Sunday, July 12, 2015

Terminator:Genisys (2015)

The fifth movie in the long running film franchise that began in 1984, Directed by Alan Taylor, marks the return of The Terminator himself Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This film when first announced made me very happy as I’m a fan of the franchise save for Terminator 3:Rise of the machines and yes I do like Salvation. the return of Arnold was good thing but at the same time not a good thing since he’s old now.

The first trailer for this film hyped me up for the film even more since we would see somewhat of a return too 1984 but a few thing switched around, Think Back to the Future 2 when the go from 2015 back to 1985 which has changed because of certain events.

I had no problem with this, but the second trailer for me ruined what I thought was going to be a really good Terminator movie by making a main character through out the franchise be something that we have come to know not to be, this is where I lose all hope for the film.

But after its release and listening too some mixed word of mouth I decided to check Terminator: Genisys out after all.

The film begins in 2029 with John Connor(Jason Clarke) leading the fight against Skynet like he always is in all of the previous films, his right hand Kyle Reese(Jai Courtney) is his most trusted soldier for obvious reasons, John seems to always be one step ahead since he seems to be somewhat of a prophet too his people as they make their last charge on a Skynet stronghold where the time machine that Conner says “Skynet uses too rig the game” is located.

Right before their able to get inside a T-800 is sent back too 1984 too kill Sarah Conner to which would stop John Connor from being born and ending the world’s hope for survival against the evil skynet.

John decides that he must send someone back to protect his mother to ensure his birth and the fate of the human race, everyone volunteers for this mission, but John chooses Reese too go back to 1984.
Back in 84' the arrival of both T-800 and Reese play out virtually the same as the first film except with a few changes, as the T-800 is about to kill the 3 punks, another T-800 emerges from the shadows and with the help of Sarah kills it.

When Reese arrives he’s chased by the cops into the same store gets his long coat and Nike shoes, but some how a T-1000 (Byung-hun Lee) is there and tries too kill Reese, but before he is able too an armored truck crashes threw the building, driven by Sarah Connor(Emilia Clark) and she delivers the line “Come with me if you want too live” which Reese quickly does.

The 1984 from the original film no longer exist because the older T-800 or “Pops” as Sarah calls him was sent back too 1973 to protect Sarah since she so now Sarah knows more then what Reese does and has already become the mother of the resistance similar to how she was in T2 

Emilia Clarke does a fine job here as Sarah Connor who was play great by Linda Hamilton in the first two movies, and Clarke in some ways replicates Hamilton’s Sarah, the relationship between here and Pops is nice and even touching in some scenes and is played for a few laughs.

Jai Courtney’s Reese isn’t Michael Biehn here but he is good with his spin on Reese and for the first time in the franchise we get a look at his backstory and learn why he was so eagered to be the one to go back to save Sarah and his relationship with John is expanded on as well.

Jason Clarke is the ideal John Connor but he gives a good performance here but it made since why he was cast when the movie hits the midway point, i do believe another actor would’ve made Connor a little more interesting then Clarke though.

J.K. Simmons basically steals the film with his character since for the first time this character through out the franchise exist and it makes perfect sense for there to be a character like him when Time Travel is being dealt with, would’ve like to seen more of him but what we do see works, and works perfectly.

Arnold for me is the best actor of the cast here(yes I know) but he is, he seems to have built this T-800 off of the performance that he gives in T2 and instead of the relationship with John this time it’s with Sarah and the little subtle things that he does through out in regards to him being Pops is very well done on his part, I did like how they explained his more aged look and the running joke about him being old but not obsolete was good also.

The special effects here are good,including the CGI which in recent years has become the main draw over actual good story, but here it doesn’t take away from the movie like it does in other films.

There are a few things in this movie that are throw away and never fully explained because it seemed they just know a sequel will be made too this film and with those looming questions mainly who seen Pops back too 1973 and who sent the T-1000 back to 1984 surely need to be explained

All in All Terminator Genisys isn’t as terrible as some have made it out too be if you can keep up with what this film is doing with this being an alternate time line then you should be able to enjoy it, if you are some one who is still on the fence of weather or not see it, i recommend going to see it and judging for yourself.


