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Friday, April 14, 2017

INVOKE REVIEW




A young woman unwittingly unleashes an evil spirit in her house. 

Starring: Debbi Jones, Brett DeJager, Joie Bauer, and Shirley Hoesing

Directed by: Carlos Omar De Leon

Written by: Vorasine Vince Phrommany and Carlos Omar De Leon

  After bringing horror fans “Killer Date” and “Kal - The Clown,” Carlos Omar De Leon is back with a new film, “Invoke.” It’s getting late, and a young woman (Debbi Jones) is tired of working on her research as her boyfriend (Brett DeJager) watches a movie. She sends him home and prepares for bed, but not before listening to an audio file she receives from her cousin. The audio tells the story of Eliza Braum, a murderer who vowed to return one day! 
  Too bad for the young woman because that day has come. She doesn’t know it, but she summons the spirit to her house. Once again Carlos does a good job of setting a creepy atmosphere. The house is silent, and the young woman moves right into the dark spots of the house leaving her clueless to what’s lurking about. Eliza makes her presence known in a big way, and the film ends in frighting fashion. With strong performances, a somewhat familiar story, and a creepy spirit, I give “Invoke” 2.5 pools of blood.


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

PUPPET REVIEW



An infection spreads among a group of friends that turns them into violent killers.

Starring: Tara Cardinal, Leah Ann Cevoli, Ryan Demarest, Matt Jayson, Jeffery Potts, and Berna Roberts

Directed by: Joseph R. Davis & Brian Gerson (DaG)

Written by: Jeffery Potts

  Emery (Tara Cardinal) finally gives in and decides to hang out with her sister, and her sister’s friends. However, they’re not there to just hang out, but also there for Bible study. Emery isn’t into that, and becomes upset when they try to force the religious talk on her. Emmett (Matt Jayson) goes to check on her after she locked herself in a room, and tells her a very personal story just before everything changes.
  In “Puppet,” they do a good job of setting up the Emery’s character, and getting the audience to feel bad for her situation. They also do an equally good job getting the audience to feel bad for Emmett after the story he tells. What’s really great about that scene is just as the audience digests his story chaos breaks out. Blood starts spilling all over the place as true horror takes over. And in the mist of it, the sisters find one more surprising thing to fight over. Will their faith in God be enough to save them? Find out by watching the film I give 2.5 pools of blood to.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

THE VOID REVIEW



Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.

Starring: Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, and Kenneth Welsh

Directed and written by: Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski

  Watching the trailer to a movie can make you want to see it, or pass on it. It can also make you so curious about something that you need to know what’s happening. There’s a lot going on in the trailer for “The Void,” but those hooded guys with the triangles where their faces should be had me hooked. Who are they, what’s with the triangles, and what are they up to? 
  Before the appearance of the hooded guys, the audience gets thrown right in the middle of a scene of chaos resulting in a girl getting burned alive. It then moves away from that scene and to police officer Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole). It seems like another slow night for him until a bleeding guy stumbles out of the woods. Daniel takes him to the hospital and the madness begin!
  One of the many good things about this movie is the pace, and how all the strangeness unfolds. The few hospital staff members help Daniel get the guy to a room, and just when things are about to settle down Daniel has a run in with the hooded guys. There is no shortage of creepiness in them, but they aren’t the scariest thing around. Soon enough, the first of several disgusting looking creatures are introduced in a crazy, and bloody scene. 
  With hooded guys surrounding the hospital and creatures inside, Daniel along with others have to figure a way out. Unfortunately after his wife Allison (Kathleen Munroe) goes missing, he has no choice but to go looking for her. As Daniel and some strangers begin the search, the mystery begins to unfold. With some surprises and more creatures, Daniel finally finds out what they have been facing this entire time.
  To put it simply, “The Void” ends up being a wonderfully bizarre story. As crazy as the hooded guys may seem, they are only the beginning. The story unfolds at a perfect pace with twists and turns, as it has the audience waiting to enter the Void. If you’re a fan of say, “The Thing,” then the disgusting looking creatures should be to your liking. The movie might even be for fans of Lovecraft. Regardless of what you want to compare it to, this is definitely a must see worthy of 4 pools of blood.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

