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BD Review: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer [Blu-ray]

Cheesy horror and funny actors make I Still Know What You Did Last Summer one of those movies you just have to check out. While not technically high quality cinema, this movie has enough redeemable qualities to make you want to pick this up in DVD (as opposed to Blu-Ray). If you already own this, keep what you have. The quality for this movie is better, but not so much as to make it worthy of an upgrade.

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DVD Review: Eden Log

As far as horror goes, Eden Log looks pretty good when it comes to visual quality and special effects, but fails to deliver when it comes to the story.

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DVD Review: The Uninvited

The Uninvited DVD Box ArtMovie Info:
Writers: Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard
Directors: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard
Cast: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Massar, Kevin McNulty, Jesse Moss, Dean Paul Gibson
Rating: PG-13
Studio: Dreamworks

Release Info:
Theatrical Release: January 30, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
Online Availability: Amazon for $17.99

From the very first previews I saw for The Uninvited I knew that I wanted to see it. The movie looked like one of those thrillers you just had to see. I love thriller and horror movies. The movie is an American remake of a 2003 Korean film called A Tale of Two Sisters. Usually, I’m not interested in American remakes of Asian horror, but the previews sucked me in and I knew I had to at least give The Uninvited a chance.

The Uninvited has minor differences from the film on which it is based. That film is based on an Asian story, which is only similar in partial details to either movie. I had heard A Tale of Two Sisters, was good, and if it is better than The Uninvited like many people claim, then I’d love to see it. The Univited was actually pretty good. The acting is what makes the movie, but the plot and its twists are what kept me sitting through it until the end.

I have heard people say they knew the twist before the movie is over. Both Ash & I pride ourselves on being rather clever people. There was more than one twist in this movie, and we didn’t see any of them coming. What’s more is the fact that we don’t go looking for them. Sure, as a reviewer its my job to analyze the movie’s I watch, but it is also my job to try and sit back and enjoy each movie. That’s what we did and we did enjoy The Uninvited.

I’ve liked Emily Browning in the few things I’ve seen her in, in the past…Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate EventsGhost Ship. I hadn’t really thought about her since I saw her in Lemony Snicket. What I’ve realized after watching The Uninvited is that she’s a really talented young actress. I’d never seen Arielle Kebbel in anything, but she’s a very beautiful girl and had nice chemistry with Emily. Her acting is good, as well. Those two carried most of the movie. They had to, due to the nature of the characters, and they succeeded in doing so.

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BD Review: The Uninvited

The “hor” they put in the Uninvited is not horror, but rather bordering on horrible. The story had potential, but went way out of whack and ended up a jumbled ol’ mess.

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DVD Review: Donkey Punch

Donkey Punch DVD Box ArtMovie Info:
Writers: David Bloom, Oliver Blackburn
Director: Oliver Blackburn
Cast: Robert Boulter, Nichola Burley, Tom Burke, Julian Morris, Jaime Winstone
Rating: Unrated
Studio: Magnolia

Release Info:
Theatrical Release: July 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
Online Availability: Amazon for $22.99

Reviewing a movie named Donkey Punch just makes me giggle. I suppose that’s because I know what the term means. For those not in the know, a Donkey Punch is something that supposedly occurs during “backdoor” sex. In order to tighten the muscles, the male punches the receiver in the back of the head or neck. That’s a Donkey Punch. It’s not certain to work. It’s brutal and somewhat violent. It could even cause death. The title lives up to its name with the brutality and violence. It also opens a very telling window into what this film is about.

The cover of the DVD case says something like it is the sexiest thriller of the year. I honestly don’t know that sexy would apply here. I am pretty open-minded, but I think I will be skipping taking mind altering drugs on boats with men I don’t know from now on. After all, a girl can never be too safe. In any event, having sex and being sexy are too different things. Donkey Punch has sex (and I mean a lot of sex), but it’s not the sexy kind. Actually, I would consider it raunchier, which is by no means bad, but certainly different.

While this is a decent movie that certainly has a plot that you do not see very often, it’s going to be limited in the amount of interest that it receives. Horror fans may not be used to this much gore. American horror is often the tamest of all the countries that make movies like this. However, Donkey Punch breaks all the conventional rules of what people will be used to seeing. The film was actually made in the UK, so it’s an English speaking film. So, even though it is not made in the country, there are no subtitles, which differ from what you see in the US. It’s no surprise that this is unrated. To see it the way it should be seen it has to be unrated. If it were shown as is and had a rating it would probably fall into the NC-17 range.

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BD Review: Hellraiser

Hellraiser Blu-Ray Box ArtMovie Info:
Writers:Clive Barker
Director: Clive Barker
Cast: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith, Robert Hines, Anthony Allen, Leon Davis, Michael Cassidy, Frank Baker, Kenneth Nelson, Gay Baynes
Rating: R
Studio: Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Release Info:
Theatrical Release: September 18, 1987
DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
Online Availability: Amazon for $14.99

I had never seen Hellraiser or any of its sequels prior to watching this film. I had heard of Pinhead and knew a little bit about who Pinhead was, but I didn’t really have any idea about what to expect when I was watching this film. I’m an old school horror buff. I grew up in the 80s when horror was in its prime. Hellraiser has become a cult classic and after finally watching it, I can see why.

The topic of pain as a way to find pleasure has always intrigued me. Add in the 80s style of filming horror, decent writing by British horror master, Clive Barker, and a bad ass bad guy (Pinhead is certainly one of a kind) and you have Hellraiser. I admit it. I’d heard good things about this movie, so I was excited to review it. It’s nice to know I wasn’t disappointed!

Fans of the series (which consists of 7 sequels) say this is the best in the series. There has been talk of a remake, but I am of the firm belief that 80s horror can never be replicated. Sure, the effects are substandard, but that’s a part of the 80s horror charm. Making the effects more realistic doesn’t change that fact that movies like Hellraiser are classic films because of what they had to offer to viewers both in the 80s and today. Hellraiser is a timeless classic for a reason.

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