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Queen of Screams announces “Malvolia’s Halloween Party”:  You’re invited! (House Of Tortured Souls)

Queen of Screams announces “Malvolia’s Halloween Party”: You’re invited! (House Of Tortured Souls)

You’re Invited to malvolia’s third annual Halloween party. 

Malvolia to host a killer of a time at her annual Halloween party.

Los Angeles, CA October 15, 2019: It’s almost Halloween, which can only mean one thing! Horror Hostess Malvolia: the Queen of Screams is having her annual Halloween Party! A typical party game results in a killer realization. Malvolia’s Halloween Party WILL AIR ON OCTOBER 24th!

Jessie (Sarah Schultz) is on a mission to crash Malvolia’s Halloween Party. After finding the location on the dark web, Jessie courageously “shows up”. Seeing everything in real life has made her “fan out” and forget that the Queen and her cast of characters are never up to any good.


Written by the series creator, Jennifer Nangle and directed/edited/shot by one of the series’ producer’s, Paul Stephen Edwards, this film will show a twisted, kooky night full of dark laughs
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The film was produced by Jennifer Nangle, Reyna Meree Velarde, Hunter Johnson, and Paul Stephen Edwards. Practical SFX was done by Chronix EFX.

Cast: Jennifer Nangle as Malvolia (That Night) and Sarah Schultz (Friday the 13th: Legacy) lead the cast which also features many of the indie horror circuit’s rising and veteran talents, including Charles Chudabala as Charles (Ugly Sweater Party), Sheri Davis as Bloody Sheri (Hair of the Dog), Thomas Haley as the Movie Exec (Blind), Lara Jean as Sataness (Trust Issues), Hunter Johnson as Hunter (2Jennifer), Brialynn Massie as Bria (Self Sabotage), Carter B. Allen as Mr. Gerald (No Way to Die), and Reyna Meree Velarde as Kelly (For Jennifer). Appearances by Christabelle Glasgow, James Glasgow, Matt Glasgow, Marlee Schaefer, and Leah Schaefer.

YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/c/malvoliathequeenofscreams

IMDb:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt11079938/?ref_=ttep_ep4

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/queenmalvolia

Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/queenmalvolia

Instagram:

http://www.instagram.com/queenmalvoli

 

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Blood of the Mummy (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Blood of the Mummy (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Blood of the Mummy is the latest horror film from Sick Chick Flicks and writer/director Christine Parker. The film stars Laura Bridges, Lily Cabrera, Justin Z. Cole, Albert Guzman, Tremayne Blair, Gill Hope Thornton and Terrance Watson

Blood of the Mummy follows Louise (Laura Bridges) who witnessed a tragedy as a little girl when her parents who are archaeologists were murdered in an Egyptian tomb.

Throughout her life, it seems that trouble always follows Louise and when it does, the Mummy shows up to take out those victims around her but spares Louise.

Louise who is now institutionalized, is trying not only trying to piece together the events but she is also coming to terms that if this is a curse , is it hurting her or protecting her in some odd way. 

Louise eventually starts to piece together the truth, also finds herself face to face with not just the Mummy but with who is responsible to how those in her life unraveled so quickly. 

Blood of the Mummy was definitely planned and made carefully but with some minor inconsistencies, some include inconsistent lighting and jumping around a bit here and there but the editing, brilliant acting and the FX totally makes up on those minor flaws. The wrap job on the Mummy was phenomenal, and was very believable. 

Blood of the Mummy has been bouncing around the film festival circuit, if you get the chance to catch it, I highly recommend you do so.

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School Spirit (Into the Dark Review)

School Spirit (Into the Dark Review)

August is here and going quickly which only means one thing when you are a kid… school is coming. In the 11th episode in the Into the Dark series on Hulu appropriately titled School Spirit, a few teenagers are in for a deadly treat with their first detention of the school year. 

