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The Forest Review

Set in a world where twins are psychically connected, The Forest is a horror movie about a woman trying to find her sister in Aokigahara forest.

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It Follows review

Imagine, if you will, a combination between a haunting and a sexually transmitted disease. That’s pretty much the plot of It Follows right there.

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Annabelle review

Could Annabelle replace Chucky as the most well known possessed doll this Halloween?

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Has Jeepers Creepers 3 begun filming?

It’s been a long time since Jeepers Creepers fans have had any real hope of a sequel, but Shock Til You Drop have reported that a day of shooting for the long awaited third film has already taken place.

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According to the article, Victor Salva, director of the previous two installments, made the comment saying that ‘there may finally be some very good news for those waiting for a third Jeepers film to go before cameras’. While he did go into more detail off the record, this is all the information we’re going to get right now.

Nothing’s confirmed yet so the story could end up just being a late April Fools joke, but if it is true then it won’t be long before more news comes out.

Do you believe the rumours? Would you even want to see a third Jeepers Creepers film? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.


Carrie review

Carrie is one of those rare stories that never seems to change no matter how many times it’s retold, which is strange considering how drastically different remakes tend to be.

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This version of Carrie brings the story into the modern era by using camera phones and YouTube, but, considering how much media attention cyber bullying has gotten recently, it seems like a missed opportunity that it isn’t really explored here in any great depth.

As one of those rare people who enjoy remakes of old movies, I don’t usually think that there isn’t a point in remaking a film, but this movie is so close to what came before that it is kind of boring.

20131104-202226.jpgThere has been a lot of criticism about Chloe Grace Moretz playing Carrie. The main problem seems to be her looks, but it’s naive to think that no matter how bad your upbringing is that you’ll be well adjusted and fit in just because you’re attractive. The real concern should have been that Moretz made her name playing a crime fighter in Kick-Ass and may not be convincing as a victim. However, she still managed to believably play the awkward, scared, withdrawn Carrie.

Unfortunately, most of the characters around her are not played so well. The majority of the other students at her school seemed to have nothing else on their minds but Carrie. Their world totally revolved around her, whether that means helping her or destroying her.

As a result they come across extremely two dimensional. For example, Chris, the school bitch, was one of the most unredeemable characters in recent cinema, she was pure one sided evil and would have been more believable had she been trying to blow up Gotham City.

Julianne Moore plays Carrie’s unhinged over the top mother and she plays the part well. The relationship between the two characters is so central to the story and it really was done justice by the two actresses.

car-rieBesides Carrie and her mother, the only character that seems genuine and real is Ms Desjardin played by Judy Greer. The character is basically the teacher that should be in every school, minus a few outbursts, she seems to really look out for her students and want them to do the right thing.

It’s hard to say if Carrie could ever be considered scary. Even though it’s labelled a horror films it’s more like a tragic story about bullying and child abuse. Still, teenagers will relate to the misunderstood Carrie and if Chloe Moretz plays her cards right maybe Samuel L. Jackson will recruit Carrie to the Avengers, because this version of the character has gotten a serious power upgrade.

Do you like movie remakes? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.


Trick r’ Treat sequel is coming

Fans of Legendary Pictures’ Trick ‘r Treat have been waiting a long time for this news and it is official, a sequel is in the works.

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Despite originally being slated for a theatrical release in 2007, the movie end up coming out straight to DVD in 2009. Since then it’s gained a cult following, mostly through word of mouth.

The sequel was announced at a special screening of the first film and will be in the capable hands of Michael Dougherty who both wrote and directed the original.

Though a release date hasn’t been set yet, fans can now look forward to another visit from Sam.
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Any thoughts? Leave your comments in the section below. Happy Halloween.


Paranormal Activity 4

Paranormal Activity 4 is set to arrive in cinemas on the 19th of October, just in time for Halloween, but is there any scare left in the series?

If there’s one thing movie goers have learned from the first three Paranormal Activity movies it’s that demons only go after people who have a strange compulsion to videotape their entire lives, watch out Kardashians. This message is further hammered home in the fourth instalment.

Paranormal Activity 4 takes place in 2011 making it the first full sequel to the original film, with number two acting as both a prequel and a small sequel. It follows a new, unrelated, family who have some creepy new neighbour, a mother a her child. After the mother is taken to hospital her creepy six year old son is sent to live with the family and brings some paranormal activity along with him.

Each Paranormal Activity film has brought something new to the mix, whether it’s the multiple cameras of number two or the moving fan camera in number three, and the fourth is no different. This time we get hidden cameras. The family’s laptops are all set to record with the only one knowing about it being the teenage daughter. Though in reality this would probably lead to some emotional scarring, in the movie it creates an interesting situation were the daughter is unable to prove what is going on to her family.

Another additional feature is the use of the Xbox Kinect’s motion sensors, which give viewers, and the family, the opportunity to see some ghostly movement. While it was fun to try spot ghostly activity in the bright green dots projected by the Xbox the majority of the time it was pretty obvious and seemed underused as it mostly picked up the movements of the living.

The actors were really good, which audiences have come to expect from Paranormal Activity movies. It doesn’t feel like watching actors it’s more like an actual family recording themselves. Even the children were sufficiently creepy. Though bringing in creepy children is likely to inspire comparisons between this film and classics like The Omen and The Shining and I think the writers knew that so they had fun with it even having a scene that actually mirrors one from The Shining, don’t worry you’ll know it when you see it.

