4.0 out of 5 stars How low budget horror should be done
OK, I am a COF fan so I may be a bit biased, but this is a pretty good(and gory as hell) film that will fit into your horror collection nicely. Taking a cue from "Creepshow", it follows 4 different stories that all have one basic connection, that being "the man"(Dani Filth). Apparently all of the stories victims have relatives that have imprisoned...
Published on Feb 25 2003 by Carlo Monte
3.0 out of 5 stars Dani Filth fans will probably like this movie
Dani Filth fans will probably like this movie. To be honest, that is the only reason I bought the movie in the first place. The acting isn't great, but the movie had an interesting story line to it.
You will read warnings that the movie is extremely gory, but I personally didn't find it gory enough! I was expecting some really disquisting scenes (after the first...
Published on Jan 3 2005 by Tanya
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4.0 out of 5 stars How low budget horror should be done,
This review is from: Cradle of Fear (DVD)OK, I am a COF fan so I may be a bit biased, but this is a pretty good(and gory as hell) film that will fit into your horror collection nicely. Taking a cue from "Creepshow", it follows 4 different stories that all have one basic connection, that being "the man"(Dani Filth). Apparently all of the stories victims have relatives that have imprisoned some crazy child murderer so to extract his revenge he calls upon the man - chaos and carnage ensue.
While this is low budget, it is far from the junk I have spent my money on in the past. I mean it's uncanny - the plot makes sense! It's not boring! The F/X are well done! It doesn't pull any punches either!
I wish Hollywood would take a cue from this movie and start making horror movies with umm, "round things" again.
3.0 out of 5 stars Dani Filth fans will probably like this movie,
This review is from: Cradle of Fear (DVD)Dani Filth fans will probably like this movie. To be honest, that is the only reason I bought the movie in the first place. The acting isn't great, but the movie had an interesting story line to it.
You will read warnings that the movie is extremely gory, but I personally didn't find it gory enough! I was expecting some really disquisting scenes (after the first short film), but was really disappointed when there wasn't :-(
If you're a true "gorehound", this movie just doesn't cut it. But if you like Dani Filth, then it is definitely worth a watch ;-)
Also, the special effects are really lame & cheesy, but I give them credit for trying (atleast with the low budget this film had).
5.0 out of 5 stars alex chandon is amazing,
This review is from: Cradle of Fear (DVD)this is one of the mose entertaining horror movies i have seen in quite a while. i love alex chandon and i love this movie. he has such an amazing way on portraying things.
if you like his work you gotta check out pervirella, its an amazingly twisted movie starring emily "bouffante" booth.. she is also in cradle of fear and 2 of the cradle of filth videos
chek em out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars for cof die hard fans,
This review is from: Cradle of Fear (DVD)several things about this movie...if you are not a die hard cof, fan there's a good chance you wont like this. Alex chandon has worked with them several times on videos such as her ghost in the fog, from cradle to enslave, and has helped in other videos, and dvds. I loved this particularly for the all around underground feeling to it. If you are interested in it: "dont have pre-assumptions about it, keep up with cradle of filth, and alex chandon". That would be my advice to any one thinking about buying this movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is definantly insane...,
This review is from: Cradle of Fear (DVD)First of all i'm going to say...this movie flat out rules! If you like Cradle of Filth, you must own this, along with all of their 3 official DVD workings.(Those being Heavy Left Handed and Candid, Pandaemonaeon, and Cradle of Fear.)
Cradle of Fear, the simply put title for this bloodbath of macabre horror, is a B-movie constructed by director Alex Chandon (whom also directed From the Cradle to Enslave, [Cradle of Filth's first promotional music video.] Pervirella, Bad Karma..etc.) and a well constructed B-movie it is.
As the DVD package indicates, this movie has "enough blood and guts to satisfy even the most terminal gorehounds." If you're squeemish, don't like the sight of violence and blood and gore, or can't stand Cradle of Filth...forget this movie, its brilliance isn't for you.
But for those of you whom are hungry to see Dani Filth go at it with his Sadistic mind and his ever so sharp and sweet looking Finger Armor...get this DVD, it's great!
The movie consists of 4 stories, revolving around the ex-child rapist/cannibal/hypnotist, Kemper. The movie is basically about him getting revenge upon those whom had him thrown in the Insane Asylum. He does this through "The Man" played by none other than Dani Filth. So as indicated, Dani (The Man) literally has all these people destroyed..in seriously violent ways.
I'm not going to give anything away as to how or why, anymore..but just know, this movie is seriously violent when it comes to Dani Filth killing people.
The movie lacks in graphics and acting...those are its only flaws. While yes theres ALOT OF F**KING GORE in the movie, there lacks alot of realism. You can tell alot of it is fake, but remember, this IS a B-movie (movie with a low budget, for those whom didn't know what a B-movie was.) and the fact it has a low budget shows.
The movies sound effects are also really cheesy, it sounds like they took kick and punch and blah blah...right out of the Power Rangers TV show and used them on this movie. I'm not one to complain when it comes to Cradle of Filth or the genius work of Alex Chandon unless necessary but those sound effects were childish and definantly weren't necessary.
The acting is remotely crap...Dani Filth doesn't even seem like he's even acting throughout this movie. He seems to be more like the "look around, and gawk, and stare, and stalk people" kind of person in this movie, if you ask me. But i'll tell you, he can do a badass job at acting like he's killing someone! The acting of other characters at times can also be cheesy, and the sound effects sure don't help them along. (i.e. girl puking in toilet..bleh stupid.)
Other than these things, if you can get past them, the movie is a top notch macabre, campy horror film that all fans of B-movies, and maybe fans of british director Alex Chandon will definantly enjoy. I'd give this movie 10 stars if I could...
