The Veil (2016) - Twenty-five years after members of a religious cult committed mass suicide, the lone survivor returns to the scene of the tragedy with a documentary crew in tow.
It stars Jessica Alba and Thomas Jane, and Jane was by far the best performer in this cast. He always annoys me when he's the hero of a story, but he made for a good villain in this one. It starts out like a basic slasher, but it's much more frustrating than that. The story could've made for a great psychological thriller, but they screwed it up big time. 4/10
Visions (2015) - After moving to a vineyard to start a new life with her husband, a pregnant woman begins to experience terrifying visions.
This one perhaps intrigued me the least of the line-up. Isla Fisher stars in what I expected to be yet another run-of-the-mill ghost story, but this one actually had an interesting twist and ended up getting mean-spirited mighty quick. Though you have to sit through a lot of clichÃ©d material leading up to it, the finale made it worth it in the end. 7/10
The Diabolical (2015) - A single mother, and her children, are awoken nightly by an intense presence. She asks her scientist boyfriend to destroy the violent spirit, that paranormal experts are too frightened to take on.
I've always liked Ali Larter, who stars in this ghost story with an exceptionally-good SciFi spin. The script wasn't the best and I was left with numerous questions once it all wrapped up, but those monsters were straight out of Silent Hill and I actually dug this flick. 6/10
The Hollow (2015) - It's Halloween eve on Shelter Island, and the small town is preparing for a killer storm. But the dark clouds gathering over the island are bringing with them a curse one-hundred years in waiting. As the woods give birth to an ungodly and insatiable creature of fire, bones, and earth, three sisters must scramble to stay alive through the long dark night of the Hollow. For it's not something you can kill. It's only something you can try and survive.
I probably am going to be a bit too hard on this flick. When I started it, I was expecting a different movie called The Woods (2015) (alternatively titled The Hallow) which got decent reviews on The Horror Club. Instead, I watched this horrendous TV movie with terrible characters played by terrible actresses doing dumbass stuff. The only good quality of this film is that the monster was actually pretty well designed, but otherwise terrible film. 3/10
Tiger House (2015) - Kelly sneaks into her boyfriend's house but tonight, she's not the only unwelcome visitor. As the situation spirals out of control, the suburban house becomes a terrifying arena for violence.
This one treads a fine line between thriller and horror. It's got a kickass heroine, very much in the same line as Erin from You're Next or Justine from Kirsty. The movie wasn't perfect though and seemed to drag in spots, but it was a good watch. 7/10
Curve (2015) - A young woman becomes trapped in her car after a hitchhiker causes her to have an automobile accident.
I was pretty excited to see this one because Julianne Hough stars in it and I remember Teddy Sears from his soap days. Sadly, Julianne takes far too long to turn badass and Teddy wasn't nearly evil enough to really engage me at all. The story just really slows down to a boring halt in the middle and takes too long to go anywhere. Bottom line, don't pick up gorgeous hitchhikers on the side of the road... but wait everyone with half a brain should know that already. 5/10
Hellions (2015) - A teenager must survive a Halloween night from Hell when malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door.
Robert Patrick (the T-1000 from T2) is in it as a sherriff, but he's underutilized. I really, really wanted to like this one. It has a lot of that Halloween charm to it and what's scarier than a pack of children in creepy costumes trying to kill you, or steal your baby.... or something...? In truth, this movie confused the living hell out of me and made no sense at all. 3/10
It's got a kickass heroine, very much in the same line as Erin from You're Next or Justine from Kirsty.
Shut In (2015) (aka Intruders) - Anna suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don't realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis...
I've been waiting for this one to come out for a while now. It's not on Netflix or anything, but I saw it at the store today and decided to buy it blindly just because my desire to see it was that great. I'm really glad I did, though... it was very well-acted and was deliciously mean-spirited. Never break into someone's house... you're in for a world of hurt if that person's not quite right in the head. A worthy 8/10 for subverting usual expectations.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) - During a rural picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.
This is almost told like a biopic, but I believe I read that the story is entirely fictional and based on a book? I can't remember for sure, I've only just finished this. The title/synopsis caught my attention a couple of weeks ago on the Horror board when we were talking about ghosts and hauntings. Hanging Rock came up and someone mentioned this movie, so I rented it out from Netflix.
Now that I've finished the movie, I'm left torn. Very torn, in fact.
On the positive side, it's definitely a beautiful film with terrific acting, and it was just gorgeous to look at from start to finish. You really cannot go wrong with these 70's films... so few films are made like this anymore. Storywise, it's more of a drama with a compelling mystery. It's not really a horror film by any stretch, nor was I expecting one when I rented it. I just always have an incredibly hard time hating on a movie that's beautifully shot with amazing acting, even if it's storyline isn't all that great.
On the downside, this movie was so visually stimulating that I fell asleep midway thru. I don't want to insult the movie by calling it boring, I just found it relaxing and it got too hard to keep my eyes open. It has that 70s pacing that wouldn't go today. I would've loved more explanation on what exactly transpired at Hanging Rock, but I guess the movie is more about the fallout of these disappearances as opposed to the mystery of the disappearances itself. You're bound to be disappointed if you go into this one expecting some master ghost story, though some supernatural elements are implied rather heavily.
Luckily I started the film with no real expectations, but damned if it didn't have all the potential in the world. I think I'll give this a 6/10. I always try to reserve these types of artsy movies for lazy Sunday watches and this one fit the bill perfectly. I wouldn't watch it again and I may research a bit on this film to see if I can acquire more appreciation for it that explains it's 7.6/10 IMDb rating. I probably missed its deeper meanings.
Has anyone else seen this? What did you think?
Nightmare Beach (1989) (aka Welcome to Spring Break) - Diablo is a biker gang leader executed for the murder of a young woman. A year after his death, it's time for Spring Break. Football players Skip and Ronnie head to the beach, where Skip meets Gail, the sister of the woman who was murdered a year ago. All the fun and glory of Spring Break, however, is about to turn into a living nightmare when a mysterious person in a biker outfit begins to kill people by electrocution. Could it be that Diablo has returned from the dead?
This movie was surprisingly fairly enjoyable, albeit in a rather trashy way. The characters in it reminded me of the ones in another 80's slasher Graduation Day. You can't take them seriously at all, yet since it's a slasher, it's all good. Sarah Buxton played one of my favorite daytime psychos on B&B so it was odd seeing her in an ingÃ©nue good-girl role for once, and John Saxon played against type and was a bad, baaaad sheriff in this one. The killer could've been better, though he does have an amusing M.O. I can appreciate a slasher that knows its place and simply has fun with the established formula without screwing with it too much. 5/10, same score that Graduation Day got from me.
The Harvest (2013) - A couple who keeps their sick son in a secluded environment find their controlled lives challenged by a young girl who moves in next door.
I was completely blown away by this one. I had been wanting to see it for a while but I kept putting it off because I was worried about it being a gorefest (the words "harvest" in a horror title conjures up the image of ickfests like Turistas - ew!), but this movie only manages to thread that line slightly. At first, the entire vibe seems ripped straight out of a Lifetime movie which may turn off most horror fans. But have no fear, things eventually do turn sinister and ugly slowly and surely. Solid acting performances from all the leading cast. The true stars in this one are psycho-mom Samantha Morton and morally-conflicted Michael Shannon, and the kids both actually do a decent job as well. Easily 8/10 from me.
It's on Netflix so you guys should try watching and see what you think. If you like it its approach, I also recommend Neverlake (2013) as well.