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I quite enjoyed this movie. And it wasn’t just for some of the eye candy.

Hellooooo….

Back on track now Megan, (Ha! And I didn’t even mean to do that pun!). ‘In Europe, a group of American college athletes unknowingly board a train that will become one deadly ride.’ Yep, its one of ‘those’ movies. Group of friends go out drinking, something happens and they stupidly agree to do something that really doesn’t sound right, such as getting a late train that’s just magically going to where they’re wanting to go. Oh yeah, you give over your passports and let them keep them, that makes sense. That actually does happen. And then after all this, it all goes even more tits up. They decide to get on the train, give over their passports and then they get off at the other end, safe and sound…..I KID. No, they don’t. At all.

When I said it was one of ‘those’ movies, I meant one of those friends slasher movies. The ones that people groan about where they really shouldn’t. These films are brilliant, you can turn your brain off and just enjoy some good-looking people dying in many different and original ways. When people say they hate them, I laugh and secretly think, ‘more for me’… These movies are brilliant, and Train is no exception. Yes, they won’t win awards, yes a lot of them don’t need a brain, but what’s your point?! Train is a good old-fashioned ‘let’s do stupid things’ shout at the screen slasher film. With a slight twist AND a near naked run down the train, back to photo up top.

Don’t knock it.

Thora Birch was definitely put in this film for the ‘big star’ count, she is pretty much the only actor I’d heard of, but luckily, I’m not a fan of who’s in what when it comes to horrors. I’ll watch anything. It was a change from what I’d seen her in though, I’m still stuck on her character in America Beauty.. No one’s really really bad in this, as I said, it’s the general slasher movie, it wouldn’t win any awards and will probably not be known by people unless you’ve seen it but it’s good. I enjoyed it. Train is similar to the likes of Hostel, but I love Hostel so I had no complaints what so ever. Apart from some characters are dumb, but if they weren’t, there would be no killing.. Hey, you gotta break a few eggs..

Hello Derek…I don’t care if you’ve been in a gay film, you’re still hot.

The gore is there, the drinking friends, the fun, the scary stereotypical bad guys and even a little twist of why there are on the train. What more could you want?! I enjoyed this film so much, even though I own it, I’m going to record  it when it’s on the horror channel on Sunday… Yeah.

What’s not to love?

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The title pretty much says it all. ‘Boris Arkadin is a horror film maker. His pregnant wife was brutally murdered by a Manson-like gang of hippy psychopaths during the 1960s. He becomes a virtual recluse – until years later he directs his own snuff inspired movies. He invites actors to take part in an audition at his country manor house – blurring the lines of what is real and what is fiction.’

Snuff-Movie (film)

Snuff Movie is….interesting….to say the least and to say it in the least way it sounds bad that I am talking about a movie called Snuff Movie. I also don’t think that the above poster is for the Snuff Movie I’m talking about as it doesn’t look anything like mine, but I’m not doing anymore image searches…!  So basically, it starts out showing footage off an old camera, where you start seeing people being murdered, very similar to the Manson murders back in the 60s, where Charles Manson’s cult followers, the ‘Manson Family’ went to Director Roman Polanski’s house and murdered everyone there including pregnant Sharon Tate. I did quite enjoy the fact though that my best mate, who was watching this with me and who bought it for me, did not know anything about the murders so I had to fill her in. Yes! Useless knowledge will be used! She then went onto Googling it all and turns out I knew a  lot…whether that’s good, I’m not sure…

Okay, back to the movie and off my knowledge of murders, me and my best mate buy each other horror movies for Birthdays, Christmas and such because we do ‘Horror days’, horror days consist of just watching horror movies and eating, basically, This is a tradition. For the last one, where she gave me Snuff Movie alongside Feardotcom, (see my other review), we decided we are going to start just buying each other theeee worst horror movies we could find. Luckily, this fit right into this bill. Snuff Movie is not the best movie, but then from a name like Snuff Movie, I wasn’t expecting all that much. And I didn’t really get that much, it was just a weird film.

