Before I get to this week's flicks, I received a comment and request from a reader to post a graphic. Here is the link- it's quite fun!
Well, Christmas time is just around the corner so a couple of these have that Christmas flavour.
We'll start with The Thaw- Extinction Will Find You- by Mark A Lewis.
Here's the plot synopsis: A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite.
With of course references to what a horrible planet we have and how we are destroying it. This concept is old and tired, but there are some cool moments in it. The parasites are creepy bugs, even if half of them are cgi. Of course we rarely see Val Kilmer in anything good these days- oh for the days of Top Secret. It's okay, but a bit preachy.
Wicked Little Things- Prey for Them by J.S Cardone
Synopsis: Karen, Sarah, and Emma Tunney are all moving to a small town in Pennsylvania where, unknown to them, in 1913, a horrid mine accident trapped dozens of children alive, underground. But there's a problem. They're still alive.
Hmm... well this would have worked if it made sense. And if the kids didn't look like weird kids with bland painted faces. And if the character of Ben Cross was more than one dimensional. Poor Ben Cross...I wish he would be in something decent. Dark Shadows is a long time ago. It's sad to think that horror movies are becoming the place where old character actors go to die. The weird part of this is that the Tunney story line might have worked but the blood lust of these kids just doesn't make sense. If this had been a revenge story it would have made much more sense. Instead, it was a film that lacked any scary moments and was spent half the time running through the shadows in a field. I really didn't care about these characters, and when the bad guy gets it- I didn't care because he'd only been in the film once or twice before with zero information given about him. So...wicked little things fails as a film to see, just because it really doesn't make sense!!!
Venom- He Never Hurt A Soul Until the day he died by Jim Gillespie
Synopsis: A pack of teenagers run for their lives through the swamps of Louisiana, as they are chased by Mr. Jangles, a man possessed by 13 evil souls who is relentless in his pursuit of new victims. This was based on video game.
I am always a sucker for voodoo movies, ever since my favourite episode of the Hardy Boys had them waking up in coffins in a New Orlean's graveyard ( okay, the dracula one is my favourite-but it's a close second!) I have to admit I fell asleep during this one. It wasn't because it was a bad film, I was just really tired. It seemed to be the usual fare- snakes and a voodoo curse on a guy who really didn't deserve it. From what I saw, the snakes were really cgi and there was a high body count. I fell asleep and woke up at the end, so I think there was one person left standing. So i really can't tell you if this was any good, but I think it was along the lines of I Know what you did last summer- because that's the same director.
P2- A New Level of Terror- The only thing more terrifying than being alone is discovering that you're not- By Franck Khalfoun
Synopsis: A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve.
Yup, that's about it. But I have to tell you I really liked this movie. The main character did probably everything I would do if I got locked in a parkade. At first she comes off as a bit of a bitch, but I warmed up to her because gosh darn it she is doing everything she can to get out of there. And the villian in this- Wes Bentley is great as the creepy guy. His fascination with Elvis is quite funny and he plays a psycho very well. I have to say they covered a lot of bases with this and I found it very entertaining. Of course part of that may be the Enormous amount of continuity and goofs in this film ( Hello!! Camera crew! You aren't supposed to be in this scene!) The fun part for the cell phone is when it says TELUS- but we are supposed to be in New York. Hmmm... But maybe that's what makes this a fun little movie. That will teach you to stay late at work on Christmas Eve!! I recommend this as a fun Christmas style psycho flick!
Wind Chill- A road many have traveled...but few escape- by Gregory Jacobs.
Synopsis: Two college students share a ride home for the holidays. When they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they're preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there.
Okay, I really don't care that George Clooney and Steven Soderburgh had a hand in this as executive producers. That couldn't save the fact that I hated the main character and the movie was really disjointed. I hated her. She was such a bitch I wanted her to die. And there are DOZENS of continuity, factual, and revealing mistakes, not to mention plot holes in this thing. The only spark of imagination is when she uses the call box on the top of a telephone pole to call an operator- but that was it. And I still don't know how a bitch like her knew that kind of information. There seemed to be such a problem with the concept of snow in this film. Like the fact that when people walk in the snow there are generally tracks- that you could follow. And the car lights were on the ENTIRE time in this movie, even though they turned off the dome light to conserve the battery- but she can listen to the car radio while painting her toenails. Everything in this film was just bad. SIgh. I'm disappointed that when you get some talented people together they just miss the point completely. Pass.
The Unborn- Evil wants to be born now -by David S Goyer
Synopsis: A young woman fights the spirit that is slowly taking possession of her.
I was told that this was bad. And it was, but it's not an exorcism film- which I stay far away from- it's a dead twin in my head film. And that would have made it interesting- if they followed that line and didn't turn it into a weird exorcism film. References to Dr. Josef Mengele were interesting, but I don't know why they just didn't say his name. EVERYone knows who she was talking about. I think that Gary Oldman only appered in this film because the co-writer - from Dark Night asked it as a favourite. In all the roles I"ve seen him in, Rabbi isn't one that comes to mind. Oh well. There are some very creepy scenes very early on in this film that might redeem it. I had a coupld of jumps, but that was it.
The Uninvited- by The guard brothers
Synopsis: Anna Rydell returns home to her sister (and best friend) Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home.
I have to say, I liked this film. It was well acted, had some creepy moments and I didn't see everything that was coming. I liked the characters in it and it was well done. I always like David Straithern, although he's always underused, and for a Canadian film it was really well done. Except for a ton of continuity issues- but some small that you really don't notice -well except that when a boat is tied up, it's tough to just drive away, and there are a whole bunch of date weirdness going on- maybe they shouldn't show laptops when your character is reading them out loud, especially when they don't match, and maybe if someone blows up holding a bell- it might be a little tricky to find the same bell unscathed in a box.
But besides that it was a fun little movie and I actually felt bad for some of the characters. It's pretty much the Tale of Two Sisters- Canadianized but I thought it was decent for the new settting.
So I would give this one a Yes.
Someone asked me how do I find time to watch so many movies. Well, as a publicist I work all day and a lot of the evenings writing, talking to press, and booking interviews. At around 10:00pm I turn off my computer and throw in a movie just to help me unwind for the day. And what better genre than horror or thriller? To some that may not be their idea of a kickback and relax time, but for me it is. So that's how I can watch a film a night. If you have any movies you feel should join my list, by all means send me the titles. If I haven't seen it, I'll certainly watch it!