Arnold Schwarzenegger-Guadian
Jason Clarke-John Connor
Emilia Clarke- Sarah Connor
Jai Courtney- Kyle Reese
J.K. Simmons-O'Brien
Dayo Okeniyi-Danny Dyson
Matthew Smith- Alex
Courtney B. Vance- Miles Dyson
Byung-hun Lee-T-1000

Monday, June 22, 2015

Get On Up(2014)

This 2014 biopic directed by Tate Taylor(The Help) and produced by Brian Glazer and Mick Jagger, chronicles the life of Soul Brother #1, The Godfather of Soul, The hardest working man in show business, Mr. James Brown.

As a huge James Brown fan I was at first very worried about a feature length film about Brown being done, not from the musical standpoint because I knew they would get the licenses to use his real music in the film and which ever actor portrayed him could lip sync, Angela Bassett in What’s Love Got To Do With it is a good example.

My biggest problem would be which every actor that was cast would have too dance like James Brown, which would be a problem because of any entertainer James Brown is the only one that I can think of that his dance is simply called “The James Brown” and everyone can’t just do the James Brown dance.

Chadwick Boseman was cast as James Brown and once again I was very worried because not to long before he played another famous person Jackie Robinson in 42, I didn’t care to watch 42 not because didn’t think it would be a bad movie or anything, just that with everything that I’ve learned about Jackie Robinson over the years I knew I wouldn’t really learn anything new seeing that movie so I past.

I finally watched Get On Up and I was very let down with what I saw, firstly there is a a very good cast of talent, Viola Davis, Lennie James, Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, Nelsan Ellis, Craig Robinson, Jill Scott, Aunjanue Ellis with the except of Nelsan Ellis everyone else were wasted here with most of their roles being glorified cameo appearances really. 

Like I said earlier being a huge fan of James Brown I’ve watched documentaries that feature him Soul Power, Mr. Dynamite being two worth checking out,and have listened to countless songs of his, I was expecting to learn some stuff that I might not have known like what went on with his childhood and his mother(Viola Davis) leaving him and then coming back in his life once he became a huge star, all of that was glossed over moreso then anything.

Craig Robinson who plays Maceo Parker, might have been the second most featured member of the band of Bobby Byrd(Nelsan Ellis) but alot of the relationship that he and his brother had with James Brown were left out of the story or glossed over as well, also I was very disappointed that during none of the musical performances in the film, there is never any “Maceo, give me a little bit of that horn” which after probably calling out Bobby on songs Maceo name and solo were featured on alot of Brown songs.

One problem with the film is that instead of having a structured narrative It jumps around through the years to the point you as the viewer gets confused at exactly when things are taking place.

I will say that Chadwick Boseman is very impressive as James Brown as he nailed James speech perfectly which meant when he was just talking you couldn’t understand anything he was saying really, if you’ve seen interviews with James Brown then you know that’s how he talked when he wasn’t singing.

All in All if you’re someone who doesn’t really know anything about James Brown then this will be an ok film to watch, but if you are a fan and have seen other documentaries about him then this film isn’t for you outside of the musical scenes. which them in itself takes up more then enough of the runtime.


Chadwick Boseman-James Brown
Nelsan Ellis-Bobby Byrd
Dan Aykroyd-Ben Bart
Viola Davis-Susie Brown
Lennie James-Joe Brown
Craig Robinson-Maceo Parker
Jill Scott-DeeDee Brown
Octavia Spencer-Aunt Honey
Aunjanue Ellis-Vicki Anderson

Friday, June 12, 2015


The Twisted Twins once again teams up with WWE Studios and Lionsgate for their newest film which is a little bit of a change a pace for The Soska Sisters instead of horror what they are best known for they decide to take on a hard boiled action revenge tale here.

Vendetta stars Dean Cain(yes that Dean Cain) as Det. Mason Danvers who after bringing down two vicious criminals Victor(Paul “Big Show” Wight) and Griffin(Aleks Paunovic) the Abbott brothers.
Three months pass when Danvers is told that The Abbotts have been released, Danvers gives his wife Jocelyn(Kyra Zagorsky) a call but is shocked to hear Victor answer, as Danvers races home, he calls his partner Gainer(Ben Hollingsworth) both men, get to Danvers home but are too late as Victor has viciously beaten Jocelyn to death.

