Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Queen Crab (2015)

logoDirector: Brett Piper

Writer: Brett Piper (Screenplay)

Starring: Michelle Simone Miller, Kathryn Metz, Rich Lounello, A.J. DeLucia, Steve Diasparra, Danielle Donahue, Ken Van Sant

Plot: A meteor crashes into a quiet lake in the remote countryside, awakening a centuries-old beast.  She emerges from the deep and tears through a nearby town and its inhabitants.  The humans must fight for their lives and stop this Queen Crab before she can hatch an army of babies that will overrun the entire world.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Creature Feature, Creature Feature

Story: Queen Crab starts in Crabbe Creek 20 years ago where a young Melissa finds a large crab in her family lake while her parents are fighting. Melissa feeds this crab part of her father experiment making it grow before disaster strikes as her parents are killed.

Move forward to the present where a farmer finds his prize cow eaten leading to the Sheriff (Van Sant) and deputy Sonny Huggins (Lounello) investigating. We meet a grown up Melissa (Miller) who has been keeping her and very private until an old friend Jennifer Kane (Metz) comes to visit. When Stewart MacKendrick (DeLucia) from the wildlife commission comes to town to look in to the tracks left by the crab.

When it appears that the giant crab has had babies the crabs start running wild through the town and once one of the babies gets kill the Queen goes on a rampage.

Queen Crab is nothing more than a classic b-movie creature feature, the story is very basic with genetically mutant animal this time a crab terrorizes a small town, what more do you need for a film like this? don’t go into this expecting to see something breathe taking jut enjoy the fun style of the film. (6/10)

Actor Review

Michelle Simone Miller: Melissa Webber has grown up looking after the ever growing crab, she is the town’s recluse who never lets people on her property but when her pet gets lose it starts going on a rampage. Michelle does a solid job in this role. (6/10)

Kathryn Metz: Jennifer Kane is a famous actress who comes back to her town to see her old friend Melissa, she helps out in fights but this could end up being her greatest battle off the screen. Kathryn does a solid job being the character building the bridges between the Melissa character. (6/10)

Rich Lounello: Sonny Huggins is the idiot deputy who is always getting himself into trouble by talking too much. His hot headed ways will get him into trouble as the one human character you are not meant to like. Rich does a solid job in this role. (6/10)

A.J. DeLucia: Stewart MacKendrick is the wildlife expert that comes to town to investigate what is going on only to find out it is the giant crab that is running around town. A.J. does a solid job making the character for the important information for the film. (/10)

Ken Van Sant: Sheriff Ray who is Melissa’s Uncle who looks after her once her parents die, he lets her live her life but once the crab starts coming after people he has to take a stand. Ken does a solid job as the generic Sheriff. (6/10)

Support Cast: Queen Crab has a supporting cast that mostly used for the crab to kill off.

Director Review: Brett Piper Brett knows what he wants to make to make and is one film that really is just fun. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Queen Crab brings us a sci-fi monster to be the villain which works for the creature fiction angle. (7/10)

Settings: Queen Crab has the small town setting showing how a creature could pick off victims without the rest knowing. (7/10)
Special Effects: Queen Crab has questionable effects but in the end they en dup adding to the fun. (7/10)

Suggestion: Queen Crab is one for all the creature feature fans to enjoy, don’t expect too much just enjoy. (Creature Feature Fans)

Best Part: Sonny getting his.

Worst Part: People won’t like the effects.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Eight Legged Freaks

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $75,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

Overall: A Creature Feature Filled With Fun

Rating 60

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The Quest (1996)

logoDirector: Jean-Claude Van Damme

Writer: Steve Klein, Paul Mones (Screenplay) Jean-Claude Van Damme, Frank Dux (Story)

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore, James Remar, Jaet Gunn, Jack McGee, Aki Aleong, Abdel Qissi

 

Plot: Chris embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery that spans the globe. Kidnapped and enslaved by gun smugglers, sold by pirates and thrust into the murky underworld of gambling and kickboxing, Chris’ journey takes him to forbidding Muay Thai Island where deadly martial arts are taught, the colonial splendor of British East Asia, the dank back alleys of Bangkok, desolate deserts once trod by the warriors of Genghis Khan and finally, the ancient Lost City. There he must face the ultimate test of his manhood in the fabled Ghang-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts skills ever displayed in order to win the prized Golden Dragon. But fighting prowess alone will not be enough for Chris to triumph over such daunting foes. He must reach deep inside and access all of the determination, strength of character and sense of selfless honor within in order to triumph over this final obstacle on his long trek home.

 

Verdict: Fighting Champion minus the Intensity

 

Story: We all know that Jean-Claude Van Damme films are designed to show off his fighting skills and the story is not a priority. We do have a loose storyline following a man being captured, tricked but fights back with the skills he has learned. We get the world fighting champions from all over the world into battles which sadly only last a matter of seconds each time around. The support characters are very stereotyped to be known for each generic fighting style and it isn’t difficult to work out what will happen at the end. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jean-Claude Van Damme: Christopher the street criminal who gets captured and sold to an island for fighting only for his mission to compete in the championship becomes a reality. Typical Van Damme performance great fighting, poor dialogue. (7/10)

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Roger Moore: Lord Edgar a pirate who just wants to make as much money as he can as quick as he can even if he walks all over people. Basic performance from Moore who openly says this is his least favourite role. (4/10)

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James Remar: Maxie the American champion who gives up his chance to fight when he sees Christopher’s fighting technique. Good supporting performance but becomes a gloried cheerleader by the end of the film. (6/10)

 

Director Review: Jean-Claude Van Damme– He knows how to put some good fight sequences together but the rest he struggles to keep the attention. (6/10)

 

Action: The fights are good, but nothing special. (7/10)

Thriller: The fights are too short to really grab you in. (5/10)

Settings: Good generic settings created. (5/10)

Suggestion: This is for all those Van Damme fans out there not many more people will enjoy this. (Van Damme Fans)

 

Best Part: The fights.

