Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Film Review: The Killer Inside Me (2010)

The Killer Inside Me (Review)
United States/2010
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...a dark, brutal, and disturbing film..."

In 1950s West Texas, Sheriff Deputy Lou Ford (Casey Affleck) falls to his inner-demons, leaving a trail of death and violence in his wake...

The Killer Inside Me follows Lou Ford, a soft-spoken sheriff with some well-kept secrets. Lou is asked to help get rid of Joyce Lakeland (Jessica Alba), a prostitute who is having an affair with the son of a wealthy construction developer, Chester Conway. Instead, Lou finds himself having an affair of his own with Joyce. With Joyce, he devises a plan to scam the Conways and run off with a hefty payment. Yet again, Lou deviates from the plan. He attacks Joyce and Chester's son, hoping to make it look like they killed each other, but his plan is derailed. So, Lou finds himself at the center of a criminal investigation. There is so much more to the story, including some disturbing background for Lou, but I'll leave it at that to avoid any spoilers. It leads to a great ending, too.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Film Review: Perkins' 14 (2009)

Perkins' 14 (Review)
United States/2009
Format Viewed For Review: HBO Now
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...a roller coaster of quality, featuring a few ups and many downs."

During the night shift, Sheriff Dwayne Hopper discovers one of the prisoners at the station may be the serial killer who kidnapped his son 10 years prior...

Perkins' 14 follows Sheriff Hopper and the residents of Stone Cove, Maine. Off the bat, you're introduced to Hopper and his broken family. His relationships with his wife and teenage daughter are strained because of an incident ten years ago where his son was abducted. Anyway, Hopper eventually ends up at the police station to cover the night shift. At the station, he meets Ronald Perkins (Richard Brake). After speaking to Perkins, Hopper investigates his background and his car which leads him to believe that Perkins is the serial killer who abducted his son and 13 other children over the past 10 years. As he pursues his leads, he unwittingly unleashes something from Perkins' basement. The rest of the plot reverts to your basic faux-zombie flick. It leads to an unfulfilling ending.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Film Review: Headshot (2016)

Headshot (Review)
Indonesia/2016
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...packed with exciting martial arts and bloody gun battles."

After he washes ashore, an amnesiac is nursed back to health by a young doctor, but his past ferociously comes back to haunt him...

Headshot shares a few similarities to the great Thailand action film Headshot (2011), but it's not a remake. This plot follows a young man (Iko Uwais) who washes ashore with a gunshot wound on his head. He awakens months later unable to remember his past. Ailin (Chelsea Islan), his doctor, gives him the name Ishmael and begins to nurse him back to health, and so the pair develop a friendly relationship. All is well until a group of highly-trained assassins set their sights on Ishmael and Ishmael's past begins to unravel. Ailin is kidnapped and Ishmael sets out to rescue her. The second half of the film is action-packed, adding only tidbits of details to the plot. It leads to a thrilling climax and a good ending.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Film Review: I Am Not A Serial Killer (2016)

I Am Not A Serial Killer (Review)
Ireland/United Kingdom/2016
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"It's a dark, disturbing, and creative horror-thriller."

A troubled teenager with homicidal tendencies hunts a serial killer who may have supernatural abilities.

I Am Not A Serial Killer follows John Wayne Cleaver (Max Records), a teenager in a small Midwestern town. John is not a normal teenager, though. He is attracted to the macabre and he has homicidal thoughts. He uses a set of rules to stop himself from killing, though. However, when extremely violent murders start occurring in his town, John's inner demons begin to surface. In order to stop himself, he attempts to stop the serial killer, who may be a menacing creature. I don't want to spoil anything. This is one of those films that really catches you off guard if you go in blind. The plot works on multiple levels. However, I didn't feel like the ending resonated. It's original, it's outlandish, but it's just not very effective.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Film Review: Split (2016)

Split (Review)
United States/2016
Format Viewed For Review: VUDU
Netflix Instant: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...Split, despite its flaws, shows he's [Shyamalan] a master storyteller and a visionary filmmaker."

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 distinct personalities—a man who plans on using the girls to unleash a fearsome 24th personality known as 'The Beast.'

Off the bat, Split forces you to suspense disbelief. The film starts off with a kidnapping sequence which is both chilling and silly. That ridiculous line has been in my head since I first watched the trailer: "Pardon me, sir, I think you have the wrong car." Still, thanks to Shyamalan's direction, it's an effective scene in which our victims are introduced: Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Claire, and Marcia—high school girls. This group is easily kidnapped by Dennis (James McAvoy), who is really Kevin—and Kevin happens to have 23 personalities. Casey and her friends wake up in a dungeon built by Dennis. In simple terms, just to avoid spoilers, the rest of the film follows Kevin and the captives as he plans the arrival of his 24th personality known as 'The Beast,' which happens to have superhuman abilities. It does lose a little bit of steam towards the middle, but the pacing is mostly good. It leads to a surprising third act and a great ending.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Film Review: Rings (2017)

Rings (Review)
United States/2017
Format Viewed For Review: VUDU
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...this sequel plays out more like a teen horror movie from the early 2000s."