After sometime has gone by Danvers isn’t the man he once was, he decides to track down Griffin Abbott and kills him so that he can be arrested and sent to the same prison as Victor, who has basically been running things in the prison since he’s arrived.

Vendetta is somewhat of a throwback to the old 80s style revenge flicks where they get straight to the point of what’s going on.

Dean Cain gives one of his best performances here as shows that he can really go to some dark places that fans of him especially recently with the many Hallmark films he’s done aren’t expecting him to go, It would be nice to see him do more of these kind of films going forward.

WWE Star Paul “Big Show” Wight is really good as the bad guy, something that he’s a natural at doing with his 20 years in wrestling, just like another WWE Star Kane who the Soska’s worked with on See No Evil 2 even though both men in recent years aren’t as menacing as they once were in the WWE but with the Soskas they are allowed to be those monster heels that fans love to hate.

Maybe If there is a See No Evil 3 we could get a Big Show vs Jacob Goodnight show down, that would be a interesting thing. That’s just a wishful thought of mine though…

Michael Eklund steals the film as Warden Snyder the way he plays the role reminds me somewhat of Alan Rickman in Die Hard where he’s always cool and calm but there is more going on behind the nice suit.

It was nice seeing The Soska Sisters expand their talents beyond the realm of horror here with this hardnose, straight forward action flick, even though there isn’t alot with the story, their directing is rare and in you’re face when it comes to a few of the action scenes, my only complained would have to be that when Danvers wife is killed It would have been a little bit more impactful if more of it was shown, but it’s still effective enough.

 Also there is no Soska's Cameo here which is a bit of a disappointment but then again there was nowhere really for them to show up since majority of the film takes place in prison.

There seemed to be a few homages to earlier flicks that are similar in tone here I’m not sure if this was on purpose or just happy accidents, but there seemed to be a bit of The Punisher, Death Warrant, Locked Up and the big prison riot reminded me of the prison riot from Natural Born Killers

All in All if you like action, a badass Dean Cain, Big Show doing what he does best, and are a fan of The Soskas I recommend checking out Vendetta since it is out now in Select Theaters and on VOD.


Dean Cain-Mason Danvers
Paul "Big Show" Wight-Victor Abbott
Michael Eklund-Warden Snyder
Ben Hollingsworth-Joel Gainer
Adrian Holmes-Drexel
Matthew MacCaull-Ben
Kyra Zagorsky-Jocelyn
Aleks Paunovic-Griffin Abbott

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Hot Girls Wanted(2015)

This 2015 documentary chronicles the behind the scenes lives of a few young women who have found their way into the world of amateur porn.

I recently found out about this new documentary and decided to check it out, since I’ve watched a few others and have seen interviews with famous Pornstars who have all discussed some of the different topics that are some what explored here, the difference between this film and the others is that this documentary is strictly about the amateur porn business that in alot of ways have hurt the bigger companies of the industry.

The documentary begins almost like a reality show where we are introduced to a few of the girls that we will see through out the film but the one who gets the biggest amount of screen time is Tressa better known as Stella May.

Tressa is a 19 year old from Texas who moved to Miami thanks to talent agent Riley who finds girls all over the country through craigslist and talks them into moving to Miami to his home where they live as they book different jobs, some are good and some are bad, just like any other job basically, the only difference here is that there is a lot of sex involved.

As the film goes on we see some of the girls as they go to different shoots and one that stands out is where one of the girls does a scene where an older friend of the family comes over and has sex with the virgin(if you’ve watched enough porn you’ve seen scenes like this) but what makes this one stand out is how uncomfortable both the girl and guy are as the director(who face is never shown) gives them direction.

As someone who has watched a fair amount of porn and follows some porn stars on Twitter and even interact with some of them from time to time, I found Hot Girls Wanted very lacking in a true in depth behind the scenes content of these girls lives, there are some interesting things here. Riley being one of them as the Talent Agent/Male Pornstar seems to have a story of his own that could’ve been told but the focus wasn’t on him.

