Sunday, 28 December 2014

Misogynist hits DVD March 3rd!

I already posted about Misogynist earlier this year with a link to the trailer, now there's finally a release date known for the DVD which is March 3rd 2015. Director Michael Matteo Rossi's Misogynist is a dark looking thriller with an interesting synopsis:

Trevor is an extreme misogynist who campaigns underground seminars, teaching his ideology of women. Only through referrals and word of mouth, he provides bizarre, offensive, and outlandish strategies to young men, with the promise that they can control any woman. His best student is Harrison, a young man Trevor took under his wing when he was most vulnerable. Viewing Trevor as a father-figure, Harrison will do what Trevor instructs him to do. Soon Harrison starts to realize that he is just a pawn in Trevor s plot to get even with the woman who made him who he is.

With great actors such as Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls, Van Wilder 2), Eve Mauro (Osombie, Land of the Lost) and Jon Briddell (Past Impulse) this promises to be an interesting movie. Interested? Go pre-order Misogynist at Amazon.com!


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hello lovely people visiting A Horror Diary!
I want to thank you all for your support and visits to my blog, I can't thank you enough. In 2015 I'm definitely planning to upload regularly again, right now I'm just gaming too much and I'm still busy with school now and then. For now I want to wish all of you a great christmas! 

Here's an adorable Gizmo to celebrate with:

 

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

2014 Movies: A Short Recap

I haven't seen incredibly much 2014 movies, but I thought I could do a short recap of each movie I've seen in 2014. This is especially for the 'regular' movies, for horror movies I write a separate one. Feel free to scroll further if you're not interested in reading this :). This one actually is in order from the ones that I disliked to the ones that I liked most.


17. Stonehearst Asylum
Great cast, great potential, but such a god-awful movie. I didn't even finish it, it was boring, slow and predictable. Because I didn't finish watching it I couldn't say how it ended, perhaps the ending was amazing but I just couldn't care anymore. Normally I would finish watching it, no matter how awful it is, but I was with other people who suggested we would see another movie. 

My rate: 4/10


16. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Man, how long I (and every other fan of the first movie) waited for this sequel, and what a disappointment it was. Horrible script, to many recastings and overplaying the good things from the first movie. There were amazing actors in this movie, but their roles were just not interesting enough. This movie was absolutely horrible.

My rate: 4/10


15. Noah
Again, great cast, great potential and even made by the  great Darren Aronofsky, the director that made Requiem For a Dream, one of my favorite movies of all time. But it was not good, at all. The pacing was too slow, the CGI was horribly fake looking and the movie lasted way too long. I knew that the movie wouldn't exactly retell the biblical tale, but this crap was not refreshing or anything either. Also, a bit of disappointment towards the great cast for accepting these roles.

My rate: 4,5/10


14. Maleficent
 When I heard about Maleficent I figured it would be a dark tale about Maleficent, with an amazing story and great script. Instead I think I watched the dark version of Oz: The Great and Powerful. Angelina Jolie as Maleficent works, she can pull of the evil roles, the make-up was a bit overdone but I can look past that. What I can't look away from was how horrible Maleficent's background story was, or dare I say, almost non-existent. I thought she would be an evil mastermind, but instead she's just angry and bitter, but not evil at all. She performs one act of evil (which she tries to reverse) and that's about it. There's no motivation behind every action which makes it very lame. A small thing that bothered me most though was the huge difference in accents. For example, Stefan speaks with a British accent while he's young and so does Maleficent. When older Stefan suddenly speaks with an accent coming from South-Africa and Maleficent speaks with an American accent.

My rate: 4,5/10


13. Bad Neighbors
 This really is a huge person thing, but I absolutely hate movies such as Neighbors. Filled with unbelievable plots, rude people and stoners. The sexual humor is not funny, it's more nasty and uncomfortable. Horrible puns, dialogue and the acting isn't very good either. I usually like Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, but this was just not funny at all.

My rate: 5/10


12. The Lego Movie
This movie was the most talked animation movie of 2014, personally I wasn't a big fan of it. The trailer looked pretty cool and what I personally looked most forward to was Morgan Freeman finally voicing an animation character. It didn't deliver for me though. The idea that it's all the fantasy world of a little boy may be original, but I thought it was a huge letdown at that moment. While it seemed like a fun movie, I didn't like it a whole lot. 

My rate: 6/10


11. Snowpiercer
 I don't think I really understood this movie. Everyone is saying how amazing this movie is, but to me it felt like it was filled with plotholes. I love the idea of this movie though, how the world outside the train is too cold to live in and that there's some sort of class system in the train. But everything else in that's going on inside the train didn't really made sense to me. It's funny when you look at reviews on IMDb because the rating is either very high or very low, there's not really a mid-way it seems. I think I do go for that mid-way because I did not necessarily hate it, but I did not love it either.

My rate: 6,5/10


10. Fury
I'm not a big fan of war movies at all, there's only one that I love which happens to have Brad Pitt as well in it, which is of course Inglourious Basterds. Not a real war movie, but it is set in the war, so it's something right? I liked Fury though, it was a good movie. It was pretty brutal and perhaps sometimes a bit unrealistic, but I enjoyed watching the movie. Brad Pitt is again great in this movie, Logan Lerman plays a nice role as well and even Shia LaBeouf wasn't horrible for once. 
My rate: 7/10


9. Chef
 Not a necessarily interesting movie, but it's definitely a nice feel good movie. Great acting, good script and I thought it was very entertaining. Not very memorable, but entertaining nevertheless.

My rate: 7/10


8. Godzilla
Again a movie that's not widely appreciated, but I definitely enjoyed watching it. It was not exactly like how I expected it to be, but it was entertaining. The CGI wasn't too bad and great acting by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston.

My rate: 7/10


7. Divergent
I already wrote about Divergent not too long ago, but I was very surprised with how this one turned out to be. The young adult in a dystopia is a very big hype at the moment and to be honest, I don't mind because I love these movies. Divergent was an interesting story with an excellent cast. Perhaps a few things were lacking,  but I had a great time watching it. 

My rate: 7/10


6. The Maze Runner
  Another young adult movie, and another highly enjoyable one. This movie as well has a few plot holes, but I couldn't really care for those since I just had a good time watching it. The Maze Runner has a very interesting story and I am very curious how the next movie will be, perhaps I'll read the book as well. Good acting and great effects. Keep the young-adult movies coming!

