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Cub (2015) – Raw Review

Watching foreign horror movies is always a treat. The quality of the films may not match those of the more mainstream American movies at times, but more often than not non-American horror take risks that Hollywood execs tend to shy away from.

 

Welp (known as Cub in English speaking countries) is fun and fast paced slasher-in-the-woods from Belgium and the directorial debut of Jonas Govaerts. The story follows Sam, a twelve year old who joins his cub scout group for a camping trip into the woods. Little do they know the location chosen for their adventure is a hunting ground. A hunting ground for what you ask? To tell would ruin the surprise.

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The movie is tightly written and well filmed. The setting is genuinely gorgeous and used wisely through the story. Welp is a slasher film but has very heavy elements of survival horror similar to those in Wrong Turn, Eden Lake, and The Hills Have Eyes.

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What I give the movie a lot of credit for is not shying away from dealing with some significantly sensitive violence but managing to do so without going over the top. Govaerts handles two specific scenes (one involving a dog, the other a number of kids and pick-up truck) very well and although there may be some aversion from certain audiences to appreciating the content, it works without being gross-out or shock-and-awe.

 

The last item of praise I have for this film is the soundtrack. Written by Steven Moore, the sounds and background score are excellent. Without knowing his exact influences I’ll just say that I heard John Carpenter through the entire movie. Strong, direct synthesizers with deep beats, stripped down to the bone. Nothing flashy. Just tonally perfect music for a horror film of this kind.

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My primary criticism of the film is the third act. The reveal works and Govaerts does a nice job of bringing the film full circle, yet it felt there was something missing in the set-up. Paying close attention will give you enough info to buy off on the finale but just barely. Moreover, the final battle (of sorts) is a bit longer than necessary and the audience must accept a few standard horror tropes just because.

 

Overall Welp is a strong addition to the horror family. Well paced, well acted and bloody enough the slake the thirst of most horror fans. Jonas Govaerts has done a fine job on his first outing and it will be interesting to see what he comes out with next.

 

The Dead and The Dead 2: India – A Raw Review Double Feature

Sometimes going back to basics is the best recipe for a good horror movie. Everything today is either about going bigger, badder and more over the top, or subverting expectations. We get zombie wildlife, zombie gangsters, zombie sex, and so forth. But what happened to traditional zombie survival stories reminiscent of Romero’s early days?

 

Fortunate for hardcore zombie fans there are a handful of filmmakers producing the classic flesh eating zombie movies we came to love from the 70s and 80s. Two such filmmakers who’ve been hard at work the past few years are the Ford Brothers.

The Dead (2010) and The Dead 2: India (2013) are classic Romero style survival films set during the initial days of zombie outbreaks. The Dead takes place in West Africa, following an American mercenary, played by Rob Freeman, whose plane crashes on the African coast during the first days of the undead rising. As a result he must run the gauntlet across the African landscape to get somewhere he hopes can provide him transport back home.

 

The Dead 2: India has more or less the same premise only this time we follow an American contractor, the excellent Joseph Millson, who must battle his way several hundred miles to Mumbai to rescue his girlfriend as the undead outbreak spreads.

 

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the survival horror elements and conscience of budgetary constraints. Both films are centered on a small number of characters as they search for resources, vehicles and other necessities to survive. The special effects consist of latex and fake blood. CGI is kept to an extreme minimum, used only when necessary to show a few sweeping shots or mass carnage in both films.

 

The bread and butter of these movies comes from the step-by-step storytelling and well handle
d tension from scene to scene. The Ford Brothers understand what made Romero’s movies scary and thrilling, making sure the zombie threat is ever present. These are slow moving zombies, the type that amble in the background adding the scenery in just about every shot. It’s not until they begin to get close, closing in on warm human flesh that danger begins to set in. As survival horror movies go both of these films strip away just about everything they can and boil everything down to the survival. Marooning the main character alone in a foreign country with little to no resources is a simple enough concept that works wonders for these types of movies.

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Of the two films I enjoyed The Dead 2: India quite a bit more than it’s predecessor. The budget for the second film appeared a bit larger allowing for some excellent cinematography, an increase in the number of zombies, and a larger scale finally. The screenplay for India was also a tad more compelling. Millson’s performance is fantastic, much better than Freemans. However, to be fair, Millson is given a little more motivation to spur him on and emphasize his desire to save lives. One in particular involves a car crash in which he finds a woman and her young daughter trapped inside a vehicle as the dead are closing in. Add to it a great escape scene with a paraglider and a gauntlet run through the slums of Mumbai and part 2 of this franchise is the clear frontrunner in terms of enjoyability, excitement and terror.

