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Bill Oberst Jr. my interview with the nicest “horror villain” working today in the industry

Bill Oberst Jr. my interview with the nicest “horror villain” working today in the industry

After watching the movie DIS by Adrian Corona. I was blown away by it. If you haven’t seen it rent/buy it on Vudu, and Amazon. The actor Bill Oberst Jr caught my attention with his performance so, with the chance to sit down and talk with the man whom you have seen in many movies I had to jump on it. Let’s breakdown the man that is Bill Oberst Jr. and hear his thoughts on films, history and the art of horror. 

 

  • JA: Tell our readers and me a little about yourself. How it all began for you?
  • BOJR: Oh, Jai, it’s the oldest story in the world (well, the oldest story in the world of entertainment, obese-unpopular-bookish-bullied-and-terrorized-straight-A-sissy-kid-with-horrific-acne retreats into fantasy and learns, to his surprise, that he can make a living there! Who knew?
  • JA: You used humor and impressions to get by in school. I know that Ray Bradbury is a huge influence for you. Did Bradbury inspire you to go to star in horror movies?
  • BOJR: About the same time, I discovered Ray I found my first copy of Famous Monsters Of Filmland Magazine, run by one of Ray’s real-life pals, Forrest J Ackerman. While Ray got my head into fantasy, Forest turned me on to old-school horror. Monster makeup and reprints of the old EC Comics followed quickly, and boy, I was in deep: life-sized posters, Dick Smith’s course, claiming my dad was an undertaker so I could buy Mortician’s Wax, seeing Lon Chaney’s mask get ripped off for the first time, sneaking out at night to walk around the yard like a werewolf…thank God for Ray and Forest. They came along at exactly the time I needed their wonderful weirdness in my strange young life.
  • JA: The movie DIS from Adrian Corona is very metaphorical and symbolic. Did he explain the movie to you beforehand or did you just read the script with knowledge on what to expect?
  • BOJR: Adrian explains nothing. His work stands there, meaning he’s my favorite kind of director. At the start of the shoot, I asked questions, but he answered with quiet mumbles, so I took his cue and sank into the silence. The silence was very appropriate for DIS, and it pervaded our set during the entire shoot. A lot of hushed conversations.
  • JA: What was your initial impression filming DIS and watching it complete?
  • BOJR: My initial impression was filming it: “This is the most grueling shoot of my life.” My initial impression was watching it: “And it was all worth it.” I am very proud of DIS and of being part of a film that uses cinema as a metaphor; that does not explain itself. I’d rather do ten films like DIS than one vapid blockbuster.
  • JA: You got lavish praise for your role in Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies as Abraham Lincoln. Do you think you would play another historical figure in any genre?
  • BOJR: The history geek says “Yes, please.” I’d love to. I played General W.T. Sherman in a docudrama ten years ago and still have fond memories of it. Playing Lincoln was a dream role for a guy like me (even if I had to stand on a box.)
  • JA: You’ve played many characters ranging from children’s films to dramas and horror. Do you have more fun playing say a villain or perhaps a good guy? I say this because once you’re a nice guy with a face to match like very trusting and caring. Does this also help to play villain roles?
  • BOJR: Ah, you are an astute one, young Jai! Yes, being a “good guy” inside with a “bad face” outside does indeed help in playing villain roles. Moreover, you know, I don’t think villains ever think that they are villains….we all have such self-delusions. I enjoy mixing vulnerability and melancholy with malice. That’s the gold standard for me. My face helps.
  • JA: I know you’ll be in 3 FROM HELL the new movie by Rob Zombie which is the third film of his Firefly trilogy. You strike a resemblance to Bill Moseley a little bit. Do you two share any scenes in the film? That’s if you can talk about it because I know the film has been extremely hushed about the post-production.
  • BOJR: I do share a scene with Bill, and we’ve done another film together since that one wrapped, with even more scenes together. I love working with Bill. He’s a great talent. Horror is a niche world within the larger world of film, so everyone tends to cross paths again and again. Last year I was shooting a film which Dee Wallace was also in, and we were talking about this: it was the third film we’d both been in that year alone. I can say that working with Rob Zombie was a slice of inspired madness – he’s quite unforgettable
  • JA: Speaking of clowns since Rob Zombie is notorious for using them. You played an evil clown in Circus Of The Dead known as Papa Corn. Which is a sleeper hit in the underground horror community? Tell me about your experience with that. Did you enjoy playing a character that you normally haven’t played before?
  • BOJR: Thank you for mentioning Circus Of The Dead. That character was terrifying to play because his worldview was completely nihilistic. For Papa Corn, there is no meaning. In anything. Which gives him license to hurt as the whim strikes him. I find this to be a truly horrifying worldview, and being inside of a man who held this view for the weeks of shooting that film was deeply affecting. I had nightmares afterward, and that has not happened since I played Father Simon in Children Of Sorrow. Billy Pon has made an unflinching, disturbing movie, and my hat is off to him. However, I can’t watch it again, at least not alone.
  • JA: Finally, speaking of the circus as stated you’re a huge Ray Bradbury fan. In my opinion, the most underrated sci-fi fantasy thriller is “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” I think you would be perfect as Mr. Dark. Would that be a character you would love to play or do you think you’ll be suited for someone else from the novel?
  • BOJR: Oh, I’d crawl across broken glass with my tongue dragging the floor to play Mr. Dark! I do get to do it onstage in the new show Ray Bradbury Live (forever) as Ray himself doing a reading from the book (Ray was a great performer of his material), and I have to tell you that I look forward to climbing that bookcase with relish. Mr. Dark scares the hell out of me. He knows what we want. He offers what we want. Also, as Bradbury says in that book, “Why would the devil buy souls when he can get them for free…when most men jump at the chance to give up everything for nothing?” Would I take Mr. Dark’s tainted bargain? Would you? Who can say? That’s the real fear.
  • JA: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. I along with your fans appreciate getting to know a little more about you and your work.
  • BOJR: Hey, thanks for the opportunity to speak with you and with House of Tortured Souls readers! I love hearing from folks around the world, so hit me up on social (I’m billoberstjr everywhere such as imdb youtube instragram facebook twitter billoberst.com. I’ll try to keep making better and better movies. I love this genre with all my creepy little heart, and I’m proud to be associated with it




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Fullmoon is making a Blade (Puppet Master) spinoff movie!

