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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

HONEYDEW REVIEW



 Strange cravings and hallucinations befall a young couple after seeking shelter in the home of an aging farmer and her peculiar son.


Starring: Sawyer Spielberg, Malin Barr, and Barbara Kingley


Directed by: Devereux Milburn


Written by: Dan Kennedy and Devereux Milburn


  You’ll surely want a piece of sweet “Honeydew” instead of the meal that’s offered on this farm. Sam (Sawyer Spielberg) and Rylie (Malin Barr) might be a couple on a road trip together, but they seem to be on different paths. Rylie is focused on her studies while Sam is trying to prepare for his next acting role. With their minds on their work, their GPS stops working and they have to pull over with a flat tire. They can’t agree on how to get to their destination so they decide to camp for the night.

  While still being distantly together in the tent, a car pulls up with its high beams pointed at the tent. Rylie has an awkward exchange with a guy who tells them that this is his land and they need to leave. They pack up and start walking through the forest until they find a farm. An old lady, Karen (Barbara Kingsley), opens the door and insists on helping them out. Everything seems innocent at first, but that’s slowly going to change.



  This is probably going to be a movie that gets a lot of different opinions from audiences. It’s certainly strange starting with the relationship between this couple. The audience doesn’t know much about their history together, but does get to see they aren’t exactly on the same page. They don’t often agree with what to do, and they're clearly on different career paths. As soon as Karen retires for the night, they both do their own things almost making it even easier for what’s to come for them.

  Things are definitely odd about Karen and her farm. She seems way too nice, but also maybe nervous about something. Maybe it’s just her age or maybe it’s because of what she’s up to. The farm is dark, and not very roomy. Oh and then there’s Gunni (Jamie Bradley), who can’t talk, is bandaged up, and likes to stare at the tv. The couple is awful nice to just accept the reasoning for his condition, and never really question anything about him. Horror fans will know not to trust what’s coming, but the couple was doomed from the start.

  So what’s the deal with the Karen and the farm? No spoilers here, but lets just say she’s definitely crazy. There are a few clues dropped shortly after they enter the home. By the time this one is about over, it will probably have audiences cringing, and shaking their heads. On top of it all, there’s creepy music and voices that are played throughout that just adds to the horror of the situation.



  “Honeydew” is going to start off with some mystery that all plays out in the end. An ending for some that’s very tragic, and cringeworthy. Before getting to the end are a lot of strange happenings and people. Yes, everyone here is odd, even the couple that just can’t bond like they should. Karen is just way too nice, and the audience might become more worried about Gunni than anyone else. There’s some surprises to come on the farm with just a horrific ending. The pace is slow, the music will be unnerving, and the acting is solid all around. With that said, I give it 3.5 pools of blood.


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/03/10/honeydew-vod-digital-release-on-april-13th/


Interview with Actress Malin Barr

Monday, April 12, 2021

HELD REVIEW

 

A couple’s ailing marriage is put to the test when they are held hostage in an isolated vacation rental by an unseen Voice that commands their every move.


Starring: Jill Awbrey, Bart Johnson, and Travis Cluff


Directed by: Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing


Written by: Jill Awbrey


  A marriage might not last long if you feel like you’re being “Held” captive in it. Emma (Jill Awbrey) has just arrived at a vacation rental home. She gets settled in and enjoys a glass of wine by herself. She thought she would get some time alone, but her husband, Henry (Bart Johnson), arrives a little earlier than expected to join her. The two get in some time together before hitting the bed for the night. When Emma wakes up, she’s convinced that someone was in the room with them overnight.

  Henry isn’t so sure of this, but that quickly changes. When they figure something might not be right, they try to escape but can’t. Henry is attacked and retreats back inside. Before they know it, the house goes into lockdown, and a Voice (Travis Cluff) takes command of the situation. He now makes the couple do what he says, or he’ll use a device to shock them. Emma and Henry’s marriage is about to face its biggest test yet!