My rate: 7/10


5. Guardians of the Galaxy
I am not a huge fan of Marvel movies such as The Avengers and stuff, I think they're enjoyable but not as amazing as everyone claims it to be. I expected the same thing from Guardians of the Galaxy to be honest because everyone was so loving about it. I think I must admit that I was wrong with my opinion because I really did enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy. I love that kind of wrong, sarcastic humor and it was just filled with lovable characters such as Groot. Guardians of the Galaxy is a nice way of a over-the-top movie, had a real good time watching this movie.
My rate: 7,5/10


4. Gone Girl
After a bunch of movies that are filled with special effects I'd also like to discuss Gone Girl. It was a very surprising movie, based on a book. Perhaps the movies pacing was a bit too slow, but it might also seem that way because Rosamund Pike has a very slow way of talking. Great and surprising story with amazing acting by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Didn't liked the open ending a whole lot, but well, it gives room for imagination. Pretty tensive movie as well.

My rate: 8/10


3. How To Train Your Dragon 2
Absolutely my favorite animation movie of this year, and unfortunately not as hyped as The Lego Movie. I already was a big fan of the first movie and because I didn't hear a whole lot about the sequel I figured it wouldn't be such a good movie, but the sequel was a lovely as the previous one too. If you're watching this movie, prepare for the fact that your emotions will switch throughout the entire movie. To be honest, I've cried more than once like a little girl during How To Train Your Dragon 2. Amazing movie!

My rate: 8,5/10


2. X-Men: Days of Future Past
I'm not a big fan of The Avengers or anything, but I am a huge fan of X-Men and I couldn't be more excited for this movie. Boy, was it amazing. It was the perfect mix between X-Men: First Class and the first three X-Men movies, I loved seeing the old a
nd new versions of the X-Men together. Normally time-travel movies are filled with plot-holes, but I think this movie tied all the knots perfectly together. Loved this movie and I'm already excited about the next one.

My rate: 9/10


1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - part 1
Of course, Mockingjay couldn't miss this list of young adult movies. Ever since the first movie came out I read all three books and I loved them incredibly much. The third movie was amazing and I'm very sad that I have to wait another year for the next and last part of The Hunger Games. Sure, this movie was a huge promotion duel between District 13 and the Capitol, but it was done so amazingly well. The few actions we saw this movie were looking incredible and I can't wait for the next part where we will see the final battle. Great adaption from the book if you ask me, although perhaps a bit unnecessary to split the last book in two parts.

My rate: 9/10




Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Babadook (2014)

 The Babadook

IMDB rate: 6,9
Genre: Drama
Starring: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall

A few weeks ago I read an article about a very well known horror movie director (shamefully, I can't remember who it was, but trust me if I tell you he is well known), who thought The Babadook was one of the scariest movies he had ever seen. Coming from this director I thought it was definitely something worth checking out. I had no idea what The Babadook was about, but the poster looked promising. 

What The Babadook is about:
Amelia who lost her husband in a car crash on the way to the give birth to Samuel, their only kid, struggles to cope with her fate as a single mom. Samuel's constant fear of monsters and his violent reaction to overcome the fear doesn't help her cause either which makes her friends distance themselves. When things can not get any worse, they read a strange book in their house that talks about the 'Babadook' monster that hides in the dark areas of their house. Even Amelia seems to feel the effect of Babadook and desperately tries to destroy the book, but in vain! The nightmarish experiences the two encounter form the rest of the story.


I wouldn't necessarily say that The Babadook is a very scary movie, there are no jump scares at all and every time something does tend to happen, it doesn't exactly reach that scary point. I would more say that The Babadook is a psychological horror movie. It's a very sad movie. I think it's a bit comparable with We Need To Talk About Kevin, only I thought this movie was more exciting.
Unlike other horror movies this one isn't infested with fear and terror of the unknown creature, there's also a human element in it; that of a mother who is on the edge of losing her mind after losing her husband, dealing with her somewhat crazy son and with this unknown creature called The Babadook. 

I also want to add that I admire the actress Essie Davis tons for this movie, she did an amazing acting job. Her depression, anxiety, fear and slowly shifting madness are all very well shown. You can't help but feel incredibly sorry for the poor woman. Daniel Henshall plays her son, not really sure what to think of him to be honest. At some moments I thought he was good, but at times I also thought that he wasn't very good. Sometimes when he was mad or sad, it was almost as if he was smiling. A bit of an annoying character as well, very loud and asking for attention all the time. 

Small spoiler alert!
I must admit that when I finished watching it I wasn't exactly sure what to think of the ending. It just didn't feel right. I don't have much imagination, so I searched IMDB for some explanations. I found tons of interesting explanations, the most interesting one being that Amelia is the one who wrote the book, this is because she already told that she wrote children's books and when she arrived at the police station her hands were black. The Babadook stands for all the problems she and her son have, and they have to conquer them together, or die together. The Babadook eventually living in peace in their basement could mean that they learned to live with their past.

With this being said, I think it's clear that this movie shouldn't be viewed as just another horror movie of a family that gets haunted by a creature. I did watch it like that and that will make the ending look stupid and unsatisfying, while in reality it's something to think about. I would say it's a bit comparable with The Orphanage. 


When I first watched this movie I must admit that I did not like it a whole lot, mostly because of the ending. I started looking around for more information about the movie and it gave me a whole new perspective of the movie which made me like it a whole lot more. Great acting and incredibly terrifying pictures in The Babadook-book.

My rate: 7,5/10

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Divergent (2014)

Divergent

IMDB rate: 6,9
Genre: Adventure
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet  

Ever since the first Hunger Games movie was released there arose a new trend of movie type: The young adults in a broken world type. All coming from young adult books, and all coming in quadrilogy's (I'm not even sure it's the right word). The four part series are the new hype, three movies aren't good enough anymore. The strange thing about this is, all the books are trilogies. Ever since the last Harry Potter movie it became a thing to split the last book in two parts, even though the book is just as thick as previous books (the Hobbit exaggerated this even more by making a trilogy from one thin book). While it seems like an odd thing to do, I don't necessarily mind since I pretty much LOVE these type of movies. I'm a big fan of the Hunger Games, read all the books but still need to see Mockingjay part 1. I've seen The Maze Runner which was equally amazing, and now I watched the movie Divergent. 

