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[Film Review] The Curse of La Llorona

[Film Review] The Curse of La Llorona

From the producers of the Conjuring Universe (including James Wan) and director Michael Chavez, who makes his full-length debut with this release, comes The Curse of La Llorona. La Llorona, or the weeping woman, is an actual urban legend/folklore from Mexico. It’s the ghost of a woman who’s crying while looking for her children whom she has drowned in a river.

She causes misfortune and affliction to people who hear here or are near her. At least to me, that sounds like a promising plot for a scary movie.

La Llorona could even become a modern horror icon, and it deserves a good film. Unfortunately, they don’t succeed.

Sometimes, in paranormal and supernatural horror movies, what you don’t see is scarier than what you see. It’s smart to make the viewer use his/her imagination and make it afraid that way. In this movie, they show La Llorona’s face, up close, in all her beauty, really early on in the film. They use cheap CGI-effects to portray her. From far away she looks pretty creepy, but up close the adverse effects destroys all the uncertainty and creepiness from her. When we have so good makeup artists, I don’t see the reason for using CGI for scares. 

Now to the even more disappointing fact about this movie: it’s a part of the Conjuring universe. They just had to do it, didn’t they?

Couldn’t they make it a stand-alone film? The connection is very vague though. Father Perez, the priest in the first Annabelle movie, has a small, unnecessary role in this film. It’s obvious he’s just there so they could make the Conjuring connection. It could have been any priest. He tells the lead actress about the legend of La Llorona and how he after the Annabelle experience now believes more in the paranormal. The actual “exorcism” though isn’t even made by him, but by a Mexican shaman of some sort. Every movie made in the Conjuring universe has been excellent. Modern classics, all of them. Up to this one. Even the Nun, which many people complained about, is a masterpiece in comparison to this. 

The movies in the Conjuring universe is characterized by high production value, fantastic camera work, good lighting, a creepy atmosphere, tasteful use of jump scares, eerie sound design, great acting, and a Christian connection. The Curse of La Llorona fails in almost every point, except for the Christian connection and the camera work.The cinematography is; actually, it looks perfect. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have that scary, creepy atmosphere that we all love from the other movies in this universe. 

One thing that bothers me is that the director, Michael Chavez, also will direct Conjuring 3. It is said that James Wan was testing Chavez out with this movie so he could be ready for the new Conjuring. 

Not only did Chavez destroy the Conjuring universe with this movie, now he has the power to destroy the Conjuring franchise with the third movie.

 


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UNFRIENDED : Dark Web

UNFRIENDED : Dark Web

Unfriended: Dark Web is the second installment to the 2015 film Unfriended. The story takes you on down a dark path of evil doings by evil people from the deepest corners of the web.

Directed by Stephen Susco, (The Grudge, The Grudge 2 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3-d)and released in July of 2018. 

When four friends stumble across some hidden files on a newly found laptop from a local coffee shop, they soon unravel a living nightmare where people hire and pay for others to kidnap and torture their victims in told ways on video for an extremely high payoff. 

Our young friends are traced and thru the technologies of the internet and found out by this organization and are then in the game of said mercenaries for now knowing too much.

Not wanting to give our ending away, ….but it ends in a sort of predictable way. I didn’t know of anyone other than myself who enjoyed the first film let alone Unfriended: Dark Web. Both films received about the same reviews ….. “Not Good”

With social media being what it is today and everyone on snapchat, or some video interaction, I thought the film fit today perfectly. However, I will admit, if you sit down and think about what the movie was presenting you, how easy it is for outsiders to tap in, and even be watching you, in itself…is quite scary.

I give the actors credit for having no onstage interaction with anyone other than the camera in their face. I don’t know if I could have pulled it off. 
Regardless, the film isn’t going to win any awards and has a rather slow build up.  It did hold a bit of a fun surprise twist in the end storyline, but yet nothing over the top.  I will give this away,…meaning of the film: “DON’T TOUCH WHAT AIN’T YOURS. “
Will, there be a third installment, who knows, they didn’t leave a cliff hanger, but then neither did the first. Unfriended: Dark Web most likely won’t end up in my collection unless found in the cheap bin. I do recommend it for a watch as I did notice it’s now floating around on one of the many cable channels out there. 
Until next time…Keep it Evil
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Pet Sematary-Revisioning a classic

Pet Sematary-Revisioning a classic

 

Good morning people of the internet. So I had a chance to check out Pet Sematary. Or what ever the spelling is. Really, this remake was again more of a revisioning..like Evil Dead or NOES.

Horror fans are assholes, and much like metal heads. I hate being wrapped in these cocoons. Some people make us all look bad. When a new vision of something comes out the community gets all bent out of shape. Again, these are the same people that have universal monsters and hammer monsters on the same shelf.

The negative attitudes towards new things always over power us non assholes. Whom find good qualities of reformatted movies. This meaning, for months there was “controversy” in the community over this flick, due to 1) it being a remake, again..the same people that bitch about remakes are the same people that say Disturbed’s version of “land of confusion” is better than Phil Collins. The main issue of that..they think Disturbed is cool. So does their opinion really count for anything?

2) There were a couple changes to the story which comes with the territory of remakes and 9/10 times improves upon the story. Of which these SLIGHT CHANGES did infact improve upon.

In short, the movie was great, the tiny changes really made it a better movie adaptation. Instead of Gage getting hit by the truck, Ellie was the one, which actully did not affect the story at all. I’m not sure why people are saying that it did honestly yall are fucking weird. There was a splash of focus on Jud’s wife and a very cool way to include that.

Pay attention to the little things that pay homage to the original, like the truck driver. If you don’t get that part then are you even in the right place to complain about this flick? I have asked several people if they noticed.1 person knew what I was talking about.

People that complain about it yes are entitled to opinions but look at their collection before taking it into consideration. Trying to be cool doesn’t score horror brownie points. I like a classic just like the next guy, but a better version is ok to admit to like as well.

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The Nun 2 is on its way

The Nun 2 is on its way

Love it or hate it, The Nun 2 is in the works. The 2018 release of The Nun, directed by Corin Hardy and written by Gary Dauberman brought with it $365 million to the box office yet left many horror fans seemingly not impressed. Producer Peter Safran recently told Entertainment WeeklyWe have a fun storyline for that teed up, so I think that is the next one that will be written.”

