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Added by xxxTheRipperxxx on 18 Jul 2020 08:23

TDcore's Horror Jounral 2020: July

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People who added this item 57 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 4.3 IMDB Rating 5.3
Sublime (2007)
This indie curiousity has been on my watchlist for quite some time. And it's certainly a strange film, but not always in the best way. The biggest problem is that it's easy to see the "twist ending" coming from a mile away. And even then the film is nothing more than another take on themes already explored by much better films such as "Jacob's Ladder". It also has a serious pacing issue, as the film is constantly switching back and forth from current events to flashback sequences, so much so that we never settle into either timeframe. The tone is wildly inconsistent as well, with psychological horror giving way to wonky black comedy. The cast is good, but never allowed to shine as they should, seeing as the scene is always changing just when we start becoming invested in characters. And while the film does look good, it's pretty empty headed when all is said and done. It's filled with metaphors, but they're all recycled, and mostly put to unimaginative use here. This one isn't really worth tracking down.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.2
Body Cam (2020)
This film was actually completed in 2019, but wasn't released until this year. And though it was still prescient when it was first produced, it's now more relevant than ever with the ongoing George Floyd riots. So obviously, this is a horror film that deals with police brutality, which there have been very few of outside "Maniac Cop" and "Tales From The Hood". But sadly, this is nothing but a massive dissapointment, especially now, when a great film about this topic is needed.

Simply put, there's really nothing to this film. The plot is barely strung together, the writing is flat and characters force out dialouge that sounds as though it was written by an AI. Worst of all, the acting is absolutely abysmal. Pop star Mary J. Bilge makes her film debut here, and I can only hope she never attempts to act again. She didn't have much script to work with, but even then she is utterly inept. This is an actress who finds her partner has shot himself in the bathtub and can muster no more than to shake her head like a dissapointed football coach. None of the rest of the cast put much effort in either, although they can't be blamed for having difficulty finding anything to latch onto in the script. The horror sequences are somewhat effective and pretty damn violent, but there's nothing really going on in this film. It's story is very simple and shallow, while the real life issues of police corruption and systematic racism are anything but. This is not the film that the movement needs, and only serves to cheapen it.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.7
Becky (2020)
This film generated buzz for a couple of reasons. Namely it's two stars playing out of character roles. Comedy veteran Kevin James appearing as the leader of a violent neo-nazi gang, and young Lulu Wilson, as a scrappy, murderously vengeful kid. There was a lot of potential here, but it's sadly misused, as this film teeters back and forth between gory exploitation and half-assed social commentary. There's not enough character here to build real attachment to any of the players, and the story is as bare-bones as they come, mostly a re-hashing of grindhouse cliches. Despite having a decent cast, the only relatively interesting moments are the gory murder scenes, which feature fantastic practical effects and are suffciently disturbing and giddy in their violence. Lulu Wilson is the only one that makes an impression amongst the cast, continuing her string of solid performances in horror flicks. Kevin James is simply not intimidating or convincing as an evil mastermind, and the more he speaks, the less convincing he becomes. So what we're left with is a rather bland exploitation pic, which only has merit when the blood is flowing. It's not insultingly bad, but it is sadly mediocre.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.7
Scare Package (2020)
This little horror anthology appeared out of nowhere on the Shudder platform. It's fairly distinctive in that all of the segments focus on horror comedy, and most of them are quite gory. It's obviously aimed at fans of 80's cult horror, but it's a very mixed bag all together. Not many of the segments are that funny or original, and a few too many of them are downright un-amusing and boring. The best moments are when the gore is allowed to run rampant, as the effects in almost all of the stories are superb. And the wrap-around is amusing and quirky. Sadly, there's far too much re-hashed meta horror hijinks, and the ending segment is nothing but a low-budget rip-off of "The Cabin In The Woods". So much so that it's a bit tacky. Still, a good cast keeps things afloat, with indie horror regulars like Chase Williamson and Noah Segan making appearences, as well as a delightful surprise turn by none other than Joe Bob Briggs. It's just that, when all is said and done, there's far more mediocre and downright bad in this anthology than there is good. Which is a shame, because it could've been a fun flick. As it is, I cannot reccomend it.
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Hey folks, sorry I've been gone again for so long. Life has been absolute TURMOIL lately, and I haven't been able to sit down and watch many films. Still, I managed to get a few watched this month, as things slowly turned around. If everything goes according to plan, I should be able to relax much more often this next month and get back on track with my viewings. Even if it's not much, I figured ya'll would still like to know I'm alive and read up on the few films I have been able to see this last month. Hope ya'll are staying safe. BLM and wear your fucking mask.

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