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We go on (2016)

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Paralyzed by his fear of dying, Miles Grissom takes out an advert offering 30000 dollars in reward money to the first person who can show him evidence of an angel, a demon, or prove that ghosts exist – anything to prove to him that we go on after our deaths. He narrows the responses down to three viable candidates – a scientist, a medium, and a worldly entrepreneur. Along with his protective mother, he embarks on an adventure through Los Angeles that will spiral into an unthinkable nightmare.

Genre : Horror/Thriller/Comedy
Country : USA

Cast :
Clark Freeman : Miles Grissom
Annette O’Toole : Charlotte
Jay Dunn : Nelson

Director :
Jesse Holland
Andy Mitton

My opinion on “We go on”

“Once you see what I’m gonna show you,
you’re kind of gonna be in the inner circle on this thing,
and…well… you’ll be open to it.
To them.”

Everyone knows the famous phrase “I see dead people” from the unparalleled movie “The Sixth Sense“. Of course, you can’t compare “We go on” with the latter. But in a way, it reminds you of it. Not that this one is terrifying and filled with heart attack causing jumpscares. So for those who think a horror movie is about demonic appearances, a multitude of bloodthirsty zombies or a psychopathic freak who slaughters innocent girls, be warned. This isn’t such a typical horror movie. To be honest, I thought the human interactions between Charlotte (Annette O’Toole) and Miles (Clark Freeman) were the most amusing in this film. And the story itself can be called original as well.

He could have called the ghostbusters. Not?

Miles is someone who suffers from all sort of phobias. And this because of his father’s deadly car accident when he was very young. Thus he fears to drive a car, he fears open spaces, he’s afraid of heights and he hates rotting things. Obviously he’s also afraid of dying. Should I list all the Latin names for these phobias, there’s a chance that some readers would grow a phobia to read my reviews. In other words, Miles is a real scared guy. The cure he comes up with, is on the one hand fairly inventive and on the other hand also kind of naive. If someone can prove to him there’s life after death by showing him a ghost or a spirit, Miles thinks he might be able to lead a normal life.

We go on

A dead normal guy.

A page-sized advertisement in the newspaper is used to draw the necessary attention. I’m sure the $ 30,000 reward is the reason why a lot of individuals offered their help. Of course there are charlatans, scammers and quacks among them. And that’s where Miles’s mother Charlotte, comes into the picture and starts helping her son with the difficult quest to find credible candidates. Even though she is convinced it’s all nonsense. Eventually there remain three candidates. The question is whether these people can help Miles. You need to watch the movie to find out yourself though. It’s only halfway the movie it gets interesting and the atmosphere becomes more sinister. And this after meeting Nelson (Jay Dunn), a seemingly dead normal guy who works as a maintenance man at the airport. He will help Miles to get in touch with the thing Miles wishes to see.

We go on

Not scary but the humor is subtle.

As I said before, “We go on” isn’t really creepy or frightening. But after meeting with Nelson, the film takes a whole different turn and turns into a pretty ghostly film. But generally, one tries to put more emphasis on the humorous side instead of making it creepy. Normally, I’m not I’m not so keen on humorous horrors. Usually it feels rather exaggerated with use of infantile humor and lot of mostly weak parodies of classic horrors. As in the “Scary movie” series. At first it’s  a bit funny, but after a while it starts to annoy me. In this movie, the humor is more subtle and at the same time ordinary. As if it wasn’t meant to be funny. As if it just slipped in the movie by accident. I admit it. That’s the kind of humor I appreciate the most. No forced knee-slappers where a laughter track is needed to let the audience know that something funny has happened.

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Wonderfull acting.

The interaction between the two main characters is a pleasure to look at. Especially Annette O’Toole is fantastic. Both act in a spontaneous and natural way. At times it seemed as if they had a lifelike mother-son relationship. Grandiose, extremely funny and touching at the same time. For that reason they already earn a standing ovation. But the film itself deserves all praise as well. In a quirky way, the film succeeds in distinguishing itself from other ghost stories. Let me call “We go on” a horror for newbies. A fascinating supernatural story without bloody scenes and palpitations-causing scares. I am convinced that the non-lovers of horror will also enjoy this. I was pleasantly surprised by this low-budget flick.

