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Okay, so it’s rare to find good(or any) werewolf movie these days. The last one was Underworld prequel. The Wolfman may not be a very original rare gem, but it ends up as a pretty entertaining film.

Director: Joe Johnston.

Cast: Benecio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt.

What’s It About

Benecio Del Toro‘s character has got daddy issues, so he’s been away for a very long time. When he learns that his brother’s been missing in a mysterious way from the words of his brother’s fiance, he returns home to find out what happened. It’s suffice to say that he becomes a werewolf(omg was that a spoiler!), now he’s on a quest to get rid of the beast inside him while finding out a lot about his past, the hard way!

The Pros

The acting is spot-on! It’s not a surprise though, Anthony Hopkins always nails his roles and Benecio Del Toro was as he always is. Emily did a good job with her role, as I never saw her before in a movie. And although I had issues with the “role” he played but Hugo Weaving actually did good(I freaking hate The Matrix!). Overall, really good acting.

I was afraid of the fact that from the trailer, it made it seem like the plot was very “on the surface”. But I was wrong, there is more to the story & maybe I did saw the twist(in the middle of the movie’s runtime) coming but not the way I expected it to be. Nice job there! Also I predicted a cliche, I thought the climax would be quite “Hulk-ish”(you’ll know when) but it wasn’t which was a  good thing.

Adrenaline. I love vampire or werewolf rampages, hence Underworld & 30 Days Of Night being my favorite sub-genre film. There’s plenty of rampages to be had here. The kills looked really good and I thought they wouldn’t go for brutal gore, but they did! Good stuff.

The cinematography is beautiful. The look of the film was awesome.

The Cons

This was distracting. The reason for Hugo Weaving‘s character for being there was never really explained. He’s a Scotland Yard agent, most probably hunting down Del Toro’s character suspecting that he’s a lunatic. That’s all we get but I was hoping that he would come off more important to the plot. He takes one for the team though!

The film, is not really something special. It is very entertaining mind you, but is also quite forgettable by the judgment of it’s budget.

Overall

Basically, anyone with a love for the “werewolf” genre should at least check this out. Grade:- A.

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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.

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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-.

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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