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Gremlins a Family film

Gremlins a Family film

 

A lot can be said about the Christmas season, what with all the magic, wonder, Hallmark Movies, kids shows, toys, etc etc etc. Let us take a walk through the side of Christmas that is the most unlikely of family fun.

As a child, I always hated Christmas, not to be cool and “spooky”, no..I really did. It never made sense to me on any level. Then one day as a child of maybe 6..yeah that sounds right. My uncle whom is only 2 years older than myself and I. Caught wind of Christmas special on HBO by the name of Gremlins. Gremlins sounded scary as fuck as a kid, but the imagery of the Mogwai as a cute little furry friend made it seem a little more friendly than the name. At the time, all we saw on the television was a picture of ol’ dude from Waxwork and home girl from Drop Dead Fred (at the time, Fast times at Ridgemont High was what she was most known for..Drop dead Fred hadn’t been thought of.) So what we thought was it was just going to be a movie about a furry critter. BOY WERE WE WRONG! One of my other uncle’s had already seen it and let us watch it. Knowing it was going to be a fun filled adventure of nonsense.

Opening the film the father of Waxwork guy is an inventor trying to sale some of his inventions in the Chinese market. That didn’t go so well, so this chap offers to buy this creature known as a Mogwai, off the owner of the shop. The owner is like “Nah, bro..the fuck you thinking?” Then sales it anyway..with only 3 rules. Do NOT feed after midnight, Keep out of bright lighting, and DO NOT GET IT WET. Why though? No questions about that, the father just bounced out to give to his son for Christmas.

Well the plot turns from “Sure dad, whatever” to “Man this guy is cool” And looky there here comes Corey Feldman to fuck shit up as he often did in 80’s horror flicks, lest we forget he brought Jason back to life. Needless to say, the Mogwai, whom had been aptly named Gizmo because the dad is an inventor of some sort got wet, and the lil’ guy started shooting fur balls out of his body. This created several more mogwai. Waxwork dude was like “bruh! The fuck you do?” and Corey Feldman was all “Ah shucks, Wally”. Then rules get broke some more once they poppled out of their little fur balls. They eat after midnight, thus turning into some kind of hideous alien egg sack looking ordeal.

Ok so we’ve all seen the movie, and the sequel which came out in 1990. (Which featured Slayer on the soundtrack btw). Let me get into why these are the most unlikely of family Christmas films.

As you can tell, I don’t do well reviewing movies I call people by other movies they’re in. Whatever, so anyway. Gremlins and Gremlins 2 are both movies that seemingly come off as comedies more so than horror. However in the 1980’s and early 1990’s horror and comedy went together like cutters and hot topic. So it wasn’t unlikely that these movies would be such a way.
Little creatures that sprout from a miniature fur ball then turn into evil little..Gremlins..yes that’s a good name Gremlins, but the fur ball Gizmo is never changed, unlike his human “owners” he knows not to eat after midnight. Well chaos ensues and the whole 3 block town is terrorized by these little fellas in the first movie. Killing a few people, shooting folks out of their house, the mom who was a true thug was like “fuck this shit” and tosses one of these things into a microwave. So where’s the family fun? Every where, we love that the comic value over shadows the horror qualities of it. It’s a healthy balance that brings you to worry for the family that is fighting to survive as well as the towns people, but you kinda want to see what these things are capable of. So let’em kill and maim a few more people. However, the comedy doesn’t stop with the killing. Not at all, it’s absolutely hilarious.

The second film is pretty much the same thing, but with MORE gremlins, funnier scenarios, and they even speak eloquently at times but really they put blatant comedy into this one. Our protags remember the whole sun light bit and load them into one place and fill the room with bright enough light that catches them all aflame, Gizmo even rolls up all Rambo style. “Angel of Death” by Slayer is playing and just makes for fun for the family. Much how people think it’s hilarious to say Die Hard is a christmas movie, let’s be honest. Gremlins, is the christmas movie for the ages.  It’s a staple in most people’s Christmas routines right next to the Polar Express, A Christmas Story, and It’s the great Santa Charlie Brown or whatever it’s called. If you and your family need something fun and exciting for Christmas, your children are NEVER too young for the world of Gremlins actually stop being pussies and let your kids watch all the horror. If they have not partaken of the genre, then Gremlins is definitely the one that you should introduce them into the world of horror to show that it’s not only comical in bits but whimsical fun..and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.




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[Short Film Review] Homecoming the revenge film from Finland that you NEED to watch

[Short Film Review] Homecoming the revenge film from Finland that you NEED to watch

I had the chance to watch the film “Homecoming” by Esa Jussila which he wrote and directed. The short film’s plot is: “Homecoming is a neo-Noir Story of the former criminals, whose new life is shaken by the ghost of their past” When he talked about the film, he mentioned it’s not a horror movie per say. More of a thriller with gore. I wanted to check out the film to help out the indie community because for most this is their bread and butter. This movie isn’t bread and butter. This movie is steak and lobster. The film opens up with an extremely impressive kill that doesn’t let down with gore throughout the film followed by beautiful cinematography. Almost like watching an art film with graphic violence. To be honest the only complaint I have with this film is that there’s not more to it, Esa said he wanted to cut to the chase and not drag on. Oh, I beg to differ this short film kept me on my toes with my jaw to the floor wanting more the story line flowed so well. Amazing actors who don’t give us a lot of character development to hate them or love, however we can’t feel but be intrigued of the why and how which does explain at the end. Even our anti-hero who’s hunting down his foes doesn’t give any one liner or no dialogue just Michael Myers esc kills: No mercy, no remorse. Esa does a great job at combining drama and horror including an extremely interesting twist of a scene where the hunter catches his prey very easily by going after what their leader cares for the most. Fans will eventually be able to purchase the film on physical formats or watch online in the near future. To be honest this is the film you can watch over and over again not to see anything you might’ve missed but just to enjoy each time bask in its gory scenes, it’s well paced dialogue of characters and still wanting more. If this is just a taste of what he’s capable of I can’t wait to see a feature film. Don’t pass up this film just because it’s short. This is a film to watch out for.