  A lot of things can put a marriage to the test, and this couple certainly gets tested. Trapped in this home, they seem to have no way out, especially with the Voice able to shock them if they don’t obey. Even though the Voice does hurt them, it's also trying to help them. It teaches them what a man and woman should be doing for each other. Things like a man opening a door, and a woman cooking a nice dinner. This might not sound too exciting, but there’s a twist here that makes it much more interesting. 

  No spoilers here, but things will begin to get crazier. The twist will become clear with the more the audience gets to know the couple. Each of them has hurt the other in the past, and it shows why they were supposed to be there in the first place. Besides the more normal things, the Voice will make them do more drastic things. The action will pick up as they try to escape with or without their marriage intact.



  There should be no shame in trying to fix a marriage. This couple was going to give it a try, but then got some unexpected marriage counseling. Even though they were being held against their will, they were getting good advice at first. However, once sensitive issues from their past came up the situation became a lot more serious for them, and some others. The audience will get to see the Voice, and why they’re doing this to them. There will be some good action before the fate of this couple’s marriage is decided. With that, I give "Held" 3 pools of blood!


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/03/04/magnet-releasing-acquires-held/

Sunday, April 11, 2021

TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA REVIEW

 

A zombie virus has in the last 4 years spread to all South Korea. 4 Koreans in HK sail thru the blockade to Incheon fir USD 20,000,000 on a truck.


Starring: Dong-won Gang, Lee Jung-hyun, and Re Lee


Directed by: Sang-ho Yeon


Written by: Sang-ho Yeon, and Ryu Yong-jae 


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


Friday, April 9, 2021

GODZILLA VS KONG REVIEW

 

The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another - the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong - with humanity caught in the balance.


Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, and Rebecca Hall


Directed by: Adam Wingard


Written by: Terry Rossio, Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields, Eric Pearson, and Max Borenstein


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


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

CREEPSHOW SEASON 2 EPISODE 2 REVIEW



EPISODE 202


DEAD & BREAKFAST 


When a true crime travel vlogger documents her stay at a hokey haunted Bed and Breakfast, she gets a much scarier experience than she was expecting.


Written by: Michael Rousselet & Erik Sandoval

Directed by: Axelle Carolyn

Cast: Ali Larter, C Thomas Howell, Iman Benson, Pamela Ricardo, Starr LaJoie, Dominique Harris


  A brother and sister are running a Bed and Breakfast which they claim is haunted. It’s supposedly haunted because they insist that their grandmother killed people there long ago. They try to get people to stay there for a haunting experience, but it’s not going so well. The sister then invites a true crime vlogger to stay there, and hopefully create some buzz for the place. This seemed like a good idea until it wasn’t!

  Trying to create a haunted Bed and Breakfast is definitely a great situation for a short horror film. Bring in a vlogger and that makes it familiar to the new age of social media and marketing. Now add a little drama between the owners and the vlogger and we’re moving in the right direction. Besides the great acting and costume the brother wears, the best part of the film might be the twists at the end.


PESTICIDE

An exterminator is tasked with a big job, and it’s more than he bargained for. The payout is huge, but is it worth what it’s costing him?

Written by: Frank Dietz

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

Cast: Josh McDermitt, Keith David, Ashley Laurence


  This exterminator seems to be good at what he does…maybe a little too good. After spraying for a customer he releases some more bugs insuring that he will be called back soon. He then goes to his next job, where he’s presented with a job that’s a little different. Yes, extermination is needed, but in a different way. He’s going to get paid more than ever, but it’s going to cost him a lot more.

  Now this short film brings reminders of the famous Creepshow bug episode. This time around it centers on someone who is supposed to get rid of bugs, and will go through a wild experience of their own. The exterminator doesn’t give the audience much of a reason to like him, so they might not feel sorry for him in the end. It’s certainly a fun ending that seems like it belongs in the cartoons. This one seemed like it was casted perfectly as well!


