Franchise Weekend – Fright Night (2011)

frightDirector: Craig Gillespie

Writer: Marti Noxon (Screenplay) Tom Holland (Story)

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco

 

Plot: After a new neighbor moved into the house next door, Charley discovers that he is an ancient vampire and goes in search for the help of Peter Vincent, a famous “vampire killer” to save his neighborhood from the creature.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Fun Remake

 

Story: Fright Night starts in small town America, well the locals around Las Vegas where we see an attack on a family before we meet Charley Brewster (Yelchin) a high school student with the perfect girlfriend in Amy (Poots). Charley’s whose old friend Ed (Mintz-Plasse) wants him to investigate the missing students in their school. When Charley and his mother Jane (Collette) welcome their new neighbour Jerry (Farrell) who comes off very shady.

Ed puts the idea into Charley’s head that Jerry is in fact a vampire and it isn’t long before we discover this too. When Ed goes missing Charley tracks down acclaimed supernatural entertainer Peter Vincent (Tennant) to help him and Amy finish off Jerry before he takes over the whole neighbourhood.

 

Thoughts on Fright Night

 

StoryThe story is pretty easy to follow; a family has a vampire move in next door and have to fight to survive when other members of the neighbourhood are going missing. This is a remake and I do feel it can handle the modern world coming off well and not getting to complicated with the original story.

Comedy/HorrorWe have small elements of comedy but I wouldn’t call this a full comedy, the horror does have moments that scare but this also does have moments that feel polished to look glossy over darker side it could be.

Characters/PerformanceCharley is a good leading character because he is in the middle of finding himself in life through his high school time while being positive throughout he has a past he isn’t proud of but a future he can’t wait to see unfold. Amy is your standard girlfriend character who is way out of the league of Charlie. Jerry makes for a great vampire addition with Peter Vincent being the television icon coward you would expect to see, very loud arrogate about his skills.

The performances now are great with Yelchin showing he was always the go to guy for this age range filled with an innocent look. Poots brings the look for this role showing she is making the impact in Hollywood but it is Colin Farrell who is brilliant as this vampire calm, deadly and charming about each scene. David Tennant is also brilliant in the smaller role where he pretty much steals the scenes he is in.stars

SettingsLas Vegas makes for a great setting for a vampire because it is a city where people could go missing for years before an investigation went on. This is mostly in the small towns on the outside of Vegas too.

Special EffectsThe special effects do all come off very impressive especially when you see the first effects of the vampires when it comes to them being in sunlight. We also end up having great effects when it comes to the kills and fights.genre

Final ThoughtsWhen you look for a good remake this one is right up there with one of the better not because the original was bad but it is a story that can work in both times.

 

Overall: Enjoyable vampire flick that can be enjoyed by the fans of the genre.

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Mute (2018)

Director: Duncan Jones

Writer: Michael Robert Johnson, Duncan Jones (Screenplay)

Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Noel Clarke, Justin Theroux, Robert Kazinsky, Seyneb Saleh, Robert Sheehan, Dominic Monaghan

 

Plot: A mute bartender goes up against his city’s gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.


Tagline – He doesn’t need words.

Runtime: 2 Hours 6 Minutes

 

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Verdict: Tonally Confusing

 

Story: Mute starts as we meet Amish man Leo (Skarsgard), working as a bartender in a futuristic world, filled with technology, to make his life harder he is a mute, he is reluctantly being bought into the technology world by his girlfriend Naadirah (Saleh), a waitress at the club they both work in.

When Naadirah goes missing, Leo goes on a mission to learn the truth about what happened to her, this includes dealing with gangsters, the fetish fans of the world and secret surgeons Cactus Bill (Rudd) and Duck (Theroux).

 

Thoughts on Mute

 

Characters – Leo is a mute Amish bartender that falls in love with a waitress, he isn’t happy to embrace technology as the rest of the world, which only holds him back, but he has taken to some which goes against his Amish ways. When his love goes missing he dives into world of gangsters to learn the truth. Cactus Bill is one part of the underground surgery team, he is loud doesn’t care who he insults as he is preparing to leave. He does the talking to cover up the reality that Leo can’t. Duck is the partner of Bill that performers the operations, he has a bad vibe about his charming personality.  We have plenty of colourful characters here which only bring us moments which are meant to stand out.

