Horror Franchise – Scream 2 (1997) Revisited

Director: Wes Craven

Writer: Kevin Williamson (Screenplay)

Starring: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Jerry O’Connell, Jada Pinkett, Liev Schreiber, Elise Neal, Joshua Jackson, Timothy Olyphant

 

Plot: Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins.


Tagline – Someone has taken their love of sequels one step too far

Runtime: 2 Hours

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Smart Sequel

 

Story: Scream 2 starts a couple of years after the events in the first film, a motion picture called ‘Stab’ is just being released from the Gale Weathers (Cox) book about the events, at the premier two teenagers are murdered. We pick up with Sidney (Campbell) at college still dealing with prank phone calls.

We get to see old faces in Randy (Kennedy) Gale, Dewey (Arquette) along with new friends Cici (Gellar), Mickey (Olyphant), new boyfriend Derek (O’Connell) and roommate Hallie (Neal) who bring us a brand new selection of suspects and potential victims, add Cotton Weary (Schreiber) the man who did time for a crime he never committed to the picture we will be kept guessing through this one.

 

Thoughts on Scream 2

 

Characters – Sidney is back studying a college and over the events of the first film, she has moved on with a new boyfriend and new friends, that is until the ‘Stab’ movie is released. Sidney becomes the primary target of the killer and must use the experience with surviving a massacre before to make it out alive. Dewey still suffering the effects of his injuries in the first film, he is no longer a cop and with the events occurring he arrives back in Sidney’s life to try and help before the killer can get near her. Gale wrote the book on the murders, the one that the movie is based on, she is still trying to get a story, but does start to learn the errors in her way when she deals with other reporters. Cotton Weary does have a bigger part this time, as he is trying to piece his life back together after the wrongful accusations. Randy returns to give us the rules needed to make a sequel which an important part of the original. Of our new characters we get the new boyfriend in Derek who seems to be the best part of Sidney’s new life. Cici is the best friend at the college that is the more popular one at the college. This movie does have a larger cast than the first film which doesn’t always give the characters enough screen time.

PerformancesNeve Campbell is still good in her role, she does make us believe she is the everyday student that is being tormented by the killer. Courteney Cox and David Arquette continue their good work in the supporting roles, where this film struggles to get the best of the of the supporting cast is by introducing too many characters, with Sarah Michelle Gellar seemingly filling the Drew Barrymore type role, where we expect to see her more in the film.

StoryThe story picks up in a universe following the events of the first film where Hollywood makes movies on massacres, with this release we get to see the darker side of Hollywood taking advantage of real-life murders and how the innocent victims and survivor can be painted differently to cinematic purposes, well that seems to be the message I picked up on in this one. when it comes to the slasher side of things we get to watch the victims getting picked off by the killer, this does feel the same as before, while the references through this film focus on the idea of the sequels that Hollywood makes, and how they always story to improve on the last, though we do step away from the horror discussion this time.

Horror/MysteryThe horror side of the film comes from the ideas that people can take advantage of tragic stories for a bigger story, reflecting the events of the film, the mystery can keep us guessing to just who could be behind it this time around with plenty of potential suspects.

SettingsThis time the film is set in a college that show us just where Sidney is now in her life which is important as she has moved on, but the event will always be part of her life.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film once again show us how blood and gore can be achieved without going over the top.


Scene of the Movie –
The showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many supporting characters this time around.

Final ThoughtsThis is a sequel that is well worth the watch, it shows progression in the horror genre with a sequel that does make sense to how an everyday person would be moving on with their life after the events in the first one, while still having the tragedy on their shoulder.

 

Overall: Good fun sequel.

Rating

 

 

Franchise Weekend – Justice League Dark (2017)

Director: Jay Oliva

Writer: Ernie Altbacker (Screenplay) J.M DeMatteis, Ernie Altbacker (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Rosario Dawson, Camilla Luddington, Jerry O’Connell, Jeremy Davies, Alfred Molina, Enrico Colantoni, Matt Ryan, Jason O’Mara, Nicholas Turturro, Roger Cross, Ray Chase

 

Plot: Beings with supernatural powers join together to fight against supernatural villains. This team of supernatural beings include John Constantine, Zatanna and Jason Blood also known as the demon Etrigan.


Tagline – Every super hero has a dark side.

Runtime: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Darker Justice League Delight

 

Story: Justice League Dark starts when the people of the world start seeing demons in everyday life causing them to commit crimes including murder. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern are doing their best to solve the mystery which leads them to work with John Constantine.

John is joined with his connection Zatanna and Boston Brand as Batman leads the investigation to the mysterious demons being seen by the people around the world. Destiny an ancient evil has returned and only Constantine’s dark magic can save humanity.

