Friday, April 24, 2015

Evil Magic Is, Well...Evil

I'm taking another short break from the Leprechaun series. Not because I really wanted to, but just because Netflix will be removing Feng Shui (2003) tomorrow and it isn't offered on DVD. I needed an extra review anyway since the leprechaun wouldn't take me to ten reviews on the month. So, in a way, it works out. I went looking for Feng Shui after reading a review that made it sound pretty good. If I remember right, I found it on Netflix, but only on DVD. I also found this movie with the same name, but has a completely different story and was made in a different country. I added it to my instant watch queue just for the hell of it.

Chai (Kanchai Kumnoetploy) is looking to marry Yok (Chintara Sukapatana). The only problem is, everyone in Yok's family sees Chai as an uncle, including Yok. He isn't related to them at all, but he was raised by Yok's parents. Chai works for Yok's father at their family business and one day Yok's father confronts Chai about how Chai looks at his daughter, and in no uncertain terms, tells Chai to stay away from her. Feeling hurt and frustrated, Chai goes to a temple where he airs everything out. A master of feng shui overhears it all and offers to help Chai take revenge on Yok and her family, killing them all one by one. Yok's little sister meets a good master of feng shui, who feels that her family is in danger, but is it too late to do anything about it?

Feng Shui is a movie from Thailand and was directed by Bunthin Thuaykaew. Feng Shui doesn't have very high ratings on Netflix or IMDb, and I get why in a way. The first 20 minutes or so of the movie is very confusing and very hard to follow. After watching the entire movie, some of the start makes more sense to me, but I didn't feel like watching the section over again to make sure I got it all. I can see people giving up, or not giving the movie their full attention after that start. The subtitles don't really help either. There was some mistakes to be found in them. Words that didn't need to be there, like "IHe" (which I assumed was I and He), made me think they had it translated one way, but changed it. Just not completely. I was also never sure how seriously to take what was being said in the subtitles. One character was often referred to as Brother Boy. I suppose it could have been a nickname that was never explained as being one.

Even though it took some time, the story does manage to start making some sense. Like most things, there is a good and evil side to feng shui. What is feng shui according to this movie? Basically it is finding ways to channel energy. There is a lot of talk about having the right signs, items, the bodies of the dead buried the correct way, tombstones facing the right away and so on, in order to bring good things to people. If they are done in the wrong way, bad things can happen, including death. The story was never great, but it did manage to win me over. Somewhat anyway. Since I didn't completely give up on it, Feng Shui did manage to pull me back in. I have to give it credit for that.

The effects aren't very gory. There is some blood to be found, but I don't think any long time horror fan will find it gory at all. Most of the effects go into CGI, I believe anyway. There is a lot of light effects, which I believe are supposed to represent spirits, and some ghosts show up now and then. There was a pretty good death towards the end of the film. These were at least well done. The acting didn't seem too bad. I really liked Yok's younger sister. She looked cute and I liked her character. Kanchai Kumnoetploy wasn't too bad either, especially once he lets his bad side out. IMDb only lists three people from the credits, or I would give some more names.

It isn't very often that a film can start off as bad as Feng Shui did, and then make me change my mind about it. Some of the plot points, even late into the film, were a little hard to follow. I'm not sure if it was in part the subtitles, or just not understanding what goes on in Thailand. Even so, I still ended up enjoying this one, and isn't that what's important? I don't think I would suggest this one to very many people though. If it ever comes back to Netflix and it sounds interesting to you, give it a try.
3 out of 5 Send me some good feng shui already

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Give Me My Gold! Part Five

After taking a short break from the Leprechaun series, I'm back to finish them off. Before I get started though, I would just like to point out that I got a review in at my other blog as well. I went to the theater to watch Unfriended, so click the link to see what I thought of that film. Even though I was really tired yesterday, I did sit down long enough to watch the fifth film in this series. Even though Netflix gives it a number, the actual title is simply Leprechaun In The Hood (2000). It has been declared a favorite by one of my Facebook friends, so lets see where it sits for me.

