Sunday, 26 October 2014

Bigfoot Exists

Five vacationers find themselves terrorised by a disgruntled and legendary Sasquatch.

As a POV film it's finely executed by one of the godfathers of modern POV films director Eduardo S├ínchez. However, given that there's been so many POV films since its debatably needless when you have the likes of the Rec series to contend with. 

The clips and trailers steal surprise shock and value so avoid if possible. Yes it's another cabin in the wood horror as the group are picked off but it does build to a satisfactory conclusion unlike acclaimed Witch Project which built up to a single scare as copied by The Paranormal Activity series.The acting is solid especially from Chris Osborn's main character Brian but are not as rounded or fleshed out as in the low budget The Battery (2012). The effects, make up and costume are first rate and story wise it will certainly appease big foot fans. 

Script aside thanks to the (predicable yet fulfilling) story and Brian Steele who plays the creature, it's possibly the most defining bigfoot /sasquatch film to date but bare in mind the majority of sub genre is as reliable as bigfoot sightings themselves.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Conjuring a spin off - Annabelle


A doll possessed by a dead woman and demon threatens a young couple with a newborn baby.

Where as the Conjuring borrowed from many other horrors but stood on its own (the spin off) Annable falls shy, that said Director John R. Leonetti offers a slick period filmed chiller and the special effects are first class. 

It borrows much from the likes of Magic, Child's Play, The Omen, The Exorcist and The Entity to name a few. For a B film concept the acting is above par, Annabelle Wallis' Mia Form is convincing and the introduction of the Demonic harassment aspect plays out well, with Tony Amendola as Father Perez giving the proceedings weight. Written by Gary Dauberman, there's the obligatory woman who knows about spirits and the all knowing detective.

Leonetti effectively builds up some tension, yes it's creepy, mostly thanks to some heavy sound design jump scares and eerie figures, there's a notable lift and stairwell set up, but none of which really involve Annable. 

In a nutshell there's scarier doll films out there, it's not as encompassing as its parent film but this is a good way to spend your time until the Conjuring 2.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The End of my horror this Halloween


In time for my favorite time of year, early I know but we've already put the Halloween decorations up in my home!

The rights to both vampire thriller Blood Hunger and zombie chiller Dead Pulse have reverted back to myself. After this Halloween the novels will become unavailable.

They possibly may be resurrected in second editions depending on publishers. While the first editions satisfy, in retrospect their not as polished from an editing standpoint as I would have wished but no use crying over spilt milk. Still they're entertaining horror travel reads. Even the industry's big players are feeling the pinch and its difficult for the most seasoned authors to earn a crust so I'm not holding my breath for the novels to be picked up.

All is not lost in a shallow grave my sci-fi novel The Final Version is being well received. Again thank you for reading, thank you for your support and have fantastic Halloween.




Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Battery

;Two friends keep on the move through remote locations to avoid zombie hordes.

Director, writer and actor Jeremy Gardner delivers a break out zombie film that isn't heavily reliant on zombie action set ups but captures character and atmosphere. 

Where as many low budget zombie films have poor execution or find it hard to meet expectations, trying to be bigger than they are or come across pretentious The Battery knows it's limits and is self aware. It's a finely constructed, mesmerising, humanistic zombie road trip. 

You care about the characters and follow them on their journey, it's not dialogue driven but what there is, is humorous, heartfelt and rings true. 

Overall, does what it says on the tin delivering a snap shot of two everyday guys surviving during a zombie apocalypse.


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Burlesque, live Rock music and Fashion event

Dropped in on a great event - music by Within the War, Pippa Eastman's fashion design and Burlesque from Chrys Columbine with some great models, organised by Dave Dent. Couple of snaps below I'm sure there's a huge list of people who made it happen from make up to lighting.

