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Slender Man (2018)

We’re nearing the end of October and so far I have seen a couple of horror films but haven’t reviewed any of them!

I know, shocking, me a horror fanatic without a horror movie review during the month of Halloween.

But that is going to change, because today I am writing a review for a highly anticipated movie. One that horror game fanatics have been waiting for.

Slender Man.

For those of you unfamiliar with the gaming world or specifically the horror gaming genre, slender man the movie is based on an Indie game.

Back in 2012 (not that long ago actually) Mark J. Hadley created a game known as Slender: the eight pages. Where the goal is to collect 8 manuscripts scattered around in a forest. Each page you collect draws the creature nearer. Sounds simple enough right?

Well the thing which makes the game scary is the combination of music, static noices, darkness and of course jump scares. It is the recipe for a good horror game even if it is incredible simple.

After the first Slender game, more versions were created and after 6 years a movie was finally based on the folklore of Slender-man.

Now no worries, no spoilers for this movie. The movie revolves around teenagers summoning the Slender man. Thinking it’s all a game or a joke and of course it turns out to be anything but. Slowly one by one the four teenagers encounter this horror, a creature with no face dressed in a suit.

After the first girl goes missing the other 3 girls try to look for ways to bring her back. But will they or will they succumb to the creature?

The conclusion

It all sounds like a standard recipe to make a horror movie, doesn’t it? To me this means the movie could have gone either way, either with a brilliant bang or a lousy fart (yes, I said fart).

I had high hopes for this movie as I enjoyed the Slender games. You can probably already guess the outcome of my conclusion.

This movie sucked. I really did not enjoy it. Sure a good jump scare here and there, but oh boy…the movie was lame. Not to hate on the cast, I thought they were okay. The story is what sucked.

One thing which also annoyed me to my very core, is that the Trailer of this movie contained a couple of scenes which never made it into the movie. How lame is that?

Very disappointing overall.

I rate this movie a 4 out of 10 stars.

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Solo, a Star Wars story (2018)

* cue brilliant John William music*

You’ve got to love this man, he made so many iconic soundtracks and the Han Solo soundtrack and Star Wars OST is no difference.

But I’m not here to bore you with my taste in music. I’m here to review the latest Star Wars movie, or prequel to all the others and focus point on our favourite outlaw pilot. Han Solo, or as the movie is called;

Solo

Summary (no spoilers)

This Star Wars story takes us back to the origin of Han Solo. Living on Corellia as a thief, Han is busy finding a way to get off the planet together with his girlfriend Qi’ra (originality in spelling right there…).

Han enlists in the army (the empire) in order to become a pilot. After 3 years he manages to get out and join a couple of bandits on heist in order to collect money so he can get back to Corellia to find Qi’ra. Along the way he meets people we all know from the Star Wars franchise, including some new friends.

The plot is about how Han ventures in the world of thieves and outlaws, how he actually came to be Han Solo and how he met some of our beloved characters.

The movie also shows just how closely Han already was with being involved with Jedi’s, the Sith and the Force itself. Seeing hints and hidden easter eggs is always fun when watching a prequel.

Sunmary with spoilers!

After Han found his ticket off the planet, he and Qi’ra get seperated at the border. This is where he enlists into the Imperial army in order for him to eventually get back to Corellia to retrieve his girlfriend. This is also the moment where Han gets his name. As Han has no family the enlister names him Solo, and so Han Solo is born.

Three years later Han fights on the imperial side and meets Beckett (Woody Harrelson, great bloke). Beckett is not a member, but an infiltrator, along with his partner Val (Thandie Newton, brilliant woman) and an Ardennian named Rio (voiced by Jon Favreau, another legend).

Han wants to join them, but they initially betray him to the Empire and Han gets thrown into a cage to be murdered by an unknown creature. This creature turns out to be our favourite furry friend, Chewbacca and thus the famous duo is finally together.

Han gets out with Chewy, impressed by this Beckett allows the two to join him on his current heist.

