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THE PLATFORM

THE PLATFORM

Foreign films are usually a hit or miss for me, but, every now and then, I will stumble upon a gem that I can’t seem to shake out of my head.  Last year, it was PARASITE, this year, it’s THE PLATFORM.

The film opens inside of a kitchen, where delicious foods and baked goods are being prepared. Everything from steak and lobster to pasta dishes and a variety of cakes and cookies. We cut to what looks like an ordinary prison cell, but after a few minutes, we learn that this is no ordinary prison.  We meet Goreng and Trimagasi, two inmates sharing the same cell.  Goreng has no idea what is going on, while Trimagasi has more than enough information that hides within these walls.

The prison has over 250 floors and 2 inmates per floor. Right in the middle of the floor is a gaping hole which allows a table filled with food to be transferred to each floor.

Now, here is where the terror begins.

The inmates are given 2 minutes to swallow up as much food as they can. After those 2 minutes are up, the platform then drops to the next level, for other inmates to devour. So, if you’re closer to the top level, your bound to get a good start and eat pretty much anything, but if you’re in the lower portion of the cell, well then you could easily starve.

Wait, there’s more.

The inmates are to remain in their room for one month. After that month, they are gassed and put somewhere else in the prison. So, for instance, they could wake up and be on level 9 for a month, but then after that month, they could awake on 166. Which ironically, it seems only fair to allow everybody to get a piece of the pie. But, for some inmates, cannibalism, murder and even suicide are other options in this dark, vile and twisted nightmare.

From start to finish, I was hooked. The characters are wildly interesting, the cinematography is flawless with a mixture of blue’s, green’s and red’s. It’s a bit claustrophobic, but what do you expect from being locked in a prison cell for 90 mins with some disgusting people? I found myself in awe quite a few times, knowing that for some, it’s not going to end well. The film has it’s fair share of violence and gore, but what stuck out the most was the music. It’s tensely beautifully scored.

I cannot recommend this film enough. My only complaint is the ending. The film comes to a complete stop and I wished the director either extended the ending or gave a better explanation, other than that, it’s a surreal thriller.

Some scenes may be hard to stomach, but overall it’s a film you won’t forget anytime soon.

THE PLATFORM is now streaming on NETFLIX.

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Resident Evil’s Netflix show names two characters

Resident Evil’s Netflix show names two characters

Great news for Resident Evil fans if there is anything true to new rumors floating around. According to multiple sources now, two main characters have been named, Billie and Jade Wesker, half-sisters and daughters of Albert Wesker. I really don’t know if they are following the games closely or at all, but we meet the son of Wesker in arguably the worst of the games, Resident Evil 6. I wouldn’t blame anyone for forgetting that game all together. Regardless of them keeping true to the games the confirmation of characters means a show might actually be happening this time. Ideas for shows have been off and on since 2014, and the latest legit announcement was last year(2019). 
There have been no announcements about the cast and details have been minimal in general, which makes me wonder if this is actually going to be live action or animated. There have been 4 animated movies already, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they took a shot with an animated series with all the success other animated shows are having on Netflix. A report from Redanian Intelligence says that “production” is planned to start in June and conclude in October, but that is still very vague.
The game series has certainly shifted in a much better direction with RE7 and the RE2 Remake, so I have high hopes for this show and I am very excited to learn more about Billie and Jade and see if they get any cool abilities like their Father or maybe even some wild mutations. Hopefully we will get an official announcement soon, but luckily we will have the Resident Evil 3 Remake in April to hold us over. Let us know in the comments what you think of the Wesker sisters, and keep an eye out here for more news.
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You (Season 2 Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

You (Season 2 Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

I am sure by now many of you have binge-watched Season 2 of You on Netflix in one day and after seeing the last episode you are now left with a “what the fuck we need season 3 now” reaction, because that was my exact reaction after I watched it in one sitting.


Season 2 of
You dives into where the first season left off. With Candace (Ambyr Childers) making her appearance well known, Joe (Penn Badgley-— Gossip Girl) flees to LA and creates a whole new alter ego named Will. Will now works still as a bookstore employee but it’s a hippie health store called Anavrin. There, Will has a new love interest named Love Quinn (Victoria PedrettiThe Haunting of Hill House).

Victoria Pedretti does an impeccable job portraying Love as a sweet and innocent girl for Will to fascinate and prey on. Will’s lies this season have improved from the last season and the viewers either see it or fall for it with each disguise that Will has. Because no matter what the situation, he will do whatever it takes to get whatever he wants. 


Season 2 shows Joe or Will that no matter who he disguises himself as, his past comes back to haunt him, and in his case it’s Beck and her bestseller. Joe jumps into a relationship with Love, but with any relationship comes challenges and baggage and in Love’s case that’s her drug addicted twin brother Forty (James Scully — Heathers). No matter how stand-offish Joe tries to be in his relationship with Love, she carries this confidence and is persistent to have him in her life.


