REVIEW: THE PROPHECY 4: UPRISING

CAST

John Light (Partition)
Sean Pertwee (Gotham)
Kari Wuhrer (Eight Legged Freaks)
Doug Bradley (Hellraiser)
Jason London (Carrie 2)
Claudia Templeton (Pulse 2)

3ea68-prophecy49In Romania, theology student Allison has come into possession of The Lexicon, a mysterious book of prophecies that writes itself. This book contains a 23rd chapter of the book of Revelation, which is still not complete. The last chapter depicts the end of the war of angels and the name of the Antichrist. One of the angels who fell with Satan, Belial (now a demon), wants this book. Simon, a good angel, opposes him and guides Allison by taking advantage of her mental illness to speak directly to her. While searching for Allison and the book, and to avoid detection, Belial murders people and takes their form.the prophecy uprising john light and kari whurerSatan, pretending to be Interpol agent John Riegert, seeks the help of Dani Simionescu, a cop who, as a child, provided information to the Romanian secret police about his parents. His parents and baby sister were brought to one of the secret police headquarters and tortured. His baby sister gets hurt and is given up for adoption. Satan, as Riegert, reveals that she is Allison. During the investigation, Riegert uses Dani to help track Belial and locate his sister. After the police arrest Belial’s current host, Belial possesses one of Dani’s coworkers, Laurel. After revealing himself, Satan brings Dani to the house that was the site of the inhumane tortures. Allison, with guidance of the voices in her head, reaches the same place, followed by Belial, as Laurel. It is the only place where Belial cannot hurt Allison. It is a place of evil, which makes it Satan’s domain, and he offers Allison his protection. Satan explains that, for his own motives, he is willing to assist humanity, as he does not wish Belial to succeed, though he is unable or unwilling to take direct action.The-Prophecy-4-PertweeDani confesses his sins and seeks forgiveness but is rebuked by his sister. It is here that real motives are revealed. Belial, who was once loyal to Satan, has grown tired of the war between angels and its blurring of morality. Even Satan has taken more of shade of gray, and Belial wants to return to the black and white morality of earlier times. Satan opposes him because he wants to prolong the fighting and prevent a new Hell from emerging. Dani, realizing that Belial needs a host, shoots Laurel, but, before he can kill himself, he is possessed. Allison kills her brother, and Satan absorbs Belial’s soul. After Allison forgives her brother, she leaves the house. At dawn, Satan tells Allison that, for the present, the war of angels is over, but it will not be for long. Showing her glimpses of her future, he advises her to keep the book safe.ProphecyUprising_pic2This was a fairly nice addition to the series. The gore here isn’t that bad. The majority are the traditional hearts ripped out, leaving the empty chest behind, From the escape at the police station to the ending, we get a non-stop series of great moments that really have a nice flow to them as the fight continues on and makes for some decent action sequences.

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REVIEW: ST. GEORGES DAY

 

CAST

Charles Dance (Game of Thrones)
Craig Fairbrass (Cliffhanger)
Vincent Regan (300)
Frank Harper (This Is England)
Luke Treadaway (Unbroken)
Neil Maskell (Kill List)
Nick Moran (After Death)
Dexter Fletcher (Kick-Ass)
Sean Pertwee (Gotham )
Jamie Forman (Layer Cake)
Angela Gots (Ice)
Keeley Hazell (Horrible Bosses 2)
Ashley Walters (Bullet Boy)

Infamous cousins Micky Mannock (Frank Harper) and Ray Collishaw (Craig Fairbrass) run London’s top firm. But their supremacy in the capital’s gangster underworld is threatened when they lose a drug shipment belonging to the Russian Mafia. The stakes could not be higher as they plan an audacious heist in Berlin. If successful, this could pay off their debts and set them up for life. Hiding out among an English super-firm gearing up for a massive showdown as the 3 Lions play Germany on St. George’s Day, their gang have just one shot at the job. But with the cops and Russians on their trail, the last thing they need is a grass in the ranks.I thought this was an all good Brit Gangster flick, Frank Harper did a great job of his first time directorial debut, and some of the camera shots were great. I think Frank Harper could defo direct some more good things, and look forward to them!. A decent British Gangster thriller for a Saturday night.

