Plot: An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.
Review: This is one movie I have been wanting to see for a while, so when it showed up on Netflix the other night, it was a case of “turn off the PC and the lights and get into it”.
The story follows that of TV journalist Natasha Warner (Bel Deliá) and her crew who go looking into the state’s government idea of using the abandoned train tunnels under Sydney as water recycle plant. However the homeless use the tunnels as shelter, and the government doesn’t want to acknowledge the constant disappearances of the homeless.
With the cover-ups the crew decides to check out the tunnels themselves, especially after a somewhat strange interview with a homeless man who once lived in them.
The Tunnel, while shot from the “found footage POV”, is truly an exception to the film-making genre, and one that I highly recommend.
Keep watch for Aussie actor, Luke Arnold, who also stars in a TV series I reviewed a while back, Black Sails.
Verdict: Don’t go to Sydney underground 🙂
Rating: 8 out of 10.
Plot: Five friends play a game in a ”mysterious” forest with a long history as a beacon for troubled young people contemplating suicide.
Review: For years, the Covington forest has been shrouded in mystery, with a dark past as a final destination for troubled youths. Undeterred by the news of a classmate who recently took his life in those woods, five teens journey into the forest for an evening of flashlight games and ghost stories. But their plans go awry when the friends awaken a demonic presence, an unseen evil that will seize upon their deepest fears-and plunge them into a nightmare of absolute terror.
We all know the drill here. Anytime a group of mates head to a forest, cabin, whatever, you already know that none of them are going home alive. In this latest take, 5 teens (typical) head off to the forest to play a game of hide and seek, only to be stalked by a mysterious presence that will kill them off, one by one.
While this is certainly nothing new by any means, I will give this one a thumbs up for their effort, and the added effects of the demonic wolf and not to forget the shadow creature (which looked abit like a bad version of GROOT).
Suspense – Yep there is that
Horror – Hmmmm… Seen scarier
Acting – Passable
This movie was okay, but I have seen better, and there were a few things that stood out that some of the characters should not have done. I wont say what those are, as you can see for yourself, but, anyone with common sense just wouldn’t do …..
Verdict: Scare factor supplied by Groot!
Rating: 4 out of 10
Reel Evil – (2012)
Stars: Jessica Morris, Kaiwi Lyman, Jeff Adler, Tessa Lane, Jamie Bernadette, Kate Bowen.
IMDB Rating: 3.4
Plot: Struggling filmmakers – Kennedy, Cory and James – finally catch the break they were looking for when they are hired to shoot a ‘behind-the-scenes’ documentary for a major studio production. But their dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when they explore the legendary, haunted location and find something far worse than anything Hollywood could create. Terror becomes reality for the filmmakers as they uncover the malevolent secrets of the hospital, and the sinister doctor who once ran it. Trapped inside the hospital with no apparent way out, our crew is tormented by the evil, unspeakable fear.
Review: Another one in the “found footage” stockpile. Reel Evil opens with three struggling film-makers, Kennedy (Jessica Morris), James (Jeff Adler), and Cory (Kaiwi Lyman), finally getting their big break when they are hired to film a “behind the scenes” documentary for a major film studio.
What should have been an easy paycheck for the trio, soon becomes their nightmare, as they find themselves trapped in a parallel world where ghosts are hunting them down, one by one.
The story gets a little slow and quite predictable in what could have been a good film. I don’t mind a good horror film, and “found footage” films tend to be bland and dry for the most part, to the point where you can tell that everyone is going to die. And this film is no different. The ghosts of the dead have their day (or night) and not only do our trio of wanna-be explorers get killed one by one, but so do the rest of the film crew who hired them.
While the film did explore a little on the former Doctor of this establishment, I did find that there could have been more to his backstory rather than just see brief glimpses of his ghost roaming around, wielding surgical tools. Why was his ghost haunting the hospital to begin with? Did he die of natural causes or was he murdered by one of the patients? I guess we will never know, and that is just one reason why this film was a bit of a let down for me.
