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Interview with Samuel Vainisi director of Violet

Interview with Samuel Vainisi director of Violet

  • SG: Tell us how you came about? What got you into film?
  • VS: I have always loved film. My brother used to take me every weekend to see whatever was playing, and that was our bonding time. However, after a while of just watching tons of mainstream flicks – I wanted something…different. I used to watch Eigh8, The Chosen One and Mr. Parka a lot on YouTube, and they would review all of these underground indie flicks that I had no idea what they were. So, I blind bought a lot of them that looked interesting to me, and one of those flicks was a film by the name of “found.” – And that movie changed me. When the credits started rolling, I sat there in my seat, just shocked. Jaw dropped… I had to rewind and watch the last scene again because I didn’t expect them to go there. And that’s why I love independent films… they aren’t afraid of taking chances or pushing the envelope at all. SO, this answer has gotten a bit long, ha-ha, anyways… before getting into the indie scene and supporting tons of artists, etc., I used to be a writer. I wrote short stories, a few novels, some screenplays… but no one cared. Only maybe a handful of people read them, and most of the feedback was only “oh, it was good.” And that was it. And what annoyed me was that I spent close to four years writing this novel, and the only feedback was that… nothing talking about the plot, or the characters, or the journey, and it just made me scratch my head and I questioned why am I spending all of this time when no one is even reading it in the first place. When I started writing my screenplays, I knew in my head that this could eventually be a movie… its not just a random story, like this could be possibly made. I even thought of just sending a few of my stories to indie filmmakers that I loved because I just wanted something of mine put on screen because at the time, I had no idea how even to begin making a film. I had no experience whatsoever… but that’s when I was fortunate enough to be on set for ‘The Bad Man.’ I ended up being an Executive Producer on the project, and I helped wherever was needed on set for the mansion shoot. After that week of filming, I found something in myself…like “oh, this isn’t that bad… I could do this too.” – And then it all spiraled. A few weeks later, I was starting to shoot my first short film “Senses” with friends and family; also, that story was my first ever screenplay. There’s a lot of ways to answer this question but in a short version… Scott Schirmer. Scott got me into the film by being inspired by one of his movies, and at the time I had no idea who he was I was just an outsider blind buying films, and then again Scott pushed me even further into the scene by allowing me to help him on his set. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for him.
  • SG: What was the inspiration for your previous short films?
  • VS: Honestly, my short films and future features aren’t inspired by anything. I’ve always been a writer, but lately, a lot of personal stuff has been blending into the non-fiction. Violet is hands down my most personal story to date… a lot of my shorts deal with depression and anxiety. Because most of my life, I used to struggle with them, my depression was the worst back in 2017… but once I started making films and expressing myself through art, it pretty much went away. I started being productive and doing something that I truly loved, and I was making something that will last forever, and when I die – my films pretty much represent my life. This year was also the worst for my anxiety… I went to the ER twice because I thought I had a heart attack. I realized what was giving me stress, with my full-time job, school, the film, just it was so much. I cut things out of my schedule to provide me with some time for myself, and that really helped, and now I don’t have that chest pain… so that’s a huge plus.
  • SG: You matured with your films where they’re dark dramas. Do you think a comedy will be in your future?
  • VS: I am writing a comedy but its not your typical comedy… it’s more of a dramedy. The idea with that script is that I want to focus on the rise and fall of relationships. I’m also writing in a person in a panda suit, a guy who walks around with fruit snacks in a fanny pack, and police officers who ride-on toy cars… it’s just banana’s.
  • SG: Was their times you or the cast of your films had to take five only from the intensity
  • VS: In my short films, there was never a moment that we had to relax or calm down from what we were doing… however, on my feature ‘Violet,’ there was a scene… which only lasts for 18 seconds in the entire film. This scene scared me, and Alyss pretty good. The film is a rape revenge film, but I didn’t want to show any graphic rape or focus on it too much… but we do see a flashback of it, but it’s tastefully done in my opinon. It’s just close ups on faces, the reactions. Even that was just too much. I remember saying, let’s do the first take for like a minute or two to get the audio from this… and 20 seconds in, I yelled cut. I couldn’t handle it… it was too visceral for me. And then we started filming… that was super rough. After we finished, which the entire thing maybe took 15 minutes or less to film? Give or take… I was fucked up a bit, and Alyss, because she went method with it and felt like she was actually in the moment, she needed some time alone… and I understood that by just seeing the look on her face.
  • SG: Can you tell us about Violet without spoilers?
  • VS: Recently I let a friend/producer watch the picture, and he has the best description of the movie… “The film is beautiful, ballsy and at times brutal. The acting from Alyss Winkler is raw and real. She shows vulnerability and ferocity in equal measure. This is easily one of her best performances. Violet is a rape-revenge story, a tragic love story between a girl and a boy, and the story of a mother trying to connect to her daughter.” – Charlie Michael Cargile. I love his review/description of the film.
  • SG: Are there any future actors or anyone in the industry you want to have in your movies?
  • VS: I already cast my next film, and there are people I am dying to work with… two of which are Brittany Blanton and Kaylee Williams
  • SG:  What’s next for Samuel Vainisi?
  • VS: Scarlett is my next picture… that film is going to another psychological movie, but I feel that it’s darker than Violet. Imagine if you were drugged up, and you couldn’t move and had to watch a creep do things to your body… almost like you were a doll. That’s all I can say at this point about that script. I wrote Scarlett before Violet was a thing… and It was the first story I felt beautiful writing. After that, I’ll be able to get to my dramedy… and after that… well, I have plans for the future. I’m not stopping anytime soon.

