When Netflix recommends a movie that’s listed in the genre of B-Horror Movie most people either run the other way or jump for joy. I kinda limp to the fridge, grab a beer and then spend two hours searching through the menu in the hope of finding something, anything else to watch.


In the case of Germ Z I failed, miserably. You’d think between Amazon, Netflix, VOD, and Youtube some other movie that at least appeared watchable would crop up. Nope. Nada. 

I ended up starting the movie, more to have something on the TV than to actually pay attention. Yes, I’m a TV child, silence unnerves me. So what?


At three minutes in I was intrigued so I decided to watch another three minutes. At six minutes I’m wondering when the action is going to start. At fifteen minutes I’m thinking the script and acting is better than expected. At thirty minutes I’m really starting to realize there is some solid work behind this film. At an hour I’m hooked. Hooked all the way and hoping the third act lives up the expectations built up in the first two.


Yes. Yes it does. Third act for win!


Germ Z has no business being good, but it is good. Very good. J.T. Boone writes and directs in what appears to be his first full length feature and it’s obvious he’s got skill. The script is tight and well written and his direction works well given the limited budget. The actors have more chops than they deserve and are able to execute the dialogue really well.


What’s it about? Oh, infection causing cannibalism in a small town. The usual.


Q: Is it a good movie?
A: Much better than expected, if you expect it to suck.


Q: Is there nudity?
A: Why are you always asking about nudity? Pervert.


Q: Good date movie?
A: Meh. Depends on what your date likes. I’d wait till you’ve sealed the deal.


Q: Didn’t Fangoria promote this film?

A: Yeah, they did. Finally they picked a decent movie.

Come To The Land Of Ice And Snow…and blood and guts…

Post apocalypse ice world where only survivors are on board a high speed train.

Snowpiercer is post-apocalypse done right. 

How many dystopian future movies are there? I can think of two dozen right off the top of my head, yet I can’t think of a single one as original as Snowpiercer.

Taking place in the near future, the last remnants of humanity are riding around the world on a high speed train, because why not. Right? I mean you might as well see the world in it’s death throws. That’s if you’re privileged enough to have windows.

Dismiss anything you hear about this movie from friends, family members, critics, your dentist, the twelve year old next door, Facebook, all of them. You’re going to get a huge range of reviews. Most will enjoy it for the action and intrigue. Others will latch on to the underlying theme and drone on and on about how profound this film is. OK, great let them profound, let the others rave about how good Chris Evans looks drenched in blood, that’s fine. Just remember this…

Snowpiercer is a powerful film. Well acted, well written, and well put together. It’s premise is built on man’s desire to survive in the face of man’s inhumanity to man, or something like that. Did that make sense?

Anyway, it’s a great movie that will appeal to a range of viewers. So grab the popcorn and have a look see.

Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: Chris Evans is enough to turn any woman on, so it’s not a bad choice.

Q: Is the movie preachy?
A: No, not at all.  Unless you are an America-centric conservative who believes anything that discusses class inequality is directed at them.

Q: Isn’t the director that Korean guy?
A: Yes, and that makes it even better.

Q: Where can I rent it?
A: Amazon Prime has it for rent and sale. Probably be available on Redbox soon. I’m sure if you look hard enough you’ll find it. 

Come To The Land Of Ice And Snow…and blood and guts…

Post apocalypse ice world where only survivors are on board a high speed train.

Snowpiercer is post-apocalypse done right. 

How many dystopian future movies are there? I can think of two dozen right off the top of my head, yet I can’t think of a single one as original as Snowpiercer.

Taking place in the near future, the last remnants of humanity are riding around the world on a high speed train, because why not. Right? I mean you might as well see the world in it’s death throws. That’s if you’re privileged enough to have windows.

Dismiss anything you hear about this movie from friends, family members, critics, your dentist, the twelve year old next door, Facebook, all of them. You’re going to get a huge range of reviews. Most will enjoy it for the action and intrigue. Others will latch on to the underlying theme and drone on and on about how profound this film is. OK, great let them profound, let the others rave about how good Chris Evans looks drenched in blood, that’s fine. Just remember this…

Snowpiercer is a powerful film. Well acted, well written, and well put together. It’s premise is built on man’s desire to survive in the face of man’s inhumanity to man, or something like that. Did that make sense?