In high school, there are the typical cliche labels of all individuals. In this Breakfast Club meets Scream vibe, we have our miss perfect star pupil Erica (Annie Q. — Alex Strangelove, The Leftovers). This Ivy League student is among a treat to the other regular delinquents in detention. 

Just like at any school, there is a myth that an old teacher who died from a prank gone horribly wrong , comes back every year and preys on the students, more recently 2 students are actually missing. 

With the recent events of the two missing students, you have the typical alcoholic principal “showing concern” while he tries his best to lock the delinquents in a room as they do their cleaning. The introductions of the goody two shoe students to the partiers who “have nothing going for them” worked out perfectly in the beginning then it went downhill right to their fate. 

A rotting corpse is responsible for each missing teen, going from rebelling with alcohol and weed to wanting to be the best they can be, they are picked off one by one.

For me it has the perfect amount of cheesy teen drama and rebellion with a I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe. You don’t know what to make of it and it definitely holds your attention while you piece together on who the killer may be. 

If you are looking to find out the do’s and don’ts of what not to do in school then this movie is for you. Check out the trailer below and also catch up with the series on Hulu. 

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John Carpenter scoring on both Halloween sequels

John Carpenter scoring on both Halloween sequels

With Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends just announced last month, the details are very limited with just knowing the release dates (October 16, 2020 & October 15,2021) but all that is important right now is that John Carpenter is providing the music. 

Through sources with (Comingsoon.com), John Carpenter himself told ComicBook: 

I loved it, it was a lot of fun. And I’ll do the score, do a new score. That’s always fun.”

Halloween Kills will be released on Friday in October of 2020. David Gordon Green will be directing and co-writing the script with Danny McBride and Scott Teems. Halloween Ends will be released on another Friday in October but in 2021. Green is also on board directing but with McBride and Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier.

When any new information arises, we will keep you up to date. 

 

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After watching The Boys. Karl Urban needs to star in a horror movie

After watching The Boys. Karl Urban needs to star in a horror movie

Growing up, I read a few issues of The Boys, which was an insane comic that was somewhat of an underground hit that later on grew with fans. For it’s over the top violence, sexual activity, even poking fun at beloved comic characters we all know and love.

This was a time where comic movies and TV shows were far to none. A few gems came here and there, especially if we got a rated R comic movie Christmas for everyone. With comic books now being more mainstream among media outlets.

It’s become apparent that studios are willing to give shots to not household names such as Batman, Wonderwoman, Superman, Green Lantern, etc.

The Boys finally arrived at Amazon studios giving us gratuitous sex, violence, and language from author Garth Ennis who’s famous for his run on The Punisher. I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the series. I was deeply impressed and just wanting more, but it was over done to the point it felt with some episodes as fillers. The Boys, “A group of vigilantes, set out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers.” 

The show gives us a gritty look at superheroes that are terrible people, and the bad guys are good. It’s a slippery slope where we see Butcher (Karl Urban)balance between right and wrong for the greater good but also fueling his vendetta towards “Homelander.” The series “Superman.”

Without spoiling it, it’s excellent that’s full of humor, gore, violence some cool cameos that never really feeling bored or drawn out. We get some questions answers and answers with more questions, but this is a TV series so be prepared for a character development along the way. The season ended with this perfect mix of a “Fuck you” to Butcher who next to Homelander is a terrifying character.

You see Homelander is scary because he has superpowers of that like Superman. He doesn’t have any weaknesses, but mentally it’s a match of head games throughout the series whether it’s the Vought corporation or later on with Butcher.

Now Karl Urban in the show is scary because he’s walking that line of a good guy and a bad guy. His judgment clouded at times so yes he’s fighting for the greater good, but it’s also become a vendetta against the “supes” as he calls them. This is just like Sheriff Wydell from The Devils rejects and just like in this show Butcher shows no remorse towards supes, which would make great for a horror movie. Even in Dredd, which is a criminally underrated movie, he was a badass that showed no remorse. In one episode particular there’s a scene where (Butcher) slowly stalks a superhero, confronts him and proceeds to bash his head in like nothing. Imagine the scene from Halloween (2018) but with way more blood and face-smashing. Even in one scene, he shoots a superhero with a high power weapon in broad daylight without flinching.

