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

The Host (2006) – review

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Long story short: a sea monster rise from the water and kidnap a young girl; her family will try everything to save her!

A Korean monster movie, part of the “new wave” of asian cinema, it’s a pretty good example of what could be obtained outside Hollywood.

Sure, the monster CGI is far from perfection, but it’s not bad at all either; the strongest part of the movie, though, is not the monster, but the story; in fact, acting is not particulary good – at least, following eastern canons – but is quite realistic, helping to trust the situation.

A “must see” for every monster lovers, that could discover a new kind of strange animal that will surely delight their senses – again, not for the high quality per se, but for some other reasons (aspect, movements, walk etc.)

My vote: 6/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468492

Babylon A.D. (2008) – review

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Long story short: in a near future, a mercenary should bring a young girl from Russia to New York, and he discovers she’s not what she looks like…

Vin Diesel stars in this sci-fi movie, and he’s the usual Vin: strong, big badass, but with a good hearth at the end… Michelle Yeoh acting is really good, and the young girl is gorgeous!

Set in a not so distant future, with much more problems than actual world, acting is above the average, even if sometimes forced to be a bit comic-like (see Gerard Depardieu in particular); SFX are really gorgeous and seamless, with some interesting hi-tech “things”… story is simple but effective, music is rightly places; what is missing is… don’t know, “something more”! I mean, I’m expecting some more twists in the story, and that should happen more often, but it was not the case.

With this in mind, don’t expect a calm journey; at the contrary, this is a fast packed sci-fi action, and it will be appreciated by all sci-fi fans – in particular Diesel’s ones – but lacking that “quid”, it could be not considered a masterpiece, that’s it.

My vote: 6.5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364970

Savaged (2013) – review

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Long story short: a girl is driving across the desert to reach her fiancee, when it is kidnapped and raped by a bunch of criminals.

At the beginning, it seems one of the usual horror stories, where a girl is brutalized by a group of crazy guys in the middle of nowhere; when you expected the usual twist in the story, something different happened!

So, the story at the end is not the usual one, and it’s quite original; actors are very well chosen, and acting is not that bad, considering the genre and the low budget; music is good, even if sparsingly used; SFX is a mixed bag, sometimes pretty good, other times pretty bad.

The worst thing of all is the evident quality of the film, that is surely made directly on video, and indeed looks like it from a mile away; apart that, all in all an enjoyable little movie, not a gem, but a good one to watch with your friend, if you like dismembered bodies, chopped limbs and exposed guts that are there for a reason, once in a while…

My vote: 6/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2378453