REVIEW: WHEN EVIL CALLS

 

CAST

Jennifer Lim (Hostel)
Sean Pertwee (Gotham)
Dominique Pinon  (Ameile)
Chris Barrie (Red Dwarf)

4462696981_ab00332b29An evil djinn in clownface offers a geeky, mistreated teenager a chance to be popular, and in accepting his offer, serves as a catalyst for a series of gruesome events plaguing her school as her fellow students suffer the wrath of making their unfortunate wish, via phone text. That’s how the djinn captivates his intended victims, send them a text offering a wish, the kids returning what they yearn for, and paying the consequences. Two detectives(including Dominique Pinon of “City of Lost Children” fame as a slovenly, disheveled alcoholic whose methods of interrogation aren’t exactly orthodox)must uncover the reason behind the unusual body count building at the school under more than suspicious circumstances.whenevilcalls-pic02Each episode features some teenager going through their own personal ordeal, wishing for something out of anger, off-the-cuff, a crisis of an emotional nature, or just because they want others to see them differently. The dark humorous nature of the movie takes no prisoners as the djinn preys on kids with hang-ups and other troubles, vulnerable and desperate.whenevil31_351Such selected targets include: An oriental girl considered a “freak”, the poor kid with acne, the fat boy whose eating habits are a bit off-putting, the nerd who so desperately desires to kiss the resident babe, the teen who wants X-ray vision to watch the female basketball team practicing naked, the struggling student fearing to fail his test who yearns to “see into the smart one’s brain” getting just that, the facially scarred girl who wants to be beautiful, an anorexic who wishes to lose a “little weight”, the closet lesbian who wants to look “good enough to eat” for a girl she carries a torch for, the guy who pines for his current girlfriend to have big breasts getting more than he bargained for, another wishing for the return of his step father who passed away the previous year, a girl wishing she was “hot”, a scorned teen who, after catching her boyfriend getting an oral going-over by the school’s most desirable chick, wishing to never see him again, a girl wishing that people could see how beautiful she was “on the inside”, an obnoxious trouble-making lesbian(you’ll notice that she is always bullying and ridiculing many of the victims throughout)wishes to be with her lover until they die, etc.MV5BMTc2MjYwNjU2OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDY5NDAyMw@@__V1__SX640_SY428_With plenty of gore, and applied computer graphics for the more difficult effects(..such as the burning of a face, eyeballs showing up in places they don’t belong, an arm gushing blood after the hand was taken off in a garbage disposal and so on). I will say that some of the practical effects are impressive enough to leave you rather taken aback(or laughing depending on you sense of humor). Most of the individual stories last mere minutes before the characters are dispatched in sickening ways. Such potent violence includes a victim falling eyes-first on scissors, a victim crushed into a wall by a van, cannibalism, a suicide involving pencils up a victim’s nostrils, a car leaving a victim’s stomach open and her intestines exposed, etc. The whole “mobile phone horror series” idea shows in the movie sense the length of the scenarios, and victims’ various outcomes based on those wishes which sealed their fates, aren’t very long. I liked this more than others it seems because I thought the dark heart of the filmmakers was in the right place, and there’s a sick sense of humor involved that I found rather entertaining. Definitely low budget with some effects less than satisfactory.

REVIEW: GOTHAM – SEASON 2

CAST

Ben McKenzie (Batman: Year One)
Donal Logue (Ghost Rider)
David Mazouz (Mike & Molly)
Morena Baccarin (Firefly)
Zabryna Guevara (All Good Things)
Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers)
Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth)
Erin Richards (The Quiet Ones)
Camren Bicondova (Girl House)
Corey Michael Smith (Carol)
James Frain (The Cape)
Jessica Lucas (Cult)
Chris Chalk (12 Years a Slave)
Nicholas D’Agasto (Final Destination 5)
Michael Chikilis (Fantastic Four)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Richard Kind (Stargate)
Clare Foley (Win Win)
Carol Kane (The Princess Bride)
Todd Stashwick (The Originals)
Peter Scolari (The Polar Express)
Anthony Carrigan (The Flash)
Cameron Monaghan (The Giver)
Dustin Ybarra (Hop)
Drew Powell (Straw Dogs)
Maria Thayer (Hitch)
Natalie Alyn Lind (The Goldbergs)
Michelle Veintimilla (Limitless TV)
Ron Rifkin (Alias)
Michelle Gomez (Highlander: The Raven)
Tommy Flanagan (Sin City)
Lori Petty (Tank Girl)
BD Wong (Jurassic World)
Tonya Pinkins (Enchanted)
Nathan Darrow (House of Cards)
Michael Bowen (Lost)
Melinda Clarke (Spawn)
Paul Reubens (Batman Returns)
Ned Bellamy (Termiantor: TSCC)
Jada Pinkett Smith (Collateral)

The origin story continues on Gotham and the stakes are higher than ever, as Super Villains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a shift of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham City. In season two, Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and the ethically questionable veteran Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) remain at the forefront of the fight against crime in this dangerously corrupt city. While confronting Gotham’s most notorious criminals, however, Gordon’s moral compass begins to waver, but he is taken under the wing of Nathaniel Barnes (Michael Chiklis), a law-and-order zealot who is unafraid of making enemies. At the same time, Gordon continues his quest to gain the trust of the young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), who is on a clear path towards the man he is destined to become, after discovering his father’s deepest secrets, with the help of his trusted butler and mentor, Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee), and newfound ally at Wayne Enterprises, Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk).

