• Wrong Turn

    Wrong Turn

    ★★★½

    When I watched the trailer for this reboot, I felt as I do with most horror reboots - disappointed. However after watching the movie, some of that disappointment went away, and it wasn't a bad movie after all. This definitely qualifies as a reboot rather than a remake, as it only takes the basic premise of the original, but takes it in new directions.

    I won't lie - the start wasn't great. The introduction to the characters quickly shows that…

  • The Car: Road to Revenge

    The Car: Road to Revenge

    The original "The Car" is an enjoyable, supernatural horror. It makes you take some things for granted without explanation, but they're not needed.

    Road to Revenge is as far removed from the original as possible. Awful acting, terrible CGI & bad practical effects, all circling the drain which is clogged with the bad script.

    How was this ever greenlit as an official sequel?

  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

    Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Definitely one of the stranger entries in the Friday series (up there with Jason X), which throws a lot of things at the wall to see what sticks.

    Sadly for all the original ideas they had for this entry, it was caught up in an intellectual property & copyright hell. After many rewrites, the final script was written in a week, and it shows.

    Of course the connection to Nightmare on Elm Street was the teaser that everyone took away from…

  • Zombie Flesh Eaters

    Zombie Flesh Eaters

    ★★★★

    The overall plot is typical of the 70s & 80s Italian gore movies - in that some scenes are downright silly. Being chased by zombies and you fall down? Let's have a kiss. That sort of thing.

    It doesn't take away from this being an enjoyable zombie flick, with some good cinematography and great Euro-synth music playing at all the right moments. Starting out as a mystery adventure and devolving into survival horror with a voodoo theme, it's a great way…

  • Mortuary

    Mortuary

    ★★

    Mortuary is not a good movie. It is filled with clichéd horror moments, paper cut-out characters and utterly abysmal CGI effects.

    It opens with a decent enough premise - a mother with her two children moves into a home that also serves as a mortuary, built near a cemetery in a small quiet town. Although the mother is supposed to be a novice mortician, her efforts amount to almost slapstick comedy, where any previously built tension is instantly dead & buried.…

  • Sublime

    Sublime

    ★½

    I watched this yesterday and gave it 2 out of 5, but it was bugging me, and I had to adjust my score to 1.5.

    The problem with Sublime is that it doesn't have anywhere near enough substance to carry it for the 113 minute runtime. The moment you work out what is actually happening, it just turns into an exercise of staring at the clock until the end.

    This is a psychological thriller with an interesting premise and set…

  • Pet Sematary II

    Pet Sematary II

    ★★★

    I think all fans would agree that Pet Sematary didn't need a sequel. The connection to the main story (aside from the location) is threadbare, so this could have just as easily been a standalone movie.

    That said, it's a fun (if silly) film, and Clancy Brown steals the show with his performance. Disengage your brain, sit back and enjoy the ride.

  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    ★★★★

    "Why'd they have to dig up Jason? Some folk have a strange idea of entertainment!"

    Yes, yes we do, and I love it. Jason is back with a vengeance.

  • An American Werewolf in London

    An American Werewolf in London

    ★★★★★

    I have lost count how many times I have watched this film, yet on every repeat viewing it still brings a smile to my face.

    A great werewolf tale, with a talented cast giving it their all, and some quality humour and witty banter between the characters. The horror is achieved through clever framing rather than jump scares, and of course those wonderful practical special effects.

    It's amazing that in the *38* years since this movie was released, there hasn't…

  • The Hurricane Heist

    The Hurricane Heist

    ★★★½

    While hardly a low budget movie (with a cost of $35 million), you can't help but be impressed by the number of practical effects in both real scale and miniature used here.

    I was honestly expecting a CGI fest, but instead we get treated to a mass of car wrecks, some very nice miniatures and great stunt work. When CGI is used, it does not detract from the rest of the scene, and is really done very well.

    The characters…

  • Turbulence

    Turbulence

    ★★★½

    What starts off as a fairly typical disaster-drama film, soon turns into a rollercoaster of crazy, all due to Ray Liotta's superb performance. I think his normal/crazy switch is almost as good as Nicolas Cage's.

    This is not a deep film, but you can see the cast had fun with what they got, and there is a lot to enjoy here if you like fun popcorn flicks.

  • Leprechaun: Origins

    Leprechaun: Origins

    ★★

    If you're a fan of the Leprechaun series, this entry will offend you. If you're not, then it will bore you.

    It has no connection with the series, so this was undoubtedly just a marketing ploy, as without that title, this would disappear in the pile of generic monster movies very quickly.

    Once you forget about the title, this is a generic cabin/woods/young adults/monster tale. The monster design is terrible, although if I had to find a positive, the movie…