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Lilith Movie Review-House Of Tortured Souls

Lilith Movie Review-House Of Tortured Souls

Lilith- The independent horror film directed by Alex T. Hwang, is one of the most anticipated anthologies of all time that will leave you wanting to view it over and over again. The performances in this film are beyond chilling and have some recognizable faces with stars such as: Felissa Rose (Krampus: The devil returns 2016, Sleepaway Camp 1983), Jenn Nangle (Malvolia Queen of screams 2017-2018, Slit 2017), Charles Chudabala (Ugly Sweater Party 2018 Irrational Fear 2017), Michael Wainwright (Altar 2016, Lamb Feed 2016Thomas Haley (Fear the walking dead 2015,Thirteen 2013)  Devanny Pinn (House of Manson 2014,The Black Dahlia Haunting 2012) Vernon Wells (Mad Max 1981, Weird Science 1985), and Brialynn Massie (Serena Waits 2018, Rvth: Genesis 2018) 

Let’s start with a brief history lesson for those who may not be familiar with Lilith. Lilith is a figure in Jewish mythology, and often seen as the demon of the night. A very dangerous demon if I may add, one that’s sexually lawless. 

There is not just one Lilith in this film, the women are all Lilith. For they punish men against the indiscretions against women. The beginning briefly starts off with Felissa Rose’s Lilith. During the whole movie it cuts back and forth to segments with Felissa’s Lilith along with Detective Carson (Thomas Haley) and Father Murphy(Michael Wainwright). Father Murphy seems to not have as much faith in ridding Lilith where Detective Carson is on his last straw of doing everything in his power to go after and rid Lilith after losing his daughter Brooke (Brialynn Massie) to her. 

The first part of the movie shows Detective Carson’s teenage daughter Brooke (Massie) going through a secret affair with her teacher. Everything was going smooth until she found out she was pregnant. With Brooke in a panic like any teenager would be, she goes right to her teacher with the news. He loses his composure on a fragile teenager to where she leaves uncontrollably sobbing and ends up taking her own life. Her friends including one who had a huge crush on her, decide to take matters into their own hands by trying to blackmail the teacher with the pregnancy test. Their plan was cut short with Lilith making her appearance and ending them in a no mercy killing spree, all equally bloody, with Massie’s performance exquisite and chilling in how she was portraying a teenager scorned. 

The second part brings us to the amazing Jenn Nangle portraying Lilith. It cuts to her being a caretaker to a gentleman named Phillip (Vernon Wells). This part of the segment was not just to watch Jenn’s character take care of and make Phillip lunch, it was the revenge aspect of her coming by to drag him to hell and he very well knew it. He knew all too well as to why she was there, she even beared a resemblance to his late wife. The chemistry between Jenn and Vernon play off of each other well and like always, Jenn brings the humor and charm to this segment before it turning into a well deserved bloodbath. 

And now my friends is on to part three. You get introduced to Darren and Madison (Emily Coupe). They are both seemingly going through a bit of a tough time especially with Darren being s sex addict, so Madison decides to leave. It doesn’t take long for Darren to rebound quickly, and here arrives Lilith. No time was wasted into engaging into sexual activities and with Lilith and the demon tying up Darren and we all eventually know how this is going to end for him. 

Part four, ends with the serial killer. A man named Frank stops to help a young woman who’s car broke down on the side of the road. With her trusting the man, he ends up pushing her into his car and taking her back to the bathroom at his house. You can clearly tell that this is not his first rodeo in luring victims back to where he wants them. We end up finding out, that like most serial killers, they end up having a kind of obsession, fetish you if will. In Frank’s case, it ends up being a shoe fetish… yes, feet! In the midst of carrying on with his murder, the doorbell rings (buzz kill). We see Lilith (Devanny Pinn) who apparently went for a drive after a supposed fight with the boyfriend unleash her wrath after Frank tries to use her being vulnerable as the perfect opportunity to offer her a simple cup of coffee with a drug in it. Devanny’s performance is outstanding. 

With my breakdown of this movie in four parts, I really don’t want to spoil the whole of how it ends. I took this movie in a whole different light and Alex T. Hwang along with the writers and the actors did a superb job portraying Lilith. This is one horror film you do not want to miss out on, so keep an eye out my fellow horror fans to catch it on Amazon, Itunes and googleplay on December 25th! 

 

 

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(Spoilers) Film review for The House that Jack built uncut

