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the challenge 2020Back in 2016, I accomplished a goal that I had been messing around with for years and that goal was to watch a film every day for one whole entire year. One year, I had made it to the 90’s mark while another had fizzled out in the 70’s. In 2016 though, I started the challenge on January 1st with the film Aloha and ended it on December 31ST with The Man With One Red Shoe. You can check out the blog for yourself right here at 365moviesin365dayschallenge.wordpress.com and see all of the films that I watched. It was one of the most exhausting moments of my life because it took a lot out of me to stay that committed to not only watch a film, but then to blog about it every day after watching it. Truth be told, it took me a year to shake off the effects of the challenge, but to be honest I was just craving another crack at it with different versions. I tried watching a wrestling match every day for a year and failed. I tried reading a comic book a day in 2018 and failed after 200 plus days. I just wasn’t ready to try again and I needed the right media format to continue and I think I have it folks. That is why I am declaring that on January 1, 2020, I will once again embark on the journey of watching one film a day, but this time it’s not for 365 days or 366 days, it’s to see how long I can go before I ultimately tap out. I ultimately want to hit 400 plus days, but that is going to take a lot of commitment from me. That is why I have compiled a list on IMDB as well of possible choices for the challenge. Remember, it’s 400 plus films that I have never seen before because that is what makes the challenge fun. We’ll see what happens, but for now stay tuned for more info as it comes.

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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.

Scare Meter Veronica

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.

the open houseI have been a big fan of Dylan Minnette (Let Me In) since I had seen him in the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why. We have already checked out one film this year that starred Dylan and there was an Netflix original film that peaked my interest so I figured why not? So for today, I have chosen to check out his latest film The Open House which stars Minnette as Logan Wallace, your everyday teenager with aspirations to make the Olympics. Things are put on halt when he witnesses the death of his father (Aaron Abrams) who was hit by a car. So along with his mother Naomi (Piercey Dalton), they decide to take some time and live in her sisters mountain house. The only catch is that on Sundays they have to leave for a while because the Realtors hold an open house there, but that is when the weird stuff begins to happen around the house and they can’t figure it out. The film also stars Patricia Bethune (General Hospital) as Martha, Sharif Atkins (Close To Home) as Chris, Edward Olson (Illusions) as The Man In Black, Katie Walder (Bitter Brew) as Allison, Leigh Parker (The Funhouse Massacre) as Ed, Kathryn Beckwith as Joannie, and the film was written and directed by Matt Angel (Ha/lf) and Suzanne Coote.

the-open-house-netflixI do have to admit that I was a little bit confused as to what in the hell was going on throughout the whole film. I kept wondering is this going to be one of those supernatural films with an evil spirit? Is this going to be one of those films where a cult lives inside of this house, or is this about someone that is stalking them without knowing? You don’t have any indication of another person stalking them for a whole entire film because all you get is a woman who has dementia and thinks her husband is alive at times and dead at other times and then it’s not told whether a person is messing with them or is it a ghost. I was quite annoyed with the film at that because they chose to focus on the breakdown of this relationship between mother and son instead of letting us know that it is a person that is messing with them. Other than those major points, the rest of the film actually had some plus sides like great setting for a film and an amazing cast that did a good job with what they had. I think part of the problem is that I went into to this thinking that it was going to be a lot like the 80’s horror film Open House. One thing that I will say is that the killer is very creative when it comes to what he does to them in the last 15 minutes or so of the film. I also want to say that Piercey Dalton also has a very nice tush that you will see in the film. I am going to give the film an C+ for a final grade.

maxresdefaultOne of my very favorite Netflix shows has been Stranger Things and even that show has become a fall and October tradition on the site. With that being said, one of the stars of the show is in the film that I chose to watch for today in Marrowbone (a.k.a. The Secret Of Marrowbone). When the matriarch (Nicola Harrison) of the family passes away, Jack (Peter Pan’s George MacKay) swears to protect his three siblings no matter the cost. Unfortunately as time rolls on in the house, they start to notice that things are deteriorating and the thing they have trapped in the attic may not be as dead as they thought it was. The film also stars Mia Goth (A Cure For Wellness) as Jane, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Billy, Matthew Stagg (War & Peace) as Sam,  Anna Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as Allie, Kyle Soller (You, Me, and The Apocalypse) as Porter, Tom Fisher (The Mummy Returns) as Father, Robert Nairne (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as the Monster, Paul Jesson (The Tragedy of Coriolanus) as Doctor, and the film was written and directed by Sergio G. Sánchez (Palm Trees In The Snow),

