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Wednesday, September 30, 2020


A vacationing couple must discover the mystery behind a strange video that shows one of them killing the other.

Starring: Maggie Q, Luke Hemsworth, and Alex Essoe

Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman

Written by: Ari Margolis, James Morley III, and David Tish

  “Death of Me” picks up with Christine (Maggie Q) and Neil (Luke Hemsworth) waking up from a long night of apparent drinking. They both struggle to remember what happened last night, and their vacation home is a mess. They gather themselves and make their way out to the ferry to get off the island because a typhoon is headed that way. Unfortunately they can’t get on the boat because they can’t find their passports, so they head back to the house to look for them.
  They continue to try and remember what happened the night before, and get help from a video. It appears they did go out to eat and drink. A waitress gives them a special drink, and almost celebrates them being there. They fast forward a little to find the two of them having sex outside. That seems to surprise them, but that’s nothing compared to their reaction when they watch Neil kill and bury her. No the movie isn’t over…this story is just beginning.

  Mystery, religion, and cults come to mind as this story progresses. They carefully ease into giving the audience clues at what’s really going on here, and it won’t be easy to figure out for the audience and the couple. The biggest reason for that is that they’re on an island, and at the mercy of people around them. Everyone seems to be doing their own thing, but how many of them truly know what’s going on? Hell, are they really there to begin with?     
  Christine has some hallucinations, which create more questions as to what’s happening. Besides the questions, they also create some of the freaky moments in the film. Some include kids and other people in the village, and some are of things that may or may not be happening to her. And one of the best scenes features a hallucination of Neil when they make another attempt to get off the island. Of course things pick up in the final act, and they have a few more creepy things in store.

  While it’s a well put together mystery, Maggie Q definitely puts on a great performance. Her character is eventually at the center of what’s going on, so she’s involved in almost everything that’s happening. She makes her characters’ reactions to the crazy situation seem so natural, and is particularly terrific when the action picks up in the final scene. Maggie is supported by strong performances from Luke, who spends a lot of time playing opposite her, and Alex Essoe, who owns the house their characters are staying in.
  “Death of Me” opens with some confusion for Christine and Neil, and then slaps them in the face with the possibility that he killed her. That couldn’t have happened because she appears very much alive! From here on out it’s a mystery for the couple to solve, and the audience to enjoy. The island quickly becomes a big element in the film starting simply with some beautiful shoots, and then flipping it with some darker and eerie ones. It also allows for them to take advantage of the differences in culture and languages to further the confusion. Of course the secret here has something to do with the island, and/or it’s people. Christine’s hallucinations are used to freak out the audience, and it all comes to an exciting end. Maggie Q plays her role like it was meant for her, and she helped out by great performances around her. With that, I give it 4 pools of blood, and won’t be visiting any islands anytime soon!


Death of Me will be available In Theaters, On Demand, and Digital October 2nd! 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020


Bodies start to pile up when a drug-user nurse and her cousin try to find a replacement kidney for an organ trafficker.

Starring: Angela Bettis, David Arquette, and Chloe Farnworth

Directed and written by: Brea Grant

  Nurses have it rough, and this “12 Hour Shift” is about to become one of the toughest, and most memorable ones for all the wrong reasons. Mandy (Angela Bettis) gets settled in for another day at work by doing some drugs to start. Then she has rounds to do, and maybe some drugs to steal. There are new patients on the floor including her unconscious half-brother, injured prisoner Jefferson (David Arquette), and an elderly lady with possible dementia. She also has one more important thing to do…hand over a kidney to her cousin Regina (Chloe Farnworth).
  Of course this wouldn’t be any fun unless something went wrong, and it goes oh so wrong. In their conversation around the soda machine, Regina manages to leave the kidney behind. When she doesn’t have it for her crime boss Nicholas (Mick Foley) he’s not happy. He orders her to go back for it, and sends one of his goons to deal with her if she can’t get the organ back in time. Mandy’s 12 hour shift is about to become a nightmare when she finds Regina desperately trying to find a kidney in the hospital.

