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Monster Reviews: Polterheist 2018

Monster Reviews: Polterheist 2018

Polterheist is a 2018 comedy horror film, co-written and directed by David Gilbank. It stars Jo Mousley, Sid Akbar Ali, Jamie Cymbal and Pushpinder Chani. Two gangsters are given three days to locate money stolen by their boss. The only thing is, they just killed him.

Forced by a local mobster to find money that was stolen from him, Tariq (Ali) and Boxy (Cymbal) seek out a psychic medium to make contact with their recently deceased boss. However, they get more than they bargained for when his vengeful spirit possesses the medium and takes them on a roller coaster ride they won’t soon forget.

Let me start off by saying that this film is not necessarily what the title implies. It’s not so much a Polterheist, as it is a possession/heist film. But regardless, this film is fun and original in its own right. There are a few other paranormal heist films out there, so the concept isn’t all that new. But there’s definitely some cool, original material, not to mention a few solid performances.

The film looks stunning and is gracefully shot. The angles are elegant and the editing is on point. The directing is fantastic as well as the costumes, dialogue and makeup. But the best thing about the film, is the pacing. It sets the tone and makes you feel like you’re climbing a few hills at the right times. It knows when to rev up and when to throttle back.

Pace is something the average moviegoer is completely unaware of. The pace allows for the film to have a nice smooth flow to it. In Polterheist, even the slower transition scenes seem to fly by with ease and understanding. You never feel lost. You remain established in the ensuing madness, no matter how crazy it seems to get.

The look of the film is very pristine. The monochrome scenes were overtly crisp and fermenting. It really helped add a grittiness to the overall appeal and was visually stunning. The principal photography was absolutely fantastic. It was very detailed and absorbing.

There’s really nothing paranormal about this film, aside from the possession. However, it’s still a fun and engaging gangster flick. The only thing really missing is the lack of any special effects to help emphasize the spirit taking over the mediums vessel. There aren’t any substantial effects utilized to solidified a credible ghost or possession vibe.

Jo Mousley was simply infectious as the medium, Alice. She played the possessed character perfectly, and brought a needed jolt to the production. Her portrayal combined with the amazing performances of Sid Akbar Ali and Jamie Cymbal as the bumbling gangsters, really carries the film.

Jamie Cymbal was hilarious as Boxy. He provided some much needed laughs, breaking up the seriousness and intensity of the film. Sid Akbar Ali was fantastic as the essential lead character. He was rugged and imposing, yet relatable and endearing at the same time. Together, they formed one hell of an interesting and invigorating duo.

There is an abundance of twists and turns throughout, making for one piercing film. It tends to scrape its way into your subconscious and takes control like a parasite. There are a few irresistible, indelible sections of film that really grip you. It’s entertaining, dark and viscous.

Overall, Polterheist is engaging and intense. It has well placed humor fused with some amazing performances. The directing is assertive and very knowledgeable. It’s grimy and haunting. Guns. Gangsters. Ghosts. Grab yourself a copy today.

 


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Leigh Whannell will be writing the Escape from New York remake

Leigh Whannell will be writing the Escape from New York remake

Leigh Whannell who is well known in the horror universe from such films as the Saw Franchise, Insidious as well as his directorial debut UPGRADE which he wrote has been hired to write ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK for FOX.THR reports,

“Sources say that while there is no deal for him to direct, the door is open for that possibility. Whannell is kickstarting Escape with a new vision for the project that sources say will retain elements of the original but bring innovative ideas to the table. One of Whannell’s goals is to avoid the bloated tentpole remake path that afflicted the reboots of other 1980s-era movies such as Robocop and Total Recall.”

Truth be told I think he can do an excellent job with the film, he can do violence, humor (not too much to ruin a movie, but enough the lighten the mood for the film) He is working on the Invisible man remake as we speak. Leigh has a lot of potential and can deliver I just hope he doesn’t go the route of the previous films with the “TWIST” ending where everything is wrapped up but with the movies like this I think he’s going to bring something unique to the table and not rely on his writing trademark. No word yet on the cast but John Carpenter will be the executive producer. Fingers crossed he does the sound track as well.

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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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COMING SOON: The 7th Annual GWAR-B-Q

COMING SOON: The 7th Annual GWAR-B-Q

Feast With Gwar

By John Roisland

7th Annual GWAR-B-Q banner

House of Tortured Souls prides our selves on bringing you horror - from our universe and all others. That's why we're thrilled to announce that on August 20, 2016, legendary shock rock band Gwar returns to Hadad's Lake in Richmond, Virginia, for the 7th annual GWAR-B-Q!!

