Sunday, 17 August 2014

Wolf Creek 2 : Reviewed




So the Mythical Mick Taylor is back, As with the 1st Wolf Creek this is base upon another true story of missing backpackers.And this time the gore factor is significantly cranked up .
The film opens with two extremely bored looking traffic cops in the vast outback just waiting for something to happen, Along comes good old Mick in his trusty pick up truck, They clock him going past at 97 kmph and hour and say to each other that he is just under the limit of 100 kmph but he doesn't know that so they decide to pull him over,Bad move. We see him pull his huge Crocodile Dundee style knife and place it on the passenger seat. He then exits the vehicle as asked, Told his was doing over 100 and issued with a ticket and told basically to fuck off and never come down this road again. They drive off laughing and calling him a fucking redneck,We then see in his van his hunting rifle with his sniper scope, Needless to say it doesn't end well for the policemen.
The story then focuses on a German couple backpacking their way across Australia, Waking down the road they think there luck has changed in the form of a lift but yes you've guessed it it's Mick in his truck, Lucky escape for them this time though as another truck comes along and scares Mick away, But he hasn't forgot about them. They then hitch a ride of an old lady and her sheep and are dropped of unfortunately for them at Wolf Creek. Then follows a few scenes of them skinny dipping Etc. And trying to in vain to get a lift back into town, The nights drawing in so they decide to camp in the National Park, Later that night they hear outside somebody pulling up outside the tent with headlights trained directly on the entrance, Guess who it is, yes it's Mick!

He tells them that they are breaking the law by camping and even more  trouble for them would be if a ranger found them and saw that they had started a fire, Being the kind hearted man Mick is he offers them a lift to the nearest town, The German chap obviously senses that something isn't quite right and tells his girlfriend to call the police at which point Mick flips and all hell breaks loose, He gets the guy up against the truck and rams his huge knife into his back leaving him for dead, His sights are now firmly set on the girl who he says that they will spend a good few months together.
Then he girl escapes and fortunately for her is picked up by a young English tourist who tries to work out what the hell is happening when in his rear view mirror appears psycho Mick heading for them at great speed and that's only about the 1st half hour!
I shan't go on with much more of the story as if you have yet to see it it will spoil it but i do have to say i did really enjoy Wolf Creek 2 probably even more than the 1st film.Whereas the 1st movie was pretty much another entry in to the so called "Torture Porn" Genre this one whether it was because the budget was bigger stays pretty much away from that label.
Mick Taylor yet again proves that he is a complete psycho and as i said the gore is pretty graphic and brilliantly done this time around. The Humor from Mick is as sick and as twisted as anything that Freddy Kruger came up with, so all in all one of the better horror movies of the year so far in my opinion, Give it a go it's safer than going backpacking in OZ!
7.5/10
Jonny T.


Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Strain - Love it? Hate it? Middle of the road it?



The Strain has finally made in to a TV show and now with high flying ratings and 5 episodes in but is it any good?
Well i do have to say for me after  a slightly in places dodgy season opener and now having  just watched episode 5 i am loving the shit out of it! I've read the 1st book and it does stick pretty faithful to that, If you not sure what it's about it's Vampires, Not your sparkly Twilight bollocks or even your classic Hammer Vamps but more in the mold of the 30 days of night type vampire with a little bit of Alien thrown in for good measure(watch it and you'll see what mean).
Its difficult to pull off when it comes to Vampires and the basis of the story is not that original, Lots of Dracula and Salem's Lot undertones in the 1st episode involves a plane landing then all communications are lost, No transmissions from the darkened plane on the runway, No communications from any of the cabin crew or passengers. Fearing  a chemical attack the authorities board the plane only to find everyone on board is dead. But there is something lurking in the luggage hold, something in a huge box that looks only to contain soil, or does it? So you can see the whole mysterious box contain soil scenario thing again but some of the twists and events that occur are great so i do think that FX have another hit show on their hands. 


Our main character is Dr Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) Troubled by on ongoing divorce case and trying to keep appointments to see his child that he keeps missing due to work, he's a troubled soul but not as troubled as when he actually finds out whats going on, So you have him, Also a  rock star that to be honest is very goth and very Cliche and was really annoying me up until the last couple of episodes when his character takes a rather good twist, The Dr's sidekick who wants to help until she finds out something...... , The Rat-catcher guy is great also. So you have your mix of standard types as well as a vampire hunter very much as seen in old Hammer Movies.
It has to be said that the gore is turned up to 10, No holds barred on that score. But as i said it's only 5 episodes in so i for one hope it stays on course to the great original source material and doesn't drift off like The Walking Dead has or even god forbid end up like Dexter, Jesus that last season was rough!
So in summing up i'd watch at least 2 or maybe 3 then if you don't like it by then you probably won't. Not the best or most original TV show I've ever seen but it's certainly more than a satisfying filler until the return of The Waking Dead,Game Of Thrones and maybe even Better Call Saul!
5 episode in i give it 8/10
Jonny T.



