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The Pyramid (2014)


April 12, 2015 - 9:14pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Ashley Hinshaw, creature feature, Daniel Amerman, Daniel Meersand, Denis O’Hare, Fox International Productions, Grégory Levasseur, James Buckley, Nick Simon, Silvatar Media, Site 146, The Pyramid

5.28571
Your rating: None Average: 5.3 (7 votes)

Rating #: 
4/10
Director: 
Grégory Levasseur
Cast: 
Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley, Daniel Amerman


As repetitive as the genre can be at times, Egyptian mythology is one aspect that hasn't been explored much in horror films. Sure we've had mummies walking around causing all sorts of havoc in the past, but there's still a lot of untapped potential involving pyramids and old Egyptian beliefs. Naturally I was a bit hopeful with this film, but while the potential was there, what we got instead was just another unoriginal horror pic with terrible CG.

The movie follows a team of U.S. archaeologists in Egypt as they uncover the first three-sided pyramid. Before they can explore the damn thing the team is forced to evacuate the area, as it's proven unsafe due to a recent spike in local violence. Not risking the chance of a lifetime, a small group ventures inside (despite warnings) and eventually find themselves lost and hunted down by an unknown creature that lurks in the shadows of the ancient pyramid (and no it isn't a mummy).

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)


March 13, 2016 - 2:10am | FrighT MasteR

8.2
Your rating: None Average: 8.2 (5 votes)

Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Dan Trachtenberg
Cast: 
John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher, Jr.


If I understand correctly 10 Cloverfield Lane started out as a simple unrelated low-budget thriller under the title The Cellar (and later Valencia), where it was reportedly filmed and completed, but left on the shelf after issues with the production company. Producer J.J. Abrams eventually got a hold of it and had it re-written (and later filmed) with potential elements that would loosely connect to the Cloverfield universe.

11-11-11 (2011)


November 15, 2011 - 6:56pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 11-11-11, Ángela Rosal, angels, Benjamin Cook, Brendan Price, Capacity Pictures, Darren Lynn Bousman, demonic, entity, evil, Lluis Soler, Michael Landes, religion, religious, Salomé Jimenez, Timothy Gibbs, Wendy Glenn

4.2
Your rating: None Average: 4.2 (5 votes)

Rating #: 
5/10
Director: 
Darren Lynn Bousman
Cast: 
Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes, Wendy Glenn, Lluis Soler, Ángela Rosal, Brendan Price, Salomé Jimenez, Benjamin Cook


After tackling a few Saw sequels, Repo! The Genetic Opera and the Mother's Day remake, writer/director Darren Lynn Bousman now attempts to make his mark in the religious horror sub-genre with 11-11-11, a film loosely based on the 11-11 phenomenon, which many believe to be linked to key events in history and others a sign of mystical powers or a supernatural presence. I wanted to like this film as it offers an interesting storyline and seemed to have potential in this sea of unoriginal genre projects, but it just failed to deliver in many aspects, and those familiar with similarly-themed efforts will find its climax to be incredibly predictable.

The story focuses on Joseph Crone, a writer who recently lost his wife and child after one of his crazed fans sets fire to his home. As if matters couldn't get any worse, Joseph gets into a car wreck, but despite his suicidal urges to end his own existence, somehow makes it out with barely a scratch. Immediately following the accident, he receives a call from Spain about his dying father, compelling the writer to make a trip out there in hopes of seeing the man before his passing.

13: Game of Death (2006)


August 25, 2009 - 12:32pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 13 beloved, 13: game of death, Chukiat Sakveerakul, game, thai, thailand

5.71429
Your rating: None Average: 5.7 (7 votes)

Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Chukiat Sakveerakul
Cast: 
Krissada Terrence, Achita Wuthinounsurasit, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Nattapong Arunnate, Alexander Rendel, Achita Sikamana, Penpak Sirikul


This is an overlooked Thai film that I didn't realize was worth a damn until recently when news of its sequel broke out. After reading several positive comments on the first film, I decided to finally give it a look. To my surprise, this turned out to be a good movie -- it's creative and interesting from start to finish. Also known as 13 Beloved, the film follows a broke and down-on-his-luck guy, who receives a mysterious phone call from some sort of game show that says if he kills a fly he will win money. He immediately dismisses such an appalling idea, until the person on the other line reveals information about him that no one else would know. He kills the fly and receives a notification on his phone that money has just been deposited into his account.

1408 (2007)


April 16, 2012 - 7:10pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 1408, based on short story, ghosts, haunting, John Cusack, Mary McCormack, Mikael Hafstrom, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephen King, Tony Shalhoub

6.25
Your rating: None Average: 6.3 (8 votes)

Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Mikael Håfström
Cast: 
John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub


Based on a Stephen King segment in his audio book entitled Blood and Smoke, which was later re-released in written format as part of his Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales compilation, the eventual film was optioned by Dimension Films in '03 and of course, them being slow with almost every project they sink their fingers into, filming didn't actually begin until the Summer of '06, after the cast was set and Kate Walsh (Grey's Anatomy) was replaced by Mary McCormack, when it was revealed to conflict with her shooting schedule for her role in the hit ABC series. The film opened to theaters on June 22nd '07 to high numbers, and making it King's best theatrical debut since 2004's Secret Window (opening at a couple million less). Some say this is his best story-to-film adaptation from a novel since The Shining, and although I don't specifically agree with that comment, it surely is one of his better transformations from book-to-film.