Fullmoon is making a Blade (Puppet Master) spinoff movie!

It was reported this week that Fullmoon is making a Subspecies V film with Radu coming back. But we’re getting a new Puppet master movie, well a spin-off film!  The film plot from Fullmoon is as follows: 

Blade: The Iron Cross, being directed by John Lechago:

“For decades the fans have been clamoring for it, and now Full Moon delivers with the first standalone feature debut of one of its most beloved (and most frightful) characters: the hook-handed maniac puppet, BLADE! Charles Band’s PUPPET MASTER series continues as an unspeakable evil from Blade’s past emerges in the form of a murderous Nazi scientist named Dr. Hauser. As Hauser’s heinous crimes are discovered, the psychic war journalist, Elisa Ivanov, awakens Blade, and together the bloody journey of revenge begins. It’s Herr Hauser’s reanimated undead army versus a possessed doll and a beautiful vengeance-seeking clairvoyant! Who will win, and how will it affect the Full Moon Universe?”

This is very exciting because it seems like Fullmoon is going back to their with some old school classics with the new plan called The Deadly Ten. Ten films all released at once! Including a sequel to Head of the family: Bride of the Head of the family. Expect these an all other films next Valentines day 2020! For more info check out the link below

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Exclusive pictures for Harrison Smiths “The Special”

Exclusive pictures for Harrison Smiths “The Special”

Having previously written and directed Zombie Killers, Camp Dread and bringing together the expendables of horror in Death HouseHarris Smith is a filmmaker who has become synonymous with the horror genre. Therefore It comes as no surprise that there is much interest growing following the release of his new teaser trailer for The Special and House of Tortured Souls is excited to give our readers an opportunity to take a look at some exclusive pictures for the film.

The Special will be directed by Harrison Smith, using the script written by Mark Steensland and James Newman, which has been adapted the script from their original novella. It tells the story of Jerry Harford who believes that his wife is having an affair. Taking the advice of his best friend who urges him to fight fire with fire, it ends up with some horrific results. Harford begins a nightmarish trip down a surreal rabbit hole that gives Fatal Attraction a dark spin.

Harrison Smith reunites again with collaborator Felissa Rose as associate producer and stars a talented cast including; Davy Raphaely (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers), Sarah French (Death House, Rootwood) and David Sheridan of Scary Movie” fame. The film also includes special cameos from Howard Stern’s Richard Christy, pro wrestler Chris Jericho and singer, musician Howard Jones. Harrison Smith describes the film as “a great warning to infidelity, and I see it as a “Midnight Horror Chick Flick” and urge any woman who has been cheated on to “see this film with someone they hate.”  For more information check out the trailer link right here.

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Rob Zombie gives big update on Three from Hell

Rob Zombie gives big update on Three from Hell

Folks! Rob Zombie himself said that Three from Hell is near completed. He went onto his Instagram saying, that it has to be perfect. Truth be told I think he’ll deliver on his promise. This franchise being his baby (no pun intended). There was a mention of an Oct 31st premiere this year, and Rob Zombie dismissed those rumors quickly. So hopefully we will hear a premiere date and trailer! Listed below is a post-production photo of Rob hard at work!

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From Jedi to Joker and now Killer doll. Mark Hamill will be the voice of Chucky

From Jedi to Joker and now Killer doll. Mark Hamill will be the voice of Chucky

Well, it is official we now know who the voice of Chucky will be. Mark Hamill has confirmed on social media platforms that he is the voice of Chucky for the new Child’s Play film.

There’s been controversy around the movie since day one primarily based on the fact the movie is being remade, but with some changes, the movie is standing on its own two legs and now we have confirmation Mark Hamill the man who has given us iconic performances is now the legendary killer doll. One can only think about how he will bring the doll to life. June 28th cannot come here soon enough.

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[RIP] Writer/Director Larry Cohen has passed away

[RIP] Writer/Director Larry Cohen has passed away

Sad news to report in the horror community. Writer/director/actor Larry Cohen has passed away at the age of 77 it was confirmed early this morning. It is unknown on the cause of death, but he lived a full life by bringing so many classic films to the big and small screen.

For those unfamiliar with his work, he is best known for THE STUFF, It’s Alive and writing Maniac Cop, Captivity, Ceullar, and Phonebooth. The last film that he directed which was called, Pick me up as part of the Masters of horror anthology

So many films to learn the technique and craft. Thanks for the memories Mr. Cohen they will live on forever.

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Time for the second course! A script for MEG is in the works

Time for the second course! A script for MEG is in the works

Love it or hate it the movie MEG did surprisingly well at the box office making 500 million world wide. So naturally a sequel is in the works. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura was asked about the status about the film over on Cinema Blend which he said: “We’re working on a script. Yeah. So you never know until you get a good script. … I was very thankful that the audience got that we were just trying to have fun, [and] not take ourselves seriously at all.”

Nothing is set in stone just yet for a release date, Director or cast but we’ll keep you posted! Jason Statham has stated he was hoping for the first movie to be as originally planned. A gory shark movie, so maybe this time we’ll get it. There’s quite a few novels from the writer Steve Alten so one must think how many will we get or could it just be a mash up from some of the books? Either way fans of Meg be patient because it’s being worked on. No word yet on a Director or cast but we’ll keep you posted!

 

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Monster Reviews: Polterheist 2018

Monster Reviews: Polterheist 2018

Polterheist is a 2018 comedy horror film, co-written and directed by David Gilbank. It stars Jo Mousley, Sid Akbar Ali, Jamie Cymbal and Pushpinder Chani. Two gangsters are given three days to locate money stolen by their boss. The only thing is, they just killed him.

