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Okay so this a new addition to this blog, script reviews. I love reading unproduced horror scripts, they show originality in one way or another. I read this one a few days back but couldn’t post a review because I’m very busy until 28th May, anyways I decided to keep the script reviews short(’cause I have ADD).

Written by Henrik Holmberg.

Plot: A everyday nice guy(Seth), seems to have everything in his life, a wife he loves, the perfect job, a reliable buddy and etc etc. His life turns upside down when he replied a spam mail. The spammer seems to be desperate, so Seth’s buddy decides to mess with the spammer but it doesn’t go too well because unlike other spammers this guy seems to be pushing the envelope a little too far.

Review: The script never feels like a horror until the end, more like a psychological thriller. It was definitely a good read for me cuz time flew by when I was reading the 83 page script. The elements in it does peek into disturbing territory at times but never goes too far, keeps it simple. Yes there’s cliche dialogues but I feel like it was intentional of the writer. The ending was sorta predictable but good nonetheless, it introduced some blood to the otherwise tame script. And despite his annoying dialogue, I liked the character of Seth’s buddy(Rob). So, I’m not sure how good it’ll do as a feature film(probably pretty good) but I had a good time reading it.


Director: Nick Cohen.
Cast: Anna Brewster(the only one I cared for).

Synopsis: A weekend boating party turns into a nightmare for a group of young Londoners when they stumble upon a terrifying secret hidden in the reeds.

The Good

Reeds, as the name suggests. The boat going though the reeds, wind shaking them gave a creepy atmosphere to the film. It was all….motivating(if that helps).

The only actor I liked, Anna Brewster was good in this. Not that she was really good. Just average, same as the other actors. But her hot british accent makes her a winner.

The mystery we see getting build up was really good,thanks to the director. It’s like when stuff is going, you engage to it. The mystery kept building and left me craving for the “big reveal”.

The Bad

You remember the mystery I was talking about? Well it was all ruined by, you know, our big reveal. Left me pissed off. I mean how the fuck do you ruin a decent effort right there?

The movie was a mess, we see scattered incidents that I hoped will be sued together by the end. It was a disappointment, it was a mess and the plot was all over the place. And at times, really predictable.

I cannot but compare it to ‘Triangle'(which btw was great). They do cross same path and the stuff in ‘The Reeds’ were just stupid.

Overall

I would suggest you to skip the film. It will only leave a bitter taste. I can say that the director could’ve done a better job with some more money and a better script but this just didn’t work out well. This is a 3.5/10 for me.

Director: Martin Scorsese.Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Jackie Earle Haley.

Yet another disappointment. Not that the movie was bad, to be fair it was great. But it just didn’t satisfy me as much as I wanted it to.

Synopsis: Umm….2 federal marshalls are to investigate the disappearance of a woman from a “mental hospital for the criminally insane”. As the investigation moves forward…everything else goes beyond retarded(seriously, the movie twists and turns every 15 minutes so there is no way of a proper synopsis).

I loved the classy look of the film. And the acting’s amazing which I dont think I need to mention. Leo, as always nails his role. I never really was a fan of Ruffalo but in this film he convinced me he’s a good actor. Now, I love Scorses(who doesn’t) but I’d like to take a moment here to say ‘fuck you’ to him. Why would he misuse Haley like that? Haley was amazing with his role but he was there for like 4 minutes?

The premise of the film had potential(and it quite succeeded), the set-up was good. Now what bothered me was twists and turns. Yes, the movie was thoroughly unpredictable but “I” think I needed a little more time to swallow what I was provided before the film took a different turn. I was starting to adopt with a situation and bam! there was a new situation where I had to start over. **HUGE SPOILERS** The scene where Teddy(Leo) discovers the missing woman in the cave, had some conversation which I thought was crucial to the plot and the next moment I found out it was a trickery of his mind.**END OF SPOILERS** And this was really hard to keep up with.

So yeah, basically this is what I have to say. I liked the movie and all but it didn’t live up to the expectations I had. I probably would’ve liked it a little more if it was 15 minutes longer. Shutter Island is 7/10 for me.

Director: Stephen Cragg.

Cast: Austin Highsmith, Ryan Doom.