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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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First Trailer and Stills released for DARK HARBOR Ahead of World Premiere at the Catalina Film Festival

First Trailer and Stills released for DARK HARBOR Ahead of World Premiere at the Catalina Film Festival

APS Films has released the first trailer and stills for director Joe Raffa’s unsettling thriller Dark Harbor Dark Harbor tells the story of Olivia, a young mother on the verge of childbirth who finds her future threatened by a hidden darkness from her family’s past.

With the birth of her first child just days away, Olivia must return to her childhood home island off the coast of Maine, seemingly on the edge of the world, to face her narcissistic mother and attend her father’s funeral. Not long after, she uncovers a dark family secret that undoes the foundations of her life. The deeper Olivia searches for answers, the more life-threatening the situation becomes, putting herself and her unborn child in danger.

Dark Harbor will have its world premiere today aboard the RMS Queen Mary at the Catalina Film Festival as part of their Thriller Thursday lineup.

For his latest feature, Raffa and executive producer Edwin P. Stevens enlisted the talents of Jessica Sipos (“Slasher”, “Chesapeake Shores”) and Joel McHale (“Community”, Ted) as the expectant parents.  They are joined onscreen by Joel McHale (“Grace and Frankie”, “Agent Carter”) and Brian Gallagher (“Outsiders”) as Olivia’s distant parents, as well as Xander Berkeley (“The Walking Dead”, Terminator 2) Reiko Aylesworth (“24”, “Scorpion”), Connor Trineer (“Star Trek: Enterprise”, “Stargate: Atlantis”), Sterling Hurst, and Nickolas Wolf.

Ahead of the world premiere in Long Beach, Raffa said, “The film tests the limits we are willing to go for forgiveness, redemption, and the truth. I hope Dark Harbor forces us to answer the questions we are otherwise afraid to ask ourselves. Can we let go of resentment and forgive a loved one who has betrayed us? How can we fix the suffering a loved one has caused? And, along this haunting and tense journey, you’ll find yourself gripping your armrest and holding your breath.”

Dark Harbor will world premiere at the Catalina Film Festival in their Thriller Thursday lineup and continue on the festival circuit.

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The HELLMINGTON starring Michael Ironsides is available on digital and DVD tomorrow from Uncork’d Entertainment.

