The Perished FrighFest 2019 review

The Perished is a unique indie horror film that is just dripping of amazing atmosphere and ambiance that is reminiscent of The Witch and It Comes at Night. In this day and age it’s tough to watch movies that deal with tragedy knowing that the word is in a tailspin right now. You can’t escape it. What Paddy Murphy does here is simply in a word breathtaking. This is the first piece of work I’ve seen from him and also the first time I’ve spoken to him he’s got a real knack for film and acknowledges what psychological drama thrillers came before him which is incredible and it shows in his work. This is reminiscent of early Scorsese and Stanley Kubricks sense of dread this film is not to be missed. If you’re at Fright Fest I’d highly recommend seeing this one it’s one of the best films along with Troma films Mutant Blast playing.

Final grade:

3.5/5 stars

Synopsis:

Sarah Dekker is dealing with the trauma of an Abortion. Shunned by her mother and dumped by her boyfriend, she recovers at an old parochial house. Unbeknownst to her the house is the site of a mass baby grave – They need a mother.

The Fanatic Review

The Fanatic shows us a side of the talented actor John Travolta that we have never seen before I wouldn’t necessarily classify this as a flat out horror film even though it’s one of the better psychological independent thrillers of the year giving us John Travolta his best performance in years. As a crazed fan after Hunter Dunbar(Devon Sawa. Final Destination, Idle Hands)a popular young actor. I mean Moose(John Travolta. Battlefield Earth) is OBSESSED WITH HUNTER is a huge understatement I’ve dealt with being obsessed with someone like this and it isn’t healthy I’m glad that part of my life is over. I didn’t really care for Hunter Dunbar’s character in this film even though Fred Durst is notorious for giving us uneven characters some we care and some we flat out despise. Which in some cases work but here he falters amongst that line again. I once had someone on my friends list try to take credit for the character portrayed by John Travolta if that is the case I don’t really want to meet him. Overall however this a bright spot in John Travolta’s twilight of his VOD releases and this is on his upper scale of his recent films.

Synopsis:
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.

Final grade:

3/5

Gwen Review

RLJE Films has partnered with Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, to bring the highly anticipated thriller Gwen to theaters, VOD and Digital HD on August 16, 

GWEN is another homer run from RJLE and Shudder who’s last major hit was “Mandy” this however is a perfect folklore in horror in which I had an interview with the director and he said how big he was on to folklore and building atmosphere and avoiding jump scares. It shows here the atmosphere is dripping in ominous dread and is on par with classics such as The Witchfinder General.

Gwen started shocking audiences in TIFF and now that it’s released on VOD I hope it finds the audience it deserves especially when it hits Shudder this is one you’ll need to watch at night with the lights off. It’s unrelentingly suspenseful.

Final grade 5/5

RLJE FILMS DARES YOU TO CHOOSE “TRICK” THIS OCTOBER

Available In Theaters, VOD and Digital HD on Oct. 18, 2019

RLJE Films has acquired the horror film TRICK, which will be available in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD on October 18, 2019.  Directed by Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine) who co-wrote the film with Todd Farmer (Drive Angry), the film stars Omar Epps (“House”), Kristina Reyes (“Blindspot”), Jamie Kennedy (Scream) and Tom Atkins (Escape From New York).

From the director of MY BLOODY VALENTINE and DRIVE ANGRY comes the next chapter of Halloween horror. When a small town is visited every Halloween by a masked madman, Detective Mike Denver (Epps) will stop at nothing to discover who he is and how to stop him. 

TRICK is a production of Durango Pictures and was produced by Ita Kennedy (“Ghost Hunters”) and Ellen Wander (Spinning Man).

Nightmare Film Festival releases it’s early 13! Continuing to show why its one of the genres best festivals

Columbus, OH – Nightmares Film Festival has released its “Early 13,” a baker’s dozen of early selections that serve as a preview of the tone and style of its October 24 to 27 event. 

Among the early selections are films from Elija Wood (Mandy), Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz (Goodnight Mommy), and Travis Stevens (Cheap Thrills), as well as films helmed by women directors from around the world, and two filmmakers returning to Nightmares with new projects.

“The Early 13 is an exciting tradition for us, and has really become the unofficial start of the festival,” said NFF co-founder Jason Tostevin. “We do it because we want to give everyone a sense of the breadth and depth of the program that will take shape in October.”