Thursday, 14 August 2014

Oculus - Reviewed


From the Producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes Oculus, Now i can't remember, Was Insidious good and Insidious 2 rubbish? Which Paranormal activity films were good? Was it the Conjuring that was good or was that Sinister?Basically these films now seem to be overtaking the found footage trend, Based on true event ghost stories seem to be the new thing to do.
The basic premise of the story is told in both modern times and flashback, The flashback tells of how two children's mother became possessed by something that was laying within a haunted mirror,The father went loony tune and the small boy protects his sister by shooting his dad. Tales are then told by the boy of ghosts and demons which results in him being locked up in a mental home until one day he is released into the care of his sister.
So after all these years he is finally cured but his sister has big plans for his release, She wants him to return to the house where all the deaths and demons were and film the mirror to prove that there is something inside as well as finally killing what ever lay within the mirror.
At first he totally rejects the idea but she takes him to the house where she has cameras and every sort of paranormal detecting equipment pointed towards the mirror, Night Vision, Timers to check he battery life and change the film within the cameras. The boy through is years of institution has now total disregard for the paranormal but she sets out for that night to prove to him that he wasn't insane.........
Now i didn't dislike Oculus but in saying that i didn't love it either, It seemed a lot weaker and more predictable than the likes of Insidious and The Conjuring, The idea behind it being told in both present day and flashback whilst not original by any means was done rather well, The acting was pretty solid as was the camera work t just seemed for me that there was something lacking, I  felt like i was watching one of the American "My Haunted House" style shows but longer. In saying that you could do a hell of a lot worse, so if you looking for something that's not too heavy this could be for you, A nice easy if predictable and for me not that scary a movie,
5/10
Jonny T.

   

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Painless (Insensibles) Come to DVD 1st september!


Finally the great Painless (Insensibles) is getting a DVD release on 1st September, I saw this last year at Nottingham's MAYHEM horror festival and have to say that for me personally it was one of the highlights of the festival. Set during the Spanish civil war and modern day it tells the tale of young children in a Spanish village who are systematically rounded up and taken in to care because the are believed to be children of the devil. The locations and acting is all top notch and very reminiscent of Del Toro at his best and when it features one of the most incredible car crashes i have ever seen!
All details below,
Watch this space for a review coming very soon!
Enjoy,
Jonny T.




Thursday, 10 July 2014

SNOWPIERCER - Reviewed






From  Korean Director Joon-Ho-Bong (The Host, Mother) Comes Snowpiercer, His joint Korean/American venture with such stars as Captain America himself Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton. All pretty big names in Hollywood to say the least. The basic storyline is that Earth is on the brink of global warming meltdown and scientist devise a plan to spray the atmosphere to prevent this but they fail miserably resulting in the world freezing over, We take up the story 30 years later aboard a train, Not just your normal Thomas the tank engine but a super train created by Wilford industries.

The train is designed with an engine that will never stop. Wilford industries many years before devised a track that spans the entire globe so it never has to stop, thus never freezing like the rest of doomed Earth. The train is segregated by 3 sections, the back of the train where all the low life’s and poor live that also includes a prison, the middle of the train is the highly valued  water section kept full by snow filtered from the front of the train, The front part of the train is a forbidden zone only for the rich and chosen few.

Every day the soldiers get all the poor folk to line up and the sit down systematically row by row so they can keep  a record of the numbers, Occasionally someone from the front of the train comes and takes the children of their choosing, for reasons the poor are unaware of but very angry about. The poor are fed only with wobbly looking protein bars, you get to see what they are made from later in the film and it’s not particularly pleasant to say the least! One guy has his child taken from him and goes berserk and throws a shoe at the young lady taking the children and cuts her head, Then we meet Mason (Tilda Swinton)  as a mark of punishment she gets the poor guy and inserts him arm in a device that is put out of  a window for exactly 7 minutes whilst she does a speech and when the 7 minutes are up pulls his arm back in, Completely frozen it’s duly smashed to pieces by one of the guards in front of all to see as a severe warning against any form of rebellion. 

Curtis (Evans), Gilliam (Hurt) and Edgar (Jamie Bell) decide enough is enough and devise a plot to free a prisoner Namgoong Minsoo (Kang-ho Song) from the back of the train,  Namgoong had worked on the train in the past and constructed all the security systems for the doors on the train so his help will essential, They hatch a plot to spring him out and start the revolution, They find where he is and it's in a kind of suspended animation but he is quickly brought round by the drug Kronol of which he was addicted to and Curtis offers him all the Kronol he needs as long as he helps them, He agrees but on the condition that they also release his girlfriend Yona (Ah-Sung Ko). They agree and the revolution starts.


