The House (2016)

Director: Reinert Kiil

Writer: Reinert Kiil, Jane Helge Lillevik (Screenplay)

Starring: Frederik von Luttichau, Mats Reinhardt, Sondre Krogtoft Larsen, Evy Kasseth Rosten, Sigmund Saeverud, Anita Ihler

 

Plot: Two German soldiers has taken a Norwegian soldier as prisoner, during one of the cold Scandianvian winter nights during WW2. They are thankful that they find a lonely house out in the wilderness, but the houses aren’t that cozy after all.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Atmospheric Horror

 

Story: The House starts when two German soldiers Andreas (Luttichau) and Jurgen (Reinhardt) are transporting their Norwegian prisoner Rune (Larsen) during World War II, with night falling, they look for shelter, finding a remote house in the wilderness, which seems like just another empty house.

This night isn’t going to be easy for the soldiers, when they starts hearing and seeing things around the house, but just what is happening, will be the biggest test for the soldiers.

 

Thoughts on The House

 

Characters – Andreas must follow Jurgen’s orders, he can switch off easily, but does seem to be the strongest when it comes to dealing with the evil inside the house, with his past being something he can fight off and the fact that he wants to do the right thing, while being haunted of images of his late wife. Jurgen is the lieutenant that is following his instructions, he will investigate more, which does see him enter into the evil with the house, he doesn’t believe in any of the supernatural events going on in the house. Rune is the Norwegian soldier and prisoner of the Germans, he is just as haunted with the events inside the house which does see him being about to figure out the translations for the Germans.

PerformancesWe have three main actors in this film who each get to show the same fears of just what is going on, they each take their moment without ever looking out of place through the horrors unfolding.

StoryThe story here follows the two soldiers and prisoner soldier staying in a remote house only for the house to have an evil presence within which stats to play the tricks on the three soldiers on three different sides of the war. This story shows how the mindset of the soldiers changes once they become haunted by the evil within the house and just how far they will have to go to get out of it, they will be haunted by their pasts which will make them face the worst moments of their lives again. The best way to describe this would be on the same lines as ‘Outpost’ for the psychological side of the story, the not knowing the soldiers are going through.

HorrorThe horror element in play through this film come from the ideas that the evil in the house is slowly starting to take over the soldiers forcing them to question everything they are living through.

SettingsThe film is set in one house, it is in the middle of nowhere during the second world war which shows just how isolated the men are, the weather makes it even harder to travel because of the snow blocking off paths. This make for everything you need in a horror.

Special EffectsThe effects in the movie are used well when needed, we don’t go over the top with anything either, we are given mostly around the corner or in the distance make up effects.


Scene of the Movie –
The final shot.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I get frustrated when I watch films that jump between languages, I find myself trying to read the English and wondering why it has gone.

Final ThoughtsThis is a nicely built atmospheric horror that builds up for a strong payoff.

 

Overall: Creepy horror thriller.

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ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – Y – Yorgos Lantimos – The Favourite (2018)

Director: Yorgos Lantimos

Writer: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara (Screenplay)

Starring: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult

 

Plot: In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: For the Costume Lovers

 

Story: The Favourite starts as England is winning the war against the French in the early 18th century, Queen Anne (Colman) is happy to continue the war, while Lady Sarah (Weisz) her most trusted friend governs the country. When a cousin of Sarah’s Abigail (Stone) arrives searching for a job, she must first earn her spot.

When Abigail starts becoming a favourite of Lady Sarah, she is used to help care for Queen Anne, while dealing with the advances of Harley (Hoult), is she up to something or just a pawn in the game of the ladies.

 

Thoughts on The Favourite

 

Characters – Queen Anne is getting older and sicker, she has always turned to Lady Sarah for advice and help, even if she is tired of her stricter ways, she keeps rabbits which keep her occupied, while learns that Abigail is becoming a younger version who will keep her entertained. Lady Sarah has always been by the Queen’s side, she deals with the responsibilities the Queen doesn’t want to get through, she offers her cousin a chance to work in the mansion, only to become jealous of the relationship the two have. Abigail is the maid hired because of family connection, she shows her intelligence which makes her dangerous to anybody who crosses her. Harley is the son of one of the famous people working under the Queen, he will befriend Abigail to get closer to the Queen to learn about her decision-making process.

