Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – The Neighbour (2016)

Director: Marcus Dunstan

Writer: Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton (Screenplay)

Starring: Josh Stewart, Bill Engvall, Alex Essoe, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Luke Edwards, Melisa Bolona, Skipp Sudduth


Plot: Set in Cutter Mississippi, the film follows a man who discovers the dark truth about his neighbor and the secrets he may be keeping in the cellar.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Good Horror Thriller


Story: The Neighbour starts as small time criminal John (Stewart) and his wife Rosie (Essoe) move into a farmhouse, the town shuns him knowing his past and the police heckle him looking to catch him out, but it is their neighbour that interests them in Troy (Engvall) a hunter at heart, that doesn’t like trespassers.

When John’s cover is blown, he rushes home to escape with Rosie only to find out she has gone missing and the clear subject is Troy. John enters his house looking for answers, but what he finds will leave him needing to fight to survive while trying to save Rosie.


Thoughts on The Neighbour


Characters/PerformanceJohn is a shady criminal, he drifts between towns but now he looks to escape, he must show all his abilities when it comes to sneaky to beat an even deadlier criminal group. Troy is a leader of a group of criminals he has a brilliant enterprise going on that he is the front for. Rosie is the wife of John who ends up being captured and is just a victim in most of this.

Performance wise, Josh Stewart is making a name for himself in this style of horror after the Collector films and he is good in these films. Bill Engvall is a good villain working well for the film with Alex Essoe being a standard female victim for the most part.

StoryThe story of two different sides of the criminal worlds clashing over something out of their hands does make it hard for us to pick a side but we do a good action horror side to this film. if we had a good side and a bad side it would be too easy to cheer for one but having to route for a criminal we do get something good here. The formula is tried and tested and easily left open for a sequel if need be.

Crime/HorrorTwo crime worlds colliding works very well with the horror side being a battle to survive what would be certain death in captured.

SettingsThe film is set over two neighbouring hours which does help the film create what is needed for the secretive side of what is going on.

Special EffectsWe have mostly practical effects for everything that is going on and it all clicks for what happens in the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid horror that is well worth a watch.


Overall: Horror fans enjoy this one.




Evolution (2015)

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Writer: Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Alante Kavaite (Screenplay)

Starring: Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Mathieu Goldfeld, Nissim Renard


Plot: The only residents of young Nicholas’ sea-side town are women and boys. When he sees a corpse in the ocean one day, he begins to question his existence and surroundings. Why must he, and all the other boys, be hospitalised?


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Shockingly Strange


Story: Evolution starts in a small community filled with women and boys, Nicolas (Brebant) discovers what he believes to be a dead body with his mother (Parmentier) showing him the truth before he is taken away by Stella (Duran) for a night in the hospital with other boys.

With his curiosity rising Nicolas finds himself going through medical procedures but at night he learns of what is going on, well he tries to understand what he sees with only Stella befriending him in the hospital.


Thoughts on Evolution


Characters/PerformanceNicolas is the curious young boy who in a world with little in it, finds himself questioning each part of it, he is the curious type. Stella is one of the nurses that takes care of Nicolas but finds herself becoming friends with him. La mere is his mother that follows the community’s rules.

Performance wise, Max Brebant is great as the young Nicolas keeping everything simple in this performance with Roxane giving a strong supporting performance. Most of all the performances in this film are done by expressions.

StoryThe story focuses on the mystery the most, and boy is it hard to describe just what is happening. This story is shocking, it does have twists and will leave you thinking about what you have just seen.

Horror/MysteryThe horror comes from just how shocking everything we see is but the truth is this film focuses most on the mystery involved as we are left to wonder just what is going on.

SettingsThe small village does make for a great setting because we don’t know how big the complete world this film takes place in is which again adds more to the mystery as it seems like the characters don’t know of anything else.

Special EffectsThe special effects here are all great when they are needed because they help improve the shock value of the mystery and story.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very strange film that relies on the visuals to tell the story, it will shock you with what you see and only leave you with even more questions.


Overall: Well if you want something different this a must watch




2017 Watched List – Part 31

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 301 – 310

1.    Dante’s Peak

2.    100 Bloody Acres

3.    Joe

4.    Dom Hemingway

5.    Fahrenheit 9/11

6.    Unconscious

7.    Kung Fu Panda

8.    Kung Fu Panda 2

9.    Kung Fu Panda 3

10. Goodfellas

Favourite Film
Dante’s Peak

We all know I like a good disaster film and this one is one of the craziest over the top and fun ones to enjoy which I found myself liking it all.

Worst Film
Kung Fu Panda 2

This film felt like one of the straight to DVD sequels Disney used to throw out, it didn’t capture the magic the first one had.

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.