, such as the Conjuring, which lose their impact and steam the moment you “see” the ghost for the first time, Poltergeist doesn’t let up, it just keeps adding to the frights, one scare leading to the next, one ghastly scene leading to another ghoulish encounter, until you finally reach the end as a quivering mess. It is simply a glorious horror film.


S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Ghostbusters II

I thought about choosing an outlier pick, like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, but with this category I couldn’t say no to the Ghostbusters. However, I am in the minority of preferring Ghostbusters II just a little more than the first, so that probably won’t help my chances this round. Building on the comedic success of the first movie,Ghostbusters II upped the laughs with so many scenes that I consider iconic: the dancing toaster, the river of slime, the Statue of Liberty walking to “Higher and Higher.” I’d rather laugh at ghosts than fear them, and the Ghostbusters let me do just that every time.


Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews


It’s loads of fun, there’s all sorts of imaginatively designed ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis get to do the whole “sheet ghost” bit) and other unique creatures and it has an incredible soundtrack – fun tunes from Harry Belafonte and an iconic score by Danny Elfman.


Plus, it’s one of Michael Keaton’s best ever roles (tied with “Birdman” IMO)

Emma – Emma Explains It All

The Changeling

The Changeling Poster

I really wanted to go with a classic, absolute GHOST film for this choice, so what better than the chilling, atmospheric film The Changeling.

It stars George C. Scott as a grieving man having just lost his family in a roadside accident. He moves to a creepy, old house (that old chestnut) and begins getting haunted by an entity caused Joseph. 

With no blood or gore it is simply the chilling atmosphere of the film, plus its terrifying, tense and creepy films that make this an absolute must for ghost film fans.