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I already knew this film was going to be amazing because it’s French, and I still have yet to be let down by a French horror.  This movie was so random and all over the place but it was truly freaky and all the gore and violence was bizarre and spot on.  The story itself wasn’t really all that great, but it was so interesting and unique, you just go with it.  If I had to rate the story alone, I’d really only give it a 3.5/5.  However the gore really really makes up for it to the point that I ALMOST wanted to give it a 4.  The story centers around a girl who is training to become a nurse and is being mentored by an older caregiver.  She brings her from house to house as they assist elderly patients with medications.  One particular house is rumored to hold a secret treasure that our main character is too intrigued by to not explore it.  The house is haunted and once she and her boyfriend go to ravage it for the treasure, the ghosts come out to play…… and kill.  The movie is really entertaining and also scary.  The imagery of the ghosts and the ideas of some of the events are very haunting. There’s lots of really random gore, which I liked, and all horror genres almost seem to just bind together with how random everything goes.  Although this movie doesn’t get 4 stars, mainly because the storyline just wasn’t fucked up enough for me, I still think this is a must-see for all horror fans.  This really is a breath of fresh air from all the movies that stick to just one genre rather since this one explores and implements facets of all other horror genres. Get ready to take a gory and also confusing ride with this French flick.  Update me and let me know what you thought of the film in the comments.

Wyrmwood

Posted: April 18, 2017 in Zombie

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Where to begin with this one……………. fun little flick this was. Action packed from beginning to end with lots of unexpected twists and turns about lots of laughs along the way.  Being part Australian, I loved the Aussie humor they used in this and it was an overall good time.  The characters are all very likable and I guess its not 100% your typical zombie movie.  Some of the violence and gore is pretty full on but its a very very exciting ride; lots of very interesting kill scenes.  Not sure what else to say about this; for me I give this 4/5 but have to say this is a must-see.  My taste in horror stems from movies that fuck you up psychologically and are just scary.  I wouldn’t exactly say this is the kind of jumpy stuff you’ll find in supernatural horrors, but it’s just really random and comes up with ideas you wouldn’t see in a typical horror film, which is what makes it so fun.  If you’re finding zombie movies tiring, this will be a breath of fresh air. Australian humor + action+ zombies+ badass kill scenes= one heck of a ride. Comment below and let me know what you think, because you’re most definitely watching this one.

Estranged

Posted: April 1, 2017 in Foreign Horror

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So, for some reason, I was really intrigued by the trailer and was feeling really in the mood for what I thought would be a bit of a headfuck. Turns out, this movie was mostly a let down.  Although the story was original and there were a couple disturbing parts, I really felt like the movie was just too slow-moving and didn’t have enough action to it. Literally all the good parts (violence, plot twist, blood) came towards the end of the movie and the movie just took too long to build. Also, I found that I thought the characters weren’t really interesting enough. The movie attempted to create some unique characters, but overall I didn’t really feel like their presence really added to the movie.  I will say one thing though, the mother’s demeanor and just the actress they chose was perfect for the film and really added a good creepy element there. There is a tiny bit of brutality that made the movie at least a little bit worth watching. Overall I would give this movie 3/5 stars because it wasn’t complete shit, but it’s still not something I would really recommend.  However, if you don’t mind films that build slowly, then this would be for you.

Out of the Dark

Posted: March 23, 2017 in Paranormal/ Ghost Stories

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I guess the reason I decided to watch this film in the first place was because it wasn’t one of those mainstream Hollywood flicks; now I understand why. The first clue into how much of a disappointment this movie was should have been the fact that Julia Stiles was in it. Not to sound completely disrespectful (10 Things I Hate About You is life), but usually an underground film with a washed up actress isn’t going to be the next greatest horror masterpiece. The trailer itself was enough to convince me to give it a go, but the movie fell short on so many levels. First of all, the movie was a little too g-rated to really excite a seasoned horror vet like myself. There was no gore at all and it seemed to just be more jumpy scenes rather than disturbing ideas and gruesome imagery. The story centers around a family that relocates to a South American town that was invaded decades ago and all the children were murdered. Said town is haunted by the tortured little souls. I didn’t really follow the story that much because it was literally that boring. It wasn’t so stupid that it made my head hurt, but bad enough that I’m only giving this one 2/5 stars. It had good cinematography, so I’ll give it that, and the acting wasn’t horrific. However, I literally could not take the movie seriously because of the fact that the little girl had an English accent even though both of her parents were American. I get it, she was born in London yadda yadda, but seriously I just found that to be a hilarious touch and I would have maybe taken the movie a bit more seriously if they wouldn’t have randomly decided the child needed to be English. From the review I’ve just written, I think it’s pretty clear that I’m obviously not recommending this movie. It has some jumpy parts here and there, but for the most part, its just too “vanilla” to really satisfy an experienced horror fan. Go ahead and recommend this to some of your newbie friends, but definitely don’t waste your precious time watching this.

