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Summary: A teenager is trying to deal with the death of her mother when her father announces that he is about to marry his girlfriend. A weekend designed for the two to get to know each other turns horrifying when a group of escaped prisoners turn up on their door-step.

Year: 2020

Australian Cinema Release Date: 10th September 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian VOD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion

Screenwriter: Nick Morris, Ruckus Skye, Lane Skye

Cast: Leslie Adlam (Mrs. Hancher), Amanda Brugel (Kayla), Kevin James (Dominick), Robert Maillet (Apex), Ryan McDonald (Cole), James McDougall (Hammond), Joel McHale (Jeff), Isaiah Rockcliffe (Ty), Lulu Wilson (Becky)

Running Time: 93 mins

Classification: TBC





Dave Griffiths’ Becky Review:


As a cinema lover nothing thrills me quite as much as watching an actor play against type. Think Vince Vaughn in Hacksaw Ridge or Dragged Across Concrete or even that moment Michael Keaton pulled on the Batsuit for the first time. It seems to even raise the bar when that actor goes even further and decides to play an ‘evil’ character. Did any of us ever think that Robin Williams could go from Mork From Ork to play a disturbed individual in One Hour Photo?

The latest actor to take the plunge from fun-loving comedian to evil psychopath is none other than Kevin James (Grown Ups) in the brand new horror-thriller Becky. No this isn’t James committing the odd kill with a laugh here and there like many believe, this James playing a cold-hearted Neo-Nazi who isn’t frightened to kill a child, or anybody else that stands in the way of what he wants.

After a daring prison van escape Dominick (James) and his fellow escapees, which includes the towering Apex (Robert Malliet – Pacific Rim), begin a murderous spree which results with them ending up at the forest homestead of Jeff (Joel McHale – Community). Instead the homestead there is already tension as Jeff tries to mend the relationship with his teenage daughter, Becky (Lulu Wilson – Annabelle: Creation), after the death of her mother – his ex-wife. Tensions have risen due to Jeff breaking the news to Becky that he is set to marry his girlfriend, Kayla (Amanda Brugel – The Handmaid’s Tale), and Becky is in no mood to see her family ripped apart by anybody – even if they are a violent criminal.

Becky is not the kind of film that everybody is going to feel comfortable watching. I wasn’t joking when I said that the actions of Dominick are not held back simply because a comedian is playing the role. Instead the audience witnesses Dominick murder children, punch a young girl and commit an at times hard to watch torture sequence. What makes the film a must see though is that James delivers these scenes with intense menace – this is a side of James that we have never seen before and side that you can only hope we see more of in the future.

It is hard to see many horror fans being disappointed by Becky. Like they did with the very under-rated Cooties the directional team of Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion deliver a particular nasty film that is a joy to watch. Once again they find interesting ways to kill of the characters that meet their demise. And while the ‘killings’ are inventive they never become laughable and instead the film carries a true feeling of suspense throughout that never allows the audience to ever settle in its seat.

While a lot of praise for Becky will be aimed at Kevin James. Credit must also be paid to Joel McHale and Lulu Wilson. McHale puts in a smooth performance as a worried father while Wilson steals the show with a performance that is well beyond her years. Over the past few years Wilson has impressed horror fans with her performances in great films like Ouija: Origins Of Evil and Annbelle: Creation but even they don’t compare to the sensational work she brings to Becky. This is the film that shows this young actress is going to become an award-winner as her career goes on.

Becky is not without its weaknesses, such as a plot hole that leaves you asking why Dominick seems to go easy on African American character Kayla despite the fact he is a Neo-Nazi, but for the most part it is a gruesome, suspenseful horror that shows us a dark side to one of Hollywood’s funniest men.





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Deliver Us From Evil

Sony Pictures have just released the Deliver Us From Evil trailer. Directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn and Joel McHale Deliver Us From Evil sees New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. Discovering the crimes are occult related, he seeks help from an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez) to aid him in the investigation. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.

