Film Club Leaderboard: February

This months Film Club, and January’s for that matter, has brought with it some interesting views and a few interesting stats. For the first time in Film Club’s short history we have four films with the same rating, meaning that third and fourth place in the leaderboard are each shared by two films a piece.

A total of seven films now make up the leaderboard and things are starting to take shape. Casino Royale is still miles ahead of anyone else, while Star Wars: Episode IV sits steadily in second. The Departed and, maybe surprisingly, The Great Escape share third while Batman and Heat share fourth. Liam Neeson’s first time out as Bryan Mills in Taken occupies fifth spot and the 2013 remake of Oldboy is firmly bottom of the pile in sixth place.

So far, we have reviewed a pretty wide variety of films, ranging from classics to modern greats and one controversial remake. March will bring something completely different to the table and Film Club will return on 15 March, until then keep checking the site for updates. 

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Film Club: Heat


Due to some unforeseen technical difficulties, Film Club was delayed from its original publication date of 8 February, so I must apologise for that. Now everything is back on track, it is time to move ahead and look at this months entry, Heat. Ryan from Ten Stars or Less had the dubious honour of picking March’s Film Club entry. Below are his reasons for doing so, followed by each members take on the LA crime drama. Enjoy.

“When I joined Film Club in December 2013, I thought it was an awesome idea that someone would pick a movie and then everyone would review it. Over the first couple of days of being in the club I began to put together a list of movies I’d want to suggest for the club at some point. It was during this time that I had watched the movie Heat for the first time in a long time. While watching this movie I decided it would be my first selection if I ever got to choose the movie of the month.”

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Why Ghostbusters 3 Won’t Ruin Your Childhood


Earlier in the week it was announced that a new Ghostbusters film would finally be hitting cinemas, with a release date of July 22 2016, marking a real step in the progression of the franchise. Ever since 1989, when Ghostbusters II was released, there has been talk of Sony developing another sequel to the immensely popular series, but no one take on the film ever received the green light. Until now.

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Chef, Review


Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr & Scarlett Johansson Synopsis: A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family Rating: 15 Runtime: 114 minutes Release date: 25 June 2014

After finally getting round to watching Chef, I had one thought on my mind afterwards. It wasn’t the catchy soundtrack, or the easy interplay between the characters, no, it was simply, food. No sooner had Chef ended and I was starving. I craved a grilled cheese sandwich the way it was made here, but most of all I craved one of those delicious looking cubano sandwiches that Jon Favreau’s character Carl Casper makes so well. It’s a little odd for a film to impact me in this way, as I’m pretty sure no other film has done this to me in the past, but it made me so hungry that I nearly forgot all about the film.

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Testament Of Youth, Review


Director: James Kent Starring: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington & Taron Egerton Synopsis: A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I Rating: 12A Runtime: 129 minutes Release date: 16 January 2015

Based upon Vera Brittain‘s memoirs from World War I, Testament of Youth is a heartbreaking account of love and war, as well as one woman’s attempts to find herself in a male dominated world. Vera’s tale is rife with elements that will pull on the heartstrings, and justifiably so, but does that make it a good film?

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Film Club: The Great Escape


When I first joined Film Club a few months ago, I started to contemplate what movie I would choose for everyone to discuss when Kieron would have me pick the film. As you all know, I’ve seen a few movies in my 41 years exactly (because today 11 Jan is my birthday) of movie watching and to whittle it down to one choice movie was not an easy task in and of itself.

As a film fan, one of my main goals is to help others uncover new enjoyable movies to add to their own movie (hopefully loving) repertoire. So I decided to choose one of my own personal favorite movies that I’ve seen so many times but also probably doesn’t get as much exposure by modern moviegoers as it probably should. I hope you all enjoyed this movie as much as I always do. I, at least can say that I loved re-watching it for Film Club despite knowing it practically by heart.

Thanks to Kieron for choosing me this month and I apologize to any of you who felt this movie was too long. 

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The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death, Review

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Director: Tom Harper Starring: Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine & Helen McCrory Synopsis: 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant Rating: 15 Runtime: 98 minutes Release date: 1 January 2015

Once upon a time I hated horror films. To the point where I would avoid the genre and anything it produced at all costs. If a friend recommended we watch a horror film, I would protest but then begrudgingly agree to view it. I hated to be scared, and so I would look to other genres for my entertainment. It wasn’t until I was in my very late teens, maybe even early twenties, that I began to enjoy horror films and by proxy enjoy being scared. Once I gave into the genre, and all its familiar tropes, I found myself warming to it and seeking out all manner of films.

