Kevin Bacon became a huge star in the 80’s and 90’s after appearing in Friday The 13TH, but every now and again he would always make his return to the genre (e.g. Stir Of Echos, Flatliners, Tremors). That was definitely the case this year when he starred in his latest horror film The Darkness which is today’s film. Peter Taylor (Bacon) is a hot shot architect who seems to have everything going right for him until his family returns home from a trip at the grand canyon. Peter’s autistic son Michael (David Mazouz) may have unleashed the kind of demons that nobody wants on their case. The demons begin to slowly rip their family apart until Peter decides that the family needs help relinquishing them from their home. The film also stars Radha Mitchell (Olympus Has Fallen) as Bronny Taylor, Lucy Fry (The Preppie Connection) as Stephanie Taylor, Matt Walsh (Old School) as Gary Carter, Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon A Time) as Joy Carter, Paul Reiser (Mad About You) as Simon Richards, Ming-Na Wen (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Wendy Richards, Trian Long Smith (The Company We Keep) as Sammy, Ilza Rosario (Hands Of Stone) as Gloria, Alma Martinez (Cake) as Teresa, and the film was directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek). To see the rest of the review, please click here to go to Moshpits and Movies.
Hollywood has always been looking for new and inventive ways to scare the living crap out of you and we the public always attend. We like getting scared so it should comes as no surprise that I chose to watch the new horror film Lights Out for today’s film. For a boy named Martin (Gabriel Bateman), things in his life are anything, but normal. You see Martin lost his dad to a strange death, his mother (Maria Bello) is taking to herself (or someone…), and anytime he turns the lights off, he sees a really scary woman who wants to kill him. He’s having a hard time finding anyone to believe him until his older half sister Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) sees the same things that he does. They then find out that this ghost may be connected to their mother so they’ll have to try anything to save her and themselves before it’s too late. The film also stars Alexander DiPersia (I Am Legend) as Bret, Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) as Paul, Alicia Vela-Bailey (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Diana, Andi Osho (Mock The Week) as Emma, Emily Alyn Lind (Hidden) as Young Sophie, Ava Cantrell (Haunted Hathaways) as Young Diana, and the film was directed by David F. Sandberg (Ladyboy).
Spoiler Alert: I just wanted to take the time to issue a spoiler alert because some information may be discussed that could potentially spoil the film. So, read on if you dare or stop if you do not seek to know. I wanted to start this off by saying that I was very impressed with the film because they were honestly trying to scare the crap out of you the whole time. It was a really creepy and clever story that will surely make someone somewhere not want to turn off the lights. I love how in the story, Diana has a personal connection to them through their mother and that it has to do with her not being well. Diana is able to take over and manifest herself into the real world because someone is week and that is when she takes over. I loved the story of the film, but was it truly scary? I think I am so used to this films and so desensitized as this point in my life that nothing truly scares me, but the film is spooky. I just wanted to take the time now to say that Teresa Palmer looks super hot in this film as a metal chick. I am a huge fan of hers and what she can do on screen. There hasn’t been a film that I have seen with her that I haven’t been impressed with. Maria Bello was fantastic once again playing a mentally unstable sick woman like she did in Prisoners, Gabriel Bateman did a great job as the star of the film, and Alexander DiPersia provided us some comedic relief. One thing is for sure, when I saw James Wan’s name attached to this as a producer, I was like of course cause it felt like a James Wan film (if that makes any sense to you). Nevertheless, go check this out and I am going to give the film a grade somewhere between an B+/A- for a final grade.
This wasn’t my first choice for a film for today, but I was running out of time and this was on television. For day two of my challenge, I watched the 2004 film Taxi which was directed by Tim Story (Ride Along) and it starred Jimmy Fallon (The Tonight Show) and Queen Latifah (Chicago). Jimmy Fallon plays a New York City cop named Andy who is a little too green for his own good. The man can’t do anything right on the job and he is considered the laughing stock. Queen Latifah plays New York taxi driver Belle who is too into her job as a taxi driver that it’s screwing up things at him with her man. Their paths cross one day when Andy decides to take her cab to chase down some bank robbers who happen to be hot Brazilian supermodels. Despite all the forces against them, they will stop at nothing until they take down the bank robbers. The film also stars Mrs. Tom Brady Gisele Bundchen as Vanessa, Henry Simmons (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Jesse, Jenifer Esposito (Summer Of Sam) as Lt. Marta Robbins, Ana Cristina de Oliveira (Miami Vice) as Redhead, Ingrid Vandebosch (Going Greek) as Third Robber, Ann-Margaret (Tommy) as Mrs. Washburn, and Christian Kane (Life Or Something Like It) as Agent Mullins.
As I said before, this wasn’t my first choice for a film for today, but at the time it was on and I had to do what I had to do. One of the other reasons why I watched it was for the fact that I do enjoy Jimmy Fallon and what he did on SNL and The Tonight Show, but even those can’t save him from this film. The film has it’s moments where it shows potential, but then it just dwindles away. I understand why they went with four supermodels as bank robbers, but these supermodels took the time to learn how to drive like bad asses in their lifetimes? They did that for the comedy aspect of it, but seriously guys. They wouldn’t have to do much cause I’d let these hot women rob me too. There’s plenty of bad ass driving and action scenes in the film, but it just sort of lacks on the laughs. I thought Queen Latifah actually did a good job flexing her acting abilities on screen, but it just wasn’t enough for me. I was surprised to find out that Tim Story directed the movie because I loved Ride Along. You can definitely see some of the similarities in shots with the two films. The film gets a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes which seems to be just right as far as how good the film was. So, I am going to give the film a C- for a final grade.