Things go wrong obviously, half the crew dies and the coaxium they were suppose to obtain is destroyed. Beckett goes back to the man who hired him. This is where Han is reunited with Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke, mother of dragons) who is very surprised to see him there.

In order to make up for failing to obtain the large quantity of coaxium, Dryden Vos orders them to try again but this time Qi’ra comes along to make sure they succeed.

In need of a ship, Han and Qi’ra meet with Lando who is known for having one of the best ships in the galaxy. After losing from Lando, they make a deal offering him 25% of he coaxium if he helps them. He, of course, accepts. Along with his robot, L3, they head out for the coaxium.

Beckett warns Han that there is one thing he should always realize and that is to trust no one.

This is, in my opinion, the main theme from there on. Everyone betrays someone at one point and in the end those Han thought to be his friends all turn their backs on him. Except for Chewy, who is the most loyal companion one can have.

The movie ends with Qi’ra having betrayed Han and killing Dryden Vos. She makes contact with a Sith we all know too well and if you haven’t seen the Star Wars Rebels cartoon series, you are in for quite a surprise who this Darth is….

Conclusion

I really enjoyed the Solo movie. I mean I’ll be honest that the beginning was better than the ending. But overall it was not a bad movie. It’s not easy to fill an iconic role played by one of the most iconic actors known in the franchise, Harrison Ford (bless him). But I think Alden Ehrenreich did a good job, at least when it comes to the behaviourism we know Han for. Looks wise, he did not resemble Harrison that much in my opinion, but it didn’t ruin the movie at all for me.

Lando was a great cast as well, he truly resembled the original Lando in every way possible.

Overall I rate this movie a 7 out of 10.

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Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom (2018)

*Que John William Jurassic OST*

Gosh, I do love a good movie soundtrack and this one is a classic, epic and brilliant one.

I doubt this song really needs an introduction as I am sure you all have seen at least one of the Jurassic Park or World movies.

But you are not here for the music. You are here for a review (I reckon). To not further dawdle, here is my review on the latest movie in the Jurassic franchise.

Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom.

Summary (no spoilers)

The 5th installment in the franchise, Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom brings you back to Isla Nublar where the once dormant volcano has become active again.

The island, which once was the tourist attraction featuring real life dinosaurs , is falling apart. Now the question is should the dinosaurs be saved by humans or be subjected to their own survival?

The movie stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt as Claire and Owen. Claire has been asked by Mr. Mills who is the representative for Mr Benjamin Lockwood (former partner and co creator of Jurassic Park and he dinosaurs with Mr. John Hammond) to save the dinosaurs and transport them to a new location.

Claire calls for the help of Owen. She needs him because he has a bond and can control the Velociraptor named Blue (the last Velociraptor on the island). Owen eventually agrees and together, with two of Claire’s coworkers, they head to the island accompanied by an army to get the dinosaurs to safety.

With limited time to save the dinosaurs, the two heroes find themselves in a predicament. Can they get out before the island is covered in lava and who is the real friend or foe on this island? Men or dinosaur?

Summary with spoilers!!!!

The movie begins with the army already collecting dinosaurs of the island. Of course as expected things go wrong. Really wrong….

And some dinosaurs escape the island.

The country is currently divided wether or not to save or kill the dinosaurs.

We are greeted by an old friend from the Jurassic Park movies, Dr. Ian Malcolm (it’s great to see Jeff Goldblum back in the franchise). Ian states it was wrong to recreate the dinosaurs as they should have stayed extinct. As we all know him and John Hammond never saw eye to eye regarding the cloning of dinosaurs and the creation of Jurassic Park.

Depsite his opinion and the government agreeing with him, thus not interfering with Isla Nublar, other people are helping the dinosaurs.

Claire and Owen along with the army start collecting the dinosaurs for Mr. Mills, who works for Dr. Benjamin lockwood. But soon they find out the dinosaurs are not being transported at all to a new island but back to the mainland where they will go up for sale as weapons to the rich and powerful.

Whilst on the island the volcano has reached its highpoint and the entire island starts to erupt on several locations.

Many dinosaurs are killed by the lave, falling debris or drowning as being forced into the ocean (it was really sad…I cried during that part).

