HORROR OF HORROR REVIEW: BOOGEYMAN (2005)


CAST

Barry Watson (Teaching Mrs. Tingle)
Emily Deschanel (Bones)
Skye McCole Bartusiak (Don’t Say A Word)
Tory Mussett (Peter Pan)
Charles Mesure (V)
Lucy Lawless (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Aaron Murphy (Power Rangers SPD)
Jennifer Rucker (Legend of The Seeker)
Olivia Tennet (Power Rangers RPM)
Robyn Malcolm (The Outpost)

72273529_2581632751895581_5132267691431690240_nDuring his childhood, Tim Jensen witnesses his father be taken by the Boogeyman, an evil creature which lives in all closets worldwide. Since then, he has taken precautions to ensure that the Boogeyman cannot get to him, such as sleeping on a mattress on the floor, and removing all closets from his home, and keeping all his clothes in a dresser drawer.
MV5BMjk5OTI3MTI5OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDQ3Mzg5MTE@._V1_SY999_SX1776_AL_After a Thanksgiving trip with Jessica (his girlfriend) to her parents’ house, Tim has a premonition in which his mother tells him to return to the family home. When he phones the hospital, he discovers his mother has died. Upon returning to the psychiatric ward where he grew up after his father died, he discovers that one of the patients, a young girl, is being threatened by the Boogeyman, which lives in the ceiling of her room.
MV5BMTU1MDQ0MDAyMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMjEwNTU3._V1_Upon a suggestion by his psychiatrist that returning to his family home to spend the night in that house would be a good idea, Tim returns to his old Victorian style house in the open country, where he relives memories of his mother telling his father that the Boogeyman does not exist and therefore cannot possibly harm Tim. Tim is briefly attacked by the Boogeyman when he enters the downstairs closet. Tim meets a young girl in his woodshed, named Franny, who wants to know if it’s true that the Boogeyman murdered Tim’s father. Searching the woodshed he discovers a disturbing file of Missing Person lists and documents left by Franny, and upon flicking through them, he discovers a collection of missing children whom were all taken by the Boogeyman. Tim panics and attempts to leave but Jessica abruptly shows up takes Tim out of the house for a night in a quiet motel, where she is murdered by the Boogeyman, dragging her into the bath.
MV5BMTIzODY5MzM1MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMjIwNTU3._V1_Tim returns from getting ice and preparing drinks and enters the bathroom, where he finds that Jessica is missing. He realizes what has occurred, and stumbles blindly into a closet, and then walks out into his family home, just as Kate, his friend, has returned to his home and, upon hearing noises from the closets, was about to open the door herself. Tim drags Kate back to the hotel, where they find the empty bath; this time with blood on the side. Kate begins thinking that Tim might’ve harmed Jessica; but Tim angrily denies it. Frustrated at Tim’s refusal to tell her what is really wrong with him, Kate claims that the person Tim saw in her house was in fact her deaf father. Kate calls Tim’s Uncle Mike to have him check on Tim.MV5BMjA0NDk3OTcyMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwODIwNTU3._V1_Tim returns to his house and meets Franny once more, who leads him to a house full of proclamations describing the Boogeyman. There is a chair in the middle of the room facing a closet. Tim remembers this room as being the home of a doctor whom everyone thought was insane. Franny then reveals herself to be one of the kids the Boogeyman murdered and disappears, telling Tim he’d best go to the place where it all started. The Boogeyman pulls Tim through various portals in time through the closet, eventually depositing him in his childhood room, where he smashes various toys the Boogeyman uses to give itself form before eventually defeating it and being returned to the present. With the Boogeyman gone, Tim hopes that his and Kate’s lives will be safer. Morning dawns and Tim already feels better, thinking he’s safe. However, a post-credits scene reveals a young girl being tormented by the monster, revealing that the Boogeyman has resurfaced out of the closet.Image result for boogeyman 2005The shocks come fast and furious; the acting is convincing; and the denouement, criticized by many reviewers, surprisingly satisfying. I thoroughly enjoyed this film.

