Friday, January 30, 2015

See No Evil 2 Movie Review 350

See No Evil 2 is a 2014 straight-to DVD slasher sequel directed by the Soska sisters and starring WWE Superstar Kane and Danielle Harris.

The original movie- See No Evil was about a maniac called Jacob Goodnight who murdered a load of people in a hotel. He was supposedly  killed by one of them and he is brought into a morgue where 
Amy(Harris),her co worker Seth(Kaj-Erik Eriksen) and the boss Holden(Michael Eklund) are busy at work with dead people. They know who he is and they are a little spooked by him.Amy's friends turn up at work to have a birthday party for her(at a morgue!!) and that is when the trouble begins. Little do they know that Jacob is not dead. He wakes up and begins to get some weapons for his next killing spree...

So, as you can guess, the rest of the movie is about Jacob making his way through the entire cast! Each one meets a stick end as Jacob stalks through the corridors of a seemingly gigantic morgue.This is pretty standard slasher fare and there is lots of blood and gore which is also pretty standard. It is somewhat enjoyable, but nothing special. I don't think that there is much creativity here or much of a plot really. Kane is good as the unhinged killer and the rest of the cast are OK. You really know what you are getting here. So, if you want a passable slasher, then this will suit you. I will give it a 5/10.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

American Horror Story, Season 4, Episode 6

Last episode,Dandy claimed another victim and showed that he has no intention of slowing down hsis killing spree. Elsa proved that she is not so good herself as she deposited Bette and Dot at Dandy's mansion to get rid of them.

This episode begins with everyone wondering what happened to the twins. Elsa brings out a wheel and she practices her knife throwing act. It is her birthday and the freaks all have gifts for her.  She gets mad when she realises that they are all missing the girls and she tells them that they ran off. Meanwhile. Dandy loves the girls and he wants to marry them much to the surprise of his mother. Paul and Elsa are having an affair and they talk about love. Elsa thinks that he loves her, but he is really in love with his other woman, Penny(Grace Gummer). Her father(Lee Turgesen) is not happy about her spending time with the freaks. He doesn't want her anywhere near them.

At the freak show, Paul talks to Jimmy about Elsa and the girls. He tries to convince him that she is no angel. He wonders what she did with the twins. Jimmy is not so sure. Dandy gets mad with the twins when he discovers that they are keeping secrets from him.Maggie and Stanley have missed out on getting the twins so they turn their sights to Ma Petite. Maggie tells him that she might be able to get her out alone. Elsa gets mad when Paul challenges her about the twins and she gets everyone up and tells them how ungrateful they are. She wants one of them to go on her wheel to prove that they trust her. Paul volunteers and she throws knives at him. She throws one into his stomach and stabs him. He knows that she did it on purpose. He is taken to his tent and his condition is serious. Penny goes to see him and is amazed that no ambulance has been called. Elsa hasn't bothered.

Jimmy is wondering about Elsa. He wonders what has happened to the twins and when Maggie wants him to leave, he tells her he has something to do. He goes to Dandy's mansion and demands to see the girls. Maggie fails to kill Ma Petite. Stanley wants someone else- Jimmy. Ethel talks to Elsa and tells her that if she has harmed the twins, she will indeed kill her.

A good episode which shows Dandy becoming even more deranged and Elsa is being shown to have a very nasty streak as she strives for one last shot at stardom.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ouija Movie Review 349

Ouija is a 2014 horror movie directed by Stiles White and starring Olivia Cooke and Daren Kagasoff.

Let me just say that I will not be writing a long post on this movie because it was very silly. I liked movies about Ouija boards, but this one was just not up to par. Think of Witchboard and you will have a good horror movie involving a Ouija board. Maybe this movie was for younger people and I just didn't get it.I just think that some of these new movies are so bad and they have no originality or substance. But, I have to say that they are made for a teenage crowd, so you have to bear that in mind.

