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A solid Irish creature feature which has a bit of a gothic touch. Something ancient - evil is accidentally unearthed in the peat - soil. A troubled couple gets stranded in the Irish countryside while something nasty stalks them. A well done lower budget thriller that delivers. 8.5/10 (IMO).
 
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You're Next (2011): A cracker of a horror thriller though perhaps sheer terror is what's inflicted on the victims as well as the viewers. This is also a dark comedy in the same way that Ready Or Not is but in this case the darkness has the edge over the comedic elements. A family gathering to celebrate the parent's wedding anniversary, all of the adult children are there with their partners. Soon the party comes under attack with crossbow bolts crashing through windows. Assailants wearing animal masks break in and start to slaughter the residents. A battle ensues with heads bashed in with hammers, throats cut, eyes stabbed with screwdrivers. The chases and skirmishes throughout the house once again bring Ready Or Not to mind. An extremely violent and disturbing film, leavened only by the darkest of humour. Director Adam Wingard (Death Note, Outcast, VHS) delivers a scare and gore filled thriller with twists that keeps the tension going until the final scene. 8/10.
 
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Barbara Crampton, too! She's had quite the revival thanks to the teenagers loving her in her 80s horrors casting her in their own horrors now they've grown up to be filmmakers.
 
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Barbara Crampton, too! She's had quite the revival thanks to the teenagers loving her in her 80s horrors casting her in their own horrors now they've grown up to be filmmakers.
Yeah, You're Next was the start of that revival she's been in about 20 horror films and tv shows since.
 

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Watched "9 Miles Down" last night.

Inspired by the Internet hoax of a Russian drilling rig breaking through to Hell, this movie switches the action to a remote (and suitably creepy) research station in the Sahara.
It's a competently executed horror, with an initially mysterious and claustrophobic atmosphere gradually morphing into multiple make-you-jump scenes. Keeps you guessing as to what is really happening and what is paranoid delusion. Oh and Kate Nauta makes a rather enticing demon (but is she?),
Felt slightly short-changed by the ending though.
Still, worth a look,
 
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Eli: A young boy, Eli (Charlie Shotwell) suffers from auto-immune disease, literally allergic to the world, living in a plastic tent, wearing a hazmat suit when he travels. His parents bring him to a clinic for gene therapy but the procedures he undergoes are harrowing. He also sees strange figures, senses presences, suffers poltergeist style experiences. His parents and the doctor (Lili Taylor) try to convince him that he is hallucinating. A strange girl speaks to him through a closed window. Good effects throughout, Eli dragged by invisible figures, apparently dead figures reaching for him. The clinic staff seem cold, act as if they might have another agenda. The girl (Sadie Sink) tells him tales about previous patients perishing does magic tricks, encourages him to leave. Some good deflection in the script as red herrings happily swim past but there is a major plot twist. A good rather than great horror film with some scares and disturbing scenes. Directed by Ciaran Foy (Citadel, Sinister 2). 7/10. On Netflix.
 
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Wounds: A confused and confusing film about a bartender who finds a phone with disturbing vids/images of brutal killings on it. Strange things happen to him and people close to him. Lots of flies and bugs infest rooms and cars. This is a tale of a Gnostic ritual gone wrong or possibly having it's intended effect as a demon comes across and moves from host to host. Wounds has all the ingredients to be a good horror film but in spite of good acting and some terrifying scenes it fails to convince. Written and directed by Babak Anvari (who gave us the great Under The Shadow). 5/10. On Netflix.
 

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The Curse of Netflix strikes again: take one promising filmmaker, get them to make something for you, and create mass disappointment when it's not very good. This is a real shame, because Under the Shadow was superb, with one really big scare that even made me jump.
 

