Thursday, August 30, 2012

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New Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D Poster


If I could only choose one horror movie poster to cover my bedroom wall I think the one for the upcoming film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, would be the winner. The franchise's seventh entry has just released its first official poster and it is BADASS.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D is a sequel to the 1974 Tobe Hooper horror classic, and follows a young woman named Heather, along with her friends (of course), as they travel to Texas to accept a family inheritance. Upon their arrival, the group realize that the inheritance involves a chainsaw-weilding, face-wearing psycho named Leatherface.

The film stars  Dan Yeager, John Dugan, Bill Moseley, Alexandra Daddario, Sue Rock, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Gunnar Hansen, Tobe Hooper, Paul Rae, Keram Malicki-Sánchez, Ritchie Montgomery, Trey Songz, Marilyn Burns, Shaun Sipos, Thom Barry and Richard Riehl.

Hold up--Trey Songz is in this movie?! Not only did the sweet premise catch me but the clarification that r&b singer Trey Songz is going to be in it just sealed the deal for this girl. Right.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D hits theaters January 4, 2013!



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Resident Evil Retribution Game


September 14 marks another entry in the Resident Evil film franchise and to help keep zombie fanatics pleased until then, Sony has released a game to tie-in with the movie. The online game, Resident Evil: Retribution Street Invasion, allows gamers to fight off the savage undead as they swarm you on your home street!

Gamers can play now by going to the website and typing in their full home address. After the system verifies your information, it will bring up the picture of your street via Google maps and zombies will begin to swarm you. Fans can have fun while shooting the undead from their front doorstep!

The game isn't exactly a masterpiece but it is pretty awesome to be standing on your actual street, facing countless zombies set on eating you alive. It gives the feel of what an actual zombie apocalypse would look like outside your home. Almost.

Resident Evil: Retribution hits theaters Friday, September 14!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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The First Images of Chloe Moretz as Carrie White


Normally, I am completely against remakes and all of those involved, however, I haven't felt such hatred for the upcoming Kimberly Pierce adaptation of Carrie. It may be because the person chosen to star in the lead role--Chloe Grace Moretz--is awesome in all that she does or it may have something to do with the talented director. Needless to say, I am looking forward to the remake and thanks to the new images released by Entertainment Weekly, I am even more excited.

The two images released by the mag showcase Moretz as Carrie following the pivotal "pig blood" scene in the horror film. The other image shows Julianne Moore in her Margaret White getup, looking crazy as ever.

The remake, based off of the Stephen King classic, follows a timid and bullied young girl whom discovers that she has telekinetic powers. The film also stars Judy Greer, Alex Russell, Portia Doubleday, and Gabriella Wilde. Carrie is set to release on March 13, 2013.

Check out the images below! Are you excited for the remake?





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New Images for The Walking Dead


Fall is right around the corner and that means one thing: only two more months until the third season of The Walking Dead premieres! To wet our appetites until then, Entertainment Weekly is releasing 4 separate covers filled with tons of sneak peak photos of the upcoming season.

The third season will follow Rick and the gang as they clean up an abandoned prison and run into a new problem--the Governor of Woodbury, played by David Morrissey. The upcoming season premieres Sunday, October 14 at 9PM!

The awesome new issues will hit newsstands tomorrow. Check out the images below:





Thursday, August 16, 2012

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The Tall Man: Movie Review


Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor but in the new horror, The Tall Man, the roles are reversed and instead of money, children are the compensation. When a weathered mining town begins experiencing unexplainable child abductions, they blame an unknown person known as The Tall Man, but are shocked to discover that the person responsible isn't a stranger at all.

The new horror, The Tall Man, stars Jessica Biel as Julia Denning, a young mother determined to find the person who kidnapped her son. As the movie progresses, the townspeople speak of a myth called The Tall Man and insist that he is responsible. After her child is taken right in front of her, Julia battles to unravel the mystery and get her son back.

