Don’t Breathe

Donโ€™t Breathe (2016)

Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller

This is one of the most unique and truly enjoyable horror movies I have seen in a long time ๐Ÿ™‚ . The twist is (mostly told in trailers, other reviews and blurbs of the film so watch out ๐Ÿ˜› ) amazing and kept me hooked throughout. The main three characters Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) are not likable characters especially Money. They (Rocky and Alex) are given reasons for their bad behaviour but you arenโ€™t supposed to like them initially. However, when the robbing of the wrong house begins everything changed! I loved the constant shocks and surprises from The Blind Man (Stephen Lang) were brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚ . He was intense and terrifying plus the more we got to know him the more I felt for the teenagers. The fight scenes were great and the fear, nail-biting, edge of your seat moments were great ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the scene where the survivors are running from the cellar in the dark ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved the danger element within that scene and loved that they must have actually filmed in the dark as their pupils were dilated. The main thing that is great in this movie was the facial expressions and body language of the characters especially Rocky and The Blind Man. She showed her fear and anguish through her facial expressions which had you hooked ๐Ÿ˜€ ! Plus Stephen Langโ€™s portrayal showed vulnerability, sadness, and anger which made him an intense character I have seen from a horror film for a long while ๐Ÿ™‚ . I also loved the ending which allows a promise of a sequel and if not, left it with a great feeling ๐Ÿ™‚ . A feeling that neither one of the characters are as good as the other leaving you questioning who truly is the victim? A great horror / thriller film that is very unique, great for horror fans and will leave you wanting more ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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This house looked like an easy target. Until they found what was inside.

The Shallows

The Shallows (2016)

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama

This is an alright shark attack movie that can keep you fairly entertained from beginning to the end ๐Ÿ™‚ . Blake Lively was quite good as Nancy as her acting in this movie (through her characters struggles) was believable and you felt for her ๐Ÿ™‚ . I liked that she was a medical student and how she was โ€œsaving herselfโ€ when she was dealing with her injuries. The scenery was very pretty and I liked her relationship with the seagull (though I did feel kind of cheesy… ๐Ÿ˜› ). The flow of the movie worked and did keep you watching plus you become very intrigued to see how she could survive. The attack of the Shark was very good and I liked how when one stranger was killed we werenโ€™t allowed to see it. We just watched her reaction which was pretty good ๐Ÿ™‚ . I also loved the opening scene with the child and I even liked how the shark was defeated (even if it may have been a little unbelievable ๐Ÿ˜› ). The CGI is an issue throughout this movie. At times it looked unique with the phone images integrating with the movie then at times looks poor. Especially the graphics of the shark is very questionable at times. Another problem with this movie is the sharkโ€™s motives. I assume it is just some seriously blood thirsty monster that just enjoys eating humans even if there is a massive whale carcass. Though the films suggests it is a normal shark so then that makes you question its motives throughout the entire movie creating a sense of unbelievably. However, the film is alright and keeps you entertained. This is good for anyone who likes survival thriller against a monster attack movie but it is nothing โ€œWowโ€. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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Not just another day at the beach.

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood (2011)

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

This movie should have been awesome but comes out as just alright. The cast chosen for this movie are pretty big names such as Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke and Max Iron ๐Ÿ™‚ . I know they can all act as I have seen them in other things, but in this they are just passable.ย  I felt nothing for any of the characters especially those in the โ€œlove triangleโ€. The โ€œthroes of passionโ€ between these lovers was lack lustre and I quite honestly did not care who survived or who she would end up with ๐Ÿ˜› . The look of the wolf is decent and graphics arenโ€™t bad ๐Ÿ™‚ . The visuals are great and the colour palette of this movie is worth the watch ๐Ÿ˜€ . The story is good enough but predictable and anti-climatic. The twist is pretty good (probably the best part) as you donโ€™t suspect who it is ๐Ÿ˜› . However, I wish the film did not have its annoying anguish and just plain angry moments. Like how the town treated Valerie or bringing in that medieval torture device! The story had plot holes and failed to truly captivate. Though to be fair, this isnโ€™t the worst movie and thanks to the twist, is passable ๐Ÿ™‚ . You can see Twilight movie elements as the one of the directors in this was involved in that movie ๐Ÿ˜› . It tried to focus on teenagers who liked that film rather than focus on the actual story of Red Riding Hood. The main problem is this film tries to be too many things which then leads it to just being an alright movie. ย I am not sure I would recommend this movie but it not the worst I have seen ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 2 Stars out of 5!

