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Ten people arrive at a secluded mountain resort to find it completely deserted. With no gas for the return trip, the visitors are forced to stay and investigate the mystery surrounding the abandoned lodge.
Don't Blink came out of nowhere, and is now my top favorite of the year so far! This movie to me takes a familiar premise kind of similar to the movie Phantoms, and to me does an original spin on it. I was constantly baffled and on the edge of my seat, it was suspenseful, eerie, well-acted and the execution was brilliant. By the end, the creepy mystery of it all crawled under my skin and will stay there for a while. The fact that it doesn't explain much and you never see the entity causing the disappearances was effectively done and the ending was chilling and pure genius, if anti-climactic.
The cast was to me, talented and thanks to a clever script all had moments to shine. There were a couple of familiar faces in this film, Brian Austin Green as Jack, in one of his better performances, Mena Suvari as Tracy, who unfortunately didn't have much screen time. The performance that was a stand out to me though was from Joanne Kelly, who plays Claire; she really stole the show towards the end. Another standout was from Zach Ward, who plays Alex and has one chilling and riveting scene towards the end that will haunt you. A pretty solid cast if you ask me.
Writer and Director, Travis Oates makes a memorable debut with Don't Blink and deserves kudos for delivery. The premise, writing, atmosphere and suspenseful mystery all had me at its grasp and still hasn't let go. He makes you think outside the box of the what ifs, fear of the unknown and the evil that lurks within. The filmmaker doesn't explain much within the movie, and usually I hate that but this one is done so effectively that it will leave you breathless, with goosebumps all over. Bravo! I can't wait for your next offering and I hope it's as spooky as this film.
Overall, I highly recommend this movie to genre fans, and is by far the biggest surprise I've seen this year. Check it out ASAP! 9.5 Out of 10
A small group of everyday passengers on a speeding London commuter train battle their warped driver who has a dark plan for everyone on-board
Last Passenger delivers old fashioned suspense, and reminds of the suspense films of the 1960's, very Hitchcokian, with a dash of Speed. The film could have used more action and thrills because the beginning was a little slow moving. The leads were likable and solid, and even though the film all takes place on a commuter train I still was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who's the bad guy and what's his motive. A classic whodunit.
The film starts out with a father and a doctor Lewis Shaler, played by Dougray Scott, who is traveling with his son on a London commuter train. The single dad soon meets a young woman named Sarah Barwell, played by the gorgeous Kara Tointo. The two hit it off and get to know each other better, during the ride the two wake up and realize that they are one of the last passengers aboard and that they both missed their stops. They soon realize that they are trapped on a speeding runaway train with a homicidal driver that won't let them off alive. It is up to them to devise a plan and fight their way to survival. The film isn't groundbreaking by any means, but I thought that it was slickly and classically done, I enjoyed it to the last frame.
The performances were all solid, with Dougray Scott as the lead hero Lewis Shaler and the stunning Kara Tointon, who plays Sarah Barwell. The two have chemistry together and make engaging lead players.
Director, Omid Nooshin delivers a more than decent debut, and seems to have a lot of love and knowledge of runaway vehicle flicks of the past. This was almost like homage, and Omid has a lot of skill when it comes to classic suspense, job well done. The writing from the director Omid Nooshin, Andy Love and Kas Graham wasn't anything meaty, but the premise and execution of it was satisfactory.
Overall, if you like your thrillers slow burning, restrained but still hits you where it counts, hop on this train. Definitely better than Unstoppable.
7.4 Out of 10
The summer of 1974, four young people are all ambushed and left unconscious. They wake up deep in the woods with no one around but the sound of a hunting horn.
This is a Norwegian backwoods slasher film; it takes a familiar formula seen in slasher films of the 70's and 80's and still surprisingly delivers an effective little shocker. The violence is brutal, the suspense had me on the edge of my seat, and the simplicity of the story brings it back to old school horror. They didn't care about making you think too hard or make things complicated, their mission was to induce terror, suspense, and disturb you with its vicious violence. The filmmakers checked off most of the important ingredients when it comes to a slasher film and wasn't overdone, they accomplished just that. Sure the ending was anti-climactic, but I was on the edge of my seat through most of it, even though originality wasn't on its side.
