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The Lost Boys/The Lost Boys 2 - The Tribe [DVD]
The Lost Boys/The Lost Boys 2 - The Tribe [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tad Hilgenbrink
Offered by Speedyhen Ltd
Price: £8.37

26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Classic first film, poor sequel., 9 Sep 2008
The first film in this set is a masterpiece. There are enough reviews on here stating just that, so this review will concentrate solely on the sequel.

When I first heard about this sequel I had mixed feelings. The original is arguably one of the greatest vampire movies ever made. Done with the originals atmosphere and energy, a sequel could be very good. However, I also felt it could be total disaster because some films should never be remade or spawn sequels, and lost boys is a prime example of this.

Sadly the film didn't live up to either expectation. As a vampire movie on its own it would probably sink without a trace. By calling it a sequel to the lost boys, it will guarantee that suckers like me will watch it that have such fond memories of the original. There are so many problems though, I don't know where to begin. Whilst the original was an adult film, it never became offensive whereas in the sequel, the characters are not likeable or cool, and talk in such a profane manner it borders on the offensive. Its seems as if the writers were going for a record on how many times the "F" work could be used before the opening credits roll. I do my fair share of swearing, but, when it's used with such frequency in a film it just doesn't sound real and becomes tiresome.

Another issue is a dreadful performance from Angus Sutherland. In the original, Keifer Sutherland gave a masterclass in how to portray a charismatic, and at the same time terrifying, lead character. In this sequel Angus (Keifers half brother) gives a performance devoid of any charisma or menace and seems to think that by whispering and mumbling the audience will not notice just how dire he is.

But, the biggest problem of all is the one thing that actually links this to the original; Corey Feldman. If anyone was wondering why he has done hardly any acting in the last 20 years or so, here is all the evidence you need. Sometimes watching him his embarrassing. He puts on a ridiculous, gravely, growling, old man-esque voice that makes him sound likes he's 80 years old. It doesn't help that he still looks 15. His one liners are poor, and any potential he had years ago disappeared when he chose drug taking over acting. It's a real shame as he was brilliant in the first film and was genuinely seen as a future star.

To sum up, I don't think it takes a genius to work out I didn't think much of this film. Those who remember the original with such fondness will probably still watch this regardless of any reviews, but please don't expect to be wowed like we all were with the original, otherwise you will be extremely disappointed.
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Boogeyman 2 [DVD]
Boogeyman 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tobin Bell
Offered by orbitingbooks
Price: £3.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enough scares and gore to keep horror fans happy., 4 Sep 2008
This review is from: Boogeyman 2 [DVD] (DVD)
The first Boogeyman man film was creepy in places but could never be classed as an out an out horror. It was more a psychological thriller. Neither classification matters really as it was just boring and devoid of any real memorable moments.

Boogeyman 2 should have stood alone and been marketed as a standard stalk and slash film. Its links to the original are tenuous and having it as a sequel does it a disservice as it is much better than the original. It sticks rigidly to the template of this type of film; Horrific opening, slow introduction to the characters, deaths occur frequently and increase in nastiness and the final showdown between the villain and the sole survivor. What makes it better than the average is some original deaths and some genuine, edge of your seat, creepy moments.

The cast is mainly full of no name actors. The only famous one is Tobin Bell who will now forever be known as "Jigsaw" from the saw movies. Most of the performances are OK but they are not helped by some awful dialogue. At one point Tobin Bell states that someone is suffering from "Boogeyphobia"!! How he said this with a straight face I will never know. This is a good example of why the film should not have been titled "boogeyman 2" just to avoid ridiculous lines like this.

Overall this is a very enjoyable stalk and slash horror film. There are enough scares and plenty of gore to keep most horror fans satisfied.

Halloween: Uncut (Director's Cut Edition) [DVD]
Halloween: Uncut (Director's Cut Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Malcolm Mcdowell

12 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing cash in, on a great character., 2 Sep 2008
Halloween is arguably one of the greatest horror movies ever made. To attempt to re-make, or "re-imagine" it, is doomed from the outset. When it was first announced that the film would be re-made I was sceptical, but still intrigued to see the end result. Sadly, what has been made is a deeply depressing and offensive film.

The film starts with an unnecessarily long back story to establish why Michael Myers ended up as a deranged serial killer. Part of the appeal of the original is the fact that the viewer is thrown straight into the story and, not knowing what made him into the killer he has become, makes him more frightening. To add more layers to the character simply ends up diluting a lot of the fear that was felt 20 odd years ago. The same thing happened in "Hannibal".

The fact that this film is directed by Rob Zombie should give you some idea of what is in store. House of 1000 corpses and to a lesser extent Devils Rejects were enjoyable enough, as long as you could stomach some of the violence. Halloween takes this to a whole new level with a particularly disturbing and graphic rape scene. In the right context I believe filmmakers should have the right to film what they want to and leave it up to the audience to decide whether it is offensive or not. Irreversible had a nasty rape scene but it is justified in the context of the film. Halloweens feels as though it is there just to titillate some sick individuals. There is no reason for it to be there and adds nothing to the story.