REVIEW: THE OUTPOST – SEASON 2

Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)

CAST

Jessica Green (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jake Stormoen (War Pigs)
Imogen Waterhouse (Nocturnal Animals)
Anand Desai-Barochia (A Holiday Heist)
Robyn Malcolm (The Code)
Aaron Fontaine (Doctors)
Glynis Barber (Eastenders)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Andrew Howard (Bates Motel)
Philip Brodie (Broken News)
Amita Suman (Doctor Who)
Sonalii Castillo (Heroes)
Lilli Hollunder (Spides)
Adam Johnson (Mythica: The Godslayer)
Amy De Bhrún (Jason Bourne)
Jelena Gavrilovic (Komsije)
Magnus Samuelsson (The Last Kingdom)
Reece Ritchie (The Lovely Bones)
Jarren Dalmeda (Pennyworth)
James Downie (The Last Front)
Patrick Lyster (Black Sails)

Anand Desai-Barochia and Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)If you liked the Shannara Chronicles or Mythica, you will like this show. It does not hurt either that the lead actress Jessica Green is every bit as beautiful and charismatic as Ivana Baquero. With striking blue eyes and a general sexiness about her it makes the scenes where guys are affected by her very believable. Additionally, the actions scenes are helped by her real life training in mixed martial arts.This is not Lord of the Rings, and it will never be. But it does not have to be. Season 2 brings alot for mythos to the show, from the start of Season 2 the show gtes better and better.Imogen Waterhouse in The Outpost (2018)The budget is obviously limited, as evidenced by the sets. Some of the pieces do look a bit like they were made for a play. The costumes are average, and above average for the villains. Very striking. Most costumes and outfits look new, but there is a decent attempt for the wardrobe to look topic appropriate. It actually costs more money to make things look old or worn, so with a limited budget it is understandable. The acting is fine for the lions share of the episodes. Jessica Green is very good , obviously a seasoned actress with a couple of tv shows in her resume. The actions scenes benefit from her experience with MMA. Choreography is decent. Male leads Jake Stormoen (was an elve in Mythica) and Andrew Howard are great for the parts and fun to watch. The plot, for season 2 is so much richer than the first each episode is o much better and with each new episode, we have better villains, better visuals, and the last 2 episode are pure brilliance. lets hope for a third season.Jake Stormoen and Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)

 

 

REVIEW: HOSTILES

 

Starring

Christian Bale (The Dark Knight)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Wes Studi (Road To Paloma)
Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad)
Adam Beach (Sucide Squad)
Rory Cochrane (Argo)
Peter Mullan (War Horse)
Scott Wilson (The Great Gatsby)
Paul Anderson (Peaky Blinders)
Timothée Chalamet (Lady Bird)
Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)
Jonathan Majors (White Boy Rick)
John Benjamin Hickey (The Ex)
Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World)
Tanaya Beatty (Artic Air)
Stephen Lang (Avatar)
Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave)
Scott Shepherd (Jason Bourne)
Robyn Malcolm (The Outpost)