  HorrO

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

BUTTERFLY KISSES REVIEW

 


A filmmaker discovers a box of video tapes depicting two students’ disturbing film project featuring a local horror legend, The Peeping Tom. As he sets out to prove this story is real and release it as a work of his own, he loses himself and the film crew following him into his project.


Starring: Rachel Armiger, Reed DeLisle, and Matt Lake


Directed and written by: Erik Kristopher Myers


  Don't blink or you just might miss your opportunity for some “Butterfly Kisses.” Sophia (Rachel Armiger) and Feldman (Reed DeLisle) are two student filmmakers who tried to make a film about the local legend of the Peeping Tom. These filmmakers seemed to go too far in their search for the truth, as the legend got closer and closer to them. Of course they documented everything on video tapes, which have now been found by another filmmaker, Gavin York (Seth Adam Kallick).

  Gavin has looked through the students’ work, and decided he wants to finish what they started. As he pieces together their film, he becomes increasingly convinced that what the students found is real. While the students documented their own work, Gavin has a film crew documenting his work, and ability to sell the film. He risks everything from his family’s future to even his own life to make others see his vision with the film, but by the time the truth comes out it might be too late.

  Now this is an interesting film on multiple layers. For one, it’s a found footage film on top of another. At times the audience sees Sophia and Feldman working on their film. Sometimes they’re together, and sometimes they’re filming themselves individually. The audience is also primarily watching Gavin be documented as he finishes their film. As he struggles to convince others that what happened to the students was real, the film even goes one step further trying to create some commentary on found footage films. They manage to have an interview with a director of one of the most popular found footage movies. And if that’s not enough, the writer/director of “Butterfly Kisses,” Erik Kristopher Myers, is the one documenting Gavin in the movie.  

  While the film spends a lot of time covering Gavin’s journey, it does mange to create a pretty creepy urban legend. The Peeping Tom supposedly can only be summoned at the end of a tunnel after starring down it for an hour without blinking. That seems almost impossible, but Feldman manages to capture him on video. The Peeping Tom then comes closer and closer to whoever sees him when they blink until he can give them a butterfly kiss. What is a butterfly kiss…victims aren't going to want to know! The audience will have to wait for it, but there will be a few scares before this one ends.

  As with many found footage films, it’s about staying as real as possible until it reveals whatever the mystery is, and this film does that pretty well. A lot of focus is on Gavin finishing the film, and trying to find someone to believe in the students’ story. From the students’ angle, the audience does see the Peeping Tom, but since it’s captured on tape it gives it a different feel then say a ghost haunting them in person. A lot of the arguing is over if their tapes are even real. It isn’t until the final act that things go terribly wrong for some characters, but it still manages to maintain some realism to it. They do add one additional moment in the final seconds that does pull it further out of that realism. 

  “Butterfly Kisses” works because it explores found footage from different angles. The audience gets to see basically two found footage films in one, the students’ story and Gavin’s story. It then isn’t afraid to even question doing a found footage film in the first place. It isn’t about shaky camera work, and a supernatural presence haunting them at every turn. Instead it’s about a local legend that in a weird way the students capture, and can’t get rid of. It’s creepy, memorable, and definitely provides at least one great jump scare moment. Not to take anything away from the film, but the true horror fan in me wanted to see the Peeping Tom traumatize more people! Besides that, I was certainly drawn in to everyone’s story here, and thought this was well done all around. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood, and am glad that I blink a lot!


  HorrO

Sunday, April 4, 2021

SKY SHARKS REVIEW

 


Deep in the ice of the antarctic, a team of geologists uncover an old nazi laboratory still intact where dark experiments had occurred. In order to conquer the world, the Nazis created modified sharks who were able to fly and whose riders are genetically mutated, undead super-humans. A military task force called “Dead Flesh Four” - reanimated US soldiers who fell in Vietnam - is put together to prevent world downfall.