The performances were surprisingly decent, even though the characters seem like they were ripped from other slashers we've seen before. Henriette Bruusgaard, who plays Camilla, makes a terrific final girl and gives it her all, even though the script was limited. She was the stand out and the star.
It's a shame that director Patrik Syversen only has made one other horror movie, Prowl. Both of these two films are well made when it comes to gritty atmosphere, disturbing violence, and chilling suspense. I hope he continues on the horror path because his work isn't half bad. The writing on the other hand from Nini Bull Robsahm, who also has a small part in this film, as well as Patrick is uninspired and the story way too familiar. If they team up again for another horror film, they should definitely work on the writing aspect and originality, because everything else is fine.
Overall, if you like genre films like El rey de la montaña (King of the Hill), Wrong Turn and High Tension, then you might enjoy Rovdyr. It's old school horror, with bloody kills, suspense, raw atmosphere and a solid final girl. Granted the film's writing and story isn't even close to fresh, but it's old school simplicity and gets the job done in a fast manner. Worth a watch. 7 out of 10
|Directed by:||Jim Wynorski|
|Written by:||Jim Wynorski, Steve Mitchell|
|Cast:||Kelly Maroney, John Terlesky, Barbara Crampton, Tony O'Dell, Russell Todd|
|Genre:||Action, Cult Classic, Horror, Science-Fiction|
Chopping Mall was a hysterically bad, but incredibly fun mid 1980's sci-fi splatter flick. The entertaining element that this movie had is that it didn't take itself too seriously at all, and had a couple of one liner to poke fun at itself. The mall setting was genius and mostly used it to its full potential; the elevator scene was awesomely cheesy gold...[more]...
|Directed by:||Wes Ball|
|Written by:||James Dashner|
|Cast:||Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox|
|Genre:||Mystery, Science-Fiction, Thriller|
The Maze Runner starts off pretty shaky and took it's time developing the story and its characters, but once it gets going it grips you and doesn't let go...[more]...
|Directed by:||Bobcat Goldthwait|
|Written by:||Bobcat Goldthwait|
|Cast:||Alexie Gilmore, Bryce Johnson|
Willow Creek basically takes the formula from The Blair Witch Project and does its own spin on it, this time searching for Bigfoot. I thought this was an engaging, entertaining little gem, with two likable leads, but I thought the film had the typical and clichéd poor character moves, and the familiarity of it all just didn't make the film as a whole effective. The fear of the unknown is mostly always a solid scare tactic, and this film's tent scene with our two leads hearing strange sounds possibly coming from Bigfoot, made sure of that, the scene was the best from the movie and had me scared like a little kid. The unsatisfying ending ruined the experience for me and was just too typical for me and made the spooky journey pointless, but still makes another reason not go into the woods...[more]...
|Directed by:||Takashi Shimizu|
|Written by:||Craig Rosenberg|
|Cast:||Leslie Bibb, Jamie Chung, Amy Smart, Scout Taylor-Compton, Nicky Whelan, Ryan Kwanten, Johnathon Schaech, Jerry Ferrara, Christian Serratos, Alex Frost|
A newlywed couple finds their lake-country honeymoon descend into chaos after Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of their first night.
Honeymoon is a slow burn, unnerving nightmare, with tension so thick you could cut it with a knife. Of all the genre films I've seen so far this year, Honeymoon is one of the most memorable ones to come out, with terrific performances from its leads and an atmospheric creep show. The ending was a little bit of a letdown when it comes to an explanatory conclusion, especially when the buildup was so solid, suspenseful and intense. With that being said Honeymoon might have a lower budget, not a lot of action, scares or gore for a horror film, but it proves that if a premise is in the right hands, with capable actors you can still make a very riveting and haunting genre film. This film still managed to crawl up my skin and will probably linger there for a while.
