Punishment (2012)

punish1The sixth review comes from episode 3 of Bitches of Horror where we reviewed the slasher film Punishment, which is also known as Down the Road

Punishment: A group of college students escape their troubled lives but only to find themselves fighting for their lives from a revenge seeking mad man.

I ws very dissappointed watching Punishment, mainly because on the front cover it said, move over Jason Voorhees and I thought it would be a really good slasher, but no, Jason can stay right where he is. The bad guy in this one is not a very interesting character and his motive is also pretty vague and uninteresting.

The characters were very annoying and making such stupid decisions. I am very forgiving with character making really stupid decisions, but in this one it was just too much. The one good thing I can say about this one is that the gore effects were really great and that saved the film from becoming a total fricking trainwreck. The surprisingly high grading is due to the amazing SFX and nothing else.

Grading: 4 out of 10.

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Dold Ondska (Hidden evil) 2014

ondska1The fifth review comes from episode 2 of Bitches of Horror, where we talked about the Swedish short horror film Hidden evil (Dold ondska), which was directed by Erik Hansson.

Dold ondska: A group of friends on an island finds a man in the water, but not everything is what it seems to be.

I enjoyed this short film mainly because of the good camerawork and the good use of creepy music. I also liked the story and the acting was pretty good from most of the cast. I am glad that more horror shorts and features are emerging from Sweden and Erik Hansson is part of a Swedish movie company called Dark North Pictures, who are producing horror and thriller films.

Grading: 7 out of 10.

You can watch the movie here.

My Arrow collection pt 1

I love collecting Arrow editions, they are so beautiful and often come filled with extra goodies, like posters, booklets, pictures etc and I wanted to show you all of my Arrow editions, so here is the first part.

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I remember buying the Arrow edition of Battle Royale at a Science Fiction Convention in Stockholm many many years ago and it was so expensive, but it was also my first Arrow! It came with a lot of goodies and I am so proud to have this in my collection.

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Well Deadly Outlaw Rekka isn’t a horror film, but it is pretty brutal anyway and you can never go wrong with a Takashi Miike film.

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Deadly Spawn, such a fun and bloody creature horror film. I had a shitty copy of it on dvd, but bought it immediately when I found the Arrow edition.

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I first bought The Funhouse on dvd when I was in High School, but a few year later I saw this Arrow edition and knew I had to have it. The Funhouse is also such a fun slasher! I will definitely review it in my blog.

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I knew nothing about Island of Death when I ordered the Arrow edition, but it is pretty nasty and fun to watch.

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I first saw Slaughter High in High School and I found it weirdly disturbing mostly because of how sorry I felt for Marty. This movie stayed in y head for many years and then I found the Arrow edition and ordered it immediatly. I always watch this at least once a year!

If you want to see more of my collection, follow me on instagram under the name sarahsmoviecollection

The Voices (2014)

voices1Our fourth review comes from the second episode of Bitches of Horror where we reviewed The Voices.

The Voices: A likable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date.

Ryan Reynalds’ performance in this one is one of his best performances and whoever picked those pink overalls made a really clever costume decision. The story takes some unexpected turns and it is really funny. I really enjoy dark humour in horror movies, or in any movies.

Some of the best moments includes a talking Scottish cat and talking heads in the freezer. Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick does a really good job aswell, but it is Reynolds who steals the show in this one.

Grading: 8 out of 10.

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Motel Hell (1980)

hell1I recently rewatched Motel Hell at the Cult Film Festival at Alingsås and I also bought the movie a few weeks ago. I got the Arrow bluray edition and it is so beautiful! I appreciated the movie a lot more watching it the second time.

Motel Hell: A seemingly friendly farmer and his sister kidnap unsuspecting travelers and bury them alive, using them to create the “special ingredient” of their famous roadside fritters.

The best part of Motel Hell is definitely the special garden filled with bodies of victims. The scenery is pretty horrifying, but also comical at the same time. The two main characters, Ida and Vincent are very interesting to follow and the last twenty minutes are a delight.

Motel Hell is definitely worth checking in to.

Grading: 8 out of 10.

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Saw and my thoughts about Saw Legacy

hand1So we thought that Saw 3D: The Final Chapter would be The Final Chapter of the series, but no. Next year we will get the eight Saw movie and with it comes questions and thoughts. As a whole I like the Saw movies, especially the screenplay for every movie.