I think the filmmakers missed the mark and not really giving more insight, but instead went with the generic storytelling of being a pornstar, also focusing on the 18 and 19 year olds clearly showed what they were trying to get across with this film, yes young girls get drawn into the adult industry all the time, thanks in large to where the world has gone when reality TV and the Kardashians, and certain entertainers have all used sex as the foundation for their success, is that the adult industry or mainstream influence? 

I’m not sure, but there is a part of the film that seems too gloss over this for some reason, were the filmmakers afraid that they might truly expose something if they went down that road, its possible but why make a documentary like this if you’re not going to really go there.

Back to the young girls who get the focus, none of them really come across as down to earth, a few even come across as being guided to get anyone viewing to feel sympathy for them, we only see Tressa interaction with her family back in Texas and her boyfriend who doesn’t approve of her doing porn, which all of this seems a bit forced, and when she tells her dad what she really does, his reaction isn’t shown.

Like I mentioned before I’ve seen other documentaries and interviews that go further and more depth with the subject matter, there are some female pornstars who run their own companies like Joanna Angel with Burning Angel. Nina Hartley who has been involved with porn since the mid 80s has become a big positive voice for women in the industry and continues to this day. Belladonna and Sasha Grey have made the transition into mainstream films recently. Belle Knox made headline news for being a Duke freshman who does porn and is shown through out this documentary, some of the girls comment about her interviews and it almost comes across of if they were jealous of her.

This documentary seemed to have been made for anyone who does know about any of the success stories of the aforementioned women and countless others who even though are pornstars are not completely trapped in this male exploiting world of sex( that seemed to be the message here).

Hot Girls Wanted comes across as very one sided bias documentary to make male viewers of porn feel guilty for watching it by focusing on the more taboo(torture, young teens)sub genres of the industry, also there isn’t any real style or substance here which makes it a boring watch after about 10 minutes of viewing.

So if you like documentaries about the adult industry I recommend you stir clear of this one because it doesn’t really do anything for you really.


Rachel Bernard
Brooklyn Daniels
Belle Knox
Kendall Plemons
Riley Reynolds
Tressa Silguero
Lucy Tyler
Tony D.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Kung Fury (2015)

This 2015 action, comedy short from writer, director and actor David Sandberg has become fastly become a internet hit as well a hit on the El Rey Network.

Kung Fury is set in 1985 and it looks every bit of that era, where we are introduced Kung Fury(Sandberg) who is a martial artist cop who is hell bent on finding the man responsible for killing his partner Dragon(Steven Chew), shortly after he is struck by lighting and bitten by a cobra and becomes “the chosen one”Kung Fury discovers that the man responsible is the most dangerous criminal in history Adolph Hitler(Jorma Taccone) aka Kung Fuhrer Hitler.

At the police station Kung Fury tries to talk his Chief(Per-Henrik Arvidius) who tries to force Kung Fury to team up with half man, half triceratops Triceracop(Erik Hornqvist) instead Kung Fury decides to quit the force.

As Kung Fury is about to leave the station, the Chief gets a call from Hitler who has come to current day and shoots the Chief and many other cops through the phone, Kung Fury enlist the help of the smartest hacker alive Hackerman(Leopold Nilsson) help him go back in time and take out Hitler once and for all.

Kung Fury is one of these rare gems that’s come along in recent memory that spoofs and pays homages to a previous era, similar to what Black dynamite did for Blaxploitation films, Kung Fury does for 80s action film here.

With an insanely over the top plot and action scenes, the latter of which takes up the majority of 30 minute run time, which makes it feels like you are watching a late 80s.early 90s action video game.
The characters are very over the top but all work for this type of film, Sandberg does a very good job of creating something at first glance could just be a huge letdown in many others hands and even with a modest budget he creates a world that is very interesting, I was even surprised at how good alot of the special effects looks.

Granted most who watch this film will not get why many are giving it praise but if you are a fan of over the top acting, action, and a time travelling Kung Fu Cop then Kung Fury is the film for you…also David Hasselhoff makes a nice little cameo which pays tribute to the fact that he was once a huge star in America and is still a big name in Germany.

