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I am a big fan of Asian cinema in particular, and I am quite fond of especially South Korean and Hong Kong movies.
My favorite genre is, and always have been, horror, with a preference to anything with zombies in it.
I believe that every movie should be given the chance of being seen - a belief that has lead me to watch many a questionable movies.
Oh, what went wrong here... This was phenomenally bad...
Alright, well I will agree to the fact that "Endzeit" (aka "Ever After") was a different zombie apocalypse movie. But that doesn't necessarily mean it was a good movie.
In fact, the cons severely outweighs the pros for this movie, making it a less than mediocre, if not downright laughable addition to the zombie genre. And I use the term 'zombie genre' lightly here, because the zombie apocalypse was actually nothing more than a mere backdrop in "Endzeit".
I was sorely disappointed with the movie, and I had expected more of a proper zombie movie, but was instead served a movie about a girl's journey of coming to terms with her guilt and thoughts, and coming to accept the death of her younger sister. Zombie movie? Not so much. I think you actually only have zombies in the movie less than 5 minutes combined. So this hardly qualifies as a zombie movie.
Now, I will say that the movie is nicely produced and the production level of the movie is great. But the movie just failed on so many other accounts that it had no chance of being salvaged. I mean, a zombie movie without zombies.
And the zombies that were there were running. Yeah, running, fast and agile zombies - that is not my cup of tea at all. The zombie make-up was adequate, but you shouldn't be getting your hopes up.
Writer Olivia Vieweg and director Carolina Hellsgård tries to pull a vegan and environmentally awareness bag over the head of the viewers. It just didn't work, and it was so tactless. I mean, people and zombies turning into plants, come on... And the ending and what was being said there as the movie ended was just a slap to the face.
My rating of "Endzeit" is three out of ten stars, and that is solely because of the production level and the acting performances. The rest of the movie was questionable and not particularly enjoyable. Actually, the entire movie didn't prove to be particularly entertaining.
If you are looking for a proper zombie movie, then you should find another movie to watch, because this is not going to rock your boat.
This was boring...
Granted, I had little to no expectations of being in for anything grand here when I sat down to watch "Nightwish" here late in 2019. Actually, I hadn't even heard about the movie before now.
The only reasons why I did sit down to watch it was because I hadn't seen it before, and also because Brian Thompson was in it. Yeah, yeah, well I am not a fan of his, but this is Brian Thompson after all - say what you like.
The 1989 movie "Nightwish" from writer and director Bruce R. Cook wasn't anything extraordinary. Actually it was quite the opposite, because it was bland and downright boring. I managed to endure an hour of the ordeal before I gave up. By then I had simply lost all interest in the movie and the pointless storyline and the random happenings of events that made little sense.
And to top it off, then Brian Thompson wasn't really in the movie all that much. Perhaps if he was, then I would have endured the last 30 minutes that I will never be returning to watch, simply because I have no interest in the movie's script or storyline whatsoever.
This is a boring movie, and I don't even think that back in 1989 that this movie was anything grand. I mean, just look at a movie such as "Poltergeist" which predates this movie and is light years ahead in terms of entertainment value and special effects.
I am rating "Nightwish" three out of ten stars, solely because there is a good production value to the movie, and it wasn't a full-blown low budget movie, they did manage some good things after all. However, hardly a movie that is worth the time or effort to sit down and watch actually, as there are far better movies readily available.
The Monster Squad (1987)
Iconic monster mash-up...
The 1987 movie "The Monster Squad" is one of those movies that you can watch again and again. I believe this is my third or fourth time watching it since having it on VHS back in the late 80s.
Mind you, this is a movie aimed for a young audience, but the movie has enough horror elements to it to make it interesting for even an adult audience. And being a life-long horror fan, having a movie with iconic horror characters together is just a blast. I mean, you have Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the creature from the Black Lagoon, a mummy and a werewolf. So it is essentially the whole package of iconic movie monsters from the golden age of horror films.
While the storyline is aimed for a younger audience, I mean you have a group of kids in a club focusing about movie monsters coming face to face with real life monsters, then it is actually entertaining and wholeheartedly enjoyable.
Even today in 2019, the special effects in the movie are still holding up. Sure, this is not something that will bedazzle you or blow you visually away, but the special effects work their magic and well in favor of the movie.
The acting in the movie was good, and the child actors and actresses really carried the movie phenomenally, making it very enjoyable to watch.
And the monsters in the movie were just spot on, and I was and still am especially impressed with the make-up on the mummy and the sea creature. That is just amazing, especially back then.
