Alright, so I haven't done many reviews lately are even updated the site. My bad. So I am playing catch up. Here comes the foreign flick Attack The Block. This movie centers on a bunch of hoodlums in London fighting aliens. Yeah, thats what I said. This movie stars John Boyega as Moses. The leader of these little hoodlums. The movie starts with a alien dropping out of the sky and landing on top of a car. Which we find seems to be there place of choice to land. Cars come out real bad in this flick. Anyway, the aliens aren't the most special effects driven monsters ever. Think Critters meets Planet of the Apes. With glow in the dark teeth. This movie does not have the epic feel that a alien invasion flick normally would have like Independance Day or Battle: LA. This movie however, does have one thing going for it. Chemistry. These kids are a complete hoot with their bad manners and just shitty disposition. And for some odd reason I thought about Goonies and Stand By Me while watching this. I know that's going to seem like a stretch but, as these kids come together and take action it becomes a great ride. There is not a whole lot of gore. And the special effects are limited. But, there is plenty of violence and humor. And the lead played by John Boyega is a home run. This kid could have a big time future in movies. He will remind you of 50 Cent if 50 was a pure actor and about 15 years old. Nick Frost of Shaun of the Dead fame even lends about 15 minutes of total screen time to the flick. Basically, for comic relief but, he sorely misses Simon Pegg. There is fantastic on screen rapport between a young lady that is originally mugged by the kids and the kids themselves. And while low budget alien movies like District 9 gets great reviews. Frankly, this beats that crap all to hell. The direction, scripting, and general action sequences are worth the price of admission and this is a really good popcorn flick. I give it 4 out of 5 axes. The only missing axe is for the lack of money spent on effects but, I think you will mostly find you do not care. Enjoy this indy gem.
at 5:35 AM
Well, I'm back again with a another review for your ass... This time it's the horrid controversial Cannibal Holocaust. There is actually people out there that believes this is a real documentary. Well... No. It's a movie. It's a found footage film from 1980 and was made on about $100,000. This movie is of course notable for it's real animal kills and there are a couple of other kills that to this day people wonder if it is snuff. The movie centers around a group of film makers that travel to South America to study cannibals. And a professor that goes to South America to find them and their camera footage. Let's just say the professor makes out alot better than the film makers. This movie is was little different than what I expected. I was thinking the film makers were victims. They are not. And I will leave it at that. This movie has a extreme amount of gore. Some real. And I found the animal killing just uncalled for. And I am by no means a prude. Some of my favorite horror films are The Hills Have Eyes and High Tension. So gore does not bother me. You get the feel that this movie was made strictly for shock value. Which to be honest. I generally like. But, it comes across at some point as just a snuff film (which it is not). People are right this is a sick and in some parts just revolting flick. At the same time. It makes you almost root for the cannibals at the end. And that in itself is rather interesting. There is a certain innocence to the cannibals and you feel flat ass bad for them at some points. Which was an unexpected feeling coming in to this. I will warn you. Do NOT rent this expecting a Saturday night slasher flick with the girlfriend. This is one of those flicks I watched with my fiancee out of town just to do a review on it and finally to just have seen it. And people are right. The gloves are WAY off. This is full of rape, full frontal nudity (penis' and vaginas everywhere), animal killing (real), and some serious dismemberment. Sounds great but, this was well beyond anything you get out of Last House on the Left or even the Hills Have Eyes. And leaves you thinking WTF?
I will give this 2.5 axes out of 5. It was exactly what it was supposed to be... At some points I thought this is actually good...
at 5:15 AM
Alright so I sit down yesterday and got caught up on a couple films I probably shouldve watched and reviewed months ago. But, I didn't. So shoot me. First up is Cabin Fever 2. Essentially this movie starts off where the last ends. With a little Rider Strong cameo (I prayed he died in the last one). Which was coolish. Not cool just coolish. This time the water has seeped down the river into the Down Home Water company's bottle water. So much for pure mountain water. And it lands us at a high school preparing for a prom. It of course follows standard operating horror procedure. About 20 minutes of character development and then some really ugly breakdown of everything. Now, this movie had a excellent scene of a fat girl actually getting laid. This is just really not seen and I don't dig a fat girl but, it's good they get some love. It's just really rare. The virus or bacteria basically rips through the school's prom. Killing everybody. There is of course the normal school nerds, bully, whores. Although, it was based around the same virus of the first film but, for some reason it felt like two completely different unrelated movies. This was a good little horror movie. Built around over the top gore. But, more blood related. Not so much face eating away type gore. There is a painful dick scene in the movie that will make you cringe. And anytime somebody fucks with a finger nail it's just plain nasty. Couple swings and misses were not letting Michael Bowen (Kill Bill) to have more involvement. This is definitely worth a watch. I would say this is better than the first one. But, both of these movies stand alone to me. I give it 3.0 axes out of 5.0. Good stuff.