If you have 30 minutes to kill I say sit back  and check out the awesomeness known as Kung Fury.


David Sandberg-Kung Fury
Jorma Taccone-Adolf Hitler
Steven Chew-Dragon
Leopold Nilsson-Hackerman
Andres Cahling-Thor
Erik Hornqvist-Triceracop
Eleni Young-Barbarianna
Helene Ahlson=Katana
David Hasselhoff-Hoff 9000

Sunday, May 31, 2015

San Andreas(2015)

San Andreas is a 2015 disaster flick, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario and Paul Giamatti.

The film kicks off with Rescue chopper pilot Ray Gaines and his team being interviewed about what they do as a rescue team and then get to show what they do on a daily bases as they have to rescue a young woman who’s car has flipped off a cliff, right from the get go Ray is established as our hero of the film.

We meet Ray’s family his daughter Blake(Daddario) who is getting ready to leave for college, his ex wife Emma(Gugino) and her new boyfriend Daniel(Ioan Gruffudd) while Ray is set on spending quality time with Blake in San Francisco, he gets called into work. Daniel steps in and decides he’ll fly Blake to San Fran himself since he has business there.

Meanwhile two seismologist Dr. Lawrence Haynes(Giamatti) and Dr. Kim Park(Will Yun Lee) are at the Hoover Dam doing research about being able to predict earthquakes when a fault ruptures and in a exciting sequence the Hoover Dam is destroyed. Park being killed in the process.

Haynes back at his office at Cal Tech discovers what happened in Nevada was just the beginning and the worst of it will occur in the San Andreas area of California.

Emma is having lunch in a high rise restaurant with Daniel sister Susan (Kylie Minogue), when she gets a call from Ray, and an earthquake hits causing massive destruction, Susan is killed as the building is destroyed. Emma is saved by Ray who together heard for San Francisco to rescue Blake.
Going into San Andreas I was somewhat on the fence about it since I hadn't really seen a good disaster flick since probably Dante’s Peak, the few in recent years have been more CGI over kill flicks then the throwback to the 70s style of disaster flicks.

San Andreas delivers the goods when it comes to the destruction from the earthquake sequences, Tsunami scene, but also there are a few stand out acting performances as well Dwayne Johnson really does get better with each film and role he takes on and here as Ray he is established as the hero but also the little character moments he shows more range as an actor, two key scenes one where he finally talks about how he carries the loss of he and Emma’s other daughter and a emotional scene near the end of the film as well.

Carla Gugino has always been a quality actress and here she gets to get in on the action along side of Johnson as they race by Copter, Planes,Truck and Boat to rescue their daughter. she has probably the most emotional scene in the movie which I won’t spoil here but she really pulls that off.

Alexandra Daddario is good here, her character in any other film like this would just be a some another needs to be rescued but makes all the mistakes that causes things to happen, Daddario is actually given skills that helps her and two brothers Ben(Hugh Johnstone-Burt) and Ollie(Art Parkinson) survive different moments through out the film. If there was no Dwayne Johnson character her character could have been the main focus of the film as it’s heroine.

Paul Giamatti turns in a good performance as the link to the audience with all the exposition dialogue but he also looks like he’s carrying all of the weight of the disaster on his back too.

Ioan Gruffudd is somewhat wasted as the rich asshole boyfriend, he has a few moments that makes you can’t wait till he gets his which he does but it’s almost like a throwaway moment when it happens.

The movie does have some not so good moments the biggest one being for this being a disaster flick outside of a few none of the main cast are ever in any real danger or even killed off, but the acting, action sequences surely makes up what the film is lacking, This film is why Dwayne Johnson has a lack of screen time in Furious 7 and what you might miss of him there he delivers here but it’s the earthquakes that drop the Rock Bottom but he is the most electrifying dad in movie entertainment( WWE fans will get that reference)

All in all if you are a fan of disaster flicks (or even not so much of a fan of them)that hits all the right notes that need to be hit then San Andreas is the film to see.