"The Monster Squad" is a good movie for the family, especially for a Halloween movie. I am rating this 1987 cult movie a solid six out of ten stars.
Red Heat (1988)
Who is Dirty Harry?...
Well, this is indeed a classic Schwarzenegger movie, no doubt about it. And it is actually a movie that proves to be timeless, as you can watch it again and again.
The storyline is good and director Walter Hill picks up the pace from the very beginning and doesn't really take his foot off of the speed pedal throughout the movie. And that is a good thing, because the audience is in for an action ride here, as was the tendency with the 80s action movies starring Schwarzenegger.
Needless to say that there is an abundance of action throughout the course of "Red Heat".
Arnold Schwarzenegger is superb in the role of Ivan Danko, and his accent is just glorious for the role. Jim Belushi actually fits the role of Art Ridzik, an American police officer tired of his job, worn down and just lashing out at the world; he has that particular quality to his demeanor. And that brings us to Ed O'Ross, in the role of Viktor Rostavili, because he fits that archetypical type of bad guy so well and really had that gritty look to him.
Now, you might want to put your sense of realism on the shelf before you sit down and watch "Red Heat", because that is not the main focus of the movie. You know what you get here, Schwarzenegger facing insurmountable odds and coming out on top - the same formula used in all of his action movies, essentially. But hey, it was good entertainment, and that is all that matter.
But while "Red Heat" is not the defining movie of Schwarzenegger's movie career, it is definitely one of the more memorable and outstanding movies.
I am rating "Red Heat" seven out of ten stars. I grew up on Schwarzenegger's movies and the 1988 movie "Red Heat" is still as entertaining and watchable in 2019 as it was back in 1988.
Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019)
Not quite worth the effort...
They should have stopped after the first movie. Whereas the 2013 movie "Escape Plan" was actually good, the 2018 sequel "Escape Plan 2: Hades" and now the 2019 "Escape Plan: The Extractors" have been abysmal, to put it bluntly.
The storyline in "Escape Plan: The Extractors" was just pointless, and it even seemed that none of the cast actually bought into the plot, script and storyline here either. Just what were writers Miles Chapman and John Herzfeld thinking here? How did this script actually make it to become a movie?
The movie is monotonous, and that is actually putting it mildly. There is no adrenaline kicks throughout the movie, and it quickly settled into a boring trot and never got out of that mundane gutter. Yet, I managed to endure the ordeal, as this is a Sylvester Stallone movie after all. Not one of his best movies, not even by a longshot.
It was actually Devon Sawa whom carried the movie here with his performance, as he was the one that had the most screen time, the most energy and the most on-screen presence, whereas the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista and Jin Zhang were just autopiloting their way through this movie at the hands of director John Herzfeld.
"Escape Plan: The Extractors" not only lacked a proper storyline, it also lacked character motivation and the ability to engage the audience. The entire movie just felt like a copy/paste job quickly put together for the sake of cashing in on the franchise before it is too late.
By skipping out on watching "Escape Plan: The Extractors" you will not be missing anything vital to the franchise. This 2019 movie wasn't really worth the time or money invested into it. As such, my rating for it is a mere three out of ten stars.
Bonehill Road (2017)
This was, um, boring...
Well, I was suckered in by the movie cover of "Bonehill Road", because it definitely seemed interesting, and I've always enjoyed werewolves in movies since being a kid. So naturally I sat down to watch this 2017 movie.
Turned out that this is a low budget horror movie, but there is nothing wrong with that in itself. But when the movie is weighed down by a lack of proper storyline and interesting characters then it becomes a problem. And that is what happened in "Bonehill Road". The storyline was so boring and mundane that I gave up halfway through the movie, I just simply couldn't endure any more of the nonsense that was passing for a storyline and script.
And it didn't help that the characters were so flaccid that I didn't even care about what they were named, much less what motivated and drove them.
I will say that for a low budget horror movie, then the werewolves in the movie were actually nicely made. The costumes looked good, detailed and interesting despite the fact that it was so clearly just masks and suits, given the immovable faces parts.
I have zero interest in returning to finish the rest of "Bonehill Road", because it just utterly failed to captivate me or entertain me.
My rating of "Bonehill Road" is a mere three out of ten stars, based on the fact that this is a werewolf movie after all and because of the werewolves themselves looked rather interesting.
If you enjoy a proper werewolf movie, then I wouldn't suggest you waste your time, money or effort on "Bonehill Road". Some of us did so you don't have to.
Date of the Dead (2015)
A very different zombie movie indeed...
