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Banshee Chapter (2013)

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A journalist explores the disturbing links behind her friend's sudden disappearance, an ominous government research program, and a disturbing radio broadcast of unknown origin.

REVIEW: So I figured for Halloween this year I wanted to do up a review for one of the creepiest movies I've seen in a long time, and it didn't take me long to realize that the movie I'd pick would be Banshee Chapter as it is, without a doubt, one of the scariest, most tense horror movies I've seen in years. 
It's filmed partially Found Footage style during moments, but mostly it's done in the traditional regular style. While I love both on their own, I usually hate it when a movie switches back and forth between the two styles in the one movie, such as with [Rec] 3: Genesis, The Pyramid, and Extraterrestrial, and I much prefer a movie just sticks with the one style or the other, but here with this one it didn't really bother me at all as I was just so invested in eve…

Raaz 2: The Mystery Continues (2009)

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An artist comes to realize that the woman he has been been painting is real, and that she is being haunted by a ghost out for revenge. 

REVIEW: I love a good horror movie, regardless of its country of origin. The fact that I also love Bollywood movies make Bollywood horror movies a perfect match for me. I recently watched the first Raaz (roughly translated in English to mean 'Mystery' or 'Secret') and with Halloween coming up after the weekend I figured this was a great time to watch Raaz 2: The Mystery Continues.
Like with most Bollywood horror sequels, Raaz 2 has nothing whatsoever to do with the first movie, other than it shares a similar theme and plot progression. Sequel-in-name-only movies used to bother me a lot when I was younger but as I've grown up and gotten used to seeing them around (especially in the American B-Movie market and when it comes to India's Bollywood horror flicks) I now more-so look at these types of situations as simply b…

Raaz (2002)

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A married couple retreat to a weekend getaway house in the countryside to give their crumbling marriage one last chance, but the vacation turns into a nightmare when they discover that a spirit is violently haunting the property and that it's tied into a deep, dark secret that one of them has been hiding.

REVIEW: Raaz is a Bollywood horror movie from the early 2000s, although with the poor quality of the video you would think that it's from much earlier then that. On the flip side however, that made the movie feel older, thus it added a bit of atmosphere to the creepy scenes, making them that much more creepier. And let me tell you, since this movie is almost three hours long (as is par for the course for a Bollywood movie), there is plenty of creepy, scary, spine-tingling atmospheric scenes to be found here. Between thunder storms, mysterious thick fog, whispers in the night, ghastly screams from afar, doors and windows banging around on their own, or geysers of bloo…

Blood Father (2016)

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An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward teen daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

REVIEW: Blood Father is a fine return to form for Mel Gibson, an actor that, personal issues aside, is one of my favorites. The plot is nothing all that new or revolutionary, though it still remains engaging all the way through, and it's certainly helped by the great performances by Mel Gibson and Erin Moriarty who plays his daughter, and to a smaller degree William H. Macy as Gibson's neighbor and AA sponser. Gibson shines here brighter than in any other modern movie he's been in, showing a wide degree of emotions and personality types throughout the movie, and pulling each style off masterfully, even managing to throw in some well-timed, and what seemed like improvised, moments of comedy here and there.
The action may not have been quite as plentiful as I was expecting (I would say this is more of a thriller than an outright action movie), bu…

Maximum Ride (2016)

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Six children, genetically cross-bred with avian DNA, complete with wings, take flight around the country to discover their origins while on the run from a secret Government agency.


REVIEW: I was never a big fan of the Maximum Ride book series by James Patterson. I liked the story it told well enough but the writing was atrocious, thus I never continued on past the first book, so I'm in no way a fan of this property. With that said, since I did enjoy the story I was pretty excited to check out the movie when it premiered on Video on Demand services earlier this year.

Good lord, this is one bad movie. The acting from pretty much everyone is painfully bad (Allie Marie Evans as the main character Max is half-decent and shows promise but everyone else - youch), however I can't really fault the young actors too much because the scripted dialog that they're given to work with is horribly awkward and just all-around abysmal. Even seasoned actors would have trouble makin…

Most Likely to Die (2015)

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A group of former classmates gather for a pre-party at one of their homes the night before their 10-year high school reunion, and one by one, they are brutally slain by a masked killer in a manner befitting each's senior yearbook superlative. 
REVIEW: God, I miss the who-dunnit teen slasher sub-genre. Sure, the market was super over-saturated with them back in the day after Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer made it big in the late 90s, with some being way better than others, but those were the types of horror movies that initially got me into horror movies, and they've been largely absent these last ten to fifteen years. These days it's all ghosts, demons, and zombies. Masked killer teen slasher flicks are very few and far between, so I got really excited when I came across Most Likely to Die on Netflix.
The acting in this movie is really, really, bad, there's no sugar coating that, and of course the plot unfolds like every other generic teen slasher…