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Thursday, April 22, 2021

JAKOB'S WIFE REVIEW

 

Anne, married to a small-town Minister, feels her life has been shrinking over the past 30 years. Encountering “The Master” brings her a new sense of power and an appetite to live bolder. However, the change comes with a heavy body count.


Starring: Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, and Bonnie Aarons


Directed by: Travis Stevens


Written by: Kathy Charles, Mark Steensland, and Travis Stevens


Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

CREEPSHOW SEASON 2 EPISODE 4 REVIEW

 


Episode 204:


PIPE SCREAMS


A drain clog turns out to be more than just a little matted hair and soap scum, and a down-on-his luck plumber is tasked with getting the problem under control. Trouble is, the problem has a mind of its own.


Written by: Daniel Kraus

Directed by: Joe Lynch

Cast: Eric Edelstein, Barbara Crampton, Selena Anduze


  A plumber’s job can get dirty and nasty. Who knows what they will find while cleaning out the pipes? This plumber is tasked with finding out what’s clogging the pipes in an old building. His search leads him to an apartment of a nice lady who leaves him to his job while she picks up her daughter. She left at the right time because he’s about to find something very unusual in her pipes!

  Creepshow continues put on some great episodes because of fun storylines, and terrific casting. Eric Edelstein is fantastic as the plumber here. He plays it so well when things go wrong here, and works great with Selena. Barbara is excellent as usual. The story offers a good mix of humor and horror with enough room for some good old fashion justice.

 

WITHIN THE WALLS OF MADNESS


A top-secret government compound is evacuated as the last few scientists in the building fight to contain the creature they’ve been studying- but is the true threat one of them?


Written by: John Esposito

Story by: Greg Nicotero and John Esposito

Directed by: John Harrison

Cast: Drew Matthews, Denise Crosby, Nicholas Logan, Brooke Butler, Brittany Smith, Leonard Butler


  A man is locked up, and just found new representation. His new lawyer questions him about what happened at the government compound he worked at. He explains how things went wrong during their research, and how he eventually ended up in his cell. Now it’s time to defend him, or watch him face his punishment.

  This short story has a few twists and turns to it as the audience sees what the man goes through. Was it really his fault, the fault of the head researcher, or the thing they found out there? Speaking of a thing, this story should spark reminders of “The Thing.” There’s some good bloody moments at the compound, but the fun part comes with how the walls close in at the end of this story!


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/04/21/creepshow-episode-204-this-thursday/

Monday, April 19, 2021

BLOODTHIRSTY REVIEW

 



Grey is an indie singer who is having visions that she is a wolf. When she gets an invitation to work with notorious music producer Vaugh Daniels at his remote studio in the woods she begins to find out who she really is. 


Starring: Lauren Beatty, Greg Bryk, and Katherine King So


Directed by: Amelia Moses


Written by: Wendy Hill-Tout and Lowell


  Horror fans can be “Bloodthirsty,” and they'll probably expect a lot of blood spilled in this one! Grey (Lauren Beatty) is trying to build on her music career, but she’s having some personal struggles. She’s having problems finding the words for her next album, and having some nightmares that she can’t figure out. She’s even seeing a doctor to talk about her issues, and he’s prescribed some medicine that doesn’t appear to help.

  Things begin to turn around when a music producer, Vaughn (Greg Bryk), agrees to help her with her music. Grey and her girlfriend Charlie (Katherine King So) take the trip up to his home/studio to stay with him, and work on her music. They get off to a slow start as she continues to struggle with her visions, and he has somewhat cryptic words of encouragement. However the more time the two spend together the more her music begins to take shape. She’s also doing some transformation as a person as well.



  This is interesting combination of music and horror. As things play out, the movie certainly sets aside some time for Grey to sing her songs. While it might not be a shock at what’s happening here, the songs she sings are a big clue to it. Yes, she’s got some werewolf in her, and Vaughn is doing his best to pull it out of her. She gives up on being a vegan, and has some changes in her attitude that puts some distance in-between Charlie and herself. 

  Once horror fans figure out that werewolves are involved they’ll be out for blood, and transformations. It does get bloody, and creates a memorable moment or two. Grey will definitely get a nice mouth full of blood. As for transformations, there’s more facial effects than full body ones. The special effects aren’t bad, and do well with where the movie goes. It’s more about this wolf coming of age and her singing than hunting and killing people.



  Fans might not consider werewolves to be musical creatures, but they’re about to meet one that can do more than just howl. This starts out with some mystery about Grey and her issues, but it will soon become clear what’s bothering her. Once the wolf in her starts to be unleashed her music starts to take shape. There will be blood, and transformations as Grey starts to find her place as a musician and a wolf. “Bloodthirsty” is lyrically delicious, and has just enough blood to quench the audience’s thirst. With that said, I give it 3.5 pools of blood.


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/04/04/bloodthirsty-in-select-theaters-and-on-demand-on-april-23/

Sunday, April 18, 2021

HALL REVIEW

 

When a debilitating sickness spreads across a long hotel hallway, a few scattered victims fight for survival, and try to escape from the dark narrow stretch of isolated carnage. 