Mack Daddy (Ice-T) is somewhere underground looking for someone. He accidentally finds a hidden room after throwing a guy he is with through the wall. Inside they find a statue of a leprechaun with a medallion around its neck, and lots of gold. After taking off the medallion, the leprechaun (Warwick Davis) comes to life. He kills the guy Mack is with, and almost kills Mack as well when the medallion manages to find its way back around the leprechaun's neck. Now Mack is seeming rich, and carries a small flute that he found in the leprechaun room. Three unknown rappers, who want to make it big, are trying to make it to some big contest in Vegas. The winner gets a record contract and so on. Postmaster P (Anthony Montgomery), Stray Bullet (Rashaan Nall) and Butch (Red Grant) are young guys looking for some money to get what they need for Vegas. They decide to get Mack to fund them, but Mack isn't really all the impressed with their music. He wants them to change it, which Postmaster P is against doing, so they are told to leave. Wanting revenge, the three decide to rob Mack, and of course unleash the leprechaun. Now they have the leprechaun after them as well as Mack.

Leprechaun In The Hood was directed by Rob Spera and has a few writers attached to it. For me, this was the most serious film in the series yet. It does have its share of comedy and silliness at times, but the overall feel of the film is a rather serious one. Many didn't care for this change, but I rather enjoyed it. It changed up the style and added some new things for the leprechaun, which is something I thought the fourth film sorely lacked. Lets explore what is new with our favorite leprechaun first. The main thing that is new with him in this film is his flute. I'm not sure what the leprechaun uses it for, but the human characters could use it to mostly control other humans. It would put most people in a trance, which then the player of flute could then control somewhat. It also somehow made our rappers much better than they actually are. There were times when it didn't seem to affect everyone, at least not in the same way, which was a little confusing at times. The leprechaun could also take control of people directly by touching them, which made me wonder why he even needed to flute in the first place. Only thing I can think of is that once someone comes under his control using his flute, he can regain control of them without it. The seriousness of the film didn't always mesh with the silliness of it. For me it was the switch from one to the other that could be jarring. It just seemed to jump from one to the other a little too quickly.

The effects aren't too bad. Nothing real gory though. There is a few times where the leprechaun would "shoot" someone and that would be a bit gory. A bit of blood flying out, and a nice sized hole left behind. Other than that, there wasn't a lot of effects. The acting wasn't too bad for me. I wasn't really a big fan of any of the actors, but they all do fairly well with their roles. The one that did stand out to me some was Red Grant. His dumbfounded look was gold!

Another minus for me is that I'm just not into rap music. It wouldn't have been bad if it had just been one song, maybe two, but there are a few to be found. I tried not to let this affect how I felt about the film itself, but it was easy to zone out during them. Actually two, I didn't care for the ending at all either. Leprechaun In The Hood didn't turn out to by my favorite of the series, but I did enjoy watching it. I would even watch it again despite the rap music! Once again, you don't need to watch the other films if this one does sound interesting to you. Worth a watch unless you don't want the comedy vibe from the other films to go away. It is there here, but it isn't the same as all the others.
3 out of 5 Give me some rock any day

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time For Some Shapeshifters

I decided to take a quick break from the Leprechaun movies in order to do a book review. I had almost finished Hades' Disciples: The Legacy Of The Gods Book Two Friday at work. I decided to finish off the last ten pages when I got home, instead of waiting until Monday to do so. After I got back from the convention I went to last month, I had a book I was already reading that had nothing to do with the horror genre. After I finished it, it was time to decide which book to read next. I decided on Hades' Disciples because it has bee a long time since I have read anything by Michael West, and because this was the only book that was in a series. If I remember right, the last book I read by West was the first book in this series, over two years ago.

Picking up a couple of years after the first book, we find Carol and Alan trying to move on from the events they were part of. Little do they know that a group of shapeshifters are trying to change the world in their favor. They know that Carol can possibly stop them with what she has learned, even though she doesn't realize it just yet. That is until one of them tries to kill her and Alan. As chance would have it, an old friend of Carol's, Kari, shows up as well. She is trying to find her father who was obsessed with trying to fine Noah's Ark. Carol discovers that he may have found it, but Carol doesn't think it was the ark from the Bible stories. Meanwhile, Earl and Andrews, who are agents for Homeland Security, are starting to figure out what the shapeshifters are after when they kidnap a scientist. Because they are starting to figure things out, the Hades' Disciples (as they call themselves) also want them out of the way.

