Riot Girls Fantasia 2019 Review

Riot Girls review

Riot Girls is this generations Lord of The Flies. It’s just so fantastic. From The directorial debut of Jovanka Vuckovic which couldn’t do any better with the pacing of a feature debut which can be a tricky thing to pull off. The stars Madison Iseman, Paloma Kwiatkowski do an admirable job this is once again one of my favorites of the year. This also had bits of a retro feel to it. So I’m interested in seeing which films influenced Jovanka to make this.
The cinematography in this was also fantastic it’s at a lean runtime roughly 85 minutes it’s always fascinating and always badass. The cast and crew really showed out for this film that is set to be an instant cult classic.

The plot synopsis is as follows:

Riot Girls is set after a mysterious illness has killed all adults. The town of Potter’s Bluff has been divided into two rival factions, the ‘East side’, made up of scrappy scavengers living amongst the ruins, and the ‘West side’ which hoards its wealth in the former high school and is ruled by brutal dictator, Jeremy (Munro Chambers, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”).

When Jack (Alexandre Bourgeois, “Departure”), an Eastsider, is forced to kill two Westsiders while on a scavenging mission, he is captured and taken back to the West side where he awaits public execution. Jack’s sister, Nat (Iseman), and her best friend, Scratch (Kwiatkowski), must cross into dangerous territory if they hope to save him. Their treacherous journey reveals not only the power of their love, but the depths of their courage.

5/5 stars

Jades Asylum Fantasia 2019 Review

Jade’s Asylum 2019 Fantasia is a bit of a mixed bag with a third act that delivers.

For me Jades Asylum was bit of a mixed bag the pacing was a bit uneven and some of the acting wasn’t there. A lot of the characters I didn’t really care most of them seemed self focused and self absorbed. This was one of my biggest issues I seemed to have with “Revenge” as well there just wasn’t much to take away from this film. I typically love slow burn and films that rely on their atmosphere more than their jump scares. This one however left me a bit disappointed the trailer looked fine but then again in 90 seconds you can make anything look amazing.

The things I can find worth mentioning from this is the costume design department did a fantastic job along with the department who designed the creatures that’s what really delivered on the third act for me. I did like that it was a well intended film but for me it didn’t really work all the way.

Synopsis:
While attending a housewarming party in Costa Rica, Jade Williams is victim of a psychotic episode. But Jade’s delusional jealousy disorder may have nothing to do with it. Don’t build a mansion on sacred ground, some landowners had said.

Final Grade:

2/5 stars.

Luz is one of the best possession films of all time

Luz is the most innovative possession film in the past few decades and possibly ever. It’s so uniquely made and crafted that it flips the scripts on modern possession and raises the bar incredibly high! I can’t say enough good things about this film I will it will make my top ten films of the year in horror. After I said The Gangster The Cop The Devil was my favorite foreign film of the year to date. Luz completely changes that statement! The detective work in this possession case is so surreal and it’s elevated by the extravagant acting level which is sublimely brought to live from its cast which should all get some recognition. If you want a film to turn on night and just scare the piss out of you this one is it! This is simply one of my all time favorite possession movies!! I heard that this was the filmmakers art school thesis and if that’s the case I cannot wait to see what he has in store! He may be the next James Wan!

Synopsis
A demonic entity follows a young female cabdriver into a run-down police station.

Score:

5/5 stars

The Fanatic trailer is here!

Starring

John Travolta, Devon Sawa, Ana Golja
Directed By Fred Durst

Written By
Dave Bekerman and Fred Durst

Moose is a rabid movie fan who is obsessed with his favourite celebrity action hero, Hunter Dunbar. When he is cheated out of his opportunity to finally meet Hunter, Moose gets a little help from his friend Leah, a well-connected paparazzi photographer, who knows how to find celebrity homes. Moose turns to stalking to get the celebrity interaction he feels he deserves, and while harmless at first, Moose’s actions begin to take a dark turn as his obsession grows stronger. As the visits continue to escalate, Hunter Dunbar finds himself in increasing danger.

In Theaters – August 30, 2019On Demand / Digital –September 6, 2019Run Time: 88 Minutes | Rating: R

Rabid playing at Fright Fest 2019

Recently hit with a Twitter controversy for having their account suspended for promoting the new movie “Rabid”

Acclaimed horror directors Jen and Sylvia Soska aka ‘The Twisted Twins’ (American Mary) are back with their next nightmare – the bloody, brutal and deranged Rabid!
After aspiring fashion designer Rose (Laura Vandervoort) suffers a disfiguring traffic accident she undergoes a radical and untested stem-cell treatment. The experimental transformation is a miraculous success, transforming her into a ravishing beauty. But she soon develops an uncontrollable sexual appetite, resulting in several torrid encounters, which sees her lovers become rabid carriers of death and disease. As the illness mutates and the contagion spreads out of control, all hell breaks loose as the infected rampage through the city on a violent and gruesome killing spree.
Based on the original horror from David Cronenberg, Rabid has already courted controversy getting the Soska Sisters banned from Twitter for sharing an image from the film. So buckle up and prepare for a blood-soaked ride at FrightFest 2019!

