REVIEW: Dead Snow (Død Snø)

“Several friends take to the mountains and shack-up in the wilderness of back-of-beyond to enjoy a little R & R together, their peace is soon interrupted by a mysterious old man, warning them of a local curse that during the German occupation of the local area that these Nazi invaders were brutal and harsh in their methods of control. Telling of the legend of the villager’s revolt that drove them up into the cold, dark mountains where they perished, that is until rumour of their return in the form of zombies, evil Nazi zombies.”


First of just to say as you can tell I am a huge zombie movie fan from the type of movies I post about, if you are too and haven’t seen this film… go and buy it! A recommended MUST watch movie! The plot in this movie is surprisingly well thought out and written extremely well considering it’s such a stereo typical plot; teenagers going to a cabin on a mountain far far away from any civilisation, no phone signal, no way of communicating with anyone outside the cabin… and to top it off there are zombies waiting for them. Although now you’re probably thinking it’s going to be shit because the same things are going to happen just like all the other utter bollocks that comes out in the cinema or out on DVD to do with zombies, well you wrong. The plot actually has some depth, it’s not just a bunch of murderous zombies out and about to get a free meal, this time their killing and devouring anybody in their way to reclaim their lost ‘treasure’.  During World War II, a force of Einsatzgruppe, led by Standartenführer Herzog, occupied the area. For three years the Nazis abused and tortured the local people. Near the end of the war, with Germany’s defeat looming, the soldiers looted all the town’s valuables. However, the citizens prompted an ambush killing many. The survivors, including Herzog, were chased into the mountains, and it was assumed that they all froze to death… but they’re back to reclaim what they want.

Now when it comes to zombie movies lots of blood is a must, humour is a must (we have to laugh about these things… right?) I can tell you this movie has a lot of both. As you can imagine the group are picked of pretty much one by one till there is only one left (there goes the stereotypical zombie aspect again) but even the characters start to take the piss of their own movie, making reference to their decision to go so far away from anything that something is bound to go wrong. They refer to movies that start with a group of teenagers going on vacation and that are brutally murdered before they can even start to relax, this movie references movies such as “Evil Dead”, “Friday the 13th”, “April Fool’s Day”, “Brain-Dead” and almost plays homage to them in every way. As for blood well its defiantly not short of blood, there’s zombie tearing people apart, various weapons notably a chainsaw with a character self inflicting damage upon himself that spills a lot of blood, and something I like to call Intestinal Warfare there was a lot of guts on show and hanging everywhere, caught on trees and even used for rappelling off of cliffs, great stuff!

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The Zombie themselves they were exceptional, it took a while for you to get a glimpse of what they look like and how they will move but when you do its extremely exciting and it’s something you don’t want to miss. Not just biting and devouring their prey but bludgeoning them to death with various objects. Now when you notice that they are Nazi zombies I couldn’t help but laugh, even though they were supposed to be the antagonists they provided me with lots of laughs. There is an excellent shot near the climax of the film where the army of the dead rises and it’s like Word War 3… Zombie style. Fantastic!


One zombie that stands out is Standartenführer Herzog the main antagonist of the film and the leader of the Nazi zombies. He’s chilling, cruel and commanding as one of the leads in the film, its not very often you see a zombie with leadership abilities. This is very similar to Land of the Dead because of one zombie taking charge of others. Throughout the movie, Herzog is seen dispatching his soldiers, through gestures, he often observes the action from a distance. After the carnage and bloodshed devouring most of the teens, Herzog is left alone with two surviving students. When the two survivors discuss finishing him off, Herzog produces a “single, phenomenal command in German, “Aufstehen!” which means “Get Up”, a army of zombie soldiers, buried beneath the snow rise. Herzog then breaks his role as commander and joins the action, striking one student on the head with a hammer and disembowling him. Antagonists at their best! Intestinal Warfare!

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In conclusion Dead Snow is a must watch movie, it seems to me that foreign zombie movies are really in the running for being potentially the best made zombie movies out there. Full of blood, guts, humour and of course Nazi zombies it defiantly deserves some recognition as one of the best zombie films in the last couple of years.

Ein! Zwei! Die!

Overall Rating 4.5/5


REVIEW: Les Misérables (2013)

Jean Valjean, known as Prisoner 24601, is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert. Set in post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion.


