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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Quick Reviews: 2013 Movies [PART 12]

The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) - Shot in a non-'found footage' style for a change... and for worse, "The Last Exorcism Part II" is not only one of the most pointless sequels in movie history, but also one of the lamest, nonsensical exorcism flicks ever made. (3.00/10)

Cheap Thrills (2013) - We're all aware that people are capable of doing terrible thing for money, but "Cheap Thrills" is showcasing that in the ugliest, nastiest way possible, and at the end, ironically enough, this film offers nothing but cheap thrills, indeed. (4.00/10)

Haunter (2013) - A nonsensical mess with very few thrills and even less chills, Vincenzo Natali's rather poorly executed ghost story with a twist does nothing right, other than showcasing Abigail Breslin's acting talent and her ability to carry an entire movie. (4.00/10)

Nothing Left to Fear (2013) - There are some scary parts, mainly in the final act, and the special effects are beyond acceptable, but "Nothing Left to Fear" leaves way too many question unanswered, and most of the time feels improvised, and terribly so. (4.25/10)

In Fear (2013) - Repetitive, monotonous, consistently tiresome, and not as half as effective as it thinks it is, "In Fear" is a cheap-looking horror movie with very little to no suspense at all, that despite its potential and capable enough cast, is simply mediocre. (4.50/10)

Grand Piano (2013) - It has a unique enough premise to catch your attention at first, but half-way through "Grand Piano" goes downhill real fast, because it turns out the classical music score is way more intense than the otherwise finely-conceived story. (5.00/10)

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) - It's finely-written, and pretty much unlike any other vampire film you've seen before, but "Only Lovers Left Alive"'s underwhelmingly moody tone, sluggish pacing, and many over-extended scenes take away from its bizarre charms. (5.00/10)

We Are What We Are (2013) - Superior to the Mexican original on many levels, yet still far from brilliant, "We Are What We Are" is a subtly-crafted cannibalistic horror with dark religious undertones, that provides enough gore, without compromising on the acting. (6.25/10)

Wer (2013) - Shot with hand-held camera techniques for further realism, without being too stylistically gimmicky, "Wer" is a cool, clever, gory, and gruesome gem of a werewolf movie with logical medical explanations, that breathes new life into the sub-genre. (6.50/10)

Gåten Ragnarok (2013) - Sure, it's no "Troll Hunter", but this Norwegian mythological creature feature, successfully done in a Hollywood fashion, still has a refreshingly interesting premise, some stunningly picturesque scenery, and a couple of very good scares. (6.75/10)

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