Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – Horsemen (2009)

Director: Jonas Akerund

Writer: Dave Callaham (Screenplay)

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Ziyi Zhang, Lo Taylor Pucci, Clifton Collins Jr, Barry Shabaka Henley, Patrick Fugit

 

Plot: A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife’s death discovers a shocking connection between a serial killing spree and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Dark Mystery Thriller

 

Story: Horsemen starts as Detective Aidan Breslin (Quaid) a widower raising his two children Alex (Pucci) and Sean (James), but his quiet life gets thrown wide open when a dish of teeth is found on an ice-covered pond and a woman tortured to death left hanging.

When the bodies continue to be discovered Aidan learns that there is a connection to the four horsemen of the apocalypse, making this or these serial killers a major threat to the city. When one of the killers makes, themselves know Aidan must find the rest of the killers before too many people become their victims.

 

Thoughts on Horsemen

 

Characters/PerformanceDetective Aidan Breslin is your 101 detective, he is grieve his lost loved one and not being there as a father, but he is a brilliant detective. Kristen starts off being one of the victim’s family but soon we learn her true part in everything. Alex is the eldest son of Aidan who has taken the responsibility within the house while still dealing with his own grief of losing his mother.

Performance wise, Dennis Quaid is always a solid lead actor and in this film he goes well throughout the story. Ziyi Zhang does well in one of her first English movies with Lou Taylor Pucci also doing well with his final third of the film being the highlight.

StoryThe story is a dark crime thriller which involved tracking down a serial killer that full believes in their cause. We have seen this style of film before and playing into the religious side of thing isn’t the most original either, but it is all a good watch and has plenty of twists along the way.

Mystery/ThrillerThis film does keep you guessing to just what will happen next and this gets a brilliant payoff in the final act, this does also keep us on edge with some horrific looking kills.

SettingsThe town is fine but doesn’t get used to the full level other than the shock of it happening in the town.

Special EffectsMostly all practical effects we get great effects to show just how methodical the killers are.

Final ThoughtsI do like a good crime serial killer hunting film and this does everything I want without being on the very best level, it kept me guessing until the final moments.

 

Overall: Good little thriller most people missed.

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Franchise Weekend – Anaconda: The Trail of Blood (2009)

Director: Don E FauntLeRoy

Writer: David C Olson (Screenplay)

Starring: Crystal Allen, Linden Ashby, Danny Midwinter, Calin Stanciu, Ana Ularu, Claudiu Bleont

 

Plot: A genetically created Anaconda, cut in half, regenerates itself into two aggressive giant snakes, due to the Blood Orchid.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Well At Least They Are Over

 

Story: Anacondas: Trail of Blood starts as Murdoch (Rhys-Davies) has continued his research but when his doctor vanishes so might the cure, he hires a mercenary to kill the scientist and bring back all the research. Meanwhile Amanda (Allen) is searching the forest in search of any remaining snakes, whiles another research team led by Jackson (Ashby) is looking to collect the data.

While all chasing the same research they all find themselves at the mercy of two deadlier anacondas that are very hungry and takes no prisoners.

 

Thoughts on Anacondas: Trail of Blood

 

Characters/PerformanceAmanda is back and now she is basically Lara Croft hunting for the snakes, Jackson is part of a team searching for a missing friend and we have military guys, by reading this you will learn how none of the characters are memorable.

Performance wise is a similar situation as it is filled with average to bad performances across the board and I feel sorry for John Rhys-Davies for having to appear in two of these films now.

StoryThe story does try to continue on the idea of blood orchids create extended life but in the end is just lots gun shooting, running around the forest and snake eating, it is this bad that the military team don’t even have names.

Action/HorrorAction is people running around and shooting with toy guns, the horror is the acting.

SettingsRandom woods which are meant to be in Romania because that’s where you do research now.

Special EffectsNope.

Final ThoughtsThis is yet another bad addition to this franchise which gives us no hope on it ever continuing.

 

Overall: Please Give Up

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Laid to Rest (2009)

logoDirector: Robert Hall

Writer: Robert Hall (Screenplay)

Starring: Bobbi Sue Luther, Kevin Gage, Lena Headey, Sean Whalen, Richard Lynch, Johnathon Schaech, Thomas Dekker, Nick Principe

 

Plot: A terrifying story of a young girl who wakes up in a casket with a traumatic head injury and no memory of her identity. She quickly realizes she was abducted by a Deranged Serial Murderer and in an isolated rural town she must survive the night and outsmart the technologically inclined killer who is hell-bent on finishing what he started.

 

Verdict: Modern Slasher

 

Story: Before we go anywhere I would like to say I will not comment on the acting until later this will be the story itself. Girl wakes up in coffin only to find out she is being stalked by a masked killer with a camera, she runs around helplessly until she meets a stranger who wants to help her. They spend the night on the run from the killer and doing almost everything wrong while doing so. Let’s not forget that this girl is struggling to remember anything about herself and the killer could have all the answers she needs. The slasher genre has struggled to really make an impact in the modern found footage world of horror, this story is easy to follow even if you will be screaming at the stupid decisions the characters make. We also get a good potential new franchise killer who takes no prisoners and is very resourceful. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Bobbi Sue Luther: The Girl after waking up in a coffin she can’t remember who she is or where she is, she escapes and finds some friendly folks who help her, but in the end she joins forces with them to try and stop the killer and figure out who she really is. The character seems to make all the wrong decisions and really comes off very annoying. Poor performance as she never really convinces in the lead attempted scream queen role. (2/10)

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Nick Principe: Chromeskull masked killer with a camera and a very deadly knife. He is a serial killer who likes to film his victims and with the girl being his latest choice of victims he will not stop killing until he gets her back. Good performance which could make a new serial killer franchise. (7/10)

