Pet Graveyard (2019)

Director: Rebecca Matthews

Writer: Suzy Spade (Screenplay)

Starring: Jessica O’Toole, David Cotter, Hindolo Koroma, Rita Siddiqui, Katie Milner Evans, Hattie Willow

 

Plot: A group of teens are tormented by the Grim Reaper and his pet after undergoing an experiment that allows them to revisit the dead.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Afterlife Delight

 

Story: Pet Graveyard starts when struggle college student Lily (O’Toole) is pressured by her internet famous brother Jeff (Cotter) to take part in one of his latest videos, one that will push the boundaries of science and the natural world in a hope to speak to their late mother. Joining the siblings are Zara (Siddiqui) and Francis (Koroma) who are both wanting to reconnect with lost ones.

The three will kill themselves to travel to the afterlife, where they do get to see the lost loved one before Lily brings them back to life. The problems start when the three start getting haunted by what they saw because once you enter the afterlife it doesn’t want to let you go.

 

Thoughts on Pet Graveyard

 

Characters – Lily is the student nurse that has been struggling with her grades after the death of her mother, she reluctantly agrees to help her brother with his latest stunt video, being trained to bring the back from the afterlife, she is the one that investigates when the strange events start happening to the three that went to the other side. Jeff is the now daredevil internet celebrity looking for his latest fix for views, he does want to see his mother once again after how they last saw each other, he will need to let lily help once the experiment starts having darker side effects. Zara is one of the other people to take part, she wants to see her little brother again, she is the first to go under, giving us the idea of what we will be experiencing. Francis is the third member of the experiment, he wants to reconnect to the girlfriend he lost, he tries to go back to his normal life after, but what haunts him will not stay away.

PerformancesWe have four main actors in this film, Jessica O’Toole does take the leading role with her needing to balance the grief and responsibility required for character. David Cotter does make us believe we are watching an internet celebrity figure, or at least one trying to become a superstar, bringing the carefree attitude to life. Rita Siddiqui brings her characters traditional beliefs to the film which works for the supporting roles, with Hindolo Koroma completing the cast with supporting performance that works well.

StoryThe story follows four people that perform an experiment to visit lost loved one only for the grim reaper to come calling for them. The first element of the story we need to address, is the title of the film, this has nothing to do with pets, in fact it is closer to Flatliners. Getting past this, we do have an interesting horror that does address the question about whether you should try to community with the dead or not. When it comes to the figure that visits, we do get a new looking figure that is one you wouldn’t want to meet, that does give a unique kills too. It might have certain moments that are by the book, but for a horror story this is easy to follow and that’s all we need.

HorrorThe horror comes from the visit to the afterlife, the figure that comes for the victims, it does feel like we could have a new horror figure too.

SettingsThe film keeps the settings simple, we have the ritual location which is filled with spiritual creepiness, while the rest of the settings include everyday life, showing how the hauntings will follow them home.

Special EffectsThe effects are simple, we only use them when needed and they don’t look out of place.


Scene of the Movie –
The afterlife world.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The cat.

Final ThoughtsThis is a strong horror that will ask a question about the afterlife, introduces us to a potential new horror icon and has unique kills.

 

Overall: A new horror killer is born.

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The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019)

Director: Daniel Farrands

Writer: Daniel Farrands (Screenplay)

Starring: Hilary Duff, Jonathan Bennett, Lydia Hearst, Pawel Szajda, Ryan Cargill, Bella Popa

 

Plot: Pregnant with director Roman Polanski’s child and awaiting his return from Europe, 26-year-old Hollywood actress Sharon Tate becomes plagued by visions of her imminent death.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tasteless and Exploitative

 

Story: The Haunting of Sharon Tate starts by showing us a news report of the Sharon Tate murders, along with the four guests at the house, this is one of the most famous acts of violence committed in Hollywood and made The Mansion Family famous. We flashback to three days before the events of the murders, when an 8-month pregnant Sharon Tate (Duff) returns to her Hollywood home with guests Jay Sebring (Bennett), Abigail Folger (Hearst) and Wojciech Frykowski (Szajda) to prepare for her new baby.

The next couple of nights strange things start to happen around the house, as the Mansion Family starts to visit, getting closer until they find themselves committing the acts that shocked the world, even if it was in Sharon’s dreams first.

