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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 6/4/2012 11:40:29 PM   
HughesRoss


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FILM: Possession

DIRECTED BY: Joel Bergvall & Simon Sandquist

STARRING: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Pace, Michael Landes, Tuva Novotny & Dhirendra

RATING: 15

Out Now To Rent and Buy

What is it all about?

Jess has the most perfect of marriage. Her husband Ryan loves her completely. He sends her love letters every day, buys gifts and lavishes her with passion that every girl would want. But Jess takes him for granted, even forgets their wedding anniversary and there is also the added troubles of his brother Roman who lives with them. The complete opposite of Ryan, this man is a brute who cares for no one apart from himself. After overhearing that Jess wants him out, Roman storms off with his bags packed and drives recklessly over a bridge. In a twist of fate, he crashes head on into his brother's car leaving them both for dead. Jess is heartbroken to hear her husband will never recover but when Roman wakes up her life changes forever. Roman claims to be Ryan, somehow his soul is in the body of Roman, but can Jess believe a man who was born to lie.......

The Hughes Verdict


Possession finally arrives on DVD after being sat on the shelves since 2009, but was the wait worth it?

For a start I had to have a real good moan and complain about the marketing of this film. First the title is totally unfitting for the whole concept. It makes the film sound like a full blown ghost flick that will be lapped up among all horror fans. We also have the daft quote that says "From the Executive Producers of The Ring and The Grudge" which again makes it sound like this is going to be a new J Horror rip off. Then if you add the name Sarah Michelle Geller to the mix, the woman who starred in films like The Grudge and The Return, well you can see why even I when I sat down tonight to watch this, was expecting a film on these lines.

Take my advice, Possession despite the ghoul looking cover is not a horror. Why did they feel the need to advertise and sell this film like that? I suppose the reason is that they thought if they could fool some people then they my make their money back, but I can see why there be those who will sit down and watch this and go ape crazy and what is on offer.

For me personally it was a welcome surprise. I am not saying the film is a work of art, even though there are some fancy arty shots by the duo directing team of Bergvall & Sandquist, but even I am totally sick of all these films trying to be the new Ring. Thankfully the boom of those films have died now thanks to the many flops and being milked to death (take note found footage) but I was thinking that Possession may be trying to take the last ounce of quality left in the genre even though I very much doubted it.

"So why watch Hughesy?" I hear you cry. Well it was because of Sarah Michelle Geller, yes Buffy herself, a woman who I will always find time for because I simply adore the TV show that made her famous and nooooooooooo I am not talking about Ringer here. Geller seems to have sunk into B Movie over the years which is sad really because the girl could have easily have done a few action films because she surely kicked ass as the Slayer and also proved she can act the bitch in the superb Cruel Intentions. Geller simply has been underused over the years and now she pays the bills by starring in films like these but to her credit, Possession is not as ghastly as it could have been.

Now before you all rush down the DVD Stores to rent and buy and go "Well it must be good", let me finish. The biggest surprise for me like I said was the fact that this turned out be more thriller than horror. Even after the evil brother wakes up and states he is the nice brother, I was expecting some kind of freaky shit to happen. You know the kind, long haired white faced women screaming towards the camera while crawling up the wall's, or dark shadows at every opportunity. The fact that this never materialised and I slowly discovered that this was in fact a film centred around if a man is lying or not, well made it kind of decent, even though the thriller on show was born more in the 90's than the now!
 The fact remains despite the unexpected tone, the film offers nothing new and many fans will have seen this all before. Also because it plays out more like a soap opera is one of the reasons why this sat on the shelves for nearly three years. Here we have all the ingredients of a storyline that Joey from Friends would say he was all set to be in with his role in Days Of Our Lives. Two brothers, one evil, one bad. A beautiful girl in the middle of them in which one is in love and one could be in love, a terrible car crash involving the two and then the good brother left for dead and never to wake up but the evil one does come around from the deep sleep but then claims to actually be the good brother and soon the wife is sleeping with him despite her doubts. Phew...that is some complicated shit! But really, despite it all, the story is lazy and really predictable. Is Roman saying the truth and he is possessed? Well I guess many of you will see the sudden plot twists a mile off and even when the climax hits, its so lame and over far too quickly to offer any tension and suspense. Despite the best intentions of Geller, Possession is a film that was marketed badly to really be given a chance, if they sold this as the melodrama with a hint of thriller that it is, then maybe it would reach the audience it is intended for but because of the way they have sold it, Possession will be critically mauled by the horror crowd and missed by the soap fanatics and sadly that means another nail in the coffin of Geller's faltering career and make no mistake......the girl deserves better!                                                                         

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 7/4/2012 1:39:39 AM   
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FILM: ATM DIRECTED BY: David Brooks

STARRING: Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Brian Geraghty, Mike O’Brien, Robert Huculak, Ernesto Griffith
RATING: 15 RUNNING TIME: 90 Minutes Out Now In Selected Cinema's WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT? Three office workers stop in the middle of the night to get cash out of an indoor ATM Machine, only to be trapped inside when the Boogyman arrives to play a game. Can they make it through the cold night and survive?........

The Hughes Verdict




                                                 
There is something quite delicious about this film. While its called ATM, it really should be a spin off to the popular slash series Urban Legends. We have a killer dressed in the same design of the Scream knockoff and we also have a bit of dialogue by the the main trio about an Urban legend involving an ATM Machine. I really do not know if this is an in-joke by BURIED writer Chris Sparling who surely loves his confined space themed horror's and while ATM is a film that was right up my street, it does not quite reach the dazzling heights of Sparling's last "buried man in a coffin" feature. Now where I am from, my ATM machine is situated outside where its a nightmare when it rains. You are standing there getting soaked while the queue never seems to go down and when you finally reach the machine you find the person before you has done something which means its now out of order. Here in the country of America they have indoor ATM'S a neat idea which I can never see catch on in the land of Britain. I mean can you imagine it? Any free space like that and you either have teens sorting out weekend parties or a bunch of Squatters who vow never to leave because they have set up home! But here they are quite grand and nice that you can actually get in the warm and not freeze to death, but then I suppose that is a better option than the poor trio of David, Corey and Emily have to suffer. Before we get to the indoor cash machine we need to see the three get established in our eyes in what is a normal formula for these kind of set up's. David and Corey (Brian Geraghty and Josh Peck) are the best of friends who work in a large office, Corey is the quiet type who is in love with the sweet Emily (Alice Eve) but is too shy to talk to her. David (if the face is familiar, he is the one from kid show Drake and Josh) is more chatty and a bit of a dick to be honest, convinces David to talk to her at the office party. Breathing in some confidence, David does and discovers that Emily is even more nice than he could imagine but the trouble is, she is leaving that day for a new job. Somehow this setback does not put off David who offers her a lift home to which she agrees. But........and this is where the danger comes from, Corey is annoyed that he was promised a lift home and somehow hijacks the lift. On the way he asks can they stop off at the ATM machine to get some money out, the place in question is miles from nowhere, all three enter the building and soon they look out and see a dressed up crazy guy in a Parka. Not sure at first at what this mystery figure wants, it soon becomes apparent when the masked fiend kills a homeless man right in front of their eyes. Now the question is.......how the heck do they survive the night? I have seen some negative reviews doing the rounds but this is not going to be one of them. I know its not high art or even a rip roaring horror, but it is watchable fare with three likeable leads who carry the film on their young shoulders. What basically you getting with ATM is a survival horror with the slash element thrown in. Its two genres thrown in for the price of one and because of that fans of FROZEN and again Urban Legend will find nothing but enjoyment in the short running time. The whole concept of ATM is one that will split many down the middle. What we are told is that an Indoor ATM Machine gets locked when you enter and the only way you can get in is by scanning your card. With the three trapped inside, we are under the impression that the killer does not have a card and so needs to find another way in. This of course will have many shake their head but what I saw was a killer who wanted to tease and play the long game. At the beginning of the film you see the killer plan this in detail, so I am sure that the nut job has a credit card. What I believe is that Parka lover gets his kicks on the chase and even one of the trapped guys mutters "Why doesn't he just ram the car in here to get us!". Because its too easy.....anyone who has seen Behind The Mask can tell you into what goes into the mind of the Bogyman. You do not just turn up and kill, there is no fun in that and so the poor trapped victims must go through hell while the mad man is outside just waiting with glee. Sounds boring?   Well it depends on if you like you horror based on people using their wits to survive. The heat is knocked off so its basically -4 inside, everything they need is in the car which is too far away and then of course comes the blame game in which the two boys begin to turn on each other while the pretty Emily looks on. Despite the Slash element, the film offers a hardly worth talking about body count to entice the Scream crowd even though it does contain one splendid dark set-piece and while you may see it coming, its still played out wonderfully and the climax like all these films does have a sting in the tail but again some of you may guess it well before the reveal. ATM is a daft film where to make the plot move forward, the three characters have to do stupid things. I have seen enough horrors to understand that and know how some fans will not like the film because of it. I mean parking the car so far away from the ATM machine is something that nobody would do in real life, but needed to be done here to add the suspense and thrills when all shit kicks off. Yes its frustration and also daft but you know I really do not care. At times I want to see an horror that I can just sit back without having to think all the time and also shield my eyes at all the gore-porn that is just being splatted on the TV Screen. I mean after watching The Bunny Game which is heavy on torture and grit, my horror senses needed something easy on the eye and ATM filled that need. I know many may not agree but being a fan of all things Slash, ATM worked a treat, its dumb fun of the highest order and should suit those date night couples on a Friday night, just make sure you take money with you so you have no need to stop off at one of the machines.....you never know, he could be watching.....                                                                               

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 11/4/2012 7:18:01 PM   
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FILM: Adam ChaplinCAST: Emanuele De Santi Alessandro Gramanti Paolo Luciani Christian Riva Valeria SanninoDIRECTED BY: Emanuele De SantiRATING: 18RUNNING TIME: 84 Minutes The Hughes Verdict!
Never heard of Adam Chaplin?

