ABC Film Challenge – Horror – G – Ghost Shark (2013)

Director: Griff Furst

Writer: Paul A Birkett (Screenplay) Eric Forsberg, Griff Furst (Story)

Starring: Mackenzie Rosman, Dave Davis, Lucky Johnson, Shawn C Phillips, Richard Moll

 

Plot: When rednecks on a fishing trip kill a great white shark, its spirit comes back for revenge, and soon turns its sights on the town of Smallport.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Mad Shark Fun

 

Story: Ghost Shark starts when a couple of redneck fishermen get annoyed and kill a great white shark, but the shark doesn’t stay dead and comes back as a ghost looking to kill any the rednecks. When teenager Ava (Roseman) and little sister Cicely (Coe) join Blaise (David) and other friends on the beach the shark attacks anyone in the water.

When the shark starts hunting in any form of water, Mayor Stahl (Johnson) tries to cover up any panic but also doesn’t want to believe that this could be a threat. As the body count continues to rise, Ava must work with Blaise and Cameron to solve the ghost shark mystery before nowhere becomes safe.

 

Thoughts on Ghost Shark

 

Characters – Ava is one of the teenagers that is trying to solve the shark mystery, her father is a local boat owner which has gotten her the chance to understand the local water but now she must convince the town of the problem. Blaise is another one of the teenagers trying to solve the mystery and I guess kind of feels like the potential boyfriend. Mayor Stahl is trying to keep the town calm as well as protect his son from a scandal which could expose him. The rest of the character include the local crazy person who knows more than people give him credit for and all the generic characters to be killed off.

PerformanceThe performances do feel solid through the film, we do have moments of poor acting but otherwise nothing is overly special but it does all work for the level the film is trying to reach.

StoryThe idea that a dying shark can transform into a ghost shark that can go through any water, is a good spin on the crazy shark genre. We have the traditional crazy scenarios our characters find themselves in as they start getting picked off by sharks using any means of normal everyday water events. This is one of the ones which is easy to watch and doesn’t full into the completely terrible side.

Fantasy/HorrorThe horror here is shark attacks which as comical in the most part but are the only side of horror involved, the fantasy comes from the idea that a dying creature can come back as a ghost to kill from beyond the grave.

SettingsThe small town settings shows us how a community could be ruined by the incident involving death, we get the character which become everyday moments you would see in your local town.

Special EffectsThe effects are the low budget ones you would expect to see a sci-fi movie, some add the comedy in the film.

Scene of the Movie – That is some bad coffee.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Some scenes are here just to have bikini clad girls.

Final ThoughtsThis is a shark movie you can switch off and watch, it isn’t bad and anything remotely bad turns comical through the film.

 

Overall: Relaction shark movie

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Franchise Weekend – Outpost: Black Sun (2012)

Director: Steve Barker

Writer: Steve Barker, Rae Brunton (Screenplay)

Starring: Catherine Steadman, Richard Coyle, Ali Craig, Nick Nevern, Daniel Caltagirone, Gary McDonald, Julian Wadham

 

 

 

 

Plot: The year is 1945, the closing stages of WW2, and a German scientist by the name of Klausener is working on a frightening new technology that has the power to create an immortal Nazi army. Flash forward to present day, and a NATO task force is hurriedly deployed to Eastern Europe, where a sinister enemy appears to be mercilessly killing everything in its path. But this is no ordinary foe. Only Helena, a gutsy investigator on the trail of the notorious war-criminal Klausener, accepts the reality of that they are facing a battalion of Nazi Storm-Troopers, a veritable zombie army on the march. With the help of Wallace, a man who’s been chasing Nazi secrets for years, the two of them team up with a Special Forces Unit to venture deep behind enemy lines. Their mission to fight their way back to the source of this evil army and prevent the seemingly inevitable rise of the 4th Reich.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Idea for the Sequel

 

Story: Outpost: Black Sun starts as we follow Lena (Steadman) in Paraguay searching for German war criminals with her main target being Klausener the man that was involved in the mission Hunt (Wadham) went on last time around. We also see how the effects of the first film have led to the new Third Reich spreading like a virus from the source.

Lena teams up with Wallace (Coyle) to build a team to get to Klausener’s machine to try and bring an end to the war that could be about to bring the promise of the Nazi’s invasion into a world problem.

 

Thoughts on Outpost: Black Sun

 

Characters/PerformanceLena is a strong leading lady, she has been tracking war criminals in the modern time but learning of the existence of Klausener draws her back to Eastern Europe to put an end to his terror. Wallace is an engineer stationed near the bunker who reluctantly helps Lena on her mission as he knows how to stop the machine. The rest of the characters are generic soldiers you barely learn the names of and the now Nazi zombies.

Performance wise, Catherine Steadman does a good job coming into a very male heavy film easily becoming the star performer, with most of the male cast all becoming forgettable by the end of the film.