 

Thoughts on The Haunting of Sharon Tate

 

Characters – The characters in this film are based on the real victims of the tragic and shocking crimes. Sharon Tate is an actress married to Roman Polanski expecting their first child, she heads home to prepare and soon starts suffering horrific nightmares of the friends being murdered. When we meet the friends, we don’t get to learn much about them, Wojciech is a stylist, while the rest are just friend male and friend female seemingly.

PerformancesHilary Duff, that’s a name we haven’t heard about for a while, she does struggling playing the famous young actress, the scare reaction just doesn’t feel authentic in anyway, this poor performance style continues through the supporting cast who just don’t get going in this film in anyway.

StoryThe story here follows the three days leading up to the murder of Sharon Tate and her friends by the Mansion Family. First we must respect that this is a real event which happened and we shouldn’t be making entertainment out of these events. We do play into the idea that Sharon had vision of nightmare which involved big death in her life, this was a fact, she gave interviews about her vision before too. The problem with this story comes to use the idea of Intruders coming into the home, only as this is based on the real crimes, it feels even more uncomfortable to watch because we know what really happened.

HorrorThe horror side of this film comes from the idea of where the group of people are being pestered at first by the family, it is mostly a home invasion movie, mixed with nightmare visions.

SettingsThe whole film is set in the one location, the house which the murders happen, it shows how the family can take advantage of people being away from help.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are weak be it the weak blood splatter or weird camera usages for the dream.


Scene of the Movie –
It was hard to find one.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The usage of the real murders seems too much.

Final ThoughtsThis is a poor attempt of bring us a home invasion movie that is forced to use the real life murders to try and cash in on the Mansion Family actions.

 

Overall: No Haunting, Invasion we know the outcome off.

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The Tattooist (2018) Short Movie Review

Director: Michael Wong

Writer: Michael Wong (Screenplay)

Starring: Yanhu Wang, Li Lu, Myra Mala, Chase Lictenberg, Simon Shiyamba, Mayela Magrou, Dan Litza

 

Plot: Behind the acclaimed work of a renowned tattoo studio lurks an unimaginable evil.


Tagline – Behind his Obsession is a Sinister Secret.

Runtime: 1 Minute 20 Seconds

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Darkly Teasing

 

Story: The Tattooist starts as we enter the tattoo parlour to see the latest work that the Tattooist (Wang) is working on, before we flash into his dark mind to see what he does to his victims in a world of unimaginable evil.

 

Thoughts on The Tattooist

 

StoryThe story shows us who the Tattooist is and how he lives two different lives, one as the tattooist, the other filling in the dark side of his mind, we do get to see how many victims he has had, the hints of the different tortures he has put them through too. Considering the length of this short film, we do learn and get encouraged to want to see more from this character.

HorrorWe get the hints of the horrors the Tattooist gets up too, his actions and what his victims have been through.

SettingsThe film uses two main locations, we one being the tattoo parlour, the other being the dungeon of hell.

Special EffectsThe effects are used to show the horrors the victims have been through, with most coming from the aftermath.


Scene of the Movie –
The dungeon entry.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I want to see more.

Final ThoughtsThis is already better than the feature film with the same name, we will be left in a nightmare situation of not wanting to watch and not seeing enough.

 

Overall: Inked onto the mind, Darkly teasing to the audience.

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Intruders (2015)

Director: Adam Schindler

Writer: T.J. Cimfel, David White (Screenplay)

Starring: Beth Riesgraf, Rory Culkin, Leticia Jimenez, Jack Kesy, Timothy McKinney, Joshua Mikel, Martin Starr

 

Plot: Anna suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only problem.


Tagline – They should have left her alone

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Twist on the Home Invasion Genre

 

Story: Intruders starts as we meet Anna Rook (Riesgraf) who has been caring for her terminal ill brother, she doesn’t leave the house because of her agoraphobia, with her food delivered by friendly deliveryman Dan Cooper (Culkin). After the brother passes away she is left alone in the home as three burglars break in.

J.P (Kesy), Vance (Mikel) and Perry (Starr) must figure out what to do with Anna after she is unable to runaway from the house, captured she is forced to give them what they want, until she starts to fight back.

 

Thoughts on Intruders

 

Characters – Anna Rook is an agoraphobic that has just had her brother die, she still won’t leave the house and now she must take on three criminals that break in, she has been prepared for such an event though. Dan is the friend of the family that has been delivery food there for over a year, he is offered money for his services and tells a friend which creates the events, without him being part of it. JP is one of the criminals that breaks in, he is running the operation keep the loose cannon under control and his brother safe. Perry is the loose cannon of the group he wants to go too far when it comes to just getting the money.

