Jaws

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel of the same name. In the film, a man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers at a summer resort town, prompting police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a professional shark hunter (Robert Shaw). Murray Hamilton plays the mayor, and Lorraine Gary portrays Brody’s wife. The screenplay is credited to Benchley, who wrote the first drafts, and actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the script during principal photography.

During a beach party at dusk on Amity Island, a young woman, Chrissie Watkins, goes skinny dipping in the ocean. While treading water, she is violently pulled under. The next day, her partial remains are found on shore. The medical examiner’s ruling that the death was due to a shark attack leads police chief Martin Brody to close the beaches. Mayor Larry Vaughn overrules him, fearing that the town’s summer economy will be ruined and points out that the town has never had trouble with sharks. The coroner now concurs with the mayor’s theory that Chrissie was killed in a boating accident. Brody reluctantly accepts their conclusion until the shark kills a young boy, Alex Kitner, in full daylight on a crowded beach. A bounty is placed on the shark, prompting an amateur shark-hunting frenzy. Local professional shark hunter Quint offers his services for $10,000. Meanwhile, consulting oceanographer Matt Hooper examines Chrissie’s remains, and confirms her death was caused by a shark—an unusually large one.

When local fishermen catch a tiger shark, the mayor proclaims the beaches safe. Mrs. Kitner, Alex’s mother, openly blames Brody for her son’s death, leaving him guilt-ridden. Hooper disputes that it is the same predator, confirming this after no human remains are found inside it. Hooper and Brody find a half-sunken vessel while searching the night waters in Hooper’s boat. Underwater, Hooper retrieves a sizable great white shark’s tooth embedded in the submerged hull. He drops it in fright after encountering the partial corpse of local fisherman Ben Gardner. Vaughn discounts Brody and Hooper’s statements that a huge great white shark is responsible for the deaths, and refuses to close the beaches, allowing only added safety precautions. On the Fourth of July weekend, tourists pack the beaches. Following a juvenile prank in which the presence of a shark is simulated, the real shark enters a nearby estuary, killing a boater and causing Brody’s oldest son, Michael, to go into shock. Brody then convinces Vaughn to hire Quint.

Quint, Brody, and Hooper set out on Quint’s boat, the Orca, to hunt the shark. While Brody lays down a chum line, Quint waits for an opportunity to hook the shark. Without warning, it appears behind the boat. Quint, estimating its length at 25 feet (7.6 m) and weight at 3 tonnes (3.0 long tons; 3.3 short tons), harpoons it with a line attached to a flotation barrel, but the shark pulls the barrel underwater and disappears. At nightfall, Quint and Hooper drunkenly exchange stories about their assorted scars, and Quint reveals that he survived the USS Indianapolis. The shark returns unexpectedly, ramming the boat’s hull, and disabling the power. The men work through the night, repairing the engine. In the morning, Brody attempts to call the Coast Guard, but Quint, who has become obsessed with killing the shark without outside assistance, smashes the radio. After a long chase, Quint harpoons another barrel into the shark. The line is tied to the stern cleats, but the shark drags the boat backward, swamping the deck and flooding the engine compartment.

Quint prepares to sever the line to prevent the transom from being pulled out but the cleats break off, keeping the barrels attached to the shark. Quint heads toward shore to draw the shark into shallower waters, but he pushes the damaged engine past the safety limits and the overtaxed engine fails. With the Orca slowly sinking, the trio attempt a riskier approach. Hooper puts on scuba gear and enters the water in a shark-proof cage, intending to lethally inject the shark with strychnine, using a hypodermic spear. The shark attacks the cage, causing Hooper to drop the spear, which sinks and is lost. While the shark thrashes in the tangled remains of the cage, Hooper manages to escape to the seabed. The shark escapes and leaps onto the sinking deck of the boat, dragging Quint down and devouring him. Trapped on the sinking vessel, Brody jams a pressurized scuba tank into the shark’s mouth, and, climbing the crow’s nest, shoots the tank with Quint’s rifle. The resulting explosion obliterates the shark. Hooper surfaces, and he and Brody paddle back to Amity Island clinging to the remaining barrels.

To be honest, watching it from beginning to end for the first time in 2020 the movie didn’t really stand out for me. I even found some of the acting in the beginning to be off and parts of the film boring. Still I do acknowledge it’s iconic standing among fans of movies and for animal attacks in particular. I give it a 7.5 outta 10!

