M.L. Miller here! As I go into the tenth year of reviewing horror films, I wanted to go back to the beginning and repost some of the films I loved. Moving on to Year Three of my decade-long Retro-Best in Horror recap Countdowns begins officially on October 1, 2012 and goes through September 30, 2013. I have posted compilation lists in the past, but a lot of those old reviews haven’t seen the light of day since they were first posted many moons ago. Being the OCD person that I am, I have also worked and reworked the list, looking back at my own choices and shifting them around, and even adding a few that I might have missed or looked over from the year in question. So, if you think you know how these lists are going to turn out, you don’t!
How did I compile this list? I simply looked through films released between October 1st, 2012 and September 30, 2013 and worked and reworked the list until I had the magic number—31. Again, I never call myself any kind of expert in horror. I simply watch a lot of horror films and love writing about them. Don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web on your own personal social media. Chime in after the review and let me know what you think of the film, how on the nose or mind-numbingly wrong I am, or most importantly, come up with your own darn list…let’s go!
Released on May 10, 2013 and available on digital download, On Demand and BluRay/DVD here!
NO ONE LIVES (2012)
Directed by Ryûhei Kitamura
Written by David Cohen
Starring Luke Evans, Gary Grubbs, Adelaide Clemens, Lee Tergesen, Derek Magyar, America Olivo, Beau Knapp, Lindsey Shaw, Tyrus, Laura Ramsey, Andrea Frankle, Rob Steinberg, Jake Austin Walker, Dalton E. Gray, Lenore Banks, Michael ‘Mick’ Harrity, Robert Wailes
Find out more about this film here!
While the poster and name might give you the feel of an 80’s Steven Segal/Jean Claude Van Damme actioner, don’t be fooled. NO ONE LIVES is a straight up slasher/revenge film and it’s one of the best ones you’re going to see as it basically puts a Rambo/John Wick-like character against a gang of psychotics. The results is carnage and bloodbathings unlike anything you’ve imagined. From the director of VERSUS, MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, and most recently DOWNRANGE, Ryûhei Kitamura delivers a slasher fans dream come true in NO ONE LIVES.
Luke Evans plays a nameless man traveling through a small town with a young woman named Emma (Adelaide Clemens). When the couple stop at a diner for food, a local gang of no-goodniks (lead by the always awesome Lee Tergesen) take notice of them, the man’s wad of cash, and his fancy car. They think the man is easy pickin’s but what they don’t know is they are about to mess with the wrong guy.
What Ryûhei Kitamura does so masterfully in NO ONE LIVES is that he takes the 80’s action trope of the outsider making his way through a small town and then places it into the trappings of a slasher film. The results are nothing less than genius as one group of badasses have no idea they are fucking with the ultimate badass. I don’t want to go into much more in terms of the plot. It unfolds beautifully, shedding light on one surprise factor after another. Kitamura is a true master at letting the air out of the balloon slowly and just at the right times until the truth is out and the balloon simply explodes and spatters blood everywhere.
The killings in this film are ruthless and bloody. This is a film that pulls no punches and takes no consideration for the faint at heart. This is the type of violence only hinted at in other films. Luke Evans offers up a truly iconic performance as the unnamed lead, delivering swift justice to any and all of those who cross him. The rest of the cast is great too, all of them serving up their own flavor of despicableness. This is one of those films where you can’t help but root for the bad guy as almost everyone is a bad guy. But the violence and mayhem is delivered up with so much sloppy glee, you can’t help but have a blast at the amount of moral ambiguity going on.
NO ONE LIVES is a film you can’t help but laugh and applaud to. It is messy and gory and violent and unapologetic about it all. It’s a shame this film hasn’t been seen by more people. It truly is an over the top violent spatterfest that shouldn’t be missed by fans of both the action and slasher genres. No one should miss NO ONE LIVES. You can thank me for the tip later.
THE 2012-2013 COUNTDOWN!
#17 – NO ONE LIVES
#18 – YOU’RE NEXT
#19 – HOME SWEET HOME
#20 – THE TAINT
#21 – THE PURGE
#22 – RITUAL/MODUS ANOMALI
#23 – V/H/S/2
#24 – MON AMI
#25 – EUROPA REPORT
#26 – BLIND ALLEY
#27 – MIDNIGHT SON
#28 – DEVIL’S PASS
#29 – COME OUT AND PLAY
#30 – THE LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH
#31 – I DIDN’T COME HERE TO DIE
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