After a stressful day, Julia and her live-in nanny have a little too much to drink and Julia wobbles off to bed. She is startled by a disturbance downstairs and discovers her nanny tied-up and bloodied in the kitchen. Realizing that the situation is a lot worse than she imagined, Julia rushes to her son's bedroom only to find that he isn't there. When she returns to the nanny to find out what happened, The Tall Man appears with her child and flees.

Determined to stop him, Julia chases after him but comes up empty handed and badly hurt. Lt Dodd (Stepehn McHattie) finds her in the middle of the road and takes her back to the local diner where things only become weirder. While there, Julia realizes that the people that surround her may actually be her enemy.

The Tall Man is NOT a horror movie, despite what the previews and descriptions would lead you to believe. The film is a mystery that isn't all too mysterious and the big "twist" is revealed too soon, causing the audience to want to stop watching before the movie's end. What could have been an awesome horror that utilized a creepy legend fell short as it tried to be too clever and flat-lined all the way to the anti-climactic ending.

Biel, whom is perfectly suited for the horror genre following her role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, was the wrong choice to play the lead. Yes, she is gorgeous (not in this film) and she can act (at times); however, she is completely unbelievable as a mother of a young child. I suppose that's what the director was going for considering the story but, it was hard to believe any of her actions throughout the movie.

Although I couldn't see Biel as a mother, the scenes where her character chases after the person who took her child were exciting, intense, and very real. It was refreshing to see Biel get gritty and dirty as she actually fought her attacker as oppose to a weak character that can barely stand up straight.

Her character had me on the fence because at first, she was one that you could like and feel for but after the reveal, she became a person you didn't really know how to feel about. Her actions in the film were very questionable and completely unlike the horror heroine genre fans are used to--which was the point. Just because the director did something intentionally doesn't mean I have to like it.

It felt as though the director, Pascal Laughier (Martyrs), was trying too hard to recreate the shocking ending of The Sixth Sense but did it way too early on in the film. When the big reveal came, it was very easy to predict what was going on, what was to happen next, and who the "bad guy" truly was.

Yes, Laughier created a creepy atmosphere, especially leading up to the reveal; it just made nothing that came after it have an effect on me. I kept waiting for something bigger to happen but I knew that the film had already given me my answer and nothing more mysterious was to come. Boring.

The film revolves around the idea of stealing children from poor homes and giving them to families of better lifestyles. The idea was a fun one and it was definitely different to see that the monster of the film wasn't actually a monster all all. At least, not the typical monsters horror fans are used to seeing. All of the themes and messages of the film were interesting ones but the way in which they were executed were done very poorly.

Everything happened too quickly for my liking and the audience didn't get to know any of the characters other than Julia. Of the one character we followed most, we barely knew much about her or why she was doing what she was doing, either. Laughier didn't utilize Mchattie's talents to his fullest and casually used him in bit scenarios sprinkled throughout. Big mistake. His lack of development made him seem completely pointless.

Laughier definitely wanted to make people talk and discuss the themes of this film afterward but I wouldn't say that the movie was done well enough to evoke that discussion (obviously, I'm going to discuss it for the sake of the review).The film questioned whether or not biological parents should have the right to keep their children or if they should be placed in homes more suitable. The answers are obvious; clearly, a kid in a poor home should be taken out of it but taken in a legal way. Although, the system sucks and would fail at that.

The Tall Man had an interesting set up and an intriguing idea for a horror film but it tried being too deep, revealing too much too soon and not making up for it with anything special in the end. The poor script made decent actors such as Biel, McHattie, and Jodelle Ferland non-dimensional and fall flat. The film doesn't have to be completely skipped because it was a decent flick up until the big reveal; however, I would wait for this one to come out on Netflix before spending the big bucks to rent it on VOD.

 As long as you go into the movie knowing that it will take you to the brink of a cinematic orgasm only to stop you completely in your tracks and leave you with a sad case of blue balls--you'll be fine.
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iPhone Could Get You Your First Movie Role


One of my life goals is to be murdered in a horror movie. Some may find that odd but what greater accomplishment for a horror aficionado than to be featured in something horror-related? Thanks to the upcoming movie, iBetween, I may finally have my chance because the company behind the film has a new contest to win a onscreen role.

