Because You Watched WolfCop

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Well I couldn’t not watch a movie called WolfCop, and now that I have, my Netflix has created a list of movies for me titled ‘Because You Watched WolfCop’. It’s almost as if Netflix is taunting me, implying,” look motherfucker, you’re the one who wanted to see this mess.”

WolfCop is the story of a half assed police officer and full blown alcoholic, who done got turned into a werewolf. Keeping expectations low, I was significantly surprised by how mean the gore was, and once the movie got rolling I thought that I had discovered a gem. Like any good Werewolf Cop would do, upon transformation, he of course tricks out his police car in an very amusing and over the top fashion.

The first half to three quarters of this movie is pretty solid horror/comedy/gore. Therein after, I would have to guess that the filmmaker ran out of ideas, money, or likely both. This movie goes from showing us WolfCop’s brutal transformation, and completely tearing up ass on the bad guys, to some cheap looking Scooby Do ending. While WolfCop was on a high note, he should have just turned to the camera and made his own found footage jam the rest of the way, because it is unbelievable how fast the movie turns to liquid shit and just lingers there with it’s waves of stink. Overall it’s a very frustrating movie to watch, with zero payoff to the story that it builds up.

You can see WolfCop on Netflix right now if you want, or, you can see any number of other movies on there that are actually worth watching.

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Resolution Will Stick in Your Craw

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When a thirty something man receives footage of his longtime pal engaging in questionable drugged out activity, he decides to put business and family matters aside in order to do whatever it takes to sober up his friend. By chaining him to the abandoned cabin that his friend is holed up in, he means well and is determined to be the rock in the relationship until the withdrawal symptoms and paranoia subside. However, the paranoia is slowly escalated for the both of them as mysterious objects, strangers, and folk tales end up painting a picture of a story they may not want to see the ending to.

Resolution is a horror story, and one of the things that makes it stand out is that although it does have a smattering of the typical horror story cliches, it moves at it’s own pace, to the point that you nearly forget that your watching a horror movie and end up getting really involved with the characters and the story at hand.

Without giving away too much, this movie from 2012 is different, it’s a little awkward, and if you’re able to stick it out you’ll be rewarded with one intense and memorable experience.

The Babadook

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Amelia is a struggling single mom coping with the death of her husband, and with the fact that her son’s grasp on reality and behavior towards others is becoming questionable. One quiet night Amelia reads a strange book to her son as a bedtime story, only to discover that what resides in the pages isn’t exactly the material either of them thought it would be.

This book brings on a slow developing living nightmare experience for the both of them.

The Babadook is a tight Australian horror film that leans towards psychological horror for the most part, however when it needs to step up it’s game and provide the goods that horror fans are used to seeing, that game is legit. What make this movie work so well is the fact that a certain rythym of storytelling is established early on, making for a unique overall viewing experience. With that in tow, the movie could have been plenty watchable had the story taken place in any other genre.

The Babadook features exceptional acting, and gets playful enough with the narrative that you second guess what’s happening as the story unfolds. It’s creepy and disturbing atmosphere will linger about in your consciousness well after the initial viewing.

The Beautiful Retribution of Blue Ruin

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Dwight, while biding his time eating discarded leftovers and dwelling inside a rotting little blue car, has let himself become a dirty, hairy, wandering loner. When confronted with an update of past events that clearly haunt him in the present, Dwight intends to carry out a very bad piece of business.

Blue Ruin is a revenge film with at least half a brain and a substantial amount of artistic integrity. The dialogue is sparse, using Macom Blair’s screen presence as Dwight to do most of the heavy lifting. The intense quietness of Dwight is explained to a degree in one scene, where he remorsefully explains that he is not used to this much conversation. You’re almost able to feel the morose tragedy that Dwight has been through by way of Macom Blair exceptionable body language.

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The fact that Dwight is far from an unstoppable assassin brings the story into a real world setting, and given the reactions of family and friends that have not seen him for a while, you will be completely intrigued as to how it all plays out.

This film is also carried by the sharp cinematography of writer/director  Jeremy Saulnier. He’s able to make that little car look like the perfect piece of garbage, he’s able to make a forest look like a brand new experience, and when the violence strikes, it sticks.

A trailer is likely to do nothing for you other than spoil the movie outright, and thus it is recommended to go into this one as blind as you can.

Director Sauliner and actor Blair have teemed up previously for 2007’s Murder Party, which just might be worth checking out. While both of their bodies of work are in the early going, they just might be a duo to keep your eye on going forward.

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From The Writer/Director of Bubba God Damn Ho-Tep

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The loose description of John Dies at the End has two slackers stumbling across a bizarre street drug that may also be the beginning of an alien invasion, or something.

The movie does a pretty good job of capturing your attention, this can be both attributed to the basic concept of it’s material, and the fact that writer/director Don Coscarelli has had his moments throughout his career- Phantasm, The Beastmaster, and Bubba Ho-Tep.  No one would ever confuse Coscarelli with Paul Thomas Anderson, but with the right material he can at least entertain.

Unfortunately John Dies at the End has a bit more ambition than it knows what to do with, and although that makes it good for a smirk or two, it’s not really worthwhile beyond the moment you watch it in. It almost, just not quite, lives up to the bar set by the movies it loosely pays homage to- Buckaroo Banzai and Big Trouble in Little China. With both of those titles however, you get a complete story and are left wanting to experience a little bit more of those worlds. I think anyone would have gladly accepted a little bit less of the sparkly zig zags offered here, in lieu of an idea or two being followed to completion.

As it is, JDATE, as the kids are calling it, isn’t terrible,  I just can’t bring myself to say that it was good either.