Hellboy (2019) Film Review.

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Okay, I’d appreciate a prophecy with more relatable stakes.

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I went and watched the new Hellboy film the other evening and after asking twitter if you wanted to see a review you answered with ‘Yes’ . . . so here we are. Locked, Cocked and ready to Rock. Buckle up guys and gals.


Let me start by saying I’ve never been a big Hellboy fan, I’ve never read the comics, I never saw the second film and wasn’t a great fan of the first one. But I like the idea of what Hellboy is and love a good comic book movie so I went to watch this – Plus David Harbour and Ian McShane are worthy reasons to check it out, both of them amazing and slightly underrated actors.

Obviously like usual – this is a Spoiler Free review so don’t worry. I’m never THAT guy.

(What I think to people who spoil films)

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This film is everything you expect it to be – well it was everything I expected going in to it. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, it very self-aware, it knows it won’t win awards but it’ll make you laugh and you’ll have fun watching it.

The basic gist – Hellboy was summoned as part of a Nazi experiment, taken in by a British Agent and raised for good, some big bad comes back, threatens the world and Hellboy has to save the day. Standard kind of deal. But this one does something that the original films didn’t. Hellboy is struggling with purpose, trying to find his place, he has more of a rebellious teenager personality, riddled with curiosity and lack of direction. Where as the original films have him cemented as a bad-looking good guy who knew his purpose.

Related imageThis film offers, cheesy one liners, gory fight scenes, a talking pig and a cheeky cameo from Big Mo using a Machine Gun. If you go in not expecting anything you will be surprised and I bet you’ll enjoy it. David Harbour smashes it as Red – like the perfect fit for the role in my eyes. I was never a fan on Pearlman’s interpretation or acting ability overall. But Harbour stands out, he’s edgy and gruff which is everything you expect from the character. The same goes for the supporting cast; Ian Mcshane (though he plays the same role in everything) stands out for his natural charm and charisma as he plays Hellboy’s adopted daddy. Daniel Dae Kim as the untrusting sidekick with a dark secret and Sasha Lane as the young physic who has a soft spot for big Red.

The film comes together nicely with the casting, over the top action, kick ass soundtrack and just works. It’s a shame popular sites like Rotten Tomatoes have slated it so much – but if I were you, I wouldn’t listen to them. In my opinion RT make more bad calls than they do good (see Shazam’s Score compared to Captain Marvel) so tread lightly. As said up there – you can’t look into this film too much, don’t pick it apart and don’t go in with glorious expectations, literally go in after a long day and be ready to unwind and escape for 2 hours – just enjoy the fun of it.

Let me know if you do go and see it and what you think to this one.

Good luck out there – watch out for things that go bump in the night.
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Man vs Movies – Johnny Depp Edition.

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We’ve taken a break from our regular scheduled programming to interrupt this broadcast with a bitter-sweet post that is fitting after last nights bombshell of information about Amber Heard and the Domestic Abuse case against Johnny Depp. Oh how the tables have turned. This post was originally written last june to link to my post about Johnny Depp, which can he found HERE. But I got caught up with house stuff and never got it posted. But it’s been in the chamber ready ever since then and now is time. I have always been a fan and admirer of his and I am so glad this information has come out, it helps show that men can be and are victims too. Anyway let’s celebrate the man by going through my “Top Five” films.


 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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Featured before in this series. It’s an amazing biopic story of Hunter S Thompson a real wild card. To prepare for the role Johnny Depp went up to Aspen, Colorado and met HST to learn and interview him for the role. The story goes that he was waiting in a bar for hours and just as Depp was about to leave the door swung open and this mad man storms in carrying a cattle prod and a . . . I want to say Revolver, but it could be a bottle of whiskey. Either or – HST was a big fan of both. This was the start of their friendship and the film does Hunters life justice. The film is just a whirlwind of events fuelled by drugs and booze as the two leads scurry around the desert in an attempt to cover a sporting event. It might not be everybody’s cup of tea. But I love it.