(Spoilers) Film review for The House that Jack built uncut

I got the chance to see the uncut version of The House that Jack built. Nothing was going to stop me. My Alamo Drafthouse was sold out, luckily, I was able to find an art theater in an almost abandoned mall. Afterwards it was surreal walking out as the mall was closed almost like a lucid dream from what I just saw. So, get to it, right? Tell us what you say! Review the movie! It was a one-time screening and honestly FOR GOOD REASON. The movie is very brutal, humorous, artistic, nihilistic and over all dare I say a work of art? So, sit back and relax and just know in a very rare instance I will actually post spoilers about the film including what deaths to expect. The rated R version will premiere Dec 14th. So, think of this as a guide on what to expect, how much to expect and what may be cut. Now the film is under scrutiny with the map based on the uncut version being released early that could generally confuse the crowd thinking they were going to see the rated r version. However, the audience in attendance KNEW exactly what to expect. So, if you’re still curious still wanting to know let’s break down THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. As stated, I WILL BE POSTING SPOILERS SO FINAL WARNING. The film did have intros by Matt Dillon and Lars von Tier thanking the audience for attending and knowing that they’ll be seeing the UNCUT version. As the film opens, we see Matt Dillion driving down the road seeing Uma Thurman stranded needing help, the two begin to talk where Uma becomes persistent of needing help not so much begging for help, but making as if it HE HAS TO DO IT. This does continue throughout the opening scene where we begin to be annoyed by her as she picks on Matt profiling him as a serial killer (which he is) After a while he snaps using the car jack to cave in Uma’s face which they do show. This is probably the only time in the film where we don’t feel so bad and actually understand why he did it. We cut away to dark screens where there’s voice overs of Jack speaking to somebody only known as Verge played by Bruno Ganz this happens throughout the movie which will make sense in the end. Jack speaks about the 5 random incidents in his life that stands out the most of his “art” that he’ll refer to now and then throughout the movie. Him killing Uma was the first incident, the second is where we see him early in his life learning to kill, learning to get rid of evidence and feel nervous riddled with OCD. He confronts a widow posing as a cop who later reveals he’s an insurance agent in order to get into her house, tries to kill the older woman only to fail where he tries and tries again.  We’re treated to a display of his ocd where he gets away with the murder, but he just can’t be happy assuming he left blood stains all around. Now being choke doesn’t sound vicious, but he drags the body with his van in order to escape the police who come in reporting a break in. When he gets back to his meat freezer, he purchased previously we see the woman’s hollowed skull like it was a watermelon display set. Perhaps the most cringe worthy scene that I can made 100 people leave the screening at Cannes is his 3rd incident where he talks about, he had a family at one time. It was his, but he was on a date with a woman and her two children. He takes the family hunting explaining the guns and the targets as well as the trophy displays hunters would boast about. We get a glimpse of him as a boy expressing how he would hide in the corn fields hearing the farmers using their scythe that put him at ease. During this flashback he cuts off a baby duck’s leg and throws it back into the water. There’s no cuts, edits or even CGI it looks like the real thing. As we go back to his picnic date, he’s begun hunting the family He goes for the children first shooting one child in the vital organs and shooting his leg off. He shoots the child’s brother point blank in the head. The mother cries as he sets up a picnic forcing her to feed food to her dead children who are positioned as scarecrows, he eventually kills the mother after asking her what’s her favorite number to which she replies 12. The number is then used as a countdown. Jack goes on to discuss that he’s always wanted to be an architect but was never given the chance due to his mother who felt it wouldn’t pay off. He works as an engineer and throughout the film explains his actions as art arguing with Verge about the differences and his actions are right. Verge listens but draws the line at child’s death as if I heard it all but I still don’t care to hear these parts and can’t acknowledge anything like this as art. Which keep in mind this is a drama art film with heavy horror elements. Most of the time we are treated to philosophy, music and the sanity of Jack who ideally just wants to build a home but can’t get the idea of his dream home down. It’s murder and torture that lines the foundation of his new “home” that makes him feel at ease, cures his ocd and engulfs him to where he’s a confident sociopath with the ability to manipulate those around him, even then his friends are loners and people who aren’t very social. The film is well done with excerpts of the mindset of Lars Von Tier who has repeatedly certain taboo and controversial topics. Yet, this review isn’t to bash Lars it’s simply to showcase the film that I saw. He does speak of falling in love once, but it ends in murder where he explains nobody cares and nobody wants to help a person. The end result is Jack slicing off a woman’s breasts which once again no edit no cut away the scene takes place right there. The final incident was just him experimenting on shooting a full metal jacket bullet in the heads of a group of men lined up. Jack has bought the wrong bullet and must correct his mistake where we see the crumbling of him with the ocd coming back. We don’t see the execution with the bullet which is kind of a shame but at this point with the meeting of Verge we realize he wasn’t going to make out of this alive and it could be either his confessions to a priest as he approaches death row or Virgil is simply the embodiment of Death. Answer: The latter. Jack is caught by a friend who tries to reason with him but is brutally stabbed in the mouth with a bowie knife. What are seconds feels like minutes watching him raise his mouth as the knife goes deeper into his skull. The police find what’s going on and hunt Jack down. As the police try to break down the freezer doors Jack decides to go out and build his home from what Verge explains this is how Engineers work. They work with what they have. He ties up the bodies using wire and hooks. The house is creepy since he’s been keeping the bodies frozen (also there is a taxidermy scene with one of the children he kills to always be smiling) Which you will see quite a bit in the film. Verge takes him down a hole inside his house where we figure that he’ll be taken to freedom, but as the epilogue continues, we are treated to the previous conversations we heard in the dark. Verge is death and he’s taking to final destination. Heaven or hell which is by a broken bridge. The bottom is just lava with a screeching metal noise. Verge explains many people have tried to cross the other side but never make it. Jack feels he has a chance and tries only to fall to his death. So that’s the movie an art film with graphic violence, some soul and blues music, dark humor or perhaps the crowd was laughing nervously or just have a twisted sense of humor. I may never know. With this showing nobody walked out but who knows on the other screenings. Should you see this movie? Yes, keep it mind it is an art film but the gore, storyline and acting will keep you interested. I have to say despite Lar’s character he went out and made a great film about raw emotions that escalate to murder to ease the jangled nerves of a man who has to find an outlet. The movie makes American Pyscho (2000) look like a cartoon.

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The Crossing Review- House Of Tortured Souls

The Crossing Review- House Of Tortured Souls

I had the privilege to have been asked to review Thomas Haley’s short film The Crossing and it was the best 15 minutes of viewing pleasure that I have experienced leaving me wanting more of it. 

The Crossing which stars Felissa Rose, Brooklyn Haley, and Charles Chudabala—brings you to the urban legend of a bride who willingly sacrificed herself by the train tracks after a tragic car crash that left her new husband dead. Now anytime any couples cross the tracks, she preys on them because who wants to see another couple strive in happiness?

Thomas Haley saw potential in using a woman’s suffering of a loss in turns to get her revenge of other people’s happiness, not caring that it will not bring her husband back. As a viewer, it caught my attention of seeing a woman scorned from a chance of pure happiness, because let’s be honest, who hasn’t felt that sense of pure jealousy seeing those around you have what you don’t have. Especially with it being taken away so fast in a blink of an eye.  

This short film dragged me into wanting more. It had the proper amount of not just gore but you felt for her every step of the way. You can clearly tell Thomas Haley and the cast had put every ounce of dedication into this short film and I can’t wait for everyone to have the chance to view it as well. 

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Let’s be thankful for Blood Rage

Let’s be thankful for Blood Rage

For the longest time horror fans were fixated on the faux grindhouse trailer Thanksgiving (2008) by ELI ROTH to Thankskilling (2009). Both films had what we wanted Over the top gore and it was a thanksgiving horror movie. A first for their kind. Then Arrow released news of a forgotten gem that made the fans of horror drool at the mouth. I’m talking about the 80’s slasher movie BLOOD RAGE (1987) AKA SLASHER and NIGHTMARE AT SHADOW WOODS. With all the titles and cuts this was the movie most didn’t know, and the other half were eagerly anticipating its release. For good reason the film was shot in 83 and released in 87 and the fx was done by Ed French from Terminator 2 (1991) which was worth every penny and we’ll get to that in a bit. The film’s plot: As kids, Todd is institutionalized for a murder whilst his twin goes free. 10 years later, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighborhood.”  The movie is good for what it’s worth. An 80’s slasher movie with a great synthesizer and great deaths. Sure, the movie has cheesy dialogue & acting, however we can’t forget this was made in the 80’s. What saves this movie is the gore in the film showcasing ED’s talent. Including a death scene in the woods that silly as it’s executed (no pun intended) is amazing. As for the fans there’s also a quick cameo by none other than Ted Raimi who you will know as the brother of Sam Raimi and happens to pop in some really great horror movies. The movie doesn’t hold any mystery on who the killer nor does he use any costumes just straight up murdering people of course there’s some cheesy one liners including the infamous “It’s not cranberry sauce” So over all let’s be thankful there’s this movie out there sure it may be a b movie slasher to some people but this film is top shelf horror for the fans who after a day of eating turkey and feeling tired, plop on the couch pop open a cold drink with friends pop that pop corn turn on the tv and watch the first ever Thanksgiving slasher movie set in Florida about an evil twin.