Representatives of the major programming categories at Nightmares — horror, thriller and midnight; shorts and features — are included in the list, as are two films that will play as part of the fan-favorite Saturday block: the “Late Night Mind Fuck” program.

“We choose the Early 13 each year based on their high scores with the jury, and also for their alignment with the spirit of the fest and the tone of that year’s program,” said co-founder Chris Hamel. “Just like the full lineup, there is something for every genre fan in this preview.”

Submissions are still being considered for another month at Nightmares. The Early 13 films are the only submission decisions the festival makes before the Sept. 13 submission deadline, Tostevin said.

Nightmares Film Festival has been called one of the world’s best horror film festivals by every major genre outlet. It has maintained its position as the world’s top-rated genre festival on the submission platform FilmFreeway for 33 consecutive months. 

Nightmares returns to Columbus, Ohio’s Gateway Film Center with its 2019 edition October 24 to 27.

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FEATURES

SWALLOW – Second screening worldwide – Thriller Feature

Directorial debut of Carlo Mirabella-Davis. Starring Haley Bennet (The Magnificent Seven). 

A newly pregnant housewife finds herself increasingly compelled to eat dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession. A “deeply unsettling feminist thriller” (Variety).

EAT, BRAINS, LOVE – North American Premiere – Horror Comedy Feature

A zombie road trip film based on the hit novel by Jeff Hart. 

When Jake and his dream girl Amanda contract a mysterious zombie virus and eat the brains of half their senior class, they must elude the government’s hunter — a teen psychic — as they search for a cure. 

THE OBSESSED – World Premiere – Late Night Mind Fuck Feature

From Italian extreme director Domiziano Cristopharo (Nightmares winner Torment). Based on  the real-life story of Bjork stalker Ricardo Lopez. Albania’s first horror film.

Cristopharo presents this dark and deeply affecting tour of the mind of a madman, via a body horror film featuring practical FX, including a penis with a mouth, teeth and tongue included.

DANIEL ISN’T REAL – Regional Premiere – Midnight Feature 

The newest film from Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision. Stars Arnold’s son Patrick Schwarzenegger.  

Luke, a troubled a college freshman, resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel to help him cope with a violent family trauma. But as Daniel’s influence grows, it pushes Luke into a desperate struggle for control of his mind — and his soul.

THE LODGE – Regional Premiere – Thriller Feature

From Austrian directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz (Goodnight Mommy).

Trapped inside a cabin by a fierce blizzard, two children and their future stepmother must fight for their lives against an unseen evil force.

THE GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR – Regional Premiere – Horror Feature

Directorial debut of hit genre producer Travis Stevens (Cheap Thrills). Stars C.M. Punk.

A man tries to renovate a dilapidated house for his growing family, only to learn that the house has other plans.


RECKONING – Midwest Premiere – Thriller Feature

Created by husband and wife team Lane and Ruckus Skye.

Miles from the nearest power grid, Lemon Cassidy scratches out a humble living in an isolated Appalachian farming community. Her life is tossed into chaos when two men from the oldest family on the mountain hold her son hostage until she can settle a debt her missing husband owes to their cold-hearted matriarch.

SHORTS

LIPPY – Horror Short

Directed by Lucy Campbell

England

Two girls enter an underground world of strange forfeits and grisly demands when they are caught stealing lipstick testers.

GASLIGHT – Thriller Short

Directed by Louisa Weichmann

Australia

A waitress waiting for her bus on a deserted road is stalked by a vampire. 

CHANGELING – Midnight Short

Directed by Faye Jackson

Scotland

A new mother is increasingly mesmerised and appalled by the strange transformations happening around her baby.

BOO – Recurring Nightmares Short (returning filmmaker)

Directed by Rakefet Abergel 

USA

A traumatic event forces a recovering addict to face her demons.

REUNION – Horror Comedy Short

Directed by Andrew Yontz

USA

A woman spends the night with her friends she hasn’t seen in 10 years only to find out they may have become serial killers.

LIMBO – Late Night Mind Fuck

Directed by Dani Viqueira

Spain

When his family resolves to flee him, a man becomes unmoored from reality.