Marrowbone_Filmpicture_13457-1200x520One thing is for sure and that is at first I was trying to find the horror in the film or even the thriller to be honest. When you get through a portion of the film you start to figure out that this one is definitely a slow burn of sorts and you can figure out where they are going with the horror. That is when the film starts getting really good especially as you are trying to figure out why they can’t look into the mirrors and then you are wondering well what the hell is in the attic that they are so worried about? Then it continues to get really good when they start introducing what the father had done that made them change their names and their location. If I am being 100% honest with all of you, it’s hard to pick an actor that did better than the rest because they all served a purpose and they all did great. Anna Taylor-Joy for the amount of screen time that she had was great and Kyle Soller was a very good antagonist. As far as the siblings, Mia Goth was great and Charlie Heaton was great in the film too. This film had a small cast, but It worked to their advantage because you didn’t need a huge cast for this picture. One of the other things I loved about this film was the cinematography and those great shots of the surrounding landscape and the house. Those were some amazing shots and the other great thing as well is the set itself. The house was old, falling apart, and it was creepy. This is a very story driven film that has a huge twist at the end that I did not see coming so check it out. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

streetIt has been a very long time since the last Tuesday Night Fights was done and I have been itching to get back in the game. We didn’t want this one to be an every week ordeal just to keep it special when it does happen. So, needless to say this is a very special edition of TNF because for today only, it’s Thursday Night Fights. The film we are looking at is an independent film by the name of Street. Casper Smart (Dirty Dancing) plays our title character Remo Street, a kid who has been down on his luck. One day after saving a guy, it becomes a double edged sword where it sees him get mixed up with the wrong people, but it also helps find him an in at a gym where he’ll go from the maintenance guy to a fighter. After a mix up sends one of the star fighters to the hospital, Remo will step in to take on his greatest challenge in Donan Manta (Uriah Hall) with everything on the line for the gym. The film also stars John Hennigan (Sharknado 5) as Monstrovia, Kate Miner (Fired Up!) as Jasmine, Quincy Brown (Dope) as Dante, Shashawnee Hall (Friend Request) as Coach Oz, John Brickner (W.M.D.) as Greg, and the film was directed by Bradford May (Favorite Son).

Smart Vs HallNow Street has been involved in some serious brawls before entering the Commerce Casino Ballroom for his fight against Manta. Manta obviously being the more experienced man in the Octagon was going to be the favorite in the fight. That was deterring Street though from stepping in and giving it his all. In the opening round, Street was doing a decent job trying to evade the strikes from Manta, but Manta was too good and he was landing the shots that counted and you could tell with the bloody nose Street received. Coach Oz seemed confident in his fighter as he kept reinforcing that he had to remember everything they worked on in training. The second round featured a better effort from Street as he remained wise while also delivering some nice shots of his own that sent Manta to the canvas at one point. Both men were giving it all as if their life depended on it. You have to admire that kind of tenacity from these fighters. Nonetheless, there was definitely more work to be done cause this fight was far from over.

Smart Vs Hall 2The third round started in a very ferocious way as both men were just going at it. They were throwing everything they had at each other, but at some points it looked like Street had the advantage with his punches and knees to the gut. That was until he took a vicious straight right right to the face that sent him to the mat. Manta began to pounce on him throwing some vicious kicks until Street was able to create enough separation as he went back on the attack. He started throwing everything at Manta and for the most part Manta was taking every shot until Street connected with a superman punch. Manta hit the mat like a sack of wet noodles and Street took advantage placing Manta in a cross arm breaker. The whole venue watched as Street struggled to lock it in fully, but as soon as he was able to do it, Manta tapped out. That was all she wrote as Remo Street was your new champion! This was a pretty decent film that had everything that fighting movies have, but the final fight was too quick. The final fight should be the fight that we all get excited for, but it was just too quick. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

Casper Smart

beyond the gatesWhen I search for horror movies to watch for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I always try to find films that strike some kind of interest from me. One of those things can be anything having to do with the 1980’s whether it be a theme or maybe a star from that era like the beautiful Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator). While cruising through Netflix’s horror section, I came across today’s film which is called Beyond The Gates. Brothers Gordon (Graham Skipper) and John Hardesty (Chase Williamson) are forced to see each once again when their father goes missing and is presumed dead. The two have to clean out their father’s video rental store that is made up of all old VHS cassettes. One day while in the office of the store, they stumble on an old VHS adventure game called Beyond The Gates. What they don’t realize is once they play the tape, they are forced to play the game or it will claim their souls. The film also stars Brea Grant (Rob Zombie’s Halloween II) as Margo, Matt Mercer (Contracted: Phase II) as Derek, Justin Welborn (The Final Destination) as Hank, Jesse Merlin (12 Deadly Days) as Elric, Sara Malakul Lane (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) as Dahlia, Henry LeBlanc (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Dad, Pierson Ryan (Red Team Go) as Ghoul, and the film was directed by Jackson Stewart (Supernatural). 

barbaraI always give you guys my honest opinion on everything I watch because I am a horror fan and it’s my genre of choice. Beyond The Gates is an excellent film that while it had some quirks to it (not many), it was a well written film and very well acted. The story itself was a very interesting one where what if you started playing a game and it wouldn’t let you go until you either finished it or it took your soul. What would you do? You’d have no other choice, but to finish the game because now it messes with reality. The kills in the film were a very interesting part of the film where the main characters are doing it without really doing it. I know that makes no sense, but what if the game told you to go outside and find the X. You find it only to dig it up and you find a doll. The game tells you there is a key inside so you tear the doll apart looking for it without realizing that your tearing a friend’s insides out. That is what I am talking about and I actually liked that about the film. It was very different than usual and very cool. Barbara Crampton was amazing as usual as the gamekeeper from hell who forces our brothers to play the game. The camera work is great and the editing is on point as well. I love the intro to the film that kind of shows you how a VHS cassette worked. I thought that was a cool nostalgic thing. I am however going to give the film an A- for a final grade and it’s available on Netflix as we speak.

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