Though the series was never one that I personally found particularly scary, the plot is very clever and will keep you interested whether it scares you or not. There’s even subplots that make the family that much more believable. Also the characters are likeable so you’ll actually be rooting for them and may even be disappointed if they die.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the Paranormal Activity franchise? Do you think they should stop at number four? Will you be going to see this movie? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.


Resident Evil: Retribution trailer reveals new story details

Sony Pictures have released another trailer for the upcoming addition to the Resident Evil film franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution.

It’s never easy converting a story from one medium to another, there will always be diehard fans that are understandable protective of the original.  When Resident Evil made the transition from game to film it wasn’t so much about keeping loyal to the original story but rather the feeling of playing the game, which is why I split fans.  Some weren’t able to get over the lack of familiar characters and story, while others appreciated the uneasy atmosphere that mirrored the one in the games.  As the series progressed it introduced more elements and characters from the games, but began to lose any resemblance of tone or atmosphere.  For this reason many fans of the games openly dislike the series as it doesn’t feel like a Resident Evil experience and the characters do not behave like their game counterparts.  From the latest trailer it appears that the film franchise will be moving even further away from the story of the games.

There is a lot of information about the story in this trailer.  It was previously stated that a number of characters, who featured in previous movies, would not be returning in this film because they were captured by Umbrella.  The trailer adds to this by showing that Alice was also captured and is being held in a fictional reality were she is married to Carlos Oliveira and the two of them have a child together.  Ada Wong finds Alice and reveals that the life she is experiencing isn’t real and is only implanted memories.  It’s still a little confusing about who is and isn’t a clone, especially since Alice is seen having two different hairstyles throughout the trailer.  The narration states that Umbrella has used Alice to perfect the virus, which brings on a whole new theory of how her deceased friends have returned; maybe they were actually brought back with the virus.  Though considering Carlos was blown up and jigsaw experts would be require to bring the original James ‘One’ Shade clones are still the most logical bet, which is a little disappointing.

As a fan of both the movie and game series, I thought the trailer looked really good.  The story looks interesting and I’m looking forward to actually understanding it.  It seems over the top with lots of action and really if that’s not what you want to see then this isn’t the right franchise for you.  It doesn’t resemble the games so much in terms of story, but there are a lot of elements from the games that can be seen throughout the trailer.  Most obviously are the zombies and B.O.W.s which strongly mirror those of the games.  More characters from the games have been brought into the film as well as a proper return for Jill Valentine who only briefly appeared that the end of Afterlife after being absent from Extinction without any explanation.  The movie comes out on the 14th of September 2012, until then all we can do is speculate but isn’t that one of the best parts of being obsessed with movies?  Maybe that’s just me.

What do you think?  Did you enjoy the trailer?  Are you planning on seeing the movie?  Do you like when characters from the game appear in the films or do you think they don’t carry over well?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe and, if you like this post, click the like button.  If you enjoy speculating feel free to add your theories in the comment section.


Insidious 2 confirmed

Insidious was one of the most profitable films of 2011, costing only $1.5 million to make and grossing over $100 million worldwide.  The movie was also received extremely well by critics, so it isn’t a major surprise that a sequel  is on the horizon, but will the sequel live up to the original or is this another case of Hollywood greed?

Insidious was written by Leigh Whannel, who also had a role in the film, and was directed by James Wan, both are returning to these roles for the sequel.  This is a good sign for the quality of the sequel, but it still has not been confirmed whether or not any of the characters from the first film will return.  Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne starred in the film and neither has been confirmed to have any involvement in the sequel.  Though it is entirely possible that they will be in the film, there is a chance the story could be unrelated to the original film, think Mirrors and Mirrors 2.

Hopefully, more information will be released soon, until then all we can do is let our imaginations run wild and preemptively catch up on the sleep that will be lost the nights after the films release.

What do you think?  Are you happy that Insidious is getting a sequel?  Did you like the original?  How would you like the story to go?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button or follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1.


Psycho TV series ‘Bates Motel’ in development

For those of you that thought showering was just a time to wind down and get clean, you are about to get a rude awakening as Psycho returns for yet another instalment, but this time it’s television.

Even if you’ve never seen the 1960 film Psycho, its sequels, the prequel, its last attempt at a TV spinoff or the 1998 remake, you probably know about the infamous shower scene and that’s because the film, especially that scene, is a horror classic.  Show me one other film that had to be shot in black and white to avoid being ‘too gory’, a concept which is lost these days.

The original film is about, momma’s boy, Norman Bates who runs a motel with his mother.  Then an unsuspecting shower user comes to stay and the rest is Hollywood history.  Two sequels followed, completely unrelated to the two sequels of the book the original film was based on, then came a prequel, that looked at Bates’ teenage years, followed by a spinoff were the motel is reopened and murders start again and finally, in 1998, a nearly shot for shot remake of the original film was made.  The new TV series will be called Bates Motel, the same name used for the spinoff, and will once again examine the teenage years of Norman Bates.

Though still in the early stages of development the show is said to give a close look at how Norman became a psycho.  The story will show him from childhood and through his teenage years, providing the pilot gets picked up.  Viewers will get to see how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged Norman, putting him on the path to become a killer.  Last time a Psycho show was proposed, the pilot wasn’t picked up and it was instead turned into a TV movie spinoff.  Hopefully this version doesn’t suffer the same fate as it will be interesting to see were, in 2012, they will take the story.  It’s no secret that movies are scarier these days than they were in the past, how will this change the story?

What do you think?  Would you like to see this show get made?  Are you a fan of the original movie?  Have you ever read the book?  Let me know by voting a leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you enjoyed this post, click the like button.