Scream Factory has done it again and this why I compare them to Criterion. They simply handpick movies that are some unknown and lesser-known film starring well-known actors and this is no different. I have honestly never heard of Road Games until they sent me the movie to review and it was very stunning. The transfer was spot on and gorgeous the audio was also amazing to hear on my 7.1 surround system. The movie itself was a great slow-burn movie that is kind of a unique spin o ’Duel’ and ’Wake in Fright’ you could tell movies like this influenced current greats like The Coen Brothers.
If you are not already familiar with the movie the synopsis is as follows.
An Australian trucker (Stacy Keach) picks up a hitchhiking heiress (Jamie Lee Curtis) and the trail of a killer in a green van.
There are tons of new special features on the Scream Factory release including tons of interviews featuring Stacy Keach. 1980 Script Read with Stacy Keach and Marion Edwards. Composer Brian May Music Demos accompanied by stills and poster gallery, Kangaroo Hitchcock the making of Road Games, Audio interviews with Richard Franklin, Stacy Keach and Grant Page.
Resistance is the most important movie of the year and features an all-time performance from Jesse Eisenberg. It may be a little too bleak for some viewers and others may find the tension beautifully crafted.
Marcel Mangel became a famous meme that could be caught on late night talk shows later in his career, however, this movie explores his heroism before he became the famous mime that many people know him by now.
It’s a really touching look on how many children he saved during Nazi occupied France during WW2. The statistics of the amount he saved was astounding, what’s even more astounding is that I’ve never heard of this story till this movie came out.
In the time of closed down theaters and people looking for content to view and some movies they’ve never seen before Resistance is well worth your while, even if you’re not sold on Jesse Eisenberg outside of Zombieland 1&2 I would suggest you seek this one out.
Shout Factory! Reminds us every time they release a horror collection, why they’re number one on bringing the curated care we need for these collections. The movies in this collection are all great, with a great cast from the original days of horror.
Now some of the readers may not find these to be horror per se but back in the day of the early going movie experience, they were considered to be top-notch horror drama movies.
The collection includes:
Night Key which stars the iconic Boris Karloff in a fantastic role, I don’t think I’ve seen a movie of his that I didn’t like his performance. The movie itself is a little over an hour-long which is basically a tv show in modern times. The audio and picture transfer is fantastic here.
Night Monster which stars Bela Lugosi who absolutely owns this movie every way you could appreciate. He was simply a masterful actor of his time.
House of Horrors which stars Bill Goodwin in a really suspenseful thriller.
The Climax which is another fantastic Boris Karloff vehicle.
NEON hit us with Parasite which was the first foreign-language film to win the Best Picture at the Oscars, this year with the film Portrait of a Lady on Fire they may have another best picture nominee on their hands. I wasn’t in love with Little Women last year outside of Florence Pugh’s performance, I bring up Little Woman because of how I felt about Portrait of a Lady on Fire is how I wanted to feel about Little Women.
The performances in Portrait of a Lady on Fire are breathtaking and beautiful, as women are still fighting for equal pay and equal respect in their fields shared with male counterparts this movie is also timely. When the artist says she messes up her paintings on purpose so she doesn’t get in trouble for them being too perfect. Was a significant line in the film.
The thought of forbidden fruit as the two leads have an affair that goes towards Chasing Amy territory with me, which is why I probably liked it as much as I did. Céline Sciamma deserves a damn Oscar nomination for best director, her direction is a thing of beauty and the cinematography is stunning, to say the least, the cinematography is up there with last year’s A Hidden Life.
Trauma Center is a white knuckle thriller from Lionsgate that is surprisingly good. I say surprisingly good because when you see a Bruce Willis straight to videos-on-demand vehicle, you’re expectations should be lowered. However Trauma Center debunks that myth of recent movies that have Bruce Willis in an extended cameo for one, he comes out to play in this one and delivers a worthy performance that his action fans would enjoy.
Nicky Whelan(Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2)gives an admirable performance in Trauma Center as the majority of the film falls on her and she keeps it moving. As far as the story goes it’s impressive what she does here. The other supporting cast may not be as strong as Nicky is in Trauma Center but it is worth a watch.
Alone and trapped in a locked-down hospital isolation ward overnight, an injured young woman must escape a pair of vicious killers who are after the only piece of evidence that can implicate them in a grisly murder: the bullet in her leg.
Perps is a new short film by Alex Montoya Marin of Rebel Without a Crew: The Series fame. After he hit the scene with probably the strongest film out of the films Robert Rodriguez produces for the series in Monday he is back with Perps.
It is a laugh a minute ride for a good 9 minutes that never feels like it over stays it’s welcome, which is a problem short films are often faced with. Here Alex continues his portray into comedies. This one has a little less action than his feature film Monday. There is one great hysterical fight at the end.