I love post-apocalyptic movies, and these type of movies are somewhat post-apocalyptic in an interesting way, each in their own sort of way. At first I did not know what Divergent was about, I knew there was a big hype about it but for some reason I thought it would be something like Twilight. Not really sure how I came to that thought, but I was definitely wrong about that. Ever since I watched Divergent two weeks ago, I couldn't help but watch it again this week. I wouldn't say it was the best movie I've ever seen and I certainly don't think it's better than The Hunger Games, but it's definitely intriguing and an amazingly interesting concept. 


Here's what Divergent is about:
Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another - for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn't fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly peaceful society, this secret might help her save the people she loves... or it might destroy her.

Overall, Divergent isn't much appreciated by film critics, and I admit that there are many things wrong with it, but I'm just a real big fan of how people, and in these types of movies the government, react in a broken world (dystopia). In The Hunger Games there are the districts, who eventually will stand up against the government (the Capitol). In the Maze Runner it's somewhat more simple because it's just about a bunch of boys being surrounded by a maze. But in the end of that movie you see that it's in a broken world as well, which we probably learn more about in the next movie (or just read the book). In Divergent there's 5 different factions, all with their own specialty, and of course, in the end it's about rebelling against the controlling government. It's an interesting and refreshing take on how people react towards different situations. 


I think the acting is pretty good in this movie, never seen Shailene Woodley before but I think she acted pretty good in this movie. Very cool character as well, love how she grew till that badass girl. Also loved the chemistry between her and actor Theo James. Great couple. It was also cool how Kate Winslet played the bad guy in this movie, suits her well. 

Perhaps the story is a bit silly, but if you look past that it's a pretty cool movie with lots of great action and touching drama. I really enjoyed the movie, I don't really get why most people have so many problems with it. Something what was also notable was the music, normally I'm absolutely not a fan of the type of music that Junkie XL (he's Dutch as well by the way) makes, but it fitted the movie perfectly. If you're a fan of movies such as The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner I certainly would give Divergent a chance. I definitely had fun watching it! 
Oh, and sorry for the non-horror related review :).

My rate: 7/10


Saturday, 13 December 2014

Housebound (2014)

Housebound

IMDb rate: 6,8
Genre: Comedic, Ghost
Starring: Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Cameron Rhodes

Sorry for my absence, I promise I'll be updating regularly again from now on :).
 A few weeks ago I watched the movie Housebound, a movie from New Zealand. I've seen only one other horror movie from New Zealand, which is of course the magnificent Black Sheep, so well, I had high expectations of this movie! The poster of this movie looks pretty hilarious, so based upon the good looking poster I decided to watch Housebound, without any knowledge of what it was about. When I finally learned that the movie was about a girl trapped inside the house because of a warrant, I was afraid that the movie would be something like 100 Feet, thank god that wasn't the case.

Here's what Housebound is about:
Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam - a well-intentioned blabbermouth who's convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam's superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder wheter she's inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who's less than happy about the new living arrangement.


The first thing that's noticeable about Housebound is the atmosphere, it's somewhat dark but also not very serious. This feeling is being highlighted by the many sarcastic remarks made by the main character Kylie Bucknell. There's not a whole lot of music playing in the background, and when there is music it's very dark. It's gives a bit of a crazy vibe over the movie, because it's so sarcastic and somewhat comedic and yet so dark.

Great acting, Morgana O'Reilly plays the rebellious Kylie Bucknell and she did a great job doing so. I liked her character as well, mainly a rebel but also with a nicer side. I felt sorry for her mother many times, great character writing. The mother played by Rima Te Wiata did an amazing job as well, the role of a sweet caring mother who isn't turning her back on her rebellious daughter was perfect for Rima Te Wiata. I wished to have seen more of the character of the stepfather tough, played by Ross Harper. 


The ending was slightly confusing because there suddenly was a whole lot going on, but overall I really enjoyed watching Housebound. It wasn't a standard ghost movie like we normally see and it wasn't necessarily predictable either. Normally comedic horror movies are more funny than scary, but this movie was actually somewhat scary as well. For example, the toy bear, creepy as hell. It did a great job at combining the two I think. Housebound was an entertaining movie, on moments it was a bit weird, but overall I enjoyed this movie from New Zealand!

My rate: 7,5/10

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Bates Motel [Season 2]

Bates Motel
Season 2

IMDB rate: 8,2
Genre: Thriller, Serial Killer
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Max Thieriot

A while ago I finally finished season 2 of Bates Motel. It's a bit crazy because I really like this show a lot, but after I have watched an episode I don't necessarily have the urge to go watch the next episode. I do really love this though.

As you may or may not know, Bates Motel is a prequel to the amazing Psycho. I'm still doubting though that Bates Motel will eventually fully follow the Psycho storyline. Norman Bates is pretty messed up in Bates Motel, but on a different level compared to Psycho. At this point I can't really see him take over his mother after she would die, but perhaps season 3 will give us something different. Who knows.

The storyline is still going different directions compared to Psycho. For example, there's more and more focus on the weed industry and Norman's brother Dylan. There was also a few episodes about Norma's brother who apparently is the father of Dylan, while this is pretty messed up itself there was only just a short focus on that part. Again, perhaps there will be more about it in the next season.


What I did miss this season was focus towards Norman. This season started focusing more on Dylan and Norma, and Norman was more the background story. There was an incredibly annoying character added this season, which was a girl named Cody. She is Norman's new love interest, but she was very annoying and a pretty ungrateful unmannered cunt. Not played by a great actress either. Thankfully she  disappeared at the end of the season. Don't really understand her purpose in Bates Motel.

I still like the actors a lot in Bates Motel, Freddie Highmore is still doing an excellent job playing the eccentric Norman Bates. Vera Farmiga is also still doing an amazing job as Norma Bates, the mother. Overall there weren't many permanent additions to the cast, only a few people who weren't very likable or interesting and whom stayed only a few episodes.

Bates Motel is definitely a fun show to watch, it's tensive and there's a lot happening. Great actors with interesting characters. After watching two seasons of Bates Motel I'm not sure if it will ever become like Psycho. There are only small things that are similar to Psycho such as the names of characters and that Norman loses his mind sometimes. It's a excellent show if it's not a prequel to Psycho, but since it is you keep hoping it will become something more like Psycho, which it isn't so far. I loved these two seasons and I'm hoping season three will be just as good. A bit less Dylan will be appreciated though ;).

Monday, 1 December 2014

The Walking Dead: Season 5, episode 8: Coda

This review will NOT be spoiler free!