With the high box office sales, you can bet that Warner Bros. is going to be pretty anxious to keep the trend rolling by pushing out another film, soon! So I am sure The Nun 2 will not be too far off.

I will not be in line buying tickets as I was one who felt like I sat thru 90 minutes of a gimmick that had no other intent than to try and market merchandise …..good old Hollywood Horror!

I hope The Nun 2 proves me wrong, but as for now the best part of it to me is the poster art that was created by artist/musician(bass player for metal band Life of Agony.) Alan Robert who has created/illustrated The Beauty of Horror series adult coloring books.

No tentative date or cast has been mentioned, but with this kind of financial backing, I am sure it will not take long, and we will do our best to keep you up to date.

Keep it Evil.

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The Town that Dreaded Sundown(2014)

The Town that Dreaded Sundown(2014)

 

The Town that Dreaded Sundown is kind of a complex review. To start, The Town that Dreaded Sundown (2014) is in fact a continuation,…but still a remake…or as stated in the film, a legacy. Allow me to try to explain.

The Town that Dreaded Sundown the original was released in 1976, directed by Charles B. Pierce and was based upon a true story that happened in a sleepy little town called Texarkan. The town sits 50%on the Texas border side, the other on the Arkansas side.

The pressed called him “The Phantom Killer,” and referred to his crimes as “The Texarkana Moonlight Murders.” News of the bizarre and horrific killings transfixed an entire nation on the small town of Texarkana, Texas in early 1946, and the case remains one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in U.S. history.

 

The Phantom Killer as he was called, stalked the prey of young adults , usually parked alone in secluded areas for a little off-road romance.

Well from 1976 to 2014, here we are. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The story starts off on the anniversary of the Phantom Killer at a local drive-inn movie theater where annually they show none other that the 1976 classic, The Town that Dreaded Sundown.

Scared from the movie our young couple decides to leave and , wouldn’t you guess it, they go off and park in a nice quite area where only serial killers wearing a burlap sack for a mask would be hanging around.

And so starts our killings. The young male is forced to the ground and viciously stabbed to death while the killer makes the girl stand by , but with her back turned and was told “Don’t You Turn Around!!”

I’m not one for spoilers , but our young hussy escapes, and now becomes the center of the movie as others in town are now brutally murdered. it is also at this point where you find yourself in a movie, of a movie. Hence the copycat killer as he now terrorizes this quiet little town.

The film flashes from old kill to new kill and vice versa. Meaning, if the in the first film the killer shoved a stick of dynamite in a nuns ass a lit it, we are now re-living that same technique with our 2014 killer as he will then do the same.

The film presents some pretty good kill scenes and a decent amount of blood thrown in. I will say that the kills are also fairly vicious, a lot of  emotion seemed to have been put into each attack, I liked that.I will give credit where credit is due,…this film hid no kills in the dark, or lack of lighting. I get so sick of watching movies and feel as if I’m missing half of the good stuff because of dark scenes.

The cast as mentioned really wasn’t bad, no Oscars being handed out, but surprisingly enough a decent performance given by actor Anthony Anderson (whose roles normally I cant stand), played lead investigator Lone Wolf Morales.

 

The Town that Dreaded Sundown is a fair horror film that does offer a chilling hunt, yet in kind of almost hip way. I usually give it my once a year watch then back to the shelf it goes. The idea that Gomez-Rejon wasnt bad at all, just needed a little Texas heat . I will admit , I absolutely love the poster for the film though.

Keep it Evil.

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OVERLORD (2018)film review

OVERLORD (2018)film review

 

 

Overlord is the newest film release from major Hollywood film maker, J.J. Abrams who has brought you such blockbusters as Mission Impossible: Fallout, Star Wars: episode viii, Star Trek :Beyond ,and Cloverfield just to name a few. So with that arsenal of big budget movies, I’m expecting greatness!

The story line of the movie is a platoon of American paratroopers are dropped in behinds enemy lines in a small town in France to take out a church tower that has been utilized  by Nazis to shoot down American  fighter planes during WWII.

Once on ground the now small platoon runs into a lab where local town folk are being forced as lab rats by the Nazis who are trying to create the ultimate soldier. By injecting the now prisoners  with a serum that they have created, the subjects basically become a zombie of sorts on a roid rage.

 

Overlord is a fun movie, and I have a feeling its going to be a but of a cult film. A coworker of mine actually brought it to my attention with great praise saying it was about Army guys and zombies. So the first thing I thought of was Dead Snow. What I got was more of a cross between Saving Private Ryan crossed with the video game Return to Castle Wolfenstein, not that either of them are bad, but it wasn’t what i had prepared myself for.

Overlord moves at a pretty decent pace and has a few worth wild scenes and some pretty good effects of specimens in the lab. But sadly Overloard is not a horror film. It almost has a made for cable movie with a decent budget, but then I keep J.J. Abrams in mind, and I am left wanting a lot more. Overloard would however make an incredible graphic novel and I’m sure I’ll see cosplayers take a stab at it future conventions.

Do I recommend Overlord? Sure, it is a fun movie that you can easily watch, just don’t be looking for a serious or gory movie, cause that’s not what you’re going to find. Sorry Mr. Abrams, don’t think your going to be filling many theaters this time around.

Keep it Evil

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CREEPSHOW  FIRST LOOK

CREEPSHOW FIRST LOOK

Well it may not be a lot,…but what it is , is AMAZING  and has all of us wanting more!

Creepshow is set to be made into a series on Shudder and the horror community is welcoming it with open arms. Today thru Twitter, the man himself Greg Nicotero has released an image that should make most of you smile and feel very nostolgic .

 

 

So here it is, your first image of the all new

CREEPSHOW

 

 

Now, the funny thing is, Greg’s twitter account was put under suspension after this post…hmmmmm.We will keep you posted on any updates!!

Keep it Evil

 

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Lords of Chaos Film Review

Lords of Chaos Film Review

 

Lords of Chaos brings you the truths and the lies of church burning’s, murders , Satan and head banging!

