Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Raze (2013)

razeDirector: Josh C Waller

Writer: Robert Beaucage (Screenplay) Robert Beaucage, Kenny Gage, Josh C Waller (Story)

Starring: Zoe Bell, Rachel Nichols, Tracie Thomas, Bruce Thomas, Bailey Anne Borders, Rebecca Marshall, Allene Quincy, Doug Jones

 

Plot: Raze, a horror/action film, focuses on two abducted women & 50 other women who are forced to fight each other using their bare hands.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Messy Fighter Film

 

Story: Raze starts as we watch Sabrina (Bell) and Jamie (Nichols) kidnapped and taken to remote building along with 50 other women who have been whittled down to 22 to fight to the death by Joseph (Jones).

The women are forced to fight or their loved ones will pay the price and we are left to wonder who will make it out alive.

Raze comes off as a fight for survival film which goes along the lines of an Unleashed just without the passion behind any of the character’s decisions or making us care about anyone in the film. This comes from introducing too many characters and having no structure to when they fight. In the end this has no shocks and the twists come off as complete fails by the end of the film.

 

Actor Review

 

Zoe Bell: Sabrina is the tough silent woman who is easy to turn into a deadly weapon. As all the women are fighting for something Sabrina’s battle is to save her daughter from these people. Zoe is solid but doesn’t really carry the film enough for the lead in it.

Doug Jones: Joseph runs the fighting competition and is very proud of his work hosting it. He keeps his fighters in check while keeping his clients happy with the fights. Doug is good with his few scenes but needs to be a much more impactful character for the story.

Tracie Thomas: Teresa is the eldest of the fighters who tries to keep the others calm but she is just as deadly in the combat room. Tracie is good for a supporting role.

Support Cast: Raze has a string of supporting characters who are all disposable fighters with weak generic back story to hopefully make us care about what is going on.

Director Review: Josh C WallerJosh gives us a film that has more potential but really just ends up falling very flat with unlikable characters throughout.

 

Action: Raze has very basic fighting action with nothing really reaching the brutality it could have.

Horror: Raze doesn’t have the elements of horror to become scary in anyway.

Settings: Raze keeps the settings looking very raw throughout to show the conditions the women have to fight in.
Special Effects
: Raze has good effects when it comes to the kills even if a lot is camera work.

Suggestion: Raze is really one you could avoid because it really just comes off messy in places. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: The final act is good.

Worst Part: Fighting choices have no really decision about them.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

Tagline: No man could survive this.

 

Overall: Messy action horror that lacks any moment of real shocks.

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Cooties (2015)

cootiesDirector: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion

Writer: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan, Josh C Waller (Screenplay) Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan (Story)

Starring: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Ian Brennan, Jorge Garcia, Cooper Roth

 

Plot: A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun But Not Completely Entertaining Zombie Film

 

Story: Cooties starts as the summer school’s chicken supply gets recalled before we meet aspiring author Clint (Wood) who is a substitute teacher for the summer. Clint meets all the colourful teachers at the school with sports coach Wade (Wilson) old friend Lucy (Pill) Tracy (McBrayer), social awkward Doug (Whannell) and Rebekkah (Padrad) who have to work with all the troubled students.

When the students turn out to be infected and start craving human flesh the teachers are trapped in the school with the crossing guard Rick (Garcia) watching stoned from the outside. The teachers have to survive until school closes before they can escape from the undead children looking for blood.teacher

Cooties has to get praise for trying to take the zombie comedy to a new direction with how the infection spreads with the children being the only ones being infected. The idea of having a miss-mash of teachers that have to keep face when in fact hate each other works too. I didn’t like the romantic triangle which feels really forced for attempted comedy. This is a really simple entertaining comedy horror without being anything special.

 

Actor Review

 

Elijah Wood: Clint is the aspiring author that takes a summer job as a substitute teacher at his old school, he is very quiet and is using this job to work on his novel. He has to work with the teachers to survive against the kids that have the thirst for blood. Elijah gives us a performance you expect to see in his new career choices.

Rainn Wilson: Wade is the sports coach, he only seems to care about himself even with his girlfriend a fellow teacher at the school. He doesn’t like Clint as we see the two clash throughout the survival attempt. Rainn is fun as this over the top role.wade

Alison Pill: Lucy is the old school friend of Clint’s who offers to help him around the school much to the annoyance of her boyfriend Wade. She comes off like the sweet teacher that wouldn’t do anything wrong but by the end we see how tough she is really is. Allison is good in this role with good moments even while dealing with the love triange.

Jack McBrayer: Tracy is one of the fellow teachers that has to survive the attack, he is a concerned teacher and can’t handle the blood. Jack really is only a supporting character that doesn’t get enough time to uses his talents.tracy

Support Cast: Cooties has a group of funny supporting characters and it would be fair to say the kids are all good in this film.

Director Review: Jonathan Milott, Cary MurnionThe pair give us a fun horror comedy from start to finish.

 

Action: Cooties has good comedy action when it comes to taking out the infected kids.

Comedy: Cooties has good moments of comedy that all work with the genre.

Horror: Cooties has good horror moments where the film creates good tension.

Settings: Cooties has a cool setting for the idea which is original for genre.
Special Effects
: Cooties has great special effects for the gore.

Suggestion: Cooties is one to try but isn’t going to be the first one to check off. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The effects works for genre.

Worst Part: Dual wheel moments.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Left open to a new

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

Tagline: Circle, circle. Square, square. Now you have it everywhere

 

Overall: Basic horror comedy that doesn’t check all the boxes and needs to go back the summer school

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