Unlike the first season moving rather quickly , this season takes its time to build up all the twists and quirks to happen, but when it does happen most of it is pretty predictable and easy to see coming. 

As for Penn Badgley, he portrays Joe/Will in such a creepy believable manner with such a charismatic charm to him. And Victoria Pedretti steals this season as his love interest. They both compliment and play off each other so well that everything they do and say seems like it was that easy to get into character.

Season 1 & 2 are both on Netflix, I suggest you start catching up on this season now. 

 

 

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[Review] DOOM Annihilation

[Review] DOOM Annihilation

 

With a new game approaching, I suppose it’s a good time to reboot the DOOM film. Well, let’s talk about that. First off, I want to give this film it’s due for doing as much as it could to reference little details in the game series. Video Game movies have had lousy reputation veering away the source, and to this day, there are not many movies that get a pass in that category. Silent Hill and Resident Evil are good examples of bad adaptations. While this movie fell flat overall, as a big fan of DOOM, I liked seeing the key cards, perfect sets, and fresh costume design.

The first flaw die-hard fans will gripe about is there is no sign of DOOMGUY in this movie, so shut those hopes down immediately. Instead, our roll of bad ass is taken by Joan Dark, played by Amy Manson, a character that is original to the film. She doesn’t quite fit the role but was not terrible by any means.

The rest of cast had a good look and performance, but were left with little to do aside from dying. I feel like there were a lot of missed opportunities with weapons from the game, but we do get a chainsaw and a BFG9000 that looks like a cosplay prop made of plastic. This movie pulls from the lore of DOOM3 but changes a lot of things and ends up turning in to a mix of Resident Evil and Event Horizon. Enemy types are kept to a minimum and the only one that comes close to the games are the Imps. its a new design, but its a good design and they even throw fireballs.

This Film had a lot of potential and had me in the first half, but when the pace changes and characters start to go is when it really starts to unwind. Mix that with a quick lackluster ending and you have quite the disappointment. The budget was pretty tight and you can easily notice by off-screen deaths and special effects, but as I mentioned before there are some good costume designs and a few good practical effects. Overall I give this film a 5/10. It’s not quite theatrical quality but not far and there are some fun Easter eggs for fans of the game series that I won’t spoil here. I really wish there was more time spent in Hell, but at least we make it there this time.

DOOM Annihilation was released straight to video and streaming on Oct 1st, 2019 in the US and world-wide on Jan 1st, 2020 Written and Directed by Tony Giglio. starring Dominic Mafham, Luke Allen-Gale. Now it is time to prepare for the new game coming March 20th, 2020 DOOM Eternal, and if 2016’s DOOM is a glimpse of what’s to come, this should be one Hell of a ride.

 

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Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (Review)

Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (Review)

For the past week my newsfeed has been flooded by articles and posts from friends talking about the highly anticipated documentary on Netflix : Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer. So I decided to sit down and binge watch the 3 episode series, and was completely blown away by how disturbing yet intriguing this whole case was.


Don’t F**k With Cats takes us into one of Canada’s most infamous murderers of all time, Luka Magnotta. Luka was born Eric Kirk Newman and his first run in with the law began in 2004 when he was convicted of fraud. Trying to turn his life around, he was a big movie buff who wanted to get into acting, when that fell through he started to sell himself as a male escort. Then in 2010, a nightmare on the internet began.


Now this is not for the faint of heart. It’s very disturbing and while a lot of it is not shown in the documentary, it’s left for your own imagination, you know what happens and it’s very apparent as you can hear the cry for help that the cats sound off in the background. 2010 begins with the most disturbing videos ever uploaded by Luka Magnotta. He started uploading videos of himself drowning, suffocating and doing other disturbing things to cats. This then led to a world-wide manhunt to put a stop to Magnotta and his videos before it escalated…. sadly it wasn’t stopped before his next disturbing move in 2012.


Lin Jun was murdered by Luka Magnotta in 2012. It was done in the most gruesome way you could think of. He answered an ad he saw online by Luka and went over to his place not thinking it would be his last day on earth. Luka video taped the whole thing, he killed and abused the corpse and then dismembered Lin’s body and mailed his feet and hands to 2 elementary schools and to the headquarters of Canada’s Conservative and Liberal Parties. He led authorities on a huge cat and mouse chase, carefully crafting clues on purpose to tease them.

Magnotta fled to Europe and was then caught at a Internet cafe in 2014 and sentenced to life in prison. 

Don’t F**k With Cats was probably the best and most disturbing documentary that I have watched thus far on Netflix. It was fascinating to a sense of how Luka schemed and crafted this diabolical tragedy and based it off of a movie. I highly recommend checking this out.

