ABC Film Challenge – Horror – N – Nina Forever (2015)

Director: Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine

Writer: Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine (Screenplay)

Starring: Cian Barry, Abigail Hardingham, Fiona O’Shaughnessy Mandeep Dhillon, Katharine Bennett-Fox, Barry Castagnola

 

Plot: After his girlfriend Nina dies in a car crash, Rob unsuccessfully attempts suicide. As he begins to overcome his grief, he falls in love with a co-worker, Holly. Their relationship is complicated when Nina, unable to find rest in the afterlife, comes back to life to sarcastically torment them whenever they have sex.


Tagline – A fucked up fairy tale

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Return of the Dead Girlfriend Working Again

 

Story: Nina Forever starts as the employees of a store learn that Rob (Barry) tried to kill himself after the death of his girlfriend, where Holly (Hardingham) a student paramedic finds this to be a turn on wanting to get to know Rob unlike most of the other staff. The two do start hanging out together which does lead to a romantic story between the two.

When the two go to have their first night together things take a turn when Nina (O’Shaughnessy) appears from within the bed, but she is meant to be dead, why has she returned from the afterlife to stop Rob moving on?

 

Thoughts on Nina Forever

 

Characters – Rob is a grieving young man, working in a supermarket as he gets over his ex-girlfriend death, he has tried killing himself but didn’t get very far. He gets haunted by Nina once he tries to start dating again but must face the closure her spirit never got. Holly gets drawn to Rob and starts a relationship but it gets confusing for her once Nina arrive on the scene but it doesn’t scare her away. Nina is the deceased girlfriend of Rob’s who returns whenever he has sex with another woman, she doesn’t believe they are broken up believing they will be together forever.

PerformancesCian Barry is good in his role as the grieving young man trying to move on, he shows how difficult it could be for anyone in that situation. Abigail Hardingham is good in this role where she must show the support needed as well as the innocence for a young woman in her first relationship. Fiona O’Shaughnessy is also good throughout the film as the dead girlfriend that turns up during sex, being almost seductive at times.

StoryThe story enters into the idea of a loved one needing to deal with an undead version of their partner stopping them from starting a new relationship. It plays into a darker comical side rather than the light-hearted nature of other films such as Clinger, Life After Beth or Burying the Ex. This film does try to tackle the more serious effects of what could happen with dealing with the grief of losing a loved one.

Comedy/Horror/RomanceThe comedy comes from the darker side of the story because it takes things on a more serious side than it wants to. The romance side of everything comes from the idea of trying to move on with someone new you could love while still being haunted by the memories of the one that left you. The horror is there but mostly based on the undead being alive and lots of blood.

SettingsThe try to have everyday settings for the building of the relationship but it is the bedroom where the idea of Nina coming back comes from as we see her haunting the new couple.

Special EffectsWhen we look at the effects we will be diving into practical for the most part, we don’t get many either because we need to focus on the story over the effects.


Scene of the Movie –
Nina’s first appearance because it is a surprise for us to see how it comes about.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I would have liked an extra laugh or two.

Final ThoughtsThis is yet another good addition in this new little subgenre in horror, the dead partner haunting the old partners new love interest. It does work well because it is different enough from the others because this takes a darker tone for the most part.

 

Overall: Nice addition to the dead girlfriend haunting ex-partner.

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ABC Film Challenge – Horror – F – Freehold (2017)

Director: Dominic Bridges

Writer: Dominic Bridges, Rae Brunton (Screenplay)

Starring: Javier Botet, Mandeep Dhillon, Mim Shaikh, Michael McKell, Kola Bokinni

 

Plot: An oily, amoral estate agent is preyed upon by one of his victims, who quietly moves into his flat and, unseen, begins a deliciously malicious campaign of revenge.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Creepy

 

Story: Freehold starts as we follow estate agent Hussein (Shaikh) go about his daily routines in his small London flat, but as soon as he leaves for a skinny man Orlan (Botet) appears, he has been secretly living in the flat, going around using the supplies while he is out.

When Mel (Dhillon) comes to live with Hussein we start to see the bigger picture of what Orlan’s plan is causing havoc in the flat, but what is his motivation for this?

 

Thoughts on Freehold

 

Characters – Orlan is the man secretly living in the flat, he seems to be making the life of the man living in the flat, sneaking around when he is asleep or at work, his motivation unfolds through the film, he does have a strikingly haunting look about him with his skinny bone structure coming through. Hussein is the estate agent that is living in the flat, he is very cocky with everything he does and starts to believe he is being haunted, though never investigates. Mel is the girlfriend of Hussein that wants to do the best with the small flat but soon gets tired of Hussein’s behaviour.

