Last Shift 2014 Quick Review

Last Shift 2014 Quick Review

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Last Shift. It’s Jessica Loren’s first shift as a police officer. She must spend the graveyard shift alone, babysitting the last night of a closing police station. The question becomes, is she really alone?

Last Shift is scary, creepy and interesting. It’s also frustrating and filled with so many, “Don’t fucking do that!” moments that keep it from being a great film. The acting is fine. Juliana Harkavy is totally believable in the role of Jessica Loren, the rookie cop. She’s in every scene and her performance never grows old or stale. The story is also good. It’s just a few of the little things that ruin the overall experience. Just too many times when I grew frustrated at the decisions our young rookie cop made.

The special effect are well done. There are some very nice closeups of the various makeups and they’re all wonderfully gruesome. You don’t see a lot of closeups of the makeup in a lot of lower budget movies because the quality just isn’t there. It’s a lot of quick cuts and the camera keeps its distance from the effect. That’s not the case in Last Shift. Really strong effects done by Lee Grimes.

Creepy Girl | Last Shift

There’s just so much to like about Last Shift. Last Shift also contains some homages to other great films, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Sixth Sense to name a few. It’s obvious the filmmakers are fans of the genre.

I’m on the bubble here. I think what bothered me were all the slamming doors or the expectation of them. At one point Jessica, the rookie cop gets herself locked in a room. Sort of predictable. Then it’s scene after scene of her walking into other rooms and she seems to have no memory of getting locked in the last room. One would think after that mistake she’d be a little more wary of walking into rooms without making sure the door isn’t going to swing shut again.

Then, there was the ending. I don’t want to give it away but I wasn’t thrilled with it. I liked parts of it. I can’t go into detail without ruining it so I will say, I liked all of it but the finality of it. After you see it, you’ll understand what I am saying.

A good ending can make or break a film. The only exception to that is Titanic. Serious, they kill off the main character for no reason. Then, to top it all off, old Rose throwing that priceless diamond into the ocean and people loved the fucking movie! Brilliant film otherwise. Anyways, Last Shift’s ending just didn’t work for me. I got where the film was going. It just wasn’t the outcome I was looking for. The ending basically said, “You just watched and cared for no reason.” But, I honestly don’t know how the film could have ended any differently.

So I say watch it. Let me know what you thought of the ending. As I write this sentence I’m also at the end of the Last Shift. I always have the movie on as I write these reviews. Maybe it’s me and not the ending. Maybe all that needs to be said about this movie is how I started this review? “Last Shift is scary, creepy and interesting.” When it comes down to it, that’s kinda the point of a horror movie.

To all two and a half fans of this site, it’s on you now. Watch it and tell me what you think.

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Bite 2015 Quick Review

Bite 2015 Quick Review

Bite 2015 Poster | Bad Horror Movies
Bite 2015 centers around the aftermath of a bachelorette trip getaway. Casey, the bride to be is bitten by an insect during the trip and also has maybe a little too much fun during the trip that has left feeling more than a little bit guilty but also increasingly sicker as time goes by.

Bite is a movie I have been wanting to see for a while now. Not knowing what it’s about and only going by what the poster suggests, I’m thinking, creepy, yet oddly hot zombie girl and a fun time. There’s a more good to say about this movie than there is bad. The acting is also more than adequate. The makeup and special effects for the most part a pretty damn good. However, some of the makeup effects I think were blown. But, before we dive into the makeup effects let’s talk about the acting and the story first.

I thought the acting was just fine. Some of the dialog could have been a little better. I don’t care how good an actor you are, if the dialog isn’t great, no amount of acting can save it. An example of what I am talking about takes place towards the beginning of Bite. Jill, played by Annette Wozniak almost snaps at Casey, the bride to be, while on vacation. My first reaction was, “Damn girl, you pretty much just told one of your best friends that you want to bang her man.” I felt in that moment, the dialog was maybe giving away something to look out for later in the film. And, I was right. I think it would have played better if it were subtler.

That moment shouldn’t have been as obvious in my opinion. It’s that kind of obviousness that keeps Bite from being the completely fun, gross and an overall cool film that it should have been. Obviousness is actually the key problem with Bite. Almost everything about this movie is Obvious to everyone but the characters and that’s the real shame here.

While on vacation we know Casey gets bit by something. Shortly after arriving home she’s showing some irritation at the site of the bite mark. At first, I’m like okay that she’s ignoring the bite mark. However, all too soon that shit starts spreading and oozing and she does absolutely nothing about it. I mean, it was so obvious that she needed to seek medical attention. What does Casey do? Take a hot bath.

