It’s special effects season, it’s mega stars season, it’s bigger than life movies season – THE BLOCKBUSTERS are here and ain’t nothing gonna stop them from grabbing you by the shoulder and placing you in the nearest cinema! And why should you resist? They offer excitement, humor and a fantastic getaway for a of couple hours. So brace yourselves for 5 movie recommendations and 5 TV show recommendations. These are May’s finest!
Avengers: Age of Ultron – The ultimate kickstart for the blockbuster season.
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Ready, set, go… April is here and along with it comes “Furious 7” who would probably sweep theaters around the world. But aside from furious films, we have touching ones, and humorous ones, and captivating ones and… well, you know the deal. On top of that, if you roll down to our TV section you’ll find some highly recommended new TV shows this month. Let’s see how April is gonna look and sound like, these are April’s Finest!
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Did you win any Oscar? A lifetime achievement award? No? Well, it’s all corrupted anyway. After all the glamour has faded, it’s time to enjoy some quality time with a good movie or a captivating new TV show. Lots of good films to watch this March and some fascinating new shows. Let’s check out March’s finest!
Apart from the above, March also delivers the elderly comedy “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (Mar. 6), the boys night comedy “Unfinished Business” (Mar. 6) the critically acclaimed indie-horror “It Follows” (Mar. 13), Liam Neesons’ action hero streak in “Run All Night” (Mar. 13) Sean Penns’ transformation to action hero in “The Gunman” (Mar. 20) and the Indie dramedy “While We’re Young” by Noah Baumbach.
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Deadly creatures are always fun to stumble upon. They’re not so friendly but as long as they kill the guys on the screen we don’t mind, in fact, it can be pretty entertaining. Godzilla is about to hatch from its egg this weekend and to celebrate the occasion we’re having a contest to see which creature/monster is the most fun to hang with. We decided on a few categories, we saw all the films, heard all the screams and memorized every brutal death. This is Jinni’s DEADLY TOURNAMENT!
10th place – Godzilla (2014)
What it’s all about – a reboot about the greatest monster of all time. This time she’s just looking for someone to talk to.
Box office – We can’t predict the future but with a budget of 160 million anything less than a major blockbuster would put Godzilla back in the egg for the next decade. Success, and expect a sequel in summer 2016.
Fun to hang with – so far the film is getting good reviews. It seems Godzilla is an exciting roller coaster.
9th place – The Wolfman (2010)
Physical appearance – pretty hairy, sharp teeth and bad breath (unless he ate someone that smelled good).
Box office – $139,789,765. The film had some financial problems considering it’s gigantic budget (150 million).
Chaos/Excitement meter – Wolfman is responsible for some chaos but only in his village so he’s kind of lame chaotic dude. Plus, the film is bleak so no excitement here. He’s just a wolfman, no more no less.
Fun to hang with – 5/10. Wolfman got mixed reviews and was considered one of the flops in 2010 so hang out with him only if you like period supernatural horror films.
8th place – Piranha 3D (2010 + 2012 sequel)
Box office – $83,188,165. Considering its minor budget it’s a success.
Chaos/Excitement meter – Both exciting and chaotic – The fishes created mess and confusion in the resort where the film takes place and the guys got excited from all the hot and sexy girls running around.
Fun to hang with – 6/10. Piranha got good reviews for delivering an equal amount of screams and laughs. If you’re in the mood for a semi serious semi fantastic horror comedy go for it.
7th place – Cloverfield (2008)
What it’s all about – J.J. Abrams said he wanted to create the “American Godzilla” and so Cloverfield was born.
Box office – $170,764,026. Pretty successful which is why there are rumors of a sequel.
Fun to hang with – 6.5/10 – if you like the found footage genre mixed with supernatural escapades.
6th place – Tremors (1990 + 3 sequels and 1 TV show)
Physical appearance – well, she lives underground so she’s pretty dirty. Plus, its jaw is gigantic. But if you’re into those kind of jaws go for it.
Box office – $48,572,000. Successful enough to give birth to a new franchise.
Chaos/Excitement meter – The monster created quite a fuss and gave Kevin Bacon quite a scare but the film is filled with gags that distract your mind from it. An offbeat title that’s both suspenseful and humorous.
Fun to hang with – 7/10. Tremors was critically acclaimed for being a fun action-horror film. If you don’t mind its age we highly recommend it.
5th place – The Mummy (1999 + 2 sequels)
Box office – $415,933,406. One of the biggest blockbusters in the summer of 1999 which led to 2 successful sequels.
Chaos/Excitement meter – Any mummy that awakens from deep sleep (or even a person) will create chaos but when archaeologist Rick O’connel comes to the rescue (and a daring one) have no fear. As for excitement – Treasure hunt, survival, heroic mission and an opposites attract love story to wrap it all nicely.
Fun to hang with – 7.5/10. With audience comparing archaeologist Rick to Indiana Jones you’re bound to have an entertaining escapade.
4th place – Trolljegeren (2010)
Physical appearance – Someone has to say it – Trolls are ugly. But because of the found footage style you hardly see them. In fact you’ll be so scared you’ll prefer not seeing them at all.
Box office – $4,159,678. Not bad for a foreign film.
Fun to hang with – 8/10. Critically acclaimed horror films are hard to come by. If you’re into that you’ll love Trolljegeren.
3rd place – Pacific Rim (2013)
Box office - $411,002,944. There were higher expectations from Pacific Rim and yet it’s no failure. Talks about a sequel keep on going…
Fun to hang with – The film is like the ultimate summer blockbuster – some gags, some suspense, many special effects. lots of fun ensure.