 

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Ten Festive Films to Celebrate Thanksgiving!

Today almost everyone across the U.S.A is either celebrating Thanksgiving, or merely enjoying the break from work. So to celebrate in true horror style, we here at the House of Tortured Souls have compiled a list of Ten Festive Films to Celebrate Thanksgiving!

We encourage all horror fans to enjoy all seasons with horror panache, relax and settle in with some holiday horror. Whilst some of the films listed will be actually set on thanksgiving, there are a few that are merely Turkey or Chicken themed.

Either way, each film is sure to give you joy and blood, in either a horrific or comical manor.
Currently screening on Hulu, our first three films Thankskilling, Pilgrim and Flesh & Blood are each set at Thanksgiving. Both Flesh & Blood and Pilgrim are part of the ‘Into the Dark’ film series.


Thankskilling (2008)

Directed by Jordan Downey, Thankskilling also has a sequel called Thankskilling 3 (yes they skipped 2) which was released in 2013.
This film begins at Thanksgiving many centuries ago, with a topless pilgrim and the story of a Native American Shaman who creates a being called ‘Turkie’, who is sent to slaughter caucasians every 505 years. You can imagine the depths this films will go to and the humour required to enjoy this Troma like romp.

Pilgrim (2019)

This new holiday entry from director Marcus Dunstan features actor Kerr Smith (Final Destination, My Bloody Valentine remake). This story is about a woman who invites a group of  historic re-enactors to produce an authentic first Thanksgiving for her family and friends. However, things take an unexpected turn when the actors refuse to break character.


 Flesh & Blood (2018)

This films stars Dermot Mulroney (The Purge tv series, A.H.S and Insidious Chapter 3), and Diana Silvers (Glass) as a father and daughter duo.
Kimberly is a teen suffering from agoraphobia, that has not left the house since her mother’s unsolved murder. On the eve of thanksgiving, she begins to suspect that the safe harbour of home and her doting father may be a dangerous mirage.

Netflix have our fourth festive film offering Kristy featured in its horror section.


Kristy (2014)

Director Oliver Blackburn features actresses Hayley Bennett (The Haunting of Molly Hartley) and Ashley Greene (The Apparition, Burying the Ex) in his coed thriller.
When a college girl is alone on campus over the Thanksgiving break, she becomes targeted by a group of outcasts and must conquer her deepest fear and fight back.

Also featuring holiday horror in 2006 the world received both Thanksgiving and Thanxgiving.

Thanksgiving (2006)

Thanksgiving is only a ten minute short film but it features what most seek from a simple horror film for Turkey day. Director Scott Ennis focuses on a couple and their friends. The group are preparing for thanksgiving dinner and are suddenly disturbed by the arrival, of a seemingly helpless man.

Thanxgiving (2006)

Director Bobby Ray Akers Jr creates this seasonal slice of the horror pie. He enlists veteran actor Ari Lehman, yes the original Jason Voorhees In Friday the 13th (1980), in his film about a group of film students who travel deep into the woods to make a movie. Thinking they have found the perfect location in the form of an abandoned campground.

In the eighties, horror filmmakers enjoyed celebrating the holidays with fans through such films at Black Christmas, Silent Night Deadly Night, April Fools Day, and this continued through the nineties with films like Critters 3 (which had an Easter scenario) and Leprechaun (St Patrick’s Day) And so much more.
For Thanksgiving there are two more offerings to enjoy this year.


Blood Rage (1987)

Director John Grissmer’s story follows twin boys Todd and Jerry.
The dual roles of Todd and Jerry are played by Mark Super from Graveyard Shift 2.
As kids, Todd is institutionalised for a murder whilst his twin goes free. Ten years late, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighbourhood.

Home Sweet Home (1981)

Also known as ‘Slasher in the House’ Director Nettie Pena’s  film is actually a former video nasty. Upon release in the UK, Home Sweet Home was seized and confiscated. This Film was also the debut role for actress Vinessa Shaw, who later starred in films such as Hocus Pocus and the remake of The Hills Have Eyes.
The plot features an escaped mental patient who steals a station wagon and makes his way to the Bradley’s thanksgiving celebration. Here he plans to make them a little less thankful.

These last two films will round out our ten, but neither are particularly thanksgiving themed. However both feature interesting takes on poultry creatures.


Blood Freak (1972) 

Director Brad.F.Ginter gives us a story about  biker who comes upon a girl with a flat tire and offers her a ride home. He winds up at a drug party with the girls sister and follows her to a turkey farm owned by their father, a mad scientist. The father turns the biker into a giant turkey monster, who then goes after drug dealers.

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) 

From the mind of Lloyd Kaufman and Gabriel Friedman, comes this outrageously Troma offering. Jason Yachanin stars as our lead Arbie in a strange tale of zombified chickens, who attempt to kill the fast food workers that cook them in a restaurant built on an ancient burial ground.