Underwater

Underwater is a 2020 American science fiction horror film directed by William Eubank and written by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad. The film is produced by Chernin Entertainment and stars Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, and T.J. Miller. It follows a group of scientists at the bottom of the ocean who encounter a group of creatures after an earthquake destroys their laboratory. The film is inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos by H.P. Lovecraft as it features Cthulhu as the monster.

Kepler 822, a research and drilling facility operated by Tian Industries at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, is struck by a strong earthquake. As part of the facility is destroyed by the quake, mechanical engineer Norah Price and her colleagues, Rodrigo and Paul, make their way to the escape pod bay. However, the three discover that all of the escape pods have already been deployed, with Captain Lucien being the only person in the area when the three arrive. Together they reach a control base and find biologist Emily Haversham and engineer Liam Smith, who are unsuccessful in their attempts to make contact with the surface. Lucien suggests using pressurized suits to walk one mile across the ocean floor to Roebuck 641 in the hope of resurfacing from there. As they descend in a freight elevator, Rodrigo’s defective helmet implodes under the water pressure. The surviving crew see a distress beacon from one of the escape pods below, and Smith and Paul go to investigate. As they arrive at the location, they find a body in the rubble. A creature emerges from the corpse’s back and attacks. Smith kills the creature and takes it inside. Haversham examines the creature and realizes that it belongs to a previously undiscovered species.

The five make their way to the sea floor, but as they are walking, Kepler explodes above and nearly buries them in debris. Smith is hit, but Price and Lucien save him. They manage to get through an access tunnel to an intermediate station, where they can charge and clean their suits. However, they find that Smith’s oxygen scrubber is badly damaged from the debris. On their way through the access tunnel, Paul is attacked by an unknown creature, dragged underwater and killed. Before the team leaves the access tunnel, they find that Smith’s damaged oxygen pod will cause him to suffocate from the explosion’s toxic fumes. Unwilling to leave another crew member behind, Price, Lucien and Haversham agree to help Smith walk. The four set off across the ocean floor, but a humanoid creature appears and drags Smith into a cave. Lucien manages to get Smith out, but is himself pulled from the other three. Price is dragged along with Lucien, but Lucien sacrifices himself to spare Price from the increasing pressure differential.

Price ends up at the abandoned Shepard station alone, where she rummages through Lucien’s locker to find a pentagram drawn on an old blueprint of the initial drilling site. Price is able to change her damaged diving suit before continuing toward Roebuck. Walking along the ocean floor, she reunites with Haversham and Smith, and proceeds to help drag Smith. As they enter Roebuck, they encounter a nest of the humanoid creatures hanging from the ceiling and try to sneak by, but the sound of Haversham’s oxygen alarm wakes the creatures. Price is partially swallowed by one of the creatures, but is able to kill it and free herself by firing her flare gun while inside of its body. She then fires a second flare into the distance and sees the creatures are spawn to an ancient titanic creature, Cthulhu.

The three manage to reach the escape pod bay, but Price discovers that only two of the pods are functional. Price and Haversham manage to get the ailing Smith into a pod, and Price persuades Haversham to take the last one. As this happens, Cthulhu emerges and attacks the Roebuck while the smaller creatures follow the two escape pods. Price, accepting her impending death, initiates an overload of the Roebuck’s nuclear core, resulting in a massive explosion that engulfs Cthulhu and his progeny and allows the escape pods to reach the surface. Tian Industries refuses involvement with investigations into the events and prepares to expand its drilling efforts.

The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $40 million worldwide against a production budget of $50–80 million. It was actually quite entertaining and enjoyable even though I predicted the ending about half way through. 7 outta 10!

The Invisible Man (2020)

The Invisible Man is a 2020 science fiction horror film written and directed by Leigh Whannell. It follows a woman who believes she is being stalked by her abusive and wealthy boyfriend even after his apparent suicide. She ultimately deduces that he has acquired the ability to become invisible. The film stars Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. It is an international co-production of the United States and Australia.

Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with wealthy optics engineer and businessman Adrian Griffin, Cecilia Kass one night drugs him with Diazepam and escapes their home into the nearby woods to wait for her sister, Emily. After she arrives, Adrian nearly catches Cecilia, but the pair are able to escape. Cecilia hides out with childhood friend, Detective James Lanier, and his teenage daughter Sydney. Two weeks later, Adrian seemingly commits suicide and leaves Cecilia $5 million in his will handled and organized by his lawyer brother, Tom. As Cecilia tries to move forward, she is plagued by several unexplained experiences. She suspects another presence in the house one night when she finds the front door open and witnesses the lights flickering on and off.

