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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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Fangoria Announces 2019 Chainsaw Award Winners

Fangoria Announces 2019 Chainsaw Award Winners

This is not a normal post.  Let me qualify this by saying that this reflects mostly opinion but, facts as well.  Last night, Fangoria announced the 2019 Chainsaw Award winners.  The Chainsaw Awards are given to horror movies from the last year.  Think of this as an Oscars for horror.  Coincidence that the announcements happened the same time and night as the Academy Awards?  Probably not.

Let’s start with the winners.  Hereditary cleaned up, winning 5 of the 7 awards it received nominations for, then also grabbing the write in for Best Kill.   Let me clarify, this is not a knock on Hereditary.  It was a decent to good movie.  But of all the films, Hereditary worked with the highest budget and also marketed itself in such a way, to catere to the fans.  The argument on the other side of the coin is Halloween did the same thing.  Halloween was blanked last night.

Here is where I am a little annoyed.  Call me biased if you like, but this is the truth.  Hereditary was not (in my opinion) the best horror film of 2018 as the awards show.  Fangoria is not to blame here.  I love their concept, but the fans vote for their favorites.  People are creatures of habit.  When they do not know how to vote, they vote for what they know.  The consensus was a lot of people were annoyed with Halloween and Hereditary had originality.  I can live with that.  Where I have the issue is when you let the fans vote, they don’t vote for the best items, just the best of what they know.

Several Indie Films made the ballot but not paid attention to and in one case not in the correct category.  David Howard Thornton received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role of Art The Clown in Terrifier.   In what universe does the lead actor of a film qualify as a supporting role?  The answer, none.  Also, with Netflix catching heat for their decisions to drop shows and Amazon dropping Indie Films from Prime how do Indie Films compete with major players?

Call me biased towards Terrifier, fine.  I can admit that.  I also challenge you to present an argument against its originality, gore and uniqueness of kills.  Spoiler alert, you wont.  Terrifier worked on a budget not even 1/10 the budget of Hereditary and for my money, entertained me more.  Terrifier is a better film.  The problem with Terrifier?  Not everyone knows of its existence.  Give Damien Leone the same budget and marketing as Hereditary and I guarantee the results flip.

Writer and Director Damien Leone announced a couple weeks ago an upcoming sequel to Terrifier.  Leone and David Howard Thornton also appeared at Mad Monster Party in Charlotte over the weekend.  Thornton appeared in photo ops as Art The Clown.  One thing can be assured.  With fan support of Terrifier 2, Indie films will no longer be silent at future award shows.  My best advice?  Support Indie Horror Films!

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Netflix to bring Resident Evil as a TV series

Netflix to bring Resident Evil as a TV series

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

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

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You (Netflix Series Review)- House Of Tortured Souls

You (Netflix Series Review)- House Of Tortured Souls

I have been hearing and seeing the craze of the series You on Netflix and knew I had to check it out. I binged watched all 10 episodes in a day, it was that insanely good and oddly fascinating considering the circumstances on what it is about. You is a psychological thriller series that was developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. It is based on the book of the same name, written by Caroline Kepnes. You follows a bookstore manager in New York who falls obsessively in love with one of his customers and will do whatever it takes to be in her life, even if it means killing whoever gets in his way of her. This series stars Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl, The Stepfather, Easy A), Elizabeth Lail (Once Upon A Time), John Stamos ( Full House, ER), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars, The Possesion Of Hannah Grace), Daniel Cosgrove (Beverly Hills, 90210, Van Wilder), and Hari Nef (Transparent, Crush). 

You takes you through the mind of Joe (Penn Badgley) a bookstore store manager in New York City who takes a liking to one of his customers, an attractive woman who happens to be an aspiring writer called Beck (Elizabeth Lail). With the interaction between the two, you get the vibe right away that Joe has to have her in his life. With what Joe does to get Beck’s attention, it keeps you on your toes and it is quite a terrifying ride.

Each episode takes you on a crazy whirlwind of a crazy adventure in coming in contact with people who are close to Beck. Rather it be family, friends, or even her career it was obvious that Joe’s obsession and jealousy went way too far. 

There has been a lot of buzz lately that this show is glorifying stalking. Personally I did not see in any episode where it shows that stalking is okay, I saw where an over zealous man became obsessed with his ‘dream girl’ and instead of doing what any normal human would do like ask the girl out, he took it into a whole new dimension. The character Joe, went into a whole different dimension to get his dream girl, yet instead he hit so many bumps along the way and when something did not go his way or work out it turned deadly. I was instantly hooked, the plot stayed on track, it was very suspenseful and you just didn’t know the outcome right away. 

