By: Justin Hopkins
Psych was one of my favorite TV Shows during it’s run on USA. Telling the story of super sleuth, Shawn Spencer. A guy capable of picking up every detail in a room the moment he walks into it. Who uses this to help the Santa Barbara Police, under the guise of being a Psychic Detective along his reluctant friend Burton Guster. Eight season of funny and charming moments and a pretty goods movie along the way. Was over the moon excited to hear about this one and what they had in store this time around. So, with this being late as it is, (Sorry), lets dive in shall we.
We get things started with little Lassiter, on a walk through the woods with his Dad. Talking about the strength of the Lassiter families ability to grow legendary beards, but the most important part is their queen, before his Dad disappears. Leaving him scared and alone. Before jumping back to modern day, and Lassie is on the ground. Two bullets in his chest and a gunman in front of him. Doesn’t remember how he got there. Begging for him not to kill him. A plea that goes unheard and shot again. A shot that leads to a stroke. He wakes up in a nursing home, to Shawn and Gus. Surprising him with a dog Morrissey. When the nurse tries to get them to take the Dog away. They leave with her convincing her to let the dog to stay is they tell her why they are really there. Where we learn that he had called them in secretly for things he has been seeing and doesn’t want anyone to know, for fear people will think he is crazy. While she tells them that what he has been seeing is delusions in his mind. From stress, medication, and the Stroke and they are not doing him any favors by feeding into it. When they go back, find the dog had jumped out of the window. They are going to turn him down, but the dog returns with a severed hand. They ship the hand to Woody and return to their old office. Finding it had been turned into a pop-up Cat Restaurant. Due to Shawn’s Dad sub-renting the office space when they failed to notify the owner of their departure. After some bickering agrees to help them find the stuff they left behind. Meanwhile, we see Juliet arriving at Lassiter’s room. She too is working on his case. Showing him a picture of the guy who had been arrested for shooting him, only Lassiter doesn’t seem to convinced by this, but doesn’t want her to look into it. Having already been told twice to stop getting involved. Despite the fact she thinks there is more to it. Such as a missing bullet. Instead gets a 90 plus to do list. When she goes to leave, spots Morrissey’s dish. Calling Shawn to yell about him being there. Telling him it was fine and so was she. Only she tells him she is at the airport. When in reality, is at the scene where Lassie was shot. Find a homeless woman with a bullet wound in her leg. Later that night, neither of them share information just that they wouldn’t be working the case. Shawn especially, after getting the call that the hand belongs to a tech mogul who committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. Back with Lassiter though, after a sad, scared confession over his fears of not getting better and being a burden on his loved ones. Sees a man with a gun shot, going into the stables outside of his window. The next day Shawn and Gus try to turns down the job again, but he asks them to please keep looking into it. After finding nothing in the stables, they start to investigate the Mogul, Devon Tileback. Which leads them to a Viking Bar, and after an altercation and motorcycle chase that goes awry immediately. Find that Devon is alive. Having faked his death, but is shot before he could answer any of their questions. Turning out that Lassie may in fact be onto something much larger than what it seems and perfect spot for me to leave off with for the moment.
I got to give the writers so much credit for crafting this story so much around the limitations of Timothy Omundson. Who only had a brief cameo in the first movie, due to a real life stroke. They not only tailored Lassiter’s story arc so he could spent it in a bed or chair, but sure some of the lines must come from a real place in him after his stroke and giving us the tear jerking moment of him walking to Marlowe. Showed just how important every member of the group is and just nice to see them do what they had to do to give him a place in the movie.
The group doesn’t feel like they have missed a beat. everyone’s chemistry still going strong. The humor was way more hits than misses. From Morrissey to the back and forth between Shawn and Gus and pretty much everyone that had to deal with their hi-jinks. Felt like they were right back into the swing of things. The mystery seemed to take a back seat at times, but was passable enough for the story they were trying to tell, and the pregnancy angle, was kind of obvious that it was not Juliet’s. Did give us a heartfelt moment between Shawn and Henry, which are always the best, and the stellar proposal between Gus and Selene. I so, hope we get to see that wedding. It would just be outrageously over the top and I am one hundred percent all for it.