The plot in this movie is truly moving and intertwines well between all of the characters who more or less all interact with each other over time, the music brings them all together with a strong ensemble chorus and amazing solo efforts from some of the films key characters. The movie wastes no time introducing the music, well you would expect that from a musical. It starts off strong with an imprisoned Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) serving his sentence for stealing a loaf of bread, the camera rises from the ocean with a French flag glistening under the water. The music begins to fade in and the camera pans towards endless lines of prisoners standing in line one behind the other huffing and puffing as they pull in a damaged ship, they begin to sing ‘Look Down’. Such a strong number for the film to start on. Jean Valjean is released on parole by prison guard Javert (Russell Crowe) after serving a nineteen year sentence. The chemistry between these two great actors in the film is unbelievable and they continue to have a great rivalry which has a deep effect on the rest of the story line.

As the films moves on it jumps through time, eight years after Jean Valjean vows to start a new life and breaks his parole. We then next see him as a mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer and the owner of a factory where Fantine (Anne Hathaway) reluctantly works. She is soon out on the streets and does whatever she can to provide for her daughter Cosette (Isabelle Allen) who lives with ruthless and wacky Thénardiers (Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen). This then provides a new side to the film Sacha Baron Cohen known for his comedic values adds great subtle humor to the film and it almost cheers the of the film up, the Innkeeper scene is one of the best in the film and it was superbly done. Fantine then sings ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ one of the most iconic musical songs ever, and with Anne Hathaway’s performance you can see why she won an Oscar for it, I cant believe she only did it in one take, it was one of the best things I have ever seen. Such emotion shown through song, one of the best moments in the film, fantastic!

The film then jumps a further nine years to when Cosette is growing up (now portrayed by Amanda Seyfried), she then gets a passing glimpse of Marius Pontmercy (Eddie Redmayne) and they instantly fall in love.

Now you have an idea of where the story is going… I wont say anymore. Filled with themes of Hope,  Love, Despair, Dreams and War the film continues to sparkle with its hard hitting story, emotional performances and music.

There a number of characters in the film that strike me as important characters and the actors will not go unnoticed, all of the characters were portrayed brilliantly. The actors brought them to life with fantastic characterization and all of this was portrayed through song like a true musical unlike Mamma Mia. The first character we see is Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman; top) unlike many of the other characters he is the most consistent throughout the movie and is in almost every part, with a fabulous performance of ‘Bring Him Home’ Hugh Jackman really captured the emotions that Valjean would be feeling and his voice was phenomenal, how he didn’t win an Oscar for it i don’t know! Although Russell Crowe didn’t have the best vocals for Javert that I have heard he still did a great job, he was chilling, dominant and dark, his performance hadn’t gone unnoticed. While there are loads of characters I could talk about there is just one more I would like to elaborate on and that is Fantine (Anne Hathaway) although only appearing in the film for a short time she has a long lasting effect on the events of the future and the end of the film, her performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ was exceptional. With appearances from Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen proving to be truly funny all of the aspects came together in which a great movie was truly made.


The film contains every song from the original stage musical with the exception of “I Saw Him Once” and “Dog Eats Dog”. The Bishop sings with Fantine during “Valjean’s Death” instead of Eponine, as was in the stage musical. The lyrics of some songs were also changed to suit the changes in setting or narrative to the stage musical (this was done for Mamma Mia to fit in with the story line) In addition to the cuts, a new song, “Suddenly” was added, new music was composed for the battle scenes, and the order of several songs has changed from the stage musical. The music plays a huge part in the film and out of everything was my favorite part. It was interesting to see how the actors would cope with performing the songs live whilst filming and you can see that it pays off, this way more true emotion is shown through their characters when singing. A number of songs caught my attention; ‘Bring Him Home’ sung by Hugh Jackman, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ sung by Anne Hathaway, ‘Stars’ by Russell Crowe, but the songs I enjoyed the most were the songs that intertwined different characters for example One More Day sung by the ensemble cast and several individuals.


Les Misérables rings with emotion and power of the source and provides a new model for the movie musical. The characters developed throughout and the actors sung their hearts out. Full of spectacular camera shots and filmed in brilliant locations this is a film you are not going to want to miss… even if you aren’t a fan of musicals I strongly recommend this film, even though it was the longest two and a half hours of my life fantastic never the less.

Overall Rating 4.5/5

REVIEW: Django – Unchained

Former dentist, Dr. King Schultz, buys the freedom of a slave, Django, and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter. Instead, he is led to the site of Django’s wife who is under the hands of Calvin Candie, a ruthless plantation owner.