Forced by a local mobster to find money that was stolen from him, Tariq (Ali) and Boxy (Cymbal) seek out a psychic medium to make contact with their recently deceased boss. However, they get more than they bargained for when his vengeful spirit possesses the medium and takes them on a roller coaster ride they won’t soon forget.

Let me start off by saying that this film is not necessarily what the title implies. It’s not so much a Polterheist, as it is a possession/heist film. But regardless, this film is fun and original in its own right. There are a few other paranormal heist films out there, so the concept isn’t all that new. But there’s definitely some cool, original material, not to mention a few solid performances.

The film looks stunning and is gracefully shot. The angles are elegant and the editing is on point. The directing is fantastic as well as the costumes, dialogue and makeup. But the best thing about the film, is the pacing. It sets the tone and makes you feel like you’re climbing a few hills at the right times. It knows when to rev up and when to throttle back.

Pace is something the average moviegoer is completely unaware of. The pace allows for the film to have a nice smooth flow to it. In Polterheist, even the slower transition scenes seem to fly by with ease and understanding. You never feel lost. You remain established in the ensuing madness, no matter how crazy it seems to get.

The look of the film is very pristine. The monochrome scenes were overtly crisp and fermenting. It really helped add a grittiness to the overall appeal and was visually stunning. The principal photography was absolutely fantastic. It was very detailed and absorbing.

There’s really nothing paranormal about this film, aside from the possession. However, it’s still a fun and engaging gangster flick. The only thing really missing is the lack of any special effects to help emphasize the spirit taking over the mediums vessel. There aren’t any substantial effects utilized to solidified a credible ghost or possession vibe.

Jo Mousley was simply infectious as the medium, Alice. She played the possessed character perfectly, and brought a needed jolt to the production. Her portrayal combined with the amazing performances of Sid Akbar Ali and Jamie Cymbal as the bumbling gangsters, really carries the film.

Jamie Cymbal was hilarious as Boxy. He provided some much needed laughs, breaking up the seriousness and intensity of the film. Sid Akbar Ali was fantastic as the essential lead character. He was rugged and imposing, yet relatable and endearing at the same time. Together, they formed one hell of an interesting and invigorating duo.

There is an abundance of twists and turns throughout, making for one piercing film. It tends to scrape its way into your subconscious and takes control like a parasite. There are a few irresistible, indelible sections of film that really grip you. It’s entertaining, dark and viscous.

Overall, Polterheist is engaging and intense. It has well placed humor fused with some amazing performances. The directing is assertive and very knowledgeable. It’s grimy and haunting. Guns. Gangsters. Ghosts. Grab yourself a copy today.

 

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Monster Interviews: Georgie Smibert – CleaverS (WIHM)

Monster Interviews: Georgie Smibert – CleaverS (WIHM)

I recently had the privilege of chating with the up and coming actress Georgie Smibert. We talked Women In Horror Month and her breakout role in the 2019 film CleaverS, which just screened at the Horror-On-Sea Film Festival in January, in the UK. Georgie’s award worthy performance as Sheriff Jody-Ann Howells definitely has people taking and taking the independent horror community by storm. 
Originally from Melbourne, Georgie started her film career as an assistant director and production manager. After a few years behind the camera she switched sides, and although she still enjoys her roles behind the camera, acting is now her main priority. Since turning her focus to acting, she’s had lead roles in many short films and feature films and enjoys playing strong but conflicted characters. 
Georgie moved to live in London in 2015 and knew that if she wanted to act in the UK she would have to be confident with various accents. To date she has played characters with various British and American  accents and has even played a guest role as a French character who only spoke French! 
At the beginning of her career she had a knack for being cast as characters who were killed – so far she has been stabbed multiple times, strangled, beheaded and even played a robot who had their battery removed. Last year, after completing her training in London, she gained her advanced qualification from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. Though careful not to be misinterpreted as a stunt performer, she now looks for characters who aren’t only strong and conflicted, but whose story-line has an element of action in them. 

 

  • DS: How did you get your start in film and what originally attracted you to it? What aspect about it drew you in the most and made you decide to pursuit it?

 

  • GS: I entered the film industry as a 1st AD and Production Manager(PM). I was an event manager at the time and thought that a film was a bit like an event,  so if I could organize one,  I could probably organize the other. I saw an indie feature film looking for a PM – I applied and was successful.  Working on that film also introduced me to a wonderful acting school, The Melbourne Actor’s Lab, and after a couple of years as an AD and PM I switched to acting.

 

  • DS: How did you end up working with the amazing MJ and Anna Dixon over at Mycho Entertainment, and do you have any fond memories working with them that you’d like to share?

 

  • GS: It was a simple case of applying to the right casting call. Most of Cleaver was filmed in late 2014, but luckily for me that didn’t include Jody-Ann’s scenes – her role was cast in early 2015, just after I’d moved to live in London.

 

 

  • • I have so many fond memories of working with Anna & Mike,most of which are from the middle of the night when we’re all freezing cold, over tired and can’t stop laughing at pointless things

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  • DS: In what way has your character changed and progressed from the first film Cleaver in 2015, to the second film CleaverS in 2018? And how have you progressed as an actress during that time?