The first book was pretty much a self contained story. There was room for the story to keep going, but there was a conclusion for what was going on. I guess I was expecting the same thing to happen with this book, but that didn't happen. It was cool to see that most of the main characters from the last book return for this one. A couple of the characters were also in another of West's books that I thought at the time had nothing to do with this series. I don't recall making the connection after reading that book and the first book in this series. I didn't read them in order, which I think is where my confusion comes in. I only bring this up because the events in the book that wasn't part of the series is mentioned a couple of times in this book.

The story for Hades' Disciples is pretty good. What I liked the most is how West is using other ideas and giving them a twist to make them his own. There is a lot of talk of how aliens were what created us, the crystal skulls and so on. I don't want to give away everything, but it was interesting to me how West puts it all together. West also uses the legends of shapeshifters often. From people who can change into werewolves, dragons and spiders. All with still human features, somewhat at least. Again, West manages to put his own spin on these as well. Even though I found the story to be interesting, I couldn't help but feel some disappointment with it as well. While things that happened in Poseidon's Children are talked about, not a lot but they are talked about, none of the characters that were from Poseidon are to be found in this book. Hopefully they will make a return in the next book. I was expecting this book to wrap up the story slightly, but that wasn't the case at all. On the plus side though, the cliff hanger ending did make me wish the last book was already out.

Once again it is the characters that are the strong points in West's writing. The chapters are neatly divided up so that each chapter will pick up the story from a different character. Mostly the chapters go to Earl and Carol. This was nice, as I find it confusing when the story jumps to somewhere or someone else mid chapter sometimes. The story will sometimes change characters within a chapter though. For example, Carol might start the chapter, but it might switch to Kari or Alan. They are with Carol though, so the jump isn't confusing since we stick with the same group and their story. The back of the book describes the story and made me think that the two main stories would become one. Not that it is really important, but that never happened. In fact, I was a little surprised that neither of the two main characters thought to talk to the other. It isn't like they don't know each other since they met in the last book.

I did enjoy reading Hades' Disciples. I managed to read through it fairly quickly, around three weeks, which is pretty good for me since I can't always read while on break at work. It takes me a bit longer to get through a book when I'm not really into it. Still, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the last one. I'm not completely sure why, but I certainly didn't find it bad in any way either. If you have read Poseidon's Children and/or Spook House and enjoyed them, I would suggest giving this book a go as well. I am looking forward to the next book, which I hope will be out by the time I hit my next convention. If you have not read either book, you will want to before reading Hades' Disciples or don't bother with it.
3 out of 5 I bet I would look good as a werewolf

Give Me My Gold! Part Four

I'm back just a tad quicker this time. I almost got completely distracted by the news that one of my favorite bloggers is back in action after being away for a long time now. If you get a chance, head over to And Now The Screaming Stops and welcome CRWM back as well. Meanwhile, I watched Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996), which puts me over the hump for this series so far. Just three more to review after this one.

On a distant planet way out in space, our favorite leprechaun (Warwick Davis) has kidnapped Princess Zarina (Rebecca Carlton) with plans to make her his wife. The leprechaun has some big plans this time around. He wants to become a King and make the entire universe kneel before him. A group of space marines is hot on his trail though with the mission to kill the leprechaun. They get on the planet just as the leprechaun manages to talk Zarina into getting married to him and a battle between them all starts to happen. They manage to kill the leprechaun and take Zarina, who has been hurt, back to their ship, but the leprechaun isn't as dead as he appeared to be. Now he wants his woman back.

I know that Leprechaun 4 has become something of a fan favorite to some. The series has never really taken itself all that serious, and this one seems to fall below the others. I first noticed that Brian Trenchard-Smith returned as the director. This is the first time in the series that a director has returned. Since I liked the last film well enough, I figured I would enjoy this one as well. As it turns out, for the most part, I didn't like it much. It was cool that the writers took the story in a completely different direction, but I didn't find that plot all that interesting. It wasn't that this plot had sort of been done before in Leprechaun 2, as this entry changed that plot enough to make its own. It was more that I just didn't enjoy the sub-plots that were going on. Some of the characters were played a bit too over the top for my liking. The leprechaun was great as always, thanks to the return of Davis, and I admit that I found some of the things Carlton would say to be funny. I didn't care for the Sarge or the science guys of the group. I'm sure they were played up for laughs, but I just never found it funny. It was somewhat interesting to see Tina, played by Jessica Collins, turn from a lab rat to bad ass. By the end of the film, the things I liked just weren't enough for me to like the entire film.

