Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween from Jigsaw's Lair!

We are here once again on the day that it is considered GOOD to be frightened! Some of us love being frightened every day of the year but you have to enjoy the holiday anyway... I have been going through my DVD's looking for my copy of Halloween(1978 original of course) and I have chosen a few other traditional horror movies for a start. I like Friday the 13th(1980), A Nightmare on Elm Street(1984), Silver Bullet.

For my not so obvious picks I would say Poltergeist might be nice for a change and maybe The Legend of Hell House. I also like Suspiria and Tenebre for a change of pace. Dark Night of the Scarecrow is another movie that would be fun. If you are looking for slashers, then maybe My Bloody Valentine(1981),The Prowler, The House on Sorority Row (1983).  There are so many great movies to watch and so little time that I guess you have to be choosy. I can only say what I like and even though I would love to watch tons of movies today, it's not possible. Trick or Treat(1986) is a fun offering and it is worth a look. Trick r Treat is a 2009 anthology with some interesting stories; it is sort of like Twilight Zone etc. Try House(1986) for some harmless fun. Of course I couldn't leave out the Saw franchise for Halloween. My personal favourites are Saw 1 and 2.

There you have it. These movies are just a tiny selection of my favourites so if you like the, put them on tonight and have fun!!Happy Halloween....

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 2

 Last time, we saw one of the young kids get sick and collapse on the floor and die. This episode begins with that same kid who has come back as a walker. He begins to attack people, turning them into the undead also. The walkers are coming together and attacking everyone from inside the prison so the survivors have to kill their friends.

They discover that there is some disease killing some of the people and it is like a flu virus. The animals are not immune to it either. They had a pig and it died too. They realise that they have to separate those who have contracted the deadly virus and those who are healthy. Carol has to kill one of the survivors who has been bitten and she promises to take care of his two young daughters. Michonne seems to have a softer side as she and Beth chat about loss and Michonne is brought to tears by little Judith, suggesting that something tragic had happened in her life before this.

Someone is throwing dead rats at the fence and this is drawing the walkers closer and closer. They converge on the fence and almost knock it over. There is somebody working against the group and it seems that there might be an inside man.Rick lures them away from the fence by slaughtering his piglets.
Carl and Rick chat and Rick begins to strap on his gun again. Carl has his gun too as things are getting messy. Tyreese discovers that his sick girlfriend and another survivor are dead. They have been dragged outside and set alight...

Good episode. It seems that there is someone in the camp who is working against the survivors which is interesting. This flu virus seems set to wipe out a lot of the survivors so I wonder how long will it be before it is just the core gang again!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Savages Crossing Movie Review 304

Savages Crossing is a 2011 Australian thriller directed by Kevin James Dobson and starring John Jarratt(Wolf Creek), Craig McLachlan, Chris Haywood and Jessica Napier.

The Wonga River Roadhouse is the setting for this movie and it revolves around a man called Phil(Jarratt) who is released from prison. His wife and son leave the house the moment they hear that he has been released so we know that he is not a good guy. They are driving along when a huge storm hits and they have to stop at the roadhouse. Kate(Napier) is the waitress there and Mory(McLachlan) owns it. He drives a truck and tends his livestock. He meets Phil who has followed his wife Sue(Angela Punch McGregor) and son Damian. Phil gets his car caught in the storm at Savages Crossing and he can't get out. Mory saves him and brings him to the roadhouse where two girls, Shae and Mickey have stopped for shelter also.

Sue has hired a guy to kill Phil and he turns up at the roadhouse too. As Phil is confronting his wife about the money he had etc the guy catches him but Phil manages to escape and a cat and mouse chase  begins and ends with Phil shooting the guy and making his way back to the roadhouse. Mory and the others are horrified when he threatens them with a gun. His wife and son are gone and he goes mad. In fact, they are hiding in the barn. He warns everyone that if they are hiding his wife and son, he will hurt them. He takes Kate and he ties her to a tree in the river to drown. Mory tackles him and brings him down. He goes to save Kate.Phil comes back into the roadhouse and tells everyone that he is worth more dead to his wife than alive. Phil threatens Sue and Damian and Mory knocks him out and locks him into a room. Damian goes into the room and he drowns his father. Mory sees Phil dead and realises that they have killed him but Sue remarks that it was an accident and he couldn't prove that Damian killed his father. Mory realises that Sue was not as innocent as she seemed...

This was an interesting thriller and I liked it. It was tense and the acting wasn't bad. I think that it is low budget but good fun all the same. If you like Australian movies, then this won't disappoint. I give it a 5/10.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 1

 It's finally back! The new season of The Walking Dead begins and we are back with Rick and company.
Things have changed since the last time we saw them. They are growing their own food now and they even have a pig! The new people have settled in with Rick and the others and they are working as a team.
The walkers are coming in waves and they come to the fence. They are all spiked in the head by the group but there is no let up. Michonne is looking for The Governor who has disappeared. She comes back to the prison to visit with the survivors.Rick doesn't have his gun with him anymore. He is trying to set an example for Carl who was getting involved in the killing last season.

Rick is out in the woods when he meets an Irish woman called Clara(Kerry Condon) who is looking for food for her husband who she says is weak. Rick is suspicious of her as she seems very dodgy. He lets her lead him back to her camp where he realises that her husband is a walker and she wanted to let him eat Rick. He is not happy with her but she stabs herself so that she can turn into a walker too and be with her husband. Rick is horrified and leaves them. Elsewhere, Daryl and some others go to a supermarke to get supplies. There are a load of walkers on the roof which collapses on top of them. They have to fight their way through the walkers who are falling in on top of them. They lose a man in the fight. A young man called Patrick is not feeling well back at the prison. He goes into the shower and as he is standing under the water, he collapses and dies. It seems that there is some virus spreading around...

A good episode. The series is going to have to take a new direction I suppose as they can't just stay in the prison. I am looking forward to see what happens from here!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Don't Look Up Movie Review 303

Don't Look Up is a 2009 horror movie directed by Fruit Chan and starring Reshad Strik,Eli Roth,Henry Thomas and Rachael Murphy.

In Romania years ago, a woman made a pact with the Devil to bear him a child in return for the love of a powerful man. She kept her promise and the child was born and called Matya. In the village where she lived, the locals were horrified when they saw the mark of the Devil on the child and took the girl and tortured and killed her. She is said to have haunted the village since. In 1928, a movie maker called Bela Olt(Roth) is making a movie about Matya with an actress called Lila Kis(Murphy). The cast and crew of the film vanished and the movie was never found.A filmmaker called Marcus Reed(Strik) and his producer Josh Petri(Thomas) go to Romania to make a movie about Matya. They bring their crew with them and go to the original place where the 1928 film was made.

Strange things begin to happen to them and Marcus has weird visions of Matya etc. The rest of the movie is pretty much people getting killed etc and Marcus wondering if Matya has come back for revenge. I thought that this movie was not good. I didn't really like it at all. It was dull and a bit too obvious for my liking. It just wasn't well made. I wouldn't watch it again. I would skip it unless you like really bad movies. It gets a 2/10.
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