ABC Film Challenge – Horror – F – Freehold (2017)

Director: Dominic Bridges

Writer: Dominic Bridges, Rae Brunton (Screenplay)

Starring: Javier Botet, Mandeep Dhillon, Mim Shaikh, Michael McKell, Kola Bokinni

 

Plot: An oily, amoral estate agent is preyed upon by one of his victims, who quietly moves into his flat and, unseen, begins a deliciously malicious campaign of revenge.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Creepy

 

Story: Freehold starts as we follow estate agent Hussein (Shaikh) go about his daily routines in his small London flat, but as soon as he leaves for a skinny man Orlan (Botet) appears, he has been secretly living in the flat, going around using the supplies while he is out.

When Mel (Dhillon) comes to live with Hussein we start to see the bigger picture of what Orlan’s plan is causing havoc in the flat, but what is his motivation for this?

 

Thoughts on Freehold

 

Characters – Orlan is the man secretly living in the flat, he seems to be making the life of the man living in the flat, sneaking around when he is asleep or at work, his motivation unfolds through the film, he does have a strikingly haunting look about him with his skinny bone structure coming through. Hussein is the estate agent that is living in the flat, he is very cocky with everything he does and starts to believe he is being haunted, though never investigates. Mel is the girlfriend of Hussein that wants to do the best with the small flat but soon gets tired of Hussein’s behaviour.

PerformancesJavier Botet does have an extremely creepy look which makes him stand out in this role which he is creepy throughout the film. Mandeep Dhillon isn’t in the film long enough to make the impact you feel she could have. Mim Shaikh is good in this role because he does end up being the person getting tortured through the film without knowing it.

StoryThe story follows one man that tries to live his normal life, only for us to learn that he isn’t alone in his flat. The story follows this mysterious man doing random acts to try and make Hussein’s life a nightmare. Most of the film is following Hussein trying to keep everything together, leaving us to wonder just how far people will go through the get this to happen and whether we would be able to notice this.

Comedy/Horror This does have an air of comedy about what is going on while not a full laugh out loud moment, the horror comes off the biggest part of the film because it shows just how difficult it could be to learn the truth.

SettingsThe film is set inside the flat, which keeps everything together and adds the creepy disturbing factor the film needed.


Scene of the Movie –
The first appearance of Orlan.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Orlan believes there is a ghost but never investigates more.

Final ThoughtsThis is a short creepy movie that will keep you on edge form start to finish as we see just how far this one man will go and what would you do if you found out that someone was living in your flat.

 

Overall: Disturbing and creepy

Rating

 

 

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Franchise Weekend – Outpost (2008)

Director: Steve Barker

Writer: Rae Brunton (Screenplay) Kieran Parker, Steve Barker, Rae Brunton (Story)

Starring: Ray Stevenson, Julian Wadham, Richard Brake, Paul Blair, Brett Fancy, Enoch Frost

 

Plot: In war-torn Eastern Europe, a world-weary group of mercenaries discover a long-hidden secret in an abandoned WWII bunker.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Horror

 

Story: Outpost starts when Hunt (Wadham) recruits DC (Stevenson) to bring his mercenaries Prior (Brake), Jordan (Blair), Taktarov (Fancy), Cotter (Frost), Voyteche (Rivett) and McKay (Smiley) to an abandoned WWII bunker in the middle of the war in Eastern Europe. The bunker which seems easy to find does grab the attention of a passing patrol but now the men must make this safe in case of a meeting with any enemy soldiers.

When the truth about Hunt’s mission becomes clear, DC finds all his men in danger against an enemy they don’t seem to be able to kill and a lone survivor that doesn’t say a word. The group must fight to survivor against the remains of a Nazi experiments.

 

Thoughts on Outpost

 

Characters/PerformanceDC is the generic leader of the mercenaries, he doesn’t have a backstory of any merit, he just demands the respect of his unit. Prior is the top soldier in the unit keep it together for the rest of the unit. Hunt is the man who hired the unit and of course he is alternate plans for the mission. The rest of the soldiers are what you expect to see from a team of mercenaries.