On the negative side of the ball. Probably could have done the reveal of Dolores being behind everything a little better than what they did. It works as it gives Lassiter his sense of power back, but felt lacking especially with the conversations she was having with Shawn and Gus and Mary’s part felt really just dumb and his lines were the worse part of the movie. Love seeing Mary, but he didn’t work at all here.
I normally talk about the cast, but they all do fantastic at this point. They know their characters so well that it’s magic anytime they are together. If you haven’t seen it, download peacock and give it a watch. Going to have a great time with it and hope this is not the last time we see them all together. Final Grade – A +
As always, I hope you enjoyed and…
Thank You For Reading
By Paul Anthony
Often to to not this is the film that the general public has forgotten about. Sure in the time since it was released it does have a cult following and of course I am talking about Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. The film was released just one year later from the first film which had been a hit in the slasher film genre and it was clear that Freddy could be a big name player in the genre but this sequel was very important for that statement to become true. By it’s release date we had so many players in the game now that the genre was losing its popularity, Sure we had Jason on his fifth film, we had Halloween on its third film, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Sleepaway Camp and Prom Night and Amityville Horror and so many more that Freddy had to fight for his share in a market that at this point might have been dying. The film made money because of its small budget which was 3 million and grossed nearly 30 million. These numbers were down and up from the first film. The First film had a budget of 1.8 million and grossed 57 million. Critics gave mixed reviews and with fatigue kicking in, it made sense to why this film made less then the first but we also have the plot to focus on as well.
The Film picks up 5 years after the events of the first film. And we told about the events of the first film that Nancy went crazy after see her boyfriend get killed next door and so forth, though we know it was all Freddy. Here we meet Jesse who now has moved into the same house with his family and right off the bat he begins to have nightmares with Freddy in them which always causes him to wake up screaming, which annoys his sister but concerns his parents. Through the first half of the film we see Jesse in school and with his friends and girlfriend Lisa. Soon after that we start to see Jesse personality changes because now Freddy is using his body as a vessel to begin his killings again. Though for the most part we don’t see Freddy doing it just Jesse until the end when the Freddy fully emerges and taunts the teens at Lisa’s Pool party, though Freddy can’t hurt Lisa because of the love Jesse has for Lisa, she realizes this and uses that to defeat Freddy and Jesse is saved but the movie ends with Freddy’s return taking Jesse and Lisa and other school teens on one hell of a ride leaving the door open for a third film that would save the series for years to come.
Some of the knocks I think was going against this film was one it came out a year later, so everything from the story to the graphics felt rushed which hurt the quality of the film. The story seemed rushed from the start. We know Jesse’s family just moved in but there was no build up to Freddy’s return, the movie started and we had Freddy’s return. That’s the the next knock as well, very little amount of Freddy in this story and with no real build it up, It did hurt the film. This movie basically seemed like this would be a direct to Video type of movie and not a movie that would be released on the big screen. In the end I am giving this movie a D for a rating but we all know it made enough money to get us to Part 3.
By Paul Anthony
Here we are in a new time period for films because of the outbreak that the world is going through currently, three months ago when this all started a feud actually started between Universal and the largest movie theater chain that is AMC. The feud started because Universal decided to release Trolls to home rentals and saw a good number in return and this sparked them to announced that they may start to release films early and at home rentals which the average price was around 20 dollars. this prove to be a successful move but AMC took offense to these comments and this is how this feud started. now we know we would have a winner and a loser in this feud but who and could a deal be reached?
We now know that a deal has been reached and this might be a game changer in the industry. The deal is between Universal and AMC which AMC will have the film for 17 days after it is released before Universal will decide to release the film on PVOD. We know from common sense this window could last longer depending on how well the movie does at the box office. Sure the film can make money on PVOD but most likely not as much as it would in a theater. Mostly because the the cost of a ticket per person. It is a well known fact to rent a movie for 20 dollars for a family would be cheaper then buying 4 tickets or so. At the end of the day both parties wanted to make money but more so Universal needed to be smart and look at the numbers correctly but also be loyal to the fanbase that love their movies.
