Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Don't Look In The Closet

For those of you that care, I managed to get a review in this last Sunday. If you want to read my thoughts on The Purge: Anarchy, then click on the link. I jumped right into my next movie Monday, I watched The Number 23, but decided not to review it after I watched it. I had actually watched it before, but didn't remember a lot about it. Since it was more of a murder mystery thriller, I didn't think it would fit in too much here. Not that I had a lot to say about it anyway. So yesterday I watched Boogeyman (2005). I will be watching the whole series, with two more to go, but probably won't watch them all in a row.

Tim (Barry Watson) was a young child when he saw his father disappear in a closet. Tim had been telling his dad about the bogyman, when something grabbed his father. His mom says that his dad walked out on them though. Fifteen years later, Tim is still afraid of closets, well, dark closets anyway. His girlfriend Jessica (Tory Mussett) has invited him to meet her family. The first night there, he has a nightmare about his mother. He gets a call from his uncle to tell him that his mother has passed away. Tim heads back home for the funeral, and take possession of the family home. While at the old house, his childhood friend Kate (Emily Deschanel), who got dumped by her horse by the house. Tim soon discovers that his bogeyman could very well still be around.

Boogeyman gets a pretty bad rap. It has a below average rating on IMDb and gets trashed on the forum board for it. This is another film that I have watched already, but since I wanted to review the other two films, I decided to go ahead and watch this one again as well, since I had yet to do a review for it. When I first watched it, I wasn't thrilled by it, but I found it to be fairly good. I still feel the same way about it now. It wasn't a great film by any means, but no where near as bad as people on IMDb make it out to be. Even after a second watch, could be more that that actually, I still found it had some tension in the story. It kept me interested in it, even if there were parts that put me off somewhat. The story by Eric Kripke, along with a couple of other writers on the screenplay, feels a little disjointed at times which makes it hard to follow. I also felt that director Stephen Kay relied too much on CGI for the bad guy. Someone on IMDb said that they talked to Kripke at a convention, and according to the person who talked to him, Kripke blames the fans for not understanding the story. In a way, Boogeyman tries to play things as if it is all in Tim's mind, at least the bogeyman. If you watch it with that in mind, in a way it does make sense. However, if that is the case, then there are things about the film that no longer make sense. Tim meets a girl with whom he learns how to possibly beat the bogeyman. And then there is a scene after the credits that makes one think the events are about to happen again but with someone else. In case you are wondering, Kripke says the bogeyman isn't real. Since the film doesn't hint otherwise, I'm not so sure.

There wasn't much for gory special effects here. A little blood in a couple of scenes, but nothing major. The effects were mostly CGI effects for said bogeyman. While they weren't really bad, I just didn't care for how he was made to look. Even though Andrew Glover is credited as playing the part, it was rare for the bogeyman to look all that human. The acting wasn't all that bad. It was cool to see Emily Deschanel in something other than her show Bones. Barry Watson does a good job in the lead role as well. Lucy Lawless shows up as well, but only for a few scenes. I rather liked Skye McCole Bartusiak as the girl who helps Tim somewhat. As I was looking to see what she has been in recently, I discovered some sad news about her. Skye passed away July 19th of this year at the age of 21.

As I said before, I didn't think real highly of this film. Even so, I don't see how it is our fault if we didn't get the intention of the film. Apparently someone didn't get the memo since two other films have been made. Just from reading posts in the forum for this film, they seem to tie into this one a little bit at least. It might be interesting to see where the other films take the concept. As for Boogeyman, if you haven't watched it yet, I will leave the review to help you decide if it is for you or not. I am curious to see what others think happen in the film. Is the bogeyman real or not? Let me know!
3 out of 5 No bogeyman in my closets!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bikinis And Blood

I got a little behind on my reviews. I was trying for at least an every other day review, but I was feeling pretty tired the last couple of days. I think it showed in my last review, to be honest. Mainly because I didn't think I would get it done when it was getting late, so I rushed through it a bit. For this review I watched the film Bikini Party Massacre (2002), which is just listed as Massacre on the sleeve. The nice thing about watching this movie pack is I have watched low budget films so far. They may not have been great films by a long shot, but they still fit right in with my little blog.