Before I get to far into this, I do want to let those of you know ahead of time that maybe  unfamiliar with this story, that Lords of Chaos is one that is based on a true story. Based on, being the key term. Now I do know of the controversy and stories that were claimed to have been surrounded by certain Black metal bands from that time frame. Stories of church burnings, rapes, satanic worship and even murder. Now I’m not here to tell you what was truth or not, I wasn’t there. But what I am here to do is tell you the story that is now being told to us about such , in Lords of Chaos.

Lords of Chaos , directed by Jonas Åkerlund, shows you the story of the birth of Norwegian Black Metal by band Mayhem, whose dark and satanic music, was also thought to be their beliefs and life style. The film takes you on a very dark look into the downward spiral that was known among the closest of members as the Black Circle.

Rory Culkin plays Euronymous,guitarist and creator of the Mayhem from Oslo. While trying to become the next big break thru band while pushing the Dark image for the band as many did in that time.  As bands goes, members come and go often , especially when new. In walks Varg, played by Emory Cohen(whose portrayal of Yarg will scare the shit out of you!) to fill the slot as new bass player. It is now where the story takes a dark turn.

Varg was a fan of Mayhem, but now challenges the band, Euronymous, especially to live up to their image, and with that, I don’t mean by wearing the black and white face paint.  With that, Churches are now being burned, rapes are taking place and are being aired on the news. Members of this Black Circle are coming forward to each other claiming that they had committed these crimes.

Most of the crimes mentioned are all show in the film and are done in a way that it does make you believe that what you are seeing in the film is all true. As the film continues, Euronymous and Varg are constantly on watch of each other. Varg’s strength and hunger to destroy is growing and  you start to see an almost scared realization by Euronymous that reality lost all grips.

No spoilers here….but i do want to say that Lords of Chaos is well worth a watch to the very end!

I must say, that a high point to me for the film, you hear many stories of what bands used to do on stage, well…Lords of Chaos actually portrayed one of those stories as we got to see former lead singer(now deceased) who went by the name of Dead (played by Jack Kilmer, yes Val’s son)mutilate himself live on stage. I wish we could have seen some more live footage thru the film, but it will explain why you don’t.

Lords of Chaos is the fucked up cousin to Sid and Nancy and the bastard step child to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Growing up and being so heavily influenced by music that surrounded the occult , this film is so easily relatable and easy to follow. For those of you wanting to know more about the truths of it, look it up. As a matter of fact, Varg himself has made a few videos on YouTube about the film …they to are worth a watch.

Lords of Chaos will be in my video library, I absolutely loved the film !!

Keep it Evil

Lords of Chaos is everything I thought it would be, and showed me so much more.

Posted by John Roisland in Categories, MOVIE REVIEWS, MUSIC REVIEWS, NEW RELEASES, 0 comments
Bandit Motion Pictures : The Bad Man

Bandit Motion Pictures : The Bad Man

The Bad Man, the newest release  from the creative mind of Scott schirmer and all the crew at bandit motion pictures have done it again with what is probably their darkest film yet. Scott Schirmer (writer /director/producer Plank Face, Harvest Lake , Found) brings you the story of a clown and a young couple.

The Bad Man stars Ellie Church (Plank Face, Frankenstein Created Bikers, Headless, Harvest Lake, Space Babes from Outer Space) as Mary, Jason Crowe (Space Babes from Outer Space, Harvest Lake) as P.J. and Arthur Cullipher as Lawernce the Clown.

The basis of the story is Mary and PJ are visiting a B&B that Mary’s recently deceased grandmother owned. While their Lawernce shows up claiming to have a previous reservation for the night. Reluctantly the couple agree and let Lawernce stay, …after all, its only for one night.

Mary awakens the next morning alone only to find Lawernce, who is now in clown makeup, carrying a unconscience , gagged and bound PJ around the house. Mary is quickly over powered after threatening to kill the clown by Clowns gimp, a slender man in black jeans, black boots and a gas mask.

The movie moves along with our young couple being drugged, raped, humiliated and tortured all while Clown is breaking their will and turning them each into his own creatures. Mary he now has dressed as a baby doll in white dress , with Betty Boop style make up and PJ is now his dog, on all fours, with a choker collar that the gimp has taken to in a not so friendly manner.

Now im not going to give away any spoilers on the ending, but the story moves on only to find out that this breaking of the will is a part of an entire sub culture where people own humans that are totally submissive,  broken spirited pets/slaves.

There is a nice cameo by Alyss Winkler as Mantis and Ellie Church does a great job as does Crowe, but Arthur Cullipher’s performance hands down made this film. Cullipher’s performance was simply brilliant and at times will give you chills. He is everything that clown fearing folk fear. From happy go lucky , laughing and giggling to as a circus clown does, to the sleaziest and most violent , all while in clown make up.

The Bad Man is a solid film but kind of a slow burn at times…but it always keeps you. A power that Scott Schirmer seems to have is to be able to never give away to much at once, but always keep his audience captive.

So did I like The Bad Man, YES!  The Bad Man a solid film that takes you down a very dark road!

 

Keep It Evil

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RETRO REVIEW: Slugs (1988)

RETRO REVIEW: Slugs (1988)

Enter the nightmare-fueled world of the 1988 Spanish American film Slugs (aka La Muerte Viscosa), directed by Juan Piquer Simón.

Wrong Mike Brady in Slugs (1988) / Fair use doctrine.

No. Not THAT Mike Brady.

Slugs is a film about people who are dying mysteriously and gruesomely, and nobody has a clue what the cause is. Only health worker Mike Brady has a possible solution, but his theory of killer slugs is laughed at by the authorities. Only when the body count begins to rise and a slug expert from England begins snooping around, does it begin to look like Mike had the right idea all along!

First things first! I was left calling out ‘Poor Mike’ at my screen as no one wanted to believe him, despite the mountain of evidence.

We are introduced to a simple small town and a series of disastrous deaths – let’s just say in one particular scene the householder is demonstrating an ‘explosive’ personality. We meet our large slimy villains who bite.

