Redd Inc

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Redd Inc
Starring:
Nicholas Hope, Kelly Paterniti, Sam Reid, James Mackay, Daniel Krige
Director:
Daniel Krige
Writers:
Jonathon Green,Anthony O’connor
Tagline:
You have been warned.
Heads will roll.

More often than not when getting ready to watch new horror movies, I have found myself going into them with low expectations. It’s not something I mean to do but with the ratio of good to bad horror over the last few years, I would say it is no surprise. I will say this though, going into a movie you know nothing about with very low expectations, can sometimes mean you end up having a blast and being pleasantly surprised. As was the case with this little gem. With that said, enough of the bullshit small talk, lets get into this movie.

Thomas Reddmann(Nicholas Hope) was found guilty of being the “Headhunter”, a vicious serial killer taking out the high ups and corporate scum in violent, bloody ways and sent to jail. After a creative breakout, by being declared dead, Reddmann sets out to clear his name of the crime he was imprisoned for. Luckily for him, he has a dedicated team working around the clock to find the real killer, actually they are those who he feels are responsible for finding him guilty, leading to his incarceration. Chained to a desk, they must clear his name while trying not to become a victim.

Now, I had read the plot on the back of the case and watched the trailers and when the movie started it threw me for a loop. Starting out how i thought it would end was a nice way to get things going. The first five minutes waas bloody and fun. It gave off a look and feel of a comic book, which I loved. I was going to let this play in the background while I did some work but that was soon discarded for later as now I was curious and waiting for what was to come. I mean, he has gone to jail already now what is this movie about?

As I have said in previous posts, I dont like going too much into these movies as I feel it’s better to go into movies not knowing as much and I think other people should too. (Not telling you what to do or anything, but DO IT!!)

The lead girl, along with the rest of the cast are refreshing and somewhat original. I was glad to see that the trapped people were not made up of , wait lets list them off here: a dumb jock, a dumb bimbo, a dumb nerd, a dumb black guy and a dumb stoner. The way they interact and explore their current situation, is interesting to watch unfold and see how they handle each problem.

The film is gory and brutal and creative in its kills and when you have Mr TOM FUCKING SAVINI doing the fx, it puts you front and centre for a bloody good time. Think Saw 1, with the premise and the violence but this is actually good. Looking back at the original saw, even though it is not that old, it already looks dated. This movie i feel will not have that problem.

Now, do not get the wrong idea and count this movie out with this next sentence but this movie also has a good dose of humour. Wait come back, don’t leave, I am not a big horror comedy fan either so sit down shut up and listen. I have heard this labelled as a horror comedy but I will disagree.Sorry writers/directors if that was your intention BUT it is better this way. The comedy that is in the movie is subtle and does not intefere at all when the violence and gore is on screen. There is nothing worse than having a violent dark scene ruined by a lame joke which cheapens the movie. Here I feel they found the perfect blend and it mixes well.

Nicholas Hope who plays Reddmann, does an exceptional job as the man who needs his name cleared by any means necessary. He is scary, funny and a madman but at times I couldn’t help rooting for him as if he was the protagonist. Weird I know.

What would a movie be without a good twist, I will admit i seen half of it coming but the way that it played out was surprising and well done and left me satisfied. They didn’t overplay it, they didn’t make it unbelievable, it was hmmmmm fitting.

Alrighty, that will do for me I think I have done enough to convince you to check this movie out and support local horror(Filmed in Australia) and ALL horror for that matter. For as long as movies like this are being watched, they will keep getting made and honestly it is alot better then these big budget shit fests that keep getting shoved down our throats. Go seek out this movie and enjoy it.
CHEERS!!!

Rating: 8 out of 10

Hit me up on twitter @joshmarhoff and let me hear your thoughts. Good or bad i can take it. 🙂

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The Woman

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The Woman (2011)

Director- Lucky Mckee

Starring- Pollyanna McIntoshSean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley CarterShyla Molhusen, Shyla Molhusen

Tagline- “Not every monster lives in the wild.”

Going into my first viewing of “The woman” I knew very little about the film. I think with a film like this, that is the best way. I just want to say that i had never even heard of Lucky Mckee before this film and now I will be certain to seek out other films by him.

Chris Cleek is a succesful country lawyer, he has a nice family, a nice house and from the outside things look perfect. But things are not so rosey, not for his family at least. While hunting, the father comes across a “feral woman” living in the wild and decides that the next logical step is to capture her, take her back to the barn and “civilize” her. That was his first and biggest mistake.