Adam Chaplin” is a film debut by an all new film company called “Necrostorm”. Never heard of them? Well neither have I until I sat down and rented this little beauty that will no doubt be high on my best horror flms of 2012, but the name is now stuck in my memory because let me tell you all something, if you looking for one of the most craziest and downright bonkers horror films for many of years, then Adam Chaplin” is for you....forget anything else, get on Lovefilm, order off Amazon because this is bad ass, a downright fucked up film that will appeal to all those in love for all things splatter and the reason why I am swearing writing this review is because I am still on a high from watching the film.

The film plays like a down right insane version of The Crow crossed with a Grindhouse feature, yes its vile and brutal but damn HCF Readers I loved every single moment of this film, yes I am singing the praises again when I should be telling you what the film is about but you know what? I don't care, this is brilliant, a total stunning surprise that hit my horror heart and made it melt with appreciation. Why are you still reading this review? Log off and go....go on.....go....sod everything else.....hopefully you won't regret it. I would end my review there and then but Bat has just give me the daggers and has told me to get my arse into gear and tell the readers what it is actually about, so here goes. Adam, is distraught after the death of his wife who was burnt to death under suspicious circumstances. Unhappy with nothing being done and full of anger, Adam begins to investigate and discovers a link that involves local mafia boss: Denny Richards which makes him question the police investigating her death because its well known that many of them are corrupted and controlled by Danny. Adam summons a demon who will give him superhuman strength and dark powers and will follow him during his trip of revenge, also promising to lead Adam to the murderer if he does everything he asks. This act unleashes a bloody war that will bring Adam, deployed with the demon on his side; and the police corp with all its dark allies, on the other. Denny infact, supported by his two sadistic sons Ben and Derek, will also enrol an hired killer. The fight can start… and it will be extreme! You can see from that brief plot filler from me that this is not an average by the book horror film. This is splatter of the highest order, a film that is covered so much in red that I really can not remember a film so much swamped in the red stuff. But I shit you not, this is glorious and its all helped by a certain thing called H.A.B.S. What is that I hear you cry? Well it stands for Hyperrealistic Anime Blood Symulation and let me copy and paste from the film's official website.....  The Habs is an innovative FX technique that allows to join together realism and dynamic action similar to a japanese anime cartoon . Thanks to HABS, it’s possible to spread out a huge amount of blood avoiding the vaporization of Fake Blood that normally occurs using the traditional techniques. In the classic splatter movies , the blood is spread out using a compressor and different kind of tubes. The high pressure necessary to make huge amount of fake blood spread out, creates the typical “watering can” effect and generates a “Purple cloud” around the prosthesis, because the blood colour is altered (from red it change into pink). With HABS very bloody scenes with an high level of realism can be made, and it’s possible to recreate in a splatter movie, the extreme actions that you can normally admire only in anime cartoons.”
 

Why am I telling you this? Well its because the film is so fucked up that you need to understand just how bloody this is and how so much work and love has gone into the making of this film. I am not trying to bore you with details but I do realise that you will only appreciate what I am telling you until after you have seen the film.


This is like Manga but done for real....a modern cult masterpiece that needs to be seen to believed! Director Emanuele De Santi has done something really special though, somehow mixing a bloodbath with also a decent dark story that will make you smile. For instance take a look at Bad Guy Denny, what a messed up evil bastard. Wearing a black mask to cover his face due to his dog biting it off when he was kid...an animal that was injected by some chemical shit to go ape crazy,I mean this is insane beyond belief. And what about the scene where a human body is burnt alive and then used as a baseball bat and yes---you did read that right!


The only way I could sell this to you is if I said this was a sort of like a Hobo With A Shotgun, but with a dash of horror, but then that does not seem right because this surpasses everything that Rutger Hauer offered in last year's tasty flick.


Make no mistake readers this is a film that's come out from nowhere and already gaining massive praise and acclaim. The makers wanted to make a film that honoured those 80's classics of action and horror films and for those who love their comic's with a dark heroes. By paying homage to those qualities they have done the unexpected and paved a new new cult classic for all fans to fall in love with. Its bloody, messy, vile, sick, downright disgusting, but simply a stunning achievement.......


Not heard of Adam Chaplin? Well you have now!

                                                       



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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 11/4/2012 7:19:24 PM   
HughesRoss


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Hughes Short Verdict On The Popular Fourth Wrong Turn

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings really does cheat us with its selling concept.

What we the fan were told is that this, the 3rd sequel in a surprising successful franchise was going to be a prequel, foretelling us what happened before the events of the original. What I was hoping for was a kind of Tremors IV kinda feel, set in the 1800's, into how this crazy bunch of inbred cannibal killers actually turned out like they did. If you think of it, that is a pretty cool idea. An era where modern technology is way out of the question and those in danger have to rely on their wits to survive the threat of being eaten alive.

What we get with Bloody Beginning is nothing of the kind. Yes it is a prequel but sadly only for about the first 15 minutes and then its set in the 70's, before skipping forward to the year 2003. Now if you anything like me and you'll start wondering when Wrong Turn came out, then please do not sit there for 89 minutes thinking about it because I will tell you here. It was actually 2003.....yes the same year that this is set, so again....how the feck can this be called a prequel?

My only guess is that this timeline is set either days or months before the events of the original but because it is snowing and the fact that in the first film, it was all nice and sunny....I would say that it being set afterwards is probably the more realistic answer to that question. Oh and by the way...yes I did have to goggle the 2003 date straight after this film, because it did drive me crazy throughout this.

Now that my crazy ramblings is over and what starts off like a negative review actually is far from it, because Wrong Turn 4 is actually a really good sequel, in fact and shocking to say but I probably had more fun watching this than I had with the last two. The reason being is probably because this chapter sold its soul to appease fans like myself. Gone are the long treks in the deep woods that served the others well, this time we have just one location to focus on which is a pure horror environment. Be annoyed Session 9, Grave Encounters and countless other films, the makers of this franchise have stole your destination, yes I am talking about the one and only horror cliche of an abandoned Mental Asylum that just happens to be placed up in those woods.

The "prequel" moment at the beginning shows us the now three established inbred's that have become the franchise lead bad guys. We see One-Eye, Sawtooth and Three Finger all younger and locked up in that Asylum. Somehow they manage to unpick the lock on their door and soon in the style of House On Haunted Hill, the inmates run amok and kill all those who work there. This sequence does actually set up a quite brilliant gory set-piece involving the head Doctor that is so good, fans of all things gore will lap it up.

The film skips to the year, you guessed it, 2003 where we meet the meat for the inbred's and what a welcome. Boyfriend and Girlfriend having a bit of graphic sex while nearby two lesbians are going down on each other.......its a kind of start that the teenage horror crowd will love, I mean gore and sex in the first twenty minutes, what more could they wish for.

To cut a long story short, the gang of friends decide to go up to this cabin in the woods, they manage to get lost (one of them actually says the phase "wrong turn" and because it is snowing and they will probably freeze to death, instead of turning around and going back home, they stumble upon that Asylum which has been left to rot, even though it looks quite clean and tidy, and of course what we get is an odd new take on Cold Prey.

The best thing about this sequel is that the gloves are off. The title says bloody and damn it is in such a wonderful way. Once the trio arrive and see that their place is suffering from what can be called in horror a "Home Invasion" then its time for a bit of mayhem and what I loved about the film is that the deaths are just fun. We have a brilliant and sick "eat alive" scene that is gruesome and well played out and many others that slash fans will love and take to their heart. What I loved is that the film knows its daft, knows its audience and so just runs with it. Its a glorious straight to DVD horror that will make fans happy and is the best out of all the sequels and after the dismal third film its amazing to think that the same director Declan O'Brien has pulled this out of the bag. Filmed in only 19 days with a zero budget and it shows with some of the make-up design, Wrong Turn 4 is a welcome entry into the horror field and thanks to some strong word of mouth and growing fan apprectation
expect a fifth sometime soon         
      
                                                       

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 11/4/2012 7:42:32 PM   
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How on earth has Wrong Turn gotten to a 4th entry?!And 3 stars no less. 

