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Review: The Ritual (2017)

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2018 by Xander Woolf

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Starring: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, Sam Troughton
Directed By: David Bruckner

What’s it about?

Five friends get together to plan a lad’s getaway. Lots of ideas are thrown around, including hiking in Sweden. Lots of ideas are also turned down. They leave the pub without having set on a plan. As they’re walking along, Luke (Spall) decides to go into the liquor store to get some more alcohol. Rob (Paul Reid) goes in with him, still talking about the hiking trip to Sweden. Two “junkies” were in the midst of robbing the store. Rob ends up dead while Luke hides in the back.

Fast forward to four friends hiking in Sweden. They pour one out for Rob at their destination, then start to head back. Dom (Troughton) falls and tears his meniscus. After looking at the map, the friends decide to cut through the forest and make a bee-line to the lodge to cut a day off their hike.

Once in the forest, they notice runes carved into the trees. They come across several other horrific scenes before it becomes obvious that there’s something living in that forest that doesn’t like them one bit.

What did I think?

This movie was… interesting. In a good way, I promise!

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I didn’t really know what to expect when I pressed play. It’s a UK movie, so I had high expectations. I tend to like foreign horror a bit more than US horror. It’s less predictable to me since different cultures tend to have different ways of telling a story.

I loved the setting. The forest is always a great choice for horror movies. The ambiance was perfect: dark, uneven and oppressive. Director David Bruckner did an amazing job capturing this story.

The characters were relatable. You had the loser (Luke), the complainer (Dom), the leader (Hutch (James-Collier)), and the nobody (Phil (Ali)). Each actor did a great job portraying their archetype, especially Rafe Spall as Luke.

The story itself did happen to be a bit predictable, but it was done in such a way that I don’t find fault in it. I was somewhat disappointed by the ending. I expected there to be a little bit more to it. It felt unfinished.

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Do I recommend it?

Yeah, it’s a great B-horror movie to watch when you want something to keep you on edge, but not scare you. You can find it on Netflix, so go see for yourself and let me know if you agree or not in the comments below!

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9th Circle of Horror Returns

Posted in Uncategorized on July 7, 2017 by Xander Woolf

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Hey, Horror Fans!

I know, it’s been awhile.

Don’t you worry, though. We’re not going anywhere.

We had some hiccups. Depression mixed with busy schedules do not mix well.

But we’re back.

And we have some exciting stuff in the works.

So stay tuned and be sure to keep checking back on your sleepless Friday nights for reviews.

Sleep tight.

wolfout

Thank You

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2016 by Xander Woolf

Thank you, everyone, for being patient with us. We attempt to keep a consistent schedule, but it’s not always possible.

Unfortunately, there will be no urban legend post today. I’ve hurt my back somehow (seriously, I don’t know how – I woke up and it was painful) and it’s excruciating to sit at the computer (I’m able to write this short message from my phone).

So, thank you all so much for being understanding. Thank you for all your feedback and your support. We couldn’t do this without you.

Friday’s film review is still happening as scheduled, at 8pm.

-Wolf Out

Review of Truth or Die (2012)

Posted in Review, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 20, 2015 by Xander Woolf

Dir. by Robert Heath
Starring: Jenny Jacques, Florence Hall, Tom Kane, David OakesMV5BMjEwMDEzMjU3M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDU4ODM1OA@@._V1_SX640_SY720_

*May Contain Spoilers*

Truth or Die is a British “torture porn” horror film. It’s also my guilty pleasure movie. I don’t usually watch the types of movie dubbed “torture porn.” I haven’t seen Hostel or Saw or The Human Centipede or anything like that (though, if there’s enough interest, I will watch and review them). This movie, though, I love. I bet it’s because of hot British guys (I’m sorry, I know that’s really shallow…)

What’s it about?
The movie opens to a college party. A group of five friends are having a good time, taking shots and snorting coke. Enter Felix (Kane), who wants nothing more than to confess his love to Gemma (Hall). When she turns him down, things get worse for Felix as the night goes on. Fast forward six months when the five friends are headed to Felix’s birthday party in his gorgeous country home.