PerformancesJavier Botet does have an extremely creepy look which makes him stand out in this role which he is creepy throughout the film. Mandeep Dhillon isn’t in the film long enough to make the impact you feel she could have. Mim Shaikh is good in this role because he does end up being the person getting tortured through the film without knowing it.

StoryThe story follows one man that tries to live his normal life, only for us to learn that he isn’t alone in his flat. The story follows this mysterious man doing random acts to try and make Hussein’s life a nightmare. Most of the film is following Hussein trying to keep everything together, leaving us to wonder just how far people will go through the get this to happen and whether we would be able to notice this.

Comedy/Horror This does have an air of comedy about what is going on while not a full laugh out loud moment, the horror comes off the biggest part of the film because it shows just how difficult it could be to learn the truth.

SettingsThe film is set inside the flat, which keeps everything together and adds the creepy disturbing factor the film needed.


Scene of the Movie –
The first appearance of Orlan.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Orlan believes there is a ghost but never investigates more.

Final ThoughtsThis is a short creepy movie that will keep you on edge form start to finish as we see just how far this one man will go and what would you do if you found out that someone was living in your flat.

 

Overall: Disturbing and creepy

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Camp Death III in 2D! (2018)

Director: Matt Frame

Writer: Matt Fream (Screenplay) Chris Allen, Katherine Alpen, Darren Anrichuk, Leonie Armstrong, Shawn Bordoff, Emma Docker, Kyle Fines, Matt Frame, Petar Gagic, Angela Galanopoulous, Deb Graf, Niall King, Dave Peniuk, Hans Potter, Nathan Robinson, Nikki Wallin, Starlise Waschuk, Molly Wilson (Story)

Starring: Dave Peniuk, Angela Galanopoulos, Darren Andrichuk, Emma Docker, Chris Allen, Starlise Waschuk

 

Plot: ‘Camp Death III in 2D’ is a comedy/horror parody of ‘Friday the 13th Part III in 3D’ and is proudly presented in two dimensions.


Tagline – Sometimes Terror Can’t Be Smelled.

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Requires Alcohol to Enjoy

 

Story: Camp Death III in 2D! starts as Camp Crystal Meph has closed down after a string a murders, now Todd Boojumper (Peniuk) re-opens his Uncle Mel’s (Andrichuk) into a camp for the mentally handicapped people.

When the campers start going missing, it isn’t long before the past comes back to haunt them as Johann Van Damme (Mullett) starts continuing his killing spree and it is up to the one person that stopped him last time Rachel (Galanopoulos) to finish him for good.

 

Thoughts on Camp Death III in 2D!

 

Characters – Todd Boojumper is the head counsellor at the camp, he is positive through each moment in the camp, making the kids feel welcome through each day at the camp, he doesn’t believe everything going on and must work with Rachel to save as many as he could. Todd gets to be about how over the top the counsellors can be in the slasher genre. Rachel has a connection to the previous murders at the camp, she is there to face her fears and now she must face Johann one more time. Mel is the grumpy loud Uncle of Todd’s he is inappropriate with everything he does showing us an older generation that would be slapped into horror.

PerformancesThis is a hard movie to judge performances because we are meant to be seeing wildly over the top version of the generic characters in films such as Friday the 13th, this does work and the cast make the most of their moments. The offense comes from the portrays of the handicapped characters.

StoryThe story sets up to play into the daft story telling in slasher genres where a camp is reopening after a mass murder with people not sure whether to believe the legend of the murders or not. You will need to watch this film with a sense of not wanting to see anything serious, you will be offended by the jokes at the mental handicapped expense in the film. if you have seen all the Friday the 13th you will understand most of the jokes and how easy they can be to poke fun at. The story isn’t going down as good, it can be enjoyed as a bad one though.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy is spoofing the slasher genre which was good, the problem comes with using mental handicapped figures which will cause offense for the wrong reasons. The horror doesn’t hit well, but it isn’t meant to be scary.

SettingsThe film is set in the remote cabin location for campers which makes us feel like we are part of a Friday the 13th film.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are weak, though they add to the humour of the film as they are trying to create unique kills.


Scene of the Movie –
Learning the truth about who is behind the killings.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The handicapped jokes.

Final ThoughtsThis is a spoof movie that knows where to poke fun at in the slasher genre, it gets certain laughs and understands what it wants to achieve, only it will offend too many people.