Seeds being released by Dark Star Pictures(trailer)

Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment present SEEDS, in theaters September 13 and on VOD/DVD September 24.

Starring Trevor Long, star of Netflix drama Ozark, nominated for 9 Emmy Awards, director Owen Long’s SEEDS is a gothic horror about a man haunted by his dark past while pursuing some self-care on the New England coast.

After a night of debauchery spirals out of control, Marcus retreats to his family home along the New England coast. Solitude is disturbed when his brother asks Marcus to look after his estranged nephew and niece. As days pass, solace escapes him; he feels baited by a dark force. Is he losing his mind or has something terrible burrowed deep within him? Incubating. Waiting until the climate is right. Haunted by his deepest fears, Marcus struggles not to succumb as he fights to protect Lily, his beloved niece from a monster that lies in wait.

Andrea Chen, Garr Long, and Kevin Breznahan star opposite Trevor Long in an Owen Long film Seeds, written by Steven Weisman, out this September from Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment. 

Empathy Inc trailer

Dark Star Pictures will release the critically acclaimed EMPATHY INC in theaters (9/13) and VOD (9/24) this fall. 

Yedidya Gorsetman’s sci-fi thriller tells of an investor in a VR startup discovers that the reality the company provides isn’t virtual.

Hotshot venture capitalist Joel has a multimillion-dollar deal go up in smoke, and he and his actress wife Jessica are forced to move in with her parents and start from scratch. At the lowest and most desperate moment in his life, Joel meets old friend Nicolaus
 

and his business partner Lester, who are seeking investors in a new technology known as XVR—Xtreme Virtual Reality—from their company Empathy, Inc., which is said to offer the most realistic and moving experiences for users by placing them in the lives of the less fortunate. Joel gets the startup its funds but soon discovers that the tech’s creators have far more sinister uses in store for their creation and that the reality it provides its customers isn’t virtual.

NEKROTRONIC Review

NEKROTRONIC Is a fun science fiction horror romp that will be one of the years hidden crowd pleasers you should check out! Monica Bellucci has the comeback role she’s been waiting to give us and man does she pull through in such a major way! Caroline Ford is also so energetic and fun to watch in NEKROTRONIC. This movie got very little promotion upon its release it was just dumped on digital platforms this past Friday and it’s such a fun adventure to take with your buddies and a few beers you will have a blast! This is the synopsis.


Howard North, a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) – an evil demon who absorbs people’s souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan’s past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world.”

If you dig a lot of stuff that Edgar Wright puts together you’ll have a blast with this film. I would recommend you seek it out.

Final grade:

4/5 stars

Running With the Devil official trailer

Starring

Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Leslie Bibb, Clifton Collins Jr., Peter Facinelli, Christian Tappan, Natalia Reyes and Cole Hauser
Directed and Written By

Jason Cabell

When a cocaine shipment is compromised to the dismay of a drug cartel’s CEO, known simply as The Boss, he orders his most trusted henchman, The Cook, and his partner, another master drug trafficker known as The Man, on a dangerous journey to audit the company’s supply chain. As the drugs make their perilous trek across international borders, past gangsters, refiners, and couriers, they are also being tracked by Federal Agents. When The Cook realizes where the network is breaking down, it may be too late to keep the cartel satisfied.

In Theaters, On Demand / Digital – September 20, 2019

Light of My Life review

Light of My Life is Casey Affleck’s most intimate film yet.

In his first narrative directed film(he directed to now infamous documentary I’m still here) Casey delivers a chilling look into a post apocalyptic world with no women. It’s an incredible feet that he pulls off majestically with the director of photography also showing off. The film is so beautifully shot it’s something that screams to be seen on the big screen like “Midsommar” it is awestruck with power all around from the screenplay being really well written with sharp and quick dialogue. To the directing job by Casey Affleck which is Oscar bait. Along with his acting I remember when he was just Ben’s brother in Chasing Amy and Good Will Hunting and now Casey is an academy award winning actor that just gets better with each film he stars in. This is simply is most commanding performance since Gerry with friend Matt Damon. Once again this mainly a two person show. Not many actors can pull this story line off and Casey Affleck once again makes a case why he is one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors working today. Now also showing us he could be an up and coming director that can deliver an Oscar winning picture. It has me drooling over what he comes up with next.

Final grade:

5/5 stars