1922 (2017)

Director: Zak Hilditch

Writer: Zak Hilditch (Screenplay) Stephen King (Short Story)

Starring: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard, Brian D’Arcy James, Neal McDonough

 

Plot: A simple yet proud rancher in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to participate.


Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Plain & Boring

 

Story: 1922 starts as Wilfred James (Jane) is about to lose part of his property to his wife Arlette (Parker), Wilfred doesn’t want to lose the farmland he has raised his son Henry (Schmid) on and wants to come up with a way to keep all the land.

Wilfred’s plan is to get his son to help him murder Arlette, to get the financial gain of taking ownership of the property. The guilt of what he did only ends up driving Wilfred crazy here as the mental state start to unfold.

 

Thoughts on 1922

 

Characters – Wilfred is a farmer and father that doesn’t want to leave his farm, he designs a plan to get that as he looks to stay but soon his mind starts slipping into insanity. Arlette is the wife that wants to move away but has to overcome the husband’s decision not to, only to find herself murdered and visiting him in ghost form. Henry is the son that helps with the cover up, but soon goes out on his own to learn the harsh reality of the world.

PerformancesThomas Jane does give us a good performance in this film, but the rest of the cast are just ok, none of the performances drag us into the film in any way to see where it will end up going.

StoryThe story was hard to follow, I think the idea is that one man loses everything because of killing his wife, the problem is that this is an incredibly slow-moving film that doesn’t seem to go very far or have any redeemable qualities. Is gets caught in the middle of a breakdown and a supernatural movie without being set on one that could make either feel stronger.

Crime/Horror/MysteryThere was a crime as it leads to a cover up of a murder which leads to the horror involved in the story as the past comes to haunt Wilfred.

SettingsThe settings do fit the time in question which is fine but nothing stands out as the best of the best.

Special EffectsThe effects are good when used but the film doesn’t just turn to effects to make things happen.


Scene of the Movie –
Final Scene.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It was so so so so slow.

Final ThoughtsWell this is one of the dullest movies of the year, it has nothing happening for the most part and for a Stephen King spin it only disappoints.

 

Overall: Boring is being polite.

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3 (2017)

Director: Lou Simon

Writer: Lou Simon (Screenplay)

Starring: Katie Carpenter, Todd Bruno, Aniela McGinness, Mike Stanley

 

Plot: A man and a woman kidnap her rapist in order to extract a confession, come hell or – hell.


Tagline – Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, hand for a hand, foot for a foot.

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense Twisted Thriller

 

Story: 3 Starts as He (Bruno) abducts It (Stanley) on the side of the road, tying him up in the basement so he can get a confession out of It about committing rape on She (McGuinness), (this is going to be hard to talk about with only He, She or It to describe). As the torturer prepares us for what he will do if he doesn’t get a confession, we learn about how the two come together to work on this plan, the two are from different worlds both looking to help each other through their own struggles, but how far will they go to get the confession?

 

Thoughts on 3

 

Characters – The characters are not named only know as He, She and It. He is the man behind trying to get the confession out of It, he is a former soldier suffering from PTSD which shows us he doesn’t seem to have limits to how far he will go. She is the victim of the rape, the night it happened is a nightmare in her memory, she wants the person responsible to pay or at least admit what he did, but her memories conflict the truth from coming out. It is the man that is being accused of the rape, he believes he didn’t rape this woman but is he innocent or not, this is the question we are left to see answer.

PerformancesThe is a three-person cast, Todd Bruno is our lead performer where he is great as the unstable man trying to learn the truth. Aniela McGuinness is the victim, she is great as the conflicted victim struggling to remember her nightmare. Mike Stanley is the good as the victim or rapist it is up to us to work out which he is.

StoryThe story follows a man and woman who look to get another man admit he raped her. We are left to see if the man will confess, or even if he is guilty at all. We see how the story unfolds and the truth comes out which is a story that does have twists coming out, while also dealing with a very real situation in the aftermath of rape.

Horror/MysteryThe horror from this story is a mix of what could get done to the potential rapist and what has happened to the victim with their nightmares of that night. The mystery comes from just what could be the truth about the connection with the potential rapist.

SettingsThe film is set in a house in the middle of nowhere, this gives our character the time he needs to learn the truth, he can get away with more extreme methods here too.

Special EffectsThe effects reflect the budget by for the most part choice to hide the doing only showing the aftermath of anything.


Scene of the Movie –
The truth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The one moment that didn’t get explained.

Final ThoughtsThis is a mystery thriller that does keep us on edge throughout, it deals with a sensitive subject in a direction that people wouldn’t imagine it going. We also get the horror side of the film for the fans out there too.

 

Overall: One to watch from 2017.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – 100 Bloody Acres (2012)

Director: Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes

Writer: Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes (Screenplay)

Starring: Damon Herriman, Angus Sampson, Anna McGahan, Oliver Ackland, Jamie Kristian, John Jarratt

 

Plot: Reg and Lindsay run an organic fertiliser business. They need a fresh supply of their “secret ingredient” to process through the meat grinder. Reg comes across two guys and a girl with a broken-down vehicle on their way to a music festival.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Easy to Watch Horror Comedy

 

Story: 100 Bloody Acres starts as we meet one of the brothers Reg (Herriman) who is a part of an organic fertiliser business, after Reg picks up a dead body, he finds himself drawn into picking up three hitchhikers, Sophie (McGahan), James (Ackland) and Wes (Kristian) who are heading to a music festival for a binge filled weekend.

