Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – Chillerama

logoDirector: Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Bear McCreary, Adam Rifkin, Tim Sullivan

Writer: Adam Rifkin, Tim Sullivan, Adam Green, Joe Lynch (Screenplay)

Starring: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Tania Raymonde, Eric Roberts, Owen Benjamin, Tracy Dawson, Kane Hodder, Joel David Moore

 

Plot: It’s the closing night at the last drive-in theater in America, and Cecil Kaufman has planned to show four movies, which are so rare that they have never been exhibited publicly on American soil, until this very night.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interest Mini Films

 

Story Reviews

 

Wadzilla (Adam Rifkin): This story follows Miles who is struggling with his sperm levels and Dr Weems gives him experimental treatment to improve his sperm count. The pills have a negative effect because now all Miles has a every increases sized sperm that take a life of their own. Wadzilla is a creature feature with a difference when a giant sperm goes on a killing spree, it knows it is awful but is clearly taking the piss out of the over the town monster movies we have seen through the years. (7/10)

 

I Was A Teenage Werebear (Tim Sullivan): This one starts with Ricky and Peggy Lou two teenagers starting a romance going through a literally song and dance routine. When Peggy Lou gets run over she survives somehow but Ricky’s attention has turned toward the other guys. When Ricky gets bitten on the arse he starts changing into a Werebear and becomes uncontrollable like the ones who bit him. This story feels a lot like The Lost Boys meets Glee, with its really cheesy number and hilarious style. (7/10)

 

The Diary of Anne Frankenstein (Adam Green): For the final chapter we go to war time Germany where Hitler is hunting down Jews where he finds Anna Frank, Hitler finds the diary of Doctor Frankenstein and decides to build his own, but when he monster gets out of control it goes on a killing rampage. This was easily the worst of the four main stories, where it had funny moments but wasn’t interesting. (4/10)

 

Deathication: This is a introduction into the scariest movie ever made and is clearly a giant warning before going into the movie. While this is only short it a beyond awful. (0/10)

 

Zom-B-Movie (Joe Lynch): This is the overall story where we meet the people who have come to watch the selection of horror films being shown by Cecil Kaufman. This is final showing at this drive in movie theatre before it is destroyed, as one of his employees is starting to turn into a Zombie. We follow a few group of friends who comment on the films they have just scene while the zombie numbers start to increase and the virus spreads. (7/10)

 

Comedy: Chillerama has good comedy moments which often come in references to classic films but there is also sex comedy which isn’t my favourite. (6/10)

Horror: Chillerama pays a lot of B-Movies respect to make the film entertaining but isn’t really go to hit any levels of horror. (5/10)

Settings: Chillerama each setting works for the particular film with the overall story being shown at an old school drive-in giving the film the right feeling of B-Movie level. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Chillerama uses the cheesy effects very well and it is clear that is what the film is going for. (7/10)

Suggestion: Chillerama is one for the horror fans to try but don’t expect anything special here. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Cecil Kaufman taking on the zombies with one liners.

Worst Part: Deathication was terrible and insulting.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Scary or Die

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours

Tagline: Drive In- Freak Out

 

Overall: Solid Horror Comedy with ups and downs.

Rating 55

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Digging Up the Marrow (2015)

logoDirector: Adam Green

Writer: Adam Green (Screenplay)

Starring: Ray Wise, Adam Green, Will Barratt, Rileah Vanderbilt, Josh Ethier, Kane Hodder, Tom Holland, Mick Garris, Sarah Elbert, Alex Pardee

 

Plot: A documentary exploring genre based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Horror Mockumentary

 

Story: Digging Up the Marrow starts by interviewing a string of stars/artists/film makers and other people involved in entertainment about monsters and what drove them to enter the form of work they are in now. We meet horror director Adam Green (Playing himself) and his cinematography Will Barratt (Also playing himself). The two are making a documentary about the success and the connection to the fans. One fan Detective William Dekker (Wise) who claims there are real monsters and on the third interview they decide to film his story. Dekker believes there is a place called The Marrow just under our own Earth surface where these ‘freaks’ of the world live without us knowing about them.

Adam, Will and William look plan to spend a night looking for the monsters, the rules are simple follow Dekker’s rules and we learn that this monster investigation is an obsession for Dekker even if Adam is taking it lightly. The first night the crew struggle with lighting because using the camera light would expose them watching the monsters.

When Adam tries to push the limits of the rules but goes too far but captures one of the monsters on camera. Taking the footage back to Editor Jason Either (Playing himself) and monster movie legend Kane Hodder (Playing himself) who believe everything to be a hoax of sort. Two weeks later Will and Adam return and along with Dekker try to think of an idea to be able to film the monsters by creating light source that looks natural. The new idea is a success as the cameras capture a new monster, but the project has to go on hold so Adam goes on tour to the horror conventions.