Performance wise, well Ryan Stevenson is a good leading man but does struggle to make the most of his character, if you are to be honest we do find most of the cast struggling to make enough impact.

StoryThe story is a good watch for horror, we all know the stories of how the Nazi’s were trying experiment with the supernatural so, this is the main part of the story. There are not many twists and this can give the horror fans enough without getting carried away.

Action/HorrorThe action is mostly just shooting in the way you would expect soldiers to be part of. The horror is a lot of creepy material that leads to the extra horrors where we see the gore involved in the kills.

SettingsMost of the film is set around the bunker which does keep the film easy to follow and adds to what you expect from the Nazi based horror film.

Special EffectsThe special effects are used well to add to the extra kills in the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good horror that uses the idea of Nazi war experiments to the full.

 

Overall: I enjoyed this one for a basic horror film.

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Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 10 – Worst Horror Franchise

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 10

Worst Horror Franchise

It is October once again, which means we must pick a horror related subject, this time we are looking at the ones we didn’t like, the simple rule is, the franchise must have at least 5 films in it. Lets see what we hate in the world of horror below.

Next Round – Favourite Performance in a Harry Potter Movie – Closing Date 2nd November 2018

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Wrong Turn

The Wrong Turn franchise is one that I did watch from start to finish, now I will praise three of the films the first, second and sixth, but for me the middle three are easily worst horror films I have seen. The problems start with the tonal difference between each film, the first two are a cannibalistic tribe living in America which works, the third just brings us three, the fourth is a prequel which focuses more on getting all the actresses naked and fails to just kill the villains when we had the chance, the fifth just becomes a mess of the same trying to bring an end to the saga, while the sixth is trying to restore family connection which adds interest to the story. for me this is the reason why I simple couldn’t get through them all again.

 

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Paranormal Activity

I love horror films but I’m unlikely to ever watch ANY of the Paranormal Activity films either again or for the first time (I’ve seen the first and second one, I think). I mean I can appreciate them SLIGHTLY for what they are in a way but personally – just not for me. Kinda boring, not my cup of tea. I’d genuinely be more excited about watching the next Saw or Hatchet film, or a film from ANY other horror franchise (even the really silly ones).

 

The horror genre is an interesting ones, films can be genuinely scary or weird or disturbing or clever or shocking ORRRRRR just a load of crap – but somehow still enjoyable (like some of the Friday the 13th franchise – ludicrous, of course, but still fun). And for me, Paranormal Activity has nothing going on really. It’s not scary, it’s not particularly likable or fun. It’s just MEH. Commendable effort due to tiny budget of course, but still easily forgettable to me.

 

Milo – Stuff and That

Paranormal Activity

My name is Milo White and I have something to say: Paranormal Activity has f*cked up horror. In all seriousness, however, the franchise it utter tat, drawn along by the same, thin, boring-ass concept. Colour me not interested.

Cinema Parrot Disco

Saw

Hmm. There are probably much worse films but I’ll go with Saw for this. Which is a shame, as I actually thought the first film wasn’t bad. Then it turned into crazy torture porn. Ugh. No thanks!

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Underworld

I’m missing a ton of horror franchises under my belt to give an accurate answer but in my memory, I think the franchise that has gone downhill in accelerated speed has to go to Underworld. While the first (and maybe even the second) had its fun moments, by the time it got to the third movie, it was just stupid action horror thing that made no sense at all. How it got to 5 films (or maybe more at this point) seems like a surprise.

 

Damien Riley – Riley on Film

Sharknado

At 6 movies in, I consider this a colossal waste of time and money. Technically it’s a small screen film so it could be worse. Everything from the concept to the acting is unengaging and not interesting. I’ve sat through 2 if these and can say they were awful.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Saw

I feel a bit underqualified for this round, considering that I don’t think I’ve even seen a horror franchise with more than a couple entries (at least not all of them), but I can certainly pick one based on reputation. One horror franchise I regard with contempt is the Saw series. While I’ve heard the first film has merit, the rest seem like a sick excuse for inventing new ways to kill people gruesomely, and I really don’t understand why anyone would want to watch such torture porn, especially for “entertainment.” Why did they even make so many? When it comes to horror, I’d rather be creeped out than grossed out, so this is one series I’ll continue to avoid.