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Top 5 Michael Keaton Performances

Michael Keaton’s career has been nothing if not varied. He has been the leading man, the comedic foil, the villain, the supernatural, the corporate slime ball, the plastic doll (Toy Story 3 in case you wondered) and a superhero. But, has Hollywood given Keaton enough attention? Possibly not. He’s only ever received one leading actor nomination at a major award ceremony, and despite his undoubted talent and impressive CV Keaton remains known for two iconic roles early on in his career.

With that in mind, and with the excellent BiRDMAN arriving in cinemas today, now is the perfect time to take a look at five of Michael Keaton’s best performances.

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12 Films To Look Out For In 2015

With 2014 almost over, it is time to look ahead to the future. More specifically 2015, and the films we have to look forward to over the next twelve months. Skimming the surface, it seems that 2015 will be full to the brim of blockbusters, tent-pole films and the usual Oscar bait and that it will be more or less impossible to see everything upon its release at the cinema. Therefore I have created this handy little guide to some of the key films that will be released in 2015.

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007 December – Quantum of Solace (2008) – What About the Twinkie?

Kieron Townend:

As part of Movie Rob’s James Bond blogathon I chose to review Quantum of Solace. Check out my review.

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007-December Blogathon

Here’s a review by Kieron of What About the Twinkie? of Quantum of Solace (2008).

Thanks Kieron!


Director: Marc Forster Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench & Olga Kurylenko Synopsis: James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country’s most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love Rating: 12A Runtime: 106 minutes

It was never going to be an easy task to follow-up Martin Campbell’s excellent 007 reboot, Casino Royale. The film launched James Bond into the modern era, stripping away his gadgets, his Q’s and Moneypenny’s, and deconstructed the character, only to have him fully formed again by the film’s end. So what should we have expected in Quantum of Solace? The Bond of old returning, womanizing his way around the world and killing enemies whilst…

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Top 10 Films of 2014

It’s that time of year again, where we bloggers wind things down with our guides to everything the past year in film has given us. With only two calendar days left in 2014, it is about time that we got round to picking our top films of the year. Much like last years list, I have perhaps missed a few films that would have otherwise made the list, but I just cannot get round to watching them all. Despite this minor misdemeanour, I believe I have come up with a solid list of films that showcase 2014’s best cinematic offerings.


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The 3 Most Forgettable Films Of 2014

Films come and go throughout the year. Some are great successes and others are major failures, but others are just plain boring, and that is a crime worse than being just bad. It’s a depressing waste of time when you go to the cinema to sit down and enjoy a film, only to walk away struggling to remember a single memorable scene.

2014 may not have been golden year for film, and there were some real duds released at the cinema, but this list focuses on the three worst offenders. With that in mind, here are the three most forgettable films of the year.

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Christmas Essentials

As a little stocking filler for Christmas, myself, Zoe, Rob and Ryan have all prepared an essential viewing guide for you to peruse. We have all picked three films that no Christmas season can do without, and that we find ourselves going back to each year without fail. Check out our selections after the jump.

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6 Rising Stars Of 2015

2015 promises to be a huge year for film fans. With the likes of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World all due for release, it will be a busy year to say the least. But this article isn’t about those films, nor is it necessarily about the actors who will star in those films. Instead, this article looks at the rising stars of 2015, those young actors and actresses who will be starring in films both big and small throughout the year. 

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Film Club Leaderboard: December Edition

As 2014 draws to a close, so too does Film Club. In the final review of the year, we picked apart Tim Burton’s first entry into the comic book genre with his take on Batman. Deemed a classic at the time of release, and for many years since, but Burton’s Batman is showing its age a little now and has surely been eclipsed by Christopher Nolan’s own take on the Dark Knight.

Below is the updated leaderboard for December, where you can find our thoughts on the previous entries, and what position Batman takes in the overall rankings.

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Film Club: Batman (1989)


In this months edition of Film Club, Cathal, aka The Narrator, chose Tim Burton’s Batman as our film of the month. It was another interesting choice and one that didn’t go down as well with some as it did with others, while it also brought out inevitable comparisons to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films.

Keep reading for everyone’s thoughts on the original Batman.