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Kevin Gage: Tucker friendly driver who helps the girl but ends up spending the night trying to keep her alive even after suffering a personal lose. Basic support performance who gets to say all the funny lines as well as the strong lines but really just ends up being a protector. (6/10)

 

Lena Headey: Cindy she seems to be the smart partner of Tucker who tries to help out the young girl, but she doesn’t last long. Has very limited screen time and is almost used as the bigger name cameo. (5/10)

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Sean Whalen: Steven second person who ends up spending the night trying to save the girl, he is different to Tucker as he is meant to be more intelligent but also is much more fearful. Good difference between the heroes but in the end they end up the same. (6/10)

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Supporting Cast: Nearly all the supporting cast are included to be disposable and involved with gore deaths. (3/10)

 

Director Review: Robert Hall – Creates a potential new era slasher but with some poor casting choices we end up not getting dragged in as much as we should. (6/10)

 

Horror: Gore, Blood and a new killer all these come out from this film but in the end the poor acting takes away the real fear. (7/10)

Thriller: With the mystery surrounding the girl we do want to know more about her as well as who will end up making it through the night. (7/10)

Settings: None of the settings are really used to their full effect. (3/10)
Special Effects
: Great practical special effects used throughout all used for the kills though. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the horror fans out there to enjoy it has plenty of gore for the fans too. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Some of the kills are very good.

Worst Part: The leads’ acting is terrible.

Kill Of The Film: Ear one, won’t say who as it would be a spoiler.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has a sequel

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

Overall: Solid horror with the typical wrong decisions made.

Rating 60

Franchise Weekend – Fast & Furious (2009)

Director: Justin Lin

Writer: Chris Morgan (Screenplay) Gary Scott Thompson (Characters)

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, John Ortiz, Laz Alonso, Gal Gadot, Sung Kang

 

Plot: Brian O’Conner, back working for the FBI in Los Angeles, teams up with Dominic Toretto to bring down a heroin importer by infiltrating his operation.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Back on Track

 

Story: Fast & Furious starts as Dominic (Diesel) is back with Letty (Rodriguez) and Han (Kang) living in the Dominic Republic stealing petrol for a living with the team. When the latest job goes wrong the team scatter with Letty being killed back in LA, while Dom is in Panama.

Brian (Walker) is now in the FBI and once again needs to find a way into a street racing circuit to take down a Mexican crime boss. Dom returns home also on the warpath eventually teaming up with Brian going undercover within the street racing circuit once again.

The job is working for Campos (Ortiz) who answers to Braga who is running drugs across the border but can they really work together?

 

Thoughts on Fast & Furious

 

Characters/PerformanceBrian is now a Fed, which I guess makes sense after what happened in 2 Fast 2 Furious, he still has the desire to be a street racer and gets this chance working with Dom. Dom is now on the run but risks everything to come back to help get revenge on the people responsible for killing Letty. Campos and Fenix are all solid villains but never dominating like needed to make them different from what we have seen before.

Performance wise, Walker and Diesel work great together even if the film is slightly more focused on Dom’s character, the two get to poke a bit of fun about things that happened in the first film. The other performances are all good without being truly stand out.

StoryBringing the original popular characters back helps this story, we have both men coming back to take down the crime boss because we needed the respectful enemies to become friends, taking a character’s life does drive the story too because it shows we could lose someone in this franchise now too. The core story is all what we have seen before, let’s do a crime, take down crime boss and drive away.

Action/Crime/Thriller The car chases are once again bigger and better than last time out which helps the films new direction, the crime story is now our heroes taking down criminals by breaking the law but it works.

SettingsBringing the story back to LA is good because now we see the effects of the previous films on our characters, the secret tunnel across the border also adds to the action.

Special EffectsThe special effects are what we have come to expect from the franchise and they all work well this time around.

Final ThoughtsThis is where the franchises got back on tracks because we get to see Dom and Brian back together working on the case to take down the crime boss, I see this as the beginning of what we know as the best chapters of the franchise.

 

Overall: Fun, mad and over the top, just the way we like it.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Necromentia (2009)

necDirector: Pearry Teo

Writer: Stephanie Joyce (Screenplay) Pearry Teo (Story)

Starring: Layton Matthews, Chad Grimes, Santiago Craig, Zelieann Rivera, Cole Braxton, Zach Cumer

 

Plot: Explores the use of a tattooed Ouija Board through the lives and perspectives of 4 people.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Messy Horror

 

Story: Necromentia starts as we meet Hagen (Craig) who enjoys his pleasure through the corpse of his dead wife. When Travis (Grimes) walks into Hagen’s life exposing his twisted fantasies he offers to bring back Elizabeth (Rivera) by carving the tattoo key onto Hagen’s back forcing him to go into hell.

With Hagen going through a hell he could never imagine we flashback to learn about Travis’ motivation for trying to get into hell to find his brother Thomas (Cumer). I lost what the hell was going on and I am also not sure I have the characters in the right places either.

 

Thoughts on Necromentia

 

StoryI wish I could explain how I felt about the story but in the end I really don’t know what happened because the story telling process is so poor throughout this one.

HorrorThis is very gore filled horror trying to push our sense as to what we could take, but otherwise nothing stands out.

Characters/PerformanceThe characters do all feel strange and out of place to what is going on with none of the characters standing out. The performances are also sub-par at best leaving us feeling very disappointed.

SettingsThe settings are mostly chambers for the torture scenes all feeling dark and dingy throughout.

Special EffectsThe special effects all work for the bloody and gore going on through the film but otherwise it is all good for this only.

Final ThoughtsMessy horror that just doesn’t hit the points it is trying to hit leaving us feeling left behind.

 

Overall: Poorly executed horror film.

Rating15