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Carriers (2009)


November 23, 2009 - 8:41pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Àlex Pastor, carriers, Chris Pine, David Pastor, infection, outbreak, Paramount Vantage, Piper Perabo, virus

5.7
Your rating: None Average: 5.7 (10 votes)

Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Àlex Pastor, David Pastor
Cast: 
Piper Perabo Chris Pine, Emily VanCamp, Lou Taylor Pucci, Christopher Meloni


Carriers turned out to be a nice breath of fresh air in the usual infection sub-genre. Normally we see infected running around in a murderous stupor, but the infected in this flick are simply people suffering from a very contagious and deadly virus, nothing more. This is essentially just a survival road movie that examines the true nature of what the human race is forced to result to in this type of apocalyptic scenario.

Case 39 (2009)


January 3, 2010 - 11:18pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: adoption, Bradley Cooper, case 39, Christian Alvart, demonic, evil child, evil kid, Ian McShane, Renée Zellweger

6.66667
Your rating: None Average: 6.7 (12 votes)

Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
Christian Alvart
Cast: 
Renée Zellweger, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Jodelle Ferland, Kerry O’Malley, Callum Keith Rennie


Case 39 is one of those movies that is just plagued with US distribution troubles. Production was completed in 2007 and the pic was originally given a February theatrical release that year, but it was pushed until 2008, then again in 2009. Recently it was given a January 2010 theatrical release, but (no surprise) it never came out. Despite that, it has already been released in several other countries, with Mexico being the most recent. Having seen the movie I can't say that US viewers are really missing out on much, but it's still an above average horror fair.

Cat People (1982)


November 1, 2014 - 7:08pm | steelba
  Tags: Annette O'Toole, Cat People, cats, John Heard, Malcolm McDowell, Nastassja Kinski, Paul Schrader, Ruby Dee, sex, sexual, shapeshifters

6.6
Your rating: None Average: 6.6 (5 votes)

Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Paul Schrader
Cast: 
Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O'Toole, Ruby Dee


1982's Cat People is a bit different from most of the horror films of that decade and certainly has its own unique style and charms. The film opens up in a surrealistic red desert to some very moody music, showing a bit of the mysterious Cat's origins and the aboriginal cult of followers they had. It is a very brooding, ambient, and interesting opening to a fairly unique film. After the atmosphere drenched opening the film shifts to then modern day New Orleans, where the rest of the film takes place.

Cell (2016)


June 10, 2016 - 6:26pm | FrighT MasteR

6.5
Your rating: None Average: 6.5 (6 votes)

Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
Tod Williams
Cast: 
John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Stacy Keach


Cell has had a pretty troubled production ever since the film rights were purchased shortly after the Stephen King novel was released. Initially Dimension Films was behind it and Eli Roth was attached to direct. He ended up leaving the project a few years later due to "creative differences" and it wasn't until another few years that things would pick up again. Directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2) and completed in 2014, the film wouldn't get proper distribution until June of 2016 when it received an on demand release. It's a little sad considering it was originally planned to have a bigger budget and a wide theatrical release, though having finally seen the pic I can see why it ultimately landed on demand.

Cellar Dweller (1988)


July 11, 2009 - 3:46am | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 80's, Brian Robbins, cellar dweller, Cheryl Ann Wilson, creature, Debrah Farentino, Jeffrey Combs, John Carl Buechler, kids, Michael Deak, Pamela Bellwood, Vince Edwards, Yvonne De Carlo

6
Your rating: None Average: 6 (4 votes)

Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
John Carl Buechler
Cast: 
Yvonne De Carlo, Debrah Farentino, Brian Robbins, Pamela Bellwood, Cheryl Ann Wilson, Vince Edwards, Jeffrey Combs, Michael Deak

Cello (2005)


October 22, 2009 - 11:26pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: cello, Da-an Park, ghosts, Ho-bin Jeong, Hyeon-a Seong, korean, south korea, Woo-cheol Lee

4
Your rating: None Average: 4 (3 votes)

Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
Woo-cheol Lee
Cast: 
Ho-bin Jeong, Da-an Park, Hyeon-a Seong


Cello is yet another supernatural piece to come out of South Korea, who has been trying to catch up with the Japanese for the longest time. The film tries to be different from its predecessors by attempting to be more of a story-driven flick rather than relying simply on the same old Ringu and Grudge scare-tactics, yet it still fails into separating itself from the genre and instead creates a mess of the story; eventually leading to an all-too-predictable twist towards the end. Although, the story is interesting, especially when more details are revealed, it seems to play out more as a Soap Drama with small supernatural elements thrown in.

