Overlord (2018)

Director: Julius Avery

Writer: Billy Ray, Mark L Smith (Screenplay)

Starring: Wyatt Russell, Mathilda Ollivier, Pilou Asbaek, Jovan Adepo, John Margaro, Iain De Caestecker, Bokeem Woodbine

 

Plot: The story of two American soldiers behind enemy lines on D Day.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Bloody & Brutal

 

Story: Overlord starts when a unit of American soldiers led by Ford (Russell) and with rookie Boyce (Adepo) being the man we follow through the film. The unit is on a mission to destroy a radio tower behind enemy lines in France during World War II to stop the communication lines before D-Day.

When their plane is shot down the team is down to just four, Ford, Boyce, Tibbet (Magaro) and Chase (Caestecker) who team up with a French lady Chloe (Olliver) whose village has been overrun by Wafner (Asbaek) and his men. When Boyce learns the truth about what the Germans have been doing they must complete their mission and stop their experiments before they become the most dangerous army in the world.

 

Thoughts on Overlord

 

Characters – Boyce is the rookie soldier, considered weak by his unit, he does make rookie mistakes like many soldiers, we see most of the events through his eyes, unlike the rest of the soldiers he does want to make human decisions however dangerous they may seem. We do see how he evolves as a soldier through the film. Ford is the no nonsense explosive expert that knows the mission is more important than his life. He is born a soldier that does seem to have a past which leaves him in the unit even after the being on previous mission. Chloe is a French woman that has been terrorised by the German soldiers, she does everything she can to protect her younger brother, she sees hope in the American soldiers and helps them take on the Germans. Wafner is one of the German soldiers that targets Chloe, he goes to the new strength from the secrets being held within the lab. The supporting soldiers are good too mostly used for comedy.

PerformancesJovan Adepo in the leading role is very strong, he is an actor I hadn’t seen in anything before and his innocent nature plays perfectly. Wyatt Russell easily becomes the guy you want to watch the most, you can see he is following in his father’s footsteps with the performance he gives us here. Mathilde Olliver is good too with Pilou Asbaek making for a good villain.

StoryThe story here brings us into the idea that the Nazi’s were performing experiments on innocent and making them a new threat in World War II. We follow the soldiers that are trying to complete a mission which is the important part of the D-Day landing mission. The story does have a real-time feeling which gives everything an extra level of tension. In fairness everything around the experiment has been done before, the biggest plus however comes from the limited number of zombies being used which shows us just how the early parts are starting to come from the results. This is one of the most simple and effective storylines you will see and this should be praised.

Action/Horror/Mystery/Sci-FiThe action in this movie starts of with war conflict with a brilliant sequence on a plane before the units landing, we follow the usual until we get to the zombie side of things which involves plenty of brutal bloody fights. This plays well in the hands of the horror because we see just how brutal each fight becomes for each person involved, the mystery comes from the soldiers needing to learn what the German’s are up to inside the church and the big part is that it gets solved. With what they are doing we enter the world of sci-fi which becomes an easy go to for war films involving what the Nazi’s might have been up to.

SettingsThe film gives us realistic settings which show us the small town with the church that needs to have the radio tower destroyed, the woodland area gives cover and for any sort of experiment side of things, the settings fit in perfectly.

Special EffectsThe effects here are bloody covered crazy enjoyment, we do have certain CGI moments, mostly being see with how to stop the zombies and from the first visit to the lab.


Scene of the Movie –
Exploring the lab for the first time.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I think we could have been given a moment of truth from why Ford was moved to this unit as certain moments suggest different rumours.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun bloody and over the top film that can be enjoyed by anyone in the horror world, it knows how to make the action feel like a popcorn film and that is all we ask for at times.

 

Overall: Truly enjoyable horror movie.

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Triassic World (2018)

Director: Dylan Vox

Writer: Marc Gottlieb (Screenplay)

Starring: Shellie Sterling, Hayley J Williams, Joseph Michael Harris, Jennifer Levinson, Thomas Steven Varga, Joel Berti

 

Plot: Dinosaurs are being used to grow human organs for transplants. But the scientists that created them have to fight back when the creatures escape.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Late Night Movie

 

Story: Triassic World starts when investor Steven Hagen (Berti) is visiting a research facility that is using dinosaurs to grow human transplant organs to help save thousands of lives, Dr Martinelli (Williams) is giving the tour showing the progress while Diana (Sterling) isn’t playing along like she should be.

When one of the dinosaurs gets out of its cage, the facility is put on lock down with Thomas Adkins (Harris) tracking the dinosaur down before it gets its teeth into too many employees.

 

Thoughts on Triassic World

 

Characters – Diana is the scientist who knows she is searching for the right outcome, she doesn’t want to let her research get released early in case it hasn’t been complete. She doesn’t want to kill the escaped dinosaur knowing it could lose the research and remains calm through the situation the group find themselves in. Dr Marisa Martinelli is the public relations doctor that will say anything to get the money her team needs. Thomas Adkins is the one running the capture attempt, he is the best at tracking the dinosaurs and knowing the weak spots. Think this is meant to be the Owen character from the bigger budget sister. Bridget is the assistant to Steven, he isn’t interested in anything going on until it becomes life and death which shows her as the screaming character for the most part.