  The first thing this movie does well is set everything up, and ease right into the eventual chaos. The patients are introduced early on, and each play a role in the events to come later. The older lady helps provide some funny moments while Jefferson seems to be there to strike fear in people, but is also comic relief. Mandy’s part in the transportation of organs is slowly revealed, as she has help from a fellow who’s trying to keep her hands clean. Regina is newer to this operation, and definitely the weak link.
  While the story follows Mandy, it’s Regina that steals the show. Her carefree attitude and lack of smarts in certain areas are just the start. She doesn’t seem like she has it in her when the audience first meets her, but later on proves she will do almost anything to survive. She has a complete disregard for the hospital and patients, as she continues to try to fix things, but just makes things worse. She thinks she has done the right thing until she has to be told just how wrong she is. Mandy and her have opposite personalities that make them fun to watch. 

  Speaking of fun, the limits are definitely pushed in the final act of the film. Regina has caused so much damage, and the hired goon finally catches up to her making matters worse. It’s so bad cops are on the scene, but lets just say they’re more like the Dewey type of cops (no wonder why Jefferson hates them). Mandy is put in some tough situations, but ultimately does the right thing. Adding to the mix is some great music, including a surprise short musical number. 
  When it comes times for you to watch “12 Hour Shift” please make sure you’re paying attention. It starts with brief introductions to the nurses, and new patients, which will be part of the madness to come. Keep an eye out for things in the background, and laying around because they leave everything for the audience to see even if most characters miss it. Mandy might not seem like the most likable character at first, but she’ll probably win the audience over in the end. In the meantime, enjoy the disaster that’s created by Regina. Angela and Chloe are fabulous in their roles, and definitely great on screen together. This truly turns out to be a great 12 hour shift leaving the audience to wonder what’s to come in her next shift. With that said, I give it 4 pools of blood, and hope to never to end up in that hospital.


Monday, September 28, 2020


Where The Scary Things Are Episode 64: THE HONEYMOON PHASE with Director Phillip Carroll, Chloe Carroll, and Jim Schubin

In this episode we Speak to Director Phillip Carroll and stars Chloe Carroll and Jim Schubin from the new movie, THE HONEYMOON PHASE. Chris gives a great review, Muse talks about Hazardous Relationships in the Sinister 6 and HorrO breaks down all the latest news in the horror world in the 666 Rundown. 

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Sunday, September 27, 2020


Sophie wakes up, hears scary noises from her parents’ bedroom and sees her dad dead. A psychologist arrives there to determine what happened.

Starring: Olga Kurylenko, Craig Conway, and Javier Botet

Directed by: Clive Tonge

Written by: Clive Tonge, and Jonathan Frank

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Saturday, September 26, 2020


After status-obsessed teen Sara has sex for the first time, she wakes up the next day nine months pregnant with an alien.

Starring: Mary Nepi, Gabrielle Elyse, and J.J. Nolan

Directed by: Stephen Cedars, and Benji Kleiman

Written: Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, and Scott Yacyshyn

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Thursday, September 24, 2020


Where The Scary Things Are Episode 63: Strangers 2: Prey At Night with Damian Maffei

In this Episode we speak to Damian Maffei from horror movies Strangers 2, Haunt, and A Nuns Curse. 
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020


Glenn Danzig’s directorial debut, is a horror anthology that compiles stories from Denzig’s line of comic books of the same name. Stories which focus on horror content that’s often sexual and violent in nature, usually featuring scantily-clad female protagonists.

Starring: Ashley Wisdom, Rachel Alig, and Alice Tate

Directed and written by: Glenn Danzig

  Not being familiar with Glenn Danzig’s comics might leave the audience with a little bit of shell shock once “Verotika” gets rolling. The title may give some of it away, but it’s a lot to handle. It’s a sexy women driven anthology, featuring Morella (Kayden Kross) as the hostess. She gives the usual intro and conclusion to each story in her own way. She certainly gets the party started by poking a woman’s eyes out, and sucking some blood before the first story begins.
  “The Albino Spider of Dajette” is the first story, which starts with Dajette (Ashley Wisdom) getting up close and personal with a guy. Things heat up to the point when her top is about to come off, but the man is in for a big surprise. Her nipples have been replaced with eyes, and they begin to cry when the guy runs off. As weird as that seems, the tears from those eyes create another unsual being who goes on a killing spree.

