Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

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OK so, normally I avoid these kinds of films because I think it’s going to be a disaster like the Epic Movie’ franchise however, I decided to give this movie a go as it was showing on Sky and I just needed something to watch…

So the premise of the film is pretty simple, there’s a zombie apocalypse in a small American town and three guys who happen to also be scouts try and survive and save their friends.  It also touches on peer pressure and the whole, ‘we need to be popular to get laid’ typical teen movie story-line.

There’s not any really well known actors in this film, I have seen a couple of people in small roles in other films but that’s about it so I was quite surprised too laugh as much as I did.  The acting is pretty decent, it’s your typical American teen comedy and I’ll be honest the plot shouldn’t work as well as it does.  Tye SheridanLogan Miller and Joey Morgan are the three scouts and they’re not quite as good as the Superbad trio but they’re not bad and like I said, I did laugh quite a lot at this film.

The zombie effects aren’t as awful as a lot of films out there but could have been better, it’s probably on par with those used in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies to give you an idea.  I don’t usually like it when they have animal zombies in films because it doesn’t look realistic and to be fair, it didn’t in this movie but it did add to the comedy so I’ll let it slide because I think this film is just one big piss-take of the zombie film genre.

From the beginning of film there’s plenty of laughs and there’s one scene in particular that really just got me but I won’t ruin it for you and let you work out which scene that is… If you’re a fan of the horror comedies like Tucker and Dale then this movie is right up your street or if you just want something funny and easy to watch then I’d recommend giving this a try.  It’s not something you take seriously and it’s not up to the standard of Zombieland I’ll be honest but it’s clearly not got the same budget and still ends up being a decent movie.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this movie a six, it’s got decent acting, easy to follow plot and some great laughs…  – 6/10.

 

 

The Crow [Reboot]

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This is one of my favorite films and I will get around to reviewing it properly for you guys some day soon.  I think they need to leave this film alone now.  The first, original film in 1994 was a pure classic however, like most classics it spawned an array of crappy sequels in this case three. There was also a television adaption that judging by the reviews was actually pretty decent so, I might give it a go one day…

This has the exact same story line plot showing on IMDb as the first original film so it’s a reboot.  The only cast showing is that Jason Momoa is rumored to play the lead role of Eric Draven/The Crow.

As much as I like Jason Momoa, he’s got some big boots to fill because Brandon Lee played this role perfectly before his tragic and untimely death during filming.  I don’t personally feel that he’s right for this part because he’s an intimidating looking guy from the off and I just don’t see how that will work with this character.  I think the below actors would be better…

Jared Leto 

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Leto is an Oscar winning actor and has played various roles such as, The Joker. He’s also a musician so I think he’d do this role justice and fit it perfectly.

Jared Padalecki 

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Best known for his role as Sam in Supernatural he’s got that ‘brooding’ look down and I think he could also be a contender for this role.

Taylor Kitsch

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Taylor has got some series acting range, I’d defiantly recommend catching the latest series of True Detective too see what I mean. He’d bring his range to this part and I think it’s the big break he needs.

I think the late Heath Ledger would have been the perfect choice to bring Eric Draven back onto our screen but sadly we will never get to see this…

A lot of actors, such as Bradley Cooper, have actually dropped out of playing this role due to crew and cast members of the original saying the set was cursed.  There was some seriously bad and strange weather and a member of the crew suffered from burns, then sadly the death of Brandon Lee from a real bullet been shot rather than a blank.

I think they’d need to cast the part of Sarah carefully as she’s a key part to making this film work.  Here are some actresses I think could be good for the role…

Chloe Moretz

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She’s a great young actress and already has a lot of movies under her belt.  I think her acting in Let Me In and Carrie make her a wise choice for the part of Sarah.

Abigail Breslin

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She won my heart as Little Miss Sunshine and has managed to land herself some very big roles ever since, she’d play Sarah very well.

Freya Tingley 

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With previous roles in both Hemlock Grove and Once Upon A Time this big screen role would cement her movie career as it’s well deserved.

Who do you think should be cast in this reboot? Comment below…

Final Destination (2000)

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So I’ve seen all of the films in this franchise and re-watched this one a couple of days ago.

So the story is that a group of American teenagers are boarding their flight to Paris along with their two teachers and one of them has a premonition that the plane is going to crash.  When I say premonition, it’s very detailed he actually sees and feels everything as it happens. Alex, played by Devon Sawa then completely freaks out (as you would do..) he gets himself and six others thrown off the plane and they see the fatal crash from the airport window.