PerformancesThis is an Asylum movie, we know that the performances are not going to be fantastic, but unlike many of the company’s films, these performances feel stronger than normal, we get generic characters that are just disposable like others giving the actors time to perform.

StoryThe story here follows the idea a test facility becomes overrun by dinosaurs looking for dinner. We follow the survivors look for a way out, while containing the situation before it gets out of hand. This does feel like something we have seen before, though it is a nice formula that works well, we have seen infected people or creatures and then turning to dinosaurs makes this a bigger threat for the people to go against. When we look at the research side of the film, we get to see a lot of the Deep Blue Sea ideas borrowed here, using an animal to get results in human health problems, again nothing new, but nothing that needs fixing.

Action/Horror/Sci-FiThe action in the film follows the survivors battling the dinosaurs which isn’t the best action, but works for the horror side of the film because we see how the violence can be seen from the attacks. The sci-fi side of the film shows us just what humans would do with animals to save their own lives.

SettingsThe film is set inside the research facility that is put in lock down once one of the dinosaurs escapes, we have our characters trapped with no escape because of a quarantine against the blood thirsty dinosaurs. This usage of settings does help the movie feel contained and improves the tension in places.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are lower budget, they do work for the film through, we get the less is more technique, with glimpses of the CGI dinosaurs looking weaker, but when it comes to the attacks the action improves a lot.


Scene of the Movie –
The drill.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Certain CGI clips do feel like repeats of previous ones.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun dinosaur movie, it keeps everything simple and you can see plenty of bloody splatter unlike the blockbuster dinosaur movies.

 

Overall: Simple and enjoyable.

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Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

Director: Antonio Margheriti

Writer: Antonio Margheriti, Dardano Sacchetti (Screenplay) Dardano Sacchetti (Story)

Starring: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Cinzia De Carolis, Tony King, Wallace Wilkinson

 

Plot: Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietnam vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.


Tagline – When you think you’ve seen it all…think again.

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Splatter Fest

 

Story: Cannibal Apocalypse starts as two men return from Vietnam Norman Hopper (Saxon) who returned to his family with the nightmares still haunting him and Charlie (Radice) who has been recovering from a virus he caught while over there.

While both have become infected by the virus which causes them to want human flesh, but keeping their human form, Charlie finds himself causing a siege in public, while Norman has the nightmares reminding him what happened and tries to talk Charlie down. As the virus the two have starts to spread the mayhem unfolds for the latest infected.

 

Thoughts on Cannibal Apocalypse

 

Characters – Norman is one of the soldier that returned from Vietnam, he was bitten by fellow soldier, but has gone back to his normal life apart from the seductive girl next door. Norman is one of the few people that has battled the virus without giving into it. Charlie was infected for longer and returns like an abandoned veteran, he is drawn to the cannibalism, as he starts to spread the virus. Mary is the neighbour of Norman that gets the school girl crush on him which leaves her facing the trouble of what he could become.

PerformancesJohn Saxon is the big drawn in this movie, he is a popular horror actor and you can see why, best in an authority role and the captain of a unit works for the performance he must give here. Giovanni is good as the unhinged man trying to get used to the new state he finds himself in. both Turner and Carolis are good but this films never wrote the women to be strong.

StoryThe story does offer a different spin on the zombie movie, we have the spread of a virus which turns people into flesh eaters, but they do keep their brains about them which is the unique take on the film. the film does also play into the idea that we never know what could have come back from a warzone in virus form. For the style of film the story works without being anywhere near testing for the audience.

Horror/Sci-FiMost of the horror comes from the gore, which is as gruesome for the time as you could imagine. The sci-fi elements come from the idea a virus could spread the way it does.

SettingsThe setting show us how the virus spreads from the warzone to the big cities and how hard it would be to contain.

Special EffectsThe effects are practical, they work for the gore shows the team could work with the budget.


Scene of the Movie –
Who needs eyes

That Moment That Annoyed Me The best gore moments are edited too much.

Final ThoughtsIf you were a fan of the 80’s gore based movies, this one will be one for you, but if you want a deeper story you will not be enjoying this one.

 

Overall: 80’s Horror fans enjoy.

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ABC Film Challenge – Horror – Z – Zombie Sharks (2015)

Director: Misty Talley

Writer: Greg Mitchell (Screenplay)

Starring: Cassie Steele, Roger j Timber, Ross Britz, Sloane Coe, Becky Andrews, Laura Cayouette

 

Plot: A perfect getaway for four friends turns into survival when they fight an experimental shark.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyably Cheesy

 

Story: Zombie Sharks starts as Jenner Branton (Britz) takes his bar maid girlfriend Amber (Steele), her sister Sophie (Coe) and other bar maid Bridgette (Andrews) away for a weekend away at Red Plum Island. The resort is run by Lester (Timber) who does all the work, reception, Bar tender and chef.

When a dead shark washes up on shore it brings the tourists to take selfies but this dead shark isn’t in fact dead and eats Jenner, this brings the sisters closer as they team up with the military led by Maxwell Cage (London) to defeat the undead sharks in the ocean.

