This Week’s Films (17/03/14)

The Hunt

The Killing Room (2009)Killing Room

Jonathan Liebesman directs this taut psychological thriller. When four people sign up for a seemingly innocuous psychological study in return for a cash payment, they find themselves embroiled in a top-secret government research programme with highly sinister overtones, run by a team of psychologists led by Dr Phillips (Peter Stormare). When talented military psychologist Ms Reilly (Chloe Sevigny) joins the team of researchers, she begins to question the brutal methods and dubious motives of her employers.

Verdict: 6/10

The Jeffrey Dahmer FilesThe Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)

What drives a seemingly mundane man to commit a series of acts so heinous that it captured the attention of a horrified nation? In the summer of 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES explores this Midwestern city by meeting those who knew Dahmer during and after his hidden killing spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer’s life, working collectively to disassemble the facade of an ordinary man leading an ordinary existence.

Verdict: 7/10

The Funhouse (1981)The Funhouse

Something is alive in The Funhouse!

The carnival is a place for fun and laughter, but not for Amy and her friends. When their childish dare to stay all night in the spooky funhouse backfires, it leaves a trail of dismembered teenagers a mile long in Tobe Hooper s classic video nasty era slasher.

Will anyone escape the clutches of the stumbling madman that stalks to sideshow? Is there no end to the carnival barkers chilling sadism? The only way to find out is ascend into the funhouse, where the games have no rules and the only prize on offer is a grisly demise.

Join us in The Funhouse. So much fun that you ll never leave…Alive!

Verdict: 4/10

What Richard DidWhat Richard Did (2012)

WHAT RICHARD DID follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university. Richard’s world is bright and everything seems possible, until one summer night when love, pride and jealousy cause Richard to commit an act that will destroy it all and shatter the lives of those closest to him.

Featuring extraordinary performances from its mainly young cast, WHAT RICHARD DID is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be.

Verdict: 8/10

The Unborn (2009)Unborn

Enter a world of unrelenting evil as terror finds a new form in The Unborn. From the producers of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the co-writer of The Dark Knight comes this shocking supernatural thriller about a young woman (Odette Yustman) plagued by chilling dreams and tortured by a demonic ghost that haunts her waking hours. Her only hope to break the debilitating paranormal curse is in an exorcism with spiritual advisor Sendak (Gary Oldman). See what lies beyond the doorway of our world in this non-stop nightmare of the undead…

Verdict: 3/10

Double JeopardyDouble Jeopardy (1999)

A woman framed for her husband’s murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can’t be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.

Verdict: 7/10

Excision (2012)Excision

A truly unique horror ride into the scariest of all places –the mind of a teenage misfit! 

EXCISION is the story of Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord), a delusional teenage outcast. Pauline picks scabs. Pauline dissects road kill. Pauline fantasizes about performing surgery on strangers. Her fascinations disturb her schoolmates and her parents, Phyllis (Traci Lords) and Bob (Roger Bart). No one understands Pauline except for Grace (Ariel Winter), her younger sister who suffers from cystic fibrosis. An outcast at school and at home, Pauline is convinced that the best way to repair her estranged relationship with her family is to perform a risky operation to save her sister s life… 

Verdict: 6/10

War of the WorldsWar of the Worlds (2005)

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.

Verdict: 6/10

The Shipping News (2001)The Shipping News

After tragedy strikes, Quoyle (Spacey) moves with his daughter from upstate New York to his ancestral home in a small Newfoundland fishing village. With a job at the local newspaper and a developing romance with a woman (Moore) who lives with her own demons, Quoyle is transformed by this place of magic, beauty and hardship. In a compelling story based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Quoyle’s past melds with his present in an inspirational journey of self-discovery and second chances.

Verdict: 7/10

Black CadillacBlack Cadillac (2003)

What starts as a night of celebration for three friends, quickly becomes the ultimate test of survival when their car breaks down on a frozen and deserted mountain road. The mystery grows further when they are joined by a local deputy sheriff and are stalked down the mountain by the ominous, probing headlights of a black Cadillac. It’s a terrifying race against man, machine and Mother Nature’s most feared elements. Based on a true story, when writer/director John Murlowski and two friends were on a late night road trip from Wisconsin to Minneapolis in a January of 1983.

Verdict: 5/10

The Accidental Husband (2008)The Accidental Husband

Firefighter Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) finds his life turned upside-down when his fiancée suddenly calls off their pending nuptials per the recommendation of radio love guru Dr. Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman). Determined to get back at this “love doctor,” Sullivan forges a fake marriage license, “accidentally” marrying him to Emma,who’s already engaged to Richard (Colin Firth). But as Patrick’s charms begin to wear Emma down, she must decide which of these bachelors is her “Mr. Right.” Also starring Sam Shepard, Justina Machado and Isabella Rossellini in this romantic comedy that proves even the experts need to learn a few love lessons now and then.

Verdict: 4/10

Def-con 4Def-Con 4 (1985)

Two men and a woman circle the globe in a satellite armed with a nuclear device. The third world war breaks out, and a few months later the satellite crashes. They survive the crash but one man gets killed by survivors and the other man gets caught. The woman stays by the remains of the the satellite but is soon caught by evil punks who have taken power.

