Hollow Body (2018)

Director: Alex Keledjian

Writer: Alex Keledjian (Screenplay)

Starring: David Arquette, Luke Wilson, Allie Gonino, Ryan Donowho, Perrey Reeves

 

Plot: Hollow Body is a struggling rock band led by Jimmy (David Arquette) who makes a deal with Rick (Luke Wilson) a shady record executive. Unfortunately, the band’s shy lead singer Rachel (Allie Gonino) suffers from severe stage fright and cannot play in front of a live audience. The band breaks up and as Rachel’s controlling stage mother Barb (Perrey Reeves) drives her home, they are struck by lightning and killed. Rachel comes back to life, now able to give electrifying performances, but at a terrible cost. Jimmy and bandmate Scott (Ryan Donowho) must decide if they are willing to pay the ultimate price for success.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Music Horror

 

Story: Hollow Body starts on aging Rockstar’s Jimmy (Arqutte) birthday, looking back at his career until he meets new younger musicians at his party with vocalist Rachel (Gonino) and writer Scott (Donowho) seeing this as a chance to come back to the top of the industry.

When the band gets their first gig disaster strikes with Rachel suffering stage fright and on the way home she is struck by lightening and killed. She doesn’t stay dead though and comes back full of confidence and the bands success takes off, only Rachel isn’t the same person she was when they started the band.

 

Thoughts on Hollow Body

 

Characters – Jimmy is our narrator, the aging Rockstar who has one big hit that keeps his name relevant in the industry, spotting new talent he wants to do a comeback, he uses his connections to give them the start and knows how to get the most out of their talents. He will however always be looked at as the aging star that hadn’t succeeded. Rick is the record label manager that Jimmy turns to when he needs the record for his new band, he is hard of Jimmy who had mostly worked with his father. Rachel is the new lead singer in the band, the problem is that she has stage fright, until she dies and comes back as a new improved performer that lights up the stage with her performance only to take on a much darker side. Scott is the writer for the new band, he is married and has an attraction to Rachel which puts his marriage in danger and is easily the heart and soul of the band.

PerformancesDavid Arquette in the leading role is great to see, he always gives a performance that fits this character, slightly outside the normal and being the rock star lets him enjoy performing. Luke Wilson is the biggest disappointment, not that he isn’t good, its more we don’t get to see enough of his character in the film. Allie Gonino is the breakout star from this movie, handling two different personalities through the film, showing off the singing skills and become her character in each scene we see her in. Ryan Donowho brings us a grounded performance which is needed with the wilder characters in the film.

StoryThe story here follows the upstart band that faces difficulties that start with performances problems and soon turn supernatural after the lead singer comes back from the dead. Now while the story goes in a different backstory to what is going on, you can’t help but get the same vibes that ‘All Cheerleaders Must Die’ had with he seductive return from the dead. We get to see how cutthroat the music industry is, with the stage performance issues, the rise and the vices that come from being in the industry. This is a story that can be enjoyed if you like your rock music even if we don’t get too many songs and just fits in the horror world nicely.

HorrorThe horror comes from just what Rachel comes back as and what she does, this is known by the band only to make sure that the success goes on even with what is going on.

SettingsThe film keeps the settings around the rock industry, we have the aging stars house, the stages and the parties which makes the settings work for every single scene we are watching.

Special EffectsThe effects are what we want to see, they are consistent with everything each time we see the lightening style used.


Scene of the Movie –
The first reborn performance.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I would have liked more music.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good horror thriller that takes us into the rock music world that does show just how far people will do to be part of the industry however much evil is guiding you.

 

Overall: Horror music fans dream

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – Altitude (2010)

altitudeDirector: Kaare Andrews

Writer: Paul A Birkett (Screenplay)

Starring: Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho, Landon Liboiron, Jake Weary, Mike Dopud

 

Plot: After a mysterious malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends find themselves trapped in a deadly showdown with a supernatural force.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Horror in the Sky

 

Story: Altitude starts when Sara (Lowndes) looks to put her demons of losing her mother as a pilot to rest as she aims to become a pilot herself, one of her first solo flights involves taking her friends Mel (Guill), Cory (Donowho), Bruce (Liboiron) and Sal (Weary) across country. We get the usual problems between the friends with Sara and her boyfriend Bruce going their separate ways after school, while Sal is being the traditional asshole of a horror film.

