Pretty much as usual I started to watch this film with no expectations. I wasn't enthralled right from the get go due finding the acting pretty wooden. Sharon Hinnendael plays the central character called Charlotte and she is very pretty, so you'd imagine watching her should be a pleasure. However, in this mixed up movie that can't decide what it wants to be she is just under-utilised in a criminal way. The better scenes are where other girls in the university are bullying her but even these suck. I didn't enjoy this film much at all and I can't see why anybody would really, it certainly doesn't repay any time spent watching it. Not recommended, not even for fans of vampire films.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
There are several films with this title, this one is directed by Ben Ketai. It concerns a young female student back home for a while to celebrate her father retiring from his job as a miner. Celebrations are going on in a bar with his workmates and in the banter it is suggested she is against workers being exploited. So, one thing leads to another and she is challenged to spend a few hours in the mine on her fathers last working day and she is only too happy to pick up the challenge.
So the next morning, hangover burning a hole in her head, she is taken down into the mine. She is given a shovel and has to shovel coal into a bin. While she is getting used to the work, at the mine head the drilling stops as the driller finds a hard bit of rock. He's encouraged to continue and breaks through into another tunnel but this causes a collapse and they become trapped down in the mine. Calling up to the surface determines it will take 72 hours to get down to rescue them. They have a metal cabin which provides fresh oxygen via tanks and can keep them alive when the air becomes toxic in the mine.
It turns out that there was a disaster in the past, where nineteen miner's lives were lost because they could not be rescued. So, things start to go supernatural now and something starts turning the men against each other. The young female student starts seeing weird things and the men are disappearing and getting killed in increasingly gruesome ways.
This film is a watchable B movie, if you are bored and have some time to spare.
What was surprising about this film was that even though the plot was sort of ridiculous, the execution, acting and direction were of good quality. The fact that it was so well-made actually made up for holes in the story and it turned out to be a good thriller.
It concerns a woman who is trying to sell her house after the break-up of a relationship, I think with her husband but whether they are married or not I'm not sure. A man somehow gets in the house and traps her in a sort of crawl space between floors in the basement, handy since it has a door he can lock. He commits several murders with a knife and is joined by a woman. At first you might believe they are romantically involved but it turns out she is as murderous as he is, infact probably more so since he has to cover up after her murders. She seduces the woman's partner and kills him. Turns out that the killers are actually brother and sister.
The woman thinks the owner of the house has been killed but instead the man is keeping her downstairs and bringing her up during the day while his sister is out.
Murdering people is easy in this film, there are no police involved at all. No difficult questions and no detectives sniffing around. Despite they are occupying a house that is not theirs and on the property market. Someone from the company she works for leaves a message on her answerphone. The house cleaners turn up. The female owner tries to get rid of them, slipping a piece of paper into one of the cleaners hands that reads "call police". He reads this and recognises the situation and starts to ask his wife to leave but at this point the male murderer suspects something is wrong and kills both cleaners. He then beats the woman with his belt.
The female owner tries a different approach and tries to convince the man to leave his sister and run away with her. While they are upstairs discussing this, the sister unexpectedly comes back with the estate agent. The female hides in a wardrobe. The sister allows the estate agent to show her the house, she insists on seeing the bedrooms. While in the same bedroom as the female owner the sister tries to seduce the estate agent. The brother comes out of the bedroom and slashes the estate agents throat to the annoyance of his sister, she's concerned about blood seeping through the floorboards.
In the evening they invite guests over. People we've seen before who are friends of the owners. Well, it's not the type of house party I would want to go to, lets leave it there! Overall,this film shows that even with a script that has lots of holes in it, you can make a decent thriller.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
A young newly wedded couple arrive at a remote house in the woods belonging to the girl's family. What can possibly go wrong? Well, quite a lot actually but it is done bit by bit and the suspense really does build up well. I shared the man's frustration with not understanding why his wife was becoming more remote from him. This is another film that contains a good twist to the story. It's not what you think in the end and to be kept in suspense for the length of the film is a great achievement from the director Leigh Janiak whose first film this was. One of the stars (Rose Leslie) is in the hit TV series Game of Thrones. It was a lot better than the average film on the Horror Channel.
This film was quite an interesting take on a familiar theme. An Englishman hitch-hiking in France meets a young French woman and they hitch-hike together. A French house owner passerby stops and gives them a lift. At first it seemed as though the killer on the loose that's in the news is the Englishman. However, all is not as it seems. There are some good twists in the film that will keep you watching, I quite enjoyed this from a plot point of view, despite not particularly liking the actors involved.
Saturday, July 18, 2020
The twist in the story is the same as The Sixth Sense from 1999. This 2012 film didn't get very positive reviews when it was released but it's not a terrible film, its just not a classic either.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
It's very loosely based on something called the Philip Experiment that was conducted in 1972 in Canada. That doesn't make it any better, by the way.
There are some nice looking actors in the film, Ashley Greene is the female lead. As a result of a séance conducted at a university several years before an entity has been let out from "the other side" and is haunting one of the students who took part. He lost his first girlfriend in the experiment. He now has a new girlfriend and they are moving into a house together. So thinks start happening around the house and a strange fungus appears. The new girlfriend finds a box of stuff belonging to the student and realises she might end up in the same fate. One of the students who conducted the experiemental séance originally gets back in touch (the actor who plays Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter) and they try to perform some kind of exorcism - with electronics involved, though frankly at this stage things were so ridiculous I was past caring.
Not a film I can recommend to you.