By: Justin Hopkins
Alright first B Movie Sunday of the year. Wanted it to be last week, but movie I picked was a particularly bad one and didn’t want to start off on a bad foot. So, I pushed it back another week. Good, bad or in between whatever movie I picked was going to be what I ran with today, and movie chosen was the 2018 Mara. A sleep demon who kills people with Sleep Paralysis. Seemed like an interesting premises and wanted to see what the movie was all about. So, lets dive in and see what this movie has to offer.
The movie starts with a little girl named Sophie, being awaken by a sound and scared by the open closet. Sneaking out of her room and toward her parents when a she hears a woman screaming, coming from the bedroom. When she reaches for the door handle, the door flung open and her Mom comes rushing out. Screaming for her to not look and we see her Dad’s lifeless body twisted in knots. After a bit of an opening sequence. We jump to Forensic Psychologist Kate, waking up, going about her daily routine, before getting the call to come to the crime scene. Detective McCarthy wanting her expertise on whether or not the Mother was going to be committed. When she fails to get the Mother to talk, goes to talk to Sophie. Who is with her Grandpa. She is hiding under the bed, before he leaves says he thinks it was Dougie. Meanwhile, Sophie says it was someone named Mara. When Kate takes this to the Mother, she flips and starts to scream. Calming down at the station, saying that they had argued over him having an affair and that she was going to get a divorce. When they fail asleep, she woke up and saw Mara, the Sleep Demon kill him. This was all the Detective needed to hear and it is up to Kate whether she is going to a mental institution or be arrested. After a night, she makes the choice to have her committed and that night, she experiences Sleep Paralysis and sees Mara. Which gets her to relook over the evidence and finds the name Takahashi. Going to his house only to find him dead in the same way that Sophie’s Dad was. She tries to talk sense into the Detective that this had to be the same person that killed him, but he isn’t going to do anything without evidence. Leaving it up to her to investigate and learn just who Mara is and that is where I am leaving it for now.
Starting off, I really enjoyed the performance by Olga Kurylenko as Kate. Really making me care about her plight. Trying to do what is right by Sophie and her Mom and then Dougie when it became aware that he was next. Can fill her building terror, but was still selfless when Mara was coming after Sophie. Olga did a great job from beginning to end. Same with Craig Conway as Dougie, someone who evolved from someone dislikable to extremely sympathetic. He wants to help, but is riddled in fear of his own. Not wanting to die and dragged down by the lack of sleep and worked really well off Olga. And kind of wish we got to see more of Melissa Bolona. Carly was a pretty good character.
You hear people talk about terrifying experiences that they had during Sleep Paralysis and many have seen demons. So using it to make a story over a specific demon was a solid idea with a lot of room to play with. Having some real tense scenes and did like how Mara looked and moved.
Unfortunately, that rounds out my positives. I don’t normally like picking out the logic holes in movies. Just go with the flow and let the story play out but there were two big ones that I can’t really ignore. Starting with the least nitpicky one, and that is the death of Sophie’s Dad and the fact that it couldn’t have been Carly who did it, like physically couldn’t have done it. Which would not be this much of an issue, but Kate makes this same argument after the death of Takahashi. They even have two other suspects in Dougie and whoever he had the affair with. They don’t even bother talking to Dougie until the third death. I get that they are going for no one believing in Mara, but there is a line between characters acting logical in the face of supernatural and just being dumb, and they pass this line way to many times in this movie.
Now, Mara is awaken by a tragedy and when she has been awaken, is driven to people who carry around guilt and the guilt here is… thin to say the least. I guess that is where they were going for.. maybe. I mean, they did Sophie right. Sophie felt guilty because she talked to Kate and got her Mom committed, which to a kid would be a thing. Dougie killed two during his time in the war, by accident during what sounded like a battle, in which he was defending his squad. Carly felt guilt over breaking up her family with a divorce and Husband was guilty over the affair. Only two who actually sounded like they were guilty on something big was Takahashi and maybe Saul. Kate’s big guilt was… either getting her committed or not listening to Carly which lead to her death. The twist option so they could end on the death of Kate. A horrible decision in my opinion. Could have had her go eye to eye with Mara and accept the mistakes that she made and own it, which absolved her and ended on a listen, but no.
