Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – Dead 7 (2016)

Director: Danny Roew

Writer: Sawyer Perry (Screenplay) Nick Carter (Story)

Starring: Nick Carter, Carrie Keagan, Joey Fatone, Jeff Timmons, AJ McLean, Erik-Michael Estrada, Howie Dorough

 

Plot: A post-apocalyptic Western that follows a group of gunslingers as they look to rid a small town of a zombie plague. Starring Nick CarterCarrie KeaganJoey Fatone and A.J. McLean.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple, Easy to Watch Horror Comedy

 

Story: Dead 7 starts in a world where the dead have taken over, the mysterious Apocolypta (Wilson) offers survivors two choices, learn the weapons to fight the undead or become one of the undead. In the battle against the good is Apocolypta’s solider Johnny Vermillion (McLean) who leads the undead into terrorising towns but this is about to change.

Looking to stop the reign of terror of Apocolypta are Jack (Carter), Billy (Timmons), Daisy Jane (Keagan), Whiskey Joe (Fatone), The Vaquero (Horough), Komodo (Estrada) and Sirene (Carter) hired by Sheriff Cooper and Mayor Shelby to take her and her men out for good.

 

Thoughts on Dead 7

 

Characters/PerformanceJack is the reluctant hero, Daisy Jane will fight for what she believes in, Whiskey Joe likes his rinks but just as deadly in a fight. Billy is looking to come out of the shadow of his brother with Komodo being a slightly assassin, Vaquero is the deadly shot and Sirene is the mystic guide. They make for our Dead 7 while on the other side of the fence is Apocolypta the evil witch figure controlling the zombies or copperheads and her lead henchman Johnny Vermillion doing anything to impress her.

Performance wise, this isn’t a film for the acting being amazing, it is all about the guys from the bands having a great time making a zombie comedy and they all look like they enjoyed it.

StoryA zombie comedy parody of one of the most iconic films ever made, why not? Ok this does get to give the actors a chance to have a lot of fun, the story is easy to follow, a group of gunslingers must fight for honour to bring down a ruthless leader, each with their own motivations. It is fun and easy to enjoy throughout.

Comedy/Horror/Western The comedy works in places, which mostly makes light of what is going on, with the horror being your standard zombie elements. The western feel does work well through the film too.

SettingsHaving the film set in what is a western world once it had all ended does make us enjoy what is going through the film.

Special EffectsThe special effects are all very low budget and you can tell when they are being used.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of those movies you go into knowing it isn’t going to be great and can fully enjoy because of this.

 

Overall: Enjoyable Horror Comedy

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Death Waits for No Man (2017)

Director: Armin Siljkovic

Writer: Armin Siljkovic (Screenplay)

Starring: Angelique Pretorius, Bradley Snedeker, Corey Rieger, Travis Myers, Barbara Scolaro

 

Plot: A neon art collector seduces a lone drifter into killing her abusive husband.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Edge of Your Seat Thriller

 

Story: Death Waits for No Man starts when a lone drifter and former soldier Uzal (Snedeker) finds himself in need of help to prevent trouble with the law, it is Lily (Pretorius) that offers him shelter, but she does have an alternative motivation.

Lily wants Uzal to help her kill her husband Sinclair (Rieger) after he abuses her and she wants the life insurance. When Sinclair arrives the tension ramps up and the night could go in any direction for Uzal.

 

Thoughts on Death Waits for No Man

 

Characters – Lily is the abused wife that blackmails Uzal into helping her kill her husband, she does have control over the men being able to seduce them into doing what she wants. Uzal is a soldier who is drifting through this small town, but he ends up in the middle of a battle for control between the husband and wife. Sinclair is the unstable former soldier who wants to become a police officer, he uses he know how to stay one step ahead of the plan.

PerformancesThe three leads all give good performances through the whole film are good because you are dragged into this story because of the performance that keep us on the edge of our seats through the film.

