Category Archives: Horror

TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016): The Things I Liked…

Train to Busan (2016), Well Go USA Entertainment
Train to Busan (2016), Well Go USA Entertainment

Train to Busan is as good as everyone said it is. It delivers a thrilling ride with one nail-biting event after another to keep things interesting.

Starring Yoo Gong, Jung Yu-mi and Dong-seok Ma; its guaranteed that Train to Busan is going to break your heart. Because, well, it is a zombie apocalypse movie. A subgenre of film I don’t often watch, but this one is special.

Directed by Sang-ho Yeon; there’s a good mix of interesting characters in this story. Exactly the kind you’d expect on your ordinary commute. That is until the inevitable zombie infestation happens. Then you get a good look at the variety of human beings out there. From the incredibly selfish to the less so and everything in between. You’ll likely find yourself wondering about the kind of human you might be in a situation where everyone is desperately struggling to survive. Do you know and will you like yourself, or care if you don’t? I know what I want to believe about me. Yet, I feel it would be quite foolish to proclaim to know for sure.

I enjoyed the visual effects, action scenes and much of the acting. I say ‘much’ and not ‘all’ because I did catch a moment where one character’s expression seemed far calmer than it should have been during a grave situation. And by ‘calm’, I don’t mean the kind that comes over you when you’re ‘shocked into inaction’.

In addition to the expressionless face, the only other downside to Train to Busan for me is the use of one or two movie-making tropes. An example being, keeping a seemingly underdeveloped character around, just so they can perform one or two key tasks to advance the story.

Even with the few elements I didn’t love about the film, Train to Busan remains worth watching. Especially since I wouldn’t call it ‘nightmare-inducing scary‘. What it is is a fun, affecting ride with good zombie action sequences, special effects and notable performances; particularly by young Su-an Kim.

Happy Film Loving

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SWEET HOME (2020): New Trailer Starring Dane DiLiegro, Darren Keilan, Chase Yi…

Sweet Home (2020), Netflix
Sweet Home (2020), Netflix

Starring Dane DiLiegro, Darren Keilan and Chase Yi, Sweet Home is a new Korean drama/horror/thriller that’s set in a world where humans turn into savage monsters and wreak terror.

Hyunsoo, a troubled teen and his neighbours fight to survive. Not at all easy if, when you open your eyes, all you see are monsters.

Ever since Parasite (2019) gave me an appetite for Korean productions, I find myself more and more intrigued by what comes out of Seoul and beyond. Even though scary movies give me nightmares, Maybe I’ll get brave, just in time to see this one.

Full disclosure, my initial thoughts as this trailer revealed the scary nature of this story was: ‘Er… Isn’t Halloween over? What’s going on here? Then I remembered that Halloween is forever. Particularly if you love horror movies.

Song Kang, Jin-wook Lee, Lee Si-young, Park Gyuyoung, Kim Nam Hee, Kim Kap-su and Yoon-Jung Ko also star.

Sweet Home Release Dates: December 18th 2020 (US), Netflix…

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BLACK BOX (2020): The Things I Liked…

Black Box (2020), Mamoudou Athie, Prime Video
Black Box (2020), Mamoudou Athie, Prime Video

Black Box, a horror/mystery/sci-fi film about what happens to Nolan, a single father after he loses his wife and his memory in a car accident is a film I don’t regret watching.

Starring Mamoudou Athie (Uncorked (2020), Phylicia Rashad, Amanda Christine, and from writer/director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour; the story centres around an agonising experimental treatment that causes Nolan to question who he is.

What I like most about Black Box is the unexpected direction the story takes at its most interesting and engaging point. I also enjoyed all the performances. Especially Athie and Christine’s. The latter of whom did a great job of playing a child who’s had to grow up far to fast.

As for what I like least about Black Box, that would be the first third of the movie because it played/felt a tad flat. Thankfully, once we get to around the thirty five minute mark, things get very interesting indeed, through to the very end.

Give Black Box a chance if you’re curious. Especially for the last two thirds and good performances.

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HIS HOUSE (2020): New Trailer Starring Matt Smith, Sope Dirisu, Mevis Birungi, Javier Botet…

His House (2020), Sope Dirisu, Netflix
His House (2020), Sope Dirisu, Netflix

In new horror/thriller His House, an English town that has an evil lurking beneath the surface is the unexpected destination of a refugee couple who made a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan.

Directed by Remi Weekes; starring Sope Dirisu, Matt Smith, Mevis Birungi and Javier Botet, the couple struggle to adjust to their new life.

The Get Out (2017) vibes are strong with this one. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. This looks pretty dark. I find myself wondering about the motivations of the people that placed the couple in ‘his house’

Hopefully I won’t be too scared to watch this because I do want to find out how much everyone around the couple knows about what goes on in that house.

Bradley Banton, Vivien Bridson, Yvonne Campbell, Gamba Cole, Rene Costa, Andy Gathergood, Mark Gooden, Marie Hamm, Ty Hurley, Cornell John, John Kamau and John Samuel Kande also star.

