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 Halloween Midnight Horror – Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

logoDirector: Ronny Yu

Writer: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift (Screenplay) Wes Craven, Victor Miller (Characters)

Starring: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Monica Keena, Jason Ritter, Kelly Rowland, Chris Marquette, Brendan Fletcher, Katharine Isabelle

 

Plot: Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they’re out to get each other, too.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Most Entertaining Entry in Both Franchises.

 

Story: Freddy Vs. Jason starts by filling us in on Freddy Krueger’s (Englund) back story because we haven’t heard it before, wait a minute. Freddy has been forgotten by all the kids of Elm Street and now Freddy has search hell for a way back, his answer is Jason Voorhees (Kirzinger) the machete wielding killer or Camp Crystal Lake. Freddy brings Jason back from the dead forcing him to go to Elm Street to start killing again.

Time to meet our teenage victims Lori (Keena), Kia (Rowland), Gibb (Isabelle), Blake (Kopp) and Trey (Hutch) who are, wait for it home alone on a stormy night with drinks. Lori has been struggling since the disappearance of her first love Will (Ritter) many years before. When the first kill happens in the Elm Street house the name Freddy Krueger starts popping up in conversation, but keeping it quiet from the teenagers.

When Freddy isn’t strong enough he starts appearing in the dreams but can’t kill his victims leaving Jason to build up the scare factor on the teenagers. We meet Will and his friend Mark (Fletcher) who have been institutionalized by the parents of Springwood so they can keep Freddy and his story from coming back. The teenagers of Springwood start suffering the nightmares of Freddy Krueger but Freddy doesn’t realize just who he has released into the world as the two killers start competing for the kills where neither staying awake or sleeping is safe.

Freddy Vs. Jason is the mix of two iconic franchises where we get to see two icons of the horror genre fight, we have seen 10 Friday the 13ths and 7 Nightmare on Elm Streets so it would be fair to say both franchises had started to run dry. This film breathes new life into both of the franchise and even giving us the back story the next generation might not know about. The film is hugely over the top but that works for it because the kills are so entertaining you just don’t know what will happen to the characters. It would be honest to say this is just pure entertainment that will be enjoyed by the fans of both franchises. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Robert Englund: Freddy Krueger is our dream killer who the town has forgotten, he recruits Jason to bring back the fear to his town Springwood but his plan goes wrong when Jason just doesn’t stop killing the victims before he can get his hands on them. Robert gets his darkest look to date in the series and gives a great performance. (8/10)

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Ken Kirzinger: Jason Voorhees is the silent serial killer who is following his mother’s instruction or so he thinks to go to Elm Street and start killing the teenagers, but we all know he simply can’t be stopped once he starts killing. Ken makes for a very imposing Jason that brings the fear to the character. (8/10)

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Monica Keena: Lori Campbell is our leading lady who just so happens to live in the very house where the first Nightmare on Elm Street’s victim Nancy lived. Lori has to team up with her friends and her lost love to try and stop not just Freddy but Jason. Monica does a good job as the leading lady being hunted down by two serial killers. (7/10)

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Jason Ritter: Will Rollins is the first love of Lori who gets put in an institute to help cover up the existence of Freddy Krueger but when the killings starts up again he breaks out to try and save Lori. Jason does give a good performance as the caring boyfriend fighting the killers. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Freddy Vs. Jason has a large supporting cast that pretty much make up the victim lists and we do have generic teenagers making the list here, over protected best friend, slutty girl, stoner, the virgin and the troubled past. We also see the adult characters used very well to create the cover up against Freddy Krueger.

 

Director Review: Ronny Yu – Ronny brings his style to the iconic horror film that is filled with blood, gore and a mega body count. (8/10)

 

Horror: Freddy Vs. Jason brings the old school slasher into the next generation showing how to build a body count but never truly scaring us. (7/10)

Thriller: Freddy Vs. Jason does keep you guessing to how, who and by whom the human character will meet their fate. (9/10)

Settings: Freddy Vs. Jason pays respect to the franchises by taking the action to iconic locations used in previous outings. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Freddy Vs. Jason uses great effects for the kills through the film but there are a few questionable uses of effects. (7/10)

Suggestion: Freddy Vs. Jason is one for all the horror fans to watch, it could easily be one of the most enjoyable re-watchable horror films this century. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Final battle.

Worst Part: Loses any suspense.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final fight.

