Prevenge (2016)

Director: Alice Lowe

Writer: Alice Lowe (Screenplay)

Starring: Alice Lowe, Gemma Whelan, Kate Dickie, Kayan Hovak, Tom Davis

 

Plot: Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.


Tagline – Killing for Two

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Delightfully Twisted

 

Story: Prevenge starts as we meet the seven-month pregnant Ruth (Lowe) a widow, facing the reality of rising her child alone, but things take a strange turn when Ruth starts hearing the voice of her unborn child.

As the communication between Ruth and her baby increase, we start to see a darker side of Ruth, one that takes her on a homicidal rampage against anyone she believes in wronging her life, will this push her too far or not.

 

Thoughts on Prevenge

 

Characters – Ruth is the heavily pregnant woman who has just lost her partner in an accident, dealing with the idea of raising her child alone, she starts believing her child is talking to her and this brings out a darker side that will bring about a dangerous side for anyone who gets in her life. We do meet a string of characters that have wronged Ruth along the way, be it a midwife, a potential employer or people involved in her partner’s accident.

PerformancesAlice Lowe is the star on front and behind the camera, she is fantastic with her sense of humour coming through to bring the Ruth character to life. When you dive into the rest of the cast, each performer is goo with their limited role.

StoryThe story follows the pregnant Ruth who goes on a revenge killing spree after her partner is killed in an accident, being guided by her unborn child. This is a very interested spin on the revenge horror as it shows us just how emotionally scared losing a loved on can leave someone. The story does have a tone with has humour in a dark way through the film and keeps the twisted nature about the concept through the whole film.

Comedy/Fantasy/HorrorThe comedy does come through in a dark humour about everything in this film, the horror is good, but not the most original with the kills, but they are quick which makes sense for a planned action. There is a fantasy element with the film as we see how the baby tries to control Ruth.

SettingsThe settings show us how Ruth can look like she is in everyday life while waiting for the baby to be born, we don’t need a truly stand out location in this film now.

Special EffectsThe effects are used well, we have practical ones for most of the violence going on too.


Scene of the Movie –
Learning not everyone is bad.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Learning more about the relationship before the accident could have helped in places.

Final ThoughtsThis is a strong original spin on the revenge horror, it has a wonderfully dark sense of humour which plays into everything unfold and Alice Lowe shine both in and behind the camera.

 

Overall: Great original horror that is twisted as they come.

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ABC Film Challenge – Horror – R – Ravenous (1999)

Director: Antonia Bird

Writer: Ted Griffin (Screenplay)

Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, Jeremy Davies, Jeffrey Jones, John Spencer

 

Plot: In a remote military outpost in the 19th Century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal.


Tagline – Bon apétit!

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tasty Addition

 

Story: Ravenous starts as Captain John Boyd (Pearce) is left disgraced during a battle gets set to a quiet military outpost to save face for the army. The Outpost is filled with a mix of different men including Cleaves (Arquette), Toffler (Davies) and Hart (Jones).

When a stranger Colqhoun (Carlyle) is rescued he tells the tale of his journey which saw his men turn into cannibals but he escaped the panic. The men set out to rescue the remaining survivors across the harsh snow-covered mountain range with Colqhoun as their guide. When Colqhoun’s true nature is released it becomes a battle to survive against the blood thirsty maniac.

 

Thoughts on Ravenous

 

Characters – Captain John Boyd is known to the people as a hero, but he is anything but that as survived rather than won his battle. He is relocated to a small outpost where he can work with the quiet group of soldiers but soon he finds himself needing to face his own demons when a sadistic cannibal starts picking off his unit. Colqhoun is the stranger discovered with a story of a cannibal group in the woods, but soon we learn he is a lone sadistic cannibal just looking for more food. The rest of the characters are just other soldiers in the unit that have different drive through the film.

PerformancesGuy Pearce is great in this leading role of a man who must face his own demons while also questioning his own sanity. Robert Carlyle is also great in this film, we see his calm ability to keep people listening to him even if he is the one doing things wrong. The rest of the cast are good without getting too much time to shine on the level of the two leads.

StoryThe story takes us into a world of cannibals and disgraced soldiers, we see how one man is left to battle his own demons while dealing with a sadistic cannibal that no one else is believing his true colours. This is a battle between the two men to stay ahead of the other and as things unfold we get twists on how they will stay ahead of each other too, which does keep us guessing to how this will play out.

Fantasy/HorrorThe fantasy side of the movie comes from the effects of cannibalism on the characters with the horror showing us just how far a character could go to survive, including eating human flesh.

SettingsThe setting helps because our characters feel isolated through everything that happens which helps Colqhoun get around so easily.

Special EffectsThe effects are used to show the horrors of what is happening with the most part being practical effects which helps us enjoy the environment we are placed into.


Scene of the Movie –
Mountain search.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Wasting David Arquette.

