Escape Room (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Escape Room (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

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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Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Velvet Buzzsaw is a great title in need of an equally great film.  Okay that’s a bit unfair – Velvet Buzzsaw isn’t terrible.  But it is pretty average in the whole, another Netflix original letdown. Filmmaker Dan Gilroy , who made the rather excellent Nightcrawler, tackles a more straight up horror here.  Sadly whilst the central idea is good, the film isn’t that scary.  It’s also not that bloody and whilst the cast seem to be having fun, you just cant help but think that if they had dialled it up to 11 it could have been something quite special.

Best Bit: Truck Stop

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Nightcrawler, Society, Mother!

 


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Overlord (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Overlord (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Overlord, once rumoured to be another entry into the rather pointless Cloverfield franchise, is a Nazi zombie (well kinda) horror from director Julius Avery that dials the crazy up to ten when it needed to be eleven.  That’s not to say Overlord is bad – it’s not in fact it’s a whole bundle of fun but I just wanted it to be more.  More crazy, more silly and much more OTT.  The films effects are great, the cast good and the forward momentum admirable but if the filmmakers had taken this to the next level this could have truly been something special.

Best Bit: Back to the lab

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Outpost, Cloverfield, The Thing  

 


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Happy Death Day 2U (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Happy Death Day 2U (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I was a massive fan of the original Happy Death Day – a smart idea, well executed that played it as much fore fun as it did for fears.  A quickly turned around sequel doesn’t always guarantee it will be able to replicate the success but, er, happily, I can report that Happy Death Day 2U is great fun.  A bit more sci-fi than horror focused, this Blumhouse produced sequel turns the crazy up to eleven and, through a very clever introduction, sets up its pace and tone which takes it closer to Primer levels than Friday 13th.  The cast are fun (again) , the direction solid and the film doesn’t hang around.  Well recommended.

Best Bit: The opening

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Happy Death Day, Primer, Get Out

 


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The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Strangers: Prey At Night is a super efficient, super effective home invasion film that doesn’t waste any second of its super lean sub 90 minute run time and throws in plenty of surprises along the way.  It’s bloody, tense and overall a memorable sequel to a not that memorable original.  Available on Netflix UK.

Best Bit: Escape the trailer

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: The Strangers, Panic Room, You’re Next

 


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Bird Box (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Bird Box (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Bird Box is for sure one of the better Netflix Sci-Fi ‘originals’, benefiting from an A-list cast and some super tense direction. It’s not A Quiet Place but its tense for sure, even if it could have spent more time on the river than in the house.  Bullock is a strong, cold lead and the unseen monster is a powerful presence throughout. If they had stuck with the original book ending the film could have pushed a higher rating for sure.

Best Bit: The rapids

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: A Quiet Place, 28 Days Later, 10 Cloverfield Lane 

 


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