Dwayne Johnson-Ray
Carla Gugino-Emma
Alexandra Daddario-Blake
Paul Giamatti-Lawerence
Ioan Gruffold-Daniel
Hugh Johnston-Burt-Ben
Art Parkinson-Ollie-
Archie Panjabi-Serena
Will Yun Lee-Kim

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dead Before Dawn (2012)


A bunch of college kids accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into zombie demons aka Zemons

What do you do when a group of college kids accidentally unleash an truly evil curse that makes people kill themselves and turn them into demon zombies or zemons for short.

Dead Before Dawn takes a very interesting approach to the zombie genre as it brings something fairly new and fresh with the whole demon zombie curse, at first seemed silly but as the film went on it made more sense and actually worked.

I thought it was funny how when the group brought the curse forward they made a mockery of these types of curses in films because the zemon killed you by giving you hickeys and one way to stop them was to french kiss them.

The cast are relatively unknowns with the exceptions of Christoper Lloyd, Mullen used him again in her action thriller 88, here Lloyd is very much playing a version of Doc Brown from Back to The Future and even makes a few references to that film which is fine but he doesn’t get alot of screen time, but looks good as a zemon.

Martha MacIsaac who is best known for her role in Superbad here is very good and likeable, It’s kind of hard not to like her she just has that girl next door likability It factor.

Devon Bostick as the lead I had a few issues with through out the film, seemed to take awhile to get behind his character even though he’s the one as a viewer should be supporting from the word go, but overall he does a good job especially near the end of the film.

The supporting actors all play their roles perfectly and get what the film is all about, most notables being Brandon Jay McLaren who brings the funny one more then a few points and steals the show a few times, April Mullen and Tim Doiron are very good as well, doesn’t hurt that Mullen also directs and Doiron wrote the screenplay.

The team of Mullen and Doiron work very good together and after seeing 88 and now Dead Before Dawn to very different films but both with both films they show that they are good at what they are doing and have fun with it, hopefully bigger things are to come with future projects.

All in all I was very entertained with Dead Before Dawn which reminded me of a few classic horror comedies like The Return of the Living Dead, Evil Dead and Shaun of The Dead to name a few, if you are someone who likes over the top horror comedies then this is a most watch for you.


Devon Bostick-Casper Galloway
Martha MacIsaac-Charlotte Baker
Christoper Lloyd-Horus Galloway
Brandon Jay McLaren- Dazzle Darlington
Brittany Allen- Lucy Winthrop
Kyle Schmid-Patrick Bishop
Tim Doiron- Seth Munday
April Mullen-Becky Fords
Kevin McDonald- Professor Duffy
Ellen Dubin- Beverly Galloway  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

88 (2014)

"There are two sides to every story"


A young woman comes to in a road side diner with no idea where she is or how she got there. Split between two timelines, she gets taken on a violent journey as she seeks out the person responsible for her lovers death.


 When a young woman (Katherine Isabelle) finds herself sitting in a diner with no memory of how she got there, things quickly get out of hand as she struggles to remember who she is and just what exactly is going on.

I hadn’t heard to much about 88 until I saw a few pictures online about it so I decided to check it out, along with Isabelle, Christopher Lloyd co stars in this high energy, high octane, action thriller.
88 does a interesting job of telling two stories about the same person from both point of views of the main character before and after her losing her memory.

Katherine Isabelle is probably one of the most versatile actresses today and her turn as Gwen here proves that there are good leading roles for women, Isabelle is vulnerable, sexy, and ruthless all at the same time through out the film.

Christopher Lloyd gives a a really good against type performance as Cyrus, the leader of a gang who is in love with Gwen and seems to be the root of all of her problems.

Tim Doiron adds some comic relief as Ty aka Gwen’s sidekick with his fast talking and seemingly eagerness to kill people makes for some good dark humor.

I thought Michael Ironside was underused as the Sheriff because its Michael Ironside, he does make the best with what he is given to do.

Director April Mullen does a fine job here with the style and look of the film which helps add to the appeal, Mullen was an unknown to me as a filmmaker but after this one she’s on my radar as an up and coming filmmaker. She always makes an appearance in the film as a interesting but memorable character.

