Grave Encounters, Review

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Directors: Colin Minihan & Stuart Ortiz Starring: Ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson & Ashleigh Gryzko Synopsis: For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that’s supposedly haunted – and it might prove to be all too true. Rating: NR Runtime: 92 minutes

“This place is about as haunted as a sock drawer.”

Grave Encounters is a film that I had no real expectations for whatsoever. I had seen it in the bargain bin of my local Asda, and it looked like a rip-off of more successful POV horror films such as Paranormal Activity and .Rec. It features a no name cast, and is directed by two people I had never heard of before. Thankfully, Grave Encounters is better than the sum of its parts, and despite a limited budget is an effective but somewhat one-dimensional horror. Read the rest of this entry »

The Omen, Guest Review

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The Omen (1976) 

In my mind there are three different ways of telling a scary story effectively on-screen. Recent years have seen a growing emphasis on hardcore gore, in effort to disgust audiences and horrify them in visually disturbing ways. Of course, you also have the classic slow-burners which provide jump scares to thrill its audience and sustain a constant atmosphere of threat and suspense. The third style is to rely on the story itself being scary enough to leave the audience shaking in their seats without any need for added (and sometimes cheap) effects to make its mark. Richard Donner’s original classic The Omen belongs in the third category, relying only on its script to deliver its scares. With Gregory Peck commanding the screen and lending serious gravitas to the film, The Omen delivers brilliantly. Read the rest of this entry »

Saw, Review

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Director: James Wan Starring: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell & Danny Glover Synopsis: With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed “Jigsaw”. The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them. Rating: 18 Runtime: 103 minutes

“I’m having a blast! This is the most fun I’ve had without lubricant!”

Every once in a while, a film comes along that redefines its genre. After a slew of 90’s horror films that were either remakes of classics or generic teenage stalk and slash films, the horror genre needed a swift kick up the backside. When Saw hit cinemas in 2004, it did just that. Saw was a “game changer” and brought with it a host of sequels and copycat films and created a new term in horror, torture porn. Films like Hostel and I Spit on your Grave carried on the trend, but Saw was the first film in a long while to be so gruesome and, for its time,  was quite shocking. Read the rest of this entry »

Sacrefest Returns

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Last year saw the Inaugural What About The Twinkie Sacrefest take place, and this Friday it returns to wreak havoc over the Halloween period.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Review

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Director: Jonathan Liebesman Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett & William Fichtner Synopsis: The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Rating: 12A Runtime: 101 minutes

Mysterious. Dangerous. Reptilious. You’ve never seen heroes like this.”

There is a scene late on in this reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles where our heroes discover they are effectively bulletproof. As the villainous foot clan attempt to take them down with machine guns, the Turtles simply deflect their bullets using their shells, even to the extent where one of them turns around and literally fires the bullets back in a scene of pure Hulk like rage. And it was here that I learnt that the film itself is bulletproof, in a critical sense anyway. It’s here that you discover that producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman don’t care what anybody thinks. All the “haters” and all the people who appreciate storytelling and characterisation don’t matter here, as the director and producer set about making a film targeted mostly at young people, with some fan service, for those of us old enough to remember the original films and cartoons, thrown in for good measure. Read the rest of this entry »

Ranking The Spider-Man Films From Worst To Best

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Not so long ago the Spider-Man films were considered some of the best the superhero genre had to offer. Now, not so much. With Marvel continually changing audiences perceptions on their own heroes and franchises, some superheroes are getting left behind. The Fantastic Four is about to rebooted, while the X-Men were also essentially rebooted this year, even DC have had to re-think their strategy after finding success with The Dark Knight trilogy and are now doing things the “Marvel way.” Perhaps it is no surprise then, that Spider-Man feels a little bit lacking in some regards these days. Due to different studios owning the rights to various characters, Spider-Man essentially exists on his own, but does he need a shared universe to succeed? Not necessarily. Spider-Man was once at the forefront of superhero films, and today I take a look back at the entire franchise, and rank each film in the series from worst to best. Read the rest of this entry »

Film Club Leaderboard

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Film Club is now officially four months old, and I thought it was a good time to start a leaderboard ranking the films we have reviewed from best to worst. By now, the majority of you should be familiar with the set up behind Film Club, but for anyone that isn’t aware, here is the gist of it.

Each month, one of us picks a film, which we all then watch and review and give it a score out of ten. It’s a simple premise and has a similar feel to that of a book club. There are various rules we have to follow, but as long as there are no major spoilers in anyone’s review it’s a pretty laid back affair. We cover all sorts of films, but I do ask that whoever has chosen a film to give their reasons for doing so, as this makes things a little more personal. Read the rest of this entry »