Primal 2019 Review
Primal is a new movie from Lionsgate starring Nicholas Cage in top form this brings back us back to his career redeeming role in Mandy last year. There is now chewing up the scenery that he is infamous for. Here in Primal he is pretty much grounded and for those who like his adventure films like Con-Air will love this film. There are some horror elements to keep the genre fans interested in this film. Kevin Durand plays a dangerous killer named Richard and he plays it like Silence of The Lambs here which is why I think horror fans can let this be a popcorn movie and pure entertainment they can really like this film because Kevin Durand is really special here. Michael Imperioli has a great small part in this film as well most know him from his star turning role on HBO’s The Sopranos.
Famke Janssen is also a real treat to watch in Primal it’s probably her most entertaining role in a really long time.
The synopsis is a little bit of a run of the mill typical adventure film.
Hunter and collector Frank Walsh expects a big payday after bagging a priceless white jaguar for a zoo. But the ship bearing Frank’s precious cargo has another predator. A political assassin facing extradition to America.
There’s something about the casts chemistry to keep this thing afloat.
The Final Friday the 13th Jason Goes To Hell documentary “Hearts of Darkness: The Making of The Final Friday”
Over the years, Jason Goes To Hell has divided fans of the Friday the 13th franchise and has since gained a cult following. Adam Marcus, Allie Rivera, TJ Bowser and Nick Hunt have been really hard at this campaign, which began last month and is ending in 25 days.
Their main focus on making this film is to tell the untold story of why a major studio would let a first-time director direct the biggest horror franchise in film history and allow them to kill Jason in the first 10 minutes of the film.
Our friend Adam Marcus, the director of Jason Goes To Hell, recently launched a campaign for a documentary for Jason Goes To Hell The Final Friday, the most controversial installment of the franchise. It is now sitting at 68% funded, which is an impressive achievement, but we need your help to get it completely funded. There’s plenty of amazing perks that diehard Friday the 13th fans would love, including one-of-a-kind Bill Hunt-drawn pictures exclusive to the campaign, the iconic Jason is Dead 2 for 1 Burger sale sign, a custom Diana Kimble doll and other exclusives to the campaign. Also, a really amazing perk is the ultimate Hock stand, as well as an incredible dagger replica from the film.
Whether you’re a fan of the film or not, Adam Marcus has said that he is not making a fluff piece. There will be honesty in the documentary that will make him cringe. It will be the perfect documentary whether you’re a fan or not.
$10 dollars will help the Indiegogo campaign a lot!
Here is the link to the Indiegogo campaign.
Eegah Blu-Ray Review
Eegah is a 1962 schlock theater type horror movie that is best watched with a group of people like The Room and Velocipastor it’s a wild ride that even Mystery Science Theater 3000 had to get in on in its hay day. It has to be seen to be believed it was made with the rebel without a crew style that made Robert Rodriguez famous and paved the way for Drive in horror films that became our favorites so now we take a look back on Eegah that tells the following storie.
After Roxy Miller (Marilyn Manning) encounters enormous caveman Eegah (Richard Kiel) while driving down a remote California road, her writer father, Robert (William Watters), heads out to the desert to prove his daughter’s claims are true. Once there, Robert is knocked unconscious and trapped in Eegah’s cave, where he gains some insight into prehistoric life. But, when Roxy and her boyfriend, Tom (Arch Hall Jr.), come to rescue Robert, Eegah grows fond of the girl and refuses to let her leave.
Now yes this is a movie you should know what to expect when there’s a mystery science theater 3000 episode on it so take it as it may it is actually quite enjoyable the 4K restoration is phenomenally well executed the color just pops off the screen now I had the privilege of watching this off my 75” Inch Samsung QLED TV and it was just incredible eye popping visually on this Blu-Ray release.
The sound however has its struggles throughout dipping in and out at some points of the transfer though I cannot fully fault the studio on that it was probably filmed that way and that was the best they could do with such a shoestring budgeted film like Eegah I really did have fun watching this late Saturday night it was really a blast to see it for the first time on this format.
The Special features included
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode
A retrospective interview with Arch Hall Jr where he talks about keeping the film inside the family and how his family members made cameos throughout the film.
Also an retrospective interview with Joel Hodsson where he takes a look back at the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode and talks about meeting Arch Hall Jr.
Overall grade for the Blu-Ray release
Adopt A Highway 2019 review
Adopt a highway is the new movie from Jason Blum. It starts Ethan Hawke as an ex convict it is surreal to see Ethan Hawke in this role it is his performance of a lifetime￼. It is so heartwarming as it is depressing and tragic all at the same time it’s really hard to pull a movie like this off button cast and crew of adopt a highway really signs in this production it has a short runtime of 75 minutes as well and for them to tell a story with that little time as impactful as this is, is just masterful￼. If this movie does not get a whole lot of award nominations I would be very surprised. This is just a showcase of Ethan Hawke’s talents that hasn’t been this good since Training Day. This probably won’t get a huge to get recognized￼ by the Oscars but I’m sure the Golden Globes won’t shy away from this movie.
When an ex-convict finds an abandoned baby in a dumpster, he gains a new lease on life, deciding to dedicate himself to making sure the child has a good life.