The HELLMINGTON starring Michael Ironsides is available on digital and DVD tomorrow from Uncork’d Entertainment.

The frightening HELLmington from writer-directors Justin Hewitt-Drakulic and Alex Lee Williams premieres on DVD and Digital tomorrow.

Genre icon Michael Ironside (Total Recall, Top Gun, Turbo Kid) and ShadowhuntersNicola Correia-Damude star.

In 1999, outside the sleepy town of Hellmington, troubled high school senior Katie Owens mysteriously vanished.
Nine years later, Detective Samantha Woodhouse, a former classmate of Katie’s, returns to Hellmington for the first time since graduation to deal with the unexpected death of her father. His passing just another tragedy in an already devastating year for Sam: her own daughter was murdered, resulting in a downward spiral of anguish and guilt that has slowly destroyed her marriage and career.

Sam soon discovers that her father’s demise is one in a series of suspicious deaths over the last several years, and it appears that the grisly fatalities are becoming more frequent. Even more alarming, every victim circles back to the troubled Katie Owens.

Battling hallucinations, insomnia and her own personal demons, Sam struggles to uncover the disturbing truth of what really happened to Katie Owens; a mystery that will lead her to a secretive, centuries-old cult of revenge.

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New trailer for MATT WOHL’S SCOOTER OPENING ACROSS US THIS MONTH

New trailer for MATT WOHL’S SCOOTER OPENING ACROSS US THIS MONTH

Nail-biting thriller Scooter, starring Mitch Lemos (Burn Notice) and Yoshi Zimmerman, will receive a North American theatrical release via Artist Rights Distribution this fall.

Joyride meets The Blair Witch Project in a sweat-inducing account of three YouTubers that set out on an 866 mile adventure on scooters. However, they find out that it’s not the destination that will kill you, it’s the journey.

Scooter, from writer-director-producer Matt Wohl, will screen :

October 16 7:30pm–8:57pm
Brooklyn, NY at UA Court Street 12 & RPX

September 26 7:00pm–8:27pm
Burlington, VT at Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas

September 12 8:30pm–9:52pm
Miami Beach, FL at Regal South Beach Stadium 18

September 19 7:30pm–8:57pm
Winter Park, FL at Regal Winter Park Village Stadium 20

The Three Amigoes are life-long best friends and partners in crime. They became internet famous after their YouTube channel went viral. Each episode of their antics has them undertaking some ridiculous challenge. From racing cars to tricycles and from the waters of the South Atlantic to the bottom of a swimming pool, there’s no challenge too stupid. Like a pack of cats, they always land on their feet.

The Amigoes latest challenge is to ride scooters from Miami to New Orleans. Each person has $1000 to get a scooter, pay for gas, food, and lodging. After they select their vehicles and pack their bags, it’s time to hit the road. They soon find that their 50CC scooters are no match of I-95, and they retreat to the side roads to continue their epic 900 mile journey. While the road is smoother, the trip gets a lot bumpier. One of the scooters break down, the friends start to fight amongst each other, and their troubles reach a climax when they witness and video a murder.

Stuck in rural Florida with two working scooters, they have little hope of escape, and the killer is hot on their trail. What was once a leisurely trip becomes a fight for survival. They end up captured, tortured, and it’s clear they won’t all survive. When those who are sworn to protect you are the problem, where do you turn? Will they all die in a small backwater town, or can they once again defy the odds and come out alive?

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KING JAMES (2019)

Revelation 21: And God wiped away the tears from his eyes, so the new Messiah could see out to the new Jerusalem.” -Pilot Abilene

KING JAMES is a no-budget exercise in violent storytelling which attempts to survey its characters’ motivations without the hindering weight of a moral compass in this strange, wayfaring venture of murder, vengeance and maddening obsession.

Superficially KING JAMES sets itself up like a traditional injustice story arch followed by a mandatory third act of quasi-redemption except within the secrets kept by the seedy characters there awaits a disorienting tonal shift that sneaks upon the last moments.

