Showing posts with label horror film. Show all posts
Showing posts with label horror film. Show all posts

Monday, 26 May 2014

Clive Barker’s Book Of Blood: Nice … But … 

24th May, 2014.
Can I make a confession, here … ?

I’ve known of — although not read much by — Clive Barker, for some years.

Certainly for long enough to know the man is — if not prolific — then certainly someone who has fingers in pies.

Quite a few fingers.

In lots of pies.

Lots of different types of pies.

You know, like a forefinger in a strawberry pie: a pinky in a steak and kidney pie.

Maybe with a ring finger in some kind of quiche.

That’s sounding just a little ambiguous, isn’t it … ?

The guy covers quite a bit of creative territory, is what I’m trying to say … !

After all, the man who wrote The Books Of Blood, and Weaveworld is also the man who did the cover art for The Books Of Blood.

And directed the original film version of Hellraiser: from his own novella, The Hellbound Heart.

Probably wouldn’t surprise me if he did the costumes, background music, and make-up for Gone With The Wind, in his spare time, either.

But … !

But you take my point: Clive Barker’s a bit of a polymath.

Or gets bored easily.

One of the two.


The point I’m trying to make, here … ?

Is that Mr B’s noted for both creative writing: and creative projects that spin off from them.

You can’t blame a man for wanting to follow through on a project, can you … ?

At any rate … ?

At ANY rate, I’ll be honest: I’ve managed to squander a bit of cash on renting a film, tonight.

And yeah … Mr B had a hand in the production of this one.

As a producer, I should add … !


Friday, 28 March 2014

Tooth And Nail: There’s Better

27th March, 2014.

*Yaaaaaawns* … !

Politely, obviously … 

You know, I do like to rent movies, occasionally.

No, really.

I’ll be frank: I’m job hunting at the mo.

But you knew that, if you’ve been reading this for a while.

You’d also have realised that — occasionally — I’ve enough money put aside to buy an iTunes gift card.

Credit I can eke out on the occasional album.   And — equally — on an occasional film rental: I realise there’s possibly better things to be spending my rare, spare cash on.

But equally, there’s a lot of nasty habits I could be indulging: too much beer, or — ahem — Columbian Marching Powder!

No, I try and rent a movie.

One I can watch*, possibly enjoy, and certainly write about, afterwards.

You’ve possibly noticed that, too, if you’ve been paying attention.

At ANY rate … ?   At any rate, I’ve gone and gone it again: rented a film.

Tonight’s rental … ?   Was the 2007, horror film that is Tooth And Nail.

And much as I’d like to say it’s credit well spent … ?

I’m none too sure if I can … 


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Thirst: The Return Of The South Korean 99p Special

22nd September, 2013.

Hmmm … 

You know, there’s times I think you can if I’seriously serious about a film that I’ve rented: and this is something I know I’ve mentioned, before.

Quite simply … ?

You can tell how really enthusiastic about about, depending on when I start a post about it.

Started and finished on the night I’ve seen the thing?

Add an extra star.

Started on the night and finished the morning after?

Take the score as read.

Started and finished the day/night after … ?

Draw your own conclusions.


At ANY rate … ?

I meant to tell you about the South Korea, horror film I caught last night: the 2009, Park Chan-Wook directed horror film that is Thirst.

A film that caught my eye as iTunes had the rental version priced — as of yesterday — at a very reasonable 99p: something that caught my eye, as the last 99p rental I’d paid for — the 2010 film, Boy Wonder — had proven to be a sleeping giant of a film.

Something I don’t know if I can say about Thirst.

Set in the modern day, the film follows Sang-hyun, (Song Kang-ho) a Catholic priest and hospital chaplain whose life is turned upside-down, after he dies as the result of volunteering as a medical guinea-pig.

Dies … and brought back to life after receiving a blood transfusion that turns out to be carrying something more serious than the virus he’d volunteered to test.

It’s not long after his return to the normal world that he realises a thing or two.

That he’s started to get a craving for human blood: a craving that’s easily satisfied, raiding the hospital blood-bank, and longterm coma patients.

Kang-ho priding himself on never having killed, to feed.

It’s not until he’s confronted by the fact he loves his best friend’s wife — and easily breaks his priestly vow of celibacy with her — that things start to go seriously wrong.

Hmmm … am I making this sound a touch better than I thought I would, or is that me … ?


Possibly … 

At any rate, I have to admit to having mixed feelings about Thirst: I think the nights starting to draw in starting to have an effect … !