Naturally everyone thinks Alex had something to do with the crash and their fellow classmates and teacher all meeting their ends.  Strange things then begin the happen after the events of the crash and they learn that you can’t cheat death…

It’s a typical young american teen movie when it comes to the acting so it’s not the best.  Devon Sawa, is average as the lead character Alex, personally I think the rest of the cast were all better actors than him.  Ali Later, plays Clear (who’s name I thought was Claire until I looked on IMDB) the misfit that falls for Alex. Sean William Scott, plays Billy who isn’t really a strong character in this film, it’s a shame really because Sean can act a lot better than the others.

If you’re expecting suspense, don’t bother, you see everyone’s demise as it happens and the movie is pretty dated nowadays.  The plot is still interesting and as a franchise it’s worth a watch just out of interest. It’s still going to stand as a ‘cult classic’ because it was something different at the time like Scream.

The effects are alright given it was release in 2000 the plane crash was pretty good and the deaths to follow are nice and gory. I can’t say my favorite death without giving away who dies so I’ll keep quiet here but if you wanna know comment and for those of you that don’t, stay out of the comments.

Overall it’s a good action/slasher film and has it’s own (now slightly less but back then…) original plot. There’s a few creepy scenes but not as much suspense as I’d like.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving it a seven only because of it’s plot, it’s a good idea but better acting and script was needed to make it work… 7/10

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

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So I saw the book when browsing in a local book shop and thought, ‘what a strange idea…‘. This film has an interesting concept but I’m not sure that it worked…

It’s based on the book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen but with an added twist of zombies. So we have Elizabeth Bennet, played by Lily James who lives with her parents and (many) sisters, all trained to defend themselves against the undead. Their mother is obsessed with marrying her daughters off to literally anybody including the girls cousin (yes, I know) Parson Collins played by Matt Smith.

Even though they’re in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, one must of course attend social gatherings to improve ones social status (I’ll stop now…). When at the party Elizabeth’s younger sister Jane falls for the host, Mr Bingley, played by Douglas Booth and (of course) the pair get engaged.  Elizabeth does capture the attention of a guest at the party, who could this mysterious gentleman be? (How did you guess that!?) Mr Darcy played by Sam Reily (sorry Colin Firth) is very arrogant and rude to Elizabeth at first so when he does eventually ask for her hand in marriage she refuses (you go girl!).

There’s a couple of twists in the film but if you don’t see them coming you must be very tired or this have it on in the background and not be paying attention… It’s basically a mockery of the original and all it’s characters so please do not take this film seriously because if you do, you’ll miss the point and it will be terrible to watch.

The cast are average, Lily James seems to be the new Keira Knightley as she’s being cast in a lot of period drama roles lately. I do have to mention that Matt Smith is hilarious in this film and he’s my favorite character because of this. There’s also some seriously badass zombie slaying from the queen herself, Lena Headey.

The effects are actually alright and the zombies themselves are quite creepy. The costume designs for all the characters are great and it’s a very well done film in that respect.

Overall it’s not the worst zombie film I’ve seen and there’s been a fair few. There was a fairly decent plot and although it got far to dramatic in parts and you couldn’t tell if it was still taking the mic or genuine it was still quite fun to watch.

Perfect Popcorn Score –I’m giving this a seven, it’s an interesting take on the classic tale and there’s some good laughs and gore.. – 7/10.

Crimson Peak (2015)

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When I saw the trailer for this film I was really excited to see it, I’m a big fan of Guillermo del Toro’s work as his standards for special effects in film are so high. I mean look at the above poster, even the promotional work is beautifully designed.

Mia Wasikowska plays Edith Cushing, a young aspiring author that is drawn to a mysterious stranger.  This stranger is Thomas Sharpe a English inventor played by Tom Hiddleston.  There’s an instant attraction between the pair and when I say instant I mean it doesn’t take long for them to become engaged and married in the film, I know it was different back in the day but come on! She then moves into his family home, Crimson Peak.  Thomas lives with his sister Lucille, played by Jessica Chastain.  Their family home is a large mansion but it’s in need of a lot of restoration, we’re talking holes in the roof here so the family are clearly not the wealthiest.

The house is very eerie and there’s clearly more to this family than meets the eye.  Edith is a very curious character, probably because she’s a writer  with imagination and looking for inspiration.  This film was sadly very predictable and not as creepy as it could have been. I feel that del Toro should have an 18 age rating in his films because this allows him more freedom to be scarier and darker with both his stories and visuals.  

The casting was OK, Mia Wasikowska has innocent yet feisty down in most of her films.  Hiddleston is always going to be able to play a English Gentleman well with that voice… The rest of the cast work well, I just feel that the script didn’t do them justice. 

It’s a bit long winded really, you’re just waiting for something to happen and when it does it’s like I mentioned earlier, predictable. There were no surprises for me in this film and it did disappoint me as I was looking forward to it so much. 