The special effects were just alright this time around. The makeup for the leprechaun appeared to be slightly different this time around. It didn't look bad really, just different. Leprechaun 4 seemed to have a thing for blowing people up. The leprechaun gets blown up a few different times, and why the film ends that way just doesn't make sense to me. I mean if he came back from being blown up twice before, why would lucky number three make a difference? The spider/human creature didn't do anything for me. There is also a human/robot person as well. It was silly looking, but what I couldn't understand was the actor was there when the camera was on him from the front, but not there when shot from behind. I didn't understand this at all, as it looked really bad when shot from behind. The acting was just alright. The standout to me was Miguel A. Núñez Jr., who is no stranger to horror films. I found him to be funny and fun to watch. Too bad I managed to make him mad at a convention one year.

Leprechaun 4: In Space took a slight step down to me. I'm hoping it will bounce back with the next in the series. Another reason I didn't care for this one much is because the lore behind the leprechaun is pretty much left out. Some of the tricks are still there, and he still goes looking for his gold at one point. Although, seeing a giant leprechaun was probably the best part of the whole movie. Even though I was disappointed with Leprechaun 4: In Space, it does still have its fans. Like all the other films, you don't have to see the previous films to watch this one, so if it sounds cheesy enough to your liking, give it a shot.
2 out of 5 Good luck taking a shower while being a giant

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Give Me My Gold! Part Three

I watched Leprechaun 3 (1995) Sunday and even got this review started, I wasn't really in a writing mood though, so I didn't real far into it. I intended to finish it up yesterday, but wasn't really feeling the best after work, so no writing then. Anyway, lets see what I thought of the third installment. The first two films made it into the theater, but starting with this film, they all went straight to video. Oddly enough, some consider this one to be the best in the series, so perhaps they should have tried releasing it to theaters one more time.

A guy walks into a pawn store, obviously in a hurry. He wants to sell a statue of a leprechaun, one we know all too well. Even though the owner of the store is warned not to, he takes off a medallion that is around the statue. After a few seconds, the statue becomes our favorite leprechaun (Warwick Davis), The owner figures out that the leprechaun doesn't like the medallion, which buys him some time. Meanwhile, we meet Tammy (Lee Armstrong). While on her way to work, she has car trouble and tries to hitch a ride. Scott (John Gatins) almost doesn't see Tammy in time and just barely avoids her. Scott is on his way to L.A. where he will be going to college, and decided to check out Las Vegas on the way. He decides to help Tammy get to work, and talks her into letting him into the casino she works at. Even though he promises not to gamble, he does. Scott loses all his money, thanks to a table that is rigged. He decides to pawn his grandfathers watch. Scott finds the owner dead, and also finds one of the leprechaun's gold coins. He makes a wish that he was back at the casino winning his money back, and suddenly that just what he is doing. But now he has a leprechaun on his trail.

Even though the trivia section of IMDb says that Leprechaun 3 is considered to be the most popular of the series, I was skeptical going in. Not that I don't trust IMDb, just that I'm pretty sure anyone can add an item like that to a movie. Besides, just because lots of others think it was the best of the series, doesn't mean I will think the same. It didn't end up being my favorite so far, but I can say it was at least better than previous film. The story reminded me a bit more of the first film. It was more about the leprechaun's gold this time around. Even so, the writers and director Brian Trenchard-Smith, manage to change up the story enough to make it interesting and fun. I think the main thing that kept this one from coming close to the first film for me was that I didn't really care for our main character Scott. The character did get better as he started to change. If you want to know what he was changing into, well...just watch the movie. It was really the change that made the movie more interesting to me. I'm not really sure it made sense, but at least it separates this film from the other two. Trenchard-Smith did change the rules a little bit, but mostly just played with rules had come before. The leprechaun uses tricks a lot more this time around, especially making you see what isn't really there.