KING JAMES spins a restless tale about a man loosing his life in a street deal gone wrong. After witnessing the slaying, his partner, a man wrapped in self-harm and an obvious ptsd-ridden pain that lusts for then seeks revenge against the kingpin he feels is responsible for the unjustly slaying, a towering hulk called King James and the minions that serve as anchors to the fallouts of his will, bidding and dirty work. A blame is than locked into an unhealthy compulsivity felt by our flawed protagonist, acted upon almost like an addiction to a controlled substance, placing himself directly into the flames of a hellish nightmare as he tries to rid himself of the inner guilt felt by the loss by confronting the murderous gentlemen where his personal path towards a suffering fate awaits.

The last images found in KING JAMES echo a hazy discomfort that turbulently segues into the shrouded revelations found at the ending, creating a thought-provoking anticlimax.

Pete Girard, playing a one-noted and tough-as-nails mobster, shines in KING JAMES. Girard acts out his character in a Vaudevillian manner and his memorable performance is powerful, honest and laugh-out-loud hilarious in certain scenes that address the movie’s comedic underbelly crawling with gasping giggles of enjoyment.

The actors played their respective roles well, with the knowledge that on shoestring budgets more focus is placed on the enjoyment of a performance rather than the nailing of every emotional key or line of dialogue better read on paper then to be delivered onscreen by semi-professionals, but these little blemishes only add to the overall charm of the project by WE MASSACRE PRODUCTIONS with the tight-knit and smiling faces that make this initial rolecall a delight to be welcomed by fans of indie cinema.

The ultimate pleasure in seeking out low-to-no-money independent efforts is to gander at what these moviemakers and artists can actually achieve with their talents and aided by their personal passions (much as THE EVIL DEAD showcased the talents of a man who one day would and could helm a Hollywood blockbuster) and KING JAMES, written and directed by co-creators Steve Balewicz and M.C. Nowell, has a few entertaining glimpses into what WE MASSACRE PRODUCTIONS‘ talents may yield.

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New trailer released for new thriller-horror Investigation 13 with genre icon Meg Foster

New trailer released for new thriller-horror Investigation 13 with genre icon Meg Foster

Screen icon Meg Foster (“Twin Peaks”, They Live) stars in director Krisstian de Lara’s mesmerizingly unnerving Investigation 13, premiering on digital and DVD this September from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Incorporating traditional narrative story-telling, as well as numerous forms of pioneering technology, including found footage, hand-held cameras, surveillance cameras, and smart glasses, Investigation 13 is a new-age fright-fest chronicling the tale of a group of college science students investigating the urban legend of The Mole Man, an ex-patient said to still be residing within the walls of the Black Grove Asylum.

When members of the group start missing, they soon learn that this myth is more real than they thought, making this 13th investigation one they will come to regret.

From Gorilla Studios, Investigation 13 also stars Stephanie Hernandez, Patrick Flanagan, Robert Paget, William Alexander, Giordan Diaz, Jesse Ramos and Peter Aratari as ‘The Mole Man’.

Clay Smith wrote the original screenplay, Rolando Vinas and de Lara wrote the most recent version.

Investigation 13 On VOD and DVD September 10 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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BRAVEHEART’S MHAIRI CALVEY IN THE NAIL-BITING 3 LIVES

BRAVEHEART’S MHAIRI CALVEY IN THE NAIL-BITING 3 LIVES

High Octane Pictures lights is proud to announce the release of the new thriller 3 Lives

Los Angeles, California :   15 years after she was attacked, Mhairi Calvey (Robert the Bruce, Braveheart) comes face to face with the perpetrator again – in the wilderness.

Julianne Block’s nail-biting 3 Lives premieres on DVD and Digital this August from High Octane Pictures.

Emma wakes up to find herself trapped in an abandoned bunker. She soon realizes that there are two other victims trapped with her, Ben and Jamie, who she knows from her days in high school.

