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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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Their Favourite Horror Films: A 31 Films Of Halloween Special

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Their Favourite Horror Films: A 31 Films Of Halloween Special

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast, and in honour of #31filmsofhalloween, we talk about our favourite (not best) Horror Films from the past five decades.  From slasher films to found footage, we give to you the horror films that really connected with us.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed former filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Discussed: Invasion of The Body Snatches, Dawn of The Dead, Alien, Jaws, Day Of The Dead, Gremlins, The Thing, EviL Dead 2, Threads, The Blair Witch Project, Scream, Candyman, Zombieland: Double Tap, Breaking Bad, IT Chapter 2, Darkman, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U, Bloodline, Parasite, Piranha, The Omen, Halloween, American Werewolf In London, Friday The 13th Part 6: Jason Lives, The Fly, Chopping Mall, Event Horizon, Arrowverse, Tremors, Braindead, Nightbreed, Army Of Darkness, From Dusk ’Till Dawn, Night Of The Living Dead (1990), The Frighteners, Night Of The Living Dead, 28 Days Later, Saw, Dawn of The Dead (2004), Shaun of The Dead, Ginger Snaps, Final Destination, The Mist, Wild Things, Drag Me To Hell, Jeepers Creepers, Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Raw, Cabin In The Woods, The Babadook, Your Next, Get Out, A Quiet Place, Train To Busan, Piranha 3D, Dead Set

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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Haunt (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Haunt (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Eli Roth and the writers of A Quiet Place… well that’s a mix if I’ve ever seen one.  Problem is Eli Roth has never delivered on his own hype and the aforementioned writers have done little OTHER than A Quiet Place.  Marketing… gotta love it.  Anyway all this aside Haunt is actually okay.  Think an Escape Room meets Saw meets House Of a 1,000 Corpses (but not as good as either) and you are mostly there.  Well mostly if you excuse pretty much all the gore.  Because this film does.  Passing the time, it’s occasionally unnerving but needed to be turned up past 6 to excite more.  So not bad but not great.

Best Bit: Ring

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: House Of a 1,000 Corpses, Saw, Escape Room, A Quiet Place

 


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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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Blog: 17 Unexpected Things you didn’t know about your Favourite Horror Films

Blog: 17 Unexpected Things you didn’t know about your Favourite Horror Films

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Did you know that the radiologist’s assistant in The Exorcist was a convicted murderer who dismembered and killed gay men in the late ’70s?  or that the Babadook became a a gay icon and was even the symbol for Gay Pride month in parts of America?  Here’s a list of our Our 17 unexpected horror facts…

 

  1. The Exorcist (1973)

Paul Bateson played a radiologist’s assistant in The Exorcist. He was a convicted murderer who dismembered and killed gay men in the late ’70

 

  1. Alien (1979)

The actors were not informed that the xenomorph was going to explode from Kane’s chest. This enabled genuine reactions from the cast. Veronica Cartwright even passed out

 

  1. Psycho(1960)

It was the first movie to ever show a toilet being flushed

 

 

4.     Poltergeist (1982)

Four of the cast in the original film died within six years of the film’s release data. One of those was Heather O’Rourke (the girl in the gif) and because of this, the belief that the film was cursed arose.

5.     Night of the living dead (1968)

The Night of the Living Dead was shot in black and white. This means that they didn’t have modern film challenges to make the fake blood look realistic. When Karen Cooper (Kyra Schon) takes a bite of her dad’s flesh, she’s actually biting into some leftover lunch.

6.     The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Anthony Hopkins was only on camera for just under 25 minutes. He was barely in the movie but he still took home the Oscar for Best Actor that year.

7.     The Shining (1980)

The carpet is the same design in The Shining and the second floor landing of Sid’s house in Toy Story.

 

8.     The Amityville Horror (2005)

The cast and crew of The Amityville Horror kept waking up at 3 am while filming. That’s the same time the original murders took place.

 

9.     Split (2016)

James McAvoy broke his hand while filming Split in 2016. The incident occurred after he hit a door that he thought was fake. It was actually solid metal.

 

10.  The Conjuring (2013)

During filming, Vera Farmiga experienced several instances of paranormal activity, including finding claw marks on her thighs.

 

11.  Get Out (2017)

It’s no secret that Get Out has many references about American slavery. The teacup is symbolic to slave masters that summon house slaves using teacups.The use of a silver spoon can be seen as meaningful because of the term “born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth”.