We now have to wonder what will follow after this deal between the two giants. Will more giants follow this path. We see already everything is right now taking a hit because of this outbreak situation. When seen films like My spy head to Amazon just so we can watch it but Big budget films have yet to be release because studios know that they could lose money by going to PVOD so theaters know that they will have the movie for sometime but the question is now for long. Studios might want to wait to see how all this plays out, no doubt that Universal has a big films coming out in 2021 and if this deal fails or hurts the studio. Then we know PVOD wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and this idea will fade.
PVOD is a nice thing but it takes away the most popular date idea in history, a Dinner and movie with a night out on the town and as Justin spoke some movies are better on the big screen. Just listen to his review of the film Becky, he clearly states this film would have been better on the big screen. Trolls may have been a fluke because it was a family movie and the outbreak just started and people needed to watch something as the fear started to sit in with people. In the end time will tell how this deal will work out with all parties.
By Paul Anthony
One of the first shows that I got into as a kid growing up that wasn’t a cartoon or sitcom had to be this show Unsolved Mysteries. Like many of the fans of the show I would watch reruns and when they brought the show back in 2008 I would watch those episodes as well then the show ended again and for ten long years the show was on ice until now when Netflix brought it back and of course I had to watch it and though the season only consist of 6 episodes so far with another 6 on the way but the question becomes did these episodes so far live up to the legacy of the show before it?
Let’s break down each episode plot for you first. As I mentioned before the show has 6 episodes so far with 6 more on the way. Episode one is about the death and disappearance of Rey Rivera and the episode is titled Mystery on the Rooftop. Second episode titled 13 minutes which involves Patrice Endres, a salon owner who disappears in a 13 minute window that she had for a break. Third episode titled House of Terror which involves the Dupont’s family Murder and the disappearance of the father and husband Xavier Dupont. Fourth Episode titled No Ride Home features the death of Alfonzo Brooks. Fifth episode is titled Berkshires UFO which the title basically explain the plot which was about the Berkshires county UFO sighting and Alien Adduction. The final episode is called the missing witness which is about Lena Chapin.
Each episode basically have the victim’s friends and family giving the good side of the victims and then explaining what could have happen and so forth and they also have former investigators of the crime to explain their side of things and why everything hasn’t been solved yet. Each episode in it’s own right is intense and gives you a good amount of details where you can come up with your own conclusion even if it you can’t prove it.
Ranking the episodes from my point of view goes a little like this. 1. Missing Witness, 2. No Ride Home, 3. Mystery on the Rooftop, 4. 13 Minutes, 5. Berkshires UFO and 6 House of Terror. The Missing Witness is my favorite by far because of the situation with the witness being the daughter of the murderer and when she is ready to tell the world key evidence about her missing Step-father, she to is killed with no body found and leaves behind a son that the mother who is the murderer has custody to and it is very twisted and just sad. My least favorite is House of Terror and its not a knock on the episode but I know it in involves an French family but having the entire episode in French and reading the subtitles as you are trying to follow the story was just not working for me.
The big and only con about this show is the fact it no longer has a host which does make it feel like every other Netflix show, but that is just being picky right there. In the end they did a great job with the show and I am looking forward to more episodes.
Please if you have any information regarding the cases of the show please go to http://www.unsolved.com
By Paul Anthony
Here we are about to talk about a movie that just couldn’t get released. The Movie kept getting pushed back and back. This film was suppose to come out in August of 2019 but then got pushed to January of 2020 then to March then to April but then this virus happened and it seemed like this film was doomed but then Amazon bought the rights to the film so the move goers could see this film and the film got a home release. The question I always have is if this film was released how much would it make? Truth is the budget was a low 18 million for this comedy and it did gross when it could overseas a nice 5.5 million. Comparing this film with Dave Bautista other film Stuber I would ball park around 30 million. Now Stuber was considered a failure with being an summer time film, which could have been the reason why this film was moved out of the summer. So how good was this film? Well the truth be told this film was on par with Stuber, except this was more aimed at families rather than just adults, so if you liked that film than you will like this film as well.