Now Ben and Jamie are Emma’s only means of escape from their savage captors, three ex-soldiers. Faced with the choice to stay in the bunker or to escape her kidnappers with the help of her former rapist and his old friend, Emma chooses the latter.

Ruthlessly the ex-soldiers chase the group through the wilderness. While Emma tries to find out why Ben, Jamie, and herself have been kidnapped in the first place. Slowly matters start to spin out of control, facades start to crack and Emma has to learn who her real enemy is.

3 Lives is released on DVD and Digital August 6.

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House Of Lexi (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

House Of Lexi (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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1996 thriller Fear to become a remake

1996 thriller Fear to become a remake

Straight from Universal itself, the 1996 thriller Fear which starred Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon will be remade. 

The remake is being co-written by Johnathan Herman, and the star of the movie will be Amandla Stenberg  (Hunger Games).

As of right now, (reported from deadline) the plot is being kept under wraps but it had been said that it will be told from the female prospective. 

Once the plot and the rest of the cast will be revealed, we will update you fellow horror fans. As of right now there is not set release  date. 

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UNFRIENDED : Dark Web

UNFRIENDED : Dark Web

Unfriended: Dark Web is the second installment to the 2015 film Unfriended. The story takes you on down a dark path of evil doings by evil people from the deepest corners of the web.

Directed by Stephen Susco, (The Grudge, The Grudge 2 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3-d)and released in July of 2018. 

When four friends stumble across some hidden files on a newly found laptop from a local coffee shop, they soon unravel a living nightmare where people hire and pay for others to kidnap and torture their victims in told ways on video for an extremely high payoff. 

Our young friends are traced and thru the technologies of the internet and found out by this organization and are then in the game of said mercenaries for now knowing too much.

Not wanting to give our ending away, ….but it ends in a sort of predictable way. I didn’t know of anyone other than myself who enjoyed the first film let alone Unfriended: Dark Web. Both films received about the same reviews ….. “Not Good”

With social media being what it is today and everyone on snapchat, or some video interaction, I thought the film fit today perfectly. However, I will admit, if you sit down and think about what the movie was presenting you, how easy it is for outsiders to tap in, and even be watching you, in itself…is quite scary.

I give the actors credit for having no onstage interaction with anyone other than the camera in their face. I don’t know if I could have pulled it off. 
Regardless, the film isn’t going to win any awards and has a rather slow build up.  It did hold a bit of a fun surprise twist in the end storyline, but yet nothing over the top.  I will give this away,…meaning of the film: “DON’T TOUCH WHAT AIN’T YOURS. “
Will, there be a third installment, who knows, they didn’t leave a cliff hanger, but then neither did the first. Unfriended: Dark Web most likely won’t end up in my collection unless found in the cheap bin. I do recommend it for a watch as I did notice it’s now floating around on one of the many cable channels out there. 
Until next time…Keep it Evil
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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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Ouroboros short film review

Ouroboros short film review

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

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

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

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

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Housewife

Housewife

After watching Housewife by Turkish director Can Evrenol  (Baskin) two things are apparent, one this is definitely not Baskin and two this is a far more serious attempt at filmmaking. I love Baskin and went into Housewife expecting something similar, while I was mildly disappointed to find it was completely different I was also impressed with the stark contrast in style. It should be noted that I usually watch and review extreme cinema and that is where my passion lies, but I want to give my best unbiased opinion on this one. 

Housewife starts in the childhood home of our main character Holly. The opening scene is Holly and her sister Hazel playing until Hazel gets her first period. Holly scared and not understanding what is happening screams for their mother (Defne Halman) an over zealous fanatic who whisks Hazel away quickly to “tend” to her. A great tragedy befalls the family that night resulting in loss of life and repressed memories.

