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Reviewer:
Nicofett
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44 (61% helpful)

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  1.  Who says romance is dead?

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    I like my zombie movies to be action, suspense and gory. And in saying that they usually fall into 2 catagories, the very good or the very bad in terms of story and effects. In fact very few zombie movies have been innovative when trying to be different in the constant wave of Dawn of the Dead clones. However this movie breaks the mould. Warm Bodies has been described as Zombieland meet 500 Days of Summer but I think it is more like Romeo and Juliet meets Dawn of the Dead. This is a love story with a difference as a Zombie named "R" falls in love with a Human and kick starts feelings and emotions that begin a transformation from undead back to land of the living. I found this movie to be new and fresh with new ideas we have never seen before in the crowded Zombie genre. It also proves that Zombie movies don't have to be full of gore. Although there are some gory scenes, it's is handled on a more subtle level so you get the idea of what's happening but you are not privy to gratuitous violence. So for those of you who do not like or watch Zombie films this is a game changer. This is the kind of movie that could introduce people to Zombie movies in the way Shaun of the Dead did. This is a surprisingly good little film that proves that Zombie movies can be intelligent, Zombies can be intelligent and that romance isn't dead. A must see film and a must have for your collection.

  2.  A hugely enjoyable adult fairy tale.

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    There is a place that exists in reality. A place where the monsters live. A city beneath an ancient graveyard and Clive Barker wants to take you there. Based on his best selling book Cabal, Nightbreed is a twisted fairy tale for adults. A fairy tale that takes us to meet the monsters of our dreams and nightmares and shows us that they dream about us as much as we do about them. Barker's second major movie as director is as good if not better than the landmark movie that introduced him as a director "Hellraiser". It's a shame that this movie however did not acheive popularity to the majority and slipped into the realm of cult film for those who do appreciate it. If you have never seen it you are in for a treat. It is a movie that excels on all levels. Some of the Hellraiser cast return and there is an outstanding performance from director David Chronenberg as a twisted serial killer. The make up FX are top notch as is the musc. Danny Elfman provides a haunting and whimsical soundtrack that is never scary but maintains the fairy tale theme much like early Tim Burton work such as Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Batman and Batman Returns. There is horror to be had here though. It wouldn't be a Clive Barker story whithout it. As stated by others there has been no UK version on dvd even though there is a rumour that an extended version is on the cards. But yet again no confirmation on a UK release. A real shame as this movie deserves to be seen by more people and in the current climate of rubbish unoriginal remakes and copycat movies, Nightbreed can stand proud as being something unique and fresh even though this was made in 1990. Even though I am a Hellraiser fan, well of the first 3 and at a push part 4, Nightbreed has a special place in my heart within my list of favourite horror films. It's never in your face gore for gores sake like today's movies but has a more intelligent approach to violence and horror and above all story telling. The characters are likable, even the more gruesome ones and you feel more for them than the human characters which begs the question, "who is the monster?". But that's the point here. See it at once dear moviegoer if you have a multi region player, Midian awaits.

  3.  A Great Little TV Horror Movie.

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    This movie is without a doubt one of the greatest made for TV horror stories ever made. I remember seeing this film on TV back in the 80's and always wanted it on DVD when DVD became the standard format for home video viewing. This was released in America on region 1 DVD after much pressure from die hard fans and the horror film community alike.
    Everything about Dark Night Of The Scarecrow is masterfully done, from the script to the acting and the choice of actors who carry the movie. It is not very gory but the horror comes from the suspense and paranoia that revolves around the group of men that murdered an innocent man believing that he sexually molested a young girl. If this were to be remade today I can imagine some of the death scenes to be quite gruesome as they all revolve around the rural community and farming tools and machinery. Larry Drake (Darkman) who plays Bubba Ritter turns in an impressive performance as a mentally challenged man of 40 something with the mind of a child. This movie is now regarded as a classic and the one that started the Scarecrow genre of horror films. It is great to finally have this available on UK PAL DVD for the very first time and the wait has been worth it. If you have never seen this movie, do so at once. Although this movie is not directly associated with the Halloween season the end of the movie surgests that the month is October/November and being so makes this little horror movie essential viewing to accompany John Carpenter's Halloween and Trick 'r' Treat on Halloween night. Enjoy!

