Friday, 21 June 2013

Hatchet III (2013) and Looking Back at the Original


Looking Back at the Original

I very much enjoyed ‘Hatchet’ Adam Green’s 2006 homage to the slashers of the '80s. My immense enjoyment came from being such a fanboy sucker for the sub-genre especially from this era. Essentially, it is a film made by a fan for the fans with very little outside appeal to mainstream audiences. That being said it has divided the horror community.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Dead Mine (2012)


‘Dead Mine’ is the debut production from HBO Asia Originals. This first effort is from British filmmaker Steven Sheil the writer and director of the critically acclaimed 2008 low-budget UK horror ‘Mum & Dad’ an horrifically effective take on the demented cannibal family premise harking back to Tobe Hooper’s ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (1974) and Wes Craven’s ‘The People Under the Stairs’ (1991). Here Sheil does not take writing duties and I think it is fair to say it is a director for hire job.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Aftershock (2012)


‘Aftershock’ is the yin to the yang of last year’s ‘The Impossible’. If you felt an overwhelming sense of hope with a newfound faith in humanity watching that emotional and harrowing depiction of the devastating tragedy of the 2004 South Asian Tsunami in the Thailand hit region you will feel none of that here. In this fictionalized account based on the true events of the 2010 Chile earthquake and the chaos and disorder that followed it rather than witness the kindness of humanitarianism as you did in that film this is an analysis of the darkness of humankind with a disturbing and shocking study of just how fucked up people can be.