A young woman races to find the truth behind a supernatural curse after she watches a cursed tape that may take her life in seven days...

At times, Rings feels more like a remake instead of a sequel. Most of the film focuses on re-introducing us to Samara and the cursed tape while the final act adds a little to the lore. The film follows Julia (Matilda Lutz), a young woman who sees her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) off to college while she stays in their hometown 'for her mom'—I don't believe that's ever explained in detail. After Holt abruptly vanishes, Julia visits her boyfriend's college where she discovers Holt has joined his peculiar and 'bad-ass' professor in a group to study Samara and her tape. Eventually, Julia watches the tape, then the couple race to break the curse before it's too late. The film often introduces these new and original ideas, but it always tosses them out before they get a chance to develop. Aside from some new background for Samara, Rings offers very little to the series in terms of plot. It leads to an interesting ending. In this case, 'interesting' doesn't necessarily mean 'good.'

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Film Review: Hell House LLC (2016)

Hell House LLC (Review)
United States/2016
Format Viewed For Review: Amazon Video
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: Yes

"...one of the best found footage horror films I've ever seen."

A documentary crew led by Diane Graves attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding a tragedy at a haunted house attraction in 2009...

Hell House LLC is a mockumentary film. In 2014, Diane Graves and her crew attempt to discover the truth behind a mysterious tragedy that occurred in Hell House, a haunted house attraction. She does so by interviewing a woman who was at the haunted house during the incident, a journalist, and a member of the Hell House crew. She traces everything back to the beginning. The Hell House crew move out to Abbadon, New York, away from the big city to target a new audience and create a new haunted house at the abandoned Abbadon Hotel. Everything is normal at first, business as usual, but then things start going bump in the night. The bizarre occurrences quickly escalate in frequency and volume. The crew continues their work until opening day where the truth is revealed... Of course, I won't be spoiling the film for you. It fizzles out towards the end, but I enjoyed the ending.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Film Review: The Bodyguard (2016)

The Bodyguard (Review)
China/2016
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"It has its fair share of flaws, but I still enjoyed it."

A retired bodyguard settles in a small town near the Russian border where he befriends a young girl. When the young girl's father gets into trouble, he rushes to rescue her...

The Bodyguard starts off a bit sloppy. It's all over the place, shifting tones and utilizing a narrator for no apparent reason. The plot follows Ding Hu (Sammo Hung), a retired bodyguard who witnesses a murder. The murder isn't really important, though—the film abandons that almost immediately. We're then introduced to Li (Andy Lau) and his young daughter Cherry, who are Ding's neighbors. Cherry frequently visits Ding after she argues with her father. Anyway, Li is a gambler. In order to pay off his debt to a gang boss, he's sent into Russia to retrieve a valuable bag. He does so, but the mission is quickly derailed. This leads the gangs to search for leverage against Li—Cherry. However, Ding has grown fond of her—and he won't let her go without a fight. It leads to a decent ending.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Film Review—The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (Review)
United States/2006
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"It's more of the same and it fails to deliver an effective origin story for Leatherface, but it's not bad."

During a cross-country road trip, two brothers and their girlfriends bump heads with a family of violent killers...

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is a prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacrethe remake. The film follows a very similar formula, though. The story begins with the birth of Thomas Hewitt, who is popularly known as Leatherface, but it skips over his entire childhood, which is disappointing. Anyway, after Thomas commits his first murder, his uncle/father-figure, Charlie Hewitt (R. Lee Ermey), kills the only sheriff in the area, then he takes his role. That's about all you get for the Hewitt family. The rest of the film follows a group of friends on their last trip before the men head out to Vietnam. You have Eric and his girlfriend Chrissie (Jordana Brewster), and Dean and his girlfriend Bailey. This group ends up at the Hewitt house where they're tortured by the family. That's about it. I like the classic Texas Chainsaw formula, but it is a little too similar to the remake. The ending was also underwhelming.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Film Review: Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad (Review)
United States/2016
Format Viewed For Review: HBO Now
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...an excellent way to kill two hours."

A secret government agency recruits some of the world's most dangerous criminals to form a task force of supervillains in order to stop a powerful threat.

