Category: Horror

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Summary: For four friends it is supposed to be a weekend of fun… and of course love. Jason (Dean Kirkwright) and Natasha (Tara Reid) are a steady couple… although she thinks he can be a bit of an idiot sometimes. While Jason’s friend Donkey (Sam Coward) plans on using the weekend as a way to impress Melanie (Alliara Jacques).

The quartet decide to head to the legendary Charlie’s Farm, a farm that is was once the scene of a tragic murder spree instigated by John Wilson (Bill Moseley) who was then murdered by the town’s folk who were tired of the district getting a bad name for the number of backpackers who were going missing in the area.

While the four believe they may be able to find a few things of value at the farm to sell what they don’t expect to confront is John’s mentally disturbed son Charlie (Nathan Jones) who has called the property home since that bloody night.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 4th December, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Chris Sun

Screenwriter: Chris Sun

Cast: David Beamish (Gordon), Cameron Caulfield (Young Charlie Wilson), Sam Coward (Donkey), Mark E. Darin (Jacko), Lindsay Edgecomb (Sally), Genna Chanelle Hayes (Alyssa), Justin Gerardin (Peter), Kane Hodder (Tony Stewart), Allira Jacques (Melanie), Nathan Jones (Charlie Wilson), Madeline Kennedy (Amber), Dean Kirkwright (Jason), Bill Moseley (John Wilson), Darrell Plumridge (Young Blue), Tara Reid (Natasha), Trudi Ross (Merideth)

Runtime: 88 mins

Classification: R18+

 

OUR CHARLIE’S FARM REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

A lot of people seem to love being able to stick their boot into the Australian film industry at the moment. They can say what they will but it hasn’t prevented Australia from making some pretty decent films over the years. One of the genres that Australian filmmakers have excelled at over the years has been the horror genre. From the Ozploitation films of the 1970s and 1980s through to more modern day films like the underrated Cut that actually became a successful film in Europe, even the team behind the popular Saw franchise and all of its off-shoots also hail from Down Under.

One Australian genre director who has really been somebody to watch over the past few years has been writer/director/producer Chris Sun whose first two feature films, Daddy’s Little Girl and Come And Get Me, had many people labelling him as the next-big-thing. Given that he has also built up one of the best horror effects companies in the world (not just Australia) and it was easy to see why it was only a matter of time before he created an absolute horror gem. Now that may have arrived with Charlie’s Film a film that is going to be lapped up by those who have enjoyed films like Storm Warning… and once again reminds horror fans right around the world just how nasty Australian horror can be.

As a film itself Charlie’s Farm doesn’t bring much new to the genre. It is your standard slash, impale, crush and whatever style of horror but it is the fact that the film seems to elevate itself into the higher realm of this genre alongside the films of Rob Zombie that should fans of Australian cinema very excited. This is a return to good old fashioned horror that has audiences hollering in the cinema and you know it’s going to be lapped up by those that enjoy their horror on the hardcore side.

One of the most impressive things about Charlie’s Farm is that Chris Sun has built up such a reputation in the horror genre that he has been able to build up an absolute top notch horror cast. Alongside gifted locals like Dean Kirkwright (who shows enough to suggest he has big things ahead of him), Allira Jacques (who is becoming Australia’s next scream-queen) and Sam Coward (who provides great comedic relief), Sun has been able to assemble a cast that also consists of Rob Zombie’s go to man Bill Mossely, Sharknado’s scream-queen Tara Reid and horror legend Kane Hodder… better known as the man behind the Jason mask in the Friday The 13th franchise. Sun has also uncovered another star in former Aussie muscleman Nathan Jones who brings a presence to this film like Kane did to See No Evil. His physical appearance alone on screen is frightening and it won’t be too long before overseas horror directors are lining up to get this guy in their films.

Charlie’s Farm may not bring anything new to the horror table but its brute force is enough to make sure that this is a horror film that is certainly going to be noticed. Some of the dialogue may not be great, but seriously would anybody be expecting Shakespeare from this film, but the film has a load of suspense and the kind of slash gore that true fans of the genre are only too happy to cheer along to. This is one horror film that ticks all the boxes that you are going to be looking for in the genre.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: Yet to be rated.

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Charlie’s Farm reviews: For our full Charlie’s Farm review make sure you check out The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #108. You can also read Dave’s Charlie’s Farm review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Neighbours vs Zombies

It’s here ladies and gentlemen and ghouls… those residents from Ramsay Street are about to get a Halloween surprise with the arrival of zombies, and the good news is you can watch Neighbours vs Zombies right here… so strap yourself in and get set.

