The Sick House

2008   NR    Horror  1;40   Gina Philips, Alex Hassell, Kellie Shirley, Andrew Knott  

Anna, Played by Gina Philips (Jeepers Creepers)  an archaeologist (student) who excavates a 17th Century plague hospital in England which will be raised the next morning.  She is trying to find a way to save the building (I guess to make it a historic landmark).

When Anna finds an old metal box hidden away in a wall, she unknowingly unleashes the dormant evil spirits of the plague doctors. One in particular, is the brutal Cutter who is supposed to be the ‘Black doctor’ and the worst of them.

A party of four wild friends gets trapped inside and a historic evil ritual is played out with the trespassers as the sacrificial pigs. Now Anna’s project turns into not only trying to save the building from being demolished but finding a way for all of them to get out before they die.

Anna finds some drawings on the walls, which are a clue to what is going on. Are they a sight of things to come. One of the four seems to be displaying signs of the plague, but how or why?

Oh and just a note… there’s a bit of a twist.

First off, why would Anna even go into this place, without a mask first off with all the dust and who knows what lingers in the air? Also where there’s an abandoned building there is likely to be all the sorts of creatures ahem RATS, that would have carried the plague, why do you not have some sort of protective gear on you?

I Saw this once before, (and must have been before I had the blog, or I just didn’t have much to say about it then.  I accidentally rented this time as I was looking for THIS Sickhouse (but can’t find it on Netflix)

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2017  R  1:31  Crime/Horror/Mystery      Tobin Bell, Laura Vandervoort , Matt Passmore , Callum Keith Rennie 

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Not sure why they were calling it Jigsaw as I heard it was supposed to be called Saw:Legacy When I search the title on it shows this sequel. I thought legacy sounded good for a sequel to a long running franchise (that has not had a reboot, remake etc). I guess with the title ‘Legacy’ that maybe that made it sound like the final installment of the series. So if that’s the case I understand.

I was taking a look at the taglines for the movie, and man do they have a list. Never have I seen that many taglines for one movie before! I even looked up a few movies I could think of off the top of my head and it varies by 1-4 tops.

So after John ‘Jigsaw’ Kramer has been deceased for a decade, he still seems to still be up to his old tricks, mmm make that traps from beyond the grave. Then again, didn’t he say his work would still go on? All the clues point to Jigsaw, I can’t remember did his assistant die in the last one? Could it be her, or a full on copycat?

So this time we play a game with a few bucket heads. As always there’s a reason for their punishment, but what is it this time? What is the one thing they have all done that brings them to this demented ‘tug of war?

I read that Saw 3D (2010) was supposed to be the last of the series, but the studio wanted to reboot it.  a Reboot (I think I’m going to have to define that a little better in my  when is a remake ok (Reboots,remakes and Updates) article ) You see to me for something to be a ‘reboot’ it has to be longer than 7 years sine the last one, also normally there are new cast members so if Tobin Bell is in the movie, then it does not qualify as a Reboot, only another sequel.

Ya know, I kind of was tired of the movies I forget at what point but I do know I only wanted to see Saw 3d because Chester Bennington (r.i.p.)  was in it. this one felt fresh to me for some reason, and I enjoyed watching it. I would say its worth a watch and if you have the rest of the movies already in your library, then this one is a definite. it is a mystery, but at the same time there’s 2-3 red herrings but which of them is it? or is it one of them? I’m trying to remember if any other of the previous movies has a ‘party trap’ as I called this one.

There’s one trap I did love but I really don’t want to ruin that one. Just get the blenders ready to make yourself a drink or smoothie before watching and THAT my friends is one beautiful ‘blood flower’ at the end!  (yes I can have a morbid sense of humor at times)

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2017   NR  1:30    horror/mystery/sci-fi      starring Ellen Wong, Aaron Poole, Kenneth Walsh

Cop Daniel Carter spots a man that’s run out of the woods and collapses and is bloody. He calls into dispatch that he’s bringing the guy to the hospital. Inside, things get weird. One of the Nurses gets scissor happy, there’s some cult gathering outside, and one hideous transformation that at the time, I had no idea where it came from.

