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MOVIE REVIEW: Tales of Halloween (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Tales of Halloween (2015)

Tales From Halloween ... I have so many mixed feelings on this film. Tales From Halloween is a compilation of ten short stories all woven into one Halloween night.
The film, at first watch, I must admit, was a huge disappointment. I have been wanting to see Tales From Halloween since I first heard of it, so my expectations were really hopeful. For some reason, it first felt like I was watching a made for TV movie. I thought the special effects were extremely low grade and the music was even quirky. I am the biggest fan of the Halloween season and always make it a point to watch any movie based around it. So, sorry to say, I wasn't a happy trick-or-treater!
As the movie went on, I tried to put my disappointment aside and give it more of a shot. As I did, my frown became more of a smirk. I started to see the campy and almost comedic side to Tales From Halloween. In my opinion, the movie isn’t a horror/comedy, but it does have you a campy B movie horror feel.
The film opens with the narration of a local radio disk jockey as the camera pans over a small town. The DJ, who is talking about Halloween and the witching hour, is none other than the sultry voice of movie legend ADRIENNE BARBEAU, and it set the mood for the film. The short stories range from legends of sweet tooth killers, aliens, neighbors fighting over the best yard decorating, children's revenge, and what would Halloween be without a killer jack-o-lantern.
The film does host a very impressive list of names to the cast, Barbeau, being one, obviously, the lovely Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Contracted), Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City (TV series)), Tiffany Shepis (12 Monkeys (TV series), The Night Watchmen), Lin Shaye (Insidious 1+2, Theres Something About Mary), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, We Are Still Here, You’re Next), Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman, Filth) Pat Healy (Compliance, Cheap Thrills, Carnage Park) and a small appearance by legendary director John Landis ( The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In London) Now with a list like this, you would be expecting one of the best horror films ever, but sadly it isn't. To be honest, most of the names on this list have relatively small parts.
In keeping up with recent director compilation films (The ABCs of Death 1 and 2) and other Halloween films (Trick Or Treat), Tales From Halloween falls a bit short. Enjoyable for a non-serious horror film night - or a fun watch with friends.
Sorry, guys, but this is one where I loved the cover art for more than the film.
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MOVIE REVIEW: We Are Still Here (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: We Are Still Here (2015)

By Nick Durham

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It's really not every day that you hear about a movie coming out that claims itself to be a tribute to the films of Lucio Fulci, but that is something We Are Still Here claims itself to be, and it's easy to see why. Written and directed by Ted Geoghegan, this is a surprisingly pretty damn good little horror dirge that not only pays a nice tribute to the films of Fulci, but manages to stand on its own as a very worthwhile haunted house trip.

The film takes place in 1979 as an older couple (Re-Animator and From Beyond babe Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig) moves to their newly purchased New England home following the death of their son. The grieving mother believes their new home to be inhabited by the spirit of their deceased son, but it doesn't take too long to realize that isn't the case, and it isn't just the haunted house that winds up causing the most trouble for our couple either. While all of that may sound a tad predictable, what unfolds ends up being kind of surprising, in a good way that is.

As I said before, We Are Still Here fashions itself on being a Fulci tribute, and in that regard it works pretty good. There is heavy atmosphere and inventive camerawork and scene boxing, along with a surprising amount of blood-letting as we hit the film's climax when shit starts hitting the proverbial fan. All of this happens in a brisk 83-minute run time, which I have to admit ends up being a perfect run time. If We Are Still Here was any longer, it would end up losing its luster and appeal; something which some Fulci films ended up doing in spite of themselves (I'm looking at you A Lizard in a Woman's Skin). The acting is pretty great (our good friend Larry Fessenden is here as the hippie husband to Lisa Marie's psychic friend of the couple) and the effects work is fucking wonderful as well.

All in all, We Are Still Here offers enough in terms of spookiness, atmosphere, and bloodshed to rightfully claim its place as being a Lucio Fulci tribute. It isn't anything too special, but it manages to be massively enjoyable for what it is, and you shouldn't have any problems eating this up. Check it out if you're looking for a well-crafted and brisk thrill.

Rating: 4/5

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New DVD Releases – October 2015

New DVD Releases – October 2015

DVD Releases

By Amy Lynes

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Insidious 3
Director: Leigh Whannel
Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye and Angus Sampson
Synopsis: A prequel to the haunting of the Lambert family in which gifted psychic, Elise Rainier, agrees to help a young teenage girl who is being stalked by a dangerous entity.