 

EPISODE FIVE

 

Director: Ric Forster, Louna Maroun

Writer: Ric Forster, Louna Maroun (story)

Stars: Stefan Dennis (Paul)Alan Fletcher (Karl), Kevin Harrington (David Bishop),  Aaron Jakubenko (Robbo Slade), Chris Milligan (Kyle),  Louna Maroun (Hope Gottlieb), Ben Nicholas (Stingray Timmins), Jenna Rosenow (Amber), Jackie Woodburne (Susan)

EPISODE FOUR

Director: Ric Forster, Louna Maroun

Writer: Ric Forster, Louna Maroun (story)

Stars: Stefan Dennis (Paul), Chloe Devitt (Dee), Alan Fletcher (Karl), Kevin Harrington (David Bishop),  Ryan Moloney (Toadie), Eve Morey (Sonya), Ben Nicholas (Stingray Timmins), Dan Paris (Drew Kirk), Jackie Woodburne (Susan)

EPISODE THREE

 

Director: Ric Forster, Louna Maroun

Writer: Ric Forster, Louna Maroun (story)

Stars: Josef Brown (Matt), Stefan Dennis (Paul), Alan Fletcher (Karl), Taylor Glockner (Mason Turner), Saskia Hampele (Georgia), Kevin Harrington (David Bishop),  Aaron Jakubenko (Robbo Slade), Louna Maroun (Hope Gottlieb), Ryan Moloney (Toadie), Eve Morey (Sonya), Ben Nicholas (Stingray Timmins), Dan Paris (Drew Kirk), Anthony Rentis (Robbo Double), Jenna Rosenow (Amber), Jackie Woodburne (Susan)

EPISODE TWO

 

Director: Ric Forster, Louna Maroun

Writer: Ric Forster, Louna Maroun (story)

Stars: Josef Brown (Matt), Stefan Dennis (Paul), Taylor Glockner (Mason Turner), Kevin Harrington (David Bishop),  Calen Mackenzie (Bailey), Louna Maroun (Hope Gottlieb), Ryan Moloney (Toadie), Eve Morey (Sonya), Ben Nicholas (Stingray Timmins), Jenna Rosenow (Amber)

EPISODE ONE

 

Director: Ric Forster, Louna Maroun

Writer: Ric Forster, Louna Maroun (story)

Stars: Stefan Dennis (Paul), Taylor Glockner (Mason Turner), Kevin Harrington (David Bishop), Aaron Jakubenko (Robbo Slade), Louna Maroun (Hope Gottlieb), Ryan Moloney (Toadie), Eve Morey (Sonya), Ben Nicholas (Stingray Timmins), Anthony Rentis (Robbo Double), Jessica Rosenow (Amber)

 

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Annabelle

Summary: A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 4th October, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: John R. Leonetti

Screenwriter: Gary Dauberman

Cast: Tony Amendola (Father Perez), Ivar Brogger (Dr. Burgher), Keira Daniels (Young Annabelle Higgins), Ward Horton (John), Brian Howe (Pete Higgins), Eric Ladin (Detective Clarkin), Morganna May (Debbie), Kerry O’Malley (Sharon Higgins), Michelle Romano (Mary), Christopher Shaw (Fuller), Annabelle Wallis (Mia), Alfre Woodard (Evelyn)

Runtime: 99 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR ANNABELLE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Adam Ross: You can check out Adam’s Annabelle review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #99 .

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Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Annabelle review on www.filmreviews.net.au

Stars(3)

 

Nick Gardiner: You can check out Nick’s Annabelle review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #99

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David Griffiths:

While the world may be in awe of the anything that so-called horror master James Wan touches I’ve never really been bought over. Yes I will agree that the original Saw was a horror masterpiece but the franchise quickly fell away from there. Then there films like Dead Silence that were average to say the least and I wasn’t even won over by the Insidious franchise or The Conjuring so to be honest I wasn’t expecting much from Annabelle but I was pleasantly surprised as this is a film that goes back to some old school horror.

A prequel to The Conjuring, Annabelle follows a young married couple from the 1970s named Mia (Annabelle Wallis) and John (Ward Horton) preparing for the birth of their first child while John nears the end of his medical studies. There harmonic life is ruined though on one fateful night when their next door neighbours are murdered by their estranged daughter and her partner. After a violent confrontation with Police in Mia and John’s home one of Mia’s dolls becomes possessed.

