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1031I just wanted to wish everyone a very safe and happy Halloween and to help us celebrate I believe I found the perfect film. Every now and again, I like to check out Indiegogo projects because sometimes you’ll never know what you’ll find. While I was searching, I came across a horror film called 10/31 that was being listed as an Anthology film which I definitely love. The festivities are hosted by the beautiful Malvolia: the Queen of Screams (Jennifer Nangle) as she presents five stories with the first one being The Old Hag which is about an old woman (Jedediah Giacchino) who haunts a B&B. In Trespassers, all Stephanie (Sable Griedel) wanted was a good scare, but when she messes with a scarecrow she gets more than she bargained for. Killing The Dance finds a girl fighting for her life in a roller skating rink that is being attacked by a killer. The Halloween Blizzard of ’91 finds a family trapped in a battle between Halloween and Christmas during a blizzard. In The Samhain Slasher, a town is not safe on Halloween night with the Samhain killer (Ryan Heumier) on the loose. The film also stars Greg Fallon (Close Calls) as Peter, Bailey Ingersoll (Max Steele) as Ashley, Katie Walgrave (Death Rot) as Katie, and the film was directed by Brett DeJager (Bonejangles), Rocky Gray (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Cryptids), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapter Horror), Hunter Johnson (2 Jennifer), and Justin M. Seaman (The Barn).

1031-3My favorite segment out of all the stories in this film was the Killing The Dance which was just solid work from beginning to end. It was a synth pop dipped masterpiece that was just mesmerizing from the minute it started to the big reveal. It was also the segment that featured the best acting out of all the stories. In second place for me would definitely be The Old Hag story which featured some solid writing and good execution. In third place and actually very close to being second was Trespassers which I thought started a little slow, but it finished well and I loved the look of the Scarecrow. The last two I actually wasn’t a huge fan of, but The Samhain Slasher was definitely the better of the two and it featured the best music of the film. I just didn’t understand the nightmare aspect of it. The Halloween Blizzard of 91 was just all over the place and it couldn’t keep my attention at all and the acting left much to be desired except for those creepy kids in masks. They actually did a pretty good job.  Overall, the film was a lot of fun to check out, the cinematography was great, the costumes were amazing, and the sets were awesome as well. If it came down to it, I would definitely lend my support if they decided to make a second 10/31 film. So, if you get a chance to check this out, I suggest you do so and you support indy filmmakers. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.

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veronicaI wanted to check out something different for today than I had been all month long. I was craving something a little different and I had heard a lot of buzz about a film that was on Netflix that is supposedly based on a true story. The film is called Veronica and it takes place in a suburb of Madrid. Veronica (Sandra Escacena) is not really your typical 15 year old teenager that runs around and does what she wants. You see Veronica has to take care of her three younger siblings to make sure they are fed, go to school, etc. while their mother works all day and night at a Cafe because their father died. Veronica misses him so much that one day while at school, she and her two friends decide to hold a seance with a Ouija board. Unfortunately for Veronica, she calls up something that is not her father and now it’s after her and her family. The film also stars Bruna González (The Promise) as Lucia,  Claudia Placer (Locked Up) as Irene, Iván Chavero as Antoñito, Ana Torrent (The Other Boleyn Girl) as Ana, Consuelo Trujillo (Días sin Luz) as Hermana Muerte, Ángela Fabián (El Rey) as Rosa, Carla Campra (Everybody Knows) as Diana, Chema Adeva (Hospital Central) as Det. Romero, and the film was written and directed by Paco Plaza ([Rec]).