They are greeted by Justin (Oakes), Felix’s brother, but Felix is nowhere to be seen. They stay to drink and have fun, but Justin has something else in mind. Revenge for his brother and a little game of truth or dare.

What did I think?
This movie is very formulaic. It follows the conventions of a regular cabin in the woods, torture porn movie. A group of friends find themselves isolated and vulnerable and they have to survive despite the fact that they’re trapped with a psychopath on the loose. That being said, there are several moments in the film where you have to suspend your disbelief.

First, when the friends arrive at the house, they’re told the party is in a cabin on the back of the property. They have to walk a half mile on a rough path through the forest to get here. No. They didn’t like Felix, as could be seen at the beginning of the movie. Why would they make that much effort to go to this party? They said they were just there for the free booze. It doesn’t seem worth it.

Second, Justin puts his trust in Luke (Alexander Vlahos), who just goes along with everything he says. At first it makes sense, because he’s afraid of what Justin will do to him, but later on, he had plenty of opportunities for sabotage. It doesn’t make sense that Justin would give Luke so much freedom to begin with, but it makes even less sense that Luke wouldn’t use that to his advantage. I mean, seriously, dude. Your friends are being tortured.

That being said, the actors all did an amazing job in the parts they were given. Tom Kane made my heart ache. David Oakes played the villain very well. He was believable in his motive and easily pulled off Justin’s psychopathic behavior. Jenny Jacques, who plays Eleanor, is just the right amount of bitchy and vengeful. Florence Hall played the naive blonde just right, too. The cast was great.

The story itself needed some work.

Do I recommend it?
It’s my guilty pleasure movie for reasons listed above, but it’s a formulaic, predictable film that doesn’t incite any feelings of fear or disgust. It’s basically the British version of Would Your Rather, but with a different party game. I didn’t recommend that movie to you guys, so I don’t think I’m going to recommend this movie either… unless you like to look at hot British people. Then have at it.

wolfout

Corpse Princess, Shikabane Hime

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2015 by Lilliandra Winters

Shikabane Hime (Anime) (2008-2009) AKA Corpse Princess
Season Aka (Red) and Season Kuro (Black)
Based on the Manga Shikabane Hime

Doing reviews on anime for me is hard. These amazing shows don’t have a singular anything, so trying to explain to you a series is as easy as herding raptors. It looks dangerous and fun, but I’m sure as shit am not Chris Pratt.

SH/CP is a very well done anime. Of course my beloved J. Michael Tatum is one of the many amazing voice actors on cast for the dubbed version. This, however, was my first anime before I began to fall in love with voice actors at all. I have no idea why I chose this one to start, something about the name jumped out at me and I don’t regret it for a second. It just expanded my love of horror into a new form, anime.

So, what is it actually about? A young woman (Makina Hoshimura) is murdered and asked to be brought back as a corpse princess so that she can fight other Shikabane (corpses) to keep humanity safe. Shikabane Hime have to kill 108 Shikabane to win their rightful place in heaven. They are paired with Contracted Monks. Contracted Monks are there to be protected, help kill Shikabane and ensure their Hime make it into heaven. Fast forward to Ouri Kagami, our protagonist. He is a child in an orphanage. There is a Contracted Monk (Keisei Tagami) that checks on him and calls him little brother. Kagami moves out, meets Hoshimura by accident, becomes a little obsessed and way down the road becomes a Contracted Monk like his big brother.

I love this series. It was an exciting way to start my anime adventure. It is full of secrets and lore, mystery, impossible love and blood. Lots of blood, and death. However, I only had to watch it the once. This isn’t a series I see myself watching over and over again like Soul Eater or Black Butler.

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We’ve Redecorated!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 24, 2015 by Xander Woolf

Hey, everyone! Be sure to check out our new decorations, courtesy of our good friend Maria McLaughlin!

Don’t be shy, let us know what you think in the comments!

wolfout

Horror Review Friday

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24, 2015 by Xander Woolf

Hey guys and gals,

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to post a movie review tonight, like I usually do on Fridays. To make it up to you, I will be posting TWO movie reviews next week. One on Monday and the usual Friday night review.

In the meantime, send me movie review requests! I’d like to know what you all want to see reviewed.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

wolfout