Movie Review: Oculus

This week I’m reviewing Oculus, an excellent mix of suspense and horror. Here’s what it’s about:

“The twenty-one year-old Timothy “Tim” Allen Russell is discharged from a mental institution by his psychiatric Dr. Shawn Graham completely healed from a childhood trauma where his father purportedly tortured and killed his mother before being killed himself by Tim. His sister Kaylie welcomes him in the parking area and brings him home. Then she tells that they need to destroy an ancient mirror that she has found through working at an auction house. She then steals the mirror and the reluctant Tim follows his sister and has fragmented recollections from their childhood, going back to when his father Alan buys a mirror for the home office of their new family home. Kaylie and Tim see a woman with their father in his office and the behaviors of Alan and Marie change, ending in a family tragedy. Kaylie blames the mirror and now she wants to destroy it with Tim. Will they succeed?”

If you’re looking for a twisted movie that keeps you guessing, Oculus delivers. The movie shifts in time throughout, showing the past events that got the main characters to the place they are in modern day. Everything about the movie is excellent including the storyline, acting, setting, and all around eerie feeling.

Mirrors are overdone in horror, but Oculus builds an awesome story around the reflections seen by the characters. What’s even better is the twisted way the characters hope to get the best of the mirror.

This isn’t a blood and guts movie, so don’t expect a lot of gore. It’s more of a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat start to finish. The movie is disturbing and the haunting affects will stick with you. I loved it! Watch it!

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Movie Review: Night of the Living Deb

This week I’ve got a goody, at least in my opinion. I’m reviewing Night of the Living Deb. Here’s what it’s about:

“After a girls’ night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She’s thrilled, but she can’t remember much of what got her there. Pretty boy Ryan only knows it was a mistake and ushers her out the door… into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life… is trusting them with your heart.”

Okay, people, this is one that doesn’t deserve the whiny reviews. Lighten up. It’s a pretty damn fun romzomcom. If you’re late to this romantic zombie comedy label like me, it’s an actual thing in the Urban Dictionary. Maria Thayer who plays Deb was great in her part. She in particular made me laugh quite a few times. I also loved her friend.

I get really irritated when reviewers compare zombie comedy movies like this one to Zombie Land or Shaun of the Dead, and I saw a lot of that with Night of the Living Deb. STOP IT ALREADY! This movie is not trying to be either. It’s a corny romzomcom, and it’s cliche, but that’s part of it’s charm.

I’m really starting to enjoy the romzomcom, but I am a woman. Guys, if you don’t like romcom, why would you watch a romzomcom?

Anyway, I loved Night of the Living Deb. I laughed throughout. Give it a try.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Movie Review: Freaks of Nature

This week I’m reviewing Freaks of Nature, a mishmash of  zombies, vampires, and aliens. Here’s what it’s about:

“In Freaks of Nature, we welcome you to Dillford, where three days ago, everything was peaceful and business as usual: the vampires were at the top of the social order, the zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were getting along in the middle. But this delicate balance was ripped apart when the alien apocalypse arrived in Dillford and put an end to all the harmony. Now it’s humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out, blood-sucking, brain-eating, vamp-staking mortal combat – and all of them are on the run from the aliens. It is up to three teenagers – one human, one vampire, and one zombie – to team up, figure out how to get rid of the interplanetary visitors, and try to restore order to this “normal” little town.”

I have mixed feelings about this one. It’s got a pretty good cast and decent acting, but most of the storyline didn’t do it for me. I expected light comedy and instead got a few light laughs. I must have missed something because other people liked it. Other people laughed. Maybe it was a lack of consistency with the funny moments and that some parts were really slow. Then there’s the fact that I watched a month ago and found it hard to recall the movie at first.

Can’t say that I like this one any better than last week’s review of Little Dead Rotting Hood, so I’m giving Freaks of Nature the same rating. Glad I’ve got a few good ones coming up for the next two weeks.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Movie Review: Little Red Rotting Hood

This week I’m reviewing Little Red Rotting Hood, and here’s what it’s about:

“For years, the old woman in the woods has secretly kept the wolves of the forest at bay. But when the woman dies, the creatures suddenly attack the residents of a nearby small town. As more and more people turn up dead, the townsfolk discover something far more sinister than wolves lurking in the backwoods and fight to save their home from evil by waging a bloody battle against the ruthless creatures. But as the wolves begin to overpower the town, only the woman’s granddaughter may have the key to stopping the bloodbath before it’s too late.”

This movie is rated pretty bad, but in my opinion, it was okay. There were some familiar actors in it, and they were also okay. It’s one of those movies that leaves you with very little memorable scenes. So, yes, I checked my email part way through the viewing.

I’m a little irritated by the title because the word ‘rotting’ had me thinking zombies. There are no zombies in this movie. It’s a werewolf movie as the cover indicates. The idea behind the Red Riding Hood character is interesting, but it could have been so much better.

Watch this movie if you’re in a blah mood with low expectations and you’ll get through it like I did.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Friday WiHM Blog Talks: Torture

Welcome to our final day of Women in Horror Month Blog Talks featuring a discussion on torture. Below is a list of blogs and guests in today’s talks.

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James P. McDonald hosts
Torture as a Favorite Pastime
by Anne Hogue-Boucher

Anne is always wondering when the stars will be right, and is madly in love with her spouse. She is a werewolf wrangler, and writer of weird fiction and horror.
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W. J. Howard hosts
Thinking Torture
by Dina Rae

Dina Rae has penned 6 books with a 7th on the way. Her themes revolve around conspiracy, NWO, paranormal, and aliens. The Best Seller is her latest book.
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Briana Robertson hosts
Fascinating Torture
by W. J. Howard

Wendy Howard writes dark stories mixed with comedy. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two boisterous beagles, and wine is an important part of her diet.
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Roadie Notes hosts
The Most Intese Torture
by Debbie Christiana

Debbie writes dark romantic fiction and dark short fiction. She’s a lover of yoga, Halloween, horror, wine and Labradors.
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Dina Rae hosts
A Difficult Topic
by James P. McDonald

James is a business and technology consultant, fiction and non-fic author, technology and futurist speaker.
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W. J. Howard hosts
The Threat
by L.J. Moran

L.J. Moran currently lives in S. Jersey. She’s into animal rescue, horror conventions, and is addicted to coffee.
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