Whats Crackling?

Okay its an unusual way to start this post, but if you were me trying to explain how March went, I would have to hit you with a bat – I’ll let you think about it. Hectic is an understatement. Let me just say that I’m regaining my composer. The muse that I usually foray my discussions with had a bleeding holiday, as of April Fools Day, at three o’clock – that is depends where in the world you live in- my muse returns with full force. Thus the snappy post title.

Review time… This review is from the last week of March, where I watch a movie and a manga TV Series. Where did I watch these movies and manga TV series? It is simple and I did a search and by the posts title it is a good clue – Crackle dot com – where else.

You can sign up or sign in with your Facebook account or simply watch the movie, TV series, internet shows or trailers. However be prepared to watch one minute ads which repeat and when the show or movie is half or to the end an extra ad of 30 seconds. Apart from that I found a better online streaming site of movies. I urge you explore and enjoy.

So without further to do I’ll review these:

Rorouni Kenshin (Samurai X)

Details – 94 episodes in 3 seasons

Plot

Kenshin the wanderer was once a legendary swordsman in Japan, in the Takugawa period and Japans change to the Meiji period. Kenshin known as Battousai the Slasher wanted to forego his past and stand for peace. With his tell sign of the X, on his left cheek of his face; he is faced with pass enemies and new ones which he uses his reversed sword for protection. He meets a woman who sees more than what is on the surface when he helps her. She is a master of a Dojo where she seeks students but finds then with Kenshin. The meeting of the students also come with their own problems, where Kenshin seems to step in to help to protect.

Overview

Battousai the slasher was a real person in Japan’s history but was not as the fame Kenshin in this manga or anime.  As you get to watch each episode with some clarity of plot each episode runs about 22 to 30 minutes. Each episode is from its start introduces the main characters in Kenshin’s travel in Kyoto. From the first season its the story of Kenshin and his past and the friends he meet alone the way. In the second episode he meets a young pick-pocket whom was under a gangs influence and he steps in to help. Of course the woman known as Kaoru of the Kamiya Kasshin Dojo takes the boy as her pupil after victory of the gang. Of course each episode may not be over for the character who comes to the dojo.

It is one theme of this manga for me which was said in each episode, To help and protect people. Also there was more than one theme; like using a weapon such as a sword for protection. Thus that is why Kenshin uses a reversed edge sword. Even though a sword is for killing; Kenshin also use the sword for protection and peace. Imagine you were in a feudal society and you swore never to use the sword for killing – this manga is exactly the portrayal of Samurai X. Feeling that peace is the answer to all things, pulls Kenshin to grow into a better person. In the 94 episodes, Kenshin finds love, happiness, friendships and most importantly standing up for the beliefs he learnt after being the Slasher.

The second season sees Kenshin in a fight against the royalists of the Takugawa period against the government of Meiji Period and a renegade slasher second to Battousai who engages in the governments demise. Kenshin saves the government from the renegade slashers’ dominion of Japan.

Third season is about the Feng Shui. Of course its about the Chi or Ki or force of where the place of objects are placed in harmony. Well,  Takugawa planned Edo as he placed the city’s map in line of harmony. But that harmony is gone since the Meiji Government interceded the change. But three hundred years before the Takugawa made the city maps , there were two clans aptly named wind and water, waged war and water won.

Kenshin always seemed to be in the middle of every torment comes to the people. His creed of protection was his only sense  and his style of fighting propelled him to almost superhuman status. As you get to know the reasons there is one thing that the Meiji government think of Kenshin as a hero and icon.  Of course its easy to get into the feel of the period and it is easy to understand the people of Japan  through manga.

Astroboy was my first manga I watch long ago and over the years I watch many others and each of them had the same sense as this manga series I watch- Peace, love and most of all friendship and respect of others.  ♠♠♠♠♠

The Breed

Details at Crackle dot com also a R rated movie.

Plot

Set in a future where vampires and humans are trying to live together. A rogue vampire kills an agent of the NSA , the partner follows the leads with the best Vampire police Adrian Paul. Together with Bai Ling to find the vampire killer.

Overview

It felt like an alternative earth where vampires come out of the closet in the future world where communists rule the world. The NSA has an agent learning about the Vampire world through the best detective of the Vampire police. The vampires live in a ghetto called Serenity. Adrian Paul had lived through the  the second world war and was made into a vampire by the vampire who wanted to come out to the humans. Of course, the problem was at the time the humans and one particular vampire were skeptical about the coming out.

I like the story plot in a way it was not horror per say, but it did have speculative fiction to draw a person in. In the opening scene was the most that was horror and then the rest was like a future crime investigation which almost looked like the matrix. Love the computers which were looking like the old cathode ray tube television set with mono screen and typewriters connecting to an unseen hard drive unit. But it also had paperwork. A weird sense of communism that held and governed; and mostly see how advances seen through a communist ideals. Even though, the plot on Crackle was different to mine it did pull you to watch it.

Of course, watching it at first I thought it was very unusual and weird, but I always give the benefit of the doubt and see it for as it is. YES it was a good watch in a weird way. If you like weird and bizarre movies then this is for you. Ultimately it is a good plot and an interesting to watch. ♠♠♠♠

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March Review

March is gone, April is here (Depending where you are in the world); and here I’m with another late review from an Viewster session of nine movies. Just a reminder about Viewster is this, all movies are free to watch and if you don’t mind watching with commercial ads which is only two which sometimes are repeat over and over in consecutive succession there is a jewel among the thorns. The nine movies I watched from Viewster are; The Killer Shrews, The Horror Vault 1 and 2, Fear of a Faceless God, Carnal, Jolly Roger-Massacre at Cutter’s Cove, Creature of the Night, Curse of the Wolf and Night Junkies.