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Malvolia’s Memorable Thanksgiving 2 – House of Tortured Souls

Malvolia’s Memorable Thanksgiving 2 – House of Tortured Souls

Jenn Nangle (Malvolia herself) is back in a 10 minute Thanksgiving segment which will leave viewers wanting more to bite into. 

This episode starts off with Malvolia’s car stalling in front of her victim… neighbor’s (James) home. Her flirtatious charm and subtle humor and chemistry with James is what really made this as a whole. With James being a gentleman (well so he thought) by offering her to stay and to use the phone, he did not realize that he was going to be her next appetizing treat. 

Both Jenn and James delivered incredibly and with their steamy connection, it makes us viewers feel like we are right with them in that moment she sinks her teeth right into him.

It is clear to me as an avid horror fan that Jenn and her team work hard to appease their fans with each video they put out and I look forward to many more episodes to come especially the holiday segments. It’s the proper amount of gore and humor with a twist.

 Before you all decide to go feast with your family and friends for Thanksgiving, may  I suggest that you watch the new episode right here ⬇️⬇️

 

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Film review for the new film Triggered by Chris Moore

Film review for the new film Triggered by Chris Moore

After watching his first film Blessed are the children I immediately enjoyed the path that Chris Moore was going. When I heard about his second film, TRIGGERED I reached out to him and said, May I please see this movie as soon as possible not only to review but watch his progress into the horror industry grow. Upon watching the film, I was rest assured that Chris hasn’t lost his touch from his first film. The film Triggered like Blessed deals with topical issues that are relevant to still staying true to the 80’s vhs tapes you would see at the video store. Not the big budget 80’s horror movies but those small forgotten gems that when finally get a movie release the hardcore fans go nuts for. Triggered’s plot is: “Two teenagers fake an attack by a legendary serial killer for a little attention, but the plan backfires when this triggers the real killer to resurface and go after them.” Chris doesn’t waste time with panning shots of his town or even give us filler jokes that don’t apply to the scene. Given the title may turn some people off what with the cliché term used as an insult to someone. Don’t let that discourage you the film delivers promise with great acting, excellent score of yesteryear 80’s slashers. Perhaps the only downfall I can say about this film is that even though there’s great death scenes along with great editing of the deaths one can only imagine what if there was a little more in the budget to do over the top gore. However though perhaps that may take away from the film itself making it to be a “Dark comedy” when in reality Chris is bringing an interesting story with dialogue that runs smoothly along with rapport of the actors that keep you interested to where he reminds you this is still a horror movie all the way to the bloody finale  that didn’t disappoint with the big reveal of why this is happening. There are little Easter eggs of a Golden Girls reference, to even a name drop of David Cronenberg which you should be able to catch briefly. The film will be released early 2019 along with a few screenings in the UK. When given the chance go out and buy this film or rent it to avoid being Triggered from retailers who are sold out.

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Cam (2018) Movie Review [SPOILERS]- House Of Tortured Souls

Cam (2018) Movie Review [SPOILERS]- House Of Tortured Souls

Over the weekend while I was browsing Netflix, I came across the movie Cam and decided to check it out. Cam was written by a former cam girl Isa Mazzei and directed by Daniel Goldhaber. The film explores the online camming world and what women endure while trying to make a living and keeping their personal lives private from their online life.  

The film follows Alice (Madeline Brewer- The Handsmaid Tale, Orange Is The New Black) an ambitious young girl who performs under the name Lola on the website FreeGirls.Live. Alice will do whatever it takes to stay in the Top 50. She performs different themed shows (like the seven deadly sins) and even pushes the envelope with risky stunts, like slitting her own throat in order to obtain excitement from her viewers who tip tokens. One particular favorite viewer is Barney (Michael Bempsey).

Like in any industry, there will be competition and jealousy. In this case, a top performer known as Princess (Samantha Robinson) will do what it takes to knock Lola out of the top 50. With Lola being the ambitious young woman that she is, she does everything in her power to keep entertaining to strive to stay in the top. She takes it an extra notch sacfricing everything she has to make sure the rest of the night goes smoothly until the next day when she goes to login she is locked out of her account. 

Being locked out of any account which has access to your information can be quite frightening. For poor Lola (Alice) she is living that nightmare with a lookalike version of her still running her account. Calling customer support is not only frustrating for Lola, but for the viewers as well who can relate in a time of needing help with your personal information seems to be hacked. 

Lola not only is battling trying to get her account back in order to work to supply her living and keep her fans, she is battling herself and keeping her online life separate from reality and away from the ones she loves. Coming to terms that her doppelgänger is an actual glitch, she does everything in her power to overthrow her and trick her to getting her account back, even taking it to an extreme by damaging her face to prove what is real. You would think Lola would have learned her lesson on how dangerous the webcam world can be even with having her account and identity stolen but it cuts down to her making a whole new account and new name so she can be top dog again.

The online world can be an exciting and scary environment. It allows you to feel like you are escaping your reality but it goes to show that you can’t be someone else without it catching up to you. The way this movie was directed and written will hold your attention from start to finish. Madeline Brewer’s performance was convincing and passionate and you feel for her    cause “losing” yourself/identity into a cyber abyss happens more frequently than we would like to imagine. Some may think webcamming is for an escape and for fun, but for some they see it as a way of living.

Overall Grade: A

 

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I have a little more faith in the Child’s Play remake.

I have a little more faith in the Child’s Play remake.