I don’t want to start the year off with a bad review, so I am going to do something a little different. I wouldn’t suggest this movie. Outside of some good performances, there was nothing much here for me to enjoy, but if you like demon movies and are generally freaked out by the concepts of Sleep Paralysis. Then you might be able to enjoy Mara, just don’t go in with exceptions. As always, I hope you enjoyed and….
Thank You For Reading.
By Paul Anthony
In August of 2001 we saw the release of Jeepers Creepers and the film though was simple became a hit, the film starred a young Justin Long and Gina Philips. The film which is in the genre of Mystery-Horror Monster film was a hit when it grossed nearly 60 million dollars on a budget of 10 million dollars. The film told us the story of a brother and sister traveling home during spring break through Florida when they start to be chase down by a old box truck, turns out this wasn’t just some random person but a creature who on every 23rd spring for 23 days eats human parts and make them his own parts and the Creeper which is its name picks his victims through fear and this time he wanted a pair of eyes but with the film making money we all knew a sequel was coming. Just two years later in August of 2003 we got the sequel. Here the movie takes place just days later which was a good thing because we really didn’t some future movie that would kill the series like a Jason X. The film had a higher budget but not by much it went from 10 million to 17 million which was understandable. You had a bigger cast this time around and needed a little more graphics. Only two people returned for this film and that was Jonathan Breck as the Creeper and Justin Long made a cameo. Like always we have to ask was this film better then the first one? Like always lets talk about the plot first.
Here we start the film on day 22 of the same spring as the first film when we get to see the Creeper back in action this time he kills a young boy in front of his family on their farm. We then move to day 23 with a school bus full of high school basketball players celebrating with the fact that they won the state championship but soon they blow out a tire but manages to keep going down the road until they blow out another tire that forces them to stay park and anyone who has a cellphone doesn’t have service, they do their best to call for help on the CB Radio but soon the creeper starts to basically pick on them, it is revealed that he threw homemade weapons to blow out the tires. Sure enough he picks them off one by one though they do some pretty good damage to his as well but he keeps on coming after them. Just when hope seems to be lost Jack Sr and jack jr the family from the farm shows up with a homemade Harpoon to kill them but just as it seems they could the Creeper’s time runs out and goes into Hibernation before it bleeds out saving it’s own life. The film ends the when we a see a pickup truck carrying teenagers to a farm and we learn that its Jack Sr and Jack jr’s farm and it has been 23 years or close to it and they been selling photos of it calling it a Bat from hell and we last see Jack SR waiting with his harpoon and tells the teenagers that he’s waiting for it to awake which should happen in a day or 2.
Now I have to say the film wasn’t better or worse than the first film, basically it was on par. what hurt this film was the audience knew and saw too much of the Creeper already, we knew what he was and what he wanted, we knew all the facts and what film could have done was give us more details about him but they didn’t. the main cast of students had no real character to them, they just seemed to be there, actually all the cast seem to be that way. The acting was okay, no one stood out in this film, plot was predictable which most horror films are. In the end I am giving this film a C for a rating though it didn’t stand out , it wasn’t bad either.
By Paul Anthony
It is tough being a celebrity because you no longer have a private life, people will watch your every move and report every step even if it means giving out wrong information about you. One of the biggest questions of the week was when did Tanya Roberts truly pass away, by now we know the answer which she passed away on January 4th which the media confirmed the next day but reports earlier said she had passed on January 3rd. We also know it was on her manager who reported the bad news despite not actually getting the exact word and just assuming. It was sad messy situation regarding someone’s life and how did we get to this point?
We know she was on a hike on December 23rd 2020, where she started to suffer pain and have difficult breathing and on Christmas eve she fell out of bed and could not breath, there she was taken to the hospital where she was put on an ventilator. Now due to the pandemic no one was able to see her. Her partner Lance O’Brien was invited to the hospital for the end of life visit in which he told her manager he was going there to say good bye and the manager took that as she was already gone but that wasn’t true. O’Brien had clear things up that she was being taken off of life support. I hope this opens the eyes of many managers that they need to get the correct and accurate information before they release any private information like this. Now many or some might be asking who is Tanya Roberts?