Secret Window.

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Based on Stephen King’s short story Secret Window Secret Garden. It follows a writer (Depp) who is stalked by a stranger claiming that the writer stole his story but changed the ending. As the twists and shocks carry on, Mort has to find away to prove he wrote the story first while fighting off this stalker. The stakes get higher and higher as the film climaxes with a shocking twist that leaves Mort’s world shaken. It’s a fantastic performance from Depp and if you like a good psychological thriller this one’s for you.


Ed Wood.

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This film follows Edward D Wood Jnr – renowned for being the Worst Director of all time. But with his love of B movie cinema, the classic monster flicks and Bela Lugosi, this flick follows Ed Wood as he tries to break into cinema and the production of his “Masterpiece” Plan Nine from Outer Space. It’s shot entirely in Black and White which adds a real nostalgic feel to the movie. Again it’s one of them films that might not be for everyone but has become a cult classic that is worth a watch at least once and it cements Depp as such a talented actor taking on another biopic and playing a real person. (Second of my Top Five as well)


Pirates of the Caribbean.

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For some people of my generation and younger this would be their first encounter of Johnny Depp and what a great way to get to know him. Swinging onto our screen as Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp takes the reins in this fresh new Pirate movie that takes its inspiration from a roller coaster at Disney World. This movie never gets old, it’s funny, exciting, different and yes they tried to milk it and make a few too many sequels but they are all a bit of fun and escapism which is what they should be. It also helped put a few actors back on the map and now are referred to as . . . so and so from Pirates.


Black Mass.

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The last spot was a tough call. Like I have said I am a big JD fan and cutting his list of films down to five is a tough call. But I decided to go with Black Mass – another biopic that Depp gets to sink his teeth into and in my eyes nails perfectly. Black Mass tells the tale of James “Whitey” Bulger and the Winter Hill Gang, a crime organisation from South Boston in the 70’s. Showcasing Bulger become an informant for the FBI, in exchange for protection he effectively rats out other gangs and groups in an attempt to profit from their downfall. It’s a brilliantly acted piece that shows off Depps talents in yet another acting genre.


 

I would love to know your favourite films of Mr Depp’s, let me know what you think to my list too.

 

An Unbreakable Review.

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With the upcoming film release of “Glass” I wanted to write something about the M Night Shyamalan films – focusing on the trilogy we never knew we needed. – Don’t worry, there are no spoilers here.

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When Unbreakable came out in 2000 the world was unknowingly watching the first chapter in a trilogy that took 19 years to put together. 3 years after a 16 year break we saw the second installment come out and now the third is here. From the man who made The Sixth “Friggin” Sense, Unbreakable was just as good if not better (Opinion based, I am team Unbreakable).

I can imagine with the announcement of Glass hitting the big screen sales of Unbreakable shot up – that new generation of film goers that missed it, or who had never even heard of it rushing out to pick up a copy and see what they have missed. Well it’s time to get on it. The first film follows Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson in a strange game of cat and mouse. Playing polar opposites of each other, Willis a man who is somewhat indestructible while Jackson plays a man who is hurt from the slightly gust of wind. Jackson believes that Willis’ character is a superhero having survived a fatal train crash and walking away with not even a scratch. The film follows Willis come to terms with this new findings, testing and trailing his “powers” while also dealing with a troubled home life and Jackson’s character as he becomes more unhinged with the idea of Willis’ power.

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The film is amazing, almost like a comic book movie in a real gritty world. Good vs Evil, Right vs Wrong. The twist this film throws at you is shocking and somewhat real as well. Highlighting a deluded mental state of mind and how easy the human mind can be broken, corrupted and tainted.


It’s a masterpiece, a stunning piece of art that can be watched and studied over and over again. Then 2016 rolls around M Night is back at it, bringing out Split. A film somewhat unrelated to Unbreakable as it focuses on Kevin (James McAvoy) a man who suffers from “Dissociative Identity Disorder” with 23 different personalities, each with their own mindset and dark inhibitions, working for the 24th unknown, rumoured personality – The Beast.

