Alan Tudyk Weekend – Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010) Revisited

Director: Eli Craig

Writer: Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson (Screenplay)

Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Philip Granger, Brandon Jay McLaren

 

Plot: Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students.


Tagline – The perfect love story… with a high body count.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Bloody Hilarious

 

Story: Tucker and Dale vs Evil starts when Tucker (Tudyk) and Dale (Labine) head into the woods to their holiday home by the lake, the same weekend Chad (Moss) leads his college house out to the woods for their own weekend of drinks and drugs.

When one of the students Allison (Bowden) gets injured, Tucker & Dale take her to rescue, this is where the miscommunication starts when Chad makes the rest believe Tucker & Dale are hillbilly killers and a series of failed rescue attempts get to see the body count only complicated for the rest.

 

Thoughts on Tucker and Dale vs Evil

 

Characters – Tucker is the smarter of the two friends, he looks over Dale when he is struggling with life decisions and talks the two out of trouble. Dale is the simply minded of the two, he does have the ability to remember an information he is told, he gets a crush on Allison and we follow how he tries to gain the confidence to speak to her, while trying to defend himself from the college students. Allison is the beautiful college student that doesn’t completely fit in with the rest of the group, she gets injured and rescued by the friends. She learns to accept people that look different which causes most of the confusing in this film. Chad is the leader of the college group, he has a tragic backstory which motivates him into his actions through the film.

PerformancesTyler Labine & Alan Tudyk show wonderful chemistry through this film as they show they have comic timing that fits the characters. Katrina Bowden fits the beautiful young woman roe well, the looks are important to make this character standout. Jesse Moss plays his character well become more psychotic as the film unfolds.

StoryThe story follows a pair of hillbillies that run into a group of college kids in the woods, we get to play into the ideas that are the typical traits within the horror, as the hillbillies are calm instead of bloody hungry killers and the students have played into the fears people can have for who people are. This is how the genre can turn the ideas on its head which plays into the comedy needed for the film and the story gets a chance to just play along with everything that is going on. We do go down the typical slasher genre, because we get the large group picked off, while most look like suicide it does falls into the ideas the slasher genre has.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy gets to turn the typical horror traits on its head, which is it what makes this film feel refreshing to watch and if you are a horror fans you will get most of the jokes being used.

SettingsThe film keeps nearly all the action in and around the wood area, with have no easy escape after the car leaves early on and the signal is gone, meaning the college students must think for themselves.

Special EffectsThe effects are very impressive when it comes to the deaths, we get original ones that manage to by funny as well as brutal.


Scene of the Movie –
The woodchipper.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The students are portrayed to be complete idiots.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the best horror comedies out there, it will get laughs from the audience with the horror audience understanding nearly every joke being played out in the film.

 

Overall: Funny, entertaining, a must watch.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – 13 Eerie (2013)

ddfkdDirector: Lowell Dean

Writer: Christian Piers Betley (Screenplay)

Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Michael Shanks, Brendan Fehr, Brendan Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jesse Moss

 

Plot: Six forensic undergrads embark on a scientific expedition to a remote island that was once used as illegal biological testing grounds for life-term prisoners.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Forensic Zombies

 

Story: 13 Eerie starts when our 6 forensic students Megan (Isabelle), Daniel (Fehr), Josh (Fletcher), Patrick (Moss) Kate (Patterson) and Rob (Eisner) along with their driver former criminal Larry (Moran) heading to abandoned prison the 13 Eerie for a test under the instructions from Tomkins (Shanks). The prize is that two students will get a chance to move into the forensic science learning division.

When the groups start having technical issues that is only the beginning of their problems as the dead from the Eerie seem to be coming back looking to feed on the students. Is there something about the prison that Tomkins didn’t know about that has put everyone in danger and who will make it out alive?

13 Eerie comes off nicely but does have its’s flaws. First off the idea of these people learning how to deal with dead bodies and investigating what happened to them is very good concept because they shouldn’t panic easily. The problem is we learn very little about any of the characters before they get there with none of the students coming off as bad people while a couple do come off to dumb to be standing in this environment. We also only learn very thin ideas to what happened at the prison which does leave it feeling incomplete really. If you just want the blood and gore this is everything you would expect but you can pick plenty of holes in the story.