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That’s not to say you should avoid the first film. I recommend both movies to anyone who is a fan of Romero style zombie films, but part 2 is much better than the first… even if the IMDB ratings don’t reflect that opinion.

 

The Ford Brothers are certainly honing their skills and word is of a possible third outing for The Dead franchise on the horizon, so fingers crossed they continue to get better and better.

 

You can pick up both movies on Blu-Ray or see them through Amazon Instant Video.

Everlasting (2015) – Raw Review

Life is hard, even harder when you’re in love.

Everlasting is a love story. A love story wrapped in a veil of mystery, intrigue and suspense. A dark and compelling journey into the stygian recesses that dwell deep in the adolescent heart. Powerful and emotionally engaging, Writer/Director Anthony Stabley does a fine job painting a contemporary picture of a teenage girl’s struggle between love and that all consuming desire to runaway and grow up too quickly.

 

The story follows Matt (Adam David) as he investigates the disappearance and murder of his girlfriend Jessie (Valentina de Angelis) who disappears shortly after moving to Los Angeles to be a model. Filmed documentary style, we dive deep into their relationship, motivations, feelings and desires. While the narrative itself has a few holes, the chemistry between the two leads is powerful throughout, creating an emotional depth that carries the film from beginning to end.

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Everlasting also boasts an impressive cast of supporting actors, each of whom manage to fill relatively small roles with a wealth of experience – Elisabeth Rohm (Law and Order, American Hustle) does a fantastic job as Jessie’s mother; Bai Ling (The Crow, Dumplings) as the sexy exotic Cristiane, Michael Massee (Seven, Carnivale) as the mysterious Leor, and Robert LaSardo (Death Race, The Human Centipede III) in a small but extremely strong role as Rocky.

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Stabley’s career in production design shines in the film, showcasing beautifully selected filming locations and a constant feeling of realism. His talent as an artist is clear, knowing how to use the camera to maximum effect in every scene. Everlasting is a satisfying film and one recommended for anyone who enjoys powerful love stories with dark undercurrents.

 

Clinger (2015) – Raw Review

Clinger is the sharpest comedy to hit the Horror Genre in years.

Mashing comedy and horror is an extremely difficult feat to accomplish in cinema. More often than not funny horror film turn out to be mediocre fare that fall short in both humor and horror, leaving audience dubious about future films. If you ever needed reassurance that good comedy-horror still exists in the world then Clinger is your proof. A seemingly low budget horror story that is one of the funniest films of 2015.

When Robert Klingher, dies in a horrible (and hilarious) accident, his ghost, fueled by uncontrollable love, plots to keep his relationship with Fern Peterson. Things go sideways quickly leading to a lot of blood, guts and monster mayhem. A coming of age movie about a young high school senior and her obsessively smitten first love, Clinger can be described as John Hughes meets Beetlejuice, only better.

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Director Michael Stevens has captured the perfect blend of razor sharp humor and bloody mayhem. Having penned the screenplay along with co-writers with Gabi Chennis and Bubba Fish, Stevens is relentless in hitting the perfect comedic timing in every scene, establishing a rhythm early on and never letting go. Much of the humor crosses the line into outright spoof, but the performances by Jennifer Laporte (Fern), Vincent Martella (Robert), Juila Aks (Fern’s sister Kelesy), and Shonna Major (Fern’s best friend Moe) are so strong it works, and works well.

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Clinger is a must see movie for anyone who enjoys the comedy-horror genre. Solid writing, excellent acting, and above board direction take this film far beyond where you’d expect and it’s easy to see how bad this film might have been if placed in different hands.

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Honeymoon (2014) – Raw Review

One should never know too precisely whom one has married.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

 

What Honeymoon confirms is that strong chemistry between actors continues to make bad movies tolerable, decent movies better and good movies great. Much like Spring and Everlasting, Honeymoon relies on the relationship between its stars, and just like Spring and Everlasting the movie is much better because of this choice.

 

 

Honeymoon is the directorial debut of Leigh Janiak, and is a powerful story of how the best day of your life can quickly come crashing down. Half of the entire cast consists of Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) and Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful, Cockney’s vs. Zombies), a young married couple who decide to spend their Honeymoon in a rustic cabin. As you can expect strange things begin to occur and Leslie’s character Bea begins to act strangely the further into their holiday it goes.