If you have an iPhone--and I'm sure a majority of you do--all you need to do is make a recording of yourself, reading the given script, with the phone and submit your entry by October 25. The winners will be chosen on October 31, 2012, and the finalist will be featured in iBetween's trailer and in a part of the movie as well.

iBetween tells the story of a mother whose four year-old daughter mysteriously disappeared (isn't it always mysterious when something like that happens?) and begins receiving video messages on her phone from complete strangers, each person leaving a few words or speaking as if they were her missing daughter. After piecing all of the messages together, the mother realizes that her daughter is trapped in an in-between realm and requests the help from YouTubers (because I know if I were in a serious pickle, YouTube users would be the first people I would ask for advice).

For more details on the contest and the film, visit the iBetween website.
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Dexter Season 7 Trailer


Last year fans of the hit Showtime series, Dexter, were left on the edge of their seats with the season's final minutes. Dexter Morgan, righteous serial killer, had been discovered giving in to his dark passenger by his sister, Deb. The newest trailer for the upcoming season, premiering September 30 at 9pm, looks like it's going to be intense as Dexter tries explaining himself to his companion and Deb struggles to come to terms with her newest discovery. Plus, she totally wants to bang him now, remember?

The upcoming season will feature appearances by, Calista Flockhart, Yvonne Strahovski, Ray Stevenson, Jason Gedrick, and more.





 

Check out the official trailer below. Are you excited to see Dex shed some blood, quite possibly his sister's?

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The Miami Zombie Victim...Isn't a Zombie


In May, the world was shocked to hear the terrifying news revolving around a crazed man who attacked and ate the face of another man in Miami. The attacker, Rudy Eugene, was shot and killed by police while his victim, Ronald Poppo, was left severely wounded and blind. Poppo finally broke his silence and described the disturbing ordeal to Miami homicide Detectives Sgt Altarr Williams and Frankie Sanchez in July. His statements were obtained by the media last Wednesday.

The 65 year-old homeless man explained, “He attacked me...He just ripped me to ribbons. He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes. Basically that’s all there is to say about it.”

Of course officials wanted to know more and continued to take down Poppo's statement, questioning whether or not Eugene said anything to him during the attack. Apparently, Eugene was upset that he didn't "score" at the beach and decided to take it out on the sleeping man. Poppo recalled his attacker's words, “’You, me, buddy, and nobody else here...’I'm gonna — gonna kill you.’ Or something like that, I guess.”

Poppo went on to describe Eugene as talking "funny", insisting that they both were going to die. Poppo concluded that his attacker must have been on some type of drug.

When thinking about his experience, Poppo calmy detailed, “He mashed my face into the sidewalk...my face is all bent and mashed up. My eyes, my eyes got plucked out. He was strangling me in wrestling holds at the same time he was plucking my eyes out.”

Eugene chewed off about 75% of Poppo's face during the attack, leaving the man blind. Poppo was immediately rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he underwent several surgeries and was then transferred to Perdue Medical Center for long-term care.

Poppo insists that the men did not know each other and explains that he did nothing to provoke an attack, stating, "What can provoke an attack of that type?I certainly didn’t curse at the guy or say anything mean or nasty to him.”

The 65 year-old is currently still homeless and jobless, making for a more difficult situation. The man did not get upset during his talk with detectives but did become uncomfortable as he detailed what happened.

After talking with officials for about fifteen minutes, Poppo explained that he was tired and the interview was ended not before saying, "I thank the Miami Police Department for saving my life. That’s about the best I could sum it up as. If they didn’t get there in a nick of time, I would’ve definitely be in worse shape. Possibly I’ll be DOA.”

Thursday, August 9, 2012

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The Woman: Movie Review


People have different beliefs, no matter how crazy or outrageous they may be, it's their right to feel a certain way about something. However, some societal standards are taken to the extreme by some individuals whom believe that they have the power to do whatever they please. The 2011 horror, The Woman, examines those standards along with gender roles and tries to show audiences how society can effect the way that certain people view things and the way their views come off on others.