Jeff (Joseph D. Clark) is driving his friends Jake (Sean Clement), Rick (Phil Jacob), Sandy (Jessica Psaila), Mandy (Elizabeth Inns) and Randy (Naomi Vondell) out in the woods near a lake. After some strange dreams, arguments between the ladies, running out of gas, they get to their camp site at long last. Beer, sex and games follow. But there is also a creepy old guy around. Don't know what he wants, but he likes the women of course. Oh, there is also a pitch fork that is flying around, seemingly on its own, and of course someone is killing the campers off one at a time.

Bikini Party Massacre is one of these films where the director, writer, producer, and the star of the film happens to be the same person. That person would be Joseph D. Clark. I think I will start off with some of the bad first. The film is around 73 minutes in length, but it takes around an hour before anything really happens. This doesn't include the dream sequences that are somewhat interesting. They are actually usually praised as the best thing about Bikini Party Massacre. While the story is presented as a slasher flick, there is more going on than that. The first clue is dropped early in the film we see Jeff turn to look into his car. What he sees might be confusing at first, but makes perfect sense once the twist is revealed. The twist also explains some other strange things that happen in the film. Like when Jeff runs out of gas, he takes a walk to find some gas. This includes an MTV style wording for the name of the song, artist, album, things like that. There is also an attack on one of the characters that happens just a few feet from another character who never seems to hear or notice, then acts surprised a short time later when seeing the killer. While the twist has been done before, it was nice little surprise. It didn't really make up for the rest of the film, but was still a surprise. Some of the camp fire game is interesting, and even adds a little character development, but I was struggling to stay interested after the dream sequences up to that point and for a while after.

The effects are mixed. There is a scene where someone gets their arm and legs cut off, which looked and sounds rather silly, but showing the torso was cool in a way. It was a CGI effect, but is was fairly well done, minus the lack of blood one would expect from that. The CGI for severed heads on sticks didn't look as good though. There is also death by chainsaw, but all we see there is a bunch of blood flying around. The acting was also mixed. While I didn't feel anyone was terrible, I wasn't really all that impressed with anyone either. I did like the character of Sandy, but was disappointed with her at the same time. There is some nudity to be found, and while Jessica Psaila gets nude twice for sex scenes, you won't get to see any of the good nudity.

Even though the twist has been done before, and in better films than this one, I didn't mind that. It isn't a twist that has been over done, at least I don't feel it has, like the characters are already dead but they don't know it twist has been a bit over done. By the way, there isn't a bikini party in sight, so not really sure where the title comes from. Bikini Party Massacre didn't manage to come close to an average film for me, but I still have to give it some points for getting me a little interested in it while watching. For those interested in the twist, it might be worth checking out, but I'm not sure I would watch the whole film just for the last 10 minutes or so. If you are really interested, but don't want to watch the film, you can probably find the twist spoiled somewhere for you.
2 out of 5 At least they did wear bikinis some of the time

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wolf Fever Part Two

A few weeks ago I discovered that there is a sequel to Wolf Creek out there. I had no idea that one was even being made, so it came as a surprise to me when I saw it on Netflix's instant watch. I have been meaning to watch it ever since, but kept putting it off for other films instead. Meanwhile, I've noticed other reviews pop up, and usually they give Wolf Creek 2 (2013) a good review. I was able to get around to it at last. It fits in with my films from other countries as well since it is from Australia.

Rutger (Philippe Klaus) and Katarina (Shannon Ashlyn) are a couple from Germany having fun backpacking through Australia. After visiting and hitching to some different place, they almost get a ride from serial killer Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). As another truck comes around, Mick takes off, sparing the couple. They head to Wolfe Creek Crater to check out the site. On their way out, they try to find a ride, but are unable to do so. They decide to set up camp where they are. As they are having some fun together, Mick shows up. This time they won't get away.