Now don’t get me wrong Quinton Tarantino developed a great plot for this movie however I can’t help but feel that it fizzled out towards the end and he was trying too hard to develop a decent ending. Saying that I thought the ending was fantastic and many of the ending scenes could have been a perfect ending to the film. At the start of the film you see Django chained to other slaves when along comes Dr. King Schultz to save him, but what Django doesn’t know are his true intentions which you find out later on in the movie (I thought this part was especially great). Being a Tarantino film the plot develops into a great storyline with lots of blood, subtle humour and straight up action. Being a blood thirsty film fan the effects and ‘OTT’ shootings and blood was fantastic. Great watch.

Django: Unchained had a star studded cast and has some of the most talented stars in Hollywood on the bill including Jamie Foxx, Samuel L Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz… not forgetting a cameo from Quinton Tarantino himself which I thought was unnecessary, awful acting but hilarious still. Jamie Foxx was defiantly the right man for the job portraying all the moods that Django would be feeling at that current time period starting with being vulnerable chained to other slaves in transport into growing stronger and learning to be the best at what he can do “killing white folk and getting paid for it”. Samuel L Jackson played Calvin Candie’s head slave Stephen in a witty but very strong performance with such great humour coming out of his mouth, Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie was one of the strongest characters in the movie, he portrayed the character so well, we have never seen DiCaprio in this type of roll before but man was he good. However the man who stole the show was Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz, we saw him in Inglurious Bastards portraying ‘The Jew Hunter’ in this movie he takes on a slightly lighter role of a bounty hunter… yeah lighter. He’s fast on the trigger and deadly… a knockout performance.This had the potential to be the best movie of 2013 already but in regards to the plot thinning towards the end it will just be one of 2013 great productions but I wouldn’t say no to see it again.

The original theme used in the film was brilliant and really got stuck in my head and was so relevant to when the movie was set. The thing you get with Tarantino is that you know he’s going to go big and ‘OTT’ with effects and blood and he didn’t disappoint. Great visuals, great audio.

Overall Rating: 5/5

REVIEW: Halloween (2007)

The residents of Haddonfield don’t know it yet… but death is coming to their small sleepy town. Sixteen years ago, a ten year old boy called Michael Myers brutally kills his step father, his elder sister and her boyfriend. Sixteen years later, he escapes from the mental institution and makes his way back to his hometown intent on a murderous rampage pursued by Dr Sam Loomis who is Michael’s doctor and the only one who knows Michael’s true evil. Elsewhere a shy teenager by the name of Laurie Strode is babysitting on the night Michael comes home… is it pure coincidence that she and her friends are being stalked by him?


The plot in this film is brilliant, it follows loosely on the original storyline with similar elements still looming, in my opinion what makes this film is the beginning of the film and the in depth explanation of Michaels growing evil as he is convicted to a mental asylum. Rob Zombie has done an excellent job of this and his twisted movie making ways following in the footsteps of ‘House of 100 Corpses’ and ‘The Devils Rejects’ assures you that there is a lot of blood and brutal killings, none of that shit CGI effects you get from low budget movies, blood and lots of it!

Rob Zombies adaptation of the characters was brilliant in my eyes, he really showed development of the characters and the actors he used to portray this such as Sherri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig and Bill Mosley all who have appeared in Zombies previous horror movies played an excellent part. However let’s not forget a certain blood thirsty killer Michael Myers, he truly made this movie spine chilling walking around with his signature kitchen knife slashing innocent people that walk upon his path of destruction and rage. One key point to add here is the change in his appearance; his obsession with masks led us all to wonder what mask he would take up this is remake of a classic slasher movie… and the answer was the Halloween mask his sister’s boyfriend who he bludgeoned to death with an alumni baseball bat wore. The mask gave off that the effect of human skin, and the person behind it was human… if you can call him human. The characters truly stole this movie for me. Full marks.

This is one of the films that I could watch over and over again… Although it was a bit slow to start… you know there’s going to be blood, and that’s what you wait for and receive!

Everything was up to scratch for a film of this genre, no CGI effects the better if you ask me! Lots of bloods, pure gore none of that fake shit. Also what was effective was the used of long range camera shots to show Michaels presence in the background as he was tailing Laurie and her teenage friends.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

REVIEW: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities.


