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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?

So I saw this, in a hotel room in Boston for my birthday. It wasn’t good but it does make me happy being where I was and what I was doing. So I will try not to be biased. Okay, Mama. ‘Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years…. but how alone were they?’.

Mamá

Mama.

I would say Mama started out pretty good, it’s the normal movie.  It has the creepy feel to it, it starts out kind of weird and straight into the story with the dad taking the two daughters away, which you never actually find out what exactly happened. In a way. Basically, you see him taking the girls and leaving them, and then it skips to recent times, but doesn’t really mention what happened. It just kind of goes ahead to when the dad’s twin brother (really, it’s the same guy playing both), picking them up. Its mentioned that the dad killed the mum but not in-depth, just casually as two characters are talking. This isn’t a big deal or anything obviously, I just thought it was weird. And the other thing I thought about was what a cop-out it was to have the same actor playing the brothers. They’re twins so lets use the same actor. Don’t get me wrong, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau did a good job, but really, they’re twins so lets use the same actor. Again, nothing really to do with the movie, just what I thought was weird about the film.

Moving back on to the proper film, the film as a whole is alright, (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is pretty much out cold for like 90% of it so it was an easy job for him, if you’re a fan or a GOT fan, don’t watch it just for him. As I said, out cold.). Mama has the normal feel of a horror movie, and so it should, it’s about a ghostly spirit who’s obsessed with two children, the children are slightly feral too after all their years spent in that lovely little cabin on their own. So if done well it should be quite good, its got a good set up for a standard horror movie. And it isn’t horrendous, it’s not a stand out film but it’ll pass an evening.  I say all that but if you don’t like CGI, don’t watch this. ‘Mama’ (the ghost I mean) is CGI. And you can tell. It’s not bad CGI, it’s just obviously CGI. She is scary though, like in the film, she’s really quick, but if you get a screen shot of it, well, I don’t like it…

I mean look at that!

Yeah, so overall, its not that bad a film. It’s not going to win any awards or anything but yeah, if you’ve got a spare hour and a half, go for it. The ending was terrible though. genuinely, I could have said a lot better about it had it had a good ending. I won’t mention it because it is a spoiler but its bad. In a way, its good because in some ways it doesn’t go down the normal ‘Hollywood’ happy ending, but it’s still just bad. (Like how many ‘In a way’s I had? Yeah, confusing right? You have no idea how it ends now, do you?). I also hate little kids in horror movies. Hate. And these kids just sit there, one is silent with a face like a smacked arse, and just pout and scream. The poor girlfriend, she didn’t want the kids but noooo, he wanted to save the brats…

Anyway…free evening? Go for it.

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 Cabin In The Woods is definitely different. But for me that was a good different. ‘Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.’ I’m not fully sure what exactly to say about it as I don’t want to give any spoilers away. And there are a lot.

So this is a film, that doesn’t really hide anything from you, well it does, but it gives some of the biggest clues away from the start. Like when the gang are first driving to the Cabin, they drive through a tunnel on the side of a cliff, and the camera pans to a bird flying past the tunnel. Until it hits what looks like Violet Parr’s safety shield from The Incredibles, the daughter. Y’know the one I mean, a force field, the bird literally flies into something that looks like that and that obviously does the same job. As soon as that bird flies into that mysterious force field, you know this is going to be something different, for the film makers to show you something like that so early on, is brilliant ballsy. They had to have something bigger up their sleeves to keep it going and luckily for them, they did.

English: Log Cabin This log cabin is situated ...

This one looks slightly less sinister…

The film starts off, minus the whole bird-force field thing, as a normal horror movie, a group of friends excited and off on a little holiday getaway. The norm. You also have the normal types of people, obviously I’m stereotyping as most horror movies do. (I’m not saying that in a bad way, I love that I know all the rules and who’s going to die first!), you have the slutty couple who normally consist of the slut and the jock. The nerd friend, the nice one and then the virgin. This is all the normal horror slasher movie and seems like its leading to be just another horror slasher movie – if I didn’t know about the film, that is what I would have thought, I would have enjoyed it, but it would have just been like another horror film.