Starring Laura Vandervoort (JigsawBitten), Benjamin Hollingsworth (Cold Pursuit) and Phil ‘C.M. Punk’ Brooks (Girl on the Third Floor). Written and directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska. 

The Soska Sisters will also introduce a screening of a new-to-the-UK 2K restoration of David Cronenberg’s original Rabid (1977) at FrightFest on Sunday 25 August.
FrightFest presents the World Premiere of Rabidon 26 August at 5.45pm in the Arrow Video Screen and 6.15pm in the Horror Channel Screen at the Cineworld Leicester Square

Buy FrightFest Tickets: 
http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html

Dead Dicks 2019 film review

Dead dicks is one of my favorite genre flicks of the year it felt like one of my favorite films of the year in “Mega Time Squad” the comedy and tone was very similar and like Mega Time Squad everything was well crafted and well executed. The actors really had great chemistry and was very charismatic. The directors Chris Bavota and Lee Paula Springer do an incredible job with the pacing and everything involved with the storytelling. It’s playing at this years Fantasia Fest if you have the chance to go see it I would really recommend it. It’s a hidden gem in the festival that offers some big name films but if you have some time please check this film out it’s well worth your while.

The synopsis is as follows.

When a young nursing student named Becca receives a series of panicked messages from her older brother Richie, she rushes over to check on him. Following a seemingly successful suicide attempt, Richie, who suffers from mental illness, has discovered what appears to be his own dead body. When Becca gets to his apartment, they find more dead versions of Richie and together, try to figure out how and why he keeps being reborn each time he takes his own life.

4/5 stars

Samuel Goldwyn films releases teaser for Daniel Isn’t Real

Samuel Goldwyn Films releases trailer for Daniel Isn’t Real and it looks like a genre-bending experience.

From the producers of the smash hit “Mandy” Comes Daniel Isn’t Real.

Starring
Patrick Schwarzenegger, Miles Robbins, Sasha Lane, Hannah Marks, Mary Stuart Masterson

Directed By
Adam Egypt Mortimer

Written By
Brian DeLeeuw, Adam Egypt Mortimer

Troubled college freshman Luke (Robbins) suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Schwarzenegger) to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him to the very edge of sanity and into a desperate struggle for control of his mind — and his soul.

In Theaters, On Demand / Digital – December 6, 2019

The Wretched Fantasia 2019

The Wretched review

First of all woah. This is by far the scariest film I’ve seen in a LONG TIME! This is The Witch meets The Blair Witch meets Fright Night. It’s such a unique film that’ll blow you away and stick with you for days! First off the ominous atmosphere of the film was superbly eerie. Just masterful folklore storytelling. To tell you the truth that is my favorite sub genre of horror as I love films like The Wicker Man, Midsommar and The Witch along with the upcoming GWEN. This is one of the best selections out of Fantasia and also one of the best films of the year!

The film synopsis is as follows:

A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent’s imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.

John Paul Howard(Hell or High Water, Outlaw Country) gives a really grounded performance as Ben. Jamison Jones also gives a knockout performance as Ben’s father Liam. Zarah Mahler gives one of the most frightening performances I have ever seen.

Shadow Fantasia 2019 Review

Shadow Review

This was another awesome foreign film from Fantasia. I have heard nothing but great things about this film and it lived up to the hype while not necessarily horror as it’s categorized as its mind bending action that will blow you away! The cinematography is flat out the best of the year it should win multiple awards this year for that alone. The pacing for this movie is super fast it’s never really slow and never lets up. The acting is also really great.

The synopsis is as follows:

Description
To finally achieve victory over a rival kingdom, a brilliant general devises an intricate plan involving his wife, a look-alike and two kings.

Zhang Yimo also returns to form in this which may be his best film in years. The cast is all pitch perfect in this.

3.5/5 stars.

Badass trailer for indie favorite Riot Girls is here

Riot Girls is set after a mysterious illness has killed all adults. The town of Potter’s Bluff has been divided into two rival factions, the ‘East side’, made up of scrappy scavengers living amongst the ruins, and the ‘West side’ which hoards its wealth in the former high school and is ruled by brutal dictator, Jeremy (Munro Chambers, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”).

When Jack (Alexandre Bourgeois, “Departure”), an Eastsider, is forced to kill two Westsiders while on a scavenging mission, he is captured and taken back to the West side where he awaits public execution. Jack’s sister, Nat (Iseman), and her best friend, Scratch (Kwiatkowski), must cross into dangerous territory if they hope to save him. Their treacherous journey reveals not only the power of their love, but the depths of their courage.

This was one of my favorites from Fantasia International Film Festival this year and I’m so excited for you all to finally see the trailer.