Verdict: 6/10

Crowsnest (2012)Crowsnest

Five young friends hit the road towards a vacation cottage for a weekend of partying, documenting their trip with a video camera. What starts off as a good time quickly turns frightening with the discovery of an eerie, isolated small town and a menacing RV. Following a hit and run, the group pursues the RV only to uncover the true horror that awaits them: a community of sadistic cannibals, completely removed from civilization and not pleased at having visitors. The recovered video of their terrifying ordeal with the crazed locals comprises CROWSNEST, a horrifying chronicle of an encounter with pure evil.

Verdict: 2/10

Extraordinary MeasuresExtraordinary Measures (2010)

Fate and determination push idealistic father, John Crowley (Brendan Fraser, The Mummy) into joining forces with reclusive medical researcher, Dr. Robert Stonehill (Academy Awardr nominee Harrison Ford, Best Actor in a leading role, Witness, 1985). Together, this unlikely pair face impossible odds as they battle the entire medical establishment and time itself to find a cure before it’s too late. Also starring Golden Glober winner Kerri Russell, Extraordinary Measures is a true story of the power of love and faith against impossible odds. Inspired by the book “The Cure” by Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer Greeta Anand.

Verdict: 6/10

Death Proof (2007)Death Proof

A deranged stuntman stalks his victims from the safety of his killer car, but when he picks on the wrong group of badass babes, all bets are off in an adrenaline-pumping, high speed, white-knuckle automotive duel of epic proportions, where anything can happen.

Verdict: 6/10

Winter's BoneWinter’s Bone (2010)

17-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin’s code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth. Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell, Winter’s Bone is the winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize.

Verdict: 9/10

The Hunt (2012)The Hunt

THE HUNT is a disturbing depiction of how a lie is taken as truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Lucas is just starting to get his life back together after losing his job and facing a difficult divorce, when his life is shattered by an untruthful remark throwing his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely battle for his life and dignity.

Verdict: 10/10

Web of DeceptionWeb of Deception (1994)

A forensic psychiatrist of the Police Department falls for a fatal attraction that threatens to terminate his marriage, his career and his life.

Verdict: 4/10

The Killing Time (1987)Killing Time

Kiefer Sutherland of 24 stars as a disturbed young killer who steals the identity of his latest victim to become deputy of a sleepy coastal town. But when the soon-tobe- promoted sheriff (Beau Bridges of HEART LIKE A WHEEL) and his mistress (Camelia Kath) plot to kill her wealthy husband (Wayne Rogers of M*A*S*H) and frame the new deputy, their perfect crime takes some very unexpected turns. In a place where everybody has something to hide, are two lovers with a taste for homicide any match for a lone psychopath with a passion for vengeance? Joe Don Baker (WALKING TALL) and Michael Madsen (RESERVOIR DOGS, KILL BILL) co-star in this gripping noir thriller that pulses with sex,suspense and a murderous new twist.

Verdict: 5/10

Patriot GamesPatriot Games (1992)

Harrison Ford stars as Jack Ryan in PATRIOT GAMES, an explosive thriller based on Tom Clancy’s international best-seller. His days as an intelligence agent behind him, former CIA analyst Jack Ryan has traveled to London to vacation with his wife (Archer) and child (Birch). Meeting his family outside of Buckingham Palace, Ryan is caught in the middle of a terrorist attack on Lord Holmes (Fox), a member of the Royal Family. Ryan helps to thwart Holmes’ assailants and becomes a local hero. But Ryan’s courageous act marks him as a target in the sights of the terrorist (Bean) whose brother he killed. Now Ryan must return to action for the most vital assignment of his life — to save his family.

Verdict: 7/10

Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986)Wanted: Dead or Alive

Los Angeles is being ripped to shreds by terrorist bombs, so the CIA turn to former agent turned bounty hunter Josh Randall (Rutger Hauer). When the terrorist Malak (Gene Simmons) kills two of Randall’s close friends he forgoes thoughts of the bounty and the quest becomes driven by revenge.

Verdict: 5/10

MunichMunich (2005)

Inspired by real events, Munich reveals the intense story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate the 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes – and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it. Hailed as “tremendously exciting” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), Steven Spielberg’s explosive suspense thriller garnered five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Verdict: 9/10

Soul Survivors (2001)Soul Survivors

Driving home after a night out at a gothic rave, Cassie (Melissa Sagemiller) and boyfriend Sean (Casey Affleck) are involved in a terrible road accident, which leaves Sean dead and Melissa traumatised. Upon returning to college, Melissa’s relationship with her friends Matt (Wes Bentley) and Annabel (Eliza Dushku) becomes more difficult, and she begins to notice strange changes in the world around her. When she eventually goes to speak to campus priest Father Jude (Luke Wilson) about her problems, it puts her on the path to a series of terrifying discoveries – the first of which is that Father Jude died twenty years ago in 1981.

Verdict: 2/10

SabrinaSabrina (1995)

Remake of the 1950s Billy Wilder classic. This time round Julia Ormond stars as Sabrina, a chauffeur’s daughter who falls for David Larrabee (Greg Kinnear), the playboy son of her father’s employer. But David is already betrothed to heiress Elizabeth Tyson, a relationship encouraged by David’s business-minded brother Linus (Harrison Ford), who is keen to create a merger between the Larrabee family business and the Tyson electronics empire. In order to keep Sabrina out of the picture, Linus starts dating her himself, intending to drop her as soon as the merger is secure. However, after spending time in Sabrina’s company, the hard-hearted Linus begins to reassess his feelings.

Verdict: 8/10

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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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