As Mia and John try to get on with their lives the Annabelle doll makes life a living hell for them and puts their and the life of their daughter in grave danger. They soon turn to people such as Father Perez (Tony Amendola) and the mysterious Evelyn (Alfre Woodard) to try and help them out.

With Annabelle James Wan acts as producer and brings on board director John R. Leonetti on board to direct. Now Leonetti has an interesting career, he has mainly worked as a Director Of Photography on films as far ranged as The Mask, Honey, The Scorpian King and Detroit Rock City. As a director only Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and The Butterfly Effect 2 rate a mention but with Annabelle he shows that perhaps he should have been in the director’s chair on a number of other films over the years. Leonetti creates some true Alfred Hitchcock style shots including a brilliant ‘through-two-windows’ shot of the neighbour’s murder early on in the film.

Also aided by a serviceable screenplay Leonatti doesn’t allow himself to be sucked into delivering more Hollywood clichés and at times when as an audience you feel like you are going to know what happens next he has the sense to pull away from that and fool his audience. The result is an old school horror style film that relies more on thrills and suspense then what it does on cheap effects or loud noises… and in a sense that only adds to the creepiness even more.

Leads Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton have been given the unusual order to produce a Pleasantville style of acting. It is obvious that they have been directed to mirror the acting styles of older films like Rosemary’s Baby and to their credit both pull it off well. Their move from squeaky clean All-American 1970s’ couple to couple in peril is smooth and almost seamless. Likewise Tony Amendola channels some of the actors who have played ‘creepy’ priests over the years but sadly Alfre Woodard isn’t given very much characterisation to work with and her character remains pretty much one dimensional.

Annabelle does everything that good old fashioned horror fans look for in a film. It sets up a rather evil nasty in a creative way, brings something new cinematically to the table and has just enough plot twists and turns without ever going over the top. Director, John R. Leonetti announces himself as a director with style in the horror genre and it’s good to see a filmmaker that is eager to move away from the Paranormal Activity style of filmmaking and instead turn to the old masters for guidance. Those who fear the doll element to the film will place it in the same realm as Child’s Play as this is a horror film that is much more sophisticated than that.

 

Stars(3.5)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: Annabelle (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Annabelle′: For our full Annabelle review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #99 . You can also read Dave’s Annabelle review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Dracula Untold

Summary: Vampire mythology combined with the true history of Prince Vlad tell the origin of Dracula.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 4th October, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Gary Shore

Screenwriter: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless, Bram Stoker (characters)

Cast: Joe Benjamin (Mihai), Mish Boyko (Andrei), Paul Bullion (Nicolae), Dominic Cooper (Mehmed), Charles Dance (Master Vampire), Luke Evans (Vlad), Sarah Gadon (Mirena), Jakob Gierszal (Acemi), Dilan Gwyn (Governess), William Houston (Cazan), Noah Huntley (Captain Petru), Paul Kaye (Brother Lucian), Ferdinand Kingsley (Hamza Bey), Thor Kristjansson (Bright Eyes), Joseph Long (General Omar), Zach McGowan (Shkelgim), Diarmaid Murtagh (Dimitru), Art Parkinson (Ingeras), Arkie Reece (General Ismail), Ronan Vibert (Simion)

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR DRACULA UNTOLD REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Dracula Untold review on www.filmreviews.net.au

Stars(2.5)

 

Nick Gardiner: You can check out Nick’s Dracula Untold review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #99

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David Griffiths:

Somebody had to stand up and take the vampire genre back to the good old days. Call me cynical and old fashioned but as a seasoned fan of vampire flicks I was kind of getting tired of seeing my favourite beastie being portrayed by a pretty boy Englishman who sparkled in the sun while fawning over a frowny, sullen chick named Bella. Well the man who was up to the task of injecting a little bit of gore back into the genre is first time feature director Gary Shore who has somehow managed to find the right balance to make Dracula Untold a pretty good popcorn movie with just enough of a body count to keep the cult fans happy.

Dracula Untold takes vampire fans right back to the beginning, past Bram Stroker right back to the original myth of Transylvania’s favourite saviour, Vlad The Impaler (played here by Luke Evans). Vlad has brought peace to his homeland for a decade, but this is interrupted by the arrival of Turkish warlord Mehmed (Dominic Cooper) who once again demands that 1000 Transylvanian be turned over to his army, a fate that Vlad himself had been through as a child.

