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 The Lionsgate production, The Cabin in the Woods directed by Drew Goddard and starring a cast of relative unknowns follows a group of five college kids on a trip.  The kids intent for a fun weekend filled with booze, sex and drug usage is cut short when two of them are attacked during a moment when they believe they are alone.  Attacked by flesh-eating zombies, their traumatic ordeal and experiences in the cabin are being filmed in real-time.  Every step they make is monitored and controlled by some kind of high functioning underground operation.   From the very beginning,  starting with their encounter with the stranger on the road, to the discovery of a torture chamber in the basement,  and the moment leading up to the initial attack prompts the movie to go  in so many different directions.  The movie simultaneously follows what is happening to the college kids and the adults responsible for their demise.  Strangely they take up bets, and route for their favorite.  In the end no one is to survive this experience.

After running and making attempts to protect and save themselves the kids die one by one with only  two to survive.  Dana and Marty aka the virgin and the fool end up underground in the official facility that has control over everything.  They learn that for some reason they are ones that have to die, in order to save the world from destruction.  At this point this is where the movie looses me completely.  The Sci Fi horror legend Sigourney Weaver makes a cameo appearance in the movie as The Director of the Facility.  She explains that their purpose is to offer up human blood to satisfy the gods, in order to save humanity.  Dana is then given the opportunity to rid the world of the fool so that the world has a chance to survive.

The hour and thirty minute flick is fast-moving but really does not stir anything in me.  The movie does keep you interested because the question of knowing who, why, how and when is always on your brain.  There were elements of 13 Ghosts, infused with Hostel, Stay Alive and Silent Hill in this movie.   The movie’s horror  intention was lost in its interpretation, even though there were some scary parts.  This movie was very hard to follow at times.  The acting was not impressive but the special effects and creature designs were very cool.  The make up effects for the zombies was also very interesting.  They didn’t appear to look like the traditional zombie but more, like a hybrid demonic creature with elements of  the classic zombie.  It was a refreshing twist on the creature.

Overall I give this movie three stars for cinematic effort and the attempts to being unique in its concept.

Happy Reading, Writing, and Creating!!

L.L.

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I understand the whole idea behind production companies releasing movies straight to DVD, but at this point in the business, these companies need to let the public know when they are releasing a film directly to DVD.  They should if they want to make some kind of money and expose their creations.  Now I pretty much consider myself a movie buff and I think I am in the loop when it comes to viewing new movies, old movies and everything in-between.  Now I must admit that with writing my new book series I have been devoting a lot of my time working but that still does not mean that I am clueless in what is going on in the movie world.  Last night while I was resting and playing on my NOOK I decided to find a movie to watch on Netflix since there was nothing on television.  I stumbled upon a horror that was released last year called “Hellraiser: Revelations”  starring Steven Brand.   I knew nothing about this movie.  This movie is the ninth installment in the franchise.  It basically had the same concept as the other movies.  A couple of teens come across the box, one opens the box and then they are unwillingly sucked into the demonic world of the Cenobites.  As a fan of Clive Barker, the original and the sequel, I had to follow in suit and watch them all, just to stay true to the series.  It is an unspoken devotion to the genre and the craft as a whole to watch these movies even if the casts, directors and overall storylines are altered in such ways that may not appeal to the average movie goer.  Remember A nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy’s Dead?  That was horrible, but most of us who love classic horror had to see it.  I know there are so many more movies out there like that, but it can be hard to just turn your back on a series that you have invested years of faithfulness and devotion to.

I suggest that these companies invest more money and time in advertising.  A real movie buff is willing to give a movie a chance just as long as they are aware that the movie is floating on a shelf.  That shelf could be part of Netflix or Blockbuster or any other movie distribution company.

Cabin in Woods will be released this weekend and I am curious to how it will do considering Hunger Games has been on top for last few weeks.  Stay tuned for a movie review.

Happy Reading, Writing and Creating!

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I understand the whole idea behind production companies releasing movies straight to DVD, but at this point in the business, these companies need to let the public know when they are releasing a film directly to DVD.  They should if they want to make some kind of money and expose their creations.  Now I pretty much consider myself a movie buff and I think I am in the loop when it comes to viewing new movies, old movies and everything in-between.  Now I must admit that with writing my new book series I have been devoting a lot of my time working but that still does not mean that I am clueless in what is going on in the movie world.  Last night while I was resting and playing on my NOOK I decided to find a movie to watch on Netflix since there was nothing on television.  I stumbled upon a horror that was released last year called “Hellraiser: Revelations”  starring Steven Brand.   I knew nothing about this movie.  This movie is the ninth installment in the franchise.  It basically had the same concept as the other movies.  A couple of teens come across the box, one opens the box and then they are unwillingly sucked into the demonic world of the Centabytes.  As a fan of Clive Barker, the original and the sequel, I had to follow in suit and watch them all, just to stay true to the series.  It is an unspoken devotion to the genre and the craft as a whole to watch these movies even if the casts, directors and overall storylines are altered in such ways that may not appeal to the average movie goer.  Remember A nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy’s Dead?  That was horrible, but most of us who love classic horror had to see it.  I know there are so many more movies out there like that, but it can be hard to just turn your back on a series that you have invested years of faithfulness and devotion to.

I suggest that these companies invest more money and time in advertising.  A real movie buff is willing to give a movie a chance just as long as they are aware that the movie is floating on a shelf.  That shelf could be part of Netflix or Blockbuster or any other movie distribution company.

Cabin in Woods will be released this weekend and I am curious to how it will do considering Hunger Games has been on top for last few weeks.  Stay tuned for a movie review.

Happy Reading, Writing and Creating!

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 Wrath of the Titans directed by Jonathan Liebesman and starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fienness is the sequel to the 2010 remake Clash of the Titans.  The action adventure movie takes place ten years after Perseus defeats the deadly creature the Kracken unleashed by Hades.  Now a widower Perseus continues his life as a single father fisherman.  Determine to live life as regular human Perseus is soon approached by his father Zeus.  A humbled Zeus explains to his son that the Gods are  in danger of extinction and only a few survive within the shadows of the underworld.  The demigod quickly realizes that the world he lives in is in danger of destruction and his father is now a prisoner of the underworld.   Betrayed by his other son Ares and his brother Hades, Zeus’s immortality is at risk.  Hades and Ares band together to resurrect the ultimate power Cronos.  Perseus embarks upon the adventure of  a lifetime to save his father from death, and to save humanity from destruction.

The hour and twenty-nine minute movie moves pretty fast and is filled with lots of action, theatrics and really cool creatures and monsters that makes this movie a must see.  The weakness that Perseus shows throughout the movie is a disappointment to me.  At this point in the franchise the writers should have given Perseus some kind of active powers that reflect that he is a demigod.  I don’t think that his strength should just come from a weapon forged for the Gods.

The overall storyline is very interesting. It shows the evolution of the main character and how his life has changed and been impacted by being a father himself.  The movie ties a lot of loose ends together concerning the relationship between Perseus and his father Zeus.  It also explores the difficult past among Hades and Zeus and follows the transformation of their brotherhood.  It eventually turns into a heartfelt reconciliation that starts with the reoccurring theme of teamwork and forgiveness.

The movie was visually intriguing and is must see, but make sure you see Clash of the Titans first.  I give this movie four stars.

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