In the epic turf war that occurred at the conclusion of season one, Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) battled his way into power over Gotham’s underworld. Heading into season two, Gotham will continue to follow the evolving stories of the city’s most malevolent villains: Edward Nygma/The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), whose transformation from Gotham PD’s forensic expert to psychologically unhinged villain continues; Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), whose hard-knock existence propels her into a life of crime; and the increasingly unstable Barbara Kean (Erin Richards), who is out for Gordon and his girlfriend, Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin). Also hoping to leave his mark on the city is Theo Galavan (James Frain), the billionaire industrialist, who appears to be the savior for whom Gotham has been waiting. Theo, along with his sister and lead enforcer, Tabitha Galavan aka Tigress (Jessica Lucas), keep their centuries-old vendetta hidden, as they manipulate their way to power.

Here in Season Two, there is far less dependence on self-contained episodes and more emphasis on the development of long running and serialised story arcs. In my opinion, this is better than Season One.
This remains a highly entertaining show.

REVIEW: THE 51st STATE

CAST
Samuel L. Jackson (Black Snake Moan)
Robert Carlyle (Stargate Universe)
Emily Mortimer (Lars and The Real Girl)
Meat Loaf (Fight Club)
Sean Pertwee (Gotham)
Ricky Tomlinson (Mike Bassett: England Manager)
Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man)
In 1971, a policeman catches Elmo McElroy, a recent college graduate with a degree in pharmacology, smoking marijuana. Because of his arrest and conviction, he is unable to find work as a pharmacologist. In the present day, a drug lord called “the Lizard” calls a meeting of his organisation, hoping to sell a brand new substance invented by Elmo. The meeting goes badly when Elmo, in a bid to escape from the Lizard’s control, blows up the building, killing everyone but the Lizard. Vengeful, the Lizard contacts Dakota, a contract killer, who previously killed the only witness in a case against the Lizard. Dakota initially refuses the hit, but accepts when the Lizard offers to clear her gambling debts and give her a $250,000 bonus. Elmo leaves for Liverpool, England, where he meets Felix DeSouza, a local “fixer” who has been sent by Leopold Durant, head of a local criminal organisation, in exchange for two football tickets to a sold-out game. At the meeting, Elmo pitches POS 51, a synthetic drug that can be produced with minimal facilities and is 51 times as potent as other drugs. A second opinion from Pudsey, Durant’s chemist, confirms Elmo’s claims, and Durant gives him over a million dollars in bonds. Since it is $18 million short of the agreed payment, Elmo threatens to leave.
In a room across the street, Dakota is about to take a shot at Elmo’s head when the Lizard calls cancelling the hit; not wanting to kill Elmo until he has the formula. Instead of killing Elmo, she is to kill anyone who meets with him. She switches rifles to an automatic weapon and kills everyone but Elmo and Felix, who is shot in the buttocks. As Elmo and Felix leave the hotel, a gang of skinheads who seek the drug attack them. Elmo protects them with a golf club. Detective Virgil Kane arrives on the scene and gives a chase. He is soon lured into a game of chicken by Elmo, who escapes. Kane returns to the crime scene and demands 50% of Durant’s deal with McElroy. A miscommunication leads to Durant’s death.
 Felix contacts a gun dealing club owner and drug distributor named Iki, promising him the formula for £20 million. As Elmo and Felix acquire the ingredients necessary for the drug’s manufacture, all of which are over-the-counter products, the now-armed skinheads capture them. Elmo is unflustered, as the skinheads claim they have a lab, though it turns out to be a broken-into animal testing facility. Elmo makes two batches of the drug; one blue and one red. He claims that the red pill is the stronger version, and after he takes one, the skinheads try it. While they are partying, waiting for the effect of the drug, in the next room Elmo spits out his red pill. He tells Felix it is a powerful laxative; Elmo and Felix leave after throwing rolls of toilet paper to the incapacitated skinheads.
At Iki’s rave club, Elmo initiates his deal and delivers the drug to the waiting crowd. Kane and the police interrupt the deal and arrest Felix. When Dakota appears, she reveals that her real name is Dawn and that she and Felix were romantically involved. She captures Elmo and leaves with him via the roof. Elmo gets the upper hand, suspending her over the edge of the roof. Having no choice, she strikes a deal with him and they escape from Kane. Meanwhile, Kane blackmails Felix during a police interrogation and forces himself into the deal with Iki, which Felix sets up for him.
 Felix, Elmo and Dawn meet Iki in a private viewing box at the football game at Anfield. This time, the deal is interrupted by the Lizard, who shoots Iki and demands the formula to POS 51. The Lizard celebrates with a drink, as Elmo reveals that the drug is a placebo and POS stands for Power of Suggestion. Kane interrupts them as Elmo’s cocktail, an explosive ingested by the Lizard, takes effect. Kane is knocked unconscious and arrested, and the others escape. Dawn and Felix give their relationship another chance, and Elmo purchases a castle once owned by the man who owned his ancestors.
 I’m not surprised this film did a whole lot better this side of the Atlantic than it did back in the USA. With the majority of the action based in England, Jackson and Meat Load being the only Americans and a whole plethora of wonderful British character actors that are a complete joy it’s small wonder it was lapped up by British audiences

