This title was recommended to me for viewing and I am glad this came in my direction. Coming from the UK, this harrowing thriller shows what can happen when someone with intense rage mixed with mistaken identity can be deadly and in this case unforgivable. Judging from the poster, this looks like a classic slasher film that takes place in the woods but don’t be fooled by the appearance. This is much more than that. From Writer and Directors Phillip Escott and Craig Newman, Cruel Summer, based on true events, is a dramatic and unfortunate story involving teens whose circumstances shows how, lack for a better word, cruel the world can be.
This story currently on VOD as of 2/27, involves a young autistic teen named Danny, who has been granted to go on a solitude camping trip by his two loving parents overnight. That sense of serenity changes when he runs into three other teens, Nick, Julia, and Calvin. Each with their own reason to target Danny suffers the teen set out to torture Danny by any means necessary.
“She was doomed from the beginning”. Chloe Van Heerden played by Reine Swart
Motherhood has never been so hard in this South African horror film. The Lullaby stars Reine Swart as Chloe, a new mother who has her first child and moves back to her home town along with her mother. Chloe immediately falls under a depression and has more to handle than just a crying baby and the lack of sleep. An estranged relationship with her mother and a ghostly woman in a black dress she believes is haunting her and trying to take her baby. Is the menacing ghost really after her child or is this all part of Chloe’s postpartum depression getting the best of her?
From Uncork’d Entertainment, this paranormal horror film directed by Darrell Roodt (Dangerous Ground, Dracula 3000) and written by Tarryn-Tanille Prinsloo offers more than just the typical jump scares and creepy imagery. You also get a front row seat to the struggles of having your first child. Postpartum depression is very real and can make you do and say some strange things. Swart provided that very well in her acting as her character is struggling with having horrible dreams of hurting her baby, at the same time, protecting her baby from unknown forces.
Winchester has all the potential for a great movie. It comes with the three H’s: Horror, Haunted House, and Helen Mirren. If any of you remember the trailer, it had everything it needed to be a successful flick. With the Spierig Brothers behind the lens, I was looking forward to getting the bejeezus scared out of me. Unfortunately, what you see is not exactly what you get.
“The award for best entrance in a horror film goes to….” pic provided by omahaworldharold.com
This tale is a true story of Sarah Winchester and the ghostly visitors who in one way or another told her, “If you build it, they will come.” It seems there is another way you can trap ghost and you don’t need a proton pack to do it. It turns out that by building the very room someone died in will draw the victims in that very room and keep them dormant until they can move on to the other side. Targeting the house are the victims of anyone who has died by being shot by the very guns, the Winchester Rifles, Sarah Winchester has made her fortune. There are people who think she is losing her mind so in comes Dr. Eric Price to come in and declare her incompetent so the rest of the investors can take control of the company and the fortune.
As much as I enjoy Insidious and its franchise, I didn’t think it would be making any additional chapters, especially continuing the original story and still make it interesting. Alas, we now have chapter 4, another prequel to the first one but a sequel to chapter 3. My first review of 2018 is the latest horror movie in the franchise Insidious Chapter 4 a.k.a The Last Key. I did enjoy the film and it was creepy in some parts but you can tell that it is starting to lose some of its initial steam.
This latest entry follows the complex and layered life of Elise Rainier, our favorite seer into the other side. This time we see everything from her childhood dealing with her gift and the one case that hit so close to home it almost threatened her life and those really close to her.
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In 2004, a tradition was born. A franchise of 7 movies were released back to back, once each year around the last weekend of October for Halloween. That franchise is the Saw franchise. The group of films also gave birth to a horror icon and one of the most diabolical killers on the silver screen. His name is John Kramer a.k.a. Jigsaw Killer. Director, writer, and producer James Wan along with an assorted group of writers and directors kept this franchise going pass anyone’s expectation and gave us one of the biggest twist in a horror film or any genre for that matter to be executed, one of the longest running franchises to tie into each other, all the while providing us with social issues and giving us some creative deaths like you have never seen.
It is now 2017, 7 years after the latest installment, Jigsaw, the long-anticipated sequel, has graced us with its presents. I love this series and I always told people, “If they keep making them, I will keep watching them.” The sequel comes back with a story to tell that attempts to tie in to the previous installments, still keeping them all connected and the illusion that Jigsaw is always thinking ahead. Unfortunately, this entry wasn’t the best way to bring back the franchise after such a long-extended break. While the movie was still fun and exciting to watch, it seemed to have borrowed from an old playbook that has already been used; making this film a watered-down version of what it could have been. Jigsaw fans will still get some enjoyment out of it but will be disappointed if this is a preview of more of these films in the future.
After many many years of anticipation for the 3rd installment in the Jeepers Creepers franchise, it seemed to cause more damage than good. There is no question that there is a fanbase out there for this horror icon, The Creeper. The ancient monster from God knows where has a following and when the news broke out for another sequel, fans were excited. Unfortunately, due to the making of this movie, the horrible news arose that the director of the previous 2 films, Victor Salva, was caught up in a bit of controversy. This lead to a delay in release, funding, advertising, boycotting, and questioning if this movie was going to even be released on the big screen. It dredges up a lot of questioning and moral obligation on whether fans were supporting the behavior of the director by going to see this movie thus putting more money in Salva’s pocket and to some people supporting his crime.
Jeepers Creepers 3 finally received a release date but it’s not what you think. For one night only in theatres across the world, most people had only 2 showings, maybe 3 to catch this feature on Sept. 26th 2017, before it was never seen again on the big screen. A lot of people rushed to the chance to catch this monumental event out of curiosity. I happened to be one of those few that took the opportunity. Since this movie now just announced that it will also air one night on the SYFY channel. I thought it was my duty to tell you what to expect if you missed your chance at the movies but want to check it out on TV.
Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan). When you hear that name, and know he is directing a movie, you know you are in for some off-the-wall, artistic, unique, and sometimes intense cinematic experience. His latest feature, Mother!, fits all the categories I just listed and much more.
This review is going to be really short compared to my other post because this movie should be seen with the least knowledge as possible. My goal is just to give you a sense of expectation and my thoughts and opinions regarding the film.
The synopsis is about a couple’s quiet and tranquil home in the country interrupted by unwanted guests that shake up their home testing the strength of their relationship. The couple in question is Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Lawrence is renovating their home while Bardem is a writer of poems trying to come up with his next masterpiece are visited by some unwanted guests, specifically Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris. I think the cast is phenomenal in their roles and really deliver the intensity asked for by Aronofsky. There is no question that they will not entertain you on screen. I was really impressed with Pfeiffer’s character particularly and you will see why.