I do not want to go into the story and what unfolds too much more as just watching this film unfold with no expectations is one of the most unsettling and amazing movie viewing experiences i have had in recent times. The one thing that a film like this needs is mood and atmosphere. This movie takes both these tools and absolutely fucking nails it! The bleak atmosphere is ever present throughout the whole film. Perfect example, my girlfriend walks into the room where i am watching “The woman” stays 5 minutes and has to leave as it got to her that quick. She said she could feel the mood and knew it will be a movie with no happy ending and no light at the end of the tunnel. How right she was.

Although the violence and gore does not come along until about the last 20-25 minutes, you do not drift or start to get bored at all. The low budget seems to work to the films advantage and makes it that much more effective.(I hate fucking polished movies- MICHAEL BAY lookin at ya) Once you do get to the end where the tables start to turn, it becomes a revenge flick in the same vein as “I spit on your grave” and “The last house on the left” and when this revenge comes, you can’t help but fucking revel in the fact. The attacks are brutal, gory and disturbing.

The actors in the film are also superb and play the parts to a tee. You can not help but feel so much hate for some characters and so much sympathy for others. I believe that if there are characters that affect you,whether make your blood boil or make you want to jump in the screen and just fucking help them, they must be doing something right and here Lucky got the best out of his relatively unknown cast.

I wish this film got a lot more attention as i feel that it is one of the rare gems that is keeping the horror genre alive. I know that it is rather popular but not what it should be. I could ask 20 people that love horror and only maybe 5 have seen it.

This film is a little weird, a little bizarre, and very different, but it is oh so original and that is so hard to find these days in the deep shit coloured swamp that is modern horror. So well done Lucky Mckee, the cast and everyone involved in this little movie as it has restored my faith that one day i will watch just many modern movies as i do old classics.

8 out of 10

Cabin in the woods

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hhHHEEELllooo!!!
So, being situated in the great old Australia is usually pretty damn good. BUT when it comes to film and television, we are usually way behind the 8 ball. So over the last couple months I have heard nothing but cabin in the woods talks, reviews and discussions. I am sick of hearing people say “the less you know going in, the better”. Maybe so, but I still want to see it and thanks to the land down under being so incapable when it comes to film (horror in particular) cabin in the woods will not be receiving a wide cinema release, but thanks to a small group of dedicated fans they have managed to get the film into selected indie cinemas around Australia. THANK YOU!!! So this weekend or next I will be heading off to see the movie and will immediately get a review out (mainly cause my memory is shite). If anyone out there has seen it, feel free to comment with your thoughts, I would love to hear them. Cheers for now and “The woman” review will be coming shortly.
Peace!

Savages Crossing

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This will be my first run down on a movie ever. I’m not the best with getting my thoughts to word form so be patient. The movies that I will talk about are NOT recommendations, merely just my thoughts on what I have most recently watched in the horror genre.

To get this blog started, I have gone with a film which I watched yesterday after buying from a Video Ezy for $3. (first warning there maybe?) It’s a low budget film from Australia called savages crossing. Reading through the cast of the movie, you would think it would be quite a good watch. The cast reads like a who’s who of Australian film and TV, including Craig maclachlan, Sarah horler, Jessica Napier, Rebecca smart and John jarratt, who had his hand in directing and producing along with his wife Cody Jarrett (very similar surnames, not a spelling mistake).

The plot I must admit is quite original, and centers around recently released Phil,(John jarratt) on the hunt for his wife and son(jarratts real life son Charlie jarrat). After getting an early tip off of his release, the pair jump in the car and make way for a country escape. Bad storms and rising flood waters force mother and son to take refuge at a roadside stop run by Mory (mclachlan) and Kate(Napier). Here we meet some new characters who are on the road and forced inside likely for the night. All goes from relaxing to intense when Phil, saved from rising waters by mory in the truck, ends up at the same roadhouse. From there it’s your standard fight for survival with twists and turns aplenty.

Now, i am a HUGE advocate for Australian film and have a lot of love for them. Films like Mad Max, Stone, wolf creek, the reef and to a lesser extent Snowtown, are amongst my favorite films. As a matter of fact, I am constantly arguing with my partner about the quality of Aussie film. She proclaims that they are too dark, depressing and bleak. For me, that is what I LOVE about them, they are real, no bullshit films about what life is sometimes like, which means no happy ending! Savages crossing tries to put a lot of cliche Aussie charm in the dialogue, but to me comes off as trying too hard and sounds forced. Granted we do swear a lot but, this was driving me nuts to the point where it was hard to follow.

