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Mimic review

Posted in Modern Monsters, Sci Fi Horror with tags , , , , , , on August 31, 2013 by Alex Roy

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Mimic (1997)

Tagline:For thousands of years, man has been evolution’s greatest creation… until now.

Directed by:
Guillermo del Toro

Produced by:
Ole Bornedal
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
B. J. Rack

Run Time:
105 minutes

Released:
August 22, 1997

Review:

Mimic is a well executed Sci Fi horror film. I went into this one expecting something average, and what I got was a definite surprise. Although not a great film by any means, Mimic works well due to the terrific direction of Guillermo del Toro. This is an underrated film in my opinion and it is a far better movie than what people have said about it. The cast here are quite good, but for me the idea and effects here are the standout of the film. Mimic is a treat for genre fans and it most certainly has something to offer to anyone looking for a well thought out and entertaining movie.  Del Toro has crafted one of his finest movies here, only surpassed by Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim. This is an entertaining, atmospheric horror film that delivers some effectively well placed shocks. The creatures look great and the effects, like I said are simply wonderful and make the film what it is. I think that despite the fact that it’s not too original, Mimic works well due in fact to the interesting and well written script. Add in the good-looking monsters, and you have a film that stands out. This film seems to be forgotten, and it’s a great shame because there is some truly engaging moments in del Toro’s movie. The director’s Cut of the film is the one to watch and it far exceeds the theatrical cut of the film, which I find lacked. Mimic is a very good film, and the director’s Cut is the one to watch, it’s a real treat for fans that felt that there was something missing from the original released version.  If you you’re a monster film fan give this film a shot, you’ll be surprised at how good it really is despite its imperfections.

Final Rating:
7/10

Mimic 2 review

Posted in Modern Monsters, Sci Fi Horror with tags , , , , , , , on August 31, 2013 by Alex Roy

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Mimic 2 (2001)

Tagline: They thought the terror was over…

Directed by:
Jean de Segonzac

Produced by:
Cary Granat
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

Run Time:
82 minutes

Released:
August 22, 2001

Review:

Sequel to Mimic is a decent affair that just hints at the effective shocks and thrills of the original without trying to do anything new. The cast here are forgettable and there are no standout performances. I didn’t think the sequel was bad, just it needed some work to make it a much better movie. That is to be expected from a follow-up, especially one directed by Guillermo del Toro. The original wasn’t anything great and is not a classic by any means, but it was definitely entertaining in terms of monster carnage and effects work. Here we have the carnage and effects, but it’s predictable and we know what’s going to happen. This movie is decent, but forgettable. The original is the one to watch and if you decide to see this movie, don’t expect anything great. Mimic 2 could have used a lot more in terms of a better script and storytelling, and you can clearly see this sequel’s flaws. I simply felt like a sequel wasn’t necessary. Del Toro’s movie was a terrific monster film, even if it’s not a classic. This was purely made to cash in on the success of the original, and you can clearly see it on-screen. I didn’t hate the film; I simply felt it needed more substance. Mimic 2 feels rushed with no care of trying to create something that can match the original. I think it’s a great shame because they really could have made something quite good and memorable. Mimic 2 is worth seeing if you have nothing else better to watch and if you’re a die-hard fan of the original. Go into this one expecting something decent, but be prepared to see that the film needed more depth to really make this one a unique monster movie like the original.

Final Rating:
5/10

Mimic 3 Sentinel review

Posted in Bad Horror, Modern Monsters, Sci Fi Horror with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2013 by Alex Roy

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Mimic 3 Sentinel (2003)

Tagline:Terror has been reinvented!

