Worst Film of 2019: The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Worst Film of 2019: The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

2019: In Review Best & Worst Quick Review Year In Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Dead Don’t Die is a total waste of time. More than that it’s pretentious approach, intolerable fourth wall breaking and pretentious direction make it one of 2019’s worst films.  Don’t worry however it still cant beat Holmes & Watson.  Thing is… a film starring Bill Murray & Adam Driver (as well as many others) should be better than this just BECAUSE they are in it but Jim Jarmusch’s  direction just saps the life out of the performances.  I could go on but I couldn’t finish this mess so it just wouldn’t be fair…

Best Bit: Turning it off

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Shaun Of The Dead, Zombieland, Dawn Of The Dead

 


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Sweetheart (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Sweetheart (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Sweetheart is yet another modestly budgeted, low key Blumhouse release.  But this one ended up going directly to home/streaming which is a shame as, even though it’s pretty low key with it’s small but well formed cast, it’s still a solid genre-hybrid horror thriller that crosses a Lost with any number of monster & creature features from the 80’s & 90’s. Sweetheart is a tightly constructed, well made and delivers some nice tension across its sub 90 minute run time.

Best Bit: The reveal

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lost, 47 Meters Down, Upgrade

 


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3 From Hell (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

3 From Hell (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
3 From Hell is a bit of a slog. It’s more of the same (well maybe at times less)  from Rob Zombie who returns to the well once too often after the far superior House Of A 1000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects.  Zombie as a director can be hit and miss and this is very much the later. Richard Brake is the only one of the cast to really deliver (Sheri Moon Zombie delivers more of the same with few levels) and by the time the film get’s to its predictably bloody conclusion I just didn’t care.   It all feels pretty low budget and low key which is a shame as when he’s on fire, Zombie is at least good fun. 

Best Bit: Sig Haig’s last ride

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: The Devils Rejects, House Of A 1000 Corpses, Rob Zombie Halloween

 


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Cube (1997) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Cube (1997) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Cube was a break out 90’s hit that did a superb job at making the most of a very small budget, one location and a small cast.  Think Clerk’s with deadly traps.  It predated and influenced Saw and came around the time of break out low budget films like Blair Witch.  The 90’s was a really fun decade. However nostalgia aside, Cube has also aged less well than either of those films.  The effects and central concept still hold up but some of the acting can be pretty ropey at times and a slew of less regarded sequels and imitators has somewhat dampened its impact.  This all said it’s still a solid watch and shows what innovation can be done at a lower budget level.

Best Bit: Oh bugger.

Worth a Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: The Blair Witch Project, Saw, Clerks

 


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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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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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