During the flight a routine procedure leads to the plane getting stuck in the middle of a storm where they have to make difficult decisions as they could be overloaded. To make matters worse Sal believes he might have seen it something in the storm but the truths of their friendships really come to surface as they have to survive against an unknown beast of the sky.

Altitude is a horror film that puts all of the fear in the sky, where there is no escape from the horrors. We do get the generic storylines around the characters fighting between themselves. We don’t see the creature chasing them through the storm, but the highlight of this film is in the final act where the film really shines. In the end this is just a solid good horror film that is a good watch.

 

Actor Review

 

Jessica Lowndes: Sara is our rookie pilot who is following in her mother’s footsteps who died when she was young. She is taking her friends across country before they have to move on with their lives. She has to deal with all of the plane problems alone but only being a trainee she also keeps everything calm. Jessica is good in this role where she is in control.

Julianna Guill: Mel is one of the friends on the plane, her boyfriend is Sal but really she is in love with Cory, she wants to document everything going on during this adventure. Julianna does a solid job but almost gets forgotten during the film.

Ryan Donowho: Cory is one of the members on the plane, he is braver than the rest and in love with Mel, when the problems start happening he risks his life to save the rest. Ryan does a good job for his limited time in the film.

Landon Liboiron: Bruce is Sara’s boyfriend but he has a secret as he was there in the plane when her mother died, he has fallen in love with Sara but never told her the truth about what really happened and never wants to leave her. Landon does a solid job in this role but doesn’t get to levels you would like it to be.

Jake Weary: Sal is the asshole on the plane, he pushes everyone’s buttons the wrong way. He is the one character you take an instant hate towards as he slowly starts to look after himself with what is going on. Jake is good in this performance because his character puts everything in danger and it is always hard to make you hate a character.

Support Cast: Altitude only really has a supporting cast that appears in the flashbacks as we see what happened to Sara and Bruce in the past.

Director Review: Kaare AndrewsKaare gives us a film that keeps us guessing from start to finish while offering a horror in the air working on so many levels.

 

Horror: Altitude puts the horror in the air with nowhere to run which is great for the genre.

Mystery: Altitude does leave us in a mystery as we don’t know what is happening through the storm.

Sci-Fi: Altitude gives us a sci-fi twist in the final act of the film.

Thriller: Altitude does keep you guessing to what is going on bringing us to the edge of our seats.

Settings: Altitude keeps all of the action on the small plane in the storm giving our characters nowhere to go for help.
Special Effects
: Altitude doesn’t have the best effects but they are on a consistent level throughout.

Suggestion: Altitude is one for the horror fans to try, you may enjoy this by the end. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Final Twist.

Worst Part: Special effects.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Fear Is in the Air.

 

Overall: Horror in the skies that makes you check every window next time you fly

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Jim Caviezel Weekend – Transit (2012)

logoDirector: Antonio Negret

Writer: Michael Gilvary (Screenplay)

Starring: Jim Caviezel, Diora Baird, James Frain, Elisabeth Rohm, Sterling Knight, Harold Perrineau, Jake Cherry, Ryan Donowho

Plot: A gang of bank robbers hide their loot in the car of a family going camping. They chase down the family to kill them and get the loot back, but run into a fight.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Simple Action With the Family, Not for th Family

Story: Transit starts with a daring heist where the robbers walk away without a trace. Our four robbers Marek (Frain) Arielle (Baird), Losada (Perrineau) and Evers (Donowho) as they look for a way past the road patrols. Nate (Caviezel) and his family Robyn (Rohm), Shane (Knight) and Kenny (Cherry) are on their family trip when the thieves see their vehicle as an opportunity to transport the money past the patrols.

Once across the road blocks the thieves follow the family as they wait for their chance to collect their money but when the cars get involved in a drag race Nate finds himself arrested, leaving the thieves having to think of a new plan. Nate has just been released from prison making his speeding a violation of his parole and this trip is a way of making up the time he lost in jail.

When the first attempt to reclaim the money goes wrong the thieves have to bide their time before coming back after the family in a real cat and mouse chase across country.