Well Roberts was an actress born as Victoria Leigh Blum, her career basically started in the earlier 70’s when she was doing commercials and made her film debut in 1975 in a film called Forced Entry. By 1980 she starred in the hit series Charlie’s Angles when she replaced Shelley Hack. Through the early 80’s she was in mostly B- Movies like The Beastmaster and Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, which sadly she was nominated for a Razzie for worse Actress. But By 1985 she was cast as a Bond Girl in A View to a Kill. This might have been her peak in the films but her Tv career was still going good and even stronger when she got the role of Midge Pinciotti in That 70’s Show, which she played the character for 81 episodes. her career may have ended in 2005 when she retired but she was slowing her pace before that to help take care of her husband which she married him in 1974 to 2006 when he passed away.
It has been confirmed that Roberts fell ill to a UTI that entered her organs and blood stream which also caused her to have a blood infection which was made worse due to her history with hepatitis C. She passed away at the age of 65. she was survived by Lance O’Brien, she didn’t have any children but our hearts and prayers go out to her family
By Paul Anthony
Back in 2002 we were in the height of the Bow Wow Era and also Jonathon Lipnicki as well, one was a cute little young rapper and the other was cute little kid that was pretty much in the prime of his acting career. So why not get these two kids together and make a film about orphans finding a pair of Michael Jorden’s shoes that some how actually fit and gave him powers to be the G.O.A.T the movie had all the magic and was a good little hit. The film had the budget of just 30 million and mad just around 62 million. so you know what that means, yes a sequel was coming. Sadly Lil Bow Wow grew up and so did Lipnicki which meant that they weren’t going to be in a sequel and worse of all the film would be direct to video which in 2006 these films were still a knock off basically unlike today. the biggest stars of this film was basically Kel Mitchell and Mark Cuban. the film stars Jascha Washington in the lead role where the kid finds the shoes. Now the biggest question of the day would be did this film live up to the first film? I best answer would be no of course but let’s take a look at why it didn’t.
In this film we meet a young boy named Jerome Jenkins Jr, one day playing basketball with his friends, they learn that a streetball team is coming to town and is looking for talent. Needless to say Jerome and his friends aren’t very good even though street ball is in Jerome’s family, his dad is often referred top as a good player though chokes during the big games. One day Jerome finds a pair of shows hanging on a street light, what catches the his eyes the most is the fact that the shoes says MJ on it. And that night the shoes are struck by lightening which Jerome learns has given him more abilities to play basketball but only when he wears them. Soon he starts to gain attention from other people and even joins a streetball team and leads them to the championship game however life isn’t perfect off the court. He stops making time for his friends, he becomes a ball hog which begins to turn his teammates against him as well. Meanwhile Ray who is like his mom’s distant relative friend becomes his agent to get him sponsors but in the long run he was only using him for the money and not looking out for his well being. Finally everything catches up to Jerome and he realizes all the wrong he is doing. In the end he makes it up to everyone he has hurt and screwed Ray with making money.
Okay so we know it didn’t live up to the first film, the film did have some over the top scenes that just didn’t seem like it fit in with the rest of the movie, which made these scenes even more over the top and just hurt the film. The film also tried to recreate the magic from the first film with a new cast which just didn’t happen. The Character of Ray was a joke he was called cousin Ray living with them and really wasn’t family at all. That made no sense. In the end I am giving this film a C for being average at best!
By Paul Anthony
I have to admit the main reason why this film got my attention was because the cast that was involved with this film. The film was a star studded one which was led by Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson but they were weren’t the only stars of the film. We had Bill Skarsgard, Sebastian Stan, Jason Clarke and that’s just to name a few. I was impressed that Netflix had managed to get a movie with this many stars in it, but like always the question was it good. Like many other psychological thrillers, this one was the one where you needed to pay attention because one detail that you would miss, would cause you a lot confusion and might even make you stop paying attention, but no worries I got you covered. Now understand that this movie which was based on the 2011 novel of the same name, has the main characters stories weaved together, which means basically the paths that our characters take were based on other characters that we are following and explains their interactions. The plot of the movie basically spans twenty years and goes from just about 1945 to 1965.
