Movie Review: The Horde (2009)

This week I’m reviewing The Horde (2009) for my monthly zombie movie choice. And in February I’m featuring a woman in my choices for Women in Horror Month. Here’s what the movie is about about:

“A posse of crooked cops, malevolent gangsters and a horde of walking dead are the centre point of this gruesome, tight, action packed, claustrophobic tale of retribution and escape. Penned like animals, on the top floor of a deserted high-rise block, these two opposing gangs find that they are not alone in the lair of bloodthirsty corridors of death. Joining forces to survive, they must reach ground level together or perish. Loaded with a bad ass attitude, guns, axes and extremely creative hand-to-hand combat sequences that project the fears and paranoia that are the fighting forces behind the need to survive, when caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Holy FUCK! The Horde is kick ass! Watch it! Can I leave it at that?

I was at the point where I thought I’d seen most of the really good ones, or bad ones considering I like ’em that way. Somehow, this one had escaped me.

Who you really need to keep an eye on is Claude Perron. This lady is the most kick ass of all the characters. Particularly watch for a fight scene between her and a woman zombie. I was screaming my approval at the screen. I loved her so much that I added her to my daily highlighted Women in Horror Month Tweets.

The Horde has a darkness to it that I loved. It also had quite a few hunky and hot French men. Let’s just say nothing could distract me from watching. But seriously, the violence in this movie is believable to a disturbing level.

Make sure you watch the 2009 version, just in case you hadn’t noticed me highlighting the year. You’ll love it as much as me! This one is being added to my best of the best list.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Movie Review: The Gift

This week I’m reviewing The Gift, not so much a horror movie as a psychological thriller, but equally disturbing a movie. Here’s what it’s about:

“Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?”

Good movie. Really good movie. When I said disturbing earlier it was thanks to Joel Edgerton’s performance as the creepy Gordo. By the way, he also wrote and directed this film. My guess is he’s inspired by Alfred Hitchcock because this film has an eerie twist and turn feeling about it as does Hitchcock’s films. Edgerton is someone to seriously watch.

I don’t want to tell you too much about the movie or you won’t appreciate those many twists and turn. But anyway, bottom line is The Gift focuses on man’s drive to ruin others to somehow feed egotistical needs. We stand by and watch people do this to each other daily, and in films we like to watch it play out to the extreme as it does in this movie. Why we haven’t killed off our own species by now is mind boggling.

WATCH The Gift! I predict you’ll love it too.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Remembering Kiss of the Tarantula

This week I’m remembering Kiss of the Tarantula, a movie released back in the 70s. Here’s what it’s about:

“John Bradley operates and lives in a mortuary along with his wife, Martha, and daughter, Susan, who collects tarantula spiders and has always been ostracized by her friends because… she’s a little bit strange.When Susan discovers that mommy dearest is plotting to have dear old dad killed by her secret lover, who is also dad’s brother, she places a tarantula in mommy’s bed while she sleeps. Abruptly awakened by the spider, mom dies of a heart attack. This bizarre little episode apparently puts sweet little Susan over the top. Later as a teenager, Susan uses her pet tarantulas in acts of revenge against her terrified classmates, who have been tormenting her for way too long. And innocent looking Susan doesn’t stop there, making good plot use of her father’s mortuary and her creepy little playmates!”

This is a weird one more than a horrific one. While the spiders are supposed to be the thing that scares us, the lead actress is way creepier. Predictable character, constantly getting herself in situations, mostly sexual, that warrant the spider attacks she delivers.

This is one of the many low-budget horror films that came out of the 70s, and over the years I’ve been obsessed with these types of movies. This one fell short for me though. I was a bit bored. Plus, the acting was really bad. still, there was some charm in the end that boosted my rating from a 1 to a 2.

My Rating: 2 out of 5

Movie Review: Solomon Kane

I happened upon Solomon Kane a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

“Once a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting Spaniards in Africa, Solomon met the Devil’s Reaper and discovered he was bound for hell. Barely escaping, he soon renounced violence to atone for his past sins, seeking out redemption in a life of peace. That is until the followers of sorcerer Malachi kidnap a Puritan girl, Meredith Crowthorn, and brutally slaughter her family before his very eyes, forcing Solomon to take up arms and return to his violent ways once more to rescue her.”

Solomon Kane came out awhile back and apparently it didn’t do well at the box office. Not sure why. It was typical for fantasy, with dark magic and lots of sword fighting, but it was also a decent movie. Good acting, and the costumes and makeup added nicely to the dark atmosphere.

James Purefoy is excellent in the lead role as Solomon Kane. They took the time to develop Kane’s character early on instead of focusing more on the action. Then again, Purefoy is the sort of actor to enthrall an audience. A good thing because Solomon Kane is not over the top with special effects.

I had no idea there’s a Solomon Kane book series by Robert E. Howard before watching. The movie piqued my interest enough to want to read the books.

Dark fantasy is my preference and this movie delivered. If you’re looking for a decent good vs. evil fantasy to watch, try this one.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

TV Review: American Horror Story – Roanoke

It ain’t gonna be pretty this week. I’ve already voiced my opinion about season 6 of American Horror Story on social media. Here’s a little something about it from a critic on Rotten Tomatoes:

“American Horror Story: Roanoke takes a surprising turn away from prior AHS formats, revisiting the deliberate pace of earlier seasons on a spookier, smaller scale, even if the true-crime format feels overdone.”

I’ve loved this series, especially Asylum and Hotel, but I was so disappointed with Roanoke. They threw everything at us, including the kitchen sink. You know that saying, “less is more?” The writers should have taken this into consideration. When there’s too much thrown at a show’s audience, the needed build up is missing. The horrific effects are lost and we start rolling our eyes.

Initially, I liked the real crime-drama format. Something new and original for the series. I also liked that most of the main characters were played by two actors. But I also feel there were too many characters. I would have much preferred that they stuck to the historical story and ghost aspect of the theme. Throwing in the inbred family had it’s creep factor, but it wasn’t necessary. Without them, there could have been much better character development.

Just when I was ready for the season to end, they went back to the house. The show turned into a teen slasher movie like Friday the 13th. Every week was just a waiting game to see who would get the axe and who would live to the end. At this point the characters got annoying. I was more cheering for their quick demise. And there was nothing surprising at the end.

When I saw how popular Roanoke was, I tried to remember that this is a TV show for mass viewing. There were people watching who don’t watch horror on a regular basis, or should I say obsessively like I do. Maybe average viewers were looking to tune in for an hour of shock a week, and season 6 delivered in that regard. Or maybe what this season showed is that the series is starting to fizzle out.

My Rating: 1 out of 5

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I prefer movies rated below a 4 on IMDB.

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