Within these ten films you are bound to find something thrilling, disgusting or downright cheesy awesomeness. Whatever you are doing today the House of Tortured Souls wishes each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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Netflix Releases In The Tall Grass

Today saw the release on Netflix of the Stephen King and Joe Hill film adaptation of the novella In The Tall Grass.

This Netflix adaptation is Directed by Vincenzo Natali. Natali’s fans are familiar with his prior work on films such as Cube, and Splice. Natali also wrote the screenplay, based on the novella.

Screenplay Writer/ Director Vincenzo Natali

The story of In The Tall Grass follows a brother and sister who whilst travelling to San Diego, stop near a mysterious field of extremely tall grass. As they stop they hear a voice crying for help. As they venture into the Tall Grass, the duo realise that all is not as it seems and something lurks within the grass of a sinister nature.

I won’t reveal more, as I really enjoyed it and to aid you in enjoying it I think knowing less is best about the outcome. I will say however that Natali compiles the source material brilliantly, and though the ending differs from the Novella, it’s not disheartening that they changed it.

The film stars Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitted as Becky and Cal Demuth.

Laysla De Oliveira as Becky

Laysla De Oliveira is convincing as Becky. She’s expecting her first child and unsure of her future as she travels with her brother to decide the fate of her unborn child (will she keep the baby or put it up for adoption?). As our tormented and exhausted maze runner, Oliveira shows an array of emotions through the film and creates a likeable and engaging character on screen, as Becky. Known for minor television roles, Oliveira is truly coming into her element in In The Tall Grass and her role as Veronica in Guest Of Honor (released last month, and starring David Thewlis and Luke Wilson).

Avery Whitted as Cal

As Becky’s Irish Twin (in the book it’s explained their ages are so close that Becky and Cal are like twins in age), Cal is the more mindful one. Avery Whitted is fresh on the screen, his prior credit only being The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall in 2017. The dramatic mystery starred Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Nathan Lane, And Tim Blake Nelson. As Cal, Whitted gives a notable performance but is still finding his screen presence. We feel for Cal of course but at times I found his performance unconvincing.

Becky’s estranged love interest and baby daddy Travis McKean is played by Harrison Gilbertson. Gilbertson is an Australian actor known for extremely well known prior roles in the recent Picnic at Hanging Rock television series, Leigh Whannel’s Upgrade, Ben Young’s Hounds Of Love, aswell as in films such as Need for Speed, Beneath Hill 60, and Look Away.

Gilbertson is easy to empathise with. When he enters the film, what we are already perplexed by becomes even more elaborate. And it’s Travis who works hard to unravel the Tall grasses mysterious behaviours. Gilbertson does wonderfully to hold certain elements of the film’s encounters together.

Harrison Gilbertson, Laysla De Oliveira, and Avery Whitted

Also starring in In The Tall Grass is Patrick Wilson (who replaced James Marsden after scheduling conflicts) as Ross Humboldt and Will Buie Jr and Rachel Wilson as his son and wife, Tobin and Natalie.

Patrick Wilson as Ross

Wilson is incredibly well known for his roles throughout the last decade in the Insidious, Conjuring, Annabelle and The Nun Films – totalling 7 films (including in the role of Ed Warren, husband of Lorraine Warren the paranormal investigator). Wilson has an impressive body of work over the last two decades and doesn’t let fans down in this film. Stepping away from his usual roles, we get to see a differing side in this performance and he truly makes the film, in a very pivotal role as Ross Humboldt.

Will Buie Jr as Tobin

As Wilson’s son Tobin Humboldt is twelve year old Will Buie Jr. This sharp child actor  has only been acting in films and on television for two years, but his performance in In The Tall Grass is the second most impressive (after only Patrick Wilson’s) in this film. We feel for poor Tobin and we understand his attempts to warn others and avoid the horrors lurking in the Tall Grass. We empathise as the film churns on and we learn more and more about Tobin’s plight, because of Buie’s amazing performance.

Patrick Wilson, Harrison Gilbertson and Laysla De Oliveira

Lastly is Rachel Wilson as Natalie Humboldt. We see less of her in the film than we do of the other five principal cast members, but when she appears she always brings something more about the story with her. This proves her character to be very valuable, and her portrayal as interesting. Wilson is a well known Canadian actress having starred in films such as The Glass House, Saw: The Final Chapter And Hellions.

In the Tall Grass as a whole is a brilliant adaptation of the source material. The creepiness and disillusionment Of each character is strong.

The cinematography is beautiful. Watching each blade of grass wave in the breeze or crane as though listening, reminds one easily of the rows of corn in The Children of the Corn films. The instances of despairing isolation and dizzying bewilderment, cast us back to Kubrick’s take on the Shining in 1980. We get lost in this grassy maze and it’s wonders, both good and bad.

