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“7500” Terror in the Sky

June 17th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A very intense drama, the movie 7500 jumps off running with nonstop terrorism aboard an airliner. The film is well made as it grabs you from the start so you know what is taking place, sets up the dire situation, then puts you in the cockpit with a terrorist and the crew. It’s a tragic happening reminiscent of other real incidents that have taken place in the world. One of the better made films about a hijacking, it will have you on the edge of your seat. Pop a lot of popcorn as you will need it not to chew on your fingernails. Read more…

“Breaking In” Motherly Instincts

May 10th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

It’s an actioner with good special effects and the setting for the flick outstanding, but Breaking In is just another robbery gone bad film at the hands of a very upset mother. Much like Kidnap where Halle Berry goes berserk because her son gets taken when her car is stolen, here Gabrielle Union turns into a determined killer mom to get her children free from robbers. Unfortunately there’s been several movies with a similar plot, but in case you haven’t seen one, this movie should keep you on toes. Read more…

“ALIEN: COVENANT” (Written Review & Trailer)

May 19th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

If you have never seen an Alien movie on the big screen or are a diehard fan of the creatures, then check out the newest installment called Alien: Covenant. The film has all the horror value of the first two and if you saw Prometheus a better understanding of this one as well. The only drawback is the scare meter, especially for the moviegoers who already know what the aliens look like, how they are “born” and their attack mode. But, for the storyline the film has some merit, although it may give most fans déjà vu. Read more…

“The Guest” a Cold Blooded Terror Flick (Film Review)

September 18th, 2014 No comments

THE GUEST

 

 

Review by Alyn Darnay

Directed by: Adam Wingard

Screenplay by: Simon Barrett

Cast: : Dan Stevens, Joel David Moore, Brendan Meyer, Leland Orser, Maika Monroe, Sheila Kelley, and Lance Reddick

A star is born, and “The Guest” is the vehicle he arrives in. You may not see the fireworks, or hear a trumpet fanfare, or glance matching bands paying tribute, but you’ll know a star making turn when you see one. And that’s exactly what happens here for actor Dan Stevens. With his lanky muscular body, steely smiling eyes, and easygoing manner, he worms his way into your consciousness and trust, and then flips things around so masterfully, you want him to win, even as he does the most awful, cold-blooded things. It’s a compelling performance from beginning to end that will definitely leave a memorable impact on you. Read more…

The Call, a Tense Crime Thriller (Film Review)

March 14th, 2013 No comments

CALL poster

Review by John Delia

Bringing the workings of the police emergency 911 to the screen, The Call makes for a very edgy thriller with a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  The excellent direction of the terror script with fine acting from Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin makes everything so real I found myself gripping the seat at times.   Read more…

Prometheus, review by John Delia

June 7th, 2012 No comments

A

CHILLING

‘ALIEN’

THRILLER

PROMETHEUS

By John Delia

Most good Sci-Fi space thrillers take advantage of the unknown and one’s imagination of what may be in outer space.  This happens to be the case of Prometheus a very thought provoking movie that intrigues.  If you are a science fiction buff or just like extraterrestrial action, then you will want to get a good seat at a theater showing Prometheus. Read more…

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, Review by Alyn Darnay

April 12th, 2012 No comments

ONE OF THE

BEST

HORROR FILMS

IN YEARS

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

Review by Alyn Darnay

Let’s start this review by saying “The Cabin In The Woods” is one of the best horror films to come around in the past few years, probably not since the original Scream (1996), and I became an instant fan. Which in itself is strange, made even stranger because it’s been sitting on MGM’s shelf for the past three years and for all anyone knew could have disappeared there forever. But, it finally comes out on Friday the 13th and it’s bound to become an instant classic. The audience I saw it with was a mix bag of ages and groups and I don’t think a single person disliked it. They laughed, screamed, and stared at the screen in disbelief. What more could you want in a film? Read more…

THE GREY, review by John Delia

January 26th, 2012 No comments

A FEROCIOUSLY

GOOO FILM

BY

JOE CARNAHAN

 

THE GREY

 

 

Cast: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, and Frank Grillo

Directed by: Joe Carnahan

MPAA Rating: R for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language

Genre: Action/Adventure, Thriller

Running Time: 1 hr 57 min

Opening Date: January 27, 2012

Distributed by: Open Road Films

 

 

 

 

By John Delia

 

Exciting, terrifying, intriguing and thrilling The Grey provides a stunning entry in the erratic first month of the year.  Good acting all around, electrifying cinematography and able direction keeps the film moving and entertaining.  If you like a white-knuckle panic film that challenges your worst fears, The Grey will have you in its snarling teeth.