During the month away Adam learns that Dekker has been reaching out to bigger horror directors to tell his story, in another turn of events Dekker has been visiting the Marrow entrance and acting strangely making Adam question Dekker’s sanity. Determined to get to the bottom of the story Adam and Will decide investigate the Marrow entrance without Dekker to see if the story is true without Dekker being able to put anything on, before learning the truth.

Digging Up the Marrow puts together the idea of what found footage films have been failing with, but without being fully designed as a found footage film. It uses the real director to give the film a true documentary feel but also uses the camera being what we see. Mixing the group together we get to see a very effective horror film that does have a few shocks, it almost pokes fun at all the paranormal investigation type shows without being a flat out comedy and tries to break the fourth wall on many occasions. I personally really liked this idea and simple put this is an effective horror because when the scares happen they are effective. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Ray Wise: William Dekker the man who believes that there are monsters just under the surface of the Earth and has reached out horror directors to help tell his story. Ray gives a good performance as the potential crazy man who could have a true story to tell. (9/10)

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Adam Green: Adam plays himself as the horror director who has been given the story and investigates the story Dekker has given him. Adam ends given a natural performance that shows how Adam wants to find and understand real monsters. (8/10)

 

Will Barratt: Will plays himself and is the man behind the camera through the most part of the film, he is Adam’s friend and along the way he offers the idea to bounce potential theories between the two. Will spends most behind the camera so it is hard to rate highly but does help give the role a natural feel. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Digging Up the Marrow has a supporting cast that is names in horror world that are mainly only used for interviews and learning about what could be real or effects.

 

Director Review: Adam Green – Adam does a great job directing this making us feel like it could be a real documentary that is filled with horror. (8/10)

 

Documentary: Digging Up the Marrow uses the documentary idea by giving the film a full mockumentary idea. (9/10)

Fantasy: Digging Up the Marrow takes us into a fantasy world of what could be under the surface of the Earth. (9/10)

Horror: Digging Up the Marrow lets the horror build up and when we get the scares they are effective. (9/10)

Mystery: Digging Up the Marrow offers up the mystery of what could be real throughout. (8/10)

Thriller: Digging Up the Marrow does keep you guessing to what will happen next and you really don’t know what monster will turn up next. (9/10)

Settings: Digging Up the Marrow uses the settings that work well for the genre, the idea that everything with the monsters is in the dark shows how everyone knows the monsters are meant to be in the dark. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Digging Up the Marrow uses great practical effects for the monsters when we eventually see them. (8/10)

Suggestion: Digging Up the Marrow is one that horror fans should be watching as it will be one of the better ones this year. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Car attack.

Worst Part: It does have a slightly slow moving start.

Scariest Scene: First monster appearance is good jump scare.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: The Buried Secret of M Night Shyamalan

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: You will believe.

Trivia: Digging Up The Marrow will have its world premiere at Fright Fest, a UK genre festival held in London every August. Director Adam Green has hailed Fright Fest as his “favorite film festival on the planet” and this will mark the second time that he has chosen to world premiere one of his films at the festival and his 8th time attending the festival with one of his films. The other film of his that world premiered at Fright Fest was Hatchet 2. Green had apparently written in to his contract for Hatchet 2 that Fright Fest needed to get the world premiere as he attributes Fright fest as the place that the Hatchet series was truly born, even though the film had technically world premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City to an overwhelmingly positive response from both critics and horror fans alike.

 

Overall: When it comes to horror films we have seen plenty of different types but a mockumentary style works in this new way that has good scares throughout.

Rating80

Trailer Alert – Digging Up the Marrow

Plot – A documentary exploring genre based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real.

Release Date:  Non set for UK

Stars:

  • Ray Wise (Jeepers Creepers)

Director: Adam Green (Hatchet)

Highlight of the Trailer: Car attack.

What Looks Good? It looks like the right found footage type style.

What Looks Bad? It could save all the scares for the final few moments.

Summary: Like with many of the films I do worry that we get build for large portions of the film before one big blow out to finish. I do hope it follows ‘The Banshee Chapter’ and flows together with scares and times to catch breath and having Adam Green at the helm I do believe we can trust him to give us what we want from this film.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 80%

My Guess Rating – 75%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Hatchet 3 (2013)

logoDirector: BJ McDonnell

Writer: Adam Green (Screenplay) Adam Green (Characters)

Starring: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, Parry Shen, Robert Diago DoQui, Derek Mears, Cody Blue Snider, Rileah Vanderbilt

 

Plot: Picking up right where Hatchet 2 finishes Marybeth (Harris) thinks she has finally got rid of Victor Crowley (Hodder). She heads back to town with proof he is finally dead. She turns up in the police station with a gun and a scalp, being arrested by Sheriff Fowler (Galligan, Yes the kid from Gremlins) she has to convince him that what happened was real.