Natali has created an almost perfect film with In The Tall Grass, fans will be impressed by the way it evolves smoothly. As we transition through each scene into the next, until we reach the climax. As I said this differed from the source material. It’s okay. It’s not great but it fits for the film, that’s really all I can say.

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What’s Coming and Going on Netflix in October?

Many are already enjoying the delights of Netflix and gearing up for their horror fix through the Halloween month. I won’t be listing everything available through October, but I’m here to let you know some of the most intriguing and fun movies and shows that will be coming and going throughout October on Netflix.

Leaving Netflix in October will be Casper, Cloverfield, Deliverance, Gremlins, Obsessed and The Nightmare. So be sure to get your chance to view them one last time in the next 48hrs.

 

OCTOBER 4th

On October 4th Netflix will be adding Creeped Out season 2, a British/Canadian Horror Anthology tv series focused on creepy stories. This is a great chance to binge watch both seasons, if you haven’t acquainted yourself with it yet.

Also on October 4th comes the release of the adaptation of the Stephen King/ Joe Hill Novella In The Tall Grass. Directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) and starring Patrick Wilson, this is a dramatic mystery sure to thrill fans.

OCTOBER 11th

Japanese Director Sion Sono (Tag) newest film will debut on Netflix on October 11th. Forest of Love is a crime, thriller about a con man serial killer who meets his match.

Also on October 11th we will see the release of Fractured. An American thriller , by director Brad Anderson and starring Australian actor Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator Salvation) and Lily Rabe (American Horror Story). The film is a Hitchcockian style thriller, about a man searching for his wife and daughter.

Season two of Haunted appears on Netflix to chill you through October. Season one featured Filmmaker Jason Hawkins (The Blair Witch Legacy) in one episode. It was also the cause of much controversy over an episode of two sisters, claiming their father was a serial killer (Slaughterhouse Episode). Most of us will be curious of what stories will be told this season and will there be more controversial episodes?

OCTOBER 18th

October 18th provides us with Eli. Starring Lili Taylor (The Conjuring, The Haunting) and Directed by  Ciaran Foy (Citadel, Sinister 2) , the plot revolves around a boy who becomes trapped in a house while undergoing treatment for a rare disease.

OCTOBER 24th

Less scary, more humorous comes Daybreak on October 24th. This ten episode dramatic comedy focuses on a Mad Max style apocalyptic scenario and zombies. Starring Matthew Broderick (Ladyhawke, The Cable Guy), this series was adapted from the Brian Ralph graphic novel.

Also on the 24th comes Revenge of Pontianak. This Singaporean/ Malayan language romantic horror uses the south Asian folklore of the Pontianak (a woman who dies with child or during childbirth without a proper funeral, that returns as a vampire). In this film a woman and her village are terrorised by a Pontianaks arrival, as it seeks to take revenge on the guy she loves.

 

OCTOBER 25th

Lastly on the 25th Rattlesnake will be available on Netflix. This psychological thriller is about a woman who saves her daughter after being bitten by a rattlesnake, by taking on the “debt” of killing a total stranger. It is directed by Zac Hilditch (The Final Hours, 1922).

 

For the Younger Viewers this month:

Yes there’s a little spooky fun for the younger crowd within your homes (or even those young at heart),  including some additions to the animated Spooky Monsters with season 3 and Vida’s 1st Halloween Special, On October 4th.

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On the 5th comes the Spooky Tale Of Captain Underpants Hack-O-Ween. Many kids love the adventures of this Underpants clad animated superhero and this instalment is just in time for Halloween.

And finally October 17th introduces The Unlisted, an Australian teen series focused on twelve year old twin boys, who discover that the government is secretly tracking and manipulating the youth via electronic tracking devices.

 

Many horror films and shows already are available on Netflix, so don’t forget during the Spooky season about them too. Happy Halloween viewings. Time for some real Netflix and Chills.

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RAKKHOSH- India’s First POV Thriller.

RAKKHOSH- India’s First POV Thriller.

As a fan of foreign films, I was excited recently when I was contacted by Creative Producer  Prashen Kyawal about the release of the Indian thriller Rakkhosh. Rakkhosh is the first Indian film using the first person Point of View (POV) technique and proved to be quite intriguing. Released on June 20th this year, it is currently available for viewing on Netflix. It is a foreign film, so it is presented in Hindi, but English subtitles are available.

With films like Hardcore Henry and Cloverfield putting POV films back in the forefront of movie goers minds, it’s easy to see its appeal to modern filmmakers. Directors Abhijit Kokate and Srivinay Salian work together to craft a brilliantly inspired fresh take on insanity.