 

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The entire movie centers on the couple, their love for one another and the subtle idiosyncrasies that make up their relationship. Between Janiak’s well authored screenplay (co-written by Phil Graziadei) and the excellent dynamic between Leslie and Treadaway you can’t help but be deeply involved in the characters right from the beginning. I bought the complexities of the relationship immediately and never wavered through the body horror, the genre twists and ultimately one of the toughest endings to a movie I’ve seen in awhile.

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Honeymoon is an enjoyable film for any fan of the genre but be warned, this is not a fast moving film. Honeymoon is a deliberate movie with a very specific goal – give you two characters that love one another and see them torn apart.

Crawl or Die (2014) – Raw Review

Let me say right up front that I do not enjoy tight spaces. Never have and never will. Watching Crawl or Die reminded me why I have such an aversion to being confined in super small spaces. In many ways it’s a lot like Buried, little to no room to maneuver, no way to easy get out, constant fear that something will cause the space to get smaller crushing me to death. Well you get the idea…

 

If Crawl or Die is trying to make the audience uncomfortable it does a pretty good job. A single location film shot on what I can only assume is a micro-budget, the movie follows an elite security team who are trying to rescue the last fertile female from Earth II. Things go wrong during the extraction and the team end up underground in a series of tunnels. To make matter worse whatever derailed their carefully laid plans is following them, and is very very hungry.

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This is an interesting movie. On one hand it’s a survival film that does a great job ratcheting up the tension as the movie moves forward. On the other hand there is almost no storyline. Limited exposition isn’t a bad thing. I’ve argued before that a lot of movies suffer from an overload of backstory, making them less enjoyable because they rob the viewer of any chance to use their imaginations. Crawl or Die goes in the opposite direction. There is one small scene that provides context for why the group is there and what the mission is, and that’s it. Unfortunately, the dialogue is a bit pedestrian and doesn’t do much through the rest of the film to add anything. Literally no subtext at all. Hardly any character development, which I can give a pass on because it’s not the type of movie where development is key to success.

 

The main teammember Tank, played by Nicole Alonso, is the focal point of pretty much the entire film. She does a decent job of carrying the movie, showcasing how physically challenging crawl or die is while trying to save The Package, played by Torey Byrne.

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I have to hand it to writer/director Oklahoma Ward, he’s created a decent movie with almost no premise or budget. the limited special effects are well handled and gruesome enough to make you not want to be in the tunnel, a hungry alien right on your ass.
For what it is the movie is enjoyable and fun. It’s starts off like gangbusters throwing you right into the action. Things then simmer down a bit and once settled in it becomes a tense slow crawl to the finish line.

Zombeavers (2015) – Raw Review

Zombeavers is oozing with delicious gooey cheesy goodness.

 

Given the state of zombiemania in television and film it was only a matter of time before someone came up with the idea of injecting mother nature with an undead virus.  This isn’t an especially new concept to be sure, numerous movies have spoofed the undead horror trope time and again using everything from humans, to livestock, to hamburger patties.

 

This begs the question – Why watch Zombeavers?

 

I’ll be honest, I got out voted. My wife and parents decided on the movie while I was busy taking care of the kids. Pfft. Not that I was entirely opposed to seeing the movie, it looked silly and stupid, but also like a movie you needed to be in the right mood to see.  Turns out Zombeavers is a helluva lot of fun. (Writer/Director) know exactly what type of movie they are making, embrace the silliness and go out of their way to siphon every single laugh possible out of every single scene.

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The premise is simple enough. Barrel falls off a truck. Barrel rolls into pond. Toxic something or other leaks out onto beaver dam. Horny college kids go to cabin that’s right next to pond. Queue shenanigans. The movie is campy as hell. All the creature effects are done using puppets, remote control mock-ups and latex. They are done well and it’s clear the production team had a lot of fun making the movie.

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The acting is pretty decent all around. Several hollywood staples appear in the movie, including: Rex Lin, Brent Briscoe, and Robert Shafer. The college kids do a terrific job as well. Cortney Palm, who previously showed up in a small but solid role in Sushi Girl, plays Zoe, the caustic bad girl who is constantly talking shit and stirring up trouble. Along with Hutch Dano the two carry the film through a series of comedic homages and horror references.

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The screenplay is fairly simple in structure (given that it’s emulating standard zombie tropes) but well written. The dialogue is snappy and quick, timing the comedy well from beginning to end. The movie is ripe for endless beaver jokes and the filmmakers don’t miss the opportunities.

