Third in Dario Argento's cult Mother/Witches trilogy. Set in Rome this… MoreThird in Dario Argento's cult Mother/Witches trilogy. Set in Rome this time, violent goings on start happening in the city as well as strange, unexplainable things that seem to be connected to the occult and something that may involve scientist Asia Argento. Mother of Tears is typical Argento really, some good gore, a few shocking moments and good visual elements and a decent score mean although Mother of Tears isn't up there with Suspiria, it's still a good enough horror that fans of the horror master should enjoy.
Amazing Japanese movie based around a teenager called Yu. Coming from… MoreAmazing Japanese movie based around a teenager called Yu. Coming from a devoted Christian family, Yu is always well behaved. But when his mother dies and his father is seduced by another woman who then breaks his heart, Yu's dad becomes detached and torments Yu by getting him to confess his sins everyday. Of course, Yu has nothing to confess so in an effort to appease his father he starts sinning. Small, silly stuff at first but his dad's not impressed so eventually Yu joins a gang of petty criminals and trains to become an up-skirt photographer; sneakily but expertly taking pictures up girls skirts! Obviously, this type of behaviour upsets and angers Yu's father but at least he has his attention.
One day while out with his gang, Yu meets a pretty schoolgirl, Yoko, albeit in the middle of a brawl. This ends in a kiss but unfortunately for Yu he is dressed as a woman after losing a bet which is a shame as Yu has fallen balls over arsehole in love with Yoko but Yoko thinks he's a woman, leading her to question her sexuality. Add to this all involved are being manipulated by a devious cult leader you have an interesting film on your hands!
Needless to say, Love Exposure isn't for everyone; it's over three and a half hours long for a start! But it honestly doesn't feel like it is, The story is so involving, despite being off the wall, the performances are great, it's funny, entertaining, shocking, dramatic, moving, weird, surreal, compelling and powerful.
For you non-readers out there you might want to avoid this but for fans of the weird and wonderful world of Japanese and Asian film, Love Exposure is an absolute must see and a potential life changer.
Boring psychological thriller. When Two female friends go travelling… MoreBoring psychological thriller. When Two female friends go travelling one of them has to leave randomly and leaves her friend, Alicia, with two strange blokes and a woman. Feeling alone, frightened and paranoid, Alicia starts acting strangely to those around her as she starts hearing and seeing things and as time progresses her fears and behaviour get worse.
The problem with Magic Magic is it doesn't really go anywhere or say anything. Why is Alicia acting like that? What's the story with her best mate leaving her?(that's quietly explained but could've been developed further) and what's with Michael Cera's character? There are just to many unanswered questions and it's not weird in a cool way like Donnie Darko or something, it's weird in an annoying way, like you keep hoping and waiting for something big to happen but it never does.
It's saving grace, however, is Juno Temple who plays Alicia. After seeing her in Killer Joe I thought she's do a good job and I was right and this is mainly a chance for her to show off her acting skills and proves she can do "descent into madness" very well! So Juno Temple's performance aside, an annoyingly weird, disappointing film.
Horror thriller that's a bit dodgy but that's why it's enjoyable! A… MoreHorror thriller that's a bit dodgy but that's why it's enjoyable! A couple look like they're going on a normal weekend getaway when they are hauled off the road by a gang of criminals. Later, when they find out the car is carrying a hostage in the boot, a soon to be very wealthy heiress, it could be to late as the man they've captured is a total psychopath who knows what he's doing in the killing stakes and starts taking revenge on those that took him hostage.
As the film goes on we find out more about the heiress and her odd relationship with her former captor but unfortunately not much more about the maniac himself which feels like a missed opportunity but at the same time No One Lives is clearly just a bit throwaway, the kills and gore being the main focus and in that respect it does a good enough job. Sure there are questions about how our psycho managed to get inside the dead body of a big dude he killed without being noticed at all and also how he managed to set up the well placed bow and arrows around the front of the criminals' cabin without being spotted but I guess that's part of it's charm.
So, plenty to criticise but at the same time enough to enjoy, No One Lives is enjoyable, gory, crazy fun.
The seventh, and final(unless you count the fun Freddy vs Jason and… MoreThe seventh, and final(unless you count the fun Freddy vs Jason and the dodgy Nightmare on Elm Street remake) film in the infamous slasher series. It's no coincidence that probably the best sequel was written and directed by Wes Craven, the man whose vision first terrified audiences in 1984 with the man with the burnt face and claw. But where the sequels took a more fantastical route as they went on, what Craven has done here is near genius: The fact hat Freddy Kruger has become so big in the hearts and minds of horror fans everywhere and effected those that worked on the film means that Freddy has manifested and is laying dormant in the stories of the first 6 films, waiting to come out. As Craven is writing a new film about Freddy it makes sense to ask Heather Langenkamp to come back and reprise her role as Nancy. At first she's reluctant as she has a son and her husband has just died in a crash, but the more Heather and Wes talk about the film the more can be explained about her husbands death, her sons strange behaviour and the menacing phone calls she's been receiving. It seems Freddy is on his way back...