She calls for James when she sees footprints in her room, but he assures her she is just still traumatized. During a job interview, she faints after finding her portfolio’s contents removed and is taken to the hospital. Later, the doctor calls and says they found high levels of Diazepam in her system. Shortly after returning home, Cecilia finds the same bottle she drugged Adrian with, which she dropped during her escape, in her bathroom. She arranges a meeting with Tom and James, insisting that Adrian faked his death and used his optics expertise to become invisible in order to torment her, but gets rebuffed. Cecilia turns to her sister, but Emily refuses to acknowledge her after receiving an email from Cecilia’s account stating she never wants to see her again. Later, she is comforted by Sydney, but Sydney is hit by an unseen force, leading her and James to assume Cecilia did it. While a furious James rushes his daughter out of the house, Cecilia tries a number of tactics to catch the figure. After finding Adrian’s old phone in the attic and covering the figure with paint, she ends up in a violent struggle before escaping to Adrian’s home to investigate.

In his lab, she finds a suit that confirms her suspicions. After hiding it in a closet, the invisible figure attacks again, so Cecilia flees and contacts Emily. The pair meet in a restaurant, though as Cecilia begins to tell her what she found, the invisible figure slits Emily’s throat with a knife and places it in Cecilia’s hand, framing her for the crime. Remanded to a mental hospital while she awaits trial, the staff informs Cecilia that she is pregnant. Tom visits her and offers to get her charges dropped if she agrees to “return to him” and raise the child, implying that he helped his brother stage his suicide while revealing Adrian tampered with her birth control to ensure she became pregnant. Cecilia refuses to take the deal and steals a pen from his briefcase. That night, she uses the pen to pretend to commit suicide to draw the invisible figure out. When the figure tries to stop her, she stabs him repeatedly, causing the suit to malfunction. The security team arrives, but the invisible figure violently incapacitates them before fleeing the hospital, with Cecilia in pursuit. Promising not to harm her because of her pregnancy, the figure instead threatens to attack those she loves.

Cecilia races to James’ house, where she finds the invisible figure attacking him and Sydney. She manages to shoot the figure after spraying him with a fire extinguisher, but when she unmasks him, she finds Tom in the suit. Police find a captive Adrian alive at his house, tied up in his basement and claiming Tom held him prisoner. Cecilia quickly disputes this, insisting the brothers must have shared the suit, with Adrian sending Tom to the house knowing what would happen. In an attempt to get Adrian to confess, she meets him at his house to discuss her pregnancy while James listens in on a wire. She agrees to mend their relationship, but only if he confesses to being the invisible figure. Adrian insists Tom did kidnap him, claiming that the experience changed his outlook on life and how he treated her in their relationship.

When she begins to cry, Adrian alludes to former abuse using similar phrasing to that of the invisible figure. Smiling, Cecilia departs to use the restroom. Moments later, the room’s security camera captures Adrian seemingly committing suicide. Cecilia returns and, apparently distraught, calls the police. Out of the camera’s sight however, she silently taunts Adrian; having retrieved the spare suit she hid earlier to kill him. When James arrives and asks what happened, she confirms what the camera saw. He spots the suit in her bag, but accepts her story and allows her to leave. Relieved that she’s finally free from Adrian, Cecilia leaves the house with the suit.

Really good film, using technology as the reason for the invisibility. A women trapped in an abusive relationship and being traumatized after she escaped and yet – she is brave and smart and turns the tables on her abuser. I felt it was really well done. Elizabeth Moss really sells it here and she is gonna be a much bigger star in the years to come if she can get a few movies like this under her belt. 8 outta 10!

The Legend of Hell House

The Legend of Hell House is a 1973 British supernatural horror film directed by John Hough and based on the novel Hell House by Richard Matheson, who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill, and Gayle Hunnicutt as a group of researchers who spend a week in a purportedly haunted English mansion in which previous investigators were killed.

The physicist Dr. Lionel Barrett is enlisted by eccentric millionaire Mr. Deutsch to make an investigation into “survival after death” in “the one place where it has yet to be refuted”. This is Belasco House, the “Mount Everest of haunted houses”, originally owned by the notorious “Roaring Giant” Emeric Belasco, a six-foot-five perverted millionaire and supposed murderer, who disappeared soon after a massacre at his home. The house is believed to be haunted by numerous spirits, the victims of Belasco’s twisted and sadistic desires. Accompanying Barrett are his wife, Ann, as well as two mediums: mental medium and spiritualist minister Florence Tanner and physical medium Benjamin Franklin “Ben” Fischer, who is the only survivor of an investigation conducted 20 years before.

