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About Kat Moir

I'm one of the founders of GenericMovieBlogUK. In my spare time I watch movies, play piano and learn Italian.

WIN a Copy of Django Unchained!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the time has come again for Generic to award a copy of a new DVD to one lucky winner.

This time we have a brand new copy of Tarantino’s Django Unchained up for grabs!

Played by Jamie Foxx, Django enlists the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his wife from slavery underneath a brutal Plantation owner (DiCaprio).

To get your hands on Django (not literally, although I wouldn’t mind) just answer this question.

Which ‘Django Unchained’ Character Famously Says This Line:

“Gentlemen, you had my curiosity. But now you have my attention.”?

Good luck!

Competition open to UK residents only, age 18+. Competition closes June 1st and winners will be chosen at random on that date.

REVIEW: The Science of Sleep (2006)

Review by Joe Goff

Directed by: Michel Gondry

Written by: Michel Gondry

Starring: Gael García BernalCharlotte GainsbourgAlain Chabat

The second major feature by “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director Michel Gondry is an unusual glimpse into the mind of the surreal French-born director.

The film follows Stephan (Gael Garcia-Bernal), a blue-collar office drone by day, but creative genius by night. In his dreams he runs a topical talk-show about his own life and subconscious thoughts. He thinks of the right thing to say just when he needs to, he can talk to the girl of his dreams without batting an eyelid and most of all he can say exactly what he wants about the people around him without the inevitable repercussions Continue reading REVIEW: The Science of Sleep (2006)

CROWNED: The Descent (2006)

It’s not very often a movie earns a crown from us, but when it does, we mean it!

Crowning Data

Movie: The Descent

Year of Release: 2005

Genre: Horror

Stars: Shauna MacdonaldNatalie MendozaAlex Reid

Crowned For: Being the current ‘Scariest’ film of all time.

At Generic, we love showing recognition to some of the best movies ever made, so when we find one, we crown it!

The Descent (2005) has received the award after being voted the Top Scariest Film of all Time by our wonderful followers.

This was decided after weeks of suggestions, short-listing and voting.

The Descent is a terrifying, claustrophobic, unnerving film, telling the story of a group of strong-willed and athletic women who head out on a caving exhibition. It’s the one year anniversary of when one of their number – Sarah, lost her husband and daughter in a terrible accident.

To distract their depressed friend they descend into the caves but become trapped 3 kilometres down when a rockfall blocks their exit. Struggling for supplies, air, and impending claustrophobia, their situation becomes even more desperate when they encounter a group of hungry predators intent on making the group their next victims.

Continue reading CROWNED: The Descent (2006)

PROJECT: Finding The ‘Scariest’ Movie of all Time – THE RESULTS!

 Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s over!

The votes are in, the poll is finished and WE HAVE A WINNER!

Generic were interested to see what you thought was the ‘Scariest’ Movie of all Time.

First, we compiled suggestions from our team here, our twitter followers, Facebook fans, comments on the post, and any emailed suggestions.

Continue reading PROJECT: Finding The ‘Scariest’ Movie of all Time – THE RESULTS!

SPOTLIGHT: Fangs for the Memories – The Evolution of the Vampire.

Vampires.

Blood-suckers. The pale ones. The Undead. Leeches. Parasites. Bats. Shapeshifters.

Whatever you want to call them, the Vampire remains one of the most used (and mis-used) mythical creatures in existence. Thousands of films, books and comics have adapted them in so many different forms, that the word ‘Vampire’ now means a million different things.

The core definition of ‘Vampire’ still remains however. A creature that survives off another living thing’s essence – usually blood, or occasionally the soul or life force.

Whether such a thing really exists is doubtful – a Vampire is a creature of storybooks and folklore. However, there are people in the world (perhaps mentally disturbed) who consider themselves ‘Vampiric.’ People who dress in black, avoid daylight and drink teaspoons of each other’s blood. (Check this or this out if you don’t believe me.)