Starring: Tony Todd, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Naomi Grossman


Directed by: Marc Fehse


Written by: Marc Fehse, Carsten Fehse, and A.D. Morel


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

Friday, April 2, 2021

SLASHER SEASONS 1-3 REVIEW

 


Rampaging serial killers leave carnage in their wake as their next victims fight to stay alive in this horror anthology series.


Starring: Katie McGrath, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Steve Byers


Directed and written by: Aaron Martin


This review covers seasons 1-3 from the Netflix series


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


Thursday, April 1, 2021

WHERE THE SCARY THINGS ARE EPISODE 86

 

Where The Scary Things Are Episode 86: KNOW FEAR with ADAM AMBROSIO and JAMISON LOCASCIO


We sit down and with Director and Producer ADAM AMBROSIO and JAMISON LOCASCIO to talk about the new movie KNOW FEAR 


Listen and/or watch below:


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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

WITNESS INFECTION REVIEW

 

Sometimes the past comes back to bite you. Two rival mob families are transferred from the Witness Protection Agency by mistake to the same city, Temecula, CA.


Starring: Robert Belushi, Jill-Michele Melean, and Vince Donvito


Directed by: Andy Palmer


Written by: Carlos Alazraqui and Jill-Michele Melean


  Witness protection is supposed to be safe, but when it becomes "Witness Infection" things turn deadly for two mob families. Carlo (Robert Belushi) and Gina (Jill-Michele Melean) are just trying to run their dog grooming business, and be together. However, Carlo has some family obligations that are about to get in the way of that. His brother is unable to have children so he can’t marry into the rival mob. This leaves Carlo to fill the void, and save two mob families from another fight. 

  He’s reluctant to go along with this forced marriage, and expresses that at a dinner where he’s supposed to agree to everything. This upsets his potential bride to be, and threatens the two families ability to live together in witness protection. His father then forces him to go to her father, and make things right. Fearing for his safety, Gina and one of their good friends Vince (Vince Donvito) insist on going with him. They were right to be afraid because they're about to deal with more than the average mobster!



  The movie opens with the first the audience sees of the zombie outbreak. It’s a fun scene, but that’s all the audience gets for awhile. It then spends sometime introducing characters particularly the Serrelli family. It plays on some stereotypes of mob families, and some of the characters are a little over the top. Of course they stress the drama between the families, and the need for this arranged marriage to happen. There’s plenty to laugh at especially if the audience likes mob movies.

  While all of that is fun, the real entertainment begins when the zombie plague begins to breakout. This outbreak begins because of sandwiches, which are a hit with everyone in town. That means there are plenty of zombies, and zombie killing to come. The audience gets some gross moments seeing people become zombies, and a good scene in a bar with plenty of zombies to kill. There’s even a deer, which helps provide some blood spilling fun, and laughs.



  “Witness Infection” is definitely witness protection gone wrong! Putting one mob family in protection is one thing, but adding a rival family along with them is a big mistake on its own. To their credit the families do have a way to co-exist, but that plan seemed destine to fail. It fails with both of the Serrelli brothers, and once more when zombies take over the town. This helps the film provide plenty of laughs before the zombies swarm the town. Once that happens, there’s many more hilarious moments, and more importantly blood splattering fun. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood, and won’t be eating any sandwiches anytime soon!

  

  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/03/05/zombie-comedy-witness-infection-spreads-to-vod-march-30/

CREEPSHOW SEASON 2 EPISODE 1 REVIEW



EPISODE 201


MODEL KID

Joe doesn’t have many friends, but he’s happy to hang out with the model toys of his favorite scary movie monsters… and he’ll learn just how supportive his toy friends can be.


Written by: John Esposito

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

Cast: Brock Duncan, Tyner Rushing, Jana Allen, Kevin Dillon, Chris Schmidt Jr., Nick Morgan


  Joe has a room that any horror fan would love to have at his age, or even as a grown up. He’s a huge fan of movie monsters, and has a great collection of figures, masks, posters, and more. While his focus is on his monsters, the monster known as cancer has been taking its toll on his mom. To make matters worse, Joe’s uncle and aunt are about to move in. Lets just say Joe doesn’t have the best relationship with them, and it’s not going to get better anytime soon.