Bite Elma Begovic | Bad Horror Movies

Look I’m a creepy old man, I’ll take a cute, hot chick in the bath all day. Throw some gratuitous boobies at me, totally fine with that. But, we don’t even get that. So, she’s taking a hot bath hoping that’s going to help the bubbling infected growth on her? So instead of thinking, hot girl, bath, boobs, best movie ever! We are forced to focus on the fact that she is too stupid to seek medical attention.

By the time Casey does decide to seek medical attention it’s like way past when any of us would have gone to the emergency room. Instead, she talks to a doctor by phone and he suggests some antibiotic type creams. I mean come on! It’s these kinds of things that just begin to piss us off after a while. They aren’t enough so far to make me give up on the movie. There is, after all, the story behind the bite wound, the guilt she has over cheating on her fiancé during the trip and having little to no memory of it at all.

There’s a side story about the apartment manager, who is also a real bitch and her soon to be mother-in-law. There’s the fiancé who is completely oblivious to the bitch that his mother and that is really frustrating. Then add to it that none of these are ever properly resolved. They do get resolved but they are unfulfilling. Kinda like when there’s that bad guy in the movie and you just can’t wait for him or her to get what’s coming to them. But, when they do, it’s just not good enough, that’s kinda of what happens here.

Then there’s the makeup effects. Most of them are really pretty good. However, they missed the mark a couple of times and I think it became the biggest reason this movie didn’t become a smash success. The first example of this is the final makeup we see our lovely bite victim Casey in. It’s got some problems. It has the potential to look so cool! But, it just misses the mark. The color, the texture is all amazing. The eyes, but then you look at Casey and she’s get this shit on chin that looks like an overgrown soul patch. I’m guessing it’s supposed to like the dried version of the shit she keeps spitting up. But, it just makes her look she’s sporting facial hair and it’s just not working.

The makeup’s not bad, but the rest of the makeup we see as she walks down the hall in that hoodie is just stunning! I mean it’s near perfection but that soul patch, make her look like dark orange Lurch from the Adam’s Family.

Bite Elma Begovic Makeup | Bad Horror Movies

There’s also Casey’s fingernails or fingers as she continues to evolve. They just look bad. The color changes abruptly on them and they just look like tiny cones stuck on her fingertips. It doesn’t ruin the makeup but it doesn’t it help it either. It could have been a nice effect but it gets muddied and looks more silly than scary.

Then it happens, she takes off the hoodie and sadly I almost laughed. Instead of making her fully bald or making what’s left of her hair do something cool, like a Mohawk or something, they go for a bald spot with long hair on the sides. It made her look like an old man. She went from creepy hot, to looking like a decayed, hippie Bernie Sanders. All she was missing was his glasses. It just ruined the whole look. I mean it was dazzling, even with the soul patch thing but that hair, it just ruined it. I wanted to be more into the ending but I couldn’t take my eyes off that bald spot and hair.

The story is decent. It’s interesting for sure. It starts off slower than I would have liked and I wish it dealt better with situations Casey was going through. There was just too much confusion going on here. Casey at times seems like she has already made up her mind, that she wants to break up with her fiancé. Then moments later she wants it to work. Then she’s unsure? I understand that she could be having doubts but it didn’t play like that. It should have played like she was just confused about what to do. Instead it played like there were multiple people writing the love story and each one wanted their version to play out and were completely oblivious as to what the others had written.

Also I would like to have seen an interest from Casey as to what the fuck was happening to her. I mean we have to accept that she’s dumb enough to not go to an emergency and has no interest in learning about what is happening to her. Not one Google search on bug bites from exotic locals? All that time alone in her apartment and she’s the least bit interested in figuring out why she’s turning into a bug? Really?

Now, on to the good stuff. For the most part the acting is fine and there’s just something about the actress who plays Casey. Elma Begovic is wonderful in the role. She plays it well, despite her character being forced to do some really stupid things. I found her to be almost hypnotic. She carries the film well. Her two friends Jill and Kirsten played by Annette Wozniak and Denise Yuen are delights as well. Another stand out is the soon to be mother-in-law, Mrs. Kennedy, played by Lawrene Denkers. She played the bitch role of the mother-in-law to perfection. I loved to hate her.