This movie was released in 2009, so it was following in the footsteps and the success of “Wolf creek” and it shows. The movie is pretty much John Jarratts baby, and I think he might be riding on the coat tails of wolf creek too much as he was the villain in that film too. Throughout the short 82 minute running time, Jarratt channels the Mick Taylor character A LOT and sometimes takes it and makes him even more batshit crazy. It was disappointing seeing so many big names in the one film looking like z grade actors. I’m not sure what to put it down to exactly, but I’m sure the directing, dialogue and low budget did not help at all. I’m all for indie, low budget films as many of my favorite films are very underground and cheap, but when you have competent actors and a somewhat original story line, you expect much much more.

There were many opportunities for this movie to redeem itself and use violence and action as a positive, but as usual it tries to explode and have you on the edge of your seat, but the poor acting just takes you straight out, and back to being bored as shit. I don’t know if this film was meant to be humorous but I sure as hell found some parts quite funny. I’ll keep it spoiler free and won’t tell you the twist ending (if you can call it that) but it has to be one of the most cringe inducing parts of the whole thing. Way to leave me with a super bad taste in my mouth! On the plus there were a couple of decent performances by Rebecca Smart and Mclachlan did have his moments.

I just can’t recommend this film as I know that while someone was watching because of me, I would be feeling so embarrassed. After so many good Aussie efforts, I think it will be ok to let this one slide and brush it under the mat. If you want to watch a good Australian thriller just go straight to Wolf Creek as it’s in the same vein and 20 times better. I heard there’s a wolf creek 2 slated for 2013 so I hope John jarratt just sticks with playing Mick Taylor and stop trying to cash in on the disturbed individual he has pulled off so well in the past. As far as a rating goes, I hate being harsh as it’s better then I could ever do, but in saying that I watch movies to be entertained and this just failed on all levels. I’ve gone to the defense of Australian films time and time again and now you do this to me? COME ON!!! 2 out of 10 is all I can muster up for this one. I better go as the cats trying to eat the disk….. Ah whatever cat has a new toy.

Thanks to anyone still reading ha, I could imagine this was pretty frustrating to read as it’s my first ever. But any comments or criticisms or even just to talk about the film, I’m all ears!

Peace, Josh

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Halloween (1978)

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Halloween (1978)

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Title- Halloween

Starring- Jamie lee curtis, Donald Pleasence, PJ Soles, Nancy Loomis

Written by- John Carpenter, Deborah Hill

Year- 1978

Tag-line- The night Michael Myers came home

OK, OK, I know im taking the easy way out here reviewing “Halloween”, but this movie is single handedly responsible for opening my eyes to the world of beautiful horror! You know how everyone has that movie that they will always remember, always watch and always love? Well for me this is it. I was first treated to a viewing of this at the ripe old age of 8 by my excited father. We had just returned from the local video store in which he had seen the VHS on the shelf and told me i needed to see it. Now, still to this day i think that John Carpenter and Deborah Hill created one of the most suspensful stories ever put to film. So, as you can imagine, watching this at the age of 8 DESTROYED my sleep for the next few years. I still swear that back then, Myers was standing in my closet, walking up and down my hallway, tapping on my window and HIDING UNDER MY BED(thanks dad)!! So before i begin, i guess i better give a quick rundown of the plot.

Nearly 15 years ago, Michael Myers brutally stabbed his older sister Judith to death on a “black and unholy” halloween night. Since then, he has been locked up at Smith’s Grove insane asylum and people have been safe in the knowledge that he will never be free, or so they thought. Michael has escaped and is heading to the only place he knows, Haddonfield, to turn another halloween night in to a bloodbath.

I really like the opening to this film. It shows everything happening through POV shots of a young Michael. They manage to do this using 2 shots. It follows Michael outside the house, looking through the windows at his older sister getting cosy with her boyfriend. Once the couple are done upstairs, and quickly done i assure you, little mikey grabs the biggest damn knife in the drawer and proceeds up the stairs. Without hesitation, michael drives the butchers knife home several times until his sister is no more. One down!