veronica-netflix-650Now as far as how the overall film goes, it’s definitely a spooky film that will creep out plenty of people, but I do not see why people could not finish the film. I didn’t think it was a OMG this is too scary for me, but maybe it’s because of the fact that it’s loosely based on the case of Estafania Gutierrez Lazaro. She was a teenage girl who held a seance with her friends and things just went south from there where she died after suffering from unexplained seizures, etc. That is one thing that will usually get everyone a little extra scared because you know they based it off of an unexplained incident. One of my favorite characters in the film was that of the blind nun known as Hermana Muerte (Sister Death). I liked her because even though she would scare the shit out of most people, she was actually a comforting character who was concerned for Veronica. She also liked her nickname by the way because it was better than what her real name was. She had potential to be a very spooky character, but one thing I do have to say is that she was scarier than their version of the demon. You do not get to see him for the most part other than a black shadowy figure, but I think they could have done a better job with that. I will say that some of her dream sequences were visually pretty good and I was happy with most of it. I definitely think it’s a film worth checking out if you can stand subtitles. I am going to give the film an B+, for more on the actual case click here, and a new feature here on the blog, check out my scare meter below to see how scary I thought the film was.

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tales from the hood 2In 1995, one of the most brilliant anthology horror films of that year came out in Tales From The Hood which was Executive produced by Spike Lee and featured writing from Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott. Now 23 years later, the trio is back at again with the sequel, but unfortunately no Clarence Williams III in Tales From The Hood 2. Keith David (They Live) assumes the role of master story teller and gatekeeper to hell Mr. Simms. This time around Mr. Simms travels to a location to check out security guru Dumass Beach (Bill Martin Williams) to see his new invention in robot cops. Dumass needs Mr. Simms to tell it some stories so that it learns and is able to adapt so he tells the tale of the Good Golly, The Medium, Date Night, and The Sacrifice. The film also stars Kedrick Brown (The Night Before) as Booze, Alicia Davis Johnson (Golden Boy) as Pollyannas, Creighton Thomas (Fatal Attraction) as Cliff, Bryan Batt (Scream: The TV Series) as John Lloyd, Jillian Batherson (I Saw The Light) as Emily Bradley, Kendrick Cross (My First Love) as Henry Bradley, Cat Limket (Ballers) as Liz, Alexandria Ponce as Carmen, Alexandria DeBerry (Lazer Team) as Audrey, Jasmine Akakpo (Our Dream Christmas) as Zoe, and Cotton Yancey (Blood Country) as William Cotton.

Tales-from-the-Hood-2-StillOne thing I wanted to talk about is that Clarence Williams III was what made the original Tales From The Hood so magical and come alive. By the end of the film, you truly believed that he was Satan, but I am not taking anything away from Keith David. I say that because I think that Keith David was the right man for the job as he delivered a good performance. I loved the fact that he emphasized certain words as Clarence did in the first, but he almost made it his own. Now as far as the film is concerned, the only two stories that I liked was The Medium tale and Date Night  because it wasn’t as politically charged as the other ones were. I understand why they chose to write the film this way as horror was always influenced by what was going on in society at the time, but I just wanted to watch an anthology film. I did like the Golly tale because it went a bit on the absurd side and it featured a certain doll from the first film in it as well. You’ll have to watch it to know what I mean by absurd side. I truly believed that The Sacrifice should have been it’s  own film because it gave us a what if situation that would have been cool to explore like a Twilight Zone episode too. Overall, it’s not a bad film and on the scary meter, it’s real low. So with that being said, I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade.

Summer-of-84-2.1There are many things that I am a sucker for when it comes to films and music, but nothing suckers me in more than anything about the 1980’s. It’s a decade that I don’t fully understand, but it looked cool as hell and I have always loved the films and music. That is why for today’s film, I chose to check out the Shudder Exclusive film Summer of 84 which was directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell (Turbo Kid). The film stars Graham Verchere (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) as 15 year old Davey Armstrong who is your typical kid with a big imagination. One day after seeing a report about a serial killer on the loose, Davey begins suspecting his neighbor Wayne Mackey (Rich Sommer) who is also a cop of being the serial killer. Along with his friends, Davey will not stop till he proves that he is right. The film also stars Judah Lewis (Point Break) as Tommy, Caleb Emery (Blue) as Woody, Cory Gruter-Andrew (Okja) as Curtis,  Tiera Skovbye (Riverdale) as Nikki, Jason Gray-Stanford (Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation) as Randal Armstrong, Shauna Johannesen (Little Pink House) as Sheila Armstrong, William MacDonald (Quantum Leap) as Sheriff Caldwell, Harrison Houde (iZombie) as Bobby, and Patrick Keating (1922) as the Fisherman.