 

Thoughts on Justice League Dark

 

Characters – Batman must look outside of the normal Justice League for help on the latest mission, one that goes into the dark arts of magic, he must use his connection to find Constantine as they prepare to fight to save the world once again. John Constantine is the British dark arts expert, he doesn’t get on with many people, but knows each and every connection in the darker side of the universe. Zatanna is the connection between Batman and Constantine, she does have Boston around to help control bodies, which is what Boston uses his abilities for, Jason Blood is the one friend that John still has even if they do have moments where they don’t see eye to eye, as well as his own inner demon which does the fighting for him. Destiny is the demon that is trying to find his way back to Earth after being left in darkness after his failed invasion.

StoryThe story here takes Batman to a new group the dark magic group of the DC Universe which brings us the darkest story to date. We only have small appearances from most of the Justice League, this does let the new characters have the focus for the story which is important because we are in a world a dark magic. This does have twists along the way in the story which will keep you guessing along the way and if you don’t know most of these characters you will get a chance to learn with how they are introduced through the film.

Action/Fantasy/HorrorThe action does fill the quota for a big superhero style fighting film, we have lots of explosion and destruction with each case getting bigger as the film unfold. Where this film uses the fantasy card is with the magic involved in the film, we get to see the creature from different universes appear and fight, with some showing us the horrors in these worlds.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show us the different places the magic can take us, we see the darkness and the normal, the homes of the new characters and the past of them too.

AnimationThe animation is of good quality here and fits the style of the film giving us the action and horror we deserve.


Scene of the Movie –
Swamp Thing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Slight short again.

Final ThoughtsThis is a much darker comic book movie with the big name of Batman involved, it works with the worlds colliding giving each side the battle they are looking for.

 

Overall: Darkest Justice League story.

Rating

 

 

Franchise Weekend – Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016)

Director: Sam Liu

Writer: Bryan Q Miller, Alan Burnett (Screenplay) Bryan Q Miller (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Rosario Dawson, Christopher Gorham, Shemar Moore, Jerry O’Connell, Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, Jake T Austin, Taissa Farmiga, Sean Maher

 

Plot: Robin is sent to work with the Teen Titans after his volatile behavior botches up a Justice League mission. The Titans must then step up to face Trigon after he possesses the League and threatens to conquer the world.


Tagline – Two teams. One epic battle.

Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Justice League Movie

 

Story: Justice League vs. Teen Titans starts as Robin’s behaviour on the latest mission sees him disappointing his father Batman and letting down the Justice League, being forced by Nightwing, to work with the Teen Titans, Raven, Blue Beetles, Beast Boy and Starfire.

With Robin needing to bond with people his own age, the evil spirit Trigon finds a new host in Superman, one deadlier than the Justice League is ready to handle, leading to the Teen Titans needing to assist in the defence of the planet.

 

Thoughts on Justice League vs. Teen Titans

 

Characters – Robin is the son of Batman, he has been getting tired of going on the mission and not getting involved in the action, he ends up being sent to the Teen Titan headquarters to learn about teamwork, here he discovers that his abilities will make him a great leader. Starfire runs the Teen Titans, she is from another universe which has seen her become like a guardian to the teens. Raven is another inter-dimension being that has called Earth home, she has a connection to Trigon showing she is the only one that knows how to stop him. Beast Boy, Blue Beetle and Nightwing complete teen titans. The Justice League do take a step back for Robin to learn, with Batman being the disappointed father, Superman being the one that gets taken over first, with Trigon as the demon villain wanting to destroy the Earth.

StoryThe story here shows that Robin needs to learn his place in the world of superheroes as he isn’t ready to be a part of the Justice League and will need to be ready to lead another team of young heroes, the Teen Titans. This does show how the Justice League can’t always be turned to, to fight evil and how the past of the young teens will show they will be best to fight against the enemies that will come to Earth. This does build on everything we have meant in the genre bringing the adventures the popular characters into the animated world which can make things bigger too.

Action/ComedyThe action is big fight sequences which show what each hero is capable off, the comedy in the film comes from how the teens react to the superhero world they aren’t fully prepared for.

SettingsThe film uses the basic big city settings, while going to other worlds to learn the bigger pictures.

AnimationThe animation is this film is good without reaching the levels of Pixar levels of the film.


Scene of the Movie –
The trip to hell.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is too short really.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun animation that brings the Justice League into new light which is refreshing to see.

 

Overall: Justice League animation to enjoy.

Rating

 

 

Space Station 76 (2014)

Director: Jack Plotnick

Writer: Jennifer Elise Cox, Sam Pancake, Jack Plotnick, Kali Rocha, Michael Stoyanov (Screenplay)

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Marisa Coughlan, Matt Bomer, Jerry O’Connell, Kylie Rogers

 

Plot: A 1970s version of the future, where personalities and asteroids collide.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: So Much Potential

 

Story: Space Station 76 starts on board the Omega 76 as Captain Glenn (Wilson) is welcoming a new crew mate LT Commander Jessica (Tyler), the ship is filled with colourful characters with Misty (Coughlan), Ted (Bomer), Steve (O’Connell) and Sunshine (Rogers).

