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the blackcoats daughterIt’s crazy to think that you see that a film was made a couple of years back, but yet it’s the first time that you’ve seen or heard of it. That is definitely the case with today’s Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween film The Blackcoat’s Daughter which says that it was made in 2015, but didn’t see the light of day until 2017. Today’s film is an interesting one to say the least as it follows three different girls and their experiences from their unique perspective. Rose (Sing Street‘s Lucy Boynton) is a senior at the Bramford Academy that has a lot to chew on her plate that could potentially change her life for the worse. Kat (Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka) is a freshman at the academy that is a little different than the rest. Rose and Kat are trapped at the academy while everyone else is back him for winter break and they must battle an evil presence. For Joan (We’re The Millers Emma Roberts), she is just trying to get to where she needs to be, but when a stranger offers help, will she get there? The film also stars Lauren Holly (Dumb And Dumber) as Linda, James Remar (Tales From The Darkside: The Movie) as Bill, Emma Holzer (Spring Breakers) as Lizzy, Peter J. Gray (The Age Of Adaline) as Rick, Heather Tod Mitchell (The Best Laid Plans) as Mrs. Drake, Matthew Stefiuk (Clown) as Ranger, and the film was written and directed by Oz Perkins (I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House).

blackcoats daughterYou really have to understand what kind of a film you are getting yourself into when you decide to watch this one. I certainly didn’t know, but once I found out the style of the film I was fine with it. You have to love films that take it’s time to build up whatever it is it’s going to throw in your face because this is definitely a slow cooker, but it’s well worth it. This is definitely one of the best horror films of 2017 (I say that because it was released in 2017) for a lot of reasons. One of the many reasons this is a great film is because of the writing. It is truly an amazing film that builds up momentum as it goes along and the writing definitely helped with that. The cinematography was also amazing with so many great shots throughout and the score helped a lot with the creepiness of the film. The acting was fantastic as well and you have to give kudos to the three girls because it really was great performances from them. I also have to give James Remar and Lauren Holly a lot of credit as well, but I can’t give away too much on that because it was potentially spoil the film. The end of the film is definitely going to shock you, but when you figure out the twist you are going to be like holy sh** and that is one of my favorite reactions watching a film. The end of the film just keeps getting better and it ends on such a weird note that it’s amazing. I have to give Oz Perkins a lot of credit on this film and I strongly suggest that you guys check this one out. I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.

Tales From The DarksideThere are television shows that are so iconic that they were eventually turned into movies at one point like Tales From The Crypt (which we covered last year). There was another iconic horror TV series that was turned into a film and we have it for this year’s Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween in Tales From The Darkside: The Movie. The film starts out with the legendary Deborah Harry (Videodrone) as Betty, a woman who is about to cook a child (played by Matthew Lawrence) in her oven for her dinner party that night. In order to buy himself some time before he goes into the oven, the little boy tells Betty three stories from a large book he has called Lot 249, Cat From Hell, and Lover’s Vow. Lot 249 deals with a mummy while Cat From Hell deals with a rich man trying to hire an assassin to kill a cat, and Lover’s Vow is about a man who swears to never tell of what happened one faithful night. The film stars Christian Slater (Kuffs) as Andy (Lot 249), Robert Sedgwick (Die Hard: With A Vengeance) as Lee (Lot 249), Steve Buscemi (Fargo) as Bellingham (Lot 249), Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights) as Susan (Lot 249), David Johansen (Scrooged) as Halston (Cat From Hell), William Hickey (One Life To Live) as Drogan (Cat From Hell), James Remar (The Warriors) as Preston (Lover’s Vow), Rae Dawn Chong (Commando) as Carola (Lover’s Vow), Robert Klein (Two Weeks Notice) as Wyatt, and the film was directed by John Harrison (Book Of Blood). The film also features stories/screenplays written by Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice), George A. Romero (Night Of The Living Dead), Stephen King (Christine), Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes).

talesAs you can see in that last sentence of the first paragraph, some of the biggest names in horror worked on the screenplay and stories for this film and hence the reason this film was amazing. Some of the biggest names in film history of the last 20 plus years also worked on this film like Buscemi, Remar, and Moore just to name a few. I do have to say that out of all three stories, Lover’s Vow is definitely my favorite one from the film as it has that darker edge and feel to it than the rest of the stories in the film. It has a very Gothic love story feel to it and it has a cool twist at the end of it that you’ll have to check out. Michael McDowell who wrote one of the best films from the late 80’s in Beetlejuice as well as the adaptation to A Nightmare Before Christmas wrote Lover’s Vow. Johansen, who I believe at times would occasionally go by the name of Buster Pointdexter and I have to say he does a good job in this film especially after what he has to swallow. The film occasionally airs on Epix Drive-In and is also available to view on Netflix on occasion as well so check it out. I miss the days of horror anthologies and or horror themed television shows like these ones because it gave horror fans something to watch. I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.

