The Void

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The Void luckily got a screening in Indiana thanks to Horrorhound and scarlet lane brewing company and boy was I glad. I thought originally this was a smaller movie from A24 for some reason but then came to realize that it was actually an indie film funded through the internet. And I’m glad that it did.

The movie is about a small town deputy that finds a guy stumbling out the woods with scars and all bloodied up. He takes him to the near by hospital that’s mostly packed up and ready to move after a fire turned most of the building unusable. What he didn’t know is that there are darker and more sinister stuff happening around him that he has gotten himself into picking up the stranger out of the woods.

This movie was great for what it was, a callback to classic 80’s body horror like The Thing or From Beyond. The atmosphere and demonic images are haunting thanks to the use of old school practical effects. Now I’ve seen some people complain that they didn’t like the film because it was too dark or that it was too much like the films it was paying homage to. I personally thought it had enough of an identity to pull its own weight, and especially knowing that this was funded online, really don’t mind the dark images, especially when you can still see what is happening around them enough.

This movie isn’t a perfect film, nor will it be nominated for anything outside of smaller horror focused stuff, if that. But what I loved about it is that it just goes and does it’s own thing and delivers on every note I wanted it to.                4/5

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Life

life-poster-alien-ripoff-bigLife is a movie that is basically a genre smoothie, and I do enjoy my smoothies. I’ve been describing this movie as one of those that even though the trailers look like this is going to be exactly like Alien or even The Thing, it really isn’t though. I think Sony needs to change their marketing team completely because they recently just haven’t been able to show off their films properly.
This movie, like I said is basically a genre smoothie. It does take elements of just about any alien/space/isolation sci-fi horror films, but it takes all the great elements and plays them to their strengths. This really took me by surprise and I really can’t wait to be able to rewatch it on Blu-ray. The acting is great and the writing is also. The music is top notch is as well.                  4/5

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

ghostinshellposter_0Ghost in the Shell is a movie that I honestly didn’t know what I’d expect to feel about when I went to go see it, I mean the reviews started going up the day I went and saw it and the first one I saw was Chris Stuckmann‘s review and he loved it, and I thought that I was going to love it. Then I saw some other peoples reviews and they didn’t have anything nice to say about it. So I got worried more and more though out the day. But I honestly don’t see why people hate this movie so much outside of the die hard fans not wanting this done in the first place.
This basically gives me the exact opposite feeling as Beauty and the Beast gave me a couple weeks ago. Everything that is basically shot for shot or at least similar to the anime film left me feeling meh about it. It doesn’t hold the same magic as much as they do in the anime. But really everything that is different than the anime film is what really shines in this film and I really did enjoy this film. I wish more people were watching this though as of writing this it is expected to make less than 20 million for the opening weekend and that does make me sad.                     4/5