The film revolves around JJ who was a former Special Forces soldier who became a spy for the CIA. It is clear that though he was a great soldier, he not a good spy. We seen this in the opening scenes when he blurs out information that he didn’t receive unless he was a spy. The one thing he can do is fight and blow stuff up which is how he makes it out a live. After returning to the headquarters and it seems like he did a good thing he is told by his boss that though he did good with fighting , he didn’t get any information that was truly needed and is told that maybe being an spy just not for him but is given a easy mission in Chicago with his new partner. His Mission is to watch a family of a criminal they have their eye on, simple enough right? Soon as they get to Chicago he comes across the niece of the Criminal and his cover is blown but she manages to blackmail him as long as he serves a father figure and teach her how to become a spy. The adventures that he does with the girl brings the laughs of course and they even save the day together and when the mission is over, he decides to return to Chicago to live with her and her mother who he began to have feelings for towards the end of the film.
This film had some cheap laughs but you couldn’t figure out who the audience should be because it wasn’t meant for kids but wasn’t meant for adults either. Some things wee just too out of place for me to really like but enjoyed Bautista and glad to see he is growing as an actor. In the end I am giving this film an C for a grade. It felt average to me and honestly can’t say more about it.
By Paul Anthony
Welcome to a new edition for Sequel Saturday and this week the title says it all. We all have grew up watching the Vacation film franchise but let’s be honest how many of us knew the order of the films because I didn’t, sure I watched them all except the most recent one. I could never figure out which was the correct order, maybe because I didn’t care who knows but then today I did my research and realize this film was the second one. I always found it to be confusing simply because of the children but now I know it was gag that started with this film by accident of course. The actors who played the kids in the first film dropped out of doing the sequel and the trend continued to this very day. As we know for most of the series that Rusty is older but the ages vary through the film of how much older he actually is. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid. The film had a budget of 15 million which was the same amount as the first film but made 12 million less but still made an profit which why we had Christmas Vacation.
The film starts with the family winning on a game show which the grand prize a European vacation, but they learn that the hotels and everything isn’t what the show made it sound like. Through the vacation we see Audrey miss her boyfriend and he breaks up with her because she is gone mind you the vacation is only two weeks. Rusty tries to bang any girl that looks his way and Clark and Ellen try to make the most of it. The family learns that they can get tired of each other and begin to fight with each other but it is short lived when Clark gets into a fight and gets chased by the mob but their problems don’t stop there. Little do they know when they arrive at an Travel Agency, they interrupt a robbery. The robber gives them cash to get them out of the way and the best thing they do with the money is to buy the clothes. But the robbers come after them because they had put the real clerk in the family’s trunk and they also kidnap Ellen and Clark saves the day thought it was his silly self that got them into it.
The Movie try to recreate the laughs from the first film but it didn’t work as well as they thought it would. Sure we got some laughs but couldn’t go up against the first film. The recasting of the kids might have hurt the film a little but we know now it was never about them for us to pay that close of attention. Doing the same thing twice in a row can also be boring just little. In The end though this film may not be a classic but is in a classic franchise and I am going to recommend this film to enjoy with the family! In the end I am giving this film a C for a grade!
By Paul Anthony
I make it no secret that, I don’t like watching cartoon movies in the theater however I might have found the film that could change my mind but now we may never know because of the situation that the world is in with this virus. We all grew up loving Scooby- Doo and this brought back some great Saturday memories watching the dog and his gang solving scary mysteries, The live action movies were cute as well. Scoob! serves as a reboot of sorts because we meet the gang when they are young and learn how the group came to be! The movie sounds like it will be cute as well but the movie is far from perfect though.
