The Night Comes For Us (2018)

Night Comes 1It’s all about the action.

Stars: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Julie Estelle
Director: 
Timo Tjahjanto

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You know how you watch movies for a specific purpose like the story is interesting or it’s a comedy and you need a good laugh? Well I sat down to watch this particular movie for one reason only and that was the action and fight scenes. Now that may sound like I was wanting to watch an action movie but nope, I literally wanted to watch this one for the fight scenes specifically. If that sounds like a weird thing to watch a movie for then stop now and check out the trailer and you will completely understand what I’m talking about. And if you’ve ever watched a movie called The Raid, which has some of the best fight/action sequences I’ve ever seen, then when I say that a lot of the same cast is in this film along with a very similar style and execution of the action it will make you understand even more why I wanted to watch this movie. Continue reading “The Night Comes For Us (2018)”

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Halloween (2018)

 

Halloween 1Michael Myers is back!!

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak
Director: 
David Gordon Green

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40 years, to the day, after the events of Halloween 1 & 2…..he’s back! Returning to the town of Haddonfield where it all began Michael Myers continues his killing spree while ultimately tracking down the one victim (and her family) who has eluded him, Laurie Strode. Yes both The Shape and Jamie Lee Curtis, the scream queen herself, are back and yes it had been 40 years so we find that Laurie Strode is now a paranoid, lives alone in a cabin with a shooting range full of mannequins and a panic room to beat all panic rooms, grandmother who is estranged from her daughter and occasionally her granddaughter. But with the return of the man in the mask, the revenge she has always dreamed of and trained for may finally be hers. Continue reading “Halloween (2018)”

The Haunting of Hill House (2018) – Episodes 1-10

Hill HOuse 1Everyone needs a forever home…

Stars:  Mckenna Grace, Carla Gugino, Michiel Huisman, Timothy Hutton, Kate Siegel, Elizabeth Reaser
Creator: 
Mike Flanagan

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Here we find the story of the Crane family, a couple with their 5 children, who frequently move around flipping houses aiming toward their ultimate goal of one day building their forever home. This is how they ended up in Hill House, so named for the family who built and resided in the house previously, with the intentions on this mansion being their final flip. What they find instead is a house that has strange rooms, strange noises, ghostly figures, an unopenable ‘red room’ and one hell of a statue collection. And as with any horror style premise, everything gets stranger before coming to a head in one terror filled night that continues to haunt the family members (literally) right into their adult hood.

This story, told over 10 almost hour-long episodes, is set in both the now/adult timeline as well as the childhood/residing in the house timelines. As for the episodes themselves, the majority are told in a fragmented and semi-chronological way which never really is apparent until suddenly two events you have watched separately link up and you release it was actually all overlapping and interchanging like pieces of a giant puzzle or blueprint that are slowing forming one big picture. The fact that the characters themselves are extremely interesting both as children and adults, who were all affected in different ways by the events that occurred, made it so easy to want to watch and hear and learn all the story and the events and try and guess what ultimately happened.Hill House 3This is aided in a huge way by the outstanding casting because everyone, especially the children, are so fantastic to watch. Starting with expressing their innocence as children then the pain/anger as adults but most importantly the fear/terror was believable in every situation both as children and adults. I didn’t ever find myself rolling my eyes or cringing which was a pleasant change. I mean, sure, there were the standard moments where they were exploring an area alone or going into a certain room where you knew no normal person in that situation would go but it made for good viewing, so I don’t criticise for that, just yell at the screen like any normal horror watcher.

Now for the Horror itself. This show was trailered exceptionally well as a horror, there is haunting in the title and it’s based on a horror book of the same title, so I went in excited to watch but hesitant to get my hopes up as I have been so disappointed by horror in the past. I’m so, so happy to report, it’s really well done and that I literally jumped once possibly twice for which I applaud the creators. The tension and suspense were fantastic and never felt overdone or unnecessary with the resulting moments truly being very creepy on occasion. However, while I will happily declare this a horror show, it is also very much a drama with a lot of focus on the characters and their stories/lives in the present day. It balanced it out really well with the drama allowing you to feel for characters and get absorbed in their present-day stories before pulling you back in for a quick reminder that yes, it is a horror show and you best not get too comfortable. I honestly think if they had tried to make it more darker/scarier than it was it would have felt too forced and started to become annoying.Hill HOuse 2

Overall, I enjoyed every minute of my 10-episode binge watch and yes, I’m at that point where I wish I hadn’t watched so fast so there was still more to go. As for a final little comment, I wanted to mention my hands down favourite thing about this show which were the so subtle you only just notice them faces & people in the background. I spent most of the series convinced I was imagining things that weren’t there as they are so brief and fleeting and never any part of the main focus in the scene just a nice little ‘what the hell is that’ in the background. There is finally a point where it is obvious it wasn’t me going crazy and it was intentional and all part of the Hill House but damn if it isn’t clever and even had me second guessing a couple of shadows in my house after watching.

My Score:  9/10

Watch If You Like:  Anything horror but also like it to have story and feeling and not just be about the jump scares. But serious, if you like horror check this out.

Malevolent (2018)

malevolent 1Be warned, there are creepy ghost children.

Stars: Florence Pugh, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Scott Chambers
Director: 
Olaf de Fleur Johannesson

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Firstly, well done Netflix, well done. As far as direct to video (or streaming service as it may be) this horror film is one of the better ones I’ve seen. Set around a group of young people in 1986 that are making ends meet during collage by faking a medium ability and cleansing houses of ghosts before meeting their match at the home of an old orphanage where a number of girls died in a horrible murder years prior. So lets tick the boxes shall we, ghosts, weird old lady, people scamming others and a run down orphanage ummm yep that’s the makings of a horror movie if I’ve ever seen them. Oh and lets not forget creepy kids because creepy kids are the worst!

The whole thing is put together through a combined use of normal film making and what appears to be ‘found footage’ or ‘through a random store-bought hand-held camera’ style. While I personally am tired of the found footage genre (sorry but it just got way over done and hopefully it has finally died out) I did like this because it wasn’t claiming to be a true story with found footage but made use of the different angles and film types for tension and atmosphere. One question though, who built these giant ass buildings with like a million rooms? How many people were living there? Why are they not realising it would be a horror movie dream location? Gosh people….so silly!

As for the story itself, it is hands down one that has been used before but come on, you know ghosts & ghost hunter style movies work and are always enjoyable. Especially if they have the slight twist on the ending that this one did. No no, I’m not spoiling but let’s just say, it’s the opposite of what’s expected and that’s a nice thing on occasion.Malvolent 2

Other than things already mentioned, there is noting really stand out or spectacular about this movie. The cast wasn’t that great with lesser performances that you wouldn’t be writing home about and the story, as I mentioned, was same same but different and overall good but not amazing, so why was I praising Netflix at the start of this? Well because I watched the trailer before viewing and the it presented a film with all of the aspects that I just mentioned so I went in expecting a specific type of movie and got exactly what I wanted. Not the greatest horror that I’ve ever seen but the one I felt like watching tonight.

My Score:  5/10

Watch If You Like:  Ghost Hunters, haunted house films and anything with creepy ghost kids

The Lodgers (2017)

The Lodgers 1The movie is over and I’m still confused.

Stars: Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon
Director: 
Brian O’Malley

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You know when you watch a movie and you’re like oh wow this story/plot is so interesting and easy to follow and wow that weird twist was so crazy but brilliant? Yeah this absolutely isn’t one of those movies. In fact, part of me is still confused and unsure about what the fuck happened throughout. Continue reading “The Lodgers (2017)”

Venom (2018)

Venom 1Venom got that family friendly, blood free treatment…still kinda fun though.

Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed
Director: 
Ruben Fleischer

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Why was I excited to watch this movie? Hello…didn’t you watch the trailer and see the brilliant pairing in the sarcastic, witty and very much self-centred duo of Eddie (Tom Hardy) and Venom (umm also Tom Hardy). And an anti-hero movie, who doesn’t love those?? Okay let me rephrase, I love those!! So why was I suddenly concerned about a month before release and still so as I walked into the cinema this evening? That would be because I read the news that Sony had edited the film to earn it a PG-13 rating in the US (Australia converted that to a basic M), so the R rating (or MA15+ for the aussies following along) I was expecting and had been promised to us was taken away for bigger audience range and box office $$ because there have definitely been no examples recently of non-family friendly superhero movies working (cough…cough…Deadpool & Logan). So yes, I was concerned, I was disappointed and I was letting my excitement for this film get deflated until I reminded myself that hey the Jurassic Park films have those ratings and I love them so what the hell. Let’s do it…..and people, honestly, Venom was kind of great!! Continue reading “Venom (2018)”

Mute (2018)

Mute 1Stuff happens, things get weird, it’s in the future and the main guy is an Amish mute.

Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux
Director: 
 Duncan Jones

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Set in a future full of flying cars, A.I., cyborg limbs and electronics pretty much everywhere, our star character Leo (Alexander Skarsgard) is of course Amish and devout to the point of turning his back on televisions and living as simplistic a lifestyle as he possibly can in a modern city. To top it off, he’s mute, caused by an accident at a young age that his Amish mother refused to see medical treatment to fix because of their beliefs. Not only is he trying to live as a mute in a world that literally has countless resources to assist with talking (be it a phone or even surgery to provide an electronic voice box) and not using any of them because of his belief system, his girlfriend goes missing and he sets out to find her in the process unravelling a whole other side of her life he wasn’t aware of. I am in no way criticising, it’s actually a really interesting concept to see and watch on screen. I do have a question though, why is the predicted future in movies always so dank and dark and unpleasant looking? Messy streets, too much artificial light causing everything to look fake and a general feel of bleakness. Is this what people think the future will really be like or is it just meant to be a snapshot into a small section of reality….the dark side if you will, for the purpose of a film?

Okay, okay enough pondering the universe and back to the film. What a cast! Paul Rudd as a borderline crazy ex-military (gone AWOL) guy nicknames Cactus who has a random daughter and can be hilariously funny at times (because of course Paul Rudd is). Justin Theroux as an easy-going best friend of Cactus who slowly reveals his creepy sinister side which oh man just is portrayed so disconcertingly well. And then, Mr Skarsgard, who had to go through the entire movie without saying any words and yet projected all of his emotions through his actions and mannerisms so brilliantly that you always knew what he was thinking and doing even without direct communication. One of my favourite scenes is when he’s so frustrated and upset that he dives underwater in a pool just to scream and you know it’s so he can hear, see & feel the scream instead of it just being silence and unfulfilling.Mute 2

While I really enjoyed so many aspects of this film, my biggest negative would be the story as a whole. I just felt, at times, that there was way too much going on. I totally understand that it was because Joe was trying to find Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh, who plays a basic sweet on the surface but you know something else is going on character) and he needed to have a variety of leads that turned into more clues or dead ends but at times it just felt chaotic and unnecessary. Don’t get me wrong, the way that most of it somehow led back to each other in crazy links and circumstance was good, it just started to feel tired and I think it could have ended a bit sooner than it did. And the ending itself, well without spoiling anything, was good but there was a lot of umm why is this happening? Some of it felt really unnecessary and out of tune to how characters had acted throughout the movie until that point. Once again, not complaining, just found it a bit odd.

Overall, it was an interesting film…..I didn’t love it but I definitely enjoyed it. Oh and if you watch it, look out for the fun cameo by Dominic Monaghan, it’s rather entertaining.

My Score: 6/10

Watch If You Like: Blade Runner, The Fifth Element or just if you’re into random Sci-Fi