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Antichrist review

Posted in Psychological Horror, Surreal Horror, Torture Porn with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2014 by Alex Roy

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Antichrist (2009)

Tagline:When nature turns evil, true terror awaits.

Directed by:
Lars von Trier

Produced by:
Meta Louise Foldager

Run Time:
108 Minutes

Released:
September 10, 2009

Review:

Lars Von Trier is a unique filmmaker that has a style that I would describe as eccentric, haunting, yet somewhat beautiful. With Antichrist he crafts a film that is horrifying and unforgettable. The cast here is impeccable and Trier’s choices are terrific. Willem Dafoe and actress Charlotte Gainsberg deliver great performances here, and the story itself takes its time to unfold, with steady pacing, which is key in telling an effective story. Antichrist may not be a film for everyone, but those who enjoy Art films; well this is a film worth seeing. Antichrist is a tense, horror film with the art house flair, and Lars Von Trier delivers an unflinching. Raw in your face picture that has a powerful sense of visuals. Trier always seems to go for an unsettling way in telling a story, and he more than accomplishes that with this horror drama. Considering that Antichrist comprises of such a minimal cast of actors, I founds the film to be accomplished piece of cinema. If you have varied taste in cinema, then Antichrist might suit your palette. The content expressed on film is disturbing, and unforgettable, but that’s what makes it resonate with the viewer. Antichrist seeks to disturb and succeeds in doing so. The film has its flaws, but as a piece of horror filmmaking it does succeed at capturing genre elements through Trier’s camera lens. Overall this is a film that will appeal to genre fans, and it is well executed and quite tense throughout and like I’ve said before, due to its horrifying visuals, Antichrist is a film that you won’t forget.

Final Rating:
6/10

Ichi The Killer review

Posted in Asian Horror, Foreign Horror, Torture Porn with tags , , , , , on March 2, 2014 by Alex Roy

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Ichi the Killer (2001)

Tagline:It’s been a while since I wanted to despair. Really.

Directed by:
Takashi Miike

Produced by:
Akiko Funatsu
Dai Miyazaki

Run Time:
129 Minutes

Released:
December 22, 2001

Review:

Raw, gritty and intense, Ichi The Killer is a film that will surely make you uncomfortable from the moment the film starts. This is an intense film, one that you cannot tear yourself away from, in other words this is the type of film that dares you not to look away. With a blend of horror and crime film elements, this film is an intense viewing experience that you won’t forget anytime soon. The cast do a fine job in their roles and if you’re looking for a truly disturbing film, Ichi The Killer is such a film to watch. Overall, this is a decent film, one that is designed to shock its audience in the most extreme way, and it works. However in terms of story, the film is a little light, and doesn’t really have any depth. This is a film that relies more on its shock value to capture your imagination. For genre fans that enjoy the Torture Porn genre, you may enjoy this, but to others, this is a hard film to watch, one that is graphic and intense from the first shot right up to the climax. This is one of the most extreme films that I’ve seen in the horror genre, and it is a movie that is decent for what it is, but it never is anything great. Ichi The Killer is one of those movies that is only worth seeing once because of its content. The film may be a decent affair, but it does succeed very well in unnerving you. If the story would have been better, this would have made for a standout feature with some truly graphic torture scenes. However, it’s only a so-so affair that leaves a lot of ideas left to be explored. Those with weak stomachs may want to pass this one up, but to the hardcore horror hound, this is a must see, even if it leaves a bit to be desired in terms of story.

Final Rating:
5/10

All Superheroes Must Die review

Posted in Bad Horror, Torture Porn with tags , , , , , , on January 25, 2013 by Alex Roy

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All Superheroes Must Die (2013)

Tagline: Some Games Have No Winners

Directed by:
Jason Trost

Produced by:
Jason Trost
Lucas Till

Run time:
104 minutes

Released:
January 4, 2013

Review

This was one of those films that had so much potential of being the next great low-budget horror flick of the year. Considering the premise, it would have been a sure success. Alas, it was not to be, and All Superheroes Must Die is one of the most dreadful schlock fests I’ve seen this year.  The film is plagued with a poor cast (aside from James Remar who is the ONLY good thing about the film), poor directing and lazy script. The film feels rushed and in turn, it suffers majorly. What could have been a great film is a horrible entry in the horror genre. I would describe the film as Kickass meets Saw. Now with that being said, you might think that it would a cool little flick to watch.  Unfortunately that couldn’t be further from the truth. The game is poorly executed and every trap is basically explosives, it’s very impressive and ends up being boring. There was one game that I liked, and even that one was pretty bland. The film looks cheap, feels cheap and it doesn’t feel like there was any effort put into it. I love low-budget horror, some of the better films of the genre are shot with a shoestring budget, but most filmmakers are passionate about their work, and try to create something that sets them apart from other directors in the genre. Director Jason Trost who also blessed us with a lame performance as one of the superheroes direction is sloppy and he clearly was last in his class in film school. If the project would have had the influence of someone more talented such as Don Coscarelli, Adam Green or Ti West, then maybe this film would have succeeded. As a whole, the film’s good ideas are sunk by a sloppily written script. All Superheroes Must Die fails to entertain, and James Remar as the villain Rickshaw is good here, but sadly he can’t redeem the sheer awfulness of this film. A big disappointment.

