Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies (2016)

Director: Dominik Hartl

Writer: Armin Prediger, Dominik Hartl (Screenplay)

Starring: Laurie Calvert, Gabriela Marcinkova, Oscar Dyekjaer Giese, Margeaete Tiesel, Karl Fischer

 

Plot: Zombie action in the Alps: a group of young snowboarder is stuck in a remote mountain ski resort, where an all-night aprés-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare of zombie mayhem.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Horror Comedy

 

Story: Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies starts with locals of the alps trying to find a way to make fake snow to keep the tourist trade going strong. Meanwhile extreme snowboarders Steve (Calvert) and Josh (Giese) are performing for cameras with Steve’s girlfriend Branka (Marcinkova) trying to keep the hotshot in line.

When Steve’s latest showboat leaves the three friends stranded in a small alps resort that is the least of the problems, as the locals are slowly starting to turn into zombies thanks to the latest invention. Steve, Josh and Branka all must find a way to safety.

 

Thoughts on Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies

 

Characters/PerformanceSteve is the hotshot snowboarder who has gotten a reputation of being difficult to work with and this is no exception as he finds himself getting into trouble once more leading to his team being left on the mountain resort. Branka is the long-suffering girlfriend of Steve’s who is getting tired of him letting him down but this zombie outbreak gives him his last chance. Josh is the inexperienced snowboarder about to get his big break but only a supporting character.

Performance wise, I feel everyone is good in this film, they all understand their roles to make it all work without somebody trying to steal the show.

StoryThe story bottles down to snowboarders versus zombies, this is just the traditional zombie comedy by putting the location in a randomly unlikely place which can add different weapons into the story.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy comes from just what could be used to kill zombies in a ski resort with one incident involving ski sticks being very clever funny. The horror is all generic zombie material.

SettingsThe setting is important for this film because it adds to the comedy and unique style this film wants to have.

Special EffectsThe practical effects are all good but a couple of the snowboarding scenes you can the green screen being used.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun horror comedy that fits right in there with the best and enjoyable ones.

 

Overall: Horror comedy fans of the genre can all enjoy.

Rating

 

 

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Director: Taika Waititi

Writer: Eric Pearson (Screenplay) Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Eric Pearson (Story)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Karl Urban, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Jeff Goldblum, Ray Stevenson

 

Plot: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

 

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Thunderous Blast

 

Story: Thor Ragnarok starts as Thor (Hemsworth) is on a mission to stop a threat to Asgard but returning him he learns of a new threat in the disguise of his Brother Loki (Hiddleston) pretending to be Odin (Hopkins), but this has bigger problems as the brothers must locate their father to return him to his throne before Hela (Blanchett) Goddess of Death comes to claim Asgard for herself.

The adventure takes the two across the universe meeting Hulk (Ruffalo) fighting as a champion for powerful ruler The Grandmaster (Goldblum) but this only gives Thor the fuel he needs to build his team to head back to Asgard before it is too late.

 

Thoughts on Thor Ragnarok

 

Characters – Thor we know now, the God of Thunder but after Hela arrives on the scene he must learn to control his true powers to once again save his people from their impending doom, showing the leader skills, his father was admired for. Loki is back exposed but Thor but joining him to save the people that raised him, he does try to use his tricks to say ahead in this mission but finds he isn’t up to the standard he once thought. Hela is the Goddess of Death, hell bent on destroying Asgard and everyone who will not follow her orders, this is a villain that isn’t afraid to fight as we see her killing anyone that gets in her way including whole armies alone, she is easily one of the better Marvel villains and shows this franchise produces the best villains, but don’t get me wrong this character only works in Thor.

For the secondary characters we have, Hulk who has found himself being a champion fighter after going missing from Earth and as Bruce he gets to explore the galaxy unlike he could imagine. Valkyrie who is a drinker but lethal bounty hunter collecting contenders for the fights but does have a connection to the Asgard history. Heimdall returns as the once all seeing guardian of the Bifrost the teleportation they use to get from different worlds, he is in hiding after what happened in the previous film but he will always fight for his people. We get a string of other character with Grandmaster being the powerful ruler of a planet people are forced to follow his entertainment of death matches from across the galaxy.

PerformancesChris Hemsworth as completely embraced this character as his own now, this is now one of the best performances from any actor in a superhero role. Tom Hiddleston continues to entertain as Loki, he does look like everything is ticking in his mind in every scene too. Cate Blanchett gives a great performance in a role you can see she is having a lot of fun playing. Idris Elba finally gets a kick ass character to play and is great too. Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster is fantastic to watch, part charismatic leader part psychopath. Tessa Thompson gives us a performance that could rival any female supporting character in any Marvel film, plus she is gorgeous in this role. Mark Ruffalo gets great moments, embraces the characters he is playing too. The whole cast is great even the small roles throughout the film.

