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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|
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|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|