Category Archives: Horror

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (2016): The Thing I Liked…

 

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016), Gemma Aterton, Glenn Close
The Girl With All The Gifts (2016), Gemma Aterton, Glenn Close

Melanie (Sennia Nanua) is a special young girl. A young girl who’s taken along on a journey of survival with her teacher (Gemma Aterton) and a scientist (Glenn Close).

Directed by Colm McCarthy and set in a dystopian future in what looks like London, England, The Girl With All The Gifts is an adequate zombie movie. It’s not quite the kind you may be expecting in some respects but it’s worth it to hang in there for the ending, my favourite part.

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016), Sennia Nanua
The Girl With All The Gifts (2016), Sennia Nanua

I don’t recall getting particularly terrified as I watched, probably because gore isn’t necessarily the core focus of McCarthy’s movie. The Girl With All The Gifts is a relatively smart zombie movie. Personally I find the idea of zombies a tad more ridiculous and unreal than the idea of vampires – as odd as that may seem. And yes, I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t survive a zombie apocalypse.

Watch The Girl With All The Gifts if you’re intrigued enough and to find out about the refreshing difference that is the ending.

Happy Film Loving

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WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS (2016): The Thing I Liked…

When The Bough Breaks (2016), Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall
When The Bough Breaks (2016), Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall

Starring Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Romany Malco, Theo Rossi, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jaz Sinclair; the Jon Cassar directed When The Bough Breaks is a movie that had some promise. This particular story of a surrogate mother becoming dangerously obsessed with the biological father isn’t quite the best of this genre. 

The film had me doubting things quite early on, especially when I noticed the overly dramatic sounding music used to make Theo Rossi’s character seem more menacing and dangerous. All it did for me was point out what was lacking in the film – script and acting-wise.

The best performances in the movie came from Hall, Chestnut, Malco and Michael Kenneth Williams. In the end, none of it really proved enough to make When The Bough Breaks particularly noteworthy. I actually ended up enjoying some of the cinematography more than I did the story and characters. That lake house especially. I’d love to go there!

This movie is one you watch if you really must. Otherwise it’s likely that only those relatively new to movies / films of this genre or big fans of at least one of the stars involved will likely rate it more highly. If you think I’m wrong, do share your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Film Loving

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THE BELKO EXPERIMENT (2016): New Trailer From Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley, Adria Arjona…

The Belko Experiment (2016), Tony Goldwyn
The Belko Experiment (2016), Tony Goldwyn

Starring Adria Arjona , John C. McGinley and Tony Goldwyn, a.k.a  President Fitzgerald Grant (Fitz) from hit TV series, Scandal, The Belko Experiment is a thriller set in a high-rise corporate office where 80 employees are trapped anda twisted social experiment dictates that they must either ‘kill or be killed…’

Luckily for me, this doesn’t look too much like the kind of scary movie that gives me sleep robbing nightmares so I’ll take a chance. It would also be great to see Tony Golwyn win in something separate from Scandal.

Gail Bean, Melonie Diaz, Mikaela Hoover and  Owain Yeoman also star.

The Belko Experiment Release Dates: March 17th, 2017…

Happy Film Loving

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GET OUT (2017): New Trailer For Horror Movie From Jordan Peele & Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams…

Get Out (2017), Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams
Get Out (2017), Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams

Written and directed by Jordan Peele of Key & Peele, Get Out is a brand new horror movie set on a cursed family estate and starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener…

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to muster the courage to watch this one. Right this very moment I’m already too scared. Scrap that. I have to watch this. It looks too unlike everything else.

Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford and Caleb Landry Jones also star.

Get Out Release Dates: February 24th 2017, (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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SPLIT (2017): New Trailer From M. Night Shyamalan & Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor Joy…

Split (2017), James McAvoy
Split (2017), James McAvoy

Split, the new horror/ thriller starring James McAvoy and Anya Taylor Joy is from writer / director M. Night Shyamalan, better known for the impressive The Sixth Sense (1999).

Usually I’d be certain to stay away from scary movies but in this one, McAvoy will be portraying at least 23 characters / personalities…

Word is out that Anya Taylor Joy is quite the talent. So it may be time for me to experience one of her movies instead of only getting as far as the trailer because it looks too scary. Someone recommended that I start with The Witch (2015), they don’t know me well enough. Morgan (2016), is as scary as I’m willing to go at this point.

Split Release Dates: January 20th, 2017 (US & UK); January 26th, 2017 (GER); March 1st, 2017 (FR)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (2016): New Trailer Starring Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close & Sennia Nanua

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016), Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton
The Girl With All The Gifts (2016), Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton

Starring Gemma Arterton, Sennia Nanua, Glenn Close and Paddy Considine, The Girl With All The Gifts is based on the best selling book by  Mike Carey and directed by Colm McCarthy.

Set in a less than perfect future where survival is dependant on a teacher, a scientist and a young girl called Melanie the trailer is quite promising…

I’m glad that the movie isn’t a straight horror film but a drama / horror / thriller, meaning  I can watch it and still sleep soundly that same night.

The Girl With All The Gifts Release Dates: September 23rd, 2016 (UK)…

Happy film Loving 🙂

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CRIMSON PEAK (2015): Style, Story & Cinematography…

Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston
Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston

The first thing I noticed and immediately loved about Crimson Peak is the cinematography. Particularly the rich colours, beautiful period fashion and the use of light and shadow.

Directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak is a visual feast of a gothic romance. One that features a gifted author, Edith (Mia Wasikowska) who is a young lady faced with the choice between two potential suiters.

One of Edith’s suiters is her childhood friend Alan, (Charlie Hunnam) and the other is a dark, mysterious and mesmerising newcomer called  Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston).

I’d like to think that faced with Edith’s predicament I might be wise enough to make the ‘healthiest’ choice. But considering how much I find myself mesmerised by Hiddleston’s character’s voice, words and presence, I’m thinking absolutely not.

A feast for the eyeballs is  one way to describe Guillermo del Toro’s movie. I also like the  beautiful romance which just happens to be a great reminder for how truly blinding love can be.

Crimson Peak (2015), Jessica Chastain
Crimson Peak (2015), Jessica Chastain

It crossed my mind that perhaps some of the ghostly special effects could have done with a little extra financial investment. But overall, I like Crimson Peak.

Lastly,  what a wonderfully meaty role Jessica Chastain was blessed to play.

Watch it for the story, romance, and visual beauty. As you do that, I’ll I continue dreaming about having full access to the beautiful contents of Edith’s wardrobe.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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CELL (2016): New Trailer From Samuel L. Jackson & John Cusack

Cell (2016), John Cusack
Cell (2016), John Cusack

Based on the novel by Stephen King, Cell is the new Tod Williams directed sci-fi / horror / thriller from Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack…

The last apocalyptic movie I watched (The 5th Wave (2016) was quite the let down. May this one not be that. The story actually reminds me a little of another Samuel L. Jackson movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).

Cell Release Dates: July 8th, 2016 (US); September 1st, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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