First I like to say this and I would not watch Fear of a Faceless God because I can’t remember anything of the movie there was no zing to feed my hunger of horror. I like a movie which I can sit after it days later and remember the movie and this didn’t do me that favor. Where as Carnal was a little better, it also had some poor issues which I think was a little bit unusual. Carnal also is one movie I wouldn’t recommend to watch but it did have one thing going for it the story was about a disease – Syphilis. While the acting was like a B-Movie, it did distort the vampire myth a bit.

Apart from these two movies and the next two movies which I thought needed no review at all. The Horror Vault 1 and 2 were short films like a short story anthology. The Horror Vault 1 has nine short films  which encapsulate fear and madness and mayhem. In fact the Horror Vault 2 also captures this but each story had a plot which does have more merit than the aforementioned two movies. If you want to see these movies, I must warn you to watch at you own peril. Each person has their own likes and dislikes. You might be thinking – Why would I watch these movies? Well! I thought the movie names was a beautiful title and one I thought was almost similar to a movie I saw a long time age.

Okay here are the ones I thought viable for a review.

The Killer Shrews

Details

Where to watch - Viewster
Year - 1959
Filmed - USA
Director - Ray Kellogg
Cast - Ingrid Goude , James Best , Ken Curtis and more
Minutes - 69
Age Restrictions -  18

Plot

On an island off the mainland coast, a group of scientists are experimenting on overpopulation with a certain type of rodent – the shrew.  A Captain and his mate are coming to the island for the scientists supplies and retrieving a passenger in the return trip, but a hurricane is on their heels. A crazy scientist who can’t hold his liquor soon makes trouble for the group of scientist and the Captain. While there the Captain soon discovers strange things are happening, but the female scientist whose father is the head scientist of the group on the island, soon have to explain to the captain about the shrews.

Overview

Well science fiction and horror blended together well in this classic black and white movie. The funny thing about it is very typical of the science background information that harbors a sense of research that the screenwriter had done. The horror of overpopulation is one element which some see as a problem. Of course the movie showed the shrew was a good choice of being the subject of species for overpopulation because it had a bit appetite for food and mating in a number of weeks or days. Of course the experiment went wrong which the movie didn’t show. We only figure out by the female scientist. Of course, putting a good looking captain for the female scientist was the tension needed for the crazy scientist to snap. An incident during the hurricane made the captain to ask questions and he took over the survival of the group of scientists. Without putting to much emphasis on the shrews structure that they mutated from their small stature to look like dogs.

It is an engaging movie with mystery, suspense, horror and science fiction to boot. These classic movies stand as a testament to the brilliancy of the way films use to be filmed with such integrity of the times.  ♠♠♠

Jolly Roger – Massacre at Cutter’s Cove

Details

Where to watch - Viewster
Year - 2005
Filmed - USA
Director - Gary Jones
Cast - Kristina Korn , Rhett Giles , Tom Downey , Tom Nagel and more
Minutes - 80
Age Restrictions -  18

Plot

A group of graduates on summer holidays, are at a beach camping. After a big storm, a treasure chest is found by a couple while the other two couples were talking at the campfire. At the campfire  there two couples had a tiff and then were talking. While the two couples that found the treasure chest, the male decides to open the chest to find no treasure  but a human skull. The male teen and his girlfriend soon see a pirate who hacks their heads off. The next couple soon found their fate but the couple who had the tiff, sees the pirate coming after them. Their survival and the towns is paramount.

Overview

Like most horrors with slash and hack this is just above the normal ones with one difference – a pirate on a massacre. Loosely based on the true character of the pirate – Jolly Roger – it certainly is a must see film. Okay what am I saying?  Well, this film was similar to The Fog where a ghost like zombies attack a seaside town because of the founding father destroys a leper colony. Jolly Roger is a pirate come to life once the chest has released his spirit – evil spirit. Of course, a curse has been the center-point of both films. The curse was  given by the pirate and he goes on the hunt for head to put in a treasure chest. Even to compare this movie to The Fog is not true to my nature. At least this had a better plot to it than the two The Horror Vault movies put together. Pirates is a boys dream to pretend to be a pirate. It did tickle my funny-bone which made this review. ♠♠

Creature of the Night

Plot – A rock star’s secret has haunt him for years. His secret comes out to a fan who has a deprived view of the rock star. The rock star did not want to bring harm to anyone.

Curse of the Wolf

Plot – A group of people live in the wood, but one of the group hated being in the group and decided to leave. She hated being with the group and found a way to live in a city.

Overview of Creature of the Night and Curse of the Wolf

Why would I do an overview on both? SPOILER ALERT – the Werewolf or packs of werewolves – you take you pick.  Creature of the Night has an underlining plot of a killer killing people but the rock star thought he was doing it after he took precautions. It was a good story with some scenes lacked actors charm. Otherwise its was a good look at not being a werewolf and not hurting anyone. ♠♠½

While Curse of the Wolf was more with finding another way of suppressing the beast with veterinarian medicines. The female that wanted to leave the pack had found that injecting this serum helped to stop the beast. In this way it felt like denying the beast  was her downfall but not until her beast wanted out.  ♠♠½

PLEASE NOTE – I didn’t put the details because you can find it on Viewster. Of course my plot and overviews is short because I have another review is better.

Night Junkies

Details at Viewster

Plot – Set in modern London where a junkie is telling a story about his addiction.