Owen and Claire make it back to Lockwood manor, where the dinosaurs are brought.

Through the help of his granddaughter, Dr. Benjamin Lockwood (who is old and fatally ill) find out what his representative Mr. Mills is really up to. But before he can put a stop to it he is murdered.

Meanwhile we meet another familiar face, namely that of Dr. Wu. Who was one of the scientists in the 1st movie. He is back and helping Mills vreate the perfect and ultimate murder weapon. A Velociraptor mixed with the DNA of the Indominus Rex (also a hybrid from the 4th movie).

This creature, called Indoraptor (congrats with that incredible iventive name… very original…) is a true murder weapon. Of course it escapes and wreaks avoc during dinosaur auction night in the manor.

In the end the bad guys die and the dinosaurs are let loose, free to roam the earth.

What will happen next?

In 2021 a 6th movie is expected to show in theatres but what the plot shall be…we can only guess.

Conclusion

I do love the Jurassic franchise and though none of the new ones can ever replace the 1st movie, this one wasn’t that bad.

Okay, there were some mistakes in the film regarding timing, contradicting statements and goofs. But all in all it was a good film. In fact I liked it more than Jurassic World (4th movie).

One comment though on the who is this granddaughter storyline (spoiler she is a clone…), I thought that was really unnecessary to include in this movie. It didn’t add anything in my opinion.

The quality of the cgi regarding the dinosaurs was great. They were lovely.

Overall conclusion I rate this movie a 7.5 out 10.

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Hereditary (2018)

Well hello there friends! It has been too long!

It has, I apologise for my absence. Work has started again (I’m a teacher) and as you know the first few weeks are always a hassle.

But I did have a great Summer holiday, so now I am back!

So let’s not dawdle and begin with one of the many horror movies I’ve seen during the Summer. Perhaps you’ve seen it and hopefully you will agree with me that this one is worth to be called a good horror film.

I am talking about… HEREDITARY

*clacks tongue*

Summary (no spoilers here)

The story revolves around the family Graham. Annie, Steve and their son Peter and daughter Charlie.

Annie makes a living as a miniature artist (which I thought was pretty awesome). The movie starts with her mother dying and her funeral. Annie makes a speech about her relationship with her mother which was simply non excistent, though she lived in her daughter’s house before her death. They had spent many years before that not talking and having basically no relationship at all.

A few days later after the funeral, Steve gets a call about his mother-in-law’s grave having been desecrated. He decides not to tell Annie.

Meanwhile the only person who seems a bit hurt about grandma’s death is Charlie. But Charlie seems more worried about death itself than her grandmother.

Soon things start to happen in the house. Annie starts to see her mother in her workshop and when another accident befalls the family, slowly everyone seems to be losing their marbles.

Extended summary (with spoilers!!!)

Charlie is a bit of an odd child at first glance. She clacks her tongue (like a tick), stares a lot, but she loves to draw (which she does during the funeral), is allergic to peanuts and sleeps sometimes in her treehouse. Okay perhaps it doesn’t seem that odd.

After the funeral she starts seeing a light every now and then in her room. She cuts the head of a pidgeon with a pair of scissors after it died from flying against the school window. She takes the head back home.

Annie starts to see things too. Images in her workroom but she brushes it off.

Peter (the son) doesn’t seem that fazed by it all and he just lives his life smoking weed with friends and having fun.

The movie takes a twist. I mean a real twist!Peter goes to a party and he has to take Charlie with him. He tell her to have fun, mingle (she is only 13, he is 16) and even have some cake.

Bad idea as Charlie has a peanut allergy. She gets a allergic reaction to the cake and Peter has to rush her off to the hospital. Driving through a bad lit country section, Charlie gets worse and she sticks her head out of the window to try and breath. Peter accidentally swerves to the right and BANG!

She hits a wooden lampost full frontal, cutting her head clean off (I decided to not include a picture of it as it is too gruesome).

Peter gets into a shock, but manages to get home and crawl into bed. The next morning he wakes up to his mother’s screams as she finds her headless daughter’s body in her car.

