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beyond the gatesWhen I search for horror movies to watch for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I always try to find films that strike some kind of interest from me. One of those things can be anything having to do with the 1980’s whether it be a theme or maybe a star from that era like the beautiful Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator). While cruising through Netflix’s horror section, I came across today’s film which is called Beyond The Gates. Brothers Gordon (Graham Skipper) and John Hardesty (Chase Williamson) are forced to see each once again when their father goes missing and is presumed dead. The two have to clean out their father’s video rental store that is made up of all old VHS cassettes. One day while in the office of the store, they stumble on an old VHS adventure game called Beyond The Gates. What they don’t realize is once they play the tape, they are forced to play the game or it will claim their souls. The film also stars Brea Grant (Rob Zombie’s Halloween II) as Margo, Matt Mercer (Contracted: Phase II) as Derek, Justin Welborn (The Final Destination) as Hank, Jesse Merlin (12 Deadly Days) as Elric, Sara Malakul Lane (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) as Dahlia, Henry LeBlanc (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Dad, Pierson Ryan (Red Team Go) as Ghoul, and the film was directed by Jackson Stewart (Supernatural). 

barbaraI always give you guys my honest opinion on everything I watch because I am a horror fan and it’s my genre of choice. Beyond The Gates is an excellent film that while it had some quirks to it (not many), it was a well written film and very well acted. The story itself was a very interesting one where what if you started playing a game and it wouldn’t let you go until you either finished it or it took your soul. What would you do? You’d have no other choice, but to finish the game because now it messes with reality. The kills in the film were a very interesting part of the film where the main characters are doing it without really doing it. I know that makes no sense, but what if the game told you to go outside and find the X. You find it only to dig it up and you find a doll. The game tells you there is a key inside so you tear the doll apart looking for it without realizing that your tearing a friend’s insides out. That is what I am talking about and I actually liked that about the film. It was very different than usual and very cool. Barbara Crampton was amazing as usual as the gamekeeper from hell who forces our brothers to play the game. The camera work is great and the editing is on point as well. I love the intro to the film that kind of shows you how a VHS cassette worked. I thought that was a cool nostalgic thing. I am however going to give the film an A- for a final grade and it’s available on Netflix as we speak.

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maxresdefault (1)One of the coolest concepts in film that was ever created in my opinion was the idea I call the Groundhog Day effect. The film inspired a movement where a certain character relives the same day over and over again to fix a wrong or change their ways. It’s a cool effect as long as it is done properly and when I viewed the trailer to today’s film Happy Death Day I thought that the film had potential. Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is your typical sorority girl who parties it up, but has a reputation to hold so that she doesn’t do the walk of shame. One thing is for certain and that is she has a hard time celebrating her birthday and this particular birthday is about to be a bigger burden. You see she keeps reliving the day of her death over and over again until she can figure out who is murdering so that it stops. The film also stars Israel Broussard (Flipped) as Carter, Ruby Modine (Shameless) as Lori, Rachel Matthews as Danielle, Charles Aitken (The Knick) as Gregory, Rob Mello (The Magnificent Seven) as Jeffrey Tombs, Caleb Spillyards (Into The Badlands) as Ted, Laura Clifton (The New Guy) as Stephanie, and the film was directed by Christopher Landon (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse ). 

Happy-Death-DayThis is one of those films where you try to think that you are smarter than the writer of the film or at least you want to prove to him that you’re not that stupid. I immediately had three suspects that I had chosen from watching the film and I have to say that I should have gone with my first choice. My second choice looked like the jackpot winner until the writer fooled me and showed me that I should have gone with my initial choice. For the most part I thought that it was actually a pretty decent film for a PG-13 even though I could have hoped for an R for one scene. Nonetheless, it was well executed until the focus changed and it all became about her doing what was right by everyone as the motivation to live. There’s this sob scene with her dad that I could have done without, but I get why it’s there. Other than that, it was a pretty decent flick which gives a nod to Groundhog Day which I thought was cool of them to acknowledge it. Is the best horror film ever made, well no it isn’t, but it’s the season for horror films so why not. Just think of the film as Sorority Girls meets Groundhog Day and this is the film that you kind of have. I hope that makes sense to all of you, but I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

kickboxer-vengeanceOne of my all time favorite Jean Claude Van Damme films has always been Kickboxer not just because of how awesome Van Damme was, but also how cool Tong Po was too. In Hollywood, they are always remaking films and if you guessed it then the answer is yes. Our film for today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesdays is the new film Kickboxer: Vengeance. Eric Sloane (Darren Shahlavi) champions himself a really good fighter who has just won gold with the help of his little bro Kurt (Alain Moussi). Despite Kurt’s wishes, Eric travels to Thailand to take on Muay Thai champion Tong Po (Dave Bautista). Kurt will eventually go to see the fight, but when he does, he witnesses his brothers death in the ring. Kurt swears that he will get his revenge against Tong Po so he trains with a local Muay Thai trainer named Durand (Van Damme). The film also stars Gina Carano (Deadpool) as Marcia, Sara Malakul Lane (Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse) as Liu, Georges St-Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Kavi, T.J. Storm (Punisher: War Zone) as Storm, Hawn Tran (Heist) as Tran, Sam Medina (Keanu) as Crawford, MMA Fighter Cain Velasquez as King’s Fighter, and the film was directed by John Stockwell (Turistas). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some of the stats:

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kbv-copyAs far as the stats are concerned, Alain has about 30 kills/knock outs in the film and he doesn’t really have an origin story other than the training he receives. We also know that he attempted to take Tong Po’s life before he went for the training. He does have a love interest in the sexiest cop ever in Liu and he has a sexual conquest with her. Someone close to him does get hurt and it’s actually the death of his brother that drives him. He does defeat the big boss and you do know that this is a remake of the original film right? I loved the fact that Jean Claude Van Damme was in the film because the man is just full of charisma and in the original film he had tons of it. Alain was lacking a little bit of it in this film, but he did a great job overall. Dave Bautista was an amazing villain to have and he made Tong Po look even more dangerous than before with his size. As you can tell by my comment about the sexiest cop alive, it bothered me a little bit because she is way too attractive to be a cop. Nevertheless, she was great eye candy as was Gina Carano when she was on screen. It was cool that they had actual MMA fighters in the film as well to give a little authentic feel to it. Jean Claude Van Damme was a scene stealer when he was on and it’s why you should watch. I am going to give the film 3.5 fists out of five for a final grade because the original still kicks ass.

monster entertainment awards 5Ever since the start of the Monster Entertainment Awards, I have always loved leaving the votes up to the people because you end up getting surprised at some of the winners. Obviously, there are those films or albums that you expect to win and they end up winning, but that is expected (also applies to the music side). One of the biggest surprises in my opinion came in the album of the year category, Rock album of the year, and remake of the year to name a few. I really expected Star Wars: The Force Awakens to take movie of the year, but again you always get surprised when the people vote. I want to send a shout out to all the fans of rock band Bobaflex for banding together and getting Anything That Moves as the Rock Album Of The Year because that is what it’s all about when we say fan participation. I also want to send a shout out to anyone that took the time to visit the blog and vote as well. As usual, I am going to review all of the winners on the music side for the album of the week category, but there will only be two (we have already reviewed two of the winners). So, without further ado, here are all the winners: