Ginger Nuts of Horror
It's always hard to review a film that at heart is a decent film, but one that suffers from many of the problems associated with films of this type. Debug falls into this category. There is a really good film desperate to burst out from the trappings of clichés, poor budget and some really crazy and at times annoying plot points.
Welcome to the future, where a team of intrepid salvage workers go around rescuing old ships from cold vacuum of space. Unlike most salvage teams, this motley crew is not made up of tired space weary salvage operatives so beloved by the genre, as seen in such classics such as Alien and Event Horizon, two films that this film cheekily riffs on. What we have here is a team made up of criminal cyber hackers, forced into doing this sort of thing to lessen their sentences.
What seems to be a routine mission quickly turns into a fight for survival against a psychotic artificial intelligence as if there is any other kind. Trapped on the ship the only way for our heroes to survive is to defeat the rather oddly named IAm.
There seems to be a new trend emerging over the past few months with regards to horror films. It may well be that I have just become more discerning as to what films I watch, or it may well be that there are just more intelligent films out there that are not aimed at pre-pubescent teenage boys. Open Grave is one of these new breeds of horror film.
When Jon wakes up in a giant pit filled with dead and decaying corpses, he soon realises that he has no memory. Not just to why he ended up in the pit he has no memories, of who is, where he came from, hell he can't even remember who is mother is.
With some help he gets out of this hellish pit and he finds himself in the company of a group of people who like him have no memory. Stuck in an old farmhouse in the middle of huge forest with no knowledge of anything we follow this band of characters on journey of discovery, that is littered with the rotting corpses of shocking secrets.
With some films there is perfect a time and place to watch them. A time of the year that just adds to the viewing pleasure. Treehouse is a film that is just begging to be watched now. This backwoods horror/thriller is full of atmospheric shots of misty covered woods, with of autumn’s golden rays piercing through the cloying mist. It elicits a true sense of Halloween dread in the viewer.
The plot of Treehouse is a basic one, some thing or someone is kidnapping the kids in a typical sleepy small American town. You know the sort of town where everyone knows your name. Where every street is populated with Mom and Pop stores. So when a couple of kids go missing and a curfew is placed over the sleepy town, it's only traditional and inevitable that two kids decide to break the curfew for a chance of some late night nookie.
However as is want to happen in these sort of films their plans don't quite end up the way they want to. Left high and dry by their dates the two brothers decide to let off some fireworks, since it’s well known that all American teenagers are always packing fireworks and cherry bombs. When they let of one of their rockets they discover a large tree house high up in one of the ancient trees, and as teenage boys are want to do they just have to climb up and investigate. Bad move boys as this is going to be a night that you will never forget.
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