Slugs (1988) / Fair use doctrine.It was after the first death I wondered why no one considered throwing salt on that slug bastard and just being done with it?? Yet these SAVAGE beasts (yes I am using savage jokingly, as the slugs are not at all menacing) avoid an easy eradication. An ingested slug provides some tense “will he or won’t he” moments and some hilarious results, including a dissolving face (which authorities claim is some form of food poisoning – Hmmmm guess we better not eat there again??). It is probably one of the highlights of the film in a combination of “WOW” and “EEEWWW” .

There is no shortness of scantily clad people, sexually charged moments, or comedic love scenes, but they are often halted by the slugs. In fact, the whole film is a hilarious romp of insane proportions and has some of the daftest, most dated dialogue.

Slugs (1988) / Fair use doctrine.Don Palmer is Mike’s only hope for spreading the word on this plague of slugs. This is a much better choice than our ‘English expert’.

The acting in this film is just so awful to watch, but the hilarity of the deaths and the storyline itself kept me watching. I won’t bother naming the actors as that really won’t entice you into wanting to watch it, but I will say it is fun enough.

I will also add however one star really did shine. The most talented member of the cast that displayed the most talent was of course …..the slugs!!!! So, well done, our slimy friends the slugs!

This film will ultimately leave you feeling SLUGGISH (sorry I had to get one bad pun in there) but is actually a really fun watch, despite the cheese factor.

A must-see for any fan of horror, at least once.

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INTERVIEW: Writer/Director/Actor Joe Meredith

INTERVIEW: Writer/Director/Actor Joe Meredith

Joe Meredith's Teratomorph - Coming Soon / Fair use doctrine.After watching the short film South Mill District by Joe Meredith, I said to myself, “Holy shit! That was awesome and why aren’t more people talking about this guy?” If I was capable of and ever wanted to make a film, this is what I would aspire to make. Luckily for me, Joe is a super nice guy and was willing to chat with me about the making of his first film and his upcoming sequel Teratomorph.

House of Tortured Souls: Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview with me and discuss your films. Where did you get the idea for South Mill District? It’s a huge and detailed plot. Was it something you had been formulating for years?
Joe Meredith: It’s actually a continuation of a narrative world I developed as a kid and into my teen years. All of the things like the “alien war” that the character Drennan talks about in the movie actually exist in a shoebox I have under my bed that has comics and sketches and short stories and things I did over a period of years. Recently, I noticed that elements from those stories have been creeping back into my drawings and newer writings, so when I got the nerve up to make a movie, I decided to make it a return to that old saga, which is why the movie is probably really confusing to a lot of people because it has this detailed backstory that nobody really knows but me.

HoTS: I loved the use of lighting in the film and the camera work was so crisp. Did you go to film school?
JM: I never went to film school. I used to make short movies with friends growing up. As a kid, I always had a camera, and no matter how ridiculous the movie ideas were, I was always serious about it. The lighting in South Mill District was all about separating it from a realistic look and making it more like a comic book or cartoon, where the colors in the lighting provided the atmosphere.

HoTS: The FX and gore were also really fun. I especially liked the scene where Cidney Meredith pukes up her intestines. Was it weird “killing” your wife on camera even though you knew it was fake?
JM: I owe it to her for encouraging me to step back into filmmaking after many years of not wanting to do it. She was a trooper about some of the gross things she had to endure, and if I had a director’s cut released, you would see that she went even more savage than throwing up intestines. It was all a process of getting the scene right, so I never felt a moral dilemma from her death sequence. There were probably some moments of anxiety for her, but with me, she was always safe doing whatever scene needed to be done. The more realistic gore FX like the intestines and the heads that the spiders crawl on were all created by James Bell, whose own movies were a huge influence for me to make movies again.

HoTS: The creatures and spiders were the best part of this film by far. Did you make them all yourself? I also loved the stop-motion technique used but have heard it’s a long and slow process. How did you find it?
JM: I made all of the stop-motion puppets myself, and then James Bell created the human gore FX. The alien creature suit used at the end of the movie was made by Toby Johansen. As a kid, I did stop motion videos with action figures. It was much easier to do it with a video camera than the way I did with South Mill District, which was with photographs. The stop-motion could’ve been better, and technically, I didn’t do it the “right” way, but I think it worked for what was needed. The spiders were definitely supposed to be a focal point for South Mill District, and then its sequel is more about the mutations caused by the infectious venom of the spiders.

HoTS: You’re a fantastic artist, and fans of Phil Stevens will recognize your work on the covers of his films. Do you sell your work or have any plans to in the future?
JM: Thank you. I knew Phil as an artist-illustrator himself before I even knew he was a filmmaker, and we started out gushing over each other’s illustrations, so when he wanted me to do art for his movies, I was really enthusiastic to do it. I don’t sell art usually, but I will at some point soon.

HoTS: I actually learned about South Mill District after seeing posts about its sequel Teratomorph. There has been a lot of hype in the Indie community about it. What can you tell us about it?
JM: Teratomorph is a sequel, but it can also stand alone. It takes place in a more rural area outside of the South Mill District and shows an evolution of the alien virus caused by the spiders. It stars my 8-year-old son Elijah, who plays as a vagrant kid who is infected by the virus, and its effects are unique in comparison to what was seen in South Mill District. It has some creatures that I hope are going to be really cool for people who are fans of creature movies.

HoTS: what’s the hardest part of being an Indie film director for you? Why did you choose to go into such a difficult field?
JM: Mostly just working from nothing is the hardest part, but then again that’s not so fair to say because I have friends and talented people who are all willing to contribute to my projects in any way they can. And that’s something I’m very grateful for. I love creating things. I don’t think I’ve chosen filmmaking as the ultimate means of making things. It’s just a cool outlet I have to work with.

HoTS: Do you have any plans in the future to make feature-length films? Or will you continue to make more shorts?
JM: Yeah, I think I’ll do a feature at some point, especially if I have an idea that I can’t resist turning in to a feature film. And I know I’ll also continue short films as long as I think maybe it’s something other people haven’t seen before.

