What I’ve Been Watching…..

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Wow, 7 months have passed since I last posted here. As many of you will know, my beautiful daughter Ava was born on Halloween and I’ve had no time for anything really except marvelling and obsessing over her. Now she’s in a sleeping routine, she is letting me watch a few movies here and there. I worked so hard to start this blog and build up a community, and I feel very lucky to have done so. Whilst I hoped the blogging world would just stand still and mourn my absence, I am guessing it continued and thrived and I’m hopeful there is still some kind of audience I can tap into. But we shall see, so I’m here to test the waters and try to entice some people to keep checking this little place out. The caveat is that WordPress and the UK had some ISP issues, and whilst that appears to be fixed, I have lost all the sites and people I followed/was followed by, so please shout out below, drop a like or let me know if you’ve seen anything I’ve reviewed so I can find you and your site again!

My old style of reviewing will have to be revamped, and in a time-saving effort my posts will now be in a new format. I’ll be talking briefly about some movies I’ve seen and posting them all in one big post. A lot to read in one go I admit, but since I probably won’t be posting more than once a week, this way I’ll get more reviews out there, and then have more time to check out all your sites and get back in the game.

Thanks to everyone who emailed/tweeted/facebooked me whilst I was on hiatus, your messages and support was much appreciated. You know who you all are, and I’m hoping this time I’m back for good. Until baby #2. Anyway, enough rambling, and here are my thoughts on a few films I’ve seen in the past few months.

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Aftershock (2012)

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Written by and starring Eli Roth of Hostel fame comes a film I had heard pretty much zero about. Most of the time I find that to be a bad sign but every now and again I get a surprise and this was definitely one of those times. A 4.9 IMDB rating and 24% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes differs massively from how much I liked Aftershock. The story is about a group of travellers in Chile who are in an underground nightclub when a massive earthquake hits. They quickly learn that reaching the surface is just the beginning of their nightmare.

It went to places that shocked and surprised me, and not knowing much more about it definitely worked in my favour, so I’ll give you the same grace. Definitely a bit graphic for some people, but if you like a dark disaster movie, you could do a lot worse than checking this out. It even has a weird cameo from Selena Gomez, yet I still couldn’t hate it.

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Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (2014)

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When a group of friends enjoying a bachelor cruise in the Caribbean stumble upon a research facility on a remote island, a deadly virus is unleashed. The group must find a way to survive before the flesh-eating virus consumes them all.

The third in the Cabin Fever series brings us a prequel and lets us know how the shit hit the fan in the first place. Starring Sam Gamgee himself, Sean Astin is the main draw in this decent enough chapter which brings the gore and some new info on the nasty virus. The highlight would be a girl on girl fight to the death……not for the faint hearted and certainly a memorable scene. The effects here were very good, and whilst far from perfect I enjoyed this entry more than the others in the series. That’s maybe not saying too much but there is enough good stuff here to keep horror fans entertained at the very least. Even if it’s just to see some bloody and gruesome deaths.

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The Human Race (2013)

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This was a tough movie to write about. I’m still not even sure how I really feel about it and I watched a few weeks ago. It just seemed to me that for everything positive that I liked there was always a negative to trip it up and lower my score. The plot gives us 80 people taken from their everyday lives and thrust into a race, quite literally for their lives. People of all ages, races and abilities are here, trying to stay alive whilst figuring out who or what is doing this to them and why.

The film opens with a really cool and bold move, and that twist alone boosts its score. But then some corny dialogue and poor acting detracts from an otherwise interesting and enjoyable experience. I do recommend it, even though my score may not look that great. I just couldn’t get over some of the annoying aspects I saw, and as soon as I started to get into the mystery of it, and obviously the race, a character would open their mouth and say the most ridiculous thing and all the good work was undone.

Maybe I’m too harsh……I just feel that with a bigger budget and better script this could have been a really good time as the idea was original to say the least. The ending was suitably ambiguous but gave me enough, so that’s a definite positive, yet overall I just found too many negative points that kept grating on me during and even after it all finished.

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I Spit On Your Grave (2010)/I Spit On Your Grave 2 (2013)

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They are both basically the same movie, so this is a 2-in-1 for you. I’d guess most people have heard of the infamous 1978 version of this film, and how it was banned because of the rape and torture etc. Well, compared to the newest instalments, in the same way the original Evil Dead movies look tame in comparison to the remake, these modern-day Steven R. Monroe directed versions are certainly more shocking and extreme. To say I liked them makes me sound strange, and they aren’t something I’d happily re-watch, but taken in the context of what they are, they actually aren’t bad movies.