The Woman, directed and written by Lucky Mckee along with horror author, Jack Ketchum, is a study of human nature and the problem with gender roles in society. The film follows the very domineering and charismatic Chris Cleek (Sean Bridgers) as he takes his family on an insane journey of confinement, rape, and abuse--all because he believes is it the right way...his way.

Chris's mind is stuck in an old-fashioned world where he believes that men have absolute power and that women are just there to serve his needs. His family walks on eggshells as they try their best to meet his expectations, essentially putting up with his mental and physical abuse. When he finds a feral woman in the woods and takes her back to his house, his family doesn't question his intentions; they know if they stand up to him, it will only result in pain.

Once the woman is captured and tied up in the family's shelter, Chris explains that he is going to civilize her and make her suitable for society. Treated like a dog, the woman is kept tied up, handled roughly, abused, and even raped. And things only get worse from there.

The film studies how Chris's beliefs effect the rest of his family and the outcome is truly disturbing. His wife Belle (Angela Bettis) is completely helpless and voiceless as she watches and allows her husband to behave so horrendously. The sad thing is that in abusive relationships like the one depicted in the film, women usually reflect Belle's actions and maintain the relationship out of fear. Her lack of action only makes matters worse and she ultimately pays for what she has done (or hasn't) in the end.

Chris's daughter, Peggy, distributes the same type of characteristics and behaviors as her mother and remains silent for most of the film as well. She is very reserved and keeps to herself as she struggles with her pain inside, knowing very well that she cannot confide in her mother or father. Unfortunately, her younger brother, Brian, falls in step behind his father as he watches and learns exactly how he should act.

Brian's behaviors are terrifying because the film slowly shows us how his father's viewpoints begin to rub off on him. The audience witnesses Brian become vindictive and sadistic as time goes by and we realize that if he isn't taken out of the horrible situation, he is on his way to becoming the man his father is: a monster.

Although Chris's beliefs strongly effect his wife and older children, his youngest daughter, Darlin, is still clueless as she remains innocent in her childlike world filled with imagination and optimism. No, she hasn't completely ventured into believing the same things as her father, but we see little behaviors that indicate she very much will when she's older.

Some may argue that the film is misogynistic and completely degrading to women but I have to disagree. The film as a whole does not display a hatred for women, it displays one person's misogynistic view and how his views translate to others. Mckee and Ketchum showcase exactly how an abusive family behaves, or would behave, in a given situation. The Woman is actually a very strong character who can and does handle her own when given the opporunity. She remains strong even as a victim and throughout the film, she fights for herself, mentally planning her escape.

Chris Cleek appeared to be civilized and the perfect example of an outstanding citizen on the outside when on the inside, he was just as barbaric as the Woman was.  His female counterparts--wife, and daughter--were submissive because he had abused them to the point where they were afraid to be anything else. The Woman, whom was uncivilized and lived by her own rules, actually turned out to be the strongest female in the film.

The movie is hard to watch at times because there are so many disturbing things occurring on the screen. It shows how every family has its monsters, some are just better at hiding them than others. Toward the end of the film we realize that the Woman isn't the first secret the family has kept; the family's problems range a lot further and are way more messed up than expected.

There are many things one can take away upon viewing this film. Some can't handle the disturbing matter but it's films like this that are the scariest, because they are so true. There are people like Chris Cleek and there are families who suffer from the same abuse that his family did. I wouldn't say that every family has a chained up girl in their basement, but every family has their demons.

People who argue that the film is too graphic and violent must have been watching a different movie because McKee carefully displays things and only shows certain things when absolutely necessary. In order to get a feel of just how awful and psychotic Chris is, the audience needs to see him acting horribly and we need to see his nonchalant attitude towards those actions. The director perfectly built up the hatred for that character and made us pray that the Woman would escape, despite the fact that she would cause the family danger.

Yes, there were scenes of gore--it's a horror movie--but it wasn't to the point where it was drowning us in it. The most uncomfortable parts about the film were the realistic acts going on with the family.

As a woman, I didn't find the film offensive at all. I found it to be brutally honest and terrifying, knowing that there are people out there with the same mindset at Chris Cleek. I don't believe that the film showed all men as monsters, it showed one particular man who WAS a monster and how his way of thought was seeping into the minds of others.

