Archive for the ‘Horror’ Category

Halfweg (Halfway) – *(*)

Posted: February 5, 2017 in 2014, Drama, Flanders, Horror, X1/2

An architect who just got divorced, moves into a beautiful art nouveau villa. But the house is haunted. The previous owner still roams around and isn’t too happy with this new person moving in. He can influence the electricity in the house and uses it to make it hell for the new owner.

The synopsis sounds like yet another haunted house movie, but this is different. First of all, it’s Flemish and the movie was made with a low budget. Secondly, the dialogue is uttered like the actors were telling the story on stage and not on the big screen. And finally, there is little suspense and no horror at all. Some humor and some psychological drama, yes. After all, nobody believes the architect when he talks about the other guy living in his house.

The architect is played by Koen DeGraeve who again shows that he’s a great actor. His antagonist is played by Jurgen Delnait who again shows why he isn’t cast all that much. His performance is annoying, which kind of makes the movie annoying at times.

But stick to the end. The humor becomes more absurd.

A young girl needs to go live with her dad while her mother goes away on a longer holiday with her new boyfriend. The dad works at a slaughterhouse and has a tough time making ends meet. He lives in an apartment, where pets are not allowed. So when his daughter moves in with her dog tensions rise. At one point the dog is abandoned and left at its own devices in the Hungarian capital. He soon finds some fellow street dogs to hang with and try to survive. But when he’s taken to an asylum during a dog razzia, things change. Because of all the following misfortune, he turns into an evil dog looking for revenge. And his former loving caretaker cannot save him.

This is one depressing animal misery movie. There’s only some action and horror at the end. Once the dog is out for revenge, he’s a killer machine. It would have been much cooler and interesting if this really was a revenge movie in the likes of Planet Of The Apes. Now it’s more about a girl who feels abandoned by her mother and needs to adapt to a new situation (living with her dad). The fact that the dog gets abandoned and needs to adapt to a new situation (living on the street, in the asylum, with a trainer who preps him for dog fights…) doesn’t make the movie any more interesting.

Yes, it’s good to see a movie like this with real dogs and no computer animation. Yes, it’s pretty amazing to see all these dogs run through the almost empty streets of Budapest. Yes, it’s fascinating to see the dog perform really well (they used two). But in the end, there are only a few scenes where it looks fascinating. For the most part, the story just sucks.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2844798

True Blood Season 6 – *(*)

Posted: January 15, 2017 in 2013, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, USA, X1/2

Well. It’s all getting a bit too much. The episodes are way too long. And there are way too many episodes. Some character are still around without actually having anything to say or do. Tara’s only moment of glory was in the finale for instance. In all the others she was just an extra. However, some scenes are still quite cool though. The gore remains funny. Sookie is still the best. Season 7 will be a drag. But we’ll persevere. One day. It’s still the best soap out there.

 

Koreans know how to make a thrilling, action-packed horror picture! This zombie movie starts off slowly, with an obligatory introduction of the main characters’ troubled bond (an absent, divorced father and his daughter). But once the first undead start to pop up, you’re in for a ride! Literrally, because most of the movie takes place on a train. The gore is galore. The zombies are crazy. The action is non-stop. Amongst the survivors are some mean motherfuckers. It somehow all makes sense and the struggle to get from one carriage of survivors to the other, passing by several carriages full of infected creatures comes with a certain sense of reality. Hollywood is preparing a remake of course. But see the original one.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5700672

Hm.

Game of Thrones becomes predictable and at times even boring.

Yet, it’s a fun watch.

Nothing more to say. If you’ve watched the first four season, you’ll watch this one as well. And the next one. And the final one.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/

Attack The Block – *

Posted: April 10, 2016 in 2011, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, UK, X

It’s a horror parody and it’s British. How could this go wrong?

Because, there’s zero empathy for any character in the movie. And the jokes aren’t funny at all.

However, as a rental for 99 cent, it’s worth its money.

It’s the kind of movie you’d wish to see at a Fantastic Film Festival surrounded by geeks and horror freaks cheering for all the bad acting, crappy gore and silly special effects on screen!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1478964

Two (criminal) brothers. One (ex) girlfriend. A trip to the Ardennes. Gore. Violence. Murder. Some thrilling moments. And a weird soundtrack combining hard core techno, trance classics and cool instrumental electronically sounds.

It didn’t do it for me. At all. But watch it anyhow. You may like it. And be surprised by the end.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2586118/