Final Rating:
1/10

The Collection review

Posted in Torture Porn with tags , , , , , , , on December 15, 2012 by Alex Roy

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The Collection (2012)

Tagline: Every great collector. Has a vision

Directed by:
Marcus Dunstan

Produced by:
Brett Forbes
Julie Richardson
Patrick Rizzotti

Run Time:
82 minutes

Released:
November 30, 2012

Review:

The Collection is one of those sequels that simply builds on the first film, and reinvents the formula to create something special. This is the sequel to The Collector, and features the titular character doing what he does best, collects bodies. This is a fun, entertaining splatter fest that will surely appeal to fans of the original, and this is just as good in terms of a good mindless horror yarn. In terms of original ideas, the film really is a refreshing take on what the first one did, and expands on the story. This is a very entertaining film that will surely delight horror fans.  The film has everything that made the first one so much fun. This is a disturbing, twisted ride that has enough tricks up its sleeves to make it a worthwhile second feature.  The gore and traps are the standouts of this film, and aside from the Saw films, The Collector along with this sequel are the best in the Torture Porn genre. This is one of those films that will only appeal to fans of said genre, as really this isn’t for the faint of heart. Although it doesn’t reinvent the genre entirely, there are still plenty of good ideas on-screen to make The Collection a good film to watch.  Fans will love this one and The Collector is as twisted as ever as he is now a serial killer and hunted down by the authorities. Director Michael Dunstan does a good with this entry and though it has its faults, this is an exercise in demented horror that pays off due to its strong sense of visuals and kills that is a must for any demanding horror fan. The Collection is a good sequel that is on par with the original and delivers everything that you’d expect from this twisted series.

Final Rating:
6/10

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

I Spit on Your Grave 2010 review

Posted in Exploitation Films, Remakes, Torture Porn with tags , , , , , , , on June 18, 2012 by Alex Roy

I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

Tagline: It’s Date Night

Directed by:
Steven R. Monroe

Produced by:
Lisa Hansen
Paul Hertzberg
Meir Zarchi

Run time:
108 minutes

Released:
May 1, 2010

Review:

This one of those rare remakes were the remake exceeds expectations, and becomes better than the original. This is a brutal, unrelenting revenge horror film that doesn’t shy away from being extreme. Like the 1978 original, I Spit on Your Grave leaves the viewer feeling uneasy, and in my opinion, it’s what makes this film so unique in delivering the tension. Nothing is more powerful in the horror medium than exploring the darker side of human nature. The result is a powerful film that will most likely stay with you long after you’ve seen it. This is a bone chilling tale of vengeance and every cast member is excellent in their parts. Director Steven R. Monroe delivers a stunning remake is better acted and at times more disturbing than the original, but that’s what he seeked to accomplish, and in that regard, he succeeded. This is Exploitation cinema at its finest. This is not a film for the weak-minded as the film is pretty violent. If you’re looking for a horror film that takes a look at the dark side of the human nature, this is one the one to watch. In many ways, this is superior to the original, due in part to its good cast who bring something terrifying to the screen. The standout aspect of this film is the actual retribution of the lead character who suffers the violent rape and beatings of the gang. This is a hard film to watch, but if you can manage it, it’s worth seeing. This is a film that joins the original and The Last House on the Left as one of the definitive revenge films.

Final Rating:
7/10

Hostel review

Posted in Hostel series, Torture Porn with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2012 by Alex Roy

Hostel (2005)

Tagline: Welcome To Your Worst Nightmare

Directed by:
Eli Roth

Produced by:
Eli Roth
Quentin Tarantino

Released:
January 6, 2006

Run Time:
94 Minutes

Review:

After giving the first Hostel a second viewing, I found myself liking it more than the first time. The first time I saw this film, I absolutely despised it. I didn’t like it whatsoever. I don’t know what I liked from the second viewing, but I guess that it what it was supposed to. The gore is unrelenting, this film is violent and disgusting, and it’s a true thrill ride and brings Horror porn to a whole new level. Eli Roth is a fairly decent director; I also enjoyed his first film, Cabin Fever. Hostel is definitely not for the faint of heart, there are some strong graphic scenes of violence that even the strong stomachs won’t be able to tolerate. A decent enough film, only the second time around Hostel was a good film but I personally prefer the Saw series. Hostel has definitely unnerving sequences that aren’t for the squeamish. The film is very much a different type of film than the Saw series, but it still has the vibe. Hostel is yet another gore riddled torture porn horror flick that will most likely appeal to fans of horror that enjoy good gore. This is the only film in the trilogy that I enjoyed, and that I really recommend. This is worth watching if you want something a bit different, and very disturbing. This definitely one of few original ideas for a horror films that works. The film has its flaws, but Eli Roth delivers a good flick that definitely is worth your time. This is a work of a director who took a risk, and it has definitely paid off.