The effects are beautiful, probably the best thing about this film is the style of it.  The costumes, sets and character designs are amazingly detailed but I expect nothing less when watching a del Toro film, just look at Hellboy.

Overall it’s not the worst film del Toro has done (I’m looking at you Pacific Rim) but it’s certainly not his best either.  If you want something just simple to watch but with nice visuals then sure, give this a go but don’t expect the story to blow you away.

Perfect Popcorn Score –I’m giving this a six, like I said not his best work but worth a watch for the visuals…the story not so much.. – 6/10.

 

30 Days Of Night (2007)

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So I wasn’t actually old enough, at the time to watch this movie at the cinema but that didn’t stop me watching it as soon as it came out (I’m a rebel, what can I say).

This movie is based on the graphic novels of the same name, they’re worth checking out as well by the way, there’s some amazing artwork.  Anyway, back to the film… So it’s a simple story and a pretty clever idea actually.  There’s a small town in Alaska that has a month with zero sunshine which is, 30 Days of Night.  Enter the vampires, obviously wanting a nice holiday destination with as little sunshine as possible and plenty of snacks…

The acting is pretty decent, you’ve got Josh Hartnett as Eben, the town sheriff and Melissa George as his estranged wife Stella. You’ve also got Danny Huston as the leader of the vampires Marlow, who’s quite menacing actually.

Decent effects, nothing big enough to mention really it’s more about gore than CGI but it all works very well.  For all of you Twilight fans, there’s nothing romantic about these vamps at all and they certainly don’t sparkle.

There’s a lot I like about this film, it’s become a bit of a classic to me actually. It’s such a straight-forward idea like I said and it’s not exactly scary but it’s very gory and there’s a few jump scares for you.  I like how as I’ve mentioned, there’s nothing romantic about these vampires, they’re here to kill everyone.  None of them have any feelings towards these towns people other than hunger, I mean they purposely remove the heads so that none of them turn.  They have their own language so there’s no communicating with them or trying to reason or bargain so when encountering one, you wouldn’t try to talk you’d run.

There’s a twist at the end and room for a sequel actually, I’m sure there was one but it went straight to DVD and I still haven’t seen it… One day maybe..

Overall this is still worth a watch even with all those other vampire films out there, the story is just a good idea and there’s a reason that the vampires target this town other than random misfortune.  It’s a pretty fast paced film, no nonsense and all action so you won’t get bored watching this.

Perfect Popcorn Score – 30 Days of Night gets a nine from me, good action, gore and story.  A good film to just switch off and watch the mindless violence as my dad would say…   – 9/10.

What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

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So as you can probably tell with me having this blog, I’m a movie nerd.  I like to see what movies are coming out soon and watch various trailers etc.  That’s how I came across this film…Sadly it never came to a cinema near me so I didn’t catch it until it came out on DVD (yes, I still buy those sometimes).

It’s an interesting film, something that I’ve not seen before.  It’s basically a ‘mockumentary’ about the life of modern day vampires and the society of ‘supernatural’ beings. It’s from the creators of Flight of the Conchords, so that gives you a sense of the style of humor in this film, these guys know exactly how to do misfit humor well. 

We have a camera crew that have been granted access into the lives of four vampires that all share a house together in the 21st Century.  The four vampires are all unique characters, firstly you have Viago played by Taika Waititi who is very chatty and happy to tell you everything about himself and the others, he’s the main narrator really. Then we have Vladislav played by Jemaine Clement and Deacon played by Jonny Brugh who are both brooding, grumpy and think they’re cooler than they are.. Finally we have Petyr played by Ben Fransham who is clearly the oldest of the bunch as he can’t even take a more human form and just lives in the basement minding his own business.  As you can imagine these guys don’t always get along and it’s their situation of being vampires in the modern age that’s brought them together, clearly just not wanting to be alone.

Things take an interesting turn when one of the group accidentally turns a guy called Nick into a vampire.  Nick is pretty annoying but his best friend Stu is very popular with the group even though he’s human and teaches them how to use modern technology which results in some very funny scenes in the film. The vampires are able to control peoples minds, a useful trick when they make mistakes and need to resolve things. Nick doesn’t really take to being a vampire and the others take it upon themselves to try and help him even though they don’t really like the guy.

There’s no major use of digital effects as such in this film, it relies mainly on makeup and just good humor.

The casting is great, no one really well known as such but the cast work well with one another, clearly most of them have done projects together before.

Overall this film is an interesting watch, if you aren’t much for the Flight of the Conchords’ humor then don’t bother with this but if you’re a fan of that you’ll love this film.  I personally enjoyed it, parts are really funny but I can understand it wouldn’t be for everyone.

Perfect Popcorn Score – What We Do In The Shadows get’s a seven from me, some really funny scenes and a good idea for a film but it’s one you have to be in the mood to watch  – 7/10.