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REVIEW: DEADLY FAMOUS

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We all know the world of Hollywood can be cut throat, but that is literally the case in ERIC TROOP and JIM LANE’s new horror film Deadly Famous.

Daniel O’Meara (John Carter) plays Alan Miller, a struggling actor who is slowing losing his grip on sanity after constantly getting rejected throughout his acting career. Things take a sinister turn when amateur actress Pamela (Jackie Moore) moves in as his roommate.

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You get a sense of what you are getting into right from the outset of this film, we are instantly introduced to Alan’s unhinged world and the violence that accompanies it. I was initially worried when I saw that a lot of the scenes were filmed using handheld cameras in the style of found footage but was quickly put at ease by the reason for this. The character Alan is so absorbed by the film/acting world he insists on filming absolutely everything, the filming slowly becomes increasingly erratic as he becomes more and more disturbed. This acted as a frightening trigger and gave a viewer a slight warning when things were about to get crazy.

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Another surprise was that this film was presented in a mockumentary type style with various people who had come into contact with Alan narrating and giving statements as the film progressed. This was a great decision because some of the Hollywood casting characters were hilarious and very believable.

I had a few issues along the way with some of the sound levels on the lesser characters or when characters were further away in shot,  however this could have been a microphone issue or just my version of the film. The pacing of Deadly Famous was pressure cooker-like, you could really feel  it was all building up to a big finale. This worked well for the most part but I felt there were sometimes one too many filler scenes of Alan spewing rhetoric and other ramblings to the camera, these were effective at first but only stood in the way of the bloody finale as the run time mounted up.

The effects were cleverly and sparingly used in death scenes, blood wasn’t thrown about for the sake of it so when you saw a flash of scarlet the impact was immediately doubled. the film made use of several ‘off camera’ moments which due to just out shot motions and grisly sound effects made for some toe curling moments. Towards to end of the film we are briefly taken down the ‘snuff’ route as the killer holds the camera and abuses his victims POV style, this felt slightly out of sync with the rest of the film but did provide some darker sequences.

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Overall Deadly Famous was a very solid indie horror flick that utilised a number of styles and effects to its benefit. certain aspects of the middle section may feel slightly bogged down but once the final blood soaked 10 minutes are over you realise it was worth the wait proving the world of Hollywood can indeed be murder!

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Halloween Kills | A Fun Popcorn Flick With The Right Amount Of Slasher, Horror And Humour

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Michael Myers terrifies the townsfolk of Haddenfield once again. halloween Kills uses elements from the 1978 original and fuses them with tense, gruesome and gore, it’s BLOODY BRUTAL!!!

In 2018 David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring icon Jamie Lee Curtis, killed at the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highest grossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman. 

However that Halloween night when Michael Myers returns isn’t over yet as the movie picks up right where we left off from the last one. Laurie Strode (Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (And Matichak)  have left the masked monster caged and burning in Laurie’s basement, Laurie however is rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries and believes that she’s finally killed her lifelong tormentor. 

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But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddenfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. 

The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all.

Evil Dies Tonight. 

And speaking of evil, everything about this depiction of Michael is phenomenal. From his onscreen chilling presence, to his mask and the way he commits these brutal murders. Michael’s rampage through Haddenfield is pure carnage, he absolutely demolishes everyone and everything is his path. He’s let loose and becomes an even bigger dangerous threat, which is to be expected from masked killers. 

His kills are inventive and vicious and he’s gone one step ahead with the performance of killing someone as I felt that Michael has some theatricality aspects and truly admires his work by the way he displays their bodies. However I felt that some kills were forgettable due to the fact that we don’t get to care for some characters as by the time they’re in Michael’s line of sight, you know they’re a gonna. 

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For fans of horror and violence in movies, there are many spine-chilling moments such as Skull crushing, eye-gouging, gunshots and plenty of bodily horror. 

And if you’re a fan of the original 1978 Halloween film, you’ll be pleased to see many of the actors who were once children, teenagers in the original reprise the same roles in Halloween Kills as adults. It feels so believable and genuine to see the likes of Kyle Richards (Lindsey Wallace ), Nancy Stephens (Marion Chambers) and Charles Cyphers (Sheriff Leigh Brackett) . The film truly pays homage to the original that started it all. many other characters return from the 2018 film and another classic character returning is Tommy Doyle, though recast and now played by Anthony Michael Hall. 

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With all these characters the film switches the narrative by focusing in on how the town itself responds and reacts to Michael as the Haddonfield townspeople are fed up and exhausted after 40 years of trauma which was brought on by Michael Myers. We follow groups of unlikely heroes throughout the town armed and ready to take out an unstoppable force of nature by any means necessary. Tommy rallies the whole community to band together. They don’t listen to the Police so this film shows what happens when a town is dissatisfied with a failed system and a useless authority. All hell breaks loose and a mob is formed, this becomes a story that isn’t about Laurie vs Michael, instead about Michael vs Haddonfield itself. 

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The movie’s central location takes place within a hospital, we see bodies being swarmed in as a result of Michael. Fear starts growing within the town which unfortunately morphs into panic and eventually utter complete chaos when misinformation and rumours star to spread. I felt that the residents of Haddenfield’s true enemy was their own idiotic decisions, society and rage has made them the monsters. 

Cinematography is certainly elevated this time with unique camera angels showcasing the murders. John Carpenter’s score is beautiful and certainly adds suspense to certain scenes. I also love the film’s nods and nostalgia throughout flashbacks to 1978. 

Overall Halloween Kills is a solid setup and middle chapter of this trilogy. It’s a fun popcorn flick with the right amount of slasher, horror and humour. It also sets into motion what will eventually become Halloween Ends. 

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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City – Official Trailer

Survivors try to uncover the truth behind the evil Umbrella Corp. while battling bloodthirsty zombies in the wastelands of Raccoon City.



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Action, Horror, Mystery

Release Date:

November 24, 2021

Director:

Johannes Roberts

Cast:

Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Hannah John-Kamen

Plot Summary:

Survivors try to uncover the truth behind the evil Umbrella Corp. while battling bloodthirsty zombies in the wastelands of Raccoon City.

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Scream | Official Trailer

A new installment of the ‘Scream’ horror franchise will follow a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.



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Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Release Date:

January 14, 2022

Director:

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Cast:

Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette

Plot Summary:

A new installment of the ‘Scream’ horror franchise will follow a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.

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