Seventh Moon (2008)

Director: Eduardo Sanchez

Writer: Eduardo Sanchez, Jamie Nash (Screenplay)

Starring: Amy Smart, Tim Chiou, Dennis Chan

 

Plot: Melissa and Yul, Americans honeymooning in China, come across the exotic ‘Hungry Ghost’ festival. When night falls, the couple end up in a remote village, and soon realize the legend is all too real. Plunged into an ancient custom they cannot comprehend, the couple must find a way to survive the night of the Seventh Moon.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Camerawork Ruins the Film

 

Story: Seventh Moon starts as newlywed Melissa (Smart) and Yul (Chiou) are travelling around China for their honeymoon, we get the montage to show the best bits, before they take a trip with their trust guide Ping (Chan) who leaves them in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night.

Getting concerned the two investigate only to learn not everything is as it seems and now they must battle to survive against the locals and their spirits that are visiting on the Seventh Moon,

 

Thoughts on Seventh Moon

 

Characters – We know horror movies don’t get the best character development and this movie shows why, we have American Melissa who would rather be swimming with dolphins than going to China the homeland of her husband, she is stronger when it comes to surviving horror, forcing her husband to do the manly thing. Yul is the Chinese American that married Melissa and is heading to his homeland for their honeymoon, she doesn’t speak fluent which shows during the non-English moments and needs to be pushed to do the right thing.

PerformancesDoes any remember when Amy Smart was shine in the teenage romantic comedies over the turn of the century, Road Trip and later Just Friends? Well this is where she ended up doing horrors which doesn’t involve too much actual acting. Tim Chiou doesn’t give the best of performances, again this is down to the material and awful camerawork.

StoryThe story wants to be something a lot bigger than what we got, in reality it is American tourist not understand culture and getting caught in the middle of a ritual they don’t understand, mostly running around the woods/forest screaming and hiding. When we watch horror, we don’t always need the best stories, granted but we do at least need something to care about, characters to root for an enemy we might understand. This gives us none of this and ends up feeling flat and boring throughout.

Horror/ThrillerThe horror in this film comes from what is in the woods/forest, it uses the myth of the Seventh Moon to say spirits will come out looking for fresh blood and these creatures are what we must see our character hide and fight against.

SettingsThe setting is the woods or forest, this is fine and works for the idea in the movie, we know that small communities will have different beliefs and while the settings are not used in the most terrifying way they suit the film we are watching.

Special EffectsThe effects are the confusing part of this film, this is because the make-up works very well for the creatures, but the camerawork makes this borderline unwatchable at times.


Scene of the Movie –
The creatures attack.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The camerawork is terrible.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid idea for a horror film, but the camerawork starts to make this feel unwatchable for the most part.

 

Overall: Camerawork ruins a smart idea that should work.

Rating

 

 

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Exists (2014)

logoDirector: Eduardo Sanchez

Writer: Jamie Nash (Screenplay)

Starring: Dora Madison Burge, Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn, Jeff Schwan, Brian Steele, Denise Williamson

 

Plot: A group of friends who venture into the remote Texas woods for a party weekend find themselves stalked by Bigfoot.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: High Definition Found Footage

 

Story: Exists starts by giving us the Bigfoot statistics and that the creature is only dangerous when it is provoked. We meet our five friends Dora (Burge), Matt (Davis), Todd (Edwards), Brian (Osborn) and Elizabeth (Williamson) who are on a road trip to have a party filled weekend. Straight after the opening credits role we see the friends accidently hit something while driving through a dark road, this leads to looking into what they had hit with terrifying crying coming from within the woods. Believing it might just have been a bear the group continue on their journey arriving at their creepy cabin in the woods.

Reaching the cabin we see how it has been left open which leads to the friends having to spend the night in the car, even with the creepy noise still seemingly following them everywhere they go. Brian the main guy with the camera who is filming the other four doing extreme sports for YouTube, seems to be filming everything and just so happens to get a glimpse of a Bigfoot leading him to investigate alone. We learn the Brian and Matt are brothers and the cabin belongs to one of their uncles who claimed to have seen something in the woods years before.

The night the Bigfoot attacks the cabin leaving the friend standard in the woods with no car leaving the friends with no choice but to use one of their bikes to find help. Matt goes alone to find help leaving the other four to fend for themselves against whatever the Bigfoot has in store for them.

Exists has to go down as one of the best horror films of this years and it follows a very basic idea for a story. Friends go down to the woods and end up disturbing a Bigfoot leading to them having to fight to survive. This is easy to make easy to follow but I do have one big question really, did we need the found footage angle? When you watch you will understand that the footage all looks way to clear for a true found footage, but it did give them an excuse to use a couple of original ideas for the footage being recorded and also gave them a chance to be able to jump between shots because of the multiple cameras. I feel this is a very good and enjoyable horror film that doesn’t need the found footage angle. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Dora Madison Burge: Dora is one of the friends who doesn’t seem to get many lines early in the film. Dora like the other lady of the film doesn’t really get a chance to do anything in the film. (4/10)

 

Samuel Davis: Matt is the nephew of the cabin owner who ends up having to stick up for his brother before going off alone to look for help. The character of Matt is a good first victim and Samuel does a solid job with his small amount of time. (6/10)

 

Roger Edwards: Todd is your alpha male of the group who manages to put a plan in action to defend the friends who stay behind even though he doesn’t like the behaviour of Brian. Roger does a good job and makes his performance look realistic with all the emotions his character has to go through. (7/10)

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Chris Osborn: Brian is the camera man and expert who tries to communicate with the Bigfoots but only seems to insight their rage. He is also related to the owner of the cabin. Chris does a give a good performance and can’t fault him, but did his character really need a camera for the whole film? (7/10)

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Denise Williamson: Elizabeth is the last member of the friends who is the girlfriend to Todd and much like Dora doesn’t get a chance to say much in the first half of the film. Denise doesn’t really get any screen time to work with if I am being perfectly honest. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: Exists only has small appearance from any other actor who only appear to surprise.

 

Director Review: Eduardo Sanchez – Eduardo has evolved his style in the found footage genre to carry on his ability to make a frightening horror film. (8/10)

 

Horror: Exists manages to build tension very early making nearly every scene have a feeling that something will happen. (9/10)

Settings: Exists uses the isolated setting to its advantage by putting our victims on the location the Bigfoot knows perfectly. (10/10)

Suggestion: Exists is one that all the horror fans should watch it really does manage to make everything high tension from start to finish. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Making an instant impact.

Worst Part: Couple of annoying shaky cam moments.

Scariest Scene: First attack.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Willow Creek

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

Tagline: The legend is real. So is the terror.

 

Overall: Exists has to go down as one of the best horror films  this year, fully of tension and scares, a must watch for horror fans.

Rating 80