Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Red Clover (2012)

logoDirector: Drew Daywalt

Writer: Anthony C Ferrante (Screenplay)

Starring: Derek Babb, Dave Davis, William Devane, Matty Ferraro, Billy Zane, Kelly Washington, Azure Parsons, Dane Roberts, Gabriel Jarret, Karl Herlinger, Courtney Halverson, Andrea Frankle

Plot: Sixty-six years ago the town of Irish Channel in Louisiana was the site of a horrible massacre on St. Patrick’s Day. Some blame a terrible storm that blew through the town, but those that were there don’t speak of the truth. Due to petty superstitions St. Patrick’s Day festivities were banned for the last 66 years, but now the new Mayor wants to tempt fate and celebrate.

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Verdict: Solid TV Horror

Story: Red Clover starts with the legend of the Irish community that moved to USA with their gold, but it came from a creature that escaped with them losing it all. We are now in modern time with Pop O’Hara (Devane) hunting with Karen (Halverson) when she stumbles across a red leaf clover unleashing a creature from its ancient burial ground.

Karen’s dad just so happens to be the Sheriff (Zane) who doesn’t get along with his father and his beliefs taking Karen home after the incident in the woods. We learn that Pop has been searching for leprechauns his whole life even if it end up getting him into trouble along the way. Karen has been imprinted by the clover which starts her having nightmares and ditching school. Karen has to search for answers that only Pop could answer because a doctor can’t find anything wrong with her even though the sighs show she is sick.

St Patrick’s day is approaching and people are getting picked off right left and centre, as Karen continues to have strange occurrence happening around her. Karen must race against time to put the leprechaun make in its resting place before it ends up taking over the community.

Red Clover brings a massive amount of Irish clichés when it comes to fighting a Leprechaun creature rather than what we are used too. It all works well for the style of horror with a creature after the town’s people and one person knowing how to fight back, one girl that will win the fight against them. This will offer nothing new to the genre because it never challenges itself to become original. I won’t say this is bad but I also won’t say it is good either, just standard. (/10)

Actor Review

Courtney Halverson: Karen O’Hara is our heroine who gets infected by the red clover, she gets stalked by the leprechaun creature. She has four days to put the leprechaun back into its resting place or she will die. Courtney does a solid job in the leading horror character role. (6/10)karen

Billy Zane: Sheriff Conor O’Hara is Karen’s father who has been dealing with his own father’s issues overtime but when the leprechaun comes to life he has to help fight the superstition before it kills his whole community. Well billy Zane has fallen from where he used to be. (3/10)

William Devane: Pop O’Hara is the town drunk who has spent his life trying to prove leprechauns are real and now he has to go up against a real one to save his grand daughter. William does a solid job but really should be doing more for his career. (5/10)pops

Support Cast: Red Clover has a supporting cast that all end up being generic characters that all play out to be victims.

Director Review: Drew Daywalt Drew does a solid job with this film, he doesn’t challenge enough of originality but doesn’t get the basic wrong. (6/10)

Horror: Red Clover does a basic job but never really reaches the scare level it should and also has a couple of cheap scares. (5/10)

Thriller: Red Clover doesn’t really keep you guessing because you know no one will make it out when it comes to the supporting characters. (4/10)

Settings: Red Clover takes us to a small town where we get to see the community that ends up having the creature unleashed. (6/10)
Special Effects: Red Clover does go for practical effects which works because we all like a good blood splatter. (8/10)

Suggestion: Red Clover is one that really is for late night television only. (Late Night TV)

Best Part: St Patrick’s Day Queen Kill.

Worst Part: Not a leprechaun.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

Tagline: Evil has a new holiday.

Overall: Red Clover is a hell of a lot better than Leprechaun Origins but that wasn’t difficult.

Rating 50

 

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Unfriended (2015)

logoDirector: Levan Gabriadze

Writer: Nelson Greaves (Screenplay)

Starring: Shelly Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrere, Mickey River

 

Plot: A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.

 

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Verdict: Karma Through Skype

 

Story: Unfriended starts by making it clear we will only see Blaire’s (Hennig) prospective on everything which includes her looking into a high school suicide that happened one year ago. The suicide was at her school and was one of her friends who got bullied into it. Next we watch her do what all high school kids do have really awkward sex chats through Skype with her boyfriend Mitch (Storm) I mean really awkward he looked so uninterested it is unbelievable. Their little talk gets interrupted when their friends Jess (Olstead), Adam (Peltz), Ken (Wysocki) and Val (Halverson) join the conversation.

The friends have an uninvited guest in the conversation that can’t be identified through the normal methods. The person claims to be the suicide girl who wants to play a game to unravel the friendships before forcing the friends to take their own lives like they made her.

Unfriended is a film that I first have to praise for an original idea with its look but that is where the praise will be ending. I am not sure if this is meant to be a comedy horror but if it was it achieves this with ease. I personally found myself laughing at so many different things through this film and of o wasn’t laughing I was holding my head going ‘really are you that stupid?’ I think the film really struggles to make any likable character because all six of the friends are complete back stabbing people who only look out for each other, they also have way too many secrets and are willing to sell each other out. Finally we are going to hit the trademark rant of mine, NOT ALL TEENAGERS DO DRUGS AND DRINK TOO MUCH. How many times do I have to bring this up seriously? In the end this film bottles down to a bullying revenge film from beyond the grave, it lacks the ideas that could tease at it being a real person doing the killing and making it a ghost is fine, but why didn’t they all just switch off the computers and meet up? (4/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Cast: Unfriended is too difficult to look into any of the stars performance, they all look like genuine friends at the start but clearly over react to what happens as the story unfolds. Each character is unlikable because of their action but you can see why the group stick together before learning the secrets. They all do make us believe they could be just chatting but in the end we don’t care.

 

Director Review: Levan Gabriadze – I do like how the director tried to make this different but I just wish he would have created a character I could have routed for. (5/10)

 

Horror: Unfriended does puts us into the idea of something happening beyond the grave that our characters simple can’t escape from. (7/10)

Thriller: Unfriended does keep you wondering what will happen next or who will be the next victim. (7/10)

Settings: Unfriended keeps all the action inside the house where each victim lives making everything frightening for our characters when terror comes home. (9/10)

Suggestion: Unfriended is one for the horror fans to try but don’t expect too much, you will have to get through a lot of constant arguing between the friends with the horror being more tension built that in your face. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Ken’s shocking violent death because it makes us see that this is actually going to be a serious horror.

Worst Part: Too funny to be taken seriously.

Funniest Scene: Blaire typing, just make up your mind.

Kill Of The Film: Ken

Scariest Scene: Ken getting his visit.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: They will find a way to make one, but please no.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Cyberbully

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $31 Million (to Date)

Budget: $1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

Tagline: Online, your memories last forever. But so do your mistakes

Trivia: All filmed in one house with all the cast members in different rooms.

 

Overall: Just watch Cyberbully, it tackles to same problem with a realistic outcome and realisation of the mistakes made.

Rating 40