The film will open in Australia on the 17th July.

You can view the Deliver Us From Evil trailer below.

Summary: As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John s side ever since – a friendship that s tested when Lori, John s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 5th July, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 21st November, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Seth MacFarlane

Screenwriter: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild

Cast: Jessica Barth (Tami-Lynn), Ryan Butcher (Callum Oldfield), Ted Danson (himself), Kristina Ellery (Heavenly), Sarah Fischer (Sauvignon Blanc), Ginger Gonzaga (Gina), Lydia Hannibal (Ellen), Norah Jones (herself), Sam J. Jones (himself), Tm Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants (voice)), Mila Kunis (Lori Collins), Katelyn Lorren (Cherene), Seth MacFarlane (Ted (voice)), Bretton Manley (Young John), Joel McHale (Rex), Ed McMahon (himself), Aedin Mincks (Robert), Melissa Ordway (Michelle), Ryan Reynolds (Jared), Ray Romano (himself), Giovanni Ribisi (Donny), Colton Shires (Teenage John), Tom Skerritt (himself), Bill Smitrovich (Frank), Chanty Sok (Angelique), Patrick Stewart (Narrator), Jessica Stroup (Tracy), Mark Wahlberg (John Bennett), Matt Walsh (Thomas), Laura Vandervoort (Tanya), John Viener (Alix), Patrick Warburton (Guy), Robert Wu (Ming)

Runtime: 106 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘Ted’ Review:

When a film has the power to have a whole audience in stitches, reduce three to have asthma attacks and have others laughing so much that they are almost falling into the aisles in stitches you know that you are onto a comedy that achieves its aim. That is exactly what happened at the first screening of Ted in Melbourne.

From the pen of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane comes Ted the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg – Contraband, The Fighter) a man who as a boy wished that his teddy bear, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane – TV’S Family Guy & The Cleveland Show) could talk.

In a Christmas miracle Ted to begin talk and soon became a celebrity but as the years went by his star begin to fade and he turned into a foul-mouthed, bad tempered teddy bear. Now John is faced with a challenge get rid of his life-long buddy or risk losing his beautiful girlfriend, Lori (Mila Kunis – Friends With Benefits, Black Swan).

Meanwhile Lori’s boss Rex (Joel McHale – TV’S Community, The Big Year) is making a play for Lori while Donny (Giovanni Ribisi – Contraband, The Rum Diary) is hell-bent on stealing Ted for his creepy son.

MacFarlane’s pen takes Ted into all kinds of areas of ‘wrong’ humor yet you can’t help but laughing at all of them – he certainly takes hold of the old saying ‘if you’re going to offend someone, offend everyone’. To be blunt MacFarlane has actually created one of the funniest scripts of all time… it’s crass but still high brow.

Lots of filmmakers have promised that their romantic comedy is going to be a ‘rom com with a difference’ but they nearly always end up following the same formula as all the ones before it, but Ted is the one that bucks that trend. Yes it has a foul-mouthed teddy bear but at the end the day this is a romance that is basically a girlfriend asking a boyfriend to change… but it’s the creative way that MacFarlane does it that makes it a winner.

The other big winners from Ted are Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg. Both continue to show that they have the skills to make a comedy funny while they are brilliantly supported by the likes of Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi and Patrick Warburton (Sophomore, Action Hero) who all benefit from the fact that MacFarlane realizes the importance of support characters. In fact Joel McHale just shows that his comedy timing in the hit television show Community is no fluke… he is certainly one of the comedy finds of this generation.

Ted is a sensational comedy that will have you laughing from start to finish. Just remember if your asthmatic to take along your Ventolin and maybe a sewing kit just in case you found yourself doubled over or in the aisle in stiches. To be blunt Ted is one of the funniest comedies to surface in a long, long time.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Ted’: http://www.helium.com/items/2343569-movie-reviews-ted-2012.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating:Ted (2012) on IMDb