Number 18 of My Top 31 Horror Movies : A real estate developer and his young family are haunted by a demonic presence that has taken residence in their family home : “They’re Here…” : Being scared of Tobe Hooper’s 1982 movie POLTERGEIST is so easy, the film is an absolute screaming riot, a classic that still makes me drool with unquenchable excitement : the film has the trappings of Spielberg’s typical family ideals along with Hooper’s energy fused horror : I love the scenes of chairs moving across the floor, ghostly portals opening from the cealing, an ancient tree coming to life, a creepy clown sat at the foot of a childs bed and the haunting sound of Carol Anne’s voice whilst inside the other world, you can tell this is a story from the maestro Spielberg, it just drips with his imagination : Poltergeist starts it’s first half in grand supernatural style and then Hooper turn’s up the pace, ending with a pulse racing, squeamish finale : along with the iconic performance of Zelda Rubinstein’s Tangina Barrons a spiritual medium who comes to the aid of the Freeling’s some of my favorite moments in the movie has to be Marty’s face turning into a melting skeleton in front of the bathroom mirror as he picks away at the decaying flesh, the boy being dragged under the bed by the possessed clown and of course those last 20mins of the movie which belong to Jobeth Williams, firstly being thrown around her bedroom whilst her kids are being terrorised by some demonic evil creature, then battling corpses that are emerging from the unfinished muddy pool and finally saving the day & her family from the hell monster and getting outa of dodge : Poltergeist is a glorious, nightmarish & intense 80s horror that’s packed with nostalgia and so much fun to revisit ★★★★★
Number 24 of My Top 31 Horror Movies : When five friends arrive at a remote cabin in the woods for a little vacation, little do they expect the horrors that await them : I have rewatched Drew Goddard’s THE CABIN IN THE WOODS several times since the big screen back in 2011 and each & every time I have found something new to smile about : from Goddard & Whedon’s FRESH, FUNNY & ORIGINAL script to that bizzare feeling your watching two movies wrapped up in one it’s almost like an R rated Twilight Zone episode, it just keeps getting better and better, so much so that it recently made My Top 20 Movies of the Decade : The Cabin in the Woods is so far removed from their work together on Buffy the Vampire Slayer it’s actually insane to think it’s from the same team, but when it sinks in and you’ve watched it a few time the penny drops and you realise HELL YEAH this has their stamp it’s just on a different level, a more sadistic, crueler and blood splattered level : The Cabin in the Woods has so many horror layers and each time you peel one away the next is scarier, first you get the old garage attendent who’s creepy as fuck and at this point I would have turned for home, then it’s the cabin with it’s remote location, double sided mirrors and a goddam cellar and then the monsters start to come out to play, one by one each scarier and more violent than the next… well you get the picture….. it’s brilliant : the film is just everything you’d want from a horror movie, it’s scary, sexy and relentless, I mean watching Jules make out with the wolf is just…..wtf just happened have I been smoking some of Marty’s drugs or what?, the pair of Amy Acker & Fran Kranz add so much greatness and nostalgia to each scene their part of, the way the story arc twists and turns like a Rubik Cube is utterly bonkers and not since Wes Craven gave us Scream have I seen a better horror lead than Kristen Connolly, she’s fearless, gorgeous, takes no shit and she just owns her character : WHAT A MOVIE !! ★★★★★
OVERLORD : Julius Avery
Wyatt Russell, Jovan Adepo & Mathilde Ollivier
“A small group of soldiers find horror behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day” Let me start by thanking Julius Avery and his team for a cinematic treat – the films starts with one hell of a bang, an exciting claustrophobic movie moment with the soldiers on-board a war plane flying into hell fire, bullets flying everywhere, explosions and the views of what’s below giving your a heart a jolt to get you really ready for what’s to come – the first thing I need to mention about Overlord is it’s LOUD I mean Rob Zombie Front Row LOUD and that’s make you feel even more part of the movie, it’s pace relentless the scene in the attic involving Chase played by Iain De Caestecker is quite terrifying and crazy to boot and Chloe’s flame throwing scene is not only one of the film’s best scene’s but it’s cool as f@ck, the effects are jaw-dropping especially those involving Wafner played by the villainous Pilou Asbaek, and there’s one helluva viciously insane finale that will have your pulse racing and your finger nails gnawed to the bone – do yourself a favour and watch this one on the big screen it’s worth every dollar and it will be one of my favourite movies of 2018 for sure ★★★★½