The mid-season finale has aired! Now we'll have to wait until 8 February '15 to be further bored with this show. Of course I'm exaggerating a bit, this episode wasn't too bad. But was it really spectacular? No. It was pretty much like I predicted it would be, the only thing that surprised me somewhat was the person who died this episode. Yes, someone died this episode, and if you're bothered with me mentioning it you should know that I warned you on the top :). Now, if you really don't want to know anything further then I suggest you stop reading now because names will be mentioned.

I think it's pretty important to warn people about spoilers, because this morning I was scrolling through Instagram and the Instagram page of AMC The Walking Dead decided to post 2 or 3 pictures of that one person with R.I.P. written next to it, meaning I knew this morning who died already when I haven't seen the episode yet. That sucked pretty hard because this was finally an episode that finally could be something interesting, but well, that was pretty much crushed for me. So, again, last warning, spoilers will follow!

This episode wasn't necessarily good, but it wasn't bad either. I think what made it most exciting was the fact that something badass finally happened again, this being that one of the main characters died. It's actually somewhat stupid that they wait until the finales to kill someone again, I hope they won't make this a regular thing because things would become boring and predictable very easily that way.


Even though I saw spoilers before seeing the episode, I was glad to see who the person was who died. This being Beth, the most useless singing character on The Walking Dead. It was actually somewhat sad in the episode because Maggie and co. came back from their 15km trip to nothing and she heard that Beth was still alive, so she was happy and went along with the others on the saving trip. When arrived at the hospital though, Daryl carried the body of Beth outside leaving Maggie heartbroken. It was a sad happening when Beth died, Rick and Daryl both cried and it was a pretty good scene all together.

The rest of the episode was mostly talking though, Gabriel got himself in a mess but got out alive. The others in the church were in danger as well for a short period of time, but it was obvious that the focus of that episode wouldn't be on the church so you already knew that nothing bad was going to happen to any of those characters.

Even though the episode wasn't very exciting, although I must admit that there's a possibility that I would've liked it better when I didn't read any spoilers, I was glad that this episode happened. Beth is finally gone meaning the group doesn't have to hang around anymore to save someone. The whole Beth scene was a bit lame though, the moment before she got shot I mean. Her character was trying to be tough again (which she is definitely not) and for some unknown reason she stabbed the leader Dawn with a scissor which had the immediate reaction that her head was blown off. It was all going very fast and it was somewhat confusing actually.

Now the first eight episodes have been aired I can't say I'm looking that much forward to February again. It's just that there were only 2 really good episodes this season, 1 episode was reasonable (this one) and the other ones were just shit. Fact is that the quality of The Walking Dead has been bad lately and I think that won't change anymore in upcoming seasons. It was nice that someone finally died again for the mid-season finale, but unfortunately that was the only good part about this episode. Apparently at the end there was a shot about Morgan again, but I haven't seen it unfortunately. I guess we'll learn more about him in the second half of the season.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th

IMDB rate: 6,5
Genre: Slasher
Starring: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Kevin Bacon

Finally people, I watched Friday the 13th. This is the first time ever that I've watched a Friday the 13th movie, for a change I haven't even seen the remake yet. I'm planning to first watch all the Friday the 13th movies and after that I'll watch the remake, and after that compare the two! But well, that might still take some time :). I did see Freddy vs. Jason by the way, but well, that's a bit different. 

I liked the movie, while watching it time flew by. I wouldn't say it was a particularly impressive movie, but it certainly was a fun watch. I'm not really sure what I exactly expected from this movie, I knew some things about Friday the 13th, but still it was different from what I imagined. Not really sure if it's better or worse though. Something that I am a bit disappointed about was the fact that I already knew who the killer was thanks to one of my favorite slasher movies Scream. Thanks for that spoiler Wes Craven ;). 


Here's my small spoiler, but I think if you're somewhat familiar with the concept of Friday the 13th you have your expectation of who the killer is, that being Jason, but with knowing thanks to Scream that it was actually his mother who was the killer in this part it spoils something I wouldn't have seen coming if I didn't knew it already.

It's funny that Kevin Bacon is the only actor who grew big after this movie because he's definitely not one of the better actors in Friday the 13th. I actually liked every other actor better than him. Adrienne King is a good main character for this movie I think, she was simple and not one of those extreme screaming girls. What I did miss though was a bit more character depth, like there's something mysterious about Adrienne King's character, but you never get to know what it is. There's just missing something.

At first I was surprised how quickly the people died in this movie, in a term of early in the movie. But then I realized that the time just flew by while watching this movie. It's funny because I wouldn't say that I thought it was an incredible movie, but I still had a very good time watching it. It was definitely more tensive compared to what I expected from it. 


Something that I didn't like a whole lot was the make-up. When someone got killed the make-up was way too obvious. She skin color changed quite some bit when someone died, it was very grayish making it too visible. Another thing that I didn't like was when they killed the snake, this is because it wasn't a fake snake, they actually killed a snake for that scene which is definitely not necessary. 

After watching Friday the 13th for the first time I can honestly say I liked it, it wasn't the best movie and definitely not the greatest slasher either but it's definitely a good watch. Can't wait to see the sequels and I'm hoping to learn more about Jason. I mean, with 9 sequels (Freddy vs. Jason and the remake not counted) you may expect some stories about him, right? It's pretty funny actually that this movie led to 9 sequels and that Jason became such a big thing, considering he's not even in this movie. Or well, he's in the movie but not in the way you know him. 

My rate: 7/10

Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Walking Dead: Season 5, episode 7: Crossed

This review is NOT spoiler free!

I always put a spoiler warning first in front of TWD reviews but I am wondering with each review why I'm still doing this, considering nothing new actually ever happens. Yes, you might read a bit of disappointment in that sentence which is not really strange after the last couple of episodes. If you're following each one of my reviews of TWD episodes you might know that I liked the first and second episode, everything after that was unfortunately rubbish. 

The story did finally follow all storylines again, after 4 episodes of separate stories. It's nice to know what's happening to each separate group at the same moment, instead of watching an episode about someone you don't give a shit for and having to wait a few episodes to know about the person you do care for. Even though there was a lot going on with following 4 storylines, it was still not interesting enough to make me excited for next week's mid-season finale.

In this episode Glenn, Maggie, Abraham, Rosita, Tara and Eugene are still stuck on the road with Eugene being knocked unconscious. Abraham is being silent and stubborn and doesn't want to say a thing, because he's disappointed in Eugene. Meanwhile, Glenn, Tara and Rosita are looking for water. While doing this they talk, Rosita finally says a few words again and that's about it. Abraham is also finally speaking again after Maggie confronted him. Yay, this was so exciting.