Chain Letter (2010)


October 10, 2010 - 6:50pm | Johnny D
  Tags: Betsy Russell, chain letter, Cherilyn Wilson, Clifton Powell, Cody Kasch, Deon Taylor, Keith David, Matthew Cohen, Michael Bailey Smith, Michael J. Pagan, Nikki Reed, Noah Segan, slasher, teens

4.25
Your rating: None Average: 4.3 (4 votes)

Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
Deon Taylor
Cast: 
Nikki Reed, Noah Segan, Keith David, Betsy Russell, Michael Bailey Smith, Matthew Cohen, Cody Kasch, Michael J. Pagan, Cherilyn Wilson, Clifton Powell
 

Chawz (2009)


October 31, 2009 - 12:53pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Asian Horror, boar, chaw, creature feature, giant, hunters, Jeong-won Shin, killer boar, korean, pig, south korea

5.66667
Your rating: None Average: 5.7 (3 votes)

Rating #: 
5/10
Director: 
Jeong-won Shin
Cast: 
Tae-woong Sin, Hang-seon Jang, Je-moon Yoon, Yu-mi Jeong, Hyeok-kwon Pak


Chaw is the latest creature feature to come out of South Korea, a country that's not exactly known for much in that particular sub-genre. Aside from The Host in 2006, I can't specifically think of any other recent efforts as far as creature features go. Sadly, Chaw turned out to be a big disappointment for me. Being a fan of Korean cinema I was hoping for a fun and cool horror romp, but instead the movie turned out to be mostly just a comedy with very minor horror and dramatic elements.

Films from the country are known to blend various sub-genres together, which can work sometimes, but for movies like Chaw, it definitely doesn't. If it weren't for the brief cuts to the pig grabbing hold and occasionally taking a bite of out some unsuspecting victim, you'd think you were simply watching a comedy. Much like what director Jeong-won Shin did with Sisily 2km, he blends horror and comedy together, but for one reason or another, opted to use more comedic aspects for this movie instead of horror.

Cheerleader Camp (1987)


December 30, 2010 - 1:37pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 80's, 80's Slashers, Betsy Russell, Cheerleader Camp, cheerleaders, cheesy, John Quinn, Leif Garrett, Lorie Griffin, Lucinda Dickey, POS movie, slashers

5.33333
Your rating: None Average: 5.3 (3 votes)

Rating #: 
3/10
Director: 
John Quinn
Cast: 
Betsy Russell, Leif Garrett, Lucinda Dickey, Lorie Griffin


After watching the first 10 minutes of the film and witnessing girls take off their tops for no apparent reason, I realized that I've already seen this. After having felt like a dumbass for renting a film twice, I continued to watch it, because I wanted to do a review. I guess that's the price you pay when you've seen as many horror films as I have. You kinda lose track.

Anyway, the film is just like any other 80s slasher -- girl goes to camp with a bunch of her peers and they end up dying one by one. The thing I did somewhat like about the film was the ending. It wasn't like many other slashers where the bad guy gets found out and dies or gets caught. It's a little different and more interesting. The film itself still kinda sucks though.

Chernobyl Diaries (2012)


June 7, 2012 - 12:30pm | Johnny D
  Tags: Bradley Parker, Chernobyl Diaries, Devin Kelley, Dimitri Diatchenko, FilmNation Entertainment, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, mutants, Nathan Phillips, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Oren Peli, The Genre Co., Warner Bros

6.8
Your rating: None Average: 6.8 (10 votes)

Rating #: 
5/10
Director: 
Bradley Parker
Cast: 
Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Dimitri Diatchenko


I didn’t go in expecting much from Chernobyl Diaries. All the advertising beat the audience over the head with the fact that the creator of the Paranormal Activity series produced it. That’s more of a deterrent for me than seal of approval at this point, considering the plummeting decline in the Paranormal sequels. Alas, I was really drawn in by the premise of using the Chernobyl disaster as the backdrop of a horror film, and the promise of some ghostly mischief. Wait a second. This isn’t a ghost movie? The marketing lied to me? Dammit.

A plot doesn’t get much more basic or thin than that of Chernobyl Diaries. A small group of American vacationers head to the Ukraine to visit one of said vacationer’s black sheep, rebel brother. Being the black sheep rebel that he is, he books a tour of the now abandoned town of Pripyat; the site of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion. They soon become stranded and realize the town isn’t as abandoned as they thought. Throw in a European couple to raise the body count, and a questionable Ukrainian tour guide, and BOOM. Instant horror movie.

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