I stumbled upon the 2015 movie "Date of the Dead" in late 2019, and given my fascination and interest in all things zombie, I immediately picked up a copy of this movie and sat down to watch it.
Now, first and foremost I must say that this is a low budget movie; a B-movie if you will. But that is not necessarily always a bad thing. And in the case of "Date of the Dead" it was actually an enjoyable thing, because it added to the enjoyment of the movie. This was fully a wholeheartedly project where everyone involved poured their hearts and efforts into, and it showed on the screen.
The storyline is a campy twist on the classic zombie outbreak blueprint that has been used countless times in movies throughout the years. Was it silly? You betcha. But it was still very enjoyable and entertaining.
"Date of the Dead" uses low practical effects, and while it is cheesy and fake, it does actually work well enough in favor of the movie, because it brings a smile to the lips. And it just works wonderfully in the offbeat atmosphere that permeates the entire movie.
The acting in the movie was actually good, taking into consideration the level of the movie and the entire project. I wasn't familiar with anyone on the cast list, but it was clear that people were enjoying themselves in participating in the movie.
This is not your average zombie movie, and I will actually say that "Date of the Dead" is a wonderful offbeat and alternate addition to the zombie genre, which tends to be flooded with stagnant movies of questionable production value and equally questionable entertainment value and zombie make-up.
If you enjoy zombie movies and want something goofy for a change, then you should sit down and watch "Date of the Dead".
My rating of "Date of the Dead" is a solid six out of ten stars.
Not worth sinking your fangs into this one...
Right, well given the title of the movie and the movie's cover, then I hadn't any much of any particular hopes or expectations for the movie. But still, I believe in giving all movies a fair chance, so I sat down to watch the 2002 movie "Cryptz" (aka "Vampz in the Hood") as I hadn't seen it before. Actually, I didn't even know about its existence before now, late in 2019.
Well, with "Cryptz" you might want to think "From Dusk to Dawn", except change the cast with an all African-American cast, remove the budget, cut away the big names from the cast list, and throw in B-movie production, then you have "Cryptz". Yup, as simple as that.
The storyline was very much a copy-paste job off of "From Dusk to Dawn", just with less entertainment value and laughable acting performances. Now, personally I can't take people serious when they act and talk all 'ghetto' or whatever the term is. And that was, unfortunately, the way most people portrayed the characters in this movie.
The vampires in the movie were actually quite good, and that alone made it durable to sit through this ordeal of a vampire movie. Sexy ladies? Check. Pointy fangs? Check. Scantily dressed? Check. So what is not to like about that, and it is no secret that writer Scott Phillips and director Danny Draven knew this as well, and were playing on that to make the movie more interesting.
As for the characters in the movie. Well, that can be summarized with one single word: nah. The character gallery in "Vampz" was just laughable and ridiculous. I couldn't take any of the main cast seriously, with the way they talked, acted and dressed. The vampires, now that was another matter, and they made the movie watchable at least.
"Vampz" is a low budget and poor-man's rendering of "From Dusk to Dawn", pure and simple. Was it worth sitting through to the end? Hardly so, but still I managed to endure.
I am rating "Vampz" a mere three out of ten stars. There are far better vampire movies readily available out there.
The 1988 movie "Beetlejuice" is a classic Tim Burton movie in every sense of that meaning. Not sure what I mean, well if you don't, what hole have you been living in, as Burton is very characteristic in his movie creation.
If you haven't already seen the 1988 movie "Beetlejuice", then you should definitely take the time to do so, because this is a whacky, goofy and hilarious movie from beginning to end. You have your classic Burtonesque designs in sets, scenery, costumes and creatures, and the dialogue is just to die for. You also have the typical Burton stop-motion-animation as well. And it also helps that the movie has a very entertaining storyline and an impressive cast.
To portray the various oddball characters in the movie are the likes of Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Glenn Shadix and not to mention Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton as Beetlegeuse himself. I have always liked Keaton in this particular role, because the character is so whacky and Keaton portrays Beetlegeuse with perfection.
"Beetlejuice" is a movie that you can watch more than once, and I think I am on my fourth viewing of it so far. The movie doesn't get old.
I am rating this classic a solid seven out of ten stars.
A weak addition to the "Desu Nôto" franchise...
I enjoyed the previous "Death Note" movies, well at least the Japanese ones for sure. But I had no idea about the existence of "Death Note: Light Up the New World" from 2016 before late in 2019 when I was given the chance to sit down and watch it. Given my interest in the franchise from the previous movies, then of course I sat down to watch t his 2016 movie.