Christian Bale in Hostiles (2017)In 1892, settler Rosalee Quaid and her family are attacked by a Comanche war group who kill and scalp her husband and also shoot and kill her three children. Only Rosalee manages to escape the attack by hiding in a small rock outcrop in the forest. In Fort Berringer, New Mexico, Captain Joseph Blocker rounds up an escaping Apache family and brings them back to the fort. He is then called to the office of Colonel Abraham Biggs, who informs him of his final orders before retirement. On a directive from President Harrison, he is to escort dying Cheyenne war chief, Yellow Hawk, and four members of his family back to their tribal lands in Montana.Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike in Hostiles (2017)Under threat of a court-martial and loss of his pension, Blocker reluctantly accepts, despite his own gory history with the chief, who was responsible for the death of several of his friends and comrades. Blocker chooses the detail that will accompany him: his trusty old friend, First Sergeant Thomas Metz, long-time aide Corporal Woodson, and promising newcomer Lieutenant Kidder, fresh from West Point. Biggs also assigns to the detail a young French-speaking recruit, Private Desjardins.Q'orianka Kilcher, Rosamund Pike, Tanaya Beatty, and Xavier Horsechief in Hostiles (2017)They begin their journey but Blocker orders a stop and has the two native men put in chains. The group comes across the charred Quaid house and dead settler. Inside the house, they find Rosalee and her three “sleeping” children. Rosalee is initially hostile towards the Cheyenne family because of the attack on her family but agrees to sleep in their camp after some coaxing from Blocker. She is convinced to bury her family and join Blocker’s detail until their next stop-over. They are soon ambushed by the Comanche party, resulting in Desjardins’s death and Woodson being seriously wounded. After this attack, Yellow Hawk convinces Blocker that it is in everyone’s best interest to unchain him and his family. The next day, the bodies of the surviving Comanche party, who had managed to flee during their previous encounter, are discovered dead. Blocker deduces that Yellow Hawk and his son, Black Hawk, killed them thanks to Metz allowing them to leave the camp during the night.Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike in Hostiles (2017)After a brief stop at Fort Winslow in Colorado to drop off the wounded Woodson and widow Rosalee, Blocker is asked to take disgraced Sergeant Charles Wills, who killed a family with an ax, to be court-martialed and hanged at his original post along the way to Montana. Joining Blocker’s company to oversee Wills are Corporal Tommy Thomas and Sergeant Malloy. Meanwhile, Rosalee decides to continue on with Blocker, despite being offered sanctuary at Fort Winslow until the next supply train at Christmas. One night, the women are abducted by three fur traders as they wash dishes in the stream by their camp. The company, assisted by Yellow Hawk and Black Hawk, track down the fur traders, slaughter them and rescue the women; however, Sergeant Malloy is killed. During a downpour, Wills fools Kidder into sympathetically undoing his chains, then kills him and escapes, but not before Blocker wounds him. Metz tracks down and kills Wills, then takes his own life, succumbing to decades of post-traumatic stress and guilt. Blocker subsequently makes peace with Yellow Hawk for all of the harms they have inflicted upon each other.Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike in Hostiles (2017)They arrive at the chief’s tribal lands in Montana where he succumbs to his illness and is buried. A man and his three sons ride up, state that they own the land, and order Blocker and the rest of the group to leave with the chief’s body. Blocker informs them of his presidential authority but a brutal gun battle ensues leaving only three survivors: Blocker, Rosalee, and Yellow Hawk’s young grandson, Little Bear. In the final scene, Rosalee and Little Bear reluctantly depart on a train from Montana to Chicago, without Blocker, but, at the last second, Blocker steps onto the back of the train and into the carriage.Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike in Hostiles (2017)Christian Bale delivers a knockout performance. As the conflicted & haunted Cavalry officer, Bale portrays the part with rare conviction. Its no new fact that Bale is among our greats, but ‘Hostiles’ shows us a side of his that may have just put him up there, right next to the all-time screen giants. What a wonderfully nuanced performance by Bale. Of the rest of the cast, Wes Studi portrays his complex part fantastically. Rosamund Pike is restrained. She’s controlled & believable all through. Jesse Plemons is solid, as always. Ben Foster plays a yet another unlikable character, with the perfect blend of menace & insanity. Rory Cochrane is first-rate. Timothée Chalamet makes a very brief appearance, yet he does his bit nicely. Stephen Lang, again in a cameo, is outstanding! Others lend good support.

On the whole, ‘Hostiles’ demands a viewing on the strength of its sheer merits. Don’t Miss This One!

REVIEW: THE OUTPOST – SEASON 1

The Outpost (2018)

CAST

Jessica Green (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jake Stormoen (War Pigs)
Imogen Waterhouse (Nocturnal Animals)
Anand Desai-Barochia (A Holiday Heist)
Andrew Howard (Bates Motel)
Robyn Malcolm (The Code)
Kevin McNally (Pirates of The Caribbean)

Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Richard Ashton (The New Adventures of Robin Hood)
Philip Brodie (Broken News)
Julian Cihi (Gypsy)
Cokey Falkow (Starship Troopers 3)
Thor Knai (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Michael Flynn (The Hollow Point)
Adam Johnson (Waffle Street)
Ric Sarabia (Runaways)
Jake Suazo (Zombie Hunter)
Sonalii Castillo (Voodoo Vanessa)
Medalion Rahimi (My Dead Ex)
Amita Suman (Doctor Who)

The Outpost (2018)To be honest no one can truely judge a TV show just after one episode but after so many do. The Outpost is a Low Budget High-Fantasy project from movie makers in Utah. The sets are well chosen even if they had to use very often green screen, something that can look cheap if you give it a closer look. Still I see the love for details in the set and appreciate that. Either you find nothing that seems out of place, everything in the set fits in.Michael Flynn and Imogen Waterhouse in The Outpost (2018)I think 90 % of the reviews on imdb  expected another Game of Thrones, and that isn’t the case here, and it wasn’t supposed to be that way. If a show is something new it is hard to tell right at the pilot. I liked the actors yet, the acting was decent and the story introduction a little rushed to get it into the first episode without getting too slow and not bore the audience. A little too much action but I understand why they did so. The effects aren’t high-end but decent as well. It gives the show a slight retro fantasy series look. The story yet has a few minor logic and plot holes but nothing to worry about. Some logic holes you have to deal with at fantasy stories and plot holes happen to the best writer.Anand Desai-Barochia and Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)One of the best parts in the opening episode was the grand Music in the background, something that never gets enough attention. The most costumes look new and clean but I see no issue in that, people have still to see that it’s a low budget production. The Armors are very detailed and well made, I saw worse ones in movies with a higher budget, and there too is a love for details. The show has humor, and even if there are very clean and yet plane characters, that doesn’t mean that they are not supposed to get deeper. Andrew Howard and Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)I think many who wrote reviews on imdb are too spoiled by expensive CGI and Special Effects and don’t see that even bigger and more popular shows are full with problems they here whine about. As the show continues through it’s 10 episode run, it gets better and better and becomes must see show.

REVIEW: THE LOVELY BONES

CAST

Mark Wahlberg (Ted 1 & 2)
Rachel Weisz (The Mummy)
Susan Sarandon (Tammy)
Stanley Tucci (The Terminal)
Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos)
Saorise Ronan (The Host)
Rose Mciver (Izombie)
Nikki SooHoo (Bring It On 5)
Jake Abel (I Am Number Four)
AJ Michalka (Super 8)
Bruce Phillips (Power Rangers RPM)
Robyn Malcolm (The Outpost)

Saoirse Ronan and Nikki SooHoo in The Lovely Bones (2009)

The Lovely Bones is Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the book written by Alice Sebold. I have never read the novel so I had no previous knowledge of what the plot was, other than the general overview of what my friends had told me.

The film focuses on the traumatic disappearance of a teenage girl, Suzy Salmon, during the 1970’s. She is a typical young, happy-go-lucky girl, who wouldn’t hurt a fly. Right from the start you are caught up in a series of events that change her family’s life forever. Personally, I found this film very disturbing. It causes audience members to think about who lives next door to them and the potential for them to be an extremely dangerous person. The era in which the film is set also plays an important part, as it is safe to say that we no longer live in a world where it is ok to leave your door unlocked. The film provides quite an in depth representation of the persona of a paedophile; acting all sweet and caring in front of parents when really he is a horrible, murderous man who wishes to trap their daughter. Although this section was very unnerving, I found that it helped the story evolve as you got to see just how sick and twisted he is. Also, I like how the film takes on a variety of perspectives: the family’s struggle to accept the loss of their daughter; the murderer’s fear of being discovered; the police’s anger at the lack of evidence; and of course Suzy’s torment at being taken away from her family.

Peter Jackson’s interpretation of `limbo’ is a perfect use of CGI and is easy to understand by everyone, whether they are religious or not. The idea that you were seeing the majority of events through the daughter’s eyes makes the whole experience more personal, allowing you to really identify with Suzy and how hard she is finding it to detach herself from her family. You go on a journey with her as she tries to come to terms with what has happened. Overall, I really enjoyed this film. I think the storyline is really interesting and very cleverly put together.