Bonehill Road (2018)

Director: Todd Sheets

Writer: Todd Sheets (Screenplay)

Starring: Eli DeGeer, Ana Rojas-Plumberg, Linnea Quigley, Douglas Epps, Milles Milan, Gary Warner Kent, Dilynn Fawn Harvey

 

Plot: Emily and Eden Stevens escape one violent situation only to dive head first into another. Terrified and alone they are stranded in the dark woods only to be chased into a horrific scene in a house or horrors. They must work together to get out alive. But what is worse? What is on the inside or out?

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Low Budget Werewolf film

 

Story: Bonehill Road starts when Emily (DeGeer) escapes domestic abuse with her daughter Eden (Rojas-Plumberg) going on the run to her father’s house, along the dark roads they run into a creature which causes them to come off the road. It isn’t long before they become surrounded by werewolves as they seek safety in a farm house.

In the farm house they discover they are not as safe as they thought as they deal with psychopath Coen (Epps) that is planning his own fun, the desperate attempts to save her daughter becomes a new reality for Emily.

 

Thoughts on Bonehill Road

 

Characters – Emily is a mother and wife that has been getting abused by her alcoholic husband for years, today is the last straw as she plans on leaving with her daughter. She will do anything to protect her daughter from harm and this shows after the journey doesn’t go as plan. Eden is your typical teenage daughter, she has her problems which has started from her home life, she just wants to be left to a normal life, only now she is fighting for her life. Coen is a psychopath that has the women held captive, he wants things done a certain way and will punish those who don’t follow his rules. We do have a few other victims in the character list, though they don’t have too much to do compared to the mother daughter relationship.

PerformancesEli DeGeer is good in her role, she does show the motherly thought process her character must go through, Ana Rojas-Plumberg is good too, the whole cast is good for the low budget side of the film.

StoryThe story follows a mother and daughter trying to start a new life away from the violence they have been living through, the journey puts them up against werewolves and a psychopath in a battle to survive the odds. This does play out a lot like the movie ‘The Monster’ where a mother must protect her daughter against a creature, this keeps that theme showing us just how a parent will do whatever they can to protect their child. We get an addition problem to face because just werewolves aren’t enough, we need the psychopath that reflect just how they are going from one bad situation to an even worse to an even worse again. This is played nicely and playing into the grindhouse elements this story understands how to test the audience with what we see.

Horror The horror comes from just what the mother and daughter must go through, be it at home, on the road or in a place they see as safety. Each location puts them in a situation they shouldn’t have to go through.

SettingsThe uses the settings to add to the horror, the violence in the home, the unknown on a dark wooded road and the safety house, each location gives us a moment that our characters shouldn’t have to experience.

Special EffectsWe have practical effects on here, the transformation into the werewolf is clearly the highlight here and is one that works to great effect.


Scene of the Movie –
The transformation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We could have had more werewolf fighting.

Final ThoughtsThis is a low budget film that plays into the grindhouse era of horror, it knows that it wants to go bloody and shock the audience and hits this every time it tries.

 

Overall: Nightmarish werewolf film.

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Terrifier (2017)

Director: Damien Leone

Writer: Damien Leone (Screenplay)

Starring: David Howard Thornton, Jenna Kanell, Catherine Corcoran, Katie Maguire, Samantha Scaffidi, Pooya Mohseni, Margaret Reed, Cory DuVal

 

Plot: A maniacal clown named Art, terrorizes three young women on Halloween night and everyone else who stands in his way.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Blood Soaked Horror

 

Story: Terrifier starts when two girls Tara (Kanell) and Dawn (Corcoran) are planning to find a way home from a Halloween night of partying, the two stumble across a mysterious clown (Thornton) that doesn’t look our of place on this night, making them uneasy they see him as harmless.

When they car gets damaged Tara must call on her sister Victoria (Scaffidi) to save them, but the wait for her to arrive will let the clown, do what he does best, take bodies in his twisted desire or murder.

 

Thoughts on Terrifier

 

Characters – Art the Clown is the silent clown, he uses his expressions to get attention, he has a dark side which gets unleashed once he starts piling up the bodies while hunting down the girls. He has different styles for kills, some are planned and calculated while others are able to show his adaptability to the situation. Tara is the more responsible of the two-party goers, she won’t drink and drive, though she does think food will make herself sober enough to drive. Dawn would be considered the one that gets all the guys trying to hit on her, while batting them all off, can’t handle her booze either. Victoria is the sister of Tara, that instead of studying for her test ends up coming to help her sister in the time of need. It would be far to say the girls are traditional for the horror and are not portrayed with any strength.