Starring: Julian Richings, Carolina Bartczak, and Mark Gibson


Directed by: Francesco Giannini


Written by: Derrick Adams, Francesco Giannini, and Adam Kolodny


  “The Hall” isn’t somewhere you would expect to die, but it’s about to happen. Val (Carolina Bartczak), Brenden (Mark Gibson), and their daughter Kelly (Bailey Thain) are staying at a hotel. After a rude encounter outside at the hands of Brenden, Val apologizes and introduces herself to a pregnant woman named Naomi (Yumiko Skaku) in the hall.  They don’t know it yet, but the two women will cross paths again.

  That isn’t the only time that the audience will see Brenden lose his temper. He apparently has a short fuse with his wife, and even daughter as times. On the other side, Naomi has also experienced her own abuse from her future baby’s daddy. She has traveled a long way to escape the abuse, while Val is about to stage her own escape. The problem here is that while both end up running from abuse, they're going to be equally challenged to avoid a virus that has been released in the hotel.



  It won’t take too long before the audience realizes that this horror movie has a few messages it wants to get out. The easiest one to pick up on might be the issue of domestic abuse. There’s two women here who are each at their own stage of dealing with it. Fresh off experiencing another round of abuse, Val has made the tough decision to leave her husband while at the hotel. It seems as if she’s doing it for her daughter as much as herself. Naomi hasn’t had her child yet, but she has already left its father behind. The audience will see what a tough decision this is for both of them, and the emotionally stress they go through.

  The other important message the movie has for the audience is about the virus. When not seeing the woman deal with their abuse situations, the audience sees them face this virus that been slowly spreading to people on their floor. Naomi already has it, and is trying to fight her way down the hall to escape. Val actually partially benefits from it, as it helps her get away from Brenden. Once she breaks free of him, she must also make her way down the hall to find Kelly, who she sent away to hide from Brenden. It’s here that the movie does an excellent job of creating tension, and suspense. It’s in no hurry to show what happens, especially watching Naomi scratch and pull her way down the hall, and around bodies. And where’s the message in all this? No spoilers but it comes with where the virus comes from, and where Val and her daughter end up in their attempt to escape.



  The “Hall” is built to deliver several messages to the audience. One is the seriousness of domestic abuse, and the tough decisions it makes people take. It does this with the help of two women, Val and Naomi, who come from different parts of the world but are experiencing a similar situation. The other issue is one that the world finds itself in now, and that’s dealing with a virus. It wants the audience to consider where the virus comes from, how it can be spread, and of course to who it can spread to. It definitely presents some tense moments, and builds a hallway full of doom and gloom. All it needed was a touch more blood to make it perfect. With that said, I give it 3 pools of blood, and glad I won’t be checking into any hotels anytime soon!

  

  HorrO

More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/03/22/black-fawn-distribution-acquires-canadian-rights-for-viral-horror-film-hall/

Friday, April 16, 2021

IN THE EARTH REVIEW

 


As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run.


Starring: Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, and Hayley Squires


Directed and written by: Ben Wheatley


  “In The Earth” presents a world that has changed a lot. A doctor named Martin (Joel Fry) has travelled a long way into the forest and stopped at a lodge. This is only his first stop, as he’s looking for another site even further away. To find it, he gets help from a park scout named Alma (Ellora Torchia). They aren’t really expecting to find many people out there, but they do find some signs that someone was out there at some point. 

  Before they know it they find themselves in the company of Zach (Reece Shearsmith). It seems Zach has found himself all alone in the middle of nowhere, and now very close friends with the Earth. Martin and Alma try to be nice at first, but they grow convinced that something is wrong with him. He certainly has odd habits for a man alone in the woods. They’re about to find out he has some dangerous habits as well, and 

they’re about to learn more about the Earth than they bargained for.

  The virus that has taken over the world sets the stage for this movie. It puts the characters in the places they are, and why they think the way they do. At first it seems like the movie might be about figuring out the virus, but it then becomes a lot more about the characters’ interactions. It gets quite bizarre, as Zach as become completely wrapped up with his beliefs about the Earth. He has some strange things in store for the pair.

  Now if the audience gets lost in some of the nature, religion, and ritual talk, then they should focus on what they might have come for…the horror. There’s definitely some horrific scenes, and some that will make the audience cringe. Martin and Alma will suffer a lot in the woods. Some in the natural battle to escape, and some in the experiences they’re forced to go through. 

  There is no shortage of weird moments and strange talk “In the Earth.” The characters are in a different world, and looking for new answers. In the process, some seem to have lost their minds, or at least learned odd things. Reece does a fantastic job creating his own unusual character from beginning to end. There’s enough horror in the right spots to save the audience from beginning as confused as Martin and Alma. Also, there’s some great images created along the way in the dark forest. With that said, I give it 3 pools of blood!

  

  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/03/25/official-trailer-for-in-the-earth-coming-to-theaters-april-16th/

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