Jack Ketchum is my favorite horror author because he has the ability to put a spin on a real-life situation and bring out all of the horrors and disturbing matter that others are too afraid to do. His mind, combined with the mind of Mckee, made for an entertaining and creepy watch.

If you're in the mood to study an All-American family in their habitat and to see how their demons come to the surface, check out The Woman on Netflix. The film is disturbing both for its realistic matter as well as its over-the-top movie magic. Plus, you will get to see some full-frontal nudity, which totally makes up for everything else. Am I right?

Also, if you haven't read any of Ketchum's other work, do so NOW! His heartbreaking story, The Girl Next Door, will have you worrying about who to trust and what exactly your kids are doing in your neighborhood.
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The Shrine: Movie Review


Journalists can be put into some dangerous situations all for the sake of obtaining the next big story. For Carmen, her ambitious tendencies to rise to the top of the news world get her into deep water with a religious cult set on keeping their land sacred. The horror, The Shrine, follows a group of young journalists whom made the wrong decision in order to meet a deadline.

The 2010 horror, The Shrine, written and directed by Jon Knautz, stars Cindy Sampson (Supernatural) as Carmen and Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13) as her photographer boyfriend, Marcus, and follows them on a fateful trip to Poland for a breaking news story. The relationship between the pair is rocky from the beginning due to Carmen's overzealousness toward her career; however; when she discovers a missing person's case in a foreign country, she convinces Marcus to come along and help her capture the truth.

Unbeknownst to her boss, whom believes she is covering a story on bees, Carmen takes intern, Sara, along with them for their mysterious journey. Once the group arrive in Poland, they immediately locate the village where the missing boy was last seen and aren't greeted with open arms from the locals.

When the group notice a mysterious fog mentioned by the missing person in a journal entry, Carmen insists that they need to investigate, despite the warnings from angry villagers to leave. Carmen explains that if she doesn't get a story she will lose her job and Marcus agrees to see their journey through.

The fog holds many questions and both Carmen and Sara lose their way inside, running into a creepy statue that sets the stage for the rest of the film. Following their brief disorientation in the forest, the group follow a young girl to an underground tomb and find their missing person. After their discovery, all hell breaks lose for the group whom must run for their lives from the bloodthirsty locals.

The film was mediocre at best and included a plot revolving around a curse, which has already been done before and done better. The characters were not likeable from the very beginning, which made the viewing experience harder because it was difficult to root for the individuals to make it out of the situation alive.

Cindy Sampson doesn't have the likeability and acting strength to stand out as a lead in a horror film. The first scenes of the film were awkward and they set the tone for the relationship between the main couple--which was a bad one. Right off the bat, Carmen and Marcus are bickering at each other, resulting in Carmen coming off as a bitch and Marcus coming off as a slub. There wasn't any chemistry between the pair from the start and it wasn't believeable to see them fight for each other throughout the film's stressful situations.

The storyline didn't make very much sense; the journalists knew exactly where the missing person was before he disappeared so, why didn't the police investigate the situation? Especially when the individual was so easy to find. I guess if that happened, we wouldn't have a movie!

Along with the questionable plot, there were several scenes where the setting looked too unnatural, taking the viewer away from the experience and making the entire piece appear cheap. There were a few times where it was apparent that the actors were acting out on a soundstage rather than an actual location, causing the movie to look like something that was made to premiere on Syfy.

Aside from the cheap direction, the film did pick up toward its final act, once the danger becomes completely visible. The curse is understood and it was awesome to see how it effected Carmen and Marcus and to see how they handled the situation. My only problem with this was that the scenes that occurred during the climax were very reminiscent of The Exorcist, again making the film seem uncreative.

