I got the pleasure of viewing Rob Zombie’s ‘The Lords of Salem’ earlier than my U.S. counterparts and was really looking forward to see what the newest offering from Zombie had to give me. I know Zombie has a lot of people out there that really does not like his work and detest his remakes of the Halloween franchise. For me personally, I have liked his stuff on the whole, though I can’t say I am a ‘No questions asked.” loyalist to his work as I know many are. I have even liked his first remake of Halloween and thought H2 was flawed but not in the way that many others seem to think. I think Zombie has always had a unique take on things, a cool visual style to his work and he is very knowledgeable about the horror film genre from the 70’s and earlier.
So when I had heard about the ‘The Lords of Salem’ I felt it would suit Zombie very well and fit right into the style he is known for since many of the horror movies from the 70’s time period dealt with Satan worship and occult themes. So how did the movie sit with me after my viewing? Well I have to admit, not very well. Let’s stir this cauldron up and mix us some witch’s brew. You are going to need a strong drink for this one. Continue reading Movie Review: The Lords of Salem
Out of the blue today I got an email request to review a short fifteen minute film called Universal Dead. The email contained some info about the cast which, surprisingly, is filled with known and talented actors. I say surprisingly because I just didn’t expect to see a little indie flick contain actors from Star Trek: Enterprise, Hellboy and Jericho. But they got them and I saw all the better! Continue reading Movie Review: Universal Dead (Short Film)
Movie Review: Hollow
By: Tj Fowler
Brief Synopsis: Four idiots set out to a dead priest’s home in the English country side. They find a tree, a legend about suicides and the loss of any common sense they may have had…because the ‘evil’ made them do it. Yeah Right. Read on.
‘Hollow’ is a found footage movie that clearly is here to stay for a long time in the horror genre of films. They’re cheap to make and if lucky can rake in a huge return. The downside of course is it seems that many of the found footage type films fall flat on their face in terms of execution and providing a good story or scares. Unfortunately, for ‘Hollow’ it falls into the ‘Falls on its face’ due to not executing what could have been a good story.
We begin with four characters, Emma, Scott, Lynne and James who are travelling to Emma’s dead grandfather’s house out in the countryside of England. As the movie unfolds we find that Emma knows of something bad about a tree that has a dark history behind it and more of this story comes out as the movie goes on. We never really see for sometime anything or behavior that one would call supernatural or attributed to some evil spirit. Rather we see the actions and events by people that just seem to be mostly assholes or cock teases.
Part of the legend about the tree in ‘Hollow’ is that a evil spirit of a monk from the Middle Ages brings out the worse in people and that is why there have been so many suicides at the tree for so many centuries. ‘Hollow’ attempts to make the viewer wonder if what is going on is due to the spirit bringing out the dark sides of each character or if they are doing it themselves. This is also where ‘Hollow’ fails the most and what should have been the one thing it got right.
What we see are characters acting like assholes, bitches or mentally unstable to begin with so we are left thinking that’s how they already are and not some force really making them do the actions. The character that seems mentally fragile was already having issues without an evil spirit needing to push him, the circumstances during the movie doesn’t do them any favors either.
I think if ‘Hollow’ had developed the characters a bit better we could have had a better movie here because we don’t really see much of a gradual slide into bad actions by the characters, they kid of just suddenly do bad actions. Or rather they kind of start out doing bad actions to begin with so when we see the culmination of certain behaviors from the characters we just think it’s because they are dicks anyway.
As the movie goes on we also see some of the stupidest reasoning by people I have ever seen, again I think this is supposed to be attributed to the evil spirit making the characters behave in such a way and again I will state the movie failed in conveying this. One character even mentioned to Emma if she knew the place had such a dark history why did she suggest to everyone to come to it, to which she replies, “She thought it would help James.” So already she was a dumbass before she ever arrived at such a place.
‘Hollow’ had the ingredients to be a spooky tale set in the English countryside but it seemed that something got lost from script to film and the film suffered heavily for it.