 

Dark Places
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks and Nicholas Hoult
Synopsis: Libby was only eight years old when her family was brutally murdered in their Kansas home. Now, thirty years later, she returns to the scene of the crime and uncovers the truth of the events on that fateful night.

 

Tremors 5: Bloodlines
Director: Don Michael Paul
Stars: Michael Gross, Jaime Kennedy and Natalie Becker
Synopsis: The Graboids are back and deadlier than ever! In this installment of the franchise, they terrorize a South African wildlife reserve form below AND above!

 

Final Girl
Director: Tyler Shields
Stars: Abigail Breslin and Francesca Eastwood, Alexander Ludwig and Wes Bentley
Synopsis: After the death of her parents, Veronica was taught how to become a human weapon by a man who lost his wife and child to murder. Twelve years later she encounters a group of young men that like to hunt and kill pretty blonde women. They decide they want to hunt Veronica but who's really hunting who?

 

Hidden
Director: Matt and Ross Duffer
Stars; Alexander Skarsgard and Andrea Riseborough
Synopsis: A family seeks shelter in and old fallout shelter in an effort to escape a dangerous outbreak.

 

American Horror Story: Freak Show (Series)

 

Penny Dreadful Season 2 (Series)

 

The Falling
Director: Carol Morley
Stars: Maxine Peake, Maisie Williams and Florence Pugh
Synopsis: After a tragic event, the students at a strict, English girls school are struck with a strange fainting epidemic.

 

Eaters
Director: Johnny Tabor
Stars: Marcelle Bowman, Tristan Parrish Moore and Robert Dean
Synopsis: Five friends go on a road trip, in search of fun. When one of them suddenly goes missing, the rest of the group is forced to confront a violent biker gang. After a narrow escape, their night quickly goes from bad to worse.

 

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Stars: Ian Zeiring, Tara Reid
Synopsis: Yet another ravenous shark-raining tornado strikes from Washington D.C. all the way to Florida.

 

Eli Roth Presents: The Stranger
Director: Guillermo Amoedo
Stars: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy and Aaron Burns
Synopsis: A strange man arrives in a small Canadian town, looking for his wife and his presence plunges the community into a bloodbath.

 

We Are Still Here
Director: Ted Geoghegan
Stars: Barbara Crampton, Lisa Marie and Andrew Sensenig
Synopsis: An old New England home wakes up every thirty years and demands a sacrifice

 

Monster High New Ghoul at School

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Gallows
Director: Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing
Stars: Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos
Synopsis: The Ouija 20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy - but soon discover that some things are better left alone.

 

Bates Motel Season 3 (Series)

 

The Following Season 3 (Series)

 

The 100 (Series)

 

Amnesiac
Director: Michael Polish
Stars: Kate Bosworth, Wes Bentley and Olivia Rose Keegan
Synopsis: A man wakes up with no memory after an accident and begins to suspect that his wife may not be his real wife and soon finds himself a prisoner in his home.

 

Dead Rising: Watchtower
Director: Zach Lipovsky
Stars: Virginia Madsen, Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory
Synopsis: A zombie outbreak forces the citizens of a small town to fight for their survival amidst the outbreak.

 

Ghost in the Shell: Arise
Director: Kazuchika Kise and Masahiko Murata
Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Ikkyu Juku and Yoji Ueda
Synopsis: In this prequel set one year after the fourth World War, cyborg and hacker extraordinaire Motoko Kusanagi from the military's 501st Secret Unit finds herself wrapped up in the investigation of a devastating bombing.

 

The Sand
Director: Isaac Gabaeff
Stars: Cleo Berry, Brian Boone and Brooke Butler
Synopsis: After and all night graduation party on the beach, the partygoers wake up to discover that the beach is a living thing that will devour anything that touches its sand.

 

2 Bedroom 1 Bath
Director: Stanley Yung
Stars: Eric Roberts, Michele Hicks and Dee Wallace
Synopsis: A young hopeful couple move into the perfect home but when they discover there is a baby on the way, things soon begin to fall apart.

