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10: Excellent! Watch it again!
9: Some very minor flaws, but still excellent!
8: Good, with a few more flaws.
7: Good, but might have a major flaw.
6: Good enough to watch once or twice, but not worth more than that.
5: Good enough to watch once.
4: Might not have been worth watching. It's debatable.
3: Wasn't worth watching. Nothing good here, but might have had some okay moments.
2: Bad. Not worth watching.
1: So bad that we wished we had shut it off.
Over the past few years we've rated 200 movies as we watched them to review with this system, and it is a pretty even spread all across the spectrum. I wanted a way to easily find movies by title, which is why we are here using the IMDB rating system.
Hide the Monster (2016)
This film lacks quality in a lot of places.
At the beginning the mother is in handcuffs being interviewed by the police. The detective's handgun is sitting on the desk directly in front of her, inches from her handcuffed hands. That has got to be the most idiotic police officer in the history of police. Nope, it's just bad film making.
Being a found footage film they follow the same guidelines of cameras that have interference sometimes, except these cameras have that same interference a lot of times for no reason. It is obvious that the person responsible for deciding when to include that interference doesn't understand why other found footage films use this special effect. This being the only special effect in the entirety of the movie and it being used too often without emphasizing the moments when it should have been used, it's just bad film making.
I found it entirely unbelievable that Alex and Thomas had no idea what Tarot cards are. While I feel it is likely that many people haven't seen them in person, at least one of the two has got to have seen a book, film, or tv show that showed tarot cards.
At one point in the film Thomas and Alex decide to place a hidden camera in the boy's room, and they get the boy's mother's permission. Later on they show a family video from a camera hidden in the exact same place which was put there by the mother. Obviously it is exactly the same camera. This shows that they didn't think the continuity of that action through.
The ending lacked any sort of special effects, and the acting for a telekinetic/physical fight was not something these actors could pull off well. This made the ending extremely cheesy, which is unfortunate because if they had pulled off a good quality ending they could have pulled this movie up in quality a lot. They should have omitted the magic and gone with a knife or something easier to act out like that.
So, to sum it up, this film made a lot of major mistakes that simply ruin the story and take you out of the experience.
A Warning to the Curious (2013)
Good low-budget ghost hunting film.
The cast and crew on this project did an excellent job for only $6000. The movie is your typical ghost hunting gone wrong film, but they used some fairly unique story elements, and made the film seem as close to real life as they could. One thing that I really like about the film is that they kept the arguing to a minimum, more like a discussion, proving that every other film like this with violent shouting matches (Ghost Encounters for instance) are extremely overacted. The special effects weren't top of the line, but given their budget that's to be expected.
Everything in this movie screams excellence. The actors perform superbly. The cinematography is great. The story is very good. However, I think the description is the reason some people find themselves disappointed. This is not an action adventure movie like the description would portray, but a horror film. Do not go into this story thinking that you are going to watch something that will make your heart beat faster for the entire film. It is more of an interesting slow burn like The Shining, than a creature feature like Jurassic Park.
I only found one minor flaw with this film, and that's why I've given it a 9/10. I hope you like it as much as I did.
The Door (2014)
Good idea, poor execution.
This is a solid idea for a story, and the movie even started out pretty good, but they made some very big mistakes. Some of the things that the characters say and actions they take don't make sense for that character. Some of the lines of dialogue are obvious mistakes, as if the writer/director wrote new lines for some scenes and when they put everything together the pieces just didn't fit. The actors appear to be waiting for the next line of dialogue to be given to them, and often miss the emotions they are supposed to be portraying.
This movie feels more like a college project or a group of friends trying to make some money off of a good idea, but when it comes down to it they missed the mark. On that level it was okay, but in my opinion it wasn't a good movie.
Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
Not worth watching.
This film at first appearance seems like it might be an alright thriller/horror. I'm here to tell you it is the worst produced movie in this genre. To give an example, at one moment it is night, then day, then night again within only a couple of minutes. As a person that enjoys watching even some of the worst movies once, I can tell you wholeheartedly that this will be a waste of your time.
Not horrible, but nowhere near great either.
This film is more like an episode of The Twilight Zone than a full movie, but they fill the time up with very little. Once the plot reaches a certain point, the story really doesn't progress. There doesn't feel like a climax exists in this film, and because of this there can be no resolution to the story. There is one scene that people who love this film will probably say is the climax. To that I would say it is too nonsensical to be climactic. I will say that it was refreshing to see a couple that did not bicker throughout the entirety of the film just because they are in a troubling situation.