Of course, most people will be put off by the horribly realistic humiliation and torture/rape that goes on, but if you can look past that (I know, but bear with me) we get some straight up hardcore revenge movies. Credit where it’s due, no watered down Liam Neeson style revenge action here. Both these films are about one womans journey from being a victim to getting her revenge. Like a cheaper, fucked up Kill Bill imitation with less swords & added rape by dodgy male actors. You’re either interested in this kind of film or you’re not. A little like The Human Centipede or A Serbian Film. Some will watch to see what all the fuss is about, whilst the majority will avoid it. I kind of enjoyed them in the same way I liked Irréversible or those I mentioned in the line above. Plus, part 3 is on its way next year.

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The Jungle (2013)

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Directed by Andrew Traucki, who gave the world Black Water & The Reef (which I loved and previously reviewed HERE), The Jungle follows a team of conservationists who set out to explore the dense Indonesian rainforest in search of the legendary javan leopard. But the deeper into the jungle they journey, the more nervous the group’s native guides become – local legend has it that a deadly werewolf-like creature roams the dense jungle. Whilst the found-footage genre is definitely wearing thin, sometimes there’s a valid reason why these characters in movies film themselves and luckily in The Jungle it works well.

Obviously if I tell you what they find, there would be no point watching it. I will say I’m glad I watched it, and whilst not as nerve-wracking as being hunted by a great white shark like in The Reef, there were a few scary moments hidden in The Jungle. Creepy atmosphere, great build up just maybe let down by the pay off. It’s definitely not a typical paint by numbers Hollywood style movie where everyone lives and all the questions are answered and spoon fed to the viewer. Lots to think about after the credits roll on this one……….

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Oldboy (2013)

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When checking up on my A-Z I couldn’t believe I hadn’t reviewed the original Korean masterpiece. That’s a bona-fide 10/10 for me, just an incredible piece of cinema. Like any fan of that movie, the remake wasn’t exactly something I was looking forward to. Despite a stellar cast including Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley and a personal favourite of mine (Sopranos #1 fan here) Michael Imperioli, the remake just feels so unnecessary and pointless.

For those that don’t know, the plot of this American remake version of Oldboy is as follows: Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason.

Is it a good movie? I mean, yes and no. Obviously it’s not a patch on the original, but then again the story is pretty much identical aside from minor changes (years imprisoned for example) so parts of it are still good. The famous one shot fight scene from the original is repeated by director Spike Lee, albeit with one cut in it and it just fails in comparison. Props to Brolin who gives his all, but for a man locked up for 20 years he doesn’t look a day older. Just seemed a little lazy in the make up department.

I guess it’s a lose-lose situation as a fan of the original. If the remake does what it does here and repeats everything pretty much shot for shot then it looks boring and pointless. If they detour away and do something totally different you can alienate the fans who would go mad you changed something so sacred. I’m sure there’s a way, not all US remakes can be terrible can they? Maybe the planned remake of The Raid will surprise us, but I won’t hold my breath. I’d be intrigued to hear if any of you have seen this and not seen the original, maybe you took more away from this than I did. Once you know the twist the movie can never have the same impact again, so going in fresh with no idea, perhaps this remake would work on a first time viewing.

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Wolf Creek 2

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In a rare move, I actually enjoyed this movie more than the original (which I reviewed HERE). I’m always dubious of sequels, and when I read that Wolf Creek 2 was all about our bad guy Mick (the amazing John Jarrett) chasing and hunting people through the Australian outback, I worried that all I loved about the first film such as the intimate setting, worrying about people trying to escape, the suspense etc would be replaced by a serial killer out in the open and on a rampage. That’s something that shouldn’t work…….but boy does it work and then some. Credit to Greg Mclean, who returns to write and direct this sequel, for giving us something bigger, badder and better.

Maybe the best thing Wolf Creek 2 has going for it is the interaction between the two leads. John Jarret has created one of the best (and most fun) serial killers on the big screen, and facing off against him is a young man named Ryan Corr who is excellent here, and nothing like your usual victim. Of course there are some unbelievable moments, and maybe one or two of your usual horror clichés, but nothing that detracts from the overall film.

It’s one of the most randomly bat-shit crazy movies I’ve ever seen, and I mean that in a really good way on this occasion. For example, one moment we are treated to something which reminded me of The Hitcher, then there is a messed up Kangaroo windscreen accident, and of course where would a Wolf Creek movie be without some violence and torture. I cannot recommend this highly enough. Mick is back, and I would be there day one to see a Wolf Creek 3.

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Would You Rather (2012)

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Eurgh. When the best actress on show is a former porn star (Sasha Grey) that should tell you all you need to know. Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman unknowingly agrees to compete in a deadly game of “Would You Rather” hosted by a sadistic aristocrat. Sounded quite cool from the synopsis, but I was bored all the way through, and there was literally nothing to redeem it. I always try to find a positive in any film, after all these people have got something made and released which is more than most of us will ever do, yet I’m really struggling here.