 

12.  The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Jules kisses the wolf head on the wall. The wolf’s tongue was covered in powdered sugar to make it look dusty but also to make the scene more tolerable for Anna.

13.  Saw (2004)

Saw was actually inspired by a news story. The idea came about when James Wan saw a news report that described a man who would break into people homes and tickle the feet of sleeping children.  Once the man in question was caught, he revealed that he was forced to do it by someone else & was sent a jigsaw piece. This is where the idea of the jigsaw killer forcing characters to do unthinkable things flourished.

 

14.  Halloween (1978)

Due to its limited budget, the prop department used the cheapest $2 mask they could find in the costume store.  That mask happened to be of the Star Trek actor William Shatner. They spray-painted the face white, teased the hair out and reshaped the eye socket.

 

15.  The Shining (1980)

Stanley Kubrick created all 500 pages with the words “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Kubrick didn’t go to the prop department with the task and instead he used his own typewriter to make the pages.

 

 

16. Candyman (1992)

Real bees were actually put into lead actor Tony Todd’s mouth while shooting the finale.

 

 

17. The Babadook

The Babadook is a gay icon. It started at the end of 2016, when a Tumblr user started a thread about how he thought the Babadook was gay. The joke lead to the Babadook becoming a symbol for Gay Pride month in parts of America.

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Horror Movies Franchises

Phil’s Top 5… Horror Movies Franchises

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Horror Franchises

 

Close but no cigar: The Purge, Final Destination , Scream,  Saw

 

5 – Childs Play
Childs Play started well, went pretty rotten in the middle but managed to stick the landing with Bride, Child and most recently Cult Of Chucky.  Still got legs.

 

4 – Halloween
One great film, a few weak sequels, an excellent reboot and now a new new reboot means that Halloween is far from finished.

 

3 – A Nightmare On Elm Street
Elm Street is a mix of the good (the original, a New Nightmare, Dream Warriors), the bad (part 5) and the ugly (the remake) but s a horror icon few beat Freddie.  

2 – Evil Dead
Four movies and an incredible TV show, The Evil Dead franchise continues to endure well past it’s original roots as a down and very dirty low budget calling card for Sam Rami.

 

1 – Friday The 13th
Yup they haven’t aged that well and the franchise has stalled of late but growing up few films or horror icons scared me as much as the Friday films.  From the iconic (Part 4) to the Crazy bad but fun (Jason takes Manhattan)  I still love everyone of them.  Including the rather good remake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Sleeper Hits

Phil’s Top 5… Sleeper Hits

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: My Top 5 Sleeper Hits

 

Close but no cigar: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Jackass: The Movie, Easy Rider, Clerks

 

5 – District 9
US Box office: $210 million/ Budget: $30 million
Sadly teh director has never topped his early work.

 

4 – Saw
US Box office: $55.2 million Budget: $1.2 million
Clever, franchise spawning hit

 

3 – Paranormal Activity
US Box office: $107.6 million Budget: $15,000k
Not everyone’s bag but was a massive hit

 

2 – Slumdog Millionaire
US Box office: $141.3 million/ Budget: $15 million
A charming, heart warming film by one of teh UK’s best directors.

 

1 –  The Blair Witch Project
US Box office: $248.6 million Budget: $60,000k
I loved Blair Witch and still even now it unsettles me.  Avoid the sequels.

 

 

Jigsaw – A Quick Capsule Review

Jigsaw – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So Jigsaw is back and whilst this latest entry into the franchise that everyone had thought (maybe hoped?) was over, lacks the killer twists and traps of the best in the series, it’s just about gory, silly and OTT enough to be enjoyable.  In fact it probably rates in the top 3 or 4 of the franchise overall, not that that is a compliment as such.  Tobin Bell is great fun was always and whilst you kind of guess the ending a mile off it does it best to surprise.  Good then but not great.

Best Bit: The last death

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Saw, Saw 2, Saw 4

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Author: Phil Hobden

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #078 – Murder On The Orient Express, Jigsaw

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #078 – Murder On The Orient Express, Jigsaw

The Podcasts 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: I WANT TO PLAY A GAME! In this latest episode we play a game called guess who the murderer is with two twist filled films; Murder on the Orient Express and Jigsaw. We also have a very tough Top 5 on Movie Props and Josh kicks off over a conspiracy in Debate The Lamb.

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

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