If you have been watching No Activity on CBS all access and enjoying this short film is for you, wildly entertaining shenanigans including perps and two cops. Honestly I’d like the two cops in this short film have their own web series. Also for a short film it’s really easy to follow and well worth your time.
This should come with a disclaimer to some readers and viewers of the film who easily get upset. It probably won’t be for you and honestly use a kill count for how many times they freely use the word “Retard” in this film. Other than that the film is visually stunning and phenomenal.
The plot of the film is rather simple, while a group of students is on community service, they stumble upon a flesh-eating female ghoul. This is where the movie sets itself apart from other Shudder originals. The comedy is dark and great in this. It’s probably also not a great to keep a monster locked up and to try and replicate plots from movies.
For instance, they take blood from the monster and have someone drink it to see if it will be like the movies. It takes a lot for a movie to be entertaining with no redeeming characters to root for even the protagonist in the film is so flawed it’s hard to like him. If you do have the Shudder app I would recommend this to you. Mon Mon Mon Monsters will be arriving on dvd and Blu-Ray tomorrow February 4th 2020.
For those who easily get upset I probably wouldn’t recommend this to you, however if you can take entertainment and entertaining you should have fun with this one.
The Siren is a new horror film from Dark Sky Films whom I truly adore as a company. To me, they’ve always been what A24 is becoming in the horror genre. However, I do have a mixed bag about their latest release The Siren.
The Siren plays almost like a Brothers Grimm tale, the main problem I have with The Siren is not it’s acting or directing but it’s the pacing of The Siren is where it has a lot to overcome and may cause a lot of people to turn it off, especially nowadays where we have a ton of movies with jump scares and a little bit more action this generation has grown accustomed￼ to.
The cinematography is flat out gorgeous, and this is one thing I can highlight the film I really enjoyed. The acting was overall decent enough but not anything to really write home about ether.
A man searches the lake for the monster that murdered his husband, while that monster falls in love with an unsuspecting visitor.
Three Christs is a new film directed by Jon Avnet(A righteous kill) it stars Richard Gere, Walton Goggins, and Peter Dinklage. It is being distributed by IFC, this may be tough viewing for some because it does deal with shock therapy especially one cringe-worthy moment with Peter Dinklage. Imagine One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest about three people who think their Jesus Christ this is what you get.
The performances from the three leads are phenomenal, Richard Gere is really solid as the lead actor leading the ensemble cast. However, he does something here that I rarely don’t see from him and he does a fine job acting. Usually in my eyes he’s often wooden while acting but here he’s at the top of his game.
Its also nice to see Walton Goggins(The Hateful Eight, Justified) do something different he’s a phenomenal actor that does it all from the small screen to the big screen. He really plays it straight here and you won’t dare take your eyes off his performance. Along with the scene stealing Peter Dinklage his performance in this should be the big takeaway here. The acting and directing make this the first great movie of 2020.
Last Call is a new film by Gavin Michael Booth which is the indie film that every film buff should seek out this year, every once in awhile we’re hit with a filmmaker that makes a statement so quietly loud and this year it’s Gavin Michael Booth and his film Last Call starring his wife Sarah Booth which gives a standing ovation worthy performance she commands the screen in a film shot in one take and in a split-screen which is highly impressive to pull off.
I could not get enough of the score which was fully immersive, whenever I grade a movie I like to listen to the score and if it makes me feel a certain way throughout the film and this score is masterful and feels like another character to the film.
The directing for this film done by Gavin is simply stunning and it’s so hard to take your eyes off of it even for a second! Running a lean 77 minutes he does a phenomenal job at dealing with the pacing with the film and making his technique of one take and a split-screen is not distracting at all and I can’t wait to see what Gavin does next.
The Nightshifter which is currently streaming on Shudder is coming to DVD from RLJE Films.
Directed by Dennison Ramalho (ABCs of Death 2), he co-wrote the script with Cláudia Jouvin (Alone Man) and Marco de Castro (Ninjas). The film stars Daniel de Oliveira (Jean Charles), Fabiula Nascimento (S.O.S.: Women to the Sea 1 & 2), Bianca Comparato (“3%”), and Marco Ricca (Delicate Crime). RLJE Films will release THE NIGHTSHIFTER on DVD for an SRP of $27.97.
The Synopsis is as follows:
Stênio (Oliveira) works the graveyard shift in the morgue of a vast, violent city. Each night he prepares the lifeless corpses for examination, but he’s never alone. For Stênio can talk to the dead…and they talk back. But when the whispers of the dead reveal secrets of his own life, Stênio unleashes a curse that brings forth unimaginable danger and darkness.