The effects are pretty good. The goriest effect was someone getting cut in half. The biggest effect was one of the women getting a makeover of sorts by the leprechaun. It looks really silly to be honest, but in a way it does pay off. The acting was mixed. I wasn't real big on the leads. Lee Armstrong was very good in some scenes, but there were others I didn't really care for her in. She does have a fan following, even though she has only been in three films I think it was. Same can be said for John Gatins. While I liked his acting later in the film, I didn't really care for him early on. Not sure of it was more his acting or just the character in general though. Some of the supporting cast wasn't bad. Even though I didn't mention him in my last review, Warwick Davis is just as great as he was in the first film. Trenchard-Smith also brings in three actors from Night Of The Demons for one scene, which was pretty cool really.

One of the new rules is that you get a wish if you have a piece of the leprechaun's gold. This did help extend the plot some in a good way. It wasn't a silly side plot that was going just to extend the play time. This actually had something to do with the leprechaun at least, not a lot but I will still take it. It does take a while for the two stories, that of the store owner and our two leads. I do wish that the two stories had come together quicker, but that was more of a minor complaint. We don't learn a lot about our lead characters, but it was just enough actually. Even though I'm giving this one the same score as the last film, I did like Leprechaun 3 a bit more. I still didn't find it to be a great film, but it was very enjoyable all the same. As before, you don't need to see the other films in order to watch this one if you want to check it out.
3 out of 5 I wonder what my makeover would look like

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Give Me My Gold! Part Two

I got my review at my other blog done early this week. I normally wait until Saturday or Sunday, but I got the movie I wanted to watch in on Thursday. I didn't get the review done since I had to watch the movie somewhat late in the day. If you are interesting in hearing my thoughts on It Follows, just follow the link. I found out that all the Leprechaun films, except for the newest one, in on instant watch. Hopefully I can knock them out fairly quick. After checking the plot out on each one, I don't think I have watched any of them besides the first one before. I thought I had watched more than that, but apparently not. I sat down with Leprechaun 2 (1994) this morning, so lets see what I thought of it.

Many years ago in Ireland, the Leprechaun (Warwick Davis) is looking for a bride. He is now one thousand years old, and can now take a bride. He picks the daughter of his human slave, someone that tried to steal his gold. Before he can claim her though, the slave manages to stop it. Now, one thousand years later, the Leprechaun can once again find a bride. The Leprechaun finds himself in L.A., where Bridget (Shevonne Durkin) lives. She is the descendant of the woman he once tried to wed. But Bridget has a boyfriend. Cody (Charlie Heath) lives with his uncle Morty (Sandy Baron) and together they sucker people into the dark side of L.A., a tour that is mostly made up from the sounds of it. Cody isn't willing to give up Bridget though, so a battle for her just might happen.

The writers, along with director Rodman Flender, changed Leprechaun 2 a lot compared to the first movie. The have taken the basics for the character, and thrown everything else out the window. There is no mention of the first film to be found. These things wouldn't have bothered me as much, except it appears to be the same leprechaun as before. He looks the same and it is the same actor playing the part. The end of the first movie would have made it rather hard for the leprechaun to come back, but how many times have we thought someone was dead, only to have them come back? The changes may not have bothered me if it was some other actor playing the part of the leprechaun. Could have still be a sequel, just with a different leprechaun at the helm. He went from six hundred years old in the first film, to two thousand years old in this one. The way to kill a leprechaun has also changed between films. From What I have read, things change between films like what I have described above, so I suppose the film makers for each film are supposed to be using a different leprechaun each time out.

I did my best to ignore the changes so I could still enjoy the movie itself. I thought the story was okay at best. I did like that they did change the story up and just didn't make it about the leprechaun trying to get his gold back, although that does show up. The story of the leprechaun finding his bride does get a bit sidetracked when Cody gets one of his gold coins. I'm sure this plot point will come again in the next films in the series, but I wasn't sure it was really needed for this one. The only thing that it added was it changed the rules between films. This didn't make much sense to me. Even if it is a different leprechaun, why would the rules of what it can or can't do change?

