Category: Horror

Under The Skin First Full Trailer

The first full trailer for the forthcoming Scarlett Johansson film Under The Skin has just been released. Based on the cult novel of the same name by Dutch author Michel Faber, the story centres around a young human looking alien who travels the roads of Scotland picking up hitch hikers. She drugs and fattens her victims before handing them over to her companions who relish humans as a delicacy. Then it starts to get weird! Continue reading “Under The Skin First Full Trailer” »

Troll 2

troll-2. 1Films as a general rule, are meant to entertain.  And in order to entertain, regardless of the genre, it is generally accepted that a few principles need to be adhered to.  For instance, the acting and the script has to be of a standard that make the characters believable; the story and plot should be interesting enough to keep us captivated; and the effects have to show enough realism so as not to shatter the illusion. Now and then however, a film will arrive on our shelves that will take all these principles and just piss all over the top of them. Troll 2 is one of these films. Continue reading “Troll 2” »

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Paranormal-activity-the-marked-onesThere was a point during Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones when I felt that I didn’t need to write a review for it. It would have have been much easier to just take the review I had written for Paranormal Activity 4 and changed the characters names. It’s a tad lazy on my part though so apologies if this review feels familiar, because the film sure did.

The film is set in June 2012 and takes place after the events of Paranormal Activity 4. Jess (Andrew Jacobs) has recently graduated high school and couldn’t be happier. He acquires a video camera which he uses to film his friend Hector (Jorge Diaz) performing inane Jackass style stunts. When his creepy witch like neighbour Anna (Gloria Sandoval) is killed by an old school friend Oscar (Carols Pratts), Jesse and Hector feel it’s a great idea to investigate the murder scene and film themselves trespassing in the process. The next morning when Jesse wakes up he finds a strange bite mark on his arm and that he has superpowers. He soon realises that his X-men evolution is not a gift, but in fact a curse.
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World War Z sequel has a director

juan antonio bayona 1Paramount Pictures have announced that a director is attached to the proposed sequel to the 2013 Zombie movie World War Z. The man in charge will be Juan Antonio Bayona best known for his work on The Orphanage and more recently the Tsunami family drama movie The ImpossibleContinue reading “World War Z sequel has a director” »

Origin Of A Horror Icon – Part 3: Freddy Krueger *Contains Spoilers*

If your parents were as cool and hip irresponsible as mine, you were allowed to watch horror films from a young age. Donnie Darko told us infants can’t remember their infanthood however I have a clear recollection of watching Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy’s Revenge as well as the follow up Dream Warriors.

Though a little dated, the original concept remained frightening enough. Local child killer (yes killer, not paedophile) Freddy Kreuger escaped justice through a technicality that set him free. Not that the parents of Springwood stood for that as they took it upon themselves to form a lynch mob and burn Freddy alive. However, his thirst for revenge was so great, he came back from the dead and started killing the children where no one could protect them…in their dreams. Brilliant. Simple. Inevitably ruined. Continue reading “Origin Of A Horror Icon – Part 3: Freddy Krueger *Contains Spoilers*” »

Chop

When a film is advertised as a horror comedy it really has to live up to its billing. Especially if it is a low-budget film. It has to have everything in place otherwise the viewer will start to pick holes in the film from the start and never engage with the film. Knowing nothing about Chop prior to viewing it I had no expectations . I even avoided IMDB so I would not be prejudiced by other reviews. So does Chop cut it as a horror and / or a comedy? Continue reading “Chop” »

Mirrors

In our Second Chance cinema strand, Moviescramble casts its eyes over the 2008 horror film Mirrors.

In terms of critical acclaim horror films are generally given a bit of a kicking. Most reviewers tend to dismiss the genre as a whole and do not appraise the film as an individual entity. This tends not to happen in most other types of film out there. One film to suffer this fate was the 2008 film Mirrors from Director Alexandre Aja.

The film is the tale of a an ex New York cop, Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland) who has just started working as a nightwatchman.  Ben is currently suspended from the force due to his involvement in the killing of a man during a shooting incident. The time since has been rough for him with his marriage falling apart and his drinking increasing to the point where it is a problem for him and those around him. He is now trying to straighten himself out. He is sleeping on his sister’s couch and has just started the job as a nightwatchman at the site of a large department store in Central New York. The store went up in flames several years before and has lain untouched ever since due to legal disputes over insurance. Ben got the job in the first place after the violent death of the previous employee, as played out in the opening scenes of the film. Continue reading “Mirrors” »

Origin Of A Horror Icon – Part 2: Michael Myers *Contains Spoilers*

Many fans felt that Jason Goes to Hell scored an own goal by barely featuring Jason in it. At least Jason was still the killer though, even if he was unrecognisable and missing his trademark hockey mask for most of the film.

Halloween III: The Season of the Witch went one step further. They removed Michael Myers as the killer and included something about killer masks that may have proven to be a good film if anyone bothered to watch it.

This wasn’t a decision made by the studio, instead it was the wish of John Carpenter himself. He didn’t want a slew of Michael Myers films, and only agreed Continue reading “Origin Of A Horror Icon – Part 2: Michael Myers *Contains Spoilers*” »

Cockneys Vs Zombies

Often in low budget or waning film franchise the mash-up is used to try to expand the potential viewer base. This is especially true of the horror genre. In the past we have been subjected to any number of low budget titles like Crocosaurus Vs Megashark and Zombies Vs Strippers. More high profile fare has included entries in both the Alien and Friday the 13th franchises. A mash-up tends to be a sign that there is a lack of inspiration to move a project forward or that money is a constraint for the film makers. Into the fray comes the 2012 film that brings together everyone’s favourite undead, Zombies with the Pride of the East end in the movie Cockneys Vs Zombies. Continue reading “Cockneys Vs Zombies” »

The Cabin in the Woods

The reason we review movies is that we want to share our love of the medium with as many people as possible. We want people to watch and enjoy films. What we do want is to spoil films. There is an unwritten policy for moviescramble regarding spoilers. If we produce an opinion piece and it contains plot elements and spoilers the article’s title will indicate this. For standard reviews we tend to discuss the plot in broad strokes so as to give a flavour of the film without ruining the piece. A general rule of thumb for most reviewers is that if it is in the trailer then it can be commented on. Why, you are probably asking yourself, are we stating this? The reason is simple. We are trying to discuss The Cabin in the Woods. Continue reading “The Cabin in the Woods” »