Literally the plot is the best thing about it, although even that sounds like a SAW knock-off. On rare occasions, you have to call a spade a spade and say you flat-out just didn’t like a movie. Just wasn’t my cup of tea, and if you have seen it and enjoyed it, I’d love to know why! Yet it has a higher IMDB rating than Aftershock. Wow.

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166 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Watching…..

  1. Ryan

    Welcome back, man! I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Wolf Creek 2 but I just didn’t much care for the first film. Might have to give this one a go!

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thanks Ryan, good to be back!! I hope you’d dig it, just a really good time to be had. Nice to have something fun yet still horror related.

      Always see your stuff on Arrow by the way, keep up the great work over there dude!

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    2. garylee828

      Ryan, I agree. I hated Wolf Creek. Eric Isaacs blasted the sequel and from what he described it sounded pretty bad. I’m a little surprised Tyson gave it an 8.

      Once I reboot my blog, the 4 of us should pick a horror movie and each of us write a mini-review of said horror film and combine reviews into one entry. Maybe we could do it monthly. Our segment could be called something like “The 4 HorrorsMen” or something. Just an idea. Could be fun.

      I think with the passion for horror movies the 4 of us have, and all of our different tastes combined with the fact we all like to watch a lot of more obscure titles that slip past most of mainstream America, we could offer insight on a lot of little horror films and help promote lesser-known films that people may not otherwise hear of. :)

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      1. Tyson Carter Post author

        Eric hated it? Theres a surprise, will be checking out his thoughts and correcting them if he ever shows his face around here ;)

        So you not been writing much either Gary? I’m always up for a project. I normally start too many of them and then disappear on hiatus :)

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        1. garylee828

          I deleted my blog a while ago. I just got tired of hearing way too much about the mainstream new releases currently hitting the theaters, while low-budget gems go practically unnoticed; of course I don’t mind hearing about new releases at times, but people seem to only want to discuss new releases, and that’d be cool if the new releases were fresh and intriguing, but that’s rarely the case.

          I also cannot find a wordpress theme that I like, not any of the free or premium ones. I also wanted to reboot my blog, since no one hardly even got the “With A Friend Like Harry” reference and I think people thought the picture of Harry was me. lol. I need to rename it, etc. I could hardly get people to take me up on my recommendations and after a while it just felt like I was fighting a losing battle. My objective to start a blog was to trade recommendations with like-minded movie fans who wanted to discuss film. Kind of like a book club. :)

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        2. Tyson Carter Post author

          I didnt miss my inbox flooded with 50 reviews of the newest superhero movie to be honest…….hence why the majority of sites I DID (fucking wordpress) follow were less mainstream review stuff. Otherwise how would we find other hidden gems if all we did was mainstream chat. I love finding niche/obscure movies as you know, and sometimes big horror releases over here in europe and in Australia in particular get no attention in the States, hence why I had to come back and spread the word ;)

          This is a new theme for me, just a little variation on what I had and its the best one ive come across. Im tempted to go to .org as they have more choice and better widgets, but im broke so will keep it here for free.

          If you start another site up, or wanna join up on something/anything, you know I never say no. Missed talking to you buddy :)

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        3. garylee828

          Yeah, missed talking with you, as well. You, EI and Ryan are definitely the sites I keep up with most frequently for all the reasons you just stated.

          Franz Patrick’s blog is another great blog as he specializes in a lot of lower-budget and foreign films, but where you and I specialize in horror and thrillers, he covers all genres. I guess he’s more well-rounded. lol.

          *Also, Mark Hobin has a great blog, too, and he does cover mostly new releases, but since he’s in the Los Angeles area he covers a lot of limited-release films as well as the big mainstream ones; he also goes into a lot of depth in usually only 3 moderate paragraphs.

          These are the blogs I frequent the most. Also, b/c you guys avoid spoilers in your reviews or at least offer a Spoiler label atop of the spoilers, it’s better for me. I can’t trust many bloggers to keep details sparse. They tend to reveal a little too much.

          And yes, I am tired of superhero films, as well. I did go see Captain America b/c Isaacs recommended it and I know he doesn’t care for cliche mainstream stuff, either. It was actually pretty good. I mean some of the superhero films are good, but too many of them feel formulated and like you said in an entry feel “painted by numbers”. Christopher Nolan set the bar for super-hero films and Hollywood needs to pay attention. Bring the grit. Tone down the cute.

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        4. Tyson Carter Post author

          Yeah I followed those guys for a long time, all great writers. Spoilers are a dangerous beast. It’s hard sometimes to hook people into watching something without giving anything away. Especially with trailers ruining most films now anyway. Hidden Face is a perfect example of that.

          Heard nothing but praise for that Captain America, maybe when its on tv in a few years ill give it a watch. Weirdly curious about this new batman v superman though, not sure why. Man of Steel was good but then it went mental and turned into a Michael Bay movie.

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        5. theipc

          What are you sorry bastards going on about???

          I can’t believe so much has changed since I backpacked through Europe seven months ago….