I’m not about to waste my time giving this a proper review. It just sucks. The movie is about a young woman who’s moving to a new place, and once she is there, the people who lives around that building just acts crazy and weird shit happen all around. She is basically screwed and is dying to know the answers. Yep, that’s pretty much it. It’s supposed to be horror movie but filled with awkward pointless conversations, unnecesary sex scenes and stuff. The lead girl carried the whole film, she was really good and needs to do more genre work. Anyways, still the mystery was on so despite it being boring, I really wanted to see how it all comes together and guess what, I was totally disappointed. I did not get the point of the climax and that was the only thing why I kept watching this film. Overall, it’s pure crap. I’d advise you to stay away from it by all means. This deserves a solid D from me.

Director: Shane Acker.

Cast: Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Connely, Crispin Glover.

Note: Tim Burton is somehow related to this flick.

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Okay, first of all, this is an animation movie that I will say is not suitable for kids under 11 years. It got this creepy jump scenes and sick action and chase sequences which are really awesome. Although my six year old brother watched it with me without having any problem, but then again, he also watched The Dark Knight with me and had no problem. So, back to the review, I am NOT a big animation fan. People obsess over disney and Pixar, I like those movies but they are nothing special. But on the other hand, in my opinion, this was one fuck of a great movie. A new imagination, the way they created the new world was remarkble. I don’t know much about animation but this was treat for my eyes, I had this look on my face all the time. The story is something like, “People created machines, powerful machines took over the world and killed everyone one by one. Before dying, a scientist created this 9 sacks and gave them his soul so that human legacy lives on. So, when the best of those nine sacks, ‘9’ himself wakes up, he starts a series of events and chaos from which he have to save himself and the others, and the mystery of only way to stop this, lies where he woke up.” Out of those 9 sacks, I loved ‘7’ most. She is the ninja of the group, voiced by Jennifer Connely, she is the one who did most of the actions, and I freaking loved those scenes. I won’t spoil the movie here, but a lot of things happen and I especially loved the ending, it was SO CUTE, even for a post-acocalyptic movie. My ONLY complain would be, why use such a detailed actor like Crispin Glover for such a small voice role, any unknown people could’ve done his job. But it was like a good cameo though. Anyways, if you haven’t seen this horror/post-apocalyptic/animation film, then get your ass to the DVD store and at least rent it. This movie is great, in fact, my favorite animation movie of all time. And for this, I cannot wait for A.D, another zombie/animation film coming out soon. A SOLID A+.

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Director: Scott Stewart.

Cast: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black, Adrianne Palicki, Willa Holland, Kevin Durand.

So, despite the 1000 negative reviews all over the internet(including THC, the blog I REALLY love) I still had hopes for this one. Why? I love Dennis Quaid and I love Tyrese and add a bad-ass trailer and there, you got my attention. So, did it live up to my expectations? No, but it was pretty decent.

What’s It About

God is pissed off and he goes Nazi on mankind’s ass. One of his angels disobeys him and cuts off his wings to save humanity’s only hope and thus unleashing a fight for survival. ( I’m really sorry for this lousy synopsis).

The Cons

I’m doing THIS first because if you can get over the following things, you might just like it.

So, out of so many people in the whole world an unborn child is humanity’s only hope? That’s bullshit in my opinion.

God’s persona here is quite similar to Hitler’s. I mean, god goes crazy and a fallen angel is to prove him wrong? That is nuts, brazil nuts!

What was up with all those emotional conversations? Especially the ones between the pregnant girl and her boyfriend, the scenes dragged and it took forever to end. And where is all the action the trailer promised? I’m happy with all I got but still…

Why is it that every movie these days needs one idiot character that doesn’t try to understand the simplest logic and HAS to do something stupid and get killed. WTF?

The Pros

Paul Bettany. Hell yeah he’s awesome. The 3 action sequences with him were, without any doubt, the best thing of the whole movie. I can’t wait for PRIEST.

The movie is really funny and it took me by surprise. I may have a bad sense of humour but that’s me and I loved the comedy, especially Dennis Quaid’s lines. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s right. Yesterday I was fucking Santa Clause.” LOL.

Tyrese Gibson. Badass as always.

