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Triangle (2009)

Posted: June 7, 2010 in Blood & Guts, Psychological

In this psychological horror, a young mother finds herself caught in a twisted deja vu when a day of sailing goes awry, and she is forced along with some friends to take refuge on an old ocean liner that seems to be deserted. So if it is deserted, then who is driving it? Why does everything look so old? And more importantly…why is everyone dying?

Triangle is a very original movie. It’s non-linear approach has been done, but this film manages to create a complex storyline that you really won’t be able to guess. Things just get more and more bizarre.

My few annoyances include the main character and her seemingly one-sided acting. Though the film is set upon some dire circumstances, you really don’t see much range in her. She is bewildered and dazed through the entire film. I would have liked to see some more depth out of her. For someone in her unique and terrifying position, you’d think she would seem more desperate? Unhinged? Completely fucking wrecked? I’d be tearing my hair out.

My second critique is that though the film is nicely paced through the first hour or so, the remainder drags ON and ON and ON. I found myself wanting to turn it off until I had the strength to continue. I think they could have shaved off 20 minutes at least. We get the picture, people!

Overall a very interesting and unique film. Incorporates a nice villain and some icky shootings.

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Ray is a typical dude. He has a girlfriend that he loves, and a job that he hates. He lives next door to a girl named Tara who has a little crush on him. One night Ray gets drunk at the bar, and somehow ends up naked on Tara’s couch the next morning. He carries on as usual without telling his girlfriend, but Tara has other plans. She wants Ray for herself, and is will to do anything to have him, even kill.

Holy Mother of Gore!
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The prologue (Is that an accurate term when referring to a film? I have no idea.) really sucked me in and prepped me for a tortuous and violent movie. From there, things move steadily and the shit really hits the fan pretty early on.

Tara is a freak and needs a damn good therapist, because she has serious Daddy issues as you’ll come to find. You’ll get a strong student film feel from this flick. Really heavy usage of corn syrup and food coloring, oozing-mouthfuls-of-blood shots, and even a hilarious fake foot toward the end. ROFLZ.
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Things to look for:

– Kill Bill references (or rip off) during a kill scene
– Character inspired by Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump
– Inconsistencies such as no scarring on Tara’s stomach where she cut herself
– More terrible amateurish camera work, namely transpositions and for lack of a better term, the girl-shakes-her-head-around-then-speed-it-up-so-it-looks-really-scary shot.

I tried to find some more information on this film but there wasn’t a lot to be found. I assume that the producer had issues deciding on a title, because the same movie is referred to as both “Crushed” and “She’s Crushed”. Tara’s character also has a weird YouTube channel where she seems to carry on her character with personal videos.

Odd.
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This is a low-budget film, and it shows. Tons of gore and torture and (I never thought I’d say this) WAY too much blood. It drowned out my interest. For fans of heavy eyeliner, boring desk jobs, and frontal lobotomies.

Cheers!

Red Velvet (2009)

Posted: December 26, 2009 in Blood & Guts, Horror-comedy

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Aaron’s neighbors are a young couple who are too loud. Always fighting, throwing shit around, and he’s sick of it. So when he runs into the girlfriend Linda from next door at the laundromat, he’s not exactly thrilled at first. They exchange witty banter and somehow end up together eating lunch at a thai restaurant. Linda learns that Aaron is a storyteller, and naturally she wants a sample of his work. Aaron uses Linda’s real life friends as inspiration, and their trip to a cabin in the woods as the setting for a story of drinking, swimming, sun…and murder.
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This movie is a horror comedy, something I usally don’t find myself dabbling in too much. I read a few positive reviews and gave it a shot, and I’m really glad I did. This is a smart, funny movie. The killer is this guy (don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler):
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Reminds me of Frank from Donnie Darko in a white jumpsuit. Also note the pink belt.
What I have to say is this: Red Velvet’s plot is predictable, but it’s execution is not. I would like to own a copy of this flick to watch on a bigger screen. The colors are marvelous, and some of the sequences have been compared to films like Suspiria in regards to the vibrancy of the colors. Example:
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Henry Thomas played Aaron’s character well, being aggressive and manipulative, while Linda (Kelli Garner) struggled to keep up. I found her to be a bit much and the acting wasn’t exactly on the same par as Thomas’s. She irritated the shit out of me mostly.
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This film was captivating and the plot moved at a brisk pace, keeping me interested the whole time. And don’t worry folks…if you need your dose of gore, you won’t be left empty-handed.

Awesome flick, well worth a watch.

“There IS no truth”
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To put it as simply as I can…a young couple drop acid inside an abandoned mental instutution. They start fucking around with an old electric chair, and somehow, the girl ends up dead and the boy, Nick, is blamed. He insists that the chair killed her. He is called crazy and spends four years in a psychiactric hospital where he is medicated and attends therapy. One day he is released into the care of a phsychologist called Dr. Willard who wants to write a book on Nick and his bizarre experience. They return to the abandoned building, and begin a harrowing journey through the hell of the human mind.

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I really didn’t know what I was getting into with this one. I read a review or two online, but those tend to be pretty hit or miss. “omG it waS soo boRing i TUrned it off and A lot of Blud 2”, and “THAT WAS THE BEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN AND POSSIBLE THE BEST ONE EVER CREATED IN HISTORY.”

Who do you believe?

I took my chances.