As the show ended, all I know is that I wanted to see more of The Boys and or at least see Karl Urban play a slasher in a horror movie. The Boys is playing on amazon right now.

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Universal pulls THE HUNT off it’s Sept schedule

Universal pulls THE HUNT off it’s Sept schedule

For those who were looking forward to Blumhouse’s THE HUNT that was for next month. Universal has decided to pull the movie for the time being.  “Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen – for a very specific purpose – The Hunt.”

Deadline broke the news based on Universal’s decision based on current events. Universal has released this statement:

While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film.  We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”

No word yet on or if the movie will be released. We will keep you informed on the news.

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Culture Shock (Into the Dark Review)

Culture Shock (Into the Dark Review)

Culture Shock is the highly anticipated 10th installment in the Into the Dark series which puts a whole new twist and perspective on the American Dream, focusing on what has been circulating on news stations: immigration crisis. 

Gigi Saul Guerrero (Mexican-Canadian filmmaker) created this horror story by channeling her own Mexican heritage. 

Culture Shock follows Marisol ( Martha Higareda ) a pregnant Mexican woman (that is due at any time) who is trying to cross illegally into the United States to start a fresh life for herself and her baby. With all risks, something unexpected is usually bound to happen. That is exactly what had happened to Marisol and thought she traveled with, border patrol came through and swiped away any potential freedom they yearned. 

Through the mist of the chaos, Marisol wakes up to find herself in an over the top perfect neighborhood. Each day she finds herself waking up in a perfect Stepford Wives scenario with a perfect dress and being greeted by a caretaker named Betty (Barbara Crampton— ReAnimator, You’re Next, Death House). It sounds ideal but Marisol soon catches on with what should have been a fresh start for herself and her baby but soon becomes the “All-American” Nightmare.

  As Marisol sets off for the start of her day, the perfect scene of eating pie and decorating for Independence Day, she starts to recognize Santo (Richard Cabral) one of the other crossers who was on the same bus as her. He went from the rough tattooed-edge look to now having robotic mannerisms and a big smile plastered on his face. It becomes clear not just to Marisol, but for the audience that her people are being stripped of their customs and being brainwashed by “American standards.”

Culture Shock is just a huge wake up call in the midst of how we portray ourselves as a country to what you see plastered on the news. Guerrero’s political twist into the horror genre works out perfectly, it will make you angry, and concerned and just has a major twist to it in the end. If this won’t open your eyes, then how much does it show that we just avoid important issues day to day? After all, lately it’s been one big horror show to some.

Check out the trailer below and then I highly suggest you go watch it on Hulu. And while you’re at it, check out the rest of the anthology because there’s only 2 episodes left before this comes to an end. You won’t regret it. 

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Dracula’s Coffin movie review

Dracula’s Coffin movie review

Dracula’s Coffin,  a Hawthorne House Films and Barton CT Productions brings you a film by Stephen Wolfe. Based on the story by Brian Hardin II, Matt Spease and John Vasilio , Wolfe brings you…back in time with an 80’s feel to a story of blood, lust , hunters….and boners!

P.J. Starks (Volumes of Blood / Volumes of Blood :Horror Stories/ Volumes of Blood 3: Devil’s Night) , is  executive producer of the film, and when he reached out to me asking if I’d care to review a film that he was involved in, how could I say no!?!

Dracula’s Coffin is the story of young Josephine (Sarah Pohl) who is hired to house sit for a very horny Abe Vanhelsing (Matt Boca), who is on his way to Transylvania to go “hunting”. But before he does so , there’s only one condition…”Don’t go in the basement!” Well all is fine and dandy till her boy band boyfriend Freddy (Tim Robinson) comes over and insists they of course check out the basement.