The two act show from Rose Leslie, who plays Bea and Harry Treadaway, who plays Paul was stellar and very gripping. They play a newlywed couple who go on their honeymoon to an isolated cabin in the woods, who get an unsuspected startling visit from an unknown entity. Things soon go from absolute bliss to a living nightmare, when the wife starts acting strange and confused. Both leads give layered, impressive performances for a low budget film and could very well be the best performances from a horror this year. I was glued to their story, connected to them and was terrified of what was going to happen to them.
Bravo to first time director and writer, Leigh Janiak and first time writer, Phil Graziadei for delivering a standout debut. They know how to balance drama and horror like a pro, and know how to bring out the best in its actors. The film wasn't flawless especially with its ending, but man they definitely made an impressionable first mark as a filmmaking team to look out for. Hopefully this is just a glimpse of even better things to come from the duo.
Overall, Honeymoon will creep up on you and hold you down with its unpredictability, riveting drama, atmospheric horror and creepy shocks. The performances were solid and the buildup well done, my only complaint was the unsatisfying wrap up of the movie, which left more to be desired. I still heartily recommend it though, because it's solid than most. 7 out of 10
A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.
Borgman is a strange, unpredictable, atmospheric thriller that has a wicked sense of black humor. The film has tense moments left and right that will startle you, scratch your head with confusion and was completely enthralling in a WTF type of way. The film is quite a unique take on the home invasion genre, but the film really doesn't lead to anything special to make a lasting impression as a whole. There wasn't much explanation on Camiel Borgman's motives, making the journey the conclusion not worth ones patience, wacky and hauntingly perplexing.
The performances were affecting, but I couldn't really connect to any of the characters to really care what happens to them. Camiel Borgman is one of the oddest yet interesting villains I've seen in a genre film in a while, but left in the dark of what his motives truly are, but that makes the film even more unsettling. Jan Bijvoet, who plays Camiel Borgman, is effective.
Director and writer, Alex van Warmerdam delivers an unconventional thriller that seems to have no rules or a clear endgame. The stylistically beautiful filming of the atmosphere is well done, and he definitely knows how to mount tension, but the path of this film was unfocused. The plotting wasn't developed enough for satisfactory and the conclusion could of been more impactful and lingering. Alex seems like a bold director, but next time needs to fully cook up a story to have a better grip on me as a whole.
Overall, Borgman is an interesting little thriller, but definitely not everybody's cup of tea, and more frustrating than rewarding. Watch it out of curiosity, but don't expect a payoff. 6.5 out of 10
|Directed by:||David Mackenzie|
|Written by:||Jonathan Asser|
|Cast:||Jack O'Connell , Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend|
Starred Up is a powerfully acted prison drama, it's intelligent and brutally realistic. At the same time I wouldn't call it the best prison movie I've ever seen or would want to see again, it's a hard lesson in reality though of what prison life is like, this could scare a troubled youngster straight.
Jack O'Connell, who plays Eric Love, is an incredibly talented young actor, who always seems to get better with each role and shows so much raw emotion. This role is award worthy. Can't wait to see him is Unbroken! Another standout performance is from Ben Mendelsohn, who plays Eric's estranged dad Neville Love, the intensity of the performances is not to be missed.
Director, David Mackenzie and first time writer Jonathan Asser have created the most realistic prison movie I've seen in years, just nothing I would really want to see again. The direction and writing is both terrifying and exhilarating, and strong medicine for the soul, but man what an ugly operation that prison has. Their realism seems to be spot on and I'm intrigued to see what they bring next.
Overall, Starred Up might be a tad overrated and not the best film I've seen so far this year, but the amazing performances alone grants a recommendation for at least one riveting watch. Jack O'Connell is definitely an actor to watch for, he's the real deal! 6.5 out of 10