A new week, some recent horror releases to discuss. First we have Uncaged. I really wanted to like this. We haven’t had a really good werewolf movie in a while, but unfortunately this is just another run-of-the-mill werewolf release. The concept could have worked, I just didn’t get into it that much. I did like the lead didn’t know what was going on, but the skinny character drove me nuts. I wanted him dead for being lame immediately. I also didn’t see the point of the side story with the African-American couple. She made sense because of what she saw at the train station, but he was pointless and clichéd. It tried to bring some originality with the sleepwalking and GoPro camera stuff so I’ll give it point for that, but don’t expect more than a typical straight-to-video werewolf film.
Next we have Estranged. This is going to be a great thriller to some people, but not to me. Another potentially good film, if you have a brain in your head you can figure out something isn’t on the up and up. A young girl gets into a motorcycle accident with her boyfriend and suffers from amnesia. She returns to her British home and estranged family while trying to remember who she is. Her family seems shady and hates her boyfriend. Of the course the butler is nice because a butler is either nice or a killer. It really wants to be smart and have twists & turns, but when you watch 300 movies a year like me, there’s nothing all that new to it. But again, I can see some people really liking it and thinking it’s creative. Probably the best film in this group.
Third we have Sociopathia. Because of the cult following of the Soska sisters, women murderers/revenge seekers/bad asses has become a clear cut genre in horror and this is the latest (they have nothing to do with this film). It’s another film I really wanted to like, but just doesn’t quite get there enough. A prop maker in Los Angeles has issues and likes to have sex and kill people. By day she goes about her business while at night she hooks up with women and kills them. She’s on medication and starts to fall for a client, but her demons keep her at arm’s length. The film gets a lot right for the horror genre, some good deaths, blood and nudity, all things you want in a slasher flick. I just feel like you don’t get enough backstory to Mara to really understand her issues. Not bad for a straight-to-video lower budget horror film though.
Last we have Mansion of Blood. Man, what a mess. When Gary Busey and Robert Picardo are the two names on your cover art, well you should know what to expect. Expect a generic boring film that really doesn’t seem to explain much. There’s witches and a lunar eclipse (if I remember right). Plus politicians and pretty people. People wanting to hook up and old artifacts. Like I said, a mess. I really didn’t get this one at all. It did nothing for me and I honestly don’t remember anything positive about it. None of the deaths seem to stand out. Same for any gore or horror elements. You can skip this one.