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        6. Tyson Carter Post author

          I feel so unwelcomed…….despite the larger than expected beautiful response I got from everyone else, you have to ruin it ;)

          P.S – I have a lot to catch up on your site, looking forward to disagreeing a lot, especially about Wolf Creek 2 from what I’ve heard.

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        7. theipc

          I’m waiting for all of the excitement from your followers to die down so I can get personal attention :)

          People think I hated Wolf Creek 2 – I didn’t, I just thought it wasn’t “Wolf Creek” – kind of like you and Rec 3. It was good but not Wolf Creek-y.

          So I was disappointed :(

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        8. Tyson Carter Post author

          You always get personal attention :)

          I hear what you’re saying, the tone was definitely different with WC2 and thats a fair comparison with REC 3. I’ll be over to read it after work. I just thought it was great fun and Mick is amazing!

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  2. gregory moss

    Hey TC – welcome back! (it’s almost like you never left) :) I like your thoughts on WC2! – I actually enjoyed it more than the first … Looking forward to hanging out a bit more … :)

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Hey Greg!

      Yeah I expect you’ll be in Wolf Creek 3 if your not careful, just don’t go out camping by that crater ok?

      Looking forward to catching up on your work, especially if youve reviewed WC2 :)

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      1. gregory moss

        Actually – I reviewed WC2 some time ago … it’s in my February archives … I also reviewed the Maniac remake which you may also be interested in – which is in my October 2013 archives … :)

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        1. Tyson Carter Post author

          Wow, you caught it early? Advanced screening? I’ll be by over the weekend to read your thoughts for sure. Intrigued on Maniac too, I saw it a while back but it took about 2 weeks to watch as I was grabbing like 5 minutes here and there, so it wasn’t the best way to get an opinion on it! Need to rewatch it one day I feel

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        2. gregory mossGregory Moss

          No, it was during its proper theatrical run here in Oz – I guess we got it before the rest of the world as it was made here. :) And I really enjoyed Maniac too for its audacity and made mention of it in my best and worst of 2013 post (it was one of the best) … I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it once you get the chance to see it TC! … :)

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        3. Tyson Carter Post author

          Damn you lucky Aussies lol ;)

          I liked what I remember of Maniac (especially the main blonde girl obviously) although the pov style was a little weird. I was exhausted though, working nights and then entertaining a baby all day, so hopefully a fresh uninterrupted viewing will sort me out.

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        1. V

          No, not a night worker, just up late! I did work nights a few years back though, and absolutely HATED it, so you have my sympathy and respect!

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        2. Tyson Carter Post author

          I get ya, another night owl instead. Working nights helps me look after my girl in the day, but I cant see it being this way for ever. No one ever grasps that I need to sleep during day and they just think its laziness :)

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  3. brandonearly1

    Welcome back to active duty. Those newborns eat up a lot of time, but the movies will still be there when you can finally steal ninety minutes for yourself. Wondering whether or not you’ll get through the whole thing before the baby weeks adds a whole new level of suspense.

    I agree wholeheartedly with your thoughts on both Aftershock and Wolf Creek 2. It did seem like Aftershock didn’t garner much press, but it was a unique mash-up of disaster movie and horror movie. Love that last shot. I enjoyed Wolf Creek 2, as well. Greg McLean has a great eye and makes fantastic use of location shooting. I believe I liked it more than the first. Have you seen Rogue (2007)?

    Head In A Vice has been added back to the active blogroll on Movies At Dog Farm, at least until you have that second baby. ;)

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thanks, nice to be back. They certainly take up time, but all part of the excitement. For sure, starting a movie knowing it’s bound to get interrupted is part of the fun. Every explosion I shudder praying she slept through it!

      Aftershock seemed to just slip out, I saw it here in the UK on dvd really cheap so gave it a go. Nice surprise, plenty of shocks and twists. Yeah I’ve seen Rogue, really enjoyed that too. Those Aussies & their killer predator films eh!?

      Always nice to be added to a blogroll. Whats your address dude, as the one your name links too is empty? I literally lost every site so need to go back and re-follow and be a good active community member again :)

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Warm & toasty, just how I like it. Everything is good here cheers Joseph, hope all is well with you too :)

      Looking forward to catching up and seeing what the CinemaMonsters been saying!

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thanks very much Cindy. We’ve always loved the name and just kept our fingers crossed none of our friends chose the name before we got chance! Fathers Day was the best :)

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thank you!!

      It’s a good film, I think after reading reviews after watching it people dismissed it as they hate Eli Roth. I thought he did a good job as a lead actor, and when a film can shock and surprise, its normally ok in my book.

      New format is easier in some ways, but still takes ages even though I try not to ramble! Want to just keep talking about some films and barely scratched the surface on others, but I figure any questions or more detail I can answer in comments :)

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  4. Thomas Priday

    Nice to see you back, Tyson! It’s been a few months since I’ve last posted on my blog as well, and now that my first year of university is over, maybe I’ll get a chance to start posting again!