  4.  Lots of new THINGS to endure.

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    I have read many bad or negative reviews about this new THING movie and to honest it's not that bad. It's not great and it sets no bench mark but it remains faithful to Carpenter's version in tone and art direction and shows us the back story of what happened at the Norwegian camp before the dog reaches the American research base. Fan boys fumed at the notion of a remake/reboot but what we got in the end was a fairly decent prequel. I will say the use of CGI on the transformation sequences is effective but overused at times and you kind of miss Rob Bottin's anamatronic creature effects as they carried more weight to the scenes and were somehow more scary. I still find Carpenter's film a bit disturbing even today and I am a hardened horror fan but remembering how scared I was when I first watched it as a young boy stays with me and keeps the movie real. The 2011 prequel on the other hand is not scary. Not to me anyway. Carpenter's way of creating tension and paranoia along with Ennio Morrocone's forboding score which sounds like Carpenter's own scores is cast aside slightly but not entirely to bring us a full on monster rampage movie. The creature in this feature seems less discreet after being thawed out of it's ice prison and seems to learn to conceal itself better by the time it takes the American camp in Carpenter's movie. Two very different approaches then but that's ok. You don't expect to see the same movie again and the Norwegians experience different things in different ways. If you are a fan of Carpenter's you really need this in your collection to marry the story together of both films. I would like to see many bonus material features on DVD or Blu-ray to show us exactly how much was mechanical effects and how much was CGI. As I said before I am not a huge fan of CGI in a THING film but some scenes do benefit from it. In fact I would love to see the stop motion stuff in Carpenter's THING at the end digitally remastered and replaced by CGI to make it more real as this is the only part of Carpenter's movie that seems dated and it would also bring it in line with it's 2011 prequel. On the whole this movie is a must see and you will find yourself trying to piece together parts from both films and see how they are interlinked. One last word, watch the end credits for the bulid up to the opening titles in Carpenter's film where the dog escapes. The most nostalgic and familiar part of the new movie by far. A shame it's not a longer sequence.

  5.  A Great Action Movie For Petrol Heads!

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    Love 'em or hate 'em, the Fast and the Furious movies have started to go the distance now with the latest edition number 5. For critics, these films are the thorn in the side of "proper" cinema. For action movie fans who like car chase movies they are a reminder of the films we used to like as kids such as Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run.
    Although the first movie was a kind of remake of Point Break, substituting surfer dudes for boy racers (or Street Racers to correctly label them) it was entertaining enough and popular enough to spawn a sequel which was argubly better in terms of story and action, even if it did lack Vin Diesel's charm and appeal.
    Tokyo drift was also a refreshing change and a different direction having nothing to do with the other movies at the time but now with part 4 and 5 bringing back characters from the other movies it finds it's place within the story line of the saga which at the moment is the final film in terms of time line continuity. There is another one in the pipeline which will probably see Michelle Rodriguez return as Letty. If you are wondering how since she apparently died in part 4, well just watch the post credits scene with Dwayne Johnson and Eva Mendez from part 2 to wet your appetites, coz it's going to happen soon. For now though just enjoy this slice of high octane action that carries on directly from part 4 seamlessly and quickly escalates into a balls out action version of the Italian Job remake but set in Rio de Janeiro for that tropical Latin flavour.

  6.  In a word. . . "Fantastic"!!!!

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    This movie brings back the thrills, excitement and fear of some of the late 70's early 80's summer blockbusters. For so long since the beginning of the 90's the feeling those classic movies that Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Joe Dante either directed or produced had been lost. Maybe it was just part of growing up but the feeling you felt as a kid watching those movies slipped away and all you were left with was great memories. Until now!
    Super 8 brings back that excitement and there are many points in this film that echos the suburban back drop of Close Encounters, Poltergeist and E.T, combined with the adventure of The Goonies and Stand By Me and the horror and fear elements from say, Jaws, Gremlins and Jurassic Park. Although todays young audience have changed and can take a bit more of a darker more forboding story, Super 8 re-introduces them to the classic popcorn summer blockbuster format that we knew and love.
    I was truly transported back to being a kid in 1982 again by watching this movie and found it so enjoyable and refreshing.
    Writer/Director J J Abrams takes what he has learned from projects such as Cloverfield and the Star Trek reboot to deliver a classic old skool movie under the guidance of producer Spielberg who knows the format inside out standing on his head, as he helped perfect this formula thoughout his own career. Super 8 is in a word "Fantastic" and you will love it I'm sure if you are a fan of all the other movies mentioned. There are comparisons no doubt but it's all done for that retro homage to a movie age gone by that we really need to recapture in the wake of remakes and unoriginal rip offs. An essential buy on DVD or Blu-ray.