Greg Mclean returns to direct the sequel, which is pretty cool. You don't see that happen in the horror genre all that often. After doing a little reading, it turns out that Wolf Creek 2 is based (rather loosely) on victims of real life murders. Much like the first film, the inspiration behind the Mick Taylor character is real life serial killer Ivan Milat and Brad Murdoch, although Murdoch was not a serial killed as far as anyone knows. If you read about the murders, you will see how they are included in the characters. Sure their nationality has changed in some cases, and probably the way they were killed. Even so, it was interesting reading. The film itself is a little different from the original. Some people didn't care for the first film because of the slow start, which you won't find here. Wolf Creek 2 starts with Mitch having a run-in with some cops, which doesn't end well. It doesn't take real long before the next murders happen. I didn't mind the change, which is more like the second half of the first movie. As other reviews have pointed out, this film highlights Mitch. It is all about him, even if we don't really learn much about him as a person. To my surprise, there is a slight change in plot. Well, not really a change in plot, but a change in lead characters. Out are the German's and in comes British tourist Paul, played by Ryan Corr. I suppose a change was needed, but leading up this and after it, the film becomes a long chase. I must admit that I was getting a bit bored with the chase, but it was interesting to see what length Mitch will go to in order to catch the person he has picked out.

Mclean makes sure to have Wolf Creek 2 be a bloody film. There are some very bloody gun shoot wounds, like head exploding at one point. Fingers and a head get cut off in fairly bloody fashion. The effects are good, and of course, very bloody at times. The acting was good as well. I was impressed with Shannon Ashlyn while she was watching Klaus have bad things happen to him. She did extremely well in showing fear. There was also a great conversation between John Jarratt and Ryan Corr that also had some real good acting in that scene.

I was surprised in some ways with Wolf Creek 2 and also a little disappointed with it. I think for most people it will just depends on how well they liked the first film. If you hated it for being too slow, which I heard a lot, you might enjoy this one a bit more. If you didn't like the first movie because of the violence and blood, you won't like this one any better. As for me, while I still think Wolf Creek beats this sequel, I still really enjoyed it. It is too bad I started to feel a little bored with it, but I still loved it.
4 out of 5 Buy a faster jeep next time!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summoning Revenge

Even though I had a few days left before I had to watch the other movie that was being taken out of my instant watch queue, I wasn't sure if I would get to it for here on time. Instead of getting all worried about it, I decided to watch Last Kind Words over at Tops. I needed a movie to review for there anyway, so it worked out better. For my next review for here, I decided on Ouija Board (2004), or Witch Board as it was called on Netflix. This was the movie I had to wait on a replacement for, because the first one they sent to me was broken. It is a movie from South Korea, and will be the last DVD from Netflix from another country for a little while at least.

Lee Yu-jin (Se-eun Lee) has been getting picked on at school, along with a couple of other girls. For revenge, they decide to call on the spirit of a girl who died 30 years ago under mysterious reasons. With a piece of paper with the names of the bullies on it and a pen, they try to summon the girl. Yu-jin knows it works because she breaks her own rule and opens her eyes and sees the girl (Yu-ri Lee). The next day a new teacher (Gyu-ri Kim) arrives at the school. During attendance, she calls out the name of the girl who died 30 years ago, which freaks out the students for whatever reason. It isn't long before students begin to put a plastic bad over their head, douse it with lighter fluid, and set it on fire. While it is suspected who is behind it, there is much more to what is going on than anyone thinks.