StoryThe story is simple, wife wants strange to kill her husband, it does become complicate when the battle to stay ahead of the other’s plan come through but in the end it is a single location, real time film that keeps us guessing to see if the twists will come through the film. There isn’t too much more to the story, it never becomes overly complicated through the way.

ThrillerThis film does keep you on the edge of your seat throughout, you want to see where each scene will go next.

SettingsOnce they arrive in the house, the rest of the film takes place in the home which only ramps up the tension the film creates.


Scene of the Movie –
The fall out.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Sometimes things are over teased.

Final ThoughtsThis is a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the start to the finish.

 

Overall: Edge of your seat thriller.

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Dig Two Graves (2017)

Director: Hunter Adams

Writer: Hunter Adams, Jeremy Phillips (Screenplay)

Starring: Ted Levine, Samantha Isler, Danny Goldring, Troy Ruptash, Rachael Drummond

 

Plot: After her brother’s tragic death a young girl meets three men who claim they can bring her brother back to life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Slow

 

Story: Dig Two Graves starts as we follow Jake (Isler) and her brother heading to a quarry to take on the big dive into the water, but Jake backs out of jumping and her brother dies, time passes and the family has started to move on but Jake gets a visit from three men led by Wyeth (Ruptash) who offers her a chance to bring her brother back.

Jake’s grandfather Sheriff Waterhouse (Levine) tries to protect her from who visited her but soon she is drawn to learn the truth about whether her brother can be bought back from the dead or not.

 

Thoughts on Dig Two Graves

 

Characters – Jake is like any teenage girl that loses a sibling suddenly, she wants them back which leads her down a dark path with a cult like group offering to return him. Sheriff Waterhouse is the grandfather of Jake, he has a past which has shown him class with the group before and knows not to let Jake near them.

PerformanceTed Levine is the big name in this movie, he does his best to make it work but seeing his character in two ages just doesn’t help us connect with his performance. Samantha does well with what she must work with but the story doesn’t focus on her character enough.

StoryThe story here is very slow, it shows us how people can hold grudges and how people must deal with grief to move on with their lives, we follow two different time periods which spends nearly 50/50 on what is going on between the two way too often, we are also left with not much happening with Jake and a lot of nothing from the Sheriff too.

Horror/MysteryThe mystery horror side of everything dives into the cult like beliefs of being able to bring the dead back but nothing is scary and you don’t get drawn to the mystery.

SettingsThe small town settings is what we know works but in the end it only seems to have a school and a creepy house in.

Special EffectsThe effects are not used much and when they are get used they come off slightly weak.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Mixed time lines is annoying.

Tagline – A young girl’s obsession with her brother’s death leads her on a nightmarish journey where she is faced with a deadly proposition to bring him back.

Final ThoughtsToo much jumping between the times to make a storyline make sense in what would have easily just been a standard horror mystery.

 

Overall: Been here seen that.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Dark Circles (2013)

dark-circlesDirector: Paul Soter

Writer: Paul Soter (Screenplay)

Starring: Pell James, Johnathon Schaech, Andrea Frankle, Philippe Brenninkmeyer

 

Plot: Alex and Penny are sick of the hectic city life and decide a move out to the country to raise their newborn child. But they don’t expect the horrors threatening their relationship and family.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Easily Forgettable

 

Story: Dark Circles starts as couple Penny (James) and Alex (Schaech) are deciding whether to leave the city to raise their new born child, both have doubts but go ahead with the move to the country.

Moving into their country home they discover the peace and quiet isn’t what is seems as both Penny and Alex start seeing a mysterious ghostly woman around the house attracted to their baby. The longer the two struggle to get sleep the more the visit appear leaving us to wonder if they are losing their minds or really under attack.

 

Thoughts on Dark Circles

 

Characters/PerformanceAlex and Penny are good if not basic look at the modern family struggling with a new born child, they lose sleep and question each other’s commitments to have the baby in the first place, it is all very basic stuff as you never learn anything more about Penny and the only thing we learn about Alex is that he is a musician.