 

With a Police team, paramedics and a SWAT team lead by Hawes (Mears) looking for dead bodies, but Victor Crowley is back and this time he wants his biggest body count yet. An ambitious but disgraced reporter Amanda (Williams) is trying to uncover the truth. Marybeth, Amanda and Deputy Winslow (Diago DoQui) head back out to the swamp to end it all forever.

 

Verdict: Special Effects Bloodbath

 

Story: The first one told us the legend, the second one told the history, and this one comes full circle and offers the solution. We do follow two stories one offers a more serious story element telling how they can stop Crowley for good, while the other is just used to create a body count. While it is more of the same from the first two, it is simple enough to follow and for gore fans it is just plan enjoyable. (7/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Danielle Harris: Marybeth the blood soaked heroine who has to take down Victor Crowley once and for all. Good performance that really shows that she is a modern day scream queen. (8/10)

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Kane Hodder: Victor Crowley the disfigured monster who just can’t be stopped. Kane is made to play the monster on the screen. (7/10)

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Zach Galligan: Sheriff Fowler who doesn’t believe in the Victor Crowley legend and goes to find out what is happening with his team. Good from Zach showing he makes a good addition to any horror film. (7/10)

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Caroline Williams: Amanda a Victor Crowley believer who wants to find out the truth to bring credit back to her work. Good performance in a character that takes over the story telling part of the film. (7/10)

 

Parry Shen:Andrew a paramedic who gets scared easily. Parry has been in all three films now and if you watched the first two you know what happens to him, the wait is on. (7/10)

 

Director Review: BJ McDonnell – Good direction to create a blood soaked horror film. (8/10)

 

Action: The action comes fast and in your face. (8/10)

Horror: Blood, gore, body count what more could you ask for in a horror? (9/10)

 

Settings: The swamp again but this time it doesn’t use it as well as previous films. (7/10)
Special Effects
: No CGI effects make the special effects for the death brilliant. (10/10)

Suggestion: You have seen the first two, you have to watch the third one. You like gore watch. If you don’t like horror or gore don’t go near it. (Horror Fans Only)

 

Best Part: The special effects.

Worst Part: Short film again.

Action Scene Of The Film: SWAT, Police versus Victor Crowley.

Funniest Scene: A surprise cameo.

Kill Of The Film: Schneiderman

Believability: No way over the top. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Always

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: None

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 81Minutes

Trivia:Two former Jason Voorhees actors Kane Hodder and Derek Mears.

 

Overall: Blood Bath Gore Modern Horror Fun

Rating 75

Hatchet 2 (2010)

posterDirector: Adam Green

Writer: Adam Green (Screenplay)

Starring: Danielle Harris, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Perry Shen, Tom Holland

 

Story: Picking up right where Hatchet finished, we have Marybeth (now played by Danielle Harris) escaping from Victor Crowley (Hodder). Marybeth seeks out help from Reverend Zombie (Todd). She wants to take out Victor Crowley after his murdered her father and brother. Through Reverend Zombie we learn the horrific origin story behind Victor Crowley. Zombie brings together all the best hunters or anyone who wants to make some money to finally put an end to Victor Crowley and start his tour business again with the guide to the terror from the night before Marybeth.

 

Verdict: A modern day slasher that offers plenty of blood and gore. Having horror film icons Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination) and Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees Friday the 13th 7-10) is a huge selling point along with Danielle Harris (From Halloween 4-5 as well as the Rob Zombie remakes) as the tough girl taking on the monster. Using the idea of voodoo in New Orleans has an alternative take on how to create a serial villain to be the new generations Michael Myers, Freddy Kruger or Jason Voorhees. In the new world of horror where you find a lot more about supernatural phenomenon it is refreshing to see a much more old school horror.

 

Horror: Slasher horror at its very best in a more modern world of special effects (10/10)

Special Effects: With some of the most horrific kills in horror the special effects make this stand out with how real even if over the top the kills look (9/10)

Settings: New Orleans Swamps creating isolation with surrounding area adding potential jumps round every corner (9/10)

Suggestion: Every horror fan will enjoy the blood and gore fans will come to love this I would suggest to all fans to watch this and the rest of the films in the series. (9/10)

 

Star Performance: Danielle Harris – takes over from Tamara Feldman and takes Marybeth character to the next level.

Favourite Character: Reverend Zombie – full of sinister nature

Best Part: The Chainsaw scene, shocking violent and funny at the same time

Worst Part: is too short is the only fault

Favourite Quote: Bob ‘Come on, you hatcher-faced fuck!’

Trivia: There is a small cameo showing an interview on the news of one of Adam Green’s characters from Frozen talking about what happened to them during the film.

Similar Too: Hatchet, Halloween (2007)

Overall: Modern day slasher that will leave you wanting more proof you can make a good horror film for less than one million dollars.

Rating 88%