Art by Joe Meredith / Image: Joe MeredithHoTS: You have such a unique style. What films and directors have inspired you?
JM: I’d have to say among my picks for greatest movies of all time are John Carpenter’s The Thing and James Cameron’s Aliens. Cronenberg’s The Fly is also up there in the greats for me. Video games like Resident Evil also fuel ideas for me. James Bell is an outstanding filmmaker in the Indie realm, and his movies are something I hold in high esteem because the vision he presents is something truly individual. And any other movies that explore surreal ideas are a plus for me. That’s actually a hard question because I could go on and on about all the movies and directors that have blown my mind.

HoTS: Where can people buy your films and when can we expect to see Teratomorph?
JM: Teratomorph will be done soon. I think it could be available by the year’s end if not early in 2019. South Mill District is gonna be available again soon, and Teratomorph will also be available in the same place which is at http://joemeredithart.storenvy.com.

HoTS: Thank you again for agreeing to do this interview! I really enjoyed your answers and look forward to what I expect will be great things from you.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Terrifier (2017)

MOVIE REVIEW: Terrifier (2017)

Terrifier has hit Redbox recently and is now streaming — and trending — on Netflix, and wow what waves it is making! Terrifier is an 80s style horror film directed by Damien Leone, who brought us such title as All Hallows Eve (2013), Frankenstein vs. The Mummy (2015), and The 9th Circle (2008). The Indie horror film has a small cast that is lead by a brilliant performance from newcomer David Howard Thornton as Art the Clown, a rather sadistic homicidal clown.

The basis of the story is that two young ladies (Jenna Kanell and Catherine Corcoran) who are out partying on Halloween night get stranded in an old building due to a flat tire. One girl calls her older sister (Samantha Scaffidi) to come to the rescue and pick them up. Waiting for them inside is Art the Clown, who they had a small run in with at a local pizza joint earlier.

To say Terrifier is an amazing film would be inaccurate, but it is definitely a fun horror film. At times it has almost a slow burn feel, but it’s not a boring film by any means. There is a great deal of blood and gore in the film and a few scenes which I was rather surprised by. Sadly in the mix of the kill scenes, some were beyond expected and fairly gruesome, while others made you wonder just what kind of film you’re in for because of the cheese factor with certain special FX. The cheese factor, however, adds to its 80s feel and is actually charming.

The film does such a good job of creating the feel of an 80s slasher film that if the film had been released at that time, Art the Clown would easily be an iconic horror character today. I really don’t know if it’s the character or the performance because Thornton really brings Art the Clown to life!

In light of the recent trend of clown-based films, from Stephen King’s IT and a new Pennywise to Billy Pons’ Circus of the Dead (awesome fucking film, by the way), Art the Clown finds a way to make your skin crawl like no other. From a look that he gives to the way a clown would walk, he’s comical in his own sense while downright brutal as hell!

Terrifier, overall, is a fun bloodbath of an Indie horror with a great new killer character. So get out and rent, steam, whatever you gotta do, but check out Terrifier. Support the Indie horror scene, and be on the lookout for David Howard Thornton on the convention circuit.

Keep it Evil…

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Nun (2018)

MOVIE REVIEW: The Nun (2018)

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to get out and visit my local AMC theater and treated myself to see the latest installment in The Conjuring Universe, The Nun. Directed by Corin Hardy, The Nun is a spin-off of The Conjuring 2 (2016). I will start off by saying that I have pretty high expectations of horror films now these days, and this installment to the Conjuring Universe was definitely not a letdown. It did start off quite slow but kept the suspense with wondering the whole time when you will see “the shadowy figure” aka The Nun with our leading lady (Bonnie Aarons).

The Nun takes place in Romania, in the year 1952. Two nuns who live at the monastery are attacked by a presence that is unseen in the beginning. The surviving nun, known as Sister Victoria, flees the attacker by jumping out of a window. Her body is discovered the following morning by a man called Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet), who lives in the village nearby.

The news of Sister Victoria committing the ultimate sin — suicide — makes its way to the Vatican and piques the interest of Father Burke (Demiàn Bichir) and Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga, American Horror Story seasons 1, 3, 6 & 8). The two then go to the monastery with the help of Frenchie to understand and investigate the history that is plaguing the village. Once they get settled in, dark things begin to happen, and they start to piece together Sister Irene’s visions along with Father Burke’s experience in dark forces and exorcisms along with the dark history in the monastery.

The ending of The Nun was definitely an “A-ha!” moment, and you definitely need to rewatch The Conjuring 2 as there are two scenes that feature the Warrens and tie up the whole film. I did jump at a few scenes which is definitely what I look for a horror movie to do for me. The fear and suspense were palpable, and hearing the audience’s nervous laughs and screams enhanced it. My only complaint would be how slow it started out, but it definitely redeemed itself once Sister Irene and Father Burke were introduced. I was very impressed with Bonnie Aarons’ portrayal of the nun and with this installment of the series and it definitely redeemed itself from Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation.

Overall Grade: B

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MOVIE REVIEW: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)

MOVIE REVIEW: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)

I had the opportunity to watch Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich and jumped at it. Those puppets hold a special place in my heart, much like the Cenobites do, and thus I will always watch the next installment in the franchise. After 2017’s dismal Puppet Master: Axis Termination, I didn’t hold much hope for the latest entry – especially after I saw the redesign of Blade and heard that Six Shooter would be entirely absent. But then I learned that Fangoria, Thomas Lennon, Barbara Crampton, and Udo Kier were involved, and my interest was once again piqued. Could this be a return to the kind of Puppet Master awesomeness that was the best parts of the previous entries?

Udo Kier as Andre Toulon in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) / Fair use doctrine.

Udo Kier as Andre Toulon

If you’re unfamiliar with the timeline of the Puppet Master movies, that will not be a problem. Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is a complete reboot of the series set in an alternate universe. Fans of the franchise need not fret either as the reboot retains several of our favorite puppets – Blade, Tunneler, Pinhead, and Torch (aka Kaiser) – while introducing some interesting new ones.

Nelson Franklin, Jenny Pellicer, and Thomas Lennon in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) / Fair use doctrine.

