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Review Updates The Victim Etc…Part 1

Hi everyone. Just wanted to say Thanks for getting me over 10,000 hits on the site. You might have noticed I haven’t had a new post in awhile. The reasons vary from one being very sick (still am) to other things coming up in my life that has been stressful the past couple years. Another issue I’ve been having is Blu-ray player problems which I solved recently by getting a quality new one (knock on wood) at a cheap price. Also I have this annoying scratch on my Dell XPS Laptop that doesn’t allow me to see much of anything in my lower right hand of the screen (and I need my laptop for Blu-ray 3D reviews).  Hopefully people can make purchases if they are interested in the product through my links to Amazon which will get me some kickback to help either repair or replace my laptop so I can get back to doing what I love which is providing you all with movie reviews and other reviews on entertainment topics.

Here are some current review movies I have recieved and am in the process of watching/reviewing. –

The Victim

Buy The Victim @ Amazon.com!

Click the picture to buy The Victim on Blu-ray @ Amazon.com!

Annie’s life is in jeopardy after she witnesses the horrific murder of her closest friend. Fleeing from two attackers she stumbles across Kyle, a recluse living in the middle of the woods. Two worlds collide in this grindhouse psychological thriller that will make you question your trust in mankind.  Written, directed and starring Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens, Grindhouse:  Planet Terror, The Divide.)  Also starring Jennifer Blanc (Hatchet III), Danielle Harris (Halloween 4:  The Return of Michael Myers) and Tanya Newbould (X-Men:  The Last Stand.)

Genres: Horror, Thriller
Cast: Jennifer Blanc, Tanya Newbould, Michael Biehn, Danielle Harris

Mini Review – Watched this in it’s entirety twice last night once for the movie itself and the 2nd time for the commentary by Michael and Jennifer Biehn. Amazing work here. Michael has crafted a fun story and brought it to life in his Directorial debut. The real-life couple has amazing chemistry onscreen (also see The Divide for more from the pair) which is a rarity for real couples (see  Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in Gili). I highly recommend this movie if you love horror, mystery, drama, action and suspense. Not for those who have an issue with nudity, sex or violence. I’m hoping for a sequel. Stay tuned for my full review on Movie-Vault.com and a partial excerpt of that here. You can pre-order The Victim on Blu-ray (release date – 9/18/12) by clicking the picture link (and showing much appreciated support for my reviews) and The Divide on Blu-ray by clicking my word link earlier in this post. DVD orders of both titles will be posted in picture links below.

Michael Connell Biehn (born July 31, 1956) is ...


New Review Movie Arrivals – 1-6-2011 – Buried BD & Nite Tales DVD

Hi got a couple of movies to review.

E One Entertainment –

Buy Nite Tales The Series @ Amazon.comNite Tales: The Series (DVD) – Five original horror tales, one devilish host. Prepare yourself for a whole new “flavor” of horror! Filled with twists and turns and packed with some of today’s hottest stars, Nite Tales is a thrilling, new anthology series that puts an urban twist on terror – all presented by the ultimate “master of scaremonies,” Flavor Flav – the “Time Keeper.”

Bonus Feature:

  • Making Of Featurette

Joe’s Thoughts – Looks interesting with stars like Gary Busey, Tiny Lister and Brigitte Nielsen among others. Not exactly an A list cast, but I’m a horror fan and love anthologies.

Lionsgate –

Buy Buried Blu-ray @ Amazon.comBuried Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray Disc plus DVD) – Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is not ready to die. Beaten and buried in a wooden box by Iraqi insurgents who attacked his civilian convoy, Conroy is left with only a cell phone, a lighter and 90 minutes to save his own life. He has only the voice of his kidnapper to help him piece together clues that could lean an elite team of special agents to his location and time is not on his side. Fighting despair, panic and delirium, Conroy focuses on his only link to the outside world – a cell phone with poor reception and a rapidly draining battery – to keep himself alive for himself and his family back home.

Disc One –

  • Blu-ray of Buried

“Unearthing Buried” – making of featurette

Disc Two –

  • Standard Definition DVD of the feature film

Joe’s Thoughts – Looks really good. One of the movies I have been looking forward to. Ryan Reynolds is becoming something approaching an A-list star and with upcoming films like Green Lantern his future looks bright……green. OK, that was tacky, but this film looks good and I’ve always been fascinated by the notion of being buried alive. Better seeing it fake on-screen though.


My Interview With Sexy Actress/Singer America Olivo!

JH – Circle is like an Independent version of a film like Seven, did you get that feel or was it just me?

AO – Is it because I remind you of Gwyneth Paltrow? Awe… Shucks 😉 Actually, I do get what you mean. Not in the film’s specifics, nor plot, but in that it investigates the mind of a thrilling serial killer. Most people are fascinated by the minds and motivations behind the people who commit such horrid acts. Diving into the guts of these types is what makes these two films both equally thrilling and horrific.

JH – What are some of your favorite films?