My rating 7/10
Links : IMDB

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Rating:
Rated-R
Genre:
Horror/Thriller
Release Date:
September 6, 2019  
Director:
Andy Muschietti
Cast:
James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Javier Botet, Bill Skatsgard, Bill Hader, Troy James

Plot Summary:

In the sleepy town of Derry, the evil clown Pennywise returns 27 years later to torment the grown-up members of the Losers’ Club, who have long since drifted apart from one another.
Release date: September 6, 2019 

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Ánimas – A Worthy Addition To The Netflix Originals Range

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When you’re five, it’s normal
to have imaginary friends…
But at my age, it means you’re crazy.

Ánimas” certainly isn’t an easy film. It also takes a while before you realize what’s actually going on. The film looks enormously artistic thanks to the quirky image setting. Scenes in different color palettes alternate. From intense red and bright orange to soothing green. I suppose it’s “a state of mind” related kind of thing. I can’t come up with another deeper meaning. Although I read a statement somewhere where the concept of traffic lights seemed a plausible explanation. The only thing that bothered me sometimes, was the constantly flickering lights. “Ánimas” in itself wasn’t really a horror. But that is perhaps due to the fact that the entire film is spoken in Spanish which gives me a sort of holiday feeling. The movie shows how the psyché of a tormented person functions and how a specific incident can provide a psychological defense mechanism. Hence the sometimes hallucinatory and surrealistic images.

 

 

The result after years of abuse.

It may all sound a bit absurd and complicated. And on top of that, the film is terribly slow in the beginning as well. It starts with Bram (Ivan Pellicer) and Alex (Clare Durant) meeting on the stairs of the apartment where both children live. Bram anxiously hiding there in the stairwell while his father (Luis Bermejo) rages in their home. From the outset, it’s abundantly clear that domestic violence is involved. When Alex tells him how to deal with fear and ensures him she’ll repair his broken yo-yo, it’s the start of a close friendship. A friendship that stays close until both finish high school and they are ready for a university career. A carefree life in which only a budding romance between Bram and Anchi (Chacha Huang) causes agitation for Alex. Well, so it seems. Until we get to see fairly bizarre images. Alex hurting herself while standing in front of the mirror. And the moment Bram’s mother comes into the picture, you realize the home situation there isn’t normal either. A catatonic looking woman who is constantly staring at a clock and appears to be lifeless. The result after years of living under the yoke of a violent husband and father.

 

 

Is it a dream or is it real?

As mentioned, the film seems rather chaotic and difficult to follow at a certain moment. The bizarre storyline and sudden flashbacks don’t make it easy. And when ghostly appearances and mysterious shadows begin to play along, targeting Alex apparently, the film goes down a more sinister path. “Ánimas” wasn’t really horror for me but rather a psychological thriller. A film that seeks to visualize the psyche of a traumatized individual. At times it seemed as if Alex was moving in an unrealistic world created by Escher. It causes confusion. Both for Alex and the viewer. You wonder whether it’s reality or a dream world. Until the moment of the disclosure in the end (or perhaps a bit earlier when you start realizing a little bit what the plausible explanation might be) because then everything suddenly becomes clearer.

 

 

Worthwhile to hang on till the end.

Ánimas” is no ordinary, average horror or thriller. The story has been built up too cleverly for this. And even though you get shivers from the spooky and darkly dilapidated apartment building and the characters are creepy in a certain way, the film will certainly not scare you. I found the acting of the two main characters sublime. Bram, the timid teenager who hides in his own little world far from everything that could harm him. Alex, the bustling teenager whose personality is difficult to place. Only the relationship between the two protagonists remains a bit blurred at the start. And perhaps many will drop out after a while because maybe the movie is too slow, too meaningless and too confusing for them. However, it’s worth the effort to sit out the film in such a way that the entire setup becomes clearer. Perhaps it’s not a film that’ll resonate for a long time and stays with you for days. But it’s a worthy addition to the Netflix Originals range.