We first meet Willard Russel played by Bill Skarsgard during his time in World War 2, where he puts another soldier of his misery, this however will haunt him for the rest of his life, but after the war he starts to find his way home and that is where he meets a waitress and she becomes his wife and then they have son named Arvin. In 1950 we meet Helen Hatton who just married Roy Laferty who is one crazy preacher who has a daughter named Lenora, one day during a sermon he gets bitten by a spider which then makes him loses grip on reality and believes he can bring back the dead and to prove it he kills his wife to try to bring her back and at this point he realizes he cant, he basically runs away only to run into a pair of murders. That’s where we meet Carl Henderson and his wife Sandy who pick up hitch hikers convince them to have sex with Sandy while Carl watches and takes pictures but kills the men afterwards but Roy refuses so they kill them anyway. We jump to 1957 now Willard’s Wife now has cancer and it is killing her fast. In a last ditch effort Willard sacrifices the family dog to god to cure his wife of cancer but its no hope she dies and he in his grief commits suicide leaving Arvin as an orphan which he goes and lives with his grandmother Emma who also adopted Lenora.
During this timeframe we also learn that Sandy’s brother is also the Sheriff named Lee, who we learn is just as corrupt as his sister. He does find out what she does on the side and he begins to rid any evidence that suggests that his sister is a killer. Now in 1965 the local church gets a new young Preacher named Preston who seduces Lenora and she becomes pregnant. When she goes to Preston, basically denies any wrong doing and Lenora commits suicide so she doesn’t bring shame to her family. Arvin figures out that the father was Preston and confronts him and kills him. Now Arvin hits the road and gets picked up by Carl and Sandy but Arvin is armed and kills them after pleading with them to rethink this. Now Sheriff Lee sets out for revenge and to make sure Arvin doesn’t have any evidence that will pin him with his sister and in final moments of the film they meet and battle it out with Arvin getting the upper hand and killing Lee. Arvin once again hits the road and hitches a ride taking a nap and day dreaming about his future.
Now I seen some of the reviews on this film and its mostly been mixed to negative and even some calling it a miss. I did like the story but felt like some parts were rushed and we needed a little more character development with pretty much the entire cast. I believe that is what mostly killed this movie for a lot of people. In the end I want to give it an 70 percent or a C. I would still say please give this movie a shot, its not a bad movie by no means!
By: Justin Hopkins
So, I have found myself in a Resident Evil kick. Been playing through Code Veronica X, 2 and 3, and bits of the first. Watching randomizers on YouTube and wanted to watch some of the movies, no not those ones, but one of the CGI Movies. Three years back I even did a review on Vendetta, but for some reason, I never went back and did reviews on the other two. So, lets remedy that shall we, and start at the beginning with Resident Evil: Vendetta.
The movie starts off with several news stories detailing what happened with the bombing of Racoon City and the terrorist attack of Inia. The rise of Wilpharma and the group known as Terrasave, who opposes the human testing they do and Curtis Miller being an extremist. We jump to the Airport and the arrival of Claire Redfield, meeting her friend and her daughter Rani. Who is left with her so her friend could get the car. Seeing reports on the protestors outside, There to protest the arrival of Senator Davis, a staunch supporter of Wilpharma. Meanwhile up one a plane, we see a sick passenger onboard. Back in the airport, the Senator tries to slip out unnoticed, but when Rani blows his cover, a protestor in a zombie mask starts to confront him, only to be scolded by Claire. Who is going to be arrested along with him for association, until a real zombie shows up and the airport turns chaotic. Claire spots Curtis in the crowd, before said Airplane crashes into the lobby and we jump to later. A military group called the STR has the airport locked down and everyone who was inside in quarantine. Angela is yelling at her Chief, her and Greg wanting to go in, but they are ordered to stand down, till a Special Agent arrives. Enter Leon S. Kennedy who hears their plan, tells them it will only be the three of them. Despite their protests. Not buying the zombies, till Angela is nearly bit for helping one and Greg’s overdoing firing at them does nothing. Have a reenactment of Claire and Leon running into one another and she takes them back to the survivors. Plan was to clear enough zombies away from the lobby and run out of the door. Everyone going go till Greg is bitten and the Senator knocking Rani into danger, which Claire rescues her in stellar fashion and they manage to get out. As things were settling down, Wilpharma trucks pull in. Caring the Vaccine. Turns out they had it the whole time, but because of Terrsave’s meddling. Couldn’t administer. Which rocks Claire. Leon does talk sense to her and that it wasn’t her fault, but right when he does, the trucks are blown up along with the vaccine. Turns out the terrorist behind the attack in India and here, are threatening to unleash another attack unless the truth about who knew about Umbrella and Racoon sity is revealed and that is where I will leave it for now.