Check out the trailer below and I highly recommend giving it a shot, I don’t think you’ll regret it!

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Exploring “The Empty House”

Exploring “The Empty House”

 

 
The Empty House is a 2018 short film, which runs for approximately 14 minutes.
Released by writer/Director/producer duo Jeremy Waltman and Adam Lucas, this short film explores a dark thriller theme within its limited duration.
 
Waltman and Lucas have produced several short films together. This includes 2015’s 71 minute Comedy film It Plays Like Love, and 2013’s 77minute Dramatic film Locomotive.
Both films are available on Amazon and through Vimeo on Demand.
 
The Empty House has officially been selected to screen its premiere, during the MORBIDO FILM FEST in Mexico City, Mexico.
The festival runs from Wednesday October 31st until Saturday November 10th.
This short film stars Joseph Culp (known for his roles in 1994’s Fantastic Four as Dr Doom, and a reoccurring role as Archie Whitman on TVs Mad Men)as Charles. Rya Kihlstedt (who has appeared on TV in Heroes Reborn  and Dexter) appears as Marie. Alison Gregory (a fresh faced actress who’s previously appeared in Two Guys) is Julie. And Tom Walker (From Netflix’s Daredevil and Henry Danger)is Alexander.
The premise is simple.
In the town of Blairsville sits the empty house. Julie has just arrived for a big money job before her baby is born. However all is not right with the couple who have called her there.
At first we see a man (Culp as Charles) sitting upright on a bed. He is seemingly anguished, as a melodic violin pierces the silence.
We see the houses simplistic facade and the film’s title. It feels foreboding and ominous.
A woman (Gregory as Julie)is being driven elsewhere, by a chauffeur, towards the house by another man (Walker as Alexander).
Julie is clearly distracted.
We see her talking to Charles and then see flashes of memories, of her taking a pregnancy test earlier on.
As the film slowly rolls we discover that Julie has been called to the empty house. Charles and his lush of a wife Marie, wish for her to redecorate their home for them.
Charles is abrupt, cold, unsympathetic and shadows Julie in their scenes.
Culp delivers a powerful performance of a sinister and darkened soul, with a motive that is unnerving.
As Julie meets Marie unexpected, we get the feeling that Marie (Kihlstedt) isn’t at all happy with what’s to come. Or even her husband himself.
Kihlstedt gives one hell of a staggeringly impressive take on the seemingly drunken and disheartened wife. We feel like she is constricted, by her own choices.
Gregory plays Julie as fragile.
She’s not weak, but in some scenes clearly rattled.
We see Julie’s confidence dwindle, as the short plays out and her demise is harrowing.
This shows Gregory’s ability to bring her natural performance to the forefront, amongst so much well placed chaos.
Walker plays the Chauffeur Alexander.
Alexander is clearly a nervous and unwilling participant in the ploy of Charles and Marie. Yet he follows through delivering Julie unsuspectingly to them and fails to aid her later on. He isn’t cold like his bosses though. At moments we see tinges of regret and disgust. This creates a more human outlook, on Alexander’s own part in the whole thing.
As the short evolves our main players are depicting a tangled and depraved story of murderous mayhem. It is very intriguing.
The narrative is well considered, and is a clear demonstration of the talent between Waltman and Lucas as a team.
It is clear to see why The Empty House has been officially selected, for the MORBIDO FILM FESTIVAL. Waltman and Lucas have created some interesting characters, who each bring a different perspective on a dark situation for the viewer to enjoy.
I am sure festival goers will enjoy this short, as much as I did.
The trailer for The Empty House
https://vimeo.com/246686353

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MOVIE REVIEW: Terrifier (2017)

MOVIE REVIEW: Terrifier (2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep it Evil…

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DREW BARRYMORE: From Child Star to Cannibalistic Leading Lady

DREW BARRYMORE: From Child Star to Cannibalistic Leading Lady

Drew Barrymore with General from Cat's EyeDrew Barrymore has spent her life in front of the camera in a variety of roles but is especially known with genre fans in recent times for her portrayal of Sheila Hammond in two series the Netflix show The Santa Clarita Diet.

Barrymore’s first role was uncredited in a made for television movie Suddenly, Love in 1978 (when she was merely two years old and played a baby boy named Bobby).

Drew BarrymoreIt wouldn’t be until two more years late, in 1980, that Drew would play Margaret Jessup in Altered States, which was also the debut film for William Hurt. Altered States reflected a disturbingly surreal element of humanity and was more psychological than horrifying.