Anyway, it’s a great movie that will appeal to a range of viewers. So grab the popcorn and have a look see.

Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: Chris Evans is enough to turn any woman on, so it’s not a bad choice.

Q: Is the movie preachy?
A: No, not at all.  Unless you are an America-centric conservative who believes anything that discusses class inequality is directed at them.

Q: Isn’t the director that Korean guy?
A: Yes, and that makes it even better.

Q: Where can I rent it?
A: Amazon Prime has it for rent and sale. Probably be available on Redbox soon. I’m sure if you look hard enough you’ll find it. 

Stake Land

I’ve had quite a difficult time writing this review. I wanted to capture and convey not only how good this movie is but also how skilled director Jim Mickle is creating a powerful and emotional storyline, and I didn’t want to do while gushing just how damned good this movie turned out to be.

I find myself wondering how a grip/gaffer turned 3rd time director could possibly take a post-apocalyptic vampire film and capture such an unmatched raw emotional undercurrent. To give you an idea what I mean I’ll come right out and say that Stake Land does a fantastic job capturing the pain, horror, and the social deconstruction humans go through when faced with extinction and the threat of constant death. This film is grim, very grim, and ultimately that’s what takes it from a well made b-movie to a finely crafted tour de force. A solid script with a sprinkle of well selected actors can do wonders for a film, and Stake Land is no exception.

…and the opening sequence is creepy as hell.

I’m sure your wondering how it stacks up against other ‘end of the world’ films and I will tell you… Its a helluva lot better than I Am Legend, The Road (film version), and the last two Romero dead films.

Q: Is this a good movie?
A: YES. It is probably one of the best genre films to come out in the last few years. If you enjoy horror films with strong storylines and good acting

Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: NO. My fiance generally enjoys the movies I make her watch, but she was not able to sit through this one. I’m telling you its grim in several places.

Q: Is there nudity in it?
A: Nada. No nudity, no sex. See it anyway pervert.

Q: Is this a vampire film?
A: All the way, although its a fresh perspective on the vampire genre and a welcome change of pace.

Q: Where can I see it?
A: I got on Bluray from Netflix. I saw it for sale at Fry’s, Best Buy.

Stake Land – Raw Review

I’ve had quite a difficult time writing this review. I wanted to capture and convey not only how good this movie is but also how skilled director Jim Mickle is creating a powerful and emotional storyline, and I didn’t want to do while gushing just how damned good this movie turned out to be.

I find myself wondering how a grip/gaffer turned 3rd time director could possibly take a post-apocalyptic vampire film and capture such an unmatched raw emotional undercurrent. To give you an idea what I mean I’ll come right out and say that Stake Land does a fantastic job capturing the pain, horror, and the social deconstruction humans go through when faced with extinction and the threat of constant death. This film is grim, very grim, and ultimately that’s what takes it from a well made b-movie to a finely crafted tour de force. A solid script with a sprinkle of well selected actors can do wonders for a film, and Stake Land is no exception.

…and the opening sequence is creepy as hell.

I’m sure your wondering how it stacks up against other ‘end of the world’ films and I will tell you… Its a helluva lot better than I Am Legend, The Road (film version), and the last two Romero dead films.

Q: Is this a good movie?
A: YES. It is probably one of the best genre films to come out in the last few years. If you enjoy horror films with strong storylines and good acting

Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: NO. My fiance generally enjoys the movies I make her watch, but she was not able to sit through this one. I’m telling you its grim in several places.

Q: Is there nudity in it?
A: Nada. No nudity, no sex. See it anyway pervert.

Q: Is this a vampire film?
A: All the way, although its a fresh perspective on the vampire genre and a welcome change of pace.

Q: Where can I see it?
A: I got on Bluray from Netflix. I saw it for sale at Fry’s, Best Buy.

The Last Airbender

Q: Is this movie really as bad as everyone said it is?

A: Yes, it really is.

Buried

The biggest question I had going into this film was whether or not it was possible to stuff 90 minutes of entertainment into a box big enough to fit Ryan Reynolds. The answer is yes, you can fit quite a lot of entertainment into a box that big.

I’m not sure what I expected going into this movie other than a strong sociopolitical message masquerading as a Hitchcock style thriller. What I got was a decent, suspense driven film, with just enough creativity to keep it interesting for the duration. Reynolds keeps the film moving with his above par acting and the screenplay is fairly clever given the limitations inherent in this type of movie.

