Born Bad (2011) – Review

3 Stars

Michael Welch (Twilight) stars in The Asylum’s Born Bad as Denny, who makes a great first impression with the parents, but after you get to know him, he just might murder you. Brooke Duncan just moved into town, and as with any young rebellious high school senior who hates her new stepmom she’s stepped out to party with an old friend even though she’s still (serious frowny face) “technically grounded”. There she meets Denny, a great guy who even wins over the hearts of her father and stepmother. If only she had seen the opening scene where Denny rapes and murders an innocent young girl, of course she hasn’t (and obviously skipped over that part in the script as well) and brings her crazy boyfriend into her home to terrorize her family. This is a cautionary tale of an incredibly impressionable teenage mind and the young man who was insane enough to impress his will on it.
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13 (2010) – Review

2 Stars

Gela Babluani’s remake of his first film, 13 Tzameti, for American audiences is a sometimes jarring and suspenseful thriller. Vince (Sam Riley) desperately needs cash to help out with his father’s illness. While working as an electrician he overhears the man of the house talking about making a lot of money after receiving an envelope in the mail. When the man overdoses Vince grabs the letter and assumes the dead man’s identity. He follows the instructions and finds himself caught up in a tournament of Russian roulette, where rich men bet on who will win and who will die. Now he knows too much and must play to the end. With every round more players are lost, can he survive and become the ultimate Russian roulette champion?
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Faces in the Crowd (2011) – Review

3 Stars

Milla Jovovich headlines this taut thriller about a woman that looses the ability to recognize faces. After Anna (Milla Jovovich) happens upon a brutal murder in progress, the killer turns his blade on her and she suffers severe head trauma during the struggle. The brain damage leaves her with “face blindness”. As she begins to put her life back together and learns how to manage her disability, the killer continues to taunt her. Unfortunately Anna is unable to identify him, even when he’s right in front of her. Her inability to recognize even her loved ones leaves her alone, until she teams up with the detective on the case, whose face she has the strange ability to remember. Together they set out to find serial killer Tearjerk Jack who wants more than anything to be seen.
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Scream 4 (2011) – Review

3 Stars

Scream 4 has the uncanny ability to deconstruct itself while simultaneously presenting the viewer with more of the same with updated references to Facebook stalking, the Saw franchise, Channing Tatum, and of course articulate teens debating the merits of horror movies. The self aware postmodern metanarrative format that writer Kevin Williamson is able to re-inject into the once popular franchise is the film’s greatest pleasure; there are no aliens, zombies or asian ghost girls. Stylistically this picture falls seamlessly in line with the previous films. Returning director Wes Craven has filled the screen with a similar color palette, set design and tone that he so successfully employed on those earlier blockbusters.
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Scream 3 (2000) – Review

2 Stars

A tired and overly confusing entry in the ‘Scream’ series. All the major cast returns in this second sequel that debuted three years after the original, yet feels stale. During production on a movie titled ‘Stab’ based on the book by news reporter and ‘Scream’ survivor Gale Weather (Cox), cast members are being picked off one by one. It takes awhile for the characters to catch on, but eventually it’s discovered that the order of murders is echoing past events. Hollywood and the horror genre itself are effectively satirized in Ehren Kruger’s mediocre script. Director Wes Craven often uses the same visual gags and tricks he resorted to in the earlier films and it comes off as nothing more than perfunctory here.
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