ABC Film Challenge – Horror – X – X Moor (2014)

Director: Luke Hyams

Writer: Luke Hyams (Screenplay)

Starring: Melia Kreiling, Mark Bonnar, Nick Blood, Olivia Popica, Simone Kirby, Sophie Harkness

 

Plot: A £25,000 reward offered by a local newspaper brings documentary makers Matt and his girlfriend Georgia to the remote North Devon moor in a bid to capture the fabled Beast purported to be a wild cat, like a panther or a puma on film.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Too Dark to Enjoy

 

Story: X Moor starts with Georgia (Kreiling) and her cameraman boyfriend Matt (Blood) head to North Devon to enter Dartmoor in search of the legendary beast of Dartmoor which in its glimpses has been compared to different big cats, the team is joined by tracker Fox (Bonnar) on this adventure.

The hunt takes an unexpected twist when Fox has used the team to help him try and capture a serial killer he believes is dumping the bodies of their victims on the moor. The leads to the battle to survive the horrors of the moor.

 

Thoughts on X Moor

 

Characters – Georgia is the documentary film maker that heads into the moor in search of the beast in the area, she seems to come off as a woman who wants to get ahead in the game becoming a big name in her field. Matt is the boyfriend and cameraman for Georgia that would like to enjoy a holiday in the sun but does support her decisions. Fox is the tracker that has tricked thee crew into the big discovery that even he wasn’t ready for.

PerformanceThe performances through the film are not the best through the film, we only get a lot of running, arguing and screaming through the film.

StoryThe story does follow the documentary film crew that head into the Moors to find a creature and get more than they bargained for, simple enough to follow but very difficult to see anything. This is another film that falls into the idea of filming at night which is needed but making it nearly impossible for us to see anything going on. The story does have a twist on the idea of hunting a mythical beast and does have plenty of potential to be an enjoyable horror film.

HorrorThe horror in this film is mostly survival horror which does work for the story, it all heads in a mix of directions that can only keep us wanting to see what the big bad will be capable off.

SettingsThe film is set mostly in the moors of Dartmoor which shows us the mystery behind the place which is filled with legends and myths.

Special EffectsThe effects are mostly down to the camerawork going on which I do feel let a large part of the film down because we are left not being able to see anything in the darkness as times.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Impossible to see the darkness scenes.

Final ThoughtsThis was a good idea for a film but fails to give us the chance to see most of the important scenes due to the darkness it takes place in.

 

Overall: Simple Horror with nice twist on the monster hunting idea.

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Vampires (1998)

Director: John Carpenter

Writer: Don Jakoby (Screenplay) John Steakley (Novel)

Starring: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith, Maximilian Schell

 

Plot: Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to walk in sunlight.


Tagline – They’ve been around for 600 years…and they’re very, VERY thirsty.

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable addition to the vampire genre

 

Story: Vampires starts as Jack Crow (Woods) and his gang of vampire hunters including Anthony Montoya (Baldwin) as they clean out a nest of vampires only they can’t find the master. Celebrating the success of the day the gang party but when the Master Jan Valek (Griffith) arrives looking for revenge he kills every member of the team except Jack and Anthony while turning Katrina (Lee).

Jack ordered to rebuild the team, must first regroup before he goes against his orders with a new priest Father Guiteau (Guinee) using Katrina as bait to locate Jan Valek who is in search for a legendary relic that would allow Valek to walk in the sunlight.

 

Thoughts on Vampires

 

Characters – Jack Crow is the leader of the vampire hunters, he has been hunting them his whole life, training other to aid in his quest to kill them all. He is ruthless in his action not accepting excuse from any man, woman or priest. Anthony is the only other member of the team that makes it out of the attack, he is a trusted second to Jack but keeps a secret from him during this story. Katrina is the young lady that gets bitten by Valek, Crow uses her to find him while she must battle the turning process. Jan Valek is the ancient vampire that has been terrorising for centuries, he isn’t getting killed as easily as others and now he targets immortality in the day light.

PerformancesJames Woods is great in this leading role, he takes the aggression needed to make us believe the vampire hunter is doing the right thing also showing the loyalty required in his performance. Daniel Baldwin is good but not to the level of Woods while Sheryl Lee does make for a good sexy vampire figure. Thomas Ian Griffith does make for a great vampire villain too being imposing in every single scene.

StoryThe story follows the old school vampire hunters hunting vampires but this time the enemy is stronger than they have ever faced. This film does move away from the gothic tones of previous film and takes us into a realistic setting for our characters to do battle with the vampires. This does work for the story because we now need to see a new less traditional style to vampires even if the story follows the normal it is a fun watch.

Action/HorrorThe action comes with the battles with the vampires, it is bigger than normal for the genre and we get plenty action. The horror comes from how we see the vampires disposed of along with how powerful Valek is

SettingsThe western settings make this feel like a race against time for gunslingers to stop an outlaw, which is what the idea was going for.

Special EffectsThe effects all seem practical with the fire behind the sunlight being some of the most horrific in the vampire genre.


Scene of the Movie –
Valek’s revenge is bloody.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It was slightly confusing why stakes were used when they didn’t kill.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very enjoyable modern take on the vampire genre, it adds action and realism to a traditional gothic style of film which on one hand works but the other hand could get people not enjoying it.

 

Overall: Vampire fans must watch.

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