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 11/4/2012 9:22:17 PM   
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So I take it you have not seen parts 2 or 3?  Or have and really did not like them?

The 4th was a heck of an improvement on the dire 3rd....its an old fashioned style slash, the kills were cool and it was enjoyable but daft!

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 11/4/2012 9:26:37 PM   
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I didn't think much of 2 so I've not even bothered with 3 I don't think (I might have caught bits on TV though).  Daft is often very watchable though.


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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 11/4/2012 9:32:45 PM   
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The third is really bad!  Tamer Hassan running through the woods.....I half expected Danny Dyer to turn up!

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 11/4/2012 9:34:43 PM   
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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 15/5/2012 4:20:10 PM   
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What is it all about?
 

In "The Reeds," a weekend boating trip through the Norfolk Broads becomes a terrifying, deadly ordeal for six 20-something year old friends as they lose their bearings in the vast reedy tidewaters. The hope of survival and chance of escape diminishes as mysterious forces assault the lost and terrified group.


The Hughes Verdict!
 

I have to be honest with you and say that I went into this british horror with zero expectations, I mean a film that boasts a minor budget and stars former EastEnder and Hollyoaks actors in the role does give out the impression that this might not be that good. The saying "Never judge a book by its cover" should be applied here because I honestly thought once the end credits appeared that this was a really delightful surprise, The Reeds might not be original for what it offers but it manages to keep the intrigue and mystery all through its running time and not once did I feel bored with the film.


The best thing I can say about this film is that its the best title yet of those After Dark Horror releases that started the trend last year. With the mission to release eight titles a year and with 2011 seeing some decent but flawed titles, 2012 starts off with a huge buzz because this is great, its like a British version of "Triangle" and with many fans out there lapping up that Melissa George horror, I can see them renting out this flick and spreading the word.


We start with the introduction of a trio of couples that decide to rent a boat and do a bit of sailing. The faces you may recognise is those of Will Mellor and Scarlett Alice Johnson who was recently seen in the BBC Three comedy hit Pramface. The concept is pretty straightforward, the gang follow in the now tradition of youngsters going on a holiday and getting in a bit of a mess. Here we see the threat of maybe an Eden Lake 2, in which when they arrive at their hired boat, a gang of hoodies are hanging out and acting like the dicks they are.


If you know nothing about what is going to happen, then what follows with be a nice surprise. I actually sighed when I saw the youngsters because my heart was not set for a cheap version Hoodies on the attack and there have been too many films recently of that nature and even when the gang of friends set off sail in the middle of The Reeds, I half expected the bad kids to follow. For a while the film is aimed in this direction and well done to director Nick Cohen who manages to set off a misleading path and also fill the film with a wonderful atmosphere of dread that helps the film along nicely.


Just when though you think you know where this is going, the film pulls the rug from under you. The Reeds turns into something completely different and one that I enjoyed the most because the mystery is worthy of the watch alone.


The let down is the final half hour which did not quite work out the way it should. The build up is fantastic because you really will be scratching your head but when it came to the execution, you go from scratching to shaking because the horror cliches get thrown at the screen and you can not help but feel this let down what was turning out to be a very good film especially with the final reel twist that smacks of unoriginality and a jolt too far for the viewer to like.


If that negative comments does not put you off then you could no wrong in renting out The Reeds for a cheap Saturday night thrill. The acting is of good standard and there are a few bloody moments to get the gore hounds happy and the mystery for a while is rich full of intrigue and suspense, its just a film of two halves and its pity the climax did not pay off because otherwise The Reeds would have been a strong contender for horror film of the year........

                                                                     



RATED: 18

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What is it all about?

In this graphic and violent, post-apocalyptic thriller, nine strangers-all tenants of a New York high rise apartment-escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the building's bunker-like basement. Trapped for days underground with no hope for rescue, and only unspeakable horrors awaiting them on the other side of the bunker door, the group begins to descend into madness, each turning on one another with physical and psycho-sexual torment. While everyone in the bunker allows themselves to be overcome by desperation and lose their humanity, one survivor holds onto a thin chance for escape even with no promise of salvation on the outside



The Hughes Verdict!



The one thing you can not mistaken when watching The Divide is that the film is all Xavier Gens.

Any horror fan who has seen his dark french cult classic Frontier(s), will notice many of his signature moves in this delicious horror, from the close up eye ball, to the all out gore and of course slow mo deaths, for fans of his work this is a dream from start to finish and if anyone wants to know is this better than the film that made him so well known in the horror field, then the simple answer is......yes, but then I was not much of a fan of the french flick!

The Divide in simple terms is bleak. There I was only moaning about the too much fun angle of Cabin In The Woods and then this lands in my lap and its so different in tone and style that any horror fan who loves the concept dark and twisted will find many things to enjoy when they sit down and watch this film. Right from the off we do not get a chance to really relax because Gens does not even bother with a gentle introduction to the characters on show. Instead we have a quite surreal image of a nuclear bomb going off and simply causing devastation for anyone nearby. What caused this? Word War III? A rouge bomb? Why didn't Jack Bauer stop it? The film does not even bother to try and answer those questions, instead we have a group of people who manage to get down to a locked basement owned by Mickey (Michael Biehn) who seemed to have some idea about the chaos that was all set to hit. He in his great wisdom has spent time to build a shelter that contains supplies, toilet and electricity that in all sense would have kept him safe, which of course is no longer possible due to his plan being gate crashed by these unwanted guests.

Even then just as we try to get some breathing space and get to know these people something else happens. Before we can even feel the despair starting to build we get an unexpected blast of a rescue team who in their white suits seem to be the hope they need only for them to pull out guns and take something away from them. That something you need to see yourself and even when the group try to discover who they are by "venturing" outside the shelter, what we get is more unanswered questions because Gens just wants to tease us in what to expect. This film is not about the bomb or the men in the white suits, this is about how the human race self destruct when locked in a room with no hope of escape or freedom.

Think of this as The Hole (the Thora Birch Underground horror- not the kiddie flick) but instead of seeing a teen horror where Kia Knightly got her breasts out, this is set for the most mature of an audience and at times while the sublime brilliance of Gens shines through, you can not help but feel its a hard slog watching these characters self destruct!

Among the faces in the shelter are the likes of Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia who starts off like a "hero" but turns into something the least expected. We also have Rosanna Arquette whose devastating loss sets her off on a downward spiral and a freaky looking Ethan Hawke lookalike Bobby (Michael Eklund) who ends up cross dressing, because I suppose that is what radiation poisoning does to some people. The star of the show is of course Biehn who just oozes class right from the off. Its a role the guy can do in his sleep, a cigar chewing muscle man who has more sense than anyone he is placed with but feels frustrated by the fact that the group just won't listen. He also grabs all the best lines of the film and when he is not around, (which is noted for a good twenty minutes) then the film becomes a bit tiresome, because nothing really much happens when the film reaches the middle section.

The opening half is such a roller coaster that you hope the pace will keep up but its totally impossible and by the time the film reaches the middle then you do find the proceedings become a bit of a drag. My main gripe was despite spending all the time with these people we don't really get to know them and so its hard to get the sympathy that a film of this nature requires. The group spend a lot of time eating beans, smoking and drinking water but we do not get to know the real them which frustrated me a bit! Take Eva (Lauren German) for example who becomes the stand out character of the flick, a transformation that does not occur until the last quarter but until then was largely ignored and served no real purpose to the plot.

It seems I am nit picking here but you can not help that the brilliance of the camera work by Gens is not matched by the weak script. By the time "cabin fever" strikes and the gang turn on each other, the film offers nothing new to the seen before formula. Rape, death, torture, gore and swimming in shit are all thrown at the audience and again while the striking imagery will leave your breathless, the script fails to entice the dread and so you have a film of a mixed balance We have a stunning first half, a weak second and a gore pace finale which will frustrate some but leave others believing The Divide is another gem by the hands of this director.

For me personally I was more haunted and scared by the final shot that will stay with me for days. Its a brilliant moment that shows why less is better and another reason why horror does not need to reach the route of finger cutting gore porn to get an impact. Its the final moments alone that displays the best qualities of Gens as a director because he manages to sum up all feelings in one simple shot and showcases why he is one of the best artistic creators around.........

                                                              

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 15/5/2012 4:23:21 PM   
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HUGHESY'S VERDICT ON WHY THE CABIN IN THE WOODS IS NOT THAT GREAT!


After my savage alternative review of The Woman In Black, I was hoping that one of my fellow HCF Critics would take up the mantle of pouring scorn on a horror film that is doing really well at the box office but left them feeling rather cold. With The Cabin In The Woods doing great guns and with critical acclaim becoming more and more widespread, I thought that maybe Matt and Doc who were going to watch this film, may have come back with a different opinion. The Doc was less thrilled than Matt who praised the film and gave it a high score, but both appreciated the effort on show. Having read their both splendid reviews which you can read by clicking on the links below, I sighed and realised that it was again up to me to become the miserable bastard in the office and write a review that simply says The Cabin In The Woods is just not that good!

