The 25 Best… Horror Films of All Time

The 25 Best… Horror Films of All Time

Best... Other Cr*p

In our continuing regular feature, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of a particular genre… 

This time out: The Best Horror Films of All Time

 

The close but no cigar Films: Dawn of The Dead, You’re Next, The Blair Witch Project, The Pact, Grave Encounters, Let The Right One In, The Evil Dead

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #097 – A Quiet Place, Ghost Stories

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #097 – A Quiet Place, Ghost Stories

The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: Join us in our Horror-ish themed episode as we discuss two new released Horror films in; Ghost Stories and A Quiet Place. We also go over our Top 5 Movie Characters Who Would Make Horrible Dads.

Check it out and BLEAT THE WORLD and don’t forget to follow up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 22 Must See Films Of 2015

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 22 Must See Films Of 2015

Year In Review

So this is it…  LONG list of the best films of 2015. Our pick of the 22 best films of 2015, as voted for by our house staff (Ross Boyask, Phil Hobden, Matt Duddy, Drew Cullingham, Andrew MacKay & Josh Morris)

This will also form the basis of our short list to vote for the Film of 2015.  So how many have YOU seen?

Fast and Furious 7
Straight Outta Compton
Inside Out
Housebound
No Escape
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
Whiplash
Lavalantula
Spring
It Follows
Ant Man
Shaun The Sheep
Going Clear
Unfriended
Mad Max Fury Road
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Listen To Me Marlon
Green Room
The Martian
Birdman
White God
The Final Girls

Check back in the next few days for our final list… Take the QUIZ here

Blog: It Follows – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: It Follows – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It Follows has a great central idea that is let down by inconsistent internal logic that does little to help the film narratively make sense.  It’s direction is fine, the film has a few scares and the music is amazing but the film just can’t make sense of what it wants to be.  Can this thing go through doors? Sometimes yes.  Sometimes no. It seem stop walk then rush.  It can’t touch you then it can.  You end up spending more time trying to work out the rules of the game here than playing which in the end kills the films tension.  Not terrible but a let down.

Best Bit: The music

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Ring, Sinister, The Babadook

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Rapid Fire Reviews (It Follows, See No Evil, Project Almanac & more)

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Rapid Fire Reviews (It Follows, See No Evil, Project Almanac & more)

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Grosse Point Geek once again turns his attention’s to the latest bundle of films he’s watched as he presents his Rapid Fire Reviews for March 2015…

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The Theory Of Everything

Director: James Marsh
Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis.
Based on the book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jayne Wilde Hawking, this amazing film tells the story of Professor Stephen Hawking, his battle with motor neuron disease and his triumphant theorem about black holes and their role in the creation of the universe.  Eddie Redmayne deservedly won the best actor Oscar for his utterly flawless performance in the lead role, however high praise must also go to Felicity Jones who is superb as his long suffering first wife Jayne and Thewlis who is excellent in the small but pivotal role as Dennis Sciama, Hawking’s mentor and friend. To be honest there really isn’t much i can say to criticize this film – I’ll admit it isn’t for everyone and some scenes are quite hard to watch – but if you want to see a movie that features two of the best on screen performances in years then look no further.
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Project Almanac
Director: Dean Isralite
Actors: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D’elia.
A high school teenager discovers his dead fathers time machine in the basement of his house, puts it together with the help of his mates (as you do) and then uses it to win the lottery, go to a massive rock concert, successfully woo the girl of his dreams etc etc  – until of course it all goes pear shaped when various disasters occur and the lads realize that they have inadvertently  messed around with the very fabric of time.  This is another one of those found footage films, produced by Michael Bay (but don’t let that put you off), not bad of its type, fairly entertaining and well acted by the young cast. However there are way too many gaping plot holes and to be honest it would have made for a better story had the time machine been used to go back far more than just 10 years into past. Still not the worst thing vie ever seen  – but if I were you id wait for the dvd.
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It Follows
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Actors: Maika Monroe, Kier Gilchrist
After her boyfriend reveals  that he has deliberately passed on a curse – a young girl finds herself being pursued by some sort of malevolent supernatural entity that appears in various guises, seemingly hell bent on killing her. Low budget horror, but very effective nonetheless (the use of the Carpenter-esque synth score is extremely clever), well directed, damned creepy in parts and very reminiscent of the works of MR James  – in particular his short story  – ‘Oh Whistle and I’ll come to you my lad’. Well worth a look – just don’t sleep with the lights off!
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See No Evil

 

Director: Gregory Dark
Actors: Kane, Samantha Noble

Recorded this off the telly the other day – god-awful horror, featuring WWE superstar Kane as an escaped nutter holed up in an abandoned hotel, who proceeds to kill off a bunch of obnoxious juvenile delinquents in a various gruesome ways. No idea why i bothered watching this but safe to say that if you are a moron with no taste in films you will thoroughly enjoy it  – however if you have half a brain cell then avoid it like the plague.

Available on DVD
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Author: Will Strong 

 

Blog: All Things Film – It Follows

Blog: All Things Film – It Follows

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p Uncategorized

When does a movie, horror or otherwise, cease to be unique because it’s paying homage to so many other – better – films of its own genre? In newcomer David Robert Mitchell’s writer/director feature debut “It Follows”, there are at least a dozen blatant coattail-rides from stalk-and-slash horror movies.

The first, and probably most pronounced, is A Nightmare on Elm Street. Only in It Follows, you’re not asleep when the bogey man comes for you – you’re the latest victim from the last person you slept with who was effectively tagged “it” from the last person they slept with.

Right down to the bizarrely irritating soundtrack, It Follows is a blender on frappe from films such as Let the Right One in, The Shining, Zodiac… the list is endless. A Nightmare on Elm Street, though, when held side by side here could have been struck beat for beat in ways I wouldn’t dream of spoiling.

Maika Monroe from last year’s The Guest is the star of the show here as she wades through some stretches of tedium. She’s carrying the weight of the film on her shoulders admirably until things perk up as we enter the final half hour – but for some, this could be too little too late.

Some good ideas are here (swimming pool; saying no more), and the hot, bubbling underpinning on the alignment with HIV/AIDS as terror is a fitting and timely analogy against the impending doom – but, something it doesn’t click.

Although it has not gone unnoticed that the title “It Follows” possibly wasn’t meant to describe the many permutations of bad guy stalking the pretty heroine; more likely it was a warning for literate film lovers that the film will – and indeed did – follow every better example that has come before it.

 

 

Author: Andrew Mackay

 

To hear more on this review (and others like it) make sure you download the Filmsploitation podcast, part of the All Things Film network.