June 2019

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The Dark Tapes [2016]

Rotten Tomatoes = 89 / 57
Personal = 4.9

Low-budget, amateur horror anthology that, unfortunately, really looks to part. Weak dialogue and unconvincing acting was a big part of it. Much of it was supposed to be taking place through computer chat but it was just people on camera. The sound mixing was just awful ...I spent the entire movie turning up the volume so I could hear what they were saying only to have to drop it back down as I was assaulted with bursts of static loud enough to wake the dead. Interesting ideas, poorly expressed. One story was OK and a few good moments but that's it.

All the Devil's Men [2018]

Rotten Tomatoes = 25 / 25
Personal = 6.8

Ex-Special Forces, now mercenaries, are hired by the CIA to track down and kill a terrorist. The trick to enjoying this one is to simply not expect it to be anything other than what it is ...a high-action, militaristic, shoot 'em up with several players, all with their own agendas that constantly force the story to twist and turn in various directions. The characters are well defined caricatures, which are exactly what they're supposed to be in this unrealistic world of "who's the bad guy". If you take as it is, it's really an exciting popcorn movie with nary a dull moment.

1408 [2007]

Rotten Tomatoes = 79 / 61
Personal = 6.4

An author, who writes books on presumably haunted locations, spends the night in room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel ...a room that's been described as f**king evil. This film is very effective at terrorizing our poor author with an endless barrage of paranormal craziness. That's also the film's problem in that there's just too much. It really began to lose it's effectiveness after a while and I found myself wondering when it was going to end. John Cusack did a great job but, for some reason, I never felt he was right for the part. Overall, entertaining but should have been shorter.

Know Your Enemy [2018]

Rotten Tomatoes = - / -
Personal = 3.2

A man invades the house of a young couple because the woman cut him off in traffic. Yes, you heard right, that's exactly what happens ...and it goes downhill from there. Endless philosophical conversations about prejudice, the truth, etc,. with the filmmakers showing us various flashbacks of this man's life in an attempt, I guess, to understand his motivations and to draw sympathy from us by the time it's over. Bottom line is, the guy is a mentally unstable sadist who's decided this couple's a convenient target for his rage. Pathetic film subject, poorly executed.

Alligator [1980]

Rotten Tomatoes = 75 / 47
Personal = 6.2

Flush a baby alligator down the toilet, mix it with some dead dogs used in a hormone experiment, let it stew for 12 years and you end up with one big ass alligator. This movie was actually far better than I expected it to be. There were some characters, some dialogue and a few gags that were downright silly but, being as it was made in 1980, I'll give it some slack. The alligator effects, although obviously not state-of-the-art, were sufficiently gnarly and messy enough to make the whole thing rather entertaining. Get the popcorn!

The Perfection [2018]

Rotten Tomatoes = 75 / -
Personal = 6.9

A cello master, forced to leave a special school to care for her mother, returns 10 years later and befriends the current protege. What happens next is a totally unique and seriously bizarre, sick and twisted journey that takes you firmly down one path to an obvious conclusion only to jerk around. I wasn't quite sure how to take it - some scenes seemed to drag on and I wasn't sure where it was going - but the final payoff was well worth the trip and brought everything together ...although not in a way you'd ever expect. I've included it in my Doc's Profoundly Twisted list.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum [2019]

Rotten Tomatoes = 89 / 87
Personal = 8.9

With a $14mil open contract over his head, John is trying to stay alive, if only to respect the memory of his wife, by running and killing... well, everyone! Full throttle action that is both hypnotic and exhausting. After all the movie fight sequences I've seen, I'm still impressed at the amazing choreography that's as much a dance as it is hyper-violent. Halle Berry was an awesome addition and the constant nods to other films was a delight. My one complaint, shorten the fight sequences a bit. As amazing as they are, they can become quite overwhelming. Good stuff, though.

Leatherface [2017]

Rotten Tomatoes = 31 / 24
Personal = 5.1

A rather simple and sad story about how Jed, the most normal and likable kid of the insane family, is turned into leatherface through the influences of his family, a sadistic operator of an asylum, a vengeful and corrupt sheriff, as well as a few other things. Thus making the efforts of this good soul surrounded by vultures rather futile. There were also moments in the film that struck me as unnecessarily gross and disgusting. It's mildly entertaining and they didn't make it campy, which definitely would not have worked so, that's a plus.

The Golem [2018]

Rotten Tomatoes = 90 / 41
Personal = 7.0

A slow buy extremely compelling film taking place in the mid 17th century in a small Jewish village. A woman who, by sacred law is not allowed spiritual study, takes it upon herself to create a Golem to protect her village. Chaos ensues. With the same time period in both, it didn't come off quite as authentic as The Witch but it was very well presented with excellent, personal and emotional acting, a totally believable society, and a story that has us cheering, empathizing, and despising the woman and her Golem all at the same time. Nice job!

Planned Reviews Coming Soon

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Captive State [2019]
Charlie's Ghost Story [1995]
Combat Obscura [2018]
Dagadi Chaawl [2015]
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile [2019]
Feral [2017]
Fermat's Room [2007]
Glass [2019]
Happy Death Day 2U [2019]
I'll Take Your Dead [2018]
Inside Man [2006]
King of Thieves [2018]
Like Me [2017]
Lucifer [2019]
Mojin - The Lost Legend [2015]
The Nines [2007]
Out of Blue [2018]
Peppermint [2018]
The Secret Life of Pets 2 [2019]
Silencio [2018]
The Tortured [2010]

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