Thursday, June 11, 2015

Love in the Time of Monsters (2014)

While I have been swamped with school and softball, I decided to jump back into the blog today after hearing the devastating news the Sir Christopher Lee passed away. Lee was a trailblazer, and for many horror fans he served to indoctrinate us into the genre, we have grown to love. He will definitely be missed. In catching up on some of the movies I have recently watched, I am going to stick with the horror/comedy theme with  

Plot/ Two sisters travel to a cheesy tourist trap where they battle toxic monsters dressed in Bigfoot costumes in order to save the ones they love.

After Zombeavers, I wanted to keep the horror comedy train rolling, and with this one, I definitely made the right choice. While in many ways this schlockfest was an amazing journey, the fact that everyone ebraced the homage to the cheesefests of the 1980s was incredible. Between the costuming, the dialog, the characters, and a perfect atmosphere everything worked to bring this film to life. What made this one special though is the way the movie was choreographed with just the right blend of horror and comedy, enough to keep you entertained through the schlockiest moments. Yes, there were some CGI issues and some of it was predictable, but those flaws are easily overlooked. In the end, this is one of the best horror comedies I have seen, and a movie that must be seen. Yes, it is not for everyone, but if you love cheesy B-movies, check this one out!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Zombeavers (2014)

This has been a long few days full of softball, homework, and some business related activities. Fortunately, with one daughter struggling with a stomach bug, I had time to finish my homework and jump into a movie tonight. What did I watch? Well after some thought, I chose a great horror spoof that kept my attention throughout in 2014s Zombeavers.

Plot/ A fun weekend turns into madness and horror for a bunch of groupies looking for fun in a beaver infested swamp.

Needing something mindless and comedic, I hit this one up and it definitely hit the spot. While I usually stray from spoofs, this on creates a cheesy schlockfest that hits home where other spoofs fall flat. Yes, Zombeavers is far from perfect, it definitely embraces its place in the genre and is so over-the-top that it succeeds where others fail. It is funny, gratuitous, has some boobs, blood, and the acting is outstanding for this type of mess. Plus, the theme song is absolutely amazing! Sure, it is stupid, there is no realism, and there is nothing serious about it, but that is what makes it one of the best in the genre to come out in some time. In this end, this movie definitely enters into the so-bad-it's-good movie hall of fame, and is a movie that you must see if you enjoy mindless horror comedies. This one is outstanding; check it out!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Curse of the Witching Tree (2015)

This long weekend has not been great for choosing horror movies in the house, although I did watch my fair share. Of course, I have been stuck in a small Ancient Aliens marathon as I continue to do some research for a project, so my mind may be a touch disconnected. Next up for review here at The Ringmaster’s Realm is the 2015 low budget entry Curse of the Witching Tree.

Plot/ An innocent woman, accused of murdering her son and hanged as a witch, curses a tree and the children who play around it. The effects of this act of revenge echo through the years and centuries, and restless spirits haunt the house where the bodies of the cursed children have been buried. A family moves into their new home, and begin to uncover the terrible truth behind The Witching Tree and the murdered children upon which they unknowingly sleep.

After suffering through Poltergeist on Friday, I honestly thought any movie I chose would be better, and I was right. While this movie is far from perfect, it served as the perfect way to wash that out of my mind. The storyline, while unbelievable, was interesting; the atmosphere was dark, and for a low budget flick, it had some moments. Unfortunately, while the backstory was interesting, there were excessively many clich├ęd and head scratching moments, the acting was uneven at best, and there were really no moments that stirred any type of emotional response (even the attempts at jump scares). In the end, even with a few entertaining moments, this one is not worth diving into. Yes, it may be better than Poltergeist, but that is not saying much at all. Stay away!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Poltergeist (2015)

This has been a long week with a strange sickness taking over the house. Fortunately, as we head into the holiday weekend everyone (including me) seems to be feeling better. One thing that did not help though was going to see the 2015 remake of Poltergeist when it opened, as again, it shows why classic films should not be touched or remade.

Plot/ A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive.

This movie should be the death nail for Hollywood and their endless stream of remakes. Like many of the classics that have been redone, Poltergeist in no way comes close to the original, and honestly, I am not surprised. While I was in no way captivated by the movie, with even my daughter calling it cheesy (and she was the one who really wanted to see it). To be honest, there were some interesting parts, the acting was decent, and some of the 3D effects worked really well. Unfortunately, the flat characterizations, the forced scripting that tried to keep some classic moments by subtly changing them (and in many ways ruining them), and the pace felt off and almost rushed. In the end, if you are a fan of the original stay far away from this one, like me, you will be disappointed. However, if you have not seen the classic Poltergeist, and this will be your first entry into the world, it does have some entertaining moments (although predictable) and could be a fun trip to the movies for the family. Personally, I would just rent (or buy) the classic and skip this altogether. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Psychotic (2013)

As I continued to work on the rewrite for my short film script, I decided to get my mind clearly inside the sanitarium. I found just the flick at Family Video, when I grabbed Psychotic from 2013.

Plot/ A psychologist is trapped inside a mental institution where all the patients have escaped and are on the rampage.

Psychotic was a much better film than I originally imagined when picking it up off the shelf. In fact, there was so much to like in this low budget flick; it is hard to believe that this was Johnny Johnson’s directorial debut. The atmosphere is heavy, the score drives the tension, the performances are decent, and the cinematography was varied enough to keep you interested. Yes, there are some dialog issues, and likely, because of the lower budgeting, there is not a lot of blood or gore, but those issues are to be expected in any film with these restraints. In the end, this entry released in the states by Midnight Releasing was an entertaining trip into insanity. Give it a shot!