Demonic 2015 Quick Review

Demonic 2015 Quick Review

Demonic 2015 Poster

Demonic is the story of 20-somthings that are documenting a haunted house investigation. Things go badly and the police are called into investigate. The detective in charge discovers a sole survivor and calls in a psychologist to help. As they unravel the mystery of what happened they soon discover there are darker forces involved.

The other night I watched Demonic and I enjoyed it. The person I watch it with didn’t. Of course she’s much older than I am and thought it was too much of a teenager’s horror movie. I was shocked by this. Even though the movie deals with a bunch teens and twenty-somethings getting killed, it’s not about that. It’s much more than that.

Demonic takes place in the now but there’s a lot of flashbacks and found footage type stuff but this isn’t a “found footage” movie. I enjoyed it because it wasn’t your typical kids do dumb things and get killed horror movie. This had grownups in it. Demonic wasn’t the story of said kids getting killed, it takes place, for the most part, after they’ve all been killed. This is a story of the Detective investigating the murders and the psychologist whose been brought in to interview someone who could be the sole-survivor or the killer himself. The story that unfolds is a mystery, that becomes a ticking clock, that becomes a supernatural story. How can that not be interesting? why would anyone not enjoy that? How could my mom not like this?! er.. I mean, older mature women I watched this movie with.

The acting was fine in Demonic. There weren’t really any standouts except for Maria Bello but she’s pretty much amazing in everything she does. For me, the star of this movie was the story, the direction and the cinematography. It wasn’t overdone or visually stunning, but it captured the mood without overdoing it. There’s a time and place for visually stunning film making. But, sometimes it can be a distraction. Demonic blends seamlessly between the present and the past. There’s never any confusion with that regard and it allows to comfortably lose ourselves in the story.

There’s not a lot of gore but it’s got a couple of jump scares, it’s got a creepy old house, and an interesting story with some twists and turns along the way. It’s a solid movie, the problem is that it’s hard to find in the states unless you have a hacked dvd player that can play most regional coding. But, if you get the chance, it’s well worth the watch.

Watch the Trailer

Buy Demonic on Amazon

Buy on Amazon

NON-USA FORMAT Reg.2 Import – United Kingdom

%

Story

%

Acting

%

Gore

%

Recommend

Krampus 2015 Quick Review

Krampus 2015 Quick Review

Krampus Movie Poster

Krampus is about a suburban family gets together a few days before Christmas and no one seems to have the Christmas spirit except for a boy and his grandmother. The boy inadvertently summons an ancient demon known as Krampus. The demon and his minions go about destroying this family by taking them away one by one.

Krampus has been on my list of must sees for a while now. I finally took some time for myself the other day and planned a movie night. I spent a couple of hours deciding on what to watch later that night because in the hopes that taking some time would increase the chances of choosing some good movies. I chose 3 titles. Krampus was the first one I watched that night and I can’t stress enough how pleasantly surprised I was. I was pretty sure about minute into the movie that I was going to like it. The Christmas music playing, the direction and cinematography just set the tone for the film. Very well made. the whole night was a pleasure as for the first time in a long time every film I choose to watch was really, really good.

There just isn’t anything to really complain about in Krampus. It’s not really a kids movie though. It’s appropriately rated PG-13. I think some of the images will be too strong for the little ones. But, teens and above will enjoy it. I enjoyed it so much that Krampus has just made it on my coveted Christmas watch list. It goes right up there with It’s a Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn and Die Hard.

The cast is great. You will love/hate Conchata Ferrell as Aunt Dorothy. She plays a fine line between annoying and hilarious. I just can’t say enough about the entire cast. Toni Collette as Sarah Engel, again plays a mother and though this role isn’t as dramatic as The Sixth Sense her acting is as usual carried out with believable perfection. Adam Scott as Tom Engel, the husband/father, is great as always. He manages to play a husband and father who has grown bored and tired of his life while still allowing us to understand where he’s coming from and care about his character. I just can’t label any single performance of the cast as a standout role. Everyone from all the kids to all the adults nailed their parts. Great casting.

Krampus in the Attic

This movie is like a cross between Christmas Vacation and Hellraiser with a hint of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Not as funny as Christmas Vacation or as scary as the Hellraiser but it’s got just the right amount of each. Funny, creepy, some nice dialog and a great ending. I can’t stress enough how import endings are. I watched a horror movie last night that was slow but really interesting and then ending sucked hard. It was obvious the writers just had no idea how to end it, so they went with a cheesy jump scare and rolled the credits. It ruined the entire movie. I will be reviewing it soon.

So, who’s going to like this movie? I would think anyone over the age of 8 or 9 is going to like it. I am not saying I think it’s okay to sit kids that young down and let the watch this alone. PG means parental guidance. Watch it with them first. Other than that, everyone else should love this movie. Except those that don’t like horror movies or good movies. Krampus is just a perfect blend of fun and scares.

%

Story

%

Acting

%

Gore

%

Recommend

At the Devil’s Door 2014!

At the Devil’s Door 2014!

At the Devil’s Door 2014…

At the Devil's Door 2014At the Devil’s Door is about three hot women that never get naked or have sex.  The end.  Okay, just kidding.  This isn’t the end, but the first part is sadly true.

I made two notes while watching this film.  The first one has to do with the things the transitions from past to present.  The film jumps back and forth a couple of times.  The problem is that the jumps back are fairly obvious.  However, there’s no obvious jump forward.  So things are going and I am thinking this is something that previously happened.  Only to realize I am back in present day and no one told me.  It was a little frustrating but I could overlook that.

The second note came about 28 minutes into the film.  One of characters is at home and the lights go off.  She hears things, she walks around the house checking things out in the dark for a bit but eventually uses her cell phone for some added light.  Okay, I can accept that.  But, then she sees that her front door is now open.  Okay, she closes it.  There’s a storm out, maybe the wind blew it open?  That could happen.  Except for the noises she was hearing.  The powers out, strange noises, front door suddenly open.  A smart person would would go to the neighbors house and call the police.  Or, close the door and deadbolt it shut!  What does she do?  She closes the door and uses latches one of those cheep old door chain that no one has seen seen since the 70’s.  Really?

At the Devil's Door 2014 Ashley Rickards

I know I play a ghost, demon teen but you still think I’m hot. Don’t you. DON’T YOU!

Then there’s this mirror, wtf is going on with this mirror in the movie.  Was there a part in the movie I missed where this is a mirror ghost?  Nope, it’s just a mirror that for some the ghost or demon decides to keep covering?  Why?  It’s demon, is it afraid of it’s looks?  Why was it always hiding?  Pretty cowardly demon.

The film did have a good tone to it.  It was interesting but there was some stupid things the characters did that just made me not like this movie.  One of the more stupid was towards the end.  One of characters plans to do something so stupid.  Granted, I understand her motivation.  But, what she’s planning on doing is so serious and she thinks she can do this stupid thing and just get away with it?  We see no planning, nothing.  And, then for no reason, her mind is changed and we have no idea why.  We can guess, but this is a movie, I don’t want to guess.  If I wanted to guess, I would have not bothered to watch it and just guesses at the film fucking ended.

You’ve been warned.  Not even the hotness of the three main ladies in this film can save it.

Cast of Characters:
Catalina Sandino Moreno … Leigh
Naya Rivera … Vera
Ashley Rickards … Hannah
Mark Steger … Thin Man