Movie Roundup #5

May 20, 2023 | Movie Roundup

Death’s Roulette – Paramount+

Thriller, Spanish (Mexican) – Dubbed

Seven strangers wake up in a mansion in the middle of nowhere to discover they are part of a twisted game. They will have 60 minutes to choose one person to die; otherwise, all of them will be murdered. As the clock ticks down, the most lurid secrets will come to light, and they’ll discover they are all connected by a dark past.

I like these kinds of movies: gathered strangers with seemingly nothing in common die one by one as we discover just how connected (and not innocent) they are. This isn’t murder porn, the folks don’t die in bizarre or interesting ways. This is more a physiological thriller, slow and deliberate with an ending I didn’t see coming.

My only beef is that dubbed movies are rarely acted well. It’s odd, it really is. Voice acting has been around since radio, it’s not a new skill, and yet every dubbed movie has these generic accented voices that are barely acting. Is it just that film makers don’t hire good talent? Do they do it on the cheap? I don’t know. It’s more enjoyable to just read the subtitles which are usually more emotive/instructive then the dubbed dialog.

Satisfying And Then There Were None vibe, I’d watch it again. 4 stars.

Sacrilege – Amazon Prime

Horror

During the Summer solstice, four young women find themselves in the grips of a mysterious pagan cult. They are offered up as a sacrifice to the cult’s enigmatic ancient goddess, who has the ability to sense their greatest fears.

Think Midsomer, but better. Ok, ok, Midsomer was fine, but I’m not a fan of arty horror movies. They’re more concerned with symbolism and allusion than they are in telling a good visual story. Like horror is for the unwashed masses, but if they throw in an abstract idea suddenly the well-heeled with find it acceptable. Meh. This movie isn’t pretending to be anything other than what it is: a horror movie.

It didn’t have the usual knucklehead characters you can’t wait to watch die either — which was a nice change. The women were friends, they cared about each other. There was friction, but not of the catty, jealous type you see in a lot of these movies. The reconnecting lesbian lovers was also a nice touch.

I liked this movie, and would watch it again. 4 stars.

The Burial – YouTube/Tubi

Horror

When Molly’s boyfriend gets a phone call from his estranged brother, she thinks nothing of joining him on an impromptu family reunion at a remote cabin. However, she soon finds herself taking charge of a deadly situation when the trip’s true purpose is revealed and good intentions lead to a conflict with pure evil.

I’m inventing a measurement: how cool a movie poster looks is in direct proportion to how much I end up disliking said movie.

The girlfriend weaseling her way into joining her boyfriend on this trip was so ham-fisted it made me root for her death immediately. Like holy fuck, needy much? I hated her.

I hated him for not having a back bone. He doesn’t bother explaining why he and his brother are estranged which makes for an awkward reunion. At this point I’m just counting down to the body count.

Also, why would you call your brother who thinks you’re a fuck up to ask for help in dealing with a dead body? You’re out in the middle of nowhere — deal with it!

You know what, this movie would have been 10 times more interesting to me if the fuckup brother kept finding more inventive ways of killing this “evil” and going slowly mad during the process. I would’ve been so down for that.

As it was, I just didn’t care. 2 stars.

Followers – Tubi

Comedy · Horror

A struggling social media influencer discovers the house he shares is haunted. The ghost brings him fame and fortune, but with deadly consequences.

I didn’t see any “comedy” in this movie. I suppose the “pranks” are supposed to be funny? I don’t find pranks funny, so none of that was funny to me.

This movie felt like two movies. The first is struggling social media guy trying to redeem his image in college. He does a bunch of dumb pranks yadda yada. It was slow and only interesting because of his roommates. The guy is pretty much what you’d expect him to be.

The second movie begins when he and his roommates find the ghost. Here’s where it got interesting, thankfully. By this point Mr. Influencer has filmed their lives 24/7, and as a result he gets famous for finally proving the existence of ghosts. Exploitation happens, of course.

Did not see the climax coming tho—and it was pretty fucked up, which for a horror movie was a good thing.

As expected, the filmmakers took it too far and added the “non-ending ending” which was annoying.

Overall, meh. 3.5 stars.


That wraps it up for this week.

Until next time!

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