Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Michael Dorn, Bill Moseley, Adrianne Curry, Michael Kaliski, Kevin McCarthy
Director: Jeff Thomas
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
When a turn of the century prison reformatory is slated for demolition, a grisly discovery is made. Hidden deep underground beneath the west cell block is a sub-basement structure that has not been entered in 100 years. In... more »
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A Great Movie With Something Amazing About It
FBRobertson | SC United States | 11/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I would have to say that I was rather shocked by this movie. I would have expected the usual indie sort of thing, monsters running about (check), frantic people in search of answers while going into the places you really shouldn't go (check), theological meaning and an almost Christian ending (whoooahh?....) Yes, this had what I would have to say a very spiritual, rather almost Christian, ending. While there were many wonderful, sort of I would guess, scenes of violence and monsters attacking (which turned out to be a fog of a situation as you find out in the ending), the culmination and the declaration of the ending of the movie was...what I would have to call...a very Christian point of view toward spiritual warfare and spiritual (very close to Christian) sense of revelation and hope and meaning. Fantastic! I would have to say. This was a great movie because, while I wouldn't call it Christian on the same level as the Left Behind movies (which sort of thrust religion and Scriptures down the viewers throats at times), the conclusion was indeed a monumental one. This might be something of a problem for some people, but again, listen carefully and watch carefully. Yes it was Christian, but it wasn't preachy. A great movie. Watch it!"
E. Harris | 11/16/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Let me qualify what I am about to write by stating, I am a fan of horror movies. I have even enjoyed campy, cheese-riddled titles like hell raiser, Evil dead, and Halloween. I can and do enjoy movies that are not "quality films" in the conventional sense of the word.
With this in mind, I want you to take in the full gravity of my meaning when I say that Fallen Angels was one of the most terrible self-abortive pieces of filth i have ever had the displeasure of watching. There simply are not enough bad things to say about this movie. The story line was convoluted and nonsensical, the characters were two-dimensional, and I have seen better acting in porno. None of the characters seemed to possess human motivation, their actions apparently random and unrelated. The story didn't advance, it just ended, and even then in the stupidest way possible (our hansom detective talks the demons into reforming).
With all of the artful considerations out of the way, there is little to look forward to in this movie except scene after scene of grizzly murder, but even that is disappointing. The special effects are dismal and unconvincing, more in line with daytime television than an actual cinematic production. I had to double take at the release date, it says 2007, but I was convinced that it was made in the late seventies or early eighties.
The template for reviews on amazon requiers that I give at least one star, but I felt like giving this film a zero.
OK...but a letdown
Kenny Waryn | North Arlington, NJ United States | 11/19/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I've been looking forward to Fallen Angels for a long time, as I loved Jeff Thomas's other movie, 13 Seconds. While 13 Seconds had it's flaws, mostly in the acting and dialogue, I thought it was a brilliant movie. It was a good story, a great twist ending, and some seriously creepy filming.
Scenes like the reflection in the doorknob and the upside down creature in the airvent were brilliance in their simplicity. I put 13 Seconds near the very top of my list of favorite Horror movies.
So I was really looking forward to his follow-up film, especially since it seemed he had more money to put into it, and had a slew of Horror Cult legends in the cast.
And while Fallen Angels wasn't a bad movie by any means, I was pretty disappointed. It looked like there was more focus toward making scenes just for the sake of putting familiar actors in the movie then there was in telling a good story. Many of the characters aren't even around long enough to make any kind of real impact or let the viewer make an emotional investment in them.
The great Reggie Bannister was here, then gone. Michael Berryman had a quick scene. Christy Hemme, who looked great, was in the film for all of 7 seconds, with no dialogue. It seems like the addition of so many 'names' took away from the overall quality of the film.
Also, much of the film was too dark. It was difficult to see what was going on in some scene. I know the film was taking place in the sub-basement of an abandoned prison, and it's supposed to be dark, but the lighting could've been better.
I did enjoy the movie though, although it's probably not one I'd watch again and again like 13 Seconds. The scene with the Medium was very well done, probably my favorite in the movie. The ending 'revelation' was pretty cool, although it's execution came off a little bit hokey, and some of the kill scenes with the teeth pulling were pretty intense.
I will say it was a much better horror film then the garbage the big budget movie studio's have been pushing out for the last several years. Mainstream horror has really lost it's way over the years, unless another mindless, by the numbers, Saw sequel is your thing. I'll take a good indy flick from the likes of Jeff Thomas or Dante Tomaselli over that nonsense any day of the week.
Jeff Thomas is a very talented film maker. All you have to do is watch Fallen Angels and especially 13 Seconds to see that. And I have a ton of confidence that by the time he's finished, he's gonna have a long line of great horror films under his belt.
But for his future work, he needs to focus on making a great movie and telling a good story more then making a film that tries to jam as many Kane Hodders and Reggie Bannisters into a 90 minute film as he can.
Oh...and Peter Brady? C'mon Jeff.
That being said, I'll be eagerly awaiting Jeff Thomas's next film, whenever and whatever that may be.
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Slick production values, but still a mess
Thomas M. Sipos | Santa Monica, CA | 08/14/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"FALLEN ANGELS boasts all the usual modern horror film visuals (i.e. clichés). Quick MTV edits, grim desaturated colors, gore, etc. Even so, the film is a boring mess.
Confused story. I don't think I would have known what was going on, except I'd read the DVD box before hand, and the characters kept filling me in on stuff they'd learned. (And I'd wonder: how did they figure that out? -- it's not in the film.)
Films opens with stereotypical drunken, horny teens. One's killed, another's kidnapped. Then we're at this prison about to be torn down. We find skeletons in the basement. The FBI comes in to investigate. Turns out many skeletons are over 100 years old.
People die. Some from demons, some from a killer. We find more skeletons. Killed by different people.
More people die, seemingly at random. In the end we learn it has something to do with 7 demons in charge of the 7 deadly sins. Yet I can't really figure out which thinly sketched character was supposed to be guilty of which sin.
Also, a mother is seeking her kidnapped daughter. And an FBI agent discusses his early years as a pastor in Mexico. Where some demon-possessed boy was killed by vigilante villagers.
The FBI agent/pastor also converses with a demon. This demon has really cheap makeup, like in a sitcom. He sounds like some whiny character from a Jerry Seinfeld episode.
I won't give a spoiler, but know that the ending is really unexpected, in a weird way. Not entertaining. Not gripping or anything horrific. Just out of the ballpark.
The production values are slick. But the acting is flat, and the writing is awful.
The best 7 deadly sins film is THE DEVIL WALKS AT MIDNIGHT, aka THE DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE. An early 1970s Euro-horror film.