We first meet Scooby-Doo who is a puppy that is living on the streets. who takes a piece of meat from a butcher. Not long after that the cops start to chase him and that’s when we meet Shaggy who is walking by himself trying to find friends but has no luck because he thinks he is an outcast. By pure luck the two run into each other and Shaggy even protects him from the cops and even takes him home where they begin their friendship. It’s not until Halloween that we meet Fred, Daphne, Velma. Who recues the two from bullies but their candy gets thrown into a old house that everyone believes to be haunted. Led by Fred they go into the house and of course there is an ghost but they quickly solve that problem and prove that there is no such thing as ghost! The gang then becomes Mystery INC. Ten years later the gang wants to grow but requires money that they don’t have in which they bring in an investor who is none other than Simon Cowell who basically says he will only invest in the company if they drop Scoob and Shaggy from the gang because they are dead weight. Before Fred can answer the two storm off. they decide to go bowling and get attacked by small robots but is recused by the blue falcon well the son of Blue falcon because his dad retired. The gang learns their whereabouts and set off to find them. Scoob and Shaggy and the blue Falcon starts to be attacked by the main Villain Dick Dastardly who wants Scooby because he is the last relative of Peritas who was the dog of Alexander the great. If Dick gets Scooby, he is able to unlock a portal that has tons of gold though he makes up a sad excuse to stop everyone from catching him. In the end the gang becomes reunited to stop him for good and Simon changes his mind about Shaggy and Scooby because he learns they are heart of Mystery INC.
Let me start with the pros of this film, I did enjoy the comedy aspect of it and the music and the touching story of how everyone in the group serves a purpose even if other don’t think so. The cons, Over the top mystery, we all seen the show and this case was just way too much for a first film, then having a bunch of cameos of the other cartoons. the Movie didn’t need both of those elements and I believed it hurt the film more than anything. In The end though this film could have been better but instead it was just average but still i would say watch it! I am giving this film an C for a rating!
By Paul Anthony
Okay the title says it all but I am going to recap because it has been a while. For starters let’s go back to last August when the film Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw came out. Now I am not the biggest fan of spinoffs because at times they are just not needed, not every character needs a spin off to tell a story. I think we can all agree with that. Anyway, here we are dealing with a spinoff, with two characters who have become popular in a franchise because of who plays them. Still I had no interest in seeing the film, so I did a mock review which I based everything on trailers and word of mouth and I ended up giving the film a D for a grade and said that I wouldn’t give it a higher grade then that. So I finally I had time to watch it because I wondered if I had changed my mind. I will give my grade at the end of the blog like always. The film however proved to be a hit because it grossed 760.0 million off a of a budget of 200 million, once again you wanted the gross to be higher but you will take the victory and this film gave us some good feuds with the cast of the franchise as well. Because of the money that the film made, there will be a sequel down the road.
The plot is pretty much what we came to expect from a Fast and Furious film. Hobbs and Shaw are recruited by the CIA to stop a terrorist group who basically made technology to enhance humans to make them cyborgs of sorts and kill off the weaker humans with a virus, the lead villain who is played by Idris Elba is the first of his kind and proves to be a much bigger threat to Hobbs and Shaw. At this point Shaw’s sister Hattie implants the virus in her to stop if from getting into the bad guys hands. The gang goes a few rounds with the villains until they win with some over the top action and removes the virus from Hattie and gives it to CIA which they put it in lockdown. Hobbs returns home and shows his family his daughter and everyone is reunited because Hobbs at some point had beef with his family.
The biggest problem I had with this film was it is part of the Fast and Furious, they failed to explain why the rest of the team wasn’t around because you know the team always around to save the world. With a spin off comes adding a story to the characters that messes up the backstory that we already know, like Hobbs family history or Shaw’s history and how he’s actually a good guy and everything like that and of course Shaw has a baby sister who we never knew about and as for Owen they barely mention anything about him even in flashback scenes. Here are some of the things that I did like about the film, the comedy and action with The Rock and Jason Statham then add in cameos from Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Hart was a good touch, no doubt having the four of these guys as leads in a film would be a hit. In the end I am giving it a higher grade, It’s going from a D to an C and if you want good laugh with action sure this could be your film to watch.
By: Justin Hopkins
I had no idea that this movie was coming until a few reviews for it began to crop up and had me at the description of being a more brutal version of Home Alone. Feels like it has been a terrible long time since I got to watch a new movie and was excited going into and.. well lets dive in and check out if it was worth the excitement shall we.