  The second story is “Change of Face,” and it takes place in a strip club. It follows Mystery Girl (Rachel Alig), yes Mystery Girl, who has something wrong with her face. When she’s not performing on stage, she’s cutting the face off of other women. The police pick up her trail, but can they stop her, or will she remain a mystery?
  The final story is called “Drukija Contessa of Blood,” and is somewhat familiar. It’s all about drinking virgin blood to keep your beauty. In this case, Drukija (Alice Tate) is having young virgin women around her kingdom captured, and held prisoner until she's ready for their blood. Apparently she likes bathing in their blood, and is pretty merciless in getting what she wants.

  All three stories present a combination of horror, and a sexual female presence. The first story might be the most bizarre, and certainly presents a different way of creating a monster. The second story picks up from a blood standpoint, but will also distract the audience with plenty of dancing women. The third story will definitely quench anyone’s thirst for blood, but seems to go on a little longer than needed.
  The stories seem to lack some of the horrific punch as they amp up the imagery instead. It’s like they’re painting a picture more than telling a story. Women’s bodies are on display, in more ways than one, as the stories move the focus from nipple eyes, to a scarred face, and finishing with an obsession on youth and beauty. It doesn’t help that the acting is up and down. In the end, “Verotika” presents something different that will work for some more than others. With that, I give it 2 pools of blood.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Studying the effects of climate change off the coast of Mozambique, a marine biologist and her team confront three genetically enhanced bull sharks. Now, a new bloodbath is waiting to happen in the name of science. Will humans newer learn?

Starring: Tania Raymonde, Nathaniel Buzolic, and Emerson Brooks

Directed by: John Pogue

Written: Dirk Blackman

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

Monday, September 21, 2020


Thirsty for a following, Kurt Kunkle is a rideshare driver who has figured out a deadly plan to go viral.

Starring: Joe Keery, Sasheer Zamata, and David Arquette

Directed by: Eugene Kotlyarenko

Written: Eugene Kotlyarenko and Gene McHugh 

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Sunday, September 20, 2020


Two years after Cole survived a satanic blood cult, he’s living another nightmare: high school. And the demons from his past? Still making his life hell.

Starring: Judah Lewis, Jenna Ortega, and Emily Alyn Lind

Directed by: McG

Written by: Dan Lagana, Brad Morris, Jimmy Warden, and McG

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Friday, September 18, 2020


A stand-up comedian on the verge of breakout success must make a terrible choice when he discovers a murderer on the loose in the theater where he’s about to perform his biggest show.