Suicide Squad is another addition to the annual barrage of superhero movies we receive. However, in this case, we're following a group of supervillains. The plot follows intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) as she forms a group comprised of supervillains in order to fight other metahuman threats after Superman's death. Her group consists of: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, Killer Croc, and Slipknot. They are led by Colonel Rick Flag, who is joined by Katana (Karen Fukuhara). Oh, and The Joker (Jared Leto) is in this, too. Anyway, some things go wrong and a city goes under siege. The Suicide Squad is sent to fix things. There's more going on in the story, but, to keep this review short, I won't get into everything. It leads to a solid ending, though.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Film Review: Under The Shadow (2016)

Under The Shadow (Review)
United Kingdom/Jordan/Qatar/2016
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...emotionally effective, unnervingly tense, and frighteningly relevant."

When her husband is shipped out to war, a mother struggles to raise her daughter in war-torn Tehran, especially when a malevolent entity arrives in her home...

Under The Shadow is a great movie. The plot starts off as a tragic family drama. In war-torn post-revolution Tehran, Shideh (Narges Rashidi) is stopped from continuing her studies as a medical student due to her involvement with leftist groups. She is forced to return home to her husband, who is practicing medicine, and her daughter, Dorsa. Shideh's life becomes more stressful when her husband is called to war. This is where the film seamlessly transitions to a chilling horror movie. Shideh attempts to take care of Dorsa, living every day with the fear of missiles hitting her building. And, when Dorsa's doll goes missing, things start going bump in the night. She slowly begins to believe a Djinn is haunting her home. It leads to an interesting, albeit somewhat underwhelming, ending.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Film Review: The Hollow Point (2016)

The Hollow Point (Review)
United States/2016
Format viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...the type of film you watch when you just want to turn your brain off and enjoy some tension/brutality."

A new sheriff in a small town along the U.S. and Mexico border is hurled into a deal-gone-wrong involving a Mexican cartel...

The Hollow Point follows Sheriff Wallace (Patrick Wilson) after he takes over for the previous sheriff, Leland, who murdered a suspected peddler near the border. Wallace continues Leland's investigation, searching for the ammunition that was being moved and the other parties involved in the deal while preparing for the inevitable consequences of the deal's failure. Before Wallace can really dig into the investigation, he bumps heads with a sicario (John Leguizamo) who is hell-bent on tieing up loose ends for his bosses. Without spoilers, that's pretty much the plot. There are some other subplots here, including a generic relationship between Wallace and an old flame, but none of it really shakes the core of the story. It leads to an underwhelming ending, too.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Film Review: The Disappointments Room (2016)

The Disappointments Room (Review)
United States/2016
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...an unoriginal and uninspired haunted house movie."

A family moves into a rural house in an attempt to start a new life. All is well until they discover a hidden room in the attic...

The Disappointments Room is a disappointment. (Clever, right?) The plot is painfully generic, severely lacking original ideas and unique frights. To be blunt, it feels like the story was pieced together using scenes from other movies. The plot follows a family of three: Dana (Kate Beckinsale), the mother, David, the father, and Lucas, their five-year-old son. They move into a rural house because of an 'accident' that occurred in their lives—an accident that leads Dana to become unstable. While settling in, Dana discovers a hidden room in the attic. She begins obsessing about the room while having visions about the previous owners. Eventually, it reveals everything you already knew. There was a pretty bloody surprise towards the end, although it's not really a surprise when it comes to the actual story. Anyway, the actual ending is also disappointing—predictable and underwhelming.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Film Review: Frailty (2001)

Frailty (Review)
United States/2001
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...a fantastic film... a dark, personal psychological-horror experience."

A man confesses to an FBI agent about his family's history of murder that was inspired by his father's religious visions.

Frailty begins with FBI agent Wesley Doyle (Powers Boothe) arriving at his office to interview a man, Fenton Meiks (Matthew McConaughey), who claims to know the whereabouts of a serial killer. It turns out: Fenton believes his dead brother was the "God's Hand" serial killer who Doyle was hunting. In order to prove it, Fenton tells Wesley about his childhood. From here, the story begins hopping from past to present. Fortunately, it's very smooth and effective. The past timeline focuses on Fenton, his brother Adam, and his father (Bill Paxton). Fenton and his brother lived normal lives until their father started talking about visions God sent to him. These visions instructed him to destroy 'demons.' These demons happen to be real people. It leads to a strong climax and a twisted ending.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Film Review: Pet (2016)

Pet (Review)
United States/Spain/2016
Format Viewed For Review: Amazon Video
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"The writer's obsession with delivering as many twists as possible leaves the film mangled with holes."

Seth (Dominic Monaghan), a lonely assistant at a pet shelter, kidnaps his high school crush after being rejected by her, but he soon realizes she harbors some sinister secrets of her own...