A year later Barrymore hit the big time, starring as the adorably lovable Gertie in Steven Spielberg’s E.T -The Extra-Terrestrial. E.T. was a huge success and grossed nearly half a billion dollars at the box office and was the highest-grossing film of 1982, cementing Barrymore as quite an in-demand child star.

Drew Barrymore in FirestarterIn 1984 Barrymore scored the coveted role of Charlene “Charlie” McGee in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Firestarter, playing the film’s pyrokinetic lead. Starring alongside industry heavyweights George. C. Scott and Martin Sheen, Barrymore dominated her screen time and delivered a powerful performance of a young girl driven by her love for her father.

A year later Barrymore would star in yet another Stephen King adaptation, in the anthology film Cat’s Eye. King reportedly wrote the screenplay with Barrymore in mind for the role as she had impressed producer Dino De Laurentiis with her work a year earlier on Firestarter.

Drew BarrymoreThrough the rest of the 80s, Barrymore played parts in shows such as Amazing Stories, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, and CBS Schoolbreak Special. It wasn’t until 1989 when Barrymore was 14 that she returned to genre films with the serial killer thriller Far From Home, as Joleen  Cox. The film was a flop, despite the fact it featured some horror alumni such as Richard Massur (IT), Jennifer Tilly (Bride Of Chucky), and Matt Frewer (The Stand).

This seemed like a decline in Barrymore’s career until three years later when she would star in the seductive 1992 Katt Shea thriller Poison Ivy. As Ivy, Barrymore befriends Sylvie Cooper (played by Sarah Gilbert) and seduces Sylvie’s father Darryl (Tom Skerritt). Barrymore delivered a sultry and fragile performance as the film titles vixen and regained her hold on Hollywood, yet again being seen as a talented actress.

Drew BarrymoreFollowing the success of Poison Ivy (which would spawn three sequels since), Barrymore appeared in Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Sketch Artist, Guncrazy, and No Place To Hide in 1992.

In 1993 Doppelganger was released. Barrymore played Holly Gooding, a young woman with a strange double. It wasn’t as successful as hoped, but has since become popular with fans.

Later that year Barrymore would play Long Island teenager Amy Fisher, in The Amy Fisher Story – based on the true story of a teenager who shot her adult lover Joey Buttafuoco’s wife. The film was well received at the time, and Barrymore praised for her portrayal of the wayward teen and the crime that shocked the world.

For the following years, Barrymore took more romantic roles and in 1995 even appeared as Sugar in Batman Forever, one of the villain Two-Face’s (played by Tommy Lee Jones) girlfriends.

However in 1996 came a pivotal moment in Barrymore’s career, taking on a role as a victim called Casey Becker rather than the lead she was originally offered. In Wes Craven’s/David Williamson’s Scream, Barrymore’s role became as infamous as Janet Leigh’s in Hitchcock’s Psycho 36 years earlier and has since been part of one of Horror’s most memorable on-screen deaths for over two decades since.

Drew Barrymore in ScreamFrom Scream, Barrymore took more light-hearted roles – for which her fans adore her- in films such as The Wedding Singer, Ever After, and Home Fries.

It was in 1999 that Barrymore launched her production company Flower Films and their first film Never Been Kissed (which reunited her with former Doppelganger co-star Sean Whalen – known as Roach from The People Under the Stairs – and Scream co-star David Arquette) was released.

Drew BarrymoreIn 2001 she returned to the genre in Donnie Darko as Karen Pomeroy. The sci-fi/thriller film still has fans divided to this day over the interpretation of what it means.

Following commercial success with the Charlie’s Angels film reboots and a dramatic role in Driving in Cars With Boys, Barrymore has built her career for the last decade primarily in producing films and starring in romantic and dramatic roles.

Drew BarrymoreIn 2017 Netflix released the first series of The Santa Clarita Diet. The show is a horror comedy, about the strange death of Sheila Hammond. However Sheila isn’t quite dead, she’s undead and has a hankering for human flesh. It is up to her husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant), daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) and their young neighbor Eric (Skyler Gisondo) to help figure out how Sheila became what she now is and try and change her back to normal.

The show has run for two seasons already and confirmation for series three has been announced. Fans are enjoying the dark humor and balance between the comedy itself and grotesque gore. It has been an enjoyable and hilarious show to watch and personally a great reintroduction to genre fans for Barrymore’s skills as a comedienne and her abilities within the genre.

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant in Santa Clarita Diet

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