Rakkhosh centres around a troubled asylum inmate named Birsa. Birsa is our lead and we see everything from his perspective. The story focuses on his own troubled past and how that helps confuse his grip on reality, as fellow hospital residents begin disappearing at the hands of an unknown entity.

Let me start off with the camera techniques. From rotating shots, as we follow Birsa through the Jantar Mantar (a building beside the asylum where Rakkhosh lures and claims his victims), to the frantic sweeps around the asylum itself we are easily drawn into this gritty, harrowing world of mental illness, mistreatment and mayhem.

Birsa himself seems pretty put together, considering where he is. Using his voice Namit Das does a great job conveying worry, fear, excitement and confusion. We can hear in the tone in his voice how Birsa feels. And through the limited vision of his movements we can see what he endures.

Birsa’s only friend is Kumar John. An older inmate portrayed by Sanjay Mishra. Mishra works tirelessly to play the lovable, cheeky self professed mystic (often its his Dashavstar Ganjifa  cards that predict each victim). Mishra moves around smoothly, making Das’ movements with him equally graceful, creating a connection between the characters that is genuine and relatable.

Also in this ensemble cast is Priyanka Bose who stars as Kumar Johns “daughter” Ridhidima (who Birsa mistrusts frequently and refers to her as “Fake Daughter”, allowing you to question her motives and actual character). Bose is a very talented actress and known previously for her role in Lion, the Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning film from 2016 starring Dev Patal. Bose plays an investigative journalist trying to cease the disappearances fantastically, but balances that role well with her other of concerned “daughter” of Kumar John.

Tannishtha Chatterjee shines beautifully as Birsa’s well meaning sister Shoma. Chatterjee does amazingly to convey that Shoma does all she can for her sick brother, and in the film’s climax we see the lengths she has gone to to help him.

Mental Nurse Kalima’s amazingly menacing and superbly evilly wide eyed portrayal from Sanomani Jayant, stands out as one you can really enjoy. Jayant is cool, calm and collected with the perfect dash of aggression as the asylums unkind nurse.

The incredibly corrupted Dr Idris Shah is brought to life by Barun Chanda. Chanda is a known seasoned actor in India and is well known for his debut starring role in the Satyajit Ray social drama  Seemabaddha (1971). Chanda works hard throughout the film, to portray the doctor as being little involved in the ill deeds  undertaken in his asylum. Chanda’s ability to demonstrate his capabilities is strong, as truths are revealed and we see more and more of his characters greedy ways.

I liken Chanda’s character and portrayal strongly to that of a combination of both Dr Berrisford (played by Harris Yulin) in the 1988 film Bad Dreams, and Dr Frederick Chilton ( played by Anthony Heald) in The Silence of the Lambs/ Red Dragon Films.

Also worthy of mentioning is Atul Mahale, who plays Swapnil. Mahale navigates his role as the easily bribed corrupt class three officer well and adds to the swirling unease of the film.

Rakkhosh is very lengthy for its style and subject matter and could easily be shaved of a few minutes here and there, but otherwise the development of the plot and direction by Abhijit Kokate and Srivinay Salian is spot on in enticing the viewers to watch on more and more as the film progresses.

Dinesh Gopal was the editor of Rakkhosh, who worked tirelessly on creating the believable aesthetic that became Birsa’s first person point of view. It was through Gopal’s editing that he used various techniques to  humanise the character of Birsa. From when Birsa would open and close his eyes by fading to black in such a way , or even blurring the images to convey when he was dizzy. These helped the narrative stay perfect in its first person POV for the viewer and steady the combination of illogical and logical  going ons throughout the film.

The film Rakkhosh was produced by Sayali And Santosh Deshpande, who helm SD Motion Pictures.

It’s also to be noted that the first person Cinematographer was Basile Pierrat, who is known for a style which elicits the same style of first person story telling. Pierrat is a well known French filmmaker, who explores music videos, commercials and short and feature films.

Srivinay Salian is also the writer of the screenplay for Rakkhosh. He adapted the story from a famous Marathi Language novel by prominent Indian horror writer Narayan Dharap. Dharap was also responsible for the novel Tumbbad, which has since also been made into a film. Dharap is often referred to the Indian equivalent of Stephen King.

As always I will not reveal any more to avoid providing spoilers, but I do encourage all fans of unique thrillers to check out  Rakkhosh on their Netflix.

