Hide in the Light (2018)

Director: Mikey McGregor

Writer: Cynthia Bravo, Gonzalo Digenio, Mikey McGregor (Screenplay)

Starring: Alexis Sterling, Jesse James, Clayton Snyder, David Kaye, Mercy Malick, Chandler Massey, Lindsay Lamb

 

Plot: An adventurous group of friends dare to break into the abandoned orphanage and quickly find themselves trapped and fighting against unnatural forces.


Tagline – Trapped in the famous Witch’s House, a group of urban explorers soon realize that a thirsty demon hides in the shadows awaiting for new souls.

Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Haunted Abandoned Building Done Correctly

 

Story: Hide in the Light starts as the Urban Explorers group including Kate (Sterling) who picked this location, Adam (Kaye), Todd (James), Shane (Massey), Ryan (Snyder), Becca (Jones), Eric (Jones), Karen (Bravo) and Tiff (Schwartz) head to a former orphanage which mysteriously closed down in the 60s.

As the night goes on the friends investigate the many rooms to learn the truth about what happened, leaving them to battle against an evil force surrounded the mysterious Amanda, one of the orphans in the home.

 

Thoughts on Hide in the Light

 

Characters – The characters are large group of Urban Explorers that head off to nights in haunted or mysterious locations, they don’t go in search of ghosts, rather go in search of adventure searching for thrills. Apart from the brother sister relationships we don’t learn too much more about this group, other than that they enjoy this type of experience. This helps us because it keeps us guessing to who could be in for the next attack.

PerformancesThe performances are strong from the whole cast, it would be unfair to stay anyone didn’t stick out as the true star of the show, but no one came off like the weak link. Each performance made the film feel real throughout.

StoryThe story is one that in the past could have been one that goes in a couple of direction, we have had awful ones, we have had forgettable ones and on that rare occasion we have had that one that stands out. This is in the stand out group, because it takes away the details of ghost hunting to keep the story focus on a group that just enjoy exploring the abandoned buildings. The keep things simple as the film does everything to keep us guessing o just where things will be going and who might make it to the end which is, all we ask for at times.

HorrorThe eerie tone of the movie helps with the horror, we have the setting which makes each moment feel like we are trapped in a building which could leave horror around any corner. The horror also doesn’t hold back any moment, which will surprise you.

SettingsThe film is set in an abandoned building with a history to be mysterious, it keeps our characters in a location through the film.

Special EffectsThe effects are strong here, instead of using too many we are left to imagine what is happening in the scene.


Scene of the Movie –
Cellar doors closing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not knowing any stories of the previous adventures of this group.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the horrors to watch out for in 2018, this brings a forgettable sub-genre and makes it one of the best enjoyable and edge of your seat horrors of the year.

 

Overall: Early contender for Horror of the year.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Case 39 (2009)

Director: Christian Alvart

Writer: Ray Wright (Screenplay)

Starring: Renee Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Callum Keith Rennie

 

Plot: A social worker fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Horror

 

Story: Case 39 starts as we see the workload of social worker Emily Jenkins (Zellweger), the latest case to fall on her desk is Case 39 about young girl Lilith Sullivan (Ferland) who is being abused by her parents but nothing can be proven. Emily get Detective Barron (McShane) to help investigate but when Lilith’s parents try to kill her, she is removed from the home.

When Lilith moves in with Emily during the case hearing, we start to learn what could have been the problem with Lilith as strange things start to happen around the people Emily cares about, is this Lilith causing the problems or something more sinister.

 

Thoughts on Case 39

 

Characters/PerformanceEmily Jenkins is the social worker that always does the best for the children through any of the cases she gets, she sees the latest case with Lilith and takes her in as the only one she can trust but soon her life start unravelling and Emily must question her good nature to stop people dying. Lilith is the young girl that Emily believes is being abused by her family, she starts of looking innocent but soon becomes strange through the film and she could in fact be evil. Detective Barron is the person Emily always turns to, to solve any problems in the cases she has, he is loyal to her and willing to help solve any wrong doings.