The Shrine brought nothing new to the table as far as curse-movies go. It seems as though the director and writers took parts of other movies which revolved around the topic and threw them into their film at various spots. The acting was subpar and the characters were completely unlikeable, making it hard for the audience to relate or feel for any of them. If you don't mind waiting until the film's final act to catch some cool possession-filled bloodshed then check this one out on Netflix. Otherwise, it can be skipped because you wouldn't be missing much!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Absentia: Review


In today's world just about anything can happen, whether you are walking down the street or sitting in your living room. For Tricia, her husband's mysterious disappearance was only the beginning and when he returns 7 years later without explanation, she and her sister, Callie, try to make sense of the strange incidents around them. The horror, Absentia, took an interesting idea and created a real atmosphere; however, the lack of development on the monster and the actual events occurring within the film made it feel too quick and left me with many questions.

The 2011 horror, Absentia, directed and written by Mike Flanagan, opens with Tricia (Courtney Bell) as she comes to grip her husband's disapperance and finally declare him legally dead. Her sister, Callie (Katie Parker), comes to stay with her and help her through the difficult time only to find things becoming a lot stranger than expected.

Tricia suffers from severe guilt as she comes closer to declaring her husband's death and she still places up 'missing posters', despite her lack of hope of ever finding him. She often has disturbing visions and dreams about her lost husband and questions whether she is doing the right thing. Once she finally decides to move on with her life, it all comes crashing down around her when her husband appears at her doorstep.

Following her husband's mysterious reappearance, both Tricia and her sister, along with Tricia's detective boyfriend, try to figure out where he has been during the 7 years, doubting that he was actually in danger the entire time. However, Callie, whom suffers from a drug-filled past, is more accepting of the damaged man as she tries understanding what happened.

Callie is much more open-minded than her reserved sister and she begins piecing things together, coming to the conclusion that a dark tunnel nearby their home is more dangerous than it seems. After her brother-in-law is taken from an invisible force right in front of her, she begins exploring mythology and previous disappearances, determined to prove to her sister that she isn't crazy.

The film used an interesting idea for the danger lurking nearby and played on the old fairytale of the Troll living under the bridge, as well as other popular tales and legends. There were cool elements used in the film, like when a victim was stuck inside the walls and their hand prints could be seen through the pavement, which reminded me of the bedroom scene in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

Bell and Parker were believeable as Tricia and Callie and their pairing made the film seem a lot more real. The whole dark and damp atmosphere that the director created felt like it was a reality; I felt as though I were watching real people through a found footage video, despite the supernatural elements to the story. The acting wasn't entirely perfect but there were a lot of moments where the film didn't seem rehearsed and the director was able to make us care for the duo, for the most part.

My problem with Absentia is that it didn't have enough depth to its story and characters. Right when things were beginning to flesh out and get going, the film seems to end and leave you hanging. In some cases, an abrupt ending is okay because for the most part, the audience is given a lot of information throughout the film; however, Absentia is a slow build that fails to have a climax.

I would have loved to have seen Callie explore the history of the tunnel and the mysterious disappearances more fully, giving the audience more to latch on to rather than the brief story we were given to nibble on. Also, the director tried creating a film that walks a line between fiction and reality for the characters--were the events that were ocurring even real or were they a part of Callie's drug hallucinations? The concept would have been interesting if he used this idea more but he just briefly grazed it, making the idea seem like an afterthought to throw the audience off.

There is a lot of symbolism throughout the movie as well, focusing on each character's dark tendencies and past. The monster lurking in the nearby tunnel also represents the monster lurking within each of them, which was an intriguing element to the film. It was a great concept but it wasn't executed very well. It seemed as though the director was just sloppily throwing stories together, trying too hard to make a film with a hidden message. 

The film made the rounds at various horror festivals upon its release and it won several awards; obviously, some people enjoyed it. Although I wasn't completely turned off by the movie, I did find myself bored throughout as I waited for things to actually happen. It seemed like a short film despite its full-length and the story was not as fleshed out as I would have liked it to have been.

