Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman (2021) Movie Review ‘Disturbing Thriller’

Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman – Disturbing Thriller

 

Director: Daniel Farrands

Writer: Daniel Farrands (Screenplay)

Starring: Chad Michael Murray, Holland Roden, Jake Hays, Lin Shaye, Greer Grammer, Olivia DeLaurentis, Julianna Collins, Gianna Adams

Plot: The intrepid FBI agents Kathleen McChesney and Robert Ressler, organize one of the largest manhunt in history to apprehend America’s most infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman starts as we see how Ted Bundy (Murray) hunted down the women who would become his victims, with his stranger in need of help routine. FBI agents Kathleen McChesney (Roden) and Robert Ressler (Hays) lead the hunt for the Ted, knowing the serial killer is building up a huge body count.

After catching Bundy, it only takes him a few years to escape and get back on the run again, targeting a sorority house, as Kathleen finds herself trying to track him down before he escapes once again.

Thoughts on Ted Bundy American Boogeyman

ThoughtsTed Bundy: American Boogeyman is another look into the horrendous crimes that Ted Bundy, putting the focus on the hunt and build up to the Omega College incident, seeing how close he gets to the victims and the Agents getting close to catching him. This is going to be a film that asks the bigger questions, why are we still making so many movies about Ted Bundy, one of the worst men in human history. Chad Michael Murray does give us a genuine terrifying performance, which will see him get certain moments to go into the full disturbing mode. When we get onto the FBI agent side of the film, we deal with the typical sexist that is and was seen towards a female agency, instead of focusing enough on the hunt. This could easily be one of the films that will grab the attention of people who want to know more about the killer and at least holds back on any of the sexual assaults he committed.

Final Thoughts Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman is a disturbing look into Bundy’s crimes.

Red Snow (2021) Movie Review ‘Fun Christmas Horror’

Red Snow – Fun Christmas Horror

 

Director: Sean Nichols Lynch

Writer: Sean Nichols Lynch (Screenplay)

Starring: Dennice Cisneros, Nico Bellamy, Laura Kennon, Vernon Wells, Alan Silva, Edward Ewell

Plot: A struggling vampire romance novelist must defend herself against real-life vampires during Christmas in Lake Tahoe.

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Red Snow starts as vampire novelist living on Lake Tahoe finds herself getting a visit from a real vampire Luke (Bellamy) that crashes into her house. Julius King (Wells) has been hunting down the vampires for years, with Olivia helping Luke recover.

When the rest of Luke’s gang of vampires arrive, Jackie (Kennon) and Brock (Silva), Luke needs to decide whether to support them or help Olivia out.

Thoughts on Red Snow

Characters & Performances – Olivia is a vampire novelist who lives alone in Lake Tahoe, where she dreams of having one of her novels published, but is used to the rejection. When she helps nurse an injured vampire back to health, she starts to learn more about vampires, but will also need to fight back against other deadlier vampires. Dennice Cisneros will bring the best performance in the film, being the lonely figure early on and turning into the fighter by the end of the film. Luke is the injured vampire that lands on the doorstep of Olivia, he teaches her about what real vampires are, warning her about people coming for him and making her believe whatever she wants. Nico Bellamy does bring this vampire figure to life, adding the mystery about who he really is. Jackie and Brock are the other vampires searching for an injured Luke, while waiting to Julius King the vampire hunter that has tracked the three down.

StoryThe story here follows a vampire novelist who finds herself helping an injured vampire back to health, giving her an up close and personal story with vampires where everything she thought she knew isn’t what is needed to fight back against them. This is a story that will look to examine the legends of vampires in a more modern era, showing that if they are real, they are nothing like what have been written about. When it comes to seeing how everything unfolds it does show the change Olivia must go through as she learns about how nothing is out of her limitation with vampires being real, helping her improve herself in her career with the events in the film.

ThemesRed Snow is a horror comedy that will look to redefine the vampire world, by rubbishing the rules set out before, trying to bring the vampire legacy into reality. The comedy comes from seeing how Olivia must react to each situation, giving us comedy throughout. the film uses the Lake Tahoe setting shows the vampires have picked a more isolated location to hunt, with the idea of lesser sunlight to operate in.

Final Thoughts Red Snow is a fun horror comedy that will look to bring a modern view on vampires.

ABC Film Challenge – Adventure – V – Against the Dark (2009) Movie Review

Director: Richard Crudo

Writer: Matthew Klickstein (Screenplay)

Starring: Steven Seagal, Tanoai Reed, Jenna Harrison, Danny Midwinter, Emma Catherwood, Stephen Hagan

Plot: Katana master Tao leads a special ops squad of ex-military vigilantes on a massacre mission, their target: vampires on an post apocalyptic globe. Tao is the survivors’ only hope and he knows the only cure is execution.


Tagline – He lives by the sword. They will die by it.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Against the Dark starts as we meet a group of survivors of a virus which has turned most of the population into vampires, roaming the country at night, with the only safety coming by daylight. A group of survivors hiding out in a hospital meet another group of survivors, as they look to plan their escape.

This plan comes under threat when the vampire zombies start entering the building and human hunter Tao (Seagal) turns up with his team to deal with the problem.

Thoughts on Against the Dark

ThoughtsAgainst the Dark is a vampire zombie action horror movie that will take us to a world where the vampire zombies roam the Earth, with our survivors inside of hospital hiding, before their safety come sunder threat. It will give us the groups of survivors that are all facing different threats, while being unsure of who to trust when they come into contact with others. The groups might well become typical ones that don’t offer up anything fresh, with most of the characters feeling flat for the most part. The singular location of the hospital does bring the threat of danger in any room, while others are more about finding the essential part of life. When we look at the performances, nobody gets to make the impact required in the film, mostly because the characters aren’t the most interesting, with most feeling like rip offs of other popular franchises.

Final Thoughts Against the Dark is an easy to watch even if a bit flat action horror film.