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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Bleeding Steel (2018)

Director: Leo Zhang

Writer: Erica Xia-Hou, Siwei Cui (Screenplay)

Starring: Jackie Chan, Show Lo, Na-Na OuYang, Eric Xia-Hou, Callan Mulvey, Tess Haubrich

 

Plot: A special force agent is assigned to protect a scientist and his creation from a sinister gang.


Tagline – One man must unravel the past to save the future.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple, Fun Chan Movie

 

Story: Bleeding Steel starts as we see special forces agent Lin Dong (Chan) face a difficult decision when it comes to protecting a high-profile witness in protection or having his remaining time with his dying daughter, when the mission goes wrong Lin learns about sinister gang that want this man dead and his invention for their own.

13 years later Lin Dong is still searching for members of the gang, with Leeson (Lo) a computer wizard who is trying to unlock the secrets of the Steel Heart with the gang still searching for it and Nancy (OuYang) being the key to everything.

 

Thoughts on Bleeding Steel

 

Characters – Lin Dong is a special forces agent who deals in the highest cases in the department, his latest assignment puts his tragic personal life behind him to save a doctor with a secret that could change the world, he faces a losing battle when he comes up against a technological advanced unit. He gives everything and spends his time searching for the group before they do anymore evil in the world. Leeson is the computer tech guy that has uncovered the truth about Nancy, he wants to save her from the danger she has found herself in and must work with Lin even though their styles don’t work together. Nancy is the young woman that becomes the target for all sides, she has her own personal problems with nightmares she can’t explain which is making her life difficult, now she might get to learn the truth. Andre and the Woman in Black are the ones after the device which would make them even more powerful than they are now.

PerformancesJackie Chan is Mr reliable when it comes to action, we know what we can get and that he can handle everything thrown at him, he is easily the star of the show. Show Lo handles the comedy his character offers well though due to the dubbing it is hard to see him shine. This goes for most of the performers in the film they handle most of the material well.

StoryThe story does come off confusing in places because it doesn’t go full sci-fi, but it is too sci-fi to not embrace this element of the film. the story does have twists along the way, though they can get telegraphed before being revealed to us. The ideas being put together in the story are interesting though, because seeing a world where science can be used for good in life saving procedures being hunted for by villainous gangs is something we can all believe. This however does feel like Jackie Chan is in a Star Trek movie at times, which only adds to the outlandish ideas in the film.

Action/Sci-FiThe action when hand to hand is what we come to see and Jackie Chan and the team don’t fail to entertain on this front, it’s the sci-fi shoot outs which do become weak because of the quality of the laser beams being shot with the future weapons.

SettingsThe film is shot in Australia which is one location we haven’t seen Jackie Chan fight in, we sci-fi locations do look weak, but watching Jackie Chan fight on the Sydney Opera House, yes please.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are not the strongest when it comes to dealing with gun fights, the best parts come from the stunt work in the fight scenes.


Scene of the Movie –
The Sydney Opera House fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The dubbing is really poor.

Final ThoughtsThis is an action film you would enjoy watching if you are a Jackie Chan fan, it does keep things simple enough even if they can be wildly over the top at times.

 

Overall: Jackie Chan 101

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ABC Film Challenge – Horror – B – Bite (2015)

Director: Chad Archibald

Writer: Jayme Laforest (Screenplay)

Starring: Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Denise Yuen, Jordan Gray, Lawrence Denkers

 

Plot: While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After the trip, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite.


Tagline – This may sting a little.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Body Horror Delight

 

Story: Bite starts as we follow the bachelorette party for Casey (Begovic) with her best friends Jill (Wozniak) and Kirsten (Yuen) who enjoy drinks and partying. While away Casey gets bitten, but doesn’t think too much about it.

Arriving home Casey must face her soon be husband Jared (Gray) who is wanting kids, something Casey isn’t looking to have. This is the least of the problems Casey is facing, because the bite she received is becoming infected, she is becoming sicker by the day and worst of all, she is now pregnant. As the infection spreads Casey sees everything change as she starts to change herself.

 

Thoughts on Bite

 

Characters – Casey is about to marry Jared, she has her bachelorette party with friends in Costa Rica where she gets bitten. She is having second thoughts about the wedding, but the bite starts to change her too as she goes through a transformation. Jill and Kirsten are your generic best friends, they both offer advice but don’t offer too much to the overall story.

PerformancesThis performance is all about Elma Begovic, who goes through the transformation and convinces through each stage she goes through. The other performances do the job well without being memorable in anyway.

StoryThe story focuses on one woman who goes through a body transformation after being bitten by a bug. We do have a side story that showing the pressure of an upcoming wedding, but otherwise there isn’t too much else going on. The way Casey acts is similar to Brundlefly from the Fly as she retreats while the transformation continues to get worse for her. If you want that style of movie you will enjoy the simple side of the story.

