Ginger Nuts of Horror
Some roads should be left untravelled.
The Lake on Clinton Road is the debut feature film by writer / director DeShon Hardy. For many of the actors / actresses this is either their first feature film or first acting gig whatsoever. Leah Jones, who plays the main character, Jillian, does a good job despite her limited experience. Overall the acting is a mixed bag. Some of them are horrible, some mediocre. Sadly, the two best performances are in the intro only.
They label this movie as being based on a True Story. Actually, Clinton Rd. has numerous urban legends surrounding it. The writer has incorporated a few of them into the movie, albeit in a disjointed manner that doesn’t really make any sense unless you go read up on them, however, the underlying story only comes close to having anything to do with but one of them in particular.
Three girls decided to have a fun night out at a house that is supposed to be owned by the relatives one of the girls. However the penny soon drops that this is not the case and when someone decides to check on the house and the noise of them having a party all hell breaks loose, when they accidentally kill him. What would do do in that situation, I bet you won't do what the three girls do?
I have a confession to make. I scare very, very easily. Mostly from films - though there is the occasional book or story that'll do it - but it has to be a certain kind of film. It generally tends to be something that values atmosphere over spectacle, a slow-building sense of dread over cheap 'jump scares'. I tend to prefer films that make you, as a viewer, work a bit to get the most from the film. Films that prey on your sense of anticipation and expectation to draw you in. Films that rely on your imagination as much as what you're seeing unfold on screen. And boy, do I have an overactive imagination...
We’re in serious danger of finally killing off the vampire, having reduced it first to fight fodder for leather-clad super models, and then to a glittery masturbation aid for sullen teenagers. If Dracula arose from the crypt today he’d last about two seconds before somebody kicked his head off with a stiletto or bored him to ashes with shitty dialogue. Now more than ever it’s time to remember that the vampire, when done right, is the greatest of movie monsters, and in this spirit we turn to Thirst (or Bakjwi); a fascinating vampire tale told by legendary director Park Chan-wook, which asks the simple question— can you continue to lead a moral existence while thirsting for human blood?
There are times when when reviewing a film where you are not sure if the filmmaker is making a straight up horror film or a horror film with an agenda. Ifit is the latter, then they better make sure they do it right. There is nothing worse than a heavy handed attempt at social commentary.
White Settlers (AKA The Blood Lands) has an English couple buy a house in the Scottish Borders, the house just happens to be built on the site of an infamous battle between the English and the Scots. Where the winner of said battle all depends on who you ask.
During their first night in the slightly run down farmhouse they are visited by a bunch of axe wielding, pig masked wearing vigilantes who may or may not want the house back (it's hard to tell as there doesn't seem to be any motivation for their actions at this point). It is then a fight for survival for our unlucky couple and a fight to finish this rather uninspiring film.
Found Footage films are probably the most divisive sub genre of horror films. Just as many people love them as hate them. But no matter what your opinion of them they are here to stay. Some are great and keep the genre moving and some are just so stupid that they set it back so far, you wonder if it can ever recover from such inept stupidity....
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