The Tenant horror review trailer

The Tenant horror review trailer
The Tenant horror review trailer

The first thing that strikes you about The Tenant is how ambitious it is, so desperately seeking pathos, scope, respectability and strong characterisations that it mashes together 2 completely disparate stories to try to make this happen. In this respect its sort of like Funny People with 2 exceptions; it isn’t funny and isn’t that good.

It even has the audacity to try and make you sympathise with the boogeyman aka Frankenstein, but doesn’t pull that off either. The main problem is that The Tenant is most watchable in ways that is isn’t intended to be, The first half of the film revolves around the life, love and professional tribulations of Doctor Newman (Randy Molnar), who is among other things, the head of a sanatorium.

He has an obsession with genetic experimentation to such as extent that he’s going to the morgue to buy heads and then draining them of their ocular fluid. His wife Olivia, played by Georgia Chris, is understandably upset by what her husband is dallying in, but Ms Tinsley, his dutiful nurse makes up for her lack of enthusiasm by whole heartedly embracing the work of her demented employer.

The Tenant horror review trailer
The Tenant horror review trailer

The apple cart is upset when Olivia finds out that she’s pregnant with twins and threatens to leave her husband if he carries on with this research. Ms Tinsley picks up on this marital friction and injects Olivia in the womb with a bastardized sample from the spinal fluid of one of the sanatorium’s patients, Arthur.

Whilst Dr. Newman is furious when he finds out, like you would be, he’s not  furious enough to sack Ms Tinsley, or even really reprimand her, like you wouldn’t be. When the twins make their appearance, the little girl is fine, the little boy is an abomination and Olivia invariably dies.

The Tenant horror review trailer
The Tenant horror review trailer

Years later, which is actually 40 minutes into the film, a van full of deaf kids that are being overseen by Liz, Aerica D’Amaro, and  a surly driver called Jeff, J. LaRose, breaks down, forcing them to take refuge in Dr Newman’s now boarded up sanatorium. Once the steel door has slammed behind them, they are stuck there with the buildings only tenant, the deformed son of Dr Newman.

It is a brave move to make a film structured in this way, effectively two different halves. They are so removed from each other that the Tenant actually switched genre, to a wannabe slasher from a wannabe Cronenberg at the halfway point. They don’t quite pull off this bold move however, and while the first half is incredibly inept, at least it holds your interest.

The Tenant horror review trailer
The Tenant horror review trailer

When the shift in the story takes place things unfortunately go from bad to worse. It would have made sense to have the characters deafness used to better effect; if they  couldn’t hear the killer it would have racked up the tension, but they don’t use it in that context. The result is a group of indistinguishable people being rendered even more so due to their inability to utter a word.

Overall, The Tenant takes a pretty decent storyline and manages to turn it into a less than mediocre film. While it can’t be classed as a complete bore, thanks to the first half, it fails miserably on every level to be what it desperately yearns to be; a damned good horror film.

Controversial ‘Deaden’ brutally violent is and understatement review trailer

Controversial 'Deaden' brutally violent is and understatement review trailer
Controversial ‘Deaden’ brutally violent is and understatement review trailer

Deaden is a film that has caused some degree of controversy and this is mostly because of what happens in the first eight minutes. If you describe the movie as brutally violent this would be a dramatic understatement.

The film is so violent in its first few moments that people have walked out of the theatre before giving the film a chance. The writer of the film, John Fallon, has said that he would like people to give the film more of a chance and promises that after the first eight minutes it becomes more mellow.

This is a film about revenge that has been created on a very small budget and it very much goes to show that a film does not need a huge budget to be memorable. After the first eight minutes it does start to calm down, but only in comparison to those first eight minutes. It is still a very brutal film that many people will find hard to watch.

Controversial 'Deaden' brutally violent is and understatement review trailer
Controversial ‘Deaden’ brutally violent is and understatement review trailer

The killings that occur in the film are part of a revenge plot and sometimes they are so brutal that it seems these killings simply go beyond the name of revenge. The killings throughout the movie are incredibly disturbing, but none of them are really as intense as the first few moments of the film.

Controversial 'Deaden' brutally violent is and understatement review trailer
Controversial ‘Deaden’ brutally violent is and understatement review trailer

The film has been created for a small amount of money, therefore it should not be compared to Hollywood blockbusters. The production quality for the amount of money spent is very good, and if you bear the budget in mind when watching the film you will probably enjoy it. It is also nice to see a break from the banality of big budget blockbusters that have become so mundane in recent years.

Controversial 'Deaden' brutally violent is and understatement review trailer
Controversial ‘Deaden’ brutally violent is and understatement review trailer

Those who watch the film will probably be wondering what Mr Fallon would be capable of should he be given a Hollywood budget. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that this will ever happen because Hollywood is far too focused on creating films which it sees as financially safe, such as sequels and remakes.

