Monday, 21 November 2016
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Monday, 7 November 2016
A widowed fortune teller who decides to incorporate a Ouija board into her fake routine soon meets real evil when the board starts calling to her daughter, uncovering a horrific secret.
Director Mike Flanagan's 1967 setting gives it a different feel to many of its contemporary rivals. In its eerie effective first 40 minutes Ouija's cast shine, it's only in the special effects driven latter half the character build up which Flanagan and co skilfully created is unnecessarily thrown out. Elizabeth Reaser's Alice Zander who believes they've contacted her dead husband is sadly side lined in favour of digital spectacle. Child star actor now an adult Henry Thomas is particularly notable, his priest Hogan character with a past is played out well. Young actress Annalise Basso as Lina and even younger Lulu Wilson as Doris are memorable, the two sisters feel real enough.
With some help from The Newton Brothers' score the Ouija board scenes and planchette usage gives some chills as they talk to an entity who they think is their father. It becomes noticeably derivative in the last act, borrowing The Matrix's Neo's closed mouth effect, The Exorcist with possessions and the Exorcist III where Doris skitters across ceilings to name a few, there's enough jump scares and creepy faces to retain interest with its World War Two connection twist. The stretched face look is over used and to Wilson's credit her performance can be spooky enough without it. The dark shadows darting in the corn of the eye are particularly well executed and more effective than the big stunt set ups.
As a prequel to the 2014 film Ouija it arguably surpasses its predecessor, but in a sea of horrors it's another addition that simply can't compete with the classics or more recently The Conjuring films and Exorcist TV series, but Flanagan and writer Jeff Howard thanks to the good small cast ensemble have a solid stab at it.
Monday, 31 October 2016
Saturday, 29 October 2016
From the press release:
In 1878 a mining community came to terms with the existence of a terrifying horror.
Over 130 years later a troubled London police officer, Alex Caine, is transferred to the sleepy village of Red Meadows. Her country life and the investments to rejuvenate the valley are put in jeopardy when a World War II bomb is unearthed triggering a chain of disturbing events.
A series of grisly mutilations follow but what is causing this mayhem, a wild animal or a serial killer hell-bent on destruction? With limited resource, battling local politics and with help from an unlikely ally, legends from the Garloupmira to Sasquatch are probed. Caine’s well-being, sanity and beliefs are tested as she desperately strives to solve her case.
As the moon rises the curse begins!
By A. M. Esmonde
An AM to PM Publishing Book
Publication Date October 31st 2016
Paperback ISBN 1508567700
e-book ASIN B01MDSP46K
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A. M. Esmonde, “A gothic mansion, hidden secrets, crypts, beasts and mysteries. With a never seen before creature that spawned legends. What is real and what is not in a seemingly perfect community? Present day set 'Darkest Moons', incorporates flashbacks throughout a Welsh village’s history packed with elusive characters. Darkest Moons will be available as an e-book, readers who want the traditional paperback will get the e-book free and can also enjoy the revelation connections to my all my other novels."
As with any first editions, if there are any niggling little errors please let me know and we'll get it correct for the second run. Thanks
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Monday, 24 October 2016
Rick must make a choice that will decide the groups fate.
Gone are the days of Miami Vice killings and Dallas like twists. This is brutal unrelenting with a revelation of not just killing one, but two main characters. Where's as the penultimate episode of seasons 2 Fear the Walking Dead raised the bar in graphic violence, The Walking Dead's season 7 opening episode knocks it out of the park.
"The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" contains excellent makeup special effects and pure tension and exists mainly to show who died and where Rick now fits in the world of the dead. TV doesn't come much more dangerous or horrifically sadistic as this. Director Greg Nicotero's atmosphere is thick with blood and mist. From zombie killings to head bashing and eye popping action it's genuinely gut turning relentless from beginning to end with Rick having to make a series of decisions to save his son and friends. Both Jeffery Dean Morgan as Negan and Andrew Lincoln as Rick are outstanding here. Morgan offers some much needed viewer nervous levity, notably the vampire line about his baseball bat named Lucille, while Lincoln is fittingly shell-shocked throughout echoing the viewers disturbed surprise.
With some solid direction, writing from Scott M. Gimple and a fitting score it raises the bar in terms of harrowing nauseatingly TV violence and it emotionally surpasses expectations. Recommend piece of zombie entertainment.
A drifter is left for dead and returns to the town that wronged him and his dog.