Now fast forward to adulthood filled with regret, mediocre sex and an unhealed past. Holly (Clementine Poidatz) not fully recovered from the events that took place so many years ago still experiences it’s lingering effects. Things change quickly when a long lost friend Veronica (Alicia Kapudag), resurfaces in the lives of Holly and her Husband (Ali Aksoz). Veronica claims she has been changed and asks the couple to attend a seminar with her. Although somewhat reluctant the two attend a cult like seminar hosted by charismatic leader Bruce O’hara (David Sakurai). Claiming he can enter peoples dream mazes. O’hara singles out Holly referring to her as the one. Holly accepts his invitation to help her and that’s when shit gets weird… Up until this point the film has been a slow burner, grey and bleak feeling, interspersed with intensely sexual moments including a sizzling threesome and self loathing masturbation. Once O’hara enters Holly’s dream maze, colour pops, reality becomes difficult to separate from dream and brutal gore ensues. There isn’t a ton of gore in this one, but we do see a nice glimpse into Evrenol’s love of it. 

Without spoiling the end I can tell you that it’s distinctly Lovecraftian in nature and feels like not enough. It’s not enough because you don’t want it to end right where it does, you try to will it into taking you there, and to push a little further, but it’s also better left alone to make you wonder what happens next.

My biggest disappointment with this film was that it omitted a lot of the Turkish charms that Baskin had, opting to use English over Turkish and using a more American feeling backdrop. A lot of amazing horror films are coming out of Turkey and I personally enjoy them for being different.

Overall the film is unique and well made and from a non-extreme horror movie perspective I’d say it’s a solid 4/5.

 

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Vault (2017)

MOVIE REVIEW: The Vault (2017)

Director: Dan Bush; Writers: Dan Bush, Conal Byrne; Stars: James Franco, Taryn Manning, Francesca Eastwood; Rating: Not Rated; Run Time: 91 min; Genre: Horror, Thriller; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2017

Jeff Gum in The Vault (2017)The Vault caught my attention for having James Franco starring and held my attention in spite of some clunky foreshadowing and a less than satisfying ending. While it’s nothing special and filled with tropes we’ve seen in other crime/horror crossovers, there’s just enough mix of weirdness and uncertainty to keep the viewer interested.

The story revolves around a bank and the gang of robbers whose reasons for hitting up the bank aren’t as clear-cut as they seem at first. Having carefully engineered a distraction that keeps the city’s attention directed elsewhere, the gang is surprised to find little money in the safe and that an unexpected tip-off to law enforcement made it through. Ed Maas (James Franco), assistant manager of the bank, tries to work with the robbers to minimize harm to the people held hostage, but the gang refuses to leave without finding the real money.

Francesca Eastwood in The Vault (2017)Most of The Vault focuses on the dynamics of the two groups, the hostages and the robbers, interspersed with the gang’s attempt to access the bank’s main vault below. Ultimately the gang’s primary motivation is for Michael Dillon (Scott Haze) to pay off a fatal debt, and Michael’s estranged sisters Vee (Taryn Manning) and Leah (Francesca Eastwood), have come together, along with a few others, to pull off the heist – both to help Michael and enrich themselves. The hostages’ motivation is, of course, to survive, and some of them are more successful at this than others.

Taryn Manning in The Vault (2017)Maas convinces the gang that he can help and successfully stops a post-closing hours failsafe alarm from triggering. Having won their reluctant trust, he then directs them to the location of the bank’s subterranean vault wherein lies a cool $6 million. As the heist moves forward to crack the vault and open their subterranean escape route, the group is split and odd things begin to happen. First, those who’ve ventured underground are affected, but it ultimately extends to all the robbers. Paranoia and uncertainty set in, making the situation more volatile and dangerous every moment.

Unfortunately for The Vault, uneven acting makes the first half somewhat less than satisfying while unnecessary foreshadowing completely undermines the second half and ruins the fim’s reveal. With an ending that left me more than a little pissed (seriously, my rating dropped 2.5 claw marks just because it pissed me off), The Vault is worth watching for Francophiles — those who want the total Franco experience — and those who must watch all things horror, but a skip for anyone seeking something new and different.