So, there’s no way to stop remakes or reboots. Some are great, and some are bad. We all have different feelings about them of course it’s always good to go in with an open mind, give it a shot it regardless. Just know that with any outcome we will always have the original. Remakes are tweaked or updated in some ways to reflect the times or just add more in a time where directors could only do so much. Let’s break down how I’m kind of looking forward to the Child’s Play remake. Ok, I get it. It’s a classic, no Brad Dourif, no voodoo, it’s an AI robot going berserk. Believe me I’m on your side BUT I did hear somethings that made me reconsider the film. MGM owns the rights to Chucky and the Child’s play movie of the FIRST film. Universal Studios pretty much owns the rest. MGM can do so much to make the film however they want let’s say the movie does amazing MGM can now do sequels based on their idea vs a legal dispute with Universal over their sequels. The doll will be still be known as Chucky and we don’t know who the voice will be highly doubtful it’ll be the original doll voice. The name of the toy line is called Buddi which sounds ok at least we still have the look of the original box in it. The only thing at this point that can make me change my mind about the movie is that if it’s pg-13 then we’re looking at jump scares and wasted potential kills that will offer no satisfying reward to the fans. Let’s not add insult to injury here MGM let’s go for a hard R, the movie is going up against ‪Toy Story 4 it’s already has mixed feelings and a lot of people are on the negative side. If they succeed in beating, we can have a new franchise. Which helps because Don Mancini has MANY ideas for HIS franchise. So next year may the best toy win.

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Film Review of Breathe the short film by Samuel Vainisi

Film Review of Breathe the short film by Samuel Vainisi

In the world of Indie films directors, writers, editors and everyone in between are popping up like crazy. In the beginning it was virtually impossible to do your own film or even get the backing to do so. Film was expensive and very tiring just to edit. Now with advance technologies and easier access to promote on social media platforms. Being an indie director isn’t too hard. Given you still have your issues to deal with but for the most part they are out there doing everything they can to make their work. Whether it’s a short film, teaser or in this case test work to learn the craft such as the topic of discussion the short film BREATHE by Samuel Vainisi. The film’s plot is: “A young girl struggles with her anxiety and insomnia throughout the night. As hallucinations begin to flood her mind, a decision must be made as each passing second becomes too overwhelming and she must remind herself to just… breathe.” The film does start off a bit slow but afterwards, I wanted more it grabs your attention with the score along with the anticipation of what’s next rest assure horror fans it does get bloody in the end. Now given this was the rough cut of the film that’s still being worked on. I told Samuel this is great and doesn’t need any more work. He is however the director so when it’s done it’ll be done, but it’s more so for technical stuff that he’s working on. Samuel is very humble about his work saying that his first films weren’t great but gave him the chance to do what he wanted. After watching his previous films Senses and Akrasia true they were a few things here and there that needed work, but these are very, very minor things. Overall, he has an eye for directing and the passion for it. He has helped out with numerous films before and just went from there making his own. He does have a store set up for purchases of his movie along with help on funding the future of his work which you can click here. If you get a chance check it out and if you’re able to buy the DVD from him even though it may be a small price now one day, you’ll be paying for his bigger films which will all be worth it.

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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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Sharp Knives cuts deep into the veins for horror comic fans

Sharp Knives cuts deep into the veins for horror comic fans

It’s been a while since I read a comic book or even a horror comic book. Truth be told the last horror graphic novels I read were by Junji Ito and Steve Niles. I was very pleased to get a chance to read issue one of Sharp Knives written by Anthony Cotter and illustrated by Martin Trafford. Normally I’ll review a movie or tv show, but it was nice to get back to my roots of horror comics since that’s what I loved to read growing up. Right off the back this comic has a hopelessness cold feel to it with style of a 70’s, 80’s slasher movie. Not the hokey slasher movies with the one liner I’m talking stuff like New York Ripper and Maniac feel to it. Sharpe Knives is a dark and gritty story set in a fictional corner of the real world, free from supernatural elements. An exploration of what drives the worst kind of villains, and the choices they might make when confronted by forces as malevolent as they are themselves. Narrated by depraved serial killer, and master blade-smith Jeffery Sharpe, who’s waning self-control drives him down a path toward a formidable adversary the likes of which he likely never expected to encounter. It begins! The main character’s narration is written out almost as if you’re reading the journal of the serial Killer. At times me reading the comic felt as if I was reading a movie script envisioning the scenarios in my head. The story builds up to an interesting read where we follow the main character Jeffery Sharpe stalking his prey and nothing will get in his way to achieve his goal it’s almost as if times, we’re rooting for him to what degree though? Perhaps it’s just the fact that we’re not terrible people but just enjoying a horror comic that doesn’t hold back almost as if we’re watching Jason Voorhees kill for the first time and gives the audience what we want: Blood. The artwork is amazing showcasing the mentality of a killer where he brutally murders an innocent by stander just for talking to him to finally brutally killing the body guard of the victim he’s been chasing. As stated yes, I read issue one it’s not out yet although here’s the best part there’s an Indiegogo campaign going on with perks that are worth every penny. For more info please click here for the campaign. This is a horror comic you’ll be hooked on very early

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Trailer Review: DIS the new movie from Unearthed Films coming this January-House of tortured Souls

Trailer Review: DIS the new movie from Unearthed Films coming this January-House of tortured Souls

When it comes to surprises Unearthed Films is no stranger to them. It was revealed this week that the film DIS (2017) will be released in Jan. The trailer which I saw blew me out of the water. The film has a feel of part indie art film to graphic twisted nightmare. The plot follows: 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 unnamable terror behind it. What you sow you will reap. The movie gives us interesting details but no real spoilers. Which is great because it’s best to walk in with no real idea of what to expect. I’m sure there will be gore, brutality, insanity with a story. The film stars Bill Orbest Jr. Who you might recognize from Circus of the Dead (2014) Death Camp (2018) and even Criminal Minds (2014) who is no stranger to horror. So, after the holidays are over the turkey has been devoured and the Christmas presents have been opened. Sit back and enjoy this film as we venture into the new year with a new film that will for sur be talked about for a while!

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TOM SAVINI TURNS 72 TODAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM!!!

TOM SAVINI TURNS 72 TODAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM!!!

 

Thomas Vincent Savini was born on November 3, 1946. He is known for his amazing talent as an actor in such films like From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror Creepshow 2 and many many others. In 1990 he directed Night of The living Dead which was a remake of the 1968 classic that was directed by the late, great George A Romero. Tom recently directed a new episode of Flicker, which is a new web series created by Robert Tinnell, telling bite sized horror tales paying homage to silent horror films from the 1920’s.

‘Most of all, Tom Savini is known for his creativity in over the top special make up effects for such films like Friday The 13th, The Prowler, The Burning, Martin, Dawn of The Dead, Creepshow and many many others.