Overview

Looks like a Stephanie Meyer type movie but with one difference this is nothing like it. This vampire has no fangs but has one weakness sunlight like other vampires. This vampire tells how he became a vampire and his addiction to blood as it is and his next fix. He soon meets a stripper with ideals and she soon falls for him. He tries not to fall for his next fix but he does with the stripper. That is where she soon finds out who and what he is – a vampire with sharp teeth which looks like normal teeth yet the strength is enough to open the vessels in the neck. The sub-plot is as interesting as the main story but as you enter the world of Night Junkies it soon opens to how many vampires are on the streets. At least this movie didn’t change much of the myth of vampires. ♠♠♠


 

A Small Note

Easter is coming in two weeks and three days time which I will be busy changing a few things to this review site – meanwhile –  Happy Easter.  If you celebrate in a different way, I extend my respect in your celebrations and have a safe one. Anyway I thought if I don’t get to post after Easter its probably because I’m be busy writing a novel or novella or something else depends what life throws at me(always be prepared). So I will give you two more reviews in the next few days and then see if I can do some changes here. The reviews that is coming will be about vampires and a manga. So stay tune…

February Review

February has been a month of watching a TV series from a book that was written by Tanya Huff’s Blood Series. Also watched 47 Ronin during the beginning of the month which you can see the below post for its review. As February closes and March is already well and good in by five days(depending where in the corner of the world you are). Anyway, I watch more movies also but they are too many to name in this review but I’ll try to do so.

Blood Ties

Details

Where to watch - Viewster
Year - 2006, 2007-2008
Filmed - Canada
Director - Peter Mohan
Cast - Christina Cox, Dylan Neal, Kyle Schmid, Gina Holden, Francoise Yip  and more
Minutes - 1320 (Seasons 1 and 2)
Age Restrictions -  Not stated

Plot

Vicki Nelson(Christina Cox) an ex-cop has opened as an Private Investigations Agency which she meets up with Henry Fitzroy(Kyle Schmid)who is following an evil. Vicki has a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa which is an inherit disease which affects the retina and blindness is the end result. Henry is a four hundred and seventy year old vampire who is the illegitimate son of King Henry the VIII. Together they join up after Henry tries to make Vicki not remember his appearance. Because of her disease it didn’t help Henry and there she ask his help and from there they become partners in cases of the weird and the supernatural. Her last partner police Detective Mike Celluci become involve in Vicki’s cases because she has a romantic connection with her former partner and the vampire. A demon, a great lord of hell has plans of taking Vicki because he has marked her.

Overview

Blood Ties was aired around 2007 and 2008 on Canadian Television for two seasons which I watched in February.  I seem to remember this show at that time which was view for a short while and then was canned. Okay maybe it was short lived here in Australia or I may have seen it in my dreams. Seriously I seen this at that time and I’m sticking to this. Anyway I seen this again and if you like horror detective stories this is one good one which could be compared to Forever Knight which also was done by Canadian television and then canned. Unlike Stargate universe which is also a Canadian production, I seem to like these pictures which seemed to propel me in like a bait for fish.

Okay getting to Blood Ties actually seemed to be what this TV series tends to explain the whole 22 episodes of two seasons. As you get to know Vicki and her Friends, you might get to understand that blood plays an important part to the supernatural cases. The pilot episode Blood Price start with a victim being killed and Vicki just happen to see it be in the wrong place at the right time. Before she could understand what was happening , she follows the case and meets Henry. Well it like a girl meets a dark stranger and everything happens from there. Okay horror is not like Hannibal or even Being Human; yet occult or dark magic encompass this TV series than Forever Knight which was a straight crime drama with a vampire to make it exciting. Where as this had demons and dark magic in it – it still had an intriguing story. I found it a cross between Supernatural and Sherlock Holmes. Why Supernatural and Sherlock Holmes? Looking at the occult and dark magic thing which Supernatural encapsulate the vision, where demons and dark magics are used against supernatural things; and the mystery in solving the cases is like Holmes taking on a case which has some significance. Vicki Nelson also states a line that the famous detective say(I let you find it on your own.).

I did mention that the Blood Ties is based on a series of Blood Books by Tanya Huff. I haven’t read the books and yet I must, but I need a few weeks to do so. However the review about the TV series is a good story which actually draws you into the story. The vampire is similar to other vampires and the only thing that is different that has two extra fangs. It looks like this vampire is different from others. Lets not get me started with fang-less and shining vampires. The vision for this vampire has another thing that is also different which is they are territorial(you’ll see when you watch the series.).

The first season is twelve episodes of dark magic and occultist Hebe Jibe and it continues in season two with ten episodes. Viewster dot com is a place where you can watch free movies and TV series for nothing and it has commercials, and also if you sign up, you can then rate the movie or TV series.  Well each episode has different themes which could be watched with a few hours on a weekend. The underlying plot of all the episodes is the love triangle between Henry, Vicki and Mike.

Overall its a nice watch at fangs that bite.  ♠♠♠

Movie review from Viewster dot com Summary

The Way of the Vampire, Vampire Vs Zombies , The Monster Maker, Invasion of the Bee Girls, Dark Awakening and High Stakes were movies which I watch in February with the overall theme of horror. The first two were short stories by Bram Stoker and Sheridan Le Fanu.

