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Malificent (PG: 2014)

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Malificent (Rated PG – Released May 2014)

Starring: Directed By: Robert Stromberg, Written by Linda Woolverton, Charles Perrault, and others. Starring: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Elle Fanning as Aurora, Sharlto Copley as Stefan, Lesley Manville as Flittle, Imelda Staunton as Knotgrass, Juno Temple as Thistlewit, and many others. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1587310/.
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I’m really digging the fact that Walt Disney and other major film companies are starting to get on track with depicting fairy tales with “real faeries” as is becoming the artsy trend these days in media, film, and music. They were golden with how they manifested Snow White and the Huntsman I didn’t think the film wizards could do any better with the classics – wrong was I. “Malificent” is in that tradition, embedded deep into the faerie realms and the struggles between humans and the fae, following true folklore about faeries and iron, and much of historical folklore as accurate as they could go. It is the classic retelling (and most probable more authentic of the Sleeping Beauty myth if there was one in history). A young powerful faerie girl well respected in Faerieland as “Malificent” goes and befriends a young human mortal who stumbled into the protected realms. They begin a long childhood friendship which leads up to the guise of “true love” only to meet the ever-told fate between fae and humans that humans will always cross the fae. This throws Malificent into a darkness after she loses her wings and seeks revenge on the wrongdoer. She curses his child into a “sleeping beauty” enchantment that not even she could break, only to be broken by a kiss of true love – which she believed did not exist. As time passes she falls for the young cursed one only to despair that she couldn’t break the curse she cast. Battles between the humans and the magical folk build up high action and turmoil leaving you on the edge of your seat. Ents, Dryads, Pixies, Elves, Dragons, and other magical folk animate your imagination as malificent finds her way back to the fate of her beautiful wings. Just how I would have imagined “Sleeping Beauty”. Rating: 5 stars out of 5 [rating:5]

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Carrie 2013

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Carrie (2013) ~ Rated R.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1939659/ ** Drama/Horror * Released: October 18, 2013 * Director: Kimberly Peirce. Writers: Lawrence D. Cohen, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Starring: Julianne Moore as Margaret White; Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie White; Gabriella Wilde as Sue Snell; Portia Doubleday as Chris Hargensen; Alex Russell as Billy Nolan; Zoë Belkin as Tina; Ansel Elgort as Tommy Ross; Samantha Weinstein as Heather, and may more. *

The Classic Stephen King horror story about a shy Fundamentalist Christian raised girl who was never taught about puberty, humiliated over her period in the girl’s gym locker room, at the same time when discovering her telekinetic powers. She’s pushed too far by the school bullies and unleashes a fire storm of revenge and destruction much to the horror and shame of her teacher/counselor and mother. It’s hard to beat the first film, and the second re-make was fantastic in my eyes, but this 3rd remake still held its own charm and excitement. As I’m a big fan of the supernatural, it was well done. The 1974 novel by Stephen King of course is the best version of them all as is all of his books compared to the movies made about them. Chloë Grace Moretz playing Carrie is no Sissie Spacek comparison, but in her own right did a magnificent and sexy role. I’m still torn between the characters of the first film and this third for the others outside of Carrie, but Julianne Moore as Carrie’s mom was a fabulous choice as she’s always has been a favorite actress of mine. The prayer closet was well done but some of the school scenes were lacking luster. I did enjoy the fact Carrie delved deeply into researching her powers rather than stumbling around cluelessly with them. I didn’t care for the delivery scene for the opening, but the pregnancy at the end was a intriguing twist. – [Rating:4] Rating 4 stars out of 5.

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Thale (R: 2012)

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Thale
Rated NR: Released: February 2012

http://www.thalemovie.com/

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2112287/

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Director: Aleksander Nordaas. Writer: Aleksander Nordaas. Starring: Silje Reinåmo as Thale; Erlend Nervold as Elvis; Jon Sigve Skard as Leo; Morten Andresen as Hvittkledd; Roland Astrand as the voice; and Sunniva Lien as
Thale.

A fabulous mythical tale meets modern day when Elvis and Leo, two crime scene cleaners discover a hidden stairwell leading to a concealed cellar where a beautiful naked woman has been kept captive. A mystery unwinds through tapes, research notes, and images of horrors unleashed. Secret labs, experiments on the fae-folk, and genetic altering to try to transform a fae to a human. More specifically focusing around the faerie folk named the Huldra, a mythical bipedal anthropomorphic tailed creature with magical powers … based on Norwegian folklore of the hidden folk in the woods. As a faerie lore enthusiast and researcher, I was extremely intrigued when discovering this subtitled gem on the Blockbuster shelf, and to my disappoint found out the store only had one copy, and it was checked out. Not available yet for streaming on Netflix, but did find immediately accessible on Amazon Prime for $3.99 (7 day rental) which you can watch directly through the link below. For any folklore enthusiast, fantasy film buff, or faerie fan … this is a must see. Made in Norway, language is Norwegian/Swedish and released on February 17, 2012. Filmed in Bergen, Hordaland, Norway. Rating 5 stars out of 5. [Rating:5] by Leaf McGowan, viewed 4/21/2013 on Amazon Prime
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The InnKeepers (R: 2011)