2nd place – The Host (2006)
Physical appearance – The monster kind of looks like a giant piranha with legs. Kind of.
Mood – a biting semi serious horror drama, presenting some stylized scary scenes you won’t forget quickly. If you’re looking for a scary boys’ night with some touching moments (so you can bond with your friends), give it a try.
Fun to hang with – 9/10. You’ll be happy (and scared) to host the host on your TV screen.
1st place - The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
What it’s all about – All the deadly creatures participated in This film – zombies, vampires, demons and dozens of other creatures. Probably not what a group of teenagers thought they’d encounter on their vacation in the woods. Then again, they never do.
Box office - $66,486,080. A mediocre success.
Fun to hang with – 9.5/10 – Critically acclaimed, award winner, original and clever. If you’re into offbeat horror films you’ll most likely have a blast.
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It’s that time of year again boys and girls! After an entire year of watching dramas, comedies, and Hollywood action movies – It’s time to step to the dark alleys of cinema, set our eyes upon the bloody and the gory, the scary and the disturbing, the suspenseful and the tense! Tales of werewolves, ghouls, clowns, vampires and all the creatures of the night are approaching! Be warned, some of these titles might not be for the faint of heart, so better grab a friend or two to keep you safe, warm that popcorn and get ready for some bloody fun!
Jennifer Hills drives up to her isolated forest-home in order to find some peace of mind. She’s in the midst of writing her book, and the quiet should do wonders for her focus. Alas, some local men notice Jennifer and decide to “pay her a visit”. Unfortunately, Jennifer gets horribly abused, but the men’s mistake was not making sure she’s dead, cause she’s coming for them, with a raging vengeance. This is a remake of a 1978 movie of the same name, though this one is much more rough, and merciless.
We proceed with yet another remake this time for the 1981 movie of the same name, which was actually developed into trilogy of sorts. Five friends drive up to an isolated cabin in the woods to try and get their friend Mia to quit drugs cold-turkey, since she almost OD’d. While in the cabin, they stumble upon the “Book of the Dead” which awakens a powerful evil force that corrupts all of them slowly, turning them against each other.
The remakes keep on coming! Although we wrote about the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre last year, I felt it was important to mention the new version since it was a surprising box office hit in theatres, which instantly got a green light for a sequel. Heather Miller inherits her grandmother’s mansion in Texas. Little does she know that once she’ll get there, she will encounter the notorious Leatherface and his chainsaw.
This chilling ghost movie is based on a short film of the same name, and take it from someone who watched it fellas – In it’s most fearsome moments, it’s so tense and scary that as much as you want to look away, you just can’t, as if the ghost has a hold of you aswell. That is the sign of a great horror film. The story revolves around 2 little girls that are found in the forest and are adopted. In trying to readjust to everyday life, the ghost of their mother is not having it, much to the distress of the girls and their new adoptive family.
That being said, “Carrie” is a remake of a’76 film of the same name, which revolves around a young girl that has telekinetic powers. Despite being so special, all that Carrie wants is to be normal like everybody else. However, getting bullied 24/7 can only be tolerated for so long before you break.
This foreign monster film from Korea revolves around a middle-aged man who runs a snack shop on the banks of the Han river in Seoul. Park Gang-Doo houses his family with him as well. One innocent day a sea-monster emerges from the Han river and abducts his little girl. When the family realizes that she’s not dead, they are determined to save her as fast as possible. This film is notorious for being highly tense while still managing to stay humorous throughout. Incredibly original and highly recommended.
One of THE most popular TV shows currently running. Notoriously known for bringing ‘slow-zombies’ back into popularity, and also creating a bleak and chaotic post-apocalyptic world that actually feels real. It’s uncompromising approach towards it’s characters is one of the more chilling aspects of this series that tells the story of ex-sheriff Rick Grimes who tries his best to keep it together after waking up into the zombie apocalypse.
This recent Israeli horror was praised by Quentin Tarantino as one of 2013’s best films. “Big Bad Wolf” tells the story of a series of brutal child murders, and focuses on one parent that recently lost his daughter to one of those murders. That same parent heads out on an obsessive revenge quest to find his child’s killer and exact justice on him in a most brutal way.
“Dead Set” comes from the creator of the technophobic mini-series “Black Mirror” and tells us the tale of a zombie outbreak which happens no less than in the middle of the ‘Big Brother’ reality show. This mini-series takes itself very seriously. It is gory, scary, suspenseful and original to top it off. Like I mentioned earlier, It’s not often that you get to see something different.
I’d like to finish with an oldie that is fast approaching with a remake of it’s own. “Hellraiser” tells the story of a man who inadvertently opens up a gate to hell, and in doing so, loses his earthly body to a trio of demons known as the Cenobites. His mistress finds a way to bring him back to life by bringing human sacrifices to her house. Only by killing the victims, the man can gain a little more body essence to reclaim his body.
It is apparent that 2013 on it’s own had an incredible amount of horror remakes. It’s not much of a surprise either since horror plots are usually very much the same; It’s either a serial killer, zombie outbreak, group of promiscuous kids looking around where they shouldn’t, eventually leading to everyone getting sliced, bitten, infected, and horribly tortured in one way or another. People get bored from seeing the same thing over and over, so the logical thing would be to give a visual upgrade of sorts with the advancement of technology in visual effects and create a more realistic feeling to the gore.
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