Absentia used an interesting concept and the director was able to create likeable and realistic characters in a realistic world, despite the supernatural elements added on top. Although it wasn't the worst film I've seen, I didn't enjoy the brief speed in which things happened without giving us any explanation or insight. The film had a good start but ended with a thud, making it unworthy of repeated viewing. I would skip Absentia because there isn't much new brought to the genre; not much was explained, the story and characters weren't as deep as I preferred, and for horror fans viewing solely on blood and gore--you won't even get that.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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Wreckage: Review


One would think that a junkyard would be the perfect setting for a horror movie. It's dark, dangerous, and usually secluded enough for a murderer to get away with their mischief. Unfortunately, the horror film, Wreckage, failed to use the creepy setting to it's potential, resulting in a poorly told tale filled with overacting and lack of development.

The 2010 horror,Wreckage, directed by John Mallory Asher (whom also appears in the film), stars Mike Irwin, Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), and Cameron Richardson (Harper's Island) as a group of friends whom endure a terrorizing experience while looking for car parts at a nearby junkyard. The film struggles with finding its identity from the very beginning and never fully develops as it progresses.

Wreckage opens with army veteran, Jared (Irwin), whom is working on his car with his beautiful girlfriend Kate (Richardson) by his side. Within seconds of the film's start Jared proposes to Kate, and their friends, Rick (Paul) and Jessica, arrive for a daytime adventure on the road. The film awkwardly jumps to Jared drag racing--alone--on a desolate highway, followed by his friends miraculous appearance out of thin-air once the race ends. The racing shenanigans causes something to break in Jared's car (I'm a girl, like I know or care about cars and their parts) and the group make their way to the film's ultimate setting, the junkyard.

While at the junkyard, things quickly go awry and the horror begins for the friends, whom don't seem to know each other as well as they initially thought. For whatever reason, Rick pulls out a gun and begins to shoot it off for fun, accidentally wounding Kate. A concerned Jared leaves the friends at the car yard to run for help, finding it at the local sheriff's station. Upon return to the scene, Jared's friends are nowhere to be found and the police begin wondering if he was making the scenario up.

The horror moves quickly as the murderer takes out his reign on the group of victims, which increases to local law enforcement and EMT's. In most cases, a horror film that gets to the point is desired; however, in Wreckage, the film moves so speedily that the audience is never given a chance to understand who the characters are or given the time to absorb the situation occurring on the screen.

The plot is never built up and there is absolutely no development in the characters. All the audience is given about our protagonist is that he served in the armed forces and that storyline has become cliche and drawn-out. To add to the overdone character arcs, the one-dimensional Frank--the owner of the junkyard--appears to be the comic relief of the movie; however; the actor's performance makes the character come off as a caricature of something he and the director had seen in past horror movies.

In regard to performances, the actors on screen were severely overdoing almost all of their lines, especially Roger Perry, whom played the Sheriff. Erwin's portrayal of Jared was too much and unrealistic in the situation, making the film hard to watch. The only individuals who did not have cringe-worthy performances were both Richardson and Paul, whom were barely on screen throughout the film's entirety. 

The entire film was a mess and it seemed like the director and writer weren't sure what they wanted to do with it. At times the film felt like it was trying to be an intense horror with serious scenarios while on the other hand, the film would throw in bits of humor as though it were trying to be a campy horror. There was not a good enough balance where the film was able to walk the fine line between serious horror and campy fun, which resulted in a movie that didn't know its identity.

The director, Asher, is also an actor whom appeared in the Weird Science television series and although it looks like he has directed a few projects in the past, it does not look like he has developed a strong sense of how to make a successful horror film--or any film, for that matter. In fact, Wreckage seemed like a longer version of a horrible One Tree Hill episode and upon speculation, I discovered that he directed some of the television series as well. Go figure!

Wreckage had an okay idea but failed to be creative and failed to develop an actual plot. A movie with a bunch of people running around for 90 minutes, screaming and being killed, doesn't automatically make it a horror movie. Characters need to be developed for the audience to care for them and want to watch what will become of them. There needs to be reasons behind characters actions as well, otherwise, the entire film will be pointless.

I was immediately attracted to this film when I discovered that it "starred" Cameron Richardson and Aaron Paul but not even they could make me like the film--because they were hardly in it! There are no redeeming qualities about this movie; it's not even the type of bad that you can watch just for a laugh (i.e. Birdemic). Don't watch Wreckage, unless you need an example of how NOT to make a movie.


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