StoryThe direction the story goes is interesting because it builds on how the last film finished. The idea that the experiment is spreading is a big plus, but the first film had a lot of a supernatural vibe to everything, this time we just get zombies and an elevated sci-fi feel to what is going on. I can understand why things went this way for franchise value but I do feel it takes away from the first film.

Action/HorrorThe action is much heavier in this film as we get to see plenty of fights between the humans and zombies. This increased action does take away from the horror side of the film as it doesn’t reach the horror needed for what is happening.

SettingsThe settings are also a part of this film which lose out by making this a bigger picture, we lose the idea of just one solo location for a bigger battle.

Special EffectsHere is another weaker point, sure the battles and fights all look great but trying to show the effects of a EMP just look cheap whenever they are used.

Final ThoughtsThis is difficult to make my mind up on, I liked the bigger picture going on, but I did find the random jump cuts to after something has happened frustrating, the fast pace also leaves a mixed feeling because it does work but takes away the horror. This is what I would like to think of as a good franchise builder, not saying it is bad but relies on having seen the first and wanting to see more.

 

Overall: Good franchise building horror film.

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Molly (2017)

Director: Colinda Bonger, Thijs Meuwese

Writer: Thijs Meuwese (Screenplay)

Starring: Julia Batelaan, Emma de Paauw, Joost Bolt, Annelies Appelhof, Andrew Dongelmans, Arnost Kraus

 

Plot: A girl living alone in a post apocalyptic wasteland finds herself hunted down by marauders who want her to fight in their fighting pit for their entertainment.


Tagline – The legend is real..

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Chaotic Gem

 

Story: Molly starts as we see how Molly (Batelaan) can defend herself in the post-apocalyptic world she is living alone in. she is a scavenger in this world with a hidden ability. This world is also populated by villainous figure with Deacon (Bolt) controlling a fighting put for the entertainment of his people, he is always looking for new victims to please the crowd.

Molly becomes his latest target as he sends his men in search for her, can she survive and escape this fate which could bring about her end or give her the freedom she desires.

 

Thoughts on Molly

 

Characters – Molly is the lone scavengers in the wasteland, she can defend herself against multiple enemies and just wants freedom, she does the right thing for the innocent people in the world, but her powers are what are required by the villainous ruler of the wasteland. Bailey is the young girl that Molly finds alone in the wasteland, she is waiting for her parents to return and must rely on help from Molly to survive when they don’t. Deacon is the ruler of the wasteland, he organises the fights between infected and the strong and after being embarrassed he wants a new fighter, picking Molly from her destruction of his men in the wasteland. Deacon isn’t as controlling as we would be used and for the most part we focus on him trying to remain in power while being on the edge. The rest of the characters we meet are the seemingly endless amounts of soldiers willing to die for Deacon, with Kimmy being the strongest of them all.

PerformancesJulia Batelaan in the leading role of the film is fantastic, we get to see how she can handle the fighting sequences while constantly looking vulnerable making her look like the unlikely hero. Emma de Paauw is good for a child star, she fits the innocence needed for this world and film. Joost Bolt as the main villain does come off as the weakest part of the film, he never feels threatening and goes over the top at times. Annelies Appelhof does make for a great strongest villain, the one that can go toe to toe with Molly which makes her the one you fear.

StoryThe story here follows a lone survivor in a wasteland that must go in head first to take on a villainous ruler of the wasteland. This does have strong connections to what we saw in ‘Turbo Kid’ which was fun and while this is played along the serious tone more, it can still be enjoyed because of the simplistic nature of the story. sadly, the villain is underdeveloped which is disappointing because we need to want to see him get what he deserves by the end of the film and he never feels like a threat. The protective nature of Molly to a young girl in the world is the highlight, showing she will risk her life to save a stranger. The style of the storytelling is what will keep people happy in this film as it can take the back burner for action sequences too.

Action/Sci-FiThe action in the film is the best part of the film, we start with small fights with each one stacking the odds against Molly, with the final act of the movie being one continuous take of chaos. This is in a post-apocalyptic world which is similar to many we have seen before, it does however give Molly powers which makes her unique to the world.

SettingsThe film uses a couple of main settings, we have the open wasteland which is along a coastline and the base which is used for the final sequence, with the tight corridors showing us just what we will be seeing.

Special EffectsThe effects are used to show off Molly’s power, they are strong for the film showing just what is waiting for anyone that gets in her way as she starts to learn from them.


Scene of the Movie –
Base attack, wonderful continuous shot.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Never knowing just what Deacon has to offer outside the fighting ring.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun entertaining action film, it has a wonderful final act which barely lets you breath and a strong performance from our leading lady Julia Batelaan.

 

Overall: Must watch sci-fi gem.

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