PerformancesFor the performances all I have seen is how wonderful the performances are from the three ladies, the performances from Colman, Weisz and Stone a great though we have seen better through the year.

StoryThe story follows a young maid as she tries to rise up through a royal household to reclaim her family name, she will do anything to push the rise through which sees her clashing with the Queen’s most loyal friend. This does feel like a game to stay ahead of the other which is fine for story, though it just tries to be too upper class with how everything unfolds and you can’t help but feel none of this remotely happened.

Biopic/ComedyThe biopic side of this story does leave plenty of questions to be asked as you just don’t see any of these actually be possible. The comedy involved in the film is quirky and will only appeal to certain people.

SettingsThe settings in the film are easily the highlight of the film because everything looks completely authentic for the time.


Scene of the Movie –
Stop playing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me To stuck up for the most part.

Final ThoughtsThis is a quirky film from a director who is easily one that can split the audience, it is another film that will get wild praise and another one I just don’t get along with.

 

Overall: Quirky just not fantastic.

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Emily Blunt Weekend – Wind Chill (2007)

Director: Gregory Jacobs

Writer: Joe Gangemi, Steven Katz (Screenplay)

Starring: Emily Blunt, Ashton Holmes, Martin Donovan, Ned Bellamy

 

Plot: Two college students share a ride home for the holidays, but when they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they are preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there.


Tagline – Catch Your Death

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Little Horror

 

Story: Wind Chill starts as a college student only known as Girl (Blunt) is looking to head to Delaware for Christmas, suggested the ride share, she gets a lift with Guy (Holmes) as the difficulties in the journey beginning with their lack of conversation.

When the journey starts to take an unexpected turn with the nature of the lift being offered, the two get caught up in an accident on a snowy highway, needing to survive the cold they wait for rescue until they start seeing people walking past only to not get any reply from them with the visits getting more haunting as the night rolls on.

 

Thoughts on Wind Chill

 

Characters – This is a strange film for trying to describe the characters, no one is named, so we have, Girl who is trying to get home for Christmas, she seems stuck up about everything and feels selfish for the most part. She does start to take the ride share guy for granted without wanting to give him the conversation desired. She does feel more streetwise through certain situations though. The Guy who offers the lift, seems simple enough to start with, only for his true motivation to come to light, as he has planned to use the lift to get to know the girl. The highway Patrolman is one of the more aggressive spirits haunting the highway, we learn more about his presence as the students learn about him.

PerformancesEmily Blunt is now one of the biggest names in the industry and like many young stars they start in a small horror movie, she is good in the leading role, showing all her potential for the world to see. Ashton Holmes is good in the supporting role and Martin Donovan makes for the creepy patrolman.

StoryThe story follows a couple of students that are travelling across country for Christmas, only to find themselves in a crash which leaves them stranded in the freezing condition which only becomes worse then the ghosts of the road start haunting them. This is a mix of survival story which shows how the girl must survive the conditions, while also doing the ghosts haunting to send a warning of what is coming. We do get a lot of sequences which you need to pay attention to certain elements and we do get foreshadowing being used that you will pick up on too. The story doesn’t need to be that complicated which is isn’t and you can follow along even with a twist along the way.

HorrorThe horror comes from first the location of being isolated after the accident, then the ghosts only make it worse because they learn what one of them will do if it gets its hands on them.

SettingsThe film puts our characters on the side of the snow-covered road over the night which is filled with freezing conditions which will only make rescue difficult for the characters.

Special EffectsThe effects are held off for when they are needed to make us understand the paranormal to reality moments.


Scene of the Movie –
The end of it?

That Moment That Annoyed Me One too many false moments.

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice little horror that will get the jumps when needed and clever story telling on what could be going on.

 

Overall: Horror fans check this one out.

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ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – X – X-Men Days of Future Past

 

ABC Film Challenge

Oscar Nomination

X

X-Men Days of Future Past

Why I’ve Picked this choiceX is always going to be the most difficult letter of the alphabet, this year I had to dive into the past, the future past if you like and select the first X-Men movie to be nominated for an Oscar, it was nominated for Visual Effects in 2015 losing to Interstellar. read the review here