MV5BMjM2OTExMjExMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODI3NjY5MDE@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_This week I had the privilege/ possibly curse of watching The Treatment, a movie that was either just as fucked up as A Serbian Film, or even worse. You leave in the comments what you think.  Either way, this film left me speechless, shaking my head, and in disbelief I was able to get through the whole film without stopping and just walking away.  First off, I would like to go ahead and say that I thought this film was a masterpiece and so incredibly executed in such a raw and sick way.  The plot of this film centers around pedophilia. Pretty much I don’t want to go into detail, so I’ll just leave it up to you to determine if you want to proceed with this film or not.  This film is brutal and sick and completely lacks empathy, which is the perfect formula for any film that lies along the lines of “Serbian Film extremity”.  This Belgian film had me squirming in my seat and I’m sure my facial expressions were just as entertaining and uncomfortable as the film itself.  Some of the images are hard to sit through, as it is just a little too real at times.  It manages to tug at all the heart strings and the more it unravels, the more fucked up it gets.  I found myself saying “OMG” over and over again as the story progressed.  The film centers around Nick, who experienced the kidnapping of his brother at a young age by someone who was thought to be a pedophile, but traces of him never showed up, a suspect was never apprehended, and the case was never officially closed.  Nick grows up to become an investigator and is continually haunted by disturbing images of his brother and the unidentified kidnapper.  Shit gets real once brutal cases of child kidnapping hit his hometown and he is the lead investigator on the cases.  To give you an idea of what type of shit you’re dealing with, the perpetrator invades houses of the families, ties up the parents, and then abuses the child within the vicinity.  If stomaching this review is hard enough for you, this is only about 30% of the content in the film and pretty much all I’m willing to give away.  As fucked up and absolutely nightmarish as this film is, it will leave a deep impact on you and put the same question in your head. Is this worse then A Serbian Film, or on the same level? The acting was great and the filmography was top of the line as well.  The story was just too good and the twists and turns will take you to the limits of extremity.  Those of you that think you can handle this, proceed with caution, but don’t say I didn’t warn you……… Comments comments comments, let’s chat!

To my audience out there in Australia, or just to anyone that loves the Aussie accent or foreign cinema in MV5BMTk0NzMzODc2NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTYzNTM1MzE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_general, I have compiled a small list of Aussie horrors you may have overlooked.  Make sure to add these to your list of must-see films. I’ve also provided short review and trailers so you can know anything your heart desires.  All you need to know though is that I’m a horror master and I would never steer you wrong in the horror movie recommendation area. Have you seen any of these films or not? Feel free to leave feedback in the comments, I always respond!

1.Snowtown Murders

This movie was more shocking, disturbing, and intense than actually scary.  Based on a true story, Jamie is taken under the wing of his new father-figure, who ends up being a deranged killer that brainwashes the entire family.  He leads them to do acts of unspeakable violence and its a shocking transformation that the whole family goes through.  There’s lots of bloody imagery and the story will leave you with a pit in your stomach.

2. Primal

5 backpacker go on a trip; pretty self-explanatory the type of movie you’re about to get into.  However this one takes a twist and combines the vampire/creature genre with the campy/nightmare vacation genre.  The acting is good, the effects are good, the story has more twists and turns than you would expect.  This one from down under shows Aussies why they just shouldn’t leave their own country.

3. Wolf Creek

This movie is a bit of the opposite of Primal, showing backpackers why they should travel in any other part of the world besides for the outback in Australia.  Again, this is an easy film to “genre-ize”, one of those teen/ college kidnap/survival films.  However, this one is so much more.  The gore and torture inflicted by our psychotic bogan killer is really brutal and he’s an absolute ruthless fucker.  The helpless backpackers cry out in agony and you can’t help but to watch through nearly closed eyes.  The sequel makes for a great one too, and what’s even scarier is that this was based off a true story.