Personally, though … ?

Personally, I think I’d have to  place Thirst somewhere below a couple of other films I’ve seen recently: I felt both Boy Wonder and Shutter did the work — and got my attention — a lot more easily than Thirst: although it’s a film that does entertain.

Keep that in mind, digging your pound out of its box.

Friday, 26 April 2013

The Devil’s Rock: Not Quite A masterpiece … 

24th April, 2013.
Yes, I know that’s not the most flattering title for a post about a film.

And, yes, I know: that’s NOT stating the obvious … !

But I’ve very quietly watched a film, tonight: the 2011, Paul Campion directed Kiwi-flick that is The Devil’s Rock.

And … ?   As tired as I am, and as determined as I am to finish this post in the morning, I think I have a point.

The Devil’s Rock isn’t a masterpiece.

But I am thinking it’s an interesting journey man’s piece.

Right … 

Gimme a few hours to sleep …

25th April, 2013.
OK …

Maybe more a few hours sleep: says I, after a LOT of sleep, a visit from Graham and his daughter, and a wander into town and back.

Ahem.   Which possibly isn’t the word, here, but it’s the best I can do at the moment.

20 minutes later …

Sorry: I just had to deal with something, there …

At ANY rate, I was telling you about the film I saw, last night, wasn’t I?

Indie little Kiwi flick, The Devil’s Rock.

And, yes: it’s not a masterpiece.

I think it’s worth watching, though …

26th April, 2013.
Yeah: I quite LITERALLY had to do something, last night.

As I was writing that section of this post, the email client on my iPod started beeping, frantically, as I started to get quite a lot of messages from my BT Yahoo account: quite a few of the ‘MAILER DÆMON: Failed Message’ alerts came through.

Someone had hacked my account.

Luckily, I was abler to prevent further damage by resetting my password.   But had to send out a lot of “Do Not Click On That Link” type mails to let people know what was going on.

I’ve still got a couple of email’s left to do.

But, at ANY rate … ?

I can now get on with telling you about The Devil’s Rock, the not-quite-a-masterpiece I rented for myself on Wednesday.


The Devil’s Rock is set the day before D-Day: and sees two Kiwi troopers — Captain Grogan and Sergeant Tane, played by Craig Hall and Karlos Drinkwater — landing on an obscure Channel Island, in order to sabotage a pillbox aircraft gun emplacement that’s there.

Having placed the explosives … ?

Having placed the explosives, the pair — with a great deal of reluctance on the Sergeant’s part — decide to go and investigate the pillbox, a little further up the Rock.

THAT pillbox.

The one where the screaming’s coming from. 

Of course, a lot of bloodcurdling screams — intense screaming, screaming tortuous and fearful enough to freeze the marrow in your bones, and fill you with feelings of dread and an desire to get away from the area, ASAP, doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything wrong.

Nine times out of ten.

But would you want to risk it … ?

Grogan and Tane do: what they find … ?   Is a lot of dead Germans.   Plus the very alive SS Colonel Meyer — Matthew Sutherland — who, bucket of intestines by bucket of intestines, slowly feeding what’s left of his comrades to something … 


Now, there’s possibly a couple of questions you going to ask me, isn’t there.

Firstly … ?

Yes, I’ve managed to sort out my email account.   Although I’d seriously suggest that if you’re ALSO a BT customer — or have a Yahoo email account — you check to make sure everything’s ok: and change your password, just to be on the safe side.

Secondly … ?

Yes, I’m thinking The Devil’s Rock really isn’t a masterpiece.

On the other hand … ?

On the other hand, The Devil’s Rock is a very entertaining little horror film.

One that seems to be intent not just giving buckets of blood and guts — which it literally does — but wants to concentrate more on the old fashioned idea that real fear, real terror, comes from something that appears human: that’s capable of reminding you it’s NOT, in very unpleasant ways.

Whose atmosphere I found reminiscent of both the original Outpost and The Strangers.


Personally, I’m going to happily suggest you watch The Devil’s Rock.   It’s no masterpiece … 

But it’s very entertaining …
The Devil’s Rock

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Prometheus: Flawed, but functioning …

You know, I’m confused … but entertained … 

And I’ll be frank: I don’t know quite what I’ve just seen.

It’s good … 

And could’ve been worse … or better … 

Ummm … 

I suppose I’d best tell you what I’m talking about, hadn’t I … ?