Markowitz (Nelson Franklin), Ashley (Jenny Pellicer), and Edgar (Thomas Lennon)

The movie begins with a brief glimpse 30 years into the past when an evil Toulon (Udo Kier from Mark of the Devil) was found and killed by local police. From there it moves to the present and primarily follows Edgar (Thomas Lennon of Santa Clarita Diet), a recently divorced and struggling comic book artist who becomes mixed up in Toulon’s return on the 30th anniversary of the Toulon murders. Edgar, having moved into his parents’ house, also works as a comic store clerk and decides to auction off his dead brother’s Blade puppet at a Toulon convention. He invites Ashley (Jenny Pellicer of The Bridge TV series) along, his boss Markowitz (Nelson Franklin of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) invites himself along, and the trio set out for what they hope will be a fun and somewhat profitable weekend.

Barbara Crampton as retired officer Carol Doreski in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) / Fair use doctrine.

Barbara Crampton as retired officer Carol Doreski

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich uses the convention to reveal Toulon’s past in this universe, primarily via the tour of Toulon Mansion as led by one of the officers from the original case 30 years earlier, retired officer Carol Doreski (Barbara Crampton), who outlines the details of the events surrounding the Toulon Massacre. Here’s what we learn of Toulon’s past on the tour: He was born in France in 1907 and eventually entered the family business of manufacturing, selling, and performing with puppets. At this point, Doreski points out that three of the museum’s puppets are missing – Kaiser aka Torch, Pinhead, and a new puppet called Amphibian. In this universe, Toulon fled to Germany after arrests in Paris, Norway, and Luxemborg and likewise fled to the US after the Third Reich surrendered. Toulon’s Nazi roots are underscored by his choice of victims as well as the paraphernalia and the remains of his library, a library that includes three books from Adolf Eichmann, author of the Reich’s “Final Solution”. After a pass through Toulon’s workshop, the tour concludes with an exterior shot of Toulon’s tomb, complete with spikes on top that do not go with the rest of the architecture.

Toulon's tomb in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) / Fair use doctrine.

Andre Toulon’s tomb

And that’s the basic set up for the puppet mayhem.

Nelson Franklin and Charlyne Yi in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) / Fair use doctrine.

Markowitz (Nelson Franklin) and Nerissa (Charlyne Yi )

Once the puppets are in town, they’re let loose on everyone. Primarily targeting people the Nazis did, the puppets do what they do best. I’ll not go into details about the kills, but I will say that they are a lot of fun. There are some creative kills with both the old puppets and the new additions, and the effects are a delight. Fear not, gorehounds, you will be satisfied. While I miss the older puppets that have been omitted, I’m pleased with the results of the new ones as well as the differences in how the traditional puppets are portrayed – something I honestly did not think I would like.

Alex Beh and Michael Pare in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) / Fair use doctrine.

Hotel manager Howie (Alex Beh) and Det. Brown (Michael Paré)

The performances were top notch, and Udo Kier’s Toulon oozed skeeze and evil. Lennon, Pellicer, and Franklin are all excellent in their roles. Lennon’s performance is understated, but that works well for this story. Pellicer as the tough but sexy girl next door is both believable and likable, making the blossoming romance subplot less annoying than they usually are. Franklin holds his own with both and, to both Franklin’s and the movie’s credit, he’s not a caricature. Barbara Crampton (We Are Still Here ) is, as always, awesome and crushes every scene. Michael Paré (Village of the Damned (1995)) plays Detective Brown, the unlucky officer investigating the disappearance of multiple puppets brought to town for auction, and nails the role. In a delightful twist to the usual fare, when faced with puppets acting on their own, Paré’s detective goes with it. Rounding out the main cast are Alex Beh (Sugar) as hotel manager Howie, Charlyne Yi (House – TV series) as comic fan and waitress Nerissa, and Skeeta Jenkins (Summer of ’67) as bartender Cuddly Bear. All work well with this script and as an ensemble.

Skeeta Jenkins as Cuddly Bear in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) / Fair use doctrine.

Skeeta Jenkins as Cuddly Bear

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich was filmed at the same time as Puppet Master: Axis Termination, but the two could not be further apart in tone and execution. While Puppet Master: Axis Termination follows Toulon’s story as an opponent of the Nazis, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich places Toulon in the Third Reich for this alternate universe. Written by S. Craig Zahler and directed by Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund from characters created by Charles Band and Kenneth J. Hall, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is a worthy entry in the franchise. Indeed, given the last few movies in the original universe, this was a wise move and offers an entirely new storyline to explore. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next.

Blade, Happy Amphibian, and Tunneler in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) / Fair use doctrine.

Blade, Happy Amphibian, and Tunneler

8/10 claw scratches for this alternate universe Puppet Master reboot

BONUS: Puppet Gallery

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MOVIE REVIEW: Leaf Blower Massacre 2 (2017)

MOVIE REVIEW: Leaf Blower Massacre 2 (2017)

So I was asked to review a film called Leaf Blower Massacre 2. Being a fan of all types of horror, I eagerly accepted. I received two DVDs and have yet to watch the second film, Dirty Sanchez, but the title intrigues me. On the other hand, I was intrigued by Leaf Blower Massacre 2, and my expectations were not fulfilled.

Let me say to start that I expected the movie could execute the title premise in a couple of ways and make it work. It could be a great cheese horror film based on the leaf blower weapon premise alone. While it touched on comedic kills a couple of times, there was something lacking to tip the kills completely into the comedic or horrific arenas. I’m not entirely certain the director was aiming for one or the other but rather whatever works. Unfortunately, having worked on and literally written manuals on several breathing air compressors, I couldn’t help but think about the air pressure level of a leaf blower during a critical scene.

Leaf Blower Massacre 2 (2017)Leaf Blower Massacre 2, written by Michael Wade Johnson and director Anthony Cooney, follows two parallel stories involving the deaths of coeds; the first story revolves around two detectives (Michael Schmid and Tommy Nowicki) who are investigating the murders, and the second story involves a college professor (Shavar D. Clark) who had taught all of the victims. As the stories merge, the reveal is not as surprising as it could be.