PerformancesDavid Howard Thornton gives us one of the most disturbing and eye watching performances in horror, you want to see just where the character will go next. When it comes to Jenna Kanell, Samantha Scaffidi and Catherine Corcoran are all good even if they do fill the normal for a horror film.

StoryThe story takes place over one night as Art the Clown goes on his killing spree through the night. The idea is simple as we see how Art has different plans for different victims, though this could also be considered somewhat of a weakness because certain kills seem like they have a lot of preparation while others can be just what is at hand. The story keeps us playing along the idea of a killer keeping one step ahead of their victims and just how they can make sure they aren’t put in a position of weakness. This is also an extension of the story told in All Hallows Eve where we see the same clown do sadistic acts to his victims. This won’t be for the weak hearted and will only appeal to the horror fans out there.

HorrorThe horror side of this film follows Art the Clown on his rampage, we get different kills per victim each more unique than the last, there is blood and gore throughout which checks the horror boxes well.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in an old warehouse, not a location chosen by the killer, but a place where safety is searched for, the victims each have their own reason for being there which does make sense to the story too.

Special EffectsWhen it comes to the effects we are mostly looking at the practical ones that were used and they were brilliant for the body cutting, slashing and piercing scenes.


Scene of the Movie –
Art’s actions in the dinner show us just how twisted he is going to be.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The preparation kills seemed like they did take too long to prepare for the time we watching Art do his thing.

Final ThoughtsThis is one for the horror fans to smile about, the kills are blood, brutal and the killer is one you won’t be forgetting any time soon.

 

Overall: Horror fans enjoy the bloodbath.

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The Super (2018)

Director: Stephen Rick

Writer: John J McLaughlin (Screenplay)

Starring: Patrick John Flueger, Val Kilmer, Louisa Krause, Mattea Conforti, Taylor Richardson, Paul Ben-Victor, Yul Vazquez

 

Plot: A man becomes the superintendent of a large New York City apartment building where people mysteriously go missing.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Saved by a Shocking Twist

 

Story: The Super starts when Phil Lodge (Flueger) takes a job as a new building super after giving up his career in the police force to raise his two daughters Rose (Conforti) and Violet (Richardson). We see quickly that there is a killer in the building that is killing tenants in their own apartments.

With Phil getting to know the fellow supers Julio (Vazquez) and the strange Walter (Kilmer), the number of people who are disappearing is raising to alarming numbers, this forces Phil to put his police hate back on to learn the truth about this building.

 

Thoughts on The Super

 

Characters – Phil Lodge was a police officer, after his wife’s death he must give this life up to work in a safer field for his daughters. He becomes a super for an apartment building, but soon he must put his detective hat back on to figure out who is making the tenants disappear around the building before his family becomes the latest target. Walter is the strange super that the people believe is weird believing in his voodoo religion, he keeps to himself for a reason and is the easy first suspect behind the disappearances. Beverly is one of the tenants in the building, one that takes a shine to Phil, the two get on as even friendship would help he settle in. Rose is the youngest daughter than does have a habit of going on wonders around the apartment in search of people, learning things she shouldn’t, seeing things she shouldn’t.

PerformancesPatrick John Flueger in the leading role is good, he starts slow being the basic figure, but grows into the role as the film continues. Val Kilmer gives us a creepy role which is what we need from his performance. Louisa Krause struggles to make an impact compared to the rest in this of the cast in the leading roles. Mattea Conforti and Taylor Richardson as the two girls both work well for what we would imagine for the ages to be acting like.

StoryThe story here follows a father that takes a new job as a super in an apartment who must start to figure out what is going on with the disappearances in the apartment which is starting to become alarming high. This does the usual and points the figures clearly at one person while giving us a couple of shady people that could be the killer. This follows the normal traditions of this storyline, though it is surprising to just where everything goes, surprising, great and even confusing when you stop and think back at things. The twist does save the film from become too mediocre for the genre.

ThrillerThis does keep us on edge as we wait to see just where the movie will take things, who is the killer and why, anything film that can keep us guessing is all we want as an audience.

SettingsThe film does take place in the apartment building throughout, which is all we need to keep us interested in just where things can go wrong.


Scene of the Movie –
The final act.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The kills just seem random early on.

Final ThoughtsThis is a thriller that will keep you guessing throughout, but it is the final twist which will save the film from being too average.

 

Overall: Thriller that keeps us edge after a slower start.

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Franchise Weekend – Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)

Director: Hans Horn

Writer: Ada Kreutner, Collin McMahon, David Mitchell, Richard Speight Jr (Screenplay)

Starring: Susan May Pratt, Richard Speight Jr, Niklaus Lange, Ali Hillis, Cameron Richardson, Eric Dane

 

Plot: When a group of friends fail to lower the ladder of their boat, they find themselves stranded in the surrounding waters and struggle to survive.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Thriller

 

Story: Adrift starts as Amy (Pratt) along with husband James (Speight Jr) as she reunites with old friends for Zach’s (Lange) birthday, we also are joined by Lauren (Hillis) on Dan’s (Dane) yacht with his new flame Michelle (Richardson) for a weekend at sea.