The angel’s wing thing was AMAZING. The fight between Michael and Gabriel was great in a whole different level because of Gabriel’s wings. =D

I am disappointed with the action but whatever….. it was still frigging COOL. And the sharp-teethed monsters were cool in a funny way.

Best Line

“Audrey, honey? Your mother was wondering if you got dressed this morning with the specific intention of showing your ass off to the entire world.”

Overall

Although a huge letdown because this was on my most anticipated list, I still sort of liked it. A not-so-solid B-.

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Director: The Spierig Brothers.

Cast: Ethan Hawke, William Dafoe, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan, Michael Dorman, Isabel Lucas.

What’s It About

It’s the year 2019, a sort of a disease turned humanity into bloodsuckers. Those who chose to remain human is hunted down and farmed for blood, but the storm is coming, as the blood supply is decreasing. And if the vampires are without blood for a couple of days they turn into bat-type brainless monsters, which by the way they don’t want to turn into. So, a couple of vamps are trying to find cure which is on the surface, actually they are looking for a blood substitute. In the group of geniuses, Edward Dalton(Ethan Hawke) who is a GOOD vampire, sort of like Edward Cullen who also happen to not drink human blood. Anyways, he saves a couple of human and thus finding out a way to meet the leader (Dafoe) and save humanity from it’s brink of extinction.

The Pros

I love Ethan Hawke for what he is, and that was exactly the reason to watch this movie. He did not let me down. Though his character is a 60% rip-off of another famous shining vampire, he still managed to pull it off a whole lot better than the other dude (Pattinson) [Take note: I kinda like Twilight]. I never really got around liking William Dafoe, but he was quite good and funny in here. His cheesy one-liners were great in my opinion. And the others did a decent enough job to make me care for their character so it is safe to say that the acting was pretty good.

I loved the premise of Daybreakers. Unlike recent vamp movies, the humans are the minority here, which was done in a pretty good way. And it was dark, the grittiness was awesome.

Though there were only a few action sequences, they were at least enjoyable. And the cure, knowing what the cure is, was a whole lot of fun.

The Cons

Is it me or the opening scene was just dumb (-ish)?

I was expecting to see some big battle between the vamps and humans and I was disappointed with the sparse action I got.

Isabel Lucas’s character could’ve been used for a far better purpose. They misused her.

Clichés. And these helped the movie to be forgetting and typical. I had fun while watching it but I barely remember anything.

2 fucking jump scares. Boo! I scared you. (Yeah you scared my ass).

Violence/Gore/Nudity

Vampires burning, blowing up. Vomiting, blood splattering everywhere, eating blood. On the gore scale it was fun. No real nudity.

Overall

I’d suggest to rent it. Or watch if you cannot get enough of vampires. It’s no ‘Underworld’ but it’s fun. I’ll give this a B-.

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Director: Christopher Smith(Creep & Severance).

Cast: Melissa George, Liam Hemsworth, Michael Dorman.

What’s It About

A worthless mommy(Melissa George) who sucks at taking care of her child, and likes to sail overboard with her man-friends(I ain’t sure if this word exists 😐 ) finds herself in a shitload of trouble when the yacht she sailed in hits a storm and is forced to board a ocean liner to get to safety. And apparently, she feels like she knows this place and more than everything, there is a lonely killer onboard.

The Pros

The premise of the whole movie is splendid. To avoid spoilers, I’m not elaborating much but it’s pretty interesting. Add some good acting and direction with that and obviously you’ll get a decent enough movie. I’m not that familiar with Melissa George but she did an outstanding job in this film. Michael Dorman and Liam Hemsworth backed her up in a good way.

This movie made me think. And there is these WTF moments that caught me off guard, and at some scenes I was like HOLY SHIT!  and I kept wondering what’s gonna happen next. The action is pretty neat and done in a nice way. There’s these moments when I didn’t know what’s going on and BOOM! Shotgun violence, the terror, the building-up tension, everything just worked for me.

I love angry ocean. When the mighty blue ocean is pissed and is ready to kick any sorts of ship’s ass, I find myself satisfied. In here, the director did a great job visualizing this scene.

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I know, what the fuck, right? Not Really, this is nothing compared to what’s coming.

The Cons

So, what’s the point then? The ending revealed us the mystery but what’s the point?

******MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD********
So, they are stuck in a time period and the whole thing is repeating over and over again. What happens to the rest of the world? What happens to the other people around who knows about them? I found myself very unsatisfied with the ending and was expecting a REAL SOLUTION. And there wasn’t any. This bothers me whenever I think of the movie.

Gore/Violence/Nudity

No gore. Quite a good amount of action movie type violence. No REAL nudity but Melissa George has got a nice pair of legs.

Overall

A very entertaining movie that kept me at the edge of my seat. The ending left me blank and asking for more. Great nonetheless. I’ll give this a 7 out of 10.

***UPDATE***

After watching for the second and third time, I picked up all the crazy little details and guess what, IMO, it deserves a 8.5/10 (A).

The first movie I’ve seen of this year’s “After Dark Horror Fest”.

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Director: Joel Anderson.

Cast: Talia Zucker, Rosie Traynorr,David Pledger, Martin Sharpe, Steve Jodrell.

What’s It About

The movie is basically about a girl dies while swimming, this leads to a series of unusual events that twists and turns every 15 minutes and ends up very unusually. But the main thing to say is, the girl lived two lives.

The Pros

I’ll give you a 5-letter word, “CREEPY”. The movie creeped me out in a whole different way and I wasn’t even looking forward to this one. The thing is, everything in this movie, the documentry style execution, the video footages, the photos, the actors, the threesome, you just name it and I can guarantee you that it’s creepy.

The execution was great, the way they unfolds the mystery wasn’t new or original but it was quite different(in a good way) and disturbing.

The Cons

Umm….the movie is really really slow. It’s only 1 hour 20 minutes but it felt like forever.

I’m not sure if the following falls in “The Cons” rather than “I am retarded”. I failed to understand the ending(a creepy one with the psychic), which is pretty much a big part of the point the movie tried to make. So, I asked someone to explain it to me and after he did, it actually makes awesome sense.

Overall

This is quite a good movie if you can go with the flow. I’ll give this one a 5 out of 10.

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If you have problems with the ending(like I did), here is how I understood:

Select the yellow text below and you’ll be able to read it. Just sayin’.
*******MASSIVE SPOILER********
You mean the bit at the end with the psychic?

It was just showing that Alice had more than one premonition of her own impending death.

When she’s talking to the psychic, she says she could feel her mom in her room looking for her, but thought it was an odd dream of some sort.

After she had died, her mom told the same psychic that she could feel Alice event though she wasn’t there.

So basically, the whole thing is about someone knowing they’re doomed to die soon, even if only subconsciously, and how it effects everyone.

Although it looks like an ‘Orphan’ rip-off, actually it’s not. They do cross the same roads though.

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Cast: Renee Zelwegger, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Jodelle Ferland.

Synopsis: “Case 39” centers on an idealistic social worker who saves an abused 10-year-old girl from her parents only to discover that the girl is not as innocent as she thinks.

THE PROS

HOLY CRAP! The kid(Ferland) creeped the fuck out me. She did things that convinced me not to adopt any kids(not that I was planning on it).

The movie was fairly creepy. I mean this is more of a thriller than horror, so the suspense kept building and I was entertained. It never got boring.

Ian McShane is always fun to watch. Whether it’s an action flick or magical one or horror, it doesn’t matter, he makes his character enjoyable. And also, same goes for Bradley Cooper with a cherry on top.

There was a scene with Brad Cooper and creepy little Ferland that was so amazing, when the scene ended I was like wtf..? At least rent the movie to see that scene.

The two parents of the kid did a good job.

THE CONS

Why does Renee Zelwegger always looks like she is having lower intestinal problems? Her facial expressions were shit. And she was also a better actress before.

The movie went downhill after 55 minutes of its runtime. It could have been a lot better if they didn’t go all typical and predictable.

OVERALL

The movie is not good as Orphan(my 5th favorite movie of last year) was, I’m comparing because they are from the same ‘evil-kids’ sub-genre. Orphan had a better premise and a lot better ending whereas this movie started good but ended like just another movie from the corner. That being said, this doesn’t mean it was bad, it stands on its own as a decent enough time-passer. I’ve seen better but I’ve seen way worse as well. It gets a 65% (B-).

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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