The Godfather of Gore was inspired by the 1957 film, a Thousand Faces. He became fascinated with the magic and illusion of film . While Tom was a combat photographer in Vietnam, he got his first taste of real carnage, which ended up being in his films later on.

Tom Savini has a special makeup effects program located in Monessen, Pa at Douglas Education Center.

In 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting this man at Douglas Education center and even though I knew he was busy at the open house, I was just in awe. Here is the guy that I looked up to my entire life. When I was a kid, I spent majority of my time watching horror films and his name often appeared in the credits under special make up effects.

As a lover of the 70’s and 80’s horror films, I was in shock at just how well the makeup was done, it looked real, it looked disgusting and it looked painful. If Tom’s name was on a film, you knew you were in for a treat of carnage.

One year as a Christmas Gift, I was given VHS tapes of Tom’s work. Scream Greats and Horror Effects and I would watch those back to back all the time. I was overly obsessed with film making and enjoyed seeing how all this magic comes to life on screen.

Say what you want about Tom Savini, but to me he is a legend, a mentor, a filmmaker and a friend.

SMOKE AND MIRRORS, which is a documentary on the life of Tom Savini, is in post production and will hopefully see the light of day very soon.  The film was written and directed by Jason Baker.

 

LET’S ALL WISH TOM A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TODAY!!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TOM!!!

 

 

 

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Cast of Ru Paul Drag race brings The Rocky Horror Picture to life in San Antonio

Cast of Ru Paul Drag race brings The Rocky Horror Picture to life in San Antonio

If Halloween has given us anything it’s 31 days of so much horror. Throughout this month there have been parties, movie screenings, cartoons, seasonal candies, Halloween stuffed toys to even people going above and beyond dressing up as popular memes. However, the one thing that is just pure Halloween is The Rocky Horror picture show. Now if you have never seen it you are considered a “Virgin” Which isn’t a bad thing because for those who haven’t seen it watching it for the first time is almost a spiritual journey if you will. So, let’s breakdown Rocky Horror Picture show not the movie but the LIVE version featuring cast members from Ru Paul drag race. I had the pleasure of attending the live version for my second time so far. I’ve seen the movie countless times either for parties or just simple entertainment. It’s a classic none the less, but to see it LIVE to interact, dance along which was HIGHLY encouraged. There’s nothing in the world that can replace that feeling as if I’m watching it with friends who loved it just as much as I do. The event was held at the Woodlawn Point Church. Which was extremely cool for them to host the event especially for what the show was about. As I took my seat there was a small pre-show with our local drag show celebrity Tencha La Jefa warming up the crowd with her usual comedic routine. She is our Don Rickles of San Antonio. The show came on and what I loved about this version was that a live band performed on the side which made the event even better as if you’re watching a play AND a rock show. I would explain the plot for the film, but at this point to all horror fans they know it all too well. The cast was amazing with the Talented queens from various seasons. Laganja Estranja KILLED it as Dr. FrankenFurter. Previous actors and actresses have taken on the iconic role but Laganja added their own flair to it to where it’ll be hard to top. Tim Curry would be proud. Ginger Minj played the role of Janet belting out amazing vocal abilities which once again proves She deserves to be on the stage as well singing and performing because she is a talented comedian as well. Texas’ own Cynthia Lee Fontaine played Magenta and was amazing even towards the finale where her iconic outfit felt as if it was her own design.  Even Comedian Daniel Franzese who you’ll remember from Mean Girls did a really great Eddie adding his vocal tunes to the show which was amazing to see in a different light. Overall the show was by far one of the best productions I’ve seen in a long time. The cast stayed true to the script of the original as well as adding little improv lines and the main stars inconic lines and dance moves. Laganja doing the death drop as Frankenfurter, PRICELESS! Club promotor Rey Lopez has really out done himself this year with a great production and a great cast. When he’s not busying running his store Male B Wear he’s busy at work with the production (Rey Lopez Entertainment) of the show and other shows he goes all out for whether it’s a club show or a big event. I asked him about it and he told me, “This has been one of my biggest challenges, but with the help of a great team it all worked out” I couldn’t agree more! Truth be told the show was top notch and everything went well with no problems. The only downside of this event is that it’s only twice this month and that’s it. Onward to next year where it’ll be a different cast or maybe somebody from before. Either way I have to say if you’ve never seen Rocky Horror go see it LIVE while you have the chance and if you have seen it still go see it LIVE. The last performance of the year will be tomorrow on Halloween which is the perfect time. There’s a light over at the Frankenstein place, but Rey is keeping it brighter with an amazing cast and an amazing production. I would also like to say even though I couldn’t take flash photography or videos for the YOUTUBE page due to legal reasons out of my control I was able to get these production photos from the Photographer CJ Photography 

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HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Thirty – 10/30/18

10/30 – 2016: DON’T BREATHE/TRAIN TO BUSAN

And yet again, I came upon a year where it was too hard to decide which films to feature, and it got narrowed down to two: a home invasion thriller that upends the premise of a classic chiller from the Sixties, and a zombie action drama unlike anything audiences had seen before.

If you’re old enough to remember (as I do) the Terence Young-directed thriller from 1967, WAIT UNTIL DARK, the best screen adaptation of Frederick Knott’s smash play there will ever be, you’ll recall Audrey Hepburn as the “champion blind lady”, who manages to get the goods on three crooks trying to outsmart her, including a terrifyingly good Alan Arkin.  FEDE ALVAREZ, who totally retooled Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD in a gore-drenched remake in 2013, got the brilliant idea of taking that scenario and flipping it around. The result? The cracklingly good ‘home invasion’ flick, DON’T BREATHE…which literally describes what you’ll find yourself doing through the second and third acts of his DEAD follow-up.

Once again tapping the talents of his muse/leading lady JANE LEVY, and adding DYLAN MINNETTE and DANIEL ZOVATO into the mix, the three of them play juvenile burglars out to make one last big score. Zovato’s “Money”, the wannabe-badass of the group hits upon a plan. Rumor has it that there’s an old, blind Iraq war vet who lives alone, and has a shitload of cash stashed somewhere in his house.

Old. Blind. Isolated. Rich. Easy pickins, right?

Except, of course, if the man in question happens to be STEPHEN LANG (AVATAR, BAND OF THE HAND, LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN), who usually plays ‘not-fuck-with-able’ sighted characters on his worst days. So is the man he plays here going to be an easy target? Not on your life.