unnamedThis was definitely a fun film to watch considering the time period that it takes place in, but I do have one question. Why does every film that take place in the 1980’s have Bananarama’s Cruel Summer on it’s soundtrack? It is true however that the song is very iconic and it fits the 80’s to a T. The film definitely feels like a mash between Stranger Things meets The Goonies (the brotherhood aspect) meets Disturbia in the idea of knowing that your neighbor is a serial killer, but it truly is the last 10 minutes of the film that is just pure intensity. You see this kid go from being one of the bravest kids to a kid that is weak and realizes that he is nothing all due to the last ten minutes of the film. I thought the film for the most part was fun with all of it’s 80’s tropes, but they didn’t explore enough avenues. This whole film , you are following this cop around trying to bust him, but as soon as he finds out he doesn’t do much until the last 10 minutes or so of the film. I think that is where Disturbia succeeded at the time, but it’s still a fun film to watch considering the minds behind Turbo Kid made this film. Take the film for what is worth and give it a watch. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.

night of the cometKelli Maroney (Fast Times At Ridgemont High) was recently local to me when she appeared at Rock And Shock in Worcester, but unfortunately I did not get to meet her. I had seen her in many films, but the one film that I did not get to see her in until today was the 1984 horror comedy Night Of The Comet. All of California and most of the country I believe is excited because a rare comet is about to pass the Earth. Everyone is making a big deal about it except for two sisters in Samantha (Maroney) and Regina Belmont (Catherine Mary Stewart). When both sisters wake up the next day, they realize that everyone is gone and that they have been turned to dust thanks to the comet, but whoever was only exposed a little bit is being turned into zombies and there is a group of evil scientists looking for survivors who weren’t exposed. The film also stars Robert Beltran (Lone Wolf McQuade) as Hector, Sharon Farrell (Arcade) as Doris, Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000) as Audrey White, Geoffrey Lewis (Bronco Billy) as Dr. Carter, Peter Fox (Simon & Simon) as Dr. Wilson, John Achorn (Teen Wolf) as Oscar, Ivan E. Roth (Dead Heat) as Willy, Michael Bowen (On The Line) as Larry, Devon Ericson (Quincy M.E.) as Minder, and the film was directed by Thom Eberhardt (Captain Ron).

AR-310249889There are movies that are just too awful that they are not enjoyable to watch and then there are films that are campy and cheesy, but they are so enjoyable to watch. This is one of those films that is campy and cheesy that is so much fun to watch. I have always thought that Geoffrey Lewis was a great actor, but he looks like Andy Warhol trying to be a scientist in a film with that ridiculous wig on his head. Every time I saw him on screen, I giggled a little bit. I loved the idea of what happens to Earth if it’s only survivors are two valley girls from California and I believe this movie best represents that. I thought it was also funny that they couldn’t get the rights to have Cyndi Lauper’s version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun so they used a cover of the track for the film by Tami Holbrook (voice of Tommy Pickles of Rugrats). I definitely believe that the make up and special effects artists deserve some kudos for a job well done on the zombies and the people that slowly are turning into zombies. I think that was more creepy than the full blown zombies in the film. I thought the writing was great because they knew exactly what kind of a film that they wanted and they went for it. The acting was also a highlight because a film like this is not enjoyable if the acting sucks. I had a lot of fun watching this film so I am going to give it an A- for a final grade.