 

  • GS: Jody-Ann has matured a lot between the films. When she is introduced in Cleaver she is a new graduate and expects she will be looking after petty crime a serial killer like Cleaver is not on her radar at all! Over the years as her determination to bring Cleaver to justice has developed, she has become increasingly withdrawn and isolated.
  • • Personally, over the years I’ve had more opportunity to experiment with different approaches to roles and spend more time in front of a camera. I’ve also got more comfortable with the idea that I will always get to the first day of shooting and feel under prepared  – no matter how much time or preparation I’ve done.
  • DS: What’s it like for you, going from a sort of sidekick character in Cleaver, to the lead role in CleaverS? How did you tackle the task and did you prepare any differently from one film to the next?
  • GS: The size of the role is mostly irrelevant when it comes to developing a character. I make sure I know my character’s history, relationships and motivations and I learn my lines. If there is an accent involved like for Jody-Ann, then I spend a lot of time with my dialect coach to make sure my pronunciation is correct.
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  • • I had a lot less pre-production time for the first Cleaver, and I really had to focus on learning the accent for the first time.  For CleaverS it was nice to already have a good base for my accent and focus on developing more of her history.
  • DS: Your monologues in CleaverS were phenomenal. You really pulled the audience in and made it easy to relate with the character of Sheriff Jody-Ann Howells. How difficult was it and did you find it emotionally draining to deliver such a high powered performance?
  • GS: Firstly, thank you. I never know how my portrayal of a character is going to be received so it’s really great to get that sort of feedback.
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  • • Acting is an activity that seems to give me endless energy – I lose all track of time and can happily film for hours without stopping for food or drink.  I’ll always sleep well after a shoot, but I think it’s incredibly important to leave a character and their emotions on set at the end of the day and allow yourself the opportunity to relax as yourself
  • DS: What preparation did you do in order to produce such an award worthy performance in CleaverS? Did you do anything special to submerse yourself into the role, or was it just business as usual?
  • GS: I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary for me. Part of what I love in acting is inventing back stories and filling in what is happening between scenes and between lines.  For CleaverS, I filled in the years between the two films – where Jody-Ann had been,  which friends she had lost and which personal demons she had been fighting.  Answering those unknowns and developing that history is always a part of my preparation that I really enjoy.
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  • DS: What are your thoughts on Women In Horror Month, and how relevant and important do you think it is for the genre today?
  • GS: I think Women in Horror Month does a wonderful job at highlighting and celebrating all the amazing things women are doing in the industry today. At a time when the call for diversity is so strong, this sort of publicity plays an incredibly important role in inspiring female filmmakers of tomorrow to follow that dream and get involved too.
  • DS: Being a woman in horror, as an actress, Assistant Director and Producer, what is your favorite role when it comes to film? Which do you prefer more, being in front of the camera, or being behind it?
  • GS: Acting is my main priority and definitely my preferred role, but if I like the script and the crew and there isn’t a role for me then I will happily support the film’s production as crew. As an AD and PM I really enjoy helping the director achieve their vision and tell their story.
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  • DS: Who are some of the Women In Horror who inspire you? Is there anyone you really admire or try to emulate when it comes to what you do?
  • GSI grew up watching Buffy on TV and I was inspired by the kick ass characters played by both Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan. I also recently watched ‘A quiet place‘ with Emily Blunt – I admire her as an actress anyway and really enjoyed watching her on screen in this role.  If I could emulate the honesty of her performance and make the audience feel for my character even a fraction of the way she made me feel for hers,  I would be very happy.
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  • DS: Having acted now yourself as nearly a dozen different characters, which of those said characters have you enjoyed playing the most? Are there any that stick out or maybe still stick with you?
  • GSJody-Ann definitely sticks out because she is the only character I have played in two films  and playing her introduced my to the whole Mycho family. Another role that sticks out was for a short film called ESC. where I play the sole survivor of a space ship disaster.  I filmed that whole film on a full sized green screen set which was amazing.
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  • DS: Do you have any future films or projects you would to let your fans know about? Where can they follow you and stay up to date with your work?
  • GSI have another feature film due for release later this year – it’s a post apocalyptic survival story called ‘The Brink’. There are also some other projects in the early stages of development, including a short film I wrote, which I plan to make this year.

    The Brink

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  • • The best place to stay up to date with my work is to follow me on Instagram georgiesmibert. I enjoy taking photos so I always share BTS photos and I’m much more active on that than Twitter.
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  • DS: To conclude the interview, we like to ask one final question. If you could name only one, what would you say is your favorite all time horror film?
  • GS: Psycho. It’s the first horror film I saw, and I still think it’s a great film.
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Tromapiece Theatre is here and needs your help!

Tromapiece Theatre is here and needs your help!

Addison Benik has combined possibly two amazing things into one. Mystery Science Theater 3000 with Troma movies. The YOUTUBE producer and director is busy at work putting together an indigogo campaign for the next film. Poultrygiest. What’s impressive is that the fans are talking left and right wanting more. Not only has the campaign made double what he’s asking for, but it’s growing. What does this mean? More Troma movies with hilarious commentary that Lloyd Kaufman himself PICKS THE MOVIES OUT! So down below is  the first episode where if you want a physical copy you can get one for ten bucks and here’s a link to the campaign !

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The Craft is coming back not as a TV series or reboot….but A SEQUEL

The Craft is coming back not as a TV series or reboot….but A SEQUEL

Yup, it’s official The CRAFT is coming back! In a recent interview  Robin Tunney confirmed the reboot is happening and that she might even star in it. She told etalk, “They are still remaking it. Zoe Lister-Jones is writing it. And I may or may not do it. I’m so proud of that movie. It was the first lead I ever had and it’s a movie young girls today still watch at sleepovers. It’s girl power and I’m so proud of it. I’m SO proud of it.”

The producers have said that it will also show how the girls got into magic and how it all comes together. No word yet on anyone else coming back, but needless to the say that it’s a sequel should be interesting. Truth be told this go either way there’s hardcore fans who may feel different and there’s some people who just might embrace it. Either way nothing we can do to stop it. All else fails the original will always be with us.