Low and behold , Dracula’s Coffin is found, the lid is popped, and back from the dead Count Dracula(Justin Herman) comes ready to take vengeance, feed and rebuild his army .

A lot is packed into this film. A small cast, all very well acted. Strong production , sound and lighting really set the mood well.

The campy 80’s feel of the film sets the mood from the very beginning and stays true till the very end.

Dracula’s Coffin is a fun 26 minute short that will have you laughing out loud , feeling nostalgic and wanting to break out all the old classic vampire films. My opinion, this is a great film to show at any Halloween get together!

Keep an eye on Wolfe as his 2nd film Doll Factory will be out in late August , as well as he has signed on to be a part of Rocky Gray’s 10/31 pt.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers to you Stephen Wolfe, a job well done!!

 

 

Keep it evil.

 

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SGT. D IS COMING, AND YOUR ON HIS LIST!

SGT. D IS COMING, AND YOUR ON HIS LIST!

 

Neca toys has announced the release of true music icon Sgt. D! The mascot of 80’s super- group thrash band S.O.D or Storm Troopers of Death will be making to the homes of once headbangers everywhere.

Break out the cassette tapes, and dust off the jean jacket with the sleeves cut off and covered in metal band patches cause 1985 is back ! S.O.D consisted of Scott Ian / guitar and Charlie Benante  / drums (both from Anthrax, Dan Lilker/bass( Nuclear Assault) and front man Billy Milano (Method of Destruction) . The thrash band was known for their lyrics dealing with racism , stupid people… and drinking milk.

The band best known for the riff ripping song “The March of S.O.D” and “Speak English or Die” the band created a mascot and Sgt.D was born. So here we are 34 years later and Sgt. D is coming back to life.

Neca Toys will be manufacturing the 8 inch action figure that will have a removable helmet and comes equipted with machine gun…..very suiting.

 

Having grown up with 80’s metal, S.O.D was on my turn table as well as on cassette in my Chevette and Sgt. D was as iconic as Eddie from Iron Maiden. As a matter of fact, by boy Sam-skull gave me a Sgt.D patch a fews years ago…yes i still have it Sammy!

Neca Toys has created some incredible figures , many that i own…but I’m really excited about!

So if Sgt.D doesn’t make to my stocking this xmas…Santa’s ass will get a major beat down!

Sgt.D is currently available for pre-order for $32.99

Keep it evil!

 

 

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Exclusive look at Violet & how you can help out with the film

Exclusive look at Violet & how you can help out with the film

Samuel Vainisi has been a part of some big films such as THE BADMAN and Teratomorph. With the release of his short films, Breathe, Senses, Akrasia. He’s now behind the camera again working on his movie “VIOLET.”

In a few weeks principal photography will be wrapped. Small funding will take place where fans can donate to the film. Truth be told with some great talent including one of Marcus Koch doing fx who you may know from such films as Bloodshock and Song of Solomon. He’s bringing some new fx to the film.
House of Tortured Souls was lucky enough to get an exclusive scene along with some pictures. Samuel has this to say about the experience of working on his film:

“This movie isn’t a horror movie, it does have its moments, but at its core, it is about showcasing the lingering trauma of rape. I began working on this film three to four years ago now, and I pretty much opened up my chest and grabbed my heart and tossed it out for the world to see.

Violet is more than a movie; it’s a message. While we were on set wrapping up this one last scene before getting kicked out of a location, I thought I was desensitized from the script. I can handle it, I thought. We were shooting the rape scene. Now, in my movie, I don’t want to show nudity, and I don’t want to show the rape. I want to have some footage to sprinkle into the film, for Violet to remember – and we the audience can get an insight into what happened to her. Now while shooting this, I just broke down. I kept yelling cut because I couldn’t take it, it was too real, and it kept reminding me of the past. But hey… maybe thats a good thing. If it affected me this much, perhaps it will affect the audience and get my message across better.”