His House Release Dates: October 30th, 2020 (US)…

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THE CRAFT (2020): New Trailer From Cailee Spaeny, David Duchovny, Lovie Simone, Michelle Monaghan…

The Craft (2020), Lovie Simone, Gideon Adlon, Cailee Spaeny, Zoey Luna
The Craft (2020), Lovie Simone, Gideon Adlon, Cailee Spaeny, Zoey Luna

A remake of the 1996 film of the same name, new fantasy/horror movie The Craft follows Hannah (Cailee Spaeny) a newcomer to a Catholic prep high school who falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft.

Also starring David Duchovny, Michelle Monaghan, Lovie Simone and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones; the girls soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who anger them.

Teenage me would be very excited about this. As for my non-teen self, I’m intrigued because this trailer isn’t bad (even though the wire work at 1:14 into the above edit seems questionable). I also I can’t remember much about the 1996 movie besides the fact that Neve Campbell is in it.

Just to be clear, I’m not a witch. OK, maybe that one time, for Halloween. I really just want to know more about the nature of their powers.

Zoey Luna, Gideon Adlon, Nicholas Galitzine, Charles Vandervaart, Donald MacLean Jr., Hannah Gordon, Julian Grey and Mike Dara also star.

The Craft Release Dates: October 28th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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SYNCHRONIC (2019): New Trailer From Jamie Dornan, Anthony Mackie, Katie Aselton…

Synchronic (2019), Anthony Mackie, Well Go USA Entertainment
Synchronic (2019), Anthony Mackie, Well Go USA Entertainment

Jamie Dornan, Anthony Mackie and Katie Aselton are the stars of Synchronic, a new sci-fi/horror/drama about two New Orleans paramedics, whose lives are ripped apart. All after they encounter a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

Directed by  Justin Benson and  Aaron Moorhead; additional key cast includes Ally Ioannides, Bill Oberst Jr., Natasha Tina Liu…

This looks dark and quite promising. Also, I’m sure I’m not the only one getting Project Power (2020) vibes. I only wish that there wasn’t so much text interrupting all the clips in this trailer. Am I right or am I right?

Martin Bats Bradford, Devyn A. Tyler, Lawrence Turner, Sam Malone, Aaron Groben, Betsy Holt and Shane Brady also star.

Synchronic Release Dates: October 23rd, 2020 (US)…

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FREAKY (2020): New Trailer Starring Kathryn Newton, Vince Vaughn, Alan Ruck, Celeste O’Connor…

In new comedy/horror/thriller Freaky, Kathryn Newton plays Millie, a young girl in high school who, after swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer; she discovers that she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent.

Directed by Christopher Landon; Vince Vaughn, Celeste O’Connor, and Alan Ruck are among the key cast.

This looks like promising, silly fun.

Another thing that stands out is how much fun Newton must have had playing Millie. Particularly once she turned killer.

I’m in for the two Newton roles and the Halloween silliness. Who can believe that Halloween is so close already?

Uriah Shelton, Katie Finneran, Kelly Lamor Wilson, Dana Drori, Misha Osherovich, Mitchell Hoog, Melissa Collazo and Dustin Lewis also star.

Freaky Release Dates: November 13th, 2020 (US)…

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I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (2020): The Thing I Liked…

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020), Jessie Buckley, Netflix

There are some movies I’ll start watching, realise their terrible and quit within ten or fifteen minutes. Writer/director Charlie Kaufman’s latest drama/thriller I’m Thinking of Ending Things is not that kind of movie. One might say it’s worse because I’d hoped to like it far more than I did.

I expected more because I rather enjoyed Anomalisa (2015), and had hoped that I’m Thinking of Ending Things would be similarly pleasing and thought-provoking. It may well be thought-provoking for some, but post-viewing, it did not inspire me to think anything significant, except ‘what a waste of two hours.’ Particularly since the peculiar happenings that inspired me to watch the movie in the first place, never really get explained.

Kaufman’s story of a young woman who comes to question everything she thought she knew about her new boyfriend, upon arriving at his parent’s secluded farm is a film that may have fans raving on about the way it explores loneliness, death, sanity and so on. Yet, I for one didn’t want to work as hard and have as much patience as I’m Thinking of Ending Things requires of its audience.

By the third or fourth time that Jessie Buckley’s character says the words ‘I’m thinking of ending things‘, the film had lost me and I’d got far beyond the point of simply ‘thinking of ending things.’ I wanted to stop watching; yet I needed to see how the story would end.

Buckley, Toni Colette, David Thewlis and Jessie Plemons all perform brilliantly. Still, none of it proved enough for me. Regardless of the ‘stylish’ way the story is edited and told; the scares and other creative choices, it just didn’t result in a satisfying experience for me. Instead it felt incomplete.

I’m sure that very serious fans of Kaufman will likely enjoy this the most. For everyone else, sure, give it a chance if you’re SUPER curious.

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