The effects weren't too bad. A little less gory from the previous film though. Mostly the effects are a guy getting his face steamed to a very bad point, and the pot of gold showing up in someone. The last one seemed to be pretty gory, especially after it comes out, but that scene might have been slightly edited so it didn't show much. The acting was alright. Sandy Baron stole the scenes he was in from Charlie Heath. Not that Heath was bad at all, just that Baron still managed to be better. Durkin had her ups and downs. I never thought she was great, and there was times I didn't care for her acting much.

One of the neat things about Leprechaun 2 was that Flender gives us a look at the inside of a leprechaun home. It was pretty cool to see what that looked like, and the things that the leprechaun could do while there. His powers were a bit stronger there it seems, which makes sense really. The home itself also has some tricks it would seem. In the end, I didn't hate Leprechaun 2 by any means, but I didn't enjoy it near as much as the first one either. It was an average film, not great but not real bad either. It sounds like you don't have to watch these films in order to grasp what happened before, so if it sounds interesting to you, give it a look.
3 out of 5 I would spend all the gold if he married me

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Give Me My Gold! Part One

After doing twelve reviews in eleven days, I decided to take a bit of a break from reviewing movies, and just watch some I had been putting off. I mostly watched super-hero movies, some of which I've had for months now. I had the urge to keep reviewing movies, but I wanted a break as well, so that won out. By the way, if you didn't know I had posted my last review for Night Terrors, check it out. I was going to watch the latest Leprechaun film, but then I remembered I had been seeing that a lot of the older ones have popped up on instant watch. Since I haven't done a series review in a while, except some with two or three films, I decided this would be a good time for that. I have watched some of them before, including Leprechaun (1993), but it has been a long time since I last watched them.

After Dan O'Grady (Shay Duffin) managed to get a leprechaun's gold, he heads back home to his wife. But, the leprechaun manages to find him, and of course wants his gold back. Dan manages to capture it once again, but falls to the ground before he can do anything else. Ten years later, J.D. (John Sanderford) and his daughter Tory (Jennifer Aniston) are moving into the old O'Grady farm land. J.D. has hired Nathan (Ken Olandt), Ozzie (Mark Holton) and Alex (Robert Hy Gorman) to paint the place. At first, Tory wants nothing to do with the place because of the dust and spiders, and whatever that is lurking around. Once she meets Nathan though, she quickly changes her mind. Ozzie accidentally lets the leprechaun (Warwick Davis) out of the crate it has been trapped in, but no one believes Ozzie, as he is always telling wild stories anyway. The leprechaun leaves them alone for the most part, but when the leprechaun realizes that Ozzie and Alex has found his gold, he will stop at nothing to get it all back.

Leprechaun is a movie I have never watch on DVD. All the other times I have watched it was on TV somewhere like Syfy channel. Technically I still haven't watched it on DVD, but at least I have watched the unedited movie version now. Watching Leprechaun as a teen brings back some memories of it. It has never become a favorite movie of mine, but I'm always willing to give it a watch when I see it on. Leprechaun was just always a fun film to me, and that is why I gave it a high rating whenever it was that I rated it on Netflix. The film, written and directed by Mark Jones, was even fun for me to watch this time around. There was some things that made me think about it more than previous views though. The leprechaun claims to be six hundred years old, but I had to wonder why it would pull over for a police car, or say it would call for backup if it was needed (while pretending to be a cop). I get it has been around a long time, but I don't think it would get out much, especially looking the way it does. It makes sense to say it would call for backup if needed, but how would the leprechaun know to even say that? Things like that bugged me some, but it doesn't take away from the film really.

I was surprised when I looked up Leprechaun on IMDb. It has a slightly below rating right now. While the movie probably doesn't deserve the high rating I will give it, I don't feel it deserves a lower than average rating either. I don't know if people were taking this one too serious or what the deal is. The effects aren't bad. While the phrase "mindless gore fest" has been thrown around for it, which is unfair. Sure the leprechaun pulls someone's eye out, and someone's leg gets caught in a bear trap, but that is as far as the gore goes. I guess people who use that phrase hasn't watched some of the horror movies I have seen. The acting also wasn't bad at all. I would call the acting above average by itself really. I'm not a really a fan of Jennifer Aniston. This is one of the few movies I have seen her in, and I've never been a fan of Friends. Still, I thought she did a real good job in the film. Mark Holton was also great, but I don't think I've seen a bad performance from him either. Robert Hy Gorman was just a kid in this film, but I still thought he did alright. Of course there is Warwick Davis, who just owns the role of the leprechaun.

