Trick or Treat (1986) Movie Review

Director: Charles Martin Smith

Writer: Michael S Murphey, Joel Soisson, Rhet Topham (Screenplay) Rhet Topham (Story)

Starring: Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Doug Savant, Elanie Joyce, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, Ozzy Osbourne

Plot: A bullied teenage boy is devastated after the death of his heavy metal idol, Sammi Curr. But as Hallowe’en night approaches, he discovers that he may be the only one who can stop Sammi from making a Satanic comeback from beyond the grave.


Tagline – A deadly obsession turns into a spine tingling horror!

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Trick or Treat starts as we meet bullied high school rock music fan Eddie (Price) that has an obsession with heavy metal star Sammi Curr (Fields), who dies suddenly in a fire. Eddie not wanting to believe he is dead, finds himself getting messages from his records, messages that will lead to his enemies suffering, as Eddie starts getting his revenge on the people that have bullied him in the past.

Thoughts on Trick or Treat

ThoughtsTrick or Treat is a horror movie that will dive into the 1980s fear of rock music creating evil upon the world, with a heavy metal star reacting from beyond the grave to get revenge for a tormented high school bully victim. This will bring to life the idea of evil being transferred between music, which in the modern era of music, just wouldn’t be a thing. When it comes to the horror side of things, we get to see how an unknown evil with start to possess people, becoming part of the problem within the world, striking fear in the neighbourhood and the bullies. This is one of the films that does seem to have dated in the levels we would imagine it to have, without needing to be one that needed to stand the test of time. We dp get to see a couple of unique kill moments, that we haven’t seen since and fit this film perfectly.

Final Thoughts Trick or Treat is a wacky horror that feels like the perfect 1980s horror.

Last Night in Soho (2021) Movie Review ‘Flashy & Stylish’

Last Night in Soho – Flashy & Stylish

 

Director: Edgar Wright

Writer: Edgar Wright, Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Screenplay)

Starring: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp, Michael Ajao

Plot: An aspiring fashion designer is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something darker.


Tagline – A Murder in the Past. A Mystery in the Future.

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Last Night in Soho starts when small town young woman Eloise (McKenzie) gets to travel to London to study fashion like her late mother and grandmother once did. Once in London Eloise finds the university life difficult forcing her to move out of the student housing, renting a room in Soho.

Eloise finds herself falling asleep and transported back into the 1960s, in following the life of beautiful young woman Sandie (Taylor-Joy) as she looks to make an impact in showbusiness, only for things to take a dark turn, as Eloise must figure out what happened in the 1960s.

Thoughts on Last Night in Soho

Characters & Performances – Eloise is the young student who is leaving her small village to head to London to study fashion, she has had a difficult life with her parent’s death and her grandmother raising her, but always pushing her to follow her dream. Ellie is a complete fish out of water in the London and the student housing, not prepared for the parties and lacking the social skills for the wild parties. She decides to move out and find her own little place for peace and quiet for studying, but finds her transported to the 1960s, following the life of a beautiful woman navigating that world, getting caught up in what happened to her, leaving her questioning her own sanity as the worlds start to collide. Thomasin McKenzie is brilliant in this role, her ability to bring the innocent side to her character to life in this hectic world is a joy to watch. Sandie is the beautiful young woman wanting to make an impact in the entertaining business in the 1960s, she turns heads when she walks into any room, has an amazing voice and is driven to achieve her dreams. She however falls into the trap many women did in that era, where she is pushed into looking after certain men, which will drive the fear that Eloise is going through in this world. Anya Taylor-Joy is brilliant, being the opposite to Thomasin with the confidence to walk into any room, almost being everything Thomasin wants. When it comes to the supporting cast, we have Jack, who becomes Sandie’s manager in this 1960s, pushing her into the world she isn’t prepared for. Matt Smith does bring this sleezy figure to life her, being the typical 60s lady’s man. John is a fellow student that hasn’t seemed to fit in and seems to be the only genuine person at this university, offering friendship to Ellie, which nobody else her age offers her. Michael Ajao gives one of the best supporting performances of the year, bringing us the laughs needed, while being an honest person in a chaotic world. With the crime happening, we get suspects that Eloise looks to look into in the modern world, along with the selfish fellow students who look down on Eloise’s small town up bringing. The whole film is performed very well, with everyone getting their chance to shine.

StoryThe story here follows a young student struggling with life in London and university, which will see her find her own place, leading her to transport herself into the 1960s, thrown into a bigger mystery about another woman’s life. This is a story that will see the human struggles of moving to a big town from a small town, showing the adapting difficulties she is facing, while chasing her dreams. The other side of the story comes down to the mystery about what happened in the 1960s, which starts as a dream turning into a nightmare for Eloise which will see the question of reality put into the story for Eloise. This is a story that will keep you guessing along the way, as we wait to see where things could end up going.

ThemesLast Night in Soho is a stylish horror thriller that will use sci-fi elements to create the different time worlds we are entertaining, with the London location showing just how maniac London can be, from the 1960s world, to the modern one. This is a film that uses the two time periods to show us the different worlds, how things have changed, but will have the same problems in. when it comes to the horror, it will have large moments that could be seen as nightmare fuel, with the figures haunting Eloise, while the everyday horrors could be just as scary.

Final Thoughts Last Night in Soho is a stylish horror that is a showcase to the 60s with plenty of mystery.

The Devil’s Doorway (2018) Movie Review

Director: Aislinn Clarke

Writer: Martin Brennan, Aislinn Clarke, Michael B Jackson (Screenplay)

Starring: Lalor Roddy, Ciaran Flynn, Helena Bereen, Lauren Coe, Dearbhail Lynch, Carleen Melaugh

Plot: In the fall of 1960, Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton were sent by the Vatican to investigate a miraculous event in an Irish home for ‘fallen women’, only to uncover something much more horrific.


