A Quiet Place (2018)

Director: John Krasinski

Writer: John Krasinski, Bryan Woods, Scott Beck (Screenplay)

Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Leon Russom, Cade Woodward, Doris McCarthy

 

Plot: A family lives an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound.


Tagline – If they can hear you, they can hunt you.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nerve Shredding Horror

 

Story: A Quiet Place starts as we follow the Abbott family, 89 days into an apocalypse, father Lee (Krasinski), mother Evelyn (Blunt) and children Regan (Simmons), Marcus (Jupe), Beau (Woodward), they must stay silent or an unknown predator will come for them, we see how they get supplies and travel on created paths which won’t make noise. When Beau makes a noise with a toy he has taken, we learn the devastation of the predator.

About one year later we return to the family, living on a farm, still in as close to silence as they can get, we do have tension between Regan and Lee, while Evelyn is expecting a new baby. The new two days will show how sudden the threat can be as the predators are attracted by the additional noise and the battle to survive is on.

 

Thoughts on A Quiet Place

 

Characters – The characters focus on the family dynamics, we have the father Lee that is desperately trying to find a way to keep his family safe, while supporting them by hunting and building a defence, Evelyn that is holding everyone together, while preparing for her next child, Regan is the most interesting character, in a world of silence, her character being deaf adds a dimension to how she can cope better than the rest, she is filled with guilt because of what happened to her younger brother, believing her father blames her. Marcus is the youngest and the one Lee wants to prepare to take over the duties in case something ever happened to him. These are the characters we spend most of the film with and you do want to see what they are getting up to.

PerformancesJohn Krasinski took dual roles here, behind the camera too which he gets it perfectly correct, his acting performance is wonderful too and being opposite his real wife helps get that extra level of emotion be needs as a husband and father. Emily Blunt, the one that can do no wrong, she is brilliant too throughout the film. the two child stars are fantastic here, giving us a performance that makes us believe they are actually related too.

StoryThe story here is simple, a family trying to survive in a world where any noise will attract a predator that will kill you, you can’t run, you can try to hide and you will not beat it. The story is brave because it shows you the predator early on, which is what is needed because it shows you just how sudden death will be if you make a sound. Watching the family dynamics is interesting too because we are seeing a family dealing with grief and guilt for what happened, while also trying to survive in this world. How they go about it is interesting to see and apart from generic horror mistakes this story will keep you on the edge throughout the film.

Horror/ThrillerThe horror in this movie comes from knowing you will not survive an encounter with this predator that hunts through sound, we are kept on edge for the whole film which helps us believe the world we are entering.

SettingsThe world created seems simple, it does feel lived in because of the time the characters are meant to have been surviving in 400days+ and using the environment to survive shows us how the human knowledge could find a way.

Special EffectsThe effects are mostly used for the world around the predators, they look scary, they are terrifying and effects show us what they can do.


Scene of the Movie –
The whole night sequence is edge of your seat.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This is a strange moan, as this is meant to be selected to be at times. We sometimes hear what the deaf Regan hears, which adds something haunting to the movie, then we have music which works, I would have loved to have seen this whole film from what she hears, pure silence.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily a contender for horror film of the year, it is fantastic, edge of your seat and by the end you will need regain your breath.

 

Overall: Must see Horror movie of the year.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Bethany (2017)

bethanyDirector: James Cullen Bressack

Writer: James Cullen Bressack, Zack Ward (Screenplay)

Starring: Stefanie Estes, Zack Ward, Tom Green, Shannen Doherty, Anna Harr, Leon Russom

 

Plot: Claire and her husband find themselves moving back into Claire’s childhood home only to have the abusive and traumatic memories of her mother come back to haunt her. As her husband starts to get more work, Claire finds herself mixed up in a fog of past and present with a mysterious figure haunting her memories. What is this small figure that is trying to reach out to her, and what does it want?

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Horror

 

Story: Bethany starts when married couple Claire (Estes) and Aaron (Ward) move back into Claire’s childhood home, this brings out all the memories of her disciplined mother Susan (Doherty). The two want to try and start a new life here but the visual nightmares Claire starts to suffering bring back the memories of her invisible friend Bethany.