Performance wise this is also solid from the two leads who must carry the whole film with only moments from the rest of the cast, neither gives a great performance but they do well enough for the film.stars

StoryThe story is easy to follow, couple move to quiet area to raise child and this new house has elements of supernatural, yeah, we have seen this a lot in the genre and this one doesn’t offer anything new however much it wants to try and shock you.

Horror/ThrillerWe do have a couple of good jump scares in this film but otherwise it is a lot of walking around in the background moments and creepy camera angles.

SettingsFor the most part this film is set in the he isolated house which does help our characters mindsets going crazy with what seems like cabin fever but also doesn’t give us the final impact of the bigger story.

Special EffectsWe do get basic effects when needed but at least the film doesn’t turn to it every time.genre

Final ThoughtsThis is a basic horror that I feel loses a lot with the final outcome which the film never indicates before the reveal.

 

Overall: Simple and easy to follow horror that will break no boundaries.

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Demons (2017)

Director: Miles Doleac

Writer: Miles Doleac (Screenplay)

Starring: John Schneider, Andrew Divoff, Steven Brand, Gary Grubbs, Miles Doleac, Kristina Emerson, Yohance Myles

 

Plot: Celebrated fiction writer and former priest, Colin Hampstead, and his wife, Kayleigh, are tormented by the ghost of her late sister, as the details of her grisly death are slowly uncovered.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Possession Movie

 

Story: Demons starts as Colin (Doleac) fails on an exorcism leading to him to quit the priesthood moving on to marry Kayleigh (Williams) the sister of the girl he failed to save. Colin brings Eddie (Brand) over wedding to Lara (Emerson) even though Colin is still getting haunted by what happened to Jewel (Harthcock).

As the birthday of Jewel gets closer the visions Kayleigh receive start getting worse and now Colin must remember the events of the original exorcism which could unlock the secrets to what has been happening, while Lara offers a new world way to solve the hauntings.

 

Thoughts on Demons

 

Characters – Colin is a former priest that after a failed exorcism has moved onto becoming a celebrated fictional author and husband. Now he must face his past to uncover the truth about what really happened and save his wife from the evil that still is connected to Kayleigh. Kayleigh is the sister of the failed exorcism that still gets visions of her late sister, she must look into her past to learn just why her sister still visits her. Eddie comes to visit Colin to celebrate his wedding to Lara, while Lara tries to find her new way to try and solve the mystery and connection between the family. Jasper Grant is the father of Kayleigh and Jewel that makes performing the exorcism difficult as well as being an abusive father. Dr Connor tries to offer a balance between the religious side to the story and a medical side to the story.

PerformanceThe performances from the whole cast are good throughout, Steven Brand gives us moments of comic relief needed for the intense side of the film with Miles Doleac doing great work behind and on front of the camera in the leading role.

StoryAs we know possession films are not one of my favourite sub-genres of horror, so I do look for something that gives us a fresh spin on the ideas. This does give us new look on it because we get a far closer balance between abuse and possession, we also have two-time periods which we go between. The present-day side of the story becomes interesting because it isn’t a possession more of a haunting and we do get to look at the idea of what would happen after an exorcism too.

HorrorThe horror being used through the film is a balance of possession and hauntings which does end up diving into the idea of paranormal mystery to solve which are great to watch.

SettingsThe settings do stay simple, we mostly spend our time in the homes with the two different times, this shows us the unwelcoming environment of the past and the welcoming one in the present.

Special EffectsThe effects never seem out of place and the film doesn’t just run to throw us CGI moments when we don’t need them.

Scene of the Movie – Visiting the past with Lara.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The film is set the night before the wedding, but not preparation is going on

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice spin on the exorcism genre, it works because it shows the consequences of what can happen after an exorcism goes wrong.

 

Overall: Good horror for the possession genre fans.

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