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Cheers Thomas! Sounds like you just got lazy! Haha, hope uni is going well and I look forward to seeing you get writing again and teaching me how to write proper :)

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thanks Fernando, missed you too buddy :)

      Appreciate the kind words. I’ll be sure to swing by, you’ve got me intrigued now! I’m a sucker for all things Imperioli.

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Howdy!!!

      I’ll try find something you may have seen for next time. Although you like even more obscure movies than I do so could be tricky! Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to. And thank you :)

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        1. Tyson Carter Post author

          It’s like nearly 7 am here, but I’ve been up all night with my little girl. She just wouldn’t sleep so we ended up playing games and watching films. She hasn’t grasped how tired I am or that Ive been up for nearly 24 hours. All good fun :)

          I probably shouldn’t have posted this review at 1:30am but it gave me something to do and I knew I would catch some of you late nighters from over the pond :)

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  5. garylee828

    Tyson,

    How bout’ this…shut your mouth…

    Or I’ll kick your teeth down your throat and I’ll shut it for you.
    :)

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      1. Tyson Carter Post author

        Of course. Anyone that doesn’t know their Drive from their elbow isn’t welcome around these parts. Incidentally I read both Drive & Driven books, really good and maybe film sequel potential one day.

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  6. garylee828

    I am definitely going to try to check out The Jungle and Aftershock; both sound promising.

    Good to see you back. You got Ava quoting De Niro, yet?

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Look forward to your thoughts on them. You’ll probably hate them :)

      Not yet, pretty convinced she said ‘daddy’ but my wife wont let me claim it. She can’t even crawl, luckily theres a 12 month warranty I believe on all babies……

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      1. garylee828

        LOL, probably hate them. I don’t think I will. They sound interesting. But who knows, maybe I will. We’ll see.

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        1. Tyson Carter Post author

          As with Hidden Face and (insert name of that house invasion one Ive forgotten as it was so crap) it’s always good getting recommendations. They wont always work out and we we wont always agree, but its worth it for those films that we do. Like Hidden Face :)

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        2. garylee828

          Yes, exactly!

          The home invasion one you hated was “Home Sweet Home” and in my review I did point out that the main girl did some stupid stuff, dumb enough to make you want to throw a glass at your TV screen, but the ending was very well directed and choreographed; it completely caught me off-guard. Just as I thought the finale was over.

          I think I told you but the other recommendation I have for you is another spanish thriller called “Sleep Tight”. It’s not as good as The Hidden Face, but it’s still very good in it’s own right. I am confident it’s one you will thoroughly enjoy as the writing and acting is strong, etc. where as “Home Sweet Home” was one I had a lot of criticism for, but the ending caught me off guard and so I was hoping other horror hounds like you and EI may also enjoy it. HSM was a risky recommendation, but Sleep Tight is a pretty safe bet. EI watched it and liked it a lot. :)

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        3. Tyson Carter Post author

          Ah yeah thats it. It wanst awful, bits were good but yeah some bits were just crazy and I guessed the twist which never helps.

          I will 100% get Sleep Tight watched. I have a copy ready to go, along with about 100 other films I’m slowly working through. Hopefully some of them will be recommendable. But if Eric liked it, after Wolf Creek 2 fiasco and all the others that always worries me :)

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      2. garylee828

        Ava called you “daddy”? Haha, babies are so impressionable! She must have been watching you Skype w/ Isaacs and mimicked what he calls you! lol.

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        1. Tyson Carter Post author

          I’m sure she did, but as all she does is make noises and gargle we can’t claim any proper words. She probably mistook me for Jared Leto, both being handsome and all that. She will learn to call Isaacs horrible names hopefully :)

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        2. garylee828

          Don’t set those kind of expectations and standards on her at such a young age!

          Hopefully EI makes his way over here soon; if not, I will direct him on Monday. :)

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        3. Tyson Carter Post author

          Although she has beautiful olive skin whilst Im as white as they come, so my wife really needs to start explaining herself ;)

          I’m sure Big E will be by at some point

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  7. Sir Phobos

    Ahhhhh, man….welcome back to the fold! I’m still outside of it, but I am alive and everything.

    It’s been 7 months? That’s crazy. Addy started crawling around at about 6 months, if I remember correctly. She started early, though. She’ll be walking soon, so you better get ready for that! I was going to say something about a few of the movies you watched, but Oldboy is sticking in my head. I just noticed earlier today that it’s streaming on Netflix, so I should watch that at some point soon. My only hope is that I don’t get pissed.