Writer/director Byeong-ki Ahn is no stranger to the horror genre. The only film of his I have reviewed before would be Phone, which I liked a lot. Ouija Board was very confusing for a while. It starts with the three girls making the curse on their bullies. There is no build up to this. No clue who these girls are or why they are being bullied. Don't even know who the bully is or how many there are. For the most part the gaps are filled in eventually, but I still didn't like the way the story started, and quickly entered a "don't give a shit" mood about the film. However, I was pulled back into the film as the story reveals there is a lot more to it than first meets the eye. It soon turns to possession, reincarnation, and revenge for what happened 30 years ago. It never became a great film to me, but I have to give it credit for pulling me back in. There was things that bugged me though. For one, they never use a ouija board, nothing is ever spelled out for them that I could tell. Of course this isn't a film in English, so I guess something could have been and I wouldn't have known it. Then there is the fact that the person reincarnated looks just like the person that died, yet no one seems recognize the person. I get it was 30 years ago, but I would still think someone might get a sense of deja vu.

There was some brave stunt people in this movie. I wouldn't want a burning bag on my head for nothing, but we see this happen a few times. Not a lot of effects from that, but there is some nice makeup to be found. Burns and such. There is also a pretty blood scene towards the end of the film. The acting didn't seem too bad. The DVD was set for voice over. I prefer subtitles, but if a DVD is already set for voice over then I usually don't take the time to change it. For the most part this didn't bug me but when there was a lot of voices at once, like students all reacting to something, the voice overs sounded bad.

I was surprised by the twists and turns that Ouija Board took. The further it went along, the more interesting it became. What starts out as just another ghost out for revenge turns into a lot more. I do wish it had started better than it did though. At first I thought it would start this way, then show what happened up to that point, but that wasn't the case obviously. Even though I liked the turn around that the story did, I still didn't fall in love with it. I would still suggest giving this one a watch if you haven't already. Not many reviews out there for it, but most aren't that great it seems. Maybe it was because I found it to be different after the twists. Even so, worth a watch I think.
3 out of 5 Get a real ouija board!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Bad Cops

I didn't think I would get last nights review done. At one point I had decided to just get it done today instead, but I kept at it, and did get it done. I'm still in a review mood to my surprise. I didn't see yesterdays as a set back really, just got started late so was tired. I jumped right into the next film on the 50 movie pack. I couldn't find a movie poster for Human Behavior (2006), so I just went with the movie poster for Tomb Of Terrors, the movie pack I'm working through. I don't know that one could really call Human Behavior a horror movie, but it is on the movie pack and I watched it, so I'm going to review the damn thing.

Shelly (Anne-Michelle Seiler) is murdered after letting someone into her home who she knows. Detectives Mochston (Paul Anninos) and Plithman (Stephen Twardokus) are on the case though. They recruit Doc (Kevin O'Conner) to help out with figuring out who it might be. Mochston gets a lead that Shelly was talking with her ex-boyfriend and had a fight with him the night that she was killed. After questioning the bartender about it, that guy also turns up dead. Plithman gets some prints off the murder weapon, but when he leaves his computer while it runs a search on the prints, the search gets canceled and the file deleted. This leaves them to believe that a fellow cop is behind the murders. Could it be Bobby (Daniel Kash) who has been acting a little strange since the first murder? Or is there something else going on here?

Human Behavior is hard pressed to be in this set if you ask me. Outside of dealing with a crazy guy, Human Behavior falls more into a drama film than anything else. Even though this was obviously a low budget film, co-writers and directors Derek and Shane Cole do a fairly good job with what they have. There is obviously plenty wrong going on with chain of evidence and police procedure, which I'm sure not everyone knows anyway. While such stuff bugged me, I try not to let that get in the way of enjoying a movie. That is where I have to give then some credit at least. They do a good job of giving some twists to the story towards the end of it. The story wasn't anything great to be honest. Even though we don't see who the killer is at first, we know it isn't the ex-boyfriend because he is black, and the killer was clearly a white guy. I know that the detectives don't know that, but it was still rather boring watching them make a big deal over him every time he happened to be in the same area as they were. This is where the Cole's should have just started with Shelly already dead, and then show us the murder later on in a flashback. The red herring would have worked much better that way. In fact the Cole's sort of do this anyway. At around the 42 minute mark, we get a recap of everything that has happened up to that point thanks to two of the cops talking about the case, flashbacks included. That is usually something saved for the end of the film, not somewhere in the middle of it. Then there is also the odd choice of being filmed, or converted to, black and white. It doesn't add anything in this case, so not really sure why they decided on that.