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The film holds up and is really enjoyable. It’s like M Night is back to his old ways of making good films – he had a blip in the middle didn’t he but Split bought it back and to top if it there is that final nod to Unbreakable that makes you go “WHATTTTT” – the smallest thing that wasn’t even needed. The film stands alone and works perfectly, but adding this literal seconds to the film changes the whole concept of the movie and makes it bigger than it first thought to be, changing aspects of the original film with the new information from the second instalment. Though in doing so it makes it a sequel, which then lends itself to comparison of the first one. Which in this case can’t compete and becomes another stat in the argument for Second films that aren’t as good as the first.


Well now the third installment is coming out, tickets are booked, going to get the GF to watch Unbreakable this weekend and then we are ready to rock. She was a fan of Split and hopefully will enjoy Unbreakable as well. It’s a worry now days, when you introduce someone to a film that is nearly 20 years old but she, like me is a big Brucie fan and so hopefully she will enjoy it.

I am very interested to see what they do with this film, where they take the story and to see what the characters have been doing in the 16 year gap between Unbreakable and Split. The trailers had me hooked from the off and I also really like Sarah Paulson, so hopefully she will be a good addition to the film. There is a worry it will go too Comic Book Superhero esque and lose the real life thriller aspect that Unbreakable did so well. But we will only know when we see it, also we are left wondering – what could the classic twist be? Hmmm.

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The critics reviews are out and a few headlines suggest mixed reviews. But I don’t like to read them or even trust them – the same with Rotten Tomatoes. I feel both make so many bad calls they are not credible sources. Says the amateur in the professional world I know but that being said I will drop a review next week to let you all know my thoughts.

I hope this has helped you prepare for Glass and if you’ve enjoyed this please give it a like and a share, or some form of feedback so I know how I am doing right and where I can improve. Thank you.

Golden Globes – The Review.

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Award season has truly got under way and last night Beverly Hills hosted the Golden Globes, an award set to praise and recognise talent in both Film & Television. With this in mind it means the Oscars are about 6 weeks away. The only difference really is who decides the winners. The Globes are chosen by the Press office and the Oscars picked by the Academy of Motion Picture, Art and Science.

The Golden Globes don’t have as many categories compared to the Oscars but it hosts the major ones such as; Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actor & Actress in both Drama and Musical / Comedy, Best Screenplay, Original Song, Director and many more.


I am going to breakdown a handful of categories and give some feedback on what I think about the selection and the outcome. Please note as much as I am a film buff / geek. There are films mentioned that I have not seen. Which I will try not to let affect my feedback.


Best Motion Picture – Drama. 

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Great start to this, having only seen 3 of the 5 nominated films. I have not seen BlacKKKlansman or If Beale Street Could Talk. Which is a shame. I really wanted to catch BlacKKKlansman and felt it might have been a hidden gem. Which I guess it was. Beale Street I have never heard of so best go find a copy of that. Now the ones I know, As much as I am a BIG MCU fan (What me? Who knew?), I didn’t rate Black Panther as highly as the critics or other fans. It’s a good film but in the running with these I feel like it’s out of its depth.

Now to the big two; A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody. I loved them both. Even reviewing BoRap which can be found HERE – shamefully I never reviewed A Star is Born which I regret now. Both of these were amazing films and I am happy to see either or win. Though I think deep down A Star is Born deserved the win a tiny bit more, I am not mad at the choice.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. 

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Across the board I rate all of these Actresses bar Melissa McCarthy. Her brand of comedy and style really annoys me. But that aside the film she is Nominated for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” looks good. Being a true story drama piece it might change my mind of her.