You can watch Ánimas on Netflix now!

 

My rating 5/10
Links: IMDB

 

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Deadsight – An Interesting Take On A Subgenre That Could Have Been Buried A Long Time Ago

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Genre : Horror-Thriller
Rating : Unrated
Director: Jesse Thomas Cook
Cast:
Adam Seybold
Liv Collins
Ry Barrett

 

Overnight a deadly virus sweeps across the Grey County part of Ontario. Turning the recently deceased into flesh eating ghouls this mysterious disease ravages this once-quiet Canadian county. A living nightmare for your average person it’s particularly bad for Ben Neilson (Adam Seybold) who is blind. Waking up roadside inside of an ambulance, Ben is quickly forced to deal with his new reality. Able to evade the undead, Ben crosses paths with the inexperienced and very pregnant Officer Mara Madigan (Liv Collins). Relying on each other for help they try to figure out what happened to their once quiet community.

Unlike a lot of other zombie movies Deadsight takes a more minimalistic approach. We aren’t dealing with a worldwide epidemic or having our heroes go on a search for patient zero to make a cure. Instead most of the focus is on Ben and Mara trying to reach safety. Adam Seybold does an admirable job in the lead role as Ben. From the moment he wakes up handcuffed in the ambulance audiences can’t help but be sympathetic for Ben. With his eyes blindfolded like a zombie infested Bird Box, a task as simple as avoiding a zombie to reach the front of an ambulance has all the tension of avoiding an entire horde of the undead. As difficult as this sounds things aren’t going much better for Mara.

 

Late in her pregnancy and about ready to give birth saying she’s in over her head is an understatement. Portrayed by co-writer and producer Liv Collins she shows a vulnerability you don’t typically see in a zombie movie. While brave and willing to jump into danger, Mara is still about to give birth. With each contraction Mara and Ben are brought closer and closer to danger. With each of them having their own difficulties it makes for an interesting watch with stakes not typically seen in movies like this.

A veteran of the indie horror scene, director Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl, The Horde) has proven himself to be more than capable behind the camera. Joined by cinematographer Jeff Maher the two are able to do so much with so little budget. Set against the mountains of rural Canada, Deadsight can’t help but echo the loneliness of the tundra. As the film reaches its climax the lighting is reminiscent of Dario Argento with deep red and green. But as good as it looks that doesn’t mean that the film’s budget ever shows.

 

For a lot of the zombies themselves practical effects and make up is used and it looks good for the most part. Not quite the quality of The Walking Dead but more than the blue paint used in George A. Romero’s early work. What doesn’t work is when they have to rely on special effects. For most of the zombie kills Deadsight relies on some dreadful looking CG with every headshot looking like it came from a PS3. Add in the handheld camera used for most of the film and it can be a tough watch at times.

It takes a lot to make a zombie movie in 2019. It isn’t due to limits in technology nor an economic barrier to entry. I can’t even say it’s entirely due to the genre’s overexposure. No the biggest problem with the zombie movie is that seemingly everything has been done. For those looking for long form storytelling mixed with their headshots there is The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead. For a more lighthearted affair there is Shaun of the Dead. Even if you want to see the storytelling mixed with your zomcom there’s Z Nation waiting for you on Netflix. Whether they’re walking, running or legless there are at least a couple of movies about it. Which is exactly what makes Deadsight so unique. For all of its faults, and there are quite a few, it is something unique from every other zombie movie. What it lacks in budget is made up with some tight film making and two good performances from Andy Seybold and Liv Collins. Deadsight might not be the next Dawn of the Dead but it’s an interesting take on a subgenre that could have been buried a long time ago.

 

 

Rating 5/10
Links : IMDB

Deadsight is now available on Bluray, DVD and VOD

 

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