Wolf Creek 2 Review

WOLF CREEK 2 movie poster -- exclusive EW.com imageWolf Creek 2 begins with Mick Taylor dispensing his own unique brand of justice and then happening upon a pair of German backpackers that need to be taught a lesson. The film goes in a completely unexpected direction from there, so I will simply leave the synopsis at that.

In Wolf Creek 2John Jarratt reminds us why he was and always will be the perfect choice to play Mick Taylor. He brings the kind of flare to the role that makes fans of the emerging franchise develop an inexplicable fondness for him. He plays the part with the same nasty zeal that made viewers develop a love/hate relationship with him in the first film.  Mick Taylor is poised to become the type of villain that viewers cheer for, much in the same way that we would root for the charismatically evil Freddy Krueger. Continue reading

Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales Review

1-Tom-Hollands-Twisted-TalesTom Holland’s Twisted Tales is a series of vignettes that are introduced by Holland himself. There are nine tales in all; every one however, is bad. It pains me to be critical of a project that the legendary Tom Holland was involved with but there is just no excuse for how bad this film is.

One segment finds a man talking to his GPS, which is seemingly possessed by the spirit of his late wife, another finds a woman wanting to kill her lover, and other vignettes explore additional relationship woes, twisted magicians, the apocalypse and more. None of the segments struck a chord with me; some were less terrible than others but they were all bad. Continue reading

Patrick: Evil Awakens Review

PatrickPatrick: Evil Awakens finds a lovely young nurse named Kathy (Sharni Vinson) discovering that one of her patients – Patrick – is seemingly communicating with her in spite of being in a coma. Kathy is intrigued at first but soon becomes frightened when Patrick’s inclinations begin to turn violent.

The decision to remake the 1970s horror film Patrick was an interesting one. It isn’t a particularly well-known title, so rebooting it allowed writer Justin King and director Mark Hartley the opportunity to make the film their own without the level of fan scrutiny that comes with remaking a more high profile title. The pair did a reasonable job in their efforts. Patrick (2014) doesn’t stand out as a terribly memorable title but it isn’t really a bad film either. It is entertaining enough to engage the viewer for ninety minutes. But, it doesn’t really break a lot of new ground or do a lot that we haven’t seen in some capacity before. Continue reading

Review: E.L. Katz’s Cheap Thrills

Pat-Healy-Cheap-ThrillsCheap Thrills catches up with Craig (Pat Healy) on what is shaping up to be the worst day of his life: he is served with an eviction notice and then on the day he plans to ask his boss for a raise, loses his job. Things continue to look down until he runs in to an old friend (Ethan Embry) at a bar and the pair meet up with an eccentric, wealthy stranger and his wife (played by David Koechner and Sara Paxton). The pair offer Craig and his friend a chance at some easy money. As we all know: if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

The casting of Cheap Thrills is pitch perfect. Pat Healy was the perfect choice to play the ‘down on his luck’ lead character; Ethan Embry is brilliant as the old friend; and David Koechner and Sara Paxton are amazing as the eccentric millionaire and his equally eccentric wife. The ensemble cast works tremendously well together; they all turn in inspired performances. The comedic chemistry is spot on. While all of these talented actors worked together extremely well, what pulls it all together is the prowess of first time director E.L. Katz. Katz set the perfect tone for this black comedy with  horror overtones. I was profoundly impressed with what he was able to do without a feature or even a short film under his belt. Prior to this, Katz has worked on the production end but makes the transition to directing beautifully.

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Review: Chastity Bites

Chastity Bites Poster, the film is directed by John Knowles and written by Lotti Pharriss-Knowles.

In Chastity Bites, aspiring investigative journalist, Leah (Allison Scagliotti) believes something is amiss when Liz, the facilitator of the Virginity Action Group (VAG) at her high school begins exhibiting strange behavior. Leah begins to suspect that Liz is an ancient demon that maintains her youthful appearance by bathing in virgin blood. Determined to get to the bottom of the story, Leah attempts to infiltrate the Chastity Club and expose its leader for the blood-lusting sadist she is.

This is a great example of why one must not make snap judgments about  a film. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Chastity Bites when I first sat down to watch it. The film takes a moment to find its footing. The first ten minutes meander a bit. I was unsure if the performances were going to be reasonable because some of the acting at the get go was a little questionable. But after somewhat of a shaky start, the film stands on solid ground and gets better and better as it unfolds.

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Review

Never-Sleep Again-BlurayNever Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy is the gold standard in A Nightmare on Elm Street. This documentary film is a wealth of information on the Nightmare series. Each film is explored thoroughly and granted its own chapter in the film. The doc explores everything a fan could ask for: It covers the series’ origins, the homoerotic overtones of Nightmare II, the revival of the franchise with New Nightmare, and everything in-between.

Robert Englund’s love for the character and the franchise – even the less than well received entries – is highly evident. Englund loves the franchise; he loves the character; and unlike a lot of actors that get known for a certain role, he is more than happy to open up and talk about it as is franchise creator and director Wes Craven.

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy also allows each director that was interviewed to weigh in on how they felt about their contribution to the series. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy answers questions about the Nightmare franchise that you  didn’t even know you had. This doc offers insight in to the most minute details of each film and lets the audience in on what the director of each of the films was thinking and where they were trying to take the film. elt that their entry was successful and what they liked or disliked about it. We also get a lot of insight in to the experience of the actors who played Freddy’s victims and we also learn a lot about how each actor that was interviewed felt about their time on set and the finished product.

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Vikingdom Review – Bad CGI, Bad Acting

Vikingdom-Poster-Dominic-PurcellA Viking king named Eirick (Dominic Purcell) is pitted against Thor in this fantasy film. Thor is on a mission to collect Odin’s Horn before The Blood Eclipse, which only occurs every 800 years. Eirick takes it upon himself to stop Thor. Eirick travels through a world of CGI to attempt to thwart Thor from completing his quest, since Eirick know of the rabble-rousing Thor would surely be up to if he got ahold of Odin’s Horn.

Vikingdom isn’t proper horror but it falls under the ‘genre film’ category, thus why I am reviewing it. The film contains horror elements and a hefty helping of violence.

The best thing about the film is the battle scenes but even the battle scenes are not great. They are riddled with CGI and not very well choreographed.

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