While Vlad tries to negotiate to continue the peace Mehmed makes it personal when he demands that Vlad and his wife, Mirena’s (Sarah Gadon) son Ingeras (Art Parkinson) be the 1001st child handed over. This results in Vlad eagerly trying to find a new source of power to overcome the Turks… a dark force that he has previously faced in the mountains.

There is little doubt that many people heading in to see Dracula Untold will be expecting something light and fluffy but instead Shore delivers up a film that sits someone in the realm of Forsaken: Desert Vampires and John Carpenter’s Vampires and that is certainly not a bad thing. There are a couple of easy to spot flaws in the plot but that is easily put to rest with some pretty impressive battle scenes and an air of suspense once you realise that this isn’t exactly a film that is afraid to bump off some of the main characters.

To the screenwriter’s credit they also go back to basics. There is no mucking around with fancy plotlines etc Dracula Untold is a simple story of good versus evil with a healthy subplot revolving around family versus duty for Government members. The screenwriter does take the film to the darker side though, the decision for Vlad to use evil against evil is an interesting take the hero myth and a welcome move away from the squeaky clean image that a lot of heroes seem to have these days. The biggest weakness for the script though is the film’s finale, the scene set in modern times, which I’m not sure actually has to be there unless the producers behind the film are setting it up to be another Hollywood franchise.

The darkness of the screenplay and plot is also brought to the fore by Gary Shore’s directional style. Some may criticise the dark style of the film, but for me it actually worked. Transylvania is in dark times and for a majority of the film the hero can only operate once the sun has gone down, hence filming in low light makes perfect sense and isn’t too much of a distraction for the audience. It’s actually a visual style not too dissimilar to the styles used in other medieval films like Season Of The Witch and Kingdom Of Heaven. As a first time feature director Shore actually handles the film pretty well and uses the countryside of his home, Ireland to good effect. As a result of how Dracula Untold turns out Shore is now a director that I am pretty keen to see what project he picks up next.

The big winner out of Dracula Untold is Luke Evans. Questions were raised when it was recently announced he would star in the reboot of The Crow despite proof he likes the Gothic feel with his work on The Raven and his blockbuster appeal due to The Hobbit franchise. Evans’ version of Vlad The Impaler is pretty much a screen test for The Crow. The dark brooding hero, fuelled by revenge, if he wanted to show his worth to his critics out there he couldn’t have picked a more perfect vehicle, the good news is he does a pretty decent job as well. While Evans shines though his co-stars are not given a hell of a lot to work with. Dominic Cooper plays a smarmy one-dimensional bad guy while Sarah Gadon could easily have done more if she was given more characterisation as well.

Dracula Untold is a fresh view of the original Dracula story. It is a fairly decent action film with a Gothic edge. Some of the popcorn brigade may be a little off put by the high body count and the few scenes of gore but in my book they are a definite plus. The great news is that Dracula Untold (much like Hercules earlier this year) isn’t the turkey that many expected and the vampires don’t sparkle.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)

 

IMDB Rating: Dracula Untold (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Dracula Untold′: For our full Dracula Untold review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #99 . You can also read Dave’s Dracula Untold review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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The Babadook

Summary: “Do you want to die?” seven-year-old Samuel asks his stressed-out single mother, Amelia. She wonders if his question is a threat or a warning. After dealing with Samuel’s frantic tantrums his entire life, Amelia suspects that her son has begun directing his violent misbehavior toward her. However, after a dark and foreboding children’s book called Mister Babadook mysteriously appears on Samuel’s bookshelf, Amelia must decide if her son is truly deranged, or if there really is a bogeyman lurking in their darkened halls at night.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 22nd May, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Jennifer Kent

Screenwriter: Jennifer Kent

Cast: Cathy Adamek (Prue), Craig Behenna (Warren), Essie Davis (Amelia), Daniel Henshall (Robbie), Chloe Hurn (Ruby), Hayley McElhinney (Claire), Jacqy Phillips (Beverly), Tim Purcell (The Babadook), Bridget Walters (Norma), Barbara West (Mrs. Roach), Benjamin Winspear (Oskar), Noah Wiseman (Samuel)

Runtime: 95 mins

Classification: M

OUR THE BABADOOK REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s The Babadook review on www.filmreviews,net.au

Stars(3.5)

 

David Griffiths:

Australia has always been a country known for its cult horror. Whether it be the older Oz-ploitation films like Fair Game that inspired a young Quentin Tarantino or more modern films like Storm Warning, it seems Aussies know their horror. Need further proof? Well the filmmakers behind the original Saw series… also from the land down under. Now comes the latest Aussie horror flick, the low budget The Babdook and once again the Aussies have got it 100% right.