Overall Halloween is a deeply depressing film. The original was shocking for all the right reasons. It was full of tension, it had a genuinely scary villain, it had good acting and, for a horror movie, it had a decent script and well written, believable characters. The re-make has none of this and is just a poorly made cash in, on a well established character.
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Crank [DVD]
Crank [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jason Statham
Price: £1.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Switch your brain off before watching!!, 2 Sep 2008
This review is from: Crank [DVD] (DVD)
Crank is surely one of the most stupid films ever made. It also one of the most entertaining. The running time is only about 70 minutes but any more than this and it would have become very tiresome.

The plot is simple. A man is dying (Statham) due to being injected with poison, he has to keep his adrenalin up to keep his heart going and catch the bad guy. The end.

The action in this film is amazing. From the moment we find out Statham is dying there is no let up whatsoever. No boring sub-plots, no soppy love story just set piece, after set piece, after set piece. The action is so outrageous you really must switch your brain off because the minute you take this film seriously, the minute you will realise just how ridiculous it is and miss the point entirely. It's not meant to be taken seriously, its not out to win any Oscars, its out purely to entertain.

This is definitely a film for a Friday or Saturday night with a few mates, a few beers and a takeaway pizza. Perfect brainless entertainment.

P2 [2007] [DVD]
P2 [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rachel Nichols
Offered by Vision Media Store
Price: £14.41

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as boring as the premise suggests., 1 Sep 2008
This review is from: P2 [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
How many times have you been really excited about a film, only for it to turn out to rubbish? Equally, there are times when you have low expectations and something turns out to be pretty good. P2 is a prime example of this as the premise sounds so boring you wonder how anyone could make an interesting TV episode out of it, let alone a whole film.

P2 is set solely in an underground car park and is simply a game of cat and mouse between two characters. There are only a handful of other characters but their screen time is limited. What makes the film stand out is great acting from both leads. Rachel Nichols gives her best performance to date and Wes Bentley plays his role with enough menace to be a believable villain. Also, the fact that it's set in one place gives the film a very foreboding and claustrophobic atmosphere which adds to the tension.

Overall P2 is definitely an above average horror/thriller. Its screenplay comes from Alexandra Aja, who directed the brilliant (and terrifying) Switchblade Romance. Whilst P2 is not as tense as that, it still has an unsettling edge and if you haven't seen it then I recommend that you do.

Them [DVD]
Them [DVD]
Dvd ~ Olivia Bonamy
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £4.65

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine, edge of your seat horror., 28 Aug 2008
This review is from: Them [DVD] (DVD)
I can honestly say this is one of the most tense and scariest films I have ever seen. After the first five minutes were over, I was perched firmly on the edge of my seat. Over the next few minutes I managed to sit properly, but soon after I was teetering on the edge again. What makes this film so scary is the constant feeling that something horrific is about to happen but you are never quite sure what that something is. There are so many bits that made me jump I thought I was going to need a defibrillator just get through to the end. What makes it even more shocking, is the revelation at the end as to who exactly the protagonists are. If you enjoy psychological horrors, and jumping out of your seat every few minutes, then this is one film you can't miss.

Sequence Board Game
Sequence Board Game
Offered by Fun Collectables
Price: £18.99

1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost!!, 19 Aug 2008
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sequence Board Game (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I ordered this last month but still havent had it so its difficult to write a review!! I have e-mailed Amazon but not recieved a response. Oh well its not the end of the world but it would have been nice to give it a try.
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Bullguard Internet Security Version 8: 1 Pack (Jewel Case) (PC)
Bullguard Internet Security Version 8: 1 Pack (Jewel Case) (PC)
Offered by PNA247
Price: £26.04

3.0 out of 5 stars It does exactly what it says on the tin!!, 19 Aug 2008
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This really is a difficult product to review as once it is installed there is not a lot else to do! So far it has detected, and deleted, a number of viruses but other than that it just runs nicely in the background. The only other virus software I had was AVG and this seems to do the same job. I'm not sure it's worth paying extra for any virus protection anyway when you can get AVG for free. Once this bulldog subscription has finished I doubt whether I will be paying to keep it as long there is a free AVG still available.

Sony PSP Media Manager Pro 2.5 (PC)
Sony PSP Media Manager Pro 2.5 (PC)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A simple way to convert various files for use on the PSP., 19 Aug 2008
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This program is simple to install and even easier to use. I have no patience when it comes to computers and if I can't learn something in five minutes I get very frustrated. Thankfully this is a breeze to use and will convert your music and video files to use on your PSP in no time at all. I found it far easier to use a memory card reader to transfer files rather than connecting the PSP to the computer. The only downside is that now I've converted loads of stuff I need a bigger memory card and the 8 GB ones aren't cheap!!

Shutter [DVD] [2008]
Shutter [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Joshua Jackson
Price: £8.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another join the dots horror remake., 12 Aug 2008
This review is from: Shutter [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Shutter tells the story of a photographer who is involved in a car accident. Whilst his wife is driving down a country lane, they seemingly crash into a girl who vanishes. Soon after, they start to notice strange, white blurry images on photographs printed after the accident.

What follows is yet another generic remake of an Asian film. Whilst it is entertaining enough, there are never any real scary moments. All of the "jumps" are so obvious you see them coming a mile off. The trick of having the camera very slowly creep up behind someone, for it to lead to nothing, is also overused.

Overall, if you are a fan of these remakes, then this film is actually OK. It doesn't drag too much, and the lead actors are engaging enough. If, however you are after something that will really make you think and is a bit more original, then steer clear.

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