Gwar first hit the music scene in 1985 and have been shocking audiences and appalling both parents and censors with their violent, sexual, and blood-filled stage shows ever since. (I, personally, have been a fan from the start.)

On top of having a powerful and unique sound, Gwar has a stage show that is like no other stage show you will ever see. Combine A Serbian Film, The Evil Dead, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the Price Is Right into live stage theatrics with badass music and you have a show that has to be experienced to believed.

In addition to their extreme live shows, the band hosts what is appropriately called the GWAR-B-Q (as mentioned earlier). This will be the 7th year running of the mini festival and, just like the previous years, the festival has an all new line up, including Eye Hate God, Lamb of God, Against Me!, American Nightmare, Lagwagon, and many more still to be announced. Don't panic, though, because Gwar will be playing and torturing humans in the pit as usual.

Gwar logo - GWAR-B-Q

Gwar has been kind enough in these financially stressful times to help us out attendees by contacting Richmond hotels and securing the best rates possible. (I figure Gwar threatened to slay off if they didn't help out, but I can't confirm this.) So, for the hook-up, check out the GWAR-B-Q website.

Also, (and I found this to be extremely cool) the GWAR-B-Q website has a section where you sign up to help out at the event. It doesn't specify whether or not helping means you'll be hand feeding Beefcake the Mighty small children before his show or scrubbing his toilet after, but, hey, either way you'll get to say you were there!

If you're going to have a Gwar weekend in Richmond, VA, you must dine at GWARbar. (For those of you who don't know, Gwar have a restaurant/bar in Richmond at 217 W. Clay Street. GWARbar offers both meatfilled and meatless fare and all is inspired by the band! Michael Derks, AKA Balsak the Jaws of Death, has drawn upon his 30+ years of restaurant experience and is executive chef for the establishment. (This would be a must for me!)

John with Beefcake the Mighty and JiZMak da Gusha - GWAR-B-Q banner

Tickets for the GWAR-B-Q officially went on sale Friday, June 10, 2016. The gates open at 10:00 (yes, AM), and the first band goes on at 10:30, so get there early and prepare to become a slave to none other than Gwar!

Long Live Oderus!

Keep it Evil.

Posted by John Roisland in COMING SOON, EVENTS, HORROR NEWS, 0 comments
MOVIE REVIEW: A Plague So Pleasant (2013)

MOVIE REVIEW: A Plague So Pleasant (2013)

By Travis Love

A Plague So Pleasant

Directed by Benjamin Roberds and due to be released 9/29/2015 on Wild Eye Releasing, A Plague So Pleasant is a dry humor, cynical zom-dram-comedy (zombie drama comedy) which takes place in a city where, after a zombie outbreak occurred years prior, it has now been decreed that killing zombies is “inhumane” and illegal. Humans live their everyday lives side by side with the undead in an awkward cohabitation. But, when that line is crossed and the law is broken, the town soon finds out that the zombies aren’t as compliant as they once thought. Living alongside zombies can be hazardous to your health.

The story finds two roommates caught in the mundane day to day of a normal life (save for being surrounded by enough zombies to fill a Walmart parking lot). During a breakfast conversation, the lead character, Clay Marshall (David Chandler), agrees to help his roommate pursue a relationship with his sister Mia (Eva Boehnke). Complications arise when Marshall’s sister refuses to date anyone but her boyfriend Jerry…who just so happens to be a zombie (Jerry Springer  — a WTF moment). The moral dilemma is dropped into Marshall’s lap: break the no killing zombies law in order to kill Jerry and help his sister move on to finally receive closure and possible happiness with his roommate or obey the law and watch his sister throw away her life. The choice to carry through with it leads to an onslaught of carnage as one shot fired into the back of Zombie Jerry’s skull creates a zombie horde tidal wave loose on the town. Peace is no longer an option.

The cinematography is black and white for the majority of the film, a splash of color transitions after the gunshot to Zombie Jerry’s head which is almost foreboding as to the shift in zombie temperament. The dialog is at times hilariously dry and nonchalant, almost like if Shaun of the Dead was too cool to care if you thought it was funny. The gore is what you’d come to expect from a zombie film: legions of undead feasting on internal organs like hungry teenagers at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet (zombie fortune cookie fortunes only say “Gwarsghgrrrr” btw. If you are a zombie, you can appreciate the depth of that fortune). The story itself is heartfelt and sad yet balanced with enough humor and zombie on human violence to keep you from shedding those Lifetime made for TV movie tears.

A Plague So Pleasant firmly sets a precedent that a zombie film doesn’t have to be heartless just because a zombie ate it. If you’re looking for a laid back, interesting take on a low budget zombie film, this movie will make a soft spot out of your chest cavity by feasting on your heart, and you’ll love every minute of it.

Rating: 6/10

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