READY OR NOT (2019)

A film by  Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Cast:  Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien:

Grace (Samara Weaving) loves Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) so much that she’s tolerated the bullshit  through which his family have fabricated: Alcoholic wastrel Daniel (Adam Brody) hitting on her, mother Becky (Andie MacDowell) , sister Emilie (Melanie Scrofano) not even showing up in time for the ceremony, father Tony (Henry Czerny)  voicing his dislike  at the girl’s status and aunt Helene (Nicky Guadagni) has iced dark sight on her since she arrived .Here is a bizarre family but Grace sees the light at the end of the tunnel now that they’ve all congregated at the Le Domas manor for the nuptials. With the ceremony out of the way, Grace starts to relax, but then Aunt Helene shows up in Alex’s bedroom to remind him that there’s one more ritual before the two can live happily ever after. Alex neglected to mention that every time someone enters the Le Domas family, they have to play a game. What the  hell ?

The family Domas has gotten rich from board games and card games for centuries. The game is simple just draw a card and may the game begins. Here is a movies that put comedy into it as you will see Grace going into warrior mode. Hide and seek is the worst card that Grace pulled and it is not going to be what she thinks. The movie could been funnier but it is  entertaining. Nice cast and I have not seen MacDowell for a long time she has gotten older I almost didn’t recognise her. Fun with a dark comedy where the end is such a blast to watch. 

THE DEAD DON’T DIE (2019)

A film by :  Jim Jarmusch

Cast:  Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Alyssa Maria App, Rosie Perez , Steve Buscemi

The film is presented at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival 2019.In the serene little town of Centerville, something is wrong. The moon is omnipresent in the sky, daylight is unpredictable and animals begin to behave in unusual ways. Nobody really knows why. The news is scary and scientists are worried. But no one could foresee the most bizarre and dangerous event that was going to hit Centerville: THE DEAD DO NOT DIE – the dead come out of their graves and savagely attack the living to feed themselves. The battle for survival begins for the inhabitants of the city.

In this film you will have the following actors : cameos from Tom Waits (Down by Law), Eszter Balint (Stranger than Paradise), Rosie Perez (Night on Earth), Steve Buscemi (Mystery Train), RZA (Coffee & Cigarettes; Ghost Dog), and director Sara Driver, Jarmusch’s partner and creative counsel, who hasn’t appeared on camera in one of his films for 30 years. A cool little comedy / horror from Jarmush who pokes at the zombies movies with the classic clichés makes it an off beat comedy: Horror film. Even Iggy Pop as a cameo. Driver here drive a compact smart car too funny to see a compact car at full speed toward the parking lot arriving at the crime scene. The are a lot of reference to the films of George A Romero after all it is him who started the zombies movies. Take a look what the cap of Steve Buscemi says and the guy who is seating next to him which is Danny Glover. It is a cutting edge horror / comedy movie here with some dark off beat humour. There is a surprise in there somewhere. Worth taking a look. But not everyone is going to like this one.

HALLOWEEN (2018)

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A film by David Gordon Green

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak 

40 years later Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked man who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night.

I hate to see this but the masterpiece by John Carpenter was much better than this one. It becomes a frustrating film, first it is predictable as hell from beginning to end. It lacks of the atmosphere and the essence of Carpenter. Yes it is done old school like back in the day but the film is frustrating as I said. The first movie, you can hear the crunch of the leaves and smell Fall in the air. You feel the tension that is building up big time. The first film was a lot scarier than this one. It is not all bad the females in the film play with some interesting themes, the female empowerment story of trauma and the confrontation of the beast. But it is not scary like the original. Even the music which they did not put enough of to build the tension. What kills me is that the film pretend that the sequel did not happen. Where is the magic of the original? And Carpenter produced this one. Ho! boy!!!

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THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (2018)

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A film by Lars von Trier

Cast: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman 

United States, 1970s. We follow the very brilliant Jack through five incidents and discover the murders that will mark 12 years career as a serial killer.

The story is lived from Jack’s point of view. He considers each murder as a work of art in itself. Is a matter of fact he even takes pictures of the victims. While the ultimate and inevitable intervention of the police keeps getting closer (which infuriates Jack and puts pressure on him) he decides – contrary to all logic – to take more and more risks. Throughout the film, we discover Jack’s descriptions of his personal situation, his problems and his thoughts through his conversation with a stranger, Verge. it is not going to be your usual film as Trier write this thing out of the box. The film here has graphic violence, torture, and cruelty. The serial killer played by Matt Dillon here tells us about his first time as he killed a woman with a jack. Jack also tells us he has OCD and comes back to the crime scene to see if he has clean really good the crime scene, and the more killing he was doing his OCD began to dissipate. Jacks talks with a man named verge,trying to justify his actions. Jack has no emotion, he feels nothing. it looks like to me it is the portrait of an artist throughout the serial killer eyes. The thing is what does it all mean at the end. Everybody will have a different opinion. It is well constructed and psychological, so I will tell you this you are going to like it or hate it there is no in between here.

