Number 10: Black Demons (Demoni III) (1991)
Three college studnets, another couple, and their housekeepr are besieged at a remote Brazilian plantation by a group of zombies raised from the grave by a voodoo curse. This horror film comes from Italy in the year 1991.
The complete list of the bottom 10 horror films that I've seen and reviewed thus far.
- Beast of the Yellow Night (1971) – Mine: 3; IMDB: 2.8
- Blood Orgy of the She-Devils (1973) – Mine: 3; IMDB: 2.6
- Blood Freak (1972) – Mine: 3; IMDB: 3.7
- Bloody Murder (2000) – Mine: 3; IMDB: 2.9
- Blood of Dracula’s Castle (1969) – Mine: 3; IMDB: 3.0
- Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966) – Mine: 3; IMDB: 3.0
- BloodRayne: Deliverance (2007) – Mine: 3; IMDB: 2.6
- Bite Me! (2004) – Mine: 3; IMDB: 4.7
- Blood Feast II: All U Can Eat (2002) – Mine: 3; IMDB: 5.9
- Black Demons (Demoni III) (1991) – Mine: 4; IMDB: 4.1
Number 1: Black Swan (2010)
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. This drama, thriller film is from the United States in the year 2010.
Number 2: The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)
Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break. This horror thriller is from Canada and the United States from the year 2015.
Film: The Blackcoat’s Daughter
Director: Oz Perkins
Writer: Oz Perkins
Starring: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka and Lucy Boynton
This film begins with a young lady having what we learn to be a dream; she is played by Kiernan Shipka. Shipka dreams that there is a crashed car and what she believes to be her father tells her that her mother is dead. She wakes up and crosses a day off her calendar. It is February and her parents are supposed to be coming the following day to get her. She goes to see a priest, played by Greg Ellwand. He tells her that he has to go out of town and will miss her performance. Shipka seems to be off during this whole interaction.
We then meet another young lady at this school; she is played by Lucy Boynton. Boynton believes that she is pregnant. She tells her friend about it and she is going to abort it.
The next day is supposed to be the last day and break is starting. Shipka performs playing piano and singing. Her parents do not show up. She doesn’t have a clue where they are and the headmaster tries to call them. He is played by Peter James Haworth. He believes that they got their days mixed up and will be there soon. Boynton’s parents didn’t show either. She claims that her parents also messed up when they were supposed to arrive and that they will be there by Friday. Haworth isn’t happy, but will allow both of them to stay until Friday at the school. There are two women that work at the school who will watch over them, played by Elana Krausz and Heather Tod Mitchell. Haworth also wants Boynton is watch over Shipka. She does tell Shipka that there are rumors those that run the school worship the devil.
She on the other hand isn’t having it and goes out that night with her boyfriend; he is played by Peter J. Gray. When she returns, she learns that there is just something not right about Shipka.
There is also another story that going on. Emma Roberts is at a bus station. She goes into the bathroom and removes a wristband from a hospital. She takes a map and we see that she looks at the town of Bramford, where the school is located. She wants to go to the next town over. She is waiting for the bus when a man approaches her; he is played by James Remar. He offers her a ride, which she accepts. His wife, played by Lauren Holly, isn’t too thrilled about this.
How are these three stories connected? What is wrong with Shipka? She sees something that is a shadowy looking creature, what is it? Is it real or a hallucination? Will their parents finally show up or will something else happen before they can?
Now I had heard about this film from some of the horror film podcasts I listen to and I was really excited to finally watch it. I personally wasn’t disappointed. I have to give director and writer, Oz Perkins, a lot of credit. He did a great job with the story of the film. Early on you get how Shipka and Boynton are connected as they interact with each other, but as it goes on, it gets odder and odder until Roberts story completes the tale. I like that the film keeps it ambiguous as to what the truth is. I enjoy this, because I think it should make you think and to draw your own conclusion as to what the outcome is. This film is definitely a slow-burn until the payoff which I loved.
The acting in this film is great. Shipka does a solid job at coming off as odd in the beginning and then as the film goes on and on, you see her mental state deteriorate more and more. Her look and how she interacts with those around her make it very believable. I thought Boynton did a solid job as well in her role. She is an older student who has a plan why she isn’t going home yet and she doesn’t want it interfered with. I thought she did a good job and it was realistic in how she is. Roberts character was also interesting in that she is quiet. The payoff with her though helps it make complete what has happened.
For here I need to talk about the editing first. This film isn’t given chronologically. We will see a scene from one of the girls’ point of view, and then we will go back and give it in other ones. I like this presentation, because when you see from how one does and then the other, it helps you to truly take it all in. It really helps build the tension and keep the overall ominous mood of the film. They didn’t need much in the way of the effects outside of the entity that Shipka sees. They keep this as a shadow in the film and I think that was a wise choice. The effects though were good. Finally the score I thought was great. It takes over some of the scenes and makes them even more powerful. I was highly impressed by this.
Now with that said, I thought this film was great. The story of the film is a concept that is based in realism and could definitely happen. I love that the filmmaker leaves it up to the audience to decide whether or not there is something supernatural going on here or if this is a case of mental illness. The acting of the film was great as well. The editing was very well done and sets the tone of the film. There is little use of effects, but the ones that are were good. The score was also something that was excellently used. I would highly recommend this film if you are a horror fan or not.
My Rating: 9 out of 10
Number 3: The Belko Experiment (2016)
In a twisted social experiment, eighty Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia. They are ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. This action, horror, thriller film is from the United States and Colombia from the year 2016.
