And so we come to the second of this year’s Shocktober fare, the third film in the V/H/S franchise: V/H/S Viral. Craig and I were both looking forward to this third instalment, having enjoyed most of what the first 2 films had to offer. Take a look back at our reviews if you have time.
However, to say we were disappointed with this film is an understatement. In the previous 2 films the linking stories were intriguing, scary, interesting and/or shocking. Here it’s just meh. The individual stories themselves are based on some good ideas all let down by bad execution and/or acting. I’ll go through each segment individually later, so you can avoid spoilers, but to be honest with you I can’t see many people enjoying this ragtag effort. If this is the last V/H/S film, it’s a sad finale for what was shaping up to be a decent franchise.
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And so we come to the third film in the Sharknado magnum opus. The formula remains the same: Sharks, tornadoes, bad acting and dialogue, sharks in tornadoes, copious amounts of blood and a heavy sprinkling of guest stars in cameo roles.
Even before the opening title sequence we witness a sharknado wreak havoc on the White House and various Washington D.C. landmarks. As I was watching this I was wondering how they were going to top that in the rest of the film. And, sadly, they don’t. Although the final quarter of the film gives it a good go. Continue Reading
This film is based on some Saturday Night Live sketches and is a spoof of the MacGyver TV show. I’ve not seen the SNL sketches and a lot of films based on TV shows or sketches don’t live up to the originals, but this film is very funny. Its adult humour and sometimes quite un-PC, but its always on the mark. From fairly short Continue Reading
DOA: Dead or Alive is the movie adaptation of the popular videogame franchise of the same name. Generally, films based on videogames tend to stink, but DOA is pretty good. It’s faithful to its source material, featuring a knockout fighting tournament set on a tropical island and the fight scenes are well executed. Some of the acting and dialogue is stilted, especially at the start, but once it gets going it’s a real turn-your-brain-off-and-enjoy film. Continue Reading
Atlantic Rim was a rush released film trying to ride the coattails of the Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim. Now I enjoyed Pacific Rim and I’m yet to see a poor, let alone rubbish, film from del Toro, but if someone were to make a decent spoof of Pacific Rim I wouldn’t get upset. Atlantic Rim is NOT that film. Continue Reading
V/H/S 2 continues the theme set up in the first movie of a linking story between 4 separate stories. This time its a pair of private investigators looking for a missing college student. They end up in a seemingly deserted house full of, you guessed it, VHS tapes and TVs. Continue Reading
Anthology horror films tend to suffer from inconsistent quality. You might get 1 story told really well, with amazing effects and brilliant acting and direction. Once the budget has been blown, the better actors used, no time for rewrites, etc. you’re left with 2-4 segments where something is missing. Continue Reading
If you thought the first one was ludicrous, prepare to be amazed (and bemused and confused!). This sequel moves the action from the West coast of the USA to the East coast, but retains everything you loved(?) about the original – namely shark-infested tornadoes, over-the-top acting and sequences that don’t just ignore the laws of physics, but openly mock them. Plus you get lots of cameo appearances, glaring continuity errors and a few film homages that keep you entertained. Continue Reading
This film does exactly what it says on the tin. Leave your logic at the door and just go with the flow. So many standout moments of awfulness, but my favourite is the scene where one of the characters gets hit by a massive, shark-filled, wave and utters the immortal line: “Ow!”. This isn’t an “ow!” that’s shouted out. It’s the kind of “ow!” that you’d voice if you lightly stubbed your toe! Continue Reading