Ginger Nuts of Horror
This Night the Blood Will Flow
Blood Moon is a werewolf horror movie by writer, Alan Wightman, and director, Tom Wooding. Both have extensive experience in TV productions but this is their first feature length foray into the horror genre. Nearly the entire cast have extensive acting experience and it certainly makes a difference in the quality of performances. The main character, Calhoun, played by Shaun Dooley, has appeared in The Woman in Black, The Awakening and Eden Lake as well as the TV series Broadchurch. The Bank Robber, Hank Norton, was Agent Clay in Hellboy.
'Black Eyed Children: Let Me In' is a film weighted down with a wide variety of problems. 1st of all is that of identity, this is attempting to be, as stated by the filmmaker, a documentary. As a documentary this is somewhat lacking in credibility as it is largely obvious that many of the interviewees lack a sense of subject matter which would be essential to lend any kind of credence to their claims.
Be Careful Who You Get Close To....
Sometimes the best horror films are not what most traditionalists would class as horror. Rather than having some sort of monster running amok killing people the horror comes from a more subtle place, where the horror results from a persons decent into madness and loss of self control. Where we the viewer begins to feel like a tawdry voyeur, one that is unable to tear their eyes from the screen.
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.
A film this bad doesn't deserve a full review so finish of this game of Hangman for my two word review of it.