Directed by:
JT Petty

Produced by:
Cary Granat
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

Run Time:
77 minutes

Released:
September 8, 2003

Review:

Third and final part in the Mimic trilogy is a mediocre movie that suffers from a lack of originality. After the decent second movie, Mimic seemed to be concluded. However that was not to be. This third part is just a wasted opportunity to end a good little trilogy of Sci Fi horror films. This one really doesn’t add anything new and recycles old ideas. This is a boring film that just fails to capture the shocks and thrills of the original film. This could have been a great movie, if there would have been more effort put into the film. Instead, the filmmakers stumble around and make a movie that just isn’t interesting or entertaining for that matter. This was a train wreck and not even the tense moments could save this film. Mimic 3 is a pointless film that just tries too hard at delivering the chills; in turn it just fails and is a boring movie from start to finish. Add to that a lacking cast of actors, and you have a highly forgettable movie that leaves you wanting more. Mimic fans will surely be disappointed with this film, and it has nothing interesting or new to offer viewers looking for a good horror film to watch. The original del Toro directed feature was a flawed, but very good monster movie and the second film was decent as well, even if it relied on previously released material. If you’ve enjoyed the first two movies, you’ll surely be disappointed by this third and final entry in the Mimic trilogy. This entry could have been good if the script was better, however it simply ends up falling flat. Even the gory elements of the film are not enough to make this one standout. This is just a mediocre end to an average horror trilogy. Del Toro’s original will always standout and its follow-up is mindless fun, but the third is pointless and dull.

Final Rating:
4/10

The Bay review

Posted in Bad Horror, Found Footage, Sci Fi Horror with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2013 by Alex Roy

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The Bay (2012)

Tagline: Panic feeds on fear.

Directed by:
Barry Levinson

Produced by:
Barry Levison
Oren Peli
Jason Blum
Steven Schneider

Run time:
84 minutes

Released:
November 2, 2012

Review:

Great idea for a horror film, but it lacks originality and real scares. The Bay is yet another documentary style horror film that we’ve seen many times before. The film is mediocre and lacks anything really engaging. The problem with this genre is that it’s over done. Filmmakers tend to recycle the same formula and in turn the material on-screen suffers significantly in terms of telling something that is supposed to be truly suspenseful and terrifying. The found footage genre is overdone and pointless. The last good film in this horror genre was V/H/S, and in my opinion, they should have ended that genre with that film. The problem with The Bay is that it is a predictable film and you know how it will turn out.  There simply isn’t anything worthwhile here to make it a truly good horror yarn. I really wanted to enjoy, unfortunately, this was yet another unsatisfying found footage film that is clichéd and scare free. This film was produced by the same guys who created the Paranormal Activity films, and though the first three films in that series were genuinely scary, the formula that the filmmakers keep using becomes tiresome and all too predictable. There’s only so much you can do with this formula before it becomes boring. The formula worked well with Paranormal Activity and other films. However with The Bay, it just doesn’t deliver and it is a bland affair with no genuine scares and in turn it becomes a tiresome, dull horror film that just doesn’t terrify. I really expected a great film with this one; unfortunately it is a mediocre horror film that will disappoint you if you’re looking for something fresh to watch. The Bay contains scenes that we’ve seen many times before and it ventures into old territory that simply isn’t interesting due to a lacking script that relies on a clichéd idea that cheats the audience. Stick with the older found footage film as they’re far better than this.

Final Rating:
4/10

Man’s Best Friend review

Posted in Nature Gone Wild, Sci Fi Horror with tags , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2012 by Alex Roy

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Man’s Best Friend (1993)

Tagline: Companion. Protector. Killer.

Directed by:
John Lafia

Produced by:
Robert Engelman

Run Time:
97 Minutes

Released:
November 19, 1993

Review:

In the style of Cujo, Man’s Best Friend is a killer dog film that blends Sci Fi horror and nature gone wild elements. This is a good little horror film that is much better than what most critics have claimed it to be. Famed horror actor Lance Henriksen plays Dr. Jarret a scientist who works in a lab that uses DNA splicing to create superior animals. Max 3000 is the latest creation that Jarrett has been working on, a one million dollar prototype of the ultimate guard dog, faster, smarter, and deadlier. When a news reporter sets him loose, the killing starts. The script is peppered with tongue in cheek moments and there’s plenty of good material to make this one entertaining ride from start to finish. If you can get by the sheer ridiculousness of the idea, this is one pleasant piece of low-budget horror cinema that is sure to give a good viewing experience to genre fans. Cujo will always be the superior killer dog feature, but this is one still has plenty of tricks to make it worth seeing. Don’t expect any seriousness with this one, just sit back, relax and let the unintentional humor kick in. For what it is, the idea is good and it works fine as a B movie. The cast is enjoyable and they give some surprising performances, as usual the highlight is Lance Henriksen and he is what makes the film what it is. This is a creative horror outing that delivers a fun hour and a half viewing experience. Just don’t go expecting a great movie with this one. Man’s Best Friend is a worthy addition to the nature gone wild genre and it delivers plenty of amusing thrills and is able to overcome its flaws by being a mindless horror yarn, which it does very well.