PerformancesThe performances in the film a good, Beth Riesgraf as our leading lady is strong with her characters secret, while the criminals fill their generic roles smartly through the film. we have a small cast too which helps us get to know how they are acting through each situation.

StoryThe story follows a woman with agoraphobic woman that must deal with home invaders where she can’t leave and must fight back with her secret being the biggest threat for the home invaders. This starts off the way you would expect, but when things take the turn it will grab your attention and make you want to watch until you learn the truth about what is happening. Even with twists along the way they unfold doesn’t take away the simple storytelling which we need at times.

HorrorThe horror comes from the idea of having criminal invade your home when you can’t leave, but this is easy enough, it is the twist that takes things to the next level for horror.

SettingsThe film is set within the single house, it keeps the action isolated which is great for audience, the house has secrets too which is also important to the story.

Special EffectsThe effects are simple and used to show body damage more often than not.


Scene of the Movie –
The moment the tables are turned.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It isn’t as shocking it could have been.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good watch for horror fans, it does have twists along the way which will surprise and good performances throughout.

 

Overall: Good watch for horror fans.

Rating

 

 

The Cannibal Club (2018)

Director: Guto Parente

Writer: Guto Parente (Screenplay)

Starring: Tavinho Teixeira, Ana Luiza Rios, Pedro Domingues, Ze Maria, Breno Baptista

 

Plot: Otavio and Gilda are a very wealthy couple of the Brazilian elite who have the habit of eating their employees. Otavio owns a private security company and is a notable member of The Cannibal Club. When Gilda accidentally discovers a secret from Borges, a powerful congressman and the Club’s leader, her and her husband’s lives are in danger.

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: High Tension and Quirky

 

Story: The Cannibal Club starts as we meet rich couple Otavio (Teixeira) and Gilda (Rios) who live the life of luxury, having people work for them, with their own security around their home. When the couple get tired of their employees, they kill and eat them to fulfill their fantasies.

When Otavio’s powerful congressman friend and leader of their club Borges (Domingues) believes somebody is letting their secrets out, he assigns Otavio to learn the truth, things only take a turn for a worse when Gilda catches Borges in an uncompromising position, the couple find their own lives in danger.

 

Thoughts on The Cannibal Club

 

Characters – Otavio runs a private security company, at home his wife Gilda and himself have very dark fantasies, which sees them being cannibals, getting sexual pleasure from the murder of their own workers, he is good friends with a congressman, well within the elite of the secret club of cannibals. Gilda is the wife of Otavio, she selects the newest employees that the couple can have, she gets the pleasure she requires, but it is her curiosity which puts both their lives in danger. Borges is the leader of the secret club that Otavio is part of, he has a secret with Gilda witnesses, he is afraid it will come out and looks to clean it up before it does.

PerformancesTavinho Teixeira gives us a performance that shows us how a man can balance his high-powered life, with a secret that is against the law, which also sees him controlled by his wife. Ana Luiza Rios brings us a seductive figure to life, she makes the men want to do anything for her. Pedro Domingues fills the mysterious leader role well, not giving too much away about his real life.

StoryThe story follows an elite couple in Brazil that get their pleasure out of killing their employees and eating them. The story does take us into a world where the elite can get away with this kind of activities is clearly built and showed how the couple have the routine down to perfection in their eyes. It does, however, show us how a secret club can look to clean up if they believe somebody is getting out of control. The story is short, which is just what we want in places, though we could have been given more when it comes to the enjoyment the couple have from this world.

Horror/ComedyThe horror in the film comes from the world created with cannibals, the comedy comes from the idea of the world being used to create this world, which will give the film dark humour.

SettingsThe film is set in Brazil which will see the high class position which will work for the club to happen, the rich could get away with anything in the eyes of the law.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are clever, they use the ideas of showing us the aftermath of the attacks, rather than the impact of them.


Scene of the Movie –
The first kill.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We don’t get to see the couple go through a lot of kills, which feels like we could have done.

Final ThoughtsThis is a cannibal film that creates a wonderfully imaginative world for them to live in, only to not give us the blood or body count we desired.

 

Overall: Interesting Cannibal film.

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