The flick follows hard working widow Amelia (Essie Davis – Burning Man, TV’S The Slap) who tries all she can do to be a good mother to her awkward son Samuel (Noah Wiseman – The Gift). However, things are not always easy for her and as her son’s behaviour seems to push more and more people away things become increasingly worse for them.

Things then turn even more serious when a children’s book mysteriously turns up in the house. After reading the book once to Samuel Amelia realises how dark and disturbing it is. However no matter how she tries to get rid of it the book keeps returning and even worse still is the fact that the horror it speaks about, Mr. Babadook (Tim Purcell – newcomer) now haunts their home in a potentially deadly manner.

Some people may look at the low budget of The Babadook and decide to give it a wide berth but doing so will mean they miss out on one of the best horror films to surface this year. This is a film that really announces Jennifer Kent as a director to watch. Kent has grown up living and breathing horror films her whole life and it certainly shows here. This is clearly the best ‘creepy kid’ horror since Let The Right One In and it blows most of the blockbuster horrors we’ve seen in recent years right out of the water.

Kent knows that it takes more than just a creepy soundtrack and some ‘bumps and screams’ on the audio track to really frighten an audience. Here she combines so good old fashioned psychological terror with one of the creepier characters we’ve seen in the horror genre over recent years. While his name might sound like something out of a Lewis Carroll adventure the Babadook himself is a pretty good horror nasty. The fact that he isn’t afraid to attack children or maim and torture a mother shows that he means business. He along with the suspense of not knowing if any of the characters in the film are suffering from mental means the audience is often on the edge of their or jumping out of them… the two things they should be doing during a horror film.

As a director Kent also gets the best of her cast. She puts both Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman through the ringer throughout this film. Davis has been a star-on-the-rise for awhile now and this really confirms that she is among the most talented actresses in Australia at the moment while Wiseman shows that he is a child actor with a big future ahead of him. For him to constantly deliver on the screen when he is playing a gruelling role and is on screen for nearly every minute of the film really shows just how talented he is.

If you are a horror fan then you won’t want to miss The Babadook. Once again an Australian filmmaker delivers a horror film that is destined to become a cult classic.
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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

 

IMDB Rating:  The Babadook (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Babadook′: For our full The Babadook review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #80

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Vampire Academy

Summary: Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th March, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, UK, Romania

Director: Mark Waters

Screenwriter: Daniel Waters, Richelle Mead (novel)

Cast: Mai Arwas (Lucy), Jackson Bews (Jered), Harry Bradshaw (Bruno), Gabriel Byrne (Victor Dashkov), Ashley Charles (Jesse), Macy Chipping (Young Rose), Zoey Deutch (Rose Hathaway), Rory Fleck-Byrne (Andre), Claire Foy (Ms. Karp), Lucy Fry (Lissa Dragomir), Sami Gayle (Mia Rinaldi), Nick Gillard (Kenneth), Edward Holcroft (Aaron), Sarah Hyland (Natalie), Danila Kozlovsky (Dimitri Belikov), Olga Kurylenko (Headmistress Kirova), Shelley Longworth (Feeder Norrine), Chris Mason (Ray), Cameron Monaghan (Mason), Bronte Norman-Terrell (Camilla), Ben Peel (Spiridion), Ryan Prescott (Nick), Joely Richardson (Queen Tatiana), Dominic Sherwood (Christian Ozera), Ramon Tikaram (Mr. Meisner), Dominique Tipper (Guardian Gabriela)

Runtime: 105 mins

Classification:M

OUR VAMPIRE ACADEMY REVIEWS & RATINGS:

Nick Gardener: Stars(2)

Please check Nick’s Vampire Academy review of that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #70

David Griffiths:

I’m sure there was a moment at some time when a production team got together to discuss turning Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy novels into a feature film. Someone in that meeting obviously stood up and said “hey the kids all seem to like 2 Broke Girls do you reckon we could incorporate some of the sassy dialogue from that into this?” Well it may have seemed like a good idea at the time, and true it’s worked in films such as Saved and Easy A in the past but sadly screenwriter, Daniel Waters just wasn’t up to the job and as a result Vampire Academy fails in its bid to become the next Harry Potter or Twilight.