  This episode opens like a scene from a classic monster movie with an interesting twist to it. Joe loves horror and that will make it extremely easy for fans to relate to him. He’s had a tough go at it both at home and in school continuing to make him a young man to root for. First he uses some imagination to give fans a treat before coming to a predictable ending. Predictable with the story, but the way it happens is monstrous fun!


PUBLIC TELEVISION OF THE DEAD

A Public TV station and its happy daytime TV hosts are overwhelmed when the appraisal of an antique book accidentally summons a dark force.


Written by: Rob Schrab

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

Cast: Mark Ashworth, Marissa Hampton, Coley Company, Ted Raimi, Todd Allen Durkin, Peter Leake


  Audiences might not think there’s a lot of competition at a public TV station, but apparently there’s some at this station. With a new manager in charge, the host of the most popular show wants a new time slot. This means the end of an extremely boring painting show hosted by a very nice guy. As one host celebrates and one shoots a final episode, another show is about to wake the dead once again.

  As this episode introduces the hosts of these shows, the audience will wonder what's in store for them. There’s two very different shows and hosts. However, that’s not really going to matter once the dead take over. With no spoilers here, lets just say this story revives a fan favorite. Yes, there's a much different hero here, but it will still put a smile on fans’ faces!

  Overall, episode one does a great job of taking horror fans back to great places. First up is a trip back to the classic monster movies. It will present them with memories of being a young horror fan, and capitalize on a young fans imagination. Again, no spoilers here but as soon as the audience sees a familiar face in the second story they might know what’s coming. It continues to show that ever since the original movie dropped fans can never have enough of it. It isn’t exactly the same, but there's still plenty to like.


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/03/29/season-2-of-the-record-breaking-anthology-series-creepshow-premieres-thursday-april-1-on-shudder/

Thursday, March 25, 2021

THE TOLL REVIEW

 


A socially awkward driver and a weary passenger try to make it to their destination while being haunted by a supernatural threat.


Starring: Jordan Hayes, Max Topplin, and James McGowan


Directed and written by: Michael Nader 


  No matter what “The Toll” is people don't want to pay it, and there's no expectation to that here. Cami (Jordan Hayes) has just landed after a long trip, and gets into a ridesharing car driven by Spencer (Max Topplin). She tells him to head to her father’s place, which seems to be in the middle of nowhere. As they drive, Spencer continues to try and make conversation while Cami would prefer to just rest. She does actually snooze off for a short time, but wakes just in time to see Spencer take a suspicious turn. She questions him about it, but the GPS seems to say that’s the way to go.

  As the two travel down a very dark road, a little tension grows between the two. It doesn’t help that Spencer stops the car thinking he hit something, but finding nothing on the road. When he tries to start the car again it won’t start leaving them stranded in the middle of nowhere. Not totally trusting Spencer, Cami decides to take her luggage and head down the road. Before she knows it she oddly ends up back at the car. Now the two end up stuck in the car together, not really trusting the other, and certain that someone is watching them.



  At one point in the film “The Strangers” is mentioned, and just like that movie, this one has so much to like about it. The set up is great because it puts the audience in a situation many can relate to. It tackles the fear that many have getting in a rideshare vehicle, and ups it by making it just two people driving off in the middle of the night to nowhere but darkness. Some might expect the passenger to be the only scared one, but the driver has some concerns as well. Without knowing it, the two give each other reasons to mistrust the other, even having conversations about being a serial killer.

  Enter the Toll Man (Daniel Harroch), who feasts on the fear they’ve created. Through the entire film, he helps push the mistrust between the two back and forth. The Toll Man actually becomes a bit creative in trying to separate the two the longer the film goes and more of the supernatural takes place. He also preys on their past life experiences, and takes them back visually to haunt the pair. This just ups the fear in each of them, especially when they find it hard to escape without paying the toll.