 

As much as I would like to talk about this film because it is generally a very clever, enjoyable film, I don’t want to spoiler it for anyone and if I’m honest…I don’t know what is a spoiler and what isn’t. There are just so many clever twists and just clever ideas running through it. In some ways, its like Scream, but a weirder one, as in, it laughs at horror movies. It takes all the normal aspects and ‘rules’ out of them and uses them but also twists them on their heads, like the whole ‘the virgin survives’ rule. It takes that and laughs right in its face.

If I was to say anything about it, I would say see it, it is an original movie, a very original movie. See it especially, if you are a horror fan like me. I sat there going ‘this is so clever!’ while my parents, who aren’t as big horror fans as me but still enjoy the odd ones, sat there going ‘this is clever, but weird’. So see it, especially if you’re a horror fan. GO!  Everyone always complains there are no original horror movies, well, here you are!

Repo! The Genetic Opera (soundtrack)

Doesn’t it look fun?!

Wow. Is all I can say. Wow. ‘A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however.’ I cannot tell you how excited me and my horror movie best friend were about watching it. As soon as I saw the trailer at the beginning of another movie, I knew I had to see it. And I am so glad I did.

It starts off amazingly and sends you into this comic book world where it tells you the story using bright colours, comic book drawings and music Meat Loaf would be proud of. After this exciting opening, (me and my friend has the biggest grins on our faces, we were loving it!), the film starts like a normal film again, instead of all the comic book illustrations, which is all incredibly enjoyable. The film as a whole is….just strange, you sit there and wonder, what exactly am I watching and what the hell is going on, yet, you’re loving every single second of it.

Now, I do have to warn you, this is very over the top, not just like ‘you sit in a full bath and the water splashes out’ over the top. This is full on ‘bomb into a pool and the pool empties’ over the top. Repo! used to be a stage musical so it takes all that musical theatre over the top-ness, puts it into a film but keeps all the Jazz hands and adds at least two more Jazz hands. Make sense? It’s just over the top to the point where it’s really bad, like the acting is horrifically over the top a few times but it works and it fits where it would not fit in any other movie. It’s like a musical in your TV basically, they didn’t try to turn it into a proper film, this is literally a musical with moving scenery. I’m not a big musical fan, like the whole thing of people just breaking into song over literally anything makes my brain crack, but I loved this. It might have been the horror aspect of it and the fact that Anthony Stewart Head is amazing! He was my favourite character along with the Grave Robber, both keep the whole thing basically together and make it good. Without them, it would just be weird. Sorryyyy.

English actor Anthony Stewart Head. Taken at t...

Where’s Buffy?!

So, so far I’ve mentioned the movie as a whole, but I have not yet mentioned the songs. The songs are….insane! They go from “Things You See In a Graveyard” to a song that was cut from the orignal movie, the charming “Can’t Get It Up If the Girl’s Breathing?”. These songs should win awards. I’m not even joking. They’re just so weird but so so charming in a way you find yourself watching the special sing-along versions on the DVD afterwards. One of the first songs starts off with the lyrics “I’m infected by your genetics”. If that doesn’t make you laugh/amazed/sing a long I don’t know what will. But that wasn’t even my favourite song, mine was definitely ‘Zydrate Anatomy’ which is basically a song sung mainly by the Grave Robber about the actual drug that numbs the pain of operations and so gets people even more hooked on operations and new organs. Brilliant.

 

I would definitely recommend this, but do not under any way, take this seriously. If you do, you will hate it. This is such an underrated film, it’s just so entertaining and original. And yes, Paris Hilton is in it, but she’s not that bad actually. She won’t ruin it for you, if that’s what you’re asking. Just see it, the familiar faces, the songs, the campness, you need this in your life.

                                                           Before you know it, you’ll be singing ‘LITTLE GLASS VIALL’……