🎥 HELLRAISER: JUDGEMENT | 🎭ACTING: C+ | 📝STORY: C | 🎧MUSIC: B+ | 💿PACING: B | 🏆CHARACTER: C | ⛓️GENRE: C+ | 🌀REWATCH: No | ★OVERALL: C+★
[While the film may have enough grotesque gores and some inventively sickening moments but with its uneven performances and storytelling, Hellraiser: Judgement just drains down its promising premise in the first half and becomes another forgettable sequel that has potential but eventually fails to deliver it in the end] 🔪...go to #moviesmaniax for FULL REVIEW...
The Resurrected (1991): The works of H.P. Lovecraft have always had difficulties when adapted into cinematic form. While The Resurrected has some issues; it most definitely stands out as one of the more restrained visions of the master’s work—showing us that you don’t need massive budgets to create the implications of horror that Lovecraft was so good at. Organized as a kind of neo-noir with a private detective investigating the husband of a beautiful blonde woman, we see how the filmmakers take Lovecraft’s original story (“The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”) and modernize it. This works very well and, if you keep the noir sensibilities in mind, the flashbacks within flashbacks work very well. Director #danobannon clearly had a strong vision here (apparently, the final cut of the movie was altered and released without his say so) and a clear love for the author’s work with great mood and atmosphere throughout. He also isn’t afraid to bring the horror when the need arises and we are privy to several fantastic creature designs in the film. While this look great in most shots, there are several stop-motion sequences that took me out of the whole affair (for the record, I don’t mind the style—it just looks extra choppy here for some reason). The story is a bit convoluted but, once it gets going, its purpose becomes clear with O’Bannon making some bold choices with his narrative such as an extended flashback to 1771 that ends on a grim, disturbing note or a prolonged sequence where the main characters plumb the depths of a creepy house. Performances are solid with good stuff from #johnterry @janesibbett and #robertromanus but the film is owned by the presence of #chrissarandon who is just great here. He makes fantastic use of his outstanding voice throughout the film and I found his story arc to be very compelling. The film does get a bit too talky in certain scenes but I also enjoyed the construction of terror through dialogue as opposed to showing us everything. It’s a weird film but nonetheless effective in spurts with a morbidly fascinating conclusion. #movie_mattinee @oscarwatchpod @samenightmovie