StoryThe story bottles down to Thor needing to learn his powers to once again save Asgard, this has been the route for all the film in his side of the franchise but you know what, if it isn’t broke don’t fix it baby. This does increase the stakes to the threat but it isn’t only bringing Thor’s character around we also learn more about Loki, Hulk and even Heimdall while introducing us to new potential heroes in Valkyrie and Korg. This shows brilliant world building in preparation for Infinity Wars because you will feel by the end of it Thor will know his place in any battle that could come his way. We do also have a lot of distance between the heroes and villains which helps because we only get the one showdown fight which is kind of all we need too.

Action/Adventure/Sci-FiThe action is great, we have hard hitting comic violence, hero versus hero and a villain that isn’t going to get beaten easily. The adventure takes Thor across the universe to work with new friends, old friends and family to defeat the enemy. Take Thor’s full story into space helps too, because we have only ever seen the Guardians in space, but this shows we can have a space hero without it being the star side of it all, instead new worlds, with new monsters.

SettingsThe settings all look fantastic, we do have a new world, that could be anywhere but have plenty of new species of aliens on it which Thor must navigate, Asgard of course and a moment or two on Earth but only 5 minutes or so.

Special EffectsAll the effects seem to hit the mark for me, from the opening battle Thor goes through to the final showdown between the characters.


Scene of the Movie –
Thor versus Hulk

That Moment That Annoyed Me The Trailers give too much away.

Final ThoughtsI love the Thor movies, I won’t deny this, I find enjoyment in them over most of the other Marvel films because I like the idea of ancient Gods. This does take things into a complete mix of Gods and Sci-Fi which works, the soundtrack beats out Guardians for fitting the scenes, the style is delicious to watch and for me this is the perfect last building block before Infinity War.

 

Overall: Fun, frantic, enjoyable superhero movie that will make you laugh more than you could imagine.

Rating

 

 

Cub (2014)

cubDirector: Jonas Govaerts

Writer: Jonas Govaerts, Roel Mondelaers (Screenplay)

Starring: Maurice Luijten, Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt, Stef Aerts, Jan Hammenecker, Gill Eeckelaert

 

Plot: Over-imaginative 12 year-old Sam heads off to the woods to summer scout camp with his pack convinced he will encounter a monster…and he does.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Shock Filled Horror

 

Story: Cub starts as we see the monster take his latest victims before we move to meet the scouts going to camp in the same woods, Sam (Luijten) is your typical clumsy scout who just wants adventure while the leaders Kris (Voogdt), Peter (Aerts) and Jasmijn (Bosmans) will be teaching the scouts the great outdoors.

With the adventure in the woods beginning Sam doesn’t take long to make enemies within his group once again when he claims to have seen Kai (Eeckelaert) the legendary werewolf boy who lives in the woods.

It isn’t long before we discover Kai isn’t the biggest threat in the woods and a much deadlier threat could come for the boys, leaving us with a battle for survival.

 

Thoughts on Cub

 

StoryThe story is about accepting one’s differences while also having the elements of a survival horror. We see how the woods are filled with traps to help the killer fill his blood lust while we see a friendship between the Kai and Sam grow through the film. For horror, this is a simple but effective story telling which is something I did enjoy while watching.

Adventure/HorrorThe adventure side of this story comes from how Sam is considered the worst scout of his pack but soon because the only one who can save the others in this story. The horror comes from the mystery about Kai and why the killer is killing people in the woods with his traps.

Characters/PerformanceThe characters are all designed to be what you would expect from horror with the reluctant hero, the nice and the bad scout leader along with the random eye candy which wasn’t meant to be there but draws the boys attention. The kills is mysterious like you would expect and the Kai character is the strange and unlikely one who easily becomes the face for the film. The performances are all good because you start supporting the characters you are meant to and hating the ones you meant to too, which is where many horrors fall short.

SettingsNearly the whole film takes place within the woods which creates what you want isolation needed for the horror side of the film.

Special EffectsWhen you look at the effects, you get to see great kills and a visual look for the Kai character which is something very original looking.monster

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable horror that brings us a potential new iconic figure for the genre.

 

Overall: This is one of the best underrated horror films that will shock when it needs too.

Rating75

 

 

Cult of Chucky (2017)

Director: Don Mancini

Writer: Don Mancini (Screenplay)

Starring: Allison Dawn Doiron, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Adam Hurtig, Elisabeth Rosen, Tony Gardner

 

Plot: Chucky returns to terrorize his human victim, Nica. Meanwhile, the killer doll has some scores to settle with his old enemies, with the help of his former wife.


Tagline – Friends till the end, remember?

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Addition

 

Story: Cult of Chucky starts as we see how Andy (Vincent) is keeping Chucky as a torture subject, to stop him getting free again. Meanwhile Nica (F. Dourif) is in a mental home after being accused of killing the victims in the last movie, but not she is going into a lighter security facility where we get to meet other patients including Michael (Hurtig) and under the care of Dr Foley (Therriault) who wants to use a Good Guy doll to aid the therapy.

