ABC Film Challenge – Crime – B – Body (2015)

Director: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen

Writer: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen (Screenplay)

Starring: Helen Rogers, Alexandra Turshen, Lauren Molina, Larry Fessenden

 

Plot: A night out turns deadly when three girls break into a seemingly empty mansion.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting Thriller

 

Story: Body starts as three friends Holly (Rogers), Cali (Turshen) and Mel (Molina) who are on a girls night including drinks, drugs and partying on Christmas, the night ends up taking them to Cali’s Uncle’s mansion.

When it turns out the house isn’t belonging to who Cali claimed they get a visitor searching for the intruder but the accident finds him falling down the stairs and the girls needing to figure out a way of covering up the accident.

 

Thoughts on Body

 

Characters/PerformanceHolly is the quiet girl with the most promising future of the three, Cali is the popular friend that always gets the other two in trouble who believes she is every boys dream. Mel is the friend from the respected family that finds herself in the middle of all the decisions the two need to make. It would be fair to say these are not the best people in the first place which struggles to make us care about them.

Performance wise, the three girls all do a solid job through the film but we are left still not caring about the characters they are playing.

StoryThe story follows three friends who start with one illegal action which spiral out of control as we get to see the true actions of these people. This is a good character study in places but it does just end up falling into the problem as we don’t care about characters involved.

Crime/ThrillerThe crime side of the story shows us what the characters would be getting up if they were in a situation the girls find themselves in.

SettingsThe film takes part inside one house which works for the story as we are left to see what the characters do to overcome the problem.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good character study but doesn’t make you care about the characters involved in the story.

 

Overall: Clever attempt at a character study.

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Don’t Kill It (2016)

Director: Mike Mendez

Writer: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen (Screenplay)

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Kristina Klede, Tony Bentley, James Chalke, Miles Doleac, Toby Bronson

 

Plot: An ancient demon terrorizes a tiny Mississippi town.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Action Fantasy Horror

 

Story: Don’t Kill It starts as with number of domestic homicides start happening in a small Mississippi town, demon hunter Jebediah Woodley (Lundgren) heads to the town, just as FBI agent Evelyn Pierce (Klebe) returns to her home town to investigate the murders.

The two must team up to track down who the demon has possessed next because if you kill the host, you will become the demon, meaning they must capture the demon alive.

 

Thoughts on Don’t Kill It

 

Characters – Jebediah Woodley is a demon hunter, he has been hunting demons his whole life, he is used to being chased out of towns before being called back to rescue them. Agent Evelyn Pierce has returned to her home town to investigate the goings on, she must put a side her beliefs to help the demon hunter save the people. We have the generic town’s folk which include the sheriff and religious leader that don’t believe everything going on.

PerformancesDolph Lundgren is fun in this leading role, he gets to be the mysterious stranger turned demon hunter about everything he does in this film. Kristina Klebe is good too in her role which does show us how a returning figure would act.

StoryThe story follows a demon hunter trying to save a town from a demon that is terrorising the town, he does need to work with FBI agent who doesn’t believe and will need to learn to believe. This sounds by the book which is fine that is what we know works and this could easily be the start of a franchise around the demon hunter. This is fun to watch and wildly over the top giving us a tone which would work for any future films.

Action/Comedy/FantasyThe action is big because we have bodies flying everywhere in this film, there is a comic tone but it just doesn’t work that often, the fantasy side of things comes from the demon in the world.

SettingsWe are in a small Mississippi town which is fine, we could have been in any small town because it shows how shocked the people would be in the town if a murder happened.

Special EffectsThe effects are a mixed bag, we have good kills while also having bad one you can see are fake.


Scene of the Movie –
The meeting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Some effects you can see are models.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun fantasy horror, you can enjoy this if you are a fan of the genre and should be looking forward to seeing the next adventure.

 

Overall: Fantasy Horror for al to enjoy, like My Name is Bruce

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Stake Land 2 (2016)

Director: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen

Writer: Nick Damici (Screenplay)

Starring: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Laura Aramsen, A.C. Peterson, Steven Williams, Bonnie Dennison

 

Plot: When his home of New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor and legendary vampire hunter, Mister, to guide him.

 

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Sequel to Underrated Vampire Film

 

Story: Stake Land 2 starts as we see Martin (Paolo) trained through the first film now a leader of a community that survives vampire attacks but his new life is shattered when he loses everything including his wife and daughter, left with only visions of his former mentor Mister (Damici) he roams the world alone searching for Mister.

Martin wants to take down the new leader of the brotherhood of the vampires, known only as The Mother (Hughes) he knows that only Mister has the skills to get the job done. Once Martin reunites with Mister the two must continue their battle with the vampires but also face the human enemies in the world.

 

Thoughts on Stake Land 2

 

Characters – Martin has lost his family to a vampire attack, now he seeks his mentor to get revenge and put an end to the vampire problem in the world, he is now capable to fight and this time he has more to fight for than ever. Mister is the mentor that taught Martin everything he knows and he has continued fighting his own way and now he is ready to join arms with Martin. Lady is a feral woman the guys find and take her under their wing to protect her against the common enemy. The Mother does make for a good villain, we know she is heartless and will kill anyone who didn’t obey here.

PerformanceConnor Paolo is good as the kid of the partnership, he shows the emotionless stage you would expect his character to be in. Nick Damici is good as the Mister character, he did also get the writing credit here so you would expect his character to get the best lines, which he does but otherwise this is a good aging hero performance. The rest of the performance are also good through the film even if we don’t get much development from the villains side of things.

StoryThe story follows the reunion between mentor and student as they look to kill a new deadly vampire leader that can control other vampires making them deadlier than ever. This is fine as a story, the problem I found was main about just how easy Mister was to find, it felt like just a couple of days but it is designed to feel like it should be longer. The battles themselves also come off too easy, find a place, get invaded, find a new place get invaded, there never seems to be a settled moment in the locations that feel like they are settled. When you do look into the deeper plot things feel rushed but otherwise it is a fun to watch.

Action/HorrorThe action used through the film is fighting the vampires, most you can’t see too much but otherwise nothing overly fresh. The horror is the attacks happening at night which should add terror.

SettingsThe settings are just designed to feel like safe holds in the battle but seem to always have one big weakness.

Special EffectsThe effects are only used when needed which is nice because we don’t need too much from this side of everything.

Scene of the Movie – The opening walk Martin goes on because it shows just how alone he feels now.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Night fights are nearly impossible to see what is happening.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun action horror but in the end it just feels like it is hard to watch because of the lighting through the most part.

 

Overall: Solid sequel for the fan base of the original.

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