Panda Red Ridding Hood
Believe the legend. Beware the wolf.

Blair Witch

Blair Witch (2016)

Genre: Horror, Thriller

I have never seen the original movie so I am not sure how good this sequel is in comparison. However, I thought this was a pretty decent horror flick ๐Ÿ™‚ . The narrative itself as easy to follow and actually has a believable reason for going into woods where you know bad things have already happened. There is the obvious โ€œwhy would you?โ€ in this movie as expected but I quite liked the group of friends and thought the story was enough to keep me entertained ๐Ÿ™‚ . Even though this movie is filmed in a documentary-like style it did not hinder the film as they used all types of recording technology that we have nowadays. The horror element is alright, not too bloody so people who donโ€™t really like โ€œgoryโ€ horror movies can enjoy this. There are some good suspenseful scary moments that did have me on the edge of my seat. Such as the crawling underground, getting separated in the woods and the end section in the house ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved the moments when the other two members kept returning to the group (I am trying not to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ) and one of my favourite scenes was the โ€œsnapping of the wicker dollโ€. The pacing of the movie runs steadily along and ended great (the end section was my favourite part ๐Ÿ˜€ ). Plus when you see the witch she is pretty awesome and scary at the same time ๐Ÿ˜› . This may not be to everyoneโ€™s taste but I think this is a pretty good horror film. It is definitely worth a watch at least once ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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Thereโ€™s something evil hiding in the woods.

The Purge

The Purge (2013)

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

I know there had been many negative reviews about this movie but quite honestly I really enjoyed it.ย  The story was original and very interesting. The narrative about a near future America where they have an annual 12 hour Purge were all crime is legal had me gripped from the beginning to the end. I get why many people didnโ€™t like this film because it is not scary and would not be top of the horror genres as it did not really act like a horror movie (though people do get killed ๐Ÿ˜› ). However, I loved it. It was my kind of horror with the suspense, drama, interesting thriller vibe and you had no idea who would live or who was a bad guy ๐Ÿ˜› . A great cast led by James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) and Mary Sandin (Lena Headey) plus the overall movie look was executed well. I loved the scene when the young boy lets the homeless guy into the house and loved the ending ๐Ÿ˜€ . The film is more of a thriller than a horror but there is a reason this movie has gotten sequels! A great concept, very entertaining and a captivating story line with a likeable family (though the daughter was a tad annoying)! Also great for those who prefer story to gore :P. A film I would definitely watch again and recommend! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Survive the night.

Devil

Devil (2010)

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

This is a very clever and highly entertaining horror ๐Ÿ™‚ . Itโ€™s the type of horror I prefer as it focusโ€™ on the story and characters rather than full on gore ๐Ÿ˜› . The set up and mood of the film begins quite dark but is highly interesting throwing you straight into the action by creating a death from the start! The idea of this movie is brilliant and unique ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the fact that the main characters are trapped (I will try not to spoil) and you had no idea who would be the next victim! The supernatural theme in this movie is quite strong and the narration helped build the suspense and drama. I loved when the narrator mentions about victims who โ€œget in the wayโ€ as it gave a hint to the movie and allowed the film to keep surprising you ๐Ÿ™‚ . The main actors in the lift were all amazing, creating realistic characters and even the most dislikeable character was entertaining (likable for us watchers ๐Ÿ˜› ). The characters outside were also likable and kept you gripped to the story (they werenโ€™t secondary to the action of the main characters). The ending was brilliant and had a great surprise plus a good red herring! A fantastic horror that may not be gory but definitely has death, amazing story and characters ๐Ÿ˜€ . I would definitely watch again and recommend. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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Bad Things Happen For A Reason.