Hardly anything to be found for effects. Some blood here and there, but that is as far as anything ever goes. The acting was very hit and miss, with it mostly missing. I had read a review before watching the film, which thankfully didn't give much away, just to see what Human Behavior was about. It complained about gaps in lines being said, which the review chalked up to bad acting. I didn't notice it too much, but I wondered while watching if it wasn't due more to the way it was edited instead of the delivery of the lines. Often the gaps in lines happen when there is a change in the camera angle, which is why I thought it had more to do with the editing. I never thought the acting as real bad, but there are times it comes close to it.

I guess that the twists at the end does put Human Behavior in the horror genre slightly, but it wasn't really enough for me to call it a horror film. In fact, the twists end up throwing more questions around instead of answering them. The story makes it clear who is doing the killing, and even throws out a reason for it, but that in turn opens it up for more questions. I'm not sure that the Core's thought that through very well. Still, I'm tempted to give this one a higher rating just because of the twists. They did make Human Behavior a bit more enjoyable, but the film as a whole missed the mark. Not by a lot, but it did. I don't know how it easy it is to find this film, but if you happen to have the movie pack that it is on, I would suggest giving it a watch sometime. At a 72 minute run time, it is a short film, so even if you don't like it, you won't spend a lot of time with it. I'm just curious to see how many will get the twists figured out ahead of time.
2 out of 5 Giving cops a bad name

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Don't Bleed In The Forest

Yesterday I managed to get not one, but two reviews in. I haven't doubled up in a good while. I wasn't really planning to get the second review done, but I managed to do so. I jumped right into the next film last night after I finished the review I was working on. There are two films coming out of my instant watch, and I can't get either one on DVD. One was a movie from South Korea called Dark Forest (2006), or sometimes it is called Dark Forest Of Death. I will get around to the other film before it gets taken out as well.

Kim Jeong-Ah (Yi-hyeon So) goes to a closed off forest with her boyfriend (Jong-hyeok Lee), his brother, and a couple of friends. Even though the forest had one of the worst fires in the country ravage it not all that long ago, it seems rather green and well grown. After one of the friends twists her ankle, they decide to camp where they are. Jeong-Ah starts to have visions of their other friend, who has gone to get water, and the visions aren't the good kind. After they go after him, Jeong-Ah starts having visions of her friend who twisted her ankle. As they search for their friends, they start to realize that they aren't so alone in the forest, and people don't tend to stay dead.

Dark Forest was an odd movie to me. Writer/director Jung-min Kim gives the film an almost comic book feel to it. By this I mean there are scenes where we get 2 or 3 panels going, kind of like a swish noise as the scene changes, and things like that. I don't think the story ever made it clear why the forest was closed off, but it is easy to assume based on the fire that was supposed to have happened there. It was also unclear what the treat to them was. We see a hand once in a while, but don't know if it is one of them or someone else. In the end it turns out to be zombies. They try something a little different with these zombies in how they are made. You don't have to die in order to become one. All you have to do is lose some blood. If it hits the ground, you are pretty much screwed. Dark Forest also mixes things up a little by having its lead character have premonitions. Second movie in a row with this. All this was kind of cool really, it makes the film stand out from other films like it. What really hurt Dark Forest though is that it can really drag in places. I can let this go a little bit at the start and sometimes in the middle of the story. I can't let it go so much when it is at the end of the film. To me, and some others as well, they tried to amp the drama of the moment, which actually just killed the pace of the film. Something else that bother me was that the main character writes something in a matchbook for her boyfriend. This is revealed towards the end of the movie, in a rather silly way, but no one bothered to include a subtitle for what was written! It may have had nothing to do with the plot, but I still wanted to know.

