Monsters (2010) – review

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Long story short: a fotoreporter should bring back home his boss’ daugther, crossing the zone infested by huge alien creatures.

I love aliens, creatures, monsters, so I was forced to watch it again; and, as the first time, I liked it, even more thinking about the fact its budget was around $800,000 – they made a very good use of it, instead burning millions for useless blockbusters…

Wonderful photography, gorgeous landscapes and right locations, perfect music, good acting, believeable CGI effects (apart few instances) made this ultra low budget movie looks like a multimillion Hollywood sci-fi flick; this is an example to follow!

Every sci-fi lovers should watch it, but beware: despite the title, you will see few monsters, and for few minutes during the whole film, but it’s the only fault is has, and it’s forgiveable, given the money they spent for this.

For all non-sci-fi fans: it’s a drama with some extraterrestrial life, so you could check it and be surprised how good it is, even if you don’t like monsters…

My vote:8/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1470827

Cujo (1983) – review

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Long story short: a St. Bernard dog went crazy after he contracted the rabies, and entrap a mother and her son inside her car.

I saw this movie almost 30 years ago, and forgot anything about it apart the dog… so, I decided to rewatch it, to discover why I liked it so much at the time; well, simply because it’s a good movie!

OK, to tell the truth, I was 100% sure it was an horror movie, but definitely is not; yes, it’s terrifing, but because it could happen in real life, and to me, this is more terrifing than any hypotetical scenario seen in an horror film.

Acting is average, but there is an outstanding performer: the dog – or, better, the dogs – who impersonated Cujo… apart few shots when you could clearly state that he’s playing, thanks to his tail, the other times he’s so frightening and menacing… music is often boring and flat, special effects are good, in particular the dog’s point of view.

All in all, a good drama movie for everyone who likes to watch a “based on a true story” film – even if this is not the case – but with some blood as a bonus!

P.S. The director is not among the most known, but he directed another small jem: Wedlock; sadly, this is (still?) not available in HD…

My vote: 6.5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085382

Død Snø 2 (2014) – review

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Long story short: after a platoon of nazi zombies almost killed a man, he drive away, thinking to be safe, but it can’t be more far from the truth…

I saw Død Snø some months ago, and I laughed a lot; it was since maybe Braindead (that accidentaly appears on a printed T-Shirt of one of the characters) that I had so much fun watching an horror-comedy, a not so easy to find genre indeed…

So, I was eagerly awaiting Død Snø 2 – a.k.a. Dead Snow: Red VS Dead – and I chose to not read ANYTHING about it, to be surprised at the moment of the first view, in a good or bad way… luckily, I was really happy to discover that this movie is stronger and funnier than its predecessor!

Usually I don’t spend much time for a brief synopsis – you could always read IMDB of one of the other million reviews in the wild – but I want to do for this movie, to give you an idea of what kind of weird one it is…

Near the end of Død Snø, Martin was forced to chop his own right arm to avoid the spread of the zombie infection; after that, he run away from the nazi zombie platoon to save his life; Død Snø 2 starts where the first movie ends; while Martin is driving away, Herzog, the nazi commander, grab himself on the car door; a truck smash him out, leaving one of Herzog’s arms inside the car; then Martin has a car accident, finds himself in a hospital, and discovers that doctors reattached his arm to the body… the bad thing is that this is not Martin’s arm, but Herzog’s!

From that point, anything happen; zombie arm with its own will, a so-called Zombie Squad – three American teenagers – fly to Norway to help Martin; zombie platoon remember their original mission was to kill every inhabitants of a small village, to stop them our heros should awake a soviet platoon killed by the nazis during WWII, turning them in zombies, too… it seems an intricated story at first, but really it is not; it flows from the start to the end in a so good way; I had so much fun, and found myself laugh loud a lot when some surreal things happen…

At the end, story is really good; acting is convincing and dialogs are strange and amusing; makeup is better than the first film, and they used a real tank, too… so, what do you want more from an horror comedy?

An absolute little masterpiece mix of black comedy and horror; a “must see” for anyone who think Braindead is a masterpiece itself; reccomended of course to any zombie aficionados and horror fan that are capable to elevate their suspension of disbilief to a totally new level… “Zombies? OK, I can get it, but… nazi zombies? Are you kidding?!?”

My vote:8/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2832470

Halloween (2007) – review

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Long story short: a 10 year old child massacres half of his family; after more than 15 years in prison, he escapes, committing new massacres...

I like John Carpenter’s movie – in particular, I love The Thing and Escape From New York, but most of you are aware of this; admittedly, the original 1978 Halloween was not a masterpiece; yes, it was scary (for these years), story was interesting and music was simple but extraordinary, could also be considered an horror milestone, but watched nowadays, is not so scary as one hoped for, and not gruesome enough for today’s standards of violence and blood…

At the contrary, this Rob Zombie movie is much better; this is not a mere remake, but more an homage to the original movie; indeed, some music cues are the same, and some scenes are acted almost exactly like the original ones.

But there is more than this; we discover more of Michael’s early life, and some of the reasons he brought him to do the massacre – added to the fact he’s a psycho, of course; in this movie, kills count rise, as violence and gore; in comparison, Carpenter’s Myers is almost an absolute beginner…

Actors are very good and believable – Malcom McDowell, Brad Dourif, Denny Trejo… enough? – story is not a simple verbatim copy of the original, but adds a lot, in particular at the beginning – even if cut many of almost useless scenes of the original, it still retain the most important ones, plus new unexpected plot twists; music is a perfect addition, make up and practical effects are excellent.