The Way of the Vampire focused on Van Helsing more than Dracula. It was very unusual for a story to enfold it took to long to get to the nitty gritty of the story but when it does it is a good enough to watch. ♠♠

Vampire Vs Zombies is a complicated story which jumps from one scene to another without some continuity and not knowing whether the virus was from the vampire or an disease from a scientific lab. One thing was it had a recurring character Camilla. ♠

The Monster Maker was a classic black and white movie, which had a story about a virus - Acromegaly which could make the head and the hands look bigger and hideous like the elephant man.  The story of a mad scientist who thought he seen his wife reincarnate in the daughter of a concert piano player. The doctor obsession with the daughter  plagues him with odd behavior. ♠♠♠

Invasion of the Bee Girls was called Graveyard Tramps made in the early 70′s is a science fiction horror,  a murder mystery; part from the mixture of its genre, for me it is a Speculative fiction movie. The main character a woman from space which we didn’t see infiltrated the lab and town and bringing earth woman and changing them into Bee Girls. This was for the sole purpose of finding a queen. The story-line is plausible enough but also over the top. ♠♠♠

Dark Awakening is a psychological horror and looks at the abuse in a family structure. The story is told by the main character of an abused child who became a man and haunted by his fathers madness. We get to understand that a story enfold is more than what it seems. The detective whose on a case of an assault outside a restaurant comes face to face with an old case.  ♠♠♠

High Stakes is a British movie about vampires and poker. There is two types of vampires, one group hungry for the kill and bloodshed; and the other group found their souls and live in protection in a church. Unusual type of vampire movie but it was a nice movie especially when it has poker as the center piece. A poker card shark and falls out with mafia type leader of vampires is overall a good movie to watch. ♠♠♠½

Rental or On Demand Movies

Mama is one hell of a ghost story which travels with you well after it concludes. It is a story about a man who couldn’t deal with life, kills his wife and proceeds to kill him and his children in a car accident. However he and kids do not die and they walk within the forest until they see an abandon cottage which looks run-down with neglect. Here the story enfolds to the twin brother of the man who killed his wife. Excellent ghost movie I like better than Paranormal Activity franchise movies put together. ♠♠♠♠½

My Soul To Take is a horror movie about a ripper who was chased and was killed. From there on the same night his soul inhabited one of seven children born on the death of the ripper. One of the seven is the son of the ripper but he didn’t know until the end and he becomes the hero. This is a teenage “coming of age” type of story with horror themes. ♠♠♠

Cockneys vs Zombies is set in a suburb in or near London where an outbreak of attacks come from an new building site which two workers open an old crypt of zombies. This new building site looks on an old retirement home which is set for decommission. An veteran army officer, his two grandson  plan on robbing a bank to save the old retirement home for their grandfather. Unbeknownst to the two cockneys and their friends are bombarded by police and then chased by zombies. This is a comedy horror and one scene really made me laugh so loud that I almost chocked. Imagine the old man with a walker without wheels and a zombie behind him. Hilarious! ♠♠♠½

There was another which I can’t seem to remember because it was not as joyful as the ones I stated above.  Well wait for this months view with the two I watch lately just wait for it with anticipation.

47 Ronin Review

As I went to watch this, I was not worried for a category 1 cyclone Dylan coming to the shore about two weeks ago. I and my mum usually go to the pictures to watch movies and so here we were going out to the theater for 47 Ronin. Little did I know, during that night the cyclone moved slightly and increased to 2 as I slept peacefully. Lucky no bad problems to the south from cyclone Dylan.  Another cyclone was called Edna came and then went to a rain depression. Last weekend there were minor flooding that cuts some places for a day or two and then back to normal. Now that the rivers are almost full with water, I am prepared for a flood.

Before I start to explain the review of 47 Ronin, I wanted to explain the word ronin but some of you might know the meaning. But my mum who ask me and I said tell you later, which I did. Ronin is a samurai with no lord/leader or a lordless warrior.  The true story behind this movie is a national legend in Japan.

47 Ronin

Details

H2F Entertainment, Mid Atlantic Films, Moving Picture Company, Origo Film Group and Stuber Productions
Director :- Carl Rinsch
Writers/screenplay:- Chris Morgan, Hossein Amini and Walter Hamada
Feature Length:- 118 Minutes
Stars/cast:- Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanubo Asano, Min Tanaka, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and more
Age Restrictions:- PG 13

Plot

In feudal Japan, the Shogun rules his lands under provinces which are ruled by Lords. Lord Asano finds a young half breed boy which Asano’s pride for the boys stamina for survival. Several years later, Lord Asano prepare a tournament for his Shogun and Lords which Asano and Kira are two warring lords. Kai the half breed has been a tool of ridicule to others in the Asano household. However Asano’s daughter Mika has fallen for Kai and Oishi respects Kai. Lord Kira plans to over  through Asano with some trickery and succeeds. After Asano does seppuku – killing himself by order of the Shogun – the samurai under Asano were leaderless and therefore after a year these ronin went to avenge and retain the honor of their Lord.

Review

As I stated in the above, second paragraph of this post, is based on a true event which some at Wikipedia say there was more than 47 ronins. Of course over every history, the story can be embellished that become fantastical to even to believe. However, this movie did play on the fantasy side of the true story by using magical realism to make it entertaining (for me to watch it). I love the Japanese culture and this showed the sensual and the sensational side of feudal Japan. Like all legends told; there is magic involve or embellishments by different voices. If you take out the magic parts of this movie and changed it into a true story based on real facts, it would be a slow and boring watch except for the fighting scenes. Seriously though, I really enjoyed this movie. Fast paced with unusual monsters and a shape-changing witch made a movie more watchable than a true story would. I hate watching true story type movies because even though you know the outcome I get that heart wrenching feeling to cry. I refuse to watch such movies but there are a few that peaks my interest and 47 Ronin is one such movie.

