The Strangers (2008) Review:Director:Bryan Bertino/Writer:Bryan Bertino

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I saw this film in theaters back in 2008 and forever has stuck with me, lets just say things don’t end happily ever after as the mood gets tarnished from the start. The movie Claims it’s inspired by true events that occurred to James Hoyt(Scott Speedman) and his girlfriend Kristen Mckay(Liv Tyler) on the night of February 11,2005 as the couple left a friends wedding reception returning to the Hoyt’s family home.  In reality The Strangers(2008) was loosely based on various home invasion murders, including The Manson Murders, as well as the Austrian couple that was murdered by three teenagers in their vacation home in The Czech Republic. The movies carries on as we met a young couple just arriving at the family home late at night seemingly just getting in a very verbal argument as both are very distant to one another. The night moves slowly as Hoyt calls for a ride from a friend to leave as we come to find out everything was perfect with Kristen the whole night until he popped the question. Things start going very weary and noises start to endure, mixed with knocking and a mysterious visitor that was already once there before. Watching this movie made me very nervous for the characters as I hoped they would make smarter decisions, the 3 masked intruders tended to live up to the hype and were very frightening and realistic on the screen. This movie is a bad case of what could go really wrong being out in the middle of no where getting harassed by psychopaths all leading up to the famous line of the movie “Because You Were Home”. The film itself is shot fantastic and I love that they filmed the movie at an actual farm house. The acting I believe is sub par and I truly felt scared for the characters in the house fighting for there life’s as you could say things couldn’t get any worse for them. This movie is shot the whole time inside the house as they start to invade the couple. Overall I enjoyed this movie and thought it was made very well, being that it also is a film I wouldn’t watch for awhile. Considering it’s very depressing and takes loads of time to build up until the ending which makes up for the whole movie you could say. If you love dark horror/cult movies then this is the one for you, it truly is one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen, and will make you think twice to check all your locked doors at night. I overall give The Strangers(2008) a 3.5/5.

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Out Of The Furnace (2013) Review:Director:Scott Cooper/Writer:Brad Ingelsby, Scott Cooper

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This is one of my favorite movies of the year for 2013, where do I even began. It would be wrong for me to not excite you with what this movie brings to the table, with an all-star class lead by Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson, along with Forrest Whitaker and Casey Affleck. Going into this film I didn’t know what to expect considering I didn’t see much advertisement , but I couldn’t of been more wrong. The story follows two younger brothers Russel Baze(Christian Bale) and Rodney Baze Jr(Casey Affleck) going through life’s book in Pennsylvania steel town trying to find a way to a better life for themselves as Russel works at the local Mill and has a healthy relationship with his girlfriend Lena (Zoe Saldana). Younger brother Rodney has a different vision being a war veteran and thinks he deserves better than the mill, added on with a very bad gambling problem and hanging with the wrong crowd of people. Led by the man Harlan DeGroat(Woody Harrelson) we learn that he owns a strip joint and is to not be messed with in any shape or form as we watch him condone violence to everyone throughout the film. This film relays solely on its acting performances by this cast and it makes the movie worthwhile keeping you glued to your seat. The scenes are shot very nice and you really get a feel for these men’s lifestyle and survival ways to make it by. The film turns quite sour when we Learn Russel is going to prison for something that wasn’t much his fault. We watch as he has to survive in the prison world day in and day out, while the film very well darkens. Younger brother Rodney picks up Russel after we learn that he was in for 5 years, but everything is much different than it ever has been. The boys widowed father has since passed away, Rodney has been fighting for Degroats underground fights to pay off his gambling debt and is very unstable as well as Rodney’s Girlfriend leaving him for another man. I think this film really shows how far you would go for family understanding when you come to gripes that the law will not help and you need to take matters in your own Hands. I think this Is Christian Bales best performance hands down in any of his films and delivers a stellar performance in every aspect. If you like gritty action and defeating adversity this is the film for you and is one of my favorites, I give Out Of The Furnace(2013) a 5/5.

Rise Of The Planet Of the Apes (2011) Review:Director:Rupert Wyatt/ Writers:Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Pierre Boulle

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It all started in 1969 when the world first saw the apes take over on the big screen Planet Of The Apes (1968) Fast forward to (2011) and times have very well changed in the movie world. This is the first movie in the reboot series next to the upcoming Dawn of the planet of the Apes (2014). This story follows a very motivated man Will Rodman (James Franco) On his quest to find a cure for the alzheimer’s disease devoted to help his father. We learn at the lab of his profession that a very special Chimpanzee has a unique gift inherited from his mother and is taken in by Will Rodman (James Franco) to his own home. We watch as our very eyes vision this ape come to life in every way, swinging  like “Tarzan” and swaying from ceilings to platforms and having what I would call a perfectionist type home for a chimpanzee. Things turn for the worst as Caesar (Andy Serkis) ends up in the local primate shelter because of a bad accident in the neighborhood. Caesar begins to understand that he is a animal but it takes him a good vivid trip down memory lane to understand his purpose as he is the only one of his kind with outstanding IQ and abilities. If you want a movie that is full of action and surprises this is the one for you, the acting itself was very memorable considering I think Serkis is one of the best in the business in motion capture acting. Through out the film we watch Caesars human like qualities and emotional vibe really connect to Will Rodman (James Franco) as we take in every mood the ape is and have a understanding on how smart he really is becoming really did interest me throughout this whole film. (James Franco) Himself i think did a fantastic job bonding with Caesar and connecting to him throughout the whole film showed how great and surreal the film really is. Overall if your a fan of the series and haven’t seen this one be sure to check it out you won’t be disappointed, I give Rise Of The Planet Of the Apes (2011) a 4.5/5

Curse Of Chucky (2013) Review:Director:Don Mancini/ Writers-Don Mancini

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Well what can i say? This Is the 6th installment in the Childs Play (1988) Series all written by the man himself Don Mancini. The film carries it self out as one of the darkest out of the series dropping the comedic side. I personally have been a fan of the series since the first Childs Play (1988) at age 7 and I was hooked. Never again did I look at any doll the same, and I can assure you many would agree thinking of that red hair and creepy grin. Chucky is indeed back and is better than ever, with the setting taking place in a creepy home with a gothic horror type feel just  waiting for things to happen as soon as the mysterious package ends up on Nicas (Fionna Dourif) front door. A big plus from this film is even if you’ve never seen any of the Childs Play (1988) films you can still relate because the films tie together amazingly. Mancini directed the film as this would be his 2nd project only being shot in 30 days and next to Seed Of Chucky (2004) and does not Disappoint. The shots in this movie flow very well together and really brings you in the visual of Nicas (Fionna Dourif)  home and the house itself is stunning, It really is a creepy looking house. The film does tend to take a while to build up once it does you’re in for a ride. The acting itself is very good notably by Fionna Dourif which is the daughter Of Brad Dourif (Voice of Charles Lee Ray.) Chucky himself is indeed scary and the Lake shore Strangler doesn’t let anyone get away easy this time. I was disappointed this movie didn’t get a theatrical release considering this is the first movie ever straight to DVD. Overall if you’re a fan of the series like me you will indeed enjoy this movie and appreciate everything that went into making this film and leave with a good scare. I give Curse of Chucky (2013) a 4/5