I'm not a critical reviewer, just basiclly: did it keep my interest - yes.
This was a "B" movie that I usually leave for a few min then come back to and just contiinue watching. This one I would leave to make a snack and retrun to where I left off and found it important to not miss scenes.
This "Freddie" was all wrong for this part, height, facial construction, voice, makeup... Robert Englund made the character seem to have fun and enjoy the fear he spread, this one was just a creep. Could've been directed this way?
Just like many other remakes, a disappointment from the first.
I look for movies like this to play while cleaning house, washing dishes... It's one of those movies that if you can't accomplish something else while it's playing then you'll feel like it's a waste of time.
The movie is engaging, paced quite well, and the acting is better then average for a film of it's class.
I've seen a lot of negative reviews and have to assume that their expectations were either for something different or just to high. Rarely is a sequel as good as the original movie but this one comes close, it's just a bit over the top at times and quite different then the first one.
Meaning the film scenes are mostly at night and the lighting is so dim that I went through the whole film feeling like I was missing something... Just plain annoying! Story line was pretty good, acting was sub-par but... may as well have been listening to it on the radio.
What I really loved about this movie is that it seemed, for the most part, plausible and could be a real life scenario.
Other then the horror / gore, the movie was clean, emotional level wasn't exaggerated, camera work was well done. And thank you very much... The 5'6" tall 115lb heroine of the movie DID NOT go toe to toe with a 6'4" tall 260 lb crazed muscle man and whoop his a**. How refreshing is that?
However there were two glaring places where the movie crossed the line from an A movie to a B- at best. No spoilers here but I will give the time and you'll see what I mean: 31 min (these people would never have allowed this) then at 83 min another event that was out of character for the rest of the movie. Those two events trimmed three stars off from what I would have given had the scenes been written differently.
Well worth the watch, I've seen it twice and I'll watch it again somewhere down the line, but... I'll still cringe at 31 & 83 minutes for what degraded this otherwise awesome movie.
The only reason I watched the whole movie is because I have a crush on Olivia d'Abo, shh.
The acting is strained, except for Olivia.
Just skip this one, the story's been done much better in a dozen other movies.
Fun, witty, different and not what I expected (in a pleasant way). Been binge watching Christmas movies for a few days this season and this one is a keeper.
Less to do with a "Greek" family, it's more of an any family Christmas. Great concept, good acting, good dialog and did I say witty.
Just go ahead and watch it, you'll walk away happy.
What a pleasant surprise, the Britts finally made a movie that didn't drag as*.
The acting was "spot on", the action didn't contain that melodramatic, overly dark undertone that I've come to expect from a UK film. The movie had dialog from the start unlike the usual five minutes of nothing but visuals and background music that's all to familiar (and frustrating) with British films.
There's hope yet. It's still a B movie but I'll gladly give it a B+.
I rated this film 5 stars because that's what I would have rated it if I was rating this "B" horror flick before "Saw" came out.
If it had been able to be billed as a "Prequel" to "Saw" it would have been received better by the other reviewers, at least I think?
Not only is there no ending to the plot itself but, the movie ends at the beginning of a plot twist. I mean just 30 seconds into a new aspect of the movie being introduced the movie ends.
If "Astro II" comes out... I will not watch it, it's not a series, it's supposed to be a movie!
Waste of time.
Be prepared to use subtitles if you aren't an Aussie!!!
Background music and sound effects at the same level as speech, whispering with words flowing together.... Cannot understand without subtitles. Major distraction, can't see the movie... Only readable.
The camera work leaves so much to be desired, almost all close up shots and jarring around, the kind that makes you sea-sick.
Could have been so much better with voices you could hear and without the (Cloverfield) effect!
Some post College friends got together and decided to make a movie.
90% Talking about their lives and jobs.
5% Talking about the "Artifact".
5% Future "Soccer - Mom" Halloween make-up "Woman gone mad" scene.
They probably had fun making the movie.
Kudos for getting it on Amazon Prime!
Shame on Amazon Prime.