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Within 30 seconds of the into there were brief glimpses of what was to come. Gory, violent images, paired with the narration of the main character, Nick, who’s experiences are the subject of the film. And what a film it was. Many twists in this one. I was on lock the whole time. The first half is severely melodramatic, thanks to Dr. Willard who’s white hair and booming voice remind me of Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter. Things got going when a few young members of Dr. W’s team (of course) decide to mess around with the chair themselves. Baddd…

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From then on the film takes you into this other world. Part Hostel, part Silent Hill as far as imagery goes. There was a large demon monster also, and some genuinely creepy stuff, but after awhile this wore on me. Things went over the top and I was starting to think that this flick was a big piece of overacted trash. Then BOOM, out of nowhere, another twist. Nick slaps you in the face with some brutal narration and you finally realize that that is the point. It was a joke. The movie is what you wanted to see. I want to say more but I’ll wreck the whole thing.

From that point on, it’s a different flick, with a fantastic twist at the end. God, I love twists. Especially ones that make me think. I liked this one. Some parts you may find confusing, as I did in the very last scene.

But really, if you need a good laugh, check out some of the reviews here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0837791/usercomments

I am in no way saying that I am some sort of intellectual film buff, but I have to wonder if the majority of the people who write these “reviews” are big chronic fans. It almost depresses me. “I don’t get it! Too much blood! Wahhhhh!” For fuck’s sake, go watch a romantic comedy and stop trying to explain things when you can barely speak proper english let alone transfer coherent thoughts onto a computer. Someone give me a Midol.

Good film for “torture-porn gore-whores”.

Cheers!!

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The Signal (2007)

Posted: July 16, 2009 in Anthology, Blood & Guts, Zombies

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This is a three-part film, each “transmission” is directed by three different people. This alone grabbed me right away. The more perspectives, the better.

In this flick, technology freaks out. Cell phones, radios, televisions and the like all begin sending out a mysterious transmission, causing mass psychosis the turns normal people into aggressive killers.

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The first transmission is “Crazy in love”, directed by David Bruckner. It focuses on a young wife named Mya who is torn between her love and her suspicious husband, who is the first to be shown as having this killing disease. From then on, you’re pretty much thrown head-first into a world of murder. A scene that sticks out for me in this first part is a guy in a hallway who snips a girl’s throat with a pair of hedge clippers. You go boy.

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Transmission two, “Jealousy Monster” directed by Jacob Gentry, is a more satirical approach on the situation, and I think this is the better of the three. It delves deeper into the delusions of the diseased and really shows you how fucked up these people are. What I appreciate about this film is that it’s not a zombie film, these people aren’t numbed. They are completely aware of what they are doing, and rational in their own minds. Lots of dark humor, and some guy who just wants some pussy. Hmm.

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Transmission three, “Escape From Terminus” directed by Dan Bush, was probably my least favorite, and the perplexing. At one point a man convinces himself that he can talk to a decapitated head, and that is awesome. Other than that I was confused, which was the point presumably. I felt empty at the conclusion, unsure of what really happened. Either I’m an idiot, or I just had a difficult time keeping up. The jealous husband thinks he’s the lover, the lover thinks he’s the husband, “what did you do with my wife”, “she’s my wife not yours”, blah blah…It was all very messy and I still have no fucking clue what was up with that. So if you can figure it out, hey, cheers to you.

All in all rather entertaining, nice effects. Amazing dialogue, some parts were laugh out loud funny. I can see this pairing well with a bowl of popcorn and some Coca Cola.

A fun quote: “When that ball drops, I’m gonna grab a slut and I’m just gonna pee in her butt!”

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Set in Paris, a group of young thieves flee the city during the violent aftermath of a political election. They end up staying at a random hostel…and whoops, it’s run by neo-nazis. Their bad.

This flick is so like the other one I was positive they were directed by the same person but alas, this one was directed by Xavier Gens. Both directers strongly emphasize the strength of women, or the way that they handle violence, pain, and fear, right down to camera shots. Bizarre.

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Yasmine (Karina Testa) and her ex-boyfriend, after leaving the city, drive through the country to a small Inn to meet with their friends who arrived before them.

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Soon after arriving however, they discover that it would be best to leave….immediately. The Inn is run by a family of neo-nazi murderers who want to kill them, sparing only Yasmine, who’s child is the missing link to their objective of “pure blood”.

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Aurélien Wiik (Alex)….fuckin hottttt skinhead thing going on in this movie. Way into it. Unfortunately he gets whacked fairly early on. What a bummer, I was hoping for a sex scene. What I got were dirty pigs, a fat guy with a meat cleaver, and a lotttttt of blood. At one point during this film I sat back and thought, “This is kind of stupid”. I got sucked back into it however. Entertaining, really not worth another watch however. Too much fucking crying, sad music, boo hoo, I’m chained to a wall and my boyfriend just got his achilles tendons severed, blah blah blah.

I have come to realize that I’m just not much of a fan of the torture-porn genre. I guess I’m more of a standard 80’s slasher type, 4 lyfe.

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I liked this part though, this guy was a fuckin’ dick!

xo
Sarah

Amusement (2009)

Posted: March 20, 2009 in Blood & Guts

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Three women; Tabitha, Shelby and Lisa have been friends since grade school. Popular, well-liked, destined for greatness. Something happened, someone was hurt way back when. That something or someone is pissed, and wants revenge.

I’m almost a third of the way through this film right now. So far it’s okay, some pretty freaky scenes involving a life size clown…honestly I can’t deal with that.

I’m going to watch the rest. I’m hoping for no more clowns.

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Alright. Movie just ended. I have to say, it wasn’t bad. Photography was commendable, some of the images were genuinely shocking. However, it seemed slow at times. Lots of suspenseful build ups. The first killing was geniussssss! The other’s however weren’t as intense as I had hoped. Still, not a bad little film. That clown really freaked me out, man…

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