 

Zombeavers is a hoot for the casual horror fans and a riot if you enjoy zom-coms. It’s not going to win any awards, but you’ll probably not be sorry you spent 70 minutes checking it out.

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Jurassic World (2015) – Raw Review

I was a bit hesitant to go spend theater prices on Jurassic World after the first flood of reviews hit the internet. So many of them were extremely critical of the film for numerous reasons, not least of which is the inevitable comparison to the original Jurassic Park from 1993.

 

In the end I capitulated to my wife’s request to see the movie opening weekend. A decision I knew was inevitable for two reasons. My wife is the boss, and I’ve always been a fan of the dinosaur franchise first released when I was sixteen years old.

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Turns out, I’m extremely glad we went to see Jurassic World. The movie is every bit what you’d expect from a summer tentpole film about the accident heavy industry of dinosaur DNA recombination. Not to say it’s a perfect movie. It isnt. There are some specific problems with the movie, but none of them are enough to undermine the action intense premise that so many people have come to love. The movie delivers on it’s promise to recreate the epic survival action adventure of the original film, while upping the ante considerably for a new generation of moviegoers.

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The movie is set in the same universe as the first three films, but now the company is run by billionaire Simon Masrani, played deftly by Irrfan Khan. Handed off by John Hammond (the late, great Richard Attenborough), Masrani has finally achieved the vision of a fully functioning theme park. It has everything you can think of, a water monster show, a dino petting zoo, mini-dino rides for kids, safari rides through the wide open park, etc. The attention to detail on the park’s exhibits and attractions is fantastic and helps add to the environment and immersion into the Jurassic world.

 

This time around the catalyst for disaster sits squarely with the company’s genetics team. BD Wong reprises his role as Dr. Henry Wu, the mastermind behind genetic splicing a new and never before seen super predator dinosaur. A portion of the populace will assuredly be annoyed that big business corporate eggheads are once again the irresponsible villains of a Hollywood movie but if the shoe fits. The motivations behind the development of bigger and more theatrical exhibits are well established in the beginning act and, let’s face it, entirely believable.

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Concern over the screenplay has been considerable since writing duo  Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Planet of the Apes writers) original script was reworked by Director Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, who conspired on the wonderful indie sci-fi Safety Not Guaranteed. The final result however works pretty well and the seams between the two versions of the screenplay are smoothed out well enough they don’t result in a mess of a story.

 

Chris Pratt is an excellent choice for the role of Owen, an ex-navy specialist who is working on a behavioral side program with velociraptors. He does a great job with the part given taking advantage of every opportunity to lighten up the screen. Bryce Dallas Howard also does a fine job as the chief officer in charge of park operations. A pure businesswoman she is focused on doing the best job possible, to the exclusion of just about everything else. A lot of the criticism of the film has come on the idea that Howard’s character is an out-dated female stereotype. A depiction of women as one dimensional, utterly uncomplex and emotionally undeveloped. Can the argument be made? Sure. Does it ruin the movie? Only if you let it.

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In truth, most of the characters in Jurassic World are utterly uncomplex. All of them have very one dimensional development as characters. Vincent D’Onofrio is entirely focused on development of a military weapon using dinosaurs. Jake Johnson, one of control room tech geeks, is a fanboy who is there purely for laughs. Even Chris Pratt is woefully one dimensional as the Badass. The most interesting character in the entire movie, and probably the only one whose depth is layered and intriguing Masrani, the billionaire park owner. What might easily become yet another carbon copy money man who is willing to do anything to make a buck abruptly heads in the other direction. Conscience of Hammond’s dream to ‘spare no expense’ in creating attractions that will dazzle the world, Masrani deals with the results of Jurassic World’s inevitable blunder as a true human might, with concern, introspection and some actual honest-to-goodness humility.

 

The special effects of the dinos are amazing. Twenty two years has made a huge difference in CGI and puppet technology. If you were amazed by Jurassic Park’s ability to place actors alongside imaginary monsters back in the day then you should be thrilled with the results in Jurassic World.

 

The primary criticism I have of the movie is directed squarely at the storytelling decisions in the second act. At times, decisions are made specifically to setup further plot points that are sloppy. Some of the scenes are telegraphed so overtly as setup to future development I found myself mumbling to the screen in disappointment. Not to mention they throw away a perfectly good character at the midway point in what is a completely unnecessary decision.