Starring: Steve Vanderzee, Eric Stone, and Lowell Deo

Directed and written by: Jeremy Berg
  There will be no laughing once “The Last Laugh” concludes. Many of us have heard it’s hard for comics to get their big break. Well that’s no different for Myles (Steve Vanderzee). He worked hard at his craft, but suffered a tragic event that set him back for awhile. Now he’s back doing shows, and trying to catch that big break. As it seems, this time around has been even harder than the first time.
  That is until Myles gets a chance to perform probably his biggest show yet. He’s not headlining, but he’ll take what he can get. His agent as also arranged for an important talent scout to come watch the show. A lot is on the line for him, and the other performing comics. But before even getting on stage, he must battle some personal demons, and someone who is hunting the people working behind the scenes.
  The first half of the movie spends a lot of time getting to know Myles. The audience sees where his life is now, and learns a few things about his past. Being a comedian, it’s surprising there aren’t many jokes told early on, or throughout. Instead of painting him as a true funny comic, he’s shown more as one that has lost his funny bone, and is trying to get it back. The reason for that is there’s something in his past that plagues him until this day, and even has him taking pills.
  Things pick up a little once he gets to the theater, but not really because of Myles. Finally the audience gets what it has come for with the introduction of a killer. It’s a little odd of an introduction because there’s no mention of them before hand, but he’s there picking off people working the show. The audience does hear a story from one of workers about an incident in the past that may or may not have anything to do with this killing spree. The killer has a cool looking theater mask, but the best thing about them is how vicious they are. They don’t mess around when stabbing the hell out of someone.
  As it gets closer to Myles’ moment in the spotlight, he starts losing control of himself. It doesn’t help that he finds a dead body backstage, and now is trying to get others to see what he does. His past haunts him even more, as the killer closes in on him. The movie does a decent job of building up the drama getting to performance, and drawing the killer closer and closer to him. Will he get to perform…you’ll have to see for yourself.
  In the end, “The Last Laugh” gives the audience things to like, but they may want a little more of the good stuff. It presents a character to like with a mystery behind him. However, they may spend a little too much time on him, and not on the killer at hand. No, that doesn’t mean the audience needs kills every five minutes, but maybe another death or two would have been nice. Also, bringing in the killer a little earlier would have been nice. Of course that’s just the slasher fan in me wanting more! So with that said, it’s no laughing matter when I give this film 2.5 pools of blood.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020


A same-sex couple moves to a small town so they can enjoy a better quality of life and raise their 16 year-old daughter with the best social values. But nothing is as it seems in their picturesque neighborhood. And when Malik sees the folks next door throwing a very strange party, something shocking has got to give.

Starring: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Ari Cohen, and Jennifer Laporte

Directed by: Kurtis David Harder 

Written by: Colin Minihan, and John Poliquin
  It’s just a matter of time before things spiral out of control in “Spiral.” Malik (Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman) and Aaron (Ari Cohen) have decided to move to a new town for a fresh start. Their teen daughter Kayla (Jennifer Laporte) has come with them, and now the three have to get acquainted with their new home, and neighbors. The area is beautiful and the neighbors seem alright, but that’s all about to change.
  Of the three, the story centers around Malik, who has been traumatized by an event that occurred when he was younger. He has tried to learn from that, and believes that it’s alright for gay people to come out. However, he quickly learns that he might not be over it as much as he thought when things start to get a little strange at home. Are the neighbors not as accepting as they seem to be, or is there something wrong with Malik?

  That question really is one of the strong points of the movie. It does a good job making the audience wonder which direction to lean. At first, Malik seems very nice, and has a good relationship with Aaron and Kayla. Then an incident at the house opens the door for paranoia to set in. He gets an alarm system, and is watching the behavior of the neighbors. Between flashbacks of his horrible night when he was younger, and overthinking what the neighbors are doing his mind starts to spin.
  The neighbors are definitely a mystery themselves. First there’s a grandfather who is acting weird, and snooping around where he doesn’t belong. Then there are the unusual gatherings that take place. Of course the awkward behavior is shown through Malik’s eyes, and gives him concern that they don’t like gay people. Aaron seems to get along with them, and Kayla even starts to like a boy that lives nearby. This all complicates matters the longer things go on.

  The movie does a good job of keeping the audience off balance. They’ll definitely side with Malik, and feel sorry for him especially after seeing the full event that happened years ago. However, there are plenty of things going on in Malik’s mind that are bringing a darkness over things. He’s haunted by ghosts of his past, and maybe some others that create a good scare or two. The true horror doesn’t occur until everything is revealed, and it’s a lot more horrific than it seemed it would be.
  Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman does a good job of carrying this film. He handles all of his character’s emotions well, including the high stress moments. The film captures the struggles Malik goes through as a gay man, and plays on his fears. For those waiting for the horror, it will definitely hit the audience with a fantastically horrific and surprising image in the end. Because “Spiral” does well at spiraling out of control at the right pace, and leaves the audience in shock, I give it 3 pools of blood.