Final ThoughtsThis was a good fantasy horror involving cannibals, it does have a few tonal problems mostly with Colqhoun because one minute he is calm but the next he is blood driven and it flicks between the two too often.

 

Overall: Great addition to the cannibal movies.

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Southbound (2015)

Directors: Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Radio Silence

Writers: Roxanne Benjamin, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Susan Burke, Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath (Screenplay)

Starring: Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kristina Pesic, Fabianne Therese, Nathalie Love

 

Plot: Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares – and darkest secrets – over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway.


Tagline – No matter which road you choose, it’s all going south.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Horror Anthology

 

Story: Southbound starts as we first follow two men looking to escape their past who become trapped in a loop returning them to the same gas station. This is a short a simple horror that has great effects which also dives into two different types of fears we will be tackling in this film.

The second story follows a three-piece girl jazz band, fresh with a hangover heading towards their latest gig, who must get help from strangers once they get a flat tire. This shows the struggle of musicians that could fall into the wrong household even for just one night.

With the third story we follow a man who was heading home who hit a woman on the road at night, he is guided on the phone to help the victim only to find not everything is what it seems. This story plans into the pure panic that an accident could cause that knows they could be the only one to save the victim.

The next story follows one man in search of his sister who he believes is in this town by holding up a bar, but this bar isn’t what he was expecting. This brings us to a one man on a mission against anyone who gets in his way, this feels like the most fun of the stories.

The final story follows a family who are on a vacation before their daughter goes off to college. Their quiet time turns into a nightmare when they become victims of a home invasion by a group of masked characters.

 

 

Thoughts on Southbound


Scene of the Movie –
This is tough because I loved the third story and where the fifth ones goes, so I will cheat and call it a tie. Plus the skeleton like creatures look fantastic.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I wasn’t a fan of where the second story went, like the intro though.

Final ThoughtsThe stories interlocking is the biggest plus in this movie, the transition feels seamless as they unfold, with the radio commentary giving hints to where the stories will go. The stories do work in short format because they do feel like they would be forcing the stretched-out story in a feature film. each story takes us into a different type of fear which I feel offers something for everyone too.

 

Overall: This is one for the horror fans to enjoy.

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ABC Film Challenge – Horror – G – Ghost Shark (2013)

Director: Griff Furst

Writer: Paul A Birkett (Screenplay) Eric Forsberg, Griff Furst (Story)

Starring: Mackenzie Rosman, Dave Davis, Lucky Johnson, Shawn C Phillips, Richard Moll

 

Plot: When rednecks on a fishing trip kill a great white shark, its spirit comes back for revenge, and soon turns its sights on the town of Smallport.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Mad Shark Fun

 

Story: Ghost Shark starts when a couple of redneck fishermen get annoyed and kill a great white shark, but the shark doesn’t stay dead and comes back as a ghost looking to kill any the rednecks. When teenager Ava (Roseman) and little sister Cicely (Coe) join Blaise (David) and other friends on the beach the shark attacks anyone in the water.

When the shark starts hunting in any form of water, Mayor Stahl (Johnson) tries to cover up any panic but also doesn’t want to believe that this could be a threat. As the body count continues to rise, Ava must work with Blaise and Cameron to solve the ghost shark mystery before nowhere becomes safe.

 

Thoughts on Ghost Shark

 

Characters – Ava is one of the teenagers that is trying to solve the shark mystery, her father is a local boat owner which has gotten her the chance to understand the local water but now she must convince the town of the problem. Blaise is another one of the teenagers trying to solve the mystery and I guess kind of feels like the potential boyfriend. Mayor Stahl is trying to keep the town calm as well as protect his son from a scandal which could expose him. The rest of the character include the local crazy person who knows more than people give him credit for and all the generic characters to be killed off.

PerformanceThe performances do feel solid through the film, we do have moments of poor acting but otherwise nothing is overly special but it does all work for the level the film is trying to reach.

StoryThe idea that a dying shark can transform into a ghost shark that can go through any water, is a good spin on the crazy shark genre. We have the traditional crazy scenarios our characters find themselves in as they start getting picked off by sharks using any means of normal everyday water events. This is one of the ones which is easy to watch and doesn’t full into the completely terrible side.

Fantasy/HorrorThe horror here is shark attacks which as comical in the most part but are the only side of horror involved, the fantasy comes from the idea that a dying creature can come back as a ghost to kill from beyond the grave.

SettingsThe small town settings shows us how a community could be ruined by the incident involving death, we get the character which become everyday moments you would see in your local town.

Special EffectsThe effects are the low budget ones you would expect to see a sci-fi movie, some add the comedy in the film.

Scene of the Movie – That is some bad coffee.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Some scenes are here just to have bikini clad girls.

Final ThoughtsThis is a shark movie you can switch off and watch, it isn’t bad and anything remotely bad turns comical through the film.

 

Overall: Relaction shark movie

Rating

 

 

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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