Its strange really because the film itself is designed for me personally to like more than the rest of the guys here at HCF. Long time readers will remember my review of Scre4m from last year that stunned many because I gave it four stars and it seemed I had to defend the film for many months with the many saying it was not that good! The reason I am bringing up the figure of Ghostface is that Cabin is desperate to do what Scream done too the slasher genre, a fun mix of all things Evil Dead that would hopefully blow the horror genre apart!

The critical acclaim is staggering for this film. Just looking at the trailer you will see the high praise quotes and five star ratings and I feel like I am spoiling the party because I really wanted to love this film. Films that bend the genre are way up on my list, I am one of the few who believe Wes Craven's New Nightmare is a much better Freddy film than the original Nightmare on Elm St and the fact that the name Joss Wheldon was behind this movie made it even more of a delight because I am one of the biggest fans of the Buffy and Angel universe he created many moons ago! Even seeing the faces of Angel's Amy Acker in the film brought a smile to my face because I loved her has Fred and if you look closely you will spot a well known Buffy face who played a pivotal part in bringing the evil Willow to the show. So yes all the ingredients were there, so why did the film fall flat on its face!

Well for a start I was dismayed at the trailer which suggested that the Cabin is not "a normal cabin!". It was such an eye opener that it left me angry for months until I could finally watch this film but when I did, I soon realised that it was pointless getting so heated over a potential spoiler. You see, from the off we get the jist of the plot and I was quite stunned that the writers decided to show their hand this early. It's only five minutes in that we know what that this cabin, is not a normal cabin and so it ruined all the surprise and tension straight away. What I personally would have preferred is if we got the normal cliche of hot teens jumping in their camper van and heading off to spooky cabin in the woods. Yes we all would have shouted "Evil Dead rip off!" but then when the film turns on its head, I and many others would have screamed "WTF!" and there the film would have gripped up and the intrigue would have set it.

Just look at the beginning of Scream to see how this should be done! The Drew Barrymore set-piece is still to this day one of the greatest set-pieces of Slash that is scary and original but plays by the rules of the genre. Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson were clever enough to know that what they were giving the audience because it enticed both camps. Here we had the scary horror for the more mature crowd and then move on to the fun element for the teen's to lap up. Cabin fails this straight away because they set out for the fun brigade and ignore fans who want to hold on to their armchair in terror.

So what we have got here is a film sold as a horror film but its nothing of the kind. Of course this will do lovely for the date crowd and I can see why this appeals to many out there but for me it made me despair at the way mainstream horror is heading. Its hard for the die hard horror fans to find films out there to fill their need. I am sick of seeing the genre dumbed down so it will take loads of money at the box office and despite what you say, Cabin is dumb horror. Many say this is original but I am sorry Scream and the much superior Behind The Mask have played on this formula to better effect. Behind The Mask is one of those I can mention to prove my point. That film twisted the horror genre to full circle and is one of the underrated horror films of the last twenty years but got lost because it did have the financial clout of the much bigger fishes. It seems these days you need a big name attached to the film to get major selling points and it helps Cabin that they have the name Joss on the poster because it already sells to the his TV Fans.

To prove my point that Cabin is not as clever as it thinks it is, you need to look at the finale. No spoilers here, but I was told that I would be "Stunned" to see the surprise cameo at the end. Now being a horror fan and seeing the words...."cabin" and "woods" in the title then I would have put all my money on it being Bruce Campbell because lets face it, that would have been one of the coolest things the film could have done. The fact we had someone else, someone who is infamous in the horror field for a total different franchise that has nothing to do with Zombies and woods made me cry in despair. It made me ask the question "did the writers actually know their audience!", because like the rest of the film, it lacked the film knowledge that a movie like Cabin needs to succeed.

Even their best intentions of playing homage to figures like Pennywise and Pinhead fell flat on its face because by then I did not really care what was happening among the chaos unfolding.

At the end of the day, I may be at the stage where I need horror to scare me. Fun horror is ok, but I would rather promote films like Alyce which deserves more acclaim and love because its devilishly dark and twisted and offers more to the genre than this film ever could. Besides if I need to see the ultimate fun comedy horror of people being attacked by zombies while staying in a cabin in the middle of the woods, then I will reach over for my copy of Evil Dead 2, which still is the daddy of them all........



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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 15/5/2012 4:42:47 PM   
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But if you'd put all your money on it, it wouldn't have been that much of a surprise, would it?

I'm not sure the 'surprise cameo' is all that relevant to the film or what it's doing either - it's a nice bit of casting, but it didn't need to be them. It's not like Zombieland and the twinkie link. 

Also - Divide? You need negative stars



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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 15/5/2012 5:07:06 PM   
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So I take it you did not like The Divide that much then.....



FILM: CassadagaSTARRING: Kelen Coleman, Kevin Alejandro, Louise FletcherDIRECTED BY: Anthony DiBlasiRATING: 15RUNNING TIME: 113 MinutesOUT NOW TO RENT AND BUY What is it all about?

After the death of her sister, a deaf woman tries to contact her in a routine seance, only for a vengeful spirit to take hold of her. Can she discover the reasons of the unsettled spirit and uncover the shocking secret of a mystery serial killer.

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Anthony DiBlasi is a name that makes me sit up with interest.

Having delivered the sublime DREAD which was one of the best straight to DVD horror's in years, the guy who was also responsible for the decent but flawed Midnight Meat Train was one of the names attached to the new Hellraiser re-make. It seems DiBlasi is making one heck of a name for himself in the horror field and while it seems all attempts to return Pinhead to the big screen has more or less stalled, the talented director is still determined to make a name for himself and this week see's the release of Cassadaga, a haunting chiller morphed into a kind of Silence Of The Lambs hybrid which sounds interesting enough, but does it further the reputation of one of the finest horror talents in years?

The film starts with two shocks, which is probably needed somewhat because what follows afterwards is a slow drawn affair that might test the patience of some fans out there. The first show is a bit of penis hacking that while you do not see close up, its a great little set-piece because you think you are witnessing a set-piece of a slash movie but it turns into something else. This moment of the film is what makes Cassadaga such an odd affair, because it does not fit right it what follows for the next half hour.

The second shock is when we meet the lovely Lily (Kelen Coleman) a deaf teacher who manages to do well in her teaching job due to the fact that she is an expert lip reader. What follows in this sequence is probably the most haunted moment of the entire film and its done without the use of any blood and shows why DiBlasi is such a deft hand when it comes to bringing horror to the screen. The tragedy that we witness makes Lily leave to start a new life in Cassadaga and after only minutes there she strikes up a relationship with a father of one of her new students because to be honest, Lily does not mess around with flirting and stuff and the film needs to move along than be swamped with a love story. The guy in question is Mike and if the face seems familiar then I am here to help you, it is Kevin Alejandro WHO? I hear you cry.........well its Laf's Boyfriend from this season's True Blood and I am telling you this because it did my head in for most of the film until it twigged in the last half hour.

Like you do on your first date with a boyfriend and his friends, you all decide to visit the town's most famous Psychic and its here that Lily decides to make contact with her dead sister. Its a scene which many have you seen countless times in other films, the seance goes horribly wrong with Lily having a spirit come from the other side and latch on to her because....the ghost has some unfinished business.

Cue endless scenes of Lily being tormented by visions and beaten by this woman ghost with endless cries of "What do you want?" until she finally comes to her senses and realises that maybe the ghost is trying to tell her something and the visions are leading her to a place where all the answers she needs are right there. Of course after scenes of haunting we get a bizarre twist of a serial killer who has just kidnapped his next victim and has them in a basement where he is doing stuff that needs to be seen to be believed. Again DiBlais shows his quality here because its a great introduction to a brand new style serial killer.

The trouble with Cassadaga is that it does not know what it wants to be. The storyline is predictable with the much superior Stir Of Echoes, haunting every frame of this picture. Its good for what it is, but you can not help but say to yourself that you have seen all this before but better! One of the most frustrating aspects of the "deaf" angle is that its never fully explored. One of the best moments in Silence Of The Lambs is the climax where Jodie Foster is underground and can not see nothing at all. Here I was hoping that maybe being "deaf" would play some part in the fear of the viewer. For instance, when Lily was in danger, it would have been great to be placed in her shoes and not hear anything but yet see the danger that she does not.....it would have offered some great tension moments but sadly her sad disability is not played around with and at the end I was even questioning why the lead character was written as deaf when the film did not explore it once?

The lack of real chills and tension is also a massive let down. With it being part Ghost Story, the hauntings are average at best (apart from a maggot scene) with this part of the film born out of the 90's after the huge success of The Sixth Sense. Of course when it comes to the second part of Killer angle, the plot twists are too obvious and you need to defy logic at the finale because the killer does stupid things which enable Lily to fight back!

