Evil dead: beating a dead horse? Or Demonically Delicious?
Bruce Campbell producer, Fede Alvarez director
Review written by DJ B.A.
If you have the stomach for horror movies: prepare for Evil Dead. With a fantastic promotional campaign the Evil Dead franchise has been brought back from the (Evil) Dead. From those of us who remember the earlier version of Evil Dead: Bruce Campbell was the original lead and has now come back from the (Evil) Dead to help resurrect this movie!
With a new set of actors and a new direction Fede Alvarez and company set out to make a film worth watching. You will see the likes of: Jane Levy (Fun Size, Shameless), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood, Gossip Girl), and Lou Taylor Pucci (Fast Food Nation, Fanboys). Quite possibly the best theatrical performance was provided by Jane Levy and Lou Pucci. Jane Levy really brought you into the sinister world of demonic possession. One of the most unnerving moments when she sadistically cuts her tongue in two! The success of this movie was largely left up to her, and for what she was required to do she did a good job. As for Lou Pucci he had a good performance (markedly better than his costars). The incredible thing was: he kept coming back from blow after blow: nail gunned in the arm, stabbed in the side, stabbed with a syringe in the face, beaten with a crowbar, etcetera. While, I appreciated that and other things, everything else I found lacking. The dialogue was just not there, and truthfully with a horror movie you may not need good dialogue (just watch a Scy-fy B movie). As for the setting they used: it was okay. Much like the rest of the aspects I’ve covered they stuck to one place, which worked for the movie, and it was necessary, but it wasn’t anything exceptional. There they were: Just a log cabin in the woods (yawn) with a couple of young people in it. Nothing could go amiss in that scenario. The best setting they had was the scene in the woods (no spoiler alert here folks).
While the actors themselves may not blow you away with their acting prowess; the Evil Dead certainly makes up for it with special effects and nerve wracking moments. This new installment certainly takes a more serious approach than its predecessor. The gore is tuned way up, they story line is tweaked, and the fear factor has been upgraded as well. Again, this movie focuses heavily on the magic of horror movies and that’s one of the things I like about it. I am impressed with the cinematic quality and effort that Ghost House has put into this production. Each grueling demon filled moment had me gripping the seat and waiting to see what happened next. The beauty of waiting for things (horror) to happen is that the audience just wants to be taken from A to B. They want to see the gore and the horror, but don’t necessarily care about the route they take to get there. With that being said they certainly did take us on a devilishly wild journey!
Final thoughts: This movie, while lacking in some areas, picked up the slack in good ole fashion horror. Don’t go to this movie to see a moving theatrical performance, but go for the cinematic and the fear factor. I would approve of seeing this movie in theaters, but would not recommend this as a MUST see.
(Information pulled from IMDB)
DJ B.A.’s Sexy Newstand Headlines.
PASTOR RICK WARREN
Famous Evangelical’s Son
The youngest son of Saddleback Valley Community Church pastor Rick Warren has committed suicide after a long battle with mental illness.
Pastor Rick made the announcement Saturday at his church in Lake Forest, CA. He informed members of his congregation that his son Matthew took his own life Friday night. He was 27.
Too Short has been charged with FOUR misdemeanors stemming from his recent DUI arrest … when he tried (and failed) to make a last minute escape by fleeing from cops.
TMZ broke the story … the rapper was poppedon March 20 in L.A. on suspicion of DUI. He tried to cut and run from cops, but was hauled off to jail instead, where police say they found Meth in the back of the cruiser.
On Friday, the rapper was charged with FOUR misdemeanors: two counts of DUI, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of Marijuana or an open container while driving.
From Tuesday Magic Johnson’s 20-year-old son hit the Sunset Strip, hand in hand with his boyfriend … and his parents couldn’t be happier for their kid.Earvin Johnson III — aka EJ — is one of Magic’s 3 kids.
‘GAME OF THRONES’ STAR
‘I HAVE LESS THAN $5 IN MY BANK ACCOUNT’
Actress Lena Headey — aka evil Queen Cersei from “Game of Thrones” — claims she’s dead broke with “less than $5 in her bank account” … and she desperately needs her tax refund to cover her living expenses.
Headey opened up about her dire financial situation in new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, which she filed in response to her husband Peter Loughran‘s demands for half of their $46,000 tax refund from 2011 … which technically could be community property from their marriage.
Lena — who filed for divorce from Peter last year — says she needs $6,000 from that refund ASAP because she’s barely scraping by, living off credit to make ends meet for her and their 2-year-old son.