The Pros:

  • Works as a standalone film (The movie itself was a sequel to a film I hadn’t seen, but that wasn’t much of a detriment to the enjoyment.)
  • Practical effects
  • Interesting choice of weapon
  • Cinematography
  • Ari Lehman as Phil the Security Guard

The Cons:

  • Acting seemed forced, alternately flat and exaggerated
  • Bad screen presence/chemistry between the leads
  • Audio was muffled at times and vaguely echoed at others

Leaf Blower Massacre 2 (2017)Overall, Leaf Blower Massacre 2 comes off as a decent student film, and the actors will improve with experience. The biggest problem that I saw was that it took a serious approach with a weapon begs to be satirized. Taking a more comedic approach would have helped to smooth over some of the awkwardness and enhance rather than detract from the film.

Final Score: 5 of 10 claw scratches

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MOVIE REVIEW: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)

MOVIE REVIEW: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)Growing up, I always loved watching the Puppet Master movies. As I got older, I began to realize the movies didn’t make a whole lot of sense — then again, the movies are about killer puppets coming to life and Nazis wanting a secret formula to re-animate the dead.

Puppet Master: The Littlest ReichPuppet Master: The Littlest Reich

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is the latest film in the franchise and is a new branch to the storyline. The film is about a group of people meeting at a convention for the Andre Toulon Murders that took place in the late 80s. Naturally, the murders begin all over again. I was skeptical at first since I’m a huge Puppet Master fan and the pictures didn’t really convince me. I was especially disappointed in the new looks, but I sat down and watched the movie with an open mind.

Puppet Master: The Littlest ReichFirst, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is a great little flick and an excellent addition to the franchise with its new look and perfect balance of over-the-top gore. Yes, some of the original puppets are back some with new designs, and new puppets have been added to the group — including what appears to be a few toys. The story showcases a darker tone for not only the puppets that are clearly being controlled by Toulon but also for Toulon himself. Forget the loving, Nazi-fighting Toulon; this Toulon is much creepier. Udo Kier, who plays Toulon, has a very interesting take on the character, and Kier has definitely made his mark in the franchise.

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich does have some humor but not enough to weaken the horror aspect or riddle the film with shock jokes. At first, it may seem like Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich didn’t cover all the ground, but from the looks of things, we may see a trilogy from this new branch of the Puppet Master storyline.

Overall, I say buy this movie if you’re a Puppet Master fan, and if you’re not, it’s a great movie to watch with friends and a good way to learn about what started this new direction.Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)

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HoTS Review: Party Night (2017)

HoTS Review: Party Night (2017)

Party Night / Troy EscamillaThis week I sat down to watch Party Night, the debut film of filmmaker Troy Escamilla. Party Night tells the tale of a group of six high school students on prom night. The film runs just over an hour, so it is a feature but not a long one. Let’s jump into this one with a brief description.

As mentioned six high school students decide to have their own post-prom party, rather than attend the school’s. There have been reports of five girls that have gone missing, but this does not prevent the teens from going off to do their own thing. They head to a house owned by the uncle of Nelson, one of the six. While changing into more comfortable clothing, Amy sees someone looking in the window. Molly checks but sees nothing. The kids gather back in the living room and discuss watching one of the 80s slashers Nelson’s uncle has. Molly and Travis step outside and after an argument, Molly goes off by herself. One by one the killer picks off these unsuspecting teens until there is one final battle. The question is who survives and how do they escape, if at all?

Party Night / Troy EscamillaThat is the very brief plot with no spoilers. Let’s talk now about the film itself. First, let me begin with my critiques of the film. I will qualify this by saying that we are dealing with a low budget debut film. The camera work in the very beginning was slightly shaky. That does stop early in the film, however. The biggest nitpick for me was the killer and motivation for his/her deeds was not clearly identified. You will have to pay very close attention to get it.

Party Night / Troy EscamillaHaving said that, let me highlight some things that worked. This film had a very small cast, so there are not a lot of background people you have to pay attention to. Every character has a purpose. This also is a tribute to the lost art of the “80s slasher”. There are no CG effects, the blood looks like corn syrup, the dialogue has its cheesy moments and people die horrific deaths. That is a simple formula that has worked for over 40 years and will always have my attention. There are several 80s movie references. One character says, “this isn’t Camp Crystal Lake” and Slaughter High is mentioned. One character, Andrew, suggests they play “Strip Monopoly”. That works for me in a tribute film.

Troy Escamilla debuted this film last year, and it hits DVD/VOD platforms September 11, 2018. This movie won’t be a blockbuster, nor is it intended to be one. Party Night a fun slasher film that will make you realize these are dumb (but not stupid) teenagers. They will be in compromising situations. When you see Andrew and Olivia have sex, you try to figure out how they will die. That is not a spoiler, by the way. Having sex in a slasher, it becomes not an if, but when you get killed moment. Overall, this movie works for the audience intended. The film creates nostalgia. As mentioned, this film is the debut film for Escamilla. He follows this with Stirring. Party Night is fun and despite its small flaws, does make an entertaining movie to watch.

Overall Grade: B

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MOVIE REVIEW: 964 Pinocchio (1991)

MOVIE REVIEW: 964 Pinocchio (1991)

964 Pinocchio (1991) is a Japanese cyberpunk film by Shozin Fukui. The experience is somewhat indescribable and it’s one of those films you just have to “go with” and not overthink.

The first 30 seconds or so of the film really reach out and grab you because a lot is happening… a three-way in a hospital to be precise. The male participant – Pinocchio is a memory-wiped sex slave that has been mentally and physically altered. He is thrown out of the facility after he fails to hold a lasting erection.

As he’s wandering aimlessly through town, he stumbles across Himiko, a homeless street artist. He indicates to her that he’s hungry (he can’t talk at this point), and she takes him under her wing. What we don’t know at this point is that Himiko has also been mind-wiped and altered.

The two begin to undergo a simultaneous transition. Pinocchio appears to be melting and convulsing. Himiko flees and vomits up everything she’s ever eaten. This is probably the longest puke scene in a movie I’ve ever watched. More just keeps coming up in large piles that are the consistency of wet house insulation. She lays on top of it, runs her fingers through it, and then rolls in it and eats it. When Himiko returns, Pinocchio is lying in the center of a circle of what I can only presume is his guts.