The movie never explains Michaels motives or reasonings behind his blood lust and desire to kill. The most back story we get about Myers is given to us through the deteremined, but slightly crazy Dr Loomis(Donald Pleasence). When watching Halloween the first few times, Dr Loomis was my favourite character. Everytime Loomis appeared on screen you just knew that there was going to be some kind of awesome one liner informing you of just how “pure evil” Michael Myers is. Dr Samuel Loomis (say his last name repeatedly and hear how funny it sounds) plays Michaels Psychiatrist, and has been the only one that has spent one on one time with Myers. Looking back now, watching Donald Pleasence run around town, scaring the locals, yelling at the policeman and just nailing one liners, it kind of makes me cringe. Don’t get me wrong, without Loomis there is NO Halloween, but in some parts it is just taken to extremes. I’ll finish talking about Dr Loomis with one of his legendary qoutes.

” I spent 8 years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because i realised what was living behind that boys eyes was purely and simply…..”evil”……Just great!

There is often complaints about Halloween regarding the pacing and amount of time it takes to get cracking. Now, most of my favourite movies are quite quickly paced and have very high body counts, and if this was any other movie i would be bored to tears. But somehow with Halloween, John Carpenter and Deborah Hill manage to create the perfect amount of tension in the beginning of the film and from there it steadily rises and keeps you gripping until the final climax. There is very little blood in the film, whether that’s because of budgetary constraints or chosen stylisitically, but it works to the movies favour. Also, just because there is no blood, doesnt mean it isn’t violent! Once the pace is turned up, Michael goes into overdrive and starts killing everyone who gets in his way. He will not stop until he gets to our lead girl Laurie. Introducing:

This is Jamie-lee Curtis’ debut film, and already here you can tell she could act very well and would go on to bigger things. Curtis plays Laurie, the shy, smart girl who is always helping out her friends and not confident enough to ask out all the cute boys. Laurie is the lead girl, so obviously she is a virgin, which means she will live the longest and maybe, just maybe, defeat the boogeyman. Remember kiddies, SEX KILLS, well if you listen to slashers it does along with drinking, smoking and drugs. Is it possible that slashers are made by overprotective parents trying to scare their kids straight?….mind blown.

Of course, i can’t finish up a review without pulling out a couple of negatives, so i will force myself to vomit a few up on the page. Keep in mind, these negatives will just be nit picky things, as i don’t like to look to hard for them in my fave flicks, and thats the way it should be, if you like a film, like it and don’t go searching! I will mention though, that one thing that kind of does bug me is the acting of Lauries two main supports. Don’t get me wrong, i have seen worse but at times it comes off as incredibly cheesy and fake. If you are an impatient person, you may start to let your eyes wander, but believe me IT PAYS OFF. Just stick with it and you will see. Also as i mentioned before, soometimes Dr Loomis and his one liners regarding Michael will occasionally make you explode with laughter. Just in case you are one of the 4 people on the planet that has not seen Halloween, keep in mind that it was a movie made in the 70’s and in some parts it really shows. For the most part Halloween has held up well and still remains suspensful to this day.

Halloween is one of those films that you can go back to again and again and again and uh again. Since seeing this for the first time 16 years ago, I can’t count how many times I have sat down put it on and just enjoyed. It’s scary when it’s supposed to be scary, it’s suspensful when it’s supposed to be suspensful and its FUCKING intense when it’s supposed to be intense and for this i can’t fault it. Two of my top 5 films were made in the 70’s and the 80’s pretty much takes the rest of the spots, and it’s films like these that keep horror as my favourite genre. So many times these days i am left feeling angry by the promise of the latest horror movie that will scare the shit out of you, or disturb you until your sick. FUCK THAT, why can’t we go back to basics and give us good old fashion scares like this movie does. No over the top CGI, just a man, a white mask, a jumpsuit and one night to carve the shit out of some kids.

Please, PLEASE if you haven’t seen this movie go out and dont rent it, BUY it, turn the lights off, turn the volume up and appreciate fine film making. Even if it does not scare you these days, just appreciate the fact that halloween probably made way and inspired so many of your favourite modern movies.

Well then, sorry about the rant but this is one of those movies that gets to me and I love when I can convince just one more person on its greatness. I guarantee that once the score starts, you WILL know the tune. I’m getting chills just thinking about it.

Thanks for reading guys, feel free to comment to correct me on anything or just tell me how awesome this film is.

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