The Unborn

The Unborn Title“The Unborn is a fairly standard horror movie that doesn’t do a good job of connecting us to it’s characters, or making us feel like we should care. The plot is common place possession/exorcism with a pretty predictable type of ending…Where it succeeds is in the originality of having a possession story not based in Christian mythology, a semi-diverse core cast that isn’t just slaughter fodder, and the monster mash up from other movies. The combination of these things makes The Unborn worth watching even if it isn’t that great a movie overall. The recurring…creepstyx Pit bull wearing a mask will elicit some bad day dreams at the very least. Though I’m sure the Silent Hill and The Grudge type creatures will catch everyone else’s attention.” – 2.5/5 (genre) Continue reading

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The Great Hypnotist (Cui mian da shi)

The Great Hypnotist TitleOn the face of it The Great Hypnotist promises to be nothing more than the tired genre that is psychological thrillers. In fact it does little to cast off this notion in the beginning, despite the opening being very entertaining, and only reinforces the idea that we won’t see anything new here. But get past the first twenty minutes and you’ll find that there is a much deeper and refreshing take on this plot line. With a series of short narratives, and a far less superficial story than just the mind-bending, what is and what isn’t real, we find a tale about loss, pain and forgiveness. To sum up the movies message, “You don’t forgive someone because they deserve it. You forgive them because they need it.”. (Yes I know that’s a misquote) – 3.8/5 (general) Continue reading

Paradox

Paradox Title“Paradox really shines in the moments when it isn’t spouting ridiculous dialogue, coated with pseudo-science and large volumes of expletives. It is a fun ride trying to figure out who the killer is, why they are killing everyone and how this whole mess got set into motion. Where Paradox fails is that it [did have] it’s characters talk. Honestly, every 30 seconds someone was saying something…ridiculously asinine. [However], if you like science fiction, time travel, action and suspense rolled up with mystery, give Paradox a go. Just don’t hold you’re breath waiting for the paradox.” – 2.3/5 (genre) Continue reading

The Abandoned

“I didThe Abandoned Titlen’t think there was ever a chance I would say this, but I would rather watch The Hollow, a SyFy made for T.V. movie focused on special effects with no thought for writing, acting or directing than The Abandoned. Or for that matter even The Damned. My entire world has been turned upside down. There is no possible way I could have found a more boring, less believable, unoriginal and derogatory movie than The Abandoned. I guess someday I may be saying that about another movie, as I am now, but it boggles my mind to think so.” – 1.2/5 (genre) Continue reading

Perfect Sisters

Perfect Sisters Title“The greatest strength of Perfect Sisters is not that it is the perfect movie, but that it is all about how the movie makes the viewer feel rather than the actual events unfolding…This is the perfection in Perfect Sisters, there may be many parts that fall just a little flat, or a bit odd at times, but it is the introspective aspect that [makes it work]. It is truly unique in it’s ability to act as a mirror and make you take a deep look at yourself, however uncomfortable that prospect may be.” – 3.6/5 (genre)
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The Damned

The Damned Title“if you like horror movies about demons, possession and generally just need the T.V. to be on while you do something else then watch The Damned. If you only have two choices and the other one is The Hollow, watch The Damned. Otherwise, I would just steer clear of this movie because it’s basically as much fun as the flash flood that started it all, except less roller coastery.” – 2.3/5 (genre)
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The Sisterhood of Night

The Sisterhood of Night Title“If Anguish was the movie that made me jump, The Sisterhood of Night is the movie that made me cry. By time I had reached the last 20 minutes in the movie I was in love with all the characters. The narrative let me understand what they were going through, not on an intellectual level, but on an emotional one. It let me see the world through the eyes of young women who were lost and alone and just needed a safe place, needed someones ‘vow of silence’. ” – 4.3/5 (general) Continue reading

Anguish

Anguish Title“Anguish is the horror movie that finally made me jump! While it was small, and it made my cat jump more than me, it finally succeeded where others had failed. And it did this without blood, gore, demons, (movie) witchcraft or even the “hey lets do it because it’s shocking” that has become quite popular. It just took me by surprise, and I love it for that. Watch Anguish with high expectations and you won’t be let down; watch it with low expectations and you’ll be extraordinarily happy.” – 4.31/5 (genre) Continue reading

Neverlake

Neverlake Title“as the overarching story line is simplistic, Neverlake attempts to push depth on us through confusion. The scenes are often disjointed and don’t connect in any meaningful way until much later. To further exacerbate this issue the narration by Jenny partially brings about a tone of importance and significance that is self imbued. It’s as if the movie is proclaiming itself to be of great depth and importance without the consent of the audience.” – 2.9/5 (genre) Continue reading

Return to Sender

Return to Sender Title“Return to Sender is a harsh and unforgiving tale. From the very visceral experience of Miranda’s rape, to the end result of someone as disturbed as her finding a way to “cope”. Coupled with the disintegration of a father-daughter relationship and the callous and calculated brutality towards Benny (the dog) and William, it all adds up to a rather horrifying story. And it does so with such a sense of calm throughout that just how unsettling it is doesn’t sink in until sometime much later” – 3.6/5 (general) Continue reading