The group arrive to begin their investigation a week before Christmas Eve, and the rationalist Barrett is rudely skeptical of Florence’s belief in “surviving personalities”, spirits which haunt the physical world, and he asserts that there is nothing but unfocused electromagnetic energy in the house. Barrett brings a machine he has developed, which he believes will rid the house of this energy. Though not a physical medium, Florence begins to manifest physical phenomena inside the house. When, after a quarrel with Tanner, Barrett is attacked by invisible forces, he suspects that Florence may be using the house’s energy against him. Meanwhile, Fischer remains aloof, with his mind closed to the house’s influence, and is only there to collect the generous paycheck. Ann Barrett is subjected to erotic visions late at night, which seem linked to her lackluster sex life.

She goes downstairs and, in an apparent trance, disrobes and demands sex from Fischer. He strikes her, snapping her out of the trance, and she returns to herself, horrified and ashamed. A second incident occurs a day or so later; this time, she is awake but uninhibited due to alcohol. Her husband arrives a moment later to witness her advances to Fischer. He is resentful, and spurns Fischer’s warnings that the house is affecting Ann, claiming that “Mr. Deutsch is wasting one-third of his money!” Stricken by the accusation, Fischer drops his psychic shields, but he is immediately attacked. Florence is convinced that one of the “surviving personalities” is Daniel, Belasco’s tormented son, and she is determined to prove it at all costs. She finds a human skeleton chained behind a wall. Believing it to be Daniel, Florence and Fischer bury the body outside the house and Florence performs a funeral. Nevertheless, Daniel’s “personality” continues to haunt Florence; she is scratched violently by a possessed cat. Barrett suspects that Florence is mutilating herself. In an attempt to put Daniel to rest, Florence gives herself to the entity sexually, but the entity brutalizes her and possesses her body.

Barrett’s machine is assembled. Possessed by the malevolent spirit, Florence attempts to destroy it, thinking that it will harm the spirits in the house, but she is prevented from doing serious damage. She enters the chapel, “the unholy heart” of the house, in an attempt to warn the spirits, but she is crushed by a falling crucifix. As she dies, she leaves a symbol written in her own blood. Barrett activates his machine, which seems to be effective. Fischer wanders the house afterwards, attempting to sense psychic energy; in astonishment, he declares the place “completely clear!” But violent psychic activity soon resumes, and Barrett is killed. Fischer decides to confront the house, and Ann accompanies him despite her misgivings. Deciphering Florence’s dying clue, Fischer deduces that Belasco is the sole entity haunting the house, masquerading as many. He taunts Belasco, declaring him a “son of a whore”, and that he was no “roaring giant”, but instead more likely a “funny little dried-up bastard” who fooled everyone about his alleged height.

Even as objects begin to hurl themselves at Fischer, he continues to defy the entity, challenging, “What size WERE you? Five foot two? One? I know! I’ll bet you weren’t even five foot tall!” At that, all becomes still. Fischer then concentrates, and a stained-glass partition in the chapel shatters, revealing a hidden door. Fischer and Ann discover a lead-lined room, containing Belasco’s preserved body seated in a chair. Pulling out a pocket knife, Fischer rips open Belasco’s trouser leg, discovering his final secret: a pair of prosthetic legs. Fischer realises that Belasco had had his own stunted legs amputated, and that he had used the prosthetics with which they were replaced in a grotesque attempt to appear imposing. Belasco also had the specially built room lined with lead, presaging the discovery of the electromagnetic nature of life after death. With the room now open, Fischer activates Barrett’s machine a second time, and he and Ann leave the house, hoping that Barrett and Florence will guide Belasco to the afterlife without fear.

It’s a bit boring and dragging in places but I like the gothic atmosphere. The acting is ok in most places. I give it a 6.5 outta 10!

The Ritual

The Ritual is a 2017 British supernatural horror film directed by David Bruckner, written by Joe Barton, and starring Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, and Sam Troughton. The film is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Adam Nevill.