 

Actor Review

 

Katharine Isabelle: Megan is one of the students who I think is meant to be the hard working one who has earnt all her chances, she is determined to overcome an obstacle put in her way along the test but now she will have to face the undead to make it out alive. Katharine is always a great leading lady in horror.

Michael Shanks: Tomkins is the man running the test, he has created the crime scenes and is extra strict towards his students as they look to be the very best. He doesn’t listen to any warnings from Larry and ends up having to join the remaining students to fight the undead. Michael does a solid job in this role where he is the authority to the situation.

Brendan Fehr: Daniel is the most serious of all the students, he looks like he is going to be one of the two selected winners and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty on the job. He takes charge of the situation when his partner goes missing. Brendan is good in this role where he is the smartest of the people involved.

Brendan Fletcher: Josh seems to be the slightly more deranged one that is enjoying the investigation of the dead bodies, much like Daniel he isn’t afraid to her his hands dirty when it comes to this job. Brendan does a good job in this role but is sadly only really supporting.

Nick Moran: Larry is the idiot driver and former criminal that is scared to be just going to this place because he has heard the stories about what has gone on there in the past. He does make for extra laughs because he is very clumsy. Nick gives us the required comedy light hearted side to the story we needed.

Support Cast: 13 Eerie has a supporting cast that are really just the disposable characters in the film.

Director Review: Lowell DeanLowell gives us a good blood and gore film but doesn’t have the best storyline decisions.

 

Horror: 13 Eerie is filled with plenty of blood and gore throughout.

Sci-Fi: 13 Eerie has the idea of being used with the undead coming back to life.

Settings: 13 Eerie puts our characters into an isolated location with history which works for all the concept behind the film.
Special Effects
: 13 Eerie has great effects with the kills being used through the film.

Suggestion: 13 Eerie is one for the horror fans to enjoy but only if you like the blood and gore side of the genre. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part:  Blood and gore

Worst Part: Character development

Kill Of The Film: Zombie Rob

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: CAD$ 3 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

 

Overall: Bloody gorefest that is enjoyable throughout

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Wolfcop (2014)

wolfcopDirector: Lowell Dean

Writer: Lowell Dean (Screenplay)

Starring: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Sarah Lind, Corinne Conley, Jesse Moss, Jonathan Cherry, Aidan Devine, James Whittingham

 

Plot: As a series of strange and violent events begin to occur, an alcoholic policeman realizes that he has been turned into a werewolf as part of a larger plan.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Twist on Werewolf Genre

 

Story: Wolfcop starts as we meet alcoholic cop Lou Garou (Fafard) who is one of the deputies in a small town that is falling apart with crime. There is a hunting celebration coming to the town along with a mayor race. When Lou answers a late night call he finds himself attacked, branded but dumped back in his own home with heightened sense.

When mayor candidate Terry Wallace (Alexander) is killed there is talk of the festival being cancelled, but Lou finds out the truth about that night when he turns into a wolfman before he gets to spend the night with beautiful barmaid Jessica (Lind). When Lou starts using his wolf side to fight crime he discovers the cover up running through the town.

Wolfcop is a nice twist on the werewolf genre having the werewolf being a cop that works for good, we are used them only being on the dark side of the story. We also get a revenge like story with how the cop wants to clean up the city. We get plenty of twists through the story which keeps us guessing throughout the story. This is just a fun film so the story isn’t the most important side to everything which works taking away the serious side the story could have.

 

Actor Review

 

Leo Fafard: Lou Garou/Wolfcop, as Lou he is an alcoholic police deputy who is just getting through each day, but once he turns into Wolfcop he starts fighting crime cleaning up the town that has been getting controlled by a higher power. Leo is good in this role where he plays both the cop and the Wolfcop.lou

Amy Matysio: Tina is the second deputy that has to work to figure out what is happening to with the change to Lou, she has to fight to save him from what seems like the rest of the town. Amy is good in this supporting role.

Sarah Lind: Jessica is the bar owner that has a thing on the side for Lou, she keeps him liquored up and keeps the town happy with the drinks flowing, but is she everything we see her as. Sarah is good in the supporting role where her mysterious side is clear to see.

Corinne Conley: Mayor Bradley is controlling the town, she has a secret to why she has lasted so long in power. Corinne is important to final act of the film but we don’t see enough from her character early enough in the film.