Final Rating:
6/10

Hostel: Part II review

Posted in Bad Horror, Hostel series, Torture Porn with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2012 by Alex Roy

Hostel II (2007)

Directed by:
Eli Roth

Produced by:
Scott Speigel

Run Time:
94 Minutes

Released:
June 8, 2007

Review:

Sequel to Hostel, Hostel 2 is pretty much the same film as the first one except that it’s less uninspired, instead of being Guys back packing in Europe; it’s Women who are the victims. The only decent scene that had genuine terror is when the rich business men, place bids on their potential victims, I thought that was well done, but as far the film goes, it fails to live up to effective standards of horror, and ultimately is just the same film as the first except they switched the characters around. Hostel 2 is a failure and I think that it should have gone straight to DVD, because really this is one bad sequel and doesn’t offer anything new to add to the story of the first one. Hostel: Part II simply doesn’t work and I thought the film was pretty boring to be honest. This sequel was very predictable and if you’ve seen the first film, then you’ll know how this one will turn out. This is a poor sequel and one that really isn’t worth watching. Though the first Hostel was good, this one was terrible. I don’t see why they bothered making the same film twice. I think the filmmakers could’ve at least tried a little harder than this to create a decent sequel. However this is not the case. If you’re looking for a horror film with originality, then skip on this sequel. This film is far from original, and it’s a mess from start to finish. However if you’re looking for a film that lacks anything original, then this is the film for you. However, stick with the original. This one was simply awful.

Final Rating:
2/10

Hostel: Part III review

Posted in Hostel series, Torture Porn with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2012 by Alex Roy

Hostel: Part III (2011)

Tagline: Do you feel lucky?

Directed by:
Scott Spiegel

Produced by:
Chris Briggs
Mike Fleiss
Scott Spiegel

Run Time:
88 Minutes

Released:
December 27, 2011

Review:

Hostel 3 is a pretty decent horror yarn that is actually better than the lacking part 2, which only relied on the first film for its ideas. At least this third film by Intruder director Scott Spiegel offers something refreshing and interesting for fans of the original Hostel. With an entirely different setting, and new ideas at hand, the filmmakers were able to craft a respectable third chapter in this series of torture porn horror flicks. The film has plenty of flaws, such as questionable dialogue and performances, but it delivers in its ideas that director Spiegel tries to convey. There are some good ideas at work, but most of the time, it leaves a lot to be desired, and it could have been done a bit better. Despite the flaws, there’s lots of thing to please gorehonds, as this is first and foremost, a splatter, torture flick, which has lots of juicy kill scenes and it does that very well. The script has its limitations, but most of the time, the film just relies on its concept to deliver its entertainment, and sometimes, that’s all that is necessary to create the memorable, disturbing moments. If you were disappointed by part 2, then this third film should definitely appeal to you. I really liked the fact that it was set in Las Vegas and that clients could place bets on how the executioners would kill off the victim. I felt it was very twisted and it was what made the film overcome its flaws and be amusing. Nonetheless, Hostel 3 is not a perfect film, and it so much potential of being a better film, however there’s still plenty of effective gore elements to make this a film worth seeing.

Final Rating:
5/10

Steel Trap review

Posted in Bad Horror, Survival Horror, Torture Porn with tags , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2011 by Alex Roy

Steel Trap (2007)

Tagline: Surviving each floor is the name of the game.

Directed by:
Louis Camera

Run Time:
89 Minutes

Released:
2007

Review:

Steel Trap is a terrible, poorly constructed film using previous ideas from other films. The plot is cliché, the characters are poorly developed and the directing is terrible. Steel Trap could have been a good horror film, but the fact is, is that it reminded me too much of Saw with a bad cast. Steel Trap is a clichéd ridden film that doesn’t do anything new or original to entertain the viewer. I felt that the film missed the mark, and didn’t offer anything good or entertaining. Steel Trap was a pointless film and by the time the credits role, you realize how much you wasted your time on this stupid, pointless film. Steel Trap is a badly conceived film that ultimately doesn’t go anywhere. The film’s plot is mediocre, and to make that worse, the cast is terrible and it really sinks this film further. Steel Trap might have been a good film, but it’s a dud, a total failure of a horror film. This is a film that scraps the bottom of the barrel. Director Luis Camara cannot craft a competent film. Steel Trap is a poor film with a mediocre story. I thought that Steel Trap was not worth watching, and that the cast was awful, and that Steel Trap was simply an uninspired horror film trying to cash in on the torture porn genre that Saw pioneered. It doesn’t work, and Steel Trap is a bad film that is actually one of the worst horror films of the last few years. Stick with Saw; at least you’ll a better crafted horror film with a decent cast and good gore effects, which is what Steel Trap lacks.

Final Rating:
2/10

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