I hope you all are having a great Saturday so far! Here at Holy Shock, Saturdays mean that we get to talk about what we have been watching! Now remember that I am in no way a professional film critic. I prefer to simply rate a movie on two things! The first being did I find the movie entertaining? Yes, this is extremely subjective as we all have different viewpoints, but that is what conversations are for, and in the case of a blog, what the comment section is for! The second thing I rate something on would be if it made me want to watch it to the very end. Now in the case of a television show, that could even be phrased as it made me excited to see the next episode!
Alright, now that we have all that boring stuff out of the way, let's talk about, From The Dark! I have included its trailer at the very bottom. This one is from 2014 and it was directed by Connor McMahon. It stars Niamh Algar, Stephen Cromwell, Ged Murray, and Gerry O'Brien. The company behind it is Dark Sky Films and here is how they describe their movie:
"When a young couple embark on a road trip through the Irish countryside, car trouble lands them in an place that few people would choose to visit. When something sinister is awakened from a thousand year slumber, deep within the dark bog, the couple is faced with an unimaginable evil. They soon realize that light is their only protector, but as the sun sets and light sources dwindle, the creature becomes more powerful, and they are in a fight for their lives. There is nothing to prepare you for the terror that will emerge from the dark."
The movie does play out very similar to how it is described, save I would say that the couple doesn't really know they are in a "fight for their lives" until after the sun goes down. I am going to leave it at that, as I don't want to spoil (too much of) the movie for those who haven't seen it and might decide to check it out. Alright, at this point, if you don't want to know any spoilers, then I would suggest go watching the movie and then returning to see how I answer the two questions!
Question numero uno! Did I find the movie entertaining? You know, in this case I did actually find it entertaining. While the movie didn't give us any real background on what the monster actually was, we can pretty much assume it is a take on some form of vampire with an Irish twist. I think that the twist is what made the movie actually slightly more entertaining. While the young couple did make the usual mistakes that we see in these sorts of movies, they attempted (key word there) to recover from them in what I would consider to be a slightly more logical way. A great example of this is when the girl realized that if you are attacked by one of the creatures, then there is a chance that you will turn into one. So what does she do when she gets bit on the finger? She cuts off her finger! Does it work? Well, watch the movie to find out! My point is that they tried to make a movie where the victims actually used their logic once they realized that they were in some trouble.
Question number two! Did it make me want to watch the movie until the end? Honestly, this movie almost got turned off. It was really boring and somewhat slow at the beginning in my opinion. Now this may have been because I was also playing Minecraft, but that's the trick for me. You have to catch my attention and make me focus solely on you. This can be accomplished in various ways like making me actually have to think about what is going on, having something that is so graphically appealing or disgusting that I cannot help but stare, or straight up just being a non-stop thrill ride. In this movie's case, I would say it was border line on making me actually have to think about what was going on, but just barely. It was however enough to make me watch it through to the very end. So job well done From The Dark, job well done.
So I think I would have to rate this movie three lightning bolts out of a possible five. It had just enough of a twist to catch my attention. Then once it had my attention, it managed to keep it and make me think a little bit about what was going on. So if you are looking for an interesting film and don't mind the fact that there are literally just four actors in this entire small budget film, then give this one a shot. You might actually find something you really like. So what did you all think of the movie? Like it, hate it, agree, disagree? Make sure and drop a comment and share your opinions! See you all next time!
Will you look at that! It's a Saturday and we have a blog posted! I know it was quite surprising to me too! Back in January, I had debated on starting a new blog that would have been focused on what kind of movies and shows I was watching. I even dabbled around a little bit with the concept, but quite honestly, didn't have the time or energy to really put into something brand new. So I pretty much pushed the thought to the side.
Well, recently while I was searching for something to watch on Netflix, I realized that I was spending far too much time reading reviews and far too little time actually watching stuff. This started the debate of blogging about movies and shows up all over again. Then the little thought popped in my mind that said, "Hey, you! The big guy! Why not just use the blog that you already have?" (That should be read in a Jersey accent by the way.) It seemed like a pretty good idea and so here we are today!
So what is "Saturday At The Matinee" going to be? (I am sure you are all just dying to know right?) I honestly have no clue. Yeah, that is a sure fire way to keep you all coming back right? My initial thought, which I am sure can and probably will change over time, is that I will simply tell you all what I thought about whatever movie or show that I have watched recently. I really don't plan to focus on any one specific genre or style, so expect it to be random! One thing you can be sure of is that the majority of the movies that I cover will come from streaming services that we all know and love.
I think the big thing to remember is that I am no movie critic and have no intention of becoming one. Rather, I am a regular guy who will tell you if I enjoyed something or not, and then perhaps expand on my reasoning of why. Sometimes you may agree with me and sometimes you may not. That is great! Make sure and let me know why in the comments sections! If I cover a movie and it reminds you of another movie, then make sure and share about it in the comments section. That way we can all go check that movie out too.
The last thing I suppose I should share is how I plan to rate movies? I want to keep it really straight forward so there are two things that I will use to decide if I like a movie or not:
Yeah, that is a pretty rough rating system right? Who knows, maybe I will throw out a few lightning bolts or something like that as a scale? Well, with all of that said, I believe I am going to end it here. Hope to see you all back next Saturday for the first review!