 

Ottway looks for casualties at a crash site in THE GREY

John Ottway (Liam Neeson) has been working as sentry over an oilrig in Alaska killing ravenous wolves that attack the crews.  It’s been a long and arduous job, but he and several crewmembers have earned some vacation from their pervasive jobs. Boarding an airplane with snow-crusted wings would worry Ottway, but he just wants to get out of the God forsaking place. 

 

Unfortunately the airplane gets hit by an ice storm and crashes into a sub-arctic field.  With a group of survivors, a blinding snowstorm, a small amount of rations and unsubstantial cover, the small band decides to walk out of the certain death tundra. Battling injury, freezing temperatures and a vicious pack of wolves. Ottway leads the men in a possible chance at life.  When the Alfa male wolf figures out the extent of the pack’s prey, Ottway’s chances look bleak.

 

In a usual good performance Neeson makes his character strong but vulnerable to the elements. In the very beginning of the film we see Ottway shoot a wolf in full gallop just in time before it can do harm to the workers.  He goes over to the dieing animal and places his hand on it’s slowing rising chest and feels the death of the wolf to its last breath.  It’s an omen, a reaching out from his past and a warning of things to come.  His Ottway knows the danger, has reason to fear it, but looses no time in facing his most fearless enemy.

 

I like the way director Joe Carnahan (Smokin Aces) takes control of the group making them feel the elements and showing how each step affects their ability to cope.  The weather, terrain and the physical abilities of the survivors play a big part of the film.  And Carnahan shows that with danger at every turn you can see the group slowly failing. The fight for survival gets so intense in the movie that I found myself looking to the sides of the screen checking to see if an attack by wolves was their next challenge.  When the ferocious animals do strike, Carnahan makes sure you not only see the carnage taking place, but also the sounds of ripping and tearing of teeth in flesh.

 

The Grey has been rated R by the MPAA for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language.  The film could have a strong effect on the meek and timed.  Please make sure you understand the reason for the R rating and use this caution wisely. VERY IMPORTANT: Stay past the credits to see a final clip that gives resolve to the ordeal.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: A totally encompassing visual and audio experience of uncontrollable peril. (A)

 

 

 

 

 

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK review by Marisa Ings

August 25th, 2011 No comments

Guillermo del Toro

UNLEASHES HIS HORROR

STORY THIS WEEKEND

 

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

 

Director: 
Troy Nixey

Stars:
Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison

 

 
By Marisa Ings

Troubled little Sally’s (Bailee Madison) mother casts her off and sends her to live with her dad (Guy Pearce), Alex, and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes). As Sally unloads her emotional baggage into the gothic mansion that Alex and Kim are renovating, she begins to hear raspy whispers coming from within the mansion walls. Dejected and feeling neglected, Sally is determined to find and play with her new friends that in reality are playing her…

Bailee Madison as Sally in DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is a remake of a popular 70’s television movie with the same name. Out of curiosity, I read the original film’s summary but there was nothing to compare. The remake is an exact replica of the original with nothing distinguishing one from the other except for the change of Sally as a young girl instead of a grown woman.

The first few minutes of the film gets bloodcurdling scary and sets the bar high for the rest of the film, but unfortunately as the film progresses it begins to fall flat. The rest of the story movies along at a pretty fast pace adding some chilling moments leading to a very disturbing ending with an extreme twist. 

 

Katie Holmes as Kim in DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

The film’s setting is eerily creepy with the mansion being the epitome of a haunted mansion with the brick walls and arch doorways. Although the place could be attractive to people looking for a huge estate, I know if I were Sally, I wouldn’t want to live there.
Overall, there were some chilling moments but the film itself was more irritating to me than petrifying. There are way too many close calls and instances where Sally’s curiosity gets carried away. Also, once you actually see the CGI creatures, they aren’t as terrifying as the magical marketing gurus would have you believe in their trailer. The pipsqueak terrors are only powerful in numbers. However, the back-story behind their existence is intriguing and I would have liked to see more on that subject.
I judge scary films by whether or not I have to sleep with the lights on and let’s just say… I slept like a baby (C )