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Director: Marcus Dunstan.

Cast: Josh Stewart, Michael Reilly Burke, Andrea Roth, Juan Fernández, Karley Scott Collins, Madeline Zima.

Whats It About

Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer’s country home, unaware that a second criminal(The Collector) has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps(and there were some ugly ass traps, mind you!).

‘The Collector, collecting!

The Pros

The best part of the movie is, the mindless fun we get. Filled with gore, a badass killer and a sympathy-worthy “hero”.

What made this “trapped in a house with a killer inside” film a success is that, THE WHOLE THING WORKED. In the countryside, a bigass house of a richass guy, escaping the tricky traps while not getting caught, it all felt natural and not forced. One can argue that this is not a original story or whatever but that’s the point. It doesn’t want to be taken as a oscar-worthy gem and knows what they are dealing with(unlike a LOT of movies lately) and gives us a mindless slasher(or torture porn or survival) flick. The film should not be judged by it’s originality, it’s the entertainment value that matters here. The bottom line is, the cat and mouse game was perfect entertainment!

“Cool!”

The use of different color schemes were fresh and interesting. Red, yellowish-green(mostly), blue, orange etc. it was really neat.

A moment now, should be taken to praise Josh Stewart. The guy did a bang-up job and he played one of the two characters in the movie I cared for. He reminds me a bit of Edward Norton though. However, I wish Stewart is taken seriously as an actor.

“One of the least lethal traps, another example of cool color schemes and a look at our hero.”

The Cons

How did The Collector prepare all those traps in such short time? Then again, one can argue he is in this line of business for a long time. So, maybe he is an expert by now?

To be honest, except for Stewart’s character and the little kid, I didn’t care for any of the others.

And why exactly was The Collector collecting, whatever it was that he was collecting(tough sentence but no spoilers!! 😀 )? I have no idea what the answer is.

Violence, Gore & Nudity

Yes, the there is more gore than there is violence. But Arkin vs. The Collector bit was awesome. As for the gore, think big! Yes, the gore-lovers is definitely gonna love this. And Madline Zima made me happy with her boob glory. And 2 other, sparse strip-club scenes.

” I swear to god, this photo is captured during the sex scene! Even The Collector had to lick his lips cuz of Zima’s hotness!”

Overall

Turn off the switch of your head/brain, take a drink, sit back and enjoy! That’s how you are gonna love it. Definitely an A for me.

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Director: Anthony DiBlasi.
Cast: Jackson Rathebone, Shaun Evans, Hanne Steen, Laura Donnelly.

What’s It About

The outcast cinema student, Stephen Grace, does not drive cars due to the trauma of losing his brother in a car accident. He befriends, Quaid, who since the age of 6 has experienced dreadful nightmares and daydreams about the death of his parents. Quaid proposes they research about  innermost fears, as a school project(yep, the movie is not a shallow one, it goes beyond all that). Cheryl, a friend of Steve joins the team. Now, one of them flips out and decides to “take their study to the next level”. It’s safe to say things end up really bad, like…REALLY BAD.

The Pros

The acting and directing. Let’s start with acting. All the actors here is young, and less-experienced if you will. But they, specially Jackson Rathebone and Hanne Steen does a spectacular job to make the situations look real. Shaun Evans panders a bit but it’s nothing that spoils anything. And as for the directing, DiBlasi creates the atmosphere before he reveals the whole thing. It’s not one of those fast-paced horror movies. At first you will see random incidents, the pace is quite slow but never boring. Once the premise is set, the director proves the point of the film, with a wtf! ending(which was amazing btw and I never saw it coming). The director did a great job doing what he did.

There are two scenes, that made me cringe. That literal bloodbath scene(holy sweet jesus) was hard to look at. There was a lot of effort in the scene but the winner is the ‘beef-eating’ scene. You will know when you see it. It will literally make you wanna puke. Highly disturbing and a great job done by the actor who portrays the situation.

The ending. You know I was expecting a whole other situation, mind you it wasn’t any twist. But the situation just got fucked up and I was like…HUH?! The narration during the very last(by Shaun Evans) was great, which itself will give you the point this film(or the Clive Barker short story) was trying to make. I was staring as the credits rolled.

The Cons

To be honest I don’t have any. So what I’m putting here is not about the movie, it’s about the audience. I heard people saying it is a “load of crap”, which tries to go deep. I know it’s all opinion but he deserves a punch(or at least a “fuck you”). Because I understand if you say you didn’t like it but it will piss me off when you certainly have know clue of the stuff that’s going on. It’s as stupid as saying, ‘The Dark Knight’ was not good because it was really “dark”. Wtf is that about?!?

Gore & Nudity

Situational gore, highly disturbing, cringe-worthy. Decent nudity. It’s also mostly situational. But god I wanted see more of those Zoe Stollery boobs!

Overall

This is the best addition to this year’s After Dark Horrorfest(the rest of the reviews will be posted in a while), Clive Barker is the man when it comes to horror. A definitely must-see if you understand what ‘horror’ is. It was an A for me.

Reviews Pending.

ZMD(2010)[ADH]
Kill Theory(2010)[ADH]

List of horror movies of 2010 I’ve seen.

If you ever notice grade change, it's because I changed my mind after second watch :)

Dread (A)
Triangle (A)
The Crazies (A)
The Final (A-)
Shutter Island (A-)

Blood Creek (B+)
ZMD (B+)
Kill Theory (B)
The Fourth Kind (B)
Legion (B-)
Daybreakers (B-)
The Lovely Bones (B-)
Case 39 (B-)
The Reeds (B-)

Nine Dead (C+)
Lake Mungo (C)
Bitch Slap (C-)

Zone Of The Dead (D+)
Circle Of Ei8ht (D)
Open Graves (D)
Growth(D-)
The Graves(D-)

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