In honesty I have only seen Lady Gaga’s performance, which was breathtaking, so I am slightly disheartened that she did not win. But knowing how talented the competition was I can imagine Close’s performance must have been off the chain and I bet this award is well deserved.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. 

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I wanted to controversially mention this category as an excuse to air some feelings I have. Which I KNOW will be met with some heat, anger and disapproval. But here we go.

Lin-Manuel Miranda. I don’t know what it is but I don’t like how hyped he is, how you are expected to like and appreciate this man out of nowhere. Don’t get me wrong the Moana music was good and I really want to watch Hamilton, but I just feel like he is overrated and I am almost forced to like him for some unknown reason. It might be me subconsciously wanting to not like him because he is the next big thing all of a sudden. Who knows I can’t put my finger one it – Sorry. Rant over.

The category – I am very excited to see both Stan & Ollie and Vice. But all four of the remaining men are brilliant performers in their own right. So I can imagine this one was a tough call. Also I thought Redford was retiring? Maybe I missed something.


  Other Awards.

Rami Malek took the Best Actor (Drama) from Bradley Cooper with his Freddie Mercury portrayal. Which well done – but Cooper was phenomenal. Though the Oscars are on their way Bradders. The same goes for Best Director – as a debut film Cooper nailed it in my eyes but lost it to Alfonso Cuaron who I had to google to see what else he had done . . . not sure I can agree after looking at this IMDB page but what do I know compared to the LA Press.

Olivia Colman took Best Actresses in Musical or Comedy (not sure about this title) for The Favourite which must be well deserved, I have always rated for as an actress.

Richard Madden won for the Bodyguard in Best TV Drama Actor and Sandra Oh won the Actress version for Killing Eve (which I keep meaning to start). Rachel Brosnahan grabbed Best Comedy Actress for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – which if you have not seen I beg you to go home tonight and start. I love it.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung into the top spot for Best Animated Motion Picture (seeing it tomorrow night). Everyone I know that has seen it has urged me to go – saying it’s the best thing ever. The Americans picked up Best TV Drama and The Kominsky Method took Best TV Comedy.

Lastly I want to mention Best Original Song – Shallow from A Star is Born, which won this hands down. And too bloody right. It was the 22nd most downloaded single of 2018 – which to say it only came out in October shows how much it took the world by storm. I can’t not listen to it when it’s on. It’s beautiful.

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Next stop BAFTA’s and then the big boys, the Oscars! The nominations are released at the end of the month where I will do a post placing my bets . . . while maybe placing a bet or two.

What do you think to the Golden Globe results? Do you think someone missed out or was robbed? Like I said I am in mixed emotions, feeling bad for A Star is Born but happy for Bohemian Rhapsody. But let’s see what happens next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bohemian Rhapsody – The Review.

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I am struggling to find a way to start this post. Does that happen to you guys? Do you get lost in a sea of “Hey Guys”, “Morning” and “Welcome back” – well that is me this morning. So I am going to just jump into this post.

Because last night I went to the cinema to watch Bohemian Rhapsody and I was blown away.


For the longest time I have been a Queen fan, their music, talent and story has always been a part of my life. Top three favourite bands of all time and annoyingly it took me a good week and a bit to go see the movie when it came out. But I made a point to go this weekend, we’ve been very busy as you might know with house stuff but it was time to take a break.

So me and the GF went out for dinner, then popped over to the Cinema for some overpriced ice cream and a cute impromptu date night. With Bohemian Rhapsody on the cards we were set to go.


Let’s begin. Get on your bikes and ride!

Two years ago Channel Five did a docudrama about Freddie, his life, his troubles and his death – The Freddie Mercury Story: Who Wants To Live Forever. If you ever get a chance to watch this please do. It’s amazing. In my eyes this film and that Docudrama compliment each other so well they are almost like a double feature. Then when they announced they were making this movie I was hyped and psyched.

I loved this movie, the entire thing was amazing, breathtaking and emotional.