IMG_0688.JPG Chrys Columbine, A. M. Esmonde and Eastman

IMG_0685.JPG Chrys Columbine
IMG_0687.JPG Phebe Harrow and A. M. Esmonde

IMG_0682.JPG Aimee Roddick

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Nymph Killer Mermaid


On a picturesque holiday a group of old old and new friends take a trip to an off limit island and find something thought to be of only fantasy. 

With a skimpy dressed cast in amongst the nice scenery and locations there's blood filled impalement, beheading, hacking, stabbings and a creepy Mermaid. Nymph is a strong horror entry especially during it's atmospheric night segments as men are enticed by the sounds of the mermaid. The interesting aged Montenegero locations add a different look and feel to the proceedings. At times reminiscent of Dagon, to director Milan Todorovic's credit it sets the scene with an early killing, then builds up to a claret finale while taking a leaf out of Jaws (1975) book by keeping the 'monster' unseen until the final act.

Played straight, the actress Zorana Kostic Obradovic and Mina Sablic's mermaid steal the show, second to Miodrag Krstovic, a Castro lookalike protagonist and of course there's Franco Nero in a fitting role as Niko- an old salty sea dog amongst the easy on the eye cast including the notable Natalie Burn, Sofija Rajovic and Kristina Klebe. Yes some cast members sometimes struggle with the English dialogue, accents and the editing and pacing at times is a little off but it adds to the quirky off beat charm that Nymph/Mamula/Killer Mermaid posses. 

Overall, this Euro part horror mystery, part slasher flick and campfire tale does what it says on the fantasy horror tin. Entertaining.



Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Dead 2: India


The dead are returning to life and attacking the living. An American wind turbine engineer with the help of a local boy attempt a 300 mile journey to reunite with his pregnant Indian girlfriend.

Brothers Howard and Jonathan Ford add an usually unexplored religious angle with the obligatory social commentary subtext making The Dead 2: India as relevant as it's predecessor. While not as eerie as the first and lacking some logic in both dialogue and decision making, with Nicholas Burton's (played by Joseph Milson) seemingly six sense knowledge of what's going on there's still plenty to enjoy.

The India setting and on location shoot gives part two a realistic gritty, dusty and atmospheric feel. The traditional shambling dead are creepy enough and retain an air of menace with their biting and tearing of flesh, although their white eyes do feel slightly dated and over used. That's said, there's more gunplay, more blood and more zombies. With gripping stand out scenes, the crashed car execution, convoy executions, parachute escape and a car going over a cliff to name a few. The directors also deliver some excellent visual moments, a motor cycle blazing across the Indian wastelands, forgotten temples, grand cities, hovering helicopters, jets and burning slums to name a few.

This Ford Brother offering is probably the most grounded undead film since their first outing and Romero's original trilogy. The director/writers again manage to give their zombie outing scope with a fantastic naturalistic visual style as the engineer and boy go from one village to the next complemented by Imran Ahmad's music score.

Overall, while not as tension filled and ominous as The Dead, The Dead 2 doesn't try to reinvent the wheel giving the viewer a much needed solid and serious piece of zombie entertainment. Recommend.


Sunday, 31 August 2014

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Purge: Anarchy

Due to a series of events a group of people are unintentionally left on the streets right as the annual purge commences.

Whereas the first instalment was very much confined to a house, with the premises being interesting, it fell short turning into Panic Room by the end. With The Purge: Anarchy you get the sweeping feeling of scope across the whole city. Also you get an insight into the under belly of the Purge evocative of Hostel 2. Actor Frank Grillo is particularly notable and gives a great performance.

Reminiscent of Judgement Night and more recently Aftershock; being hunted down, chased through the city, it oozes tension. It's well filmed and acted and not a straight to DVD follow up like Hostel 3. 

While it may not answer all Purge questions, for example what happens if some dies after the Purge of injuries sustained during the Purge it gives a feel of what happens across America on Purge night.

What it boils down to is that if you enjoyed James DeMonaco's first the second will surpass expectations.