Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Review of "Housebound"

As a man who likes and has dedicated his life to horror, as I’m sure you have guessed by now, I think it’s safe to say that what I say goes.

Fair enough? Of course it is!

Now, one of the key elements in horror, I think, though not necessarily needing it to be forced into every single horror flick out there, is comedy.

Not too much, but just enough to get the old grins going so to lead you into a false sense of security before the BANG!

Whoa! Scared you, didn’t I?

Look at you, you’re fucking petrified!

Now, dry your eyes and wipe your seat because New Zealand filmmakers have pumped out a number of decent films, and Housebound can definitely be named among the ranks.

This comedy horror follows out leading lady Kylie (wonderfully portrayed by Morgana O’Reilly) who is a ne’er do well substance abuser and petty thief who has just been put under house-arrest in her old family home with her kooky mum and stepdad, leaving her housebound (oh shit, I just got that!) in a house that seems to have some spooky goings on.

The characters in this film are brilliantly written and just come to life on the screen in front of us which is so refreshing in today’s indie-film market, from the Mother who can talk for England (or New Zealand, in this case), to the fumbling Parole officer/amateur paranormal investigator Amos who just seems to steal the show every time he comes on screen with a phenomenal back and forth with Kylie, giving this movie a classic double act.

Now, this film may not be for everyone as this is a Black Comedy and the humour is very dry in places which I’m sure may well just fly over a lot of people’s heads.

For me, though, this was probably the best film I watched all summer as I sat downstairs in the dark with my cat Junior and was absolutely howling with laughter almost throughout.

Also, it’s worth noting that not only is this film very funny, but it is actually very well written and is a toast to independent storytelling.

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Rating: This is definitely a film to watch with friends, but is also one that can be enjoyed alone with some snacks and the lights turned down low. – 8/10

Aaron James Waters is a best-selling Pulp Fiction writer who has written more books than he's actually read.

He's also the rotten apple of the group who thinks this whole Star Wars thing needs to hurry up and die already.

You can find Aaron's debut novel on Amazon!

Friday, 15 September 2017

E14 Toybox #52 - HyperSonic Greed (Marvel Avengers/Defenders War Heroclix Booster Unboxing)

Rob is back in the unboxing groove, and tackling two boosters from the Marvel Heroclix "Avengers Defenders War" set from Wizkids! In addition, there are two gravity feed boosters from "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice"!

E14 Toybox theme provided by Deon Van Heerden! Find out more about his music at DeonVanHeerden.com!

The E14 Toybox is a video show hosted by Rob Wade, dedicated to the pursuit and unveiling of Wizkids Heroclix figures. Whether Marvel or DC, booster or gravity feed, alone or with a buddy, Rob takes the unknown and reveals the mystery within for your enjoyment!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Review of "Darling"

Arthouse films are definitely a niche market, I think it’s fair to say, and that bottleneck only seems to become slimmer still when you make a genre film out of it too.

When I saw, then, that there was a black and white arthouse horror movie on the market, I couldn’t help but point my throbbing curiosity wand in its general direction and blast glamorous glitter at it from afar.

What does that mean, you ask?

I’ve no idea, yet here we are and I’ve started now and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Darling is an independent 80-minute flick (so not so tedious to get through as The Neon Demon which may as well have been an episode of Sex in the City with pretentious camera angles and snazzy lighting) where we meet a young lady who is housesitting a fancy-ass gaff out in Manhattan where she slowly (albeit rather quickly) descends into madness.

Now, going in, I pretty much had a rough idea of what I was getting myself into, seeing as it was written and directed by Mickey Keating, who was responsible for the fuck-awful Sci-Fi Horror Movie Pod, and didn’t set my standards or expectations too high.

So, all that being said, I was actually really impressed with this feature. I don’t know if it was because I lowered my expectations, but this was genuinely a decent film.

The acting from our classically beautiful leading lady (Lauren Ashley Carter) gave the film the underlying intensity that it deserved, and the Hitchcockian-style direction and cinematography was bang on the money without getting too artsy-fartsy and actually nailed the atmospheric undertones that it had originally pursued.

Now, this isn’t a movie without its flaws, of course it isn’t. It commits the crime of going too deep into dialog as though the characters know there’s an audience that need to be filled in, which personally I think is a crime worth punishable by firing squad, and it also seems to jump forward quite a lot in the story with no indication of time-frame, so what seems like a day or two might actually be a few months!

Who knows?!

It also does scenes in chapters, which I feel is a little overused in art films, but when it’s done right (like in this film and Lars Von Trier’s masterpiece Anti-Christ), it can actually tie the story up quite nicely, so hats off for that one!

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Rating: All in all, this wasn’t a bad movie and is definitely a popcorn flick with cracking editing and a genuine sense of foreboding throughout. – 6.5/10

Aaron James Waters is a best-selling Pulp Fiction writer who has written more books than he's actually read.

He's also the rotten apple of the group who thinks this whole Star Wars thing needs to hurry up and die already.

You can find Aaron's debut novel on Amazon!