Archive for June, 2014

“The Cat with Hands,” created by Robert Morgan, will leave you fearing cats for a while. (That is, if the cat has hands and came from a well.)

Morgan, in only three minutes, has created an incredibly haunting tale, and crafted a terrifying murderous feline who only needs one final body part: the tongue.

Yes, I would highly recommend “The Cat with Hands,” and you can check out Morgan’s other short films here: http://www.robertmorganfilms.com

The Cat with Hands

Directed by Oscar Rojo, Omnivores, or Omnívoros, is a sickening tale which explores clandestine restaurants, murderers, and human flesh.

Omnivores begins when Marcos (Mario de la Rosa), famous food critic, receives an assignment to research various clandestine restaurants. While investigating, Marcos stumbles upon one particular restaurant that is rumored to feed human flesh to its participants. Now, it’s up to Marcos to stop Dimas (Fernando Albizu), cannibal, from murdering innocent people and sampling their tender flesh.

The beginning of this film is absolutely horrid, and the acting is atrocious! We are introduced to Dimas, a young child, and his mother, who is dying. His mother asks Dimas numerous times to run into town to fetch a doctor, but because Dimas is hungry and tired, he refuses to go. After his mother dies, Dimas slowly approaches her, grabs her shoulders, and stoically says, “Mama. Mama. Mama.” (Really, Dimas? That’s all the emotion you could muster up? Ugh!)

Because Dimas is hungry, and his mother is dead, he resorts to eating her remains. (Yep, he merely sits in her tiny shed and eats her rotting meat for a while.) And when a townsperson finds Dimas, who is covered in blood and flesh, the townsperson shrugs and buries the body. (Umm…are you serious? A child ate his mother! This situation is very concerning! Why isn’t he taken to a psychologist or something?)

Omnivores

He ate his mother, and now, I think he should seek some help.

And seeing as Dimas was never taken to a psychologist, he became a cannibal when he grew up, and he hired an insane butcher to stalk, murder, and filet innocent victims.

Now, most of these slaughter scenes were just an excuse to showcase nakedness. True, there were some splashes of blood; however, the camera mostly focused upon the women’s breasts and the man’s penis. (I mean, couldn’t these scenes have been inspired by Saw or something?)

However, this movie is brimming with food knowledge, and the audience will discover much about fugu, which is the Japanese word for puffer fish and the dish prepared from it. If not properly prepared, fugu can be extremely poisonous, and there is no known antidote. (Remember this information because if you watch Omnivores, this information will come into play!)

Overall, Omnivores was a pretty great film; it teaches you that one should “always [be] open to new flavors.”

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The Devil's Curse

Directed by Toni Harman, The Devil’s Curse, or Credo, is a paranormal horror movie which touches upon insanity and darkness.

And it all begins when, after being thrown out of their apartment, five students make their home in the abandoned men’s dormitory at Eden Catholic Halls. Soon after settling in, the teenagers learn that four suicides happened upon this holy ground after five religious students attempted to summon a demon. Now, the demon still haunts the shadowy halls, and one by one, he wants “to destroy God’s creation.”

In order to destroy God’s creation, this demon wants to murder the five characters residing in the dirty, dingy dormitory. (And murdering these students appears to be unchallenging because they never fight back or attempt to call for help.)

Don’t worry because I have the list of characters, and here they are: Alice (MyAnna Buring), a depressive maniac; Timmy (Nathalie Pownall), a religious lesbian; Jock (Clayton Watson), the ignorant jerk; Jazz (Rhea Bailey), a claustrophobic whiner; and Scott (Mark Joseph), a technological pervert.

But these students perish in such cliché ways. After shedding a few tears, Scott hurls himself out the window, and Timmy, after praying and clutching her rosary beads, hangs herself. Now, I don’t want to sound insensitive, but because it is a horror movie, couldn’t the demon, which is, you know, a minion of Hell, destroy God’s creation in a more brutal way?

And to be brutally honest, The Devil’s Curse isn’t terrifying at all. I will never pee my pants from fright because of some weak scratching noises or generic growling noises every now and then. If they were trying to give the impression that a demon was walking around the empty halls, why couldn’t we heard more sinister snarls or the chilling clip-clop of hooved feet?

The Devil’s Curse, while not super scary, does leave one with a tinge of uneasiness because it discusses suicide heavily. Alice, the main character, exhibits suicidal symptoms, especially when she showcases signs of guilt because she believed she was the sole reason why her father committed suicide. We also discover that she is schizophrenic; she doesn’t understand what is real and what is fictional.

Overall, I would recommend this film if you wish to learn about the terrifying workings of the human mind.

To watch the trailer, click here