The film begins with Dhampir Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutsch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry) the Moroi (peaceful vampire mortal) that she is protecting being rounded up and shipped back to Vampire Academy after twelve months on the run.

While Rose and Lissa are furious at being made return to what is actually a vampire boarding school they are shown show by teachers and trainers there, including Dimitri Belikov (Danila Krozlovsky), Victor Dashkov (Gabriel Byrne) and Headmistress Kirova (Olga Kurylenko), that this was a dangerous exercise due to the fact that it appears that Lissa is very likely to become the next Vampire Queen.

As the pair try to once again fit into a school where it now seems they are very much the outcast Rose soon realises that Lissa’s life is very much in danger, something that Lissa seems very dismissive of. This spurs Rose to team up with Dimitri and Lissa’s love interest Christian Ozera (Dominic Sherwood) and try to work out who is so desperate to have the young royal all to themselves.

The biggest problems facing Vampire Academy is the fact that director Mark Waters (who is best known for delivering the big teenage hit Mean Girls) was given an absolute dog script to work with… oh and of course some pretty average acting talent as well. At times Vampire Academy does show glimpses of being the half-way decent teenage sci-fi flick it could have been but at other times it is let down by some of the worst dialogue and most clichéd moments that audiences have seen on screens since they witnessed the debacle that was Taylor Lautner’s Abduction.

There are times during this film that the dialogue is so bad that the audience bursts out into laughter at just how lame it really is. Yes this one film where the script really didn’t need editing it needed to be ripped up and thrown into a bin before another screenwriter gave it a whirl. And if Daniel Waters’ dialogue isn’t bad enough the audience also has to put up with the fact that he also didn’t know whether he wanted this film to be a serious sci-fi/fantasy film or somewhat of a comedy. Sometimes it seems that Vampire Academy looks like it is going to fit into the Harry Potter vein and then at other times it becomes so cheesy it almost feels like you are re-watching Vampires Suck.

Then there is the acting which can largely described as downright atrocious. It is obvious that the likes of Lucy Fry and Danila Kozlovsky were hired because of their looks rather then their acting abilities because there are times during the film when they both make the cast of The Young And The Restless look like Oscar winners. Even poor Olga Kurylenko and Gabriel Byrne trip up on the script that leaves them with little more to do than just be working clichés… surely some Razzie nominations must be headed their way. In fact the only cast member of Vampire Academy that can hold her head high is Zoey Deutsch. The young actress, who most would know for her appearance in Beautiful Creatures puts in a good acting performance in which she seems to call upon the acting talents of Kat Dennings and Eliza Dushku and actually announces herself as an actress who hopefully has a future ahead of her.

From it’s clichéd poorly written script to the fact that it seems to borrowed little things from every vampire television show or movie from the last twenty years Vampire Academy is one film that seemed to be doomed from the moment its screenwriter put pen to paper.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2)

IMDB Rating:  Vampire Academy (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Vampire Academy′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #70 for our full Vampire Academy review.

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Wolf Creek 2 Poster

Summary: The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-shooter Mick Taylor.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th February, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Greg Mclean

Screenwriter: Greg Mclean, Aaron Sterns

Cast: Shannon Ashlyn (Katarina Schmidt), Chloe Boreham (Lucille), Annie Byron (Lil), Shane Connor (Senior Sergeant Gary Bulmer Jnr.), Ryan Corr (Paul Hammersmith), Ben Gerrard (Cop), John Jarratt (Mick Taylor), Gerard Kennedy (Jack), Phillipe Klaus (Rutger Enqvist)

Runtime: 104 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR WOLF CREEK 2 REVIEWS & RATINGS

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Please check Adam’s Wolf Creek 2 review of that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #68

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s Wolf Creek 2 review of that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s Wolf Creek 2 review of that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

 

David Griffiths:

The original Wolf Creek film stood out because it brought something new to the horror genre… which at the times was starting to get a little stale. Director Greg Mclean did something a little different with the film. Not only was it beautifully shot as it captured the beauty of the Australian outback but it also mixed a regular thriller style film with the true gory horror of something like Hostel or Saw.

This time around though Mclean has decided to mess with the formula a little. Mclean seems to have taken on board some of the criticisms (albeit that some were completely unfair) of the first film and tried to fix that while also keeping to the horror genre rule that the sequel to a film always needs to be bigger and better than the first film. Whether that makes it better or not though… well that is another story again.