Amy has a fear of the water to which Dan tries to cure by taking her into the ocean, with the rest of the friends, but this brings back all the traumatic memories and to make things worse the friends forgot to put a ladder up. The friends must now figure out how to get back onto the boat where Amy’s baby is sleeping.

 

Thoughts on Adrift

 

Characters/PerformanceAmy is the new mother with a fear of the water thanks to a childhood incident, she goes on this trip to see old friends but must face her fears to survive and save her baby. James is the husband of Amy that is meeting most of these friends for the first time. Zach is the birthday boy that brings the friends together, we see how he has always had a crush on the other friend Lauren the daredevil of the group who has travelled the world. Michelle is the new flame of Dan’s who has never met the other people and is a party animal.  Dan is the owner of the boat and has been letting his money pay for the parties for the groups whole time.

Performance wise, it would be fair to say everybody in this film is fine, not great, not bad just fine because there isn’t too much acting to be done here.

StoryThe story is simple, six friend find themselves trapped off their boat in the middle of the ocean after forgetting the ladder. We have the struggle to find a way to get back on the boat and that is the story, sure, we do have a few weak emotional connections to what the guys could have achieved but nothing that strong here.

Adventure/HorrorThe adventure breeds the nightmare that is the horror of potentially drowning while you are so close to safety, it does work because it doesn’t get to the full extremes.

SettingsThe middle of the ocean is always an easy and reliable setting for a film like this to unfold and easily the highlight of the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is solid and does work for all the horror it tries to give us, the problem is while the peril is scary it is mostly just waiting to die.

 

Overall: Solid but not edge of your seat stuff here.

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ABC Film Challenge – Horror -L – Landmine Goes Click (2015)

Director: Levan Bakhia

Writer: Adrian Colussi (Screenplay) Levan Bakhia, Adrian Colussi, Lloyd S Wagner (Story)

Starring: Sterling Knight, Spencer Locke, Dean Geyer, Kote Tolordava, Giorgi Tsaava

 

Plot: Trapped standing on an armed landmine, an American tourist is forced to watch helplessly while his girlfriend is terrorized and brutally assaulted.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting Horror

 

Story: Landmine goes Click starts as three friends Chris (Knight), Alicia (Locke) and Daniel (Geyer) head off into the Georgian wilderness for a weekend away before Daniel and Alicia’s wedding. When the three are having a photo taken Chris accidently stands on a landmine but this is just revenge plot by Daniel on his friends that have been having an affair behind his back.

Chris and Alicia must get help but this is just the beginning of the nightmare as Ilya (Tolordava) a local that puts Alicia through a sexual assault with Chris have no way of helping.

 

Thoughts on Landmine Goes Click

 

Characters – Chris starts as the third wheel on the trip but it soon turns out he has been involved with Alicia leading to the revenge where he finds himself trapped on a landmine helpless to help Alicia when she gets assaulted. Alicia is the fiancé of Daniel that has been cheating on him with Chris and in the revenge, must go through a brutal assault. Daniel is the friend that gets betrayed and sets up the revenge before abandoning his friends. Ilya is the main assaulter that takes advantage of Alicia but must face the reality of what he did in the future. The characters don’t feel overly original and the love triangle is an easy aspect to use in horror to create a divide.

PerformanceThe performances here are mixed because Locke must go through a lot but doesn’t convince to the levels needed, Sterling Knight does seem to struggle to be convincing in his role in both chapters of the story, at times it does just feel like he is on a film set over a real life situation which is needed for the role. The rest are both fine too through the film without being great.

StoryThe story can be broken into three parts, the first is the trapped on the landmine for revenge which seems to get skimmed over in places, then we have the assault side which does crank up the tension but does seem to go on slightly too long, the third side of the film is the revenge on the attacker which again doesn’t reach the tension levels. This mix tries to show us something new but in the end it does come off flat in places as we can predict where things will go.

Action/Crime/ThrillerThe action is mostly down to the potential of what could happen to the characters with the crime being the ordeals that Alicia and Chris must go through. The film does try to keep us on edge but ends up either going on too long or not long enough.

SettingsThe film has two main settings, the first is where the landmine is which does work if it was the only location but the second location makes the film feel like it has dragged on at times.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It just felt long when it didn’t need to be.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting thriller that could have reached new heights but gets the timings of the three main scenes all over the place.

 

Overall: A lot of potential just missed.

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