Monday, 30 June 2014

Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)

Terrific, especially the first disc. I could do with out the Emily Booth on disc three though. If you're into horror and the early eighties UK nasty era this is a must watch.

Original letterboxd review

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Murder-Set-Pieces (2004)

Bloody: yes. Disturbing: more uncomfortable than disturbing I'd say. I'm still not sure what I think of this film. I'm sure it's trying to say something, after all you wouldn't just make a film full of sex and violence for no reason would you? Would you? Hmm. The practical effects (supplied by toetag) were pretty damn good, the acting was, overall, awful, the dialogue was terrible, direction and editing were passable (I've seen way worse in an indie).

This review was for the uncut 91 minute version.

Original letterboxd review

Seraphim Falls (2006)

A pretty good western. Cinematography was a little off in places - lots of drabness even under the desert sun and some shots even seemed out of focus. All the usual western suspects are present: revenge, redemption, cruelty, heroics, hats and horses. Speaking of horses; Brosnan's character must be the unluckiest man alive due to the amount of horses and guns he loses!

Original letterboxd review

Monday, 16 June 2014

The Orphan Killer (2011)

A decent modern slasher movie. Acting is fine, interior cinematography is actually very good in places, tension is held pretty well (apart from the obligatory, over-extended torture scene), but most of all the killer is memorable with an interesting back-story.

If there is one glaring problem it's the second unit work. Rather than link locations with a simple "car leaves one location - car arrives at next location" they managed to get hold of a helicopter and, boy, don't they want us to notice. Car leaves first location, car seen from helicopter driving down free-way, car seen from helicopter driving down free-way from another angle, repeat, repeat, repeat, car arrives and next location. It just didn't sit right with the camera work in the rest of the film.

Original letterboxd review

Sunday, 8 June 2014