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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 


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