The Crazies (2010)

Review by CJ

The Crazies

Director:
Breck Eisner

Starring:
Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker

Running time:
101 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Dawn of the Dead, Dreamcatcher, The Thing

 

David Dutten (Olyphant) is the sheriff for Pierce County when a virus begins to spread that causes the affected citizens to become violent psychopaths. When the military arrive to contain the infection and relocate the uninfected, David’s wife Judy (Mitchell) is flagged as a threat and apprehended due to a pregnancy induced fever. David returns to the quarantine area with his deputy Russ (Anderson) to rescue Judy and her assistant Becca (Panabaker) who has also been wrongly detained. The four survivors must find a way out of their town through a military with orders to kill first, ask questions later; infected citizens in  psychopathic frenzies; and their own paranoia.

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Bait (2012)

Review by CJ

Bait

Director:
Kimble Rendall

Starring:
Xavier Samuel, Phoebe Tonkin, Sharni Vinson, Julian McMahon, Dan Wyllie, Martin Sacks

Other notable appearances:
Sharks. A tsunami. Bad CGI.

Running time:
93 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Shark Night, Jaws, Deep Blue Sea, The Reef

 

A coastal Queensland town is hit with a tsunami leaving several survivors trapped in a flooded supermarket with a 12-foot great white shark. The survivors must band together and overcome their pasts to keep from being killed by electricity, aftershocks and, of course, the shark.

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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (2013)

Review by CJ

2013 - Doctor Sleep

This sequel to Stephen King’s The Shining returns us to the life of the gifted Dan Torrance almost right from where the original story finished. Throughout the beginning of the book we see Dan, haunted by both real and emotional ghosts from his past, fall down the same abyss of alcoholism that plagued his father.

After spending decades homeless, drunk and desolate, Dan gets himself in a situation that forces him to reevaluate his life choices. He moves to a new town, joins AA and begins work at a hospice where, with the help of a prescient cat, he uses what’s left of his supernatural mental abilities (“Shining”) to comfort the dying patients.

As he settles in his new life, Dan begins to pick up mental signals from a girl named Abra. A girl with the strongest Shining Dan has ever encountered. A girl who has witnessed things she shouldn’t have witnessed. A girl who desperately needs Dan’s help to stay alive.

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Sharknado (2013)

Review by CJ

Sharknado

Director:
Anthony C. Ferrante

Starring:
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassie Scerbo, Jaason Simmons, Chuck Hittinger, Aubrey Peeples

Other notable appearances:
Giant, shark-filled tornadoes

Running time:
86 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Sharktopus (2010), Dinoshark (2010), Shark Night (2011)

 

A hurricane has driven a swarm of sharks to the beaches of Los Angeles causing trouble for the surfers, swimmers and jet ski riders of the area. The trouble really begins when waterspouts begin lifting the sharks out of the ocean and flooding the streets of Los Angeles with shark-infested waters. The story centres on Fin Shepard (Ziering) and his attempt to save his ex-wife April (Reid), son Matt (Hittinger) and daughter Claudia (Peeples). He is joined on this quest by his employee Nova (Scerbo), his Australian friend Baz (Simmons) and his restaurant’s regular customer George (Heard).

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