The InnKeepers(Rated R: Released in 2011)

*Director: Ti West * Writer: Ti West * Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, and many others. * http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1594562/ *

A great classic horror flick about a haunted Inn consumed by the spirit of a bride who lost her life in the hotel. The story tells the tale of events following with a couple of part-time novice paranormal investigators who are the “innkeepers” of the Yankee Pedlar Inn and seek to solve the mysteries of the darkness that resides within its walls before this particular piece of history is demolished to a parking lot. They investigate the disturbing events while balancing their time between sleep and caring for their hotel guests. Horrors unfold as Claire and Luke receive more than they asked for …. I found the film to be entertaining, haunting, and well done. Good tale. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. [rating:4]

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Cabin in the Woods (R: 2012)

Cabin in the Woods (R: 2012)

Cabin in the Woods ~ (Rated R: 2012)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1259521/ * Director: Drew Goddard. * Written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. * Starring: Kristen Connolly as Dana; Chris Hemsworth as Curt; Anna Hutchison as Jules; Fran Kranz as Marty; Jesse Williams as Holden; Richard Jenkins as Sitterson; Bradley Whitford as Hadley; Brian White as Truman and many others.

Within the last several years Hollywood and the film industry has been evolving and expanding the classical monster tale, as we watched through the ages meandering from Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Werewolf, and Count Dracula towards a whole different species of Werewolves, vampires, and zombies. Then came the serial killers obsessed with pain, torture, maiming, and realistic grotesque murder sprees self styled after Ted Bundy, Fred West, or Jeffrey Dalmer only to exaggerate to supernatural tales of Halloween, Friday the 13th, and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Now a new sense of horror, going back to supernatural beliefs on Witches, Druids, Spirits, and creatures from the races of Darker Faeries come crawling out from their sidhe with vicious mermaids and mer-men, leprechauns, gremlins, goblins, orcs, giants, and titans. The Old God/desses are being brought back to life. What one would imagine would be a typical hack n’ slash film by the title of “Cabin in the Woods” turned to a conspiracy theorie, Dark ancient Deities tale of human sacrifice at a high corporate level ploy to satiate the “ancient ones”. None other than a tale weaved by Buffy’s Joss Whedon to give that twisted plot some fantastical depth. These five friends go on vacation to a remote cabin in the woods, only to find them trapped and manipulated in a pseudo-realm where they are lined up to voluntarily sacrifice themselves to the dark spirits.

The five college-aged kids head off to a friend’s cabin in the woods and lose all communication with the outside world. During “party time” and unwinding, the cellar door mysteriously flips open, only to involved a truth or “dare” to investigate the darkness. Within is a treasure trove of artifacts, each with a secret and a beast to unleash. Meanwhile they are monitored by a high tech secret lab where the white coats bet on which creature they will face – Pinhead, the Mer-man, flesh eating zombies, a ghoul, or a prehistoric monster of dinosaur proportions. Dana reads from the diary of an imbred hillybilly family thereby awakening the now family of deadly murderous zombies. But this is not the only laboratory experiment of what supernatural creatures will be unleashed, as the lab coats are monitoring similar setups from around the world, hopeful of a successful stint with the cabin. As each of the college kids get knocked off, the ploy backfires as the “virgin” saved for the last, teamed up with the brainy pot-head discover the conspiracy and find their way down into depths uncovering an ancient temple lair holding back the ancient Titans from destroying the Earth – satiated by an annual sacrifice that was planned. None of the scenarios work out for the guardians and literally “all hell breaks loose” as magical and supernatural beings, creatures, and monsters look at the lab coats and armed forces as a smorgasboard brunch. The Director of the agency, played by Sigourney Weaver, tells them the truth that the ritual involving sacrifice of the Whore (Jules), the Athlete (Curt), the Scholar (Holden), the Fool (Marty), and the Virgin (Dana) was to appease the “Ancient Ones” who lived beneath the facility. They had to die in archetypical order until the virgin remained. Werewolves, mer-creatures, unicorns, ghouls, zombies, and a giant serpent take their wraith. The Ancient ones rise to destroy the facility and the cabin. While an element of “kitch” and whacky elements loomed over the film, the special effects and deep mythical supernatural plot humored and entertained me. [Rating:4] Rating of four stars out of five. ~ Reviewed by Leaf McGowan.

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Scarecrow (2002: R) ~

Scarecrow (2002: Rated R)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0341564/
Starring: Tim Young …. Lester Dwervick, Todd Rex …. The Scarecrow, Tiffany Shepis …. Judy Patterson, Jen Richey …. Morgan, Roxanna Bina …. Stephanie, John Moore …. Chad; and many more. Directed by Emmanuel Itier; Writing credits Bill Cunningham & Emmanuel Itier.
 

