The horror movie Darkness Rising was released on June 30, 2017. Maddy (Tara Holt) goes back to her abandoned family home with her boyfriend Jake (Bryce Johnson) and her cousin Izzy (Katrina Law). The house was abandoned when Maddy’s mother went insane and murdered her infant daughter.
There was plenty of blood, some jump scares and gore. The only decent actors were a dog, a baby, and a little boy who didn’t have any lines. The storyline was affected by poor editing and the main characters were far from sympathetic. The CGI wasn’t too bad. Despite all of this, the movie had potential that was never realized. The producers seemed to have made some bad decisions as far as actors and editors were concerned.
As much as I really wanted to enjoy this film, I was sorely disappointed. I have to give this a 2 stars out of 5.
The made-for-TV movie Zombie Tidal Wave was released on August 17, 2019. Ian Zierling plays a fisherman at a resort town that is hit by an earthquake and a tsunami. These events cause a sunken ship’s cargo of a deadly virus to create a horde of zombies.
The photography was good and the movie has all of the elements of a cult movie. Decent acting is marred by a terrible script. With lines like, “It’s a zombie tsunami!” what can you expect? The film was predictable, the CGI was ridiculous, and the dialogue was trite. For this type of movie there was plenty of bloody scenes and some gore.
The most positive thing I can say about this film is that I am glad I didn’t pay good money to see it. If zombies and gore are your thing, you will probably like this film. The best I can give it is 1 star out of 5.
The French film Girls with Balls was released on July 26, 2019. A women’s volleyball team and their coach get lost on their way to a game. They find themselves among a group of psychotic hunters, i.e. French hillbillies who have a taste for human flesh.
There is nothing positive that I can really say about this movie. The acting wasn’t too bad but who cares? The story line was ridiculous. There was plenty of bloody scenes but the blood looked more like defrosted Jello. The dubbing was decent, but the swear words were used too much.
So far, this has to be rated as the worst movie I have seen. If I could, I would give it a negative rating, but since I can’t I’ll give it 1 star out of five. A total waste of time.
The British crime movie Two Graves was released on May 3, 2019. Margaret (Cathy Tyson) is a pathologist who is determined to find out who killed her son. She enlists the aid of Zoe (Katie Jarvis) an ex-junkie to help her kidnap a man Margaret is sure committed the murder. Finn (Neal Ward) is the suspect and he is also a local crime boss’ son.
First off, the acting was decent but the two women’s relationship was, at best, dubious. The directing was confusing in the beginning and the story line needed improvement. There was blood and action, but it’s pacing was too slow. There really was no one character that was sympathetic. There also was a lot of foul language and sexual situations.
This apparently was produced with a small budget which may explain a few things. I wouldn’t watch it again for the reasons stated above. I give this 2 stars out of 5.
The Canadian film Recall was released on June 25, 2019. Mikey (Michael James Regan) talks his stepbrother Dale (Tommy James Murphy) into pulling one last hit. Unfortunately, Mikey is a cocaine addict and their target is the Mafia. There is a backstory about Dale’s girlfriend’s murder which doesn’t do much for the story.
The acting was fairly decent, but everything else was bad. I have a theory: if the lead actor(s) in a movie is/are also a producer, executive producer, writer, editor, and director of a film then I have low expectations for the film. This mainly is true if the actor and/or director are not well known. There are a few, I admit, that does not follow this premise. This film was, thankfully, only 72 minutes long, but it took 25 minutes to get to the crime scene. There were some good action scenes but there was also foul language.
I would not recommend this film to anyone. It needed a lot of work. Some of the actors were good, i.e. the actor who played the Mafia Don was very good. I have to give this only 2 stars out of 5.
The Korean film Svaha: The Sixth Finger was released on February 20, 2019. Pastor Park investigates cults and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation while investigating a local cult. There is also a story about twin sisters born in a village where one sister is considered evil and locked away in a shed, while the other sister has a normal life.
If this was considered a horror movie, it totally failed. This spent more time attempting to catch a killer of middle-aged girls and discussing the fine points of Buddhism. The acting was decent, but not much else was. The directing and storyline were all over the place. The film was 2 hours and 3 minutes long which was too long to hold my interest.
I was a bit disappointed with this film. I thought that it would be more of a horror story, but it failed. I can only rate this 2.5 stars out of 5. Save your time and watch something else.
The film Backfire was released in March, 2019. When a robbery goes wrong, two gunrunners find themselves the targets of a South Philly mafia family. One of the victims of the robbery is the son of a mobster, who is supposedly dead. They are enough killing scenes in the film but there are also some script flaws.
This film was rated R for violence, sexual situations, and language. Black Deniro plays Jerome one of the robbers trying to make money to support himself, his girlfriend (Jowhanah Jones) and the girlfriend’s little sister. He also wrote, produced, and directed the movie, which in some cases has had lousy results. Dave Patten, who wrote the screenplay, plays O.T., Jerome’s psychotic sidekick.
The filming was decent while the acting was barely believable. I did not care for the swearing in just about every sentence. When a film is rated R, I do expect some swearing but this was a bit too much. The story line could have been improved on. I don’t know what I was expecting with this film, but it certainly wasn’t this. I rate it 2 stars out of 5.
The film Between Worlds was released on December 21, 2018. It is rated R for sexual situations and language. Its a quirky film about a trucker (Nicolas Cage) who finds himself involved with a woman (Franka Potente) who can astroproject from her body. She uses this method to help her daughter (Penelope Mitchell) who was in a coma. Unfortunately, Nicolas Cage’s dead wife takes control of the daughter’s body.
I really wanted to find something positive to say about this movie. I agree the story line is original and the acting was decent. The director, however, was also the writer and one of the producers of the film. This could be detrimental to the overall look and feel of the film. I also could have done with less sex scenes. I think Nicolas Cage would have been better off not having this film on his resume.
I really can’t say that I enjoyed this film. I am sort of interested in the subject of astroprojection, but this was not a very interesting use of this topic. I have seen worse movies, so I will rate this as 2 stars out of 5.
The film Deadly Scholars (AKA #Squadgoals) was released on January 16, 2018. It is about a high school reporter who investigates a couple of murders at her school. At the time that it was released it was Unrated.
It was very difficult to find anything positive about this film. I suppose the best I can say is that the acting was decent even though the script was dull and predictable. This was listed as a thriller, but it came across more as a chiller. The actors were, apparently, more used to working on TV channels like Nickelodeon or Disney. The murders were hardly scary or gory. And the other major sin of this film (I can’t even bring myself to call it a movie) was that the “teen” actors were in their mid-20s or older.
I consider it my duty to warn people about wasting their time when it comes to entertainment. This film was a major disappointment and should be avoided at all costs unless you need a sleep remedy. Another clue to watch for is when the producers can’t decide on a title to stick with. I give it 1 star out of 5.
The film Deadly Switch was released on January 15, 2019. It is a thriller about a foreign student Ana (Hayley McLaughlin) who feels threatened by a stalker and is befriended by Monica (Danika Yarosh) who offers to help her get away from the stress at her family’s country home.
The acting was good as well as the director. The major problem with this film is that it is suppose to be a thriller, but it seems as if Disney tried to make a thriller. The plot is predictable and there was no bloody scenes. The musical score, which can sometimes enhance the feeling of the film was a failure when it came to Deadly Switch.
The pacing of the movie and the lackluster musical score were the major flaws of this film. The acting was, as I said, decent but all of these things do not make this movie worth seeing. I give it 2 stars out of 5.