The Saw series went from being very mysterious about who this Jigsaw character is to just expecting jawdropping twists with gorier and gorier traps. The Saw films helped create a new sub genre, Torture Porn and a more creative way of writing screenplays for modern horror films.

We have also seen a lot of Saw rip-offs, mostly really badly done and I have to admit I even wrote a screenplay when I was 15 that is such a rip-off except for the ending and motivation, that I really need to re-write that script.

What are my thoughts and hopes about Saw Legacy?

I really hope that they go back to the roots for the new one and make it look raw and dirty and not so clean and digital. The first one had a special creepy feeling to it and I really hope that Saw: Legacy will bring back that feeling that first got me hooked to the series.

I still hope that they will involve Jigsaw in this one and have more flashbacks with him, because he is such an intriguing character that everytime he is seen on the screen I am just mezmerized.

I am also struggling with if it is a good idea to have another accomplice be revealed? Because it seems so predictable that Jigsaw would have another one, so I hope that there aren’t any more accomplices.

Ofcourse I am hoping for great traps, but they don’t have to be so many. It could be fewer but better thoughthrough and really nasty. I am looking forward to watching Saw Legacy becuase of just getting to know in what possible direction they will chose to go with.

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Saw 3D: The Final chapter (2010)

saw3DSo we have arrived at what was supposed to be the last Saw film and it was until now when we know that there will be an  eight film coming next year, but Saw 3D would have been a good ending to a great series.

Saw 3D: As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.

One bad things I have to say about this one is that is looks too clean and too digital comparing to the raw and gritty cinematographic feeling of the first one. The traps in this one are great as usual and it was a positive surprise to see Chester from Linkin Park play a character.

The thing I liked most about this one was that one big question finally got an answer and I was very satisfied with the answer. The story was great and the script was clever. The first time I saw this was at the cinema and the 3D effects did not really make this film better, so I prefer to watch it without the 3D, but nonetheless it is a good movie and a worthy ending, but as we know this will not be the final chapter.

Grading: 8 out of 10.

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Saw VI (2009)

sexan1I really like the set up in Saw VI, where a man is forced through a maze of traps before reaching his final destination and final test.

Saw VI: Agent Strahm is dead, and FBI agent Erickson draws nearer to Hoffman. Meanwhile, a pair of insurance executives find themselves in another game set by jigsaw.

Saw VI’s opening is great with two people up against eachother and the one that can cut of the most flesh in a certain amount of time wins. I like that opening because it is intense from the beginning and the film never loses that intensity.

The carousel trap is pretty great, probably my favorite in the film and the script is very solid. We get even more background story that fills in some gaps and questions. The final test is also very good and clever. The gore scenes are great and very creative.

Grading: 8 out of 10.

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Saw V (2008)

hi1I find Saw V better than Saw IV just because of more interesting characters such as Peter Strahm and Mark Hoffman.

Saw V: Following Jigsaw’s grisly demise, Mark Hoffman is commended as a hero, but Agent Strahm is suspicious, and delves into Hoffman’s past. Meanwhile, another group of strangers are put through a series of gruesome tests.

We also get alot more background story to a few important characters and I also like the maze that the victims have to go through in this one. There are great traps in this one, like the pendulum trap and the blood trap. The blood trap is probably my favorite just because of the gory results.

The opening is also really good and I also think that the lesson learned at the end of this film is important and a good one. Jigsaw really exposes the stupidity and egoistic behaviours of humans.

Grading: 8 out of 10.

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Saw 4 (2007)

OneSheet (Page 1)Saw 4, the middlefilm of the Saw series and yes it does feel like a middlefilm.

Saw 4: Despite Jigsaw’s death, and in order to save the lives of two of his colleagues, Lieutenant Rigg is forced to take part in a new game, which promises to test him to the limit.

This is probably my least favorite of the Saw movies, just because I don’t find Rigg’s character so interesting. I do appreciate that we get to know more of Jigsaw’s ”feel how I feel and see what I see” mantra, but I feel that they could have focused on a different maincharacter for this one and still tied everything up together. Because I do like all the side stories.

I do still like the story and that Detective Matthews gets more screening time in this one, but this one can get kind of confusing if you aren’t paying attention. They also did have lots more gore in this one and the movies gets gorier and gorier each time, which is nice. The traps were also great as usual.

Grading: 7 out of 10.

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