Five university friends—Phil, Dom, Hutch, Luke, and Rob—meet at a pub and discuss plans for a group trip. Rob suggests hiking in Sweden, but gets rebuffed. Afterward, Luke and Rob enter a shop for drinks, but interrupt a robbery in progress. Luke hides while Rob becomes frozen with fear as the thieves antagonize him for his valuables. Luke nearly intervenes, but decides against it before the thieves kill Rob for disobeying them. Six months later, the remaining four embark on a hiking trip along the Kungsleden in northern Sweden in Rob’s memory. Almost immediately, Dom injures his knee. Hutch suggests they cut through the forest rather than use the longer marked trail in the hopes of sparing Dom any further suffering.

Upon entering the forest however, the group encounters strange phenomena, including a gutted elk hanging from several branches and strange symbols carved in the trees. As night falls, a torrential rainstorm forces them to find shelter. They come upon an abandoned cabin, so they break in and stay for the night. Inside, they find necklaces bearing similar symbols and an effigy of a decapitated human torso with antlers for hands. The next morning, the group finds Luke’s chest covered in strange puncture wounds and Phil praying to the effigy. Freaked out, the group tries to find a way out. While discerning their location, Luke spots a large figure, but Dom doubts him. In their ensuing argument, Dom brings up the past, calling Luke a coward for letting Rob die to save himself.

Later that night, Luke is suddenly awakened by Hutch’s screams. While investigating, he finds Hutch’s tent empty and partially collapsed. The remaining three men rush deeper into the woods to search for him, but by dawn, they realize that they are lost and unable to locate their campsite. While continuing their search without their supplies, they find Hutch eviscerated and impaled on tree branches. After giving him an impromptu burial, Phil is suddenly dragged away by an unseen creature. Despite realizing the creature’s been stalking them the entire time, Luke and Dom make a run for it, but the creature gives chase. They find a path lined with torches leading to a small settlement and rush into a cottage to hide. While barricading themselves inside, they’re knocked unconscious.

When they awake, they find themselves restrained in a cellar. An elderly woman enters and inspects Luke’s puncture marks, revealing she bears a similar pattern. On her way out, she orders two men to take Dom upstairs. A younger woman enters and explains that preparations are being made for a sacrifice. Sometime later, a beaten Dom is returned to the basement. He tells Luke that he is to be sacrificed to the creature, urging him to find a way out and destroy the village before he’s taken outside. Amidst the ritual, Dom has a vision of his wife emerging from the forest, not realizing it’s the creature until it impales him on a nearby tree. Desperate to escape, Luke partially frees himself, but gets interrupted by the young woman. When he asks about the creature, she explains that it is a Jötunn, a bastard son of Loki and a god-like figure from Scandinavian mythology that the cult provides sacrifices to in return for immortality. Luke is to either submit to it or be killed.

After she leaves, Luke fully frees himself and ventures upstairs. Armed with a torch, he finds a twisted congregation of mummified worshipers. He sets them alight, burning the cabin and attracting the Jötunn. Luke finds a hunting rifle and heads downstairs, running into and killing a follower before taking his axe along the way. The enraged Jötunn kills the young woman while Luke shoots at it and escapes. It pursues him, crippling his mind with hallucinations before catching him and forcing him to his knees, offering him a chance to submit. Luke strikes it with the axe, briefly incapacitating it. Following rays of sunlight, he emerges in an open field. Unable to leave the forest, the Jötunn roars in anger while Luke screams back in triumph before heading towards a paved road.

An interesting and decently made horror movie that will surely have something for a lot of horror fans. It isn’t big on scares to be honest. I’d give this a 7.5 outta 10!

Body at Brighton Rock

Body at Brighton Rock is an 2019 American horror thriller film, directed, written, and produced by Roxanne Benjamin. It stars Karina Fontes, Casey Adams, Emily Althaus, Miranda Bailey, Martin Spanjers, Matt Peters, Susan Burke and John Getz. It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 8, 2019. It was released on April 26, 2019, by Magnet Pictures.

A low budget film it centers on Wendy, a part-time summer employee at a mountainous state park, takes on a rough trail assignment at the end of the season, trying to prove to her friends that she’s capable enough to do the job. She trades areas with her more experience colleague, who wants to be near a male park ranger, and takes the tougher terrain. She puts on her headphones and posts warning spikes and staples posters on spots and almost scares herself and another ranger when they bump into each other.