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The Curse Of Dr. Wolfenstein (Review) German Gore Film

The Curse Of Dr. Wolfenstein (Review) German Gore Film

 

Hello ghoulies and creeps, dice mickey knox riggs here with another movie review on a german gore splatter horror film entitled, the curSE of dr. Wolfenstein!!!!

this film is a reelgore releasing(2015) directed by:marc rohnstock;

 

FIRSTLY, THIS MOVIE IS COMPLETELY RAD, FILLED WITH DUMB TEENS, HOT GIRLS, BLOOD SPRAY, PARTYS AND EVERYTHING YOU CAN ASK FOR WITH A GORE.  AN INSTANT CLASSIC IN THE CULT OF HORROR MOVIES, PAYS HOMAGE TO AMERICAN SLASHER BY SHOWING HOOTERS AND BLOOD WITHIN THE FIRST TEN MINUTES OF THIS AWESOME MOVIE.  THIS IS A GERMAN FILM, THE BLU RAY RELEASING HAS SUBTITLE OPTIONS OF ENGLISH SUBTITLES. A LOT OF LIMB SAWING OFF BLOOD SPLATTERING GOOD TIME, IF YOU LIKE GIRLS,PARTYS AND A TON OF BLOOD THEN FOLKS, THIS IS INDEED THE HORROR MOVIE FOR YOU.  NEVER EVEN HEARD OF THIS MOVIE UNTIL 2016 WHEN I WAS DOING A RANDOM EBAY SEARCH FOR HORROR MOVIES.  ONE THING ABOUT HORROR MOVIES IS THAT THE LIST OF TITLES IS ENDLESS, YOU CAN NEVER SEE OR WATCH EVERY HORROR MOVIE, WHICH MAKES THE HORROR GENERATION OF MOVIES SO FUCKING AWESOME.  I love American made horror movies but European horror films get away with so much more.

 

THIS MOVIE STARTS OFF IN GERMANY, (1930) IS BASED OFF OF A CRAZY EVIL  PSYCOTIC Dr. Victor Wolffenstein, HE IS  a genius BUT AT THE SAME TIME A DEVILISH DEMENTED EVEL DOCTOR WHO wants to become immortal. In the Year 1930, in a small village and with the help of scientific experiments and occult rituals, he brews a serum  which is supposed to help him achieve his goal. But the Serum has an unwanted side effect, he becomes immortal but has to pay a huge price, he becomes infected with necrosis (the death of most or all of the cells in an organ or tissue due to disease, injury, or failure of the blood supply)

through which his limbs start to rot and the only thing left for him to do is to replace his body parts. THE EVIL DOCTOR  starts to TAKE BODY PARTS from the other PEOPLE FROM WITHIN HIS VILLAGE. DR. WOLFENSTEIN VICIOUSLY kills with no remorse WITH A LOT OF BLOOD AND GOREY MUTILATING SWIFT KILLS, “SOMETIMES” EVEN A LONG TOTURING DEATH.  The townfolk OF HIS VILLAGE WON’T put up with this kind KILLING SAVAGRY.  An angry mob  OF TOWNFOLK overpowers the Doctor in his office BY TORCHES AND THE GOOD OLE PREACHER LOL WHICH ADDED TO THE MOVIE, KIND OF LIKE A FRANKENSTEIN KIND OF FEEL.  kidnaps  THE DOCTOR and  THEN buries him alive.

More than 80 years later, five  STUPID NAIVE teenagers are on their way to the biggest DANCE party of the year.  they get stranded in a small village TO WHICH IS PLAGUED WITH THE LOCAL TOWN STORIES OF THE LOCAL DR WHO WENT MAD AND WANTED TO BECOME IMMORTAL.  THEY BREAK DOWN due to a car accident, now they have to wait for the repair FROM LOCAL REDNECKISH MECHANICS .  the teenagers decide to visit a local DISCO and then the terror begins.

Dr. Wolffenstein is RESURECTED , with the help of his evil minion the Infiltrator he persuades his victims to come to him. The only thing in his mind is to end his curse, to find the flaw in his serum and to cure himself from the necrosis. Nothing and no one will be safe from him FROM CURING HIS CURSE, WILL ANYBODY SURVIVE?   BUY THE MOVIE AND FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF.

THIS MOVIE IS INDEED A MUST HAVE IN ANY HORROR COLLECTORS LIBRARY.

this movie gets, 2 stars. blood raiting: 4 stars

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Leigh Whannell will be writing the Escape from New York remake

Leigh Whannell will be writing the Escape from New York remake

Leigh Whannell who is well known in the horror universe from such films as the Saw Franchise, Insidious as well as his directorial debut UPGRADE which he wrote has been hired to write ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK for FOX.THR reports,

“Sources say that while there is no deal for him to direct, the door is open for that possibility. Whannell is kickstarting Escape with a new vision for the project that sources say will retain elements of the original but bring innovative ideas to the table. One of Whannell’s goals is to avoid the bloated tentpole remake path that afflicted the reboots of other 1980s-era movies such as Robocop and Total Recall.”

Truth be told I think he can do an excellent job with the film, he can do violence, humor (not too much to ruin a movie, but enough the lighten the mood for the film) He is working on the Invisible man remake as we speak. Leigh has a lot of potential and can deliver I just hope he doesn’t go the route of the previous films with the “TWIST” ending where everything is wrapped up but with the movies like this I think he’s going to bring something unique to the table and not rely on his writing trademark. No word yet on the cast but John Carpenter will be the executive producer. Fingers crossed he does the sound track as well.

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DIS [Movie Review] a living painting of pain and suffering.

DIS [Movie Review] a living painting of pain and suffering.