Bite Lawrene Denkers | Bad Horror Movies

In conclusion, the movie isn’t bad, it’s a great date night movie, it’s got the gross out moments for sure and if you can get past the stupid stuff Casey does. Then it’s a good time to be had. Overall I am on the bubble with this one. I can’t fully recommend it but I do believe it is worth seeing if you’re a true horror fan or just looking for a decent gross out movie. It does start off slow and it starts off as if it’s a found footage film, it’s not. The video works as both flashback and memory for Casey. The video tells the story in many ways. But it’s not a found footage movie so don’t let that scare you off.

I’ve added the link below to The Bite on Amazon Prime. Check it out and let me know what you think.

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The Dead Room 2015 Quick Review

The Dead Room 2015 Quick Review

The Dead Room Poster

The Dead Room is about a 3 person team of ghost hunters hired by an insurance company (I think) to investigate the home a family head has recently fled. The team consists of two scientist/skeptics and psychic. Soon the presence makes itself known and 2/3rds of the team wants to leave immediately. They are convinced to stay and devise a plan to rid the house of the menacing spirit once and for all.

First I want to say that the poster for The Dead Room is so misleading. Nothing like what is pictured even comes close to happening in this movie.

I watched this other night and it was slow going but I was liking it. The characters were believable. All of them were just interesting to look at it. I liked the premise of The Dead Room. I like that it was two scientists and a psychic. I think psychics are pure quackery however they make great characters for supernatural movies. Seriously, Poltergeist wouldn’t have been as good without Zelda Rubinstein‘s character telling us, “This house is clean.” So, I’m all for psychics in these types of films.

As mentioned the story is slow going, it doesn’t tell you what’s going on at first. In fact as it started I kind felt like maybe I had missed the beginning. That being said, it’s okay. It’s not hard to figure out who these people are and eventually what they’re doing there. I liked the slow build of the film and not only were the characters interesting enough, the acting above average. Jeffery Thomas as Scott Cameron has an almost hypnotic pretense and there wasn’t a moment I didn’t believe he was a real scientist. Jed Brophy as the other scientist, Liam Andrews, was a pleasure to see again and he played off Thomas’s character to perfection.  Then last but not least the character of Holly Mathews, the psychic played by Laura Petersen. She played her part with a strength and vulnerability that was near enchanting. Couldn’t take my eyes off of her. I’m much looking forward to whatever she does next.

 Laura Petersen in The Dead Room | Bad Horror Movies

The Dead Room is played out over a few nights as the ghost hunters try to capture evidence of the supernatural entity that is haunting this home. Not much happens at first and yet its still interesting. Another plus is that very rarely does anyone do anything stupid. There’s no gore to speak of, as I recall. A couple of jump scares, some suspense, a little bit of action but most of all, an interesting story. It’s like you’re there with these people. I was really enjoying The Dead Room right up until the ending.

For me, the ending killed this movie. Film makers just don’t seem to understand what makes a good ending. And, when you have a movie that is mostly story and you don’t wrap it all up at the end, you’ve failed. I don’t care how good a movie is, if the ending sucks the movie is going to bomb. About the only exception to the rule is Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. One of the worst ending of all time. I mean that movie was fascinating all the through it. It’s an entire about why this birds are attacking and then it just ends with no answer given. Like Alfred just offered up a big “Fuck You!” to the audience and walked away. And, people ate that shit up and asked for more.

The Dead Room Cast | Bad Horror Movies

So here’s the thing and the reason I am on the bubble with this one. Some may like it. It’s an interesting story with a great cast. But, if you’re like me and like a little resolution at the end of your movies, you’re going to walk away from this film disappointed. Personally, an ending like this to me says the writers just had no idea how to end the movie so they went for something cheap and hoped for the best. I think they failed. Maybe you will disagree.

I will say, that if they made a sequel to this movie I would look forward to seeing it in the hopes that they would wrap up the many unanswered questions leftover from the first film.

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Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre 2016 A Quick Review

Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre 2016 A Quick Review

Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre 2016 A Quick Review…

Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre is about prehistoric sharks that get released from beneath the earth’s crust after fracking accident. The target a group of women that have escaped from prison who have become trapped in a cabin in the woods.

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love these kinds of movies. But, even I will admit that I didn’t have high hopes for this movie. To my surprise, it was fun. Some of the acting was weak at times but the special effects, the CGI sharks were some of the best CGI I’ve seen a while. I was expecting really shitty sharks. These things were pretty sweet. I mean there was decent detail. This is just a fun ride. I enjoyed this more than Sharknado.