Final Rating:
6/10

The Lawnmower Man review

Posted in Sci Fi Horror with tags , , on November 14, 2012 by Alex Roy


The Lawnmower Man (1992)

Tagline: God made him simple. Science made him a god.

Directed by:
Brett Leonard

Produced by:
Gimel Everett

Run time:
108 minutes

Released:
March 6, 1992

Review:

Interesting idea for a Sci Fi horror film, but lacks any real sense of wonder. By today’s standards the film looks very dated and it plays out like a cheap low-budget horror flick. Overall this is a decent affair with nothing really special going for it. The film suffers from an ambitious scope that is limited by a so-so script. I was looking forward to seeing this, but in the end it’s nothing too remarkable. Acting wise, the actors are pretty decent, nothing ever good or bad. This film could have been much better and with a concept like this, it’s a shame that there was nothing memorable about the film. As a whole, The Lawnmower Man is worth seeing, but is not the type of film that warrants multiple viewings. This is the type of film that may have looked good on paper, but the execution is kind of weak, and you realize that the film doesn’t fulfill its full potential. There has been another film that would explore virtual reality as a vehicle for horror and that film is Brainscan, which is a far superior movie than this. Overall, The Lawnmower Man is decent entertainment, but ultimately is forgettable in the long run. I think it’s a great shame because I really liked the idea behind the plot, however the execution leaves a lot to be desired, and it could have been done better. There are times where things get silly, especially near the end. Some aspects could also have rewritten and you just end up wanting more out of this film. Throughout the film, you just realize that there’s something missing to really make it a worthwhile horror experience.

Final Rating:
5/10

Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace review

Posted in Bad Horror, Sci Fi Horror with tags , , , , on November 13, 2012 by Alex Roy

Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996)

Tagline: God made him simple. Science made him a god. Now, he wants revenge.

Directed by:
Farhad Mann

Produced by:
Keith Fox
Edward Simons

Run time:
92 minutes

Released:
January 12, 1996

Review:

Sequel to Lawnmower Man is a pitiful attempt at creating something new. The end result is a tedious, boring mess of a film that simply doesn’t deliver. This is a pointless sequel that doesn’t offer anything new or exciting. The only that this film does is that it tries to be inventive with its special effects, and in turn director Farhad Mann tries to camouflage the lack of story with dazzling effects, which in the end just doesn’t impress. This film fails in terms of telling a compelling plot, which of course is absent due to a poor script and it shows that the filmmakers clearly didn’t care about the end result of the film. There’s never anything going on here to entertain you and you just end up not caring for anything going on-screen. This sequel is a mess pure and simple, and with poor directing and poor directing, this film was doomed to fail right from the start. This film is bad and definitely not worth your time. There is no redeeming factors to make this film watchable and this is a film that just relies on special effects to try to tell a story, which is nonexistent and ultimately doesn’t entertain the viewer. This sequel is awful, and isn’t worth checking out. With a lacking script and cast, this is a very forgettable film that doesn’t stand out, and if you haven’t seen it, avoid it as it’s not worth your time. As far as sequels are concerned, this film never should have been made, and it adds nothing or refreshing to the first. Stick with the first Lawnmower man instead and forget that this one exists.

Final Rating:
2/10

Monkey Shines review

Posted in Nature Gone Wild, Other Slashers, Sci Fi Horror with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2012 by Alex Roy


Monkey Shines (1988)

Tagline: Once there was a man whose prison was a chair. The man had a monkey, they made the strangest pair. The monkey ruled the man, it climbed inside his head. And now as fate would have it, one of them is dead.

