Phantasm

Phantasm is a great science fiction and horror film. While some of the special effects and plot devices are some what cheesy, it just adds to the overall atmosphere of the film. It is easy to see how Phantasm gained cult status from the iconic and menacing stare of Ken Jones. It makes the film for me and it deserves to be watched multiple times. Although I did criticized some of the special effects there were others that did blow me away and how well they were executed. As a…

La Cabina

La Cabina is one of the best short films I’ve seen and honestly it’s one of the best films I’ve seen period. What makes the movie great is the plot the reason for this is how bizarre and abstract the idea is. The interesting part is the transitions from public humiliation to the horror part of the film. It starts with almost a prank film where there are several funny/sad interactions with humanity and feels like a quite interesting commentary of the human race. Next is the bread and butter…

12 Monkeys

This Terry Gilliam classic about a rather disturbing dystopian future is an unique film. At first it took quite awhile to get into the meat of the film. While the plot is paced and written well, the beginning does leave the viewer a little lost as the atmosphere and background is built. However once the film gets to the bread and butter the acting really shines. Both Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt create great chemistry which will captive the viewer. The time travel plot does have holes in it, but…

The Great Hypnotist

The Great Hypnotist is truly a trip to watch. From start to end the films plot really shines and makes the film worth watching. The depth of character development is remarkable and helps pull the viewer into the story. While it is great to have an amazing plot the special effects helped bridge the line between reality and the characters memory creating a dream like state for the full film. The only draw back of the film is what holds the plot together and that is the biggest twist of…

Red Dragon

The first film in the Hannibal Lector series takes the viewer on an amazing thrill ride full of twists and turns. The movie has a brilliant plot and makes Red Dragon feel like a really intellectual and slow paced nightmare which keeps the viewer at the edge of their seat. The acting of both Anthony Hopkins and Edward Norton are incredible. They bring the incredible depth to the characters and enhance the watching experience. The film has so many little things going on in it that it is worth watching…

Hush

The psychopath who traps people in their home to torture them is nothing new. However the way Hush works around this concept is brilliant. It felt fresh and original which made me sit on the edge of my seat wondering what happens next. I will say there are some scenes with intense strobe flashes so if you’re prone to that just be aware it will happen. Honestly this film has to be up there for me I would put it on the same level as Torment and The Strangers. The…

Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy

I feel like I need to preface this review with I had watched the BBC miniseries with Alec Guiness first which really makes it hard to judge this film. The reason is there is so much depth to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy that compressing it into a two hour film just doesn’t do the plot justice. However, they did do a great job on this film. The quality of acting is top notch. It should be with the caliber of actors in the film (Max Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman,…

The Admiral

This Netherland film about one of its greatest naval heroes Michiel de Ruyter is fantastic. Special effects in the film is great and helped immerse me into the movie. The acting was incredible and the plot gave the characters depth. That made every scene in the film exciting. They also paid close attention to the little details like having people in the background using fire to bend the wood for the ship making. The Admiral did a great job keeping me hooked from the dramatic moments to the fast paced…

Spectral

Honestly I have to say I really didn’t have high hopes for a Netflix Original sci-fi film. However I was actually amazed by this film. The plot is solid, there is some great depth to the characters and I found myself getting pulled into the film and caring for the characters. What really sold me on this film was the special effects of the film. I was expecting some made for TV film, but they were great. It really helped push this film into a great film not just another…

The Abandoned

The Abandoned is another one of the eight films to die for series. It focuses on a woman trying to uncover her past in a part of Russia. While this might seem rather cliche and a very stereotypical start to a horror film, The Abandoned branches off a creates a great plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. The concept of the film is unique and that alone is enough for me to recommend that you should see this film. It doesn’t just stop there though the…