REVIEW: Ginger Snaps

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Ginger SnapsCanada takes a swing at the werewolf move and hits it a pretty good distance. Ginger Snaps is the story of two sisters, they’re kind of weird and goth and outcast. There’s a mysterious monster eating dogs in the neighborhood, one night the two sisters encounter the monster and one of them is attacked. The creature is hit by a van and killed but the girl that was attacked starts to change. Most of the movie is about Ginger going through the gradual wolf change while Brigitte and her new stoner friend try to find a cure for poor Ginger. It’s not the type of werewolf movie that has monsters running around every corner but you do get to see a beast or two. Instead most of the movie is focused on the change. Some people seem to brush off this movie because it’s centered on the two girls but most fans of werewolf movies will most likely dig Ginger Snaps, it puts a slightly new spin on an old concept.

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REVIEW: You’re Next

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4-youre-next-watermarkedYou’re Next was a pretty good attempt at a horror movie. It got some high praise from a lot of people, but a lot of that was just hype. You’ve got a family get together in their house that’s pretty much in the middle of nowhere, soon a gang of killers comes to the house and starts taking out people. Not the most original plot, but it’s a horror movie so I excuse that. Some of the kills were pretty decent, but nothing amazing. And the twist, the movie tried to have a twist; it was alright but far from great as far as movie twists go. Overall the movie was a mix of standard horror and boring. It started out really good and just went downhill from there until the final yawn. I’d say if you’re interested in seeing this movie do it for free when you’ve got some time to kill.

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REVIEW: Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning

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Ginger Snapes BackThe 3rd Ginger Snaps movie, though this one doesn’t quite follow the same story line as the first two, instead it’s a prequel, one set very much in the past. It was released in 2004, same as the 2nd Ginger Snaps movie so I assume they were filmed back to back. This one is set in the 19th century; we’ve got Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins back in their same roles, though they are clearly their own ancestors. Ginger and Brigitte are making their way through the country side when they come across a group of people held up in a fort; they’re clearly hiding from something. Soon you find out that they are hiding from the werewolves. From there you can pretty much imagine how it’s going to end up. It’s a pretty decent werewolf movie but it’s definitely the weakest of the three.

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REVIEW: Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

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frankenstein_and_the_monster_from_hellHammer films caped off their Frankenstein series in 1973 with ‘Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell’. It’s a fucking great cap to the series, especially after the previous ‘Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed’ which was a little weak. Peter Cushing is back again as Doctor Frankenstein. This time it starts out with another doctor trying to follow the practices of Frankenstein, shortly he is captured by the police and committed to a mental institution. Once there he discovers that the famous Frankenstein is being held there for the same crimes, however he is told that the doctor died some time ago. That however was a lie, as it turns out the doctor has actually assumed the identity of the institution’s official doctor and is carrying on his work under the assumed identity. Soon Simon Helder (the newly condemned doctor) becomes Frankenstein’s assistant. This is an excellent spin on the Frankenstein tale as he is pretty much running the asylum in this movie, it kind of seems like he is at home here. At the end it seems to setup for a sequel, or just the continued tale of Doctor Frankenstein, but sadly Hammer made no more of these.

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REVIEW: Hell Baby

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Hell-Baby-posterHell Baby, a horror comedy directed by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. A couple movies into a haunted house in New Orleans, the woman is pregnant and quickly becomes possessed. It’s basically an evil house movie, but a comedy version. The movie doesn’t try too hard like a lot of the horror comedies we’ve gotten the past few years, but sadly it just isn’t that funny. The thing that is really confusing is when you look at the cast it’s got Leslie Bibb, Rob Corddry, Riki Lindhome, Paul Scheer, Michael Ian Black, Thomas Lennon, Keegan Michael Key, Robert Ben Garant, and Rob Huebel yet somehow it still fails to be that good. There are a couple laughs in the movie but overall it’s just eh. I’d say if you’re going to check this out it’s a movie you watch for free. But really, this isn’t a movie you need to see.  Though it does have Riki Lindhome nude in it.

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REVIEW: Sharknado

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SharknadoAnother SyFy movie is upon us, and you know what that means. Bad CGI and sharks. This one is called Sharknado, so much like the rest of their movies you can guess what’s going on just from the title. A hurricane comes into California; it starts picking up sharks along with it and throwing them on land and flooding everywhere. Soon tornados start to pop up as well, with sharks in them. A group flees from a bar to pick up one man’s family and try to find safety. If you’ve seen a SyFy movie you pretty much know what you’re getting into. Everything is done on the cheap, bad acting, even worse effects, and a script that was most likely written one evening at the bar. Sometimes this is a recipe for success but a lot of times it’s painful failure. Sharknado falls closer to the success side of things; it’s watchable, enjoyable and fun. I can see this getting watched again if I happen across it but I won’t be going out of my way to do so. It’s no Sharktopus, but it’s pretty fun.

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REVIEW: World War Z

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WWZAlright first off let’s get the obvious out of the way; this is nothing like the book, at all. The only thing it shares with the book is the fact that there are zombies and sometimes the zombies are called Zeke. Accept that and let’s move on. Marc Forster directed this; it’s got Brad Pitt and zombies. Brad Pitt use to work for the UN, now he’s retired but gets pulled back in with this whole zombie outbreak thing. He travels around the world trying to find where this started so they can find a cure. I guess it’s pretty straight forward, but not a terribly entertaining plot. The zombies may be the worst on screen zombies I’ve ever seen. For the most part they’re cartoony looking CGI, when they are people they’re annoying herky jerky zombies and they make this fucking annoying noise that sounds like a raptor from Jurassic Park. There is also like no gore in this movie. It’s rated PG-13 but it’s more like G. A zombie movie with no gore? Sounds pretty dumb to me. Besides the lame plot, and the awful zombies the only other problem with this movie was that it was incredibly boring. At first you think it might just take a while to build, but it never does. The whole movie just drags at a snail pace. If you’re having trouble sleeping World War Z might be a decent sleep aid, but besides that I can’t think of any reason to waste two hours of your time.

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