When she takes a wrong turn and ends up deep in the backcountry, alerted by her friends who sees her selfie that she posted. They point out something on the ground below the cliff she took the photo from and Wendy sees that it is a dead body. She has stumbled upon a potential crime scene. She radios in and they promise to send out a rescue & recovery team. But the sun is going down soon so she ends up having to spend the night next to the dead body with her limited supplies and must sleep in the cold night without a tent or sleeping bags.

Stuck with no communication after losing her radio and with orders to guard the site, Wendy must fight the urge to run. She meets a hunter who is illegally trying to kill a bear and he acts suspicious. He seems to be too curious about the dead body and scares her but soon Wendy loses him. As night falls the sounds of nocturnal animals and noises that you hear in the wild play on her fears. As she drifts off to sleep she even imagines the dead body reanimating and the zombie chases her. She comes to her senses and tries to keep herself awake. In the morning she sees a bear but mistakes it for another hallucination – only to find out that it is real and has sharp claws and teeth. It attacks her and she uses a lighter and a spray can of bug repellent to light it briefly on fire and the bear is singed.

However the bear, nastier than ever comes back to finish her off when shots from a shotgun scare it away. It’s the local sheriff and some cops along with Wendy’s colleagues looking for her. They are stunned that she was able to fight it off as much as she could in her weakened state. She tells them about the hunter only to find out from the cops that they his id shows that the dead body is infact the hunter! Wendy is initially stunned but they show her that he was indeed the hunter she hallucinated and that he died from a bear attack and had been lying there in the woods for several days. Wendy looks out from the cliff and laughs as the camera pans out.

Boring and dull only the zombie scene and the bear fight and final scene was really interesting to me. I didn’t find the movie very entertaining or interesting. A 4 outta 10 for me!

Train To Busan

Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-ho and starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, and Ma Dong-seok. The film mostly takes place on a train to Busan as a zombie apocalypse suddenly breaks out in the country and threatens the safety of the passengers.

Seok-woo, a divorced fund manager, is a workaholic and absentee father to his young daughter Su-an. For her birthday, she asks her father to take her to Busan to see her mother. The next day, they board the KTX 101 at Seoul Station. Other passengers include Sang-hwa and his pregnant wife Seong-kyeong, a high school baseball team, the rich and egotistical COO Yon-suk, elderly sisters In-gil and Jon-gil, and a traumatised homeless man. As the train departs, a convulsing young woman boards the train with a bite wound. She turns into a zombie and attacks a train attendant, who also turns. The virus quickly spreads throughout the train as newly-turned zombies continue to consume uninfected people. Baseball player Yong-guk, cheerleader Jin-hee, who has a crush on him, and others escape to another car and lock the doors.

News broadcasts report zombie outbreaks nationwide; while the South Korean military is containing several of the outbreaks, new cases are constantly emerging; the situation very quickly turns into a pandemic. After the train stops at Daejeon Station, the surviving passengers find the city overrun and hastily retreat back to the train, splitting up into different train cars in the chaos. The conductor takes the train toward Busan, where a quarantine zone has been established. Seok-woo, Sang-hwa and Yong-guk, who have become separated from their loved ones, fight their way to where Su-an and Seong-kyeong are hiding with In-gil and the homeless man. Once regrouped, they struggle through the zombie horde to the front train car, where the rest of the passengers are sheltered. At the instigation of Yon-suk, the passengers prevent the survivors from entering, fearing that they are infected. Sang-hwa sacrifices himself to give the others time to force open the door and enter the car, and In-gil turns into a zombie.

Yon-suk demands that the survivors isolate themselves in the vestibule. This turns out to save the survivors as Jong-gil deliberately opens the door to be with her zombified sister, and the zombies enter and kill the rest of the passengers, leaving Seok-woo, Su-an, Seong-kyeong, Yong-guk, Jin-hee and the homeless man safe. Yon-suk and the train attendant escape by hiding in the bathroom. A blocked track at East Daegu train station forces the survivors to stop and search for another train. Yon-suk escapes after pushing the train attendant into the zombies, then does the same with Jin-hee. Heartbroken, Yong-guk stays with Jin-hee until she turns, and is bitten by her. The train conductor is also killed whilst trying to save Yon-suk. The homeless man sacrifices himself to let Su-an and Seong-kyeong escape with Seok-woo into the train the conductor had activated. They encounter Yon-suk on the verge of turning into a zombie, having been bitten when the conductor saved him. Seok-woo fights him off, but is bitten.

