Halloween (2018) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Halloween (2018) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Halloween 2018 is a film of three halves.  The first part sets up the premise nicely – that Michael went to jail after the original and that the sequels (and the family link to Strode) didn’t exist.  Not a bad thing.  It’s a creepy and effective set up.  It’s the middle part where the film looses it’s way a bit, falling into the trappings of the film’s it’s trying to ignore.  Thankfully it pulls it back with an uber creepy last section which ties together the strings nicely and ends up leaving the film with a neat ending… should it wish to walk away.  Overall it’s well worth seeing and one of the better Halloween movies.

Best Bit: The house

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Halloween, Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

 


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Scream (1996) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Scream (1996) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Wes Craven’s Scream remains surprisingly effective 22 years on.  A post-modern slasher film that (much like Tarantino was doing in the gangster film) referenced the very films that predated it.  It’s a film that plays by and yet subverts the rules of its genre.  This may have led to horror eventually eating itself with Scream clones (including certain Scream sequels) but what Craven does here is first rate.  Okay so it could have had a bit more gore for my liking but still it’s an effective slasher film with an iconic villain and some real scares.

Best Bit: “Do you like Scary Movies? ”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Scream 2, From Dusk Till Dawn

 


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Mandy (2018) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Mandy (2018) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
If you had to describe Mandy in one word it would be… mental.  Nic Cage going full Nic Cage.  Demented bikers,  Manson family nutters, Hand forging weapons, bundles of Gore. It’s an LSD trip of a movie. It’s also, quite possibly, one of the best film of 2018.  Okay so it makes little sense and at tow hours long is almost too much to watch in one go but films like this just don’t get made anymore… it’s a grindhouse horror that felt like it was made in the 70’s and would have been on the video nasty list.

Best Bit: Cage screaming on a toilet.  Insane.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Mother!, Hereditary, The Devils Rejects 

 


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CAM (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

CAM (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
CAM is a really interesting technology based horror that marks yet another strong Blumhouse production to be released this year.  Lead by an excellent performance by Madeline Brewer  and some exceptionally well handled and sympathetic direction by Daniel Goldhaber CAM is measured, unexploitative and tightly directed.  In short: Netflix has delivered a well handled horror that is a must see for genre fans.

Best Bit: Madeline Brewer is excellant

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Searching, Unfriended, The Bay

 


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Carriers (2009) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Carriers (2009) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
28 Dawn of The Living Stands Laters. Although considering most of those rate in my top 10 horror movies of all time, the fact Carriers doesn’t sit too out of place along side some of them isn’t a bad thing. Thoughtful, shocking and well made it’s biggest issue it that it just, ultimately, isn’t scary enough.  But man it tries…

Best Bit:Tough choices.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 28 Days Later,  The Stand,  28 Weeks Later

 


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Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Unfriended: Dark Web is another strong entry into the ‘desktop’ found footage sub genre that’s arrived over the past few years.  And yup it’s another Blumhouse production.  Taking more of a ‘real world’ concept that the previous Unfriended movie, Dark Web is well made and does the best with its limiting format.  I question just how many more of these films we can watch before they get a bit ho-hum but for now Unfriended: Dark Web is well worth your time.

Best Bit: Great use of the format

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Unfriended, Searching, The Bay

 


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Truth or Dare (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Truth or Dare (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Truth or Dare is another fairly typical Blumhouse production.  It’s safe, it’s sold and it flies by.  And none of that is a criticism by the way… for the most part Blumhouse films are good time passers, with Truth or Dare being a prime example of a film that’s fun to watch but one that won’t stay with you for a second after you leave the cinema. The cast are good, the direction keep’s you guessing and the deaths inventive.  A great time passer!

Best Bit: Snap Chat Faces!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Happy Death Day, Unfriended Dark Web, Halloween 2018

 


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The Predator (2018)- A Quick Capsule Review

The Predator (2018)- A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Predator is rubbish.  But its Saturday afternoon sitting on the sofa not doing much rubbish that is actually quite good fun while it lasts.  Okay yes so there’s obvious studio interference and the film lacks a lot of Shane Black’s usual spark (it’s also not set at Christmas usually for Black).  There’s also some issues around the side that have contributed (at least in part) to the film flopping in the cinema but and, it’s a big but,  there’s enough here to enjoy that enables you to mostly forget this.  Black’s script is witty, the cast are good and the affects  more than passable.  Predator 2 still remains the best sequel in this franchise and there’s still a much better film to be made in this world but I enjoyed The Predator for what it’s worth.

Best Bit: Predator Dogs

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Predator, Predator 2, Predators 

 


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The Thing (1982) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

The Thing (1982) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Thing is a nailed on sci-fi horror classic. Even some 36 years since the film was released (to a critically drubbing no less), the film holds up brilliantly.  In fact other than a few moments the film is almost timeless, feeling like it could’ve been made yesterday.  I guess the only thing that stops it feeling like a 2000’s movie is the restraint showed by Carpenter as a director and the cast.  It’s subtlety from start to end, with ambiguous moments leaving the audience to think about what they are seeing.  Carpenter saves his money shots for when they count and when they come man do they deliver.  The 2000’s reboot did everything wrong that this film did right.  In short The Thing is essential.

Best Bit: The blood test

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Escape From New York, Halloween, Big Trouble In Little China

Hall of Fame

 


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Here Alone (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Here Alone (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Here Alone is a tense post apocalyptic thriller with some seriously dark twists and turns that manages to side step its obvious budget limitations for some incurably tense and atmospheric moments.  Yes it’s a bit overlong and repetitive but it mostly manages to be predictable and that goes a long way to helping you overlook some of the weaker elements.  Well worth checking out.

Best Bit: Into the house

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: 28 Days Later, The Walking Dead, Maggie

 


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