Himiko turns on Pinocchio and chains him up. She informs the sex company of his whereabouts. He breaks free and drags the cinder block he’s chained to through town until he reaches the lab. He kills his tormentors, and both he and Himiko evolve into weird, big, rubber-headed creatures. His last line is that everything all makes sense now. Maybe to him it does, but there are a lot of questions left unanswered to the audience.

I liked this movie a lot despite its flaws and its tendency to draw certain scenes out to the point of being annoying. It also doesn’t make a ton of sense, not just because it’s weird but because it establishes certainties and then goes against them without explanation or reason.

I give it 3/5 shocks. You can order a copy cheap from Unearthed or watch it free on Youtube.

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HoTS Review: Livescream (2018)

HoTS Review: Livescream (2018)

So this week I watched a different kind of film called Livescream. Imagine if you will, a movie that has 1 speaking actor and looks more like a live stream video than a movie. It may not sound exciting. Enter the exception to the rule, with Michelle Iannantuono’s 1-hour film, Livescream.

Livescream / Michelle Iaanantuono

Livescream opens with Scott, played by Gunner Willis. Scott is a popular online gamer, who plays new games on his live stream while his followers watch. He has, at the beginning of the film, 225 users online who comment in the chat box while he answers. Scott announces his upcoming gaming plans and introduces a new game suggested to him called Livescream. It is a horror game that supposedly interacts with his audience. Scott chooses the hardest level of the game called “Nightmare” and is warned he only has 5 lives. The game also refers to him by his name and Scott finds this weird.

Livescream / Michelle Iaanantuono

The game begins and looks like most first-person games. I got an old school vibe of Doom (the game, not the movie), while watching. Scott encounters a monster who kills his player for the first time. This is where the movie begins to twist. One of Scott’s viewers tells the room he hears the same monster in his house and then exits the chat room. Many of the viewers feel this is a prank, and Scott continues but is concerned.

Livescream (2018) / Michelle Iaanantuono

The next round has a feature where if Scott hits a button, he can see nine of his followers. Scott faces a clown and his character dies. The nine “players” appear again, and one is killed in front of the group.

Livescream / Michelle Iaanantuono

This has now taken a serious turn and Scott wants to quit. He receives a warning that quitting will make all of his viewers and him die in real life. All but 11 viewers exit the chat/stream. The game tells Scott to choose two people and let the rest leave. JumpingWolf (his moderator) and JohhnyDope (a viewer who logs on to troll everyone) volunteer.

Livescream / Michelle Iaanantuono

Everyone else leaves the chat. As expected, Scott dies 2 times in the game, which leads his followers to do so in real life. Scott does, in fact, beat the game, but must answer the fateful question, “Would you kill someone else to save your own life?” We get that question answered as the movie ends.

Livescream (2018) / Michelle Iaanantuono

There is the plot. Here are my thoughts. This movie is original and takes a huge risk, but has the potential for high reward. We have 1 person speaking for an hour, and we see one kill. This type of movie should not work according to every movie we have ever seen. However, it not only works, but it makes you watch in a different way. You do not feel like you are watching a movie. You feel like you are one of the viewers. This will make you care about Scott.

My only criticism of Livescream is I would have liked to see the viewers get killed to make it more emotional for Scott. Trust me, he does get emotional in this, but to give it a visual of losing his viewers would put it over the top. Do not let that fool you though. This still has a lot of things that may make you jump and does provide some scare because it feels like you are there.

Overall Grade: Solid A.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Slender Man (2018) [SPOILERS]

MOVIE REVIEW: Slender Man (2018) [SPOILERS]

Slender Man - Real Story / Image: Chicago TribuneI had the pleasure of seeing Slender Man over the weekend, and I was very impressed with the outcome of the movie. As a horror movie lover, I have very high standards for how the movie should turn out. Slender Man, in this case, intrigues me. For those who may not be familiar, Slender Man (also known as a creepypasta Internet meme) is a tall, very unnaturally thin man with a featureless face who wears a black suit. He is known for stalking, traumatizing, and abducting children. There was even a panic in Wisconsin back in 2014 when two 12-year-old girls took their best friend into the woods and nearly stabbed her to death in order to summon Slender Man. Out of respect for the families, some theaters in nearby counties are not showing this movie.

Spoiler Alert Nosferatu

Slender Man (2018) / Image: IMDbThe start of Slender Man was pretty fast-paced, one which I enjoyed instead of waiting the 1-1/2 hours for the story to pick up. It shows the chemistry between four best friends Wren (Joey King), Hallie (Julia Goldani Telles), Chloe (Jaz Sinclair), and Katie (Annalise Basso). One night, the girls went to hang out at Katie’s house. They had overheard the boys in school talking about summoning up Slender Man , so they searched online and found the video and various images — including Slender Man (Javier Botet) himself. They eventually laugh it off even though he was lingering on their minds. A week after they summoned Slender Man, Katie goes missing on a class field trip. Eventually, her three friends realize that she was participating in online occult practices hoping to be taken away by Slender Man in order to escape her reality of living with an alcoholic father.

Slender Man (2018) / Image: IMDbThe girls do some investigating and find out that they can get Katie back in exchange for something that means the most to them. They decide to venture out into the woods hoping to see Slender Man, but cannot make eye contact at the same time. Eventually, each girl makes contact with him while Wren becomes obsessed with research in order to put an end to this once and for all. The result is that the only way to end this once and for all is to surrender to Slender Man, which ends up being the only choice they have in order to save Hallie’s younger sister Lizzie (Taylor Richardson) who summoned Slender Man. In the end, the camera zoomed in to a picture of the four girls with Lizzie narrating about her sister’s experience, thus showing how the myth of Slender Man creates a vicious circle among teenagers who summon him up out of curiosity.

All in all, the acting was a little unbearable but I do give credit to director Sylvain White for staying on track with the storyline and to Javier Botet who made the movie as the titular Slender Man. The beginning started off strong and the graphics alone were believable and well done. Midway it felt like the movie should have ended a few times, and it dragged a little until the end. Overall, I grade Slender Man a C.

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