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Revenge – Review

If your boyfriend invites you to a remote villa in the middle of the desert, don’t go. That’s the moral of Revenge, a French language blood-soaked rape revenge thriller from writer-director Coralie Fargeat.

Jen (Matilda Lutz) thinks she is spending some quality bikini time with her married lover, Richard (Kevin Janssens), who has invited two other guys to go hunting with him. There is a pre-hunt pool party. Sexually confident Jen dances with one of Richard’s friends. When Richard is out the next morning (fetching the paper, I dunno), Lascivious Lump One gets the wrong idea and is left to it by Lascivious Lump Two. When Richard gets home, Jen hopes for retribution. But errant males stick together. Jen runs for it, is pursued to a cliff edge and meets a grisly demise. Except she isn’t dead – (almost) broken-backed, but not broken-spirited, Jen fights back.

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Don’t expect Shakespeare, or even Moliere (it is French after all). But Revenge is as visceral as cinema gets, slick and bloody – very bloody. The finale is, quite literally, a trail of blood.

As desert-based action films go, it is edge of seat stuff. You check your disbelief at the concession stand because you want Jen to have her revenge.

As far as subtext goes, there isn’t any. Revenge was made prior to the explosion of the #MeToo movement. Its nearest cousin is The Last House on the Left, but unlike rape revenge films made by guys, this one does not give the viewer the hypocritical and vicarious ‘thrill’ of an explicit rape scene – the act is suggested but not shown.

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The ‘fun’ aspect of the film comes from the dwindling group of guys getting frustrated as Jen triumphs against them. Fargeat invites whoops and hollars. The purpose of the film is for female appreciation to shout down men, to end once and for all the idea that rape is acceptable.

If Revenge has its intended impact, then the audience response in the final hour and a bit of the film will be vocal and unequivocal. The best screenings – and I suspect these will be held at London’s Prince Charles cinema – will encourage participation as the revenge kicks in.

Revenge is available on digital download now and DVD & Blu-ray from 1st October’.

The Rogue Table – Short Film

The Rogue Table follows John, a lazy “young professional” who couldn’t care less about life really. He works to eat, he works to drink and he works to party. Disregarding the feelings of his furniture has never been a massive deal for him but it has for his table. And now the table has got feelings…of revenge!

Starring Vedi Roy
Directed by Sarah Cook
Written by Sarah Cook
Produced by Gloria Daniel-Moss
DOP – Sean Narborough
Sound by Graham Osborne
Script Supervisor by Jo Johnstone
Runners – Leah Stone
Executive Producers – William John and Graham Osborne
In collaboration with IWG Productions and Cookie N Screen Films

The Horror Twist: Why Ghost Ship Had One Of The Most Inventive Scenes in Modern Horrors

Yes there are spoilers. Massive ones. Walk away before it’s too late, save yourself.

It’s safe to say that some guilty pleasure movies need constant talking about. They need their fans to climb to the highest level of buildings and proclaim their love, the awfulness and the good stuff. They need cheerleaders chanting about how bloody brilliant it is while elbowing out of the way the detractors. Movies like these, they need someone to lend them a helping hand, to guide people away from all the bad stuff within the movie and say things like “yes, however, look at who great this is.” Sometimes, stale treats need constant attention.

So yes, this is why I am talking about Ghost Ship.

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While I don’t want to go into too much detail about the movie because we have done that before. It basically follows sea scavengers (and no, that is not another term for pirates, they salvage shipwrecks,) who are lured into an infamous ship, Antonia Graza, which disappeared many years before. While on-board the ship, they soon realise that there are devilish reasons for the ships disappearance and that there may be spirits floating about. As their team start to get picked off one by one, Maureen Epps must discover the truth about the Antonia Graza before it is too late. Starring Gabriel Byrne, Karl Urban, Emily Browning, and Julianna Margulies, this is a cheesy but still excellent film.

Like I said, there is no point in going through what’s good and bad about it. What I will do is talk about the most important, iconic and unforgettable scene. Now, it is very hard to implement twists into horror movies without the audience guessing it. After all, there has been so many different endings. There have been dreams, mothers, fat girls, ugly girls, ugly men, gorgeous men, children, paintings, cars, religion, dogs and much much more that turn out to be the shocking killer. In ghost stories, it’s not much different and you always end up seeing what happens without. Predictable, cheesy…yawn.

Not with Ghost Ship. In fact, written by John Pogue (who directed, more recently,The Quiet Ones) and Mark Hanlon, directed by Steve Beck, they manage to implement such a corking twist that it actually brings Ghost Ship up from the usual yarn. Ok. So we all knew that Ferrimen (the guy who directed the crew to the abandoned ship,) was a bit dodgy but would you have guessed he was a demon, charged with collecting a quota of souls so he can be redeems from his sins? No. Me neither.