Transit comes off as a very easy to watch action film, it never really challenges you as an audience member because nothing comes off new, all of the characters are very generic with the lead being a husband trying to keep his family together and the criminals all fitting the check box list. I will say this does keep you attentions from the moment it starts and isn’t afraid of just starting with the heist only leaving us with the escape attempt. I simply can’t praise this though because it will always go down as a forgettable action film because nothing truly memorable happens in the film. (5/10)

Actor Review

Jim Caviezel: Nate is the former criminal who is trying to rebuild his family life after a short stint in jail, he takes them cross country but when his family get targeted by a ruthless group of thieves he has to show how much he cares about his family against these men. Jim does a good job showing he is a good reluctant hero. (7/10)nate

James Frain: Marek is the leader of the thieves he stays calm for the most part before showing his true ability to snap after the money escapes his grasps. James gives us a solid villain with all of the clichés you need. (6/10)frain

Support Cast: Transit has a supporting cast that includes Nate’s family who have become distant from him because of his time in jail, the rest of the thieves who are all out for themselves and will easily turn on each other and a group of cops who try to help.

Director Review: Antonio NegretAntonio gives us a solid action film that really doesn’t end up giving us anything new but is easy to watch. (6/10)

Action: Transit has car chases, car chases, car chases oooo there was a fight and some shooting too. (6/10)

Thriller: Transit keeps you attention as you want to see if the family makes it out alive. (7/10)

Settings: Transit keeps the settings easy to watch but has nothing stand out in the locations with most of it being inside the swamp lands. (7/10)

Suggestion: Transit is one for all action fans to try but if your not an action fan give it a miss. (Action Fans Try)

Best Part: Caviezel is a good leading man.

Worst Part: Nothing original.

Action Scene Of The Film: Three way car chase.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: The Marine

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

Tagline: A Pulse-Pounding Story of Survival and Revenge!

Overall: Action film 101 hey that sounds like my site.

Rating 50

Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (2014)

logoDirector: Kaare Andrews

Writer: Jake Wade Wall (Screenplay)

Starring: Sean Astin, Currie Graham, Ryan Donowho, Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray, Mitch Ryan, Solly Duran, Lydia Hearst, Claudette Lali

 

Plot: A group of friends think they’re going to the perfect spot for a bachelor party; a secluded private island. They quickly learn the island is not as private as they thought. The island is home to a lab thought to be empty, but in actuality a deadly, extremely fast acting, flesh eating virus has just escaped containment. Now everyone on the island has to fight not only to survive the outbreak, but also to survive each other.

 

Verdict: Origin Of Cabin Fever Virus

 

Story: Being the third in the series we know all about what the virus does, and how it is spread. This take out the explanation levels need in the film. We focus on the usual group of young people have a fun weekend, the drinking, drugs and sex. On the more interesting side of the story we follow a doctor who has captured an immune patient and is trying to figure out a cure. This is the strong point of the film as we see how he gets tested against his will while not being aloud contact with the outside world. The two stories play out, side by side before coming together for the conclusion which as always is a form of twist ending. It comes off as a usual franchise film because it isn’t the same level as the original but gives a few more answers than the original. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Sean Astin: Porter the immune patient who gets locked away while a doctor tries to find a cure, he doesn’t play along and tries to break out but spreading the virus onto other people. Good performance as a man captured against his will. (7/10)

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Currie Graham: Dr Edwards the man trying to find a cure, but is he trying to find the cure to make himself the famous doctor who cured the virus which has taken so many lives. If you ever want to see a traditional doctor who is out for his own good this is what you call the standard for that. (5/10)

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Ryan Donowho: Dobbs best friend of Marcus who ends up going looking around the island with Marcus looking for help after the virus starts to affect their friends. Typical friend performance who is there to be a disposable character. (5/10)

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Brando Eaton: Josh Marcus’ brother who get infected by the virus and tries to find a help while the rest have gone their way, he wants to save his girlfriend. Another typical group performance designed to be disposable. (4/10)

 

Jillian Murray: Penny Josh’ girlfriend who is the first to get infected by the virus, she also has connection with everyone in the group. She goes through the most including a fight with another infected person that really tests the special effects. Good performance as the victim who suffers the most. (6/10)

 

Mitch Ryan: Marcus the bachelor who reluctantly agrees to go on the trip because he is growing out of the party ways. He ends up leading the group in their fight for survival. Good performance as the unlikely leader. (7/10)

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Director Review: Kaare Andrews – Good direction to help the franchise continue, with some very good special effects scenes. (7/10)

 

Horror: The virus being flesh eating works to add plenty horror. (8/10)

Thriller: Doesn’t really have too much suspense, but I feel the film idea isn’t designed for suspense. (4/10)

Settings: Stuck on an Island in the middle of nowhere makes a great setting for a horror film and the quarantine idea. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Great special effects used to create the effects of the virus. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one for all the horror fans, you should check out the whole franchise and this is a welcome addition. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The Nurse vs Penny great show of special effects.