There is so much good things to unpack in this movie that I am not sure where to unpack. While it was very much a Claire and Leon driven story, Angela is introduced really well and keeps up with them the whole way through. Did a stellar showing the pain and conflict going on in Curtis in scenes like, before he burned his house down, he turned every family photo around so they could watch him do it. When he is in his first form of the G-virus, he is smart enough to cover his eye with his big hand. Then they had a morale side between Terrasave and Wilpharma. After Umbrella and Racoon City, can see the importance behind the good work they stand for, but at times, you can see where it can hinder the process too. Then you sprinkle moments like Claire wielding an umbrella as a weapon and reenacting the meeting for fun moments.
I love when Claire and Leon are the main character. Besides the fact that they are my favorite (Claire) and second favorite (Leon) characters. They just work so well together. Leon being your fighter and Claire being more passive who wants to look after everyone, but when pushed, can run her way through anyone. For their first CGI Movie, it was so smart to bring these two into the fold for it. Angela was a fun character who they utilized quite well. Able to create the horror of someone experiences zombies for the first time and the awful realization of having to kill what was essentially at one point a human. Opening her up and showing her in an emotional state allowed me to believe she was ready to sacrifice herself at the end and could actually see her enter into the games at some point.
By no means do I know enough on CGI and Animated Movies to talk knowledgeable on the topic. Just what I see and go from their. For the most part, I did like a lot of the work on display. Can kind of tell it was their first foray into these movies. The setting were really nice and the action scenes were awesome. From Claire catching the gun as she cracked the zombie with a roundhouse kick to the head and blew them away. G-virus Curtis wiping out the military squad and the finale. Some rough bits here and there, but the only complaint I got is with Leon. Claire looks great. So does Angela and Curtis and even the Senator. Leon at times, looks so, for the lack of a better word, stiff. Especially when he is just idol and talking to people. It is not a major negative, because they have improved his look leaps and bounds in Damnation and Vendetta. Here though, it can kind of be a bit distraction.
There were some negatives, but honestly, they were not big enough to bring up. Overall I had a blast with Resident Evil: Regeneration. A great starting point to their CGI Movies which only got better from here. Big suggestion for you to check it out if you haven’t already. Final Grade – A
As Always, I hope you enjoyed and…
Thank You For Reading.
By Paul Anthony
Here we are reviewing a film that should have never happen or at least should have never been rushed to be made. Chucky was defeated in part one and found a way to come back. Thanks to the toy company getting the remains of the Good Guy doll that Chucky was using and basically rebuilt the doll which I guess gave Chucky enough power to come back to life which never made sense tome in first place, Why rebuilt a burnt doll. In part two once again Andy defeats Chucky again and once again destroyed the body this time in the plant in which he was rebuilt in. At this point its safe to assume at the very least the series should be over but Child’s Play 2 made money and that was the problem. The film made 35.8 million dollars from a budget of 13 million. Now here is the sad part because this film made money the studio wanted a sequel which we knew they would but we got a sequel just 9 months later. Which was a fast turn around by anyone standards and that was the biggest problem. No doubt a another break would have done justice for this franchise. Anyway 9 months later we get Child’s Play 3. The film made 20 million as gross against a unknown budget, which safe to say had to be around the 10 million marker.
The film does a big time jump from part 2, we are now 8 years after the events of part 2 and Andy is a now a 16 year boy who is going to Military school after he has been bouncing from one foster home to another in the last 8 years. Meanwhile Chucky remains in the plant that he died in and that’s because the company shut down the plant that makes the Good Guy dolls after their second run in with Andy and his situation. However they felt that 8 years was long enough to go without their most popular toy. So they order the plant to reopen. With Chucky blood still being in the doll they melt the doll down and his blood travels to a new doll which once again makes him powerful enough to come back to life and this time he’s really made and determines to find Andy and after killing the CEO and hacking into his records he finds where Andy is at. Now once again Andy is having a hard time fitting in though he does befriend his roommate and a girl named Kristen and a younger student called Tyler. Who now becomes Chucky new target because he revealed himself to Tyler in his new body. The fight is on for Andy defeat Chucky to save Tyler but its far from easy because once again no one believes him until the very end. Needless to say Andy defeats Chucky once again this time basically cutting his body up through a big fan. the film ends with Andy being taken to away in cuffs for questioning and Kristen rushed to the hospital and Tyler faith being unknown.