In the church are Michonne, Carl, Judith and Father Gabriel. Judith is being a cry-baby (hah!), Carl is being tough and tries to learn Gabriel how to fight. He doesn't want to and eventually escapes the church, we don't know why.


Beth is in the hospital, trying to save Carol. She's doing something she's not supposed to and she seems to feel really badass about it. There's even mentioned by the leader Dawn that she's tougher than she looks. Truth is, Beth is still an useless character, who is not interesting at all.

Daryl, Rick, Sascha, Tyreese and new guy Noah are going on a trip to try and save Beth and Carol. While trying to do this they encounter a few cops from the hospital. Shit's going (not really) down and eventually Rick and his group have these cops captured. In this meantime Daryl was in danger for two seconds, but that didn't excite much because you know they wouldn't kill Daryl of very easily since he's the favorite of practically everyone. The cops somewhat helping them explain how the hospital's leader (Dawn) is like. But then they're not nice anymore and one of them knocks Sascha unconscious and runs away. /Sarcasm I did not see that one coming, at all /sarcasm off.

Honestly, I couldn't care less who dies next episode at this point. 5 bad episodes in a row is definitely not cool. I'm pretty sure that the next episode will be exciting though, every mid-season finale is exciting. But even though it might become exciting, I just couldn't care less at the moment after 5 horribly boring predictable episodes. Perhaps they should all die and end this bullshit because I can't imagine they will ever reach the awesomeness of the first season again. At the moment the only thing that's not predictable about next episode is who will die, since that could be everyone.

I'm starting to grow tired of this show :(.



Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012)

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us

IMDB rate: 5,1
Genre: Werewolf
Starring: Ed Quinn, Ana Ularu, Guy Wilson, Stephen Rea

In all those years of watching horror movies, I haven't seen many werewolf movies. I've seen the Twilight movies *shame*, and there's werewolves in them but well.. that's of course a poor attempt at not only creating werewolves, but at creating a movie as well. I've seen werewolves in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I've seen them in Underworld and in Blood & Chocolate. But well, Buffy is a TV show, I wasn't a big fan of Underworld and Blood & Chocolate was a pretty shitty movie, so it's fair to say that I never got a good look at a nice werewolf movie. Unfortunately I can't say that Werewolf: The Beast Among Us changed anything about that.

Here's what it's about: 
In the Nineteenth Century, when a werewolf slaughters the dwellers of a small town, a group of bounty hunters commanded by Charles arrive in town and negotiate a higher reward. The apprentice of medicine Daniel, who is the protegé of the local doctor, joins the group and provides information about the beast that is intelligent and kills not only on the full moon, but also on the previous and the next days. Soon the gypsy leader invites Charles and Daniel and explains that in the solstice, the wolf-like creature will be able to control his transformation at will. Therefore they have only two days to discover who the beast among them is and destroy it.


The problem with this movie is that too much is going on, things are getting very confusing easily this way. There's a shitload of character who all wear the same sort of clothes making it terribly difficult to follow who is who, the shitload of names isn't helping exactly either. This immense bunch of characters are by the way not very interesting either, they're plain people who you can only judge by the lame characterising dialogue they have, with judge I mean that it's only going as far as 'this guy is okay, this guy is mean and this guy is weird'. Not one single character has some depth that could make him or her even slightly interesting, too bad really.

The storyline has many problems with it, it's absolutely ridiculous that when one man acts a bit weird (he had a seizure) and people think he's becoming a werewolf that everyone around him gets shot as well. Also, what's up with putting in silver teeth to go bite a werewolf? Such a lame scene, and it didn't even work which is even worse. At the ending of the movie there is a sudden introduction of a new monster which makes things very confusing.


The acting is nothing special actually, Stephen Rea was the only one who gave a believable performance, and he was also the only likable character to be honest. Other than that, Ed Quinn and Guy Wilson neither were believable enough to deliver such big roles. I was also a bit skeptical about the special effects, the werewolves didn't look good most of the time, there were times when they looked reasonable (more in dark scenes), but they mostly looked just fake.

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us was unfortunately not a great werewolf movie either, and I guess my search for it shall continue a little bit longer. Suggestions are welcome, of course. The movie contained a few jump scares, but unfortunately were quite predictable. It's not a very scary movie either. I must admit that I was glad when the movie was finally over, since it seemed to last for ages. Definitely not one of my favorite movies. It did have a nice poster though.

My rate: 4/10

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Mercy (2014)

Mercy

IMDb rate: 5,1
Genre: Possession
Starring: Chandler Riggs, Dylan McDermott, Frances O'Connor

A few weeks ago I watched Mercy on Netflix. I had no idea what it was about since I just clicked the first movie I saw. The poster was somewhat questionable, but it seemed decent enough. The cast existed from Dylan McDermott who I liked pretty much in the first season of American Horror Story and Chandler Riggs who I don't like a whole lot in The Walking Dead, but they were familiar names so I thought I should give it a go. Mercy is by the way based on the short story Gramma from Stephen King. I haven't read it myself unfortunately, but perhaps I might come across it someday.

Mercy is about a grandmother who is very ill and her daughter who takes care of her along with her two sons. While around the grandmother weird things start to happen which leads to the suspicion that she has mystical powers.


The first thing that I noticed about this movie was the horrible sound-mixing. I had to turn up the volume almost to the max to be able to hear what they were saying. The most horrible thing about this was that the music and special effect sounds were way too loud this way. So the voices were almost silent, while the effects were way too loud. This is something I hate incredibly much. Perhaps it's done on purpose so that people will turn their volume up, making the special effects sounds incredibly loud so that people will scare from that sound rather than from the happening on screen itself. If this is the case it really would be a sad attempt at making a movie, considering they need high sound effects to scare the people.

The story seems to be kinda random, it doesn't really fit together. It's as if the story is all over the place. The beginning is already very weird where the grandma has some sort of episode where she seems more possessed than sick, although the family seems to react fairly neutral to this episode of strangeness. In my opinion there's too much going on in this movie. There's a brief scene where we can see a cut on the arm of one of the brothers that was apparently caused by the grandma, this is just thrown in to shown how 'dangerous' the grandma is and has no further use at all. There's also a storyline about her husband that killed herself, and also about her tripling children where two out of three are a bit crazy. Oh, and an imaginary friend. They try to tie these lines together but in my opinion they fail miserably at it.