I was looking forward to this film, but it was a let down.  The movie revolves around a group of young friends who start messing around with a Ouija board and of course, an evil spirit is contacted and all hell breaks loose. The friends begin to die as the evil spirit is bent on destruction. There is some story about a mother and daughter and the mother killed the daughter, but the daughter was possessed and now she is back through the Ouija board and the pals have to get rid of the evil spirit. See where I am going with this?

Anyway, if you do decide to watch it, make up your own mind. Be warned that this is a very mediocre movie with so many cliches that I had to laugh. So there you have it. I'm not into teenage horror and  many movies are geared towards younger people. If you want something scary, this ain't it. I'm giving it a 2/10.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Nightcrawler Movie Review 348

Nightcrawler is a 2014 thriller directed by Dan Gilroy and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton.

Lou Bloom(Gyllenhaal) is a loser who has no prospects. He steals an expensive racing bike and pawns it in return for a video camera and a police scanner. He wants to film things that might be on interest to news stations and sell them. He needs to be on the scene of the accident or shooting before the cops get there and seal it off. He manages to get some footage and he approaches TV news director Nina(Russo) with his find. She is impressed with his footage and tells him to get her stuff and she will pay him well. He hires a down and out guy called Rick(Riz Ahmed) and tells him to do what he says and he will pay him.

Lou gets a fast car so he can be on the scene much quicker than the cops. He begins to become well known at the news station for his amazing footage. He has a rival ,though, called Joe(Paxton) and he wants to join with Lou or put him out of business. This backfires when Lou messes with his car and causes an accident in which Joe is injured which he then films.Lou begins to mess with crime scenes to get a better shot. He videos a home invasion and films the criminals and the dead bodies inside the house. He then follows the criminals and when they enter a restaurant, he calls the cops to tell them that they are inside, wanting a stand off between the cops and criminals which happens. Rick is a bit put off by this and Lou is not happy. Rick gets shot by one of the criminals and Lou films him!

The cops want the footage of the shootout, but Nina will not give it to them. She is sleeping with Lou and she is happy with the way things are.It turns out that it was not a home invasion, but a drug deal gone wrong, but Nina will not air that part of it as it would take away from the story. The cops talk to Lou but can't find out what really happened. Lou is a sensation after this and he gets more employees and two vans so he is going to  make his business even bigger!

This movie was interesting and it has a great performance by Gyllenhaal as the weirdo Lou. He plays the part well. The supporting cast were good too. It is well worth a watch if you enjoy a good thriller. I will give it 7/10.

Friday, January 9, 2015

American Horror Story, Season 4, Episode 5

Last episode, Twisty met a grisly end and was taken by Mordrake. Jimmy is a hero in town for saving the hostages. This time, Stanley comes to Elsa telling her that he is a television agent and that he might be able to get her a show. She is not interested initially, but she changes her mind. Really, Stanley is working with Maggie to get the freaks and kill them and get paid by the Museum of Morbid Curiosities. Maggie tries to warn Jimmy and tells him that he should leave the freak show and go somewhere else.

Jimmy goes to look for Dell who is not around and he finds Desiree upset. They end up getting close and he manages to make her bleed as they are having sex.  She is rushed to the doctor who tells her that she has suffered a miscarriage. He also tells her that she does not have a penis. It is an enlarged clitoris so she is all woman. She is amazed. He tells her that she can have surgery to take it away and her third breast can be removed also, making her normal. He tells her that she will be able to have a child in the future. She is delighted and wants to have the surgery.

Gloria discovers that Dandy has killed Dora and she is not pleased. She tells him to go to his room and she cleans up the mess for him. He then goes to a gay bar and picks up a young guy for money. It turns out that the young man is the lover of Dell who happens to be gay. Dandy takes him back to Twisty's van and stabs him. He cuts him up and dissolves him in acid. He goes home and Gloria tells him that she will find a way for him to satisfy his violent urges without exposing himself. Dora's daughter calls looking for her mother and Gloria puts her off. Dell returns home and finds Desiree leaving. She tells him that she is going to have surgery and be normal and have kids, but not with him. He goes to the doctor and threatens him. He tells him that he had better not do the surgery or he will kill him. Elsa takes Dot and Bette to Gloria and offers them to her for Dandy.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Sleeper Movie Review 347

The Sleeper is a 2012 horror/thriller movie directed by Justin Russell and starring Brittany Belland.