Leprechaun does manage some eye rolling moments, but the film never really takes itself all that seriously. The fast movements are what got me to roll my eyes at the movie at times. It was just a little too silly to see the leprechaun moving fast on a tricycle or something like that. It also had some silly, but still funny moments, like distracting the leprechaun with shoes. As I said before, I'm probably rating Leprechaun higher than it deserves, mostly out of just enjoying it so much as a teen. If you have never given this one a try, you might consider doing so. It is just a silly, but fun, film. Don't take it all that serious and you should enjoy it.
4 out of 5 I get distracted by shoes too sometimes

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Zombies Down Under

I'm almost done with my reviews from the convention. I just have one more to do after this one, and I will be caught up with them. Yesterday I managed to get two reviews done. I was just in a writing mood I guess. I got my review done here, and decided to get the other review started at least. I kept right on writing and got it finished. I have doubled up before, but I believe this makes the first time I have done it through the week, a work week at least. Anyway, I started my reviews for the three films that was shown Sunday on my other blog. The first film was Backcountry. After that movie was over, I had enough time to walk around the convention one last time. I was going to get another autograph, but that person had already left. Too bad for them, but good news for me since I came home with a little bit of my spending money at least. The next movie, and my last for here, was called Wrymwood: Road Of The Dead (2014).

Zombies are showing up in Australia. No one knows why, but it seems to have something to do with the very air. Barry (Jay Gallagher) is ready for it though. He has gas masks that he has put on along with his wife and young daughter. He gets a call from his sister Brooke (Bianca Bradey), who was doing a photo shoot and is now trapped by two zombies. Before Barry can get there though, some soldiers show up and take Brooke for some experiments. Barry has his car attacked by zombies and ends up having to kill both his wife and daughter. He eventually finds other survivors and teams up with them for his search for Brooke.

The movie The Other Side did something with zombies that I had never seen before, but Wrymwood takes it to a completely different level. First off, I should say that Wrymwood was very much an action type of zombie movie with a healthy dose of comedy as well. It isn't so much a physical comedy as it is just the characters sometimes making fun of their situation in order to cope. As you can see from the poster, Wrymwood comes close to being Road Warrior but with zombies. Co-writers Tristan and Kiah Roache-Turner (Kiah also directed) manages to give us some different zombies, along with some leaps of logic along the way. The zombies are eventually explained, but not everything about them is. They breathe some kind of gas that is their energy apparently. During the day, they can produce this gas and, as a result, they are fast. Once the sun starts to set, their energy gets used up, and now they become the slow lumbering zombies some people enjoy. They are different to be sure. The way the survivors use this to their advantage was, I have to admit, pretty cool. This also leads to the leaps of logic though. Fuels that normally burn, no longer do so for some reason. I bet you can guess which one actually burns now though. I know it is the film makers world, and that they can do whatever they want with it. Even with that in mind, I didn't really care for this change.

The effects are pretty good for this one. It never gets real gory, but there is still some good effects to be found. You can expect what you normally will find in a zombie movie to be honest. The zombies themselves usually looked really good though. The acting was also good. Jay Gallagher does a good job in the lead. He works good with Leon Burchill. A lot of the jokes that got people to laugh was because of the things those two said to each other. Bianca Bradey also does a good job with her role.

The character that Bradey plays was interesting in a way. I thought he character was captured because she might hold a cure for others. I don't know if the experiments that we see had that intent behind them, but that isn't what ended up happening. Brooke discovers eventually that she has a connection with the zombies now. I won't get into too much detail about it, but it was also something I had not seen in a zombie movie before. Even people who did like this film felt that this aspect of the film was pushed too far by the end of the movie. I felt the same way. Over all, Wrymwood: Road Of The Dead wasn't too bad of a film. It was very well directed and acted. The story was original. All pluses really, but the leaps of logic and taking a plot line a bit too far hurt it some. Still worth a watch though, especially if you are into zombie films or just looking for something different with zombie films.
3 out of 5 Wonder what I would look like Road Warrior style