Turbo Kid (2015) Review

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Sam Kench reviews the 2015 post apocalyptic 80’s throwback Turbo Kid written and directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell , and Yoann-Karl Whissell, and starring Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Aaron Jeffrey, and Michael Ironside.

 

 

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #1 “The Serpent and the Rainbow”

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Welcome to our Fourth Annual Macabre Month of Horror, 31 horror movie reviews in 31 days.

serpent nailed to chairPlease keep in mind these are Horror Movies and the video reviews contain content from the films that may not be appropriate for younger viewers, or those with a weak constitution for that matter.

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Movie Review #1 “Serpent and the Rainbow”

The Serpent and the Rainbow is an absolute horror classic from master of horror Wes Craven. The movie just feels like a classic. It´s the kind of horror movie that just doesn’t get made anymore, and that´s a real shame.

serpent and rainbow freak outThe Serpent and the Rainbow is based on a book of the same name. The author of the book, Wade Davis, only agreed to sell the rights to his book under the pre-requisite that Peter Weir would direct the film and that Mel Gibson would star in it. You kind of feel bad for Wade Davis because neither of those men had any relation to the film.

The Serpent and the Rainbow can be considered a zombie film, but not in the traditional George A. Romero flesh-eating sense.

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Macabre Month of Horror 2013 – movie review #22 Maniac (2012)

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Maniac is a remake of a film from 1980 with the same title. I have not yet seen the original so this review is purely on the 2012 version.

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I knew absolutely nothing about maniac, other than that it was a horror movie starring Elijah Wood. It has gotten some pretty terrible reviews and people have strayed away from the movie, claiming it to be too intense for them. I don’t see that as a reason to avoid a horror movie. The whole point is to be unnerving and intense, so that seems like a compliment to the movie more than anything.

The movie started and I was surprised to learn that the movie is presented in first person. His reflection in the rear view mirror isn’t just a stylistic touch for the poster. You largely only see Elijah wood in his reflection. There are a few shots maniac 3rd personwhere the camera goes to a 3rd person perspective and you do see him, but for the most part it is all POV. You see the events transpiring through the eyes of the killer. This is one incredibly deranged psychopath and the fact that you’re seeing everything he does through his eyes makes everything more intense. Since you’re witnessing it all first person you feel almost like your condoning his actions, like you should be doing something to stop him. That combined with the fact that the movie can get really gory is most likely why audiences are turning away. I thought the first person effect was utilized to its full extent because it serves to actually put you into the mind of a psychopath. I liked the effect but strangely enough I watched this movie after marathoning 3 seasons of Peep Show (a British comedy that is done in first person) so I couldn’t shake the feeling that Mark Corrigan was killing people.

Elijah Wood plays the main lead and his performance is a difficult and complicated one. Since you largely see him only in reflection, Wood had to carry the performance mostly with his voice. He does a very good job. He is convincing as a psychopath, the only little problem I have with his performance is that when he is yelling the quality of his performance seems to dip a little bit.

This movie can be very creepy and maybe even make some viewers uncomfortable. It risks alienating its viewers but doesn’t pull any punches, it’s ballsy but I’m glad they didn’t play it safe. Those who do stick with the film willmaniac probably enjoy it. I thought Maniac was a great film, but it is really not for everybody. The gore be excessive and even unnecessary at times and the effects are also a mixed bag. There are some digital effects that don’t look so great.

One particularly funny moment is when a woman Elijah Wood’s character is on a date with goes to put on some “sexy” music, except she chooses Goodbye Horses AKA the song Buffalo Bill dances to in Silence of the Lambs. The characters also attend a showing of the cabinet of Dr. Caligari so there are plenty of little references for film fans thrown in there.

I enjoyed the story in Maniac. The narrative may not be the strongest but it was presented in a very interesting way and some well timed flashbacks provide enough of a background to fully establish the main character’s motives. Towards the end, the story begins to slip a little bit.

The climax of the film seemed a bit sloppy. Things come to a head and result in a bloody fight and car chase and subsequent car crash. It is all done well, but it doesn’t feel right for this story.maniac mannequines

Overall Maniac really surprised me. I thought it was a terrific film. Be warned it is fairly harrowing and somewhat experimental, but that’s not really a bad thing, that’s kind of the whole point of horror movies of this breed. Maniac is a very good film to watch this October leading up to Halloween.