Okay there is a few actors I know on this movie and one in particular I haven’t seen for a while, Carl-Hiroyuki Tagawa who played the Shogun played a well round character. Helix actor Hiroyuki Sanada  as Oishi  who commands the Samurai under Lord Asano, gave the movie a sense  of depth but even though Kai played by Keanu Reeves is the main character it flowed well. What do I mean? Well its portrayal of Japan in feudal  life was a strict and honorable way, which today we think it is awful. Looking to similarities to the modern world and I can think of the second world war where the Japanese pilots knew that to die with honor was their only way than dying in shame.  47 Ronin also show that killing someone was an dishonorable thing to do but to save their honor by killing one self is honor at a high level. If they were killed by the executioner of the Shogun, then they would have brought shame on their families. Kai was a nobody, an half breed who then became a samurai and had honor restored.

Please note this movie I watch held a personal message for me which I value most in life – Understanding, Honor and Loyalty. Even though the cast were mostly of Japanese actors, I also expected to have the Japanese language spoken with English sub-titles but I might have to wait for the DVD to watch it. I love the pitch sounds of the syllables of Japanese language which for me is almost musical and the emotions of the language is toned to match the emotion of being angry and such, even though; I don’t understand it.

Overall 47 Ronin is an action and an adventurous rollick through feudal Japan loosely based on an event which to this day plays a pivotal role of honor in Japan. The fantasy side made it watchable without ever feeling that it was based on fact.

♥♥♥ I usually give a heart but this movie needed more than one heart because the words I want to say doesn’t exist.

January Review 2

Last post I gave a review on the DVD movie Stake Land from the AWHA pack I won. Here is the next two:

Patrick

Details

DVD by Umbrella Entertainment
iFM World Releasing Inc
Director :- Richard Franklin
Writers/screenplay:- Everett De Roche
Feature Length:- 107 Minutes
Stars/cast:- Susan Penhaligon, Rod Mullinar, Robert Helpmann, Julia Blake and more
Age Restrictions:- MA

Plot

Patrick has a way with people. His way… Or else. After an incident at home, in Room 15 of Roget’s Clinic, Patrick is in a coma meanwhile a young female nurse Kathy Jacquard becomes the night watch nurse to Patrick. Roget the doctor and owner of the Clinic comes into examine Patrick while Kathy starts and notices some unusual things.

Review

Well this 1978 movie when it was released as you see the first two sentences I stated in the plot how I remember when I saw the trailer. I was too young to see it and anyway I wasn’t into the horror then as I am now. Telekinesis was at that time a new thing but I did however can remember the movie Carrie after many years later watching it that when I watched this DVD of Patrick was similar in a way. Something with Patrick had me wondering why would he be in a coma after the incident with his mother and her lover. This only breached something which made me think – Why? It was only after watching the features that made me understand that there is another sequel – a screenplay script(I haven’t read it yet).  There is a remake of Patrick that came out in October 2013 and haven’t seen it yet.

Sir Robert Helpmann acted as Dr Roget who is the owner Roget Clinic in which is looking after a comatose Patrick. Nurse Kathy is having problems with her husband, is intrigued with the patient in room 15 – Patrick. She soon stumbles on a few things about the clinic and the matron who is also wanting to end the patient in room 15.  Robert Helpman an actor, ballet dancer and etc. has also work on Chitty Bang Bang movie, play the rolled of Dr Roget as well as a mad scientist who wanted to experiment on a lab rat. Even though the overall story took place at the clinic and some places at a the nurse’s flat, her home and the nurses fling’s place – the amount of the supernatural power that Patrick has seemed so chilling to think on.  To compare this to stake land which was the first DVD I watch, which I can not do. I prefer to watch Patrick – again and again. But I think this version is fairly the best I seen in the Australian horror movie  which has Telekinesis in it – Very Ozploitation.

Child’s Play

Details

DVD by Umbrella Entertainment
United Artists, A David Kirschner production and A Tom Holland Film
Director :- Tom Holland
Writers/screenplay:- Don Mancini, John Lafia and Tom Holland
Feature Length:- 87 Minutes
Stars/cast:- Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif and more
Age Restrictions:- MA

Plot

A six year old boy, Andy gets a “Good Guy Doll” for his birthday present. This doll is possessed by a soul of a serial killer which brings mayhem to Andy’s  babysitter. When he tells his mother and the police that he did not do it but his doll who is called Chucky. Chucky plays with murder and almost gets away…

Review

I don’t sit alone when watching a horror movie at all. My mum sits with me because its where I pick up the best parts in the movie(I’ll explain; it usually after the movie that I get my mum opinion and usually she tells me if she likes it or not.)  Its the only thing that I get to know if it was good or not. Anyway its usually at the point that mum jumps and screams that I know that she is enjoying the movie. Child’s play was in a way a child’s toy gone bad. It is one movie that give the tingles down the spine when you see the toy talking except for when the mother finds the batteries come from the empty box to the floor. that when she starts to believe her son as Chucky start to attack. This scene seemed to be the spine chilling effect that last each time I think about. If you are into such voodoo stuff or demonic supernatural horror then this your cup of tea. Then there is a selection of the sequels such as Chucky’s Bride and Chucky’s Seed.