Despite me feeling a bit let down by the film, it is wonderfully filmed and Coleman is a sexy lead who brings sympathy when required, its the touching scenes with her sister that gives the film the required heartbeat and while I was expecting a lot more because of the talent behind the camera, this is probably a perfect weekend rental for those who like cheap thrills and an average plot.

As for DiBlais, you get a feeling that he was on autopilot here, but he shows enough skill with certain scenes that once again display the potential there and I and many others await for thee film that will make him a worldwide name in the horror field and from what we have seen so far....its only a matter of time!                                                                                           

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 15/5/2012 5:59:27 PM   
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I think that's the first negative review of Cabin I've read, but I haven't looked in the official review thread.

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 15/5/2012 9:53:46 PM   
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So I take it you did not like The Divide that much then.....



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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 16/5/2012 3:02:08 PM   
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Yep....its this years most talked about banned horror...and I finally got to see it..........





I watched this a couple of nights back...

I have to say that I got butterflies before putting it on, just like I used to as a teenager when you'd got hold of a video nasty that you weren't supposed to watch, unfortuantely a vast majority of those films just left me and my friends laughing and ridiculing the lame special effects and (often) even lamer direction.

The same can not be said for the Bunny Game.

This is a startling, compelling and truly horrifying film. I had to turn the sound down in the end as I didn't want to perturb my elderly neighbours with Getsic's screaming. I also put it straight to the back of my DVD collection as I wouldn't want anyone browsing to pick it up and ask me "is this any good?, I genuinely wouldn't know how to answer that question.....

You have to hand it to Getsic and Rehmeir, between them they've created a film that is not just disturbing and horrific but also assured and (though I hate to use this word in the context of such a film) at times beautiful. The almost total lack of any dialogue is also a brave move that allows the remarkable direction and acting to tell the story where other filmmakers would just chuck in a load of badly written conversations by way of exposition.

And that ending.... Brutal, just brutal.





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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 22/5/2012 10:17:39 PM   
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FILM: The River Murders

RATING: 18

RUNNING TIME: 1 hr 28 mins

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What is it all about?

A homicide detective,while investigating a series of murders becomes the prime suspect when the FBI uncovers his close personal ties to all the victims.

The Hughes Verdict

Lets settle some arguments here before I start on The River Murders, the new straight to DVD Serial Killer film that has just been released on DVD. First that its star Ray Liotta has not been in a good film since the 90's classic Goodfellas. Well that is totally wrong, yes some of his career choices have been more miss than hit, but he did star as one of the 90's best psycho's in the glorious guilty pleasure Unlawful Entry, but to end this silly debate, I only have to point towards the direction of the simply breathtaking Narc to show that there is more than a gangster film on his CV, there is also a cracking police drama has well.

My second point is that there are people who claim that the serial killer genre is dead thanks to Se7en which is regarded as the best of the lot when it comes to these kind of films. Again that is wrong. Yes since Fincher introduced us to the "what is in the box?" question, films have tried they best to beat the style of that dark and gloomy film but to no avail, but to say there has not been a good film since clearly miss the fact that I Saw The Devil was released only last year....a film that many consider equal or even better than the Brad Pitt film.

Which brings me to this film, The River Murders, could it be a thriller that becomes the third best film on not just Liotta's CV but also on the serial killer list? Well the fact that it has slipped under the radar and straight to DVD offers little hope for both but is it still worth the watch?

Liotta plays Detective Jack Verdon who lets face it, is a stud. He loves sex, he loves to grind his naked body against a female and do the boogie woogie, so much that over the years he must have slept with 100 women. Before someone runs over to hand him a chlamydia test, the guy has been married and faithful to the lovely wife Ana (Gisele Fraga) for the past eight years, life is grand and he is happy. Who cares about his past and the notches on his bed post. Well someone does because there is a psycho killer on the loose who just happens to be murdering all the women that Jack have slept with! Odd choice and plot concept but hey at least its original, especially the fact that the killer does love to place their wedding rings in the vag........oh, do I have to spell it out for you?

Jack is the main suspect of course despite support of two friends, his partner Jenny (Sarah Ann Schultz) and Captain Langley (Ving Rhames). The suspicions come from Agent Vuckovitch (Christian Slater) who comes across like a right dick but not so much that you hate him, he just wants to get the job done.

Now I am old fashioned when it comes to these films. I love the moment at the end when the killer is revealed because it makes the guessing part all worth it. Was you right or wrong? Its a great game which is one of the reasons why Se7en worked brilliantly because it twisted that notion on its head. I hate the ones that show who it is right from the off. Out of all these types its only Columbo I liked because the fun was watching Peter Falk teasing the killer, because lets face it, the great man knew who it was straight away. Films that do this for me rob the tension out of the film and it becomes a bit pointless, even though there are exceptions like I Saw The Devil.

The River Murders sadly reveals who it is after the twenty minute mark, which brought a huge sigh of despair from this viewer. Lucky for me, it was the motive that become the guessing game and its here the film excels in. Its pretty straight forward once you see what it is but its because its so simple, I just did not get it and for that reason alone, the film kind of worked.

Liotta is a solid actor who kept the film from not getting boring and while you can argue that Rhames and Slater are wasted, its Schultz in the role of Jenny that stands out because she is written really well and not once does she do the stupid things you expect a cop partner would do in this thriller genre.

Fans of the 90's in which these were all the rage will find much enjoyment, only if you go in with little expectation. Its not ground breaking on every level but its one of those that you can not do wrong renting out on a weekend even though the likes of Liotta, Rhames and Slater deserve much better than a straight to DVD Offering......
                                                                  
                                                        


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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 11/6/2012 1:28:19 AM   
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THE INNKEEPERS

THE HUGHES VERDICT!




There is a new name in horror. A name that will soon belong up there with the greats of Wes Craven, John Carpenter and many others. A name that once you see attached to a horror film you know that you will be desperate to see it, even though you have no idea what it is about. The name in question is Ti West, a man who is becoming an almighty force in the horror genre.

What I am about to say is no secret to long time readers, but in 2010 there was only one horror that stood tall and proud among the others. House Of The Devil was a complete and utter surprise, a slow burning horror with a 70's throwback vibe that horror fans took to their heart. Since then horror fans have been on tenterhooks to see what West could deliver next, could he better that wonderful film or was it a case of a one hit wonder?. Well the arrival of The Innkeepers answers that question and after the credits roll at the end of the film you would not believe what West has done.

Firstly lets tease you by not giving you the required answer and telling you a little bit about the film. From a spooky house in the middle of nowhere, to a now large hotel, West moves the tension and horror from babysitting to that of a haunted empty place called The Yankee Pedlar Inn, a soon to be closed bed and breakfast which has hardly no custom and with just two staff on duty, Claire ( Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy), the place is just a depressive place. Claire and Luke are a good duo, both really pleasant and good humoured but bored with the last days of their job. Healy has interest in the paranormal, especially with the case of Madeline O’Malley, a bride who hanged herself many moons ago in the hotel itself. While Healy declares he has seen the spirit many times, its Claire who takes a sudden interest in the case and starts to stalk the place at night in hope to catch at least glimpse of this renowned ghost. Its her dedication and stupidity that sets off a trail of suspense and terror which makes the last three days of opening a frightening experience.

The Innkeepers hails all the hallmarks of a typical West film. If anyone goes into this hoping for an Insidious Mark II then they will probably leave after the first hour. West does not care about cheap thrills and pleasing the friday night date crowd. His main concern is character development and a story you can believe in and so the majority of the film is all about the set up. There are moments to keep the horror fans happy, there is a brilliant set-piece right at the beginning that had me jumping out of my seat, but these are few and far between because West just loves the old horror trick of building the suspense.

The fact you believe in these characters is a major positive and West can really write a good script. He is also proving to be a fine director and he brings all he can from the camera with long lingering shots of the hotel corridors that brings back memories of The Shining. Its this trick that makes him stand out from the horror crowd because nothing really happens in the film. What we have is long talkative scenes and sweeping shots but somehow like House Of The Devil which is so similar in structure, its when things do occur that brings the scare factor to the film. A piano playing on its own may not sound scary simply because its a scene which has played out in countless other haunted horror films, but it works here because the tension of the build up is incredible to watch.

West actually came up with this idea while staying in the hotel (the location on show is real) while filming House Of The Devil. Its been said that some flickering of lights while there convinced him to write up this story and what he came up with is a joyful caper that contains laughs and thrills in whole one package. With a thin cast that contains the main duo and three guests, a mother who has just left her husband with her son in tow, Top Gun Sex Bomb Kelly McGillis as a former soap actress and now a fully fledged psychic, and an elderly man played by George Riddle, we get to know everything there is to know about the characters and so by the time the final quarter hits, we are fully invested in these characters.

The final half does pile on the full horror of what Claire set out to find and I was kind of freaked by the imagery on show and while there are suggestions that what we are seeing is in the mind of just one woman, it does not stop you grabbing the arm chair and screaming for the person to run and escape.

