Monday, March 23, 2015

Devil May Call (2013)

While I continue to try to push through the next week and end March on a high note, it is becoming increasingly difficult. Today was the first 12U softball practice, and in 40-degree weather, it made my back tighten up again. At least now, I am snug in my recliner and catching up on the blog. Next up for review is the 2013 thriller, Devil May Call.

Plot/ A young, blind operator for a suicide hotline descends into a night of unrelenting terror when an obsessive caller turns out to be a serial killer.

This was a strange movie to watch and review. While there were some interesting moments, with some solid performances, a decent story, and a solid ending, there were many uneven moments that destroyed the momentum built early on. On top of that, pacing was off; there was little to no violence, and it definitely had some cliché moments. In the end, it did have some entertaining moments, but seemed a touch forced in the middle and that was problematic. If you are looking for something to help pass some time, it could help; it is an interesting story, but really nothing new.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Subconscious (2015)

As a former Navy Chief, I am drawn to Sci-Fi movies that involve the best service branch in the world. In fact, because I have moments where I miss the camaraderie and the duties, I often jump at a chance to pick these up when I see them. That was the case with my next review, 2015s Subconscious.  

Plot/ An investigation into a retired WWII sub plunges a research team into a supernatural journey across the dark abyss of time - with history hanging in the balance.

This was an uneven film to review, and it actually went in a different direction than I imagined when I picked it up at Family Video. Yes, it is not a traditional WWII based Sci-Fi flick, which could turn some people off, it does have an interesting storyline that was unexpected. As a low budget flick, it does have it share of flaws; but, as is the case those are somewhat expected. In this one, the storyline was a touch unbelievable, but it worked, the setting was amazing, and it did have an interesting twist at the end. Of course, there were some uneven performances, the lighting was all over the place, and there were a ton of preposterous ideas being thrown around, but again, as a low budget flick, those flaws are to be expected. In the end, this is not a perfect movie and will have to find its niche audience, but it does have some entertaining moments. If you love the stuff from the SyFy Channel, you will likely enjoy it; give it a shot.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Something Wicked (2014)

Every once in a while I wander through the video store hoping to find something that I had not heard of. That was the case with the next flick up for review here at The Ringmaster’s Realm. The one is the oft-delayed horror/thriller Something Wicked from 2009/2014.

Plot/ As a young couple embarks upon their wedding plans, gruesome secrets from their past collide with sinister forces of the present to ensure these newlyweds do not live happily-ever-after.

When I saw this at the video store and realized that it was Brittany Murphy’s last movie, I had to grab it. Unfortunately, it was unfitting swan song for her and her talents. While there are some interesting moments that make you thing, there is really nothing else to make it stand out. The characters are unlikeable, the performances uneven, and most importantly the storyline was extremely disjointed and seemed splintered into multiple sections. In the end, this one does have a few entertaining moments, but not enough to make it worth watching. If you have nothing else available, give it a shot, it not, stay away.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Fly (1958)

I have been stuck inside a very retro mood lately. Between listening to classic folk music on my drives and watching 1950s low budget Sci-Fi, I have been living in a nostalgic dream. Next up for review is another movie from that era, the 1959 Vincent Price classic, The Fly.

Plot/ A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.

What can one say, The Fly is a classic, and one of the best insect flicks of the 1950s. Starring Vincent Price, this movie has absolutely zero scientific merit, but it is definitely one of the most entertaining and memorable of the genre. The atmosphere is amazing, the performances solid, and the special effects were quite impressive for the day. Most importantly, the ending left a lasting impression on the viewer, and one that will be etched into their minds. In the end, this movie is a true classic and a movie that should be seen. Yes, the David Cronenberg remake was good, but this classic is better.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fiend Without a Face (1958)

Last week was one miserable experience. Between car troubles, a trip to the hospital, and the development of some severe back pain, I was about ready to go insane. Luckily, my back seems to be clearing up and things are returning to normal and I can kick back and focus on the blog. Next up for review is the 1958 classic Fiend Without a Face.

Plot/ Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents.

Fiend Without a Face was exactly what the doctor ordered for the weekend, as I wanted to dive into some classic Sci-Fi with an edge. While it may seem a touch dated today, much of the movie stands the test of time considering the era. Honestly, when the invisible creatures came to life it was awesome, and the effects should be considered top tier for the age. The effects are solid, the performances were outstanding, and there were many things in this that made an entertaining watch. In the end, this was an outstanding flick and one that should be seen.