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      All that matters is your alive! :)

      Yeah, 7 months, really has flown by. We have all the baby books, as Im sure you do, and they say babies crawl from about 6 months or so but our little munchkin doesn’t really fancy it. She just rolls everywhere, quicker she reckons! Loves her bouncer though so cant wait till she’s walking. Although she hasn’t got much hair either, and no teeth, so Im starting to think we got a dud. Luckily they come with a 12 month guarantee so will probably just trade her in for a smart one. I jest, she’s perfect, as all parents think their kids are right!?

      I’m gonna guess you’ve seen the original Oldboy? If not, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the remake. If you don’t know the story etc it really might work for you as much as the korean version did for so many other people. Just don’t get too drunk, but more importantly thanks for stopping by. And being alive.

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      1. Sir Phobos

        6 months is just about the earliest babies will crawl, and most don’t do it that early. And I don’t know about your warranty. Better check with the manufacturer.

        Oh, I had a few, alright! And smoked some, even. But the Oldboy remake sucks, sober or wasted. One thing my wife pointed out that really bugs me is the fact that Brolin doesn’t appear socially awkward at all after 20 years in relative isolation. I don’t buy it, especially having seen Oh Dae-Su’s character. I actually loved the first 15 minutes or so of the remake, but once it settled down, it became boring as hell. Not to mention the horrible fake fight scenes. Just take the “hammer” scene. I didn’t have any delusions of it being as good as the one in the original, but the entire thing was CG bullshittery. I also didn’t like how they changed the main character’s motivation. Some of the darkness was sucked out of it by making him want to fix everything for his daughter the whole time as opposed to wanting vengeance. That’s kind of what the whole thing is about. If I were to guess, they did that so as to not be completely dark, but IMO, the original earns its darkness the whole way.

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        1. Tyson Carter Post author

          This is what I missed most about my blog, and blogging in general obviously. Discussing movies. My wife, friends etc all enjoy a movie but nothing more adult than Despicable Me. Heaven forbid a bit of blood shows up. Fools. Anyway, I’ve missed being able to talk about why Oldboy should be dark and that kind of thing. Vengeance is the main bit, but he really didnt seem that bothered as you say.

          Your wife makes a valid argument, I was too distracted about how well he aged. Plus the ending wasn’t as impactful…….and the fight scenes you mention……..so you excited for The Raid & I Saw The Devil remakes then? I’m not!

          Thanks for the reply Phobos, a great read as always.

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        2. Sir Phobos

          I’m lucky, then, since my wife and I love watching horror movie together. Suck on that. But I’m glad you’re back to enjoying all of this!

          I didn’t know there’s a remake of I Saw the Devil in the works. I knew about The Raid. I give up now. There’s also a Predator reboot coming, but Shane Black is writing and directing, sooooooo that could be awesome. I’d rather he just go write another original screenplay and direct THAT, but whatever, I guess.

          I honestly don’t think any movie is sacred anymore. Rumors fly around about who should play the new Indiana Jones; John Carpenter’s filmography is a “limit one movie per year” grab bag for assholes to desecrate…I could go on. I would not be surprised to see a remake of Jaws in the foreseeable future. Citizen Kane, anyone? How about The Godfather? Blasphemy? That’s not a crime in most countries. In these cases, maybe it should be.

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        3. Tyson Carter Post author

          To be fair, my wife has watched quite a few horrors. So much so that she thought I Saw The Devil was quite tame. Crazy broad.

          I actually liked Predators, so I’m keen to see how the remake/sequel fits into it all. Just get Arnie back.

          Saw is something I think will be rebooted soon. Rumours are that part 8 will be next up but I can see them milking it and starting again. Truly nothing is sacred

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  8. Tom

    Hey Tyson, just popped in here real quick tonight to say hey and welcome you back!! It’s great to see a post pop up in my feed from H-in-a-V! I’ll be on by later to read the post as it’s pretty late here now and I’m about to pass out. But WELCOME BACK DOOD.

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thanks Luke. And especially for all the twitter shout outs you gave me, without ever getting anything out of it. I am back to make an effort now and grateful for you continuing to think of me whilst I was gone :)

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  9. Abbi

    Welcome back, Tyson! I was just thinking about the you and how much I missed your blogs. I probably won’t watch any of tgese movies though. Lol! X

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  10. Beer Movie

    !!! Hey look it’s this guy.

    Good to have you back man and I hope the family is well.

    I always come onto your site (and IPC’s) whenever I see a horror film, to see what you guys think of them. So have thought of you on those occasions.

    Still haven’t seen The Jungle. Heard varying things, but like you I am a huge fan of The Reef, so keen for it.

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Great to see you again too buddy, and apologies for never really replying/getting involved in your project emails etc, next time your looking for someone Im back in the game now :)

      Yeah theres not a lot of people that seem to have seen The Jungle, reviews are pretty scarce. I figured some of you guys down under would have more access to it so I’d love to hear your thoughts if you do ever catch it.

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      1. Beer Movie

        Yeah it is out on DVD here, so I should make the effort to see it sometime soon.