Film: The Belko Experiment
Director: Greg McLean
Writer: James Gunn
Starring: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn and Adria Arjona
This film takes place in Bogotá, Colombia. There are a large number of Americans that are working at a company called Belko that is based here. They have workers who move down here to help place other Americans get placed with businesses. Everyone that works for this company has a tracer placed in their head, the reason that these countries have a threat of kidnapping, so they find the person where ever they are taken.
We get to briefly meet workers as they are making their morning commute. There is John Gallagher Jr, who is asked by a street vendor while in his car to buy a corn-cob man. Tony Goldwyn is the COO and he gets into it with one of the new guards who are taking more security processes today than normal. There is Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Sean Gunn, Brent Sexton, Josh Brener and Michael Rooker all starting their normal days. This is also Melonie Diaz as she meets with Sexton who goes over her first day information with her.
This day isn’t normal though. Gallagher looks out the window and notices one of the soldiers that have taken over security entering an old bunker across the courtyard from the building. He calls down to security, the security guard played by James Earl. That’s when the cellular phone service goes out and metal doors close over the doors and windows on every single floor. The workers are sealed inside. That is when a mysterious voice comes over the PA system, telling them that they have to kill two of their co-workers in 2 hours or four will die.
Everyone comes down to the lobby, slightly panicked. Goldwyn comes down and takes charge, telling everyone that it is a prank. They start to take measures to get out of the building. Rooker and his other maintenance man try to use a blowtorch to get out. They can’t even make a mark on the door. Some of the workers go up to the roof, to see if they can signal for help. Brener and three others go up there to find Sean Gunn, Abraham Benrubi and a woman smoking marijuana.
They don’t do as they are told and at that two hour mark, heads start to explode of four workers. Gallagher realizes that the tracers in their heads are not what they thought they were. He grabs a box cutter and goes into the bathroom to remove his. Arjona tries to stop him when the voice comes back on, telling him if he doesn’t stop in 10 seconds, they will detonate it. He does before it goes off.
The voice then tells them that the next stage is to kill 30 of their co-workers or they will kill 60 as punishment. This splits everyone into three groups. Gallagher wants to put up signs telling the people that are passing that they need help. Goldwyn wants to get armed and then do what they are told as he believes it will happen. The others try to hide to protect themselves. Trying to put out signs gets them shot at or threatened to be blown up as well.
What will happen? Will they kill the thirty as they are asked or will they defy them again? Is this the last stage or does the voices have something even worse in store? Can everyone stay calm and look at this rationally? Or will their fear finally force them to take action?
I have to say that I heard about this film through some podcasts that I listen to and the more I looked into it, the more I got excited. Now this film borrows heavily from Battle Royale, the film from Japan, which I really liked as well. I love the concept of taking that idea and then sealing people in an office building and having them kill each other to survive. This one is a little different, because to start they only have to kill a couple and if they don’t, those in charge double it. This idea continues to the next stage as well. This idea makes me scared to go to work now. To really make these films great though, you have to incorporate the office dynamic and how people get along with each other. There is an issue between McGinley and Arjona. McGinley thinks there is something between them, but Arjona is seeing Gallagher, this becomes an issue later in the film. We also have a father and husband, who is friends with Gallagher. He is faced with trying to survive or doing the right thing. This film makes you question your morals and what you would do in this situation to survive and I love it. The ending is great as well.
The acting in this film was very good. You have to have it as this film has two aspects, the violence and character development. I’ve seen Gallagher in a couple of other films and he has impressed me. He is solid again in this role and I’m really looking forward to seeing him in more. I think he could branch out into more mainstream, but as a horror fan I hope he keeps working in the genre. Goldwyn is great as the boss who takes charge and when faced with his own morality does what he has to. There are so many other solid actors and actresses in this film that I can’t point out a negative one. They were all solid. I did want to give a shout-out to the writer of the film, James Gunn, his brother is Sean Gunn in the film and his character was great. He made me a chuckle at what he thinks is going on from the beginning.
This film did the right thing and went practical effects. There isn’t a lot of gore, but there is enough. The blood splatters didn’t look to be CGI and if they were, it was some of the best I’ve ever seen because it looked real. I love just seeing that as the stakes continue to rise, we continue to see more and more depravity from these individuals to survive. Even those that you teamed up with in the beginning become a threat. I thought the editing of the film was great, it is paced well and builds tension to the end. The soundtrack was amazing as well. I love that they took a couple American songs, I Will Survive and California Dreaming, and have them covered in Spanish. Both songs are fitting for the film and are funny to hear.
Now with that said, I would highly recommend this film. The story isn’t original, but it is a good twist on it. I thought it was well written and has the character development we need for the ending. The acting was very good as well. The film went with practical effects and it is much better that they did. The editing of the film was well done, building tension to the end. The soundtrack adds another dimension to the film as well. Now there is more gore toward the end, but it isn’t over the top. A couple parts made me cringe, but this film is great. It is even better if you have a desk or an office job, because it makes you wonder what you would do. I would say to see this film if you can.
My Rating: 9 out of 10
Number 4: Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancee Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land. This horror film is from the United States in the year 1992.
Number 5: The Birds (1963)
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. This drama, mystery, romance, horror film is from the United States from the year of 1963.
Number 6: The Bad Seed (1956)
A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer. This crime, drama, mystery, horror, thriller is from the United States in the year of 1956.