We’re back just in time to chat about a new gem that I recently discovered in the deep mines of horror movie mountain. There’s a chance I’m a little late to the party, but regardless I’m glad I made it. That pretty little stone of a film is Random Acts of Violence (2019), directed by Jay Baruchel.
Author: Rick Shepherd
This early 2000’s thriller/horror revolves around Jimmy Bones (Snoop) who was a protector of sorts for his now rundown neighborhood. When he was alive, he served as the community’s emblem of unity and betterment. However, his watch was cut short after being slain by those close to him. Decades after his passing, Bones is resurrected to tidy-up the streets of his old stomping grounds and enact revenge on those who betrayed him; this also includes anyone who gets in his way.
Grizzly II: Revenge (1983), directed by André Szoet is somewhat of a unicorn in terms of B-horror movies. Why? I’ll give you several reasons. It was made in the 80’s, which is arguably the greatest decade of horror films, both beautiful and ugly. It has a cast that includes a youthful group of George Clooney, Laura Dern and Charlie Sheen (this is not a promise that they star in the film). The movie is about a monstrous grizzly bear attacking unknowing concertgoers gathered for a huge show. The only thing with this film is that, up until now, it was unobtainable.
Attack the Block (2011), directed by Joe Cornish is a must-see horror/sci-fi to watch this October. The film presents us with a cornucopia of characters, all of which have striking individuality, and compliment each other so nicely. The splendid development of the characters along with the enticing world of the block combine to give us quite a lot of tension to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you are on the hunt for something fun and unpredictable, look no further. Do yourself a favor and throw this on the TV and relax with some popcorn and your favorite Halloween candy.
I must first say, “Bravo” to Mr. Zombie. This week I had the pleasure of watching Rob Zombie’s 2005 horror movie, “Devil’s Rejects”. I wanted to get a head start on October by covering a pretty iconic scary movie. This was in fact my first time watching this film and I was blown-away. Personally, I love horror movies and this hit the mark for me. Crazy and charismatic characters, a clear directorial concept and cinematic devises executed with precision. Buckle up as I break it down.
We’re diving into Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel, Prometheus (2012). While Alien is a trailblazing classic, I believe that Prometheus ties in very nicely with the franchise. It keeps the dark and cloudy themes while introducing some lighter shades and new dynamics that haven’t been seen in the universe before.
Kung Fu Hustle, remember that name. Originally released in 2004 and directed by Stephen Chow, this movie is simply a gem. You can’t really ask for more than this films gives its audience: unique characters, dance breaks and fights, movie references and of course the imaginative and creative story driving the film. This is a great introductory film for anyone with an interest in the kung-fu genre.
PBF does a fantastic job of creating an adventure pretty much isolated from the modern-day, technology-filled life. Also, I think that the film truly takes its audience into the adventurous world of Tyler (LaBeouf) and Zac (Gottsagen) due to the creativity of the characters.
After watching Knives Out (2019) I decided to give Logan Lucky (2017), directed by Steven Soderbergh, a try as a result of a general discussion I was having with a friend about Daniel Craig’s accent-work. Here are a few things that I took note of during my enjoyable afternoon of viewing Logan Lucky: no matter how big or small, the film takes the time to focus on farcical and comedic situations, there is a an unbelievable ease to the pacing of the film and all in all, the movie stays true to the genre of “heist” films.