Open Water 3: Cage Dive (2017)

Director: Gerald Rascionato

Writer: Gerald Rascionato (Screenplay) Gerald Rascionato, Stephen Lister (Story)

Starring: Joel Hogan, Josh Potthoff, Megan Peta Hill, Pete Valley, Mark Fell

 

Plot: Three friends filming an audition tape for an extreme reality show, take part in shark cage diving, only to be left in great white infested waters, turning their recording into life and death.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Sinks Like the Boat

 

Story: Open Water 3: Cage Dive starts as rescue attempts have been put in place after a cage diving boat was hit by a freak wave in shark infested water, three American tourists are still missing and their camera has been discovered, we look back through this video.

As we look back we meet Jeff (Hogan) his brother Josh (Potthoff) and Megan (Hill) who are auditing for an extreme reality show, where they must prove they can work as a team with the ultimate goal to go cage diving with great white sharks. When they make it to the cage dive the three are inside the cage when the freak wave hits and they go crashing into the open water needing to survive shark infested waters.

 

Thoughts on Open Water 3: Cage Dive

 

Characters – Josh and Jeff are brothers who both love their extreme sports, they seem to have a strong bond and even with Jeff having his girlfriend as part of the team we get the side story that Josh has a thing with her two. Megan is the girlfriend of Jeff that is part of the team and also enjoys the extreme sports, other than that we don’t learn too much about them until the disaster hits.

PerformanceThe performances from the three actors are just what you expect, they do come off believable with their chemistry without overacting any of the distress scenes.

StoryThree friends trapped or lost at sea after a freak accident record the moments, this is by the book found footage. The biggest problem here is the film is shot like a report of what happened and the camera was found, so it kind of implies the direction the film is going. Another big problem is that the film is called Cage Dive which makes you believe they will be trapped in a cage under or in the water, we also fall into the terrible decisions being made by three characters that believe they could be experts.

Horror/ThrillerTrapped in the water surrounded by sharks, well this should work but loses all the tension by pointing out just how the film is being shown like a documentary into what happened.

SettingsThey are in the ocean, not a shark cage this just ends up being another re-hash of the original Open Water.

Special EffectsThe wave is the only need for major special effects which looks good as do the shark moments which I imagine are CGI.

Scene of the Movie – The wave moment looks panic filled and true.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Why did Megan become the stupid crazy character who doesn’t understand calm in the second half of the film, the group are meant to be together throughout not like this.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that is sold incorrectly, the only cage dive moment is in the calm, other than that it is just another Open Water movie of small group needing to survive potential shark attacks. Even though I disliked 47 Meters Down it is far superior.

 

Overall: How many times do we need to see survivors in water almost being eaten by sharks?

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Raze (2013)

razeDirector: Josh C Waller

Writer: Robert Beaucage (Screenplay) Robert Beaucage, Kenny Gage, Josh C Waller (Story)

Starring: Zoe Bell, Rachel Nichols, Tracie Thomas, Bruce Thomas, Bailey Anne Borders, Rebecca Marshall, Allene Quincy, Doug Jones

 

Plot: Raze, a horror/action film, focuses on two abducted women & 50 other women who are forced to fight each other using their bare hands.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Messy Fighter Film

 

Story: Raze starts as we watch Sabrina (Bell) and Jamie (Nichols) kidnapped and taken to remote building along with 50 other women who have been whittled down to 22 to fight to the death by Joseph (Jones).

The women are forced to fight or their loved ones will pay the price and we are left to wonder who will make it out alive.

Raze comes off as a fight for survival film which goes along the lines of an Unleashed just without the passion behind any of the character’s decisions or making us care about anyone in the film. This comes from introducing too many characters and having no structure to when they fight. In the end this has no shocks and the twists come off as complete fails by the end of the film.

 

Actor Review

 

Zoe Bell: Sabrina is the tough silent woman who is easy to turn into a deadly weapon. As all the women are fighting for something Sabrina’s battle is to save her daughter from these people. Zoe is solid but doesn’t really carry the film enough for the lead in it.

Doug Jones: Joseph runs the fighting competition and is very proud of his work hosting it. He keeps his fighters in check while keeping his clients happy with the fights. Doug is good with his few scenes but needs to be a much more impactful character for the story.

Tracie Thomas: Teresa is the eldest of the fighters who tries to keep the others calm but she is just as deadly in the combat room. Tracie is good for a supporting role.

