Raw (2017) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Raw (2017) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Raw is a visceral, bloody, hardcore look at family, desire and, er, cannibalism.  Arriving on a sea of hype – people walking out of screenings, vomiting, fainting and everything in between it’s a film that has a lot of live up to.   And for once it does.   One of the most intimate looks on film at the taboo of eating  human flesh, it’s a film that lives and dies on it’s central performance by Garance Marillier .  Which is lucky because she delivers.   In spades.  I can’t say enough good things about Raw.  It’s a hard watch but one WELL worth it.  Believe the hype.

Best Bit: Waking up…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Cannibal Holocaust, Ravenous, Alive

 


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28 Days Later (2002) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

28 Days Later (2002) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Tense, scary and raw 28 Day’s Later for me is one of the best horror films ever made.  Even 17 years later it remains one of the most unsettling films ever made.  Danny Boyle, coming off a run that included Trainspotting and The Beach once again showed that he is a director not bound by genre.  Handheld, shot on low fi digital video and with a limited budget, Boyle creates a film that feels as real as it get that adds visceral gore, an epic score and a compelling twist on the then very worn Zombie film.  Add to that career making performances by Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris & Christopher Eccleston as well as an impressive debut by writer Alex Garland and you have a near perfect storm.  Essential viewing.

Best Bit: ‘Hello’

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: 28 Weeks Later, Trainspotting, Dawn Of The Dead

Hall-of-Fame

 


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Rabid (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Rabid (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Soska Sistser’s remake of David Cronenberg’s Rabid doesn’t really add much to what is regarded as somewhat of a genre classic.  It’s not bad – in fact it has a few decent gore moments – but in its desire to pay homage to the legendary film and director it fails tread it’s own path.  Sadly the Soska Sister’s have yet to wow me and, like a lot of modern horror, Rabid (2019) needed to dial it up to 11.  So terrible… no? Essential… not even close.

Best Bit: The reveal

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: American Mary, Rabid (1977), Shivers 

 


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Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is to Scream what Halloween is to the Elm Street movies.  Without the former, the later just wouldn’t have existed.  It’s a film that’s far ahead of its time, stepping back years of ‘lesser’ sequels to reboot and close off the Elm Street series in a way that would change horror forever.   It also holds up really well, considering the film is now 25 years old and horror has gone full circle once again.  Okay so some of the later FX look a bit ropey and I’m not a huge fan of the Freddy make up on display here but these are very small quibbles. This remains as important to the horror genre as Halloween before it.

Best Bit: The fact it’s still really bloody good.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Scream, Scream 2, Cabin In The Woods, Halloween

 


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Killer Sofa (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween ‘ Quick Capsule Review

Killer Sofa (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween ‘ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In short: Nice poster, shame about the film.  Look I get it.  I’ve watched my fair amount of borderline silly films in my time.  I even made a few.  So the idea of Killer Sofa is pretty golden but where I wanted a film turned up to 11, Killer Sofa barely get’s past just being ‘on’.  It’s just not silly, camp or gory enough. It’s just feels pretty cheap and, ultimately, pointless.  Shame.

Best Bit: Well it’s short…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Zombeavers, Sharknado, Love Object, Monster Man

 


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The Devil’s Advocate (1997) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween ‘ Quick Capsule Review

The Devil’s Advocate (1997) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween ‘ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Devil’s Advocate is about as subtle as being hit by a brick, in the face, in the middle of a global sporting event whilst its broadcast live on TV with a brass band playing naked in the background.  From Al Pacino dialling up to 11 (and then further) to Taylor Hackford’s direction which leaves nothing unsaid it’s not the kind of film you look for nuance in.  This all said I bloody love it.  Reeves is good, Theron excellent but this is Pacino’s film and he relishes being unleashed as the film get’s crazier and crazier. Pacino really is having a bundle of fun and it shows.  It hold’s up well some 22 years later and despite clocking in at just under two and a half hours the film flies by.  Well worth a rewatch.

Best Bit: Pacino’s 20 minute end monologue

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Constantine, Primal Fear, Dick Tracy

 


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Chopping Mall (1986) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Chopping Mall (1986) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I thought I’d seen 1986’s Chopping Mall previously.  Nope. For sure I would have remembered this hokey but super fun robot security guards kill everyone ‘slasher’ flick.  Look this was made in the 80’s and for what must have been a super low budget so you have to expect it to be a little… cheap.  But it hits everything you want from an 80’s horror… boobs, blood and a short run time.  Yup this is far away from many of the classic 80’s horrors that are available but at under 80 minutes you could pass the time with far worse.

Best Bit: Lazer rampage!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (On Prime)

If You Liked this Try: Robocop, Friday The 13th, The Burning 

 


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Jason X (2001) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Jason X (2001) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Yup Jason X is bad.  But its bad in a knowing, fun and silly kind of way that the franchise had been seriously lacking up to this point.  Just the idea of taking Jason and putting him on a space ship is insane BUT even with piss poor 90’s CGI, a near total lack of nudity and gore and acting that is at best dubious the film is just such damn fun. From VR deaths, 80’s Friday The 13th homages to a Cyborg Jason this film just knows what it is and delivers on that, never trying to be anymore or less.  And I kinda salute it for that… oh and did I mention CYBORG JASON?????? Barking mad.

Best Bit:Face, Liquid Nitrogen, Desk.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Freddy Vs Jason, Friday the 13th (2009), Friday the 13th

 


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Flatliners (2017) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Flatliners (2017) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The misnomer here is that Flatliners 2017 is a worse film that the star packed original.  It’s not.  That one was pretty rubbish as well. This said there was an opportunity here to do something interesting with the tale of a group of medical students who mess with nature to find out if there really was an ‘afterlife’.  This wasn’t that film.  Look it’s far from terrible (well maybe a few times) but a hokey script, an unconvincing cast and a run time that doesn’t justify itself just makes you realise life is too short to be watching films like this.  Sadly to be labelled with a Do Not Resuscitate.

Best Bit: Dr Sutherland!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Flatliners (1990), A Cure For Wellness, Jacobs Ladder

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Their Favourite Horror Films: A 31 Films Of Halloween Special

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Their Favourite Horror Films: A 31 Films Of Halloween Special

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast, and in honour of #31filmsofhalloween, we talk about our favourite (not best) Horror Films from the past five decades.  From slasher films to found footage, we give to you the horror films that really connected with us.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed former filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Discussed: Invasion of The Body Snatches, Dawn of The Dead, Alien, Jaws, Day Of The Dead, Gremlins, The Thing, EviL Dead 2, Threads, The Blair Witch Project, Scream, Candyman, Zombieland: Double Tap, Breaking Bad, IT Chapter 2, Darkman, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U, Bloodline, Parasite, Piranha, The Omen, Halloween, American Werewolf In London, Friday The 13th Part 6: Jason Lives, The Fly, Chopping Mall, Event Horizon, Arrowverse, Tremors, Braindead, Nightbreed, Army Of Darkness, From Dusk ’Till Dawn, Night Of The Living Dead (1990), The Frighteners, Night Of The Living Dead, 28 Days Later, Saw, Dawn of The Dead (2004), Shaun of The Dead, Ginger Snaps, Final Destination, The Mist, Wild Things, Drag Me To Hell, Jeepers Creepers, Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Raw, Cabin In The Woods, The Babadook, Your Next, Get Out, A Quiet Place, Train To Busan, Piranha 3D, Dead Set

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies

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