Lords Of Salem (2012)

Director & Writer: Rob Zombie
Starring: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Ken Foree, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Patrica Quinn, Dee Wallace, Judy Geeson, Meg Foster, Sid Haig.

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I watched this film last night.
This film is about witches and the witches of the Salem witch trial put a curse on all the women and descendants of Salem.

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So I was looking forward to Lords Of Salem. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I was hoping. Yes, there were some interesting scenes and typical Rob Zombie moments. Especially the dream (I guess they were dream moments) with masturbating demon priests and other strange demons.

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I thought Sherri Moon Zombie was quite decent in this. It wasn’t a strong performance but she did capture the recovering junkie getting cursed by witches.

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It wasn’t a terrible film though. It has upsetting scenes and dark moments which you would want in a horror film. But overall it seemed a bit of a mess.

2/5

GODZILLA (2014) review

Dir: Gareth Edwards
Writer: Max Bernstein
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binnoche, David Straitham.

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I went to go see GODZILLA last night. I was so excited to see it! I love Godzilla & destroy all monsters is one of my favourite films. After all the viral, teaser trailers & hype on the film (and the fact it looked nothing like the 98 Godzilla film!). So there was a lot to live up to!

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The first 30 minutes of the film were fantastic! Great acting, great directing and solid character building and buildings getting destroyed ala Godzilla!

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That’s when the film turned and seemed the script was a bit ropey. The characters seemed one dimensional at certain points in the film. The best actors were Bryan Cranston, who you felt sympathetic for his character trying to find the truth, and Ken Watanabe. But, they were hardly in the film. They needed more screen time.

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Speaking of more screen times, the monsters or “muto” and Godzilla needed to be seen more. Especially  with the first Godzilla and MUTO encouter. You see a great build up, planes getting smashed, giant fireball, humoungus foot stamping down! Yes, the first time Godzilla is on screen is about an hour into the film but what an entrance! They even gave him his iconic roar! But, it goes to a different scene where the first fight is on a television screen!! It was a bit of a cop out. People have paid to see Godzilla. Especially Godzilla fighting another giant monster!! But at least they gave Godzilla his famous atom breath, unlike that sham of a film in ’98.

All that aside it was an decent watch but the script wasn’t up to scratch. But as poor as the script felt, the CGI on Godzilla and the MUTO were fantastic, they stayed quite true to the original toho Godzilla (roar and atom breath) and the directing was really good too!

3/5

MANIAC (2012)

dir: Franck Khalfoun
writers: Alexandre Aja, C. A. Rosenberg, Grégory Levasseur.
Starring: Elijah Woods, Nora Arnezeder, Jan Broberg, America Olivo.

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Late last night, I decided to watch a film. As I was flicking through netflix a title jumped out at me. Maniac. I’ve been wanting to see this film since it came out, but having toddlers (and a girlfriend who doesn’t DO horror) is harder to get time to watch! But, luckily for me, netflix is around and I can watch these films whenever suits me!

Back to Maniac. Maniac is a remake of the 80s slasher film of the same name and although it is a remake, I quite enjoyed this film! Although 70% of the film is shot In Franks (Elijiah Woods) POV, the gritty settings, Frank’s unstable mind and the use of 80s synth music was a refreshing look into the psychological serial killer type movie (is that actually a thing?).

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Whilst watching , because you’re essentially stuck in Franks sick mind, it feels almost claustrophobic. You also get up close and personal to all the murders that happen.

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What I found really interesting was the use of getting Elijiah Woods screen time. All of these were used by reflections of mirrors, windows, etc. and in a third person whilst Frank is having an outer body experience or having day dreams/nightmares.

I would recommend this film for fans of slasher/serial killer films. It’s a fresh take on this genre, even if this is a remake!

3/5

Inside No 9 – TV – 2014

Written & Starring: Reece Shearsmith & Steve Pemberton

As a fan of The League Of Gentlemen, I was excited by the new anthology series by Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith!

All the episodes will only be linked that the episodes happen in houses or rooms with the number 9.

The first episode, called sardines, insisted of an engagement party playing a game of sardines as an icebreaker.

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The whole episode was acted out brilliantly and gave the same laugh out loud moments that the league deliver! Even with the dark secrets of inscest, peadophilia & murder venturing out you couldn’t help laugh until all secrets are out and the final twist is revealed!

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If you’re a fan of the gentlemen, or remember the old portmanteau series like Twilight Zone, Tales Of The Unexpected etc. Then I recommend this series for you!

Can’t wait for the next episode!

4/5

You’re Next (review)

Dir: Adam Wingard
Writer: Simon Barrett
Starring: Simon Barrett, Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A. J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg.

I finally got around to watching this film and I have to say, it’s mediocre at best. Although, the premise is great. The plot is, a family come to the parents 35th wedding anniversary at their home. The parents are super rich and their children with their partners are whiney and annoying. The film starts off much like a slasher. Two people having sex (breaking an essential golden rule for all slasher films) then one has a shower whilst the other puts music on. Woman gets killed, man gets killed, film starts. That has not given away the rest of the movie I assure you. But people do get killed. Some in a very comical way.
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I had high hopes for this film, just because the trailer was so good. It looked like it would be an all out blood bath from the start. But what I got was a few deaths here and there, sibling rivalry and someone who just happened to have “survival training”.
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Don’t get me wrong, the film isn’t terrible. It is mediocre though. As I was watching the flick, my mind wondered off and I started thinking of other things. But that was when characters were talking and I didn’t care enough to listen to them. They could have done a lot more for the plot. You actually get to see the killers faces which I think takes away the eeriness of the masks. I thought the masks were fantastic though, which was one of the things that drew me to the film. But it was let down by not enough thrills and too much annoying characters.
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I would recommend this film with a group so you can laugh and/or shout at silly mistakes! But enjoy the bloodbath, as infrequent as it is.

2/5

A Field In England (review)

Dir: Ben Wheatley
Written: Amy Jump
Starring; Julian Barrett, Reece Shearsmth, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope, Michael Smiley.
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This film starts off with Whitehead (Shearsmith) hiding from the commander Trower (Barrett). He meets up with Cutler (Pope), Jacob (Ferdinando) and Friend (Glover). They’ve abandoned the war in search of an ale house only to come across a rope in the middle of a field. They find O’Neil (Smiley) at the other side. It turns out Whitehead has been sent out to obtain O’Neil, but he has other plans. He says of buried gold somewhere in the field.

That’s pretty much the gist of the film. It is filled with interesting shots where the actors seem to recreate photographs. But there is some truly disturbing scenes in the film too. Especially the tent scene as pictured below.

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The hallucination scenes are brilliantly filmed, surreal and very uneasy. You would think that you were tripping on mushrooms as well! All the acting is played out really well, but the stand outs are Reece Shearsmith as Whitehaed and Michael Smiley as O’Neil.
Shearsmith gives Whitehead a character who begins as a coward to a person in (semi) control that you could imagine in League Of Gentlemen or Psychoville. Whilst Smiley plays O’Neil with a viscous and controlling man who becomes more horrific as the film goes on.
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This film is filled with superstition of the time which is doubled by the use of mushrooms! I would recommend people see this. Although it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it will be enjoyable for fans of the drama/thriller/horror mix!

4/5