Starring Josh Hartnett and Bruce Dern Inherit The Viper is getting a of demand and digital release January 10th 2020. It also boosters a cast featuring Chandler Riggs Margarita Levieva and Owen Teague.
For siblings Kip (Josh Hartnett) and Josie (Margarita Levieva), dealing opioids isn’t just their family business—it’s their only means of survival. When a deal goes fatally wrong, Kip decides he wants out. But Kip’s attempt to escape his family’s legacy ignites a powder keg of violence and betrayal, imperiling Kip, Josie, and their younger brother, Boots (Owen Teague), in this searing crime-thriller that builds to a shattering conclusion.
Directed by Anthony Jerjen and written by Andrew Crabtree.
On Demand / Digital – January 10, 2020
Red Letter Day 2019 Review
Red Letter Day is a new movie brought to us by Dread Central who knocks it out of the park with a look inside of an exclusive Purge what would you do if you got a red letter and were forced to kill someone? Would you do it? Could you do it? How would you react?
Those are the many questions answered in this film that is a mix of “The Purge”, “The Oath” and “Assassination￼ Nation” that will be every genre fans wet dream mixed into one hardcore horror smoothie that will go down smoother than a mixed drink.
The performances are what help this movie elevate its premise that has been tried and true for the past five years in cinemas ever since The Purge has been released. It is really nice to see a fresh and low budget take on the tale however and see it executed(no pun intended) to high thrills and a great time.
While adjusting to a new life in a quiet suburban community, a recently divorced mother and her two teenage children receive mysterious red letters instructing them each to kill or be killed.
Paradise Hills 2019 Review
Paradise Hills is a doozy of a film that stars Emma Roberts in a commanding role and she delivers in a huge way. This is in the vein of films like Midsommar and The Wickerman all mixed in with the classic tv show The Prisoner.
Awkwafina is a scene stealer and a pure knockout in her part that will for sure possibly get her more horror and psychological parts. The most surprising actress in this movie is Milla Jovovich coming hot off the universally hated Hellboy reboot just dominates every piece of dialogue she’s given even with the occasional scenery chewing she’s fantastic and demented as ever in my opinion she needs to stick to roles like this.
The synopsis of the film is Young women must band together to escape from a seemingly idyllic island that holds a sinister secret.
It pays off very quickly it doesn’t waste a lot of time and is a hell of a film that will make my top 10 independent horror films of the year at some point of the year
Daughter of Dismay short film review
James Quinn is now a certified director everyone should keep an eye on. His latest short film Daughter of Dismay is an exhilarating exercise in tense and spine tingling atmosphere it a tight runtime that is jaw dropping and awe inspiring. He is showing this on select IMAX screens which is the way to see this masterpiece if you’re near any film festivals that are showing this in large format do yourself a favor and see this on the big screen I watched it at home on my 75” QLED and Dolby Atmos surround sound system but I can only imagine the scenery and stunning cinematography on the IMAX screen. Watching short films some seem to drag this one goes by so quickly and keeps you wanting more one day I hope we can see this as a feature length film someday soon.
A COMPLETE FEATURE RETROSPECTIVE OF BONG JOON HO’S WORK TWO DECADES IN THE MAKING
LA is gearing up to have a complete retrospective of legendary filmmaker Bong Joon Ho after his record breaking release of Parasite in theaters now and still expanding with enormous per screen numbers that tied LA LA Land’s numbers which is staggering.
American Cinematheque is proud to present A GENRE OF ONE: THE CINEMA OF BONG JOON HO, a complete feature retrospective of BONG JOON HO’s work two decades in the making. The series will take place at both the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2019. Co-presented with the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, as it celebrates 100 years of Korean cinema, the internationally renowned writer/director
will showcase his work and participate in an in-person Q&A at both venues. Films to be featured include THE HOST, OKJA, SNOWPIERCER, BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE, MEMORIES OF MURDER, MOTHER and the critically acclaimed PARASITE (99% on Rotten Tomatoes).
PARASITE is the perfect hallmark to celebrate 100 years of Korean filmmaking and we are thrilled to host a full retrospective of BONG JOON HO’s masterful 20 years of cinema,” said Grant Moninger, American Cinematheque Film Programmer.
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You can purchase tickets here for the event that is sure to be iconic.
Trick is a 2019 horror film that in many ways is a throwback to the 70s and 80s from the director of My Bloody Valentine 3D and Drive Angry 3D comes another knockout film with a star studded cast that absolutely shines and a wonderful Tom Atkins. If you love 70s and 80s horror films you’re going to easily fall in love with the atmosphere of this film as it features very little jump scare and just builds off tension. Even Jamie Kennedy is a blast here and I haven’t really seen him in much since the Scream franchise. Omar Epps is as cool as ever here and should be noted for his performance. Patrick Lussier has probably given us his best directed film yet he showed us what he was capable of in My Bloody Valentine which I absolutely loved and gave us one of Nicholas Cage’s top five performances with Drive Angry and now I’m really excited for what else he brings us. I wouldn’t be opposed of him rebooting another franchise like Hellraiser in the near future or if he worked with Blumhouse it can something really special for us horror fans. I do really recommend this movie for hardcore slasher fans.