Turns out that the movie seemed to be lacking the same spirit and motivation that was driving the previous movies. And while they opted to go for something new here, then it just was lacking that special ingredient to make it unique, to make it feel like a proper "Death Note" movie.
Don't get me wrong, there were aspects of the movie that were nice, but the overall movie just didn't really work for me, and I found it to be a tedious and mundane ordeal to sit through. And my interest in the storyline faltered a couple of times throughout the course of the movie. But I endured and stuck with it to the end. And I can say that "Death Note: Light Up the New World" is not a movie that I will be returning to watch a second time around.
The characters in the movie were rather boring, to the point of being absolutely pointless and disinteresting actually. And the movie was lacking screen time for the Watchers. You know, those lovely CGI animated keepers of the Death Notes.
This felt like a weak attempt to cash in on the success of the franchise, and the storyline is a scrambled mess actually, which seems like it was written overnight because someone had to come up with something in a rush as they had acquired the funds for the movie prematurely.
While the movie has a good production quality and good special effects, it was lacking on a proper storyline, on adequate characters that you actually cared about, on the Watchers, and genuinely just lacked entertainment value in general.
"Death Note: Light Up the New World" scores a mere four out of ten stars from me.
Kyûtî Hanî (2004)
Funny, loveable and enjoyable...
This is the second time I've watched the 2004 Japanese movie "Cutie Honey" (aka "Kyûtî Hanî"). Granted, the first time around was in 2004 or 2005. I dug the movie out and revisited it in 2019, just because I essentially had forgotten what it was about.
Now, I am not familiar with the Manga, in either animated or comic book form, so how true this live action movie is to the source material, I have no idea whatsoever.
Let me just say, first and foremost, that you definitely need to be a fan of the over-the-top Japanese cinema, as this 2004 movie is somewhat of an acquired taste. If you are not familiar with some of the strangely bizarre Japanese movies, then chances are big that you will not like "Cutie Honey". Luckily I do enjoy those movies from the Japanese cinema.
The story told in "Cutie Honey" follows Honey Kisaragi (played by Eriko Satô) who is able to turn into a super heroine by the name of Cutie Honey. Her uncle, a brilliant scientist, has been abducted by the villanous criminal group known as Panther Claw, and Cutie Honey must side with police chief Natsuko Aki (played by Mikako Ichikawa) and reporter Seiji Hayami (played by Jun Murakami) in order to take down Sister Jill and the four henchmen Black Claw, Cobalt Claw, Gold Claw and Scarlet Claw to save her uncle.
"Cutie Honey" is a hilarious movie with whacky characters and odd costumes. And while the CGI at times is quite questionable, it actually fits the movie well enough, as it has a certain offbeat charm to it.
This was by no means a movie that would pull home Oscars, nor was it a movie that particularly revolutionized the Japanese cinema, but it is actually quite entertaining for what it turned out to be. If you haven't already seen "Cutie Honey", then I can recommend you do so. I was genuinely entertained by it even the second time watching it.
I am rating the 2004 movie "Cutie Honey" a six out of ten stars.
Quite enjoyable actually...
Initially I wasn't really expecting much from the 2017 movie "Belzebuth", but still as it is a horror movie, of course I gave it a chance. I am a big fan of the horror genre after all.
Turns out that "Belzebuth" from writers Luis Carlos Fuentes and Emilio Portes actually turned out to be rather entertaining. You quickly get submerged into the story and director Emilio Portes takes you on quite a ride throughout the course of this movie.
The storyline is nicely constructed and there isn't really a dull moment to the movie. The movie quickly picked up its pacing and never really slowed down. I enjoyed how you are kept in the dark throughout most of the movie, not really knowing what is going on, which meant that the movie wasn't as predictable as you might have feared it to be.
The special effects in the movie were quite good, and that was a nice surprise. Especially since I wasn't really expecting that from a movie such as this.
There are aspects to the storyline which might not really fall in good taste with some viewers, as there is focus on child killings throughout the course of the movie. Luckily this is done rather delicately, I think, and it doesn't cross over the line where it becomes grotesque.
Joaquín Cosio really performed quite well and carried the movie phenomenally, and it was also nice to see Tobin Bell in such a role, and he definitely brought a lot of enjoyment to the movie also.
It should be said that "Belzebuth" doesn't really bring a whole lot of new material to the horror genre, or to the demonic possession movie as such, but it is still a rather enjoyable and watchable movie.
I am rating "Belzebuth" a sound and solid six, six, six out of ten stars.
The Lion King (2019)
Visually astonishing, but that is essentially it...