HorrorThis is body horror through and through, we see a body decay and transform into the new creature with each scene bringing the next level of gore.

SettingsThe settings start by showing the holiday where the bite happens, but most of the rest of the film takes place in the apartment which follows the transformation in darkness.

Special EffectsThe effects here are brilliant as we see practical one to show the transformation in all its horror.


Scene of the Movie –
Transformation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Why didn’t she just go to the doctors to start with?

Final ThoughtsBody horror is a genre I find myself talking about a lot, this is why I can see people enjoying it because it does show the talented effects artists in the business and just how far they can take things.

 

Overall: Body Horror at its delightful twisted best.

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Franchise Weekend – Before Midnight (2013)

Director: Richard Linklater

Writer: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke (Screenplay) Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan (Story)

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

 

Plot: We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.


Tagline – Everything’s better with maturity

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Conclusion

 

Story: Before Midnight starts in Greece now, Jesse (Hawke) must say goodbye to his son who lives back in America, Jesse and Celine (Delpy) are now married living the life they had dreamt with children of their own with a vacation.

While Jesse is having troubles dealing with the idea that his son will be hitting the important years of his life away from his father. Jesse is also working on his new book which is going to be more ambitious that he previous work, the books which told his time with Celine. The couple enter conversations how different generations have dealt with love, the first meetings and how they each kept their relationship happy.

 

Thoughts on Before Midnight

 

Characters – Jesse and Celine are now a married couple, they live in Paris with their own twins, they have grown older like they had imagined. They are the same characters that we have met, with the only thing that keeps them feeling different is that Jesse has a son from his previous marriage he wishes to be able to spend time with.

PerformancesEthan Hawke and Julie Delpy pick up where they left off 9 years previously, older, mature performance which has done well, even if the characters have started to become generic married couple.

StoryThe story picks up 9 years later, Jesse and Celine are now married, dealing with everyday life with their own problems, Celine with the job she has dreamed off and Jesse torn between whether he can spend more time with his son back in America. This shows us just where relationships can go, teaching us they do become harder over time, but love will always pull people through.

RomanceThe romance focuses more on what happens when you have been with someone for a longer period of time, it changes what we have been seeing even though it can remain true life.

SettingsWe are in Greece this time, showing us the beauty the backdrops this country has, this complete the special look each film offers.


Scene of the Movie –
The walk together.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This one is longer, it does start to lose its special uniqueness of the other two have.

Final ThoughtsFor a final chapter of a trilogy this is delightful, it has everything you need to see when it comes to the main idea of being in love with someone, needing to face difficult decisions.

 

Overall: The end we all deserved.

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Franchise Weekend – Before Sunset (2004)

Director: Richard Linklater

Writer: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke (Screenplay) Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan (Story)

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

 

Plot: Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse’s book tour.


Tagline – What if you had a second chance with the one that got away?

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Beautiful Character Piece

 

Story: Before Sunset starts as Jesse (Hawke) is in Paris on his book tour, the one telling his story from 9 years ago, meeting Celine. When Celine turns up at the store, the twos spark is still there and today they have only hours to catch up and answer the big question, did they meet up in Vienna.

The two have seen their lives fly by as we learn how their careers have gone in directions that make them happy and the natural catch up just relights the fire they had, only now they have more responsibilities now they are in their 30s.

 

Thoughts on Before Sunset

 

Characters – Jesse is now a best-selling author, his book is about the time he spent with Celine, he has still has unanswered questions about what happened with Vienna. Married he has moved on with his life. Celine has followed her career choice, seen more of the world and has been left wondering if Jesse has ever made it to Vienna, after she hadn’t. the chemistry between the two is still strong, as we get to learn what happened in the last 9 years of their lives.

PerformancesEthan Hawke and Julie Delpy are back carrying this movie, they are involved in every scene and the chemistry between the two still shines and is something you can barely see in any movie, while this isn’t as strong as the first film because they feel even more comfortable than before when there should be moments of awkwardness.

StoryThe story sets up to answer the big question the fans of the first film had, did they meet up 6 months later. We do learn this answer and how the two didn’t meet, we learn how they have lived their own lives, forever changed by their time together. This story is told in real-time as the two only get a couple of hours together, to learn if the life had gone the way they had planned and whether they still think about that time they spent together, which is both brilliant and heart-breaking to watch. This story gives everyone that has ever thought they met the one a chance to see how things could have gone for them with a second meeting.

RomanceThe romance shows us how that one moment with someone magical can affect your life for many years to come.

SettingsThis time we are set in Paris, yet again we have a beautiful backdrop to discussing life for the two characters.


Scene of the Movie –
Boat trip.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Partly knowing what happening with Vienna 6 months later.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful sequel, it gives hope to people that have had that one meeting with someone and it can happen again, but life is someone out there can change things.

 

Overall: Beautiful sequel.

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