Upon her time on the ship Jessica learns about the people on the ship as we witness all their different personal issues on this lonely voyage.

 

Thoughts on Space Station 76

 

Characters/PerformanceCaptain Glenn is a depressed, social awkward frustrated by the lack of promotions man who pushes everyone away on the ship. Jessica is the new crew member trying to make friends only finding herself dealing with jealousy and other issues from the current crew. The rest of the characters included a bored wife, hardworking engineer and a young lonely girl.

Performance wise, everyone is fine with Patrick Wilson getting to have the most fun through the film bring his own quirky style to his character.

StoryThe story follow social situation on a space craft set in the 70s, it is just an oddball drama. We have plenty of generic storylines to follow but nothing overly fancy for us to follow or get interested in, this would have worked as more of a full-blown comedy.

Comedy/Sci-FiThe comedy is mostly quirky through the film not making you laugh at any jokes just odd things that happen, the sci-fi idea is interesting seeing this idea of space travel from what is meant to be the 70s is fun to watch.

SettingsThe setting is good for this film because it is a time and a solo spaceship which works for what it is trying to do.

Special Effects –  We have solid but nothing special from the effects that all look low budget.

Final ThoughtsThis is slightly misleading film, it is a lot of just social situations on a spaceship where people now live, we don’t get an idea of the mission the plan or the point.

 

Overall: Boring film in all honesty.

Rating

 

 

Obsessed (2009)

logoDirector: Steve Shill

Writer: David Loughery (Screenplay)

Starring: Idris Elba, Beyoncé Knowles, Ali Larter, Jerry O’Connell, Donnie Perlman, Christine Lahti, Scout Taylor-Compton, Richard Ruccolo

 

Plot: A successful asset manager, who has just received a huge promotion, is blissfully happy in his career and in his marriage. But when a temp worker starts stalking him, all the things he’s worked so hard for are placed in jeopardy.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fatal Attraction 2

 

Story: Obsessed starts by showing happily married couple Derek (Elba) and Sharon (Knowles) moving into a brand new house. Derek is a well-respected asset manager who has just closed a big deal for the company. After meeting the new temp Lisa (Larter) we get a slightly uncomfortable life scene between the two. When returning back to work after a weekend Derek finds the temp is covering for his own assistant, this causes tension in his marriage after Sharon wants to see Lisa gone.

When Ben (O’Connell) believes Lisa has got eyes for Derek, things start getting uncomfortable when Lisa re-appears as another assistant in the office. At the Christmas party where spouses are not invited things start getting out of control when Lisa tries to force herself onto Derek. After Lisa quits, Derek thinks he is in the clear, things come back to a new level when Lisa returns into Derek’s life putting everything he has at risk.

Obsessed follows the very same ideas behind the film ‘Fatal Attraction’, though it does cut back on anything graphic. What holds the film back would be the decision making the characters make, for example if you had married a guy you would trust him more but then you would expect him to laugh and joke about the situation the stalker puts him in from the first little incidents before things got out of hand. The fact that he never did anything works well because he really does become the victim of the situation but the ‘she’s not coming back moments’ do drag along because we know she will be back, if not what would be the point in the film? This does have tension built up but not to the level it could do. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Idris Elba: Derek a successful asset manager who is also happily married but when a new temp starts getting too interested in his life. Derek has to deal with being accused of an affair and prove that he didn’t to his wife while Lisa continues to pop back up in his life. Idris does a good job showing he can be a lead in a film. (7/10)

 elba

Beyoncé Knowles: Sharon loving wife of Derek’s and mother to his child who spends her time around the house before getting suspicious of the new temp. Sharon does question he husband’s innocents to the affair before finally seeing the light that Lisa is crazy. Beyoncé struggles to make an impact her, she is fine with the discussion scenes but doesn’t handle the reactions well. (5/10)

beyonce

Ali Larter: Lisa the new temp who gains an instant attraction to Derek but when he rejects her she starts to become more demanding falling into the stalker. Ali does a good job becoming the obsessed lady and pulls out all the crazy needed. (7/10)

 lisa

Support Cast: Obsessed has a supporting cast that includes fellows employees with Derek who all act very generic, a babysitter who isn’t the smartest and a detective who just seems to make notes.

 

Director Review: Steve Shill – Steve does a solid job directing he does build the tension well but the quiet moments get rather boring. (6/10)

 

Thriller: Obsessed does use the tension well when it is needed but the parts between don’t seem to interesting. (6/10)

Settings: Obsessed uses very generic settings like office, home and hotels which shows us the main location Derek will be. (7/10)

Suggestion: Obsessed is one to try the thriller fans out there may enjoy more than the rest but for the casual fans it won’t appeal that much. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Cat Fight

Worst Part: The dull non stalker moments.

Lessons Learned: See HR as soon as the first thing happens.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Fatal Attraction

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $73 Million

Budget: $20 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Tagline: This spring, beware the obsessed.

 

Overall: Just Your Average Stalker Film

Rating 60