With that being said in this day in age of movie needing funding, my question is, why not? Film perks from a guy with enough credit to his name not only working with some exciting new faces of horror, but now he’s behind the camera working on his first feature film that isn’t short — tons of talent, an impressive script. Every prominent filmmaker started somewhere might as well be there at the beginning with Samuel. Here’s a clip from Violet

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FUNKO POP PICKS UP PEELE!!

FUNKO POP PICKS UP PEELE!!

Funko Pop! has announced at the San Diego Comic Con that they will pick producing a line of Jordan Peele character’s from Peele’s film Get Out(2017) and Us(2019).

Seems like every where you look, you will find a Funko Pop! vinyl toys. From book stores, to candy stores, game and even tattoo shops. Funko Pops are everywhere and most people it seems have at least one , if not collect them. From sports figures, to cartoon, actors/character’s , icons, musicians and even custom orders,  Pops! have taken over!!

It was announced last night at the San Diego Comic Con that Get Out will be receiving at least two Pops! Both will be depicting the character of Chris Washington: one strapped into a chair and covered in blood.

Funko also announced it will be producing Pops! of the Wilson family from the Jordan Peele blockbuster film Us. The Pops! will be available in both “normal” and “tethered” versions .

No tentative release date on the Pops! new toys, but you can bet they will be on this guys shelf!

Keep it Evil

 

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CREEPSHOW Update and TRAILER

CREEPSHOW Update and TRAILER

Creepshow has been in the talks for awhile and it is now surfaced with names, dates and trailer! Shudder and Greg Nicotero’s Creepshow will be bringing 12 tales of terror and still promises to hold true with its old slogan of “The most fun you’ll ever have being scared”.

The show’s cast will include  Adrienne Barbeau, Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Davidson, DJ Qualls, Giancarlo Esposito, Tobin Bell, David Arquette, Tricia Helfer and Dana Gould

KNB EFX GROUP Inc, Nicotero’s Oscar and Emmy award winning company will be handling the series Creature and Make-Up Effects

Creepshow is set to release on September 26th!!

 

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Monster Reviews: Happy Death Day 2U – 2019

Monster Reviews: Happy Death Day 2U – 2019

Every so often a film comes along that redefines the genre. Be it big or small, the change is always significant. Sometimes these films go unnoticed, other times they’re appropriately decorated. No matter the case, they’re all game changers and extremely influencing.

Happy Death Day 2U is a glorious display of brains and blood. It brilliantly blends science and time travel, with horror. While it’s without a doubt a horror film, it’s very science-based and is basically the first of its kind in the modern era.

The film is written and directed by Christopher Landon. It stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin, Ruby Modine, Rob Mello, and Kenneth Israel. Imagine having to relive the day of your death over and over again until you find and put a stop to the person responsible for killing you. Now imagine having to do it twice. 

Happy Death Day 2U is in a class all its own. While there are science fiction horror films and horror movies involving aspects of science and time travel, there’s never been a science-based horror film like this. The slasher aspect of the film pretty much takes a backseat to the inclusion of quantum mechanics. It adds an urgent, exciting element to the film, keeping it fresh and relevant.

It’s easy to see people losing interest quickly in a film like this though, as it’s not what moviegoers are normally accustomed too. However, films are currently becoming increasingly more and more intricate, involving ideas and concepts once deemed to complex for the average viewer. A film like this sets the stage for an entire science based horror sub-genre, with an array of untapped opportunities and potential.

When done correctly, such as this, the concept can be extremely impactful. It could flip the genre on its head and bring about new fans to our beloved community. It can potentially generate a higher intellectual fans base, proving that horror isn’t all about nudity and blood.

Phi Vu as Ryan in “Happy Death Day 2U,” written and directed by Christopher Landon.

The acting in this is couldn’t be any better. The characters are very memorable and relatable, and those returning from the first film picked up right where they left off in the previous. It was a real pleasure not to see anyone recast and to be able to watch certain actors expand on what they accomplished in the first film. That’s the key to a lasting series. 