Now, I mentioned — in this morning’s Teaser — that I’d had a very small tax rebate, hadn’t I … ?

I had, I think.

And it’s one I’d managed to spend on milk, sugar, a loaf: and the one thing I’ve been able to treat myself to, this year.

A movie, courtesy of iTunes.

As you’ve possibly guessed, the iTunes standard-definition version of a movie I’ve been itching to see since it came out, on the big screens.

Ridley Scott’s newest — and much talked about — release, the 2012 film, Prometheus.

And … 

Hmmm … 

It’s a slippery one … 

But let me try to sum up.


Set in 2089, Prometheus sees Drs Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway — Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green — archeologists who’ve uncovered that various human cultures have recorded a star map that points to the same place.

A small moon, orbiting a planet, around the star, Zeta 2 Reticula: and one that they’ve long assumed to be home to a race they dub “The Engineeers”.

A race both scientists assume have died out … just before creating humanity …

It’s only once they — and the very expensive expedition sponsored by the Weyland Corporation — get to the moon they realise that the Engineers are a lot less alien than they’d assumed.

And that the moon seems to be a military testing station that seems to have lost control of


Now … 

The fact I was umming and ahh’ing, at the start of this post … ?

I’m thinking, here, that I potentially have good reason.

You see, I’m thinking that Prometheus has had some flak in the time it’s been available to the likes of you and me.

I can  appreciate why: some of the scenes don’t quite hang together as well as they could: there’s one between David (Michael Fassbender) and Dr Holloway that doesn’t quite flow properly into the next.

I also feel that — at 124 minutes — Prometheus was maybe a touch too short: possibly 20 minutes more could have allowed for more time developing the characters, to show us more of what they could do.

Saying that … ?

Messrs Scott and company have given us a beautifully shot and acted film: and one that is surprisingly better than the bad press would have you believe.

It’s ALSO one that manages to tie itself to the franchise it’s a spin off from — the final reveal of its take on Giger’s Xenomorph is VERY much on the mould of the latter — in a far better way than the recent re-take of The Thing.

Tie itself in … without being bound.

Personally … ?

If I were you, I go see Prometheus.

You won’t get a fantastic film.

For all that, you will get a very watchable one.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

The Cabin In The Woods: Fun And Games

You know … 

It HAS been a while since I’ve sat down and watched a movie, it really has.

But I also have to admit, I have managed to catch one, just last night.

The recent DVD release, that is The Cabin In The Woods.   And I’m thinking … well … 

All sorts of things … 


The Cabin In The Woods sees five teenage friends — Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz and Jesse Williams as Dana, Curt, Jules, Marty and  Holden, respectively — all deciding to camp out in a small rural — deeply rural — cabin of the film’s title.

Little knowing, as they end up having to explore the inevitable cellar, that they’s being watched by some all too human intelligences intent on sacrificing them to some seriously nasty pieces of work.

And what’s more … ?

In all sorts of entertaining ways … 


Now … ?

Was The Cabin In The Woods any good, I here you ask … ?

I’d’ve said so.

OK, granted, it’s not exactly a stunning original piece of work: the basic premise is a twist on The Evil Dead.

But there’s enough gore, snappyish dialogue and trainspottery references* to other films to keep most of us occupied for hours.

It’s certainly no heavy weight.   But does offer an interesting twist on the idea that we’re being watched  by an evil conspiracy.

Let me know what you think, if you do see it.
The Cabin In The Woods   

*        I spotted ones to The Strangers, Hellraiser, Jaws, The Evil Dead, practically everything George A Romero ever made, AND Orphan

Saturday, 8 September 2012

The Exorcism of Emily Rose: Possibly the World’s Fluffiest horror film

You know, there’s times I’ll catch a movie: you’d worked that out, hadn’t you … ?

There’s times I don’t: tonight, for example, is one of the times I’m NOT planning a movie: Dr Who’s on, and I’d actually like to see if Grub’s right, and the producer’s have Jenna Louise Coleman into everyone of these first five episodes.

Which I personally doubt, but it’d be interesting to find out.

And there’s times, like now, where I watched a movie one night, and only get to write about it the day after.

Like right now.

Believe it or not, I actually managed to catch a film last night, and it’s only now I’m telling you about … 


Set in an unspecified — but seemingly rural — part of the USA, The Exorcism of Emily Rose sees an agnostic lawyer — Erin Brunner, played by Laura Linney — having to defend a Catholic priest  — Tom Wilkinson’s Father Moore — who’s accused of Neglectful Homicide after one of his parishioners — the Emily Rose of the film’s title — dies after an unsuccessful attempt at exorcism.