I won’t disclose how they find out, but the three thieves soon learn they’ve got their hands full. And worst of all, they’re on the Blind Man’s turf. Where they know next to nothing about his house, he has that blind person’s super-heightened senses of everything that’s around him, especially sound. And that’s where the title comes in.  BREATHE is a mindfuck all the way around. The “bad guys” turn out to be so much less dangerous than their intended ‘victim’, and even though they were up to no good, you end up rooting for them to be able to get the hell out of the predicament they made for themselves.

But much like the script that Alvarez crafted with writing/producing partner RODO SAYAGUES, you never have any idea of what’s coming next, and the twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your sofa, all the way up to the gasp-inducing finale.  I didn’t care much for Alvarez’s take on the Raimi film, to be completely honest, but DON’T BREATHE won me over immediately. I don’t doubt that if you love a good, solid thriller, the same will happen for you with this one.

As for our other feature…

Like many people, I gave up on THE WALKING DEAD at about Season Six. Or was it Seven? No matter. By the time Negan was finally introduced after what seemed like a lifetime’s worth of speculation, I was pretty much “zombie’d-out”. With multiple TV series devoted to them (including FEAR THE WALKING DEAD), I just didn’t feel like anything new could be done with the sub-genre. Or at least, no one was trying very hard to.

And then, along comes TRAIN TO BUSAN.

This pulse-pounding thriller from Korean director SANG-HO YEON, took what appears to be a simple enough premise – transferring the scenario of Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD from a shopping mall to a commuter train – and, using the tried-and-true conceit of character investment by the audience, turns his film into a grueling, 90-minute terror ride that fans have taken again and again since its initial release. (It was one of the biggest box-office smashes in Korea that year, and for good reason!)

Work-obsessed businessman Seok-woo (YOO GONG) is taking his daughter, Soo-an (SU-AN KIM) to be with her mother, from whom he is estranged. But what seems like the beginning of a downer of a family drama, takes a sharp left turn, as father and daughter board the train leaving Seoul and bound for Busan, just as a mysterious zombie virus descends upon the city, transforming those affected by it into speedy, groveling flesh-munchers, infecting any and everyone who happens to get bitten.

The terror grows with the size of the undead hordes, and the chances for survival shrink faster than the Seoul skyline in the distance. As the struggle begins, a beefy laborer, Sang-hwa (the scene-stealing DONG-SEOK MA) who starts out having an antagonistic relationship with Seok-woo, soon joins forces with him as a badly-needed ally, as he tries to keep himself and his daughter alive, while also still trying to fulfill his promise to Soo-an to get her to Busan to see her mother.

 

As I often like to say, “Terror needs no translation”, and that definitely applies here. Director Yeon, working from the script he wrote with JOO-SUK PARK, knows his way around an action sequence, and manages to blow the audience away with several suspenseful setpieces, involving situations that have never been presented before the way they are here, even in top-notch zombie thrillers like 28 DAYS LATER and WORLD WAR Z (which TRAIN shares some similarities with.)

International filmmakers are ‘bringing it’ with their takes on the zombie genre, with everything from BUSAN, to the recent Chinese productions of ZOMBIOLOGY and LOST IN APOCALYPSE. I wish George Romero were still here to see this, and to remark on it in his own unique way…

POST-MORTEM SCRYPT: 2016 bounced crazily between sci-fi/horror, the supernatural and man-made monsters with such offerings as 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, THE CONJURING 2, SPLIT, THE WAILING, RAW, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, UNDER THE SHADOW and the excellent THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS.

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HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Twenty-Nine – 10/29/18

10/29 – 2015: BONE TOMAHAWK/GREEN ROOM

A tense tale about the search for a missing woman in the Old West, (BONE TOMAHAWK), and the story of a punk rock band that accepts a gig from Hell (GREEN ROOM). You wouldn’t think these two films had very much in common, and you’d be right. Except that it not only introduced audiences to two remarkable new filmmaking talents, but also gave them two films that went to some unexpected places, redefining what it means to ‘gaze into the abyss’…and see with terrifying clarity, what it is that’s staring back.

S. CRAIG ZAHLER hasn’t been a big part of ‘the scene’, so when BONE TOMAHAWK arrived, it felt kind of like a random lightning strike, and had about the same effect on fans! When you see names like KURT RUSSELL, DAVID ARQUETTE, RICHARD JENKINS, PATRICK WILSON and MATTHEW FOX associated with a film from a relative newbie, you know that script has got to be something special. And it certainly is.  How best to describe this without spoiling the living hell out of it? Okay – for you film buffs out there who go back as far as I do, think THE SEARCHERS-meets-THE HILLS HAVE EYES. For you latter-day movie kids, think DEADWOOD or TOMBSTONE, with just a taste of THE DESCENT thrown in.

When the wife of a small-town settler (WILSON) vanishes, Russell is the sheriff who rounds up a posse to go after her and the people who took her, probably Indians by all the signs. So in the first half of the film, you think that what you’re getting is a modern-day take on a classic kind of Western.  And for the most part, you are.  Then, the second half kicks in.  And I don’t want to say more than that, except keep the smelling salts handy.

For old hands Russell and Jenkins, this is familiar territory, and their roles fit them like old, worn, favorite gloves. Even Arquette doesn’t have to stretch here, his own cameo pretty much an extension of the role he played in the underrated cult classic, RAVENOUS. (And Arquette gets beautiful support from an unexpected cameo by no less than SID HAIG, but I won’t say where or when that happens).

But it’s Matthew Fox who gets the part that’s the most ‘against-type.’ His leading man good looks serve him well, to augment a character you probably could only spend two minutes with before wanting to kill him. It’s quite the revelation.  But not as much as the 180-degree-turn BONE TOMAHAWK makes, into territory that most Westerns wouldn’t even think about going into. This is one of those you’ll be telling your friends about once you’ve seen it, and there are scenes I can promise that will stay with you for a very long time.

On the other side of this, GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted B-thriller with great performances, and a sad footnote, as the movie that pretty much defined the career of the late ANTON YELCHIN, even as he exploded onto the pop culture scene as the “new” Ensign Anton Chekhov in J.J. Abrams’ retooling of the STAR TREK series.

The follow-up to his bracing revenge tale, BLUE RUIN, writer/director JEREMY SAULNIER brings to light the tragic and unsettling tale of a punk band called “The Ain’t-Rights”, composed of Yelchin as “Pat”, along with JOE COLE, CALLUM TURNER and ALIA SHAKWAT as his band mates. Closing out their most recent tour, they were set to do a gig that was arranged by a college boy fan, which fell through without warning.  Stuck with no other options, their benefactor quickly sets up another gig for them.  Out in the middle of nowhere. At a clubhouse.  For neo-Nazi types.

Not the best of circumstances, but money is money and a gig is a gig. Things are pretty dicey from the get-go, and it doesn’t help that the band kicks off their set with a rousing cover of The Dead Kennedy’s classic “Nazi Punks Fuck Off.” Even with that, they do manage to win over the surly crowd. Or so they think.

Retreating back to what passes in this shithole for their “green room”, they’re told not to go in, but someone forgets something in there, and does it anyway. And that’s when they see it: the murdered body of a girl they saw earlier when they were playing in the club.  Things go south fairly quickly, when the skinhead staff trap them inside the room because of what they saw. But two things make it apparent that they probably won’t be allowed to leave alive: when Amber (IMOGEN POOTS), the dead girl’s ‘best friend’ becomes a captive as well, and when the leader of the skinhead cell, Darcy, arrives to take charge of things and “clean up the mess.”  In other words: ‘no loose ends.’

Yet again, we have a script that’s impressive enough to attract an amazing lineup of talent, but especially for the role of the deeply evil Darcy, a complete game-changer for PATRICK STEWART, who said in an interview that when he read the script, the part scared him so badly that he knew he had to do it. Darcy began an arc of parts that Stewart has accepted to change his “Captain Jean-Luc Picard” image, and this was certainly a great way to start.

Every step Saulnier takes with GREEN ROOM proves beyond a doubt, that BLUE RUIN was definitely no fluke, and as a ‘good luck charm’, the cast of ROOM includes the monumentally talented actor/writer/director MACON BLAIR, who was the star of RUIN, and is behind the tremendously dark and funny character piece, I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE., made for Netflix. Here in ROOM, Blair has a pretty important role as well as Darcy’s main lieutenant, and that’s about as much as I can say about that.

Bracing, razor-sharp and violent, GREEN ROOM isn’t for the squeamish, and provides some pretty sweet surprises not only for lovers of survival chillers, but mystery lovers as well, as The Ain’t-Rights begin to learn that there’s more than just a case of domestic violence going on behind the scenes.

So that gives you two options of films that gained a lot of traction from word-of-mouth, and rightfully so.

POST-MORTEM SCRYPT: THE WITCH, THE INVITATION, THE VISIT, CRIMSON PEAK, KRAMPUS, THE FINAL GIRLS, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 and GOOSEBUMPS were just some of the movies that gave horror fans a widely diverse selection to choose from, in both quantity and quality, for 2015.

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HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Twenty-Eight – 10/28/18

10/28 – 2014: THE GUEST

Full disclosure: beyond clips from the show, I never saw DAN STEVENS in any full episodes of DOWNTON ABBEY, but I get it. His role in director ADAM WINGARD’S THE GUEST was about as far from the Abbey as he could possibly get…and then some.

If you are already familiar with Wingard’s previous work, (YOU’RE NEXT!, A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE, the V/H/S series), then you’d think you know what to expect. That’s kind of true, but even familiarity with his other films isn’t going to prepare you for some of the wicked twists here.

When “David” (STEVENS) comes knocking on the front door of the Petersen’s place one day, and announces that he knew their deceased son from the war, their natural inclination is to welcome him into their home. Which they do. There’s immediate chemistry between him and their daughter, Anna (MAIKA MONROE of IT FOLLOWS), yet Anna senses there might be something else there…something possibly on the dangerous side. And actually, she was way underestimating that instinctive assessment.

Wingard and writer SIMON BARRETT don’t bring anything new to the table, in terms of subverting our prejudices about what a “good guy with a gun” looks like, or what he will do. But what they do with their scenario is done as well as you think it could be, from the same guys who gave us YOU’RE NEXT! THE GUEST is more of an action-suspense thriller with some decent nods to horror conventions, just like that film was.  And both Stevens and Monroe just kick ass in their respective roles, and left me hoping that we might see a sequel someday.

POST-MORTEM SCRYPT: 2014 was damn near an embarrassment of riches, that gave us movies like HOUSEBOUND, THE PURGE: ANARCHY, GOODNIGHT, MOMMY, SPRING, DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD, THE BABADOOK, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, A GIRL WALKS HOME AT NIGHT and, of course, IT FOLLOWS.

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Domestic Hell local movie that shows real horrors

Domestic Hell local movie that shows real horrors

I’ve reviewed numerous films all over the U.S. so I was really happy to finally review a local film shot here in my back yard. I recently got to watch the film Domestic Hell (2018) by Colin Bressler. I would see advertisements of the film having it’s premiere in my city. I reached out to them and introduced myself and explain who I am. I was lucky enough to view the film before screening and take in what the cast and crew was able to pull off. So let’s break it down. The plot is: A couple in a open marriage kidnap a girl being held against her will. The Husband has become abusive towards his wife and hostage, We then find out that the husband has created a blood lust towards innocent women. Making the decision for the wife to stay or just work things out and the friend trying to locate her missing friend. The film doesn’t have any major stars but the cast does have potential for acting where at times felt too real in certain scenarios almost as if they were giving an emotional testimony of their pain. Given the film may not an over the top gore you may know me to review, but I couldn’t help but check out the film. I have to say there is that feel of The Last house on the left (1972) in reference to the husband and to where his captive wife who has developed somewhat of a Stockholm syndrome for her husband even though during the film she can’t help but feel bad and worried for her own life as she’s also a victim. The director set out to make a horror movie where it’s the horrors of real life about Domestic abuse. I have to give the Director credit for turning out a captivating story where we felt compassion, fear and sorrow for these characters where as even though it may not be a big budget film  they give it their all for this which I’m glad to see since this is a horrific scenario. Including a satisfying ending that wraps up the story very well. The film Domestic Hell is a terrifying ordeal, but a joy for the movie goers who are looking to see new talent bring something to the big screen. If given the opportunity watch the film or if you’re in the San Antonio area stop by for the premiere part of the proceeds at the door will be donated to the Domestic Violence Shelters which I think is a great reason to see this movie. The link for the viewing can be found here.

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