Ginger Nuts of Horror
Stonehearst Asylum was a film that I was looking forward to seeing for two reasons – firstly, the fact that its source material was Edgar Allan Poe, one of the masters of gothic fiction and a long-time personal favourite. Secondly, it was from director Brad Anderson, who might have taken a cinematic misstep or two of late but remains the director of the excellent The Machinist and the phenomenal Session 9, which remains one of my favourite horror films to this day. Add in the fact that Session 9 has a common denominator with Stoneheart Asylum – namely, the asylum setting – and I was approaching this film with a great deal of optimism. Throw in a very decent cast – including Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine, and surely you have a winning formula. Right?
INFERNAL? OBVIOUSLY NOT.
INFERNAL is well worth watching.
A young couple Nathan (Andy Ostroff) and Sophia (Heather Adair) have moved in together into a home Nathan built which is almost complete. Sophia tells Nathan that she is pregnant, the interaction right from the beginning is realistic and endearing, I liked them, as a couple they work well, which is why it’s such a strong film. With a plethora of ‘creepy child’ movies available it could easily be dismissed as another routine horror, however this one is something quite different.
There seems to be a propensity among film companies, distributors and packaging artists to misrepresent films as being other than what they are. I've noticed this a lot, in particular, with Metrodome's releases of Asian films such as Painted Skin or The Founding Of A Republic. Most recently, I've noticed this disparity with the film A Walk Among The Tombstones; a film which is in all aspects marketed as a non-stop action thriller when in reality, it is a dark, brooding thriller with little action but plenty of mood and storyline. I suspect these things are done to lure an audience that otherwise would never pick up these films, but the fallout is that people will dislike a film when they were expecting something else, while others will avoid something they may actually have liked. Strange.
What Dan Rickard did with his weekends: Darkest Day.
The plot here is something rather familiar, it’s the ‘Rage Virus’ type of Zombie film taking much of the general feel of ‘28 Days Later’, which in this film is solely set in a somewhat apocalyptic version of Brighton.
PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE HAS JUST DROPPED DOWN A NOTCH.
American Rescue Squad needs an American Rescue Squad.
American Rescue Squad starts off with a lengthy semi-animated history lesson about American Independence. Tedious crap.
Then it attempts to be a superhero musical comedy.
‘The Taxpayer’ has been kidnapped and will be executed; he’s a low-rent ‘superhero’ with a ridiculously and quite deliberately poor costume.
‘Common Sense’ and ‘Personal Responsibility’ are superheroes who are sent to rescue ‘The Taxpayer’.
Slasher films come and slasher films go. It has been a while since there has been a really good slasher film of note. The Town That Dreaded Sundown promised so much when it was first announced, a clever take on an age old horror film premise, a Scream for the 2010s sadly the film doesn't quite live up to the expectations.
Being a doctor must be a great job, you get to meet lots of people, well paid, nice car, the respect of your community and the sense of well being from actually having a job that gives back must make you feel really good. It is a hard job, one that requires years of training and dedication, not everyone is up to the job. Many fail, so you would think that as part of their training there would be a little course on how to pick where you practice medicine.
Any doctor who is making the move from burnt out city doctor to that of the cozy local Gp in a quiet little village should be made aware of the inherent dangers and downright stupidity of taking on one of these posts. Be it killer mutant spiders, crazy wild animals running amok, or even some long buried deadly disease you know your life as the Gp is not going to be easy. The doctor in Deep in the Darkness, not only has to contend with some rather odd and creepy residents, he also has to deal with a dark and deadly threat from the dark age and the dark part of the wood.
There are times when I wish I listened to what my mother used to say. She would always tell me If I had nothing good to say then I shouldn't say anything at all. So it's a good thing she hasn't got internet access, otherwise I would be getting a slap around the ear for what I am about to say. Hooked Up is one of the worst horror films I have had the displeasure of watching in many a long month. It is the sort of film that made me stop watching horror films for almost two years.
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