Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – The Faith of Anna Waters (2016)

Director: Kelvin Tong

Writer: Kelvin Tong (Screenplay)

Starring: Elizabeth Rice, Colin Borgonon, Adina Herz, Sam Harris, Adrian Pang, Matthew Settle

 

Plot: When young and successful reporter Jamie finds out that her sister has died in mysterious circumstances, she travels to Singapore to uncover the truth. There, she discovers multiple deaths linked to her sister’s and must join forces with her sister’s husband in order to defeat a demonic entity that is using new technology to complete an ancient mission.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Not Good Enough

 

Story: The Faith of Anna Waters starts when Jamie’s (Rice) sister is killed in what looks like a suicide to escape her Huntington’s disease she finds herself spending time with Anna’s husband Sam (Settle) and daughter Katie (Herz) as they all grieve together.

When Jamie a reporter starts looking into the case she gets a warning with the name as well as getting visit from ghostly figures that look just like her sister as does Katie. Good job she is a reporter and can go all investigation mode on us as she tries to get to the bottom of the haunting finding out that not everything is as simple as it seems.

 

Thoughts on The Faith of Anna Waters

 

Characters/PerformanceJamie is a reporter, which is very important for this movie because how else could we solve this, she also has the generics to be suffering from disease which runs through the family. Sam is the husband of the recently deceased woman and that is about all there is to his character. Katie is the daughter of the sister who believes her mother will return from beyond the grave. There is also a priest that wants redemption.

Performance wise, there wasn’t any impressive performances here, most are painful to watch as it just seems like actors reading their lines not acting them out.

StoryThe story seems to mix elements from the Ring, Exorcist and most investigation movies without settling down on anything. I do like a good investigation but the truth is the story just is filled with simple attempts at jump scares, while unwrapping the mystery. I do think the story had ideas it just needed more focus on the idea of the core factor involved.

Horror/Mystery Horror is very basic with simple attempts jump scares that feel lazy and predictable while the mystery doesn’t get enough focus.

SettingsThe film is meant to be set in Singapore but we don’t get any location that could make it iconic enough for this to make it important.

Special EffectsWe have effects you would expect form low budget that are good for what they are meant to be.

Final ThoughtsI liked the idea but I do feel the idea doesn’t reach the levels it could for what could be a very interesting horror film.

 

Overall: Good idea, bad execution.

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Franchise Weekend – I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

still knowDirector: Danny Cannon

Writer: Trey Callaway (Screenplay) Lois Duncan (Characters)

Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr, Brandy Norwood, Mekhi Phifer, Muse Watson, Bill Cobbs, Matthew Settle, Jeffrey Combs, Jennifer Esposito, John Hawkes, Jack Black

 

Plot: The murderous fisherman with a hook is back to once again stalk the two surviving teens, Julie and Ray, who left him for dead, as well as cause even more murder and mayhem, this time at a posh island resort.

 

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Pointless Sequel

 

Story: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer starts as Julie James (Hewitt) is still having nightmares about what happened the summer before. Ray (Prinze Jr) still being the boyfriend figure wants to keep the relationship to mark the anniversary of the accident, break up time. Introduce Karla (Norwood) a new best friend of Julie who is trying to make her come out of her shell by hooking her up with nice guy Will (Settle).

When Karla wins tickets to the Bahamas she offers Julie two tickets with one going to Ray if he can make it the other being Tyrell (Phifer). Julie, Karla, Tyrell and Will go on the holiday because Ray never turns on. Ray escapes from hospital while our guest discover they are on the island in the off season making them the only guest on the island. The friends find out they are not alone on this island when the man with hook returns to finish what he started, but is it the same person?

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer follows up one year later from the last film yet again when we see Julie still struggling but moving on which does work for me because it is what is needed to make the character continue their life. My problem comes that we all know that they got the answer wrong to win the competition so we know it is a trap. Also I find it hard to believe the girls who love the sun wouldn’t know when storm season is. I really find it hard to believe that this horror makes any sense because a character that is watching their back falls for such a simple trick and what Ray is up to is almost comical. This is a sequel we didn’t need to see really.

 

Actor Review

 

Jennifer Love Hewitt: Julie James is still traumatised by what happened on the previous two years but is also trying to make something of her life. She has made it through another year of college and is spending this 4th of July on a tropical island with her best friend, only to discover the killer hasn’t finished with her yet. Jennifer is good for the look of this role but doesn’t really do too much in the role.julie

Freddie Prinze Jr: Ray Bronson is the other lone survivor from the first film that is working for a living, he is still involved but getting distance from Julie who invites in a holiday away but never makes it. He has a run in with the killer and has to make his way to the island to save Julie. Freddie gets to work on a random story seemingly through the film.ray

Brandy Norwood: Karla Wilson is the best friend of Julie now and she wins the trip to the Bahamas for the friends to go on. She is always trying to bring her out of her shell but never knew the true story about what happened. Brandy is the standard in this supporting role.

Mekhi Phifer: Tyrell is the boyfriend of Karla who puts up with the issues with Julie to support his girl but even he starts getting tired of the stories once Julie starts acting paranoid. Mekhi doesn’t get out of the basic supporting performance through the film.

Support Cast: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer has big names in the supporting cast that are nearly all used as just extra bodies pilling up.

Director Review: Danny CannonDanny gives us such a basic slasher sequel that really just doesn’t go too far into original ideas.

 

Horror: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer has basic slasher check mark without being scary in one bit.

Mystery: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer tries to add mystery about who the killer is only to give us an awful twist ending.

Thriller: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer tries to keep us on edge but we only meet the killer late on in the film.

Settings: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer puts out main cast on a tropical island during a storm which does create isolation but also doesn’t seem to make much sense.
Special Effects
: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer has basic effects when it comes to the kills.

Suggestion: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is one for the horror fans to just give a go, it isn’t brilliant but will give you the basic horror genre something to watch. (Give it A Go)

 

Best Part: Jack Black is funny.

Worst Part: Nothing original.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Get Hooked Again

 

Overall:  Basic slasher that we didn’t really need a sequel for.

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