Following the life of Freddie Mercury a young Parsis man in 70’s London being discriminated for his heritage, his style and his teeth. We see Freddie meet May, Taylor and Deacon, form the a group called “Queen”, take some big gambles, record some unique styles and sounds, then just watching their music and career go from strength to strength.

But at the same time watching his lavish and promiscuous social life take its toll on his friends and real relationships as it spirals out of control into a drug binge.

The film hits all the emotional notes you’d expect, you take the journey with the band, feeling the highs and tingle of them writing; Another one Bites the Dust or Bohemian Rhapsody, to the lows and troubles of Freddie being played, relationships breaking down and then watching him realise and get diagnosed with AIDS. The last 40 minutes of the film I had a frog in my throat, it chokes you up big time. But that is his story, the magic behind the Great Pretender.

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And what a story it is – another thing that really helped this film was the incredible casting, because for me the entire cast were spot on.

Malek obviously goes without saying absolutely nailed his performance as Freddie. But saying that the whole band were amazing; Lee, Hardy and Mazzello playing May, Taylor and Deacon bounced off each other perfectly and it’s exactly what I would imagine the real band would have been like.

Even having Mike Myers as Ray Foster the EMI exec who tries to tell the band that Bohemian Rhapsody is too long and not what the people want, claiming that no one will ever rock out and head bang in their car to that song  . . . . (Yes they made that joke and I seemed to be the only person in the cinema that laughed) was amazing casting.

Overall the film was amazing, I am still in awe of it. This morning I woke up thinking about it on so many levels and I can not recommend it enough as it’s a story you need to know and see. I can see it making an impact next February when Award Season starts. You have heard it here first!

 


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Man Vs Movies – Top Five Comedy Films

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I used to have a job at a calendar factory but I got the sack because I took a couple of days off.

This week is Comedy week, you know those films that you can watch over and over again, regardless of the situation – get home drunk, sling this on, bored and feeling down, this is a go to pick. Comedies are the best genre that you can sling on for easy watching.


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SLAPPAA DA BASS!

This films follows Peter, a newly engaged estate agent who has to find a best man for his wedding. As a man with very few friends, Peter has some ups and downs until he finds the one! It features some Canadian rock n roll, some cheesy one liners and the Hulk.

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60% of the time, it works every time.

Following the number one news team in San Diego, Anchorman is a story of change and equality as the first female news anchor joins the team. Which does not go down well with the men in the current team. Which brings on a battle of the sexes.

Down as one of the most quotable movies

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I’m the dude, playing the dude, disguised as another dude.

A team of actors playing G.I.’s for a war movie are dropped into the wilderness for a sense a realism. Until they come across a real drug tribe. Still under the impression they are actors the team have to adapt and come to terms with the situation they are in.

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Oh, she’s engaged. – That was quick.

A duo of normal working London lads wake up from a messy night to discover things aren’t what they were and there has been a Z-Word outbreak (we are not using the Z-Word), so fuelled by love, a want to survive and the opportunity to find a place to smoke they set off to collect family and friends as they head off to the pub (classic British attitude right).

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It’s not a purse its a satchel Indiana Jones has one.

The one night guys love about wedding planning – the Stag Do and in this case, the lad’s head off to Vegas for a classy evening, steak dinner and a bit of gambling. But suddenly they wake up to find the hotel room trashed, no memory of what happened and the Groom missing. The group have to remember, investigate and find the groom to get back for the wedding.

Hilarity ensues.

 

I know all of these are pretty new, modern comedies but I just love them all – don’t get me wrong. I love the old school ones too; Brewster’s Millions, The Carry On Series, Trading Places, Airplane. Anything by Mel Brooks. But these ones just pipped it for me as a – I can watch anytime anywhere kind of thing.

What do you think? What is your go to comedy? What makes you chuckle?

Man Vs Movies – Top Five Horror Films

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Don’t turn around, Don’t go into the cabin alone and always, always for the love of god turn the lights on when you walk in the room.