  No spoilers as to who, if anyone, actually pays the toll. Instead lets continue with more of the great stuff this film offers. It’s dark and the two are facing a supernatural entity in its territory so of course there are going to be some scares. Being sort of trapped in the car creates some early chances to scare. Then when they decide to explore the forest the Toll Man plays with their minds. As mentioned above, he brings back people and memories of their past. There’s a good mix of creepiness and a few scares here as well. It hits the mark when they’re confronted by a bunch of hooded figures. This leads the way to a pretty dramatic, yet maybe not totally surprising ending.



  Horror fans sometimes can expect a lot out of their films, and “The Toll” tries to give them as much as it can. It starts with a familiar premise of ridesharing, and takes aim at the fear this situation creates. It gives the audience two characters who don’t trust each other, and the audience might not trust them either. The Toll Man plays on this fear, and past experiences bringing in some good scares and plenty of creepiness. The film is going to go at its own pace to draw in a sense of doom, and give the audience an uneasy atmosphere the entire time. The ending might not be a total shocker, but there’s enough good built in by this point that it doesn’t take anything away from the film. Also, Jordan and Max are great at keeping these characters on edge, and handling everything that’s happening to them. With that, I give it 4 pools of blood, and would happily pay a toll to see a prequel to the Toll Man’s story!


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/02/17/trailer-and-poster-for-saban-films-the-toll-in-theaters-march-26/

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

MAKING MONSTERS REVIEW

 


A social media prankster and his fiancee find their idyllic country weekend turn into the ultimate video prank where the stakes are like and death.


Starring: Jonathan Craig, Alana Elmer, and Peter Higginson


Directed by: Justin Harding and Rob Brunner


Written by: Justin Harding


  Seems like the world is continuously “Making Monsters” and that certainly is the case here. Chris (Tim Loden) has become famous on YouTube for his pranks. What kind of pranks…well any way in which he can scare the hell out of his girlfriend Allison (Alana Elmer). Apparently he’s made it go a long way, and has even given talks about his success scaring her to death. The pranks are fun, but now Allison wants to have a baby. This means Chris can no longer prank her, as she needs to be as stress free as possible.

  What better way to be stress free than to take a trip? The couple runs into one of Chris’s old friends, who invites them to visit him and his fiancee David (Jonathan Craig) at their new home. They apparently just bought an old church and made it their home in the middle of nowhere. The couple arrives there before their friend, and are greeted by David. The three get acquainted, and have a night of partying before things go wrong.



   As the audience might expect, the prankster is about to be pranked... or is he? An interesting concept the film presents, as the couple finds that they have been left alone up there for days before waking to no phones or cars to help escape. When talking about Allison during one of his talks, Chris mentions Allison having a strong connection to the supernatural. This didn’t seem important at first, but then a supernatural presence makes itself known to her when they are left stranded. Again, the audience is left wondering is it there to help, or hurt her.

  Soon enough the audience and the couple will find out what’s going on here. There’s definitely a monster here, and the audience gets to see them right at the opening. There’s a brutal opening scene, and that brutality continues with the couple. The monster isn’t messing around, and the audience will feel the force of every blow that’s taken. It’s so satisfying that it’s a shame the kill count isn’t a little higher.



  There’s no doubt that “Making Monsters” will give the audience a lot to like. It opens with with a savage scene, and follows that up with a great prank. It then slows down to present a couple that’s actually worth caring for, and sends them off to an unusual location. There’s still some fun moments before monster madness takes over. The audience will learn that Alana probably got the part because she’s a fantastic screamer, and is given a great creepy looking supernatural being to scream at. They will also learn that this monster is cold-blooded. However, it’s not perfect, as the supernatural angle probably needed to be a little clearer, and it definitely could have used some more of those glorious death scenes. With that, I give it 3.5 pools of blood.


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/03/10/samuel-goldwyn-films-releases-one-of-the-scariest-titles-of-the-year-making-monsters/

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