AO – Excluding any films me my husband and I have been in… I can’t name them all, there are many, but here are some off the top of my head : Empire of the Sun, The Royal Tannenbaums, Little Miss Sunshine, Food Inc, Avatar, South Park, Ghostbusters, Sense and Sensibility, A Clockwork Orange, The Shawshank Redemption, Big, The Green Mile

JH – Your film credits show some very recognizable films like the remake of Friday the 13th, Iron Man, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen along with films like Bitch Slap, Neighbor and Circle. What are some of your favorite roles to date?

AO – Well, I love them all for different reasons. I loved working with Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man. I loved becoming a part of the Friday the 13th family. I loved getting to play a Kubrick style killer in Neighbor. It was great fun to be in a tiny part of a summer blockbuster like Transformers 2 and getting to be on set to watch how such amazing effects are developed in a film so grand. In circle, I loved being a bit of the comic relief in a thriller/horror. I think my role in Bitch Slap was my favorite for the reason that I got to do things with that character that are only usually reserved for men in films. I love being over the top, and there was no ceiling on what happens in Bitch Slap land!

JH – Bitch Slap looks like an amazingly fun Grindhouse-style film, was it as fun to shoot as it looks?

AO – Bitch Slap is fun now, but was such hard work, we didn’t have much time for fun while filming. Most of the fun we had was enjoying promoting the film and hearing the reaction from Bitch Slapping fans 😉

JH – What’s your favorite scary movie? (Sorry can’t help it. I’m a big Scream fan!)

AO – Audrey Rose.

JH – Speaking of Scream – Neve Campbell, what’s she like and how are you sisters-in-law getting along?

AO – She’s amazing! She’s one of the most beautiful, generous, open hearted, and talented people I know.

JH – Do you know if she was happy doing Scream 4 and if she had any interesting stories?

AO – Ha ha! I haven’t heard any anecdotes from her yet as she’s busy and traveling. All I know is that my husband went out to Michigan and spent time with the cast at some point and couldn’t have had a nicer time and said nicer things about everyone he met there. Sounds like a great group of people. I’m looking forward to seeing it!

Click the picture to read my amazing interview with the beautiful actress/singer America Olivo @ Movie-Vault.com!


Review Movies – Alien Anthology – 11-3-2010 Part 2

Here is a massive movie release that is deserving of it’s own posting

20th Century Fox

Alien Anthology (Blu-ray) – Get ready for a whole new breed of Blu-ray with the Alien Anthology Four powerful films…eight thrilling versions…together at last in dazzling, terrifying, high-def clarity and with the purest digital sound on the planet. Over 60 hours of special features and two bonus discs, including never-before-seen content and the totally immersive MU-TH-UR Mode Blu-ray interactive experience, make this the ultimate Alien movie collection your Blu-ray player has been begging for.

Alien – A space ship answers what they believe to be a distress call, and unwittingly let a vicious alien on board.

1979 Theatrical Version

2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction

Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skeritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt

Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Version only) by Ridley Scott

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Aliens – Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the sole survivor from the original ‘Alien’, is awakened after 57 years of drifting through space, her stories disbelieved by Company executives who tell her that the alien’s planet is now inhabited and colonized. When contact is suddenly lost with the colonists, Ripley returns to the planet with a squad of marines, an android (Lance Henriksen), and a Company executive (Paul Reiser) with a mission of his own. Once on the planet, no survivors can be found except for Newt, a little girl who awakens motherly instincts in Ripley just in time for the acid-blooded aliens to attack in what quickly becomes a one-sided battle for sheer survival.

1986 Theatrical Version

1991 Special Edition with James Cameron Introduction

Audio Commentary by Director James Cameron, Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Aliens Effects Creator Stan Winston, Visual Effects Supervisors Robert Skotak and Dennis Skotak, Minature Effects Supervisor Pat McClung, Actors Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henricksen, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn and Christopher Henn.

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by James Horner

Composer’s Original Isolated Score by James Horner

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Alien3 – A penal colony and its inhabitants, a religious brotherhood of ex- convicts, is infiltrated by an alien when a ship carrying Ripley crash lands there.

1992 Theatrical Version

2003 Special Edition (Restored Workprint Version)

Audio Commentary by Cinematographer Alex Thompson, B.S.C Editor Terry Rawlings, Alien Effects Designers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr, Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, A.S.C., Actors Paul McGann and Lance Henricksen

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Elliot Goldenthal

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Alien Resurrection – Ripley is brought back to life, from cloned DNA, by evil scientists who want to resurrect the alien that died inside her.

1997 Theatrical Version

2003 Special Edition with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Introduction

Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Editor Herve Schneid, A.C.E., Alien Effects Creator Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr,  Visual Effects Supervisor Pitol, Conceptual Artist Sylvain Despretz, Actors Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon and Leland Orser

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by John Frizzell

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc 5 – Too many extras to list about all 4 Alien Films

Disc 6 – Too many extras to list about all 4 Alien Films


Dorian Gray DVD Review!