The idea of watching the same day play out over and over again is the perfect formula to experiment with. With a storyline that can pretty much go anywhere, the potential is unlimited. Many sequels are bound to follow, each with their own interpretations of the original concept. Toss in the science aspect, and you have the ideal blueprint for continued success.

The costumes are great and the gore is spot on. The sets are very inviting and the overall cinematography is stylish and stunning. Not to mention the directing, editing and sound are also exceptionally well done. However, the best part about the film is actually the story and dialogue. They really slayed the subplots and knocked the characters out of the park. The chemistry between the actors was obvious and very apparent. 

Happy Death Day 2U is insanely fun. It’s full of blood, science and scares. It’s a masterful sequel and one of the few to truly surpass the original in every area. If you haven’t checked this one out yet, go see it! It’s a seriously remarkable piece of film.

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TORMENT

TORMENT


TORMENT is a tapestry of filth focusing on the abstractions of normality in cruel segments of horrific intent unfit for mass human exposure.
TORMENT, a film by Adam Ford and produced by Domiziano Cristopharo, is an account of a psychotic clown who kidnaps his victims to become cruel amusements in his sadistic actions towards his prey, fulfilling darken daydreams that could only be conceived within the depths of a soulless, fragmented and devious lunatic.
TORMENT plays out almost as a work of primitive performance art, arrayed in confronting scenes of increasingly hateful violence followed by silenced, engaging and somehow touching moments of sadness from the perspectives of both the spider and its ensnared, hopeless quarry.
The movie opens with a crawling sense of disgust and a grim resonance that TORMENT never truly abandons through its run-time with commanding images beheld as innocent illustrations that launch the viewer into an insane, lengthy opening segment reeking of venomous bodily fluids as the dimensions of a horror film take hold.
The longevity of one rape scene later in the story, lit in ominous shades of blue, creates an atmospheric pressure that threatens its audience as well as challenges their ability to withstand stomach-churning cinematic assassination attempts with a penetrating deviancy.
The controversial climax of the movie, not particularly to my personal liking, still resonated within my mind while my body recovered from being recoiled and repulsed by the acts onscreen.
TORMENT forms a divisive circle of WTF moments that make this initial release in the “Too Extreme For Mainstream” brand from Unearthed Films a welcomed addition to the infamous distribution and production company’s cannon of diverse offerings to the seedy realms of underground horror.

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The Affliction Table (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

The Affliction Table (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

After watching and reviewing House of Lexi, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out The Affliction Table which was written and directed by M W Daniels, he also appears in this short horror film.

This non dialogue short horror film follows William Hayden, (M W Daniels) who is a fantasist and an occultist who dreams up the ultimate woman Holly Low (Kimberley Thornhill). Little does Hayden know, she is something far from his nightmares and they carry out bizarre rituals around the Affliction Table. 

The whole entire short film takes place at a table in the dark which makes it eerie but you can feel the connection between Daniels and Thornhill. Their connection with their characters can be quite creepy and it’s obviously quiet, however you don’t need to words to feel every emotion they showcase. It’s beautifully horrific. 

Daniels once again shows how creative he is as a writer and director. I felt every ounce of emotion within 15 minutes of the drastic changes this short had. This is a film you will have to see for yourself to understand. Daniels is definitely going places in his career and I can’t wait to see more of his projects in the future. 

The Affliction Table is set to play at many festivals, catch it while you can’t, you won’t regret it. 