 

John – Johnrieber.com

Friday the 13th

One of the most iconic slasher films of the 80’s was “Friday The 13th”.  It was simple and effective: a group of good looking kids were slaughtered at a summer camp by Jason Voorhees, who became a horror legend.  Then they made ELEVEN sequels, reach less successful than the one before, reaching its nadir with the inevitable “franchise swapping” turkey “Freddy Vs. Jason”, which hurt more than a stab wound from either of them.

 

 

 

 

Camp Death III in 2D! (2018)

Director: Matt Frame

Writer: Matt Fream (Screenplay) Chris Allen, Katherine Alpen, Darren Anrichuk, Leonie Armstrong, Shawn Bordoff, Emma Docker, Kyle Fines, Matt Frame, Petar Gagic, Angela Galanopoulous, Deb Graf, Niall King, Dave Peniuk, Hans Potter, Nathan Robinson, Nikki Wallin, Starlise Waschuk, Molly Wilson (Story)

Starring: Dave Peniuk, Angela Galanopoulos, Darren Andrichuk, Emma Docker, Chris Allen, Starlise Waschuk

 

Plot: ‘Camp Death III in 2D’ is a comedy/horror parody of ‘Friday the 13th Part III in 3D’ and is proudly presented in two dimensions.


Tagline – Sometimes Terror Can’t Be Smelled.

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Requires Alcohol to Enjoy

 

Story: Camp Death III in 2D! starts as Camp Crystal Meph has closed down after a string a murders, now Todd Boojumper (Peniuk) re-opens his Uncle Mel’s (Andrichuk) into a camp for the mentally handicapped people.

When the campers start going missing, it isn’t long before the past comes back to haunt them as Johann Van Damme (Mullett) starts continuing his killing spree and it is up to the one person that stopped him last time Rachel (Galanopoulos) to finish him for good.

 

Thoughts on Camp Death III in 2D!

 

Characters – Todd Boojumper is the head counsellor at the camp, he is positive through each moment in the camp, making the kids feel welcome through each day at the camp, he doesn’t believe everything going on and must work with Rachel to save as many as he could. Todd gets to be about how over the top the counsellors can be in the slasher genre. Rachel has a connection to the previous murders at the camp, she is there to face her fears and now she must face Johann one more time. Mel is the grumpy loud Uncle of Todd’s he is inappropriate with everything he does showing us an older generation that would be slapped into horror.

PerformancesThis is a hard movie to judge performances because we are meant to be seeing wildly over the top version of the generic characters in films such as Friday the 13th, this does work and the cast make the most of their moments. The offense comes from the portrays of the handicapped characters.

StoryThe story sets up to play into the daft story telling in slasher genres where a camp is reopening after a mass murder with people not sure whether to believe the legend of the murders or not. You will need to watch this film with a sense of not wanting to see anything serious, you will be offended by the jokes at the mental handicapped expense in the film. if you have seen all the Friday the 13th you will understand most of the jokes and how easy they can be to poke fun at. The story isn’t going down as good, it can be enjoyed as a bad one though.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy is spoofing the slasher genre which was good, the problem comes with using mental handicapped figures which will cause offense for the wrong reasons. The horror doesn’t hit well, but it isn’t meant to be scary.

SettingsThe film is set in the remote cabin location for campers which makes us feel like we are part of a Friday the 13th film.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are weak, though they add to the humour of the film as they are trying to create unique kills.


Scene of the Movie –
Learning the truth about who is behind the killings.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The handicapped jokes.

Final ThoughtsThis is a spoof movie that knows where to poke fun at in the slasher genre, it gets certain laughs and understands what it wants to achieve, only it will offend too many people.

 

Overall: Parody that pushes the limits.

Rating