So back to the question! Is this better than House Of The Devil?. Well The Innkeepers surprised me by being "this good". Its a stunning film and already tipped to be my favourite horror of 2012. If you loved the Devil film then this will be right up your street. Its not better, its not worse, its a film on equal footing and showcases the full potential of a director who is fast becoming the new king of the genre.

Now roll on his next film.......

                                                                


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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 27/10/2012 12:14:02 PM   
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 What is it all about: In The Butcher Brothers, award-winning original film, “The Hamiltons” were a dysfunctional, orphaned family struggling in sunny suburbia. On the outside, they appeared normal enough but they harbored a very dark secret...the need to drink blood in order to survive. In this action-packed sequel, a bloodbath at a gas station in the desert puts the family on the run, eventually seeing them resurface in the U.K. with a new identity as “The Thompsons.” Desperate for protection in this unfamiliar country, the Thompsons seek out the help of a shadowy underground rumored to be sympathetic to vampires. The Hughes Verdict!
One of the best horror films of 2006 has finally been given a sequel. But was it worth the six year wait?
2006 was not exactly awash with great horror films. Saw was already on its third outing, LeatherFace was having a New Beginning, while every film fan was glad to see Nic Cage burn at the end of that dreaded Wicker Man re-make. There was one film though that if found by horror fans, was instantly loved. A minor classic that even to this day is still being discovered to the joys of the film's fans who have been shouting from the roof top at how good the film is.

I am talking about The Hamiltons, not heard of it? Well hopefully you will soon, especially if you see the DVD cover of The Thompsons staring back at you in you local Blockies, the long awaited sequel which going by the sheer quality of the film, we could hopefully see this franchise become a trilogy in the near future. Directed by The Butcher Brothers or by their real name Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores, The Thompsons is a vampire film with a real bite. Its bigger and louder than the original but damn, its a film that deserves special praise even though there may be fans who may be put off by the different tone which I get to in a bit.  As you can guess, the film is not called The Hamiltons Part 2, simply because the family has moved town under a different name, but even a change of a surname means the problems do not end. The family who thought the nightmare was over soon realise that its only just began. Thanks to a much bigger budget, more confident style by the directors and much better acting by the same returning actors, this is a sequel that fans have been waiting for and smacks the poor love fest shit like Twilight right out of the genre. Don't be put off by the fact you may not have seen the original, the beginning of the film does help newcomers into the plot with ease thanks to the narration of Francis played again by Cory Knauf. After the antics of the first film we see the family try to escape the past and have taken their problems to the UK. The family settle down in the village of Ludow where they hear news of another bloodsucking clan who may help them in their quest.  Horror sequels are always trying to up the ante with bigger set pieces, more blood and higher death count! Randy pointed out this little bit of knowledge in the middle of Scream 2. The Thompsons goes down this route and this is where the film may gain extra fans and yet lose a few. Under the disguise of The Hamiltons, the film was set in a drama style soap with a mystery edge that had viewers guessing to the surprise end. It was set up as an horror film but at its heart what we had was a dysfunctional family struggling with secrets and lies. It was unique and stunning which made the horror world sit up and take notice of The Butcher Brothers. Yes they have done the quite "ok" The Violent Kind but the simply awful April Fools Day re-make was a huge blotch on their CV, and yet returning to the world their created as done them good. This is a supreme attempt at horror, but like I mentioned, the film loses the quality the original give because of its more glamorous setting. It may seem I am contradicting myself from saying one minute its brilliant and then its not but I suppose readers of this review will understand if they have seen the original. The amateur feel of The Hamiltons gave it a nice eerie quality, now its been replaced by a more professional feel. It does not make the sequel a poor film, but it does lose its essence but then fans who liked the first film but moaned at the lack of blood and bite will be jumping up and down in delight because the shackles are off and the gore is sprayed left right and centre. With people with fangs all falling in love and losing the scare factor thanks to shit like Twilight, its nice to see Vampires back in their element here. This is blood sucking horror as it should be and the only highest praise I can give these films. Then if REC 1 & 2 is this generation's Zombie franchise, then the Thompsons formally known as The Hamiltons should be classified in the same bracket for the Vampire genre.  Make no mistake these two films are Simply brilliant                                                                               4 OUT OF 5

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 27/10/2012 12:23:30 PM   
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The Hughes Verdict!


Hmmm!!!!!......

Ok then, lets review the crap fest that is Dragon Wasps!. Now straight from the off I have gone and told you that this film is indeed "crap" but I suppose many of you will know that just by reading the title. Mark Atkins who give the world the equally rubbish Sand Sharks has once again put pen to paper and given the film world a story about Wasps that are half Dragons. I mean I can't write that without even shaking my head in disbelief and thinking "What a load of Rubbish!"....and its something that I done a lot when I was watching this film.

The story of sorts is that entomologist Gina Humphries (Dominika Juliett) is searching for her father who has decided to go missing in the Belize rainforest. Taking her assistant Rhonda (Nikolette Noel) with her, they trek into the jungle being helped by army officer John Hammond ( Corin Nemec- who like in Sand Sharks is the best thing in here) to find out what happened to her dad and equally hoping to find him alive.

So far so good. That is of course until they run into the film's badass and I am not talking about the flying insects. The film gives us the Voodoo gangster Jaguar (Gildon Rowland), who acts like he has just walked off the set of Marked For Death and for the first time in a long long while, I was hoping Steven Segel would turn up and beat the shit out of this guy.

While Jaguar acts like he is from the 80's and speaks some really bad lines, Gina, Rhona and Hammond then stumble upon the jungle's big dark secret. Oh yes......DRAGON WASPS......... and I say that again DRAGON WASPS......seriously what ever Atkins is smoking I want some....badly.... I mean he sat there and thought "right I have done sharks in sand....now what else can I do? Oh I know......A wasp that can breathe fire......yes, that's it.......A DRAGON WASP............. yeah baby!".....

Now for a film that is selling the audience that dumb idea, you would expect the effects to be out of this world, but then we are talking here about a film that really does not care about that angle. The DRAGON WASPS.............are awful...........not even in a cheesy way! The CGI is totally crap with each DRAGON WASP....changing size and often coming across like a huge blurry mess. Also the film fails to sell on the promise that is in fact a B-Movie monster movie because there are a few fleeting battles between the humans and these crazy breeding off springs. I can forgive the awful acting on show and the terrible CGI, if the film had non stop monster battles, but too much time is spent on talking and "missing father shit", than actual fight scenes...... I came into this movie begging for DRAGON WASPS....COME ON!"..... but there was just not enough to get me excited.

The trouble with films like these is that everyone around making the film knows that its daft and so they try to make the best out of the situation. Sometimes the fun they are having doing the shoot, transpires onto the screen and that is why this genre has had mass appeal over the years with die hard fans just loving the stupidity that is on offer. Sometimes you do get some that explode onto the big screen, films like Tremors and Eight Legged Freaks spring to mind, bigger budget but still basically offering the same premise as Dragon Wasps. The titles that work and are complete delight to watch are the ones that basically take the piss out of themselves. Sadly Dragon Wasps just takes itself a bit to damn straight to make me enjoy the ride.

The imagery on show is the best thing on offer here and I do like Corin Nemec who could become the Bruce Campbell of the giant monster genre, but unlike such "classics" like Giant Shark Vs Mega Octopus, Dragon Wasps did not contain enough humour or gore to thrill my horror heart and while this could be called perfect "Beer Movie!" and fans of these will probably dig it a lot more than I did, a film about Wasps and Dragons blended together should be daft and stupid and a really good watch, sadly for me, it had me reaching for the insect killer spray because half way through I just wanted the entire film to Buzz off...................

If you are a huge fan of this genre then add two stars....

                                                                               
                                                                                      

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 27/10/2012 3:53:37 PM   
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Great to see more reviews in here! Every time I've seen a horror film in recent months I've come in this thread to see if it's been reviewed. I was in Asda yesterday and saw Dragon Wasps and immediately came home to add it to the rental queue. Your review makes me want to see it even more


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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 4/12/2012 8:15:50 PM   
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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 5/12/2012 4:19:08 PM   
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Thankfully I am still alive but have had awful 2012!

The wife and I split up after 11 years and its been quite messy (kids involved)....you know the usual thing!

Spent the last few months making a new home for myself and basically getting sorted.  I have had to take a break from the website which I write for as well.....but the plan is to be back on there and on here at the start of 2013.....

So expect new overdue horror reviews soon! 

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 5/12/2012 6:43:57 PM   
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Glad to hear it, Hughes.

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 5/12/2012 7:19:21 PM   
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I was reading through some of the threads from the begining of the year earlier - the United Kingdom of Snake Eyes esp - and I did miss your presence around the forum, Hughes. So good to hear your okay (even if everything has not been fantastic).

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 17/1/2013 12:33:52 PM   
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FILM: V/H/SSTARRING: Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil, Calvin Reeder, Lane HughesDIRECTORS: Adam Wingard, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg and Ti West. The Hughes Verdict!Hmmmm..........


