47 Meters Down (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

47 Meters Down (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
47 Meters Down is a 2017 survival horror film written and directed by Johannes Roberts, who brings his track record in lower budget independent films to another, mostly enjoyable, lower budget independent film.  It’s nothing new – Open Water, Jaws and a million other films have trodden this path but Roberts does a good job of keeping the tension present during its sub 90 minute run time.  Okay so it runs out of steam a touch by the end and pulls a move that is at best described as ‘well worn’ but there’s enough to enjoy here to recommend as a beer and curry type distraction.

Best Bit: Yup I knew it! 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Jaws, Open Water, Deep Blue Sea

 


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Child’s Play (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Child’s Play (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Child’s Play is saved from being a total disaster by one sequence near the end the film that takes place in a mall.  That one sequence is JUST about good enough to drag this from a 3 or 4/10 to a 5/10. It still doesn’t quite stick the landing and the sequel bate ending makes no sense…. but it could have been worse.   The thing is ANY horror film that cuts away from its gore more than it focuses on it is made for the wrong audience.  Chucky fans don’t want cuts away… we want head slices, chops and gore.  What Child’s Play 2019 feels like is a debate between a filmmaker who wants a NC-17 and a studio who wants a PG-13.  Nobody wins here.  And nobody did. (Note to Mark Hamill who does a nice job and the central AI idea kinda works.  Kinda).

Best Bit: The Mall

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Child’s Play, The Bride Of Chucky, Child’s Play 3

 


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IT: Chapter 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

IT: Chapter 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Two years after the highly regarded IT blew away cinematic records, IT: Chapter 2 arrives in cinema.  So was IT worth the wait? Well yes.. mostly.  Okay so IT isn’t as effective, scary or well paced at the 2017 film but you almost forgive all it’s issues due to the spot on cast who help bring the older characters to life so brilliantly.  Okay so there’s too many flashbacks, the CGI just doesn’t work, the story isn’t as engaging and the ending still has all the issues of the source material but IT: Chapter 2 still delivers plenty of jumps, scares and thrills.  Not essential but still a worthy watch.

Best Bit: Dinner

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: IT (2017), IT: The Mini-Series, Stand By Me

 


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Critters Attack (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Critters Attack (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Anyone that know’s me knows I have a fondness for all thing s 80’s horror.  Especially cheaply made horror franchises… and they’d not get any cheaper than Critters Attack, the latest in the very long running (and long dormant) Critters franchise.  Yup the nasty Crites return to Earth to… well kill people… but this time there’s a new Critter and… well who cares right? Simply put if you have never seen a Critters film this probably isn’t your jumping off point as there is little new or fresh here.  But for those that have it’s more of the same… it’s silly, cheap and fun, passing the time with its high kill rate and short run time.   Just don’t expect an Academy Award winner here…

Best Bit: Critters ball!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Critters, Ghoulies, Tremors 

 


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

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

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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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