There were moments there when I actually thought that the gang would decide to leave before the shite hit the paranormal fan, but if they did, then we wouldn’t have seen them get killed off, and that wouldn’t be any fun now would it 🙂
Some interesting appearances in this film to say the least from the likes of Tessa Lane (pretty much playing herself), who happens to get into her natural environment of filming a porn with Cory, Kate Bowen (Bunnyman Massacre) as the MU artist, and Jamie Bernadette (Bunnyman Massacre) as Claire. (Although Kate an Jamie didn’t get much screen time).
Filming was done at the Linda Vista Hospital, which is a place that should be familiar to many. After all, it has been the hot-spot for filmies and ghost shows alike. Such memorable ones include Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Challenge, ICU Movie, SX Tape, just to name a few.
This film was okay, but it could have been better.
Verdict: I’ve seen better…..
My Rating: 5 out of 10.
Hunting the Legend
Stars: Christopher Copeland, Hannah Wallace, Jeff Causey
Director: Justin Steeley
IMDB Rating: 3.0
Plot: In 2008, a deer hunter was taken by something in the Alabama woods. Only his rifle, blood and a 16″ footprint were left behind… Five years later, his son seeks revenge.
Review: There has been a wave of “found footage films” of late. Films involving ghosts, demons, aliens, abductions, and now Bigfoot… I could only manage to sit and watch the first 20 minute of this badly done film, and that was it for me. I will spare you the turmoil of watching this and just say that the story is about Chris, whose father was allegedly killed and dragged off into the woods during a hunting trip, leaving young Chris scarred for life. Years later, he gathers together a small group of people and venture into the wilderness in search of the legendary Bigfoot.
Boring and tedious is all I can say. Save yourself the time and watch Sharknado 2 instead.
Verdict: Not Another Found Footage P.O.C
My Rating: -10 out of 10.
Life Tracker (2013)
Stars: Barry Finnegan; Rebecca Marshall; Matt Dallas
IMDB Rating: 5.0
Plot: Dillon stumbles on a little known news story about a company called Life Tracker Limited, which claims it has discovered a way to predict biological events in a human’s life by looking at their DNA. Everyone views the story as a modern day form of palm reading that will go nowhere, but Dillon keeps turning on his camera when he finds articles on the Internet or hears about it on the news. The story keeps getting bigger. People all over the world are paying tons of money to see if their DNA shows any trace of disease, or future children, or when they’ll die. With little to no resources, Dillon is left to guerrilla style street interviews and filming the reactions of his small group of friends. When Dillon, his best friend Scott, and Scott’s girlfriend Bell all get their futures predicted their lives start to change… along with the world itself. Nothing is physically changed in any single person’s day-to-day life, but the ideas that have been put in people’s heads convince them to flip the world upside-down. That’s when things start to get out of hand. From the intimate relationships in our every day lives, to the literal future of the human race, nothing will ever be the same after Life Tracker.
Review: “What if” you could know details of your future from your DNA print? An interesting concept to say the least.
The film starts out pretty slow, with Dillon (Barry Finnegan) being the eternal procrastinator who never finishes what he starts. That is until he stumbles upon a little known news story about DNA tracking, where a company “Life Tracker Ltd” has announced that they can track future events of a person’s life by tracking their DNA.
The two other main characters of this film (Bell & Scott) lend a hand to Dillon’s film project and join on on the ride to finish what he started.
Friendships are tested to breaking point in this doco-style film (turned time-capsule film), as each one of them get their “future read”. Such as Bell (Rebecca Marshall) finding out she would have kids to Dillon (and not Scott, as she had planned to), and the Belfast Clock and World Clock ticking down to Doomsday.
When DDay clock expires for Belfast, and no great apocalypse has happened, life goes on… Or so we think. Rather than say anything more about the storyline, and what unfolds, I will only say that you will need to see this film.
While there are no zombies, aliens, or ghosts lurking about in this “found footage” film (thank goodness for that), there is enough suspense to keep you watching until the very end, and I just wish that there were more films like this, but even though those are few and far between.
The acting is believable by the three main actors of this film. Dillon is the apartment manager, stuck in a job he really does not like, struggling with his own fate of being the forever “friend-zoned” lonely guy who never finishes what he starts. Bell is the girlfriend of Scott, who has big dreams for her life, most of which involve Scott. Scott is cruisy and almost BFF’s with Dillon.
“Life Tracker” gives you something to think about. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who is looking for a good “found footage” film.
My Rating: 9 out of 10