This 2019 "live action" rendering of the classic Disney animated story "The Lion King" is wholly unnecessary and it is simply just a fan pleaser and a cash in on the golden age of animation.
While the CGI in this 2019 Disney movie by all means is phenomenal, that is essentially the entire movie summarized; a grand CGI experience. Why? Well, because we are already familiar with the story from the 1994 animated movie, and it wasn't a movie that was in anyway needing a remake, not even by turning into a CGI adventure.
I wanted to like the movie, I really did, but it was so hard to delve into it, especially when you have seen the 1994 animated movie and loved it for what it was. So this was sort of a slap in the face from Disney, with their recent obsession of turning old classic animated movies into "live action" movies. It is just beyond my comprehension, but hey, money does put food on the table and make the Disney world go round.
They did have a good ensemble of voice actors to perform the various roles and characters in the movie, no doubt about it. But again, why meddle with something that was already good back in 1994?
Sure, this movie appeals to newcomers whom aren't already familiar with the 1994 animated movie, and I can see why it would be popular, of course, because this was a spectacular beautiful movie. But CGI only does so much for a movie, in my opinion.
Since this 2019 remake is fully unnecessary, then I am rating "The Lion King" a mere five out of ten stars.
Invisible Sue (2018)
Generic and mediocre...
"Invisible Sue" wasn't really all that outstanding, if you sit down to watch it by yourself. But if you sit down as a family, then I believe the movie will have more appeal.
This felt like a pseudo-superhero movie made by one of the numerous children channels, such as Nickelodeon and the like. I mean that in a positive way, mind you. Because the production value was great, they put a great amount of effort into the special effects and the execution of the movie on the screen, just a shame that the movie was one that seemed like it was aimed at a younger audience.
The movie starts out pretty good, and it is nicely paced, but for me it started to become stale and flaccid about an hour into the movie, and I must admit that I was starting to lose interest in the movie about that point.
The special effects in "Invisible Sue" were quite good, and that definitely did a lot for the movie. Now, you will not be blown away and bedazzled by a spectacle of special effects, but it was quite good, taking into consideration the premise of the movie.
The acting in the movie was good, again taking into consideration of the genre of the movie. But you shouldn't be getting your hopes up for a Shakespearian theatrical experience.
Now, this movie is German, but I was unfortunate enough to watch an English dubbed movie, and it was really, really hard not to focus on the lip synch that was totally out of tune with the German pronunciations and the English dubbed language on the speakers. Actually, I think if I had watched it in its original language, than I would actually have given the movie another star on my rating.
My rating for "Invisible Sue" is five out of ten stars.
Margaret Cho: PsyCHO (2015)
Good show, but weighed down by too much below-the-belt humor...
I think this 2015 comedy special was actually my first introduction to Margaret Cho, or at least I don't recall having seen other shows from her prior to watching "PsyCHO" here late in 2019.
The show was adequately entertaining, and Margaret Cho definitely is funny and feels at home on the stage. However, and yes there is a however here, I just feel that there was too much focus on below-the-belt. I mean, sure that is an easy way of doing comedy, but it is just something that belongs back in the 1990s when stand-up comedy was not as common.
She does have some good jokes and she delivers them quite nicely, and I must admit that her on-screen presence was quite good.
But I was not expecting that much below-the-belt jokes and puns, so that was somewhat of a disappointment for me. But I must say that Margaret Cho is definitely a comedian that I will watch again, because she is talented and I do like her way of delivering jokes and punchlines on the stage.
Feng kuang de wai xing ren (2019)
It was a good movie, but it lacked a bit more laughs and comedy...
"Feng kuang de wai xing ren" (aka "Crazy Alien") was a movie that somewhat snuck in under the radar. I was given the chance to watch it, and given my interest and fascination with Asian movies, of course I jumped at the chance.
While "Crazy Alien" definitely is entertaining and enjoyable, the laughs were unfortunately few and far in between. It was a shame, because the movie had all the ingredients to be something fantastic and hilarious, but it ultimately fell through when it mattered the most. As such, the movie will not become a classic, nor will it be a movie that you'll watch more than once. Now, don't get me wrong, because "Crazy Alien" is not a bad movie, far from it. It just lacked more comedy situations to make the audience laugh.
The acting in the movie was good, and they did have a good ensemble of acting talents to perform in the movie. Bo Huang and Zheng Xu were carrying the movie quite well with their performances. However, it was the CGI animated alien and the monkey that stole the show, no doubt about it.
The story was good and it was easy to follow. You quickly get immersed into the storyline and there is a good pacing to the story, that is for certain.
