A detective falls victim to a trap house full of twisted gadgets designed to dismember and maim uninvited intruders as he seeks the meth lord responsible for his brother’s death.
Obsessed cop “breaks all the rules” to get revenge on the “meth lord” responsible for his brother’s death. Some good kills, but nothing really stands out in this movie. I did like the idea of the elaborate booby traps as theft prevention though.
Pretty straight forward escape room in a drug den. 3 stars.
Fans of the Arthur and the Invisibles trilogy find the house where the saga was filmed, but their adventure quickly turns into a deadly nightmare.
Dubbed French-Canadian movie—the co-ed sleep over in the opening scene gave it away that this wasn’t an American movie! Can you imagine the pearl clutching? Ha!
Anyway, this was an odd little movie. Arthur and the Invisibles is a movie trilogy that these kids grew up watching. Years later, when they’re all grow’d up, they visit the house it was filmed in as a birthday surprise for one of their own.
It’s your basic slasher, with an odd twist. The ending was less climactic and more strange. Mundane even. I wanted it to be more, but sometimes evil is mundane.
I have mixed feelings about the movie. The biggest problem was that there was very little personality in the dialog. It was bland, and as a result the characters were bland. Don’t know if it was a translation problem, or if the original French dialog was uninspired. Characterization makes these movies, but when no characters stand out, or are interesting in any way, its hard to care what happens to them.
Interesting idea, but meh execution. 2.5 stars.
A father in court-ordered grief counseling becomes convinced that a set of vinyl records is the key to bringing his daughter back from the dead.
Father in court-ordered grief counseling—who knew there was such a thing—goes through the motions in group, goes home and drinks. Rinse, repeat. This goes on for a while until he notices that another participant is just as uninterested in the process as he is. She tells him there’s a way out, a way to bring back their loved ones by seeing this dude “Von”. Von is a homeless guy who gives him the means—vinyl records—to bring his daughter back.
On paper this wasn’t a “bad” movie, but I forgot what it was about shortly after it ended. Even with a mildly interesting ending, the movie just didn’t stand out for me.
I was in a crappy mood so I’ll err toward the positive. 3.5 stars.
Looking forward to a once-in-a-life time experience, six single twenty-somethings find themselves Valentine’s Day guests of an enigmatic host. Each of them have been offered money and the promise of love, if only they can survive through dinner…
Ten thousand dollars to join five other strangers at dinner with the hope of finding true love. Secrets are revealed! Connections made! People die!
I knew there was going to be some fucked up shit at the end, but I totally did not see it coming. I loved how the movie kept be guessing until the very end.
At the end of the day, it’s a slasher, but most of the deaths weren’t intentional and I just love that. The intent was to put these folks in a room and watch the fireworks, but what they did in the room was completely up to them.
Absolutely worth my time. 4 stars.
That’s it for this week. As always, if you’ve seen any of these, let me know your thoughts.
Until next time!