It's the going back to the brutal and raw feel of the first film that makes New Nightmare work so well. There's nod's to Freddy's past as a child molester(He shouts "I touched him!" at Heather during one of his phone calls whilst seemingly in possession of her sons soul), a tribute to the most horrific death of the first film when a babysitter is slashed and dragged around the floor, walls and ceiling of a hospital room and regular use of the chilling "1. 2 Freddy's coming for you" rhyme. Freddy is more frightening than ever to here, his face fully burnt and a new, skeletal style claw as well as less one liners and a more straightforward and threatening approach. Add to this a thrilling finale set in an underground lair, Freddy is given the kind of send off he deserved in the last film but it makes sense and seems right that Craven is at the helm to see the demise of his greatest creation.
Great performances to from Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund as himself and Kruger and Miko Hughes as Nancy's son, along with a few familiar faces from the series means that the Nightmare on Elm Street series gets the kind of signing off it deserved a few years back.
What was meant to be the final nightmare is actually one of the most… MoreWhat was meant to be the final nightmare is actually one of the most disappointing in the series. Now a full on pop culture/horror icon, this was meant to be a fun farewell for Freddy Kruger but that's what's wrong with it, for me. To much fucking around and one liners and not enough brutal kills!
Back in Springwood, years after the last movie, and all the kids are missing/dead and the parents and grown ups have all gone insane so it's up to some delinquent kids from a halfway house, including the reveal of Freddy's daughter as a counsellor type, to stop Freddy as he attempts to find a new location to wreak havoc. Like the last movie, Freddy's Dead delves back into Freddy's past, looking into his memories as a bullied schoolboy and abused son which goes some way in explaining his evil nature and origins, although I'd personally not liked to have been given an excuse to show some sort of empathy for something so evil, it's always interesting to look into what made Kruger what he is. The main problem is the Kruger we see here is more about fun and its annoying to see him fucking around on video games(even if he is controlling a victim!) and the film as a whole isn't that great really. The ghost-like town of Springwood and it's mental residents never fully realised and although the twist with the daughter and how he uses her to get into killing again is quite interesting, what should have been a big finale for the film ends up being an unsatisfying one.
The third sequel in the series, The Dream Master has some decent,… MoreThe third sequel in the series, The Dream Master has some decent, fantastical dream sequences and a good central performance from Lisa Wilcox but not much else in terms of character and building on Freddy's back story. One of the survivors from Dream Warriors witnesses Freddy Kruger's resurrection and gets killed not long after and our favourite villain is back to get those Elm Street kids again. This time focussing on Alice, a slightly troubled girl with an alcoholic dad and who seems a natural successor to Nancy. I think the main problem with The Dream Master is it feels more style over substance, this probably being due to having a bunch of different writers and a rush to get another sequel out. It has it's moments and Freddy'sa demise in this one is pretty cool but overall, a bit disappointing compared to Dream Warriors. And also, this has the Freddy Rap during the end credits. Oh dear...
Cool indie style vampire film. When a girl decides its time for her to… MoreCool indie style vampire film. When a girl decides its time for her to leave her shitty life in her small town but when her friends van breaks down it seems its destined not to happen. But a man in a lorry soon comes along and eventuall agrees to take her and her friends to her new flat. Only, as you might expect, they don't end up in the required destination at all but at some old warehouse thats become a training ground for vampires. Thers plenty of tension and gore and despite not having many likeable characters that doesn't matter to much as the performance from the main character is pretty strong. Overall, a decent, if not brilliant bit of vamp action.
Enjoyable, if generic, thriller. A hot woman, Claire, who works in… MoreEnjoyable, if generic, thriller. A hot woman, Claire, who works in media wants to spice things up with her husband and eventually have kids but he's a bit on the boring side. One night at a hotel she sees a double of her husband and thinking its him finally spicing things up and playing some role playing game, Claire ends up shagging him. Later, after another sexy meeting, she finds out it's not her husband but it's to late and the man goes full on stalker, using the fact he looks exactly like Claire's husband to his advantage. Ok, so this hasn't got enough sex in it to be deemed an "erotic thriller" so is more just a slightly entertaining thriller with passable performances and a decent enough plot to keep you interested. Plus Willa Ford has a great pair of tits. Not exactly great but there are worse films you could spend 90-odd minutes watching.