Max (Taissa Farmiga) and some of her rather nerdy friends gets transported through a magical portal, that bizarrely, but brilliantly takes them into an 80s slasher movie titled Camp Bloodbath where the movies killer Billy is stalking his victims, armed with his machete exacting revenge to all who’s wronged him – Camp Bloodbath stars scream queen Nancy (Malin Akerman) who also happens to be Max’s mum, so as you can imagine things get deliciously confusing & delightfully funny – Well if you’ve never heard of Todd Strauss-Schulson you soon will – this is the best I’ve felt coming out of a horror picture at the cinema since Cabin In The Woods, Schulson delivers a love letter to the slasher genre that’s smart, innovative, sexy and downright hilarious – The Final Girls is horror comedy at it’s absolute best and I for one can’t wait for it’s bloody sequel !! ★★★★½
WOW ! Stop me I can’t stop looking and drooling over this latest piece of art from the incredible Kilian Eng who’s cool MAD MAX FURY ROAD captures the essence of Miller’s movie beautifully, it’s blazing color’s, and jaw dropping detail of the vehicles is a pure delight to view !
A really good movie is not all about great story telling, or how mind blowing the stunning visuals are, it’s not even about how many awards that picture’s won or how much money the studio makes in filling them theatre halls – for me A Really Good Movie should only be judged on the movies overall enjoyment, it’s experience it gave you it’s viewer, did it bring a smile to your face?, make you all gooey inside? or brought tears trickling down your cheek? – we’re not all robots and each person’s idea of a good movie is different to the next, so do yourself a favor and don’t take the review of a so called movie critic as gospel – after all it’s only their own personal take on that movie.
My version of a really good movie is Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland from its exceptional cast that includes the dazzling Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) who excels in the female lead, the veteran George Clooney who is superb as the quirky inventor Frank Walker and last but not least in my opinion the best young actress since Jodie Foster Snow White and the Huntsman’s Raffey Cassidy who was born to play the authoritative yet charming Athena, such a great character ignited to the screen by this passionate young actress that oozes a magical screen presence.
Overall: Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland is bold, ambitious film-making that’s full of exciting ideas, great photography and most of all one of them rare movies that engages the whole family – it’s a film jam packed with fun, heart warming characters, colorful and jazzy sets along with a stirring, riveting soundtrack from The Incredibles Michael Giacchino – if you only see one movie this weekend then I’d highly recommend Tomorrowland it will make you smile and remind you of the classic Lucas and Spielberg movies of yesteryear ★★★★½
Excited? Arnie is Back ! Here’s the first Terminator Genisys trailer from the Thor 2 director Alan Taylor that stars Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Jai Courtney and Arnold Schwarzenegger – if the film is anywhere near as fun as this trailer then we are in for a treat…. Enjoy !!
Here’s the latest batch of character posters from Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – judging by the trailers and the promotional material I’ve seen this looks downright outrageous and could be the film of 2014 – the action looks slick, the characters colorful and the cast assembled appears to be spot on – let’s just hope it delivers….
From Seth MacFarlane the man who brought us the hilarious TED comes A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST a new comedy western following a coward of a farmer who seeks the help of a gunslinger’s wife to help him win back the woman who deserted him – the film stars Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman – here’s some brilliant character posters along with the new redband (adults only) trailer…. Enjoy!
A Million Ways to Die in the West – US (30th May) – UK (6th June) – Australia (29th June)
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) – Movie Trailer
this looks hilarious… another big screen outing of everyone’s favorite newsreader Ron Burgundy played by funny man Will Ferrell – apart from the “Mugatu” character from Ben Stiller’s Zoolander Ron Burgundy is easily Will Ferrell’s funniest character – Director Adam McKay returns to helm the sequel that also includes cameo’s from Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Harrison Ford – this looks like it could be one wild ride…