        No troubles at all re the emails man. Totally understandable with the new bub around. Looking forward to seeing you around the parts on the odd occasion from now on.

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  11. chris2508

    Welcome back Tyson. Would You Rather? I couldn’t believe I watched that film, it is just basically a Saw wannabe, the only thing slightly interesting about it was how much the people involved would hurt each other so save themselves.

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Cheers Chris, great to see you back out here :)

      It was a bad film, I kept waiting for something to redeem it but the ending was just poor. As much as I love SAW it is responsible for a lot of poor wannabes and knock offs.

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  12. Kim @ Tranquil Dreams

    Welcome back Tyson!

    I haven’t seen much horror lately so all those you reviewed, not really , except for Would You Rather (haha) but that was like, last October? I didn’t hate it? It was super predictable and you could see how it would end a mile away. But I have a special love for Brittany Snow so what can I say, I was interested to see how she would do outside of the teen comedy scene? She was alright.

    Can’t wait to read more posts :)

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thank you Kim :)

      I wasn’t aware of who she is, but aside from a guy from Dexter (briefly) I hadnt really seen too much of any of them. Not that that matters sometimes, but it just felt really amateur and boring. Glad it worked a little more for you though.

      Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been watching!

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thanks buddy, much appreciated. As much as she tried to get in the way of my love for extreme horror, eventually she realised she has to sleep sometime and that gives me time to sneak away.

      Just need to see some good films now! :)

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  13. Tim The Film Guy

    Who are you again? You like reviewing primarily Rom Coms am I right?

    Haha but seriously we all want to see a picture of the new child. Or ‘Carter’s Halloween Baby’ as I will be nicknaming her :D

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Rom coms and superhero films are my forte ;)

      Good job you dont see my personal facebook, you’d be beyond bored of baby photos. I bombard that site with them lol. Thats a great nickname, feel free to give me some ideas as what to dress her as each halloween :)

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  14. Rincewind

    Definitely welcome back but I knew you wouldn’t just desert us… and yay. Great reviews all in all. WC2 was ok for me but I still enjoy the first one more, still have a problem with people wearing cowboy hats due to that movie :)

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thanks buddy :)

      I enjoyed the first Wolf Creek, didn’t think the sequel would top it but I loved how different it was and we saw much more Mick, so it was such a good ride. Never go hitchhiking in the outback!

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  16. William Miller

    Glad to have you back, man. And a very late congrats on the birth of your daughter. I remember those days well, but now my boys are already in elementary school. It goes too damned fast, so enjoy it while you can.
    Looking forward to your next post.
    Have you seen either “Grabbers” (2012) or “We Are the Night” (2010)? They’re both worth watching.
    Cheers, Bill

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thanks Bill, good to see you here again. Everyone says how fast it goes, just trying to take as many photos and videos as possible, and although its only been 7 months, it seems a long time ago when she could basically fit in the palm of my hand.

      Not seen or heard of either of those films, will have to look them up. Always appreciate recommendations, very intrigued now. Cheers :)

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      1. Todd Benefiel

        Yes, my solo effort ‘Cinema Monolith’ went up at the end of January! When you can break away from burping the child, making pablum, and answering your 100+ comments, check it out. Just do a search for Cinema Monolith…it should be the very first result!

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        1. Tyson Carter Post author

          Oh shit, that’s great news! Last I heard was you telling me you’d let me know when it went live. Lazy ;)

          I’ll swing by for sure, looking forward to seeing what you’ve created!

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        2. Todd Benefiel

          Just as long as you continue to swing by, again and again! And sorry I didn’t tell you about my site’s launch…I figured you’d be too busy cleaning strained carrots off your shirtfront to visit my bothersome little blog!

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        3. Tyson Carter Post author

          I will. Never a bother, I wanted to be the first visitor (and then criticise the hell out of it lol!)

          I think all my clothes are covered in food or sick now you mention it……..

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  17. Terry Malloy's Pigeon Coop

    Welcome back good sir! I hope all is well with you and the fam and glad to hear you’re able to catch a few films here and there. I expect to see a bunch of reviews of Disney films coming up soon :)

    Ah, Would You Rather? What a vile piece of shite that film is! And I’m glad Wolf Creek 2 is better than the first, it couldn’t get much worse :)

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Hey, and thanks good buddy!! I have watched a lot of cartoons as it goes, she loves the bright colours. Although her very first film was the nightmare on elm street remake. Awful choice!

      Yeah I forgot some people didn’t appreciate wolf creek, maybe steer clear of the sequel then! So you’ve seen Would You Rather? If you’ve reviewed it I can’t wait to see your thoughts, but you’ve summed it up perfectly with your comment here anyway! :)

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        1. Tyson Carter Post author

          LOL – very true on both counts!!