Support Cast: Wolfcop has a supporting cast that includes all the members of the town who follow certain moments that happen, Willie is the highlight of the supporting characters.

Director Review: Lowell DeanLowell gives us a fun horror comedy that brings a fresh twist to the werewolf genre.

 

Comedy: Wolfcop has good moments of comedy as we see how donuts are important to the cop and Wolfcop.

Horror: Wolfcop uses the gore factor for the horror factor of the story.

Settings: Wolfcop keeps everything in a small town to show just how this cult works.
Special Effects
: Wolfcop uses the effects well to create the Wolfcop character along with the kills.

Suggestion: Wolfcop is one to try as the fans of the horror comedy should enjoy this one. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Wolfcop stops a robbery.

Worst Part: We don’t see enough from the supporting characters.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: CAD 1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 19 Minutes

Tagline: Here comes the fuzz

 

Overall: Enjoyable horror comedy that takes the werewolf genre in a different direction.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Ginger Snaps (2000)

logoDirector: John Fawcett

Writer: Karen Walton, John Fawcett (Screenplay)

Starring: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Mimi Rogers, Jesse Moss, Danielle Hampton, John Bourgeois

 

Plot: Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Realistic Werewolf Film

 

Story: Ginger Snaps starts by taking us to a suburban neighbourhood where a woman finds her dog dead, we also see the reaction from the rest of the neighbourhood who know about something killing animals. We then meet sisters Brigitte (Perkins) and Ginger (Isabelle) who want to plan the perfect suicide but for now just create the perfect looking ones for class projects. The sisters are conceded outsiders by the rest of the school.

The Beast of Bailey Down is killing dogs and to get revenge on a bully the girls want to pretend their dog was taken by the beast. The girls end up getting attacked by the beast which just so happens to be a werewolf leaving Ginger bitten but the beast dead. Two reflect getting attack Ginger just so happens to start her menstrual cycle. The next day Ginger starts to change mixing with people she wouldn’t consider talking to, including seeing how local school drug deal Sam (Lemche) was the one who hit the beast.

As the time goes by towards the next full moon Brigitte starts to investigate what could be happening and the only person she can talk to about it is Sam. Ginger continues to becoming more open but showing signs of becoming a werewolf in the future. Brigitte and Sam work together to find a way to cure the transformation as Ginger becomes more violent as her transformation continues.

Ginger Snaps manages to balance the ideas of puberty with the ideas of werewolves and shows how similar the two are. It shows the awkwardness of changes teenagers go through and how difficult it can be while going through high school, but using the werewolf symbol takes away what was a real change by turning into a fantasy change. When you are to put this film next to fellow werewolf films it does stand up well when it comes to the slow transformation and it also tries to eliminate any of the urban legend ideas behind them too. When it comes to the savage attacks we miss the gory details but we do get to see the aftermath. This is one that will be remembered and will easily gather fans. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Emily Perkins: Brigitte younger of the two sisters who tries to find a cure for the werewolf transformation going through Ginger. Emily does a good job in the role of solving the problem however hard it is to do so. (7/10)

 

Katharine Isabelle: Ginger who gets attacked by the werewolf just as she starts going through her first period, over time she starts to change both going through a transformation into a werewolf. Katharine does a good job in the lead role that shows she was going to be big in horror. (7/10)

 

Kris Lemche: Sam local drug dealer who kills the beast and teams up with Brigitte to find a cure for the transformation. Kris does a good job in the supporting role. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Ginger Snaps has a supporting cast that includes the high school students who are a mix of every type you would expect to see. It also has the parents who are the over protective but have problems.

 

Director Review: John Fawcett – John does a good job directing bring the werewolf style back to life with one of the best of the current century. (8/10)

 

Horror: Ginger Snaps enters the horror world well with the use of the werewolf but never really have many scares until the final moments. (8/10)

Settings: Ginger Snaps shows how simple the location can be to bring the horror back home and personal. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Ginger Snaps uses good effects to create the transformations and no CGI. (9/10)

Suggestion: Ginger Snaps is one for the horror fans to enjoy. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Transformation.

Worst Part: High school politics.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has a sequel and a prequel

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Won 8 Awards through the horror genre.

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Tagline: Ginger Snaps….AND Bites

Trivia: Along with the coincidence of stars Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins auditioning on the same day, the two actresses were also born in the same hospital, attended the same pre-school, elementary school, and private school, and worked through the same talent agency.