He puts Su-an and Seong-kyeong inside the engine room, teaches Seong-kyeong how to operate the train, and says goodbye to his sobbing daughter before moving outside. As he zombifies, he thinks of the first time he held his daughter in his arms and throws himself off the locomotive with a smile. Su-an and Seong-kyeong get off at Busan and begin walking through a train tunnel. On the other side are soldiers stationed to defend the perimeter against zombies. The soldiers are instructed to shoot them. After hearing Su-an singing, they realize the newcomers are human. Su-an tearfully sings the song “Aloha ?Oe” that she had wanted to perform for her father at the beginning of the film.

A wonderful film that is sad and touching at the end and is pretty good as far as zombie movies go. This is better than most American/Canadian made zombie films that I have seen. 8.5 outta 10!

Ready or Not

Ready or Not is a 2019 American comedy horror thriller film directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from a screenplay by Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy. The film stars Samara Weaving as a newlywed who becomes hunted by her spouse’s family as part of their wedding night ritual. Mark O’Brien portrays her husband, with Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, and Andie MacDowell as members of his family. It grossed over $57 million against a $6 million budget.

Young brothers Alex and Daniel Le Domas witness the killing of a man on the night of his wedding to their Aunt Helene. Thirty years later, Alex has returned home to marry his fiancée, Grace, a former foster child eager to finally have a family. On their wedding night, he tells her that, as tradition, every outside addition to the family must play a game. Grace has to draw a random card, and the game they have to play will be written there. The family includes Alex, his alcoholic brother, Daniel, and drug-addicted sister, Emilie; their father, Tony and mother, Becky; Daniel’s snobbish wife, Charity; Emilie’s whiny husband, Fitch; and the somber Helene. It is explained that their ancestor, Victor Le Domas, made a deal with a man named Le Bail. Le Bail would build the Le Domas fortune in exchange for the Le Domases observing this tradition. Grace draws a card labeled “Hide and Seek.” Unaware of the truth, she hides while the Le Domases arm themselves with antique weapons to hunt her down.

One of the maids is killed accidentally as she is mistaken for Grace. Alex catches up with her and confesses that the “hide and seek” card is the only game that requires the family to kill the recipient. They believe that if Grace survives until dawn, the entire family will die, as per the agreement with Le Bail. He kept the truth from Grace, knowing she would leave him if she knew. The last time someone pulled that card was thirty years ago when Helene’s husband was killed. Shocked, scared, and angry, Grace becomes determined to survive. She is discovered by Daniel, who is disillusioned with the bloody family tradition and gives her a head start. To prevent his family tracking Grace, Alex destroys the security monitors before being restrained by Daniel and Tony.

Grace escapes the mansion and hides in the barn, only to be shot in the hand by Emilie’s young son, Georgie. Furious, she knocks Georgie out, but accidentally falls into a pit filled with the decaying corpses of the previous sacrifices. She climbs out, though not without more wounds, and is pursued by the butler, Stevens. She escapes and steals his car but is soon brought back to the mansion by him. She is restrained on the symbol of a pentagon as the family prepares to sacrifice her. They drink from a ceremonial cup and start to vomit blood. Daniel releases Grace, revealing he non-lethally poisoned its contents. Charity, however, shoots Daniel in the throat, causing him to bleed to death; Grace thanks Daniel for helping her after pistol-whipping Charity and bludgeoning Tony with an oil lamp, inadvertently starting a fire.

Becks attacks Grace who defends herself and bludgeons Becky to death with Le Bail’s wooden game box. Alex finds Daniel’s body before finding Grace and his mother. Realizing that Grace no longer trusts him and will not be with him after all this, Alex subdues her. The group hails Satan as Alex prepares to stab her. At the last moment, Grace twists, taking the stab to her shoulder and freeing herself. Dawn breaks, but when nothing happens, the family believes their tradition was a lie, and all of this was for nothing. However, Helene suddenly explodes. One by one, the remaining family members explode in bloody messes. Alex pleads for Grace’s forgiveness out of cowardice; she rebukes him, and he explodes. As the mansion burns, Grace sees Le Bail’s ghost, realizing there was truth to the tale. As the police arrive, Grace sits on the patio steps, exhausted and traumatized, her wedding dress turned red from blood, and smokes a cigarette.

After the first 20 minutes, which chugs along at a slow pace, the movie picks up and is fun and exciting in places and filled with tension in others. It’s a black comedy horror that works. Great acting by the cast in this low budget flick. 7.5 outta 10!