          I might have the order wrong, but our first night at home when she wouldnt sleep unless she was in my arms so I stayed up all night and held her. We watched the new Friday 13th, then new Elm Street then Max Payne. Then I went to bed too. At least Max Payne was good.

          I will head over there very soon, keen to see if you managed to write more than my few lines. I literally couldn’t muster anymore :)

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        2. Terry Malloy's Pigeon Coop

          Must be pretty nice, if knackering, that she’ll only go to sleep when you’re holding her! A perfect chance to catch up on some films though.

          I got so bored of writing about it that I broke into my own game of Would You Rather? :)

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        3. Tyson Carter Post author

          It was (and still is, although she does full 12 hour sleeps in her own room thank god!) an amazing feeling, as I’m sure every parent feels. Lack of sleep is just part of the deal I believe :)

          Like would you rather watch the film on loop for the rest of your life or gauge your own eyes out? Thats how I felt.

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Cheers Monkey! I hope you like it more than i did. Tricky beast though, as it’s impossible I found not to compare it to the original and that’s why it lost marks. Look forward to your thoughts.

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  18. atothewr

    Welcome back. I understand how great it is to have a sleep schedule for your kid. My son naps at 12:30 so I know I have to get it done then or not. I have the mornings too. So that helps. Nice reviews by the way.

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thanks very much :)

      We have a couple of day time naps sorted now too, as you say you get a small window to try get as much as possible done in those nap times!

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  19. Garry Armstrong

    Glad to have you back. Enjoy your reviews. Congrats on Papa hood. Don’t let your child watch your movies. Cheers!!

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Means a lot, thanks Garry and great to see you out here, appreciate you stopping by. I need to visit and catch up on Serendipity and see how Marilyn is getting on. Hope she is better.

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thank you, and yeah I got a few watched recently. Lots of catching up to do. Great to see I’m not alone with my feelings on that movie. You sum it up perfectly lol :)

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      I know, I figured if I could get 200 likes and 400 comments I’d return permanently, but it appears Ive failed and everyones absconded to The IPC site. Swines. Oh well, I tried…..

      And thank you, looking forward to asking you again soon how to do the photoshop face swap thing if you guys still do that feature. :)

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        1. Tyson Carter Post author

          I appreciate your loyalty. Maybe we can do a kickstarter campaign to close his site? Just an idea.

          I will be browsing your site and posting that question, if only just to get your silent partner Brad to reply. Thats my only aim in blogging from now on. I still think its a fight club scenario with you 2……

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  20. Victor De Leon

    Glad you’re back, Tyson! We have all missed you, man.

    Glad you are all well and it looks like you have been busy watching some cool movies. I am looking forward to a few of these. I have WC 2 lined up to watch very soon. Looking forward to it.

    Stay in touch and if you need anything, give me a shout. Welcome back, T! ;)

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thanks Vic, you know the feelings mutual!! :)

      Looking forward to your Wolf Creek 2 thoughts, hope you dig it more than some others have done. I loved it, dark and very funny.

      And I will, same for you, need to do some kind of collaborating :)

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      1. Victor De Leon

        Yeah, I should have a review up for WC 2 up soon. Maybe by this weekend or early next week. Odds are if you liked it, then I most probably will, lol.

        Always up for collaborating when you have time, Tyson :) Keep my posted!

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        1. Tyson Carter Post author

          You’ll probably hate it now!! ;)

          I need to stop starting projects, I had loads on the go and it outfaced me. Now I’m just gonna take it easy and join other peoples, so let me know when you start one haha!

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        2. Victor De Leon

          You bet! I’d be happy to. Let me stir the pot around and see what comes up. Maybe a horror movie related post? I’m sure I can think of something ;)

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  21. Eric @ The Warning Sign

    Whoa! Welcome back, old friend. Glad to hear all is well!

    Nice batch of mini-reviews, too. I added Aftershock to my queue during my horror marathon a while back, but I never got around to it. Sounds like I should give it a shot after all.

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Hey Eric, apologies for tardy response. I’m good, hope all is well with you.

      Hope you like Aftershock. I seem to be in the minority for praising it but that’s what makes watching movies fun :)

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  22. ruth

    Welcome back Tyson! Ahah you and your crazy horror flicks. I have no interest in seeing any of these, but glad to see you back my friend!

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thanks Ruth. And I’ve even seen some more mainstream movies so maybe I’ll review some of those. I do have The Act of Killing ready to watch, sure it was you that I saw review and recommend it……

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  23. Kristin

    Welcome back! And congrats on the baby! I can relate in that I was recently married, so I have definitely been AWOL from the blogosphere for a while, myself. It’s good to be back, huh? I have seen only parts of one of the movies you listed, or I would give a more thoughtful response to your post! Haha.

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    1. Tyson Carter Post author

      Thank you! I think everyone needs a little hiatus now and again to refresh the brain cells and re-energise ourselves. No worries about the movies, not everyones cup of tea but thanks for stopping by :)

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