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HEREDITARY (2018)

HEREDITARY (2018)

A film by Ari Aster

Cast: Toni ColletteMilly ShapiroGabriel Byrne 

When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter begins to unravel terrifying secrets about their ancestry.

Annie Graham, an artist and mother who’s coping with the death of her mother while trying to finish an exhibition of dioramas that describe her own family. Annie has a  daughter who is a little strange and a son who spends his time smoking pot with his friends. Annie has a husband who is nice named Steve who just wants the family to be happy and struggles to make peace. Annie tells her husband that she’s going off to the movies when she’s really attending a grief management circle. Peter smokes marijuana with his friends or along and Charlie  draws obsessively in a small notebook….

I can’t tell you more than that here if I reveal more it is going to spoil it for you guys. There are going to be different point of view of this film because it can go more than one way. It is a film that will make you think. The film has an intense family drama that will take you on an emotional journey. It is filled with damage people which they suffer concealed torment from sitting on their rage, and something bloody bizarre will happen mixed with arguments and breakdowns that are going to follow. There is shocking  physical violence in this film. Aster and the cast make you care about these disturbed people and fear will come into play as what they might do to each other. Tragic event can do strange thing to people as the manage it differently. It is going to be a wild ride. The ending could not be better then that. They are reinventing horror film here big time and I hope it continues. A  must see.

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FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)

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A film by Tom Holland

Cast: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse

A teenager obsessed with horror films finds out that a vampire lives across from him. He tells the police, his friends but none of them will believe him. He decides to take matters into his own hands.

Roddy McDowall, who plays Peter Vincent an old wash out  actor who used to star in vampire movies. “The kids today,” he complains, “don’t have the patience for vampires. They want to see some mad slasher running around and chopping off heads.” That is so true even back then. This film is fun watch and more fun to see it again some 33 years later due to the fact that the special effect then where awesome. It happens one night where Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon) while making out with his girlfriend who does not put out, sees some neighbours caring a coffin downstairs across where he lives. He gets curious and try to find out who lives there. When he finds out that it is a Vampire and tells everyone of his entourage even the police they do not believe him.

The first part of the film is funny and the second part unleashes lots of spectacular special effects and yes back then there were done well and fun to watch. Now days CGI on the computer which laid off those who was doing it in the studio. By the way Peter Vincent, is obviously supposed to remind us of  Vincent Price and Christopher Lee. McDowall’s performance is  funny, and he must have enjoyed it. Fright night is not your usual film horror film it stand out.

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LA NUIT A DÉVORÉ TOUT LE MONDE (2018)

LA NUIT A DÉVORÉ TOUT LE MONDE (2018)

A film by Dominique Rocher

Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Golshifteh Farahani, Denis Lavant

English title: The night ate the world (not like the one they had The night eats the world)

Waking up this morning in this apartment where the day before the party was still in full swing Sam must face the facts: he is all alone and the living dead have invaded the streets of Paris. Terrorized, he will have to protect himself and organize himself to continue to live. But is Sam really the only survivor?

As we celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of Night of the Living Dead, the codes raised by George Romero have always been carefully monitored by all the filmmakers who attacked zombie movies. And Yes a first time film maker Rocher has done something out of the ordinary plus we were many fans of the genre hoping to see one day Paris invaded by the living dead. It is finally the young Dominique Rocher who proposes us to see zombies in the streets of the French capital, and especially the reactions of a Parisian survivors facing this nightmarish situation. All the intelligence of the adaptation of the homonymous novel of Pit Agarmen is well in the observation of this man forced to hide to survive. Incarnated by Anders Danielsen Lie, this actor of Norwegian origin seen especially in Oslo, August 31 and Personal Shopper, Sam is a man of whom we do not know much, and to whom it is so much easier to identify and that I like. The work of the script plays on the psychological limits of the isolation of a man who, when he had the choice, preferred to be alone. There are little dialogue and there aren’t too many scenes film outside. Here is a terrific actor who played the part dead on. They say you can be along for 30 days maximum after which you will go nuts. I myself can go along without any problem but I have not gone 30 days yet but I will. I love to be along but the case Sam (Anders Danielsen Lie) the population has been wiped out and he doesn’t know if he is the only survivor. His survival instinct kicks in and he is going to be on a mission. There a touch of humanity here. However the film often takes the opposite of what is expected in this kind of production while maintaining a permanent tension. Sam here is going to have to adapt to the situation quickly or he will not survive, now that Paris is populated by Zombies. So we are almost faced with a melancholic drama, psychological, existentialist, silent questioning our own loneliness … With zombies on are asses!!! It looks like a new waves of young directors reinventing cinema. 