Wolf Creek 2 again sees the return of one of Australia’s most notorious serial killers, the brutal Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). This time Mick finds himself under the gun from scene one with Police Officer Senior Sergeant Gary Bulmer Jnr. (Shane Connor) trying to make life hell for them.

Once he has overcome that little hurdle though Mick soon finds himself chasing backpackers again – in the form of Katarina Schmidt (Shannon Ashlyn) and Rutger Enqvist (Phillipe Klaus) although he again runs into trouble when meddling Englishman Paul Hammersmith (Ryan Corr) begins to get in the way of all his plans.

This is kind of horror film that fans of the genre are either going to really love or really hate. Things such as giving Mick a bit of a comical edge is certainly going to divide fans. On one hand it does create a bit of a buffer for Mclean seeing that this time around we see a more sinister edge to Taylor but at the same time horror purists are certainly going to argue that it does hold the film back a bit.

Perhaps the biggest thing that needs addressing with Wolf Creek 2 is that it feels like Mclean has almost made this three films in one. First of all it’s Mick vs The Cops, then it’s Mick vs The Germans and then lastly Mick vs Paul, and to be really honest the film doesn’t kick into top gear at all until the third storyline, especially when we finally get to see into Mick’s lair.

Mclean it seems is also very proud to show off some of Australia’s rich film history with Wolf Creek 2. There is certainly some scenes that seem to pay tribute to some great Australia Ozploitation flicks such as Turkey Shoot or Fair Game while the car chases could have come straight out of any of the Mad Max films. But no chases featuring big rigs or CGI kangaroos is going to make up for the fact that for most of Wolf Creek 2 the story badly lets it down.

When it comes to the acting Wolf Creek 2 certainly doesn’t test it’s cast too much. John Jarratt seems to handle the change of being an intense character with some comedy elements pretty well… but then what do you expect from an actor who over the years has done things as broad as hosting a Home And Gardens renovations show and also a kid’s show. The acting talents of Aussie greats like Shane Connor and Gerrard Kennedy seem wasted in their roles while Ryan Corr does his best to get noticed but even he isn’t given a massive amount to work with.

There is no simple way to say it. Wolf Creek 2 is good but for very different reasons to the original Wolf Creek. Kudos to Greg Mclean for sticking to his guns and making a politically incorrect horror but purists of the genre should be warned that there may be one or two things that you don’t approve of.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Wolf Creek 2 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Wolf Creek 2′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #68 for our full Wolf Creek 2 review.

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Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones

Summary: After being marked, Jesse begins to be pursued by mysterious forces while his family and friends try to save him.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd January, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Christopher Landon

Screenwriter: Christopher Landon

Cast: Alonso Alvarez (Eber), Jessica Tyler Brown (Kristi), Richard Cabral (Arturo), Chloe Csengery (Katie), Silvia Curiel (Celia), Diana Danger (Chola), Jorge Diaz (Hector), Molly Ephraim (Ali), Katie Featherstone (Katie), David Fernandez Jnr. (Cholo), Eddie J. Fernandez (Carlos), Gigi Feshold (Natalia), Noemi Gonzalez (Evette), Brent Gutierrez (Diego), Andrew Jacobs (Jesse), Tonja Kahlens (Officer Silva), Karolin Luna (Laura Esposito), Laura Patalano (Gloria), Carlos Pratts (Oscar Hernandez), Frank Salinas (Ramon), Gloria Sandoval (Anna), David Saucedo (Cesar), Micah Sloat (Micah),  Catherine Toribio (Penelope), Juan Vasquez (Santo), Renee Victor (Jesse’s Grandmother), Gabrielle Walsh (Marisol), Julian Works (Pablo)

Runtime: 84 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES REVIEWS & RATINGS

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones review of that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(2.5)

Please check Nick’s Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones review of that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #65

David Griffiths:

There has been a death knell for the “Paranormal Activity” franchise ever since the last film ended with what appeared to be a zombie apocalypse. The first film worked because of how natural the ‘found-footage’ seemed, the whole idea of a zombie apocalypse coming from that original film was completely far-fetched. Well it seems that the death bells have well and truly rung now because “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” has so far been the lowest grossing film in the franchise. Now that is actually a bit of a pity because this film is better than some of the recent outings in this franchise, even though most of the characters this time around are newbies.