As I sat back and watched V/H/S on DVD (????), a great glow came over me. The much talked about horror was finally before my eyes and like a child at Christmas, I was eagerly excited! Tingles of eagerness to be scared and thoughts of seeing a brilliant horror was all in my mind. Was this the "found footage" horror to end all horrors? Enough as been said about V/H/S too suggest that it could well be and with the name Ti West attached to the project, well nothing could really go wrong, Could It?

Well......yes!


You see V/H/S is not a very good film, its not even up there with little unknown gems like Atrocious and Evil Things. Apart from two stories of pure joy, I actually found the experience nothing more than a waste of my time and actually found it quite nasty and at times totally dull.

V/H/S plays out like a whole new modern take of Tales From The Crypt, an anthology of short horror films all combined in one whole package. Instead of the Cryptkeeper we have a bunch of most unlikeable characters I have seen in a long time. These group of men go around filming their "hilarious" antics of lifting up young innocent women's tops to expose their breasts and then smashing windows and just being a bunch of bastards! "Will you lot Die already" was my thought and already ten minutes into this film I knew that this did not bode well.Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way To Die), directs the overall segment entitled Tape Fifty-Six and its as ugly as the film that made his name, these criminals who after having endless of fun being a bunch of wankers are hired to retrieve a videotape for a mysterious client. The house they enter is eerily quiet and they discover a dead man’s body in a chair who looked as if he had died from watching to much Telly, or better still, may have died from boredom from watching V/H/S. In front of the dead man is a TV and loads of blank VHS tapes and while the rest of the gang search the house, one of the members stays in the room and decides to see what is on the blank tapes. So what he see's, we the viewer do also and so begins the tales of terror

We do start off pretty good though. Amateur Night, by David Bruckner (The Signal), is a tasty little tale about the terror of picking up a random girl in a party. Three college guys out for a night of booze and sex, pick up two girls where one of them is quiet and quite strange.

As the much louder girl passes out due too extreme alcohol, the boys turn their attention to the timid girl whose only words "I like you!" and the odd sniff of her noise should put alarm bells in most guy's minds. What follows is a brilliant piece of horror that sweeps you in and makes you pine for more. Its a brilliant tale by Bruckner, full of gore and suspense, with a final shot that made me want to see more and from then on I was hoping despite the start, V/H/S may save itself thanks to these short stories.

Sadly the in-between tales are more miss than hit.

Second Honeymoon, which is directed by West is a tale about a young couple's road trip that goes very wrong indeed. Its not very good, builds up too nothing of note and is very disappointing, especially with the name behind the camera.

The Strange Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger, directed by Joe Swanberg and Simon Barrett; is nothing more than a Paranormal Activity kind of rip off that would have been good a few years back if it weren't for all the Activity sequels that has made scares like already feel old hat.

Tuesday the 17th by Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), is of course a homage to the Jason legacy but after the much better The Hills Run Red from a few years back, the film is poorly acted and has one of the worst slasher creations I have seen in a long time!

V/H/S does finish with cracking story by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin. Entitled 10/31/98, four guys going to a Halloween party end up going to the wrong house and what they find is odd and quite surreal. A group of men are torturing a young woman in the attic and when they try to play the hero, they discover its best at times not to do the right thing as what follows is totally freaky and down right disturbing, This story is the best of the entire lot and I would say its probably worth watching the film just for this segment.

In-between these tales, we cut back to the criminals and see what they are doing, but like I said, this story did nothing for me and I hope the planned sequel does a better tale in how we the audience get to see this footage.

Grainy and amateurish, V/H/S has good intentions to the found footage genre and I had to admire the attempt to bring something new to the genre. But anthology tales live and die by how good they are and two good stories out of Five, shows that despite the best attempts of those involved, V/H/S leaves nothing more than a feeling of disappointment.                                                                            

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 17/1/2013 3:32:38 PM   
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hi Hughes

I'd maybe say 1 watchable story, so about 2 seems a fair score.

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 17/1/2013 4:18:00 PM   
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Hi Elab    Its nice to be back!  Hoping to start with a bang, but V/H/S was just a total disappointment for me.  Even two good stories could not save it for me, because the others were just very bland.....




FILM: Grave Encounters 2

STARRING:

Richard Harmon
Leanne Lapp
Sean Rogerson
Dylan Playfair
Stephanie Bennet
Howie Lai

DIRECTED BY: John Poliquin

WRITTEN BY: The Vicious Brothers

RATING: 18

RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes

THE HUGHES VERDICT!

Grave Encounters was film that divided a lot of opinion in the HCF Office.

Endless debate engulfed the office room between Matt and I, with our Chief News Reporter lavishing the praise on the film, while I dismissed it out of sight, saying it started it well but soon slipped into what I can only describe as pathetic.

You can guess having Grave Encounters 2 in my hand did not actually fill me full of joy. The thought of sitting down and watching the sequel made me feel quite sad because I was under the impression that my life for the next hour and a half was going to be wasted away on a follow up that I certainly didn't want and what I thought the horror genre didn't need.

For a quick recap on what the premise is all about, the original saw a TV crew filming a show called "Grave Encounters", enter an abandoned asylum where rumours persist is haunted and of course they film their night stay. Think of "Most Haunted" but where something does actually happen and you get the idea of the premise. Before you could call Derek Acorah, the crew are terrorised by ghastly images of ghosts with long mouths, driven insane by rooms that were there and not, before finally being killed off one by one, while of course filming the whole thing.

Despite a good hour, the film transcended into farce, where the simple scares slipped into fantasy and for me personally, I got rather bored with it all. While Grave Encounters was no Blair Witch, having put on the sequel and now just finished watching it, I must admit that Grave Encounters 2 is no Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 and I mean that with the highest compliment I can give.



You see and this to the shock horror of everyone, I actually liked this. Maybe it was because I went in with low expectations, but for me personally, Grave Encounters 2 is a much better film, in terms of plot, pacing and damn right good scares. Its not high art we watching, but its one of the better found-footage horror films I have seen in a long time.

What it does great is that it twists the whole original film on its head, something that Book Of Shadows threatened to do but did not have the balls to follow through. The first five minutes of that Witch sequel, saw a segment where people who had seen The Blair film try to go into the woods to find the witch themselves. It was a clever ploy that would have suited the film well before it all went down the cliche path and ended up with a stuffed owl smashing through a window.......groan!!!!!!!!!

Encounters 2 follows the same path but does not once walk off it. We start with clips of people who had seen the first film, many saying it was great, others poor, while a few moaning about how shit the end was. All are in agreement though that the film itself was all fake and that it was all just a film. Everyone including Alex, (Richard Harmon) a You Tube Film Critic who thought the film was shite! and sets out about to change the horror genre with his very own Slasher film.

Its while filming his very own film that he starts to receives emails from a mystery sender called "Death Awaits!", and its from that mail he begins to discover that perhaps the events that took place was in fact real and convinces his film crew to abandon the Slash film and instead do a documentary about what happened to the Grave Encounters team.

The first hour is a brilliant construction of tease and self knowing. If you loved the original film then you can not help but marvel at the events that are unfolding, if like me and didn't, you still get a joy at how clever the set up is. Yes you will shout at the TV screen with words like "Are you mad and stupid!", but if this is now set in the real world, you can understand why some people would want to see for themselves if what happened, did take place!.

All the build up leads to the Film crew breaking into the very same Asylum and once in you know what to expect. This time though, while the original was awash with ghosts, the sequel this times takes a careful minimum approach, where build up is more important than in your face scares. Yes the spooks are still there for all to see, but they are used to a much better effect this time, where shock horror, actual thought has gone into the plot!

Wes Craven's New Nightmare, REC 2 and Room 1408 are three inspirations for the film, one where the actual TV producer of the first film talks to the camera , the second is where a returning character from the original turns up out of the blue (having lived on rats for the last few years) and also thirdly, the little twist half way through which sees the crew suffer the same twisted tease that Cusack suffered in that hotel room.

The last twenty minutes of "What's behind the Red Door!" is a lot of fun, and with some nasty deaths and surreal plot threads that may surprise you, it has to be said The Vicious Brothers who directed the original, but only wrote this one, must be applauded for trying something different to their now cherished franchise and with John Poliquin showing a deft touch at times behind the camera, Encounters 2 is a daft but an enjoyable found footage horror that delighted my horror bones and thankfully........did not have a stuffed owl in sight!!!!!

                                                                            

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 18/4/2013 1:11:16 PM   
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Evil Dead is one of my favourite horror films of all time!


Ok, I started this alternative review with a lie!


The truth is, the original remake is one of my favourite horror films of all time! While there may be gasps from those who are wondering what "remake" I am on about, obviously I am talking about Evil Dead II. more of a semi remake than sequel, that joyfully expanded all that was good about Evil Dead (notably more Ash) and made a film that will forever be a truly regarded as a cult classic!


