This Week’s Films (03/03/14)

When the Lights Went Out (2012)When the Lights Went Out


Yorkshire, 1974, the Maynard family moves into their dream house. It’s a dream that quickly descends into a panic stricken nightmare as the family discovers a horrifying truth that will make the history books. The house is already occupied by the most violent poltergeist ever documented, a poltergeist that will tear you from your bed as you sleep and drag you helplessly into the darkness.

As the attacks on the family become increasingly violent and terrifying, it becomes clear that the exorcism of the poltergeist will be their only chance for survival.

Based on true events that occurred at No. 30 East Drive on the Chesterfield Estate, Pontefract, West Yorkshire. The subject of a plethora of research group studies, books and newspaper reports, this is the horrifying story of what really happened.

Verdict: 3/10

BaitBait (2012)

After an unstoppable tsunami destroys everything in its path, a sunny paradise beach town is suddenly turned into a living hell. Trapped in a submerged supermarket a group of survivors are desperately trying to find an escape route. To make matters worse their being hunted by a very large and very hungry great white shark. Are they able to band together to survive with their limbs attached? Or are they destined to join the food chain? Drenched in gore and swimming in blood, Bait is an intense horror you can really get your teeth into. 

Verdict: 2/10

Waxwork (1988)Waxwork

In this horror film, an evil magician creates a wax display of famous monsters and murderers and invites a group of unsuspecting young college students to view the collection. However, when the kids are trapped in the deadly displays, one-by-one they soon discover that the wax models are more than they appear to be.

Verdict: 5/10

The BurrowersThe Burrowers (2008)

Supernatural horror set in the Wild West. A band of brave pioneers sets out to find and recover a family of settlers that appears to have been abducted following an attack on a frontier homestead. Expecting the offenders to be the usual posse of hostile natives, the group prepares for routine battle. But as men start to vanish mysteriously and hideous evidence begins to accumulate, the men realise that their enemy may not be merely human after all…

Verdict: 4/10

Catchfire (1990)Catchfire

When artist Anne (Jodie Foster) inadvertently stumbles across a mob killing she becomes the target for hit man Milo (Dennis Hopper). But he falls for her, kidnaps her and then must protect her from his angry employers. Credited to Alan Smithee, ‘Catchfire’ was in fact directed by Dennis Hopper, who disowned the film after the studio took it out of his hands and released their own cut.

Verdict: 4/10

Righteous KillRighteous Kill (2008)

Crime thriller starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino as a pair of long-time New York City police detectives assigned to investigate the vigilante murder of a notorious pimp, a case which appears to have links to a murder they worked on many years before. Is it possible that a serial killer is on the loose, and that their original investigation put the wrong man behind bars?

Verdict: 7/10

Fish Tank (2009)Fish Tank

British director Andrea Arnold (Red Road) won the Cannes Jury Prize for the searing and invigorating FISH TANK, about a fifteen-year-old girl, Mia (electrifying newcomer Katie Jarvis), who lives with her mother and sister in the depressed housing projects of Essex. Mia’s adolescent conflicts and emerging sexuality reach boiling points when her mother’s new boyfriend (a lethally attractive Michael Fassbender [Hunger, Inglourious Basterds]) enters the picture. In her young career, Arnold has already proven herself to be a master of social realism (evoking the work of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach), investing her sympathetic portraits of dead-end lives with a poetic, earthy sensibility all her own. FISH TANK heralds the official arrival of a major new filmmaker.

Verdict: 8/10

The Wicker ManThe Wicker Man (2006)

Reworking of Anthony Shaffer’s 1973 cult classic. Upon receiving a letter from his one-time fiancee, Willow (Kate Beahan), imploring him to search for her missing daughter on the secluded island of Summersisle, California highway patrolman Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage) quickly makes his way to the island to locate the girl and seek an answer as to why Willow suddenly and inexplicably disappeared shortly before their wedding date. Once there, Malus is troubled to discover that although there are traces of the child to be found in such locations as the local schoolhouse, the residents of Summersisle seem reluctant to offer any specific details as to the girl’s apparent death. His investigation effectively stalled by the highly secretive Wiccan community, Sheriff Malus soon discovers that there are still some cultures that have their own unique beliefs about humankind’s relationship with Mother Earth, and refuse to adapt to the rules of modern society.

Verdict: 3/10

Wilderness (2006)Wilderness

Violent British horror. A group of young offenders are given the chance to rehabilitate themselves and learn self-sufficiency skills when they are sent off to a boot camp on a remote island. What they discover is a forbidding landscape inhabited by a vicious psychopath, who starts hunting them and picking them off using an array of horrific traps. Against the odds and the elements, the young prisoners have to learn to work together in order to survive.

Verdict: 5/10

The BayThe Bay (2012)

Chesapeake Bay is a seaside town that relies on water and the dockside tourism it brings to the community. When two biological researchers find a staggering level of toxicity in the water they attempt to alert the mayor before the situation gets out of control. However, the mayor refuses to raise the alarm in fear of creating a panic among the citizens of the docile town.

As a result, a deadly plague is unleashed, turning the people of Chesapeake Bay into hosts for a mutant breed of parasites. Taking control of their minds, and eventually their bodies, the parasites soon cause the town to descend in absolute terror as they quickly realise the harrowing reality they are faced with.

Verdict: 6/10

Amour (2012)Amour

Insightful. Original. Exquisite. Georges and Anne have known a lifetime of love within their intimate marriage. Though their bond has survived time’s test, it’s about to meet its greatest challenge. Acclaimed director Michael Haneke brings a performance tour-de-force to the screen in a film that exalts the beautiful, compassionate and courageous within us all.

Verdict: 10/10

Wayne's WorldWayne’s World (1992)

Based on the Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name Wayne’s World is a wacky irreverent pop-culture comedy about the adventures of two amiably aimless metal-head friends Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey). From Wayne’s basement the pair broadcast a talk-show called Wayne’s World on local public access television. The show comes to the attention of a sleazy network executive (Rob Lowe) who wants to produce a big-budget version of Wayne’s World and he also wants Wayne’s girlfriend a rock singer named Cassandra (Tia Carrere). Wayne and Garth have to battle the executive not only to save their show but also Cassandra. Director Penelope Spheeris Myers and Carvey hang a lot of silly but funny jokes on this thin plot and the energy of the cast – as well as the wild pop-culture references – make Wayne’s World a cut above the average Saturday Night Live spin-off movie.

Verdict: 8/10

The Switch (2010)The Switch

Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) is a smart, fun-loving single woman who, despite her slightly neurotic best friend Wally’s (Jason Bateman) objections, decides it’s time to have a baby—even if it means doing it by herself… With a little help from a charming sperm donor (Patrick Wilson), Kassie conceives and make a new life for her instant family away from the hubbub of the city. But unbeknownst to her, Wally had drunkenly switched the donation with his own ‘special offering’. Seven years later when Kassie moves back to town, Wally finally gets acquainted with Sebastian, her precocious and somewhat neurotic – not to mention hypochondriac – son. Things start seeming a little too familiar and Wally starts filling the blanks from that drunken night. Could it be..?

Verdict: 6/10

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I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England and have always been a bookworm and enjoyed creative writing at school. In 1999 I created the Elencheran Chronicles and have been writing ever since. My first novel, Fezariu's Epiphany, was published in May 2011. When not writing I'm a lover of films, games, books and blogging. I live in Barnsley, with my wife, Donna, and our six cats - Kain, Razz, Buggles, Charlie, Bilbo and Frodo.
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