Performance wise, Renee Zellweger is good in this lead role showing us horror can work with the right leading lady. Jodelle Ferland made a reputation playing the creepy little girl around this time and she is the star of the show here. Ian McShane is good in the supporting role too.

StoryThe story is a smart decision process because a social worker having the mentality to want to protect children having to question that because one could be evil poses a great set of moral questions throughout the film. That is the core of the story here we do have characters getting picked off by what could an evil child but it does keep us wondering how somebody would deal with the actual anti-Christ.

Horror/MysteryThe horror comes in our characters being haunted by their nightmares that are being created by Lilith but the mystery behind why this is happening in the first place.

SettingsWe have everyday settings in this film that makes us feel like this could happen to anybody, this does help everything unfold.

Special EffectsThe effects do work when it comes to the kills going on through the film without it being all over the top CGI.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid horror that spends slightly too much time trying to add extra scares instead of focusing on what could be moral questions Emily should need to face.

 

Overall: Solid Horror that can be enjoyable for the horror fans.

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Black Creek (2018)

Director: James Crow

Writer: James Crow (Screenplay)

Starring: Chris O’Flyng, Leah Patrick, Michael Hill, Robert Lowe, Brianna Shae, Pierse Stevens, Rachel Vedder, Michael Copon

 

Plot: Returning to their family’s cabin in the dark, Wisconsin woods to scatter the ashes of their father, a troubled young man and his brash sister are terrorized by signs that an ancient, Native-American spirit, awakened by a ritual murder, has marked them for death.


Tagline – The Hunting Season in Black Creek is About To Begin

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Cabin in the Woods Horror

 

Story: Black Creek starts as we meet the two siblings Mike (O’Flyng) and Heather (Shae) who along with fellow high school friends Harry (Hill), Lloyd (Lowe), Jenna (Patrick) and Rachel (Vedder) head out to their family cabin, firstly to say their final goodbye to their father and secondly to have a good time.

The forest has its own secrets though as the friends find themselves needing to fight for their lives against an unknown enemy which strikes when they least expect it.

 

Thoughts on Black Creek

 

Characters – Mike has recently lost his father, he is seen as an outsider away from his friends, with a creative ability to tell a story. he must use his knowledge of ancient Native-American history to stay ahead of the evil tracking him down. Heather is his sister that goes on the trip too, she clearly doesn’t fit in with this group, but her choice is here to say goodbye to their father. Jenna is the love interest for Mike and one of the friends that goes into the forest with them. We do get the characters we expect to see here with the friends and a determined sheriff trying to stop the crime wave spreading.

PerformancesChris O’Flyng is good in this leading role, you do feel sympathy for his character when needed and root for him when needed too. When you dive into the rest of the cast they are fine, they work well through the movie, without being as stand out as Chris.

StoryThe story puts our high school kids in a cabin in the woods when a new evil comes and ruins their weekend. This does work well for the most part as we get to know the kids as the evil heads towards them and it does give us an enemy that is not what the kids are ready to face. We have go through Native-American understanding, which is one that can struggle to translate to an international audience as we never truly get the real belief behind it all.

HorrorThe horror in this movie does work, mostly because you don’t know who the villain will be and the darkness scenes are creepy.

SettingsGoing into the woods gives us isolation and no easy escape, which is first an easy idea for horror and all we need.

Special EffectsThe effects in the movie work well for the what we are seeing, we get the visual of the kills and how the evil moves.


Scene of the Movie –
Talking too much in a bar.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Frustrating moment in the final scene.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good horror that shows that we have a director that knows how he wants to take his movies, we have a story which goes in the direction you expect and keeps you guessing.

 

Overall: Horror is waiting in the woods for you to enjoy.

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The Terrible Two (2018)

Director: Billy Lewis

Writer: Billy Lewis (Screenplay)

Starring: Donny Boaz, Cari Moskow, Reid Doyle

 

Plot: This horror/paranormal thriller follows the lives of Albert and Rose Poe over the course of 4 days that happens to include the one year anniversary of their 5 and 6 year old daughters deaths. The day the girls died was their birthdays too. We soon learn there is more to the girls deaths and the house the Poe’s thought was their safe haven.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Lacks the Punch

 

Story: The Terrible Two starts as we learn that Rose (Moskow) and Albert Poe (Doyle) have reached the one-year anniversary after the death of both their young daughters, Albert has tried his hardest to put that day behind him and carry on with life, while Rose still has attachment to their toys.