We know the series didn’t die after this, seven years later we got the film called Bride of Chucky which takes place only a month after the time line which the small time jump closes the window for the big jump that they did. Now why did this film didn’t do well as the first two even though everything was pretty much the same. The 9 month turn around, The second film was still fresh in people eyes and then release the film on a holiday weekend wasn’t the best idea in the end. Now I will give a C for a grade because it wasn’t a bad film just wasn’t good either!
By Paul Anthony
If you are a big Marvel fan then you know this week was a big deal for one of our favorite characters and that character was Daredevil. That’s right Daredevil is back home as of November 29th. This a big deal to me because let’s get right into it the show was a massive hit for Netflix and fans loved it. Let’s go even further back to the 2003 film Daredevil which starred Ben Affleck as our hero. The Movie was a modest hit but it could have been bigger. Year after year the idea of a sequel started to fade away and then there was talks of an reboot and even that fell through. By this time Disney now bought Marvel and rights were coming back home which included Daredevil. The MCU was born and was killing it at the box office. So it was Natural for fans to want another shot at seeing Daredevil. Then News broke that Disney worked out a deal with Netflix. That’s right we would see the devil again but this time it was show rather than a movie yet it would still take place in the MCU, just on a smaller skill since at times we knew Marvel had many heroes but they all weren’t big time players like the avengers.
Then on April 10th, 2015 the show was released and just like that fans went crazy for the show. They went on to binge watch it and beg for season 2 and even season 3. the show help bring characters to screen and into the light. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist got their own shows and we got a New Punisher as well. The casting of these shows and storylines what made the shows magic and it was all thanks to Daredevil. However little did we know Disney was working something else that would soon change the landscape of this great relationship.
Disney was working on their on streaming service which we know would be Disney plus which would launch in November 12th 2019, just one year later after Daredevil was canceled. At some point I would have guess Netflix got the word that Disney was going to have their own streaming service and decided to cancel the show. When they did this fans assumed the show would just be on Disney plus but we were wrong. We learned that the contract between Netflix and Disney would prevent the show from being saved and going to Disney for two years.
There could be a few reasons why this deal was in place and why Netflix did what they did. It all depends on which side of the coin you want to look at. Maybe Netflix wanted to keep a good relationship with Disney but also wanted to maintain ratings and to get both they needed to cancel the show, so Disney could have the rights soon as possible, this seems most likely instead of them punishing Disney, I say this because Netflix had all the rights to do a fourth season and they could have done it and that would basically slapped Disney in the face but they didn’t and they are smart enough not to do business like that. The good news is that Jessica Jones and The Punisher are the only ones left of the deal that is waiting to come and come February 18th they will. Now the question becomes will they revive these great shows? Time will tell.
By Paul Anthony
I have to say reviewing movies can be fun, writing about it can be fun, even if the movie is bad but then there are movies like this one where I just have to scream at watching. Okay let’s start at the beginning, today I am reviewing a film called The Car: Road To Revenge, which is a sequel to the 1977 movie The Car which starred James Brolin and Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley and Ronny Cox. The plot was simple a small town was being haunted by a car that drove itself and Brolin’s character has to stop it before it kills anyone else in town. The film ends with revealing that the car clearly survived the events of the film. We now jump to 2019 when this film came out direct to video 42 long years after the first film. Now you would think a reboot would be better or something but no we got a standalone sequel. Now both films are about the same length around a hour an a half but unlike the first film this was a rough hour an a half.
First and foremost the story takes place sometime in the future in a dilapidated cyberpunk looking city, where an District Attorney is working on putting this gang away for life but just when he gets the evidence that he needs the gang leader sends his henchmen to kill the attorney which by the time we get to this point we learn that the attorney isn’t a bad guy but isn’t good either, in fact he seems like a jerk pretty much when the girl he likes wants no relationship with him, he basically kidnaps and they have a little argument. So when the guys is killed you really don’t feel sorry for him. However shortly after he is buried, his brand new car begins to kill the henchmen one by one. Now we have a detective trying to saw his murder and teaming up with the guy’s girlfriend or ex girlfriend or whatever she truly is to him, they come together and track down the gang as well. Midway through the film the car does take some blows and finds it way to junkyard where the mechanic finds it and rebuilds it using parts from the first car in the first film, which is very random by the way, once the car is rebuilt it decides to now go after the detective and the girlfriend and they have to defeat the car and gang which they do!