Support Cast: Raze has a string of supporting characters who are all disposable fighters with weak generic back story to hopefully make us care about what is going on.

Director Review: Josh C WallerJosh gives us a film that has more potential but really just ends up falling very flat with unlikable characters throughout.

 

Action: Raze has very basic fighting action with nothing really reaching the brutality it could have.

Horror: Raze doesn’t have the elements of horror to become scary in anyway.

Settings: Raze keeps the settings looking very raw throughout to show the conditions the women have to fight in.
Special Effects
: Raze has good effects when it comes to the kills even if a lot is camera work.

Suggestion: Raze is really one you could avoid because it really just comes off messy in places. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: The final act is good.

Worst Part: Fighting choices have no really decision about them.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

Tagline: No man could survive this.

 

Overall: Messy action horror that lacks any moment of real shocks.

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Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Director: David F Sandberg

Writer: Gary Dauberman (Screenplay)

Starring: Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, Lulu Wilson, Anthony LaPaglia, Talitha Bateman, Alicia Vela-Bailey

 

Plot: Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Impressive Scare Filled Horror

 

Story: Annabelle: Creation starts as we meet a dollmaker Samuel Mullins (LaPaglia), his wife Esther (Otto) and their daughter Bee have a perfect religion filled life, but after it gets shattered with a tragic accident the family become silent. 12-years later Samuel opens the doors to Sister Charlotte (Sigman) and 6 orphan girls including Linda (Wilson), Janice (Bateman) and Nancy.

As night falls Linda hears noises coming from the daughter’s room, the room that is meant to be locked. Before long the other girls start experience strange occurrences until the truth about the Annabelle doll is unleashed searching for souls, can the girls survive this terror.

 

Thoughts on Annabelle: Creation

 

Characters – Esther is bed bound for the most part of this film, we only see her involvement when it comes to filling in the blanks about what is controlling the Annabelle doll. Samuel is clearly dealing with the depression but you wouldn’t expect anything else, he keeps to himself but as soon as he learns the terror has been released again. Linda is the disabled of the 6 girls who doesn’t get to enjoy the freedom they do making her a lonely potential victim for the demon. Sister Charlotte tries to be the mother figure for the girls and has a connection to the bigger Conjuring Universe. The only other characters we meet are the girls we have Janice who is the best friend of Linda that experience the most when it comes to the haunting with the other 4 barely getting named but some do experience hauntings which are at times confusing in my opinion.

PerformanceWhen you look at the performances you can see the bigger names like Otto and LaPaglia are used as a draw in the supporting role and do a good job throughout, Stephanie Sigman also does well through the film. It is the child actors that do shine in this film.

StoryThe Annabelle doll has been a part of two films now, it was a side haunting in the Conjuring and we learn more on the origin in the first Annabelle movie, now the Conjuring side is based on a true story, the others seem to not be. We did need a true origin story and we do get told what we already know about what is controlling the doll, now I do think we have plenty of scares going on with well created moments throughout, but the characters decisions will annoy horror fans at time. The story does end up being generic but it isn’t about the story here more about the scares.

Horror/MysteryThere are scares going on from the moment the girls arrive at the house, we get excellent use of camerawork to make us look in every single corner of the shot seeing if we are going to see something, the mystery isn’t the most difficult but if this is your first Annabelle experience you will enjoy them.

SettingsThe house in the middle of what feels like nowhere is great for the slow building atmosphere growing through the film.

Special EffectsThe effects are good for the most part, most are in darkness which saves on any weaknesses but there are a couple of moments that make you raise an eyebrow.

Scene of the Movie – The first Annabelle doll meeting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I feel this could have been avoided if they church people had said something before letting the girls just be nosey.

Final ThoughtsThis is another brilliant prequel to what was a disappointing film following in the footsteps of Ouija. The camerawork is brilliant and this is one of the horrors you will want to see every shot off.

 

Overall: A must watch horror prequel.

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Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017)

Director: Anthony C Ferrante

Writer: Scotty Mullen (Screenplay) Thunder Levin (Characters)

Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassandra Scerbo, Billy Barratt, Yanet Garcia, Porcha Williams

 

Plot: With much of America lying in ruins, the rest of the world braces for a global sharknado, Fin and his family must travel around the world to stop them.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Like it Should Be

 

Story: Sharknado 5: Global Swarming starts as Nova (Scerbo) has gone full adventurer, searching for answer to why the Sharknados appear, her latest adventure finds her in England where she needs Fin (Ziering) to go full Raiders of the Lost Ark parody. This only releases the deadliest of all Sharknados which is now attacking London.