  7.  A very well filmed thriller

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    I've always been a fan of science fiction writer Phillip K Dick or rather the movies based on his stories. There is always an air of quality and originality surrounding movie projects based on his work. Well, mostly but The Adjustment Bureau I am happy to say ranks up there with the best of them such as Bladerunner, Total Recall and Minority Report. Like most of Dicks stories there is the question of reality, what is real? but in the case of The Adjustment Bureau, much like Total Recall, how third parties interact to change reality or a persons fate through intervention. This movie starts off pretty low key like a normal romantic drama but quickly transcends into a high tech thriller about a master plan of human existance and how each and every person on the planet has a preset chain of events in their lives that are monitored and adjusted occasionally to keep them on a set path thoughout their lives. Free will, the choices we make are an illusion. The Bureau is secret, no one knows of it's existance, until now.
    This is a very well filmed story. As complicated as it might seem it is not as brain taxing as Inception and I found it easy to follow which is good as it does not detract from the pacing and enjoyment you get from the story. The special effects are not overly done and remain part of the background, not in your face, bang for your buck gimmicks but are there to drive the story along. Matt Damon is on top form as is Terrance Stamp. Emily Blunt provides a normal everyday kind of leading lady to Damon's up coming politician character making the romance between the two seem believable so that you really care about the characters.
    Fans of Phillip K Dick and other movies based on his stories will love this as will fans of Inception, Source Code, Next and The Matrix.

  8.  A Gritty Remake Thats Worth A Watch!

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    Dog Pound is a modern day Americanised remake of Scum. This gritty prison drama ticks all the boxes you'd expect from it but lacks something the original had. The characters of Davis and Angel are there but Ray Winstone's character, Carling is substituted for hard nut Butch.
    There are some great moments in this movie when judged on it's own merits and some surprising twists that the original didn't have.
    As prison drama's like this go, Scum starring Winstone and Bad Boys starring Sean Penn and Clancy Brown rank as being the best and always will be but I have to say I did enjoy Dog Pound. It did the original Scum proud even if it did seem a little too polished and didn't have the same raw power. It is a definite one to watch. I have given it a generous 4 stars but it is more like 3 and a half. A good effort but not diverse enough to be great.

  9.  An Edge Of Your Seat White Knuckle Ride!!

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    Unstoppable takes the runaway train plot and cranks it up a notch to deliver a thrill a minute edge of your seat white knuckle ride. The basic plot is nothing new and there are many cliche events that have been done in other movies of the similar format such as Runaway Train starring Jon Voight and Eric Roberts and The Cassandra Crossing starring Richard Harris, Sophia Loren and Burt Lancaster. However the fact that this movie is based on a similar real life incident and is masterfully directed by action movie veteran Tony Scott (Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II and Deja Vu) make this a more compelling watch.
    Solid performances delivered by Chris Pine, Denzel Washington and Rosario Dawson ensure the story is both believable and entertaining in equal measures. This is an action chase movie in the same vain as Speed and should appeal to most fans of action films and gritty dramas alike.
    What also is good about this movie is low key special effects. It seems to be mainly stunt work and pyrotechnics although there are some scenes that beg the question, how did they do that? The use of CGI seems non existant and I assume that they used large scale minatures and computer compositing to achieve the effects as well as the real thing because the visuals carry some real weight and as good as CGI is the human eye can still pick out any and I had a had time doing so. Credit to the film makers there as it makes the whole thing more believable. I was going to rent this but having seen the trailer on TV advertising the DVD and Blu-ray and knowing how good Tony Scott is as well as the two Male lead actors, I just had to buy it. This is a definite one for a Saturday night in or any night in for that matter. One of those movies you simply don't want to end. Exhilarating while it lasts. 5 well deserved stars!!

  10.  An Edge Of Your Seat White Knuckle Ride!!

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    Unstoppable takes the runaway train plot and cranks it up a notch to deliver a thrill a minute edge of your seat white knuckle ride. The basic plot is nothing new and there are many cliche events that have been done in other movies of the similar format such as Runaway Train starring Jon Voight and Eric Roberts and The Cassandra Crossing starring Richard Harris, Sophia Loren and Burt Lancaster. However the fact that this movie is based on a similar real life incident and is masterfully directed by action movie veteran Tony Scott (Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II and Deja Vu) make this a more compelling watch.
    Solid performances delivered by Chris Pine, Denzel Washington and Rosario Dawson ensure the story is both believable and entertaining in equal measures. This is an action chase movie in the same vain as Speed and should appeal to most fans of action films and gritty dramas alike.
    What also is good about this movie is low key special effects. It seems to be mainly stunt work and pyrotechnics although there are some scenes that beg the question, how did they do that? The use of CGI seems non existant and I assume that they used large scale minatures and computer compositing to achieve the effects as well as the real thing because the visuals carry some real weight and as good as CGI is the human eye can still pick out any and I had a had time doing so. Credit to the film makers there as it makes the whole thing more believable. I was going to rent this but having seen the trailer on TV advertising the DVD and Blu-ray and knowing how good Tony Scott is as well as the two Male lead actors, I just had to buy it. This is a definite one for a Saturday night in or any night in for that matter. One of those movies you simply don't want to end. Exhilarating while it lasts. 5 well deserved stars!!