Evil Dead (2013)

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Evil Dead is a film franchise that will never die, it’s going to be rebooted countless times and we now even have a series (Ash vs. Evil Dead).  I went the cinema to see this movie because although it’s been done before, I had high hopes as the trailers looked pretty decent.

So the story of this Evil Dead is very similar to the original with a couple of modern twists… Basically drug addict Mia (Jane Levy) agrees to go cold turkey and give up the drugs.  Does she choose to do this the normal way at home or in rehab? Of course not… Her and her friends and old brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) decide the best place for a detox is their familys remote cabin in the woods.  

Before they go you see that a girl was killed in this same cabin by her father and some weird redneck family… They seemed to be the good guys as the girl was possessed and apparently killed her mother, the ritual was out of a creepy looking book…

The acting in this film is basically american teen drama acting, no better or worse than you’re typical Pretty Little Liars crowd. It’s not the worst modern day remake but it’s also far from the best…

The effects are average, there’s plenty of blood and gore, as you would expect.  The tree scene was done very quickly, for something that caused so much outrage when the original came out they just kind of skipped right past it in this film.  It’s a shame really because there’s a lot worse and more gruesome scenes in films these days so it could have been done far better.

The advertising for this film created a lot of hype, quotes on the poster such as, ‘see this movie when it comes out and often‘.  This made me so disappointed when I actually when to see it because it wasn’t something I’ve rave about that much personally.  There’s nothing exactly wrong with it but I think some bigger players acting wise would have given it a better feel, or even just better actors.  Look at Cabin in the Woods for example, a couple of well known actors and a few not as well know but all worked so well where as this was just a group of twenty something actors that have been in a couple of teen movies.

Overall  it’s not terrible, it’s worth a watch if you like the genre of film as there’s some good gory scenes.  Basically don’t take it seriously at all and you might enjoy it but if you go by the advertising you’ll be disappointed.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this film a six, decent effects and story but the acting does let it down in my opinion…  6/10

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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.

 

 

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.