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BiRDMAN, Review


Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton & Emma Stone Synopsis: A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory Rating: 15 Runtime: 119 minutes Release date: 1 January 2015

When I initially heard about BiRDMAN, it had me intrigued. A film starring Michael Keaton where he portrays a down on his luck actor, who is mostly remembered for his time playing one of Hollywood’s first big superheroes is a tale that it so close to real life, I had to know exactly how Keaton would approach it and, more importantly, if the film could work as a satisfying whole. And for the most part, it does. BiRDMAN is a fast paced, witty and altogether real look at the life of an aging actor trying to re-establish himself and his career in the eyes of a modern audience. 

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10 DC Graphic Novels You Need To Read

With DC and Warner Bros. set to launch their own cinematic assault against Marvel in 2016 with the double-whammy of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Suicide Squad film, now is a great time for those who are new to the world of superheroes to start reading the stories that inspired the films. With that in mind, here are 10 graphic novels that should be considered essential reading for any wannabe DC fan. 

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Poll: Who Should Direct Star Trek 3?


News came recently that Roberto Orci had been relieved of his directorial duties on Star Trek 3. Reasons for his departure are currently unknown, but it is believed by some that Paramount Studios are unhappy with his ideas for the film. Since original director JJ Abrams left to direct a little known indie film called Star Wars, Star Trek 3 has been left in limbo somewhat. Recent speculation suggests that the studio are seeking Edgar Wright to direct the film, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

With Star Trek 3 due for release in 2016, to coincide with the franchise’s 50th anniversary, Paramount will be looking to hire someone quickly. With that in mind, here’s my handy little guide of six candidates for the directors chair.

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Bond 24 Name & Cast Announced, While Terminator Genisys Debuts A New Trailer

As you all undoubtedly know by now, it has been another busy day in movie land. With the official unveiling of the new James Bond film, and the first teaser trailer from Terminator Genisys both arriving, there has been various levels of excitement on social media today.

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DC Finally Casts The Suicide Squad


Making the announcement late last night, or early this morning depending on your time zone, DC and Warner Bros. finally announced the lineup for the David Ayer directed Suicide Squad film. The lineup seems to consist largely of that which had been reported over the past few weeks, and does indeed confirm that Jared Leto will play the Joker.

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Genre Grandeur November Finale – Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Kieron Townend:

Here’s my review for this months Genre Grandeur season, Big Trouble in Little China.

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For this month’s Genre Grandeur – 80’s action finale, here’s a review by Kieron of What About the Twinkie? of Big Trouble in Little China (1986).

This month, we had 7 reviews for Genre Grandeur and I also reviewed 6 movies for my companion series Genre Guesstimation. Unfortunately, this month I didn’t manage to uncover any new favorites in the Genre, but I will keep at it in the months to come.

A huge thanks to everyone who participated this month!

If you missed any of the reviews this month, here’s a recap:

Genre Grandeur
1. Commando (1985) – Tim
2. Project A (1983) – Kim
3. Die Hard (1988) – Justine
4. The Running Man (1987) -MovieRob
5. Red Dawn (1984) – MovieRob
6. Die Hard (1988) – MovieRob
7. Big Trouble in Little China (1986) – Kieron

Genre Guesstimation
1. First Blood (1982)
2. Gymkata (1985)
3. Escape…

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6 Horrible Bosses In Film

With Horrible Bosses 2 now in cinemas, it seemed as good a time as any to take a look at the real horrible bosses in film. Not just the ones played for laughs, but those real hard-ass bosses who make you wish you had never been born, let alone apply for the worthless job you’re in.

Take a look inside as I show you the worst horrible bosses in film. 

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Jurassic World Trailer Reaction


As we all know, yesterday saw the release of the teaser trailer for Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. There were a lot of things to get excited about in the trailer, and with that in mind I thought I would post a detailed reaction to the teaser, letting you know just how I feel about one of 2015’s biggest releases.

Keep reading to view my analysis and first time reaction.

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Horrible Bosses 2, Review


Director: Sean Anders Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day Synopsis: Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme Rating: 15 Runtime: 108 minutes

When Horrible Bosses made its way into cinemas back in 2011, no one expected the kind of success that would follow. The film made over $200 million internationally, and those are the type of numbers that simply do not get ignored in Hollywood. Simply put, a sequel was always likely. Fast forward to 2014 and we are now presented with Horrible Bosses 2. A film that exists solely because the first film made a lot of money, and the studio are hoping that this one will too, and they’d probably be right.