Told mostly in flashback, the film follows Father Moore’s trial from his lawyer initially the case, right up to the inevitable end: and charts Emily’s case from initial diagnosis, until her death.

And I have to admit … 

This is a film with a suspiciously happy ending.

For what’s an ostensible horror movie.


Now … 

Am I going to tell you to go get The Exorcism of Emily Rose … ?

Well, to be frank, that all depends on what else you’ve got to do with your time and money.

Personally … ?   Well, personally, if I’d’ve had the cash, I might well have seen the show at Brentwood Theatre, last night.

On the other hand … ?

Not having the cash to go out, meant catching whatever I could indoors.

And The Exorcism of Emily Rose is an entertaining, if not perfect, way of filling some time: certainly on a par with The Order, I felt.

Keep that in mind, if you rent if, folks …
The Exorcism of Emily Rose★☆☆☆

*        Which is apparently based on a true story.   Make of that what you will … 

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Dog Soldiers: Blood, Guts and Tug Toys

Can I make a confession, here … ?

Can I … ?

Something I’ve noticed over the years is a little rule of story-telling, especially in things like horror films: and one or two Agatha Christie novels, now I think of it.

It’s quite a simple one, really: and goes a bit like this: anyone who’s in an isolated area seems to be easily subjected to fear and terror.

Certainly, some of the scarier episodes of Dr Who seem to use it: even if that isolated area’s in central London.

And Agatha used it — most notably — in And Then There Were None.

But it’s ALSO something that git used in a film I managed to sit down down and watch, last night.

The 2002, Neil Marshall film, Dog Soldiers.

And my word, it’s fun … !


Dog Soldiers sees Sean Pertwee as Sergeant Wells, leading a small squad of troops into the Scottish highlands: as part of a training exercise against a squad of SAS men.

Unfortunately, what he and his squad aren’t expecting … ?

Is the fact that the part of the Highlands they’re in … is a touch wilder than most: and seems to have something of a pest problem.


Now, I have to admit, Dog Soldiers is the first of Neil Marshall’s films I saw, many moons ago.

And I have to admit, I’ve see one or two, since and thoroughly enjoyed them.

So the fact, last night, I decided to go back to source to see the FIRST film of his I’d ever caught … ?   Just reminded me of how much fun it was.

My suggestion … ?

Go get … !
Dog Soldiers

Sunday, 24 June 2012

The Woman In Black: ghoulies and ghosties and things that scream in a blood-curdling way, in the night … !

Hmmm …

Yes, Daniel Radcliffe’s seems to have caught your attention …

Unless it hasn’t … ?

No … ?

NEVER mind …

I have to admit, I think this week’s been one of those over filmic weekends, what with watching Mulholland Drive and Hellraiser over the past few days.

What with there being really not enough TV — and WAY too much football — to justify me watching much of it.

But … ?

Well, you can possibly guess I only been and gone and watched another film …

And you’ve POSSIBLY already guessed which one …


At ANY rate … ?

At any rate, last night saw me watching recent DVD release, The Woman In Black.

Baserd on the Susan Hill book of the same name, The Woman In Black sees Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who’s assigned to do the conveyancing work on the house of the late Alice Drablow.

There’s problems, of course.
  • The house is seriously run down.
  • Is in the middle of a tidal swamp that leaves it very isolated.
  • Is infested by at least one really LARGE raven*.
The house ALSO has a seriously unforgiving ghost, the Woman of the title, who’s got a seriously bad habit of causing the suicide of children.

That’s just the START of things.

There’s ALSO a lot of ghost wondering around.

Oh … 

And this being a film with Daniel Radcliffe … ?

There’s a lot of ‘Let’s be sirius’ jokes doing the YouTube rounds … 


Now, was The Woman In Black a good film … ?

I think I can cautiously say ‘Yes’.

Don’t forget, I grew up in the 1980s.

A time when ‘horror films’ were all about groups of teens been chased all over an island/ruined-house/swamp/film-set/delete-as-needed being horribly — and gorily — killed by assorted shade of supernatural THING with a meat-cleaver and a mask.

So something like The Woman In Black … ?

Is a welcome change … !

Go get, folks … !
The Woman In Black.

*        That thing showing up SERIOUSLY made me jump!