Final Destination: Franchise Reviews

Final Destination series postersIn the second of the new series taking a retrospective look on an entire series of films, I focus my attentions on the popular Final Destination franchise.

This incredibly successful series of five films thrilled cinema-goers from 2000, right up until 2011 when the final instalment (for now) was released. The future of the franchise however is looking uncertain with no official announcements about a 6th edition since late 2011.

Warner Bros. may be missing a trick with this however as each film in the series has been commercially successful. The five films as a whole have grossed over $650million worldwide on a total budget of $150million. Without further ado, let’s see how this franchise holds up to scrutiny. Oh, and feel free to check out the first in the series, Jurassic ParkBe warned, this article contains some gory images. Continue reading

Scariest Movie Clowns: Top 5

Clown collageSo, the modern-day adaptation of Stephen King’s IT is receiving rave reviews from just about everyone who’s gone to see it and rightly so – IT is a terrifying experience from start to finish.

With great performances and stunning imagery, it is the must-see movie event that this summer blockbuster season has been lacking.

Naturally, this got me thinking of other movies that feature some terrifying clowns. It’s a harder job than you might think to pick out five of the scariest movie clowns to ever grace the screen, but I’ve done it, just for you. But which five made the cut? Read on to find out. Continue reading

IT review “Make sure you take a pillow”

IT PosterHorror buffs and Stephen King fans everywhere have been waiting for this moment since 2009. It is of course, a modern adaptation of the author’s novel, IT. 

Plagued with production problems from the get-go, I see a pattern emerging here, IT has been in the hands of multiple directors with numerous actors in the running to play that iconic clown. I am of course, talking about Pennywise.

Fast forward to 2017, and with Mama Andy Muschietti taking over directorial duties and Bill Skarsgård hopping into that tight-fitting suit we finally have a finished product. But what is it like? Continue reading

The films that influenced me: Adam Brannon

Adam Brannon HeadshotSo, we’re on to the final chapter of the films that changed the way I have looked at cinema. A personal voyage that has delved deep into my childhood and my teenage years too. Film is a subjective journey that escorts the viewer into a new world, so it may not make sense to you why these flicks have been picked, but stick with them and all will become clear, or I hope it does.

If you need to catch up on my first five, click here. So, with the pleasantries out of the way, shall we proceed? Continue reading

MM Top 5: Alien films

14886217_1040838869357950_851251975_nBy Rob Stoakes. So over at the Battleship Potemkast, the finest podcast on the seas, we’ve been doing a few retro reviews of the mainline Alien franchise in celebration of Alien: Covenant, which to be honest is a bit of a rubbish name. It’s the Matrix syndrome of taking a cool sounding word that means nothing and pairing it with alien. Alien Synthesis. Alien Carbohydrate. Alien Titillation.

Anyway, Alien is very similar to Star Wars, in that it is the absolute king of its own genre, space opera for Star Wars and sci-fi horror for Alien, and one of the most popular multimedia franchises this side of Pokemon, and the highs of the franchise are so good that it somehow makes people forget that about 90% of it is absolutely terrible.

So, of course, I am a huge Alien fan, so I get to drop the pretense of professionalism and indulge in my inner child, which normally I lock in the shed, to find out which of the mainline Alien films is actually the best. Strap in, folks; this road is bumpy. Continue reading