Ghost House is available on digital download from 28th May

Scout Taylor-Compton in Ghost House (2017)Synopsis: Jim and Julie are vacationing in Thailand where Julie falls in love with photographing the Thai “Ghost Houses” that are believed to give spirits shelter and comfort. A couple of British travellers take them on an adventure to the countryside with the promise of showing Jim and Julie a ghost house graveyard where the old houses are discarded. After leaving the graveyard with a souvenir, Julie becomes cursed and is increasingly plagued by visits from a malevolent spirit, Watabe, that threatens both her sanity and her life. After Julie is hospitalised in a state of terror, Jim must find a way to lift the curse in three days before Julie loses her soul to the ghost world forever. Through an act of desperation, Jim enlists the help of a shady ex-pat named Reno who takes the couple on a journey deep into the jungle in the hope that a witch doctor can provide a solution to their problem.

VOD/EST Release Details:

Release Date:                        28th May 2018

Director:                                Rich Ragsdale                   

Cast:                                       Scout Taylor – Compton, James Landry Hebert & Mark Boone Junior 

Credit:                                   The Movie Partnership

Genre:                                    Horror, Thriller

Cert:                                       15

Running Time:                       89 minutes

RRP:                                       £9.99 HD/£7.99 SD

Release Platforms:                iTunes, Amazon, Rakuten TV,  Play, Microsoft, Sky Store, TalkTalk, Vubiquity, BT

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

crouchingDirector: Ang Lee

Writer: Hi-Ling Wang, James Schamus, Kuo Jung Tsai (Screenplay) Du Lu Wang (Book)

Starring: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang, Sihung Lung, Pei-Lei Cheng

 

Plot: Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliant Visual Experience

 

Story: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon starts when Master Li Mu Bai (Chow) a warrior turned devoted monk medicates great sorrow leading him to ask Yu Shu Lien (Yeoh) to give up him sword to a trusted friend Sir Te (Lung). Putting the sword in safety Shu Lien meets a young governor’s daughter Jen Yu (Zhang) who dreams of being a warrior like Li Mu Bai and Shun Lien.

When the sword is stolen, it appears the Jade Fox (Cheng) has returned and this bring Master Li Mu Bai out of retirement to avenge his master’s murder at the hands of the Jade Fox. Li Mu Bai and Shu Lien go in search for the sword as the two get to face an enemy they didn’t see coming with powers unlike anything they have fought before, one that can be trained to continue their art of combat in Jen Yu who for now has been led astray by the Jade Fox.

 

Thoughts on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

 

Characters/PerformanceMaster Li Mu Bai is a character that we have come to identify in martial arts films for years, the one who has complete calmness in his action and always in control during combat. It is the two female lead characters Yu Shin Lien and Jen Yu that all reach the next level for the characters in a world that is often male dominated having these two character in a mix of good versus potential evil on Jen Yu is a character that could go either way through the film.

The performances from Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang are both brilliant as they both show their skills in the arts along with the men in this film. Yun-Fat Chow is also great through the film is the male lead at a time when we all wanted a new leading man for the martial arts film.stars

StoryWith the story we dive back into ancient China to see how the beliefs between the people with honour and training could create the moment you needed for peace. We do have an action story in here about how easy it could be to be led astray by the darker side of these abilities as we watch the two heroes of the story try to show the young soon to be master the right path to follow while she is being led astray by the villainous Jade Fox. The story is easy to follow and you can full understand how important it is to have both sides of the story being told to teach Jen Yu the right path.

Action/Adventure/Fantasy/RomanceThe action is unlike anything you would have seen before which is great to see because too many films just copy and paste action together. The romance side of the story is also strong because it tests the characters to push their honour for love with the fantasy coming from how the action is constructed.

SettingsThe breath-taking ancient China setting makes this one of the most visual treats you will see in any film.

Special EffectsWhile mostly practical effects with wires the effects captured between the character’s fight sequences are brilliant through the whole film.genre

Final ThoughtsEasily one of the best martial arts films you will see, based on more than just the fight sequences but the training to make it happen.

 

Overall: Nominated for Best Picture and you can see why it was.

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ABC Film Challenge – Action Movies – A – Assassin (2015)

Director: J.K. Amalou

Writer: J.K. Amalou (Screenplay)

Starring: Danny Dyer, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Deborah Moore, Holly Weston, Natalia Ryumina

 

Plot: Ruthless killer for hire (Danny Dyer) breaks the rules of his profession and falls for a beautiful young woman. Discovering the notorious gangland brothers (Martin & Gary Kemp) had hired him to kill her father, his world breaks down and he must turn against his criminal employers and their gang to save the woman he loves.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Straight to DVD for a Reason

 

Story: Assassin starts as we see just how slick Jamie (Dyer) an assassin in London can be, he works for the Alberts John (Gary Kemp), Lee (Martin Kemp) who hire him for one a new job, but Jamie breaks the rules he put in place by having Chloe (Weston) distract him into falling in love.

When Chloe has a connection to the latest job, Jamie’s escape plan goes out the window and he is left to watch over her and see what his employees would do with her.

 

Thoughts on Assassin

 

Characters/PerformanceJamie is an assassin in and around London, he is good at his job but falls in love risking his reputation and life. John and Lee Alberts are the gangsters gone clean well they claim to have. Chloe is the druggie stripper that Jamie falls in love with who also puts up a fight when wanting to know the truth.

Performance wise, Danny Dyer isn’t known for his acting ability and it shows here as he struggles to pull off the leading role. The Kemp brothers are both filled with menace through the film but Holly Weston does struggle in the leading lady role.

StoryThe story of an assassin breaking his rules and having a hit put out on him is a story we have all seen before, it is fine, it works and this follows those trends easily without doing anything fresh.

ThrillerWe kind of figure out the routine here, we are interesting on seeing what happens to the characters involved.

SettingsLondon is a popular setting for the gangs and assassins storyline which works in places but we never see any of the iconic locations used.

Final ThoughtsI think the audience for this film will be Danny Dyer fans only, the genre has way better options out there.

 

Overall: Not one of the better assassin films around.

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