As the Bethany figure continues to haunt Claire it becomes clear that the spirit is trying to makes Claire hurt herself, but with Aaron never seeing the spirit he is left to watch her own wife dive into madness and even the family friend Dr Brown (Green) can’t see the haunting side of the story.

 

Thoughts on Bethany

 

Characters/PerformanceClaire is a character that has grown up with a tortured youth which is still affecting her to this day, she has had a stillborn and now she is looking to recover with a new life with her husband. Having these elements mixed together leaves us being torn between whether she is being haunted or really just losing her mind, this is a newly found common trend in horror and I like it. Aaron is the husband who wants to move on after their personal tragedy and only knows one way to make this happen, keeping busy. Dr Brown does what you need, finds the answers, while Susan is the strict mother.

Performance wise Stefanie Estes does a good job in the lead role dealing with the mix of emotions she must go through, with Zack Ward doing well as the husband. Tom Green and Shannen Doherty also do well even if they are the bigger names within the film they are only the supporting cast.stars

StoryThe story does borrow from a mix of other horror films, I liked how the well-designed idea of is it real or is it her head works really well in horror, other parts will include spoilers but there is enough in the mixture to make a fresh feel for the most part in this film.

HorrorThere was good moments of horror with a mix of special effects offering gore in place that could turn heads. There are a few suspense moments but once you figure out the story you can feel comfortable with the horror moments.

SettingsAll the horror side of the film takes place inside the home which works for the story going on through the film and is important to the final outcome of the film.

Special EffectsThis film is very hit or miss with the special effects, certain ones look great the others you can see the CGI.genre

Final ThoughtsThis horror plays into all the right boxes for where it wants to go which is all good but you can figure out the ending slightly too early.

 

Overall: This is a good horror that will easily gain fans but like all horrors if this isn’t your style of horror you won’t enjoy.

Ratingrating

 

 

Halloween Kingathon – Silver Bullet (1985)

Banner-3logoDirector: Daniel Attias

Writer: Stephen King (Screenplay) Stephen King (Novel)

Starring: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim, Megan Follows, Robin Groves, Leon Russom, Terry O’Quinn

Plot: A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives Marty Coslaw, – a paralytic boy – his uncle and his sister – the narrator of the story.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Forgotten Werewolf Film

Story: Silver Bullet starts in a small town with narration explaining that we are going to learn about their long nightmare which started on a full moon. Tarker’ Mill is the small town in question where our Jane Coslaw (Follows) live with her family as well a narrates the story. Jane lives with her little handicapped brother Marty (Haim) and there parents Nan (Groves) and Bob (Russom), Jane and Marty have your typical sibling rivalry that is really pushing Jane’s patiences.

The town is under attacked from a werewolf but the residents are still trying to figure out what is going on. Marty looks up to his estranged drunk Uncle Red (Busey) who has been causing problems for years. When the body count continues to grow Marty teams up with sister Jane, Uncle Red and his new wheel chair the Silver Bullet to stop the werewolf terrorizing the town.

Silver Bullet brings us into a classic werewolf tale but most importantly it enters into the idea of the town really not knowing what it is attacking people while we did. I liked how the film flowed with our leading character Marty learning the truth rather than it being a complete battle from start to finish, I also like how it was investigating who the werewolf was as many films don’t touch that subject. I think this is one of the better forgotten werewolf films. (7/10)

Actor Review

Gary Busey: Uncle Red is considered a drunk by his family but is always looked up to by his nephew Marty. When the people of the town start getting picked off he works with Marty to figure out what is going on along with the newly created Silver Bullet. Gary gives a good performance in a role I don’t think many other people could have play this well. (7/10)

Everett McGill: Reverend Lowe is the prim suspect in the werewolf case and ends up involved in a cat and mouse like style against Mary. Everett makes for a good villain creepy throughout. (7/10)

Corey Haim: Marty Coslaw is the handicapped boy who starts questioning what is going on in his town while everyone else is involved in a witch hunt Marty starts investigating the idea of a creature being responsible. Corey does a good job as the determined young boy in a different look for a leading role. (7/10)

Megan Follows: Jane Coslaw is our narrator who is recounting her story about what happened where she has to suffer dealing with her young brother who never gets blamed for anything. She does end up helping her brother investigate who the werewolf was. Megan does a solid job in this role. (6/10)

Support Cast: Silver Bullet has a typical supporting cast with the highlight being the Sheriff played by Terry O’Quinn from Lost fame.