After this more weird stuff happens. From talking to ghost, to people catching on fire, bugs crawling on your face, wall walking and posession.

In the end only one person survives and it might not be who you suspect at first.

Conclusion

The more I thought about the movie once it had ended, the more I started to understand the plot and why it ended the way it did. Because it is a tricky ending to grasp, but once you get it you can go “oh yeah, cool” or “why…?”

What I loved about this film, something they did really well was the emotional suspense near the end.

Usually in horror movies when someone is possessed they appear out of nowhere, even though you expect them to already be in the room. You might think you see a shadow but it’s nothing in the end.

In this movie that person is literally in the room and you can see them there! Lurking over a door, standing in a corner. Hanging on a wall. The shadow is there but they move. It was done so well! Something I’ve been wanting to see in a horrir film for a long time.

To conclude, this movie is a must see in my opinion. Not to buy, but at least see it once. It carries the ghost horror element really well.

I rate this film an 8 out of 10.

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Incident in a Ghostland (2018)

H.p. Lovecraft, ghosts, dolls, kidnpping, torture. Just a few keywords to inform you what this movie is about.

You take a mother with two daughters, you let an aunt pass away which means the family needs to move to take care of the house of said aunt. You throw in two dudes with a candy van and voila,

The recipe for Incident in a Ghostland 2018.

I love horror stories though I have a few peeves. Not triggers, but things I don’t really want to see in a horror movie.

Dolls are one of them. Dolls freak me out especially the ones used for ventriloquism. Not all of them, just the ones that look human enough or have those huge round eyes (remember the doll from Goosebumps? Yeah, that was my nightmare as a child).

The movie Ghostland has dolls, many dolls and though they are not the focus point, I had to turn my head a few times.

So what is Ghostland actually about?

Minor Story Spoiler Alert

Two girls and their mother are on their way to the house of the mom’s sister. She passed away and now the mother as inherited the house. During the journey they are passed by a van, a candy van to be specific. The driver of the van waves at them before continuing. The two daughters do not get along with each other. The older sister, Vera, is always annoyed with her (one year younger) sister, Elizabeth, who wants to be a horror novelist. Vera is also pissed at her mother because moving meant leaving her boyfriend behind.

They stop at a gas station, where the candy van appears again, before reaching the house of their aunt. The house is old and dark and filled with dolls. Yup, dolls. From big to small, porcelain to plastic. Even inside a chinese puzzlebox which functions as a mirror. The family is in the house for not even an hour and Elizabeth miraculously gets her period for the first time ever (which basically freaks her out as her pants are covered with a giant red spot.) Unluckily for Elizabeth the horror doesn’t stop there. Two men (a large obese bald guy and a thin man dressed as a woman) break into the house, knock the mother out and grab hold of both Vera and Elizabeth. The fat man takes the two girls down to the basement, sniffs their crotches and drags Vera with him (as she is not on her period).

Elizabeth doesn’t do thing, being too scared shitless with everything going on. She only cries and wails and hides her face each time something happens. The mother luckily appears and kills the thin man and the fat man.

Fast forward to years later. Elizabeth is an adult, a famous horror novelist with a husband and a son named Harlequin (yes, you may laugh).

She gets a call from Vera who apparently has been so severely traumatised by past events the mother keeps her locked up in her house (the aunt’s original house). Elizabeth drives to her mother to visit her and her sister. Mother and daughter have a great time while Vera is being mentally haunted by the trauma. She screams, attacks others and even hurts herself. She tries to convince Elizabeth she is being attacked and that mom isn’t telling Elizabeth the truth about her.

Now at this point I thought for a moment that the mom was behind these weird attacks on Vera. I mean why would you lock up your own child instead of going to an asylum? Why stay in the house where you and your daughters were attacked and almost killed? And why is Vera being attacked and not Elizabeth who did shit during the attack?

Well these questions were quickly answered…

Huge spoiler alert!