 

Dorian Gray is a fascinating movie based upon the Oscar Wilde novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray“. It’s a horror movie that basically states that appearances can be deceiving and that one should not judge a book by it’s cover. The character of Dorian is complex, yet simple at the same time. Going from handsome and genuine to handsome and corrupt with a dark lining underneath the surface that begins to show with time. After a long time Dorian begins to understand what he has become, what he has lost in pursuit of the shallow, meaningless existence that comes with materialistic aspirations and pleasures of the flesh. There is the torn aspect between love and lust. Basically a lot of subjects…..mirror themselves with the one image being twisted from the original. Which is real? Usually this was not my type of film but it won me over big-time. Just be prepares as it is a Gothic Horror set in the late 1800’s so those of you who don’t like period pieces (I didn’t but I still loved this) be forewarned. Also a bit of nudity and sex on-screen. Not for kids.

As usual click the picture to read my full review of Dorian Gray @ Movie-Vault.com!


After.Life Blu-ray Review

After.Life is the story of a young couple who have a tragic misunderstanding leaving Anna (Christina Ricci – Addams Family)  in the morgue. But the funeral director Eliot (Liam NeesonBatman Begins, Schindler’s List) is a bit creepy. Is Anna really dead or is there more to it than meets the eye? Does Eliot have the gift to speak to the dead or is he burying people alive? This movie is a bit spooky and worth seeing. I’d at least give it a rental. Warning for you parents out there that there is nudity (Ricci) throughout the film.

As usual click the picture to read my review of After.Life @ Movie-Vault.com!


#27 – The Blair Witch Project

 

Click the picture to read my review of The Blair Witch Project @ Movie-Vault.com!

 

Reason Why – For those who missed out the first time around The Blair Witch Project was a phenomenon. Taking the internet by storm was the is-it-real story of three amateur student filmmakers who investigate the legend of the Blair witch. After interviewing some of the townspeople about the legend the take off into the woods to investigate further. There they find that the woods can be creepy themselves with mysterious happenings, sticks and rocks piling up into haunting formations. The three soon find themselves hopelessly lost and even using a compass the woods seems intent on not allowing them escape.

Does it hold up – Yes and no. Yes, it can still scare given the right moment in viewing it, but it is not the movie it was back when it was new. Time has hurt the film somewhat.

Stars – Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael Williams

Director – Daniel Myrick, Edward Sanchez

Studio – Lionsgate Films

Similar Films – The Woods, Children Of The Corn, Paranormal Activity, Wrong Turn

Followed By – Blair Witch 2: Book Of Shadows

Runner Up – Children Of The Corn


#28 – The Strangers

Reason Why – The Strangers is an eerie movie that can even spook a hard-core horror fan (like me). When a married couple is on the ropes during a long trip they pull over to a motel to try and get some much-needed rest. Not long after things start to get scary when someone knocks on the door late at night, then bangs. The Strangers takes elements from some of the best horror movies and mashes it all together with a cohesive story that is pretty much its own movie. Liv Tyler is at her best here as lovable yet whiny wife. Ironically the couple becomes closer during their time of torment. This is not a horror movie you want to watch alone late at night. It will scare you!

Does it hold up? – A resounding yes!

Stars – Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward, Laura Margolis

Director – Bryan Bertino

Studio – Rogue Pictures

Similar Films – Identity, Psycho, Wrong Turn

Followed By – Sequel in the works slated for 2011 The Strangers II


#29 – The Last House On The Left

Reason Why – The Last House On The Left spooks is because of the utter reality of it all. This could happen unlike a lot of horror movies. Unlikely, but very possible and I’ve read stranger and seen stranger things on the news. This remake is much more appealing than Craven’s original which was more like torture porn most of the time. There were elements of the original I liked more, but for the overall experience this one blew Craven’s original away. Monica Potter was nice in this and it’s been awhile since she was last seen (was it Saw?). Anyway this delivers the scares in a much more down-to-earth way than the original while maintaining the horror of it all. Give it a chance if you haven’t seen it.

Does it hold up? – Yeah, but the original doesn’t hold up.

Stars – Monica Potter, Tony Goldwyn, Sara Paxton

Director – Dennis Lladis

Studio – Rogue Pictures

Similar Films – Wes Craven‘s The Last House On The Left, Scream, I Spit On Your Grave

Followed By – No sequel yet.


Open Water Blu-ray Review

As usual click the picture to read my review @ Movie-Vault.com

Open Water is like a modern day Jaws, though it’s true story is less exciting and yet more horrific in it’s own way. The fact that the actors were in the ocean with REAL sharks puts a sense of creepiness in the film that can make your hair stand on end. The two main actors are good, but not great. Given that this was a cheap budgeted movie that’s OK. This film will make you never want to scuba dive again. I’m cool with that since Jaws made me avoid the ocean at all costs. Laugh if you will but at least I’ll be whole while you’re picking up your leg out of the sharks mouth. 🙂