Friday, April 28, 2017

Film Review: The Windmill (2016)

The Windmill (aka The Windmill Massacre) (Review)
Netherlands/2016
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...one of the better slashers of the 21st century."

A group of people become stranded near a windmill during a bus tour of Holland's famous windmills. While searching for help, the tourists are killed one-by-one...

The Windmill is an interesting slasher. The plot follows Abe, the tour guide and bus driver, and a group of tourists: Jennifer (Charlotte Beaumont), an Australian woman working in Amsterdam, Nicholas, a doctor, Ruby, a photographer taking pictures of windmills, Takashi, a tourist looking to spread his grandmother's ashes, Jackson, a soldier running away from trouble, and Douglas and Curt, a father-son pair who are traveling together. When their bus breaks down in the middle of nowhere, the group go searching for help at a nearby windmill. However, their plans are derailed when they're attacked by a scythe-wielding psychopath. They seek shelter in what appears to be an abandoned church. While there, they experience hallucinations that relate to the sins of their pasts. So, yes, this is more of a supernatural slasher. It leads to a predictable ending in terms of plot, but I was surprised by some other 'things.'

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Film Review: The Good Son (1993)

The Good Son (Review)
United States/1993
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"If you like 'evil child'-type of movies, this is a must-watch."

After his mother's death, 12-year-old Mark Evans (Elijah Wood) is sent to stay with his uncle and aunt, where he meets his cousin of the same age—a boy with violent tendencies.

The Good Son is a chilling film. The plot begins with Mark losing his mother—don't worry, that's not a spoiler. Since his father has to work, Mark is sent to live with his uncle and aunt for a few weeks. At their house, he meets his cousins: Henry Evans (Macaulay Culkin) and Connie. Mark immediately becomes friends with Henry. They fight, they argue, but they like each other. Well, at least until Henry begins showcasing his disturbing behavior. As Henry's behavior grows increasingly violent, Mark becomes convinces that Henry wants to hurt his family—but no one will believe him. It leads to a compelling, albeit predictable, ending. I don’t mean the actual ending is predictable, but you kind of know where it's heading.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Film Review: Fear Clinic (2014)

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

"Fear Clinic is a disappointing film. For everything it does right, it does something wrong."

Dr. Andover (Robert Englund) has created a machine that allows him to cure his patients' phobias by inducing and controlling hallucinations, but playing God leads to some severe issues.

Fear Clinic is an interesting film. I was naturally drawn to the concept of this movie. Unfortunately, the execution is mediocre, especially when it comes to storytelling. The plot begins with one of Andover's procedures. The procedure ends in tragedy, so he closes his clinic. Fast forward one year and now Sara (Fiona Dourif), a former patient, arrives at the clinic because she's suffering from 'fear aftershocks.' To her dismay, Andover has become a recluse due to the previous incident. Anyway, more of Andover's former patients arrive, sharing similar side-effects to Sara. Also, it's not obvious in the beginning, but it turns out all of the patients suffer from PTSD after surviving a shooting. It's supposed to be obvious from the beginning, but, like I said, the storytelling is mediocre, so it's not as clear as it should be. It leads to a bizarre climax and underwhelming ending.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Film Review: Angst (1983)

Angst (Review)
Austria/1983
Format Viewed For Review: Shudder
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"I've reviewed hundreds of horror movies on this website and Angst is one of the most disturbing films I've ever watched."

After he's released from prison, a disturbed man relieves his sadistic urges on a small family living in a secluded home.

Angst is a simple but effective film. The plot follows a nameless psychopath (Erwin Leder), who shot an elderly woman and served ten years for his crime. Although he admitted to having little recollection of the murder and appears to be unhinged, the psychopath is not treated for his perversions. Instead, he's released into the general public after serving his time. Of course, being a psychopath and all, it's only a matter of time before he begins falling to his sadistic urges. He finds a seemingly abandoned house, which seems perfect for his lifestyle. However, when he discovers it's not abandoned, he begins harming the residents of the home. During his fits of violence, the psychopath's story is explained through his narration—you learn quite a bit about him. It leads to a bloody climax and a great ending.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Film Review: Frontier(s) (2007)

Frontier(s) (Review)
France/2007
Format Viewed For Review: Shudder
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"If you have the stomach for it, this is a must-watch for horror fans."

During the violent aftermath of a controversial election, a group of robbers flee Paris and find refuge in a secluded hostel—which is operated by a family of neo-Nazis...

Frontier(s) follows a gang of robbers: Alex, Tom, Farid, Yasmine (Karina Testa), and her brother Sami. After a far-right candidate wins the presidency in France, violent riots break out in the streets. So, this gang seizes the opportunity and commits a robbery. Unfortunately, Sami's brother is shot, which changes their plans. Tom and Farid flee Paris with the money and agree to meet the rest of the gang at a hostel; meanwhile, Alex and Yasmine take Sami to the hospital. Of course, this only means Tom and Farid meet the hostel owners before their partners in crime. One thing leads to another, and soon everyone is fighting to survive in this hostel. There's much more to the story, including a wide cast of villains, but I'd rather not spoil anything else. It leads to a bloody climax and good ending.