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Sunday, July 27, 2014

And Soon the Darkness Movie Review 334

And Soon the Darkness is a 1970 British thriller which is directed by Robert Fuest(The Devil's Rain) and starring Pamela Franklin, Michele Dotrice and Sandor Eles.

The story is about two girls, Jane(Franklin) and Cathy(Dotrice) who are on a biking holiday in France.
They are cycling through the French countryside. Jane is the more serious one of the two and she wants to plan their journey out but Cathy is too busy eyeing up some guy that they see at a roadside cafe. They stop for a rest at the side of the road and when Jane wants to go on, Cathy doesn't. She tells her that she is not going. She wants to rest in the sun. They fall out and Jane heads off without her. Cathy is alone and she hears someone. She disappears.

Jane is worried about Cathy as she stops at a cafe for a drink. She asks people if they have seen her friend as Cathy should have caught up with her by now. She goes back to the roadside, but Cathy is not there. They guy Cathy was looking at earlier comes along and sees Jane. His name is Paul(Eles) and he wants to help her.  He gives her a lift on his moped and he asks around the local cafes for Cathy. Paul and Jane go back again to the site and Paul tells her that there was a murder before in this area and there are woods behind where they could search for Cathy. He tells her that the victim was a tourist. Jane becomes very uncomfortable about it all. He tells her that he is a detective and that he worked on the murder case. Jane doesn't trust him and she runs away from him.

She meets a policeman(John Nettleton) and she tells him what has happened. He brings her back to his farmhouse. She tells him about Paul. He goes out to look and see if he can locate Cathy, but it is him who is the killer as Jane discovers. She finds Cathy's body and realises that Paul is not the killer after all. The policeman comes back and he attacks Jane. Paul shows up and hits him over the head and saves her. The movie ends with the police coming.

This was very entertaining. It is a well made movie and I enjoyed it. There isn't much gore or blood so  if you are looking for that, steer clear of this. This is more of a thriller than a horror so be warned. I liked it and found it good fun for a 70's movie. I recommend it. I will give it a 6/10.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Witchboard 2:The Devil's Doorway Movie Review 333

Witchboard 2:The Devil's Doorway is a 1993 horror sequel. Witchboard was a decent horror movie and this is the follow up. It is directed by Kevin S.Tenney who also directed the first one. It stars Ami Dolenz and Timothy Gibbs.

Paige(Dolenz) moves into a new apartment after she falls out with her cop boyfriend, Mitch(Gibbs). She likes to paint and she works also. She finds a Ouija board in her apartment and she thinks that it will be fun to play with it. Uh-oh!! She meets the caretaker, Jonas who is married to the strange Elaine (Laraine Newman). She thinks that she is still living in the 60's. Paige also meets a young guy called Russel(John Gatins) who she likes. When Paige talks to the board, she gets in contact with a woman called Susan who was murdered. Paige is intrigued by this and she sets out to solve the mystery of Susan's death. Susan used to live in the apartment building and she just disappeared one day. Paige tells Russel that she was killed, but he thinks that she just left and moved on.

Paige asks her ex, Mitch to help her to locate an address that the spirit gives her. People start to get hurt and Elaine gets killed by an 'accident' but it is the spirit. The spirit is not good, it is evil and when Paige gets closer to the truth, the spirit kills others. Susan comes back but she goes into Paige's body and tries to take over. Mitch and Russel try and fight her, but it is Mitch who eventually gets Susan to come out of Paige. The movie ends with Paige moving out of the apartment complex. This was an okay movie. I don't think that it is as entertaining as the original Witchboard. I know that it is the same director, but this isn't as good. It's passable for a horror movie, but don't expect too much here.
I'm going to give it a 4/10.

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