I’m thinking this is sort of like The Thing or DreamCatcher considering that transformation.

That was a weird one. I don’t know what to say about it. I didn’t hate it, I was interested in it and it didn’t

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Kingsman: Golden Circle

2017    R     Action, adventure, comedy  2 hours 21 minutes

Julianne Moore, Taron Edgerton, Hally Berry, Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth  Pedro Pascal  more here

Agents Eggsy (now Galahad)and Merlin team with their American counterparts, the Statesmen after their headquarters gets blown to smithereens.

The opening action scene is cool but sadly they have Matrix-like slow-mo stop and go fx which I hate. first off it not only ruins the momentum of the action sequence, but it also looks ‘cartoon-y’.  They used it too much (I think every action scene had the ‘trick’ in it to some extent.) Use that for one part of an action sequence fine… like a certain move that would otherwise not be noticed and needs to be shown just a little slower so we can appreciate it. This was used in a few points in one fight/action scene.

Oh I like the Statesman building. That;’s cool, and always wished they’d make buildings like that for real. (easier to find where you are going especially if you can’t find the building number.

The guy from  Game of Thrones forget character’s name but he’s a dead one.  I think his real name is Pablo Pascal gets his cowboy on with a LAZso (Lazer Lasso) and after a bit of an entertaining Whip fight ‘I feel like a tornado in a trailer park”


And there’s quite a musical cameo with flair …See the source image

Oh Action scene n poppy island and the Scissor sign!

I need to rewatch the first but while still somewhat enjoyable I don’t think it was as awesome as the first.

Though it was still better than Atomic Blonde, even with a cartoony looking effect.

Gifted (movie)

2017   PG-13    stars Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenna Slate, Octavia Spencer


I missed I think 15 minutes to half an hour of this but got the gist and probably the meatier parts of the movie anyway.

Chris plays Frank (or was it Fred, either way, ones the Uncle the other is the cat!) who’s genius sister died and is left with a gifted young girl who came to live with him seven years ago.

Like mother like daughter, Frank’s niece is a genius but he keeps her in regular school and I can understand his reasoning. But at the same time, this little girl’s brain is functioning at least at a high school level if not college level. The grandmother is a ‘female dog'(I am trying to keep this review family friendly) she wants to put her in a school for gifted children (which the mother did and had no life) and the uncle doesn’t want that for her, he even says he has to be doing something right being she is such a great kid.

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F8 of the Furious

Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson, Tyreese Gibson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Elsa Ptaky,

So in this one Dom flip on his family or so seem and plays the villain’s sidekick, though Diesel is no sidekick.  But what would, could make Toretto tur on his own family?

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When is a ‘remake’ Ok?

and the difference between Remakes, Reboots, and updates.

With many movies from the past like Point Break, Nightmare on Elm Street or Ghostbusters (and some too soon like Spider-man) get one of the three treatments; to which some I don’t know if you’d say were an improvement but some remakes & updates come out to varying degrees of favor and hatred.

I don’t recall what was the first year all these remakes and updates started but I think it was the early 2000s (though I am sure the 90’s even had some as well but was not as vast as it is now.)  There are certain movies we love and just can’t bare to see a different cast or the original being ruined by one of these treatments. Ghostbusters, for instance, shot in the practical age of special FX I think the originals still stand fairly well enough, so if anything and I guess because the sequel was not much liked why not have just set this one up as another sequel instead of ‘rebooting’ the series with what may be a remake or update (or a cross between the 2)

Here I hope to try to clear up the difference between each (or at least in my own view) and figure out a way to decipher when

(and even how) it should be made.  Which is how I’d like to start this and let’s see if I can explain the difference between each.

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