To understand DIS (2017) you must watch the movie. What Adrian Corona has done is simply show us what we think we know vs a completely different mind fuck which this movie successfully pulls off from the infamous opening sequence of a woman tied up naked being sexually assaulted to where she squirts into a tin bowl no cut away, no edits, no CGI This happens in real time with no dialogue just screaming it opens to the wonderful song (Fantastical Symphony: An episode in the life of an artist in five parts, op 14: V.) I instantly fell in love with this art house horror film. My jaw was to the floor not since Clockwork Orange (1971) has a movie that captures both emotion and sexual deviance with such a raw aggression with little to no dialogue. The film is about an ex-soldier with a criminal past takes refuge in the woods. A demonic figure seeks the seed of killers and the blood of the damned to feed his mandrake garden. DIS is an infernal descent into the root of the mandrake legend and a man who wanders too close to that legend and the unnameable terror behind it. What you sow you will reap. Bill Obertst Jr does an AMAZING job in this film where he himself has very few lines but delivers an amazing performance where as I was conflicted on him, should I hate him? Should I care for him? Should I feel anything? The movie itself shows later on he’s not exactly the best person in the world, but yet I can’t help but feel sorry for him where through most of the film he’s isolated from the world seeking refuge in the woods and sadly the first person he comes in contact with is his escort into hell, but the picture that Adrian paints of hell isn’t exactly what those have seen or even can imagine it’s quiet, it’s cold, it’s forgotten almost as if he was getting what he deserved in life with Karma if you will. To see Dis is to feel it, to experience it. As if it was a vivid dream of seeing Bill’s past to even watching him trying to escape his prison only to be stopped dead in his tracks. The ending is that of pure nightmare fuel, no dialogue, no sympathy we finally see the Hooded person’s face and cannot feel not fear but acceptance just like Bill’s character feels since there is ‪no escape, no reasoning. My overall experience with the film is that it is hard to put in words what I saw, but it is an experience where multiple viewings will happen. Not to say to there’s details I may have missed, but just to take more of it as if this was a living painting. Adrian Corona delivered a movie with an insane opening and ending sequence to filling in the middle with an interesting story. The film is out to rent and buy right now on Vudu and Amazon. Buy the movie and get ready for a ride.

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Nightshade (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

Nightshade (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

There have been a few names popping up a lot on social media lately and Charles Chudabala is one of them. Charles wrote, produced, and directed his short film Nightshade, a film in which was based off a reoccurring nightmare since he was 5 years old. He drew influences from Marilyn Manson (Dope Hat Era), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Dario Argento’s Suspiria

The short follows a little girl who confronts her fears in which she encounters visitors from another land materialized in the shadow of the night. Our stars of this amazing short are Jenn Nangle (That Night, Malvolia: Queen Of Screams), Leah Schaefer (Absurd TV), Lexi Marlene (Cold Blooded), and Marle Schaefer (Absurd TV). 

Nightshade is Charles Chudabala’s directorial debut and will be launched for all to see on January 29, 2019. You can check it on Nightshade’s official Facebook page as well as YouTube.

Let’s not forget the rest of the crew:

Director of photography: Paul Stephen Edwards (Ugly Sweater Party, Malvolia: The Queen of Screams),
Costume design: Ama Lea (ABCs of Death).
Assistant Director & Editor: Hunter Johnson (Ugly Sweater Party, 2 Jennifer)
Scored by: Richard Trejo (Mavlolia: The Queen of Screams).
Makeup by: Nikki Vizcaino (Lilith), and props by Christopher Hicks (Zero)

In the press release that I have received, said that Charles is the ‘Rising’ King In Horror, and That doesn’t begin to describe him. Charles is brilliant and did an amazing job bringing his reoccurring nightmare to life with capturing a child’s fear, and the credit for portraying it well goes to Leah Schaefer.

For being so young, Leah brought her character to life, showing how kids react to fear on a real life basis. The rest of the cast did a fantastic job in their roles which helped Leah’s character a lot making it so believable and surreal. This short left me wanting for more and I cannot wait to see what else Charles has up his sleeve for any upcoming projects.

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Netflix to bring Resident Evil as a TV series

Netflix to bring Resident Evil as a TV series

Just like zombies Resident Evil refuses to stay dead. Deadline is reporting that NETFLIX will be doing a live action tv series. Per Deadline, “the plan is for the series to expand the Resident Evil universe and deepen the existing mythology. I hear the series will keep the basic premise, which also served as a setup for the movie franchise. The drama series will explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus.”

Let’s face it the movies are great, the video games are great even the cgi cartoons aren’t bad. This is big news where Netflix is getting a lot of buzz with their TV and films. Original or not this will be interesting to see where it goes. No word yet on casting or release date.

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The Lost Boys is coming back to the small screen by the CW.

The Lost Boys is coming back to the small screen by the CW.

It appears that the CW is going to take a gamble on a classic horror film. The Lost Boys (1987). The CW has ordered a pilot for the series. With the success of shows like Riverdale which is a surprisingly great show could lighting strike twice? We shall see if this is going to be true or not. There was a time the CW was going to do a TV show about Friday the 13th  which due to legal issues fell through and may not become released, but that’s the business for you. With the not so welcomed reviews of the sequels could the series be the redemption, or just simply fade out? Hard to say at this point since there will mostly be mixed reviews. Deadline has reported the information from their website

Logline: Welcome to sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat…and a secret underworld of vampires. After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead. 

There is no word of any cameos or if this will be a continuation or complete retelling.

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THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH(1964) REVIEW

THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH(1964) REVIEW

THE Horror of party beach (1964)

 

What can I say?

this movie absolutely rocks on so many levels. YOU HAVE HAWT LADIES, ROCK N ROLL MUSIC, OUTLAW BIKERS, AND AWESOME CHEESY MONSTERS

 

 

BACK IN THE 50’S, 60’S WE DIDN’T GET MUCH OF AN ACTUAL VIEW OF THE MONSTER, FOR THE FUNDS WAS VERY LIMITED AND A LOT OF BLACK N WHITE HORROR MOVIES DIDN’T HAVE THE BUDGET AND OR TIME TO ACTUALLY SHOW US THE MONSTER. SO A LOT OF BLACK N WHITE LOW BUDGET  HORROR MONSTER MOVIES LACKED A LOT, STILL AWESOME, BUT SEVERELY LACKED.  I AM A BIG BLACK N WHITE MONSTER MOVIE LOVER, WHEN I WAS A KID NOT SO MUCH SO BECAUSE I LOVED MY SLASHERS.  I STILL DO LOVE MY SLASHERS BUT I CAME TO ABSOLUTELY LOVE BLACK N WHITE HORROR/MONSTER FILMS. 