Where The Scary Things Are Episode 62: THE SHED with FRANK SABATELLA

In this episode we speak to Director Frank Sabatella from The Shed now playing on Shudder. We absolutely loved this movie and highly recommend it. Muse talks about Scary Basements in Movies with the Sinister 6. HorrO presents all the great films coming out from Fantasia. Chris delivers another superb review of The Shed. MonsterMash is going drink Pumpkin Ales all season long. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020


During her tea party, a little girl loses her temper and things get bloody.

Starring: Kennedy Barrie, and featuring Rob Van Dam 

Directed and written by: Tara Price

  There might not be many things cuter than a little girl having a tea party. She has her small table, chairs, and of course tea set all laid out. She needs guests so she has her stuffed animals take their seats, and then serves the tea and food. This hardly paints the picture of a horror film, but have no worries This version of “Tea Time” is about to hit the audience with some horror.
  This sweet little girl (Kennedy Barrie) isn’t so sweet when no one is looking. Her toys come to life, but they aren’t going to be playing a fun game. They're going to be playing a game where the little girl is…a mob boss. That’s right, this adorable girl is the boss, and she’s looking for a rat. Nothing good is going to happen to that rat, or her brother’s toy that gets left behind.
  There’s a lot of things that could’ve happened when the little girl started her party, but it’s hard to ever believe she would be a mob boss. She doesn’t say too much, but manages to pull off all the important lines she needs to. It’s hilarious to see the toys be afraid of her, but then again she comes armed with something to strike fear in them. And while that might have been enough for this short film, it goes to another level and brings in wrestler Rob Van Dam. If you can imagine the toys reaction to her, just wait to you see his reaction! “Tea Time” will leave audience’s eyes glued to the sweet little girl, and then shocked at how mean she can be.



The children are not all right in this tale of unspeakable cruelty. When a 13-year-old incites heart-wrenching tragedy with a crossbow, all he can do is deny it. This fascinating twist on the scourge of bullying takes no prisoners. Moral questions are mantled here not by genre tropes, but as an all too true life story ripped from the headlines, with harrowing repercussions. This intense edge-of-your-seat cautionary thriller delivers a scathing expose of codified violence, a failed judicial system and the frightening dissolution of moral conscience. 

Starring: Uemura Yu, Abe Takuya, and Sumikawa Ryuju

Directed by: Naito Eisuke

A New York Asian Film Festival Review
  “Forgiven Children” takes a deep dive into the horrors of bullying. Kira (Uemura Yu) is bullied as a little boy, and then around the age of 13 the roles are reserved. He’s now a bully in a small group of friends. One day the group is hanging out when Kira calls for another boy to bring them some crossbows. He gets there late, which already puts Kira in a bad mood. Not long into playing, Kira takes aim at the boy, and is about to make a decision that will change his life.
  Kira strikes the boy right in the neck causing him to go down by the water side. The group slowly watches him die before making a run for it. It doesn’t take long for Kira to be identified as the killer, and his case is taken to court. Injustice roars its head again, as he gets off the hook. While he manages to escape official guilt, he can’t escape the ghosts of his past. 
  As the audience watches this, especially early on, it might wonder if they will ever like this boy after what he’s done. Well he never does a whole lot to change their minds. He has a bad attitude, and his parents don’t help. They encourage him to lie to get out of jail, and then take him out of the city trying to find a place from them all to get a fresh start. They all learn that this isn’t something they can run from.
  While he acts like he doesn’t care, the back-half of the movie shows how everything weighs on him. Kids at his new school make it known to everyone what he’s done, and stirs his emotions even more. He gets involved with a girl, who seems wise beyond her years, but not even she can turn his life around when it seems like he might want to. The film has an interesting moment where it shows him just running and destroying stuff, basically spinning out of control. It’s kind of reflective of how his life has spun out of control since that day. 
  Again, “Forgiven Children” focuses largely on Kira but also gives a little screen time to the dead boy’s parents, and the audience will almost certainly feel their pain. Another interesting view point is that of the public. There are a few times the movie transitions to a new chapter in his life, and in doing so the audience gets to hear people’s opinions of him. Lets just say they aren’t usually nice, and might be considered bullies themselves. So yes, the movie covers many angles of bulling with a focus on the bully. Kira may never be liked, even in the end, but that’s to be expected with what he’s done, and the lack of justice served. In an era of bullying, this film definitely shows the harsh consequences of what happens when bullying goes too far. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood!