More than any doll movie I’ve seen before – if my memory can think of its the only doll movie that slashes. ♠♠♠♠

Hobbit – The desolation of Smaug and Ender’s Game

Oh I did forget to say that the two movies I saw at the end of last year were so excellent I could only say that Ender’s Game is more the better than the Hobbit. The scene of the barrel in white rapids and the red dragon coming out of the dwarfs homes as the molten gold dripped off the dragon’s skin is the only thing that stands out closely to the book.

Enders’ Game is my best movie of 2013 pick because I once long ago read the book of the same name by Orson Scott Card and remembered that as I watched the movie I could not believe how close the movie was to the book. Even though I knew the ending of the movie it still played so beautifully on Ender Wiggins. One Excellent movie for 2013 in my eyes.

Hobbit ♠♠♠♠½ Reason for this is because of two things 1. I like the movie and Tolkiensique is always my favourite and 2. the director also was on the big screen in the beginning eating on a carrot.

Ender’s Game ♥

January Review 1

Well as promised from last year, I have watched the three DVD’s that I won from the Australian Horror Writers’ Association (AWHA). Also I watched two more horrors pictures on Pay TV. As for whats coming in 2014 will be up to which I want to see and read. But I know that you will expect to see that a few reviews in books, videos and movies with my favourite  genres like horror, science fiction and fantasy. Also two posts about two movies from the end of last year which I had to think on because I needed to make sure it is perfect before I post them. More of them later.

Here is the first review -

Stake Land

Details

DVD by Umbrella Entertainment
A Dark Sky Films, Glass Eye Pix, OffHollywood Pictures and Belladonna Productions
Director :- Jim Mickle
Writers:- Jim Mickle and Nick Damici
Feature Length:- 94 Minutes
Stars:- Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Kelly McGillis, Danielle Harris, Sean Nelson and more
Age Restrictions:- MA 15+

Plot

All the states of America has fallen to an Vampire epidemic. The survivors cling together in the rural pockets trying to stay alive after sunset. From a farm where the story starts with the family and soon the seventeen year old boy is apprenticed to the one who helps him survive from the vampires. These two travel to a place called New Eden where on their travels come to places where peoples live and the two become three and so on.

Review

I thought this to be a good movie to watch, however it was not as I expected for a movie about vampires. Vampires themselves were slow and almost zombie like, even growled like a monster but not like the vampires of old. These are better than the shining vamps of Meyers and yet the kill of the vampire did burnt but not like the old. Then I thought wait just one moment what could have happened that an epidemic of mass society could suffer? Unlike the zombie virus that could be and seem real in the future but then what if there was a prequel to this that I missed but there is none I could see.  Yet I wondered on the reasons why would it be a good movie and then it hit me like a match lighting a candle. The sense of any epidemic monster could be a part of any movie. Last year, a film called Battle Dogs had a photographer who was infect by a black wolf tooth and she became a werewolf and in an airport  she attacks a few bystanders and soon the army was called in to stop but the general was a bit crazy and wanted werewolves in the army. That is nothing compared to this movie but in a form of epidemic scenarios that many writers look to write. The option that the vampires were slow and growling may be just the beginning of the epidemic phase and only did I find the most excited part at the end of the movie.

Mister (Nick Damici) is an old cowboy/drifter type character who picks Martin (Connor Paolo), a seventeen year old whose parents has just been attacked by vampires. The vampires who attack did have some speed in the dark but light seemed to slow them down. It looked like there were parts that were beautiful but other times slow. The first town Mister and Martin went to were protected by a group of humans and each town became fortified towns and many gang-like places. Driving through a land where the two become three, is run by a group of cult-like group who would have pleasure and give those that didn’t follow their ways were feed to vampires.  The leader of this cult is then becomes a vampire. The meeting of two more humans and a marine soon becomes a fight to survive and  get to New Eden.

Overall it was slow with some good fight scenes and one other thing – at least these vampires has fangs. They were easy to kill it with an arrow, gunshot and stake directly in the heart. Okay even though, the slow parts of the movie were for me its downfall but something about it had me hooked like a fish to bait. In the Special Feature, it explains more about the Stake Land. In the almost two hours features, I enjoy more than the movie itself, behind scenes and how they made this movie on a small budget. I think if they had a bigger budget and a few more top name actors, then it would be a great movie. MAY BE A REMAKE should be a thought. Another movie I have in my library is Daybreakers and its almost similar to this but more action packed. I thought I should look at it again and I might.

Base on the budget of the movie and it did show in the movie and the best part of the movie is its ending for me I can only rate this - ♠♠½

Christmas is Coming

Well its not far off with Christmas and I’m going to have a wonderful nine days off from the internet, starting from the 24 December 2013. So in the next few paragraphs I will be happy to give you a little few titles of what I watched at Halloween. While I was doing Nanaowrimo, I re-watched some movies which was self-titled Halloween.

Halloween is a good time to watch horror movies, at this time as every year. But I do like watching horror movies every month – especially vampire movies or any movie that spills blood. Of course, Halloween is only one day where I can say I love blood spills and get away with it. Truly I am one sane guy. For me, at Halloween week of watching horror movies is the most enthusiast time I had. I mean a week of horror movies. Come on it was fantastic.

First I started off watching something that is not horror but for the kid in me I wanted to watch it. It was not a horror as in blood shedding but the concept for horror for kids is a tame one. Okay Power Rangers is not horror but a martial arts show mixed with monsters from other dimensions and galaxies. Witches and wizards and monsters transforming into giants and fighting the power rangers in battle-ziods. Well its my writing side that get the kicks in watching a group of heroes defeating the evil side. Yes I did say witches and monsters.