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[movie review] James and Mae Bell’s Harm

Very Fine Crap Video’s HARM is a spiraling echo of homemade horror that captures the deplorable, violent and sickeningly real relationship between an unnamed man and woman.
To sum up the short film HARM in any form of a synopsis would be almost a disservice to the filmmakers and their acute sensibilities (directing credit is given to both James and Mae Bell) but a failure to quickly summarize the events that unfold would read “a repellant tale of two companions and their steadily deteriorating relationship via the physical, sexual and mental abuse that permeates the shallow yet powerful story in a sickening totality of simplistic violence.”
Hateful scenes of varying unpleasantness cast a subversive shadow that almost teeters on the brink of a dark satire since HARM contains many comedic moments that issue from both the protagonist and her abuser.
Wrapped and bound by uneasy, ever-pulsating musical intonations this grotesque connection between wrath and heel quickly descends from the normality of everyday domestic scenes of cruelty – brought to the surface with devastating emotional ques and a stunning performance from Mae Bell which is balanced by the unhinged, sporadic and sometimes laugh-out-loud stylings of James Bell’s character’s domination to his submissive lover which runs the full spectrum of abuse from humiliation to sexual assault – to the devastatingly badass climax which revels in savagery aided by a glorious act of vengeance with disturbing visuals displayed throughout HARM and showcased through harsh scenes that do not allow any moments of relief from this frenzy of a film.
After the joyful insanity of HARM, the eight release from Very Fine Crap Videos, I’m excited to be checking out the latest from VFCV with this entry from James Bell and Mae Bell being my new favorite offering they’ve unleashed to the underground horror world and seekers of unusual cinema!!
Check out this movie!!!!!
-RVL

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House Of Lexi (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

House Of Lexi (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

I had the privilege to check out the 15 minute horror short House of Lexi which was written and directed by M W Daniels. The short stars Emma Dark, Helen Stephens, Jane Garda, and Sean Francis.

House of Lexi is a psychological horror short which starts of calm and serene showing a very beautiful beach in the beginning. Then it changes drastically. 

The short follows Lexi (Emma DarkBad Friday, Seize the Night) who appears to have lost her mother in a car crash and has also lost her baby sister at birth. Lexi holds on to  the image of her sister and what she would be like if she were around longer. All of this starts to twist and turn and haunt her. 

This film will leave you putting it all together in different perspectives with how Lexi feels, especially during the trippy nightmare scene. 

Casting Emma Dark for this was brilliant, she’s very talented and gave such a strong performance as Lexi. 

M W Daniels knows how to pack a punch in such short time with this film and I cannot wait to see what else he has in store. 

House of Lexi will be debuting at numerous festivals this summer, if you have the opportunity to view it, do it you won’t regret it. 

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CHILD’S PLAY – 2019

CHILD’S PLAY – 2019

The 80’s were a great time for many of us. Music, clothing, hair styles and most of all, movies from every genre, especially Horror movies. We have been treated with many classics like, Friday The 13th, My Bloody Valentine, The Prowler, Fright Night and many others.

After so many years of enjoying these such classics, it was only a matter of time before they were being remade for today’s generation. Some are good, some are great, some are worth a viewing or two and some are just god plain awful.

The films in the Child’s Play franchise have been a hit or miss. The original and sequel have always been my personal favorites. Chucky was mean, scary and had memorable one liners to make any fan chuckle. The last two installments, Curse and Cult were fun. It was almost as if the series was headed in the direction of the originals. Then, out of the blue, we got news that a remake was underway without any of the original team, including Brad Dourif who gave Chucky his voice. Needless to say, the idea alone didn’t go so well and it sparked a crucial negative response. Well, the remake is out and it may not be as fun or chilling as the original, but it is a fun little ride.

In the opening of the film, we are introduced to Buddie, an enhanced doll that is practically an ALEXA. The doll itself can operate devices in our homes and can even control automobiles, like an uber, without an actual driver. We are taken to the factory where an assembly of these dolls are being transported to toy stores all over, but not before one of the workers is fired. As revenge, he tampers with the technology of the doll, then commits suicide.

One minute later, we are introduced to a 13 year old boy who appears to be friendless and alone. His mother works at a toy store and is dating a not so nice human being, who actually turns out to be a real scumbag.