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X-Men: Apocalypse Casting Rumours


With X-Men: Apocalypse due for release in 2016, some casting rumours have recently made their way online. Specifically these rumours are centering around the characters of Jean Grey and Scott Summers and which young actors could be taking up the roles previously held by Famke Janssen and James Marsden.

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Daniel Bruhl Joins Captain America: Civil War


With Captain America: Civil War due for release in May 2016, speculation and hype have already started gathering around the much-anticipated release. With a cast list already consisting of Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Chadwick Boseman we can now add Daniel Bruhl to the list.

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Film Blog Picks of the Week

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Featured E-Magazine ran a nice little feature where he highlights his new favourite film blogs, and I just happen to be one of them. Happy reading.

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Another Blog Pick Sunday is upon us and this week I’m featuring blogs that feature films, reviews or just general film interest. I have found quite a big, but will only be featuring 6 this week. If you have a film blog that you would like to nominate as a featured blog, just comment below. Enjoy this week’s picks!

Isaacs Picture Conclusions (IPC)

If you are into obscure movie reviews, this is the site for you.  I bet you have never seen Dead Snow?  Well, I have and they even feature the new Dead Snow 2 – Red vs Dead!  Now that’s obscure.  There is also some hilariously funny Sunday Comic Strip series called the IPC Sunday Funnies entitled “Threes Cumpany”.  There is much more . . .

Tranquil Dreams

Another great film blog that has more than film, but also some photo and writing mixed in. “To the new…

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The Call Up Heads To MCM Birmingham


Film producers John Giwa-Amu (The Machine) and Matt Wilkinson from locally-filmed movie The Call Up will be attending this month’s MCM Birmingham Comic Con. Show visitors will get a taste of the upcoming sci-fi actioner, which has just started shooting in Birmingham and is the debut feature from award-winning commercials director Charles Barker.

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The Fantastic Four’s Dr. Doom To Be An Anti-Social Programmer?


Details are currently few and far between on Josh Trank’s reboot of The Fantastic Four, but Toby Kebbell has recently revealed a little bit of information regarding his interpretation of the villainous Victor Von Doom, and it’s safe to say, it’s not what any of you were thinking.

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The Evil Dead Heads To Television, In Ash Vs. Evil Dead


After the Evil Dead remake left cinemas in 2013, there were various online rumours speculating on the future of the series. One moment there was going to be a direct sequel, the next there was a sequel on the way to Army of Darkness and then there was both which would culminate in an Avengers style crossover of the two universes. Now though, we know exactly where the Evil Dead is going, straight to television.

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Film Club Leaderboard: November Edition

As another month passes, so too does another Film Club entry. After reviewing such classics as Star Wars and The Departed, November’s choice was a more middle of the road affair. As neither a classic, nor indeed an awful film at all, Taken allowed our members to leave their brains at the door and simply enjoy watching Liam Neeson kick a little ass.

Below is the updated Film Club leaderboard. Read on to find out where Taken sits among the previous entries.

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Film Club: Taken


In this months Film Club, Luke from the Oracle of Film chose Taken as our film of the month. It was a popular choice in the end, and one that scored higher among our members than I previously thought it would. Below are Luke’s reasons for picking Taken, followed by each members review of the film.

“Wow, there is a lot of pressure picking a film for film club. The immediate impulse is to pick a classic, something we all love and can enjoy rewatching. However I really want to switch things up and go for a bad movie. I just cannot bring myself to do it. I don’t want to be the guy that makes you sit through a painful two hours of terrible movie making.

In the end, I went down the middle with Luc Besson’s Taken, starring Liam Neeson. It is a very divisive movie and it occurred to me I have no idea how any of my blogging family feel about it. So, some of you may be cheering; some of you may be rolling your eyes, but my choice is Taken. I hope you have your particular set of skills at the ready.”

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3 Actresses Who Could Play Captain Marvel


Marvel Studios recently announced their plans for their cinematic universe right up until 2019. We can expect solo films for Captain America, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Thor. While team up films will include the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy 2Inhumans and The Avengers, but the one that really intrigues is Captain Marvel.

This will be the first time Marvel have made a female led superhero film, and will follow DC’s own Wonder Woman film which will be released in 2017. Captain Marvel will head to cinemas a full year after Wonder Woman, in 2018, but it is likely we will see the character cameo in another Marvel film, with an educated guess putting her in either Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or Avengers: Infinity War Part I. Online speculation is rife over who will play Captain Marvel, but now I will cast my eye over three potential actresses who would fit the role.