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@ramonmercado (or anyone else!) I've just watched The Haunt 2014 while "babysitting". Has it got a review in these forums? I've read a couple on other sites but want something done by someonme I know :)
 

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@ramonmercado (or anyone else!) I've just watched The Haunt 2014 while "babysitting". Has it got a review in these forums? I've read a couple on other sites but want something done by someonme I know :)
Here's a scary thought...how well do we really know anyone? :hyper:

I haven't watched it yet but, it is definitely on my list , I am not sure how well I can do a review but, I will come back and let you know what I thought of it. :)
 

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@ramonmercado (or anyone else!) I've just watched The Haunt 2014 while "babysitting". Has it got a review in these forums? I've read a couple on other sites but want something done by someonme I know :)
Oops, sorry Frideswide. I just noticed the year of the movie you were referring to. It's the 2019 version of The Haunt that I have on my watch list.
 
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Zombieland: Double Tap: Ten years on, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are living in the abandoned White House. Columbus annoys Wichita, while Tallahassee is still acting like a father to Little Rock. Next morning, Tallahassee finds a note from Wichita and Little Rock, who have gone on a road trip to find themselves. Heading to Graceland, Little Rock teams up with a hippy pacifist. Wichita returns to the White House but Columbus has met up with a ditzy blond, Madison (Zoey Deutch). The real road movie now commences as they set off in search of Little Rock.

A new breed of super-zombie has evolved, harder to kill, this provides opportunities for puns and visual jokes. Indeed Double Tap is infused with cultural references, jokes about Uber and homages to The Walking Dead and Z-Nation. Tallahassee even finds love with the owner of an Elvis themed motel, Nevada (Rosario Dawson), just as well because Graceland itself is in ruins, breaking Tallahassee's heart. Even though this is obviously a comedy there are some really gruesome sequences and harrowing scenes of desolate ruined cities and deserted freeways. Most poignant perhaps is the Hippy Pacifist Commune Babylon, really reminiscent of one of the odder settlements in TWD.

An action comedy but sometimes laughter will die in your throat at the absolute devastation inflicted upon society. There's still a good chance that you'll die laughing though. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Venom) is back at the helm as director and he delivers the goods. 8/10.
 

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The time Adam the Woo visited the filming locations from the original A Nightmare On Elm Street ..

 

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A solid werewolf thriller with an solid plot that unfolds slowly but keeps you on the edge of your seat. A elder Vietnam vet moves into a gated community. Folks start dying off on the full moon, however the local cops blown it off as animals attacks from a nearby forest. Despite the odds the handicapped vet takes the next month to prepare for the pack of werewolves. He fights like hell tough old vet he is and really makes some elaborate plans - traps. As usual I won't spoil things by giving away the ending which is quite sad (it's hard not to like the hero, possible partial being a vet). 9/10 one of the best creature features I've seen in awhile.
 

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A solid werewolf thriller with an solid plot that unfolds slowly but keeps you on the edge of your seat. A elder Vietnam vet moves into a gated community. Folks start dying off on the full moon, however the local cops blown it off as animals attacks from a nearby forest. Despite the odds the handicapped vet takes the next month to prepare for the pack of werewolves. He fights like hell tough old vet he is and really makes some elaborate plans - traps. As usual I won't spoil things by giving away the ending which is quite sad (it's hard not to like the hero, possible partial being a vet). 9/10 one of the best creature features I've seen in awhile.
Cool .. sounds a little like BUBBA HO TEP ..
 
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Sinister Circle (Juego siniestro): Apparently this is a sequel to Cementerio General. A psychologist in Mexico suffers a double whammy, a patient who is seeing demons commits suicide and her mother in Lima, Peru tries to burn down an apartment building building after teenagers die whilst using an Ouija board. We have satanic cults trying to summon up Moloch through human sacrifice, the psychologists son seeing ghosts and somehow the death in Mexico being linked to the events in Peru. it all centres on a cursed Ouija Board and the sinister apartment block. Some good scares, hands emerging from baths and under beds, grabbing people, general aura of threat especially in the building. OK horror but nothing great. Directed by Dorian Fernández-Moris. 6/10. On Netflix.
 