 

Thoughts on Zombie Sharks

 

Characters – Amber is the sibling that has become distant from her family with her only communication being with her sister Sophie, she is overprotective which is starting to create the wedge between them, she stands up for the people willing to fight to save people. Maxwell Cage is the soldier sent to clean up the sharks and even though he is biting off more than he can chew he will continue to battle the sharks. Lester is the man who runs the resort looking to make it big and is good for moments of comic relief. Dr Palmer has been doing the research on the sharks in hope of finding a cure for a human disease, she doesn’t want to risk her work once things start going wrong.

PerformanceThe performances along the board are not the greatest, with some working into the cheesiness of the story while others look lost at times but can also add to the comedy.

StoryShark movies have become the craze over the past few years and this is no different we get zombie sharks, this gives us sharks that once bitten turn other sharks into zombies and even turn humans into zombies. This is all farfetched which works for the crazy story being told which is fun without being amazing.

Horror/Sci-FiThe horror is surrounded by the idea of shark attacks but has little suspense happening through the film. the sci-fi side is how the sharks have been modified to become zombies. Sure this all works well for the nonsense of the film.

SettingsThe main group find themselves on the island which they can’t escape even with boats due to a storm and now the sharks and zombies are closing in. this keeps everything together for the film to show how they must solve their own problems.

Special EffectsThe effects are all low budget with most of the CGI looking cheap but what you have come to expect but there is one highlight here with the seemingly real small shark head that is still alive.

Scene of the Movie – Brigette’s believing she is the centre of attention on the beach.

That Moment That Annoyed Me When this film was shown on sci-fi in the UK it was edited horribly.

Final ThoughtsOf all the crazy shark idea movies, this one does seem like it is enjoyable, fun and on the right level of crazy to not get carried away with everything.

 

Overall: You like crazy shark movies, then you will enjoy this.

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I Think We’re Alone Now (2018)

Director: Reed Morano

Writer: Mike Makowsky (Screenplay)

Starring: Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Paul Giamatti

 

Plot: The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse — until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.


Tagline – In the End…Chaos Will Find You

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Bleak & Beautiful

 

Story: I Think We’re Alone Now starts as we meet Del (Dinklage) who after a sudden apocalypse which has left everybody in his town dead, is in the middle of cleaning up the neighbourhood, burying the dead, cleaning up their homes, this has been the best thing to happen to him.

Del’s perfect life gets an unlikely visitor in Grace (Fanning) a young woman who is also looking for her own place in the abandoned world, the two reluctantly decide to help each other, which only forces Del to change his ways, can he cope with having someone else around.

 

Thoughts on I Think We’re Alone Now

 

Characters – Del is a recluse that never got on with people and with the apocalypse giving him the chance to be alone, he spends his days cleaning up his home town, moving the dead bodies, cleaning the homes and trying to make the town livable again. His quiet life is turned upside down, when a stranger arrives, he is left with the question of deciding whether he can live with someone else or just keep his lonely life. Grace is the young woman that turns up in Del’s town, she is just looking for more people in the world which brings her to try and help bring Del out of his lonely way.

PerformancesPeter Dinklage is fantastic in this leading role showing us just how content his character is because life hasn’t changed too much in his characters life. The idea where he can make us care about this lonely character going through the motions shows his talent. Elle Fanning is great too, she brings life to the film because of her energy to this bleak world.

StoryThe story here follows one man that has been given the perfect life in his eyes after the world goes through an apocalypse, he is cleaning up his town making it how he believes it should look even with all the people dead. This side of the story is portrayed perfectly because never have you seen someone so content in this world, even Wall-E was depressed in this type of world. his life changes when a stranger arrives and he is torn between wanting to be left alone and having somebody else around who might not follow his method of living. This story doesn’t give us the full explanation to what killed everybody and strangely enough we don’t need it, just be thankful it isn’t a zombie one. The idea that the world hasn’t always been as accepting as Del would have liked is clear too, which makes us understand why he likes being alone, while having that craving of human interaction once Grace turns up in his life. We tackle ideas of isolation through the apocalypse and address how people can be affected by this in normal life, almost becoming accepting of it. The story does go down a road we have seen before which never reaches the full levels of similar films, which is nice because it keeps everything grounded from the views of Del and the world he is happy in.

Mystery/Sci-FiThe mystery side of the film comes from seeing and wondering just what caused the apocalypse, why Del survived it and whether he is the only one left, this only gets more questions for the audience to ask when Grace arrives in his life. The sci-fi element of the film comes from seeing just what the world would look like with a sudden death apocalypse.

SettingsThe film creates one of the most haunting towns possible for being empty, Del marking up houses, to his visits to the library show us just how empty the world is, though full for Del.


Scene of the Movie –
Watching Del go about his day.

That Moment That Annoyed Me People could be annoyed by not knowing the true reason why the people got died.

Final ThoughtsThis is a beautiful and bleak apocalypse movie that keeps the story simple, the performances fantastic and you just wanting to see more of the world created.

 

Overall: Dinklage shines bright here.

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