at 4:15 AM
Well, so I sit down last night and checked out the new J.J. Abrams directed and Steven Spielberg produced flick Super 8. Now this movie according to Abrams is kinda a tribute to Spielberg's old 70's type flicks like Close Encounters. This movie was set in the late 70s centering around a group of kids filming their own zombie flick. Ok, so far pretty darn cool. During the course of shooting this film there is a train crash and something escapes. And in true Coverfield type fashion there is a "something" on the move. Which we really don't get to see for most of the movie. Guess thats supposed to be part of the beauty. Right? Hmmm. There was some attempt at character development between the kids and between the young girl and the lead male kid. I did not get the realness between the two frankly. It almost seemed alittle forced to me. I felt more character development during AMC's Walking Dead mini series... And this is supposed to be a big budget theater movie. So that I felt was lacking. And there were always some suspense in those old Spielberg movies and for me this was just missing the mark. The train crash was pretty good. Nothing serious though. I give it 3 out of 5 axes. Frankly, Battle: Los Angeles was better....
at 3:39 PM
Well, I just finished the 2nd installment of the Adam Green's horror saga known as Hatchet and Hatchet 2. I have to admit although I liked the first one I did not go completely ape shit for it the way the rest of the horror community has. It was good but, I am hit or miss on horror/comedies. Hatchet of course brought together some horror icons in Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, and Robert England. But, Todd and England were in there in more of a cameo capacity and although that was pretty cool I thought there was a hair too much slapstick gore and comedy in the first one. So I am pretty much expecting the same for the 2nd flick. It did have its moments of comedy this one did a better job with alittle more believable gore and a tad less comedy. It also brought us Danielle Harris and hell who doesn't like Danielle Harris. Fresh off her Halloween 2 or H2 or whatever the hell that horrible sequel was to Zombie's Halloween. She had a main role in this movie ala her old Halloween 4 and 5 days. And this time Tony Todd had a lengthy starring role. I have to admit I was much more interested toward the end of the movie. The R.A. Mihailoff role was pretty cool as well. Having both Candyman and Leatherface squaring off against Victor Crowley aka Jason Voorhees aka Kane Hodder was quite pleasing. Green does a good job of at least playing to the horror audience by giving us heroes of our past. Of course Kane Hodder plays Crowley to perfection hacking and slashing his way through the swamp. I also found this group of victims alittle more interesting than the first films. I enjoyed the fact that Crowley had at least one some what even throw down with a character and Green delivers a great Friday the 13th The Final Chapter ending to this movie. Lets just say Danielle Harris does her best Corey Feldman impression.... I give this 4 out of 5 axes. I took away 1 axe for the slapstick comedy. Oh... and be sure to check out Friday the 13th Part 7 director John Carl Buechler in the beginning as Jack Cracker. Pretty funny.
at 12:13 PM
Paranormal Activity 2 Review
Ok, so its been a long time since i've done a review. I have not had a lot of time to check out many movies but, I saw this and Frozen in the last few days. So here goes. This movie follows another part of the family connected to the original two members of the first family. Essentially, this time we include a baby, a dog, a paranoid housekeeper, and one overly active pool cleaner. We do see appearances from Katie and Micah from the first movie. Of course, there is alot of unexplained noises, movements, door slams, etc. Now, I found the original to be a pretty darn good horror movie. I don't even like supernatural horror. At all. But, these movies are alittle like The Blair Witch Project. Very entertaining the first time around. Now, I watched The Blair Witch years ago and contended it was the scariest damn movie ever. And in turn did not watch it again until last year. And much to my horror. It did not scare me at all. Why? No re-watchability. If thats a word. It was almost boring. These movies are great one time only. But, unlike a good horror slasher flick like Halloween or Friday the 13th. You have no villian to root for to either kill or be killed. And thats very impacting. It was a pretty nice twist at the end to tie in the first movie. I found the father to be annoying by all means leave for a work visit when you have drama going on. Your old lady is at home having a breakdown. WTF? The daughter pulling this family curse or agreement out of her ass did not particularly move me either. Seemed alittle far fetched. Hmmm. And this movie is definitely good for a one time only watch. For that reason I will give it a 2.75 axes out of 5 rating. In the past I would have went 3.5 or higher. But, this new found re-watchability factor is killing movies like this. Good little creepy moments but, nothing to write home about. Enjoy. The first time.....
at 8:01 AM