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ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932)

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film by Erle C. Kenton

Cast: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen

An mad scientist conducts horrible  experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled of  mutated, half-human abominations.

First time watching this film and I loved it. Here is a little jewel  I think but I am pretty sure it became a cult film. Here is a young lad Parker (Richard Arlen) who is a shipwreck survivor Edward Parkeron gets a ride on a shipping boat but gets dumps on a other boat who is going to an Island, The island of Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton) with his side kick Montgomery (Arthur Hohl) and panther woman (Kathleen Burke). At first Parker does know what is going on too much but soon after he start to understand this is not going to be a good place to stay, well not your 5 stars hotel. Dr. Moreau here perform some kind of experiment here where back home he could not perform, and so was born the wolf man and other creatures wondering the island. And yes there are laws to be taking in effect as Dr Moreau remind the creatures so he can control them better.  

It is from the novel of H.D. Wells and is now is the most known horror film of the 30’s and well as now. It is a bit creepy and uses like the film noir the shadows (before film noir took off) and fairly effective creature effects. even the make up artist here done a great job in made up the extras as Dr. Moreau calls them the indigenes. Laughton knows were well how to play this powerful portrayal of this cruel genius. He is so dead on. The film lacks of music and sounds to make it more creepy than it is, but the film is still good. It is a joy to see this film that many people told me about and no I am not disappointed at all.

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MARROWBONE (2018)

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A film by Sergio G. Sánchez

Cast: George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton

A Spanish film , Marrowbone tells the story of the Fairbairn family, a mother and her four children on the run to the States. They are running from their father. Holing up in a secluded mansion called Marrowbone in 1969, the family takes the estate’s name as their own, pledging to bury the past forever. But…..

Here is a story of a family who are afraid of their life and trying to get away from their father as far as possible. Now in America trying to turn the page and start fresh the mother who is finally happy with her kids falls ill and die not long after they got there. The oldest Jack (George MacKay) promised to keep the rest of the clan safe until he is 21 years of age otherwise the bank will take the house and social services will separate them and put them in fosters families.. 20 old Jack (George MacKay), 19-year-old Jane (Mia Goth), 18-year-old Billy (Charlie Heaton), and five-year-old Sam (Matthew Stagg) try to keep going after Rose passes away, maintaining a low profile in their large rundown mansion , with only a close friendship with the neighboring girl, Allie (Anya Taylor-Joy) .

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Jack does his best to keep the family together until the inevitable happens. There is a twist in the dynamics of the story that will be revealed towards the end.  Jack here is worried about the entity that is in the house and keep mirrors covered to keep it put. It is a slow burner story but interesting enough to keep you interested. The talented cast delivers a terrific performance in this off beat family horror film. The only beef I have with it once the twist is revealed it is going to be predictable. Other wise not too bad at all. It is kind deja vu meaning it looks like I have already seen this film somewhere.

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IT (2017)

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A film by Andy Muschietti

Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard

A group of bullied kids stand  together when a demon in a form of a clown are terrorising the children in this little town.

Ok first in the 90’s there was remake is a the mini-series called it. Same principle but the remake is a film now and is it going to be any good. The film the exorcist here back in the 70’s did really good at the box office no doubt but It broke that record and became at $489  wold wide and climbing the biggest draw in the horror genre.

The film moves the time frame to 1988-89 and sticks with our core group of seven kids while they’re still adolescent misfits, which grounds their story. Kind like the series Stranger things. So far so good. It feels just right here which is an adaptation of Steven King’s novel. Muschietti shows some glimmers of early Spielberg and it is going to feel like the movie stand by me a little there too. The build up could of being a little better there but it is effective. This is the period where there was internet nor cell phone and kids where playing outside all day. One by one the kids sees the clown and get scared shitless. Until they decided tho have a show down. The cast excellent here by long shot. Yes it is funny at times put a little humour here and there plus when you where kids well you always insulted each other. With all do seriousness here even if you do not like horror movies try this one.

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