 

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G. Patrick Condon’s ‘INCREDIBLE VIOLENCE’ Racks Up a Body Count on VOD

G. Patrick Condon’s ‘INCREDIBLE VIOLENCE’ Racks Up a Body Count on VOD

G. Patrick Condon’s Incredible Violence Strikes on VOD Available Now on Digital HD and Cable Services Meta Horror Comedy Haunts Global Audiences
Los Angeles, CA – 1091 Films, in a partnership with G. Patrick Condon’s The Hunting Party, has announced the Digital HD and Cable VOD debut of writer/director G. Patrick Condon’s quasi-autobiographical horror Incredible Violence.  The bloodsoaked comedy is now available to rent or own on streaming services (including Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Google Play and Vudu) and Cable VOD (including Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Cox, and Dish) in a number of territories, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
The debut feature from filmmaker G. Patrick Condon, Incredible Violence combines metatextual mayhem with self-referential slaughter.  Incredible Violence world premiered in the Midnight X-Treme section at the Sitges Film Festival, before going on to screen at the Dead by Dawn Film Festival, FIN: Atlantic Film Festival, Nickel Independent Film Festival and the Full Moon Horror and Fantasy Film Festival.
Stephen Oates (Netflix’s “Frontier”) steps into the role of “G. Patrick Condon”, a desperate filmmaker who brings a whole new meaning to the expression “making sacrifices for the love of art” to avoid a pair of cement shoes.  To quickly repair angry loan shoaks, Condon assembles a group of struggling actors to shoot a low budget horror film.  And to keep the effects budget down, he decides to murder the cast.
G. Patrick Condon is a shitty filmmaker who has taken a loan from a group he shouldn’t have gotten mixed up in. Now he’s drank the money away and he owes them a horror movie. Grace, who has always dreamed of being a famous actress, is desperately trying to make it in the movie business. She gets her first big break in a horror flick, but there a few things unusual about this shoot. She and the rest of the cast will have to live in the house for the duration of the shoot, they aren’t allowed to leave and will be recorded everywhere around the clock. Where does the movie begin and reality end? And, how far will Grace go to “make it”?

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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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[Trailer] The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance brings us back to a magical time of our childhood.

[Trailer] The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance brings us back to a magical time of our childhood.

IT’S HERE! THE TRAILER! After viewing it this is going to be one for the books.

The TV series would make Jim Henson proud of all the hard work put into it. Aug 30th is the premiere of THE DARK CRYSTAL AGE OF RESISTANCE.  “Return to the world of Thra, where three Gelflings discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, and set out to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.”

 

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Exclusive pics from Netflix’s Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance set to premiere in Aug

Exclusive pics from Netflix’s Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance set to premiere in Aug

Entertainment Weekly has supplied some EXCLUSIVE pics from The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance which will serve as a prequel premieres in Aug. There is no trailer yet, but for now, we can now see some of the characters and know this will not be CGI but actual puppetry. Louis Leterrier (Now you see me, Clash of the Titans, The Incredible Hulk) talked about his work for the series.

 

“I was not fighting against anyone, I was fighting against common sense and practicality,” he says with a laugh. “It’s so so complicated to build a puppet, hire puppeteers, all that stuff. We chose the long, hardest road and we’re very thankful [we did]. It looks absolutely stunning.”

The series will be 10 episodes featuring Nathalie Emmanuel, Anya Taylor-Joy and Taron Egerton as the voices of the Geflings. Additional voices, but no word yet on who will be playing who is Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg, Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, and Donna Kimball. The show’s executive producers are Leterrier, Halle Stanford, and Jim Henson’s daughter, Lisa Henson

Below the first trailer about the show. No word yet on the official trailer, but hopefully soon.

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Lego + Stranger things. Yup it’s happening.

Lego + Stranger things. Yup it’s happening.

It’s not surprising that Stranger Things being the powerhouse of a show is non stop on merch. Let’s face it the show is, so naturally, the merch would be equally great. With shirts, toys, mugs, pop vinyl, game boards to now a Lego collection! Yup, confirmed by their twitter account we are getting an official Lego stranger things collection. Below is the video confirming it along with them In a follow-up tweet, LEGO noted: “All will be revealed soon. Friends don’t lie.”

Here is a  few leaked photos of the set (sorry for the blurry pics these were the best we can find). Will more follow? Only time will tell, but I wouldn’t be surprised!

 

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Death House is coming to Netflix

Death House is coming to Netflix

With fans getting excited about the upcoming horror film ‘The Special’ from director Harrison Smith, news has been a bit quiet about his previous horror Death House. A film which despite getting a multi-region Blu-ray release in America is still undergoing talks for an official international release.

Although not the news that most fans were expecting it has just been confirmed on the Death House social media pages that the film will now be released on Netflix on May 5th.

Death House was called ‘The Expendables of Horror’ by the media because it brings together some of the biggest names in horror including; Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Dee Wallace, Sid Haig, Barbara Crampton and many more.

This is an excellent news for horror fans and will hopefully reignite some excitement for the film so we can get both some momentum going for both the anticipated prequel and sequels.