While working at the toy store, a customer brings back one of the Buddi dolls, saying it’s defective and Andy’s mother decides to bring it home for him as an early birthday gift. Things seem to be going well between Andy and his new best friend, but that all takes a wide turn when Chucky begins to see the hurt and anger that Andy is going through, making Chucky more menacing, But, Andy is his best friend and best friends protect one another

Child’s Play is not a great film and it’s not a bad film either. It’s a fun 90 minute ride with some moments of laughter and gory kills that are actually quite shocking. My personal favorite deals with a lawnmower, it’s that cool.

Check out Child’s play in theaters now. Don’t expect to be blown away and I think you’ll have fun with this one, like I did.


 

 

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The Perfection (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

The Perfection (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Netflix’s The Perfection takes us through a hellish nightmare between 2 cello prodigies Charlotte (Allison WilliamsGet Out) and Lizzie (Logan BrowningDear White People). 

Charlotte (Williams) was always destined for stardom ever since she was a little girl; however it was put on hold when her mother became ill.

After her mother passed away, Charlotte reached out to her mentors Anton (Steven WeberSingle White Female, Wings) and Paloma (Alaina Huffman— Smallville, Amber Alert 

At the Academy, where she meets their new star Lizzie (Browning) and the two become quite close, romantically and competitively.

It has a bit of Black Swan vibes, and I mean how else are you supposed to feel when you are gone then come back to see someone as talented or maybe more talented than you taking your place. It’s natural in this case to see Charlotte become jealous of Lizzie, but how far will she take her jealousy? 

This movie is one you have to jump into blindly, it’s complicated to describe without even giving away spoilers, but it was very much inspired by the #MeToo movement with a strong feminist point of view with an act of twisted revenge at the end.

Allison Williams  was made for this leading role is brilliant; her character is similar to whom she was in getting Out, so secretive that you have no clue with what she is up to. Logan Browning compliments Williams in this film and is outstanding, she starts as sweet and vulnerable and ends the movie with such a badass “take no shit” mindset, a lousy femme fatale.

Richard Shepard who directed this film was brilliant in every way. He doesn’t shy away from anything, you want the shock factor, you got it in this film. This is not an easy film to watch, but is also hard to turn away from. 

Go ahead and check out the trailer below, but I suggest to just dive right in blindly. ⬇️⬇️

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Slasher (Series Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Slasher (Series Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

With the third season titled Solstice having made its way to Netflix last week (May 23rd), they truly outdid it this time around and it left me guessing on who was the killer the entire time until the 8th episode. 

Let’s rewind to the beginning. Slasher is a Canadian horror anthology that was created by Aaron Martin. It made its debut on Chiller back in March 2016. 

Each season has 8 episodes. The first season is called The Executioner. It focuses on Sarah Bennett and her husband who move back into her childhood home where her parents were murdered. Sarah’s mother was pregnant with her at the time of the murders and that is when police discovered that the killer was holding Sarah after the killings. 

Sarah starts meeting with Tom Winston in prison, the man who killed her parents. It was in their conversations that you pick up that the “theme” of the murders is no other than the seven deadly sins. Each victim had a sin. He has been giving his opinions as to what each victim could have done to deserve the punishment that they received.

Through all the twists and gore in this season, it was revealed that deputy Cam was The Executioner the whole time, to which Sarah has put it all to an end. 

Season two entitled Guilty Party focuses on a horrifying secret that summer camp counselors thought they buried long ago. They all return in the middle of winter to get the body that was murdered while they were counselors, only to get a shock of their life—-they can’t find the body. 

Like every typical horror movie setting especially at a camp, each counselor gets picked off one by one. The killer does get revealed at the end with a twist. 

Lastly the third season Solstice, which is actually my favorite out of this anthology, focuses on a killer who is targeting everyone in an apartment complex where a woman committed suicide a year before, but it’s also connected with each tenant not helping a man who was being murdered. 

Normally I am good at predicting who the murderer is, but with this season anyone seems capable at that point. 

The trailer for season 3 is listed below. If you are looking for something to binge watch over the weekend, I highly recommend this series. It has a perfect amount of gore and it’s not too predictable. It’s a pretty fun watch depending how you view it. 

 

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