2001 Maniacs (2005)


June 5, 2010 - 7:10pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 2001 maniacs, Adam Robitel, Bianca Smith, blood, Brendan McCarthy, Brian Gross, campy, cheesy, Christa Campbell, comedic, Dylan Edrington, Gina Marie Heekin, Giuseppe Andrews, gore, Jay Gillespie, Kevin Canady, Lin Shaye, Marla Malcolm, Matthew Carey, Mushond Lee, parody, Peter Stormare, Robert Englund, Tim Sullivan, Wendy Kremer

6.28571
Your rating: None Average: 6.3 (7 votes)

Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Tim Sullivan
Cast: 
Robert Englund, Lin Shaye, Giuseppe Andrews, Jay Gillespie, Marla Malcolm, Dylan Edrington, Matthew Carey, Gina Marie Heekin, Brian Gross, Mushond Lee, Bianca Smith, Adam Robitel, Wendy Kremer, Brendan McCarthy, Christa Campbell, Peter Stormare, Kevin Canady


A remake of the classic 1964 H.G. Lewis gorefest entitled Two Thousand Maniacs! Some fans thought that since this was titled "2001 Maniacs" that it was a sequel to the first film, but if that were the case it would have to be set in 2065. Of course writer/director Tim Sullivan wasn't going to go that route, but instead bring forth a "re-imagining" of the original, promising more of the same gore and campiness that the original offered. Of course, I've never seen the H.G. Lewis adaptation, but from what I've heard it sounded like a gore-filled ride!, much like the tradition of H.G. films, being the "Godfather of Gore" and all.

2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams (2010)


August 14, 2010 - 7:46pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 2001 maniacs, Ahmed Best, Andrea Leon, Bill Moseley, blood, Chris Kobin, Christa Campbell, Christopher Tuffin, comedic, DVD, gore, Lin Shaye, low budget, Nivek Ogre, POS movie, Tim Sullivan, Trevor Wright

1.875
Your rating: None Average: 1.9 (8 votes)

Rating #: 
3/10
Director: 
Tim Sullivan
Cast: 
Bill Moseley, Lin Shaye, Nivek Ogre, Christa Campbell, Ahmed Best, Trevor Wright, Andrea Leon

Tim Sullivan's sequel to the surprisingly entertaining 2001 Maniacs is finally here after being in development for a few years. Tim had problems finding the right funding for the film, which after seeing the movie, I can see why. While the first was a fun gore-filled ride, with lots of quirky characters and humor, its sequel is nothing more than a low-budget softcore wannabe splatter flick.

28 Days Later (2002)


July 29, 2009 - 5:40am | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 28 days later, blood, Brendan Gleeson, british, Cillian Murphy, Danny Boyle, Megan Burns, Naomie Harris, Noah Huntley, outbreak, uk, virus, zombie-ish

7.75676
Your rating: None Average: 7.8 (37 votes)

Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Danny Boyle
Cast: 
Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Megan Burns, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Huntley


There have been a lot of positive buzz about this UK horror film. I got a chance to check it out myself and I really enjoyed it. Good plot and gets you hooked from the beginning. The plot obviously isn't too original, but it's still good. It's pretty much about a new virus that breaks out in London and in a matter of weeks the city is forced to evacuate. 28 days after the virus breaks out a man named Jim awakens to find himself in a hospital room. He roams around the city to find that there is no one in sight. He learns from reading newspapers that the city had to evacuate because of a virus.

28 Weeks Later (2007)


July 29, 2009 - 5:43am | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 28 weeks later, blood, british, Catherine McCormack, gore, Harold Perrineau, Idris Elba, Imogen Poots, Jeremy Renner, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Mackintosh Muggleton, outbreak, Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, uk, virus, zombie-ish

7.83784
Your rating: None Average: 7.8 (37 votes)

Rating #: 
8/10
Director: 
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Cast: 
Jeremy Renner, Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack, Imogen Poots, Idris Elba, Mackintosh Muggleton

2LDK (2002)


October 22, 2009 - 11:04pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 2LDK, Eiko Koike, japan, japanese, Maho Nonami, roommates, Yukihiko Tsutsumi

6
Your rating: None Average: 6 (2 votes)

Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Cast: 
Maho Nonami, Eiko Koike


This, much like Living Hell, is a low-budget film that shopped around for distribution for a while before finally getting a US DVD debut. This movie is part of the Yukihiko Tsutsumi and Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus) team-up with their Duel-Films company that was originally just a small idea amongst colleagues that turned into reality after a few meetings together. The two talented directors had an idea to make their own film that basically shows nothing more than specific characters dueling it out. Ryuhei Kitamura came out with Aragami while Yukihiko came out with 2LDK, which essentially has only two people in the entire film, with the exception of another character who's only a supporting role that's shown in certain flash sequences.

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