The effects were actually rather gory at times. One of the girls is killed in a rather brutal way. According to some reviews, they stopped watching with that one kill. Being a girl, I get the outrage some, but women have been killed that way for real, so I'm not offended by seeing it in a film. While it shows what happens, it really wasn't as graphic as people made it out to be. There is also a scene of someone losing their head thanks to a shovel that was also well done. The acting wasn't all that bad either. I didn't have a problem with any of the actors, but was glad they didn't have a guy doing mostly humor. There is some humor to be found, mostly in a dark way though.

One of the character I was sure was bleeding on the ground, but for some reason didn't become a zombie. The rules seemed simple, but I didn't that one time. Dark Forest gets points in its favor for trying to be different. In fact, it did more than try, it was different in some ways. In the end though, it drags too much and too often. Dark Forest is part of a four movie pack, or was part of a series of four films, I haven't figured out which yet. I do know that February 29 was also part of it. So far I haven't been impressed with the set, but I will still check out the other two films sometime. As for this one, if it sounds interesting to you then do check it out. I wouldn't really suggest it to anyone though.
2 out of 5 I think I will stick to the city after all

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Having Premonitions

My sleep is all messed up today. My stomach was hurting on and off last night, which kept me awake at times. I was up early enough to get a review done, to my surprise, so I thought I would at least get this one started as well. I was going to watch another movie from Japan, but the disc was broken. I asked for a replacement, so will watch it when I can. In the meantime, I moved on to Premonition (2007). I have had this one longer anyway, so it doesn't bother me that I had to watch it instead.

Linda (Sandra Bullock) drops her kids off at school and comes back home to do some house work. While she is busy with that, someone comes to the door. It turns out to be a police officer who informs her that her husband Jim (Julian McMahon) was killed the day before in a car crash. The news, and the rest of the day, becomes something a blur. She falls asleep on the couch holding a wedding photo. The next day she finds herself in bed, no knowing how she got there. As she heads down stairs, she starts to notice things that wasn't there the day before, and finds Jim very much alive in the kitchen. As the days go by, Jim goes from being alive to dead again. Can Linda figure out what is going on and possible save Jim?

As I watched Premonition, I realized that I had watched it before. Lucky for me, I had yet to do a review for it though. I'm assuming I didn't watch the entire movie, catching it after it started on TV, which is why I didn't review it. I didn't remember much about the movie, but I did recall what happened a little bit. Premonition is a bit of a confusing movie. It isn't really hard to follow, unless you aren't giving it much of your attention, but the way it is presented is a bit confusing. While people should have a big clue to what is going on, given the title of the film after all, writer Bill Kelly and director Mennan Yapo never make a clear distinction between the premonition and reality. Actually that isn't true. There is one scene where it is obvious. Still, instead of making it obvious all the time, it almost has more of a time jump feel to it. Linda learns something from a premonition and is able to change something, which in turn changes the premonition. I think too many people take the film too literally, which in truth, is easy to do. That isn't how we are meant to think it through though, so I feel the story fails somewhat because of that. While I really enjoyed watching it again, and since I didn't remember much of it, having to think through what is happening, I don't think that seeing everything that happens when Jim is dead is explained very well. That is the only reason I didn't rate this higher.

Not much can be found for special effects. There is some cuts when Bridgette, played by Courtney Taylor Burness), Linda's oldest daughter, goes through a glass door. We also catch a glimpse of a severed head. The acting is good. I know not everyone like Bullock, but I thought she did a good job with her role here. I also thought that Burness and Shyann McClure also did a good job given their ages. I didn't think too much about McMahon, but then again, he is dead for half the film and not on screen a lot when alive.