Kill Of The Film: This is a hard choice so many great kills but I will have to go with Trey.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No, but did end up in Graphic novel form against Ash from the Evil Dead too.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $115 Million

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: Freddy Vs. Jason! Place your bets!

Trivia: Ken Kirzinger had to undergo some dental work during filming, but it would have taken too much time to remove his makeup and costume and reapply them. When he arrived at the dentist’s office still dressed as Jason (without the hockey mask), people were afraid he was an escaped psychopath and almost called the police.

 

Overall: The battle to end all battles between the icons of horrors.

Rating 80

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

Trailer Alert – Torment

Plot for Torment – Newlyweds Cory and Sarah Morgan take Cory’s 7-year old son Liam up to the country for some much needed family time. When it appears as if Liam has run away, psychological suspense becomes straight-out horror, as Sarah and Cory must now confront a sadistic cult-like family who have been hiding in the house all along and have taken Liam for themselves.

Release Date: No Wide Release in UK

Questions:

Torment looks like it will be an intense horror, what do you think?

Torment stars scream queen Katharine Isabelle, will this be one of her best?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 80%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

See No Evil 2 (2014)

logoDirector: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska

Writer: Nathan Brookes, Bobby Lee Darby (Screenplay)

Starring: Glenn Jacobs, Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Chelan Simmons, Greyston Holt, Lee Majdoub, Michael Eklund

 

Plot: A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws.

 

Verdict: Slasher Soska Style

 

Story: We follow our young morgue employees as they have to deal with the corpses of the Jacob Goodnight massacre. We have to see how the two employees desperately try and flirt with each other, when a group of friends come for a surprise birthday party. We go through the typical party scenarios; including one friend having an obsession with the Goodnight murders (Even though they only happened that day) she searches the morgue for the body only to discover that he wasn’t dead. Now the group are now trapped in the morgue with the murderer chasing them down to complete his mother’s wishes.

I haven’t been afraid to question a lot of thing that happened in the first one, mainly that the wrong people were the heroes. This ended up with a group of much more realistic good guys, working everyday jobs and planning on enjoying life. I also think a big positive would be the group only enjoying a few drink, no use of drugs which seems all too often in slasher films. Saying this we do lose some of the gore factor which pulls the film back into the classic horror slasher era. We don’t always need the over the top gore. It is interesting to see how the Jacob Goodnight character has been evolved into a much more interesting villain. Sadly this will just end up going down as an average slasher that tries too hard to respect too many of the originals. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Glenn Jacobs: Jacob Goodnight serial killer who is thought to be dead, but he doesn’t stay dead for long and this time he has a building full of tools to use on his victims. Good performance from Glenn who makes for a villain everyone should be scared off. (8/10)

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Danielle Harris: Amy birthday girl who chooses to help on at work with all the dead bodies arriving, when he friends throw her a party she is having a good time but when Mr Goodnight makes a surprise appearance she has to run for her life. Solid performance from the current scream Queen. (7/10)

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Katharine Isabelle: Tamara the friend with an unhealthy obsession with Jacob Goodnight, she finds the body and continues to go too far with it, but soon she is sent running after Jacob awakens and starts killing. Solid supporting performance, as the over the top drunk character who fails to follow slasher rules. (7/10)

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Kaj-Erik Eriksen: Seth co-worker of Amy who doesn’t quite fit in with everyone else there, he gets on with his work but he soon bumps into Jacob and spends the night trying to keep Amy safe. Solid performance as the unlikely hero. (7/10)

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Support Cast: In what was a very small cast the remaining members of the cast all make the disposable characters.

 

Director Review: Jen & Sylvia Soska – With the twins putting their own touch to the slasher genre, they keep things very simple and try to keep the ideas from the originals instead of going for all the blood and gore. (7/10)

 

Horror: When it comes to slashers it full nicely into what you expect to get, it does have a few jumps and a few shock kills. (8/10)

Settings: Trapped in isolation works for this horror film.(10/10)
Special Effects
: Very good effects with some of the kills using good practical effects. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the horror fans out there, if you like a slasher film you will enjoy but if you’re expecting plenty of blood and gore this might not be up to the standard you will be expecting. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Jacob gets refuel

Worst Part: Lacks blood and gore the first one used.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could have one

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

Overall: Slasher With Plenty of Salutes

Rating 71