Defeating the storm in London, Fin’s son Gil (Barratt) gets sucked into the storm and Fin joins NATO in the latest defence efforts against the storm that has become a global killer.

 

Thoughts on Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

 

Characters – Fin is still the hero, NATO turn to him for help when the Sharknados appear again, but this time Fin is involved to save family using all his skills. April is still now advanced android skilled but now she has upgrades when it comes to fighting the sharknadoes. Nova has returned now and has created her own defence league against Sharknados, studying them to uncover the truth about how to stop them. We have a host of characters appearing in the film to help along the way.

PerformanceBy now we have come to love the Sharknado films for the performance that are not the best, we see everything we expect in the performance which fit the style of the film, this gives us a chance to play cameo bingo with the rest of the cast.

StoryThe story here has jumped the shark but I felt the last on went slightly too far, this one works on the levels you need it too. We have a world tour of shark hunting to stop the sharknados which gets extra moments of laughter. This story will never make sense but is one you can switch your brain off and enjoy.

Horror/Sci-FiThe genres involved here work for the film as they use the horror of sharks in tornadoes and a sci-fi story show how over the top the idea is.

SettingsThis time we have a world tour which does add to the comedy involved in the film as we get to see how culture iconic locations can be used as defensive weapons.

Special EffectsThis is a sci-fi film, you already know the special effects you are getting so just enjoy the fact they add to the comedy.

Scene of the Movie – Sharkzilla

That Moment That Annoyed Me In England they edit a lot of the kills out which leaves gaps in parts of the story.

Final ThoughtsIf you are watching the 5th one of these you know what you are getting yourself into and this is one of the better sequels as we get to have plenty of fun this time around.

 

Overall: Great addition to the franchise.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Clowntergeist (2017)

Director: Aaron Mirtes

Writer: Aaron Mirtes (Screenplay) Brad Belemjian (Story)

Starring: Brittany Belland, Aaron Mirtes, Monica Baker, Eric Corbin, Madeleine Heil, Burt Culver

 

Plot: Emma, a college student with a crippling fear of clowns, must come face to face with her worst fear when an evil spirit in the body of a clown is summoned terrorizing the town she calls home.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good, Fun Clown Horror

 

Story: Clowntergeist starts as we see the first clown attack on somebody who has a fear of clowns, we move onto to meet our main characters Emma (Belland) and her roommate Heather (Baker) two students that are working in an ice cream shop to make ends meet, while balancing their studies.

When the town gets put on lock down with police looking for a killer at night Emma finds herself being haunted by a figure, a clown like figure. Emma must investigate the previous case through Mr Randall the father of the last victim but she must face a ghostly clown figure.

 

Thoughts on Clowntergeist

 

Characters – Emma is the student making a living while studying, she has a terrifying fear of clowns which makes her the target of Ribcage, she must learn to face her fears in order to survive the haunting. Heather is the traditional best friend that our lead needs in a film, supporting her belief while helping solve the hauntings. Ribcage is the clown that is haunting Emma, but what is the demon that has taken control of the possessed spirit of the clown.

PerformanceBrittany Belland is good in the leading role for what is essentially a scream queen style of performance. Monica Baker does make for a good best friend performance being plucky throughout. Eric Corbin as the clown does create his own look with his movement leading up to his attacks.

StoryThe story is told with a countdown leading down to the attack, which as times does take away from moments of peril the film could have. Other than that we get the idea that we have a spirit version of a clown leaving messages telling the victims when he will kill them, in what is a film about overcoming your fears of clowns. You can see the direction the film will go with the story and we don’t get enough focus on any origin of the clowntergeist which while sometimes annoying in films is also needed at times.

HorrorIf you are scared of clowns this will get the instant scare factor for you, add in this is a demon spirit clown you have just hit all your worst fears, outside of that you do have the spirit haunting our victims fears which is good for horror.

SettingsWe have a small town location which is being locked down looking for a killer, so we have the people knowing each other making the killer feel more shocking when revealed.

Special EffectsThe effects do all work when needed even if most do look like they are just well constructed practical effects.

Scene of the Movie – Let’s escape

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not learning enough about Ribcage.

Final ThoughtsBringing clowns to us for another nightmare that will leave people will fears of clowns terrified.

 

Overall: Haunting Clown movie,

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