Trivia claims that the ending was changed in order to keep it from having too much of what they say as a Hollywood ending. It boarders on one as it is in the film, being a sort of happy ending. They wanted to give it a darker ending, which was find by me. If they truly wanted it to be darker though, they should have made Linda bat shit crazy, but that is just me I suppose. It isn't too bad as it is though. It really made me think about what was happening, which is something I have to love about any film that does that. Maybe it is the forensics side of me that likes the challenge of figuring it out. I have my ideas to the things that didn't make complete sense to me, but I have no way to know if I am right. If you haven't checked out Premonition before, and if I made it sound interesting to you, then please to give it a chance. Just keep and open mind, and please do pay attention to what is going on.
3 out of 5 If you know where a person will die, make sure to get them away from there

Drugs Are Bad

Since I haven't been buying and movies lately, I had to dig around to find something to watch out of my own collection. I ended up going with a movie pack that has like 50 movies included in it. I don't really expect anything to blow me away out of these movies, so I'm sure I will be getting into some 1 or 2 rated movies. First up was a very low budget film called The Crucifier (2005). Before I tell you about it though, I just wanted to pass on that I did get a review up over at Tops. If you are interested in my thoughts for Deliver Us From Evil, then follow the link.

Some friends get together to use some LSD and one of them has a bad trip from it. Known as Schizo (Rocco Taylor) in the credits, he starts to believe that he is Jesus. After a conversation with Satan (Ryan Miller), who was actually his dead friend, he decides that he needs to write a new gospel and kill Mary Magdeline (Kerri Taylor), who I think was his friend's girlfriend. Meanwhile we are treated to women being tied up in the woods in a somewhat crucifixion type way.

From what I have read, writer/director Bill Zebub enjoys making low budget films that generally don't get very good reviews. He also seems to cater to fetishes, or maybe to his own. One can see from his list of movies that one such fetish is rape, which The Crucifier has a scene for as well. Anyway, enough about Zebub. The Crucifier might have had something interesting going on, but it gets bogged down way too much. It is easy to get bored because of this, especially when you are feeling tired while watching it anyway. The plot was just okay, but I found the idea of someone thinking they are Jesus while taking drugs to somewhat interesting. Schizo's conversations, with himself, would have been more interesting if one could hear them properly. With bad sound, sound effects for voices, and of course music that drowns out the actors voices, it was hard to follow the conversations at times. That isn't what makes The Crucifier boring though. We get a lot of scenes that are drawn out well past their welcome, that is what makes it boring. I'm pretty sure this was done just to give the film a longer run time, since I can't think of any other reason for this. There is a lot of nudity to be found, sometimes full body. This didn't bother me, and was actually welcome at times just to break things up. I'm assuming this all depended on the actress though, as some are completely nude, some topless, and some in their underwear. I get not all want to be nude, but made me wonder why whoever was doing this would strip some women completely before leaving them, but not others. Then we have long shots of the camera circling while the women mostly looked bored.

There is some blood to be found, but not a whole lot. To my surprise, the blood looks very good. The acting was very hit and miss, with an emphasis on miss. Each of the main actors had a scene that works for them. It is still nothing great, but at least passable. We don't get to see the actors very often. At the start of the film we get to see what they look like, but soon after they put masks on, for whatever reason, and wear those almost completely for the rest of the film.

There is a twist at the end of The Crucifier that changes up the story some. It at least explains the women in the forest, since the story seems to take place over a short time, so made me wonder where they were coming from. My only problem with it being that the characters in the twist are never seen up until that point, so the reveal comes out of left field. While there was somewhat interesting ideas going on, like crucifying yourself, it just wasn't executed well enough to be a good movie. There was certainly some pretty women getting nude, but if I wouldn't watch this one again just for that. Not a great start to this set, but I have a feeling it isn't going to get a whole lot better.
2 out of 5 At least it feels nice being nude outside