Death House is still available in the US on DVD & Blu Ray and available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu

You can see the trailer for the upcoming horror The Special below

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Netflix Announced ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ will not be renewed

Netflix Announced ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ will not be renewed

All good things cannot last forever and eventually has to end at some point. There has been news circling that Netflix is pulling the plug on Santa Clarita Diet, so there goes the theory if a fourth season happens. The third season of Santa Clarita Diet which stars Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson, and Skyler Gisondo has been up and running, and sadly that is the last we will see. 

Leaving us, the third season shows Sheila (Barrymore) and Joel (Olyphant), two realtors who live in the suburbs of LA, they seem like an average couple, but Sheila is a zombie. This season Sheila asks Joel to convert so they can live together forever. Meanwhile, their daughter Abby (Hewson) and her friend Eric (Gisondo) fight to stay off the FBI’s radar after blowing up the site from last season. 

With all the zombie humor coming to an end, we will miss you Santa Clarita Diet.

 

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Hush(2016) Staff Pick— House Of Tortured Souls

Hush(2016) Staff Pick— House Of Tortured Souls

Over the weekend I decided to revisit the 2016 slasher/thriller Hush on Netflix. Hush is directed and edited by Mike Flanagan and was also co-written by Kate Siegel (The Haunting Of Hill House, Oculus) who also stars in the film. It was produced by both Trevor Macy (Intrepid Pictures) and Jason Blum (Blumhouse Productions). The film stars John Gallagher Jr. ( 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Belko Experiment), Michael Trucco ( Next, Ablaze, The Bye Bye Man), Samantha Sloyan ( Scandal, The Haunting Of Hill House) and EmiliaEmmaGraves

Hush takes us into the life of Madison “Maddie” Young (Kate Siegel) who is a deaf-mute woman that lost the ability to hear and speak at a young age. Maddie lives in a house in the woods with her cat, very secluded and shut off from the outside world. The film starts off with Maddie talking to her friend Sarah ( Samantha Sloyan) who also happens to be her neighbor over a book that she is returning that Maddie wrote. You can see the closeness and excitement that Sarah has with how Maddie writes. After their visit comes to an end, you see a panicked and bloodied up Sarah banging on the doors begging Maddie for help that same night. She was being chased by a masked killer and unfortunately, Maddie is unable to help as she could not hear her friend crying out for her. 

The masked man catches on that Maddie is, in fact deaf as he managed to sneak into her house and takes her phone as well as cuts the power off and destroys her car. Maddie senses that she is now stuck and locks herself in her home after attempting several times to escape, even coming across her friend Sarah’s body as she checks her pockets for her phone to use.  She does everything in her power to make sure she survives at the end of his sick game.

Without giving more away as I would love for you all to please watch what I deem as an underrated film, the masked man walks around with his crossbow not only stalking but torturing and taking advantage of Maddie who he thinks is helpless since she can not hear. It has a ‘Strangers’ vibe to it, such a great psychological thriller and cat and mouse game where you start to feel for her with not being able to hear around her but also not underestimate her survival skills. 

Please check out the trailer below and I highly recommend giving this a shot on Netflix ⬇️⬇️:

 

 

 

 

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Black Summer: Official Trailer Released—House Of Tortured Souls

Black Summer: Official Trailer Released—House Of Tortured Souls

The official trailer for the Netflix new series Black Summer has just been released and already has the ‘Walking Dead’ vibes. 

A quick synopsis: Rose (Jamie King) is torn away from her daughter during the early days of the zombie apocalypse. She sets out on a journey to go and find her only to encounter hurdles and strangers along her way.  

Check out the trailer below and also tune into Netflix on April 11th to start Rose’s adventure during the first season. ⬇️⬇️

 

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Bruce Campbell Joins Cast for Netflix’s new Animated Series—House Of Tortured Souls

Bruce Campbell Joins Cast for Netflix’s new Animated Series—House Of Tortured Souls

Netflix is turning the bestselling books The Last Kids on Earth into an animated series, the voice cast was announced this week. Deadline reposts that horror icon Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) will mend his voice to the series alongside Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, Catherine O’Hara, Keith David, Garland Whitt, Montse Hernandez, and Charles Demers. Nick Wolfhard will voice the main character, Jack Sullivan.

The Last Kids on Earth follows 13-year-old Jack Sullivan and a band of suburban middle schoolers who live in a decked-out tree house, play video games, gorge themselves on candy, and battle zombies in the aftermath of the monster apocalypse. It’s a hilarious series filled with wisecracking kids, crazy gadgets, a lifetime supply of zombies and giant-sized monsters.

Developed by Atomic Cartoons, the animated series is set to launch later this year. Max Brallier, the writer of the books, is participating in the series as creator and executive producer. Scott Peterson will serve as showrunner.

I’m curious to see how this animated zombie series will turn out, it has such a collective cast of voice actors that I see nothing but good coming out of this. I can’t wait until this comes out. 

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