LIFE REVIEW



A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds

Directed by: Daniel Espinosa

Written by: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

  Humans are always hoping there’s life in space. Some believe that it will be friendly, and maybe even led to benefits for our planet. Then there are those who know better, and fear what’s out in the dark depths of space. Enter “Life,” the story about life in space that’s only interested in death.
  The crew of the International Space Station seems like a good group of people. The audience gets to know a little about a few of them in attempts to gain some audience sympathy for them. One of their wives back on Earth just had a baby, and one of them is even handicap. Too bad there isn’t enough of it to truly care about most of them as the alien begins picking them off. 
  That might be a big thing for some, but that’s fine with me. That means the story moves quicker, which this one general does. Of course the crew and audience have to wait until the alien, named Calvin, does a little growing up. It starts off so small and harmless, but becomes a large creepy octopus looking alien. Not too mention it’s apparently is a lot smarter than the crew.  
  What’s nice and different about this alien movie is that they maintain the effects of gravity in space the entire time. The crew is floating around while the alien seems to have another advantage using its multiple arms to move a lot faster than them. The alien also uses its strength to squeeze the life out of the crew. One of the best deaths is the first one, which leaves the audience looking at floating blood. It’s a really cool effect, and would have been nice to see more of.
  As the crew starts to dwindle, and time runs down, the few survivors are left with a choice. Who’s going to sacrifice themselves for the others to survive? They try to make the ending sequence as dramatic and suspenseful as possible. However, for most who have seen a horror movie, it’s very obvious what’s about to happen. 
  Basically, “Life” is only an appetizer for those waiting for the upcoming “Alien: Covenant.” The crew seem like nice and normal people, but not too normal to be killed. Keeping the gravity aspect of space makes the movie a little different then other alien movies. Calvin is an interesting alien because of it’s smarts and unexpected strength. Too bad its first kill might be the best, and the ending is too predictable. With that, I give this movie 2 pools of blood.


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Friday, March 24, 2017

RAW REVIEW



When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her.

Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, and Rabah Nait Oufella

Directed and written by: Julia Ducournau

  Once “Raw” begins, there’s an almost immediate strangeness to it. There’s an odd car crash that later proves very meaningful. Then the audience is introduced to Justine (Garance Marillier) and her parents, and the fact that they are serious vegetarians. They drop her off at vet school, which begins with a crazy hazing event and wild party. All of that is just the beginning of the strangeness that continues throughout, but helps lead to the greatness of the film. 
  The older students make the new students go through a period of hazing as an introduction to the school. Justine is more shy and reserved, and not really into this. Her older sister, Alexia (Ella Rumpf), who also attends the school and went through this hazing, is very much into it. She encourages Justine to participate, and go along with what they make her do. Part of the hazing results in Justine eating meat for apparently the first time, and this changes everything. She seems to just get sick, but soon becomes addicted to meat.
  Her hunger starts to take over her life, and makes her do some strange things. She eats and eats whether or not the food is cooked or raw. Also, she goes from being the awkward, sexually inexperienced girl to a very outgoing girl with an appetite for sex second only to her taste for flesh. This creates some pretty intense, weird, and extremely satisfying scenes for horror fans. One of the most shocking scenes involves an incident while her sister gives her a Brazilian wax. 
   This amazing coming of age story is put together so well, and filled with so many great ideas. Start with the great idea to put a cannibal in a vet school, where she’s surrounded by live and dead animals. The whole thing with the car crashes is so creative. Just combining many of the common things a young person goes through  with the elements of discovering you’re a cannibal is done so smoothly. It’s all wrapped up in horrifying fashion along with a big twist that puts the finishing touches on the brilliance of the film.
  To top it off the acting is superb. Garance nails all of her characters struggles, and not to mention her awkwardness. She’s never thrown off in the intense moments, and is a very believable cannibal. Ella also does a fabulous job. She handles playing both a good and bad sister perfectly, and the audience is never too sure which one she’s going to be.
  “Raw” has everything an audience can want in a great film whether it’s horror or not. It starts with a terrific story from beginning to end about the coming of age of a young girl. It’s filled with amazing and intense scenes, and has a strange vibe about it along the way. Throw in the horrific cannibal moments that will put a smile on horror fans’ faces, and keep others on the edge of their seats. Both actresses nail their roles, and so does the rest of the cast. Walking out of the theater, I thought “that's why I love being a horror fan!” Because the film made me feel this way, I give it a rare and well deserved 5 pools of blood.


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