As for the CGI, well that was good, definitely good. The CGI animated alien and monkey were great and looked realistic for the most parts actually. And that definitely added some great enjoyment to the movie.
"Crazy Alien" is a movie well worth watching, but it is hardly a movie that you watch more than once.
Asian School Girls (2014)
Not groundbreaking, but entertaining enough for what it was...
Right, well given the title of the movie, you might be thinking you're in for quite something else, but alas this actually is an action thriller, as listed on IMDb, and not some sleazy porn movie.
Sure, the movie does have its share of lewd pseudo explicit nudity in many scenes. Scenes which are quite unnecessary and really doesn't serve the movie any purpose, aside from showing off the main Asian female cast. Of course, there is some in the audience that will enjoy this, and director Lawrence Silverstein is definitely cashing in on that. I, personally, found it to be wholly unnecessary for the movie and had to fast forward through minutes of scantily clad naked dancing scenes.
Well, if you look past this pointless nudity and showing off the Asian female cast in this manner, then the movie was actually adequately entertaining for what it turned out to be. Sure, it was cheesy, campy and predictable, but it a B-movie fashion, where you enjoy these guilty pleasures of watching these low budget and often horrible movies. But once in a while, these B-movies actually turns out to be entertaining; and "Asian School Girls" was one such movie. God, that title still is abysmal to write.
The acting in the movie is pretty much as expected. The Asian female cast were doing fair enough jobs, but given the fact that there was a heap of pointless nudity, it sort of took away from the overall performance of these actresses. It made it sleazy in a sort of creepy manner. They acted well enough, performed the action and martial arts scenes well enough. Now, don't go expecting this to be a grand martial arts performance that will put the likes of Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Iko Uwais, Tony Jaa, etc. to shame, because it will not.
"Asian School Girls" has that special B-movie quality to it that makes it actually fun to watch, and it is worthwhile watching if you have nothing better laying around to watch.
I am rating the 2014 "Asian School Girls" movie five out of ten stars. Hardly a movie that I will be watching again though, but it proved entertaining and enjoyable enough for what it was.
La influencia (2019)
Have trouble sleeping? Watch "La Influencia"...
I wanted to like this movie, I really did. But wow, this was a snoozefest of untold proportions. I got 35 minutes into the movie and I was ready to give up, but I decided to give the movie a second chance, because it might actually pick up its pace and become interesting.
So I continued watching, but the movie just kept on trotting in the same monotonous slow pace with very little happening. I managed to get 55 minutes into the ordeal known as "La Influencia" (aka "The Influence") and then I just had enough. This movie is phenomenally boring and slow paced. Even a turtle sitting down to watch this 2019 movie from director Denis Rovira van Boekholt would go 'Seriously? This is even too slow for the likes of me!'
It should be said that the atmosphere in the old house is quite good, and the movie is filmed in a nice enough manner. But it doesn't do much to make up for all other shortcomings that "La Influencia" had. Man, this movie was a bore.
I have zero interest in returning to watch the rest of the movie, because I simply didn't care one bit about the storyline, and the characters in the movie were so mundane and pointless that they were just a hazy blur actually. And I don't even bother to find out what was actually going on in the movie, because I simply just doesn't care about the storyline.
"La Influencia" scores a mere two out of ten stars from me. The only reason why it doesn't score one star is because of the atmosphere that permeated the 55 minutes of the movie that I suffered through, and the production value that the movie had.
Little Monsters (2019)
It was quite good...
Right, well I didn't even know about "Little Monsters" prior to getting a chance to sit down and watch it. And being a huge fan of all things zombie, of course I had to sit down and watch this movie.
Turns out that "Little Monsters" from writer and director Abe Forsythe was actually quite good. It was a nice surprise and was actually a nice addition to the zombie genre, especially because Abe Forsythe managed to incorporate the comedy so well into the storyline, without it tipping over and becoming a downright comedy.
The storyline was good, nicely paced and actually had some good things to it. Sure, it was a zombie story, so you know what you are getting. But the movie does offer odd bits of things that you don't usually see in zombie movies, such as the kid's TV show host, children being a major part of the storyline, people singing during a zombie outbreak, and so on.
As for the zombie make-up, well, I must admit that they did a great job. The zombies looked good, and it wasn't, thankfully, not just people painted gray on the face and forgetting about the neck and hands. No, "Little Monsters" actually had decent zombie make-up and prosthetics, and even had enough gore in it to make it have that special zombiesque feeling to it. It was good.
