AN UGLY AND HARD TO WATCH FILM FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS
When it comes to horror, as a fan, have my limits, and they dictate what I will watch and read, but as a reviewer, you have to try and put these aside so that you can look at the product with an unbiased view.
I knew going into watching "We are Monsters" that this would be a hard watch that would push the limits of what I think is acceptable to the boundaries of my personal taste. The tagline was simple and conveyed the sense of the film "Three Men, One Woman. No chance of escape". The plot of the movie is as basic as you could get
the film turns into a mess when it uses a well-practised cliche to give you answers to things which would have been better served had they been left alone.
I don’t often get excited about horror films anymore. It’s a shame but since writing horror for a living, I find most films to be a let down. The jump-scares are so obvious you see them coming a mile off, the premise has been done to death, there are twists that are obvious from the start of the film and so on, so fourth. I still go and watch them though in the hope I am going to be surprised and actually enjoy the film. It’s a shame then that the last decent “horror” film I watched was Krampus over Christmas time and that I only really enjoyed because it reminded me of my childhood and films such as Gremlins and Critters. Whilst the concept might not have been original, it was still a fun film with some great effects thrown in there too. Gone was CGI and back was practical effects! Hoorah! But this review isn’t about Krampus. This review is about another film I genuinely got excited about when I first saw the trailer. This review is about The Boy.
CHERRY TREE (2015)
Life is full of disappointments. From opening up a bar of your favourite chocolate, only to discover that it has shrunk overnight from a regular size to what you would describe as a fun-sized version, to finally getting to watch a film that you have been excited about watching, only to find that the film is a complete mess.
Since watching the trailer to David Keating's Cherry Tree last year, I was intrigued by the concept - folk horror witchcraft in a Modern Irish setting, that mixed magic, death, and sex with creepy crawlies into what looked like a very interesting film. Sadly this was not to be the case, instead, Chery Tree ended up being a confused, and cliched coven of bad ideas.
Jamie Marks is Dead (2014)