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Realms: Two Psychotic Americans rob a bank in Bangkok and take two women hostage along with the Uber driver they had booked to be their getaway driver. After a high speed chase/gun-battle the car crashes and the crooks herd the hostages into a forest. They come across a deserted mansion and decide to stay for the night. Things then become strange. The U.S. duo remind me of Mickey and Mallory in Natural Born Killers, crazed and sadistic. The building seems both derelict and in good order, figures are seen running, the robbers and the hostages get flashes of past events when they touch objects. Attempting to escape the captives end up back at the house. Events which occurred at the house in the 1920s/30s come in a vision and are reminiscent of The Shining. Solid horror, some twists but no real surprises. Directed by Daric Gates (The Appearing) from a script by Kevin Summerfield. 6/10. On Netflix.
 
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A Vigilante: A thriller which strays into horror territory. Sadie (Olivia Wilde) is the eponymous vigilante, putting the frighteners on men who abuse women, convincing them that she will kill them unless they leave now. She works out at gym, at home, honing her skills. But she also suffers from PTSD and has panic attacks. She sleeps fully clothed with a knife under her pillow. Her husband (Morgan Spector) is still out there. This isn't just revenge porn, the most moving scenes are those of flashbacks to Sadie attending a support group. Each woman present tells their tale and finally it is Sadies turn. We also see how Sadie came to be a warrior. But it's not just men, abusive mothers also have to be dealt with. Some truly disturbing scenes of violence both physical and psychological make this a film that you won't forget in a hurry. Wilde gives a career best performance in this moving and under-appreciated thriller written and directed by Sarah Dagger-Nickson. 8/10. On Netflix.
 
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The Grudge 2: Schoolgirls attending the International High School in Tokyo go to the now derelict haunted house, ghosts are woken and follow them. A woman goes to Tokyo to find out why her sister tried to burn the house down and is herself caught up in the horror. In the US an evil presence affects the inhabitants of an apartment building. These threads eventually intersect. Some good scenes, people dragged into mirrors, ghosts emerging from developing trays and dragging the photographer in, really threatening corridors. Episodic though but worth watching. Directed by Takashi Shimizu. 6/10.
 

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Coming soon to Russia: AVANPOST (THE OUTPOST). A science fiction/horror endtimes thriller in which a large proportion of the world's population has been wiped out due to causes unknown...while isolated unnafected areas struggle to survive and acertain what happened.

The fact that this film has ben already given a Western name (BLACKOUT) and has an internation al trailer (ie with subtitles) implies that it might be available to English speakers at some piont in the forseeable future:


Anyway, you'll be the first to get a review.
 

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wandered into countdown tonight against my better judgment ... spent the first half wondering how and why films like this continue to get made ... the second half conceding it was smarter than i thought ... final destination meets drag me to hell, as much black comedy as horror, centred on ubiquitous and inescapable nature of smartphones and the stranglehold they have us in ... couple of entertaining secondary characters
 
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Showing again on the Horror Channel Sunday 17th November at 00.45 am.

Discarnate: A team of researchers try out a serum to try to explore the other side, beyond death. At first they wonder if they are hallucinating but then the world around them is affected. Poltergeist effects. They see deceased relatives, the leader of the team believes that he lost his son to a supernatural entity a decade ago but he sees and converses with a girl wearing an animal mask. Strange monstrously morphing creatures then start to appear. something has crossed over. It's been done before but the monsters are freaky and the colonial style ranch they use ax a base adds to the weirdness. Good effects and the acting is ok , the film has a shaky start due to eccentric editing but i's a sold If unoriginal) horror film. Written and Directed by Mario Sorrenti in his feature debut. 6/10.
 

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wandered into countdown tonight against my better judgment ... spent the first half wondering how and why films like this continue to get made ... the second half conceding it was smarter than i thought ... final destination meets drag me to hell, as much black comedy as horror, centred on ubiquitous and inescapable nature of smartphones and the stranglehold they have us in ... couple of entertaining secondary characters
I love Drag Me To Hell. Hated any of the Final Destination movies. Hopefully I can find this one somewhere.
 

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if you go expecting the pep vim zing or brio of drag me, you may emerge disappointed
 
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