Not a big fan of the acting either. Chandler Riggs is pretty much the main character but I think he's no good actor at all. I'm not a fan of him in The Walking Dead but at first I thought his character was just annoying, but after seeing this movie I can honestly say that I don't think he's a good actor. Dylan McDermott plays a fairly small role in this movie, and his storyline makes the thing even more weird. His acting wasn't too bad, but his role was too small to really notice him.


The movie was also pretty dark. Not in the amazingly shocking way, but in the way that the lightning was terrible. When the predictable scares were finally pushed aside the movie was going to a somewhat interesting part, but when hell broke loose I could not see a thing from what was happening. There were a few shadows moving and some terribly mixed sounds going on, but I have no idea what was really going on because it was simply too dark to see.

Mercy isn't a good movie at all. It's filled with soft speaking voices, loud special effects and terrible lightning on parts that might've been somewhat interesting. The acting of the main character was not very good and the character weren't interesting at all. The story was not logical at all, at one point where they attempted to tie the lines together they fail so miserably at it that you actually don't really know anymore what the hell is going on.

My rate: 3/10 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Fright Night (1985)

Fright Night

IMDB rate: 7,1
Genre: Vampire
Starring: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse

First time seeing the first Fright Night movie. I had already seen the remake some time ago, and if you're interested in reading about it, I placed a link at the bottom of this page. Normally when I watch a movie on Netflix I just click the first one I haven't seen yet, but for some reason I kept skipping this movie. I enjoyed watching the remake, but watching an original movie after watching the remake is always somewhat different, because instead of 'upgrading' the movie, I somewhat 'downgrade' it for myself. Of course, this is just nonsense since it's not being downgraded at all, it's just the first and original take on that specific movie. 

I enjoyed this movie quite a lot actually, perhaps even as much as I enjoyed the remake. If I'm comparing the two I wouldn't say the remake is an exact slight upgraded copy of the original, as with the Carrie movie. I think they're both different enough to call the Fright Night remake a worthy sequel. I say Carrie because I was incredibly bothered with how much it was an exact copy of the original, without making the bad parts better or something, I didn't enjoy that remake at all. 


I think both remake and original have it's own charming things about it, as well as their own less good stuff. For example, I did not like this (Evil) Ed at all. I thought Stephen Geoffreys acted terribly and his character was annoying and loud. I liked the Ed in the remake though, played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse. While I liked Anton Yelchin as Charley in the remake, I liked William Ragsdale a lot as well. Colin Farell was a good vampire, but Chris Sarandon in the original gave a much more serious look to it, which was even better in my opinion. I'm also more of a fan of Peter Vincent in this version, because an older man is way more suiting for that role, plus he's an amazing actor. I did not enjoy the fake grey color of his hair though, but that's just a side note. Would've loved to see more of him though.

The turnings in this movie have a lot more of uniqueness to it compared to the remake. The werewolf and vampire transformations were pretty good looking considering it was done with just make-up, in this time it's all a lot more easy since everything can be done with a computer. Both look great of course, but it gives me a bit more respect for the first version. 


What I like most about the Fright Night movies is that Jerry never denied towards Charley that he's a vampire. This movie doesn't have a build-up that lasts way too long, it goes straight to the point, which I like. Something specific I liked about the remake was when Charley tried to show someone what he meant about Jerry being a vampire and that something actually happened that showed that Charley was right. In most movies nothing happens at those moments and I love that Fright Night didn't participate in that standard.

It's perhaps a bit strange to compare the remake to the original movie instead of the other way around, but I can't help it that I often see the remake before the original movie. I just grew up in the wrong time, I guess :). Loved this Fright Night, loved the remake. Both great movies, equally enjoyable. 

My rate: 7,5/10



Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Walking Dead: Season 5, episode 6: Consumed

This is NOT a spoiler free review!

Well, it's getting a bit standard to say but *yawn* what a boring episode, again. I'm getting a bit tired of this actually, sometimes I think it's better to just watch the first episode, the eight episode, the ninth episode and the sixteenth episode since those are the ones that really matter, and are often pretty good. Everything in between is mostly just.. boring. 

The thing that's causing this high boringness of those episodes is the episode count in a season. In season 1 there were only 6 episodes and it was a brilliant show. Every episode was interesting and exciting. The second season was still okay with a total count of 13 episodes, there was a small amount of less fun episodes, but they weren't boring episodes. From season 3 on they started to have a standard of 16 episodes, meaning they need to have actual material to fill 16 episodes with, which I don't think they have. Sure, 16 episodes will bring in more money, but is it really worth risking losing your viewers  for that? It's just a fact that these creators don't have enough material to keep 16 episodes exciting, and I think it will eventually chase away a lot of The Walking Dead viewers. 

To be honest, I think I'm mostly still watching this every monday to avoid the internet spoilers about these episodes. Every monday I'm watching it over dinner, and while it's fun, it's not that I'm still excited about watching it that day. It's not like Game of Thrones for example, where I can't wait till the next episode comes out and I'm watching it the second I am able to. 


This episode is finally giving answers to the ending of the third episode where Darryl came out of the bushes with an unknown person behind him. It was a pretty predictable answer to be honest, after seeing the fourth episode I already figured who it was and I was right about that. The episode wasn't very exciting, it followed Darryl and Carol but they hardly spoke and the few things they said were hardly relevant for the story. It also contained a couple of flashbacks to what Carol did after leaving the prison, but they just weren't interesting, since it still told us nothing new. 

They did find out where Beth is and now Carol is trapped there as well and I guess that the next two episodes will be about rescuing both. Perhaps it doesn't even end in two episodes, perhaps they let us wait again until february for the mid-season premiere. Thing is, I'm not really interested in what happens next. I think someone will die and I'm hoping it will be Beth, since she's causing a lot of shit every season. 

Please Walking Dead, just stop making 16 episodes every season, you just can't live up to it. Keep the episodes exciting by keeping it simple. Less is more! In all seriousness, it better be good again soon, since these boring episodes are just bullshit and somewhat a waste of time. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Charmed [Season 1-8]

Charmed
Season 1-8

IMDB rate: 7,1
Genre: Supernatural, Tv Show
Starring: Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty

It took awhile, but I've finally finished all the Charmed episodes. When I was young I already watched a lot of them on television, but I missed a lot of episodes back then. All the Charmed episodes are on Netflix, and I had a great time watching them all over again. Small fun fact: I was such a big fan of Charmed when I was younger that I made a tiny offline website through Microsoft FrontPage (I think it was FrontPage), since FrontPage was discontinued in 2003 I couldn't have been older than 10 years old when I did this :'), even back then I didn't have a life :P. Charmed is often being compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, mainly because it was being aired around the same time (Charmed ran from 1998-2006, while Buffy ran from 1997-2003).