This week is HORROR week. Muhuhahahaha.

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This little flick SHOOK the world in 2017 when it came out and wowed us all.

Following a Black Man meeting his White girlfriends family for the first time, there is a constant underlying race attitude that creeps through the whole film. I can’t really go into what happens or even why it happens but I can say the tension created, the feel of the movie and the acting all add up to make one masterpiece that personally I felt was wronged at the Oscars.

Amazingly there are two stories going on at once, the man story of the man dealing with the family and then a side story of the man’s friend who begins to worry about him. While one story is dark, horrific and scary the other one brings a light aspect of comedy to a dark harrowing film which works perfectly.

The tones and subject of the film is the scariest bit, it echos reality so well and makes you come to terms with society as we know it and the idea that actually we might be living in the horror film. If you have not seen it – please please please go and check it out.

The Quiet Place

A very new entry to this list, only being a few months old this film instantly became a hit in my eyes.

Following a Family trying to survive from an unknown monster threat that hunts using sound. Resulting in the family having to remain silent for the majority of the movie. Que tension and suspense from silence – they way this movie works is pure genius. Showing the lengths you would go to protect the ones you love, adjusting to a dramatic change in life and also trying to teach children how to adapt without freaking them out with the truth.

There are some amazingly beautiful sweet moments in this film of the family, the relationships they have and how this situation might seem to be tearing them apart but is actually making them stronger by the effects of what they do to survive.

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Scream is in my eyes an instant cult classic. Taking the Genre of the Slasher movie and making it self-aware. When this came out, it was modern, new, fresh. We had seen Halloween and Friday 13th – but this time round the victims knew of Horror Films and were aware of what you should do to avoid being caught.

As a Slasher film based around another Slasher film the world just works, it’s scary but relatable with the key scene at a party where the group talk about the rules to surviving a horror movie.

It’s a great bit of fun, with some tense moments a twists that keep coming for you like a madman with a knife in the night.

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I don’t know if you agree with me but to me, M Night Shyamalan started off so strong and then his films just went down hill. Until Split came out. This one hit hard and took him back to his roots of amazing filmmaking.

Following a man with multiple personalities as he kidnaps three girls to use as tribute to “The Beast” – the film takes twists and turns and just keeps you on edge the whole time. With some amazing acting from James McAvoy who seamlessly creates personalities for all the characters he is playing.

Then to throw in the ever more surprising cameo from Bruce (the legend) Willis turning this film into an indirect sequel for Unbreakable. Now with a third film set be released throwing the two movies together – can’t wait.

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This one made my list for the memory of it more than anything – if you know the film you might agree with what I have to say.

The first half / two-thirds of the film is brilliant, scary, horrific. Two teens driving home witness a figure dumping what looks like a body in a drain and then drive off in a big old dirty truck. Like classic American High schoolers they decide to investigate. To find a room down the drain pipe were the walls and ceiling is cover and decorated with human bodies, skin and remains. Chilling right.

They decide to leave, then the film turns into a cat and mouse game as the truck starts to follow them. Throw in some creepy musics (Jeepers Creepers), some more spooky goings on and the fear and you have a great movie. . . . until the kids are confronts by the figure, revealing he is a creepy looking monster. (This is still ok in my eyes) They run away and end up running him over – cool, creepy vanish would work now. But no, the filmmakers decide to add a new element that ruins the whole film for me. They turn this creepy figure into a bat! Tension builds as they see the body laying on the floor, crushed and mangled – then POW a Wing appears. The rest of the film goes downhill as it goes from the tense scary horror of an unknown figure dumping bodies and driving a truck, to being chased by a giant bat.

Such a shame.

But the first part super scary and I stand by it. Do you know what I mean? Do you agree?

 

Have you survived this post? No bites or claw marks right? Just remember when you go to sleep – to check under your bed. As always boys and girls this has been a spooky pleasure. Until next week – if you make it to then. . . . .