Worst Part: The group is very genetic and boring characters.

Kill Of The Film: A guard tries to stop Dobbs.

Believability: This is a very real outcome of a virus potentially out breaking. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Still open for more.

Post Credits Scene: Yes

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

Overall: Let The Virus Spread

Rating 59

The Final Rites (2012) A.K.A Rites of Passage

logoDirector: W. Peter Iliff

Writer: W. Peter Iliff (Screenplay) W. Peter Iliff, Rick Halsey (Story)

Starring: Wes Bentley, Kate Maberly, Ryan Donowho, Travis Van Winkle, Briana Evigan, Christian Slater, Stephen Dorff

 

Plot: A group of anthropology students take a road trip to the family ranch of one of them for a weekend of drinking and taking drugs, the latter under the pre-tense of researching ancient rituals. They run in trouble, however, because the brother that lives on the seemingly abandoned premises displays disturbing behaviour in his search for a “bride” and a stranger named Delgado turns up to enact revenge for a misdeed in the past by one of the students.

 

Verdict: Swing & a Miss

 

Story: We have the typical group of college friends who end up having a night away having a good time along with learning about history. Add is a deranged killer, well man who ends up seeking revenge for his family’s death by one of the friends. Also to make things go another direction we have a lonely man who has taken too much special juice he keeps trying to create a wedding.

With these three different stories mixing together we do get an interesting story with some solid character development. The biggest flaw this film ends up having is that the good people are the waste of spaces and the villains of the piece just need help. The father out for revenge seems to have been left abandoned by society while the person who killed her seems to have got away with it. As I will always say not every teenager, young adult spends endless time getting high for fun. In the end I liked the idea of mixing the story up and the random moments which occur throughout. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Wes Bentley: Benny estranged man who drinks a special herbal drink that makes him go into wild hallucination and by being in these he starts to look for a bride to go on the trips with him. When not high he comes off as a nervous but normal guy maybe a little socially awkward. Solid performance from Wes, who gets through without excelling but doing a good job. (7/10)

 bentley

Kate Maberly: Dani half Native American who caused the accident while drunk driving down the wrong side of the road. Personally I don’t know how she wasn’t in jail let alone aloud to drive or drink. Even though she is meant to be the main heroine she is very unlikable because of this. She does a solid job but doesn’t do enough to make us care whether she makes it or not, in fact most people will be cheering for her to get killed off. (5/10)

dani

Ryan Donowho: Nathan student and brother of Benny who brings his friends to the location. A lot of his motives are to impress Dani, but ends up spending a lot of time trying to control his brother. An ok performance, but another unlikable character. (5/10)

 nathan

Christian Slater: Delgado stranger on the facility who has lost him family in car accident, he spends his time growing drugs, but he also has moments where he talks to a toy monkey who has a Mexican accent. He gets a change to meet the girl who killed his family but decides he just wants to take out every student who could do the same thing. Good performance from Christian who makes a uniquely interesting character that we are meant to hate. (8/10)

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Briana Evigan: Penelope party going student who becomes the first choice of Benny to be his wife, she gets kidnapped for this and tries to escape the seemingly harmless Benny. Easy disposable character that does all she needs to do. (5/10)

 penelope

Travis Van Winkle: Hart jock of the group who can get the ladies but supports everyone in the group. He is ex-military and you support him throughout. Only good guy you root for and you are kind of waiting for him to have a heroic death moment. Good performance from Travis who does what he needs to and makes you support a good guy. (7/10)

travis

Director Review: W. Peter Iliff – Good direction trying to redefine a genre that is tried and tested, some elements work others don’t. (7/10)

 

Thriller: As you don’t root for too many characters you lose the thriller side of the story and also the fact you never know what Benny will do doesn’t help. (5/10)

Settings: Creates the isolation idea well and gives you the trapped feeling when things start to kick off. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one worth trying, it is different but sometime confusing, but it does do well by using the human villain factor no undead monster, spirits or anything like that. (Horror Thriller Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Delgado’s conversations with the Mexican monkey change the feel of the film every time.

Worst Part: Unlikable heroine.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It is left open for one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $2.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

 

Overall: Different Thriller That Falls A Bit Short

Rating 60