I FIRST DISCOVERED THIS MOVIE MID 2018 AND ABSOLUTELY FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. NOW, WITH THAT?  ON TO MY REVIEW OF THIS CLASSIC MONSTER FILM…

“THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH”

THIS CLASSIC MOVIE IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE WORST FILMS.  DIRECTED BY B-MOVIE MAVEN, DEL TENNEY.  TENNEY DESCRIBED HIS FILM AS A “TAKE OFF ON BEACH PARTIES AND MUSICALS”  WITH A BUDGET OF $50,000.  RELEASE DATE WAS JUNE 1ST 1964.

STARING: 

JOHN SCOTT, AS HANK GREEN. ALICE LYON AS ELAINE GAVIN. ALLEN LAUREL AS DR GAVIN. MARILYN CLARKE AS THE SEXY TINA.

 

THIS MOVIE STARTS OFF, WITH THE MAIN TITLE AND SOME JAZZY SHAKING ROCK N ROLL AND A BAD ASS OLD SCHOOL CONVERTIBLE SPORTS CAR DRIVEN BY JOHN SCOTT(HANK GREEN) ALONG WITH HIS FLIRTY SEXUALLY PERMISSIVE MARILYN CLARKE(TINA) DOING HIGH SPEEDS IN HIS SPORTS CAR AS THEY COME TO A STOP LIGHT, TINA WAVES AT A BUNCH OF OUTLAW BIKERS FLIRTATIOUSLY AS HANK TELLS HER, KNOCK IT OFF TINA, HE PUTS THE PEDAL TO THE METAL TRYING TO RACE THE OUTLAW BIKERS AS TINA FLIRTS EVEN MORE WITH THE BIKERS. 

HANK AND TINA GET TO THE BEACH AS HANK TELLS TINA, THAT’S ENOUGH ALCOHOL, TINA REPLIES TODAY TINA IS GONNA HAVE A GREAT COCKTAIL, AS HANK GIVES TINA A TOTAL BUZZKILL LECTURE ON HOW TIMES HAS CHANGED AND HOW ITS TIME TO GROW UP, TINA SNAPS BACK WITH STOP PREACHING ON HOW SHE KNOWS ABOUT HANKS PLANS AND EXPERIMENTS AT THE LABORATORY THAT HE WORKS AT.  HE CONTINUES TO GIVE TINA LECTURES, AS TINA STATES WE DON’T EVEN TALK THE SAME LANGUE ANYMORE. 

IT CUTS TO THE SCENE OF A WORK BOAT ON THE OCEAN WHICH IS DUMPING BARRELS OF UNKNOWN RADIOACTIVE WASTE. THE BARREL SINKS TO THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN, CAUSING THE CONTAINER OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE TO OPEN AND THE WASTE COVERS THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN FLOOR AND AS WELL COVERS THE REMAINS OF A SKELETON (HOW) DID THE SKELETON DOWN THERE? WE CAN ONLY SPECULATE.

AS THE RADIO ACTIVE WASTE COVERS THE SKELETON REMAINS, IT TURNS THE SKELETON INTO THIS SLIMY MONSTER THAT LOOKS TO BE MADE OUT OF TRASH BAGS.  TO WHICH IT PROBABLY WAS, LOL, THIS MONSTER COMES EQUIPPED WITH TRASH BAGS AND BIG GOOGLY GOOFY CHEESY EYES AS THE MUSIC SHRIEKS AS THE MONSTER IS FORMING….YESSSSSS!!!!!! WE HAVE A SEA MONSTAAAA.

 

MOVIE JUMPS BACK TO THE BEACH AS THE ROCK N ROLL BAND SINGS ON THE BEACH, THE TONS OF KIDS ARE SHAKING AND DANCING AND HAVING A GREAT TIME, TINA RUNS TO THE CROWED AND STARTS TO SEDUCTIVELY DANCING WITH OTHER BOYS ON THE BEACH.  THE OUTLAW BIKERS FINALLY GET TO THE BEACH AS THEY GET OFF THE BIKE LOOKING ALL COOL AND BAD, LEATHER JACKETS, SLICKED BACK HAIR WALKING WITH A PURPOSE, AS THEY GET TO THE PIER THE MAIN BIKER IS LOOKING AT TINA, AS TINA FIRST SEES THEM AGAIN SHE WAVES AT THEM MOTIONING FOR THE BIKER TO COME ON THE BEACH FOR A DANCE.

TINA AND THE BIKER IS IN FULL SWINGING ACTION, HANK COMES UP AND THEN A RUMBLE ON THE BEACH BETWEEN THE BIKERS AND HANKS FRIENDS, AN ALL OUT BEACH PARTY BRAWL, CHEESY AS HELL BUT COMPLETELY FUNNY AS HELL.

AFTER THE FIGHT TINA TRYS TO TALK TO HANK AND HANK REJECTS HER, SENDING TINA RUNNING OFF THE BEACH TOWARDS THE WATER STRIPPING DOWN TO HER BATHING SUIT, SHE DIVES IN TO THE WATER AND SWIMS TOWARDS THE ROCK ISLAND NOT KNOWING WHAT’S IN STORE FOR HER.   THE MONSTER COMES CREEPING UP OVER THE ROCK ISLAND AND LETS OUT A TERRIBLE GROWN AND TINA SCREAMS AS THE MONSTER MUTILATES HER BODY AND THE BLOOD IS EPIC, LOOKS TO BE CHOCOLATE SYRUP LOL..

TINA’S BLOODY BODY WASHES ASHORE AS SOME BEACH BUMS SHRIEKS IN TERROR OF THE SITE OF THE BODY, IT ALARMS THE WHOLE BEACH.  SPECULATIONS RUNS HIGH OF SOME SORT OF MONSTER THAT IS LIVING IN THE OCEAN.

 

THE MONSTER THEN CONTINUES TO INVADE HOMES, INVADE SLUMBER PARTIES AND TAKES MORE VICTIMS AS EACH VICTIM IT TAKES THE MONSTER MULTIPLES.

 

WITH THAT? THIS IS MY REVIEW I DON’T WANT TO GIVE AWAY TO MUCH OF THIS MOVIE FOR YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT.