I won’t say to much about the plot because the less that is know is the better because I can’t really say to much without giving a lot away, It is very Memento-ish as we go on this twisted journey to get answers with her certain state of mind.

My biggest problem with the film is that one very important part of the plot is never explained which would leave viewers wondering about this long after the movie is over since its basically the whole point of the story, but if you can get past that and just enjoy it for what the movie is then it shouldn’t take away from it to too much.

So if you enjoy fast pace, action thrillers, with a sexy leading lady then i recommend 88 to you, which is currently streaming on Netflix.



Katherine Isabelle- Gwen
Christopher Lloyd- Cyrus
Tim Doiron- Ty
Michael Ironside- Sheriff Knowles 
Kyle Schmid- Aster
Jesse McCartney-Winks
April Mullen-Lemmy

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

"It's been a long time"


65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so called moonlight begin again. is it a copycat or something even more sinister? a lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him


The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a remake(Sort of) to the original film of the same name which was made in 1976 which was based on the true story of the mask killer known only as the phantom that terrorized Texarkana back in 1946.

This film begins with a recap of the real life events that took place in 1946 and then references the 1976 film, then comes to current day where Jami (Addison Timlin) and her boyfriend Corey (Spencer Treat Clark) are at the drive in watching the original film which has become something of a yearly thing for the people of Texarkana who somewhat have embraced the tragic events from years ago.

Jami not being really into horror films wants to leave which Corey has no problem in doing, as they are leaving Reverend Cartwright(Edward Herrmann) is warning everyone about the movie they are watching, he’s something of the prophet of doom.

Jami and Corey ends up at lover’s lane the original phantom’s hunting grounds and while their after 66 years The Phantom appears and forces them out of the car, he tells Corey to get on the ground and for Jami to turn around and not look as he gets down on top of Corey and stabs him repeatedly.

Jami manages to escape and ends up in the hospital and when the rest of the town hears about what happened it causes the town to go into a frenzy and opens up once long forgotten feelings about The Phantom killer.

One thing I enjoyed about this movie was how the filmmakers made homages to the original film a few of the death scenes are play out exactly like a few of the ones in the original, most of note being the trombone scene.

The cast was a little interesting with a few known actors (Anthony Anderson, Gary Cole, Veronica Cartwright, Denis O’Hare,Ed Lauter and Edward Herrmann) showing up threw out, It would’ve been nice to have seen the police play a more important role in this film but they took a backseat this time too the main character.

Anthony Anderson character is based off of the Texas Ranger from the original film played by Ben Johnson and even dressed like him but isn’t given much to do, same with Gary Cole but he does have one of the more memorable scenes in the film.

Denis O’Hare does very well with the limited screen time he gets here as Charles B. Pierce, Jr. the son of the original filmmaker. It would’ve been good to see more of him here since he seemed to be the most committed to his role and what the film was all about.

The lead Addison Timlin as Jami does a decent job as the only survivor of The Phantom attacks and we’re given much of her own backstory but even with all of that there did seem to be something missing, maybe like I mentioned before if the police played more of a role in this film then it would’ve made her seem like a better character some how.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown does a good job of bridging the original with this new film and I was entertained through out, but if there is one big problem that I had with the film would be with the finale, I will not spoil it but the ending felt rushed and weak for the most part and some what slasher film cliched which this film wasn’t for two-thirds of it.

All in all if you are a fan of the original film or even if you are not The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a good watch and more violent then the original, the story is well pace and played out except for the ending but that shouldn’t ruin the overall viewing, it’s one of the better horror films from 2014 and seemed to fly under the radar for a lot of people.

So check it out since it’s streaming currently on netflix as is the original so you could have a double feature and make a night of it.


Addison Timlin-Jami
Veronica Cartwright- Lillian
Anthony Anderson-Lone Wolf Morales
Gary Cole- Chief Deputy Tillman
Travis Tope- Nick
Edward Herrmann-Reverend Cartwright
Ed Lauter- Sheriff Underwood
Denis O'Hare- Charles B. Pierce, Jr
Spencer Treat Clark- Corey
Morganna May- Kendra
Joshua Leonard- Deputy Foster