Its a story about Lester who is picked on by all the kids at school, by his teacher, by his mom’s boyfriends, seems like everyone … living a sad life, until one of the schoolgirls sticks up for him against the school bully. He developed a crush on her, and then his world is shattered when he sees her kissing the bully at a late night party. He goes into a rage, and goes home and yells at his mom and the guy screwing her, the guy kills Lester in the cornfield, and by the legend of the Scarecrow, absorbs Lester’s soul and Lester goes on a rampage to slice and dice Freddy and Jason style, everyone in his path. Complete blood bath. Cheesy B-rate horror. If you like B-rate horror, it might make a 3, but if you like fine cinema, it barely makes a 1 = don’t bother seeing it. Horror fans, its good background noise.

Rating: 2 stars out of 5. Viewed 10/07/06.

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Scarecrow: Slayer (R: 2003)

  Scarecrow: Slayer (2003: Rated R)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0353984/
Starring: Tony Todd …. Caleb Kilgore, Nicole Kingston …. Mary Anderson, David Castro …. Karl, Jessica Mattson …. Sheila, Steven Schultz …. Gavin; and many others.

In class with the first movie, another B-rate rot your brain flick. The Scarecrow is resurrected by two fraternity boy pledges who are sent on a mission to steal the Scarecrow. The farmer who wrote a book about the infamous legend, sees the scarecrow, and shoots at him, but in reality kills one of the frat boys. The frat boy’s soul gives life to the scarecrow and goes on a murderous rampage, including a mission-impossible fraternity house massacre as he seeks his undying love for his girlfriend that he plans to make Mrs Scarecrow by killing at the foot of a newly crafted scarecrow woman. B-rate horror at its finest. Those liking fine cinema, should avoid this one like a bug-infested corn field.

Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5. Viewed 10/07/06.

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Skeleton Key (R: 2005) ~

Skeleton Key (R – 2005)
Directed by Iain Softley
Actors/Actresses: Kate Hudson …. Caroline Ellis. Gena Rowlands …. Violet Devereaux, John Hurt …. Ben Devereaux, Peter Sarsgaard …. Luke, Joy Bryant …. Jill, Maxine Barnett …. Mama Cynthia, Fahnlohnee R. Harris …. Hallie (as Fahnlohnee Harris), Marion Zinser …. Bayou Woman, Deneen Tyler …. Desk Nurse, Ann Dalrymple …. C.N.A., Trula M. Marcus …. Nurse Trula (as Trula Marcus), Tonya Staten …. Nurse Audrey, Thomas Uskali …. Robertson Thorpe (as Tom Uskali), Jen Apgar …. Madeleine Thorpe, Forrest Landis …. Martin Thorpe
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0397101/
 

Skeleton Key

Wow … what a well done – Southern swamp voodoo hoodoo horror story packed with ghosts, hoodoo, and Louisiana flavor. I want to go to New Orleans right now! Its a tale of a caregiver nurse who wants to home care for an elderly gent out on a rickety haunted plantation in the middle of the swamps. She quickly finds herself surrounded by Hoodoo and spirits quickly adapting to taking on the arts herself but being given a surprise of her life. A 5 stars out of 5 stars rating film. Must see!

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The Abandoned (R: 2006)

The Abandoned (2006: Rated R)
http://www.horrorfestonline.com/film7.html
Directed by: Nacho Cerda (Genesis, Aftermath); Written by: Karim Hussain, Nacho Cerdà, Richard StanleyKarim Hussain, Nacho Cerdà, Richard Stanley (Dust Devil and Hardware); Starring:Marie – Anastasia Hille, Nikolai – Karel Roden, Misharin – Valentin Ganev, Olga Kaidavosky – Paraskeva, Djukelovaj, Anatoliy – Carlos Reig – Plaza; and many more.
A LA Director goes back to her homeland in Russia to discover who her parents were, only to discover being willed a mysterious farm on an island in the middle of nowhere. She goes to investigate and unwraps a fate yet unfulfilled, but continually looped into understanding the brutal slaying of her mom, father, herself, and brother. Its a classic tale of dopplegangers and true evil, haunted and abandoned in the woods where there is no escape. Is the truth to the past really worth it? Great movie. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Viewed 11/18/06.
 
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Tamara (R: 2005)

Tamara (R: 2005)
Directed by Jeremy Haft. Starring: Jenna Dewan …. Tamara Riley, Katie Stuart …. Chloe, Chad Faust …. Jesse, Bryan Clark …. Shawn, Melissa Elias …. Kisha, Gil Hacohen …. Patrick
http://www.tamaramovie.com/. Teenage geek girl falls for her teacher – he turns her down and it drives her crazy enough to do a love ritual to “make” him fall in love with her and to have the power of persuasion to make anyone do things for her. She chickens out when it calls for blood, but a high school prank from the jocks who want to get even with her, accidentally kills her and spills her blood, making the spell complete. She returns from the dead to get revenge – but no longer a ugly duckling, but turn-everyone’s-head beautiful with a rage not to be toyed with. It’s B-rate, but I like the plot and the storyline. But definitely a at-home horror. Rating 4 stars out of 5. Viewed 1/2/07.

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