Final verdict: 5/10 claw marks — leave it closed

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Perfect Host (2010)

MOVIE REVIEW: The Perfect Host (2010)

The Perfect Host
Dinner Parties Are A Dying Art

by Woofer McWooferson

The Perfect Host poster.

The Perfect Host poster.

Director: Nick Tomnay; Writers: Nick Tomnay, Krishna Jones; Stars: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford; Rating: R; Run Time: 93 min; Genre: Comedy | Crime | Thriller; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2010

The Perfect Host is one of the smartest and funniest crime thrillers in recent years. As Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce) prepares for his dinner party, petty thief John Taylor (Clayne Crawford) searches for a hiding place after being identified as the culprit in a bank robbery earlier that day. Taylor dumps his car, also identified, near an upscale neighborhood and begins his search. After being turned away from one house, he moves on quickly and spots another possibility. A card in the mailbox indicates that the resident has a close friend, Julia, vacationing in Australia, and Taylor decides to masquerade as an acquaintance of Julia. Though he first denies Taylor entry, Taylor's tale of lost luggage and a mugging eventually weigh on Wilson, who relents and invites him in. Wilson offers Taylor a drink and use of his phone while apologizing for being distracted with his dinner party preparations. Eventually, both men learn that neither is what he seems to be.

David Hyde Pierce in The Perfect Host.

David Hyde Pierce in The Perfect Host.

Through flashbacks, John's reason for robbing the bank is revealed, and it is not what the viewer expects. Taylor has been trying to stay straight and legitimate, and his motivation for the robbery is to help his sick girlfriend. Warwick, on the other hand, is the model of a propriety, affording Taylor every consideration until he learns the true identity of this unexpected guest. While Taylor's story is told in flashbacks, Wilson's story unfolds linearly and when it does, the audience is treated to a well paced cat and mouse game.

The Perfect Host - the party gets going.

The Perfect Host - the party gets going.

Directed by Nick Tomnay and written by Tomnay and Krishna Jones, The Perfect Host could not be more aptly cast. David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) plays Wilson with verve and finesse, easily switching from nebbish to neurotic, and Clayne Crawford (Evil Remains) is equally awesome as he switches from stranded traveler in need to hardened petty criminal. Tyrees Allen (RoboCop), Cooper Barnes (Henry Danger), Indira G. Wilson (Reversion), and Annie Campbell (Anoosh of the Airways) round out the dinner party, affording Taylor the opportunity to see Wilson completely immersed in his element. As the movie progresses, the audience switches from wondering if Wilson will survive the night to wondering if Taylor will. As with everything else in this film, however, nothing is what it seems to be at first.

Shot in only 17 days and with a budget of only $500,000, The Perfect Host is an almost perfect comedic thriller. Clocking in at just over 90 minutes, the movie is tight, neat, and suspenseful. Certainly there are a few flaws, but the positives far outweigh the negatives, and David Hyde Pierce and Clayne Crawford are amazing, true professionals. Their abilities to demonstrate a wide array of emotions ensures their characters are not cardboard cutouts. According to IMDb, this movie made only $48,000, and Tomnay has done nothing since. That is just plain wrong. The Perfect Host deserves more recognition and Tomnay deserves credit for crafting such a fun comedy crime thriller.

Spoiler Alert: Do not watch the trailer first. If you like dark comedies and/or crime thrillers, you will not be disappointed.

8/10 claws – Underrated, underappreciate, and unapologetic.