PerformancesThe performances are hard to fault in this movie, the actors do the best they can do with what they have. Alexander Skarsgard plays the role that is shown with his emotions and body language well, while Paul Rudd does the fast talking character well. We don’t get enough of most of the colourful characters we meet which doesn’t give them the time to shine.

StoryThe story is a mystery needing to be solved by an outsider to a criminal world. This is the basic side to everything as the colourful characters make each meeting feel like a clue for Leo, but this ruins the flow of the tone of the film as none of these characters remotely feel like they are from the same world. The story does contain twists, but they are not difficult to figure out and it goes on for too long being over two hours.

Mystery/Sci-FiThe mystery in the film follows us as we see if Leo can figure out what happened to Naadirah in a futuristic look at Berlin.

SettingsThe film does have a good look, trying to be futuristic, but more about being eco-friendly for the look.

Special EffectsThe effects for the movie are good for the most part without being used as often as you would imagine.


Scene of the Movie –
Final moments.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many ends that just don’t need to be here.

Final ThoughtsThis is a disappointing sci-fi movie that had all the interesting ingredients needed to make this stand out more, but it only ends up being basic with too many tonal issues.

 

Overall: Disappointing sci-fi film.

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Soft Matter (2018)

Director: Jim Hickcox

Writer: Jim Hickcox (Screenplay)

Starring: Ruby Lee Dove II, Hal Schneider, Mary Anzalone, Devyn Placide, Mark Blumberg, Catherine Grady

 

Plot: Two trespassing graffiti artists, two immortality-obsessed scientists, and one furious sea-god.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 12 Minutes

 

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Verdict: The Shape of Water Meets Turbo Kid

 

Story: Soft Matter starts as we enter the secret laboratory where Kriegspiel (Anzalone) and Grist (Schneider) are researching in search if immortality with the lab filled with genetically altered human fish hybrids. When a Sea-God arrives claiming to have the ability to grant immortality it pushes Kriegspiel to the edge.

When two graffiti artist Haircut (Placide) is set to show off his new work with his partner Kish (Dove II) they use the laboratory believing it is abandoned. Soon the two sides must team up to escape the wrath of the Sea-God.

 

Thoughts on Soft Matter

 

Characters – Kish is the streetwise young woman trying to get her graffiti artist friend over to the art world, she makes the plan to use the lab and when things turn bad, she sets up the fight back to survive. Grist is one of the scientists working in the lab, he comes off as the good one of the two that won’t push the subject further than need be, Kriegspiel on the other hand is the one desperate for the answer of immortality.

PerformancesRuby Lee Dove II is the highlight of the film, we have an interesting character created that can handle herself and wants you to see more for her. Hal and Mary are both good in their roles even if the characters are the ones you are not as interested in.

StoryThe story follows a couple of street graffiti artists that end up battle a Sea-God in a laboratory, that is something I have never written, read or said before. The idea of Sea-Gods is the in thing right now follow the award success of Shape of Water and this brings us this creature in a full horror sense, told in a style which feels like it could easily be another chapter of the Turbo Kid universe too. While I do think the opening 15 minutes are slow, the rest of the film because an entertaining time.

Comedy/Horror/Sci-FiThe film is toned in horror comedy, poking fun at moments in horror which does put a fine line between the two, never become to heavy in either side though.

SettingsThe film takes place inside the lab for the most part, which keeps the story contained for the battles which are coming.

Special EffectsThe effects work for a low budget movie, the final battle brings us a look which I haven’t seen before and easily becomes the highlight of the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Neon Battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not enough of Kish in the first part.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun horror comedy that finds it tone nicely the further we get into the movie, the last 15 minutes are a must watch for anyone that wants to see something different.

 

Overall: My voyage into the strange continued here.

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ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nominations – X – Xavier Legrand – Just Before Losing Everything

Oscar Nominations

X

Director

Xavier Legrand – Just Before Losing Everything

Why I’ve Picked this choiceFinding a X for this was difficult, Just Before Losing Everything was a Best Short Film Live Action in the 2014 and the directed by Xavier and is a French movie. This had led to his first feature film which is out later this year in the UK Custody.