My only real complaints are as follows. It teases you sexuality and never delivers. No hunky guys shirtless, no topless women. It’s an issue. Let’s be honest you expect it when you read the title. All the women walk around in the skimpiest of clothes while the guys are fully covered up. It’s not that am mad there wasn’t nudity. I am just saying that this particular film would have played better had it delivered everything it promises. The violence is mild in that it any gore you see happens after the fact, The blood sometimes looked like some weird, bright red concoction that was completely unrealistic. But hey, it’s movie about prehistoric sharks so it’s I cut it some slack.

However, like I said, it was fun ride. Sure, I will never watch it again. But, if you got 90 minutes to kill and you generally like these kinds of movies, then this will be slightly better than what you’re expecting and you should pick it up on DVD or Blu-ray. If you don’t like these kinds of movie, there is nothing in this movie that is going to change your mind, I would avoid it. So at the end of the day I have to say I’m on the bubble with this. I had fun watching it but I realize most people won’t.

 

Traci Lords … Detective Kendra Patterson

Dominique Swain … Honey
Cindy Lucas … Anita Conners
Christine Nguyen … Michelle Alika
John Archer Lundgren … White-Haired Bandit
John Callahan … Carl
Amy Holt … Shannon Hastings
Skye McDonald … Sarah Mason
Corey Landis … Detective Adam Levine
Chris De Christopher … Prof. Orville
Tabitha Marie … Samantha
Oscar DeRosa … John Raden
Steve Goldenberg … Sam
Serafin Falcon … Mike

Annabelle 2014 A Quick Review

Annabelle 2014 A Quick Review

Annabelle 2014 A Quick Review…

Annabelle is about a creepy looking doll that becomes possessed after some some devil worshipers break into a young couple’s home and try to summon a demon. The ritual goes badly, some blood drips on the doll causing it’s evil possession.

Here’s the problems I have with it. First off, devil worshipers don’t break into homes and cast spells. They sit in their mom’s house and whine about shit all fucking day long. The stereo-type that that we need to fear devil worshipers should have died out around the time of the Salem Witch Trials. Don’t believe me? When’s the last time you heard about an act of terror or mass shooting being committed by Devil Worshipers? For true terror, you need look no further than mainstream religious extremists. But, I get it this a horror movie it’s supposed to play on our fears no matter how irrational they may be. It doesn’t really get any better from there.

But, I don’t want to completely shit all over this movie. It has some good creepy moments and I respect that. The cast earns their money, they did their job, no complaints here. Besides any movie with Alfre Woodard and Tony Amendola can’t be all bad. Annabelle Wallis as Mia Form is a delight as the young wife and mother to be.

It’s just that the movie suffers from people doing stupid things and nothing ruins a movie like a mass of stupidity from the characters. However, if you’re home alone and it’s late at night, I have no doubt this movie will creep you out. Just try real hard to ignore all the stupid things the characters do and you should be fine. And for that, I am on the bubble with this one. Watch at your own risk.

Cast of Characters:
Annabelle Wallis as Mia Form
Ward Horton as John Form
Tony Amendola as Father Perez
Alfre Woodard as Evelyn
Kerry O’Malley as Sharon Higgins
Brian Howe as Pete Higgins
Eric Ladin as Detective Clarkin
Ivar Brogger as Dr. Burgher
Gabriel Bateman as Robert
Shiloh Nelson as Nancy

Plan 9 2015 My Quick Review

Plan 9 2015 My Quick Review

Plan 9 2015…

Plan 9 is the story of Nilbog, a small town with a big story. The beginning of an invasion! These aliens have a different plan for the inhabitants of Earth. To resurrect their dead as their own army set with but one goal: to wipe out all mankind! This night will decide the fates of all who walk the planet and thought they were the top of the food chain. ” – IMDb

Ok, I need to start by saying that if you’re a normal person, you’re not going to like this, you’re not going to get it and nothing about Plan 9 will be enjoyable to you. So watch at your own risk. However, for the rest of us, it’s a fun throwback to a simpler time in horror movies. The special effects are good when they need to be and bad on purpose when they need to be. This really is a well done tribute to Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space and B Sci-Fi movies in general.

Cast of Characters:
Brian Krause … Jeff Trent
Mister Lobo … Criswell
Matthew Ewald … Jimmy
James Rolfe … Policeman (as James D. Rolfe)
Aaron Yonda … Toby
Matt Sloan … Sammy
Monique Dupree … Becky
John Johnson … Patrolman Kelton
Conrad Brooks … Jamie
Addy Miller … Sarah
Sara Eshleman … Lucy Grimm
Amy Hart … Paula Trent