It’s all a dream. Yup, you heard me. Elizabeth wakes up from her dream world and is still 15 years old, still in her aunt’s house and her mother is still dead. Vera and Elizabeth are being kept as dolls by the two men (though one is more of a retard than a man). It’s unknown how long they have been in yhe house, but probably not very long. Both are beaten up pretty badly, Vera more so than Elizabeth. It’s Elizabeth’s turn now and the yhin man dresses her up in a doll dress and puts make up on her. Prior to this, Vera warned Elizabeth toobey and not cry and definitely not move should the big man choose her to play with. Yes, it is that sick.

I won’t go into details but this scene disgusted me a lot.

Elizabeth finally gets balls and manages to attack the fat man. The two girls escape the house and manage to make it to the road where they are spotted by a police car. Alas they are not saved. The thin man followed them and shoots both cops before taking the girls back to the house. Elizabeth goes back into her dream world state… (you can tell I am annoyed with this). In the house Vera gets picked to get tortured now but both girls are saved for real this time as a 3rd cop arrives (he was notified through radio when the cops first encountered the girls). He kills both men and the girls are saved for real this time.

Conclusion and rating

This movie gave me mixed feelings. The story was good, though massively disturbing, and the whole plot of Elizabeth making up a dreamworld to aviod having to face reality was realistic. I was very annoyed with Elizabeth’s behaviour of not fighting for her life (now before you start the hate, I know very well we all react differently in these type of situations. I was mainly annoyed because I did fight. So seeing someone not fight, triggers me to think about what could have happened if I hadn’t fought).

One point that bothered me most were the acting skills. And only the skills of the actress who portrayed the adult version of Elizabeth. This lip botox filled chick delivered a very unconvincing performance. The mother was brilliant as was young Vera and young Elizabeth.

As for the rating. It isn’t a bad horror if you like disturbing, torture and psychological movies. Story wise it deserves a positive grade, therefore I rate it a;

6 out of 10

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Death Wish (2018)

Death Wish is a remake of the 1974 Death Wish movie.

Top two actors in this movie are;

Bruce Willis and Vincent D’onofrio.

Now Vincent is a legend. I’ve seen him play Wilson Fisk in the Netflix series Daredevil and man, this man is such a talented actor.

He might be hard to recognize in this movie (having hair and eyebrows this time instead of none at all like in Daredevil). He also might not be the lead of the story, but his character is very important and he does his supporting roll so well, you just got to love him.

On to Bruce, because let’s admit it, the man is also an icon. I must have seen a ton of movies where he plays the lead, though as always I feel the man is very typecasted, probably due to his looks 😉 but it doesn’t matter. The man acts, delivers and does not dissappoint.

In Death Wish, Willis plays Paul Kersey. A Doctor, a father and a husband. Overall Paul is a normal man, he works hard, he loves his wife and daugter, he has a beautiful house and a good relationship with his brother (played by Vincent D’Onofrio).

But as in real life, a small thing can cause a man to follow the path into the dark side (or light side depending on your opinion). Paul because the victim of a terrible tragedy and instead of letting the law and police handle things, he takes matters into his own hands.

Plot spoiler alert

Paul is at work when 2 victims of a shooting are braught in. Paul isn’t allowed to do the surgery as it turns out the victims are is wife and daughter. His wife dies but his daughter goes into a coma. Paul is set on finding out who did this to his family and he goed pretty far in taking justice into his own hands.

Whilst continuing the search for his wife’s murderers, he takes on other criminals, incognito. Well-known drug dealers, robbers, rapists. No one is safe.

The media portays Paul in two ways, a hero and a criminal. Not everyone agrees with the way this unkown man handles things.

But Paul is new to this world of guns and sneaking about. He gets hurt quite often and makes mistakes. The local detectives are on his tail but this doesn’t stop Paul from finding what he was looking for and dealing with it.

In the end the detectives find out who has beem dealing with all of these criminals and decide to look the other way. Which I really did not see coming and I loved it!

Rating

The reason why I loved this movie was pretty much because of the character Paul Kersey. I guess at some point in our life we wish we could have taken matters into our own hands or serving justice ourselves.