In the beginning there was archaeology, then there’s archaeology in the hands of Doctor Ad-venture Time. Where things become hard to differentiate between the present, the past, and just plain tripping balls. As we follow the doctor we meet many other characters who are quite obviously in their own states of disarray and either antagonize or protagonize in ways of questionable worth. After meeting crazy nazi bitches and fucking guardians Adventure Time is forced to make tough decisions about those he comes to call friends, or more accurately people he is polite to but will never talk to again. Tag along, as so many other decided to do, for a truly epic journey riding the coat tails of Dr. Adventure Time.
The Jupiter Jetson Project mocks the everyday situations in unlikely scenarios, while making movie references.
(we own the rights to nothing not even our faces)
A Fresh Take On a Not So Fresh Topic (pun intended)
We’re talking about the movie Warm Bodies of course
Review by DJ BA
Where should you start when writing a review of Warm Bodies? Well, I will start in the most logical place: the advertising (hence the title). My initial curiosity was piqued when I saw a self conscious zombie running around on my TV screen, and yes I am aware running to most zombies seems like an inappropriate verb. The advertising in my opinion was tasteful, and got the point across.The movie poster they are currently uses is a cute one liner “He’s still dead, but he’s getting warmer”. It didn’t give it all away like some of the commercials today are surprisingly susceptible to doing. It showed just enough of the main characters Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer to get me interested and wanting to see what this story is all about. You may know Mr. Hoult from other movies as: X-Men First Class (Hank McCoy/Beast), Clash of the Titans (Eusebios). And you may know Ms. Palmer from: The Sorcerers Apprentice (Becky Barnes), and I am Number 4 (Number 6).
Fortunately for us movie lovers, like I mentioned several times before, this is a fresh take on the zombie idea. I love story mixed with the action and slight amount of horror that comes with the idea of a zombie Apocalypse. This movie really reaches out to different types of movie goer those who like: zombies, romance, a little gun play, horror (somewhat), and overall generally a family friendly movie (minus a few choice words here or there).
Now, to speak directly about the movie. In my opinion the writing was simplistic, but in the best possible way. It appeals to everyone much like a good story which this movie has. The screen writing is fantastic because there are moments when you relate to Mr. Houltons’ zombie known simply as ‘R’ (never thought you’d read those words did you?). Julie, Mrs. Palmers character, is a rough and tumble type of gal out of necessity, but shows you the sensitive side in the right times for the movie to play out as perfectly as it does. You see her running and gunning for her life from beginning to the end with R by her side, and all the while trying to figure out her relationship to the undead R.
There wasn’t much need for special effects except for a few: for instance the ghouls (the bad zombies). While, it looked like they could have done more with them I understand the direction they decided on with them. The makeup was fantastic: really the attention to detail really added substantially to the film. The lighting and choice of set were pretty good choices by the technical producers. Now, there would be slight things I would change from here and there, but overall a job well done. That’s the technical side of it. From a theatrical standpoint it was very fun to watch. The use of body language to convey ideas without words was a credit to Mr. Hoult. Some actors just have that ability to tell you a story with just their bodies (like Roan Atkinson for example). Teresa Palmer as beautiful as ever is still a feisty and delightful sight on the silver screen.
As for the movie itself… I highly recommend this movie. I WILL NOT SPOIL IT FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN IT! While this is a date movie by the sheer virtue of even a zombie can find love. You don’t need to be in a relationship to enjoy this amazing ride! While IMDB gives Warm Bodies a 7.4 out of 10. I am giving this movie a 9 out of 10. It was a fantastic movie. Something that I am planning on watching at the movie theater and later purchasing for my own movie collection. If you want a little warmth to your winter go and check out Warm Bodies and it’ll get your heart going (when you watch it you’ll get what I mean).
Good Movies are Dead? Good Screen Writing is Dead? Hell No.
Take a good look my friends. At what? The movie screen of course.
I think if there was a creative drought we are definitely out of it now. And by creative drought I mean doing all these remakes of popular films such as “The Italian Job”, “Oceans Eleven”, and “Cape Fear” (all of which are good movies in their own respects). Yes, there have also been the not so successful remakes such as: “Arthur”, “Conan The Barbarian”, and even the likes of the popular “Footloose”. I have heard the argument made by the older generation and the younger generation alike that ‘there is no creativity. These movies are just stolen ideas’.
Not so, I say.
First of all let me point you to the Screen Writers Guild; on the front page of the website they have a picture of David Magee with the caption: “They said the life of Pi couldn’t be made into a movie David Magee proved them wrong.” I will now continue to drive this point home for you good people. I have over the course of just this year alone beheld fantastically written movies. Although we had a bit of a rough patch, good writing is now going to make its triumphant return with the likes of these brilliant movies such as Lawless, the Matrix, Inception, Master & Commander, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and I am sure I could rattle more. Now, I may not know the inside tract of screen writing, but I can most certainly appreciate what is presented to me on screen. Actually let me try this, I will list some quotes down and you put the quotes to the movies: