Bound to Vengeance (2015)

Director: Jose Manuel Cravioto

Writer: Rock Shaink, Keith Kjornes (Screenplay)

Starring: Tina Ivlev, Richard Tyson, Bianca Malinowski, Kristoffer Kjornes, Dustin Quick

 

Plot: A young girl, chained in the basement of a sexual predator, escapes and turns the tables on her captor.


Tagline – Escape is just the beginning.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Blood Soaked Revenge Thriller

 

Story: Bound to Vengeance starts as we see Eve (Ivlev) and see her happy life with Ronnie (Kjornes), we quickly jump to see how Phil (Tyson) is operating as a sexual predator with Eve locked in his basement. We don’t know how long she has been there, but tonight she escapes, learning that she isn’t the only victim, she forces Phil to take her to the other victims in a hope to set them free.

Along the way Eve learns that this isn’t going to be as easy as she first thought with some of the girls reacting in a way that will only leave her with guilt and secrets about how big this ring is will be revealed.

 

Thoughts on Bound to Vengeance

 

Characters – Eve is one of the victims of the sexual predator, planning her escape she learns there are more girls being held captive. She sets out with her capturer to save the other victims determined to make him pay along the way. Phil is the sexual predator, he has the girls locked up in different locations and uses them as leverage to keep himself alive. We do meet the other girls, but rarely see much from them.

PerformancesTina Ivlev is the star of the show here, she uses every emotional encounter as fuel to drive her character, showing us determination and toughness through her ordeal. Richard Tyson is great too as the predator, showing us just how far one would go to stay ahead of the game.

StoryThe story here does give us a revenge thriller that shows us what one woman who escapes her prison only to go on a mission to locate the other victims before handing in the predator. The story does turn the revenge thriller on its head because we only get a small glimpse at the suffering she has been through as we focus on her decision to do the right thing for the other victims. We do have twists along the way and unlikely reaction to being rescued too. While the jumps to the original life on camera can be frustrating and not needed the rest of the pacing of the story does feel like it keeps you going without any problems.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from just seeing what Eve and the other girls have gone through feeling and looking just as brutal as it should be.

SettingsThe film takes us to different safe house like location to see where the girls are being kept, each one has a different look and style to how they will be used for the girls.

Special EffectsThe effects through the film are good, they show us the attacks both sides will be dealing with and making it all look like it was real throughout.


Scene of the Movie –
The escape seems planned as well as showing the panic.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The camcorder material.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good revenge thriller that does everything you want, it is blood soaked and does give us a fresh approach to handling the story.

 

Overall: Revenge Thriller for all.

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ABC Film Challenge – Horror – K – Killing Ground (2016)

Director: Damien Power

Writer: Damien Power (Screenplay)

Starring: Aaron Pedersen, Ian Meadows, Harriet Dyer, Aaron Glenane, Maya Stange, Julian Garner, Tiarnie Coupland

 

Plot: A couple’s camping trip turns into a frightening ordeal when they stumble across the scene of a horrific crime.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Disturbing & Suspenseful

 

Story: Killing Ground starts when couple Ian (Meadows) and Samantha (Dyer) head off for a romantic camping trip, learning they are not the only couple on the grounds they look to stay out of the others way, only to never see them return to their grounds. Scotty (Pedersen) and Tood (Glenane) are two locals of the area that come off shady, also have had run ins with the law.

We know something happened to the family in the camp next door and when Ian and Samantha find their baby wandering around the area. Soon they will be fighting for their lives against the criminal psychopaths that enjoy hunting.

 

Thoughts on Killing Ground

 

Characters – Ian is a doctor who along with his girlfriend goes on the camping trip, he knows how to survive any injuries which makes him the one that could help survive the attack because o his logical decision making process. Samantha is the girlfriend that is using the trip for a big moment only to find herself needing to fight to survive. Scotty is the one of the two which seems to be the mastermind, well leader of the two who knows how to control the situation and Tood. Tood is the loose cannon, who comes off simple minded at times and other times he comes off like the psychopath he is meant to be.

PerformancesThe performances in this film do come off real, we believe the couple Ian Meadows & Harriet Dyer with each decision they must make, we also get scared of both the Aaron’s who gives us uneasy performances through the whole film.

StoryThe story here follows three lines to start with, we have the couple heading of to their romantic camping trip, the family on their camping trip, that we know something happens to and the two men who will be committing the crime. To start with this felt annoying, I won’t lie, but soon this just builds the tension through the film as we just want to know what happens, with each twist that connection the stories becoming unsettling. We see the aftermath of what has happened over just putting us through the events, which only continues to make everything extra disturbing. This is a type of story we have seen before, though the fresh approach to this only makes this more interesting to watch even if you want to look away.

HorrorThis is easily one of the most disturbing horror films you will see, when you stop to think about anything that happens, what you end up feeling is just uneasy because of what happens off camera, with the tension only making this harder to get through.

SettingsThe film takes place in a remote camping ground which gives us the feeling of isolation, with have no phone signal and the humans might not be the only danger here, this is a perfect use of setting.

Special EffectsThe effects are used to make each moment look more horrific, they are subtle and effective.


Scene of the Movie –
When the couple plan to leave, we have a wonderful shot of Samantha walking away with somebody desperately needing help behind her.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I didn’t like the opening moments of the three stories, it does work once we are get going.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most disturbing non-graphic films I have seen, being left to imagine just what happens is even worse than watching it.

 

Overall: Unsettling and disturbing.

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