2016 · Dane DeHaan · Drama · Gore Verbinski · Horror · Ivo Nandi · Jason Isaacs · Mia Goth · Thriller

#6 Movie Review: A Cure for Wellness (2016)

Movie number six is my first drama/thriller/horror movie review, excited ?!?! i was looking forward to this for a while, especially being a Gore Verbinski directored project.

So lets get into it, the synopsis….

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS.

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)

  • Dane DeHaan – Lockhart
  • Jason Isaacs – Volmer
  • Mia Goth – Hannah
  • Ivo Nandi – Enrico

So…I watched this on VOD and I have to say this movie is mind-bending mash-up of psychological horror, capitalist critique and old-fashioned folktale. There are red herrings galore.  Its a much impressive film, particularly in terms of production design and cast. Jason Isaacs is great fun as Dr Heinrich Volmer, presiding over the institution with velvety menace; Mia Goth is suitably unearthly as Volmer’s ‘special case’ Hannah and the main man himself Dane DeHaan, probably the one of the most under appricated actors in Hollywood play an astute choice for the role of role of Lockhart​.  There’s two scenes of that really stood out for me, the first one is the dental work that genuinely shocked me by not cutting away at its most horrifying momenta and the second  one when Volmer peels his face off.  Any Gore Verbinski fan it’s a much watch and anyone looking for a good strong cast and storytelling it’s a must watch.

Overall 4/5

2016 · Ghost · Horror · Jessica Alba · Lily Rabe · Shannon Woodward · Slasher · Thomas Jane · Uncategorized

#4 Movie Review: The Veil (2016)

WOW I’m on a roll here now!! Film number 4! Again it’s a horror movie….think you’ll get an theme with that here, so lets do this, the actual Film synopsis

Thirty years after a charismatic cult leader convinced his followers to kill themselves, a survivor returns to the scene of the horror with a documentary crew.

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)

  • Jessica Alba as Maggie Price
  • Thomas Jane as Jim Jacobs
  • Lily Rabe as Sarah Hope
  • Shannon Woodward as Jill

The story is an interesting one. to start off with we open up and immediately believe we’re about to be sucked into the world of an outlandish and far-out thinking cult. A number of unexpected twists keep the story moving along at a stealthy pace while avoiding the delivery of a film that seems to freely “borrow” content from other similar features. Make no doubt, you’ll spot a handful of genre clichés, but the turns the story takes before finally reaching its conclusion keep us a little off guard.

The questions I got asked a lot were: is this a slasher movie?, ghost story?, or just a cult type of movie?….well the answer is yes … YES to all those questions, there hints to sub-genres within the movie itself but the import thing is how the writer Robert Ben Garant and director Phil Joanou give a dual middle finger to the rules of horror, and work their own vision that adopts mannerisms of countless other films.

Jessica Alba does a great job as the strong-willed final girl. Thomas Jane is nearly unrecognizable as the cult leader Jim Jacobs who leads his few dozen followers in a mission of mass suicide, you also  got impressive supporters like Lily Rabe who’s perfectly impossible to read as Sarah.

Is this movie for you? If you want to be entertained then YES The Veil will give you that!

Overall 3/5

2016 · Abigail Spencer · Chris Messina · Comedy · Drama · Indie · J.D. Evermore · Karan Soni · Tyson Ritter

#2 Movie Review: The Sweet Life

So here is my second movie review!, as before I will talk about the actual film synopsis, so you’ll know what the story is about….

Kenny Parker (Chris Messina) and Lolita Nowicki (Abigail Spencer), each struggling with their own brand of demons, meet by chance in Chicago and form a pact to travel across the country to the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide together.

The Cast (I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast just click here)

  • Chris Messina as Kenny Pantalio
  • Abigail Spencer as Lolita Nowicki
  • Karan Soni as Convenience Store Clerk
  • Tyson Ritter as Marlon
  • D. Evermore as Brandon

So here we go! My quick review be warned SPOILERS!…

Firstly  I must say both lead actors Chris Messina and Abigail Spencer showed natural charisma and vulnerability that’s right for the genre of a movie. There were some very comedic scenes such as the attempted robbery of the convenience store followed by the pickup off the hitchhikers (play off, of the fake gun from convenience store) the stolen a car with a kidney getting cops to help out and the therapy dance haha. But also had dramatic aspect when Kenny visited his ex whom left him at the alter and when Lalita went to see her mother…such touching moments. Both Rob Spera and Jared Rappaport deserve a lot of praise for bring such a movie to our screens where The Sweet Life” lives up to its title. Would definitely recommend this movie everyone

Overall I would give this a 4/5

2016 · Chase Williamson · Hannah Fierman · Hayes Mercure · Horror · Justin Welborn · Michael Aaron Milligan · Movies

First movie review: SiREN

To start off with the is the actual Film synopsis, so let’s dive straight in

One week before his wedding day, Jonah and his groomsmen hit the town for a wild night of club hopping and debauchery. The night soon takes a twisted turn for the worse when the group is invited to a seedy underground club. After Jonah frees a seemingly imprisoned dancer, he realizes that the woman he released is actually a terrifying, legendary creature that will stop at nothing to claim her prey.

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)

  • Chase Williamson as Jonah
  • Hannah Fierman as Lily
  • Justin Welborn as Mr. Nyx
  • Hayes Mercure as Rand
  • Michael Aaron Milligan as Mac

So here we go! My quick review be warned SPOILERS!…

To start off I must say the script by David Bruckner is very done very cleverly, the style of this movie resembles a classic style Japanese horror manga movie. The movie itself has going for it is a genuinely formidable, charismatic antagonist, played by Justin Welborn (known for his roles in Justified, final destination, V/H/S viral and many other shows/movies) and the big scary Hannah Fierman, her practical makeup in the close-ups works wonderfully, from her taloned fingers to the bloody maw running down the centre of her face. Hannah Fierman plays lily unbelievably​well both as a mythological and biological creature. Well definitely recommend this movie to anyone whom is a horror fan and someone wanting to know more about the world V/H/S movies have created.

Overall I would give this a 3.5/5