The Darkstepper Tetralogy: Waterhouse, Sundance, Blackwood, Windwalker

Showcasing Author Antonio Lozada!

I haven’t picked up this one yet myself but it sounds like a very exciting and fun read for those who love supernatural chronicles. Who wouldn’t want to read a cool story about Kung-Fu Witches? This is my suggested read and once I pick it up I’ll be giving you my review 🙂 If you’ve already read it please feel free to guest post your review!

Morgan (2016)

 

 

Morgan is a science fiction/thriller about a seemingly corrupt corporation who’s employed scientific team has been given the task of observing and “raising” a conscious droid. The movie immediately begins by showing us Morgan’s aggressive side. She’s shown attacking a scientist played by Jennifer Jason Leigh during an observation session. Throughout the film you see Jennifer’s character recuperating in a room with bandages over her eye and she’s still in a weakened state resulting from the attack. We get a sense of empathy and trust from the staff of scientists and staff working closely day to day with Morgan. She refers to her attack as an “accident” and also freely uses the word love. She appears to share the same naivety, innocence, and curiosity that any human child her age would have but underneath that appearance lingers something darker. The corporation starts questioning whether or not they should terminate her and they send in an agent to investigate her and the staff. This agent needs to collect her own data in determining how everyone should proceed with Morgan.

I enjoyed this story and believe it was executed well. I enjoy good twists and love stories about artificial intelligence and human droids. The cast was great. I’m biased because I really like Paul Giamatti, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michelle Yeoh, Rose Leslie, and I’m keeping my eye out for future films starring Anya Taylor-Joy of The Witch. I appreciate that the ending didn’t feel rushed yet the action didn’t dwindle. There’s a lot to the premise that they could’ve gone into a bit more but other than that I found it to be good story telling.

Creep (2014)

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Creep tries to give us a harrowing example of why we should be cautious when making any deals with those we contact through Craigslist. The film is based on a story written by Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice, who also star as  Aaron the videographer and Josef a seemingly eccentric man who creates a post on Craigslist asking for assistance with recording the last few moments of his life. Josef meets with Aaron and tells him that he has brain cancer which can’t be treated. He and his pregnant wife have decided to make a video for their child. Aaron and Josef’s first meeting left me with an immediate sense that something was a bit off with Josef. Once he gets  more in depth with Aaron about his exact needs the head games begin. The story has a good premise, it was original and Mark Duplass gave a pretty good performance playing the crazy, off-centered, eccentric man who just wants to create some descent memories for his son before he dies.

I believe the weak points of the film are the holes in the story and limited character development. I also would have enjoyed the movie more as a regular film not pov.  That would have given the opportunity to present a story with a  stronger background supporting the plot. There are many unanswered questions about Josef who comes off as lonely and possessive but soon  you come to find that he’s a wolf in sheeps clothing.

 

 

 

 

 

It all goes south in the must see trailer for Southbound

We’ll no doubt see our fair share of anthologies this year—seeing that they’ve been on the rise lately—but there’s one that made quite a bit of noise last year during its festival run and that film is the open road thriller Southbound. To say there’s a lot of buzz surrounding this one would be an understatement, and you’ll quickly see why after watching its fantastic first trailer. What stood out to me the most about this trailer—even more than its unmistakably eerie atmosphere and striking visuals—was that every segment looks amazing, each teasing their own wicked brand of horror.

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Kirazu (Killers) 2014

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In Killers you’ll be met with a kick to the face with the introduction of one of our main characters Nomura, a classy, charming, intelligent, and affluent Japanese business man. The film begins with a look at one of Nomura’s murder victims. You see her strapped to a chair in a room with a sophisticated setup of cameras and video recording equipment. She has a plastic bag taped over her head. She’s sobbing and shaking with panic and fear. Nomura’s wearing a white mask to hide his identity from his recordings while with sarcasm tries to calm his victim down. He turns around and walks towards a table which holds an array of his killing tools of choice, and decides on the hammer. He walks back to his victim and gives her a blow to the head leaving her shaking and in shock. Blood starts pouring down her face when Nomura strikes another fatal blow and the cameras catch his killing ritual from the beginning to his victims last breath.

Nomura is meticulous in cleaning up and uploading his video to a dark web site where members share videos of their killings. This leads us to Bayu, a struggling journalist in Indonesia who shares custody of his daughter with his estranged wife. We learn that he unsuccessfully tried to investigate and expose a corrupt politician named Mr. Dharma. He is eventually drawn and introduced to Nomura through videos he’s watched on the same dark web site that Nomura is a member of. Bayu gets attacked one night by two men in a taxi cab, but manages to kill them both and catch it on camera. He decides to upload it to the site, and Nomura contacts him. This begins their relationship and Nomura’s grooming of Bayu in the joys of killing and keeping discreet.

Nomura and Bayu communicate and share their videos, but we quickly start to realize that Nomura is the killer with no remorse or conscience for that matter. Bayu is the type who tries to kill and stop only the corrupt. Nomura is the more experienced killer who has an extensive history of violence. Bayu is inexperienced, sloppy, and still manages to hold on to his humanity. He is a family man who wants to try to reunite his family. Nomura has no family and lives in a fog of loneliness. I thoroughly enjoyed the Killers film and the juxtaposition of the two main characters. I liked the writing and the way the story flows and weaves the characters lives together. There is much gore so those sensitive to limbs being ripped off torsos, and violence against women may want to pass. Over all, this was a good one for foreign horror lovers and I’ll be looking out for more films from the Mo Brothers.