I should admit I was pretty sure to watch a simple and awful remake of an important film, and I was pleasently surprised to be completely wrong! Reccomended to any horror fan – in my humble opinion, a modern time small but important milestone in the horror movie history.

My vote: 7/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373883

The Dictator (2012) – review

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Long story short: a dictator who loves to oppress his people is forced to go to America to talk at ONU summit.

Yes, yes, not my kind of movies, but sometimes I like to turn off my so busy brain, and try to laugh a bit; with this movie, I have some laughters, but I’m sure it should be pretty better when listened to original language audio track… nevertheless, Sacha Baron Cohen did his job well, as Anna Faris (Scary Movie saga).

Story is simple but nice, acting decent, music good, as photography; gags work, so, what do you want more from a no-brainer like this? Not reccomended to anyone who pretend to be always a serious person…

My vote: 5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1645170

Okhota na Piranyu (2006) – review

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Long story short: an army captain and his female scientist companion are involved in a secret mission, that will turn into a manhunt with them as preys!

When Mission Impossible meets Deliverance in Russia! A not so ordinary story, a lot of action and violence, beautiful landscapes all adds interest to this long (125 minutes) movie; made in Russia with local actors, they do their job quite well; charactes are well designed; the only thing subpar was the CGI, really poor even for a 2006 movie…

The main actor incidentally worked to Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, his companion is a gorgeous actress sadly not well know outside her country, and another actor worked on the two parts movies The Inhabited Island and Black Lightning, two of the few Russian movies I ever watched, and I liked them both quite a lot!

So, if you have two hours to spend, and like secret missions, manhunt & manhunter, and don’t mind to watch a foreign movie, go for it!

My vote:6.5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477349

The Horde (2009) – review

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Long story short: four cops assault a gang inside an high building, but they should collaborate if they want to survive to a zombie attack!

A surprisingly good zombie film from France – maybe the only one of this genre from this country?

I liked it very much; the story – apart the usual, incredibly sudden zombie apocalypse – it’s strong enough to keep viewers interested until the end; acting is credible too; make up is good as almost all SFX; location is a bit poor, as it’s filmed almost exclusively inside a buildig, but this is not important in this kind of movies.

Gruesome and violent enough to please every horror fan, but also action and cops lovers will surely like this one – a “must see” for all zombie aficionados!

My vote: 7/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1183276

The Objective (2008) – review

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Long story short: a group of soldiers are lost in the Afghanistan desert, following a secret, but deadly, mission.

Two words: STAY AWAY!!!

I watched literally thousand films in my life, but this is one of the worst… acting is horrible, story is weak and with plot holes, characters are thin and no watcher will care who will be the next to be killed, CGI is bad – I mean, there are maybe worst example, but this add insult to injury…

I’m still asking myself why I spent one and half hour of my life watching this mess, and I answer: because when I begin to watch a movie, I’d like to finish to watch it ’til the end… but this was a great mistake…

So, please, do yourself a favor, just do not buy, rent, or even watch on TV this, let’s call it, film… better to spend the same time naked in a snow storm – just to let you have an idea… I gave it that “high” vote just for the wonderful location, that’s it!

My vote: 3/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0962711

Creep (2004) – review

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Long story short: a young girl finds herself entrapped in the closed London subway, and suddenly discovers she’s not alone…

Another survival horror, located in the London subway’s stations and tunnels; not a completely new idea, but some interesting points makes it quite creepy – as title suggests… not an extremely gruesome film, but neither a stupid teen movies with naked bodies scattered everywhere – just for marketing’s sake…

Of course, to whom is used to movies such Saw and Hostel, this will seem a walk in the park, but nevertheless I think it’s still a good horror movie; it has its moments, story is not set in the usual “nowhereland”, guest star Franka Potente could not be considered the most beautiful girl in the world, but has that interesting German face that looks perfect for the role.

And the villain is bad, the makeup good, acting too – and I should admit characters didn’t do (too much) wrong moves as they were expected to do… music is good, location too, and strangely a well done color grading that is used parsimoniusly in the right scenes – an example not followed often by other movies, that usually are all blue or green…

What I can say more? A simple but effective horror movie, that all but the hardcore horror fans will surely appreciate; I liked it, because, even if I didn’t dislike extremes, “in medio stat virtus“!

My vote: 6.5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0381966

Sex and the City (2008) – review

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Long story short: sex and love affaires of four 40-some ladies in the Big Apple

OK, this is not the kind of movie I usually see, but you know… sometimes you need something completely different, so… I was used to watch the series some years ago, and I must admit I liked it quite much.

With this movie, something of the original series is lost… don’t know, it’s difficult to spot what… maybe the music, the comments… the story is interesting enough, but it’s too long for a single movie… it’s kind of stretched episode; but a story that could fill easily 30 minutes with a fast pace, is hard to fill 145 minutes… with this, I don’t want to say that it IS it, but just it is what I thought about.

The girls are kind and pretty, acting is good, but loughter were less than what expected; wonderful locations, music not so present as it should be;at least, there were some spicy shots here and there to keep interest alive until the end – I liked the naked redhead…

All in all, a decent comedy about friendship, sex and love stories that intersecate each other in strange and sometimes unexpected ways; a must-to-be-seen for all series’ lovers and fashion victims!

My vote:6/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1000774