Directed by:
George A. Romero

Produced by:
Charles Evans

Run time:
113 minutes

Released:
July 29, 1988

Review:

Disturbing, well executed horror yarn by master director George Romero, Monkey Shines is an accomplished film. With a great cast, and effective scares, this is a must see film for horror fans. What really stood out in this film was the performance of the monkey. That made the film very interesting and memorable. With a great script, and good cast, Monkey Shines is an underrated film that delivers some truly unique chills. This is yet another film that proves that George Romero is a capable director who is able to make other types of horror films. This is an engaging film that is truly entertaining from start to finish. The film does start off slow, but it grabs your attention from the first shot onwards. The film blends Slasher and psychological horror elements into one picture and there’s a perfect balance between the two. The result is a film that is quite disturbing and chilling at the same time. This is among Romero’s best works that is not a movie dealing with creatures of the undead. Underrated upon release, this is a film that doesn’t deserve the flack it has received. This is an effective horror film that induces fear and manages to be an inventive, thrilling and memorable film that is sure to please diehard horror fans. George Romero delivers a truly unique and original film that is really good and deserves much more praise than what it got. If you want to see a different film from Romero, which a totally different change of pace, then give Monkey Shines a watch.

Final Rating:
7/10

From Beyond review

Posted in Body Horror, Sci Fi Horror with tags , , , , , , on August 12, 2012 by Alex Roy

From Beyond (1986)

Tagline: Humans are such easy prey

Directed by:
Stuart Gordon

Produced by:
Brian Yuzna

Run Time:
85 minutes

Released:
October 24, 1986

Review:

Stuart Gordon has made a terrific film with Re-Animator continues that streak with From Beyond, another film based on the works of H.P Lovecraft. The result is a highly entertaining film that delivers a unique viewing experience. Brilliantly acted by a cast consisting of some of the most memorable names in horror, this film definitely is a thrill from start to finish. This is a shocking, horrifying film with great gore effects that is sure to please the most die-hard gore hound. Stuart Gordon has always been a top-notch director in the genre and with From Beyond, he solidifies his reputation as one of the best directors in the genre. This is a well crafted Sci Fi horror film that has hints of the body horror genre. Stuart Gordon’s understanding of the horror medium. The plot is terrific and there are some great performances by Ken Foree and Jeffrey Combs who make the film worth seeing. Stuart Gordon keeps the ball rolling with memorable gore effects that really stand out. This is a sick film that relies on gore and surrealism elements that add to the film’s story. This is among the best of 80′s horror. The film is also one of best films by Stuart Gordon who helmed Re-Animator and that’s saying something. This is a riveting picture that is a bloody good time from start to finish. If you love Gordon’s work on Re-Animator, then this film is for you. Brilliantly constructed, directed and acted, this is horror at its finest, and a film that shouldn’t be passed up.

Final Rating:
8/10

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) review

Posted in Body Horror with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2012 by Alex Roy

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011)

Tagline: 100% medically inaccurate

Directed by:
Tom Six

Produced by:
Tom Six
Ilona Six

Run Time:
91 minutes

Released:
October 7, 2011

Review:

Tom Six’s follow-up to the Human Centipede is fairly average with nothing really great going for it. I thought the first film was terrific, I felt it was a new breed of body horror film that wasn’t seen since 1980′s David Cronenberg. However with this sequel, Tom Six just delivers a gross out horror flick that doesn’t do anything more than disgust its audience, obviously that is the point, but how far can you push the limits of terror. In the past so many horror films have pushed the boundaries in defining terror and deliver the ultimate in shocks. Tom Six delivers a good sequel that is more gross out that actually terrifying. The first one was good because it displayed a tense atmosphere while holding back excessive gore and gross out content, which left a lot of room for the viewer to use his imagination. With this sequel, Tom Six delivers a film that is straight forward and in your face. This is definitely not a film for the faint of heart and it is pretty graphic in its content. This film explores the darkest elements of human nature and Tom Six is able to craft a relentless film that definitely makes you feel helpless. This is a film that relies on shock value. The fact is, the first film was better, and I thought it was something different. But this film just goes for gross out moments, which really ruins the films potential. A worthy sequel, but compared to the first, it doesn’t have the same Thrill factor as the first. This one just amps up the stakes even higher and makes everything more disturbing, it works, but it could have been done better. Still if you’re a fan of the first film, this is worth checking out.

Final Rating:
6/10

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