8 Horrors for my Valentine

The Loved Ones (2009) Director: Sean Byrne Actors: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine, Jessica McNamee, Richard Wilson, John Brumpton Story: Brent (Samuel) is not coping well with the loss of his father, six months earlier, in a freaky traffic accident. He alienates himself from his mother, and resorts to cannabis and self-mutilation to assuage…

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Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

🙂 🙂 😦 😦 😦 James Wan’s Insidious (2011) was a fun film that winked at and thrived on established ghost story tropes. However, this second chapter is a clumsily executed back flip. Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) still believes that the entity which tried to kidnap her son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) is still at large. Her…

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This is the End (2013)

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 This is the End is definitely one of the funniest and funnest films to grace the silver screen this year. Jay Baruchel pops over to his friend Seth Rogen‘s for a bit of catching up. They spend the afternoon eating, bonging and gaming, after which Seth mentions that James Franco…

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Mama (2013)

🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 As far as ghost stories go, Mama is rather run-of-the-mill: sufficiently engaging not to put you to sleep but yet not brave enough to waive aside the compulsory boo!s accompanied by loud screeching violins. Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is looking for his two nieces, Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse), who went missing after…

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The Watch (2012)

🙂 🙂 😦 😦 😦 Ben Stiller leads an all-star cast in this below average comedy/sci-fi/horror/adventure film that does little to bank on the talent it has at its disposal. Evan Trautwig (Ben Stiller) is a manager at the local Costco store where his night security guard is brutally murdered. Being an active member of…

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Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

🙂 😦 😦 😦 😦 Once in a while a film comes along that is so shamelessly bad that it makes you wonder how on earth it got green-lighted in the first place.  Silent Hill: Revelation is one such movie. Christopher Da Silva (Sean Bean) is town-hopping with his teenage daughter Sharon (Adelaide Clemens) under assumed aliases…

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Silent Hill (2006)

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 Sometimes, when adapting a work, it’s wiser to ditch some of the cosmetics in favour of a more robust rendering of the source material, especially if said embellishments add nothing to the story. Rose (Radha Mitchell), against the better judgement of her husband Christopher (Sean Bean), takes her adopted daughter…

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