REVIEW: DOOMSDAY

CAST

Rhona Mitra (Hollow Man)
Bob Hoskins (Hollywoodland)
Malcolm McDowell (Star Trek: Generations)
Alexander Siddig (Game of Thrones)
Nathalie Boltt (Step Dave)
Sean Pertwee (Gotham)

The Reaper virus first reared its infectious little head in Scotland in 2008, and…well, it’s called the Reaper virus, so it kinda goes without saying that it’s more than just a nasty case of the sniffles. The tattered remnants of the British government walled itself off from the Scots, leaving untold millions to wither and die outside its heavily fortified walls.

Twenty five years have passed since the outbreak, and the rest of the empire is assumed to be long dead. Turns out that the government is sitting on the revelation that there are a few straggling survivors skulking around the Scottish countryside, and presumably the reason they’re alive and kicking is because Dr. Kane (Malcolm McDowell) stumbled upon some sort of cure. When the virus resurfaces in the densely packed ghettos of London, the feds send stone-faced asskicker Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) to head up a team to retrieve whatever cure is out there. The clock is ticking, but the uninfected schlubs caught on those satellite photos looked harmless enough, so…how hard could it be? Wouldn’t be much of a movie if the answer weren’t “a lot”. Beyond the massive wall is a ravenous army of marauding cannibals, and even they’re just one faction of a brutal civil war.

The only character Doomsday really gives a shit about is Rhona Mitra’s. Once she steps onto the frame, the camera hardly ever cuts away from her for more than a couple of minutes, and even then it’s just to hack off someone’s hand or take the ass-end of an axe to the face. There really aren’t any subplots, weepy flashbacks, or…once you wade past the prologue…rambling fist-sized chunks of exposition. Nope, there’s nothing to distract Doomsday from shooting, skewering, decapitating, or blowing the fuck up out of everyone and everything on-screen, and sometimes all four at once, repeatedly.


Doomsday is a brutal, bloody, and cacklingly over-the-top homage to early ’80s action flicks. it’s some of the most fun I’ve had.

REVIEW: DOG SOLDIERS

CAST

Sean Pertwee (Gotham)
Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting)
Emma Cleasby (Doomsday)
Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones)
Thomas Lockyear (Cuthroat Island)

A British military unit on a training exercise in the Scottish highlands finds itself in the ransacked camp of the special forces troops they were sent to engage. Nothing’s in one piece and most everything that does remain is covered in blood. Then up from the rubble pops a frantic officer, his chest slashed in a claw-like pattern, and in his terror he repeats again and again, “There was only supposed to be one!” Fighting darkness, the team evacuates the injured Capt. Ryan (Liam Cunningham) and sets out in search of shelter only to be attacked themselves.

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But the enemy just happens to be a pack of werewolves, that’s a fact none of these troopers are quick to embrace. Instead they focus on finding a defensible structure, namely a small isolated cottage. It’s a goldang grim situation, but the flick’s also wryly witty. Take the plight of Sgt. Wells (Sean Pertwee) who’s literally gutted by a 7-foot werewolf, yet he still manages to ape Abbott & Costello with Cooper (Kevin McKidd). “Put ’em back in again!,” Cooper shouts while trying to stuff Wells’ innards from whence they came. “They won’t fit!,” Wells screeches. Later he plays tug-of-war with a dog who takes a liking to his bloody bandages. Or when Cooper and his new lady friend Megan (Emma Cleasby) get him good and liquored up and prepare to Super Glue his gut shut, he looks down at the gruesome mess and beams, “Sausages!” CineSchlockers won’t know whether to projectile vomit or laugh.

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There’s just enough of that sort of thing, along with fierce machine gun attacks and werewolves attempting to huff, puff and blow the cottage down as to keep audiences panting. Occasionally, there’s even breaks to catch a breath or two. It’s in such moments when the aforementioned Capt. Ryan regains his composure and takes to being a deliciously evil badass who seems to relish the cruel reality that they’re pretty much doomed. But the night’s not over yet.

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Personally, what pushes this flick from great to danged brilliant, is the slyly hilarious final credit sequence.