Franchise Weekend – The Prophecy (1995)

Director: Gregory Widen

Writer: Gregory Widen (Screenplay)

Starring: Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, Viggo Mortensen, Amanda Plummer

 

Plot: The angel Gabriel comes to Earth to collect a soul which will end the stalemated war in Heaven, and only a former priest and a little girl can stop him.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Religious Battle Film

 

Story: The Prophecy starts as we learn of an ancient war between angels in heaven where Simon (Stoltz) is in search for the only people that can stop the angel Gabriel (Walken) destroying any chance of humans getting to heaven. Former priest turned detective Thomas Dagget (Koteas) leads the investigation into strange amounts of crime striking the city.

Thomas must face his lost faith and the visions that made him leave the priesthood in the first place, as he searches for the one person a little girl Mary (Snyder) that can stop Gabriel’s path of destruction.

 

Thoughts on The Prophecy

 

Characters/PerformanceGabriel is the angel sent from to stop humans rising to heaven, he is cold, calculated and determined to win the war within heaven. Thomas is a former priest turned detective who must now question his lost faith to stop a war he was destined to fight. Katherine is the teacher that must work with Thomas to save Mary and stop Gabriel.

Performance wise, Christopher Walken is an inspired choice for an evil angel because he has the perfect emotionless face for evil. Koteas is good but doesn’t reach the full level of its potential in his performance. Madsen is good in this supporting role in this film.

StoryThe story of waring angels in heaven is always interesting one because we see how the people involved in the battle must question their faith. This one follows Gabriel on his search for the strongest as he goes out to fight his greatest battle and we follow the humans that can stop this happening, simple enough.

Action/CrimeThe action is all very basic because we go through all the things that can’t kill an angel first. The crime side turns into fantasy investigation case.

SettingsThe settings are not made to be anything important apart from the few churches, otherwise it is just random building or deserts.

Special EffectsThe effects are all fine but have dated in places which is sad to see.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting action crime film that enters us into the fantasy world of angels not being the good we think they are.

 

Overall: Easy to watch fantasy action film.

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2018 Anticipated Film #30 The Nun

2018 Anticipated Film

2017 was one of my favourite years for movies in years, so through the month of December I am going to look at 31 movies that I am looking forward to in the year of 2018, they are not in any order just 31 I want to discuss.

The Nun

Main CastTaissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope

Plot – A priest named Father Burke is sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of a nun.

Will I Enjoy It?This could go either way, I loved Annabelle Creation, I hated Annabelle so this extension of the Conjuring Universe is something I always want to see.

Will it be successful? Box Office wise I feel this should do well, but it might get buried in the Summer Blockbusters.

Release Date (UK)13th July 2018

The Devil’s Well – Trailer

The Devil’s Well, full to the top brick with with bloodcurdling chills, out this January

This January, Hell is just below the surface.

Get your first big scare of the New Year with Kurtis Spieler’s spine-chilling The Devil’s Well, on DVD 1/23 from Wild Eye Releasing.

Karla Marks mysteriously vanishes while conducting a paranormal investigation with her husband into the Devil’s Well, an underground location reported to be a gateway straight into hell, and the site of ongoing strange phenomenon. A year after her disappearance, a group of investigators go back to uncover the truth about Karla, and are faced with evil forces greater than they ever imagined.

Winner of the Gold Award at the Spotlight Horror Film Awards, and featuring a superb line-up including Bryan Manley Davis (Sheep Skin), Chris Viemeister (Bridge and Tunnel), David Alexander (Thelema the Equinox Diaries), Kristen Seavey (“Nightwing: Escalation”), and Anne-Marie Mueschke (“Siberia”), The Devil’s Well is full to the top brick with bloodcurdling chills. Look for it 1/23 on DVD.

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Temple (2017)

Director: Michael Barrett

Writer: Simon Barrett (Screenplay)

Starring: Logan Huffman, Brandon Sklenar, Natalia Warner, Naoto Takenaka, Asahi Uchida

 

Plot: Three American tourists follow a mysterious map deep into the jungles of Japan searching for an ancient temple. When spirits entrap them, their adventure quickly becomes a horrific nightmare.


Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Stuff of Nightmares

 

Story: Temple starts as we see the Japanese having one of our America tourist in a quarantine like state, they need to learn what happened between Christopher (Huffman), James (Sklenar) and Kate (Warner) in their time in Japan. We learn how Chris got his hands on a book of folk ales which puts the frights on the locals, but this is a movie, so we get the book and head to the temple it is depicting.

Even after warnings and knowing nothing about the temple, the three Americas head off to find the temple in the remote Japanese countryside, the temple is the home of nightmares and the friends will learn the truth about this now.

 

Thoughts on Temple

 

Characters – Christopher has learnt Japanese for this trip, he is joined by his oldest friend Kate, he clashes with her boyfriend James, he does seem to come off like a young man who knows about what he is stepping into and someone who would be happy to go it alone, he also is the translator for the group. Kate is the lone girl on the trip getting to spend time with her oldest friend and boyfriend, she loves both of them who can offer them what they want in this adventure. James is the boyfriend of Kate’s that doesn’t seem overly interested in the countryside part of the adventure, he isn’t convinced on the type of friendship Kate and Chris have either, we also learn that he might not be the honest guy.

PerformancesWhen it comes to the performances, well this isn’t going to come off pretty, the three main actors are fine, they offer very little when it comes to exploring side of things and struggle once we got into the darkness that makes it nearly impossible to see anything.

StoryThe story follows three Americans who go into the woods of Japan in search for a temple only to learn the nightmare filled truth about it. Told in a flashback formula where one of the group recounts what they believe to have happened only confuses more, because if one person is telling the story how do they know what the other two are doing when they are not around? Yeah, this is very weak storytelling, a story that has been done plenty of times and a lot better.

Horror/History This is horror in the most frustrating sense, I say this because there could be a lot going on, but it is too dark to see too often, the moments we do see are good effects, but the mix of shaky cam, darkness and just screaming don’t bring us into this film.

SettingsThe Japanese setting should be perfect for this film, but this falls flat because we don’t dive into the true tradition that could bring us into the culture we are meeting in the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Ummmmmm, finding the book?

That Moment That Annoyed Me The darkness makes it nearly impossible to watch.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror movie that gets confused on many levels, it tries to do a certain idea of looking back on what happened, but in this shows us what happened without this character present, it is shot way to dark and ends up feeling like a complete waste of time.

 

Overall: Poor horror that misses every shot.

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