As you might know, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is of course mainly about vampires and sometimes demons. Charmed is more focusing on witchcraft and demons. Personally I enjoyed watching Buffy more than watching Charmed, this is because Buffy contained a few outstanding episodes and it was interesting almost every episode, while in Charmed there were only a few excellent episodes and some episodes were pretty boring. Perhaps it isn't right to compare the two shows, I think it's more of a personal habit since I grew up with both shows.


First a bit about the characters.
Prue Halliwell: The oldest Halliwell sister, played by Shannen Doherty. At first I wasn't a big fan of her, her character seemed very bitchy and she was no fun at all. Even though I wasn't a big fan of her at first, she somewhat grew on me. I was actually a bit sad when she died, even though I knew all along that she wouldn't survive the ending of season 3. I think her character reflected Shannen Doherty herself a bit too much, since she was written out of the show after season 3. It was pretty obvious that her contract stopped, because often when family members of the Halliwell's die, they are able to being summoned back as a ghost. But after Prue's death we never saw her again, not even as a ghost. Even in flashbacks she was being cut out. That's something which is a bit of a shame, since it would seem logical that you would see her once or twice again after the third season. I wouldn't say that Shannen Doherty played the role bad, if Prue really was that bitchy she did a great job. I'm just saying that she didn't seem like a nice person at all.

Piper Halliwell: At first the middle Halliwell sister, but the oldest sister after Prue's death. Piper is being played by Holly Marie Combs and in the first three seasons she was definitely my favorite. At first she was a bit insecure and cute, but still pretty fun. After Prue's death her character became a lot more serious. Also, the relationship problems with Leo became somewhat boring after awhile, but this is more about a change of writing, which I will come back to later. Holly Marie Combs is a great choice for Piper, in the first three seasons she portrayed the role of insecure person very good. After season 4 her character became more independent, she became a businesswoman and a mother, and she still played very convincing. Loved her.

Phoebe Halliwell: The youngest sister at first, but after Prue's death she became the middle sister. Phoebe is being played by Alyssa Milano and her character is definitely the most fun one. She's daring and adventurous but serious at times as well. It's not just her character that was fun, her entire appearance was nice. Unlike Piper she changed her hair every season, which made her a bit less predictable compared to Piper. What was predictable though is that Phoebe was always the one that turned evil or turned into something different, it just became annoying in the end. Alyssa Milano was a great choice for Phoebe, I think she is a decent actress and it's sad we don't really see her often anymore in other shows or movies.

Paige Matthews: The youngest (half-)sister of the Halliwell sisters. She is being played by Rose McGowan. At first I thought it would be impossible to make it logical that there was another sister out there, but it actually fitted the story very well. In season 2 or 3 there was an episode about their mother who had a relationship with their whitelighter, with as result that in season 4 there was an option open for where the half-child came from. Paige's character is a lot like Phoebe I think, although I don't think that she was ever really fully appreciated in the family. Rose McGowan is a great actress and I liked her a lot as Paige, although her character was pretty standard after awhile. She's always making sarcastic jokes and well, eventually it just became predictable.

Other big characters include Leo (played by Brian Krause), Darryl Morris (played by Dorian Gregory) and Cole Turner (played by Julian McMahon). Darryl was season 1-7, but for some reason he wasn't important enough anymore to appear in the last episode. Pretty stupid really since he played a big part in previous seasons.


I already quickly mentioned the change in writing after a few seasons, this happened because Constance M. Burge (the Executive Producer of Charmed) stopped writing the episodes. At first the focus was on the witch heritage and the sisterly ties, but when Brad Kern took ofter that part the focus became more and more about sexy outfits and relationship problems. It's pretty sad actually that this happened because I think that that change made this show 'just another one of those relationship shows'. It became pretty annoying after a while that Piper and Leo again have relationship problems, again breaking up and coming back together and again are arguing about nothing. Also, Phoebe's boyfriend Cole was a pretty amazing character at first but then they made him evil again, and then good again, and then evil again. So standard and predictable. Phoebe's search for love was pretty lame as well, especially since it was suddenly very hasty that she met someone and married at the end of the show.

Even though I wasn't the biggest fan of Prue's character, I thought the first three seasons were the most fun ones. Not just because of the writing problems, but also because things weren't as predictable in those seasons. It was just fun and simple. The fourth and fifth season was pretty good as well. From the sixth season though the show became a bit boring sometimes, also there's this big thing going on with Avatars and Leo and it's just confusing after a while. The last season shouldn't have happened in my opinion, the Charmed Ones are in hiding at first and they have changed their appearances for the outside world. Thing is, as if demons wouldn't think it's strange that again three sisters/cousins and a husband/male character moved into that same house. A bit unbelievable. Adding up the Billie/Christy part, not a good season at all.


In most cases the last episode of a show is the most amazing one, and while I wouldn't say the episode was bad, it was just way too sudden. The entire season they have this Billie character who found her evil sister, Billie became evil and suddenly they're the most powerful creatures on that planet. Then everybody dies and then everybody lives again and suddenly everyone lives happily ever after. They shouldn't have done all of that in one episode, the build-up could've been much better.

I thought Charmed was a fun show to watch. The special effects aren't very good and not every episode is interesting, but still I had fun watching all eight seasons. It's somewhat comparable with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, although Buffy is definitely better. It's not a great show but if you're out of things to watch, go give Charmed a chance :).

My rate: 7,5/10

Monday, 17 November 2014

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

The Purge: Anarchy

IMDB rate: 6,5
Genre: Survival
Starring: Kiele Sanchez, Frank Grillo, Zach Gilford

I might be the only person around who actually liked the first Purge movie. I thought it was a great idea for a movie, to have one day where people could do whatever they wanted to do. Sure, the first movie lacked a lot, but it was still entertaining and it contained very good acting. The second movie is good as well, in my opinion it was even better than the first movie. 

The second Purge however is a lot more like what people actually expected from The Purge. In the first movie you'd follow one rich family who would try to survive to night, this all is set in their big and fairly safe home. The problem with this approach is that you have no idea how bad The Purge actually is, since you're mostly watching a family hide from the intruders and defend themselves. In the second movie you can watch how stuff is going down in the big city, in the streets. So no safe home this time, which gave an interesting perspective. 