The movie starts with long cuts between an altercation going on at a prison and a school. Seeing Dominic passing of a weapon during the altercation at the prison and we see Becky getting off the ground at the school as a teacher ushers the group to move on. She doodling on a test instead of taking the test and is called out on the intercom. Her Dad is picking her up early. Meanwhile Dominic and a handful of others are being loaded into the back of a prison transport and the guy he gave the weapon to stabs the cop in the back during the trip. Back with Becky and her Dad. They stop at a gas station where while she is shoplifting gummy worms, we see the prisoners escape alert on the news. She leaves the store and walks off. Watching videos on her phone of her Mother. Who was in the hospital and we learn that her Mother died. They continue on their way, he is upset that she is stealing and when it dawns on her where they are going. Gets even more upset and Dad is in no hurry to tell her anything till they get to the cabin. It was her Mother’s favorite place and get that she hasn’t been there since her Mom died and was under the impression that he was going to sell it. Her joy of learning that he changed his mind and wasn’t selling it only lasts for a moment when his girlfriend and her son show up to spend the weekend as well and the fight gets worse when she find out that they are getting married and storms off to a smaller shack deeper into the woods. At the same time Dominic and his men arrive and quickly take over the house. Looking for a key in the basement that is currently in the shack with Becky and that is where I will leave it for now.
I don’t think I can express my love of this movie and how great they did with the story. Nothing was just because. They always had a reason for everything, when most would have just gone lazy and shrugged their shoulders. Becky is not just a kid going through a rebellious stage or anything like that, but a good kid going through a lot of bad things and doesn’t know how to process it. From losing her Mom and things not going good in school. Her one joyous moment is taken away by the fact it wasn’t just going to be her and her Dad, but his girlfriend and her son and than learn they are getting married and everything is changing and then her Dad dies in front of her. Pushing the girl who is already teetering on the edge all the way over. Than you go on the opposite side, you get Apex, who is Dominic’s closest ally and they give him a rather gruesome reason to be having a battle of consciousness and that he gone to far in this plan and regret and sorrow was setting in and didn’t know what was going to happen to him by the end. Nick Morris, Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye went all out creating an all around great story to go along with some great carnage.
Now, this movie has been compared to Home Alone and can get why but it’s a very loose equivalent. Yeah, the traps between the two are for very different reasons. The traps and weapons Becky crafts are so brutal and gory and wonderful and simple and never feel to crazy. They felt like traps a kid would make. They aren’t outright lethal. Just take them down and make it easier for a 13 year old to finish them off. Whether it’s a broken ruler or fistful of colored pencils taped together or bit of fishing line and bored with nails. She brutalizes and makes them suffer with so much hate and intensity in her eyes and cheering her on the whole way.
I have to give Kevin James all the praise in the world for his portrayal of Dominic. He is everything I love in a villain. Cold and calculated. He process the situation and goes from their. Never really raises his voice either. Just allows his presences and his actions to intimidate and terrify his victims into submitting to whatever he wants. Even after everything Becky does to his men and runs him over with a car. He is cool as ever. Trying to simply convince her to come with him and his argument for it isn’t even far from what is going to happen to her if she makes it through to the end. Kevin James did a stellar job and hope that this isn’t his last foray as a bad guy.
On the flip side, we get Lulu Wilson who is terrifyingly good as Becky. She was brilliant bringing out both a fearsome ferocity and soul crushing amount of sympathy. There are some moments in this movie where she is the scariest person on the screen. Particularly the fire scene at the end when Dominic gets there and she is singing and putting marshmallows on the stick he uses to torture her Dad, staring at hims and it’s bone chilling. Than she lets out these battle cries when she stomps the ruler into the guys neck and when she kills Apex and as great as they were. She is even better when it is all over and she is just sitting there petting her lone dog, cause they killed the other, and it all sits in and you start to worry about what comes next for Becky.
Each of them are backed by a solid supporting cast. Joel McHale as her Dad. Robert Maillet as Apex and Ryan McDonald and James McDougall as Cole and Haymmond.