I know a lot has been made of the ‘anti-war’ message, yada yada yada. Yes, there are a couple of overtly political points in the film, but who the hell cares. The movie is really well done, very suspenseful, and doesn’t cheat the audience in the end.

Q: Is this a good movie?
A: Yes, a well done thriller with a cleaver, intelligent screenplay, and an above average performance by Reynolds.

Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: Intense, claustrophobic, and intelligent… yes I think it makes a good date movie, just make it your 3rd or 4th date.

Q: Is the movie too preachy in its political tones?
A: I guess that depends on how sensitive your are to the subject. There really are only two scenes that are blatant, the rest is simply situation which works well and isn’t overly in your face. The film could just as easily take place in Mexico than Iraq.

Q: Where did you see it?
A: Blu-ray from Netfix.

Buried

The biggest question I had going into this film was whether or not it was possible to stuff 90 minutes of entertainment into a box big enough to fit Ryan Reynolds. The answer is yes, you can fit quite a lot of entertainment into a box that big.

I’m not sure what I expected going into this movie other than a strong sociopolitical message masquerading as a Hitchcock style thriller. What I got was a decent, suspense driven film, with just enough creativity to keep it interesting for the duration. Reynolds keeps the film moving with his above par acting and the screenplay is fairly clever given the limitations inherent in this type of movie.

I know a lot has been made of the ‘anti-war’ message, yada yada yada. Yes, there are a couple of overtly political points in the film, but who the hell cares. The movie is really well done, very suspenseful, and doesn’t cheat the audience in the end.

Q: Is this a good movie?
A: Yes, a well done thriller with a cleaver, intelligent screenplay, and an above average performance by Reynolds.

Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: Intense, claustrophobic, and intelligent… yes I think it makes a good date movie, just make it your 3rd or 4th date.

Q: Is the movie too preachy in its political tones?
A: I guess that depends on how sensitive your are to the subject. There really are only two scenes that are blatant, the rest is simply situation which works well and isn’t overly in your face. The film could just as easily take place in Mexico than Iraq.

Q: Where did you see it?
A: Blu-ray from Netfix.

Ahhh! Zombies!!!

Zombies hold one of two perspectives and are sympathetic. Zom-com that works well with black and white and color.

a.k.a Wasting Away

This film falls square in the middle of the zom-com genre with its fresh take on the ever over done zombie outbreak story.

Some might say that the gimmicks this film relies on are in no way original or innovative. To that I say… who gives a crap. Entertainment is in the eye of the beholder and this movie really is entertaining for the most part.

The story is told from the perspective of the zombies, which in itself isn’t really that original, however what does work well is the use of black and white verse color to differentiate between the two perspectives. I’m not going to spoil it by telling more – just trust me that it works and works well. Unfortunately the film is carried by a mediocre script that loses fuel toward the end.

Q: Is this a good movie?
A: Its not bad. Anyone into the zom-com genre will enjoy it.

Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: Actually, yeah. There is a romantic sub-plot that will appeal to most.

Q: Is this a good movie for kids?
A: Its pretty tame so watching it with your kids shouldn’t cause any nightmares.

Q: How does it hold up to Romero?
A: Trust me, there’s always room in hell for zombies like this.

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Ahhh! Zombies!!! – Raw Review

Zombies hold one of two perspectives and are sympathetic. Zom-com that works well with black and white and color.

a.k.a Wasting Away

This film falls square in the middle of the zom-com genre with its fresh take on the ever over done zombie outbreak story.

Some might say that the gimmicks this film relies on are in no way original or innovative. To that I say… who gives a crap. Entertainment is in the eye of the beholder and this movie really is entertaining for the most part.

The story is told from the perspective of the zombies, which in itself isn’t really that original, however what does work well is the use of black and white verse color to differentiate between the two perspectives. I’m not going to spoil it by telling more – just trust me that it works and works well. Unfortunately the film is carried by a mediocre script that loses fuel toward the end.

Q: Is this a good movie?
A: Its not bad. Anyone into the zom-com genre will enjoy it.

Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: Actually, yeah. There is a romantic sub-plot that will appeal to most.

Q: Is this a good movie for kids?
A: Its pretty tame so watching it with your kids shouldn’t cause any nightmares.

Q: How does it hold up to Romero?
A: Trust me, there’s always room in hell for zombies like this.

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