Once Reg arrives back to his brother Lindsay (Sampson) the hapless brothers must decide to kill the three to continue to produce the highly popular fertiliser and keep their reputation up or let them go.

 

Thoughts on 100 Bloody Acres

 

Characters/PerformanceReg is the simple-minded brother who is always out to impress his brother, he brings the victims back to the factory. Lindsay is the brains of the act and he must clean up the mess Reg has left him in. He will go through with any killing. Sophie is the main reason Reg stops, she is travelling with her boyfriend but been cheating on him with their other friend. James just believes he is going to have the life he planned with Sophie. Wes is the traveller who enjoys a drug or two finding himself high through the whole film.

Performance wise, Damon and Angus are both good as the brother showing good chemistry as they do come off very different. Anna, Oliver and Jamie are all fine in the victim roles without coming off as interesting characters.

StoryThe story has moments that feel fresh in places but in the main it is all just another version of group of travellers get taken by isolated people who must fight to survive or become the latest victims. It has good moments but doesn’t end up being the most memorable story in the genre.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy is good in places and does add to all the events of the film as it is almost what could go wrong does go wrong. The horror works in places too as we get the gore from it.

SettingsThe Australian outback always makes for a good setting as we know how isolated the places are when it comes to the horror.

Special EffectsThe effects work when needed without being used too often, the highlights come from the wild trip Wes is going through.

Final ThoughtsYou want to see an Australian version of Tucker & Dale versus Evil, then this is for you but it doesn’t quite live up to the levels of that one.

 

Overall: Enjoyable horror comedy.

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1911 Revolution (2011)

Director: Li Zhang, Jackie Chan

Writer: Xiagdong Wang, Baoguang Chen (Screenplay)

Starring: Jackie Chan, Winston Chao, Bingbing Li, Chun Sun, Joan Cheen, Wu Jiang, Jayceee Chan

 

Plot: A historical drama based on the founding of the Republic of China when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Hard to Follow

 

Story: 1911 Revolution starts as we start learning the facts of the revolution against the Qing Dynasty, we have Sun Yat-sen (Chao) who is leading the revolution with his loyal soldier Commander Huang Xing (Chan) heading into the battles. As the story unfolds we continue to get pop up information about each battle which does make this hard to follow because instead of letting the story unfold on front of us a lot of details happens off camera with just information filling in the gaps.

 

Thoughts on 1911 Revolution

 

Final ThoughtsI have decided not to do the breakdown like normal here, mostly because this wasn’t a very impressive film. Jackie Chan just doesn’t seem to fit a straight-faced war character, while I have no issues with him doing non-comic roles this is one serious role that doesn’t come off. The war sequences do all look great without being anything special but it is the story telling process I have most issues with. The story is show us a short scene then throw some text up to explain who this new character is and this happens a lot making us wonder what is actually happening.

 

Overall: Very poor storytelling of what could have been an interesting war film.

Rating 1/10

 

 

The 13th Friday (2017)

Director: Justin Price

Writer: Justin Price (Screenplay)

Starring: Lisa May, Khu, Melissa L Vega, Victoria Valdez, David E Cazares, Deanna Grace Congo

 

Plot: When a female refugee discovers an ancient demonic device that opens the gateway to another realm, she unleashes a dark entity that poses as her daughter. After many failed attempts to have the church explain the creation of her worst nightmares, she learns that the house is cursed by an enraged spirit that died on Friday the 13th. And now a group of thrill seeking friends unknowingly unleash its wrath and damn their souls.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Standard Low Budget Horror

 

Story: The 13th Friday starts as we learn the legend behind a church where the daughter of a previous owner sacrificed here demonic daughter, but the house was waiting for more victims and the party of teenagers offers them that with the victims all disappearing.

Allison (May) has been preparing with her friends for what is meant to be the thirteenth sacrifice, while junior reporter Paige (Khu) is searching for answers to the disappearances going on around the house, can the answers be found before it is too late.

 

Thoughts on The 13th Friday

 

Characters – Allison becomes friends with the group that entered the house, she wants to learn more about what has been happening with the house but her friendship with the group might be to help solve the curse. Paige is a junior reporter that is investigating the string of disappearances in the town, but we don’t see that much from this character. Ryn is one of the friends who entered the house and must find a sacrifice to save herself and the friends. We get the usual group of friends, the person that has spent years investigate the first cast there and the easy victims.

PerformancesWhen you look into the performances here, it would be fair to say these are not going to be remembered on any of the stars highlight reel, the performances just seem to fail to connect with what the horror is offering up.

StoryThe story is an idea which sounds very interesting, because watching friends look to solve a curse which is coming for them with people from outside the group investigating the truth works. The problem I found is the way this story is told, we follow to separate people trying to solve the curse while also seeing the original group of friends not doing anything to investigate it themselves and if the story was told in a smoother way we would get a more complete horror movie.

Horror/ThrillerMany of the scares do feel borrowed from other horror ideas (The Ring, Lights Out just to mention a couple), but I did think the image of the ghost does come off frightening every time we see it.

SettingsThe house or church starts the horror but then we fall into small town America and here the people don’t seem to know each other either and don’t seem to have one location where you would find them all.

Special EffectsThe CGI effects do show us the budget the film was working with but the practical ones, well they are good with the make effects on the ghost.


Scene of the Movie –
Lights Out

That Moment That Annoyed Me Having two characters doing the same thing.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror film with a lot of potential but due to a poor storytelling process, we lose out on better developed characters, horror moments and most importantly any reason to care about these characters.

 

Overall: A horror that misses the marks

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