Worst Part: The journey

Action Scene Of The Film: The final fight.

Believability: (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $57 Million

Budget: $30 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline: A lost city, A man of destiny, A test of honour.

 

Overall: B Class Fighting Film

Rating 55

The Quiet Ones (2014)

logoDirector: John Pogue

Writer: Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman, John Pogue (Screenplay) Tom de Ville (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Olivia Cooke

 

Plot: A university Professor joseph Coupland (Harris) and a team of students Brian (Claflin) Krissi (Richards) and Harry (Fleck-Byrne) conduct an experiment on a young woman Jane Harper (Cooke), uncovering terrifyingly dark and unexpected forces in the process.

 

Verdict: Creepy Horror

 

Story: The idea that this is based on true events is hard to believe, but it would explain why some of the scares are not madly over the top. The idea that people didn’t understand the difference between mental illness and possession works well for the film. We are led to believe the experiments will help the girl, but once strange things start happening we get left to see maybe there is something supernatural going on, something that no one understands. We get a couple of attempted twists that don’t shock but attempt to change our minds on the characters. In the end this is a simple horror film that is more about human beliefs than any scares. (7/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Jared Harris: Professor Joseph Coupland a man who believes that he can cure telepathic abilities by taking the gift and putting it into another object. Good performance to create a calm mad scientist who believes he is right. (8/10)

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Sam Claflin: Brian the newest member of the team, hired to film everything but is the first one to question what is going on. Good performance showing he has come on leaps and bounds since the Pirates films. (7/10)

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Olivia Cooke: Jane the girl with the troubles, she seems like an average girl but when put through the tests things start happening, things that cannot be explained. Good performance providing a full range of emotions through the film.(9/10)

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Director Review: John Pogue – Good direction to create a good story, but struggles to create any real scares. (6/10)

 

Horror: When it comes to the horrors this one struggles to give us anything we haven’t seen before, mainly noises, banging and creepy voices. (5/10)

Settings: The isolation setting works well for the film as it turns into who is losing their minds. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Good special effects used to create the goings on that are good use to create an unexplained. (8/10)

Suggestion: I would only suggest trying this to the most diehard horror fans, I think it needs your full attention to really understand and you won’t see too many scares it’s all about what isn’t shown. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Makes you think.

Worst Part: Lack of scares.

Scariest Scene: Jane is missing.

Believability: Says it is based on true events, but I find it hard to believe. (6/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $9,649,895

Budget: N/A

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: Something unspeakable is happening to Jane Harper.

 

Overall: Horror without the scares but some brains

Rating70

Quiz Show (1994)

logoDirector: Robert Redford

Writer: Paul Attanasio (Screenplay) Richard N Goodwin (Novel)

Starring: John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, Paul Scofield, David Paymer, Hank Azaria, Christopher McDonald

 

Plot: Dick Goodwin (Morrow) discovers that a game show is being fixed so Charles Van Doren (Fiennes) is fed answers so he beats Herbie Stempel (Turturro). The producers of the show want a new face for the show as they feel Herbie is not the right role model for America while Charles would make a perfect role model.  Based on the true story, the events take place in the late 50s.

 

Verdict: Brilliant historical drama

Story: Following the investigation into the fixing while we see one man’s life unravel following his defeat and one man get taken over by the stardom bug. Each character gets a good chance to show the effects of the show and with the overall conspiracy being told all adds up to a great story of how America was tricked by early TV. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: John Turturro – Herbie champion of the quiz show until the ratings slip and they make him take a dive all while breaking the promises made to him. Good performance from John who gets all the character twists and turns to make a very interesting but bitter loser of the show. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Rob Morrow – Dick Goodwin young lawyer who takes an interest in the quiz show case and goes to looking for proof of the fraud being viewed by millions. Good performance in the determined investigator character. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Ralph Fiennes – Charles Van Doren the new contestant who becomes the winner and new face of the show. He does get fed the answers but the fame soon gets to his head. Good performance from Ralph who really shows what a great character actor he is. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Paul Scofield – Mark Van Doren Charles’ father who just like the rest of us believes his son is winning on his own merit and wants him to continue his teaching job following in his footsteps. Oscar nominated performance that is good but only a small part. (8/10)

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Actor Review: David Paymer – Dan Enright the producer of the show who has to answer to whoever gives the orders while supplying the answers to constant. Good slippery producer performance that shows how important rating were in the early days of TV. (8/10)

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Director Review: Robert Redford – Great direction throughout showing how a good drama can be made. (10/10)

 

Drama: Great drama throughout showing how character’s lives have been effect by the quiz show. (9/10)

History: Good historical look at quiz show fixing case. (9/10)

Believability: Based on a true story. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Each setting is authentic to the time setting. (9/10)

 

Suggestion: I think this is a good watch for all giving an insight into how early TV was run and how easily the audience can be tricked. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Charles speech.

Worst Part: Herbie comes off a bit whiny.

Trivia: Before filming began, Ralph Fiennes wanted to speak with Charles Van Doren in person to get his accent down for the role. However, the feeling was that Charles Van Dorenwould not want to help with the film at all. So Ralph Fiennes and one of the film’s staff drove to the town in rural Connecticut where Charles Van Doren lives. They found Charles Van Doren sitting on a chair outside his house, and Ralph Fiennes pretended to be a lost driver and asked him for directions.

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 4 Oscars

Chances of Sequel: No

Tagline: Fifty million people watched, but no one saw a thing.

 

Overall: Great historical drama

Rating 90