It’s a fanciful idea, and some people believe the existence of a blood-thirsty human based creature has a solid grounding. However, let us not dwell on whether or not we believe in real life Vampires, but forget that there may be a 0.00001% smidgeon of a chance they really exist, and focus on the ideology of the ‘Vampire’ – portrayed in literature and film.

There are very early Vampire films dating right back to 1913, but for the purpose of this article we’ll start at one of the earliest films that helped shaped our modern perception of the blood-suckers (you all know who I’m talking about.)

Continue reading SPOTLIGHT: Fangs for the Memories – The Evolution of the Vampire.

PROJECT: Finding The ‘Scariest’ Movie of all Time – VOTE NOW!

The time is here, the gloves are off, and it’s time for our scary movies to battle it out and see who gets the status of the ‘Scariest Movie of all Time.’

Note: Since the last post, two new films have been added – Halloween (1978) and The Thing (1982).

Get sharing this post and cast your vote – a champion will be crowned on Friday!

PROJECT: Finding The ‘Scariest’ Movie of all Time – The Contenders!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the suggestions are all in and have been compiled into a list.

We’d like to thank everyone for their contributions to this post!

In your opinion, these are the 15 great contenders for the most terrifying film of all time. Get thinking!

Session 9 (2001) Directed by Brad Anderson, Starring David Curoso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle.

The creepy horror about an asbestos cleaning crew in an abandoned mental hospital. Catch our review here. Submitted by the Generic team.

Event Horizon (1997) Directed by Paul WS Anderson, Starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan.

Classic stuff – intelligent, and genuinely scary. Submitted via email.

Continue reading PROJECT: Finding The ‘Scariest’ Movie of all Time – The Contenders!

Talisman – Directed by Dan Allen

Here at Generic HQ, we absolutely love independent film production. There’s just something special about waking up early, bleary eyed, fresh and full of ideas, ready for a whole day of exhausting filming.

So because we like doing it so much, we also love supporting others doing it (and doing a better job!)

A few weeks ago, an email arrived in the Generic Movie Blog email, and I found a gem of a short film had been linked to us by none other than Dan Allen – a fantastic 19 year old director.

I’ve stumbled upon Dan before when he asked me to review a short film of his called Husky. Unfortunately I never had the time, so this post can act as a small apology as well as a way of helping Generic readers to see a wider range of independent films.

Continue reading Talisman – Directed by Dan Allen

PROJECT: Finding The ‘Scariest’ Movie of all Time.

Here at Generic HQ, we loooove the horror genre. We just love to be scared. Unfortunately horror is notoriously easy to screw up, and even easier to rip apart in reviews.

Very few horror films have really got it right, and usually these are the ones with substance. An impressive and fresh plot, convincing performances, and an eerie and original soundtrack. There’s not many of them around.

Cabin in the Woods was one. The Saw series was another.

But right now, we don’t want to know about your favourite horror movies – the ones you think are a triumph of cinematography and score. We’re interested in what you think is the most terrifying horror movie of all time. The one that’s disturbed you the most. The one you always think about when you’re in the house alone at night. Whether it’s actually a good film or not.

Continue reading PROJECT: Finding The ‘Scariest’ Movie of all Time.

Kevin’s Booby Traps – Which One Would You Hate to Face? Result!

In March, Home Alone (1990) became our movie of the day (here).

For no specific reason, I’d watched the wonderful Christmas family flick twice in one week, so I’d had plenty of time to mull over how absolutely brilliant the traps were. Genius in fact.

The same day, we posted a poll (here), asking which of Kevin’s ominous booby traps you’d least like to face.

The options were as follows:

  • Trip Wire
  • Fake Shooting
  • Decorations to the Foot
  • Snipped Zip Wire
  • Flying Paint Cans
  • Tarantula on the Face
  • Rusty Nail to the Foot
  • Feathery Fan
  • Dropping Iron
  • Tar Stairs
  • BB Gun to the Face
  • Slippery Stairs
  • Burning Door Knob
  • Blow Torch to the Skull

Continue reading Kevin’s Booby Traps – Which One Would You Hate to Face? Result!