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Movie Review: The Covenant (2017)

If you like horror flicks, we suppose that you must have checked out The Covenant that starred Monica Engesser, Owen Conway and Clint James recently. Yeah, never mind if you don’t know ‘em actors, it’s a low-budget film anyway. Ohh.

So, should we assume then that the film was a bust? Well, maybe you should check out the trailer first if it interests you — then we could somehow say if it was really a failure.

The Synopsis. After the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, Sarah Doyle moves back to her childhood home with her estranged brother, Richard. It’s not long before Sarah begins to experience supernatural phenomena of a violent and hostile nature. Bewildered and desperate, Richard enlists the aid of a paranormal investigator who confirms that Sarah has become possessed by a powerful demon. Together, the three men will go to battle to save Sarah’s soul.

Like the synopsis? How ‘bout the trailer? Actually the acting, the story and all was kind of dry — and guess it does not really have anything to do with the budget (unless these actors are amateurs) but it’s simply the result of having too common a story in ‘being possessed by evil’ and stuff.

Bath tub nightmares. Creepy basement. Giving birth to ‘evil’.

Monica Engesser (a.k.a. Sarah Doyle)

The makeup of Monica (a.k.a. Sarah) was good enough though, but the crumbling of the house was pretty fake. It went down like faster than you could even crush cookies, like the melting of ice cream. Still, just wished exorcists were given other ways to fight demons other than using holy water or reciting ‘Our Father’ — for those with ‘weak faith’ would just try to memorize such and go to church for the sake of going to church, you know.

Anyhow, the end of the story seemed to indicate that there would be a sequel. Think it would be interesting to hear some news first on how they would operate on this before rushing to cinemas.

Movie Review: The Bye Bye Man (2017)

Know what? One of those things that came to mind while watchin’ The Bye Bye Man was the character’s possible link to the mind of a serial killer. Know what I mean? It’s like, oh, so this is what killers could be thinkin’ of..

That some voice is actually telling them to kill people.

If that’s the case then we could almost ‘solve a crime’ before it even happens — like by just checking out the mental stability of a person! Hey, for one, this could be subtly done during employment or school admission screenings, or even for our driver’s license and passport applications, huh? There are psycho tests for these and surely, many are doing this. Of course, the ‘invasion of this and that’ could be questioned though, so things are done with care.

Okay, many critics actually find this film so bad that it’s more funny than scary — well, if only for the bloodied makeup of Kim (Jenna Kanell), the skinless hound or the hollowed face of the Bye Bye man, then we agree. These are part of ‘imagery’ that should have been corrected or improved since one major aspect of scariness is judged by our sense of sight. See??

The bloodied makeup of Kim
The Bye Bye Man who felt like he’s E.T.

The setting is okay. I mean, it doesn’t have to always be dark. And besides, creepiness only starts when you let things get into your head. But that’s where the ‘beauty’ of this film lies — by showing us how messed up we could be if we let our minds get out of control.

The mystery of the mind

As for the actors, hmm, guess they were just trying a little to hard that characters like Virgil (Elliot’s brother) and his daughter Alice looked OA. Yeah, even Elliot (Douglas Smith) did, too. Many times this is the problem with low budget films, actors want to make an impression for future projects that they tend to overdo things instead of letting loose and acting a little more naturally.

In the end, with hints of a sequel — Alice finding the coins from the nightstand and John (Elliot’s best friend) whispering ‘Bye Bye Man’ to Detective Shaw — do you think this would now be worth seein’? Ah, it could be worse unless they cast ‘bigger names’.

Cressida Bonas

Ey, did you know that Cressida Bonas (a.k.a. Sasha) was the ex of Prince Harry? Hehe. Just saying. Ciao!

Movie Review: Rings (2017)

If you’ve seen the first of this series, then you would understand and perhaps appreciate the trilogy more. Well, we’re talking about no other than the Rings, our featured film for the day.

Here are some facts. This series was inspired by Koji Suzuki’s novel-turned-movie more than a decade ago. Yep, the original was from Japan — which was real scary good.

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You know, imagine a dead girl (in a long sleepwear and her face covered with her long hair) crawling out of your TV screen and trying to kill you?! Whew!

Here’s the third installment..

Hmm.. It’s not that the lead stars are unknown, that certainly has nothing to with the plot of the story which is kinda rehashed. I mean, what else could you probably ‘story-tell’ with a video-ghost killer?

If such a curse (whoever watches the video would die in seven days) won’t end and would just be passed on to the next viewer and so on — then doesn’t it sound like tiring? Evil has to have an end to give people, in this case, viewers some hope. Right?

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Still, the film is earning though. With a budget of only $25 million, it has now grossed $67.3 million at the box office. Not bad. Probably many of ’em are even curious ‘first time viewers’, so..

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But hopefully, if they still plan to continue the series as the movie suggests, then how about a little more creativity? A rebirth of some kind, yeah, to the next level!