The Hole In The Ground (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Hole In The Ground (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hole In The Ground is pretty damn creepy.  To be fair though I have a thing about creepy kids so this pretty much hit all those buttons and more.  But actually, my personal phobias aside, this film has a lot to like.  Strong performances, a great central premise and some atmospheric photography makes for a film that will last a long white after the film ends.  Not perfect (pacing is a bit off and the story a bit too simple) but well worth your time.

Best Bit: In the hole

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: It Comes At Night, Orphan, Poltergeist

 


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The Perfection (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Perfection (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Perfection arrives on the back of a run of less than well received Netflix originals.  Velvet Buzzsaw, Rim Of The World and many others have fallen short but critically and with the subscribers.  Whilst The Perfection may not be every one’s cup of tea, I actually enjoyed the hell out of this tightly constructed, nutty and often boundary pushing horror.  Taking hints from Argento and Cronenberg, The Perfection crafts a tight and well performed narrative that makes you believe the twists and turns that follow.  Original? No. Fun.  Certainly.

Best Bit: Bus

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Susperia, Rabid, Revenge 

 


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Brightburn (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Brightburn (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What if Superman arrived on Earth and rather than being good was actually evil?  Well Lawyers assemble as Brightburn tells the story of a baby boy crashing down in a small farm belt town in a spaceship to a mum and pop family who can’t have kids and soon puts on a costume to go out and show the world his superpowers. Hmmm… Jokes aside Brightburn has a better idea than execution but arriving from the Gunn family (James and brothers) it’s graphic violence, central idea and short run time mean that its flaws are often forgotten.   If you ever wanted to see Superman burn someones’ face off… this is the movie for you.  But not Superman Mr Laywer.  No. Not at all.

Best Bit: The Eye

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Chronicle, Glass, Super

 


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Ghost Stories (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Ghost Stories (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ghost Stories is a pretty decent attempt at recreating the old school horror anthology that was pretty popular in the 1980’s.  Anchored around a myth busting TV presenter , it’s all pretty effective until you find out in the end that actually nothing is quite as it seems and the story folds in on itself.  Which is a shame because if it had stuck with its core premise there could have been a really interesting film here.  So overall it’s effective, even if it lacks a cohesive narrative and any real shocks.

Best Bit: The first story 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: VHS, Creepshow, Twilight Zone: The Movie

 


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Us (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Us (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Following the Oscar winning Get Out, Jordan Peele returns to the horror genre once again with Us – a film so hard to describe without giving spoilers that I’ll just say that it’s about duality and scissors.  Look I was never fully on the Get Out hype train. I enjoyed it but it certainly didn’t hit home for me like it did with others and I thought the last third was pretty derivative. Us, also loved by critics, is another good but not great horror film that has moments but overall doesn’t quite hold together.  You may feel different but for me it seems like Peele is making horror films for those with minimal track record in the genre.

Best Bit: The Neighbours

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Get Out, The Strangers, Identity

 


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Escape Room (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Escape Room (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Escape Room is basically Saw light. In fact it’s so lacking in gore and real threat for the most part you wonder just how close it could have been to getting a 12 rating.  That’s not to say that it isn’t enjoyable. It is.  In fact Escape Room is a whole bundle of fun – if you don’t mind checking your brain at the door.  It doesn’t stick the landing sadly with a weirdly sequel focused denouement but the cast are good, the puzzles crazy and the story just about believable.

Best Bit: Pool

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Saw, The Belko Experiment, Cube

 


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Podcast:  Phil And Drew Talk… Shed Of The Dead (Guest host Drew Cullingham)

Podcast: Phil And Drew Talk… Shed Of The Dead (Guest host Drew Cullingham)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast Drew Cullingham replaces Ross in the co-host chair as he and Phil re-team after many years (*they used to co-host Filmsploitation/ All Things Film podcast back in the day) to talk about Drew’s new film Zom-Com Shed Of The Dead.  They also break down their favourite ‘Zombie’ movies (well this is a Zombie themed podcast after all).  All this and more.

Hosted by filmmaker Drew Cullingham and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films & People Discussed: Shed Of The Dead, Shaun of The Dead, 28 Days Later, Dawn of The Dead, Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman, Bill Moseley, Brian Blessed, A Nightmare On Elm Street. Devils Rejects, House Of A Thousand Corpses, Friday The 13th, Army of Darkness, Evil Dead 2, Dead Snow, REC, Night of The Living Dead, Day of The Dead, 28 Days Later, Dawn Of The Dead, Shaun of The Dead, Zombie Flesh Eaters ( Zombi 2), Dawn Of The Dead (2004),Train to Busan, Paranornan

For more on Shed Of The Dead check out the website at shed of the dead.com or follow the film @ShedoftheDead on Twitter.  Shed Of The Dead is released on Demand on the 20th May 2019. 

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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The Silence (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Silence (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Silence boldly goes exactly where A Quiet Place and Netflix’s own Bird Box goes before it.  Okay so that’s not strictly true but for sure the three films all feature very familiar ideas, beats and execution which leads to some very obvious comparisons.  Sadly for The Silence it’s probably the weakest of the three, in part to the rather pointless voice over the film is lumbered with and whilst it throws in a couple of surprises it’s pretty predictable from start to end.  Now it’s not terrible – in fact at times it’s pretty fun and it’s 90 minute run time is much appreciated.  BUT you can’t help but think this could have been so much more!

Best Bit: Dog. Crash. Car.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: A Quiet Place, Bird Box, Annihilation

 


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Glass (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Glass (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Glass is the final part of M Night Shyamalan’s loose and somewhat unconventional superhero trilogy, following on from Unbreakable and Split. Shyamalan isn’t the most reliable filmmaker – he’s either good (see The Sixth Sense) or really, really, really bad (see The Happening).  Thankfully Glass, following on from Split just a few years ago, is firmly in the first camp… with maybe a few small caveats.  Headlined by yet another excellent performance from a crazy James McAvoy , Glass delivers a fun and playful movie that knows exactly the right buttons to push.  Never too knowing, never too serious. Yup it’s a bit long and yup it could do with out the now standard Shyamalan cameo but Glass is really good ending to what are three of the director better films.

Best Bit: McAvoy

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Unbreakable, Split, The Sixth Sense

 


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Bodysnatchers (1993) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Bodysnatchers (1993) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Bodysnatchers is the third big screen screen adaptation of 1954 Jack Finney novel and takes a refreshingly different approach.  Directed by the always of-the-wall Abel Ferrara, it moves the setting to a military base and contemporaries the story somewhat.  It’s a lean film for sure (in running time, budget and pacing) but that does work in its favour. It wastes few scenes or moments.   I’ve always been oddly drawn to this film series (even liking the much maligned Daniel Craig version) and this film especially was a firm favourite when I was younger.  Years on it stills works for me despite it’s rough edges. Yes it’s not the superior 1978 version but there’s plenty to enjoy.

Best Bit: Bath/First transformation 

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Invasion, Invasion of The Body Snatchers (1978),  Invasion of The Body Snatchers (1956)

 


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