Following in the footsteps of Outlast’s grotesque depravity was always going to be a tall order.
When you first hear the positively absurd premise for The Great Wall, your mind will naturally jump to one-of-two disparate conclusions. Either it will be so-bad-that-it’s good, or it will be a great, albeit batshit crazy, popcorn flick. There’s seemingly little room for anything outside of that binary. After all, this is a film about Matt Damon as an Irish (I think) mercenary teaming up with an army of colourfully attired, bungee jumping power-ranger lookalikes, in order to battle mythical lizard creatures that are trying to scale the Great Wall of China. I’ll give you a second to re-read that crack-pot rambling. Go on. Take your time.
One can only assume that this is loosely adapted from a collection of incoherent delusions, found scrawled upon an asylum wall in the author’s own shit. Which sounds promising as hell to me! Oh and it also has Willem Dafoe in it! So how can this be anything but majestically entertaining?
The Void is a independent Canadian horror that valiantly attempts to blend B-Movie subject matter with an art-house mentality. Bravely taking cues from an eclectic menagerie of influences; including John Carpenter, Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, Lucio Fulci and even 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film tries to merge a simple creature-feature premise, with an inter-dimensional narrative concerned with the hefty themes of life, death and existentialism.
At the receiving end of much fanfare back in 2014, the first John Wick heralded the arrival of a promising new hope for the action genre, in the form of stunt coordinator-turned-director Chad Stahelski. Whilst the film hardly went about reinventing the wheel, it took a very standard revenge-oriented premise, and spiced things up with some impressive gun-fu choreography and more-than efficient direction.