It is generally quite hard to find independent movies because they simply don’t get the same level of distribution, Deaden, however, is a film that you should definitely check out.

We will get to see more of the Devil Inside from Steven Schneider

We will get to see more of the Devil Inside from Steven Schneider
We will get to see more of the Devil Inside from Steven Schneider

It stands to reason that following the big success of ‘The Devil Inside’ a sequel will be in the offing.

Steven Schneider, one of the executive producers, tried to play down the sequel stories when he spoke to The Wrap, saying that it was a little premature to be thinking about that, and everyone is still taking in the remarkable run the movie  had and feeling great about it all.

Schneider however, who also produced Insidious, Paranormal Activity 3, admitted that he had thought about there being more Devil Inside to come. He said that the filmmakers, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and himself would all love to further explore the story with the studio and that they all believed that there was plenty of potential to carry on from the original with their storylines and he expected talks to take place soon.

The Devil Inside bucked the trend for January openings and beat off the box office blues with an impressive $34.5m opening weekend. This is even more impressive when you consider that Paramount Insurge acquired this low budget flick for only $1m, even with such big names on board as Di Bonaventura (Salt and Transformers). The executive producer Matthew Peterman wrote the film with Brent Bell the director, and no-one expected this success.

We will get to see more of the Devil Inside from Steven Schneider
We will get to see more of the Devil Inside from Steven Schneider

Schneider gave TheWrap a wide ranging interview, that included him refusing to be drawn on any future films in the phenomenally successful Paranormal franchise, although he did say that it was a series they were obviously excited about and didn’t think that anyone felt that they have even come close to exhausting it. He also surprisingly said that found footage was still in its infancy, and he wasn’t bothered about the bad reviews for Devil.

He said that many reviewers classed found footage as a genre that had long past its sell by date, but he says that the fact Devil opened to such huge numbers proved them all wrong. In Schneiders personal opinion, found footage films democratised the whole process of filmmaking, and was driven by a concept that could constantly be new and fresh.

We will get to see more of the Devil Inside from Steven Schneider
We will get to see more of the Devil Inside from Steven Schneider

He said that the genre was also a format that allowed smaller and none traditional filmmakers to make their mark as it made filmmaking affordable. Regarding the poor reviews which Devil received, Schneider said that it led to healthy conversations and also, controversially, that it highlighted how out of touch reviewers were with what the public actually enjoyed.

The film, according to Schneider, is ultimately all about the viewer, and that it was all par for the course with the horror genre that is a film is doing badly, nobody is bothered about there being any resentment or negative opinions from the critics. Schneider is also the author of several books including ‘Psychoanalysis:Freud’s Worst Nightmares’ and ‘The Horror’ and remains philosophical, as all good philosophers should.

As a producer, however, he remains practical, as all good producers should, and he says he understands the some viewers will find the ending of Devil upsetting. He said that generating controversy to stimulate interest in nothing new in the horror genre, and they made the decision to go with their bold choices, and felt they had made the right one, and the films success seems to prove it.

Ken Loach reveals his social conscience with Spirit of ’45 review trailer

Ken Loach reveals his social conscience with Spirit of '45 review trailer
Ken Loach reveals his social conscience with Spirit of ’45 review trailer

When at the helm of fictional films, director Ken Loach has frequently demonstrated an uncompromising sensibility that is decidedly leftish, so it should come as no surprise that the documentary he has now turned his hand to comes complete with an agenda.

The Spirit of ’45 is a celebration of the mood of the nation at the end of WWII and how it brought about the surprise election of the 1945 Labour government.

It also celebrates their achievements and ticks the boxes of the reforms they brought about, such as education and the NHS, which we take for granted today. The nationalised industries were really the only reform that didn’t do so well.

Ken Loach reveals his social conscience with Spirit of '45 review trailer
Ken Loach reveals his social conscience with Spirit of ’45 review trailer

Loach assembles an array of talking heads for his documentary, mainly trade unionists from that time, or their descendants, politicians such as Tony Benn and modern day academics, and they look back at that time with a wistful admiration with barely a dissenting voice amongst them.

This all makes you wonder how Labour failed to win their second term and Conservatives got back in and once the chronological journey reaches 1951 and the Festival of Britain, we abruptly jump to the Thatcher years, and Loach shows how her government single-handedly virtually destroyed everything that had been achieved by the spirit of ’45, events that many over a certain age will remember all too well.

Ken Loach reveals his social conscience with Spirit of '45 review trailer
Ken Loach reveals his social conscience with Spirit of ’45 review trailer

The early sections are nothing if not fascinating as there is some illuminating stuff in amongst the footage that has been sourced from both national and regional archives, with some vintage sound recordings adding to the appeal. The only really criticism is Loach’s decision to shoot the talking heads in black and white, which sometimes leaves you wondering whether you are watching archive material or contemporary interviews.