And the movie had a great cast. Lupita Nyong'o really carried this movie quite well, and she was nicely cast for the role of Miss Caroline. Alexander England, playing cousin Dave, was also quite good. However, I must say that Josh Gad, playing Teddy McGiggle, was actually hilarious in the movie, and his character was just a blast.
If you enjoy zombie movies, and want something that deviates from the usual end-of-the-world-struggling-to-survive formula, then "Little Monsters" is a refreshing addition to the zombie genre.
I am rating "Little Monsters" seven out of ten stars.
Hantu Kak Limah (2018)
Goofy and enjoyable...
Right, well the reason for me sitting down to watch the 2018 movie "Hantu Kak Limah" was solely because it was an Asian movie. Turns out that it was actually well worth taking the time to sit through, because this was an enjoyable horror comedy.
Sure, it was goofy and corny, but that actually worked quite well in favor of the movie, and the movie was actually fun to watch.
I think this was my first Malaysian movie seen, and while the movie does have a fairly bad cover, then that shouldn't deter you from sitting down and watching it.
The storyline is enjoyable and funny, and the story is well-paced actually, with a good selection of characters in the storyline to help bring it to life. Lots of odd characters and goofballs.
While "Hantu Kak Limah" is a horror comedy, it is the comedy aspect of the movie that weighs the heaviest. The horror is merely a backdrop upon which the story is founded.
The special effects in the movie worked out well enough, despite it not being top of the line or special effects or CGI that will bedazzle you and blow your mind.
The acting in the movie was good, taking into consideration the type of movie that "Hantu Kak Limah" turned out to be. I enjoyed the performances of the cast, although I wasn't familiar with a single one of them.
"Hantu Kak Limah" turned out to be a fun experience, and a rather enjoyable surprise. If you have the chance to sit down and watch it, I can warmly recommend that you do so. Just keep in mind that it is a goofy horror comedy, unlike many other horror comedies. This is truly unique.
My rating of "Hantu Kak Limah" is six out of ten stars.
The Curse of Halloween Jack (2019)
Not really worth the effort...
This 2019 movie "The Curse of Halloween Jack" was just a tad better than the 2018 movie "The Legend of Halloween Jack", but not much mind you.
"The Legend of Halloween Jack" is by no means an interesting horror movie, nor is it one that offers anything of any interest or innovation to the horror genre. The movie quickly settles into a monotonous pace and doesn't really get out of that pace, which makes for a less than generic and mediocre movie experience.
The movie should get some points for trying, and also for actually turning out to be better than the 2018 movie. But truth be told, you don't need to be familiar with the 2018 movie in order to watch the 2019 movie. There is nothing lost by not having seen it, as this movie doesn't require anything from the audience in terms of thinking and paying attention.
The acting in the movie was adequate, taking into consideration the limitations of the script and storyline.
As for the villain, Halloween Jack, well... Let's just say that this was nothing majorly interesting, and the character was pretty laughable actually. A scarecrow come to life with glowing lightbulbs inside his sack-head. Sure, why not... This will not turn out to be a memorable slasher character, not even in the slightest.
All in all, "The Legend of Halloween Jack" wasn't particularly outstanding, and I am rating it a mere three out of ten stars, because it was quite boring actually.
Killer Sofa (2019)
This was pure and simply a blast...
Now, a movie such as this 2019 one titled "Killer Sofa", is one that you have to sit down and watch with a light heart and be prepared to laugh. You know it is going to be a campy spoof horror, so I don't understand why "Killer Sofa" has been rated so poorly.
I sat down to watch it expecting to laugh and be entertained, and I was on both accounts. This is a hilarious movie in its own right. I mean, a recliner that is possessed by a dybbuk and hellbent on killing people? Come on. What is not to love here? This is not meant to be a serious and scary horror movie people. You need to approach this movie and not expect to be in for your typical horror movie, because this is a comedy through and through.
The entire movie was a blast, and I loved the appearance of the possessed recliner, it was just glorious. And I must take my hat off for writer and director Bernie Rao, because this was definitely a one of a kind and truly unique and outstanding movie.
One thing about the movie though, the title. Now this is a recliner chair, not a sofa. So that was a little bit misleading. But hey, not really a big deal.
The cast in the movie were doing good jobs with their given characters, and it is always a treat for me to watch a movie where I am largely unfamiliar with the faces of the actors and actresses, as to not associate them with previous roles played and previous movies.
It is amazing that every now and again these pseudo-low budget movies pop up and prove that you don't need a billion dollar budget to make something that is entertaining.
I can warmly and highly recommend that you take the time to sit down and watch "Killer Sofa" if you get the chance.