This film is a homage to the 70's/80's slasher movies and there are plenty of similarities to Black Christmas to name just one. I have to say that it is done well and you can tell that the director does love those movies as this film is a tribute to those great slashers. The movie revolves around a killer called The Sleeper who is out to murder some college girls. He has photographs of young women and he is crossing them off one by one.  In 1979, he broke into a sorority house and killed a young woman. Then it cuts to present day, 1981 and a group of college girls are on the hit list of the Sleeper. Amy(Belland) and her gal pal, Ava(Ali Ferda) are going to a sorority party for Alpha Gamma Thetas, the sorority Amy is thinking of joining. Ava is not so keen. This brings back the killer for some reason.

He breaks into the sorority house and kills one of the girls and hides her body(Black Christmas, anyone?).
The girls start to drop like flies after this. The Sleeper is back and he is on a rampage. The girls call in a Detective Drake(E. Ray Goodwin) to help them. The Sleeper is calling the house making funny noises on the phone a la Black Christmas. The cops want the girls to stay on the line long enough so they can get a trace which they do. The killer is in a some cellar and he has his pictures on the wall. Drake goes back to the house as he knows that the killer is heading there, but he is too late as the killer is already there and he has killed the cops who were watching the house. He wants Amy. Drake gets wounded by him and the killer flees. Drake knows that he will be back so he tells Amy to get to a payphone and call for back up. The killer chases her as she tries to  get to a phone. He eventually closes in on her but she manages to stab him. 

Amy finds the cops as they arrive and she tells them what happened. She passes out and wakes up in hospital. She asks about the killer and is informed that he has been caught. She is reassure. The phone rings by her bedside and it is.....the killer! She screams..This was a good movie and I really enjoyed the retro slasher feel about it. I was impressed with it and I would recommend this to any slasher fan. It reminds me of the old horror movies which were so much fun, even though they were so simple. It gets a 7/10.

Friday, January 2, 2015

American Horror Story Season 4, Episode 4

This episode continues on with the Edward Mordrake storyline. He looks around the freak show for his soul and he talks to the freaks who have sad stories about their lives. He doesn't take any of them. He talks to Elsa who tells him that she was a dominatrix in Germany and that she was put into a snuff movie against her will. Her legs were cut off before she was rescued. He is going to take her but he is distracted by something else.

Jimmy and Maggie are walking when they see Twisty chasing one of his hostages. He catches her and takes her back to his van. Dandy is there too. Jimmy and Maggie follow and see what is going on. Dandy catches them and he knocks them out. When they come to, they are held captive and watch Dandy and Twisty giving the hostages a show. Dandy is going to cut Maggie in half and Twisty is about to kill Jimmy when Mordrake appears. He wants to know Twisty's story. Twisty tells him that once he was a good clown, but he was simple. The carnival people turned against him and accused him of molesting children.

He couldn't work anywhere as a clown and his life went downhill from there. He tried to blow his head off but it didn't work and he blew his mouth off hence the smiley mask. He was trying to save the children from mean parents and that is why he kills. Mordrake says that he is the one and he kills him. Twisty goes with Mordrake and his group and it is shown that his face is whole again. Dandy has been watching and he sees Twisty's body. He takes his mask and is going to continue on where he left off. Jimmy and Maggie have run off and told the cops who show up and proclaim them heroes for catching the killer. The curfew is lifted and the townsfolk come to the freak show to show their appreciation. Meanwhile, Dandy returns home and has a confrontation with the housekeeper Dora. He slashes her throat and smiles..

A very good episode which saw the end of Twisty and the beginning of evil Dandy. He is a good character and I think that it will be interesting to see how far he will go to satisfy his blood lust.
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