TRIVIA TRIBUTE: Robin Williams

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It’s with a heavy heart that I’ve cut short my recent blogging hiatus to come back and offer up some special Trivia Tidbits after the sad passing of Robin Williams. Suffering from depression for most of his life it just shows how such an illness can overcome a person. Sadly at age 63 he took his own life. As it’s 2014, here’s 14 ways of shedding some light on a great talent from both ends of the dramatic and comedic scale.

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1: Early in his career, Williams told a reporter that he was born in Scotland. His original press releases indeed listed Scotland as his place of birth. He admitted that he was “under the influence” at the time of saying this. He was really born in Chicago.

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Robin Williams: Career in Pictures

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Typical great comedian, happy on the outside sad on the inside

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Robin Williams’ passing has sparked an outcry of testimonials on the internet. Fans, friends and colleagues are uniting in mourning, as the light went out on one of Hollywood’s most popular and successful stars. Though his personal issues will gradually take over the tabloids, he will be remembered for his contribution to cinema. He is the face, or the voice, of a string of iconic roles from Mrs. Doubtfire to Genie, playing Presidents, teachers, doctors and DJs.

Here are some of his, and our, highlights through pictures:

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Yellow Fangs horror film from Japan trailer review

Yellow Fangs horror film from Japan trailer review
Yellow Fangs horror film from Japan trailer review

Yellow Fangs is a horror film from Japan that is in the sort of animal revolt genre that the 1970s movie, Jaws, was also in. The success of Jaws lead to a huge number of films being produced featuring animals as the main villain. This film revisiting the concept and is the first movie to be directed by Sonny Chiba who has since acted in a huge number of martial art film, most notably Kill Bill.

The film was produced with his own money and it was bad news for him when the film did not perform well in the box office in 1990. Since that time the film has also failed to perform financially.

Most of the horror films that feature wild animals are entirely fictional, but Yellow Fangs is based on true events that took place in the early 20th century. The film tells the story of an enormous bear that was terrorising villagers in the mountains. Reports say that the bear weighed nearly 1000 pounds and stood up to 10 feet tall. The bear reportedly killed numerous people by crashing into their wooden cabins. All the rescuers would come to find was the occasional body part.

Yellow Fangs horror film from Japan trailer review
Yellow Fangs horror film from Japan trailer review

Another film that is based on a similar concept was The Ghost and the Darkness, which tells the story of man eating lions which terrorised the rail building operations in Africa in the 1890s.

Yellow Fangs tells the story of a character called Yuki and how her entire family are killed by a giant bear which is called Red Spots. She wants to go into the forest to kill the bear and avenge the death of a family but the town do not let her do this because only men are allowed into the forest. She ignores their advice and heads into the forest along with her dog, vowing to avenge her family’s death.

Yellow Fangs horror film from Japan trailer review
Yellow Fangs horror film from Japan trailer review

One of the most harrowing scenes in the film is where the character receives all that is left of her mother, a small bit of hair and a comb. The movie is filled with grisly scenes such as this and you can see why she wants to avenge her family’s death.

As you would expect with the film the character has a love interest, Eiji. He is an apprentice to a bear hunter and is interested in Yuki. He tries to discourage her from going on her quest to kill the bear but he fails to do this and she heads out on her journey. She fails to find the bear immediately and spends over a year in the mountains.

Yellow Fangs horror film from Japan trailer review
Yellow Fangs horror film from Japan trailer review

She eventually returns without the bear and soon after this has happens the bear comes to kill again. The movie is well shot during the attack scenes with the bear and they are exciting as well as frightening. Throughout most of the film clever camera work means that you cannot tell that there is just a man in a suit, but unfortunately in the final scene of the movie you can see clearly the reality of what is going on.

Unfortunately, the film is somewhat slow moving between the bear attack scenes and there is not a great deal of conflict between the characters to make it more interesting. There is a lot of dialogue but none of it is particularly stimulating and there is too much focus on the history of the bear hunters.

Yellow Fangs horror film from Japan trailer review
Yellow Fangs horror film from Japan trailer review

The romance between the two characters is uneventful and is of little interest but you do have a feeling that it is very sincere. There are moments in the film which seem very out of place, such as the moment when Yuki strips down to a bikini, this seems very out of place for 1914 and it feels as if this does not belong in the film. It is also unusual that soundtrack is made up of electric guitars and synthesisers which again give the film an unwarranted modern feel.

The film was a box office failure and Chiba faced hard financial times because of it. The DVD release of the film is a good transfer of the original. There are also some good additions such as inclusion of the trailer and a good gallery of stills.

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