The film opens with Jesse (Andrew Jacobs – who is almost a dead ringer for Taylor Lautner) celebrating the fact that he is graduating from High School. However the celebrations are soon put on hold when his friend Hector (Jorge Diaz), his sister Marisol (Gabrielle Walsh) and Grandmother (Renee Victor) realise that there is something strange going on in their neighbour Anna’s (Gloria Sandoval) apartment.

With the group at a loss of what is happening their curiously is peaked even higher when Anna is murdered by one of Jesse’s former classmates Oscar Hernandez (Carlos Pratts). After deciding to investigate the crime scene themselves some strange things start happening to Jesse and the supernatural goodness begins.

Director/screenwriter Christopher Landon (who has been with the “Paranormal Activity” franchise since film number two) seems to be on track with “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.” The films characters are likable, even though along the way they break some of the most basic horror film rules, and Landon has once again brought a natural feel to the franchise… something that seems to have been missing since the franchise’s early days.

One thing that does seem to be missing from this film though are any real scares or frights. While the film promises to be a cinematic nasty it is anything but. The supposed scares in the film will make your average teeny-bopper jump but will have no effect at all on seasoned horror fans. No Landon has instead decided to make “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” a horror film for the popcorn masses rather than for people that would have relished the moments while they were watching “You’re Next” last year.

The fact that the film doesn’t contain any real frights is made even worse when you realise that what Landon has created here is the basis for a good horror film. But when the last quarter of the film feels like you are watching an episode of The Shield rather than a horror film that becomes a real problem. Even the ending of this film creates some issues because it really does feel like it was only tacked on to make this film part of the Paranormal Activity franchise… perhaps it would have better to have just been a standalone horror film called The Marked Ones.

One thing that Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones does need credit for the fact that the actors all feel really natural, not an easy feat for young actors to achieve. Andrew Jacobs really announces himself as a young star to watch in the future while he is well supported by Gabrielle Walsh and Jorge Diaz who simply just do what is asked for them. Renee Victor also seems to enjoy playing Jesse’s grandmother and at times she is an absolute gem on the screen.

While Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones does have all the marks of a good horror film it lets itself down with an ending that only seems to be there in order to tie it into the franchise.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #65 for our full Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones review.

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Insidious Chapter 2

Summary: The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th November, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: James Wan

Screenwriter: Leigh Whannell, James Wan

Cast: Andrew Astor (Foster Lambert), Michael Beach (Detective Sendal), Brynn Bowie Rose Byrne (Renai Lambert), Steve Coulter (Carl), Jocelin Donahue (Young Lorraine), Edwina Findley (Front Desk Nurse Hilary), Tom Fitzpatrick (Bride In Black/Old Parker), Priscilla Garita (Natalie), Tyler Griffin (Young Parker), Hank Harris (Young Carl), Barbara Hershey (Lorraine Lambert), Jenna Ortega (Annie), Jorge-Luis Pallo (Brian), Brooke Peoples (Jessica), Dannay Rodriguez (Allison), Garrett Ryan (Young Josh), Angus Sampson (Tucker), Lindsay Seim (Young Elise Rainier), Lin Shaye (Elise Rainier), Ty Simpkins (Dalton Lambert), Leigh Whannell (Specs), Patrick Wilson (Josh Lambert)

Runtime: 106 mins

Classification:M

OUR INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths: Stars(2)

Please check David’s review of ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ that is available at Entertainment Scene 360

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ that is available on www.filmreviews.com.au

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2)

IMDB Rating: Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Insidious: Chapter 2′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #57

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You're Next

Summary: When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 29th August, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Adam Wingard

Screenwriter: Simon Barrett

Cast: Simon Barrett (Tiger Mask), AJ Bowan (Crispian), Barbara Crampton (Aubrey), Wendy Glenn (Zee), L.C. Holt (Lamb Mask), Lane Hughes (Fox Mask), Rob Moran (Paul), Sarah Myers (Kelly), Amy Seimetz (Aimee), Kate Lyn Sheil (Talia), Joe Swanberg (Drake), Nicholas Tucci (Felix), Sharni Vinson (Erin), Ti West (Tariq)

Runtime: 94 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘YOU’RE NEXT’:

Greg King: Stars(3.5)

Please check Greg’s review of You’re Next’ that is available on www.filmreviews.com.au

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Please check Adam’s review of ‘You’re Nexdt’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 47

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

IMDB Rating:  You're Next (2011) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘You’re Next′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 47 for our in-depth review of ‘You’re Next.’

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