Heh, can't wait for the sequel, Cradle of Fear 2..hopefully it'll be better than this is.
4.0 out of 5 stars great for all the wrong reasons.,
This review is from: Cradle of Fear (DVD)This film is a piece of trash, and thats why I loved it. As a fan of Cradle of Filth I enjoyed it immensly as i got to see Dani trying to act. And i do mean trying as the acting in this film is beyond S#!t, but thats what makes it great. The special effects are nice and dodgy, lots and lots of blood everywhere.
Its actually a shame that the acting is a bit dodgy as one of the story's is brilliant.
the story in question is the story about the sick room and this is pretty much essential even if you dont like horror. It is writen brilliantly and Chandon deserves all the praise in the world for writing a story like this.
The soundtrack on this film is great too as Black metal and electronica are mixed together to produce a nice piece of ecclectica.
the bottom line is if you are a fan of any of the following: Cradle of Filth, Horror, old video nasties, trash culture or just fun then get this film. You dont need to own it but try and see it at least.
5.0 out of 5 stars For now it's good, but can't wait for the next...,
This review is from: Cradle of Fear (DVD)I had to watch this movie three time to fully appreciate it. I had to get past the fact that the camera work looked like you were watching a soap opera the whole time, the low budget is obvious. I had reasearched and eventually bought this movie because I am a huge fan of Cradle Of Filth and thought it would be awesome to see Dani as the main role in a horror movie, and indeed it was, though it didn't show him enough. The movie was overall well casted and acted out, though sometimes a line or two will be really cheesy, I guess that's what I was expecting anyways though, it adds some fun. You definitely get all the blood, guts and gore you want in this film and it is a purchase well made. Dani and the boys have uncovered plans to make another film, hopefully the budget is bigger for that, I would like to see him casted in something along the lines of Lord of The Rings mixed with the non stop death element of Cradle of Fear,now that would be metal. Keep the gore coming.
3.0 out of 5 stars bloody 'orrible,
This review is from: Cradle of Fear (DVD)Unless you are a fan of Cradle of Filth (a devoted fan)I don't think you'll get much out of this movie. The background story exists only to string together scenes of gore and/or topless women--the movie may as well have been a collection of short stories ala tales from the crypt. Nonetheless, the gore is why I gave the movie 3 stars as opposed to 2....for a lower budget film, I thought they did an excellent job. The sound effects were, however, exaggerated and occassionally cartoonish.
Rent it if you can...if not, don't bother losing any sleep over missing this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dani can act...,
This review is from: Cradle of Fear (DVD)Honestly, I wasn't expecting much out of this film, but I got it just because it featured Count Filth as an actor, and I knew that at least would be entertaining in itself. Well, Dani should do more horror films. He's good at killing people, and as you'll see in one part, eating cat innards (take that, ASPCA!!!). It's lots of blood and guts, and the storyline takes some time to make sense of, but if you're a fan of Cradle of Filth or you love bloody movies, then you should watch this. The snuff addict is really funny!
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but fun british bloodbath,
This review is from: Cradle of Fear (DVD)Cradle of Fear is a shot-on-video cheapie containing bad acting, poor special effects and lots of graphic gore. It also serves as somewhat of a vehicle for singer Dani Filth of the world's leading black metal band Cradle of Filth. Britain is a country that although very prominent in horror litterature, seems to be surprisingly devoid of quality modern-day horror films. In fact I haven't heard of any aside from 28 days later and the Hellraiser films, so I was eager to give this one a try.
The film is a collection of 4 shorts interconnected together by a similar premise. A crazed hypnotist is handed a life sentence after it was found that he used his hypnotising powers to lure children, kill them and then eat them. Not content to simply rot away in jail, he calls upon his son ("The Man" played by Dani Filth) to dispatch the relatives of those who had a hand in incarcerating him. In the first story, a young woman picks up Filth at a goth club and brings him to her place. After a weird night of subliminal [intercourse], the woman wakes up feeling physically changed. As she walks the streets downtown, she is able to see what the average person can not, that some people among the crowd have horns for ears and are in fact demons (a similar premise to John Carpenter's "They Live"). She soon comes to the horrific realization that she herself is now among the undead. My personal favourite story is "The Sick Room", where an office worker obsesed with surfing porn sites stumbles upon an interactive snuff web site where "You are the Killer". The outrageously expensive website consumes the man until he is forced to be way more involved with "The Sick Room" than he would like to be.
From the opening scene where Filth walks into an alleyway and dispatches a couple of thugs trying to rob him, you can see in what this direction this film is going. ... No doubt many people will be offended by this movie and anyone looking for a cohesive storyline better look elsewhere. The gore is beyond belief. It would be easy to slam this film for its horid acting and laughable special effects (the car crash the most obvious example) but that would be beyond the point. This is not meant to be horror in the traditional sense, this is meant to be trash cinema and good trash cinema this is, delivering tons of laughs and creative gore effects.
As for Dani Filth's "acting", it is practically non-existent. Filth pretty much serves two purpose only; to stand around like a boogeyman and to administer gruesome deaths. He never utters a word throughout the entire movie, except in one gruesome scene where he sacrifices a cat as part of a satanic ritual. At least he does do a good job looking intimidating, just don't expect any acting. Think of it more as him playing his part in another Cradle of Filth rock video.
Despite the innumerable artistic flaws, Cradle of Fear is definitely great fun. I never found myself bored throughout the film. I would recommend this for fans of the Creepshow films looking for something gorier. I do think the British critic's blurb on the front of the DVD's box is a little on the extreme side of things however. In yet another spin-off of an old Stephen King quote he says about the film and its director: "I have seen the future of horror: His name is Alex Chandon". While I did find the film entertaining in a trashy kind of way, if a movie like Cradle of Fear really is to be the future of horror then us genre fans might be in for some trouble...
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