I am also one of those fans that totally adore the third film, Army Of Darkness, a high quality romp that to this day has Bruce Campbell at his very best! The end of that film (depending on which version you have seen) still has one of the best unresolved cliff-hangers of all time! Ash stupidly taken one extra sleeping pill instead of the required amount and waking up to a future that made a possible fourth film be a mixture of Evil Dead meets Mad Max and even the thought of that to this day, excites me more than anything the horror genre can offer.


News then of an all new Evil Dead film had me thrilled to the bone. The return to that cabin would not only be a welcome treat, but also banish the memories of that awful Cabin In The Woods film from last year that was just too damn clever for its own good. As I sat in the cinema, muttering to myself that I could not wait for Ash to "give me more sugar", the room went dark, the teen crowd went quiet and then the titles rolled. As I sat and looked up and glad that for once I did not have those 3D glasses on for a change, my heart sunk when the title appeared and it wasn't Army Of Darkness 2: Ash to the Future starring back at me!


Yes, I realised what I knew but failed to admit, that Evil Dead, like all my other horror classics that I adore, has sold itself to the reboot franchise and what was facing me was the all new Evil Dead, a modern version of a film that never really needed a kick up its arse because the original and the second film are so glorious to watch that any attempt to remake it seemed doomed from the start!


Now before I go on further in this review, I am not writing this to be the odd one out. Just to be the lone voice in the horror world because this new version has been rightly praised, even by our own Matt and having read his review after seeing this, I can totally understand why he likes this movie so much.

It is a throwback to 80's horror, a notion that I totally loved myself. Old fashioned effects and not one moment of crappy CGI, brings a unique feel to it all. It also does what no other horror film has done in recent time and not sell out to the teen crowd. The much welcome R- Rating is music to the ears to all horror fans who have suffered for a few years having seen the genre watered down and most films coming out with a 15 rating! Evil Dead 2013 is gory. The screen is awash with it and I sat back and did think to myself "Fair play guys!"....as I haven't seen this much blood in a Zombie flick since the days when Peter Jackson was not making films about hobbits and was releasing the joys of Braindead onto us.

So why the Alternative review then?


Well, new EVIL DEAD is good, but not great and certainly not the best horror remake of recent times (you can breath now Dawn Of The Dead). The problem with this modern version is that like the recent splat of Jason, Freddy and Michael remakes, the film takes itself just too seriously and forgets the main reason why the original was so good....in that it was terrifying but fun at the same time.


Yes I am glad the makers and writers did not bother to recast a new Ash as that alone would have doomed this film, but if you a diehard fan then most probably like me, you just wanted the moment for Bruce Campbell to turn up and smash the shit out of these new deadites. The fact he didn't and you long for it to happen, is one of the sole reasons, why Evil Dead 2013 failed to grasp me like it should!


Usually we at HCF only do an alternative review if the said film has won so much praise from one of us and is universally loved and I do feel like a cheat writing this as I really did enjoy this film. But I couldn't help but feel that behind the vast amount of blood and gore was an empty film that missed the heartbeat of Ash and his chainsaw.


The Evil Dead films worked because they were fun to watch and somehow had a nice balance in which one moment we were horrified by a woman getting raped by a tree, to then laughing as poor Ash was once more being put through the mill.This version, the intent to make it all serious and dark and gloomy, may work for 95% of horror fans, but those who just love the franchise may just sit back and think "Yeah I can see why and I am enjoying this, but its not a patch on big Sam's".


Also I was not once scared by the entire film. You could argue that thirty years later, the original has dated badly and no longer a scare factor, but I would say the deadites from the 80's still freak me out more than the 2013 version. There was something lacking in the design of them, maybe the fact that they probably did look too "good" if that is the right word, but I did not feel threatened at all and the menace just wasn't there. The cheap production of the 80's film somehow adds to the menace and overall creepiness and you just cant buy that for love or money, despite the best intentions of those here involved.


Am I being harsh? Probably! But then I am well known for hating all this remake lark. I despise the new Halloween, Friday and Elm St films and everything else that has come out recently. Only The Fly and Dawn Of The Dead have rightfully won praise in my heart for their attempt at bringing something good to the table and maybe my feelings go back to that dreaded Psycho remake in which I had to sit and watch the all new Norman Bates undo his trousers and masturbate to Anne Heche. That one scene alone that made me walk out of the cinema in disgust as it was pointless, stupid and completely wrecked the "mother's boy" character of Norman and would have had Hitchcock himself demand an apology.


To contradict things, I did enjoy this Evil Dead! Its a good try at a classic and if it does get a few people of the new generation to seek out the old films then it has served its purpose, but I would rather if this film was created in the same universe of the original three. Maybe not a remake but more of a continuation of the story. They could have wrote a plot where this new version would have somehow connected to the previous events.  The end post credit scene does suggest that plans are afoot to make this happen and if the rumours that are going around are true, then maybe this remake will all be worth it and I find more love for it, sometime in a few years!


I am not dismissing the cast even though like most characters in horror, they do not offer much of a background and you really wont be gutted when some of them die. But I hate to hark back to what I wrote earlier, but there was no one on show here that made you feel like you did with Ash!.


Overall, this new version is not the disaster it could have been, but its also not the scariest film either. I enjoyed it for what it was but I wont be jumping on the bandwagon and I dismiss those who say that this is equal to what Sam done all those years ago. What Evil Dead 2013 does well, is show that you can still make R Rating horror and make money which will serve the horror genre good for the future. What it doesn't do is make you laugh and cherish at what you see in front of you. Blood and gore can only take you far and when you lack a heartbeat as well, to borrow a famous phase off the Joker, all I could think of when I was watching this was....


"Why soooooo serious?"........

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 16/5/2013 12:29:54 PM   
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 DEAD MINE Stars: Joe Taslim, Ario Bayu, Sam Hazeldine, Use Badhu, Byron Hulbert, Mike Lewis, James Taenaka, Les Loveday, Miki Muzuno  Written and Directed by Steve Sheil Out Now To Rent and Buy  So where do I start!

What film am I talking about here? A group of people go into the underground and start getting attacked by a mutant force.....

"The Descent" I hear you cry!

Well no! These Mutant bastards are in fact dead soldiers!

"Ah must be Outpost then, or it could be Outpost II"..... you scream at me.......

Well wrong again! It is in fact Dead Mine, the new film by Steven Sheil who broke out into the horror genre with the stunning offering of Mum and Dad which won critical acclaim at the HCF headquarters, thanks to its brilliant guts and gore and dark sick viewing. Here he follows up with what you can only imagine as his take on the whole "lets go to a dark place and get attacked" genre and with horror awash with so many, Dead Mine feels like a tiresome ninety minutes that fails to entice you in any way.

Its difficult for me to even write and review Dead Mine as Sheil himself displays a real flair behind the camera and he joins the list of the ever-growing horror directors that everyone should keep an eye on. The guy clearly knows what should make an horror film and at times he pulls of some stunning scenes that mock the small budget that Dead Mine could easily have suffered from. The trouble with the entire film is that the script is full of great ideas but many are stolen from other films, while others mash together with uneven results that could leave many of you scratching your head in disbelief. The film also suffers from appalling cringe worthy acting that makes you wonder if you actually watching Scary Movie Part 198343, and if some of these actors actually went to acting school then they should seriously close whatever place it was, because believe me, you see better acting in Hollyoaks!

With that rant out of the way, lets mention the plot and we have to be thankful that Indiana Jones never got the call to get this kind of treasure, but saying that maybe if he had after the events of Last Crusade, maybe he would have been killed and slaughtered and saved us fans from the horror that was Kingdom of Stupid Skulls. With Indy not available probably because he was hiding in a fridge again or trying to adopt his son so he doesn't wreck any more damage to the once loved franchise, the call goes to the equally cool name of..... er..... Price, played here by the much better name in real life Les Loveday. His job as a treasure hunter means to drag his poor girlfriend Su Ling (Carmen Soon), Rie (Miki Muzuno) and Stanley (Sam Hazeldine) along with a bad ass mother load of mercenaries and yes guys you do see the face of The Raid's Joe Taslim among them to the depths of the jungles of Sulawesi to find the lost gold of WWII Japanese General Yamashita. During the trip they encounter a bunch of pirates and I don't mean the Johnny Deep kind, which forces them into an old mine where as they embark down into the darkness, they discover a dark secret.......yes guys, I am talking........Samurai Zombie Soldiers..... how cool is that?Well its cool, but every time they go into the pose with their swords I could not help but sing along to the Power Rangers theme.....and if anyone else does that after reading this, I am truly sorry.....but hey.....its morphing time!....... Is Dead Mine enjoyable? Well it will be for fans who love the Outpost films! There is nothing to dislike about this movie and like my fellow HCF critic Cludge Judge would say "This is perfect Friday night beer movie!", its just the plot for me was too familiar and perhaps I expected more from Sheil whose last film was such a stunning gruesome watch. Here he just plays it too safe for my liking, doesn't push his ability and instead of pushing the boundaries of horror, he delivers a film to formulaic and while Zombie fans will lap it up, for many, its a film good to watch, but instantly forgotten....

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