Snuff (film)

Still not sure if this is this film…

The concept of it is good, where a director gets a whole load of actors to do a film, but actually its a real film. It is a clever concept but it was just a weird film – the main woman wasn’t that likable, she was just….. naive I’ll say. Getting fully naked in an audition, I’d hope most people would have more respect from themselves than to do something that would make them that uncomfortable but she obviously didn’t. These are people who are desperate to be on film and will do literally anything and just lose their brains over it, all common sense just leaves them. Even the Police aren’t fully with it, they get a call from the woman’s husband who’s watching it all online and has seen someone murdered. The Police go and investigate where they are greeted by so much blood and the director, he tells them its all fake, (it’s not) and they just go ‘hahahaha, oh okay’ and leave. No, ‘oh okay, but we’ve had a complaint to we better just check it out’, or ‘there is a lot of blood and a decapitated head, how did you do all of this?’, or anything, they just leave.

I didn’t hate the movie, it just wasn’t that good, it could have been a lot better. The two films inside a film didn’t really work either I feel, as one was better than the other and they definitely could have made more of the better one. The two films were also weird, one was the home filmed Manson one and the other was the fake film one. The fake film one could have been so good but it wasn’t. And the Manson one I just didn’t like, for one, it was basically a recreation of The Manson Murders and so didn’t really need any work and two, I hated the way it was shot. The second one had so many good ideas, like the husband only being able to the murders and that and the actual website and just the whole ‘they think its fake, it’s not thing’.

Overall, good concept of one of the mini films, the other was literally just a copy that anyone could have made. I won’t be seeing this again in a hurry, sadly, as I did like the idea of one of them. I’m off to read up on old murders now.

 

Even though I didn’t like it, the other mini movie was good with the nod to old horror. (Boris..)

 

The Haunting.

Posted: March 1, 2012 in SeeYouNextWednesday Reviews
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The Haunting is a strange one. ‘Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. With him are the skeptical young

Luke, who stands to inherit the house, the mysterious and clairvoyant Theodora and the insecure Eleanor, whose psychic abilities make her feel somehow attuned to whatever spirits inhabit the old mansion. As time goes by it becomes obvious that they have gotten more than they bargained for as the ghostly presence in the house manifests itself in horrific and deadly ways.’ It was definitely scary but it was very mellow dramatic at the sane time. I kind of expected it to be though as it was made in 1963, I’m also not saying that as a bad thing, I love old films.

The Haunting is definitely scary, it’s that ‘scary’ that nowaday films miss, it’s the stuff that really scares, like noises or banging on the wall when there’s no one there. Reminds me of the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror where they take off The Raven. Now that scared me. Banging on the door, long corridor, no one there. The Haunting does all this and does it all well, I was scared. If it was just on that I would have said that this is a very good horror movie but I didn’t like the main character and I didn’t understand some of it. The main character Eleanor is having a hard time, living with her sister and her sister’s husband and just basically wants to go somewhere. She gets an invite to the house and decides that this is where she is meant to be and so plans to go and never come back. Well, she goes full Marsha from The Brady Bunch, talking to herself in her head and just acting strange, like so strange that she probably shouldn’t be able to leave the house on her own. I did like the others, well, I guess the other woman annoyed me too at some points, I feel my favourite character was definitely Luke who seems to be the only non-serious and normal person there. Eleanor just doesn’t seem all there, Theodore seems to just want a sister in a creepy sort of way and Dr John Markway is just pretty manipulative in everything. Luke was also the one who actually seemed to react in the most normal way and didn’t try to fling himself off the edge of the building.

Some scary stuff right there...

Overall, this movie did scare me, it is named one of the scariest movies and I agree, it  has no gore in it whatsoever, it is basically just sounds and your imagination which I think horrors these days miss. That whole thing where you don’t seen anything such as the ghost or monster, but it keeps the tension up and just using noise to scare you. The ending lost me though, completely. I was never fully with Eleanor and her ‘psychic’ ways. The horror of this film is good, I wish more films were like it, but I could have done without Eleanor and her third eye.