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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Quick Reviews: 2013 Movies [PART 09]

The Complex (2013) - Sure, it has a couple of twists along the way, and it's sort of creepy, but "The Complex" is also painfully slow, often boring, and largely devoid of any real suspense, let alone scares. It's hard to believe that it's from "Ringu" director. (3.75/10)

Under the Bed (2013) - The monster looks cool, and the relationship between the two boys is believable, but after a promising start, "Under the Bed" gets more and more absurd with each next sequence, and the scares get progressively less and less. (4.00/10)

Frankenstein's Army (2013) - Some of the creatures are inventively-designed and really creepy-looking, and the gore is there too, but other than that "Frankenstein's Army" is a poor attempt at a POV horror movie, that doesn't really know where to go. (4.25/10)

The Jungle (2013) - Not half as great as director's previous effort "The Reef", nor even remotely as tense, this 'found footage' creature feature brings nothing new to the table, relying too much on cliches in order to spread some fear, which it does not. (4.50/10)

Here Comes the Devil (2013) - Its ominous feel aside, "Here Comes the Devil" is a run-of-the-mill Mexican horror flick with little to no 'fear factor', which potential is wasted mainly because of Bogliano's lazy direction, that only leads to our loss of interest. (4.75/10)

I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013) - Decently-made if rather unnecessary, "I Spit on Your Grave 2" is nowhere nearly as polished as the first remake, and it's so graphic, nasty, and repulsive, it's almost unbearable at times, not to mention the amateurish acting. (5.00/10)

3096 Days a.k.a. 3096 Tage (2013) - Based on a horrifying true story, "3096 Tage" is inevitably disturbing, however, it lacks the dramatic punch a heavy-themed film like this should hit, due to its fairly straightforward script, and very ironically, improbability. (5.50/10)

Nurse 3D (2013) - "Nurse 3D" is by no means a great movie... it's tacky, badly-acted and kind of ridiculous, but it's also sexy, bloody, provocative, revengeful, slightly nuts and very, very entertaining from start to finish, in spite of its countless shortcomings. (5.75/10)

The House of the End Times (2013) - It's not in the same league as "The Orphanage", or "Julia's Eyes" for instance, but "La casa del fin de los tiempos" is still a decent Spanish chiller with a complex story, surrounded by mystery, and with unexpected twists. (6.25/10)

The Flu (2013) - Entertaining, expertly-crafted, realistically frightening, massive in production values, and full of characters you can't help but care about and feel sympathy for, "The Flu" is, hands down, one of the better non-zombie virus films ever made. (7.00/10)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Believe it or not, I haven't seen any of those films.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, I'm not surprised. Those are not one of the most popular ones. That being said, if you ever have the chance, you should give The Flu a shot. It's a great film indeed.