The plot in the book is phenomenal, however at the moment I am unsure what my feelings are about Peter Jackson trying to spit a 309 page book into three films, is it to insure he gets every spec of detail in? We’ll have to wait and see! The plot is full of heart warming adventure and plenty of action; one of the most notable scenes is the battle of Erebor. The plot gets 5/5 from me!

Without a doubt Martin Freeman was the right man for the job! His portrayal of ‘Young Bilbo’ was brilliant, he brought humour and pure emotion to the role and is well nearly as short as a hobbit… who could tell the difference? The entire dwarf class played a brilliant part in the movie filling the film with joy and laughter, they weren’t too bad in battle either… for dwarfs. Although there are many new characters we haven’t seen previously in Peter Jackson adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s novels we do see the likes of Gandalf (Ian McKellan), Elrond (Hugo Weaving), Saruman (Christopher Lee) and Galadriel (Cate Blanchett)  return to our screens to assist our favourite hobbit along his unexpected journey.

“I know you doubt me – I know you always have. You’re right, I often think of Bag End. I miss my books and my armchair and my garden. See that’s where I belong. That’s home. That’s why I came back. You don’t have one – a home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.” –Bilbo Baggins: The Hobbit

Over and over and over and over a million times over! Well worth the watch!

Again there was much speculation over The Hobbit being shot and shown in 3D, and also the fact that is was originally recorded for 48HFR (High Frame Rate). It was the first Lord of the Rings films to be in 3D… and can I say they made the right decision filming it in 3D and HFR. The visuals of the movie were stunning; I couldn’t take my eyes of the screen especially the moment that they stumble upon Rivendell. The HFR produces faster frames and made the picture so much clearer than your average film, it won’t be long before other films follow in its footsteps. One word… STUNNING.

Overall Rating: 5/5

REVIEW: Texas Chainsaw 3D

 After the first massacre in 1974, the townspeople suspected that the Sawyer family were responsible. A vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer house, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family. Decades later a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from her grandmother. She decides to bring her friends along on the road trip to investigate her inheritance. On arrival she uncovers she has inherited a mansion but is yet to uncover the terrors that lurk in the basement below it.


The plot has a decent background to it following after the original 1974 film, the plot develops steadily and is great for all those Texas Chainsaw Massacre fans out there however if you haven’t watched any of the films before you might get lost, but for you viewers that have seen the others in the franchise.. what a twist right?! Probably the best aspect of this movie was the characters and how they picked up from the original film, although this follows on from the 1974 original it is more modern than other adaptations for example the use of iPhone’s. Leatherface played by Dan Yeager was ultimately twisted and without a doubt handy with a chainsaw but I couldn’t help notice that he didn’t do much of the killing… I mean compared to other films of this kind it was very weak. The character that stood out for me was the character of Heather who later on finds out a horrifying secret about where she comes from, absolutely fantastic. Although I am a fan of the franchise I think I’m going to give this one a miss when it comes to DVD.

There was much speculation about the 3D aspects of the film and well they were all right. Not every film is meant for 3D and Texas 3D is a flop even if it is top of the box office. I counted one moment where it actually looked 3D, very disappointing.

Nether the less, still check it out… I’m sure you could pick it up in a bargain bin soon after DVD release!

Overall Rating: 2/5

REVIEW: Sinister

“True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves himself and his family into a house where an horrific crime took place earlier, but his family doesn’t know. He is trying to find out more about the crime so he can write a new book about it to help his flailing career. He uses some “snuff” film footage he finds in the house to help in his research, but he soon finds more than he bargained for. There is a figure in each of the films, but who or what is it? As a result, his family start to suffer (as does he), and things take a turn for theworse. Will they survive?


The movie starts at a steady pace and continues the chilling effect throughout with Mr Boogie definitely giving it that fear factor. The movie is full of obvious sections that will make you jump (although I think its stupid and not scary in certain circumstances and films of it genre) however I must say this film did make me jump and was in fact both scary and disturbing. As the movie came to a close the plot kind of lost its way and it didn’t explain anything that happened in the previous scenes, and the ending was bad too.

The characters in the movie are really well cast and Ethan Hawke gave a very convincing performance, however I feel that it was Mr Boogie and the children of the snuff movies that really made the film for me. It’s quite surprising how a few children can make you tremble, an utterly spine chilling performance.

 I would watch this movie again, great film, however maybe not for a few months.

 Some of the shots that were used were great and were very common of  a horror/thriller like this, the snuff movie footage was good and the audio was very creepy especially the effect of the old movie player.

Overall Rating: 4/5