Master of Pain – ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book Review

Master of Pain, this is one for the extreme horror/genre fans. It is extremely graphic in the content, sex, violence and BDSM. It is far from one for the sensitive/faint of heart.

Melanie has always been attracted to assertive, dominant , alpha males. She has always been curious about sadism and masochism, bondage, and submission, but when she meets a man on an online BDSM website, who calls himself SLAVEMASTER, she will experience a level of sadomasochism the goes far beyond safe, sane, and consensual. Inspired by the true story of America’s first online serial killer. From the twisted minds of Wrath James White and Kristopher Rufty, comes a story of extreme violence, sex, perversion, and the occult.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45421126-master-of-pain

Master of Pain is inspired by the internet serial killer, John Edward Robinson.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Edward_Robinson

It’s a well written story, abet a little on the graphic side and far too much sex for me, but I accept that this is all needed as it is based on a true life sex killer. The characters have many layers and provoke a rapid response in the reader. The offset between the killer and Melanie works very well, such different temperaments and lifestyles. They compliment each other wonderfully.

This is a good, yet tough, read if you are a fan of the more extreme genre and true crime/serial killer works.

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Pyewacket (2017) review – contains spoilers

Pyewacket (2017)

Running time: 84 minutes

Horror

Starring: Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead, Silent Hill); Nicole Muñoz (Defiance, Once Upon a Time)

 

‘Be careful what you wish for, someone might be listening’

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After the death of her father, Leah (Nicole Muñoz) has her life turned upside down by her mother (Laurie Holden) when she insists they move house, leaving their suburban family home, for a quiet place in the woods. “I need a fresh start” her mother says, “This place feels like your father’s funeral every fucking day”. Her mother also wants her to move schools, taking her away from her friends. She unsympathetically tells her after a debate over it on the drive to school that she “can finish the school year and transfer next year…. Take it or leave it”.

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Leah (left) portrayed by Nicole Muñoz

Leah, along with her friends, has a strong interest in the occult and ritual. After a heated argument with her mother, Leah, being hurt deeply when, in the heat of the moment, her mother tells her she is “acting like such a brat” and that she is becoming a “loser”, and the worst blow of all, when she tells her “every time I look at you I see your father’s face, god I wish I could just….rip it off”, Leah in a state of anguish regretfully wishes her mother was dead, and later that evening performs a ‘black craft’ ritual, unleashing Pyewacket into their lives.

The next morning, Leah, now coming to her senses, is completely guilt ridden in herself and doesn’t know what to do. She doesn’t want her mother to die, obviously, she was just upset and in pain. She doesn’t know what to do now, or how to undo the ritual, and when she starts hearing noises and things start to go bump in the night, she turns to Rowan Dove (an occult author who she had met at a book signing earlier in the movie) for help, but is it too late?

With a crippling ending, this film is an emotional ride from start to finish. Its focus being on the characters rather than cheap shocks and over the top gore, it’s a fantastic journey from start to finish. The cast is perfect and the film is brilliantly acted. Nicole Muñoz portrays the young Leah, full of torment and emotional distress with perfection. She is a very talented actress who I first came across starring as Christie McCawley in Defiance (2013-2015). This young lady has an exceptional career ahead of her.

The cinematography is very beautifully eerie, with some extremely creepy shots of the woods to add to the flavor of the film. I especially love the mother-daughter car scenes, they are very well shot as well as scripted.

For me, this film is perfect. It is very character driven, which is something I love in a movie. Yes, it’s a simple plot, angst ridden teenager, unstable mother, some poor choices made in anger, but it works very well and it delivers some genuine scares in parts. The ending, which I won’t spoil, is quite shocking. It gets you thinking and going back over the whole movie again, it gives a lot of food for thought.

In my opinion, this film is definitely worth a watch. Go on, you know you want to…

4/5

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https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=pyewacket+trailer#id=1&vid=bdc63c5675b4da1c84c9c097c1501244&action=click

Romina(2018) – Review (contains spoilers)

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Romina

Release date: 13th July 2018 

Run time: 1 hour 14 minutes 29 seconds

Mexico

Horror/Thriller

Directed by Diego Cohen

 

A sadly dull entry into the slasher horror universe, yet it is thankfully short. The premise of the movie is simple and not very original – a group of teenagers head towards the lake for a camping trip. It’s never going to end well is it?

We open with Romina, a young innocent looking girl, in the process of being questioned by a forensic psychiatrist. He has been tasked by the courts to determine her role in a horrendous multiple homicide – is she a victim, participant or witness?

We then cut to a car filled with over-sexed teenagers, heading for a camping trip to an idealistic lakeside (Crystal Lake if Netflix’s subtitles are to be trusted – my Spanish is all but non existent) for a weekend of sex, drinking and stupidity.

Romina, coincidentally, is also at the lake. She is seen stripping down and then swimming naked, unknowingly (or so we are meant to believe) being watched from the treeline by one, and later two, of our idiotic teenagers. She is later assaulted in her tent by the same two boys, and then the following morning, seemingly embarks on a solo killing spree. Taking revenge on her attackers, as well as (almost) everyone else whether they were involved in her ordeal or not.

We don’t really see any of the violence, just the aftermath. I suspect this was to avoid a higher rating for the movie. There is nothing overly graphic within this film, some mild sexual language, moderate nudity and implied sexual assault. No on screen death, just moderately graphic images of the victims afterwards.

I can’t decide whether it was poor acting, writing, directing or all of the above. It is plainly obvious from the initial naked swim right through to the assault, that she is the ‘honey trap’ for our unsuspecting idiots. This ruins what could have been a nice little twist at the end of the movie. I am going to assume that we as the viewer, were meant to believe that she is this poor innocent girl, brutally attacked, and then driven to revenge. I cannot see how anyone could believe this, it’s far too ‘in your face’ obvious that it’s a set up.

None of the characters are even a tiny bit likable, it’s difficult to garner any form of sympathy for them.

Sadly, this is a very unconvincing and even more disappointing film. With the very slow start (nearly an hour in before anything notable even happens), I was hopeful of a big exciting finish to make up for it. I was left extremely unsatisfied.

From the synopsis I had high hopes. Yes, it’s very samey, the usual plot involving kids heading into the woods etc etc, violence ensues. A lot of the time, that works, just not on this occasion.

This could have been really good.. and if you fancy a good slasher film set at Crystal Lake, well you know what to do.

 

My rating 1/5. Give it a miss, Love Island would be a more interesting watch than this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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