Friday, November 29, 2019

Boar Movie Review

Boar is a 2017 Australian horror movie directed by Chris Sun and starring Nathan Jones, John Jarratt, Bill Moseley, Roger Ward and Simone Buchanan.

A couple are in the outback in Australia. They get attacked by something. It is large and it is nasty.
Cut to a family who are travelling in Australia. They are Bruce(Moseley), his wife Debbie(Buchanan), her daughter Ella( Christie-Lee Britten), her son Bart(Griffin Walsh) and Ella's boyfriend, Robert(Hugh Sheridan). They are visiting  Bernie(Nathan Jones) who is an uncle. He is a giant of a man and he  lives on a farm in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile, a local man encounters the boar and suffers a painful death. Two locals called Ken(Jarratt) and Blue(Ward) are out in the bush. They see people camping. They go to investigate and they find that the people have been savagely attacked by some creature. They spot the boar. They have no bullets for the rifle Blue goes back to the car to get them. Ken stays with the people at the camp. The boar shows up and it kills Blue.

A couple are attacked in the woods by the boar. The girl is half alive and Ken finds her. He tries to lead the boar away from her but he ends up getting killed. Bernie takes everyone for a walk. They stay while he leaves to go to the local bar where he meets Sasha(Melissa Tkautz), who is Kens daughter. She is worried because her dad has not made contact with her. She asks him to keep an eye out. He is driving along when his truck is hit by the boar. He wakes up later and he grabs his rifle and knife. Robert and Bruce go to find Bernie. Sasha decides to drive out to the bush to find her dad. Bruce gets killed by the boar. Bernie shoots at it but doesn't kill it. Robert tells the others what is happening. He tells them to run. He is the next victim of the big pig. Bernie finds Deb, Ella and Bart. The boar gets Bart.

Bernie and the boar have a right old scrap. He gets gored by it but he doesn't go down without a fight. Ella and Debbie are left. They light a ring of fire around themselves to keep it back. It is waiting for them. Sasha shows up in her truck and she drives into the big pig. Debbie shoots it also to make sure that it is dead. The movie ends with Bart and Bernie surviving the attack. But, who has also survived???The boar, of course!! You can't keep a wild boar down for long!

I found this film a lot of fun. There are obvious comparisons to the 1984 Aussie pig horror, Razorback but this is more modern. I think that this was made cheaply but it doesn't take away from the film at all. I really found it so enjoyable. The guy Bernie was a highlight of this film. He is such a huge guy and the fight between him and the pig was pure fun. I liked the inclusion of John Jarratt and Roger Ward. They are always good in everything. All in all, this is a fun monster movie. There are some gory scenes, which were good and the ending didn't disappoint either. I recommend this one. I thought it was very entertaining. I will give it a7/10.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Kiss of the Vampire Movie Review

The Kiss of the Vampire is a 1963 Hammer horror movie directed by Don Sharp and starring Clifford Evans, Noel Willman, Edward de Souza and Jennifer Daniel.

The film begins with someone being buried. A man stakes the body in the coffin. There is a vampire in there. Cut to a newly married couple,Gerald Harcourt(de Souza) and his wife, Marianne(Daniel).
Their car has broken down on the road. Gerald leaves to get petrol. Marianne is alone on the road. Someone is watching. Gerald returns and they go to the local hotel. The couple who run it are Bruno(Peter Madden) and his wife Anna(Vera Cook). Bruno is friendly, but Anna is very sullen. They go to their room and receive a letter from a local man called Dr. Ravna(Willman), who wants them to go to his house for dinner. They decide to go and they meet the man himself, along with his daughter Sabena(Jacquie Wallis) and his son, Carl(Barry Warren).

We see the body in the coffin from the beginning of the movie. It has come alive. It is a girl. She is a vampire. She is the daughter of the man who staked her. His name is Professor Zimmer(Evans) and she bites him. He runs home and he cauterises the wound before he gets infected. Gerald and Marianne wonder why Anna is so sad. They discover that she had a daughter. Sabena and Carl come to visit them at the hotel. They invite them to a party at Ravna's house. Zimmer sees this and he warns Marianne to be careful. At the party, something evil is afoot. Carl pretends to be Gerald and he leads Marianne upstairs. He locks her into a room. Ravner is in there. It is revealed that he is a bloodsucker and he bites her.

Sabena puts something into Gerald's drink and he passes out. The next morning, he looks for his wife, but they all deny that she was there. He is confused. They throw him out of the house. He doesn't know what is happening. Professor Zimmer finds him and helps him back to the hotel. Bruno pretends that he doesn't know who Marianne is. There is something weird going on. All of her clothes have gone. Gerald calls the local police, but they don't want to help him because of who Ravna is.
Zimmer believes him and he wants to help. He tells him about his daughter and he knows that Ravna was the one who made her into a vampire. He tells Gerald that they will get Marianne back. Gerald breaks into Ravna's house and he finds Annas daughter there. She tricks him and he is caught. He talks to Ravna who tells him that Marianne is his now. He almost gets bitten, but he escapes.

Zimmer shows up and they grab Marianne. They realise that Ravna is going to try and get her back. He calls her and she wanders back to the house. Zimmer performs a ceremony to destroy Ravner and his cronies. He traps them in the house and he does his thing. Bats come from nowhere and they attack all of the vampires, killing them. Marianne is safe and she returns to normal. End of story. This was a fun film. Hammer movies usually are. There was a lot to like about it. The story wasn't that original really, but the cast were good . The ending with the bats attacking everyone was hilarious, I thought, but that didn't take away from the film. It is an early Hammer offering and you can see that it was certainly inspired by Horror of Dracula. All in all, a decent vampire film with a funny ending. I recommend it. I will give it a 6/10.
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