Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Film Review: Exists (2014)

Exists (Review)
United States/2014
Format Viewed For Review: Shudder
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"The first half of the film is difficult to get through—boring, annoying, unnecessary."

A group of douchebags friends visit a cabin in the woods for a vacation, but their party is interrupted by a massive, hairy creature...

Exists could have been an interesting movie. It's a horror movie about Bigfoot after all. Unfortunately, for the most part, this is just another found footage movie. The film follows your typical group of unbearable douchbags. I won't even bother naming them. This group head out to a cabin in the woods. Before arriving, they crash into a large hairy creature, which they end up ignoring as they proceed to the cabin. At the cabin, you basically have to watch this group's vacation videos. They go swimming, paintballing, and the gist—it's boring. It isn't until around the halfway mark where the story truly starts moving. The group is attacked by Bigfoot and they have to fight for survival. When they're not trying to fight, they're running. It leads to a decent climax and ending.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Film Review: 'Pusher 3: I'm the Angel of Death' (2005)

Pusher 3: I'm the Angel of Death (Review)
Denmark/2005
Format Viewed For Review: Amazon Video
Netflix Instant: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...a great conclusion to the series."

Milo (Zlatko Burić), an aging Serbian drug lord, struggles to cope with his addiction and a set of bad deals during his daughter's 25th birthday...

Like the film before it, Pusher 3: I'm the Angel of Death follows a character from the first film—Milo. Milo has a busy day ahead of him. He has to cook for 50 people for his bratty daughter's birthday party; he has to sell ecstasy, which is not his specialty, due to a botched deal; and he is really trying to stop his self-destructive addiction. That's basically the film's entire plot. Milo runs from place-to-place, dealing with a huge list of issues. It is simple but effective. There are moments where it will make you chuckle, moments where it will make you squirm, and moments where it'll keep you at the edge of your seat. But, like the first film, the simplicity of the plot often leaves some dull moments in the film. It doesn't quite match the pace and intensity of With Blood on My Hands. It leads to a very gruesome climax and a strong ending, though.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Film Review: Graduation Day (1981)

Graduation Day (Review)
United States/1981
Format Viewed For Review: Amazon Video
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: Yes

"It has several glaring flaws, like the disjointed plot and the dull filler, but it is an entertaining slasher."

A masked killer begins murdering the members of a track team near graduation day...

Graduation Day is a cheesy '80s slasher. There isn't much to say about the plot. It begins with a corny montage of the track team. Laura, a member of the track team, collapses and dies after finishing a race. So, Laura's sister, Anne, arrives in town for her sister's funeral and the graduation—I guess she was supposed to receive Laura's award or something. Anyway, as Anne arrives, members of the track team begin dying. That's about it. Someone dies, there's some unnecessary filler scene, someone else dies, and repeat. It leads to the same climax you've come to expect from every slasher movie ever made. The ending has a surprise or two, but it's nothing groundbreaking.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Film Review: The Driller Killer (1979)

The Driller Killer (Review)
United States/1979
Format Viewed For Review: Amazon Video
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: Yes

"It's not a traditional fast-paced slasher, but it is a very effective and entertaining movie."

Struggling to pay his bills and care for his roommates, an artist slowly goes crazy, which leads to a bloody rampage involving a power drill...

The Driller Killer isn't a traditional slasher. It doesn't have a huge body count, a masked killer, or a fast pace. In fact, aside from a few flashes of violence, I don't think there's a single kill in the first half of the film. Instead, the film focuses on the plot—surprising, isn't it? The plot follows Reno (Abel Ferrara), a struggling artist who lives with two female roommates. He takes care of his roommates while trying to finish an important painting—but the pressure starts to get to him. So, he relieves his stress by killing homeless people with a power drill. Although there aren't a lot of kills early on in the film, the deaths really start to pile on during the latter half—there's even a montage of murder! It leads to an interesting climax and a chilling ending.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Film Review: 'Pusher 2: With Blood on my Hands' (2004)

Pusher 2 (Review)
Denmark/2004
Format Viewed For Review: Amazon Video
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"If you're a fan of the crime genre and you like dark, character-driven films, this is a must-watch movie."

Recently released from prison, Tonny (Mads Mikkelsen) returns home with plans of living a decent life—but his plans quickly crumble due to family, debt, and drugs.

Pusher 2 follows Tonny, a low-level criminal with severe drug problems and a tendency to make poor decisions. Tonny is released from prison and he immediately heads out to meet his father, The Duke. Unfortunately, his father is not fond of his presence. So, Tonny takes small jobs here and there while working to gain his father's respect. However, dealing with drugs always leads to bad deals, which inevitably leads to rash decisions and violence. On top of all of that, Tonny also has to deal with his newborn child, who was born to a drug-addict much like himself. This is sort of an indirect sequel to the first film. By that, I mean: it references the original movie, but you don't have to watch the first movie to enjoy this one—I like that. This plot is also more fine-tuned than the first. It leads to a strong ending, too.