A Nightmare on Elm Street ☆☆☆☆
Blow Out ☆☆☆☆

Review Roundup - Dino Riders


There's a lot to be said for the art of building suspense. After all, the original Jurassic Park was for the most part an exercise in tension building so that the science gone wild elements that Michael Crichton was such a big fan of had time to slowly spiral out of control. On top of this the creatures had to be disguised or hidden behind rain forest foliage or perimeter fences, ground breaking effects are tough. The focus was instead on the human element, and this is arguably the real meat of the story - people interacting. Everyone knows the mixture of CGI and puppetry brought dinosaurs to life in new ways, but like Jaws the character development is what matters. All the arguing, the banter and the quirky sound bites are just as memorable as the horror they come across later. The thing people generally talk about when discussing The Lost World besides the San Diego rampage is the literal cliffhanger moment with all the rain, snapping cables and breaking glass. Suspense matters. The sequels are far from successful, so has anyone remembered this and written a worthwhile 'forth in the trilogy' release, or 14 years after our last trip to InGen is this another unnecessary instalment, too little too late?

Review Roundup - Sending You Back To The Future


Film storylines taking ideas from Disney theme park rides have not been a novelty for some time, though in the wake of the Pirates of the Caribbean juggernaut this hasn't been as prolific an idea as you might have expected... presumably because other efforts in this vein weren't well received. So this time around they have opted to take ideas from the park itself along with a few of Walt Disney's own futurism beliefs. Getting Brad Bird to direct another life action feature after the forth instalment in the Mission: Impossible series was certainly a good idea, though having Damon Lindelof on board after Star Trek Into Darkness seems rather questionable to say the least. But sources of inspiration aside it was refreshing to see what seems to be for the most part to be an original project, one that captures a sense of adventure far better than 80s throwbacks like Super 8 and Earth to Echo. A new world awaits us, the world of the future... they've saved a seat on the rocket ship just for us. But how much of that is mired in heaving handed themes and clunky storytelling devices?

Review Roundup - They're Creeping Up On You


Modern horror a lot of times these days falls into the bland category, with the likes of Insidious and Sinister blurring the line not only in terms of their homogeneous titles but the generic supernatural plot elements and the forgettable cast of family units taking up the screen; a big overall lack of charisma. It seems that when the lingering smell of the Blair Witch Project and its ilk are not involved, found footage tropes and all; the type of haunted house jump scares these projects are littered with is the only other go-to source of inspiration a lot of the time. When remakes are not being done of course. Which is weird considering the plethora of interesting ghost stories and chillers out there. It's understandable that the oldschool slasher movie won't get as many theatre seats filled with an adult rating these days, but still this is a disappointing state of affairs. Luckily there are those who try something new, which is to say they take from their own sources. Much like The Guest the 80s style of John Carpenter makes a comeback with It Follows, with a hint of Wes Craven thrown in there and a few nods to Hideo Nakata's Ring. Which is hardly original but at least they might manage go create something with a personality.