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Death Valley
Director: T.J. Scott
Stars: Katrina Law, Lochlyn Munro and Victoria Pratt
Synopsis: Four drunken strangers driving from L.A. to Vegas hit a woman in the desert and are forced to overcome injury, elements and even each other in an effort to survive.

 

The Exorcism of Molly Hartley
Director: Steven R. Monroe
Stars: Sarah Lind, Devon Sawa and Gina Holden
Synopsis: Taking place years after The Haunting of Molly Hartley, Molly, now an adult, has become possessed by an evil spirit and needs to be exorcised before Stan takes her completely.

 

How To Kill A Zombie
Director: Tiffany McLean
Stars: Bill Steven McLean, Ben McLean and Hannah Elaine
Synopsis: Mack is trying to raise son Jesse to be a survivalist but Ben would rather do his things his own way. Can the two overcome their differences in the face of a zombie outbreak and somehow save humanity?

 

I Spit On Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine
Director: R.D. Braunstein
Stars: Sarah Butler, Gabriel Hogan and Doug McKeon
Synopsis: Years after the events of the 2010 film, Jennifer Hills is back, still traumatized by the brutal assault she suffered. She has changed cities and her name and is trying to get her life back together, but when her friend is tragically murdered and the murderers go free, she takes justice into her own hands. Again.

 

The Vatican Tapes
Director: Mark Neveldine
Stars: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michael Pena and Dougray Scott
Synopsis: A priest and two Vatican exorcists must battle an ancient evil force and save a young girl's life.

 

The Invoking 2
Director: Jay Holben, Corey Norman, Jamie DeWolfe, Patrick Rea, Jamie Root and Adam O'Brien
Stars: Andrew Fleming, Allen Lowman and Jessica Fratus
Synopsis: A horror anthology just in time for the Halloween season, in which six tales of terror are told, each by a different director.

 

June
Director: L. Gustavo Cooper
Stars: Casper Van Dien, Victoria Pratt and Addy Miller
Synopsis: A story about overcoming your own inner demons in order to find love.

 

Last Shift
Director: Anthony DiBlasi
Stars: Juliana Harkavay, Joshua Mikel and J. LaRose
Synopsis: A rookie cop's works his first and only shift on the last night of a precinct that's closing. And his night quickly turns into a living nightmare.

 

Martian Land
Director: Scott Wheeler
Stars: Alan Pietruszewski, Lane Townsend and Jennifer Dorogi
Synopsis: In the future, a large portion of humanity lives on Mars. The cities are protected from the inhospitable Mars atmosphere by dome-like force-fields. When a sandstorm breaks through one of domes and destroys one of the cities, and the inhabitants of the other cities must try and find a way to stop the storm before it wipes them all out.

 

POD
Director: Michael Keeting
Stars: Larry Fessenden, Lauren Ashley Carter and Brian Morvant
Synopsis: A family intervention goes terribly wrong at an isolated home.

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ghostline
Director: Dean Whitney
Stars: Rachel Alig, Zach Gold and Burt Culver

 

The Human Centipede 3: The Final Sequence
Director: Tom Six
Stars: Dieter Laser, Eric Roberts, Robert LaSardo and Bree Olson
Synopsis: The body horror trilogy concludes in a prison with a 500+ centipede.

 

Navy Seals Vs. Zombies
Director: Stanton Barrett
Stars: Ed Quinn, Stephanie Honore, Sue-Lynn Ansari
Synopsis: A team of highly trained Navy seals comes face to face with the undead and must fight to survive.

 

Nocturna
Director: Buz Alexander
Stars: Estella Warren, Mike Doyle and Massimo Dobrovic
Synopsis: Two New Orleans detectives are caught in a centuries-long feud between two clans of vampires while investigating a runaway child's case. Torn between their everyday lives and the allure of immortality, the detectives must race to destroy the evil Moldero clan.

 

Old 37
Director: Alan Smithee
Stars: Bill Moseley, Kane Kodder, Mike Doyle and Estella Warren
Synopsis: Two brothers intercept 911 calls and arrive on the scene in a beat up ambulance to torture and kill the accident victims.

 

Toxin
Director: Jason Dudek
Stars: Vinnie Jones, Danny Glover and Taylor Handley
Synopsis: A deadly virus outbreak causes a Pharmaceutical company to recruit a wee-know scientist to develop a vaccine.

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