Original v Remake Weekend – Let Me In (2010)

Director: Matt Reeves

Writer: Matt Reeves (Screenplay) John Ajvide Lindqvist (Novel)

Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono, Elias Koteas, Sasha Barrese

 

Plot: A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Remake

 

Story: Let Me In Starts with a man being rushed to hospital with a police escort, before we learn that his daughter was asking about him, before he commits suicide. We move back two weeks to meet the lonely Owen (Smit-McPhee) who has become the latest victim of the school bully, but with no one to turn to he looks to find his own way to defend himself.

Moving in next door to Owen is the mysterious family with Abby (Moretz) being the same age as Owen, but it is her father (Jenkins) which comes off very strange. It isn’t long before Owen and Abby become friends being drawn to each other by their loneliness, but can this friendship last with the two from very different worlds.

After Abby’s father dies, she turns to the only friend she knows of, Owen to help her with her feeding, living situation while she helps Owen out with his own problems with the bullies at school.

 

Thoughts on Let Me In

 

Characters/PerformanceOwen is portrayed as the loner bully victim who doesn’t have any friends, no support from his mother or teachers. He is looking for a way to fight back, be it through his PE coach or with his own choice of weapon, his knife. Abby is the estranged neighbour that offers him friendship but also has her own dark secret which will make friendship all the more difficult. I do feel these characters don’t quite reach the levels that the original manages to achieve.

Performance wise I also think both Kodi and Chloe do a great job but I also feel the original has a more realistic feel to the performances. I don’t feel the rest of the cast get enough time to make the impact as this story is about the two children.

StoryThe story does follow the same path as the original only going for the impact moment to start the film, the story also pays a lot more references to Romeo and Juliet because you can see the same ideas for the story of two young lovers coming from different worlds.

Horror/MysteryThe horror side of the story comes from the graphic attacks but they do feel at times forced for extra impact. The mystery side of the story comes in as we wonder just where things will go if you have never seen the original.

SettingsIn this version we are in small town America which again shows it being a good location for a vampire to hide out and for a young boy to feel lonely in.

Special EffectsWe have limited special effects with them being used well when needed.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good remake that does enough to keep the story similar but bringing enough of an America twist to the story.

 

Overall: This is a remake that works showing if it is done correctly.

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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 – Night of the Living Deb (2015)

Director: Kyle Rankin

Writer: Andy Selsor (Screenplay)

Starring: Maria Thayer, Michael Cassidy, Julie Brister, Nan’l Meiklejohn

 

Plot: After a girls’ night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She’s thrilled, but she can’t remember much of what got her there. Pretty boy Ryan only knows it was a mistake and ushers her out the door… into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life… is trusting them with your heart.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Horror Comey

 

Story: Night of the Living Deb starts as Deb (Thayer) is on a girls night with best friend Ruby (Brister), this night Deb finally goes after a guy she wants in Ryan (Cassidy). After spending the night together Ryan tries to get rid of Deb but her trip home turned into a nightmare as the undead have risen.

Deb and Ryan must put aside their difference to rescue their loved ones and make it to safety before becoming the victims of the zombie apocalypse.

 

Thoughts on Night of the Living Deb

 

Characters/PerformanceDeb is considered a geeky woman who finds a guy considered out of her league in Ryan, now her geek knowledge will help her fight the zombies. Ryan is a free-thinking son of a rich family, but his own beliefs will change how Deb thinks of the world. The rest of the characters including the family of Ryan who are involved with what is happening.

Performance wise, Maria Thayer is great in the leading role, she is funnier hitting on nearly all the comical moments in the film. Michael Cassidy is good in this role too but in places doesn’t click as well as Maria. The rest of the cast all work well with Ray Wise fitting the style of film very well.

StoryThe story is pretty much a routine by the book horror comedy with a zombie background. The idea that our characters know what a zombie apocalypse is does help the story but otherwise the only original angle is the opposites needing to work together. But this is fun and all we need it to be.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy hots for the most part here, we get plenty of pop culture reference and movie lines that add to the comedy too but on the horror, scale the attempts of horror fall into the idea that things are almost comically horror rather than scary.

SettingsThe small-town setting shows us just how the outbreak could happen with people not being able to escape if things got covered up.

Special EffectsThe film doesn’t use many special effects but the few times it does they are fine.

Final ThoughtsIf you like a good zombie comedy that completely understands what it wants to be this is for you to enjoy.

 

Overall: Horror Comedy Fans Watch.

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Original v Remake – Let the Right One In (2008)

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Writer: John Ajvide Lindqvist (Screenplay) John Ajvide Lindqvist (Novel)

Starring: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist

 

Plot: Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Modern Day Classic

 

Story: Let the Right One In starts as we meet bullied school boy Oskar (Hedebrant) who in secret is looking for a way to fight back against these bullies, he attention is caught when a new family with a young girl Eli (Leandersson) moves in to the same apartment building in the dead of night.

Around this same time Hakan (Ragnar) Eli’s father is seen performing a certain style of murder, draining the blood from his victim. This becomes clear when we see him interrupted leaving Eli having to show her own true colours as she hunts in the dark.

The two meet and become friends, but only at night, when it is safe for Eli to come out but Oskar doesn’t know the truth about Eli yet, so does he know what he is getting himself into with this young vampire? When Eli’s father is taken, she finds herself alone with the only friend in the world Oskar, this brings out the truth and a chance for Oskar to get revenge on all of his bullies.

 

Thoughts on Let the Right One In

 

Characters/PerformanceOskar is the typical lonely school boy who never fits in with the people around him finding himself being bullied by class mates looking for an escape from this world. Eli is also lonely because of the vampire side of her, she desires friendship but the vampire in her prevents that happening. We don’t get too much from the rest of the characters, we have the loyal guardian, the bullies and the neglectful parents.

Kare and Lina are both brilliant in the lead roles making you fully understand the motives they both face, the struggles they are going through and just carry this film effortlessly.

StoryThe story focuses on two different loners that are drawn together to help each other solve their own problems. While there is a deeper look at how a vampire could well struggle in the modern world alone which is a huge draw to this movie, we also get to see how one boy handles being bullied with the extreme measurements. This is a slow-moving story that packs a real punch in the second half and is a much watch for the fans of vampire movies and high school movies.

Horror/RomanceHorror side of this film is in the pure violence involved when it comes to the kills or attacks in the movie. The romance side comes from the two young children falling in love with each other.

SettingsWe are kept in this small Swedish town for this movie which shows it to be a perfect location for a vampire to hide out as well as being a place where someone could feel all alone.

Special EffectsWe only have a few special effects in this movie, which I do feel works to all the levels it needs to in this film to make the terror filled moments work to their full effects.

Final ThoughtsThis will go down as a modern classic in the vampire genre, with the final swimming pool scene easily the iconic scene of the movie.

 

Overall: This is a must watch film for the vampire fans.

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