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Slightly odd. Intrigued by creativity. Lover of cheese. Nothing beats a great movie. Few things beat a great book. Lot of things beat working for a living.

You’re Next – Raw Review

You’re Next Scores Big!

This movie was better, much better than it had any right to be. Usually hack n’  slash films follow a standard formula: 
1) Setting is remote, making multiple murder easier. Check!

2) The movie opens with a random murder. Check!
3) The hero/heroine are lovers, married, involved, etc. Check!
4) The murder(s) use completely inefficient and/or complicated weapons/methods to kill the victims. Check!

Okay, so the movie is not original, has standard slasher tropes, is cast with no name actors (mostly), and had little to no publicity until it showed up on Netflix. Whats the deal? Why is it so good?
The movie is good because it’s not overly formulaic. It certainly seems that way in the beginning but quickly turns out to be a well put together thriller with a hero/heroine that is anything but a pushover. 
And the soundtrack… Oh the soundtrack is great. It serves to kick the movie up a notch higher in quality much like this soundtrack did.

Good date movie?

Sure, if your date enjoys thrillers and/or slasher films with strong female characters.

Didn’t you just say it was formulaic?

No, I said it’s…well yes…it starts off… NO! No it’s only formulaic for a little while then it gets good! 

What’s so great about the soundtrack?

Think John Carpenter. Very mood worthy and simple, but it works. 

Where can I see it?

Netflix streaming, Amazon, etc. 
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You’re Next – Raw Review

You’re Next Scores Big!

This movie was better, much better than it had any right to be. Usually hack n’  slash films follow a standard formula: 
1) Setting is remote, making multiple murder easier. Check!

2) The movie opens with a random murder. Check!
3) The hero/heroine are lovers, married, involved, etc. Check!
4) The murder(s) use completely inefficient and/or complicated weapons/methods to kill the victims. Check!

Okay, so the movie is not original, has standard slasher tropes, is cast with no name actors (mostly), and had little to no publicity until it showed up on Netflix. Whats the deal? Why is it so good?
The movie is good because it’s not overly formulaic. It certainly seems that way in the beginning but quickly turns out to be a well put together thriller with a hero/heroine that is anything but a pushover. 
And the soundtrack… Oh the soundtrack is great. It serves to kick the movie up a notch higher in quality much like this soundtrack did.

Good date movie?

Sure, if your date enjoys thrillers and/or slasher films with strong female characters.

Didn’t you just say it was formulaic?

No, I said it’s…well yes…it starts off… NO! No it’s only formulaic for a little while then it gets good! 

What’s so great about the soundtrack?

Think John Carpenter. Very mood worthy and simple, but it works. 

Where can I see it?

Netflix streaming, Amazon, etc. 

Wyrmwood – Road of the Dead

Those Wacky Australians Are At It Again.

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Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is a wacky ass movie. Ultra violent, quirky and down right silly at times the film provides a fresh, albeit strange new twist on the zombie genre. 
The tag line on the poster says ‘Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead.’ What it really should read is ‘Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead meets Crocodile Dundee meets Dead Alive.’

That’s not a slam. The movie is gory, bloody, and action packed. It’s also silly as hell and way way way over the top in parts. A truck powered by zombie, mind control, a mad scientist, etc. 
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Is Wyrmwood a good movie? 

Yes, actually it isn’t bad. Fans of the genre should find something to like about this little gem.

Good date movie?

Well if you’re reading the reviews on this site I’d say yes, but choose wisely. Blood blood and more blood. 

Sex? Nudity? 

Nope, and the movie is still good. 

Are they really making a sequel? 

That’s the rumor. 

Wyrmwood – Road of the Dead

Those Wacky Australians Are At It Again.

raw movie reviews zombie gory australian
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is a wacky ass movie. Ultra violent, quirky and down right silly at times the film provides a fresh, albeit strange new twist on the zombie genre. 
The tag line on the poster says ‘Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead.’ What it really should read is ‘Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead meets Crocodile Dundee meets Dead Alive.’

That’s not a slam. The movie is gory, bloody, and action packed. It’s also silly as hell and way way way over the top in parts. A truck powered by zombie, mind control, a mad scientist, etc. 
raw movie reviews zombie gory australian

Is Wyrmwood a good movie? 

Yes, actually it isn’t bad. Fans of the genre should find something to like about this little gem.

Good date movie?

Well if you’re reading the reviews on this site I’d say yes, but choose wisely. Blood blood and more blood. 

Sex? Nudity? 

Nope, and the movie is still good. 

Are they really making a sequel? 

That’s the rumor. 
Food poisoning. 

Demons (1985) – Raw Review

Heavy Metal Horror Done Italian Style

The 1980s horror craze wasn’t strictly an American phenomenon. Across the pond and to the south a handful of filmmakers were crafting their own vision of gore and mayhem. Their craft, vision and technique set them apart in many ways. Some good, some not so good.

One of the stand-outs is Demons. Released in 1985 it’s possibly the most popular and/or successful (in the U.S.) of Lamberto Bava’s work. Co-wrote and produced by Dario Argento (Suspiria, Deep Red), Demons is a hard rockin horror in which moviegoers at a midnight premire get trapped with an evil force inside the theatre. It’s a zombie survival style movie done with possessed living humans rather than undead corpses.

The American version’s voice over (if in fact it is voiced over) is pretty bad, adding a large dose of campy/silly to an otherwise fun over the top gore fest. Trust me when I say gore fest. It was the 80s and practical effects were cutting edge and horror movies were always trying to push the boundaries. Much like Evil Dead 2, this film has a ton of yellow, green, blue, and red fluids oozing out of every opening, socket, pore and membrane. Some of it’s is silly and some of it is done really well.

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Adding to the awesomeness is the soundtrack. Bava those in songs by Motley Crue, Billy Idol, Rick Springfield, and Go West. Then he slathers on even more awesome sauce by having Claudio Simonetti write additional score for the film. Who is he you ask? He’s none other than the keyboard player for Goblin, the band who scored Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, Argento’s Suspiria, and more!

This film is universally reviled as poor, but equally loved as a mainstay of 80s horror. When you consider the hero not only hacks away demons with a katana while cruising a dirt bike up and down the aisles how couldn’t this film be a keeper!

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