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The Babadook, Review


Director: Jennifer Kent Starring: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall & Tim Purcell Synopsis: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. Rating: 15 Runtime: 93 minutes


Very rarely do I ever feel threatened by a film in such a way as The Babadook. As one part psychological thriller and one part monster movie, The Babadook stays with you in a way that many recent horror films simply do not. It’s mix of tension and supernatural scares are haunting, with a story that will surely polarise audiences as to where the real threat is coming from.

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Halloween, Review

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Director: John Carpenter Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis & Tony Moran Synopsis: A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets. Rating: 18 Runtime: 91 minutes

Horror films don’t come much more iconic than John Carpenter’s Halloween. The film was made on a small budget, and was directed by a man who only had two full length features to his name at the time, while surely no one involved could have had any idea as to just how a big a hit Halloween would become. Halloween introduced audiences to The Shape, aka Michael Myers, brought Jamie Lee Curtis into the mainstream and also set about making a whole new set of rules that the horror genre is still abiding by today.

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The Cabin In The Woods, Review


Director: Drew Goddard Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth & Anna Hutchison Synopsis: Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. Rating: 15 Runtime: 95 minutes

I’ve had several discussions on the merits of The Cabin in the Woods, and how I believe it to be one of the best horror films, not just in recent years but possibly of all time. Mostly, I have these conversations with myself, because that way I can always win, but sometimes I do venture out of my comfort zone and try to talk to other human beings. And the one thing that I always struggle with when it comes to The Cabin in the Woods, is that I can’t really tell anyone anything about the film, which makes it an incredibly hard sell and somewhat awkward to review.

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Halloween Essentials

As a special treat for Halloween, myself, Zoe and Jade have all prepared our essential viewing selections for you to peruse. We have all picked three films that no Halloween night can do without, and that we find ourselves going back to each year without hestitaion. Check out our selections after the jump.


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Hansel & Gretel (Korean Version), Guest Review


Hansel and Gretel (Henjel Gwa Geuretel in its original language), is a visually scrumptious retelling of the original tale from the Brothers Grimm. In spectacular fashion it brings to life all of the horror of the original tale in a refreshing new way to awaken a sense of dread and fear in the audience that is inherent to all horror films, but through a dark fantasy tale that is similar to films such as Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and The Devil’s Backbone (2001). It is very Del Toroesque in its tone, but certainly more horrifying as it builds suspense throughout its narrative so that its audience is constantly left guessing to which genre the film even falls into as it jumps between horror, fantasy, fairytale, and thriller.

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A Nightmare On Elm Street, Guest Review

NOES (1984)

“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.

Three, four, better lock your door.

Five, six, grab your crucifix.

Seven, eight, gonna stay up late.

Nine, ten, never sleep again. “

So, anyone who knows me and my taste in movies , knows that there are basically 2 big no-no’s when recommending movies for me to watch. They are non-English Language movies and Horror movies. I’ve never liked horror movies and I can’t even explain where those feelings came from. Did I get scared once as a kid? or perhaps it’s just a genre that doesn’t speak to me? Dunno (and probably never truly will know). So, when Kieron asked me to review a horror movie for his Scarefest, I was a bit concerned as to what I’d decide to watch. I was truly at an impasse. But then I realized that one of the best things about being a part of this blogging community is that I knew that if I reached out to some of my fellow bloggers, perhaps they’d be able to give me some ideas for a scary movie to watch that I’ll (hopefully) enjoy.

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Trick R’ Treat, Guest Review

Trick ‘R Treat

You know, it took me years to get to this thing because I am not really an Anna Paquin fan (though I am thawing a little). A fellow blogger finally twisted my arm enough to at least just try it, and it pretty much instantly became an absolute favourite of mine! This is essential Halloween viewing for me every year, and I don’t think that there will be many horror fans that don’t like this one. Trick ‘r Treat is tremendously underrated, something that makes this an even better gem in my opinion, but undeniably one that deserves the praise it has garnered and to be shared.

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“Samhain, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, also known as Halloween. Pre-dating Christianity, the Celtic holiday was celebrated on the one night between autumn and winter when the barrier between the living and the dead was thinnest, and often involved rituals that included human sacrifice.”
– Rhonda

SYNOPSIS: Five interwoven stories that occur on the same block, on the same night. A couple finds what happens when they blow a jack o’ lantern out before midnight, a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin might have met the right guy for her, a group of mean teens play a prank that they take too far, and a hermit is visited by a special trick or treater. – via IDMB

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