hornsI wanted to save this film for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween 2015, but then again I saw a perfect opportunity to review a great independent film for Filmfest Fridays. All of us are used to seeing Daniel Radcliffe as the wizard Harry Potter, but in Horns he plays a different character. Radcliffe plays Ig Perish, a kid who seems to have it all Seattle until his beautiful girlfriend and love of his life Merrin (Juno Temple) is murdered. Everyone in the town believes that Ig committed the murder, but he is trying to prove his innocence. One day after saying something in frustration, Ig starts to grow horns on his head and everyone in the town is acting weird around him as they start confessing how they really feel to him. Will Ig find out the truth behind Merrin’s murder or will the towns people be right about him? The film also stars Max Minghella (The Internship) as Lee, Joe Anderson (The Crazies) as Terry Perish, Kelli Garner (Lars And The Real Girl) as Glenna, James Remar (Pineapple Express) as Derrick Perish, Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13) as Lydia Perish, David Morse (The Hurt Locker) as Dale, Heather Graham (Boogie Nights) as Veronica, and the film was directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension).

IGOne of the things you’ll notice about the film is the constant imagery and symbolism that is thrown in your face from the constant sightings of a snake  which appear everywhere that Ig appears. It’s the battle between good and evil in the film and Ig is the catalyst as people confess their deepest desires to him or at least the ones with bad intentions. This is definitely one of Daniel Radcliffe’s best performances and it proves that he can act beyond Harry Potter and I have to say that everyone in the film is masterful as well. As always, I truly enjoyed Juno Temple’s performance in this film and just about everything she is in these days. I love the contrast in styles in this film where the film gets pretty dark at times, but then it can switch and give you some humor and at other times it feels like a horror film. That is all because of excellent writing from the book it was adapted from to the pages of the script. I love the cinematography as well because they get some really amazing shots of Washington state and where IG lives besides capturing all the dark imagery. Overall, it was an excellent film in my opinion and one that I can watch time and time again. It’s available to watch on Netflix and any other VOD service. I am giving the film an A for a final grade.

220px-Judge_Dredd_promo_posterFor today’s comic book/superhero movie of the week for Super Sunday, we are travelling overseas to England for the 1995 film adaptation of Judge Dredd by Rebellion Developments. The 1995 film stars Sylvester Stalone (Cobra) as the title character Judge Dredd in this film that takes us to a future time where the police are the judge, jury, and executioners. You see by 2080, too much of the Earth has become inhabitable with most of the citizens living in these mega cities that have populations over 500 million in capacity. To control these cities, they created a law enforcement called Judges and they controlled how things are done. Unfortunately for Dredd, someone on the council decides to frame the officer with the help of a ghost named Rico (Armand Assante) in order to further his master plan. You see Rico isn’t a literal ghost, just someone that is off the grid and he has plans of his own once he was set free and now it’s up to Dredd to correct all the wrongs. The film also stars Diane Lane (Man Of Steel) as Judge Hershey, Rob Schneider (Grown Ups) as Fergee, Jürgen Prochnow (Beverly Hills Cop 2) as Judge Griffin, Max von Sydow (Shutter Island) as Chief Justice Fargo, Joan Chen (On Deadly Ground) as Dr. Ilsa, Balthazar Getty (Lord Of The Flies) as Cadet Olmeyer, Christopher Adamson (Les Misérables) as Mean Machine, James Remar (The Warriors) as Block Warlord, and the film was directed by Danny Cannon (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer).

diane lane Judge DreddThis version of Judge Dredd was typical looking of any film from the 90’s where the sets were out of this world and quite frankly a little campy. Its amazing when you watch this film and Demolition Man, the sets are almost identical to each other where the future looks dark, and the buildings of the future are a little out of this world along with the costumes. What can be said about Sylvester Stallone’s performance in this film other than the fact that it was a typical performance from the 80’s action hero. One thing is for sure and that is that Armand Assante played the perfect villain in this film as he was everything that our hero was not, but no one knows our hero better than Rico. You’re probably wondering which film was better? The 1995 version of Judge Dredd or the 2012 version Dredd with Karl Urban? Each version served it’s purpose, but Stallone’s is a more humanized version where he actually takes his helmet off in the film and the acting was good. The 2012 version obviously has the better special effects because technology is more updated, but I did enjoy this film a lot especially since I thought Rob Schneider being the comedic relief wasn’t necessarily needed in the film and Diane Lane was terrific as usual. I am going to give the film a B- for a final grade.