This film honestly made no sense to me. One minute it seems like we should root for the District Attorney then the next minute you want him dead which would work if the people he was after was being framed or something. We have no character back stories, so we can’t connect with them and you get to the point where you don’t know which side is good and bad. The only bright spot to this film is that Ronny Cox does make a cameo in this film which pays homage to the first film. In the end I am asking you don’t waste your time watching this film. I am giving this film a failing grade or 40 percent.
By: Justin Hopkins
We are back again after a little break, sorry I will get better with sticking to a schedule, but here we are with another B Movie Sunday, with a movie from the U.K in the form of Book Of Monsters. I don’t normally get to watch foreign films, something that will be changing going into the next year, so was rather excited to sit back and watch this film. Lets dive in and see discuss how this one is shall we.
We start off with a little girl, Sophie, reading a demonic looking book of monsters under her blanket, when her Mom catches her. Laughing it off, being that it was a regular story for the two of them. Reading about Grota, before lights out, but before she leaves. Hears something from under her bed. Pulling a knife as she goes to inspect. but disappears under the bed. When Sophie goes to check on her, Mother comes up for a moment screaming, before a massive monster comes out from under the bed. Starting toward Sophie, but she wakes up. Older now, and about to turn 18 years old. We meet her friends Mona and Beth, who are going to throw her a massive happy eighteenth birthday party and while they are inviting everyone, have to invite her bullies, Brice and Arya, because they hangout with Jess, Sophie’s crush who Mona is trying to set up. They head back to her house where her Dad set up more of a childish party in sweet display. Gifting her the same book that she hadn’t seen since that night, before he left and they set up for the party, which started late and got out of hand. Leaving Sophie scrambling to keep things clean, while a mysterious redhead is going about sniffing people, before settling on one and took him back to Sophie’s room and getting her hands on the book and began to carve a pentagram into his chest and sacrifice him. All the while, Sophie is being just tormented by Arya’s prank of hiring a male stripper and unveiling her past in a mental hospital for all to here when they are interrupted by an attacking monster. Making quick work of the partygoers. Forcing the survivors into different groups and that is where I will leave it now.
I liked the concept they brought with the monsters. A monster each for the points of the pentagram and a stronger monster being a puppet master. Really loved the Plague Mask Killer. A simplistic look in comparison, but let him really move and looked menacing with is sickles. An interesting take on the Jinn and would have liked to see more from it, but fun while it was there. You can see where they get some of their inspirations from and played most of them nicely and made for a pretty fun story.
While it seemed to have a lot budget they did put a lot of attention in practical gore. People getting ripped to bits and slipping on body parts as they tried to run; all good stuff. The cheesy effect of the neon blood pouring down the wind shield of the car was spectacular. Taking you right back to cheesy horror of old and added a fun feel around it. Like I said, thought the Plague Doctor was the best, but the Shapeshifter looked good as well when it might not should have. Kept it lit up just right to maintain it’s presence.
The chemistry between Lyndsey Craine, Michaela Longden, and Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton was strong. Actually feeling like their characters would have been friends and when they were fighting the monsters, they were not swinging weapons around like seasoned pros. They showed fear and hesitation. Acting like normal people would in this situation. It was a nice change of pace having Lyndsey’s Sophie being a lesbian who has to save the damsel.
Negative wise, the bullies couldn’t have been worse. Would say they were paint by the numbers but Brice at one point simple just through his drink in Sophie’s face. I can’t get over that. Wasn’t even a set up. Just threw the drink. Lazy and didn’t really need two of them. Arya was good on her on.
Then there was Gary, who I did like, but they had him in this tense moment. Going to kill the Shapeshifter and save Jess and he stops to pee. I don’t have words. He could have heard a sound or saw something out of the corner of his eye. Nope.. he had to pee… yeah.
With all said and done though, had a fun time watching this movie. Fun characters and interesting monsters and some good gore. If you are a fan of cheesy horror, would suggest checking out Book of Monsters, with some friends and good food and drinks.
As always, hope you enjoyed and…
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