 

Overall: Cult Classic Werewolf Film

Rating 70

Extraterrestrial (2014)

logoDirector: Colin Minihan

Writer: Colin Minihan, Stuart Ortiz, known as The Vicious Brothers (Screenplay)

Starring: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Melanie Paplia, Jesse moss, Anja Savcic, Seas Rogerson, Emily Perkins, Gil Bellows, Michael Ironside

 

Plot: A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Good, The Bad and The Generic

 

Story: Extraterrestrial starts by showing a woman running for help Nancy (Perkins) tries getting help before being taken. Cue the opening credits followed by the Police investigating what has happened Sheriff Murphy (Bellows) leads the investigation. Next we meet April (Allen) who is going to her family’s cabin to take photos to sale it. Her boyfriend Kyle (Stroma) decides to bring along a few friends Melanie (Papalia), Seth (Moss) and Lex (Savcic) and make it a weekend. The group gets a warning of strange goings on from Sheriff Murphy but continue to have a party weekend while trying not to worry about their futures. They discover the creepy pot growing neighbour Travis (Ironside) who is also after the truth about flying objects.

The weekend takes a turn for the worst after Kyle’s marriage proposal gets rejected by April, this leaves the guys siding and the girls siding increasing the tension between the group. When something crashes in the woods near our group they decide to investigate only to find a flying saucer and foot prints leading away from the wreckage. After having their first encounter with an alien they end up killing one, then they become trapped fighting for their lives against aliens hell-bent on revenge after the treaty between the aliens and humans in broken, you don’t engage.

Extraterrestrial builds upon a conspiracy theory that we have a deal with a species of aliens where they can take as many people for tests as they like and we get technological advances. This is one of the good points along with the alien creation though familiar works nicely along with the ship. On the negative side we have to deal with very generic characters and also character deaths that make no sense because of how their story is nowhere near complete. The story jumps between subgenres with ease, but as always my pet hate in these horror films is that not all young adults just want drugs all the time. This turns into an enjoyable horror that keeps the shocks coming around each corner but sadly leaves too many plot-holes open. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Brittany Allen: April our leading lady who along with her friends goes to the cabin in the woods, she shots one of the aliens causing all the consequences to happen. April also was free to go and begged to be taken even though she didn’t love the guy, well that is what she said and knew nothing about the aliens. Brittany does a solid job with the character. (6/10)

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Freddie Stroma: Kyle the boyfriend who wants to get married but  after getting shot down he gets moody, then when the aliens turn up it was like nothing happened. Freddie does a solid job. (6/10)

 

Michael Ironside: Travis our generic crazy person who is actually right, he has his own weed farm and knows what is going on and how to avoid it. Michael does a good job in the supporting role. (7/10)

 

Gil Bellows: Sheriff Murphy here is the most interesting of the characters, his wife vanished one night and he always wanted to know what happened and by the time he finally get around to seeing what is happening he gets killed. Gil does a good job making the most interesting character out of a supporting one who really needed more screen time. (8/10)

 

Support Cast: Extraterrestrial supporting cast isn’t the largest and mostly involves the rest of the friends in the cabin each one is rather generic and just makes for an easy target to get rid off.

 

Director Review: Colin Minihan – Colin does a good directing this horror never letting it become too predictable but not having enough good scares. (7/10)

 

Horror: Extraterrestrial has good horror elements but not enough get used to create the good jump reaction the situation could have. (6/10)

Sci-Fi: Extraterrestrial creates a world where aliens are real and have a deal with us, it also creates a very good space ship interior. (9/10)

Settings: Extraterrestrial has good horror elements for its settings with isolation and also once we see the ship’s interior we get a well-designed idea. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Extraterrestrial has great special effects with the aliens, the ship and kills. (9/10)

Suggestion: Extraterrestrial is one for the horror fans to enjoy, it has plenty to work with and plays around nicely with certain subgenres of horror. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The idea to build on a real conspiracy.

Worst Part: Sheriff Murphy’s story had a lot more to it and was cut too short.

Lessons Learned: Don’t break interplanetary treaties.

 

Believability: I have given this a low mark because people do believe in the base storyline. (2/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could have.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

 

Overall: Interesting Idea

Rating 65