Here's what it's about:
A couple are driving home when their car breaks down just as the Purge commences. Meanwhile, a police sergeant goes out into the streets to get revenge on the man who killed his son, and a mother and daughter  run from their home after assailants destroy it. The five people meet up as they attempt to survive the night in Los Angeles. 

There was an interesting addition to this movie, this being that rich people hired other people to kidnap poor people. This is because they wanted to kill random people, without them risking the danger of going into the streets to search for people to kill themselves. Also, some poor people sell themselves to be killed for shitloads of money so that their families have some money for the future. I thought it was a great addition to the storyline since it seems pretty likely that this could actually happen if the Purge was real. 

With these innocent people on the streets you get a great insight in how the Purge actually works. Some people are on the streets because they want to kill one specific person, while others are on the streets to just randomly slaughter people. The innocent group of five we follow is trying to seek shelter until the Purge is over, and while doing this we see people who have set traps, people who actually chase them around town and people who kidnapped them to drop them with rich people. It's brilliant to see how crazy a city can get when they have the ability to murder everyone they encounter. 


I thought the acting was less good compared to the previous part. Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke and Rhys Wakefield did an amazing job in the first Purge movie. I must admit though that I disliked the acting of the children greatly in that movie. In this movie I was especially annoyed by Kiele Sanchez and Zach Gilford, they didn't act well and their entire character was just annoying. Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo and Zoë Soul all did great jobs though, great characters as well with some good chemistry. 

I thought The Purge: Anarchy was a great follow-up for the first The Purge movie. It was great to both see a home invasion and the street terror of The Purge. It's a solid sequel which actually gives new insights in the concept of 'purging', instead of just continuing the concept of home invasions. I liked it a lot.

My rate: 7/10



Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

The Taking of Deborah Logan

IMDB rate: 6,4
Genre: Possession, Mockumentary
Starring: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang

The Taking of Deborah Logan, or in short The Taking popped up on Netflix this weekend. I didn't really know what it was about but the rating on Netflix and IMDB seemed to be decent, so I gave it a watch. 

The Taking is a mockumentary about an Alzheimer patient, and it shows the progression of the illness. At first I was a bit bummed out that it was another found-footage movie, since there are so many of those already. But for a found-footage movie it started out pretty decent. 


At first the movie feels like a true documentary about Alzheimer, it shows pretty good what the disease causes and that it affects the people around them to. You've already read in my genre section that this movie is about possession, which gave a pretty interesting input at first. The character Deborah Logan (played by Jill Larson) is the Alzheimer patient and every time she has one of her 'episodes' you think that the way she behaves is because of the Alzheimer. When the movie progresses you are getting doubts though, is this really just Alzheimer or is there more going on?

The movie is a lot like Paranormal Activity, only this movie had a more interesting story going on. The Alzheimer gave a nice perspective to what was going on. It actually made you doubt if things where happening because of Alzheimer or because of the possession.

Unfortunately, about halfway through the movie becomes just another one of these typical found-footage movies. When Deborah was clearly being possessed the story became choppy and somewhat lame at points. The scary moments are pretty much all off-screen meaning we can't actually see a thing of what's happening. During these moments the camera decides to get fuzzy or something, so when something should be on screen, it's being somewhat censored. Pretty disappointing really, because the movie started off pretty good. 

I liked the dialogues in The Taking, mostly because the camera dude was sarcastic as fuck. This guy is finally someone who knows when something scary is about to happen, he knows his movies. "Of course the light's don't work", "standing still in the dark, nice..." or "Damn white people with their fucking basements and attics". It lightened up the mood a bit. The acting is decent, Jill Larson does a great job at playing the unstable Deborah. Her appearance is great as well, since she can be flattering looking at her good times, but can seem very scary as well on the characters bad times. 


The Taking of Deborah Logan started off promising, but unfortunately took the familiar way. It was scary at the beginning and it had some nice refreshing parts, it's just the ending that really bummed me out. It was standard, lame and nothing we haven't already seen before. The scary parts are never really on camera, and when they are things are shaky as hell. It's really as if someone else made this film halfway through it, everything promising became standard again and the nice build-up was just for nothing really.

If you're not a big fan of the Paranormal Activity movies this movie isn't something that you would like, since it's pretty much the same concept. But if you don't hate those movies and like a nice twist to the storyline I think you won't hate this movie. In that case, give it a try!

My rate: 5,5/10


Monday, 10 November 2014

The Walking Dead: Season 5, episode 5: Self Help

This is NOT a spoiler free review!

Another episode of The Walking Dead, and yet another episode that wasn't very interesting. It wasn't a boring as the previous one, but still.. not very entertaining either.

This episode was about Abraham and his crew who are trying to get to Washington because Eugene claims to know how to solve the world as it is. In Abraham's crew are Tara, Maggie, Glenn, Eugene and Rosita which aren't the most interesting characters to be honest. Tara is just there to make a lame remark once in a while, Eugene is talking smart stuff that no one understands and this episode might have been the first one where Rosita actually spoke more than two sentences. The only one with a bit of a story are Glenn and Maggie, but their role isn't very big anymore the last couple of episodes, so their contribution to this episode wasn't much either.

Abraham and co. are on their way to Washington but their bus breaks down. This is still only 15 km from Rick and his group. They kill some walkers, seek shelter and find a new bus. In this episode we learn a bit about Abraham's background story but still not enough to really know him. He scared away his family apparently, got depressed, saved Eugene and here he is. He's being a pretty big dick to everyone who stands in his way to get Eugene to Washington which is getting somewhat annoying since it happens every episode. 


Because Abraham is being a dick, Eugene eventually breaks down and says that he lied to everyone, he doesn't know what caused the apocalypse and he doesn't know how to fix it either. This stops the fight and this also pretty much stops the episode. It was a pretty big bummer actually, since the viewers were counting on him being the big savior, but apparently all these episodes spending about it were... well useless actually. Eugene does still claim though that Washington is the best place to survive, and that they should still head that way. 

This episode was pretty boring. It was Abraham's background story, a bit of zombie fighting and Eugene's big confession. The Eugene confession was actually the only thing interesting about it and in my opinion they shouldn't have paid an entire episode on this since it was just not worth it. 

I'm hoping next episode will be better again, in the previews we saw Darryl and Carol going on Beth's mission. We already know about this that Darryl got back alive with someone else and that Carol ended up in the same hospital, so I'm hoping they still have some exciting stuff for next episode since we already know a lot about it. 

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