So from here on in the quest is to make it to the front of the train to confront Wilford and take back some kind of dignity and equality, There are some great set pieces especially the scene where they come up against a carriage full of axe wielding guards and as the enter a tunnel the guards quite coolly put on their night vision goggles and a bloodbath ensues! I felt that the film both hit and missed the spot in equal measures, I couldn't help thinking throughout how much better it would have been if it were a straight Asian film as the characters seemed way to over the top sometimes especially Tilda Swinton's character "Mason" who had big goofy teeth, thick glasses and the most ridiculous Yorkshire accent you have ever heard.Also a scene where you're wondering before hand how did the train get made etc. they then enter a carriage where there is a school class being taken, The kids and teacher in there are straight out of Willy Wonka and all is explained in a Flashback/cartoon form, odd but quite funny!We get an occasional glimpse of the outside world and it looks stunning, The level of detail is brilliantly done.Now I'm not saying it's a bad film but to be honest it's not that great either maybe my love of Asian cinema has probably made my view a little bias I just felt like something was missing. You get your action scenes then Curtis do a big emotional speech to Namgoong, Pretty much run of the mill stuff really. Although saying that the ending was not what I expected and was quite a twist.The film picked up a lot and was helped  by the inclusion of the always brilliant Kang-Ho Song and Director Joon-Ho-Bong has some brilliant set pieces as always I just hope that he will continue to make films in Korea and not go down the John Woo Hollywood route.In summing up, Don't expect too much and you may be pleasantly surprised, A good Saturday night film, Turn your brain off, Sit back and Enjoy.
7/10
Jonny T.




Wednesday, 9 July 2014

'THE KILLING' SERIES ONE TO THREE COMES TO DVD AND BLU-RAY1 SEPTEMBER




Coming to DVD and Blu-Ray 1st September is the U.S. Remake of The Killing, Now i'm noy usually a fan of remakes of TV shows but i do have to so this one is damn good!The Original Nordic TV show of The Killing was a world wide smash hit and opened the doors for many more great Nordic Noir TV and film to a worldwide audience, So I would say even if you are a fan of the original series this is still 100% worth a look,
All details below,
Jonny T.


  'THE KILLING' SERIES ONE TO THREE COMES TO DVD AND BLU-RAY1 SEPTEMBER
Based on the Danish The Killing (aka Forbrydelsen), one of the original 'Nordic Noir' hits that put this brand new genre on the map, with its renowned jumper-wearing detective Sarah Lund, comes the hugely popular US remake The Killing series one to three on DVD and Blu-ray.

To coincide with the release of The Killing season four on Netflix, Mediumrare brings the Emmy nominated The Killing seasons one to three to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time as one complete collection and also as single disc releases, with season two and three making their UK home entertainment debut on 1 September 2014.

Soaked in atmosphere, the slow burning, crime thriller stars Mireille Enos (Big Love) as Sarah Linden, the lead homicide detective who is assigned to the murder case of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen.

Written and produced by Veena Sud (Cold Case), the addictive whodunit follows Linden and her partner Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman - Robocop) in their investigation, as Politician Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell - Helix) prepares for his Seattle mayoral campaign and Rosie's family try to continue a life without her. As evidence slowly surfaces, the stories start to interlock and Linden drifts further and further from her plan to retire to California with her fiance.

Who killed Rosie Larsen? Now it's your time to find out with the stunning collection of this thrilling, atmospheric drama.




'Deliciously intelligent TV... Marvellously executed'

The Telegraph







Tuesday, 8 July 2014

KILLERS - from the producers of The Raid - in cinemas 18th July and DVD & Blu-ray 1st September


A brand new psychological thriller from the producers of THE RAID

Killers
In cinemas from Friday 18th July 2014. Also on DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 1st Sept. 2014.


KILLERS is a stylish thriller from The Raid producer/ Director Gareth Evans and directed by the hugely talented ‘Mo Brothers’ (Macabre). The film sees the explosive meeting of two serial killers with contrasting, and sadistic, styles of murder.

KILLERS will be in cinemas from 18th July before coming to DVD & Blu-ray 1st September.



Directors

Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel (Macabre)

Producer

Gareth Evans (The Raid/ The Raid 2)

Stars

Oka Antara (VHS 2/ The Raid 2)

Kazuki Kitamura (Kill Bill: Vol,1/ The Raid 3)

Synopsis:

Nomura is a good looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut fa├žade.

Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.

Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.

Complicating matters further is Nomura’s bizarre attraction towards a traumatised young florist Hisae. Bayu himself starts to sink deeper into a spiral of violence; obsessed with bringing down one of the country’s biggest and most corrupt politicians, but during his bloody rampage he doesn’t realise the repercussions towards his young daughter, Elly.

When the rivalry between Nomura and Bayu becomes an uncontrollable psychosis, the two of them must face each other in one of the most exhilarating film finales in years.


KILLERS takes the style and quality production of The Raid and creates a psychological thriller head and shoulders above any film of its genre. With characters and events that leave a lasting effect long after the credits, this is a film for all fans of quality cinema.