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But what’s more, you find out the massive twist in the film in an execution that, to my eyes, is damn flawless. It is told in flashback form, a trope so tiresomely used before. Set perfectly to Gabriel Mann’s “My Little Box,” the ghost girl that has been stalking Epps takes you on the harrowing true store of the fate of the passengers on the ship. Much more gruesome than the opening wire slicing scene, Katie (the girl,) sees the ship dissolve into madness. And the truth is? Ferrimen has been using people. In a hierarchy of blackmail, he seduces people into murdering over gold because he can claim them for hell.

It is a genius move for the writing team. It adds a new dimension to the film. It an incredibly creepy scene that show cases how greed can change a man. Of course, there are lots of gruesome deaths but the team behind this horror movie make you care about some of them. This mixture of emotions, fear and confusion makes your pulse beat and your hairs stand on end. A perfectly organised moment makes it utterly compelling in a truly horrific way.

Ghost Ship is one of those movies that proves the importance of music. “My Little Box” is timed evocatively well, able to add a layer of creepiness to the film. Not only is the sheer desolation of the scene scary and horrifying but Gabriel Mann’s haunting alternative melody makes your stomach turn. It is the perfect tune for an impeccable scene and it twists alongside the actions of the population of the ship. Innocence and guilty, criminals and victims, blood and gore, all combine for a shocking scene. And Desmond Harrington is the perfect charming villain as Ferriman.

This scene alone should tether Ghost Ship to the cult classic. The scene. That flipping scene. That’s how good it is. And need I say anymore. Take a gander at it, it is brilliant.

Happy Halloween! 

Double Date – Review

A confession: I’m not a great fan of horror films and I haven’t been on a first date since – (coughs to mask the year). So I’m not the ideal audience for Double Date, the antithesis of a romantic comedy. Written by lead actor Danny Morgan, it is about an awkward young man, Jim (Morgan) whose best friend, Alex (Michael Socha) tries to get him laid before his thirtieth birthday. They double date two sisters, Lulu (Georgia Groome) and Kitty (Kelly Wenham). Lulu is quite nice; you’d take her home to meet your mum – and Jim does. Kitty is, how you say, mental, a word to describe her mistress’ plan to sacrifice a virgin to bring Daddy back to life.

We are in British horror comedy territory, the land of Shaun of the Dead and, er, Lesbian Vampire Killers, except that Morgan and Socha are far funnier than Cordon and Horne, if not on a par with Pegg and Frost. Jim has been dumped by his long-term girlfriend and doesn’t want to put himself out there. Alex loves a challenge, as opposed to University Challenge, and who stays in on a Monday night? He decides to push Jim towards two girls who make eye-contact, unbeknown that they are serial killers.

The cast boasts the estimable Dexter Fletcher as Alex’s dad, whose idea of a night in involves three-ply tissue and Robert Glenister as Jim’s pa. Jim’s birthday with the family is Brit comedy at its most crispy-cringe. The main reason to see the film is the finale. Creed Jr going twelve rounds with Tony Pellew is nothing compared with Alex taking on Kitty. When a man and a woman fight it is usually unwatchable but Alex takes a proper beating and Kitty looks like she could dish it out – it is the opposite of exploitation.

Double Date is the funniest, most satisfying British horror comedy since Shaun of the Dead  – although I have to say the funniest British comedy horror ever still has to be Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce, just ahead of Norman J. Warren’s Insemnoid. Although Morgan and director Benjamin Barfoot distinguish themselves, Wenham’s manic turn elevates the film; so kick-ass, she could be the first British actress to convincingly play Lara Croft.

Double Date – Brand New Trailer!

One of the most horrible aspects of being single is the dating scene. In order to find that perfect match you have to suffer through the imperfect ones, those who are too apathetic, don’t like the same things as you do, or think it’s cute to send you pictures of their pets dressed up in strange outfits. Then you have the worst of all, the one who turns out to be a serial killer…

This is the premise for Double Date, a horror comedy starring Michael Socha and Georgia Groome. The trailer promises plenty of blood and gore as Socha and his best friend attempt to evade Groome and her elder sister whilst they try and kill them in more and more extreme scenarios.

How will it all turn out?

Double Date is out in cinemas October Friday 13th!

Jigsaw – Brand New Trailer & Clip!

If there are anything that is more annoying than reboots and remakes, it’s sequels to long played out horrors. For the Saw franchise, which should’ve wrapped up by the third film, here’s another sequel – Jigsaw. 

The film sees another Jigsaw killer, taking the twisted scenario signature, and putting victims through murderous tests.

Yeah. For ardent horror fans, this will be a treat. But it is a yawn worthy entry indeed.

What do you think?

Jigsaw is out October 27th!