 

In the end Jurassic World is a decent picture. It does a good job of revitalizing the franchise after the disappointing second and third installments. It’s not a perfect movie but as far as summer tent-pole films go, it’s a decent action adventure story that takes care enough to pick up twenty two years after Jurassic Park left off.

Infini (2015) – Raw Review

Infini Is The Best Sci-Fi Horror Film Since Event Horizon.

 

We all know Science Fiction is just as cool as Horror but suffers from the long founded belief that the science part needs to make sense, be smart, and not take too many liberties with science in general.

 

I disagree. A good movie is a good movie regardless of what genre it’s tackling, and what makes a movie good you ask? Well of course I’m going to tell you.

 

  • Good Writing.
  • Good Acting.
  • Interesting (not necessarily original) concept.
  • Worldbuilding.
  • Invoking a Sense of Wonder.
  • Good Directing.  

 

Infini came as a complete surprise because it hits the mark in everyone of the categories. Whats even more surprising is the movie was written and directed by a relatively new filmmaker named Shane Abbess out of Australia. If this is the caliber of movie he’s going to provide everytime then he’s won over a fan for life.

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Infini takes place in the 23rd century, or thereabouts, and follows a search and rescue team who are sent to investigate a disturbance (that’s putting it mildly) at a mining colony on the further edge of the galaxy. The disturbance being a biological outbreak of some kind. Body horror in space never gets old.

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The movie begins like gangbusters, setting tension right from the get-go and not letting up on the gas for quite sometime. If you enjoy movies that throw you right into the world and let you try and figure out what’s going on you’ll enjoy this one. It’s not until the midway point that the movie slows down and begins it’s close examination of what exactly is going on and why.

 

The writing in this film is super tight, crafted with the right amount of detail and a cadence that makes everyone of the characters feel natural. Abbess writes much like Aaron Sorkin, with a rhythm and feel for words. Of course great writing means little if the acting isn’t up to snuff, but in this case it’s excellent. The troupe of actors, each with their own style and personalities, handle the material deftly and never once did it feel like any of them were trying to fit into the scenes.

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On to the concept! It’s very cool. Humans can travel across the galaxy via what’s called Slipstreaming – being digitized and sent via data packets. It’s dangerous therefore highly controversial, but useful due to the timelines involved. Relativity can be a bitch. Ever see Interstellar.  

 

Hardcore fans will probably rip the science part…well..apart but as a layman I found it worked. Science Fiction can get bogged down in tropes, and doubly so in trying to explain all the little super-science nuance and rules for how futuristic technology work. Infini does it right by not trying to justify itself. The movie establishes the rules and moves on. A few times, when necessary to the story, a rule is explained in detail or another aspect of travel is revealed but it’s always to advance the story, never to try and cheat the story.

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Abbess also adds a nice touch by way of the environment. The mining colony isn’t just there for looks. The environment is extremely hostile and Abbess never takes it for granted ensuring it plays a huge role throughout the story.

 

One area I can see the film catching some flak – the midway point onward. The speed of the movie slows down and the tone moves more from an action vibe to a more metaphysical thriller. That’s not to say the movie gets any less bloody, gory or violent. Hell no, it keep right on with the dark tone.

 

The ending I found fascinating. It’s probably going to be a divisive topic for the viewers but it works if you take the entirety of the film into account. It also has a beautifully done finale that slow boils the tension to critical levels without a lot of over the top set pieces or action sequences.
Infini is a fantastic addition to the sci-fi horror genre and Shane Abbess is going to be a writer/director to keep an eye on.

Spring (2014) – Raw Review

If you have a romantic note anywhere within you, something about this movie should pluck at your heartstrings.

 

Sounds strange to hear this about a movie that is supposed to be genre, dark, and have monsters… Well you’re in for a real treat.

 

Spring is a wonderful movie. An intelligent and unabashedly romantic film, and an amazing example of how you can incorporate mystic/supernatural/horror/sci-fi/fantasy themes into modern romantic storytelling.

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The story follows a young American who while on a trip to the Italian coast meets a girl who is unlike anyone he’s ever experienced. The chemistry between the lead actors Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker is fantastic, believable and adds a level of emotional investment that really upstages a lot of the standard romance tentpoles we get every year.

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The movie is intelligent and well written, a slow burn that is fascinating to watch and powerful in its visuals and performances. I recommend you try and watch it without any spoilers, predisposition or idea about it’s meaning or impact. I’ll just say that it’s a love story first and a genre film second. It also has one of the best endings to a movie I’ve seen in a very very long time.

 

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