I rate this movie an 8 out of 10

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Star Wars The Last Jedi (2017)

Finally!

Yes, I can finally say that I have seen the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi…. and my word it was so incredibl…. *cries* I can’t… somebody hand me a tissue.

Why Disney…. why…why… why!

Okay, enough with me being over the top and a bit unnecessarily dramatic. Time for my review on The Last Jedi!

First what you must know about me is that I love Star Wars, I’ve seen all of the movies too many times for my own good. We have too many Star Wars toys, figurines, mugs (only 2), you name it in this house. I wouldn’t call myself a die hard fan, but just a fan is close enough.

I was really excited for this movie. We didn’t go to the cinema as my partner quite dislikes crowded places and basically the cinema in general and I am so happy we did not spend any money on this film.

Luke (ha word pun…) *coughs*, I don’t want to give away too much of the film in case you haven’t seen it, so be warned for any spoilers if you decide to keep on reading.

*spoilers ahead* (scroll down for no spoilers)

The previous movie ended with Rey handing Luke his light sabre. In The Last Jedi we pretty soon figure out that our old bubbly-happy-always-ready-to-help-his-friends-and-jumps-into-action Luke… has fallen into a state of deprssion, resentment or whatever we should call it. He has been pretty traumatised by something and he has chosen to go into hiding, far away from anyone and anything that has to do with the Force.

He now lives on the island, which is inhabited by Porgs (basically Puffins but without the beak), frog looking maids and this gigantic sea cow who provides Luke with nutricious green milk…

“Got milk?”

Sounds legit, I mean a bit unexpected…but hey maybe Luke is less the man he used to be and the past is catching up on in.

Though I’ll be honest this is not the Luke I wanted to see…I miss the old Luke and I am also a bit sad the movie didn’t show how Luke’s life has been since Darth Vader died (apart from training new Jedi).

Speaking of the Force and Jedi….

Why hello Leia, I didn’t know you could do Jedi tricks. Now I am sure she has some of the Force deep inside her being Luke’s twin, but this was just too farfetched.

“I’ve always dreamt of flying.”

The movie doesn’t stop there. Some things are done really well. Kylo Ren for example is great in this film, better than the previous movie and his development and struggle between the dark and light side of the force is ver well done.

But then there is Snoke. This creepy looking all mighty powerful being who manipulated Kylo to the dark side. His power is even more greater than that of Palpatine!

Oh…he’s dead… never mind…

Come on! This was too bizarre. Okay I liked the fact that it was Kylo who did this, but really? Snoke is so distracted with torturing Rey, that he doesn’t notice that Kylo has activated the light sabre (which is lying right next to Snoke on his throne) and turns it 180° with his mind, cutting right through Snoke’s body who dies immediately.

Anti climatic.

I could go on about other points which annoys me, the sudden connection between Kylo and Rey which develops too soon to my taste. Chewie cooking a Porg (I cried seeing that sad Porg face staring at the big furry furrball), Luke’s death (though I have more compassiom for this death than Snoke’s) and the whole boyish squabble between General Hux and Kylo Ren (I mean was this really neccessary?)

“He started it…”

Now the good things about this film because there were some good things…

  • Kylo Ren’s story and development
  • Rey’s parents are nobodies (this is not 100% proven aside from Kylo telling Rey he has seen this when they were linked together).
  • Rose (I liked her, I thought she was funny)
  • Luke and Leia meeting
  • Poe having a bigger role in this film.
  • Yoda dissing Luke
“Productive have you been, Master Skywalker. Some milk have you for me, yes?”

*spoiler free*

Rating a 6 out of 10

To conclude, this movie was really intense and at some points painful too watch. Its not at the bottom of my list for Star Wars films but above Star Wars II and maybe even III (ugh that Anakin) and above the Star Wars Christmas special (that will always remain a big nope!)

I wonder how Disney will save its butt from this one, there has been a lot of critique and bashing regarding this movie.

Let me know in the comments how you feel about The Last Jedi and if you agree or disagree with me on certain points.

Thanks for reading and I will see you next time!