Three from Hell (2019)
Good, but somewhat not living up to what I expected...
I had been awaiting "Three from Hell" ever since Rob Zombie announced that it was in the works. And I was more than excited to get the chance to sit down and watch this 2019 movie.
While "Three from Hell" certainly is an entertaining movie, then it just doesn't fully have the embodiment that "House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects" had. There was just something profound missing from the movie. And it is not a secret that the thing missing was Sid Haig. Sure, he was there for a short glimpse, but it was such a shame that he was struggling with health issues and died, because this movie really needed his charisma and presence.
So director and writer get Richard Brake to step in as Otis and Baby's half-brother. Funny, but he wasn't mentioned in the previous two movies. But sure, why not. And it might have worked out well enough, if he didn't have to fill in for Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding. Unfortunately he had to, and the Winslow Foxworth Coltrane never really managed to take a hold with me.
It was nice to see Bill Moseley return to play Otis Driftwood and Sheri Moon Zombie to play Baby for a third time. I am a big fan of Bill Moseley and he really carried the movie so well. I didn't really like for the angle that Rob Zombie opted to go with the Baby character, because it was just too far out there.
The movie also have some appearances by the likes of Danny Trejo, Dee Wallace, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Emilio Rivera and Clint Howard, so there is a lot of familiar faces in the movie.
I will say that "Three from Hell" is certainly an entertaining movie for what it turned out to be, but it just really lived up to my expectations. I had expected a bit more in the likes of "House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects" in terms of madness, mayhem and debauchery. "Three from Hell" is a good enough addition to the franchise, and hopefully there will be a fourth movie, because I'd love to see more of the Firefly family.
My rating for "Three from Hell" is six out of ten stars.
It Chapter Two (2019)
Not as good as the first chapter...
In comparison to the first chapter of this remake, then the 2019 "It: Chapter Two" was just a massive step back in the wrong direction.
Why? Well, first of all, Pennywise wasn't scary at all. In fact, it was progressively getting more and more difficult to take him serious as an embodiment of evil as the movie progressed, because he was just too goofy. And whereas he was genuinely disturbing in the first chapter, the clown was just loosing it in chapter two.
And running at close to three hours, "It: Chapter Two" was just too long, and too much of a drag to sit through, especially when so much of the contents just felt like it was there to fill in the movie and add to the play time of the movie. There were so many things that could easily have been trimmed away without the storyline suffering.
The CGI was good, and definitely carried the movie a long way. But some of the CGI such as the long-limbed old woman chasing Beverly was just too comical and didn't really feel like it fit into the movie.
It was nice that they actually had Stephen King himself in the movie for a short cameo.
They had a good selection of casted actors and actresses to perform in the movie as the adult versions of the children that Pennywise stalked and fought. It was really nice to see James McAvoy in the movie.
All in all, this wasn't really a fulfilling conclusion of the first chapter, and I was left with a feeling of 'was that really it?' when the movie ended. The movie was not as intense and interesting as the 2017 "It: Chapter One" movie was.
I am rating "It: Chapter Two" six out of ten stars.
Rather generic and lacking a proper storyline...
I must admit that I had more expectations and hopes for this movie, but director and writer Takashi Hirose just failed to properly deliver on those.
Sure, the movie is visceral and have some scenes that will probably be offensive to some viewers and unnerving to others, if not downright sickening. But this movie, and lets just be bluntly honest here, was nothing more than about an hour of a lack of storyline and just watching random violence and mutilation. Sure, it might sound like fun in theory, but trust me after 15 minutes, you will be ready to slither on to another movie, because "Brutal" got real repetitive really fast.
The special effects in the movie's three segments were adequate. But mind you, they are somewhat on the low budget side, so don't expect to be blown away by mutilation and mayhem that looks fantastic. The special effects serve their purpose, but they weren't dazzling or spectacular.
As for the acting in the movie, well let's just be kind and say you know what you will get here, with a movie such as this, for better or worse. The acting performances where not outstanding, nor memorable, but they served the lack of storyline well enough I suppose, to go hand-in-mutilated-hand.
The movie's selling point is, of course, actress Asami. And whom are you kidding if you say that you probably picked up the movie because of her. I did. Of course I did.
"Brutal" is a Japanese gorefest movie that came and went without leaving much of a dent in the horror genre. I managed to sit through the entire 67 minutes of playtime, but I can honestly say that I wasn't overly entertained or impressed. And I know for certain that this is not a movie that I will be watching a second time.
I am rating "Brutal" four out of ten stars.