Okay a little light humor for you all, so I can get to start on the juicy parts. Of course, before I get down to do the juicy bits, I set out to watch three great movies and then came Hansel and Gretel – Witch Hunters.

Here goes a few reviews in no particular order:

SAW, SAW II and SAW III

You can’t do a review of one movie or even the three if you don’t watch all three in one sitting. However I would say that you must also know that there is another four in the franchise of the SAW movies. I try not to share to much of the movies because I heard the hype about it and thought yeah I don’t want to watch them. So here I am watching them and thought a mixed pleasure of joy and satisfaction. Unusual for me to say this as if the dark side of me was enjoying the sickness of a torturous game.

Now the rating of the movie should have been rated R18+ instead of the MA15+. Of course I know nothing about the rating of movies but the stuff that is so horrific with one man breaking his own foot to get his ankle through a shackle was very mind-blowing and then being chased by an unknown assailant was one gross point… Exceedingly delicious if I was one crazy person but luckily for me I’m not. I heard also that the Australian writers who pitch this movie to producers here in Australia did not want to do it. I can see why. So I will not class these three movies I seen as a must see or love it because I haven’t seen the last four movies.

Seriously I would make a WARNING for anyone who reads this please – Don’t watch it unless you can stomach the evil horror scenes. I am giving this two because of the game of torturous scenes.  ♠♠

Hansel and Gretel – Witch Hunters

This would have been better if I had watched on the big screen but I did not. However this was a great to see movie which puts you back to the fairy tales of your childhood. This had me thinking what could the woman who played Jean in the Xmen franchise be doing as a witch. The story of this fairy tale was something which would have happened if the story was taken in a different direction, if Hansel and Gretel fought back. Well this is what this movie is. It reminded me of two movies I watched before, Black Forest and Werewolf – The Beast Among Us. In a sense, the story of these two movies I mention has a undercurrent theme which I liked more in this movie. Hansel and Gretel – Witch Hunters has given such a good story-line and it also gave a good moral to the story I like to watch for and understand. And like the old fairy tale which I as a child liked. Overall the best story-line and action with sub-plot which becomes very unawares if you are not watching very early on.

I would buy this and keep watching as many times but I would also buy another to keep as an rare item. That is why I am giving this two of these. ♥♥

Halloween 1978 John Carpenter’s version VS Halloween 2007 Rob Zombie version

I was lucky to watch this on the Pay TV on Halloween night and during November and my thoughts on both movies I watched almost complimented each film. John Carpenter’s version had the famous scary pumpkin lantern with the names of the actors and film crew opens is one of my favorites openings of any movies. At least that is how I would do a film where these days the letter colors makes it hard for me to read the actor or names of the film. The music was a creepy thing for an eight year old kid who didn’t watch it when it came out. I was more of the science fiction movie buff at eight years old than a fan of horror. In my twenties I watched it and thought that was one scary movie. I was starting to get into horror like a sponge. But I think under all of the scary parts, I then understood that I was not scared at all but the music made it scary. Anyway getting sidetracked here, the 1978 version  had Jamie Lee Curtis first debut film which made her a star.  Looking at it during Halloween night and seeing the full story, I was very amazed that I didn’t pick some thing the twenty year old did. My writer side noticed it now more than a film. I knew then that I was gullible to watch it. What made me want to watch the iconic and the remake. Well like all slasher and kill flicks of the late seventies and early eighties were more slotted in a B Movie genre. However Halloween was different to the ones I called copy-cats. Like Hitchcock’s Psycho film with the music in the shower scene for me gives the stepping stone to Halloween which these two films brought a sense of horror to the movies. Halloween 1978 version opens the film industry to slasher films to the light of day or should I have said, to the dark of night. There is ten films dedicated to the Halloween franchise. Of course the remake version of Rob Zombie is very much an interesting version where the Carpenters’ version didn’t tread to far.

For example from the plots of both Halloween movies – the plots were similar but with some differences. I liked the story before the first attack where Micheal Meyers kills his older sister. It showed the psychological and environmental factors of growing in a dysfunctional family life. The 1978 version was different which Micheal Meyers kills his sister in 1963 and then jumps to Halloween 1978 with Loomis and a nurse driving to get a 21 year old Meyers from a Psychiatric Hospital. The 2007 version shows the young Meyers as an dark and evil child who killed animals and liked making masks to wear. The young Meyers kills a bully on the afternoon of Halloween and that night kills the step-abusive-father, the boy-friend of his older sister and the older sister. In the 1978 version Meyers did not have any other siblings but why would he go on the hunt for Curtis’s character. Without watching the Halloween 2 to 5 and yet still watch 6 and 7 – yet I still didn’t understand how the relatives of Meyers were his victims.  The Loomis character played by Donald Pleasence is a better one than Malcolm McDowell. However the Halloween 2007 version shows the years of the young Micheal Meyers living in the Children Sanitarium – this was missing in the 1978 version which for me expanded the story of Micheal Meyers. Of course to see that there are so many differences between the two that I could fault either at all. Where as the 1978 version had less kills than the 2007 it doesn’t matter at all to me.

Now comes to my rating of the two versions – Halloween 1978 ♠♠♠♠♠ Halloween 2007 ♠♠♠♠♠

I did see Halloween 2 Rob Zombie version and I liked it as well and it deviled in the good old slash and kill in the hospital. But without looking at the Halloween 2 1981 version, I’ll leave this for another time if I can get to rent it or by luck it will screen on Pay TV. Until then I’ll leave Halloween 2 2009 version as a separate post for another time maybe in 2014.