Pet offers a twist to the captive-captor formula—or, more like a few twists. The plot follows Seth, a lonely but caring assistant at a pet shelter. One day, he bumps into Holly (Ksenia Solo), a high school classmate, on the bus. His feelings for her return and he attempts to ask her out, which leads to failure every single time. So, Seth begins obsessively following her. One thing leads to another, and Seth eventually kidnaps Holly and keeps her in a homemade cage in an abandoned room at the pet shelter. Now, this is where the twists begin to pile on. As revealed in the trailer, Holly is not exactly sane. However, there is a lot more here, but I won't spoil it. Some of the twists are clever, some of them are absurd. Initially, the ending was surprising. However, the more you think about it, the more you realize it just doesn't work.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Film Review: Patriots Day (2016)

Patriots Day (Review)
United States/2016
Format Viewed For Review: Fandango Now
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...an unnerving account of a devastating tragedy."

An account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the immediate aftermath...

Patriots Day is based on a true story—obviously. Of course, as with every film based on a true story, this film took a few creative liberties. For example, Patriots Day follows Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg), a person who doesn't actually exist. Saunders, however, presents the best of the brave first-responders with his efficient character. Although I didn't personally experience this tragic attack, I think it's safe to say this film won't offend anyone despite some of its liberties. In terms of a synopsis, there isn't much else to say. The plot follows Saunders and other responders, such as FBI Special Agent DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), as they witness the event and pursue the men responsible. It also depicts the Tsarnaev brothers and their actions before, during, and after the attack. It leads to a compelling ending.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Film Review: The Exorcist 3 (1990)

The Exorcist 3 (Review)
United States/1990
Format Viewed For Review: Shudder
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"You would think he [Blatty] spent years behind the camera honing his skills to create something so stylish, fluid, and effective."

A police lieutenant investigates a series of grisly murders—which share the method of a deceased killer known as "The Gemini."

The Exorcist 3 is a great mix of police procedural and supernatural horror. The film follows Lieutenant William F. Kinderman (George C. Scott)—who is also in the first film, played by a different actor. Kinderman is investigating a string of extremely violent and unusual murders, all of which share the method of a deceased killer. When a good friend passes away, Kinderman focuses his investigation on a hospital. When the murders continue, the lieutenant focuses on a man held in the psychiatric ward—a very familiar man. I won't spoil anything else from the film. This is one where the less you know, the better it is. It has plenty of interesting twists and turns, and it leads to a solid climax. The exorcism felt a bit underwhelming, as if it were tacked on for no reason, but the ending still resonates.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Film Review: Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Manchester by the Sea (Review)
United States/2016
Format Viewed For Review: Fandango Now
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: Yes

"...one of the best films of 2016."

When his brother passes away, a depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew.

Manchester by the Sea follows Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), a Boston janitor and handyman. Lee has a bit of an attitude, which tends to get him into trouble. He is easily agitated, especially when he drinks. One day, he receives news about his brother's passing. So, he returns to his hometown of Manchester. While waiting for the funeral, he takes care of his teenage nephew, Patrick. He also learns that his brother wanted him to take care of Patrick, which is something he doesn't exactly want to do. Through well-timed and edited flashbacks, we learn about Lee's haunting past in Manchester, which explains his attitude. It leads to a simple but effective ending.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Film Review: Hostel (2005)

Hostel (Review)
United States/2005
Format Viewed For Review: Amazon Video
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: Yes

"...more than the typical 'torture porn' film."

Two college students traveling across Europe are targeted by a mysterious group that kidnaps and tortures people for money.

Hostel follows college students Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) as well as their Icelandic friend Óli as they travel across Europe in search of girls. During a night of debauchery, the friends meet a man who tells them about a magical hostel in Slovakia filled with the most beautiful—and easiest—women on the planet. And, when they arrive, they're pleased to see he wasn't lying. All goes well during the first night, but then Óli goes missing. Then, another woman at the hostel goes missing. The disappearances lead the students into the underground world of torture—pay-to-torture. It leads to an incredibly bloody final act and a solid ending, although some things are a little too convenient for my tastes.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Film Review: Bloody Birthday (1981)

Bloody Birthday (Review)
United States/1981
Format Viewed For Review: Shudder
Netflix Instant: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...a unique, entertaining, and effective slasher."

Born during a total eclipse of the sun, three kids wreak havoc on their small neighborhood...

Bloody Birthday is an interesting film. It's simple, it's cheesy, and it's fun. The film begins with the birth of three children: Debbie, Curtis, and Steven. These kids secretly murder the people they dislike. Joyce Russell and her younger brother, Timmy, seem to be the only people who suspect something is afoot. Unfortunately, the killer children are sly and deceitful. Well... That's basically the entire plot. Debbie, Curtis, and Steven kill while Joyce and Timmy either mind their own business or try to catch them. There is an explanation for the kids' wicked ways, but it's a bit on the cheesy side. It leads to a good ending, though.

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.