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The Macabre Month of Horror 2013 movie review #2 Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

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MACABRE MONTH OF HORROR 2013 MOVIE REVIEW#2

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The Serpent and the Rainbow is an absolute horror classic from master of horror Wes Craven. The movie just feels like a classic. It´s the kind of horror movie that just doesn’t get made anymore, and that´s a real shame.

The Serpent and the Rainbow is based off of a book of the same name. The author of the book, Wade Davis, only agreed to sell the rights to his book under the pre-requisite that Peter Weir would direct the film and that Mel Gibson would star in it. You kind of feel bad for Wade Davis because neither of those men had any relation to the film.serpent and rainbow 1

The Serpent and the Rainbow can be considered a zombie film, but not in the traditional George A. Romero flesh-eating sense.

Let me give you a quick history lesson on zombies –

I get very annoyed when people are afraid of a zombie apocalypse happening in real life. Zombies as we know them were a figment of George A. Romero’s imagination. Night of the Living Dead was the birth of the modern zombie. Before that there was only White Zombie, and in that they were not traditional zombies, but instead they are basically slaves who are mind controlled by Bela Lugosi, which is much closer to the truth. The true roots of ¨Zombies¨stems from Haitian voodoo, in which people from Haiti would be put into a mind controlled, zombie like state. The serpent and the Rainbow tackles the Haitian voodoo type of zombie.

This is a very interesting topic that isn’t tackled very often. The fact that the horror can somewhat translate to real life can work to make it more frightening, or at the very least convince you to never vacation in Haiti.

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The location is used really well. The movie was filmed on location in Haiti and due to the civil turmoil in the area, the local peacekeepers informed the cast and crew that they could not guarantee their safety. The filming relocated and finished shooting in the Dominican Republic. The culture of the area is worked into the movie and it really adds to the film.

serpent and rainbow 2Bill Pullman stars in The Serpent and the Rainbow and he does a really great job. His acting is better than most horror movies to come out around that time. He get’s quite a beating throughout the film. He tumbles down stairs and falls all over the place, he get’s buried alive, or alive-ish, he get’s attacked by various jungle animals, harassed by the local militia, drugged with zombie powder, hell he even get’s his dick nailed to a chair.

serpent nailed to chairYou really feel bad for the guy. He goes through so much. He get’s the crap beaten out of him, over and over again but he keeps trying. He keeps failing too, but he tries, and that’s what matters. Or maybe it doesn’t matter, once you get your dick nailed to a chair it’s probably time to pack it in.

The strange thing is that later on in the movie after he gets his dick nailed to a chair, he has a sex scene. That’s a little weird.

The Serpent and the Rainbow is part scientific adventure film and part mind trip horror film. Wes Craven shows that he is a master of horror with this film. The horror works really well in this film, aside from some slightly awkward fire and telepathic effects towards the end.

Something that makes the horror work really well, is that the horror shots hang just a little longer than you see in most movies. Let me explain; there are a few “Scare moments” that you can see in other films i.e. Someone being dragged into the ground, someone in a room being flooded with blood, etc.

serpent blood bathThe Serpent and the Rainbow continues with the shots after most films would have cut away. When a person is being dragged into the ground, you see his entire body go through the grass and watch as he is pulled through dirt and roots down a giant pit. When a person is in a room being flooded, the shot doesn’t cut until the blood goes above the actor’s mouth, and covers their eye’s and eventually begins to drown them. It’s the extended length of these shots is what elevates The Serpent and the Rainbow above other similar horror films.

Perhaps the best aspect of The Serpent and the Rainbow are the drug induced freak out scenes. These scenes are crazy, over the top, and wildly imaginative. They are similar to the dream sequences Wes Craven did for the Nightmare onserpent and rainbow freak out Elm Street series. These freak out scenes are a blast to watch and are the definite highlight of the movie. It’s a messed up trip, just seeing all the crazy, freaky, weird stuff that Wes Craven throws on-screen. It’s an assault on the senses, which sounds like a bad thing, but quite the contrary. These freak out scenes are actually probably some of my favorite horror scenes from any movie.

The Serpent and the Rainbow is horror classic, that sometimes goes unnoticed. Do yourself a service and watch this movie if you haven’t already seen it. In fact, even if you have seen it, watch it again. It’s one of my favorite Wes Craven films and that’s saying something. The Serpent and the Rainbow is a bona-fide horror classic.

 

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