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MOVIE REVIEW (RETRO): Mister Frost (1990)

MOVIE REVIEW (RETRO): Mister Frost (1990)

Mister Frost

By Woofer McWooferson

Mister Frost DVD cover

Director: Philippe Setbon (as Philip Setbon); Writers: Derry Hall (adaptation), Brad Lynch, Philippe Setbon (as Philip Setbon), Louise Vincent (adaptation); Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Alan Bates, Kathy Baker; Rating: R; Run Time: 104 min; Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller; Country: France; Language: English; Year: 1990

Mister Frost (aka Mr. Frost), the 1990 drama/horror/thriller from director Philippe Setbon, is an exercise in a movie having everything right and doing it all wrong. Mister Frost falls flat on every front, from its confused storyline, muddled direction, and terrible acting to its incompatible score and unrealistic setting.

Victims of Mister FrostThe story begins with a couple of thieves finding a corpse in Mr. Frost's Aston Martin when they break in to steal the vehicle. After a visit from Inspector Detweiler (Alan Bates), during which Detweiler is confused, then amused, and finally disturbed by Mr. Frost (Jeff Goldblum), Frost is arrested and convicted for murder. With 24 victims to his credit, Frost bounces between psychiatric facilities before ending up at the one where Dr. Day (Kathy Baker) works. Frost sets his sites on Day at once and thus begins a psychological cat and mouse game.

Mister Frost attempts to be a smart thriller but is more of a snooze drama. The horror part is missing completely. I suspect it is on the videotape that we never see. With lackluster performances by everyone except Jeff Goldblum, the movie trudges along to its predictable and disappointing end. Kathy Baker's doctor seems on the edge of tears, even when she is happy, and Alan Bates' detective comes off as befuddled and taken aback at all times. The music is so out of touch with the scene that it distracts from the imagery and dialogue. The only stand out aside from Goldblum as the titular Mister Frost is fabulous character actor Vincent Schiavelli (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) in a microscopic role as a desk clerk.

3/10 claws – Only for the die hard fans of anyone involved

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COMING SOON: An Inside Remake (2016)

COMING SOON: An Inside Remake (2016)

By Dixielord

Inside remake

Inside remake

The Hollywood foreign to American, remake machine is in full swing. Now coming not long after word that the American remake of Martyrs will soon hit the screen, it appears a remake of Inside is going forward. Inside, along with Martyrs, and others, was part of a wave of extreme gore French horror films. Now Inside (2007) is up to get the typical watered down Hollywood remake formula.

The Martyrs remake went through a lot of changes, from early reports that it would star Kristen Stewart, to the project being shelved, before finally the powers that be decided to throw out a cheap quickie of a film so as not to lose the rights. The Inside remake at least looks like they are taking the time to hire a decent writer and director.

As of now the project, a Spanish produced, English language production is set to be directed by Miguel Angel Vivas, best known for the well received Spanish language film Kidnapped. The script in play now was written by Jaume Balaguero, director of the excellent Spanish horror film Rec, and Manu Diez, who co-wrote Rec 2 and Rec 4: Apocalypse. So the project, at least for now, has some decent talent attached.

Jaume Belaguero and Manuela Velasco

Manuela Velasco, star of Rec, and Jaume Balaguero of Rec and the Inside remake

Haven't writers and directors who have been successful in the horror genre, although Kidnapped was more thriller than horror, does bode well for the Inside remake. But the thriller part concerns me a bit. The producers have said that the Inside remake would be a taut thriller focusing on a battle between two would be mothers.. OK, there is a thin line between horror and thriller but the original pole vaulted that line and landed in the territory of straight up gore and horror. Making this film a thriller, appears to be an attempt to tone it down. And there is no reason to tone it down, except producers don't think American audiences will crowd into a gorefest.

Inside remake

The Inside Remake based on the 2007 Gorefest Inside

Still if it looks to be a decent film, I will watch it. Even though it's unnecessary. It's still a long time till the Inside remake hits the screen. It's scheduled to start filming in February 2016, and even that is subject to change. As of now there is no cast attached and only one publicity photo. It doesn't even appear to have an IMDb page yet. Whatever eventually happens with the Inside remake, the trend isn't going to stop. Remakes, re-imaginings, reboots, or whatever you prefer to call them are here to stay. All we can do is hope they do justice to the originals that we love.

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