Tiffany (Tilly) visits Nica in the home claiming Alice her niece has died leaving her another Good Guy Doll. With two Good Guy Dolls around and Andy having a third, bodies start to pile up from inside the asylum, as he is looking to finish off unfinished business.

 

Thoughts on Cult of Chucky

 

Characters – Chucky is the Good Guy Doll possessed by the serial Charles Lee Ray. He is back this time but now he has started to multiply becoming deadlier than ever, hitting the one liners when he has killed someone. Andy has returned after his brief post credits scene in Curse of Chucky, he is now grown up but still working on getting over the idea of Chucky tormenting him as a child, but now he is on top of it all, keep what he thinks in the only version of Chucky, but now he knows he must continue the fight. Nica is the victim and survivor from the last film, she is blamed for murders which has left her in asylums but now in a softer security one she must face her nightmare again. Tiffany is the girlfriend of Charles, that has been bringing the Chucky dolls to the asylum as she builds her own army of Chucky dolls. We also have the doctor that is pushing things too far, Michael or Malcolm or whoever he is today as one of the patience.

PerformancesBrad Dourif while only the voice of Chucky is still one of the biggest draws and he continues to give the same quality level of performance here. Fiona Dourif, daughter of Brad is very good in the leading role, she is the best performer in the whole film. Alex Vincent returning to the franchise is great to see, and he is good in supporting role of the film. Jennifer Tilly might have a small role but she does enjoy what she gets to work with while poking fun at certain parts of the previous films. The rest of the performances are all good for the franchise.

StoryThe story continues on from Curse of Chucky, we might be a couple of years later but we know Andy has a doll which he is keeping under control, while Nica is facing the consequences of what happened in the previous film. We get Chucky unleashes looking for revenge on the people that have stopped him in the past which works too. This goes into a new direction that continues to build the franchise to be enjoyable with the story and is left waiting for the next chapter.

HorrorThe horror continues to be moments of tongue in cheek when it comes to the kills, we do have bloody filled kills but we do lack the suspense the previous have.

SettingsThe film is set in the asylum which I think works, it keeps the film into one location making it hard to escape and believe the Chucky is real for everyone around.

Special EffectsThe effects for the most part are good but you can see a couple of moments that seem to come off strange.


Scene of the Movie –
Sometimes I scare myself’.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The Carlos death scene seems strange when it comes to the effects.

Final ThoughtsIf you are a fan of the Chucky films, you will enjoy this one, I don’t think it is the best in the franchise but I do think it is a welcome addition to the whole series.

 

Overall: Enjoyable and welcome addition to the franchise.

Rating

 

 

1922 (2017)

Director: Zak Hilditch

Writer: Zak Hilditch (Screenplay) Stephen King (Short Story)

Starring: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard, Brian D’Arcy James, Neal McDonough

 

Plot: A simple yet proud rancher in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to participate.


Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Plain & Boring

 

Story: 1922 starts as Wilfred James (Jane) is about to lose part of his property to his wife Arlette (Parker), Wilfred doesn’t want to lose the farmland he has raised his son Henry (Schmid) on and wants to come up with a way to keep all the land.

Wilfred’s plan is to get his son to help him murder Arlette, to get the financial gain of taking ownership of the property. The guilt of what he did only ends up driving Wilfred crazy here as the mental state start to unfold.

 

Thoughts on 1922

 

Characters – Wilfred is a farmer and father that doesn’t want to leave his farm, he designs a plan to get that as he looks to stay but soon his mind starts slipping into insanity. Arlette is the wife that wants to move away but has to overcome the husband’s decision not to, only to find herself murdered and visiting him in ghost form. Henry is the son that helps with the cover up, but soon goes out on his own to learn the harsh reality of the world.

PerformancesThomas Jane does give us a good performance in this film, but the rest of the cast are just ok, none of the performances drag us into the film in any way to see where it will end up going.

StoryThe story was hard to follow, I think the idea is that one man loses everything because of killing his wife, the problem is that this is an incredibly slow-moving film that doesn’t seem to go very far or have any redeemable qualities. Is gets caught in the middle of a breakdown and a supernatural movie without being set on one that could make either feel stronger.

Crime/Horror/MysteryThere was a crime as it leads to a cover up of a murder which leads to the horror involved in the story as the past comes to haunt Wilfred.

SettingsThe settings do fit the time in question which is fine but nothing stands out as the best of the best.

Special EffectsThe effects are good when used but the film doesn’t just turn to effects to make things happen.


Scene of the Movie –
Final Scene.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It was so so so so slow.

Final ThoughtsWell this is one of the dullest movies of the year, it has nothing happening for the most part and for a Stephen King spin it only disappoints.

 

Overall: Boring is being polite.

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