Tagline – This Is Not Found Footage. It Has Been Supressed by the Catholic Church for the Last 58 Years

Runtime: 1 Hour 16 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Devil’s Doorway starts with Father Thomas (Roddy) and Father John (Flynn) heading to a small Irish ministry, one that has a reputation for mistreating the women who has found themselves within the walls.

When the strange events start happening with the statues around the ministry starting to bleed, with the blood proving to being from a pregnant woman.

Thoughts on The Devil’s Doorway

Final ThoughtsThe Devil’s Doorway is shot like a found footage film, which plays out like we are watching the recordings of something shot a long time ago, with the idea being in the 1960s, this does help give us the true found footage feeling we don’t always get. Using the church for the story seems to be more of an attack on what certain churches have done in the past, showing the many secrets that could have happened. Diving into the possession side of things is always going to struggle to make an impact, as the sub-genre has been done way too many times. The acting however, does make us feel like we are watching real priest that are unsure of the truth, which is great to watch. When it comes to the horror we get a mix of voices from behind the camera, or things that happen off camera, with only the reaction left to give us the judgement on what is going on.



Cold Feet (2019) Movie Review ‘Fun Horror Comedy’

Cold Feet – Fun Horror Comedy

 

Director: Brad Ellis, Allen C Gardner

Writer: Allen C Gardner (Screenplay)

Starring: Adam Burns, Allen C Gardner, Matthew Gilliam, Matt Mercer, Nathan Ross murphy, Drew Paslay

Plot: At a rented house, Eddie and his best friends unite for his bachelor party. The next day, though, a fight for sanity and survival begins when they discover there are snipers outside the house and a ghost inside, none of whom want the guys to leave.

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Cold Feet starts when Eddie (Gardner) is on his bachelor party, at a rented home with his pals, Johnny (Burns), Jeff (Gilliam), Boyd (Mercer), Neil (Murphy), Kyle (Paslay), Mason (Stiller) and Ben (Arrendondo). What starts as the typical boys weekend, with drinks and a stripper, the morning after is a different day.

The morning will find the stripper dead, snipers outside the house and a ghost that is jumping between bodies, with the guys losing their memories during the events.

Thoughts on Cold Feet

ThoughtsCold Feet brings us the bachelor party gone wrong, as the friendships will be tested, reputation will continue to follow the characters around, but the unite between the guys is what will be important to keep everything together for the friends, during an unexplained series of events, ones that they will want to hold together to survive. When it comes to what is going on with the ghost jumping between bodies, the need to try and figure out how to make it through the situation, with knowledge that only friends would know about each other. Where the random idea of snipers or gunmen outside the home happens, will see strange, not always adding much more other than trapping the friends in the home. The performances in the film are great, with the friends all coming off like natural friends, right down to the ‘sorry Neil’ line, which everyone is in on, which keeps the friendship in the jolly style, rather than that awkward one, where some people might not be as close as others. The comedy in the film hits when it needs to, not going to heavy on it, while the horror plays into the horror, rather than giving us any scares along the way.

Final Thoughts Cold Feet is an enjoyable horror comedy, constantly leaving us surprised with what happens next.

Night at the Eagle Inn (2021) Movie Review ‘Dread Filled Horror’

Night at the Eagle Inn – Dread Filled Horror

 

Director: Erik Bloomquist

Writer: Erik Bloomquist, Carson Bloomquist (Screenplay)

Starring: Amelia Dudley, Taylor Turner, Greg Schweers, Beau Minniear, Erik Bloomquist, Madeleine Dauer, Jeffrey Fryer, Charles Rosenay

Plot: Fraternal twins spend a hellish night at the remote inn their father disappeared from the night they were born.

Runtime: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Night at the Eagle Inn starts when twins Sarah (Dudley) and Spencer (Turner) head to a remote inn where their father disappeared when they were born, they have returned in search for answers, after spending their time researching the events of that night.

As the siblings spend more time in the Inn, they find themselves meeting the ghosts that roam the halls, including meeting their father, who has been trapped in his own living hell for their whole lives. Now the twins need to figure out how to escape this place or face being trapped in their own hell too.

Thoughts on Night at the Eagle Inn

Characters & Performances – Sarah and Spencer are twins that are looking for answers about what happened to their parents, they have been together for their whole lives without them and are filled with the confidence in their search for answers, they aren’t prepared for what they find, needing to use their ability to stay together and support each other to make it out alive. Amelia Dudley and Taylor Turner do both have excellent chemistry together, making it feel like we are watching real twins go about their lives. When it comes to the other characters, they are people met around the Inn, they all other ideas on what could be happening.

StoryThe story here follows twins who go in search for answers about what happened to their parents in the same inn they are attending for answers, only to find themselves getting trapped in their own living hell. This is a story that is wanting to channel the haunted hotel world, we have seen done elsewhere before. Turned into a mystery solving story about wanting to learn about what happened to their parents, giving away enough to be disturbing, showing what would happen if you opened pandora’s box. This is a story that will work well for a shorter movie, keeping the story wanting to give us more as the story keeps rolling on.

ThemesNight at the Eagle Inn is a horror thriller that will use the location of a remote inn to create the horror created in this film. Most of the horror comes from the uncertainty of what is going on, with the dread created from being in this world and what it planned for the victims to go through.

Final Thoughts Night at the Eagle Inn is a horror filled with dread from the moment they enter the inn.