 

Overall: Parody that pushes the limits.

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Don’t Kill It (2016)

Director: Mike Mendez

Writer: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen (Screenplay)

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Kristina Klede, Tony Bentley, James Chalke, Miles Doleac, Toby Bronson

 

Plot: An ancient demon terrorizes a tiny Mississippi town.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Action Fantasy Horror

 

Story: Don’t Kill It starts as with number of domestic homicides start happening in a small Mississippi town, demon hunter Jebediah Woodley (Lundgren) heads to the town, just as FBI agent Evelyn Pierce (Klebe) returns to her home town to investigate the murders.

The two must team up to track down who the demon has possessed next because if you kill the host, you will become the demon, meaning they must capture the demon alive.

 

Thoughts on Don’t Kill It

 

Characters – Jebediah Woodley is a demon hunter, he has been hunting demons his whole life, he is used to being chased out of towns before being called back to rescue them. Agent Evelyn Pierce has returned to her home town to investigate the goings on, she must put a side her beliefs to help the demon hunter save the people. We have the generic town’s folk which include the sheriff and religious leader that don’t believe everything going on.

PerformancesDolph Lundgren is fun in this leading role, he gets to be the mysterious stranger turned demon hunter about everything he does in this film. Kristina Klebe is good too in her role which does show us how a returning figure would act.

StoryThe story follows a demon hunter trying to save a town from a demon that is terrorising the town, he does need to work with FBI agent who doesn’t believe and will need to learn to believe. This sounds by the book which is fine that is what we know works and this could easily be the start of a franchise around the demon hunter. This is fun to watch and wildly over the top giving us a tone which would work for any future films.

Action/Comedy/FantasyThe action is big because we have bodies flying everywhere in this film, there is a comic tone but it just doesn’t work that often, the fantasy side of things comes from the demon in the world.

SettingsWe are in a small Mississippi town which is fine, we could have been in any small town because it shows how shocked the people would be in the town if a murder happened.

Special EffectsThe effects are a mixed bag, we have good kills while also having bad one you can see are fake.


Scene of the Movie –
The meeting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Some effects you can see are models.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun fantasy horror, you can enjoy this if you are a fan of the genre and should be looking forward to seeing the next adventure.

 

Overall: Fantasy Horror for al to enjoy, like My Name is Bruce

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Society (1989)

Director: Brian Yuzna

Writer: Rick Fry, Woody Keith (Screenplay)

Starring: Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, ben Meyerson, Charles Lucia

 

Plot: An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.


Tagline – It is not what you think it is.

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Shock Filled Horror

 

Story: Society starts as high school student Bill Whitney (Warlock) has always had feelings of not fitting in with his family and soon he starts to believe something unusual is going on for the high society of the local area.

It only gets worse when students start going missing and the deeper Bill searches into the mystery the darker the truth is as it ends up becoming one of the most shocking truths about a cult his family is part of.

 

Thoughts on Society

 

Characters – Billy is the high school student that is starting to question what the truth is about his family, but the more he investigates the dark the truth actually is. He does have a bright future if he does just follow the trends but once he questions things this future is almost gone. Clarissa is a seductive fellow student that does seem to know what is going on but understand Billy needs to be on the right path to survive the next step. Milo is the best friend that helps Billy learn the truth.

PerformancesBill Warlock is good in this leading role where he doesn’t understand what is going on, it was a role we saw a lot in the late 80s for the high school guys. Devin DeVasquez is good too as we see the seductive character come through. The higher society performances are good because you understand how they will be looking down on everyone.

StoryThe story follows a teenager not believing he is fitting in, but the spin comes from the complete truth to what he isn’t part off. The story does tackle the idea of searching for the truth but also takes on the idea of high society believing they are better than other people. This could be looking deeper into the meaning but still we are left in shock with the truth about everything.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy from this film comes from the darker side of how high society believes they are to others, so much so that they are a different species. The horror comes from the gore and effects used in the final scene of the movie which brings us complete and utter shock.

SettingsThe films settings get to show us the different class of people we will be dealing with, where we see the higher society side of things compared to the everyday people.

Special EffectsThe practical effects used here are fantastic to create the final act of the movie which is one you definitely won’t be forgetting any time soon.


Scene of the Movie –
Orgy

That Moment That Annoyed Me I feel we needed an opening reason for Billy to question his position in the family.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most shocking body horror movies of all time, it shows us just how the different classes could have a divide that is could be a different species.

 

Overall: One of the body horror fans.

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