4. Apocalyptic

Finally a found footage film that didn’t suck and wasn’t completely filmed on an ipad/iphone. This genre is still somewhat new and untouched (a little bit). This takes the religious/ exorcism/ possession genre and mixes it together with the newly found cult genre.  I like the cult genre, as mind control and cults are a real thing that exist in the world; there are some crazy cults out there that brainwash and can make its followers do crazy things (I’m sure we all remember how the Manson family turned out).  The cult genre truly is freaky, and to an extent, the effects of found footage always get to me as well.

5. The Loved Ones

Originally, the Harry Styles lookalike is what drew me to the film.  I must profess my love for this doppelganger and how heartbroken I was to see him tortured so ruthlessly.  Again, this film can fall quite easily into a genre which may be a problem for some horror viewers as its nothing mind-fucking and truly chilling.  However, i gotta give it credit, this movie is pretty damn good.  All the characters are likable, the plot is pretty original, so I guess not really your typical prom horror, and the gore and blood is pretty full on.  This my be my favorite of the bunch.

6. The Babadook

Easily considered a modern horror classic (by others not by me), I was actually disappointed by this film, but couldn’t help putting it on the list. This got quite a lot of attention at Sundance and pretty much every person but me has had something good to say about this film.  Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood to be watching a horror whenever I chose to watch this film, but I’m not really willing to give it another go and give it a higher rating.  Hopefully many of you have seen this since this was such a big hit out on the horror market and you can beg to differ with my opinion, but I just thought most of the movie was hype and build up. However, as unconvincing and cynical as this mini review was, I would still say check out this movie and see it for yourself.

p9257928_b_v7_aiI was beginning to get a little bored with all the movie reviews, so I decided to change it up and do a TV show review instead.  Instead of critiquing each season of my newly found favorite show, I thought I would just lump it up into one big review for you to digest so you can decide if this show is right for you or not.  I’m not that much of a horror TV show fan because I have rarely found any out there that have really piqued my interest. The Walking Dead? I was so bored I don’t think I even made it to the second season. American Horror Story? 2 seasons contained enough butchering and everything after that has just managed to butcher itself. Bates Motel? 1 episode and I was convinced the show just wasn’t for me.  The only horror TV that had me addicted from the start was Dexter, and we all saw how that one ended. 6 seasons of bliss and 2 seasons of just dragging me along through the commitment that I had already made.  Regardless, Dexter is still my favorite horror TV show out there.  Recently though, The Following, starring Kevin Bacon, made it onto my radar, and before I knew it, I had started and finished 3 seasons.  Coming from Fox, I had low expectations of how this show would be, but boy was I wrong. Where to even begin with this show…….??? So good I would compare it to Dexter.  The basis of the series is that Keven Bacon plays Ryan Hardy, a detective (or FBI, whatever you prefer to call it) that has been hunting a serial killer, Joe Carroll (James Purefoy).  Carroll, even from behind bars, has managed to put together a cult of serial killers that just continue to grow and grow.  They randomly choose victims and there seems to be drama and crazy situations at the end of each episode, which is obviously what lead me to finish 3 seasons of this in just about a couple weeks. Overall, this is the most badass series I’ve seen since Dexter.  Deaths in every episode, blood in every scene, everything completely shrouded in mystery that just keeps you coming back like a crack pipe; this show is everything for a horror movie fiend.  Now, if you’re expecting any true horror or scares……. don’t; because that is definitely not happening.  Instead, what is happening is completely unpredictable, mysterious, un-stereotypical characters and scenarios that truly take you on a wild and addicting ride.  Kevin Williamson, the creator, adds so many interesting and unusual characters and scenarios that I just couldn’t help but be impressed with the originality and complexity of everything which obviously led to my addiction to the show.  I will admit, season 3 gets a little corny with all the characters just acting like typical FBI agents and not taking as many twists and turns as I would like, but overall, all the seasons are incredible.  I really felt sucked into the show from start to finish in each episode, which I find to be extremely rare nowadays. I wouldn’t classify this show as gory, or scary, or perverse, or twisted even; but its a damn good show with lots of great twists and turns.  I guess I don’t know if I can even classify it as horror, but it definitely puts an awesome spin on the whole psychological thriller/ serial killer genre.  I would recommend everyone check this show out, great thriller / borderline horror. If you’ve already seen this show, what do you think about the ending? Answer in the comments, would love to hear your guys’ thoughts.