This movie is a blast throughout. I love the story so much. They take their time to build a story around Becky and give her a threatening villain in Dominic to overcome and I want so much more. I want to know what happens next for Becky. She left with the key, what is she going to do with it? Does she go live with Kayla and Ty? They ended it so well and with so much more I want to know. If you haven’t seen it yet, go and check it out. Final Grade – S
As always, I hope you enjoyed reading and…
Thank You For Reading.
By: Justin Hopkins
So it has been awhile since my last entry into the B Movie Sunday and made it a point to find a movie for today’s review and stumbled upon a selection of Mermaid themed horror movies. Which I didn’t know was a thing, but was hoping for the best as I picked one at random and gave it a go. Lets dive in and check out if I made the right choice.
The movie kicks off with a relatively long intro, with four people on a boat. Amy, Shelly, Roy, and Toby. They show up at an island and make their way to a lake. Amy making her way to the beach while the others hang back. Shelly warning Toby about pain to come and find out it is over the fact he is going to propose. She walks off and while Toby and Roy are discussing the fact he is going to do this. Shelly is busy blowing the surprise and telling Amy. Who is mortified by this, cause they just started dating, but she didn’t want to hurt him either. Before she figures out what to do, Toby comes over and they go for a hike with a picnic basket. After a bot of a trek, he pops the question and she declines it. Trying to get it through to him that they don’t know each other well enough and he is going on about the age thing and while that is happening. Shelly gets pushed into the lake after splashing Roy with water. Before she gets out something bites her leg. They get her out, but she is to hurt to walk and they carry her toward the spot the see smoke coming from to get her help. They find a house and believe no one home and take her inside for an old woman to come out of a backroom. When she learns Shelly was bitten in the lake. Pulls a gun and wants to kill her. Saying they have to kill her before she kills all of them. They knock her out and tries again the moment she wakes back up. This time around, Shelly bites her and in response, the old lady kills herself and that is where I will leave this for now.
Alright, this story, at the bare bone level is a rather interesting one. Love the idea of killer mermaids, I didn’t even know it was a thing and it sounds like it can do well. Giving them an infectious bite as well isn’t the worst thing. Can be fun to see the effects and something new to the table. With that said though, Mermaid Isle suffered from a lack of budget. I give them all the credit for trying there best to make the story work for their needs, but they really needed some more affects here. Showing some more transformation effects that Shelly and later Amy go through during the transformation or even after the transformation and they are in the water. I really like the looks of their Mermaid Tails. They looked really good, but we only get a few shots on them in the water and really would have liked one good shot of them as Mermaids.
I don’t want to bash the cast to much here. They are all very new to the scene and hope they all grow from this and get better, but there is one I have to talk about and in kind of a negative way and that is Mark Reinhardt’s Toby. He is just so stiff throughout the entire runtime. The old woman pulls a gun, tries to kill Shelly, gets knocked out, attempts to hit Toby with a fire place poker, gets bitten and kills herself and he has the exact same emotionless expression. Like they put the script just off camera and he is reading off of it. Even when he tries to yell at Roy for knocking her out. Just nothing going on in his facial expressions to back up anything he says and it happens throughout. Acting is a hard thing to do and hope he finds his grove and gets more comfortable in front of the camera, but that was not here.
Alright, we are onto the negatives. One of which, is the fact they don’t actually go out into the water. Most of the time is spent against the shoreline in water that might be a foot deep. Yet, they never see the Mermaid coming ever. Just go out a little more. So water is up to their waist at least. Can muddy the river and go from their. Just a little thing to make it more plausible that the Mermaids can effectively sneak up on them.
Alright, this one is a bit more of an issue. You can writing off them not going far enough in the water as just dumb things characters do to advance a story, albeit a little to far but whatever. The audio being so low that they are almost inaudible isn’t. It got better as they went out, but it’s really bad at the start to the point where it I backtracking with closed caption to figure out what was being said.
Mermaid Isle had a good idea in mind, but needed a bigger budget and little more time put in to make the most of it. They tried their best and give them all the credit in the world for trying. As it is though. I can’t suggest it and have to go with a skip it.
As always, I hope you enjoyed and…
Thank You For Reading.