 

I GIVE THIS CLASSIC MOVIE 3 STARS OUT OF 5

MY BLOOD RATING GETS A 3 STARS OUT OF 5

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From Quentin to Robert: We celebrate 23 years of From Dusk till Dawn

From Quentin to Robert: We celebrate 23 years of From Dusk till Dawn

The year was 1992, A young video store clerk was premiering his first film at the Cannes Film Festival, Reservoir Dogs. That same year another young director from Texas was premiering his film El Mariachi. Both films were instant hits and showcased a talent the likes Hollywood wasn’t familiar with. Snappy dialogue, great action sequences, celebrities from the past who are in main roles dominating the screen once again in different lights. It was then that Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez met. The two bonded over the one thing they love: Movies. As time progressed, they wanted to work together but what would the project consist of? Quentin mentioned his love for horror movies and pitched an idea for a script he wrote called From Dusk till dawn. In reference to the drive-in theater days where they would show movies to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. For those unfamiliar about the plot on the run from a bank robbery that left several police officers dead, Seth Gecko (George Clooney) and his paranoid, loose-cannon brother, Richard (Quentin Tarantino), hightail it to the Mexican border. Kidnapping preacher Jacob Fuller (Harvey Keitel) and his kids, the criminals sneak across the border in the family’s RV and hole up in a topless bar. Unfortunately, the bar also happens to be home base for a gang of vampires, and the brothers and their hostages have to fight their way out. The film boasts an extremely impressive cast of actors in small to big roles. For the moviegoer unfamiliar they may have recognized Tom Savini, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Harvey Keitel, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin and of course Quentin Tarantino himself, but for the movie fanatic, they easily recognized the people that truly inspired Quentin and Robert to not only make this film but all their films. John Saxon, Greg Nicotero, Wayne Toth (who played a vampire in the movie, He’s done the FX for Rob zombie’s films) Marc Lawrence, Robert Kurtzman, Fred Williamson and the legendary Michael Parks. This was honestly the expendables of a horror movie before the film by Kurtzman “Wishmaster” which features a stellar cast itself. The film always holds a special place in my heart from the first time I saw it, I snuck into the theater since I was too young to purchase a ticket quietly sitting in my seat unbeknownst to the theater staff or customers. The movie came on my heart sank, I’m seeing my first Rodriguez/Tarantino film having to go to the video store renting to owning their movies on VHS. Yup, I once owned Reservoir Dogs on VHS along with Four Rooms and Pulp Fiction. The movie started out as a criminal heist film to eventually the horror movie we were waiting for, I studied every line, every scene, I saw so much and remembered pay attention to the movie at least. Here I was just a young teenager rooting for the bad guys, enjoying the violence. Growing up before the internet we just had horror magazines and tv spots MAYBE if we were lucky a tv show would talk about a movie or show behind the scenes even then it was just a snippet. You blink and it was over. So, at times watching the tv spots for horror movies I spent my time studying and breaking down the frames which is what I did for the film. Finally, the film was over. I was awe and couldn’t believe what I saw a great action horror movie with snippets of clever jokes. As stated, there was no internet so when going back to school it was my job to tell everyone what I saw and explain in detail as if I really did witness it all. For years the movie stayed on my mind. I had to own it, the posters, the script ANYTHING related to this film. Luckily, I was able to obtain a VHS copy of the film at Suncoast which back then was my go-to for horror movies. I wore out that tape as I did the box slip from taking it out or lending it to friends for them to see and we talk about. I also read the script which I studied and learned from for future films I wanted to write. As time went by, I eventually studied the many layers of the film. The script had scenes in it that were cut out or dialogue altered or not used. This helped me growing where I would watch films and even to this day go, move this, say this instead, alter this scene more so to reflect this character’s persona. Change this song, use this song. It was as if the teacher was watching me fly from my bird’s nest. Years later I finally met Tom Savini who talked about the film. He kept the machine gun crotch piece and explained that every vampire was modified to where they didn’t look alike, they were all unique designs. Tom joked about how his daughter would hang out with George causing pranks on set by which there were water gun fights with the dancers and Tom, George or whoever fell prey to them. Does the film have some decent sequels that actually aren’t bad? The tv series does a great job piecing everything together and adding new lore to the film. To anyone who worked on the film or the people reading this. If you’re upset, I snuck into the movie for free, don’t worry I have bought the film and posters so many times in my life that the universe is finely balanced.

 

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Ouroboros short film review

Ouroboros short film review

When watching films we tend to forget that a lot of directors big or small started somewhere. Most directors do short films to add to their portfolio, an idea to show what they’re capable of or in some cases just to get their feet wet. They are pretty much everywhere and in the old days most short films were done on the family 8mm. With technology nowadays we can film everything on our phones or even on a tablet. I grateful enough to check out this short film by (David Teixeira) which he wrote and directed called  (OUROBOROS) The film is roughly about 11 minutes. The movie may not seem long for others but keep in mind 11 minutes can be brutal for pre and post production working to get it done right and make sure everything is good to go for film festivals or viewings among critics. The title of the film has a definition that explains the title for the audience. Most of the time I’m used to seeing a movie with music and then goes right into dialogue and action, this film has no real dialogue except screaming and a few lines of the title being repeated in the opening credits there’s music of that of a music box I waited patiently for the movie to begin, but it continued throughout the film all the way into the ending. At first I have to admit I was a little annoyed as well as confused. I gave the movie a few more chances to really dwell in, get the idea of the film, understand it. Which honestly I felt the director deserved since this is his film. Upon watching it a few more times I realized as stated before this film is just a film to be made to get something for the portfolio, get their feet wet if anything. The film is about A girl keeps having the same dream where she hurts herself on a finger, finds an abandoned castle and goes inside. One day she wakes up and she decides to visit the castle for good. Like an endless time loop. There’s no violence or gore, but overall the movie isn’t bad, good editing and the music does help keep the creepy tone of the film moving along. The director said he won’t be making it into a feature film,. but it’s interesting to see what else what he’ll do with his work or other projects

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