Director Review: Daniel Attias – Daniel gives us a good werewolf film that could be in the league with the very best. (7/10)

Horror: Silver Bullet brings us a good horror element film with the added werewolf story. (8/10)

Mystery: Silver Bullet gives the town the mystery of what is going on while giving us the mystery of who is the werewolf. (8/10)

Thriller: Silver Bullet keeps us guessing on how it will end and has a couple of very suspense filled scene. (8/10)

Settings: Silver Bullet keeps the setting in a small town showing just how close the community is when they have to fight back. (9/10)
Special Effects: Silver Bullet has good special effects for the time showing that transformation scenes are important in the genre. (9/10)

Suggestion: Silver Bullet is one to watch, I think a lot of people might have missed this and could enjoy this. (Watch)

Best Part: The chase scene.

Worst Part: Showing the werewolf too early to the audience.

Action Scene Of The Film: Silver Bullet versus the car.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $7 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline:  Part human. Part wolf. Total terror.

Overall: Good Werewolf film that many will have missed.

Rating 70

No Way Out (1987)

logoDirector: Roger Donaldson

Writer: Robert Garland (Screenplay) Kenneth Fearing (Novel ‘The Big Clock’)

Starring: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton, Howard Duff, George Dzundza, Jason Bernard, Iman, Fred Dalton Thompson, Leon Russom

 

Plot: Tom Farrell (Costner) is a navy officer who gets posted at the Pentagon and is to report to the secretary of defence David Brice (Hackman). He starts an affair with Susan Atwell (Young) not knowing that she is Brice’s mistress. When Susan is found dead, Tom is assigned to the case of finding the killer who is believed to be a KGB mole. Tom could soon become a suspect when a Polaroid negative of him was found at Susan’s place. He now has only a few hours to find the killer before the computer regenerates the photo.

 

Verdict: Suspense Thriller

 

Story: What starts out as a simple investigation into a murder, that we know who did it gets turned into an attempted cover up leaning more into a frame. We know who committed we know who saw but the eye witness has to work the crime to prove the other man was guilty. Being trapped in the Pentagon working the case without being a loud to leave keeps everything tightly together. This is unusual as we know everything about the crime but we have to watch as each side figures out how to expose or create a truth. Add in a twist ending that makes things seem even tenser you get yourself a very good thriller. (8/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Kevin Costner: Tom the navy commander who gets the promotion to help work a connection case between the senator and secretary of defence. He ends up falling in love with the secretary of defence’s mistress and has to prove he murdered her when they are all after the other man, him. Good performance from Costner. (8/10)

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Gene Hackman: David the secretary of defence who kills his mistress but instead of going to the police he is talked into covering it up and framing it on her new lover. Good performance that doesn’t take away anything from the more villainous role involved. (8/10)

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Sean Young: Susan the victim who is quite happily a mistress but falls in love with a complete stranger. Good performance for a totally bitch woman performance. (7/10)

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Will Patton: Scott the man behind the cover up, thinks he is on top of everything and quite willing just to sweep it all under the carpet to keep his man in power. Good performance from Will showing a political villain. (8/10)

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Director Review: Roger Donaldson – Good direction to create a tense thriller throughout. (8/10)

 

Action: A couple of foot races is about as far as you get for action but they are good for the time it was made. (6/10)

Crime: The crime solving is not up to us but it more about trying to get their own truths out. (9/10)

Thriller: Thrilling throughout keeps you are the edge of the seat. (9/10)

Settings: Being trapped in the Pentagon is good setting to create the thrilling story. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one to give a go, I think the fans of the thriller genre will enjoy but it may be a bit slow starting for the more casual viewer. (Give It A Go)

 

Best Part: The final foot chase through the pentagon.

Worst Part: Bit slow starting up.

Believability: Cover ups happen all the time and this could very much be a true one. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $35,509,515

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

Tagline: A tightly would and engrossing thriller!

 

Overall: Well Created Thriller

Rating 75