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Monday, September 14, 2020


A daughter, mother, and grandmother are haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family’s home.

Starring: Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, and Bella Heathcote

Directed by: Natalie Erika James

Written by: Natalie Erika James, and Christian White

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Sunday, September 13, 2020


Emily is a recovering cancer survivor of 3 years. Faced with her fear of getting sick again, her best friend Nina plans a weekend away. 6 friends venture out to a country holiday house to party over a weekend. Cut off from the rest of the world they soon learn the inhabitants are unsettling red neck individuals who terrorize and humiliate travelers. At the same time a para-normal monster seen as the faceless man haunts the house pushing the friends to their limits.

Starring: Sophie Thurling, Lucas Pittaway, and Andy McPhee

Directed and written by: James Di Martino

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Saturday, September 12, 2020


It calls in the yakuza when the municipal office in charge of demolishing an old building and replacing it with a modern complex fails due to paranormal activity. The employee in charge seeks out a girl who can assist only to find her laying on the ground and bleeding. Soon they band together in search of a spirit who needs to be retrieved.

Starring: Nozomi Bando, Aina Yamada, and Naoto Kataoka, 

Directed by: SABU

A New York Asian Film Festival Review
  “Dancing Mary” isn’t the scariest movie, but people are surely scared of Mary (Nozomi Bando). Mary is a dancer, who has died and now haunts an old dance hall. The dance hall needs to be demolished, but no one real wants to take on this assignment in the government offices. The task ultimately falls on Kenji Fujimoto (Naoto Kataoka), who might not be the best employee around. Soon enough he realizes that this is going to be much harder than he thought because of Mary.
  Kenji gets wind of a young girl, Yukiko (Aina Yamada), who has special abilities that might be able to solve his problem with Mary. He finds her just in time to save her life from an apparent suicide attempt. She decides she’ll help him by talking to ghosts, and find out what Mary wants. The pair do some investigating, and eventually end up searching for another ghost named Billy, who has some connection to Mary.
  The first thing that stands out about this film is how Kenji and Yukiko interact with the ghosts. She can see them whenever she wants, but Kenji has to be touching her in order for him to see and interact with them as well. The film changes to black and white when this happens almost putting the characters in the ghost’s world. There’s a interesting scene where they're showing a picture of Billy to the ghosts in different places around the city, including a beach of ghost soldiers, and a graveyard. They also get put in some positions with other ghosts, and Kenji happens to ask timely questions about the ghost being able to do what it’s doing. It almost mocks the movie for putting the ghost in that situation in the first place.
  Another thing the movie does well is slowly drawing the audience into the investigation, and even the characters. The pair gets more involved with specific ghosts, including an awesome one with swords stuck in him, and manage some good action sequences. There’s also some drama between Kenji, and Yukiko along the way as expected. The audience will learn more about Yukiko’s past, and her struggles with her abilities. However, there will be nothing that draws the audience in more than what Billy has to do with Mary, and the last second demolishing of the dance hall.
  “Dancing Mary” has a little bit of everything for audiences. It has comedy with Kenji’s awkardness, and questioning of ghosts. There’s also some comedy with what’s happening with the government office. There’s some action here and there, and a dramatic rush to make it back to the dance hall before it explodes. It has a touch of horror in the opening with Mary, and of course just having ghosts around. While Yukio’s past is intriguing, the big payoff here is finding Billy, and unlocking the secrets of the past. Because they were able to suck me into this story and made interesting use of the ghosts, I give it 3.5 pools of blood.


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