rotld necropolisThe film that I chose for today was inspired by a visit to my local theater last night. Last night I believe was the last chance you had to see the 50TH anniversary screening of Night Of The Living Dead and it was awesome. That is when I decided that I wanted to see a zombie film and I figured I would check out the fourth film in the Return Of The Living Dead series entitled Return Of The Living Dead: Necropolis which was released in 2005. When Zeke Borden (Elvin Dandel) goes down in a motorcross accident, his friends go searching for him, but the only problem is that he is not at an hospital, but at a research facility. When they go to rescue him, they unwillingly unleash the undead. The film also stars John Keefe (Here We Go) as Julian, Aimee Lynn Chadwick (Las Vegas) as Becky, Cory Hardrict (Battle Los Angeles) as Cody, Jana Kramer (Friday Night Lights) as Katie, Peter Coyote (The Legend Of Billie Jean) as Uncle Charles, Alexandru Geoana (Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud) as Jake, Diana Munteanu (Seed Of Chucky) as Mimi Romero, Toma Danila (The Devil Inside) as Carlos, Gelu Nitu (Icon) as Boris, Boris Petroff (The Prophecy: Uprising) as Crusty, and the film was directed by Ellory Elkayem (Eight Legged Freaks).

pAD4FAkCERB3sDprJM4f5YaKL3vI only have one rule when heading into a zombie film and that is you do not change the science of how to kill a zombie. George Romero set the guidelines in 1968 that you either burned them to ash, disconnected the head from the body, or you hit him with a bullet to the brain or you stab the brain. That is how you kill a zombie and for the most part they followed it with some of them in the beginning of the film, but then they ignored it with just shooting them anywhere or snapping their necks like you’re in a kung fu movie. To top that, one of the zombies was fully conscious and he could kick your ass for the most part which while it was annoying, I got over it. They had everything from regular zombies to have borg (Star Trek) like zombies armed with heavy artillery which just made no sense to me, but it is a research facility so I’ll let that one slide. With the certain actors they had in this film, I was quite surprised at how cringe worthy their acting was especially from Peter Coyote who I thought was great in so many films. Cory Hardrict, I have seen in many films, but this was not one of those brilliant performances. Overall, the film was just a recipe for disaster and I was trying to figure out where in the hell in the world were they? This is definitely a film that you may want to think twice about and just enjoy the original three films in the series that were brilliant. I am going to give the film an D+ for a final grade.

creepThere are several sub-genres within the horror genre, but none as controversial or criticized as the Found Footage sub-genre of Horror. Thanks tot he success of The Blair Witch Project, the genre came right to the forefront with every kind of angle imaginable. Nonetheless, not all Found Footage Horror is bad and I think I found a gem in today’s film. Creep is one of those found footage films that I decided to check out that was written, directed, and stars Patrick Brice (Safety Not Guaranteed) with Mark Duplass (The One I Love) lending a hand in the writing department and he stars in the film as well. Brice plays young videographer Aaron who is just looking to make some money with the skills that he has. One day, he decides to answer an ad from a guy who is looking for a videographer. That is when Aaron meets the mysterious Josef (Duplass) who proceeds to tell Aaron that he has cancer and that he wants to make a project so that his son can watch long after he dies. Aaron agrees to take the job, but the further he goes with the job is when he starts to notice that things are just not adding up and that Josef might not be the person he claims to be after all.

hqdefault (2)I will admit that at first, I kept thinking to myself where the hell are they going with this film, but when it gets to the good stuff the film gets really good. While Mark Duplass definitely deserves a lot of credit because he was the MVP, I think Patrick Brice deserves some credit as well. He does an excellent job playing the all too trusting Aaron who wants to believe that Josef is telling him the truth about why he is there. Mark Duplass just takes this film to a whole other level with his performance and he was the right man to do it because the role needed the charisma he possesses. I know what you guys are thinking and that is how is the camera work? For the most part, it’s not that bad because you have to remember it’s a videographer shooting the footage so there is minimal shaky camera work at best. That was actually a relief to me as well because I hate the found footage films that just rely on the shaky camera effect. If I wanted to watch that, I would have my two year old nephew walk around with a camera for an hour and the half. I definitely think that this is a film that is worth checking out because the end will shock you or maybe it won’t cause you will see it coming. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.