Once the day passes Rose starts believing she is hearing the voices of her daughters, while Albert tries to hold things together even after he starts seeing strange things around the house.

 

Thoughts on The Terrible Two

 

Characters – Rose and Albert are both the parents, both have been dealing with the tragic death of their daughters in different ways, Albert by keeping busy and trying to move on. Ros on the other hand has struggled, using their toys to try and keep an attachment to them, trying to deny what had happened.

PerformancesThe performances are not the best here, both the two leads struggle to make the impact they need to for the story to make an impact with their character decisions.

StoryThe story here seems to get confused and fails to grab any focus on either of the two stories we are focusing on, we have Rose that seems to be investigating while potentially losing her mind, but then stops, we had over the Albert who gets told about the history of the house which doesn’t end up coming full circle. We seem to go down storyline branches and only seem to forget the previous scene I could see what was planned (I think) it just doesn’t use the focus direction it needed.

HorrorThe horror in the film just doesn’t reach the levels it starts to head towards, we are left to see the build without the payoff.

SettingsThe film keeps everything inside the house which does help as this is where the accident happens and the parents must move on after it.

Special EffectsThe effect are solid enough, but you can see them being used for the CGI moments.


Scene of the Movie –
Learning the event.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Failing to focus on the storyline directions.

Final ThoughtsThis is a disappoint horror that does miss the marks it was aiming for, the idea works, just isn’t executed well enough.

 

Overall: Disappointing horror movie

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Eden Lodge (2015)

Director: Andreas Prodromou

Writer: Andreas Prodromou (Screenplay)

Starring: Georgina Blackledge, Cyd Casados, Ivy Corbin, Ellie Dickens, Ben Gardner Gray,

 

Plot: A young family are stranded at the Eden Lodge. The people they meet are being killed one by one. They must fight to save their marriage, their family, and most of all their lives.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Forgettable

 

Story: Eden Lodge starts as we follow two hikers Nancy Craven (Blackledge) and Laurie Carpenter (Corbin) as they get picked off by a killer in the woods, also these names are showing the writer, director is a big fan of Wes Craven and John Carpenter. After this introduction, we meet the Michaels family, Adam (Gardner Gray) and Rachel (Casados) along with baby Alfie, who break down in the English countryside and suggested Eden Lodge to stay.

We see how Adam and Rachel are struggling with their relationships which has become strained from even before the baby was born but this weekend could be the final test for the couple or the breaking point when strange events start happening on and around the lodge.

 

Thoughts on Eden Lodge

 

Characters/PerformanceRachel is the wife and mother that is thinking about going back to America because the marriage isn’t working out the way she thought it would, she does get tempted but doesn’t give into it. Adam is the husband and father that made a mistake but married through honour after learning Rachel is pregnant, he gets tempted by beautiful guest but doesn’t want to give into the urges. Mrs Wilkes is the owner of the lodge that does come off strange during the events of the weekend.

Performance wise, we need to get honest here, the acting isn’t that good here, the chemistry between the couple is non-excitant and yes, I do know they are meant to be at a strained part of it but even with that we are left wondering how they were ever together. This film for sure won’t get remembered for the acting.

StoryThe story is also confusing at the most part because it hints heavily have supernatural only for things to end up going in the direction of just a hack em slash em story line. We are not left to wonder enough in any direction to where this film goes and in the end it just feels flat.

Horror/MysteryFirst the supernatural vibes are good but then it is just a slasher with no conviction, the mystery suggests who the killer could be but it just doesn’t make the impact it should.

SettingsThe setting is on a lodge in the middle of nowhere, which is good because our characters can’t get away and can’t call for help.

Special EffectsThe effects are good enough when needed we tend not to need them for what the story wants to do.

Final ThoughtsThis horror lacks the punch needed to make this stand out on the levels of the good ones, instead it just wants to shock for the sake of it.

 

Overall: Forgettable horror film.

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