Of course, I had the best year over the months of May to October. Next year in some time in January 2014; I have to watch three DVD that I won on a competition in October and in November  just before my birthday I received the 3 DVD pack. I didn’t have time to see those three movies and I’ll will be watching them after new years day. So here is my hint for the first post will be in January 2014.

As I trim of the pounds/kilograms depending which country  you measure weight, I’ve been on a diet for three weeks and as Christmas is coming, I am going to watch what I eat and hopefully not fill up with too much food. And last of all have another good Christmas and a Happy New Year and see you in 2014 with another year of Reviews with the Speculative Fiction – the genre with mixtures.

Changes Update

First I like to send my apologizes to you all my followers, since my last post. With Halloween and Nanowrimo coming together every year and because of the busy month that November brings to me every year and even though December also is a busy month with Christmas and those end of the year parties that comes. I have just noticed that I have to keep up to date with this this review site. So this is why I have come up with a plan to which will be easy for me to bring the reviews and it will be something different for 2014. What you may ask? Well I can only say that at the last week of October to 14th December will be no posting, but from the 14th to 24th December will be the largest or a lot of single posts/post of reviews. Nanowrimo this year went well which you can find in the top of my Blog News Page.

This is the reason why I am posting this before the long post I’m working on which is called Christmas is Coming. I wanted to encompass everything from the last week of October to the 14th December and as luck would have it I am trialing this out now. Of course, you may have noticed as of yesterday that the theme has change. Yes! The reason for this I wanted to integrate this site to my official site. To find a theme which was similar to the official site. Hence here you see the change. On the Menu above I added linked pages to the official site so all my viewers here and official will see what I am up to. There is slight differences between the official and here. The differences are so slight only a web designer could see. I am not so concern to the fact.  The footnote of copyright notice  is different and the millimeters of the main menu falls between the two sites is only minor.

For me, it is only to advise you of the changes and hope that you like it. I also wanted to make sure that you know that there is two sites looking almost similar. Christmas is coming post will also have a small yearly update, and when I return to the internet.

September Pasted by and Halloween is around the corner

Well it is funny that September pasted by and I have just been busy watching some Norse Mythology videos on the internet as a research for a novel project which you can find out about at this site. You can see more there as well – when I get to it.

Okay here is some videos I watched over September.

The Thompsons

It starts of with a young man in a box who tells a story of why he is in a box. Of course, with most stories from first person point of views there is a fine line to cross and even as the main character states that even the beginning is not where it starts and when it does start where it suppose to it flows well. The reasons for the false starts of getting into the main character didn’t start until he told it from the beginning.

Overview

Well a different type of vampire story which makes you wonder if there is some such vampires out there amongst us. They look like us but when they need blood they change. The story arc of the Thompsons is about the dead mother and what her children do to survive when they search for their own kind. With a British feel to the Thompsons which it setting is in the outskirts of London unlike the Kill List which was a slow and weird movie. The Thompsons is a better movie to watch and is an alternative view of the vampire legend itself. Just by the concept of having vampires out in the day and feed on blood is even more of a scary thought than a person who belief that they are a vampire.

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From Dusk to Dawn 2

Once again the Tittie-Twister motel is open for business. The Vampire coven where sleepy travelers come to rest and drink and then die. A prisoner escapes prison who calls a fellow from his gang to get the rest of the gang to make a heist at a bank in Mexico. The prisoner then drives to a motel which was the meeting place but he was hit by a bat. He kills the bat. He enters the Tittie-Twister and soon convinces the bartender to help him. From there the prisoner becomes a vampire and recruits the three from the gang. The Texas marshal is after the gang in Mexico an the battle ensues at the bank.

Overview

Well it was less exciting than the first movie and a little mediocre to say the least. Robert Patrick star of the Terminator 2 movie, like George Clooney; is the good bad guy who turns this movie around for me. And there is some funny parts it also made me laugh, and this movie also went one step further to put the lunar eclipse in. A comment from mum made me think; why was the lunar eclipse was taking so long. Science fact I know nothing about but could Google it but if my memory is correct it should last about fifteen minutes and maybe twenty but no more than that. Well I thought about this and I summed it up to movies need to come up with the real stuff. However if you think of all the digital equipment and stuff it may have felt that the lunar eclipse was taking too long. Anyway apart from the technical and comparisons of the first movie it was a good movie to see blood and mayhem everywhere.

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From Dusk to Dawn 3 – The Hangman’s Daughter

This is a western type movie which went back to a story about the Mexico’s revolution where a man from Texas goes to join the revolutionist because he saw in a vision but his vision is released by drinking whiskey. He then sees a hanging which the hangman’s daughter is punished in front of a prisoner who is a gang leader. the daughter leave and the hangman hangs the prisoner but a gunman shoots the rope to free the prisoner. From here western shoot out occurs and the escape of the prisoner then he picks the hangman’s daughter. The coach where the drunk induced man meets a christian couple and the hangman and posse journey to the rundown bar.

Overview

Okay apart from the western theme I believe this is to be the prequel to From Dusk to Dawn. The Hangman’s Daughter is very much a prequel than a sequel or a third in a series. However I think you should watch from the first to the third in one sitting and then you will understand what I mean. Even though the western theme is here in this movie it is understandable why it was done this way. Once you put together the pieces and these pieces fit like a puzzle – it is by far back to the firsts gore and spectacular imaginary to replenish from the second mediocre movie. As you might guess these vampires were more different than the normal vampires we are use to. The reason I realized is that a snake crossed vampire is something different.

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As for October reviews will be held up as I will be leaving it for a surprise for October 31.