Girl with All the Gifts

Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama

This is one of those out there movies that you can see it becoming something more than it began ๐Ÿ˜› . It is not a normal Zombie flick as you would imagine and the storyline is quite unique. There is a decent cast, Gemma Arterton was great in this film. She captured your attention and sympathy throughout ๐Ÿ˜€ . The main character of Melanie was very interesting and clever. Because she is the centre point in this film and was not as you would expect (wonโ€™t spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). Plus the actress who plays her, Sennia Nanua, was fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚ . There is plenty of action, drama, twists and the odd bit of humour. I had expected the story to end differently and it kept me surprised throughout. I kind of wanted it to end another way but I canโ€™t deny it was amazing. An ending that will stick in my mind forever, had a bitter sweet feeling (did not know whether to despair or to be happy) and made the movie with that scene ๐Ÿ˜› . The Hungries (Zombies) were amazing!! Loved the movements of the zombies and how their jaws moved when the illness took hold. There are nice tender moments in this and I was gutted that two characters died (you will know when you watch it so I wonโ€™t spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). This is a film that captures you from the start, keep you entertained while creating some thought provoking questions. A different type of zombie horror flick (wasnโ€™t a scary horror) that has to be put up at the top as one of the best! Definitely recommend this unusual movie ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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Our greatest threat is our only hope.

The Forest

The Forest (2016)

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

This is a decent enough horror with a unique and fairly interesting plot. Natalie Dormer does command the screen and performs great as both Sara and Jess. What I liked was the setting which was absolutely scary and I find the fact the forest is real utterly terrifying ๐Ÿ˜› . I enjoyed the narrative and it did have some decent jumpy sections. I liked the tricky ghosts and her “reveal” near the end of the movie was the best section. I loved the ending as it was different, unique and I loved the graphics around that scene (with the ghost). Overall, the graphics were quite good I loved the hints to the ghosts and how they “killed” ๐Ÿ˜› . This is more of psychological thriller than a straight out horror which I did quite enjoy. However, it has its flaws too ๐Ÿ˜› . The main character much as I loved the actress could be a little annoying and unbearable. I pitied one character because of what Sara does (wouldn’t spoil) and I really did not get Jess. I don’t think it was truly explained why she was there and the ending with that character got slightly cheesy and irritating. A film that had so much promise and potential but trips over its over narrative. However, decent enough horror than can keep you fairly entertained ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Forest
Stay on the path.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

Genre: Action, Horror, Romance

I was looking forward to this film as I am a big fan of Pride and Prejudice plus loved the fact Zombies are in this movie!! This is a really good film (so ignore the haters ๐Ÿ˜› ). I lovedย  the fact they stayed true to the era (they dressed almost correctly) and the “Pride and Prejudice” lines didn’t feel out of place. The story with the Zombies was interesting and I was intriguing though I wished it had been explored further especially with the hints to the “Four Horseman”. At times it did feel like I was simply following the story of Jane Austin’s book but the odd few fight sections / training worked and kept the film together.ย  The cast is great plus the main two Lily James (Elizabeth Bennet) and Sam Riley (Colonel Fitzwilliam Darcy) are awesome. They perform great and the romance is authentic. There are some humorous section, decent action and the zombies look good. Also the beginning section looks great and the ending sequence (just after the first credits) is awesome :D! ย This film won’t be for everyone but if love literary classic and have a quirky side (aren’t afraid of enjoying a decent film with Zombies ๐Ÿ˜› ) then you will love it ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Slay with pride. Kill with prejudice